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came in sight of the party immediately fled, and made for itself—a history to be proud of; a hison meeting their comrades, they all joined and tory never to be forgotten ; for it is written as came back, and found the colored troops prepared with a pen of fire dipped in ink of blood on the to give them battle. Captain Hitchcock, not memories and in the hearts of all. He besought knowing the strength of his opposers, fell back a them always to prove themselves as loyal in prinshort distance, and the enemy rallied and charged ciple, as valiant in arms, as their record while furiously again. The rebel captain ordered Hitch- under his command would show them to have cock to surrender, firing at the same time his re- been; to “remernber the glorious cause you are volver at Corporal John Heron, who dropped un- fighting for, remember the bleaching bones of hurt to his knees, and sent a ball through the mis- your comrades killed on the bloody fields of Doncreant's breast, which proved fatal. Rebel citi- elson, Corinth, Champion Hill, and Vicksburgh, zens state that the opposing force numbered fifty or perished by disease during the past two years men, and acknowledge their loss to be one captain, of hardships and exposure—and swear by these sergeant, and two privates killed, and eight wound. imperishable memories never, while life remains, ed. The Union loss was as follows:
to prove recreant to the trust high heaven has Killed—George Diegs, company H; Lewis Tay- confided to your charge.” He assured them of lor, company H; Peter Grant, company H; Sam- his continued sympathy and interest in their welluel Moden, company G. Wounded—William Gal-being, no matter how great a distance might seplin, company B; Henry Brown, company H; Mil arate them; and closed by heartily recommendBeckford, company H; William Hegdon, com- ing them to their future commander, his own pany H; Zeno Callahan, company H; Duncan companion in arms, and successor, BrigadierTurner, company H; John Bodly, company H.
General Leggett. -John C. CRANE, acting quartermaster at November 14.–The farmers of Warren, FrankNashville, Tenn., in a note to Andrew Johnson, lin, and Johnson counties, N. C., having refused Governor of that State, says:
to pay the rebel tax in kind by delivering the “ The bearer, (colored,) Jane Woodall, is my government's tenth to the quartermaster-general, house-servant. She is a slave, claimed by Chris- James A. Seddon, the Secretary of War, issued topher Woodall, a resident of Tennessee. It is the following letter of instructions to that officer: said that he is disloyal, and on a previous occasion the military authorities prevented him from their tenth at dépôts not more than eight miles
“It is true the law requires farmers to deliver taking her.
from the place of production; but your published “Has Mr. Woodall any right, under the Presi
order requesting them for the purpose of supply. dent's Proclamation, and military law, to take
ing the immediate wants of the army, to deliver at this woman? " It strikes me not, as we have taken posses- than eight miles, and offering to pay for the trans
the dépôts named, although at a greater distance sion of rebel property without compensation.
portation in excess of that distance, is so reasonRequesting your decision in the premises, I am, able that no good citizen would refuse to conply Governor, very respectfully, your obedient ser
with it. vant."
“You will, therefore, promulgate an addition to THE GOVERNOR'S RESPONSE. “ EXECUTIVE OFFICE,
your former order, requiring producers to de“NASHVILLE, TENN., November 18, 1863. liver their quotas at the dépôts nearest to them * Respectfully returned. If the girl referred by a specified day, and notifying them that in to within is willing to return with Mr. Woodall, case of their refusal or neglect to comply thereshe should be allowed to go, but, if not willing, with, the Government will provide the necessary she will not be compelled to go with him. transportation at the expense of the delinquents,
“ ANDREW Jonsson, and collect said expense by an immediate levy “ Military Governor."
on their productions, calculating their value at -In accordance with an order from the War the rates allowed in cases of impressment. Department, Major-General John A. Logan sur- “If it becomes necessary to furnish transportarendered his command of the Third division of tion, the necessary teams, teamsters, etc., must the Seventeenth army corps. In addressing the be impressed as in ordinary cases. officers and soldiers of the different brigades, he “All persons detected in secreting articles subreminded them of the history the division had ject to the tax, or in deceiving as to the quantity produced by them, should be made to suffer the mand, in Tennessee and Mississippi be cl sed, confiscation of all such property found belonging and that no goods of any description be allowed to them.
