e may add that the account to which exception is taken was complied from statements made to the editors by citizens of Fredericksburg.
The following is a copy of the proceedings of the Town Councils.
Council Chamber, Fredericksburg, April 18th, 1862.
The Council having been called, in order to to what action in proper to be taken by them in the present position of the town; it was unanimously ordered that a committee, consisting of the Mayor and Messrs William A. Little, J. Gordon Wallace, Thomas B. Banton, Wm. F. Broadus, and John L. Marye, Jr., be appointed whose duty it shall be to confer with the Military Commander of the forces of the United States now threatening the occupation of the town; and that this conference be held whenever said Commandant shall ask a communication from these authorities.
That the said committee shall inform the commander, that ins as the forces of the confederate States have evacuated the town, no resistance can or will be made to it
ion acted wholly upon the offensive.
Early in the week Beauregard and Johnston had information of the contemplated advance of the enemy as soon as a union of the forces under Buell and his front division, which was commanded in detail by Grant, Wallace, McClernand, Prentiss, and Smith, could be effected.
To prevent this wholesale demonstration, it was determined to press the issue without delay. --Orders were published to our army to prepare three days rations, and put itself in light marchinad been given to this end.
Many of the Federal officers did not show themselves in front at all, but economized their personal safety in every possible way. Still it is reported and currently believed among the Yankee prisoners, that both Gen. Wallace and Gen. Tom Crittenden are among the killed.
I cannot begin to give you the names of our killed and wounded officers; and all I remember are the following: Gen. A. S. Johnston, Commander-in-Chief, killed; Col. Blythe, of Miss., killed; L