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under suitable guards by orders from the army on the second instant, within a few miles of Wilcommanders.—CAPTAIN Ross and twelve of liamsburgh, with arms in their hands, having his men, deserters from General Price's rebel been pushed forward by Massa Butler with a army, arrived at Van Buren, Arkansas.—Col- negro command on a foraging and thieving exONEL A. D. STREIGHT made a report to the Com- pedition. Their names and military connection mittee on Military Affairs, of the lower house of were recorded as follows: James W. Cord and Congress, in relation to the treatment the Union P. F. Lewis, Fifth United States volunteers ; officers and soldiers received from the rebel au- R. P. Armstead and John Thomas, Sixth United thorities at Richmond and elsewhere in the States volunteers. As they claimed to be ‘ButSouth.—(Doc. 106.)

ler's pets,' and it being understood that a great March 3.—The rebel schooner Arletta or Mar.

| affection and fondness for each other existed betha, was captured and destroyed off Tybee Is

tween them and the officers captured from the re

cent sacking and plunder expedition, Major Turland.

ner very considerately ordered that they be placed March 4.—The English steamer Don, while

in the cells occupied by their white co-patriots, attempting to run the blockade of Wilmington,

each being accommodated with a sable boon comN. C., was captured by the National steamer

panion. We are glad that our officials are inPequot.- MICHAEL Hann was installed as Gov

clined to carry out Greeley's idea of amalgamaernor of Louisiana, at New Orleans. An address

tion of the races, so far as it affects the Yankee was made by General Banks, and other interest

prisoners in our care. It will result in mutual ing ceremonies performed. -ORDERS requiring

good. The only party likely to be seriously afthe draft to be made on the tenth instant were

fected, either in status or morals, is the negro. suspended.

The Yankee cannot be degraded lower; the negro March 5.-Yazoo City, garrisoned by one white probably can be." and two negro regiments of Nativnal troops,

- Under the caption of “A Premium Uniwas attacked by a body of rebels under the com

form,” the Richmond newspapers published mand of Ross and Richardson, who were repulsed

the following: “Recently Mrs. White, of Selma, after a severe contest.—(Doc. 109.)

Alabama, went through the lines to Lexington, -A LARGE force of rebel cavalry attacked Kentucky, and being a sister (Todd) of Mrs. ninety-three men of the Third Tennessee regi- Lincoln, was permitted to go on to Washingment at Panther Springs, East-Tennessee. The ton. On her return, several weeks ago, she was Union loss was two killed and eight wounded | allowed to carry nothing back, save a uniform and twenty-two captured. The rebels had thirty | for a very dear friend of hers who was battling killed and wounded.

| in the Southern cause. The uniform arrived in March 6.-A cavalry force, sent out from the Confederacy several days since, and on inCumberland, Md, under command of Lieuten- spection all the buttons were found to be comant-Colonel Root, of the Fifteenth New-York posed of gold coin--two and a half, five, ten, cavalry, returned, having effectually destroyed and twenty-dollar gold pieces, set in the woodall the saltpetre works near Franklin, in Pen- en button and covered with confederate cloth. dleton County.-The English steamer Mary Ann, The gold thus brought through is valued at while attempting to run the blockade of Wil- between thirty and forty thousand dollars—all mington, N. C., was captured by the Union sewed upon a uniform." steamer Grand Gulf.—Tue sloop G. Garibaldi was

-CONSIDERABLE excitement existed in Fredeseized at Jupiter Inlet, Florida, while trying to

'Trick and Washington counties, Md., growing out run the blockade with a cargo of cotton.

of rebel movements on the Virginia side of the March 7.-The first negro prisoners of war Potomac sun

of war Potomac, supposed to be premonitory of a cavarrived in Richmond, Va., and were placed in alry raid through the upper counties of the State. Libby Prison. The Examiner thus noticed the

– DECATUR, Alabama, was captured by the fact: “They were genuine, sure members of the

National forces under the command of Brigadieroriginal Corps d'Afrique, ranging in color from gingerbread-brown to tobacco-black, greasy and Ceneral

and General Dodge. loud-smelling, encased in blue uniforms, close March 8.-Four Yankee negro soldiers, cupbuttoned up to the chin. They were captured tured in James City County, were brought to