to pass out, nor any thing be brought in, except “The people in the counties named, and in fire-wood and provisions, by any citizen, without fact nearly all the western counties of that State, the written order of some general officer, each of have ever evinced a disposition to cavil at, and which permits, and the reason for granting the even resist the measures of the Government, and same, will be reported to these headquarters, and it is quite time that they, and all others similar- for the necessity of which each officer granting ly disposed, should be dealt by with becoming will be held rigidly responsible. rigor. Now that our energies are taxed to the II. All merchants, and others doing business, utmost to subsist our armies, it will not do to be will be held responsible for knowledge of the defrauded of this much-needed tax. If neces- residence of the parties to whom they sell, and sary, force must be employed for its collection. the sale of merchandise to persons beyond the Let striking examples be made of a few of lines of pickets will be punished with the highest the rogues, and I think the rest will respond rigor known to the laws of war. promptly."
III. All persons residing under the protection - MAJOR-GENERAL SCHOFIELD, from the head of the United States, and physically capable of quarters of the Department of the Missouri, at military duty, are liable to perform the same in St. Louis, issued an important order regarding a country under martial law. Especially in the the enlisting of colored troops.
city of Memphis, where it is known many have November 15.-Conrad Posey, a brigadier- fled to escape liability to military service at home, general in the rebel service, died at Charlottes- this rule will be strictly applied. In pursuance, ville, Va., from a wound received in the fight therefore, to orders to this effect from Majorat Bristoe Station, Va. General Posey was
General W. T. Sherman, commanding departformerly colonel of the Forty-eighth Mississippi ment and army of the Tennessee, all officers regiment, belonging to General Featherstone's
commanding districts, divisions, and detached brigade, and when the latter was transferred brigades of this corps, will immediately proceed from the army of Virginia to the West, General to impress into the service of the United States Posey was commissioned to succeed him. The such able-bodied persons liable to military duty firing on Fort Sumter continued steadily. From as may be required to fill up the existing regi“ Thursday morning last until yesterday (Sat- ments and batteries to their maximum. Those urday) at sundown, one thousand five hundred persons so levied upon, if they enlist for three and twenty-three mortar shells and rifled shots years or the war, will be entitled to the full benwere fired at the fort. The Union fire has ceased efits provided by the acts of Congress. If not, to be of any injury to that defence.”—Richmond they will receive clothing and rations, and be Enquirer.
borne at the foot of each company roll with re-MAJOR-GENERAL S. A. Hurlbut, from his marks stating their time of service and the adheadquarters, Sixteenth army corps, at Memphis,
vances made by the Government in clothing; a Tenn., issued the following general order :
certificate of which will be given them when disI. The people in the District of West-Tennes charged from such forced service, the question of see and the northern counties of Mississippi hav- pay or other compensation to be settled by proper ing shown no disposition, and made no attempt authorities hereafter. They will be discharged to protect themselves from marauders and guer
when no further military necessity appears for rilla bands, but having submitted themselves, their enforced service. without organized resistance, to the domination
IV. The senior surgeons and inspectors preof these petty tyrants, and combined, in many sent will constitute a Board of Inspection on the instances, with the known enemies of the United physical capacity of recruits.—General Orders States to procure from corrupt traders in the No. 157. city of Memphis and elsewhere, supplies for the -Last evening a party of rebel cavalry crossed use of the public enemy, have proved themselves the Rapidan in front of Kilpatrick's line, at Morunworthy of the indulgence shown them by the ton's Ford, Va., attacked the pickets, capturing Government.
