We have received from a friend a copy of the Baltimore American, of Friday evening last, May 13th, nearly two days later intelligence than that published yesterday. It was captured in the fight yesterday below Drewry's Bluff, by H. M. Walthall, co D, 1st Va infantry. The Yankees had received the intelligence of the capture of Gens Ed Johnson and Stuart, and in pieces of artillery, on Thursday last, and were in high feather over it. The following is a high pressure dispatch from Gen Ingalls to Washington about it. We have made a ten strike to-day, Hancock went in at daylight. He has taken over 4,000 prisoners and over 95 guns, and is still fighting. Everybody is fighting, and have been for eight days. We shall have them this though it may take a day or two more. They fight has devils. Our losses are heavy — can't say how many. If Augusta forces were here now we could finish them to day. Hancock captured Gen. Ned Johnson and two other Generals, besides lots of lower grades.--The old Republic is safe--but your pile on it. Grant is a giant and hero in war, but all our Generals are gallant, and our men-- the world never had better! Yours,
Sheridan's raid.A telegram from Secretary Stanton, dated the 12th, says: ‘ A dispatch from Gen Sheridan, dated headquarters of the cavalry corps of the army of the Potomac, May 10, states that he turned the enemy's right and got into their rear — had destroyed from eight to ten miles of railroad, two locomotives and three trains, and a very large quantity of supplies; and that since he had got into their rear there was great excitement among the inhabitants and the army. The enemy's cavalry had tried to annoy his rear and flank, but had been run off, and he had recaptured five hundred of our men, two of them Colonels. ’
Admiral Porter has arrived there, who given "a more deplorable account of Banks's disastrous campaign than any heretofore published." The statement of the bearer of dispatches is thus condensed: ‘ On the first day a column of 30,000 men was exposed on the march in such fashion as to be easily and shamefully dispersed by from 12,000 to 15,000. ’ On the second day Gen A J Smith whipped the rebels alone, driving them six miles. He was in hot pursuit, eager to reap all the fruits of victory, when an order came from Gen Banks directing him to retreat with the rest of his army. General Smith refused to obey. A second order to fall back he also refused to obey. Finally Gen Banks in person brought in a third order, and insisted that Smith should fall back before daylight. He begged permission to stay long enough to bury his dead and care for his wounded and sick, if only till an hour after sunrise; but Gen Banks was inexorable, and Gen Smith was obliged, with tears in his eyes, to leave his men, who had fallen on the battle-field, to the tender mercies of the rebels. He carried two of the twenty-three cannon which the rebels abandoned, but was not allowed time even to spike the remainder. While our forces were retreating in one direction the rebels were retreating in the opposite direction. Some hours after Gen Smith's departure, the rebels sent a flag of truce to the battle-field, to ask permission to bury their dead, and sought vainly for a long time for somebody to receive it. Three miles out from Alexandria, Gen Banks found Gen McClernand, with six thousand men, on their way to reinforce him. He ordered him to fall back to Alexandria at once, after destroying his grain and supplies. McClernand refused twice to obey, but on receipt of the third order set fire to a part of his oats. Gen Smith, with two thousand men, took the responsibility of marching to the spot, extinguishing the flames, and after remaining there all night, marched back again with the residue and all the other supplies. At Gen Banks's request that these should be given up to him, Gen Smith replied that they were his by right of capture, and he should keep them for his own use. No General but Banks was blamed for the campaign. Stone is pronounced without fault in the matter. At the time the messenger left, eight iron clad gunboats were above the fails, unable to reach Alexandria on account of low water, and unprotected by land forces. The Eastport had been blown up. Admiral Porter's dispatches, while act going into, so much detail concerning army operations, fully confirm the general conclusions as to the character of the generalship of Gen Banks.
The movements of the Federals in North Georgia.Sherman was ready, according to Yankee accounts to move on Gen. Johnston on the first of this month. Orders had been issued allowing no tents for the men, and but two wagons to a regiment. All surplus baggage was to be left behind. The force of Confederates at Dalton was estimated at 35,400, a large number, it was said, having been withdrawn to go to Lee. The Nashville correspondence of the Chicago Journal prospects the advance of Sherman, and says: ‘ It will, indeed, be a hazardous advance; not that, any danger is to be apprehended from the result of a battle, but by it our lines will be extended another hundred or two miles, and hence we shall be more liable to cavalry raids; and East Kentucky will be exposed to Longstreet, should Lee find himself strong enough to detach a force for a diversion upon our centre; and nothing but entire confidence on the part of Gen Grant in his abilities speedily to beat Lee, and destroy the East Tennessee Railroad, as a base for an invasion of Kentucky, would justify the movements now on the military chessboard. That they are ordered convinces me that Gen. Grant is satisfied that he will succeed in his advance on Richmond; and I may add that a similar confidence prevails among military men here generally. ’
The Orders Prior to Grant's forward move — the expired Enlistment men to be shot is they refused to fight — no tents.We get some interesting information from the Northern papers relative to the preparations made for Grant's forward move. One of the most notable of them was the following death order of Gen Meade:
General Orders No. 23.
