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HARPER'S WEEKLY.

APRIL 30, 1864.]

(Previous Page) pour la patrie that rings through the sunshine. The truth of nature ? Yes; but how infinitely various in spirit, in influence, in form!

THE WASTE OF WAR.

As an illustration of the inevitable waste of war, and in connection with the song on our first page from the pen of MILES O'REILLY, it may be mentioned that one of our New York regiments re-entered the service after the first battle of Bull Run nine hundred strong. After participating in the toils and battles of the Peninsula, it carried over the Rappahannock into the battle of Fredericksburg 240 enlisted men and twenty officers. Two of the fullest companies, after crossing the river, were detailed on a duty which kept them out of actual fire, leaving the Colonel with but 168 men and 16 officers to take part in the storming of the heights. At the close of the day, 2 of the 16 officers were dead and 14 wounded ; and of the men, 142 out of 168 were either killed or wounded. This regiment belonged to a brigade which left this city 3400 strong, there being four regiments in it ; and which returned not many months ago, the four regiments having been consolidated, reduced to a battalion of 620 able bodied men, under the command of a Lieutenant-Colonel.

Facts like these exhibit with sad emphasis the lamentable waste and exhaustion of life which the rebellion has occasioned. But while the holy war goes on, and homes are made desolate, and lives are stripped of their bloom, let us remember that through all Freedom is winning new triumphs, and that every heart that bleeds for her sake shall somewhere find its compensation, and every life that is bruised in her defense shall find brighter blossoms among its leaves than ever grew there before.

THE NATIONAL ACADEMY EXHIBITION.

NOT only the critic, of whom we have elsewhere spoken, has been stirring the placid waters of our art life, but Mr. JOHN PHILLIPS writes a caustic letter to the Hanging Committee of the National Academy ; and the friends of Mr. NEHLIG declare that the same gentlemen excluded a very fine work of his ; and it is evident to every body that MAYER'S picture of the Sick Soldier and the Sister of Charity should have been hung upon "the line," while we have our own protest to make to the same gentlemen that the striking and beautiful picture of Mr. NAST'S " Faithful unto Death" should have been hung high in a corner out of sight, while Mr. HAYS'S Deer in the Water, a broad daylight effect, which hangs upon " the line" below Mr. NAST'S, could have been as well seen and studied had it been placed just above, and the small landscape been hung in the high corner.

Of course the Hanging Committee expect to be assailed. They always are. If the favorites of nous autres, the critics, are not well placed the Committee must pay the penalty. They lay their account with the exasperation of the artists and their friends. But why not be courteous ? If you are an A. or an N. A., why not insist that Mr. NAST, or Mr. SWAIN, or Mr. PARTON, or whoever he may be, who is neither, shall have the place of honor ? If the Academy Exhibition be designed merely to show the works of members of the Academy we do not complain, and we go thankfully and look at the pictures. But if it be meant for an exhibition of new pictures, often by fresh hands, then we go and ask that some of the new men shall have some of the best places.

The Exhibition this year is not large, but it is very good, notwithstanding the sharp rivalry of the Fair Gallery. CONSTANT MAYER'S " Consolation" (192), NAST'S " Faithful unto Death" (144), THORNDIKE'S "Wayside Inn," M`ENTEE's "Woods and Fields in Autumn" (147), CRANCH'S "Venetian Views" (106 and 254), HENNESY'S " Mother" (41), the rocks in HASELTINE'S " Iron-bound Coast of Maine" (153), LA FARGE'S "Fog blowing in" (54), are among the pictures which struck us upon a rapid glance through the gallery; others as interesting doubtless await us. M'ENTEE'S landscape is peculiarly beautiful and subtle ; while NAST'S dead soldiers, whom the rising moon sees grouped around the gun faithful unto death, is a true ballad of the war.

There are not too many pictures for careful observation and study in detail. It is clear that the average excellence is much higher than that of previous years, and that the influence of the best contemporary European art is felt in our own. The new names that have vindicated their claim to honorable mention are many. LA FARGE is among them, who takes his place at a bound among our most promising painters. There is less obsequious and traditional work than heretofore, although the works of the distinctively Pre-Raphaelite school are not many.

Next week we shall look at some of the newest names upon the catalogue.

THE OPERA.

