Another Installment of Northern News — The Skirmish on the Potomac
— Firing at Aquia Creek
— Affairs in Missouri
--Later from Fortress Monroe
, &c., &c., &c.,
The special express yesterday brought us files of Northern journals, including New York dates of Friday, and Baltimore
dates of Saturday last.
The following is a summary of the latest news:
Official report of the Skirmish on the Potomac.
The following is Capt. Budd
's report of this affair, made to Capt. Craven
, commander of the flotilla of the Potomac
U. S. Steamer Resolute, Aug. 16, 1861.
In obedience to your orders I proceeded down the river to make an examination of Matthias Point and the immediate vicinity.--Nothing indicating a hostile movement could be discovered at or about that point.
Hearing that a schooner was ashore at lower Cedar Point
, I thought it advisable to go down to her, and get her off if possible.
A boat was seen on the Virginia
shore a short distance this side of Persimmon Point
, and I dispatched an officer and five men in a boat, for the purpose or capturing her. They had just reached her, and were in the act of making fast to her, when a volley of musketry was fired from the adjoining bushes, not more than five or six yards distant; instantly killing three of the boat's crew and wounding another.
I immediately opened fire, throwing snell into the cover that sheltered the enemy.
After four or five rounds they were driven out, running in parties of three and four in different directions, some of them running out into some dwelling-houses on the right.
The survivors of the boat's crew succeeded in getting her off from the shore while I was firing.
The Reliance coming up at this moment, commenced throwing shell at the flying enemy, and also sent a boat to assist in getting my boat off. Nothing was left behind.
My boat is completely riddled, particularly in the after part.
The attacking party numbered about thirty. Lieut. Mygatt
remained with his vessel in the vicinity until I could report to you.
The following persons were killed and wounded:
, master's mate; George Seymour
and Thomas Tulley
The men that escaped state the boat on the shore had two casks in her. We were unable to secure her.
Very respectfully, Wm. Budd
, Com'dg. Resolute.
From another account of the affair we copy the following:
The scene on board the small boat is described as heart sickening, the dead lying out-stretched in it, covered with their own blood.
The boat was towed a short distance from the shore by one of the crew named Sanderson
, who quietly slipped in the water for that purpose, and thus concealed himself from the enemy.
The other uninjured man, it is said, lay in the boat, horrified by the scene through which he had just passed, while the wounded man helped Sanderson
to row the boat towards the Reliance
, from which assistance was immediately rendered.
The enemy evidently congratulated themselves that they had killed the entire boat's crew.
The Resolute reached the Navy-Yard
last night, at 11 o'clock, bringing hither the dead and the wounded man, who has been sent to the Hospital
As the woods skirting the several more important crossings of the Potomac
afford fine ambuscades for the enemy, those who are best acquainted with the geography of the river are urging the application of fire as an effectual means of destroying the present assailing advantages of the disunionists, as well as other measures for accomplishing that purpose.
The propeller Resolute
again went down the Potomac
The steamer Mount Vernon
, which came up, reports all quiet on the river.
Another probable engagement on the Potomac.
The Star has also the following:
Early this morning cannonading was heard on the Potomac
, apparently taking place at or near the Aquia Creek
batteries of the disunionists.
We have rumors from Fort Washington
, alleging the capture of the George Page
by the Pawnee
The Page lies up a creek, four miles from a bar impassable for the Pawnee
, is very heavily armed and has long been surrounded by a force of some 2,000 disunion land troops.
Era either of the smaller steamers of the flotilla could reach her with their guns, the Aquia Creek
batteries must be demolished and the enemy driven from them.
It may be that this was done this morning.
If so, the large number of scows and floats collected by the disunionists about Aquia Creek
have probably been destroyed or captured — with, it may be, the batteries; hardly the George Page
, as small as she is.
, Aug. 16--This morning many rumors prevailed as to the effect of a battle at Aquia Creek
represented as having taken place early in the day, but an officer just returned from that vicinity, stated at the Navy Department this afternoon that the secessionists there had fired several shots at the Pawnee
, probably from rifled cannon, which she returned.
The distance between the two forces was, however, too great to inflict any damage, and this is all there is in the story.
An important General order.
