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THE. SECRETARY OF WAR
The Philadelphia Press says that several - of
its cotempsraries are ccanplainiog about some
of the military appointments of the Secretary
of War. A few words will soon dispose of these
criticisms, and prove that that distinguished
gentleman, who his been acting in hearty co
operation, and, indeed, under the counsels of
Lieutenant General Scott from the beginning,
has been Influenced by no other than the most
patriotic motives. With several exceptions, no
person has been appointed a colonel or captain
in any of the regiments from private life, who
has not received a military education either at
West Point or elsewhere ; and, in appointing
brigadier and major generals, strict attention
has been paid to their antecedents, and to the
fact that they were men of known military
habits, or of such admitted acquiremeuts as to
render it easy to qualify themselves for the
important duties of their position& It ought
to be recollected that, by an understanding had
between the heads of the army, , and the Presi
dent and his constitutional advisers, at an
early day, one-half of the appointments in the
new regiments were to be taken from civil life,
and the other half from the regular army.. In
selecting from the latter, the Secretary has
been specially careful to promote deserving men
in the ranks ; and even in taking persons from
civil life, he has always preferred young men
who have come forward to serve their
country in the various volunteer regiments.
Nor has he been guided by the politics
of the candidates for these honors, as will
appear when the list of colonels, lieute
nants colonels, majors, captains and lieu
tenants is made public. Mistakes , will no
doubt be made. Here and there an exception
able person will, be able to secure an appoint.
went, but this has been the case under all Ad
ministrations, and under none more-frequently
than that of President Polk, during the Mexi
can war. . No brave officer has been neglected.
Major Anderson has been promoted to a
colonelcy, with a brigadier-generalship in pros
pect in the event of his raising a brigade in
Kentucky. Our. own- fellowsditizen; Lieut.
Stemmer, was appointed a major, a few days
ago, in the regular army._ Our other fellow
citizen, Capt. Meige, has been elevated to a.
colonelcy. A host, besides, of corporals and
sergeants in the regular service, have been pro
moted. As to the selections from private life,:
-shat patriotic citizen will object to the appoints,
went of Benjamin F. Butler, of Massachusetts,
who, in the last few weeks, has become one, c f
, the most famous and favorite of all our Ameri-,
can generals? It is true that he was a Demo
crat, and a Breckinrldge Democrat, and opposed
to Judge Douglas in the late campaign, but he'
has fully atoned for hie Breckinrldge blunder
by his courage and genius in the tented field.
Where could a more competent and deserving
major general be found than in Nathaniel P.
Banks, of Massachusetts, who distinguished him-.
self while Governor of that State by the assid-i
uity I.and ability he displayed in organizing a!
great military system ? As to George B.
McClellan, a Pennsylvanian and a Democrat, he
was indebted for the major -generalship con
ferml upon him to his rare military knowledge
and experience. In fact, his acceptance of that
position was a favor. tCt. the country. We be-;
lieve that Andrei' H-. Reeder 'one of the briga
dier generals appointed froni civil life, has de
clined. If he had accepted, his -vigor of mind
and body would have made him quite equal to
the discharge of all its duties. Robert C.
Schenck, of Ohio, one of the new brigadier
generals, is a man of extraordinary energy,
courage,. and influence. Would it not be:a
most paiuful comment upon the enthusiasm
which has been enlisted in our cause, if, in the
army appointments, the. Secretary of War did
not carefully consider the claims of men. in
civil life, so as to commingle the spirit of the,
new levies with the regular army element, and
thus infuse new force and progress into the old
routine It must not be forgotten that in the'
Mexican war many of our bravest and best offi
cers were men who volunteered from the various
peaceful professions, or were taken from their.
counting houses and offices and clothed with
military honors. It has been a moat ' irksome
and laborious task for. the President and Secre
tary of War to satisfy the thowds who have!
asked military commissions at their hands ;
but we predict that when the list is published,;
and name after name is duly canvassed, It will
be found that every effort has been made in
order to satisfy the just expectetione iof patri
otic citizens, and to represent all avocations of
How To PAY TSB EXPENBIB or m a Was.—lt
is stated that the New . York Ttibuns and the
Herald agre in one thing, and that is in con
' fiscating the slaves belonging to rebels as "con
traband of war." The Herald thinks the half
million of slaves in Virginia may be sold at an
average of $BOO each, which would amount to
$1150,000. The idea of starting Uncle Bain in
the domestic slave trade is rather a novel one,
which it will take some time to discuss in all
its phases.7---Exchanqc .
