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OUR. PL&R I ?ORM
THE UNION-THE CONSTITUTION-AND
THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW.
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Friday Afternoon, December 20, 1861.
PEOPLES' STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE.
A meeting of the members of the Peoples'
State Central Committee will be held at Cov
erly's Hotel, Harrisburg, on
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22d, 1862,
to determine the time and place for holding a
State Convention to nominate State candidates,
and to transact such other business as may be
presented. A fuli attendance is requested.
ALEX. K. MCCLURE, Chairman.
Geo. W-RAMMERELY, l eecrelartes.
JOHN M. Sourvert,
Napoleon of St. Helena memory, and other
men equally as great who lived before and after
him, had a devout faith in destiny, • What oc
curred to and whatever fate distinguished
them, was to be, in their estimation. In this
reaped, if the advocates and adherents of sla
very were as firmly convinced of the destiny
which awaits, as they are wedded to, their in
stitution, we doubt if slavery would have an
advocate or defender in the entire south, in ten
years to c.ome, simply because the doom of
slavery is as fixed and irrevocable as was the
doom of Napoleon hi die on his sea-girt home
of St. Helena. And what is most strange in all
this fearful destiny and drama of blood, is the
fact that slavery has invoked its own doom more
speedily than even its destiny had designed its
end, by its desire to augment its power and in
crease its privileges. Had the rebellion not
been precipitated the existence of slavery would
have been peaceful for years to come under the
protection of the American Union. It was not
the opposition to the institution which has en
gendered its decay. On the contrary, opposi
tion to slavery , by a few brave and conscientious
men tended for years, to giVe it prestige instead
of diminish its influence. What worked the
destruction of the fell monster was its own over
bearing and envious positions towards all
other interests in this government. The rebel
lion of the slave driver was not to resist any at
tack on slavery itself, but it was to lead in an
assault on free institutions, on the ruins of
which slavery was to he exalted. The traitors
did not'seekt iectasibn beca l ms they'fottred%the
destruction of slavery—they sought it, rather,
becau,se they, desired the. dissolution .of the
American Union. And what has been the re
sult ? Certain states have formally proclaimed
their secession from the Union—they have con
federated in order to make their departure from
their old political associations still more decided
—but M. all this, the great object has failed,-be
cause slavery has not been benefitted. It is
now exposed to loss by the confusion its adher
ents have created—itis threatened with confisca
tion by the authority its own rebellion has vio
lated—and in every respect, from one step of
folly to another, all the efforts of those who
have rebelled for slavery, have tended directly
to dirninish the political influence and decrease
the numerical strength of that institution.
Another view of this question is presented in
the position assumed by certain foreign
powers boat towardi the legitimate gov
ernment of this country, and that which exists
on the false pretences of rebellion in the south.
It haslieen the policy of the Confederate gov
ernment to embroil the Federal authority with
some of the European powers, with the, hope
that such a complication of our affairs would
hasten their own recognition by other European
goverpMents, and thus secure the final triumph
of slavery, But here again, destiny interposes
to defeat the designs of those who thus madly
cling to slavery as a domestic and a political
institution. The interference of a foreignpow
er in behalf of the rebellion, will make the con
flict more fierce than it is now, , on the part of
the Federal government. Then it would not
only be a contest for law and civil. authority,
but it would become a fierce strife for national
existence, in which the institution of slavery I
would be surer to perish than ever. With trai
tors to contend with on the one side, and the
insolent interference of an ancient foreign foe
on the other, there would be, no, apologists left
in the loyal States for the institution of slavery.
Emancipation, instead of being discussed,
would be demanded—when the knife and the
torch, in the hands of emancipated slaves,
would be the fitting impliments of warfare
against traitors and tyrants, while we were
battling with and demolishing the English co
horts, as our fathers so effectually done on two
other occasions not too far in the past to have
been forgotten by our envious, hypocritical
Who will deny that there is not destiny in
all this—destiny for slavery as it has been en
forced in the southern states 'of America—des
tiny for slavery, too, as it has been practiced by
the British government all over the world,
wherever there was a nation sufficiently wealthy
and prosperous to excite its envy, and too weak
to resist its encroachments. God moves in a
mysterious way, when he seeks the chastise
ment of sin. He makes use of strange instru
mentalities as He decrees the eud of corruption
and the fall of tyranny. In this instance,
who knows but what it is His decree, that the
monstrous evils of slavy in the American states
and on the British isles shall end at the smile
time, and by the influence, too, of a people
struggling to be free in both localities. What
ever may be the result of the British threat to
interfere, we have a faith in this destiny—and
therefore, for the sake of freedom and the
Union, perhaps it would be better were Eng
land to strike now, than pause until the resent.
ment which her blow would invoke, becomes
too weak to wreck the vengeance which has,
been reserved for her by outraged humanity
and Heaven !
