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November 21. General Patrick, Provost-Marshal-General of the army of the Potomac, this morning crossed the Rappahannock to Fredericksburgh, Va., under a flag of truce, conveying to the rebel authorities of that city a letter from Major-General Sumner, commanding right grand division of the army, demanding its surrender.--(Doc. 54.) A sharp skirmish took place at Bayou Bontouca, near Fort Pike, La., between a small detachment of Union troops commanded by Captain Darling, Thirty-first Massachusetts, and a band of guerrillas, numbering one hundred and fifty, under Captain Evans. The fight lasted about half an hour, and resulted in a rout of the rebels, with a loss to them of four killed and several wounded. The Union force had none killed and but one wounded. Charles A. Davis, a chaplain in the army of the United States, was this day expelled from the Methodist Conference of Virginia, by that body in session at Petersburgh.--Salem, Va., was occupied by the rebels.
November 22. A party of National troops, consisting of details from four companies of the First New York cavalry, under the command of Captain Harkins, had a skirmish with a body of rebels near Winchester, Va., and succeeded in capturing four men and thirty horses.--Baltimore American. Major-General Sumner, commanding the right grand division of the army of the Potomac at Fredericksburgh, Va., in reply to a communication from the Mayor and Common Council of that town, praying that the town should not be fired upon informed them that he was authorized to say that so long as no hostile demonstration was made from the town it would not be shelled.--(Doc. 54.) Commander Foxhall A. Parker, of the steamer Mahaska, in conjunction with a body of land forces under Brigadier-General Naglee, made an expedition into Mathew County Va., and together destroyed twelve salt-works, with a large quantity of salt, burned five schooners, two sloops, and a number of scows and boats, and ca
xpedition, consisting of a strong Union force of all arms, under the command of Major-General Foster, left Newbern, N. C., this morning, for the purpose of destroying railway and other bridges in the interior of that State.--(Doc. 73.) Gen. Bragg, commanding the rebel troops at Murfreesboro, Tenn., addressed a letter to Gen. Rosecrans, commanding the Union forces at Nashville, informing him that as a number of citizens of Tennessee, charged only with political offences or proclivities, were arrested and imprisoned in the penitentiary at Nashville, he should enforce rigid and unyielding retaliation against the commissioned officers, who should fall into his hands, until this violation of good faith should be corrected. Governor Vance, of North-Carolina, issued a proclamation prohibiting, for the space of thirty days, the transportation from the State of articles of food and apparel.--Fredericksburgh, Va., was bombarded by the National forces under General Burnside.--(Doc. 68.)
k place on the Kinston road, about fourteen miles from New-bern, N. C., between the column of the expeditionary forces, under General Foster, and a small body of rebels, resulting in a rout of the latter with some loss.--(Doc. 73.) The rebel salt-works, at Yellville, Ark., were completely destroyed by a body of Union troops, under the command of Captain Milton Birch. Six thousand dollars' worth of saltpetre was destroyed. The works cost the rebels thirty thousand dollars.--(Doc. 70.) Brigadier-General D. S. Stanley, with a strong force of National cavalry, made a descent from Nashville, this morning, upon Franklin, Tenn., and after routing the rebels from the town, destroying mills and other property useful to them, returned to his camp, having lost but one man. Five rebels, including one lieutenant, were killed, ten wounded, twelve taken prisoners, and a large number of horses were captured.--Fredericksburgh, Va., was occupied by the National troops, under General Burnside.
eling Intelligencer. In obedience to orders from President Lincoln, Major-General Banks issued a proclamation assuming command of the Department of the Gulf.--(Doc. 75.) A body of rebel troops, numbering about one thousand two hundred men, encamped in the vicinity of New Haven, Ky., was surprised and captured by a detachment of Wolford's cavalry, under command of Captain Adams, First Kentucky, without firing a shot.--(Doc. 76.) The army of the Potomac was withdrawn from Fredericksburgh, Va., to the north side of the Rappahannock, because General Burnside felt fully convinced that the rebel position in front could not be carried, and it was a military necessity either to attack the enemy or retire. A repulse would have been disastrous to the National arms, under the then existing circumstances. The army was withdrawn at night without the knowledge of the rebels, and without loss either of property or men.--General Burnside's Despatch. An artillery fight took place
December 17. Four hundred and sixty Union soldiers, including eleven commissioned officers, taken prisoners before Fredericksburgh, arrived at Richmond, Va.--The one Hundred and Seventy-third regiment of New York volunteers left New York for the seat of war.--Baton Rouge, La., was occupied by a portion of the command of General Banks. Major-General Grant, commanding Department of the Tennessee, issued an order from his headquarters at Oxford, Miss., expelling every Jew within his department, within twenty-four hours after the publication of the order. A fight took place at Goldsboro, N. C., between the expeditionary force of Union troops, under the command of General Foster, and a body of rebels, under General Evans. The object of the Union General was to destroy the Goldsboro railroad bridge, which being accomplished, after nearly two hours fighting, he retired, unmolested by the rebels.--(Doc. 73.)
