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hment due his crime or error, and become an example and a warning. It is to be doubted whether our armies have suffered more than other armies in like situations. In less than three months McClellan has lost in front of Richmond, principally by disease, soldiers variously estimated by the Yankees at from 100,000 to 170,000 men. He has, by the most favorable accounts to him, lost two thirds of his army. This has occurred, too with unlimited resources and supplies for the care and preservation of health and mastering disease. I merely mention this to show you that disease which afflicts us does not space the enemy. Your letter has been laid before the Surgeon-General for his information. I have thus answered your letter at length by instructions from the President, and am directed by him to thank you for your interest in the health and welfare of our soldiers in the field. Very respectfully, your obd't serv't, Wm Preston Johnston, Aide-de-camp to President Davis.
and rear, succeeded in taking the larger part of his command in the works. In attempting to swing around his brigade, so as to oppose the enemy in front Gen. Walker was severely wounded and carried from the field. The senior Colonel not being aware of this, there was no head to the brigade, and each regiment from right to left continued to fight at the works until its flank was turned, inflicting heavy loss on the foe, and losing much themselves. The enemy still pressing his advantages, Johnston's North Carolina brigade, of Gordon's command, was put in on the right of the Louisiana (late Stafford's) brigade, near the Stonewall brigade, and succeeded in checking the enemy for a time. The loss of Johnson's division was about 2,000 prisoners and eighteen pieces of artillery, besides the killed and wounded. The enemy had now gained possession of a wood within our works, and advanced nearly a quarter of a mile from the works to McCoul's house. At this point Gordon threw in three
pts ministers to volunteer as privates and serve their country in so glorious and trying a position as an earnest of their fitness for the duties of chaplain, where knowledge of the wants, as well as real for the good of the soldier, is required. The presence of a large number of these devoted men in the ranks of the army has contributed greatly to elevate and purity the religious tone and sentiment of our gallant soldiers, and while it may not be possible to provide for all of these as chaplains, thus rendering necessary a discrimination as to their claims, no intention exists to preclude them from receiving the sanction and countenance of law, in their honorable efforts, by promotion. Thanking you for your kind wishes in his behalf, the President requests me to convey to you the assurance of his esteem, and of his appreciation of the great work in which you are engaged. I am, gentlemen, very respectfully, Your obedient servant, Wm Preston Johnston, Colonel and A. D. C.
ening by Ewell's corps to turn the Yankee right, which was promptly repulsed. Three hundred prisoners fell into Yankee hands, besides many killed and wounded. Yankee loss 600 wounded, 150 killed and missing. Stanton assures the Northern press that over 25,000 veteran reinforcements have been sent to Grant. There are no reports from Butler. The Red river is blockaded at many points by rebel shore batteries. Gen. Canby, who is about to assume command, promises to remove them early. Sigel has been removed, and Major General Hunter succeeds him. A dispatch from Sherman, dated Thursday night, at Kinston, states that during that day he had pushed a column round Kinston, in pursuit of Johnston, as far as Cassville. A hard fight for Atlanta is looked for. The Herald states that among the passengers on board the prize rebel steamer Greyhound, just arrived at Boston, was Edward A. Pullard, of Richmond, and he is now probably in Fort Warren. Gold 181½.
The Daily Dispatch: May 25, 1864., [Electronic resource], Reported Capture of a Blockade Runner. (search)
From North Georgia. Atlanta, May 23. --The press reporter left the front at noon to-day. There has been very little skirmishing for the last two days, mostly on the left of the main body.--The enemy seem to have abandoned the line of railroad, and they are attempting to mass on our left to support the flanking column under McPherson, who is moving on Dalton. These developments of the enemy's plan render necessary a further change of position on our part. These have been made, so that Johnston remains master of the situation. There is no straggling, and the troops are in fine spirits and confident. The Mayor his issued a proclamation for all citizens not in any organization to report for orders, and devising non combatants to leave the city.