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    was better for him and General Cameron to
have the election go over for some weeks ;
he (Mr. Boyer) said, I will be sure to
Bali at Mr. Don Cameron's house as soon
as the caucus is over; when he left, I waited
at Mr Cameron's house until late and went to
my hotel to bed ; I left General Cameron at his
son's house in bed ; Mr Boyer did not come and
I saw nothing of him that night; the next
morning (Tuesday) I went to Mr Boyer's room,
Pennsylvania House, and told him to come to
my room, so that we could conclude what to
do • this was between eight and nine o'clock ;
111;Boyer was up and was dressing ; Mr Boyer
bad came out in the hall; there were one or
two gentlemen in his room whom I did not
know ; I did not ask him to come to my roam
until he came out into the hall ; Mr Boyer said
he had got so drunk the night before, after the
mucus, that he did not come to Cameron's house
until two o'clock in the morning, and rang the
hell and got no reply and went home; Mr
Boyer said he would come to my room at nine
s'olook, and for me to have General Cameron
there, as he was ready to vote for him LI called
on General Cameron at his son's and told him
Boyer would come to my . room at nine
&cloak and I asked him to go along with me
and meet him there; he refused at first, and
said he did not think there was any use, but
said if he concluded to go, after he got his
breakfast he would come down ; I went to my
room, and shortly after nine o'clock General
Cameron came in, and a few minutes after Mr
Boyer came in also ; General Cameron at once
said to him; what are you going to do ? have
they not scared you I are you not afraid if you
vote against Buckalew 'I that it all depended
on what be would say; that if he was unwilling
or afraid to vote for him (Cameron) he would
drop it, and not be a candidate; Mr Boyer re
plied, he had fully made up his mind to vote
for him, was not afraid of the mob, and would
vote for him if the convention met; General
Cameron told him he must say so to Senator
Fuller, so that he could say to the Republican
mucus that he had seen a Democrat who was
willing to vote for him (Gen Cameron;) Gen
Cameron said he wanted him to do this, so that
no one of Mr Wilmot's friends could accuse him
of asking for the nomination on Mere rumor,
as he did not want the compliment of a nomi
nation, and that he preferred that Mr Wilmot
should have it himself; Mr Boyer consented,
and said he would cheerfully tell Senator Fuller
so; I went for Senator Fuller, (down stairs to
hie room) and brought him up and introduced
him into the room where Cameron and Boyer
were ; Mr Boyer told Senator Fuller, if the
Republican caucus would nominate General
Cameron, he would vote for him, and that he
might so tell the caucus; Senator Fuller said
he would do so, and left my room, and Mr
Boyer left immediately after Senator Fuller.
By Mr Pershing. Had you seen Senator
Fullenat any time before this ?
Witness. I saw Senator Fuller at his room
between the time General Cameron and Mr
Boyer came to my room ; I mean to say, that
after General Cameron came to my , room, I
went down to Senator Fuller's room, and after
I retnrne3, Mr Boyer came in, because I had
wanted to know whether Senator Fuller would
be in hie room in case he was wanted.
By Mr Pershing. In ease Dr FuPer was
wanted for what purpose ?
Witness. Bo that Mr Boyer could tell h
if he was willing to vote for Gen Cameron./
By Mr Pershing. Was there any arrange
ment by which Dr Fuller was to meet Mr
Boyer in your room on that marring ?
Witness. Not that I know of.
By Pershing. Had General Cameron
told you anything about Dr Fuller, in regard
to the Senatorial election that morning, or at
any other time ?
Witness. No, sir.
By Mr Ptrehing. Did you understand that
Dr Fuller and others, were appointed a com
mittee by the Republican cation!, to see Mr
Boyer, or any other Democratic, member of the
Legislature, and asorrtain whether tins would
Tote for General Cameron for United States
Senator ?
Witness. I did . not understand that they
were appoint:d to see Dr Boyer, but wore ap
pointed to see any one ; and knowing Dr Fuller
was chairman of that committee, I called upon
him to see him and see if he would be in his
room, in case I wanted him to go to my room
to meet Mr Boyer.
By Mr Pershing. Was any other member of
the committee th.szi - Dr Faller in your room on
that morning?
No, dr.
By Mr. Perahing. You have stated in your
examination all that took place between Dr
Fuller and Dr Boyer, at the interview in your
room that morning, have you ?
Witness. I think senator Fuller told Mr
Boyer by need have no fears of personal vio
By Mr Pershing. Did you at that interview,
or any other, state to Dr Bayer that money
had been deposited, or would be paid to him
in consideration of his Tote for General Com
Witness. No, air.
