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The Daily Dispatch: December 8, 1863., [Electronic resource] 11 1 Browse Search
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From Gen. Lee's army. [from our Own Correspondent.] Army of Northern Virginia,Near Orange C. H., Va., Dec. 5, 1863. A mountain in labor, and behold at parturition a mouse is brought forth. ur hot-house military critics in Richmond who have "never smell gunpowder" will animadvert upon Gen. Lee for not having fallen upon Meade and crushed him before be could get back across the Rapidan. So, then, let me say that whatever Gen. Lee does is for the best, though it is quite true, I believe, that Gen' Lee was disposed to have attacked Meade on Tuesday, but was dissuaded from doing so by tLee was disposed to have attacked Meade on Tuesday, but was dissuaded from doing so by the advice of his Lieut. General, and it is equally true that he intended to have fought Meade on Wednesday certain, but Meade had gone. Meade has combined to put himself behind the Rapidan with nded to fight on Saturday, but was prevented by the rainstorm, and that losing this opportunity Gen. Lee had time to make his position too strong for Meade to risk a fight, and hence he had no other a
Operations in the Southwest. Mobile, Dec. 8. --A special to the Advertiser, dated Waterford, Dec. 7, says that Gen. Stephens Lee has just concluded a splendid raid on the Memphis and Charleston railroad. He drove the enemy into Pocahontas on the 2d, and crossed the forest safely to his district, on the 4th. Gen. Chalmer's command drove the enemy in a huddle on the bridge over Wolf river, slaughtering about 300 of them. The river was filled with dead horses and Yankees. We captured about 400 prisoners. The road was torn up at Saulsbury and Graham's creek, and the bridge over Cypress creek, near Chewalls, destroyed. Our loss was 25 killed and 75 wounded, including Captain Gaines McCullock, of the staff, and Lt. Harris, of the 1st Mississippi Partisans.