Newspaper of The New York Herald, December 21, 1861, Page 1

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated December 21, 1861 Page 1
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THE NEW YORK HERA WHOLE NO. 9233. NEW YORK, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1801. PRICE TWO CENTS. 83ILLI&KT V2CT0RY Ml VSRGIKSA. Battle Between the Rebels and Gen. AlcCall's Forces near Drainesville. The Rebels Drtven from their Position in Conftision. One Hundred and Fifty of them Killed and Wounded. Tbe Union Loss Six Killed and Eight Wounded. Interesting* Statements of tie Rebel Prisoners, &c., Ac., 4? WASmyaioSj Dec. 20,1R61 .Vo have had a splendid littlo aflhir in Tront of Wash ington this aftoruoon, which will furnish food for the "Onward to Richmond" party for a few days, until Goneral McClclian is ready for a more formidable movement. The following is tho official despatch from Genera! HcCall to General Marc j, recounting the facts ? OFFICIAL REPORT FROM O ENTERAL M'CALL. PRAmnrtuJi, Poc. 20?4 P. M. General Ord'B brigade, with the First regiment of Pennsylvania rillos and Kaston's battery of artillery, (tad a brisk aflhir with the enemy, consisting of four rogr fecnts and a battery of artillery,uear this placo at twolve U to-day. 1 arrived during (ho action, and sent for Genetal Hey nnlds, who was left at Difficult run. The enemy was de fleeted, and fled before General Reynolds arrived. Wc have found forty killed of the enemy and ten wounded on the A dd. Our loss is two killed and throe wounded. Wo have taken two caissons, with tbe har nesses, tbe horses having boon killed. The regiment of rifles behaved finely. Lieutenant Colonel Kane was very.sllghtly wounded, but is still in tho lield 1 have collected tbe dead and wounded,and am about to move back to camp. GEO. A. McCAIX, Brig. Gen. Commanding. DETAILS OF TBS BATTLE. Since the official cloSpatch of tbe affair at Draineville to-day was forwarded, one of the Hkrald'r special cor respondents has arrived from the field, and gives the fallowing particulars:? General Ord started at six o'clock this morning. His aomniaod oonsistcd of four full regiments; tbe "Bucktail Rifles," Lieutenant Coloiiol Kane, and Faston's battery, consisting of two twenty-four and two twelve pound howitzers. They proceeded on a foraging expedition in tbe direction of Drainesville. General lfcCall, antici pating they might bo attacked, ordered First and Second brigades to follow at eight A. M. The First brigade, General Reynolds, advanced on the Lcesburg turnpike, and look a position on Difficult creek to await further erders. Two hours later General McCall, with bis staff and escort of cavalry, followed by the same route. Meantime Gon. Ord advanced to Thornton's House, near Drainesville, when his command was suddenly fired upon a foroo lying in ambush in denst woods adjacent. Tbis waa ihe signal of battle, and a brisk engagement promptly VT Oen. MeCal), who arrived a few minutes previously, took command. In a moment's time, Easton's battery was planted along-ide tbe Thornton House, and fired rapidly and with terrible effect in the enemy's ambusb. Col. Kane's " Bucktail riflemen" were placed in advance, and fired upon tbe enemy wherever tbey made their ap pearance. Tbe rebels, who bad a battery of six pieces, returned the cannonading, and replied to the rifles with musketry. The firing was kept up some three quarters ?f an hour, when the enemy retreated rapidly, tbe Ore of tbe whole brigade, rifles and battery, being too bot for them. Our troops stood up bravely under the sharp volleys of the rebels. Their steadiness was praised by General McCall and his officers. The rebels took the direction of Fairfax Court House, leaving on the field a number of their killed and wounded. Our troops pursued them a short distance, Md returned. The scene in the woods presented all the horrors of a sanguinary battle field, and tho dead and dying lying itrewn in various directions. Forty dead bodies of the rebels were picked up, and fifteen wounded prisoners were taken and placed in Hunter's and other houses in Drainesville. General Ord captured eight wounded prisoners and two caissons with ammunition. In their baste tho enemy left behind arms of all descriptions, clothing, Ac. Their loss is estimated at ISO killed and wounded. Among their killed was Colonel Tom. Taylor,of Frankfort, Ky , and commander of the First Kentucky regiment of rebels. The forces of tho enemy consisted of three in fantry regiments, First and Eleventh Kentucky and Tenth Alabama, with a cavalry regiment ami a battery, all under command of Colonel John H. Forney, of tho Tenth Alabama, Acting Brigadier General. The dead rebels