Newspaper of The New York Herald, May 13, 1862, Page 10

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated May 13, 1862 Page 10
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THE CAPTURE OF NORFOLK. CONTINUED PHOIf THIRO PAGE. tbe work was evacuated. Hie Zouave waa stopped. and ft boat low. red, in which Captain Oiee, Paymaster Tborntou, the editor of the Haiti mora -IsMricun and the eorrtwpouiWut of the IIduld went on shore. Master's Mala Henry Raney, of U>? Zouave, tad charge of the b at. As the boat approached the shore a negro man, with a dog following him, came out of the fort and Uowu (be beach to inert it. The negro ap|iarently felt happ) to ace as approach, at be laughed quite heartily and mode ounilry gy rations with his bands aad feet, understood in negro life an signs of joy. Thm darkey ui'juitoc 'iuniuaicative, wished our party good morn tag an i directed the way to the entrauce to tike fort. Capi. Case landed #rst, fallowed by Paymaster Thornton and otters. Thu Captain. After entering the rebel fort, prt cue.tod to the first fla^Hiaff, on which the rebel flag Moated, and with bis own hands lowered the rebal en sign, and in its stead raised a new American lag. Thm war done at ten o'clock A. M. Our fleet had then at fkinod a point directly opposite Craney Island. As th^ old flag floated to the breeze, the sail ors on the licet seat up lOme hearty cheers, and finished off with a W-ga-a-ar The party then pro ceeded to the second flagstaff, where Paymaster Thorn ton had the pleasure of lowering tbe second rebel flag. A CTSSORY KX^ULMAnOM OF HIS RKH1IL WORK A cursory examinations the'fortifications was made. ??Play are of a polygonal shape, exteuding over an area -of about fifty acres, with outworks and redans, adapted to command all the proinineut water and channel ap proaches. The works were twelve feet thick and from 'fifteen to twenty feet In height, and levelled or coated .outside with green sod. The main portion of the work was easemated.over which wac a bombproof roof. In it were eight nine- inch columbiads. The parapet guns numbered thirty-nino, of superior calibres, besides one limitation one hundred-pounder nled gun. In the interior of iho fort were large piles of solid shot and fixed am Munition, and in tne magazine five thousand pounds of powder. There are numerous well constructed wooden ?cabins. systematically arranged and capacious enough to quarter a garrison of fifteen hundred men. Tbe rebel ucctipiais, whoever thoy were, were scrupulously clean, as the quarters were as fresh and neat as a country farmhouse. The enemy had moved all their available personal .allocta therefrom; a few old muskets and swords wore all the small arms hft be tiind. We then got ready to return on board the i'uave. Before leaving Captain Case ordered Master's Kate Uaney and two sailors to remain and garrison the fort until our troops should arrive. A rather small gar risou for a fort mounting over forty guns. There wore ?everal laree guns not mounted on the north end of the fort. The contraband negro who met us on the beach eras ordered to get into the small boat, and when the whole ha 1 embarked we pushed for the Zouave, which was about one-fourth of m mile distant. After we got on board I cross-examined the negro as to what he knew of the retreat of tbe rebels. He raid he was a body servant of one of the officers of a Louisiana regiment. He was owned by a man named B. Warren, residing near Richmond. He ?aid the rebels retreated frem Craney Island on Satur day nigbt, taking with them their arms and equipments. They took the route towards Suffolk. It appears that af ter tftoy left Craney Island and proceeded a few miles they got panic stricken, as the darkey said, by "a jack als rust I in? in the bushes," got up on a run as they \?noved, throwing away their arms, clothing and equip ?sents. Tbe woods for throe miles and more were strewn with these things. The negro ?aid when the news of the capture of New Orleans was reported to the rebels the Louislanians said it "was all ? lioa\. the damned Yankees would never enter their city alive." When th? news of the capture of York - town was announced, a depressed spirit came over every rebel soldier, from the ofile?rs down to the privates, and tbey could neither eat, drink nor sleep as they formerly Vjij, tVf the fear that the Yankees might pay them a sud den visif. ?i.fOTHIH MOV* tT THE BIVEB. As we mo veil up the river from Craney Island, im mense quantities Of driftwood from the Merri mac were passed. Some of it was blown to splinters by the explosion. During our detention nt Craney Island the other vessels of tbe fleet passed us. Our attention waa next attracted to obstructions in the river, in the shape of a uetwork of spiles reaching across, with onlyaBinglo opening wide enough for one ship to. fus* at a time. The spile-driving of which was i je ated by steam, were still there, which showvd th a the rebels had not completed their work. Tbe San Jacinto ran on a number of submerged spiles, and, tbj tide falling at the time, she remained there for several hours. At this time the naval transport boat Bt timore approached us from the direction of Hampton Roads. In a few minutes she overtook the Zouave. Tbo Baltimore had on board President Lincoln, Secretary Stanton, General Wool and Flag Officer Holds borough, and their special friends. The Flag Officer hai ed the Zouave, and inquired if the driftwood in the rivor was portions of the Merrimac. He received an affirmative reply, and ordered some of it to be secured for the President KMtT AT LOWSY 9 ItitST. Wlitle the mve was temporarily detained I looked over to the west side of th ? river to Lowry's Point, and there was plainly visible another splendid rebel fortitlca. *ion. It was a simpie curtained work, revetted with green sod, and mounting six guns; around iis Biles were splendid shade trees, and in tbe lnte rior of tbe work was a Gothic cottage. Tbe land on which the tort was erected was no doubt formerly tbe country residence of some of the Virginia nabobs. onrni fortwiamovs. Opposite Luwry's i'wat^amd Dear the mouth of the western branch of tbe Flizabeth river, wa? another fort' desigitod f"r fourteen guns. It ha* a single parallel earth ?work. On the other