Newspaper of The New York Herald, January 25, 1862, Page 1

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated January 25, 1862 Page 1
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TH WHOLE NO. 9267. THE BATTLE OF MEL SPRDVG. The Rebels Overcome by the Superior Fighting of the Union Troops. BfTERESmfC DETAILS OP THE BATTLE, Acv Ac., Ac. Oar Special Army ComipeadcBtt. TBI FIRST MOVEMENT OF GEN. THOMAS' FORCES? WHKN IT COMMENCED?NATURE OF THI COUNTRY or THB BATTLE?THE TROOPS UNDKR URN. SCHOBPFF?-THK DEATH OP THB RBBBL GENERAL? BOW AND BY WHOM BB WAS KILLED?A PANIC AMONG THB REBELS?THB PURSUIT?RESULTS OF THB ACHIEVEMENT, ETC., ETC. Somrkset, Kj., Jan 21,1862. The long inaction of the army In Ibis State has at length boon ended, and a glorious and complete victory Ko awakened the trooDe from their letharev. Tlie late movements of Gen. Thomas, of which, though not Ignorant, I have been heretofore silent, have achieved the aim proposed, and I hasten to send you all details at hand. The telegraph has sent you many particulars, and perhaps much I now write will have reached you ere this account, which is mads up in the confusion of the camp. The movements of Gen. Thomas, commanding the Fourth division of the army of Gen. Buell, which had any relation to his latest achievement, were begun as early as the 1st of the month, when the principal part of his division took up its position at Columbia, in Adair county, having left the brigades of Gen. Alvin Schoepff and Gen. Carter ten miles weet of Somerset, and about the samo or a little less distance north of Gen. Zollicofler's intrcnchmenta on the Cumberland. Gen. Thomas had marched the brigades of Generals Boyle, Ward, Manson, Ac , (torn their encampments at Lebanon, Bardstown and other points to one largo encampment at Columbia, from whence he designed making the flunk movement, which, though not completed as intendedi and frustrated In one important particnlar, has yet resulted in the signal defeat of this part of the rebel army, with a force tht full and exact number or which I am not ow able to send, but certainly comprising the greater part of the two brigades of Generals Boyle and Manson. Among the forces engaged In the flght It is certain I hers were the Tenth Indiana, Ninth Ohio, Second Minnesota, Tenth and Fourth Kentucky,?4 the Eighteenth regulars. The Tenth Indiana and Eights?th regulars wsre retnforcemsnts which reached General Thomas on Saturday morning, and they wero compelled to make a forced maroh of over twenty-five miles to reach the position In rime for the sITklr. This position, to which General Thomas had procoeded, and In which he had halted on Saturday night with a view of croesing the Cumberland and proceeding southeast to Montlcello, is about six mil? east of Jamestown and twelve miles wost of Mill Spring, or the intrenchments or zouicoirer, At wuiie uaK cr?eK. a country roaa i?iu tag to Jamestown runs duo oast for six miles, crossing two email (streams and traversing a rolling country, thence, taking a turn southeast and crossing the Cumberland, continues in the same direction to MontioeUo. In tho immediate -vicinity of the two email streams crossed by this road the country is quite hilly, and to the south becomes rough and rugged, culminating in the lofty crags that form the banks of the Cumberland at this point. The road named, however, avoids these crags, and, following the course of a small stream two miles further east, finds a good deacant and crossing at the river. Here is a SKETCH OF THE BATTLE FIELD AND ITS VICINITY. m*aL?/ Tho field of battle was, as thus shown, a roll tag tract, without being positively hilly?of a character to furnish advantages in the hands of a general who know how to use them. On this field General Thomas, preparatory to crossing, encam.jed on Saturday evening, the lflth, with a force of which the following is a portion only ? Ninth Ohio regiment Volunteers. Tenth Itidi inn regiment Volunteers. Second Minnesota regiment Volunteers. Fourth Kentucky regiment Volunteers. Tenth Kentucky regiment Volunteers. Eighteenth regiment United Stales tegulars. Two full batteries of artillery. While this movement was being made the two brigades of (ionerals Schiepd'and Carter,encamped near Somerset, and O'imnianded by General Schoepfl, had not been idle. As early aa the morning of the 17th a movement on the part of General SchoepfT was begun. Four regiments of infantry, as enumerated below, and Captain Stewart's battery of flying artillery, left their camp at Somerset, taking three days rations, and bsgan the march for a point on Fishing creek, five miles north of Zollicofler's inlrenchmenls. and consequently near the rnoutli of the stroam Two regiments were left in camp as a reserve, Colonel Vanderveer in command. The force under Gen. Schocpff in the march to Fishing creek consisted of the following:? r.KHirnat sritoitm's Rinnan*. I?rigadi?r General Alviti Sehoepir, commanding. Seventh regiment Kentucky Volunteers. 1 WAlfth roi'ifn. fit k fiif iwk'r Ynltinl rw tlESSRAl. t'ARTRKN flRNiAIUl Brigadier General Carter, commanding. First rstiment Tennessee Volunteer*. Second regiment Tennessee Volunteer*. At the same titn tliat thi* forward movement was made by Guunral Sclmeplf reinforcement* were forwarded from Ilarrodsburg. and the reserve was strengthened hv two rcgim'nt* left at Somerset and a battery. ThU reserve then consisted of lour regiments, under Colonel Vandorvecr, of the Tbirty.flfth Ohio replnvnt. The intention of fionoral Buell?who, in hi* quarters et laonisvilie, a,'|wars to have planned the whole affair?was, that the two forces of Thomas ?nd SoboepIT *hou!d attack ZolllrufTer in hi* Intrenc'irnmls at the same time. But, with a vigor of design and ejtocuti.m worthy of being exercised wllh more success in a better cause, General ZollicofTcr, with a force of about H.000 men, marched out on the night of the ISth inst., and, at an early hour on Sunday, the 19th inst , attacked General Thomas'force In hi* camp, at the point I have described, and which is familiarly known as Webb's Cross Roads, and situated on Wolf Creek. Although it cannot be said that General Thorn is was taken by surprise, it is not definitely settled that be anticipated any attack. But, in the close proximity in which lie was to General ZoUicotTor, ho took every precaution, and whan, at an early hour, and before dawn of day. hie pickets were driven in by the advancing force, .the main body was aroused and prepared tore cetve the rebels. Tbo cannonading began about four o'clock in the morn, the engagement became general shortly afterwards lnst"ad of succeeding in his design of surprising Goner ll Thomas in hit- camp, General Zollii offer found the whole force, fresh from a long night's reel, prepared to receive tbe weary columns he had rapidly marched to the field. In numbers he was indeed superior. 