From the Baltimore American, of the 21st inst., we gather the following: ‘
Fortress Monroe, Oct. 18.--There is no news from the South to-day. ’
General Wool has issued an order giving the "contraband" employed in this department wages at the rate of $8 per month for the men, and $4 per month for the females.
from Fortress Monroe.
Arrival of the steamer Adelaide.The steamer Adelaide, Captain Cannon, reached here on Saturday shortly after seven o'clock, and brings very little intelligence of interest from Hampton Roads. Some surprise was manifested at Fortress Monroe in consequence of an order received from the War Department removing Col. Justin Dimick, of the Second Regiment of Artillery, from that post to take command of Fort Warren, of the Department of the East. Col. Dimick has been in the regular artillery service for more than forty years, and he stands high in the estimation of his brother officers and of a vast circle of friends. His removal to the command of a post is an evidence of the confidence which the department reposes in his military abilities and patriotism. On Friday the Federal fleet at Hampton Roads was increased by the arrival from New York of three large steamers, one of which was the Baltic, which were pretty well laden with naval stores for the expedition. The trip of the Adelaide up the bay was very pleasant, until about four o'clock in the morning, when a dense fog arose, and it was impossible to see fifty yards ahead. She then came along very slowly, in order to avoid the steamers outward bound, all of which were compelled to keep their steam whistles blowing. Fortress Monroe, Oct. 19.--The great fleet concentrating at Hampton Roads is receiving hourly accessions. The troops from Annapolis have not yet arrived. Gen. Sherman is expected to-night in the Atlantic. Great enthusiasm prevails at Old Point, in view of the extensive naval preparations. The steamship Union has just arrived. The steamer Wabash still remains at Old Point. It is supposed that the entire fleet will be full by to-morrow night.
The latest intelligence from old Point.The steamer Louisiana, Captain Pierson, reached here yesterday morning about six o'clock, and among the passengers were three gentlemen with six ladies, who have for some time past been living in Richmond and Norfolk, and who reached Old Point under a flag of truce. It has been previously announced that Gen. Wool had declared he would permit no more flags of truce, which was true, but now that a flag did arrive, it is presumed that he has acted under orders from the War Department. It was about ten o'clock in the morning when the steamer was observed rounding Sewell's Point, when Gen. Wool despatched the steam-tug Yankee to meet her, but the Confederate boat continued on her course, until she got within the naval lines when one of the Federal gun-boats opened fire upon her. About an hour after the Yankee left, the fellow again approached, but was again fired at for at least as hour, when he finally steamed down towards Norfolk. Among the passengers was Colonel Tustin Dimick, of the Second Regiment of United States Artillery, who has been at Fortress Monroe for several years, but now goes to command Fort Warren, Boston harbor.
Reported Outbreak in Western Virginia.From the Wheeling Intelligencer, of the 18th ult., we gather the following: ‘ Governor Pierpont yesterday received a dispatch from Mr. Van Winkle, of Parkersburg, announcing that the rebels had made their appearance in Wirt and Gilmer counties in great numbers, and were carrying on to the perfect terror of the inhabitants. It was reported that they had attacked Capt. Hill's cavalry company, stationed at Elizabethtown, and completely cut them to pieces, and were threatening Parkersburg. ’ The dispatch is certainly from a very reliable source, and is entitled to the fullest credit. It is known that an unusual number of rebels have recently appeared in Wirt, Gilmer and Galhoun counties, and many Union men have been murdered. The rebel forces are not natives of the counties named, but are regularly organized bands, doubtless from Floyd's army. Last night — about dark, companies A, B, C, D and E, of the First Virginia Infantry, took passage on the steamer Woodside for Parkersburg. Col. Thoburn being absent from the city, Lieutenant Colonel Richmond, of the First Cavalry, went in command. We are not at liberty to state the destination of the expedition. The boys came over from Camp Carlile, preceded by the First Cavalry band, under a drenching rain that would have drowned the spirits of a less enthusiastic crowd, but a jollier set of fellows never set out upon an expedition, the object of which they knew nothing.
