29 Nisan 1862 Tarihli The New York Herald Gazetesi Sayfa 3

29 Nisan 1862 tarihli The New York Herald Gazetesi Sayfa 3
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F^T ffSgnaad weight of metil. At this tima only two rebel gunboats >*ero discovered, they being ordinary Miasisatppt ntar boats. Oa the evening of the 3a Captain de Camp r*n up the river with the Iroquois, followed by the Kineo, Lieutenant Commanding Kansom, and anchored not far below the point. On the morning of the 4th an inquisitive rebel gunboat, that had come down regularly for a week or more to learn what couid be learned of our strength and Intentions, ran out from behind the protecting chain and steamed slowly down towards us. The Kineo, getting up steam before we could do it, pushed out for the rebsl, when the latter turned tall, followed by both the Union boats. The Kineo, being in advance, tired flfieen shots at the inquisitive ''feicesh," one of which certainly (Captain Kansom thought three) struck him. Putting on more steam and hugging the river bank be disappeared presently from sight, around the point,we following on as rapidly as possible, and sensibly shortening the distance between us, when there suddenly appeared eight rebel steamers coming out from behind the protecting chain. Of these two were iron clad boats, with sloping Bides, built on the pattern of Commodore Foote's fleet; one was the " boomerang" Manassas, with which Holltns aforetime so "peppered," punched and perplexed our little , fleet, and the balance ordinary Mississippi river steamers, armed and altered for their new vocatien. One of these latter boro the flag of the Commodore, who wus doubtless personally present. We had succeeded in drawing the enemy out?which was Captain De Camp's object?and having thus performed our little part for the day, in opening tho ball, withdrew. The enemy did not follow us far, and w# quietly dropped down toour former uncnorage. On Saturday, the 8th, Commodore Farragut came on hoard the Iroquois, accompanied by Flag Captain Bell and Signal Officer OsLou, and we steamed up the river again on a reconnoissance, followed by the gunboats Sciota, Kennebec, Wi=Bahickon, Kineo and Katabdin. Following up the same steamer we had ho frequently seen bcrore, and driving it above the chain, we caine at about noon abreast the point I have so frequently mentioned, and in eight of the two forte, which could be scon through the glass to be thronged with rebel officers watching our movements. As wo canio w' 3 in range a white puff of suioke lloated upward from Fort Jackson, and a hundred-pound riUc shell screeched througb the air, striking the water and exploding only ahout a hundred yards in advance of us. Flag Officer Farragut and Flag Captain Bell had meanwhile gone aloft, where they sat in the cross-trees taking I observations. There was another white puff of snioko and another monster shot camo screeching towards us. This passed perhaps flfty feet over the beads of the genllemon aloft, and struck the water two-thirds across the rivor. " Back her," from aloft, and wo drift down tho river two or three ship's lengths, and only just in time, a third furious shell striking and bursting in tho water just at the point we had a moment before lelt. A low murmur of applause at this remarkably excellent gunnery is drawn from our men as wo steam slowly up again. Another shot falls short, another bursts prematurely (this one from a forty.two pound smooth boro),wben, " whiz-z-z-z," with a fearful sound, a bun. dred pound shell passes low down, betwoen our smoke stack and mainmast, tho wind of its swift passage actually rocking ono of tho ship's boats hanging at the sideHaving escaped seven most admirable shots without ^Jury, we turn about and steam down again. Tho exlrn.nrflina.ru uccitranv nf t.hnvft ahnta. at a rliat anna nf l.wn aud a half miles, proves the preparation of tho rebels for oor reception, and the undoubted efforts they have made to be re idjr for us. Every troo and shrub on the river hank Is a range for sumo one of their guns, and they can use their battery of '?nc hundred aud seventy-five guns without moving them from their Gxcd positions, except for the purpose of loading. Thus a vessel runn ug up the river is constantly placing itself in a position to be shot at as accurately as though the guns were trained upon It and immovably fastened down. Tho following three divisions have been created for river use^ to run up and down, relieving each other as occasion may require, and for the pur|K>se of watching tbe enemy and holding him in check:?First division? Steam sloop Oneida, Captain 8. Phillips Lee: gunboats I Kaiahiiin and "Itinco. Second division?Steam sloop Var una, Captain Charles S. Hoggs; gun boats Sciota and Kennebec. Third division?Steam sloop Iroquois, Captain John Do Camp; gunboats Pinola and Wissahickon. These vessels are now doing picket duly on the river. On Sunday evening, the Cth, Captain I)e Camp went abcard the Kinco, and steamed up the river for the par pose of agoneral scouting expedition, and to cut the tolot graph wire which runs up the western bank of tho aireutn. Taking advantage of the thick fog we went to within a very few hundred yards or tho chain; so near, m fact, that we could hear signals made along the lino n our approach, and aftorwards, turning back, cut tbe telegraph wire, bringing away some thirty feet with us. We went ashore with the Captain's gig for this purpose, and found a houso on tbe shore sup|>oscd to have been used as a telegraph station. The river has risen very remdlv within a few ilars anil the mnr fishermen livine from band to mouth upon the banks are mostly driven from their houses by the overflow. Wo found tho liouso wo sought deserted. In fact, wo were obliged to wade on to than knee high in water to roach it, and cut tho wire without opposition. Hacking slowly down, we presently passed from under the range of the forts, and paused to meet two rebel steamers that appeared from behind the point,each boar, iug a flag of truce. Ono was an ordinary river boat, par tially plated with railroad iron, under command of at.iOi). t<nant Kennedy. This boat Captain Do Camp bearded, bringing olT the Lieutenant with him on his return. We were met on our way to the Winoua by a boat from the other robel steamer (supposed to be the Star of the West),containing Captain Jack Wilkinson, formerly of the United Statos Navy, and an old friend of Captain De Camp, who invited him on board the Winona. Both Wilkinson and Kennedy went to the Winona, whore they aper.t something like an hour in the cabin with Captain He Camp, afterwards returning to their boats, when we dropped down the river. This bold and, to say the least, unusual act on the part of Captain Da Camp, has resulted In our acquisition of some important information. Hirst, up to the date ef our running up to the fort, ns detailed abovo, there was no fortification on the point below tho forts; second, there are three or four I chains across the river, instead of one, as previously supposed, and these are supported by vesse's larger than schooners, with veiy strong und heavy rafla between them, and a large accumulation of driftwood above: these chains are evidently detached pieces, crossing each other somewhat in the manner of network; nd these rafts, or booms, aro apparently anchored fust, co that the destruction of a portion of the Conn,<lnt >.e barricade would by no moans