Newspaper of The New York Herald, January 9, 1862, Page 1

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated January 9, 1862 Page 1
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1 w ' TH WHOLE NO. 9251. 9 NEWS FBOft WASHINGTON. Great Activity at the Headquarters of the Army. Gen. Sherman's Report of Gen. Stevens' Operates on the Coosaw River. ( Mutant Reports from the War Department to Congress. nmater Sumner's Speech oa the Trent Afifeir, tii) tin a#. Washington , Jan. 8, 1882. CONDITION Or GENERAL M'CLELL AN. General McCieJUn waa out to-day, attending to busiMN, but did not extend Lie labor* to the number of hours usual for him when well. To-nlgbt he was much exhausted, and retired early, declining to see his owu Staff on business. ACTIVITY AT TOE HEADQUARTERS OF THE AKlfY. Adjutant General Williams, now in charge of all the business at the headquarters of the Army of the Potomac, with the entire staff of General HcClollan, are as busy as bees to-night. The greatest activity has been going on In the Quartermaster's Department to-day and to-night. For hospital purposes the most elaborate preparations have been mado for some time. THE RUMORS RESPECTING TBI FAMILY OK THE AD' JUTANT GENERAL. It la ascertained on inquiry that it is now settled to the satisfaction of all parties that there are no grounds for the charges against Adjutant General Thomas or any member of his family. MOVEMENTS OF GENERAL ROSECRAN8. General Rosecrans, with Major Crawford, of his staff, have left fer New York. They will arrive there en roup for the West. 8IGNAL8 FROM THE REBEL LINES. Last evening colored signal rockets, thrown up by the enemy, were seen In the direction of Hawkhurst Mill. They displayed red and blue colors. It is supposed they had some connection with Gen. 8mtth's foraging expedition, and that this plan was adopted to give Information t the rebel headquarters of the retirement of the foraging force. A Union guide informed me to-day that a regiment of the rebels is encamped on the back of a bill one mile northweet of Hunter's Mill, and two miles from the main encampments about Hawkhurst Mill. By climbing any of a clump of tall trees on this hill a panoramic view is obtained of all the country in this direction, and thus enabling prompt lnfoimation to be given of any advance of our troops. THE FORTHCOMING SPEECH OF MR. SUMNER ON OUR FOREIGN RELATIONS. Considerable anxiety is manifested to listen to the speech of b'eoator Sumner tomorrow, on the Trent affklr. this desire not only arises from the fact that he is chairman of the Committee on Foreign Aihirs, but that ho is known to be largely in correspondence with the leading statesmen of Europe, and that he is a linguist, a finished scholar and a fine orator. Hence publlo expectation is at the tip to# to hear him. He will commence spcakiDg at ens o'clock, and will occupy one hour and a half. Senator Sumner will defend the position taken by secretary g>ward In the surrender of Messrs. Mason and tjlidell,as the only legal and just one that the government could honorably assume. THE OPERATIONS OF GENERAL STEVENS AT FORT OVAL FERRY?SUCCESS OF THE EXPEDITION. The following letter has been received at the Adju lut ueawu'i office from Brigadier General Miorroan, Mated? HbADQUARTIU, E. C., 1 PORT Rotai, 8. C., Jan. 2. 1862. J As the V wider bl It leases to morrow, I deem it proMr i" enclose to you a letter of instructions to General Jtevcaa, eomnannlng the Second brigade of thla division, ?f lieecmber 80 ? The eimplo object of this daah was to doetroy the batteries which the enemy appeared to have erected on the Coosa w river for the obstruction of the navigation and the passage of that stream; and also to punish him for the insult in firing Into the steamer Mayflower, on her recent passage through that stream, for tho purpose of sounding the depth of the channel. The affair succeeded perfectly, and the enemy were driven out of their batteries, their batteries demolished and the property found there brought away or destroyed, with little or no Ions of life on our side. After the object of the movements was excelled, General Stevens, ag. eeab'y to hie Instruction, returned to Port Roy si Island. Aa uoon aa hit re;>ort reaches me it will be forwarded. SOINOfl IN TUB SENATE. In the 8enate to-day, the amendment to the Ironclad steam vessel hill, authorising the President, Instead of the Secretary of the Navy, to contract for them, was acknowledged to be Intended as s censure upon the patter. The Senate has been engated to-day In discussinga very profitless subject, namely, whether Senator Lane was a Brigadier General at tho Ian tension of Congress, and whether Mr. Stanton <xuld have legally been con Stdered his successor at that session, whan every .Senator know* that the whole matter baa bean settled by I ho formal nomination of Lane to tha Senate at this session M a Brigadier General, and that be baa sent hie resignation aa Senator to the Kansas Leglalatare. The Sena tore seem to he engaged la discussing a dead borne, Instead of meeting the lire attention immediately before them, whether the regular appointee of Oorernor Robiaeon shall hare hie seat, or whether they will he able to a tare Man tan off to pleaae lane until the Kansas Legialatore meets meat week, when H la hoped by the friends of Lane that the legislative machinery of Kan a as will secure the re-election of the letter or one ef hie friends. This Is small business for the Senate of the United States. To-day the President sent to the Senate the nomination -Of General Jamea Shields as Brigadier General in the army. The Senate not going into executive session today, action was not taken on the nomlnatkm. DOINGS OP TBI HOURS OP RJcrRKSgNT ATrVEt. This has been a seedy day in the House, as usual nothing having been