Newspaper of The New York Herald, October 18, 1861, Page 1

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated October 18, 1861 Page 1
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THE NEW WHOLE NCU 9169. NEW YORK HERALD. # ? , - YORK, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1861. PRICE TWO CENTS. THE REBELLION. Tta Babel Army of the Fotomac Retiring The Enemy's Outposts Establish ed at Fairfax Court House. Brilliant Victory of the Union Troops on the Upper Potomac. Additional Particulars of the Battle. MPORTANT FROM THE LOWER POTOMAC. Account of the Attack of the Rebel Batteries on the Union Gnnboats. The Mission of Messrs. Slftdell and Mason Abroad. A LUM European Protectorate for the Kebel States Solicited* UPORTAIT NEWS FROM MISSOURI. Skirmish Between Gen.Siegers Troops and Price's Forces. A DECISIVE BATTLE IMPENDING. Rout of Rebel Cavalry Near Lebanon, Missouri. EFFECTS OF THE WAR IN TEXAS. Institution sad laftring Hm People. Jerelopement of the Loyalty of the German Population ?&? Ac-, Jkc. OVE SPECIAL WASHINGTON DESPATCHES. Washiikitok, Oct. IT, 1801. WITHDRAWAL OF TBI REBEL OUTPOSTS TO FAIRFAX CO CRT HOUSC?TBI UNION OUTPOSTS ADVANCED *0 VIENNA. The rebels called la all their pickets to-day, and have 4werted Vienna, torn np the railroad track of the Lou 4m ud Hampshire Railroad at that place, and have * hack with their entire column to Fairfax Court I Boose. General Wads worth, with a company of infantry and one company of cavalry, followed the rebels in their sudden flight to within a mile of Fairfax Oourt House, when they turned and fired upon the Gene, ral and his gallant little hand, hut did not succeed in hitting anybody. A scouting party, consisting of five of our companies, under command of a lieutenant colonel, whose name I cannot learn, made a reconnoissaace of Vienna this afternoon, entering the place and finding it desorted, as stated above. The object of tearing np the railroad is to provent the use of it by General McClellan to throw troops into Lees burg. The evacuation of Vienna by the rebels Is rather sur prising, Inasmuch as by doing so they surrender the rail, road leading to Leeeburg. General McClellan and Inspector General Harey went as far aa Vienna, and returned to the city about nine o'clock In the morning In a drenching rain. WITHDRAWAL OF THE REBEL FORCES FROM LEESBURQ. At ten o'clock to-night a despatch was received at the headquarters of General McCIollan, stating that tho rebels are retiring from Leeeburg, and have made preparations to withdraw their whole force as speedily as possible. This is evidently a part of the movement for the aband onment of Vienna to-day, and the retirement of the rebels to Fairfax Court House. When our troops first advanced before the battloof Bull ran, and took possession of Vienna, the rebels abandoned Leesburg, fearing they would be cut off. They are now In a worse condition than they were than, from the fact that we have a stronger force opposite leesburg. They know that the river can now bo easily forded. But while this movement of tbo rebels is partly the result or a general breaking up of tbe rebel forces, grow ing out of a desire of many of the troops to go to their several States and defend ^heir homes against tbe for midable expeditions now fitting out, the fact will not be lost sight of by Gen. MoClellan that this general falling back of the enemy may only prove the choice of a field for another battle, and that Bull run Is the spot selected no one can doubt who knows anything about the location. 'What art haa not not done thero, nature haa amply pro Tided for defences. Gen. McClellan knows this fact.aa time will show. THE VICTORY OF COLONEL fiEART NEAR HARPER'S FERRT. Hie brilliant achievement of Col. Geary at Harper's Ferry appears almost incredible. The first account re ceived here waa regarded aa an exaggeration, but it is fully confirmed by despatohee received to day. Bolivar Heights is a very strong position. With the exception of Turner Ashby's cavalry, the rebel forces engaged were composed exclusively of the recently drafted Virginians. They were armed with a promiscuous variety of weapons, from shotguns to horse pistols. There have been numerous reports to-day of a renewal of tho fight at Bolivar Heights, but a despatch was re cclved here this afternoon by General Banks, who Is In town, stating that everything was perfectly quiet on the Upper Potomac, especially at Harper's Ferry and Bolivar Heights. El'ROPEAN PROTECTORATE FOR TUB REBEL STATES, information has been received here from a source en. titled to credit that Messrs. Slldell end Mason, the rebel Minister* to XVanoe and England, are not only authorised to negotiate treaties of extraordinary commercial advantage with those Power*, hot to plaoe the Southern confederacy (Or a limited period under their protection. VnUNO nOH TBI REBEL BATTERIES ON TBI POTOMAC. The Robert Leslie and the J. L. I'usey, the two tugs that towed the Pawnee down the river yesterday morn ing, arrived at the Navy Yard late last night, accompa nied by the lfount Vernon. I have been enabled to ob tain the following information respecting the cannonad ing of the Pawnee by the batteries at Shipping point:? The Mount Vernon passed an hour before the Pawnee, and was unmolested by the batteries. The Pawnee re oelved seven shots. One of them, a thirty-two pounder, struck amidships, about eighteen Inches above the water line. A second took effect on the starboard quarter, passing through the dingy, and made Its appearance in .the ward room, but was prevented from entering by striking on the plank shear. A third struck the bluff of the starboard bow, while a fourth struck the vessel in the waist, passing from one aids through to the other, cutting a hammock in two in Its