clear the river (indeed this problem of the chains is the most difficult one to solve iu the attack). Our running up also gave us a better idea of Fort Jackson than was had before (as re Sards its armament), and our passage up was the (Innocent on our part) cause of the burning of a "secesh ' ataamer. Captain De Camp was (on the 9th) ordered down the river, to answer cortuin charges regarding lilt conduct, among which was his compelling tho Captain of itio Wiitona to run up to the fort, against orders from :be Commodore; his boating to quarters under the guiia of tho fort, his entertaining rebel ofltcerson the Winona, Ac. At the date of this eptstlo it is evident that one of the jnost important engagements of the war is very speedily to cetnc off, one, too, whose result is at present more or less doubtful. Thn preparations on the pait of the goy wrument are very oompleie, aud our forco strong, but, n the other hand, tho rebels ?ro straining every nerve to tm el us, and their advantages of positiou nrn enor voi* I trust in tny next letter to chrouicle a successful 'victory?a fiercely contested battle 1 shall certainty have to write of. THE REBEL ACCOUNTS. I Spirit of the New Urlenns Press Before the Paptore of that City. AOItlKrt HORROR TO HORROR. Tho Southern papers are keeping ui> the feeling ot nnr ftKwitjr to the Unton so far as they can, hy prognosis eating all klmls of pretended horrors that are to follow the successes of our national arms It Is by ibis sys ,tnm ot mendacity they endeavor to excite and Ineense ?n: outlioro minds the most Intense auunosity to the Northern Vandals. ' I (From the New Orleans IielU, April 4 1 f The Crucrnt holds that tho North Will lie mined, whether it IM1S or succeeds m the oltort to A tom tie the Ii.iri It takes the testimony of the alum: lulsl Wea Idoll I'hhllpe to prevo tha i.ttcr aktfllTOSR ot'mere Ijnilitary conquest; and the emancipation of tho klavw. it Leys, would not mend the BMtler,Ml will make On Ij'fi.'i- etill more cosily and worthless, Tho Cusctnt BwsllS on the Inextinguishable hatred for the con Iwcorem thpt would be perpetuated in gontbeu) hreasts Hpf with IM conmcrtc Mid aes^stc |p ut NEW TO the South on the ono hand, and the commercial decay of the North on the other hand. It does not seem to occur to many of our journalists or statesmen that the war on the part of the North is fast assuming the character of one for the utter extermination of Southern society. Such a war would not end with military conquest. H would then begin with its deathly inteusity. It would ho waged m the spirit aud with the excesses of the religious wars of old that depopulated extensive provinces by massacre, by judicial execution, and bv wholesale banishment, lust as the Moors passtd away from Spain. The tttt discusses the policy of regulating the prices of articles of necessity by an arbitrary scale. It doubts the eventual lieneflt of any measures that intcrfero with the laws of supply aud demand. It agree! with the opinion previously expreesod that low prices would be a poor compensation for diminished suppliss and u constant tendency to distressing scat city. The Picayune presents conclusive reasons why planters should give special attention to the raising of abundaut food crops, and is glad to see that they evince a purpose to perform their duty io this particular. AKUAlI) OP THE MORTAR BOATS. [Kroni the New Orleans Delta, April 4 ] OUB CANAIM. The peaceful dealers in charcoal, wood, bricks and sand, along the romantic banks of the old aud new caoals, can hardly realize, porliaps, how a Yankee mortar boat would look anchored out iu either of the basins. It is our private impression that it wouldn't look at all, but would go it blind. Wo think, in fact, that the sand piles in that vicinity are not sufficiently compact to answer Ft batteries. Yet if jierehance Port Pike should prone slur: winded, why should not a convoy of e/un and mortar boats jmy us a oisit through these two channels. A few cannon, well planted, could probably sweep away aDy lorce that would attempt to approach thocity,by auy road from the lake, but gunbuals would be another affair. Wo hope there are some patriotic barges aud Hat-bottomed schooners that will be willing to sink right across the channel, if ever the attempt is made. THE BOMBARDMENT OF FORT JACKSON. jFroui the New Orleans Picayune, April 16.] For the Jirsl tune sinco It was built, Fort .luckson?one of the strong defences i>f tho Mississippi river below the vi?jr iiaO)VUOVltfU?ji iotgjl y i?iw Availing oursewes of a courteous invitation, we accompanied a pleasant party to the forts, leaving ihe city in a steamer, on Saturday night, aud arriving, fcftt'JC rofflS 0?; ' tention by a fog on the river, in the forenoon or the uext day. .lust as otir boat touched the ladling wo heard the drum beat "the lung roll," Tvhil" a bugler standing on one ofthc bastions sounded tRtfCull to quarters. At this summons many of the soldiers who had been ougaged outside set otl'at double quick, and made their way to the interior of the fort, and wheu we entered we found the various companies drawn up in line, or on their way to the casemates and tho parapets. Soon all were in ) lace beside their guns, ready lor tho threatened conflict, while General Duncan and his assistant officers were seen paring the parapet, spyglasses in hand, and casting eager glances tn-tho point of woods about two miles d wn the river, and behind which they could already discern the musts of the enemy's vesscis coming up, At th,s moment a led Hug was rn.bed over the Confederate banner, by way of signal to St. Philip opposite, tnat the cuoiny was approaching, and immediately the blue cro.-sod, white starred battle Hog was run up od tho staffs of both forts. Meantime, the several gunboats lyiug oH the forts formed in leudinesejto^take part, if heed were, in tho contest. One of these weal down on a reeoimoiloring exped:t.un,aud having ucarod tho |K)int of woods that yet hid the beats of tho enemy from our sight, returned, hut not without boiug honored 011 her passage with a compliment or two from the guns or Comroouere Varragut. She accomplished hor return without injury, and seen a block hull was seen to emerge beyond the'woods, and making her way towards the left bunk of the river. Having attained what she probably considered an eligible position for her purposes, sho came round, and presented her broadside to the fort, being then about two miles distant. A few moments of eager expectation, and a (lash, followed by a puff of smoke, was seen n issue frcin one of her guns, and thou there came whizzing and hurtling through the air?heard by all, and seen by many in its course?the llrstshot ever lired at Fort Jackson. It was a very creditable hue shot?a shell?aud pasnod critically near the position of those who were watching its destination. It passed over the fort, aud fell bet wean its walls and the river, smashing a small foot bridge and making a formidable splash in the mud and water thereabouts. The next was aimed with about the same degree of precision, and fell beyond tho walls, within a few tcet of the outer bastion, facing the river. Some portions of this exploded shell were secured by tlie spectators as robes. We have one we should be pleased to snow any curiously inclined friend. Somo twelve shells in nil were bostove.l up.