were left on the field. The ices on our side was six killed and eight wounded, most of whom belonged to [the Bucklails. Colonel Kane received a slight wound. At nine o'clock our troops had returned to camp, bring ing in fifty wagon loads of forage. The regiments of General Ord's brigade were the Sixth, Ninth, Tenth and Twelfth Pennsylvania reserves. Tho prisoners belong to the diiTcreut regiments engaged in the action. Neither aro dressed alike. The clothes they ha.l on arc ragged and filthy. Each was without any overcoat, and their general looks betray anyiliirgbut nutritious fare. 1 had a conver. alion with three prisoners belonging to the Tenth Alabama, after they were brought to Genera! McCall's headquarters. They state that their regiment was organized seven ^non-? ago. Formerly they were under command of Goi.t-ru nn,butafte the battle of Bull run w? ro transferr. ti to General Bcaurer garil'g division. Of the condition of the rebel army they gave the most deplorable account, confirming tho previ ous si 'tcments reo lvedm* to the want of proper clothing and food, and tho general discontent prevailing among the men. The greater purt of tho army, they say.hni gone into winter quarters at Manassas. Since their con. nection with the army they have only been paid twice. and the prospect of a third payment was so dimly ob ?cure that nearly all had given up hopes of any further enlargement of their exchequers at tho bands of their commanders. General nancock's division, under orders of General McClellan, marched toward the battle ground to support General McCall, but their services were not noedtd. When General McClellan learned that General McCall's troops were engaging the enemy, be Jumped into his saddle, and, accompanied by Colonel Colburn, proceeded to Minersville,, where be learned the result as given above and returned. IMPORTANT FROM WASHINGTON The Latest Relative to the Mason-Slidell Affair. Interviews Between the British Minister and Mr. Seward. No Formal Demand Vet Made Upon Onr Government. THE EUROPEAN EXPEDITION TO MEXICO. The Invitation to the United States Re ferred to Congress. Financial Flan for Perfecting Onr Seacoast Defences. Important Letter from Secretary Cameron on the Subject, at., at., at. Washington, Dec. 20, 1881. rnK MASON-SL1PEU. AFFAIR. Lord Lyons hug bad two confidential conferencrg to-day with Mr. Seward, but up to eleven o'clock. to night no j writ!on formal communication bug boon bad, and no do maud whatever bag yet been made upou our government by the British Minister. The conferences between Lord Lyons and Mr. Seward wore of the most cordial and friendly character. Captain Seymour, the Queen's messenger, did not re turn in the Africa,as was intended. The America's mails arc anxiously looked for by our government as well as by Lord Lyons, and it is not un likely that his Lordship will withhold his demand u|>on our government until they arrive. It is not true, as telegraphed yesterday to New York papers, that the President called a meeting of the Cabi net . None whatever bus been held on iho subject. There 's good ground for believing tbul the text of my despatch forwarded last night reflects about the position that the British gorcrnraent will take. The same idea is reflected in the admtrablo latter of General Scott, which, by the way, is very highly spoken of by English and American statesmen here. It is be lieved to have had excellent efloct upon the British mind, ns an eminent British lawyer, who stands near the law officers of the Crown, so tudicntes In a private lethr received here. It is believed that Lord Lyons will pugs over the questions of contraband, despatches, and the character of the traitors Mason and Slidell, and rest his demand upon Uie narrow ground so clearly presented by General Scott, that we should have seized the Trent, taken her into port and had her condemned by u prize court, in order to justify our seizure of her passengers. Slated in other words, an offence would havo been loss if itttad been greater. It is assuming the ground that the wrong dono to the British dag would havo been mitigated if, instead of seizing the four rebels, we had seized the ship, detained all her passengers tor weeks, and conlis cated her cargo. Strange as it may seem, I have excellent official autho rity for asserting that, from present appearances, the whole question will settle down upon that pretence. The President said this morning, In response to a question by a Senator, "I don't think we will have a war with tag land in the next ten days." ft ts ffguod in htgfc garters that tbo United States would be benefitted by a war with England, on the ground that we should be immediately