course. The splinters flaw around in all directions, but she waa not seriously dam aged, and nobody was hit. The greatest number at the shot and shell passed dear over, from the guns be ing too much elevated. Bad the Pawnee been two hun dred yards nearer to the Maryland shore nearly every shot would have taken effect. Three of the shots hit the rigging, but did no material injury. Having ran the gauntlet the vessels went down to wards Aquia Creek, off which they arfchored, when the three hundred and fifty marines on board the Mount Ver non were transferred to the Pawnee, whloh then weighed anchor and proceeded to her destination. The rest of the vessels remained at anchor till seven o'clock in the even ing, so as not to repass the batteries during daylight. On passing Shipping Point, the Pusey, which was about half a mile In advance, was allowed to paas unmolested, ss was the Leslie. The batteries opened Are on the Mount Varnon, however, but did not sucoeed in hitting her. The rebels are building another battery, a very large one, on a hill behind the one whloh fired on the Pawitee. The ground appears to be about ten acres in extent. It is stated that about forty vessels, Including trans ports loaded with army stores, eyster boats and coal boats, are lying to at Smith's Point, on the Potomae, under the protection of our flotilla, unable to pass the rebel batteries in the viciatty of Shipping Point. For the present, therefore, the navigation of the Potomac Is effec tually closed. Near Shipping Point there are three batteries, mount 'ng thirteen or more guns. A battery has Just been opened at Quantico Bill, ontha right bank of Quantloo creek, a short distance above Ship. ping Point. The other three are between Shipping Point and Evans port. There is said to be also a battery at Timber creek, and one gun on the hill above Evan*port. The Aqula creek battery Is silent. The Alger Is at the Navy Yard taking In stores. SECRETARY SEWARD'S CIRCULAR RES PEC TWO TUB BEACOAST AND LAKE DEFENCES. The letter of Secretary Seward to Governor Morgan, published In to-day's Hhuld, points, with great sig nificance, to a contemplated war with England, If it was not for the fact that it has been sent to the Go vernors of all other States having seaboards to protect. Our defences on the lakes are only against England. There can be no harm in stating what is the fact, that the letter Is called forth by tho late menacing positiou of England, France and Spain, towards this country in its present trying hour, when the government is struggling with foes within. Instead of roceiving the sympathy, If not the active support, of tho groat Powers of Europe, to put down rebellion against legitimate government in this country, wo havo witnessed nothing but what seems to be a desire to take advantage of our oalamlty, sympathize with rebels, and Indirectly to give aid ant] comfort to traitors who are In arms against law and good order. Our government Is aot blind to these facts, and Is boldly proparlng to meet the Issue. THE REVELATIONS RESPECTING TBI GREAT NAVAL EXPEDITION. The publication in one of the New York small dallies of the existence of a military expedition about to sail for the South does not disturb any one here, much ieea General McClellan, whom tho author undoubtedly Intended to irritate. General McClellan regrets the sending of the ex pedition at ^all, fearing it may frighten the enemy away from before Washington, whon, la his opinion, he ought to be whipt in full strength, in order suoces3fully and speedily to break the back of the rebellion. INSPECTION OP THE UNION LINES IN VIRGINIA. General McClellan, accompanied by Inspector General Marcey and nearly all {ho others of his staff, went to Vir ginia this morning to inspect the troops, test th* ratige of hew suns, and examine the positions and condition of the outposts, beginning at General Smith's division, on the right. ARRIVAL OP GENERAL BANES. General Banks arrived hero this morning, and had a long Interview with General McClellan before the lattor went over to Vrginia this forenoon, and another this evening, upon Gen. McClellan's return. Gen. Banks is In fine health and spirits, and is sanguine of final and speedy success in routing tho rebels from tho banks of the Upper Potomac. DEMORALIZATION OF TBE REBEL FORCES. Deserters from Leesburg sute that tho rebel foroe there is totally demoralized, and cannot hold togotber long. The defeat of tho rebels at Bolivar Heights will have a stili more demoralizing effect towards weakening them all along the Potomac. SKIRMISB W1TB TBE REBEL CAVALRY. A compauy of rebel cavalry made their appearance to-day a short distance beyond Munson's Hill, and fired into tho First regiment of the New Jersey Brigade. The Colonel returned the fire, and two of the rebels were seen to fall from their horses. Four companies pursued them some distanco. They made their escape, howover, taking their wounded with tbem,' The rebels were un doubtedly reconnoitoring, with the intention of ascer taining the position or our forces in that vicinity. THE ARMY. Major W. T. H. Brooks, United States Army, has been commissioned Brigadier General ot volunteers. Brigadier General Isaac J? Stevens has boon detacbod from his brigade upon important special service, leaving the senior Colonel of the brigade, Colonel Taylor, of the New York Thirty third regiment, in command. SECRETARY CAMERON'S MOVEMENTS. Secretary Cameron, having extended bis tour nf obser vation to Kentucky, is not now expected in Washington until Monday. RELKA8E OP REBEL PRISONERS OP WAR. The prescribed oath, not to take up arms against tho United States, was to day administered to the thirty seven prisoners of war who are to be reloased and Bent to Norfolk, under a flag of tiuce, In accordance with the