Newspaper of The New York Herald, March 16, 1862, Page 1

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated March 16, 1862 Page 1
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TH .v, ^=r.^r=_, : WHOLE NO. 9318. OUR ARMY AT MANASSAS. Brilliant Address of General McClellan to His Soldiers. THE HOUR OF ACTION ARRIVED. The Army to be Brought Face to Face with the Enemy. " IT 60D DEFEID TIE BIGHT." Cause of the Evacuation of Manassas. THE NEW REHKT. LINE OP TiPPENfPS. Our map and Description of the Position* AFFAIRS ON THE LOWER POTOMAC. Attack on the Batteries at nqua Creek. COS Aim STORES TAKEN FROM THE REBELS, &C., &c., &c. NEWS FROM GEN. M'CLELLAN'S DEPARTMENT. gtlrrlag Address of General McClellan to His Soldiers. W-tsBnroiox, March IS, IMS. The following thrilling and patriotic addrosg #48 to-dgy leaned by Gen. McClellan (9 the soldiorg bf the Potomac Army:? HsazxirinTKBs or mt Xvm or rat* Fotojuc,^ g Mural WIKI nuiHj ? ., ?orvu loc*. J Boutins or tsa Ann or tee rotojuc:? . For a loot time I hare kept you inactive, but sot without a purpoee. Too were to be disciplined, armed and instructed. The formidable artlllory you bow have had to be created. Otner armies were to more and accomplish oertain results. I hare held you back that you might give the death blow to the rebellion that has distracted our once happy country. The patience you have shown, and your confidence in your General are worth a dozen victories. These pre limiaary results are now accomplished. 1 fool that the patient labors of many months have produoed their fruit. Tta Army of the Potcmao is now a real army, magnificent in material, admirable in discipline and instruction, and excellently equipped and armed. Tour Siiawlisilarsere alllbet 1 eimlit Trtsli The moment for action has arrived, and I know that 1 can trust in you to save our country. As I ride through your ranks I seo in your faoes the sure preetige of victory. I feel that you will do whatever I a*k of you. The period of inaction has patted. T will bring you now face to fact with the rebels, and only pray that God may defend the right! In whatever direction you may move, however strange my actions may appear to you. ever bear in mind that my fate is linked with yours, and that all I do is to bring you whore 1 know you wish to bo?on tho decisive batt!0 Said. It Is my business to place you there. I am to watch oyer you as a parent over his children, and you know that your General loves you from the depths of bis heart. It shall be my car?? It has ever been?to gain success with the least possible loss. Dut I know that if it is necessary, you will willingly follow me to our graves for our righteous cause. God miles upon utl Victory attmiI xut Yet I would not have you think that our aim is to be obtained without a manly struggle. I will not disguise it from you, that you have brave foes to encounter?foemen well worthy of the steel that you will use so well. 1 shall demand of you great, heroic exertions, rapid and long inarches, desperate combats, privations, perhaps. We will share all these together, and when this sad war Is over wo will all return to our homes, and feel that we ?anaak no higher honor than the proud contcivutneu Ukat mm Wonfed to (As Army of (As Fotomncr GEO. B. McCl.FXI.AN, Major General Commanding. Information of tho moat reliable character, derived front men who were placed in position to see and kno w all about the numbers and movements of the rebels recently occupying Manassas, has beea obtained, showing conclusively that as late as the 3d of March the rebels were able to concentrate kt Manassas k fore* of not Iocs than n.aetv thousand moo, without diminishing their forces at V inchester snd Leeiburg and on the Occor.uan. They hkd made arrangements to gather at Manassas about onohundrod iQ^pjotlves and fifteen hundred cars of T*r?oo? detcrlpt Ions. ""The evacuation of Manages* wag blgtih oh Friday, March 7. It waa occasioned by information tbat General McClel'an waa about to throw a large army between Ma naasas and Richmond, and thos cut off the wholo rebel nrmy on the Potomac from the eource of