Newspaper of The Washington Standard, May 28, 1864, Page 2

Newspaper of The Washington Standard dated May 28, 1864 Page 2
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Ufa tfehington Standard, I\S. OFFICIAL PAL'ELL FOB THE TERRITORY'.; The I'nloH—ll shall be Preserved Agents for the Standard. Tlio following n uiK'J gentlemen are authorized v n receive niut receipt for money due on subscrip tion to the STANDARD : 1,. I'. KISIIKU. San Francisco, Cat. J. O. 11. VAN IIOKKKI.ES, Port Towuscud ; i\ J. l'lUMitoMK, Port Madison ; A. 1!. Yorxti, " A. It. IlcanASK. Monticello; ALEX. S. AIIKKNETIIY, Oak Point; JOHN WKIISTKII, Seattle ; MARSHALL HLIXN, Senbeck. A. IJ. PATUICK, Port Ludlow, tgjr.Money can be sent through the mails at oiir rit-k. UNION NOMINATIONS. [ELECTION, MONDAY JI'NR 6.] COWLITZ COUNTY TICKET. Joint Representative (with II uhkmcum) WILLIAM W. HAYS. Probate JutJgr— B. HUNTINGTON. Auditor— JASPER STONE S/ieriJ— -15. LAITEY Conn t'/ Co mm issioncr— V. M. WALLACE Assessor— L. D. SIIKPARDSOX. THURSTON CO UN'I Y TICKET. Ilcurcscutati res— C CROSBY, S. D. HUDDLE, FRANK RHODES. Sheriff- — J. 11. KELLETT. Auditor — A. W. MORE Commissimc" — J. DUXLAP Treasurer — S. W. PEROIVAL. For Just ire of the Peace, ( OUjmpia Precinct) CI IAS WOOD. SATURDAY MOIINING, MAY 28,1864. The Mass Convention. Tho "Democratic Convention on Saturday last, resulted very differently from what was anticipated by tho ambiguous eliar acter of the call. Instead of nominating a ticket composed of men who are recognized as for the Union and a vigorous prosccutiom of the war, tlicy selected for their Represent atives three of tho most ultra Peace Demo crats in the county, if not in the Territory. We do not include in this category the nom inees for Sheriff and Auditor, who but (or the bad company they are found in, would stand a fair chance of election. The general tone and spirit which animated the convention was unmistakably indicated by the speech of Judge McFadden. If any lingering doubt of its true character had ex isted, tho ultra denunciatory speech of the Judge was well calculated to remove it. We have never listened to a speech that had more of (lie ring of true Coppcrheadism. The President was denounced as a despotic tyrant. He retailed all the slang of pot-house poli ticians, and among other absurd remarks, said that at an interview between Lord Lyons, the British Minister, and Mr. Lincoln, the Presi dent, by way of illustrating his despotic pow er, boasted that lie had only to pull that cord (pointing to the bell-rope) to have Governor Seymour or nny other man in the nation thrown into piison. Every sensible man must know that nothing of this kind ever oc curred. What should be thought of men who can thus unblushingly libel the Government, and labor to bring it into disrepute with the people, yet claim to be in favor of putting down the rebellion by a vigorous prosecu tion of the war ! To show the hypocrasy of these pretences, we have only to refer to the unconditional endorsement of the peace reso lutions adopted by the Democracy of Ohio, by Gen. James Tilton, not very long ago. It is well known that Judge McFadden is iu full sympathy with the General in political opin ions, and having been selected by the conven tion to head their ticket, it is doing it uo in justice to say that he fully represents its views and opiuions. We are glail the issue lias been so fairly made before the people of this county. The opportunity is now afforded for men to dem onstrate whether they are for or against the Administration. No honest man will be dis posed to dodge the issue. If he is for putting down the rebellion, and for removing the cause of it, he will vote for the Union ticket; but if he is in favor of patching up a tempo rary peace by restoring slavery to the posi tion it occupied before the rebellion, he will vote for James Tiltnn and Company. If the Unton candidates for the Legislature are de feated, we will not hesitate to acknowledge if as a clear and unequivocal condemnation of the Administration of Mr. Lincoln by the peo ple of Thurston c.iunt/, and as a deliberate verdict in favor of yielding to the demands of the South for the perpetuation of slavery, a curse which has already cist the Government thousands of millions of treasure and a million of lives. Vi'e hive no apprehension that such a verdict will be rendered by the people. No privato bitterness nor personal animosities sliould keep Union men from the polls when such mighty National interests arc involved in everv contest at the ballot-box. " Rally around the flag, boys," pull all together, and victory will again perch upon the banner of the Union. The Union Resolutions. The " Democracy" of King county havo nominated Jo. Foster for re-election, bv way of endorsing the vote against the Union reso lutions adopted by the House of the late As sembly. The 4th