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preme Court of South Carolina, who knew Mr. Petigru well, in speaking of him to the writer, said that he was a great man, that he was honest and charitable, and that he was loyal to his friends. Hon. Daniel Pope, a professor of law in the University of South Carolina, in an address upon his life, ascribes to him genius, wit, magnetic oratory, and quaint originality.

Judge John Belton O'Neall, showed the high estimate he put upon Mr. Petigru by dedicating to him his own great work, O' Nea/t's Bench and Bar of South Carolina. I will close by saying that Mr. Petigru was a fine lawyer, a great statesman, that he was loyal to his con- victions of duty, his friends and his country, and that he was a brave, honest, generous, noble-souled man.

WALTER L. MILLER,

Abbeville, S. C.

[The Times, Richmond, Va.,June6, 1897.]

GETTYSBURG FAILURE.

SOME OF THE CLEAR DEDUCTIONS FROfl THE RECORD.

General Lee Suffered for Want of Proper Information Just Enough to Mislead Brought on the Battle The Reports.

I think it is now generally conceded that if the Gettysburg cam- paign had been successful it would have secured the independance of the Confederacy. The failure to accomplish this, or any result favor- able to the Confederacy, has centred upon it the most minute scru- tiny, and yet I have not seen written anywhere what appears to me to be some of the clear deductions from the records. I propose to outline some of these deductions.

General Lee having transferred his army from in front of Freder- icksburg to the Lower Valley, without a single mishap, and having captured there all the artillery, and either captured or dispersed all the Union troops occupying it, during which time General Hooker had conformed the movements of the Army of the Potomac to his, without attempting to disconcert his plans, and that army was then in the counties of Loudoun and Fairfax (between him and the Capi-