Newspaper of The New York Herald, April 18, 1862, Page 1

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated April 18, 1862 Page 1
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T H WHOLE NO. 9352. KWl F101GEI. BillS' CORPS. ? -j Ifovnt jMbaon Occupied by Union Troops. PRECIPITATE FLIGHT OF THE REBELS. Bridges and Railroad Stock Saved bom ; Destruction. ; many prisoners captured 1 PveMMIitf of Anstfccr Battle Witb ! the Erny. Us?ml Shields In Command of ! is Troops, Ao>? Jfcc., Jbo. tiMiwiw, April IT, ISM. 1 TIn foNewteg tea nwmo a? to* War Depart- ( Moo** Jicuox, April 17?A. M. 1 Our treope occupied Mount Jackson at seven o'olock this J Morning, and aro now in front of Rudo'a Hill, where the < enemy appears to ho In force. The people report that they intend giving battle there. 1 They resisted our advance in order to gain time for the ' horning of bridges and railway care, engines, ho., which j had accumulated at the terminus of the road, hut our movo?ent was so sudden, and the retreat of the rebels so pre- 1 ci pita to, that we were enabled to save the bridges, two ' locomotives and some earn. All these had boon prepared ] with combustible material for instant conflagration. Many prisoners have bean taken and several horses captured from the enemy. The troops have acted admirably. They wsre in mo. Me at one oeloek in the morning. Colonel Carroll's brigade, of General Shields* division, tad the advance on the hack road to the roar of Mount Jackson, and General McCall on ths turnpike. General Williams, with hit ssain division, brought up he reserved oofamn. We shall occupy New Market to-uigbt. Genera) Shields has so tar recovered as to command his division in person. " ? Snusnme, April IT, lSflfl, Despatchss from General Banks, dated Mount Jackson, dMs morning, state that he bad seised two looomotives and several care, saved ths bridges and taken many prisoners and several flat borees. M)S advance was so sodden that he enemy bad no lime to deetrey their works or property, although ovary preparation was probably made to do so. Our force# surprised in t church a company of Ashby*s cavalry, fifty to sixty in nnmhar, together with three lieutenants and the horsee of the company. 8o secure did they feel that they neglected do pest pickets. The prisoners are new here in charge of CoIom) Charles Canby, of tbe 8isty-sixtb Ohio, com mender of tbe post, to bo forwarded to Baltimore. Colonel Caaby, is person, keeps up active scouting Ibroegb the mounts* bauats of tbo rebels wltb cavalry, between tbo two forks of tbo Sbenandoab, and baa brought in several prieooero who aided in tbo attack on bis pickets. Be reports tbo inhabitants almost destitute ?f tbe necessaries of life and ignorant or our presence in fetes, bet tbat tbsy request protection agamst rebel depredations, having nsvsr taken part m tbe war. It is tbey are generally decidedly in fsvor of tbo I restoration of tbe CnionD Between Forty and Fifty of th? Set* bnty-Ffftb Peaeiylvania Regiment Drowned. Wwcmsrnm, va., April 17, 1M2. Yesterday a large beat, oontainiag a number ef tbe men and officers of tbe Seventy-fifth Pecnsylvante regieseot, swamped at Cattleman's ferry,en tbe Shenandoah, drowning between forty and fifty men and severe) oUtuers. Among tbe latter are Adjutant Teatmao, Captain Wjlson, of tbe Third brigade commissary, and Osptaln Ward, lbs regimeat was formerly commanded by Colonel Bohlea, bow Acting Brigadier of tbe Third brigade, General Blenker s division. RIWi MUM ?IH. FRtMORT I CORPS. Wimiro, Va., April IT, 1M2. As expedition jut returned to Moorfleld from Franktin repgrta that on* bridge wan barn ad by I be rebel* I mil before tbe recent attack on Milroy. The flag era* ubsevsfi at various point* along tbe road. Frankbn is strongly leeeeeioa. Tbia expedition baa opened free 1 oemmuntcatioB between Scbenck and Milroy?a very 1 important element of future success. Under date of April 15, General Milroy report* that largo number* of fugitive* of botb aexee are arriving at hie camp daily, travelworn and hungry. He asks inetrocUona about them. He baa information that rebel 1 refugees, from Highland and otber counties are taking their effects, eat tie and ns*roes, such aa tbsy can, to Rockbridge county aa a place of safety. i A cavalry company, returned from Tncabontas county, I reports all quiet in that vicinity It captured two rebel eeldiors en furlougb, one supposed to be a guerilla. It also toek a rebel seal 1, tbe oontente of wblcbare umm ' portent, and killed one cavalry eoldier, who attempted to escape. i Tbe Vlelt ol the Frsncb Minister to RIclx> end. Bai.timou, April IT, 1M2 ' The following reliable information relative to tbe emit of tbe French Minister to Norfolk seems to b# suf flstsntly significant to justify particular mention ? , On Sunday morning laat Gommandaut Gautier, of tbe French war stsaraar Gaseendl, received atelographte eorpatch from Washington, via the government telegraph line, via Cherrystone, to repair immediately to Alexandria for tbe French Mlnieter. Tbe Gaseendl proceeded forthwith, aod returned to Hampton Roads without sven giving tbe Oornmsndaot time to stop in Washington, and, after paying a brief visit to General Wool and Flag Officer Goldsborougb, the Gas end! got up eteam and went to Norfolk, * bonce tbe French Minister wee to proceed to Richmond. Nenroi.ii, April 16,1859. ^ Tbe Dud Meek announces tbe arrival of tbe French frigate Gaseendl, with M Meroier, tbe French Minister at Washington, on board { There are many surmises and great cunority as to lbs lotxasioa of his visit. V Tbooditorof tho Dwj /? ? 'says that M. Msrsier hsa ? W|iili>>s for ths French Consul at Riciisaood, which is it causa of ths visit. Parson Brown low at tsscsitsr. hMMt Pa. , April IT, im Pan^o Brows low lutf so sathuslMtic Impromptu ro coption Ot ths dopot this evening. H? rospeadod to ths cheers in ft short speech, in which bo said that Tennessee k would bo voted back into tho Union by 60,MO major I (y. I ^ v tho tram ktsptrtod throo cboors worn ft von for tho lot of Fast Toftoootoo Prlao 'iommlMloarri' Oflluc. Arurf' t7 ?ibo itlfciwing p>ixo tohoonors and their cursors ilk * delivered over to tho commissioners l I r tnvootlft' ? '???Clifton, Julius Wsbh and I /alma* 1 4 E NE' i ^ m/j IMPORTANT FROM TBI RAPPAHANNOCK. II [% Rebel! Iktllad Owt of Thiir BkUtrlo P oo th? Rl-vor by Umlon GonbooU?Oe" ewpatloo of Ut Tows or Toppoboo wh Coptmro at Rebel Vesscla?Tfee Emmy Ev??MtU| Fredericksburg, Re., Re. Wienworos, April 11,1843. IntelUgenoo waa received to-day from Dm Potomac ai kotllla, which, on the 14th Instant, visited the town of Jrbaea. A boet'a craw waa aoot ashore there; but at abas within a few yards of the beach they were flred ipon bom tba rifle pita. No one waa injured. The beat (b wceived moral ballets in her hall The Jacob Ball being St be near eat In, immediately opened Are upon the rebels, G< ehtah scattered them In every direction. After thla tba lotUla preoeeded on ita voyage towards Fredericksburg. 