--Last Sunday, Lieut. Col. Thomas H. Taylor
, C. S. A., of Kentucky
, left this city for Washington
, bearing a letter from President Davis
to President Lincoln
, understood to be an official notification of the course that will be planed by this Government in the event of the execution or other criminal punishment of the prisoners taken on board the privateer Savannah
. Col. T. Proceeded
to the headquarters of Gen. Beauregard
, by whom, it is said, he was furnished with a letter to Gen. McDowell
, in command of the Lincoln
forces on this side of the Potomac
He then proceeded to Fairfax C. H., where he was furnished with an escort of twelve men and two non- commissioned officers, under command of a Lieutenant, with a white flag.
Thence he proceeded towards Arlington
, encountering a squadron of the enemy's dragoons when within about seven miles of that place, to whose commanding officer he made known his errand.
Arriving at Arlington
, Gen. Scott
Was notified of his presence, and sent a carriage to covey him to Washington
, where he arrived about 9 o'clock Monday night, and delivered his letter to Gen. Scott
not being visible.
T. was then se-convened to Arlington
, where he sent the night, and the next day was escorted back through the enemy's lines.
S. informed him that an answer to the letter, of which he was bearer, would be forwarded to this city by one of his officers, and requested Col. T. to deliver his ‘"kind regards"’ to Generals Lee
T., white in the enemy's line, was treated with all the courtesies of the profession.--Whig.