Goon FOR SCHOEPF !—Gen. Schoepf appears
to be as much at home in the currency busi
ness as in fighting " Old Zolly." When he
arrived in the neighborhood of London, after
he Wild Cat fight, he found that Zollicoffer
had been levying on the Union men for pro
visions, forage, transportation, &c., and had
paid them in Confederate bonds. Imitatinp.;
an example which Secessionists thought so un
exceptionable, Gen. Schoepf commenced levy
ing on the Secessionists for similar supplies:
Meantime he assembled the Union max, and,,
opening an exchange office for their benefit,
set at defiance all banking rules, by taking the
Confederate bonds at par, and supplying the
Union men with good Ohio and Indiana money
in its stead. Then, when the secessionists pre
sented their bills, he paid them all off, with the
utmost politeness, in their own currency ! They
didn't know enough to be thankful for the ar
rangent, but that wasn't his fault. •
CONGRESS AND THE PLANTERS.—It is under
stood, says the Richmond Examinqr, that . the
sense of Congress has been determined, on • a
test question made in secret session, to be in
opposition to any legislation for the relief of the
planters. There is nothing, however, to pre ,
vent the planting interest from having re
course to the State Legislatures. , The States of
Georgia and Alabama, as we learn, haVe already
taken into consideration the subject of relieving
the necessities of the planters, as a matter of
State and domestic concern.
WHAT %ups] LLB' ' Usnuararce."--The brigades
of Generals Negley and Rosseau, at last ac
counts were stationed at Bacon Creek, Ky. The
mechanics in Negley's Brigade, including a
large number in Col. -Harabright's regiment,"
had taken a contract to re-build the Bacon
Creek bridge, pledging themselves to complete,
the work in forty-eight hours. An army com
posed of such material will not long allow any
obstacles the rebels may place in their way to
impede their southward march. „
Bombardment of-Fort Pickens.
FORT Plea des, Fla., Nov. 25, 1861.
Colonel H Brown, Commanding Fort Pickens, B,re :
COLONEL : —ln obedience to your instructions
I have the honor to report the service of the
batteries in `the fort, proper; and of batte'ries
Scott, Lincoln, Cameron, Totten, and the bat
tery at the old Spanith fort, and the operations
of the troops engand in the bombardment of
the 22d and 23d oeNovember, 1861 specially
under my command, per S. 0, No. 208, Head
quarters Fort Pickens, Nov. 224, 1861.
The guns inthe fort proper were divided into
seven distinct batteries, each battery; having a
seperate commander. A one gun battery in the
covered way, 10 inch columbiad, en barbette,
manned by detachments from donipany C, 2d
Artillery, commanded by Lieut. McFarland,
engineer corps. The battery maned by company
A, Ist Artillery, assisted by Lieut. Taylor, Ist
Artillery, consisted of one 10-inch coltimblad,
one 42-pound rifled gun, and seven 32-pounders,
en barbette, and one 42 pound rifled gun, and two
8-inch columbiads in Casemate: The battery
manned by company L, Ist Artillery, commanded
by Lieut. Jackson, Ist Artillery, consisted of
one 10-inch columbiad and five 32-pounders, en
barbette, one 42-pound rifled 'gun, one 8-inch
columbiad, (unchambered,) and two 42-pounders
(smooth bore) in casemates. The battery mann
ed by company K, 2d Artillery, commanded . by
Capt. Allen, 2d Artillery, consisted of one 10-
inch columbiad, en barbells, and three 42-pound
rifled guns ba casemate. The battery manned by
company E, 3d Infantry, commanded by Capt.
Heldt, consisted of one 10-inch columbiad and
one 42-pound rifled gun enbarittle, and two 8-
inch columbiads (one chambered and one, un-,
chambered) incasemates. • The battery maned
by company C, 3d Infantry, commanded by.