By Mr Pershing. Did you at that interview,
Or any ether, exhibit to Mr Boyer a bundle of
money or bank notes, which was to be paid to
him if he voted for General Cameron ?
Witness. No, sir; I had not at any time
during the whole transaction, covering several
days, over fifteen dollars about me, and on
Tuesday afternoon, *hen I started home, I had
to get Messrs Coyle and Herr to cash my check
for twenty dollars to pay my hill.
By Mr Pershing. The day on which you
and Mr Boyer went to Reading, had yon any
arrangement with General Cameron to go along
tbat day
Witness. No, sir; I concluded to go to
Philadelphia and have a talk with Mr Boyer on
die train, before I saw General Cameron that
morning; and when I did see him (Cameron)
I told him I was going, and be said he was
going -to Philadelphia on the same train ; I
would haye gone had I not seen Gen Cameron
and learned he was going.
By Mr Pershing. Hai General Cameron
and Mr Boyer an interview on the train that
tiny t
Witness. Rot to my knowledge.
By Mr Perching. Did you go on the train
that' day expressly to have an interview with
Mr Boyer on the subject of the election of an
United States Senator
Witness. Yes, sir ; and because I wanted
this opportunity so that I could return home
next day, having been informed by Mr Brobst
that Me Boyer would not return before Mon
By Mr Pershing. Did you say to General
Cameron that that was your business in going
et the train?
Witness. Yes. air.
By Mr Pershing. You have said in your
ieetimony that General Cameron could be
deleted easily if it were not for the mob; what
reason bad you for making that statement
Wimelee. Because I believed there were
enough honest and loyal Dettoorate in the
Rouse to el et Ueneral Cameron, if lift to their
vurn free will; it was only my opinion, how;
By Mr Pershing. Who were three honest
god loyal Democrats I •
Witness. I refer to no one In particular,
bet preenmed there were that many heneet
Democrats in the Howse.
By Mr Pershing. Had you any iuformatinn
that an y Damask except Mr Boyer, would
vote for General Cameron
Witness. No, sir; and I never told Mr.
Boyer that there were others, or that there
were two on the train going down that day. (I
rattan the day we went to Reading,) who were
is oonference with General Cameron on the
subject, and I did not know there were any
others in conference with General Cameron. or
arty one for his, on the -rubject ; there were
other members on the train.
By Mr Keine liqw often Sad you Been Me
Brobst before you paw Mr Boyer the tiro time?
Minos. I met Mr Beobet on Friday mein
inkfbr the first time, when the conversation
took placethat I have related ; I met him at
the bar in the Pennsylvania House; L met him
the first time on Friday morning at the State
Capital Bank; I met him next at the bar of the
Pennsylvania House, when I inquired for Mr
Boyer about an hour afterwards ; I eeen him
nest up in the Hall of the House, or perhaps
I may have walked up the board walk to the
Capitol with him ; I next met him at the gate
of the Capitol grounds near noon ; I did not see
him after that until the Tuesday following—it
may, have been on Monday, and also on Tues•
day, but not until the afternoon.
By Mr Kaine. Where did yon see Mr Brobst
on Monday ?
Witness. I think I met him in Herr's bar
room, but I am uncertain.
By Mr Heine. Was Mr Brobst in your room
at any time during these transactions ?
Witness. Not that I recollect.
By Mr Kaine. Were you written or tele
graphed to to come t , O Harrisburg on the occa
sion which you have before referred to ?
Witness. No, sir.
By Mr 'Caine. Had you any communication
with any one, written or verbal, in reference
; our coming here on the occasion referred
to ?
Witness. No, air, I bad been sick for seve
ral days previous to coming down, and I came
of my own accord.
By Mr Heine. How long was it after yon
come here before you saw General Cameron ?
Witness. I have already stated that I ar
rived here between five and six o'clock p m on
Thursday afternoon, and saw General Cameron
by accident at the post office after supper.
By Mr gain. When and where did you next,
see General Cameron ?
Witness. I saw him on the street on Friday
morning, but had no conversation with him,
but that referred to when I told him I was go
ing to Philadelphia.
By Mr Keine. Did you meet any of the
members of the Republican caucus committee
at Don Cameron's house ?
Witness_ Daring the evening, (Monday,)
when I was at Mr Donald Cameron's house,
Senator Fuller and other Senators, members
and other gentlemen were there, back and for
, •
By Mr Kaki). Were yon present in Mr
Donald Cameron's house when there was * pri
vate interview between the members of the com
mittee of the Republican caucus, or any of
them, and General Simon Cameron ?
Witness. No, air.
By Mr Keine. Had yon a meeting or inter
view with Mr Boyer on Monday morning, or
in the forenoon of that day ?
iVitnees. No, air.
