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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 others.
gallantly charged, dispersed, and chased ten March 13.-A Union meeting was held at
miles, their camp destroyed, about twenty killed, Huntsville, Alabama, at which resolutions were
and seventy wounded and taken prisoners. The
remainder made good their escape by recrossing passed deprecating the action of the South,
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 convention to provide some mode for the re
Sixth, and Twenty-second National colored
troops the First New-York Mounted Rifles, the storation of peace and the rights and liberties of
Eleventh Pennsylvania cavalry, parts of Hart's the people.” Speeches were made by Jere 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 Kil
sions, 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 burned. 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 capture 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, I 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
attapony, with the and brutalities perpetrated upon Colonel Dahlpurpose of heading off their retreat and charging
and charging gren, and General Wistar highly complimented their front and rear. Owing to a misapprehen- for the success of his expedition. sion of General Wistar's orders, General Kilpatrick 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 Stato, suggesting moderation, and calling Missouri infantry, Archibald Towner, of com
upon them “to uphold and maintain the Govpany B, and Thomas Norris, of company D,
sernment 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.
fled 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 Tennes. issued 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. O. 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
ies. 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, 1 –The advance of General A. J. Smith's forces, Tennessee, between Colonel Garrard's National coöperating 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. 181.) to supply the force required to be drafted for March 17.-Colonel William Stokes, in comthe navy, 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.)
la severe fight routed them, compelling them to
leave behind twenty-one in killed and wound- Reid, (" Agate,") wrote as follows concerning ed.—This 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 Chickhassee River in boats. They Emancipation Proclamation, has been received approached in two large fats, filled with men, with a surprise that indicates a less general cvidently 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, God.'”
NASHVILLE, TENN., March 17, 1861. 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 Mangios, Washington, D. C., ! cessity;' and in that form March 10, 1861.
the Proclamation “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 -I assume command of the armies of tbe United / he really didn't know what more to do, unless States. Headquarters will be in the field, and,
he did this. Accordingly, he prepared the preuntil further orders, will be with the army of
liminary Proclamation, nearly in the form in the Potomac. There will be an office headquar- which it subsequently appeared, called the Cabi. ters in Washington, D. C., to which all official net together, and read it to them. communications will be sent, except those from
“Mr. Montgomery Blair was startled. “If the army'where the headquarters are at the date
date you issue that proclamation, Mr. President,' he of their address.
exclaimed, 'you will lose every one of the fall
elections.' March 18.-Colonel Stokes's Fifth Tennes
"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
I approve of it in principle, and I approve the killer River, near where it empties into Caney ,
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 lasters, and it will be construed as the convulsive General Pettigrew, at the battle of Gettysburgh, struggle of a drowning man. To give it propei 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