Newspaper of The New York Herald, March 20, 1862, Page 1

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated March 20, 1862 Page 1
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TE WHOLE NO. 9322. 'IMPORTANT FROM FLORIDA. The Peninsular State Restored to the Union. Important Operations of Commodore Dupont. Occupation of Jacksonville and St. Augustine. The Stars and Stripes Floating All Aroond Florida. OFFICIAL REPORT OF COMMODORE DUPOflT, Ac., Ac., Ac. Voluntary Surrender of Fort Macon, St* Augustine and Jacksonville, Florida* Wisms gtow , March 19,1802. Despatches received at the Navjr Department from flag Officer Dapont,annonnee that the flag of the United States floats over Fort Maoon, at St. Auggstine, Florida, the town was surrendered without fighting. The town authorities received Commander Rogers in the Town Hail,and after being assured that he would protest the loyal citizens tney raised the flag with their ?wn has (la. The rebel troops evacuated the place the night before the appearance of the gunboats. This is the seoond of tbo old forts taken. , Jacksonville, Florida, was also surrendered In like turner. The Governor of Florida baa recommended the entire evacuation of East Florida. Ceamodert Dupout's Report. Flagship Wabash. \ OrrSr. Atjovsrua, Fla., March 19,1802. J Snt?Having iSn the 7th despatched a division of my force to hold Bmnswick, consisting of the Mohican, Pocahontas and Potomska, under Commander Gordon, 1 shifted my flag from the first named vessel to the Pawnee, and organized another squadron of light vessels, embracing the four regular gunboats Ottawa, Seneca, Pembina and Huron, with the Isaao Smith and Ellen, under Lieutenant Commanding Stevens, to proceed without delay to the mouth of the St. Johns river, croes, if poesible, its difficult and shallow bar, feel the forte if rtlll held, and push on to Jacksonville?indeed, to go as far as FUatka, eighty miles beyond, to reeonnoitre and capture river steamers. This expedition was to be accaapanie^by the armed launches and cutters of the TRflbMh, under Lieutenants Irwin and Barnes, and by a light draught transport with the Seventh MewaHampehire regiment. After arranging with Brigadier General Wright our joint occupation of the Florida and Georgia coeta, Including protection from injury to the mansion and grounds of Dungenee, en Cumberland Island, originally the property of the evolutionary hero and patriot General Greene, end tin owned tfcr hie a ascendants, and leaving Commander festival Orpytec in charge of the naval force, I rejoined this ship^ruttiBgfdr me off Farntmdina, and proceeded erith her of St. Jdhaa, arriving there on the 9th. Thegasftoata had not yet been able to croes the bar, hut expensed Ve-do so the next day, the Ellen only getting In that evening. As alt Nassau, which was visited by Lieutenant Com wiandtog SMwens, on his way dotvn, the forts scomod there tpsiof no probability that tbo Huron could enter, I despatched her off to St. Augustine, where I followed her, arriving on the 11th. I immediately sent on shore Cessnander C. R. P. Rodgers with a flag of trnce, having i sason to believe that If there were any people on this east likely to remain in their houses, it would be at St. Augustine. I enclose Commander Rodgers' most Interesting report, which I am sure tho department will read with satisfaction. The America* fag it flying once more over tha' old city, raited by the handt of Ut own people,'reruted the appeal* threait and/altehoodt of their leaden, though compelled I' wilneu the carrying off of tiuir temt in the rani.i qf the enemy. Thin gives us possession of a second na~ Clonal fort of strength and Importance. Since writing the above I have received by the Isaac flmitb a report from Lieutenant Commanding Stevens, of his operations la the St. Johns river, giving details of ywal interest. From Lieutenant Commanding Nicholson I loam with regret of acts of vandalism on the part of the rebel smmandara (not the people), in setting Are to vast goantities of lumber and the sawmills In that region, wned by Northern men snppoeed to have Union sympathies. Taa mil Ihta varUJ Artel ttifflsnll usvIm s* ?? Mod with aarf choree, dangerous bara, and inland navigation hi aw enemy'a country?I think It dua to the officers aad men undar my command to aay that thay tore, on all occasions, display ad great aptrit and ability, fnliy ootning up to my requirements aud axpaeUtlona. Vary raapcctTnlly, 8. F. DUPONT, Flag Officer. To Hon. ?moo* Wanna, Secretary of the Navy. btobt OP oatt. roduiita to commodore dctont, Umtbti Statu Fijtoamt' Waiusn, \ Ore Br. Accnrenxe, FHt.. March 13, IMS. J 8m?Having craaaad the bar with aoma difficulty, in Obedience to your ordara, 1 approached St. Augustine under a aag of truce, and aa I draw near tba city a white flag waa rained upon one of the bastions of Fort Macon, landing at the wharf, and inquiring for the chief authority, I war noon Joined by the Mayor and conducted to the City Halt, where the municipal authorities were aaaembled. 