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ing that for the subsistence of a human Yankee slaves.—The Marine Brigade, under the Comcarcass vegetable diet was the most proper! For mand of General Ellet, and a portion of Colonel the honor of the country, this Northrop should Gresham's command, returned to Natchez from be ejected at once."

an unsuccessful expedition after the rebels under -PRESIDENT Lincoln, in his Message to Con

Wirt Adams, who had mounted a battery on gress, appended his Proclamation of Amnesty.

Ellis's Cliff,—The English steamer Minna, while (Doc. 32.)

attempting to evade the blockade of Charleston,

S. C., was captured by the United States gun-The following is an account of an affair boat C that took place to-day, near Great Western Furnace. Stuart County, Tenn.. about twelve miles December 10.--Major-General Grant, from his from Canton. Ky : " The guerrilla Colonel Mar- headquarters at Chattanooga, Tenn., issued the tin, who lately robbed the citizens in that sec- following congratulatory order to his army: “The tion of nearly all they possessed. passed through General commanding takes this opportunity of Golden Pond, Tenn., with his gang, taking retur

aking returning his sincere thanks and congratulations horses, and plundering indiscriminately. The to the brave armies of the Cumberland, the citizens of the neighborhood organized a squad Ohio, the Tennessee, and their comrades from of fifteen men, composed principally of the late the Potomac, for the recent splendid and deci. Eighth Kentucky cavalry, headed by John Mar- sive successes achieved over the enemy. In a tin and F. M. Oakley, and started in pursuit of short time you have recovered from him the the guerrillas. They came upon them about mid-control of the Tennessee River from Bridgeport night, in camp, eating a supper furnished them to Knoxville. You dislodged him from his great by one Dawsy Griffin. The citizens demanded a stronghold upon Lookout Mountain, drove him surrender, which was refused by the rebel lead

from Chattanooga Valley, wrested from his deterer, and the order was given by Martin to charge mined grasp the possession of Missionary Ridge, upon them, which was done in a handsome man- repelled with heavy loss to him his repeated asner, resulting in a complete rout and the cap-saults upon Knoxville, forcing him to raise the ture of all their arms, horses, clothing, camp siege there, driving him at all points, utterly equipage, and two contrabands. Three of the routed and discomfited, beyond the limits of the rebels were killed on the spot.”—Tue National State. By your noble heroism and determined House of Representatives unanimously passed a courage, you have most effectually defeated the vote of thanks to General U. S. Grant and his plans of the enemy for regaining the possession army, and ordered that a medal be struck in his of the States of Kentucky and Tennessee. You honor, in the name of the people of the United have secured positions from which no rebellious States.

power can drive or dislodge you. For all this

the General commanding thanks you collectively -PRESIDENT LINCOLN sent the subjoined con

and individually. The loyal people of the United gratulatory despatch to Major-General Grant : States thank and bless you. Their hopes and "Understanding that your lodgment at Chatta- pravers for your success against this unholy renooga and Knoxville is now secure, I wish to

bellion are with you daily. Their faith in you tender you, and all under your command, my will not be in vain. Their hopes will not be more than thanks—my profoundest gratitude for

blasted. Their prayers to Almighty God will the skill, courage, and perseverance with which

be answered. You will yet go to other fields of you and they, over so great difficulties, have ef

strife; and with the invincible bravery and unfected that important object. God bless you all!"

Alinching loyalty to justice and right, which have This was immediately published to the armies

characterized you in the past, you will prove under the command of General Grant.

that no enemy can withstand you, and that no December 9.-President Lincoln granted a defences, however formidable, can check your pardon exempting E. W. Gantt, of Arkansas, onward march.” from the penalty of treason, which he incurred -GenerAL GILLMORE again shelled Charleston, by accepting and exercising the office of Briga- S. C., throwing a number of missiles into differdier-Gencral in the service of the rebels. The ent parts of the city. The rebel batteries openpardon also reinstated General Gantt in all his ed fire, and a heavy bombardment ensued for rights of property, excepting those relating to several hours.—The steamers Ticonderoga, Ella,

and Annie, left Boston, Mass., in pursuit of the —The steamboat Brazil, while passing below Chesapeake.—The new volunteer fund of New Rodney, Miss., was fired upon by rebels on shore. York City reached seven hundred and fifty thou- Three women and one man were killed. sand dollars.

