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ing that for the subsistence of a human Yankee slaves.—The Marine Brigade, under the Comcarcass vegetable dict was the most proper! For mand of General Ellet, and a portion of Colonel the honor of the country, this Northrop should Gresham's command, returned to Natchez from be ejected at once.”

an unsuccessful expedition after the rebels under —President Lincoln, in his Message to Con- Wirt Adams, who had mounted a battery on gress, appended his Proclamation of Amnesty.

Ellis's Cliff.—The English steamer Minna, while (Doc. 32.)

attempting to evade the blockade of Charleston,

S. C., was captured by the United States gun—The following is an account of an affair

boat Circassian. that took place to-day, near Great Western Furnace, Stuart County, Tenn., about twelve miles

December 10.-Major-General Grant, from his from Canton, Ky. : “The guerrilla, Colonel Mar- headquarters at Chattanooga, Tenn., issued the tin, who lately robbed the citizens in that sec

following congratulatory order to his army: “The tion of nearly all they possessed, passed through General commanding takes this opportunity of Golden Pond, Tenn., with his gang, taking returning his sincere thanks and congratulations horses, and plundering indiscriminately. The to the brave armies of the Cumberland, the citizens of the neighborhood organized a squad Ohio, the Tennessee, and their comrades from of fifteen men, composed principally of the late the Potomac, for the recent splendid and deciEighth Kentucky cavalry, headed by John Mar- sive successes achieved over the enemy. In a tin and F. M. Oakley, and started in pursuit of short time you have recovered from him the the guerrillas. They came upon them about mid- control of the Tennessee River from Bridgeport night, in camp, eating a supper furnished them to Knoxville. You dislodged him from his great by one Dawsy Griffin. The citizens demanded a stronghold upon Lookout Mountain, drove him surrender, which was refused by the rebel lead- from Chattanooga Valley, wrested from his deterer, and the order was given by Martin to charge mined grasp the possession of Missionary Ridge, upon them, which was done in a handsome man- repelled with heavy loss to him his repeated asner, resulting in a complete rout, and the cap- saults upon Knoxville, forcing him to raise the ture of all their arms, horses, clothing, camp siege there, driving him at all points, utterly equipage, and two contrabands. Three of the routed and discomfited, beyond the limits of the rebels were killed on the spot.”—The National State. By your noble heroism and determined Ilouse of Representatives unanimously passed a courage, you have most effectually defeated the vote of thanks to General U. S. Grant and his plans of the enemy for regaining the possession army, and ordered that a medal be struck in his of the States of Kentucky and Tennessee. You honor, in the name of the people of the United have secured positions from which no rebellious States.

power can drive or dislodge you. For all this

the General commanding thanks you collectively -PRESIDENT LINCOLN sent the subjoined con- and individually. The loyal people of the United gratulatory despatch to Major-General Grant : States thank and bless you. Their hopes and “Understanding that your lodgment at Chatta

prayers for your success against this unholy renooga and Knoxville is now secure, I wish to bellion are with you daily. Their faith in you tender you, and all under your command, my will not be in vain. Their hopes will not be more than thanks—my profoundest gratitude for

blasted. Their prayers to Almighty God will the skill, courage, and perseverance with which be answered. You will yet go to other fields of you and they, over so great difficulties, have ef- strife ; and with the invincible bravery and unfected that important object. God bless you all!" Alinching loyalty to justice and right, which have This was immediately published to the armies characterized you in the past, you will prove under the command of General Grant.

that no enemy can withstand you, and that no December 9.-President Lincoln granted a defences, however formidable, can check your pardon exempting E. W. Gantt, of Arkansas, onward march.” from the penalty of treason, which he incurred -GENERAL GILLMORE again shelled Charleston, by accepting and exercising the office of Briga- S. C., throwing a number of missiles into differdier-General in the service of the rebels. The ent parts of the city. The rebel batteries openpardon also reinstated General Gantt in all his ed fire, and a heavy bombardment ensued for rights of property, excepting those relating to several hours.--The steamers Ticonderoga, Ella,

and Annie, left Boston, Mass., in pursuit of the -The steamboat Brazil, while passing below Chesapeake.—The new volunteer fund of New- Rodney, Miss., was fired upon by rebels on shore. York City reached seven hundred and fifty thou. Three women and one man were killed. sand dollars.

