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h 140,000 men. On the 5th and 6th he attacked Gen. Lee's lines near Verdiersville, and was on both o, he inclined to the right, in order to flank Gen. Lee; and the lines running northwest and southeasht of course brought him nearer to Richmond. Gen. Lee moved on the parallel line to intercept him, Grant made repeated and furious assaults upon Lee's lines, and was every time repulsed with prodio incline to the left, hoping to steal off from Lee and get possession of the railroad before that n this occasion at from 18,000 to 25,000 men. Gen. Lee, who always underestimates the enemy's loss, ine if it took him all the summer. Meade, when Lee had abandoned his position at Spotsylvania Courng abandoned his, boasted that Grant had driven Lee out of his last fortification. Yet Lee was in Lee was in the rear of Grant the whole time. Grant endeavors to console himself for his unheard-of lossesby saying that our losses are still heavier. Gen. Lee has received the reports of all his Generals
ling the woods below Chaflin's Bluff. The Yankees have a decided passion for this sort of artillery practice, on which they waste their ammunition to no purpose. From Northern Virginia. The quiet that has prevailed for some days past on Gen. Lee's lines still continues, and beyond a small skirmish yesterday morning in the neighborhood of Hanover Junction, in which some of Gen. Ewell's command are reported to have been engaged, there is no event incident worth mentioning in that carter. By changing his line of operations Gen. Lee has lost nothing, the movement having been necessitated by Grant's change base, his object being to keep the enemy fill in his front. An officer who left the yesterday represents that our troops are in fine condition, in the best of spirits, and anxious for another collision with the Yankees. They are perfectly confident of their ability to whip them whenever they were ready for a trial of strength. Our army correspondent reports that there is no
From General Lee's army. [from our own correspondent.] Army of Northern Virginia, Near Spotsylvania C. H., May 26th, 1864. Grant has shown no signs of advance for the past two days. He is doubtless biding his time till the reinforcements, of which Meade speaks so confidently, shall have arrived. Meantime, for the seventeenth day, the brave cohorts of the South have with unbroken front, in line of battle and on the march, opposed the enemy and beaten them back. One other event occurr and yet, lest if I fail to speak of the morale of the army, wrong inferences may be drawn, I will say that the spirits of all, officers and men, are most buoyant, and that I have yet to meet with the first soldier who lacks confidence either in Gen. Lee or our final success. The atmosphere is fully impregnated with the stench arising from portions of the battle-field over which I have passed, and which is in close proximity to our lines. Grant, in every instance, has left his dead unburie
The Daily Dispatch: May 24, 1864., [Electronic resource], Army of Northern Virginia, near Hanover Junction, May 22, 1864 (search)
ania C. H., and, aided by a brisk artillery fire from our own guns, assaulted and carried the enemy's breastworks, then held by a single line of skirmishers from the Sixth army corps, capturing a few prisoners, but losing rather heavily in killed and wounded, inasmuch as the enemy were posted behind strong entrenchments and our line of advance lay through a tangled undergrowth. This reconnaissance, for such it was, revealed the fact that the enemy's whole army was certainly in motion. Gen. Lee had supposed as much earlier in the day, and during the morning Ewell's corps left the front, moving in the direction of Chesterfield Station. So soon as this reconnaissance was made, everything started rearwards — a general skedaddling among ambulances and wagons. Just after dark the whole army "was in motion." Wright's Ga. brigade occupied the post of honor, as rear guard. All that bight the teams were moving rearwards. The troops, however, had a short respite of rest, but were again
n received by the Federal Government. On the 14th, 1,000, and on the 15th, 800 wounded were received in Baltimore. Andrew Smithson was arrested in Baltimore on the 14th, charged with denouncing the Federal Government, and swearing that Gen. Lee had whipped the Yankees and would do so again. Lord Lyons denies having had any correspondence with the Confederate Government. The New York Times's Washington correspondent of the 15th, says: Over 12,000 of our wounded have beenredericksburg, May 13th, says: The rebels hold out bravely. They have fallen back not more than four miles after a week's desolate fighting. The Times says the "work goes bravely on — the rebel Longstreet has died of his wounds, and Gen. Lee has been dangerously wounded and sent to Richmond, and his army is in full retreat towards the rebel capital." The Times, in an editorial about "West Pointers," says Banks's overthrow in Louisiana "has made it plain to everybody that Major