its supplies. These facta dlaslpate all the theories of tha bowlers, who, without any knowledge upon the subject, have boon roundly asserting tbat Manassas was long ago ivacua ted, and that tbs whole rebel army of the Potomac at no time numbered over sixty thousand men. Tho remains of Colonel Cameron were taken to Goorgotowu in la afternoon. Thoy were round upon the battle field at Poll ran yesterday by Major Eliott, Paymaster in th* United States cavalry, a aon of Colonel Rliott, of tho 8eventy-n)n'h Highlanders, and Mr. John Kane, of tho War Dei artment. The former waa commissioned by tbe friends of C lonel Cameron, and the latter specially authorised by the War Department, to eeerch fbr the re' mains and bring them In. Mr. Kane waa Colonel Cameron'* orderly at the time of the battle of Hull ran, and completely Identified the body. It waa found from Information derived from a negro, who remembered that a miniature wa* taken from one of the bodice thrown into a particular pit with five others. The negro described that this body was the first of six placed In a cart, and would be found, as It was, upon th, top of tbe pile. Tbe pit waa a natural one, formed by the washing out of a gully. The dirt had boon washed off by the ralna, but replaced by the negroes in the neighborhood. The blacks desired tojglve tho bodies separate burials, but wsr* proh Ibltsd by the rebel cfllcsrg In charge of th? field. The body was recognised by the under slothing, which bud been purchased for the Colonel by Mr. Kane the day before tho battle, and also by the name of Colonel Came, ron upon a trues he wore. The decomposition of the muscular fibre is not yet complete, although little re. mains except the bones and ligamenls. Tho remains ?"i to await the order of General Cameron, who hs hei r, telegraphed. Tho funeral coromonies wl'l probably : fixed fbr Monday. The cavalry reconnaissance me Hi sri Is vi i s < despatch, tinder General St > ici >n| ,> : $7 Cap talus Louis ?vl * v "risen*, of e ne THE NEV The New Line of FAIRmCDLPW?flC.j ' ~Jf ^ W^S ?RANCE COURT HOUSEj^?*'^ gt- GORDONS VIL^QJ^V^ / W^fOA/5 VJ CQURTHQl \BULLSWLL?^?~~" ^^d^JEXTERiVILbf^ 1 ^ny??w mrnypr ? BLACKWHITF# G?ncrnl McClellsn s stalf, mado a thorough examination of tho whole range of country from Manassas, north of the Orange and Alexandria railroad to Warrentosrn, and from thence to tho point whero that railroud crosses tbo Rappahannock, a distance of twocty-four miles from Manassas in a straight line. The distanco parsed over in going out and returning must have been about seventy live miles. No rebels inarms was discovered, and It was clearly proved that the tlight of the enemy through that territory resembled a perfect rout. This forenoon tbo removal of books and papers of the headquarters of the Army of the Potomac to tho south side of the Potomac took place. For the time being they will bo In the Theological Seminary building, three mile# back of Alexandria. In a day or two, of course, else, where. THE NEW REBEL LINE OF DEFENCE. The Position Taken Up by the Rebels Since Evacuating Manassas?How Far the Line of Defence Extends?Oar Mop of the Fighting Cronnd. If the Rebels Fight At All, *c. That tho new line of defence which the rebola havo set up ts important to some extent there can be no doubt; but whether it will be considered as strong sa Up farramod Manassas time alone will show. The banks or the riTtrs Rappahannock and Rapldsn aro beiug strongly fortified, and along them a large army Is said to haT* been congregated. Along a portion of tho northern shore of theRapidan, and between that and tho north fork of the Rappahannock, the ground is Pat and unsuitable for defence; but on tbe southern shore of the former rlrer there is a wjd region, with high broken land, hills and vcrf rough country generally. This fact alone would mako thia region a likely place for a portion of a line of defence. From the jnnction of the Rapidan with tbe Rappahannock to Fredericksburg the river is bordered by highlands, he., end from Froderirksburg to Fort Royal the land ia atill rougher, while the water course is