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1864 June 18: Dispatches from Grant in Virginia and Sherman in Georgia

June 21, 2014

The following comes from The Prescott Journal of June 18, 1864.


WASHINGTON, June 6—7 A. M.

To Major General Dix [John A. Dix] :

Dispatches from Grant’s [Ulysses S. Grant] headquarters to 6 o’clock last evening state that there had been no fighting during the day.  The enemy made an attack Saturday night upon Hancock [Winfield S. Hancock], Wright [Horatio G. Wright] and Smith [William F. “Baldy” Smith], but were everywhere repulsed.  Hancock’s lines are within 40 rods of the rebel works.  The rebels were very busy Saturday constructing entrenchments on the west side of the Chickahominy at Bottom’s Bridge, and threw a party across to the east side.

A dispatch from Sherman [William T. Sherman] dated yesterday afternoon at Altoona Creek, states that the enemy, discovering us moving round his right flank, abandoned his position last night and marched off.  McPherson [James B. McPherson] is moving to-day for Ackworth.  Thomas [George H. Thomas] is on the direct march road and Schofield [John M. Schofield] on his right.  It has been raining hard for three days and the roads were very heavy.  The enemy had an immense line of works, which we have turned with less loss to us than them.

E. M. STANTON [Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War]

WASHINGTON, June 6—10 P. M.

To Maj. Gen. Dix :

Dispatches have been received from Gen. Grant’s headquarters to-day, but they report only certain changes in the disposition of Corps and contemplated operations.  They state that everything is going on well.

The Chief Quartermaster of the Army reports from personal inspection of the new Depot at White House that it is in a most enchant state.  All needful supplies are on hand, and the wagons easily transport them to the army.  The wounded are being brought in and transports are not delayed a moment.

A dispatch from Gen. Sherman, dated at noon to-day at Ackworth, says : “I am now on the railroad at Ackworth Station, and have full possession forward to within six miles of Marietta.  All is well.”


WASHINGTON, June 7, 10:15 P. M. }

To Major General Dix :

Dispatches from the headquarters of the army of the Potomac, dated at 9 o’clock this morning have been received.

An assault was made on Burnside [Ambrose E. Burnside] about midnight and successfully repulsed.  On the preceding afternoon one hundred picket men of the enemy made a rush to find out what was the meaning of Hancock’s advancing siege lines.  Nine of the party were captured and the rest killed or driven back.

Several letters have passed between Gen. Grant and Gen. Lee [Robert E. Lee] in respect to collecting the dead and wounded between the two armies.  Gen. Grant, in the closing letter, regrets that all his efforts for alleviating the sufferings of the wounded men left on the battlefield have been rendered nugatory.—Two rebel officers and six men sent out to search for the wounded officers and six men sent out to search for the wounded of their commands were captured in consequence of the enemy not delivering Gen. Lee’s letter until after the hour he had named had expired.  Gen. Grant had notified Gen. Lee that they were captured through a misunderstanding and will not be held as prisoners but will be returned.

No other military intelligence had been received.


WASHINGTON, June 8— 12 M.

To Maj. Gen. John A. Dix :

A dispatch from Gen. Grant dated yesterday, at 5 P. M., reports that all had been very quiet that day.  No casualties are reported.

A dispatch from Gen. Sherman, dated at Ackworth, yesterday at 6 P.M., says:

“I have been to Allatoona Pass, and find it very admirable for our purpose.  It is the gate through the eastern most spur of the Alleghanies.  It now becomes as useful to us as it was to the enemy, being easily defended from either direction.  The roads hence from Ackworth into Georgia are large and good, and the country more open.”

Details of the position of our troops and contemplated movements are given, but are not needed for public information.

The dispatch further states that the enemy is not in our immediate front, but his signals are seen at Lost Mountain and Kensaw [sic].

Dispatches from Gen. Canby [Edward R. S. Canby], dated June 3d, have been received which report satisfactory progress in the organization of his command.


WASHINGTON, June 6—1:45 P. M.

To Maj Gen. Dix :

A dispatch from Mr. Dana [Charles A. Dana] at Grant’s headquarters, dated last night at 8:30, announces a victory by Gen. Hunter over the rebels beyond Staunton, and that the rebel Gen. Jones [William E. “Grumble” Jones] was killed on the battlefield.  The dispatch is as follows:

“The Richmond Examiner of to-day speaks of the defeat of Gen W. E. Jones by Gen Hunter [David Hunter], 12 miles beyond Staunton, Va.  Gen. Jones was killed on the field.  His successor returned to Wainesboro and now holds the mountains between Charlottsville [sic] and Staunton. The paper further states that no hospitals or stores were captured by Gen. Hunter.  Another dispatch announces that our forces occupy Staunton.”


WASHINGTON, June 8—10 P. M.

To Maj Gen. Dix :

Gen. Hunter’s victory and our occupation of Staunton is confirmed by the following dispatch just received from Gen. Butler [Benjamin F. Butler] :

“All is quiet on my line.  Richmond papers of June 7th have intelligence of a fight at Mt. Crawford, between Hunter and Jones, in which Hunter was victorious, and Jones, the rebel commander, was killed.  Staunton was afterwards occupied by the Union forces.  The fighting was on Sunday.”


WASHINGTON, June 10—7 A M.

To Maj Gen. Dix :

Owing to a break in the telegraph no dispatches were received yesterday from the Army of the Potomac.

Dispatched received this morning dated at 9 o’clock last night say there was no fighting Wednesday, excepting of pickets.  An arrangement had been effected by which the killed and wounded were gathered in.  There were no movements yesterday.

Deserters who came into the lines report Hunter’s victory near Staunton was more complete than the Richmond papers reported.  He says Hunter took twenty cannon, many prisoners, and a large quantity of stores.  The defeated force was recently a part of Breckinridge’s command [John C. Breckinridge].  Hunter’s report is not yet received.


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