Lieut. Shipley, consisted of one 10-inch colum
biad, en banktte, and two 42-pound
and one 8-inch columbiad (unchambered) in
casemate. The, mortar.-battery ; in the ditch,
contains A to B, manned "by detachments from
the command, commanded by Lieut Langdon,
sth Artillery, consisted of four, 10-inch. S. C.
mortars, battery Scott, manned by company ,F,
Ist Artillery, commanded by Capt. Duryea, Ist
Artillery, assisted by Lieut. Clossurt, Ist,
lery, consisted of two 10• Inch columbiads and
one 42-pound rifled gun, en barbells, and two 10-
Inch S. C. mortars. Battery Lincoln, manned
by company H, 2d Artillery, commanded by
Capt. Robertson, 2d Artillery, consisted of four
8-inch S. C. Howitzers and one 42-pound, rifled
gun, en barbells, and two 10-inch S. C mortals,
Battery Totten h mannqd by company C, 2d Artil
lery, commanded by CaPt. Blunt, 12th Infantry,
consisted of one 13-inch and one 12 inch S. C.
mortars. Battery Cameron, manned by company.
1 7 6th reg. N. Y. V., the gunners . and purveyoks
from company H, 2d Artillery, commanded by
Lieut. Pennington, 2d Artillery, , consisted of
two 10-inch colum.biads, en barbette, and one 10-
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pound rifled gun (the second day.) The battery
at the old . S owlish fort, manned by a detachment
detailed from the command, commanded by
Lieutenant Seeley, consisted of one 10 pound
Parrott rifled gun, (the first day.) The
guns fired from the forts, and guns in
casemate was not eflective owing to the
long range and probably the inherent defect in
the principle by which a. rotary motion is given
to these shots and shells ; for I observed that
the firing from these guns was very irregular
and uncertain for ranges over two thousand
yards. Lordered Capt. Duryee, First Artillery,
Compy T. Battery Scott, ably assisted as he was
by Lieut. Closson of the same regiment, to direct
the fire of his powerful battery, consisting of
two 10-inch columbiads, one 42-pound rifled
gun, and two 10-inch S. C. mortars to fire on
Fort M' Rae and sand battery soUth of it. lat the
same time ordered the four 10-inch S. C. mortars
in the ditch, commanded by Lieut. Lanydon; and
one 13-inch and one 12-inch S. C. mortars, bat
tery Totten, commanded by Capt. Blunt, and
one 8-inch columbiad, and two 42-pounders in
command of Lieut. Jackson's battery to fire on
Fort Mcßae iihd sand' battery south of it, for
the purpose of co-operating with the navy in'
endeavoring to take and destroy that important
fort and its outworks which guard the enemy's
right flank and the entrance to the harbor of
Pensacola ; the direct fire of thlase guns was ex
excellent, and together with the United States
steamships Niagara and Richmond produced a
marked impression on this stronghold of the
enemy by silencing the guns lof the fort and
batteries outside against the enemy's line of
forts and batteries, including the town of War
rington and the navy yard, were 10-inch colum
biads, six 8 inch columbiads, eleven 42-pound,
ers James rifle guns, two 42-pounders (smooth
bore,) four 8-inch S. C. howitzers, eight 10-inch
S. C. mortars, one 13-inch and one 12-inch S.
J. mortar, and twelve 32-pounders en barbette.
The bombardment opened at ten o'clock a.
m., November 22d, 1861, when a signal gun
was fired from the flag staff under your personal
direction. I ordered those guns that could be
conveniently brought -to bear to fire on two
rebel steamboats lying at the navy yard wharf,
and a 10-inch columbiad sand battery establish
ed on the same wharf. The effect of this firing
was apparent by driving the rebels from the
sand battery on the wharf, disabling the steam
boat Time and injuring the iron steam tug
Neafie, which escaped by steaming off, being a
small boat.. After firing - for a short time, I di
rected the most of these guns to fire on the
enemy's forts and batteries, which soon at
tracted attention by their superior armament
-10 inch columbiads and the superior firing, bay
ing the range and time of flight very accurately
froth previous practice with the same guns at
the same distance. Our fire from 10 inch col
umbiads on these batteries, &c. *as welfdirected
and effective ; but our fire from James rifle
by driving the detachments from the guns in
the sand battery which would no doubt have
decided the fate of Fort Mcßae by enabling the
command from the Navy to take the Fort, but
for :he opening of an unexpected and concen
trated battery armed with rifle cannon of large
calibre, or possibly a 10-inch columbiad, which
was' served with effect upon the Richmond.
