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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

others.

and responsible duties of that position have been ton's store, Colonel Onderdonk, commanding the performed.

First New-York Mounted Rifles, and Colonel -The rebel schooner Marion, bound to Hava- Spear, of the Eleventh Pennsylvania cavalry, na from Tampico. was captured by the steamer came upon the looked-for rebel force of cavalry Aroostook, off Rio Brazos.--The rebel sloop Per- and citizens. This was in the midst of a severe sis was captured off Wassaw Sound, Georgia, rain-storm which had been pouring all day, and by the National gunboats Massachusetts and the mud was knee-deep; yet the rebels were

gallantly charged, dispersed, and chased ten March 13.-A Union meeting was held at

det miles, their camp destroyed, about twenty killed, Huntsville, Alabama, at which resolutions were

and seventy wounded and taken prisoners. The passed deprecating the action of the South,

remainder made good their escape by recrossing

the river into King William County. and calling upon the Governor of the State to

The Union force comprised the Forty-fifth, convene the Legislature, that it might “call a

Sixth, and Twenty-second National colored convention to provide some mode for the restoration of peace and the rights and liberties of

troops the First New-York Mounted Rifles, the the people.” Speeches were made by Jere

Eleventh Pennsylvania cavalry: parts of Hart's Clemens and D. C. Humphreys in support of

and Belger's batteries, and some five hundred

of Kilpatrick's Richmond raiders. The only the resolutions.

organized rebel force encountered were the Fifth --GENERAL BUTLER, learning that the Fifth

and Ninth Virginia cavalry, having, however, and Ninth Virginia cavalry, with a large force many mounted and armed though ununiformed of armed citizens, were in the vicinity of King citizens in their ranks, who claimed to be nonand Queen Court-House, immediately despatch-combatants ed an expedition from Yorktown under command on the raid large amounts of grain provi. of General Wistar, with which General Kilo sio

ral Misions, arms, etc., were destroyed. One mill patrick and a portion of his command essayed filled with corn belonging to the Ninth Virginia to coöperate. This rebel force was ascertained cavalry was turned. Several of Lee's soldiers to be one thousand two hundred strong, and the at home on recruiting service were captured: same that ambushed and killed Colonel Dahlgren. two Union officers recently escaped from Libby

General Kilpatrick left Gloucester Point on Prison were rescued, and one of Longstreet's Tuesday night, March eighth, in charge of the men captured cavalry, and was ordered to scout Gloucester The National forces returned to Yorktown to. County to the north and east as far as Dragon day, without the loss of a man, and but very River, and drive the enemy up the Peninsula, few horses, and the objects of the expedition while Wistar landed his forces by transports on were as fully accomplished as were possible. Wednesday at Shepherd's warehouse, six miles

The enemy was severely punished for the death above West-Point, on the Mattapony, with the and brutalities perpetrated upon Colonel Dahlpurpose of heading off their retreat and charging gren, and General Wistar highly complimented their front and rear. Owing to a misapprenen for the success of his expedition. sion of General Wistar's orders, General Kilpat-| rick marched direct to West-Point, where he ar- - PRESIDENT LINCOLN addressed the followrived about the same time with General Wistar. ing to Michael Hahn, the newly elected Gov

A small cavalry force was then despatched to ernor of Louisiana : “I congratulate you on New-Market, and the infantry and artillery having fixed your name in history as the first moved out as far as Little Plymouth, while Kil- free State Governor of Louisiana : now you are patrick scouted across the Dragon River and about to have a commission which, among other tried to cross at Old and New-Bridge, but could things, will probably define the elective frannot, owing to the swollen state of the stream. chise. I barely suggest, for your private conOur forces then moved down through the coun- sideration, whether some of the colored people ties of King and Queen, Middlesex and Glouces- may not be let in, as, for instance, the very inter, making many captures and destroying large telligent, and especially those who have fought quantities of supplies. King and Queen Court- gallantly in our ranks. They would probably House was destroyed, and when near Carrol. | help in some trying time to keep the jewel of Liberty in the family of freedom. But this is March 15.- Owing to the disturbance of the only a suggestion, not to the public, but to you popular mind produced by the enrolment of alone."

