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FRIDAY MORNING MARCH IS, IS6.', .». The Girricrn of the Pft»«'*/g __*f_2 , * » ~ j " w ... .. f.fi 'hrir-pnner*. and /rrr» Bfr One Hundred Cnp*e»)'" . ',.,«_, rZLi. . .. • > . "n.,.,1 ii,ii,'.ii'.i ana rtjtif vents cftswfofhrsr patrons /«•" vm*" j » Tnj&U **** ¥ * *** iH ** "* F,f!y Cents. _ . CONFEDERA TE CONGRESS. SENATE. Tin ksday, March 9, 1805. House bill to pay for horses killed or lost in the service of the Confederate States passed on the previous day and reconsidered, was reported back by the Military Committee, considered and lost. Mr. Watson, of Mississippi, ottered a resolution that one thousand extra copies of the report of the joint select commit tee appointed to investigate the condition and treatment of prisoners of war be printed; three hundred comes to be erven to the Commissioner ot Exchange,! mac liuiuticti bo tteo Secretary of IVar and the remainder to the Seriate, lor dis tribution. Agreed to. Hill for the relief of tbe Exchange Bank was considered and passed. House joint resolution for the relief of Alexander F. Kennedy, Confederate De pository at Staunton, Virginia, was con sidered and parsed. Mr. Wig&U offered the following joint resolution, which was agreed to: ** Bcoottet !>>/ the Congress of the Confederate States of America, That the thanks of Congress s.ni tho whole country are due, and are hereby ten dered, ft» Ideutenant-Gencral Wade Hampton for his nimlv letter of the 27th February, 1565, ad dressed to General W. T. Bhercaan; and that, in the opinion of Congress, the Executive Department should sustain General Hampton in carrying out |be policy indicated in his letter." House bill to amend the sequestration laws was reported back from Hie Ju diciary Committee with amendments, which were concurred in, and the bill passed. The Senate resolved into secret session. HOUSE. OF REPRESENTATIVES. ♦r.The House met at 11 o'clock and went into secret session. The doors being opened, the Chair laid before the House the following bills, re solutions, etc., viz: House jnint resolution "in regard to the Cotton Bureau in the Trans-Missis sippi Department," with a Senate amend ment, which was concurred in. House bill " to make rules concerning captures on land," with a Senate amend ment to strike out the word' "ensue" and insert " inure," and an amendment to insert the words "such property," both of which were concurred in. House bill for the relief of tax payers in certaiji cases, with a Senate amend tnent to strike out tho whole of the se cond section, authorizing the Secretary of War to suspend the taxes due by certain persons, which was concurred in. Senate bill to change the time for the assembling of Congress for its next regu lar session to the first Monday in No vember instead of the first Monday in December, 1865. Mr. Russell moved to amend by stri king out November and inserting Octo - bcr, which was agreed to. The bill, as amended, was then passed by a vote of yeas, 36 ; nays, 32. House bill authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to borrow specie, to be ap plied to the redemption and reduction of the currency, with a Senate amendment changing the time of payment to " two years," instead of "one year," after the ratification of a treaty of peace. The amendment was concurred in. Senate joint resolution asking leave for the Committee on the Treatment and Exchange of Prisoners and the Conduct of the War have leave *o sit during the recess of Congress and to report at its next session. Mr. Marshall moved to amend by striking out the words "and the con duct of the war," which was concurred in, and the resolution passed. A communication from the Secretary of the Treasury relative to the issue of coupon bonds. Referred to the Com mittee on Ways and Means. Senate bill appropriating fifty thou Band dollars to pay the Missouri State Guard, which was passed by a vote of yeas, 55 ; nays, 0. Senate bill supplemental of the act approved March 4, 1805, entitled "an act authorizing the commanders of re serves in each State to order general courts-martial and to revise the proceed ings of courts-martial and military courts," which was passed. Mr. Anderson, of Georgia, from the conference committee on the bill "for the relief of bonded agriculturists in certain cases," made a report of the de cision of the committee. Mr. Perkins, from the Committee on the Exchange of Prisoners, reported favorably on a bill to provide for the payment of arrears now due to the army and navy, which was considered and passed. The special order