Newspaper of The New York Herald, December 7, 1861, Page 4

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated December 7, 1861 Page 4
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KEW3 FROM PORT ROYAL. Jl Arrival of the United States Transport Vanderbilt. FIVE DAYS LATER INTELLIGENCE. The New Expedition Getting Ren<ly. Beaufort Not Yet Occupied by the Union Troops* CAPTURE OF THE SCHOONER (!. J. EFFIE. VESSELS AT PORT ROYAL, j OCR HILTON HEAD CORHESPO!IDE!*CE, Ac., *o., Ac. The steamship Vauderbllt, Captain P. ?' Iflfevre, ssvonty-two hours from Hiltou Head, Port Royal, S. C., arrived at this |?rl yesterday raortiing, consigued to Colonel Tompkins, United Slates Quartermaster. Tho Yanderbilt left he;' anchorage, off Hilton IloaJ , at eight A. M. ou Monday, and had proooeded but a few mlloa down Port Royal bay when a dense fog set in , and tho ship was brought to auchor. The fog cleared up about ?lev en o'clock A. M.,and shortly after a despatch boat arrived alongside, with ft message from General Sherman tor the VtindorblH to delay her sailing, as ho had Imp >r Unt do^pntcbes to forward to Washington. Tho despatches were sent ou hoard at five 1*. M. Iho name (lay, when tho YandcrMlt attempted to gel ove 4 t!,o bar before dark, but owing to the iguoranoo of the pilot the vessel grounded on Gascon Bank, whore the remained hard aground until eight o'clock A. M. on Tuesday, tho 3d iuat., whan she ci'oftsod tho bar aud wont to goa. The gunboat I)? Soto and two other war ve?sols were outsido Port Royal bar as tlio V underbill passed out. The gunboat Bieuville, Lieutenant atodmau, from New York, with a cario of shot and shell for the naval floet, arrived in Port Royal harbor on Wednesday, tlie 27th ult. Iho Htoaniihip Atlantic, from Now York, arrived at Port Royal ou Sunday , Deoember 1. Tho Vauderbllt, when 190 miles south or Sandy Hook, spoke the bark Amazon, with a cargu of coffee, lrom Rio Janeiro, bound for New York, all well. Captain Faulkner, of the Seventy-ninth regiment, has In ohargearebel prisonor named (private) Martin, of tho South Carolina "Heats," who was captured with others at lady Island, eighteen miles from Hilton Heart Captain Faulkner, with a detachment or ten men was sent on a reconnolseance to the abovo mentioned place, and suca"Oded in securing tho lenses of the Charles ton aud Boaufort lighthouses, stolen by the rebols. The party also securod ttvo hundred gallons of oil and other contraband goods, in all about tlftoen wagon loads, andt besides the abovo named prisoners, secured two others, named Captains Cuthbert and Graham. Tho two latter wore Mini by a previous steamer to Fort Warren, Boston harbor. Mi*k>r Hewitt, United States Paymastor, returns to Wsihington, having paid o.T the Forty-sixth, Forty sev enth and Forty-eighth New York Volunteers, the Third New Hampshire regiment, Hamilton's battery and seve- | ral small detachments. The Yanderbilt being retained in the United States Quartermaster'* service, it is understood that she will immediately return to Port Royal. Captain K. Saxtou ( Chief Qu irtcrmasier at that place, appreciating her valu able serv icos an a steam transport, has ordered her im mediate return with tho necessary supplies required by tho Quartermaster at that point. It will be remembered that the Van terbilt, in the recent naval expedition, w?s freight" ! with a large assorted cargo of orduance, Com rolssary and Quartermaster's stores, together with two regiments of soldiers, including all their camp equipage, rattous, baggage, kc. ; also Goneral Stevens' entire bri gade staff ofllcers, besitlos towing the Great Republic. Nothing of importance had transpired siuco the sailing of the Rhode Island. The expedition was fitting out with all possible haste, and would leave on its mission aa soon as tho troops arrivod, which would be very soon, aa they were expected to arrive at any moment. Tha harbor has boon buoyed off, so that a vessel draw tng twenty -five feet of water can enter with perfect safety. The health of the troops continues gool. Beaufort still remains unoccupis 1 by the Uulon troops. Visits were daily made by officers or the army and nary to that piece. Transports were busily discharging. The Vauderbllt left at Port Royal harbor the following named vessels:? English frigate Immortalilc, United States frigate Wa bash. OCNBOAT8. Pawnee, R. R. Forboa, Mohican, Isaac Smith, Seminole, Mercury, Unadilla, O. U. Petitt (ferry boat) Seneca, Penguin, Pembina, Augusta, Ottawa, Florida. Curlew, Bienville. TRANSPORTS. at&uuns. Ariel , Star of the 8outh , I*aniel Webster, Parkersburg, Philadelphia, Locust Point, Malauzns, W intlald Scott (COnd'd) , Oriental, Potomac, Empire City, Bon Deford, Cahawba, Atlantic. Koanoke, IBM. Great Republic, Golden Eagle, Ocean Ejtpress, 'Zen us Collin, aod a number of brigs and schooners laden with coal. The following is the passenger list of the Yanderbilt from Rort Royal, S. C.: ? Malor .T. I,. Hewitt, Paymaster United States Army. Samuel F. Barr, Sutler Sherman's E. C. Captain 0. H. Farrell, General Viele's staff. Charles -A. Weed, government supercargo. Captain John A. Falconer, New York Seventy-ninth (Highlanders). Edward W. Wallam, Paymaster's Clerk. f.leuteunnt Horatio Belcher, Eighth Michigan regiment. W. McUlelbul, Master Carpenter. Win. 11. Heard, of Brooklyn. Captain Foster Willis, steamer May Flower. .tohu .)