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Civil War Harper's Weekly, May 14, 1864

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MAY 14, 1864.]

HARPER'S WEEKLY.

307

" UNION AND LIBERTY."

A FRIEND in New Jersey writes: " Hon. THOS. S. GRIMKE of South Carolina, deceased since 1835, was noted not only for his rare virtues, commanding talents, research, and learning, but for his nationality of sentiment at a time and among a people when it almost involved martyrdom, His speech in the Senate of South Carolina in December, 1828 (prior to the famous debate which gave Mr. WEBSTER his deserved renown), on the resolutions respecting the tariff, excels all on the topic of State Sovereignty except that of Mr. WEBSTER, and is richer in learning than his. And the following ode, for July 4, 1823, is certainly worthy of comparison with any produced by its ennobling subject :

"'Who would sever Freedom's shrine?

Who would draw th' invidious line?

Though, by birth, one spot be mine,

Dear is all the rest !

Dear to me the South's fair land,
Dear the central mountain band,
Dear New England's rocky strand,
Dear the prairied West!

"'By our altars pure and free! By our laws deep-rooted tree! By the Past's dread memory !

By our WASHINGTON !

By our common kindred tongue!

By our hopes, bright, buoyant, young! By the ties of country strong!

We will still be one!

" 'Fathers, have ye bled in vain?

Ages, must ye droop again?

MAKER! shall we rashly stain

Blessings sent by Thee?

No ! Receive our solemn vow, While before Thy throne we bow, Ever to maintain, as now,

Union and Liberty! "

A MONUMENT.

OUR readers have not forgotten the terrible explosion at the Alleghany Arsenal in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, on the 17th September, 1862, by which fifty women were destroyed. They lost their lives in the act of working for our soldiers, and it is proposed to erect a simple monument to their memory in the Alleghany Cemetery. A photograph of the design has been sent to us. It is a simple shaft standing upon a raised pediment, and surmounted by an urn. Any gift for the purpose, however slight, will be a sign of sympathy to the poor families interested, and may be sent to M. M. BOSWORTH, clerk to Paymaster, United States Arsenal, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

A CORRECTION.

WE reprint the following letter from the Louisville Journal:

"New York, April 9, 1864.

"To the Editors of the Louisville Journal:

" I have just seen in your paper of the 31st of March a letter signed ' At the Front,' and dated ' Chattanooga, March 26,' in which 'a few friendly hints' are offered to me. The letter is so instructive an illustration of the carelessness with which personal criticisms are often publicly made, that I venture to trouble you with this reply.

'At the Front' having read in the Round Table, a literary journal of this city, an anonymous article which he assumes that I wrote, proceeds to castigate me for it, and warming with his work, fortifies his remarks by a quotation from memory of what he says 'Mr. Curtis tells us' in Harper's Weekly.

"I have never seen the article in the Round Table of which your correspondent speaks, nor have I expressed in Harper's Weekly, or elsewhere, the sentiments which he attributes to me. I hope sincerely that, bravely fighting ' at the front,' as I have no doubt he is, he will not happen to fire at one of his own comrades upon the wholly gratuitous assumption that he is a rebel picket.

" Your obedient servant,

"GEORGE WILLIAM CURTIS."

DRAPER'S PHOTOGRAPH OF
THE MOON.

THE illustration made from Dr. HENRY DRAPER'S Photograph of the Moon, published in Harper's Weekly (March 19th), is exciting great attention in Europe. It is proposed by the Committee of the British Association having the matter in hand to use it in rectifying the names that have been given to the lunar mountains.

LITERARY.

MESSRS. HARPER & BROTHERS have in preparation, and will soon commence the publication of, an elegant Library Edition of The Works of WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY. This edition will contain only those elaborate works by which the author wished to be known to after-ages, leaving out those transient writings, which, having served their momentary purpose, he wished to let die. THACKERAY, who missed being a great artist only by becoming a still greater writer, designed many of the most characteristic illustrations to his works. These illustrations will be faithfully reproduced in this edition. "Vanity Fair," being the first of that series of tales by which THACKERAY won his place as a great writer, will be the first in this edition. This story, the first volume of which is nearly ready for publication, will contain a portrait of THACKERAY, engraved upon steel, after the famous drawing by SAMUEL LAURENCE.