slaves for the army in Kentucky, Governor

Bramlette issued an address to the people of —Two men belonging to the Thirty-second

that State, suggesting moderation, and calling Missouri infantry, Archibald Towner, of com

upon them “to uphold and maintain the Gov. pany B, and Thomas Norris, of company D,

ernment as constituted, and obey and enforce while beyond their picket-lines, in Mo., were taken

its just demands, as the only hope of perpetuprisoners by a party of guerrillas, who took

ating free institutions.”—Fort De Russy, on the them to the top of a mountain near by and tied

Red River, below Alexandria, La., was capthem to a tree, where they were kept until tured this day by the combined military and about sundown, when they were shot, robbed naval forces of the United States. under Genof every thing valuable, and thrown from the

eral A. J. Smith and Admiral D. D. Porter. summit of the mountain down a precipice sixty

(Docs. 96 and 131.) feet. Norris miraculously escaped death, which he feigned while being handled by the mur

March 16.—A party of guerrillas belonging derers, and succeeded in reaching camp very to Roddy's command made an attack upon the much exhausted. He implicated many of the

Chattanooga Railroad, at a point between Tulcitizens who received their daily rations from

lahoma and Estelle Springs, and, after robbing the Government, and several in that vicinity

the passengers and committing other outrages, were arrested for trial.

Aed on the approach of another train loaded The body of Towner was found by the men with soldiers. Among other atrocious acts of his regiment, while out in search of the guer- was the following: There were four colored rillas, and carried into camp. - Captain John T. boys on the train acting in the capacity of Campbell's Report.

| brakemen, and two black men who were of

ficers' servants. These six poor creatures were March 14.-Major-General John Pope, from

placed in a row, and a squad of about forty of his headquarters, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the robbers, under a Captain Scott, of Tennesissued an official notice to emigrants by the see, discharged their revolvers at them, actuway of the Missouri River and across the upper ally shooting the poor fellows all to pieces.-AN plains to the Idaho mines, warning them of the engagement took place at a point two miles east dangers of that route from hostile Indians, and of Fort Pillow, Tenn., between a body of Narecommending them to communicate with Gen- tionals and about one thousand rebels, who were eral Sully before attempting to pass that way. - routed with a loss of fifty killed and wounded. A COMMISSION consisting of Captain George P. Edgar, A. D. C., Captain George I. Carney, A.Q. M.,

-Captains SAWYER AND FLYNN, who had been and M. Dudley Bean, of Norfolk, were ap. held at Libby Prison, under sentence of death, in pointed by Major-General Butler, for the purpose retaliation for the execution of two rebel spies, of caring for and supplying the needs of the poor | hung in Kentucky by General Burnside, were white people in Norfolk. Elizabeth City, and Prin- released. They were exchanged for General W. cess Anne counties, Va., who were a charge upon F. Lee and Captain Winder, who were held by the United States, and employing such as were will- the United States as personal hostages for their ing to work and were without employment, etc. safety. -SKIRMISHING occurred at Cheek's Cross-Roads, The advance of General A. J. Smith's forces, Tennessee, between Colonel Garrard's National cooperating with General Banks's, and under the cavalry and Colonel Giltner's rebel troops. The command of Brigadier-General John A. Mower, rebels were repulsed.

reached Alexandria, La., accompanied by Ad--PRESIDENT LINCOLN issued an order call

| miral David D. Porter and his fleet of gunboats. ing for two hundred thousand men, in order

-(Doc. 131.) to supply the force required to be drafted for March 17.-Colonel William Stokes, in comthe nary, and to provide an adequate reserve mand of the Fifth Tennessee cavalry, surprised force for all contingencies, in addition to the a party of rebel guerrillas under Champ Ferfive hundred thousand men called for February guson, at a point near Manchester, Tenn., and after first.--Doc. 111.)

