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    Ely 6lohc.
Wednesday morning, Dec, 2 ) 1863,
W. Lewis, Editor and Proprietor.
Our Flag Forever.
" l know of no mode in which a loyal citi
zen may so well demonstrate his devotion to
his country as by sustaining the Flag the
Constitution and the Union, under all circum
The news this week is interesting
and important. Mead and Grant are
grasping the throat of the rebellion.
Indeed in every direction our brave
armies are fighting with a will. Wo
cannot see how it is possible for the
Confederacy to bold out much longer.
The Philadelphia North American
gives some excellent advice to those
who wish to invest money. It is well
for all who are in funds to heed the
counsel:—"Though money has been
temporarily scarce, capital continues
abundant; and the recent tumble in
the stock market has brought capital
ists to a realizing sense of the unrelia
ble character of many of the securities
dealt in. It is greatly to the credit of
the Government that its loans, of all
the coouvitino daily dealt. in on, the
market, have maintained their integ
rity of price better than almost any
thing else. Its Five-twenty year six
per cent. loan, the interest on which
is promptly paid in Gold, has been
subscribed to, all through the pressure
in the money market, at an average of
more than two millions per day. And
what is not the least gratifying fact in
connection with the daily large sub
scriptions to this popular loan, scarce
ly any of it is returned to the market
for sale. It is taken for investment,
and is held with unfaltering confidence
in its reliability. And why should it
not be? It is seen" that the Govern
ment now, after two years of the most
gigantic war that the world has ever
known, experiences no difficulty in
commanding the necessary meansitzi
prosecute it, or in paying regularly
the interest in gold, as it falls duo. If
this can be done while the war is being
waged, who can anticipate any diffi
culty in readily accomplishing it when
the war shall be ended ? , What better
investment then, for capital, than the
"Five Twenty" Government loan ?---
- But if any doubt, let him refer to the
statistics furnished by the census ta
bles of the various nations of the world.
The facts which they present will
prove the most satisfactory mode of
dispelling the numberless gloomy ap
prehensions which are being continu
ally conjured up by those who aro dis
posed to exaggerate the extent of the
calamity occasioned by our 1.44111011. 7
A reference to thestate-oflmost of the
—D - froVitkiiiiFilatiOne of the old world
clearly disproves such a position, and
shows that the highest conditions of
national advancement have not •been
materially affected by the extended
wars in which those nations have
beenimmemorially engaged, and that
a heavy national indebtedness has not
proved an unmitigated evil.
"For instance, Great Britain, France
and the Netherlands will undoubtedly
be conceded to represent the highest
prosperity that has been attained by
any of the European nations. And
yet no nations have been called upon
to endure fiercer or more prolonged
wars, domestic and foreign, than they.
The effect has been, unquestionably,
to incur an enormous national indebt
edness; but neither their wars nor
their indebtedness have had the effect
to destroy their elasticity, nor to'cheek
the progress of their general prosperi
ty. The result would have been dif
ferent, probably, if these nations had
been falling into decay, instead of be
ing, as they really were, in a state of
development; and in this respect their
ease resembles our own, with enor
mous advantages in our favor. These
nations, while undergoing the trials of
war, were oppressed by the evils of an
immense exodus of their people, caus
ed by the density of their population,
the impossibility to provide occupa
tion for them, the low price of labor,
and the scarcity of territory. Com
pared with our own country, they
possessed slight room for future devel
opment; they were settled in every
part, and no vast territory lay invi
tingly open to encourage enterprise
and settlement. Their great problem
has over been what to do with their
hurplos population, which, in its turn,
has sought now fields for adventure
and solf-support in countries like our
own, where an illimitable territory
waits to be developed, and where in
calculable resources invite industry
and energy. The encouragement to
be derived from these facts and com
parisons of circumstances is very
great, and to the mind of any dispas
sionate reasoner is conclusive that the
course of this great country is onward
and upward, and that its credit will
live unimpaired to the end,"
I'he Foea. Legislature.—The Leg
islature will meet first Tuesday in Jan
uary, There may be some difficulty
organizing the Senate, as Mr. White,
Union Senator ciect in the Indiana
district, is a prisoner at Ilichmond,
and it is not likely that ho will be per
mitted to return home. • Without his
vote parties will stand a tie in the Sen
ate. In the louse the Union majori
ty will be four, and an organization
will be effected without any trouble.
Our townsman A. W. Benedict, Esq.,
appears to be the most prominent can
didate for Chief Clerk, ho having ser
ved in that position some five or six
years ago. Wo hope he may be suc
cessful, as he is deserving, and will fill
the position as ably as it can be by
any other gentleman.