By Mr Kaine. Had you no meeting with
Mr Boyer from the time of the meeting at Mr.
Donald Cameron's house on Saturday evening,
until the meeting between you at your own
room on Monday evening after six o'clock ?
Witness. None, except as I have already
stated of baying met him in the Hall of the
House on Monday afternoon ?
By Mr. Keine. Are you certain that it was
on the afternoon of Monday that you met him
In the Rail of the Ifouse ; or was it in the fore
Witness. lam sure it was in the afternoon
of Monday.
iy Mani). Were Fon present daring the
hole time of the interview between Senator
Fu :r, General Cameron and Mr Boyer, at
your room on Tuesday moaning ?
By Mr Koine. Where did you first most Mr
Boyer when you first canto to this city, and
when ?
Witness. I first met Mr Boyer, as I have
already stated, in the Hall of the House on Fri
day morning, and merely shook hands with him
and did not say to him the money would be all
right, that I knew all about it, and had no
conversation on any subject with him at that
time whatever, except passing the usual salu
By the committee. Da you know anything
further in regard to corrupt means being used
in regard to the election of the United States
Senator ?
Witness. Mr Ritter, of the House, told me
on the Sunday morning previous to the election,
during a conversation on the subject, that he
had been offered, or could get, two thousand
dollars to go away at the election, bat did not
tell me from whom or by whom it was cffered.
By Mr Beebe. Did you ever say to Mr
Boyer, during any of these interviews, that
in case of an investigation into this matter,
that yon would swear falsely and put it through,
or words to that effect?
itness. No, lir ; I never said any such
thing, as I did nothing that I was ashamed to
let the public know in reference to this matter,
and which I would not do again for a man
whom I etatteuro3 as highly as General Came
By Mr Beebe. Did General Cameron, or any
other person for him, give you any money, or
put any money under your control in any shape,
for the purpose of securing his election to the
United States St-nate
Witnces. Neither General Cameron, nor any
one for him, ever gave me any money, or put
any under my control, for the purpose indica
ted in this interrogatory.
Ai nusw H. Dna, being duly eworn, testifies
as follows:
By Mr liable. Where do you reeide
Witntes. In Lewisburg, Union county, P.
By Mr. Wakefield. Are you acquainted with
Mr William Brobst ?
Witness. Yes, sir, lam; he resides in Lew
isburg--hie family is there.
By Mr Wakefield. What hays yoti heard Mr
Brobet say, if any thing, in regard to the elec
tion of United States Senator? -
Witness. Sometime in the latter part of
December or first of January I was sitting in
my office in the evening, and Mr William
Drobst came in ; he had been in Harrisburg ;
after the usual salutations, he replied to a
question of mine, to use his language as nearly
as I can recollect it—by God, they do not un
derstand the preliminaries when they get after
the Pennsylvania Dutch, and Simon Cameron
is going to be the United States Senator. I
expressed my surprise at that, knowing him to
have been a violent Democrat; he replied that
Simon Cameron was the beet man in the State
of Pennsylvania, and the best man fir the in
terests of the State of Pennsylvania; I said
that he could not be elected, as the Democrats
had one majority on joint ballot ; he replied
that did tot make any difference ; that there
were two men in the Legislature that he could
control; that one of them was his (Brobst's)
brother-in-law, and that he was going to try to
control or fix him ; I do not pretend to give his
language, as he speaks in broken English, but
this is the substance as near as I can recollect ;
be was standing all the time, and left after this
By Mr Wakefield. Will you atste what was
Mr 'Brobst's business in Harrisburg t
`Witness. He had been arrested in Lewis
burg on a charge, as the justice of the peace
told me, that he bad procured fraudulent ex
emption papers, and it was after his discharge
from this arrest, or his being at liberty, that
this conversation took place—on his return
home after his arrest.
By Mr Walcateld. Da you knew of General
.Simon Cameron having been in Lewisburg in
the fall or winter of het year ?
Witn.-es. Ido not.
By Mr Pershing. Is this the only ccnver
sation you had with Mr Brobat in relation to
the Untied States Senator?
Witness. No, sir; afterwarda we had a sim•
liar engivereation in, the post °Zee, BO far as
regards his he log a prrtipan of General Came
ron, but nothing in regard to members voting.
By Mr Beene. To whom, if any one, and
for whit pnrpoee, did you roMmuniettle the
atAittanee of your testimr.try as given above?
Witness. I can't ilrecify any one in partici
niar; It wan reel/led to my mind on reading
the statement of Mr. Bayer, and in conversa
tion with persons I stated this conversation
that I had with Mr. Brobst, but with no pur
pose or thought of ever becoming a witness,
and how I came to be one is beyond my know
ledge ; I certainly did not communicate it to
any one outside of my own town.
