- Diverse operations of Federal columns. -- General Hancock's expedition. -- General Warren's. -- the charge made by General Hagood's brigade. -- defeat of General Hancock's corps by Generals Hill and Hampton. -- insignificant command given to General Beauregard. -- his dissatisfaction. -- General Whiting requests him to inspect the works at Wilmington. -- General Lee thinks General Beauregard will be given command of northwest Georgia. -- he is ordered to Charleston, to examine into a difficulty between Generals Jones and Ripley. -- finds the department much disorganized. -- his interview with President Davis at Augusta. -- the latter details to him General Hood's plan of campaign. -- General Beauregard approves it. -- President Davis decides to give General Beauregard the military division of the West. -- General Beauregard accepts. -- he leaves for General Hood's headquarters. -- his communication to General Cooper. -- General Hood demands, but does not secure, the surrender of Resaca.
Some two weeks after the explosion of the Federal mine and the attempted capture of Petersburg, the enemy, with a view, no doubt, to divert public attention from the inglorious results of ‘that miserable affair,’ as General Grant is reported to have called it, resorted again to divers operations, within and outside of the limits of his lines of intrenchment. General Hancock, with his own corps, to which were added the 10th and all of Gregg's cavalry, was charged with the first expedition. This movement was intended to create a diversion on the north bank of the James River, but it proved to be another sore disappointment to the enemy, and General. Hancock, on the 20th of August, about eight or ten days after his departure, was ordered back to his former position at Petersburg, having sustained a loss of more than 1500 men.1 Meanwhile, and before General Hancock's return, an expedition, aimed at the Weldon Railroad, was undertaken by General Warren. It led to several sharp actions between the