17is force of cavalry and his artillery wore of superior numbers and character to ?ir own, but Ihe sequel shows that they ware not managed with more tact aud judg ment. Ibat the conflict on both skies was terrific is evinced bv the oasualtte* reported That the rebels fought gnllautly there 1* no reaaon to doubt, and the lom con|.nimora of so dioperate a tight evince* fully the pluck and spirit of the troop* composing both arm ire. The f en did not deign to shine iijm n the errne.and the clO;,d* aliote threatened a heavy rain. Rut throughout ' the dismal ?abb*tb mowing, etxl until half pf tbr ntfer j "E NE noon had passed away, dtd the conflict rage. It had ooo tinned without any decided advantage on either tide, and until within half an hour of the conclusion of the battle the result waa doubtful. And it Is not im[>robable that it might have resulted less honorably for ourselves had not one of those chances which so often influence such fronts decided it in our favor. At about ten minutes past three o'clock the Fourth Kentucky regiment, deploying on the flank of the rebels, by some means approached the position assumed by the rebel general commanding, and a shot from the pistol of Colonel Fry Is said to have inflicted the wound which resulted in the death of General Zollicoffer. Colonel Balie Peyton, Jr., eon of the ex-member or Congress irom Ten neeaee, had been killed at ail earlier hour. The death of their general, added to that of their moet prominent regimental officer, created a consternation among the rebele which became a panic, and caused their rapid retreat at half-past three from the battlo field. In their rapid flight the bodies of two hundred and eight men were left lying dead upon the field, and among these wero the bodies of Zolllcoffer and Peyton. They a'so deserted a flag, which woe picked up on the field. Our own loss I cannot positively state, and the telegraph will pre cede me, and I shall be fortunate if, in this country of occasional mails and no Adams Express, the official report does not get ahead of me. , General Thomas did not halt the eager columns who had engaged the robels all the long and desperate day t but began the pursuit with vigor. The retreat becamo a panic more torribie than the famous one of Bull Run; for close upon the heels of the frightened rebels followed the animated and victorious Unionists. Into their Intrenchrnents they fled at nightfult, and our little army, sinking on tho western clifi's of White Oak creek, lay on their arms till morning, ready to storm the d?u beyond the stream. But when morning dawned they marched into the iutrenchments unopposed, and with colors flying. The two forces of Thomas and fcchoepff, combining, crossed Cumberland river at Mill Spring, and ugain began th* pursuit of the scattered rebels. The result of this pursuit, 1 have learned since beginning (his letter, was tho capture of a very large portion of the force; but so improbable sounds the number that I can hardly give it credence and the benefit or an expression. The result of this splendid achievement has been the defeat and destruction of an army of 10,000 men, and, doubtless, their utter demoralization. It has removed from the left flank of our army the only obstruction that prevented its marching on Bowling Ureeu. It has left General Thomas'division free to act as the left wing of the main army,.composed of the First, Second and Third divisions, and we shall doubtless have vigorous movements on the part of Generals McCook, Nelson and Crittenden, in accordance with this one on General Thomas' part. Wo have gained and now hold possession of the intrenchmenti of WhUaOak creek and Mill Spring. Wo have taken eighteetf pieces tC artillery and many pieces mounted on the works. All thoir ammunition, an lm. portant feature among the spoils, has fallen into our hands, as well as clgbty-thrce wagon loads of various valuable stores, all (heir camp equipage and horses. All their meaus of transportation were captured, bosiaes certain trophies in the shape of flags. While Generaf Schoepff did not play as prominent a part as was hoped, it is not to be presumed that he was idle. With his plant entirely disarranged by the unanticipated movement of Zollicofler, he was left without orders, and could only use his beet judgment, founded on tho scant information he had of the situation, in attempting to cut off the retreat of the rebeis. But the character of the country defeated bis plans for advancing, and no idea could be entertained of attacking the intrenchments on the insufficient information which he possessed. Had General Scboopff known the position ho might possibly have etnrmqd the intrenchments and wrested them from the hands of the two thousand reserves holding them. I will write from Mill Spring to night. Whether a mail will convey my letter to you from that point or not it is impossible to state. I will send full details. Telegraphic. CiMcmiUTi, Jan. 24,1862. This morning's papers contain full accounts of the battla of Mill Spring. It was a fair 0|<en battle. The rebels fought well, and were overcome only by superior fighting on our side. According to their own account, the rebel f >rce consisted of ten infantry regiments, three batteries and some cavalry, altogether about ten thousand men. They fought in buahwhacking style, from ravines and bahiud trees, bushes and rocks. The brunt or the battle devolved on the Fourth Kentucky, Second Minnesota, Ninth Ohio and Tenth Indiana. For nearly three hours the roar of musketry was kept up. Shortly after eleven o'clock Colonel Haskio succeeded In flanking the enemy on the extreme right, when the Ninth Ohio and Second Minnesota charged with the beyonet, with triumphant yells, which broke the rebel ranks, and the rout began. They fled |>ellrnetl to their camp, strewing the road with mu<kets. blankets , overcoats and knapsacks, and abandoned two guns and caissons. General ZollicofTer was shot through the heart at the head of his staff, by Colonel Fry, of the Fourth Kentucky. It appears that Genoral ZollicofTer lost his way in the bushes, and suddenly emerged before Colonel Frye, who was accompanied by some slafTofficers. The two parlies mistook each other for friends, and approached within a few yards of each other, when, finding their mutual mistake. both halted and prepared fbr a hand to hand conflict. One of Genera) Zol I feoffor's aids shot at Colonel Fry, but only brought his horse down. The I'uion Colonel immediately drew bis six-shooter and brought General ZollicofTer from his saddle at the ilrst fire. The rebel stafTdeserted their chief's body, which was taken to sr>mei>ot the day after tie- battle. An Fast Tenne?seoan writer to the Cnmnumal save ? All the credit and honor of this battle are due to the Tenth Indiana, the Ninth Ohio, the Fourth Kentucky and the Second Minnesota regiments; for they did all the fighting Fin;l? h tailed, with tha exception of what support they received froin the artillery. They all fought ni>b1y,*n(1 never wavered from their fixed determination to gain the victory. Tho combatants were so