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further particulars of the great battles on the Rappahannock; but owing to the interruption of communication it was impossible to ascertain anything beyond the fact that Gen. Lee had gained another victory, and the belief was that he was following up his advantages. During the day, however, telegraphic communication was re-established, and last evening the President received the following dispatch from Guinea's Station: Headquarters, 10 o'clock A. M., May 5th, 1863. To His Excellency President Davis: At the close of the battle of Chancellorsville, on Sunday, the enemy was reported advancing from Fredericksburg in our rear.--Gen. McLaws was sent back to arrest his progress, and repulsed him handsomely that afternoon. Learning that this force consisted of the corps under Gen. Sedgwick, I determined to attack it, and marched back yesterday with Gen Anderson, and uniting with McLaws and Early in the afternoon succeeded, by the blessing of Heaven, in driving Gen. Sedgwick
en leaped off, and taking the best positions they could find along the embankment, returned the fire, and soon put them to fight.--The enemy left six or seven dead, and had several wounded — among them Lieut March, of the 12th Illinois cavalry, with about a dozen others, including a guide named Fleming Patman. Col. Duke's men, being infantry, could not pursue. Our scouts afterwards reported that the cavalry picketed five miles distant from the road, on the Pamunky.--There is a rumor that Col. Davis, the leader of this gang, was seriously wounded in the engagement, but we do not vouch for the correctness of the statement. Wrenn's cavalry reached the city yesterday morning from the White House, and brought intelligence that this detachment of Yankees had retired beyond the Pamunky. We received information last evening that the road was clear to the White House, and uninjured. Capt. Pearce, Gen. Wise's Adjutant General, lost two horses, having been surrounded by the enemy. H
nd that the Yankees had been by the church and dispersed those who proposed to assemble, and captured Eldridge Cross, a neighbor. On the return of Wingfield and Patman towards their homes they were taken prisoners by the Yankee cavalry, led by Col. Davis, of the 12th Illinois. These troopers had a large number of mules and horses and negroes, which they had stolen from the farmers, and, taking the three men with them, proceeded to Ashland. Their proceedings there have been given in detail. F by Wire's troops, and after making some show of fight retreated with their, booty. During the firing Cross and Wingfield succeeded in making their escape, but Patman's horse being shot he wandered about in the woods until accosted by our troops, when be was sent prisoner to Richmond. Davis's cavalry were said to have been led by a negro fellow owned by Mr. Winston, Clerk of Hanover county. Though nine companies were represented, and it was called a regiment, there were only 350 men in it.
A Lean Trio. --The Richmond correspondent of the Knoxville Register perpetrates the following pleasantry at the expense of three of our highest officials: If the Yankees knew to what extent famine may be endured, and how very little can sustain human life, if they had all seen our President and Vice-President and our Secretary of War, the idea of resorting to famine as an agent of hostility to a people whose leaders are the very impersonations of hard times, would never have been adopted. President Davis is the shadow of a man; Vice-President Stephens who reached the capital to-day is imponderable, and Mr. Seddon's bones rattle when he descends the stairways of the Spotswood. The semi of famine conduct this revolution.
ion of the town which at last accounts was held by Gen. Law ton's brigade. The fighting on the end of the line of Monday was very Maryland prisoners who were captured report that they lost in the several engagements three Major-Generals viz: Slocum, Birney and Howood. Since Monday there has been no heavy fighting on either end of the line. The following telegram from Gen. Lee will beat explain the present whereabouts of the enemy. Chancellorsville May 7, 1862 To His Excellency President Davis: After driving General Sedgwick across the Rappahannock, on the night of the 4th inst. I returned on the 5th to Chancellorsville. The march was delayed by a stores, which continued all night and the following day. In placing the troops in position on the morning of the 6th to attack Gen. Hooker, it was ascertained he had abandoned his fortified position. The line of skirmishers was pressed forward until they came within ange of the enemy's batteries, planted fort of the Rapp
hat Meade is advancing his picket lines on our front to within sight of the Rapidan river, and also that he is moving a force on our left flank, in the direction of Madison C. H. It is now affirmed, the railroad and the bridge being completed, that the bulk of the Yankee army is being transferred from Fauquier to Culpeper, preparatory, perhaps, to the forward move which the New York World tells us that Meade has been ordered by Lincoln to make contrary to his own judgment. His Excellency President Davis and staff returned to Richmond via the Tuesday morning Central train, after spending two whole days and parts of two other days with Gen. Lee. During his stay nearly all of the principal officers of the army called upon "Uncle Jeff," and "Marse Robert," to pay their respects. The President and Gen. Lee rode to Clark Mountain on Monday, and had an excellent view of the situation and of the Yankees that were visible. But for the inclement weather the President would have reviewed
. Johnston. The first point of difference appears to have been with reference to the appointment of a Major-General for the Mississippi Department. General Johnston asked for the appointment of Brigadier-General Cadmus Wilcox, to which the Department responded by sending Maj-Gen. French. On hearing of the assignment of Gen. French to the command of a division in his department Gen. Johnston sent the following dispatch to the President, dated June 10, 1863: To His Excellency President Davis: It has been suggested to me that the troops in this department are very hostile to officers of Northern birth, and that, on that account, Major-Gen. French's arrival will weaken instead of strengthenous. I beg you to consider that all the General officers of Northern birth are on duty in this department. There is now a want of Major-Generals. It is important to avoid any cause of further discontent. J. E. Johnston. To this dispatch the President replied on the
hose counties, and also for the protection of their fisheries, was read and referred to a committee of three, consisting of Messrs. Walker, Haskifis, and Clanebrook. [As the city of Richmond is largely interested in the successful operation of these fisheries, the object in bringing the matter before the consideration of the Council was that body might take some notice of it previous to its reference to the President of the Confederacy.] It being a subject of some urgency, the committee waited upon His Excellency President Davis soon after the adjournment of the Council. Mr. Walker made an ineffectual attempt to obtain the use of Military Hall for the purpose of giving a ball for the benefit of wounded soldiers from Maryland and Louisiana. A resolution was offered by Mr. Burr, which was afterwards adopted, appropriating the sum of $25,000, subject to the order of the Overseers of the Poor, for the payment of accounts due by them. On motion, the Council then adjourned.
Hustings Court, yesterday. --Frank Brown, charged with obtaining money ($50, 35) from Mrs President Davis under false pretences, was led to the bar, and thereupon a nolle prosequi was entered by the attorney for the Commonwealth, with the advice of the Court. This course was pursued by the Court because of the youth (seventeen) of the accused, and in consideration of the fact that it had been arranged with the Secretary of the Navy that he should be apprenticed to the navy. The case of Benjamin Degroot, charged with exhibiting the game of taro, was continued till the next term.
t such supplies as may be necessary for State use, or for the comfort or support of their troops in service, upon any vessel or vessels owned or chartered by them; and vessel or vessels owned or chartered by them; and that we request Congress at its next session to pass laws removing all restrictions which have been imposed by Confederate authority upon such exports or imports by the States. And, lastly, we deem it not inappropriate to declare our firm and unalterable purpose, as we believe it to be that of our fellow-citizens, to maintain our right of self-government, to establish our independence, and to uphold the rights and sovereignty of the States, or to perish in the attempt. Resolved, That the chairman be requested to send a copy of these resolutions to his Excellency President Davis, one each to the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives, to be laid before the respective bodies, and one to the governors of each State in the Confederacy.
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