The Battle in Missouri
--More Northern Accounts — Suppression of Newspapers — Affairs on the Potomac
— Arrest of a British Subject — War Movements, &c., &c.
From late Northern papers, received at this office, we make up the following summary of news:
St. Louis, August 14
--Provost Marshal McKinstry
has issued a proclamation calling upon all good citizens to obey the rules it has been deemed necessary to establish, in order to insure and preserve the public peace.
The civil law will remain in force, and military authority only be used when the civil law proves inadequate to maintain the public safety.
Any violation of this order will be followed by prompt punishment, regardless of persons or positions.
The Evening Missourian and Bulletin
, two secession papers, have been suppressed.
The reports that Gen. Hardee
is marching on Pilot Knob
, and of the destruction of the bridges on the Iron Mountain Railroad, prove to be false.
The houses of two prominent Secessionists were searched to day, by order of the Provost Marshal
, but nothing of a rebellious character was found in them.
has ordered the re-organization of the United States Reserve Corps in St. Louis
, to comprise five regiments of infantry, with a reserve of two companies to each, two squadrons of cavalry, and two batteries of light artillery.
The troops will be required to enlist for the war, subject to the same regulations and to receive the same pay as volunteer regiments.
Each regiment is designed to have gone company of Sharp-Shooters and one of pioneers.
St. Louis, August 14
--The correspondent of the St. Louis Democrat, writing from Rolls, furnishes the following items
's command was passed at the Gasconade river
, fifty miles west of this place, yesterday (Tuesday) evening, where he had encamped for the night.
The stage route to Springfield
has been abandoned and the stock brought here.
The Postmaster of Springfield
has arrived with all the mail matter of that office.
About twenty-five wagon loads of fugitives from Springfield
have reached here, and others are on their way.
is reported to be at Big Tunnel, twenty-five miles from here, with fifteen hundred malcontents, but very little attention is paid to him or his movements.
The battle near Springfield — further Particulars.
St. Louis, Mo., Aug. 15.
--Under date of Springfield
, Aug. 12, the correspondent of the St Louis Democrat furnishes a detailed account of the battle of Wilson's Creek
The main facts are the same as these already telegraphed.
The enemy's camp extended along the Creek
for three miles, enclosed by high ground on each side, upon which a greater part of the engagement was fought.
It does not appear that the Confederates
were driven back any considerable distance, but their charges were all repulsed, and they burned a large amount of their camp equipage and baggage to prevent its capture.
The enemy had twenty-one pieces of artillery and a large body of cavalry.
attacked the Confederates
from the southeast as soon as he heard from General Lyon
's command, and drove them back half a mile, taking possession of their camp, which extended westward to the Fayetteville
Here a terrible fire was poured into his ranks by a regiment he had permitted to advance within a few paces, supposing it was the lows First Regiment.
His men, thus taken by surprise, were scattered considerably, and Colonel Solomon
's men could not be rallied immediately, consequently General Siegel
lost five of his guns, the other being brought away by Captain Flagg
, who compelled his prisoners to drag it off the field.
Our troops captured about four hundred horses.
Our loss is about 200 killed and from six to seven hundred wounded; that of the enemy cannot be less than double ours, their force having moved in large bodies and our artillery playing on them with terrible effect.
Lieutenant Colonel Brand
, who commanded the Confederate
force at Booneville
, and since acted as aid to General Price
, was taken prisoner.
The body of General Lyon
has been embalmed for conveyance to his friends in Connection.
The following additional names of officers killed have been ascertained; Captain Maron
, of the First Iowa Regiment; Captain Brown
, same regiment; Major Shaffer
, reported, but not confirmed.
Wounded Captain Gottschalk
, First Iowa; Captain Swift
and Captain Hatten
, First Kansas; Captain Gilbert
, First Infantry; Captain Cole
. First Missouri; Lieutenant Brown
, First Missouri.
Southern report of Affairs South of the
Alexandria, Aug. 15.
--Last night, between 11 and 12 o'clock, the enemy's signal lights were plainly seen from here in the direction of Fairfax Court House.