done of consequence, except to appropriate fifty thousand dollars to bo employed by the head of the Agricultural Buroau in the Interior Department for the purchase of seeds. In the House to day Mr. Ward, of New York. presented his hill favorable to amiat In that city. Ex Congress man George Brlgga Is hare, working for the hill, he claim lag to have been the father of the measure AFFAIRS ON THR LOWER POTOMAC. There is no report of anything of importance from the Potomac flotilla. The King Thllip arrived to-day. t?he la heavily armored, anil keeps open the channel, the ice <m the Uals having become several inches thick. AFFAIRS AT TUB NAVY YARD. The machine shops at the Navy Yard are kept busy might and day, boriog and rifling hoavy gun eastings, numbers of which are daily rooelvsd by railroad. THR TRIAL OP CQLGNF.L SRRKIOAN. In the Kerrigan trial to day , the accused introduced testimony to show that his conversations with Virginians st the outposts worn held with a view to draw from mm imormauon ueeiui u> me learn unuee. Be jeant Nolan, of the sixth cavalry, teetifled thai ba accompanied t clone) Kerrigan to hleptcketa on the ttnn day whan the rebel* look Maaou'a HiU. They ware fired pan and returned the fire, lulling anwe of the enemy, , alter which Kerrigan brought hie ptefceta off in good order. mtirbimkt or colonbl hainan. Colonel Harlan, of thetFWenth Pennaytraula cavalry, haa been removed, on the recouimeodatiouof I6r ir.imm lag Board. m ' *! commission* ron orricKR* or tun niter nbw tors CAVALRT. All the officera of the Flral New Turk cavalry reginV'it, Colonel A. T. Mc Reynolds, yesterday received their onvt^missions tr< m Governor Morgan. They are all riaieo January 1.1*02,and wei e regarded aa an npproprrate and i ameptable New Year a present. The regiment is apiandtdlp equipped. The horre* are In excellent condition **, JJtatnan bivejuat received from the general gavernmant i :e ne braes shoulder scales, which add much U>ihe One appearance of the regiment. It Is greatly in want of regimental and battalion colors, however, the absence of which is particularly noticeable when the regiment is out on review. l'RKSBNTATION OF COLORS. A magnificent stand or colors, made by the lady relations of the officers of the Fifty-fifth New York regiment, were presented to the regiment to-day by Hon. F. A. Cockling, from New York city, with an eloquent speech. They were received by Colonel do Trobrland with a very happy and graceful reply. There was present on the occasion an unusually brilliant assemblage, Including the President and Mrs. Lincoln, Mr. and Mrs. Oreen, the family of Senator Harris, General Shields, General Keyes and staff, and a number of other distinguished personsAfter the preeentatton the oompany partook of an elegant collation, during whioh very pertinent speeches were made by the President, General Shields, Colonel de Trobrland and General Koyee. General Peok, commanding the brigade, was prevented by illness from being present. TBI BPROFKAN EXPEDITION TO MEXICO. The question of the expedition of England, France and i Spain against Mexico, as submitted to the Senate of the United States by the President, has net been acted upon oj luai oouy ior warn or mora inrormauon rrom Mexico. Besides, the arrival of the news that the Spanish and English fleets have appeared in Mexican waters, and that the forces of the two Powers have landed upon the soil of Mexico, changes the whole question, and so complicates it for the time that, as submitted to the Senate, It cannot be acted upon until our government is further advised by Mr. Corwin. THE NBW REGIMENTS OP THE REGULAR ARMY. In reply to a call of the House of Representatives upon the Secretary of War, lor a statement of the number of men enlisted in each of the eleven regiments,authorized to be added to the regular army by the act of July 29, 1861, the Secretary says.? To furnish a list of the names of all the officers in the regiments referred to in the resolution is, with the present clerical force iu the office of the Adjutant General, a simple impossibility; but in General Orders No. 106, and in the Army Register for September last, a completo list or all these names will bo found. The following is also submitted:? STATEMENT (MIXED FOR BY A RESOLUTION OP TBS UOCPR OP KRWUrENTATIVm, DSC. 23, 1861, HHOWINO THE APPROX1MATB N( MIIER OP MSN BNLUOSD IN THE ADP1TIONAI. RBOIMINTS OP THE RRUL'LAR ARMY.A8 AUTHORIZED BY AC! OP IWNCREFS, APPROVED JULY 29, 1861. Cavalry?Sixth regiment 960 Artillery?Fifth regiment 700 Infantry?Eleventh regiment 300 Twelfth regiment 720 Thirteenth regiment 340 Fourteenth regiment 760 Fifteenth regiment 726 Sixteenth regiment 600 Seventeenth regiment 320 Eighteenth regiment 1,300 Nineteenth regiment 376 Total 6,330 Aiglneert?Number enlisted in the companies authorized by seotiond of the act appproved Augusts, 1861 107 Topographical Engineers?Number enlisted In company authorized by act of August 6,1861 7 RtcafiltUalitn. Engineers 107 Topographical Engineers 7 Cavalry 960 Artiliefy 700 Infantry... 6,330 Total 7,094 INCREASE OP THE CLERICAL FORCE OP THE WAR DEPARTMENT. KUIUIUW W win UUtivQ ui IUU >T M 1A:|WI Iment baa required the Secretary to auk Congress for tbo following increase of clerks, laborers and messengers In the various bureaus of the department:? k >- ^ S? ssf ? , I I fo f|si I? 1 J Secretary of War's office. 2 2 ? ? ? ? Office Adjutant Uenoral. .3 4 13 2 ? 10 Office Quartormast'rGen. 2 3 & 1 ? ? Oflico Commissary Qen.. 12 ? ? 1 ? Office Chief Engineer....? ? 1 ? ? ? Office Topographs Engrn.? ? ? ? ? ? Office Surgeon General..? ? ? ? 1 ? Oflico 1 ay master General? 4 4 1 ? ? Office Chief of Ordnanco. 12 1 ? ? ? Total S 17 24 4 2 10 The Secretary also asks for the repeal of tho law re. quiring disbursing cleika to be taken from the fourth class clsrks. In order that the clork who has for years attended to the disbursements of ths department, and who has recently been appointed chief clerk, shall continue to have charge of tho dlshuraementa while perform ing the duties of his higher grade. In submitting a request for the employment of ten more non-commissioned officers in the Adjutant General's office, tbo ^Adjutant General recommends that, as It la important that (he companies and regiments of the army be kept always full, and are now reduced far below their authorised strength by inclusion therein of the number or unattached recruits and non commissioned officers employsd on the recruiting service, Congress shall orovidr thsl hereafter the non-commissioned offl. cers and soldiers employe! in the diflorcnt bureaux of the War Department in Washington, tho two whoso employ ment ir hereby authorized at the headquarters of each of the different military geographical department* and ar. alee in the flold, those necessarily employed in the recruiting service, recruita in depot, at rendezvous, and <>11 rouU for regiments, and the eeveral detachment* on duty at tho Military Academy, shall no longer be included In the aggregate strength of the army as (Lied by existing laws, but be counted a* an addition to said strength, which said addition la horcby authorisedTHE FEEDING OP DMABUD I10MZP. In answer to a resolution of the Mouse of Representative*, requesting to be furnished with copies of all contracts mad* by the (leer term aster'a Department far feeding disabled horses during the winter, with the terms of these contracts, the names of con tractors, the number of horses, end wheber these contracts were made upon public notice, the Assistant PecreUsy of War transmit* a report of the Quartermaster General, showing his action oe the premises, and coloring the following reports, which are all that have been received up to this in answer to a circular addressed to all offlcers and agents af the Quartermaster's Department:? A.?Mr>*r QrawrsKMasnta'sOmiit, 1 Sr. L?vis, Dec. an, 1MJ1. f In answer to yonr notice of the bth instant, I have the boaor to report, that about the 27th dav of Octolx-r last I placed seventy one unserviceable hrnses on lb* fa< m of <"barles Cboateau, Ks?|., neur this city. N.> written con trsct was mails, but a verbal agreement wan entered into, to the effml ib.l said nomen acre to ho fed what 1 hay and grain they could est till taken away f?r service, j for which I was to pay him thirty Ave cents per h-a<l |?r I diem. Thirty of the hi rsts I roteivcd from Major Me Kiustry, and Iwolvu of them from '.'apt. '/agony Others were reeelveit from various officers, ami ha<l been In Held service. 1 placnd them cn tho farm to bo iee.rullt-d. llMXit fi.rlv of th?* horwrii ihft? not rMrmtrH uml urn n.,t cmiajdcred worth keeping, an I wore reported hy mo, n an inventory to the Chief Qua. termnster of tllie'depart mi nt, for li^iection and condemnation,on tho 13th inet The haluntr have become rnrvii nice. Roapecli'i.lly, P. T. TITtNl.l'Y, Asat. Quor'ermnator. To (loneral M. C. Maine, Qimrlerinaeter (I moral United State*. Ornc* or the Skwior Qt-AKrutMA-ran, > Army or rim Potomac, W/ iiinutov, Dec. 'XI. IA61. / f.a?KKAi? In compliance with an ofllcial doiico from your .nitre, dated the Mil Inet,, transmitting a reeolutioo of the Hotiue of Representative*, ending on tiie Secrolarjr of War to toruiah that body with all contract* made by the Qiiartorm??ter'fi Depnrlment for feeding diaalded horaea fro., I have the honor to forward herewith a copy of a contract made by Colonel I). II. Rncker, ijnarler laater Unllod .suae* Army, with Oeorge Rnmsdnll, Lycoming county, Pennaylvania. Tina rontrait, : though aigw d liy Colonel Ruck or, w.ia mado by tiiai oflieer under express order* from myaolr, a* lila superior and the senior oflieer of th* tlu.irlermaatcr'F Department in tho Army of tho Potomac. It If tlm only contract of tho kind, aa far an my knowledge extend*, that hne been made In tbia army, and waa made in strict accordance with law and regulation*. Under it Mr. Rnmndell ha* received Ave hundred and t'.yonty Ave diFAbled horse*. When thia e>attract waa ma>l> all uomm iiikcatioim wtui the army were nut off, Willi the DKcnptloD of the alngle track railroad to Hattlm'ie. over which all the unmnnao eap|HlW required for this army anil the city 01 Washington were obliged to para. It wan abtoluleiy necerrary that the demand for thero aii|.pili? ahnulil bo dlratuliihrri in every poeatbla way. ami with ihla view I dnchlad to hare our dirabled animals aent to the country, where they muM he provided fi>r at a much leee exprnee to the government 'bar here. The contract In quoadon wan not made ' on puV'lc notice.1' ea the engrnci'U of the public nervine raqMred the performunce of the service Immediately, nnd even If tho exigencies of the public e'Ti Ice did not remove thin aerrice to be pori < tined i in media inly. it waa a kU'd 01 ear rice Ihtil should not Imvc been given to the lorw ft bid?cr, Tor It wee n eervii a where rveryttalng almuat had to a treated to the honesty un I reliability of the pnr?v*p p, rK" ntme It A man might have taken the an male at * very K * bid,and then tmn.o money from it by (larvlng ( W YO NEW YORK, THURSDA' THE BEBEL GEHERiL Z0LLIC0FFE& 8 P The Intrenched Position of the Rehel CU Onr Map of the Locality, Ac., Fortified and What 1 A * m jjl IffiSllIl/^ w7m?L?fei f||p ,,"'*'?4^Sp ^ ' By Um accompany tug sketch wo endeavor to portrny as nearly as possible tho position held by the rebol Con. Zollicolfer. To the eye of a military man it will prove that his position has been well chosen. Selecting the mountainous region on both sides of tho Cumberland river, at a point where its course veors from due south to due west, be has occupied