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Civil War Harper's Weekly, April 9, 1864

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Metropolitan Fair

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Democrats Vote Against Abolishing Slavery

Forrest's Attack of Union City

General Forrest's Attack on Union City

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Knoxville in the Civil War

Slaves Escape From South

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Knoxville, Tennessee

Soldier's Ball in Huntsville

Soldier's Ball in Huntsville

Runaway Slaves

Runaway Slaves



APRIL 9, 1864.]



(Previous Page) shall hereafter see that their fathers voted for the continuance of a system which the human heart and the enlightened mind of mankind instinctively repudiates and scorns.


THE Metropolitan Sanitary Fair will be opened by the time this paper reaches many of our readers. It will be one of the great events in the history of New York, and we advise all who can easily come not to fail to pass at least a day at the Fair. We begin in this number of the paper a series of illustrations, with copious accounts of whatever is most remarkable and interesting among the wonders and charms of the exhibition. We are glad in this way to convey to our brethren in the field some adequate representation of a spectacle of which they will hear so much, and which is inspired by sympathy with them. They will see in this Fair, and in all that have been and will yet be held; as in the great majority of the State of New York in favor of their voting while still on duty, that they are not forget-ten by their friends at home; but that the good cause of the country is served by all its faithful children wherever they may be.

Besides the general contributions to the funds of the Fair, persons engaged in almost every department of business in New York and its environs have made special contributions. Below we present a list of those made up to March 25 by the "Book Trade." Hereafter, when the lists are made out we propose to put on record the amounts of the contributions from other trades and professions.

WILLIAM K. CORNWELL (Cash)   $1000

D. APPELTON & Co   1000



E. WALKER & SONS    430

SCRIBNER & Co   250

G. P. PUTNAM    250


A. D. F. RANDOLPH    250







J. G. GREGORY    250


T. W. STRONG ...   ...........................250

W. J. WIDDLETON    250



SHELDON & Co   250





F. A. BRADY    100

JAMES O'KANE   ............................100

G. P. PILES & Co    ............................100

HOWE & FERRY    100

A. S. BARNES & BURR ....   ..... ...100


WALTER LOW   ......75


C. H. GREEN   50




J. H. TINGLEY    50

W. H. KELLY & Co   50

T. M. PERLEY    25


Auer. BRENTANO    25


S. N. PERRY   20

M. A. MACFARLAND (Cash)    10




L. W. SCHMIDT   20

L. G. WEYMISS   20

JOHN, PYNE    10

DION Thomas    10

C. A. MILLER    10

A. TURNBULL (Cash)   5




NEW YORK has sent off its second regiment of colored volunteers. On the morning of Easter Sunday, standing upon the deck of the ship in which they sailed, Mr. JAY made the speech in presenting the flags, and the brave men went to join the great army of the American Union and Liberty. They are to be attached to General BURNSIDE'S Ninth Army Corps; and that officer, whose name is dear to every loyal heart in the land, wrote a letter of regret that an imperative official engagement in New England prevented his being present at the presentation. In this letter, addressed to JONATHAN STURGES, President of the Union League Club, he says :

"It may not be amiss for me to mention a remark made by me at a breakfast given at the Astor House in November, 1861, to the officers of one of my Massachusetts regiments, then en route for Annapolis, preparatory to our starting on our North Carolina expedition. It was on the morning that we heard of DuPONT'S success on the coast of South Carolina. I said it should be a source of congratulation to every loyal person that a lodgment has been made by Union troops upon that portion of the Southern coast where slavery exists to the maximum extent. The monstrous assertion has been made by the traitors that their new Government is to have slavery for its corner stone, and that the institution can he used by them as a positive belligerent force. And now we will have an opportunity of determining whether 'or not this force can not be turned to our own account; and it is clearly the duty of every General in the field to neutralize or turn to his own account any force that he may find himself confronted with by the enemy, whether it be active or latent.'

" And now, Sir, your Association is to send tomorrow, to the same rendezvous, Annapolis, a regiment, the rank end file of which are colored men, many of whom were, in November, 1861, producing by their labor tool for traitors in arms, or doing other work which enabled armed traitors to leave their homes for the purpose of striking at the Government that had done them naught but good.

"I am very sorry that I can not be with you tomorrow.   Very sincerely your friend,

" A. E. BURNSIDE, Major-General."



