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Our Flag Forever
GREAT WAR NEWS.
Our army is onward I Rebellion is
fast being compelled to back to the
wall! Read the news.
WE receive several papers claiming
to be Democratic, that are continually
scolding about the high taxes necessary
to pay the expenses of the war. These
papers never hint to their readers the
assistance they gave the Breckinridge
leading Disunionists in forcing upon
the country the evils they now com
plain of. 11 - ad there been no secession
feeling and action iu the Charleston
and Baltimore Conventions, by North
ern Democrats, we do not believe there
would have been any secession of States
—any rebellion. The Breckinridge
wing of the Democratic party gave
`aid and comfort" to thb traitors
South, during the Presidential cam
paign, and the leaders are still upon
the same fence claiming to be Union
men, but ready to jump elf on the
other side should they ever see a safe
opportunity to 'do so. Opposition to
the war tax is opposition to the war
for the preservation of the Union. The
man who is opposed to the one, is op
posed to the other, and is at heart a
traitor to his country. Thousands of
Democrats who were deceived into the
support of Breckinridge Democracy
two years ago, will not be caught in
the same boat a second time. The
managers of the party in '6O must and
will be forced to take a back seat in all
MEETING 01' CONSERVATIVE ii - EMBERS
or CoNanEss.—The following notice
was read .from the Clerk's desk on
Friday last :
" There will be a meeting of the
conservative members of Congress in
this hall, to-morrow, (Saturday) the
,I,Oth inst., at 2 o'clock, P. 31. All the
conservative members, from all the
States, are invited to attend, to coun
sel together as to the best means to
defeat the schemes of the Abolitionist
and the Secessionist."
Istr.uvement for us, and
the people. The Abolitionists, and Se
cessionists North and South, have been
having their own way in Congress and
out of it, long enough. A solid and
determined movement of all the con
servative voters, of all parties, would
soon lay upon the shelf the corrupt
politicians who have been instrumental
in making heavy taxes necessary to
save our country.
CAPT. GEO. Arcata.; of the 28th Reg
iment, returned home on a visit to his
family on Monday. He looks hearty
and reports the boys " all well." We
learn that through the promotion of
Col. Geary, that the Captain will be
promoted to Major of the 28th Regi
ment. We know of no man in the
regiment better qualified than Capt.
McCabe, and we would be glad to hear
of his promotion. He is a bold, dash
ing !soldier, and is always ready when
any dangerous services are to be per
formed. He returns to his regiment
ICE CREAII.-Our young friend Mas
ter John Wilson, has opened an Ice
Cream Saloon on Hill street, just op
posite A. B. Cunningham's Store. We
dropped in their the other evening and
indulged in a large saucer of tip top
cream. He has fitted up a room very
handsomely, and takes delight in wait
ing upon those who favor him with a
call. His cream is not only good, but
he gives large saucers. Those who in
dulge in the delicious article should not
fail to . give John a call.
FlEE.—Hundreds of acres of wood
land are on fir6,on the Warrior ridge,
about three miles from this place. It
presents a grand sight after nightfidl.
In its course, it has destroyed hun
dreds of dollar's worth ofproperty, and
from present indications, promises to
do much more. Is there not a remedy
against having so much valuable tim
ber land destroyed annually, by some
vicious person or persons who delight
to set fu.e to the mountains and ridges
of their neighbors, in the spring of the
WE PAID a flying visit to Broad Top
on Saturday. It is astonishing what
improvements have been made in that
region within the last six months. We
hardly knew the place, It is aston
ishing to the world what amount of
coal is shipped from tho Broad Top
coal mines. Wo aro under obligations
to W. W. Gaither, Esq., the gentleman
ly conductor of the passenger train,
and also to the conductor of the Shoup's
Run branch train, for the many acts of
kindness extended to us while riding
SOUND SENTIMENT. - Tl3 O German
town, Telegraph, one of the very best
weekly papers published in the State,
always independent, speaks our senti
ments in the following paragraph
which WO take pleasure in copying
from that valuable paper:
" Party organizations, however prop
er under ordinary circumstances, are
wholly out of place and unwarranted
in the terrible crisis in which the coun
try is involved, and should be repudi
ated by every truly loyal man. When
our hitherto great and prosperous na
tion is threatened with destruction,
there must be no hair-splitting issues
raised to embarrass the operations of
the Government. Men may differ as
to all the measures and means to be
adopted to meet and put down the
gigantic treason which is striving to
overthrow it; but when every nerve
is being strained to protect our nation
ality and to punish the traitors, it is
no time to allow this difference of opin
ion to become a public question, and
thus diatract our councils, weaken the
efforts of the constituted authorities
and strengthen the bloodstained hands
of the common enemy. It must be
remembered, there are but two sides
in the present struggle for national
existence and perpetuity; and the man
who is not for us, heart and soul, and
is willing to sacrifice everything, even
life itself, is a traitor in spirit and in
fact, and should go where lie belongs.
lie has no right to breathe the same
atmosphere with patriots."