- Robert Ould, the rebel Commissioner of December 11.— The annual report of the rebel Exchange, addressed the following oflicial letter Secretary of War was made public. He refers to Brigadier-General Meredith, the agent of the to the operations of the army in its several de- National Government: “As the assent of the partments, and says that the campaign in Mis- confederate government to the transmission, by sissippi was certainly disastrous. It is difficult your authorities and people, of food and clothing to resist the impression that its disasters were

to the prisoners at Richmond and elsewhere, has not inevitable. That a court of inquiry, to in- been the subject of so much misconstruction and vestigate the whole campaign, met in Atlanta in misrepresentation, and has been made the occaSeptember, but in consequence of the vicinity of sion of so much vilification and abuse, I am dithe enemy, requiring the presence of witnesses

rected to inform you that no more will be allowed and judges at other points, it has been tempo- to be delivered at City Point. The clothing and rarily suspended. It is expected soon to reas- provisions already received will be devoted to the semble. A deficiency of resource in men and use of your prisoners. When that supply is exprovisions, rather than reverses in battle, caused hausted, they will receive the same rations as our the withdrawal of the army to Middle Tennessee. soldiers in the field.” He alludes to desertion, straggling, and absentee- -MAJOR-GENERAL Burnside, in obedience to ism, and says that the effective force of the army orders from the War Department, resigned the is but little over half or two thirds of the men command of the army of the Ohio to Major-Genwhose names are on the muster-rolls. He re. eral John G. Foster.—The rebel government saltcommends the repeal of the substitute and ex- works on West-Bay, Florida, were destroyed by emption provisions, and that all having substi- an expedition from the United States armed ves. tutes be put back into the field, and that the sels Restless and Bloomer. The government privileges which Congress granted to put in sub- works were three quarters of a mile square, and stitutes can be regularly and constitutionally ab- one hundred and ninety-nine salt-works belongrogated by the same power. He says that no ing to companies and private individuals, with compact was entered into between the govern- five hundred and seven boilers, kettles, etc., the ment and the person furnishing a substitute, as whole worth three millions of dollars. has been alleged, but only a privilege which gov- December 12. General Scammon attacked ernment accorded. Instead of complaining of General Echols at Lewisburgh, Va., routing him such abrogation, the person ought to feel gratified effectually, killing and wounding quite a number at what has heretofore been allowed him. He of the rebels, and capturing many prisoners. recommends an abridgment of exemptions and General Kelley's Despatch. the conscription of them all, making details according to the wants of society at home. He

December 13.- Major-General Grant, from his says that the three years' men, when their terms

headquarters at Chattanooga, Tenn., issued genexpire, cannot be finally discharged, and should eral orders concerning the property of secessionbe retained, allowing them to choose the existing directed to immediately seize, or cause to be

ists in his department. Corps commanders were company under its present organization in the same arm of the service. He recommends the seized, all county records and documents show. consolidation of such companies and regiments ing titles and claims to property within the reas are reduced below a certain complement. He volted States, in their respective districts, and to pays a glowing tribute to the heroism, endurance, hold the same until they could be delivered to and unfaltering devotion of the soldier, and of an authorized tax commissioner of the United the lamented dead who yielded their lives as sac

States. rifices upon the altar of liberty, and closes by December 14.-Between two and three o'clock saying that our very reverses, showing a united this afternoon, the forces of Longstreet turned and determined endurance of every thing for inde- upon and attacked the pursuing column of cavpendence, must convince the enemy of the futility alry under General Shackleford. The line of batof his efforts to subdue us.-Richmond Examiner. I tle was formed at Bean Station, Tenn., on the

