Newspaper of The New York Herald, October 13, 1861, Page 1

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated October 13, 1861 Page 1
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THE NEW YORK HERALD. NEW YORK, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1861. THE REBELLION. Advance of the Rebels on the Potomac. Four Divisions of the Union Army Prepared for Battle. Battle Between the Rebels and Col. Wilson's Regiment Near Fort Pickens. Gallant Naval Exploit on the Potomac. A Rebel Schooner Destroyed Under the Chins of the Aqnia Creek Batteries. Additional Details of the Battle at Chicamacomico, &c., &c., &0. ova SPECIAL WASHINGTON DESPATCHES. Wabbihutoi*, Oct. IS, 1861. ADVANCE OF THE REBELS?PREPARATIONS FOR BAT TLE, BUT NO FIGHT. Daring to-day tbe rebels advanced in large force in the direction of Prospect Uiil, driving in our pickets to that point. The reeult was that tbe division of General 11c Qall was soon formed in line of battle, with orders to ad" vauce. It was supported by cavalry and artillery. Several shots were 11 rod by the rebel battery, hut being out of range, no injury was sustained by oc-r troops. The divisions of Generals Smith; Porter and McDowcli wero also noon prepared for an apprehended omorgoncy; but nothing further in addition to what is already stated oc curred to induce an advance or hostile movement. INSPECTION OF THE CAMPS BY GENERAL m'CLELLAN. General McCIellan to day made a personal inspection of the camps and outposts along the whole lines. He gave Important directions to the commanding Generals. THE UNION AR11R ON THE POTOMAC. An erroneous impression pervades tho country in regard to the enormous size of the Union army of the Potomac. It is unquestionably a grand army?ono of the largest that has been assembled in any country; but, great as Is its size, it is hardly half as large as that with which Napoleon I. invaded Russia, The army with which ho jeft France cousin ted of three hundred and seyenty-jwo thousand five hundred and eight infantry, heavy artillery and engineers, und one hundred and thirty nine thousand ?Ight hundred and scvonty-seven cavaly and horse artillery, and eleven hundred and forty-si* cannon. His whole army of invasion ujon his entrance into Russia numbered *\x nuudred and fifty" ono thousand three liu^,ure(\ and fifty-eight men, one hun dred an^ pignty-scven thousand one hundrod and twenty. fiaeTwrses, and thirteen hundred and seventy two canrn-n. If we had now on the Potomac even half so largo an army, well disciplined and drilled, the "On to Richmond" people would soon bo gratified with the Intelligence or Its sweep. Ing like an irresistible ocean wave over Virginia, and rolling on to the Guif coast, crushing every vestige of treason and rebellion in its path. MOKE REBEI. BATTERIES ON TOE POTOMAC. Tho steamer Haiti more, which came up from Fortress Monroe last night, reports somo indications of the erec tion of a new rebel battery at Timber Branch, between tho mouth of Quantico creek and Cockpit point. A blind of logs and brush had boen thrown up, behind whiih it was supposed that the erection of tho battery was in progress. Quito a number of mounted men and teams wore noticed in that vicinity. At the point where it is presumed the battery is being placed tho river is nar row, and the channel close to the Virsima shore. THE COMMAND OK THE FORCES AT ITATTEKAS, FORTRESS MONROE AND MISSOURI. Major General Wool has temporarily resumed command at Fortress Monroe, and General Manstluld has lor a short period gone to Hatteras Inlet, but will return immodiately to tho Fortress. Brigadier General Williams is to com mand at Hatteras Inlet. It is not yet definitely settled whether General Mansfield will relieve Gencrul Wool or take command of <_'amp Hampton. Tho decision of the pending question In reference to the Department of the West Is still unsettled. It will not, probably, be determined until the return of tho Secretary of War and Adjutant General from St. Louis. REVIEW OF GENERAL Bt TTF.RFIELD'S BRIGADE. Genoral Buttorfleld, who is in command of a brlgado under General Fitz John Porter, reviewed three regiments the usual hour'forjevi nitig parade. The review was a flue affair, and gr< at satifaction was expressed at the efllciency of the troops. MOVEMENTS of tfie sf.cretary of war. A despatch reciovod here to night announces that Bee.rotary Cameron and Adjutant General Thomas left St. Louis to-day for Tipton, Mo., foity-flvo milefl above Jefferson City, where General Fremont has bis headquarters in the field. Their object is to hold an interview with General Fremont, and ascertain from him in person the condition of affairs in his depart ment. EXPLANATION RELATIVE TO NEWSPAPER STATEMENTS. Unfounded statements, of a character prejudicial to the public interest*, frequently appear in the telegraphic news of journals published at a distance from tho capi tal. The inquiry is often made why this government permits such despatches to pass over the wires. Ills therefore proper to fay,by request, that these state monts