>n us from ditlerout [Kisitii us in tho course ul the .urenoun, including one fired from the screen the woods a Honied, which we took for a mortar shell. This described a limv nn-nl curve, and wbun iu mid-air exploded, tbe fuse being too abort to carry it to it:-, desired goal. Two or tho shots cumo in very dangerous proximity to our pretty steamer, which lay At tiiu landing, one passing over the pilot horse, mid tho other dropping into the water just a ball th. stern, Another passed clear over the river, beyond / St. Philip, inlo tbe prairie, and others were thrown, but , luce tlie rest, all without accomplishing their hostile in-, tent. / All this of course was done mainly by wuy of ''gettinfg tho range," though it is not to bo doubted that evo+y shot was intended to tell. From St. Phiiipsouic stxlor seven ot the enemy's vessels or different classes were plainly to bo seen, and from Jucl:-uin ilio musts ofltbe llagmtp ol' tho lieot, with tiic gridiron Haunting at/ the peak, wore visiblu over tho tops of the wood. ) There were but throe responses made ou our/sido to these repeated compliments of the enemy. Bjfit these were all tnost elegantly turned. Alter the gunboat thut o|,eiied the ball had amused herself a while initios way, it scven-iuch rilled gun was brought to bear oJi her, and, though uot us effectively us desired, yet s/owed good practice, and flatteringly prophetic of a 'vW.tcr next lime." At all events, the enemy doomed! ii pruileut to retire for the time, and, as be was in./knig his wuy across to the point of woods, to -oeek/ouro more his leafy shelter, he was greeted with two ii/oie messengers t: ut very closOiy ueiired, if, indeed, ouu At' tin in did not hitliiui. / Take it altogether, though but a reo^fmo rsarcc on the ono side, anil a ready and prompt reception on t!ie other, it was a brisk little affair, and gic/uiy interested the speetalors dm iug the two b mi 8 or so /it lasted. But lliougti the enemy did net pay limy lot thcr attention to the rortsduring the day, ho vJub bo:, idle. < aptaln Mullen's cotiitmny of sliurpslioote/s wero imnoyin^iy ubout among that long roach of woiJdg to which wo h n o referred as skirting the river b?low tho fi.rt. Humor reached as in the course of tbe daw that uu epaulet od fedora, had been picked oil oy tfie ritie of one of t -e-a bushwhackers, U> whom tno otlidir proven'e 1 a tempting mark as he stood on tho quarter decs of one of lb) vessels. And this may be the season why,at .nlcrv .ls for several hours, there was a c/innoaadiug kept up 1 y tho enemy's gunboats upon thej woods, 'mo grape aud nuwwr ?nc iijij n v?oj uiswiuilMO among IOC IrceB and underbrush, but, we fancy/, with but tittle effect. Wheu we left, on our returli to the city, there was a prevalent impriVFion in both florts. that Ihcgrund drum a, of which this little affair wuaf probabiy but the prelude, might ooininence in earnest Any day, yesterday, to-day or to-morrow; but undoubtedly m tpe course of the current week. The strong imp -ess ion left upon our minds by the manner in which Fori Jackson deported herself on the occasion of her first fight , and by the conviction that hor consort. over the river, t rlien the liitiu should come, was, thai I he enemy, if lie ru is that gauut let succersfully, will have to make a better tlf ht thou we think he will or can. We abstain from going intr pnrtlculirs as to tho force, the armament, &c., at Furls, ackson and St. l'hilip. Ills enough lor our present pur| ><oe to say that we believe them to lie abundant y sufti uent for the work that lies bolore them. OFFICIAL REBEL CORRKSPt INDENCE REGARDING! THE Bt'MUAKDME.NT 01 - FOKT JACKSON, [fly telegraph to the Non jik >ay Book, April 24 J Tnc following olllcial desp itch is from Major General Isiveil to lirigadiur U? uerul I uucan, commanding at Fort Jucksou Nki r Oruc/ns, April 23.1862. Say to your oflleers and mi n mat their heroic fortitude iu enduring oue of tho most ten die bombardments ever known, and the courage wh cb thoy have evinced, will surely enubl" them to crui h the enemy whenever he dares come from under cove r. Ttu-ir gallant conduct attracts the admiration ot ail/and will be recorded in history as Splendid evamoleC for |>atr.ots and soldiers. Anxious tint confident families andlricnds aro watching them with firm reliance, Jhased on their gallant exhibition thus tar made, of it doiinlable courage and great military skill- The onemj will try your poweis of endurance, b it we believe wilt co belter success than already experienced. M. LOVELL, Major General Commanding. To Hrig (ion. J. K. Di sc an, cotntnauding Tort Jackson. General uaucan s reply to Major General lxivcll runs this ? K |ist Jacsson, April 2*, 1862. , , v ~r" - ..no iHiiiii'iK nnmv iifivu nauit). Ilia bomiardmoiii i? still gnflng 1,11 furiously. Tlicy have kept il up furiouily by iS hcfs of three division*. One of their three masked gunl>.*(ts piimlod, gi?y.?imn nliovc I tlir | oitit this morning, blui was Mrnrk and retreated. We urn ho,.etui, In good slur its, anil I cannot speak in too high praibO of all my Elllrer* a,.d men. No further casualties to report, l.etltlic (icople have faith and fort) tu e and we will not (liagnan them. .! K. 1)11 N CAN, Brigadier General. To Ma.1' r General Man-* mm Lovau , commanding llc I paitmeut of 1/uisiana. I TUB BoEntAKDMBNT. [Special despatch to tbr*Noiiolk Gay Rook, April24.| New Osi.ean*. April 23,1HA2. Tho foll. wmg despatch M,:is received from Fort .lacksoo to ilay1 Heavy and coutinucd Eombardmont all night and still progressing. No furthew caanaltica, except two men slightly wounded. Goil Via certainly protecting int. We are atiH cheerful, and inve an aldiliiig faith In our nltl male success lt> arc uA/.rttp rr/mtrr >t? ha', wc. tan. Our barhelte guns are still ita working order. JJutl if tkem kmc been duabLd at tun, .it Thn health ol' the trooi in continues good f^Ttventy-flvo thousand# thirteen men shells have been llroil by the enemy, one! thousand or which fell in the fort. They muni soon# oxliaust themselves, if not, we can stand ae long ns th#v can Brlga>li?er General J. K. IHJXCAN, I GmumandiiigFort.il rkson, TIIK lllON-cJt.Ali VBPftKI. t.OI'IHl ANA (From tbo RI#mnond Fnipiirer, April 2.1,( Gentlemen Just fnwm N'ow Orleans stalo thai the new iron clad robM war * amer I/mlaiana left that |s>rt on Sunday last one wool* a^,,. |f tills is the fai l,alio must have* (Mtrllcipcted iMp the lato bomliardinniit helnw tho i lly of New Oi lean-1 It |h also probable that ho may have buen nnga<tril4 ,n driving oil tho Yankoo gunboats and sittkiUg two ol k thniu, tliougli, if tins had been Ute case, tlioi'ircnmidailtice would Imvc been telegraphed. IXMpatches at tbofc Adjutant General's otlkn stnte that tlin Umieiaiia wont ?Out lor tlio llrst time on Monday last. This statement cnnSiot bo disputed, though It is Impo-sl hie to reconcile It iHrithour previous Information, received duet tlv frcut one J,"'io raw Ih" l.ovisian i stoam up anil 1,avo her dock, i TIIK IN?gpFtl !KN' V 1? MO'.,TVH. (From tho uici.mond Fn pih cr, April 2.1.