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obstacles than the want of strategic ability on the about four miles, to reconnoitre the shores, and part of our leaders.

intercept the enemy's transports and other vesOur loss was slight, only some ten or twelve sels. We started ahead at full speed, and when killed, and forty or fifty wounded. Among the near Queen's Creek discovered a company of the latter are Major Ingram, (mortally,) and Capt. rebel cavalry, which our shells soon dispersed ; Leftwitch, both of the staff of Gen. Van Dorn. immediately afterwards observed Bigler's wharf

to be on fire in several places, and three schoon

ers and a launch escaping to the windward. Our A correspondent furnishes us with the official shot soon hove to a schooner and the launch, list of the casualties in the confederate troops en-|(loaded with stores and the effects of Gen. Rains gaged in the skirmish at Farmington:

and Lieut. Whitney, C.S.A.,) and the other Twenty-fifth Louisiana. Killed 2 ; wounded, vessels were fired and abandoned, their crews 3 officers and 25 privates; 1 missing.

escaping to the shore. Eleventh Louisiana.—Killed, 1; wounded, 13

Having reached a point thirteen miles above privates.

Yorktown, in consequence of my orders I was Sixteenth Louisiana.-Killed, 2; wounded, 1 compelled to return, and, after having secured officer and 12 privates.

the prizes and captured a sloop in addition, I Eighteenth Louisiana.—Killed, 1; wounded, steamed down the river, and, when within about 12 privates.

five miles of Yorktown, I met one of the gunThirty-sixth Mississippi. — Killed, 1 officer ; | boats, and her captain (T. H. Patterson) directed wounded, 4 officers and 8 privates; 1 missing.

me to cover his vessel in a reconnoissance towards Thirteenth Louisiana. — Wounded, 9 officers the head of the river. I immediately cast off the and 6 privates; 1 missing.

prizes and led up to West-Point, where we disFlorida and C. G. Battery.-Wounded, 2 offi- covered the place to be abandoned, several parcers and 6 privates ; 1 missing.

tially-built gunboats and the York River lightThirty-seventh Mississippi.-—Wounded, 1 offi- | boat on fire, and two regiments, that morning cer and 2 privates, accidentally.

arrived from Richmond on their way to YorkTwentieth Louisiana. -Wounded, 1 officer and town, just leaving in the cars, and white flags 4 privates.

waving on shore. Hodgson's Battery.--Wounded, 1 private.

Having executed the duty assigned, we comDucabel's Battery.-Wounded, 1 private.

menced our return, and soon passed the CurriHouton's Battery.-Wounded, 1 private.

tuck, bound up, with orders to burn the railroad First Arkansas.-Wounded, 1 officer and 3 bridge. privates.

On my arrival opposite Bigler's wharf, (having RECAPITULATION.--Killed, 1 officer and 6 pri- captured another schooner on the way down,) I vates; wounded, 13 officers and 96 privates; 3 received directions to return and prevent the demissing.

struction of the bridge, which duty was successAmong the wounded were Lieut.-Col. Girard, fully accomplished. who fell while gallantly leading his regiment,

Upon my second arrival at West - Point, at struck in the thigh with a Minie ball ; Lieuts! half-past nine P.M., Capt. Shankland, of the CurSmith, McGowan, and Caldwell, of the Twenty. rituck, reported that he had landed and hoisted fifth Louisiana, were also wounded. Our wound- the Union flag, and had found about fifty prisoned are all doing well.

ers of the rebels, (mostly women and children,) There are three thousand sick soldiers in the “living in a horrible condition, in sheds, and hospitals at Lynchburgh.

without the common necessaries of life." These - Memphis Appeal, May 17. people were residents of Elizabeth City county,

and sent here by Gen. Magruder on account of

their Union proclivities. I at once decided to Doc. 25.

remain and hold possession of the place, protect

the people, and prevent a further destruction of OPERATIONS IN YORK RIVER, VA. property by the rebels, until the arrival of the

commanding officer of the naval division.

