“I find the affair of the 22nd was much worse than I had heretofore learned”

The fight two days ago that I thought was just a skirmish turned out to be somewhat more.  I wrote Gen. Halleck,

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,
June 24, 1864-2.30 p.m.

Major General H. W. HALLECK.

Chief of Staff:

I find the affair of the 22nd was much worse than I had heretofore learned. Our losses (nearly all captures) were not far from 2,000, and four pieces of artillery. The affair was a stampede and surprise to both parties and ought to have been turned in our favor. Richmond paper of yesterday states that Hunter, at last accounts, was at Salem, retiring by the route taken by Averell last fall. Our cavalry (small detachment) is now on the Weldon road destroying it. Wilson, with 7,000 cavalry, started the night of the 22d. Richmond paper announces that he struck the South Side road in Dinwiddie. This morning, about 7 o’clock, the enemy attempted an assault on General W. F. Smith’s front, prisoners say in three lines. None but the skirmish line reached our advance, and most of them were captured.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 11, p 123

O.R., I, xl, part 2, p 372-3

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