Headq'rs Division of Potomac, Washington, Aug. 16, 1861
All passes, safe conducts, and permits heretofore given to enter or go beyond the lines of the United States Army on the Virginia
side of the Potomac
, are to be deemed revoked, and all such passes will emanate from the War Department, the headquarters of the United States Army, or of this division, or from the Provost Marshal
Similar powers will be required to cross the river, by bridge or boat, into Virginia Strict military surveillance will be exercised within the lines of the army on the Northern
side of the Potomac
, and upon all the avenues of every kind, by land and water, leading to and from the city of Washington
, as well over persons holding passes as all others.
Passes will not be required at or within the lines of the Army North
of the Potomac
, but disloyal or suspected persons will be liable to arrest and detention until discharged by competent authority, and contraband articles will be seized.
Officers and soldiers of the army will obtain passes as heretofore ordered.
All complaints of improper arrests, seizures or searches, made or purporting to be made under military authority, will be received by the proper brigade commanders or Provost Marshal
, who will at once investigate the same, and in each instance make report to headquarters.
By command ofMaj.
, Assis't Adj't Gen'l
The order read to the Seventy-Ninth!
The following is the order read to the 79th Regiment on Wednesday:
"The General Commanding has heard with the deepest pain of the acts of insubordination on the part of the 79th Regiment.
Without attempting to enter into a discussion of the causes, it is sufficient to say that they are frivolous and groundless.
"That these acts have thrown disgrace upon the regiment and the service, and taking place at this time they give rise to the strongest suspicions of the most abject cowardice.
The regiment has forced upon the Commanding General
an issue which he is prepared to meet.
"The men are ordered to lay down their arms and return to duty.
All those refusing to do so will be fired upon immediately.
If they comply with the order, the ringleaders only will be punished.
"The colors of the regiment are taken from them, and will be returned only when their conduct in camp shall have proven that they understand the first duty of a soldier — obedience; and when, on the field of battle, they shall have proved their bravery.
The names of the leaders in this revolt will be sent to the Governor
of New York, to be placed in the archives of the State
A court-martial will be held forthwith."
St Louis, August 15
--A fleet of 10 steamers, which have been laid up for some time past, was brought up to the city to-day by order of General Fremont
, to prevent the possibility of their being taken by the Confederates
has about completed the appointment of committees of safety in the counties of his Department, according to the special orders already telegraphed.
Since the adoption of this plan for the preservation of property, acts of violence have materially diminished, and it is believed that in a short time they will entirely cases.
It is stated that some 7,000 Confederates are approaching Ironton
from the South
The Federal troops in that region are posted at Pilot Knoh
, three villages, which are about two miles apart in a narrow entrance, which can be easily defended by artillery, and a flank movement is not apprehended, in consequence of the im-
passable condition of the roads around the valley.
arrived here to-day.
The Provost Marshal
has issued stringent orders against wearing concealed weapons by citizens, and interdicting the sale or giving away of any description of firearms by gun smiths or other dealers, except by special permit.
, August 16. --A messenger from Gen. Siegel
arrived here early this morning who reports Gen. Siegel
at a point fifteen miles this side of Lebanon
, expecting to reach Rolla
He had not been molested on the route.
was buried on Col Phelps' farm, near Springfield
It is reported that the Confederates
had entered Springfield
, and were encamped in and around it. The messenger also states that the whole number of killed, wounded and missing on the Federal
side, don't exceed 400, and that Gen. Ben. McCulloch
and a number of Confederate officers were killed.
[The Federal statement of their less is probably a falsehood.
With regard to the death of Gen. McCulloch
and the loss of the Confederate forces, it is a mere assertion of the correspondent of the Northern Associated Press
--The steamers Adelaide
and George Peabody
have arrived at Old Point
, and will leave shortly on an important expedition.
The rumored presence of a privateer in the Chesapeake
was one of our vessels, belonging to Lieut. Crosby
's expedition to the Eastern Shore.
is so well satisfied with the results of La Mountain's ærial reconnaissances that the latter has gone North for a balloon of much larger size.
The report that the Confederates
beyond Fox Hill
connected a wire with the telegraph line from Old Point
to Newport News, and thus obtained our dispatches, is entirely without foundation.
The line is now being put in working order, communication having been interrupted since our evacuation of Hampton
Considerable dissatisfaction has lately manifested itself among the volunteers at Old Point
and Newport News, in consequence of not getting their pay. The delay of the Government
agents in this particular is inexcusable.
