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Details of the Battle in Missouri--Northern Account of the Affair — Heavy Loss Reported — Comments of the Northern Press — War Movements, Incidents, &c.

We have received files of New York papers to the 14th and Baltimore papers to the 15th instant. We subjoin a full summary of news:


Rattle in Missouri--the first account.

In order to give our readers a full statement of the recent conflict in Missouri, we commence with the first dispatches received in New York from St. Louis, and published in the papers of Wednesday morning. Some of the incidents have already been briefly reports by telegraph.

St. Louis, Aug. 13, 3 P. M.--The following is the official report of the fight near Springfield on Saturday last, forwarded by one of Gen. Lyon's aids.

To Major General Fremont:

Gen. Lyon, in three columns, under himself, Gen. Siegel and Major Sturges, of the cavalry, attacked the enemy at half-past 6 in the morning of the 10th, nine miles southeast of Springfield. The engagement was severe. Our loss is about eight hundred killed and wounded. General Lyon was killed in a charge at the head of his column. Our force was eight thousand, including two thousand Home Guards. The muster rolls taken from me enemy give his strength at twenty-three thousand, including regiments from Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, with Texas Rangers and Cherokee half-breeds.

Their loss is reported heavy, including Generals McCulloch and Price. This statement is corroborated by prisoners. Their tents and wagons were destroyed in the action.

General Siegel left only one gun on the field, and retreated to Springfield with a large number of prisoners at three o'clock in the morning of the 11th. He continued his retreat upon Rolia, bringing off his baggage trains and 405,000 in specie from the Springfield Bank.

The following is a verbal report taken from a special messenger who brought dispatches for General Fremont:

‘ Early on Saturday morning General Lyon marched out of Springfield to give battle to the enemy. He came up to him on Davis Creek, on Green's prairie, a few miles Southwest of Springfield, where he had taken a strong position on rolling ground, at 20 minutes past 5 o'clock in the morning.

General Lyon fired the first gun, when the battle immediately began. Severe cannonading was kept up for two or three hours, when the fire of Captain Totten's artillery proving too severe for the enemy, they gradually fell back towards their encampment on Wilson's Creek. General Lyon's cavalry was posted on the enemy's left flank and Gen. Siegei's artillery on the right. Then began a terrific attack, spreading slaughter and dismay in the ranks of the enemy, and pursuing them to their camp, shells from Totten's artillery setting fire to their tents and baggage wagons, which were all destroyed.

A Louisiana regiment and a Mississippi regiment seemed to have suffered most in the fight, and were almost annihilated.

Sometime in the afternoon, as Gen. Lyon was leading on his column, his horse was shot from under him. He immediately mounted another, and as he turned around to his men, waving his hat in his hand and cheering them on to victory, he was struck in the small of the back by a ball and fell dead to the ground.

The command then devolved on Gen. Siegel. Pursuit continued until nightfall, when our little army rested for the night in the encampment of the enemy.

Sunday morning, Gen. Siegel, fearing the enemy might recover and attempt to cut his command off from Springfield, fell back upon that city, where the Home Guards were stationed. On reaching Springfield, fearing the great numbers of the enemy might induce them to get between him and Rolla, General Siegel concluded to fall back upon Rolla with his provision trains, and meet the reinforcements which were on the way to him. At the latest moment of the departure of the messenger the enemy had not been seen, and it is probable Gen. Siegel had not been disturbed in his march.

Ninety of the rebels were captured, among whom a Colonel of distinction, the messenger not remembering his name.

The sword and horse of Gen. McCulloch were the trophies taken.

Reinforcements are on the way to Rolla, and General Siegel and his army may be considered safe.


The news from Washington.

Washington, Aug. 13.
--The War Department to-day received a dispatch from Major General Fremont saying, among other things, that General Lyon's Aid reports an engagement, with a severe loss on both sides, and that Gen. Lyon was killed.

General Siegel was in command, and returning in good order from Springfield towards Rolla.

The following is the official report received to-night by General Scott:

Headquarters Western Department, St. Louis, August 13, 1861.
To Colonel E. D. Townsend:
General Lyon, in three columns, under himself, Generals, Siegel and Sturges, attacked the enemy at half-past 6 o'clock, on the morning of the 10th, nine miles Southeast of Springfield. The engagement was severe. Our loss was about 800 killed and wounded. General Lyon was killed in a charge at the head of his column. Our force was 8,000, including 2,000. Home Guards. The muster roll reported taken from the enemy gives their force at twenty-three thousand, including regiments from Louisiana, Tennessee and Mississippi, with the Texan Rangers and Cherokee half- breeds. This statement is corroborated by prisoners. Their loss is reported as heavy, including Generals McCulloch and Price. Their tents and wagons were destroyed in the action. General Siegel left one gun on the field and retreated to Springfield, whence at three o'clock on the morning of the 11th, continued his retreat on Rolla, bringing off his baggage trains and $25,000 in specie from the Springfield Bank.

J. C. Fremont,
Major-General Commanding.

The Second account — M'Culloch and Price not killed.

The following is the second Federal account furnished by an eye-witness, who left Springfield on Sunday morning, and travelled to Rolla, Missouri, on horseback. The effort to make the battle appear a ‘"drawn one,"’ is evidently a weak invention of the enemy:

‘ Our army marched out of Springfield on Friday evening, only five thousand five hundred strong, the Home Guard remaining at Springfield. The army slept on the prairie a portion of the night.

About sunrise on Saturday morning, we drove in the outposts of the enemy, and soon after the attack became general. The attack was made in two columns by Generals Lyon and Sturges--General Siegel leading a flanking force of about one thousand men, with four guns on the north of the enemy's camp.

The battle raged from sunrise until one or two o'clock in the afternoon. The Confederates, in overwhelming force, charged Totten's battery three distinct times, but were each time repulsed with great slaughter.

Gen. Lyon fell early in the day. He had been previously wounded in the leg, and his horse shot under him.

The Colonel of one of the Kansas regiments having become disabled, the boys cried out to Gen. Lyon, "General, you come and lead us on." He did so, and at once put himself in the front. While thus cheering his men on to the charge he received a ball in his left breast, and fell from his horse. He was asked if he was hurt, and replied--"No, not much;" but in a few minutes expired without a struggle.

General Siegel had a very hard struggle and finally lost three of his four guns. His artillery horses were shot in the harness and the pieces disabled. He endeavored to hand them of with a number of prisoners he had taken, but was finally compelled to abandon them, first, however, spiking the guns and disabling the carriages.