I will conclude my report of the first days fir
ing on our part, by remarking that in the af
ternoon it was good and effective, both from the
batteries inside the Forts, as also those outside,
and reflected great credit on the skill and cool
ness of the officers commanding the several bat
teries and their assistants, and the enlisted men
serving the guns. I will add, the firing from
our batteries was kept up till dark, when it
ceased by my orders in accordance with t'aose of
the Colonel commanding, to enable the maga
zines of the batteries outside of the Fort as well
as the magazines of those inside to he replen
ished with powder, shot and shell.
Our batterieS opened fire on the enemy the
second day about the same hour as the day pre
vious ; the ten 10 inch columbiads each firing
a shell every fifteen minutes and the rifle 42-
pounders a solid shot at the same rate. The
10 inch columbiads, (en barbette) bastian "0,"
was under command of Lieut. Seeley,4th artille
ry,who was assigned to it at his own request; the
mortars were fired every half hour. Our firing
the second day was better than that of the first;
we succeeded in silencing for two hours.
Wheat's and the Church Bittt les, Fort Barran-
Cil6 and all-the guns on.the front line of the en
emy, excepting one gun at the Fort Mcßae sand
battery and th famous battery on the height
between the Barrancas and the Light House
battery ; -the flag'staff at Forts Mcßae and Bar
rancas were shot away; the fire continued till
dark, more than an hour after the "Niagara"
had ceased firing. The effect of our fire on the
28d was destructive; a portion of Warrington
and the Navy Yard was burnt, either igniting
by the hot shot fired from 32-pounders, or the
shells from 10-inch columbiads. The Navy
Yard was much damaged by the fire of our 10-
inch, 12-inch and 13-inch -S. C. mortars.
Our loss during the bombardment was small,
owing doubtless to the defensive arrangements
of 'your chief. engineer, Major- Tower, in erect
ing the traverses to protect the guns, enbarbette,
the shell proofs or covers for the men, &c.
Private Cooper, Company H, 6th regiment, N.
Y. V., det died to carry ammunition for the
batteries, was mortally wounded on the 22d
while standing in one of the cassemates by a
fragment df a shell which exploded about
the centre of the Fort; Corporal Beeler, company
L, Ist Artillery, was severely Wounded by a
fragment of shell whilst serving a ten inch col
umbiad en barbette—his fore arm has been
amputated. Sergeant Massey, Privates Fit
zimmons and White were wounded slightly,
and Corporal Moran and Privates Galbraith and
Purcell severely—all of company E, 3d Infantry.
Those men were wounded whilst serving an
8-inch columbiad, in casemate, by a 10-inch
shell penetrating the embrasnre, which disa
bled the carriage. The fire from the enemy's
batteries was heavy and well directed. There
were many marvellous_ escapes from wounds.
Aniong the-most notable was that of Lent.
Shipley, 3d Infantry, and the detachment serv
ing the 10 inch columbiad (en barbette) of his
13.ittery. A. 10-inch shell struck the shell-proof
and burst among his men and himself without
wounding any one, although the sand and the
sand bags were knocked down over and around
them. I will remark in this connection that I
observed with admiration the gallant and effi
cient manner that Lieut. Shipley commanded
his Battery the two days of the bombardment.
My thanks are specially due to the officers
serving with the Batteries for the valuable ser
vices rendered by them, and the cool and effi.-
dent manner they, commanded their guns—
they were as follows : Lieut. McFarland, Engi
neer Corps ; Capt. Duryea, and Lieut's. Closson,
lack.son and Taylor, Ist Artillery ; Capt's. Al
len; Robertson, and Lieut. Pennington ' 2nd
Artillery ; Lieut. Seeley, 4th Artillery ; Capt.
Cballin and Lieut. Langdon, sth Artillery ;
Capt. Ilildt and Lieut. Shipley, 3d Iffantry ;
and Capt. Blunt, 12th Infantry. I take pleasure
in stating that Major Tower, Engineer Corps,
and Lieut. Todd, Ordinance, performed the du
ties of their respective departments with ability;
I. respectfully refer the Colonel Commanding
to the reports of Commanders of Batteries here
with enclosed for individual instances of good
conduct and valuable services rendered by en
listed men. As private John D. Heekey, of
`company. C, 2nd Artillery, was detached from
company acting as my Orderly, I take' this
occasion to recommend him to notice for signal
courage displayed during the bombardment.
I am under obligations to Capt. Henberees
company 11, and Capt. Dugy's company D, 6th
Regiment New York volunteers, for' valuable
services in purveying shot, and shell and pow
der, and for performing guard duty the two
days of the bombardment.
L. G. ARNOLD,
' ' Major Ist Artillery.
FROM PORT ROYAL.
ARRIVAL OF THE STEAMER ATLANTIC.
