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The Daily Dispatch: October 27, 1864., [Electronic resource] 23 1 Browse Search
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earing up the railroad towards Tilton. He has been for the last week "just where Sherman wanted him," and we presume he is there now. If he should blow up the tunnel, which is nearly three quarters of a mile long, and through a gravel hill, it would interfere seriously with the operations of the Western and Atlantic railroad, by which Sherman hopes to get his supplies — when he does get them. From the Valley. Passengers by last night's Central train brought no news of importance. Sheridan is believed to be moving in the direction of Winchester, as his communications are in danger, he has no means of subsistence, and he is far removed from his base of supplies. Rumors are afloat that Mosby has made another grand capture; but at last accounts the rumor was still flying, and could be traced to no reliable source. From Florida. It is said that all the troops, with the exception of a very few, have been withdrawn from Florida, and that the country is once more in th
The fight in the Valley — what is expected of Sheridan. However much the Confederates may have been deceived by Sheridan's lying bulletins, the Yankees have not been gulled. They can see that the capture of a crises, therefore, what is to be the fate of "Little Phil Sheridan, " who, after three very gallant and splendias been reinforced by Longstreet — be imputed unto Sheridan, as unto others, in the light of a crime! Is the h agitated here, as there can be little doubt that Sheridan will soon be moving this way, instead of pushing h A correspondent of the same paper, writing from Sheridan's army, gives the following about the capture of os been made about the devastation of the Valley by Sheridan, there is still an immense quantity of grain, &c.,urning towns in that State, in retaliation for General Sheridan's destruction of property in the Shenandoah vave cents on the day before. The Yankees don't see Sheridan's victory in the same light that he does. Cap
our admiration. The tone of deep and painful feeling which pervades it exacts the warmest sympathy with the writer, while we are in wonder at the powerful self-command which he is able to exercise at a moment so trying. It is from this paper that General Early did all that can do, and that the scandalous issue of so an enterprise is due to a cause not less the rage, namely, for plundering the enemy. General Early modestly calls the issue a "disaster" As compared with what it might and ought to have been, it certainly was a "disaster." In an absolute sense, however, it was no disaster, but, on the contrary, a great victory. It has crippled Sheridan most effectually and relieved us from all fears either of Lynchburg or Gordonsville. General Early has been, all the campaign, struggling against odds, and he has struggled in such a way that they have gained no advantages over him.--He has done his duty. Let others do theirs only as fully and we shall hear less complaint.
The Daily Dispatch: October 27, 1864., [Electronic resource], Address from General Early to his troops. (search)
troops. The following address has been issued by Lieutenant-General Early to his troops. It fully discloses the secret of the recent reverse in the Valley — the conduct of our men in stopping to plunder the enemy's camp: Headquarters Valley District,October 22, 1864. Soldiers of the Army of the Valley: I had hoped to have congratulated you on the splendid victory won by you on the morning of the 19th at Belle grove, on Cedar creek, when you surprised routed two corps of Sheridan's army and drove back several miles the remaining corps, capturing eighteen pieces of artillery, one thousand five hundred prisoners, a number of colors, a large quantity of small arms, and many wagons and with the entire camps of the two routed corps, but I have the mortification of announcing to you that, by your subsequent misconduct, all the benefits of that victory were lost and a serious disaster incurred. Had you remained steadfast to your duty and your colors, the victory would ha