point of the mouth of the west ern branch was a lunette, bombproof and case mated work, revetted with green sod and mount tng twelve guns. This was a superior work, and display* tbe great tact and skill of it* desljner. On Hos pital Point, near tbe United Htates Naval Hospital at Portsmouth, was another huge open fortlllcjitlon, pierced for twelve guns. This, like tbe others, was covered with gra?M sward. Directly opposite this, and on tha Norfolk side, 1* old Fort Norfolk. This has six large barbette guns m 'tinted, aud several smaller guns in the auxiliary works attached to the main work. All the guna were ?piked before tho rebels retreated. It Is supjoted that our trophies in guns, Including those found on tbe ueld works on the laud side of the city, will not fall many ?hort oi three hundred pieces. ARRIVAL OF THK rRMDRfT AT 3OKF0LJC. The President and party irrived at Norfolk shortly be fore noon. Ho did not go on shore, but took a >| net mr ?ev of the city, Port?mouth and vicinity. Tb* rfuabval Zouave ran alongside of the fUltim ire, and ('apt*. Caae went on board with the two rebel flags taken frum Cra ney Island under his arm. W ith tbe trophies under his urm Oiptaia ''use approached the President aud present ed thmn to him in behalf of Flag Ufflcer tioldshorougb. The President returned thank#. TH')OP< HStT TO UAKRIK FSr CRA3TXT ISLAM). Him officer Qoldsborough left tbe Presidential party on their arrival ai Norfolk,and proceeded, In comp-uiy with general Wool, to v.sit ib?s frigate SusquctiaaLa. On ?heir arrival on board that vessel the marine guard, In tui; ur iform, was paraded on the quarter deck, tbe ship's Vand playing the air of " Hail to the Chief." The Flag Cllllcer then placed lhe gunboat Mount Vernon st the dis posal 01 Oaaeral Wool to trausport tro ps to Crauey Island. f*he was sent to tho Navy Yard, where a portion of the Mrst Delawarereg.ment was embarked, m rout* for their destination. Brigadier Oeneral Vtele, however, ti id anticipated them by sending a detachmcnt of tbe leuih New York regiment there. TIIK MUUUMAC SL'MSLT ?J0!? WT. Many of the rebels in Norfolk insisted that the Merrl jnac was not blown *.ip, but h?l gone up the James river Ah" night previous. To put all such surmises at rest 5lag Officer Goldsborough ordered Lieutenant felfrldge', ef the Minnesota, to Investigate tbe matter, and report to him forthwith. Thai officer, with your eorrespondent, ?l ?n proceeded to a point on the south end of ( raney Jsland and examined the place where the Merrtmac wu reported to have expired. There were vario a fiietliods used to sound the bottom In the locality. > long pole thmst In the water struck upon ? hard subAtance, wMcb proved to he the plains of tbe Armor of the Merrlmac. The driftwood of tbe wreck waa .Examined, and the most conclusive evidence was ob tained of tbe destruction of the rebel monster. This matter was reported to tho Fla* Officer. M four o'clock tbis afternoon our fleet, consistsng of ^h? frigates San Jacmt<? and Hus<iaeba'ina, the sloops fleer inele and liar.otab, and (he Mount Vernon, were #ncb"??Nl in line of battle off the nty, with tbe Iron bull 4<VS lu>ej ?<g watch over it. UW ?i.*.jcry was complete; tbe plan well sauted; and the army and naval force* engaged Id it deserve well of tbe country. General Wool'a Official Report. Wi.iiuiK.ioN, M*y 12, 18C2. Tbe following baa been received at the War Lepart meui ? Foariuss.* Mnbob, May IS, 1662. To Iioa. E. 11. SriKTo.N, Secretary of War:? uu Friday afternoon, the 9th of May, 1 organized a force b) march agonal Norfolk. Uu .Saturday uhtu-uh, the luth of May, the troops were lauded, under the di rection of Colonel Ocean View, and commenced tho march towards Generals Manstleld aiid Weber, who had preceded on the direct route by the way ol Tanner's creek bi Idge; but. finding it on tire, they returned to the crossroads, where 1 joined thvm and took tbe direction of the column. 1 arrived by the old road, and entered the lutreuchuienis in front ol' the city at twenty minutes before five P. M. 1 immediately proceeded towards Norfolk,accompanied by the Hou .Secretary ('have, and met a select commit tee of tbe Common of Norfolk at the limits of the city, when they surrendered the city, agreeably to the terms set forth in the resolutions of tbe Common Coun cil. presented by tbe Mayor, W. W. Lamb, which were accepted by me so far a* related to the civil rights of tbe citizens. A copy of the resolutions has been already furnished you. 1 immediately took poesies--ion of tbe city,and appointed Brigadier General Egbert L. Vicle Military Governor of Norfolk, with directions to see that tfi? citizens were protectod tn all their civil rights. Soon after I took possession or Gosport and Portsmouth. Ths taking of Norfolk caused tbfe destruction of tbe iron-clad steamer Merrirnac, which was blown up by the rebels about five o'clock on the morning of the 11th of May, wbich was soon after communicated to you and the President of the United State*. On the 11th 1 visited tbe Na\ y Yard and found all tbe workshops, storehouses and other buildings in ruins, having been set on tire by the rebels, who at the same time partially blew up the dry dock. 1 also visited Craney Island, where I found thirty-nine guns of large calibre, most of which were spike<l; also a large number of shot and shell, with about Ave thousand pouuds of powder, all of which, with the buildings, were in good order. As far as I have been able to ascertain, we have taken about two hundred cannon, including those at Sewall's Point batteries, with a large number of shot and shell, as well as many other articles of value stationed at the Navy Yard, Craney Island, Sewall's Point and other places. JOHN E. WOOL, Major General Commanding. THE LATEST. Baittmork, May 12,1882. I left Norfolk last evening. Everything was perfectly quiet. The Merrimac is certainly destroyed, as pieces of the wrsck are found floating about, and her officers and crew went to Suffolk early yesterday morning. All the fortifications at Craney Island, Sewall's Point, &c.,are abandoned. Our lieet, led by the Monitor, went to Norfolk yester day, and the Naugatuck returned to Old Point. Tbe Navy Yard was almost entirely .destroyed. Hie ship buildings, smithshops and all