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Armies And Fleets In Motion

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Tiiü lcus vi the ConuDg two weeks pioaúses tu be erf the most paiuful interest. Our ariuius and ílects are everyvhere ni motici, :id the most decisivo battlcs of the War aro eithor now undor way or about to comuieiice. ín vievv oí' thí grnut PXtènt of the field and the iinpcitaiice ot' tlie coming shoek of battlo, a resume of the various movemeuts uuder way may be considered timely. 1. Gon. Burnside and Lia grand army are, iu jwobability, by this time again across the ïtappahannock - nat at Fred ericksburjf, but tither above or below that fatal point. The crossing may have been contested, but if therc 3 any truth in tho rvpofied withdrawal of portions of Gei!, lioe's muy to North Carolina or East Tenni'ssee, it is more probable that the (Confedérate foroes would retiro inland Ko some point where thoir, army could be reinforced to its entire strength ; thee to offer battle. The line of North Ann river, if the Confedérate army retires, Wtll doubtless be tho scène of tho next great conflict. This line from Gordonsville to Hanover Junction, bas long been fortified, and, according to Confedérate authorities, it was there General Lee proposed to meet any army ia marchiug overland to Richraond. It is idle to spceulate on the probable result of the battle; our army ia not what it has been or should be iu spirit or management, yet the strange chances of war may givo it a glorious ar.d decisive viotory. Let U3 hopo for the best. 2. Gen. Foster's army, fifty thousand strong, according to Confedérate authorities, is agaio on the march in North Car olina. lts destination is supposed to bc Goldsboro and Wilmington. In all prob ability a strong Confedérate forcé wül contest the possession of those places, and we may look for stirring news from that quarter before the week is out. 8. Wilmington, N. O.', and Charleston, S. C, aro to be attacked at the same time by a naval force of wooden steam frigates and iron-elads, in whioh the lat ter will do most of iho work. There is every indieation that the tíght is even now going on. This coatest will be a matter of the profoundest interest all over Christendom, as it will throw a wsrld of light on the vexed question of iron clads, ordnanee, and defensivo works. 4. Gen. Rosccrans and bis army were expecting a fight at last accounts. The reinforcements which had been promised. had uot yet reoched hha, while the ene my had destroyed the railroad in his rear and stopped communieation by the Cumberland river. His men were represented as being in good spirits, but short of rations. General Longstreet had superseded General Bragg in command of tlie Confedérate army, and there was a report that eleven brigades from Virginia had gone west with him. But there must be a mistake here. How could an army of perhaps 30,000 men havo been trans popted over a long stretch of railroad since the battle of Murfreesboro ? If it was done, then was the story of the -Carter raid on the Tennesstje ind Virginia road a myth. Still, all the indications were that a battle more decisive than that at Murfreesboro was about to take place in Southern Tennessee. 5. General Banks and Admiral Farragut are by this time at work on Port Hudson, unless, indeed, the Vicksburg disaster should have induced them to await further orders. The report in the Southern papers that a floet was seen bound up the Mississippi, on the 13th, would seem to hdicato that Adiniral Farragut was disposed to commence operations at once. 6. The expedition against Vicksburg will soon be in mo.tiou again, this time under the control of General Grant. The entire army on tho Mississippi and in Western Tennessee will be engaged in this work. It will inelude, probably, not less than 100,000 men. VVo bave reason to believe that the expedition will start uiuch soouer than the public suppose possible after the recent disaster. In addition to the above, there is the expedition against Galveston, the result of which we will soon hear, besides minor raovements all along the coast. From this resume it will be seen that our armies and fleets are everywhere in motion, and that slaughter will hold high carnival long before winter melts into spring.


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