the principal bills commanding all up . proaches by the river from both directions, as well as throngh the valleys of White Oak creek, on tho north side, and Meadow creek on the south. Some idea may be formed of the topography of the country when we state that the hills, although immediately upon the banks, riso to an altitude of three hundred, three hundred and fifty, aud four hundred feet above the level of tho river, us at tho points marked In the map?A, B, C and D. A is 360 feet above the level. B is 400 fee* above tho level. C is 300 feet above the level. U 11) WW U'Cl aOUVO IUV II"VI I The rebel forces on the north sido of the Cumberland consist of six regiments, stationed on a height four hun dred feel above the river, commanding the approach from both directions; and on tho south side, four rogl. inuula, commanding-the volley of Meadow creek, and jx the animals. The contract system thus far here line failed entirely. Advertls< meuts for bids for almost everything required have been made, but not in n a.uglc Instance have the lowest bidders come forward and closed their oonlracts. I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant, STEWART VAN VLIKT, Brigadier General. To Goncral M. C. Mmoe, Quartermaster General The contract with Ramedcll agrees to pay forty c?nt? per diem per horse, and cash horro is to bo stabled and fed with fourteen pouude of bay and twelve pounds of oats or corn per day. TUB COST OF TRANSPORTING TROOPS AND WAll MUNITIONS WKNT OP TUB ALLBGilANlES. In answer to the resolution of the House of Reprcnenta. lives, asking to be furnished with the cost cf the trim*, portation of arms, ordnance and munitions of war to tlnj portion of the country west of the Alleghnuiea, since tho 1st of May last, the Secretary of War has submitted a report of the Quartermaster General, stating tliat to ' ob lain tli? information required would involve a minute examination iuto the accounts of the various disbursing officers of tbie department located weal of the AllcgbaiiieB since May 1, 1861. These accouuts for the third and fourth quarters of 1861, containing the expenditures to which the Inquiry principally relates, have not boon re eeived, and, in fact, are not due. and without them it m impossible to make the required examination." The fail, ore of the Quartermaster Genera) to furnish the required Wormntion hae occasioned much comment, and will t*obably bo mads the subject of further Investigation. The arn>y regulations require that every officer resident in the United Mates having public money to account for shall render his account and vc-nrhers within three months after the expiration of each quar ter. It tancw more than six months since the expiration of the quarter ending June 30, and more than three months since tbo expiration of that ending September 30. It is thought Stiange that the Quartermaster General could furnish no information whatever, nor even a partial report, up na rubied of ordinary public bnsincis, which wua of sufficient gravity and importance to occasion a formal Inquk. y by Congress. UkKl IMi OK Tl? t'NITKO STATtB AURICM-TPR AL whiiih A meeting of tbo United States Agrtcu'tural Society i was hold here lo .luy It was organized liy tlio Prcsi lent, W. F. Hubbard, of Ohio. Among those pro -cnt were Hon. Mr Lovejny, of Illinois. Mr. Uyiugton, of Iowa. Mr. Amy, ol Now Mexico; Mr Calvert, of Maryland; Mr Hmyih,of New Hampshire. Mr Newton,of Otiusylvanie. Mr. Kiilll van, of Ohio, and the Commie, inner of Public II Hidings, n. H French. CONHBCATION OK UQl:OBd. The Provost Ouurd aro faithfully executing the order against keeping open barrooms. Die liquid conlents cf two sxtsnsive sstabiishments were confiscated aud emp tled.into the streets last night, and tbslr proprietors pieced in erreet fur n violation of the order. Till AKNIVKMAIT OK Till IATTLR OP NIW OHI.KAVt>, The 8th of January boa not been obesrved In this city to-day, except by the business community and other*, wbo have been obliged to write tne date in bueincM way. Jackson a victory at New Orleans baa hardly bean (bought of. Our officers and soldiers in camp have not been unmindful of the anniversary of the battle of hew Orleans in the camps in Virginia. Many a bumper was drank and toast given and speech uttered to the glorious memory of the gallant hero, General Jackson. sniutwaph to omut rbalm. General Shields was serenaded to-night, at the Heradoo House, by the band of the Fifth artillery, under direction of Quartermaster Murphy, of the Thirty-eighth New York regiment. The weather being stormy, the General's friends assembled In the parlor of the hotel, where he was welcomed In an enthusiastic speech by Captain Hogan, of the Irish Brigade. General Shields responded at some length. After expressing his thank* for the cordial reception given him, hs proceeded to define hie position in relation to the war. While compro iniee wae possible and honorable, he waalbr compromise while peace was possible and honorable, be was for peace but cow. while we ere in the midst of wsr, bo wss for prosecuting II to a saecessful - .conclusion at any RK H F, JANUARY 9, 1862. osrnttff oh the cohbebuid hiteh. sneral Zollie offer on the Cnmberland? Showing the Heights he Has rhey Command, &(<