As advertisement in the Richmond
press calls on the public to send all
dead animals to the depots of the rebel
Government, offering good prices.—
A singular editorial in the Richmond
Examiner makes the same appeal.—
Whether the animals are wanted for
their hides, or fOr food, or &KU, is a
question suggested by this article and
the treatment of our prisoners in Rich.
Is reply to the inquiry of the Sani
tary Commission, as to whether relief
agents might not obtain permission to
go to Richmond, and administer to our
sick in the hospitals, Brigadier Gener
al Meredith, Commissioner for ex
changes at Fortress Monroe, replies
that the rebels will allow no one to go
to Richmond; that ho has already
made several application to that ef
fect, which have been positively re
TWENTY-TWO notorious "copperheads"
have been arrested near Jacksonville,
Illinois, for attempting to throw a
train of cars off the track on the Jack
sonville and Manchester railroad, with
a view of rescuing deserters under
ei - orso or o prnpor_ officer. The train
was only saved from destruction by'
the vigilance of the engineer, who saw
the rails had been torn up in time to
check its progress with but little dam-
Itsr.John Morgan and five other
rebel prisoners escaped from the peni
tentiary at Columbus, Ohio, on Fri
day night last, by cutting out through
the walls. 'Ofr
The Exchange of Prisoners.
The following is a letter addressed
by the Solicitor of the War Depart
ment to a gentleman in this city, in
reply to sonic inquiries for information
as to the causes of the cessation in the
exchange of prisoners :
WASITINCITON crry r ziov. an, 18G3.
Dran-Srtt- Your letter of the 17th
has been received, in which you in
, quire whether any documents aro
now accessible, or will be likely soon
to be published by our Government,
relating to the exchange of prisoners
of war; and you justly remark that
the subject excites a deep interest in
consequence of the sufferings of our
men in Richmond.
The correspondence published in the
Richmond papers does not, it is
thought, present the matter in its true
light. In a few days the entire cor
respondence will be made public hero
by authority.
There are several serious difficulties
in the way of continuing au exchange
of prisoners :
One is the bat', faith of the enemy in
putting into active service many thous
ands of pareied prisoners, captured at
Vicksburg and elsewhere, withdit re:-
leasing any of our soldiers held by
them. But another difficulty of still
graver importance is the peremptory
refusal by the enemy to exchange col
ored soldiers and their white officers
upon any terms whatever. It is well
known that they have - threatened to
sell colored captured soldiers into sla
very, and to hang their white offi
The Government demands that all
officers and soldiers should be fairly
exchanged, otherwise no more prison
ers of war will be given up. The faith
of the Government is pledged to these
officers and trooPs that they shall be,
protected, and it cannot, and will not,
abandon to the savage cruelty of
slave-masters a singlo officer or soldier
who has been called to defend the flag
of his country and thus exposed to the
hazards of war.
It has been suggested that exchang
es might go on until all except the col
ored troops and their white officers
have been given up. But, if this were
allowed, the rebels would not only bo
relieved of the burden of maintaining
our troops, but they would got back
their own men, retaining their power
over the very persons whom we aro
solemnly bound to rescue, and upon
whom they could then, without fear of
retaliation, carry into execution the
inhuman cruelties they have so basely
The President has ordered that the
stern law of retaliation shall without
hesitation be enforced, to avenge the
death of the first Union soldier, of
whatever color, whom the enemy shall
in cold blood destroy, or sell into sla
very. All other questions between us
may. he postponed for future settle
ment, but the fair exchange of colored
soldiers and of their white officers will
be insisted on by the Government be
fore another rebel soldier or officer will
be exchanged.
The sufferings of our men in Rich.
mond aro the subject of deep regret
and sympathy hero, and there has
been no want of effort to tifford all
possible relief. Very truly yours,
DEBTS or Ilosoa.—lt is stated of Charles
James Fox, that when a tradesman called
upon biur with a bill, and found money be.
fore him, ho congratulated himself that he
should be paid, but was told by the gambling
statesman that the whole was bespoken by
debts of honor. "Then," said the tradesman,
throwing his securities into the fire,," 1,11
make mine a debt of honor." "I thank you
for your confidence," was Fox's reply,
"and here ie your money."
