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NP: June 27, 1864 Philadelphia Inquirer: Petersburg Daily Register Excerpts, June 20, 1864

[SOPO Editor’s Note: The Petersburg Daily Register was one of two Petersburg dailies publishing during the Siege of Petersburg.  Only certain days of this paper were preserved on microfilm, and the June 21, 1864 edition was not one of those days.  As a result, I have published this version which was reproduced in the June 27, 1864 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer.]



[SOPO Editor’s Note: Portions of this article not pertaining to the Siege of Petersburg have been removed.]

Matters About Petersburg to Monday Night [June 20, 1864], 9 o’clock.

From the Petersburg Register, June 21. [1864]

To-day [June 20, 1864], about one of the longest in the year, passed over Petersburg unbroken by scarcely an incident worthy of note. Instead of being a stormy day, it was one of almost unbroken repose. A few shells were fired into the town, and fell, without doing any damage, in different localities, without much regard to the points of the compass.

Rumors even were less plenty than usual, and met with much less credit than usual, for everybody seemed impressed fully with the belief that the defense of this vital point was in the hands of those who, by the blessing of God, will hold it against the vandal host now threatening to take it by the throat. With the little firing going on, of either artillery, or small arms, there must have been but a small list of casualties to-day [June 20, 1864].

LATER—ELEVEN P. M.—A walk to Bollingbrook Rd., the eastern point of Petersburg proper, from which we have just returned, only revealed to us a valley and the hills surrounding it, enveloped in a sulphurous canopy. S[?]ing musketry firing was heard in a southeasterly direction, showing that sharp-shooting or picket firing was going on feebly and f[aintly?]. Artillery was as ghost in the grave. Before closing to-night we will venture on one speculation, to wit:—The enemy will attempt to get to the south of Petersburg. We have our [military?] reasons for thinking that he knows better than to try that movement just at this time.

A Rebel Doctor Killed.

From the Petersburg Register, June 21. [1864]

It is with sorrow and regret that we are called upon to record the death of another of the gallant defenders of Petersburg. Dr. William Bellingham, who was wounded in the hip in the intrenchments near this city, on the memorable 9th [of June, 1864], expired at one o’clock P. M. yesterday [June 20, 1864]. Dr. BELLINGHAM was a native of Delaware, had lived in Petersburg since 18[?]2, and had gathered about him a troop of friends.

General Sheridan’s Movements.

From the Petersburg Register.

RICHMOND, June 20.—[Union Cavalry Corps commander Philip H.] SHERIDAN is reported at Hanover to-day [June 20, 1864], moving towards James River, with the remnant of his command. The capture of the entire party is confidently anticipated.1

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  1. “Important from the South.” The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA). June 27, 1864, p. 2 col. 2-3
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