Cumberland Gap and Morristown road; and a until that liberty and independence for which fight ensued which continued until nightfall, when they have been so earnestly contending shall the rebels succeeded in driving the Nationals have been at least achieved, and made sure and about half a mile. Colonels Wolford, Graham, steadfast beyond even the probability of a future Foster, and others were engaged. The musketry danger; and that, in spite of the reverses which fire was very heavy. The whole movement was have lately befallen our armies in several quarmade with a well-contrived plan to cut off and ters, and cold and selfish indifference to our su: capture General Shackleford and command; and ferings thus far, for the most part evinced in the

l a heavy force of rebel cavalry moved down the action of foreign powers, the eleven millions of left bank of the Holston River, with the inten- enlightened freemen now battling heroically for tion of crossing at Kelly's Ford and coming in all that can make existence desirable, are fully his rear.

This portion of the programme was prepared, alike in spirit and in resources, to enchecked by General Ferrero, who sent the bri-counter dangers far greater than those which they gade of General Humphrey to hold the ford. have heretofore bravely met, and to submit to The rebels fired across the river with artillery far greater sacrifices than those which they have upon the brigade, but with little effect.—(Doc. 36.) heretofore so cheerfully encountered, in prefer

—The United States bark Roebuck capturedence to holding any further political connection a small sloop-boat called the Gopher, containing with a government and people who have notoritwo men, sixteen bags of salt, and one box of ously proven themselves contemptuously regardnotions, off Indian River, Florida.—Governor less of all the rights and privileges which belong Thomas E. BRAMLETTE, of Kentucky, addressed to a state of civil freedom, as well as of all the a letter to Captain Edward Cahill, recruiting col- most sacred usages of civilized war.” ored troops, questioning his right to recruit in Mr. Miles regretted that the gentleman from that State.—COLONEL Watkins, commanding the Tennessee had introduced such a resolution. The Kentucky brigade, returned to Chattanooga, true and only treatment which that miserable and Tenn., from a cavalry reconnoissance as far as contemptible despot, Lincoln, should receive at La Fayette. He captured a rebel signal station, the hands of this house was silent and unmitand six officers and forty privates. The rest of igated contempt. This resolution would appear the large force of rebels fled.

to dignify a paper emanating from that wretched

and detestable abortion, whose contemptible emp-An expedition sent out by General Wistar from Yorktown to Charles City Court-House, Va., of the civilized world. He moved to lay the sub

tiness and folly would only receive the ridicule under the command of Colonel R. M. West, re

ject on the table. turned to Williamsburgh, Va., having been successful in the accomplishment of its object. — resolution should be tabled, with the understand

Mr. Foote was willing that the preamble and (Doc. 26.)

ing that it would indicate the unqualified conDecember 15.—President Lincoln's Amnesty tempt of the House for Abraham Lincoln and Proclamation was under consideration in rebel his message and proclamation alluded to. Congress. Mr. Foote presented the following

Mr. Miles said there would be no misunderpreamble and resolution :

standing about that. “Whereas a copy of the truly characteristic

The motion was unanimously adopted. proclamation of amnesty recently issued by the

Similar resolutions, offered by Mr. Miller cf imbecile and unprincipled usurper who now sits

Virginia, went the same way. enthroned upon the ruins of constitutional liberty in Washington City, has been received and read - There were yesterday in the Libby Prison by the members of this House; now, in token of and its dependencies at Richmond, Va., over ten what is solemnly believed to be the most undi- thousand abolition captives. In this number are vided sentiment of the people of the confederate included nine hundred and eighty-three commisStates :

sioned officers, domiciled at the Libby under the "Be it resolved, That there never has been a immediate supervision of Major Thomas P. Turnday or an hour when the people of the confed- er. By the record it appears that nine were reerate States were more inflexibly resolved than ceived on the fourteenth instant. Twelve died they are at the present time, never to relinquish the same day. The arrivals for several days past the struggle of arms in which they are engaged, I have not been very numerous. On last Friday

