Newspaper of Evening Star, May 16, 1864, Page 2

Newspaper of Evening Star dated May 16, 1864 Page 2
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THE EVENING STAR W. D, W ALL AtH, Edlter Ud Proprietor. WABSUIGTOS CITY i MONDAY MAY 16, 1604. W READING MATTER ON EVERY PAGE 111 OUTBIDS VOH INTERESTING TELE GRAPH 10 AND OTHER MATTER. EXTRA. LATE FROM THE FRONT. FLAG OF TRUCK FROM GEN. LEE. HE APK8 FOR SURGEONS TO ATTEND TO OUR WOUNDED NOW IN THEIR HANDS. NO HEAVY FIGHTING ON SATURDAY. We learn from a member of the Sanitary CommJMioa who arrived here yesterday from the front, that on Saturday morning General Lm sent a flag of truce to General Grant, asking that purgeoas be sent within the rebel lines to care for onr wounded now in their banda, as they had more of their own than could be attended to. The request was granted, and a detail of six Burgeons made, Lee promising to protect them, and afford such facilities as were within his reach. We cannot learn, however, that any informa tion has reached the Government of such flag of truce having been sent by Lee. Up to the time our informant left the battle field, which was abcut eleven o'clock a. m /Saturday, there had been no fighting, the morn ing being occupied in assigning the reinforce ments which were arriving in numbers to the different divisions. ?t Fredericksburg some cannonading was beard in the evening, but it was not believed that anj general engagement was in progress. FROM THE FRONT. THE SKIRMISHING SATURDAY. CASUALTIES REPORTED. Parties wbo left Belle Plain at three o'clock Una morning, say there was no general engage ment on Saturday or Saturday night, although there was much heavy skirmishing, resulting in a number of casualties to the troops on both sides; the advance divisions of the 5th corps alone reporting 54 killed and over 250 wounded up to seven o'clock p. m. Saturday, when the firing on the skirmish line ceased, but was renewed at intervals during the night Up to the time that the parties above referred o left but few ot those wounded in any later battles than those ol Thursday last had arrived at Belle Plain, the others being either in hos pitals on the field or slowly getting through the mud, which the late rains has caused to accumulate to a frightful extent between the late battle-fields and Belle Plain. There was but little firing yesterday, al though occasionally a report as of heavy can nading was heard for a moment. LATEST FROM BUTLER. HE HAS NOT YET OPENED ON* FORT DAR LING. We have information from Gen. Butler'& op erations up to Saturday morning last, when his force lay massed around or in front of Fort Darling, holding possession of the roads di verging from it. He had had na engagement of any moment since the previous Thursday. Beauregard's force was supposed to be in Rich mood, or mnch nearer to that city than to Fort Darling. Up to the time our informant left. Chen. Butler had made no demonstration against the fort. ATTEMPT Og, THE REBEL PRISON. ERS TO ESCAPE. On Saturday last the rebel prisoners, num bering se yeral thousand, who were under gnard in a field abont half a mile from the Belle Plain steamboat landing, made an attempt to get away by a break against the line of guards around them. A battery near by was quickly brought into service, and the rebels again quieted down; cot relishing the idea of attempting an escape under an artillery lire. Four of the rebels were wounded with balls and one had a bayonet put through him by the guard for his temerity. WHAT THE DESERTERS SAY. ?Yesterday afternoon J. N. Hendricks, of the 12th Alabama, and Wm. J. Cox, of the 9th arrived in the city, having deserted their regiments on Sunday last near the Wil derness and made their way to Rappahannock Citation. The first-named is a conscript, and bad only been in the rebel army about four weeks; and the latter had been in the regiment mazned for three years. His term had expired some weeks since, but the rebels refused to release him, and forced him to take his place in the ranks. The 9th Alabama is In Wilcox's old brigade (now commanded by Harrian, of South Caro lina,) of Anderson's division, Hill's Corps, which was in the first day's fight. The 12th is in Battle's brigade, Rhodes' di vision of Ewell's Corps, which was also In the first part of the fight. Cox says Hill's Corps lost terribly. He had never seen such fighting or slaughter in his three years service. Both of the regiments to which these men belong are very thin, the 9th numbering but abont 175 men before the fight; and it is well nigh exterminated. They confirm the reports of a scarcity of food in the rebel army, but say that the rebs fight better on empty stomachs. SO HEAVY F1GHTJNG ON SATURDAY. 