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red, his hull pierced at the water-line, and the water pouring in in every direction, was obliged to surrender. He was received with all his crew on board the Alabama just as his vessel was sinking. Semmes, satisfied with his brilliant success, paid no further attention to Galveston, and repaired to Jamaica, where we will leave him for the present. Commodore Bell had only arrived before Galveston on the 10th of January. The battle which had scattered the Federal fleet was fought on the 1st of the month. The entrance of the port was therefore free for the period of ten days. General Magruder hastened to take advantage of this to announce the raising of the blockade. He had a right to do so. The case was very different from that of Charleston, to which we have previously alluded. Neutral vessels were therefore at liberty to trade with Galveston until the expiration of the time required by law for the issuing of a new proclamation of the blockade. Unfortunately, none of these
be more promptly or more correctly informed. Unfortunately, this intelligence, forwarded by a courier from Frederick, did not reach Meade until the evening of the 1st, when it was no longer of any value, for the events of that day had but too clearly revealed the intentions of the enemy. While preparations were thus being made, sheltered to a great extent by the light earthworks constructed on Cemetery Hill the previous day. South of Ziegler's Grove, Hancock had, since the evening of the 1st, prolonged the Federal left with the troops he had at his disposal as far as the sugar-loaves of the Round Tops, so as to present a solid line to the enemy's troopnding, Stuart's and Kilpatrick's cavalry, which had been pressing close upon each other for some days, were getting near the field of battle. On the evening of the 1st, Stuart, as we are aware, has finally received Lee's orders in the neighborhood of Carlisle. His several detachments are at once directed upon Gettysburg from all
a retreating rear-guard, a Federal squadron Portion of the Sixth Michigan, under Major P. A. Weber.—Ed. makes a bold attack on the road. Astonished at so much daring, and not knowing that Fitzhugh Lee, whose duty was to cover the retreat, has already removed his men, the Confederates take the Federal cavalry to be a friendly troop, and allow them to approach. Undeceived when the latter are in their midst, they surround them and take prisoners all those who are not killed; but in the first instant of confusion General Pettigrew has been mortally wounded. At the same time the rest of the Federal regiment makes a demonstration against Brockenbrough. The latter, after having repelled them, assumes the offensive, but the First Michigan comes to the rescue of the Sixth, and these two regiments, fighting on foot, vigorously attack the Southern brigade, drive it back in disorder to its first positions, and capture a considerable number of prisoners. However, Kilpatrick soon learns t
age of the latitude of action granted them by their chief to relinquish an operation which appeared to them impracticable. This hesitations we said, had saved the Confederates from an imminent disaster. Since then, General McClellan on the one hand, and Generals Franklin and Porter on the other—that is to say, the three persons interested—having concurred in assuring us that the former had not ordered the latter to cross the river either on the evening of the 31st or on the morning of the 1st, we have no alternative but to accept such evidence as irrefutable: the conclusions we had arrived at naturally fall to the ground at the same time. These, then, to sum up, are the modifications which it is proper to make to our narrative: When, at the first news of the combat that was taking place along the left wing in the afternoon of the 31st, McClellan ordered Sumner to hold himself ready to cross the Chickahominy, the bridges in process of construction at New Bridge and above that plac
als; and again at Point Pleasant, where they were repulsed with loss on the 30th of March. They finally returned to the charge at the end of April, while one detachment tried in vain, on the 28th, to force the defile of Greenland Gap in the Alleghanies. Jones, passing through Beverly and Philippi at the head of a large brigade of cavalry, levied contributions upon the whole flat country and forced his way as far as Morgantown. The latter returned into the mountains by way of Fairmont on the 2d, after having captured a Federal detachment which had sought to dispute with him the passage of the Monongahela, and completely destroyed the magnificent railroad-bridge across that river. At the South-east, General W. H. F. Lee had made an unsuccessful attack, on the 10th of February, upon Gloucester Point on York River, and a few days later, on the 25th, he cannonaded the Federal ships in the Rappahannock, while his cousin, crossing that river some distance below Falmouth, surprised a Feder
