Details of war News.
We received yesterday afternoon a copy of the Baltimore American, of the 10th, from which we gather the following paragraphs in regard to events transpiring at the North.--The tendencies of the paper from which we copy are decidedly in favor of the Lincoln Administration, and we therefore do not regard everything it says as entirely correct:
Proclamation of Gen. Banks.
Terrible explosion at Washington.
the St. Nicholas affair.
&c., &c., &c.
Gen. Banks' Proclamation.
Major General Commanding the Department of Annapolis.
Headquarters Dep't of Annapolis
The St. Nicholas affair — another expedition after Col. Thomas' schooner.We learn that the steamer Chester, Captain E. S. L. Young, was taken possession of at her wharf at 4 o'clock yesterday morning, by order of Provost Marshal Kenly, for an expedition to the mouth of the Potomac, which admitted of no delay. The Chester was firing up for her usual trip to Chestertown, and was ready for immediate service. She proceeded directly to Fort McHenry, where Gen. Banks had in readiness an armament of two 24 pounders, an artillery company, an infantry company, and a posse of police officers, under Lieut. Carmichael and Officer Horner, which were soon placed on board, and she steamed down the river. Orders were also immediately given to stop all the bay steamers that usually start at an early hour, to prevent any possibility of information being given that might tend to the defeat of the purposes of the expedition. Information was received on Monday night that Col. Richard Thomas, (the French lady,) with his seven companions, had reached Fair Haven from a schooner, which had brought them down the Rappahannock and was wait- ing off the mouth of the Potomac for some purpose in connection with Col. Thomas' visit to Baltimore. Col. Kenly, therefore, immediately resolved to attempt her capture, and being unable to engage a steamer with the essential secrecy, seized the Chester as above stated. He had also reason to believe that persons in the city were in collusion with Col. Thomas, whatever his designs may have been, and that several parties of men left the city in omnibuses on Monday, prior to the arrest of Col. Thomas, going towards North Point, designed, it was presumed, to furnish the schooner with an armed crew for future operations. The Chester did not get off until near 7 o'clock, but as no other steamer was allowed to leave the port, it is probable that the schooner will be captured with all on board and brought to the city. Colonel Thomas is a son of the late Hon. Richard Thomas, of St. Mary's county, for many years President of the Maryland Senate, and a nephew of ex-Governor James Thomas. We have not ascertained the names of the parties arrested with him, but it is believed that none of them are Baltimoreans. Lieutenant Carmichael says that he was informed that the party on board the schooner done their best to persuade Colonel Thomas not to come up to Baltimore, and some of them even endeavored to hold him by force. Finding that he was determined to come, seven of his companions resolved to accompany him.--What was the object of their visit is variously surmised, but it is presumed to have been to attempt another piratical seizure of one of our river steamers and the capture of any vessels that might be found in the bay. The Chester returned at midnight, having failed in capturing the schooner, though they got on her track. She went about six miles up the Patuxent river to Millstone landing, and ascertained that the schooner had been there during the morning, having on board about 30 men, all well armed with bright muskets. The steamer remained at the landing a couple of hours and then returned to the city. The gunboat Benwood was overhauled and put on the track of the schooner, and she will have to keep a sharp look out to escape capture. The following are copies of papers found on Colonel Thomas at the time of his arrest at Fort McHenry. It will be seen that it was his intention to pass whilst in the city under the assumed name of Col. R. T. Zaroona:
The Commonwealth of Virginia to Richard Thomas Zaroona, greeting: Know you, that from special trust and confidence reposed in your fidelity, courage and good conduct, our Governor, in pursuance of the authority vested in him by an ordinance of the Convention of the State of Virginia, doth commission you a Colonel in the Active Volunteer forces of the State, to rank as such from the first day of July, eighteen hundred and sixty-one. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto signed my name as Governor, and caused the seal of the Commonwealth to be affixed, this second day of July, eighteen hundred and sixty-one. (Signed)
City of Richmond, Va., to wit: This day appeared before me, Joseph Mayo, Mayor of the city of Richmond, Richard Thomas Zaroona, and qualified to the within commission by taking the oath prescribed by law. Given under my hand this 21 day of July, A. D. 1861. (Signed)