" The National Almanac and Annual Record for 1864," published by GEORGE W. CHILDS, is admirably designed and carefully prepared. It contains more than five hundred pages of facts and statistics, any one of which may at any moment be worth more to almost any man than the whole cost of the book. These are so arranged and classified that any man of fair intelligence may, in a short time, know precisely where to look for any fact respecting which he desires information. The work we consider to be an indispensable one for any man who has ever occasion to refer to a fact or figure be-

longing to the military, political, or financial transactions of the past year, whether at home or abroad.

"The Annual of Scientific Discorery or, Year Book of Facts in Science and Art, for 1864," edited by DAVID WELLS, and published by Gould & Lincoln, is also one of those indispensable works of reference for which we can not be too grateful to editor and publishers.

DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE.

CONGRESS.

SENATE.—April 27. The following House bills were passed: For the prevention and punishment of frauds in relation to the names of vessels ; fixing certain additional rules and regulations for preventing collisions on the water to regulate the remeasurement of tonnage of ships and vessels of the United States ; and to provide for the collection of hospital dues on vessels of the United States sold or transferred in foreign ports.—Mr. Wilson reported a bill concerning the subsistence and pay of the army, which makes the ration the same as it was at the beginning of the war, and pays to the non-commissioned officers and privates $2 per month, that being something more than the cost between the present ration and the old one.—The consideration of the bill to provide a national currency, secured by the pledge of the United States bonds, etc., was resumed, but no vote was reached.—April 28. Mr. Chandler reported adversely on the memorial of the convention of commercial men of Ohio Valley, praying for the improvement by Congress of the navigation of the Ohio River.—The following bills were passed: Granting honorable discharges to coal heavers and firemen in the navy; for the relief of the clerks in the Kittery and Philadelphia navy-yards; to change and define the boundaries of the judicial districts of West and East Virginia; and the joint resolution for the classification of the clerks of paymasters in the navy and the graduation of their pay.—The joint resolution from the House to increase for sixty days the present duties of foreign imports fifty per centum, except printing paper, was also adopted after an ineffectual attempt to introduce several amendments.—April 29. Mr. Ramsay introduced a bill for the benefit and better management of the Indians, by which the President is authorized to locate them upon new reservations.—Mr. Henderson offered a joint resolution, which was adopted, to provide for the printing of the report of the Committee, of which Major-General Irwin M'Dowell was President, to examine into cotton speculations and frauds on the part of officers in the West.—Mr. Nesmith called up the Senate bill to establish branch mints at Carson City, Nevada, and Dalles City, Oregon. An amendment striking out Carson City was adopted, and the bill passed. The National Currency bill came up in order, but no result was reached.----April 30. A bill was introduced establishing a Board of Examiner's of candidates for all civil offices or promotions in such offices excepting those appointed by the President.—Mr. Sumner offered a resolution requesting the President to communicate to the Senate the opinion of the Attorney-General as to the rights of colored persons in the army and elsewhere ; but Mr. Powell objected, and consequently the proposition was laid over.—A bill granting land for a railroad in Minnesota was passed.—The National Bank bill was taken up in Committee of the Whole, the Finance Committee's amendment taxing banks agreed to, and the bill was then reported to the Senate. At this stage of the proceedings, there being no quorum present, the Senate adjourned.—May 2. The bill to grant pre-emption to certain lands in California was passed, as was also the Senate bill to regulate the foreign and coasting trade on the northern frontiers of the United States.—A resolution was adopted for the provision of additional grounds for the cemetery at the Soldiers' Home in Washington.—The National Currency bill was taken up, and after some slight amendments was laid over.—The bill appropriating $25,000,000 for the pay of the hundred-day volunteers from the Western States was discussed and put to vote; but no quorum appeared and the Senate adjourned.----May 3. The Senate non-concurred in the House amendments to the army appropriation bill, and asked a committee of conference.—Mr. Sherman called up the following resolution : That a quorum of the Senate shall hereafter consist of a majority of the Senators present duly qualified. After some remarks the resolution was passed over until the following day.—The Senate passed the bill appropriating $25,000,000 for the pay of the hundred-day volunteers.