THERE is something in the pertinacity of Mr. Manager MARETZEK which is truly admirable. Other managers come and go. They dazzle for a season. They are meteoric. But here, certainly for the sixteenth or seventeenth year, the indefatigable conductor takes his seat, and gives us the best opera we have had for many a day. We are very glad to know that he is here. We shall be still more glad to know that his success is equal to his deserts. In Brignoli he has the best and richest tenor we have had since Mario. We may say so much for an old servant of the public without paining the other admirable singers. Miss KELLOGG has "created" Marguerite in Faust, which has been more popular than any opera since the Trovatore. Give us, once or twice, the Somnanabula, Mr. Manager, and Lucrezia, and, somehow, let us hear again

the Barber. Rossini has been feasting PATTI in Paris—let the friends of PATTI in New York honor the old maestro in cheering his music.

DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE.

CONGRESS.

SENATE—April 14. The bill to enable the people of Nebraska to form a Constitution and State Government was passed without amendment.—Mr. Powell renewed his amendment to the Naval Appropriation bill repealing the fishing bounties, but afterward withdrew it. The bill was then passed with the amendments agreed to in Committee of the Whole, restoring the Naval Academy to Annapolis.—The bill to carry into effect the treaty between the United States and Great Britain for the final settlement of the claims of the Hudson's Bay and Puget Sound Agricultural Company was passed.—Mr. Chandler introduced a bill, in addition to the several acts in relation to commercial intercourse between the loyal and insurrectionary States, providing for the collection of abandoned property, etc.—The House bill fixing the date of the loss of the brig Bainbridge, and for the relief of the officers, seamen, and marines of the same, passed—The joint resolution of thanks to Admiral Porter was adopted.—The House bill amending the act equalizing the grade of line officers in the Navy was passed.—Mr. Sherman reported a substitute for bill No. 106, prohibiting gold gambling, and especially designed to put an end to time-sales. Contracts for the purchase, or sale, or loan, or delivery, of gold or exchange at any time subsequent to the maturing of the contract, or for the payment of differences, etc., are prohibited under penalty of a fine which may be $10,000, and of imprisonment not to exceed a year. The bill further forbids dealings in gold except by owners in actual possession of the same, and confines all transactions and contracts in gold to the ordinary places of business of the parties to them, under the same penalties as above.—April 15. The session of the Senate was mainly occupied in debate upon Mr. Sherman's bill to prohibit speculation in gold. Several amendments were proposed and rejected, and the Senate adjourned without taking a vote on the proposition.—April 16. Mr. Trumbull introduced a bill supplemental to the act to prevent frauds upon the Treasury of the United States. It enacts that any person heretofore or hereafter holding office, who may willfully neglect to or refuse to deliver to his successor any paper, record, book, or document, shall be guilty of felony.—The bill relating to donation claims in Oregon and California was passed.—The bill granting lands to aid in the construction of railroads in Wisconsin was passed.—Mr. Howard offered a resolution, which was adopted, that the Committee on the Conduct of the War inquire into the late massacre of Union troops at Fort Pillow, and report as soon as possible.—The Senate took up the bill prohibiting speculative transactions in gold and foreign exchange. An amendment was adopted, making a uniform fine of $1000, instead of that heretofore of from $1000 to $10,000. The bill was then passed, 23 to 17.—April 18. Bills to ascertain the settlement of certain private land claims in California, and to aid in the construction of railroads in Minnesota were introduced.—Mr. Fessenden reported the Army Appropriation bill, with unimportant amendments; the only difference in the appropriations being the specific enumeration of items in hospital supplies, the aggregate being $8,987,640, instead of $8,935,640.—The Senate proceeded to the consideration of the House appropriation bill for the legislative, executive, and judicial expenses of the Government. The amendment increasing the appropriation to pay clerks and employes of the War Department some $500,000 was agreed to in Committee. An amendment was adopted increasing the pay of messengers and others to an amount not exceeding 20 per cent. and not over $900 per annum. The bill was not completed in Committee of the Whole. —April 19. Mr. Sherman's Pacific Railroad bill was reported with amendments.—A bill was passed to incorporate the inhabitants of the District of Columbia. —The House bill to amend the Enrollment act so as to raise the rank, pay, and emoluments of the Provost-Marshal-General to that of a Brigadier-General was passed.—The Senate then proceeded to the consideration of the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Appropriation bill. An amendment was adopted providing for the publication of the laws in places contiguous to the rebellious States, that their dissemination among them may be the better secured. After a few unimportant amendments the bill was passed.—Mr. Sumner called up the bill to repeal all acts for the rendition of persons to service or labor. The bill passed to a third reading without debate. The Yeas and Nays were called for on its passage. Mr. Sumner said he did not intend to say a word about the bill ; it was as plain as the multiplication table, a diary, or the Ten Commandments. Mr. Hendricks did not think that there should be such an amendment to the Constitution as this. Mr. Sherman always thought the law of 1850 was unconstitutional, and had no objection to its repeal now. He doubted the propriety of going back as far as 1793. He would give the loyal people of the South all their rights. The States, to a great extent, in which the law of 1793 was operative, were for themselves rapidly perfecting measures of entire emancipation. He moved to amend the bill by inserting "except the act approved February 12, 1793, for the rendition of persons from service or labor." This amendment was adopted. Without reaching a final vote the Senate adjourned. HOUSE—April 14. The House resumed the consideration of the resolution to expel Mr. Long. After a speech from Mr. Rogers in opposition to the resolution, Mr. Colfax accepted Mr. Broomall's substitute for his own resolution, declaring Mr. Long an unworthy member of the House, and on that demanded the previous question, which was ordered. Mr. Colfax then supported the proposition, which he had presented in the performance of his duty. He answered various gentlemen, contending that just such speeches as that of Mr. Long incited riots in New York and Illinois, and encouraged the enemy at Richmond and else where, gladdening their hearts and strengthening their hands. The debate was continued by Mr. Long and Mr. Colfax until a late hour, when a vote was taken upon the first resolution, viz. : "That the said Alexander Long be, and he is hereby declared to be, an unworthy member of this House." This was adopted—Yeas, 80; Nays, 70, The second resolution, that the Speaker should read that already adopted to Mr. Long during the session of the House was laid on the table. The preamble setting forth Dir. Long's offense was then agreed to, and the House adjourned.—April 15. The House disagreed to the report of the Conference Committee recommending a concurrence in the Senate amendment to the bill organizing the Territory of Montana, striking out the qualification of "white" voters, and substituting "every male citizen of the United States, and those who have declared their intention to become such."—A bill authorizing the establishing of an ocean mail-steamship service between the United States and Brazil was passed. The bill authorizes the Postmaster-General to unite with the Post-office Department of Brazil in establishing direct mail communication between the two countries, by means of a monthly line of first-class sea-going steamers, of not less than two thousand tons each, of sufficient number to perform twelve round trips per annum between a United States port north of the Potomac River and Rio Janeiro, touching at St. Thomas, in the West Indies, and at Bahia and Pernambuco, provided that the expense to the United States shall not exceed $200,000 per annum.—Bills establishing a postal money-order system, and compelling all railroads to carry the mails, were also passed.—The joint resolution to dispose of the unemployed Generals was postponed for ten days. —April 16. The Military Committee was instructed to inquire as to the expediency of connecting Cincinnati with Cumberland Gap, as recommended by the President in his Annual Message, in 1861—Resolutions from the Legislature of New York, asking that General Hobert Anderson be placed on the retired list, with full pay, were referred to the Military Committee,—A report and bill to facilitate immigration were presented by the select committee on that subject, and ordered to be printed. It is estimated that a million and a quarter of men have been withdrawn from industrial pursuits since the war began, and the object of the bill referred to is to fill the vacuum.—The Committee on Elections reported adversely to Mr. Kitchen's claim to represent the Seventh Virginia District, which lies contiguous to the District of Columbia; but the House adopt

