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ed, one missing, and three horses disabled. Lieut. was once competence has become poverty, por. William K. Adams, of company L, First North-erty has become penury, penury is lapsing into Carolina volunteers, a gallant and dashing officer, pauperism. Any mechanical occupation is more was killed while making a charge at the head of profitable than the most intellectual profession; his command.
the most accomplished scholars in the ConfederaThe Commanding General, Peck, thanked in cy would be glad to barter their services for food general orders, Colonel McChesney, the officers, and raiment; and in the complete upturning of men, and guides, for this bold and successful af- our social relations, the only happy people are fair.
those who have black hearts or black skins. The December 31.—The following review of the cry of scarcity resounds through the land, raised year and situation, was published in the Rich | by the producers in their greed for gain, remond Examiner of this day:
echoed by consumers in their premature dread “ To-day closes the gloomiest year of our strug- of starvation and nakedness. We are all in the gle. No sanguine hope of intervention buoys up dark, and men are more or less cowards in the the spirits of the confederate public as at the end dark. We do not know what our resources are, of 1861. No brilliant victory like that of Fred- and no one can tell us whether we shall have a ericksburgh encourages us to look forward to a pound of beef to eat at the end of 1864, or a speedy and successful termination of the war, as square inch of leather to patch the last shoe in in the last weeks of 1862. Meade has been foiled, the Confederacy. Unreasoning confidence has and Longstreet has had a partial success in Ten- been succeeded by depression as unreasoning, nessee; but Meade's advance was hardly meant and the Yankees are congratulating themselves in earnest, and Bean's Station is a poor set-off to on the result, which they hawk about as the 'bethe loss of the gallant men who fell in the mur. ginning of the end.' derous assault on Knoxville. Another daring “ Theologians will tell us that the disasters of Yankee raid has been carried out with compara- the closing year are the punishment of our sins. tive impunity to the invaders, and timorous cap- This is true enough ; but a cheap penitence will italists may well pause before they nibble at eli. not save us from the evil consequences. There gible investments in real estate situated far in is no forgiveness for political sins, and the rethe interior. That interior has been fearfully sults will as certainly follow as if there had been narrowed by the Federal march through Ten- no repentance. As all sins are, in a higher sense, nessee, and owing to the deficiencies of our cav- intellectual blunders, we must strain every fibre alry service, Lincoln's squadrons of horse threat of the brain and every sinew of the will if we en to be as universal a terror, as pervasive a nui- wish to repair the mischief which our folly and sance, as his squadrons of gun-boats were some our corruption have wrought. The universal months since. The advantages gained at Chancel. recognition of this imperative duty is a more cerlorsville and Chickamauga have had heavy coun- tain earnest of our success than the high spirits terpoises. The one victory led to the fall of Jack- of our men in the field, or the indomitable patrison and the deposition of Hooker, the other led otism of our women at home, from which newsfirst to nothing and then to the indelible disgrace paper correspondents derive so much comfort. of Lookout Mountain. The Confederacy has been | The incompetence and unfaithfulness of governcut in twain along the line of the Mississippi, and ment officials have had much to do with the our enemies are steadily pushing forward their present sad state of affairs, but the responsibility plans for bisecting the eastern moiety. No won-does not end there; the guilt does not rest there der, then, that the annual advent of the reign of alone. Every man who has suffered himself to mud is hailed by all classes with a sense of relief be tainted with the scab of speculation has done
-by those who think and feel aright, as a pre- something to injure the credit of confederate secious season to prepare for trying another fall curities; every man who has withheld any newith our potent adversary.
