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Orleans. Our forces then went to work and ex- -The Charleston Mercury of this day publishtinguished the fire.

es the following circular, which, it says, is "the -GENERAL NEGLEY, of the army of the South- deliberate expression of probably the largest, west, occupied the town of Rogersville, in North-wealthiest and most influential class of the citiern Alabama, and drove the rebels across the zens of New-Orleans," and says, also, that "for Tennessee River.-(Doc. 35.)

reasons that will be manifest to all,” no signa

tures are attached to it: May 14.-President Lincoln, accompanied by Secretary Stanton, and Captain Dahlgren, visit- fallen, not degraded or enslaved, but yielding to

“To COTTON PLANTERS. — New - Orleans has ed Fredericksburgh, Va., to-day. The Martha Washington conveyed the party to Acquia Creek,

armed ships with guns levelled at the homes of

our defenceless wives and children. The escutfrom whence they were taken by railroad to Gen. McDowell's headquarters, opposite Fred

cheon of Louisiana is unstained, and her flag has

been desecrated but by her enemies. None ericksburgh. The occasion was made a gala-day.

could be found among us so vile, low or degraded Flags were displayed from the steamboats and shipping at Acquia Creek. Several regiments

as to lower her national insignia. We havo were reviewed by the President. In the after- yielded to brute force but for the moment.

“It becomes now the duty of all planters to noon Mr. Lincoln, accompanied by General McDowell, Gen. Patrick, and a body-guard, visited display more than ever their patriotism and devoand rode through the streets of Fredericksburgh.

tion to their country. They have sealed that devo. The President was greeted by the troops and tion upon the battle-field. Now let us fight our many of the citizens with the utmost enthu- enemies, as well by burning and destroying every siasm. A National salute was fired by one of bale of cotton upon the river or rivers liable to capthe batteries in Falmouth. Th Presidential

ture, as well as refusing ever to ship or sell a bale party returned late in the evening to Wash- of cotton until peace is declared and our nationalington.

ity is fixed.

Let their conquest be a barren one.

“The merchant fleets of Europe and of Yan-A SKIRMISI took place about five miles from keedom will soon be bringing their riches among Trenton Bridge, N. C., between a detachment of us to trade with us, expecting an exchange of Union troops under command of Colonel Amory, cotton. If commerce is once revived we are enconsisting of twelve companies of cavalry, the slaved for ever. Let Europe howl at the waste Seventeenth and Twenty-fifth Massachusetts in the barbarity of the North will have brought upfantry, and a section of the Third New-York

on the country.

The United States Government artillery, and a body of rebels secreted in the has promised renewed trade to the world so soon woods along the roadside. After a fierce con

as our ports are opened. If we are true to ourtest, which lasted only about ten minutes, the selves, there will be no trade, and the countless rebels were routed, leaving nine of their number millions of foreign products will be without purdead on the field, among whom was Lieutenant chasers. How long will they remain idle spectaRogers, a favorite officer among them. —N. Y. tors of such a scene? The Powers of Europe will Tribune.

see that there is no sentiment of regard for the -A SOLDIER, belonging to Col. Catherwood's old flag—that we despise the race; and when we regiment, Sixth Missouri State Militia, named withhold or destroy our property, they will find Donegan, was inhumanly murdered by “bush- that Unionism is dead for ever.” whackers," within gun-shot hearing of his father's house, from which he was returning unarmed to The United States steamers Ceres and Lockhis regiment. Several outrages of this kind wood pursued the rebel steamer Alice up Roahaving occurred about this time in the neighbor- noke River, and captured her about two miles hood of Cameron, Missouri, Col. Catherwood de- below Williamston. She had on board bacon tailed a scouting party of sixty men, under the for the rebel army, and the church-bells of Plycommand of Capt. Bassett, to ferret out the per- mouth, which were to be cast into field-pieces. petrators. After four days' ceaseless riding, they At Plymouth, the Commodore Perry found the succeeded in capturing eighteen prisoners, twen- lantern from the light-boat at the mouth of Roaty-nine Mississippi rifles, and three kegs of pow. noke River, concealed in the Custom-House. der.-Missouri Democrat.

Official Report.

- In the United States Senate Mr. Wright, of regulations in reference to travelling in that deIndiana, presented a petition from citizens of that partment: State, asking Congress to stop the agitation of “With the view of preventing any unauthorthe negro question and attend to the business of ized person of color, bond or free, from leaving putting down the rebellion.

the city, the following regulations have been May 15.-A company of infantry of General adopted by this department: Geary's command was ordered to Linden, Va., to

“1. Railroads and other means of transportaremain stationed there. A detachment of seven- tion are forbid conveying, without a passport, any teen men, guard to the company wagon, reached free person of color or slave from the limits wherethere a short time before the main body of the in martial law prevails. company, which was on a train. They were at

“2. Applications for passports for free persons tacked by a body of cavalry, variously estimated of color must be made by their guardians or other at from three to six hundred, coming upon them responsible white person. from four different directions. The Nationals re

"3. Applications for passports for slaves must sisted them, keeping up a sharp fire under shelter be made either by their owners or responsible of the dépôt, which was riddled with bullets. representatives or agents. Gen. Geary's men were overpowered; one was

“4. Travelling with a white person will not killed and fourteen were taken prisoners, three dispense with these regulations.” of whom were wounded, when the enemy hastily

May 16.—The following General Order, made retired under fire. — General Geary's Despatch.

by President Lincoln, at Norfolk, Va., on the -The United States gunboats Galena, Moni.

eleventh of May, was this day issued :

“The skilful and gallant movements of Majortor, Aroostook, Naugatuck, and Port Royal were repulsed from Fort Darling, on the James River. Gen. John E. Wool and the forces under his comThe one hundred pound gun on the Naugatuck mand, which resulted in the surrender of Norexploded at the first fire.-(Doc. 37.)

folk, and the evacuation of the strong batteries

erected by the rebels on Sewell's Point and -Great excitement existed in Richmond, Va., Craney Island, and the destruction of the rebel on the approach of Gen. McClellan's army


iron-clad steamer Merrimac, are regarded by the the gunboats. A joint Committee were appoint- President as among the most important successes ed by the Legislature of Virginia to communicate

of the present war. He therefore orders that his with Jeff Davis in relation to the defence of the thanks as Commander-in Chief of the Army and city. The General Assembly resolved that the Navy, be communicated by the War Department capital of the State should be defended to the to Major-Gen. John E. Wool, and the officers and last extremity. Governor Letcher issued a pro- soldiers of his command, for their gallantry and clamation calling all the officers out of service, good conduct in the brilliant operations menand others who were willing to unite in defending tioned.” the capital, to meet at the City Hall that evening.

THE United States steamer Oriental was The meeting was held amid great excitement and

wrecked on Body's Island, thirty miles north of enthusiasm. The action of the Governor was

Cape Hatteras, N. C.

The Senate of the United warmly commended.-(Doc. 109.)

States confirmed the nomination of Brevet Major-In the Senate of Virginia Mr. Collier submit-Gen. Wool to be Major-General of the army. ted a joint resolution declaring that slavery is the fundamental doctrine of Southern civilization.

-At New Orleans, La., General Butler issued

the following orders: (See Supplement.)

“The New-Orleans Bee newspaper having pub-A SKIRMISH took place, nine miles east of lished an elaborate though covert argument in Batesville, Arkansas, between a party of the Fifth favor of the cotton-burning mob, is hereby supIllinois cavalry, under Lieut. Smith, and a small pressed. No publication of any description will force of the enemy. The rebels were repulsed, issue from that office until further orders. leaving in the hands of the Unionists, a major, a * The New Orleans Delta newspaper having, captain, and one private. The Union party lost in an article of to-day's issue, discussed the cotnone.—Missouri Democrat.

ton question in a manner which violates the terms -ALEXANDER H. Brown, Assistant Provost of the proclamation of first of May instant from Marshal at Charleston, S. C., issued the following these headquarters, the office of that paper will


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be taken possession of and its business conducted in its vicinity, with all arms and munitions of under direction of the United States authorities." | war. I trust you will comply with this demand.”