1 trformed thoin that, having corn? t? rea tore the authority of the United States, you had deemed It more kind to send a manned boat to inform the clti setia of your determination than to occupy the town at mm by feroe of arms, that you were desirous to calm all apprahenakms of harsh treatment that might exist In their inlndn, and that you should careiully raapect tbe persons and property of all citizens who submitted to the authority or the united States; thet you bad a single purpose: to restore the atate of affairs which existed bofere tbo rebellion. T informed tbe municipal auth?ritiies that so long as they reei-aoted the authority of the government wo serve, and acted in good faith municipal affairs would be left in their own hands so far as might be consistent with tbo exigences of the times. The Mayor and Council than informed me that the plnee hnd been evacuated tbo preceding night by two companies ?ef Florida troops, and that they gladly received the ns urnnc * I gave tnein, and placod the city in my hands. ( recommended them to holet the flag or the Union at aooa.and in prompt accordance with ttio advice, by arder of the Mayor, the national onai it tvae displayed from the tlagstaff of tho fort. Tho Mayor proposed to turnover to me tho live oatin n mounted at the fort, which are in good condition and not spiked, and also the )few munitions of war left by tho reiroattng emmy. I deei. <sd to lake charge of them ror the present, to make carelul inventories and establish n patrol ond p ard, Informing him thai ho would be held responsible for tho place null our force should enter tholwb.r trailed upon tlie c trgf mon of the city, re pirating them to res*euro ihrfr pso- io, and to cm:id> in our kind intern M i.g tovsrds them. About Of'ceu bundled pereobg / 0 [E NE THl CAPTl SCEK OF 0PEBATM8 OF i~ NEWBE^fa^i^ imfVjl _ FORTIFIED ^Mkd&^r M m?NTR?NCHM?m tf J^S'Ji A BREAS TMQRKS jf 1/Wth afJf iii?R Mfi mS**1 gjlfm eWjHumS UNFINISHED , f ?jiTBEMGMM^mi3SsA V "If SLOCUMV / 2 ^jnf R;I(t ll \\ < *Mr?jrs~30M remain in St. Augustine, about one-fifth of the inhabitants having fled. 1 believe that there are many citizen* who are earnestly attached to the Union, a large number who are silently opiwsed to it. and a still larger number who care very little about tho matter. I think that nearly all the men acquiesce in the condition of atTaira we are now establishing. There Is much violent and pestUeat feeling among the women. They seem to mistake treason for eourage, and have a theatrical deeire to figure as heroines. Their minds have, doubtless, been filled with the falsehoods so Industriously circulated In regerd to the lust and hatred of our troope. On the night before our arrival a party of women assembled in front of tbe barracks and cut down the flagstaff, in order that it might not be used to support the old flag. The men seemed anxious to conciliate in every way. There is a great scarcity of provisions In the place. There scorns to be no money except the wretched paper currency of the rebellion, and much poverty exists. In the water battery at tho fort are three One army thirty-two pounders of 7,000 pounds, and two eight-inch earnest howitzers of 6,000 pounds, with shot and some powder. Thero are a number of very old guns in tbe fort nseleas and not mounted. Several good guns were taken away some months ago to arm batteries at other harbors. Tbe garrison of tbe place weul from St. Augustine at midnight on tbe 10th for Smyrna, where are Mid to be about 800 troops, a battery, the steamer Carolina, and a considerable quantity of arms and ammunition. It is vary positively statod that the Governor haa ordered the abandonment of Fast Florida, and proposes to make a stand near Apaiacbicola. Mr. Uennls,of the Coast Survey, who accompanied ins, rendered me much valuable aid. I have the honor to be, very rosiiectfully, C. R. P. H01.UKR8. Commander. TV> Flag Offl.-er F. Dvpont, Commanding South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. RETORT or LIEUT. STEVENS TO COM. DUPONT. V.vitsi) States Gunboat Ottawa, 1 Oii'.Uivontili.b, March 13,1802. J T.i Mnir fifth or S V Hi I'fiKT. romtnunJina South Atlantic Blockading Squadron ? | 8m?I succeeded in cro*Birigvti>e bar with Ibis vessel, tba Seneca and Pembina the day before yesterday about four o'clock, bavin# no wator to spare under our keels. IlieSuiiili arrived half an hour afterwards aud crossed without a pilot, and it waa mvoK-ary to make arraignments to land a company of soldiers lor the protection of the guns before leaving the entranco of the river. I found it too late to muvo up to this p'sco. That evening, near ten o'clock, 1 discovered large f.ras, bearing westnorthwest from the auchorago, wiiieli proved to bo, on my arrival here, tho burning of milts, h -uses sod property bolotiglng to Northern men with suspected Union proclivities, burned by order of tho rebel coinmuider. I left Mayport yesterday, with tho vessels named, lor this point, ordering the Klion to stop at JnhQf* Bluffnnd take on board tho guns and munitions of wnr at that point, and a', tor wards to rejoin mo here, which miaaion was successfully accomplished. Wo succeeded In reaching Jacks?