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The news. After their failure to pass the Yankee obstructions in Trent's reach on Tuesday, our gunboats returned up the river to their anchorage off Graveyard bend. Last night we received unofficial information that they had gone down again. No firing was heard in the direction of Dutch gap yesterday, though this may be due to the fact that the wind was blowing in a direction to carry the sound from us. No lives were lost by the blowing up of the Drewry, the crew having abandoned her soon after she grounded. We may expect to hear fully from the fleet to-day. Whilst our fleet was in motion on Tuesday, General Pickett made active demonstrations against the enemy in his front, and, it is said, captured a portion of their picket line. We received no Northern papers yesterday, most probably in consequence of our naval operations. The only intelligence received from the South yesterday was the announcement from General Hardee that the enemy were making no demonstratio
." Whatever General Grant may think of Butler's oratory, it will strike home to the hearts of his Massachusetts audience. The man that saves human life is the man for their money. The man that fills up the ranks with American citizens of African descent, instead of Massachusetts citizens of New England descent., is a benefactor of his native land. They appreciate the difference between that Petersburg "hole filled up with American dead until it ran blood" and that placid and secure Dutch gap, where not a groan was heard, nor a funeral note, and where their favorite General snored calmly in his couch of mud, "with his martial cloak around him." General Grant need not send his recruiting officers in the neighborhood of Lowell. "'Taint, a knowin' kind of cattle That is cotch'd with mouldy corn." It will be the crowning glory of Butler in Massachusetts that only "twenty-five men were killed and wounded at Big Bethel"; and as his audience were none of the twenty-five
The Daily Dispatch: February 18, 1865., [Electronic resource], Proclamation by the President, appointing a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer, with thanksgiving. (search)
th Carolina, the junction of the Columbia and Wilmington and the Charleston and Wilmington railroads, some ninety miles east of Columbia. There was a report yesterday that Augusta had also been taken by the enemy. This we do not believe. We have reason to feel assured that nearly the whole of Sherman's army is together at Columbia, and that the report that Schofield was advancing on Augusta was untrue. Firing below Richmond. Several heavy guns were heard in the direction of Dutch Gap yesterday evening. The cause of the firing has not been explained. Probably some wet guns were being fired off. From Petersburg. On Wednesday and Thursday some movement was going on in Grant's camp opposite Petersburg. Deserters state that Grant has sent eight thousand men to City Point since Saturday, and say it is the impression in the Yankee army that this force is to be sent to Newbern or to reinforce Sherman. Sherman does not want reinforcements; Terry, at Wilmington may
h are making a grand fuss over sundry alleged cotton speculations of his; in which he has defrauded the United States Government. It is natural that such conduct should excite indignation among the most scrupulous and honest community in the world, but we doubt whether it can be proved. No man would venture on the perpetration of such an atrocity, in such a country, without using the greatest precaution to cover his tracks. We are unwilling to believe that our late estimable neighbor at Dutch gap is capable not only of such an abomination, but of the infinitely greater wickedness of being found out. If we have sometimes beheld or fancied something dark in Butler's aspect, we have certainly never perceived anything green. We refuse to believe any charges of cotton stealing against that exemplary person till we see the evidence, and every man has a right to be considered innocent till he is proved guilty. We are slowly coming to the conclusion that being found out is the only c
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