a severe fight routed them, compelling them to

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leave behind twenty-one in killed and wound-Reid, (" Agate,") wrote as follows concerning ed.--Tais morning, at a little before three the Emancipation Proclamation : “A recent alo'clock, an attempt was made on Seabrook lusion to the fact that Mr. Secretary Chase's Island by a large force of rebels, who came pen supplied the concluding sentence of the down the Chickhassec River in boats. They Emancipation Proclamation, has been received approached in two large flats, filled with men, with a surprise that indicates a less general evidently sent forward to reconnoitre, with a knowledge on the subject than might have been numerous reserve force further back, to co- expected. operate in case any points were found to be ex- “When the final draft of the Proclamation posed. One of the boats came down to the was presented by the President to the Cabinet, mouth of Skull Creek, where they attacked a it closed with the paragraph stating that the picket-boat containing a corporal and four men slaves if liberated would be received into the of the Seventy-sixth Pennsylvania. They first armed service of the United States. Mr. Chase fired three shots and then a whole volley, and objected to the appearance of a document of succeeded in capturing the boat and those in it, such momentous importance without one word after a severe hand-to-hand fight. Whether beyond the dry phrases necessary to convey its there were any casualties could not be ascer- meaning; and finally proposed that there be tained. Further on, meeting an unexpected re added to the President's draft the following sensistance, they retreated.

tence: --LIEUTENANT-GENERAL GRANT formally as- "And upon this act, sincerely believed to sumed the command of the armies of the United be an act of justice, warranted by the ConstiStates to-day. The following was his order on tution, I invoke the considerate judgment of the subject :

mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 17, 1864. GENERAL ORDERS, No. 12.

“Mr. Lincoln adopted the sentence as Mr. In pursuance of the following order of the Chase wrote it, only interlining after the word President:

Constitution' the words, upon military ne"EXECUTIVE Mansios, WASHINGTON, D. C., ! cessity;' and in that form the Proclamation

March 10, 186 1. "Under the authority of the Act of Congress to went to the world, and history. appoint the grade of Lieutenant-General in the “The President originally resolved upon the army, of February 29, 1864, Lieutenant-General policy of issuing this Proclamation in the sumUlysses S. Grant. U. S. A., is appointed to the mer of 1862. As he has expressed it himself. command of the armies of the United States. every thing was going wrong; we seemed to * ABRAHAM LINCOLN.” Thave put forth about our utmost efforts, and

he really didn't know what more to do, unless -I assume command of the armies of the United States. Headquarters will be in the field, and,

he did this. Accordingly, he prepared the pre

liminary Proclamation, nearly in the form until further orders, will be with the army of

in the Potomac. There will be an office headquar

which it subsequently appeared, called the Cabiters in Washington, D. C., to which all official"

linij net together, and read it to them.

“Mr. Montgomery Blair was startled. If communications will be sent, except those from

to you issue that proclamation, Mr. President,' he the army'where the headquarters are at the date yo

exclaimed, 'you will lose every one of the fall of their address.

elections.' March 18.-Colonel Stokes's Fifth Tennes

1 “Mr. Seward, on the other hand, said: 'I see cavalry again overtook Champ Ferguson

approve of it, Mr. President, just as it stands. and his guerrillas on a little stream called Calf-1

I approve of it in principle, and I approve the killer River, near where it empties into Caney

ley policy of issuing it. I only object to the time. Fork, Tenn., and there killed eight of them.

Send it out now, on the heels of our late dis-The behavior of the rebel brigade under asters, and it will be construed as the convulsive General Pettigrew, at the battle of Gettysburgh, struggle of a drowning man. To give it proper was vindicated in this day's Richmond Enquirer. I weight, you should reserve it until after some

March 19.--The correspondent of the Cin-victory.' cinnati Gazette, at Washington, Mr. Whitelawl “The President assented to Mr. Seward's

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