resolution was as follows : "That we will give our luarty and unre served support to this Administration and its successors —of whatever political antecedents —in the prosecution of the existing war, until peace is fully established in this distracted country ; reserving until that event the dis cussion of issues which nr« calculated to di vide our own councils and strengthen the hopes of our enemies ; that we regard all dis tinctions taken in such times as these between the support of the Administration and of. the Government PS captious anil unpatriotic, it being impossible to support the Government and sustain the war, and at the satno time op pose the Administration in its war measures." This resolution was the most important una of the series, and involved no endorsement of the peculiar views of the Republican party, but pledged support to the war measures of the Administration. It cannot bo urged that members were obliged to vote against this res olution fo-ftvoid voting for others which en dorsed Mr. Lincoln's honesty and patriotism, the suspeusion of the writ of habeas' corpus, and the emancipation proclamation, as a mo tion to expunge all but the 'lth resolution could have been made and they have signified their approval of it. Instead of doing this, Mr. Foster, by way of showing his contempt for tin Administration and its war measures, did move to stiike out all the resolutions and in sert the Ten Commandments. resort ing to various expedients in parliamentary trickery to avoid a direct vote, the resolutions were niloptcd as originally introduced,' on a call of the ayes and noes. Those voting in the affirmative were, Messrs. Austin, R.irstow. Bradshaw, Leiser, MeCall, MeLine, McGill, Perrin, Tobey, Urquhurt, Ward, Williamson, and Mr. Speaker (Crosby)—l3. The noes were, Messrs. Babcoek, Howies, Harkhausen, Beam, l)ugtn, FOSTER, Maddrieks, Mc- Caw, Slielton, and Taylor—lo. We place Mr. Foster's name in capitals for the reason that he is the only member, so far as we can learn, who has been brought for ward by thii " Democrat ii" party for re election. Should he be elected, it will result in r.o veiy enviable distinction to King coun ty, as it will show beyond all question that a majority of her citizens are opposed to the prosecution of tho war and nrc in sympathy with tho rebellion. AYe have hitherto re garded King county as loyal to the Govern ment, notwithstanding the election of a peace •' Democrat" to the late Legislature, conse quently wo shall await the result of the pend ing election with no ordinary solicitude. Fiitu AT I'ORT MADISON —Giu: vr Loss OF PROPKRTY. —The extensive lumber mills r.t POIT Madison, owned by Ci. A. Meigs, Esq., were entirely destroyed by lire on Saturday (•veiling l:ist. The lire was discovered about 2.30 A. M., but so rnpid was its progress the mill and surrounding buildings were speedily enveloped in llames, bidding defiance to human exertions to slay their progress. The total loss is said to approximate 8300,000. We are informed that it is Mr. Meigs' intention to immediately rebuild place with fir more substantial works than those destroyed. Forty-eight thousand Copperheads in New York recently voted against allowing soldiers the privilege of voting.— Ex. Still the Copperhead members of Congress, a few months ago, as an evidence of their love for the soldiers, resolved to increase their pay. Copperheads are very willing to create dissen tion in the ranks, under the garb of friendship, but soldiers must not be allowed to vote— Oh, no ! HOLD, McF!!—Judge McFadden, iu his speech on Saturday, said he could prove every body who participated in the Union Conven tion the Saturday previous, a disunionist! This is just about a fuir average of \i\* funny statements. It can be judged from this how much wholesome truth tho Judge avoided iu his harrangue. PISCATORIAL. —SeveraI gentlemen have this week presented us with strings of fish, of the "Thomas Cod" species. One disciple of Old Isaac caught more than Jive hundred in one day from Brown's wharf. The statement sounds somewhat " fishy," but we are assured that it is literally true! _ Wonder if somebody can't furnish us with the substance, if not the original letter, written by a leading Democrat of Olympia to hisfiiend, congratulating him upon "our" victory over tho abolitionists at Bull Run 1 BP We observe that the " City Fathers" have introduced that vcneiablu institution— the Town Pump—on the corner of Main nnd Fourth Streets. A needed improvement. We are authorized to annonnco J. M. Fletcher, of Clark county, as n candidate on the Union ticket for Prosecuting Attorney iu this Judicial District. fy A cotemporary in speaking of a late rebel retreat Rays it becamo a " route." Wonder if that route won't end in the la3t ditch ? iy Tho Copperheads dou't care a " cuss" for secret societies unless they have genuine coppery