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Trio and Parthenia were robbed in like manner. After they had done us all the harm they could, barely escaping with our lives, they allowed us to cross the river during the burning of the steamers. While they were preparing to burn, the gunboat Sidell hove in sight, and to all appearance made preparations to drive the enemy away. But from some cause or other Van Dorn made no fight, and surrendered the boat without firing a single shot. They then took possession of her, threw over her guns and arms, fired the three boats, and in a short time nothing remained but the charred hulls. On reaching Clarksville, I reported by telegraph to Major Sidell, who ordered me to proceed on as rapidly as possible to Louisville, and report to Generals Boyle or Wright. This I did, and the inclosed papers will explain the final result of the unfortunate affair. Thus hoping that in all this you will not condemn me, I remain your obedient servant, M. P. Gaddis, Chaplain Second Regiment O. V. I. M
he river on the stringers of the burned bridge. Leaving the Seventh Pennsylvania, one section of artillery, and all the led horses on the west side of the river, Minty advanced with his brigades on Jonesboroa, a town on the Atlanta and Macon railroad, twenty-one miles south of Atlanta — the Fourth Michigan being deployed as skirmishers, with the First Ohio, Colonel Eggleston, and Fourth United States, in line of battle, with one section of artillery in the centre, and the Third Ohio, Colonel Sidell, and Fourth Ohio, Lieutenant-Colonel Robie, following in column. With this formation, Minty at once advanced and drove the rebels before him into the town, from the houses of which the rebels opened a sharp but not very destructive fire upon our lines. Not wishing to unnecessarily sacrifice the lives of his men, Minty ordered forward his artillery to the skirmish line by hand, to within a very short distance of the buildings in which the rebels had taken lodgment. While he was prepari
hed a high place in diplomacy. Recent facts have shed a flood of light upon transactions that heretofore seemed explicable. The circular of Seward issued to the Northern Governors now turns out to have had some other object than the sudden running down of stocks in Wall street to the great gain of the few friends he let timely into the secret, and who had "sold short." It was in said about the time he sent instructions down to the Federal naval officers in the Gulf to capture Mason and Sidell on any vessel in which they should leave Havana. He knew that he was preparing a quarrel with England, and took the precaution to give timely warning for defence in the seaboard and Lake States. On the arrival of the arrested ministers he sent out dispatches to Mr. Adams, declaring that the arrest had been made without "specific" instructions from the Government, and that the Commissioners would be given up if demanded, and suitable ameade made. He had thus prepared the means of avoid
ld not pay our Government the same compliment. I said I would dispense with compliments if this matter could be amicably arranged. We parted on very friendly terms, I am, &c., (Signed) Russell. Lord Lyons to Earl Russell (received January 9) Washington, Dec. 27, 1861. My Lord: I have the honor to enclose a copy of a note which I have this morning received from Mr. Seward, in answer to your Lordship's dispatch of the 30th of last month, relative to the removal of Mr. Mason, Mr. Sidell, Mr. Macfarland, and Mr. Eustis, from the British mail packet Trent. The note contains a very long and very elaborate dissertation on the questions of international law involved in the case. I have not time, before the departure of the messenger, to weigh the arguments, or to estimate precisely the force of the expressions used. But as Mr Seward admits that reparation is due to Great Britain, and consents to deliver the four prisoners to me, I consider that the demands of Her Majest