1 Arming opposite Lowry's Point batteries, thay com messed from the whele Hoot to ibell the works ask for- " liflcatlona, driving cot tbo pickets who have occupied <bem sines its evacuation twsJvs days sgo bj s large aody of the rebel arm;. After the shelling the boats' crews landed and pro* 8t leaded to burn seme one bnndred and fifty plank and ^ og bouses used by the rebels as quarters, which were vl mtirely eonsamed. After which the boats returned to m heir ships loaded with blankets, quilts, medicines and tt] nuskets left by the rebels in their flight. n< The fleet thence proceeded to the town of Tappaban- ri tock, about two miles' above Fort Lowry, arriving?off e> which a Mann cartridge was fired and a flag of truce loisted, which was responded to by the people of the wwn, displaying a number of white flags. M Our commander, with his gig's crew, landed, when M was met at the beach by a large concourse of per. tr ions of all colors, and it seemed with great demonstra- ta lions by the dark population, one old woman exclaiming, w 'Bress God! the Yankees have come at last." a The American flag was run up over one of the largest louses in the town, when it was hailed with enthusiastic *' sheering by the crews of our own gunboats. Subae- a lueatly our commander was Informed that some of the a people of the place bad said that as soon as we left it a! would be torn down. Our commander then politely told w ihem if it was be would give them six hours to leave the ^ town before he burned it. information was given by the contrabands that four S large schooners and other ebstructions had been placod J in the narrow channel of the river, five miles this side of a Fredericksburg, to prevent our approach to that place, t where lie the steamers 8t. Nicholas, Eureka, and Logan, * the fohner mounted with two guns. , As far as oould be learned, there were no rebel soldiers t on the neck of land lying between the Potomac and J Rappahannock, excepting a few picket cavalry,mostly t composed of Marylandors, to prevent the escape of negroes. I On the 16th Inst, the fleet lay off Tappahannock, about jj fifty miles below Fredericksburg. Our fleet captured the sloop Reindeer, loaded with J oysters, shad, cedar posts, and carpet bags containing ^ a quantity of clotbea for the rebels, with many letters, t from which it was ascertained that the rebels were eva. j ousting Fredericksburg, and talking of burning the r town to keep it from falling into onr hands. 1 The fleet then proceeded down the river to Cerlin'a creek, end there cut out two very fine schooners, one of then toeing the Sidney A. Jones, of Baltimore. Just below tbebroek two rebel soldiers were captured. Contraband goods were found there and appropriated, but the liquor was all destroyed. * Another Account of tie# Expedition. WasnmoTOK, April 17,1892. The steamer Jacob Bell arrived at the Navy Yard yesterday afternoon, and reports that on Monday last, in company with the Island Belle, Satellite, Resolute and Reliance, she proceeded on a reoonnoissanoe up the Rap pahannock river. I In the^afternoon they had reached the vicinity of 1 Urbane, and Acting Master Street, of the Belle, with six * men, under instructions of the Flag Officer pulled up the creek towards the tdwn, for the purpose of assuring its in. 1 habitants that their rights and property would be repected. On entering the creek they found along embankment, 1 and were hailed by a man, who aaked what they wanted. i They answered that theirs wss a peaceabls purpose, and were told to pass on; but Immediately the man aimed a 1 ifla al the hnai aitH flrkil and inatontlw the nmhanb T meet was lined with men, who fired a volley at the bdat, t only one (hot striking it. Master Street returned the (ire, and pulled hack to the steamer, and the strainers drew up in line and shelled the rebels out. Thoy then proceeded up the river, and observed Item nearly every house a white sheet flying as a flog of truce, and after proceeding some live miles, landed at Carter's wharr, and heard from a family that Fort Lowry had been ev aeon tod No men were to be seen at any of the houses, except the old and infirm. They were informed tliat all othors had been either pressed into the rebel service or had run away. They were also told that a system of signals bad been established by the rebels from the dir. ferent points, and that their approach was already knows above. A few miles above they anchored In front of Fort Lowry, and aTter shelling the woods, landed a small force and raised the Stars and Stripes on the rebel flag, staff The place had been vacated only a short time, as the bread was found to be warm in the ovens, although it is probable the main body which bad had garriaonned the place had left some days previous. They bad erected nearly one hundred comfortable frame buildings, and seemed to have been supplied with every convenience. The hospital was foand to be in oomplet* order, and the medicines standing as if they had been lately in use. In front or the fort s light boat had been unk. In removing the gune, of which they bad niae mounted, two elxty-eigbtponedera wore sunk, tbs boats in which thoy were being taksn across having swampsd. 1 After removing all the atoree that oould be easily taken off, the balance, togotherjwith the buildings, wsra burned oy our forces. Ths fleet then proceeded up to Tappa bannock, where they arrived about ten o'clock on Tuea. '' day morning, and anchored off the town. Tbo Inhabi 1 tan*a bad boon signalized of thoir approach, and woro in c Horrible fright, many having nlroady loft, and othora baatily packing up their gooda. 