June 18, 1864
Last night came a note from Susan telling us that she was in receipt of a letter from her cousin Miss Dunlop of Petersburg written at Weldon, saying that her Mother, Sisters, & self had been driven from their homes by sudden advance of the Yankees upon the city. Without warning or note of their intention, they advanced in force & commenced an indiscriminate shelling of the town. The Hospital flag was instantly raised upon the S C Hospital but to no purpose. They actually shelled it with the flag flying! Richmond papers of the 16th say that nothing definite is known of Grant’s motions. He is supposed to be crossing the James & making a junction with Butler with the intention of advancing upon Petersburg on both sides of the Appomattox as a prelude to a new attack on Richmond. Prisoners say that he has been drunk since the battle of Spotsylvania C H & that there is a vast amount of disaffection and discontent in the Yankee Camp, but it does not do to credit all that they say. Beauregard will, I hope, be able to keep the enemy in check at least until Lee comes up & then together they will be able to drive him to his Gunboats.
Source: Edmondston, Catherine Ann Devereux, 1823-1875, Journal of a Secesh Lady: The Diary of Catherine Ann Devereux Edmondston 1860-1866. Crabtree, Beth G and Patton, James W., (Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1979).http://nc-historical-publications.stores.yahoo.net/478.html