-ROBERT OULD, the rebel Commissioner of December 11.-—The annual report of the rebel

Exchange, addressed the following official letter Secretary of War was made public. He refers

to Brigadier-General Meredith, the agent of the to the operations of the army in its several de

National Government: “As the assent of the partments, and says that the campaign in Mis

confederate government to the transmission, by sissippi was certainly disastrous. It is difficult

your authorities and people, of food and clothing to resist the impression that its disasters were

to the prisoners at Richmond and elsewhere, has not inevitable. That a court of inquiry, to in

been the subject of so much misconstruction and vestigate the whole campaign, met in Atlanta in

misrepresentation, and has been made the occa

sion of so much vilification and abuse, I am diSeptember, but in consequence of the vicinity of

rected to inform you that no more will be allowed the enemy, requiring the presence of witnesses

to be delivered at City Point. The clothing and and judges at other points, it has been temporarily suspended. It is expected soon to reäs

provisions already received will be devoted to the semble. A deficiency of resource in men and

use of your prisoners. When that supply is exprovisions, rather than reverses in battle, caused

hausted, they will receive the same rations as our the withdrawal of the army to Middle Tennessee.

soldiers in the field.” He alludes to desertion, straggling, and absentee- / -MAJOR-GENERAL BURNSIDE, in obedience to ism, and says that the effective force of the army orders from the War Department, resigned the is but little over half or two thirds of the men command of the army of the Ohio to Major-Genwhose names are on the muster-rolls. He re. eral John G. Foster.—The rebel government saltcommends the repeal of the substitute and ex. works on West-Bay, Florida, were destroyed by emption provisions, and that all having substi- an expedition from the United States armed vestutes be put back into the field, and that the sels Restless and Bloomer. The government privileges which Congress granted to put in sub- works were three quarters of a mile square, and stitutes can be regularly and constitutionally ab- one hundred and ninety-nine salt-works belongrogated by the same power. He says that no ing to companies and private individuals, with compact was entered into between the govern- five hundred and seven boilers, kettles, etc., the ment and the person furnishing a substitute, as whole worth three millions of dollars. has been alleged, but only a privilege which gov- 1 December 12. — General Scammon attacked ernment accorded. Instead of complaining of General Echols at Lewisburgh, Va., routing him such abrogation, the person ought to feel gratified effectually, killing and wounding quite a number at what has heretofore been allowed him. He of the rebels, and capturing many prisoners. recommends an abridgment of exemptions and General Kelley's Despatch. the conscription of them all, making details according to the wants of society at home. He

December 13.- Major-General Grant, from his says that the three years' men, when their terms

headquarters at Chattanooga, Tenn., issued genexpire, cannot be finally discharged, and should

eral orders concerning the property of secession

ists in his department. Corps commanders were be retained, allowing them to choose the existing company under its present organization in the

directed to immediately seize, or cause to be same arm of the service. He recommends the

seized, all county records and documents showconsolidation of such companies and regiments in

ing titles and claims to property within the ree reduced below a certain complement le volted States, in their respective districts, and to pays a glowing tribute to the heroism, endurance,

hold the same until they could be delivered to and unfaltering devotion of the soldier, and of an authorized tax commissioner of the United the lamented dead who yielded their lives as sac

States. rifices upon the altar of liberty, and closes by December 14.-Between two and three o'clock saying that our very reverses, showing a united this afternoon, the forces of Longstreet turned and determined endurance of every thing for inde- upon and attacked the pursuing column of cay. pendence, must convince the enemy of the futility alry under General Shackleford. The line of batof his efforts to subdue us.-Richmond Examiner. I tle was formed at Bean Station, Tenn., on the