nenr each other that the powder from tho discharged pieces burned their fares. The Flight of tlir Krhela and Pnrtnttby the hnynl Trnnriirrani. [From the l,< tiixville Journal, Jan. jfl.] Additional dispatches, received at head quarters lsst evening, confirm to the fullest extent the Important news which w.' published yesterday afternoon in the bulletin, (iencral Thomas followol up tho retreating rebels to their intreuchmenls, sol li.s tnen, after night closed upon their victory, slept on their arms untlkdayligh' t > complete their work; but the rebels t<*k advantage of the d trknexi to cro?s to the southern side of 4ho river, and upon ren hitig u plaee of sup|aised safety they scattered in'nll directions. But we do in t think they ran escape. The eve from savon to ten federal regiments, which were thr wn ?c.o?s I he Cumberland some riajs On. ?, to Intercept the retreat of the rebels, whrn their nest behltnl White Oak creek should have been broken up t'nleiat e divide tbcmselv s Into s<|uada and find their way ltd" Toones'e hy unfrequented p iths, (hey must all he entrapped and the loyol Tennessieans ste like an av nglng Netties s ii|a'n their tracks, knowing every read and every mountain d.liie hy which escape is possible. Their retreat was so complete a panic that they did not attempt lo destroy anything, or they wore fearful of burning their stores lest the blare of conflagration should light the federal forces to a renewed attack, and they quailed before the hailstorm of ica I and in n which they knew that art would bring down upon them. All their artillery, twelve pieces, and ammunition, upward of eighty wagons and harness, all ihetr commies try and quartermaster's stores and camp equipage foil into our hands General Thomas csrtlOes to the good conduct of our men. and the w hols nation will re ei h<> Its plaudits to General Thomas, who ha: given to the federal arms the most brilliant success since the rebellion broke out The evacuation of the cuettiv s lulreuchmenls took place on Sunday night. ar.d yesterday morning General Thomas sdesneed to assault them and found the prey flown. The rebel loss is estimated by difTe rent persons at from two to four hundred: but no ollirial Intelligence has yet been obtalied on that point. The mortality on the purl of our frieuds is net stated either hut we cannot expect such a brilliant success without the l< ss of tome \ nluable lives. Knowing how many anxious eyes will he turned toward our columna to learn the uteof relatives and friends, we have made every exertion to asce tain the extent of our killed and wounded, hut wlGiont succes' Zolllcnflfrr'a Intrenched Position. (Kmm the CLU-nyo Tribune. Jan. 21.] ZollictiKir left two regiment* for the deration of Cumberland Cap, and brought to hi* position Utron n ni.d one Mi??l??lppl rfgimnnl, and waa # trrivnul rein forced by Uirte regiment* from Ui wlitig Green end rtill more recently by some 1,5(Xi Viiginia troops fr< in Wnoxville Thlf r**e hlin all told over 10,000 men. Avery elective |>orti?*> of hi* force mun a body of rivalry, from 2,0o? to 4,000 airing, uu miporunt mm m which lie v. a e'-perlor t" General Thorna*. Ai d ticmay have l-ecn tn.-' ruin. The detail* rrre'ved are yet too inrogie Id fully indicate tlio mtriUr of l lie ll, lit, bid one thing i* certain, from a pcalticn well nigb W YO NEW YORK, SATURDAY impregnable, < Zoilicoffer'i den,'' u it bad cum* lo b* called, he, on Sunday last, ventured Bold fight and at tacked General Thomaa' division, which was advancing upon him from the direction of Columbia, in combination with a movement of General Sehoeprs diviatuo on the other aide from Soroereet. Zollicoffer's intention was probably to attack there divisions In detail with supe rtor force, on the Napoleonic system. The plan was good, but looked one Napoleonic feature in the execution. Instead of heating the divisions in detail, the result was a total rout. Occupying both sides of the river, the rebels had excellent means of crossing, and rapidly retreated by means of the boats, but still in too great haste to prevent the saino mean- of transit being om ployed by an enemy flushed with victory, since our last night's despntehes inform us that Oeneral Thomas bad seized the boats and was hard after Zollicoffer's flying forces beyond the Cumberland, their leader and nearly three hundred of his men being left dead u|>oii the field, their atores and camps and late intrenched pesition abandoned to the uneasy. Tlx* Rebel* Won't Believe the Accounts of ZollicofTcr's Defeat. Baltimorb, Jan. 24,1802. The Norfolk Day Bock publishes the Union accounts of the defeat of (ien. Zollicoffer, and says that it does not believe a word of it, and that it is a Wall street lie, got up to raise the spirits of the Yankees after their defeat at Ironton by Jeff. Thompson. The Richmond Ditpalch has the following in regard to the Union accounts of the fight at Somerset, Kentucky :? We publish a batch of the federal despatches, and do not believe that there is a word of truth in them. The fact is, as the reader will percoiva on reading the money article of the New York Evening PoU, that stocks wero going down at such a rapid rate, owing to the failure of the Burnsldo expedition and the licking the fedorals recently got at tlie hands of Jell'. Thompson, that it waa necessary to steam up in soma way or other to keep down the rebellion at home. So they resorted to tuoro uwfinw 11 CD, tumr [eguiw |riwj til u|icj?viu? uu tug stock market unci of koepiug their spirits up. We suspect that General ZollicolTer has given them a licking, as he commenced the attack, according to their own account, as contained In one of their despatches, and it is not likely that bo prudent a commander ag ZollicolTer would have opened the hall on thom and then suffered - thom to defeat him so easily. The whole yarn is "fishy" and smells strongly of Wall street stock operations. NEWS FROM CENTRAL KENTUCKY. [Special correspondence of the Cincinnati Gaaette.l cans George Wood, 1 Miikfobdsviixe, Jan. 17,1862. J an alarm. One month ago, this three P. 11., commenced the engagement between the brave Germans under Willich and the equally bravo Texan cavalrymen, supported by rebel In- I faulty and artillery, the result of which the country has been informed, wag a decisive victory to onr arms; an hour and a half earlier on this moutbly anniversary an excited rider reined in his foaming and splashed steed in front of headquarters, and sturtlsd the General with the Information that the rebels were advancing upon us in force, the head of their column being at'lhe moment this side of Horso Cave, only six miles south of this point, on the Louisville and Nashville turnpike; that our pickets composed of the Seventy seventh and Seventyninth Pennsylvania, had taken position in our iutrenchinents, on the south bank of Green river and were awaiting the enemy. This seems to be the state of the case. Instantly the General issued orders to commanders of