ed a resolution declaring him entitled to a seat.—A joint resolution was unanimously adopted that the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, or such members there-of as the Committee may designate, proceed at once to Fort Pillow and examine into the facts and circumstances attending the recent attack and capture of the fort by rebels, and that they report with as little delay as possible.—The bill amendatory of the National Bank act was then taken up. Mr. Fenton offered an amendment, which was agreed to by ten majority, authorizing States to pay a partial tax upon the banks, whereupon the bill was ordered to a third reading.—April 18. Bills were introduced to amend the Pension laws, and to regulate the pay of certain officers of the army.—Mr. Wilson offered a resolution, which was adopted, that after today, until otherwise ordered, excepting Saturday, the House will take a recess at 4:30 P.M., to meet again at 7 for the transaction of business. During the day session the House will consider the Internal Revenue bill, etc., and such of the evening session bills as the House may order.—Resolutions were adopted that it is the duty of Congress to raise the taxes and increase the duties on imports so as to largely increase the revenue of the Government.—Mr. Stevens then made three attempts to secure the passage of a joint resolution that from and after its passage until July 1, 1864, all the duties and imposts on imported goods and wares and merchandise, now provided for by law, be increased by the increase of 50 per centum, and that upon all goods now imported free and exempt from duty, there shall be paid 10 per centum ad valorem. In each case the House voted down the resolution.—The National Bank bill was passed, 73 to 63. The bill confines the entire notes for circulation issued under this act to $300,000,000, not more than one-sixth of them to be of less denomination than five dollars ; small notes to cease after the resumption of specie payments. Every association may charge on any loan or discount interest at a rate not exceeding 7 per centum per annum. The places of redemption, St. Louis, Louisville, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburg, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Albany, San Francisco, and Portland. No association shall have a less capital than $100,000, nor less than $200,000 if in a city of more than 50,000 inhabitants. Any State bank may become a National association by the name prescribed in its organization certificate.--The House insisted on its disagreement on the Montana Territorial bill, and asked another Committee of Conference.—Mr. Morrill offered a resolution proposing that until July 1 the foreign duties be increased 25 per centum, and articles now free pay 5 per centum. He moved a suspension of the rules, but no quorum voted. The vote stood 80 Yeas against 4 Nays. Mr. Morrill said the purpose was distinctly manifested in the House not to make provision for carrying on the Government. Then there was a call of the House, but before it was completed an adjournment took place.—April 19. The House concurred in the Senate amendment to the House resolution so as to read that the Committee on the Conduct of the War inquire into the truth of the rumors attending the recent attack on Fort Pillow, and whether that fort could not have been sufficiently reinforced; and report the facts as soon as possible.—The House then went into Committee on the Internal Tax bill. Speeches were made by Messrs. Morrill, Stebbins, Brooks, Kasson, and others, after which the Committee rose; when Mr. Garfield proceeded to make good his former assertions by producing a letter from Judge Eckles of Indiana, which came into his possession, recommending a young man to John C. Breckinridge as desirous of entering the service of the South in some capacity, and safely commending him as a faithful man.—At the evening session the Raritan and Delaware Bay Railroad bill was taken up, when Mr. Wilson offered a substitute therefor, namely, that for the better regulation of commerce among the several States, every railroad company in the United States, whose road is operated by steam, be and is hereby authorized to transport freight and passengers from one State to another, any thing in the law of any State to the contrary notwithstanding. The consideration of the bill was postponed for two weeks. —The House passed the bill authorizing the construction of a railroad bridge over the falls of the Ohio, near Louisville. —Mr. Rice reported a bill setting apart the old House of Representatives as a National Statuary Hall, the several States being invited to send thither statues, in marble or bronze, not exceeding two in number, for each of their most illustrious civic or military men.—After several speeches on the bill for the reconstruction of rebellious States the House adjourned.

