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forest still remains, and consequently the most skillful artillerist could accomplish, but little. It is said that Gen. Bragg's plan of attack was designed to be the same as that of Gen. Lee on the Chickahominy, viz: a movement down the left banfficiently so to disarrange our plans and delay our movements. The inquiry may arise in the mind of the reader why Gen. Bragg did not postpone the attack until all his reinforcements could get up? It is said — but with what truth I can not detethe morning of the 2d of July, that the whole of Meade's forces had not then arrived. And yet it must be admitted that Gen. Bragg acted wisely in giving battle when and where he did. Delay was full of danger; it might bring heavier reinforcements tor springing upon its prey; but he had become intoxicated by success, and had grown proud and confident and incautious. Gen. Bragg did well, therefore, to strike his boastful foe as soon as he did. His blow was given with skill and crushing effect.
oints mounted by cannon, where the earthworks are heavier. The enemy are also well fortified, having an inner line of strong fortifications and an outer one of rifle pits for sharpshooters. The inner line embraces the square fort thrown up by Gen. Bragg off an elevation South of the town, in which were two 32 pounders, which were spiked and abandoned, but the enemy, had unspiked and had put them in position in the fort. They have also a fortification on the north side of the river, from whichmplishment. Last night the enemy pressed down on our pickets, when a heavy skirmish ensued, but which lasted but a few moments, the enemy being driven back and badly punished. Col. J. P. Jones, Inspector General, and Capt. Wm.Reid, of Gen. Bragg's staff, proceeded to the enemy's lines this morning with a flag of truce to arrange the exchange of wounded prisoners, at the instance of Rosecrans. The flag was met by Col. Jos. C. McKibben, Capt. D. G. Swain, Lieut. M. J. Kelly, and Surgeon
From the battle-field. Missionary Ridge via Chickamauga, Oct. 3. --The sun rose bright and clear this morning after two days of heavy rains. The hostile lines of the enemy are plainly seen from Gen. Bragg's headquarters. A flag of truce was expected yesterday. The enemy is again busy strengthening his positions, the most formidable of which is a star-shaped fort in the enemy's rear partially constructed before the evacuation of Chattanooga by our troops. The health and spirit of the troops are very fine, and they are all anxious to be led against the enemy. Everything indicates quiet for some time. Rosecrans's forces seem to be massed in and immediately around the town. Three pontoons have been through across the river and his wagon trains are parked on the opposite banks.
Cromwell, and Napoleon, were accounted lucky men in their day, but their good fortune was sheer adversity compared to that of old Abe. They were all great men, and won their way to empire with their swords; but the most abject of Lincoln's sycophants — even the New York Herald itself — never called Lincoln a great man except in derision. He slips into the throne as easily and as gently as if he had been born in the purple. He steals into greatness as he stole into Washington upon his first advent. The paper from which we gather this information was published on the very day of Rosecrans's disastrous defeat. It exults in the anticipation of a glorious triumph by that General — calls him the first officer in the Yankee service, says that his army is overwhelmingly superior in numbers, in discipline, in appointments, and in courage to that of Bragg. and that a battle must result in the utter destruction of the latter. These Yankee editors are wonderful prophets, to be s
Mechanics meeting. --According to adjournment, a meeting of the mechanics of Richmond was held at the City Hall on Saturday night last. At the hour of half-past 7 o'clock Mr. Benjamin Bragg took the chair, and was assisted by Mr. Adolphus Gary as Secretary. The report from the committee appointed at the last meeting to memorialize the Legislature on the subject of reducing the prices of provisions and of adopting some measures against speculation, was then called for when. Mr. E. B. Robinson, chairman, stepped forward and read the memorial which had been prepared and adopted by that committee, as well as the bill reported by the Legislative committee to put town extortion and protect the men of salaries from the heartless attempts of those traitorous traders who are every day trying to grind them to the very dust. After the adoption of the report of the committee, Mr. Robinson offered the following resolutions, which were adopted. "1. Resolved, That it is wi