brigades to marshal their regiments at once for action; and in an incredibly short space of time the long | roll was eounding throughout the camp. Then Generals McCook, Johnston and Rousseau, and their taffs, dashed off in the direction of the pontoon bridge > which crossee Green river, and soon they could be seen wosding their way up the south bank, and off into the woods beyond the brow, la the meantime the regimonts were swarming on the north bank, chafing for orders to cross. Thty were not kept waiting many minutee. Down the bank went the First Wisconsin; tbsn came Johnston's brigade, which crossed over in the following order ?Thirty second Indiana, Seventy-eighth Pennsylvania, Fifteenth Ohio and Forty-ninth Ohio. It so happened that most of the regtmenie passed over the brow of the hill where, under an elm tree, sleep the mortal re> mains of the brave Germans who fell in battle just the mouth previous. May it not have been that these new graves, festooned as they were with svergreeDs, with neatly plauod boards telling tne story of their fall, and withal the remembranco ot the Spartan bravery of the inmates?in?y it not have bean, I say, that ibis sight and its memories nerved anew each arm and inspired every breast with ibe thought that to them it must be victory or deathr It certainly seemed so, as their comrades of the Thirty-second passed by ttie graves they breke forth into a joyous song, and even when the distance dwarfed them into pigmies far up the hill on the opposite side, you could faintly hear their rich German voices. They soon disappeared in the woods, taking position as skirmishers on the right of the railroad, not many rods from and in plain view of their old battio ground. The First Wisconsin took position in the wooas en the left; the Seventyseventh and Seventv-ninth Pennsylvania remained in the intrsiichuients. Ibe balance of the regiments were stretched from the bank of one brook to fh# bank of the ' oilier. The mud was over ankle deep, and the banks wero slippery; hut, notwithstanding, you could see that the column was moving rapidly. The north bask was alive with men?regiments held in reserve. The guns of Cotter's Ohio battery looked frownlngiy over in the direction of Dixie, and every man seemed t" be at his post. In a twinkling six shots could have gone forth on their errand of destruction and death; for it was plain to be i-oen that the guns were pointing directly where tho enemy must coino, if at all. up th* I-ouisvillo and Nashville railroad; other batteries were coming up, and the battle, if battle there was to be, must be near at hand; many wore disposed to doubt the approach of the euemy from the beginning, and as moment after moment passed by and no tiring was hoard, doubts became convictions; but little, however, was said. All felt that it might be so, and all knew that we were amply prepared to meet them. It was at this Junction, Willich holding tho advance on tho right of the railroad, the First Wisconsin on Itie left, the long bow of regiments stretchtug from bank to bank, the reserve fores on the northside of the river, the gunuers at their post?it was at this juncture that your correspondent met that noble specimen of the man, Cen. .lohnstou, on his way bock to order his brigade to about race and return to their quarters, and from him h# learned the rains or tip aijmui. Four ootnpanies of ttis Seventy-ninth Pennsylvania were scut out to make a reconnoissauce. They proceeded dow u the turnpike to Horse Cave. Arriving at that point they beard firing, which seemed to come from their rear, when they suddenly conceived the idea that it was the enemy, and that they were getting behind them, and that thev were likely to bo cut oil. This was enough, it is believed thai the Psunsylvaiuans became panic stricken. Horse Cave is on the line ol the Louisvillo and Nashville Ka Dread, as well as on the Louisville and Nashville turnpike. Part look ths turnpike and part oi the railroad, which diverges here, coming together again at Kswielt's Station. Koch party on Its return continued to hear tho ttriog, and each party imagined tin-other luid engaged the eneuiy. Which party it was thai despatched the courier to headquarters is uol clear? most likely tho |>srty which returned by the pike. Judge of the mutual surprise when tliey came together again at Hewlett's,and learned that neither had been llred at or bad seen a foe. Tlia tiring still remained a mystery, and is yet one. It is surmised that there was fighting on our left, and that, owing to the arrangement of the hills in this region, the Sound played Ibe " wlil-o'-lhs Wisp" capers which so frightened the l ennsyIvaniaus. Certain It is, that there was 110 sni my nVar us. I am sorry that it is not in my (tower to give any satisfactory solution^ ihis strange mystery. It rimy s??>u transpire, and then 1 will gladly lay it bsfore your readers. m ksiho woon. Tho Penney Ivan isns say that there were large quantities of wood belonging to the railroad, and piled up along ita banks this side of llorse Cave, which hud been set ou lire the day previous. It was mostly destroyed. It ?.is U|.|>WWVU w ?*, ... ?. ...? hood. (o*rK*B**cnK vinciMi TO CAMP. In tbo hurried tetrnat of the Penney Ivan lane, they mattered ihe n [tort th it the enemy wns approach i?g to attac K ne. Th * was not. doubled by the former, and Mime of them seni off the* e aves in the wake of our reining force. ?nh instruct;'ns rut to stop until they liail pressed CJreen river and t into the I'tilon camp. They, moreover, loaded thorn down with package* of hoi.arhold valuables, that is the male po- tiuu of ttiem. Nearly every leroale carried n bahy. At leant Qfiy,of all ages ami s-xes, came down the railroad track, and so frightened and excited were most of them, that they crossed over on tlio railroad bridge, which spanethe river at the dizzy height of over a hundred feet. What a commentary i- this. Slave masters send, nig their slaves for protection into acanip of tbo Lincoln army. ail prnet auaiv. In iwo hours after the first alarm, all the regiments had returned to thctr quart era. save the Forty ninth Ohio and Thirty-ninth Indiana, who were uetspeit for picket duty on the south bank?the Forty ninth Ohio being on the outpost, with the Thirty-ninth Indiana in reserve. Caws .Ikukrso.v Baion i'hrrk, Ky.,Jan. 19, lHflU. ] am very imn b inclmeil to iluiik that mud pursues an army, and. ?lill worse, is ally overtakes it I once tiKuight that Western Virginia was lite muddiest country In the known world, but I am now Inclined, from my short experience si. this place, to yield the palm to Kentucky. Many of the reg moms at first occuple I the lower grounds nlued here, now thev are nearly all situated ti| on the bills, to nhu h they resorted in order to escape suit mergence, Put. alas' the lulls,also, are iapnll> being ground inlo mm tar, which there uotv seems absolutely n > IK ill,* "I a*' I I ,llg It hue ralmxt nlmnat Inreaasntly for ??i*? last thirty-six lionta, an flint I havr ben Intlui nt to think that rain', too, In a reg ilar army arc'mrati.merit Ue night tli? glittering lightning . luniin it fit * I o ,r camp*. ami tin* thnj<ler bellnweil a? it it were tnldaumm t Yon may j.trtgr frntrt thla that It l? nut \ tyro.d li i <<1. |n-t mt i|i< ni' inont I inn writing, titer in i pro . that ilio i lotnb will break away nil ti e at.n ahlne ? ut agn n. I: fo, It will bo an wiitra ai n no rni g In May. Tlir w-ather here la an nil important mittrr, i.1 it. to a eonslilonih erxtcnt, modilir* Ali'l rontio.n evct y pit irrlc l op.-ration. Tlirte is absoli.n l) nothing t f* from uny quarter, tin less tin- hundred mmo-a <: through tliu rampa may be eulle i net** These minor a f new in onr ?rnsr, lot'thrv tisauniH a itl'lci rut al.ii| r cvrt y In in , an ( timi'H p.i'siDl lhi loaoivra Wi.n m, mm It / .it ? ]

