s divulged the secret, for none but generals of division knew it. It must have been found out and proclaimed by some one in the tobacco interest.
It is true, Mr. Randolph told Mr. Jacques a great battle would begin at 8 A. M., to-day; but he would not propagate such news as that!
But the battle did not occur at the time specified.
Gen. Huger's division was not at the allotted place of attack at the time fixed upon.
His excuse is that there was a stream to cross, and understanding Gen. Longstreet was his senior in command (which is not the fact, however), he permitted his division to have precedence. All the divisions were on the ground in time but Huger's, but still no battle.
Thousands of impatient spectators are venting their criticisms and anathemas, like an audience at a theater when some accident or disarrangement behind the scenes prevents the curtain from rising.
At last, toward noon, a few guns are heard; but it was not till 4 P. M. that Huger's division came upon
is pocket, and sat down on the ground to listen.
Another hour, and the reports come with the rapidity of seconds, or 3600 per hour!
And now, for the first time, we hear the rattle of small arms.
And lo two guns farther to the right,--from Longstreet's division, I suppose.
And they were followed by others.
This is Lee's grand plan of battle: Jackson first, then Hill, then Longstreet — time and distance computed with mathematical precision!
The enemy's balloons are not up now. They know wLongstreet — time and distance computed with mathematical precision!
The enemy's balloons are not up now. They know what is going on, without further investigations up in the air. The business is upon earth, where many a Yankee will breathe his last this night McClellan must be thunderstruck at this unexpected opening of a decisive battle.
Our own people, and even our own general officers, except those who were to participate in the attack, were uninformed of Lee's grand purpose, until the booming of Jackson's guns were heard far on our left.
As the shades of evening fall, the fire seems to increase in r
While Jackson was doing his work, Mc-Clellan, who has been restored to command, marched at the head of 100,000 men to the rescue of Harper's Ferry, but D. P. Hill, with his single division, kept him at bay for many hours, until Longstreet came to his assistance, and night fell upon the scene.
But Lee soon concentrated his weary columns at Sharpsburg, near Shepherdstown, and on the 17th inst. gave battle.
We got the first news of this battle from a Northern paper---the Philadelphia Inquirer-which claimed a great victory, having killed and taken 40,000 of our men, made Jackson prisoner, and wounded Longstreet!
But the truth is, we lost 5000 and the enemy 20,000.
At the next dawn Lee opened fire again — but, lo I the enemy had fled!
We have one day of gloom.
It is said that our army has retreated back into Virginia.
There are rumors that only Jackson's corps recrossed the Potomac to look after a column of the enemy sent to re
n decide what soldiers are entitled to pass on the roads.
The article in the Whig is backed by one of a similar character in the Examiner. We shall see what effect they will have on the policy adopted by the Secretary of War.
Although still unofficial, we have confirmatory accounts of Bragg's victory in Kentucky.
The enemy lost, they say, 25,000 men. Western accounts are generally exaggerated.
The President has appointed the following lieutenant-generals: Jackson, Longstreet, (Bishop) Polk, Hardee, Pemberton, Holmes, and Smith (Kirby).
The raid of Stuart into Pennsylvania was a most brilliant affair.
He captured and destroyed much public propertyre-specting that of individuals.
The Abolitionists are much mortified, and were greatly frightened.
The plan of this expedition was received at the department to-day-just as conceived and prepared by Lee, and it was executed by Stuart in a masterly manner.
Advices from Winchester inform the government that M
The first inclines to the belief that Burnside intends to embark his army for the south side of James River, to operate probably in Eastern North Carolina.
The second, dated 17th inst. 6 1/2 P. M., says the scouts report large masses advancing on Fredericksburg, and it may be Burnside's purpose to make that town his base of operations.
(Perhaps for a pleasant excursion to Richmond.) Three brigades of the enemy had certainly marched to Fredericksburg.
A division of Longstreet's corps were marched thither yesterday, 18th, at early dawn.
Lee says if the reports of the scouts be confirmed, the entire corps will follow immediately.
And he adds: Before the enemy's trains can leave Fredericksburg (for Richmond) this whole army will be in position.
These letters were sent immediately to the President.
A letter from Gen. Holmes calls for an immediate supply of funds ($24,000,000) for the trans-Mississippi Department.
A letter from Gen. Pike says if Gen. Hindman
oned his farm last summer, when it was partly in possession of the enemy, leaving fifty negroes on it — which he could have sold for $50,000. They promised not to leave him, and they kept their word.