4? LEE STILL RETREATING. A messenger from the front, who left Gen'l Grant's headquarters at 10 a. m., yesterday morning, reports that the story of a fierce bat tle on Saturday night is incorrect. Heavy skirmishing occupied Friday and Saturday, and Lee was out-man ceuvred, and his main body was believed to be in retreat, though a heavy rear guard protected his backward movement? Chronicle. FROM GEORGIA* THE RETREATING EKE&1Y ENCOUNTERED. FIGHTING AT BE8A0A. Despatches from General Sherman gira in formation that tb e enemy, since their evacua tion of Dal ton, Georgia, have been overhauled by otr punning columns, and that a battle is going on at Resaca, a point on the Western and Atlantic railroad, eighty-fonr miles from Atlanta. SENT BACK IN IRONS. Some eight or ten officers who were arrested in this city for having skedaddled from the battlefield, were sent back yesterday in Irons. It is stated that an order has bean issued di recting that these officers be reduced to the rax> ?3. "DIRECT FROM THE FRONT. A gentleman who left Gen. Grant's head quarters at ten o'clock yesterday morning states that there has been no lighting since Thursday, with the exception of occasional sharp skirmishing. The sensation report or a cotemporary of a great battle on Satn *7 night and the capture of a rebel battery an large number of prisoners has no^fl^ion^ The enemy were confronting . army in force, showing a sullen determination to contest bis progrees h ^ The areateet confluence was felt at head auarters that before the end of this week the present struggle with I^e's army would be brought to a favorable close. GENERAL WADSWORTH. Mr. Or. W. Blunt, of New York, just from the front, reports that it is now known that the body of Gen. Wads wOrth was buried on the 10th inst., he having been wounded and cap tured on the 7th. There seems to be some discrepancy in the statements as to the place where the body of General W. was buried, one being that it was burled a short distance from Porter or Parker's Tavern, and another that it was some two miles from that place. BRIGADIER GENEBAL JOHN ROBINSON. The wounded leg of this distinguished officer, we regret to have to state, was necessarily amputated yesterday, above the knee. The operation was performed by Surgeon Nor ris, assisted by Surgeons Bliss and Notson. Though his condition remains critical, his sur geons and the friends surrounding continue hopeful of his recovery. He is at the residence, in this city, of his brother, Capt. Robinson, of the U. S. military railroad service. NATAL CAPTURE. The report of the capture, on the lBt of May, at sea, in latitude 20 deg. 5 mln, longitude 63 deg. 20 min. west of Cape Romain, Fla, by tbe U. S. schooner Fox, of the sloop Oscar, with 93 bales of cotton on board, hai been received at the Navy Department. The Oscar was bound from St. Marks, Fla., to Havana, and had a Con federate register and clearance. Captain Samuel Waters, of the Oscar, says her papers and flag were thrown overboard. OUR WOUNDED. The wounded now at Fredericksburg and those brought to this city only Include those wounded up to Friday. Since that time none ^have been received from the field, bat they will socn be brought away. The number of wounded remaining at Fredericksburg is estimated at 12,000. IN MOURNING. Parties arriving here from Fredericksburg ? state that since tbe progress of the great battles tbe secesh inhabitants of that place are in the babiliments of mourning. Whether this is for deceased friends, or the falling Confederacy is not known. EXCLUSIVE NEWS AND OTHER THINGS. An evening cotemporary of ours?suppose ?we say the Republican?perpetrated the joke yesterday evening of getting out an extra with considerably less than nothing in it, (a way it has,) and also in its own default ol news put its foot into it to the extent of denying the truth fulness of the news in our extra. To its officious denial ot the facta we stated, and especially that to the effect that Sheridan had effected a junction with the forces of Gsn. Butler, which that paper contradicted so elab- j orately, -.we commend the following offleial bulletin from Secretary Stanton to Gen. Dix, which corroborates our statements to the letter: ?? Washington, May 15,8.50 a. m.?An official dispatch from the battle-field at Spottsylvanla Court-House yesterday morning at 6.30 states that during tbe preceding night (Friday) a movement was made by the 5th and 6th corps to onr left, and an attack was to have been made at daylight, but no sound of battle had been heard from that quarter. The manoeuvre, it is said, if successful, would place onr forces in Lee's rear, and com pel him to retreat towards Lynchburg. No cannon nor any sound ot battle was heard yesterday at Belle Plain or Fredericksburg, which affords ground for inference that Lee had retreated during Friday night, and before tbe advance of the 5th aud 6th corps. Nothing later than 6.30 a. m. of yesterday has been received from the army by this Depart ment. All the wounded that reached Belle Plain yesterday evening have arrived here. Tbe surgical reports from the headquarters of the armv state tnat the condition of the supplies Is satislactory and the wounded are doing well. The medical director at Belle Plain reports everything at that point as satisfactory. The surgical arrangements have never been so com plete as now. General Sheridan's command had reached the lelt bank of Turkey Island (on the" James river) at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and have !ormed their junction with the forces of General Butler. Ed. M. Stanton, Secretary of War." Tbe claim of the Republican that its news is " exclusive," and that it has "Army correspon dents," creates some fun amongst newspaper men here, but we don't see why it should. News so original as never to have been heard of outside of the Republican office is surely " ex clusive" enough to bear that designation; and j in its style and head-lines anybody can detect the grandiloquent utterances of the irrepres sible Mac Atom ex-" war correspondent" of Vanity Fair. Mac Arone is certainly on the Republican.' He it was who first (and last) gave to the world through the Republican the news that Grant, on the first day of the fighting, had driven Lee to the wall and to Richmond. He it was who yes terday gave the Republican the first (and last) news of tbe heavy battle that " raged with great fury" for "many hours" on Saturday night last!" " Exclusively" the Republican's ! " No other paper has the news!" FROM FORTRESS MONROE. Further Particulars of Sheridan's Raid Hear Approach to Richmond?One Mil lion Rations Seized?Ten Millions Prop erty Destroyed. Fobtbess Monrok, May 15, 9 p. m.?Sheri dan arrived at James Kiver yesterday, p. m. He bad heavy fights and was very successful. He was inside of tbe Richmond works and could have taken the city, but was ignorant of Butler's position. He was near enough to see gas lights in Richmond. He captured three hundred prisoners, and reports J. E. B. Stuart mortally wounded. ' One hundred and eighty-four rebel prisoners arrived bere and were sent to the military prison. Captain Moore, A. A. G., General Ruggles' staff, and seventeen officers, with three hundred rebel prisoners, arrived from Belle Plain in charge of Captain Hood, of the 18tb Veteran Coip s, en route for Fort Delaware among them Major General Edward Johnson, Brig. Gen. Georgt. W. Stuart, Colonel Peobles, Ga.; Colonel Davidson, N C.; Colonel Harde man, Ga.; Colonel Harrell, N. O.; Colonel Fitzgerald, Ya.; Colonel Parsley, N. O.; Colonel Davant, Ga.; Major Carson, Ga.: Maior Enett, N. C.; Major Wilson, La.; Major Manning, La.; Colonel Van Dewender, Va.; Colonel Cobb. Va.; Colonel Haynes, Va.; Major Nash, Ga.; Major Perkins, va.; Major Anderson, Va. Steamer John Tucker arrived with 300 re captured Union soldiers; 200 vounded from Sheridan's forces arrived. Col. Kingsbury, of Sheridan's command, who was wounded, left for Baltimore. Sheridan destroyed one million rations, other stores, rolling stock, &c., to the amount of ten million dollars. Disturbance by Strikers. Niw Yobk, May 15.?Considerable excite ment has existed on the Sixth avenue railroad to-day, cansei by threats Oi violence from the late employees on the road, who are on astrike. A tew cars have been kept running with police men on each, but, up to this evening, no dis turbance occurred. Obsequies of Oea. Sedgwick. West Cobvwall, Conn, May IS.?The funeral of Major Gen'l Sedgwick was largely attended to-day at his residence. Verv many distinguished persons were present, among them three officers of the General's staff. IY-S=? COLUMBIA TYPOGRAPHICAL 80CIETY. ILj? A special meeting will be held THIS EVI NiNG. at 8o'clock, in the Surveyor's room, Oitr Hall, to make arrangements for the funeral of E. H. Kdmorson. v ? it* J- C. PROCTOR. Roc. Sec. 0=?I o 0. F.-WASHINGTON LODGE No. 6. Afpeclal meetin* of the Lodge will beheld P(Monday)EVENING, to makearrangements to attend tbe uneral of our late brother, Edwiv H. Epmomsov, which will take place to-morrow afternoon at S o'clock. Members of sister lodges are fraternally Invited. It J. P. McKEAN, Rec.&ec. ?Tg^NOTICK.-The member* of Columbia Ha L < gine Comptor. Wo. l.are hereby notified toBMt at their hall on TUESDAY APTEBNOON. at 1 o'clock, in foil uniform. for the purpose of at tend ioc the funeral rf our late iellow-member, Petek Kbapft. Br order: It* A. P. McKKNXA, President nr^-MAtHJNIO.?A regular communication of IJv? Harmony Lodge, No. 17. will be held on TCF-MOhROW(Taesdsy'EVENING.at7H o'clock. Punctual attendance of members ia requested. By order of W. M. my 16-2t* W. A. YATES, S?o. [yg^NOTICE.?The Carpenters' Association will hold a regular monthly meeting on TUES DAY NIGHT, at 7H o'clock, at the German Hall, 11th street, near E. All members are requested to be punctual, and also all other journeymen car penters are respectfully invited to attend By order: .?FjMt* F. W. W. LETOURNaN. Sec._ nfap-NOTICE.?Public notice is hereby given that there 13 no order of Colored Galileans in thia city except lodges No. Sand 6. If there be any others organized they will be considered im porters and will not be recognised by the abore lodges. PATRICK 8ELBY, my 16 It* Junior Lodges No. 5 and 6. mp BATTLE OP GETTY8BURG -TicketTfV^ IL5 J. R. Warbbb'S Lecture on the Battle of Gettysburg are fjr sale at all the hotels, book and drug stores in this city and Georgetown Two tickets admit a gentleman and two ladies. Go, one and al, to the House of Representatives on WEDNESDAY EVENING, May 18th. aureJt.? [Y"5F?FAIR AND FESTIVAL.-ThT~RiI7~i*i lk_5 Festival of the Foundry M E. Church, corner 14th and G streets, will continue another w?ek, for the purpose of raising funds towards bnildm? their new church. The public are cor diall y invited to attend. my n?-6t* There will be a CONCERT THIS EVENING, given in addition to the Fair, at the same place, y some of the best amateur aingers of Washing ton and Georgetown. Admission 25cents to all who have not season tickets. ' it" fTT* Ti?,N~\0TKRS OF FOURTH LKs3 WARD.?All voters in favor of the re-elec tion of Riohard Wallach to the Mayoralty at the ensuing election, are invited to attend a meet* in* at the Metropolitan Hook and Ladder House Maps avenue, between 4th and 5th streets on TUEBDAY EVENING next. May 17th. at 8 o'clock for tbe purpose of forming the Ward Ticket my 14-3t* nrip" NOTICE TO WOUNDED OFFICERS - LkJ? Wounded officers arriving in Was lington are earnestly requested to send their address to the office of the U. 8. Sanitary Commission, ^44 F street, in order that answers can be given to tLeir friends inquiring of their wheretbouts JOHN BOWNE,' my 