House.—April 27. The House went into Committee of the Whole on the Internal Tax bill, and a great variety of amendments were adopted, generally increasing the rates of taxation.—The Committee then rose, and Mr. Garfield reported a joint resolution appropriating $25,000,000 to pay for arming, equipping, clothing, subsistence, transportation, and pay of Western Volunteers for a period not less than 100 days, which was passed.—Mr. Fenton reported the Senate bill authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to increase the compensation of Inspectors of Customs, not to exceed $4 a day, which was also passed.—April 28. The House, in Committee of the Whole, resumed consideration of the Internal Revenue bill. Amendments were adopted taxing bank circulation one-fourth of one per cent. a month, and also taxing the average capital stock of banks. A section was also agreed to to tax liquors on hand on the 1st of May fifty cents a gallon. The bill was then passed, 102 to 33.—Messages were received from the President in regard to the condition of loyal citizens in East Tennessee, and as to the appointment of Frank Blair as Major-General. The message in reference to the latter subject stated that, when Generals Blair and Schenck resigned their commissions, it was with the understanding with the President and the Secretary of War that they could withdraw their resignations whenever they wanted to and resume their military rank. General Schenck denied that there was any such understanding in his case, and asked leave to offer a resolution calling for the documents in the case, which, however, was not granted.—April 29. The report and evidence in the case of Mr. Blair, charged with a liquor speculation while at Vicksburg, were ordered to be printed.—Mr. Schenck reported the Senate bill to legalize and increase the pay of soldiers, giving notice that he would call it up at an early day. This bill increases the pay of privates in the army, black and white alike, to $16 a month, and of corporals to $18.--Mu Dawes offered a resolution calling upon the President to communicate to the House copies of all letters, notes, telegrams, orders, and other documents which have connection with the answer to the resolution asking whether F. P. Blair holds any appointment or commission in the military service.—Mr. Brooks offered an amendment calling for an examination into the condition of the Treasury Department, and especially as to the bureau in which the United States currency is printed. Upon this an excited and noisy debate ensued. Finally Mr. Dawes's resolution was adopted, Mr. Brooks failing in his motion.—The House took up the bill relative to providing a republican form of Government for States subverted or overthrown by the Rebellion. Mr. Schofield made a speech showing that slavery has been an element of discord in our republican system, has produced the present contingency of affairs, and ought therefore to be removed.—Mr. Stevens offered a substitute for the bill, declaring that the Confederate States, by waging an unjust war, have no right to claim exemption from the extreme rigors and rights of war: that none of the States which have seceded with the consent of a majority of their citizens can be tolerated and considered as within the Union, so as to be allowed a representation in Congress, or take part in the political Government; that they can not participate in our amendments to the Constitution, and, when amendments thereto are proposed, they can be adopted by a vote of two-thirds of the non-seceding States. Whenever the Federal forces conquer the seceding States they shall be regarded as separate Territories, and be represented in the House of Representatives the same as other Territories. ----April 30. A resolution for a Special Committee to investigate the charges against the Treasury Department was adopted, and Messrs. Garfield, Wilson, Davis, Fenton, and Jenckes, Republicans, and Brooks, Stewart, Dawson, and Steele, Opposition, were appointed said Committee.—The Army Appropriation bill was then taken up, the question being on agreeing to the Senate's amendment thereto. The amendment placing colored troops on an equality, as regards pay, rations, and allowances with white soldiers, elicited a long discussion, but finally the amendment was