The attack on the Seminole.A private letter from a gentleman on board the U. S. steam-sloop Seminole, on her late trip from Washington to Old Point, has been published in the Philadelphia Bulletin. The following are extracts:
U. S. Steam-Sloop Seminole,
We arrived here this morning at 7 o'clock, having left Washington yesterday morning.
Nothing very remarkable occurred on the way down to Quantico creek.
At that point the steamer Pocahontas, which was some miles ahead of us, threw three or four shells into the bushes at Evansport, or Shipping Point, Va. The fire was not returned, and she proceeded on her way.
As we neared the Point, at 10½ A. M., our decks were cleared for action, all hands at quarters, hatches closed and everything ready.
At 10.45 they opened on us, with rifled shot and shell, from three batteries, two on the bank and one about 400 yards inland, at Evansport.
These shot fell twenty rods short.
The Seminole returned the fire briskly, and with effect, from her pivot gun and two medium 32-pounders.
We kept on our course, returning their fire during thirty-five minutes, and receiving theirs during forty-five.
We were a fine target for them — a slow steamer clear against the horizon, while they were hid in earth and bushes.
We ceased firing at 11.25 A. M., after which they sent several ricocheting shots — and all handsome ones — at our water line, which luckily fell short.
We expended twenty-three shells, several — particularly those planted by Captain Gillis in person — with good effect.
They sent us at least thirty rifled balls and shells, all splendidly aimed, their guns being evidently well manned.
Some of their shot and shell went over us, about eight or nine feet clear of the deck, and only a few feet above my head.
These fell or burst from twenty to forty rods beyond on our port side.
Some burst just outside, before reaching us, and some just over our heads.
Fragments of shells flew about the deck and splinters in thousands.
We were struck eleven times. One ball cut away the main stays, scattering bits of iron chain down on the deck.
One shot through and shivered the mizzen mast.
Several banged clear through the ship, in at one side and out at the other.
One rifled ball came through in that way, struck and carried away the brass hand-rail guard around the engine hatch, and went out through the opposite side of the ship.
This ball went within five feet of me, and sent a piece of brass, bent double like a boomerang, whizzing over my head.
How the balls do hiss, and the shells sing aloud — a perfectly distinct, fascinating, locust-like song; but growing louder and faster as they come nearer, plunging, hissing, and bursting through the air. I was never under fire before, but I never was cooler in my life.
I stood by my capstan and took my notes of the time and the effect of the balls both ways, jumping out of our own smoke to see where the balls lodged, &c.--all just as a matter of course.
But I thought of it afterwards, and it was no joke.
"The fight was a severe one, and without knowing what the other side suffered, I do know that the Seminole suffered severely.--
So soon as we get rid of some expedition now on hand, we shall probably run in North somewhere for repairs.
"The officers and men behaved well.
Had Captain Gillis stopped we should have been blown out of the water.
Everyone says that guns were never better handled than those of the enemy yesterday.
Every shot came true.
The only wonder is that no lives were lost.
A number were scratched by splinters.
I was hit by them half-a-dozen times.
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"We expected a lively time passing Matthias Point, but either they have no battery there, or they allowed us to go by it unmolested.
We were abreast of the Point at 2:25, having been called to quarters at dinner to prepare for an emergency.
At, this point the channel carries vessels of our draught within less than half a mile of the bluff shore.
A good battery, well manned, could command the river, and could have sunk us yesterday.
After piping down, we were a second time called to action from dinner, and threw shells at the Point, but without any return.
So we were three times cleared for action during the day."
off Fortress Monroe, Oct. 16, 1861.
The rebellion in Kentucky--letter from Hon. Henry Grider, M. C.We find the following letter in the Baltimore American, of the 21st: