y's Depot.] headquarters, 10 o'clock A M., May 5, 1863. To his Excellency, President Davis.
At the close of the battle of Chancellorville, 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 two corps, under Gen. Sedgwick, I determined to attack it, and marched back yesterday with Gen. Anderson, and uniting with Gens. McLaws and Early in the afternoon, succeeded by the blessing of Heaven in driving Gen. Sedgwick over the river.
We have reoccupied Fredericksburg, and no enemy remains south of the Rappahannock in its vicinity.
(Signed) R. E. Lee, General.
Another dispatch from Gen. Lee says Hooker is still on this side of the river, at United States Ford, fortifying.
Gen. Longstreet is now closeted with the Secretary of War.
No doubt his entire corps will immediately rejoin Lee.
Jackson was wounded (his ar
n from the army, and then, by a peculiar process, absolutely embarrasses, as Gen. Whiting says, the conduct of the war.
Judge Dargan, of Alabama, writes that private blockaderun-ners are ruining the country-supplying the enemy with cotton, and bringing in liquors and useless gew-gaws.
The city has been gladdened by the reception of this dispatch from Gen. Lee:
June 15th, 1863. his Excellency, Jefferson Davis.
God has again crowned the valor of our troops with success.
Early's division stormed the enemy's intrenchments at Winchester, capturing their artillery, etc.
(Signed) R. E. Lee, General.
Subsequent reports to the press state that we captured some 6000 prisoners, Gen. Milroy among them, 50 guns, and a large amount of stores.
If we caught Milroy, the impression prevails that he was hung immediately, in accordance with the President's order some time since, as a just punishment for the outrages inflicted by him on our helpless old men, women, and chi
hey found Gen. Stuart and his cavalry.
On the 9th the enemy's cavalry and a strong force of infantry crossed the Rappahannock and attacked Gen. Stuart, but they were beaten back, after fighting all day, with heavy loss, including 400 prisoners, 3 pieces artillery, and several colors.
Gens. Jenkins and Imboden had been sent in advance, the latter against Romney, to cover the former's movement against Winchester, and both were in position when Ewell left Culpepper C. H. on the 16th.
Gen. Early stormed the enemy's works at Winchester on the 14th, and the whole army of Milroy was captured or dispersed.
Gen. Rhodes, on the same day, took Martinsburg, Va., capturing 700 prisoners, 5 pieces artillery, and a large supply of stores.
More than 4000 prisoners were taken at Winchester; 29 pieces artillery; 270 wagons and ambulances; 400 horses, besides a large amount of military stores.
Precisely at this time the enemy disappeared from Fredericksburg, seemingly designing to ta
having families dependent on them.
Others, who board, must be forced into the army (the design), for their expenses per month will be some fifty per cent. more than their income.
The weather is clear but colder.
Clear and pretty cold.
We have news of another brilliant affair at Kinston, N. C., where Gen. Pickett has beaten the enemy, killing and wounding and taking some 500 men, besides capturing another gun-boat Thus the campaign of 1864 opens auspiciously.
And Gen. Early has beaten the foe in Hardy County, Northwest Virginia, capturing, it is said, some 800.
It is supposed that Gen. Pickett will push on to Newbern, and probably capture the town.
At all events we shall get large supplies from the tide-water counties of North Carolina. General Lee planned the enterprise, sending some 15,000 men on the expedition.
Yesterday the Senate Committee reported against the House bill modifying the act making all men liable to conscription who have hired subs
icer states that the James River is not fordable anywhere above for forty miles.
There is a rumor on the street that the head of Ewell's corps (commanded by Gen. Early) crossed the Rappahannock, yesterday, at United States Ford.
If this be so, there must be consternation in Washington; and the government there will issue emba is believed a general engagement is in progress.
It is the anniversary of the battle of Waterloo.
If we gain the day, it will end the war.
It is now said Gen. Early (with Ewell's corps) has reached Lynchburg, where a battle must occur.
Gen. Ewell has been assigned to the command of this department, Gen. Ransom going Wes in Georgia.
But a dispatch from the West states that reinforcements (20,000) for Sherman's army are marching from La Grange.
It is reported and believed that Gen. Early, at the head of 25,000 men, marched out of Staunton on Monday toward the North.
I hope it may not prove a recruiting measure for Lincoln!
A good deal of fi
from Gens. Johnston and S. D. Lee.
Gen. Early in Maryland.
rumored capture of Baltimore. are in pursuit.
R. E. Lee, General.
Gen. Early, with perhaps 10,000 men, is believed to be doubt it, because by Northern accounts I see Gen. Early is destroying railroads beyond the Potomac, f the track.
We have nothing definite from Early's column yet, but no doubt there is alarm enouch upon Washington City, and co-operate with Gen. Early, who has taken Martinsburg (with a large sup
The city is in great excitement and joy. Gen. Early has gained a victory in Maryland, near Fredeame in the Washington Chronicle of the 14th. Gen. Early was recrossing the Potomac with an immense aell as from the enemy's before Petersburg; and Early, after bestowing his prizes in a place of safelants and set them out before breakfast.
Gen. Early met Gen. Hunter at Snicker's Gap, and whippe Grant, or Grant him, or we may be reinforcing Early, as the solution of the marching of the clerks[5 more...]
gested by a farmer in office.
Gen. Lee writes that he had directed Morgan to co-operate with Early, but he was sick.
The enemy's account of our loss in the battle before Atlanta is exaggeratelast Sunday, with loss of 400 men, 500 horses, and 4 pieces of artillery.
A rumor prevails that Early has gained another victory near Winchester.
No news yet from our agent sent to North Carolinesterday Gen. Hood said no important change had occurred, etc.
I saw a soldier to-day from Gen. Early's army near Martinsburg, and the indications were that it was on the eve of crossing the Potomay before yesterday, 10th inst. He says Kershaw's division was at Culpepper C. H., 50 miles from Early.
Detachments of troops are daily passing through the city, northward.
All is quiet below on Pemberton lost more batteries; but it is only rumor, so far. Nor have we anything definite from Early or Hood.
Bacon has fallen to $5 and $6 per pound, flour to $175 per barrel.
I hope we shall
dispatch from Gen. Lee.
defeat of Gen. Early.
from Gov. Vance.
from Gov. Brown, of Georttesville, etc. Gen. Anderson's division, from Early's army, is said to be marching after them.
Wetelligence of the defeat of our forces under Gen. Early, near Winchester.
Two generals, Rhodes and d and wounded.
The enemy have Winchester, and Early has retreated, bringing off his trains, howevenight.
The following is all we know yet of Early's defeat:
headquarters army of Northern Virgiptember 20th, 1864. Hon. James A. Seddon.
Gen. Early reports that, on the morning of the 19th, th the city on Monday, ignorant of the defeat of Early, for Georgia.
It is said Beauregard is with hAnother disaster!
but no great loss of men. Gen. Early was compelled to retreat again on Thursday, zhugh early this morning that he had learned Gen. Early's army was scattered to the winds; that the ace!
Bright and cool.
Gen. Early is still falling back; on Saturday he was at
river, yesterday, and captured 900 men.
Gen. Early sends word that the whole force of the enemyn in the Shenandoah Valley, perhaps to prevent Early from penetrating Pennsylvania, etc., intendingident cannot afford to lose Gen. P.
From Gen. Early's army we learn that the detailed men and ree learn that a great victory is claimed over Gen. Early, with the capture of forty-three guns!
Ieen writing letters to Gen. Lee, asking that Gen. Early be superseded in the Valley.
Pity it had noe!
Gen. Lee replied, expressing confidence in Early; and the President (since the disaster!) coinc the business and procured the passport.
Gen. Early has issued an address to his army, reproachi is retreating toward the Potomac, followed by Early.
Some 500 more recruits for Early left RichmoEarly left Richmond yesterday.
This would indicate that Gen. Lee has men enough here.
The President suggests th like it.
It is reported that after the success reported by Gen. Lee, Early was again defeated.[4 more...]
progress of Sherman.
from Gov. Brown, of Georgia.
capture of Gen. Pryor.
Bright and frosty morning.
No confirmation of Early's defeat; and the nightfeat of Mahone puts the people in better hope.
One-third of all our lead comes from the mines near Wytheville, Virginia.
I got 128 pw; but we have no papers to-day, yesterday being holiday.
It is rumored that Gen. Sheridan (Federal) is sailing from Washington to reinforce Grant, and that Gen. Early is marching hitherward from the Valley.
There may be renewed operations against Richmond, or Grant may penetrate North Carolina.
No one knows what will happenis house is on the side of the city most exposed, if a sudden attack were made, of which, however, there seems to be no danger at present.
Several brigades of Gen. Early's troops have arrived from the Valley.
Gold sells to-day at $42 for $1. And it rises in the United States.
This produces trepidation in the cabinet.