between the opposing forces, complicated with the strength of the fortress and Grant's tactics in the approaching great battle.
The rebels cannot afford to lose Vicksburg; but if they succeed there, by concentrating the victorious army at Chattancoga it will be an easy matter to clear out Tennessee.
Johnston was only prevented from dealing Rosecrans a heavy blow by Grant's landing at Port Gibson and attacking Vicksburg in the rear.
Lee, with heavy reinforcements, is about to move into Pennsylvania, and Stuart, with 15,000 cavalry, is behind the Rappahannock.
What is their destination?
But Hooker, whose army is twice as large as General Lee's, must first be whipped.
One cool, sagacious head at Richmond, seems to direct all the movements on the Southern chess board of the war. What kind of a head, and what head, makes the counter moves at Washington?
The war Democrats are chiming in with the peace men.
Gold in New York rose to 145, closing at 144⅞. Exchange 157½ to 1