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Prussian batteries, and may derive great comfort hundred and fifty-six privates, and five thousand from the severe punishment she has received by eight hundred citizens. Of these, there remained guns far inferior to those we hold in readiness. on hand at the date of the report twenty-nine For we also have not been idle, and both afloat thousand two hundred and twenty-nine officers and op shore all is prepared to resist attack and and men, among whom were one major-general to meet the foe on his own terms. Our rivers and seven brigadiers. There had been one hunalso will have less to fear, for repeated triumphs dred and twenty-one thousand nine hundred and and captures have taught us the value of horse-thirty-seven rebels exchanged against one hunartillery and light movable batteries against the dred and ten thousand eight hundred and sixtybest-armed boats. Still, the conflict will be fierce six Union men returned. and full of interest, not only to those who are

April 17.-Fort Gray, near Plymouth, Northengaged in it, but to all observers. Our fate is

Carolina, garrisoned by National troops under the at stake; but we may, in all probability, have to

command of Captain Brown, of the Eighty-fifth perform the rehearsal of a fearful tragedy soon

New-York regiment, was attacked by a force of to be enacted on a still vaster stage, amid the

rebels belonging to the command of General Pickcrash of ancient empires and the uprising of

ett, who was repulsed after having made several powerful races in the old world..

attempts to carry the position by assault.-AN " The other new feature likely to give a strange

So unsuccessful attempt to capture the steamer Lucoloring to the summer's campaign is the large force of armed blacks which our enemy is prac

minary was made by the rebels at a point thirty

five miles below Memphis, on the Mississippi tising to employ. They have apparently recon

River.—The English schooner Lily was captured sidered their first plan of using them mainly for

by the gunboat Owasco, off Velasco, Texas. garrison duty, and we see them, in Virginia and other points of attack, place them in the van, or -A riot occurred in Savannah, Georgia, this send them, well mounted, on foraging expeditions, day. Women collected in a body, with arms, in order thus to harden them for war. Whilst and marched the streets in a procession, deit cannot be expected that they will ever fight manding bread or blood. They seized food with the bravery or gallantry of our own men, wherever it could be found. The soldiers were we are disposed to believe that they will be as called out, and, after a brief conflict, the most soldiers but little inferior to the riff-raff of Ger- active and prominent leaders were put in jail. many and Ireland, which enters so largely into April 18.-This day at noon, three guerrillas the composition of the Northern army. The his-/were discovered in the town of Hunneville, on tory of war teaches us that the most indifferent

the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, forty miles material may be made useful by careful associa

west of Hannibal, Mo. A dozen of the citizens, tion, and it is a maxim of common experience

some armed, mustered to capture them. They that those who will not fight alone and by them

had been purchasing stores, and were then at the selves, will stand their ground, if properly sup-saloon of a Union citizen. Mr. Dieman. On the ported and surrounded by large numbers. It is

approach of the squad, the guerrillas drew in de never wise to despise an enemy, least of all when fence, closed doors, and fired upon the citizens. he is as yet untried.”

wounding a militia captain, but not dangerously. April 16.—The report of the United States They also fired upon Dieman, inflicting a severe Commissary of Prisoners was made public. It wound. The citizens fired, killing two of the showed that the number of rebel officers and men guerrillas, and wounding the third, who succeedcaptured by the National troops since the begin- ed in escaping from the house and the vicinity. ning of the war was one lieutenant-general, five -The Maryland State Fair, for the benefit of the major-generals, twenty-five brigadier-generals, one Sanitary and Christian Commissions, was opened hundred and eighty-six colonels, one hundred and with appropriate ceremonies at Baltimore. A forty-six lieutenant-colonels, two hundred and speech was made by President Lincoln, in which forty-four majors, two thousand four hundred and he referred to the changes that had taken place ninety-seven captains, five thousand eight hun- in Baltimore during the past three years, and to dred and eleven lieutenants, sixteen thousand five the Fort Pillow massacre, which he said should hundred and sixty-three non-commissioned offi-be amply retaliated. — The rebel schooner Good cers, one hundred and twenty-one thousand one Hope was captured and destroyed at sea, by the

schooner Fox, tender to the National steamer San Cline, of the One Hundred and Third PennsylJacinto.—The rebel schooner Oramoneta, with a vania. Just after dark, one of our gunboats cargo of munitions of war, was captured off St. opened upon them a most galling fire. The can. Augustine, Fla., by the Beauregard.

nonading now for more than two hours was most -An attempt to blow up the United States

grand, awful, terrific, and sublime. I stood upon frigate Wabash, was made off Charleston Harbor

the piazza of my own room, with shells and balls

dropping around me. Men who had been in the this night.

Peninsula campaign said they never saw any April 19.--A party of eighty mounted rebels thing to equal the firing here. One shell from attempted an invasion of Kentucky through Pound our gunboat, commanded by Captain Flusser, Gap, but were driven back by a detachment of who afterward fell dead on the deck of his own the Forty-fifth Kentucky mounted infantry. A ship, it was said, killed three and wounded nineband of one hundred and fifty guerrillas was also teen rebels. About nine o'clock all firing ceased, driven out of the State into Macon County, Tenn., I and the rebels retired to the woods in front of cight of them being killed and ten captured, with Fort Williams. fifty of their horses.—THE English schooner Fan-l “The women; children, and our sick, were ny was captured off Velasco, Texas, by the Na- sent to Roanoke Island on Saturday night, togetional gunboat Owasco.

ther with a schooner-load of old negroes. AnApril 20.—Plymouth, North Carolina, garri- other load went on Monday night. soned by one thousand six hundred men, under “About four o'clock on Tuesday morning, the the command of General Wessells, was captured rebel ram, with two guns, came down and swept by the rebels, after an obstinate and prolonged out all our gunboats, upon which we had defight. The following account of the operations pended so much to protect the left and lower in the vicinity of Plymouth, and its capture, was part of the town, The gunboats Miami and given by a participant :

Southfield were linked together, and the ram "On Saturday evening, April seventeenth, at ran between them, and ran into the Southfield, about half-past five o'clock, the rebels attacked and she soon sank. Then the Miami went Fort Gray, on the Roanoke, two miles above | below. the town, with six pieces of field-artillery. They "All day on Tuesday, the ram lay some two were speedily repulsed, doing but little damage, miles below town, and kept up firing all day, except sinking our gunboat Bombshell by firing but with little or no execution, save perforating into her. She dropped down and sunk opposite the houses. She threw shells most awfully Plymouth, much injured. On Monday they fired swift. I could dodge balls from other pieces, occasionally all day at Fort Wessells, and took it but it would be hard to dodge one from her. by assault on Monday night, with a loss of some Her guns are thirty-two pounders; a good many sixty killed. Here our men fought like tigers, of her shells never burst. It takes her about and the heroic Captain Chapin, of company K, eight minutes to load and fire. Eighty-fifth New-York, fell. This little fort is “Early on Wednesday morning, about day. about a mile from the town; in it we had about light, the rebels, with five brigades, commanded sixty men and four thirty-two pounders. Here, by General Ransom, (a part of Stonewall Jackthrough mistake, the rebels fired on their own son's division,) made assault after assault upon men, and, it is said, killed several of them. Our the redoubt on the left, in which we had about loss here, so far as known, was only two killed, be- ! two hundred men and four thirty-two pounders. side Captain Chapin. Our artillery played heavily Coming up with such an overwhelming force, upon this fort all day Tuesday, ceasing at inter- they succeeded, with the loss of scores of killed, vals. On Monday, at dusk, they drove in our in taking this little fort, which let them into the pickets in front, killing one and wounding one ; 1 town, up Main street. Shortly after their enand at dark they opened and continued for two trance into the town, about three hundred of us hours and a half a most fierce fire of artillery were taken prisoners of war, and marched nearly upon Fort Williams, our strongest fort, in which two miles below town, leaving our beautiful flag General Wessells had his headquarters during still floating over Fort Williams, with the brave the siege. Fort Williams fired in upon them General Wessells, his staff, and some two hunheavily, with great slaughter, and received but dred men, still holding out, and refusing to sur little injury, excepting the death of Lieutenant render until ten P.m. on Wednesday.

