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acting engineer of the nineteenth army corps, who proposed and built a free dam of six hundred feet across the river at the lower falls, which enabled all the vessels to pass in safety the back water of the Mississippi reaching Alexandria, and allowed them to pass over all the shoals and the obstructions planted by the enemy to a point of safety. Lt Col Valley will be immediately nominated for promotion for distinguished and meritorious service. An unofficial report from Cairo, dated May 22d, states that the army and gunboats wore all safe at the mouth of the Red river and at Semmesport. Major Gen Sherman, by a despatch at 8.30 P M last night, reports that he will be ready by morning to resume his operations. Returned veterans and regiments, he says, have more than replaced all losses and detachments. We have no official reports since my last telegram from Gen Grant or Gen Butler. Official reports of this Department show that within eight days after the great bat
ce by Ewell at 3 P M. Hancock, 21 corps and Burnside, 9th corps, encountered on west and north of road from Spotsylvania C H. to Fredericksburg. The engagement indecisive. Friday, May 20--No fighting Grant still swinging his columns around our right. Cuts looze from Fredericksburg as a base, and establishes depots at Port Royal and Tappahannock Saturday, May 21.--Grant occupies Milford Station and Bowling Green. His breastworks in front of Spotsylvania a abandoned. Sunday, May 22.--Our troops moving all day in a parallel line to Grant's. Monday, May 23.--Fitz Lee's cavalry pressed by enemy's infantry at Anderson's Cross Roads. Enemy crossed the North Anna at Jerica ford, and encountered our forces near Nool's Turnout. Repulsed. Tuesday, May 24--Place Oxford Mill, three and a half miles from Hanover Junction. Enemy attacked our left and were repulsed, and charged by Mahone, commanding Anderson's division. Wednesday, May 25--Grant destroys Central railro
s in the battle of Seven Pines and the seven days fight around Richmond; was next assigned to duty as Colonel of the 4th Virginia cavalry, and subsequently to a battery of artillery that gained distinction in the second battle of Manassas and at Sharpsburg. When a commander was needed for the defences of Vicksburg in the fall of 1862, President Davis sent him to defend the stronghold of Mississippi, having conferred upon him the rank of Brigadier General. he commanded at the battle of Chickasaw Bayou, above Vicksburg, where, in December, 1862, he whipped Sherman and Morgan Smith, who brought a large force against his heroic little band. At the battle of Baker's Creek he commanded a brigade of Georgians, and during the siege of Vicksburg held that portion of Stevenson's line so furiously assaulted on the 19th and 22d of May. Shortly after the surrender Gen. Lee was appointed to the rank of Major General, and assigned to the command of all the cavalry in the Mississippi Department.
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