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night, Captain Anderson, of the Fifty-first Indi- ing general order : “The recent affair at Moscow, ana cavalry, (Streight's command,) Lieutenant | Tenn., has demonstrated the fact that colored Skelton, of the Nineteenth Iowa regiment, (a red- troops, properly disciplined and commanded, can headed, bullet-eyed, pestilential abolitionist,) es- and will fight well, and the General commanding caped from the hospital of the Libby Prison by deems it to be due to the officers and men of bribing the sentinel, one Mack, a member of the the Second regiment West-Tennessee infantry Tenth Virginia battalion of heavy artillery. This of African descent, thus publicly to return his person was purchased for four hundred dollars.- personal thanks for their gallant and successful Richmond Examiner.

defence of the important position to which they - Tuis night, about eight o'clock, Rosser's bri- had been assigned, and for the manner in which gade, of Stuart's rebel cavalry, came upon the they have vindicated the wisdom of the GovernOrange and Alexandria Railroad, from the south, ment in elevating the rank and file of these regi. near Sangster's Station, Va., and destroyed two ments to the position of freemen and soldiers." bridges over Pope's Run.-(Doc. 115.)

-The Richmond Enquirer, in an article on - AUThentic information having been received the exchange of prisoners, held the following that Acting Masters John Y. Beall and Edward language: “The Yankees are not going to send McGuire, together with fifteen men, all belong their negro troops in the field: they know as well ing to the confederate States navy, are now in as we do that no reliance can be placed upon close confinement in irons at Fort McHenry, to them; but as dépôt-guards, prison-guards, etc., be tried as pirates, our efficient and energetic they will relieve their white troops. This is the Agent of Exchange, Judge Ould, notified Gen- use that will be made of them. Should they be eral Meredith that Lieutenant Commander Ed- sent to the field, and be put in battle, none will ward P. Williams and Ensign Benjamin H. Porter be taken prisoners-our troops understand what and fifteen seamen, now Yankee prisoners in our to do in such cases." hands, have been placed in close confinement and irons, and will be held as hostages for the

-PRESIDENT LINCOLN sent a message to the proper treatment of our men.-Richmond En-Congress of the United States, communicating a quirer.

letter addressed to him from a committee of gen-A list of steamers destroyed on the Missis- tlemen, representing the Freedmen's Aid Societies sippi River since the beginning of the war, was of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Cincinmade public. Over one hundred and seventy- nati, in relation to the freedmen under the profive were burned or sunk.

clamation of emancipation.—The United States December 16.—A fire broke out this evening bark Roebuck captured off the mouth of Indian in the hospital of the One Hundred and Forty- River, Florida, the English schooner Ringdore, eighth New-York regiment at Yorktown, Va., and twenty-three tons burden, of and from Nassau, in a few moments the building was all on fire, with a crew of five men. Her cargo consisted and as there were no engines or water near, it of one hundred and ninety bales of salt, three was impossible to subdue it. The Government bags of coffee, two half chests of tea, and three bakery also took fire, and communicated it to barrels of whisky. When first discovered, she the Arsenal. For several hours, the loaded shell attempted to escape, but on being fired at, ran stored within exploded, until the magazine was aground on the bar. reached, when a terrific explosion took place,

-For several days past the detectives at Richscattering the building and shell in every direc- mond, Va., have been on the hunt for parties tion. The loss was estimated at one million dol- who are either suspected of stealing the clothing lars.- Major-GENERAL BUFord, commanding a sent by the Yankee Government for the prisoners division in the cavalry corps of the army of the

now in our hands, or receiving the same, knowPotomac, died at Washington, D.C.---The steam

ing it to have been stolen, Several soldiers, er Chesapeake was recaptured in Mud Cove, Sam- wearing the confederate uniform, have lately been bro IIarbor, Nova Scotia, by the National steamer seen with blankets branded “U. S.," and in some Ella and Anna, under the command of Lieuten

cases, shoes, with the Yankee mark on them, ant Commander John F. Nichols.

have been sold to citizens at uncommonly low December 17.-From his headquarters at Mem- figures by some of the guards of the prisons. phis, Tenn., General Hurlbut issued the follow-Several individuals have been arrested on the

above charge. Richmond Examiner, December should be willing to postpone all minor differ19.