- Ross, Ninth Maine regimouf. W. J. Skinner, United States Engineers. < aplain Ij. i bristle and live of his crew , taken prisoners whilst trying to run the blockadc at Charleston. One seeossion spy. Thirteen discharged teamsters and carpentors from tbe Quartermaster's I department. Thirty five invalid man of Oar seameu and soldiers Total R7. Tho following is a list of the wonnded and otherwise disabled seamen in our late engagement with tl.e rebel batteries, who have arrived by the Yanderbilt foi tin Naval Hospital: ? William Wall, James Seymour, Alfred Hornsby, Edwsrd Philpot, James Wilcox, Alex. Baruett , John Brown, John Barnes, Amos Leeds, Chas. Webster. OUR HILTON HEAD CORRESPONDENCE. Hiuow Hiun, S. C. Not. 30,1801. A Rtcvnnousanct of Tyix* Aland? A Fesisl AtkmjH to Jtun thf Blockade, but it Caught? lit r Cargo, 4c. Tbe steamer Ben Deford, having on board a detachment of 250 mon from the Fourth New Hampshire reglmeM, under tbe command of Major Drew, and intended as a support for a complete reoonnoissancc of Tybee Island and its surroundings? the recocnolsnuice to be made tinder the direction of Captain Qutncy A. Gilmore, of tbe United States Engineer corps, who Is the superintendent of the large fortifications now in the course of construction for the protection of this place? left this place yesterday, and proceeded seaward on their mission. Arriving off Tyboe, the Deford anobored near the frigate Savannah until the next morning, the 80th instant, when the Deford moved ctoeer in towards the Shore of Tybee Island. It was shortly after this that thoee on board the Deford discovered a sahooner moving across tho breakers, and directly for the shore. Tbe weathsr was somewhat thick and hasy. The officers of our steamer supposed that the strange vessel had Bade a mistake ifi her bearings, which subsequently proved to betrus. At eight o'clock the troops were lauded, and proceeded to that part of the Island where tbe schooner was, about thres miles from Tybee lighthouse, wbere she was discovered high and dry upon tho beach. A detach ment of sailors sad marines from the United States gun boat Flag, Captain John R'^ers, had previously taken posses-! in, and were then busily engaged in the removal of tho schooler * cargo, which consisted of 170 bugs of roffoe, 49,000 M'g ar? anil a quantity or fruit and small stores. Ttm oflloaraOfthe 1'lag, it appears, had thnornw, or ? portion <ii them, under gtiuni ?* prwoueri. Tno schooner 1.4 Uio K Wau'iuiau, of Charleston , now called the C. J. Kllle. Slut left Cardona# on I ho 10th ull., bound for Charleston, 8. 0. , ill Urn hope of ituccessfuiiy running the blockade. Her crow c m.-usie i of Captain Hawtw , of Chatham, Capo Ood: M. Chad wit k , mate, from North Ufc ruliuB, an l livr "UmiH, ono ol whom wun ii pas.iei gw, anil who, v, i ' U two of tho crow , escaped acro.-s the in! iB'l towards fort I'ula?ki. It appeirt that after the vesjet lert Cardenas aim .leered a dircct course fur Uhaiiesuii. Making land on tho 2fttli nit. , the oflioer-i of tho echo iter supi ' sod tliey wore x.eai' North Kilmlo. The mate wunt,ed to stand in for Cliarloston Unit ulgiit, lint the captain was very timorous on account of seeing a light on hoard ono of the blockading, and oonolouod to wait, tho apptww unce in thin*,* bn the following morning. Tin' noxt morn li?K 'he al inosphere wai obscured by a dense fug. The Hounding lend was lined, and the depth oi water bill', further ijnproasoii the captain that he win off North Kdiato. A few momenta aftnr I his the vc sui sudtlenlv brought up ou.a shoal. Tiie nchoouer worked Iter wiur over the nh<>.l Into doop waiter u:ain, hut in u few minute* tho vowi'l struck another and more formidable shoal. The vessel thumped viry hard; iho fog cleared up, when the truMits discovered they ha I mistaken their bearing*, and insioad <>r being oil North Ed is to they were beaoliftd on Tybee Wand, und in fall \ iuw of tho blockading fleot. Tho gunboat Klag soon after took charge of the truaul vessel. A Spanish nnd a Confederate ling were found on hoard. Tho "suco-ili" flag was found wrapped around tho sounding load, over tho side of (he vaxxnl ; Captain ltog r?, of the Flog, has it now in hie poi.?tys.uu. The prisoners were sent on board the stoiimor Hen flefordand themoe to Hilton Head. The schooner was sub fo<(ue?tIy got all '?t aud in uow sate In our hands. The recunnoisit ujco iimeti' nod in tho part of this letter was pushed In tho direction of Warsaw Inlet, where a battery of tour nuns wa* discovered, in which was observed a dorriek 'or mounting guns. Capt. Oil more made e tboiougii examination of the rehol work. Other points were vieUdo and notes made iu regard to the strategical position. The party returned to Hilton Head to-day. Hiito.v Ha.ui, 9. C., Deo. 1, 1881, tfnUtrsal Port Royal -Inactivity of the Army?Courtetim to Hrituh Officer ? That ik giving Day? An Expedition to tvorih of R>W Property Ct.njsr.^d? Stiutrr of a SjHir.uh hbry B'jat-OOHmc^wi of ti?A River, <?<.. It i. now nearly one month since this pl?c(, was can tured from tbe rebels by our navy and occupied by our troops.-. Thus far the army have doue cutnparatiyoly nothing, considering their portion and th0 immediate no. C'^'O ?f marching on to Cha-leston and Savunuau It I true that some few reconnolwauco, have beeu made aid fortifications put in cntrse of contraction ? but all tliwe u -re merely defensive measure., No' attempt ban he.'ii made to t?k? the initial. ve towards ,0ing into the interior or section territory. The tro.,|* bore to a roni, are anxious to meet tho enemy, ami why they have been permitted to romam idle one entire month is a problem they cannot solve. nl0 blow against South Caro ma if struck at all, must bo done quickly, as the rebels or that .state are exerting every resource to reuder our advance as difficult and as costly as potelble , Captain IUncock, or the Pr.tish frigate Im?i, .rtaIiU> h rcmail,s k('r<?; <'Ujoyiuij the houfnulity of our armv and na\al officers. A fow days ago he visited the camp of Brigadier General Violc. where bo was hospitably en tertaine I. Tho next day Goneral* Wright and Viotu were returnod the compliment. Tbe 28th ultimo Thanksgiving day-was colebrated with considerable eclat. For several days previous for aging parlies were sent Into the interior of tho island to S 'cure poultry, and quite a large supply was had. The Thanksgiving dinners wore sorved up in truo Yankee Style. In somo or the regiments, especially those from Now England, the dinners wtro conducted with consi derate ceremony. Toasts wero propos.