Judge Donnell, in North Carolina, has left his plantation with several hundred thousand dollars worth on it-rather risking their loss than to sell them.
All is quiet (before the storm) on the Rappahannock, Gen. Jackson's corps being some twenty miles lower down the river than Longstreet's. It is said Burnside has been removed already and Hooker given the command.
Gen. S. Cooper takes sides with Col. Myers against Gen. Wise. Gen. W.'s letter of complaint of the words, Let them suffer, was referred to Gen. C., who insisted upon sending the letter to the Quartermaster-General before either the Secretary or the President saw it,--and it was done.
Why do the Northern men here hate Wise?
Gen. Lee dispatches to-day that there is a very large amount of corn in the Rappah
got past our batteries at Vicksburg.
Gen. Pemberton says it was struck three times.
But it is through.
The enemy's presses reiterate the assertion that Gen. Longstreet is in Tennessee with his corps; and that the detachments from Gen. Lee's army amount to 75,000 men. This is evidently for the purpose to encourage Hooker's army to cross the Rappahannock.
These presses must know that Gen. Lee's whole army was less than 75,000 men; that Longstreet is still with him, and that only one small brigade has been sent away to North Carolina.
Well, let them come!
They will be annihilated.
But is it not diabolical in the New York Post, Times, etc. to urge t
Well, Gen. Rains recommended it. I know not whether he can say more.
I shall not get it, for Congress has but little influence, just now.
Gen. Longstreet is now in command of Gen. Smith's late department, besides his own corps.
Richmond is safe.
Our papers contain a most astonishing speech purporting to ha
Gen. Johnston in Tennessee.
Longstreet's successes in that State.
Lee complains ths to get stock and hogs.
Gen. Lee calls for Longstreet's corps.
the enemy demonstrating on the Rapn the water line.
No wonder it sunk!
Gen. Longstreet has invested Suffolk, this side of Norfolly to take Washington and Newbern, N. C.; Gen. Longstreet, Suffolk; and Gen. Wise, Fort Magruder, aces have since been filled by a brigade from Longstreet.
It is a monstrous undertaking to attempt tfield.
Sunday, April 19
It is now said Longstreet captured two transports, instead of gun-boatll, but is now recovering.
Gen. Longstreet lost, it is said, two 32-pounder guns yethe typhoid fever are appearing among them.
Longstreet and Hill, however, it is hoped will succeed nd to hasten forward supplies.
He says Lt.-Gen. Longstreet's corps might now be sent from Suffolk are looked for in a few days.
But if all of Longstreet's corps be sent up, we leave the southern ap[1 more...]
I am planting potatoes.
part of Longstreet's army gone up.
enemy makes a raid.
great Richmond-but then Lee might get Washington! Longstreet's corps is somewhere in transitu between Petion of the protection of the government.
Of Longstreet's movements, I am not advised.
But there wingaged at the same time, in front, by two of Longstreet's divisions.
This morning the battle was rr, at United States Ford, fortifying.
Gen. Longstreet is now closeted with the Secretary of War received by the Secretary of War from Lieut.-Gen. Longstreet (still in the city), stating that the t.
Gens. Hood's and Pickett's divisions (Longstreet's corps) are now passing through the city-pego, he telegraphed the President to send him Longstreet's corps, via Gordonsville!
It was referred Lee's advice had been taken in regard to Gen. Longstreet.
The men from the garrison at Drewry'as Post, are ordered to the Mississippi.
Gen. Longstreet urged the Secretary to send them off, if [1 more...]
t we shall soon hear something from the Northern papers.
They are already beginning to magnify the ravages of our army on their soil: but our men are incapable of retaliating, to the full extent, such atrocities as the following, on the Blackwater, near Suffolk, which I find in the Petersburg Express:
Mr. Smith resided about one mile from the town, a well-to-do farmer, having around him an interesting family, the eldest one a gallant young man in the 16th Virginia Regiment.
When Gen. Longstreet invested Suffolk a sharp artillery and infantry skirmish took place near Mr. Smith's residence, and many balls passed through his house.
The Yankees finally advanced and fired the houses, forcing the family to leave.
Mrs. Smith, with her seven children, the youngest only ten months old, attempted to escape to the woods and into the Confederate lines, when she was fired upon by the Yankee soldiers, and a Minie-ball entering her limb just below the hip, she died in thirty minutes from t