narrower, so that, in addition to the artificial defences of the place, the current, whl. h is very swift, will prove an obstruction of itself to vessels seconding ths river. At Fredoricksbnrg and Falmouth the river is crossed by wooden bridges, which oould be easily destroyed by a retreating army. Ret ween these too places ths interval is hut a mils. The fords serosa ths Rapidan are but three In number?one at Wildernoee, another where the railroed crosses, and a third on the road to Orange Court ITouee. The first of these fords is called Ely's Ford, and is approached from the south by a road passing through Immense gorges on both sides o< tbe river covered with the.wlld, original timber of the country. Arter paaatng tno gorge* th* row 10 tbo north pastes over th* AMI, and connects with Bamett'a Ford. The other forda hay# no vary Important peruliulty concocted with thrin Individually. They ara alt guarded with iofficiant forco to proyant any oppoaing troop* front or oaring without Immenao aaertflca of life. At the confluence of the Kapldan and th# north fork or the Rappa hannock th* atraam la Tory rapid, hounding oyer lm. manaa boulder*, and tbo bank* ara atcep and rugged In th* antrema. Th* wagon road laid down front Orange Court Hour* to Frodarlckabnrg, yla White Plain* and Wilder****, la a fin* and hard tnrnplka, but la laid out through a wild and rugged country, Tbo rebel* tfav* mad* good tie* of thia road In all their military movement*. The recant reports that th* rebel troop* from Manassafl had gone to Uordnnay 111* to tako up th* aecond lino of d*fence bear* out the statement that th* Rapldan, from tb< Dlu* Ridge Mountains to lu Junction with th* Rappaban nock, and the latter river to Port Royal, are th* moat likely plaeoa for th* main point* of tha said line of do feora. At (lordonevtlle are located great depot* and Ot?ri V 'lefl; tjt 'he fortifications ar* along th* river winch iu, '?? rum v *?t to *iat to tha north oi I bet plau. ite e rr it ? >*>' f of Mulapony, east 0f thr t ui r )t Hi* Mat, tin) Ta, tha I'o end thn My, and Indl iat ' by .. Ine n t hing from Port Royal, ' iPiiro down Pin m*i i ?> 1 -tuttitiki y and tholforU riverb, form a W YO NEW YORK, SUNDA f BATTLE 8 Defence Between Ma by the 'J VflLDCRNESS^fe W S^gr^gS^F R EpERICKSp Ufl gAS^01 / ^ctsyluan7a\/ \ /^F f*' ^ COURT HO^sE|L Vcf surj/OLAMMtP^ tlie extended line of fight from the incunu.n to tho bey. < The abandonment of the whole Lower Potomac and the I Rappahannock, below Port Royal, is because they arc un- I tenable on account of the ready approach of boats and ! being easily outfiankeu by a force reaching thorn there. I As a region fit for defensive operations no better could 1 havo been selected in this part of the country, and this I the rebels appear to know well. Their object in this do- i fenco is apparent at one glance by reference to our map. i Richmond is in the centre of a half circle drawn with a compass, extended to Fredericksburg on the north and i jhe Potomac river on the east, with correspond lug points I to tho west and south. All the available points within the limits of this circle hare been seized upon by the rebels and fortified; but as the main army are advancing from Washington, that line of defence of the northern i segment is rendered the more complete, being most ex. 1 poeod to danger. That such Is believed to be tho fttct ' we may judgo from thofoliowing extract ? i [From the Richmond Examiner, March 11.] I The most important movements that ever occurred on ; this continent are now going on before eur eyes. The nriJliDlftlld UHinnnilip sutuvra <'l ma a iiyiuin, iw tiju water* of Hampton Roods, opeus * now chapter tn rnvnl ] warfare, and marks a new era In the struggle which the South in engaged IB. The grand movement of the Army of the Potomac, in withdrawing from lie often*:re line on the riror of tbvl nnine, and assuming a defensive on* on the line of tlie ltappaliannock and Kapidan, placea a new complexion on the entne war in Virginia. The policy of tbia change of poeition with reference to the Intended attack of the enemy i* obvioue. Tbe Polo mac