-d and drunk ?inches were made, and a general good time prevailed.' Hilton Head now presents the appearance of a large village. The now storehouses aro completed, large k tables have been erected, and everything is beina done to renflor tho troops comfortable. The camps, which are regularly laid out in .streets urn) l indigenous sb'i uhhsry. h^'tT^t^u^w ?"'"r KJg* ?5 5y~9?3i2 svwas trwun. n^ ' "uh n"*urt'? " ?<"'r yield to Thesteunuhip Winfleld Scott, Captain Edcv will, ? u,,w ti" or'^r Uwta wfJhorf'.ifrt U afge?n J- P "?'rvmpK and iJeuw. wither. and Hasa, went on an exnolition to I. ea n fort on the 2'Hh ult.,' t? ?.curt. "^maki? ?Kli?eB n? ll"!sh. u'* wt>arf in course of construction m Hilton Head. They left hero at ten o'clock A M on abovu unto, in charge of tho pikil^ut' the steamship Phila delphia, three gunboats haviug preceded to cle tr the jst wore on the wrong route to Beaufort or that no auuboaU had prcciidod thorn, otliorvt'iHH tha ?..hai 4 w would not have been seen where she then wa? The^obel Sr the fcotl poached, .teamed" away "at a s,'uU was put about, and returned to Hilton Head d.-sjmtched three boats to Xfor * h# hi proper places, aud the balance of the K"?w?sw?-ffsri' a by Agnewl oTph i lad^diU^t he r*s modern pattern. Other articles, such a5 deskj waMnf 4c.. were procured. Tho value of the g' roods thus soiled' amounted to about$26,t>00. Xli? village is still by its white inhabitant. The necX. hal tK,.^ 1 ....sacked nearly every boie In Thence , ttfiS 1 perty. * m"li0B J0"ar* worth of P?r?onal and real pro I sSriy,K.s?a!?Ka{s aaquontly liberated through the oBlces of the Vnani'.l disclosure was mad. by some of the'' r ?'? u( T? ' dld in" a few days?''1*'1 'U,? "" KB"U w>" *? ^ The rebeis have obstructed the channel in lh? s.v.n A? It i. our ganbuow Ht Hh- n.mnh or il.e slt^'nX 1 tip a cieeuiiory lire oight and da? on r? p i ? ? OUR NAVAL CORRESPONDENCE. _ r Lxixed Status .Stramir A\^araua t nitrtt.v J/iiD, S. C. , \.JV. ?0, 1801. '] 1 rTfT' ,/lhf Prrtum Voaid ">< Thc/itockaJr Off Charleston ? A Spanish PrUt Ibktn The Scarcity of A em on Board a lllockailino Veucl As I informed you before we left t)iC harbor of X.w York, It was distinctly understood that the Alabama wai deatincd tor and w.uld b. one of the principal ressel* in tbe great naval expedition, and ror awhile everything seemed to vcriTyand confirm these expect* e J Bu,8 1 ,he TaBity or eaitbly hopes and plans I , on t^und that 1 had gele<;ted a most ZJl? y^!7ot my flold of operationc. for geoc after our arrival at S" rtCr * *0m(il)c<^ eu<J<1??y concved a violent an vet Ion for our fairv or Aft &nH k*/ ? ? ? " ? rw"rb'.r '? ? uu. delightful .it' w, :,T' nii!e? from the shore, and ror the <|me >?itl , "'ten awlttng and delicious time or it, the cold Jrt'h^ly w^d?. blowing half a gale the majority Cf the . J. ? "I 'lt?..l 4., ?. lta " ?bte Mt ..faction of witnessing the rebel ?t^?,,r( Wl, .ailing craft running up and down tbe coast, Uj " out of tbe littl. bay. and Inlets that inde6, tt.aJo tritlng pood care, however, to keep In water jus, toc Zj' low to permit of our chasing or brinfing ibem withm range. Some or their armed ateamer. would 0?cas|OWk|i run out and flauot their dirty flag m our vary r^? J ' tc" to entice us within the range or their masked battwte., but, wmehow or other, we^ couldn't Whenever the weather became m a. to f >rce ue to "up mud book" and ran to .??, the Vaahvilt: Theodora, and ether worthies of a aim*!*.. k?. ?n embraced the opportunity to " vanaoM the ranch " while ia ??. weather tho ennui and monotony that would other wise have reigned .upreme, waa often broken by the an pearance of a .traag. Mi ln offlng This ws. the rial for us to be up and off in rliaan ?h vh ??? ? quUrs1^:^ b,Xh ' cW^.k,e,Pt ? n|>on the rafcaiiy "aecMhere *it th *"d *nn">l'aMon sing the preliabte amount nt 'ilii kw" f discuss nmney that they wS" e n ^ ^nn?liarr : of [ to themalve., for ti, j JONESV L! I LNUTHILL mrnrn SP/W l/i S&csSpS IENNS S J V , S~x$^WNTHM SPMYll - V\ J^FftoaOTTS f wT/wossc/pew ^*s Ik \ T^- -cK<?/l A IK. a BiBjBAHnm MORRISTOWN AND ITS VICINITY. Locality of the Recent Brilliant Exploits of Par son Brownlow and the Loyal Tennesseeans? Another Bull Run, with a Union Victory. to lio a United States government vessel, loaded with coal, water and stores for the fleet. One day, however, a much looked for "priM" came along, in shape of the Spanish ship Providentia, and wow tlio jollification among un when the rod and yellow came down aud the Stars and Striped replaced them. Alter taking out her crew and dividing them, as prisoner* of war, between the l ing and Alabama, and replacing them by an officer and seven Men from our vessel, the captured vessel is started for Hampton Roads, and soon after we receive tho plowing intelligence thai ahe duly arrives, nearly a wreclc, and, after all, provm no ? Jirize" at all. A fow more hauls like this, und we can afford to retire upon