RK H r, JANUARY 25, 1862. plausibility, ltd so minute a npe< Astion of time and place and circumstance, that tlu-y are calculated, if posalble, to deceive the very elect. For instance, nothing seemed to be better established yesterday afternoon than that (he two well known and excellent offlcera belonging (o this division bad been captured by the enemy, together with quite a number of men; and had I been diaposed to credit it without searching inquiry, I might have sent you a regular sensation dispatch. Hut with a small amount of trouble, I speedily ascertained that the whole re|>ort was without any good foundation. I shall soon be able to give you a detailed account of the eircumstaiiccs which gave rise to it. It is Sunday; but tho slim sphere nf a c <mp upon this holy day la very different from that which prevails at horns. NAVAL OPERATIONS IN THE QULF. Cedar Keys, Florida, Taken by the Federal Forces. Capture of a Rebel Schooner at the Mouth of Mobile Bay, a?* ac., a?. Baltmork, Jan. 24,1842. The boat from Old Point has arrived, but It bring, no nvfrg of importance. A flag of truco took three released prisoner! to Norfolk, and brought back several ladies and gentlemen. The storm at the South still continues. The Norfolk Day Book contains the following despatches:? Savannas, Jan. 22,1802. The Iii-publican of this morning learns from a gentleman from Florida that Cedar Keys was captured by the federals on Thursday. Heavy firing was heard in that direction on the same day. (Cedar Keys are a group of small islands on the west coast of Florida, near the entrance of the Wacca sassa Bay. and about eighteen miles south of the mouth of the Sawanue river. They are at the western terminus of the Florida Kuilroad connecting with Fernandina, and their possession by Ae Union forces cuts off one of the most important routes the rebels enjoyed between the Atlantic and the Gulf? Enrroa Hxjuld.] Hobilb, Jan. 22,1862. lite schooner Wilder, from Havana, was captured on the 20th, three miles below Fort Morgan. Mosiu, Jan. 21,1662. CaptatD Cottrell's company had a sharp contest yesterday -ever the schooner Wilder. No loss of life on our side. The enemy lost- the ship's gig and a number of men, but succeeded in taking possession of the schooner and cargo. THE CAPTURE OF IIIOKI. Additional Particulars off the Naval Expedition to the Bay off Biloxi, Bfisalsaippi. Washington, Jan. 24, 1862. The Navy Department has reoeived dispatches from Flag Officer McKean, dated Ship Island, January t, in which be reports the earivel at that place of the Untied States steamer MercedMa and United States gunboats Winona and Sagamort. By the first named he had received the eommaataation of the Secretary of the Navy, and says, In accordance therewith, he shall despatch the frigate Potomac to Vera Crux. Havinghean informed on the 31st of December that a rebel steamer was at anchor near Biloxi, be despatched Ommaader Smith, with the steamers Water Witch, New London and Henry Lewis, to endeavor to capture her; but upon reaching Biloxi it was found she had been removed. Commander 8miih demanded the surrender of the town, which was complied with, and a detachment of seamen and marines was landed, a small sand battery destroyed, and two guns, a nine and six pounder, brought off. The place was found to be almost daeerted by ths male population, but it was crowded with women and children. The schooner Captain Spedden, loaded with lumber, was also captured and brought out by the Henry Lewis. Shs is a very useful prize, the lumber being much needed by the army Quartermaster for the construction of storebouses, and the schooner making a serviceable lighter. Both have been transferred to ths Quartermaster, at a valuation fixed by a hoard of survey. In a recant report to Major General Butler, Brigadier General Phelps writes that a French war ship had arrived at Ship Island, and he was preparing to send her Commander on his way to New Orleans under a flag of truce. IMPORTANTJFROM CALIFORNIA. Another Inundation of the Sacramento Valley?Immense Loss of Stork?Probable Effect of the Floods on the Yield of Gold, die. Sam Fbakcisto, Jan. 17,1862. During the last fifty hours it has rainod hard, almost incessantly. The storm still continues. Yesterday noon tho water at Sacramento commenced rising again. The third complete inundation of that city ie unavoidable. The area of land now overflowed in the State Is twenty miles broad, and 250 long, taking upwards of 3,COO,000 of acres, mostly arable, a considerable portion being actually fonced and tilled. It it estimated that 4,.100 cattle aud rhoep have been drowned fiuco the winter commenced. The unprecedented auccession of tremeudous storms has washed the mining regions, where tho ground was previously upturned and dug over, producing great changes, and rendering probable a large increase in the gold product from the plaeer diggings for the ensuing season. s Arrived ships Gladiator, New York; Heconnoissance, Bordeaux. Ilewa from Western Virginia. Camp at Ci'miibki.and, Jan. 21,1862. All quiet hare now. General Kclley has returned to h s home si' k. and (ion. lander is in command of tho forces of the "Railroad District." He is st Patterson's creek, with n strong force, and dally strengthening bin position. Reinforcements arc pouring in upon him from the Wast General Jackson is reported to l>e at Romnoj-, with 0.000 or 8.000 men. The Potomac is now (ailing rapidly from its late rise. New Yor* Academy.?Mr. Crai announces "Martha," with Miss Kellogg in the role of lady Henrietta, for Wednesday evening next. The intorest excited by the brilliant success which this talented young artist hu, obtained In the "Traviata," will naturally create considerable curiosity to see how see will acquit herself in ibis i.ew part. Brooklyn Academy?German (ii-ma.?'The first, as it Is auuoiinceil, of a series of representations of German Opera was given last night at this establishment. Iha bouse was densely threngid, a large proportion of tlie audience consisting of German residents of New York. 1 he |iieoe was "I'er Krelscbutz,'' with the following cast ?Ottokar, Kerr Rcrgstctn; Cuno, Harr Oerhlein. Max. Herr Rudolph!, (neper, llerr Wuinlich; Sauiuel, Herr Hainliard Killian. llerr Kronfeld; Agalha. Madame ^cliroeder Dunmmler. Arunrhen, Madame Bcbreinor Kronfeld. It will not do to criticise the performance by the standard of musical mate tow huh the Italian Opera and a superior class of singers have accustomed our public. It is Hiilbetent to Buy of it that It pleased the auiin?nr.u ttJUftintrlv **11 hill ?h*thor Lha niiinrimfint will bear repetition is a different matter. Mine Ntxa Koendt'e RnArii<?cie.?Thl* talented young lady givea several of b r popular recitations at the Brook" Athcmi'iim on Monday evening next. tin. C. .Iebors Humim' Maniac.?This gentleman gives hie aecon l initinoe at (be reception rooma of tbe Brooklyn Academy of Mueic this afternoon. Tim Nr* Hash-mur* t''Mi-ahy I', under tho captaincy of A W. Rollins,of Hover, N. II., hae accepted tbe kind in vitation or Pan Rice to visit Btickney's National Circus tbls evening. The Iiover boys are in good condition, and *rr auxin hp to r? ?