About one o'clock the enemy seemed to be in great disorder, retreating and setting fire to their train and baggage wagons. Our forces were too much fatigued and cut up to pursue, and so the battle may be considered a drawn one.

’ The following is a partial list of the killed and wounded on our side:

The Missouri 1st and Iowa 1st regiment is inferred most severely in the fight.

Gen. Price was not killed, as first reported.

There were rumors on the field that Ben McCulloch had been killed, but the Confederates denied it on Saturday night.

Dr. Mencher and others of our army went back with ambulance to the battle field from Springfield, to see about the killed and wounded. They found the enemy on the field and were considerately treated.

General Lyon's body had been treated with great respect and was brought back with some of the wounded to Springfield.

Major Sturges took command on the battle-field after the death of Gen. Lyon. General Siegel took command after the battle.

Our loss is variously estimated at from 150 to 300 killed, and several hundred wounded. The enemy's loss is placed at 2,000 killed and wounded.

We captured about one hundred horses of the enemy. The enemy carried two flags — a Confederate and the Stars and Stripes.

General Siegel marched back to Springfield in good order after perfecting his arrangements, gathering the baggage and blowing up what powder he could not carry, and destroying other property which he did not wish should fall into the hands of the enemy.

Our troops left Springfield on Sunday night, and encamped thirty miles this side of that place, the enemy not pursuing — the only hostile demonstration observed during the day being the firing of muskets at the rear guard. Gen. Siegel is confident that he could have held Springfield against the force he had engaged, but was fearful of reinforcements to the enemy from the Southwest, and that his line of communication to Rolla would be cut off unless he fell back.

Gen. Lyon began the attack upon the receipt of intelligence that the enemy was expecting reinforcements from Gen. Hardee's column, which was approaching from the Southeast.

A portion of the artillery of the enemy was admirably served, and their infantry fire was also very severe.

It is thought that Gen. Siegel fell back, no further than Lebanon, where reinforcements would reach him.

The loss of the Southern forces is clearly a surmise of the Abolition eye-witnesses.--The statement was telegraphed through with the approbation of St. Louis ‘"censors,"’ and is designed to mollify the public mind at the North.

The Baltimore Exchange, of Thursday, says:

‘ We learn from Washington that nine pieces of artillery, about forty wagons, mostly loaded with knapsacks and provender, and a large amount of camp equipage, were abandoned by the Federals and fell into the hands of the Confederates.


Still later.

St. Louis, August 14.
--The impression prevails this morning among St. Louis Secessionists that Ben. McCulloch was not killed in the Springfield engagement, as reported here yesterday.

Secessionists here claim to have information that he advanced as far as Springfield on the 12th, (Monday,) and with his staff rested there that night.

St. Louis, August 14.--The following proclamation has just been issued:

Headquarters Western Department, St. Louis, Aug. 14, 1861.
I hereby declare and establish martial law in the city and county of St. Louis. Major J. McKinstry, U. S. A., is appointed Provost Marshal. All orders and regulations issued by him will be respected and obeyed accordingly.

[Signed] J. C. Fremont,
Major General Commanding.

Major McKinstry, the Provost Marshal, has arrested John A. Brownlee, the President of the Board of Police Commissioners, and has appointed Basil Duke in his stead. The laws of the city and State will be executed without change.

The Washington correspondent of the Baltimore Exchange writes:

‘ Additional dispatches received here deny the death of Generals McCulloch and Price at the late battle in Missouri, and confirm the utter defeat of the Federal forces, with considerable loss of artillery and baggage.


Another Dispatch — Fremont and the Zouaves.

Indianapolis, August 14.
--Intelligence has been received that a battle has been fought in Missouri and that General Lyon has been slain.

General Fremont has telegraphed for all the available force in Indiana, ‘"now or never. "’

He says, ‘"Zouaves, return to your camps; I will give you back your rifles. Old affairs shall be forgotten; the flag of the Eleventh awaits you, and your country calls you louder than ever. Give her once more you experience and strong arms. Let us make new renown on the banks of the Mississippi. Fill up the camp, Zouaves, and I will march you to-morrow,"’

(Signed) Lewis Wallace, Colonel.

The Northern Press on the battle.

It is interesting to read the comments of the Abolition press on the battle in Missouri. --The accounts of the engagement being brief and confused, and in many instances improbable and contradictory, have led many journals to claim a great Federal victory, while others say it was a great defeat. These comments, it should be remembered, are predicated upon the first news of the battle:


[from the Philadelphia Inquirer.]

The tardy telegraph brings us the thrice-welcome news of a grand victory of the Union troops in Missouri, under Generals Lyon and Siegel. Heaven be praised! the righteous cause of the nation is triumphant! The glorious intelligence is shaded by the death of the gallant Lyon, who fell at the head of his column waving his devoted soldiers to victory. His loss is but poorly compensated for by the death of the outlaw leaders, McCulloch and Price, who are among the large number of the rebels killed in the action. The disparity of numbers is astonishing, the rebel forces being three times as great as ours; and yet so gallant was the conduct of the defenders of our flag, that they drove the enemy from the field, destroyed his tents and wagons, and, by a masterly movement of Gen. Siegel, took a stronger position to await reinforcements.


[from the Philadelphia Gazette.]

We have important tidings from Missouri. Our arms have met their first serious check in that quarter. Gen. Lyon's army is in full retreat under Siegel. But the worst news of all is the death of the brave Lyon, the man who had so thoroughly identified his name with the campaign in Missouri, and who had cleared the State of Jackson's rebel horde.--We could have better afforded to lose a dozen battles than such a man, for the nation looked to him with high hopes and ardent aspirations. * * * Great as was the disparity of forces, he seems to have marched forth from Springfield and attacked the enemy without waiting for them to attack him. Our loss of 800 men killed and wounded sufficiently attests the terrible character of the battle.


[from the New York World.]

We could ill afford to lose so skilled and gallant a soldier as the brave General Lyon. The damage inflicted upon the enemy, and the loss of their McCulloch and Price, are no equivalent for such a disaster. He fell at the head of his troops, leading them on undauntedly, and the nation mourns his loss. The command of his troops has fallen upon Siegel, who, in this same battle, exhibited again his skill in a masterly retreat, which enabled him to effect a junction with his reinforcements, with which he will doubtless soon engage the enemy again.


[from the New York Tribune.]

It is sufficient for us now to know that our little Western band attacked and swept before it 23,000 of the vaunted troops of Ben. McCulloch, and that, though from its very weakness in numbers, which made its daring the more conspicuous, it was thought best to withdraw it to a position of positive security — it now stands where no efforts of the enemy can endanger its safety.