recent order of the War Department. ARREST OP COLONEL YOUNOi Colonel Young, latoly commanding the regiment of cav alry then known as " Young's Kontucky Cavalry," was arrested last night upon a charge of attempting to Incite a mutiny in the regiment. PUN1SBMENT FOR REFRACTORY SOLDIERS. A new punishoaout has beon devised for insubordinate soldiers who are arrested by the Provost Guard. A num ber of them were sot at work to-day in making repairs and improvements in the vicinity of the central guard houso. DINNER TO EKNTUCKIANB AT TBI WHITE BOUSE. Tbos. Hart Clay, the eldest son of the '1 tiage of Ash land," and several other distinguished loyal Kentucklans, are guests or tho President at dinner at the While House this evening. RE-ELECTION OF MR. WALACH TO TBE MAYORALTY OP WASBINUTON. The City Councils this afternoon re-elected Richard Wallatli Mayor of Washington. His former election was to fill tho vacancy caused by tho removal of Cblonel Berret to Port Larayetle as a political prisoner; but as he resigns.! preliminary to his release, another election was deemed necessary. GREAT DISTRESS IN TEXAS?TBE QF.ltMAN UNIONISTS TROUBLING TIIE REBtLS. An English merchant, who lias Just arrived from Texas, status that great distri as exists throughout all portio:.s of that Statu. At Galveston when he left provisions of every description commanded the most exhorhiiant prices. Great aiarui existed there respeoting tho safuty of the place, tlu> inhabitants having heard that expedi lions were lilting out lo operate on the Southern coast. Several prominent gentlemen Uad subscrlbod sufficient funds, and had despatched Colonel John Sydnor and Gene ral Sherman to New Orleans to purchase rifled cannon of sufficient calibre to defend the island. As it la now, he says, the fleet can bombard the town, their cannon being of too short a range to keep the vessels off the proper distance. The German element In San Antonio in very trouble some to the rebel government, and they are compelled to keep a pretty large furoe stationed there to koep them from rising and taking up arms against the usurpations of the rebel oligarchy. The Oermaus had frequently raised the American flag, but were forced at the point of the bayonet to put It down. Joseph Osterman, one of the wealthiest men In Texas, had committod suicide. The present political troublea is the cause assigned. At Galveston, when ho left, the gas works bad been compelled to stop for want of coal, and there was bat one box of candles la the town. The people were absolutely suffering for the common necessaries of life. AJUUTAL at LEAVENWORTH Or UNION REGULAR TROOPS FROM NEW MRX1CO. A despatch was received this morning at the War Office from OapUin Prince, In command at Fort Lea van worth, stating that Captain Gibbs, with three officers and one hundred men, had just arrived from New Mexico. Ha also states that In a few days tan officers and four hun dred men and thirty women will arrive All the officers and man are paroled. They are the officers and men who were surrendered by Colonel Lynde to the Texans. It appeara that the rebels have nearly the entire poeaoaalou of that section of the oountry. proceedings or the world's fair commission. The Commissioners representing the Interests of Ameri cans at the World's Fair, at an adjourned meeting, have appointed an exeoutlvo committee, consisting of B. P. Johnson, of New York, chairman; Henry Kennedy and S. M. Seaton, of Washington, and James R. Partridge, of Maryland?the last named secretary. It U their duty to make all necessary preparatory arrangemanta for the ex hibition. An office is to bo established at Washington, and a description of all articles intended for exhibition submitted to the committee for their action. Inventors and other exhibitors can apply to any one of the Commis sioners or to tho executive oommittec. LETTER rROM TUB PRESIDENT TO TUB VICEBOT OP warn. The President has addressed a letter to the Vieoroy of Egypt, in acknowledgment of the liberal, enlightened and energetic proceedings adopted by his Highness in bring ing to speedy and condign punishment the partiea who were concerned In an act of oruel persecution against an agent of certain American Christian misslonarlea in Upper ?gypt. THE ESCAPE OF THE NASHVILLE. *fce Names of the Vessel. nwi.-^?n Charlcston?Their Position on the Dsr of Her Eiespe. lite correspondent of the Philadelphia Enquirer, who Is on bosrd the United flutes steamer Roanoke, at present blockading tbe port of Charleston, writes to the paper under the date of October 11, the day on which the Nwh-' ?Hie ran the bloekade, and shows the position ef the bloekadlng vessels at tho time. It appears ??mewhat singular that an escape should be effected while there wis apparently such a strict watch kept on the movements of ?easels, and such a feeling or oerUlnty that all was safe:? rtJTt Ieff HafJPton Rotda September 28, and arrived liera October 1. Almost dally some English'or French men of ssic?'vsa* the ccu*?'?? of thoiKdf On? day l&it week ft sliot vu fired across ttio hnw <?r ? English man-ofwir Steady to bringheT to iVZnL^ TOry,muc^ ??e boldly and angrUy ? n'c Ms^jest'y." W?UM r0p0n^ * "" K Early on Sunday morning, Octobers, a schooner discovered which seemed to be endeavoring toS&rthS harbor by tho southern channel. The steamer sent n chase, and after a smart run of four h^r. ^T?' posed to shell from a rebel battery on shore j a ongside with the prize, which proved to be th? Atort Sho had a cloaranco from Nassau, N. P., one of tho Rih? mas, bound for St. Johns, N. F. loaded wiih nil . , sugar and bananas. ^e'cVew i ^rT ttd^te Inhabitants of Charleston, S. C. When flr?t ^ *he had the rebel flag at her masthead SOOZ1 AJI (illA H a v. _ I Tn as she discovered? the" ^7'^' ? chose, ran up the English flag. A Palme u J3 secession flag wero found In her cabin and brourhi^n board the fruoke. Theylelt them on the cur,sum for exhibltion/Ml wo all secured a small pjooo of each as a memento, Srhoh wo found the officers not looking!