June 22, 1864
Gen Lee is certainly in Petersburg. Mr Dunlop writes that he has seen him riding with Beauregard. The damage done by the shelling of the town is inconsiderable. There is no news of importance, as since their repulse the enemy contents himself with firing at Long range, shelling & skirmishing. News from the North tells us that “Grant has command of the new campaign against Richmond on the South side of James River with his headquarters at Bermuda Landing,” which is a tacit admission of failure in the Spotsylvania C H “line” by which the hero was to take R. if he “fought on it all the summer.” A new “on to Richmond”! Hunter’s forces are retreating from the vicinity of Lynchburg; 4 peices of artillery & 200 prisoners have been captured, but we have nothing official or definite, but we hope that they have done their worst. For a horrible outrage see my repertory, and this is not a single instant of such brutality! Yesterday came Mama’s maid Edie as her avant courier & today we are expecting Father, Sue, & herself to spend the rest of the summer and fall with us. How thankful I am to Almighty God that we have so peaceful & quiet a home to offer them.
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