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engagements. He was soon honored with the rank of Major, next Lieut. Colonel, and then Colonel. He commanded a battery on the Potomac for some time; was in the battle of Seven Pines and the seven days fight around Richmond; was next assigned to duty as Colonel of the 4th Virginia cavalry, and subsequently to a battery of artillery that gained distinction in the second battle of Manassas and at Sharpsburg. When a commander was needed for the defences of Vicksburg in the fall of 1862, President Davis sent him to defend the stronghold of Mississippi, having conferred upon him the rank of Brigadier General. he commanded at the battle of Chickasaw Bayou, above Vicksburg, where, in December, 1862, he whipped Sherman and Morgan Smith, who brought a large force against his heroic little band. At the battle of Baker's Creek he commanded a brigade of Georgians, and during the siege of Vicksburg held that portion of Stevenson's line so furiously assaulted on the 19th and 22d of May. Short
promotion gives an idea of the great exhilaration of the Yankees over the fate of the Alabama: The Secretary of the Navy has recommended to the President that Capt. Winslow, of the Kearsage, he promoted to the grade of Commodore. Secretary Seward was struck by a rocket on the 4th instant, just above the eye. The escape was narrow, but Satan loved his own. Mr. Fessenden took the oath of office as Secretary of the Treasury on the 5th. The Herald says: The bill of Mr. Winter Davis for the restoration of the rebellions States has failed to receive the President's endorsement, probably because it required a majority vote of the people of any rebellious State to bring it back into the Union as a free State, while old Abe's plan fixes the business with one-tenth of the popular vote. With the experience, however, that he has had in this tinkering system of reconstruction, we do not suppose that many more such experiments will be made in the interval to December next.