On the fifth instant we seized a schooner in U. S. COAST SURVEY STEAMER CORWIN,

the Pamunkey River, and also the c. S. sloop West-Point, Va., May 8, 1862. Water Witch, recently abandoned by Capt. Dear Sir: It gives me pleasure to inform you Thomas Jefferson Page. During the day, I se. that during the recent important movements in cured much information regarding the moveYork River, the Corwin has performed her full ments of the rebel army, which was transmitted share.

to the proper authority. On the sixth, the naval On Saturday morning, the fourth instant, we vessels arrived, conveying the division of Gen, discovered that Yorktown and Gloucester Point Franklin. During the evening I received inwere abandoned, which was instantly telegraphed formation that the enemy would attempt to deto the flag-ship. The squadron immediately stroy the town during the night, which I at once we ed and stood up the river. When near rej ted to the commanding officer, and received Gloucester Point, I received orders to take the orders to anchor near the ship-yard, where I Currituck in company, and proceed up the river, could command the approaches to the town.


About eleven A.M., on the seventh, I heard that vessels detailed to

open fire upon Sewell's Point, about four thousand of the troops recently sta- were that the object of the move was to ascertain tioned at Gloucester Point (who had retreated up the practicability of landing a body of troops the north side of the York River, with the view thereabouts, and to reduce the works if it could of crossing at this place, and were prevented by be done; that the wooden vessels should attack our presence) were crossing the Mattapony River the principal works in enfilade, and that the at Frazier's Ferry, thirty miles above here. I Monitor, to be accompanied by the Stevens, immediately asked and obtained permission to go should go up as far as the works and there opeafter them, and by three P.m. had carried the rate in front. old flag thirty-six miles above West-Point, till our On the Merrimac's appearance outside of the progress was checked by our draught of water. works the Monitor had orders to fall back into I learned that four thousand of the rebels had fair channel-way, and only to engage her seriouspassed the previous night, on their way to Dun- ly in such a position that this ship, together with kirk Bridge.

the merchant vessels intended for the purpose, I found white flags hoisted on both shores of could run her down. the river, and the people generally apparently If an opportunity presented itself the other pleased to see the Union flag once more among vessels were not to hesitate to run her down, and them.

the Baltimore, an unarmed steamer, of light About three miles above this place the Matta- draught, high speed, and with a curved bow, pony has been obstructed by the sinking of six was kept in the direction of the Monitor express. vessels in the channel, but we passed round the ly to throw herself across the Merrimac, either south side of them in five fathoms water.

forward or aft of her plated bows. In the evening we returned to our anchorage, But the Merrimac did not engage the Monitor, and during the night shelled out a party who nor did she place herself where she could have were endeavoring to set fire to the timber in the been assailed by our ram-vessels to any advanship-yard, which had escaped the general de- tage, or where there was any prospect whatever struction by the rebels on their evacuation of the of getting at her. place during the fourth instant.

My instructions were necess

essarily verbal, and I will mention that we had the pleasure of fir- in giving them I supposed that I was carrying ing the last naval shot at Yorktown on the eve out your wishes in substance, if not to the letter. ning previous to the evacuation, and that one of The demonstration resulted in establishing the our twelve-pound Hotchkiss shell

, projected a fact that the number of guns at the principal fraction over four miles, exploded and killed five work on Sewell's Point has been essentially reof the enemy, and one of the solid shot passed duced, and is not greater now than about sevenabout one half a mile beyond the town, or four teen, and that the number of men now stationed and a half miles.

there is comparatively quite limited. All the prisoners who have been captured, or The quarters connected with this work were have given themselves up to me, agree in saying set on fire by our shells, and no doubt seriously that the rebel army from Yorktown ("one hun- injured. dred and twenty-five thousand well men ") will I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, fall back to the Chickahominy, and that Gen.

L. M. GOLDSBOROUGH, Johnston declares that he will not attempt to

Commanding Naval Blockading Squadron. make a stand where our gunboats can cut up his men; they also say that the people “feel that it is all over with them,” and soldiers desert

FORTRESS MONROE, May 8, 1862. whenever they can.

