rom the Tennessee river into the heart of Alabama.
Forrest was in front with a motley force, made up of conscripts and local militia: old men and boys, clergymen, physicians, editors, judges—the people usually left behind in time of war. To these the rebel commander added two or three thousand cavalry-men, and altogether his numbers amounted to seven thousand.
On the 1st of April, Wilson encountered this enemy at Ebenezer Church, and drove him across the Cahawba river in confusion.
On the 2nd, he attacked and captured the fortified city of Selma, took thirty-two guns and three thousand prisoners, and destroyed the arsenal, armory, machine-shops, and a vast quantity of stores.
On the 4th, he captured and destroyed Tuscaloosa.
On the 10th, he crossed the Alabama river, and, on the 14th, occupied Montgomery, which the enemy had abandoned.
Here he divided his force, sending one portion upon West Point, and the other against Columbus, in Georgia.
Both these places were assaulted an
ers, but was checked by the news of the surrender of both the great rebel armies.
On the 27th of March, Canby's force arrived before Mobile; it was in three divisions, commanded by A. J. Smith, Gordon Granger, and Steele.
Smith and Granger were ordered to attack Spanish Fort, on the eastern side of Mobile bay, while Steele invested Blakely, above the town.
Both these places were taken on the 9th of April, Blakely by assault, and after severe and gallant fighting on both sides; and on the 11th, Mobile was evacuated.
In these operations two hundred guns were captured, and four thousand prisoners; but the bulk of the garrison, nine thousand in number, escaped.
Wilson's command, consisting of twelve thousand five hundred mounted men, marched south from the Tennessee river into the heart of Alabama.
Forrest was in front with a motley force, made up of conscripts and local militia: old men and boys, clergymen, physicians, editors, judges—the people usually left behind in time of w
ent was assassinated—shot by an actor, one of a band of conspirators who, it was afterwards proved, intended also to take the life of Grant.
The Secretary of State was wounded in his bed, and doubtless the designs included attacks upon the VicePresi-dent and the Secretary of War, which, however, were not carried into effect.
Stanton at once telegraphed to the general-in-chief, who returned the same night to Washington.
The President lingered a few hours, and expired on the morning of the 15th, at the moment of the triumph of that cause of which he had been the devoted servant as well as the indefatigable and beloved leader, and of which he now became the most exalted and lamented martyr.
His successor, Andrew Johnson, was inaugurated on the same day.
These astounding events imposed unforeseen and important duties on all connected with the government, and Grant, of course, remained at the capital.
Meanwhile, the expected sequel to the surrender of Lee had come to pass.