They were visible for nearly an hour.
paid a visit to Alexandria
to-day for the first time since the battle of Bull-Run
He is recovering slowly from the wound he received at that time, but hopes soon to assume command of his brigade.
Twenty Confederate cavalry scouts were seen yesterday six miles from here, in the direction of Mount Vernon
Information, thought to be reliable, has been received here that batteries are being created at White-House Point
, also at Quantico
, ten miles this side of Aquia Creek
The steamer Pawnee
suddenly steamed up last night, and went down the river to make a thorough reconnaissance.
The report that the small-pox is raging to a fearful extent at Manassas Junction
is credited here by Secessionists, also by those in military authority.
Headquarters, near Sandy Hook, Aug. 14.
--Since regimental officers
, stationed below Harper's Ferry
, have been restricted from issuing passes to cross the Potomac
, General Bank
's headquarters have been besieged by crowds of persons anxious to go over on various pretexts; but no passes are issued now except to those who come well endorsed as thorough-going Union men.
A party of civilians who visited Maryland Heights
on Sunday, discovered, by the aid of glasses, an encampment near Shepherdstown
The number of tents indicated the presence of a regiment, supposed to be Secessionists; but it is possible they were some of our own forces.
Two young men were brought into camp to-day by the picket of Col. Biddle
ordered them to be retained under guard.
--A few Confederate scouts attempted last night to cross Hampton Creek
, but were fired upon by our pickets and quickly retired.
is nightly visited by the Confederates
's recent expedition to Accomac and Northampton counties
has nearly broken up the contraband trade between the Eastern
and Western shores of the Chesapeake
In some places visited by him there was a strong and outspoken Union sentiment.
Five hundred unprepared letters from the Federal
prisoners at Richmond
to their Northern friends, left on the Baltimore
boat by the released surgeons, were to-day generously forwarded by Gen. Butler
The new and formidable works on the Rip-Raps and on the land side of the fortress are rapidly progressing.
Large quantities of commissary and ordnance stores continue to arrive, and the gale during the last few hours has brought up the Roads
a number of transports bound to Washington
Washington, Aug. 15.
--About forty of the New York Highlanders
, who are regarded as the principals in the insubordination, are still in irons at the watch-house.
Provost Marshal Porter
has been placed specifically in charge of the bridges over the Potomac
Passes will hereafter be obtained from that officer.
J. W. Denver
has been appointed by the President Brigadier General
of the California
Wm. S Rowland
of New York, at an interview with the President
and Cabinet yesterday, tendered to the Government
two additional regiments of sharp-shooters, and it is said that Gen. McClellan
urged their immediate organization.
The most reliable information concerning the movements of the disunionists is, that they are slowly moving their forces to the line of the Potomac
It is the presumption that their programme is to enter Maryland
and encourage and support the revolutionary spirit in that State, with ultimate designs on Washington
Washington, Aug. 16.
--An order was issued from the Adjutant General
's office to-day appointing the officers of the regular army now on mustering duty in the principal cities, disbursing officers of the fund appropriated by Congress for collecting, drilling and organizing volunteers under the act authorizing the President
to accept the services of five hundred thousand men, etc. They are charged with the payment of all proper pre-
sented to them under this act, duly authenticated and certified by the various volunteer recruiting officers.
The premium for accepted recruits as laid down in paragraph 1,315 of General Regulations
will not, however, be allowed in the volunteer service.
Camps of rendezvous and instruction for volunteers will, however, be established at or in the vicinity of New York, Harrisburg
, Rittsburg, Cincinnati
and other convenient places, and under charge of officers in the regular service.
To facilitate the raising of volunteer regiments, officers recruiting therefore are authorized to muster their men into service as enrolled, and as soon as mustered these men will be sent with the descriptive lists to the camps of rendezvous, at which places the oath of allegiance will be duly administered by a civil magistrate, or an officer of the regular army.
The cost of transportation from the place of muster will be paid by the quartermaster at the latter station.