More Starved Union Prisoners--Hor
rible Picture,
(Frets the Phil:elk Preen, Nov. 24.1
On the 18th inst., 360 more of the
starved Union prisoners reached An
napolis, Md. On the 19th nine of
them died; on the 20th four more died;
On the the 21st four more departed this
life; on the 22d three more died, and
yesterday morning, when our Inform
ant loft, seven more were in the dead
house. The returned prisoners all
agree as to the horrors of the Libby
Prison and Bello Island. They say
that the articles sent to them from the
North are, as far as they know, deliv
ered, but, soon they are all stolen from
them. Some of the poor fellows are
so far gone, that even a spoonful of
oyster, soup will not remain on their
stomachs. One man, belonging to
Kentucky, weighed, when in health,
' 170 pounds; he now weighs only 60
pounds, and is alive. His legs are no
thing but skin and bones, and, to use
the language of our informant, they
look more like crutches than anything
else. It was thought that none of the
300 would ever fully recover. On last '
Saturday week there were 6,300 of
starving men, from almost every State
in the Union, on Belle island, in an
enclosure containing not more than
three acres, or in other words, there
are about 2,000 men to the acre, Ma
ny of them are half nude, with no co
vering to shield them from the cold,
wind, mists, or rain. If they find
room to lie down, it must be in the
mud. Most of the water they get to
drink is obtained from small holes
which they dig with their hands in the
mud. The water settles in these
holes, and though if is not fit for a dog
to drink, yet these martys to their
country, swallow it at times greedily.
The prisoners aro put on half rations,
being a bucket of soup every three
days, made of old beans with the hulls
on; the meat being full of worms.—
Besides this horrible treatment, there
is much brutality visited upon them.
Even at the Libby prison, a soldier
fainted from starvation, and falling
against a window his arm passed thro'.
A brutal sentinel shot the arm, and the
already attenuated limb was amputa
ted by a person calling himself a sur
geon. Of the prisoners who arrived
on the 18th there is one who once was
a find specimen of humanity, who had
done many good and charitable deeds.
He was well educated, intelligent, and
influential. Now he is a moving corpse,
his eyes far gone in the sockets, the
balls entirely dead, yet ho retains his
senses. Other poor fellows aro crazy;
and those who have slightly recover
ed their appetite aro ravenous; their
wild ravings are so appalling as' to
make the stoutest heart to shudder.—
But it is useless to enlarge upon the
picture. The hard-hearted, brutal
perpetrators of this unpamllelercru
elty may tremble when they think
that God is just. They say that the
Yankees made such a fuss about the
condition of the 180 men exchanged in
October, that the above 300 were the
best they could select from the mem
ber on Belle Island.
—lf anybody has any doubt as to the
fact that our gallant Union prisoners
of war, at Richmond, are starving to
death, that doubter should go to the
Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon,
anti have a talk with Sergeant Wm. II
Collett, who is one of the 180 prison
ers released on the 28th of last month.
no says that he was Sergeant of Co.
A, Captain C. 11. hatch, 13th N. Y.
volunteers. On July sth, 1863, a squad
of men, with one captain and two ser
geants, were on their way to Wash
ington, all being armed and fully
equipped. Our business was to bting
away five prisoners in the prison at
Georgetown, they belonging to our
regiment. We were captured our
selves by a gang of about thirty thieves
who took us by surprise, and we found
it useless to defend ourselves; the • }'
were entirely too many for us. We
surrendered. The thieves shot our
captain and sergeants down in cold
at once took us into the bushes as
quickly as possible, and robbed us of
everything we had. I had ono hund
red and fifty dollars which they took.
They also got my gold watch that had
been presented to me, by a cousin,
who had returned from California
about five months before I enlisted.—
They also took my boots, and left me
barefooted, and then marched us all
to the Blue 'Ridge, a distance of 21
miles. They took us into their• den,
and made the arrangements to send
us to Culpeper, under an esco••t. We
-marched 75 miles further, barefooted
as we were, and footsore. All they
gave to us to oat during this period
was a biscuit and above a quart of
milk. From Culpeper we were taken
to Belle Island, where we found star
vation on a most gigantic scale; there
was plenty of it all around. If a dog
should happen to get into camp it was
all up with him. The prisoners were
so hungry that they would not even
take time to cook the meat. They
wore ravenous for i t, in its raw state.
I was so hungry when I arrived there
that I would liked to have had a piece
of the meat myself. Tlce. Lord will
certainly punish the rebels for what
they are doing; he certainly will nev
er let them overthrow the government
by the starvation of thousands of our
mon. I was released on October 28,
1863, and arrived at Annapolis, ,lid.,
on the next day. There were, all told,
180 men released, of whom 62 had died
when I left Annapolis to come North.
