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my captured, two killed and four wounded, and some small arms and horses taken. An exciting chase of ten miles failed to overtake the fleeing rebels.
—Major-General Dabney H. Maury, in command of the rebel forces at Mobile, Ala., sent the following to Adjutant-General Cooper, at the war department at Richmond, Va.:
"The following despatch from Tunica, Miss., was received yesterday, dated tenth instant, from Colonel Harry Maury, commanding Fifteenth cavalry regiment: 'We dashed in yesterday above Bayou Sara on a plundering party of Yan kees, three hundred strong, and drove them to their iron-clads with great slaughter. "We brought off their wagon-trains and twenty-flve prisoners from under the broadsides of their gunboats. Only three wounded of ours.'"—Two Bridges and trcstlcwork on the Tennessee and Alabama Railroad at Caligula, near Lynnville, Tenn., were destroyed by a party of rebel cavalry under the command of the partisan Roddy.—A CannonAding between the rebel batteries on Lookout Mountain and the Union forces at Moccasin Point, took place to-day.
—In The rebel Senate, in session at Richmond, Va., Mr. Brown, of Mississippi, offered the resolution:
"Resolved, That in the present condition of the country, Congress ought, with the least practicable delay, to enact the following:
"1. To declare every white male person residing in the confederate States, and capable of bearing arms, to be in the military service of the country.
"2. To repeal all laws authorizing substitutes or granting exemptions.
"3. To authorize the President to issue his proclamation requiring all male persons claiming and receiving foreign protection to make their election within sixty days, to take up arms or quit the country.
"4. To detail from those in the military service such only as are absolutely needed in civil pursuits, having reference in making such details to competency alone.
"5. To levy a direct tax of per cent on
every kind of property, according to its value in confederate notes, including the notes themselves.
"6. To make confederate notes a legal tender in payment of debts, after the expiration of six months.
"7. To prohibit the buying and selling of gold and silver coin, or the notes on banks in the United States, or United States Treasury notes, during the war, under heavy penalties, or, in lieu thereof, to prohibit 'running the blockade' by individuals, under pain of forfeiture of the goods brought in, and imprisonment during the war.
"8. Declare these laws war measures, and make those who violate them amenable to the military courts."
—The City Council of Richmond, Va., made an appropriation of sixty thousand dollars for the purchase of a family residence for General Robert E. Lee.
November -13.— A skirmish took place near Natchez, Miss., between company H, of the Seventy-first Illinois regiment, and a few volunteers of the Sixth Mississippi regiment of loyal colored troops, and the rebel cavalry under Adams and Mosby. The circumstances are as follows: The wagons of the above command were sent out for forage, the company just designated was detailed as an escort, and left camp at seven A.m. After proceeding about one mile and a half a small force of rebels was seen, the company halted, and a messenger was despatched to inform the commanding officer, and report for instructions. Immediately on receipt of the news, Colonel Smith took the camp-guard and proceeded out on the Washington road, came up to where the foraging party had halted, and ordered it forward. [It is necessary here to state that this road leads to a village, bearing the same name, some six miles distant from this place, and two miles out it intersects the Palestine road, both of which run quite close together for a mile or more.] Both commands marched on to the "forks," when it was decided that Captain O. H. Hitchcock, with his company, should proceed with the train toward Palestine, as was originally intended. Colonel Smith, taking the guard, followed the other road, and after marching more than a mile ordered a halt, and threw out a picket still farther on, as the rebels had been there but a few moments before. Presently a volley was heard, then another, and still another. He immediately "doublequicked" his men back, but arrived too late to participate in the engagement. Lieutenants Richards and Green, who were some distance in advance of the train, on horseback, met a squad of eight or ten cavalry coming around a bend in the road at full speed. They therefore fell back, hotly pursued by the rebels, who, when they
my captured, two killed and four wounded, and "7. To prohibit the buying and selling of gold some small arms and horses taken. An exciting and silver coin, or the notes on banks in the