12-6t Supt. Hospital Directory, 1V3=>SPECIAL NOTICE.?To tht Tin-Pl^?'i U-3. Sheet-Iron WotA^a of Washington:-You a re hereby notified of the expulsion of Messrs Gko Ar ?v.ALi and 8-,DiyLKTc?KRt first class members of the Tinman's Association of this city, for con duct unbecoming members of the same; they hav ing forfeited their right to membership by work ing for less wages than the Society calls for By order P. J. COLLISON, President. Jab. E. Mattingly, Rec. Sec. my 12-lw* rv^=? unconditional'Vniontioket LLS FIRST WARD. For Mayor? ' RICHARD WALLACH. Fop. Alderman? JOHN B. TURTON. For Common CorsciL? JAMK8 KELLY, H. C. WILSON. JOHN A. RHEEM. Fop. A.SSKS80R? my 16 te' THOMAS H. DO NO HUE. |jJ=-FOURTH W^RD IN DEPENDENTTnIoN Fop. Mayor? JOHN H. SEMME3. For Alderman? m ^ JAMES ENGLISH, For Commoh Cocjicu? WM H. BALDWIN. GEO E. KENNEDY, rT , , ? ELIJAH EDMO>8iON. lintel., Repub., Chron. & Con. Union 1 my 16-te Q^fKVtNTLiN WARDc^CO.SDWIOKAL For Mayor? JOHN H. 8EMMES. For Alderman? PETER M. PEARSON. For. Common Council? JOHN G. DUDLEY. W. T. WALKER. GEO. W. WRIGHT. For Assessor? JOHN H. BIRD. my j6-18t* ItS^UNCONd'iTLONA.l'uNIO'N CANDIDATE, * or Alderman? my 13-3t* JOHN H. PEAKE. KTF ? U RUNIO?'i',,fK&NCOND,Tl0t"1' For Mayor? RICHARD WALLACH. Fob Alderman? ? ? J NO. P. PEPPER. Fob Commos CorsciL? APBURY LLOYD. JOSEPH FOLLANSBEE, T 12 MICHAEL LABNER. |T^=? INDEPENDENT UNION CANDIDATE MAYOR. ap ? te J0H*f H. &EMMES. N TIUKKT. " f/^BICHARD WALLACH. Foa Alderman? CHAS. I. CANFIELD. For Common Council? WM. P. FERGUSON, JAMES B. DAVIS, _ J. B. WARD. Fob Assessor? B. F. DYER. may 6-Sw* [KS^THIRD WARD-JCWfi ELECTION.?Thm <3. unconditional Union voters of the Thiri Ward will support the following ticket at the ap proaching municipal election, via: FobMatqr? RICHARD WALLACH. Fob Aldebmak? JOSEPH F, BROWN, Fob Common Cbdncil? NOBLE D. LARNER, THOMAS A. STEPHENS, JOIPN W. 8IM8. *E8 P cKEAN -?p JS-tf Fob Assessor J AMI nr5=?THIRD WARD?/IW.E ELECTION.?Th* unconditional Union voters of the Third Ward will support the following ticket at the June election: Fob Matob? RIGHARD WALLACH. Fob Alderman? ALEXANDER R. SHEPHERD. Fob Commob Council? N. D. LARNER, JOB W. ANGUS, JOHN W. 8IM8. ap g-te nr^?IO* CREAM, CONFECTIONERY, fto. UoC Receptions, Parties. Weddings. Batis,8up Fairs and other entertainments furnished at snortest notice and most reasonable terms. Ice Cream and Water Ices made by steam power, war ranted to ** ^.he beBt in the citv, wholesale and re - Uil, delivered to any Bart of the city. Charlotte Russe, Jellies, Pyramids and WeddingOakes made I w?8SAFll?LI>'a Confection | ?ry, 336 pixtk ?t.% bet. Q and H. fe ll-Sm* foundry Church, corner of 14th and G streets, 43 Church Seats, with backs ana painted, 15 \enitian inside Blinds, 6 Window Shades, 26 yards floor Oil Cloth, 2 Furnaces, with .,*ture^c,om.ple,t?lA? Stove". and 6f> f?et of Stove / with eW" posts tnrned, 3 Oords of Ash Wood. All #r any of the above articles will be sold very cheap on aDolica ti?n to p. A. GARDNER, 460 New fork avenue, near 15th street my 16-if,tf The N ntional Bookstore Still Ahead. The subscriber having lately returned from the Boston, Philadelphia, and New York Spring Trade Sales, invite the attention of Sutlers, Peddlers. Dealers, and the public generally, to his large and splendid stock of B00K8? STATIONERY, AND FANCY ARTICLES, consisting in part of BOOK8, of all sizes, kinds and styles, BIBLES, PRAYER BOOKS. PRESENTATION B00K8, SCRAP BOOKS. BLANK BOOKS PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUMS in endless variety all styles and pnceB. 71 DIARIES, MEMORANDUM B00K8. CAP, NOTE and LETTER PAPERS, of all stvles and qualities, to suit the times. tyies size^OPE?' Pl#in' 'ancy and Wedding, ill PAPER NOYEI^S by the thousand or single one PENKNIVES, RAZORS. SCISSORS Rnronva COMBS, S0AP8, COLOGNES, PEkFuSiR??' CHBA8dE BOARDS.' 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Also, a number^ ? of BRETTS or OPEN BAROlfCHES fonr persons inside. manner, and would sutt either for pylrate ?im or for public conveyances. ?'X'vaie use or MULLINGER ft HUNTER _ of Heward and Franklin streets! my 12-lm* Baltimore * 4 O'CLOCK P. M. HEAVY BATTLE AT RESACA YESTERDAY! SHERMAN'S LOSS THREE THOUSAND IN KILLED, WOUNDED, AND MISSING. % <+? HE ACHIEVED A VICTORY. EVERYTHING PROGRESSING FAVORABLY. A dispatch received by Gen.Halleck from Gen. Sherman states that a battle occurred yesterday between him and the enemy at Reaaca, in which he lost some 3,000 in killed, wounded and missing, and the enemy's loss was believed to be much greater. Th ? railroad had besn re paired to within seven miles of his position, and everything was progressing most favor ably. No further details were given. Recovery of the Body of Gen. WadswortL ? THE REBEL DEAD AND WOUNDED LAY IN PILES. LEX IN A STRONG POSITION. We learn by the last arrival from Belle Plain that the snrgeon of the 66th New York, who was a prisoner, was paroled by Lee and al lowed to disinter the corpse of the lamented and gallant Oeneial Wads worth, which had been interred in a coffin made by breaking up a door. He was then passed by Lee with the remains over their lines into ours. He describes the piles of rebel dead and wounded as being horrible?much larger than ours?and states that they greatly lack medical supplies and surgical aid, principally through lack of instruments. He iurther states that Longstreet lays yet In the rebel camp very badly wounded in the shoulder, the blade