some six or eight of them, and retreated across It is therefore ordered, that the lines of pick- the river again. ets around the several military posts of this com- This morning the affair was reported to General Custer, who was temporarily in command -GENERAL AVERILL arrived at New-Creek, of the division, when he immediately ordered a Va. At or near Covington he encountered and regiment of cavalry and Pennington's battery dispersed a portion of Imboden's command on of three-inch rifled guns down to the rear, their way to reënforce Echols, and captured and drove them back from the ford, notwith- twenty-five prisoners in the skirmish. standing they had brass twelve-pounders. This
-The cavalry belonging to the Union forces was done in the midst of a heavy rain-storm. under the command of Brigadier-General J. C. No serious casualties were reported to Major- Sullivan, sent out from Harper's Ferry, Va., reGeneral Pleasanton.
turned this day, having been up the Valley to November 16.-General Burnside retreating on near New-Market, fighting Gilmore's and White's the advance of Longstreet, evacuated Lenoir, commands at Mount Jackson, bringing in twenTenn., but fought a battle at Campbell's Station. ty-seven prisoners, two commissioned officers, The fight lasted for some hours. The Federal ninety head of cattle, three four-horse teams, betroops retreated to the protection of their bat- sides thirty tents and all the horses and equipage teries, which opened upon the rebels with effect, of the prisoners; the party was under the comand checked their advance. They fell back to mand of Colonel Bayard, of the Thirty-first Pennthe river; a second battle was fought in the after- sylvania cavalry. noon, which continued until nightfall, Burnside He destroyed a number of tents and a quanremaining in possession of the ground. Loss of tity of salt. The men helped themselves to a the rebels estimated at one thousand killed and wagon-load of tobacco, weighing about five hunwounded. Lieutenant-Colonel Smith, Twentieth dred pounds. Nichigan, was killed.-Doc. 19.
The Union loss was two men killed, three Norember 17.—Nearly a hundred prisoners wounded and three missing. - General Sullivan's captured by General Averill in his engagement Despatch. with the rebels in Pocahontas County, Va., ar- -CORPUS CHRISTI and Aranzas Pass, Texas, rived at Wheeling this morning, and were com- were captured by the National forces under the mitted to the Athenæum. There was scarce command of Major-General Banks. Yesterday ly a whole suit of clothes in the party, and afternoon at about three o'clock, the gunboat many of them were without shoes.
Judging Monongahela, with a fleet of nine vessels, transfrom the fact that a fall of snow was lately an- ports, etc., arrived at the bar and commenced nounced in the vicinity of where the fight took landing troops through the surf on the south place, these shoeless rebels must have suffered point of Mustang Island. This morning at sunterribly from the cold.
rise, the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Maine regi-The schooner Joseph L. Gerity, on a voy- ments, Thirty-fourth Iowa, Eighth Indiana, and age from Matamoras to New-York, with a cargo company F, First Missouri artillery, with a part of cotton and six passengers, was seized by the of the Twentieth Iowa volunteers, were ashore latter, who overcame the captain and crew; and and in column en route up the beach toward after keeping them in confinement eight days, set Aranzas Pass. About eleven o'clock the Mononthem adrift at sea in a small boat, in which they gahela opened her two hundred-pound Parrott eventually landed on the coast of Sisal. After on the enemy's battery, which was planted bethe crew and captain were put in the boat the hind the sand-hills so as to completely cover the captors hoisted the rebel flag and fired a salute channel and southern point of St. Joseph's with pistols, declaring that they would carry Island. In the mean time the Thirteenth and vessel and cargo into Honduras and sell them. Fourteenth Maine, the two advance regiments,
Nocember 18.—The firing on Fort Sumter from succeeded in getting in the rear of the works the National batteries continued. A rebel mor- within two miles, without being discovered. tar battery on Sullivan's Island shelled Gregg The armed transport McClellan, Captain Gray, and the Cummings Point defences all day.- drawing less water than the Monongahela, worked General Longstreet made an attack upon the up close on to the battery, soon making it unUnion outposts, on the Kingston road, near tenable. They abandoned the battery, sought Knoxville, Tenn., and compelled General San- shelter from the sand-hills, until their flag of ders, in command of the forces there, to fall back truce was discovered, when they were permitted to the town.--Doc. 19.
