as a new base, being compelled to surrender his connection with the York.
If the Federal people can be convinced that this was a part of McClellan's plan, that it was in his original design for Jackson to turn his right flank, and our generals to force him from his strongholds, they certainly never can forgive him for the millions of public treasure that his superb strategy cost.
Leaving one squadron at the White House, he returned to guard the lower bridges of the Chickahominy.
On the 30th he was directed to recross and cooperate with Jackson.
After a long march, he reached the rear of the enemy at Malvern Hill, on the night of July 1st, at the close of the engagement.
On July 2d the pursuit was commenced, the cavalry under General Stuart in advance.
The knowledge acquired since the event renders it more than probable that, could our infantry, with a fair amount of artillery, during that day and the following night, have been in position on the ridge which overlooked the p
icksburg continued inactive, and it was now apparent that the main attack would be made upon our flank and rear.
It was therefore determined to leave sufficient troops to hold our lines, and with the main body of the army to give battle to the approaching column.
Early's division of Jackson's corps and Barksdale's brigade of McLaws's division, with part of the reserve artillery under General Pendleton, were entrusted with the defense of our position at Fredericksburg, and at midnight on the 30th General McLaws marched with the rest of his command toward Chancellorsville.
General Jackson followed at dawn next morning with the remaining divisions of his corps.
He reached the position occupied by General Anderson at 8 A. M., and immediately began to make preparations to advance.
At 11 A. M. the troops moved forward on the plank and old turnpike roads.
The enemy was soon encountered on both roads, and heavy skirmishing with infantry and artillery ensued, our troops pressing steadily
er clearing the road, he made the circuit of the enemy and joined our left.
Their strength, as we have ascertained, was 65,000 men. The number of fighting men we had on the field on December 31st was 35,000, of which 30,000 were infantry and artillery.
Our line was formed about two miles from Murfreesboro, and stretched transversely across Stone River, which was fordable from the Lebanon pike on the right to the Franklin road on the left.
As General Rosecrans made no demonstration on the 30th, General Bragg determined to begin the conflict early on the morning of the 31st by the advance of his left.
The enemy was taken completely by surprise, and his right was steadily driven until his line was thrown entirely back at a right angle to his first position and near to the railroad, along which he had massed reserves.
Their resistance after the first surprise was most gallant and obstinate.
At night he had been forced from every position except the one on his extreme left, which re
ition for our army, no movement of special importance took place between July 22d and August 26th, at which latter date it was discovered that Sherman had abandoned his works upon our right, and, leaving a considerable force to hold his entrenched position at the railroad bridge over the Chattahoochee, was marching his main body to the south and southwest of Atlanta, to use it, as he himself has expressed it, against the communications of Atlanta, instead of against its entrenchments.
On the 30th, it being known that he was moving on Jonesboro, the county town of Clayton County, about twenty miles south of Atlanta, General Hood sent two corps under General Hardee to confront him at that point, in the hope that he could drive him across Flint River, oblige him to abandon his works on the left, and then be able to attack him successfully in flank.
The attack at Jonesboro was unsuccessful.
General Hardee was obliged, on September 1st, to fall back to Lovejoy's, seven miles south of
nditional surrender, and that he should not allow a commission from the Confederacy to visit the United States capital.
The report of the commissioners, dated February 5, 1865, was as follows:
To the President of the Confederate States:
Sir: Under your letter of appointment of the 28th ult. we proceeded to seek an informal conference with Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, upon the subject mentioned in the letter.
The conference was granted and took place on the 30th ult., on board of a steamer anchored in Hampton Roads, where we met President Lincoln and the Hon. Mr. Seward, Secretary of State of the United States.
It continued for several hours, and was both full and explicit.
We learned from them that the message of President Lincoln to the Congress of the United States, in December last, explains clearly and distinctly his sentiments as to the terms, conditions, and method of proceeding by which peace can be secured to the people, and we were not info