TWELVE THOUSINJI POUNDS OF COTTON
All Reporters Ordered to yLeave
Four Hundred Thonsnnd Pounds
of Cotton Secured.
TWENTY THOUI , AIb TROOPS'AT
THE STONE FLEET OFF CHARLESTON
NEW YORK, Dec. 20.
The steamer Atlantic has arrived with Po
Royal dates to the 19th inst. - •
She brings 12,000 pounds of Sea 151an. , 7,
ton gathered by the negroes under the •'
of Government agents.
The steamer Vanderbilt was passed off*: •
teras stearing South, and soon after tiitbiitier
large steamer going South.
Genl. Steven's brigade of 9,000 men:.occupies
Beaufort, Lady Island, St. Helena and Bay
Gen'l. Viels expedition has been abandoned.
Gen'l. Sherman has issued orders that all the
reporters are to leave the place immediately.
.The number of troops about Port Royal is
about 20,000. Four hundred thousand pounds
of cotton have been secured and will be shipped
by the next steamer.
Part of the stone fleet was off Savannah, and
the rest had gone to Charleston.
Seventeen vessels of the stone fleet were at
Hilton Head when the Atlantic sailed.
FROM FORTRESS MONROE.
EXCHANGE OF CAPT. RICKETTS
Extracts from Southern Papers
FORTRESS MONROE, Dec. 19.
The steamer Illinois left for New York earl •
Capt. J. A. Delagnel, taken prisoner at Cheat
Mountain and exchanged for Capt. Ricketts,
came down from Baltimore and was sent to
Norfolk by a flag of truce this furenoon.
The flag of truce brought down the, Norfolk
Day Book of this morning.
The following items are extracted from it :
Ciaiiiiimarow, Dec. 16.—The Mercury of this
morning says that the Federalists now occupy
Beaufort, Port Royal Island, with a force sup
posed to be 5,000 men. They have erected a
battery near Port Royal Ferry of twelve pound
Parrot guns, and are throwing up an intrench
ment on Port Royal Island. It is reported that
a Federal launch was fired into by our troops
and liteven Yankees killed. -
Gen. Evans arrived yesterday. The English
news gives great joy in Charleston.
A' dispatch from Nashville says that Gen.
Itosecrans is expected soon at Cincinnati from
The Gazette is informed that twenty-eight
federal soldiers lately entered Gen. Zollicoffer's
lines, stating that after reading President Lin
coln's message they could no longer bear arms
against the south, and were ready to fight the
Savessan, Dec. 13.—Nothing has been heard
of the stone fleet. A part of the Port Royal
expedition has sailed south.
The Norfolk Day Book reports, as an on dit,
that C. F. Adams, the minister to England,
demanded his passports on the announcement
of the Queen's Proclamation.
The Day Book's list of contributions for the
Charleston sufferers, foots up $1,638 60.
The health of Vice Preaident Stevens is much
Mr. FartMuer arrived at Norfolk yesterday,
and will proceed to Richmond to-morrow.
From Williamsport, Md
The Rebels Endeavoring to Destroy
Dam No. 5.
THE FIRING AT FALLING WATERS
No Danger , of the Rebels Crossing
ARRIVAL OF REINFORCEMENT
WIT.TTAmApoRT, Md., Dec. 20
Affairs in and around and this place are quiet,
except the exchange of shots with the enemy at
Dam No. 5, and Falling Waters. The• rebel
jackson"s battery at the former place, including
a 12-pound rifled gun has been at work endea
voring to destroy the Dam, which now seems to
be the principal object of his demonstrations.
His fire is responded to by two parrot guns of
Knapp's Pennsylvania battery.
At Falling Waters one section of Best's Bat
tery has been operating occasionally against
two of Jackson's guns. The design of the re
bels at Falling Waters appears to be to distract
attention from Dam No. o. The effect of our fire
has not been developed. There is not the least
danger of Jackson attempting to cross the river.
'Deserters from the'rebels say that he has been
ordered to destroy Dam No. 5 at all sacrifices.
The Connecticut Fifth has been ordered to
join Gen. Kelly's command and will report at
Hancock or Romney in a few days.
Colonel Kenley's First Maryland, Colonel
Murphy's Twenty-ninth Pennsylvania and Lieut.
Cushing's section of Best's battery arrived here
Col. Leonard's forces have been so disposed
as to prevent any danger of surprise.