was the proper baae for offenMive operation* against Maryland and Washington city; but a* a line of defence for Richmond, or for general reelatance, It i* tho moat dangcrotia that could b* held. TAe fine upon which the army of General Joeeth /ojprfyfl ii i\Vft Jailing fart u irt the nature if lie art of a circle, of uAita tZ'Wkimd u the ' enfrr. Tho enomy la put to tho necessity of marching a considerable distance inland beforo engaging our fnrie*. ' If defeated In general engagement, he can scarcely ea < cape annihilation; for he will tben be too far from the I Potomac and fr<m Washington city to reach safety hy a 1 r*w hours' flight, like that ho made after tho battlo ol < Manassas. Ir, on tha contrary, he should be successful 1 in lus encounter with our forcea, ho could not take ad- < rantaga of. bia rlctory on acoennt of tho delay necessary 1 to bring up his suppli"* from tho distant Potomac. i Whoever will lake tho trouhlo to oxamtno tbe map o Virginia, will And that our line of defence, at new ailu/fal, 1 el retches from the Rapinhnnnock, by a grand circle, to j ' mberiind Gay, in the extreme rnnukweetern comer of Ike A'air. tmhratinf (Ac Ctnirai and the I'iryiHM and Vennmtt ] iidfwll, Ike chi-f citi?t of Pirptnta, Ike valley of the Jamri, with iH canal awl railivnds, within the circumferrnce. It will be seen, too, that this Is purely a line of 1 defence, summed now a* n necessity, in vlaw of the great force which we bare,by our supine policy for *ix months, permitted the enemy to marshal and put in position without disturbance and at bis leisure and pleasure It Is distresaing to glee up so large a portion of Virginia, even for a season, to the domination of the foe^ but tho measure oas rocoine airaiegit: nn-nniij, mm i? n<>w the nurrst means of defeating the grand projects of ti, my, and Insuring tho sua ens of our causa. The surprise na will reeelve from the niagnltlceut naval occurrences in Ham| ten Roads. ami from tb? Judicious movenients of our armv, which has so long bean threatening hint before Washington, will he very great. More delav is ruin to him, and considerable delay In the execution of bis programme is now inevitable. By the foregoing remarks it Is very plain to perceiv* that the rebels Intend, an far as In them lies, to retain in their possession tho principal railway communication through the South. Ry holding this railroad complete troops can be transported from one place to another with great rapidity. Thus the possession of Ooreonsville becomes almost paramount to the defence of the river, at the same time the defence of tho Rapidan must be secure for the rebels to hold that place. I , Our Bstltlaeore Correspondence. Hsttihobu, March 14,1862. Topography of Me JVew Drfentiot Lino of tho RmbtU?Jpt prthtnrtoniofan JUncIc en frodorickttmro?DoUrmination of General Johndon to Gioo Battle on Me Lint of Me > Rappahannock, 4e. Tbc following information, which 1 hare Just rteslved, 1 and which is from the most reliable sources, throws ad, diltonal light upon lha movements of the rebel army r since their retreat rrom Contra?Hie and Manassas ? The examination of a correct map of Virginia will show ) that there is remarkable similarity between Gordon*. villa Junction and Manassas Junction, as defensive poi anions. In front of the latter is Bull run; in front of the former is tbe Rapidan river. The 1 anks of the Utter are r f I j ?r( i r V f * ' f RK H Y, MARCH 16. 1862. ROUND IN V nassas and Richmond Rebate. LEBORO ^ ^VjNG IGRJEI I NJN[ WGSTMa? I j^vl H XTONS A lABPAJt/AHDC/lm [NCTJQN r^Ni? WC^MOMD iTERSBUHG <$j|^jggjS?. k SCALE OF MILES -ft >f the samo formation as thoso of Bull run, but tho itream itself is larger and deeper. Between tlio Itapldnn river and Cordonsvllle the surface of the country Is billy,