The idea is not a bad one. The south has
forced the country into war on account of the
peg* A id why ; not make:...ths south pay? ex
ponies through the negroes. It would be an ad
minable " solution" of the slavery imation.
Tim Petersburg, Va., ladies, forty In number,
are drillling.,,f.or light.. Their .captain Is Jose
phia• ilwan. Whitt a Jo/1y company to ciptuie:
"INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS--NEUTRAL IN NONE.:"
HARRISBURG, PA., THURSDAY AFTERNOON, JUNE 13, - 1861.
ANOTHER FLest RRHING.—The flag raising de
monstration at the Lancasterian school house
last evening was one of the most interesting
and enthusiastic of the kind we have yet wit
nessed in this city. hundreds of people, many
of theln ladies, were present`on the occasion:
Prior to the - hoar appointed 'for the-raising of
the flag the Junior . Guards, composed of pupils
of the various schools, was drilled by Mr. Tar
button, and acquitted themselves in a very
After music by the State Capital Band, the
exercises were opened with a lervent and ha
pressive prayer by Rev. Dr. Hay, the multitude
standing reverently with heads uncovered.—
The good old soul-stirring national song,
"Hail Columbia," was then sung by the
school children in full chorus and with good
effect, at the close of which the large and
beautiful flag, procured expressly for the occa
sion, b3r contributions of the pupils, was slow
ly raised to its position on the staff, (the band
meantime playing the Star Spangled Banner,)
and as the glorious emblem of our nationality
unfolded aLd was kissed by, the evening breeze,
the enthusiasm of the people Lunt forth in
repeated and enthusiastic cheers, clinched with
a terrific "tiger."
A pupil of Mr. Barns' school, Oliver Bell
man, a bright-eyed and intelligent lad of pro
bably fourteen summers, was then placed upon
the stand, and delivered a somewhat lengthy
address prepared for the- occasion, the subject
matter of which did credit . to the head and
heart of its talented and patriotic author.
The sentiments of the address, as well tue
highly creditable manner in which the youak
ful orator deliveredit, elicited frequeut and ell
thuslaatic applause. After music by the band
Col. A. J. Herr was introduced to theaudience
and spoke for over half, an hour in his. *al
forcible and impressive style. His 'address was
exceedingly appropriate, patriotic in_eentiment,
beautiful in illuetration, atiffinterspased with
flashes of genuine eloquence whieh %excited his
hearers to the -- highest:Titch of enthusiasm.
When the ifiertkei ceasad he was greeted with
three hearty cheers and a "tiger," and descend
ed from the stand under a shower of beautiful
boquets. The pupils c!1 . the schools, led by Kr.
Tarbutton, then sang the Star ;-- Spangled. Ban
ner, in theA. horns of which most of the spec
tators joined with hearty good will: ThO ex
ercises terminated with cheers for the flag, the
speakeia and, the band.
The occas on mast. one of more than ordinary
interest, and the whole affair passed off in such
a way as to refit. , ct credit,upon thehoys and their
gentlemanly and efftzient teachers—Messrs.
Burns; Edwards, Oster, Fager and Kuhn. The
flag,.whiell is a very large and beautiful one,:was
manufactured by Mies!Annie Sdott, of this
city. Long may it waive !
