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great degree the efficiency of the arm, in consequence of the want of rank and official influence of the commanders of corps and divisional artillery. As this faulty organization can only be suitably corrected by legislative action, it is earnestly hoped that the attention of the proper authorities may be at an early day invited to it. Where there were so many newly organized volunteer field-batteries, many of whom received their first and only instruction in the intrenched camps covering Washington during the three or four inclement months of the winter of 1861-2, there was of course much to be improved. Many of the volunteer batteries, however, evinced such zeal and intelligence, and availed themselves so industriously of the instructions of the regular officer, their commander, and of the example of the regular battery, their associates, that they made rapid progress, and finally attained a degree of proficiency highly creditable. Special detailed reports have been made and tra
tates military telegraph, headquarters Department Potomac, Gaines's Hill, seven miles from Richmond, June 2. From the time the army of the Potomac first left Washington the United States Military Telegraph has never for an hour been allowed to remain in the rear. Before reaching his new headquarters Gen. McClellan almost invare is on the advance; that an office has already been opened at the point designated before he left his old camp, and that communication to the War Department at Washington is open for him. In several instances when the army had marched fifteen miles in one day, the telegraph had reached the new quarters two hours in advance. Whenblished, and I am very happy to inform you that we are the first who have established it successfully. A feeble attempt to telegraph from a balloon was made in Washington last summer, of which I will give you a correct description, and bring good testimony to show it was a complete fizzle. Newspapers were filled with accounts of
yal, where we encamped on the identical spot which was occupied by the gallant First Maryland infantry when Jackson attacked them. The camp was called after Brig.-General Slough. Wednesday, the ninth instant, we left Camp Slough for Washington, Rappahannock County, by a circuitous road, the First and Second brigades marching directly on to Flint Hill, and from thence to Washington, twelve miles above which place the sentinels of the Second brigade were fired upon by the enemy. For various reaWashington, twelve miles above which place the sentinels of the Second brigade were fired upon by the enemy. For various reasons, the troops were ordered back to Gaines's Cross-Roads, near Flint Hill, where they encamped for the night, and from thence they marched on Friday, the eleventh instant, six miles in an easterly direction towards Warrenton, when they encamped on Elias Corder's place, which was formerly the headquarters of General Banks's division. Here the First Maryland, First Vermont, First Michigan, First Virginia, and Fifth New-York regiments of cavalry were consolidated into one brigade of cavalry, und
Doc. 200.-battle of Chantilly, Va. Fairfax Court-House, Tuesday, September 2, 1862. A battle last night, and a victory. Gen. Reno, holding with his division a position three miles this side of Centreville, and a mile to the north of the road, was attacked by part of the forces under Jackson, Ewell, and Hill, about five o'clock in the afternoon. The enemy, attempting a flank movement to put themselves, probably at Fairfax, between General Pope and Washington again, had marched with the utmost celerity across the fields north and east of the Centreville position, which had been occupied in force by Gen. Pope after the reverse of Saturday. Their artillery, therefore, which was obliged to go about by the road, had not come up; but Reno found himself at the beginning of the battle in front of a heavy force of infantry. The engagement, which began with skirmishing at five o'clock, continued for an hour between the force of Reno and the enemy before our reenforcements came. Du
that New York was grandly illuminated to celebrate the capture of New Orleans, which feat, it was reported, had been accomplished without firing a gun. A meeting was held in Selma last week to consider the propriety of establishing a Chamber of Commerce in that city. The preliminary steps necessary for such an organization were taken. A project is on among some of the wealthy citizens of New Orleans to build a fleet of iron-clad vessels. The subscription proposed is $2,000,000. This sum, it is supposed, will put afloat ten efficient vessels. C. I. A. F. Rendricks, one of the most prominent and enterprising citizens of Russell, died at his residence in that county on Saturday, the 19th ult. The County Court of Washington, Virginia, on Monday, appropriated $5,000 for the benefit of her volunteers, which makes the county's subscription $20,000. Jas. Grant was shot in an affair with Capt. D. S. Dickinson, at Les Canpt-House, on Wednesday, . He died instantly.
county, Maryland; Jerome H. Herdcastle, Talbot county, Maryland; James T. Hazlewood, Gibson county, Tennessee; William D. Hooper, Richmond, Virginia; Vincent C. Huff, Wythe county, Virginia; Solomon S. Keeting, Princess Ann county, Virginia; George W. Kyser, Dallas county, Alabama; E. F. B. Longstreet, Jackson county, Florida; Byron Lemly. Jackson, Mississippi; Cuvler Lipscomb, Tavant, Texas; Joseph A. Lipscomb, Spotsylvania, Virginia; Lee Mason, Marion, Virginia; Samuel J. McChemey, Washington, Virginia; George M. Mott, Clarke, Mississippi; William Y. Morris, Wilcox, Alabama; Jacob M. Painter, Wythe, Virginia; Edgar H. Parsons, Tucker, Virginia; John A. Powers, Wilcox, Alabama; Thomas J. Pretlow, Southampton, Virginia; William C. Richardson, Mecklenburg, Virginia; John M. Rushton, Edgehill District, South Carolina; Charles A. Rutledge, Harford, Maryland; Edmund W. Sale, Bedford, Virginia; Melville P. Shelton, Nelson, Virginia; William H. Shepherd, Nelson, Virginia; Milton D. Sizer, R
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