really go by mail, aud not by telegraph, or are prepared at the points where tliey appear. CHARGES PREFERRED AGAINST COLONEL HACKER. Colonel Ilecker, who came hither on business connoct ed with troubles in bis regiment, now in Kentucky, has loft Washington. Major Kune, Captain Mauff and Lieutenant Klape, representing their own interests and those of tho other four officers who woro discharged through Colonel Becker's instrumentality, are still in Washington. Thoy have preferred serious chargos ?gainst Colonel Heckor, and asked to be court marlialcd; bat no decision lias been made. THE ARMY. Lieutenant Jumes McMillan, Second United States in fantry, has been assigned to the SUIT of Briga dier General Andrew Porter, as Actn g Assistant Adju tant Genoral, in the place of Captain Averiil, who has been assigned to the command of lti<^VO;nl Penn sylvania Cavalry, known hitherto as " Young's Kentucky Cavalry.'' ARMY TOSTAL AFFAIRS. About a month ago, for the postal convenience of tho soldiers irador his command, General Banks appoint'd R K. Houghton to suierintend the mail matters for bis division. A few days since the Tost OUlco Depart ment was surprised by tho return of five hundred and forty dollars postal receipts from this source. Yesterday Mr. Houghton was appointed special ^ent of the department for tho sale of stamps aud stamped envelopes for General Banks' division. THE NEW POSTAGE 8TAMP8. rost Office Department has already issued fifty-five .miNiowof the new stamps. As many more wHi be re quired to supply tho demands for tHtem now on file. TLW STATE DEPARTMENT AND THE DIPLOMATIO CORPS. T.Vs State Department has set apart Saturday exclu sively for the transaction of business with foreign Minis ters. Mt-ELE.STION OF GOVERNOR RAMSAY, OF MINNESOTA. A priviSte despatch from St. Paul, Minnesota, to-day, announces that Governor Ramsay has beeu re elected by a majority I'xcemling Mr. Lincoln's in the Presidential ?lection. IMPORTANT FROM FORT PICKENS. Flgtit Bet worn Col. WUmd'i Zooaftt and Hltfel-iitypl, Louisiana and Alabama Soldiers on Santa llota Island. IUltimokk, Oct. 12,1M1. The Norfolk Day Buck, rcceivcd this morning, contains despatches from New Orleans giving an account of a sur prise :?nd attack ma<lo on Col. Wiu. Wilson's Zouaves, at Suutu Rosa Island, on the 8th iust. Detachments from several Mississippi, J/ uisiana and Alabama regiments m;ulo a landing in the night and drove in Wil. Kin's pickets, and shortly afterwards a Qorce fight began. The Zouaves of Colonel Wilson are creuiud with having fought with gr^al bravery, and the rebols admit a lose of forty killed and about double that num ber wounded. The rebels claim to have spiked the guns of the Zouaves and destroyed all their ramp equipage. They also claim to have committed great slaughter among the Zouaves, but give no number of the killed. The rebels also say they carried off a number of prisoners. ADDITIONAL PARTICULARS. Raltiiiorb, Oct. 12, 1W1. The steamer Ioul&iana arrived here this morning and brought nearly a hundred passengers, Including sixty from Norfolk, who were permitted to leave by the rebel authorities, a largo proportion of whom are ladles and children. Kefore they wero permitted to leave they wt ro closely searched, to prevent the concealing of any newspapers. One gentleman, however, who had placed the Norfolk Pay Ho<>k in Ins trunk, escaped detection. It contains derpatclies from New Orleans giving an account of a des perately fought batlie between Colonel William Wilson's Zouaves and a thousand rebels, at Santa Rosa Island, on the 8th inst. The despatch guys:? About two o'clock on the morning of th? 8th Inst., the confederates, commanded by General An den-on, crossed the bay and landod on Santa Rosa Island, near Wilson's JSouave encampment, without being discovered, drove in the pickets and stormed the place iu less than an hour. They destroyed all of Colonel Wilson's tents with tho exception of the hospital one, captured a large amount of rations, equipments, stores and ammunition, and spiked all the guns placed in position. Among tho rebel loss are Captain Bradford, of Florida, and I.ieutenant Neims, of Georgia, killed, aud Lieutenants Bugler and Syre, badly wounded. The rebel force consisted of three companies of aOeor. gia regiment, a portion of tho Mobile Continentals, three companies of regulurs, a detachment of Mississlppiansand Georgians, two hundred Alabumians, and a number of ofllcers naval ami seamen, commanded by Captain Brent, formerly of the Union navy. Lieutenant James E. Slanghter, while carrying a flag of truce for a cessation of hostilities, was badly wounded Mi\jor Israel Vodges, of ilie Union Second artillery, recent ly at Fortress Monroe, was taken prisoner. THE ATTACK UPON WILSON'S ZOUAVES. THK POSITION OF TDK TROOP8?OUR MAP OF THB lo cality" Wilson's defences?the names ok th* OFFICERS, ETC. By th# above despatch, rect ived from Now Orleans via Norfolif aIjd paltlmore, it uppenrj ih^} a body o^ rcljielg-^ ntimber unknown?selected froiA sevoruf Mifwittippit I/misiana find Alabama