[from the New York Herald.]

The New York Herald uses the following language in regard to the defeat:

‘ The news from Missouri which we publish this morning, giving an account of the defeat of Gen. Lyon's army, and of the death of the General himself, is an additional reason for the prompt exertion of the utmost vigor. If to two such reverses a third should be added, from want of vigilance or want of energy and skill, the cause of the Union would be damaged almost beyond the power of recovery.--The country will not tolerate a long war.--The conflict must be short, sharp and decisive, or fail altogether.


[from the Baltimore Exchange, State-Rights.]

It is only necessary to call the defeat of the Federal forces in Missouri ‘"a splendid Union victory,"’ and the thing is done. So the New York papers reason, and so they have acted. Logically speaking, the declaration that black is white will not hold good. But what matter? The Times shouts victory! The Tribune assures its confiding readers that the triumph ‘"is of a nature to excite the enthusiastic pride of all;"’ and the Herald is scarcely less jubilant over the valor displayed by the Federal forces, and the signal repulse experienced by the Missourians. Now, the whole tenor of the Federal telegrams concerning the battle — guarded, as they are, in language, and known to be given to the repression of facts — indicates that Lyon's forces were badly beaten. The loss of eight hundred men is acknowledged; the death of General Lyon himself is officially announced, and also the retreat of Siegel, first upon Springfield and subsequently towards Rolia. It is not even known that he has accomplished this movement, and the telegraph's report only presumes that he is safe. As it has not generally seen the section of skillful commanders to follow up a victory by immediately placing a distance of more than one hundred miles between them and the foe they have beaten, option would teach us to believe that this ‘"splendid Union victory"’ is nothing less than a disastrous defeat. Such is our relating of the official dispatch of General Fremont, and so it was intended to be understood. But, then, General Siegel, says the official re- port, saved his baggage — which was not the case at Manassas — and that, we presume, in the estimation of the New York journalists, is equivalent to a victory. We learn from Washington that dispatches have been received at the War Department, stating that General Siegel lost a considerable portion of his camp equipage, artillery and wagons. This, however, is carefully concealed from the public. Of course we place no reliance upon the reported killing of Generals McCulloch and Price. The official dispatch cautiously alludes to it as a report merely. ‘"Their loss"’--says Gen. Fremont, referring to the Missourians.--‘"is reported as heavy, including Gens. McCulloch and Price."’ Now, the term loss is applied, not only to the killed, but also to the wounded and missing of an army after a battle. If, therefore, the report should turn out to be true, it does not follow that either Price or McCulloch is killed. They may, both perhaps, have been wounded. Missing they are not likely to be when the Federal forces venture to offer battle again. We may, however, rest assured of one fact, and that is, that the Missourians were victorious. What their numbers really were, and what loss they actually sustained, we shall soon know, and from reliable sources.


From Western Virginia--truth not Vouched for

Grapton, Va., August 14.
--A severe skirmish took place a few miles from here yesterday, on the Fairmont and Webster road. Information having been received that a secretly organized body of Secession troops, living in the county, were lodged within a few miles of Webster, General Kelly dispatched Captain Dayton, Company A, 4th Virginia Regiment, with fifty men from Webster, to disarm them.

After scouting nearly twenty-four hours, he came suddenly upon them at noon yesterday, and, after an hour's severe fighting, succeeded in killing twenty-one and putting the balance to flight, without any loss to his command. The Secession troops numbered two hundred, and were composed of some of the worst characters in this county, led by Zach. Cochrane, late sheriff of the county, under the Secession rule.


From Fortress Monroe.

The correspondent of the Northern Associated Press (Aug. 12) gives an account of the arrival at Fortress Monroe of the released Federal prisoners from Richmond, in the course of which he says:

‘ They have been courteously and kindly treated by the military authorities of the Confederate States, and give the most unqualified denial to all stories of the killing or ill-treatment of the wounded.

These men were at first confined at Richmond, but when the circumstances under which they were made prisoners became known, they were released and boarded at hotels. Their release is unconditional and in accordance with a promise made by Col. Gardiner on the field of battle.

The coming of Major General Wool and the departure of General Butler is the the topic of garrison conversation. Nothing has yet transpired as to the future field of General Butler's services.

A scouting party went out last night beyond New Market bridge, but saw nothing of the Confederates. Returning they burnt the bridge.

’ A later arrival from Fortress Monroe, at Baltimore, according to the Sun, brings no news of importance, except the fact that ‘"the numbers of the troops are constantly and gradually decreased by those who come up daily in the boats."’ This is significant.

The Fortress Monroe correspondent of the New York Herald writes (Aug. 10 ) as follows:

‘ Last night and the previous night the enemy came down to the creek, at Hampton, and showered upon our main guard their compliments in the shape of rifle balls, doing no damage, and only provoking us to a waste of powder, without results, as far as I can learn. A few of the bolder spirits attempted to cross the creek in a small boat a short distance above the bridge, with the design, it is supposed, of attacking our main picket on the flank or rear, but they were discovered, fired into and compelled to relinquish any hope they might have entertained of accomplishing their object. Then followed a brisk fire of musketry, without doing any damage on either side. These nightly skirmishes afford the only excitement we have here. We are satiated with reports that Magruder will attack our camps, though we realize that it is most likely to occur, for he still lingers suspiciously about here, a heavy detachment being within four miles of Newport News, and another, probably five thousand strong, remaining at New Market Bridge, about three miles from Hampton, while a reserve is held at Big Bethel. We cannot doubt but that there is something in the wind; but when and where the blow will be struck, is left to idle conjecture. Meanwhile we await the development of affairs with exemplary patience, not doubting the result.

There has been a widespread and well-founded feeling of dissatisfaction and discontent among the men of the Second and Ninth Regiments, on account of the neglect of the Government to pay them for their services already rendered. They have been in the service of the Government three months and have not received a single cent as yet from Uncle Sam. Many of them have left families at home dependent upon them for support, and by the oversight or neglect of the Government they are now in a state of privation and want. They threaten to stack their muskets on the 14th of this month, if they are not paid in part, and refuse to do duty longer; and it is certainly the duty of the War Department to send a Paymaster immediately to Newport News with funds to pay these men off.


From Gen. Banks' column.

Sandy Hook, August 12.
--On Saturday night Sergeant Tompkins, of Company A, Second Cavalry, was sent out in charge of a picket, and it was observed that he took with him his entire equipments. After stationing the first picket, he disappeared and has not since been heard from. It is stated here that Tompkins' father is a Colonel, one brother a Captain and another a First Lieutenant in the Confederate army, and there is but little doubt expressed but he has cast his lot among the Confederates.