< li tbe land of Pixie. M>tu> aan M iLi.?xiiAt'?R'a Ci.asmcai. Soibabs.?The tiri-t of these select chamber c 'averts takes place thia eveuing at lodworih'a, Broadway, opposite Kleveuth atirot. The followi: g i? the programme ? Quartet in E minor, Boolbovcn piano ? ,-r. from Die wrnks oi Chopin md S. P. M il- ;;i, puiio end violin, (tartr, a,do, vlo oi.cello- 'j. inlet. Mi mii'ii. The perform ts will lie Mr s. li Mills, Mr I . M llenhaiier. Mr. Il<--o y , Molloiiiin i'-r, >ir Noli a oi Mr. Si .1 iriz. ft la propo ml togivrns rii h of f j?e or thcao uteris.ninetm. ERA! NEWS FROM MISSOURI. Interacting Correspondence Between the ^ Rebel General Price and Major General Halleck, fte., he., 1 Sr. Louis, Jan. 23,1802 Tba following it the correspondence which has taken place between Generals Price and Halleck .? hsaikjushrkkg, mlmfu'hi State (.cabd, > Spiukusikuj, Jan. 12,1K02. / General?I have received information that you, an Major General, commanding this department, have either ordered or allowed the arrest of citizens In purBint of J their usual and peaceful avocations, and that men, uO cere and privates, belonging to this army, have been taken prisoners on the t acsas border and conveyed to Kort Leavenworth, an-i as such, and for no other established otrence or crime, have been shot. In some cases 1 have learned that my discharged soldiers have been subject to the same thing whunever and f wherever they have shown themselves, and that in * others thoy have been by military coercion forced into a servitude unknown to international and civilised usages In such cases. I have obtained information that individuals and parties of men specially appointed by me to destroy railroads, culverts and bridges, by tearing them upturning, &c., have been arrested and subjected to general court martial lor alleged crimes, which all the laws of warfare heretofore recognized by the civilized world have regarded aa distinctly proper and lawful. I have learned that such persons, when tried, If convicted of the oOeuce or as slated, are viewed as lawful subjects for capital punishment. I These statements I cannot believe to be correct. But let us understand each othor on the subject. Do you intend to continue tho arrest of citizens engaged in their < ordinary peaceful pursuits, and to treat them as traitors i and rebels? If so, will you make exchanges with me for j such as I may or will make for similar cases? Do you intend to regard members of this army an persons deserving of death whenever and wherever they t may be capturod? or will you extend to them the recog- ( nized rights of prisoners of war by the code of civilized warfare? Do you regard the destruction of important roada for i the transportation of facilities for military purposes as ( me legal ngni ui a oeiugoreuii' Do you intend to regard men whom I have ipecially despatched to destroy roads, burn bridges, tear up eulvorts, be., us amenable to an enemy's court martial, or will you have them tried as usual, by the proper civil authorities, acoording to the statutes of the State? STERLING PRICE, Major General. Commanding the Department of Missouri. The following is General Halleck's reply:? HXADQCARrSK*, DSS.tBTXB.Yr OF MlHHOl'iu, 1 St. Loom, Jan. 22, 1882. j GeneralStxruxo Price, Commanding, he.:? Ubsekal?Your letter, dated Springfield, January 12, is received. The troops of which you complain, on the Kansas frontier and at Fort Leavenworth, are not under my command. In regard to them I respectfully refer you to Major General David Hunter, commanding the Department of Kansas, headquarters Fort Leavenworth. You also complain that individuals and parties of men especially appointed and instructed by you to de- 1 stroy railroad culverts and bridges, by tear- i ing them up, burning, he , have been arrested , and subjected to general court martial for the alleged crimes. This statement is in the main correct. When 1 individuals and parties of men violate the laws of war, they will be tried, and, if found guilty, will certainly be punished, whether acting under your special appointment and instructions or not. You must be aware, Gene- 1 ral. that no order of yours can sava from punishment spies, marauders, robbers, incendiaries, guerrilla bands,* he., who violate ths laws of war. You cannot give immunity to crimes. But let us fully understand each other on this point. If you send armed forces, wearing the garb of soldiers, and duly organised and enrolled as legitimate belligerents, to destroy railroad bridges, he., as a military act, we shall kill them If jKxwible in open ] warfare; or, if we capture tbern, we shall treat them as i prisoners of war. But It is well understood that you bare sent numbers of your adherents in the garb of . peaceful citizens and under false pretences through our liuee into Northern Missouri to rob and destroy property of Union men, and burn and destroy railroad bridges, thes endangering the lives of thousands; and tins, too, without military uecessity or possible military advantage. Moreover, peaceful citizens of Missouri, quietly working on their tarms, have been instigated by your emissaries to take up arms as insurgents, and rob, plunder and commit arson and murder. They do not even aot under the garb of soldiers, but under false pretences and in the guise of private citizens. You certainly will not pretend that men guilty of such crimes, although specially appoiuted and instructed by you, are entitled to the rights and immunities of ordinary prisoners of war. It you do, will you rerer ms to a siugle authority on the laws of war which recognises such a claim. 