ring of tho Goldeu Circle. Nullification. The S. 1". A'ta, trim to the instincts which contributed to defeat the bill for the repeal of j the Specific Contract law of California, cau tion? the public against anticipating a rapid decline in go!.! in consequence of the recent victori's of cur armies. It argues that the legal tender notes, being but "n temporary expedient to meet an emergency," it is folly to presume that they will ever be worth any thing like their par value in the money mar ket. We arc at a loss to perceive the point of such logic. It ennnot be denied that as long as the war continues the value of paper currency will greatly depend upon its prepon derance over the metalic currency and sub jeet to the secondary influonce of triumphs or reverses to our c urse; but it is absurd to ar gue that thii redemption of thesu notes in twenty years has an effect to depress their value. If the Government and its pledged faith arc worth anything, as these speculators would seem to doubt, the equilibrium between paper r.nd gold will gradually be restored as he fi>itiler is withdrawn from circulation. It is only the suspense and doubt attending the progress if the war of slill further drains upon the Treasury, which prevents paper from speedily becoming the equal of gold and the accepted currency of the whole country. It unlortunalcly happens that all the 1 atling papers iu California belong to the moneyed side of any controversy which may arise, and wn are not, therefore, surprised that Capital should be the mighty censor to whose potent sway they acknowledge obedience in this, as iu other inntteis. In the contest upon the repeal of the Special Contract law, before the California Legislature last winter, all the in surmountable arguments urged in its favor, supported by the petitions of thousands upon thousands of loyal citizens, were crushed by the weight of a few plethoric money bags. They controlled the lawgiver, the press, and in certain quarter, public opinion, nnd Califor nia to-day stands iu the light of nullifying the laws of the Government in the hour of her sorest distress. A late number of the N. V. ])<!>/■ Book, the outspoken organ of secession in the lvist, contains an article devoted to this special subject, and it chuckles i xultintly over the fact that California and Oregon, so far as this act is concerned, at least, have no sympathy with the great cause of Republican liberty. We have read of the money-changers taking possession of sacred places, but none would have dreamed a few years t.g > that mc.ny of the professedly patriotic m n who now speculate upon the life-bloud of our coun try could be brought to do do an act which really amounts to nulliticatic:'. I)y the aid of corrupt judicial machinery, this nullification law controls the currency the currency upon this coast, and as long as this is true we need not be surprised that tlio hankers' organs should endeavor to dampen the ardor attend ing I'uion victories, to prevent a loctd change in currency until it mav suit the convenience • i # of their masters. When the day of reckon ing comes, let such men, and the presses which truckle t > their avaricious schemes b t retiu in hered, and receive the just scotn of every well wishcr of the Government. there in not time before election to re-«S3eml)lc ihtt " Democratic" convention, wo have appi inted ourself .1 committee to draft a supplemental resolution, required by " the exigencies of tlio times." Our " Dem ocratic" friends can cut it out uud paste it in their lints: ItesoJreJ, That it is inexpedient just at this time to have on our ticket a Democat who has been so indiscreet as to avow bis real sentiments, lest it might endanger t he success of our Legislative ticket composed of men hold ing about the sonic opinions, but who have discretion enough to conceal them until after the eh ction. HTT he news of late battles makes Union men feel joyful, while it works all sorts of ways upon Copperheads. Some of them won't believe that Lee is getting whipped, while others are getting ashamed of their Copper head ideas, and begin to shout " glory halle lujah !" Yrcka Journal. Tho forensic orator, on Satuiday last, shout ed hallelujahs to Gen. firant and the recent victories quite lustily. We don't know as to the shame, however. " O Shamo ! where is thy blush!" The following from tho pun of George D. l'rentice, of the Louisville JourW, closing nu editoiial in favor of a vigorous prosecution of the war, is one of the most beautiful figures of speech wo have over read: '•Bloodshed is a terrible thing, but the blood poured from the hearts of patriots iu battle, sinks not into the ground, It rises to heaven, and falls back into fertilizing showers to brighten the verdure of the land of their love." CP 1 Judge MoFadden iu his speech before the Muss Meeting, dwelt with peculiar Btress upon the