Records Related to Augusta County Regiments

From: U. S. GRANT, Lieut.-Gen.
February 8, 1865. (Received 7.40 p. m.)

General Grant forwards Chief of Staff Henry Halleck an intelligence report concerning February, 1865, conditions in Richmond, VA. The report mentions "men of Staunton" planning to run the blockade to save themselves.

Maj. Gen. H. W. HALLECK,


February 8, 1865.
(Received 7.40 p. m.)

CITY POINT, VA., February 8, 1865.
Lieut. Col. T. S. BOWERS,
Assistant Adjutant-Gen.:

We have news from Richmond by our agents who left there yesterday. Failure of peace negotiations, although used by the party to arouse people, is having very depressing effect generally. Provisions and gold, which had heretofore fallen, are again advancing, flour being sold for $1,200 per barrel. This is also partly due to the fact that cold weather had prevented much movement on the James River Canal. Day before yesterday only three boats arrived with provisions and forage. There seems to be considerable movements of troops in the Valley, or of those in Southwestern Virginia, lately commanded by Breckinridge, which our friends in Richmond have not been able to sift. They say Central railroad has been bringing in field artillery for three days past, and that on Saturday last about 2,000 infantry went through Richmond south, probably to our left; whether the infantry came from the Valley, Western Virginia or from the north side, we are unable to say, except that the information is contained in the same sentence which states arrival of the field artillery by the Central railroad. Our friends say with certainty that Wickham's brigade of cavalry, from Early's late command, has arrived at Richmond; that it was understood day before yesterday that it was en route for the enemy's left on the north side; that it was through that Wickham was to relieve Gary's command, and that latter was to be sent south. Another of our agents says: "We hear that it is expected to concentrate in North Carolina, and siege guns are being removed. The Staunton men and detectives of Richmond have made arrangements to run the blockade to save themselves." Our agent says he was present at the great meeting on the evening of the 6th instant, and that in his speech Jeff. Davis made use of an expression that every negro would be armed, which has been suppressed in the published accounts.
Col., &c.

Sent for information without comment.


Bibliographic Information : Letter Reproduced from The War of The Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Series 1, Volume 46, Serial No. 96, Pages 475, Broadfoot Publishing Company, Wilmington, NC, 1997.

Return to Full Valley Archive