Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Jackie Martin.
TELEGRAPHIC REPORTS OF THE PRESS ASSOCIATION.
LYNCHBURG, June 25—Gentlemen who left our forces Thursday, five miles beyond Salem, on the Newcastle road, say that Hunter’s army came near being captured at that point, their escape being due only to the delay in the delivery of an order. As it was, the enemy were so hard pressed that they destroyed their ammunition train, which was a mile in length. Our informant saw it blown up.
A portion of our forces are reported to have taken a large wagon train and a number of prisoners.
The enemy on their retreat destroyed (illegible) woolen factory in Roanoke county.
PETERSBURG, June 25, 12, M.—There has been nothing done thus far, and there is no likelihood of any fighting to-day.
The weather is intensely hot and the roads oppressively dusty.
Scouts say that Grant has told his men that the fighting had ended, and the siege of Richmond has now begun.
PETERSBURG, June 26.—All quiet along the line yesterday and to-day, save heavy cannonading for a while this morning on the centre, the result of which is unknown. There was a severe cavalry fight near Nottoway Court House, Thursday, between the rear column of Wilson’s men and Dearing, which continued from two o’clock until dark when the enemy retreated under cover of the darkness. Thirty-three prisoners were captured, and have been brought in.
The enemy’s loss is many killed and wounded. Our loss is small. Wilson is stealing fresh horses and shooting his jaded ones. Our men report the roads strewed with them. The damage to the Southside road is very great.1
- “Telegraphic Reports of the Press Association.” Richmond Examiner. June 27, 1864, p. 2 col. 6 ↩