This has been a most stirring and exciting day I am, respectfully, your obedient servant, at Old Point, and all are anticipating the early Tuos. S. Phelps,

fall of Norfolk. The weather has been beautiful, Lieut. Commanding, Assistant in Coast Survey. and the scene was one of no ordinary attraction. Prof. A. D, BACHE, LL.D.,

At eleven o'clock, the little steamer Naugatuck Superintendent United States Coast Survey.

was observed raising steam, and a few minutes before twelve o'clock she moved out by the side

of the Monitor, which vessel had also cleared her Doc. 26.

deck for action, taking down her awnings and

pipes, and stood in full fighting trim. ATTACK ON SEWELL'S POINT, VA. 11.30 o'clock.—The gunboat Dacotah has just

moved up on line of battle with the two little batREPORT OF COM. GOLDSBOROUGH,

teries, followed slowly by the sloops-of-war SemU. S. FLAG-SHIP MINNESOTA, }

inole and San Jacinto. The flag-ship MinneHAMPTON ROADS, Va., May 9.5 sota is also under steam. To His Excellency the President of the United 12 o'clock. — The Naugatuck moved up toStates :

wards Elizabeth, followed by the Monitor and Sie: Agreeably to a communication just re- Dacotah in regular line of battle, the Seminole ceived from the Hon. Edwin M. Stanton, I ave and San Jacinto following slowly. Heavy firing the honor to report that the instructions I gave still heard from the direction of the Galena, and yesterday to the officers commanding the several l the gunboats up the James River.



12.10 o'clock.—The United States side-wheel are moving along again slowly up the Elizabeth steamer Susquehanna moved up, passing the River, and a dense black smoke has commenced Seminole and San Jacinto. In the mean time, to rise from Sewell's Point, indicating that some the Dacotah and the Monitor had reached the of the incendiary shells thrown have fired their channel, and taken possession of Sewell's Point, barracks. The Dacotah continues to throw her and the Dacotah fired a shot towards Craney shells direct into the Point, the explosions of Island, which fell short. A second shot from the which can be distinctly seen. The shells from Dacotah struck on the beach at Sewell's Point. the Point mostly fall short, and splash along in A third also fell short.

the water or explode in the air, the constant 12.20 o'clock. The Susquehanna moves up, changing of the positions of the vessels destroyand takes the lead of the San Jacinto and Semi- ing the range of the rebel gunners. They are, nole. There was no return from either of the however, making quite a determined fight from rebel forts, and the Dacotah and Monitor are their works, giving the fleet almost shell for shell steaming up the Elizabeth River, the Naugatuck and shot for shot. Sewell's Point is almost enlaying off towards the mouth of James River. veloped in smoke, the constant explosion of shells

12.30 o'clock.—The Dacotah and Monitor are and the smoke from its own guns and the fire moving up abreast, and are approaching Craney raging in the vicinity, making it a most hot place Island and Sewell's Point. The Dacotah stops for suffering humanity. and fires every few minutes, alternately at Sew- 2.30 o'clock.-The Monitor has lain out of acell's Point and Craney Island, the enemy making tion for nearly an hour, whilst the four larger no reply, although the balls all reach their in- vessels throw an occasional shot, all of which entended destination. The Monitor is now taking ter the works of the enemy, or explode within the the lead, but has not fired. In the mean time the woods. The Rip Raps also keep up a constant Seminole and Susquehanna open fire on Sewell's cross-fire, throwing a large number of shells in Point, and two shots are fired from the Point, all the rear of the Point batteries, giving them the of which fall short of the Monitor, which is now benefit of a cross-fire. The Rip Rap battery has a mile above the other vessels.