the strength of it. Somrbody will have to "comedown" pretty heavily to foot this nice little bill of expenses. I am rathor inclined to believe that it will be our genorous Old Undo. While on the blockade the utmost vigilance was necessarily exorcised by the oMcors and ship's company to prevent surprise, lookouts being kept stationed night and day, tho orsw standing watch and watch, with their arms and accoutrements ou; the guns cast loose, ready for action; and every evening, after all lights were extinguished or darkened, the an chorage or the vessel was shifted, no bulls allowed l* toe struck, or other unusual noise made about the dock*. lluviug been given to understand, on leaving Hampton Roads, that , when the expedition passed southward w? were to join them and participate in the glories or detWit" that awaited them, when, on the 3d of November, v.c saw the squadron passing the harbor without signalizing for us to follow, we began "to scent a mice,'' partleulai ly so when, at daybreak the next morning, we discovered that the Susquehanna had slipped off during the night, tearing this unlucky craft alone in her glory. A a tor mail communication , we have none, steamers going either North or South rushing poet us as if fearful of catching the plagao, and when they did condescend to stop, It would be only long enough to heave our letter bag ou board, provided we had one ready and sewed up. As for newspapers, I never received one until we reached Port Royal , and it is probable I would never have seen them had it not happened that we accidentally ar rived at the same moment, with the mall steamer. After having her share in the glories and perils of the Port Royal affair, the Susquehanna again nyobie* us, and as our water, provisions and coal were getting short we were graciously permitted to run down here aud have a peep, as a sert of a second table arrangement. Mny we be truly thankful for being permitted to belong to a fancy ship. On the 27th we arrived off Hilton Head, find soo* took a pilot from the 0. M. Pet tit, who ran out to meet us; but before we got In we passed the Klotlda (having Flag Of ficer Dupont on board! , accompanied by several gunboats bound for the blockading squadron off Savannah. The ting officer hulled us, apd gave orders that we should give our pilot to the Bienville, Just arrived'from New York, and follow h??r in. We found that nptnv Ycjsel? hud gone &>utn on oilier expeditions, and (hut fhero were no ctal and provisions at present to supply us. consequently we must remain here till they arrive. In the meanwhile the Florida has sailed to take our jjlaee off Charleston, and we sincerely hot* that the rumors are true which say that we will be in the next affair; for nil hands are, flgura tlvely speaking, 'spoiling for a fight," and anxious to se cure some other reputation than that of being Quakers and non combatant*. Things are pretty quiet here at present; but it is onlv the lull before tho tempest bursts, and before many days have passed you may expect to hear of a series of second editions of llatteras and Port Royal exploits. Contra bands come offtc us every day, bringing boatloads of sheep, oranges, oysters and aweet potatoes for sale, aud they tell some pretty hard stories concertin g the 'bom bardment. one fellow told me that after that stampede from the forts many ef the rebel troops came to the negro huts begging for food, and stating Uiat they were nearly starred. Quite a Dumber had legs and arms .-hot off; to use his own words, "Tba sogers couldn't stand them rotten shot (shell) that broke all to pieces.'' The Florida, which started for Charleston yesterdav, got aground on the bar outside the harbor , aid lies there still, surrounded by lighters and floats, the tugboats lia\ - lug failed to haul her off. The Vandorbilt, which carries this letter, also conveys seven of the crcw of the Providentia, our Spanish prize, | who go to New York to rejoin their vessel. Flree In New York. FiRB in Raxtsr Strut. ? About six o'clock Thursday morning a fire was discovered in tbe Italian dancing sa loon kept by (ieorge Montigrufil, in the basement of the Cvc story tenement houeo No. 31 Baxter street. The flames extended into the grocery store on the first floor, kept by Antonio Cuneo, destroying his entire stock; in. sured for 12,000 in the Pacific Insurance Company. The fire also extended to the second and tnird floors, through the front windows, into the roems of several of tho ten ants, damaging their furniture to l ho extant of about (100; no Insurance. Tbe Ore caused a great fright among the ociupant&of the bouse, and had it reached the staircase, many llvee would b&ve been sacrificed, as the building is not provided with any (Ire escape. 'The damage to tha saloon in tbe basement will amount to insurance. Tbe fire also got into tbe aecond floors of tbe frame buildloga Nos. 33 and 35, which are damaged to the extent of $400. They are owned by Peter Lynch, and In sured for $800 in the Hamilton Insurance Company. Julius Rrettmann occupied No. 33 as a dwelling and liquor store : loss about $?00 ; insured for $1 ,000 In the Manhattan Insurance Company. Mrs. Murphy occupied No 35. Hor furniture was nearly all removed; lose net over $25, no insurance. Pit* w Wist TniarssstrB Stbiwt ? Between two and three o'clock on Thursday morning a fire broke out in the hay loft of tbe Exeelsior stables, Nos. 22 and 24 We-t Thirteenth street', occupied by Kvadmi.s Hearott. Ijosb on stock abeut $400: no Insarance. The building is damaged about $600; insurance not ascertained Origin ef tire unknown at present.