| The remit of the honViar insuit of tori Jackson by (lie cuetny, an detailed ki tin telegraphic columus, shows the / RK HERALD, TUESDAY, utter inefficiency of mortara in tbe redaction of batteries. The experience at Island No. 10 wee tbe Heme, where tbe enemy carved tbe air witb their bombs for fifteen days without affecting our works. Nor would they have ever forced our evacuation of that position but for its approaching investment by their land forces. The fact is that the flight of bombs is necessarily loo inaccurate to make them effective, save in assault of some Urge object, as in the bombardment of a city. Bombs tired frum a mortr are not projected at their mark like a cannon shot, but the effort is to throw them up into the sir in such a manner that they may fall on the object designed to be struck. So far as getting tho line of [light is concerned, a mortar allows very poor aim; and. the elevation and quantity of powder appropriate to the desired range are but lut!n more than matters of crude conjecture. In bombarding a large city it is not very easy to miss, and hence mortars are very effective; but in aiming at a comparatively small target, as a fleld work or battery, it is not strange that iron, by the thousand tons, and powder enough to freight a ship, are expended in vain. The proportion in bombardments between the powder employed and the metal projectod, at considerable range is, we hslieve, about eighteen pounds of powder to two hundred pounds of metal. EUROPEAN UKIdAPIS IN NEW ORLEANS. [From the Mobile News, March 31.] Kuropoan brigades are rapidly organizing in New Orleans, three of them being commanded by Generals Benjamin Butsson, Paul Juge and Victor Moiznan. The Picayune says:?The three French Generals wo have now in our midst may be called the "Three Guardsmen" of the Crescent City. Their forces will amount to about 12,000 nien, who may oe divided as follows:?First brigade, 3,000 men, of whom are 2,000 Creoles and 1,000 French men, Spaniard*, Italians, Germane, &c. Second (European) brigade, 4,600, of whom 2,500 aro French, 800 Spaniards, 500 Italians, 400 Germans, Dutch and Scandinavians, and 500 Swiss, Belgians, English, Sclavonians, kc. Third (French) brigade, 4.600 men, all unnaturalized Frenchmen. We must say, however, about this last brigade, that it is not yet" complete; but that its strength will amount to the ngurcs wu give, wo have not the least doubt. NEWS FROM SHIP ISLAND. The Expedition to Biloxi and Pass Christian. OUR SHIP ISLAND CORRESPONDENCE. Department ok tub Gulf,! Snir Island, Miss., April 11,1862. j Tin Expedition to Biloxi and Pass Christian?An Engagement Between the Union and Rebel Cunboals?The Lan Iing of the Troops?They M^tt The Enemy-?A Skirmish En ties?I he Rebel Camp Deserted?A Btspaleh tu Gene' ral Lovell?The Seizure of the Post ( Jjice?Capture of the Wallis?The Advantage of the Pass Christian Expedition? The Rebels Seared, <f.c. 1 was so b rriod in my last that I was unable to give a detailed account of the expedition to Biloxi and Pass Christian. I will now Attempt to add a few interesting matters rotative to that alluir. After spending a day and night at Piloxi without moeting any forco, and obtaining a full written apology from the Mayor of the town for the outrage on our flag ol truco, in which ho stated that the tiring was done T>y a mob over whom he had no influence, and whos* actions ho had no force to control, the Ninth, <3omieoticui regiment re-erntiurk?u <>n the I.ewia, and arrive)! very early on the morning of the insl. near P*J Christian,and anchored, waiting for (jpiyiigbt. At abou four o'clock in the moruiug three ^Tcbel gunboats?tin Oregon. Pamlico and Cnrondclct-rcame down from Lake liorgne, without showing atiy lugi.ts, and opened lire on our gunboats. While the Oregon and Pamlico engaged the New London and Jackson, the Carondelet (a new boat carrying seven guns) ran within a thousand yards of the Lewis, and commenced firing shells Into her. Two of the shells strtx'ck the Lewis, one of them passing through the officers/ cabin, slightly wounding Captain CunantjOf theT^rirty-first Massachusetts, who was prosent as a volurtteer, and tho other passing through the smoke stack. For some little t.mo the l.cwis could do no hing to etxtrxutc herself from her perilous position, as for sorrue reason, her anchor would not ccmo upCaptain* Jones, the navigator of the steamer, got an /ax# and cut tho cable, and the Lew.s swung into a pesiti: n, where she could bring tlye two six-pounder steel rittcd Sawyer guns that had b/een place 1 on her to bear on the OiruuJelct. The guns wore manned by one section of ,Cap.t. Cbas. Everett's 'Sixth Massachusetts battery, and the first shot was fired by Lieut. J. H. Phelps, and struck full in the Caron. delet. iie and (apt. Everett fired ten or twelve shots two of which certainly struck the rebel steamer and diovc her off, and after lj}# troops landed at Pass Chris t.an they were told that the Carondelet put in at that place in the retreat, Aud left the pilot who bad belli leg* shot off. The Captain and tour of hl? men wore kill d by the guns on the Lewis, and the machinery of the C iron dolct was badly injured. The Carondelet, supposing that the l ewis was entirely unarmed, expected to have ar easy job of sinking her, with her valuable freight of he. man lives;but when those riflod guns begun to speak the valiant Carondelet loft Incontinently. In the mean time tho Oregon and l'atnllco and the New Ixmdon und Jack son had been blazing away at each other, and kept up the fire for an hour and three-quarters, when tborcbeh made their usual brilliant advance on Fort 1'iko, the Ore gou poii g o(1 with one wheel, having the other badly in jurcd by tho guns of tho New I.ondon and Jackson Tho New London received one shut, which slightly splin tercd her cutwater, ai d another that cut one of the chains of bor uuvils,but nothing to cripple her in the s'ivhtcst. A little before noon the I/?wis approached th? wl.arf. and as she drew near it was discovered that the ol d of the pier was covered with a large number of balet of hay, covored with tarpaulin. Smoke was seen to arise from 1 chind the hay, tho rebels bemg engaged in an at. tempt to hum tho pior to provent the landing of out troops. Capt. Everett threw a few shells from his twe rilled guns at the wharf, and tho gunboats, seeing lh< bring from the Lewis, and the smoke arising from b. hind the- hay, supposed tho rebels had a batter; on the wharf, and consequently they opened a fire ou the town. Several of their shot jiasscd through a few housei and demolished considerable property, but injured nc one. Tho Ninth Connecticut rcginicut then landed, aod after loaving a guard at tho wharf to protect the Lewis, and, if necessary, to cover the retreat of oui troops, the regiment took up the line of march, with tb< two rilled guns on the right, drawn by a company o soldiers to each, Colonel Cahill, with Major Strong, chie or General Butler's staff, at the head ol the main column. Captain J. H. French, of Genora deployed Lis nun an skirmishers on the right ol the road, while Lieutenant Colonel Fit/gibbon and Majoi Frye, of the Ninth Connecticut, each deployed two com paniea to tho extreme right mid left through the woorli to < over the flank of the enemy if he ahould make hit appearance. When within about a mile of the encamp meat Captain French discovered through the woods i piece of artillery in position and saw the flashing o sabres. liumediateiy after the enemy opened upon thi mam column with their artillery and riUcs. Captali Everett's gens were at once placed in position, and, en dcr direction of Jhyor strong, the Ore or the rebels s? returned with interest, aud after on excliungo of a ilo/ei shots nod three or four volleys of mnskctry the rebcli tied. As soon as Lieut Colonel Fllzgllibon and Major Fry heard the tiring they hurried their commands towuri tbe centre, hoping to tlank the enemy, but the fight wa so short that they arrived too late to assist m the skir mitih. Our troops followed up tbe success for some dis tance, hut the rebels having mules attached to theirar tlllery succeeded in eluding capture or destruction. It i thought tbe enemy must have loet some men in kiilo and wounded, hut nothing positive rcspectm, ,lMt is known. Ou our nolo on? man war severely wounded. A Mini* ball parsed direeil; tbrougb his left arm, below the elbow shattering It badly and probably necessitating ampuu lion, lie was a private, named John I eonard, of Captal Puffy'b Company A, and resides in New JJavcn. Afte the gallant fellow was shot, he picked up blsguh with bl right band, and, loaning it on the stump of a tree, fire one more shot at the rebels. Ore Gallagher and Averj ot the Ninth,are doing their heel for tbo uufortunat man, and hope to lave bis arm.

