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tenant General Polk, and issued farewell orders, as follows: " Having felt great pride in this army, the undersigned leaves it with much regret He assures his brave comrades of his full appreciation of the high soldierly qualities they have exhibited. Harmony of opinion and purpose has existed in all ranks. Amid events tending to produce gloom and despondency, they have presented the rare spectacle of the constant improvement of all arms in efficiency and discipline. He offers them his best wishes for their future success.

"In leaving this command, it is a source of great satisfaction to him that it devolves upon the distinguished General chosen for it by the President—one who, on each of so many bloody battle-fields, has proved himself worthy of such troops as constitute this command."

December 23.—A bill, prohibiting dealing in the currency of the United States, was passed in the rebel Congress: "Any person violating the provisions of the act was subject to indictment and prosecution in the confederate court holden for the district within which the offence was committed, and should, upon conviction, forfeit tho amount so bought, sold, circulated, or used, or a sum equal thereto, and be moreover subject to a fine of not more than twenty thousand dollars, nor less than fivo hundred, and be imprisoned not less than three months, nor more than three years, at the discretion of the court; and it was declared the duty of the judges of the several confederate courts to give tho act specially in charge to tho grand-jiyy: Provided, that the purchase of postage-stamps should not be considered a violation of the act"

Tue rebel forces, under General Longstreet, still remained in the neighborhood of Rutledge and Morristown, Tenn. "General Longstreet was unable to follow up his advantage in consequence of the large number of bare-footed men in his command. The weather was extremely cold, and the mountains covered with snow."

—A Partv belonging to the rebel Colonel Harrison's guerrilla band, headed by James Cavalier, entered Omega, La., and after capturing twelve or fourteen negroes, proceeded to murder them in cold blood, after which they hurried away upon mules captured in the town.—In discussing tho conscription proposed by the rebel Congress, the Raleigh Progress says: "There is not another man to spare from the farms or other industrial pursuits of the country, and a further draft on

this class will be fraught with the most disastrous consequences. If more men are wanted in tho line, let the thousands of able-bodied men already in the pay of the government be placed there, and the drones and non-producers who insult honest toil by their constant swagger, and who have been shielded by the corruptions of office-holders since the war commenced, be gathered up and compelled to fight for that liberty for which they ever profess to be so ready to pour out their precious blood.

"Congress, we fear, is disposed to run into extremes, especially those members whose States are largely or entirely in the hands of the enemy. If this war is to be fought out to the last man and the last dollar, if we are really battling for independence, we must husband our resources. We must have men to fight, and we must have something to feed them on. Beware of destroying the seed-corn."

—TnE Yankees made a raid on Luray, Va., and burned P. B. Borst's large tannery, the old Baptist Church, and Mr. Booton's workshop; broke open all the stores, and robbed them of all their goods, and what they could not take off, they distributed among the negroes. They also broke open the meat-houses, and stole, carried away, and destroyed nearly all the pork and bacon in the place, besides killing nearly all the chickens they could find. They also burnt the tannery of William R. Barbee, about six miles east of Luray.—Richmond Despatch.

