Mr. Wood to Mr. Seward

No. 98.]

Sir: The President’s proclamation and news of the battle at Murfreesborough reached us by the same mail. These are, I think, the two greatest events of this war, and which is now begun in earnest on the part of the north.

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Depend upon it, that proclamation is the severest blow the confederates have received this side of the Atlantic. I am glad to see that such a force has gone south under Banks.

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I remain, very truly, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State.