Poe• fellows ! many of them have mo
thers weeping for them; many a kind
parent will say, my son died from
starvation at the hands of rebels, mur
derers and thieves. If the people of
the North could only look at the poor
Union prisoners on Belle Isle, crawl
ing about on their hands and knees,
groaning, and calling in vain for some
thing to eat, then yon would see, not
only the horrors of the rebellion, but
the inhumanity of the rebels.
IREN. A fine young lady, of eighteen,
named Shepherd, has obtained a ver
dict of seven hundred and fifty dollars
damages against a wealthy young
farmer, named Potter, for breach of
promise of Marriage, at Rochester, N.
IC. The young lady did not wish to
bring the suit, owing to the unpleasant
notoriety it would create, but her
guardians determined that her false
hearted lover should suffer for his
Real onr now advorti6ementei
WAR FOR Ti-3 tIA10:\
The Route of Bragg's. Army
CHATTANOOGA, Wednesday, Nov. 25.
We are completely victorious. The
enemy is totally routed and driven
from every position. Our loss is very
small and the enemy's is heavy in pris
oners. Finding Gen. Hooker so suc
cessful in his movements against Look
out Mountain, the enemy evacuated
that position during the night.
Gen. Hooker took possession early
this morning. The enemy moved
south and got on Missionary Ridge on
the battle field somewhere near Chick
amauga. He is expected to intercept
the flying foe. Gen. Hooker is said
to have captured 2,500 prisoners in his
magnificent assault of Lookout Moun
Gen, Sherman being all prepared to
begin an assault at 8 A. M to-day, up
on the strong position of the enemy
at the north end of Missionary Ridge.
He had the day before taken a hill
near the position of the enemy, but
commanded by their artillery. He
hall to descend into a valley, and he
then made another ascent to the posi
tion held by the enemy. Two unsuc
cessful assaults were made by Gen.
Sherman, but, with the co-operation of
the centre, ho ultimately gained the
position, and completed the great vic
The brigade of Gen. Carse, with a
portion of Gen. Ligbtpew's brigade,
composed the storming party in the
first assault. They were repulsed with
quite a heavy loss, after an attack per.
sisted in for an hour; but, being rein
forced, they were enabled. to hold a
part of the bills. In this attack Gen.
Curse was wounded quite severely in
the thigh. The thirty-seventh Ohio,
and sixth lowa, and one hundred and
third Illinois regiments, were in the
attack. A second assault was made at
1 o'clock, in which Mathias', Loomis'
and Raul's brigades wore engaged.
The force reached within twenty yd's
of the summit of the hill and the
works of the enemy, -when they were
flanked, and broke, - retiring to their
In this assault Gen. 'Mathias was
wounded and Col. Putnam, of the nine
ty-third Ohio, killed. Their persis
tent efforts compelled the enemy to
mass heavily on his right in order to
hold the position of so much impor
tance to him. About three o'clock
General Grant started two columns
against the weakened centre, and in
an hour's desperate fighting, Succeeded
in breaking the centre, and gaining
possession of the ridge in which the
enemy way 1111.0.11, the main force was
driven northward towards Gen. Sh6r
man, who opened on them, and they
were forced to break, and seek safety
in disordered flight down the western
slope of the - Ridge, and across the wes
tern ridge of the CliTekimantga. We
have taken not less than 5,000 prison
ers, and perhaps 10,000. (ion. Rook
er will probably intercept the flying
enemy in the vicinity of Rossville, and
the region east of it.
There are reports that we have ta
ken a whole corps.
Among the casualties are Lieut.
Col. Espy, of the sixty-eighth Indiana
regiment; Major M'Cawley, of the
tenth Iowa; Col. Omitrs, of the nine
teenth Illinois; Licut. Col. Stuart, of
the nineteenth Illinois; fajor Walker,
of the tenth Missouri; Major Welsh, of
the fifty-sixth Illinois; Major Innis, of
the sixth lowa, wounded; Major Irwin
of the s4th lowa, 'titled.
Full reports of the killed and woun
ded cannot be obtained, as most of
the killed were in Gen. Sherman's
corps, and remained •at dark in the
_lland,:_of.t.tte_enemv. , -----mlio-tigt will he
telegraphed to-morrow. The prison
ers say that Bragg was on the Ridge
just before they were taken.
The successful storming parties con
sisted of Wood's and Baird's divisions
on the left centre and Johnston's and
Sheridan's on the right centre. Some
of our wounded were left in the hands
of the enemy after General Sherman's
unsuccessful assault but were ultimate
ly recovered.