SENATE.—MARCH 23. A resolution was passed appropriating $20,000 for the expenses of the Committee on the Conuduct of the War.—A bill to establish a depot and Navy Yard at Cairo, Illinois, was introduced.-The bill in rela-

tion to deserters, disfranchising all those who may refuse to return to the service on a call of the President, was taken up. Mr. Wilson, in favoring the bill, said there were probably 40,000 deserters from the army, of whom 8000 or 10,000 were in Canada and the British Provinces. Some of these were said to be anxious to return, and he argued that opportunity should be given them by a call from the President assuring them of pardon if promptly returning. No vote was taken.—Mr. Powell's bill to prevent military interference in State elections was taken up, and Mr. Howard spoke at length against its passage. The bill, he argued, was unnecessary, and also in violation of the Constitution, which gives to Congress no authority over the subject of State elections.--March 24. The bill to prevent military interference in elections came up as unfinished business. Mr. Howard concluded his speech, and was followed by Mr. Saulsbury, who insisted upon the necessity of a law of this nature in order to protect the rights of the citizen.---March 25. Mr. Trumbull introduced a bill to construct a ship canal from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi, for the passage of armed and naval vessels.—Mr. Doolittle introduced a bill to aid the Indian refugees to return to their homes in the Indian Territory. —Mr. Harlan reported a bill to extend to Kansas the benefit of the act to appropriate the proceeds of the public land sales, and to grant pre-emption rights; the bill giving authority to devote the income accruing to the support of the Kansas common schools.—Mr. Collamer introduced a bill authorizing the Postmaster-General to contract for carrying the mails overland from Atchison, in Kansas, to Folsom, California, appropriating a million dollars annually, the transit to occupy sixteen days during eight months, and twenty days during four mouths. The Pacific Railroad, as fast as completed, will take the place of the overIand mail service.—The Senate proceeded to the consideration of the bill to prevent Military Interference in Elections. Mr. Saulsbury supported the bill in a speech of great length.—The Senate agreed to the report of the Committee of Conference on the West Point Academy bill.--March 28. A bill giving Revolutionary soldiers an additional bounty of $100 was passed.—Mr. Wilson reported against the use of concentrated feed for army horses and mules.—A bill was introduced authorizing the President to appoint two additional cadets in the Military Academy from each State represented in Congress; they must have served honorably two years in the army, and be between seventeen and twenty years of age,—The Senate took up the bill amendatory of the Constitution to prohibit Slavery, Mr. Trumbull spoke at length in support of the bill, arguing that the annihilation of slavery is essential to the national unity and peace, and that the amendment of the Constitution is the only effective mode by which that result can be accomplished. A colloquy took place between Messrs. Sherman and Wilkinson, the former defending himself against certain criticisms of the latter. Mr. Wilson spoke at length in favor of the proposed amendment. --March 29. Mr. Cowan introduced a bill to establish a Navy-yard and Naval Depot on the Delaware River, the location to be selected by a commission of seven scientific men, none of whom shall own land within fifty miles of the river.—A bill was referred appropriating $920,000 to pay expenses in suppressing Indian hostilities in 1862.—The proceedings of the House on the death of the Hon. Owen Lovejoy were communicated to the Senate, and after remarks by Senators Trumbull, Pomeroy, and Sumner, the resolutions were adopted. HOUSE.--March 23 Mr. Kernan asked leave to introduce a resolution for a special committee to inquire whether civilians in the employ of the Government were sent home, at Government expense or otherwise, to vote at elections. Mr. Stevens objected, unless the inquiry should be conducted by the Committee on the Conduct of the War, to which Mr. Kernan would not consent. The resolution was not received.--A resolution was passed directing the Ways and Means Committee to report upon the expediency of imposing an adequate duty on imported wool.—The judiciary Committee were discharged from further consideration of the memorials calling for the impeachment of Judge Miller.--A violent personal altercation occurred between Mr. McClurg and Mr. Blair of Missouri, ending in the adoption of resolution to appoint a committee of inquiry into the charges made against Mr. Blair that, while in military command, he had issued an order for smuggling liquors into the army; Messrs. Higby, Clay, and Pruyn were appointed as the committee.--The HOUSE then resumed the consideration of the Delaware Bay and Raritan Bay Railroad bill. Mr. Davis favored the bill. Mr. Perry opposed it, arguing that there was no necessity for declaring it a military and post road. The discussion was terminated by the expiration of the morning hour.—The HOUSE then proceeded to consider the amended National Currency and Bank bill, but adjourned without vote.—.March 24. The Judiciary Committee was instructed to inquire into the expediency of proposing an amendment to the Constitution by striking cut the article which forbids the laying of a tax on articles exported from any State.—The consideration of the bill declaring the Raritan and Delaware Bay Railroad to be a military and post road was resumed. Mr. Broomall opposed the measure as an invasion of State jurisdiction. Mr. Garfield favored it on the ground that increased railway accommodations between Washington and New York were absolutely necessary. No vote was reached.—The report of the Committee of Conference on the West Point Academy bill was concurred in. The report strikes out the amendments providing for the appointment of additional cadets, leaving the law as it now stands.—The House went into Committee of the Whole on the bill amendatory of the National Banking Law. Mr. Brooks spoke in opposition to the bill and the whole currency system, maintaining that the war should have been prosecuted on a hard money basis. Messrs. Kernan and Pruyn spoke to the same effect, the latter proposing some unimportant amendments, which were rejected.---March 25. The bill punishing frauds in the change of names of vessels was passed. A letter was read from the Secretary of the Treasury, who says the laws are inadequate for that purpose, and that worthless hulks are repainted either to be sold or sent on voyages under new names to the danger of property and the lives of passengers. While the old names are left on the stern, new ones are painted on the wheel-house for the purpose of deception.---Mr. Clay reported back the Senate bill extending the time in which to accept lands heretofore given for the Agricultural College purposes, and including West Virginia in its provisions. Several amendments were proposed. Further consideration was postponed for two weeks.—It was agreed that after the 26th Saturdays shall be devoted to public business instead of speech-making, and that on April 9 the District of Columbia business shall be considered.—The House passed the Senate bill directing the Secretary of the Treasury to issue to certain parties duplicates of bonds to the amount of $8000, the originals having been lost on the steamship Golden Gate.—The House went into Committee on the National Bank bill. An amendment was offered, but on vote there was no quorum present. There was then a call of the House, after which the House adjourned.—March 20. The day was devoted to speech-making.—Messrs. Morehead of Pennsylvania, and Eckley of Ohio, urged the claims of the Administration to the confidence and support of the country, and favored the vigorous prosecution of the war. Messrs. Herrick of New York, Harrington of Indiana, and Harding of Kentucky, criticised the measures of the Government.—March 28. Mr. Norton introduced a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting Slavery in the States and Territories.—Mr. Ashley reported a resolution granting the use of the hall of the house to be Washington Lecture Association, for the delivery of a lecture by the Hon. George Thompson, the proceeds to be distributed among the families of the District of Columbia soldiers. Mr. Holman moved to lay the resolution on the table, which was agreed to.—Mr. Stevens offered a joint resolution proposing to new article to the Constitution, which, when ratified by the requisite number of States, shall be valid as a part of the Constitution, namely: Slavery and involuntary servitude, except for the punishment of crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, is forever prohibited in the United Slates and all the Territories; and so much of Art. IV., Sec. 11, of the Constitution as refers to the delivery of persons owing service or labor, escaping into another State, is annulled. Mr. Holman objected to the second reading of the resolution. The House refused to reject it by a vote of 38 against 69. The question recurred on the second reading. Mr. Holman raised the point that the vote not being a two-third one, as required, the result was, in effect, the rejection of the proposition. The Speaker over-ruled Mr. Holman's objection. The proposition was then