When the organization of regiments accepted, to be raised within a specified time, is not completed at the expiration of that period, the companies and detachments thereof already mustered into service will be allowed to be assigned to other regiments, at the pleasure of the War Department.
Washington, Aug. 15.
--Reliable private advices from Texas
, dated on the 23d ultimo, represent the Union
sentiment as rather on the increase, and this becomes evident as the true state of the agitating question is better understood, and further, that it would extensively be manifested, could Federal protection be afforded against the aggressions of the disunionists.
The newspapers of that State have perverted the statements made by Gen. Houston
from time to time, as it is positively known he has no sympathy with secession.
At last accounts he was in quiet seclusion on his farm awaiting events.
The designs of Col. Van Dorn
and other leaders for the possession of the Northern States
and lower California
depend for their fulfillment on the co-operation of the Mexican
But so far the secession filibusters have not met with the sympathy they anticipated from those sources.
The Habeas corpus case of the Baltimore
New York, Aug. 15.
was applied to in Brooklyn
to know what force could be brought to bear upon Fort Lafayette for the purpose of executing the writ of attachment granted by Judge Garrison
against Col. Burke
The General replied that not more than fourteen hundred men could be raised at present.
He thought it would be a difficult matter to take the fort.
A very influential body of citizens in Brooklyn
insist that the writ shall be served if it require the sacrifice of life to do it. The inability of the civil authorities to execute the writ may lead to the use of military force.
has issued a writ of habeas corpus,
on the application of Colonel Jack
, on behalf of about one hundred and fifty United States troops at Fort Hamilton
, who were surrendered by Gen. Twiggs
to the Confederates
at Mantegorda Bay, and were released upon parole and to serve against the South
Their counsel has written to the Secretary of war
, suggesting that the Government
allow the execution of the writ, as it will save it the necessity of even indirectly recognising the legality of the obligation imposed upon the men by the Confederates
The Habeas corpus in Washington.
A writ of habeas corpus
was applied for in Washington
on Tuesday last, and issued by Judge Wayne
, of the United States Supreme Court, directing Colonel Gorman
, of the 1st Minnesota regiment, to produce the body of a certain Stevens
, a soldier of his regiment.
It appears that the men of this regiment originally enlisted for three months, and about three hundred of them are determined to resist the attempt made to detain them for three years. The Deputy Marshal
who served the writ made his return to the Court
, and stated that the officer refused to obey the writ and cursed and swore roundly, damning the courts and all civil authorities.
An attachment was issued by Judge Wayne
, the result of which was, that Col. Gorman
made his appearance with the soldier.
Arrest of a British subject.
The New York Commercial, of Wednesday evening last, gives the following account of the arrest of Mr. Robert Mure
, (erroneously printed Moore
in our Saturday's issue,) of Charleston, S. C.
, a British subject, on the charge of being a bearer of dispatches from the Confederate Government:
This morning a dispatch was received in this city from Washington
advising the United States
officers of this city to be on the alert for a person who left Charleston, South Carolina
, a few days since, and directing that he be taken into custody, as they had received information which led them to believe he was a bearer of dispatches from Jeff. Davis
to the British Government
A full description of the individual was also given, and during the forenoon a number of the detective force from New York proceeded to Jersey City
and took a position on the Cunard dock, where they could watch the steamer.
A few minutes before the Africa
sailed, a gentleman who fully answered the description given, was seen to go on board; and, after he had entered his state-room
, a young gentleman was sent by the officer to his room, him that his presence was returned on the dock.
Mr. Robert Mure
, of Charleston, South Carolina
, cousin of the British Consul
at New Orleans, who was the gentleman the officer was in search of, soon made his appearance, and, on gaining the dock, was taken into custody.
At first Mr. Mure
appeared greatly surprised, and demanded his release.
The officer expressed his intention of taking him to New York, and, without any further ceremony, the party proceeded to this city, where the accused was taken before the United States
's baggage consisted of several trunks, which were removed from the steamer, and are now at the United States Marshal's office.
