35.-retaliation of the rebels.
Richmond, October 15, 1862.
The following preamble and resolutions, submitted to the House of Representatives by Mr. Barksdale, of Mississippi, were adopted on the eleventh instant, by a vote of thirty-five yeas to twenty-two nays.
Three propositions were before the House--one of Mr. Russell, from the Judiciary Committee another from Mr. Foote, from the Committee on Foreign Affairs ; and a third by Mr. Barksdale, in behalf of a minority of the last-named Committee.
The measure which was adopted recites the atrocities of the Lincoln Government — declares that justice and humanity alike demand that they should be met by retaliatory measures, and that the President will be sustained by the legislative department of the Government in whatever course he may deem it proper to pursue.
There was no division of sentiment in the House upon the question or policy of retaliation, and the difference existed only as to the manner:
opened upon us a fire of canister and shell, we concluded to retire.
And so ended what seemed to me one of the most dashing and successful reconnoissances of the war — especially if you remember that it was mainly achieved by our cavalry division, our infantry force remaining near Lamar.
The information we obtained may be briefly summed up. On November second, Gen. Mansfield Lovell, in command at Coldwater, fell back through Holly Springs. Gen. Pemberton coming up from the capital of Mississippi, on the fifth, stopped him, and ordered that Coldwater should be again occupied.
Since then Lovell has been there with his division; and also Tilghman, with a division composed chiefly of exchanged prisoners from Island No.10 and Donelson.
Attached to this force are six four-gun batteries.
Price lay with twelve thousand men seven miles below Holly Springs, on the Salem road, while twenty-two miles further south, at Abbeysville, were some thirteen thousand militia, or conscripts.