July 5th.—This morning the wires refused to work, being cut, no doubt, in Hanover County.
The presence of the enemy in this vicinity, I think, since they[Pg 370] refuse to fight, is designed to prevent us from sending more troops into Pennsylvania. I trust the President will think of this matter, if he is well enough; some of his generals here are incapable of thinking at all.
We have just received intelligence of a great battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I have not heard the day; but the news was brought by flag of truce boat to City Point last night. The Yankee papers, I am told, claim a victory, but acknowledge a loss of five or six generals, among them Meade, commander-in-chief (vice Hooker), mortally wounded. But we still held the town, and “actions speak louder than words.”
More troops are marching up into Hanover County.
Friday, July 5, 2013
July 5, 1863: The Diary of John B. Jones
Te first rumors of Gettysburg reach Richmond.