As the rebels fled tbey attempted to burn a bridg over a small piece of water lying between their cam and the place of the skirmish; but our troops were to fast for them and prevented it. At about Ave o'nlock in the afternoon our troo[ reached Camp Suggvllle (tbo name of the rebel oamp There they found evidences of tbo most sudden depa lure. Piuimrs cooked and waiting to he eaten; clothlr and irink.its lying about in profusion,and evorything d noting a sadden stain pode The camp was most lull rlously firm is hod. The tents were of tbo best patter and the olilctrs' quarters were supplied with feather Ihm and superior trunks well filled with good clothing, all b tokening unusual comfort for the soldiers' life. As ot olln ers hail boon informed that two sections or artiller hid loft In tho mornlugfor Mississippi City to niocl ot ti.wps, whom they supposed would march up from P loxi, and as they would probably soon return and ci off our letreat to tho wharf, while the troops that h? been dispeised would have gained accessions to the ranks,and would renew tho charge, and especially as was gelling dark very fast, Major Ptrotlg, who wm tl director of tho espedilion, decided that it was unsafe attempt to tarry off the camp equipage aa>l other yt APRIL 29, 1862.?TRIPLE uablee, and ordered every thing to ft* destroyed; and It was done efliotuaily by fire. A number of cavalry horse* were shot bo cause they could not be brought of. A handsome silk State flag, which had been presented to the Third Mississippi regiment; by the ladies of Harrison county, was captured by the Ninth regiment and brought off is a trophy. As the regiment marched through the town one of the ladies bemoaned Its loss, weeping profanely. She said she didn't think the Southern soldiers ''ere cowards; but she couldn't see how they could allow that flag to ho taken. She had helped make it. The '.roops re embarked on the Lew is about nine o'clock en tbe evening of the 4th, and anchored out in the Sound until the next morning. While the regiment was on shore a half dozen men of tbe guard left at the whtirf saw a schooner beating up; they jumped into a boat, pulled out to the schooner and captured her. She was laden with army stores. This prize, with a little sloop, taken the day before In Biloxi Hay, was brought to Ship Island on the evening of the 4th by the Jaoluon. About a dozeii bales of the hay on the wharf were put on board the Lewis, and, as there was no room for more, the balance, nearly a hundred hales, was thrown overboard. At Biloxi thure was a large quantity of old iron junk on the wharf, waiting to be sent to New Orleans to be cast into munitions of war. This was also thrown overboard. In the tent of Col. Deason, of the Third Mississippi regiment, the annexed letter was found, with the pen with which it was written yet full of ink. It was written by the Lieutenant Colonel. T. A. Mullen, and was intomleU to be Hashed over the wires to (lenuial Mansfield Lovn'.l at New Orleans. It gives som* information of the number of troops, but is otherwise valueless, except as a speci men of soccssion literature. In the Colonel's tent there wits also found a number of silk dresses, giving tlto idea that a lady, probably tbo Colonel's wife, had boen sharing his camp lire ? Pass, April 4?3 P. M. Major fien. M. Lovett^?At two o'clock on the morning of the 3d Captain Grion, commanding post, was ordered by Colonel liens.in to ;oin htm immediately with his command as the enemy. two thousand strong, hud landed at Hiloxi. Captain vl'ro in loft at sunrise, and roaclird llio vicinity of lhn.dsboro by eight o clock, with the wh do command,and was halted, by Colonel reason's orders, until two o'clm k of this morning, where having arrived, 1 moved lorwai d en route to Hiloxi. As 1 passed through llandshoro* I was informed the enemy had left. I started on return for tue Pass at seven A. M., and when live mile from my camp my advanced guard informe I mo that three gunboats and one transport wore approaching Pass Christian wharf. They began helling tl'C town at once, and are now Ian ling iv.on u considerable lorcc?about live hundred, 1 think. Tw j of their boats are aground? by the wharf, and, w ith present condition of tide, likely ^ to stay so until morning. An eli'ort was made by us to burn the wharf, but failed, owing to shelling the men at work. The inhabitants of Pius Christian aro generally > leaving for the woods and back country ,md as soon us I t can learn fro n my reliable, runners that,the women and . children aro out of danger, if the enemy remain uu shore, * 1 wish, if at all prudent, to attack them towards evening. My men will then be rested from their march, and 1 may t uv< id their guns in slui b. At pro.- out they have slopped shelling. Colonel Dexson has been noiilicd of the lauding. I have for duty one hundred and sixty infantry, | > one section Brown's artillery and Norman's uuvalry. i 'I ho New London, Calhoun, Water Witch and Low is, are the beats. They will either take or destroy all of the stores. What shall i do? T. A. MFu.LLNd, Lieutenant Colonel. The Ninth regiment of Connecticut, and the section of the Sixth Massaehuscsts battery behaved admirably througnont the whole expedition. Not only were they ! ready to light and eager for the fray, but they respected private property both at Biloxi and Pass Christian. * While the Ninth Connecticut regiment was at BiloxiJ. M. (>. Parker. Esq., Postmaster of Ship Island, seized quite a largo amount of United States government property, in the Pest office, consisting of nearly a hundred dollars worth of postage st imps ami stamped envelopes, a number of mail bags, several packages of dead letters and considerable P ist Ollicc furniture, which will he very useful in his department at this place. He will send his receipt for this property to Washington. By order of ' General Butler, he opened the dead letters; but It Is unnecessary to add that nothing was found in them of any ' value. In my last lettor I mentioned the capture of tho rebel steamer T. C. Wallis. Her 1 loss by the confederate*! was a just recoil on themselves of one of their numerous falsehoods. It will lio remembered, that a little over a week ago the ' Nyw ixindon had a severo fight with the rebel gunboats 1 Oregon and Pamlico, and that she drove them oir as usual, behind their only safeguard, the bar off Pass Christian. TUo ilay alter the engagement the Mobile j, upors caul that the New London had been sank by the ' Oregon .and Pamlico, and ilia editorials expressed great satisfaction that " ouc of Lincoln's mast pestilent crafts" ! was out of their way. Tho result was. that several steamers were at onco loaded at Mobile with stores for New Orleans, and the Walks was so conlident of a 1 successful trip that she catuo very impudently ' within plain sight of Ship Island, satislicd that we had nothing that could catch her now since the New London was disused of. The captain was utterly uslonisned when ho suddenly run upon three of our gunboats besides tho Lewis, and after his capture 1 could ltardly believe that oue of them was ' tho little ' black devil." On linding himself in a tight place, ho at1 tempted to run away, and, as his boat is capable of ' < ighlccn knots, ho thinks he cutild have dune it if it had 1 not been lor his pilot, wham he denounces as a cuwarJ . 