Cumberland Gap and Morristown road; and a until that liberty and independence for which fight ensued which continued until nightfall, when they have been so earnestly contending shall the rebels succeeded in driving the Nationals have been at least achieved, and made sure and about half a mile. Colonels Wolford, Graham, steadfast beyond even the probability of a future Foster, and others were engaged. The musketry danger; and that, in spite of the reverses.which fire was very heavy. The whole movement was have lately befallen our armies in several quarmade with a well-contrived plan to cut off and ters, and cold and selfish indifference to our sur. capture General Shackleford and command ; and ferings thus far, for the most part evinced in the a heavy force of rebel cavalry moved down the action of foreign powers, the eleven millions of left bank of the Holston River, with the inten- enlightened freemen now battling heroically for tion of crossing at Kelly's Ford and coming in all that can make existence desirable, are fully his rear. This portion of the programme was prepared, alike in spirit and in resources, to enchecked by General Ferrero, who sent the bri-counter dangers far greater than those which they gade of General Humphrey to hold the ford. have heretofore bravely met, and to submit to The rebels fired across the river with artillery far greater sacrifices than those which they have upon the brigade, but with little effect.—(Doc. 36.) heretofore so cheerfully encountered, in prefer

-The United States bark Roebuck captured ence to holding any further political connection a small sloop-boat called the Gopher, containing with a government and people who have notoritwo men, sixteen bags of salt, and one box of ously proven themselves contemptuously regard. notions, off Indian River, Florida.-Governor less of all the rights and privileges which belong Thomas E. Branlette, of Kentucky, addressed to a state of civil freedom, as well as of all the a letter to Captain Edward Cahill, recruiting col- most sacred usages of civilized war.” ored troops, questioning his right to recruit in Mr. Miles regretted that the gentleman from that State.-COLONEL WATKINS, commanding the Tennessee had introduced such a resolution. The Kentucky brigade, returned to Chattanooga, true and only treatment which that miserable and Tenn., from a cavalry reconnoissance as far as contemptible despot, Lincoln, should receive at La Fayette. He captured a rebel signal station, the hands of this house was silent and unmitand six officers and forty privates. The rest of igated contempt. This resolution would appear the large force of rebels fled.

| to dignify a paper emanating from that wretched -An expedition sent out by General Wistar

and detestable abortion, whose contemptible emp

tiness and folly would only receive the ridicule from Yorktown to Charles City Court-House, Va., | under the command of Colonel R. M. West, re

of the civilized world. He moved to lay the sub

ject on the table. turned to Williamsburgh, Va., having been suc

Mr. Foote was willing that the preamble and cessful in the accomplishment of its object.—| (Doc. 26.)

resolution should be tabled, with the understand

ing that it would indicate the unqualified conDecembet-15.—President Lincoln's Amnesty

esty tempt of the House for Abraham Lincoln and Proclamation was under consideration in rebel |

his message and proclamation alluded to. Congress. Mr. Foote presented the following

| Mr. Miles said there would be no misunder

Me preamble and resolution :

standing about that. "Whereas a copy of the truly characteristic The motion was unanimously adopted. proclamation of amnesty recently issued by the Similar resol

Similar resolutions, offered by Mr. Miller of imbecile and unprincipled usurper who now sits Virginia, went the same way. enthroned upon the ruins of constitutional liberty in Washington City, has been received and read --There were yesterday in the Libby Prison by the members of this House; now, in token of and its dependencies at Richmond, Va., over ten what is solemnly believed to be the most undi- thousand abolition captives. In this number are vided sentiment of the people of the confederate included nine hundred and eighty-three commisStates:

sioned officers, domiciled at the Libby under the “ Be it resolved, That there never has been a immediate supervision of Major Thomas P. Turnday or an hour when the people of the confeder. By the record it appears that nine were reerate States were more inflexibly resolved than ceived on the fourteenth instant. Twelve died they are at the present time, never to relinquish the same day. The arrivals for several days past the struggle of arms in which they are engaged, I have not been very numerous. On last Friday

night, Captain Anderson, of the Fifty-first Indi- ing general order : “The recent affair at Moscow, ana cavalry, (Streight's command,) Lieutenant Tenn., has demonstrated the fact that colored Skelton, of the Nineteenth Iowa regiment, (a red- troops, properly disciplined and commanded, can headed, bullet-eyed, pestilential abolitionist,) es- and will fight well, and the General commanding caped from the hospital of the Libby Prison by deems it to be due to the officers and men of bribing the sentinel, one Mack, a member of the the Second regiment West-Tennessee infantry Tenth Virginia battalion of heavy artillery. This of African descent, thus publicly to return his person was purchased for four hundred dollars.- personal thanks for their gallant and successful Richmond Examiner.