cessary of life has done his worst to ruin the “Meanwhile the financial chaos is becoming country ; every one, man or woman, who has wilder and wilder. Hoarders keep a more reso- yielded to the solicitations of vanity or appetite, lute grasp than ever on the necessaries of life. and refused to submit to any privation, however Non-producers, who are at the same time non- slight, which an expenditure, however great, speculators, are suffering more and more. What I could prevent, has contributed to the general de
moralization. It may be said that, with the pre- next year would furnish a more agreeable retrosent plethora of paper money, such virtue as we spect than the annus mirabilis of blunders which demand is not to be expected of any people made we now consign to the dead past.”—MAJOR-GENup of merely human beings. But some such vir- ERAL BUTLER, from his headquarters at Fortress tue is necessary for any people whose duty it has Monroe, Va., issued a general order, dismissing become to wage such a contest as ours; and if several officers of his command for intoxication. the virtue is not spontaneous, it must be en- ! -The rebel steamer Grey Jacket, while atgrafted by the painful process through which we tempting to run out of Mobile Bay, was captured are now passing. We cannot go through this by the Union gunboat Kennebec. - PRESIDENT fiery furnace without the smell of fire on our LINCOLN approved the additional instructions garments. We can no more avoid the loss of to the tax commissi
to the tax commissioners, for the district of property than we can the shedding of blood. South-Carolina, in relation to the disposition of There is no family in the Confederacy that has lands" not to mourn the fall of some member or some
-JEFFERSON Davis having approved the folconnection, and there is no family in the Confed
| lowing rule, by virtue of authority vested in eracy which ought to expect to escape scathless hi
him by the confederate Congress, the rebel Secin estate. The attempt is as useless, in most
retary of State gave notice thereof: cases, as it is ignoble in all. A few, and but
“No passport will be issued from the departfew, in comparison with the whole number, may
ment of state, during the pending war, to any come out richer than when they went in; but
male citizen, unless the applicant produce, and even they must make up their minds to sacrifice
file in the department, a certificate, from the a part, and a large part, in order to preserve the
proper military authorities, that he is not liable whole. The saying of the stoic philosopher,
pner, I to duty in the army." * You can't have something for nothing,' though it sounds like a truism, in fact, conveys a moral
JANUARY 1, 1864. lesson of great significance. Men must pay for privileges. If they do not pay voluntarily, their -A DETACHMENT of seventy-five men, comneighbors will make them pay, and that heavily. posed of a proportionate number from each of Had those who employed substitutes to take their four companies constituting Major Henry A. places in the army refrained as a class from spec- Cole's Maryland cavalry battalion, on a scout ulation and extortion, they would not now be la in the vicinity of Harper's Ferry, Maryland, menting the prospect of a speedy furtherance to were suddenly encountered, at a point near the camp of instruction. However just their Rectortown, by a force of rebel cavalry, belongcause, the manner in which too many of them ing to the brigade under the command of Genabused the immunity acquired by money has de
eral Rosser. After fighting gallantly and until prived them of all active sympathy.
fifty-seven out of their number (seventy-five) “We all have a heavy score to pay, and we
were either killed or captured, the remaining know it. This may depress us, but our enemies eighteen made their way in safety to camp. need not be jubilant at our depression, for we Several of those who escaped found their feet are determined to meet our liabilities. Whatever | frozen when they reached camp. number of men, or whatever amount of money! -COLONEL WILLIAM S. HAWKINS, of the shall be really wanting will be forthcoming. “Hawkins Scouts," a leader in the scouting serWhatever economy the straightening of our re- vice of the rebel forces under General Bragg, was sources may require, we shall learn to exercise. captured at the house of a Mr. Mayberry, on Lick We could only wish that Congress was not in Creek, Kentucky, by Sergeant Brewer, of Major such a feverish mood, and that the government Breathitt's battalion of Kentucky cavalry.--AT would do something toward the establishment of Memphis, Tennessee, the thermometer stood at a statistical bureau, or some other agency, by ten degrees below zero, and at Cairo, Illinois, at which we could approximately ascertain what we sixteen degrees below. A number of soldiers have to contribute, and to what extent we must were frozen to death at Island No. 10.-The husband our resources. Wise, cool, decided, Richmond Whig, in an article setting forth the prompt action would put us in good condition for condition of military and naval affairs at the the spring campaign of 1864, and the close of South, concluded its remarks as follows: “ Thus
we find we have an army poorly clad, scant- January 4.-General Gregg's cavalry division, ily fed, indifferently equipped, badly mount- under the command of Colonel Taylor, of the ed, with insufficient trains, and with barely First Pennsylvania regiment, left the headquarenough ammunition. To remedy the evil, we ters of the army of the Potomac, on the first inare going to double, and if possible, quadruple stant, for the purpose of making a reconnoissance the number of men and horses, take away every to Front Royal, taking on their horses three days' efficient master from the agricultural districts, rations and forage. Owing to the condition of and leave the laborers, on whom both men and the roads the artillery attached to the division horses depend for existence, a prey to natural could proceed no farther than Warrenton. The idleness, and with every inducement to revolt. command returned to-day, having travelled If this be not judicial madness, the history of ninety miles during the three days' absence, and desperate measures adopted by feeble and af- encountered severe deprivations in consequence frighted councils does not present an example." of the intensely cold weather; but no enemy
was discovered. Owing to the depth of the -ANDREW J. Hamilton, Military Governor of
Shenandoah River, iro attempt was made to Texas, issued an able address to the citizens of
cross it. that State, setting forth their duties to themselves
-A FIGHT occurred near Fort Sumner, New and their government.