“ It is hereby ordered that neither the city of General Herbert replied that when the land New-Orleans, nor the banks thereof, exchange and naval forces made their appearance, the detheir notes, bills or obligations for confederate mand would be answered. At the same time he notes, bills or bonds, nor issue any bill, note or advised the people of the city to “keep coolobligation payable in confederate notes. there is no danger. When the enemy lands and

“On the twenty-seventh day of May instant, endeavors to penetrate into the interior, he will all circulation of or trade in confederate notes and be fought on every inch of ground. In the mean bills will cease within this Department; and all time, every man should stand by his arms, and sales or transfers of property made on or after be ready to take the field at a moment's warnthat day, in consideration of such notes or bills, ing."--Houston Telegraph, May 23. directly or indirectly, will be void, and the pro

—There was a general advance of the Union perty confiscated to the United States — one lines towards Corinth, with much skirmishing fourth thereof to to the informer.”—(Doc. 38.) and several severe engagements. General Sher

-Two Union gunboats opened fire with shot man's division lost forty-four killed and a number and shell on Darien, Georgia, without inflicting wounded, in attacking Russell's House, but sucany damage. — Fast day in the rebel States.ceeded in dislodging the rebels from that posiSavannah News, May 17.-(Doc. 39.)

tion.-(Doc. 41.) -COLONEL JOHNSON HAGOOD, Provost-Marshal -The gunboat Currituck, accompanied by the of the Second Military District of South-Carolina, transport steamer Seth Low, made a reconnoisissued the following from his headquarters at sance up the Pamunkey River, Va., for the purCharleston :

pose of capturing or destroying two rebel steamers “In compliance with instructions received from and several smaller vessels supposed to be at or Brigadier-General Ripley, Capt. Francis D. Lee, near Casey's Point, about ten miles below NewEngineer Corps, is empowered to impress any castle. On reaching that point the vessels were negro carpenters and other artisans, not now em- not found, and the gunboat continued the search ployed in government service, whether the same until within a mile of Newcastle, where two combe slaves or not. Captain Lee will be furnished panies of infantry landed and marched to an elewith such force as may be necessary to carry out vated position, from which they discovered all the instructions."

the vessels in flames, they having been set on -The National Intelligencer this morning fire to prevent their capture by the Currituck. contains an article, three columns in length, de- The object of the reconnoissance having been acnouncing Gen. Hunter's proclamation, and assert. complished, the companies reēmbarked and reing that the President will revoke it.

turned to the White House.—N. Y. Times, -Commodore GOLDSBOROUGH with the Susque- May 20. hannah, the Wachusett, the Dacotah, and the

- The gunboat Penobscot, Captain Clitch, Maratanza moved up the James River, Va., to opened fire on the shore batteries at Newlet Inreduce two batteries on the south shore, and let, near Wilmington, N. C. The attack brought found the batteries abandoned.-N. Y. Times, out the position and power of the guns and batMay 21.-(Doc. 110.)

teries, and this being all that was wanted, the May 17.At Galveston, Texas, Captain Hen- gunboat soon ceased to fire.- National Intelliry Eagle, commanding the United States naval gencer. forces, sent the following message to the com

-The advance-guard of the Army of the Potomander of the rebel forces at that place:

mac reached the Chickahominy River at Bottom's "In a few days the naval and land forces of Bridge, about fifteen miles from Richmond. The the United States will appear off the town of rebels destroyed the bridge, and the march of tho Galveston to enforce its surrender. To prevent Union troops was obstructed.—McClellan's Desthe effusion of blood and destruction of property patch. which would result from the bombardment of May 18.-A skirmish took place near Searcy, your town, I hereby demand the surrender of on the Little Red River, Arkansas, between one the place, with all its fortifications and batteries hundred and fifty men of Gen. Osterhaus's divi



sion, and some six hundred rebels, under Colonels vanced pickets were met, and a skirmish ensued, Coleman and Hicks, in which the latter were resulting in the loss of one Lieutenant and four routed, with a loss of one hundred and fifty left privates belonging to the Nationals. The rebels on the field and quite a number wounded. lost nine killed and two prisoners.

