News from the North.
The receipt of Northern papers as late as Friday last, enables us to lay before our readers the following summary:
Clarksburg,Va., Sept. 12.
--A battle commenced between the Federal
troops and the enemy at 3 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, near Summersville
, after taking a reconnaissance, found Floyd
's rebel army 5,000 strong, with sixteen field pieces, to be entrenched in a powerful position on the top of the mountain at Cannex Ferry, on the west side of Gauley river
The rear and extreme of both flanks were inaccessible.
The front was masked by heavy forests and close jungles.
' 10th Ohio Regiment, of Benham
's Brigade, was in advance, and drove a strong detachment of the enemy out of their camp, this side of the position, the state of which was unknown.
Shortly afterwards his scouts, consisting of four companies, suddenly discovered themselves in the face of a parapet battery and a long line of palladous for riflemen, when the battle opened fiercely.
The remainder of the 10th and the 13th Ohio regiments were then brought into action successively by Gen. Benham
, and the 12th Ohio regiment afterwards by Captain Hartsuff
, whose object was an armed reconnaissance.
The enemy played upon our forces terrifically with musketry, canister and shell.
led several companies of Irishmen to charge the battery, when he was brought down by a shot in the leg.
's 13th Ohio engaged the enemy on the left, and Col. Lowe
's 12th Ohio directly in the front.
fell dead at the head of his regiment, early in the hottest of the fire, by receiving a ball in the forehead.
's howitzer battery, and Captain Snyder
's two field-pieces, meantime, were got into the best position possible under the circumstances, and soon silenced two of the rebel guns.
The fire slackened at intervals, but grew more furious as night approached.
The German brigade was led gallantly into action by Col. McCook
, under the direction of Adjutant-General Hartsuff
; but, after a furious fight of three hours, darkness compelled the recall of the troops, and the men laid on their arms within a short distance of the enemy, ready to resume the contest next morning.
When the morning came, however, our scouts reported that Floyd
had ingloriously fled during the night, sinking the boats in the river in his rear, and destroying the temporary bridge he had made when he first crossed to occupy the position.
The turbulence and depth of the river, and the exhaustion of our troops made it impossible to follow the fugitive rebels.
So hasty was his flight that he left behind his camp equipage, wagons, horses, large quantities of ammunition, and fifty head of cattle.
Our loss is only fifteen killed and about seventy wounded, generally flesh wounds.
The rebels' loss is not ascertained, as they carried their dead and wounded across the river during the night, but it was certainly very serious.
, of Cincinnati
, Capt. McMullin
and Lieut. Snyder
, of Ohio
, are among the wounded, but not dangerously.
Twenty-five men of Col. Tyler
's regiment, who were taken prisoners by General Floyd
at Cross Lanes
, were recaptured by our troops.
's personal baggage, with that of all his officers, was also taken.
's brigade, which suffered most, was commanded by him in person, and Colonel McCook
also led his brigade into action.
Major General Rosencranz
, Gen. Benham
, Cols. McCook
, and Captains Hartsuff
, and other officers displayed particular acts of personal gallantry.
The troops engaged were exclusively from Ohio
, and all fought with a bravery worthy of veterans.
Washington, Sept. 12.
--The following dispatch was received at headquarters this evening:
Headquarters Army of Va.,
--We yesterday marched 17½ miles, and reached the enemy's entrenched position in front of Connifix Ferry, driving his advanced outposts and pickets before us. We found him occupying a strongly-entrenched position, covered by forests too dense to admit of its being seen at a distance of three hundred yards. His force was five regiments, besides the one driven in. He had probably sixteen pieces of artillery.
At 3 o'clock we began a strong reconnaissance, which proceeded to such length that we were about to assault the position on the flank and front, when night coming on, and our troops being completely exhausted, I drew them out of the woods and posted them in the order of battle behind ridges immediately in front of the enemy's position, where they rested on their arms until the morning.
Shortly after daylight a runaway ‘"contraband"’ came in and reported that the enemy had crossed the Gauley river
during the night by means of the ferry, and a bridge which they had completed.
was ordered to take possession of the camp, which he did about seven o'clock, capturing a few prisoners, two stand of colors, a considerable quantity of arms, with quartermaster's stores, messing and camp equipage.
The enemy have destroyed their bridge across the Gauley
, which here rushes through a deep gorge, and our troops being still much fatigued and having no material for immediately repairing the bridge, it was thought prudent to encamp the troop and occupy the ferry and the captured camp.
We sent a few rifled cannon shots after the retreating enemy, to produce a moral effect.
Our loss will probably amount to twenty killed and one hundred wounded. The enemy's loss is not ascertained, but from the report of the prisoners must have been very considerable.