1 Lieutenant McCrea, with a atrong force, landed about 1 one o'clock with a flag of truce, and aaeurod the tnhabi. ' taut a that they would net be moleated in their lawful buameM. Very abortly a large * number of thoae who bad left returned, and the gooda 1 were moved back to the atoree and dwellinga. An toon * m the inhabitant* had returned the 8tara and Stri| ee , were boiated from the top of |the Court Houae, and were greeted with hearty cbeera from the fleet. , At an oarly hour on Wednesday morning a eloop wae f aeen eotne Ave mile* above, and Master Street was do- ? spetcbed with the laland Hello to capture her On getting 1 within a mile and a half of her, the crew were neen to ( Uke a boat and hastily pull for the ahore. A ball woa aont after them, but without effect. The eloop wa* ! tben taken poaaeaoion of, and waa found to be the Rein- a deer, freighted with army atorea. which were to bo land ed at Tappabannock. 8be had alao a large mail aboard, an etig wb.cb were lettera containing valuable inform* tion. After securing the prite. and arauring the Inhabitanta of tbeir protection, the fleet alerted to return, and when passing the mouth of Totuakey creek, two schoonersware observed some four or Ave miles up. A boat waa Immediately sent up, and they were brought out. At Union wharf aoma fifteen mllea below Capparneck a boat waa landed, and two priaonera in uniform arreated and brought off They gave their names aa I. L. Moeetngo and James A. Cknan, and a tale that they have recently been drafted in the militia and were on the ? in r. Tbo other tmnIi, with the prlieo It tow, art eipecled i at U>t yard thia afternoon. <1 Th? Stoamolilp Ariel at Aapltwall. } By ttt arrival of the brig Drummond, Captain Con- a way,from Aopmwall,which*port abt toft on the am ult , wt learn thatlbe ateamahlp A rial wa? at that port. Tb? Ariel bad bar maehlnery damaged ?a hor paaaagt hanot.whlcb account# for bar nonappearaace at New K Ytrb tp tt tbla tint. Arrival of the Canada at Boaton. 0 owro*, April 17, 1882. ? The ataamahlp Canada, from l,l?erpo..l *ia HaJtrai, . irrkred at ttina a'elcrtt tbla cvanlng. Har matla will be orwarded l>f the morning train to morrow, duo at Naw t? fork at Pro P. t# oi i , W. YO NEW YORK, FRID RPORTART FROM THt MISSISSIPPI. rogr?M of Iks B?Mb?rdM?it of Fort FUlow-JTlsa RItst Cleared of Rebel Yimii WiBwnoi, April 11,1842. The War Department to-day received lbs foUowmg Camo, 111., April 14,184X The mortars opened on Fort Pillow on the 14th met., id soon eleared the river of all vessels. Oar ahells fell la the rebel camp. The rebel worka are rong and extensive. Two deeerters came on board the gunboat* and say at ex-Lieutenant Thomas Huger, late of the United ates Navy, is in command at Fort Pillow, and that moral Pillow and Commodore Hoiling have gene below. Oar Mississippi River Correspowdeace. New Madrid, April 11,1842. Start and a Halt?An Advene* of Ttn MO?* Tmcurit Mtmpkit?J'rotpecU sf O Week's Delay Btfort Proceeding Further, de. Commodore Foots issued orders on the night of the h to hie fleet to prepare for a movement on thefollowg day. The night was spent in coaling, taking in pro. eions, ammunition, 4tc., and perfecting other arrangemta for a vovane. It was noon of yesterday before oe preparations war* competed and lb* tieel in read!, we to novo. Then cam* tb* *rd*r to round to into tbe ver and gat position. At a quarter before two o'clock, rerytblDg being In readinesa, ibeaignalto atartwaa rail by tbe flagship, and in a few mianLas tb* wbola itilla waa ateaming paat Island No. 10, now naarly a da irtad locality, a small guard only remaining to protect ke public property. Aa we passed a cumber of army ansports, soma loaded wltb troopa, others with mllixy stores, and still others haring in tow the two large barf boats that were captured at tbe island, with their irgoes of stores still aboard, fell into tb* line. The run to New Madrid was quickly made, ad was wholly devoid of interest. Occasionally deserted battery waa sean on tbe ahore, which Ltractad its share of attention, as did also the partially uiken rebel steamers that lay scattered her* and there long tbe river. A submarine bell boat was at work 'ith the Grampus, with very good prospects or raising or. Tbe John Simons, Mohawk, Yazoo and Prince were ink to tboir hurricane decks, but appeared to be yot in ood order, and may be raised at small coat. Tbe Do oto, which was given up afloat, baa been remanncd pith a loyal crew and put in commission as a mail and o*patch boat between tbe fleet aad Cairo. Tbe Mars nd Red Rover, also of tbe captured fleet, are lying at be island awaiting slight repaira, when tnqy will be set >t work. Tbe Admiral was sent to Cairo with a load of ebol prisoners, bar rebel crew being continued in terries to run her. She was provisioned for tbe trip from be captured rebel etores. Tbe Ohio Belle and Keweiaw Valley have also goae to Cairo with prisoner*. So be fruits of our victory are already manifesting their isafulness. * The naval flotilla arrived ofT this place at half past brae P. M., a terrible gale blowing at the time, accompanied by a heavy storm of rain, wbicb baa lasted aH light and atill continues. we are at present lying bare tin <tat* quo, with no intination that we eball move further- just now. General ope 1* certainly not prepared yet for an advance, lie short of transportation, and has made a requisition ror went/ additional transports to mors his army; hut I am nformed that there is trouble in procuring them. The KNtts are not to he had; every available craft on the ivers, above the rebel lines. Is in use bare or on the Tennessee. Bow long, If at all, this difficulty will detain is here remains to be seen. General Pope may conclude o move a portion of his force with what vessels be has, aid send the boats back as soon as they discharge their oads for the remainder of the army. In this event we lan get underweigh again at onoe. Both naval and army itEeers are fully convinoed of the necessity of rapid moveDec is now, and are as anxious to press forward as the ountry is to have them. But it would be reckless for them o move when but half prepared, in which case, should , disaster befall them, they would never be excused. NEWS FROM FORTRESS MONROE, ? Foktrssb Bonhob, April 17,1803. Calm weather Is prevailing in the Reads. It has been nost propitious for the reappearance of the llerrimac; tut, as she does not come, it is concluded that she was nost likely injured by getting aground when last out. The rebels claim that tbo Merrimoc is the master of lampton Roads. The exploit of the Jamestown in seizing three of the Jnlon vessels is regarded as showing lbs "terror" with vbicb tho Yankees view tho Berrlmac. The Richmond Diipatck has some comments On the ilernmoc, which it says spent two days in Hampton loads bantering the Monitor and tbe Yankee fleet to