relieved of iEe present enormous expense of keeping up the blockade, and could turn our guns upon the splendid commerce of Great Bri tain; that our people are just In a fighting mood; that in a few months we shall have one of tbo most magnificent and well drilled armies the world ever saw, with nothing else to do except to whip John Bull for the third time. This kind of reasoning is not very popular among the ofll cers of the government, but is really a sentiment ema nating from a source entitled to consideration. THE EUROPEAN EXPEDITION TO MEXICO?WHAT WILL CONGRESS DO 7 The President, in his special message crmmunicated to the Senate yesterday, refers the whole subject of the "tripartite" expedition to Mexico, and asks the Senate to advise him what course to pursue. The Ended "lutes has been invited to participate with England, France and Spain in the expedition. It is a question of policy whether we should accept the invitation or decline, and loan Mexico the money to puy the entire demands of the three Powers about to invade her soil. The Presi dent dislikes to take such a responsibility at such a time as this, hence his request of the Senate. The official documents submitted arc bulky. Tho Senate took no action relative to the matter to day, consequently cannot reach it until next week, having adjourned over until Monday, and as the two houses will probably adjourn over from Tuesday until after tho holidays, it is not like ly that tho quostion will be discussed until the 4th or 6th of January. OUR SEA COAST DEFENCES?INTERESTING OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE ON THE KV'B.iEPT. The Pres.deDt has transmitted to the House of Rcpre sentatives an interesting corresjiondei co between the Chivernor of Maine and the federal government, in rein, tron to the erection and improvement of our coast do. fences. Tho following letter of the Secretary of War on tho subject explains the mode in which it is proposed that these fortifications shall be constructed for the go vernment by the States:? Sin?Your communication to the President, in reply to the official note of tho Secretury of Slate of the 14th of October, in reference to tho improvement of the fortiD catlons and erection of other defences of the loyal States, having been submitted to this rteparlment for examina tion and report, 1 had the honor to advise you, under date of tho 13th Inst., that tins de partment would appoint a competent engineer to examine and report on the defences required within the Plato of Maine as tho first practical step towards the at tainment of the important ends in view. In view of the importance this matter seems like'y to assume, and in response to tho prompt and liberal con duct of the authorities of tho Plate of Maine. I am di rected by the President to assure your Excellency of liis readiness to avail himself of tho means placed at his dis posal by tho loyal states for tho purpose of having tbu ports and harbors of the seas and lakes put in a condition of complete defence. The extent and character of such expenditures ran only be determined by the proper offi cers of the government. to whom those mattei s must bo confided. Calls will only be made for such sums of money from the Plate government as may ho required to perfect such works as may bo authorized. The obliga tion of Hit .state to furnish all the moans required to make each work of delonco perfect will greatly facilitate the speedy completion of the several defensive works undertaken. The improvements or fortifications bPing made by (he money of the^iate, in the first instance advance to the general government in the nature of a loan for the general defence of the country at large, there is every reason to believe that Congress would sanction what the Stale shall do in the premises, and provide evidence of indebtedness on the part of the general government, and for lbe re imbursement of the money within a reasonable period. Tho prompt suggestions of the President, as contained in the official note of the Secretary of Plate, by ih. cove nor of Maine, has given new proof of tho loyally and patriotism of its people wt .se liberal contributions-of patriotic men and money has already afforded much satis faction to the Prestdeut and to this department. Tho necessary ptans, estimates and specifications, will bo seasonably laid before your Excellency in time for such legislative action as may be required, and on the receipt of official information that means are provided, on tho terms above indicated, to carry into execution the object staled. the prosecution of the svst< m of defence for your Ptate will b" vigorously carried forward by the priqier agents or officors of the