being the bill uto amend the act to regulate the destruction of property under military necessity, and to provide for the indemnity thereof," was taken up. • .Bhe bill was lost by a vote of yeas. 26: nays, 83. The next special order was then taken J»P, viz: The bill to increase the military force of the Confederate States, with an WTtu c nt by the Senate t0 strike out o the fourth section the following pro viso: ° * mmfaTmlA T hat , mrt ■»*« ' har » *mtt«M ny ».,,_Mf*«rs. Andorson, Mnrksdale, BataoM, ruvlor. Blsadford, Bredtev, 11. W. Bum. Carroll, i-iJik bopton,Conrad, Dardaa, D» Jarnctte.Dick __*•£ IhSre, E'licdt. Swing, Kunsten. Oatttar, Stood, (li• v. "-"'v. Johnston, Keebl*, T.yon. Ml t , Mi- iu'h MeMu.lm, Memos, AlilUr, Monro. Storey, Wrkins, Bead, ■rmfeoa, Stand, Maples, Tviiktt4.t. Yillere. \ v -Messrs. Atkin«, t'-llwin. Branch,Oham i.-,v t_dr«r.Cruikshank, Puller, Oholson, ©timer, M-rLidae. II itcher, UeThert, ItoUidsy. J. If. Lea**, it l. «»i I. •-:»"• M-«'»llum, Run-ay, Bogota, •iJton I M Siniili, Smith <d North Carolina, Turner, Wickham, Wilkes, Withcr-goon, Mr. Speaker. Mr. a-fOBi *" rom tnc Committee on Wars and Means, reported a bill for thQ relief of the Exchange Bank at Norfolk, which was considered and passed. Mr. Chrisman, of Kentucky, offered i bill Mto authorize prisoners of war to fund treasury notes," which was amend ed and passed. | Tbe bill provides that one hundred dollar notes in the bands of prisoners of war on the Ist day of .Inly, 1864, may be funded within ninety days after exchange in four per cent, bonds, j Mr. Marshall reported from the Com Eoitteeon Military Affairs a bill "to pre vent the improper communication of intelligence to the enemy " in lieu of the bill referred to that committee The bill was considered and passed. On motion of Mr. Rogers, of Florida, Ufa Uooco took a reoess till half-past seven o'clock this evening. VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE. [EXTRA SESSION.] SENATE. Thursday, March 9, 1805. At 11 o'clock the Senate was called to order by Mr. Johnson, of Bedford. Mr. Dickinson, of Prince Edward, of fered a resolution, which was agreed to, providing for the adjournment of the Senate, when it adjourns to day, to Sa turday next, in conformity to the procla mation of the President sotting apart the loth instant as a day cf fasting and prayer. A communication was received from the Governor, complaining of the enor mous charges made by the Danville rail road for the transportation o\' State salt from Danville to Richmond, and also citing other instances of indifference to the State's in!crest shown by that Com pany. Referred to the Committee en Roads and Internal Improvements. The following bills were read the third time and passed: House bill providing for arming the civil police of Richmond. Senate bill providing for the relief of Wm. 11. Mansfield, sheriff of Spotsylva nia county, from the payment of eleven thousand dollars, State taxes collected, which were stolen from him by Sheri dan's raiders in June, 1864. House bill providing for the relieY of Wm. E. Herndon. [The bib was reported upon the peti tion oi the wife of the beneficiary, who was a member elect to the General As sembly of Virginia, but subsequently lost his mind in consequence of a wound received in tha service of the Confede racy, and has oeen, therefore, deterred from appealing in his seat. It calls for allowing the whole per diem compensa tion of the session to be paid out of the treasury for the benefit oi Mr. Herndon's family.] On motion of Mr. Dickinson, of Prince Edward, the joint resolution introduced by him yesterday, providing for extend ing the session of the General Assembly twenty days from and after Tuesday next was taken from the table, read the third time and passed—yeas, 30 ; nays, none. On motion of Mr. Hunter, the Senate resolved into secret session. HOUSE OF DELEGATES. The House met at 10 A. M. Speaker Shelley in the chair. A number of bills were tf.ken up on their passage, and lost from the lack of the required constitutional majority. — Among the last was the bill, emanating from the Military Committee, providing for the enrollment and organization of the Home Guard for local defence. The House adopted a resolution ad journing over until Saturday next —to- morrow being fast day. The bill to provide a record of Vir ginia forces who have, or may take part in this war for independence, with the name of the regiment or organization to which they have been, or are, attached, the same to be deposited in the State Department, was taken up artel