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around the whole circle of the rebellion, can by any apparent possibility inflict a blow upon us that will be, if successful, of any decisive advantage to their cause, is Washington. At this crisis, too, a successful blow at this point might at once change the whole face of affairs, and, through the intervention of France and England, might result in breaking up the United States into not two, but three or four, confederacies of the South American order. In view of these results, cannot Lee undertake to hold for a few weeks the defences of Petersburg and Richmond with even twenty thousand men, while, with sixty or eighty thousand, either he or Johnston is sweeping down the Shenandoah Valley for the vulnerable north side of Washington? Can this idea never be impressed upon the thick heads of our War Office: that desperate men, in desperate extremities, are always ready for, and are often successful in, the most desperate enterprises. The question of Negro recruiting in the
The more probable solution is, that he is preparing for another "brilliant movement." designed to astonish the world, but which, we hope, may result as disastrously to him as the last Silence with Grant means mischief; and let those who kindly attribute to him the possession of a conscience, quietly await the progress of events, and they will see what they will see. But, whatever may be the plans of the enemy, we have the utmost confidence that they will be penetrated by the sagacity of General Lee, and successfully thwarted. The Petersburg train, due last evening at half past 6 o'clock, had not arrived up to a late hour. We learn, however, that no shells were thrown at the city yesterday, and with the exception of some artillery practice on our side, everything was quiet along the lines. The columns of smoke observed yesterday in a southerly direction were caused by the burning woods between Richmond and Falling creek. Fighting down the river. Our pickets were d
, to Grant and his white and black negroes. It was very base in General Lee to cheat Grant of his hard won laurels in this unprofessional ste the mark. The third and last reason for the failure was, that General Lee knew perfectly well what Grant was about, and was perfectly prephen Grant sent a body of his troops across the river at Deep Bottom, Lee knew that he designed some movement on his left. He sent over enougmanœuvre he seems to understand. He always puts it in practice, and Lee already has it by heart. He knows Grant much better than Grant knowd.--Grant would be much more highly esteemed if he would imitate General Lee and say — as no doubt he could say with great truth--"it was all very same reason that Pompey did not beat Cæsar. He did not defeat Lee, because Lee defeated him. Let him imitate the magnanimity of Beau BLee defeated him. Let him imitate the magnanimity of Beau Brummell's valet, who, far from claiming infallibility for his master, directed the attention of a visitor to a bushel or two of rumpled crava
ir household gods to the interior. But, after the storm, came the sunshine, and it was discovered that the dikes waxed stronger in proportion to the strength of the storm. Fort Sumter by a year of siege has been rendered perfectly impregnable; and Richmond, whose weakness once seemed to invite assault, has become the Gibraltar of America, so that the London Times correspondent says no such earthwork fortifications are now to be found elsewhere in the world. We appreciate our obligations to Lee and Beauregard; but our principal benefactor is the Yankee ocean. With every fresh transport of its rage, new circumvallations rise,--the more force it sends, the more fortifications appear to resist it. If it will only work away with steady violence we shall see the whole South converted into one huge fortress.--Therefore, cease not, rude Boreas! With all Yankeedom storming at our doors, we go about our daily avocations with as much composure and regularity as the Dutch behind their imperv
Ran a way from my farm, at the half-way house on the Richmond and Petersburg railroad, Chesterfield county, my man Richard. He left my farm last Tuesday morning, the 9th instant, and had on when he left a pair of dark pants, white cotton shirt, and had on a pair of shoes, no coat nor hat. He is about twenty or twenty-one years old, five feet six or seven inches high, black, has a small moustache, and speaks slow. I bought him last April, of Lee & Bowman, in Richmond. He formerly belonged to Miss Margaret Bottom, of Amelia Courthouse. He has a wife at or near Amelia Courthouse, and may betraying to go there. He was last seen near the Half-Way Station. I will pay a liberal reward if caught and put in jail, or delivered to me. Address. J. M. Wolff, 64 Main street, Richmond, Va., or Proctor's Creek, Chesterfield county. au 17--6t*
e rebels, and drove them from some works near the New Market road, but they rallied from the different points in the vicinity and finally forced the cavalry back upon the infantry supports. Colonel Gregg, commanding the Second brigade, Second division cavalry corps, was severely wounded in the engagement. The Washington Republican has the following about the movements prior to the seizure of the Weldon road: By this strategic movement across the James river, General Grant compelled Lee to extend his lines to that degree that there must be some weak points in it, which Grant will probably find. The line held by our forces is already entrenched so strongly that they cannot be driven from them by the rebels. There is a good deal of marching and countermarching of divisions, and it is evident that some important movement is on foot near the Capital of Dixie. Early yesterday morning the rebels in front of the Ninth corps made a desperate assault on our works, probably
ep it without bursting. The law ought to provide a heavy penalty for such offences, no less than instant degradation from office and forced service in the rank and file of the army. Somebody about the person of the General, or the Secretary, or the President, must always be the person to blab, otherwise how is it passable for the secret to get out? The Secretary is well known to be a gentleman of great reticence on all matters connected with his official duties, while the President and General Lee are as secret as the grave. These matters must come out through other and inferior agencies, and it is of the last importance to find them out and make an example. Of all an aide-de-camp's accomplishments we should think that of knowing how to keep his own counsel, and that which is entrusted to him by others, the most important, as it seems to be the rarest. While we are upon this subject, we cannot forbear to remark the extreme want of discretion observable in some of the papers
Runaway.--five hundred dollars reward. --Ran away from the subscriber, about the 1st of August, my man Kinchin — calls himself Herbert. He is black; good appearance; quick in action; about five feet nine inches high, and twenty-two to twenty-five years old; was purchased in Richmond in July last of Mr. C. E. Morbin, who resides near Jude's Ferry, in Powhatan county. I will pay the above reward if he is delivered to Lee & Bowman, Richmond, Virginia, or confined in jail so I get him. G. A. White, Lexington, Virginia. au 24--12t*
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