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from Fortress Monroe.

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.

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,
off Fortress Monroe, Oct. 16, 1861.

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.

* * * * * *

"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."

The rebellion in Kentucky--letter from Hon. Henry Grider, M. C.

We find the following letter in the Baltimore American, of the 21st:

Louisville, Oct. 12, 1861.

Dear Sir
--You have seen that my town and half my district are now in the possession of the Secessionists and Confederates, and we believe that they intend to bring large forces into our State to winter this fall, but our people are not discouraged. The Union men are firm and determined, and many of the rebels are taking sides with the Union, as they have become indignant at their course, and their unprovoked invasion. Anderson is getting ready to move down, and has the railroad built four miles towards Bowling Green. The Indiana and Illinois troops are coming to our aid as rapidly as they can, but the difficulty with us is we cannot get arms for our own men, nor for our neighbors. If we had the arms, our people would rise up like a host. The rebels have not rallied to the Confederates as the South expected, and are very much disappointed and intimidated, and some of them are falling into the ranks for the State or the Union. We have been tardy, but all will be well so soon as we can get guns. Kentucky will arouse up her sons and put on her strength, and be "Kentucky for the Union forever."

Yours, truly,

Henry Grider, M. C.,
Bowling Green District, Ky.

From camp Dick Robinson.

The special (Camp Dick Robinson) correspondent of the Cincinnati Times, Oct. 16th, says:

The Hon. Andy Johnson and Horace Maynard arrived here Thursday evening last, and are at present in our midst. A large squad of Tennessean just escaped from the "Philistines" also arrived in camp the same night. Numbers of these brave fellows are now constantly arriving here, Zollicoffer's emissaries not being able to prevent their escape.

’ I have to day conversed with men just arrived from Clinton county, Kentucky, on the Tennessee border. They state that they have forced the rebels back in that quarter, killing several, and capturing horses, arms, and camp equipage. They contradict the report of the death of the notorious renegade, Jim Christman. He had been shot through the right shoulder by a musket ball, being severely wounded, but was still living.

We had yesterday quite a distinguished arrival in our midst, in the personages of Major General Robert Anderson, United States Army; Major Coleman, of the Burnet House, of your city, and Judge Buckner, the Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives.--These, with the presence of Johnson and Maynard, of Tennessee, gives the camp a fine array of talent. The day being very pleasant, has also brought out the ladies in great numbers.

General Anderson, after being introduced to the Ohio boys, welcomed them to the State of Kentucky, stating that Kentuckians would appreciate their valor and patriotism in so quickly responding to their call for aid.--"Had Ohio and Indiana not so promptly answered to the appeal this portion of the State would now be in the possession of the enemy. But the glistening steel of your numerous bayonets has been the means of preventing so dire a calamity. And, fellow-soldiers, in the name of Kentucky, for this I thank you. It is with deep regret that I announce my inability to remain on the field with you. I hope, however, that my health will soon admit of my returning and sharing with you the glories of the campaign."

The Hon. Andy Johnson being then introduced, pronounced himself an exile from his home. "He had been forced to leave his own happy home, forced to leave his property and possessions, and dear for his life. He was proud to meet them, and would follow them on their weary march across the mountains, aiding and assisting them as far as his poor abilities would extend. I know that you will baptize that flag in the glory of the sun, and with the warm blood of your hearts, ere you will see it dishonored.

"These brave Tennessean here with you do not ask to be placed in the rear, neither do they asked to be placed on the flanks, but they do desire to be placed in the van, to be put in front of the column, where the bullets will fly the thickest, and where the greatest dangers lie. They will lead you through the various mountain paths and thickets.--They will cover you on all sides, asking of you only to follow their trail until you arrive within their boundaries and their dearly loved homes, where you will meet with thousands of true hearts beating in unison with your own, and who will then come from their caves and hiding places, joining their hearts and hands with yours, and will offer up their own hearts' blood in defence of that cause for which you have left your own distant homes and firesides to support. We cannot expect all to survive to honor and bless you for your glorious escort to our dear loved homes, but we are willing to sacrifice our lives with yours; we are willing to have our bones lay bleaching on the plains and the mountains with your own; we ask no better sacrifice than to know that our blood was spilled, mingling with yours, in defence of that flag."

Loyalty to the Federal Government on the Eastern shore of Virginia.

Information, says the Washington Star, has been received at the Navy Department, from which it appears that all the inhabitants of Chincoteague Island, (which is a part of the county of Accomac, Va.,) numbering nearly one thousand, are true and loyal. No other flag than the Stars and Stripes has up to this time been allowed on the island, and the national ensign is at all times kept displayed on a high pole. A committee of citizens appointed to confer with the commander of a war vessel, say:

‘ "We, the citizens of Chincoteague island, Va., do respectfully represent that we are law-abiding people, attached firmly to the Constitution and laws of the United States of America; that by interest and affection we cling to the Union; that we are united as one man in our abhorrence of the secession heresies; that we have upheld the old flag in spite of many menaces from our secession neighbors; that the opportune arrival of the war steamer, commanded by Captain Murray, and his energetic measures alone saved us from subjugation, the enemy having mustered on the opposite shore for that purpose." They therefore ask the continued protection of a Government vessel. On the 14th 150 voters took the oath of allegiance to the United States of America, under the flag, and in presence of Lieutenant Commanding, A. Murray, of the Louisiana.

A successful balloon ascension.

The Washington Star, of Saturday, the 19th, says:

‘ On Friday afternoon, La Mountain, an æronaut of the Government, made a very successful balloon ascension from Cloud's Mill. He ascended to a height of nearly two miles, without moorings, and was gently wafted hitherward; descending, after having completed his ærial reconnaissance, in the camp of Gen. Blenker, a few miles east of that at which the ascension took place. The time was capitally chosen, the state of the atmosphere being very favorable for his observations. He doubtless saw distinctly every position of the enemy between the river and the Blue Ridge, as he of course used the most powerful glass to be found in the army. His success in this case will prove of great importance, as affording Gen. McClellan positive information concerning the recent changes of the enemy's position, of great importance to his (Gen. McClellan's) plans just now.

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