I have received word that Gen. Hancock’s II Corps, which is currently attempting to destroy the Weldon Railroad, has come under attack. The railroad is a vital supply link to the rebel soldiers in Petersburg and must be held, or at least rendered useless. I wrote Gen. Halleck,
CITY POINT, VA., August 25, 1864-8.30 p. m.
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
Washington, D. C.:
Up to the last accounts this afternoon from General Hancock, who is south of Reams’ Station, he had been attacked several times to-day, but had repulsed every assault. Since the last dispatch very heavy and continuous artillery firing has been heard in that direction, continuing until dark. When I hear from there will telegraph you again.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol. 12, p 83
O.R., I, xlii, part 2, p 466