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rnment and railroad buildings have been burned at Staunton. We leave to-morrow. A dispatch from Gen. Grant's headquarters, dated yesterday at 4 P. M., reports that rebel cavalry having yesterday made a dash into Wilson's lines, near the Lenny House, Wilson this morning sent out a part of McIntosh's brigade to see where the enemy was. Their pickets were driven back and their outer line forced, the cavalry passing over the entrenchments about a mile west of Bethesda church. McIntosh came upon Field's division of infantry, and having accomplished the purpose of his reconnaissance, retired. He killed and wounded a number of rebels in his progress, and brought away four or five prisoners. He had sixteen men killed and wounded. Dispatches from Gen. Sherman, dated at his headquarters, Big Shanty, Georgia, this morning, have been received. They state that our lines were within four or five hundred yards of the enemy; but no fighting yet. Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War.
xcellent chances of success sacrificed to incapacity. The only success which you came near attaining, but the credit of which we intend to take from you, is due to the incredible imaginativeness that you have displayed in describing facts. Changes of base, masterly retreats, and reconnaissances have succeeded each other with a rapidity worthy of the greatest showman of modern times. The immense variety of circumstances is only equaled by the identity of the results. We have-- Sherman's reconnaissance Smith's reconnaissance Thomas's reconnaissance Kilpatrick's reconnaissance Custar's reconnaissance Seymour's reconnaissance Gillmore's Charleston reconnaissance. The result is everywhere the same, ridiculous and disastrous. The sole concession we can make to your honesty is that you have improved upon the changes of base in 1862; you destroy fewer soldiers and burn less of the nation's property. How is it that, after three years of incomparable victories, accor