Latest news by Express.
papers of Monday were received last evening.
The telegraphic dispatches which we copy from that source are not, in all cases, reliable, since they are generally much exaggerated:
Washington, May 19.
--A private letter, dated on board the frigate Minnesota
, at Hampton Roads
on Friday, says:
We arrived from Boston
on the 13th, and have commenced our assaults on the enemy.
We have seized about $300,000 worth of ships and tobacco.
I went ashore at the fort yesterday to see some of the Massachusetts
volunteer militia.--There are about two thousand troops there, including the Vermont
regiment that arrived a day or two since.
They are all ripe for a fight, and down on the commandant because he won't allow them to make a raid upon Hampton
, where there is a strong Secession feeling.
The Harriet Lane
is anchored just ahead of us. She leaves to-day for Charleston
The Star, late Monticello
, is about nine miles above us, off James river
The Pocahontas came in yesterday, and after her Captain
paid his respects to the flag officer
, she went to sea — destination to us unknown.
We are anticipating an attempt on the part of the enemy to fortify Sewell's Point
, about three miles above our anchorage.
If they do, we shall attack them.
They have Elizabeth River
too well fortified to authorize us to attempt passage up, without they are attacked in the rear; and there is not force enough at the fort to warrant that yet.
Washington, May 18.
--Major General Butler
will go this afternoon to Annapolis
, where he will concentrate the Fifth, Sixth and Eighth regiments of Massachusetts
into a brigade.
The Boston battery of light artillery will form part of the brigade.
will then go to Fortress Monroe
, where the Massachusetts
Third and Fourth regiments now are. The consolidation of all these regiments into one brigade or division, will give the General
formidable command, and the control of officers and men with whom he has personal acquaintance.
General B. asked a union of these troops as a condition precedent to any operations entrusted to him.
It is probable that General George B. McClellan
will enter Western Virginia
at the head of his Ohio
and other Western troops simultaneously with any movement by General Butler
At the same time a column of regulars will move forward from Washington
Another dispatch says:
Major General Butler
left town last evening for Annapolis
, and will probably proceed to Fortress Monroe
to-morrow evening or Monday.
He has been put at the head of the new military district composed of Virginia
, North Carolina
, and Tennessee
, and will move onward at as early a day as possible.--It is said that nine thousand troops will be thrown in the neighborhood of Fortress Monroe
within the next four days.
The Light-ship Recovered.
Washington, May 18.
--The expedition sent to recover the Smith Point
Light-Ship, removed from the Chesapeake Bay
by the Secessionists, returned to-day in safety.
The party of the expedition were two detachments of the New York Eighth Artillery, and one company from the 13th Regiment.
The Light-Ship was found in the Wycomico river, and as the troops were leaving, they were fired into by a company called Lancaster Grays
None of the soldiers were hurt, although bullets were dug out of the wood-work of the boat.
Heavy guns could not be used.
The 13th fired several volleys into the bushes, and it is supposed some of the enemy were killed or fled, as their fire soon ceased.
The enemy could not be seen, except by dodging from bush to bush.
Another account, from Annapolis
The propeller William Woodward
returned here yesterday, having in tow the Smith's Point
Light-Ship, which she was sent to capture.
The ship was found up Mill Creek
, a branch of the Great Wycomico.
The expedition was fired into, and some fifty musket shots exchanged.
The two pieces of artillery could not be brought to bear on the enemy, who were concealed by bushes.
St. Louis, May 18
--The State Tobacco Warehouse was also visited yesterday by the U. S. authorities, and a considerable quantity of arms and munitions of war were taken therefrom.
The Rifles taken yesterday from the Central
Metropolitan Police Station belonged to Henry N. Hart
of the Constitutional Guard, and had been taken to the police station for safe-keeping.
The city is now surrounded by a line of military posts, extending from the river below the Arsenal, around the western outskirts, to the river again on the north.
The object of these posts is to prevent hostile troops and munitions of war from entering the city, and to protect the public peace and give complete security to every peaceful citizen.
The forces composing these encampments belong to the regiments under command of Colonels Blair
Twenty-seven persons have died of wounds received at the Camp Jackson
affair, and eight in the Walnut
,May 19.--Gen. Lyon
has refused to release the prisoners arrested here, on the ground that he would be liable to the penalties for treason.
The Governor has removed the Captain
of the State
troops at the Osage bridge
, for allowing the post-office agent to be maltreated there.
He guarantees protection to all route agents.
There is a State encampment on the line of the St. Joseph and Hannibal Railroad, where batteries are erected, and trains are stopped and Government stores detained.
Boston, May 18.