Mexico, in which the Union troops belonging to January 3.-A large force of rebels, under General Carlton's command, routed the Navijo General Sam Jones, made a descent upon a small | Indians, killing forty apd wounding twenty-five. body of Union troops stationed near Jonesville, -Forty Sioux Indians surrendered themselves Virginia, belonging to an Illinois regiment, com- to the Union forces, at Pembina, Dacotah Terrimanded by Major Beers, and eighteen men of tory.--Rear-ADMIRAL FARRAGUt sailed from the Neill's Ohio battery. A desperate resistance was navy-yard at Brooklyn, New-York, in the flagmade, continuing from seven A.m. to three P.M., ship Hartford to assume command of the East when the Nationals surrendered. The rebels Gulf squadron. -Joint resolutions of thanks to numbered for ousar men. They lost four General Robert E. Lee and the officers and solkilled and twea' wounded. — ADMIRAL LEE, in diers under his command, by the rebel Congress. the United States gunboat Fah Kee, entered January 5.-The Fourth Virginia rebel cavLockwood's, Folly Inlet, about ten miles to the alry surprised an infantry picket belonging to south of Wilmington, North-Carolina, hoisted the army of the Potomac, at a point near Eldoout his boats, and examined the blockade-run- rado, Culpeper County, Virginia, and captured ning steamer Bendigo, which was run ashore three of their number. by the captain a week previous, to prevent her
" | January 6.-Major General Foster, from his being captured by the blockaders. While mak
headquarters at Knoxville, issued the following ing these examinations, the enemy's sharp
order: "All able-bodied colored men, between shooters appeared and opened fire upon the
the ages of eighteen and forty-five, within our boats' crews, which was returned by the Fah
lines, except those employed in the several staff Kee's guns, when a rebel battery opened fire and
departments, officers' servants, and those serthe boats returned to the ship.
vants of loyal citizens who prefer remaining with The Fah Kee continued her fire until the Ben- the
the ben their masters, will be sent forthwith to Knoxdigo was well-riddled, but her battery was light, ville. Loudon, or Kingston, Tennessee, to be enand in consequence of her draft of water and the
rolled under the direction of Brigadier-General shoals inside, had to be at long-range, and conse- Davis Tillson. Chief of Artillery, with a view to quently not as destructive as was desired. Night the for
red. Night the formation of a regiment of artillery, to be coming on, the Admiral returned to the fleet.-- composed of troops of African descens is Official Report.
| -By orders from General Foster, Brigadier-The British ship Silvanus, while attempting General 0. B. Wilcox was assigned to the comto run the blockade at Doboy Sound, Georgia, mand of the district of Clinch, including the was chased ashore by the National gunboat Hu- region between the Cumberland and Clinch ron.-TWENTY shells loaded with Greek fire, were Mountains, and extending from Big Creek Gap thrown into the city of Charleston, South-Caro- on the west, to the eastern line of the State of lina, causing a considerable conflagration. Tennessee, on the east.