come tp from the shelter of their batteries. Tbe Ditpalck says:?Considering it not worth while to vante any more coal to entice the Monitor into a conflict, ho Marrlmnc has returned to her anchorage. The belief ia very general here that the gemmae resalved some injury during the recent raid^which com jelled her to go back to Norfolk. She waa undoubtedly tground all the eecond day, and may, (Von the heavy weight of her armament, hive sprung aleak. Sho is, lowevar, back at the Norfolk Navy Yard, and wan, here ia little doubt, taken back for repairs of some lind. When moving about the upper Roads on Friday last, nid exchanging shots with the Naugatuck, she was very dose to the English steamer Racer. At one time she was sloae alongside. In conversation with one of the English sailors yesterlay?an experienced gunner?he assured me that the st gun the Merrimac fired the shell exploded before It eft the muzzle. He was close enough to see a great cornnotion on board, and the escape of smoke from her portWishmgio*, A phi IT, 1802. The boat which left Old Point at five o'clock this morn ng reports all quiet in the vicinity. The weather ia ilear and warm, and excellent for our troops. Oar Newport's New a Correspondence. Fisn Baioiaa, Fiaar Division,T Dsimxtmknt or Vmoivu, y Nawronr'a Nawa, Va., April 1?, 1802. J few JnUi.igtnct from the Rebel Sid*? Movement of their TroopI From and Aromd Norfolk t? Yorktoum?Th* Weather? Rebel .Salute*, 4c. A party of aeven fugitive negroes crossed the river tat night, arriving in our camp at hair-past two o'clock bia morning. They report thnt with the exception of a onsiderable body of men still rdftiaining nt Suffolk, nearj all the military in that neighborhood have been sent to lecera) Msgruder at Yorktown?only enough being reamed to man the guns en tbe water batteries. The retola hemat Mmatdirfthlv of thft hlnr.kAilA AvArritAd hw Aha (errlmac on tbo James river, above Hampton Roads, Ad as mueh capital as possible is being made out of tbe easels taken on Kri day, two oft bam are said to bave ontained bay, and as forage just now is very scarce rithihs deubt tbaee pruae came quite opor lonely. The wealberstill remains clear and warm, and highly avorable to any movements that may be contemplated, amcs river, with its forest-clad sborea, lies smiling ha> ore ua,a p.cture of peace, with only one blot in it: tbe ild Cumberland, In tbe same poaillon in which sbe was tfi by the Mcrrlmac on the evor memorable Sib of lurch, a (It mausoleum for those one hundred heroes who nanfuily stuck to their ship and flag to the last. At ten o'clock this morning salutes were fired from the wbel batteriee at Hawaii's Point, Cranry Island and Pig 'oiut, in conaequence of what cvant wa nra unable to 7 Last Appearance of the Merrlsssac* [Prom the Norfolk Day Hook ] The Merrlmae ana ner consorts ware una teen apiroecbmg at quarter past aix A. M. The/ moved on illently until they reached Bewail'a Point. The remainder if the fleet waited at Bewall'a Point, wfailit the Merrlmee teamed boldly down to within range of the Rip Rape. Tie latter immediately opened ire, but wltbeut effect, be Merrlmae taking no aotlee whatever. At quarter to ught the Morrltnao took up a poult ton between the Rip tape and Kortreae Monroe, within gunihot, where aha lontlnued for els houra without drawing the lire of either if the forte, aud challenging the whole Northern fleet. The fonilor did not come out at all during the whole of tbia icrlod. Three federal veaeele, two brige and a lehooner. rare captured by the Jameetown, within eaay range of he federal gone, had they felt diapoeed to tare them, n the evening, the exact time not noted, the Merrlmae, Ither with a view to try the raoge of the new gun er to Uncharge its load, fired over a gunboat and a email craft rhich wae'eald to be the Btevcna battery. Roth reurned the fire, but without eflfcot. The ahot, however, rom the Slovene battery wae of immenae range. Klnally, a It grew dark, the Merrlmae, accompanied by her conorle, returned to Craney laland. roneral of Captain Maxwell O'Balllvan. The remaine of tbie gallaet officer of the Eighty.eighth few York Volunteere will arrive here to morrow mcrnig from Washington, end will be conveyed tojhe armory f the Sixty-ninth regiment, at Eeeex market, by an egort of company 0, of that corpe, detailed hy Captain Keefe, for this purpose. Tlie funoral, we bclfcve, will ike place on fc'iwday. The hour hn? not yet boon decided k. but will he announced to morrow. RR H AY, APRIL 18, 1862. THE SIEGE OF YORKTOWN. Continuous Cannonading on Both Bides. The Bebels Forced to Abandon One of Their Batteries. Retell Shelled Out of Their Batteries Hear Gloucester, A4-, Ac, Ac. romum Monnon, April If, 1803 The rebels have been for several days building largo fortification sen tbo Gloucester aid# of Torlt river, about two miles from Yorktown, and within light of our gunboats; but their guns were of too long range to allow of the approach of the gunboata to abell the works. About one thousand men were at work on the fortifications, and the mortara were not of aofficjent raoge to cbeck operations. Yesterday morning, however, the gunboat Tobago arrived, having a heavy one hundred-pounder rifled Parrott gun, and at once opened upon them with shell, which were bo well aimed that they could be seen falling in their midst and exploding with fatal effect. The rebels could be distinctly seen carrying off their killed and wounded, and in the course of two hours the work was entirely suspended, the men retiring out of rango. At every attempt to renew the work they were driven back. Tbe guns mounted by the enemy on the Yorktown side of tbe river number not less than fifty one hundredpounders, some of them rifled, bearing directly on the bar Our guuboats are at present about two miles below tbe town. There Is said to be skirmishing along the whole line before Yorktown, and tbe Boruan Sharpshooters are