-A Fight took place at Princeton, Va., between -LIEUTENANT S. M. WHITESIDES, with eight the Nationals under the command of General Cox men of company K, of the Sixth cavalry, capand a body of rebels under Humphrey Marshall, tured a train of one hundred mules and eight in which the Nationals lost thirty killed and sev- contrabands belonging to the brigade of the rebel enty wounded.

General Whiting, near the advance of General -S. PHILLIPS LEE, United States Navy, com- McClellan, en route for Richmond. manding the advance naval division on the Mis

-The Legislature of Virginia adjourned in acsissippi River, demanded the surrender of Vicks- cordance with a resolution previously adopted. burgh to the authority of the United States.- In the House of Delegates, the Speaker, Mr. (Doc. 111.)

Sheffey, of Augusta, delivered an affecting valeMay 19.-Gen. Stoneman's brigade of McClel- dictory.—(See Supplement.) lan's army advanced to within fourteen miles of

-This afternoon a boat went ashore from the Richmond, Va. They left their encampment Wachusett, lying in the James River, Va., with Dear White House at daybreak this morning, and a flag of truce, containing six officers and twelve preceded by the signal corps, pushed on to a

The surgeon of the ship had been sent for point six miles above Tunstall's Station. Soon from the shore, and the officers and the men, and after they reached a position within four miles of the rest remained to guard the ship. For some the Chickahominy, where the signal corps dis

reason, the party in the boat were fired on by covered a body of rebel cavalry drawn up in line some twenty or thirty men, and simultaneously to receive them. The National pickets fell back the party on shore were attacked and all taken a few yards, when one company of the Sixth prisoners

. Of the party in the boat, the master's United States cavalry came up and charged upon mate, Almy, of Philadelphia, and W. P. Pierce, the rebels, driving them back and capturing two

seaman, were instantly killed. Henry Johnson of their horses. The Nationals lost one horse.

was severely wounded in the face, breast, and -GENERAL HUNTER's proclamation, by which neck; Brown, wounded in the kidneys; the slaves in Florida, Georgia, and South-Carolina, John Close, wounded in the thigh. The three had been declared free, was officially repudiated latter were placed on the George Washington and and pronounced void by President Lincoln. — carried to Fortress Monroe; but Brown, who was (Doc. 42.)

severely wounded, died in an hour after being -GOVERNOR YATES, of Illinois, issued a pro- put on board. Among the prisoners taken were clamation calling for recruits to fill up the volun- Baker, engineer; Paymaster Stockwell; the teer regiments from that State. Many of our re- Surgeon of the ship; - Depford, signal officer, giments, he says, entered the field with numbers detailed from the army; Thos. Green, coxswain ; scarcely above the minimum. These have nobly J. O'Marley and Frank Cousin, seamen; and sevdone their duty, and many have purchased lasting eral others.—(Doc. 112.) honors with the price of their lives, and it remains ~JOHN T. MONROE, Mayor of New-Orleans, and only for us to maintain what they have achieved, other municipal officers of that city, were arrested and therefore I call upon the people of Illinois to by order of Gen. Butler, and sent to Fort Jackson. raise men in every precinct in the State for the

May 20.-Edward Stanly, of North-Carolina, regiments that were sent from their own sections, received his commission as Military Governor to fill up their own companies. Relying upon of that State. He is invested with the duthe same patriotism that has thus far furnished ties and functions of that station, including the a brave and noble host at the shortest notice, I

power to establish all necessary offices and trisend forth this proclamation, and confidently ex- bunals, and suspend the writ of habeas corpus pect a prompt response that will maintain the during the pleasure of the President, or until present glory of our State.

the loyal inhabitants shall organize a State gov -A RECONNOISSANCE was made to Clinton, nine ernment in accordance with the Constitution of miles south of Newbern, N. C. The rebels' ad- the United States.


