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The Daily Dispatch: December 5, 1861., [Electronic resource], Federal reports from Southeastern Kentucky. (search)
rate, a "new system of tactics," and was only a little less boastful than the Yankees themselves, with very little more reason than the Yankees can show. Of course, we allude to Captain Bobadie, the renowned warrior, who proposed a plan for defeating with his single arm, a whole army of Frenchmen, infantry, artillery, and cavalry, and did not do it, only because he did not try. Stolen as the plan of campaign is, however, it is very ingenious, and we dare say is as likely to succeed as any McClellan can devise. If Beauregard should obstinately persist in keeping his position, with his full complement of men — and it is hardly to be presumed that he will he so far forgetful of his hereditary politeness — Train has still a last resource. He may punish him as Dogberry proposed to punish the night reveller who might refuse to keep quiet at the bidding of the watch, by telling him that "he is not the man he took him for." This is not the only instance in which Train seems to have fo
From the Potomac --An Hour in Camp.--From the Fredericksburg Herald, of the 3d, we clip the following: The usual surveillance is still kept up off Aquia Creek by three or four Lincoln steamers. At Evansport all was reported quiet yesterday morning. Ten steamers are reported as hovering around above our batteries at that point. If Gen. McClellan meditates a forward movement this winter he has but little times left him, as the roads will soon render the passage of artillery next to impossible. We spent an hour in the camp of the 30th Virginia regiment on Saturday, and were agreeably surprised to find that our soldiers had made for themselves such comfortable quarters. Many of the domicils are dug down in the earth from three to four feet, and lined with boards. A fire-place is made with bricks or earth, and a neat chimney carried up on the outside of the tent. The canvas tent is erected over the "dug out" cell, and thus "the boys" are enabled to keep themse
of leading agricultural products is also noted, and railroads, canals, turnpikes, and high roads are accurately delineated, with distances between principal places. The maps in question are of great military value at this time, and hence Gen. McClellan has detailed several competent persons to make transcripts for the use of the army.--Just now the work is confined to States which are seats of war, but it is intended to extend it to all the States, and in the end to have appropriate shadingham restored to his command. It is stated that Col. C. K. Graham, of the Fifth Regiment, Excelsior Brigade, who was arrested for destroying some building at Mathias Point, in his late reconnaissance, has been honorably restored to duty by Gen. McClellan, and ordered to join his regiment without delay. Officers retired from the army. Washington, Nov. 27. --In addition to those heretofore announced, the army board have retired the following-named officers, in consequence of physic
The Daily Dispatch: December 5, 1861., [Electronic resource], Mr. Russell's last letters to the London times. (search)
the people on both sides will become tired of paying for an empty and enormously expensive pageantry; and it is of some moment to see which is likely to show the first symptoms of weariness. I have already pointed out the difficulties in Gen. McClellan's position here. The last thing he would like to do would be to attack the lines at Manassas in his present state. And yet he cannot venture much beyond his present lines without bringing on an engagement which would lead him to that very p make an offensive movement towards Manassas, whither the enemy have evidently retired. It is more than a month since the Federalists advanced to Munson's Hill, and they have since advanced at the rate of some 100 yards a day. It looks as if Gen. McClellan was not disposed to expose his infantry to the action of the enemy till he has procured an enormous preponderance of artillery, and that he hopes to beat the Confederates out of their position by a prodigious fire of shot and shell, under cov