regiment*, made an attacK upon Col. Wilson's Zouave* stajloned on Panta Rosa Island. The position of ttio camp of the regiment was pecu liarly tfxposert to the enemy. It lay on a level plateau, and every tent was in plain sight of the rebel forces across the river. The commandcr of Fort Pickens, Col. Brown, ordered the regiment to pitch their tents tbore but did not supply them with artillery or throw up bat! tcriek or inlrencbments to cover them. Col. Wilson, therefore, with the civil engineers attached to his regi ment, proceeded to construct a system of intreuch ments and plaos of i belter for his force. The difficul ties in the way,of this undertaking were many,and <>f the most terious kind. The road to the fort waa almost impassable with swamps and heavy ehapperal, alternated with sand hills. This was remedied Ur?t, for the position was to the fort precisely that of an outlying picket, and in case of the landing of sn attacking party all the course lift open for them to pursue, was to skirmish away to the fort. The road where it crossed swamps was tilled iu with brushwood eovcrcd with sand, the sand hills were dug through, the intervals were filled in, and wher ever embanknieuts were thrown up they were disguised and masked by the bushes which they had to cut aud dig out. They thus secured a covered way to within twenty rods of ihe fort, and the innumerable twistings and winding of the road afforded secure positions from which their skirmishers could annoy and retard the advance of the enemy in case they should make an attack. Attention was next turned to the socuring of places of shelter for the men in cftj-e a liombardment of the camp should occur. Tins work was done in the night, by the light of the stars alone, so that the ret>els could have no idea of the location of these places of refugo. In building these, advantage was taken of the "lay of the laud," which is ribbed and corrugated withsnud hills that sometimes rise abruptly to the height of twenty or thirty feet from the level. Behind and into these they dug and threw up shelter sufficient to cover a thousand men. The approach to these shelters was protected by an embank ment seven feet high and four feet wide on the top, while advantage was taken of every angle or elevated spot, to repel a forco attempting to march upon them. This was the place for sharpshooters to work. It was stated that a force marcfiing down upon the regiment would find that while roads leading nowhere would lead them astray tha very sand hills behind which they expected toad' vance in safety were but the hiding places from which a murderous fire would decimate their ranks. This work was completed iu two weeks, and with tho expectation that every minute the rebels would open their fire upon the workmen. Tho rebels confess that tho Zouaves fought bravely, and they acknowledge n loss of forty killed and about eighty wounded. They also ttate that they committed great slaughter among the Zouaves: but, as they give no approximate number of the supposed killed aud wounded, some doubts of that part of the account may bo allowed, after a consideration of the above description of their position and defences. They state that they spiked the guns bolouging to tho regiment, hut we have yet to learn that the Zouaves had been supplied with artillery. At the dale of our last adviceB they had not boon so supplied. Our map will show tho location of Santa Rosa Island, with tho range of the guns of the fort, which should have completely covered the position of the Sixth New { York Volunteers. The rebels do not mention anything about tho troops in tho fort supporting the volunteers, either by firing their mounted artillery or advancing their infantry. This certainly appears very extraordi nary; but doubtless, when we receive the Union statement of the engagement, we shall have a different account of th" affair. Tho rebel surprise must have been very sud den, and they must also have ns suddenly vacated their newly acquired ground, else the fort would have assisted in the engagement, if only for self-protectioD. Tho island Is certainly forty miles long; but Wilson's troops were, as before stated. located near the regulars. Tho anchors in the map denote the jiositions at which the fleet usually were stationed, tho guns of the vessels also covering the camp. The following are tho names of the ofliceis of tho regi ment at last advices ? SIXTII NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS. Colonel William Wilson. Lieutenant Colonel John Crelghlon. Miyor William B. Newby. Adjutant J. J. Heary. Quartermaster M. E. Bradley. Surgeon P. C. Peace. Assistant Surgeon Edward Lynch. Colonel's Aid Tames T. Roberta Captains. Company A Burgcsa. Company B A T. Whiting. Company C K. H. Hazcltino Company l> Patrick Huffy. O nii>any E l)u Kramo. | Company F ? Norman. Company o Do bey, I Company H Peter Huffy. j Company I Kauffman. I Company K llobzle. j Some of the above companies have been sent to man I the fort at Tortugns; but nut being at premit able to . designate the particular companies we give the whole ] regiment as being at .