spreading terror among the gunners or tbe enemy by their unerring aim. Tbo enemy have made several sorties with infantry to dislodge or capture our riflemen, but have boon driven back with heavy loss. As to the arrangements for the final siege, we seed only say, "the work goes bravely on." There was some firing this morning by tbe rebel batteries to the left of Yorktown; but no damage was done. An eatenslva smoke has been arising an day from Newport's News, leading to the belier that preparations are making to evacuate it. It has now ceased to be a posit tew of importance. I Naaa Yon*vow*, April IT, 1883. Bon. Rowm M. Sum-on, Secretary of War:? During Tuesday and Wednesday tbe gunboats amused themsslves by shelling the woods below Gloucester. One ?f them approached within two mllea of Yorktown yesterday morning, wbsn the rebels opened from a new battery eoneealed In the woods. Tbe boat baving obtained the position of their guns returned te her position, without receiving any damage. The firing M-day waa renewed at long interval*. The rebel* yeeterday morning, with one theuaand men, commenced to etrengtbea a battery located about three miles to the left of Yorktown, when a battery waa brought to bear, earning them to beat a hasty retreat. The rebels opened with their heavy guns, when a second battery waa brought forward. A brisk fire was now kept up for about (our hours, during whrch three of the enemy's guns were dismounted, when both parties ceased for a while; but the firing waa resumed en our part late in the afternoon and continued till daylight this morning, effectually preventing the rebels from repairing the damage they bad sustained. The loss of the enemy must have been considerable, as the Bring of our artillery was very aocurate. Our loss was Sergeant Baker, Seoond Michigan, killed, and F. Page,Company R Third Michigan regiment, both feet shot off; alno four horses, which were killed. * Yesterday, Richard Painter, of Borden's sharpshooters, ' was probably fatally shot while on picket. Other engagements took place yeeterday further to the left, and near Jaices, river, in which our troops showsd very great gallantry. The results have not yet been fully ascertained. Our Army Correspondence. 8mr Point, Vs. , April 13,18C2. Tht Trip from A Utandria?A Pigkting Varum?A Drtary Tint at Fortrm Jlonrtm?Arrival at Skip Vomt?Tkr. VtUl Workt and VorUiou. <Sc., dr. The expression of the Irishmen, that although "the ssa and the sky are mighty pretty things to looh at, faith they are no great sight after all when you have nothing else to look at for a week together," waa fully endorsed by the party who bad the fortune to embark on board the steamer Croton a week ago yesterday. The ateamor ia a staunch, commodious beat enough for a small party to the fishing banks or elsewhere, 'and would have performed the duty assigned to her on the occasion of the embarkation, only tbo elements were against her. The General commanding designed to make her the flagship of his brigade, but changed his mind and his person at the latest moment to the8. R. Spaulding and has probably blessed his' stars tTsr sines that ha made the alteration. Your correspondent waa not so happy as M be in the confidence ef the General in season M secure a paasaga ob the Spaulding, and, Hobaon'a choice, he waa forced to lake p?l luck with Captain Dumont and come four hundrad membera of a Naw Hampehire regiment. Tha atari waa all vary wall, and wa proceeded dawn tba river ta excellent apirita and in delightful hallucination* tbat wa abould ba eafely land, ad at Portrait Monro? early tba following evening, or, at tba lataat, by Sunday morning. Ta avoid tba "Roads,' a delectable locality from Lirarpool rolnt, soma fifteen miles down tba Potomac, tba boat lay to otTRudd?t Farry for tba nlgbt. On Saturday morning wa wars moving by daybraak, and mada good program to tba mouth or tba St. Marya rlrar, which point waa raacbad about aundown. The appearance of tba weather was not deemed favorable to our entrance into Chesapeake Bay, aad it waa determined to make a harbor at tba mouth of tba river. Hare waa found a perfect flotilla of steamers and tbair tows, which did not dare to msst tba promised stress of weather in tba bay. Sunday morning opanad bright and clear, tha threatening storm deferred its visit, and tba Cretan onterod tba bay aa upon a lea of glass. Divine tar vice was held on board tba steamer in tba forenoon by the chaplain or the ragimant, a good specimen of an Iron-beaded Cromwelllan Puritan, so far aa a belief in giving the rebels orthodox, and any-other-dox, mocks laconcerned Ha la a printer-prsacberfrom Manchester, and full of piety and pugnacity. Preached a good sermon on 8undav and wail oiled hia Sharp's rifle and Colt's ravolver on Monday, that tbay may ba ready for an occasion any other day in tba weak. A wall mean >ng man, and "fearfully In earneat" as any lira eater thai be may come across Ha sinaarely fears God and hates tha rebels. Thus far, up to tba arrival at tba fortress, all bad gooa aa merry as marriage bella ; but tbo barometer indicated easterly weather, sad on Monday morning an old faablonad northeasterly storm set In and oonttnusd up to yesterday The condition of tha parties on tha steamer was far from agreeable. Expecting that the storm would abate soon, the man warn kept on board tha boat, wbara they passed the lima la munching raw ratioaa, seasoned by glimpses of Old Point and tba fortress through the curtain of grinling rain which bung over them. Nona murmured at the dispensation but Bilsnea ufldar privation Is not ague proof, aor a strong art to bear up against dtsagreeablsnees security against the insidious approach of typhoid. Several pear fallows it waa fouad necessary to sana to the hospital, aad your correspond eat la indebted to 8urgeooa Smith and Reed, of tha Sixty-ninth regiment, for kind attention and several doace of quinine, tendered aad adminiatarad Immediately upon bia arrival. Among tha little out of tho way placea rendered suddenly famous and important by tha circumstance of war and the magic of that mystia spell, strategy, Poquoain river and Ship Point are now to be numbered. 8hlp IUIGI now UBI ITWl IH IU|r >| WUVI 1IUUI uuuaiitutW| lUi eitremo right of the movement upon Yorktowo. The Point fronts tlio river,or rather boy?for the t'oquoatn do* generate* Into lonoraarablo crooks or ootuarlos vary soon afftr It loaroa Chesapeake May. Two points aoom to Interlock as you look from *ho Point toward tho Cboaapeako. and lbs appears*.