fact that hn abont three years ago presided over " tbo largest meeting of Union men ever assembled in the Territory." That is nil very true, Judge, but why are you not working iu the same glorious cause now ? you then held the lucrutive position of Chief Justice; have your views materially changed since that time? ty The Democrats in Olympia have for mally stricken from their regularly nominated ticket the name of A. J. Lawrence, on the ground of secession proclivities. To appear consistent they should have lopped off their three candidates for the Assembly, If this wero done, tho balance of their ticket might possibly be elected. - ——— ——• i. BP A year ago the "Democrats" had a name without a party, this year a party with out a mine. Wrigglo In and Wriggle Ont. In another portion of to-day's paper will be found t'.:e proceedings of the «Democratic" Mass Meeting held at the Capitol on Satur day last. We publish them not only as an act of courtesy to our opponents, but that the voters of the county may understand the issues that are now being presented to them. The veil thrown over the real sentiments of the Demo cratic candidates for the Legislative Assembly is too flimsy to deceive or mislead any man possessed of a particle of common sense. The resolutions, in sentiment at least, (for not so much can be said in favor of their lite rary merits) would do no discredit to Vallan digham himself; and they make up an issue against the Administration and a vigorous prosecution of the war that leaves no chance for dodging. The convention have placed upon their platform three of the most notorious, outspoken and consistent peace " Democrats" in the county—men who avow their hos tility to all the leading measures of the Administration for suppressing the iebellion without stint orqualification. However much we may deprecate their disloyal course, they are entitled to the credit of not desiring to dis guise their real sentiments und opinions. They surely havo no sympathy with the author of the resolutions in his attempt to conceal the true sentiments of the "Democracy" by un meaning verbiage and abstract generalities. The reader will not fail to observe that every resolution which declares in lavor of the Un ion and tlio Government, ha« a qualifying sen tence immediately following, couched in am biguous language,to suit opposite nnd diverse opinions. The /3th resolution expresses opposition to all violations of the Constitution, for the pur pose of charging the Administration, indirect ly, with usurpation, tyranny, fraud nnd ex travagance. The resolutions likewise express their disapprobation of ariests for treasonable conduct; and although they do not in so many words demand the release of Vallandigham, the impression is indirectly conveyed, es pecially to the minds of Southern sympathi zers. If there remained a doubt of what was meant by the language of the resolutions, the speech of Judge MeFaddsn, ratifying the actien of the convention must have dis pelled it. T.i?" General Schwik, chairman of the Com mittee on Military Affairs, in reply to a speech of Fernando Wood, said : "It was to be re gretted ihat no scafi'old had been provided by law upon which to hang the traitor from New York, but ho thanked God that there was a gibbet of public opinion upon which he would he hung as high as llaman.'' When Judgo McFadden was giving utterance to the most di.-loyal portions of the speech of bis friend Wood, he seemed to have this "gibbet of pub lic opinion" in bis mind's eye, and flound. red about tremendously to demonstrate that oppo sition to every leading measure of the Admin istration for the suppression of the rebellion, should no! be construed as opposition to the war ; and thai l.c could, therefore, claim to be a belter Union man than those who endorsed the res dntions of the Union convent! >n, which pledged n zealous and unconditional support to these measures. He seemed to couvime his friends that they were b tter Union men than President Liucoln, but he evidently con cluded with a poor opinion of himself. TIM Ji dok's Tkxt-Book. —As many of our readers may not be informed as to the sources from which the learned Judge drew his inspiration on Saturday last, we venture to give one of them. The N. Day-Hook contains many of the leading points of the speech, but generally couched respect ful language. That paper, however, glories in the name of Copperhead ; the Judge don't. In regard to the Statu election in Alabama, in February last, the Judge and the Day- Book agree precisely—the Judge denouncing army ofticers as " hangers-on of the army," and the latter speaking in milder terms of them as " gentlemen wearing the uniform of field and st:iff officers of the army." The only difference appears to be that the Judge drew it rather strong. We have several copies of the Dan-Booh which wo will loan to anybody who