passed— ayes, 87; noes, 0. [The bill makes an appropriation of seventy-five thousand dollars to carry out the object of the bill, and provides for a Recorder of Vir ginia Forces, to whom a salary of seven thousand shall be paid out of the appro priation. ] On motion to suspend the rules for the reconsideration of the vote by which the bill conferring conventional powers upon the General Assembly was lost, Mr. Hunter, of Berkeley, obtained the iloor in opposition to the proposition to re consider the vote. The discussion al ready had upon the subject had had, he thought, a dangerous and pernicious ef fect. He hoped the vote would not be reconsidered ; that the bill would be left to sleep the sleep of death. Mr. Buford, of Pittsylvania, hoped the House would arraign itself upon the question fair and square, without preju dice. He thought no harm could come of a convention. The time might come when legislators would find themselves behind the people in this matter. He was willing to trust the people, and the people should be willing to tn'st their le gislators. Mr. Shelley (Speaker), with Mr. Keily in the chair, spoke in opposition to the motion toreconsider the vote by which the bill to clothe the General Assembly with constitutional powers was lost. Of the two evils proposed, ho would choose the least—ft convention. He did not understand that there was to be any difference in the powers to be con* ferred upon either body. True, the Le gislative could not touch the Bill of nights, nor unite the powers of the Le gislature, Kxccutive and Judicial. If anything was contemplated by a conven tion, it was a looking to the severance of Virginia's connection with the Con federacy, and the opening of now and separate negotiations with ths treaty making power of tho North. Once open this Hood-gate, and you will let loose a current that will sweep with desola tion tho last hope of freedom from this continent Had we not rather bear these ills we have than lly to others that we know not of. How long will it be after this convention is called before the cry will go forth, and "reconstruction or no reconstruction " become the watchword of these dangerous times V No harm to trust the people as gentlemen say; but It is terrible harm for Virginia to lead ofF in the expression of a distrust (or the General Government. The people will say it, the army will say it—Virginia is preparing to cast loose from the body of her Confederate union. Our enemy will say Virginia is preparing to leave a sink ing ship and take to her jolly-boat. The speaker never would, with his voice, advocate the call of a convention, legislative or straight out. If other States fly madly from their sphere like erratic rockets,to blaze awhile, then die out in eternal night forever, let them fly; but let Virginia be one of those calm, fixed stars, veiled sometimes in cloud and tempest, but indestructable as the Armament from which it shines. Vir ginia must never perish thus. Mr. Staples, of Patrick, (interrupting the speaker.) appealed to the House. lie had never said that a convention was to prepare Virginia for a dissolution of her co-partnership In the Confederate union. Mr. Shelley, continuing, said it was now too late to do this thing. The Ship t*f State is upon the rapids, and if the helmsman cannot guide the ship she must be dashed in pieces. It was no time now to change iront; no time to seek a hiding place from the tempest, of war. If we arc to sink, let us sink where we stand, and go down with our ship with one triumphant shout of* defiance, with tho flag of Virginia— Sic Semper TyrannU —floating over us. Mr. Harwell, of Bedford, was going to stick to the ship till she struck or run ashore; then he would build a raft of the fragments and see what could be done, lie favored a convention, vested in the Legislature. Mr. Robertson, of Richmond, said that only when our armies were overthrown, the" Confederacy torn limb from limb, and State from State, would he give his vote or consent to go into convention. Even up to the last extremity the honor and integrity of Virginia demanded that she should stand firm. If the Legisla ture be of the opinion that a convention is demanded, they should withdraw themselves from the*pOSSible imputation of being candidates for its membership. Mr. Staples obtained the iloor, when Mr, Bouldin called for the order of the day—the consideration of the tax bill— and the question under debate was post poned, and a resolution from the Senate extending the session twenty-two days from Tuesday next taken up. ADDITIONAL FROM