ihc bills being quito as available for fortifications as dioso in front of Manassas. Indeed, the whole country between tho Rappahannock and Rr.pidan rivers on the aorth, and the York, Matapony and North Anni rivers an tho south, is hilly and broken?admirably fitted for defence. It is covored with donre forests, too, in uiany places, which will impedo military upcratio: a to a largo ' ztent. These will no doubt bo cut down , as they were near Contrevillo, and the troos will bo used to obstruct the roads, and for the construction of abattls. The bulk of General Johnston's late "Army of tho Potomac'' is now encamped along a line a hundred miles in exteut?that is to say, on tho somi-clrclo formed by Use Rappahannock,fromUordonsville toTappahannock. They do not, of course, guard tho whole of this long line, bnl are distributed in army corps, the same as they wore on . the Potomac, at the points whore they are moat likely to be attacked. Those points are fire miles north of the town of Grange, at tho bridge where the road from Cul^opper to Louisa crosses tb> Kaput an; at German ia, share tho road from Warrenton to Bowling Green srosses the same stream: at 1 rcdericktburg, and at Port Royal. The troops who were posted for Ine mpi?ort of die Potomac river batteries ere at the two latter places, 1 tnd the guns formerly mount d in those batteries are a dao there. It seems to be the impression among he rebels tbnt General MrClellan will march down ' he old road, near the Potomac, taking Oreo- V 111 an and Dumfries on hie route, and will teek to b iccupy Frederiokaburg. An tho succeae ot thin project eould greatly jeopardise the safety of Richmond, partic- c ilnr attention bee been paid to the defeuccaof Fro lei inks- 1' '"If . r It his been eaid that General Johnston will not tight HcClelian, heoaoee, if he intended to light, he would have hme m at Centreville, in hia atrong forts Rut this la a P ;roat mistake. His forte atOnirerllle were Indeed strong, r >iit they had b-rome untcnah'.e in the tame way tlmt Joliimhue had become untenable. His left wing had been turned by Ooneral McClellan when, threo weeks ago, the C "ommauder in-Chief crossed tho Potomac at Harper's o Perry, and art in moth n the rohimns of Ganeral Ranks tnd General Rhlelda. If Johnston lisd rcinainrd at Cenirevlllo bis left flank would have hern turned by the * iniire right wing of General MeClellsn, who would have a attacked hitn simultaneously in front and on both flanks. . Kxaminatlens of tho fortifications of Centreville and Mnnnssss have shown thai, although nearly Impregnable In front, they are entirely unprotected from an t attack from the wee'. To have reins ned, therefore, ot c Centreville, after McClcl'an had lurned hie luft flank, would have boon madness on the pari of General John- ' Bten. Hy retreating whrn he did he mv<>s hi* enttro army, all his artillery and baggage and falls hark to a . position equally at snscrpllble of fortification and durance as Manassas was. If he la allowed time he will 1 rortify the lino of the Kappabannork as strongly as he did i that ut Centreville; and, as he has the labor o( many thousand '-laves, It w ill not require m icta time. Rut It la not to , bo supposed that he will retreat further without lighting. General MeCIcllun'e soldiers will llnd th< tr long desired ' battle Held nearer to Richmond than they supposed, hnl I that they will find It there cannot be a doubt. If It Is said that there ore no iotrrnchmenta to force In the enemy'a new position, let It bo remembered that tho In- 1 Uenclirnrnla at null run, on the Stat of July, were as nothing to thoee Juat abandoned. Yet they kept the , Union army at bay. OPERATIONS OF THE FIFTH ARMY CORPS. Otacral Hamilton's Promotion?Another Skirmish with Ashljr's Cavalry?Captnro of Their tfcasrtcrmastsr by Oar Hen?Tko Baltimore and Ohio Rail* road, die,, die. Wimnsmsa, Vs., M/urvh It, 1882. General ITamllten yesterday afternoon was waited npon by nearly all the officers of the division, to congratulate him on his advancement, and also to eiprsaa profound rarret at the neceeslty of his departure. A Pennsylvania regimental band gave him a serenade, and the stay officers accompanied him as far as Berryvllls. This morning Ashby's cavalry, with two guns, were driven three miles beyond Newlowa by a force of onr artillery, infantry and caralry. Many ahells were thrown on both sidea, but, as far aa known, no ono waa killed. Captain