>n\ illo without difliculty, and at every house, aavo one, found evidences of poncefnl demons!rations and returning reason. On our arrival at this place the corporate authorities, through S. L. Burrltt, Esq.. came off wiih a flag of truco, and gave up the town. From conversation with intelligent citizens, I fled that the inhabitants are seeking and waiting for the protection of our flag; that they do not fear us, but their own people; end from the occupation of this Important |ioiut I am satisfied. If our opportunities are Improved, great results will follow. Many of tho citizens have tied, many remain, aud thore is reason to believe moat of them will return. 1 have Just hoard the municipal government has been restored. Very respectfully, he., T. H. HTRVRNB, Lieutenant Commanding, senior officer present. A despatch from Flag Officer 8. V. Ihipont, dated March It, off 8t. August Ins, contains tho following:? Further informs!Ion from the tit. Johns river is satisfactory. The burning of ths valuable mills and lumber, with the fine hotel at Juckzonvilie, and the bouso of Mr Robinson, a Union man, was by order of tho rebel Can. Tre plor, who. after taglorloualy fiyingwith his forceg from the town, * ifh every ronMdcrnblo means of dereuce el band, sent a large detachment buck for this Incendiary purpose on discovering that our gunboats bad not been able, oo their Oral arrival, to croea the bar. LI*l'T*NAHT RUIN!) TO COMMODORR I)t'PONT. 0 l ni iKii STtna snt t ?er CkpstDaa, I North Emm, March 3,1802. J Kir?On the 28ult. I received in.onuntlon that the enemy wai building a battery at Ilea- BhiiT, opn. site White Point. On Height I lbs 24th, accompanied by Lieutenant Prentia^Tvi ent up tn our dingy with three men and landed without being dtrcove>ed by tbaguard. Lieutenant Prentiss and I went up and found tho battery In an unfinished slate, and, looking about us, discovered the magaalne. found two of the picket guard asleep in it, got one muiket out from beside them without awaking them, returned to the boat and brought up two of the man to secure them. In doing go, I regret to say, one of them wna shot thmqgh the bend and Instantly killed, the pistol In my hand going ofr accidentally Iti the atrucgle. Wo ca-ried both to the b'<at end escaped without dtacovery. The picket guard that night consisted offif. ten Infantry and two mounted men, In command of a lieutenant. So the surviving prisoner states. Wu buried tho other properly tho next dny near tho camp of the Forty seventh rev iinent. If It nams was .'ne. A. Wilson, of Company C, Moore's battalion, stationed at Clin ch Data. The other, no* on board of this vera>1,Is Wm. II Kvlns, from Raburn county Ga., of the samecompa ny. According to his account thorn are two regiment* at Church Flat*, sending picket# out regularly to KockvHIe, Bear RJuiT, and ether polnta otj the easl also of tin, river. Their men are Il^fod, not paid or clothed,and ha ly troati d. Wilflou wW from l'lc- en-' district, booth fUr >I as. The tnuskets we have ink n from them aro of ths I n field pattern; have tho T wtr mark, date 18 1. Both cartridge bo\ca cents I nod F-jr's l/mdon stumped . irt r dties. Very rvspectf lly. y ir obedient aerv. nt. A c. Blltfn,t,le"'?nantCemtnu ding. To Flag Officee P. F. Pcrowr, Oc nuisndlng South Atlectle BlecK 'ding p.|tiailroO W YO NEW YORK, THURSI IRE OF NEWE KABCH 13 AID 14, 1862. k SuESOPCOITQN BALES il SUNKEN.SHIPS JOWEJfflR pUM itCHEVAUKDEFRISl \rt ompsonW WLanmhg point %fe Arrival of the Steam Transport* Atlaatl and Marlon. The steam transport* Atlantic, Captain 0. Edrldge,and Marion, Captain Jas. D. Phillips, which sailed from Port Royal March It, consigned to the United State* Quartermaster, arrived here yesterday morning. The Atlantic brought a large number of passenger*, among whoa are J. W. Sherman and Captain Lodge, of the bark Fanny Eoler, prisoners to the United State* Marshal. Her cargo comprises:?M baits ginned sea island cotton, 806 unginned do., 28 bales Florida upland, 1 mirror, 1 pianoforte, 21 hides, 30 cases of beaks?to Hiram Barney, Collector of the Port of Now York. The Unitod .States steamer Model Ian, Captain A. Q. Gray, accompanied the Atlantic to Port Royal bar, to take off a number of invited guest*. Signals were exchanged and salutes fired as the ships parted. No Important event had occurred since the recent capture and occupation of Pernandlna, St. Marys, St. Augustine and Jacksonville, Florida, by the nary under Flag Officer Dupont, and troops commanded by Oenera' Wright. ocr fsrnakdjna corrkspondkncb. VI. U...K 11 1 GOO The Jacksonville Expedition?Landing at Nassau InletDeserted Bat!cry Found?Arrival of