read a second time. Mr. Stevens withdrew the latter part of his proposition, namely: to annul the fugitive slave feature. Before the question was taken on the other point of the proposition proceedings were interrupted by Mr. Washburne, who announced the death of his colleague, Mr. Lovejoy. Brief remarks were made by Messrs. Washburne, J. C. Allen, Stevens, Farnsworth, Pendleton, Odell, Pike, Ashley, Foster, Davis, Grinnell, Morrill, and Arnold. Resolutions of condolence and regret were passed, and a committee of three appointed to superintend the removal of Mr. Lovejoy's remains from Brooklyn to Illinois, --March 29. Mr. Washburne reported a bill, which was passed, providing for the collection of hospital dues of vessels sold or transferred in foreign ports. The collections are to be made through Consuls and commercial agents.—Mr. Stevens said as several gentlemen desired to deliberately consider the proposed amendment to the Constitution introduced by him, he would move its postponement for two weeks. The motion was agreed to.—Mr. Rice reported a bill, which was passed, that persons between twenty-six and thirty years of age may be appointed Assistant Paymaster, provided that the number is not there-by increased; and that examinations of students for admission into the Naval Academy shall take place when they are between fourteen and eighteen years of age.—Mr. Rice reported a bill regulating and changing in some particulars the method of making promotions in the Navy. Heretofore promotions have been made according to seniority; but this bill provides for promotion according to official capacity and physical fitness, to be determined by a Board of Examination to be appointed by the President. Officers not recommended for promotion are to have an opportunity to be heard through a revisory board. The bill was passed.—Mr. Rice also reported a bill for the classification of Paymaster's Clerks in the Navy, making four classes, at the following salaries: $1200, $1000, $800, and $700 per annum.--Mr Rice also reported a bill fixing the date of the loss of the brig Bainbridge at the 21st of August, 1863, in order to fix the pensions to the families of the deceased officers and sailors. Both these bills were passed.--Mr. Pike reported a bill, which was passed, authorizing, during the present war, the appointment of Acting Lieutenant-Commanders and Commanders, at the same rates of pay so are allowed to such grades in the regular navy,---Mr. Pike also reported the Senate bill regulating court-martial, which was passed, after striking out the first section, which provides that volunteer appointments in the navy shall be subject to the action of the Senate the same as regular appointments.—The House then went into Committee of the Whole on the bill amendatory of the National Banking law. Amendments were agreed to providing that banks, with a capital of not less than $50,000, may, with the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury, be organized in any place, the population of which does not exceed 6000, authorizing the issue of bills of the denomination of one, two, and three dollars; and directing that not more than one-sixth of the circulation furnished to any bank under this act shall be of a less denomination than five dollars; and that after specie payments shall have been resumed no circulation of a less denomination than five dollars shall be furnished to any such association.