to surrender without terms. Their battery con
sisted of three twenty-four-pounders and one ualties were one man wounded and five horses eight-inch sea-howitzer. The force of the garri- shot.-Large and spirited meetings were held in son consisted of one company of regular artil- all the wards in Boston, Mass., last night, to enlery and two companies of drafted Texan militia, courage volunteering Committees were appointin all, about one hundred and fifty men. ed, and the work was pursued with energy. A
similar movement was made in cities and towns November 19.-General IIampton and General Thomas L. Rosser returned to Fredericksburgh, throughout the State.—AT GETTYSBURGI, Pa., Va., from a most successful expedition into Cul- the national cemetery, for the burial of the Union peper County. On Tuesday night last they crossed soldiers who fell in the battles fought at that the Rapidan with detachments from Rosser's, Gor- place in July, 1863, was consecrated. don's, and Young's brigades, all under the imme
-A COMBINED expedition, consisting of the gundiate command of General Rosser, for the purpose boat Morse, commanded by Captain Charles A. of ascertaining the position of the enemy on the Babcock, and four hundred and fifty men from other side. After marching all night over a despe- the One Hundred and Forty-eighth regiment of rate road, they succeeded, about daylight on Wed New-York volunteers, under the command of Lieunesday morning, in locating the pickets of the ene-tenant-Colonel George M. Guion, left Yorktown, my. That being accomplished, General Rosser Va., on Monday, November sixteenth, in search immediately ordered a charge, which was exe- of a party of the rebel “ Marine Brigade,” reportcuted by his brigade in the most gallant style, led to be on their way from Richmond to Mob driving the advance back upon the main body, Jack Bay, to commit depredations on the Northwhich was encamped a short distance in the rear. Here the enemy had formed a line of defence;
The Morse landed the regiment the same evenbut, in defiance of a heavy fire poured into his ing at the head-waters of East River, which at command, General Rosser pressed forward, and
once marched across the county to Matthews soon drove the entire force (the Eighteenth Penn: Court-House, where information was obtained sylvania cavalry) through their encampment, and
that the “Marines” had left the place but a few pursued them some miles beyond, in the direc- hours previously. Passing the night there, early tion of Stevensburgh.
the next morning the march was continued northThe result of this gallant exploit was the cap- ward as far as Shuffletown, on the Piankatank ture of sixty prisoners, among them an adjutant River. No traces of the rebels being discovered, and one lieutenant, two flags, one hundred horses the regiment turned about and scoured the counand mules, a number of tents, all the wagons, try down to the mouth of the Piankatank, enbaggage, etc., of the encampment. The enemy camping that night at Cricket Hill. fled through the woods in every direction, many The next morning, the eighteenth, crossing in of them without having completed their toilet small boats to Gwynne's Island, the men were defor the day. Having located the enemy, (the ployed across it, and the cover beaten as they adoriginal object of the expedition,) and obtained vanced. About noon, near the lower end of the other valuable information, the command was island, their labor was rewarded by the discovery withdrawn, by the way of Germanna Ford, to the of the entire party for which they were in search, other side of the river, where the prisoners and consisting of an acting master in the rebel navy, other captures had been previously forwarded.- named Webb, and fifteen men. The marines Richmond Enquirer.
were hidden in the reeds and bushes of swamp, -A DETACHMENT, composed of companies G, H, and offered little resistance. Each man was armed I, and K, of the Fifty-eighth regiment of Illinois with a carbine, cutlass, and pistol of English infantry, with a portion of the Second Illinois manufacture. They had with them a twelvecavalry, under the command of Captain Franklin pounder breech-loading brass howitzer, which, B. Moore, pursued Faulkner's rebel partisans to however, they had previously concealed in the a point on Obion River, four miles from Union woods. A sloop, with which they intended to City, Tennessee, where, in attempting to cross commit depredations on passing vessels, was disthe river, the rebels were fired on, and eleven of covered up a creek, and burned. their number killed. The Nationals captured They were expecting to capture a large vessel, fifty-three prisoners, a wagon-load of small-arms, and eventually to attack one of the mail-boats thirty-three horses, and four mules. Their cas- plying between Fortress Monroe and Baltimore,
from which city Webb and nearly all of his gang ture settlement, but the fair exchange of colored of pirates hailed. In the possession of Webb soldiers and of their white officers will be insistwas found his commission as master in the rebel ed on by the Government before another rebel navy, together with a letter of instructions from soldier or officer will be exchanged." Secretary Mallory, ordering him to proceed to
November 21.-The steamer Welcome was atthe rivers and creeks of Eastern Virginia, organ-tacked this morning at Waterproof, La., by guerize his party, and annoy commerce as extensively rillas, with cannon planted on the levee, and as possible.
