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HOW THE REBELS DESTROY RAILROADS—TWISTING THE
horns. But Mr. Hurd's undisguised
homage gratified her maternal heart, coming so soon after that great insult to
her daughter; and then she said to herself, "At any rate he will help me cure
her of the Wretch.'" She was not easy in her mind, though; could not tell what
would come of it all. So she watched her daughter's pensive face as only mothers
watch, and saw a little of the old peach bloom creeping back.
That was irresistible: she let
things go their own way, and hoped for the best.
ONE of our artists has shown us,
in the picture we publish herewith, how the rebels destroy railroads. The rails
are torn from the ties, and fires are lighted and kept going under them until
the iron is bent and warped so as to be useless hereafter. When a rail has been
subjected to this process, there is nothing to be done with it but to send it to
the foundry as "scrap iron."
RICHMOND FROM THE LIBEY
WE are indebted to Captain H. E.
the view of
RICHMOND FROM THE LIBEY PRISON
which we publish herewith. Our
poor fellows, shut up in the rebel dungeon, beguile the weary hours by watching
and sketching the capital of Jeff Davis's empire, until every steeple and every
chimney is as familiar to them as the scenes of their childhood. Let us hope it
will not be long before our loyal troops get a better view of the spot, and our
cannon command every house in the place.
ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.
WE publish on
page 685 two
pictures, from sketches by Mr. A. R. Waud, illustrating the present position of
the Army of the Potomac. Mr. Waud writes:
"The back-bone of the State—the
mountains of Virginia—now loom up in front of the right wing of the army, in a
grand panorama of ever-changing beauty. From Stonehouse Mountain, near the tents
of General Shaler and his staff, these hills are a grand spectacle. Sweeping up
in many peaks, wooded to the tops, the whole range in view extends far below
Madison Court House to the south, and northward beyond Front Royal. Right in
Turkey-hole Mountain, a rugged
hill, which rises in front of Thornton's Gap; while to the south is Thoroughfare
Mountain, an uneven hill. Southwest Mountain, Clark's Mountain, Cedar Run and
Slaughter Mountain, and Pony Mountain, rise, isolated hills, from a wilderness
of woods, with apparently few clearings. These woods are mostly of thrifty oak
and other hard woods, affording quite a welcome cover to the enemy's scouts and
"The rebels have now a continuous
line of earth-works upon the Rapidan River, in front of our lines. In fact,
there are now fortifications along the Rappahannock and Rapidan from Port Royal,
twenty miles below Fredericksburg, up almost to
the sources of the latter river.
Every point available for is crossing is fortified, which makes the already
formidable line of the river almost impregnable. The picture of the position at
Somerville Ford is a good specimen of the work done by the secessionists to stay
the onward progress of this army. Along the crests of the hills are rifle-pits
commanding the approaches, and behind these earth-works for guns, in position to
command the opposite country. Since firing has stopped on the picket line, the
sentries go clown to the banks of the river and indulge in a little talk
occasionally; also in a little barter, trading coffee for tobacco, and the
Harper's for the Richmond Examiner. At one of these friendly gatherings the
rebel pickets wanted to know why we slid not follow their example, and fortify
to prevent troops crossing. "Our soldiers could not see why they should do that,
when all we desired was to have them come over and bring all their friends.'
"The rebs acknowledged, however,
that they were afraid we should attempt to cross the river, and therefore did
all in their power to insure safety."
Since our correspondent wrote
matters seem to have changed somewhat. On the night of 9th-10th a large body of
rebels moved north from Madison Court House, with what purpose can only be
conjectured. On the morning of 10th General Kilpatrick had a lively cavalry
skirmish with a body of Stuart's cavalry, and seems, on the whole, to have
rather got the worst of it. Whether Lee is moving north with a view to fight the
Army of the Potomac in its present reduced position, or whether this movement is
merely a feint to cover a retreat, time will show. Lee's army has been greatly
reduced of late.
1. Confederate States Capitol.—2.
Castle Thunder.—3. Castle Lightning.—4. Gallego Mills.—5.
Belle Isle.—6. Long
Bridge, Petersburg Railroad.—7. Confederate States Steamer "Torpedo."—8.
VIEW OF RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, FROM THE
PRISON.—[FROM A SKETCH BY CAPTAIN HARRY E. WRIGLEY, TOPOGRAPHICAL ENGINEERS.]