ences to a period when the enemy sball not be --COLONEL Carter, of the First rebel Virginia thundering at the gates, the country has a right cavalry, with six other persons, was captured at to demand that the voice of faction shall be Upperville, Va., by a detachment of the Twenty- hushed, and that every man shall smother his second Pennsylvania cavalry.-An entire com- private griefs, and give his heart and hand to the pany, belonging to the Third North-Carolina common salvation. rebel cavalry, was captured near Washington,

“We are all embarked in the same vessel, we N. C., by a party of the Fiftieth Pennsylvania are all tossing upon the same stormy sea, and, in regiment, commanded by Captain Blakely. Yes- the event of shipwreck, none has as much to lose terday, at sunset, the Nationals left Washington,

as the officers of the ship, and especially the man and after a march of twenty-four miles, came

whom we have ourselves called to the quarterupon the enemy's camp. The night was dark deck, and who has every conceivable motive to and rainy, rendering it possible for the troops to do the utmost for our preservation that human come upon the rebels unheard, and a complete

wisdom and energy can accomplish. surprise was consequently effected, the enemy

“Would to heaven that, for a time at least, till being taken in their tents asleep, without the fir- this hour of imminent peril be passed, the voice ing of a gun. The number taken was thirty

of dissension and discord could be hushed, and four, with their horses, equipments, and arms.

the counsels of patriotism and prudence govern The surprising party was led by Mr. Henn, who the pulsations of every heart, and the utterance acted as guide, and who previously had been of of every lip. We can assure Congress, that no

thing so disheartens the true friends of the coungreat use upon cavalry expeditions. On this occasion he entered the rebel camp alone in ad-try as the fault-finding abuse heaped upon the vance of the attack, and reconnoitred the ene

public servants, at a time when we should all be my's position.—Tue rebel partisan Standwaite, engaged in beating back the public enemy. with a portion of his force, made an attack upon should be borne down by our vile and dastardly

“It would be mournful enough that our cause the ontposts of Fort Gibson, Ark., but was repulsed, and compelled to retreat across the Ar- foes, but a far deeper humiliation, an unspeakkansas River.— A BODY of Stuart's cavalry made a hands. But the people will not let it perish

able disgrace, that it should perish by our own descent at eight o'clock this night upon company I, of the One Hundred and Fifty-fifth New-York either by the hands of indiscreet friends or regiment, stationed at Sangster's, three miles west open foes, and we warn them both to stand of Fairfax Station, Va., slightly wounding one

clear of an avalanche which will inevitably fall man, capturing four, and burning the tents be- upon their own heads." longing to the company. The attack was unex

-CAPTAIN LEEPER, commanding National pected, but, nevertheless, the guard made a gal scouts in South-East Missouri, overtook three lant defence. On being charged upon by the guerrillas, belonging to Reeve's band, near Black enemy, they withdrew behind their encampment, River, and succeeded in killing the entire party. pouring in repeated volleys upon the rebels, and -A FIGHT took place at Fort Gibson, between finally compelling them to retire.

a party of guerrillas, under Quantrell, and six December 18.—The Richmond Despatch of this hundred National troops, belonging to the Indian day contained the following: “We can assure

brigade, commanded by Colonel Phillips. The such members of the confederate Congress as feel engagement lasted five hours, and resulted in disposed at this decisive crisis in the national the complete defeat of the guerrillas. affairs to give undue prominence to querulous -- Tue chaplains of General Lee's army held a complaints and denunciations of the government, meeting at Orange Court-IIouse, Va., to-day. that they do not represent the public sentiment Most interesting reports were made, showing a of the country-nay, so far from that, they are high state of religious feeling throughout the arousing in the minds of a people whose salvation army. The great success of the army is due to depends upon the harmony and coöperation of all the religious element which reaches every corner the public servants, deep and stern dissatisfac- of it; whilst, on the other hand, I am very much tion.

disposed to fear, from what I have been told by “At this solemn moment, when every patriot | officers who have served in the army of Ten

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