doubts the position of that paper on a restoration of the Union. Union County Convention. On Saturday, May 14th, 1864, at the cajl of tho county committer, the unconditional loyal citizens of Clark County, Washington Territory, by delegates, met in convention ut Vancouver, and upon calling tho ayes mid noes unanimously endorsed the following resolutions: Hooked, That we endorse oil tho measures adopted by the present Administration for crushing out the present Slaveholders' lUbellion, lletoleed, That wo admire the courage, and laud the heroism, of our brave arniv and navy in their patriotic etforts in behalf of constitutional liberty and human That wo wijl band ourselves in one Union league to sustain tho Administration-; and that we hereby pledge ourselves to assist it by all the means in our power to finish up the good work. liraoli ed, That we are for peace—when every rebel is dead, or has unconditionally surrendered to the Nation al authority—and not before. Hesolced, That we will not consider the name of any person as a candidate for any office, who has not here tofore been know as un unconditional Union man, unless each person will come before this convention and publicly disavow all connection with the present Democratic party, and pledge himself to an earnest sup port of tho Administration in all its elforts to crush th« rebellion, and to advocate tbo principles of the * The following gentlemen were placed in nomination for support at the coming election: l{rpreaeiituttvc9—Joc\ Knight, J. J. Lancaster and C. 11. Heed. Sheriffs. XV. Bcall. • Auditor —Webster Abbott. Treitum tr —G. T. McConncll. Cmnmisiotirr —Ueorge Hackman. Probate Judot —Levi Douthitt. A D. L. Webb. Se/ioU SujiperiiifrntleHt—M, It. Hathaway. Surreuor —T. M. Cotfee. , H'mtrrd, That this Convention rccomend H. M. Mali ill as a candidate for Prosecuting Attorney in tins judicial District. ' . , „ „ lletolveil, That this Convention recommend M. R. Hathaway as a candidate for Joint Councilman with the counties of Klickatat and Skamania. C. H. REED, Chairman. M. R. HATHAWAY, Secretary. LATER FROM THE ATLANTIC SIDE. DATES TO MAY 23. Re*ica, Ga„ May 16.—0n the 12th nearly the whole army was in motion towards Snake Creek, 15 miles south of Buzzard Roost. Howard's, Wood'* and Stanley's divisions were left there to attend to the enemv in front of Dalton. On Friday morning, May 13th, the bulk of our forces were assembled in Sugar valley at the month of the Gap, while the cavalry had commenced operations. During the day the army was occupied in deploying from the Gap and getting into position. Heavy skirmishing took place, Harrold's division of Logan's corps meeting with heavy loss. By night, the enemy's po sition was fully developed. llesica is situated on a great bend of the Obsinrra rive.r, the convex towards the east. Across the neck of the peninsula there was a continuous line of defense*, with n long line of fortificitions. B ith rebel flanks rested ou the river. Their lino of re treat was »hus completely protected. On Friday night, the 13th, our army was in position around the rebel works, except the division which afterwards occupied Dal ton, on the 15th, and were sweeping down in line of Altona and Western Railroad, to form a junction with the rest of the army. On Saturday, skirmishing began in the morning, anu continued incessantly tbrough the day! At 2 o'clock it was very severe on the J s'h corps. Many of our men were pick ed off by sharpshooters. About noon, How ard effected a junction with the rest of the urmy and the whole of onr forces were in position, General Uoward having the extreme left, Schofield the next, then llooker, rai nier, Hoag and Wood, with two divisions of the lCtli corps being on tho extreme right. Such changes were subsequently made as movements of the enemy und execution of our own demanded but generally our line re mained as stated. At I r. M., an attempt was made to break the centre of the enemy's line, or at least to capture his outer works. Judab's division of Sehofield's corps moved forward and succeed ed after a desperate conflict, in compelling them to abandon the position of their outer lines. It was now discovered lliat the enemy was moving heavy forces tip the liesica and Ful ton road, for the obvious purpose of turning our left ilanlc. General Hooker was sent to checkmate this movement. Before lie arrived the rebels had thrown themselves with an immense d ish upon Craft's brigade of Stan lev's division, and forced it, ufier a splendid resistance to abandon the hill upon which it was posted, and retire in considerable confu sion. The rebels advanced and were met ■villi a murderous fire of grape and canister I from our b ilteries. At the same time Hook er's corps took possession of both sides of the valley, and Craft's broken brigide rallied. The rebels were repn'sed with g:cat slangh (or. The