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The President at the South. --President Davis arrived at Selma, Ala., on the 17th inst. The Selma (Ala.) Dispatch gives some notes of his trip: His personal suite consisted of Curtis Lee, son of Gen. Lee, and Col. Johnston, son of the lamented Albert Sidney Johnston. He was met at the steamer's wharf by Mayor Keith, of our city, and rode in a carriage with the former to the Gee House. Upon arriving there he was shown into the parlor, where he was visited and conversed with by a largGen. Lee, and Col. Johnston, son of the lamented Albert Sidney Johnston. He was met at the steamer's wharf by Mayor Keith, of our city, and rode in a carriage with the former to the Gee House. Upon arriving there he was shown into the parlor, where he was visited and conversed with by a large number of officers and civilians, besides several ladies, who also tendered their congratulations. Amongst the latter was a venerable lady, the mother of Hon. C. J. McRae, now our most important agent in Europe, who had been an old neighbor and friend of the President. Their meeting, we learn, was a most affecting one, and the changed and sad situation of the present, as contrasted with the past, keenly felt and expressed by both. After a short time spent in the reception of his visitor
Calling for more men. --The Abolition Dictator, perhaps alarmed at the advance of Gen. Lee northward, has issued a proclamation for three hundred thousand volunteers to aid in putting down the rebellion. The inefficiency of the late draft has doubtless rendered it necessary for Mr. Lincoln to make another appeal to the devoted patriotism of the Northern fanatics, who find it infinitely more convenient to pay their tribute to the Government than risk their carcasses in battle.
The Daily Dispatch: April 29, 1864., [Electronic resource], The Wounded in Major E. F. Moseley's Battalion. (search)
The Wounded in Major E. F. Moseley's Battalion. --The following is a list of wounded in Major Edgar F. Moseley's Battalion of Artillery in the late fight at Plymouth: Montgomery (Ala.) Guards, commanded by Lieut Leo. Wounded--Privates E. R. Foster, John Dehlor. John Lee, M. T. Lamar. Confederate Artillery, from Mississippi, commanded by Capt. W. A. Bradford. Wounded--Sergt Ea Classley, Corp J. L. Russell. Branch's Field Artillery, commanded by Lieut N. Martin Wounded--Sergt Maj. John E. Booker Sergt. Geo. Trent. Privates Archibald Carmichael, Barny Winfree, Leroy R. Tafum, Wm. Wittsle B. C. Wells, John Eckles, W. G. Watts, Benj Franklin. Wilmington Light Artillery, Capt., Miller commanding. Wounded--Corp. J. W. McKeithum. --Private John Fly.
The late Col. John T. Mercer. --The Tarboro (N. C.) Southerner, of the 23d, has the following sketch of the late Col. John T. Mercer, of the 21st Georgia regiment, who fell in the recent attack on Plymouth: Col. Mercer was a military man by education, having graduated at West Point in the year 1854. --He was in the same class with Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, Gen. Hood Gen. Curtis Lee, and Gen. W. D. Pender, and graduated with them. At the time the war broke out he was stationed in California, and was 1st Lt. in the 1st U. S. Dragoons. Hearing that his native State had seceded from the old Union, he immediately resigned his commission in the U. S. service, and tendered his services to the Confederate Government at Montgomery, Alabama. He was then ordered to Richmond Va., and appointed Colonel of the 21st. Georgia regiment in the year 1861, and was attached to Ewell's corps. He participated in the battle of Winchester, Va., and was highly complimented by his commanding General
eing tried at the Navy Yard (a sound soothing to Yankee vanity) ever flutters the senses; Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Chase openly, and Mr. Seward secretly, are speculating much more as to their chances for the next Presidency than as to the strength of Gen. Lee or the designs of President Davis. Proceed next to New York, and the recollections of Richmond, blurred by intercourse with Washington, fade into the hazy distance, and can be recalled only by a vigorous effort of the understanding. But as slave who has run away from Richmond and gives out that he has escaped from President Davis, is elevated into an authority, and mounts the rostrum through the columns of the public journals. "The Southern armies are melting away by desertion, and Lee and Longstreet can hardly keep the field." It will be as well to state once for all that in the spring, summer and autumn months the balance of deserters is always in favor of the Confederates, but that in the depth of winter, while inaction and s
aving attempted to capture the artillery of General Lee's army at Frederick's Hall, and been drivenxpedition, the object of which was to overwhelm Lee in the upper country and pass on over his body ithstanding a great inferiority of numbers, General Lee hastened to attack him. The battle lasted te of march, having been utterly unable to drive Lee out of his way. He lost, according to the Washiy, at the very time that he was retiring before Lee; while the latter, following him up, drove him rant had arrived at Cold Harbor, where he found Lee again facing him. Here he sustained another trekinridge having been withdrawn to reinforce General Lee, the Valley was left comparatively unprotecat least twenty thousand, under Sheridan, while Lee was still facing Grant in Spotsylvania, passed d the local troops, under the command of Colonel Curtis Lee, displayed, on this occasion, a most commy were parts of Grant's grand plan to manœuvre Lee out of his position after he had failed to do i[1 more...]
fort, and drove out our black troops with heavy loss. The remnants of them were re-embarked, but the fleet remained at anchor, and the men-of-war opened their fire again upon the fort and the rebel troops. It was known in the fleet that Lee had sent two divisions of his best troops to Bragg. It was also known that Hardee was hurrying up from Savannah under orders to save Wilmington. The Tribune has the following editorial comment on this disaster to Butler's expedition: Diawning gap. The force under General Butler, which landed on the Fort Fisher peninsula, was notoriously inadequate to contend with the combined forces under Bragg. There were at Wilmington not merely the usual garrison, but the two divisions which Lee sent down when the sailing of Porter's fleet was known.--These troops had time to arrive long before the fleet, which had buffeted the Atlantic storms for a week, and which has concentrated at last with weakened numbers and strength. Reckoning, t
by burning buildings in the vicinity. The Brooklyn ran down abreast the fort and opened on it, keeping up the fire for over an hour. Not a reply came from Fort Fisher. To-day the fleet did not engage in action. The iron-clads and large wooden vessels were employed taking in coal and ammunition preparatory to renewing the fight to-morrow. It is the intention of Admiral Porter to bombard the works until something definite and satisfactory shall be accomplished. Miscellaneous. Admiral Lee telegraphs (from Florence on the 27th) to the Navy Department that he stopped Hood's crossing the river below Muscle shoals, but Hood had a bridge higher up, where he could not get at him, and was crossing. Supplies had reached Chickasaw, on the Tennessee, for General Thomas's army, and the railroad to Corinth was in our possession, so that Hood cannot get supplies by that route. Burbridge, in his official report of his raid, says: "The expedition was entirely successful, and will b
y were withdrawing from Pocotaligo, and that a large column was moving from Savannah up the Augusta road. It was reported yesterday that the President had appointed General R. E. Lee General-in Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States, and had assigned General Joseph E. Johnston to the command of the Army of Northern Virginia. The general expectation had been that General Johnston would be assigned to the command of our forces now confronting Sherman, in South Carolina. General Curtis Lee has been made a major general, and assigned to the command of a division on the north side of the James. The House of Representatives, on yesterday, refused to pass the midshipman bill over the veto of the President. The President has vetoed the bill recently passed by Congress authorizing newspapers to be sent by mail to soldiers free of charge. His objections are, that the bill is in violation of the Constitution and of the tax laws. His veto message has been made the speci