THE MILITARY SITUATION.

The principal event of the week in the Southwest is the massacre at Fort Pillow, on the Mississippi, of which we give an account elsewhere.

General Steele has reached a point on the Little Missouri River in Southwestern Arkansas, where he expected to effect a junction on the 8th of April with a force under General Thayer from Fort Smith. On the 2d the rebel General Shelby attacked General Steele's rearguard under General Rice, with 1200 cavalry and two pieces of artillery, and was repulsed with the loss of 100 killed and wounded. Our loss was 44 killed and wounded, and 15 prisoners. On the 4th the rebel General Marmaduke attacked General Steele, with 3000 or 4000 cavalry and five pieces of artillery, on the south side of the Little Missouri River, and after five hours' fighting was repulsed with the loss of 4 killed and 23 wounded. Our loss was 23 wounded.

The rebels in Southern Alabama are showing some signs of activity. A large force is said to be concentrating at Pollard to operate on the line of the railroad from Pensacola to Montgomery. Most terrible persecutions are inflicted on the Southern people in that vicinity who try to evade the conscription. Hundreds of men and women are concealed in the swamps, and many die of starvation.

General Hinoks, commanding at Point Lookout, Maryland, returned on the 14th from an expedition across the Potomac into Virginia, having captured $50,000 worth of tobacco on its way from Richmond to Baltimore, and also having taken prisoners a gang of blockade-runners.

