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for the Richmond Dispatch.] Thursday, Nov. 25th, 1863. Conference was called to order at 9 o'clock.--Bishop Pierce in the Chair. Revs. J. E. Edwards, Dr. Lee, P. Whitehead, and J. D. Coulling, were elected the Finance Committee of the Book and Tract Society. Rev. W. W. Bennett submitted the report of the Soldiers' Tract Association, which was adopted. --Revs. Dr. Doggett, Dr. Lee, N. Head, J. E. Edwards, and H. B. Cowies, expressed high gratification at the report, which exceeded their highest expectations. Wm. Willis, Jr., and Robert J. Christian, were elected to fill lay vacancies in the Publishing Committee of the Richmond Christianccess in the past, and therefore it should be removed to a more convenient point. Lynchburg was brought before the Conference as a suitable place for the College. Danville was also spoken of. Rev. Dr. Lee, J. E. Edwards, and others, urged its removal for some very important reasons. The Conference then adjourned.
From General Lee's army. [from our own Correspondent.] Army Northern Virginia,Near Orange C. H., Va., Nov. 26. Advices from the front represent that Meade is advancing his picket lines on our front to within sight of the Rapidan river, andturned to Richmond via the Tuesday morning Central train, after spending two whole days and parts of two other days with Gen. Lee. During his stay nearly all of the principal officers of the army called upon "Uncle Jeff," and "Marse Robert," to pay their respects. The President and Gen. Lee rode to Clark Mountain on Monday, and had an excellent view of the situation and of the Yankees that were visible. But for the inclement weather the President would have reviewed the whole army. On his reB. Stuart. On Monday night the band of the 11th Mississippi regiment (Joe Davis brigade) serenaded the President at Gen. Lee's headquarters. The band was accompanied by a large collection of soldiers. In reply to this compliment the President
The Daily Dispatch: November 27, 1863., [Electronic resource], The position of affairs before the battle of Lookout Mountain. (search)
lieve me sincere when I say that I never felt more hopeful? I believe we shall winter around Nashville. If Gen. Longstreet gobbles Burnside, as I think he will, Grant must retreat from Chattanooga. And as sure as we get him moved we will keep him moving. The prospect is very cheerful. A large army, an animated spirit, a programme well arranged, nothing but extraordinary bad luck will foil our plans. It is true that we need Forrest. It is true that we shall miss Polk. It is true that Gen. Lee would inspire a deeper confidence. But it is equally true that things are not so bad as they seem, and that General Hardee's presence, his energy, his great talent for discipline, and his fine mind, have corrected a multitude of errors. The Yankees down in Chattanooga are a sorry looking set of fellows, certain. They burrow away in the ground and are as muddy as minks. The pickets are now on mighty friendly terms. They converse freely, joke each other, and sometimes treat. You can