James Giddings, a wealthy farmer of Petersville District, Frederick county, is again under arrest in the camp of the Fifth Connecticut Regiment. He was heretofore arrested for prowling around the camps, by Colonel Geary, but subsequently released. It is now stated that he has two sons, one a Lieutenant in the Confederate army, and that proofs exist that he has been in communication with the Confederates. His son, the Lieutenant, is said to have been in the Confederate cavalry at the Lovettsville affair of last week.

Four refugees from Martinsburg were brought into camp by Col. Geary's picket this morning. They report that yesterday the notorious McDonald, with eighteen Confederate cavalry, was in Martinsburg. The Federal flag on the Court-House had been hauled down by McDonald's men, and they were about to seize upon some three or four beeves left there by our army.

The service of the Philadelphia City Troop having expired, they departed this morning for Hagerstown, escorted on their way out of camp by Col. Geary's whole regiment, a well-deserved tribute to their gallantry. Their services have been fully appreciated by Colonel Thomas, of the regular cavalry, who parted from them with deep regret.

On returning to camp, Col. Geary, who was formerly a resident of this section, addressed a few remarks to his regiment, thanking them for their attention to his instructions, commending their discipline, but warning them not to use any alcoholic drinks, stating that he had never known in this region of country an inebriate who was attacked with intermittent fever to recover. It is but just to say that the Twenty-Eighth Pennsylvania Regiment are noted for their sobriety and orderly conduct.

The weather is warm, but rainy. Diarrhœa and dysentery are the prevailing ailments in camp, attributed, perhaps, to an abundance of green fruits and vegetables.

The refugees from Martinsburg have no knowledge of any large bodies of Confederate regulars in that section. Those they have heard of are generally small, and composed of irregular cavalry.

Sandy Hook, August 13.--Six of the Point of Rocks prisoners were sent hence to-day under guard. It is supposed they have gone to Fort McHenry.

Various reports are circulating in the camps that the Confederate militia are collecting at various points in Upper Virginia--that a regiment was at Shepherdstown on Sunday, and that an encampment was visible from the Maryland Heights. There is great activity at headquarters.

Maryland Secessionists continue to be brought in for prowling along the lines.--Some important arrests have been made.

No attack is anticipated at present from the enemy.

The work upon the bridge at Harper's Ferry is progressing, and it will shortly be passable. The weather is rainy and the temperature cooler. The general health of the army is good.

Sandy Hook, Aug. 14.--Yesterday evening the freight train from Baltimore, arriving here about 4 o'clock, brought intelligence that a fight was progressing at Berlin. Other rumors were also circulated that several regiments of the Confederates were approaching the river opposite Berlin from Lovettsville for the purpose of erecting a battery to stop the trains. This and other information received at Headquarters, to the effect that Point of Rocks was threatened as a strong Confederate force, induced the General to dispatch Colonel Geary's regiment and the Rhode Island battery to Point of Rocks.

About one o'clock last night a blue rocket was thrown up by the Confederates in the rear of Loudoun heights, about two miles from our camp, which was probably a signal that our reinforcements were moving down the river.

An officer from Berlin this morning states that the fight of last night consisted of about twenty-five Confederates approaching the river, and firing a volley into our picket guard on the abutment of the burnt bridge, and also into the town of Berlin. Major Ledlie, of the Nineteenth New York Regiment, at once dispatched a battalion of his regiment to the aid of the pickets. The enemy; however, had disappeared. No one on our side was killed or seriously wounded, nor is it known that the enemy suffered any loss.

The same authority asserts that the picket guard at Berlin have for some days past heard a regimental band of the Confederates, apparently between the shore and Lovettsville, and also that the force at Lovettsville consists of about five hundred cavalry, supported, probably, by a considerable infantry force.

It is not improbable that a large Confederate force is distributed inland along the Potomac line from Edwards' Ferry to the Shenandoah, for the purpose of preventing our scouts from protecting the Unionists there from the outrageous oppressions of the Confederates.

General report concedes that two or more Confederate regiments are near the Potomac, opposite the Point of Rocks.


From New Mexico.

Independence, August 13.
--The Santa Fe mail, with dates to the 29th ult., arrived here to-day.

Lieut. Smith, of the Fifth Infantry, went to Chihuahua to recover a Government train, which had been stolen, and was taken a prisoner by the Texan troops. He is now at El Paso on parole.

A large number of Texan troops are on their way to seize Fort Stanton and any Government property they can find. Preparations are being made to receive them at Fort Stanton, which can be defended if the Confederates have no artillery.

The Federal pickets are out in every direction.

It was reported at Santa Fe that the regulars have been ordered home. If so, the Territory is virtually abandoned to the South.

Fort Fillmore is now garrisoned by thirteen companies of regulars, including three of dragoons. They are under marching orders as soon as the volunteers can relieve them.

The Apache Indians are troublesome. They killed the driver of the overland mail coach, but were finally repulsed.

The steamboats passed our landing yesterday, going down the river loaded with Federal troops, supposed to be for Lexington. All is quiet here.


Secession on the Pacific.

Washington, Aug. 14.
--Brigadier General Sumner, commanding the military Division of the Pacific, has officially informed flag officer Montgomery, as well as the Government, of the existence of a report that Col. Van Dorn, of the Secession army, has been seen at the head of 1,300 men on the road between San Antonio and El Paso, from which, it is feared, an attempt to subjugate lower California may be contemplated by the Secessionists.

Captain Montgomery, in the instructions to his subordinate officers, says: ‘"This must not be allowed if in our power to prevent it. Therefore, should any exigency arise you will promptly co-operate with the troops of the United States, or otherwise do all in your power to counteract and prevent the execution of any such purpose by the troops in the service of the States claiming to have seceded from our Federal Union. ’


Affairs on the Potomac — Negro testimony.

Washington, August 13.
--The Potomac artillery is still actively employed. Captain Craven, of the steamer Yankee, informs the Navy Department that he will report in person the circumstances attending capture of the negroes. On the evening of 11th inst., a negro came on board, and mentioned the name of an individual who has been succeedingly active in procuring supplies for the Confederates, including arms, ammunition and men, sending them in boat-loads from Herring Creek over into Virginia.