The Red River expedition has met with disaster. Advancing from Alexandria toward Shreveport, General Banks's army passed Grand Ecore, sixty miles from Alexandria, on April 6, the fleet having, meanwhile, got within one hundred miles of Shreveport. On the 8th our cavalry, after driving the enemy for two days, were attacked in force at Pleasant Hill, De Soto Parish, Louisiana, and infantry coming up, a stubborn battle ensued, resulting in the rout of our whole force. The Nineteenth Army Corps finally came up and checked the enemy, who were 10,000 strong. Our loss was over 2000. The enemy also lost heavily. General Ransom, who commanded the Third and Fourth Divisions, was wounded in the early part of the fight. The Chicago Mercantile Battery lost all its guns, and four officers and twenty-two men. The army fell back to Grand Ecore, and would there reorganize. At last accounts Alexandria was strongly defended. A large Union meeting was held there on the 4th of April, and over five hundred citizens had taken the oath under the Amnesty Proclamation.

It is reported from Chattanooga that Hardee's corps of Johnston's rebel army has left Dalton, Georgia, and is supposed to have been ordered to Virginia.

The rebel forces have retreated from Eastern Kentucky. A dispatch from Louisville says that, on the 14th, Colonel Gallup, while falling back to get an advantageous position, attacked 1000 rebels, killing and wounding 25, including a rebel Colonel, and capturing 50 rebels, 100 horses, and 200 saddles.

MISCELLANEOUS.

A large emancipation mass meeting was held in Knoxville, Tennessee, on the 16th of April. Resolutions favoring emancipation, recommending a Convention to effect it, and requesting Governor Johnson to call the same at the earliest possible period ; and indorsing the Administration and the war policy of President Lincoln were unanimously carried.

A dispatch from the Army of the Potomac says that on the 15th inst. a party of rebel cavalry made an attack on the pickets at Bristow Station, but were driven off after a brisk skirmish. One man was killed and two wounded, belonging to the Thirteenth Pennsylvania. Several of the rebels were wounded, but were carried off by their comrades. The mail train, with General Grant on board, had just passed a few minutes before the attack was made, and it is supposed the intention was to capture him.

A large force of rebel cavalry appeared at the Sulphur Springs, on the Rappahannock, six miles from Warrenton, on the 18th, and it is understood has been moving in the direction of Leesburg,

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The steamer Alliance, built on the Clyde, a famous blockade-runner, was captured on the 12th of April near Dawfuskie Island, in the Savannah River, where she ran aground. All but six of her crew were taken prisoners. She was from Nassau, with a cargo of assorted stores for the rebel Government valued at $85,000.

Nassau papers state that Mobile, Savannah, Charleston, and Wilmington are less rigidly blockaded than ever. They also say that fast steamers are coming into Nassau with supplies for the rebels, which promise large profits. The Savannah Republican of the 4th inst. says that the Union prisoners at Andersonville, Georgia, are dying at the rate of 20 to 25 a day.

Five hundred and sixty-three sick and wounded Union prisoners from Richmond arrived at Fortress Monroe on the 17th.

We learn from North Carolina that the attempt to enforce the rebel conscription in the western part of that State resulted in the hanging of the officers who endeavored to carry it out.

Captain Phelps, of the gun-boat No. 26, captured a rebel mail-carrier near Crockett's Bluff, Arkansas, on the 4th, with five hundred letters from Richmond and other points, and sixty thousand percussion caps for General Price's army. The letters contained official communications for Shreveport, and a considerable sum of Federal money.

FOREIGN NEWS.
EUROPE.

THE SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN WAR. HOSTILITIES in Schleswig and Holstein are actively constinued. From Copenhagen and from Gravenstein we learn that a heavy bombardment of Duppel took place on Sunday, April 3, and that Sonderburg was set on fire in several places. An attempt is to be made to cross over into the Island of Alsen, and thus turn the Danish position. Should this manoeuvre be successfully accomplished, the Danes would be placed in a most ethical condition. The official journal of Dresden asserts that Denmark has now officially notified her acceptance of the Conference without armistice and without basis. The Flyveposten, a Copenhagen paper, states that M. De Quaade, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Privy Councilor Krieger are to represent Denmark at the Conference. Lord Palmerston has announced, in the House of Commons, that all the Powers that signed the Treaty of 1852 have consented to send representatives to the Conference.

GREAT BRITAIN.

Garibaldi has arrived in England, and met with a most enthusiastic reception. At Southampton he was the guest of the Mayor, and at London will be the guest of the Duke of Sutherland.

The Alexandra case has been decided by the House of Lords against the Crown.