adopted by a vote of 51 against 49. -The evening session was devoted to political speeches.--May 2. The House took up Mr. Wadsworth's resolution declaring that the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved respectively to the States, or to the people, and that the Executive can neither directly nor indirectly exercise any of the powers thus reserved, or lawfully restrict or obstruct the exercise thereof by the people. Mr. Cox moved to lay it upon the table, in order to get a square vote upon it. This was disagreed to. Mr. Cox then asked for a vote directly on the resolution, which he said merely affirmed the language of the Constitution, but the House referred it to the Select Committee on the Rebellious States by a vote of 70 against 50.—A message was received from President Lincoln and read, giving the information called for respecting the assignment of Mr. Blair, of Missouri, to a command in the army.—The House passed the bill appropriating over a million of dollars to indemnifying citizens of Minnesota for losses sustained and depredations committed by Sioux Indians in that State.—The House also passed the Senate bill appropriating two hundred and twenty-three thousand dollars to enable refugee Indians in Kansas to return to their homes in the Cherokee country, and for other relief, and the bill for the relief of the Weas and other Indians, making an appropriation to reimburse them for their losses by the abstraction of their bonds from the Interior Department.—At the evening session Messrs. Longyear, Donnelly, Denison, Stevens, and Cravens made speeches on the bill for the reconstruction of the rebel States.—May 3. The House unanimously passed a bill providing that on and after the 1st of May the pay of privates in arms shall be increased from $13 to $16 per month, and of non-commissioned officers as follows : Corporals, $18; sergeants, $20; orderly-sergeants, $24 ; sergeant-majors, $26 per month; clerks to paymasters, $1200 per annum, etc.—Mr. Stevens reported amendments to the Navy Appropriation bill, and the House concurred in them, appropriating $7,200,000 for the completion of sixteen screw steam sloops, $4,000,000 for the purchase and repair of vessels for Western waters, and $3,000,000 for the purchase and charter of vessels for blockading purposes.—The House concurred in the Senate amendment providing that the Naval Academy shall be returned and re-established at Annapolis before the commencement of the next academic year.—The House resumed the consideration of the bill guaranteeing a republican form of government to the States subverted or overthrown by the rebellion, and the matter was debated at length by Messrs Gooch, Fernando Wood, Kelley, and others.

THE MILITARY SITUATION.

News from the Red River to the 19th of April is to the effect that General Banks, having strongly fortified Grand Ecore, had marched out to meet the rebels, and that skirmishing had been in progress for some days. Reinforcements for General Banks's army were going forward. The Red River was falling, but the Mississippi was rising fast. General Stone and others of the staff of General Banks had arrived at Alexandria, on their way to New Orleans. General Stone had been superseded by General Dwight. A small Union fleet has gone up the Washita River. A cavalry expedition had been sent out on the north bank of the Red River, near Alexandria, by General Grover. The Federal losses in the late battles foot up over 4000, and those of the enemy are placed as high as 7000, which is probably an exaggeration. A rumor that General Banks had fallen back to Alexandria has not been confirmed.

Advices from Camden, Arkansas, say that General Steele's army is at that place. General Thayer joined General Steele at Elkin's Ferry, on the Little Missouri River, where the rebels were driven from a line of breast-works commanding the river bottom. The enemy next made a stand at Prairie de Anna, which was fortified with a line of rifle-pits and epaulements, for guns in barbette, a mile and a half long. General Steele flanked their position, and General Price retreated, after a brisk fight, toward Washington. General Steele pursued the rebels toward Washington, and then suddenly turned and pushed for Camden. Price discovered the trick, and started for Camden also. A desperate race ensued, and although heavy skirmishing occurred all the way, Steele came out victor, and entered the enemy's fortifications unopposed. Camden is strongly fortified with nine forts. All its approaches are well guarded, and it can be held against a largely superior force. The report that General Steele has occupied Shreveport is repeated by persons arrived in New Orleans from Red River, but is probably premature.

The rebel ram Roanoke, which assisted in the capture of Plymouth, North Carolina, was somewhat injured in the fight, but it is reported that as soon as she is repaired the enemy will attempt the capture of all the towns in North Carolina now held by our forces. From all accounts General Wessels and his little band of 1500 veterans, at Plymouth, fought like heroes for four days and nights, leaving the rebels dead in heaps in every street, which they admit will number 1700.

The rebels in Charleston harbor attempted to blow up the Wabash frigate, on the 18th ult., with a torpedo-boat. They were, however, discovered and repulsed. Commander Rowan gives the following report of the affair: " On the night of the 18th the deck officer of the Wabash discovered a dark object about one hundred and fifty yards distant from that vessel, which corresponded in shape and movements to the torpedo-boat of the rebels. It moved rapidly up against the tide till opposite the main-mast, and then turned and stood directly for the ship. The men of the Wabash quickly rushed to their quarters upon the beat of the gong, and when the supposed torpedo-boat was about fifty yards distant round shot were fired at her from each of the spardeck guns. A round shot is supposed to have struck and sunk her, as she was seen no more after the first fire, and the second volley struck in the immediate vicinity of the first."