defence of the important position to which they -This night, about eight o'clock, Rosser's bri- had been assigned, and for the manner in which gade, of Stuart's rebel cavalry, came upon the they have vindicated the wisdom of the GovernOrange and Alexandria Railroad, from the south, ment in elevating the rank and file of these regi. near Sangster's Station, Va., and destroyed two ments to the position of freemen and soldiers." bridges over Pope's Run.-(Doc. 115.)

—The Richmond Enquirer, in an article on -AUTHENTIC information having been received the exchange of prisoners, held the following that Acting Masters John Y. Beall and Edward language: “ The Yankees are not going to send McGuire, together with fifteen. men, all belong-their negro troops in the field: they know as well ing to the confederate States navy, are now in as we do that no reliance can be placed upon close confinement in irons at Fort McHenry, to them ; but as dépôt-guards, prison-guards, etc., be tried as pirates, our efficient and energetic they will relieve their white troops. This is the Agent of Exchange, Judge Ould, notified Gen- use that will be made of them. Should they be eral Meredith that Lieutenant Commander Ed- sent to the field, and be put in battle, none will ward P. Williams and Ensign Benjamin II. Porter | be taken prisoners-our troops understand what and fifteen seamen, now Yankee prisoners in our to do in such cases." hands, have been placed in close confinement and irons, and will be held as hostages for the ---PRESIDENT LINCOLN sent a message to the proper treatment of our men.-Richmond En-Congress of the United States, communicating a quirer.

letter addressed to him from a committee of genLA LIST of steamers destroyed on the Missis- tlemen, representing the Freedmen's Aid Societies sippi River since the beginning of the war, was of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Cincinmade public. Over one hundred and seventy- nati, in relation to the freedmen under the profive were burned or sunk.

clamation of emancipation.—Tue United States December 16.--A fire broke out this evening

bark Roebuck captured off the mouth of Indian in the hospital of the One Hundred and Forty- River, Florida, the English schooner Ringdove, eighth New-York regiment at Yorktown, Va., and twenty-three tons burden, of and from Nassau, in a few moments the building was all on fire, with a crew of five men. Her cargo consisted and as there were no engines or water near, it of one hundred and ninety bales of salt, three was impossible to subdue it. The Government bags of coffee, two half chests of tea, and three bakery also took fire, and communicated it to barrels of whisky. When first discovered, she the Arsenal. For several hours, the loaded shell attempted to escape, but on being fired at, ran stored within exploded, until the magazine was aground on the bar. reached, when a terrific explosion took place, | -For several days past the detectives at Richscattering the building and shell in every direc- mond. Va.. have been on the hunt for parties tion. The loss was estimated at one million dol- I who are either suspected of stealing the clothing lars.—MAJOR-GENERAL BUFORD, commanding a sent by the Yankee Government for the prisoners division in the cavalry corps of the army of the now in our hands, or receiving the same, knowPotomac, died at Washington, D.C.—The steam-ling it to have been stolen. Several so er Chesapeake was recaptured in Mud Cove, Sam

wearing the confederate uniform, have lately been bro Harbor, Nova Scotia, by the National steamer

seen with blankets branded “U. S.," and in some Ella and Anna, under the command of Lieuten- cases, shoes, with the Yankee mark on them. ant Commander John F. Nichols.

have been sold to citizens at uncommonly low December 17.-From his headquarters at Mem- figures by some of the guards of the prisons. phis, Tenn., General Hurlbut issued the follow-Several individuals have been arrested on the

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