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eral engagements near the south-west corner of the State, and drove it across the Boston Mountains, in Arkansas. I cannot give the details of these engagements, as no official reports have been received. The Indian tribes in the North-West, and more particularly in Minnesota, incited, it is said, by rebel emissaries, committed numerous murders and other outrages on the frontiers during the latter part of the summer. These savages were vigorously attacked by a volunteer force under Brig.-Gen. Sibley, and defeated in several well-fought battles on the upper waters of the Minnesota River. These vigorous proceedings struck terror among the Indians and put an end to hostilities in that quarter for the present season. It is quite possible that these hostilities will be renewed in the coming spring, and preparations will be made accordingly. In the department of the Gulf, the withdrawal of our flotilla from Vicksburgh enabled the enemy to concentrate a considerable force on Baton R
tity of valuable stores, arms, etc. The Harriet Lane is very little injured. She was carried by boarding from two high-pressure cotton steamers manned by Texas cavalry and artillery. The line troops were gallantly commanded by Colonel Green, of Sibley's brigade, and the ships and artillery by Major Leon Smith, to whose indomitable energy and heroic daring the country is indebted for the successful execution of a plan which I had considered for the destruction of the enemy's fleet. Colonel Bagby, of Sibley's brigade, also commanded the volunteers from his regiment for the naval expedition, in which every officer and every man won for himself imperishable renown. J. Bankhead Magruder, Major-General. Houston telegraph account. Huston, Texas, January 5, 1863. As General Magruder was on his way to Texas, accompanied by Judge Oldham, Major Forshey and others, the subject of retaking Galveston Island was brought up. The difficulties of the undertaking were canvassed, and the q
Doc. 161.-the attack on the Sam Gaty. Leavenworth times account. Leavenworth, March 31. the steamer Sam Gaty, which arrived at our levee on Sunday evening, reports that she was stopped at Sibley, on Saturday morning last, by a band of from forty to sixty bushwhackers, supposed to be a portion of the gang under Todd or Quantrell, though at the time of the outrage in question in command of a man named Clifford. As the boat was passing Sibley the pilot was hailed and ordered to run ashore, under penalty of shooting, and being within a few yards of the landing he had no alternative but to obey. As the boat touched the shore she was almost immediately boarded and taken possession of by the guerrillas, who roused the Captain from his berth, it being then about two o'clock in the morning, and informed him that he was, for the time being, a prisoner. About eighty contrabands being on the boat, they were ordered ashore, the bushwhackers being surprised to find so small a nu
ed and five prisoners were taken and thirty wounded. Among the killed is General Riley, and among the wounded Colonel Gray. The prisoners also report that General Dick Taylor advanced in force on the flank, and was in command of the whole. Sibley was there, they say, but he was not in the fight, and never is. About one hundred and fifty prisoners in all were captured by General Grover's command. Immediately on the retreat a reconnoissance was sent out, which met a courier from the ae same care bestowed upon our own men. The surgeons in General Grover's division have been highly complimented for their skill and humanity on that occasion, as well to friend as foe. The rebels engaged, as near as we could learn, consisted of Sibley's brigade, (nearly all Texans, and one Arkansas regiment,) the Eighteenth and Twenty-eighth Louisiana, and a battalion of Texas cavalry, nearly eight hundred strong. Their artillery consisted of four pieces. Most of the prisoners taken on this