* o of a flno bay la prawntod. the principal tributary of this bay la fheasaman a crook, which la navigable for ak<>nl four miles,and has boon foond of groat use In tho .muling of troors and aforoa. Tbo land around the Point la low and swampy, and that portion cultivated present** the characteristics of our rlvor bottom laud*. >'.ne corn la raiaod upon tho farms, and sweet potato*** and enrOon produce flourish luxuriantly. The point and mu<l? of I ho surrounding muntry worn owned by a Mr. Howard, a noted rabol, like nil the inhabitant* of this quarter, ship Point fo. m* d the left of tbo npproarbeR to York* ERAJ town, and ths approach In this direction in wall taken ear* of previous to the advance up the centre of the peninsula. From Cbeaseman's creek to a little creek on the south?a distance of something over a quarter of a sail*?a heavy bastion od field work, with a deep wet ditch In front, supplied with water from the bay, had been constructed. Flanked by tho creeks, and with walls eight feet thick, a moat about that number of feet In depth, and bombproof casemates for ammunition and trout <U tali, and covered galleries communicating with the bastion, It was indeed a formidable position. The construction of the works and accommodations for the men exhibit much more taste and skill than any of the rebel fortifications seen in other parts of Virginia. The bastions are rsvsdetted in the blocks of peat and the facings are really artistic. Bastions were constructed for six pieces, three heavy ones and three light, all embrasured. The companies' quarters are quite comfortable, and so arranged as to accommodate twenty-five men each. Each house held a company divided Into squads of twentyfive each. Attention had boon paid to drainage, and every precaution taken for the health of the garrison. The position was occupied by a Louisiana regiment?the Fourteenth Tigers?a battery, and part of another regiment not ascertained. When compelled to evacuate the place the force on the Point numbered some 1,600 men. They made their escape across Cheaseman's creek, and stood not on the order of their going. There is no Union sentiment hereabout, except among the contrabands. A strong minded woman in one of the houses goes armed with a revolver,and steads guard over her property with a vigilance only equalled by that or a tigress over her whelps. She has not been molested in say way, and her vindictive demonstrations are the cause of laughter to the whele command. The reads between this and the Point have been in terrible condition, but are repidly improving under th? weather and judicious management. Warwick Court House, Vs., April 16,1802. ContertatuM Between a Union and Rebel Soldier? Report*. Preparation* of the Snemy for Plight?Health of tin Troojx, <tc., dc. Jt appears to have fullsn to the lot of this corps t< await events at York town, and to watch, meanwhile, tin enemy's extreme right. Though the slow lessons of In activity are the hardest the soldier has to learn, ant though we do not know of any general that ever waitcc very brilliantly, yet what wo have to do iu this way ii well done. Perhaps we watch better than we wait. Ai that is a service that certainly does not involve a ver; perceptible possibility of failure, it recieves attsntioi accordingly; and if "secesh'' wants to crawl through tin lines to steal any more old women, it must choose som< other Jooellty than this for the brave exploit. Ever; foot of our front especially is under continusl survsil ltnce. Nor is the picket duty without its hazari either, for the enemy's pickets fire from beyont the creek whenever they see a fair chano for a shot; and though tbey do generally miss yet they almost always corns near enough to make 1 interesting. Orders are still strictly kept up to returi o (ire, and though they are obeyed they are an addi ??ui rvinwdreBtinn hnwmrflp i? nnt nrohibitftd and very frequently takes place between the enemy* men and our own on picket. Bat little ia ever said worth; of note; yet a few worda passed the other day whlcl give an idea of the fanciea that appear to prevail tn refei ence to our condition on the other aide. After the cut ternary questiona, " What regiment do you belong tof &c.,a Ben them aoldier called out to a Massachusetts man " How about augar ; have yon got any t" 11 Yea ; plenty,'* said Massachusetts. "That's a damned Yankee lie," responded ^the void from the sunny South. " We know better; raise th< blockade and we'll lot you have sugar." Massachusetts saw how impossible it would be to con vince this fellow, and determined to aak a question ii tarn, so out be cried "How about saltV" To which the sunny South suddenly responded, " G< to hell." There is a very general impression among those wh< have been on picket duty on our left that the enemy ii engaged in some active movement there, and some sup pose the. movement to be an evacuation. For two o three nights past wagona have moved rapidly t and fro, and on Sunday night a fire was oh served, which, from its long line, wea though to ba a burning bridge, though we do not know of i bridge in that direction. It ia not at all improbable the the rebels at that point, if not now in actual retreat are busy with preparations to make e very hasty one a some future critical moment. Between Warwick river and the James river the conn try ruoa down into a long, sharp peninsula, and tba peninsula ia now occupied by a Urge force of the euemy Should the Union troops some One day euddenly brea through the rebel lines at any point between this an Yorktown, a short march due west would bring thei to the James river at some distance above th rebels at'a Mills, and thus these gentry woul be effectually cut ofT from Richmond. Beyond doubt the rebels see thia possibility as clearly a anyone rise can,and hence it is not improbablethi the nocturnul act Wily observed in their camps means th removal in advance of all material that cannot be carrie away by men suddenly called upon to move In a hurry. On Sunday afternoon a rebel boat, in its constructio much like a steamtug, armed with one gua, ran up U Warwick river to gome distance above its mouth, at: threw Mveral shell toward one of our campe. No or wee hurt, and after a few about from a battery on or ide.tbe gunboat put away rapidly and got out of tfc river, apparently unhurt. On Sunday two men of the Ninety eighth Pennsylvania Odonel Hailliore. went over to the enemy under clreun glances which render it doubtful whether or no the intended to deeert. Iteserters, however, they are ver plainly called in camp. One of the naen wan a Sergean and for some daya previously hod expressed a desire t go over and see what they were at on the other sld< No noliee was taken of what ho laid until Sunday aflei noon, when be was seen with a private on a raft in lb James river already nearly over. He was called upo to return, and some rebel soldiers callsd upon hit to "Come on." F/pially exposed to a Are from eltbi aide, Wb appears to have hesitated a moment, when t aaked these on the other