Headq'rs army of the Potomac,
Soldiers!--Again you are called upon is advance on the enemies of your country.
The time and the occasion are deemed opportune by your Commanding General to address you a few words of confidence and caution.
You have been re-organized, strengthened and fully equipped in every respects.
You form a part of the several armies of your country — the whole under the direction of an able an distinguished General, who enjoys the confidence of the Government, the people and the army.
Your movement being in co-operation with others, it is of the utmost importance that no effort should be left unspared to make it successful.
Soldiers! The eyes of the whole country are looking with anxious hope to the blow you are about to strike in the most sacred cause that ever called men to arms.
Remember your homes, your wives and children; and bear in mind that the sooner your enemies are overcome the sooner you will be returned to enjoy the benefits and blessings of peace.
Bear with patience the hardships and sacrifices you will be called upon to endure.
Have confidence in your officers and in each other.--Keep your ranks on the march and on the battlefield, and let each man earnestly implore God's blessing, and endeavor by his thoughts and actions to render himself worthy of the favor he seeks.--With clear conscience and strong arms, actuated by a high sense of duty, fighting to preserve the Government and the institutions-handed down to us by our forefathers, if true to ourselves victory, under God's blessing, must and will attend our efforts. Gen Grant issued an order prohibiting quartermasters to issue to troops any but shelter rents. --Those who refuse these must go without.
Troops in garrison stations, or in detachments, can construct huts if they prefer them.
The order ends thus:
Any one who shall issue, or direct the issue of tents other than those prescribed, will be tried by court martial, or reported for summary dismissal.
The following were some of the conjectures as to Lee's intentions by the Washington Star: ‘
The belief is expressed by parties from the front that Lee has suddenly evacuated his position, and there is a report coming through rebel sources that he is marching rapidly to meet a Federal force believed in Richmond to be moving up the Peninsula under Gen Smith, he (Lee) preparing to throw the weight of his army first on Smith, hoping to crush him before Grant can reach within co-operative distance of Smith. ’
Good military judges about us, however, believe that Lee means to confront Grant directly, and that any change of position he (Lee) may have made, is with this purpose in view.
We may be certain, from Grant's past history, that his movements will be rapid and telling.
May 4, 1864.
Steele's expedition towards Shreveport has returned to Little Rock, Arkansas, "under rather exciting circumstances." The following are the facts of his precipitous and unexpected return: ‘ Gen Steele left Little Rock with some 12,000 infantry and 3,000 cavalry, the latter under General Carr. ’ Arkadelphia was occupied without difficulty, and a force moved forward to Camden. Between Arkadelphia and Camden a subsistence train of 180 wagons was cut off and captured by the enemy, together with the escort of 480 men, who suddenly found themselves in the hands of a superior force, and made little resistance. At Camden Steele soon found the rebels, about 8,000 strong, (cavalry,) in his rear; and 240 wagons, dispatched from Camden towards Pine Bluff for stores, with an escort of 1,600 men, were captured by the enemy. The steamer Alamo, with twenty tons of ammunition for Steele and his army, was sunk forty miles below Little Rock by coming in collision with another steamer. The pilot who had charge of the boat was put under arrest on suspicion of treachery, but subsequently was released. Steele could find no stores to subsist his troops on, and had to reduce their allowance to quarter rations. As the movement of Gen Steele was to be cooperative with the main one of Gen Banks, which had failed, there remained no course but to return to Little Rock. Gen Price undertook to retain Gen Steele at Camden, while Gen Marmaduke act off for Little Rock. Steele, to act for the safety of the capital of Arkansas, with its Union population and millions of dollars worth of Federal stores, and for the rescue of his army, broke through the lines of Gen Price, and set out to get to Little Rock in time to save it from Marmaduke, who was also making every exertion to reach and bag the proposed game. At Sabine Fork it became necessary to give Price battle, which was handsomely done. The rebels were well mounted and in line condition. The fight was protracted and bloody, lasting for three or four hours, resulting in the complete repulse of the enemy, and leaving Steele to resume his exciting race with Marmaduke. Marmaduke approached Little Rock, throwing shells into the city, on the afternoon of the 1st instant. Shortly afterward Carr's cavalry came up, and these joining the troops at the post, compelled Marmaduke to relinquish his undertaking. He made little resistance as the main body of Steele's army was rapidly arriving. The Arkansas Legislature was in session, and probably not one of its members, if caught, would have been spared by the exasperated foe. During the entire march from Camden our troops were constantly skirmishing with the enemy, who hung upon their rear and flanks, strenuously endeavoring to impede their progress. There were no ambulances for our wounded near, and they had to be left in the houses of residents on the road. The captured escort of sixteen hundred men was composed of the 36th lows, the 43d Indiana, and the 77th Ohio regiments. Only 45 succeeded in escaping. Our informant represents Steele's cavalry deplorably deficient in horses, our men being compelled to use unbroken mules in many instances, or to try and use them to serve in the place of cavalry horses. Gen. Price's forces are still lingering in the vicinity, stripping off the desolated country anew.