/ ma v mention that tho steamer Flag was not hit bv ?ie shnuf from the rebel battery in the oh?* Ckarlettan u now effectually WocfcaAA^almost "water proof." Tho Roanoke lies in the middle and on carh ki!L are tho Vandalia and the steamer Viae thw-T guarding the northern channel and tho latter the ?o^tw5 one We are about Ovo miles from PorlSum er 2 anchor in thirty feet wster. This Is as near ? in, on account of the bar. The steamer MmftSltiT go, last night, and will take pjf to There is a flttle robel steamer, armed with six guns in llnanr ,Mld^10 regularl-v cornes down within four miles of our anchorage every morning and looks at us for a few minutes and then returns, apparently satisfied The following is a list of the offlcors of the Roanoke, the leading vessel of the blockades Cajtain?John Marston,of Pennsylvania. LicuUnanU?W. W, Jellers, of New Jersey; T S Filte 2S*tf?ITtST' h **"?'* &%.*?: i'aymater?B. J. Cahoon, of Rhode Island AuistnntSurgcont?John C. Spear, of Delaware- J n Tinkham of New York. ' Wttr8' J" H Chirf Engineer?K. C. ftimors, of New Yerk Firtt Axsulant Engineers?H. B. Nones, of ixlaw?? t Newton, of Now York. ' *?' J' Captain of Marina?it. R. Klntzing, of Peunsvlvan* Chaplain?Rev. R. Given, of New Jersey. The Washington correspondent or tho same paper in his despatch of yesterday, says that:? ' The Navy Department have Issued orders for the mm manding[officer off Charleston harbor to report hiSr here. His successor will leavo New York to-dav It ta not supposed that ha is a rank secessionist, but that ho Ta either winking at the arrival and departure of veslota from Charleston, or else i* inefficient and incapable ol di charging the duties of his positton. How m"y m??h^e EittSlF"' A lUorough *32 REPOKTRD BUrERSEPC KB OP TBI COMMANDER OP THB BqtlADRON OFF CHARLESTON, PHuuDittj'nu, Oct. 17,1801. It is reported here that the government has sujiersaded the commander of tho blockading squadron off Charleston leading to a suspicion that the reported escape of the Nash' ville is correct. 8AILING OP THE CONNECTICUT. The United States gunboat Connecticut sailed ycLtordav morning in search of the rebel steamer Nashv lite. EFFBCT OF SECRETARY SEWARD'S CIR C UL AR. Philadelphia , Oot. 17,1861 Secretary Soward'g letter is viewed here as timely and .Igniflciiul, showing tbe necessity of preparing for any interference or foreign Powers, and occasioned a decline instate stocks. Reading Railroad and other seouritios are steady. ' Bostox, Oct. 17,1861. Secretary Seward's circular attracts no special atton tlon, but Its suggestions in favor of State action for coast defences meets with general approval. The circular had no perceptible effect on stocks or tho money market to day . Buffalo, Oct. 17,1861. The Expreu (republican) says?Mr. Seward's circular has taken the country by surprise, and will be likely to occasion much anxiety lest there may be in the secrets of the Department a knowledge or real danger. IT, in response to the announcements England has ssnt to Canada, our rrontier should bristle with guns and be put In a position for either offence or defence. We are inclined to believe uSTthToonseauance would be as Mr. Seward suggests, pacificatory The Courier (democratic) does not understand the *etter. NEGOTIATIONS FOR TUE RELEASE OF OOL MULLIGAN. St. Doris, Oct. IT, 1861 The Democrat learns that Dr. Winer, surgeon of the Twenty-third Illinois regiment, or Col. Mulligan's Irish brigade, started on Wednesday, by order or Gen Curtis f?r G?>. Prico's headquarters with an offer to effect the liberty of Col. Mulligan, by tendering In his p|ac? the release of Gen. Frost from his parole of honor who wag taken after the capture of Camp Jackson. We hear also that a like exchange will be tendered for Col. Bowen. RAISING MORE TROOPS IN NEVT JERSEY . - . TtaxTow, uct. 17 jjiHi Information has been obtained from Wa?hinston ihw Colonel William Halst. d, now in command o n ^ ^ of cavalry in the Unite,.'flutes so: ??sUu"2 TC izcd to raise throe more regiment# of infanfrv fn?? this State. Orders have beeu issued in i L ? frifhtly. recruiting offlcer here, to that eflfcot. LI*uUmmut THE FIGHT IT HARPER'S FEBHY. Additional Particulars of the Engagement. Two Thousand Rebels and One Thou sand Union Troops Engaged. Tbe Rebel Battery Stormed by Col. Geary, Ac., Ac. BALTinon, Oct. IT, 1861. Passenger* from Harpsr'B Ferry iuU that there vu quite a battle yesterday near that place, between two regiments of Mississippi and Alabama soldier* and the Third regiment of Wisconsin and some companies of the Thirteenth Massachusetts regiment. While the oannon adlng was going on across the river, Colonel Geary crossed with a force and stormed the battery, and succeeded In capturing one thirty-two pounder, which he brought back with him across the river into camp. A considerable number were killed and wounded on both sides. The capture of lbs cannon Is oonQrmed by a despatch from General Banks. Baltuou, Oct. IT, 1801. A gentleman from near Harper's Ferry furnishes the particulars of a fight botwecn six companies, consisting of parts of the Twenty-eighth Pennsylvania regiment, the Third Wisconsin, and the Thirteenth Massachusetts regi ment, under command of Colonel John W. Geary, and 3,000 rebels. Early yesterday morning the rebels showed tbemsclvss on Bolivar Hutghtsat Harper's Ferry, and commonocd an attack with artillery upon three companies yjsder Major J. p. Gould, stationed on the north side of the Potomac. A constant fir* was kept up for some time, nhen three companies of the Third Wisconsin regiment crossed the