1 am daily expecting instructions respecting the exchange of prisoner* ef war. 1 will communicate with yon on that subject I soon as they are received. H. W. HAIJ.fc.Ch, Major General, Commanding Department. Letters from Colonel Corcoran. Charls?ton, 8. C., Dec. 30,1861. To Captain Jambs B. Kirkkr,M>9 Broadway:? Mr vkrt dbar fc'rixrp?Your letters of the 28th and 28th of last month hare been duly received, also one while at Richmond and one at Castle t'inckney. I received my trunk and find all right. The trunks, Ac., Ac., sent to Lieutenants Connolly and Dcmpsey arrived safe and In good order. We arc all in good health. I hope Major Bagley, Cap* tain Brerllc and the officers, as well an my other good friends, will excuse me for not writing to them individually. It is not practicable, and I must only ask you to be the medium of conveying ay warm regard* to them all. ThiR day 1 bare written to Judge Daly and Richard O'tiorman, Ksq. I feel most deeply indebted to the most Reverend Archbishop t'or his kindnefcs and tho grout exertions he hag been pleased to make to obtain my release. As all who have taken an interest in my case are too nuinaroua to raceive. in the short space allowed me to write, a separate recognition, will you thank them all most kindly in any name. I will write te Mrs. Corcoran by next opportunity. Remember me to Mrs. Henry, cousin Eliza and Mrs. Kane, and present to all other friends ths sentiments of ray mnsl profound esteem. Bishop Lynch. I understand, has lost $120,000 by ths late c nflagration above all insurance. I w sh we were in Now York to gi\e him a helping hand Yours, ever faith fully, MICHAEL CORCORAN, Colonel Sixty ninth regiment N. Y. S. M. Colombia. S. C.,Jan. 7,1862. To Captain Jambs B. Kirkbr. 599 Broadway:? Mr Vbry Drab fc'Ria\i>?1 have written to you, Hon. C. P. Daly and Richard O'Gormau, fc'sq., on the 30th ult. 1 iiavo also written to Mrs. Corcoran this day. We arrived here on the evening of llie 1st lost., where our condition is much superior to that which we antlcii>ated. Captain Shiver, who commands here, and his lieutenants are strict, but nuwt courteous and obliging, and are ever ready to procuro such articlos as we feol disjmsed and are able to purchase. Ha docs everything that ran reasonably be expected with the means at his disposal to maku the condition of all the prisoners conCorialde 1 found four of my regiment here.viz:?Corporal John Jackson, of Company D; privates, Thnuias K. Hughes, Company K; .tomes P. Kyun aud Michael Keating, of Company fci. Tlicy have been wounded, and were in hospital at Richmond when our men were sent I > New Orleans They ase perfectly recovered. On my arrival hero I sent a remittance to Now Orleuns, and i resret my means are not such as to enable me to relievs their wants sufi.ciently. Ton ar# aware that 1 have always been most devotedly attached l? my native countrymen, but sin> e my arrival in the South I have received such marked tokens' ol their alfectii n tlint my love for them has (if possible), In creased. It proves conclusively that lln-ir attachment to and fond remembrance ol the Old I And has underg ne no change, and amid tho turmoil that now exists they can sympathize with a suffering countryman Captain Hprague, of ohl who' has been a fellow prisoner for the past five months, has been exchanged, and will call on you and give you many particulars. Your letter of the loth ultimo haa just reached me, also one | from Lieutenant Hoyle. He pleased to present the eipreeaton of niv wtrrawt thanks to Judge Duly, Hiram Barney, Richard O'dorinan and Johu Savage, haqra.. and the ether frlende who have ao kindly devoted ao much litna, labor and cxpease In their endeavor* t? nhlain my relaaae.and assure them I fael just pride iu the knowledge of having inch frlenda, and if a shade of gloom (hall at any tune darken the hour* of my captivity, a recollection or their eervtcea ahull be sufficient to diapel It. I have never yet been heard to utter a single word of complaint against any actiou of my government, nor do 1 now wish lo be classed among the faultAnders; hut w hi e many of thore who deserted their posts on the bat tie field, and ran of] from the fare of danger to a place of suiety, have been rewarded with almoei unprecedented promotion. I think it Is due te the oflieers and men who remained in the iierformauce of duty faithfully to the lust, and thus fell victim* to a long Imprisonment, that they should receive at least aufllclent consideration to relieve them from the most disagreeable position that men can possthlv be placed in. To the men who took advantage of my absence lo tireak up the old Sixty ninth for the advancement of their own sordid Interest, under the mask of patriotism, I shall have something to say on a more favorable occasion l.teuienaats i nnnolly and I?em|>**y join In kindest remembranes lo yon. Present my kindest regards to Ma jor Itagiey, Captains Urealin I". Kellv, T. Lynch, P. T. Clark# and all the other officers and good friends, an I believe roe, your most devoted friend, mich a fa corcorav, Colonel Filly nlnlli regiment. New York Mate Militia. P. S.?If the friends of snv of the New York .offlcsra hand yon any money. you will let me know th.' names and amounts, and give yourself no further trouble. I will arrange it as you may understand,and have no urea Fit;i '-'s whatever about my being in any want, or Lieu | tenant* Connolly or * friends either. 1V? can got u out well. They also write to their friends to dsy I ,D. PRICE TWO CENTS, THE BURNSIDE EXPEDITION. Vorth Carolina Rebels In ? Flutter. rilE MILITIi OP THE STATE CALLED OUT, THE THEATRE OF OPERATIONS. Speculations and Surmises of the Rebel Newspapers. ??? IENERAL WISE AT ROANOKE ISLAND. THE LATEST TELEGRAPHIC DESPATCHES, Ac., Ac., Ac. haltimors, Jan. 24, ims. The bonl from Fortreen Monroe haa arrived at this port. There had been no arrival from the Buraside expedi Lion. The Norfolk Day Book of yesterday discredits the ac iounts of the Burnslde expedition being in I'atnlico Sound' ind says that a reconnoissance from Roancke bland on Monday last made no such report. This appears to be the latest advices they have. Sine* .ben a storm has cut off all communication with the wast. Hie Charlotte (N. C.) Democrat of the 21st lost, lays:?"In anticipation of an invasion of the North Ca olina coast, it is contemplated to call out the militia or :ho several eastern counties. The call is not yet made; jut the Raleigh Journal says that it will embeace thirtyhree counties. P. S.?We learn that the militia have >een ordered out since the arrival of the Bureside expelltion at Hatteras; and it appearaa from the Kale If b Hegitter of Saturday that a draft has been made in ffake county. The Raleigh RegitUr says there Is quite an excitement n that city in regard to a draft which has bean made for ine-third of the enrolled militia. Substitutes, it expects. will be in demand. TELEGRAPHIC DESPATCHES TO THE REPEL PRESS. Wilmington, Jan. 21,1862. A special express has arrived from Gcldahoro', and states that there were at'Hatteras, at four P. M .one hundred and twenty-five sail of the enemy's vessels?one hundred inside and twenty-flve large steamers outside Ihebar. Private infermation says the enemy intend to attack Newborn, Hyde county, and Roanoke Island simultaneously. Confidence