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her, setting her on fire, but the flames were ex- between the two governments; nevertheless that tinguished.—The bombardment of Fort Sumter the confederate States may stand justified in the was continued ; eighty-six shots were fired at sight of the conservative men of the North of all the city of Charleston during the day.

parties, and that the world may know which of February 6.— The English steamer Dee was the two governments it is that urges on a war discovered ashore and on fire, at a point one mile unparalleled for fierceness of conflict, and intensouth of Masonboro Inlet, N. C., by the Nation-sifying into a sectional hate unsurpassed in the al gunboat Cambridge. Finding it impossible to annals of mankind; therefore, extinguish the flames or get her off, Commander Resoloed, That the confederate States invite Spicer, of the Cambridge, abandoned the at the United States through their government at tempt, and still further destroyed her by firing Washington, to meet them by representatives into her.— Admiral Lee's Report.

equal to their representatives and senators in their

-, on the day of —, next — Tue Sixteenth army corps, General Hurl-respective congresses

to consider, first, whether they cannot agree but, and Seventeenth corps, General McPherson, under orders of Major-General Sherman, entered upon a recognition of the confederate States of

America. Second, in the event of declining such Jackson, Miss., the enemy offering but little re

a recognition, whether they cannot agree upon sistance. ---(Doc. 122.)

the formation of a new government, founded --A PARTY of Yankees went to Windsor, in Ber

upon the equality and sovereignty of the States; tie County, N. C., in boats, while another party but if this cannot be done, to consider, third, landed on the Roanoke River, eight miles below, whether they cannot agree upon treaties offensand marched on the town, where they made a

ive, defensive, and commercial. junction with those that went up in boats. They burned up some meat, destroyed some salt, and February 7.-The reconnoissance which was carried off the Rev. Cyrus Walters, of the Epis- sent out from the army of the Potomac on Fricopal Church, and several others. They attack- day night and yesterday morning, returned to-day, ed Captain Bowers's camp, and routed the small having ascertained the rebels' exact position and force there; but, Captain Bowers being reënforced probable strength. The Second corps (General with a small body of cavalry, after some sharp Warren's) took to Morton's Ford at seven A.Y., fighting, the Yankees retired.-Raleigh Confed- yesterday, under Generals Caldwell, Webb, and erate.

Hayes. General Alexander Hayes, command-A DETACITMENT of the Seventh Indiana en- ing the Third division, led the advance in pertered the town of Bolivar, Tenn., under the im- son, fording the river waist-deep, on foot, at the pression that the place was still occupied by the head of General J. T. Owen's brigade. The Federal troops. Much to their surprise, they rebel sharp-shooters, in rifle-pits, on the other found a regiment and a half of rebels in poses. side, kept up a galling fire, while a battery stasion. They were in the town, and demanded tioned on the hills to the right, and a mile bewhat troops they were. The reply was, Missis- yond the ford, hotly shelled the advancing colsippi. The Indianans, with the shout, “Remem- umn. On reaching the south bank of the Rapiber Jeff Davis !” made a furious attack upon the dan, a charge was made on the rebel rifle-pits, astonished and disconcerted rebels, and drove and twenty-eight men and an officer captured. them out of Bolivar in the utmost confusion, Much skirmishing ensued, and at midnight Warkilling, wounding, and capturing about thirty. ren recrossed his troops.—(Doc. 101.) The Union loss was one killed and three wounded.

-Great excitement and consternation existed -- In the rebel Congress, the following resolu- in Richmond, Va., on account of the approach of tion was introduced this day: “Whereas, The General Butler's forces upon that place. Last President of the United States, in a late public night the bells of the city were rung, and men communication, did declare that no propositions were rushing through the streets, crying: “To for peace had been made to that Gorernment by arms, to arms! the Yankees are coming!” the confederate States, when in truth such pro. During the remainder of the night there was an positions were prevented from being made by the intense commotion everywhere visible. The President, in that he refused to hear or even to Home Guard was called out, and the tramp of receive two commissioners appointed to treat ex- armed men could be heard in all directions. pressly of the preservation of amicable relations Cannon were being hauled through the streets.

