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[443] telegraphed to Mr. Stanton, May 8, as follows: ‘May I ask if the storm and rise of the Rappahannock determined Hooker's recrossing?’ To which Mr. Stanton replied,—

The President and General-in-chief have just returned from the Army of the Potomac. The principal operation of General Hooker failed; but there has been no serious disaster to the organization and efficiency of the army. It is now occupying its former position of the Rappahannock, having recrossed the river without any loss in the movement. Not more than one-third of General Hooker's force was engaged. General Stoneman's operations have been a brilliant success. A part of his force advanced to within two miles of Richmond, and the enemy's communications have been cut in every direction. The Army of the Potomac will soon resume offensive operations.

General Hooker remained in command of the Army of the Potomac until June, when he was superseded by General Meade.

We have already briefly recited the formation and departure of our nine months troops: we now proceed to briefly sketch narratives of their services from the time they left the State until their return; beginning with the Third Regiment, which was in the Department of North Carolina.

On Dec. 11, 1862, the regiment started from Newbern with the ‘expedition to Goldsborough,’ which occupied eleven days; and the troops marched more than one hundred and fifty miles. It participated in the battles of Kinston, Whitehall, and Goldsborough. The regiment was complimented at the last-named battle by its brigade commander for its bravery in tearing up the railroad track while under fire, and its steadiness in supporting Belger's and Morrison's Batteries while repelling the brilliant charge of the rebels under General Pettigrew, and also for its coolness while recrossing the creek, which had been flooded by the rebels. Though it was under fire several hours during the day, its only loss was six men wounded.

On the 30th December, the regiment was attached to General Heckman's brigade.

On Jan. 14, it was attached to Colonel J. Jourdan's brigade, with which it remained during the remainder of its term of service. On the 26th, it moved to ‘Camp Jourdan,’ near Fort

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