CHATTANOO4A S Nov. 25-10 P. M.—
The captured artillery is reported at
about forty pieces. General Hooker
captured five boxes of new muskets
on Lookout Mountain.
We aro in entire possession of the
field. We have control over the rail.
way and river to Bridgeport. Two
boats came through this morning. Our
loss will not amount to more than 300
killed and 250 wounded in the Ulm
days' operations. The success has
been most brilliant.
The enemy is reported to be bivou
acking two miles beyond Missionary
Ridge. Col. Phelps, of the thirty
eighth Ohio, and Major Glass, of the
thirty-second Indiana, are killed. Gon.
John E. Smith is reported wounded.
Col. Avery, of the ono hundred and
second New York, lest a leg, and Ma
jor Elliott, the same, as dead.
The following has been received at
CHATTANOOGA, Nov. 25-7. 15 P. M.
To Major General Halleek:
General in -Chief, Washington:
Although the battle lasted from ear
ly dawn to dark this evening, I be
lieve lam not premature in announ
cing a complete victory over Bragg.
Lookout Mountain Top, all the ride
pits in Chattanooga Valley, and Mis
sionary Ridge entire, have been car
ried, and aro now held by us.
(Signed) U. S. GRANT,
Major General.
CHAT TA NOOGA , Nov. 26.—General
Bragg's retreat from his position of
last night is represented as a perfect
Gen. Sheridan reached Chickamau
ga Station at 4 o'clock this morning.
lie captured five hundred prisoners,
four guns, and a number of pontoons.
The enemy attempted to burn the
bridge behind him and partially suc
ceeded. The enemy - also burned the
depot itn stores at Chickamauga.
General Merman erOsSed the Chicka
mauga this 'forenoon. Gen. - Hooker
was reported atjlinggold at 5 O'Clock
this evening.
The deLertionb am' captures from
the rebel arMy are rapidly thinning
The number of cautson Cdpfrtred thus
far is reported at fifty two, including
the colt rated Loomis Battery, which
was lost by us at Chickamauga.
General Sherman's loss is much less
than was estimated, and will probably
not exceed five hundred.
Nearly 6,000 prisoners have been
reported as captured.
The son of Gen. Breekinridge, and
Major Wilson, his chief of staff, were
brought in among the prisoners. Gen.
Breckinridge himself narrowly esca
A strong column is in pursuit of the
enemy, and it is not impossible that
another disastrous defeat will be for
ced on him.
Official Despatch front General Grant.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 27.—The follow
ing despatch has been received at the
headquarters of the army:
"CHATTANOOGA, NOV. 27, 1 o'clock,
A. M.—Major-General 11. TV. Halleek,
General-in-Chief: lam just in from
the front. The rout of the enemy is
most complete. Abandoned wagons ;
caissons, and occasional pieces of ar
tillery aro everywhere to be found.
I think Bragg's lose will fully reach
sixty pieces of artillery.
A large number of prisoners have
fallen into our hands.
The pursuit will continue to Red
Clay, iu the morning, for which place
I shall start in a few hours.
U. S. GRANT, Maj.-Gen."
[Red Clay, the point to which Gen
eral Grant was to advance this morn
ing, is in the Northern part of White
field county, Georgia, near the Ten
nessee State line, and on the East Ten
nessee and Georgia railroad, fifteen
miles north of Dalton.]
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Nov. 27; 1863.
This glorious army is already again
on the march in pursuit of the flying
and panic-stricken enemy, though we
aro hardly yet in the first gray of
Yesterday's work was even more
than that of the day before.
Everywhere our admirable troops
went ahead, often at the double quick.
They captured bodies of the enemy
in hundreds, if not in thousands.
The aggregate number of prisoners
we captured yesterday, it is believed,
is much greater than our captures of
men on the day before.
The enemy's army is certainly de
'Wherever we reach portions of it in
arms they instantly throw down their
arms and scatter like frightened sheep
leaving all their stragglers, comprising
a large number who are discontented
with the rebel service, and their woun
ded in our hands.
They also in the same manner a
bandoned artillery, ammunition and
transportation wagons, caissons, knap
sacks, and everything that can possi
bly impede their flight.
In this way the artillery which fell
into our hands yesterday swell the to
tal number of pieces taken up to sixty
before our troops stopped to rest for
the night. Their progress was every
where lighted by large fires of their
stores of all descriptions, to which they
applied the torch to prevent them from
tithing into our hands.