Vias m 106tb Strsst? Between three and four o clock Thursday afternooa a fire occurred in a two story frame house, in lMth street, owned and occupied by Jamee Mulligan. Totally destroyed. I Aits estimated at $690. No insurance. Cause of tbe lire said to be accidental. Futs is Mr aiuv Strs*t? Lost A rout $1.1,000 ?Shortly after 10 o'clock Thursday right a Are broke out In tbe top stories Of tbe five story building No. 40 Murray street. Tbe police quickly gave the alarm, the firemen were soon at work and managed to prevent it spreading be. ycrnd tbe premises where it originated. Tho second Story N occupied by Van<!ei?en k Terry, dealers in whips, and th > upper stories ware occupied by Leopold I llenry , dealc: Iti fe.rtbere. The first floor is occupied by Jam"? Casey, dealer in dry good" ?nd !?'*. ry In conse queues of the nun-appearance of the occupants it was found impossible to ascertain the amount of Insurance, but no doubt the property is fully covered. It is bo Ifcred that Vandeusen At Terry'B loss will amount to about $5/>00, Mr. llonry's loss probably about $3,000, anil M ? Casey's good* arc damaged by water probably I nliout $600. Tie* d.uiiu.e to 'lie huilfllug amounts to about $2, 600; Insured. The cn^iu of the lire is at pre- i sent unknown. PARSON BROWNLOW'S BRILLIANT ACHIEVEMENT. Among the unexpected ? and yet uot unexpected ? news from the spat of war is thai of the rout of the rebel force,* by Tennessee Unionists under Parson Rrowulow. When the recent excitement occurred In Tonnessee relative to tho destruction of the railway bridges, the rebels be came rampant in their threats against thu Unionists of that Statu In general, and Parson Brownlow in particular, and their vengeanco was to bo visited upon thorn in a summary and violent manner. These Union men, how evor, when oncc Anally aroused , wore not to be put down with mere words, and consequently banded theinselvos together under the guidance of Parson Brownlow, and took temporary refuge In tho*mountains for the purposo of organizing themselves into a proper military force. THo rebels thought they had conquered and put to (light ? hy threats only ? the gallant little band of loyal men, and *o they rejoiced ; but as the facts reach us, the snake they thought they had killed wa? not even "scotched," for wo learu from the Memphis Jvalancit of December 2, that 3,000 men, under ActingGen. Parson Brownlow, attacked the Confederate .forces at Morristown, East Tennessee, on tho 1st day of the present month, killed a large number of the troops and completely routed them. Of course, the rebels do not state what their force at that place con sisted of, but it is well known that they have been trans porting troop* through and into the Stato In large num bers, and Major General George Crittenden ? the rebel son and brother of true, loyal Kentuckianx? had arrived at Knoxville to take command of the rebel forces in that neighborhood. The rebels themselves acknowledge a i defeat this time, for tbey class the event u? "the first (?) Union victory of the war." WHERE IS MORRISTOWN! Morristown is a post village of. Teflerson county, East Tennessee, and is altuated about two hundred and twenty six in He* east of NaahviUo and four hundred and flfty elght miles from Washington. It is located on what was formerly the stage road between Greenville and Knox ville, but since the establishment of railroads in the Stato it now forms one of the stations of that portion of the Kast Tennessee and Virginia Railroad running be tween Bristol nnd Kuoxville. It is eighty-eight mile* from the former plsce, thirty-two from Greenville, and forty-two mile north of east from Kuoxville. It is pleasantly situated in a fertile valley, and its possession by the Unionists will be tho most severe blow ever ad ministered to them in their midst; The fact must not be overlooked that a Bull run is in the vicinity of Mor ristown, but this time the bull is on the other side of tho fence. SKETCH OF PARSON BROWNLOW. Parson Brownlow is a man of great nerve and deter, mination. which qualities have shown themselves forth prominently during the present troubles. He is a regu larly ordained minister of the Gospel, and was also the editor or the Knoxville Whiff. He has resided for many years in Teuiessee. and has his wife, family, property and interests centred in that State. The paper which he owned was an old established journal, and we believe it was foundeu by himself at Knox ville. Tho fubjccl of this sketch is a mau of about forty five or fifty year* of age. tall and spare built, but of a perfectly fearless disposition, caring nothing for the threats of any mai on earth. The people of New York will remember the spirited defiance he hurled sttlie abolitionists a few years hlnce, which culminated in a < public argument between him aud a man named Paint The discussion was carried on in Philadelphia about two years ago, and the arguments on both sides, delivered in a series of discourses by each party, occupied weeks in their delivery. He boldly stood up for the Union during the period previous to the secession of his State, and when It left the Union he still main tained bil stand against the rebels, offering to fight them until not a drop of blood was left In hit veins. When compelled almost by brute force to re strain hi* pen, he wan determined not to support the rebels, but remained aa apparently passive neutral. He, however, had the right spirit working within him, and now it shows forth in support of the Union under the molt trying circumstance? if Polk was allowed to drop the Bishop for the General, surely the titloof Parson should now be dropped by order of the