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a road, and moved all his pontoons to Ely's Ford. It was now that he attempted his so called flanking operations for the first time, and he did it solely because he could make no progress by moving straight forward. It was necessity, not strategy, that dictated his movements. On the 8th he swung his right around his left, and advanced to Spotsylvania Court- House by a side movement, hoping to get there before Lee; but he had been anticipated, for he had scarcely taken possession before Gen Anderson attacked him, and drove him out with prodigious slaughter. On the 9th, by moving around our left with a heavy force, he contrived to get possession of the road between Shady Grove Church and Spotsylvania C. H., and from this position he was driven on the 10th by General Early. The operations of Grant, thus far, had been attended with losses unparalleled in the history of this war. On the 9th of May, previously to the military operations of that day, the official paper in Washington