conflict ceased at night. In the meant i:ne the battle commenced upon the right. Apor:imof Logan's corps charged the line of icbel *-iflo pits u little to the right of Ke>ic», and carried them. This was in the evenirg. Afterwards the rebels retreated, 1 living the hil's'd • covered with dead at d wounded. On Sunday morning the filing was renew ed. Not anything of importance oecured until 1 r. M.. when Honker's corps, which now occupied Ibe left —Palmer, Howard and SehoficM havi ig been shifted towards the right to fi!l ihe gap occasioned bv Hooker's •withdrawal —chargid the enemy's line and succeeded in driving I Item in. Our men, however, were expose 1 to a deadly fire from the enemy's werks, and were compelled to withdaw. Notwithstanding this withdrawal, our line bad advanced to what was then their first parallel line. * For some reason unknown, the enemy thought it best to rqtire, and on Sunday night evacuated with their entire army, leaving only three guns and so:n j store? of meat nnd corn behind. Early this mrraing we started in pursuit of Johnson's troops —by this time across. Our loss is estimated at killed, wounded and missing. The enemy's loss is 2,000 hilled and wounded, and 700 prisoners. Hooker was slightly wounded. Kilpati ick painfully and it is feared mortally wounded. Seven peicesof artillery were captured. A special to the Times, dated Headquarters Army of the Potomac, May 18th, says, the struggle has this moment begun with skir mishing on our right, We expect a great and bloody fight, and we trust a decisive battle. A correspondent with Butler gives a detail ed account of Beauregard's attack on our forces at Palmer's Creek: On the 16th the entire length of the rebel lines opened with artillery. Shells poured upon our position in showers. A dense fog onvelopcd the coun try at the time and both armies were wrapped in a misty veil. t This was the csndition of affairs, when the rebels massing their troops, attacked our right under Hickman, enveloped its right flank and took it in tho rear. The first blow was dealt with terrific force. Hickman's brigade of the 18th corps holding tho right, was doubled up and forced back on the next brigade, which was also thrown into confusion. Our men did not observe until then a column passing be tween Hickman's right and the river. Taking him in front and rear they pressed him be tween the columns, and for a time threw liim into some confusion. Hickman made a gal lant fight as long as he could, but the enemy came upon him so suddenly and in auch overwhelming numbers that a successful re sistance was impossible. Some of his brig ade were captured. The battlo raged with unexampled fi ry, the rebels throwing heavy masses upon ns and finally forcing us back nearly a quarter of a mile. Our men fought stubbornly, and repeatedly charged the reb t-1 advance with terrible slaughter—but not without some loss on our side. The enemy numbered not less than 15,000 and rushed into murderous fire with n recklessness and steadintss scarcely to be believed. We lost foui guns. Finally, after forcing the 18th corps back from its positiou and carrying a portion of our first line of en trenchments, the enemy massed force on the 10th corps to drive it back. First hurl ing their column upon Turner's division, which held the right of the 18th corps, moved steadily on Barton's division—advancing as on parade, our men did not fire a single shot, but waiting until the enemy reached an cf fectire range, they poured into the rebel lines with terrible effect. The line tnoved away and the broken column, after vainly endeavor ing lo advance, fled with terrible lots, to their works in the rpar. With great exertion, the line of attack again formed, tod they advanced in splendedttylo against our lin ei Again did tboy.recdye a fire but thev pnshed stendilyi 00 MM oaa fourth of th«m were killed and: worried,Trhen they broke and rushed quickl/ to cttjr in the wood/ After this bloody ripoWlklr hurled column after column on Hawley'ir ttngide of Terry's division. They came up in the same steady confident manner, but w ?re received by more rapid and equally deadly fire by our forces Tliey then broke and ran for the woods, and were accelerated in their flight by murder ous fthot and shell. They seemed determined, however, to break our line and force it frotn its position. Reformed and reinforced, they again after 10minutes gotTo work, but were predpf* tatcly driven back at all points. That end*)} any serious effort on their part to force out position, and leaving their dead and wounded to the number tit l,OflO on the field. They massed upon Smith's position and attacked his left. Gilmore immediately or dered Terry to support him. Turner's at tack hardly commenced before Gilmore wag ordered by General Butler to letira and to strengthen Smith corps by forming in Lis rear. • Our troops fell back