government, nnd a more military one put in lis place. New York Canal Tolls. AL&urr, I>ec 6, 1661. The canal tolls, from the opening to December 1, 1861, root up $3,002,701. For tbe same period in 1S60 they amounted to $3,003,383. Reported Bank Defalcation at Bath, We. Portland, Ma., Dec. 6, 1891. A defalcation In the Sagadahock Bank, of Bath. Me., is reported. Their bills are thrown out to day by tbe Port land banlu. Indictment of John Rlinmoni tar the Murder of Kaaeblna 'Walling. The Orand Jury or Menmouth county, N. J., on Tuesday found a true bill of indictment itgaiust John Stmmous, fer the murder of Buseblus Walling. It will be remembered that the accused was well known in this city as an oyster dealor, and for soma time eluded the pursuit of the police. Wreck of the Bark Meldon. IVwro*, Bee. C, 1801. Th<- brig Stella, from Shields, at this port, fell in with the bark Meldon, Allen, from Scotland, for Kew York, on the litUli ult., lu a sinking condition. Took off the C'p'nlu and crew, and brought them bore. THE ERICSSON BATTERY. Oar Iron-Clad fthtp?-of-War for the t'nittd States N?vjr. Congress last summer passed an act authoriz ing the Secretary of the Navy to advertise for proposals to build 0*0 or more iron-clad ves sels of-war ? parties proposing t j furnish tboir own plans. To build such as should be accepted, an appropriation of $1,500,000 was made, w itb the proviso that these plan* should meet the ap proval of three commanding officers of the navy. Advertisement -t were accordingly issued, aiul a trmrd appointed, consisting of Commodores Joseph Smith and Hiram Paulding and Captain \ Charles H. Davis. Three plans woro adopted by theao gentlemen, nil differing materially I from each other, and one from each design wan ordered to be built at once. Among those ac cepted was ono presented by the well known engineer, Captain Ericsson, of this city. As might naturally be expected from tho Captain's professional history, bis design commences from an entirely different standpoint from any ves sels of this class heretofore built. It will be remwafcssed by many of our read ers that when he designed tho Princeton, twenty years ago, he produced a vessel of an entirely different stamp from anything which had pre ceded her. iShe, being {he first war vessel which had all the machinery below the water liuo, out of the reach of shot, was the first successful ap plication of the screw propeller; the first that burned anthracite coul, thin avoiding the smoke, which, even now, In all foreign i*ai' steamers, rev< ula to the enemy the position of the ship at long distances at sea; the first which lowered the smoke pipe completely out of the way of the sails, and the first which used blowers, making the supply of steam indepen dent of the height of the smoko pipe. Similarly, in designing his iron-clad vessel instead of proceeding as his French and Eng lish predecessors have done, upon the plan of loading down a vessel of ordinary form and character with shot-proof armor, which, if car ried to a sufficient extent to make the defence complote, sinks the vessel, ho commences by adopting the form which gives the gmit est buoyancy with the smallest nre:\ of target. This characteristic ? great buoyancy and a small target ? enables him to completely protect every part of th^ vessel, all its attach ments and every person on board, wheu undor the hottest fire of the enemy. A broad, flat bottomed vessel, with vertical sides and pointed ends, requires but a shallow depth to disphce water sufficient to buoy itself up, though loaded with an impregnable armor upon its sides, a bomb-proof deck, on the top of which is placed a shot-proof revolving turret, containing a pnir of the heaviest guns. To give such a vessel the power of locomotion it is only nocesaary to suspend beneath it a vcssol of ordinary strength, sufficiently narrow und sloping at the sides that if ? as actual experi ment has proven possible ? the enemy's missile should pass below the shot-proof upper Teasel, these sides caa only be hit at such an acute angle that no harm shall ensue, and in its length approaching the bow only so nearly that its raking stem may receive the shot fired from directly ahead in the same way, and at the stern giving space sufficient to permit the dip ping shot coming from directly aft to pass under the shot-proof eud, directly on its course, with out hitting the rudder, which is plaoed abaft the propeller. Then, wivh an anchor suspended in a circular well, open at the bottom, situated in the extreme bow of tho upper vessel, and con nected with the capstan in the bow of the lower one, a shot-proof pilot house on deck and an arrangement within the lower vessel for taking soundings, the whole is complete. The contract for the vessel of the above character, now building, bears date the 4th of October, and stipulates that eho shall be com pleted In one hundred days therefrom ? about [ six weeks hence. The hull is on the stocks of I T. F. Roland, at Greenpoint, and ii of the fol lowing dimensions: ? Feet. Incfiei. Length of upper vessel 172 ? Beam of tipper vessel 41 4 Depth pf upper vessel 6 ? Length of lower teasel 124 ? Beam of lower vessel, at junction with upper 34 ? Do. at bottom 18 ? Depth of lower vessel 6 6 Diameter of turret, interior 20 ? Height of do 9 ? Diameter of pilot house 6 ? Height above dcck 5 ? The sides of the upper vessel arc first formed of plate iron, half an inch thick, outside of which in attached solid white oak, twenty-six incbos thick, which again receives the rolled iron ar* mor of five inches- thickness. The bomb-proof deck is supported by well stanchioned