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finite, and no doubt greatly exaggerated. This raid was a part of Burnside's original plan. That was to endeavor to flank our force at Fredericksburg by crossing above and below it, and contemporaneously to dispatch several bodies of cavalry to get behind our army, destroy its railroad communications with the capital, cut the canal, and even penetrate as far as the High Bridge, which was also to be destroyed. This plan was changed into a simple direct attack upon our army by order of Lincoln. Hooker, who endeavored to mount to fame through Burnside's disaster, has now adopted that officer's plan. The raid was bold and has caused, perhaps, more than its due share of alarm in this community. The Yankees will crow over it as much as they can in order to diminish the force of the terrible blow General Lee has given them. Stoneman's raid was evidently never intended to reach this city, although the apprehension that it was aiming for Richmond was not confined entirely to the
From the North. The fact day in New York. In response to Lincoln's proclamation, Thursday last, the 30th ult, was very generally observed in New York city as a day of prayer and fasting. The public offices were entirely closed, business generally suspended, and services were generally held in the churches. We give below the concluding portion of Henry Ward Beecher's sermon: I must speak to you of the slave. He is my brother. I claim the right, in the name of the Lord God, to call him my brother. His tears are my drink, his wrong my injury. If he had been held to regulated labor for reasons of political economy, I might have said that was wrong; if he had simply been held to abstemious diet I might have said that was wrong. But my brother who wears a sable skin has not been permitted to call himself a man. In every State the Legislature has expressly taken away from him that title, and all the States in the South rise up against him and manhood, and declare that h