eide "If they would let bit come back again." They said yes, and over he wen lie was not tired at. One of our Generals haa taken the necessary steps r< the eonstructienof a bakery for his division at Young Hill, two miles below this, and his men will doubllei soon be in the enjoyment of the luxury of soft breed. Excellent health ntill prevails in our army,and v have had but one death In hospital, of which ths reooi Is as follows:?Henry Van Araring, private, Company 1 One Hundred and Second Pennsylvania regiment, di< April 0, IMS, at Warwick Court House, Ve., of typho fever. _____ a?btl Hewn from York town. The Richmond Diipaich says, In refer?nee to aBhtrs < the peninsula, that no anxiety need bo felt so to the rest or the forthcoming battle. The Yankees are to bo drivi back to the fortress and thoroughly vanquished by tl forces under Generals Lee, Johnston and ttagruder. Another Richmond paper given thin news from Tor toon ? There M ret nothing front Yorktown indieeting an ii mediate Oght. The enemy, now believed to be undi MoClellen, hnd. Instead or attacking, after sending n fe shot at long range, commenced throwing up breastwork It waesupposed that an invading amir, whose duty was to obey the last mandate from Washington?to crui rebellion in ninety days?would hare marched boldly c to attack our forces, which were so much inferior l numbers to his ewn, but (ike an elephant at a bridge, hov ever rapidly he may have approached it, he pauses I see whether it he safe to go further. Maybe he will n< crocs it at all, and then all the gnade of the keepers c the animals can't make him venture upon it. In tbl position of matters et Yorktown it is no* plain what th enemy Is after and hew long he will remain statlonarj He may be forced to do yet what he haa no Intention c doing. Of one thing no may nest assured, and that ii that our cause at Yorktown will be maintained by brave and determined an army of patriot* as eve boulderad n gun. City Imt*lllff*ii??. Pun aid NnwarArna WiurrnM.?We believe it Is nc generally known that the government has on sale at al int principal poll ?IUCW? prv}?i?ifi?ppo)oivi a*m >*??'* part, with the one teat die emboued on them. The net contract for four yoara, from 18(2, waa taken by Georg r. Neebitt. the contractor for tho prepaid letter *nv? lopoe. Large number* of ordinary unatamped new*pap* wrappers are alto made, and hare eome into uairere* uae throughout the country, especially for eending paper to our rolualo?r soldier*. It i* eaid that nearly one thou tend peraona are employed In the manufacture ?f newi paper wrappera at thla time, while alt montba age the; were not known aa an article of manufacture they ar all made under a patent. Pal Ice Intelligence. Amen Uroa t?? Fuo aa oin Umo*.?For aereri yeara paat there baa Hour lahad la Jamee etreetadanc hone* known aa tho "Flag of oat Union." The eetabltit raent wan resorted to hy aailore, rowdlea and women c doubtful oharaoter, who gayo the police consldt rable trouble and annoyed the neighbor* gent rally. I eat winter the proprietor of the place, Henr Inner,.that hie barkeeper duung an aFray, and wi ubeequoally Indicted Tor maneleighter, but,through a ingenious lawyer, he managed to escape, and wae agal permitted toeserciae bin function* aa head of then loon. Captain Thorn*, of the Fourth precinct, dete mined tobraak the piece up, howeyer, and on Wedn# day night a deacent wan on the "Hag," which r Bui ted la the nrrcat of thirty 6a* ntalea and thirtei female*. The prisoner*?a more motley group of In nmntty could hardly bo found anywhere, except in tl Fourth ward?were brought before .luetic* Breanan; i the Ttombe, yes tor day, and committed for exa ulnnt ion o a charge of disorderly c nduct. Tho proprietor waa rut an piently held to bell in the aum of f&Ofi to anewer th cliarge Of keeping a disorderly bouro. LD. PRICE TWO CENTS. IMPORTANT FROM THE SOUTH. The Rebels Still Claiming a Victory at Pittsburg. Beauregard Deelares His Ability to Defeat An] Force Brought Against Corinth. Message of Jeff. Davis Relative to the Heath of Hen. Johnston. Attack on the Rebel Forts on tin Lower ADanuMippi, a?., a#., a#. Fontum Homos, April IS, IMS ' A flaw of trne^ wae son! ihii morninnr 16 deliver letUm and despatches; bat no uwa transpired. It wtl impossible to obtain yen a glimpse of tba papara received at headquarters. Copiea of the Richmond Diipalch and Norfolk Day Boot vara received hero laat evening. Tha Ditpatc\ contains a despatch from Beanragard, dated Corinth, 9th Inst., stating that he was strongljl Intrenched and prepared to defy the federals in whatever numbers they might attack him. He claims tba battle of Pittsburg Landing as a most important rebol victory. He says " wo captured six thousand federal prisoners and thirty-six cannon." Tha Diipatch, commenting on tha above, thinks thai tha total rout of Generals Buell and Grant is certain. No mention is made of Beauregard being wounded. One of tha garrison who escaped from Fort Pulaski if represented as contending that the Union batteries contained a gun that would put its shells through the walls of tha fort at any point at which It was aimed, rendering the working of tha guns almost impossible. Tha bar. betteguns ware all dismounted, and moat of those bear. Ins on tha attacking batteries wars In a similar condition before tbe fort surrendered. The garrison consisted ol over five hundred men. The following is taken from the Norfolk papers* # Rjchmosd, Va., April M, IMS. Both houses of Congress have adopted a resolution to adjourn on Monday next, and to meet again on the third Monday of August. The Conscription bill passed Congress on the tth tosh 1 Reports have been reeelved here of the landing oi Yankee troops at Tsppahannock, Essex county, Va.. on the Rappahannock river. Five federal gunboats Ant to Urbane, on the Rappahannock river, on Sunday, and next day proceeded to Tappa hannock. No troops were landed. This is supposed to be a reconnoissance or retnt. Official information from New Orleans states that an atteek on Forts Jackson and Philip commenced yesterday, 14th inet. BiVifiuB, April 14, 1M2. The Morning Newt learns that Jacksonville, Florida, was evacuated by the federals last Tuesday. They said they wars going to Tybee. Tbe town is now in posses. sion of the Confederals s. r _____ ! The Death of General John atom An* t noenced In the Rebel Senate. I THB RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED?MESSAGE OF PRESIDENT I DAVIS. , [From the Richmond