of which is shattered. He further confirms the lact that the para graph lrom a late Petersburg paper alleging that Lee is wounded is untrue. According to his belief, the rebels are very advantageously posted, and will be dislodged from their present position only after very desperate fighting, unless Grant turns it. THE SITUATION We apprehend that there will be no general engagement between Grant ^nd i?ee for a day or two to come, as concurrent testimony rep resents the latter posted in a very strong line of works, long since constructed. Believing that Grant will seek to turn them, we conclude that it mnst be a day or two before hu move ments to that end, result in bringing on a gen eral engagement. Lee's necessities, in the mat ter of provisions may, however, induce him to fall back further, or to risk an assault upon Grant, who is hourly becoming stronger by the rest his men are obtain ing, the ? reinforcements he is receiving, and the removal of his wound ed, sick, and prisoners hitberward. LEE STRONGLY INTRENCHED. We have very late information from the front, to the effect that yesterday morning Lee was found in a strongly intrenched position betwqgn the Po and Mattapony rivers. The entrenchments are regularly construct ed earthworks, grown over with grass, show ing that they were constructed as long ago, perhaps, as the time of Hooker's advance in that direction. TllOUgb rvrmidaUa, thay are capable of being turned; and will be very shortly, if Lee makes any protracted pause there. A BRILLIANT RAID. DESTRUCTION OF TORPEDOES. -? KILLING OF A NOTORIOUS REBEL RAIDER. On the afternoon dt the 11th inst, Comm'r Parker of the Potomac Flotilla, received in formation that a party of Rebels were engaged in placing torpedoes In the Rappahannock and Piankatank Rivers to blow up our gunboats, and be immediately ordered an expedition to thwart their purposes. Col. Draper, of the camp at Point Lookout, was asked to co-oper ate and he immediately consented to go him self and took with him about three hundred colored troops lrom the camp who embarked on the same night. The troops were landed with thirty-six sea men, under the command of Capt.Street, with a boat howitzer; and the peninsulas between the Rappahannock and Piankatank Rivers and Mob Jacic Bay were pretty thoroughy scoured. The boats explored the Rappahannock as high up as Urbana, and the whole length of the Piankatank and succeeded in finding ten torpedoes, fonr of which were exploded, send ing the water up in huge jets. Six others were got out of the river unharmed. They were constructed of tin cases filled with pow der, and were to have been exploded by per cussion, a tarred string leading to the shore being arranged to set them off by. The amount of powder in them varied from thirty to sixty pounds. Some of those who were engaged in fixing the infernal machines were seen on shore, and the troops pursued them some distance en countering some two hundred rebel troops, who were there to protect the party fixing the torpedoes, when a little skirmish ensued re sulting in the killing of 10 rebels, the wound ing of a number of others, and the capture of Bbove twenty prisoners. The colored troops are said to have behaved with great gallantry. The leader of the torpedo party, Acting Master MaxweU, of th<j Confederate Navy, a notorious raider who has hltnerto given us much trouble, was killed while attempting to ?scape by swimming a creek. The expedition also destroyed a grist mill <yith a large quantity of grain, and a large num ber of cattle and mules which were brought off. The vessels of the squadron destroyed over thirty boats and captured four large kegs of powder. The parly returned on Saturday afternoon delighted with their success, having lost only one man killed and five wounded? colored troops. The Naval portion of the ex pedition met with no loss. A SENSATION REPORT* UNDOUBTEDLY A CANARD. There is a report in town, said to haye been brought here by a correspondent of a New Yorx paper to the effect that Stnart's cayalry (be not being dead rs reported nor in collision with Sheridan) haye been making a raid, 9,000 strong, upon our communications with Fred ericksburg and that all of Grant's wagons, containing Quartermaster's and Commissary stores haye been ordered to Fredericksburg out of harm's way. We can find no confirmation whatever for the report, and indeed parties just from the front saythat there cannot oe a word of truth In it. FOR THE FRONT. The 8th New York heavy artillery, Colonel Porter, 1,800 strong, who have been garrison. Ing the forts near Baltimore for some months past, marched down Seventh street to-day, en route for the front. RUMORED FIGHTING YESTERDAY. As we go to press we hear a rumor of firing having been heard along the front yesterday afternoon, indicating fighting or heavy skir mishing goir ton. GEN. JOSHUA T. OWEN. This officer has been reported killed twice durirjr this campaign, and the second time the statement was to positive that Philadelphia papers wrote loop obitnary notices. We now learn that Gen. Owen was still alive yesterday. Hr has had two horses shot under him?the lat>t cne about three days ago; and the animal fell so heavily upon him that he was for a time insensible, and was carried to a hospital, where he was yet lying yesterday morning; bat be expected to be in the saddle again before tbe campaign is over. GENERAL MORRIS. Among the wounded officers now In the Seminary Hospital, Georgetown, (not hereto fore mentioned,) is Gen'l William H. Morris, of the 1st brigade, 3d division, 6th corps, who was shot through the leg, while leading his men in the charge in which General Sedge, wick was killed. New Yerk Stack List?First Beard* fBy the People's Line.] U. S. coupon 6's, 1881, 115; U. S. 5.90% 107; Certificates of Indebtedness, 98k; Gold, 171k; N. Y. Central, 134 Erie, 113: Hudson, 139tf; Harlem, 2W); Readlne, 137; Michigan Central, 143; Michigan Southern, 96#; Illinois Central, lite#; Cleveland and Pittsburg, II ltf; Galana and Chicaeo, 128#; Cleveland and Toledo, 147Jf; Chicago and Rock Island, 112#; Mil waukie and Prairie dn Chien, 08; Pittsburg, Fort Wayne and Chicago, U5#; Alton and Ten a Haute, 67; Chicago and Northwestern, 55; Quicksilver. 