government. I have the honor to be, vour obedient servant, .SIMON CAMERON, Pecretary otWar. His Exrmjmnr, the Governor of the State of Maine. THE TRJAI, OF COl.ONFL KERR 10AN? At the trial of Colonel Her: lean to-day i important facte were elicitf"' The evidoi ee 'or (ho prosecute n will be clotted to morrow, :i:.d the defence begin their testimony. T1IK ARMY. The premotiPBvaud ap/wmlmcnts m the army of the GENERAL POPE'S VICTORIES IN MISSOURI. The Locality cf the Capture at Milford and the Chase of the Rebels from Chilhowe, Clinton, Johnstown, &c. United States, mado by the President Since the publica tion of General Orders No. R8, of August 27th last, have just been officially promulgated. From this pamphlet It appears there has been two hundred and fifteen promo- I tions, six hundred and fifty appointments of all kinds, in addition to sixty Brigadier Generals of Volunteers, the whole number of these being about ono hundred and ten* Among the declinations is James Shields, of California, to bo a Brigadier General. Thn appointments bb aidr de camp to General Met'isllan number thirty-two. Thh ' one officers have been honorably retired under the law upon that subject. last Monday there were thirty-seven resignations of volunteer officers in the army of the Potomac, and on Wednesday twenty-four, or about seventy five during the week. A few of these resigned for the purposoof accepting higher appointments in regiments other than tlioso to which they were originally attached. The nominations of Brigadier Generals Keim and Palmer wero confirmed by the Sonata to-day. rONTOON BRIDGE EXPERIMENTS, FTC. The New York Fifteenth regiment, Colonel J MeT.eod Murphy, was engaged yesterday in throw ing up u battery at their camp, on the Eastern Branch, with baskets of earth and fa-cine?. To morrow afternoon tlie President and others will witness some of their experiments with tiie pontoon bridge, rope bridge, exploding mines, Ac. The pontoon train of tho regiment is getting in readiness for a start whenever ordered to move. RECONNOISSANCE TOWAllDS VIENNA. A reconnoitcring party went out th.s morning from General Smith's division in the direction of Vienna. They obtained a large quantity of forage, but saw nothing of the enemy. EKVJEW OF GEN. PORTER'S DIVISION. Gen. Fitz John Porter a division will be reviewed by Gen. McCIellan to-morrow at two o'clock P. M. ARRIVAL OF TIIE VERMONT CAVALRY. Notwithstanding the efforts made to insure thn comfort and immediate supply of the wants of ail regiments ar riving hero, the splendid regiment of Vermont cavalry has been unfortunate. II was landed from the cars about throe o'clock yesterday morning, at its temporary camp, about a mile from the, railroad depot. From (hat. time up to a lute hour this afternoon neither food for the torses nor shelter for the men has been provided, not even straw for bedding nor wood for fire. Six of the horses have died. So much negl gnnce requires invest igatkm. j LIE VAN ALEN CAVALRY. Yesterday, a report having reached General Stone that the rebels hud appeared in force on the Virginia side, op. posite Edwards' ferry, he ordered the Van Akn ravairy to proceed to tho ferry and endeavor to draw tho fire of trie enemy. Tho regiment immediately took the position Indicated, and was drawn up tn one rank on (lie bank of the river, but failed to induce the rebels to fire upon them, as they retired without, making any demonstration. The two companies of Van Aien cavalry which for the last two months have been in General Banks' division havo rejoined the regiment at its headquarters under General Stone RIFLED CANNON EXPERIMENTS. Colonel Hudson, ailing chief of General McClellsn's staff during the illness of Gn eral Marcy, left this after noon for New York to witne-s a trial of James' guns. FLAG PRESENTATIONS. Regimental flags are to ho presented to-morrow to tho Sixty-second and Eighty-third Pennsylvania regiments, attached to General Porter's divii-ion. Speaker Grow will mako the presentation. NOBLE CONDUCT OP MRS. CAPTAIN WCXETT9. Tins heroic conduct of Mrs. RiekottS, the wifo of Cap tain James B. Ricketts, who was severely wounded at Bull rtin. is tho theme or much praise since their return. Mrs. Rick-tts pushed through tho enemy's lines al<ne when she heard her hntband was captured, and took her placo with him in tho hospital,from whicb sho never emerged until this week \\ hen she arrived in Richmond (,#D?ral Stuart asked her to aign a~pirolo of honor. Fhn refused. Ho persisted in writing it,?ud bunded i.er tho dcrumcnt. rhe toro it up instantly, and carried the frig nicDle to her husband When Captain Picketts v>3fl <ar_ rted to Richmond crowds flocked to see tho commander of "Sherman s Battery," as tboy Insisted on calling it. Thia brave officer will,af ter hi* recovery from hi t wound, without doubt receive the promotion to which his twouty ty three years' service and his bravery entitle him. GENERAL rtlELPS' PROCLAMATION CONDEMNED UY anuii butler. General Phelps has reported to General Butler the facts of his arrival at Ship Island with the advance force of General Butler's expedition. Tho lattor submitted tho same to General Mct'lellan to-day, in which General It., alluding to General Phelps' proclamation, says be shtuild not have issued any proclamation upon such an occa sion, and especially 8tlch an ono as Genera! Phelps did. Otherw ise, General B. highly commends tho rejiort. General r.utlcr ha* been in consultation to-day with the Secretary of War and General McClsllau, and will Icavo

tomorrow. AFFAIRS AT TI1E NAVY YARD. Yesterday one hundred seamen were drafted from tho Navy Yard, and wcro forwarded to Philadelphia with despatch. About forty of tho contrabands at the yard were seDt to Philadelphia. The four men captured by Lie '.tenant Williamson in the act of smuggling rebel correspondence down tho river aro prisoners iu the Navy Yard. congressional affairs. CongrCBS took a recess to day until Monday. Tho Senate has not acted on tbo House resolution to adjourn to January 6. Of course it fal.'s. THE SPEECH OF SENATOR Wit.LEY, OF VIRGINIA. Senator Willcy. of Virginia, concluded to-day his atdo and patriotic speech in the f'onatc on tho existing rebel lion and tn support of the policy of the President. He was warrn'y congratulated by Senators. It was bis first elaborate ellort in the Senate, and establishes for him an honorable poult ton in that body. During tho delivery of the speech the Vice President was obliged to admonish tho crowded gaiitr.es against repeated indications of applause. THE COMytSPIONERPHir OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS. The nomination of B. D. French as Commissioner of Public Buildings tilings tire in the Senate. THE LONDON INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION. The I resident to-day submitted to Congress a Message, enclosing a letter from James R. Partridge, Secretary of the executive Committer) appointed by tho President to reprcKi nt the interests of Americans, addressed to Secre tary Seward, Chairman of the Committee, suggesting an adequate provision lor payment for tho express pur peso of Suing up the space in tho building at Txindoh allotted to the contribution from the United Slates, and compen sation of agents for whose service it will bo indispensable to provide. The President recommends this subject to the favorable consideration of t'ongrcsa. Tbo Message was appropriately referred in each llouee. ARRIVAL OK GENERAL LESLIE COMBS. Among the distinguished visiters to tho city is General Leslie Comb*, of Ken tuck i, the " H C.plain " of 1813, a ? hale and vigorous as a youth, and fall i f patriotic fcr rr and energy. RF.rORTS FROM RICHMOND. Lewis Francis, of Brooklyn, N. Y., received fourteen bayonet wounds at Bull run, end is in tho hospital at Richmond. It is expected that ho will recover. A lady in Richmond hoi sted a few days ago that, after being denied a passport by Secretary Seward to enable ber to go South,she wont to Baltimore to a certain house, whence, although a stranger, slio was forwarded by easy stages to Virginia, crossed the Happahnncock in a boat to Fredericksburg, and arrived safely in Rich mond. T1IF. REBEL COLONEL TKRBY. Tho Colonel Terry w ho was killed while commanding the Texas regiment iu tho recent engagement at the Green River Bridge, in Kentucky . is said, by those who are fa miliar with the pco'i'c of Texas, tn be a brother of Judge 'Terry who killed Fei n r Hi.ice u-k. REBEL SOLDIVt'.s issuing IIIVJV.AFTKRR. The had fluaccial c".v'!'i >?: of Urn r-i.-is i: hist rated by the fact ti t on. of ibi togi ..ibm >i Matins a his begun to P sue a cunoncy Of its. own, ia the I'mm of shin //'.ait err. IMPORTANT FROM MISSOURI. GENERAL POPE'S ACHIEVEMENTS. The Brilliancy of (lie Movements of' the Union Troops. Thirteen Hundred Rebels Ta ken Prisoners. TWO TOUS OF POWDER CAPTURED. Onr Map Showing the Ground Traversed, the Points from which the Rebels were Driven, and the Extent of Coun try Recently Cleared of Them. The Composition of General Pope's S'ivision and &ta? SKETCH OK GEN. POPE, *'? Tho advices from Missouri embodied In the brief do spatcli from General Ha I lock to tin ? Coni'nandor-tn Chief give us the news of a brilliant victory over tiro rebels achieved by the cnminai der of the division or sub-do partmotit embracing ull tha I'mon forces between tbo Missouri and Usage rivers. T1IH