public establishments were fired on Saturday afternoon and night. A strong Union feeling was shown at Portsmouth. In Norfolk tbe people were disappointed and mortified by the abandonment of their troops. It was generally conceded there that Richmond would be taken by our army without serious opposition, and that Virginia is abandoned by tbe confederacy. Trade with the North is greatly needed at Norfolk. General McClellan this morning is within twenty miles of LicUaiond. Nothing definite had been beard from tbe Galena and the gunboats on the James river. One of the latter was reported lost. The President and Secretaries Chase and Stanton re turned to Washington last evening,after visiting Norfolk. General Wool returned to Fortress Monroe last evening. As we nearod Craney Island we found this immense fortress apparently abandoned, though three rebel flags were lioating from very Mil stalls in dillerent parts of the works. Captain Case, wtbets within half a mile of the shore, ordered a shot to be fired *9 test tbe tact of evacuation. The only sign of life ttut the shell pro duced was the appearance on the shore of two negro men. A boat was immediately lowered, and through the courteous attention of the commandant I accom panied it to tbe shore, to participate in tbe honor of lowering th; rebel emblem und substituting tbe "Pride of America" in its placc, ^ TjEttrjt" Commander tase wub the first loyal man that pressed his Toot on tbe soil of this treasonable stronghold. Without thought of torpedoes or infernal machines, the gallant commandant rushed to the flagstaff and halliards and, they being in good order, the *'Oid Flag'' was soon given to tbe breeze, -?ne""*, The forts on the Island are in four or five separate sec tl ns. They art constructed with the beet engineering skill and most Admirable workm&ntbip. The forts wept left in excellent condition,as wore also the extensive barracks which had accommodated during the winter a garrison of over two thousand men. Forty heavy guns wore mounted in different parts of the work* on the tna u front of the island, the works C"in?>%i)iimg the approaches to the channel of the river. Nibe of those cast-mutes wero finished, in eaihof which were nine or ten inch I>ahlgretis, and ihe work of erect ing live more cusematcs was in progress at the time of the evacuation, in one of which a gun was mounted. The Tort at the head of the island was called the "clta del." It was not case mated, but mounted Ave heavy guns. The whole number of guns mounted was thirty nine, of which two were Parrotts and a number rifled Dahlgrens. There were also about six guns in the woi ks which bad not been mounted. After spending an hour on tUe island we proceeded to Korfnlk. Immediately at the upper end of the island we found a raucs of biacbened wreck floating on the water, some of it proceeding from the sunken portions of vessels. Wo had also passyd large quantities of fl<*ting timber on oar way up, all \f which had been torn into splinter*. Fiom the man foi.^td on tho island we ascertained that the Men imoe bad laili during Saturday at a point nearly a mil* below the position from which the fragments were observed. During Jhe night, however, she had been brought back hfr run ashore. Her entire officers and cruw w?ie lavfed on the island,and a flow match applied to her m>?azine. Fhe was torn to fragments by the time the crew were out of reach of her. Negroes state that the officers and crew | unwed through the adjoining country, on the main land, about eight o'clock in the morning, to tho number of two hundred, 'ihey said they were on their way to Sulfa lk. On the line of the r>ver leading from Craney Island to Ni.r-wlk the.-e are not loss than six heavy earthworks, mo nting <n all about sixty-nine cannon, all of which are sti I in portion, except those near the Naval Hospital. TL< e are said to h<ive been taken to Richmond during the ?, ast week. on the opposite bank of the river is another battery, wuh two or three other small works. on ail the works the rebel flag has been lowered by tho tleet and the "Stars and Stripes" substituted. The amount of powder found in the magazines Is est I. mated nt 5,0<X) pounds, and the fixed ammunition taken can only l>e enumerated by the cargo. After cruising about for some time among the fleet we landed at the wharf and took a stroll through the city of Norfolk. It being Sunday, of course all places of business were clou d, and the city presented a most quiet aspect. The wlmrves were crowded with blacks, male and female, and a goodly number of white working people, with their wives and children, were strolling about. Soldiers were stationed on the wharves and picketed through the city, while the flag of the Union floatel tri umphantly from the cupola of the Custom House. 1h<- houses throughout the city were generally closed, especially thoee of the wealthier classes. Seme of the remales scowled at the horrible Yankees, and some almost attempted to spit upon them. But there whs a subdued quiet among the middle closes*, their countenances implying a desire to wait and watch for further developments. The secessionists taiked boldly of the Southern confe deracy, declaring their intention to receive nothing but Otafc ierate money, and saymg they would have nothing to do wiin Lincoln shinplasters. They were fully confi dent that in twenty dajs \erfolK would be rofiosfleesed and the Yankees driven out. The President laid off in the steamer Baltimore for about an hour, in front of the city, and then - teamed hank to the fortress. Secretary chase returned with him, while Secretary Ptanton remained until a late hour in consultation witb the military Governor, uenerai Vlele, and (.ei.eral Wool. True to the ?plrit of secession, the fire,ss I anticipated on Saturday, and which threw a broad red glare across tho heavens on F.iturdey night, proceeded from the tie. struct ion of the rortcmouth Navy Yard. which ?u done by order of the rebel commaalaut, scarcely anything left but tun block wails ami tall chimneys. Evan the immense alone dry dock wan seriously damaged, and it u< said the engine and pump belonging to it were removed to Rtclimoud. Norfolk Before Its Capiat*. I-ate Kortoik papers have beeu received; but they con tain no