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JAMES S. WADSWORTH.
GENERAL JAMES S. WADSWORTH, who
fell at the head of his command in the battle of the 6th inst., in the
Wilderness, beyond the Rapidan, was one of the first volunteers of the war. His
first service in the field was under McDOWELL at
Bull Run. About the 1st of
August, 1861, he was commissioned a Brigadier-General ; and during the long
drilling months which succeeded
General McCLELLAN'S appointment to the
command-in-chief General WADSWORTH won for himself the credit, among the most
experienced army officers, of having his brigade, long before the close of the
year, in the most efficient condition alike as to drill and discipline. In the
spring of 1862 General WADSWORTH was appointed Military Governor of the District
of Columbia ; and on the advance of General McCLELLAN to Manassas, and
subsequently to the Peninsula, General WADSWORTH'S command extended to Occoquan
Bay. In the winter of 1862-3, after his defeat as candidate for Governor of New
York, he passed several months in the field, and was engaged at the battle of
Chancellorsville. He was charged later in the season with a mission to the
Southwest and the Gulf States, in connection with the organization of colored
troops; and his latest position was that of General of the Fourth Division of
the Fifth Corps. He gave his sons as well as himself to the service of his
country, and used his large means with the utmost liberality to aid the national
cause. He was nearly fifty-seven years of age.
DESTRUCTION OF EAST TENNESSEE RAILROAD.
WE give on this page a sketch of
the incident referred to in the following letter from a correspondent at Bull's
Gap, Tennessee : " The First Brigade of the Third Division of the Twenty-third
Army Corps started from camp on the morning of the 25th inst. to destroy the
East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad, and returned last evening, having
torn up the road for fifteen
miles between Lick Creek and Greenville, burning every bridge and railroad tie,
and bending every rail, so completely destroying the road that it can not be
repaired in months. The Second Brigade left on Sunday morning to destroy the
railroad bridge over Watauga River, fifty-four miles distant. The force had a
fight with the enemy under 'MUDWALL' JACKSON, completely routing him, and on
their way back burned all bridges and tore up the entire track. The sketch sent
you was takenon the spot."
OFF HOMOSASSA RIVER.
WE give below a sketch of the
DESTRUCTION OF Two REBEL SCHOONERS OFF HOMOSASSA RIVER, FLORIDA, by a boat's
crew from the United States strainer Sagamore. A correspondent on board the
Sagamore sends us the following account of the affair : " About three o'clock on
the after-noon of April 1 we saw a schooner making in for one of the rivers to
the southward of Cedar Keys, and immediately gave chase with the steamer; but
soon shoaled our water so much that we had to conic to anchor and send off
boats. One boat soon distanced the others, finding two schooners instead of one.
The crews of both had run them ashore and taken boats for Dixie. Our boats' crew
soon had good fires going on both of them. The first one boarded was a 150-ton
schooner with an assorted cargo, the other was a 70-ton schooner loaded with
castor-oil and poor whisky."
THE view of BUZZARD'S ROOST,
which we give on the
first page, from a sketch made by THEO, R.
DAVIS, is of particular interest at this time. Buzzard's Roost is a gap in
Taylor's Ridge, which runs parallel with Pigeon Mountain, and is situated (Next
THE LATE GENERAL WADSWORTH.
DESTRUCTION OF THE EAST TENNESSEE AND VIRGINIA
DESTRUCTION OF REBEL SCHOONERS OFF HOMOSASSA RIVER,