TIIENORTH. YANKEE LAWS FOB Till; GOVERNMENT OF THE OLD NORTH STATE. General Scholield has issued a series of orders, by which the people of North Carolina who have fallen under his rule are to be governed. AVo copy some paragraphs from the series : For the government of the Depart ment, General Scholield has issued Ge neral Order No. 8 : I. Provost marshals in this Depart ment will administer tho oath of alle giance to such persons as come within the provisions of the Amnesty Procla mation ol the President of tho United States, provided they are satisfied that such persons desire, in good faith, to aid in restoring the National authority, and that they take the oath of allegiance cheerfully and voluntarily. 11. Reports will be made weekly to the provost-marshal general, giving the name, age and place of residence of every person who shall have sub scribed to the oath of allegiance ; also, of all other adult white persons residing within the jurisdiction of each provost marshal, together with such information as can be obtained touching the charac ter of each individual. 111. Persons of known disloyalty, and those who shall, by their language or conduct, manifest hostility to the Go vernment of the United States, shall be sent beyond the lines of the army by an order from the provost-marshal general, or be brought before a military commis sion for trial and punishment, according to the nature of the offence. IV. Officers authorized by law to ap point general courts-martial are empow ered to appoint military commissions, and to confirm and execute the sentences of such commissions, with the same limitations as in the case of general courts-martial. V. Commercial intercourse within the limits of this department will be govern ed strictly by the laws of the United States and the regulations of the Trea sury Department, and will be limited to that which may be necessary to supply the want:; of the loyal people residing within the lines of military occupation and persons within the employ of tho Government. None but persons of un doubted loyalty and "good character will be permitted to trade within the limits of the department. VI. Intercourse between towns occu pied by the army and the surrounding country, within the lines of military oc cupation, will be permitted under regu lations to be established by the provost matthall general, for the purpose of ena blirnPho inhabitants to supply them selves with the necessaries of life. VII. The loyal people of the country, residing within the lines of the army, will be permitted to bring freely to mar ket the products of their farms, and to receive in payment the currency of the Unitod States. They will also be per mittod to purchase family supplies from persons authorized to trade, upon per mits granted by the local provost-mar shals. VIII. Railroads and telegraph lines aro under special military protection.-•- Any person who shall break, injure, or in any manner interfere with their mili-. tary use, or shall fire into any railroad train, or any vessel navigating the wa ters of this department, shall be pun ished with death or otherwise, at the discretion of a military commission. IX. The destruction of property, pub lic or private, is a waste of the national wealth, and alike injurious to the people and the Government. It is, therefore, to bo avoided, except where military operations render it necessary. The highest commander present must alone be tho judge of such necessity. X. The troops will be supplied with such of the products of the country, especially vegetables, as are necessary for their health and comlort. This must be done by the proper staff otfiecrs, acting under the orders of the division and bri gade commanders. XI. Straggling and irregular foraging by individuals are prohibited, and will be severely punished. A PORTION 0¥ SHERMAN'S ARMY AT WILMINGTON. A telegram from Fortress Monroe re ports the arrival of two steamers there from Fort Fisher, and adds: They sailed from Smithvillc on the Ist instant at 11 o'clock A. ML, and shortly before they left, the steamer General Meigs arrived from Wilmington, North Carolina, bringing tho report, which was generally credited by the army and navy officers stationed at Smithville, that a portion of General Sherman's army had arrived at, and was marching through, Wilmington, North Carolina, from which it is conjectured that a junction with General Schofield lias been effected. CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN GENERAL SHERMAN AND GE NERAL HAMPTON. lli.u'iisM:i.nA;iY Division or the