-anta Kcsa Isliud. * THE AFFAIR AT CHICAMACOMICO. The Advance of Col. Hawkins?Retreat of Col. Brown?Shelling of the Rebels by the Montecello. o UNA c0*s PAMLICO SOUND swat MONT/CELLO St.* ITMOffl 4 T L A N THE FIGHT AT SANTA ROSA ISLAND. Map of Santa Eosa Island, where the Eeported Fight Between the Rebels and Wilson's Zouaves Took Place. NAM LAND PEMSACeU BAY ANOTHER GALLANT NAVAL EXPLOIT. A Rebel Vessel D< s< rnj ed Under the Gum of tlie Kcbel Batteries at Aquia Creek? Official Account of the Affair. WjtfHtNOTOif, Oct. 12, 1861. The Navy I'cp.irlinoiit Ibis morning received tlio fol lowing dwpatch:? CyiTKn States Ptfajikr U.tioif, 1 Aljt'U <'KKK*,Oct. 11, 1881. J Sm?I lmve iho honor to submit the following report for your Information:? Being informed of a large schooner lying in Q\iftLto> or Dumfries creek, and knowing also that a large number of troops were collccted at that point, with tho view of cross ing the Totomac river, as was rejiorted to me, I con ceived it to be my duty to destroy her. With this object In view 1 took two launches and my host, and pulled in for tho vessel at half-pan two o'clock this morning. One of the launches was comn:anded by Midshipman W. F. Stewart, accompanied by tho Master, Edward !?. Haynes, I of tho Rcscue, and the other by Acting Master Amos j Foster, of the Resolute. I also took with me tho pilot of j tho vessel, I.ewis Penn. Somo little difficulty was experienced In finding the entrance to the ; creek, which, you will remembtr, is very narrow; | but having found It, we pulled up this crookcd channel : within pistol shot of cither shore, until we discovered the i schooner. Phe was O so to the shore, in charge of a j sentry, who fled at our approach and alarmed the camp. i Kholiadanew suit of sails, and all the furniture com plete In the cabin, which wui collected together and llred, producing a beautiful conflagration, but, unfortunately i revealing our position to the enemy, who commenced a rapid (Ire from both banks of that narrow and tortuous ; stream, intermingled with opprobrious epithets, uutll we wore beyond their range. Our crews returned a random j fire from the boats and two steamers, gave three cheers, I and pulled for their vessels, tho light from the burniug schooner guiding them on their way. Her destruction was . ompletc; and, although the boats and the clothes of tho men were perforated with bal's, not a man was killed, iifiicers and men vied with cach other in the performance of their duty. Acting Quartermaster Foster applied the match In tho cabin of the doomed vessel. Acting Assistant S irgeon W. 15. lionsall accompanied the expedition, to be ready should his services be re quired. J hope what T have done will meet your approbation, although I have acted without orders. This littie affair will show the enemy at least that we arc watobing him, and ready to meet and destroy his preparat. ns fi r ire sslng this river at all times. 1 liavo j the honor to be. your nbedluiil servant, A li. H/WvlU.1,1., Lieutenant commanding, i To (.'apt. T. T. C&avkn,commanding the Potomac Flotilla, i TIIE GUNBOAT DAYLIGHT DOING HEIi DUTY. OCR FORTRESS MONROE CORRESPONDENCE. Fukthmh Moxkor, Oct. 11,1801. The Daylight On Haiul?Saving the .Ship John Clark Jrum the Rebel*?Fire A flairi, rfc, A boat has just arrived from the gunboat Daylight, sta tioned at Cape Ileury, bringing the following itenia of in. telligonce:? It appears that yesterday, during tho heavy blow, the ship John Clark, which put into the Lower Roads for a harbor, draggod her anchor and drifted into I.ynn liaven bay. Tho rebols, who havo a battery at that point, thought they had a flno prize, but were afraid that when the gale moderated they would leave before they could board tho ship. So they opened Qro upon her, and were every moment rondering her position one of extremo dan. ger. The Daylight, however, was in the vicinity, and immediately started to tho rescue. They soon took a po sition inside of the ship, and gave them a few shells. A boat's crew was sent on board, and after slipping the ca"

ble^ot the ship under way, and she worked ofT shore, while the gunboat taught the rebels a lessen not soon to be forgotten. The ship lost an anchor, and was paved only by tho prompt action of tho Daylight. Paymaster Dannlson is entitled to the credit of getting tho vessel under way in her pjrilous position, as she was in less than three fa thoms of water. I will bend more particulars in my next letter. . MOVEMENTS OF SECRETARY CAMERON, ETC. St. Lons, Oct. 12, 1861. Secretary Cameron and Adjutant General Thomas, ac companied by Major I'lumloy and Captain McKeever of General Fremont's stair, left for the General's head quarters at Tipton ai half past one o'clock this afternoon. SAILING OF TIIE GUNBOAT MOHICAN FROM BOSTON. Ho-ros, Oct. 12,1801. Tthe steamer Mohican will probably leave here on Monday night for tho Southern coast. THE EIGHTH WISCONSIN REGIMENT. Milwaukee, Oct. 12,1861. The Eighth Wisconsin regiment, Colonel Murphy, fully armed and (Xflllppcd, left Madison this morning, en route for St. Louis, all in good health and spirits. THE CASE OF COLONEL RANKIN. Toronto, C. W., Oct. 12,1SC1. In llio case of Colonel Rankin, arrested here satn" duyt atio for trying to enlist men for tho Union army, the mag*tiatrn have decided to bind him over t > take his trial ai the noxt assises which sits here next week. INTERESTING FROM HATTERAS INLET. Additional Particulars of the Recent Brilliant iffiilr of the Klontcrcllo. Foktkbw Monro*, Oct. 11,1 Via IUltimokk, Oct. H, 1861. J The steamer S. R. Spauldlng returned from Hatteras Inlet this morning, bringing details of tho recont engnge mont, which differ* in but few respects from tho account nlready tolegraphed. The Indiana regiment lost their tents, provisions,many of their knapsacks, /to. Col. Brown states Ms Urn* at about fifty, but none were killed. Tho Inhabitants along the boai.li rame in with the regiment. Tho prisoners raptured at Chlcamocomiea includo f^er geant Atajor Comly, of tho Twentieth Indiana regiment; also four sergeants, two corporals and thirty-seven pri vntes of tho Twentieth Indiana regiment. The li si of the rebels has been overstated, but it waa undoubtedly large. Biigadier General Williams will tak? passage on the 8. R. Spaulding to morrow night. THE LATE BATTLE AT HATTERAS. MAP BUOWINO TI1K RELATIVE POSITION OP TIM KEDKKAl. AND RKBEL FORCES. We have heretofore given a graphic description of tho unsuccessful attack by the robol flotilla upon Cape Hat terns, on the 4th instant, but the ma;> which we publish to-day will give our readers a clearer understanding of the position of the respoctivo combatants than the most minute word picture could possible afford. It will be romcmbored that early on tho morning of the 4th (he Twentieth Indiana r< giment, Colonel Brown, which was located thirty miles above the inlet, perceived Ave rebel steamers, with schoonersaud flatboats, loaded with troops, emerging from Croatan Sound, and steering for tho federal encampment. Col. Drown lost no time in communicating those tacts to Colonel Hawkins at the fort, informing him that ho would retreat to the lighthouse on the Cape. The steamers succeeded In landing over 1,500 men about three miles above Colonel Brown'* position, and proceeded to land troops further down, their policy being to cut off Brown's retreat. This, however, they failed to do, for Colonel Brown destroyod whatever property waa not portable, and, after n double quick march through the sasd, reached the lighthouse late In the evening. As soon aa Colonel Hawkins was apprised of the state of affairs he communicated with 0?pt. I/irdner, of the Susquehanna, and then marched rapidly with six companies of his regiment to reinforco Colonel Brown'a retreating forces. The Susquehanna and the Monticello were Immediately under way, and anchorod that evening in close proximity to the lighthouse. On tho following morning tho Monticello doubled tho Capo and prococded along the shore to lookout for tho enemy. The vessel had not gone far when tho rebels weio soen, whereupon the Montlcollo opened fire, and the exploding shellB did terrible execution. Not only were the robots scattered in overy direction, but, owing to the remarka ble precision with which tho shells were thrown, scores, and even hundreds, were killed and wounded. The troops that were on board of two schooners wore all killed or wounded by Hie explosion of these terrific missiles. It Is said that a single shell that entered the side of one vf tho schooners, on exploding, tilled tho air with fragments of tho ship, and also of legs and arms of human beings. Our correspondent, in describing the Irene, states that hundreds of rebels waded into the Sound, abovo their necks, and, when 'ver a shell was fired, they would hide their heads under tho water and thus avoid being shat tered into atoms by these terrible instruments of death. The belt of land where the rebelB were first seen is scarcely over a third of a mile wide, and divides Pamlico Sound from the ocean. An unsuccessful cflhrtwn? made by the steamers to tako tho rebel troops off, I nit a few shells were all that was necessary to keep theiu at a distance. As night approached tho Monticello ceased to fire, and as no traces of tho troops were visible on the following m >rning, it is supposed that they must have embarked during tho night. It is generally conceded that if Colonel Hawkins had proceeded along the beach under the pro tection of ourships.be would have cither captured or destroyed a large | ortlon of the enemy. It is to be feared that the importance of Capo Hattorns as a basis of military operations is not sufficiently appre ciated, for if the government placed a dozen of suitable warships along this coast, Roanoke Island, which com mands the passage from Pamlico into AlbnmarleSound, could be captured, which would enable tho Union forces to control the inland navigation of North Carolina. OUB HATTERAS INLET CORRESPONDENCE. Fort Clakk, IIattkkas Ini.kt. X. C., Oct. 8,1801. Arrival <>f lirinadiar Otneral MaiwJIdd and