river, formed Into line on4 drove the enemy back, and succeeded la capturing one of their heavy guns. They were, however, oompelled to retreat, which they did in good order to the river. Here they were reinforced by the ether companies, and thoy then, with Colonel Geary at their hod, marched upon the enemy, and, after hard fighting, drove them from tbotr position, and recaptured the thirty-two pounder?a columbiad. Our foroes bad but throe ptece^ of artillery, and these were fired from this side of the river until the enemy retreated. The enemy had seven pieces of artillery and live hundred cavalry, together with their Infantry, and were oompletely routed, and driven back some three miles. Our loss in killed and wounded la not over seven, while that of the enemy is at leant one hundred and fifty. Colonel Ashby, who was at the head of the enemy, Is among the rebels killed. P9f.Ni or Rocks, Md., Oct. IT, 1801. Oolonol Gsary, with a part of ths force under his com mand, achieved a glorious victory yesterday, at Bolivar, Va., against a greatly superior force of cavalry, artillery and Infantry, rapturing one thirty two pounder and some prisoners, who report tho rebel loss as not lesa than one hundred and fifty in killed and wounded. Our loss was four killed and seven wounded, one mortally, and on* missing. Colonel Geary was slightly wounded by a shell. Th* fight lasted five hour*. COLONEL GEARY'S OFFICIAL DESPATCH. Colonel Geary, having a scparule command from Gone, rai Bank'a oolumn, sent a despatch concerning the ?ftollvar tight direct to headquarters, and In It he states that he oroased the river with 1,000 men from hiaown and the Thirteenth Massachusetts regiment, surprised a rebel force two or three times as large, charged It with bayonet and drove It three miles, capturing a thirty-two pounder, killing or wounding 150 rebel*, losing four mon killed and ten wounded, one mortally. It la reported that the despatch waa written on the top of tho cannon captured. THE HARMONY OF THE DIFFERENT DE SPATCHES. At flrst sight it would appear that a contradiction rela tive to the force under Col. Geary ia ahown by the different despatches. In Col. Geary'a report to Gen. Bonks, as re ceived by telegraph, he is made to say that he had but four hundred men?at least it is ao reported from Wash ington. Another account aaya that six companies wore engaged, three of which were from the Third Wiaconsin regifhent. Aa we learn from a private source that three companies of the Thirteenth Massachusetts regiment woro certainly In the contest, we may conclude that the six companic8 did not include the dctachment of the Twenty eighth Pennsylvania Volunteers. Col. Geary's report to Washington says he had one thousand men with him. Doubtless the three companies from Wisconsin and the three from Massachusetts?making six hundred men? were first engaged with the rebels when Col. Geary, with his "four hundred," were out foraging; and, on hearing the tiring, the gallant Colonel ordered bis small command 'ogo to tho assistanoo of tho other companies, and thus made tho full force up to one thousand, although only four hundred of his own command wero engaged. COLONEL GEARY'S TWENTY -EIGHTH PENN SYLVANIA VOLUNTEERS. Again wo have to chronicle the bravery of this gallant regiment. On several occasions havo detachments of this command mado themselves noted by some especial yWoe of strategy or gallantry, and now we find that Col. Geary reports that he was going out on a foraging expedition with about 400 men, and at Bolivar Heights, near Har per's Ferry, he was mot by tho enemy in superior forco, and after a sharp tight he succeedod in repulsing the rebels and capturing a thirty-two pounder. This despatch is further explained by later advices, which show that detachments of two other regimonts were engaged with the rebels, when Geary's "four hun dred" came to their assistance, crossed the river,stormed the buttery and captured the gun, bringing the same across to tho Maryland side. On this particular occasion a few remarks about the regiment may not be out of place. The regiment is com I**ud iu the main of miners and lumbermen from Cam bria and Westmoreland counties. Few of tliem stand kss than six feet high, many of them still higher. The remainder aro Philadelphia mechanics and citize ns, who robbed of their usual employment by tho perversity o{ rebellion, marched to the nest to crush out its existence The regiment consists of more than a thousand men. Permission had been given to Col. Geary to swell it* ranks to the number of 1,SSI, all told; in order that the additional recruits might bo taken care of, Major Tyndale had been detached to superintend the increose The men were armed with Enfield rllles and sabre bayo. nets. Their uniform at starting was gray, but has doubtless been changed to the new regulation color, and every man boasts a havelock, the gift of the ladies in Philadelphia. Col. Geary, when he left Philadelphia, rods a splendid Jet black horse, whose polished skin glistened like Italian marble. He wore the regulation hai, trimmed with gold cord and acorns, and a eword worthy of Char lemagne or Richard Cceur de Lion. The regiment is well provided with camp equipage and has a regimental band. The officers of the regiment are these:? ?i?LO OmCMtS. Colonel John W. Chart. Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel de Korponay. Major Hector Tyndale. ST Art omriKK. Adjutant John Fiynn. . S irgoon Henry Krnest Goodwin. Assistant Surgeon Samuel llogan. Chaplain Charles W. Helsley. Quartermaster Bonj. F. Lee. Sergeant Major Samuel D. McKae. Quartermaster Sergeant.. .David U. Hilt. Commissary Sergeant John 1'. Nicholson. Regimental Postmaster... .Thomas B. Hurst. Wagonmaster Goorgo W. Keller. link omens. t Company A?From IlaztUin. Captain Arlo Pardee, Jr. Fust Lieutenant las. Fitzpatrick. Second Lieutenant James Gonnan. Orderly Sergeant Jas. Sullivan, Jr. Company B? Wen.moreland. Captain Robert Warden. First Lieutenant ? Wm. M. Sordar. Second Lieutenant Alfred Robertson. Orderly .Sergeant Geo. W. Nowmyer. r,nl.,? Company C?Philadelphia. ???