FIRST GNOAGRMRlfT. Genera) Hal lock's do-'patcb read* us follows ? , llkAtXjCalrtEli-i PKrAHTUONT OF TIIB WUBT, \ Sr. Irons, Dec. 10,1301. J General 0. P. McCi.i li .n. (, inuiaudcr in Chief of Cmtcd Slates Ariuy:? General Pope a expedition successfully cut off the er.o my s , amp near . luvvuco Mound, ami scullered Ilium, twenty two iimdred ttrohg, in every direction. Took one hundred and flfty prisoners iitul Uiort of the ooomy's wa gon's, fonts, b.v t'upo, horses, Arc. All tbo iusurgents bo twe?n the Missouri and Oasgo aro cleared out. I'rico is still tioufh of the (huge. H. W lI.tbLKCK, M.yor General Commanding. Tho i articulnrs of l ho engagement, as far as no can learn, aro ibat General l'opo made a fori ad march upon the eneoiy, g< t between them (apparently near Shuwnee Mound, as tho rebels were encamped at Clinton,in H nry couuty, and Chilhowo, in Johnson county), and surprised them; for assom as ibey at tho latter place heard of liis approach they beat a rapid retreat towards Koso ifiU, Johnson county, leaving all their baggage, arms, muni tions. papers, Ac., in our possession. General I'opo then throw forward ten companies of ravulry and a section of artillery in pursuit,following With the main body of Ins army. Those at Clinton retreated southerly towards Osceola and southwovterly towards Johnstown; for we find that one section of rebels at Johnstown, llates county, woro soclofPly (inrsuoil that they scattered in all directions, but mostly towards the south. On tho other hand, we find Una General Pop* forced a strong r ivalry roconnolssaaco to within fifteen miles of Osceola, and intercepted and captured one hundred and fifty of the Hoeing rebels and all their baggage, stores, fcr. Other Simula,from some ten to fifteen, wero taken, making the aggregate number about three hundred. Ail this was done without lighting, thu surprise being po perfect us lo cause a complete panic and rout of tho rebels. General Pope, m b.s ret url to the Commander of the Departmeut, save ? The whop ? t; ry between Tina Hilt on tho west and Grand rmrni t:. umtll i* clear of rebels. "Grand rir.i' ? another naino lor that portion of tha Osage river. TUB SECOND ENGAGEMENT. F'rtl er information received from the West is to tho effect tliat, m audition to the expedition or General Fopo against the enemy at and near Clinton, another part or lhs forces, under Colonel Due is and Major Marshall, Fiirprised another camp of tbo rebels on tho afternoon of the lath inet.,near Milford, u little north of Warrensburg. A brisk skirmish ensued, when the rebels, finding themselves sin rounded,surrendered. Colonel Ilavis took 1,1100 prisoners, including throe colo nels, seventeen captains, a thousand si and of arras, sixty Arc wagons, a thousand horses, and u large quantity of tents, baggage and supplies. Our loss m two killed and eight wounded. The robe' Joss is not yet known. Informal ion from Glasgow states that our troops cap tured about two tons of powder buried on Haiti. Jackson's farm. Major Hubbard captured sixty rebels a day or two since iu Johnson County. Tho troops iu Kansas have been stirring during the paBl week, and good news Is ex pectod from them daily. This news shows plainly that the plan of attack has been well considered and effectively carried out. Tho official despatch from General Matlock confirms the news. H is as follows:? WAsnntOTOti, Dec. 20. 1SC1. Tho follow ing despatch was received by Gon. McClclInn this afternoon. Mis glorious news, and created quite a stir in tho Cabinet:? Mkaisji/rtfes, St. Dona, Mo.. Pec. 20,1811. To Major General G. R McCi.ki.lan, Major Gene, al com maud rag the Army:? A part of Geu. Pope's forces, under Col. J. C. Davis and Mujor Marshall, surprised another camp of the enomy. on tho afternoon of tho 18tb, at MiUord, a little nonh of Warrensburg. A brisk skirmish ensued, when tho enemy, Henmg himself surrounded, surrendered at discretion. We took thlrteecn hundred prisoners, in cluding three colonels and seventeen captains, and one thousand stand of arms, one thousand horses, sixty nve wagons, and a largo quantity of tents, baggage and sup plies. Our loss is two killed and wounded. The cnotny a loss is not yet known. Information received last night from Glasgow states that our troops at that place had taken about two tons of powder, m kegs, burled on (,'lalb. Jackson's farm. Thii effectually cuts oil their supply of ammunition. Ii. W. HALLECK, Maiur General. OUR MAP OF THE LOCALITY. Wo give to-day a map of tho whole localliy embraced in this movement. To show its relative position as re gards tho Plate of Missouri, we start on the north from tho Missouri river, making Kansas City tho principal point of the