news of special importance in relation to the con duiou of ltitling in that city further than what we have already published. THE PUOFKHTY OF CITIZENS TO BE PLACED AT THE KISPOSAL Or THK REBEL LKAL)KRS?PEREMPTORY 0B1HB. [From the Norfolk Pay Rook, May T.J Oamna OK Nowoi k , May 7, 1S02. All cotton, tobacco, spirit* of turpuutine an<l oil, in this district, will U >.ent la suck /until as the railn ad agent may rftrerf, by live o'clock to d ty, uud a return nuufeof the Fame, so that transportation may be Imni diately se cured. Those articles not to dtlivtrtd will be confiscated, and parties who kaoe conctalal tk-m or connived at their cuntny ttiuvr to any secrd place of dspu it will {*? arreted awl sum marily punitlutl. W. A. PAKHAM, Provoet Marshal. TRYING TO KEEP T1IKIK SPIRITS CP UNDER SERIOUS DIFFICULTIES. What a rebel cilixen of Norfolk can want with the work mentioned below, at this particular time, passes our comprehcLSion. If a Joke was iutended, however, it was a good one:? [From the Norfolk Day Book, May 7.] A llfrEKYKb COMI'LIMKMT. Our esteemed friend, 1 ogan Hurst, Esq., was made the recipient yesterday of a handsome present, in the shape of two splendidly bound and richly embellished volumes, bearing the title, "Barton's Cyclopedia qf WU and Uuhuii-." These books were the offferlng of Francis Marion Gates, Esq., the erudite scholar, polished gentle man and fearless soldier, who presented them in a neat and appropriate address, which was suitably responded to by Mr. tturat. FINE ART EXHIBITIONS IN NORFOLK. W. C. Tarrant has been exhibiting a "Grand Moramlc Exhibition of tho Russian War" in Norfolk. His adver tisement In the Day Book is prefaced with the following, intended to tickle the rebel ear:? The righteous shall conquer and the oppressed shall be strengthened. This was verified in the Turkish war. The same advertisement announces:? . FORT SCBTKK TO-NIGHT. None should lose an opportunity of witnessing those excellent illustrutions, in which the haughty ambition of a powerful autocrat was crushe i, and note the cost. If the "powerful autocrat'' refers to President Lincoln, it is needless to say that the italicised portion is hardly borne out by the history .of the times, especially in Norfolk and vicinity. TERRIBLE FIRE 01 LONG ISLAND. i Over Sixty Thousand Square Acres of Wood Burned Over. TWENTY OR THIRTY HOUSES DESTROYED. Serious Loss of Cows, Sheep, Swine, Horses and Other Cattle, 4c., &c.j 4c. One of the most destructive Area that ever visited Long Island has been raging for the past four day?, and has destroyed a large amount or property. The Ore broke out near Stony Brook on" Friday last, and was caused by the burning off of a lot on the farm of Mr. Joel L. O. Smith. It appears Mr. Smith had ploughed round the lot several times for the purpose of preventing the flames from reaching the woods, which were but a short distance off. The high winds of Friday evening, however, blew some sharks from the burning flot Into the adjacent woodB. which immediately took fire, and continued burning until yesterday afternoon, destroying everything before it' from Smithtown branch to Coram ^roin Coram to Yap" hank, from Yaphank to Heliport,and from Bollport to Ri verhead. It is also rumored that the village of Fireplace is completely burned down, and that the greater portion of Patchogue had alst< fallen a victim to the flumes. Tha destruction of timber is Immense. It is said that not less than forty miles of woods have been burned to the ground. Wc understand that many families have been left houseless and penniless by this conflagration. The destruction of properly is estimated by some at about ! ?womlll)Ott|fff - The inhabitants turned out and worked inccss4i."y until last evening, when the wind lulled, and they gaiucu tie mastery. About the same time another Are broke out To The woods a short distance east and north of Farmingdalc, which extended to Isllp, cover ing an area of ten miles ia length and four miles in width, destroying everything in the way of its wild march, including the homes and stoek of the working claps, also horses, cattle, pigs, fencing timber, &c This Arc was subdued after a severe battle of twenty-rour hours. In both these cases some thirty or more barns, seventeen or eighteen dwelling house?, larfro and small, and much stock were consumed which several hundred thousand dollars cannot replace. Mr. Owens of Bellport Is also a heavy loser by this fire, having loet all his property, amounting to nearly one'hundred thousand dollars. rapid was the flic in its destructive course that It was with difficulty Mr. Owens saved his family from its ravages. another account of the conflagration. On Friday last wnile some men wore engaged in burn ing brushwood on the laud of Joel L. G. Smith, Esq., In tha northern part of the town of Smithtown, in Suffolk county, the Ore escaped and communicated to the ad joining woods, when .owing to the higbstatc of the wind, which was blowing from the northwest , it raged with terrific violence during that night and the following day, spreading from north to south as it increased in rury, itouching 01 tr an ana of at least sixty thousand square acra, principally ?* tkr toiim of Brvo); Haven. At Intervals, wheu the wind waB strongest. It leaped from tree to tree, twiniug its forked tongues with light ning rapidity around their trunks and swaying tops, lick ing up beneath them the dry, parched leave* and under brush like tinder, scattering them, as tha wind in fitful and angry gusts whirled them high in the air,far ahead, where, falling and again fanned into flames, new tires leaped forth to add additional fury and violence to tha irresistible power of the terrible monster which madly roared and thundered in the rear. With the rapidity of the rare horse it spod swiftly on from bill to valley, dry ing before it the frighteued animals, till overcome and exliausted they fell and became a prey to the destroyer. As it swept on through the long extended liuen of ?.