Companies of the JVifi'.h X'w York ami Twentieth hutiana Reqi mrnlt off fhrt Ifaltsro*?Tn;>ographiral Survey of the ItUintl?Farther Particular.: of the Retreat if the Indi ana liryimeid from Cam;/ Chiiamavomieo?Additional Ve ail* of tlf A*?oal Enga& m ?n'?lynotniniout Flight of thr Rebel*, dV., <fc. Tlic steamship 8. H. Span Ming, Cuptuin Howes, which IcflFortress Monroe lust Sunday, w ith the biilunce of the Ninth New York, under Major Kimball, and three compa nies of tho Twentieth Indiana Volunteers, commumlod tiy Lieutenant Colonel Murray, arriveil off Fort Hat tor tin and canie to anchor in tho inlet at ten o'clock on Monday morning. The passago down wns de lightful, and I believo but two or throe expe rienced any eyil effects from tho motion of the ship. Itrigadier Genoral Mansfield and his aid, Captain Dy? r, landed in a small boat, and booh after Captains Murray and Stillwnger, with Lieutenant Bunkhcad, camo aboard for news, and also gavo us tho particulars of the retreat of the Indiana regiment from the camp atCliicamacomic >, when the enemy bad essayed*to cut them off. This wan somewhat different from the story wo had received from the Susquehanna and Montlcello, w hose boats hoarded usolf the inlet. The Indiana regiment had cat its way through, and lost many in tho effort, but the story was not con firmed in all Its parts. What did occur will ho seen in a subsequent portion of my lettor. After remaining at anchor a short time tho Spauldlng came up to tho shore, and tho troops were disembarked in a short time, tho soldiers on shore greeting each other with cheers and other expressions of joy. Gen. Mans field h iving received the statement of tho Colonels in re gard to the disposition of the forces, ordered Major Kim ball to Camp Wool with his command, and tho Indianlans to Fort Clark. During tho afternoon Gen. Mansfield visited tho camps arid inspected them and the forts, and mado an extended topographical survey of the island, in view of a better disposition of his forces. The result will probably he the establishing of a now camp in a strong position this side the lighthouse, which will be occupied by tho Ninth New York Volunteers, under com mand of Col. Hawkins. Tho Indiana regiment, Col. Brown, will remain as it is. In order to a clour understanding of the events of the past week, In which tho Twentieth Indiana regiment has played so important a part, it will be necessary for mo to give a resume of atlairs. As you have before been in formed, the Indiana regiment was ordered by Colonel lluwkins to proceed toCbicamacomlco, and 111"ro establish a camp. They went up from tho inlet in the propeller I'anny and gunboats Ceres and U< neral Putnam to this position?a point distant about forty miles from the in let were safely disembarked, und tho camp est tblishe I. Nothing unusual or Blurting occurred until tho 29th, when tlic Funny, which had been sent up with a valuable cargo of provisions, ko., was taken by throe armed re bel steamers in full view of the camp. All this is fa miliar lo you- I must now correct a statement I made in regard to the amount of medical stores taken by the enemy. I was incorrectly informed by an offlcor, who merely gue.-scd. as it would appear, at the quantity. More accu rate and reliable information satUUes me that the amount or medicines sent to the regiment, and of course taken by the enemy, was by no meuns largo or vrry valuable, even t > tho robe's. The amount of otlior stores taken was folly as iarge as 1 stated in a previous communica tion. On the day subsequent to the enpture of the Fanny (Wednesday), the crew and (Jeneral Putnam, in cb irge of Lieutenant liankhead, of the Susquehanna, whoso launch also accompanied the steamers, were sent to Chlcama coinico, with eight days' rations for the troops. On Thursday the stores were landed, and the naval forces cruised to the northward, tn the Sound,ln quest of the | r. bcl Hteatn-rH. Their search was unsuccessful, but tho Ceres was aliased by some rebel steamers on her return, but csc tped. On Thurs lay evening and night signals woro obsorvcd ut different |>oluts of tho Hound by tho Iudlanians, un doubtedly conveying Intellisync# of the departure of our gunboats from Chiciunicomico. These mysterious move ments, when considered In connection with the fact that tho enemy mast have bocomo acquainted with their true condition in numbers and strength, placed our troops on the qui vive during the night, but It passed without an alarm. At daybreak, however, flvn rebel steamer* ap peared in sight, heading directly for tho camp. The "long roll" was beaten and the men wore quickly under arms. Soon after, a sixth steamer hove in sight and also boro down towards the crnnp. Capt Jordlne, of tlio Ninth New York, w ho had been sent up with provisions twoaays previous, discovered from a good stand point on a wind mill, by tho aid of a gla.