Thursday, February 2, 2012

Letter from James River

NEW YORK, May 28 – The Fortress Monroe correspondent of the Philadelphia Press under date of the 26th, says that E. A. Stevens (Naugatuck) arrived last night from City Point.

She brings official dispatches for the Navy Department.

Our fleet on the James River is ready to make another attack of Fort Darling on Drury’s bluff as soon as the order is given.

The rebels have increased their forces very considerably on the south bank of the James river from City Point to Richmond and have forced the inhabitants at City Point and vicinity to retire to the interior.

The rebels seem to dread an attack upon Petersburg and are improving the defenses on the Appomattox river.

Beauregard visited Richmond not to take command there, but to confer with the rebel leaders concerning his future operations in the West.  It is said he reached the rebel capital only after overcoming extraordinary difficulties and doubts are expressed concerning his capacity on going to his army.

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, May 31, 1862, p. 3

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