Last night a party consisting of Capt. Holliday, Capt. Edward W. Jenkins, Lieut. Johnson and private Small, of the Naval Brigade, Maj. T. Edward Rawlings, of the Kentucky Light Cavalry, and R. W. Shurtliff, left Hampton, Va., without permission, on a scout.--They were poorly armed, and but one of them mounted. At 4 1/2 o'clock this morning the party were surprised in the woods, a short distance beyond New Market bridge, by twenty dismounted horsemen, who fired upon them. Rawlings was instantly killed by a bullet through his head. Lieutenant Johnson and Mr. Shurtliff were also seen to fall, and have been carried off prisoners. The rest of the party escaped.--Baltimore American, July 20.
By an order from the War Department at Washington, it was forbidden to muster any soldier into the service who is unable to speak the English language. By the same order, Brevet Second--Lieutenants Clarence Derrick, James P. Parker, and Frank A. Reynolds, (having tendered their resignations in face of the enemy) were dismissed from the service of the United States.--(Doc. 105.)
To-day the Virginia Legislature, in session at Wheeling, adopted the following resolutions: Resolved, That the Governor be and is here-by requested to apply to the President of the United States for authority to contract with some individual or individuals, on behalf of the General Government, for necessary clothing for such of the volunteers of Northwestern Virginia as have been, or may be, mustered into the service of the United States for three years. Resolved, That a copy of the foregoing resolution be forwarded to our Senators and Representatives in Congress, with a request that they unite with the Governor in his efforts to obtain the authority indicated in the foregoing.
The Third Regiment of Massachusetts Militia arrived at Boston this morning from Fortress Monroe, and encamped at Long Island.--N. Y. Evening Post, July 19.
The general order of the War Department at Washington, transfering General N. P. Banks to the command of the National forces on the upper Potomac, was issued to-day.--(Doc. 106.)
General Cadwallader of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, was honorably discharged from the service of the United States.--General Order, War Department, No. 46.
Brigadier-General John Pope, commanding the National troops in Northern Missouri, issued a proclamation to the people of that district, warning all persons taken in arms against the Federal authority, who attempt to commit depredations, or who molest peaceful citizens, that they will be dealt with, “without awaiting civil process.” --(Doc. 107.)
In general orders of this date, Maj.-Gen. McClellan expresses his satisfaction with and confidence in the soldiers of his command, “the Army of the West;” and recapitulates their recent exploits.--(Doc. 108.)
All of the vessels previously reported as prizes to the privateer Sumter, and by her sent into a Cuban port, were liberated by the Captain-General of Cuba.--N. Y. Express, July 29.