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Gen. Jackson's successor. The following letter from a member of Hays's Louisiana brigade, gives some idea of the satisfaction in the army at the appointment of Gen. Ewell to the command of Gen. Jackson's old corps: Camp near Hamilton's CGen. Jackson's old corps: Camp near Hamilton's Crossing, May 29th, 1863. For some time past considerable interest was manifested throughout the corps as to who would succeed the late and lamented General Jackson in command of the same. There were, of course, many surmises and much speculatGeneral Jackson in command of the same. There were, of course, many surmises and much speculation on the subject. Early's division, firmly attached to their former commander, knowing and appreciating his valor and soldier-like qualities, espoused the cause of their favorite chieftain, Gen. R. S. Ewell, and, encouraged by the fact that Gen. Gen. Jackson, the sagacious and valiant leader, had in his last moments designated him as a proper successor, felt sanguine as to the result. Nor were they doomed to disappointment. On yesterday reliable information reached camp of his promotion; to-day
t's movement against the rear of Vicksburg: Let us view stern facts and deduct our own conclusions as to the final termination of affairs about Vicksburg and Jackson. First, then, it is a fact that Grant's army, from thirty to fifty thousand strong, have repulsed us at Grand Gulf, and forced their way through our lines, repulsing us still at every intermediate point at which we offered resistance, and reached and captured Jackson. Secondly, it is certain that our forces under Gens. Stevenson, Loring, Walker, Tilghman and Lee--Gen. Pemberton being chief in command — with, I will say, 15,000 to 20,000 men, occupy a line between Jackson and Grand Gulf, e These are the facts; now let us cursorily consider them. It is evident that the enemy designs the reduction of Vicksburg, and expects to accomplish it by taking Jackson, and thus cutting off our chief means of supplies and reinforcements. But Vicksburg is provided for a six months siege, while the enemy is not. Moreover, he is i
onor himself. If self-defence is the first law of nature, it is not first in military ethics. Burn, steal, rob, ravish, murder, and military priests will grant you absolution in the form of a parable. But now for facts. Grant entered Jackson, after slight skirmishing, last Friday, burnt the Confederate house, the depots, the Penitentiary, the factories, a block of buildings next below the Capitol Square, evacuated it after two days stay, and marched towards Vicksburg. --I fear we shall lose Vicksburg and Mississippi. Pemberton will surrender, if Mississippi won't. [It is to be hoped not.] Johnston is working hard to organize a force to succor Vicksburg. We have no communication with that town. Grant has the railroad, and some say he is in Vicksburg. Jackson will henceforth be fortified and made the rendezvous for our troops. The commissaries, etc., are ordered back, which is a sign. I have heard of no cotton destroyed. The Yankees collect invoices for future delivery.
the Confederates, has been sentenced to pay a fine of $25,000 and be imprisoned at hard labor in Fort Pickens for one year. A lady has been arrested and fined for calling the American flag a "dirty rag." Certainly, the people of New Orleans are down-trodden and oppressed by the tools of the despot Lincoln, and we hope that the day of their deliverance from the chains that now bind them is not far distant. The Picayune has also a warm editorial tribute to the virtues of the late Gen. Jackson. It closes as follows: Nor was he great only as a soldier. He was a Christian--a man of kindly feelings and good heart; and for these, infinitely dear to those who were near to him, who knew and loved him; while everywhere, alike among friends and foes, his private character was beyond the reach even of reproach. We are not aware of any impropriety in giving this brief but imperfect biographical sketch of a truly remarkable man. We have no desire to comment upon special incide
A negro, calling himself John Jackson, calling from Amherst county, having a horse in his possession, was arrested near this place May 24th. He had a certificate signed by W. W. or H Turner. The negro subsequently made his escape. The horse it yet in my possession. The owner, after proving property and paying charges, can take it away. W. T. Reynolds. Bentigilo, Albemarle co. je 1--5t*