Many of the men here have not received a cent since they left home.
The United States
has arrived from Boston
, and will soon sail Southward.
The gun-boat Penguid
is up from the coast of North Carolina
She obliged one vessel, attempting to run the blockade, to beach herself.
The crew escaped.
Position of the Federal troops in Western
The Cincinnati Enquirer, of Wednesday, says that considerable apprehension is felt for the safety of the Federal
troops under Gen Rosencranz
in Western Virginia
The Enquirer remarks:
There seems to be no doubt that Gen Lee
, with a large, well organized and well-provided army, is on his way from Staunton
The defeat of the Federal
troops at Manassas
enabled the Confederates
to withdraw a large force from Richmond
for operations in Western Virginia
. General Lee
is a very different officer from the deceased Garnett
, who was simply a professor or teacher, while Lee
is a practical, experienced field-officer.
A dispatch from Rosencranz
to the Reserve Guard of this city, shows that he is apprehensive he needs more force than he has got to meet the Confederate
force now in direction for Western Virginia
The New Orleans Battering ram.
The same parties who arrived at New York from the South
and gave the information of General Pillow
's movements, have also furnished the New York Commercial with the following description of a novel implement of war intended to operate against the blockading fleet:
a formidable instrument of destruction is being prepared, and was expected to be launched about the 20th.
The tug-boat Enoch Train
, built in Boston
, and one of the most powerful tugs of her class, has been converted to a purpose never intended by her builder or the gentleman whose name she bears.
The upper portion of the boat has been covered with railroad iron
and perfectly shielded from the attack of an ordinary cannonade.
At the bow a ram has been constructed.
The bow has been built out to the extent of five feet, heavily framed with timber, and then covered with heavy wrought metal.
At the extreme end a formidable mass of iron projects in the form of a knob.
Beneath this knob and beneath the surface of the water two strong grapples have been arranged so fashioned that upon colliding with a ship the claws will fasten into the side of the vessel and take a firm hold.
Protected by these grapples in a manner not unlike an insect's lance or sting, there projects an auger connected by means of shafting, with an independent machine on the boat.
This instrument is intended to operate as follows: Upon the attachment of the grapples to the side of the attacked vessel, the auger will be set in rapid motion and bore its way into the side.
When one hole has been forced through, the auger can be withdrawn, and by means of an independent axle, the position will be changed so as to operate upon another portion of the ship, thus boring holes rapidly and large enough to sink the vessel.
The boat will have a crew of six men, who will be protected beneath the iron roof, the pilot observing the direction through a tube or small telescope.
Sandy Hook, August 16
--A gentleman from Martinsburg
yesterday reports small parties of irregular secession cavalry scouring that section of the country and daily firing upon our pickets and Union fugitives, as well as paying frequent visits to the town.
Yesterday a party approached within ten miles of Harper's Ferry
, fired upon our pickets, and retreated.
Last night, it is reported, a party of 130 cavalry captured three men of our second cavalry picket stationed just outside of Harper's Ferry
The news was brought this forenoon by a Unionist from the Ferry
Our camp remains very quiet.
All appear to have a perfect confidence in General Banks
and his staff, as well as the brigade officers.
Parties from Winchester
report only four thousand militia rendezvoused there for the purpose of being drilled and disciplined.
The same authority states there are two regiments of regulars at Lovettsville
, only about eight miles from this point in the rear of Londoun Heights.
The Government loan.
Washington, August 16
has returned to Washington
The pledge of the banks of New York, Boston
, to take fifty millions of the $150,000,000 of the 7.3 10 treasury notes at par, with their reservation of the right to take the remainder if not absorbed by other subscriptions, is regarded as securing the taking of the entire loan, and as marking at once the patriotism of the eminent parties who thus advance to the aid of the Government
, and their confidence in its power and stability.
Opportunity will at once be given to the people all over the country to subscribe to the loan, and indeed subscriptions may now be made with the Assistant Treasurers
of the United States
, either at Boston
or New York Under this loan every $50 note will bear an interest of one cent a day, and the larger notes at the same rates.
Washington, Aug. 15.
--Besides the hundred vessels chartered in New York and Philadelphia
, quite a large number have been employed in Baltimore
The steamers Joseph Whitney
and George Peabody
, and five schooners, having been converted into war vessels, and having taken their armament on board, sailed from Baltimore
yesterday for the sunny South
Their destination at first is Fortress Monroe
, where they will meet another fleet of twelve steamers and steam-tugs, (the latter converted into gun-boats) from New York.