The skirmish at Lewinsville, Va., &c.
Washington, Sept. 12.
--In yesterday's dispatch of the account of the skirmish near Lewinsville, there is an error in stating that the rebels opened in line of battle.
formed the Federal
troops in line of battle, but could not succeed in drawing the enemy into the open field from their covert in the woods.
's dispatch to the Secretary of War
in regard to the affair of yesterday, is remarkably brief.
He merely says that Gen. Smith
made a reconnaissance with 2,000 men to Lewinsville, remained several hours, and completed the examination of the ground.
When their work was completed, and the command had started back, the enemy opened fire with shells, by which two men were killed and three wounded.
's battery, he says, silenced that of the enemy, and our men came back in perfect order and excellent spirits.
The men behaved most admirably under fire.
He concludes by remarking: ‘"We shall have no more Bull Run
From across the Potomac.
Washington, Sept. 12.
--The firing in the direction of Chain Bridge this morning was from artillery practice.
Two dead bodies were recovered from the Lewinsville field to-day by a detachment of the Nineteenth Indiana Regiment.
No further tidings have been heard of Lieut. Hancock
, who was reported killed; but his body not having been found, the presumption is that he was taken prisoner.
A man, supposed to be a spy, was arrested to-day in the neighborhood of the Chain Bridge
, and was taken to the headquarters of Gen. Smith
, heavily ironed.
Everything has been remarkably quiet in the neighborhood of Bailey
's and Ball's Cross-Roads.
The residence of Mr. Ball
, to the right of Ball's Cross-Roads, is alternately occupied by our pickets and those of the Confederates
--ours during the day and theirs at night.
Federal accounts of affairs in Missouri.
St. Louis, Sept. 11.
of Gen. Lyon
's Brigade, arrived from Springfield
to- day, and reports that all the Federal
wounded remaining at that place have been retained by order of the rebel commander, and are held as hostages for the safety of the Secessionists now in the hands of the Federal
was told that for every rebel shot or hung under Fremont
's recent proclamation one of our wounded soldiers would be shot.
, of the rebel army, arrived last night with a flag of truce.
It is conjectured that he brings a proposition for an exchange of our wounded at Springfield
for all the Secession prisoners now in the hands of the Federal
military authorities throughout the State
Acting Quartermaster General McKinstry
has issued orders forbidding all officers, agents and other employees in the Quartermaster's department, and all contractors with the said department, in any way dealing with persons not known to be loyal to the United States Government, and all such officers, agents
, employees and contractors are directed to use the utmost vigilance to prevent the disbursement of the money of the United States
for the benefit of its enemies.
returned here last night.
The Republican learns that his mission was to get money and arms to enable him to get out the State
troops under his proclamation, in which he was eminently successful.
Money will be placed to his credit in the Sub-Treasury and arms be forwarded as fast as possible.
Reported flight of Martin Green's forces.
Hennewell, Mo., Sept. 10.
's command marched for the rebels under Green
on Sunday night, and at daylight on Monday reached their camp; but Green
, having received notice of the approach of our troops, had fled, and his forces scattered in every direction, leaving much of their baggage, provisions and forage, and the public property they had captured at Shelbina
's force numbered about three thousand, and General Pope
's troops having made a forced
march of twenty-three miles, were unable to reach him.
At the latest accounts it was understood that the bulk of Green
's force had crossed the Northern
Missouri Railroad, and were making for the woods in Charlton county
. Gen. Pope
followed in pursuit, with the Sixteenth Illinois and Third Iowa regiments, after giving them a few hours' rest; but as Green
's forces are mounted, there is but little prospect of overtaking them.
Washington, Sept. 12.
--The following dispatch was received to-night at headquarters of the army:
Sept. 12.--Colonel E. D. Townsend
, Assistant Adjutant-General
; A dispatch from Gen. Pope
, received to-day from Hennewell, (on the Northern
Missouri Railroad,) states that he made a night march on the rebels under Gen. Green
last Sunday, who, however, got notice of his approach, but he was successful in causing the dispersion of 3,000 rebel force, who left behind them much of their baggage, provision and forage; also, the public property seized by Gen. Green
, at Shelbourne.
's infantry were too much fatigued to pursue them.
The horsemen, however, followed in pursuit for ten or fifteen miles, until the enemy were completely scattered and dispersed.
The railroad east of Brookfield
is now open, and no more Secession camps will be made within twenty miles.
telegraphs to me that the first gun is in position at Fort Holt, Kentucky
J. C. Fremont
Jefferson City, Mo., Sept. 11.