and di agonally braced ?ak beams, ten inches square, placed with their faces twenty-eix inches apart, upon which is laid planking seven inches thick, covered with rolled plate iron one inch thick. As the bottoms of these beams are on a level with the water line, it will be observed that above water the armor is supported by a back ing of forty-one foot in depth. The revolving turret consists first o! a rolled plate iron skeleton, one inch thick, to which are riveted in the most substantial manner two thicknesses, of one inch cach. of rolled iron plates. Outside of these riveted plates are six thicknesses, of one inch each, of rolled plates bolted firmly to the first two thicknesses with screw bolts, having deep countersunk beads on the outside and nuts within, so that if the ene my's shot shall loosen any of the plates they can be readily tightened. There are only ver tical seams, and these break joints with each other so that no shot can strike the seam o^ more than one thickness. The top is covered with a bomb-proof roof, placed six iucheo down within the cylinder, and perforated with holes. The lower part of the gun carriages, upon which the upper part slides when the gun is run in or out, consists of solid wrought iron beams, ex tending the whole diameter of the turret, with their ends firmly secured to it in such n manner 4hat they essentially form a part of it. These beams are planed perfectly true, and are seven inches deep by four inches wide. Th#y are placed perfectly parallel in the turret? both guns pointing In the same direction? which per mits the officer conducting the cannonade to take his aim by eights fixed with the turret in. stead of with the guns, in the usual way, which requires personal exposure when taking the aim. The ports through the side of the turret are only sufficiently wide to permit of the pas sage through them of the muzile of the guns, and with just enough addition, vertically, for the moderate elevation required. Inside of these swing huge wrought iron pendulums, w Inch close them against th<? unemy as soon a* , the gun recoils. Two of th? heaviest guns now < u icd by the navy are to be employed. The whole ta made to revolve by a pall; ot steam j ongiflps placed beneath the deck, the hsndli which governs them pushing up iuto the Uwret convenient to the hand of the officer who aim* the guna. This part (>f the structure is being erected at the Novelty Iron Works. The lower vesoel is of iron, one-half inch thick, made in the visual manner, and contains ia its after part the steam machinery and coal, and in the forward part? the two being divided by a wrought iron bulkhead?the quarters for the officers and crew, with the ammunition and stores. In designating the upper and lower \esnels .separately, it must not l?e supposed that they are constructed separately; they form together one vessel; it is only as respects form that they can be regarded as two. The draught of water will be t?*i? feet, which leaves but eighteen inches above the surface; and. a? thero will be no bulwarks, it will be observed that she will present a remarkably small target above the water. There will be two fan blowers drawing air down through bomb-proof grating.-' in the deck; the one delivering into the open lireroom> creating therein on excess of pressure which causes a powerful draught to puss through tho tires of the boiler furnaces, tl?c escaping gasee passing up through a bomb-proof grating in the deck; the other delivering under the air-tight flooring of the forward part of the vessel, through which the air rises, by means of regis ter conveniently plaoed In every apartment and storeroom, the final exit being up through the turret, thus thoroughly voutilating every part. She ia expected to have a speed of eight kuots an hour, and carry eight days' fuel. Though not intended for an ordinary cruiser, sl?e can proceed by sea to any part of our coast . the air openings in the deck to be surrounded at such times by water-tight conduits, removable at pleasure. The steam machinery consists of t\\ o horizon tal tubular boilers, containing '5,000 square feet of tire surface, and two horizontal condensing engines of forty inches diameter of cylinders, by twenty-two inches stroke of pistons. Tho propeller is nine feet diameter, sixteen fret pitch, and bus lour blades. This portiou of tho work is being executed by C. H. Delamater, at hie works in this city. She carries three months' provisions, wiih a condensing apparatus for supplying fresh water to the officers and crow. Her magazines and shell rooms havo capacity for 180 rounds of ammunition. The quarters for the officers and crew are convenient and spacious. Tho entire vessel and machinery are being built under the superintendence, ou the part of the government, of Chief Engineer Alban C. Stimers, U. S. N., who was detached from the frigate RoanOke while blockading off Charles ton, 8. C., and ordered North for this purpose. Assisting him in this duty is First Assistant En gineer Isaac Newton, U. S. N., from tho same vessel. This will, in all probability, lie the first iron clad seagoing vessel that will receive the tost of actual warfare ; so that, although European nations have been surprised at our tardiness in building this class of ships, we shall be the first to ascertain their actual value, and that, too, with models throwing to the winds thehr expen sive precedents, which will have to look to their laurels, or they might find, if we should ever come to blows, that a small vessel, entire ly impregnable to the heaviest ordnance, may contend successfully with even one of their powerful