He also had with him a letter of credit on a Baltimore house for the sum of one thousand dollars, declaring that the check of Col. Zaroona to that amount would be duly honored by Messrs. R. H. Maury & Co., of Richmond. Seizure of steamers by the Government. Gen. Banks, acting under the direction of the authorities at Washington, yesterday seized the steamers Mary Washington and George W. Weems, both owned and commanded by the Weems Brothers. These steamers have been running for a number of years between Baltimore and the ports of the Patuxent river, and it is said carried down a number of passengers who joined the Confederate army. Both captains are well known in this city and bear a high character. The seizure was to prevent their being taken in a similar manner to the St. Nicholas, and run into Fredericksburg as prizes. Removal of troops. The detachment of the Twentieth New York Regiment, which has been stationed during the last twelve days at the Eastern Police Station, and the Public School building, corner of Broad way and Bank street, Baltimore, under charge of Lieutenant Colonel Gates, yesterday vacated their quarters, and returned to the camp at Patterson Camp. The detachment immediately under command of Col. Pratt still remains at the Custom-House, the officers being provided with comfortable quarters in one of the rooms near the southern entrance to the rotunda, in which latter place the command are quartered. Col. Lyle's National Guard Regiment still occupy their position in Monument Square. Disappointment. The celebrated DeKalb Regiment just formed in New York city, Col. Leopold Giles in command, was expected to reach Baltimore last evening, at the President Street Depot, en route for Washington, but were detained unexpectedly on the way, and will reach here at an early hour this morning, when they may be expected by way of the Northern Central Railway. They number 1,046 men, exclusive of 54 musicians, and last evening an immense crowd of persons assembled at the Camden Station to witness their arrival and departure. Entertainment to the military. The military stationed in the city of Baltimore are in constant receipt of evidences of friendly feeling and sympathy from the neighbors in the vicinities in which they have been stationed. On Monday afternoon Messrs. Kimberly Brothers invited the entire command stationed on Greenmount avenue to a sumptuous dinner, provided for them in one of the rooms of their spacious beef-packing establishment on McKim street. The tables were loaded with the substantials of life well served up, and nearly one hundred and fifty of them spent a couple of hours in a most agreeable manner. The officers were in attendance, and patriotic sentiment and friendly feeling to the citizens of Baltimore were the prevailing expression of the entire corps. The room was decorated with flags and mottoes of welcome. Payment of troops. Major Judd, Paymaster of the United States Army at Baltimore, yesterday paid off the members of Twentieth New York Regiment their full pay for three months. A great proportion of the men sent remittances to their families at home. Terrible explosion at Washington and loss of life. The Washington Star, of last evening, gives the following particulars of a terrible accident in that city yesterday morning: This morning, about six o'clock, the right section of the Second Rhode Island Marine Battery proceeded, as usual, to their drill ground, near the encampment of the New York Mozart Regiment. Just after the drill, as the section was about to execute a countermarch, and while the horses were on a walk, the limber of the second piece suddenly blew up, hurling the three men sitting upon it into the air, severely injuring the riders, and frightening the horses so as to cause a general stampede, which, however, was immediately checked. The limber contained about half-a-dozen blank cartridges, six solid shot and six canister shot, the latter of which did the most of the damage. The men upon the limber were Corporal Nathan J. Morse, Jr, died in twenty minutes; Wm. E. Bourn, died in ten minutes; and Edward R. Freeman, leg badly fractured and supposed to be injured internally. The rider of one of the wheel horses, Richard Thornley, had the back of his head injured quite seriously, and his back badly scorched. The wounded men are under the care of the surgeons of the Regiment, and the remains of the killed will be forwarded under an escort to Providence, R. I., where all the parties lived. But one horse was wounded to any extent — the wheel horse being scorched and burned, but not otherwise injured. The only damage sustained by the gun carriage was the destruction of the limber and the loss of one spoke of a wheel. The gun was not injured in the least. It is impossible to determine the cause of the explosion, as the horses were walking quietly along, upon the smooth ground. Some are of opinion that it resulted from friction between the shot and some foreign substance, which might have been introduced into the caisson either by accident or design. The guns have been visited by hundreds near the camp, and matches, &c., could have been placed in the box containing the cartridges; but we are unwilling to believe any man so lost to all feelings of humanity as to commit such a horrid act.