Late Northern news.
rumors in Washington
— Confiscation of a Virginian's property — the Mt. Vernon
estate — the late affair in Romney
— affairs in Missouri
Through the kindness of a friend we have been placed in possession of Northern dates as late as the 23th ult. The news obtained from them is of quite an interesting character, a general summary of which will be found below:
We extract from the New York Times
, of the 28th ult., the following synopsis of telegrams sent from the Federal
metropolis under date of the 27th.
The character of the paper to which they were transmitted being of the most ultra Lincoln
hue, it is but reasonable to suppose that the dispatches are of the same character:
A Variety of rumors — capture of Norfolk by the Feds.
The city has been full of rumors again to-day.
Among them stories that General McClellan
has resigned, and that his resignation will be accepted, that a court of inquiry is to be ordered on the late movement toward Leesburg
, to ascertain upon whose authority it was ordered, and who was responsible for its result.
Then again, it is stated that the fleet congregated at Fortress Monroe
has tried its hand on Norfolk
, and has captured that great reservoir of artillery.
Few place any reliance on the first of these reports, and almost everybody credited the latter.
The success of Gen. Kelly
in Western Virginia
is reported at the White House
to-day, and gives us the hopes and encouragement we lost after the disaster at Leesburg
remained over the river last night, not returning to Washington
until about noon to-day.
No movements have taken place of any moment, though great expectations are entertained.
The Confiscation law to be Enforced.
The Government is rapidly preparing for enforcing the Confiscation law passed by the last Congress.
Yesterday attachments were served against a lot of furniture belonging to a man named Shields
, who is a captain in the rebel army, and who owns a number of houses and lots in Washington
This is to be a special case, and if the law is sustained, the Government
will at once proceed to confiscate the property of every known rebel as fast as it may come within the jurisdiction of our arms.
The rebel batteries on the Potomac.
story, that the rebel batteries extend twenty miles along the Potomac
, is a ‘"tis well told."’ The fact is, that the batteries extend only five miles, and are not so formidable that they cannot be silenced.
The rebel steamer Page
has been obliged to take refuge in Occoquan Creek, and, from the rapidly with which our lines are reaching that point, there seems a fair probability of her inland communications being soon cut off. Gen. Heintzelman
's pickets already extended below Pohick Church, and a glance at the map will show his proximity to the Occoquan
I am sure that the rebels will not have long to boast of their temporary blockade of the Potomac
, and that we shall have our bivalve, as fresh as ever.
The friends of good oysters, are, however, impatient for the welcome days
An application was made to Provost Judge Frieze
, of Alexandria
, yesterday, to have the Government
take possession of the estate of the late John A. Washington
, at Mount Vernon
, for the purpose of securing the claims of Union men. When John A. Washington
left for the rebel army, he placed the care of the estate in the hands of one Turner
, however, soon caught the Secession fever, and went down to Occoquan creek to join the rebels there.
Nearly all the slaves were either taken away or ran away.
The army captured all the horses and cows, and only one able bodied man, a slave, named Gabriel Johnson
, was left on the place, with a few superannuated contrabands.
Gabriel was, however, true to his trust, and worked the farm as best he could,--hiring help, selling grain, paying claims, and acting as general agent.
There is now standing on the farm one hundred and fourteen acres of corn, of which Gabriel has sold one hundred acres at ten dollars per acre, to be cut, measured, husked and carried off at the expense of the purchaser.
complimented Gabriel for his faithfulness, and promised to see him taken care of.
The Government will undoubtedly take possession of such estates as this and of all property whatsoever belonging to men who have joined the rebel army, and audit and pay the claims of Union men against them.
The house of the rebel Col. Perry
, at Alexandria
, now occupied by Provost Marshal Griffith
, and which is just as the family left it in all haste, including their slave servants, is but one of many similar mansions that have no claimants but the Government
It is a curious fact that in this house are three portraits of Mr. Buchanan
Since Friday, when the Pacific
and Atlantic Telegraph was opened, the President
has received a number of dispatches over that line.
These embrace, first, the announcement from the President
of the Overland Telegraph Company
that the line is completed, and expressing the hope that it may be a bond of perpetuity between the States of the Atlantic
and those of the Pacific
, of California
, expresses, in the name of the people of that State, their congratulations at the completion of the noble enterprise that places them in immediate communication with the capital and with their fellow-citizens in the East
‘"May the golden links of the Constitution
ever unite us a happy and free people."’
The President and Secretary
of the California Pioneers, the oldest organization on the Pacific coast
, send greetings to the President
of the United States
As a Society loyal, and as a State loyal, they pray God to save one and indivisible our glorious Union.
sends from Sacramento
is but a second's distance from the National Capital
Her patriotism with electric current throbs responsive to that of her sister States, and holds civil liberty and union above all price."
The Grand Division of the Sons of Temperance send the following:
To the President of the United States:
Greeting--Liberty, union, temperance, one and inseparable, forever.
[Signed] John Wade
, P. G. W. P.
transmits as follows:
sends greeting to your Excellency
, with the assurance that she is true to the Constitution
and the Union
, and for the thorough crushing out of rebellion."
, in behalf of the Territory of Nevada
, dated Carson City
avails herself of the earliest opportunity to send upon the wings of lightning to her national home, assurance of her ritual attachment to the Union
, as framed by our fathers, and her earnest sympathies are with those who are striving to maintain it."
The following is dated at the Capitol
, Carson City
, Nevada Territory
, through her first Legislative Assembly!
To the President
and Pupil of the United States
for the Union
, ever was and loyal.
The last born of the nation will
be the last to desert the flag.
Our aid to the extent of our ability can be relied upon to crush rebellion.
[Signed] J. N. Van Bakelen