--A messenger from Sidallia states that Capt. Jamison
Jay Hawker's had defeated the notorious Dr. Staples
, at the head of five hundred rebels, completely routing them and killing their leader.
This will restore peace to Pettia and the surrounding counties, as Staples
, who was captured some days since, were the principal instigators of secessionism in that section.
It is also reported that Col. Marshall
's Illinois Cavalry have captured six hundred rebels, under Captain Skelley
, with two field pieces.
The Federal dispatches from Point of Rocks, Maryland
, September 11, furnish the subjoined intelligence:
Union men from Martinsburg
on Saturday report that the rebels have taken up the entire track of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad from that town to North Mountain
, a distance of nine miles, and transported the rails, &c., to Winchester
, for the extension of the Alexandria
railroad, from Strasburg
to that point.
The track torn up was lately relaid by the company.
At Duffield's Station, on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, the rebels were busily engaged in further plundering the road of some seven or eight of the new first-class locomotives, which they were taking down for transportation to Winchester
The locomotives had but recently been put upon the route.
Some of them are of the heaviest kind, and were probably spared by the rebels in their recent vandal acts of destruction on account of the adaptability of these engines for the transportation of troop trains in Virginia
Hon. Daniel C. Strother
is still held a prisoner by the Confederates
His son, ‘ "Porte Crayon,"’ is an attache of the engineer corps of General Banks
The new system of army signaling is becoming a fixed institution.
The appointees are compelled to pass a thorough examination in mathematics, engineering, astronomy, &c., and many changes are made in the corps for want of proficiency.
The skirmish at Lewinsville — another account of the affair.
The Washington Star, of Thursday evening, has the following account of the skirmish on Wednesday, which we give for what it is worth:
Yesterday (Wednesday) morning, at seven o'clock, in pursuance of orders, a reconnoitering party of about 2,000 men, infantry; between eighty and ninety volunteer cavalry, and Griffin
's United States Light Battery, started under Col. Stevens
, of the New York Seventy-ninth, from the camps in the vicinity of Chain Bridge, and proceeded leisurely up the Leesburg turnpike
They advanced as far as Lewinsville--seven miles--without seeing anything of the enemy, whose pickets fled before them.
On the way, however, they were informed that the enemy's retreating picket guard expected to return with sufficient reinforcements to cut them off.
, of the Topographical Engineers
, executed his orders to obtain a correct sketch of the country reconnoitered, using a plane table to that end.
On their return they were opened on from the wood and a corn-field to their right and left, with artillery and musketry, though the foe engaged kept concealed throughout the skirmish.
The two forces were between eighteen hundred and two thousand yards apart during all the firing.
No musketry was fired by the Union
's battery being alone actually engaged on our side.
The enemy's battery consisted of two rifle guns, throwing Hotchkiss
shells, and two 6- pounders, the rifled guns being heavier than those of Captain Griffin
's, a 32-pounder was sent after the force, but did not get up with Col. Stevens
until after Griffin
had completely silenced the enemy's guns, when a single shell thrown by it caused the enemy's cavalry, between seven hundred and a thousand strong, (that made their appearance in the rear of our forces, as though disposed to dispute the way with them,) to scamper off — scattering in all directions.
It is not known whether any of their cavalry were killed.
Nor, indeed, whether any of the enemy were killed, as from first to last none of their infantry or artillery were seen by any of the force under Col. Stevens
The fact that the enemy's battery was silenced, and the engagement given up by him, is, however, strong circumstantial evidence on which to found the impression that he met with more or less loss.
Persons residing in the vicinity, brought to our camps last, night reliable information that the force of the enemy engaged consisted of two regiments of infantry and Stuart
's regiment of Virginia
cavalry, with a single battery--four pieces — of artillery that was hurried forward to the end of cutting off Col. Stevens
' force on its return.
The troops under Stevens
consisted of selected portions of the Vermont 3d, the New York 79th, the Indiana 9th, (Col. Meredith
's,) with a few other small detachments of infantry from other regiments.
The purpose of sending out this force was not to bring on a general engagement, but to obtain certain information which was obtained before the force faced about to return; shortly after which the attack began.
It was a noticeable fact that Col. Stevens
had great difficulty in preventing his men from advancing upon the hidden enemy, and they left the field after the enemy's battery was silenced with evident reluctance.
No force ever showed a better spirit for the fight.
Indeed, those who were killed and wounded for the most part suffered through their overeagerness for the fray, that led them to expose themselves against orders.
, on receiving intelligence that the enemy seemed disposed to dispute Col. Stevens
' return to our lines, mounted, and accompanied by his staff, hastened in the direction of the affair.
He was enthusiastically cheered by the troops wherever he was seen by them, both going and returning.--When he reached the command of Col. Stevens
, that had been engaged, the men, one and all, raised a tremendous shout of welcome.
