A public meeting was held in Richmond, Va., for the purpose of enrolling the names of such of the citizens as chose to form themselves into a Home Guard for the defence of the city.--Stringent orders in respect to communication with Norfolk, were published by General Wool.--The Seventy-first regiment, N. Y. S. M., left New York City for Washington.--The Legislature of Virginia appropriated the sum of two hundred thousand dollars to defray the expense of removing the women and children of Richmond to a place of safety. Mrs. Jeff Davis was sent under the care of ex-Senator Gwin to Raleigh, N. C.
Governor Andrew, of Massachusetts, issued an order relieving the militia who rallied in obedience to the proclamation of Monday, and they returned to their homes, except such as volunteered for three years or the war. The men generally expected to serve three or six months, not knowing that an act of Congress required the service for an indefinite period.--At Newbern, N. C., the evening schools established by Dr. Vincent Colyer for the education of colored persons were closed by order of Governor Stanly.--N. Y. Tribune, June 4.
The United States mail steamer Northern Light, under the command of Captain Tinklepaugh, in lat. 31°, lon. 73° 35‘, captured the rebel schooner, Agnes H. Ward, of Wilmington, N. C. She was found sailing under the rebel flag and papers, and bound for Nassau, N. P., with a cargo of cotton, turpentine, and tobacco. The mail steamer took her in tow and carried her into New York.
The Charleston and Savannah Railroad at Pocotaligo, S. C., was destroyed by the National troops under the command of Col. Christ.
Pierre Soule was arrested at New Orleans, La., by order of Gen. Butler.--New Orleans Picayune, May 29.
General Shepley, Military Commandant at New Orleans, ordered that prayers should “not be offered up for the destruction of the Union or Constitution of the United States or for the success of the rebel armies.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Sickles, in command of four companies of the Ninth Illinois cavalry, had a skirmish with a party of rebels near Cache River bridge, Arkansas, totally defeating them. Captain Blakemore, with three companies of the same regiment, pursued a party of rebels, mortally wounding one and taking one prisoner. Captain Buel with his company, pursued another party, but they succeeded in making their escape.--Jacksonport Cavalier, Ark., June 9.
Three strong columns advanced and reconnoitred within gunshot of the rebel works at Corinth. They were commanded respectively by Generals Thomas, Buell, and Pope. The rebels hotly contested the ground at each point, but were driven back with considerable loss. The column on the left encountered the strongest opposition. The National loss was twenty-five killed and wounded. The enemy left thirty dead on the field. Some five or six officers and a number of privates were captured.--Halleck's Despatch.