The week presents some events of importance. On the 23d of March the President issued an order reducing the number of army corps comprising the Army of the Potomac to three, namely, the Second, Fifth, and Sixth Corps. The same order assigned Major-General G. K. Warren to the command of the Fifth Cops, and detached from that army the following General officers, who are to report for orders to the Adjutant-General, namely: Major-General George Sykes, U. S. Volunteers ; Mayor-General W. H. French, U. S. Volunteers; Major-General John Newton, U. S. Volunteers; Brigadier-General J. R. Kenly, U. S. Volunteers; Brigadier-General F. Spinola, U. S. Volunteers; Brigadier-General Solomon Meredith, U. S. Volunteers. Following this order, General Meade made the following arrangements in pursuance of its provisions: "The Second, Fifth, and Sixth Army Corps will be consolidated into two divisions. The First and Second Divisions of the Third Corps are transferred to the Second Corps, preserving their badges and distinguishing marks. The Third Division of the Third Corps is transferred permanently to the Sixth Corps. The three divisions now forming the First Corps are transferred to the Fifth Corps, preserving their badges and distinctive marks, and on joining the Fifth Corps they will be consolidated into two divisions. Major-General Hancock will command the Second Corps, and Major-General Sedgwick the Sixth Corps.

General Grant went to the front on the 24th ult., and has his head-quarters at Culpepper.

The Red River Expedition, under General A. J. Smith, which left Vicksburg on the 10th of March, has been, so far as heard from, entirely successful. The expedition landed at Summersport, Louisiana, on the 13th, and thence marched hurriedly to Yellow Bayou, where strong rebel fortifications and some stores were captured. Thence it proceeded 28 miles to Fort De Russey, which, after a sharp engagement, was occupied on the 15th, our forces outstripping the rebel army under Dick Taylor, which endeavored to reach the fort in advance of our troops. The victory at Fort De Russey was complete, resulting in the capture of 325 prisoners, including 24 commissioned officers, and two 9-inch Dahlgren guns, two 4-pounders, four 32-pounders, two 6-pounders, a lot of small-arms, 2000 barrels of fine powder, an immense quantity of assorted ammunition, and several thousand dollars' worth of commissary stores. Fort De Russey is a most formidable work; it is quadrangular in shape, with bastions and bomb-proofs covered with railroad iron. A powerful water-battery connects with the fort, the casemates of which are capable of resisting the heaviest shot and shell. About 800 negroes were employed a year in constructing the earth-works. The capture of Fort De Russey opens the Red River all the way to Alexandria, Louisiana. From that point it is believed Admiral Porter will proceed with his gun-boats to Shreveport; long occupied by the enemy as a depot of supplies.