The officer who is to command this fleet is now in this city, receiving his orders.
He will take with him whatever vessels may be ready at the Navy-Yard
here, one of which will be his flag-ship.
New York Politics.
Albany, Aug. 15.
State Central Committee met at the Delevan House
in this city to-day.
Twelve members out of sixteen were present.
Resolutions were adopted, declaring that the present war has been brought about by abolition aggressions upon the rights of the South
The resolutions also oppose coercion and attacks upon free speech, and advocate an armistice between the now contending armies North and South, and the immediate convocation of a convention of delegates from all the States which acknowledged themselves members of the Union
in November, 1861, to the end that all differences may be peacefully adjusted, our land saved from bloodshed and restored to peace, concord and union."
The committee also resolved not to call a separate State Convention, but urged their friends to send delegates to the one called by the other wing of the party.
Union meeting in Bangor,
Bangor, August 15.
--The Secession Convention of the Breckinridge State Committee
was not held here to day, as proposed, either in a public or private manner.
A grand Union meeting has, however, been in session all day, attended by thousands from the city and the neighboring town.
There have also been parades of the Home Guards, with music, &c. No disturbance occurred.
Boston, August 15
--The Democratic State Committee met yesterday at Worcester
, and agreed to call a Convention to nominate State officers, to be held September 10th, in Worcester
Alexandria, Aug. 15
--The trial by court martial of Colonel Miles
, charged with unofficer-like conduct on Centreville Heights, on the day of the battle of Bull Bun
, is still progressing, the court being held in the City Council Chamber.
The witnesses on the part
of the prosecution are not more than half through.
The counsel for Colonel Richardson
, the complainant, is Lieutenant Colonel Lardner
, of Detroit
, and for Col. Miles
, Reverdy Johnson
, of Baltimore
Alexandria, August 16
--In consequence of the increased shipment of stock over the Philadelphia
and Baltimore Railroad, the cars belonging to that company and in use here by the Government
have been returned.
, aid to Gen. Franklin
, while out with a scouting party to-day and when about a mile beyond Bailey's Cross Roads, was fired upon-by a man concealed in the woods, the ball passing through his cap.
Another Court martial.
Alexandria, Aug. 16
--The trial by court martial of Col. McCaun
, of the 37th New York regiment, for ungentlemanly and unofficer-like conduct, commenced this morning.
The charge was preferred by the Lieutenant
of the Provost Marshal
's Guard at Washington
of the Court
Cairo, August 15
--Since the withdrawal of the Eighteenth Regiment from the vicinity of Charleston, Missouri
, the Confederates
have torn up the track and destroyed the culverts on the Cairo and Fulton Railroad.
Nothing has been heard from General Pillow
's command to day.
The Government steamers Graham
arrived here to-day with supplies.
Privateer Streamers reported.
Boston, August 16
--The whaler Jere Swift
, at New Bedford, last from Pernambuco
, reports that the British brig Alliance
there reported having seen three privateer steamers in latitude 7 degs.
47 mins. N., longitude 22 degs.
48 mins W.
The British mail steamer Tyne
also reported seeing a privateer steamer between Rio
Washington, August 16
--Information obtained at the proper department warrants the statement that the authority conferred on Col Schimmelfenning
is not revoked, as recently stated; but, on the contrary, the Government
is anxious to secure the services and active co-operation of military officers of high professional distinction.
Prince Napoleon's Tour to the West.
New York, August 16
--Prince Napoleon and suite started from this city this morning, and proceeded by the Allentown route to Harrisburg
, and from thence by the Pennsylvania Railroad to Pittsburg
From the latter city he goes, via Cincinnati
, to St. Louis
The New gun-boats.
New York, August 16
--The first of the new gun-boats built for the Navy at this port will be launched tomorrow.
Another will be launched next week, and four others in fifteen days from this time.
The Baltimore Police Commissioners.
The New York papers state that the County Judge
and the Sheriff
of Kings county
having exhausted their powers in the matter of the Baltimore Police Commissioners
, nothing more can be done in regard thereto unless the matter is re-opened by counsel for the prisoners.
