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brush. So you can readily imagine what a place for troops to advance in lino of battle, and manoeuvre for instant action. Yet it was done, and with a hearty good will, for tho impression animated the whole army we would give the rebels a sound whipping, as we were on their flank; but alas! they got wind of it, and formed a line of battle on the high ridge of hills on the opposite side of Mine Run. We would have cleared them out from there, but the whole of our army did not arrive in time. Night came on, and they improved the time by fortifying. When morning came, they had one of the most formidable works in view I ever saw. The creek, or run, was crammed with felled trees, to break our ranks when advancing in lino, and then came immense breastworks with abattis in front, making it an impossibility to make a charge over. Yet that morning the whole line had orders to take off knapsacks and overcoats, and make the attack, or rather attempt it When all was ready, and going on tho advance, the order was countermanded, and with it came many light hearts, as we knew it was impossible to make any impression on what we saw before us, although we were willing to attempt it. Wo lay all that day, and the next until evoning, when we picked up our traps, and made a splendid retrograde movement. To bo sure, the army suffered a little in killed and wounded, but nothing in comparison to what it would have been if we had fought them. Ono of the men in my company was shot in the breast while skirmishing. We are now near Kelly's Ford, and have arrived at the conclusion that Gcner.il Meade acted wisely in not giving battle, for he would have been repulsed, and that would not do, when things looked so bright in the West"

December 2.—General Braxton Bragg issued a general order from his headquarters at Dalton, Ga., transferring the command of the rebel forces to Lieutenant-General Hardee who, on assuming the position announced, in orders, that "there was no cause for discouragement The overwhelming numbers of the enemy forced us back from Missionary Ridge; but tho army is still intact and in good heart; our losses were small, and were rapidly replaced. The country is looking to you with painful interest. I feci I can rely upon you. The weak need to bo cheered by the constant successes of tho victors of Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro, and Chickamauga, and require such stimulant to sustain their cour

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age and- resolution. Let the past take care of itself. We care more to secure tho future."

December 3.—A large body of rebels, under tho command of Chalmers and Forrest, made three desperato charges on a division of National cavalry, stationed at tho Wolf River Bridge, Tenn., but were finally repulsed with heavy loss. Tho National troops were commanded by Colonel Hatch's cavalry division, which suffered severely.

December 4.—General Longstrcct raised the siege of Knoxville, and fell back to Morristown, Tenn., in consequence of tho approach of heavy reinforcements to General Burnsidc, under General Granger, as well as the great victory around Chattanooga.—(Doc. 19.)

December 5.—Major-General R. C. Schenck relinquished tho command of the Middle Department, and was succeeded by Brigadier-General Lock wood. — Stephen D. Lee, Major-Gcneral in tho rebel service, sent tho following report from his headquarters, at Holly Springs, Miss., to General Joseph E. Johnston: "Chased enemy's cavalry, eight hundred strong, from Ripley into Pocahontas, on tho first. The enemy concentrated at Pocahontas, and evacuated Salisbury on the second. Two miles of railroad destroyed at Salisbury. Forrest passed safely over. Routed and drove across into Wolf River, at Moscow, two regiments of the enemy's cavalry, killing, wounding, and drowning about ono hundred and seventy-five, capturing forty prisoners, and forty horses, and killing about one hundred horses."

—A Dody of rebel cavalry, with a few pieces of artillery, crossed the Rapidan, and made a demonstration in front of the National lines. After a brief skirmish, it was discovered that the rebels wished to reestablish signal-stations on three peaks overlooking the section of country occupied by the Union army. This was successfully accomplished, and quiet restored.— A Train, on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, was attacked by a party of guerrillas, at a point two miles east of Bealton Station.—Georgetown, S. C, was destroyed by firo this night