GIDEON W. PALMER. being duly sworn accord
ing to law, testifies as follows:
By Mr Wakefield. Do you know anything with
regard to any unlawful or undue influences that
were brought to bear, in order to E mire the election
of an United States Senator at the recent election?
If so, state what you know fully.
Witness. I reside in Humphrysville, in Lu
cerne county, and I have no knowledge of- any
thing of that sort.
By Mr Keine. Do you know of any efforts that
were made by any persons who were candidates
for United States Senator, or any of their friends,
to induce members of the Legislature to be absent
from Harrisburg at the time of the election, and
if so, state fully what they were.
Witness. I have no knowledge on the subject
at all, except the town rumors during the progress
of the election, (about the town of Harrisburg.)
By Mr Kaine. Had you any interview with any
person upon the subject of inducing members of
the Legislature to absent themselves, or to procure
them to vote for any particular candidate for
money, or any other consideration ?
- Witness. I bad not.
By Mr Kaine. Wore you sent for to come to
Harrisburg, or requested to be bore for any snob
purpose as is inquired of in the preceding inter
rogatory ?
Witness. I was not.
By Mr Koine. Were you in Harrisburg imme
diately before and at the time of the eleotion of
the United States Senator?
Witness. I was in Harrisburg a few days be
fore the election and at the time the election took
By Mr Kabul. h ad,you any conversation with
Mr Cyrus L Stark upon the subject before referred
Witness. I bad conversations with him, or
heard him talk upon the satject of the election.
By Mr Koine. Had you hey particular conver
sation with Cyrus L Stark, having any reference
whatever to any members of the Legislature being
absent at the time of the election, and if so, state
fully what you said to him, and what he said to
you in reference thereto ?
Witness. I lied no oonversation with him in
reference to that point. .
By Mr Maine. Had you any cmversation with
Cyrus L Stark upon this subject, or concerning any
money that was to be placed in the hands of any
person, or to be deposited any whore, for the pur
pose.of inducing or procuring any member or mem
bers of the Legislature to absent themselves at
the time of the election, or to vote for any particu
lar candidate?
Witness. No, sir.
By Mr &sine. Do you know of any agreement,
understanding or arrangemement, by which any
person was to become responsible for any person
as to any money, or any other consideration by
which any number of members of the Legislature
wore to absent thou:wolves, or to vote for any par
ticular candidate ?
Witness. Ido not.
By Mr Barger. Detail the conversation which
occurred between you and Cyrus L Stfrk upon
the subject of the election of United States Sen
ator ?
Witness. I talked with him on the Enkject re
peatedly during the days I cas here, and I do not
know that I can detail any of those conversations;
I mean to say that I don't remember any particu
lar conversation, unless you specially refer to some
By Mr Barger. When was your last conversa
tion, preceding the election, with Cyrus L. Stark
Witness. I think I talked with him the day be
fore the election; I think it was at the Jones
House, in the reading room or office ; I saw him
in one of these rooms.
By Mr Barger. Give us that couvermation 83
you now recollect it.
Witness. The substrate° of that conrersatien
was of a general character in reference to the
election; I could not give the real-motion 111 full ;
I don't remember it.
By Mr Barger. Please give us that conversation
as you recollect it.
Witness, He told mo that he was very anxious.
for the election of general Cameron. Said that if
he could do anything to aid in the election of
General Cameron he felt willing to do anything
he esuld to aid in his election; I think I told him
my own opinion was that the caucus nominee of
the Democratic party would be elected. I did not
believe that any man belonging to the Democratic
party would vote for Cameron, or any other Re
publican; that is about the substance of the conver
sation at that time.
By Mr Barger. Tell no what was said by Mr.
Stark, or yourself in that conversation, as to tke
means that were being used to elect Simon Came
ron ?
Witness. I don't remember any conversation of
hat kind, at that time.
By Mr Barger, Tell us, sir, what was said by
you, or Mr Stark, at any other time, as to the
ratans that wore being used to elect General Cam
eron P
Witness. I don't remember sufficiently co state
what had paned between us upon that point, If
By Mr Barger. Do lunderstanci you to say, sir,
that you can give us no part of any suoh conver
sation r
Witness. I don't remember sufficiently to state
what had passed between us upon that point, if any
By Mr Koine. Will you state, sir, if any pro
positions were made to you by Cyrus L. Stark, or
any other person, to assist or aid in any way, by
money or otherwise, in procuring any member of
the Legislature to vote for General Simon Came
ron ?