Tyhurst is now canvassing fur Brown
low's Wonderful Book. It promises
to be an interesting work and every
body should procure a copy. It will
contain -100 pages, fully illustrated, and
is only $1,25. Don't fail to get a copy.
It is one of the wonders of the rebel
lion. The Parson vouclicsfor the truth
of every statement made in the work,
as either experienced by himself; er wit
nessed with his own eyes.
Ca YOUNG friend Alfred Hildebrand,
son of Capt. Wm. Hildebrand, of this
place, who belongs to Com. Porter's
fleet, was in the fight at New Orleans,
or rather at Forts Jackson and Philip.
In writing to his friends at Immo, lie
says that as soon as he landed, he com
menced eating blackberries, which
were as large as the end of a man's
thumb. It is a fine country down
along the river at that point, and our
soldiers are greatly delighted with it.
TIIE Pennsylvania Regiments en
gaged in the battle at Williamsburg
were the 26th, 40th, 57th, 63d, 03d, 081 h,
102 d, and 105th. Capts. Campbell and
Miles' companies from this county are
in the 40th, but from the list of killed
and wounded published, our " boys"
appear to have escaped unharmed.
Tim Penna. Railroad Company are
building a siding and a wharf, about a
mile above town, for the purpose of
receiving and shipping by canal their
Coal from the Bald Eagle Coal mines,
situated along the line of the Tyrone
As adjourned Court was held in this
place by Judge Taylor, on Monday.
A CRAPLAIN'S ESTIMATE or MCCLELLAN.—
The following is an extract from a private let
ter received in this city last week from the
Chaplain of flNew York regiment, which was
then encamped before Yorktown, but which
is now well advanced on the road to Rich
mond. The writer, it will be seen, anticipa
ted the sentiments of the whole American peo
ple respecting the military ability of Gen.
McClellan is slow but sure. I think his
mode of warfare more humane and civilized
than that of any other commander which the
world has seen. lie could have taken Ma
nassas by force, with the loss of half his army,
but he chose to compel the retirement of the
enemy without a battle. Ire could have ta
ken Yorktown with a terrible slaughter on
both sides, but he prefers to wait for a com
plete investment, which shall necessitate an
evacuation or a surrender. All this is offen
sive to impatient civilians, to ambitious poli
ticians and to self-glorying heroes, but it is
acceptable to the peace-loving, the humane
and the Christian patriots of the land, who
honor and admire McClellan for his patience,
his wisdom, his clear-headedness, his caution,
his coolness and his Christianity.
'When I hear a man railing at McClellan,
I put him down either as an ignoramus as to
military affairs, or a rabid political partisan,
or a blood-thirsty aspirant after military glo
ry. You will see if this generation and the
succeeding one will not honor and approve
in the light of historic truth and Christian
teaching the really patriotic and civilized
plan of McClellan's campaign, which is sure
to end successfully in the peaceful unity and
prosperity of the nation. The surest proof
of his greatness as a General is the fact that
unmilitary or ordinary minds fail to compre
hend his plans, these being too deep for them.
He is independent, self-reliant and confi
dent when he has planned and perfected his
work. His purpose is not to flash and blaze
for the hour with a pyrotechnic display of tha
semblance of war, or with a momentary me
teoric flame, but to burn with a strong and
steady flame, which shall drive before it his
foes, and leave him as a beacon light, strong
and beautiful and lasting on a mountain top
of glory. All defamers then will be si
lenced, and will hide their heads with shame
and blushes at their mistaken revilings against
him. Toll every one this, and let them put
me down as a true prophet. C. 11. A. B.