One poor fellow, in the very agonies of death from his wounds, as the General
took his hand, suddenly sprang up and thanked him for his kind attention.
He probably did not survive for half an hour afterwards.--Gen. McCall
's brigade gave him a most remarkable welcome, cheering him as he passed as commander was hardly ever before cheered.
We learn from headquarters that our loss was one actually killed on the field, one died in a short time, five desperately and five slightly wounded.
All our wounded and killed were brought away with the single exception of one man, too badly wounded to be moved, who was left at a farm-house to be cared for.
The following is from the Washington
correspondence of the New York Herald:
The occurrence of to-day has warned the people residing in the neighborhood of Lewinsville that a battle in that vicinity is imminent.
A large number of wagons were met upon the road to- night, filled with women and children, who were being removed from the scene of action to this city for safety.
During the afternoon, after the action, the road to the Chain Bridge
presented a lively scene.
Vehicles and ambulances were hurrying towards the city, while troop after troop of cavalry were proceeding towards the scene of action at a rapid but regular gait, followed by trains of heavily loaded wagons, while officers were rapidly passing to and from with orders and despatches.
Soon after the rencontre at Lewinsville began, the sounds of which were distinctly heard in the city, the discharge of heavy guns from Forts Albany
startled the people.
It was ascertained that this firing was occasioned by the trial of some recently mounted guns to ascertain their range.
The following is given as a complete list of the Federal
killed and wounded:
Name of the killed.
- 1. Private Colburn, Company C, Third Vermont Volunteers.
- 2. Private W. H. Wood, Company D, Nineteenth Indiana Volunteers.
- 3. Private James Elliott, Company B, Seventy-ninth N. Y. Volunteers.
- 4. Private Amos Mazerole, Company C, Third Vermont Volunteers.
- 5. Lieut. B. F. Hancock, CompanyI, Nineteenth Indiana Volunteers.
- 6. Sergeant Samuel Goodwin; Company I, Nineteenth Indiana Volunteers.
- 7. Private Oliver Hubbell, Company D, Nineteenth Indiana Volunteers.
Names of the wounded.
- 1. Private M. A. Parker, Company C, Third Vermont Volunteers--wounded in the elbow.
- 2. Private John Hamilton, Company D, Nineteenth Indiana Volunteers--wounded in the back and foot; not dangerous.
- 3. Private Asbury Inslow, Company D, Nineteenth Indiana Volunteers--shot in the left cheek; dangerous.
- 4. Private W. C. Carter, Third Vermont Volunteers--powder blown; not dangerous.
- 5. Lieut. Haviland--slightly.
- 6. Sergeant Farnham, Third Vermont Volunteers--wounded slightly in the ankle.
- 7. Private N. K. Kingsbury, Third Vermont Volunteers--in the hip; slightly.
- 8. Private John Colder, Company F, Seventy-ninth N. Y. Volunteers--in the foot; slightly.
- 9. Private John Coughlin, Seventy-ninth regiment Volunteers--dangerously wounded by a fragment of a shell.
The commander of the Federal
troops during the engagement was Brig. Gen. Wm. F. Smith
, and the commander of the expedition was Col. Isaac J. Stevens
, of the New York 79th.
Among the Federal
troops engaged was the regiment commanded by Col. John Cochrane
, though he was absent himself.
--The sloop-of-war Jamestown
sailed hence last night.
The frigate Potomac
arrived here to-day, and will take an active part in the blockade.
There is great activity among the ships of war and gun-boats in Hampton Roads
preparatory to an important naval expedition to the Southern
In view of the increasing importance of Fortress Monroe
as a basis of offensive operations against the Confederates
, there is to be a large increase in the military and naval forces.
There was some heavy firing this morning at Sewell's Point
The Confederates were trying the range of their new guns.
A deserter states that the Confederate
force there numbers about two thousand men.
is making arrangements to quarter contraband slaves at Old Point
, in comfortable wooden barracks outside the fortress.
Release of a prize schooner — gun-boat sunk.
This morning the Pusey towed down the river the schooner Remittance
, of Baltimore
, captured by the Yankee
near Port Tobacco
not long since.
It appeared upon examination that her cargo, consisting of tobacco, &c., was consigned to parties in Baltimore
, and there being no proof of her being engaged in illegitimate traffic, she was released and allowed to proceed on her destination.
Last Tuesday night the steamer State of Maine
, Captain Simmons
, which brought around the seamen from Boston
, ran over the gun-boat Tigress
, off Craney Island
, sinking her immediately.
The crew were picked up by the boats of the steamer, and placed on board the Yankee