Commenting upon the above, the Herald says, editorially:
We have to chronicle to-day one of the most important events in the progress of the war against rebellion.
According to statements received at the War Department yesterday from General Wool, at Fortress Monroe, and General McDowell, on the Rappahannock, the rebel journals at Petersburg and Richmond announce that New Orleans is occupied by the Union army.
Thus, while we have been conducting formidable and expensive expedition of Beadregard at Ocrinth and Memphis, paralyse the action of Johnston at Yorktown, and reduce this nefarious rebellion to a last feeble struggle.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, of the 28th inst., says:
Dispatches received yesterday from Gens Wool and McDowell convey the important and exhilerating information that the city of New Orleans has fallen into the possession of the Union troops, and is once more under the dominion of the United States Government.
The information, though ema
ead, and their places were filled by the appointment of Gen'ls Hooker and Meade, the former from the volunteer force and the latter from the engineers; and two--Gens. Wool and Harney--have been retired from active service.
Their places are not yet filled.
Maj Gen U S Grant, of the volunteer army, was rewarded for his success at ted Major Gen in the regular army, to fill the original vacancy in that grade remaining out of the four created during the present war. One Major Generalship (vice Wool retired) and two Brigadier Generalships (one vice Harney retired, and one original vacancy) remain unfilled.
Should Brig Gen Philip St. Geo Cooke be retired (he n borne on the army register 45 years, or who are 65 years of age, without submitting their cases to a Retiring Board.
The recent retirement, under this act, of Gens Wool, Harney, and Brown; and Colonels Long, Thayer, Craig, Symington, Gates, Merchant, Dimick, Loomis, and Burke, together with the summoning of many field officers b