JEFF. DAVIS' COACILMAN.—Jeff: Da
vis' fugitive coachman, whose narrative
we published, is a pure African, black
as midnight. Ho can read and write,
and talks as well as a member of Con
gress. After examination and cross
examination by Gens, McDowell and
King, and several newspaper corres
pondents, not a flaw could he detected
in his story. Ho is now employed as
a body servant to Gen. McDowell.—
Ile says Jeff. Davis, since the battle of
Shiloh, has been pale and haggard, and
talks but little. - When he does open
his lips, it is to curse and blame his
generals. Ho adds that Davis re
marked after the battle of Shiloh that
he planned all the advanced move
ments, but that his generals executed
HORRIBLE REBEL. OUTRAGE.-A correspon
dent from Port Pillow states that , a Union
man, a resident of Landesdale county,
Miss., who had been pressed into the rebel
service, and afterwards deserted, because he
feared his family were starving, was captured
on his way home, nailed to a tree, and left to
perish by inches. He was found a few days
afterwards utterly exhausted by famins, pain
and exnosure, and with his mouth gagged to
prevent his outcries. With care it is thought
that he may recover, but ho will be maimed
THE REBELS STILL PLYING.
Gen. McClellan Catches up to them Eight
Miles beyond IVilliamsburg.—A S'e
ccre Skirmish.—The Rebels get Whip
ped and Retreat ACIOAS the Chickahom
iny.—A Large Numbee of Rebels Cap
turdd.— Heavy Cannonading Heard
on the Ricer.—The Bridges Across the
Chwhahominy Destroyed.—The Ene
my just where MeClell«nw«nts Rim.—
Probable Capture of the Entire Rebel
BAT:MI(11M, May B.—The following
was received from Yorktown, dated
yesterday at 12 o'clock : To-day, as I
close my letter, the latest intelligence
received from the field is that Gen. Mc-
Clellan has come up with the enemy,
about eight miles beyond Williams
burg, and after a pretty severe skir
mish with his rear, he again put him
to flight across the Chickahominy creek.
A large additional number of priso
ners have been taken, including many
deserters who report that they have
had nothing to eat but a few hard bis
cuits for forty-eight hours and when
brought in fell down in a state of ex
_Heavy cannonading could be heard
by the boats coining down the, river
at an early hour this morning. Noth
ing. as to the results is ascertained.
There is no doubt but that the whole
army of Lee, Johnson and Magruder
are in a state of disorganization, and
nudur the rapid pursuit, of General Mc-
Clellan are fleeing with great precipi
tation, and without the intention of
waking a stand anywhere, and unless
they reach Ilichmond in boats by way
of the James river will certainly be in
tercepted and captured by the forces
landed and landing at West Point.
A large number of prisoners are ar
riving at \Vest Point, and others are
being constantly brought in.
On Monday the enemy took about
eighty of our men prisoners and cap
tured one of .the Pennsylvania batter
ies, having first killed all the horses
and they having but a small support
of infantry were overpowered by a
superior ibree, and were compelled to
abandon their guns, but before the close
of the day this battery with one of
the enemies was recaptured by Gen.
McClellan, and the prisoners they had
taken were found in Williamsburg next
day attending on the wounded of the
enemy left behind. Their retreat was
accompanied by too much confusion
to be troubled with prisoners.
I just learn that the enemy has de
stroyed all the bridges across the Chick
almminy, and that Gen. - McClellan is
resting his army on this side. It will
be remembered that the Chickahom
iny river runs parallel with the James
river, into which it empties.
ft is the general impression that
Gen. McClellan has now got the enemy
just where be wants him.
The Battle before Williamsburg on
BAlkonn, May S.—The battle be
fore Williamsburg on Monday was a
most warmly (.:ontoutod ongagGITICIA.
Owing to the roughness of the coun
try and bad condition of the roads,
but a small portion of our troops could
be brought into action.
Gen. Sickles! Excelsior Brigade, of
Gen. Hooker's division, bore the great
brunt of the battle and fought most
valorously though greatly overpowered
by numbers and the superior position
and earthworks of the enemy. The
approaches to their works were a series
of ravines and swamps; while the rain
fell in torrents throughout the day.
The men had also been lying on their
arms all the previous night in the
woods, soaked with rain and chilled
The battle raged from early in the
morning until 3 o'clock in the after
noon, when General McClellan arrived
with fresh troops and relieved the di
vision of Gen.llooker, who were near
ly prostrate with fatigue and exposure,
whilst the 3d Excelsior regiment of
the Brigade had its ranks terribly thin
ned by the balls of the enemy. They
aro represented as having fought with
such impudent bravery that not less
than two hundred of them were killed
After the arrival of Gen. McClellan
the enemy were fiercely charged upon
by Hancock's brigade, and were driven
within their works, before nightfldl,
with heavy loss. Nearly 200 of their
dead were left on the field, with many
wounded, though most of the latter
were carried into Williamsburg. Our
loss was less than 300 killed and about
700 wounded. Night having come on
we occupied the battle field, the enemy
having been driven within his works.