I "m | ! !! a S f \ ^Ic J^^Ar _ ^ Jj*Jo MILL SPRING /// g* i depression thio. gh the hills from tho smth oho t >no miio wort of Mill Spring. It 18 stutod ihut Zoiilcotlfer baa in his forcos ono i rgitnent of negroes, located just in the bond of th? river, oi. thr southern bauk. Tbe geographical position of this intronehment I* m follow :?From Somerset, about fifteen miles, southwest; from Wallsboro, on the Cumberland river, twelve milea; from Columbia, about forty miles, rout hoar t, and about six or eight miles below tbe hoart of steamboat navigation. The position command* ai. the coal mines an<l many of tbo ?a't wells in that part of Pulaski county south of tbo Cumberland, and in Wayne and Russell counties. Tho only route by which ho can be successfully at ia frAn, IK., ainalh Ku Hi.. .... II., IF .,f UT Kit a Hal. ! creek, and a seating of the hilis in hie rear, or by an advance from several points at once. This latter would reHuirc larger forcen tbuii llcneral Sehoepf b is in bis division; consetpientiy we do uol nnticl.iate any movement on Schuepf's part, beyond bo much as : hall confine Zoliicofii-r to tils present iiitrrtichments and prevent bis retreat ui:til be is forced to surrender, or additional forces con be sent to arsis! in an attack. sacrifice. It had not been his fortune, in this trying crisis, to rscapo suspicion and arraignment, but this w is a matter of little uonso<|uencu. It bad neither influenced bn fee!lugs Dor actions, although it is a matter of deep and painful regret that. In such a moment of peril to the country, wo should have a class of citizens among us wh,, maDifeat their patriotic ardor by abusing Northern men rather than by fighting Southern men. His friends might be answered that ho would never violate bis oath i t allegiance; that be would never betray his tres1 as a citizen or a soldier; that he would never turn bis back upon the country in its hour of adversity that bad adopted htm as a sen. He paid a high compliment to the ai my for its obedience and discipline, which were highly creditable to the lleueral-in Chief, and the adminwtration whteb supports him. He predicted for our army a successful career, and thanked bis friends, and bade there good uigbt. KX-rilKSlMWT ItrClUNAN'ri NBW WOKX. Tno boot, new In press, entitled tl.e "Life mid Tiini# o?* Jainca ttuchanao, ' it la i ndent, od by Mr few remaining frionds barn ?as written by ex-Consul and ex-reporter Krnncia .I. (Irund, who, it ia said.hta boon re> tiling with Mr. Buchanan at Wheat and for aaveral nnultn pant. Newi froirt the Rebel Missies. The Norfolk P<n Ho.4 of Monday say that on Sunday a aurv mill in the Norfolk Navy Yard was fired by an in. cendiary. U woe, however, sxUtigoiehvd with lilt:* damage. The rceidenro and onthooroa of Fkyelta McMullen, in Wythe county, Va., ware destroyed by Ore on Wodnoa' day morning. Judgn Hemphill. ax Senator In the CongrrM of the I'nttod States, and slnco a member of tbo Confederal.) OongreeR, died in Rtehmond on Saturday morning. Nobody will come forward to take the oilVoe of collector of tlie war tux in tho Norfolk diRtrict. and H. T. liar Be tt, Chief (fetlsrtor of the Confederate War Tax In Virginia, in a formal a lvertisrinent, threale.ia to appoint some one from au district to perform that duly, which, in bis proclamation, bo admits to l>c odious to Uio people there. There have been Revoral tires in Charleston, S. C., during ths past f< w -lays. Meeting of Il.iaton Bank President.. ItosTov. .tan. 8, Ihi.j, At a meeting of iho Boston Hank Presidents to day trunk:in Haven, of the Merchants' Bank, Samuel 11.' Walky, of (be Revrro Hank, and K. V. Pales, of the Hank of Conunerre, ware chosen a coramiitno to art iu con Junction wilh similar comiuiltaes front Now York and Philadelphia, to adjust with tho Sectetary of Hie Treaaury lite payments y?l remaining to bo made l>y the bunk* to the t'liliod Slates. or from tbo Treasury to the banks. The committee leave for Washiugtnu to morrow. Hrrloae Riot at Carhontar, Sewfoandlaad. TWKI.VE OR FOURTEEN rKRROSa RHOT?THK MIMtahy BENT KEOM ct. JOHNH TO THE B( k.y* OF RIOT. Sr. John*, N. F., Jan. B, 1M2. An antonalve riot took place at Carbonear yeeterday Home twelve or fourteen per too a were ahot. but none killed outright. Troooa were cent from here at midnight to preeerre order. The rtotera did not ItvJure the tele graph wlrea. Inaaiaratloa of Oerernor Oradfbrd, of Morjrland. UALTuroaa, Md , Jan. 8, 1862. Governor Bradford waa Inaugurated at noon to-day, at Annapolle. He made a moat able and eloquent addreae, condemning the rebellion In the alrongeet terma, and etpreeelng the utmoat devotion to the I'uloa and oonatltutlon. AecMent on the Illtnola Control Rollrood. Chicago, Jan 1,18*2. The Clnclnnall eipraea ran Into the Hyde Park tralu on the nilnola Central Railroad, Ave mtlee from thie city, thia morning. William A. Rarron, late County Judge, waa in tantly killed, and eeveral paaeengera wounded, but none fatally. Fire at Chicago. Oaicaoo. Jan 8,1882. A Ore broke out In the clothing oetabliebment of Isaac Marka, corner of Inko and Welle elreeta, I .at night The et?ck, which waa valued at A21,000, waa largely damaged by water. bat te felly.laenred. ERAI IMPORTANT FROM KENTUCKY. Lor is villi, Jan. 8,1803. The Democrat is informed that a Union scouting party nought Ave prisoners into Columbia who were endeavorng to join Gen. Zollieoffor. The party report Can. Zollljoffer, with four thousand men, between Greensboro and Columbia. Greensboro had been almoat depopulated by .be rebels; but Gen. Ward's Union brigade had gone there o take possession. The rel>eia captured five soldiers who were guarding floral is i rry, killing a man named James and taking lfteen or twenty guns. The guard were surprised by rebel detachments on each side of the river. GENERAL MANSFIELD'S DIVISION. OUR NEWPORT NEWS CORRESPONDENCE. 