They also burned all the bridges
they had=time to fire, before we were
upon them, in the hope of thus delay
ing the impetuosity of the pursuit.
What is left of Bragg's boasted army
is now but a panie-stricken mob, flee
ing like a herd of buffaloes and appa
rently incapable of making any fur
thef; resistance.
From Chattonooga.
Cincinnati, N0y.30. The special de
spatchs from Chattanooga are confined
to lists of the casualties in the three
days operations. Our losses aro sta
ted officially not to exceed 3,200.
Later From New Orleans,
Large Fire at Charleston on the Bth.
Great Destruction of Life at Fort
- Sumpter.—Capture of Trainable Pri
zes.-2mcsfront Bank's Expedition.—
Capture of Corpus Christi.—The Tex
ans Exhibiting Strong Evidences of
Unionism..—Arms and Equipments
Sent Thither.—Capture of the Rebel
Steamer Dashing Ware.—s7o,ooo in
Gold, Clothing, Medicine, &c., on
Board of Hen—Affairs on the Missis
sippi River.—Capture of a Texas
New York, Nov. 28.
The steamer George Washington,
from New Orleans on the 21st, arrived
at this port this morning. Among her
passengers are General Shadsworth
and Captain Dunham, bearer of dis
patches, and others.
The New Orleans Era publishes a
dispatch from a Mobile paper of the
Bth inst., which say - s Charleston has
been burning for 68 hours, and Gill
more's shells are constantly making
it worse.
Nearly all the men in Sumter have
been killed by the falling of the re
maining wall under which they had
taken refuge.
[The burning of Charleston on the
Bth inst., noticed in the above dispatch
is certainly incorrect. If such had
bden the case, we- would have had the
news two weeks ago. We have news
from Charleston up to the 24th inst.,
and nothing relating to the above has
been received.—Ed. Telegraph.]
The Era states that St. Luke's
church, on Hercules street, New Orle
ans, had been burnt by incendiaries,
because it was used as a negro school.
The steamer Bermuda arrived at
New Orleans on the 18th inst., with
six pirates on board.—They were ta
ken from a schooner which had been
captured a few hours previously. An
other schooner captured by a portion
of the same gang was run ashore and
The prize schooners Anota and Mat
amoros, laden with cotton, arrived at
New Orleans. The steamer Tecum
seh, with a cargo of cotton, was burn
ed at West ijaton Bongo, on the 15th
inst. No lives lost.
The British brig Valant, with a gen
eral cargo, arrived at New Orleans on
the 10th, a prize to the United States
gunboat Virginia.
Gen. Kirby Smith has directed the
withdrawal of the rebel troops from
Alexandria, Louisiana.
Col. Allen is reported to havo boon
elected as the rebel Govei•inor of _Lou
The news from Gen. Banks, in Tex
as, continues good. Ire has captured;
Corpus Christi and several smaller
places. The Texans are exhibiting
strong evidences of Unionism, wher
ever our army marches, so much so
that arms and equipments, particular
ly for cavalry service, aro being sent
to tern from New Orleans.
alto steamer White Cloud arrived
at New Orleans, on the night of the
20th, bringing 3,000 bbls of flour.
The steamer Sunny Side, for the O
hio river, with 1,000 bales of cotton,
was destroyed by fire. She had a num
ber of passengers on board, and sever
al ladies were burned to death or
The British brig Dashing Wave ar
rived at New Orleans on the 20th, be
ing a prize to the gunboat New Lon
don. She was captured while going
into the Rio Grande, and has a cargo
of clothing, medicines, together with a
specie list of $70,000 in Gold.
Reports front the Mississippi river
state that a rebel force ranging from
5,000 to 10,000 are trying to concen
trate at some point not far above Port
Audson, in order to impede naviga
On the 18th the steamboat Emerald
was attacked by a section of this force
having four pieces of artillery. They
fired several shots, ono of which went
through the pilot house.
The Emerald was also struck by a
shell in her boiler deck, but as a hea
vy fog prevailed, she succeeded in ma
king her escape without injury or loss
of life.
It is reported, and apparently au
thentic, that a strong rebel force is
gathering at Clinton, La., and another
at Woodville, Miss. The rebels aro
very active all along the river from
Baton Rogue to the Mississippi State
lino and all their movements look to
preparations for concentrating a heavy
force at some point on the river, and
planting batteries to obstruct com
merce. Their plans will be developed
shortly from Western Louisiana.