A large number of wagons and mu
nitions of war and a considerable store
of provisions were found in town,
whilst the road was strewn for many
miles with arms and accoutrements.
A number of deserters also made their
escape and came within our lines.
They stated that the rebels had re
ceived intelligence that largo numbers
of the United states troops wore land
ing on York river above Williamsburg
to flank them.
From Fremont's Division
HEADQUARTERS, MOUNTAIN DEPT.,
Near Parisburg, May 8.
A dispatch from Fayetteville an
nounced the advance of General Cox,
composed of part of the 23d Ohio, un
der Major Cowley, occupied Siles Court
House and Darrows, on Now river,
yesterday. The rebels ran and did
not burn the place, as intended. Abun
dant commissary stores and Lieut.
Col. Major, and twenty privates, were
The citizens remain, and seem loyal.
The defeat of the rebels at Camp
Creek was more important than was
at tirst, supposed.
General Mulroy is now fighting, and
General Schneck advancing. _Particu
Important from Fortress Monroe.
Bombardment of &we Point.—The
Rebel Barracks on Fire.—The Alerri
FORTRESS MONROE, May B.—Shortly
before noon to-day the Monitor,Nati..?
atnek, Seminole, Susquehanna, Loco
tah, and San Jacinto, in the order in
which they are named, steamed up to
Sewell's Point, Capt. Lordlier, of the
Susquehanna, in command of the ex
As soon as they arrived within range
they opened with shot and shell over
Sewell's Point, most of which were
good shots. It was nearly half an hour
before any reply was made from the
Point. The Rip Blips next opened,
and then the Naugatuck, for the first
time. Several shots were fired from
the single gun on the extremity of the
Point, when one from the Monitor
struck in the vicinity, doubtless disa
bling the gull, as it has not been fired
The position of the Monitor was far
in advance of the rest of the fleet, and
she continued in motion till within a
mile or two of the Point, when con
siderable execution must have been
done by her accurate firing. The Naug
atuck kept in the back-ground, the
range of her Parrott gun enabling her
to do so. The Sewell's Point battery
replied briskly. The Rip Raps fired
occasionally, and a continual fire was
kept up by the gunboats. The affair
was comparatively uninteresting from
this point of view, on account of the
distance being so great that the details
could not be seen.
At about ono o'clock a black smoke
was seen to arise, which, it was suppo
sed, was occasioned by a shell being
thrown into the woods. It soon died
out and disappeared. Nothing more
occurred till a little before two o'clock,
when the firing was very feeble from
the Point. The Monitor, about this
time, returned li•um her advanced posi
tion, and rejoined the fleet. in the
distance, nothing of her could be been
but a small, square, black spot on the
water. At a quarter past two o'clock
a very dense smoke arose rapidly from
Sewell'aPoint,,nrobably from the burn
ing of the bariiicks or other building.
At about half past two o'clock the
Merrimac mad 2, her appearance, when
the fleet, wit's the exception of the
Monitor, rctur icd.
The Merrimac is still (at five o'clock)
olf the Point, and the Monitor is ready
to attack her. The Seminole has re
turned to the Lower [toads. There is
no prospect of further fighting at pica
cut. At half past five o'clock the Mon
itor returned. The Merrimac remains
in the same pwition.
Battle Near West Point
The Rebels :Defeated - With Great L0...s
—Our Loss, 300 Killed.
FORTRESS MONROE, May B.—By the
steamer from Yorktown, I learn that
Gen. McClellan had adaneed 12 miles
beyond Williamsburg, and has had sev
eral akiEERLMCS with the enemy, rout
ing them with heavy k. 3.
The embarkation of troops lhr West,
Point is progressing with great rapid
A heavy battle tookplace on Wednes
day afternoon, between the troops of
Gen. Franklin and Gen. Sedgwiek and
the rebels under Gen. Lee, who were
endeavoring to make their way for Rich
mond. It is said to have been the se
verest battle a the peninsula.
