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e twenty-two miles from Hicksford junction, the nearest point of railroad communication with General Grant's left wing. The distance from Stony Creek station, on the Petersburg and Weldon road, which is within General Grant's lines, to Hicksford junction, is only twenty-one miles, so that Sherman's right and Grant's left would only be forty-three miles, by rail, apart. There are numerous iGrant's left would only be forty-three miles, by rail, apart. There are numerous indications that the grand battle-field will be, or has been found on the line of the Roanoke river, near the junction of the Dan and Staunton, or further west, on the line of the Dan, between Clarkesing the line of the Dan on which to give battle, Lee would have Sherman on the south bank, while Grant's army would have a long distance to march overland in order to come up in Lee's rear, or a longe object to be accomplished by Lee — the possible defeat of Sherman before he can be succored by Grant — into consideration, it is reasonable to suppose that either the line of the Roanoke, near Clar
we could obtain towards a confirmation of the report. We think it likely there has been heavy skirmishing in that quarter, and possibly there may have been an advance on the part of the enemy. Such a thing has been looked for daily for the past week. We received authentic information that Sheridan, on Sunday, crossed from the White House to the south side of James river. The Yankee papers hint that he is going on a raid to meet and co- operate with Sherman. It is more probable that Grant will retain him to operate against the Southside and Danville railroads. One hundred and eighty prisoners, captured during the frequent skirmishes on our right on Saturday, reached the Libby last evening. The usual quiet prevails on the north side of the James. From East Tennessee--the movement against Southwestern Virginia. We have, through private letters and other trustworthy sources, positive intelligence relative to Thomas's movements and force in East Tennessee.--Ther
Yankee prisoners. --One hundred and fifty Federal prisoners, including three officers and two surgeons, were booked at the Libby prison yesterday afternoon. They were the result of Saturday evening's operations between Generals Grant and Lee.
, east of Petersburg and in the vicinity of Hatcher's run. There was a flying rumor, yesterday, that the Yankees had made a move towards the Southside railroad; but we think this was only a guess, founded on the knowledge that Sheridan had joined Grant. Last Friday; a considerable body of Yankee cavalry were ambushed by our scouts near Proctor's, on the Jerusalem plankroad, and so harassed that they were compelled to retire within Grant's lines. The following dispatch was received at tGrant's lines. The following dispatch was received at the War Office yesterday: "Headquarters, March 28, 1865. "Hon. J. C. Breckinridge, Secretary of War: "General Gordon informs me that, in his report of the action at Hare's Hill, on the 26th instant, he omitted to mention that Colonel H. P. Jones, commanding the artillery on that portion of the lines, was at the front, superintending, in person, the operations of the artillery, and that a select body of officers and men, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Stribling, charged the
], in which he says "there was skirmishing near Dinwiddie Courthouse yesterday [Wednesday], without decisive result." The Petersburg Express of yesterday says Grant's long-contemplated movement to extend his left towards the Southside railroad has begun, and that he has forty thousand men on the field. We make a summary or, it is believed that battle was joined and the enemy driven. "Just beyond Burgess's mill, and to the southeast, skirmishing commenced early in the day. Here Grant had his infantry massed, and his flanks supported by cavalry, and here the heaviest fighting occurred. The discharges of artillery and the volleys of musketry cou "It is stated that some five or six hundred prisoners were captured. Their condition was pitiable. They were covered with mud from head to heels. "Generals Grant, Meade and Sheridan were on the field, or in its vicinity, during the day. All the prisoners, and several deserters who came over to us, assert this fact.
A bill has been introduced into the United States House of Representatives to revive the grade of general in the United States Army--being one step higher than lieutenant-general. It is supposed to be intended for General Grant's benefit, and was proposed by a member from his State. The Boston Journal learns that ex-President Franklin Pierce was baptized and confirmed in St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Concord, N. H., last Sabbath, by Rev. Dr. J. H. Eames, the rector. Mr. Bingham has prepared the draft of an important amendment to the Constitution, repealing the fifth section of that instrument, which prohibits a tax on exports. The Episcopal churches in Alabama are still closed.
The Daily Dispatch: December 11, 1865., [Electronic resource], Political view of General Butler's resignation. (search)
Political view of General Butler's resignation. --A Philadelphia paper says: "This is significant, as showing the bitterness of feeling which is growing up between the Radicals and the Conservatives at Washington. General Butler tendered his resignation some time since, or as soon as he heard that Lieutenant-General Grant was about to give him a scoring in his official report. The matter was laid over, and nothing more was said about it until a few days since, when General Butler was called to Washington for a conference with the President. Sequel: General Butler was not satisfied; the conference was not a happy one to him. He looked up his old resignation, and had it accepted before the time came when its acceptance might appear creditable to him. Consequence: General Butler will now be a bitter opponent of the Administration."
The last Confederate. --Only one Confederate soldier now remains at the Fair Grounds Hospital--Sergeant Thomas W. Rives, of company G., Forty-third Alabama regiment, Gracie's brigade. Sergeant Rives received his wound at Appomattox Courthouse on Sunday, April 9, 1865, about fifteen minutes before the flag of truce was hoisted, and within a few yards of the famous apple tree under which Generals Grant and Lee signed the articles of surrender. He is still a sufferer from the wound, which was very severe.--Pittsburg Express.
In his late report of the military events of the last year of the war, General Grant sets forth his estimate of the relative warlike capacities of the soldiers from the eastern and western sections of the country. Having seen both of them fighting battles, he gives it as the result of his observation that there is no difference in their fighting qualities, while, elsewhere, in the same paragraph, he gives the South credit for the most herculean deeds of valor on the field of battle. The judgment of General Grant in this matter will no doubt be confirmed by the people of all parts of the United States. It is strange that any opinion should ever have been entertained in any section of the United States derogatory to the valor of any part of its people. The original settlers of all the States were mostly from the same English stock, and the emigration which has since so largely blended with the population was supplied by some of the most warlike nations of Europe. The co
Return of General Grant. Washington, December 11. --General Grant returned from his Southern tour this morning. Return of General Grant. Washington, December 11. --General Grant returned from his Southern tour this morning.
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