December 6.—Major-General W. T. Sherman and staff, accompanied by Brigadier-General Wilson, arrived at General Burnsido's headquarters, at Knoxville, Tenn., at noon to-day.—A Most successful reconnoissance was made to Madison Court-House, Va., by four squadrons of tho First New-York Dragoons, under Major Scott, demonstrating that no rebel force existed in that quarter. At James City a few rebels, who fled on the approach of the Nationals, were seen. On Thoroughfare Mountain, the rebel signal-station was found in the possession of some thirty or more cavalry, who at once beat a hasty retreat They were pursued some distance by Major Scott's men, but without capture. It was found to be a good position for its past uses, as well as in turn to be used against them, as from it the position of nearly the whole rebel army can be seen. The destruction was made as complete as possible.—The National iron-clad Wechawkcn, during a terrific storm, sunk at her anchorage at the entrance of Charleston harbor t S. C, carrying down with her four engineers and twenty-six of her crew.—The merchant steamer Chesapeake, commanded by Captain Willets, was seized by a party of rebels, who had taken passage in her, while on her way from New-York to Portand, Maine. The pirates assaulted the crew, killed the engineer, and wounded two other officers, and, after landing the passengers at Partridge Island, ran away with the vessel.

December 7.—Major-General Foster, from his headquarters at Tazewell, Tenn., sent the following to the National War Department: "Longstreet is on a full retreat up the valley. Your orders about following with cavalry, shall be carried out My division of cavalry attacked the enemy's cavalry in one of the passes of Clinch Mountains, yesterday P.m., and are pushing them vigorously. Couriers from Knoxville arrived last night The road is clear. Sherman arrived here yesterday."

President Lincoln issued the following recommendation for prayer and thanksgiving, for the defeat of tho rebels under General Longstreet: "Reliable information having been received that the insurgent force is retreating from East-Tennessee, under circumstances rendering it probable that the Union forces cannot hereafter be dislodged from that important position, and esteeming this to be of high national consequence, I recommend that all loyal people do, on receipt of this information, assemble at their places of worship, and render special homage and gratitude to Almighty God for this great advancement of the national cause."—A Debate on the question of the employment of substitutes in the Southern army was held in the rebel Congress.—The steamer Von Phul, on a trip from New-Orleans to St Louis, was fired into at a

point about eight miles above Bayou Sara, and seriously damaged. — Major-general Joiin A. Logan assumed command of the Fifteenth army corps, at Bridgeport, Ala.—The British steamer Ceres was captured off the port of Wilmington, North-Carolina.

Full and enthusiastic meetings were held in various portions of Indiana. At the capital of tho State, General Carrington made a strategical speech, illustrated by maps and diagrams, showing how tho rebels could be circumvented.—JefFerson Davis sent a message to tho rebel Congress, which was received and read in both houses.—(Doc. 21.)

December 8. — A brisk cannonade between Fort Moultrie and Battery Gregg, in Charleston harbor, was carried on this day. The firing on Fort Sumter was moderated.—In a speech before the rebel Congress, this day, Mr. Foote expressed great indignation at the course pursued by President Davis. "When Pemberton dishonorably surrendered Vicksburgh to the enemy, the President made him his companion, and carried him to General Bragg's army, when, as he rode along, soldiers were heard to say: 'There goes the traitor who delivered us over at Vicksburgh.' The President never visited the army without doing it injury; never yet that it was not followed by disaster. He was instrumental in the Gcttysburgh affair. Lie instructed Bragg at Murfreesboro. Ho has opened Georgia to one hundred thousand of the enemy's troops, and laid South-Carolina liable to destruction. I charge him with having almost ruined the country, and will meet his champion anywhere to discuss it. Would to God ho would never visit tho army again!" . . .

Mr. Foote also referred to abuses in the commissory department A certain commissarygeneral, who was a curse to our country, i.s invested with authority to control the matter of subsistence. This monster, Northrop, has stealthily placed our government in the attitude charged by the enemy, and has attempted to starve the prisoners in our hands! ■

Meats were furnished the prisoners very irregularly, and in a meagre manner. For twelve days the supply was inadequate, and for eight days they had none at all!