The rebels were totally routed and
ihmkod, being' , - driven back towards the
force under General Johnston, on the
The whole number of United States
troops killed and wounded was three
hundred. The enemy were driven
back by our gunboats with great
The enemy had not let's than thirty
thousand men, while our whole force
at the time was not over twenty thou
sand, only that number busing landed.
Had it not been for the gunboats - our
force would have been defeated.
WILLIAMSBURG, May B.—The details
of the engagement of Monday are so
incorrect and voluminous that it will
be necessary to await the report of
Gen. McClellan, which is now being
Deserters from the enemy arc hour
The expedition up the York river
has been most meeessful,and our troops
now occupy West Point.
Heavy tiring has been heard in that
direction but the particulars are not
Yesterday the advance guard of our
cavalry had a skirmish with the rear
guard of the enemy about seven miles
from here. The main body of the
enemy have retreated across the James
river. The general impression with
military men is that the rebels have
made their last stand in Virginia. For
a distance of some ten miles beyond
Williamsburg the road is lined with
broken army wagons, in the retreat of
PITTSMAN'S FERRY, May B.—Two
gentlemen, who have been in the
South since the commencement of the
blockade, passed through here to-day.
Provisions, clothing, and all mer
chandise are very scarce throughout
the south. Tennessee money is at a
premium of 20 per cent., and gold 100
Drafting for the rebel army is going
on regardless of their hopeless position.
The Union men are flying to the moun
tains and swamps.
Fort Pillow is the only defence on
the Mississippi that is considered se
cure on the water side.
Price's army has gone to Fort Pil
low and Corinth, where the rebel force
is said to be 110.000 men.
Fifteen boats are at Little Rook, ta
king 12,000 .A.rkansas troops for Cor
From General HaHeck's Army.
Canto, May 9.—(Special to Chicago
Tribune.)—The boat from Pittsburg
Landing arrived last evening.
Our army was within two miles of
Corinth, and heavy firing was beard
on our extreme advance, but it was
thought that no general engagement
NEW YORK, Maylo.- - .Nassau papers
of the 30th ult., contain news from
Charleston, obtained from rebel schoo
ners which had ran the blockade
The Charlestonians were expecting
to be attacked soon, and considerable
excitement prevailed there. Business
was almost entirely suspended.
Forts Sumpter and _Moultrie were
being furnished with heavy guns, and
there was a general uneasiness relative
to the result of the successes of Gen.
McClellan at Yorktown.
Five schooners had arrived at Nas
sau from Charleston with cotton and
The steamship Ovieto, with arms,
etc., arrived on the 28th ult., from Liv
erpool, and the steamship Si eltin from
- Hull, England, arrived on the 29th ult.,
with an assn}•ted cargo.
NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH
THE CITIES OCCUPIED BY
THE UNION FORCES.
The IVlonster Merrimac Blown up and
.11 - 6 Portion of the City or• Nary Yard
Injured.—The Rebels Withdraw from
the City Without a Battle.—Full De
tails of the Expedition.—President
Lincoln Superintends in Person, the
Embarkation and Debarkation of
Troops.—.llC is RIM to Step on the
WASHINGTON, May FL—The follow
was received at the War Depart
ment this morning:
Folvrai:ss Mosnox, May 10th, )
12 o'clock at night.
Norfolk is ours and also Portsmouth
and the Navy Yard. Gen. Wool hav
ing completed the landing of his forces
at Willoughby point, about nine o'clock
this morning, completed his march on
Norfolk with 5,000 men. Secretary
Chase accompanied the General. About
five miles from the landing place a
rebel battery was found on the oppo
site side of the bridge over Tanner's
creek. After a few discharges of com
panies of infantry the rebels burned
the bridge; this compelled our forces
to march around five miles further.
At five o'clock in the afternoon our
forces were within a short distance of
Norfolk, and were met by a delega
tion of citizens and the city was for
mally surrendered. Our troops march
ed in, and we now have possession.
FORTRESS MONROE, May 11.—llon.
I'. Watson, Assistant Secretary of War:
The Merrimac was blown up by the
rebels at two minutes before five o'clock
this morning. She was set fire to about
three o'clock, and the explosion took
place at the time stated.
1t was said to have been a grand
sight by those who saw it.
The Monitor steamer and the Tul
-1 boats have gone up towards Norrolk.
1 , , (Signed) E. S. SANFORD.
GCII. Viule is in command in Norfolk,
as military governor.
