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entral hill stood the old State Capitol, picturesque from the river, but grimly dirty on close inspection. It is a plain, quadrangular construction, with Grecian pediment and columns on its south front and broad flights of steps leading to its side porticoes. Below were the halls of the legislature, now turned over to the Confederate States Congress; and in the small rotunda connecting them stood Houdon's celebrated statue of Washington-a simple but majestic figure in marble, ordered by Dr. Franklin from the French sculptor in 1785 of which Virginians are justly proud. In the cool, vaulted basement were the State officials; and above the halls the offices of the governor and the State library. That collection, while lacking many modern works, held some rare and valuable editions. It was presided over by the gentlest and most courteous litterateur of the South. Many a bedeviled and ambitious public man may still recall his quiet, modest aid, in strong contrast to the brusquerie an
mpetuosity of the ragged rebels --nerved by the memories of this field's old glories --toned up by the Seven Days, and delirious with the glow of present victory-sweeps the Federal back and doubles his line. It breaksfresh regiments pour in with deadly shot and fearful yell; the Federal line melts into confusion-rout! and the Second Manassas is won. The victory was as complete as that of the year before; an absolute rout was only saved the Federals by falling back to the reserve under Franklin, when the retreat became more orderly, as there was no pursuit. The solid fruits of the victory were the annihilation of all the plans of the gong-sounder, and the complete destruction of the new Onto-Richmond; the capture of over 7,000 prisoners-paroled on the field-and his admitted total loss of 28,000 men. New glories, too, shone around the names of Lee, Jackson, Longstreet, Hood, Kemper and Jenkins; and the efficient aid and splendid fighting of the cavalry of Stuart, Hampton an
irae-dies illa. The lull at Petersburg strain on army and people North and South waiting fears for Richmond after Atlanta peace propositions Mr. Davis' attitude Mr. Stephens' failure at Fortress Monroe Hood's fatal move results of Franklin strange gayeties in Richmond from the Dance to the grave Starvations and theatricals evacuation rumors only Richmond left Joe Johnston Reinstated near desperation Grant Strikes the news in church evacuation scenes the mob and the stoed by wounds, and one was a prisoner. The enemy's loss was stated at far less than ours; and he retired into Nashville, to which place our army laid siege on the 1st of December. Weakened by the long march and more by the terrible losses of Franklin; ill-supplied and half-fed, Hood's army was compelled to rely upon the enemy's want of supplies driving him out. On the 15th of December he attacked our whole line, so furiously as to break it at every point. Hood's defeat was complete; he lost