0Aur Bvtlkk , Nswpobt Nkwh, V*., Jan. 6,1842. Hicus the fit li lays Were Spent in Camp?large OUrittmcu Tree, with Presents/or Uu Soldiers?Santa Clam Olad in "Shcddy"?New Year'? Call* in Regular Style?Our Returned Prisoner*? Averting Scenes?Great Battle on Day Before Christmas? Want of Reading Matter Jar the Soldiers, etc. Woll.the holidays are all ovor, and with them all the legitimate and ill- gltimate pleasures; Bom# drunkenness, or course, but a great deal of true homelike happiness, has reigned in camp; and If our friends far off have thought kindly of us, wo have thought none the less of than, and ardently hoped that nest Christmas will bring peace In the land and joy In those hoinots whore now so many a chair is vacant. In tho Seventh roglmout New York Volunteers Christmas was fpeut in regular old Tootonic style. The officers had each contributed a small Bum, with u'hlcu we bought presents of various kinds to adorn a huge Christmas tree that was planted in front of the colonel's quarters. There were pipes?tho 3hort Irish n.1 (he long notch?packs of cards, po< ket haudercniefs, and a hundred ilier trules loo numerous to mention; but wuat attracted most attention of all was an edigy of Santa i laws drees d m one of the "shoddy" unifo. me. He ol' u> urso created a great deal of I'un, and was in l.tct the hoio of the evening. The ban i discoursed ' swot music' all th evening, and each company glurlII d in the extra allowance of two kegs of lager bier. A g od tnary of the officers had arranged the: own private li t o leasts; and, taking it altogether, Christmas Evo was s.ent in a joyous and orderly ma. ner. It was a delightful rr'.ief from ine dull mouotoiiy of camp life. Neiv Year's day whs kept generally in great style, and calls woro made alter regular Ivuickerbnokcr fashion. Several of the officers, pi i miiieut amongst them Surgeon H we and Captaiu Hjerg, ot the Kirst Nqjs York regiment \ol ntei rs, had labies set, and vis.ling Wte kept up all day lung. Of o< ursc a great deal of f.m was created; but wo could not help regretting that the dear ladles wote so far away to do the real honors on such an occasion. No less than one hundred and seventy-eight packages wore received lor the soldiers by the Adauui Express Company on New Year's Eve, mid as mo of tuora uoutainod tiottles, a low disgraceful scones wore the come [ueiico. Since then the oxpioss packages uro op-ned, us was the custom durtDg last summer and fall, and this of course acts as an effectual chock on tho Intro auction ef the "demon." Tlie : core when the steamer George Washington, which brought down our released prisoners ou frridny last, hUMtou at ou dock i auuat well be described oy words. S ch exclamations of Joy when friend recognised frieud, ,v er so many months ef absence and safleriup. It Is said that one of the reloaded soldiers, a man of nearly UMy years ef age, whoa ho camo ou board the George Wash tugton, clasped the stall ou which our i.ohio Hug was hoisted and wept for joy. Some of tho members oi the old "Firo Zouave" logiment smuggled themselves ou shora and stated their entire willmguemi to re enlist for tlie full three years with their friends in the blluvonth. Their expressions of pleasure at meeting again were p collar to the "Ore bys." I must uotouiit to ineutkiu that our camp was alarmed on tho day before Christmas, by the report that the enemy was approaching in largo force. General Mansfield sent out a couple oi regiments, who proceeded as far as Nuwruarkol bridge; hut, not finding a solitary 1 rncmy there, they rutin nod, improving tho oppoitunity to seize a number of secession geese and turkeys, which, after savore resistance, were s ccessfully overpowered and triumph mtly brought into camp. 1 am glad to say that on our side none weru hurt, but on tho enemy's side every one had to sutler ' the oxlrctuo penalty 01 the law." The soldiers are all comfortably housod In tlieir snug bar. a kt>, mil ail thoughts are bent to tlnd out how to relieve the monotony oi tuo long winter days. It would be a real blessing if m ine of mo philanthropic fneud.s i f the soidiurs wou.d send u good suieulion ot books. Uur religk). s uieDds htvu supplied us bountifully with books and pain; hicls iu their special line, and wo say all honor and sni cess to their noble e:l >r(s (o pu mote mo.aiity and urdoi in iheciunps; hut the soldier's mind requires as vwav.s.K am hid luiMt A V!?pll>! V l\f liVlli. .lild il litt.i* III* tllA lighter kind of ui< nul Pod, such as worts on history, liuveifl aud good novels, would bo h:|(b.y ac< .eptable. luich company could Mi.oct one of lliclr number to act us librarian, sua I have no Would clicur.ully return (lis book- ut th - cud of the will Mr, If the donors po du sired. If we arc corn et, tbu Ads.on Express baa offered to transmit packages containing such gifts free of chnigo. Any tin ug ili* 1 tuo prevent the soliller from pelting into Idle, Jiheii a od hiliils merns tnc attention of evei y 0110 wbo bos lit; web are and discipline of the army at heart. Winter Clurdeii?Tlie Oraina of Dot. I?ist evening w is performed at tho Winter Garden the beautiful play of "Dot," adapted by Bourcicault from Dickens' "Cricket on the Heurih." It wik a trmmplutnt succors, and was received with tbc must cntliusiastlcap' pluosc. The drama itself is one of tho bust modern plays, and tlio charactois arc all strongly drawn; but their persouatiuu by a powerful cast was adm.rable, and the accessories of scenery, splendid fairy tableaux and excellent music and dancing contributed greatly to tho general effect. Tho music wis particularly attractive. Tbs variations upou "Auld Kohia Gray," by which tho piecs was introduced by the orchestra, were performed la beiutiful style, and the flue airs by which the piece was accompanied in its progress had a very lively and happy offbet. The inlerael of the play wimls itself around happy, choery. merry little Dot, so full of sunshine, and hor brusque, genial, Jolly, honest husband, John I'eery, bmgle, a teamster. Tho port or Dot was done to the lite by Mies laauy lirowno, whoso pretty little Oguro and abearance wero well suited to the TUe. Equally well adapted to the part 'of Pceryhingle was the apionrance and eusturoo of Pearson, who looked every inch the elans of Englishman lie