He further says that this agent assistants in forwarding recruits to various landings, and that at Herring Creek there was a minister acting as a Southern spy. Capt. Budd, of the Resolute, it appears, broke up the depot at Herring Creek, at the mouth of the Machoadoc, in Virginia. On going to the creek, he was fired at with muskets, but he succeeded in landing, and destroyed the premises and captured a large boat. He found there a party of Secessionists from Maryland, sheltered in a house, but they soon escaped to the woods. Capt. Budd and party chased them for a mile, but owing to superior fleetness they soon got beyond the reach of harm. The captain then took the ‘ "contraband"’ of Colonel Brown, who was the receiver and distributor of supplies and recruits. Of course, his property used for these purposes is confiscated. The foreman of the ‘"contraband,"’ it is added, a remarkably intelligent negro, informed Capt. Budd that an expedition is organized in Machoadoc to capture any of the schooners which are anchored or becalmed in that vicinity.

Lieut. Mygath, of the steamer Reliance, under date of the 13th, says: ‘On the night of the 9th, while this vessel was at anchor before Piney Point, a boat was seen plying about and acting in a suspicious manner. Upon being hailed, it came alongside. The crew was composed of four negroes, who represented themselves as having belonged to Col. Forbes, and that he lived on the Machoadoc river, in Virginia. They stated that they had run away from their master because he intended to use them for military purposes, or, to use their own words, ‘"because he wanted to send them to the wars."’ The negroes have been sent to the Resolute for transportation to Washington. ’

Captain Craven says that on the shore of the Potomac there is not one in twenty of the residents who is a true Union man, and I sometimes think that there are many hundreds of them organized into companies, perhaps regiments, and prepared to act against the Government at any moment.


Ex-Minister Faulkner.

Washington, Aug. 13.
--Ex-Minister Faulkner is still in jail, which is strictly under military guard. He will soon, probably, be removed to the more comfortable quarters of the Provost Marshal. It is believed by the Government that he has been holding correspondence with the enemy through the Southern Commissioners at Paris, and that a regiment at Richmond is waiting for him to take command of it against the United States.--Besides, something like retaliation may be intended, in view of the fact that Messrs. McGraw and Harris, who went to Manassas on an errand of mercy, while declaring themselves neutral, were seized and thrown into prison.

The Washington correspondent of the New York Herald writes:

‘ It is said that a correspondence has been found among ex-Minister Faulkner's papers, showing a collusion between him and certain members of the present Union Government, and that among the things laid down in the programme was the meeting held in Baltimore the other evening by Breckinridge and Vailandigham. I learn that the strongest testimony exists that Mr. Faulkner was active, while Minister of the United States in France, in giving aid and comfort to the rebels by purchasing arms, and volunteered to command a regiment of rebel troops on his return.

’ The following is the latest dispatch:

Washington, August 14. --Notwithstanding reports to the contrary, it was not until late last night that ex- Minister Faulkner was removed from jail to pleasant quarters under the eye of the Provost Marshal.


Demoralization of the Grand army.

The Washington correspondent of the Baltimore Exchange writes:

‘ The efforts of General McClellan to conceal the real disorganization which exists in the army have met with tolerable success, but the scrutinizing eye can readily detect the great demoralization which even yet exists in the various camps. The Fire Zouaves have been under no control whatever since the ignominious rout of the 21st of July. The 28th and 38th New York Regiments are altogether undisciplined; the officers have resigned, and have determined to have nothing more to do with the present war. The men would go home immediately if they were permitted to do so by General McClellan. All the troops are shamefully provided for; but poor food and clothing are furnished them, and their general camp equipage, particularly the tents, are of the worst kind. The 11th New York (Zouaves) went home yesterday and will not return. Hundreds of the three years men were deserting at every opportunity. In the face of these facts the Administration is again hurrying the war movements, and something of a decisive nature may be soon expected.

’ The following is telegraphed by the Associated Press, from Washington, Aug. 14.:

‘ Much excitement was occasioned in the city this afternoon in consequence of the disaffection openly manifested in the New York 69th (Highland) regiment, and the sending to their camp of a military force to act as circumstances might require. The result was the arrest of forty or fifty who took a more active part in the insubordination. These were brought into the city about 8 o'clock and confined as prisoners, whilst the remainder of the regiment were marched to the Navy-Yard under a strong guard of cavalry.

An investigation of the affair will take place to-morrow. Among the alleged causes of their grievances are, that they were promised a furlough in order to see to the comfort of their families, to reorganize, and to elect officers to fill existing vacancies.

Washington, Aug. 14.--Two of the members of the New York 32d regiment were arrested in Alexandria on Tuesday, dressed as Fire Zouaves. They were endeavoring in that disguise to escape with them to New York. For this they will be court martials.


T. F. Meagher.

By late news from Washington we learn that Thomas Francis Meagher has been offered a captaincy in the regular army, which honor he declined, with the request to the Secretary of War to transfer it to some other officer of the Sixty-ninth New York Regiment, who from the circumstances of a longer term of military service than he could speak of, and a larger amount of military practice and information than he possessed, is better entitled to the distinction. Assured that there will be no difficulty in having this wish gratified, he recommends to the Secretary of War the favorable consideration of Captain James Kelly, the senior Captain of the Sixty-ninth. Captain Meagher, Captain Clarke and Lieut. Col. Nugent, of that regiment, are in Washington, looking after their wounded in the various hospitals, and on business connected with the payment of their men.

Joshua H. Bates, who was recommended by the Ohio Congressional delegation for a Brigadier- Generalship, has declined the appointment.


Financial storm Predicted.

The New York Herald, of Wednesday, in an editorial upon the backwardness of the New York and Philadelphia bankers in taking their share of the Government loan, says:

‘ The exigencies of the moment are such that it leaves the financial officer of the Government but one alternative, and that the resort to the Napoleonic or people's loan. The bare announcement of that policy will create a panic such as has never taken place in this or any other country. The parties to whom the two hundred and fifty millions now in the savings banks belong, will no longer hesitate when they can increase their interest from five to seven and three-tenths per cent.--the former doubtful and the latter the very best of securities — but will forthwith demand their money. The result of this universal demand is better imagined than described. Our savings banks loan the money which they receive on mortgages upon real estate and the purchase of first class stocks and bonds; it is in this way that they are able to pay their depositors interest. Let this money be demanded, and those mortgages, stocks and bonds will have to be thrown upon the market to obtain money to pay the depositors. The class of depositors are such that at the first symptoms of a crisis, even if they do not wish to purchase Treasury notes, they will forthwith call for their deposits, and the result will be the same. The failure of the savings banks will carry with them all other banking institutions, and all will go down together in the crash.

