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rans, with, as their forces, as they undoubtedly will, of at least 1,200 men. This disparity in numbers, is too great, although I will certainly give battle to the invading army at some strong point in the mountain passes as I may hope will equalize, to some extent, our numbers. This may occur within the next three days; but should it be deferred for any length of time, I hope the Department will find itself to strengthen us with reinforcements. In the mean time, should Gen. Lee attack and repulse the enemy at Rich Mountain, I will hold myself in position to fall upon his flank or rear, as circumstances may allow or my force authorize. I have the honor to be, with high respect your obedient servant. [This is signed by Adjutant Peters, because an injury prevents my holding a pen.] Jno. B. Floyd, Brig.-Gen. Com'g Army of Kanawha. By William E. Peters, A. A. Gen., Floyd's Brigade. The above is an exact copy of the original. Edw'd S. Joynes, War Department, Dec. 10, 1861.
A deserter. --Patrick H. Bailey, the man who pretended to have lost an arm at Rich Mountain, was proved on Saturday to have been a deserter from Capt. Woolfolk's "Ashland artillery" company, and was sent to jail to be called for by his commanding officer. He had been sent down on Friday for false pretences and as a suspicious character.
Finally disposed of. --Patrick. H. Bailey, heretofore arrested as a spy, by making representations of having lost a hand at Rich Mountain, and who proved to be a drunken humbug on examination, was brought before the Mayor on yesterday, and put in jail for a year, on failing to give security for his good behavior.
on this occasion, was wounded five times in ten fights in Nicaragua; Anderson, the Commander of the barricade, was the man who took Castillo, Williamson, who during the fight took command of Captain Lewis's company, (Captain Lewis still being disabled by a shot received through the body at Camp Defiance,) was the hero of several out of twenty fights in which he made his mark in Nicaragua; Major Bacon, who had commanded a company of Rangers there, was with Col. Pegram when taken at Rich Mountain, was wounded by the side of General Garnett when he fell, and finally as aid to General Wise in Western Virginia, commanded a portion of his cavalry; Major Hoof, who had been with Walker through all his campaigns. There were, besides, Upshur and Deheart, who were Nicaraguan veterans, Lieut. Bolton, who had been in the same service, and Dr. Kellum, well and favorably known, who on this occasion volunteered as surgeon on board the Curlew, going out to her amid a shower of shot and shell,
Napoleonic. McClellan, not content with rendering himself ridiculous by his proclamation after the affair of Rich Mountain, is on the stilts again. His late "order of the day," announcing an advance upon Richmond, is a parody upon the Napoleonic proclamations. In some places he almost quotes the words of the great conqueror. For instance, Napoleon says, "it will only be necessary to say 'I was in the great battle, under the walls of Moscow,' to authorize the reply, 'there goes a brave man!'" McClellan tells his Yankees, "when this war is over, we will all return to our homes, and feel that we can ask no higher honor than the proud consciousness that we belonged to the army of the Potomac." Richmonds as it is in other respects, the first portion of this proclamation is at least instructive. We subjoin it: "For a long time I have kept you inactive, but not without a purpose. You were to be disciplined, armed and instructed. The formidable artillery you now have, ha
edge of these fact benefit the inctividual on parole when re tured by the enemy? If relieved of their obligations to the Federal Government, all, I presume, would once give their services to their bleeds country. But great care should be taken relieve us of any honorable scruples we mi have in relation the generally received pressions as regards a violation of parole, in a former communication, urged the propriety of a speedy exchange of prisoners, particularly those captured at "Rich Mountain " It is what we all desire, and would be please to learn that the Government had made arrangement by which we could, with and light hearts, again enter upon our resp tive duties. Among civilized nations, with recognized Governments, the Government in such case, not the individual, would be held responsible for the violation of parole. Are a recognized Government by the Lincoln dyansty? Do they not rather regard all the Confederate Government does as null void, and would they n
Arrests by the Military Police. --On Saturday Messrs. McCoul and Thomas arrested at the Danville Depot, a man named J. H. Goodman, a citizen of Powhatan county, who is charged with leaving that place to escape the performance of military duty, and exhibiting in this city, for the same purpose, forged papers as a paroled prisoner from Rich Mountain. Officers Thomas and Perdue also arrested, on Saturday, on 17th street, a desperate character called Richard Pearce alias Dick Duff, whose exploits in the line of murder and ruffianism have given his name a bad pre-eminence amongst offenders against law and order. Both of the above parties were conveyed to Castle Godwin.
McClellan. We had been disposed until recent occurrences to think highly of this man as an officer and a gentleman. His treatment of the prisoners taken at Rich Mountain was said to have been humane and liberal, and in marked contrast with the brutality of other Yankee officers. To be sure, we could not reconcile with our notions of an honorable man a compact to retain his salary as President of a railroad company while he was commanding the army of the Yankee Government in the field. We thought it a little inconsistent, also, that he should be leading such an army against the South while he was declaring in private that he would much rather lead an army against New England. But we were willing to overlook all this, in consideration of the liberality to which we have alluded. We are now satisfied that we gave him a credit to which he is not entitled. His lying dispatches to his master at Washington prove him to be no better than Wool and Butler. From the field at Will
Paroled for Exchange. --On Saturday, Capt. Chas. J. Whiting. of the 5th U. S. cavalry, was paroled to return home and effect a special exchange of himself for Capt. Geo. R. Smith, C. S. A., who was taken prisoner at Rich Mountain last summer and paroled by the enemy, and who was thought long since to have been exchanged, measures having been taken to that end months since. There is hardly a doubt but that the Federal Captain will succeed in his mission.
t place, in the ministrations of his office; at this moment a straggler informed Mr. Hodgson that the enemy's cavalry was at hand. He was quickly in saddle, and, with the enemy thundering at three hundred yards behind him, he reached Col. Lay's position. Line was instantly formed, and as the enemy mounted a hill a lethal volley broke their ranks and scattered them. This "fighting parson" is scarcely 21 years of age, and already he had made one campaign in Western Virginia, that of Rich Mountain, as a Zouave. In the spring of last year he was a student in the Episcopal Theological Seminary in New York. He wouldn't "stand it," and came home to militate and officiate, both in one. He has a brother, captain of cavalry, in Col. Clanton's regiment. Bishop General Polk can hardly be at fault for an "assistant" militant. Vandalism in Memphis. A gentleman now in Atlanta, and a refugee from Memphis, has received a letter from his wife at Panola, Miss., from which we make t
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