The rebel General Forrest, with 2000 men, attacked Union City, Tennessee, on the 24th ult., and captured the small body of Union troops, only 400 in number, garrisoning the town. The garrison made a vigorous defense, repulsing their assailants three times before surrendering to superior numbers. The enemy destroyed the fortifications, and immediately marched their prisoners south ward.

On the 25th, Forrest, with a force of over 5000 men, attacked and destroyed Paducah, Kentucky, the citizens flying across the Ohio River. A large amount of plunder was secured. Colonel Hicks, commanding the post, occupied the fort below the city, with about 800 men. The rebels made four assaults on the fort and were repulsed each time. Three of our gun-boats opened on the city during its occupation by the enemy. Our loss was 14 killed and 45 wounded. From 150 to 300 rebels were killed, among them General Thompson. Twenty five houses around the fort were destroyed by our troops, as they were used by the rebel sharp-shooters as a screen. The headquarters and Government store-houses were burned by the enemy. Toward the end of the battle it was discovered that our ammunition was nearly exhausted. Colonel Hicks then ordered that when it gave out the fort would be defended with the bayonet as long as a man remained alive, which determination was received with hearty cheers by ail the troops. The negroes in the front, 220 in all, fought with great gallantry.


The President has issued another proclamation explanatory of his amnesty proclamation of the 8th of December. It states that those who are in confinement, or out of prison on bonds or parole, are not entitled to the clemency offered in the proclamation. It further defines the officers who are entitled to administer the oath of allegiance, viz.: Any commissioned officer, civil, military, or naval, in the service of the United States, or any civil or military officer of a State or Territory not in insurrection, who by the laws thereof may be qualified for administering oaths.


It is reported from Charleston Harbor that the rebels have mounted six rifled guns in the casemates of Fort Sumter, which command the channel, and will prevent the advance of the gun-boats should they attempt to run in.

Fifteen hundred sick were brought to Washington from the Army of the Potomac last week. A large number of ambulances were about the same time sent to the front.

An expedition sent out by General Butler to Matthews County, Virginia, returned on the 23d ult., having captured a large number of horses, cattle, and mules, together with three hundred contrabands.

Nine hundred Union prisoners from Richmond arrived at Annapolis on the 24th ult. Four hundred of the number were sick.

A dispatch from Chattanooga reports that the rebels are in very strong force on our front at Dalton, and have 3000 cavalry this side. Deserters report that General Bishop Polk is reinforcing General Joe Johnston's army. General Longstreet's cavalry, under General Martin, has arrived at Marietta, Georgia. The rebels are moving up their artillery from the rear. Our army is said to be in splendid condition.

It is announced from Fort Smith, Arkansas, that the Army of the Frontier is in motion, and that its supposed destination is Northern Texas.



A BATTLE took place between the Germans and Danes at Viele, a town at the head of Viele Fiord, in Jutland, on the 9th ult, in which the Danes were defeated, the loss on both sides being heavy. The Prussians have laid siege to Frederica, and the Austrians, marching northward, have occupied Horsens and other towns. The Prussians meanwhile have taken possession of Aubel and Rackabull, near Duppel, and have captured the island of Fehmern with the entire Danish garrison. The Danes still manifest a determination not to abandon the contest until Schleswig is restored. Several Prussian ports on the Baltic have been blockaded.

The Cabinet of Vienna has, it is said, issued a circular professing the readiness of Austria to take part in a Conference and consent to an armistice with Denmark, and declaring that the Austrians and Prussians will retire from Jutland if the Danes will evacuate Duppel and Alsen, will cease to capture German ships, and will restore all the prizes which they may have made. The King of Sweden has opened the Storthing (Diet) of Norway, and announced a bill for an extraordinary credit, to give material aid to the Danes in certain emergencies. The three Prussian men-of-war which were at anchor in the harbor of Brest have been placed under the command of the Austrian Admiral.

The entire reserve of the Austrian navy has been called out. The authorities of Hamburg were fortifying the entrance of the Elbe.