lfrssiftnrr., I la no: Fij ld, February 24, lSiiJ. S Ueutenant-General Wade Hampton, Commanding Cavalry Forces, C. S. A.: General: It is officially reported to me that our foraging parties are murdered after capture, and labelled, " Death to all Foragers." One instance of a lieu tenant and seven men, near Chesterville, and another of twenty, "near a ravine, eighty rods from the main road," about three miles from Feasterville. I have ordered a similar number of prisoners in our hands to be disposed of in like manner. I hold about one thousand prisoners captured in various ways, and can stand it as long as you ; but I hardly think these murders are committed with your knowledge, and would suggest that you give notice to the people at large that every life taken by them simply results in the death of one of your confederates. Of course you cannot question my right to forage "on the country. It is a war right as old as history. The manner of exercising it varies with circumstances, and if the civil authorities will supply my requisitions I will forbid all fora ging. But I find no civil authorities who can respond to calls for forage or provi sions, and therefore must collect directly of the people. I have no doubt this is the occasion of much misbehavior on the part of our men, but I cannot permit an enemy to judge or punish with whole sale murder. Personally, I regret the bitter feelings engendered by this war; but they were to be expected, and I simply allege that those who struck the first blow, and made war inevitable, ought not, in fair ness, to reproach us for the natural con sequences. I merely assert om war right to forage, and my resolve to protect my foragers to the extent of life for life. I am, with respect, Your obedient servant, [Signed] _ W. T. Shekm an, Major-General United States Army. Official: John M. Otey, Assistant Adju tant-General : llEAixirAiiTKita is Tirr. Fifi.h, | February 27, 1803. ) Major* General W. T, Sherman, United States Army: General: Your communication of the 24th instant reached me to-day. In it you state that it has been officially re ported that your foraging parties were " murdered " after capture; and you go on to say that you had "ordered a simi lar number of prisoners in your hands to be disposed of in like manner." That is to say, you havo ordered a number of Confederate soldiers to be *• murdered." You characterize your order in pro per terms ; for the public voice, even in your own country, where it seldom dares to express itself in vindication of truth, honor or justice, will surely agree with you in pronouncing you guilty of murder if your order is carried out. Before dismissing this portion of your letter, I beg to assure you for ©very sol dicr of mine "murdered" by you I shall have executed at once two of yours, giving, in all cases, preference to any officers who may be in my hands. In reference to the statement you make regarding the death of your foragers, I j haw only to say that t know nothing of it; that no orders given by me authorize the killing of prisoners after capture, and that I do not believe that my men killed any of yours except under circumstances in which it was perfectly legitimate and proper the} should kill them. It is a part of the system of the thieves whom you designate as your foragers to fire the dwellings of those cit/.ens whom they have robbed. To check this inhuman system, which is justly execrated by every civilized nation, I have directed my men to shoot down all of your men who are caught burning houses. This order shall re main in force as long as you disgrace the profession of arms by allowing your men to destroy private dwellings. You say that 1 cannot, of course, question your right to forage on the country. "It is a right as old as his tory." Ido not, sir, question this right. But there is a right older even than this, and one more inalienable—the right that every man has to defend his home and to protect those who are dependent upon him. And from my heart I wish that every old man and boy in my country who can fire a gun would shoot down, as he would a wild beast, the men who are desolating their land, burning their houses, and insulting their women. You are particular in defining and claiming "war rights."