commencement of our desigb, following the river as the northern boundary of our map, and the Kan sas border as the western. On tho souih we lake a i>or tion of Vernon and Cedar counties, showing .Vera la, al ready noted in tho present troubled history of our cpun try, and on tho east the borders of St. Clair, Henry, Johnson and Lafayette counties, to the point where they join the Missouri river. In this small map are embraced many miles of roadway and many acres of valuable land. ilut to tho principal object of our skateh. Warrens burg, ra Johnson couDty, is ono of tho points of whs b Ihe rebels hoped to obtain lirm possession, as it com mand the roads to 1a xington on the north, Jjrdahu on (he east. Osceola ou the south, and those to the Kansas border, Neosho, (tc., on the w- I and southwest. Toob tain this object tho rebels have more than otic occupied iho placo and been driven from thence by the I'oion troops. Doubtless these encampments were formed with Die same intention, to aid I'rice's rebel troops when they should advance from Osceola. In tho neigbborb'-cd of Warrensburg are Milford, Chilhowe and the now famous Hose H H, which doubtless may yet become as notod as LaarelHill. Pouih of Ctnllmwo is Shawnee Mound, on the border of Hoary county, and the point at which the Vim u troops arrived before the chase began. Follow ,ng tho road from thence to the south, the town of Clinton is reached, and the junction of the branch road to Johnstown, iu Bates county. Stll| following the road through Clinton, tho reader will after passing Chalk level, also well known in the early history of ihe rebellion, arrivo at Osceola, on the Grand or Osage nver, the ?cne of more than one military movement by Generals I yon. Fremont, Lane, the rebel Price, tod now Pojk;. Osceola is siLualetl near tliec -litre hi St. (.' air county, MiwourI. Milford, the sectiv of iho brilliant movement cf Colore: favis, is a post village, and command- the roads to ?pr ngflohl and tho load nmeinf Johnson oounty.and Itn truximuy t? Warreosburg shows the object of the rebels lohilng it. The clcariuico of iha rebels out from the lorthorn section above the Osage river la t groundwork for he ailvanco upon the southwest of the Statu, and the ln.ll eradication of General i'rico and his forces frt m Ilia lonri, rilE COMPOSITION OF GEN. POPE'S COLUMN. COMMANDER OF THE DIVISION, toting Major General Brigadier General John Pope. FIT A KF> Assistant Adjutant General..Captain Speed Butler. Fiortermustur ACTING OKNKRAL8. . Pint Hnitadr. Acting Brigadier General....Colonel JamcsC. Yeatcb. Secuni Hrigadt. Acting Brigadier General .. .Colonel John C. Kolton. At TYpfnn. Acting Brigadier General Colonel Turner. At X'Ofdni. Acting Brigadier Gene .tl.,,. Oolonol Jeff. C. Pavis. GENERAL VEATCH'S BRIGADE. G 'naral Veatcb's brigade is composed of tbo following regiments, of which we givo the field officer a; EIGHTH INDIANA VOLUNTl'Eil.S. Colored William r. Beaton. Lie itenant Colonel David Shuck. M'tioi' GharlueS. l'arrisb. KICillTEKNTll INDIANA VOT.UNTHltlUI. Colonel Tlioa. I'atllson. Lieutenant Colonel llenry I). Washburn Major O. C. Tbomua. T WE.\TY -SECOND INDIANA VOLUNTEERS. Oolonol John Abram Hendricks. l.icutouant Oolonol James S. Healer. Major W. W. Dalit jr. TWENTY-FIFTH INDIANA VOLDNTBKRB. Colonel (Acting General)... .James C. Vouiih Lieut. Oolonol Commending. .Win. H. Morgan. Major John W. Footer. GENERAL HELTON'S BRIGADE. General Kolton'? brigiulc is composed of regiments from different States, as follows:? NINTH MISSOURI VOLUNTEERS. Colonel (Acting* no ml). .John C. Kollon. Lieutenant Colonel Major . | FIFTH IOWA VOLUNTEERS, Colonel Wnt. H. Wortblngton. I.i"Uii nant Colonel C. L. Matthias. Major W S. Rubortron. TII.l.'i'Y-SEVENTH ILLINOIS VOLUNTEERS. Colonel Diliue White. Lieutenant Colonel Myron S. Barnes. Major Chariot Black. FIRST KANSAS VOLUNTEERS. Oolonol Gam-go w. DaiUlar: I ioutouaat Colonel Oscar K. LoaruurU. Major John A. Halderman. Tln-re is another brigade at Tipton, which may or may nut h.ivo been in the advance; but as it is likely that not only wcro tiioy not with the advancing party, but a por tion only df the foregoing, wo will merely givj tho name of the commanding officer. Acting Brigadier General ?Col. Turner, Mlee. Vols. Miff. Assistant Adjutant General.. Aid l.loutenaut Dowocse. Tno brigade was composed wholly or Missouri Voluntoore GEN. DAVIS' BRIGADE. At present the composition of Gonoral P.ivls' brigade Das nut reached us, the movements of the troops having been kept entirely secret to prevent the rebels gaining any intelligence ef the pro|iosed attack. Gonoral Davis was formerly Colonel of the Twenty-second Indiana Volunteers, nud was made a Brigadior General by General Fremont, which appointment will douhtlo.