FROM NEW YORK
SAILING OF THE STEAMER AFRICA
Lord Dispatches to the
The steamer Africa sailed at six o'clock this
morning for Liverpool. Capt. Seymour, the
bearer of the dispatches of Lord Lyons' to his
government, and a bearer of dispatches to our
Minister, went out in her.
I Dispatches from Lord Lyons' to Admiral
iMilnes, were also placed on board the British
gun-boat Landrail, which sailed immediately
The British gun boat Kinaldo has arrived
The U. S. transport Atlantic, from Port Royal,
is signaled below. She has the steamer R. B.
Foibes in tow.
The steamer Africa sailed - at - 6 o'clock this
morning for Liverpool.
Capt. Seymour did not go out in the Africa,
but Lord Lyon's dispatches to his Government
were sent in the usual manner.
SIGNAL VICTORY IN MISSOURI
PLIGHT 0 P THE REBELS.
GENERAL POPE IN HOT PURSUIT.
300 Prisoners Taken and all the Bag
gage and Munitions•
The Secessionists Supporting the Refugees
Despatches received to-day at headquarters
from General Pope,. state that after a forced
march, yesterday, he got between the enemy,
encamped six miles from Chilhowee, Johnson
.nnty, and 2,200 strong in Clinton and Henry
('.unties ; but as soon as they had heard of his
,approach, they beat a rapid retreat towards
Rose Hill, in Johnson county, leaving all their
baggigOind a large quantity of arms, muni
in our possession.
GS Pope then threw forward -ten companies
of cavalry and a section of artdlery in pursuit,
following with the main body of his army.
When at Johnson, in Bates county, the Rebels
were so closely pursued that they scattered in
all directions, but mostly towards the south.
General Pope then forced a strong cavalry
reconnoisance to within fifteen miles of Osceola,
and intercepted and captured one hundred and
fifty flashing rebels, and all their bagage,
Other squads of some ten or fifteen rebels were
taken, making the aggregate number of prison
ers about three hundred
No fighting is rep , rted to.have occurred.
General Pope says that the whole country be
tween Rose Hill on the west, and Grand River
on the south, is clear of rebels.
General Price has only eight thousand troops
It is understood that General Pope will send a
strong force of cavalry to Lexington.
The main body of his army is now en route
A train of seventy wagons with clothing and
supplies for Price, has been captured, in addi
tion to the articles previously reported.
OFFICIAL DESPATH RELATIVE TO THE
VICTORY IN MISSOURI.
DECEMBER 20-2 o'clock A. AL—The follow
ing despatch has just been received at head
HEADQUARTERS, ST. LOUIS, Dec. 19.—T0 G. B.
McClellan, Commander-in-Cheet: —General Pope's
expedition has been successful in cutting of the
enemy's camp near Shawnee, Flo.
He scattered them—twenty-two hundred
men—in every direction, and took one hundred
and fifty prisoners, and their wagons, tents,
baggage, horses, &c. All the insurgents be
tween the Missouri and Osage are cleared out.
Price is still south of theDsige.
[Signed.] H. W. HALLECK,
ST. Lours, Dec. 19.—The names of about
threw hundred secessionists have been enrolled
at the Provost Marshal-General'S office, upon
whom contributions will be levied under Gen
eral Halleck's General Order No. 2, for• the ben
efit of the southwestern refugees. About sixty
of the most prominent of these parties will be
called - upon to-morrow for the sums set opposite
their names, varying from one to four hundred
dollars, and the balance be notified as the exi
gences may require. •
THE WAR IN KENTUCKY.
The Union Army in Motion
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CINCINNATI, Dec. 19.
The Frankfort dispatch .to the Commercirt
Advices from Somerset state that yesterday
morning at daylight General Schoeff with all
his force marched out to attack the rebels.
Gen. Zollicoffer is in possession of Fishing
Creek, with 6,000 men and some artillery.
Gen. Schoepff's forces consist of two Tennes
see regiments, Hoskins' Kentucky regiment,
and the 17th, 31st, 35th and 38th Ohio regi
ments, and Standarts Ohio and Hewitt's Ken
tucky batteries of ten guns, four of which are
rifled and four smooth bore, and two Parrott
Zollicoffer has no wagons on this side of the
river, and.but indifferent means of crossing.