The city and navy yard were not
burnt—:The fire which had been seen
for SOMC hours proved to be the woods
Gen. - Wool with Secretary Chase re
turned about eleven o'clock.
Gen. linger withdrew his forces
without a battle.
A Graphic Description of the
FORTRESS MoNuou, May 10, 9 P. M.
—Old Point this evening presents a
most stirring spectacle—about a dozen
steamer transports are loading troops.
They will land on the shore opposite
the Rip Raps, and march direct on
Norfolk. At the. time I commence
writing, (9 P. M.,) the moon shines so
brightly that I em sitting in the open
air in an elevated position, writing by
The transports are gathering in the
stream, and have on board artillery,
cavalry and infantry, and will soon be
prepared to start.
The Rip Raps arc pouring shot and
shell into Sewall's Point, and a bright
light in the direction of Norfolk leads
to the supposition that the work of
destruction has commenced.
President Lincoln, as commander-in
chief of the army and navy, is superin
tending the expedition himself. About
6 o'clock he went across to the place
selected for landing, which is about a
mile below the Rip Raps. It is said
he was first to stepon shore, and after
examining for himself the faeilities of
landing, returned to the Point where
he was received with enthusiastic
cheering by the troops who were em
The Merrimac still lies off Craney
Island and the Monitor has resumed
her usual position.
The fleet are floating quietly at an
chorage, ready at any moment for ac
tivity. It is evident that the finale of
the rebellion, so far as Norfolk is con
cerned, is rapidly approaching.
The general expectation is that the
troops now embarking will have pos
session of the city before to-morrow
10 o'clock, P. M.—The expedition
has not yet started, the delay being
caused by the time required for storing
the horses and cannon on the Adelaide.
The batteries at the Rip Baps have
stopped throwing shells and all is qui
et. The scene in the roads of the
transports steaming about is the most
beautiful description of panoramic
view seldom witnessed.
71 P. M.—The vessels have not yet
sailed. The Merrimac exhibits a bright
light. It is said the Seminole will go
up James river in the course of the
WILLOUCIIIBY POINT, Saturday morn
ing, May 10.—The troops left during
the night and at daylight could be
seen front the wharf landing at Wil
loughby's Point, a short distance from
the flip Paps.
Through the influence of Secretary
Stanton, I obtained, this morning, a
permit to accompany General Wool,
General Mansfield and their staffs to
Willoughby Point on the steamer Kan
sas, and here I ani on the '•sacred soil"
within eight miles ofNorfolk.
Tho point at which WO have landed
is known as Point Pleasant, one of the
favorite drives from Norfolk.
The first regiment lauded was the
20th few York, known as Max We
ber's regiment, who pushed on imme
diately, under command of Gen. Weber,
and were at eight o'clock in the morn
ing picketed within five miles of lor•-
folk. The first Delaware regiment,
Col. Andrews, was pushed forward at
nine o'clock, accompanied by Gens.
Mansfield and Viele and staff, They
were soon followed by the 16th Massa
chusetts, Col. Wyman. The balance of
the expedition consists of the Tenth
New York, Col. Benedix, the Forty
eighth Pennsylvania, Col. Boiley ; the
Ninety-ninth New - York, Coast Guards;
Major Dodges battalion of mounted ri
fles, and Capt. Folett's, company D, of
the Fourth regular artillery.
Gen. Wool rind staff remained to su
perintend the landing of the balance of
the force, all of whom were lauded and
off before noon.
The President accompanied by Sec
retary Stanton, accompanied General
Wool and staff to the wharf and then
took a tug and proceeded to the Min
nesota where the President was re
ceived with a national salute.
It is generally admitted that the
President and Secretary Stanton have
infused new vigor into both naval and
military operations here, and that the
country will have no cause for further
complaint as to the insulting course
of the rebels in this quarter.
The President has declared that Nor
folk must M s the Merrimac must suc
cumb to the naval power of the Union,
and that the government property at
Norfolk must be re-possessed at what
ever cost it may require. What is
more, he has determined to remain here
until it is accomplished.
The iron clad gunboat Galena,aocom
pitied by the Port Royal and A ristook,
went up the James river on Wednes
day night ; and although I have been
unable to obtain any positive informa
tion from them since she silenced the
forts in the lover part of the river, it
is understood that the President has
despatches from Gen. M'Clellan to the
effect that they have given him most
valuable aid in driving the enemy to
It is oven stated, to-day, that the Ga
lena not only captured the Yorktown
and Jamestown, but has put crews on
board of them and run them up within
shelling distance of the river defences
of Richmond. Of the truth of this,
however, I cannot vouch for, as Old
Point is becoming famous for fabulous
Capture of the Rebel Steamers
Yorktown and Jamestown.
