1864 October 15: “The News”
The following weekly summary of the news comes from the October 15, 1864, issue of The Polk County Press.
— Since our last summary there has been considerable fighting and skirmishing in front of Richmond.—Our forces have been successful in several engagements. The rebels attacked Gen. Butler [Benjamin F. Butler], on Friday of last week, and were repulsed with a loss of one thousand killed and wounded, and three hundred prisoners. Several unimportant cavalry fights are reported in the same vicinity. In one of those, we lost eight guns, and 200 prisoners by a surprise—but this check was fully regained in Friday’s battle. The seige [sic] of Richmond goes on bravely, and we may certainly expect its fall in a short space of time.
— From Sherman we have to record a severe battle at Altoona, in which our gallant army defended the rebels with great slaughter. The raid upon Sherman’s communications has been checked—the rebels utterly routed,—and the roads are all in running order. [William T. Sherman]
— Forrest’s raid in Middle Tennessee has come to an end. Our forces under Rosseau [sic] captured his truin [sic: train] and drove him across the Tennessee river. [Nathan B. Forrest, Lovell H. Rousseau]
— Thursday’s paper reports another victory over Early in the Shenandoah Valley. [Jubal A. Early]
— The elections in Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, passed off in harmony and were hotly contested. returns come in very slowly and both sides claim a victory. We firmly believed from all indications before us, that every one of the above States have gone Union by large majorities.