is expressed in the ability of our forces to maintain their position. ANOTHER DESPATCH. Wilmington, Jan. 21,1802. A despatch from Goldsboro', at four P. M., says that n arge number of women and children arrived from KewJern by a train this afternoon. No other news. Fight expected. OPINIONS OK THE REBEL PRESS. We publish below interesting articles from the rebel newspapers relative to the Burnside expedition:? [From the Wilmington (N. C.) Journal, Jun. 20.] What course the Lincoinitoe have adopted since Thursday wears unable to say. The Norfolk Day Boole asserts, as though with knowledge, that they are destined for Elisabeth City. Probably this point is suggested or indicated as being at or near tne southern terminus of the two linen of water communication between Albemarle Sound and Norfolk harbor?the Dismal Swamp Caual and tlie Chesapeake and Albemarle Canal. The number of caual boats would appear to give some slisdow of plausibility to this. It might be sn object to seal up the navi gallon through then* work* and thua cut <>(T two important ltnaa of transport and communication lietwaan our forces at Norfolk and tboaa an our norlhertLcoaat; it would be madness for any "expedition" to attempt to force its way to Norfolk through either of these canals. Very naturally the people on Pamlico Sound urc seriously alarined. Home mjury. serious Iqjury, indeed, might be done to the dwellers in Hyde, Beaufort, Craven and Jones counties by marauding expeditions, but no strategic advantages could be sucured to the enemy by any such course; and, If report speaks truth, General Humside is not a man like Butler and others who delight la rapine without a military object. Of course we speak now of the country, and our remarks will not apply t? Newborn or Washington. or to an attempt to seixe upon some point on the Atlantic and North Carolina Kailroadr with the view of obtaining control of that work, either for the purpose of isolating Kort Macon or of advancing into the interior. These things are only eonjoctural, but as they are neither impossible nor improbable, they naturally create no small anxiety In the minds of the people of Newbern and Hoanfort incidentally. In order to go to Kliznbcth City it would be necessary for the flotilla to force its way into Albemarle bound, which is connected with Pamlico Sound by a nm-row strait some twenty miles long, which divides thu mainland of Tyrrell county Irom the banks. Nearly iu the middle of this strait lies Roanoke Island, which is probably about twelve miles in length and three in breadth. Roanoke Island divides the strait intn two parts, that between it and the mainland being called CroaisuHound, and that between the island and the banks being called ltoanoko Hound. The former, Croatan Sound, will possibly admit the passage ?f vessels drawing eight and a half lo'nme feet water?eight and three ipianers is marked on the Coast Survey at the shallowest point. Tins channel approaches at one part of Its course withiu easy range of the island. Irora which batteries might command It. It could not be so easily commanded from the mainland-. It is thus evident that Croalsn Hound will allow the passage of vessels of as large a draught of water as con approach it fiom tha sea. whether they enter by Halieres or Ocrucoke Inlnt. The channel, however, is intricate and narrow, and capable of being readily obstructed we should think. '1 ho same narrowness of the channel would evidently preclude the possibility of any mannrarring by gun inland, and tt acnu.i to ua thvy would bo forced to pass certain points in dingle tlic. Once in Albemarle Sound the abort cm be approuchrd with ealety in twelve feet wator, within three f jtirtba of a mile of the shore, aive at two or three point*. Any vessel that cau .iter Albtmarle Sound ran ascend the Pas luotunk river to Kltzabelb Pity. The Dismal Swamp canal emptlis into the P.i*quoiank river, the month of which la only divided from North river, the month of which it the southern terminus of the Alliema-le am! (hesapeskv navigation, by a narrow nock of land known an North Point. The water between Ko.-uioku leland and the banks le known a* Hoanoke Sound, aud la not navigable. Tiiere arc no lunnr tide*, at.d any rite or fall in Albemarle and Croalau Sounds t? due to the wiuda or the state of in# river*. A* for our m ana of resistance and defence we ran only trust they may be adequate. Of course we would net now elate What thry are, even if we knew, which we do but partially. Koanoke Island is alivut fifteen milea from Matters* Inlet. (From the Petersburg Fxpress. Jan. 21.] We think it highly probable that the gnat Ruroside expedition intends to make Mr demonstrations on New Orleans, in order to assist the movements of the armada, which i* threatening the Mississippi Valley from Cairo. [From the Norfolk Pay Hook,.Ian. 22 ] A rumor raacheJ the city yesterday that as many as ona hundred and twenty live ve-si I* and steamer* were at llnttcraa, inside and outsida the bar. We are not . prepare d to eay but what there i* some truth in this ru mor, and that these are mostly the vessels of the Humside expedition, those recently from the North and those also from Port Royal that have gone thon- to join in the great marauding ex|>cdttion. How many of those that pasaed through the late gale ere there we are unable to say, but, judging from the tone of the Northern papers that they were already to make an onward movement aa soon as tliey arrived, and their not having done so aa yet, convinces us that they have not ail arrived, and that many of them are lost, while others are kodisablsd from the gale as to be worthless to the ex ( edition. Move when they will, we have only to eay they will And much warmer work than what tliey have hagained for. [From the same paper ] We are positively assured that intelligence waa received at the military headuuarlor* here on Sat irday that a fleet of over forty summers were maide the bar at llaUeraeon the 16th. Wednesday last This Information ic from ao official aource, and General Branch fives It full credence This of course 1* i lie llurnslUe espedition. Wbetter It It destined to attack Newborn, Washington, Hoanoke Inland, or go further South, uo on* can tell. GRNMIAL WISE AT ROAMOER ISLAND. | from the Richmond (inquirer. Jan 22.) r.nnnral Wine, who has been assigned to duly at Roanoke Island, department of General linger, in at present In this city la connection with Ibe Interests of hla poet. H will fratlfy his fellow citizens to Isarn. as it gratifies us to slate, that not only has he recovered from his late tlluess, but his bealih is hotter than it has bees far twenty yeaia He n devoting himself to his patriotic duties with bis accustomed indomitable energy. Movements of General Itnrgls. riTTsacno, Jan. 24, IMJ General S P Siurgis pulsed through this city for Washington, ?ln 1'hlladelphla lie gives s hopeful ec count of affaire in the West

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