-s now be con firmed bv tho President, as General Davis is now without a commission cither as general or colonel, tbo latter hav ing been resigned when ho received General Fremont's notice to take command of a brigade. THE ARTILLERY. Among the batteries of artillery wore the following;-* Indiana battery Captain Kabb. Indiana battery Captain Klaus. Indiana battery Captain Frybarger. THE CAVALRY. Tho whole forco of cavalry is not definitely known. The following regiments were doubtless a portion ef the division:? THIRD ILLINOIS CAVALRY. Colonel K. A. Carr. U. S. A. Lieutenant Colonel L. F. McCrtUla. First Major Thomas Ilamar. Second Jajor J. M. Toggle*. Third Major John llcCouuell. BATTALION OF FIRST ILLINOIS CAVALRY Major T. A. Marshal FIRST MISSOURI CAVALRY. Colonel C. A. EHIs. Lieutenant Colonel Fred. W. Lewis. Son lor Major F. M. Hubbard. Junior Major Chaa. Baushoff. Third Major J. J. H?sltn. Special Aid Mrs. C. A. Ellis. SKETCH OP GENERAL JOI1N POPE. General John Pope is a man about forty years of age, a nntlvo of Kentucky, ami a graduate of West Point, which academy ho entered in the year 1838. He graduated in 1842, and was appointed to the army from the dtato ot Illinois, entering that service as a Brevet Second Lieu tenant of Topographical Engineers. He was engaged in Mexico, and was brcvcttcd a First Lientonunt tor gallant and meritorious conduct in several conflicts at Moutorcy? the hrevrt bearing date from September 23,1846. On the 23d of February, 1847, he was brovottodCaptain for gallant and meritorious conduct In the battle of Bucna Vistu. On the 1st of July, 1856, he tot k the uctnal rank of Captain in the Corps of Topographical Engineers, and on the 17th of May, 1861, was made u tirigadior General of Volunteors. General l'ope is bound to mako his mark during this war. IMPORTANT SUCCESSES L\ MISSOURI. Sboaua, Mo., Dee. 20,1861. Colonel Palmer's brigado arrived horc last night, and General I'opo Is expected to-day. All information from the West and North is to tho effect that no efforts have been spared to send General Price aa/ ample supply of clothing for the wintur. All, or nearly all of this, bus fallen or will fall into our ban Is. Nearly two hundred heavily loaded waging are already in our possession, together with a hrpe quantity of ammunition and arms, a thousand horses, tents, camp equipage, Ac. Between ono thousand eight, hundred and two thousand recruit* have boon taken prisoners. Major Hubbard, of tho First Missouri cavalry, has cap tured over sixty rebel recruits within (he post few days, and killed several others. Ho has alto taken a considerable number of tents, sovora! wagons, a quantity of baggngo and arms, and burned a mill which had bean supplying the rebels for some timo past. Altogether the rebellion has received a terrible shock In this section of the country within tho present week. It is thought by many that General Price will cross (he Orago to assist his generals, Stein and Slack, who ar? now in tho river counties, with four or live thousand mm to escort recruits and supplies to their main camp, at Osceola. If ho does lie will be compelled to stand a, goooral engagement, in which event there is no question whatever but he will be badly defeated and his army cu tlrely scattered. I'arly yesterday morning our scouts brought in infor mation that, the largo rebel train and reinforcement* which wu had march d south to intercept had divided' and tho larger | ortioii was marching south toward* Waveriey, Intending to camp at night nour Mlllord. Gen. I o|>o brought tho mam body of his army In position a fow miles south of Waveriey, and sent a scouting force, under Col. Jeff. Davis, a few miles south of Warrens-* burg and Knob Nosier, to come on tho left and rear of tlio enemy, at the same time ordering Merrill s cavalry to march from Warrensburg and como from the right. Colonel Davis pushed rapidly forward and came up with the enemy In the afternoon, drove in his pickets carried a strongly defended bridge by an assault, and drove the enemy into a timber, who, Iludlag himself sur. rounded, surrendered 1,300 men, Including two colonels, one lieutenant colonel, one major and seventeen captains. Sixty wagons, heavily laden with supplios and clothing, and a largo number of horses and mules, fell ear hands. Our loss was two killed and fourteen wounded. Tha" of tho enemy is considerably greater. This was tho best planned and executed action of tho war, and reflects great credit on the General comma.n. tig and tho officers and men who so inlihfully and promptly carried out his plan*

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