We repeat it, the financial affairs of the country never stood in as critical a position as they do to-day. Thirty days from this may see the banks and financial firms tumbling in every direction. The Wall street philosophers may, however, in view of the action of the Boston bankers, reverse their decision and decide to furnish the money even at the Congressional figures. Should they decide upon that course, we may escape the storm that is now pending; if not, look out for breakers.


Lincoln Appoints a day of Fasting and Prayer

The wicked man at Washington has just issued the following proclamation:

‘ Whereas, a joint committee of both Houses of Congress has waited on the President of the United States, and requested him to recommend a day of public humiliation, prayer and fasting, to be observed by the people of the United States with religious solemnities, and the offering of fervent supplications to Almighty God for the safety and welfare of these States, His blessings on their arms, and a speedy restoration to peace; and whereas, it is fit and becoming in all people, at all times, to acknowledge and revere the supreme government of God, to bow in humble submission to His chastisements, to confess and deplore their sins and transgressions, in the full conviction that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and to pray with all fervency and contrition for the pardon of their past offences, and for a blessing upon their present and prospective actions; and whereas, when our beloved country, once, by the blessing of God, united, prosperous and happy, is now afflicted with factious and civil war, it is peculiarly fit for us to recognize the hand of God in this visitation, and, in sorrowful remembrance of our own faults and crimes, as a nation and as individuals, to humble ourselves before Him and to pray for His mercy; to pray that we may be spared further punishment, though most justly deserved; that our arms may be blessed and made effectual for re-establishment of law, order and peace throughout our country, and that the inestimable boon of civil and religious liberty, earned under His guidance and blessing by the labors and sufferings of our fathers, may be restored in all its original excellency: Therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do appoint the last Thursday in September next as a day of humiliation, prayer, and fasting for all the people of the nation, and I do earnestly recommend to the people, and especially to all ministers and teachers of religion, of all denominations, to all heads of families, to observe and keep that day according to their several creeds and modes of worship, in all humility, and with all religious solemnity, to the end that the united prayer of the nation may ascend to the Throne of Grace and bring down plentiful blessings upon our own country.

In testimony whereof, &c.,

Abraham Lincoln.
By the President:
W. H. Seward, Secretary of State.
Surely, "the devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."

A Northern Journal changes its tone.

The New Bedford (Mass.) Mercury, hitherto one of the most rabid war journals, has changed its tone of late. In the last issue come to hand the editor remarks:

‘ It cannot be denied that we are disappointed at the formidable aspect the rebellion has assumed. We thought to have suppressed it in a few weeks, and supposed the South would yield at once before the enthusiastic rush of Union men to arms, in support of the Government. We have made a mistake in our estimate of the strength of the rebels; have we made another in the confidence we have placed in our own? Is it true that the South carries with her the sources of certain failure, or shall we not rather be compelled to yield to her demands, not as a matter merely of policy and self-interest, but of sheer necessity?

Is not the struggle assuming new features, and instead of being a contest for the preservation of the Constitution, is it not growing into a war of subjugation, in which the course first marked out by the Government will be abandoned by the necessity of events? Is there any longer a reasonable hope that, after the bitter strife of States, and the shedding of fraternal blood, the Union can ever be restored to its former position?


How "Political prisoners" are treated.

The Baltimore papers publish a letter from one of the prisoners lately transferred from Fort McHenry to Fort Lafayette. It closes as follows:

‘ Only imagine how much more intolerable life must be here than in Fort McHenry. On a small island ten miles distant from the city, within gloomy prison walls, in the centre of a harbor — friends, relatives, acquaintances, and even our counsel not allowed to visit us — not allowed even the privilege of getting or seeing the daily papers — in this metropolis of this our boasted land of free men, free press, and free speech, and under the folds of the flag of the brave and the free. Yes, that banner which we are told in song ‘"Makes tyranny tremble,"’ floats over us, while we feel the fond embraces of despotism and the heel of oppression; while we are denied the comforts and almost the necessaries of life — for which we are willing to pay — and are subjected to barbarous privations; while our oppressors are unable to confront us with any charge, more than suspicious of being disloyal. Thus, we are denied every process of law, and shut out from the world in this Bastille. By the scraps on which I write, you will see what stratagem I have been put to; but I trust by the aid of the numbers I have affixed, you will be able to decipher them.

And yet the Federal prisoners in Richmond are treated with ‘"exceeding kindness," ’ according to their own accounts, published in the Northern newspapers.

’ Says the New York Daily News:

‘ When men of respectable connections and reputations in the world, with personal characters unimpeached, presumed in law to be innocent of any crime until convicted, appeal from court to court for trial of their cause in vain; when the courts of the sovereign State of New York confess themselves powerless to insure justice, solely because the bayonet threatens them and their lawful officers; when the iron doors of a Government prison swing heavily together upon men, at least a portion of whom are known to be as innocent of crime as the unborn child; when our forts, built to defend every son of the American nation from foreign oppression, dictation and wrong, are turned into Bastilles for the confinement of American citizens for untold days or years, it is time for serious thought and earnest action. There comes up to the people of N. Y. from the water-walled and gun-defended prison-house, Fort a call for action, solemn and strong — an appeal which every man should hear and answer, as he would the moan of the great bell of the City Hall when it summons him at dead of night to his burning home.


Bring in no more reports.

The New York Express, in an article on the official reports of the battle of Manassas, remarks:

‘ The more we hear of the conduct of some of our officers and men at Bull Run, the more we are inclined to let the curtain drop on the whole affair, and cry out with the Thane of Cawder, ‘ "Bring in no more reports."’ * *

With disclosures of this discreditable character crowding upon us, we think the reader will sympathize with the wish we have already expressed, that Bull Run should drop as soon as possible into oblivion. The country has heard enough of it. ‘"Bring in no more reports. "’


The New York Seventh.

A letter from New York, Aug. 12, says:

‘ The Seventh Regiment was paid of yesterday for their term of service, extending from the 19th of April to about the 1st of June.

The manner of the men seemed to indicate that they had come for a very small sum, yet inasmuch as they had earned it, they would not object to receiving it. Their time in the service was one month and seventeen days, which, at eleven dollars per month, including an allowance of five dollars and eighty-nine cents for clothing, amounted to twenty-three dollars and twenty-one cents. A private having been questioned on the point whether the amount paid to-day corresponded with what was expended on his trip to Washington, replied, ‘"I spent ninety dollars out of a hundred which I took with me; and my fatigue uniform, now worn out, cost me thirty-seven dollars. You can figure up how much I made."’