represented, while bM accent was faultless. The contrast between (lie big, rl .may, good-ual-ireu, warm-hearted mauaud Ins charmlug little wile wss sttikmg. Both played tholr parts to IMirmction, if we may except tbe of "Auhl Hobln Gray" by Mis* llrownc, nature not ha\ uig giflef her witli a voice lor such a song, liul she made op for the singing In the acting. The voice of Pearson is xoellent. B it, strange to say, the most prominent and extraordinary character lu the piece is that in which tlio pursoiiaiur has toast to say Wo allude to iiliy Slowboy, au overgrown clarity gtil, who lakescaio of the baby of Dot and her leu band. As m th 1 ca#' of Miss*'usiinuui in Meg Hnri hes, the flu |?rforra*uca of Oiorko Ifnpa, led a peculiar interest hi the part. He kx kod and aclr 1 the idiotic nurse so well that be Ik> scon to he appreciated. Ism ripti. u would fall to *lv? a ma: idea of it. ' tn.eb Ptumnivr," by Mr. Hr.rlou liiii. wiut a very Superior pdnr ol acting, and lt*-rIIj-%, the Inind daughter of Caleb, l>y M*s A>U llllou, was Mcrllttl. I*nvt uporl *.- Kuwani I'lummor, Tavidge as oi lTackleton, and Mim Wilkes as Ma. y Ki< Jding, all acijulltnd themselves creditably. l'li>- perf.u wound up with iho tliiiH-u ol " Roger <lc Coveiley." U in a together a very tllkulitlMl' The ConmrlRiil Mmi In Ion Convention. II isxroso, Jan 8, IMg. rti Maes I'ui. u Convention aseumbled al ten o'olo k Ihia morning. The atloiulai.ce was much smaller than was axjeeteil. Hon. James T. I'ratt preei led. The doings were pnrticipalnd In by Union democrats autl re publicans, representing each county !u the .State. The forenoon was principally occupied in arranging preliminaries and discussing resolutions. The policy of nominating a Slat* ticket by this f'onven lion was fuMy discussed, and it was decided to nominate a ticket. Al the afternoon session a commit tee of four from each county was ap|>ointed to report a ticket for Slate olUcors. They reported for Hovorucr William A. Buckingham, of Norwich; for Lieutenant (lovernor, Keg'T Averill, of Hanbury. for Secretary of Stale. J. Hammond Trumbull, of Uartford ; for Treasurer, Hanriel W. Colt, of Middlelown ; Oomptroller, Lsman W. Cutter, of Watertown. Tlio Hover our, Secretary and Comptroller are republicans, and now In offlce. The Lieutenant Hon 1 nor and Treasurer are Union democrats. The ticket was adopted unanimously, and It Is expected that the Republican invention, which meets en the lflth, will adopt the same ticket. The resolutions were for sinking all party lluea, and uniting with one heart and voice In the one great object of aiding and sustaining the government of the United State* in Its prenent mighty struggle for national eilstcnce. That all who refuse at this crisis to give the government a hearty support are liable to tho Imputation ol being her secret toes. A conditional Unt in man > an unrondlttmal traitor. For thenupport of the government tn a vigor one |?amitlnB of the war we pledge our llvee, our fortune! and our enrred honor. A State Central Committee w.m appniutoJ, who were authorized to proceed to the orgontaation of the Cniou party of Connecticut. The Convention wo* dt.?appolnled In the non appearanoaofllon. Andy John eon, of Tonntrtee. Arriving at Now York,03 his wo.y PiHirtford.ho w.?*ruddcnly called to Kentucky to take juvrt In a forward movement of our troupe there. The Con rent km adlonrned. .D. PRICE TWO CENTS. IMPORTANT FROM WESTERN VIRGINIA. Defeat and Retreat of the Rebels from Blue's Gap, 7a. Brisk Action in Tucker fnnntv and Dispersion of the Rebels, iMq he., Ju* WunuNO, Jan. 8, 1802. A special despatch to the Intelligencer, from Cumber* land, last night, says that a detachment of General Kelly's forces, commanded by Colonol Dunning, of the Fifth Ohio regiment, loft Rotuney last night at twelve o'clock, nnd attacked the rob is, 2,000 strong, at Bine's Gap, east of Romney, at daylight this morning. The rebels were completely routed, with the loss of flftoen killed, two ptecos of cannon, their wagons, he., with twenty prisoners, including one commissioned offlc er. Our loss is none. It is rumored here this afternoon that the rebels are in full retreat from Hancock. Ciwnoran, Jan. 8.1802. A special despatch to the Ocvette from Huttonsvllle says that General Milroy is still moving. An expedition sen! out by liiiu of 300 of the Thirty-second Ohio regiment, under Captain Lacey, into Tucker county, dispersed 800 rebels, capturing a commissary aid a large amonnt of his tores,a first lieutenant and a private. Four rebels were found dead on the ground, and a largo number woonded. Our detachment is still in hot put suit. OUR ROMNEY CORRESPONDENCE. Camp fcsva, Komnky, Vs., Jan. 1, 1888. New Tear't Dag in Camj ?I'Ac i nemy Retiring to Win' rhesla?Whereabout* and Health of Brigadier Oeneral Kelly?A Small Skirnuth With the Enemy?The Condilion of the Rebel* near Sprin field, etc. New Your dawned upon a very quiet camp at Romney. There ie very little being dune here now?nothing thai looks like an advance movement. Officers are making themselves and their men as comfortable as possible. Very little scouting is dotie. There is no probability of anI attack or of progress. The enemy seem to be drawing their pickets in nearer and nearer to Winchester; at least they never show thomsolvca in this region any more. Gen. Kelly is still at Cumberland, and In very feeble health; It is doubtful whether he will ever be able to take thn field again, and General Reynolds is dally expected herd to take command. Colonel Dunning, of tlio Seventh Ohio regiment, is III command here now; and Colonel Gavin, of the Seventli Indiana regiment, is in command at Springfield. He ham the Indiaua Seventh, Captaiu Said's. Captain Russell's und Captain Fiery's cavalry aud one gun with hiin. Yesterday Captain 