Jefferson Davis, in compliance with the request of the rebel Congress, issued an address to the people of the rebellious States, invoking their attention “to the present position and future prospects of our country, and to the duties which patriotism imposes on us all during this great struggle for our homes and our liberties.” --(Doc. 159.)
Lieutenant Rickertson, of the Eighteenth Ohio regiment, stationed at Demosville, Ky., having received information that a band of rebels were in the habit of holding meetings at Morris's Mills, in Campbell County, left his camp on the day before yesterday for the purpose of capturing them. He did not find them at Morris's Mills, but two miles farther on, near Roushe's house, he captured two men belonging to the guerrilla band under “Jim Caldwell.” Continuing the pursuit yesterday, Lieutenant Rickertson encamped within “thirty yards of the rebels without either party having a knowledge of it, and this morning Caldwell's party got the start, Lieutenant Rickertson, upon hearing of their movement, following in pursuit.” The rebels were not overtaken until they reached the vicinity of  Germantown, in Mason County, where they were surprised and completely routed. Lieutenant Daniels of the rebel party was killed in the fight that took place, and three others were wounded. Caldwell escaped on a very fleet horse, while his men, except three who were captured, fled to the woods, leaving their horses in the hands of the Nationals.--Chicago Tribune.
Franklin, Tenn., was attacked by the rebel forces under General Van Dorn, who were repulsed and routed by the Union army of occupation, under the command of General G. Granger.--(Doc. 160.)
The rebels in the vicinity of Fort Donelson, Tenn., having been gathering all the horses fit for cavalry service, General Rosecrans ordered all the good animals in that neighborhood to be taken by the forces under his command. While engaged in this duty, seventy of his men met an equal number of rebels near Waverly, when a fight ensued, in which twenty-one of the latter, including Major Blondin and two captains, were taken prisoners.--Captain A. G. Webster was executed by the rebels at Camp Lee, near Richmond, Va.--Richmond Whig.
The expedition which went out from Newbern, N. C., under General Spinola, to reenforce General Foster at Washington, returned to Newbern, having been unsuccessful in their object.