* May 1 ask if you enumerate among them the right to tire upon a defenceless city without no tice ; to burn that city to the ground after it had been surrendered by the authorities, who claimed, though in vain, that protection which ; s always accorded in civilized warfare to non-combatants ; to fire the dwelling-houses of citizens after robbing them, and to perpetrate even darker crimes than these —crimes too black to be mentioned. You have permitted, if you have not ordered, tho commission of these of fences against humanity and the rules of war. You tired into the city of Columbia without a word of warning. After its surrender by the Mayor, who demanded protection to private property, you laid the whole city in ashes, leaving amid its ruins thousands of old men and helpless women and children, who are likely to perish of starvation and exposure. Y r our line of march can be traced by the lurid light of burning hous.es, and in more than one household there is an agony far more bitter than that of death. The Indian scalped his victim regard less of sex or age, but with all his bar barity he always respected the persons of his female captives. Your soldiers, more savage than the Indian, insult those whose natural protectors are ab sent. Ii conclusion, I have only to request that whenever you have any of my men "disposed of" or "murdered"—for the terms appear to be synonymous with you—you will let me hear of it, in order that I may know what action to take in the matter. In the meantime, 1 shall hold fifty-six of your men as hostages for those whom you have ordered to be executed. lam yours, etc., [Signed] Wade Hampton, Lieutenant-GeneraL Official: John M. Otey, Assistant Ad jutant General. WA TEBIO 0 ORAI r S TERIITZ— GENERAL LEE'S PLANS. The New York Mercury of February 26th has an editorial article which pos sesses particular interest at this time. We copy it entire : Wilmington is ours. Charleston is ours. Columbia is ours. Without n struggle ; without an answering blow. One after the other of these—but lately the chief strongholds of the rebels —have yielded to what the Government organs would have us believe was an inexorable necessity. For nearly four years, bold and impregnable, thoy have defied attack, laughed siege to scorn, and withstood bombardment, want of supplies, and suffered all the miseries ever endured by a weaker power contending with a stronger. And now why is it, that in ithis, their last extremity, they have so tamely yielded to the foe they have defied and held at bay so long? Why this sudden departure from the cities which, in the earlier days of the war, they so stout!) swore should never be desecrated by the presence of the " accursed Yankee" un less he chose to walk through the heaps of ashes, smouldering ruins and desolate streets ? Why are the " vandals of the North" so easily victorious? Why allowed, with flaunting banners and the of regimer al bands, to march without opposition to those places? Is the cause weakened ? Is it a premoni tion that resistance would be annihila tion ? That the conquering legions of the North cannot be held in check, and the vast, and as yet but partially developed, combinations of our Lieuten ant-General arc irresistible f Let us regard the subject calmly, soberly, justly. AYe do not consider it treason, we do not speak it as disloyal, when we say that Robert E. Uee, the commander of the rebel forces, is all that constitutes a strategist, in all that goes to make a General able to dare and fight down even fate itself, the first and foremost in the country. AVhile we admit the talents, the genius and the greatness of Lieutenant-General Grant, it is not only unfair, but unjust, that we should re fuso to acknowledge the grandeur, the sublime heroism, of that grey haired genius, the descendant of a line of pa triots, who, battling against the OSflfr bined opposition of almost an entire world, still firm and unyielding, has held at bay the most formidable armies in oxistence, and has, in defiance of de feat, still held him to his ground, nor wavered even when hope itself lcm_j lost forever. Let us yield the mcr A >,? praise even to our enemies. They were once our brothers—once hand in band with us. Whatever their errors, the r crimes, they are none the less men. Charleston, Wilmington and Columbia being ours, eni Beno? IJeyond theater* fact of obtaining full control of the sea board, and thereby relieving our blocks ding fleet from a tedious, tutsomc ■-.:■-. vice, and gaining possession of cities de serted, there does not seem to be any terial advance toward tho termination of the war. Those who havo studied the career of Lee, and observed his plan of campaign know that his system is that of concert* tration. To mass his troops and atta the enemy's divisions in detail, one after the other, is his strategy. Wary, cr cumsped, yet possessing and using r. times