--In the House
to-day a bill was introduced, which proposes to prohibit any person, directly or indirectly, from buying or holding any collateral securities of the seceded States, under the penalty of imprisonment in the State
The bill was referred to the special committee on the Governor
The Mississippi was commissioned to-day.
The workmen at the Navy-Yard
are getting out the keel of the new sloop-of-war.
Several companies of troops leave this afternoon, in the steamer Cambridge
, for Fortress Monroe
Louisville, May 18.
--Information received from Frankfort
states that the House
yesterday concurred in the Senate amendment leg living the suspension of specie payment by the Kentucky
passed resolutions that Kentucky
should maintain a strict neutrality during the present contest, and approving of the Governor
's refusal, under existing circumstances, to furnish troops to the Federal Government
The official Union vote for Border State delegates, in eighty-nine counties, is 98,561; eighteen counties yet to hear from.
The aggregate Presidential vote in November was 246,216.
Arrival of the California Pony Express.
Fort Kearney, May 18.
--The California Pony Express, with dates to the 8th instant, has arrived.
The sentiment in California
is almost universally for the Union
throughout the State
A meeting had been called by a committee of all parties on the 11th, at San Francisco
The firemen and civil and military organizations were invited to participate.
The Santa Clara
difficulties have been referred to the Legislature by the Governor
.--The Senate had taken no action in reference to the election of Congressmen for the special session.
The English steamer Alert
has taken formal possession of Fanning's Island.
advices report the massacre of 300 foreigners at Auckland, New Zealand
, by the natives.
Arrest of a Marylander.
Chambersburg, Pa., May 19
--John Thompson Mason
, late Collector of Baltimore
, was arrested here yesterday, but released to-day and sent over the Maryland
He is known here to entertain secession sympathies, but his character is too high to permit the belief that he would condescend to play the spy. There was no authority from the Secretary of War
to retain him, and his discharge meets with the approval of our most judicious residents.
There is to be a large concentration of troops here immediately, and it is thought their destination will be Harper's Ferry
What a deserter says.
Chambersburg, Pa., May 18.
--A deserter from Harper's Ferry
, named Stanley
, from Ohio
originally, states that but twelve pieces of cannon, all told, were there on Thursday night. The Confederate troops on Friday visited a Maryland farmer three miles below the Ferry
, killed seven hogs and drove off 3 head of cattle in open daylight.
They have also committed similar depredations on the Maryland
side for ten miles above the Ferry
These acts are of daily occurrence.
who have been driven out of Virginia
arrive here daily.
Sorrowful scenes of wrongs and outrages are related by many.
represented that there were about four thousand troops there, not more than one-half of whom were armed.
Instructions had been issued by the commander of the forces the day before he left to be careful of their ammunition, especially percussion caps
, there being, according to his representation, not more than sufficient for five rounds for each man in the camp.
[Stanley is good at lying, certainly; but he may have an object in making such a statement.
We rather think, however, that the whole story was invented in Chambersburg
More news from Boston.
Boston, May 19.
--The gunboat Pembroke
from Fort Monroe
, brings Capt. Gale
, of the bark D. C. Pierce
, sunk at Norfolk
by the Secessionists.
He was imprisoned, but escaped to the frigate Minnesota
, with nine others.--The cargo and $800,000 in specie was in possession of the British
consul, who refused to relieve the necessities of the Captain
, also a passenger, reports the loss of the bark Ida
, off Cape Henry
Her cargo was saved, and with the rigging, was shipped to Norfolk
, where he was robbed and imprisoned, but escaped to the Minnesota
[There is a tough yarn; but then the Northern
newspapers are compelled to keep up the popular steam, which they could not do by telling the truth.]
Perryville, May 19.
--There was some excitement at Aberdeen
last night, and three signal rockets were fired for assistance from this point.
It grew out of the arrest by the military of three men, charged with the burning of Bush river
They are named Wilson
, Mirkey and Keene
The parties were subsequently released.
Chicago, May 18.
--Hon. Stephen A. Douglas
is seriously ill of typhoid fever.
It is feared he will not recover.
,May 19.--Senator Douglas
is better this afternoon, but his condition is still critical.
Failure of Another Bank.
Albany, N. Y., May 18.
--The Bank of the Capital closed its doors at noon to-day.
The suspension grows out of heavy defaults of its borrowers, prominent among whom are some of the directors.
Great excitement prevails.
Union meeting in Missouri.
Springfield, Mo. May 18.
--A large Union meeting was held to-day.
Numerous speeches were made, all denouncing secession and the military bill passed by the Legislature.
New York, May 18.
--Owing to reports of measles prevailing in the Maine
regiment, they were ordered to encamp at Willett's Point
, where they now are.