1 and says that when the shells from our boats were dropping all around him, the pilot ran below, terribly fright ei.ed, and refused to direct the course of the steamer. ' The captain and his crew, in all twenty persons,aro all, confined at fort Massachusetts us prisoners. Genera ' r.utler had the Wallm appraised on the fltb inst. by two shipmasters, and bought her for the army ul their appraisal?twenty-three thousand dollars. The expedition to l'acs Christian was productive of ' considerable good, inasmuch as a large amount of pro pcrty was captured for the government and a good dea| that was useful to the rebels was destroyed, besides which no little information of value was obtained. At \ pass Christian the offlcrrs of tho expedition learned the intention of the rebel gunboats that attacked our gunboats. When our forco landed at Bitoxi it wn? supposed that they hail come to establish a camp. This was telegraphed ' to New Orleans, und ihe next day tho authorities at Mobile were telegraphed to send two of their gunboats to Ship Island on the morning or the 4th, and they would be mot by three gunboats from I.ike Tiorgne. wlmn the fivo would shell us out here while our gunboats were absent at I'ass Christian. On this laudable enterprise the Oregon, 1'umlico andCarondolet were bound, when discovered before daybreak by the New London. The rebels worecroep. ing down without showing any lights, hoping to escape in that way, the vigiianco of our cruisers; but, fortunateiy for the immense number of troops on Ship Isiand, thisbeautiful plan was frustrated. Wo saw nothing of tho Mobile boats: they probably were informed of the * mishap to their associates in time to prevent their com. 8 ing here. If the enterprise had succeeded we should n have suffered considerably, but the rebels would have found us a good deal better pre|>ared than they imaginedWe have several One batteries, and are well supplied with the Sawyer rifled gun?one of the most formidable wea|?ns of^warfare; and, then, we had a number of gunboats, with good armaments, besides several steam transports, carrying rilled guns. General Butler lias presented the New I nod on and Calhoun earb with one of tho twenty four pouuder Sawyer guntThey ere very effective, even at a range or four miles. Some idea of their efficiency end at the game time of the characteristics of Captain Read may be obtained by bis remark. lit said, "with one of those guns ! oo the New London, 1 will run within four miles of hell and the* jump it." Not a very pious observation, to be sure, but a strong illustrate# of Captain Read's daring. Ths people over on the nalnland are suffering dreadfully from privation and want They can hardly get enough to eat, and the larurles of life are not to be had for love or money. We btve now fifty-two nriKiuiors anil 0 refugees confined on tbt Inland. Three of thorn are p jadle* who begged to be brought away from Biloxi. They o are Mr*. Jenks and her tw# daughter*. They arc Southerners by birth, but Mr*. Tenk*' husband ie Imprisoned ? nt Mobile for boing a Uni<n roan, and the ladies bavo j been aubjected to Insult at Ulloxi. They will probably be r\ gent North; the others wil most likely be kept here Tor ig tho present. n Yesterday a echooner eith three refugees from Pase ii C'brietiaii arrived at this pert and claimed the protection a" of our arm*. From them wo learned tbo septal of the is expedition of the Ninth Connecticut regiment. These n men say that the rebel* wcic so completely scared that ir they (led in all diroc, ions,eome n<>t stopping uutil they y were thirty mtlos frotn the ?ccne of their disgrace; and ir tlmt when (ion. I/>vcll, of New Orleans, heard of the It atlkir, he ordered Lkmtcnanl Colonel T. K. Mullen, cm it mauding the Third Mississiapl rogimeut, to report him Kl so.f forthwith at Now Orleans, to be tried hy court inar|r tl il for r.owardico in leaving mo town at the mercy of an it inferior to oe. to On tho night of tho 4th the steamer Saxon arrivid to here, from Boston on tho llhh ult., w Ith st< r s. \V. J Bulloch, formerly a brigadier general of Mw-sachuset a > ? sheet;, militia, bat recently commissioned as Lieutenant Colour 1 of tbe Thirtieth Massachusetts regiment, was a paaseu ger by the Saxon. Notwithstanding tbe demoralizisg influence of tbe Changes in this regiment, it is one of the best coros on *he island, and is highly creditable in drill and discipline to its past commander, Colonel French,and its pre sent one, Colonel Dudley. It will be one of tho first regiments sent into tho field. The following order is intended to apply particularly to the Thirtieth Massachusetts, and it is generally understood that to be ordered before the board prescribed is tantamount to being set aside in favor of one of Governor Andrews' friends.? GENERAL OK DEES?NO. 4. HKADQIUKTKK.H OF THE GrLP, 1 Silts Island. March 24, 1862. J A Board of Officers, consisting of 1?Colonel O. P. Gooding, Thirty first Massachusetts Volunteers. 2?Lieutenant Colonel A. B. Farr, Twenty-sixth Massachusetts Volunteers. 3?Major David R.Hastings, Twelfth Maine Volunto?rs. 4?Captain Wm. Roy, Twenty-first Indiana Voluuteers. 6?First Lieut. .Ino. Rrennan, Tweltb Conn. Volunteers. Will assemble at the headquarters of the Thirty ikrst Massachusetts Volunteers on the 25th instant, or as soon after as practicable, for the examination of such officers as may be brought before it. The Board will report upon the capacity, qualifications, propriety of conduct and efficiency of the officers so examined. By command, Major General UUfLKR. Geo. C. Str ish, Assistant Adjutant General. Yesf?rdsy afternoon there was a grand review of the entire force on this island by General Butler. It was pro bably the most imposing military display over seen in this part of the country, and the appearance and drill of the troops were admirable. The following communication, addressed to General Butler, announces thu members of Acting Brigadier Gene ral Shopley's staff:? Dkpartmbnt oyratGCLK, heanqiastskstiimnbrieatis, 1 Ship Island, April 1,1882. 