Vol. VIII.-DIARY 4

this city yesterday and delivered at the Libby, of what you have done, and its reliance upon where they were distributed, as far as they would you for what there remains to do in the existgo, into the solitary cells of the Yankee officers ing great struggle, are now presented with this captured during the recent raid. This is a taste commission constituting you Lieutenant-Genof negro equality, we fancy, the said Yankee eral in the army of the United States. With officers will not fancy overmuch. The negroes this high honor devolves upon you also a correrepresent themselves as James W. Cord, com- sponding responsibility. As the country here. pany C, Fifth United States volunteers; P. F. in trusts you, so, under God, it will sustain you. Lewis, company I, Fifth United States volun- I scarcely need to add that with what I have teers ; R. P. Armistead, company H, Sixth spoken for the nation, goes my own hearty perUnited States volunteers; John Thomas, ditto.- sonal concurrence." Richmond Whig.

To which General Grant replied as follows: --The rebel steamer Sumter was captured Mr. President: I accept this commission on Lake George, Florida, by the National steamer with gratitude for the high honor conferred. Columbine, under the command of Acting Master With the aid of the noble armies that have fought J. C. Champion.-FORTY-EIGHT Union officers on so many fields for our common country, it will and over six hundred prisoners arrived at Fort- be my earnest endeavor not to disappoint your ress Monroe from Richmond, Va., for exchange.- expectations. I feel the full weight of the responThe steam-tug Titan, which was captured near sibilities now devolving on me, and I know that Cherry Stone Point, Va., was burned at Freeport if they are met, it will be due to those armies, on the Piankatank River.

and, above all, to the favor of that Providence March 9.--A fight took place near Suffolk, W

which leads both nations and men." Virginia, between a force of rebels and a portion

| The President then introduced the General of the Second Virginia colored regiment, com

to all the members of the Cabinet, after which manded by Colonel Cole, resulting in a loss of the company were seated and about half an hour twenty-five rebels, and twenty killed, wounded,

was spent in conversation. and missing of the Nationals.*

-MAJOR-GENERAL Peck, in general orders, -Forty of the Thirtieth Pennsylvania caval- issued the following from his headquarters a ry were captured by guerrillas about a mile and Newbern, N. C.: “The moment when we ari a half from Bristoe Station, Virginia. They threatened with an advance by the enemy, is the were surrounded and compelled to surrender. proper time to remind the gallant officers and Several of them afterward escaped.

soldiers of this command of the results of the re-The steamer Hillman was attacked by a cent op

cent operations in North-Carolina. gang of guerrillas, stationed on the Missouri

“Besides the repulse of General Pickett's army shore opposite Island No. 18 in the Mississippi

sinni at Newbern, the following have been captured : River, and several persons were killed and

Six officers, two hundred and eighty-one priswounded.

oners and dangerous rebels, five hundred con--President LINCOLN this afternoon formally

| trabands, two hundred and fifty arms and ac

coutrements, one hundred and thirty-eight horses presented to Major-General Grant his commis

and mules, eleven bales of cotton, one piece of sion as Lieutenant-General. The ceremony took place in the Cabinet chamber in the presence of 11

artillery, caisson complete, one flag, many sad

dles, harnesses, and wagons. Much property of many distinguished personages. General Grant

the rebel government has been destroyed from having entered the room, the President rose and

inability to remove it, as appears by a partial addressed him thus :

list: Two hundred and fifty thousand pounds of “ General Grant: The nation's appreciation

pork, eighty barrels of lard, seventy-five barrels * The following is the Southern version of the story: of meat, twenty thousand bushels of corn, thirty

Weldon, March 9.—The enemy occupied Suffolk in force on two barrels of beef, five hogsheads of sugar, five Sunday. We attacked them to-day, and, after a short struggle, drove them in a rout out of the town, killing a number, captur

thousand empty sacks, one corn-mill, ten wagons, ing one piece of artillery and a large quantity of commissary one ton of tobacco, eighteen mules, two wareand quartermaster stores. The enemy are flying to Portsmouth, houses of salt, and two extensive salt manufacburning bridges, and leaving every thing behind. We pursued them beyond Bernard's Mills. M. W. Ransom, Brig.-Gen.

tories. Thousands of deserters have entered the G. E. PICKETT, Major-Gen.

| lines, and resurned their allegiance to the Federal booty.