Lieutenant-general Leonidas Polk, assuming command of the rebel army in Mississipppi, issued an order at Meridian, in which he recognizes the defeats and discouragements the confederate cause has sustained of late, but seeks to stimulate his troops to fresh efforts, by assuring them that there is still, in the South, ample material for a continued and successful prosecution of the war. "The vigorous employment of our own resources," he closed by saying, "with unity, harmony, and an unflinching determination to be true cannot under God, but crown our efforts with triumphant success." December 24.—Yesterday a foraging party was sent out from the Union camp at Tullahoma, Tenn., under the command of Lieutenant Porter, of tho Twenty-seventh Indiana volunteer infantry. There was a guard of the Fourth Tennessee cavalry, and a detail from the battery, to guard and load forage. They went to Lincoln County, loaded up, and were on the way to camp for the night. The train was divided—one half under Sergeant James, of the battery, was in camp about one mile ahead; Lieutenant Porter, with the rear part of the train, was on his way to the same place. There was one wagon considerably ahead of the others, accompanied by George Jacobs, driver ; John Wesley Drought and Newell Orcutt, foragers; and James W. Foley, battery wagon-master—when they were surprised by four guerrillas, and told to surrender or they would blow their brains out They being unarmed, could make ho successful resistance. Lieutenant Porter then came riding up, when he was seized also. They were then taken through the woods some eight miles, and halted to camp, as the guerrillas said, for the night. They then tied their hands behind their backs, asked if they were ready, and fired, when all fell except the Lieutenant, who being uninjured, ran. The bodies were then dragged to the end of the bluff and thrown into Elk River. Drought was killed instantly. His body floated down and lodged on a tree-top. Jacobs was only wounded in the arm and was drowned. Orcutt was shot through the bowels, and managed to get out of- the river, but died next day. Foley having loosed his hands, reached shore, but being severely wounded in the groin, lay near the river all night, where he was found next day by a citizen and properly cared for.—The schooner Fox captured the British schooner Edward, from Havana, off#the Suwanee River, while endeavoring to run the blockade.—Toe United States steamer Sunflower, off Tampa Bay, Florida, captured the rebel sloop Hancock.

—A Battle took place near Bolivar, Tcnn., between a party of rebel raiders belonging to the command of General Forrest, and five hundred of the Seventh Illinois cavalry, under Colonel Edward Prince, who had been sent out to scout and patrol the crossings on the Mississippi Central Railroad. Finding himself overpowered by numbers, Colonel Prince fell back on Summerville, with a loss of three killed and eight wounded. {Doe. 50.)

—the rebel House of Representatives, by* a voto of four to one, resolved that a "person otherwise liable to military duty shall no longer bo exempt by reason of having provided a substitute. It declared also that the substitute should not be discharged, and rejected a proposition to refund to the principal any portion of the money paid for his substitute."—Tub enlist

ment of colored troops at Nashville, Tcnn., continued with great success.—The ship Martaban, from Moulmein to Singapore, was captured and destroyed by the rebel privateer Alabama.

December 25.—Colonel Prince again advanced upon the rebel forces under Forrest, and attacked them, but in a few moments discovered that he was surrounded on all sides. He did not surrender, but after fighting for three hours, with terrible loss, cut his way out, and carried most of his command safely into La Grange.—ColOnel R. R. Livingston, of the First Nebraska cavalry, assumed command of the district of North-eastern Arkansas, headquarters at Batcsvillc, and issued a proclamation in accordance therewith.—A Correspondent of the Richmond Sentinel says: "The plate that is in our country, and its value to the government, if the people can be induced to relinquish it, has doubtless occurred to many minds—been, perhaps, weighed and repudiated; but yet, I presume to think, might bo made to act, if not a principal, a valuable subsidiary part in any well-digested scheme to restore the credit of the Treasury, to give stability to any system of finance, to arrest depreciation of confederate notes and stock, by furnishing that in kind, which is the basis of all credits—gold and silver. I think we have it, and in large amount We have in the possession of our people, in the form of gold and silver plate, a vast and unproductive fund — every household more or less of it Was there ever a better time to bring it forward ? —ever greater need for it ?—ever stronger* inducements to tender it to the government for the common good?"

—A Battle took place in Stono River, S. C, between the gunboat Marblehead, at anchor off Legarcville, and two masked rebel batteries on shore. The fight continued until the gunboat had demolished the batteries and driven out the gunners.—(Doc. 29.)