We have news of a surprise of the
enemy on the 20th inst. A body of
cavalry went out on the Abbeyville
road, and on the Vermillion road, a
mile on the rear of Camp Pratt, and
supported by a detachment of caval
ry and infantry. The enemy were ta
ken completely by surprise, and the
entire Sixth Texas regiment, with the
exception of twenty-five men, was
From the Army of the Potomac.
The Troops in Jubilant Spirits.
GERmANIA - Pony, Nov. 26-12 :‘ T.
The whole army is now crossing
the Rapidan at Culpepper, Germania
and Jacobs' Fords.---There was a lit
tle skirmishing at Culpepper Ford and
at Jacobs' Mills Ford; but not enough
to christen it a resistance, the rebel
pickets retiring as we advanced.
The enemy had erected very strong
works opposite Germania Ford, but
our artillery on the left bank flanked
--thom,and they were soon abandoned.
Grant and glory is the shout to
night through the Army of the Poto
GEUMANIA FORD, Nov. 27-6 A'3l
The army trains were crossing the
Rapidan all last night. The crossings
were effected at Jacob's, Culpepper
and aermania Fords, with but little
There has been no severe fighting—
only a little skirinisbin ! „7".
iTrashi ngton, Friday, Nov. 27.--We
have intelligence from the front up to
O o'clock this morning. At that hour
our whole army, trains and all were
across the river and double-quirking
to meet the enemy.
One corps took the road toward
Chancellorville, another towards Or
ange (hurt !hinge. The army is ad
vancing in three columns. The men
are in jubilant spirits and anxious to
meet the rebels.
Lee's troops have evacuated Freder
icksburg Heights, which arc now oc
cupied by our cavalry.
As the train was leaving Rappa
hannock Station this morning, heavy
and rapid firing was heard in the di
rection of Orange Court House. It
was supposed to be the precursor of a
general engagement.
The opinion of army officers is that
the rebels have entrenched themselves
between Orange Court House and
Gordonsville, and will risk a, battle
..4nother Dispateh
Washington, Nov. 27-11 A. 31
It is reported hero that fighting, in
good earnest, commenced this morn
ing on the south bank of the Rapidan.
Our whole army, in throe columns,
was to cross the river at daylight at
three different points—one of them at
Germania, Ford.
For several days past the rebels
have been erecting now fortifications,
and otherwise strengthening their
works at the several fording places,
especially at Germania Ford. All the
rolling stock of the Orange acd Alex!:
andria Railroad has been sent back to
Alexandria. That line is to be aban
doned; Acquia Creek will be our next
base of supplies.
Still Late?
Wilshington, Nov. 27.—Accounts re
ceived to-night from the Army of the
Potomac, say our troops broke tamp
yesterday morning, and marched tow
ard the Rapidan in three columns.
The right, consisting of the Third
corps, supported by the Sixth, were
ordered to cross at Jacob's Ford.
The Second corps to cross at Ger
mania Ford and the Fifth, supported
by the First, to cross at Culpepper
Ford, between Germania and Ely's
Ford. The centre column arrived at
Germania about noon. Only a small
picket of Georgia cavalry were seen
on the other side,
Tho latest reliabln intclligoneo is
that Lee's threes do not exceed 50,000
men. Ewell, if not dead, is ,relieved
from command of his corps in conse
quence of disability, occasioned by the
stump of his log having broken out
afresh. Ho has been succeeded by
Gen. Early.
Tho rebel cavalry is nominally 0,000
strong, but in fact much loss.
Washington, Nov. 28.
No intelligence respecting the Army
of tic Potomac lilt,l been r9cuivtd. to
, - - - -
thry ; nt the Army Ife'adtpitirters here,
up to two o'clock this afternoon.
The Star says, yesterday our
ry moved forward as tar :if'? Lust
Grove, where they met theadvierke of
the rebel cavalry, and the latter:weft
driven across Russell creek or river,
and afterwards aeross nun.
A'body of rebel infantry were pot
ted between that point and Orange.
Court house, and the - whole rebel'
force moved off in the direction of the
latter place.
Locust Grove is four miles south Of
Germaktia Ford in Orange county and
within a short distance of the wilder:
ness where Hooker fought his battk:
Mill Run is two miles from Locust
Grove and thence to Mountain River ;
where Gen. Early, with Ewell's corps,
is said to be in force. Orange Court
House is eight or ten miles further in
a southwest direction.
New York, Nov. 29.
A special dispatch from Rappahan
nock Station to the Herald, says it is
certain that no battle has been fought.
Cannonading was heard on Saturday
morning fainter than On firidny i but
during the day it was perfectly Wet.