slowly ami in order repulsing every attempt of the rebels to fas ten our movement!?, and made a aland at everv favorable position, until the enemy ceased to follow, and fell back to their first lines of entrenchments. The fighting, which had been going on along the entire line, now ceased. At half-past two, preparations were made to withdraw our forces from the field, and return to the entrenchments. All the artillery was sent to the rear except that em ployed to cover the retreat, and guard ambu lances with wounded. The supply traius were dispatched to the rear, and finally the entire army fill back the enemy not pursuing. The same corresponds ntsays of Kurtz » raid on the Richmond and Danville Railroad, that he tore up several miles of the track, destroyed rails and blew up the iron bridge over the Appotomax at Mattor Station. Shcriden's forces again started on a raid around Richmond, on the I.sth. Thu cav alry will keep the railroad communication with Richmond cut for awhile. Another correspondent of the Herald says that liutler's forces are safely within the en trenchments, and are able to withstand any force the rebels cm bring ."gainst them. The object • f liutler's making the advance on City Point r.nd Rurmuda Hundred, was to create a diversion in f.ivor of tirant, and he was successful. Xnr York, l'.id n ci d jrj-cis of the IG:h acknowledge that Lee met with a defeat oil Thursday the 12th, end state that the cJ'iughtir was tenible. Xo particulars were ki.own. The )iapers add that Jeff. Davis hail n-ceived dispatches from Lee which had been k u pt secret. Kurtz's cavalry is now moving on Roai Oke Station, with the intention of dis troying the great iron bridge over Staunton river. Cairo, 18.—It i* r -ported that a partial I lockiu'e of tin* Asknns s liver, be low L't la Itoik, Imd in e:i affect, d. Prep*- in ionsjuo brinff n:ix<lc to blockade river ..l-o. It is believed that General Cam bv will attend to these matters soon. Air w York, M>i>/ 17.-—'l lie steamer Fulton reports tliat when oft' (Jhatli-ston bar on tli« 1 4Tli, a general engagement was going on between oi:r fleet under Dahlgren, and the rebel furls and b:;t:cries on J-amen' Inland. All the monitor appeared to lie engaged, and also the new lrouxLle*. The contest was spirited and seemed to be penral. Wash ington, Me/ft I(>.—The troop# are con centrated on the main road from Fredericks burg to liiclimond. Sherman after two days hard lighting forced Johnson to evacuate Dalton. Last report from Butler, he was battering Fort Darling. Chicago, Man 19.—The New York World and Journal of Commerce published yester day morning what purported to be a procla mation from the President appointing a day of humiliation and prayer; also calling for 400,000 troops. Tim seeond edition of the World says the World, in common with other city papers, was made the victim of a malicious hoax by some scoundrel when writing a manifold copy for the associated press, and sent to all pa pers, The Herald printed a large editioni but discovered the hoax in time to suppress it. The World and Journal of Commerce are under seizure by the Provost Guard for this publication, in consequence of which neither office published papers to-day. The office of the Independent Telegraph Line at New York, Philadelphia and Wash ington are closed. The reafcon it supposed to be the transmission of bogus documents from Washington. Several persons have been arrested to-day and will be tried by a military tribunal for having treasonably at tempted to give aid and comfort to the ene my. "Gold which closed Tuesday night at 179 opened nt 184 under the influence, doubtless, of the bogus proclamation. Washington, May 19.—Reports received from Gen. Sherman's command, dated King ston, Ga., 2P. M., announced that Bherman had reached Kingston, and encamped last night. This morning he advanced upon the enemy, who again retreated. , A dispatch states that while it was being written. Hooker's and Howard's guns wert hammering at Johnson, and the two armies were in plain sight of each other, two mdes east of Kingston Bermuda Hundred, Hay 19.—-On Monday the rebels came out of their entrenchment m front of Fort Darling, and made three advan ces, all of which were sepulsed promptly and energetically, with a loss of 1,300, while our loss was slight. » • Butler having learned that Beauregard wss heavily reinforced, and learning from mond papers that 7 miles of the Danville Railroad was destroyed, and that the locks, dams and canals leading to Richmond were also destroyed, decided to fall back to rort Darling, and gave orders accordiugly. Our army securely arrived behind our own lines of entrenchment. Several of Longstreet s men were captured, who stated that his whole army was co-operating with Beauregard. The object of our demonstration agsisst

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