the range from Sewell's Point most perfectly. 12.40 o'clock.—The rebels are firing rapidly 2.45 o'clock.—The rebel monster Merrimac has from Sewell's Point, principally at the Monitor, just passed out from behind Sewell's Point, and whilst a continual succession of shells are being is moving down slowly towards the Federal fleet. poured in from the Susquehanna, Dacotah, Sem- Her black hull can be seen moving slowly along inole and San Jacinto, broadside after broadside. the shore, in front of the Craney Island batteries. The Rip Raps also threw an occasional shell into Simultaneously with the appearance of the MerSewell's Point.

rimac, the Monitor started up from behind the 12.50 o'clock. — The Susquehanna, Dacotah, wooden vessels, and moved up to meet the eneSan Jacinto and Seminole are pouring in shells, my. Dense volumes of smoke rolled from the and the Monitor threw her first two shells from pipes of the Merrimac, and the Monitor, with a point full a mile and a half ahead of the ves- only a puff of white steam escaping from her, sels. The guns from Sewell's Point fall short of looked in the distance an infinitesimal atom on the regular fleet, and many of them explode high the surface of the water. The larger vessels in the air at half the distance. The Monitor is drew on one side, and left the Monitor and the still moving forward, firing an occasional shot, Naugatuck in the path of the approaching enewhilst the Rip Raps and the fleet, lying off in my, the contestants being now fully two miles line of battle, are still firing steadily.

apart. 1 o'clock. - The Monitor is now within a mile 3 o'clock. --The Minnesota fires her signal-gun, of Sewell's Point, moving slowly forward and and the long roll is being beat in the fort. The firing. The enemy is firing briskly from Sewell's Minnesota is also coming up slowly from her an. Point at the Monitor, and the shells are falling chorage below the fort. The fleet had been all briskly around her. Craney Island is also join- lying quietly at anchor for the past half-hour, ing in the fight, and has just thrown several when à signal from the flag-ship ordered them shells at the Monitor, one of which has just ex- all to return. The Susquehanna leads the way, ploded directly over her.

followed by the San Jacinto, the Seminole and 1.10 o'clock.—The Monitor is moving steadily the Dacotah, the Monitor bringing up the rear, forward, occasionally firing, and receiving the all apparently using their greatest speed towards shells and shot from the rebel batteries with per- the fort. To the spectators this seemed rather fect nonchalance.

mortifying; but as they moved down in line, the 2 o'clock.-During the past hour there has Monitor was observed to halt, and the San Jacinto been but little if any change in the progress of and the Dacotah also followed her example, leav. the bombardment. The Monitor has fallen back, ing the Susquehanna and the Seminole moving and lies alongside of the Susquehanna, probably ahead. The four steamers and the Monitor hav. for the purpose of communicating with her. The ing taken their positions, the Merrimac also halt. Naugatuck, in the mean time, has been throwing ed, and the five vessels stood not more than a shells into the Pig Point battery, and the fleet mile and a half apart, the rebel monster not aphave also thrown a number of shell in the same parently willing to come further down, and the direction.

Monitor unwilling to go further up. The Minne2.15 o'clock.—The Monitor and the Dacotahsota had also steamed up in front of the Fortress wharf, followed slowly by the Vanderbilt, when shells at times raining in among them with such both stopped. After lying in this position, the fury that it was impossible to escape. Minnesota turned around and steained back, and the Vanderbilt, without turning, backed water slowly down the river. Whilst all this ma

Doc. 27. noeuvring was going on, the firing had entirely ceased from all points.

PROCLAMATION OF GOV. JOHNSON. 3.40 o'clock.— The Merrimac now turns around and steams back towards Norfolk, with the rebel

EXECUTIVE OFFICE, NASIVILLE, TENN., flag flying from her stern. The Baltimore steam

May 5, 1862:} er Georgiana has lain out in the stream with

WHEREAS, certain persons, unfriendly and hossteam up all the afternoon, ready to escape from tile to the Government of the United States, have danger at the earliest practicable moment. The banded themselves together, and are now going Minnesota and Vanderbilt have gone back to at large through many of the counties of this their anchorage ground. The Dacotah wheels State, arresting, maltreating and plundering around, and again proceeds up towards the Mer

Union citizens wherever found: rimac, and the Monitor also stands off towards of the State of Tennessee, by virtue of the power