0. H. Rut-sell, with fifty of bis men* left Springfield, crossed our picket line and proceeded twelve ndlos <>u the Wiuchcstor road. Having proceeded twolvo miles, thoy came u)ion tbo enemy's picket. Ths picket tied, and Captain Russell pursued and succeeded! in capturing una of the pickets and his horse. He still pressed on till he canto wilhiu a half a mile of the enemy's camp, which is situated near the North D? **..? VI.l!i* ea.l>.it. ihn l^uitfnin Hmintinn it nnl iinuiAitt (A proceed further, ordered uo about lace? The rebels CUM out aiot showed light. Copt. R'imell retired about three miles, when, taking advantage of a favorable position In i raviue, ho made a stand. Tho enemy advanced far enough to exchange a dozen shots, and again broke and Hod, leaving turn of their number wounded on the roadside. The Captain with his cmnputiy returned to camp all sate and sound, a little after dark ^bringing his prisoners and some valuable information with him. An attack upon Springfield bad for some time heed feared, and tho object of the scout was to learn the strength and poaitiou ot tho enctny. Thero is now little approheusion of an attack, us it is evident that the euvmjs is very weak ami timid iu this region. We understand thatCapt. Maseeh's company?which it one of the mcsl olllcient. and ono that boa donu tho most valuable service in tins hoc!ion?is now ordered to iuuh to strangtbeu Col. Osborno. , THE FRTyiE CASES, United States District Genrt. Heforolion. Judge Belts. Jan. 8.?The c ites of the Sarah Clinton end Belly Magee prize vessels, were, on motion of Mr. Woodford, postponed to abide the docitiou of lbs Supreme Coort ah Washington, in similar caucus already decided by thifl court. In the matter of the tchxmar Henry MiddUkm.?Mrw Woodford, Assistant I'nited States District Attorney, answered that ho was ready on the pert of the government. Mr. Donohuo announced to the Court that ho was not ready: he would not be permitted to see bis client (Cspt. Barclay) except in the presence of a government official, and ho might as well have tho government to defend hM clioot tu) to submit to this, lis had hood Capt. Rarclap at Kurt latfuyctte, hat he has bwn sine* removed to Port Warreu, where bis counsel could not bars any communication with h:m. Judge Hatu asked if the Henry Middleton was a foreign or an American vessel. Mr. Donvbue replied that rhe was claimed to be a foreign vessel. Mr. Cbarlos Edwards said he knew thai there wera four Itritrsh seamen on board that reaael, who had been pieced in Irons aad removed to Vort Lafayette, and pat t? a cell where they bad aot room either to lie down or tura round. The case was laid over in orilsr to give Mr. DoeobuS time to oomnwmicato with his client (Captain Barclay) under the order of the Court. Judge Hetts announced to the bar that ha would call the caleudar peremptorily, and would make no raia ae M thecrdrr lu which cause* eli >oM be taken op, but weeiffi give a preference to the prise eases. tub british prize ship cmmhibb. In (Ac m-itttr of Uu ikip Chrthirr and her corps.?Mr* Charles Edwards read the affidavit of Thomas Mono, lata a pasesogor on board tho Cheahire, aad a supercargo, which sl.te* that bo waa preacnt, on the 6th of DecembeM Inst, when ti at vesaei waa seized, that she was them t'onruaudod by Captain-Craig, and had n Chief alii named liawson, a boatawaln, a crew of tea seamen sn two men who worked their paasago, aeouk soda boys that Captain Craig, Mate Dawson, the ten seamen aad oaj cf the men who worked their paasago were oompolled ta go and remain on board the Unlt-d States ship AngustaJ while only he (the deponant Ihomus^toos), with his wife} children and servant girl.and the boatswain,oouk, boy aa4 the remaining mm who woiked hla ,usaage were brought to New York in the Cheshire, with two prise officers sod a prim crew, she sailing from Char lesion lar for New York on the Sth December last, at which time the mister, Oaig, and others wsre ?a laur.i ilm tnaiista and .nrnt haa heard nothlna at any of thorn sum-*, although b* has made dillgoal Inquiry Ho alHo tUt*? ibat tbo cheah.r* la owned by Mr. Joseph Balieraby,a B Itieh subject of Manrheeter, England, stxl who ulwo owuh all irou therein, whtoh la used ah ballast; tbo cargo is owuod by Jotapb and W illiam Battereby. Mr. R-lwards mnrad to discharge the Cheshire from custody. Mr. Woodford opposed, and tho Court rofuaed th* motion. with u prtvilige to Mr. Edwards to renew on nutlet to the District Attorney. Release or Es?UoT?rn*r Morshtah, oi Kcnlnsky. Bonos, Jan. 8, IMS. Ka Governor Morobaad . of Kentucky, baa been rilinwd from Kort Warren on bla parole, and prasaaded immadlately to Now York. American Stone Fleets fi. British Stoaa Finals* TO TUB EDITOR OP TBS HERALD. Aa th* British preaa has heroine frantic over th? enormity of the United State* In dosing belligerent porta by means of a atone fleet, perhape It may not b? out of place to rafer thorn to the act* of tba oommaodera on Uke Cliamplain during the war of 1813 tana Chop*'* History, vol. J, page 34;, when the eootny attempted to fill up the harbor ?u <Htar craak by Holing eevaral vee al* hauled with tonaa. Tin* enterprise bad lor It* author* and would ba perpetrator* many of the sbluing llghto of Bi Utah arte tor racy?. Hr .lame* Prevnat. Lieutenant Qcneral da Roltenburg, Maior i.en ral Brlahauo Power, Robinson and Hyues. A wo, lb* commander of the fleet, ?lr James Yen Ibi* wa* legitimate war, when practiaad by tbo British on Am- rlc ina, and thay wmild not have blushed If thay. could hare sealed up Commodore Hcltonough's wiuadroQ in Ottar creek. On the rnntrary. It would bairo bean thw wry beat an alignment thay could have made, as it would have saeed theii Uoet fn>m capturo a abort time afterward* by HcDooougb, with a vary taftvtar foroa. CHUMTB