Witness. Stark said to me in one conversation
that he knew a Democratic member of the Legis
lature who would vote for General Cameron for
United States Senator for twenty thousand dollars;
he said that thie man wanted five thousand dollars
paid to him then before he voted ; I asked him
who the man was; he said he was nofwilling to tell
me the name, but that he would give the name to
Cameron; he asked me to go and roe Camcron
about this matter, and said he thought I would
find him at the, State Capital Bank; I told him
that perhaps I might see Cameron or might not;
I told him that I did not believe, from my knowl
edge of Cameron, that he would accept that propo
sition ; I told him I did not believe Cameron would
trust a man who would not, trust him; be said he
was very anxious to see Cameron elected, and was
very certain that this man would vote for him under
that arrangement; I think he said they had spoken
about putting the money in his (Stark's) hands,
but ho said he did not want any money in his
hands; ho came around sometime afterwards, on
the acme day, to where I was, and inquired if I
had seen General Cameron; I told I bad not; I
saw him again ; he came again and said that he
bad seen Cameron himself, but told nao nothing
about what eonversation be bad bad with Came
ron; this ends the conversation I had with bin•,
excepting the one mentioned in a former an- .
By Mr Keine. Did he say who it was that was
going to put the money in hilt hands?
Witness. I supposed from that remark that the
parties who were willing to take the money and
vote for Cameron, were willing that the money
should be placed in his (&ara's) hands.
By Mr Rain.. Was there any proposition wad:*
you to booms the hdlder of the money yourself ?
Witness. Thera was not.
By Mr Brown. had you any Understanding or
arrangement with Mr. Stark, or any other person,
that you would use any /Jeans to induce Demo
eraCo members to absent themselves or to vote for
General Cameron ?
Witnest. I had not anything of the kind.
By-Mr Brown. Did you alone, or in eoneert
wi h any other person, endeavor to induee any Dem-
Dennis member to absent bin:melt' or to vote for
General Cameron ?
Witness. I did not.
By Mr Brown. Do you knew of any candidate
for I:Toted States Senator using any undue means
to lotluenee the election
Witnfes. Ido not.
By Mr Waksfield. What reason did Cyrus L.
Stark give, if any. for desiring the election of Gen
eral Cameron as United States Senator?
Witnese. Ido not recollect ►hat he gave any
apt:falai reason• 11. W. Pains.
STRANGE, DRAlll..—thin day hat week an ur.
kncwo colored man was found tbating down the
Surqueltsunkriver in the neighborhood of Swei
gart's tavern, in Dunmore township, Lanoaeter
county, holding onto a log, wish bis bead above
water. Ile was taken out by some men, but
died within an hour afterwards, apparently in silt.
Vatriot Mien.
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NOTSIOI III 22,1282.
The Latent from Charleston-
The latest news we have from Charleston is
up to noon of the 9th. A dispatch from a
gentleman on board the Mary Sanford, dated
Moorhead City, North Carolina, April 10, says
they passed through the fleet off Charleston
on Thursday, the 9th, at 10 a. m. The Moni
tors were ranged along the beach off Cninmings'
Point, all in good order. 'Arrangements had
been made to blow up the Keokuk. Reports
were conflicting as to future movements. One
of the pilots who boarded the Mary Sanford
stated that the Monitors would withdraw over
the bar, and that there would be no further
action for the present. On the other hand, an
officer from the James Adger (gunboat) stated
that the engagement would be resumed at
about one o'clock, p. m., and added that Ad
miral Dupont expected to be successful. The
Mary Sanford left at noon, and when about
twenty-five miles north heard heavy firing. We
feel disposed, under the accumulation of bad
news, to seize upon every item that holds out
the slightest hope of something better ; and
taking this statement in connection with the
following, we try to persuade ourselves that a
second and more successful attempt to pass the
Charleston batteries may have been made. In
deed if the dispatch from Moorhead City and
the one below are carrot, there is reason to be
lieve that such has been the case :
WASHINGTON. April 11, 8, a. m.—Your friend,
Lieut. C., of the Army of the Potomac, has
just telegraphed me that Jeff. Davis received,
late on Thursday night, 'dispatches from Com
modore Ingraham, which were not published
in any of yesterday's rebel journals. The na
ture of the news is not known, but it is sur
mised here that if it were favorable the rebels
would make no secret of it. d. W. A.
