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“A despatch has just been received from General STIERMAN' dated near Resaca, May 14. It states that, by the flank move inent on Resaca, Johnston had been forced to evacuate Dalton and our forces were in his rear and flank. The weather was fine, and the troops in fine order, all working well, and as fast as possible.

No intelligence has been received from General Butler. Guerillas have broken the telegraph lines between Williamsburg and Old Jamestown. This is believed to be the reason why no report has been received from him.

Despatches from General SIGÉL, report him to be at Woodstock. The rumor that he had broken the railroad between Lynchburg and Charlottesville is not true.

“Our wounded are coming in from Belle Plain as fast as the transports can bring them. “Grant's army is well supplied.

“ EDWARD M. Stanton, Secretary of War."



WASHINGTON, May 14.-Despatches, dated Headquarters Army of the Potomac, May 13th, 12 M., have been received. General MEADE has issued the following congratulatory address to his troops :

"HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 13th, 1864.Soldiers :—The moment has arrived when your commanding general feels authorized to address you in terms of congratulation.

“For eight days and nights, almost without intermission, in rain and sunshine, you have been gallantly fighting a desperate foe, in positions naturally strong, and rendered doubly so by intrenchments.

“You have compelled him to abandon his fortifications on the Rapidan, to retire and attempt to stop your onward progress, and now he has abandoned the last intrenched position so tenaciously held, suffering a loss in all of eighteen guns, twenty-two colors, and eight thousand prisoners, including two general officers.

“Your heroic deeds and noble endurance of fatigue and privations will ever be memorable. Let us return thanks to God for the mercy thus shown us, and ask earnestly for its continuation.

“Soldiers ! your work is not yet over. The enemy must be pursued, and, if possible, overcome. The courage and fortitude you have displayed renders your Commanding General confident your future efforts will result in success.

“While we mourn the loss of many gallant comrades, let us remember the enemy must have suffered equal, if not greater losses.

“We shall soon receive reinforcements, which he cannot expect. Let us determine to continue vigorously the work so well begun, and under God's blessing in a short time the object of our labors will be accomplished.

“ GEORGE G. MEADE, Major-General Commanding. Official-S. WILLIAMS, A. A. G. "(Approved),

" Lieutenant-General Commanding

the Armies of the United States."



WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, May 14th, 1864. MAJOR-GENERAL Dix: The following telegrams bave just reached this department from General BUTLER.

EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War.

“ HALF-WAY HOUSE, May 14th--3 A.M. "To Hon. EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War: We are still before the base of the enemy's works at Drury Bluff, Fort Darling.

“The enemy are still here in force.

“ General GILLMORE, by a flank movement, with a portion of his Corps and a Brigade of the Eighteenth Corps, assaulted and took the enemy's works on their right at dusk last evening. It was gallantly done.

The troops behaved finely. "We held our lines during the night, and shall move this morning again. (Signed)

“ BENJ. F. BUTLER, Major-General."

“HEADQUARTERS, HALF-WAY HOUSE, May 14th=-10 A. M. " To Hon. EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War: General Smith carried the enemy's first line on the right, this morning, at eight o'clock. The loss was small.

* The enemy have retired into three square redoubts, upon which we are now bringing our artillery to bear with effect. "(Signed)

" Benj. F. BUTLER, Major-General Commanding."



“Washington, May 14th-Midnight. "To MAJOR-GENERAL CADWALADER : An official despatch from General SHERIDAN, dated Bottom Bridge, via Fortress Monroe, May 13th, states that on the ninth instant he marched around the enemy's right flank, and on the evening of that day reached the North Anna River without serious opposition. During that night he destroyed the enemy's depot at Beaver Dam, three large trains of cars, and one hundred cars, two fine locomotives, two hundred thousand pounds of bacon, and other stores, amounting in all to a million and a half of Rebel rations

; also, the telegraph and railroad track for about ten miles, embracing several culverts, and recaptured three hundred and seventy-eight of our men, including two Colonels, one Major, and several other officers.

“On the morning of the tenth he resumed operations, crossing the South Anna at Grand Squirrel Bridge, and went into camp about daylight.