>odland which lie on either side or the main road through the Island, it skirted the village of "tony Brook, Setauket, Port Jefferson, Mount Musi and Miller's | Place,'on the North: New Village, ?elden. Coram, Middle IsUud and Manorvtlle in the middle, and Pat? hogue,Heli port, Fireplace, Mastic, Moriches and yuogueon the south. It |?ssed some little distance from the villages oT tho ( north, while iu the centre it camo so uear as totn danger dwellings and human livas, destroying theTence? around the farms, and communicating with the farm | yards, would have destroyed the buildings had there not been sufficient help to promptly subdue it. on the south side they suffered more severely than in 1 tho middle. At the village of Mastic it swept down to the shores of the Great >otith Nay, where many barns and other outbuildings ware destroyed. At Manorville several dwellings were destroyed, and it Is said that several lives were lost by those attempting to arrest ita progress and save their property. There can be no doubt that large numbers of cattle and lens oT thousand! or cords ol wood. plied up in the woods and on the line or the railroad, have been de iKoyed. On Saturday, with a change of the wind, it swept

backward from its southeasterly bound.ry towards Islip, and destroyed a largo amount or property In that town. The trains on the Ung Island Railroad were delayed and stopped no account of the iMense heat dense sm?*e and suflo. ating atmosphere which enveloped them; and on either side of the read, as rar as the eye could'extend, nothing co ild be s<?n but the parched and blackened trees and the charred, smoking and smoulder ing remains oT immense piles or cordwood, which. In many instances, constitutes the principal source oT in come to those who are thus snddeivly stripped of their property. A dense volume of amoke seems to have settled down on the island, penetrating every nook and oorner,as ir some huge volcane hrvd suddenly burst ferth in its f,ry the blackened forests and smouldering remains or wood representing the r.irious current of the molten lava .s it roiled onward from Its throbbing sides The mmr ky aiBwephffS, tlj| rsd appearloce pr the you and moon, the widespread and blackened for eats, all tend to give an air of utter dusplation to the scene. SPECIAL KSPOKT3 TO TUB HEKALD. Ckucmpubt, L. L, May 13, IMS. Extensive conflagrations have been raging in the woods west of Rivcrhead.L. I., during the past week, burning over large tracts of land, consuming many houses, barns and othor outbuildings, and destroying a large amount of property. The extremely dry weather and high winds of the post fortnight caused the woods to become vary inflammable, and when the Are kindled (said te be from burning (brush) it spread wlih uncontrollable rapidity and power. The express train on tho Long Island Railroad, of Satur. day afternoon, did not reach tireenport till near two o'clock on Sunday morning, being compelled by the near ness of the lire ou both sides of the track to wait some hours for its subsidence. Tho freight train on the same day was actually forced to back some four miles t0 Yaphank, and the conductor was momentarily in dread lest the train should be enveloped in the flames, which travelled along the tree tops at an almost equal rate of speed. The total loss cannot be known at present, but is es timated at a vury high llgure. Port Jkffkrsox, May 13,1802. A severe Ore has been raging in this vicinity, covering an area of thirty miles long and over five miles wide, caused by burning new ground at Hill's Pocd, Smith town, and has extended from there through the woods as far east as Riyerhead, so far as I can learn, burning woods, houses and barns; damage variously estimated at 1300,000 to $500,000. South Haw, L. I., May 11,1802. The town of Brookhaven, Suffolk county, is entirely burned over?that is, the wooded part of it. The loss of buildings and property is terrible. At the Manor six teen barns and three dwellings, and between Moriches and Bellport, Including Mastic, twenty-four buildings, mostly barns, are burned. Thousands of cords of cord wood in the woods are burned, and the fire at this time is still burning. NAMES OF THE SUFFERERS. We give below a list of the names of those who have suffered by this conflagration, *b far as wo bay# beejj able to ascertain, up to date. Henry Osborn, outbuildings. Captain Sweeney, outbuildings. Alt red Brown, outbuildings. Charles Emmons, outbuildings. B. ?tfdorslcevo, barn. Joel Hawkins, barn. Fire Place school house. George Ruland, barn. Nathaniel Hawkins, house. D. T. Hawkins, shad and granary. B. T. Hawkins, barn and two hogs. Mrs. 1'. Smith, house and a lot lumbar. Win. S. Robertson, outbuildings, forty tons hay, four teen bead of cattle. U. Nicols, outbuildings. Mastic, timber all burned. E. T. Smith, 4,000 acrrs timber burned. John Hailocks, house and contents. Captain John Polly, barn. Captain John Hawkins, barn. James D. Weekes, 1,000 cords of wood. Jeremiah Groan, 800 cords of wood. J. G. Trogu, 800 cords or wood. Samuel Carmau's timber all burned; in fact, all the timber in llrookhavtn town. Alice Strong, Messrs. Hicnes, Henry Nostrand, Jared Barton, and Tim iierry, lost thoir extensive premises. THE MISSISSIPPI NAVAL TRIUMPH. Additional Particular* of the Brilliant Victory near Fort Wright. Cairo, May 11, 1862. A desperate naval battle took place near Fort Wright early yesterday morning. The rebel gunboats, eight in number, attacked the federal fleet at their moorings. The engagement lasted one hour and twenty minutes. The new rebel Iron-clad boat Mallory was run down by the St. Louis and sunk. Two rebel boats were blown up by the explosion of our sheila in their magazines. The rebel fleet withdrew their remaining boats badly shat tered. Our fleet came ont of action unhurt. Every boat is now reported ready for duty. Captain Stembol of the Cincinnati, was wounded by a musket ball in the shoulder. Two other slight casual ties occurred on our side. The enemy's loss is very large?probably three or four hundred killed and wounded, the majority killed. The Union fleet was commanded by Captain Davis, the new fleet captain. Commodore Foote having gone home on a sick leave. The Union boats engaged were the Benton, Cincinnati, Carondolet, Cairo, St. Louis and the wooden l>oat Conestoga. The rebel ram Louisiana at tempted to run the Cincinnati down, bat was repulsed. The rebel battery Mallory attempted the same game, and was herself sunk by the St. Louis. The rebel fleet was commanded by Hollins. Cairo, May 11,1882. The desperation of the rebel cause iu the Mississippi culmlDated yesterday In an attack on the flotilla. Early on Saturday morning eight of their gunboats came rv'"-d I'0'"1 above the fort and boldly attacked our fleet?