Examiner, April .] t swats. Tcssdat, April fi,1m9. The Senate met at twelve o'clock. Prayer by Rev. Mr. t Kepler, of the Episcopal church. Mr. Hatnm, of Term., moved Ahat the reeolatieae k touching tbe victory near Corinth, and lamenting the il death of Albert Sidney Johnstoo, be taken up, ao that he n could offer reeolutions In lieu. ReaolutlonB were then o presented by the Senator, expreaaive of the joy of Oond grees on bearing of the great vietory of onr army la Tena nessee, paying a glowing tribute of respect to the i9 memory of the Commander-in-Chief, and conveying the it thanks of Congress to General Beauregard and the officers a under his command for their services on that memorabll d day. Mr. Hatttss stated that be was one of the Tennesasa n delegation who requosted the President to transfer Gen. ie Johnston's command to soma other offloer after the reid treat from Nashville. Subsequent information had canoed ie him to alter his opinion, and be therefore felt it hka duty ir to offer the reeolutions named. ie Mr. Yanckt, of Ala., moved that the resolutions be so amended aa to designate the place of the battle an i, Indicated by General Beauregard?vis: the battle field ef i. Shllob. He moved, also, that the resolutions he so y amended aa to Under the thanks of Congreea to General y Beauregard |and the surviving officers and soldiers t, for their gallantry and skill on that memorable field. o xassaua nu>M rax prshidswt?dba? of enxui a. aatlhs > johhstom. f- The following musage was received from tbe * President:? n To ran Swats axd Hocss or RsrusnTAnvas or m ? CoxnuxiUTS Statss or America ? >r The great importance or tne newt just received from * Tennessee induces me to depart from the eeUbUabed ? usages, sad to make to you this communication in ad* t. vance of official reports. From official telegraph Is dupatchea, received from official sources, I am able to >r announce to yon, with entire confidence, that it has ' pleaaed Almighty God to crown the CenfederaU arms * with a glorious and decisive victory ever our Invadep. On the morning of the Sth the converging ' cdlumns of our army wars combined by Its Commander lnrd Chief, Geo. A. Sidney Johnston, in an aaaault on the federal army, then encamped near Pittsburg, near the Tennessee river. After a hard fbogh! battle of ten boore, the enemy M was driven In disorder from his position, and pursued to the Tennessee river, where, under the oover of the gunboats, be was at tbe last accounts mdiasii ins <* efec* hit " rrlrttU by aid ef hit iramtporlt. The details of this great m battle are yetteo few and Incomplete krenable me IS diek t ttnguksh with merited praise all of those who may have ? m[h 10 delay our own gratification In r?common?i .ng ha fcam to your special notice, rather than Incur the risk tf wounding the reelings of any by failing to Inctoda them la the llat. When such a victory has been woo over a- troops aa numerous, well disciplined, armed and appoint._ ed, so those which have Just been so siffla!!/ routed, _ wo may well conclude that one common spirit of unfllach' ing bravery and devotion to our country's cause must _ have animated every breast, from that or the Command . . ing General to that of the humblest patriot who served in i the ranks. There is enough In the oontluuod prsssnee of lh Invaders on our soil to chasten our exultation over thie " brilliant xuccees, and to remind us or the grave daty of n continued exertion, until we shall extort from a proud and vain glorious enemy the reluotant acknowledgment of ear J right to self-government. But an all-wiae Creator baa been pleased, while vouchsafing to us His countenance in if battle, to afflict us with a severe dispensation, to which m wAust bow in humble submission. The last long, lin* . goring hope has disappeared, and It is bnt too tree that r General Albert Sydney Johnston la no more. The tale of ,f his death Is simply narrated la a despatch from Ool. Wm. , Preston, In the following words:? a General Johnston fell yesterday, at half-past two o'clock, r while leading a successful charge, turning the enemy's ligb t, and gaining a brilliant victory. A Minis hall cut the artery of his leg, but he rode on until, from loea of blopd, be fell exhausted, and died without pain In a few momwla. Ilia body haa hnen entrusted to mo by Ueuersl Beauregard, to be tasen to Mew Orleans, and remain until directions are received front hi* family. " My long and close friendship with this decried chief, i- tain end patriot forbids me to trust myself In giving , vent to the feelings which this sad intelligence haa evoked. Without doing Injustice to the living, it amy safely be asserted that our lots la Irreparable. Among i- the shining hosts of the great end good who now cluster ' around the banner of our country, there exists no purer d spirit, no mors heroic soul, than that of the iUnatrtoua > man whoas death 1 Join you in lamenting. In hta death i- he has illustrated the character for which through life i- lie was eoasplcueue?that of elnglonesa of purpose and T devotion to dtitjt-wlth bis whole energise. Dent on ob talning the victory which he deemed essential to Ms country's oanso, ho rode on to the accomplishment of hie object, forgetful ef self while hie very life-blood waa faat ebbing away. Hia laat Dream < lieereti ma tomraae* j oo to victory. The laat eound he heard wan thtlr about af victory. Hla laat thought waa Ma oounlry, and long and deeply wlU hla country mourn bia loea. i- JKfTERSON DAVIS. ,f The meeaage waa laid on the table, and ordered to bo . pr luted. Mr. BaaaniALS tr.eved to have Ave hundred extra i- oo plea printed. Agieed to. y a Tito Oeat'tt near lavaaaah. a [Sevan nali correspondence of the Klchaoood 11 la patch , n Plnce wir laat letter the pHpie of thla elty have been * eo profoundly everemort on the <t>ieatloo of the river do r- fencee end me floating battery that I have act been able B. to devote the usual time to beep you poeted on the event* n and occurrence* tranap rlng In our neighborhood. Bat ,n teriee ar? being rapidly placed In poaitlon on Tyboa j. Maud by tho federals, and on all polata In tha neighbor,e hood aflbrdlng a rhanoe to reach the fort. Mortar batit tenoH are muunting heavy pieeoo, eome he lie vet I by a (ieneral I rmhorti n to he of unusual weight and oallbre. i. I lime lie u told 1 y one who convened with him that ho e di e? not doubt that tweaty-invh mortara are In poe-vaa ion of Uie Van bee a.

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