-s, that tho steamers woro loaded with troops, and that a lai*go schooner, ouo cotton barge, and two large Uut boats, which the steamers had In tow, were also deeply laden with soldiers. At half-iiast seven the large cotton barge, containing flvo or six hundred men, with a steamer also crowded with trooi*. approach ed within a mile or more of the camp and opened Are from their guns, forward, with shell ?i|>on the camp. Upoa this ColiVftl Brown divldod his forcein, sending a portloa of them down the beach several miles, to a point where the balance of the enumy's flotilla was already under way, where the inhabitants assured Colonel B.own tho enemy could land. Previous to opening Are by tho enemy, Colonel Brown liad taken tho precaution to withdraw his forces from lit* c.unji, und draw them near the woods to oppoM the lauding. The enemy umused himself for a wliil" In shelling the camp,preparatory to u landing. Intelligence wm received during this time from a company, Kent below to impede the lauding of the enemy at that placo, that the enemy had there appeared in force, and wore preparing to disembark and cut offColonel Brown's retreat. Thore upon he ordered his command to fall back, making It ne cessary for him to leave all his camp oquipage, many ac coutrements, stores, kc., to tho enemy. Ho was unable to return to camp and bring awuy one or two sick men, ill consequence of the imminence of tho danger of being cut off. uih lorees retreated down the ooaat as rapidly aa p ipslble. and ware successful in passing the point where the enemy essayed to land before they succeeded in their object. Throwing out a rear guard to pick up stragglers and protect his retreat, the regiment moved forward undor a tropic sun, that sent Its beam* down llko )>nlcs of heat, to exhaust and overcome the drooping soldier, aa he wearily ploughed through land, ankle deep, glaring with a blinding brilliancy upon him. Halts were made as frequently as possible to rest tho troops, but in spite of them the men would drop out of the ranks exhausted, worn out, and refuse to go any farther. They were left for the rear guard to pick up. Some, however, laid dowu behind sandhills, or in the woods, and were undoubtedly taken by the enemy, who were In pursuit. During the day, aud up to mid night, tho regiment had marched thirty six miles, under the must distressing and discouraging cir cumstances, and lost only flrteen men, who had strag glod o(T, overcome by tho heat and fatigue, whom the rebels undoubtedly captured. When we consider the intense heat of the day, tho deep sand through which they marched,and the lack, to a great extent, of water, which they got, in a limited quantity, by scooping holes In the sand, and the additional! fact that this waa the first march of the regiineut.it must be admitted that they behaved themselves In the most admirable mauner, sud evinci d (he highest |>ower* of endi.rance. But to return to the affairs of the morning. I p n discovering the strength of the enemy and his intentions, Capt. Jar dine,of Hawkin's Zouaves, started on horseback for Hut teniM Inlet, to obtain reinforcements, and after riding down two horses arrived at Kort dark at about four o'clock, and Colonel Hawkins, with three companies, aud Lieute nant Colonel Bctts, with four from (.'amp Woods, imme diately sot out for the lighthouse, which they reached about migliiilglit. Information win sent by Colonel Haw kins to Captain lArdnor, of the Susquehanna, lying off the inlet, of the situation of affair*, and he despatched Lieut. Braino, w'tli the Montlcello, to cover the retreat of the India: a boys. The Montlcello immediately got under way. and ran up to Loggerhead Inlet, about eighteen miles above Cape Hatt'-rus, and sooa came across tho rebels, w I:? * were n. rlilng down the beach, with bands playing martial nunc, and rebel llajs flaunting bravely in tlie bri? zo. The, u were hardly less than 2,000 of them, toll. of Virginians, North and South Caroli iions, audi. >i gin nit, and they wtro pressing forward eagerly to capt :i e the whole of our little band. Tho island for twenty 01 thirty mile?, is not a mile wide, iu any part, ami covered here and there with strips of woods, of scrub oak and holly?all else is barren sand. Tho Monti cello rati within a half or three quarters of a mile of the beach, and while the rebels were tooting their instru ments with great elloct, and marcbibg along yelling and hooting, Lieutenant Commander Bruine S"iit u ten inch shell into tliem, the missile exploding with terr,llc,and to thi'in, startling violence among their fro.it ranks, cut ting down a dozen at. one blow. Instantly thereafter a shell fri in his thirty-two pounder, and a projectile from liis ritle gun aft, exploded among ihcm, doing terri ble execution, and producing the utmost ixjnsti i uat ion. Asquiekas thought the musician* simultaneously threw down thoir instrument-, bring.tig their musical cut* rtain meut t'i a sudden close, mid with the color hearers und soldiers?who had thrown down their lings and weapons? took to their heels und ran. They were brought buck again, hilt Hrniue's tire was too hot, and the entire ad vance rngim lit broke and scattered like sheep. Tho Montie dlo's till' was uninterrupted and