71#. CONGRESSIONAL. XXXVIIITS CONGREB8.?FIRST 8I8SION. Monday, May 16. Senate.?Mr. Wiiley introduced a bill to prohibit cattle, horses, mules and domestic an imals lrom running at large in the District of Columbia; which was ret erred to the Commit tee on the District. Also, a bill concerning the jurisdiction of the Court of Claims; which was referred to the Committee on she Judiciary. Mr Davis called up his resolution relative to the alleged arrangement of the President with Generals Schenck and Blair for them to r 8ume their commiesions after placing them In his hands, should they think proper to leave their seats in Congress and resume their mili tary positions? and declaring that such an ar rangement " was in derogation of the Const! tion, and not within the power of the President and the Secretary of War, or either of them, to make." Mr. Wilson offered a substitute for the reso lution, as follows: Whereas Frank P. Blair, a major general of volunteers, nominated and appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent ot the Senate, did, on the 1st day of January, 1H>4, tender his resignation of said office of major general, which resignation was, bv order of the President, accepted January 12,1864, and the said Frank P. Blair informed thereof; and whereas the said Frank P. Blair afterwards, on tbe 12th day of January, 1?64, appeared and qualified as a member of the House of Repre sentatives, and entered upon the duties thereof; and whereas tbe Constitution expressly de clares that 'no person holding any office under the United States shall be a member of either House during hiB continuance in office ;" Therefore be it That the said Frank P. Blair, by the tender and acceptance of his resignation, and by appearing, qualifying and becoming a member ct the House of Representatives, ceased to be a Major General in the volunteer service of the United States, and is not entitled to the rank and emoluments of that office. After considerable debate, the original reso lution and substitute were referred to the Ju diciary Committee?yeas 24, nays 12. Hovsk.?Mr. Dawes, of Mass., presented the credentials of A. A. C. Rogers, member elect to the present Congress from the second dis trict of Arkansas; which was referred to the Committee on Flections. Mr. Dawson, of Pa., offered a resolution de claring that, in view of the declaration of the House in the session of IS61, to tbe effect that the war was waged with no intention of inter ference with the rights or Institutions of the States, but for the supremacy ot the Constitu tion and the laws, the President be now re quired to Issue a proclamation offering exemp tion from dictation or interference in reorgani zation, with a general amnesty to all who oy false counsels have been Induced to engage in rebellion, on condition that such State lay down its arms. It was laid upon the table? yeas 76, nays 53. Mr. Cox, of Ohio, offered the following reso lution, which was agreed to: Retolvtd, That the Judiciary Committee be directed to. take into consideration the pro priety of reporting a bill providing for the de cision oi any qneetiuus wmcn may ivrim? as ui the regularity and authenticity of the returns of the electoral votes for President and Vice President of the U. S., tbe right of the persons who cast tbe votes, the manner in which they ought to be counted, and that such law pro vide for a jurisdiction as well as the course of proceeding In a case of real controversy. Mr. Stevens called up the bill granting lands in aid of the People's Pacific Railroad and Telegraph Company, which is under discus sion as we go to press. TELEGRAPHIC NEWS. NEW JERSEY TO THE RESCUE ! Trenton, N. J., May 16.?By request of the President, Governor Parker has Issued a pro clamation for all the militia force he can raise within fifteen days, the corps to be infantry exclusively, to be mustered into the U. S. ser vice by regiments, and to serve for one hnndred days. To be armed, subsisted and transported as other soldiers. They are to receive no bounty nor to be credited to any draft. Indi vidually they are to receive credit for their services BUTLER'S ADVANCE ON RICHMOND. Newspaper Acceunts. Bekmvda Hundred, May 13, S p. m via Fortress Monroe, May 16.?At an early hour this morning, (May 13,) General Butler re newed his advance towards Fort Darling, and reached Kingsland Creek, at noon. Formed in line of battle on the southeast side of the creek, with the right on James River, with the monitors and gunboats near the mouth of the creek, within three miles of Drury's BMiff. At 3 p. m. General Butler superintended the concentrating of the batteries. Yesterday afternoon the advance picket sap tured a