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Hooker's and Lee's forces.

Up to the meeting of Congress, Hooker had made no report to General Halleck, and official data is out of the question. But information is at hand from which an approximation can be made.

Lee's Army.

New York Tribune, May 18, 1863, estimates 50,000
New York Tribune, March 26, 1861, estimates 49,700
New York Herald, March 26, 1864, estimates 64,000
“Southorn history” (Pollard's) gives 50,000

Hooker's Army.

New York Times gives 159,800
“Southorn history” gives 100,000 to 150,000
New York Tribune, March 26, 1864, gives 123,300


The editor of the Times had the very best opportunity for getting reliable data, and there are many reasons for accepting his figures as nearest the true ones.

This paper explodes the idea that any material portion of Longstreet's army was transferred to the fields of Chancellorsville. No such theory is entertained in any quarter now; but in the smoke of that disaster it was mooted.

These figures show where the rebel pressure really was, and attest the good conduct of the soldiers and sailors at Suffolk, under the weightiest responsibilities. The army should no longer be deprived of its honors and rewards because of the unexpected reverse on the Rapidan.

Further details cannot be given without trenching upon the official documents. The allusions to Hooker's operations are made solely. to shed proper light upon the campaign, and not for the purpose of criticism.

John J. Peck, Major-General.

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