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women and children were hurrying to and fro, Yankee deserter gave information in Richmond and there was all the evidence of such a panic of the intended movement." The enemy had as had never before been witnessed in Rich- felled a large amount of timber, so as to block mond.

up and obstruct the roads and make it impossible This morning there was no abatement in the for our cavalry to pass. After remaining at the excitement. The guards were all marched out bridge from two o'clock until twelve, General of the city to the defences, and the armed citi- Wistar joined them with his infantry, and the zens placed on guard over the prisoners. Horse. whole object of the surprise having been demen were dashing to and fro, and the excitement feated, they all returned to Williamsburgh. On among the prisoners to know the cause of all his march back to New-Kent Court-House, his this commotion became intense. It was soon rear was attacked by the enemy, but they were learned that a large cavalry and infantry force, repulsed without loss. A march by the Union with artillery, had made their appearance on the infantry, three regiments of whom were colored, peninsula at Bottom's Bridge, within ten miles of of more than eighty miles, was made in fifty-six the city, a point so famous in McClellan's penin- hours. The cavalry marched over one hundred sula campaign, and that Richmond was actually miles in fisty hours. threatened by the Yankees. The same hurrying

-Tue office of the newspaper Constitution of troops, arming of citizens, and excitement and Union, at Fairfield, Iowa, edited by David among the women and children continued during Sheward, was visited by company E, Second the morning. At two o'clock in the afternoon, Iowa, to-day. The type and paper were thrown the alarm-bells were again rung with great fury. out of the windows, and subscription-books deThe rumors that prevailed were conflicting and

stroyed. wild, and it was the impression that eight or ten thousand cavalry would have found but little -GENERAL Foster telegraphed from Knoxville, difficulty in entering the city, liberating the pri- under date of yesterday, that an expedition sent soners, destroying the forts and public property, against Thomas and his band of Indians and and retiring by the peninsula before any suffi- whites, at Quallatown, N. C., had returned comcient force to resist them could be brought to the pletely successful. They surprised the town, aid of the small garrison left to defend it.--A killed and wounded two hundred and fifteen, took Fight took place at Vidalia, La.—(Doc. 76.) fifty prisoners, and dispersed the remainder of

the gang in the mountains. The Union loss was February 8.—The expedition sent by General two killed and six wounded. - General Grants Butler, with the object of making a sudden dash

Despatch. into Richmond, Va., and releasing the Union prisoners confined there, returned, having been

February 9.--Jefferson Davis approved the unsuccessful. The following are the facts of the bill, passed in secret session of the rebel conaffair: On Saturday morning, February sixth, gress, to prohibit the exportation of cotton, toGeneral Butler's forces, under command of Bri- bacco, naval and military stores, molasses, sugar gadier-General Wistar, marched from Yorktown or rice; also one to prohibit the importation of by the way of New-Kent Court-House.

luxuries into the confederate States.-Colonel cavalry arrived at half-past two o'clock yesterday A. D. STREIGHT, and one hundred and eight other morning at Bottom's Bridge, across the Chicka- National officers, escaped from Libby Prison, at hominy, ten miles from Richmond, for the pur

Richmond, Va. Forty-eight of these were repose of making a raid into Richmopd, and en captured by the rebels, and returned to prison. deavoring, by a surprise, to liberate the prison- February 10.—The English steamers Fannie ers there.

and Jennie, and the Emily, were destroyed near The cavalry reached the bridge at the time ap- Masonboro Inlet, N. C., by the National gunpointed, marching, in sixteen hours and a half, boat Florida, commanded by Pierce Crosby. The forty-seven miles. A force of infantry followed Fannie and Jennie was the old prize Scotia, capin their rear, for the purpose of supporting them. tured in 1862, and condemned, not being considIt was expected to surprise the enemy at Bot. cred suitable for naval purposes. She was comtom's Bridge, who had had for some time only a manded by the celebrated blockade-runner Capsmall picket there. The surprise failed, because, tain Coxetter, who was drowned while attempting as the Richmond E.caminer of to-day says, "alto escape.- Commander Crosby's Report.

