July 30, 1864
At five a.m. the enemy sprung a mine under one of the salients of Genl B. R. Johnson’s front & opened his batteries upon our lines & the city of Petersburg. In the confusion caused by the explosion of the mine he got possession of the salient. We have retaken the salient & driven the enemy back to his lines with loss.
R. E. Lee
Source: The Wartime Papers of R. E. Lee, edited by Clifford Dowdey and Louis Manarin, p. 827.
Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2016 July 25