Rebel courier with a despatch from Beauregard to the officer in command at Dru ry's Blnff, which said: " Hold your position: will reinforce you this evening." In two hours the Rebel reinforcements came. General Butler had sent a force to the turn pike, and attacked and drove them back. Our loss was slight. General Ames is in a position to keep Beauregard in Petersburg. The Rebels at Drury's Bluff' evidently are not disposed to fight without reinforcements. Fortress Monroe, May 13.?The latest ac counts from General Butler state that there was no fighting on the llth and 12th instants. All was quiet, and?ad been since the enemy fell back on the 10th. During the llth the enemy kept out of sight, and did not show themselves In any force through the day. Yesterday a rebel battery, stationed on the shore of the James river, near Turkey Island, opened fire upon some of our gunboats, wbicn immediately commenced shelling the enemy, and he retired evidently in great haste. Gen. Kautz's cavalry force arrived on the 13th with 140 prisoners, captured during their raid from Suffolk. They report having de stroyed several miles of railroad track on both the Norfolk and Petersburg and Weldon rail roads. They also destroyed all tbe railroad bridges over tbe Rowanty and Stony creek, and on the Motoway river. LOCAL NEWS. Foul Plat?Soldier Murdered and hii Body Thrown Into the River -^Officer Brown, of the Georgetown police, this morning discovered the body of a white man, a soldier, floating in the river, between High and Potomac streets. The bod y was-drawn ashore, and the Coroner notified to bold an inquest There was a smart wound on /he skull, which looked as if done with a saber or other sharp instrument. The Jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased came to his death on account of a severe wound on tbe top of his head, also oae in the right groin occasioned by a musket ball. Deceased bad on a striped woolen shirt, oot ton dnck pants, cotton drawers, and boots and stockings. Ten dollars were found In the watch fob, consisting of a five dollar United States Treasury note and a five dollar note on the Essex county bank of Newark, New Jersey. The Funeral o? Commandant Harris.? Tbe funeral obsequies of Colonel Commandant Jobn Harris, of the U. S. Marine Corps, took place on Saturday morning from the head quarters of the r-orps, near the Navy Yard. A large number of the Mends of tbe deceased were present, among whom were several offi cers of the army and navy and other branohee of the Government, besides numerous members of Congress. The services which were those of tbe Protestant Episcopal Ohnrch, were oon ducted by Rev. Drs. Smith Pyne, of'St. John's, and Morsel), of Christ Church. The corpse was inclosed in a metallic coffin, covered with black cloth, studded with iilm battoul. A silver plat* bore tn? inscription,? OoloaH Uc$n mandant John Hams. V. s. Marine Uorps; d?ed isith of liay, lbM, aged 74 year*. Th? American flag was placed over it, u WWII a* the sword and belt of the deceased. A beautiful wreath and boquet of llirtes also was laid or. the top of the ooOa. At the conclusion of the services, the corpse was placed in the hearse by six sergeants o;a? corps, the following being the pall 'nearer* Generals Meigs and Rameejr, of the anry. Hons. Li. S. Foster, U. 8. Senator and H. Win. ter Davis, Hon?e of Bcpreeentatires; Uommo dores Most*omery and Rodgers, of the Navy and Majors Nicholson and Cosh, of the Marino Corps. Tne officers, non-commissioned officers, And men of the corps, accompanied by the band, which, however, played no music, followed the remains to Oak Hill, where it was placed in the vanlt. Sobhbkv.?About half past nine o'clock this morning, the watch and jewelry store of Mrs. Yoss, on Pennsylvania avenue, was entered by some thief, who stole six or eight silver watches The thief slipped In the store and put his hand through a broken glass in the show case, and escaped with his spoils. Two parties who were in the store during the morning wen? arrested, bnt there being no evidence against them, they were dismissed by. the police. FOR SALE?A nearly new BARGB. 11" ton* ca pacity. Inquire of R. N. EABBY, 16th street west and D street north. my l?-3t* E*OR SALE?One good shifting toe BUGGY and I aet of single harness; iu perfect order. Pric? $125, Apply between ?he honrsof 9 a. m. and It in., a* lt*3 I street, near 21*t. my 16 lw* UOR8E WANTED?Must be gentle, free from II vice, and warranted sound, for a lady's eaidle horse. Address F. P., Box *11 Post Office, or per sonally at 395 E St., bet. ?th and li?tb._my 16-eoSt* ? OST?This morning, a small yellow DOG, with lj a white cord tied around his neck. I"> reward will te paid if returned to OSBORNE DORiKY . cor. Pth and south B st?., Island. my 16 3* * LOST-Onthe l'th inst., a PORTMONIA, con taining 927.94. supposed to have been loot be tween Win. M. Shutter sand Lewis B?ar\- Co.'i. The finder will receive s liberal reward by lesvinr it at No. 48? Pa. avenue. It* 1M) ICECREAM MAKERS.?Tor sale, a Phils delphia patent MACHINE. Also,Freezers. Ice Chests, Ac. Will be sold a bargain, the owner having no use for their. Also, some Marble-top Tables Apply at 3? 