Upon his person were found several papers which showed that he was bearer of dispatches from the Confederates
is about forty years of age, of very fine address, and has been in the country but little over a year.
Signs at the North.
The Democracy of York county, Maine
, at a meeting adopted the subjoined resolutions:
That in our judgment the discontented feeling which has arisen among our brethren of the Southern States
, caused by the agitation of the slavery question, might have been quieted by conciliation and by a compromise equally honorable to both sections, and that a day of retribution will soon overtake the Republican
leaders and press for their unwise and unpatriotic course in preferring to carry out a mere party dogma, to the preservation of a great and prosperous people from the horrors of civil war and national ruin.
That the reconstruction of the Union
by force against the embittered feeling and the united strength of nearly one-half the States, is a palpable absurdity, and an utter impossibility, and even if the revolted States should be overrun and subjugated, they can be held to their allegiance only by changing our Government to an unlimited monarchy; and while pursuing this delusion of re-uniting the State
by coercion, a standing army has been raised without color of law, the freedom of speech has been abridged, the right of protection of person by habeas corpus,
the right of safety in homes, papers, and effects, the right of petition for redress of grievances — all these great constitutional rights on which our freedom rests, are being violated, and unless an immediate check be placed upon these usurpations no remnant of our once free government will remain to us.
The following is an extract from a letter from Maine
, to the editors of the New York Journal of Commerce:
, Aug. 10--Messrs. Editors:
A great reaction in public sentiment is now rolling over the State of Maine
In almost every county, town and hamlet the people, in their Conventions and primary meetings, are deploring the unhappy state of the country, and demanding a peace policy.
Not a cringing dishonorable peace, but one based upon principles of mutual forbearance and compromise.
The Republican party has become so emphatically committed to a war policy, that in their view, the slightest deviation from that course is political death.
In this they are correct.
They have nearly run their race, and must shortly pass away, to be remembered only for the mischief and misery their short career brought upon the country.
Interesting view of things at Washington.
The ‘"special"’ correspondent of the Baltimore Exchange writes from Washington
, August 15:
The sharp practice of General McClellan
had reduced this Federal Capital to comparative tranquility, until the several emanates (as mutinies are now politely termed) in Federal regiments on both sides of the Potomac
began to agitate street corners and bar-rooms.
First of all, the Highlanders
, New York Seventy-ninth, made themselves a first-rate military nuisance by bursting out in open revolt, and dividing their regiment into ‘"orderly"’ and ‘"outrageous."’ They had two grievances, as follows:
They had not been permitted to elect their own Colonel
, as was their expectation and their right.
They protested against the interference of the President
, who, in appointing Col. Stevens
, of Washington Territory
, had given them a commander to whom personally they did not object, but whom they did not choose.
They had been promised by somebody that they should have a month's furlough, but the War Department ignores the matter, and protests that somebody has blundered.--The fact is that the ‘"Highlanders,"’ disgusted with their officers, since the death of Col. Cameron
, and their most efficient Captains
, have become turbulent and threatening.
The consequences have been that it has taken four companies of cavalry, seven companies of infantry, and two full batteries of artillery to reduce the ‘"Highlanders"’ to a sense of their situation, and even that not until the articles of war had been read to them, and they were threatened with the loss of their colors, degradation from their place in line, and the summary shooting of their ringleaders.
Not the least amusing part of this almost tragedy, however, was their virtuous objection to Gen. Daniel Sickles
, whose brigade they had been ordered to join.
It is said that they not only viewed in a disrespectful manner passages of that General
's private history, but actually charged bayonets on him when he would have remonstrated.
Again, we have the 2d Maine, on the Virginia
side of the river, refusing to obey orders on the ground that they have seen the end of their three months. The unreasonable fellows were reduced to discipline by an application of McClellanism which then and there astonished them.
Sixty-five of them are now on board the Powhatan
at the Navy-Yard
, destined, it is said, for the Tortugas, there ignominiously to exchange musket and bayonet for pick-axe and spade.
