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NP: June 25, 1864 Richmond Examiner: Still Later from the North, June 21

Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Jackie Martin.



The agent of the Press Association has furnished the following summary of news from the Baltimore GAZETTE of the 21st instant:


The official bulletin from Washington, dated 10 o’clock on the night of the 20th, states that no report of the operations of yesterday (20th) had been received at the War Department.  Unofficial accounts received at Washington represent the Federal loss, in the several assaults on the enemy’s works on Saturday last, to have been severe; but there had been no official report made of the casualties.  There has been nothing reliable received from General Butler.

The additional particulars, which are furnished from the headquarters of the army of the Potomac, and also from Bermuda Hundred, speak of the fighting on Friday last (17th) along the greater part of the Federal line before Petersburg, as being very severe.  We are told, moreover, that although each division of the corps attempted in turn to storm the enemy’s breastworks, but little ground was gained, as the Federal troops, in making the assault, were obliged to cross open fields of from two to four hundred yards  in extent, exposed to an enfilading fire from batteries which swept the entire area.

The last attack, which was made at 5 o’clock in the afternoon by the Third division of the Second corps, is said to have resulted in a heavier loss than any that had preceded it.  The Federal losses in the two day’s fighting before Petersburg are estimated at EIGHT THOUSAND MEN.



General Sherman reports, under date of half past 7 o’clock yesterday evening, (19th,) that he was mistaken in announcing that Johnston had retreated across the Chattahoochee river.  He had simply thrown back his flank and evacuated the works in front of Kennesaw mountain.  He still holds the mountain itself, with his flanks resting on Moses creek.  The Federal troops pressed him close yesterday, but the continued rains are said to have rendered all movements almost impracticable.



General Foster reports that he has been notified by General Jones, in command of the defences of Charleston, that five general officers, prisoners of war, have been placed in Charleston under the Federal fire.  General Foster has protested against the cruelty of this act and asks then an equal number of Confederate officers of the same rank may be sent to him that he may place them under the enemy’s fire.  His request has been acceded to.



Secretary Chase reports that the present aggregate of the public debt, including all the legal tender notes and unpaid requisitions, amount to one billion seven hundred and nineteen million three hundred and ninety-five thousand one hundred and sixty eight dollars.

European advices to the 10th are unimportant.—The ship Rockingham has been burnt by the Alabama.  A resumption of hostilities in Denmark was feared.  Breadstuffs closed dull with a downward tendency.

The steamboat J. A. Warner, which left City Point Saturday morning, was fired upon by guerrillas about forty miles below City Point.  No damage done.

Gold opened in New York on the 20th at 198 1/4, and closed at 10, P. M., at 199 ¼.1

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  1. “Still Later from the North.” Richmond Examiner. June 25, 1864, p. 3 col. 5-6
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