-LIEUT.-Col. Downey, who was sent to War- Gen. Thomas A. Davies. The rebels were routdensville, near Moorfield, Va., after the guerrillas ed, leaving a good many prisoners, guns, haverwho recently overpowered a party of convalescent sacks, blankets, etc., in the hands of the Unionsoldiers in that neighborhood, reported having ists.-(Doc. 113.) killed the notorious chief, Umbagh, and three -COMMODORE PRENTISS, with the United States men, and that he wounded four. He took twelve steamer Albatross, penetrated the interior waters prisoners. The Nationals lost nothing.

of South-Carolina as far as Georgetown, and up -A Train of seventeen wagons, laden with the Waccamaw River ten miles above the city, government stores, which left Rolla, Mo., on Mon- but having an insufficient force, he did not make

an attack. day last, was overtaken to-day, when about twenty miles out on the Springfield road, by a band -GENERAL STONEMAN, in company with Prof. of rebel guerrillas, who burned the wagons and Lowe, made a balloon reconnoissance this morntheir contents, and carried off all the mules, ing, from Gaines's Mills, Va., and reaching an alticighty-six in number.— Four United States gun- tude of five hundred feet, obtained a complete view boats bombarded the rebel works on Cole's Island, of Richmond with the aid of a glass. Very few Stono Inlet, S. C., when the rebels burned their rebel troops were visible within the limits of the barracks and evacuated the Island.

city, but at the left of it, on the line of the road -LIEUTENANT-COLONEL West took possession leading to Bottom's Bridge, a large number were of Tucson, Arizona, this day, without firing a shot. The confederate troops stationed in that

-At one o'clock, to-day, two mortars opened city fled across the Rio Grande on his approach, on Fort Pillow, and the firing was kept up at inand the citizens of Tucson who were imbued tervals of five minutes, until six in the evening. with secession proclivities started for Sonora. It was returned three or four times by guns The citizens of the town came out and met the from the rebels, either from the fortifications or troops in great numbers, greeting them with from their mortar-boats, their shells bursting cheers, and of their own accord sent out wagons wide of the mark, and doing no damage. and brought in loads of forage for the animals,

Deserters from Fort Pillow state that one hunwhich were worn out by their march from the dred and eighty dead bodies were removed from

Pimos around by Fort Stanford.—Los Angeles the rebel rams and gunboats on their return from • Nevs.

the late naval engagement. On the Mexico,

whose boilers were exploded by a well-directed -A PARTY belonging to General Fremont's shot from the Benton, every man was either killcommand, under Col. Crook, made a successful ed or so badly scalded as to render recovery descent upon the Central Railroad at the Jackson

doubtful. None of the rebel vessels, accordRiver dépôt, Va.

ing to this story, were entirely sunk, but three -The rebel pickets were driven across Bot- of them were so badly disabled as to be rendered tom's Bridge by skirmishers of General Couch's almost useless. The impression at the fort was division of the army of the Potomac. On the that they had been badly whipped. right General Stoneman's advance reached New- -Three regiments, consisting of the First, Bridge, also on the Chickahominy.

Second and Twentieth Kentucky, under com-GENERAL SAEPLEY, Military Commandant of mand of Col. Sedgewick, made a reconnoissance New-Orleans, informed the citizens of that town, near Corinth, Mississippi, for the purpose of asthat, in the absence of the late Mayor, he, by or certaining the position of the enemy. After some der of Major-General B. F. Butler, commanding sharp fighting, which lasted for about two hours, the Department of the Gulf, would discharge in which he had some thirty men wounded, Col. the functions which appertained to the office of Sedgewick, being completely successful, returned mayor, until such time as the people of New- to camp.-(Doc. 114.) Orleans should elect a loyal citizen of that city, -RECRUITING offices which had been previousand of the United States, as Mayor.

ly closed were reöpened by order of the United May 21.–To-day the battle of Philips's Creek, States Government. Mississippi, was fought by the second division of -BRIGADIER-GENERAL I. P. Hatch, commandGeneral Halleck's army, commanded by Brig.- ing the cavalry in Gen. Banks's division, on his

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