Fleet off St. Johns Bar?Tran'fer of Troops to Gunboats from Transport Boston?Affairs at Femandina?Rebel Officers Thkrn, dr., Jc. Py the steamer Ronton, Captain Johnson, we hare In toHieence of the progress of the expedition which left hereon Saturday last, to take and oocnpy Jacksonville, Florida, a village on the St. Johns river, twenty-five miles from the sea, and about thirty-five miles from here, at- the orow (lies. When tho Boston last saw the Heel it was off St. Johns bar, and about to cross it, preparatory to seconding the ifver to the village or city (for Florida is blessed with many cities of small size and iere importance) of St. Johns, where we expect to get hold of the railroad, and cut off tbe lower part of the peninsula from rebelilnm. The expedition was composed of the gunboat Ottawa, Commander '1 Unman H. Stevens ; Seneca,Com" mandrr Daniel dmmcn ; Pembina, Commander John Hankhoad ; Isaac Smith, Commander Nicholson ; Huron, Commander Downer, ar.d Ellen, Lieutenant Budd.with the transport Boston, having on board the requisite military force. TbeUect crossed Fersand ins bar on Statnrday afternoon, at ono o'clock, and stood out towards the Wa" bosh, which laid at anchor some miles outside the bar* On nearing her they were Joined hy Ore launches and cutters from the flagship, under the command of Lieutenant Irwin, each ariued with a Dahlgren howitzer,and manned by a full crew. As tbe Boston nsared the Wabash the band of ono of the regiments, conducted by Professor IHgnatn, one or tbe most accomplished musicians in the service, performed the national airs in the m<wt spirited manner, and when tho last strains of tba "Mtar Spangled Banner'' had died away the crew of the Wabash sprang into the rigging, and, manning ths yards, replied to the refrain in three rousing ehoers, given with u will, that might have been heard high above tit* roas of the surf In tbe sleepy town of Fernaudlna itself. The commanding officer of tbe expedition, Captain Thomae II. Stevens,of the Ottawa, was complimented inn similar manner, which was duly acknowledged by the Ottawa's blue Jackets manning the rigging and giving three rousing cheers. It was a well merited compliment to Captain Stevens. Tbe fleet was again under way In a few moments, and after a short and pleaaaut sail came to anchor off Nassau Inlet, one of the numerous rat boles on the Southern coast. As the draught of water did not permit the gunboats t^go In, the launches, In command of Lieutenant Irwin, were despatched In. A landing was soon effected without trouble, and a battery found which had once mounted four gene. It bad evidently been deserted but a short time by tho rebels, I'Vo ui. others on the sea which may bo approached bi '.he n ivy. Lieutenant Irwin raised Iho Stars and 8L h ,-t upon i' c ramparts, nnd the United States govornncut i gait, lied poo ion ion or another harbor in the rcbrl realmt. Mr. Irwin hud one hundred sail rs in lite command. The launches having returned, and a report having beet made, at eight o'clock the fleet weigh*! anchor again aud Stood down the coast for 8t. Johns, which won eoon reached. Off the bar were found the siearaors Florida and Keystona Str.te blockading th port. As nothing could be accomplished that night. tho float came to anchor to nwait dnyi.ght. In tho morning tho troopit wore transferred from the Boston to th gunboats. While lying off St. Johns Immense , tuns or smoke were observed f ont the fleet, r ein/ ni several polule from the shores ?r the riser and the aigaceat couutry. liody of smoke Im. o- t. e river In the direction of Jiw movtl'.o, nnd jt seem J t > be the general tmprr rl n among the naval .rjflcere .h it the rrb l soldiers were apply tug the torch to .thr plantations auieg II TT TT IV JV ?1 )AT, MARCH 20, 1802. IERN, NORTH TIE BATTLE GBODID TORPEDOES in THE REUSE RIVER. I the rirer and to Jacksonville itself. There ii little doubt but that the haa been destroyed hi the in eendlartee' torch, and that we shall And nothing but molting and blackened ruins where one* was a beautiful and fieni Ishiug Tillage. From what 1 have seen and heard hare and at St. Marys I am convinced that the soldiers, mostly from Mississippi and Alabama, have been guilty of this wanton destruction of private proSrty, as I know that the citiaeas, or at least a vast malty of them, are opposed to the needless sacrifice, and ve frequently prevented similar acts in Fernandina as

well as in St. Marys. But the half civilizad ruffians who make up in the main soma of ths Misaliuipp and Florid* regiments hare full away wherever they art quartered, and arc regardless ss well of private persoas and lights as .of private property. Their ward la law, sad whan I My that the man are omceriff by ex Regdstora not disciples of Judge Lynch, some of them the vary drags of civilization, yuu may easily conceive of the itate.of affairs in the unfortunate place they are quartered upon for the purpose of defending and protecting. The people of Fernandina and St. Marys were glad to be wail rid of the fellows, even at the expanse or receiving Lincoln's hirelings, sa thty call tbsm, in Uuir stead. When ths Boston left St. Johns bar the fleet were about to cross it and proceed up the river. The result, which cannot be doubted, is not yet at hand. I hope I shall be able to send it by the first mail from Hilton Head. I append a list of the names of those who died while we lay in Waraaw Sound:? Private John K. Williams, Co. F, died Feb. 8. Private John W. Peck, Co. E, died Feb. 9. Private Geo. A. Barstow, Co. E, died Feb. 12. Private Alphonao Weeks, Co. B, died Feb. 18. Private Horace Dorman, Co. F, died Feb. 13. Private Geo. Sothergill,Co. G,died Feb. IS. Private Danforth H. Bos worth, Co. A, died Feb. 18. coMmMnomcn omt'Mts. Lieutenant Wm. Gardiner,Co. C, Ninety-seventh Pennsylvania regiment, died Fab. 19. Lieutenant Wm. H. Andrews, Co. E, Ninth Maine regiment, disd Feb. IT. THE GREAT VICTORY AT IEWBERI. OFFICIAL REPORT OF GENERAL BURNSIDE. His Account of the Battle and he Retreat of the Rebels. Capture of Siity-Fonr Cannon, Two Steamboats, Sailing Vessels, Wagons, Horses, and All the Rebel Monitions. PLANS OF THE BATTLE FIELD A Large Amount of Cotton, Aosin, Turpentine, Ac., in Toecesaion of tbe Union Forces, ac., M* s?. GENERAL BURNSIDE"^ IlKPORT. llaanqraitras ParaRTwavr o? North Caaoma, 1 Nbwmckn, March 1?, 1H03. J General L. TaoMaa, Adjutant General Hotted Btatea Army:? Obrmui?I have the honor to report that, after embarking th? trefopa with which I intandod to attack Newborn, In conjunction with tha naval force, on the morning of tha 11th, a rendezvous waa made at Hattaraa Inlet. Flag Officer Goldaborough baring bean ordarad to Hampton Road a, tha naval licet waa left In command of Commodore Rowan. Early on tha morning of the 13th tha entire force eta-ted for Newborn, and that night anchored o(T tha mouth of Slocum'a creak noma eighteen mllea from Nawbern, where 1 had decided to make a landing. Tha landing commenced by re- en o'clock tha naxt morning, under cover of the naval fleet, and waa effected with the greateat enthusiasm by the troopa. Many, too Impatient for the boats, leaped into the water, and waded walat deep to the ihore, and then, after a toilsome march through the mint, the head of the column marched within a mile aid a half of tboenemy'a atronghold, at eight P. If., a distance of twelve mllea from the point of landing, where wr bivouacked for the flight, the rear of the column coming up with the boat howitzer* about threo o'clock neat morning, the detention being caused by the allocking condition of the road a, consequent upon the heavy rain that hud fa.leu during that day and the whole of the night, the men often wading knee deep in mud, and requiring a whole regiment to drag the eight piece* which liad been landed from the navy and our own vessel" By tlgnalft agreed upon, tlio naval vessels, with the armed veesels of my force, were Informed of our pro. groan,and were thereby enabled to assist i.a much in i ur march by shelling the rend In ndvence. At daylight on I he morning of tho 14th I ordered an advance of the entire division, whlrh will be understood by the eucloacd pencil skokh. General 1 outer's brigaUa ERAI CAROLINA. ~1 OF MARCH 14, 1862. 5IE \ STUBBLE ynRSjj BRIGADE Ji/^* / / mar^AS-soA5 ?u ordered up the main country road to attack the enemy's left; General Reno up the railroad, to attack their right, and General Parke to follow General Foster and attack the enemy in front, with instructions to support either or both brigades. 1 must defer for want of time a detailed account of the action. It is enough to say that after an engagement of four hours we succeeded in carrying a continuous line of field works of oyer a mile iu length, protected on the river bank by a battery of thirteen heavy guns, and on the opposite bank by a lino of redoubts of over half a mile in length^br riflemen and fleld pieces, in the midst of swamps and dense forests, which line of works was defended by eight regiments of infantry, Are hundred cavalry and three batteries of fleld artillery of six guns each. The position was finally carried by a most gallant charge of o?r men, which enabled us to gain the rear of all the batteries between this point and Newborn, which was done by a rapid advance of tho entire force up tbc main road and the railroad, the naval fleet meantime pushing its way up the rirer, thmwiifg Iheir shots into the forts and in front of us. The enemy, after retreating In groat confusion, throwing away blankets, kuapeaeke, arms, kr., across the rnilrrui<1 lirlilirn sm! /?nnnlrv sadrl hiiertn^ iKn fnemav an/1 destroyed the draw of tbe latter, thus preventing further pursuit and casting detention in occupying the town by our military force; but the naval force had arrived at the wharves, and commanded it by their guns. I at once advanced General Foster's brigade to take possession of