E. T. Pendleton, Quartermaster of Aahby's caralry. was captured yesterday morning. Tha car* rairbed a point three milea this side of Iter per'S Kerry to-day. The rond is in the worst possible cone,11 a, resultingSKteuitvS repairs to be made avalia ERA I IRGINIA. ' Recently Adopted < ^ ">M . >le for heavy transportation. On several occasions obtructioiw have been placed on the track by the rebels. Jol. Gordon, of the Second Uasaoehnsetts regiment, has >oon appointed to the command of the Brigade vacated >y the transfer of Gen. Hamilton. All is quiet to-night. OPERATIONS ON THE LOWER POTOMAC. engagement! Between the Gnnboatts Yankee and Anacostla and the Rebel Batteries at Aqtila Creek?Spirited Contest? No Injury Received by the I'nlon Vessels?The Damage to the Rebel Work! Sot Ascertained?Heavy Cap* tare! of Rebel Ordaaace and Aaaaal* tlon, die., Ac. WAsnwoTiji, March 15,1862. Since Thursday several companies of volunteer* have sen engaged In securing the most valuable of the proicrty left by tho rebels at Pumfrias. Tt is said to be mmense, consisting of caissons, wage.is, a large (inanity of ilco and tents, bl.mkc'e, a general assortmont >f commiBcr.ry stores and shot and shell, grape and can star, in large quantities. General Hooker last night received a request from lieutenant Colonel Van l.oar that more boats might bo ent to bim to transport the raptured properly of the < bele. Several boats wera despatched for that purpose, aet quantities bare been destroyed, and a great deal urled, much of which has been discovered. Contraband! ontlnue to flock to eur lines down tho rivor. Much va nabla Information regarding the enemy has been de Ivod from thom. The stepping Stones came up to the yard from I-ivar?ol Toint, above Aqul-t Creek, to 'ay. The Uukjilk corespondent on board the Stepping Stones reports that arly yesterday morning tho Island Belle entered Aquta rack, near the pier,and commenced shelling the battery n the hill, tho battery on the water llr.t having been bandonod. lb* Are ?u returned from ih? hill bsttery. o barm w?i dono to the Island Bella save the carrying way of a piece of Joiner's work from the onglue room y afrRgmont of a shell. tater In the day tho Anacoftia and the Yankee tbelled he field battery at Itoyd'a Hole, and, a.'ier a lively inierhanga of Iron compliments, whieh did uo harm to the 'essoin, tbey both retired. ? The steamer Yankee arrived at the Navy Yard and nok on board a quantity of shell yesterday. Site then, vith tho Anaeoetia, prococded to shell the rebel batteries it Aquia Creek. Tho enemy replied briskly with their guns, but failed lo reach the Yankee, although they mado several egretent line shots. One shell struck but a short distance from the Yaukoe, in direct range with her wbeelb?use. Most of the shots were too high for tho Anaeoetia, many of them passing over to a great dlstanco. Tho heavy guns of the Yankee enabled bar to lie off out of range, and drop her shells with precision Into the batteries. After firing some time the Yenkee end Ansrost la hauled off, without being atruck. It is hollered from the manner In which their ebells e* plndcd In and around tho rebel batteries that "tomebody was hurt." Tbs cars can be toon running to and from the depot at Aquia Creek, and It Is thought that the rebela are removing their etoren, ordnance, Ac. The battery at Potomac creek la still oocnplsd by the rebels. The Yankee has secured a portion of the iron works of the Oeorge rage, and is to day having the whistle of tho rebel steamer attached to her steam pipe. A large number of eplendId guns hsro been secured, which were left by the rebels in Ihclr uppor batteries. Yesterday the I/?slle brought up from the Ev see port bet lery a seven anil a half Ini ii rifled gun, thri wing a hundred and twenty-eight pound shell. The breech of thie gun is bunded with steel, r.od when tl.e splko In It is removed from the vent the gun will prove a moat value, bit acmletttist. There are bow two shells end a largo mass ef med tn the gun, attempts having been made to but it it. < aunon of the beat description are dally being found In the river at tlio