ARRIVAL OE CORNROT/OUT.TRO9PS—ONE OS Ina
SOLDIERS ADOLDZSTALLY KILLED. —The Fourth
Regiment of Connecticut volunteers, under,
command of Col Levi yirocaltiotise - , arrived
here yesterday_ afternoon.en_route for the war
in western Virginia: The= regiment composes
tea - companies of one hundred men each, and
they are enlisted for the war. • The men arejall
hardy looking., and sunburnt, ofgood size, and
thoroughlY..equipped. TWo companies . qf the
regiment are armetwithßlutrp's :rises:; 'the :
remainder for the - present carry the'usual army
musket, which will be "lipoid* exchanged for
Enfield rites: = The ,uniform of the men is
gray, throughout, very plain but strong,-ccim
forte,ble 'aid serviceable. They are thoroughly
equipped .for the field, hilarlng_their tents and
twenty-four baggage swims, irith fOrty hOrses.
The, regiment remained- ere for a few hours,,
and at five o':elock startecifor•Charnbersburg. •
One of the men attacho to one of the coni-.
panics of this rqgime:nt,_while the act of
getting, on the care: .at Oolumbiai _Lancaster.
county, lost his hold, on the platform, and
was almost; instantly. killed. His • body was
taken in charge by the authoritie#, and will be
forwarded to his friends in Coritiebtlinit. The
mune.of the deceased was George ,Batrett, of
USING SEDITIOI3 LANSITAWL-L1 the case of .
Jacob Balser, arrested yesterday for using in-'
flammatory and seditious language to soldiers
in Camp Curtin, a hearing took place last
evening before the MaYor.. So far as we heard
the witnesses there was but little testimony
elicited to sustain
,the charge The alleged.
"seditious language" consisted •of some re
marks censuring the State authorities for their
bad treatment .of the volunteers.... He was
bound over in the sum of three hundred dol
lars to appear at Court. Mr. Balser has resided
in Harrisburg and vicinity for many . yank arid
those who, now him best impose implicit con
fidence In his loyalty and devotion- io the
Union. . •
Tim Elam Parmaytar/iNIA banciff, re
cently atationed• at Perryville, passed Bridge-,
port ateight Vclock last evening , an rqrsei for
Chambirsbarg, to join the brigade comrasnaa.
by Gen. E. C. Williams. The klaictr.9f th 4 re
giment is Wm.. D. Earnest- of . .ottulcity. The
same train contained a company of Artillery.
Tax PNINSIIMAXIA Fent is the title of anew
"campaign paper''—we use the word in &Mili
tary and not in a political:&enie&—blek
being printed by some of the enterprbeing
mailers in Alexandria, Virginia. 'timetable a
great deal of interesting . %derail matter. --L
Copies of the paper may_ U. obtained
Blaugg'i sheep Web itore.
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FROM WASHINGTON CITY.
SIX MORE REGIMENTS AC
The Boston Irish Brigade to Come
THE VOLUNTEERS id: BE
Head-Quitrters, of the Department of
the West Removed to Leavenworth.
Officers Stricken - from the Rolls,
THE FIGHT AT GREAT BETHEL.
ONLY SIX HAIM .
RILLRIPHY THE REBELS.
Rebel Mail Matter Set- tothe
Dead Letter Office.
United States Troops to Ooonpy ire
-WAtiu! , ietworr y June, 12.
. . .
The President haVing itc4tod'ilte five Regi
ments of volunteeril Under Gen. Sykels, an,
order was today - issued by, the Secretary of ;
War to muster the isriLe into' the service of . the,
United Stites for thief; years or during,the way:
The services of. the Bestow Irish:brigade; knewu.
as the Fourteenth Regiinent, have begin ae
c,eited on condition that they report at Harris
burg withht ten days.
Die three menthe' militia and the three
years' volunteers will :be paid at once, to
elude the 31st of .lilay. With this view the
commanding officers of these troops will , cause
'duplicate muster rolls to be made out Mune
diatelY, which they will forward to the Pay
Master General in this city; and upon these
rolls the officers of the Pay Department will
pay in lull, leaving any stoppages to be de
ducte„d at a future payment.
The State of Missouri having been added to
Gen. McClellans Department, the Heinl-qiiail
ters of the Department of the West are removed
from St:Tonle to Fort Leavenworth.