The Attorney-General of England, in the HOUSE of Commons, in answer to a question, said that a rebel war-vessel had the same right to visit, search, and capture British vessels carrying contraband of war to a Union port as a Union vessel had to capture such ships when carrying contraband to a rebel port. In every case, however, the captured vessel should be brought before a prize-court. In the Commons, on the 13th of March, Mr. Roebuck made another violent attack upon the Government of the United States, declaring that he would be glad " if American shipping were swept from the seas." Mr. Bright remarked that Roebuck's speech was unworthy of any member of the House, and Mr. Kinglake condemned it in strong terms. The Alexandra case was resumed in the house of Lords on March 14. Sir Hugh Cairns commenced his argument on the part of the defendants, and contended that the Court of Error was right in refusing to hear the appeal from the Court of Exchequer. On the 15th the Attorney-General replied on behalf of the Crown, and the case was concluded. Judgment was deferred, and it was expected that on the 17th the Lord Chancellor would announce when the House of Lords would deliver judgment.


Maximilian and his wife have visited London. They were entertained at dinner by Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales, meeting the King of the Belgians, the father of the Empress elect, on each occasion. Quite is number of distinguished personages paid their respects to the royal pair at their hotel. According to the Memorial Diplomatique the draft of a treaty between the Archduke Maximilian and Louis Napoleon has been agreed upon. This agreement settles the two questions of the French occupation and the claims of France on Mexico. The latter will probably amount to $25,000,000, and are to be paid in fourteen annual installments. The French troops are to be withdrawn from Mexico as soon as Maximilian is firmly seated on his throne.


A CORRESPONDENT corrects the statement made by us last week that the 46th New York Regiment and the 46th Massachusetts Mounted Infantry were in the battle of Olustee, Florida. It was the 48th New York, a Brooklyn regiment, and the 40th Massachusetts which participated in the engagement. The loss of the 48th Regiment was 17 killed, 155 wounded, 47 missing, making a total of 219.

The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Brigadier-General WM. F. SMITH to be Major-General of Volunteers, to rank from March 9, 1864.

The Raleigh, North Carolina, Progress, of the 8th, says that General BEAUREGARD has been transferred from the command at Charleston to the army of the Southwest, and that General D. H. HILL succeeds to the command at Charleston.

In addition to the general order rearranging the Corps of the Army of the Potomac and relieving some of its general officers, elsewhere referred to, it is stated that General PLEASANTON has been relieved from the Cavalry Corps, and is to report to General ROSECRANS; that General SYKES is to report to General CURTIS; General NEWTON to General SHERMAN; General FRENCH at Philadelphia; General MEREDITH at Cairo; General SPINOLA to a Court-martial; General CALDWELL to be relieved to sit on Court-martial; and Generals RICKETTS, GIBBON, and WADSWORTH, to report to General MEADE for assignment to command. General SYKES, on taking leave of the Fifth Corps, issued an order expressing his profound regret at parting with men who have so distinguished themselves on every field. The other officers made similar farewells.

The steamer San. Jacinto has captured another prize, with one hundred and thirty-two bales of cotton on board, off the coast of Florida. She immediately pursued another blockade runner, which was supposed to have four hundred bales of cotton on board.

Lieutenant-Commander GEORGE A. STEVENS has been ordered to the command of the steamer Pontoosuch, built at Portland, Maine.

General ROSECRANS has suppressed the circulation in his department of the Metropolitan Record of New York. General PHILIP SHERIDAN, for a long times in command of a division of infantry in the Army of the Cumberland, has been appointed to the command of the Calvary corps of the Army of the Potomac, to succeed General PLEASANTON.   

It is said that both Generals McCLELLAN and FREMONT will shortly be given commands.

Lieutenant-General GRANT has issued an order requiring all furloughed men of the Ninth Army Corps to rendezvous at Annapolis, Maryland, as soon as their Ieave expires. Nearly all the officers who have been spending the winter in Washington are going to the front under immediate orders.

The number of volunteers in the Massachusetts regiments who have re-enlisted is 5564, so far as returns have been received. Reports from the Twenty-ninth Regiment and other detachments of troops will probably swell the aggregate to 6000, to be counted on the quota of the State.

The Senate has confirmed the nomination of HENRY H. SIBLEY, of Minnesota, as a Brigadier-general of Volunteers.




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