From The Frederick Herald, July 11, 1864:
Petersburg Sources: 4 Kids Hurt in Union Strikes on Lee’s Headquarters
Hopewell, Virginia, 10 July 1864 — Four children were reportedly injured due to a Union mortar shell last night on Petersburg, report Confederate officials.
They were allegedly hit by fragments of glass following explosions in the attack. “Two of the children,” said an official, “were seriously injured and are in the intensive care unit at Squirrel Level Hospital.”
According to witnesses cited by The Baltimore Post, five explosions were heard during the night in New Blandford that can be linked to a possible Union attack in which mortar shells were fired on Gen. Robert E. Lee’s headquarters.
A journalist from The New York Advertiser confirmed that several mortars fired a series of heavy bombardments on the city during the night, a few hours after other witnesses had reported two explosions near the offices of The Petersburg Express.
- The ANSAmed article on Libya used as the model for this piece
- Background on the Siege of Petersburg, 1864-65