Rain ceased falling before dark, and it
is probable that the quantity whicit
has fallen will not interfere with the
movements of the army, except a few
Nino guerillas were captured pn
Friday night between Catlett's Sta
tion and Fairfax Court Itouse.---Four
of them were in one house. One of
them had $3,000 in greenbacks. _
Washington, Nor. 29.—The army .of
the Potomac, at six o'clock
. on
morning of the 27th, moved from near
Germania, Culpeper and Jacob's fords,
and formed in line of battle, the centre
resting on the Fredericksburg turn
pike, near Robertson's station; the loft
advanced along the plank road,.form
ing a curve towards Gordonsville, and
the right terminating near the'Rapi
dan, southwest of Jacob's fords. -As
the centre advanced, it came upon the
enemy's pickets and skirmish line.—
Subsequently the enemy's line was
strengthened by the arrival of rein
forcements from Ewell's corps on the
Rapidan front. About one o'clock 'a
slow and irregular• cannonading com
menced on the road lending to Orange
Court House, and considerable firing
between the skirmishers.
The enemy did not reply with ar
tillery. At four o'clock it was an
nounced that Hill's corps, which had
previously rested ou the Rapidan, west
of the railroad, was approaching on
the centre, and• half an hour later hea
vy musketry was heard on the right,.
showing that the 3d Corps,' forming
that wing, was engaging the enemy.
Up to seven o'clock in the evening
of Friday our casualties were few in
the centre. The only officer of rank
known at that time to be killed is Lt.
Colonel 'lesser, of the 72d Pennsylva
The battle ground is in the Wilder
ness, with little open country; conse
quently an accurate description of our
position cannot be given, but it wilt
be perceived that we have the cuem,y's
fortified position on the heights, skirt
ing the Rapidan on their right, and
-can compel them to give battle if they
intend to fight upon ground less unfit
vorable to wa,
Gregg's cavalry and batteries had a
severe fight with the enemy's right
wing, cavalry.—On Thursday after
noon he drove them•back upon their
infantry lines, when ,he in turn was
compelled to lid( back. Ills loss is
said to be about twenty-five killed and
wounded. The sth Corps coming up,
the enemy in turn was compelled to
About sixty were wounded in the
2d Corps, five killed, and seven
On the right, Gen. French's 3d corps
when advancing, encountered Ewell's
Corps before he connected with the
centre, and after a severe fight he held
his position, but lost heavily. Ile
however, captured 900 rebels. The
6th Corps was then thrown forward,
and filled the gap between the centre
and right.
On Friday morning it' was found
that the enemy had fidlen back from
our centre to two miles nearer to. O
range Court House.
The above intelligence is up to Fri
day, and was brought to Washington
and a special messenger, who'came
are being captured by guerrillas.
Cincinnati, .You. 30.—The fallowing
private dispatch has been received
Cumberland Gap, Tenn., Nov. 20.--
It A Crawford, from Greenville, Tenu.
arrived last night. He left Knoxville
on Wednesday night. lie reports
General Burnside cheerful.
The lower portion of the town has
been burned, including the East Ten
nessee and Georgia Railroad Depot.
It is supposed these houses werebe
cupied by. the rebel sharp-shooters,
and destroyed by our shells.
Longstreet received orders to retreat
on the 26th, and it is reported ho has
fidlen back-. He will be too late to
make a junction with Bragg without
fighting fbr it.
Five Men Hung by Lynch, Law at
Los Angeles.
San Francisco, Nov. 23.—The mer
chandise taken out by : the steamer.
Constitution. today, is valued at near
ly $20,000, embracing teas,
whalebone, furs and quicksilver.
An impromptu Vigilance Committee
forced open the Los Angelos jail, on
Saturday, taking therefrom five pris
oners, charged with murder, highway
robbery, and horse. stealing.. The
committee hung the prisoners under
the corridor in front of the jail, and all
suspicious characters wore warned to
leave the county Within so many hours,
or take the consequences. Business
was suspended in Los Angelos'en the
occasion, but the despatch says that
"the whole affair passed off with little
or no excitement."
Sentence of a Iforse Contractor.—Cincin,
nati, Nov. 24.—C. W. Hall, 0 horse contractor
fur the Government, was found guilty and
sentenced to six months' imprisonment and
fined Slo,ooo,for defrauding the Governmeut
in the purchase of horses.
Prince Napoleon, in - order to
make his visit, to 144ypt as neilalitatire
as possibl& to, the Sultan, ordered an
Oriental costume. The dress is
kd as \ (.tr.y