various batteries, manv of which, totoi her with a terse amount of leaded ebell, ere being rought UP to ibe Navy Yard. m: PRICE THREE CENTS. IE W S FROM WASHINQT0N. Wamhimito*, March 14,1843. rHl NBW ARTICLE OF WAR APPROVED BY THM nmumrnr. President Lincoln on Thursday approved of the addi* ;tonal article of war, which go?a into immediate opera* don, namely:? All officers or persona in the military or naval service if the United States are prohibited from employing any if the forces under their respective commands for the lurpoae of returning fugitives from service or labor vho may have escaped from any persona to vhom suob service or labor is claimed to be due; and ny officer who shall be found guilty by a court martial fa violation of this article of war shall be dismissed rom the service. US NAVY DEPARTMENT AND THE REBEL BATTERY MERRIMAC. The Navy Department is looking up documents to die* irove the charge or neglect In reference to the Merrimac. )n January 30, Mr. Ericsson telegraphed that the Mentor waa afloat, and gave her draught of water fore and ift. The following reply woe dint by Assistant Socreary For "Sin?I congratulate you, and wish you sncoese. lurry her for sea, as the Merrimac la nearly ready at Norfolk, and wo wish to send her there." Otber^legraphic despatches aad o rrespondcrco aro i be produced, showing that the department was wido wake upon tbo Fubject of the Morrimao. GENERAL WOOL'S MILITARY POSITION. At the executive session of the Senate, yesterday Xtvrnoon, a strong footing was inanifo.-ted in favor of dat ing General Wool in a more important position than te now occuplos, and involving more active and com. irehensivc duties. TU:h feeling was deroloped in a narked manner during the discussion upon the couQrnotion of Major General McDowell. TUB PKOrOSED BANKRUPT LAW. The committee on the Bankrupt law are still considerng Mr. Roscoe L. Conkiing'c bill, lies idea, they are enAged in examining into propositions of variotiB kinds for .lmoat every section of the country?within its loyal Itates. of course. As ihe subject is an exceedingly com- ? dieated one, and as it will ioko about one week to dis-use the bill, a report on the subject must not be expected for somo time. APPOINTMENT OP ASSISTANT SECRETARY OP TUB INTERIOR. The President has appointed John P. Upshur, or Indiana, Assistant Secretary of the Interior Department, the office having been created by a late act of Congress. APPOINTMENTS BY TUB SECRETARY OP THE NAVT. The following appointments wero promulgated by the Secretary of the Navy to-day:? l Lieutenant Earl English, Trenton, N. J., to the comnand of the United States steamer Somerset, N?w T okJohn Statxenbergh and Thomas M. Toombs, appointed tester's Mates on board the {Somerset. Charles Fairchild, Acting Assistant Paymaster. Another Gunboat Expedition Down tkt Mississippi. >18APPEARANCE OP TUB REBELS ON TUB APPUO*J* OP TRB UNION FORCE??MANIFESTATIONS OP UNION RKBKL8 ON TBI MlSBIBStrPI, NTO., KTC. Hickxax, Ky., March IS, 1862. A naval expedition, composed of the gunboats Benton, Louisville, Cincinnati, Oarondelet and Cones tog% under ''lag Officer Foote, left Cairo at seven o'clock thin norning. i At Columbus they were Joined by the Pittsburg, fit. [oni* and Mound City, and were overtaken by eight merer boats, in tow of four steamers, with transports and irdnance boats. They arrived here at half past four I'clnck this afternoon. The mounted pickets of the enemy were in eight on ho blulT. On our arrival two companies of tho Twenty" isventh Illinois regiment were sent after them, but they sreaped. A strong Union feeling is manifested here. The impression prevails that Island Number Ten will not offer much resistance. There are said to be two thousand troops at Union, seven thousand at Humboldt, and fifteen thousand In the vicinity of Island Number Teu. At tho latter place there are also said to be twelve heavy guns in their batteries. Arrival 1 ef Parson Brown low sat Nashville. account OF bib ncrHIBONIIKNT at KKOXVILI.it- bin treatment by the rkukl8?he IB on him way north to publish the account or bib pkiwkcctioks and