twelve balls and shells fired through and into The One Hundred and Forty-eighth returned the cabin and other parts of the boat, besides to Yorktown to-day with their prisoners, who nearly three hundred Minié balls from the sharpwere sent to Fort Norfolk.
shooters along the banks of the river. --ACTING Norember 20.—The Solicitor of the War De- MASTER J. F. D. Robinson, commander of the partment, Mr. William Whiting, in a letter to a Satellite, and Acting Ensign Henry Walters, gentleman in Boston, wrote as follows:
who was in command of the Reliance, were
dismissed from the Navy of the United States, " There are several serious difficulties in the
for gross dereliction in the case of the capture way of continuing an exchange of prisoners. One
of their vessels on the twenty-third of August, is the bad faith of the enemy in putting into ac
1863. The Department of the Navy regretted tive service many thousands of paroled prison
“the necessity of this action in the case of ers, captured at Vicksburgh and elsewhere, with
Acting Ensign Walters, inasmuch as the Court out releasing any of our soldiers held by them. But another difficulty of still graver importance bravery and to the best of his ability, and which,
report that during the attack he acted with is the peremptory refusal by the enemy to exchange colored soldiers and their white officers
in some measure, relieves his want of precaution upon any terms whatever. It is well known that against surprise from its otherwise inexcusable
character, and shows that his failure to take them they have threatened to sell colored captured soldiers into slavery, and to hang their white of- proceeded more from inexperience than neglificers.
gence.'”—General Orders No. 24. "The Government demands that all officers
-Ar Little Rock, Ark., a large Union meeting and soldiers should be fairly exchanged, other- was held, at which the “restoration of State wise no more prisoners of war will be given up. rights under the old Government” was advocated, The faith of the Government is pledged to these and a great number of persons took the oath of officers and troops that they shall be protected, allegiance and enrolled themselves for home deand it cannot and will not abandon to the savage
fence.-ENGLISH REBEL blockade-runner steamer cruelty of slave-masters a single officer or soldier Banshee, was captured by the United States who has been called on to defend the flag of his steamers Delaware and Fulton, off Wilmington, country, and thus exposed to the hazards of war.
North-Carolina. “ It has been suggested that exchanges might — The steamer Black Hawk, when about half go on until all except the colored troops and their a mile below Red River Landing, on the Missiswhite officers have been given up. But if this sippi River, was fired into from the east bank of were allowed, the rebels would not only be re- the river by a battery of ten or twelve guns, and lieved of the burden of maintaining our troops, about fifteen round shot and shell struck the but they would get back their own men, retain- boat. One shell exploded in the Texas, setting ing their power over the very persons whom we fire to and burning that part of the boat and are solemnly bound to rescue, and upon whom pilot-house. As soon as the captain and officers they could then, without fear of retaliation, carry found the boat on fire, they ran her on a sandinto execution the inhuman cruelties they have bar on the west side of the river, and immediateso basely threatened.
ly put all the passengers on shore, after which “ The President has ordered that the stern law the fire was extinguished. While the boat lay of retaliation shall, without hesitation, be en- aground on the sand-bar, the sharp-shooters were forced, to avenge the death of the first Union sol- pouring in their murderous Minié balls, of which dier, of whatever color, whom the enemy shall in some three hundred struck the boat in different cold blood destroy or sell into slavery. All other parts of her cabin and hull. It was the guerquestions between us may be postponed for fu- / rillas' intention to follow the boat, but the gun