ships, which are only partially pro tected. The Canadian View at The Rebellion ot thi United States* fFrom the Toronto LAa<k>r, Doc. 3.] CANADA. AND THE STATES. The New fork Timet says truly that the military move ments undertaken In Canada arc another "symptom ot ? growing alienation between Uw> two countries." Tho comments of our cotemporary, appended to the letter of Its Quebec correspondent, are not calculated to arrest thin feeling or to develop# Canadian fuith in the friendliness or bur Northern neighbors. If those who profess to rebuke mischief makers themselves seize every occa sion to misrepresent and ridicule all that pertains to Canada, the certainty is that the alienation complained of willgoonat an nccelerated pace, and that the "mutual distrust and dislike" will be greater than ever. The raoers or the New York journal at the gallant and heroic Williams ant} hifj compeers come with ft had grace from a country whose "grand army-' has for months been coopod within the capital by the Southern forces, ai>4 ?hoje generals, and Jjjjgadjer f?RJral?, a" woAi of generals, Wo the drollest compound or merfl and Im posture ever known in a civilized country. Equally un seemly are the attacks cf our contemporary nprm the gallantry of the Canadian militia. A remembrance of the past, if no higher motive, should have taught the Timet the virtue of silence upon this subject. The despised militia of Canada one c succeeded in drivintr Amorican in vaders, defeated and humiliated, from British soil; and they will not shrink from their task if duty again calls them into service. Tho fleet racers of Bull run should be amongst the last to depreciate British pluck or sol dierly capacity. The Timo adopts the notion of its Quelle friend, that the Nsw Yobs Hsraid is the main promoter i>r mischief between tho two countries. A certain class of the Northern poople assiduously endeavor to produce tho same impression. But this version of the alThlr i-? inad mi&sible. In the lirst place, tlie Timet the original mis cli let' maker. So far back at May, It did its feeble ut most to excito national snltnoslt y ; abusing the course of the British government, aud pandering to the meanest passions of the New York mob. AS matters stand, wo regard the Hkr.'.ld as the sole exponent ol' l he opinion which rules in the Northern States. Ope Tact alone establishes this. Tho Hkhaib W prospering, whilst the Timet, Ttibunt ami World. are languishing beyond mea sure. Its circulation la larger than ever , and or the rour papers we have naniod, it is tbe only one Whose adver tising retains its old dimensions. Fr >m this circum stance \ve draw no unreasonable inference. The RbriLP is anti-British and anti-Canadian ; but in assuming tbis position it gives form and expression to the dominant an tipathies of the pcoj.lo amongst whom it circulates. A BRITISH JOI RKAL ON TltE AMERICAN SIDE Of THE MASON AND SUDK7 I. Qt teiTlO.V. [From the Halifax (Nova &0I iaj Sun, Nov. 25. J The public mind is seemingly much perplexed about tho legality of the apprehension of Jfasi.n and Slidell, tlio ambassadors and hearors of despatches, on board tlio royal mail steamer Trout, when attempting to escape to Kurope, When wo refer to the law of nations, M laid down by the greatest v' British Institutional writers, we And that the action of the United States government, in this approhetifun, has, al leu.- 1,, the .>-an<tioii yf ancient and modern law < n tliir imnortnnt |u>ini Lord Sto well, one ? the ablest of British jurists, says> " The carrying of the despatches of llie enemy is also ? condemnation, even if carried by neutrals. Tho ambas sador of the enemy may be stopped on his passage, but wlien he arrives in the neutral country he becomes a sort of middleman, and is entitled to certain privileges. " Lord StowcU further declared ? and thi doctrine was acted npcu by the whole Judges in a subsequent cas", that ot' the Atlanta? " thai the neutral ship, carrying despatches was liable to be forfeited," and decided ac cordingly. And Mir William .Scott, In one or his celehratod judg ments in a case of this kind says ? "It appears to me on principle, that the ruct of a vessel carrying the ambassa dors or despatches of a bell gamut Tower, whether know ingly or U')t, affords equal grennd cf forfeiture, if such vessel is seized by the opposing Power. " That the foregoing is the trim state of the law at the ' present time may be gathered from ihe fact that ia her Majesty's proclamation, dated 13th tpril, 1 *?<<<). during the ltu?vian war, the following h'gbly important clau-o appear" ?''To preserve the commerce oi neutrals from all obstruction her Majesty is willing tor uw present to waive a part of tbe belligerent rights R;>pertaintne to her bv the laws of nations. But it is Impossible for her Ma jesty to forego the exercise of her right of seizing art! cles contraband of 'vsr, and specially preventing neutrals from bearing the enemy s messenger? nr despatches." Under these circumstances -it is evident that the appre hension of Masou and Sii iell hit tbe sanction of tho'lawa ot nations. ? Suicide ot an Kdltor? Com or?,N. H., Pec. 4, 1861. B.C. Baldwin, editor of the lAconia Democrat, com* mittod suicide yesterday aftornoon. by jumping Into the Winnepisankee river from Ihe railroad bridge near that village. No cause is assigned for the act. The Wclland Cnnal. ?r. rvmnn sea, C. IV., Deo. 4,1861. There is a ^ooil deal cf ico in liie Wt llsuJ Canal. To-day several profilers are trying lo work their way through, and will probably sutcecJ, a; the weather has mode rated.

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