the town by means of the naval vessels which Commodore Rowan had kindly volunteered for the purpose. The city was set on tire by the retreating rebels in many places; but, owing to the exertions of the naval officers' the remaining citisens were induced to aid in oxti iguirhing the flames, so that but little harm has beea done. Many at the citirens are now returning, and we are now in quiet peetrssloo at the city. Wi have omptmmt We print wm press, and shall at ewe <*ru? a daily sheet. By this vie' tory our combined force have captured eight batteries, containing forty-six heavy gun* and three batteries of light artillery of six rrunt rich, mating in all sixty-four gum; two t'eambaati, a number of tailing ousel*, wagon*, horter, a large quantity of ammunition, commissary and quartermaster't store*, forage, the entire camp equippage of the rebel troop*, a large quantity of resin, turpentine, cotton, Jc., and over two hvnulrtd prisoners. Our loss, thus far ascertained. will amount to ninetyone killed and fonr hundred and sixty-six wounded, many of Ibem mortally. Among these are some of our most gallant officers and men. The rebel loss is severe, but not so great as our own, tbey being effectually covered bv their arorks. Too much praise cannot bo awarded to lb# officer* and men for thotr untiring ev?rtloa and unceasing patience in accomplishing this work. The cflfcetingof tho landing and the approach to within a mile and a half of the enemy's works on the IStli 1 consider as great a victory as the engagement of the 14th. Owing to the difficult nature of the lending, our men were forced to wade eelior* waist deep, march through mud to a point twelve miles distant, bivouac on low, marshy ground, in a rein storm, for the night, engage the enemy at daylight in the morning, fighting them for four hours, amid a dense fog, that prevented them from aeetng the position of the enemy, end finally advancing rapidly over bad roads uron the city. In the midst of all this, not a complaint was heard: the men were only eager to ac complish their work. Every brigad",and in fact every regiment, end I can almost say every officer end man of the force landed. was in tho engagement. The men are ell In good spirits, and, under the circumstances, ere in good health. I beg to say to the General commanding that I have under my command a division that can he relied upon in any emergency, A more detailed report will be forwarded as soon as I receive the brigade returns. The Brigadier Generals, having been in the midst of their regiments whilst undsr fire, will be able to glvt me minute accounts. / beg to ta>J to the lion rial commanding the army thai / law endeavored to carry oul the wry minute instruction* given me by him before leaving Annapolis, and thus far ermts have been singularly coincident with his anticipations, I only hope that we may in future be alle to carry out in detail the remaining plans of the campaign. The only thing I have to regret la tho delay caused by the elo 1 menu. I desire again to bear testimony to the gallantry of our naval fleet, and to express my thanks t<vCommander Rowan, and the officers undsr him, for their hearty and cheerful co operation In this movement. Their assistance ?u timely and of great service In the acoomplishm?nt of our undertaking. I omitted to mention that there ?u n largo arrlral of retnforcementa of the enemy in Newborn daring the en gsgement, which retreated with the remainder of tbo army by the care and the country node. 1 have the honor, General, to be your obedient servant, A. E. BPRN8IPE, Brigadier Geueral Commanding Department of North Carolina. IS 8.? I enclose the namea of killed and wounded as fhr as received. [Published In the Hsiui.n of the 19th Inst.? Rp. H skald.] The Third brigade being so far distant, lt Is Impossible to communicate with It la time for this mall. REPORT OP COMMANDER ROWAN. Uarran Status Rhumbs Philaiibijtiu , \ Orr Nawiomw, N. C., March Id, 1899. J To Flag Officer L. M. GoLnssoaoroH, Commanding North Atlantic Blockading Rquadron, Hampton Roads ,Va.:? Bib?1 hsTo the honor to report the capture of all the rebel batteries upon the Neuae river, the complete defeat and ronte of the enemy's forces In this vicinity, and the ' occupation of the city of Newborn by the combined forces of the army and navy oT the United Si aloe on yosterday (Friday), at noon. The Incidents of the expedition, briefly stated, are these:? The fleet under my command, and that of thoarmy left llatteraa Tnlel at ha)f-|?st seven o'clock on Wednesday mn.nlng, the L*th lust., and arrived without accl. dent or delay at the point which had been selected for dt-tv.nbai king the troops, and within sight of lb* cite of Ni wliern, at sun?et on the evening of the same day, where we anchored for the night. On lln:r*day morning I hoisted my pennant on hoard (he ?'ranter I tela we re. At, half-past eight o'clock A. M. our gunboats oviurfiencod *h "lug Ibo woods in tho vl 1 ,D. PRICE TWO CENTS. cri'ty of the proposed place of landing, taking station* a Die. vale along the shore lo protect the ad venae of I he koojB. At half p-.M Dine A.M. the troopa commenced hi lug, end at the same tiro u tlx naval boat howitzers. wiih their crew*, linger tlio command of Lieutenant K 3. tlcCook, of the start and Stripes, were put on inure, to asBtst the attack. The army Commenced to more up the beech at about half past eleven A. M., the debe kitiou of troops stilt c miniomg. In the mean time our verro * wo.e tiowly up, throwlDg .shell in the woods b<yond. At a quarter i ast four P. it. the lire! of tbo cueruy'H liattnrle* opened Bro on the foremost ot our gunboats, which was returned by them at long range. The trooi>s were n< w all disembarked, and steadily advancing without resistance. At suudown the hi tug was disrnn' inued, and the llaet came to anchor in position to cover the troop* on shore. At half past si* A. M. on Friday , the 14th inst., we heard a contiuuoue tiring of heavy guna and musketry inland, and immediately commenced throwing out shells in advanco of lha position suppi ssd to be held by our troops. The lieet steadily moved up, and gradually closed in towards the batteries. The lower fortit'.cutions were discovei d to havo been abandoned by the enemy. A boat was dee patched to them and the St am and Strlpee plauted on the ramparts. As we advanced the upper batteries o;>eno.l lire upon u?. Tlie tire vaa returned with effect; tho magil no of one exploding. Hnv ng proceeded in an extended lino as fa- as tho obstructions in the river would permit, tho signal wt- mad to follow the movements of the flagship, and tho whole ileot advanced iu order, oonccutr di g ou lire on Fort Thompson, mounting thirteen guns,on which rested llie onemy 'a laud dc'euces. Th# army having with great gallantry driven them out of thoav doi'on ea, the forta were abandoned. Sevornl of our vesnela wore slightly injured In pisriug the ha rlca'es of piles and tor|*'dooa which hail been placed In the rivor. The upper battery having been evacuated on the ap| euranco t f the combined forces, It was ab.iud ned un I subs <j cntly blown tip. Wo now stoam d r iptdly up to the city. Tho enemy had ll. d, and tho place rem nivd ^ . in our nn*aesainn. ftniin nor unnrnrrh nevm-al isiints of d tho city were fired by the enemy where storrs had been u occumiiluloil. Two small batteries,constructed of cotton 1 balos, and m minting two guns eonli, were also flrod by them. Two small steamers wore captured, another hav- \ ire been burned. A large raft, composed of barrels of pitch nnd hales of col ton, which had been prepared to send down upon Ihelluat, whs fired, and, (loatingagainst 1 H the railroad bridge, set it on fire and destroyed it. In addition to tl.o prizes a >, tunny of pitch, tar Old a gun- \ boat, and another vessel on tlie stocks, several gcboon- \ I nrs afioat, arid an inimense ipiautity of arms and muni- V tions of war fell into onr hands. At about four P. M. I \ sent several of onr vessel* to the right bank of tho Trent ' river to carry Oeaeral Foster's brigado to occupy the city of Newborn. I am, respectfully, fte., 8. C. ROWAN, Commanding United States naval force* in Pamlico Bound. THE FIRST REGIMENT ON THE REBEL IV TRENCHMENT8. Philaticlphu , March 10,1802. Sergeant Major Iredell, of the Pennsylvania Fifty-first writes that after takiug the enemy's batteries on the left of the defences of Newhern, with the bayonet, the Fifty-first was the first regiment to plant Its colors In the enamy's lntrenchments. THE EFFECT IN WASHINGTON. OENEltAL BUKNSIPE'B OFFICIAL RECOGNITION OP WHO PLANNED THE NORTH carolina expediTION?effjiop on THE opponrnts op general h'clellan. Washington, March IP, 1802. Much excitement has been produced hero by the paragraph in Oeneral Burnside's official report say big to General McClollan that ho (General Burnside) hod endea- . v vorod to carry out tho very minute instructions given to f him by General McClslIan before tho expedition left An-* napolis, and congratulating himself that events have , / been so singularly coincident with General McCleilon's \ anticipations, and hoping tQ be able to carry out in detail the remaining plans of the campaign. This official announcement that General MuCleilon did actually plan > the Burnside expedition, and that it is only a part of his plan of the campaign, has fallen like s clop of thunder from a clear sky upon the heads of his slanderers, end made them as mute aa mice. The friends of ModelhHt * are highly elated. They see in this the opening dawn# McClellan's triumph over his enemies. THE BATTLE GROUND. Tho battle ground of the fight at Newborn presents * study for military men, showicg the fearful oxpoeure that our gallant soldiers had to endure. The rebeia, intrenched behind their heavy fortifications, wero almost entirely protected frum our firs, while our men. in their mancuuvres, were exposed to raking flro, without