* " ? ?? ;????? Wm. llafklash. I irii LieutenantPatAr v 1 )>?? Second Lieutenant - Coon Ordorly Sergeant '.John 8. Itonnak r.n?.in Company D?Ph,la,MpMa. *"*, Georgel>. Hammer. First Lieutenant.......,,. p p*rir.?i? frynd Lieutenant 1 Hammer.' Orderly Sergeant E. T. Paul. r^,.S"mpany ^ company)?Vtuch Ctotn*. ????? ?;????: 8- *? Chapman. First Lieutenant Jacob P. Armer. Second Lieutenant Charles W. Chapman. Orderly Sergeant H. E. Smith. Company F?Elimxbtik and AlUohany VaOey. rfjf1!-; Joseph B.&>peland. *Vst Lieutenant David Mills. Second Lieutenant Caleb Greenawault. Orderly 8ergoant Peter Kay lor. Company Q?Stwuklty. ;???; u- M?r?*. L?i n 1 V William 0. Shields. Betond Lieutenant John J. Nevis. Orderly Sergeant R. Stokes. CaptaiD ?w?ix??y Jl-PUUmrq. leoond'r t?ninallt ;???????'? H ^?ott. Second Lieutenant William W. WattlW. Orderly sergeant 0. n. M. Martin. Pantftin Company I?PhiUuUlphia. Thomas McDonongta. Borbridge. Second Lieutenant John B. Church. Orderly Sergeant A. E. Colgan. /w.. Company K?Phihid, Iphia. Wm. H. Woodward. First Lieutenant John M. Wolfe. weond Lieutenant B. R, Hallo well.. Orderly Sergeant John H. Good. SKETCH OF COLOKltL JOHN ?. OEARY. Colonel J. W. Geary, who commanded the Twenty eighth Pennsylvania regiment, has figured extensively In recent national events. He commanded the Second regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers in Mexico, and was noted for great firmness and tbe rigid discipline to which be subjected bis men. When he first went to the war in that unfortunate republic be waa Lieutenant Colonel of Roburts' regiment of Penn sylvania Volunteers, and at the battle of Chepul tepec, where he held chief oommand of his regl mcn^was wounded, but notwithstanding led his men in the terrific battlo fought at the de Belen gate just previous to the capture of the city of Mexico. For hie gallantly on that occasion he was promoted to the rank of colonel, his commission bearing date November 3, 1847. He received special mention at Cerre Gordo. After the war, in 1848, he lived in San Francisco, of which place be was appointed Postmaster, and waa after wards etocted the first Mayor of the city, hold ing his offlco for two or three terms prior to tho organisation of the Vigilance Committee. Ho waa afterwards Governor of Kansas under the Hnrt..?., rtgimt, and after his recall settled at Greenbury, West moreland county, Pa., In the Congressional district I of John Covode. He was a leading agriculturist for the greater part of his life, and always an administra tion demoorat, supporting in the rccent elections 0. Fos ter for Governor and John C. Breckinridge. His advon turous disposition could not remain contented on the j breaking out of this war, and ho left a young and beautl ftil wife to go to Philadelphia and organize a regiment. Many of his old Mexican followers flocked to his standard from all parts of tho State, and he has now the largest regiment, we bolieve, in the United States service. They are splendidly equipped, and armed with Enfield rifles and sabre bayonets. Col. Geary Is a tall, powerful mm. and his bravery has long made him prominent In the military service. LIEUTENANT COLONEL DI XOBFONAT. Lieutenant Colonol Gabriel De Korponay Is a Hungarian by birth, but in consequence of political trouble# in his natlvo land took refuge in this country, which has ever offered a homo to tho distressed and persecuted. In the Mexican war It la repotted he took an activo part, it is understood, aa an Instruc tor of cavalry and general riding master. For some time after that he was lost sight of, except In his immediate neighborhood; but on the breaking out ofthoprosent troubles we find him ready to take up the cause of the government of that freo and Independent country which had given him a refuge and a home. On the 1st of May of the present year he was announced aa Colonel of the Third Light Infantry Militia regiment of Philadelphia but preferring to go actively Into the war, he was induced to take tbe second command under Colonel Geary, no is what is called a "fine man," and la also classed as a fine sold lor. Colonol Korponay is vory light and agile in bia move ments, so much so as to be remarkable. THE THIRTEENTH MASSACHUSETTS VOLUN" | TEER8. | From all tho reports wo have as yet recolved It appears | that only a battalion of this regiment, under Major J. B Gould, was engaged in this flght. As it is difficult to as certain the Initials of the individual companies, we givo the names of tho principal ofllcors of the whole regi ment:? Colonel..... Samuel H. Leonard, Boeton. Lieutenant Colonol M. Walter IUtcheldirTncKton. ?JfT;' Jacob H. Gould, Stoneham. Adjutant David H. Brad lee, Boston. Quartermaster George E. Craig, Boston Burgnon Alison W Whitney. Assistant Surgeon J. Theodore Hurd. Quartermaster Sergeant.. ,.T. It. Wells. Commissary Sergeant Melville f-mltb Chaplain Rev. N. M. Gaylord. tumms. Company A James A Fox. Company B Joseph 8. Carey. Company C Lieut. W. H. Jackson, com. Company D Augrstlno Harlow. Company E Chas. Ft. M. Pratt, ef Roocbury Company F Henry Whitoomb, Company G Kbcn w. Fluke. Company H Wm. L. Clsrke. Company I H. R. Schreiber. Company K W. P. Blackmer, of Westbor'b THIRD REGIMENT WISCONSIN VOLUNTEERS. Tho following aro the principal officer! or tb? wholo regiment:? Colonel C. 8. Hamilton. Lion tenant Colonel T. II Rngor. Major Bortlne l'lnckney. Adjutant L. H. (>. Crane. torrnaster S. E. Lefferts. Surgeon 1). A. Kaymoud. CAPTAIN*. Company A?Watertown Riflemen.. .Capt. Gibbs. (Since resigned.) Company It?Oshknsh Pcott Vols Capt. Soott. Company C?Green County Volunt'rs.Capt. Flood. Compauy I)?Waupun Light Guard.. .C'apt. Clark. Company E?Wllliamstown Rifles (apt. Hammer. Com|?ny F?Grant County Volunt'rs.Capt. Limbtxker. Company fi?Neeuah Guards ('apt. Hi I.bard. Company H?I-afnyslte Rifles ('apt. Whitman. Company T?Sliullsburg Light Guard.