"The commissary-general," says Mr. Foote, "was a pepper-doctor down in Charleston, and looked like a vegetarian, and actually made an elaborate report to the Secretary of War, .show

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ing that for the subsistence of a human Yankee carcass vegetable diet was the most proper! For the honor of the country, this Northrop should be ejected at once."

President Lincoln, in his Message to Congress, appended his Proclamation of Amnesty.— {Doe. 32.)

Tue following is an account of an affair that took place to-day, near Great Western Furnace, Stuart County, Tcnn., about twelve miles from Canton, Ky.: "The guerrilla, Colonel Martin, who lately robbed the citizens in that sec-* tion of nearly all they possessed, passed through Golden Pond, Tenn., with his gang, taking horses, and plundering indiscriminately. The citizens of the neighborhood organized a squad of fifteen men, composed principally of the late Eighth Kentucky cavalry, headed by John Martin and F. M. Oakley, and started in pursuit of the guerrillas. They came upon them about midnight, in camp, eating a supper furnished them by one Dawsy Griffin. The citizens demanded a surrender, which was refused by the rebel leader, and the order was given by Martin to charge upon them, which was done in a handsome manner, resulting in a complete rout, and the -capture of all their arms, horses, clothing, camp equipage, and two contrabands. Three of the rebels were killed on the spot"—Tue National House of Representatives unanimously passed a vote of thanks to General U. S. Grant and his army, and ordered that a medal be struck in his honor, in the name of the people of the United States.

President Lincoln sent the subjoined congratulatory despatch to Major-General Grant: "Understanding that your lodgment at Chattanooga and Knoxville is now secure, I wish to tender you, and all under your command, my more than thanks—my profoundest gratitude for the skill, courage, and perseverance with which you and they, over so great difficulties, have effected that important object God bless you all!" This was immediately published to the armies under the command of General Grant

December 9.—President Lincoln granted a pardon exempting E. W. Gantt, of Arkansas, from the penalty of treason, which he incurred by accepting and exercising the office of Brigadier-General in the service of the rebels. The pardon also reinstated General Gantt in all his rights of property, excepting those relating to

slaves.—The Marine Brigade, under the Command of General Kl'et, and a portion of Colonel Grcsham's command, returned to Natchez from an unsuccessful expedition after the rebels under Wirt Adams, who had mounted a battery on Ellis's Cliff.—Thb English steamer Minna, while attempting to evade the blockade of Charleston, S. C, was captured by the United States gunboat Circassian.

December 10.—Major-General Grant, from his headquarters at Chattanooga, Tenn., issued the following congratulatory order to his army: "The General commanding takes this opportunity of returning his sincere thanks and congratulations to the brave armies of the Cumberland, the Ohio, the Tennessee, and their comrades from the Potomac, for the recent splendid and decisive successes achieved over the enemy. In a short time you have recovered from him tho control of the Tennessee River from Bridgeport to Knoxville. You dislodged him from his great stronghold upon Lookout Mountain, drove him from Chattanooga Valley, wrested from his determined grasp the possession of Missionary Ridge, repelled with heavy loss to him his repeated assaults upon Knoxville, forcing him to raise the siege there, driving him at all points, utterly routed and discomfited, beyond the limits of the State. By your noble heroism and determined courage, you have most effectually defeated tho plans of the enemy for regaining the possession of the States of Kentucky and Tennessee. You have secured positions from which no rebellious power can drive or dislodge you. For all this the General commanding thanks you collectively and individually. The loyal people of the United States thank and bless you. Their hopes and prayers for your success against this unholy rebellion aro with you daily. Their faith in you will not be in vain. Their hopes will not bo blasted. Their prayers to Almighty God will be answered. You will yet go to other fields of strife; and with the invincible bravery and unflinching loyalty to justice and right, which have characterized you in the past, you will prove that no enemy can withstand you, and that no defences, however formidable, can check your onward march."

General Gillhore again shelled Charleston, S. C, throwing a number of missiles into different parts of the city. The rebel batteries opened fire, and a heavy bombardment ensued for several hours.—The steamers Ticonderoga, Ella,

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