the dash and reckless audacity ; n attack of the first Napoleon, ho never loses a chance, and so far has left no record of a mistake. Since his appointment to, and is* sumption of, the supreme command of the rebel army, the whole method of operations has been changed. Concen tration is now the order, lie is carrying out his favorite plan of prosecuting the campaign. lie well knows the strength of his antagonist, and that antagonist - tenacity of purpose and immense re sources. And knowing them, he is at this moment gathering the seatt r< I forces of the rebel domain into one com. pact whole, with the intention of de ciding the fortunes of his cause at or near Richmond. There, upon the al ready blood soaked soil of the Old Do minion, will be fought Ul2 Waterloo of the rebellion. Sherman's victories and almost en tirely unopposed raid from Chattano igi to Atlanta, thence to Savannah, Charl ton and Columbia, with whatever-! de vastation he may have created, has :. t in the least disconcerted Lee. It may rather be considered pert and parcel >f his plan. And when the true history of affairs at the front is made known, it frill be found that Charleston, Columbia and Wilmington were evacuated only that the rebel commander in-chief might withdraw all the available force stationi '; ai these garrisons to be incorporated with the army around Richmond. It is useless to talk of Grant's combi nations and tremendous schemes, uf which we are duly and daily remind* 1 by army correspondents and the tele graph. These grand combinations and that wonderful strategy ot" which we havo heard so much have been cap luring Richmond every day for the la I sin-months. Yet the beleaguered capi tal is as far from our grasp as when o.: armies under McClellan were driven froi. the peninsula. l *On to Richmond! but never into it. With the record : the last attempt, beginning in the spring,) and as yet unended —from the iinj . Ann, through the awful carnage of the Wilderness, and to the present ba c, i hecatomb uf dear lives have been lost, the blood of our kindred has flown in tor rents, happy homes have been mad< desolate, and grief brought to thousands of hearts, in order that the glory of one man might have its holocaust. To gratify the dogged pertinacity of I General who, whatever his genius, and whatever past success he may have blundered into, cares as little !*<<r the lives of his soldiers as he d< a for tho: of the enemy, and who would throw away half an army to accomp >h a; n noseless object, the Adtninii is ionhav< given him almost absolute jo cc \ Week after week, mootti sftci montli Richmond was being'evacuated—it ws.i about to He captured. Petersburg, after being bombarded, I outer defences mined and stormed, is held by Lee. Tic- great Butler el phant, the hutch Gap canal, was to 8 complish wonders, but it did not caved in magnificently, and buried But! beyond hope of resurrection. Dcin strations of an imposing character wi made, and are being made daily, '•'• the same remit--a loss of life sndno good accomplished. But matters are approaching a crisis. Before many weeks the last grand and decisive battle will have begun. The preliminaries are beta ; rapidly a; ranged. Such a contest as this will l>o the world has never witnessed, for upon it depends the fate of the country. In that battle, should we suffer a defeat, it will Ire overwhelming, and all the ad vantages we may have gained in the pas six months will be as worthless a " bubble reputations,they have made. Lee is defeated, he still has the in which to once more rally his scatt • : legions, and concentrate for defence, U not for attack. From all tho outer garrisons and Up depots the rebel army at the capital • being augmented. Silently butsurelj t" ■■' storm is gathering. Let us not be sanguine of success. It may he that the rebel General will makers Wsterlo*' for us, while upon him, through Pi smoke of that day's battle, will shir, sun of a second day's Austerhtz. WJ will not throw away a singlochance. W is not the man of Lost Opportunities - Had bee had commaud of our armies M the outset of the war. we verily hehefi the rebellion would have been CTUShea in less thaw eight month* B«t we bao only such second-rate Undertakers W Burnside and Hooker, Butler and Pope* Let us trust that our Lieutenant <«c« neral may bo thoroughly prepared « the contiict; that when tho COnflW comes, our immense plurality "t men may not be driven to their deaths tti **•'• attempts to accomplish an Lmpoawow purpose, and that for once our leaders may be equal to their Herculean task.