The relevraph seems to centre all its hopes
of conquering a peace in the negro. Without
his aid, that patriotic paper seems to think the
jig is up. If the Southern negroes won't fight
for us, but on the contrary remain true to
their masters and fight for them, then, the Tel
esreph tells us, "the chances of subduing a
people thus united would be very slim." But
if we can induce the negroes to espouse our
cause, and "throw a successful [the word is
aptly chosen] force of black troops, bearing
with them the guaranty of freedom, into the
heart of the thickest of the slave country, *
* * we believe the victory would be assured
to the country." So it would, we presume, if
we could "throw a successful force" of white
men into the same position. But the Hessian
evidently has lost confidence' in white men—
and we can't blame him much, if he judges all
white men by those who now misgovern the
country, trample upon the Constitution, rob
the treasury, and lead cur soldiers to slaughter
instead of victory. tied knows we are with
him in want of faith in such white men. We
certainly have, ourselves, more respect for and
confidence in negroes than in the crazy, God
defying and God•forssken Abolitionists who
are every day bringing the nation nearer the
verge of ruin. Bat why don't the Hessian
and his fellow Abolitionists act instead of talk?
Why don't they put the negro brigades in the
field and save the country, instead of insulting
the people and wearying their patience by in
cessant gabble. Fill up your black brigades,
throw your successful negro troops into the
heart of rebellion and subjugate the South—
or go yourselves and do it—or acknowledge
your incapacity and resign the administration
to abler hands.
General News.
By yesterday afternoon's telegraph we bare
received the following discouraging intelli
The New York Times, extra, contains par
ticulars of the attack on Charleston furnished
by a special correspondent who arrived in that
city on the morning of the 13th from the scene
of conflict. The trial was decisive. The or
deal of the two hours served to prove that the
defensive powers of the iron fleet were insuffi
cleat to withstand the terrible force of the
offensive enginery of the works it had to as
sail, while the limitations of the offensive pow
ers of the iron-clads took away all advantage.
The result of the reconnoissance proves the
utter insufficiency of the iron-clad fleet to take
Charleston, without assistance. The Nahant
received thirty rounds, several being bad frac
tures of deck and sides below and'above the
water line. The most fatal blow was by
heavy rifled shot, which struck the pilot house
and dislodged ; several bolts, wounding all the
intnatte. The Passaic received twenty-five or
thirty rounds. The most extraordinary phut
was from a ten inch rifled projectile, which
struck the top of the turret, scooping out a
huge portion of iron, breaking all of eleven
plates of one Inch tli4knese each, and 'spend
ing its force on the pilot house on top of the
turret, in which it made a crater three inches
deep, raising the pilot house three inches.
Another shot hit the turret, forcing the plate
and striking inward. The carriage of the 11-
inch gun was disabled by the shot, while a
portion of the interior iron easing fell, lodging
in the groove of the turret, and stopping its
revolution. Th• Nantucket had her turret so
jarred that the cover of the port hole could not
be opened, and consequently her 15-inch gun
could not be used. The other Monitors re
ceived more or less shot, but were not disa
.The following from the N. Y. Tribune is the
mart complete and interesting account we have
seen, furnished by the correspondent of that
paper who was on board the flag ship Iron
sides during the action :
The iron-clati squadron arrived off Chant/8-
ton on the mnruing of the 6th inst. It was
intended to cross the bar that afternom, but a
high wind arose, which induced Admiral Du
pont to postpone crossing until the next day.
In the evening the Admiral issued his order
of battle. The plan or the attack was to move
tae iron-clad squadron up the main ship chan
nel, without no:icing any Are Of the blorcs
Island batteries, steer directly to Fort Sump
ter and engage its northwest face, at a dis
tance of GOO or 800 yards, the fire to be aimed
at the centre embrasures. The line of battle
to be as . follows ; Weehawken, Passaic, Patap
sco, New Ironsides, flag-ship; Catskill, Nan
tucket, Nahant and Keokuk.
A squadron of reserve, consisting of the
Canandaigua, Housatonic, Huron, Unidilla and
Wissahicon, was to form outside of the bar,
prepared to come, if necessary, to the support
of the iron-clads.
Early on the morning of the 6th instant
Admiral Dupont and staff transferred their
quarters from the steamer James Adger to the
About 8 o'clock a general signal to get under
way was giver. Some fears were enter
tained of grounding when crossing the bar,
but all the vessels got over safely and came to
anchor directly opposite Light House Inlet.
It was deemed necessary to await the ebb
tide in order to discover more readily the ob
structions. The fleet was expected to be able
to move to the attack at 1 o'clock p. m., but
at that time a thick fog bad risen concealing
the shore lines, the guidance of which the pi
lots, among whom were three colored volun
teers and Robert Small, required for safe
The Admiral then reluctantly postponed the
attack to the next day.
During the day a brigade of General Ferry's
Division worked its way up Folly Island, es
tablished itself close to the beach and opened
communication with the fleet. No portion of
the land force got nearer to the point of at
tack, and all were obliged to play the part of
Nothing was done during the remainder of
the 6th.