The ambulance drivers, too, have caught the infection, and ‘"struck"’ for higher wages, Government having reduced their pay from $25 and rations to $15 and rations per month.
They have been storming the Government
mess-room, which is especially obnoxious to them, because they say they prefer to draw their rations ‘"crude,"’ and cook for themselves.
One of them, said to be a Baltimore man, has ‘"struck"’ after a more downright style, for he has killed a teamster at the mess-room and escaped.
So you see General McClellan
's ways are not all ways of pleasantness, nor are all the paths of glory peace.
Apprehensions growing out of the near neighborhood of Beauregard
play their part in the general flurry.
A Mr. Cowling
, living near Claremont
, only five miles from Alexandria
, came into town yesterday with a wagon load of furniture, and immediately returned for another, and his wife.
He declares that the Confederates
have got to Claremont
and ordered him to quit.
has many anxious friends in Washington
The Star very consequentially denies the rumor current this afternoon, and indeed all day, that Gen. Rosencranz
has been surrounded by Generals Lee
, and that a dispatch to that effect had been received at the War Department; but the denial may be denied in a day or two.
One of the floating scandals of the Departments saith that Mr. Beverly Tucker
, Consul to Liverpool
, has been naughty in a financial point of view; that he has been drawing freely on Government ‘"for relief to distressed sailors;"’ that he has incurred so heavy an amount of personal indebtedness in Liverpool
, that the effects of the Consulate would have been seized and sold by his creditors there, had not this Government interposed, and, by paying the little bill, released the chairs and tables.
Those who know Mr. Tucker
most intimately are loud in their indignation.
There are many private letters here from Virginia
, all telling the same story of prosperity and high hopes, troops well fed and promptly paid.
A lady living within seven miles of Manassas
writes that the great Parrott
siege gun taken by the Confederates
in the fight, now bears two inscriptions, thus: On one side, ‘"Pills for Rebels,"’ U. S.
, July 7. On the other, ‘"Return to plague the Inventor,"’ ‘"C. S., July 27."’
[We do not credit the report in reference to Mr. Beverly Tucker
The correspondent of the Philadelphia Inquirer says:
I am able to state that the story of Mr. Ely
having been employed in ditching, or in any other menial employment, in entirely untrue.
He has been uniformly well treated, and has fared sumptuously every day. Surgeon Norval
, of the N. Y. 79th, brought a letter from him to President Lincoln
He says that a personal acquaintance with the Southern
people has greatly modified his views in regard to them; and he suggests, in view of the thirteen hundred and fifty prisoners confined at Richmond
, the propriety of adopting, in the future progress of the war, the usual rules of belligerent nations, particularly with regard to flags of truce, treatment and exchange of prisoners of war, burial of the dead, &c. Being personally interested, he speaks feelingly.
It seems that but little progress is making in recruiting at Philadelphia
, of yesterday, remarks:
The whole system of recruiting volunteers is bad. Many thousands enlisted men are wandering about this city, and cannot be mustered in because ‘"the regiment is not full;"’ mean while they get no pay, have no work, are not drilled, and are learning habits of idleness and intoxication.
While the unhappy Colonels
in embryo are hunting for more men to make up the full number, the others fall off, join other regiments which seem more likely to fill up, and the Colonel
perhaps fails at last, after spending time, labor, and money.
No more firing on pickets.
A correspondent of the New York Times writes:
's brigade is stationed at Balley's Cross Roads, six miles from Alexandria
, and his pickets are so near those of the Rebels
that they can easily converse with each other.
A few days since, two of Col. Kerrigan
's regiment were shot by the enemy's pickets and killed.
Immediately after, a body of our troops made a charge upon the rebel pickets and carried off three men and brought them into camp.
They were members of Captain Jones
' company of the First Regiment Virginia Cavalry. Captain Jones
then proposed that both sides avoid the shooting of one another's pickets, on the ground that it was a barbarous practice, not consistent with civilized warfare.
had an interview with Captain Jones
on the outposts, and this proposition was agreed to; and almost daily, since, the pickets of the two camps have been within talking distance of one another.
