“All is quiet here now except from our own guns”

I wrote Gen. Halleck,

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Chief of Staff.

CITY POINT, VA., June 27, 1864 – 3 p. m.

All is quiet here now except from our own guns, which fire into the bridge at Petersburg from a distance of about 2,000 yards.

Petersburg papers of the 25th state that Hunter is striking for Jackson River depot, about forty miles north of Salem, and say that if he reached Covington, which they suppose he will of with most of his forces, but with loss of material, he will be safe. The same paper accuses Hunter of destroying a great amount of private property and stealing a large number of wagons, horses, and cattle.

The same paper also states that Wilson destroyed a train of cars loaded with cotton and furniture, burned the depot building, &c., at Burkeville, and destroyed some of the track and was still pushing south. All the railroads leading into Richmond are now destroyed are now destroyed and some of them badly.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 11, p 138

O.R., I, xl, part 1, p 15

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