1 Pa. avenoe. my l<> at* MRS. L SMITH, an excellent Clairvoyant and Test Medium, 8.V2 Fourth street, firedovi above I street, examines diseases, heals by mac netism sees your dead and living friends teK* character, gets names, reads the future, has great sympathy for the afflicted. Hours from 11/ a. in to 8 P- tu- my 1G ? my May ?... bition at Odd Fellows' Hall on the 1 >th inst I will repeat the same at the Pompian Hall Union Betel. Georgetown, on WKDNK3 t an& 4 ollars. A T THE REQUEST OF MANY WHO WBRE fl unable to attend my May Ball and Exhi an t the 1th inst., Pompian Hall, on WEDNV^ DAY EVENING, Mav?5th"' Tickets Two DoTT^TT to be had of the pupils, principal music and book stores of Washington and Georgetown. my 16-eo5t* J. W. KREIS, P. D. ffiOSC REWAIiD.?Taken away from CenUr <11 it>J Market, on 9th street, on Saturday. May 14th. between 12 and 1 o'clock p. m., a dark ba> H0R8E, with a Government saddle on, with breav strap buckled on the saddle; his left eye sore, an 1 a Mttle sore on the buck; small feet. The above reward will be paid for said horse, if delivered to the subscriber, at Bladensburg. or to James Mul loy. Police Officer. 3d precinct station house, 7th street, Washington, D. C. E. H. WILL ARli, myl6-3t* Bladensburg, Md. ROM LONDON.-Earth, Air, Fire and Water: .V. Time, its measure and reckoning explained T> The Almanack explained; 35. How to observe the Heavens; 3ft. The Locomotive and Railway Acsidents; U. Comets and Oometary Influences; 35. Steam anl Steam Eng.ne:ft>. The Plan?t?,are they inbat ited world*; 35, Microscopic Drawing and Engraving; 35. The Eye, Magnifying Glasses, Ac; 36. The Potter's Art; 36. First Notions of Geology; 65, The Pre Adamite Earth; 65. my.16 FRANCK TAYLOR P MAYOR'S OFFICE, May 14. 18>i ~ ROPOSALS will he received at this office until 12 M. on Thursday, the 19th instant, for trimming and gravelling Sixth street east, from PeunsylvR nia avenue to 6 street south. The gravel to inches in the centre, tapering off to four inches toward the gutter line; to be well rolled with * heavy roller after gravelling and to be relieved of all boulders of an improper size, at the discretion of the Commissioner of the Ward. No part of the appropriation will be paid until the work is approved by the Commissioner anl both Assistant Commissioners. Bidders will state the price per square yard for trimming and gravelling. W. H. HAMILTON, Commissioner of the Fifth Ward. W. A. FLETCHKR. Commissioner of the Sixth Ward. JOSEPH T. MITCHELL. J. H. MEAD. my 16-dtTh Assistant Commissioner-. TERESA CARRE NO, THE GIFTED AND TRULY-FAMED CHILD PIANIST, Has the honor to announce a GRAND CONCERT AT ODD FELLOWS' HALL, On TUESDAY EVENING, May 17, FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SICK AND WOUNDED In Washington from the recent battles, under th*? immediate sanction and patronage of Acting Sur geon Gensral Barnes, on which occasion she will be aided by the following: distinguished artists ; ^ Madame Annie Mixsill, Prima Donna Soprano, Mr. John Farley, Tenor, Mr. Henry Draper. Baritone, Uerr Brandenhoff, Pianist Accompagnateur. Teresa will perform selections from the greatest n ?L S Chopin, Menaelasnhn and Gottschalk. The Vocal Entertainment will comprise selections frem "Don Pasquale." "I ia Sonambula." "I Puritana," and LElisire d Amore," with Inglish Songa ani scotch Ballads. T-C.kela *1. with reserved seats, fuanished at Ellis's music store. Concert to commence at 8'i o'clock. my 16 ft JfOR SALE AND EXCHANGE BV HALL A EATON, REAL ESTATE BROKERS, 40 acres nice little FARM, 114 acres good FARM and HOUSE and 50 acres of good TIMBER, and several others, 1 SQUARE OF GROUND containing 193-100 square feet at a bargain. We want to buy three small HOUSES and LOT&, We want three five-acre LOTS hear the city and ten cheap Lots on the Island. For sale, four LOTS, 7th street, near boundary line, LOT on N street, between 16th and 17th Bts, For rent, a STORE ROOM on 7th street. Tha STOCK for sale on loci- time. HALL A EATON, my 16-2t* * corner of 7th and F streets, SUMMER DRESS GOODS FROM THK LARGE AUCTION 8ALE8 AT NEW YORK LAST WEEK. We have just returned from New York, having purchased last week at the large auction sales an immense stock of SUMMER DEES8 GOODS, embracing all the novelties of the season, and at goods sold cheaper last week than any previous week of the season, we are prepared to offer splen did bargains. We have also about fifty pi *ces of BLACK BILKS. ranging in price from <1 to >4.60 per yard. MOURNING DRESS GOODS. We have all of Lupins' eelebrated fabrics in Plain Black Dress Goods, and also ft large assort ment of Second Mourning Goods to which we in vite the Attention of families shopping for Mourn ing. J. J. may a CO.. 308 Pennsylvania aveaue, my 16-2t between 9th and 10th sts. MANTILLA8 ^ LADI.S, MISSES AND MAY DAY OPENING AT MAXWELL'S ORIGINAL CLOAK AND MAN TULA EMPORIUM, (Established in 1852.) On Monday, Mfty 16th. we shall heve our regular opening of Spring and Summer Mantillas. Cloaks, Sacques, Coats. Ac., for ladies, misses and children. Our assortment comprises all tha newest and most desirable atylea of Black Silk and Oloth Mantillas for ladies, misses and children. , _ Mantilla Department in second story. Remem ber the place. MAXWELL 8, my 14-St ?8P Penn. avenue tationiit awn S ENGRAVING Just received an elegant stock of MOURNING PAPERS, At MMPSEY A OTOOLE'S, Practical Engravers and Stationers, my 14-It Pa. avenue, bet. >th and 10th sts. fiAETE VISITS PICTUlfts V/ OF ALL TBS MOST OSLXBRATXD CHARACTERS. The moat elegant assortment and variety at * DSMPSEY A 0'TOOLE'S, Engravers and Stationers, 346 Pa. av.( my 14 K between 9th and ICth streets.

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