On the morning of the 7th the fog was still
thick, but by 9 o'clock it had nearly cleared
away, and there was no further cause for &&-
lay of the attack. Up to 12 o'clock prepara
tions for the conflict were continued on all the
At 1 p. m. the pilot of the flag ship at last
declared himself ready to move. The signal
to get under way was made, and at fifteen min
utes before 2 the whole fleet was in motion in
the order given above. At 2i o'clock the bat
teries on Morris Island had been passed by the
first four Monitors without drawing the sire of
the enemy.
Shortly before three o'clock, the Irousides
showed disobedience to her rudder, her bow
swinging to the strong ebb tide, and threaten
ing to bring her on the shoals to her right,
S.ho was, therefore, compelled to come to
anchor to stay her course. Meantime the first
four Monitors had continued on toward the
The enemy allowed the Weehawken to come
within 600 yards of Fort Moultrie, when two
shots aoross ner bow from this fort opened the
The Ironaides had 'again got under way
and approached within 1,200 yards of Fort
Sumpter, when she once more became unman
ageable, and was again obliged to drop an
The Monitors ahead of hei had then reached
the converging point of the faro of Cumming's
Point batteiy, Fort Sumpter, Fort Moultrie and
a work between Fort Moultrie and Moultrie
ville, known as Battery Bee.
A sheet of flame and volumes of smoke, ex
tending from Morris to Sullivan's Islands, in
augurated what has been undoubtedly the most
terrific cannonade of the whole war, if, indeed,
it was ever equalled in the history of the
A perfect torrent of shot and ehell was
poured upon the Monitors, wrapping them
sometimes almost entirely in spouts of water
thrown up by the striking projectiles.
The Monitors continued their way, replying
vigorously from their batteries to the enemy.
They passed the north-east face cf Fort Sump
ter, but when they came near its angle with the
north-western face, they made out at a short
distance three distinct lines of ebatruetious,
consisting of floating logs with torpedoes at
tached, and net works of cables held perpen
dicularly in the water by weights.
The Patapsco got foul of one of them, and
could not make her screw work for some 15
minutes, but finally got clear. A torpedo ex
ploded ose to the bow of the Weehawken,
without, however, doing any damage.
The vessels all steering very heavily, the
narrow passages through the line of obstruc
tions could not he reached. After Peveral vain
attempts, the ,four vessels turned about and
steamed back down the harbor, all the while
sustaining a heavy fire, and responding with
their guns as vigorously as they could.
The Patapsco had her 200-pounder Parrott
gun disabled by its own recoil early in the ac
The turret of the Passaio was bent in, and
cramped her 11-inch gun so as to prevent its
working. Shortly afterward her turret stopped
revolving, and she lost all offensive power. .
The Ironsides had, meantime, vainly strug
gled to come closer to Fort Sampter. The
rebel gunners, finding her a fixed mark, plied
her freely with shot and shell. Her position
was such that she could not bring her broad
sides to bear until about 4 o'clock, when she
got an opportunity to deliver her fire at Fort
This was the only offensive demonstration
made by her during the action.
When Admiral Dupont found that he could
not readily move the Ironsides, he signaled to
the four iron-clads behind her to pass ahead
and go to the support of the four vessels al
ready engaged.
In trying to pass by the Catskill and Nan
tucket brushed the Ironsides on the port and
starboard sides, but after awhile managed to
get away and moved on.
They and the Keokuk and Nahant came un
der the concentric range of the forts and bat
teries at about the time the other four Moni
tors were turning back.
They nevertheless advanced with their guns
at work briskly past the northeast face of
Fort Sumpter, until their course was likewise
impeded by obstructions.
The Cattail', Nantucket and Nahant receive'
the united fire of both Forte Sumpt er and Dloul
The Keokuk had steered a little more to the
left, and for a white received the fire of Fort
Sumpter alone. She fired the gun in her for
ward turret but three times, when it became
'lei after gun could not be brought to bear
effectively and was thus rendered useless. Af
ter continuing under the united fire of all the
forts and batteries for about three-quarters of
an hour, all the Monitors and the Whitney
Battery came beck in obedience to a signal
from the flag-ship.
The Ironetdes had already dropped back
some distance out of range of Fort Sumpter.
At 5 o'clock the entire fleet was out of range,
and the action ceased.
The Ericsson raft, known as the Devil, was
attached to the bow of the Weehawken, but
proved a hindrance instead of a help, by em
barrassinglhe steering of the Weehawken.
The monster torpedoes intended to be.con
nected with the raft were not used, as they
required delicate handling, and fears were en
tertained as to their success. The devil was
lost the day after the fight, and washed ashore .