General Schoepff was confident of whipping
him, with some hope of capturing most of his
The Tennesseeans lead- the column. It is
probable that a battle took place yesterday or
XXXVIIth Congress--First Session
Mr. Throarstru., (111.,) presented a petition for
the emancipation of the slaves of rebel, if neces
sary to save the Union. Also several petitions
for an armory at Rock Island ; also a petition
for the removal of Jessee D. Bright from the
Mr. WILSON (Mass.) presented a position for
the establishment of a system of exchange of
prisoners ; also a report from the Military Corn
mittee with a joint resolution expressing recog
nition of the gallantry of Gen. Lyon and the
soldiers under his command at Springfield.
Mr. POMEROY (Kan.,) made a few remarl
in eulogy of the character of Gen. Lyon, with
a sketch of the battle of Springfield, where the
warrior of this war ended his gallant and well
spent life, and a tribute to the gallantry and
bravery of his soldiers.
Mr. DIXON, (Conn.,) also spoke of the truth
and devotion to the country which characterized
Gen. Lyon. Had Lyon lived he thought the
disasters in Missouri would not have occurred.
Mr. FOSTER, (Cunn.,) said he was an intimate
friend of Gen. Lyon. Some of the last letters
Which Lyon wrote were written to him. Con
necticat mourns him as a gallant true son, and
the nations mourns him as a patriot and hero.
The resolution was passed.
Mr. SUMNER, (Mass.,) reported Tom the Com
mittee on Foreign Relations the House bill for
the relief of the owners of the British ship Per
shire. Laid on the table.
Mr. TRUMBULL (111.,) reported back from the
Committee on the Judiciary, the'bill to abolish
the Supreme Court, and asked to be discharged
from the further consideration of the subject.—
They were accordingly discharged.
Mi. HALE, (N. H.,) said, with all due defer
ence, that he thought the committee had not
acted up to their duty.
Mr. Thrums, (N. Y.,) reported a bill to pro
hibit the sale of liquors to soldiers in the Dis:
trict of Columbia. -
NEW Yong, Dec. 20.
The bill is anamendment to the former bill
on this subject, and prohibits not only. the sale
ST. Louts, Dec. 19
ISrAsHiNevoN, Dec. 20
to soldiers, but drinking on the premises. The.
penalty is a tine and imprisonment and invoca
tion of license. The bill was passed.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. BENNETT, (Delegate from Colorado,) intro
duced a resolution which was adopted, instruct
ing the committee on Ways and Means to in
quire into the expediency of establishing a
braoch Mint at Denver.
On motion of Mr. BETISIMISEL, the delegate
from Utah, the committee on Territories were
instructed to inquire into the expediency of
providing for a Geological Survey of that Ter
On motion of Mr. DUNN, (Ind.) so much of
the report of the superintendent of public print
ing as refers to the destruction by fire or the
mechanical part of the Patent office report, be
referred to the Committee on printing, and that
they report as early as practicable in favor of
printing volumes in place of those thus de
On, motion of Mr. LAW (Md.) the Committee
on lailltk 4 .Affairs were instructed to enquire
into the eitOliency of instructing the Paymaster
Gendrarof the army to authorize paymasters
and assistant paymasters to credit and pay all
comitissioned officers and volunteers their pay
and allowancesfrom the date of theirlacceptance
and (taking the oath of allegiance as required
by the officers appointeillby the President.
On motion of Mr. ELLIOTT, the Committee
on Commerce, were instructed to inquire into
the expediency of reporting a bill for the [reser
vation and repair of harbors at Provincetown
and Plymouth, Mass., with a view to commerce
And the national defences.
Mr. STEVENS, (Pa.) reported a bill appropriat
ing $150,000 to complete the defences of Wash
The House passed the Senate bill providing
for transmitting alotments of pay of volunteers
to their families and friends, each State to ap
point three Pasons to visit the several depart
ments of the army to receive the money. The
provisions of the former lawa._ 11
ow.ng liens to
sutlers on soldier's pay is repealed, and all reg
ulations on the sub) ct abrogated beyond the
rules and articles of war.
The House also passed the Senate bill, author
izing the appointment of general court martial
in time of war, &c., and Mr. Holman introduc
ed a resolution, which was adopted, instructing
the committee on Military affairs to report a bill
amendatory of the present laws so as not to ex
clude, in the appointment of chaplains, any re
ligious societies. He mentioned that at present
Jewish rabbis are excluded, notwithstanding
there are a large number of Hebrews in the
Mr. WYCLIFFE (Ky.) presented the resolutions
of the Kentucky Legislature in favor of reliev
ing Ireland in view of the probable famine.
Referred to the Committee on Forego Affairs.