1 Grtykrau?I have the honor to request that the follow ing details bo made to servo on tho stair of the Acting Brigadier General of thin brigade:? Id win Usley, Flrflt I,ieiii.enaut Twolfth Maine Volunteers, Chief of iitall' and Acting Assistant Adjutant General. .1. H. Metcalf, First Lieutenant Fourteenth Maine Volunteers. Acting Brigade Qnai termaater. W. (>. Fislto, Captain Thirty-llrst Massachusetts Volunteers, Acting Assistant Commissary of Subsistence. W. T. Black, Assistant Surgeon Twelfth Maine Volunteers, Acting Brigade Surgeon. A. tl Bowlos, 1' irst Lie . onant Massachusetts Mounted Utile Hangers, A id-de-Cain p. Most respectfully, your ..beoicut servant. (i. F. SMF.PI.FY, Acting Brigadier General commanding Tulrd brigade. Major General B. F. Ut/Tfcjr, commanding Department of Ihe Gulf,Ship Island, Mississippi. The abovo appointments reilect groat credit on General Sheploy s discriiuinatiou aud knowledge of men. Captain llsloy has been the Adjutant of the Twelfth Maino reji mctit. He was two years at West I'oint, bat was unable to graduate on account of ill health. Before his connection with the Twolfth he was Lieutenant Colonel of the Fifth Maine regiment, and fur several months was in command of tho regiment, during the absence of the Colonel, who was sick. The Colonel aftorwards resigned his commission, and Lieutenant Colonel Ilslcy was elected Colonel; hut tho Governor refused to commission liim, and sont anothor ottlcor to command the rogim :nt. Col. llsley's self respect detn inded that he should re?ign. which he did, and Colonel Shepley induced him to accept the adjutancy of the Twelfth Maine. Ho is a thorough soldier, ami peculiarly littod for his now position, both by study and oxpurienre. Quartermaster Metcalf and Commissary Fiskeare, both of them, young men of intelligence and large business experience). Captain Fiske Had been attached to United States Quartormastcr George's department for some timo previous to his taking a command in the Thirty llrst Massachusetts regiment, aud lias tho reputation of great energy and capacity. The promotion of I)r. Black to the brigade surgeon's jiesition is a most excellent measure, lie is a graduate both of Amoricau tuid Kuropoun colleges, and left an extensive practice to join tho Twelfth Maine regiment, at tho most earnest solicitation of Govornor Washburn*. No hi lie.' encomium can bo passed on his ability than the action of the surgeons of tho brigade. Although several rails nun, every one ui uieui Iiit-uiui luii/.ru Ceneral Sheplcy asking him to appoint Dr. Black. l)r. Thompson, the surgeon of the Twelfth Maine, urged In person the appointment or his assistant to tho brigade stall'. I.ieut. Bowles lias been connected with Capt. Mngec's company or cavalry, and is what an aid should be? brave, dashing, intelligent and extremely popular. H. >i. Jose, Ks<i., tho Quartermaster of the Twelfth Maine, has resigned his commission, and wont home on theCth inst . by the way of Havana. Ho bears special despatches from Ceneral Butler to Washington. Ilis business at home is of so important a nature as to require his proscucu there; and ho is also entrusted with important business matters connected with litis expodl. lion. His absence from Ship Island is greatly regretted, fur no mail here had mado a larger numbor of warm fr leads. THE VERY LATEST. The Capture of New Orleans Fully Confirmed. THE CITY OCCUPIED BY UNION TROOPS. Naval Engagements Near Pass ni.a xiuimhui. Two Cotton Loaded Rebel Schooners Captured. Capture of the Rebel Steamers Wallis and Florida, ac., ac., ac Forihesh Monroe, April 27, 1862. Five contrabands lei t Portsmouth, opposite Norfolk, at one o'clock last night, and arrived here this morning. They bring several late papers and much valuablo information. They are intelligent meu, and give interest ing accounts of affairs in tho vicinity of Norfolk. They confirm the reported capture of New Orleans by our forces, and state that much excitement provalls in tho South regarding it. [From the Richmond Enquirer, April 20.] Affairs are critical at New Orleans at this time. On Thursday, according to Intelligence received here, two of the enemy's gunboats passed Fort Jackson, and commenced to make cautious observations in the river above. The same information stated that tho Louisiana, the iron-clad battery, was In position to resist them. On yestorilay there were reports that an additional number of the enemy's vessels bad run by the forts. Telegraphic intercourse with the city of New Orleans was very difficult, on account, it was slatod, of the excitement prevailing there, which had caused a general interruption of business. Fortrb* Monro*, April 28,1862. To Hon. E. M. Starton:? News of the occupation of New Orleans by our forces is confirmsd to-day. ila wa.. fltfl V P HTAAf mnuvr uiwb, iiunn xv? nwij. Major General Commanding. Forth** Monro*, April 28,1862. A flag of trace to-day took despatches and letter* to prisoners No papers were received The telegraph operators having left New Orleans there is no uows from there. The operators attempted to return but fnunrt the city occupied by (he Union forca. There I* no other new*. Wasminoto*. April 28,1862. The rephrl of the capture of New Orleans by the federal foroos has been conllrmed today iu various ways. Official information from Commodore I'or tor and General Roller In regard to the otieratiuns is not expected here for a week. Ity the arrival of the steamship Connecticut at lfamptcn'llonds, on Saturday, the Navy Department has received dates r m the Mississippi river to April 12, in eluding despatches from Flay Otllcer Kitrragul and Cap laiu I ortor of the liomh flotilla. At tbnttuno the sienm ships Mississippi ittel I'ottsaeola were over the bar, ai d tho Hot11Li moving to to in read moss to take their posi lions. It.appears from the documents that while sailing from Ship Island to Puss a I Outre, wi;h the mortar-flotilla Lieu tenant Commanding Guest, in the iwsseo, lacing. the Sclsxnieis at night chased and captured the two r#b I I si buouyil kagcuiu ahd PrCtlUenl. loaded with Cotton and I J bound for Havana, thsy having escaped through ia lao'i passage Breton. - 4 Tlio Captain of the Eugenia vu a noted bloelfiCla breaker. He was the commander of tbe Miratnou when she wan captured. He gave hix word of honor to Comma" duro Mckean to come out of Mobile after cutting provt* sums, and leave our waters forever. Ho broke his word, and in the Eugenia has made several success ful voyage*. According to information obtained from one of the prisoners (he soldiers would fight a little at Fort Jackson, but w hen that fell, "people in Now Orleans tbiuk the not* and big men would all cleur out and leave the rest." Times are hard. There is no work excepting for carpen" ters, who get four dollars per day for working on the gun boats. jThey are paid in Confederate notes and in many! stores these will not pass. There are five gunboats on thet ake, Is-sides the two new ones not yet equipped, and a good mauy in the river. Some went up the river a short time ago with the steam ram and 10,000 men. . Captain Morris reports the death of Frederick Iieth, captain of the after guard, and N ichuias T. Connor, cosswain; also the iujuring of James Parr, Human, and Acting Master John H. Robertson. The former sustained a contusion in the head; the latter, a fracture of both bones of the left leg. The accident happened on board tbe 1'ensacola, by the parting of a hawser. * Flag Officer Karragut encloses a report from Acting Master Thomas Pickering to Lieutenant Coin minding Hunter, commanding steamer Montgomery, of the rapture of tbe schooner Columbus, of Galveston, f aded with cotton and bound to Jamaica., 'Hie expedition was attended witb much dan* ger. Those engaged in it not only encountered a heavy sea at uigut, but were fired upon from tbe fort at St. Louis Pass, Texas, a shot passing through the side of the launch. Owing to a strong flood tide and head wind, and the rebols'hmg roll Laving boon beaten, lbs