^?'"'" * .TlT" The Cincinnati, which was stationed at Ike point where the rebels cnmc up to on Friday, did not attract them until the neeTHad pawed above her. >? to n as she was seen a simultaneous attack frottt the whole of their guuboats was upon her, with but little effect, as the guns were poorly aimed. Tlio Cincinnati in the mean time liad hauled into the stream, when an iron-clad ram, supped to be the Mal lory, advanced in the face of the continued broadsides from the former, until within forty yards, and being a faster sailer, succeeded in mooring be tween the Cincinnati and their right hand when men appeared upon her decks, preparing to board with grapr.cls thrown out, which design was frustrated by throwing hot water from the steam batteries of tbe Cincinnati. In the mean time tho res-t of our gunboats had arrived on the scene of action and engaged the rebel fleet. The Mallory, undaunted by her failrure, crowded on a full bead or steam and came Inward tbe Cincinnati, evi dently intending to run her down. Captain Stembel, In command of tbe latter, waited until the rebel monster waa within twenty yards, when be sent a broadside into ber from hie Parrott guns which d>n 'earful execution. Tha two boats were so close together by this time tint it was impossible for the gunners of the Cincinnati to swab out the guns, and it was only by bringing tbe steam batteries to bear upon her again that the Mallory wns compelled to haul off. Captain Sternbell shot her pilot with his revolver, and wus himself wounded by a pistol shot flred by the pilot's mate of the Mallory. While tbe engagement between the Mallory and tho Cincinnati was in progress our shuts exploded the bjilers of one of the rebel gunboats and set Ore to another, burn mc her to tbe water's edge Tho air was very heavy, and under cover of the dense smoke which hung over tbe river tho rebel fleet rotlrcd, but were pursued until thoy gained shelter under the guns of Fort Wright. None of our txiats were Injured except the Cincinnati. The Damage to her is so slhht she can be repaired In twenty-four hours. Four men were woumlou on her, in?'l uding the master's mat*'. No other casualties are men t lone'.. When tbe smoke cleared nway, a broadside from the flagship Henton was sent after the Mnllory, and shortly artei she was sceu to careen and went down with all on boat d. The Siege of Fort Wright. Cairo, May 12, 1802. The steamer Skylark has .fust arrived Irom the fleet with nothing but rumors in regard to the uaval battle of Saturday. When tbe Skylark left a furious cannonading was heard In tbe direction of the fort, which was plainly distinguished till after the steamer passed Tiptoiiville. It is expected the next news will be the occupation by the federals of the bluffs and the evacuation of the fort. The Hebel d?rllla? In Western Ken tucky. Lormrttu, May 11, 18C2. <>no huadred and forty of Uorxan's cavalry, at ikh? to day, captured forty eight freight and Tour passenger cars, |nd two locomotives, at Cave City, Kr. Morgan supposed tbe train would contain 2H(t cavalry prisoners, bound northward. Ilie operator at Cave City, however, gave notice of these fads to Howling (Ireen, and stopped tbe upward train. Among the captured federals were Majors Belveti and Coffee, both of Waltord's cavalry, and one oth?r federal oflloer and three or four soldiers. The rebels burned all the above cars except two and the locomotive which brought tbe passengers back to Louisville. pAOrrAH, Ky.. May 12,1M2. Oenoral Penvor and staff arrived here yesterday, m rrmlt for Pittsburg lading. Two thoussn I cavalry started from Ibis post Saturday on an expedition to sct in conjunction with the miHtary forces from lltcfonon in pursuit of tho rebel cavalry that has been over running Western Keutm ky and Tennessee recently. THE MPEIMIG BATTLE AT C0E1ITH Beauregard's Attack on Hal leck's Vanguard. What the Rebels Say of the Coming Conflict. THEIR STRENGTH, HOPES AND FEARS. BEAUREGARD'S ADDRESS TO HIS TROOPS, fcc.f fcc. General Pope's Bulletin. PimaiURO Lauding, May 11,1862. The following has Just been received at tho headquar ters of the Army of the Mississippi:? Near Faruinoton, May 9?P. M. To Major General Hall?ck:? The enemy, twenty thousand strong, drove in our pickets beyond Farmington, and advanced upon the bri gade occupying the further side of the crcek, in front of my camp." The brigade held on for Ave hours, until, finding them heavily pressed ia front and on the flank, and that I could not sustain them without passing the creek with my whole force, which would have been con trary to your orders, and would have drawn on a genoral 'engagement, I withdrew them to this side in good order. The conduct of the troops was excellent, nnd the with drawal was made by them very reluctantly. The cnomy made a demonstration to cross, but aban doned the movement. Our loss is considerablo, though I cannot yot tell how great. Tho enemy, being much ex posed. suffered severely, one of hm batteries being com pletely disabled and his infantry line hav ing been driven back several times. My command are eager for the ad vance. JOHN POPE, Major General. Despatch from General Halleck. Monterey, Tenn., May 10,1882. To Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War:? The enemy yosterday attacked General Pope's outpost near Farmington, and drove It back on his main line, which was in position to receive an attack; but the ene my, after a sharp skirmish in front, retreated to Corinth. Deserters this morning report heavy losses. General Pope's toss is not yet ascertained. H. W. HALLECK, Major General Commanding. The Strategical Position of Farmington, Farmington is live miles northwest of Corinth. The only forces engaged were Plummer's and Palmer's brigades. The weather is warm and pleasant. All is quiet in front, the enemy having retired. j, .? ? ? Monttket, May 10,1862. Deserters from the Louisiana regiment, who wore in the skirmish yesterday, have Just arrived. The force of the rebels was 56,000 strong, under