rapid, the th. lis exploding In groups and companies of soldiers, shooting their do illi ili aline fni^ment? al>< ut und toarin : lints through the rebels. Tie- <norny then retreated to n Hinnll copse of woods, and oti'i-avo. ed to shelter themselves from the raining shells. In t when they had been well driven from the I are beach,tho Montice.l" would turn and pay its respecta to tli'- woods. In tins wood they found no safety, and again thojr would break and by the liun Ireds r.inii uc o>-s the barren ben h, cx|<o*ed to the lit o of tbe Montlcetlo's well dlrecte.l guns. Suit w*ut on fi r three and a ha'i long ho n> , during which t me the M'inli'crl o bad expended, w ith fcrcut elli ct, < no handled and eighty shell*, u'ld i.u ouht.' :ly killetl two er three hundred of the enemy and wotinded a-< many more, as there wan 110 protection against tin* tire. Daring the shelling, the rebel fleet came near th<? beach inside and endeavored to rescue many, who liad thrown away cvorything and ran out Into th<; sound, up to their cliiiiK, to escape the ovp'cd np shells, Occasionally u ten inch shell would be thrown fit the fleet, one of which struck tho Fanny, which tho robc.'s h:ul In use, and damaged her atom oonsiderahlj;. Two barges?ono going out loaded d wn with wounded and figitiws and the other coming fr< m tho fleet with oflleers and men?were observed and oacli honored with a ten inch t-lioll.* One was scan to strike in the large barge carrying tho wounded, explode and, tearing the Ixiat Into fragments, it s uit the holies of the soldiers high In air, and distributed them on the water in all di rections. Another destroyed a barge containing a large number of ' fllcers and soldiers, scarcely a dozen of whom escaped. Colonel Banco and the Major of the Georgia regiment met their death in this bout. I'ersonH who escaped d scribe the carnage among the rebels as horri ble. Their dead bodies strewed the bench for miles. The tand wan also covered with muskets, swords, accou trements, clothing, tic., which the rebels had thrown, away. The supply of shells giving out, and night approaching, after tlie enemy had been completely broken up and dispersed, the Montlcello came down to Cap.? Hatteras, and cov red tho Indiaui.ms en camped f r tho night abi.ut the light house. Colonel Hawkins' comtnnn I lay a little above the light houso, to ward.-; tho p'i my. Tho night passed <(uletly, and in tho morning both commands marched to this (?>st, and for the lirst timo in thirty six hours the Indiana regiment obtained food. They were completely worn out, but no ill effects have been observod from their long match. The Indiana regiment was accompanied nearly to tho light house by thirty families (lying from Cbicamncranico on the approach of the rebels. Their flight was marked by the most painful circumstances. Old men and wo men, children and babes, borne in the arms of their pa rents, leaving everything they had in the world to the relentless en my, trudged on under a hot gun, over many miles of heavy sand, glad to escape with life alone, and knowing nothing of what the future had ia store for them. The soldiers helped them along, carrying tl.eir children, and the officers giving up their horses to tho old. What little the men had to eat and drink wag cheer fully divided with these poo;- creatures, but their flight, was, nevertheless, distressing and painful in the extreme They were all Union people,and, since their flight, tho rebels have burned their house s and committed horrible outrages upon those who returned. One old man, seventy years of age;, was sh't In cold blood by a devil lr.carna.to from Georgia. So rt goes today with those poor people. NEWS FROM THE SOUTH. NA1IKS 01' TUK PRISONERS CAPTUJWp ON BOAKD TIIE FANNY BV TUB REBKL8. Bai.umork, October V2, 1S61, Tho prisoners captured on board the proi>ellcr Fanny reached Norfolk on Wednesday night. They aro as fol lows:? Lieutenant F. M. l'eacock, United States Navy, com manding the Fanny. Lieutenant Isaac VV. Hunt, Quartermaster of the Twen tieth Indiana. Corporals J. E. Tuttlo, of Hudson County, and G. Evcr ard, of New York City?both of the New York Ninili regi ment. Also the following privates of the New York Ninth regimenti?Kowan, Havens and Kdsall, all of Hudson County; Cunningham, of Richmond County; Dougherty and l'age, of Essex County; John Carson, James lieitli and Frank Trotheu,of New York City. Also, Captain Ivecfer, of tho Twentieth Indiana regt. ment. Pergeant Bartlett and twtlve private?, Indianiaua and Ulinoisans. Tho Richmond Enquirer cays that the wo: Ic of ti atist formlng tho Jamestown IntJ 11 war vessel is r-ipidly pro gressing. Passengers from Norfolk and Richmond give a gloomy account <,f alfairs. Tho poorer classes of citizens aro suf fering much, and are really tired of the war. Tho government authorities have purchased nearly all the ooflVN) In Richmond and Norfolk for tho soldier*. Benjamin Hugcr, formerly in command of tno Pikes ville Arsenal, has been c 'inmissioned a Major General.

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