party from tho Montgomery, not being able to bring out tbo schooner with safety, destroyed her by tire. Tlio steamship Ilalteras having captured tho steamer Wallis off Ship Island, sold her to General Uutler lor a transport vessel. An expedition from the United .States bark Pursuit captured the rebel stcumur Florida, wh.ch was lying about twenty miles above St. Andrew's Town. They succeeded in cutting her out, and ou their way up ths bay also captured tho sloop.Lafayette, with fifteen bales of cotton on board. Ou the way down tho expedition was induced by a llag of truco to send a bout usbore. When within gunshot distance there rose from the bushes ? party of about thirty or fo-ty men, and bred ou ihe boat, killing one or the seamen and wounding several others. Flag Olllcer Farrago;, under dale of April 10. communicates rei<jrls made to bini by Lieutenant Commanding Keade, of the steamer Now London, dated March 20 an?t April 5, of two engagements between his vosscl and some rebel steamers. Ho says:? On tho afternoon of the id inst we loft Ship Island, in company with tho United States steamer J P. Jackson and the transport steamer Henry Lewis, with the Connecticut Ninth Volunteer regiment on board, to co operate with the army for tho purpose of effecting a landing at niloxt. The lauding was made tho evening of the same day, tho New Lonlou and J. P. Jarlreon * Honoring otr the town. The next day, about half-post four P. M., the troops criioarked, when all got under way uu<f siarted for Pass Christian, intending tbo following day to effect a landing at Puss Christian. At ten P.M.a h iving taken a favorable position for the night, we came to author. On tho 4th of April, at forty minutes past four A. M.t three rebel steamers were discovered, stand ing dowu to make an attack. The action was imme" dialely begun by tho New Loudon, Jackson and Lewis, with the rebel steamers Oregon, Pamlico and Curondelei, and after its continuation of about thirty minutes the' howls was withdrawn on account of tho crowded state of lior decks, aud the New London and .In kson continued the light for ouo hour and forty-five minutes, when thflf enemy withdrew, apparently much Injured. i About nine A. M. tho United States steamer Halt era* joined us, und, having tho senior ollicor on board,he toot command. While tho landing was being elleclod at Pass Christian, a rebel merchant steamr r apponrod to the eastward and was immediately pursued by the Now London and Jackson. After a chase of one hour she was captured. Slio proved to be the rebel steamboat P. CV Wallis, loadod with turpentine, rosin and lime. Ihe second roport is as follows:? ? On the afternoon of the 25th two rebel steamers were discovered at l'ass Christian. Tbe Now London got under way and stood for that piuec, end approached as near as practicable on account of shoal water. The rebel boats approached witlun two thousand yards when tho engagement began, the London beginning the action, Hading ttic enemy n<>t disposed to com* nearer. Tlio tight lasted one hour and iifty minutes. During that tIme wu llrod one hundred and sixty-one shots oC all kinds. No one was injured on board this vessel, nor was the vessel herself. The vessels of the cuetny engaged were the steamers Oregon and Pamlico. From their movements each of them seemed to be struck two or three times. Aftor the engagement tho enemy left for the lakes. We romaiued on the ground until they were out of sight, and returned to Ship Island. THE NAVT. Aliromuck.?Considerable progress bos been made on this vessel since tbe departure of the Galena. Her ma. chiuery is up, and the damago sustained from the accidental falling of her boilers into the hold has boon repaired. t-ho promises to be onu of the trimmest crafts atloal. Marion?Tho United States sioop-of-Wur Marion ar* rived at Kay West, Honda, on the 18th inst .after a cruise in the Gulf, and is waiting orders to return bom* for repairs. The following is a list of her oilicurs ?> Com/Hinder?George W. Holy. MitaUr atul Kxccvtuc OJfio r?John W. Philip t'aymatt-r?George A. Lawyer. AtsiUantSvrg'on?G. B. Baumgartcn. w-i-w l!> \i l'-n,,.? k*. A' Ariimj Muster*?J. W. Bruvin, W. H. Swam and 0. Eb, Pantile ton. Muster'* Mates?<1. F. rbilbrick, W. II Fields en4 E.! Pendexter. Jiaatswain?A. Milner. Gtitm r?S. Hinds. Curpn'cr?I,. Wentworth. Sail maker?L. Payroll. Cttptdin'c Cleric?K. Kiting. Mohawk?The M obawk war put under tbo (bears yes*l terday, in order to have bor armament taken oat. Sk? iit to be enullcsd aud otherwise repaPcd. North Caroi ixa?There are about 600 men on board tbs| receiving ship, sub,e.:t to draft at present. These meal are drilled daily by tbo Marines in tbo manual of arm a some of whom arc quite proficient. Port Kutal.?Tbis vessel went into commission ott Saturday last, and will proceed on a trial trip to-day* Tin-Port Royal was b.iilt at Stack's yard, Ureenpoint;. received ber machinery at tbo Novelty Works, and has Just completed ber outfit at the Navy Yard, Brooklyn. Her length of keel is 208 .'set, breadth of beam, 36 feet, and draws seven feet. Sbo is a sidewhoel steamer, having a rudder at either end, and carries one one hundred, pound Parrot rifle forward, a ten-Inch pivot gun aft, aud six cannoniidos broadside. >be has screw of ona hundred and twenty men, of which tbe annexed is 0 corrected list of bor otllcers:? L eiitenunt CVmewndie,?George U. liorrls, late of tb? Cumberland. /.Untenant?Henry P. Ford. .Vitikr?M. S. Ptuyvesant. A'hmj Master*? Edgar t an Slyck and t. P. P. VoorbSM. Astidnnt .Surgeon?W. 8. Fort. Aiiifl-itil Paymaster?John 8. Rates, Jr. fimtains Pte.rk? W. H Knuis. Ai ling Varir.rt' Mat"?John II. Marnel, James Hunter < Bcnj. Wood and W. K. Reynolds. Kngitntn?Second Assistant (Acting Clilaf), W. C. Seldon: Second Assistant, Menrge W. Seiisnei , Thinl Ai< sistants,K. M. Ilreeoe.titcar C. Lewis and P. B. AJlyn. Barikk.?This vessel having completed her Armament and stores, will proceed to tea to day. SiiBt'i'ASti Knait?The Btoreshlp Sheiv>anl Knapp turn completed her repairs and is ready to sail. ViRcsssm.?The following Is a error! list of the officers 01 the United States ship tlnceunes, at preeeat off Kort Morgan, Alabama:? LirntmatUi lmm>ind.ng?JnM Madigan. Kzrratv* (ifflcrr?Acting ? M- Urcene. I'a gaunter?H. C. RpMK**>f> . ? t Fu-tt Lieutrnant of ?J- H. Hlgbee. Asiix'ant ,v?r?rori?TWmiul ' Whitney. A,una McuUrt? H O stouo. J. R. Hamilton and J. K. ' JfiXvAipmcn-''- A Batrheler and E. M. SbcppATdtf Hoat?,Jain^ Joseph Sbaukland. (iunnrr?William Wilson. Cartmtff?A <> <?"0'l?oe.NhiWrr-V Ljrhch. l>?rt<rr t Clerk?Wm. E. Wholdon. Ma ter'i Mai*? E. Jnnveis. Viikk1This little steamer is undergoing some repae' at the yard, opposite ship heusj No. J. *? Hk iokiyv Navy Yard?-ainco the willing of the 6a? leiui. Massachusetts, I lawn and Helena*. nothing hatedl curred at Uio Navy Yard, IP ofclyu, of uttusinp microti. Naval recruiting is rather dull. the numhfr eg in shipped last week not excelling. 100, saany of whAna have served belore In the navy, itvurulting lor the mB rluus Is also very dull, both ai the barracks and In city. A sergoxnta' guard left tin) Flushina avenue bah. r .ckR yosterdav for the now gunboat. liaikaiat tboim. adeRili a yarJ leiving at ihe barrecss al>ouJnmiM).& The gum captured front the French, dlildMNRVi/M ou lue ground aiouiu*tbe l.yentm. are filing ooliehen j3 an ) mounted on neat ir n , .imager, wblchudde mu<*r|D th| appcMence or the yard. * I