ard has greatly delayed them. While his astounded adversaries meet at Franklin, he has reached the borders of the Cumberland, made his appearance at Palmyra on the 2d, and before the little town of Dover on the 3d. The reader will undoubtedly remember that this town is situated on the left bank of the Cumberland, less than two mtration for his various columns in the very heart of the country occupied by the enemy. The Federal troops were put in motion in the early part of March. On the 2d, Smith's cavalry takes position at Brentwood, south of Nashville, replacing Coburn's brigade, which had left this village the previous day in order to join Gilbert aving a detachment at the north charged with the defence of the railway-bridge and with preventing the enemy from turning it at this point. On the morning of the 2d, McClernand was upon his tracks. Aided by a diversion made by his left, he constructed a floating bridge over the southern branch of the bayou, whilst Logan's divi
f attacking the Federal army while still divided had vanished with the last glimmer of daylight on the 1st of July; but in resuming the battle on the morning of the 2d, Lee had the great advantage of finding his adversaries scarcely recovered from the combat of the previous day and the rapid marches they had undergone—of surprisinrals along Seminary Ridge, as it would be necessary to abandon all the positions they have just secured. The flank movement is as impracticable on the 3d as on the 2d, but without making a flank march the Federal left wing might be outflanked. It would require, it is true, to contract the line of battle, to reinforce it on the r and which the division and brigade generals imitated in their turn, rendered the best conceived plans and the most daring efforts fruitless. During the day of the 2d, Longstreet, after beginning his attack too late, failed to engage the whole of McLaws' division in time to support that of Hood; Rodes and Early, although close t
ghborhood of Harper's Ferry. In the afternoon of the 2d some Unionists gave notice to McReynolds that Jones and Robertson, after crossing the Potomac on the 1st of July on the pontons near Falling Waters, had left an insignificant guard at that place. The dull sound of the cannon had summoned to Gettysburg, since the previous day, all those detachments which the Confederate army had left behind. It was an excellent opportunity. One of McReynolds' regiments had started on the evening of the 2d, under the command of Major Foley, and by a rapid march had arrived at Falling Waters on the 3d. The surprise of the Confederates was complete; they dispersed, leaving about a dozen prisoners in the hands of the Federals. The platform of the bridge was burnt; the boats were cut loose and left to be swept away by the current. At the time when Pickett made his decisive charge the only safe means remaining to Lee for crossing into Virginia no longer existed. The following day it commenced rai
served under him in the regular cavalry. All preparations were therefore made for beginning the battle at daybreak on the 3d. Anderson and McLaws were to participate in it. Stuart was ordered to bear to the right in order to assist them. The closto rely rather on the remembrance of the 13th of December than upon the number of their defenders. On the morning of the 3d, at the precise hour when Stuart was renewing the fight against Hooker's right wing, thirteen or fourteen miles distant, Ea Hooker, who had lost almost twelve thousand men, found himself confined within the lines occupied on the afternoon of the 3d, with about seventyfive thousand men. Protected by breastworks and strong abatis, he hoped that Lee would come to attack hiits safety. Two other detachments, under Captains Drummond and Merritt, also joined Buford's reserve on the evening of the 3d, after having destroyed some of the bridges of the Virginia Central Railroad. General Gregg followed this same road with tw
e Cumberland, made his appearance at Palmyra on the 2d, and before the little town of Dover on the 3d. The reader will undoubtedly remember that this town is situated on the left bank of the Cumberla general Reynolds, following up this success, advances, by way of Auburn, as far as Liberty on the 3d, breaking up some recruiting-camps and capturing depots of supplies laid up by Morgan; thence, on After having made the best resistance he could, Tilghman had been compelled, on the morning of the 3d, to abandon Grindstone Ford to McPherson, whose troops formed the head of the Federal column, and greatly the advance, and when the Federals finally reached Hankinson's Ferry on the evening of the 3d, there was not a single enemy left south of the Big Black. They had, however, pressed the Confedereduced to two regiments—one of infantry, the other of cavalry. Granger had left this city on the 3d: early on the morning of the 4th the Confederates came to attack it. Starnes followed the Columbia
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