They are powerless to enforce the writ of habeas corpus
or to arrest Col. Burke
on Thursday made a requisition upon Col. Adams
, of the 1st regiment of L. I. volunteers, for five companies, to furnish additional military protection to Forts Hamilton
and Lafayette, where a large number of prisoners — including the United States troops who were released on their parole by the Secessionists in Texas
, and who are suing in the courts for their release — are now kept.
The companies, under command of Lieut. Col. Cross
, were immediately furnished, and are now encamped near Fort Hamilton
We copy the following from the Washington
correspondence of the Baltimore Sun:
distinctly promises and declares, in his address to the New York financiers, that the war, which has now assumed gigantic proportions, shall be vigorously prosecuted.
The United States Government have never yet seemed to be in earnest in this war. Of late the Government
and the whole North
have begun to see matters in their true light, and the contest has come to be acknowledged on both sides as one that cannot end except with the complete triumph of one side or the other.
Latters from Northern and Eastern merchants and capitalists say that if Northern pride could be gratified by even one decided victory, they will advocate peace on very reasonable terms.
The Government, now standing on the defensive everywhere, is soon to be enabled to assume a different attitude.
It is evident that much is expected from the Government
now, when it has been assured of all the millions of money that it required.
, of the Second Maine Regiment, which, under his lead, behaved so handsomely at the battle of Bull Run
, has resigned his commission.
delegation had recommended his promotion to a Brigadier-Generalship, but the Governor
, Mr. Washburne
, interfered in behalf of Major Prince
, who is to have the appointment.
Hence Col. Jameson
The business of the Patent Office continues so to fall off that the commissioners contemplate a reduction of the pay of the employees.
Inventions for military or destructive purposes are very numerous.
There are now a great number of applications for patents of that sort before the examiner, who is charged with that class of cases.
The tenor of the news from the lower counties of Maryland
confirms what was stated two or three days since in this correspondence, namely: that the Confederates
are preparing a great fleet of boats in the creeks and rivers upon the Virginia
side of the Potomac
; also, that many batteries are in process of construction on points commanding the navigation of the river at Matthias Point, as well as above and below it.
The "efficient" blockade.
The New York Journal of Commerce publishes the following extract of a letter to a merchant of that city, dated London
, August 2d:
, No. 101) is ordered to the North
We are preparing enormous reinforcements to protect British commerce against a blockade which is both illegal and inefficient.
"There are only ten weeks consumption of cotton in the country.
"Even if you should whip Gen. Beauregard
, he has only to retire and await events.
"There is no possibility of getting a loan here, so Mr. Chase
must depend on what he can get at home.".
Insubordination in the "Grand army."
A letter from Washington
, (August 16,) published in the Baltimore Exchange, says:
There is nothing upon which the military authorities here spend so much care as the suppression of a knowledge of the true condition of the army on the other side of the Potomac
's covenant with the Northern Abolition
press has been entered into not so much for the purpose of concealing from the Confederates
the movements of his forces as to prevent the Northern
public from understanding the deplorable, and indeed hopeless, state of insubordination into which the troops here have fallen.
The revolts in the Seventy-Ninth New York, Maine Second, and one of the Connecticut
regiments, are not more serious than these which have taken place in as many as six or seven other regiments.
So determined is the spirit of insubordination that the presence of strong bodies of regular cavalry and artillery was necessary to arrest it, and a number of the men had to be put in irons and separated from their fellows.
The discontent is universal amongst the troops, and grows out of causes which it is impossible to remove — From favorable positions in Georgetown
looking across the river, you may see the men assembling in disorderly and apparently tumultuous squads, evidently discussing their grievances and resisting the importunities of their officers to go to their several duties.
The officers, too, are fully dissatisfied as the men. I am informed that not less than 42 of the officers resigned lately in a single day, and the number of commissions thrown up since the battle of Bull Run
is said to be about one hundred and eighty.
All these are of the three years volunteers.
But it is not only amongst the volunteer officers that the spirit of discontent has displayed itself.
The appointment of Gen. McClellan
, although it is acquiesced in, is felt by the whole of the regular army as founded upon a principle grossly unjust and derogatory to them.
If every officer who loses a battle is to be superseded, it will soon be impossible to find men willing to accept responsible commands.
It is believed that both General Scott
and General McDowell
feel very keenly the rebuke which is implied in placing over them a young officer who never led a squadron in the field, and who is much their junior in years and service.