Bragg, Van I torn, Hardee and Price, with thirty pieces of artillery. Their purpose was to overwhelm and drive our left wing into the Tennessee river. Their loss was very heavy, both in officers and men. Our lues was thirty killed and about seventy wounded. All is quiet in front. The woather is pleasant, and our army is pushing ahead slowly. Cajbo, May 11,1882. Tbe steamers Courier and City of Alton arrived this af ternoon from Pittsburg Landing, with new* to noon of Saturday, up to which time no general engagement had taken place. On Thursday, the 2d, a battalion ?f the Seventh Illinois cavalry, under command of Major Ap pling ton, accompanied General Paine from Farming ton on a reoonnolFiance of the enemy's position. When about two miles out tho scouts, who had been sent in advance, catno back and reported a force of rebel Infantry tn ambush In the wood? on both sides of the rood leading from Farmington to Corinth. After a consultation the federal forces advanced, for the purpose of ascertaining the rebel strength, and were surrounded, but cut their way through tho rebels, who had formed on tbe road, and made their way back to camp, bringing off tho body of a M^)or who was killed. Four of them were wounded. A deserter who came in subsequently sivs the rebols lost forty-nine killed, wounded and missitg, of whom a Lieutenant Colonel and faptain were killed. On Friday the rebel General Rra>?g's division attacked General rallie s division, In position two miles beyond Firuiington. A sharp engagement followed, our men lighting bravely, and making soveral bayonet charges on the enemy, who were repulsed with great slaughter. I/irge reinforcements of rebels having arrived, our troops returned to Farmington. We lost nearly 200 in killed, wounded and missing. No particulars are received. Cnirioo, May 12,1882. Tho stoatner Meteor, from Pittsburg landing Sunday morning, has arrived here. There had been no genet al engagement, although the situation of the two armies is much more threatening than at any previous time, There had been several seroro skirmishes, which, without producing any change,served to show the inten tion of the contesting forces. It was definitely ascertained thst, so far from the re ports of evacuation being true, tho enemy is strengthen. Ing nil bis defences for the defeat of our army, inste id of abandoning his Innumerable number of negroes were at work felling trees, forming abattls and stengthening earthworks. It is now known that Gen. Powell reached Corinth with an army of 30,000 men. It can no longer lie a matter of doubt that Beauregnrd is preparing his army for a desperate struggle. Our reconnoitring parties invari ably meet the enemy, go whore they will, nnd on hills, in the woods and along I lis road? the rebels sootn present iu overpowering strength. Preparations for battle are being made on a grand scale. Bonds are cut through tho woods to facilitate tho movements of the different divisions. Siege guns are mounted in great numbers, and nothing is wanting on our part to win the contest. [Telegram to tbe Chicago Tribune.] Cairo, May fl, 1882. The steamer Champion arrived this afternoon from Pittsburg landing. When the Champion left a battle waa ?steeled momentarily, and the Ouartermaster of Gene, ral Halleck's staff had sent forward one hundred and fifty ambulances to remove the expected wounded. General Hal leek has retained all mail matter for this region. On Wednesday an intelligent German engineer, for merly a resident of New York, impressed inU> thereby army a year ago, while on a visit to his relativea Sootb, deserted and came into our lines with an exaet e? prebouslve plan of the enemy'? f?rliflcation? at giving details of their construction and the every gun in the works. General Halleck pl??* confidence in his statements. -tat. The steamer City of Alton was chartered *7 *)?? 8I* * to take offthe sick of Illinois, and was partly loaded; bu* after the intelligence of the expected fight the sick wer* r, moved, and the steamer removed at the landing to re ceive the wounded. We were within two mil* Corinth when the Champion left. Major Klemmer, United Slates Army, formerly U? tenant Slemmer, of Fort Plckeus faiue, arMvedatC^rc yesterday, and leaves this evening on tbe *????* Pittsburg Landing, to assume command of a regiment regulars. The Rebel Accounts. [From the Kichmond Inquirer, May 6.] Cokiktu, Miss., May 3,1861 A gentleman from Tennessee river reporta that Geo* ralKirby Smith haa defeated General Mitchell and re taken Huntsville. Scouts just in roport that skirmishing took place about, two o'clock this morning betweon ours and the enemy s pickets on the Farmington road, four miles from Corinth, our centre fronts on Monterey road. General, Hardee ?leit Farmington on the right. The in force, advanced considerable on our right to-day. Flvo o'clock?heavy and rapid firing of artillery on our right. The enemy have jist commenced with Gene ral Hardee, and our forces are llrlng continually, brisk and incessant. The overture to battle haa c<*amenced. General Beauregard will be on the field. To-morrow ? | grand battle will proceed. I The following address haa just been Issued to war I troops, who are confident of victory:? s\ Hkap^I-ARTSKM OF TUB FoR?J V CoiuifiH. Miss.,May 2.18S2- J I ^oLcnres of So hob .tNn Eikhohn?Wo are about to | meet once more. In the shock of bBttle. the tnvaders t our soil, the despoiler or our homes, Ul*iu.r?s "0 our family ties, lace to late, hand to hand. Wemmw t decide whether we are to be freemen or vile slaves or thi Be who are free only in name, and who but J were vanuuis'ned although in largely superior numbers, U^r own oncam^menU, on th* ever memorable field of Sbiloh. Let the impending ?fUour re and add a more Illustrious page to the h story ^ow ^ volution?one to whicli our children will po ofCo hi. nride saving, "Our fathers were at the battle of Co S&SSSsggg manly effort, and, trusting to- <>?d the JostneMOf ^crtthr.ord^^rru.trn93^ those of the array of Virginia on the historic battle (Md ol yor^tj*gEAUREGXRn) General Commanding. J. M. OrsTj Acting Assistant Adjutant General. The enemy's advance consisted of about 3,000 infan try with cavalry and artillery. The skirmish com menced at Seven Mile Creek; near