The War Depertmenthes ordered the
ing officers to be stricken from the rolls Capt.
Tyler,' , 2nd Dragoons, for abandoning his cora,
malA and deserting Yds post at Fort flea ruey;
Lieut. Band*, for continued disobedience of
orders, for absenting himself , from duty with,
out leave, and failing to render his amount as
required by law., Lieut. Andrew Jackion, for
absentiog higkeelf from his company , without
permiesiun, and failing to make any- report ;
Lleuts Patterson, pace and Campbell; for tea',
derhig their reeignatiorui in the face of the
The improbable rumor that Butler had ret
hewed the, battle at Great bathed, with Wonder=
ful .results, has caused intense excitement
throughout the city. Lieut.- Butler to-dayi
brought of fi cial dispatches of the actual engag e
merit under Pierce. They do not essentially,
vary• from the published Accounts. It is thero
in stated that of the fourteen Federal soldiers
killed, eight fell by the hal* of their frien4;
by mistake, as heretofore explained, and that
the number wounded was forty-fine : There haip been no military movements
here to-day of any consequence.
The Sece:ision'eleinent in the Maryland 44
gisliiture it discovered •to °be very atronc-4
United States' trove will soon 'occupy Fred 4
• Two , wagonloads of mall =matter have loser'
received here froni the gontiii all, likVing_on It
the' rebel „pontage. stamps and llitited , States
shunpa besideo, which : the.Seordera thought
would secure the of the docurnentc-4
All 'have been sent to the Dead Letter Ofgoel ?
thP. United,stamps being liegards;l ap
stolen. ; ' _
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Anfoog.the letter - ll:thus stoPped . ia one directed
tO "President Dui's, Washington." •It came
here by- way of T,ouisvillei and will be retained
at the 'Post pffico . fot :delivery' to its owner
whett,he caiis ibr it...
The Fold Moe Departmentis busily engaged
perfecting arrangementrfOr carrying the Mails
TWO tr• 8 TaaSPOWLS Otios nit PAIS•
• SRN—ORDERS OF GEN. TWIGGS. ••
. • LatnOttas June 14
The Ifew'OrlesuniFisayiini of the OW instant
states that two S. transporte;loue-suPposed
to .be thclampire City,' , with 1,600 Itllll3. oa
boaid, anival off the'har the previous after
Gen. Twiggs has,leang4in order prohibiting
all kinds of yawls from pinning !by Fort Jack;
!inn, mitiout tir : Goven}qee permission.
THE MAW' OF-W4 ll ;3A/1: 2FrOWN
. • Um*, -pit., Jine:l2.
The - IL- a 'fflooli-ikWer ilemeeki; • fTbm
mander Orme, from PhUalieljgdf,i
1#0. 1 . 1 0, 1 0. 1 4 ltp , y
t OA. lei underatixd , toi *Amoral: fa *fp Alulfla
The Federal Army AsSuming a For
ClicPNArl, thine /2.
The army 11/Western Virginia is beginning to
a,tune a formidable - poaition.
A special despatch from Grafton to the Ga
srekstates that acompany of the rebel Caval
ry, 80 strong, name up "from HuttonsVille last
night to Bevefly, and 'committed various out
rages on the Union men there.
The rebels at Huttonaville received a rein
forcoment of 800 cavalry, the other - day, and
more are said to be coming ; '
also, some large
guns from Harper's Ferry. Our troops are
eager to attack them before they complete their
Dispatches tram Cumberland announce that
the people are delighted at the arrival of our
troopi. CoL 'Wallace left Cumberland with a
part of his command on Tuesday monalng, to
attack a Secession camp twenty- miles west
Another brilliant forced march was made by
Captain Miller of the Fifteenth Ohio regiment,
with forty of his company. Re left Rowles
burg, in the Cheat River Valley, on Sunday
night, and, maraied thirty miles, to St.