NEW YonK, May H.—Special des
patches state that the iron clad steam
er Galena has sunk the rebel steamer
Yorktown and captured thelamestown
in the James river.
From the Mississippi.
All the _Rebel Land Forces Withdrawn
from, Fort Wright.—N r. Thompson
in Command.—The Fort to be Evacu
ated this Week.--Destruction of Prop
erty at ALanphis Corroborated.--trri
val of Cont. Footc.-6'urprise and Cap
ture of 100 of Our Cavalry by the Bob
els.—The Rebels Burning Cotton and
Destroying Sugar and Molasses at
Mcmphis.---Tqf Thompson Enforcing
the Conscription Act. —lleadregtml's
Army on Half Rations.—Acrest of
Union Men irz ,11CalphiS.
CIIICAGO, May 10.—A special des
patch from Fort Wright says that de
serters arriving at the fleet yesterday
asserted positively that all tile land
forces have been withdrawn from the
fort save barely enough to work the
CAnto, 111., Jl ay 10.—Com. Foote ar
rived here to-day en route for Cleve
land, leaving Captain Davis in charge
of the fleet.
The destruction of property at 31cm
phis is corroborated by the Federal
prisoners exchanged yesterday.
The general opinion among diAin
guished officers is that Fort Wright is
to he evacuated this week.
CAIRO, May 10.—The steamer Roe,
from - Pittsburg Landing yesterday af
ternoon, reports that one hundred of
our cavalry, while reconnoitring from
the left wing on Thursday night, were
surpiseci by a superior force of rebels
A. refugee from Memphis reports
that a large number of troops had ar
rived at Memphis from Arkansas.—
The Texas troops sent to Corinth by
the Provost Marshal, had commenced
burning cotton early last week. Most
of the sugar and molasses were thrown
in the river.
The rebel government had seized a
large amount of property and sent it
to Columbus, Miss., and promised to
pay for it in three months after a trea
ty of peace with the United States.
Jeff Thompson was scouring the
country around Memphis with his gang
enforcing the conscription act. De
serters from Beauregard's army re
ported the troops on half rations, and
that the provisions would not last for
All the infantry which had been sta
tioned at Fort Wright had been sent
to Corinth. A number of citizens of
Memphis had been imprisoned for ex
pressing doubts as to the success of
the rebellion. The friends of the Union
remained, but the rebel sympathizers
were leaving for the interior anticipa
ting the arrival of the Federal fleet.
Naval Engagement near Fort Pillow.—
A Rebel Fleet of Eight Gunboatq, At
tack the Union Fleet.—Two of the
Rebel Gunboats Blown up.—The Re
maining Six kale a Precipitate Re
treat.—The Rebel Squadron Comman
ded by Commodore Hollins,
- WASHINGTON, Mtty 11.—The follow
ing despatch has been received by the
FLAGSITIP BENTON, ABOVE FT. PILLOW,
May 10, via CAIRO, May 11.
To Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of
The naval engagement, for which
the rebels have been preparing, took
place this morning:
The rebel fleet, consisting of eight
iron-clad gunboats, four of which wore
fitted up with rams, oamo up hand
somely. The action lasted one hour.
Two of the rebel gunboats were blown
up, and ono sunk, when the enemy re
tired precipitately under the guns of
Only six vessels of my squadron
were engaged. The Cincinnati sus
tained some injury from the rams, but
Nvil I be in fighting condition to-morrow.
Captain Stemple distinguished him
self llc is seriou'3!y wounded. The
Denton is uninjured. Mortar boat No.
16, in charge of second master Grego
ry, behaved with great spirit. The
rebel squadron is supposed to be com
manded by Commodore Hollins.
(Signed) C. H. DAVIS,
Captain Commanding the Western flo
tilla On the Mississippi river pro tem.
The Great Naval Battle at Fort
Desperate L•ncounter .Between the Gun
boats Cincinnati and Maitory.—Cont
plete Victory of the Union Forces.—
The .31 - allory Sunk with on Board.
—Two Rebel Gunboats Burned.—The
Rebel Fleet Pursued to Fort -Wright.