aroused. All that is wanting is a little time and patriotic forbearance. --A brief skirmish took place in the vicinity of Munfordville, Ky., between a detachment of the Second Michigan cavalry, under the command of Lieutenant Darrow, and the advance-guard of the rebel forces, under General J. H. Morgan, resulting in a retreat of the latter with some loss.--(Doc. 88.) The obsequies of Rev. A. B. Fuller, late Chaplain of the Sixteenth regiment of Massachusetts volunteers, killed at Fredericksburgh, Va., took place at Boston, Mass.--A portion of Colonel Spears's Eleventh Pennsylvania cavalry, had a spirited engagement at Joiner's Bridge, four miles above Franklin, on the Blackwater River, Va., with a squadron of rebel cavalry and a body of infantry, whom he dispersed, capturing one man and horse, and three infantry soldiers and their arms.--Philadelphia Inquirer. A detachment of General Sherman's expeditionary army, under the command of General M. L. Smith, destroyed a sectio
April 27. A party of National cavalry, belonging to the division of General Granger, and under the command of Colonel Watkins, left their camp at Murfreesboro last night, and this morning at daybreak, succeeded in capturing the Texan Legion of rebel troops, posted at a point eight miles from Franklin, Tenn., between the Columbia and Carter's Creek turnpikes. In the skirmish, several rebels were killed and wounded.--Cincinnati Gazette. The army of the Potomac, under Major-General Hooker, commenced the forward movement on Fredericksburgh, Va. This morning at five o'clock, the Eleventh, Major-General Howard's corps, the Twelfth, Major-General Slocum's, and the Fifth, Major-General Meade's corps, struck their tents and marched westward from Falmouth on the several roads leading to Kelly's Ford, distant from the line of Acquia Creek and Fredericksburgh Railroad about twenty-five miles; the Eleventh corps being in the advance.
April 29. This morning about five o'clock, a courier dashed into Fredericksburgh, Va., with the startling, exciting intelligence that the Yan kees were crossing the Rappahannock in that vicinity. Immediately the Episcopal church bell, the ring of which had been previously agreed upon as a signal, sounded the alarm, and the streets presented a busy spectacle of military preparation, and women and children leaving the scene of danger.--Richmond Examiner, May 1. Fairmount, Va., was this day captured by a strong rebel force under General William E. Jones, after a desperate resistance and contest by the garrison of the place, under the command of Captain Chamberlain, of the One Hundred and Sixth New York volunteers. The Union party had only one of their number killed and four wounded, while the rebels had nearly one hundred killed and wounded.--(Doc. 178.) General Stahel, with about two thousand cavalry and a light battery, left Fairfax Court-House on Monday morning last,
May 4. Captain Howard Dwight, of General Andrew's staff, was killed near Washington, La., after having surrendered to a party of rebel scouts. General Banks at once ordered the arrest of one hundred white men nearest the place of assassination, to be held until further orders,--The sloop Empress, from Nassau, N. P., for Wihnington, N. C., was captured by the United States steamer Chocura.--The schooner Jupiter, bound to Mobile, Ala., was captured by the gunboat Colorado.-The Ninth regiment of New York volunteers (Hawkins's Zouaves) returned to New York from the seat of war in Eastern Virginia.--Captain Smith of the Second California volunteers, attacked a party of hostile Indians fifty miles south of Shell Creek, killing five of them and routing the rest.--The battle in the vicinity of Fredericksburgh, Va., was continued this day, the rebels succeeding in recovering nearly all the defences back of the town.--(Doc. 183.)
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