("apt. Vaiulergnft. Company K?liane County Guard Capt. Hawley. Company A of this regiment was, If in the engagement, doubtless commanded by Lioutenant H. Bertram. THE UPPER POTOMAC. INTERESTING STATEMENT OF UNION SOL. D1ERS WHO ESCAPED I-ROM THE REBELS. DARimsmiwy, Md., Oct. 16,1881. In a previous communication was narrated the fact of a party of eleven scouts from the New York Thirty fourth having crossed the river and being attacked and cut to pieces by a superior number of the rebels. The particulars of the afl'air are thos detailed by Corporal Robert Grnoey, of the party, who, until hla return on Monday night, waa supposed to have been dead, as he was seen to fall on tho field of the skirmish:? On the night of the 16th of September a detachment of twelve men crossed the fotomac for the purpose of reconnoitering and foraging. When about hall a mile from the river they wfcre attacked by fifteen rebels, two of whom were instantly kiltod?viz: O. D. Darling and Brownley. Among the wounded was my in formant, Corporal Gracey ,of Company H, a mac of gigantic frame and Iron endurance. As Graoey lay wounded upon the ground, a rebel named McCarthy Lowe, a farmer re siding In the vicinity, rushed up and shet him twice, both ball* taking effect, and was stopped from firing a third time by hie captain. One of tho balls penetrated Gracey's b?ok in a slanting dlrootlon, and came out on bis left side. Tho other, entering the back, lodged in his left lung, wheee It still remains. After a grand exuHatlon at the successful accomplish, went of tlveir feat, the rebels took up the wounded, aad conveyed them to the village of Oralnesville, about four miles distant. Gracey being a man of no ordinary weight, was placed upon a rail and carrlod by four stout men, until they found a more comfortable conveyanee. On arriving at Pralnesville the rlcfirg turinlged in liquor with their friends, and held a grand jubilee over their victory. Here (irasey remained abont two weeks, during which time be was kindly cared for both by hi* keepers and the family where tie lodged. Fearing an attack from General Stone's command, he was then con veyed to to Fairfax Court House in one of our own ambu lances, captured at Bull run. His two woeks' sWiy at Fairfax was not of an unpleasant character, considering all the circumstances. Ho was placed In the hospital, under guard of IJiut. Thomas Adrian and his command of Tiger Rifles, of Louisiana, who furnished him with more condiments, luxuries and personal attentions than were bestowed upon their own sick. Lieut. Adrian frequently and jocularly remarked, as an excuse for this, that his object was a selfish one Ho wanted to take Gracey to the South, and exhibit him, a 2a Barnum, as a Una specimen of the living Yankee who couldn't be killed. In this hospital tho Inmates were mostly member* of the First Virginia regiment. Every day or two thoae seriously ill were sent to Richmond, as It was feared that General McClellan would attack the rebel lines. Among the prisoner patients there, however, was om named Walter Hemmett, who was wounded la the mouth In some skirmish. Hemmett played the deaf and dumb rob to perfection, deceiving even Gracey himself, ontil the day previous to the tatter's escape, when Hemmett agreed to join Gracey in making their escape. During Gracey's ooudnement hia sufferings wsre intense, as evldenoed by a comparison of his former with his present weight. Hia attendants furnished him with opium ?very day for hia drink, which ha treasured up as a means of his ultimate escape. One night, after he became able to move about, ha drugged the beverage of hit attendants, and then left the hospital Is pursuit of some cold water for a violent toothache. After passing the outer guard he fell in with the sentinels of three distinct lines outside the village^ He was respec tively hailed and fired at three times, but all the balls failed to harm him. After awaiting, as agreed upon, fbr his friend Hemmett, and the latter not appearing, he started towards the Po tomac at the point of his capture; but, In consequence of large rebel forces, ho was compelled to diverge in a west erly dlrectloa, crossing Bull run, and thence taking a cir cuitous and serpentine routo to avoid open land and obser vation. After three days of hunger and suffering bs reached the Potomac, opposite the encampment of the Thirty-fourth, at midnight, when he waa compelled to lay there till daybreak, as the pickets docllned to' cross the river at night. While In the hospital at Fairfax, Gracey had as oppor tunity of becoming famlUar with many Important facta. Ho occasionally overheard conversations between offloers and the susgeons of tho hospital. He saw Beauregard and Longstreet in oonversation on several occasions to gether, and inferred that Longstreet held some Important commission. On the 6th Inst. Jeff. Davis was at Fairfax, and spent several hours with Beauregard, Longstreet and other officers. General Johnston wss understood to be somewhere in the immediate neighborhood, but Gra cey did not see him. On one occasion General Lougstreet said to the surgeon that the rebel forces In front or Washington were so scat tered that if attacked at any point in tho lino there must necessarily be an abrupt retreat by all upon Manassas? "our Gibraltar"?'where Yankee blood would refresh and enrich Virginia soil. They