Union with joy and gladness. These valuable found but few of the enemy. The rebels proservices will be appreciated by the Government bably had only a small cavalry picket in the and the people, and this brief allusion to them town, and on the approach of the Nationals it should stimulate all to renewed energy in the final was withdrawn, and the place given up without campaign against the revolutionists."

firing a shot on either side. The town was found March 10.-A party of “over one hundred entirely deserted, except by three small famicitizen guerrillas" entered Mayfield, Ky., and lies, who professed Union sentiments, and desired after pillaging the stores and severely wound- to remain at their homes. --The rebel iron-clad ing one of the citizens, left, carrying away their war steamer Ashley was successfully launched

at Charleston, S. C. -GOVERNOR JOSEPH E. Brown's annual mes March 11.- detachment of the Seventh sage was read in the Legislature of Georgia. It Tennessee cavalry, commanded by Colonel Haw. concluded as follows:

kins, captured eleven guerrillas in the vicinity of “Lincoln has declared that Georgia and other Union City, Ky.—Tuk rebel sloop Hannah, was States are in rebellion to the Federal Govern captured by the Beauregard, off Mosquito Inlet, ment, the creature of the States, which they

Ga. — The United States steamer Aroostook capcould destroy as well as create. In authorizing tured, in latitude twenty-eight degrees fifty minwar, he did not seek to restore the Union under utes north, longitude ninety-five degrees five minthe Constitution as it was, by confining the utes west, the British schooner M. P. Burton. Government to a sphere of limited powers, / loaded with iron and shot. She cleared from HaThey hare taken one hundred thousand negroes. vana, and purported to be bound to Matamoras. zohich cost half a million of whites four thousand When first seen she was steering direct for Velasmillions of dollars, and now seek to repudiate co, some two hundred miles out of her course. self-government — subjugate Southern people, Admiral Farragut's Report. and confiscate their property. The statement -The schooner Linda, with an assorted carof Lincoln, that we offer no terms of adjust- go, was captured off Mosquito Inlet, by the Na. ment, is made an artful pretext that it is im- tional vessels Beauregard and Norfolk Packet. possible to say when the war will terminate, March 12.-President Lincoln ordered as fol. but that negotiation, not the sword, will finally lows: terminate it.

| I. Major-General Halleck is at his own request "We should keep before the Northern people relieved from duty as General-in-Chief of the the idea that we are ready to negotiate, when army, and Lieutenant-General U. S. Grant is they are ready, and will recognize our right assigned to the command of the armies of the to self-government, and the sovereignty of the United States. The headquarters of the army States. After each victory, our government will be in Washington, and also with Lieutenshould make a distinct offer of peace on these ant-General Grant in the field. terms, and should the course of any State be II. Major-General Halleck is assigned to duty doubted, let the armed force be withdrawn, and in Washington, as chief-of-staff of the army, unthe ballot-box decide. If this is refused even a der the direction of the Secretary of War and the dozen times, renew it, and keep before the Lieutenant-General commanding. His orders will North and the world that our ability to defend be obeyed and respected accordingly. ourselves for many years has been proved."| III. Major-General W. T. Sherman is assigned

-Pilatka, Florida, was occupied by the to the command of the military division of the Union forces under Colonel Barton. The force, Mississippi, composed of the departments of the consisting of infantry and artillery, left Jack-Ohio, the Cumberland, the Tennessee, and the sonville on the transports General IIunter, Del- Arkansas. aware, Maple Leaf, and Charles Houghton last IV. Major-General J. B. McPherson is asevening, and, under the direction of good pilots, signed to the command of the department and reached Pilatka at about daylight this morning. army of the Tennessee. The night was densely dark, and a terrible V. In relieving Major-General Halleck from thunder-storm added not a little to the difficulty duty as General-in-Chief, the President desires of the passage of the boats up the tortuous chan- to express his approbation and thanks for the nel. The troops disembarked at sunrise, and lable and zealous manner in which the arduous

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