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I cannot comprehend how this can be, unless sickness has decimated his ranks. As he owns to have had one hundred and eighty-five thousand at that period, he must have one hundred and thirty-five thousand men now, unless the scattered remains of Banks's, Fremont's, Milroy's, and Shields's corps have been gathered and sent to him. There cannot be a doubt, however, that he has drawn largely upon McDowell, who has been hovering around Fredericksburgh for the past two months. As there is water comeries of victories over the Federals, he fell back, as usual, to recuperate, and the Yankees, expecting his speedy reappearance among them, detached several corps to watch for and overwhelm him if he advanced. Thus, the force of Milroy, Shields, Banks, Fremont, and McDowell, which were primarily intended to advance from the west upon Richmond, and cooperate with McClellan on the east in reducing our capital, are scattered up and down the Valley, strategically, to watch and capture the redoubta
Morning returns to find McClellan gone again, when a fresh hunt takes place. But the danger that McClellan may receive such supports as might extricate him from his present dilemma, creates a great desire to see him at once brought to extremity. Already there are rumors that reenforcements have arrived in James River. We doubt much, however, whether effectual help can be brought in time to save him. Our latest Northern papers (June twenty-seventh) state that Fremont's, McDowell's, and Banks's command are to be consolidated under General Pope, and sent to reenforce McClellan. A division of McDowell's troops under General McCall is stated, on the same authority, to have already joined McClellan at that date; and this was doubtless true, for McCall has arrived. Our generals fully share the universal desire to put final victory beyond the reach of contingency, by securing it at once, and have put forth their utmost diligence to accomplish this result. Those who murmur at the
quently he rides unattended to distant outposts at night, and converses with the pickets about the movements of the enemy, and without more ceremony than you just now saw exhibited. It is his continual industry and sleeplessness that have routed Banks, Shields, and others in the Valley. He is continually moving himself, and expects all under him to be animated by the same solicitude and watchfulness. It was now past seven A. M., and our advanced guard had been on the move some time, but witn hand to sketch the most insignificant event. When at the capital, these carpet knights refused to cross the Potomac for active service, and soon returned to New-York with flying banners, as if returning from conquest. Then came the time when Banks's army, routed by Jackson at Front Royal, rushed in disordered masses to Washington, and again the cry was raised of the Capitol in danger, and the gallant Seventh volunteered to go to its defence a second time. This time they found a master in
ckson was at Winchester with a small force, and was ordered to attack Shields, (Banks being sick,) so as to create a diversion in our favor. Although obliged to retlled on Ewell, and, receiving reenforcements from him, suddenly pounced down on Banks at Front Royal, and chased him to Washington, capturing immense quantities of bFredericksburgh, and was promised chief command of this movement when joined by Banks, Blenker, Milroy, Shields, and Fremont from the Shenandoah Valley and Western V and himself rated as a third-class subordinate in the same enterprise; General N. P. Banks, of Massachusetts, being second to Pope. Politics had much to do witartially, and awarded that praise which ability and bravery deserved. Pope and Banks were both uncompromising negro-worshippers, and as military men were laughed ate trifling cavalry skirmish with our scouts, it was evident their advance under Banks was about to move into an eligible position. As soon as this was ascertained,
y force, and with Washington nearly due north; Banks had massed his troops in a wooded plain near Cned on our part as to attract the attention of Banks himself, inland and farther up the stream. an. Our movements were evidently too rapid for Banks; indeed, no possible despatch could save him, ained something regarding the true position of Banks's army. A few of these adventurous spirits had be unable to appear upon the field to assist Banks, should Jackson force him to engage on the folback towards the mountain, it was evident that Banks was determined to push us hard, and begin the the broken character of the country. Clearly, Banks was ignorant of the existence of a flanking foeral brigades in which he had most confidence, Banks ordered them to charge the guns before mentioneveral pieces, and broke them in a moment. Banks was angry, and determined to force our positiondications. Perceiving that his old friend Banks was unwilling to leave the vicinity of the bat[8 more...]
ur relief. Ambrose Hill, however, who was said to be in command of our right, handled his men with more than usual ability, and prevented this design being executed. Prisoners captured informed us of the commands they severally belonged to; from whom it appeared that Heintzelman was moving against our left under Ewell near Centreville; Sigel was operating against the centre under Jackson; and Porter, with his regulars and powerful artillery, was opposed to Hill, McDowell being in reserve. Banks was not mentioned, and his position was unknown. This news confirmed our former suspicions that McClellan was reenforcing Pope as rapidly as possible, his various corps being despatched from Alexandria as speedily as they arrived there! Firing now became regular with the infantry, and booming of cannon resounded among the hills with a long rolling sound like the echo of thunder. Light lines of smoke ascending over the landscape, and the long crackling sound of rifles as regiments deliv
to some bar-room, he might have added, for, from a sidelong glance cast at our precious stone jar, he evidently wanted a whet, sugar or no sugar. In answer to inquiries, the. first speaker continued: I always heard that Cedar Run had cost Banks upwards of three thousand men, killed, wounded, and prisoners, and during the last three fights, I should judge we could not have lost less than fourteen thousand more. General Pope admitted, unofficially, that his losses during the twenty-eigon the staff during the day, and had traversed the greater part of the field, so that his remarks were not all hearsay. He described the loss of the enemy as being truly considerable, and did not deny that their line officers had suffered much. Banks had not participated in the engagement, and it was generally supposed he had been cut off by our forces. This was incorrect, for he joined Pope on the march from Centreville, but lost much of his baggage, as usual. The various brooks and strea
asked a Yankee, one cold morning, blowing his fingers. Oh! Not very good to-day, was the reply. We have suffered an awful loss! Jackson has resigned P Jackson resigned! was the astonished exclamation in rejoinder. Why, how was that? asked the Federals, who greatly feared the very name of old Stonewall. Oh! he resigned because they removed his commissary-general, and he wouldn't stand it. His commissary-general, eh? Then who was he? they inquired in much surprise. Banks! was the significant reply. The sarcasm was well applied, and so acutely felt by the enemy, that they immediately opened fire from pure vexation. but, on the ninth and tenth, unusual activity seemed to prevail on the Stafford Heights, and outposts brought in word that during the night heavy wagon-trains could be heard moving, and the noise and cursing of teamsters whipping their horses, mules, and oxen, were very frequent immediately opposite the town. This was explained when, on the
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