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Retaliatory measures. --A Washington telegram says: In reply to a request of the President, it is understood that each member of the Cabinet has submitted in writing his opinions in regard to retaliatory measures toward the rebels, on account of the massacres at Fort Pillow and Plymouth. The opinion of Attorney General Bates is said to be in opposition to any such a course. Whatever policy may be adopted, no formal public declaration of it will probably be made.
From Gen. Johnston's Army — the fighting commenced. A correspondent of the Augusta Constitutionalist, writing from Dalton, gives that paper some particulars of the fighting which has already taken place between Johnston and Sherman. His first letter, dated the 8th inst, says: So soon as our cavalry was withdrawn from our immediate front on yesterday Gen. Hood ordered Major Gens. Stewart and Bates to march through Buzzard Gap and occupy all of the spurs that jut out from the main ridge on the north side of the Gap. Eldridge's battalion of artillery (composed of Capt. Stanford's Mississippi Capt. Oliver's Eufaula, Ala, and Capt. Fenner's Louisiana batteries,) was conspicuously posted upon the summit of these spurs. The intention of this was no doubt a mere feint; the enemy, however, thought very differently, for they went to work last night and worked like beavers. This morning a long line of breast works is presented to our view, commencing from a high knoll immediately
From North Georgia. New Hope, May 29. --While Jackson's dismounted cavalry engaged the enemy last evening, our left, under Gen. Bates, was ordered to feel their position. He deployed his command as skirmishers, driving in those of the enemy, and taking possession of their breastworks. He then ordered a charge, but, ascertaining the enemy's force countermanded the order. This last order did not reach Lewis's brigade, whose gallant 2d, 4th and 5th Kentucky rushed forward with great impetuosity, leaped the breast-works, when they found themselves confronted by Logan's 15th army corps. One hundred and thirty of the regiment were killed, wounded and missing. Killed: Maj. Miller, of the 4th Kentucky, and Captain Mitchell, of the 5th Kentucky. Wounded: Capt. Desha, 5th Kentucky; Capt. Henry, Lieut. Cleveland, Lieut Forshaback, and Adjutant Moss, 2d Kentucky.
the left, while the 8th Arkansas engaged them on the right. The latter regiment being very much exposed, and being compelled to charge the enemy, lost very heavily.--Their loss was 18 killed, 63 wounded, and two missing. The loss of the other regiments was very small--two hundred and fifty covering the entire loss of the division. Among the captured Yankees is one Major McKim, who says he resided at Marietta several years ago. When the war broke out he was living at West Point, Miss. Bates's division were heavily engaged yesterday evening on the left — their loss was very heavy.--Lewis's Kentucky and Finley's Florida brigades lost 72 killed, 350 wounded, and 56 missing. They charged the enemy in their breastworks and were repulsed. A letter from New Hope Church, dated the 31st, says: Our lines are very nearly the same this morning that they have been for several days. The sick and wounded have all been sent to the rear. If Gen. Johnston can get the enemy in a
ine. Surgeon Brown, 18th Virginia, and Surgeons S. Brown and Skiff, 10th Louisiana rebel regiments, have been released from the Old Capitol and forwarded to Gen. Butler to be sent South. John P. Hale, of New Hampshire, has been thrown overboard by his party. The Abolition caucus have nominated. Aston H. Cragin as his successor in the United States Senate. There were several candidates, three of whom ran ahead of Hale. Gen Foster, in command near Charleston, has ordered the fire on the city to be increased. A cold barbarity, because no military result is expected. Augustus Nagle, of Alexandria, has been fined one hundred dollars and sentenced to six months in the Albany Penitentiary, for selling counterfeit passes to soldiers, thus enabling them to desert. A determined effort is made, says the Herald, to turn Blair and Bates out of the cabinet. Blair's seat in Congress has been adjudged to his competitor. The Keokuk is about to be raised again.
, it stretched from the Court house near to Chouteau avenue, and presented an imposing spectacle. Some of the caricatures were droll and humorous, while others were less pointed. One pictured Mr. Lincoln as a political barber, holding a dog between his legs, shearing off his tail, inch by inch, with a pair of scissors. In another the President was represented as a camel kneeling before the French Emperor. Another represented Lincoln as a coachman driving the car of State, with Blair, Bates, Seward and the goddess of liberty as horses approaching a precipice; the people are holding the wheels having cut loose two of the horses; Fremont with an axe cuts the traces of a third; the goddess says: "John, you had better take charge of it." In another Lincoln is painted as a tight rope performer, walking with unsteady steps, having lost his balancing pole, and dropping his carpet sack, $700,000,000 of patronage, army commissions, etc. Strong speeches were made by Emil Pretorius,
From Georgia. Augusta, August 10. --Nothing occurred along the line yesterday except the usual artillery practice and firing between skirmishers. Major-General Bates received a slight flesh wound in the leg, but no serious results are apprehended. The enemy is massing on our right and endeavoring to extend his lines in the direction of the Western railroad. A few shots were fired at the city yesterday. Brisk shelling commenced at eleven o'clock last night and continued four hours. No personal casualties are reported.
are still massing on the left, but are making no efforts to extend their right. [Second Dispatch.] Atlanta, August 13. --The enemy advanced his right yesterday about one mile, and at the same time extending his left a short distance, but hurriedly withdrew both this morning, from some cause as yet unknown, to the original position. Their line officers attempted frequently, at different points along the line to-day, communication with ours. In several instances they proposed a cessation of picket firing, which was not entertained in consequence of its not coming through a proper channel. No shells were thrown into the city during the night or to-day with the exception of a slight artillery firing in front of Bates. Brigadier-General John C. Brown, of Tennessee, has been temporarily promoted to the rank of major general. Lieutenant-Colonel James Kennard, Confederate States Artillery, has been assigned to duty as chief of ordnance of the Army of Tennessee.
ithin forty steps of my quarters in the last hour or two. Their Minnie balls are falling pretty regularly in our camp, coming from the skirmish line, about five or six hundred yards in our front, where the skirmishing continues almost all the time. "We have done an immense deal of hard service, the hardest I have ever seen, and certainly have inflicted very heavy losses upon the enemy. We were engaged in the handsomest thing I have ever witnessed on last Saturday, the 6th instant. General Bates's division, was thrown out at almost right angles with our main line of works — the line thus thrown out leaving the main line of works nearly opposite East Point, and running westwardly towards the river. This line was a succession of rificpits, placed about ten feet apart, and capable of holding eight men each. They were then brushed and concealed so as to present to the view from the front only the appearance of an ordinary skirmish line. My regiment (Thirty-seventh Georgia) happen
ce of Mr. Seward--it is not the voice of Mr. Lincoln. We are satisfied that his inclinations are in favor of an armistice, and of negotiations, which will either end in peace or put an end to all discords and divisions in the loyal States on resuming the prosecution of the war. * * * * * * The proper course, from these facts, plainly suggested to Mr. Lincoln, is a reconstruction of his Cabinet, beginning with the State Department and ending with that fifth wheel to the coach, Attorney-General Bates--a passive instrument of old Blair and the young Blairs, and nothing more. A new and harmonious cabinet of living, earnest, capable, patriotic men, (and they can still be found) will at once enable the President to respond to the general wish of the people of all parties of the loyal States in behalf of an armistice. We can tell him that, considering the enormous sacrifices and heavy burdens of the people resulting from this war, and considering our depreciated paper currency, stil
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