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Auspicious Signs of the Spring of 1864.-Military Successes of the Confederates.-

Improvements in the Internal Polity of the Confederacy-Two Important Measures

of Legislation.-Revolution of our Finances.-Enlargement of the Conscription.—

Theory of the New Military Law.--A Blot on the Political Record of the Confeder-

acy.-Qualified Suspension of the Habeas Corpus.-An Infamous Edict, but a "Dead-

letter."-An Official Libel upon the Confederacy.-The Real Condition of Civil

Liberty in the South.-The Conscription not properly a Measure of Force.-Im-

pressments but a System of Patriotic Contribution.--Development of the Yankee

Government into Despotism.-An Explanation of this.-The Essence of Despotism


System, the Best and Most Elastic in the World.-The War Conducted on A Volun-

tary Basis.—Supplies.--Scarcity of Meat.—The Grain Product.—Two Centres of Sup-

plies.-A Dream of Yankee Hate.--Great Natural Resources of the North.-Summary

of the Yankee Military Drafts.-Tonnage of the Yankee Navy.-The Yankee War

Debt.--Economic Effects of the War.--Its Effects on European Industry.-Yankee

Conquest of the South an Impossibility.-A Remarkable Incident of the War.-

DAHLGREN'S RAID AROUND RICHMOND.-Kilpatrick's and Custar's Parts of the Expe-

dition.-Dahlgren and his Negro Guide.-His "Braves" Whipped by the Richmond

Clerks and Artisans.--Death of the Marauder.-Revelation of his Infamous Designs.

-Copy and History of "the Dahlgren Papers."-A Characteristic Yankee Apothe-

osis. Ridiculous and Infamous Behavior of the Confederate Authorities.--A Bru-

tal and Savage Threat.-President Davis in Melodrama....
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Close of the Third Year of the War.-Sketch of the Subsequent Operations in Vir-

ginia and Georgia.-GRANT'S "ON-TO-RICHMOND."-The Combination Against the

Confederate Capital.-THE BATTLES OF THE WILDERNESS.-A Thrilling Crisis.—Grant

on the Verge of Rout.-His First Design Baffled.-THE BATTLES OF SPOTTSYLVANIA

COURT-HOUSE.-Death of General Sedgwick.-THE CARNAGE OF MAY THE 12TH.-Five

Battles in Six Days.-Grant's Obstinacy.-"The Butcher."--Sheridan's Expedition.

-Death of General "Jeb" Stuart.—Butler's Operations on the South Side of the

James." The Beast" at the Back-Door of Richmond.-He is Driven to Bermuda

Hundred by Beauregard.-Defeat of Sigel in the Valley.-Grant's Movement Down

the Valley of the Rappahannock.-His Passage of the Pamunkey.-Re-organization of

General Lee's Lines.-Grant's Favorite Tactics.-Yankee Exultation at his Approach

to Richmond--Caricatures of the Confederacy.-A Hasty Apotheosis.-A True The-

ory of Grant's "Flank Movements."-His Occupation of McClellan's Old Lines.—THE


Minutes. What Had Become of Yankee Exultation.-Review of the Rival Routes to

Richmond.-Grant Crosses the James River.-His Second Grand Combination Against

Richmond.-Hunter's Capture of Staunton.-THE BATTLES OF PETERSRURG.-General

Wise's Heroic Address.-Engagement of 16th June.-Grand Assault of 18th June.--

on "the Cockade City."-A Decisive defeat of the Yankees.-Engagement at Port

Walthal Junction-Sheridan's Defeat Near Gordonsville. - Hunter's Repulse at

Lynchburg.--Two Affairs on the Weldon Railroad.-Grant's Second Combination a

Complete Failure.-Discouragement of the North.-The Gold Barometer.-Secretary

Chase's Declaration.-SHERMAN'S "ON-TO-ATLANTA."-His Flanking Movement.-

Engagement in Resaca Valley.-Johnston's Retreat.-Engagement at New Hope.-

Johnston's Telegram to Richmond.-Defeat of Sturgis's Expedition in Mississippi.-

BATTLE OF KENESAW MOUNTAIN.-Sherman's Successful Strategy.-The Confederates

Fall Back to Atlanta.-THE BATTLES OF ATLANTA.-Hood's Gallant Defence.-- .

The Military Situation in July, 1864.-Grant's Failure.-His Consumption of Troops.

-Review of Yankee Atrocities in the Summer Campaign of 1864.-Sherman's Char

acter.-His Letter on "Wild Beasts."-His War on Factory Girls.-Sufferings of

Confederate Women and Children.-Ravages in Georgia.-Hunter's Vandalism in

Virginia. "The Avengers of Fort Pillow."-Sturgis and his Demons.-The Spirit of

the Confederates.-. . . Some Words on "Peace Negotiations."-A Piratical Prop-

osition and an Infamous Bribe.-The Heroic Choice of the Confederates....PAGE 261




Review of the Battle of Chancellorsville.-Two Defects in the Victory of the Confederates." The Finest Army on the Planet."—Analysis of the Victory.-Generalship of Lee.-Services and Character of the great Confederate Leader.-His Commonplaces and his Virtues.-The Situation in Virginia.-Lee's Preparations for the Summer Campaign.-Hooker to be Maneuvered out of Virginia.-Reorganization of Lee's Army.-The Affair of Brandy Station.-THE CAPTURE OF WINCHESTER.-The Affair of Aldie's Station.-Lee's Army Crossing the Potomac.-Invasion of Pennsylvania.-Alarm in the North.-Hooker Out-Generalled and Removed.-The Mild Warfare of the Confederate Invaders.-Southern "Chivalry."-General Lee's Error. -His Splendid March from Culpepper Court House to Gettysburg.-Feverish Anticipations in Richmond.-THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG.-First Day's Engagement.A Regiment of Corpses.-Charge of Gordon's Brigade.-The Nine Mississippi Heroes.-The Yankees Driven through Gettysburg.-A Fatal Mistake of the Confederates.-General Lee's Embarrassments.-THE SECOND DAY.-Cemetery Hill.Early's Attack Almost a Success.-Adventure of Wright's Brigade.-The Third DAY.-Sublime Terrors of the Artillery.--Heroic and Ever-Memorable Charge of Pickett's Division on the Heights.-Half a Mile of Shot and Shell.-Pickett's Supports Fail.-The Recoil.-General Lee's Behavior.-His Greatness in Disaster.-Immense Carnage.-Death of General Barksdale, " the Haughty Rebel."-General Lee's Retreat. The Affair of Williamsport.-Lee Recrosses the Potomac.-Success of his Retreat.-Yankee Misrepresentation.-Review of the Pennsylvania Campaign.-Half of Lee's Plans Disconcerted at Richmond.-Results of the Battle of Gettysburg Negative.--Lee's Retreat Across the Potomac an Inconsequence.--Disappointment in Richmond.-The Budget of a Single Day in the Confederate Capital.

In the close of a former volume, we proposed to open the Third Year of the War with a revised and extended account of the battles fought between Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, on the 1st, 2d, 3d and 4th of May, 1863. On examination, however, of what has already been written of these events, we find so little of authentic detail to add to it, that we shall content ourselves with a general reference to this important series of engagements (known collectively as the battle of Chancellorsville), and a concise statement of results.

We have here again the old story of a great and bloody battle, defective in conclusion and barren in practical results. The Confederates had failed to capture Sedgwick's corps by

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