Now therefore, I, Andrew Johnson, Governor the mouth of the Elizabeth River. The Dacotah is now within easy range of Sewell's Point, the and authority in me vested, do hereby proclaim batteries of which do not open on her. She and

that in every instance in which a Union man is the Monitor have both stopped, and the Merri- arrested and maltreated by the marauding bands mac is lying stationary, about a mile in advance aforesaid, five or more rebels, from the most proof the Craney Island battery.

minent in the immediate neighborhood, shall be The Vanderbilt and the Arago have also steam- arrested, imprisoned, and otherwise dealt with as ed up in front of the wharf, and have again back- the nature of the case may require ; and further, ed. The Merrimac has run back under the guns to the Government of the United States is taken

in all cases where the property of citizens loyal of Craney Island, and the Monitor is steaming off

' towards her at full speed. The Minnesota is or destroyed, full and ample remuneration shall also coming up again at full speed, the effort be- be made to them out of the property of such reing to draw the rebel out again.

bels in the vicinity as have sympathized with, 5.45 o'clock. For the past hour, the fleet has and given aid, comfort, information or encouragebeen moving back and forward, but the Merrimac ment to the parties committing such depredations. still lies under the guns of Craney Island. The

This order will be executed in letter and spirit. Monitor is lying about a mile and a half from the All citizens are hereby warned, under heavy pen. Merrimac, and the Dacotah, Susquehanna and alties, from entertaining, receiving or encouraging Seminole are still in her rear. The Naugatuck is

such persons so banded together, or in any wise also running up towards the Monitor. The Min

connected therewith. nesota, Arago and Vanderbilt have gone back to

By the Governor, ANDREW JOHNSON. their anchorage, and there is no prospect of any


Secretary of State. fight to-night.

5 o'clock. — The war-vessels, including the Monitor, have all returned to their anchorage. The Merrimac, in the mean time, is moving slowly

Doc. 28. behind Sewell's Point. The President has witnessed the whole action

EMANCIPATION OF SLAVES. from a tug-boat lying about a mile in the rear of

GENERAL HUNTER'S PROCLAMATION, MAY 9. the fleet. He has just returned, and as he passed up the wharf was vociferously cheered by the

HE , ,}

Hilton HEAD, S. C., May 9, 1862. troops. 5.15 o'clock. -- Our fleet having retired, the

GENERAL ORDERS, No. 11. Merrimac is again steaming out. The Monitor,

The three States of Georgia, Florida and SouthDacotah and Naugatuck are, however, lying in Carolina, comprising the military department of position off Sewell's Point.

the South, having deliberately declared themI just learn from an officer of the Seminole that selves no longer under the protection of the the flag-staff at Sewell's Point was twice shot United States of America, and having taken up away during the bombardment. The first time arms against the said United States, it becomes it fell it was picked up, and a rebel in a red shirt a military necessity to declare them under mar

tial law. jumped on the ramparts with the stump of the

This was accordingly done on the staff and flag, and waved it, when a second shell twenty-fifth day of April, 1862. Slavery and struck him and cut him in two, and, it is

martial law, in a free country, are altogether in

suppos. ed, killed a number of others who were near him. compatible. The persons in these three States

of the many shots fired from Sewell's Point and Georgia, Florida and South-Carolina-heretofore Craney Island, not one struck any of the vessels. held as slaves, are therefore declared forever free. One or two went over their masts, but the bal


Major-General Commanding. ance fell short. The rebels could be distinctly

Ed. W. SMITA, seen carrying off their dead and wounded, the

Acting Adjutant-General.



Doc. 29.

