“Yesterday evening the enemy engaged our cavalry which was protecting the party destroying railroad”

I wrote Gen. Halleck,

CITY POINT, VA., August 24, 1864-10.30 p.m.

Major-General HALLECK,

Washington, D. C.:

Yesterday evening the enemy engaged our cavalry which was protecting the party destroying railroad near Reams’ Station. General Gregg was about one mile and a half west from the station and maintained his position, the fight lasting from 4.30 p.m. till 9 p.m. He reports his loss at seventy-five. Earlier in the afternoon Colonel Spear, commanding brigade of Kautz’s cavalry, had a sharp engagement with the enemy’s cavalry on the Vaughan road, near Reams’ Station, and, notwithstanding largely superior forces against him, maintained his ground, inflicting heavy loss on the enemy. He reports over 180 of the enemy’s dead left upon the field. The road is now thoroughly destroyed to Reams’ Station; the force on the road was largely re-enforced last night, and will push on the work.

I send to-day a Richmond paper of the 23rd, directed to the Secretary of War. You will see from that great despondency was caused by the last affair on the Weldon road. In Richmond they have reports of five generals being killed in that action, but the death of but two of them (Sanders and Lamar) is positively confirmed.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 12, p 78

O.R., I, xlii, part 2, p 441-2

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