“On the eleventh he captured Ashland Station. At this point he destroyed one locomotive and a train of cars, an enginchouse, and two or three government buildings, containing a large amount of stores. He also destroyed six miles of railroad, embracing six culverts, two trestle bridges, and the telegraph wires. At about seven o'clock A. M., of the eleventh, he resumed the march on Richmond. He found the rebel STUART with his cavalry concentrated at Yellow Tavern, and immediately attacked bim. After an obstinate contest, he gained possession of the Brockle Turnpike, capturing two pieces of artillery and driving the enemy's forces back toward Ashland and across the north fork of the Chickahominy—a distance of four miles. At the same time a party charged down the Brock road and captured the first line of the enemy's works around Richmond. During the night he marched the whole of his command between the first and second line of the enemy's works, on the bluffs overlooking the line of the Virginia Central Railroad and the Mechanicsville turnpike. After demonstrating against the works and finding them very strong, he gave up the intention of assaulting, and determined to recross the Chickahominy at Meadow Bridge. It had been partially destroyed by the enemy, but was repaired in about three hours, under a heavy artillery fire from a Rebel battery. General MERRITT made the crossing, attacked the enemy, and drove him off handsomely, the pursuit continuing as far as Gaines's Mill. The enemy, observing the recrossing of the Chickahominy, came out from his second line of works. A brigade of infantry and a large number of dismounted cavalry attacked the divisions of Generals Gregg and Wilson; but,

after a severe contest, were repulsed and driven behind their works. GREGG and Wilson's Division, after collecting the wounded, recrossed the Chickahominy on the afternoon of the twelfth. The Corps encamped at Walnut Grove and Gaines's Mill.

“At nine o'clock A. M., of the thirteenth, the march was resumed, and our forces encamped at Bottom Bridge. The command is in fine spirits. The loss of horses will not exceed one hundred. All the wounded were brought off except about thirty cases of mortally wounded, and these were well cared for in the farmhouses of the country. The wounded will not exceed two hundred and fifty, and the total loss not over three hundred and fifty. The Virginia Central Railroad bridges over the Chickahominy, and other trestle-bridges, one sixty feet in length, one thirty feet, and one twenty feet, and the railroad for a long distance south of the Chickahominy, were destroyed. Great praise is given the division commanders, Generals GREGG, Wilson, and MERRITT, Generals Custer and DAVIES, and Colonels GREGG, Divine, CHAPMAN, McIntosh and GIBBS, brigade commanders.

All the officers and men behaved, splendi, Secretary of War."



“WASHINGTON, May 15th12:30 A. M. “ MAJOR-GENERAL CADWALADER : In a despatch this moment received from Admiral LEE, he reports to the Secretary of the Navy that the Richmond papers of yesterday mention the death of General J. E. B. STUART, shot in battle. This, no doubt, happened in the battle with General SHERIDAN.

“ Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War."


" WASHINGTON, May 15th-8:50 A. M. To MAJOR-GENERAL CADWALADER: An official despatch from the battle-field at Spottsylvania, yesterday morning, at 6:30, states that during the preceding night (Friday) a movement was made by the Fifth and Sixth Corps to our left, and an attack was to have been made at daylight, but no sound of battle had been heard from that quarter. This manæuvre, it is said, if successful, would place our forces in LEE's rear, and compel him to retreat towards Lynchburg. No cannon nor any sound of battle was heard yesterday at Belle Plain or Fredericksburg, which affords ground for the impression that LEE had retreated durivg Friday night, and before the advance of the Fifth and Sixth Corps. Nothing later than 6:30 A. M. yesterday has been

received from the army by this Department. All our wounded that had reached Belle Plain yesterday evening have arrived here. The surgical report from the headquarters of the army states that the condition of the supplies is satisfactory, and that the wounded are doing well. The Medical Director at Belle Plain reports that every thing at that point is satisfactory. The surgical arrangements have never been so complete as now. General SHERIDAN's command had reached the left bank of Turkey Island at three o'clock yesterday afternoon, and have formed a junction with the forces of General BUTLER.

"EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War.”



WASHINGTON, May 15thMidnight. “To MAJOR-GENERAL CADWALADER : Despatches from Gen. Grant have been received by this Department down to seven o'clock this morning. There had been no engagement for the last two days.

“Despatches from General SHERMAN down to eight o'clock last night, state that his forces had been actively engaged during the day with advantage to our side, but no decided result.

“Nothing has been heard of General BUTLER's operations since his telegrams of last night, heretofore published.

“ EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War.”


FIGHT WITH A. P. HILL. At early daylight on Friday morning, May 13th, 1864, the engagement commenced by an advance on our part and lasted for six hours, the battle being fought with an obstinacy not surpassed during the campaign. General BURNSIDE's command, the Ninth Corps, lay across the pike leading from Fredericksburg to Spottsylvania Court House, at a distance of from two to three miles from the latter place. His left extended a short distance east of the road. His advance was made simultaneously with that of General HANCOCK, thus making a heavy concerted attack upon the enemy's right wing, which covered Spottsylvania Court House on the north, and covered also the road running through that town, which formed the Rebel

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