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-The Richmond Enquirer, of this date, con- band of guerrillas concealed in a pine thicket a tained an editorial, denouncing the Virginia Le- short distance off the road. gislature, for attempting to interfere with the His men were driven back across the bridge, state and war matters of the rebel government, but there held their ground until assistance could by the passage of an act, requesting Jeff Davis be sent for from General Crawford's division. to remove the act of outlawry against General Colonel Jackson, of the Eleventh Pennsylvania Butler, in order to facilitate the exchange of pri- reserves, was then sent out with a portion of his

regiment, and on his approach the rebels filed. -Major-General Meade, in a speech at Phila. The men then recrossed the bridge to the point delphia, in response to an address of welcome by where they had been driven back, and brought Mayor Henry, stated, that it might “not be un- away the body of Major Larmer, which had been interesting to know that since March, 1861, when left in the hands of the rebels. The Nationals lost the army of the Potomac left its lines in front of in the skirmish, besides Major Larmer, three cavWashington, not less than one hundred thousand alrymen killed and one wounded, and two prismen had been killed and wounded."

February 11.-The cavalry expedition under -GAINESVILLE, Florida, was captured by the the command of Generals W. S. Smith and United States troops under Captain George E. Grierson, intended to coöperate with the forces Marshall, of the Fortieth Massachusetts infantry, under General Sherman, left Memphis, Tenn.—and held for fifty-six hours against several at(Doc. 122.)

tacks of the rebels double his own number. A -The English steamer Cumberland, with a large quantity of rebel stores were distributed cargo of arms and ammunition, arrived at Key among the people of the town, alter which CapWest, Fla. She was captured by the United tain Marshall successfully evacuated the place. — States gunboat De Soto, while trying run the (Doc. 87.) blockade on the fifth instant.—(Doc. 103.)

-It appearing that large numbers of men - A WESTWARD-BOUND train on the Baltimore qualified for military duty were preparing to and Ohio Railroad was captured ten miles west leave Idaho for the far West, for the purpose of of Harper's Ferry, Va., by a band of guerrillas. evading the draft ordered by the President of The usual signal to stop the train was given, the United States, Governor W. M. Stone, of that when the thieves surrounded it, and commenced territory, issued a proclamation, announcing that a general robbery of the passengers, male and no person would be permitted to depart in that female. Greenbacks, jewelry, and other valuables direction without a proper pass, and that passes were taken, and few of the passengers escaped would be granted to those only who would make without losing something. The object seemed to satisfactory proof that they were leaving the be entirely to obtain booty, as, notwithstanding State for a temporary purpose, and of their inseveral Union officers and soldiers were on board, tention to return on or before the day of drastno prisoners were taken. The engine and tender ing, March tenth. were run off the track, but the train was not injured.

—Thomas II. Watts, Governor of Alabama,

issued the following communication to the people February 12.-Decatur, Miss., was entered

of Mobile : by the National troops, belonging to the com

“Your city is about to be attacked by the enmand of General W. T. Sherman, on an expedi

emy. Mobile must be defended at every hazard tion into that State.—(Doc. 122.)

and to the last extremity. To do this effectively, February 14.—Major Larmer, of the Fifth all who cannot fight must leave the city. The Pennsylvania reserve regiment, Acting Inspec- brave defenders of the city can fight with more tor-General on General Crawford's staff, was shot energy and enthusiasm when they feel assured dead in a skirmish with guerrillas about two that the noble women and children are out of miles east of Brentsville, Va. He was out with danger. a scouting-party of some fifty men of the Thir- “I appeal to the patriotic non-combatants to teenth Pennsylvania cavalry, who, as they were leave for the interior. The people of the interior crossing a bridge over Cedar Run, at the point towns, and the planters in the country, will reabove mentioned, were suddenly fired upon by al ceive and provide support for all who go. The

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