Capture of a "Secession Colonel."

The Cincinnati Gazette says:

Hamilton J. Ferguson, a Colonel in the Virginia rebel army, was taken to Camp Chase, as a prisoner of war, on Sunday last. His command was stationed in Wayne county, Va. It appears that he was not aware, a few days ago, that Union forces, under command of Colonel Zeigler, were in the town of Ceredo, in Wayne county, and, accompanied by a few men, he entered said town to reconnoitre. He had scarcely done so, when Colonel Zeigler made his appearance, and he found to his grief that he had fallen into the hands of the enemy. Mr. Ferguson is the prosecuting attorney for Wayne county, Va. He seems to be quite reconciled to his fate, though somewhat sorry that he fell into the ‘"snap."’ He gave the marshal some facts about the movements of the rebel army, one of which was that Wise is to retreat until he joins Lee, then the twain will combine to meet Rosencranz with a force of twenty thousand men. He says that Colonels Woodruff and Neff are at Richmond, Va.


Peace meetings in Connecticut.

Several meetings of those favorable to peace have lately been held in Connecticut. Among a number of resolutions adopted at Stonington were the following:

Resolved, That this Union, formed by the consent of the several States, and founded on the good will of the people, cannot be preserved by the bayonet and sword of the soldier, or of a military despotism, and that the result of a continued civil war can only be the permanent dissolution of a Union which, while constitutionally administered and respected, has made us the most prosperous of all nations, and would continue to do so and be a blessing to our people, if preserved according to the true spirit and intent.

Resolved, That we charge, first of all, as the primary cause of the present civil war, with all its sacrifice of valuable lives, its lavish waste of money upon partisan army contractors and speculators, and the deadly blow it has stricken at our property; the cry of anguish from the bereaved wife and mother, the ruin and bankruptcy upon thousands of our citizens — upon those agitators in the Northern States who, through the press and popular assemblages, and from prostituted pulpits, have exerted themselves to educate a generation to hate the South, and who are to-day gloating over the spectacle of their fellow- citizens hounded on to slaughter in a contest which they delight to witness, but are too cowardly to engage — that these men have furnished fuel to the fire of secession at the South, until both are now engaged in the unholy work of consuming the Union, and that upon the heads of the anti-slavery fanatics and demagogues of the North, who have played into the hands of the wicked men at the North, must rest the crime of civil war, bloodshed and treason against the liberties of the people and the Union of the States.

Resolved, That the suppression of the writ of habeas corpus through the order of the President; the seizure of respectful petitions for a peaceful settlement of our difficulties; the unlawful increase of the standing army; the stoppage and destruction of newspaper presses unfriendly to the war policy of the Administration; the systematic and cunningly devised scheme to stop free speech by calling any man a traitor and a secessionist who expresses a doubt as to the necessity and the wisdom of this unholy and God-abhorred war, meet our severest condemnation, and cannot be submitted to without protest by a people calling themselves free, without a total overthrow and subversion of our Republican institutions and an establishment of a military or imperial despotism in their stead.


The Feeling in Massachusetts.

A correspondent of the Boston Courier, writing from Worcester county, Mass., under date of August 12, says:

‘ The war is not popular, even in Worcester county, and I find the people ready to bring it to an end by any means consistent with honor and patriotism.

The trouble with the leaders has been that they were not far-seeing men. They neither knew the temper of the South nor foresaw the consequences of their policy.

This change in sentiment — if it be a change — is the result of an examination of the questions in dispute, and the discovery that the controversy could have been settled without a resort to arms.

The bulk of opinion seems to be that the Union is dissolved for a time; that the Gulf States--subjugation being admitted to be out of the question — will not come back for the present. Men who voted for Mr. Lincoln say this; and it is painful to hear gentlemen confess their willingness to ‘"let them slide."’ Among those who are in the sliding mood are many who own the great factories, which loom up all through the towns of this county conspicuous as the churches, and just now quite as silent on days given to labor. The owners of these factories found their chief market at the South. I find everywhere a distrust of the future, and a fear of poverty and long suffering.


Canadian opinion.

The Montreal Gazette has the following comment on Lincoln & Co.'s new financial schedule:

‘ The New York Times argues that the issue of Treasury bills to circulate as money at the rate of $1,000,000 per day, will make money plenty and business brisk. But we are afraid our neighbors will find out, as others have done before them, that brisk business on such a basis will not lead to a good end. There is no better established principle of monetary science than that such issues diminish in value in direct proportion to their quality or amounts.

’ The Hamilton (C. W.) Observer, of the 10th inst., says:

‘ There can be little doubt, we think, that trouble is brewing between Great Britain and the United States, hence the cause of sending out an additional complement of troops.--The Quebec papers, the other day, contained the following ominous paragraph.

‘"Captain Haworth, Queen's Messenger, arrived here this morning, by express train, at 3 ½ o'clock, from Washington, with dispatches from Lord Lyons to go to England by the Great Eastern, and with orders for his Excellency, the Governor General."’

A sharp eye is being kept upon the movements of our neighbors, and it is said that the dispatches have reference to the blockade and the recognition of the Southern Confederacy. The probability is that a difficulty will shortly occur in connection with the blockade, as strict orders have been given the Admiral of the British squadron not to permit British vessels to be seized while passing out from Southern ports.


From New York.

New York, Aug. 14.
--The order for the arrest of Col. Martin Burke, commandant at Fort Lafayette, for disobeying the order of the court in not producing the prisoners in his charge, has been placed in the hands of Sheriff Campbell, who will attempt to execute it personally to- day. The Sheriff has no design of calling out the militia, although urged to do so by some parties. There was a report yesterday that Col. Burke had gone to Washington.

The war is having a marked effect upon the business of life insurance in this city. Many parties who have been unable to meet their payments, are rolling their policies for their cash value. Southern policy-holders are withdrawing largely.

The schooner Graham was seized by the United States Marshal, under the new confiscation act for engaging in the contraband trade. She was to clear for Newfoundland with a large cargo of shoes and other articles which are wanted in the Confederate States.


The crew of the Petrel.

We learn from the Philadelphia papers that some of the officers and crew of the privateer Petrel have engaged counsel, and there will not be any further delay in the hearing. Most of the crew belonging to the North have been able to correspond with their friends and apprise them of their situation. The men have been placed two in a cell, and have said to the marshal that they are well fed and comfortably quartered.


Interesting from Washington.