“Their force engaged has been estimated at Niphon and Fort Jackson, under command of ten thousand, with a reserve of four or five thou- Captain Breck, of the Niphon, proceeded to withsand. Our effective force was about two thousand. in seven miles of Wilmington, N. C., where they Their killed and wounded, I suppose, is about succeeded in destroying the North-Carolina saltone thousand-some put it at one thousand five works and other property valued at over $100,hundred. General Hoke, commanding the rebel 000, and brought away fifty-five prisoners-laforces, was heard to say that their loss was about borers in the salt-works. one thousand five hundred, Our killed won't

April 22.-An expedition up the Rappahanexceed twenty, and wounded not eighty ; cap-.

nock River, under the command of Foxhall A. tured, including citizens, two thousand two hun

Parker, commanding the Potomac flotilla, termidred. They shot a great many blacks after the

nated this day. The following communication fight was over.”

detailing the facts connected with it, was made April 21.-Major-General Peck issued the fol

by the commander in charge : lowing general order at Newbern, N. C., this day:

| “Having learned, from various sources, that the * With feelings of the deepest sorrow, the Com

rebel government had established a ferry at Cirmanding General announces the fall of Plymouth,

cus Point, a few miles below Tappahannock, on N. C., and the capture of its gallant commander,

the Rappahannock River, and was busily engaged Brigadier-General H. W. Wessells, and his com

in collecting boats at some point on the river for mand. This result, however, did not obtain until

the purpose of attacking the blockading vessels, after the most gallant and determined resistance had been made. Five times the enemy stormed

I proceeded thither with a portion of this flotilla,

on the eighteenth instant, where I remained until the lines of the General, and as many times were

this evening, visiting both banks of the river and they handsomely repulsed with great slaughter,

| all its various creeks, (some of which I was told and but for the powerful assistance of the rebel

had not before been entered during the war,) from iron-clad ram and the floating sharp-shooter bat

Circus Point to Windmill Point, with the followtery, the Cotton Plant, Plymouth would still have

ing result: Two ferries broken up, seven large been in our hands. For their noble defence, the

lighters, (each capable of carrying one hundred gallant General Wessells and his brave band have

men, three pontoon-boats, twenty-two large and deserve the warmest thanks of the whole

skiffs and canoes, two hundred white-oak beams country, while all will sympathize with them in

and knees, (large enough for the construction their misfortune. "To the officers and men of the navy, the

of a sloop-of-war,) five hundred cords of pine

wood, and three hundred barrels of corn deCommanding General renders his thanks for their

stroyed. Twenty-two fish-boats, (one of which hearty cooperation with the army, and the brav

is fitted for carrying small-arms,) one thousand ery, determination, and courage that marked their

pounds of bacon, two horses, sixty bushels of part of the unequal contest. With sorrow he

wheat, a chest of carpenter's tools, and many records the death of the noble sailor and gallant

"other articles, (a correct list of which will be sent patriot, Lieutenant Commander C. W. Flusser,

to the department at an early day,) brought off. United States navy, who in the heat of battle fell dead on the deck of his ship, with the lan

Five refugees and forty-five contrabands (men,

women, and children) were received on board of yard of his gun in his hand.

this vessel, and landed in Maryland, with the *The Commanding General believes that these

exception of five stout fellows whom I shipped. misfortunes will tend not to discourage the troops,

Ps: “At Bohler's Rocks, on the south side of the but to nerve the army of North-Carolina to equal

4 Rappahannock, the landing of our men was opdeeds of bravery and gallantry hereafter. “Until further orders, the headquarters of the hundred.) which was kept at bay by the fire of

posed by a large force of cavalry, (said to be five sub-district of the Albemarle will be at Roanoke Island. The command devolves upon Colonelli

the Eureka, commanded by Acting Ensign Hal

nel lock, and a howitzer launch in charge of Acting D. W. Wardrop, of the Ninety-ninth New-York Master's Mate Eldridge Acting Master W. T. infantry."

Street, who had charge of this expedition, showed -The English schooner Laura was captured good judgment, and proved himself a valuable off Velasco, Texas, by the National gunboat Owas- and efficient officer. He speaks highly of Actco.-As expedition in boats, from the gunboats ing Ensign Roderick and Acting Master's Mate

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