It was the intention of the Admiral to renew
the attack on the next day, tut when the re
ports of the commanders of the iron-clads were
received, showing that two, the Keokuk and
Passaic, were rutty, and three, the Patapoo,
Nantucket, and Kellam were partially dizaoled,
the Admiral determined to desist from's con
In this decision he was sustained by the
tmanimonq opinion of the commanders of all
the iron-clads.
The firing on both glee wee good, and the
thunder of the '3/lemonade terrific.
Toe ettitang of the heavy misbiles uged by
the rehele spinet the sides, decks, and tat re's
of the Monitors, the reverberations or their tart&
monstrous guns, the plunging of shot and shell
into the surrounding waters, the dense smoke,
now hiding the forts and batteries from view,
then broken by sheets of flame, the uncertainty
as to what new obstacle or infernal machine
might he encountered by the iron -clads, the
difficulty of properly maneuvering the ves
sels, the anxious suspense of the inhabitants of
the iron boats as to whether victory or defeat
was to crown their efforts—all this made the
scene one of unparalleled interest and excite
No worls can convey an idea of the terrible
fire. The Monitors were hit from twenty to
eixty times each, with the exception of the
Keokuk, which, from her more exposed position,
was struck by not less than ninety shots.
her turrets were penetrated a number of
timer, and her hull, at the water mark, showed
nineteen holes. She was only kept afloat by
plugging and pumping, until next morning,
when she sunk on the bar in eighteen feet of
water, her colors still flying.
All on board were saved, but all lost every
thing they had.
The Ironsidea was hit from 50 to 60 times
without material damage..
The enemy used only shot of the heaviest
caliber. The most destructive of their missiles
were of English manufacture, principally
Whitworth's steel pointed projectiles.
Eleven large holes, apparently running
through the walls, some of which were about
three feet wide, were made on the east face of
Fort Sumpter, showing that our fire was not
altogether ineffectual.
The Monitors fired altogether about 160
The numerical weakness of the laud force
rendered their direct co-operation in the attack
impracticable. Upon the Navy devolved the
main share of the work, and all the fighting
was done by it alone.
When your correspondent left the scene of
conflict two of the Monitors had sailed for Port
Royal, and the others were to follow.
The following list comprises all the casual
ties in the iron-clad squadron :
Keokuk—Capt. Rhind, contusion right leg.
A. Mclntosh, Acting Ensign, two wounds on
forehead and fracture of skull; dangerous.
Chas. McLaughlih, seaman, seriously in both
David Chaplin, seaman, slightly, in left
James Ryan, seaman, seriously, right thigh.
C. D. Mott, landsman, slightly.
H. Swords, seaman, slightly.
J. J. Brown, seaman, slightly. -
R. Nicholson, Quartermaster, slightly.
Nahont—Capt•. Downs, slightly on leg from
Isaac Schaffer, pilot, severely by a bolt
Edward Cobb, Quartermaster, late of the
Cumberland, fracture of skull from bolt; since
John Alanlister, dangerously on head from
Intelligence from Newbern to the 9th leads
to the impression that Gen. Foster would be
compelled to surrender for want of provisions.
All attempts by land and water to eapply him
with stores and reinforce him bad failed,
and he was left to his own resources with
twelve hundred men to contend against as
many thousands. Apprehensions are even
felt for the safety of Newbern ; Gen. French,
who had started from that poet with 8,000
men, having been forced to fall back by supe
rior numbers who were marching upon it.
The rebels at Tampa Bay, Florida, played a
characteristically mean trick upon a boat'q
crew of the bark Pursuit. Three of them,
dressed as women, decoyed a boat's crew
ashore by waving a white flag. When they
reached the shore, a squad of fifty or sixty
ambushed rebels rose and fired on them, woun
ding five of the men. The crew took to the
water under refuge of the boat, which they
pulled off the shore, at the eame time firing
on the disguised rebels, killing one of them.
The boat finally reached the chip.
From 'Vicksburg we learn that the inron
clads Louisville, Mound City, Carandolet, Ben
ton, Lafayette and two others were prepared
to run the gauntlet of the rebel batteries. Fri
day or Saturday night last was fixed upon to
make the attempt. Transports prepared with
log and cotton bulkheads were to follow.
Gen. Oeterhaus had arrived at Carthage, ten
miles below Warrantor, on the Louisiana side,
with a heavy Union force. The expedition
against Fort Greenwood, under Generals Ross
and Quimby, had returned to Helena nuns
cessful, with the loss of a large number woun
ded and 25 or 30 killed. Quimby's and Ho
vey's divisions have been ordered to Vicksburg.
Gen. Grant has moved his headquarters to
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