Bhioadier-general B. F. Kellet sent the following from his headquarters at Harper's Ferry, Va.: "General Sullivan's column has returned safely, bringing in one hundred prisoners, about one hundred horses, equipments, etc. My different columns are all now safely back. They have captured in ail over four hundred prisoners and a large amount of property. My plans and others have been promptly and faithfully executed, with a single exception, and with but a small loss on our part"

December 26.—General Rosser returned to Orange Court-House, Va., having completed an entire circuit of the Yankee army, starting from Fredericksburgh and entering the valley at Conrad's Store. He burnt the bridge over Pope's Head Run, near Sangster's Station, just out from Alexandria, capturing and dispersing the troops left as a guard. Owing to the high water and bad weather, he was prevented from doing more damage. Gregg's Yankee cavalry pursued, but did not overtake him. General Rosser was forced to swim Bull Run. His loss was very slight, if any. The enemy, while in pursuit, destroyed two tanneries and a lot of leather at Sperryville, Rappahannock County; also, two tanneries, a flour-mill and some government workshops at Luray, in Page County. They also committed many other excesses, including the taking away of negroes, and shot a confederate named Smcdley, at Washington, Rappahannock County, after he had surrendered.—Richmond Paper).

—TnE rebel privateer Alabama captured the American ships Sonora and Highlander, both lying at anchor at a point about ten miles cast of the North Sands light-ship, near Singapore, East-Indies. Captain Semmes ordered the captains of both ships on board the Alabama, examined their papers, and allowing them to take a small quantity of clothing, burned their ships, and sent them adrift in their boats without any water or provisions.

December 27. — General McPherson, from his headquarters, Seventeenth army corps, at Yicksburgh, Miss., issued the following circular: "The following named persons: Miss Kate Barnett, Miss Ella Barrett, Miss Laura Latham, Miss Ellen Martin, and Mrs. Moore, haying acted disrespectfully towards the President and Government of the United States, and having insulted officers, soldiers, and loyal citizens of the United States who had assembled at the Episcopal church in Vicksburgh, on Christmas-day, for divine service, by abruptly leaving said church at that point in the service where the President of the United States and all others in authority are prayed for, are hereby banished, and will leave the Federal lines within forty-eight hours, under penalty of imprisonment.

"Hereafter all persons, male or female, who by word or deed or by implication, do insult or show disrespect to the President, the Government, or the flag of the United States, or to any officer or soldier of the United States upon matters of a

national character, shall be fined, banished, or imprisoned, according to the grossness of the offence."

December 28.—The Seventh Wisconsin regiment left the army of the Potomac for home to recruit, under the general orders lately issued.— The Legislature of Alabama has voted that'the carpets that cover the floor of the Senate Chamber, Hall of Representatives, and all officers' and committee-rooms in the capitol at Montgomery, be cut up and given to the soldiers of the rebel army for blankets.—An attempt at informal renewal of the cartel was made by the enemy, under the immediate agency of General Butler, who initiated his effort by sending fivo hundred confederate soldiers to City Point. Commissioner Ould returned five hundred Federal soldiers, but informed Commissioner Hitchcock that the confederate authorities could hold no communication with General Butler, and that there must be no further effort at a partial exchange. If the enemy desire to renew the cartel, it must bo done upon fair terms, and through an agent not outlawed and beyond the pale of military respectability.—Richmond Enquirer.

—A SKiRMisn took place at Charlestown, Tenn., between the robels under General Wheeler and a body of National troops, under the command of Colonel Laibold, of the Second regiment of Missouri infantry, resulting in the total rout and defeat of the rebels.—{Doc. 80.)

—TnE following memorial, signed by Generals Hardee, Stevenson, Cheatham, Breckinridge, and nearly all the other officers in command of the army of the Tennessee, was read in the confederate House of Representatives:

"In the existing condition of affairs it is hoped your honorable bodies will pardon the varianco from custom of addressing you from the army. It is done in no spirit of dictation, but in the conscientious conviction that the necessities of tho country demand the voice and labor of all, and that delay, even for thirty days, in enacting proper measures, may make present disorders incurable, and the dangers of tho moment omnipotent for our destruction.

"In our opinion, it is essential to retain, for the term of during the war, without reorganization, the troops now in service; to place in service immediately, for the samo term, all other whito males between eighteen and fifty years of age, able to perform any military duty; to provido for placing in service, at tho discretion of the

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