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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Civil War in the United States. (search)
y Union gunboats.—10. Great Union demonstration in Memphis.—15. Army of the Potomac began its march from Warrenton towards Fredericksburg.—17. Artillery engagement near Fredericksburg. Jefferson Davis ordered retaliation for the execution of ten Confederates in Missouri.—18. Confederate cruiser Alabama escaped the San Jacinto at Martinique.—19. First general convention of The Protestant Episcopal Church of the Confederate States of America met at Augusta, Ga.—25. Confederate raid into Poolesville, Md. A body of 4,000 Confederates attacked Newbern, but were forced to retreat in disorder.—27. Nearly all the political prisoners released from forts and government prisons. Confederates defeated near Frankfort, Va.—28. General Grant's army marched towards Holly Springs, Miss. Confederates crossed the Potomac and captured nearly two companies of Pennsylvania cavalry near Hartwood.—29. General Stahl fights and routs a Confederate force near Berryville. —Dec. 2. King Geor
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Everett, Edward, 1794-1865 (search)
anding the reverse at Chancellorsville, in May, was strongly posted, the Confederate general resorted to strategy. He had two, objects in view. The first was by a rapid movement northward, and by manoeuvring with a portion of his army on the east side of the Blue Ridge, to tempt Hooker from his base of operations, thus leading him to uncover the approaches to Washington, to throw it open to a raid by Stuart's cavalry, and to enable Lee himself to cross the Potomac in the neighborhood of Poolesville and thus fall upon the capital. This plan of operations was wholly frustrated. The design of the rebel general was promptly discovered by General Hooker, and, moving with great rapidity from Fredericksburg, he preserved unbroken the inner line, and stationed the various corps of his army at all the points protecting the approach to Washington, from Centerville up to Leesburg. From this vantage ground the rebel general in vain attempted to draw him. In the mean time, by the vigorous o