think It Impossible to be driven from this point. It was generally believed that Beauregard would burn the village of Fairfax Oourt House if compelled to evaoaute it. It was impossible to ascertain the exact number of re bel troops In and around Fairfax. They were variously estimated at 60,000 to 100,000. As far as Gracey's obter vatlon went they wore better fed than clothed, but he hoard of no oomplalnts In regard to the latter, although their uniforms presented a curious mixture, gray predo minating over other shades of color. Salt had beeo scarce, but the supply was becoming moro plentiful. He learned that hundreds of men were employed on the sea shore In evaporating, each man producing on an average two bushels per dsy. It was also coming in freely from I the wostern part of the State. On his homeward route Gracey saw, about a quarter of smile northwest of Fairfax,a breastwork about thirty rods long and five foet high, but no troops wore then stationed there. He saw no largo bodies of troops north of the Great Falls, but laid conccaled while a baggage train of forty wagons passed toward Leesburg. While at DraineL-ville a large force or the rebels wero understood to be shelling our forces at the Great Falls, and twenty-two of tho Tiger Hides and sevoral cltlzeua went thither to see tho sport, but did not remain long. A man named Walker, who lives In sight of the Thlrtjr fourth, was at Dralnesvllle, aud wanted to havo Gracey shot at once. He will be remembered by tho Thirty fourth for his kind Intentions. Everything published by our Journals was copied Into the Richmond papers in detail. The rebels and oitisena think tho Thirty fourth, with their Enfield rifles, a terri ble and unoonqueruble set of "Yankees," and fear to go near the river fronting the encampment. Coffee was scarce at Fairfax, but whiskey rationa were itsuod Instead. Yesterday afternoon a picket reported that tho battery attached to tho Twelfth Massachusetts had shelled a body or rebels opposite Whitehouse Lock. The guns were dis tinctly heard, but no particulars have been received. OUR HOCKVILLE CORRESPONDENCE. Rockvillk, Md., Oct. 15,1861. Stabbing Affray in the New York Thirty fourth Rtyiment. A tragical affair occurred In the camp of the New York Thirty fourth regiment,Colonel La Den,on Sat irday night last. Hiram Burke, a private In Company B, had an al tercation with Patrick Rooney, a private In the same com pany, and subbed him in the nbdnmen, inflicting a wound of which Roonoy died a few hours alterwardp. Uurke was to-day transferred to the civil authorities in Rock ville, and lodged in the jail in that place. He is a young m?n of rather preiiosseaaitig appearance, and hus aramlly, consisting of a wire and Tour children, living in Rooking ham Fulton county^.'. Y. Itooney was unmarried, and Iroui Albany, N. Y., whore ho has a brother. OUR DARNESTOWN CORRESPONDENCE. Darnwtowj?, Mil., Oct. 14,1801. New Tork Ninth Regiment?1'ronu.timu, <(c. By a recent visit to the New York Ninth we glean the following items:?Lieutenant Colonel Hallett ii in poor health. There is an <m dit that Major Atterbury will re sign to accept a higher position. Adjutant Tu thill has returned. Kirst Lieutenant Green bus been elected Com mander of Company D, vice Captain Dopier, resigned. Captain Classon, Company I, is on General Banks' body guard, expecting promotion to a Majority. Ed. Blnomer, butch t to the regiment, has been elected First Lie.uten aul of Company K, vice Lieutenant Brooks (Arm of Brookl Brothers, of New York), resigned. Lieutenant McGregor lias boon elected First Lieutenant, vioe Lieutenant J. I). Wick ham, resigned on account of ill health. Lieut. W. ia daily expected, with it number of regimental recruits, fr<im New York, wh< n li<? may take his final leave of thl "bloody Ninth." Colonel Stiles h:is been acting ax Briga dier, but resumed command of the regiment (now on furlough). THE SIXTH VERMONT REGIMENT READY. Momtkijer, Vt., Oct. IT, 1861. The Vermont Sixth regiment, Colonel Lord, now en' camped here, will leave for Washington on Saturday morning. NEW YORK TROOPS HOMEWARD BOUND. l'BILADKU'HIA, Oct. 17, 1861. Tho detachment of the New York First regiment of cavalry, whose term of service for three months has ex tred, passed through here this evening en route Tot ome. They will reach New York early to-morrow morning. THE NATIONAL LOAN IN PROVIDENCE. I'ROVIDEKCC, R. I., Oct. 17, 1861. The subscription to the national loan in this city to-day reached $300,000. THE GREAT EXPEDITION KNOWN AT THE SOUTH. Tho Mobile Rcgittt has a letter from Fenaacola, under date of 25th ult., which says:?"We have reports of seve ral expeditions to the South. Let them come. Their tombs are o|*n." The Memphis Jppeai says:?"The rumors relating to an attempted raid by a Linooln horde of 25,000 vandals upon our Southern coast are not without plausible probability. That the expedition will meet with a warm reception is most certain. Governor Brown and General Lanton have had their eyes on the strategic points of the coast for some time, and what they have done in reference to such proposed visits will be known when the arrival takes p'ace. We have no doubt the reports from that quarter will be only such r?[?>rts as can be caused by the right sort ofguns in the right place, served by the right sort of artillerists. It wtll be no HaStera* afftir." Tho New Orleans Delta states tliat tfcpfrtn?Pan Hiokolt bid made a requisition op the proper authorities for six rifled oannons, to be plsced at the pickets stationed at tht approaches of the Now Canal. The Delia has a full and accurate description of the new gunboat fleet tfUIlt and building at the government Navy Yards and private) shipyards North. The name#, tonua^e, number and calibre of guns, fee., are given la detail.