Farmington. Briga dier General Marmuduke's brigade waa engaged, sup ported by Capt. Sweet s Mississippi battery. They ma> - talned their position with great gallanlry against the heavy shelling of the enemy for three-quarters of aa hour, when our forces fell back. The enemy bad si* pieces of artillery and heavy siege gun*. Heavy \olley of musketry were fired on both sides. Private J. B. Ponelly, only sixteen years old,of Capt^ Graddy's Alabama cavalry, captured Lieutenant CWocet. Adams, of Missouri Volunteers. A Yankee Major and* others were also taken prisoners. The exchange of "civilities" lasted a little over an hour. The enemy ? main body consists or five divisions, on the Purdy,Mon terey, Hamburg and Farmington roads. They have no* yet advanced. Many poor families were driven In t>T ,he attack from their homes. [From the Charleston Mercury, May 6.] Recruits have been pouriug in to General Beauregard, who fully possesses the hearts and the confidence of the Western people. To th< actent of capacity of arming litem, It is supposed he will have men. It is believed In New Orleans that hit army numbers one hundred and twenty, thousand, but many are lick/rum limettone water. There, is a feeling of perfect certainty of defeating Buell and Halleck in a signal manner. Corinth is fa? enoogbfrom the gunboats to give opportunity for capturing or de stroying them. Hence it haa been sojected as the battle! field. General and troops are alike confident. [From the Norfolk Day Book, May 7.] Aiui'sta,May 6,1898. The Charleston paper9 of this morning hkve special despatches from Corinth, dated May 3, which say that tbo enemy advanced thie afternoon with an infantry force of several thousand. They were engaged by Gen. Marmaduke's brigade, out on picket duty. Tbe skirmishing commenced about two o'clock. The artillery became ougaged about five, and kept up the firo about an hour, when wo retired from the scene of the jj^lit Farmington, four and a half miles from Corinthr now occupied by the federals. ! 0ur iogB ig 20 killed and 100 wounded. That of the en* any Is unknown. [From the Savannah Republican, May 8.] Coristb, May 4?10 A. It The two grand armies now stand front to lront, ser rated only by a space of four or five miles. The confede rate art ready, and will probably await an aXUxdc. The battle may not occur to-day, but it can hardly be post poned beyond to-morrow. The ewmy wiU be Uuily take* \n a, to our strength. With Van Dorn we will ha*e thousand men. Tho weather Is cloudy, but without rain The skirmishing was very heavy yesterday; the oon federate loss was about twenty In killed and wounded We captcrod two federal ofllcers-a colonel and major. Fiva o'Clock P. M. All quiet hart; both Armies maintain threatening, positions. [From the Atlanta Confederacy, May 4.] Indications point strongly to a battle ceming off at Corinth at an early day, which for magnitude of the forces engaged will oclipee any that ever transpired in America. Our judgment is that the Yankees have nearly one hundred and fifty thousand men. Beauregard a wr.ll nigh flanktt on ait lite. He has an immense army, but not so large as the enemy. It inert idle to conceal the fact that we hair mmc Jean for the remit. Ihere is snefe ? thing as being utterly overwhelmed with numbers, against which ws can provide no remedy. If PoiiUmHti valor and able generalship can win a victory, Beauregard I and his army will win it. A defeat at that poinii.would be a severe blow, particularly as we see no way for escape except falling towards Mobile?* direction in which he is not wanted, for wo want kiB army to go to Nashville and Louisville. But though such a defeat would be painful and sever* we can endure it. We can endure the loss of Beaure gard's and Johnston's armies, and then secure our inde pendence. If our day of triumph don't come will oome when the Yankees venture into our interior and attempt to subjujate and hold undor subjection our penile at their homos. If not before, Yankee temerity will then have overstepped the bounds of safety and v success to them In tbis war of conquest. TI1K ARMY AT CORINTH. (From the Columbus Sun, May 3.] We had an Interview lu*t evening with Ool. A. W. Starke, of Alabama, who has just returned from Corinth. Mississippi. He report* that our army hut ntferetl much from iwkneu, but there are about 76,000 rtTtctiee fighting mTi, amf reinforcement* are nrnstantty noming in. Generals Price and Van Horn were there with their vetorans of the Missouri campaign, whom be represents to be the finest looking body of men he over saw. The enemy are sup posed to have about 120,000 men, and had advanced three miles on our front from their former position. Oar officers and men are confident and sanguine of whipping the enemy in the next light, particularly If we are first attacked. From what Ool. Starke says of the reported movement of ono of our Generals with a body of men towards Tus cumbla and Decatur, we place confidence in the truth of tue despatch published this morning, that we have re taken Tuscuinlila and Dacatur. The bolief was general , and, we trust, Is well rounded, that the enemy will be driven from the Tennessee. Ceart Calendar?1Thia Day. PrnuwKOoi RT?Ciwtirr.?Parti?Nos. 1432,146,1738 1789,1798, 814, 305. 409, 602, 503,1886, 1920.1924 M6#' 11W9.1977,IMS, 19V4, 2002, 2018. '' ? osiiwh Put*!*.?Part 1.?Net. 067,886, 410,979,04*. 1078, 106, 718. 1041, 1003, 814, 1086, 1080, 1088,734. Part 2 ?Noe. 849, 1090,847, 863,428, 489, 406,1814,691, 970, 961, 88fi. 1047, 880, 878. SrrRRtoR Cot ?t.?Part 1? No*. 1778,8071, 1833,1767, 763, 1038,1(V,9,1971, 1873, 1977 J1979,1981. Parti? No* 3498,818. 13**, 1710. .'1194, 186i 1884,1898,1900, 1802, 1904 , 3618, 1034 , 284, 1118, 916,1848. Part 3.? Nos. 1823, 1876,1873, 1821, 1331, 197, 1989.1991,1996, 1989 , 2001, 2003. Part 4 ? Not. 70S. 488, 2260, 3030, 20.18, 2040, 2042, 2044. 2048, 9060, 2052,2064, 20M, 2048, 2000. Fire In PltMaddphls. I'mLAnminu. May 13,1843. A schooner at the Christian street wharf, latren wKh petroleum, caught flro to-nlglit by an explosion of one of Hie barrels, and burned to (ho water's mk*n. The flame* commankvUed to Ike rigging of several larger vessels at the snnvo wharf, bnt were extinguished The ship Oref Eagle was damaged considerably.