The Army of the Potomac still occupies its old position. General Lee is reported to be massing a large force on our front, near Orange Court House. Beauregard's army from Charleston, and the rebel force in Florida, are both said to have been brought to Virginia, giving Lee an infantry force of eighty thousand, and a cavalry force of twenty-thousand. Meanwhile General Grant is also concentrating a heavy force, and conferences of our Generals are held frequently, evidently looking toward an early movement. The town of Madison Court House was burned by our forces last week, the troops having been fired upon from the houses by rebels, who took refuge in them on our approach. A cavalry expedition from the Army of the Potomac returned on 2d inst., after having visited Leesburg, Rectortown, and Upperville. Near Upperville a portion of Mosby's guerrilla band was encountered, when a sharp fight ensued, which resulted in the loss to the rebels of two killed and four wounded, and twenty-three taken prisoners.

In General Butler's Department unusual activity is reported.

MISCELLANEOUS.

A Richmond paper says that provisions are scarce in that city, and that the town people will have to live on half rations until the country people who have provisions to spare shall have heard of the defeat of Grant's army.

The Union troops have evacuated Little Washington, North Carolina, being needed elsewhere.

Four hundred exchanged Union prisoners arrived at Fortress Monroe on the 1st instant. They were horribly emaciated, and many of them entirely helpless.

The Committee to investigate the Fort Pillow butchery have taken fifty-seven depositions, which more than confirm the newspaper accounts of the massacre. Among the witnesses who were examined was the negro who was buried alive. There is no doubt of the fact that one or more persons were nailed through their flesh to pieces of wood, and then burnt alive. Not only on the day of the surrender were such fiendish acts perpetrated, but on the next day in cold blood.

A fire occurred at Wilmington, North Carolina, on the 28th ult., by which about 4400 bales of cotton, 25 freight cars, the railroad offices, the rosin and oil works, cotton press, a ship-yard, etc., were burned. The loss is estimated at $5,000,000. The Confederate Government lose about $1,000,000.

The Richmond Examiner of the 29th ult. says: "If we hold our own in Virginia until summer is ended, the North's power of mischief every where will be gone. If we lose, the South's capacity for resistance will be broken. The Confederacy has ample power to keep its place in Virginia if its means are employed with energy and consistency, And this is the last year of the war, whichever wins."

FOREIGN NEWS.

EUROPE.
THE SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN WAR.

FRESH disaster has befallen the Danes. On the 18th ult. the Prussians made a fierce assault on Duppel, which they captured after a stubborn engagement. The loss of the Danes was 2600 men, 400 officers, and 90 guns; that of the Prussians amounted to about 600 killed and wounded. The greater part of the Prussian army, immediately after the engagement, was ordered into Jutland to occupy all that province and besiege Fredericia. Nothing now remains to the Danes of the Duchy of Schleswig but the island of Alsen, and even this, according to a dispatch from Hamburg, has already been occupied by the Prussians.—The Conference met in London on the 19th, but adjourned to the 25th without organizing, to await further arrivals of delegates.

GREAT BRITAIN.

The entry of Garibaldi into London took place on April 11, and was one of the greatest ovations the capital of England has ever witnessed. At every step the General was greeted with enthusiastic cheers. On the 16th he had another enthusiastic reception at the Crystal Palace. The number present was estimated at from 25,000 to 30,000, composed of all classes. Quite a sensation was created in all England by the report that the General intended to bring his visit to a close and leave immediately for Italy. The state of his health was assigned as a reason; but it was believed, notwithstanding the denial by Earl Palmerston and the Moniteur, that an outside pressure to induce him to quit the country had been brought to bear upon the mind of the great Italian. He embarked for Caprera on the 26th, having first issued an address to the people of England for their generous hospitality.

The paternity of the famous Laird iron-clads is said to have been acknowledged by the Pasha of Egypt, who, a correspondent of the London Times asserts, states that he ordered their construction.

It is stated that France, England, and Russia had been completely reconciled by the efforts of Lord Clarendon in Paris.

The demonstrations in England in honor of the tercentenary of Shakspeare were in full progress. In Liverpool they had gone off with great eclat. The Interdiction of the English Shakspeare banquet at Paris was withdrawn on the 22d ult.

MAXIMILIAN AND MEXICO.