The United States has sent land and naval THE DESTITUTION OF NEW-ORLEANS.

forces here to fight and subdue rebellious armies

in array against her authority. We find, subGENERAL BUTLER'S PROCLAMATION. stantially, only fugitive masses, runaway properHEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE GOLP, ļ ty-owners, a whisky-drinking mob and starving New-ORLEANS, May 9, 1862.

citizens with their wives and children. It is our GENERAL ORDERS, No. 25.

duty to call back the first, to punish the second, The deplorable state of destitution and hunger root out the third, feed and protect the last. of the mechanics and working classes in this

Ready only for what we had not prepared our city has been brought to the knowledge of the selves, to feed the hungry and relieve the disCommanding General.

tressed with provisions. But to the extent posHe has yielded to every suggestion made by sible within the power of the Commanding Genthe city government, and ordered every method eral it shall be done. of furnishing food to the people of New-Orleans He has captured a quantity of beef and sugar that that government desired. No relief by intended for the rebels in the field. A thousand those officials has yet been afforded. This hun-barrels of those stores will be distributed among ger does not pinch the wealthy and influential, the deserving poor of this city from whom the the leaders of the rebellion, who have gotten up rebels had plundered it; even although some of this war, and are now endeavoring to prosecute the food will go to supply the craving wants of it, without regard to the starving poor, the the wives and children of those now herding at working man, his wife and child. Unmindful Camp Moore and elsewhere, in arms against the of their suffering fellow-citizens at home, they United States. have caused or suffered provisions to be carried Captain John Clark, Acting Chief Commissary out of the city for the confederate service since of Subsistence, will be charged with the executhe occupation by the United States forces.

tion of this order, and will give public notice of Lafayette square, their home of affluence, was the place and manner of distribution, which will made the depot of stores and munitions of war be arranged as far as possible so that the unfor the rebel armies, and not of provisions for worthy and dissolute will not share its benefits. their poor neighbors. Striking hands with the

By command of Major-General BUTLER, vile, the gambler, the idler and the ruffian, they

Geo. C. STRONG, have destroyed the sugar and cotton which might

Assistant Adjutant-General, Chief of Staff. have been exchanged for food for the industrious and good, and regrated the price of that which is left, by discrediting the very currency they

Doc. 30. had furnished while they eloped with the specie, as well that stolen from the United States as NAVAL FIGHT AT FORT PILLOW. the banks, the property of the good people of New-Orleans, thus leaving them to ruin and starvation.

U. 8. FLAG-STEAMER BENTON, OFF Fort Pillow, May 11. Fugitives from justice many of them, and Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy: others, their associates, staying because too Sir: I have the honor to inf he Depart. puerile and insignificant to be objects of punishment that yesterday morning, a little after seven ment by the clement government of the United o'clock, the rebel squadron, consisting of eight States.

iron-clad steamers--four of them, I believe, fitted They have betrayed their country.

as rams--came round the point at the bend They have been false to every trust.

above Fort Pillow, and steamed gallantly up the They have shown themselves incapable of de- river, fully prepared for a regular engagement. fending the State they have seized upon, al- The vessels of this squadron were lying at the though they have forced every poor man's child time tied up to the bank of the river-three on into their service as soldiers for that purpose, the eastern and four on the western side--and while they made their sons and nephews officers. (as they were transferred to me by Flag-Officer

They cannot protect those whom they have Foote) ready for action. Most of the vessels ruined, but have left them to the mercies and were prompt in obeying the signal to follow the assassinations of a chronic mob.

motions of the commander-in chief. They will not feed those whom they are The leading vessels of the rebel squadron made starving.

directly for mortar-boat No. Sixteen, which was Mostly without property themselves, they have for a moment unprotected. Acting-Master Greg. plundered, stolen and destroyed the means of ory and his crew behaved with great spirit dur. those who had property, leaving children penni- ing the action; he fired his mortar eleven times less and old age hopeless.

at the enemy, reducing the charge and diminish. Men of Louisiana, workingmen, property. ing the elevation. holders, merchants and citizens of the United Commander Stembel, in the gunboat Cincin. States, of whatever nation you may have had nati, which was the leading vessel in the line on birth, how long will you uphold those flagrant that side of the river, followed immediately by wrongs, and by inaction suffer yourselves to be Commander Kilty, in the Mound City, hastened made the serfs of these leaders ?

to the support of the mortar-boats, and were re


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