Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Michael Weeks.
TELEGRAPHIC REPORTS OF THE PRESS ASSOCIATION.
PETERSBURG, June 20. – Since yesterday nothing of great interest has transpired.
To day there has been some cannonading and some slight skirmishing.
Yesterday General Meade sent a flag of truce to General Beauregard, requesting permission to bury his dead, which was not granted.
The City Council to day held a meeting, and sent a committee to General Beauregard to ask his advice in regard to the removal of non-combatants. General Beauregard replied that no notice had been given by the enemy of a purpose to shell the city, but it would be prudent for those who could to leave the lower part of the city, and for the women and children to remain in cellars.
Very few shells have been thrown into the city to-day.
Grant’s lines reach from James river across the Appomattox to within two miles of the Weldon railroad.
Advices from Liberty this morning say that Hunter had been pursued through that place, and that he was retreating towards Buford gap in considerable disorder, and that some prisoners had been taken and more, doubtless, would be.
The enemy, at this writing seem to be moving towards the Weldon railroad. Our Generals will doubtless be prepared for them.1
- “Telegraphic Reports of the Press Association.” Richmond Examiner. June 21, 1864, p. 2 col. 6 ↩