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hic agents in that quarter, who have, in the last three months, sent us much startling news that needed confirmation, and which has not to this day received it. While we accept the fact very gratefully that the General has defeated Banks, we are not sure as to the 6,000 prisoners. We trust that part of the story is also true; for we are very much in need of Yankee prisoners at the present time! Supposing Gen. Taylor has gained an important victory over the distinguished commissary of Gen. Jackson, we hope to be able to consider it as the first wave of the returning tide of victory we are about to roll upon the enemy. It is certainly the first cheering news of battle that we have had for some time. It is this view, more than for its extent as at present advised, that causes it to be hailed with peculiar pleasure by the people of the South. It is but just, while on the subject, to say that Gen. Taylor has achieved more than any other of our Generals in the Southwest the prese
The Daily Dispatch: August 3, 1863., [Electronic resource], The situation in Mississippi--Grant gone back to Vicksburg. (search)
A correspondent of the Atlanta Appeal, writing from Meridian, on the 19th, says: From Jackson we have interesting news. Two lads, just from there, bring the intelligence that the whole of Grant's army, excepting one brigade, had left Jackson, going toward Vicksburg. There were no Yankee pickets this side of Pearl river, and our pickets had reached them stream. Six prisoners, taken nrnor's mansion, and many other houses, were burned to the ground. The railroad from Brandon to Jackson was effectually destroyed, not a rail reported to have been left in its place, and that portionCanton is destroyed. They also burned a train of forty cars and two engines between Canton and Jackson. We will loss heavily in rolling stock by their depredations north of Jackson. There are fromse to us. He never would have destroyed the railroads if he contemplated permanent occupation. Jackson, he knows as well as Gen. Johnston knew, is no point of strategic importance, and he will simpl
e first range of mountains was attained Sunday afternoon at New Market, and crossed Monday morning. Reaching the Shenandoah about mid day, two or three hours were consumed in throwing a pontoon bridge across at Columbia bridge, destroyed by Jackson in his brilliant Valley campaign, to prevent the crossing of Shields, who was compelled to go up the eastern side of the river and mountains, while Jackson went pari passu up the western, an efficient, signal officer keeping him advised of his aJackson went pari passu up the western, an efficient, signal officer keeping him advised of his adversary's movements. The division reached the second and last range of the Blue Ridge Monday night, and encamped at the foot, in Littlepage Valley. The greater part of the day (Tuesday) was occupied in crossing at Fisher's, better known as Milam's, Gap. The road over the mountain here is crossed by a Macadamized road, much broken since the war began, but one of the most splendid pieces of engineering in the country. On the western side, by the direction of the road, it is seven miles from t