The New York Herald
, of the 3d, furnishes us with some additional items of news:
Presentation of a sword to Gen. M' Clellan — fears in regard to the Federal fleet, &c.
correspondent of the 2d, to the New York Herald
received yesterday a splendid sword, presented to him by a committee of the City Council at Philadelphia
Upon accepting the weapon General McClellan
said that he received it, not for what he had done, but for what he hoped to do. He added that all that was necessary was patience and confidence, and that the victory would eventually be ours.
The Powhatan arrived at Washington
yesterday from Annapolis
, passing the rebel batteries on the Potomac
without being attacked.
Several vessels passed down through the Swash channel
yesterday, however, and were fired upon, though without receiving any damage.
Several shells were thrown from the rebel batteries to our entrenchments on the Maryland
shore, but they did not impede the progress of the work on our fortifications Some of our thirty-two pounders answered with three or four rounds, but whether they took effect has not been ascertained.
We have no intelligence of any movement in the army of the Lower Potomac
On the Upper Potomac
a shell was thrown across by the rebels, and struck and officer's tent on the Maryland
shore, opposite Edwards's Ferry, wounding a soldier inside — No other demonstration was made in that quarter.
Some fears were entertained that the prevailing gale would seriously affect the progress of the great naval expedition, and this idea gained strength from the fact that the Roanoke
, which has just arrived at Fortress Monroe
, reports that she experienced very heavy weather on her way from Charleston
, which compelled her to keep outside the track of the expedition.
The Ethan Allen
, which has also reached Fortress Monroe
, states that when she left the fleet, off Cape Hatteras
, the two boats formerly belonging to the New York
and Brooklyn ferries — the Eagle
and Commo ore Perry
, had been separated from the squadron.
But by the arrival of a vessel at Baltimore
yesterday afternoon, we learn that the fleet ‘"was off Cape Hatteras
on Wednesday evening, at which time the weather was remarkably fair, and the squadron was moving along finely.
The captain of this vessel reports that the gale commenced north of Cape Hatteras
, and gives it as his opinion that the fleet did not encounter it at all, as the ships had passed south of that point before it commenced."’