The Washington correspondent of the Baltimore Exchange, in his letter of the 14th inst., says:

‘ The Cabinet has been evidently to-day in a state of most uneasy excitement. It is privately rumored that a dispatch has been received from Nova Scotia, giving the intelligence that England and France have taken decided grounds upon a speedy recognition of the Southern Confederacy.

A well known gentleman, holding office under the Government, remarked to-day in the presence of my informant: ‘"The statement is too true. Our worst fears are now realized, and we shall now have the whole world to fight."’ This appears to be rather premature, as the news of the defeat of Manassas had not been received in England at the time of the departure of the Nova Scotian. Men who ought to know speak confidently, however, of its truth.

Major Gen. Wool will certainly take command of the forces at Fortress Monroe. He is expected here during the latter part of this week.

The act passed by Congress appropriating $10,000,000 for the reimbursement of those States who have made advances to the Government for the support of the war, will not cover more than one- half of the extension incurred. There, it is stated, will amount to at least $20,000,000. Pennsylvania and New York are drawing the amounts them, and the orders presented are being paid at the Treasury Department in United States Treasury notes.

A number of troops have been sent down the Marlboro' road--one regiment is stationed about five miles from Washington; another was under marching orders and about to proceed to the ‘"old field,"’ a few miles further on; another will be stationed at Marlboro'. Travel through Maryland, by this route, is becoming decidedly hampered. Every precaution is being taken to prevent communication with Virginia, from this portion of the State.


From California.

The pony express brings San Francisco dates to August 3d. We find the subjoined news in the Northern papers:

San Francisco, August 3.--The pony express arrival at the outer telegraph station last evening with St. Louis dates to the 25th ult., bringing the first announcement of the disastrous defeat of the Federal forces near Manassas. The effect casts a gloom over our loyal people, who realize more generally that we are engaged in a terrible war, which may last for years, but which must be prosecuted till every foot of the Union acknowledge our Government, no matter what the cost.

On the evening of the 31st the Breckenridge Democrats attempted to hold a mass meeting in San Francisco, to ratify the nominations of their Conventions.

The speakers were present to address the audience, but were prevented by storms of groans, hisses, and never ending cheers for the Stars and Stripes and the Union. The meeting was an evidence that there is no toleration for secession sympathizers in San Francisco.

Oregon news has been received overland.

In consequence of unfavorable weather there will be a great deficiency of crops. There will not be more than one-half the amount of wheat of last year.

Colonel Wallace, the Republican candidate, is undoubtedly elected to Congress from Washington Territory.

The steamer Golden Gate sailed on the 1st inst., for Panama, with 225 passengers and $1,370,000 in treasure.

The total amount in treasure shipped here during July is $41,270,000.

There is not much business doing, but the market by no means is quiet, and few changes in prices.


Various telegraphic Items.

Washington, August 14.
--The Secretary of State to-day, on receipt of the intelligence that the privateer Sumter was permitted to enter the port of Curacoa, in the West Indies, ordered the immediate removal of the American Consul at that port and the appointment of Richard E. Morse, of Iowa, in his place.

Alexandria, August 13.--The name of the soldier killed last night by a sentry was Corporal Thompson, of Company B, 18th New York Regiment, instead of Daniel Underhead.

Lieut. Joseph C. Hyatt, of the 32d New York Regiment, has been appointed Provost Marshal for Alexandria, in place of Captain Vickers, resigned.

Washington, August 13.--The President to-day appointed Col. Hunter, who commanded a column in the late engagement, to be a Major General; and Major Stoneman, of the cavalry, W. F. Smith, of the Topographical Corps, and H. W. Benham, of the Engineer Corps, to be Brigadier Generals of volunteer forces.

Cairo, Ill., August 13.--Three scouts returned last evening from Charleston, Missouri, bringing three Confederate prisoners well armed and mounted. The prisoners state that General Pillow's Tennessee forces had re- landed at New Madrid, and Jeff Thompson contemplated an immediate attack on Cape Girardeau.

Codensburg, N. Y., Aug. 13. --A fire early this morning on Water street destroyed the store and stock of H. T. Bacon, dealer in ship chandlery and coal; also the premises of J. H. Morgan and James G. Averill, liquor merchants. Total loss, $40,000, insurance, $25,000.

New York, Aug. 14.--The banks of New York, Philadelphia and Boston have agreed to take fifty millions of the Government loan, they to be the sole recipients of the Treasury notes.

Washington, Aug. 14.--Col. Farnham, of the Ellsworth Fire Zouaves, died this evening at the Infirmary, of wounds received at the late battle, combined with an attack of typhoid fever.

Washington, Aug. 14.--The Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Mr. Dale, is on the eve of leaving for Kansas and Nebraska, on business connected with that Bureau. The Government has no official advices that other than half-breeds from the Indian Territory west of the Mississippi have entered the Confederate military service.


Financial and Commercial.

The New York stock market continued dull on Tuesday, and Government stocks without any change of importance. $12,000 U. States 6's 1881, coupon, sold at 87 ½a88; 3,000 6's 1867 at 86 ¾a87; 5,000 5's 1871, reg., at 80; 2,000 5's 1865 at 86; and 11,000 Treasury 6 per cent. notes at 96a96¼. In State bonds there was but little business done; the principal operations being some $84,000 Missouri 6's at 44¼a44Ȃ 22,000 Tennessee 6's at 45 7/8a45¾; and 6,000 Virginia 6's, at 53a54.

On Wednesday, Virginia 6's advanced ½ at first board, closing at 53 ½; Tennessee 6's declined 1 ¼, and North Carolina 6's ¾.

The New York Herald, of Wednesday morning, says:

‘ Stocks continued extremely dull; the commission brokers complain that they are doing no business whatever, for the present specution seems to be dead, and there is no buying for investment. There was no change in Government's yesterday; the two-year Treasury notes are taken up as fast as they come into market. State stocks were not so firm. Missouri's declined ¼ and Tennessee's Ȃ, Virginia's were steady.

The money market continues very dull. The brokers are borrowing all they need at 4 per cent. Paper of high grades continues very scarce, and the prospect of large negotiations by Government tends to check the inquiry for mercantile notes. People are waiting to see what employment Mr. Chase will offer them for their funds.

New York Market, Aug. 14.--Cotton is firm; sales of 900 bales. Flour has an upward tendency; sales of 22,000 bbls. at an advance of five cents. Wheat has an upward tendency; sales of 125,000 bushels, Chicago Spring at 95a 1 02. Corn buoyant; sales of 102,000 bushels at 42a49 cents for mixed. Whiskey is dull at 10 ½a15 ¾ cents. Rice has advanced cent; sales at 6a7 cts.

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