Philadelphia, Aug. 15.
--Yesterday afternoon the privateersmen of the schooner Petrel
, captured by the U. S. ship St. Lawrence
, off Charleston
, some time since, were brought to the United States Marshal's office, for a hearing.
At the opening of the proceedings, the counsel for the prisoners stated that the defendants desired to waive their right to a preliminary hearing.
said that if the defendants had a right to waive the hearing, and if it was a legal right, it was to be exercised freely.
He was not satisfied, at that time, that the defendants had that right; but as the hearing could not be concluded that day, on account of absent witnesses, he would continue the case until Saturday, at which time the prisoners' counsel were to produce their authorities.
, Aug. 16 --The ship General Parkhill
, which was captured sometime since for attempting to run the blockade, and brought into this port, was sold at noon yesterday under a decree of the United States District Court.
The bidding was kept up for some ten or fifteen minutes between a Philadelphian and a New Yorker, at an advance of twenty-five or fifty dollars at a time.
The sale finally terminated in favor of the New Yorker, the price obtained being seven thousand four hundred dollars.
Affairs in New York.
New York, Aug. 15.
--Yesterday morning there were in the port of New York forty steamships, one hundred and thirty-five ships, one hundred and three barks, ninety brigs, and one hundred and twenty-nine schooners.
Fourteen foreign nationalities are represented, and there are one hundred and fifteen foreign vessels of all descriptions included in the list.
It appears that two hundred and thirty-four of the Seventh Regiment have joined other military organizations, and are already in the field or preparing to leave as soon as possible.
This is about one-fourth of the regiment.
In the evening the Zouaves held a meeting and adopted resolutions setting forth that they were made promises of arms and clothing that were never fulfilled; that their arms were several times exchanged, and finally taken from them, and that they suffered more than any other regiment through the want of a regular supply of provisions, water, baggage-wagons, &c; that after the battle of Bull Run
their officers deserted them, and that, so far from being deserters, they were extremely anxious to march again to the war.
The number of emigrants arrived the last week was 458, making a total of 51,862 since January 1st, a decrease of 14,114 compared with the same time last year.
On the schooner Graham
, libelled by Marshal Marray
, on suspicion of being in the service of the South
, sixty-nine cases of upper leather
, some $4,000 worth of sole leather, and barrels upon barrels of pegs, together with the latest and most approved machinery for making shoes, have been found.
It is said that this cargo is one of a number which are to be sent South in the hope of running the blockade, and filling a contract with the Confederates
for a million pairs of shoes, at $1.18 per pair.
New York, Aug. 10.--Yesterday morning, George N. Saunders
, late navy agent at this port, was declared a defaulter to the Government
to the amount of $21,000, and the U. S. District Attorney issued a process against the sureties of Saunders
to respond in accordance with their bonds.
The sureties are Hon. Robert
, ex-Secretary of the Treasury
and ex-Governor of Kansas
, and Zenc Secor, Esq
, of Brooklyn
Arrests are now made of individuals for uttering opinions hostile to the Government
.--Several persons have hurried from the city for fear of arrest, and the conspiracy law may be considered in full forces.
Mrs. Abraham Lincoln
, having arrived in this city, yesterday paid a visit to the Princess Clotilde, in her private apartments at the New York Hotel
The reception was a most cordial and friendly one.
Fort Lafayette received yesterday another
tenant in the person of Mr. Mure
, the Englishman, arrested on suspicion of being a rebel bearer of dispatches to Europe
Nothing has leaked out as yet in relation to the important dispatches said to have been found in his carpet bag
Business in the produce markets continues very brisk, under the stimulus of the favorable foreign advices.
Flour yesterday was from 10a20 cents higher, wheat 2a4 cents, corn 1a2 cents.
Yesterday morning, 4,000 Enfield
rifles, part of the 20,000 purchased by this State, arrived from Europe
No fewer than three hundred and fifty applicants for aid from the Twenty-first Ward Relief Society were reported at the State arsenal yesterday afternoon.
The sum of $1,000 were distributed among them.