In the House of Commons, on the 5th, Lord Clanricarde moved for the correspondence relating to the dismissal of British Consuls from Southern ports, when Earl Russell, in reply, defended the action of Lord Lyons, and showed that the said Consuls had been dismissed for a good and suffcient reason—for using their official positions to aid the rebels.

Mr. Stansfeld had resigned his position in the Government, as Junior Lord of the Treasury, because of the connection of his name with Mazzini and the Greco conspiracy.

MAXIMILIAN AND MEXICO.

The difficulty which had arisen in the Imperial family of Austria respecting the presumptive right of Archduke Maximilian to the Austrian Crown has been settled. The Council of the family wished the Archduke to resign his right in case the Crown should revert to him, but the Archduke hesitated to comply with this request.

Rumors that Maximilian's acceptance of the Mexican throne were doubtful are again in circulation. It was reported that the Courts of London, Rome, Vienna, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Spain, and France, have agreed to recognize the Emperor of Mexico immediately on his accession.

Dates from Mexico are to the 22d of March. The treason of Vidaurri is confirmed ; he had 2000 men in Monterey; Doblado was marching from Saltillo to give him battle, and another force was coming up from Durango. The report that the latter place had fallen into the hands of the French is not true. Nueva Leon and Coahuila had acknowledged Juarez's authority, and were raising men to oppose Vidaurri. The French had been driven from Chiapas, Tabasco, and the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Colima has been occupied by the French. Proposals have been made to old Juan Alvarez to acknowledge the Empire. He declined to listen to them, and said that the French were the enemies of his country, and he would resist them to the last extremity. It is believed that the French will find the mountaineers of Guerrero among their most unconquerable enemies in Mexico.

MISCELLANEOUS.

Several new engagements have taken place in Poland between the insurgents and the Russians.

The Japanese embassadors, with a suite of fifty persons, have arrived at Suez. Besides Paris, where they are to apologize to the Emperor for the misdeeds of the Tycoon, they are to visit London, Vienna, and also Switzerland, whither they are going to see an existing republic.

BRAZIL.

In the Brazilian Senate a proposition that foreigners should not be allowed to hold slaves in Brazil was rejected. Owing to the failure of rains in the sowing season there was a frightful famine in the Island of St. Jago, Cape de Verdes. Numbers of the unfortunate inhabitants were dying of starvation in the streets.

ARMY AND NAVY ITEMS.

THE report of the Commissary-General of Prisoners, act companying the Secretary of War's report, has just been published. It shows that the number of rebel officers and men captured by us since the beginning of the war is: 1 Lieutenant-General, 5 Major-Generals, 25 Brigadier-Generals, 186 Colonels, 146 Lieutenant-Colonels, 244 Majors, 249T Captains, 5S11 Lieutenants, 16,563 non-connnissioned office, 121,156 privates, and 5800 citizens. Of there we had on hand at the date of the report 29,229 officersand men, among who were 1 Major-General and 7 Brigade, There have been 121,937 rebels exchanged against 110,866 Union men returned.

The new steam gun-boat Chenanpo, while proceeding to sea on the 15th, when abreast of Fort Richmond, in few` York HHarbor, burst her port boiler, killing one man, and horribly scalding 32 others, among them three of the officers of the Engineer Department. The Chenango was sadly shattered, and was towed to the Navy-Yard for repairs. The unfortunate sufferers were transferred to the United States Naval Hospital, where every thing possible was done for their relief. Twenty-two of the number subsequently died.

The nominations of Captain HAWKINS and Colonels WILD, BIENEY, CHETHAM, and PILE, as Brigadier-Generals in the Volunteer forces, have been confirmed by the Senate.

General KILPATRICK has been relieved from duty with the Army of the Potomac, and ordered to report to General SHERMAN at Memphis. He is succeeded in the command of the Third Cavalry Division by General WALSON.

The Committee on the Conduct of the War, after consultation with the President and Secretary of War, determined to send a sub-committee, composed of Senator WADE and Representative GOOCH, to Fort Pillow, to inquire into all the facts relating to that affair.

General GRANT, accompanied by Major-Generals HANCOCK, WARREN, and BIBNEY, together with a largo number of Division and Brigade Commanders, reviewed General SEDGWICK'S Sixth Corps on the 18th. The Commanding General afterward reviewed the Reserve Artillery. The Second Army Corps, Major-General HANCOCK, and the Third Division of the Cavalry Corps were reviewed by General GRANT on the 19th.


 

 

  

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