Georges, Tucker county. He entered the town
before tour o'clock on Mouday morning, took
half a dozen prisoners, seized some important
correspondence, and captured two secession
flags. _ •
Army wagons will mire here to-morrow.--
The Eighteenth Ohio Regiment arrived at
Clarksburg to-day ! and the Nineteenth is on
the way here to-night. '
THE VIRGINIA UNION CONVENTION
Arnett - ma, Jun© 12
The Tjnion Convention met yesterday, and
atter effecting a tempOrary organization, ad
journed till 10 o'clock this morning. About
forty counties are. represented on the basis of
their representation in the Legislature.
Arthur J. Boreman, of Wood county, elected
permanent Chairman, delivered a patriotic ad
dress on.taking his seat, reviewing the action
of the Richmond Convention and the ordinance
of Secession. He exhorted members to be firm
and decided throughout their. action. The de
legation were then sworn in.
The programme for the Convention seems to
be a Provisional Government for the whole
State and the deposition of the present State
authorities, and . the entire reorganization of
Mr. Carlila offered resolutions which were
unanimously adopted, thanking Gen. McClel
lan for upholding the Union men of ,Western
Virginia, commending the gallantry of the
troops at Philippli! and complimenting the
bravery of Col. Kelley and the first Virginia
REFUSAL TO WITHDRAW THE FEDERAL
TROOPS FROM MISSOURI.
ST. Louis, June 11
Another conference has been held in this city
between the State and Federal authorities.—
The State was represented by Gov. Jackson and
Maj.-General Price, and: the Federal Govern
ment by General Lyon and Col. Blair. The
State authorities demanded the removal or dis
bandment of the Federal troops from Missouri
soil, and the State would disband the militia.
Gen. Lyon refused to do this, and the confer
'ems, after a four hours' session, broke up with
out coming to a pacific- conclusion.
Gov. Jacki3on and Gen. Price rettirned to Jef
ferson City, by special train to-night.
BEN WCIILDOCH EXPECTED.
Pinsaußcta, June 12
The Grafton correvondent of the Wheeling
Intsllioncer says : "Information has been re
ceived here from sources, that entitle it to con
sideration that Ben llicCulloch has been order
ed to this past of the State by Governor L,etoh
er, take:command, of the rebel forces now
between Phillippi and Staunton, and to raise
recruits and carry on the war in Western Vir
ginia. Although this bit of intelligence is not
fully credited,efficient measures will be adopted
to meet the exigency. Ben will find a good
deal of work before him in this section of the
State. He had better come :well prepared."
ARRIVAL OF THE ; STEAMER NORTH STAB
'caw Yoax June 12.
The steamer North Star, from Aspinwall on
the 6th, arrived this afternoon. She brings
California mails and specie of the 21st of May.
Panama papers - of -the . dth, or June contain
advices from Cartlutgena, which ,report that
Kosquera had beaten the troops of President
Osploa in two battles, in the first of which, on
the 25th of. APril,.the latter lost 1,800 in killed
and wounded. Thesecond battle occurred near
Bogota, and Idosquara. was doubtless in the
pelted. .• : . •
I:i' BODY Or LIEUTENANT GREBLE.
Barmittoaa, June 12.
The remains of the gallant Lleatenant Greble
arrived here, by the , bog, this morning, ' ' and
were trtuiefered to the train for Philadelpl:da.
Boma-Swaim-Lin June, 'when but
ter is' plenty, work ft thoroughly - two or three
times, and add to the last working nearly one
grain of saltpetre, and 6 teaspoonful of pulver
ised loaf Isugar,-10 tech:- pound of butter.—
rar. it tightly in stone jars to althin tro in
diesof top, and fill - the rem'aini ' ng " ebade with
etihne-brine. ' Mover the jars tightly; end bury
the in the cellar - bottem, where the butter
will keep in good condition for a long tint',
ftsam Editing fittn.
Having procured Ate= Power-t'reesee i we are
prepared to execute JOB and 8008 PBENTING of every
desoription, cheaper that it can be dose at any other es:
tabliehtnentin the country.
RATES OF ADVERTISECO.