Maximilian accepted the crown from the Mexican deputation at Miramar on the 10th of April. The formality was conducted with great pomp. The new Emperor made a speech in reply to the deputation, stating that he was convinced that the throne was voted by a great majority of the Mexican people. After this he was addressed as Emperor and the Archduchess as Empress. On the 18th the Emperor and Empress visited Rome, receiving a most enthusiastic welcome. On the 19th they had an audience with the Pope; and on the 20th left for Civita Vecchia, where they immediately embarked. The subscriptions to the Mexican loan in France are said to be large.

ARMY AND NAVY ITEMS.

ON the 2d inst. the National Guard of Ohio reported for active duty under the 100 days' call with greater promptness than was expected. Returns have been received from all but 43 companies, and the strength, so far, is 34,914 men, which will be increased to 38,000 by organizations yet to report.

Commodore WILKES has been sentenced to a public reprimand by the Secretary of the Navy, and suspension from duty for three years, for disobedience of orders, insubordination, refusing obedience to general orders, etc.

There are thirty-three war vessels at the Brooklyn Navy-yard undergoing repairs.

By direction of the President the Indian Territory and military post of Fort Smith, included in the Department of Kansas, are transferred to the Department of Arkansas. Major-General BLUNT, United States Volunteers, is about to repair to Fort Leavenworth, and report to the commanding officer of the Department of Kansas for orders.

Major-General N. J. T. DANA has been ordered West on a tour of inspection. General DANA formerly commanded the United States forces in Texas.

It is stated that the Canonicus, iron-clad, which recently left Boston, is of draft sufficiently light to operate in the North Carolina waters.

Colonel OSBORNE, commanding a regiment at Memphis, was recently murdered by some of his own soldiers, to whom lie had made himself obnoxious.

On the 21st ult. an expedition in boats from the gun-boats Niphon and Fort Jackson, under command of Captain BRECK of the Niphon, proceeded to within seven miles of Wilmington, North Carolina, where they succeeded in destroying the North Carolina Salt Works and other property valued at over $100,000, and brought away fifty-five prisoners, workers in the salt lines.

It is said that Major-General HALLECK has been put in command of the Cavalry Bureau.

Our dispatches from New Orleans report the burning by the rebels of large quantities of cotton on the Red River as somewhat exaggerated. Not more than 75,000 bales have been thus destroyed.

The army Appropriation Bill appropriates $2,715,000 for medicines, instruments, and dressings.

A draft was commenced in New Jersey on the 3d inst., for a deficiency of eight thousand eight hundred and fifty men on the two previous calls of the President.

General MARTINDALE, an experienced and thorough soldier, will have command of a division under General BUTLER.

Missouri's quota is said to be full, except 530, and more than that number of colored volunteers are yet to be credited.

Several important changes have taken place in the Department of the South. General GILLMORE has been relieved from duty at Hilton HEAD, and is succeeded by Brigadier-General JOHN P. HATCH. Brigadier-General WILLIAM BIRNEY, of the colored troops, takes General HATCH'S place in Florida.

Major-General WALLACE, in command of the Middle Department, has issued an order from his head-quarters at Baltimore, directing that all real estate, slaves, railroads, and bank stocks, which are the property of those who have joined the rebel army and gone South to abet the rebels, shall be forthwith turned over to the United States Quarter-master.

It has been learned through various sources that the rebel force that attacked Plymouth consisted of eighteen regiments of infantry, three of cavalry, and sixty pieces of artillery. Twelve of these regiments were borrowed from Lee's army; the rest were North Carolina State troops. Three sections of the artillery were taken from Kinston, two sections from Tarboro, four sections from Raleigh, and the rest from Richmond.

Brigadier-General SEYMOUR, who was in command at the time of the Florida disaster, has arrived in Washington. It is understood that he is to have a command under General GRANT.

General BEAUREGARD is said to be placed in command of the rebel forces in North Carolina. General PECK has been removed by our Government from command in the same district, and General PALMER appointed in his place.

Dispatches to the Western papers state that General STEELE captured at Camden, Arkansas, nine fortifications of great strength, fourteen hogsheads of sugar, four hundred barrels of molasses, several tons of rock-salt, and three prisoners. The cotton for ten miles round had been burned by PRICE, numbering two thousand bales.

A court-martial has been ordered to try the publishers and correspondents of newspapers who have been guilty of promulgating news contraband of war.

Admiral DAHLGREN has left Washington to resume command of the iron-clad fleet off Charleston.


 

 

  

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