anythlng being before them to protect them from the shuts of the rebels. The shore map shows st s glanco the po* itton of the three brigades, together with the iutrenchinente of the enemy, bat It does not altogether give the else of the field, It being somewhat condensed. The fortification extends from the river tn an almost straight line to the railroad track, whers again it meets with a set of small redoubts and rifle pits. These continue on for some distance until they become lost In the swamps. It is generally supposed that these fortifications extended altogether to n distance of one or two miles, giving a tor. ribls advantage to those behind to rex 1st almost any force that could be brought against them. The trees had been cut down for somo distance In front of tho fort, to allow a more extended range to the guns, and at the soma time to render an attack almost Impossible, owing to tho terrible exposure that the attacking party would be subjected to. A high even field also fronted" the batteries, as will be sarn In the sketch, so that an advance by any force in a straight direction must be accompanied with a fearful destruction of llfo. Every preparation was mad# to rsnder the defence as effective as possible,and nothing but the determined will of our troops evar carried such defences in the face of such overwhelming odds. I'llEi nbUdA mvAn ah u inrj ohmjuj rvnu* FICATIONS. Our map of the N'euso river and the rebel forte oo the way towards Newborn will be found highly Interesting, showing, as it doer, the landing point of the troops, tho road they followed, tho crossing of the railroad and tho heavy fortifications, behind which the rebelo made the only stand worth mentioning. The forts along the rivet are also given in full, together with the obstructions placed in tho channels to prevent the passage of onr veneris on tha way to Newborn. Yesterday we published a full account in detail of (hear forts, the resistance they made, the number of guns they mounted, and our narrow escape from the torpedoes placed In the river for the destruction of the fleet; but the lntonees of the hogr nt which we received the Intelligence pra' vented us from publishing the above maps; hence ws present them to our readers today. From the landing place to Newborn the distance le foiTrtoen miles, and to the heavy batteries It Is about eleven or twelve miles. The forts In the river are nboot half n mile apart, and would have been a most form!" dable gauntlet for the Union fleet to have run, If not totally destructive one, had they been manned by soT dlers who were not afraid to light. The vessola sunk consisted of twenty four sailing veeaels, principally schooner*, ud formed an impassable barrier; but lb* takes and internal machines were humbug*- Tba rail, road bridge destroyed by the rebels was a heavily built struetar* creasing the Treat river, the building Of which coat many thousand a or dollars. Newborn Itself is nearly at the bead of navigation, on the Nona* river, and la a remarkably pretty'llttl* town of about 6,000 In habitants. It contains a r*w fine cherchea, a large bank, some shipping, and transacted oonaiderabl^buslaoea, owing to tbo North Carolina Railroad having n largo depot there. THE TORPEDOES, la our account yesterday of the brilliant success of lb* | Burn*id* expedition w* stated that the rebels bad planted la tba channel of the Neua* river a number of Infernal machines, or torpodooa, Intended for tba total destruction of any vessel ao unfortunate aa to come late coltlelon with on* of them. Wo glvo to day a sketch of one of thee* instrument*, showing the manner In whiah 1'iey were made. Throe heavy pieces of timber, placed In the poeltion an shown above, at the bottom of which wan placed a bos AIM with old Iron, stone* and other heavy materials, was sunk la the river, and then in* -umj r..?ini aft an anffla of forty-flva degree* by menns of ropM and wsighte. This heavy frame wan carped by a cylinder of iron, about ton Inchon In ?l|. ' amoter. Into this was fltled a aholl, which wan honvlly loaded, rooting on a Ml of aprlnga, ao arranged that tho leant pronouro on tho cyllndor would instantly dlochargo tho a bull by moans of a porcusaton rap Ingeniously pla< < d. Of oonrao any portion of a roaaol, in passing th?oo fnrmldablo afr?ira. touching them, would produce an in * tantaneons dlochargo, thoreby sinking or blowing It up. Ilio loss of life wm not oT as much Importance to tho ro!>el? a* tho dcntrucllon of our vessel*. Vfo havo already staled that, with tho exception of two of onr gunts'ata, n thing was Injured, and even tho*e wo t not touched by the Infernal machines, our fleet ear*ping tb"tn all, b il by plain stakes sunk in the river. Quite *n.tmber or thosn torpedoes were found in a ship yard on Shorn alter tho lauding of our troop*, aud the | ereon en gaged in tholr manufacture U now in tho hand* of t.sco tlurnslde. .

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