CAIRO, May 11.—The desperation of
the rebel cause in the Mississippi:ll:ll
- culminated yesterday, in an attack
on the U. S. flotilla of Fort Wright.
On Saturday morning, at an early
hour, eight of their gunboats came
around the point above the Fort, and
boldly advanced towards the flotilla.—
The Cincinnati, which was stationed
at a point where the rebels came up on
Friday, did not attract their attention
until the fleet had passed above her.—
As soon as she was seen, a simultane
ous attack was commenced from the
whole fleet. The gunboats made art
attack upon her with but little effect,
as the guns were poorly aimed.
The Cincinnati, in the meantime,
had hauled into the stream, whet'e an
iron-clad ram, supposed to be the Mal
lory, advanced, in face of a continued
broadside from the former, until with
in forty yards of her, and being the
faster sailer, succeeded in moving be
tween the Cincinnati and the right
bank of the river, when men appeared
upon her decks and prepared to board
the Cincinnati. This design was frus
trated by the Cincinnati throwing hot
water from her steamsbatteries.
In the meantime the rest of our gun
boats had arrived at the scene of ac
tion and engaged the rebel fleet.
The .M.a1101'37, undauntcid by the fail
ure of her attempt to board the Cin
cinnati, crowded on a full head of
steam and came toward that N : e001,
evidently intending to run her down.
Captain Stemble t who was in com
mand of the Cincinnati, waited until
the rebel monster came within twenty
yards, when he fired a broadside into
her from his Parrott guns, which did
The two beats were so close togeth
er by this time that it was impossible
for the gunboats of the Cincinnati to
serve at their guns. It was only by
bringing the steam batteries to bear
on them again that the Mallory was
compelled to haul off.
Captain Stemble shot the pilot of
the Mallory with his revolver. He was
himself wounded by a pistol shot fired
by the pilot's mate of the Mallory.
While the engagement between the
Mallory and Cincinnati was in progress,
ear shots had exploded the boiler on
one of the rebel gunboats and set fire
to another, burning her to the waters
The air was very heavy, and under
cover of the dense smoke which hung
over the river, the rebel fleet retired.
They were pursued until they gained
a shelter under the guns of ll'ort Wright.
None or our boats were hOred, except
the Cincinnati, and the damage done
to her was so slight that it can be re
paired in twenty-four hours.
Four men on the Cincinnati Otero
wounded, including the Master's mate.
No other casnalitics are mentioned.
When the smoke cleared away, and
the retreat of the rebel fleet was dis.
covered, a broadside from the Flag Ship
Benton was sent after the Mallory.—
Shortly after she was seen to careen,
and then go 00W11 with all on board.
From General HaHeck's Arm,
PITTSBUR 0, Tenn., May 11.—The
following dispatch has just been re
ceived at the headquarters of the army
of the Mississippi
lg . E-111 FARMINGTON, May 9.—Major
Gen. Halleck. The enemy, 20,000
strong, drove in our pickets beyond
Farmington, and advanced against
the brigade, occupying the farther side
of the creek in front of my camp.
The brigade held on for five hours,
until it was heavily pressed in front,
and on the flank, and that I could not
sustain them without passing the
creek with my whole forae, which was
contrary to your orders; and would
have brought or, a general engage
ment, I withdrew to this side in good
The conduct of the troops was ex
cellent, and the withdrawal was made
by them very reluctantly. The enemy
made a demonstration to cross but
abandoned the movement. ,
Our loss was considerable, though I
cannot tell how great.
The enemy- being much exposed suf
fered severely, one of his batteries com
pletely disabled and his infantry lino
driven back several times. My com
mand is eager for the advance.
[Signed] JOIIN POPE,
Farmington is five miles north-west
Front Gen, McClellan's Atiny.
VA., Sunday Eveuipg, Itity 11.
There has been no movement or
troops to-day as Gon, Meo}e►lt;#; :tra4
desirous a Qbserving the day, and
ing his men an opportunity to rest.
The reports to-day brought in by
scouting parties sent to the Chielca,
hominy on the left, a distance of -thin:
teen miles, confirms the burning of
both the bridges across that river.
The enemy was seen in considers,
ble force on the opposite side. •
.11 strong picket of the enemy made
its appearance about two miles from
the White House to-day.
They were not interfered with, nu,
til becoming too bold, when a gunboat,
whi'3h arrived about ono o'clock, shelled
them out. The noise must have been
heard at Richmond, as it is only 20
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