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airMarrlages and Deaths to be charged as regular
LATEST FROM HAERSTOWN
Destruction of Bridges by the
The Military Force at Martinsburg
THE PEOPLE ANXIOUS FOR THE
ARRIVAL OF OUR TROOPS.
Fourteen Thousand Rebel Troops at
The telegraph operator stationed at Martins
burg, and a brakesuaan on the Baltimore and
Ohio road, arrived here to-day, having left
there yesterday. The litter says the furthest
bridge burned north is at the branch, five miles
east of Cumberland ; the next at Patterson's
Creek; the next at Sleepy Creek, 17 miles west
of Martinsburg ; the next at Opeguson, two
miles east of Martinsburg. No trouble in re
building the first, but some trouble with the
Gen. Johnston ordered the Opeguson bridge
to be rebuilt.
Tne telegraphic instruments taken from the
ffice at Martinsburg are not fit foruse.
Col. Edmondson oommands the forces at
Martinsburg. He has three companies—the
Winchester Rifles, the Winchester Mounted
Querrileas and another company.
Col. Stewart commands Camp Hainesville,
five miles north of Martinsburg, and has
charge of all the forces stationed at Ford'.
ferries, on the Potomac, between Falling
Springs and Hancock. A large majority of the
people of Martinsburg are anxious for, the ar
rival of the Federal troops, and offer to give
them begs, rooms, provisions and everything.
Provisions are growing excessively scarce. The
brakesman above referred to estimates the
rebel force at Harper's Ferry at fourteen thou
FUND LAMP EMPLOSIONS.—FIuid lamps con
tinue to contribute their quota to the bills of
mortality. They are much more deztructive
of life than gunpowder or Colt's revolvers.—
Our exchange papers teem with accidents of the
most serious character; and conflagrations in
volving loss of property and life are frequent
attendants of the careless use of burning fluids.
It seems idle to urge that under the manage
ment of cautious persons these accidents.need
not occur, for the same reason might be urged
in relation to the use of gunpowder, or keep
ing of poisons in our houses. Nor can it be
urged in favor of the use of these explosive
fluids that they have become necessities in our
stores and dwellings. Other substitutes . are
found which are utterly without danger In thei
use, and which minister to the same needs as
those for which these dangerous fluids are em
ployed, and which, at the same time, can be
obtained at an equally moderate price. To
prohibit their use altogether would, therefore,
work neither injustice nor inconvenience to the
community. Ordinances exist in relation to
the storage and vending of gunpowder, and
why there is not equal authority to legislatt
against the use of aikartiole so liable to abuse,
and so full of peril to the careless and incon
siderate—for it is this very class who are most
exposed to its dangers---it is not easy to com
prehend. We think provision ought to be
made to guard against the evils which spying
from an unregulated use of these dangerous
fluids, so generally and (in consideration of the
introduction of substitutes of equal usefelnese)
so unnecessarily employed by numerous daises
of our citizens.
1861. 3D OPENING, 30 OPENING 1861.
SUMMER DRESS GOODS
OF svrair Danallonos.
The (lustily of the goods for the priee Will be an induee•
merit to every one to purchase.
The meet destrabie goods of the Batson at a great eau.
LAWNS . " and LAVELLAS
ars among the r
OATHOIRT & BRoT.H.Fa.
Next door to the Ifarrisberg sulk.
The largest stook of the very beat make to be found
Neat door to the Harrisburg Bask.
Parasols, Sun Umbrellas and Umbrellas
Twenty-five per cent lower than Can be purchased
elsewhere in the city.
CATHCART 41; BROTHER.
N 0.14, Market Equate,
tat•B Next to the Harrisburg Bank.
FiIEgGII - MUSTARD, English and do
mestic Pickles, (by the dozen or hundred.) supe
rior Aled 011,Hstobop, d aces and,Condiments ef-overy
WM. L'QOK & CO. =i
OEFIOE--THIRD STREET, (SHELL'S ROW,)
Reamw o Matnut street near Fourth.
HAGERSTOWN, June 12