adventures. nabuviii.b, Tenn., March ib, 18c2. Parson Brown'.ow ar.d sen arrived hero to-day. He says bu was imprisoned in the common Jail at Knoxviilet on December 6, in violation of an agreement with th* rebel government. He was confined in a sma.l, damp room, but, being attacked by typhoid fever, he was removed to his residence, where he was laid up for eight weeks, a strict guard being kept over him. Having partly recovered, he obtained a pass from the rebel government, and left Knoxrille two weeks ago. Ho was detained by order of General Hardee at Rhethy villa leu daya. Ilo reached the fedora! line* thia morn. lii(. . Parson Browmow declines darting a paper hare, on account of 111 health. He pro-ecda to the North to pebItah the story of bla martyrdom. He ie not affected by consumption, as has been reported. FrintitAL or Asrmrw Nnserrr, Jn?The remains of Andrew Nesbitt, Jr., PctNmd Assistant Kng ineei of the United States Meam gunboat Whitehall, who was killed in lie- latter part of the aecond day's engagement off Fbrtram Monroe, by a piece of shell, severing his head from his body, arrived here yesterday, in charge of his brother aud a committee from Engine Company No. 10. His funeral will take place this afternoon, at one o clock, from the residence of bis father, 310 Church street. The Fire Pepnrtmcnt hare been Invited to participate in tbeoeremonies. ? ???????? City Intelligence. Tmt Propositi New Kintjrriow or vet Post Omit.?As soon as ths waathor permanently settles the new extension or the old Poet Office will be onmineuoed, according to (ho plans of Mr. Griffith Thomas, the architect, which have been accepted by tbo government. Ihe o* tension will tike up all the vacant apace between the present building and the Iron railings fronting on Nassau, Cedar and I.lberty streets, occupying twenty feet six inches oe Nvaau, about fifty fast on Cedar, and ell tho space between tbo old tower In Liberty street and the corner of Nsfsou. It will be twenty two feet high, and will consist of a superstructure of wood resting on e heavy brick well, six feet high, as s base. A number of skylights will ba srranged in the roof, which, together w ith the abundant supply of windows in the walls, wtd aflhrit a (lood of light to every part of the etractui; Thn newspaper department and mail delivery will be louitrg on the comer of Nassau and Liberty; the goi.eral delivery dofarlment wl'l take In all that pert to front on Nassau. and ths box delivery and foreign department will be lu Cedar street. It Is evperted thst ths work will bn roniplstod within a month sftsr ths oommsncrment of operations. Tnc Immh Wtsnsx Rinjtt, commanded by Colonel Howard Carroll, whose besdquartere are at H.cheater, have ? recruiting office at No. 1&0 Canal street, near the Bowery, la this city. Thisoorps ie ailing up rapidly, ua. the eupervlslon of Captains M. Lor an, M Murphy and John H. Nugent, and will send fbrward to Koebeeter the Orsldrafl of recruits on faturdey, under command of - .. . fl? nniMtfiunilv for man dA. Lieutenant Dunn, u is ~rr ? slums of joining a Brst rises regiment. ImmedMeap. plication should be mode, u the regiment will shortly be under marching orders. United ItstN Clrcmlt Court. Mencn 16?Judge Khipmsn eentenced Daniel Demi, oonvicted of counterfeiting, to one year end sis months' imprisonment, with hard labor, and to pay a One of $1. In the caee of Henry Crawford, indicted for the capital oltbnee of dealing In Hares, application was made to adroit the prisoner to bail, as be had bean conilnod for so* ran months without being brought to trial. Mr. K. Ileialiold Smith, t'nited Slate* District Attor. ney, opposed the applieat ion, as ho was ready to try all those CUM. Alter some alight discussion, the Judge said that tf the trial waa not brought on at the April term, he wosMl hear the motion to bail. Bl|kty*afili Rcginwiit b?w toih Vulune te.rs. Ideal Col I 0 rV'kns- wi. r* >'<av t if 4 rtlm Ml, Tiro I'.t. Iisvis, !*?:< ed *1 '-r A v ' w WAS p-omote ; I.'e.itro#r. V ?!, rd C ot. R. ?. K'tg we? i pr.cTiotod M ?:or.

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