Mr. JULIAN, (Ind.,) offered a resolution that
the Committee on the Judiciary be instructed
to report a bill so amending the fugitive slave
law of 1850, as to forbid the recapture or return
of any fugitive from labor without satisfactory
proof being first made that the claimant of such
fugitive is loyal to the Government.
Mr. HoLaIAN inquired whether his colleague
would not consent to make this resolution
merely one of inquiry.
Mr. JULIAN, replied that he preferred the pre
sent form of the resolution.
Mr. HOLMAN moved to lay the resolution on
the table—not agre. d to—yeas 39, nays 78.
Mr. WYCLIFFE (Ky.) ineffectually appealed to
Mr. Julian so to amend the resolution as to con
fine its perations to the citizens of States which
have or may secede.
The resolution was passed—yeas 78, nays 39.
On the 16th inst., ABBIE KIJIZIBRZEI KIRK, to the sth
yaar of her age.
She has left the garden of earth, to bloom In the Para
?tee of God.
ORDER No. 33.
IlltA_D-QUARTERS PENN'A. MILITIA, t
Hairisburg, Dec. 20, IS6I.
I. Oliver W. Sees is appointed Chief of the
Transportation and Telegraphic Department, to
assume the duties of his position on Monday,
the twenty-third day of December inst.
IL He will take charge of all arrangements
and contracts with railroad and telegraph com
panies, make and return a regular and correct
settlement of their accounts, and prescribe all
regulations necessary to the efficient conduct. of
the business of his department.
By the Governor and Commander-in-Chief,
EDMUND M. BIDDLE,
Adjutant-General P. M.
HAY I HAY I I—Superior. baled Hay
for sale by
THE: second account of Israel Early, As
signee of f aniel Seigel of E 'at Hanover township,
has been filed in the Court of Common "'teas of Da-prim
county and will be confirmed on the 28d day of January
1862 unless cause be shown to the Contrary.
J. C. YOUNG,
de2o dltwat Prothonceary.
GENERAL ORDER, NO. 7
HEAD-QUARTERS PENNSYLV&NIA MILITIA.
HARRISBURG, Dec. 20, 1861.
All officers and commanders of military or
ganizations, are hereby ordered to report to
these Head-Quarters, the number of arms and
accoutrements of every discription in their pos
session, the number fit for service and those
By order of Governor, Commander-in-Chief.
E• Pei. BIDDLE,
WANTED TO RENT.--A comfortable
nweilio g (one w.th a stable preferred)) Po;ses-
SIOLI to be had on or before the Fret of April, 16 , 2. Ad
cress staling locality, terms, BOX 348, !lariat. erg, P. 0.
91HE valuable lot of ground opposite the
CApitolun the corner of State and Fourth htreete,
being 110 feet on Fourth, 100 feet on Stale, and 110 feet
on Noah street. The lot is eli-ib y shouted for public
uses—hotels, marktt, and for private rtsidences.
For terms apply to
C. C. MULLIN'S
delS•d3h Cheap Grocery Store.
NOW IS THE TIME FOR CHEAP GOODS,
SUITABLE FOa THE HOLIDAYS.
.INEN HANDKERCHIEFS from 6 i t - sl
.4 uow3rde. Beautiful Linen Setts, sleeves nue t;ol
a,s 25c. upwards. aimbric sects .11 prices. Cambric
Collars from 15c. to 51. Chew. Finn linen Collars 12e.
(tronl. Nubian, scarfs. Sontann, Sleeves. Leggings, Milts,
Gloves, Wool, Cotton end Merino Hose for Ladies' a , d
children all prices. Worked Handkerchiefs, Wool skat
ing Caps for children, ~o logne's, Extract's, Ox Marrow
Pomade, Silk VolVeli, WO 'I Yarn, Diaskin Gauntleds,
o. 12, Market Square, one
Sack Flannels,Calicos, Gingham, Sm., Sin., at
n Ste tec " tiLnary, Harrisburg, Pa.
TO THE AFFLICTED.
PROF. 3. H, MoENTYRE
HAS arrived in town with a full supply
of roots and herbs also his celebrated Daiwa ion
Pals, and, warm destroyers, Tooth Powder, and Pectoral
Cough Drops, and other botanic medicines. He is loca
ted al. the White Gall, and will remain-until the 24th inst.
tie gives examivaLon and advice free of charge. It
would be well for the afflicted to give him a call, as there
is no charge. tie invites those who have used his med
icines if they have not given satisfaction, to come boa
and have their money returned. Elis medicines are for
sale by Gross St Co., Mat Stet street.
JA.3IIES M. WHEELEH