Latest Northern news.
Official report of the Port Royal
fight — active preparations of the Federals
reported capture of the Privateer Sumter
--important from Washington Gen. McClellan
's Dismissal of Fremont
From Northern dates to the 15th of November, we make up the following summary of news:
Federal Official report of the battle of Beaufort
The following is Commodore Dupont
's report of the battle of Beaufort
, that reached the Navy Department at Washington
at 12 Mo.
, on the 14th:
Flag Ship Wabass, off Hilton Head,
Port Royal Harbor,
Nov. 6, 1861.
The Government having determined to seize and occupy one or more important points upon our Southern coast, where our squadron might find shelter, possess a depot, and afford protection to loyal citizens, committed to my discretion the selection from among those places which it thought most available and desirable for these purposes.
After mature deliberation, sided by the professional knowledge and great intelligence of the Assistant Secretary
, Mr. Fox
, and upon taking into consideration the magnitude to which the Joint naval and military expedition had been extended, to which you have called my attention, I came to the conclusion that the original intention of the department, if first
carried out, would fall short of the expectations of the country and of the capabilities of the expedition, while Port Royal
, I thought, would meet both in a high degree.
I therefore submitted to Brigadier-General Sherman
, commanding the military part of the expedition, this modification of our earliest matured plans, and had the satisfaction to receive his full concurrence, though he and the commander of the brigades very justly laid great stress on the necessity, if possible, of getting this frigate into the harbor of Port Royal
On Tuesday, the 29th October, the fleet under my command left Hampton Roads
, and with the army transports numbered fifty vessels.
On this day previous I had dispatched the coal vessels, twenty-five in all, under convoy of the Vancalia, Commander Haggerry
, to rendezvous off Charleston
, not wishing to give the true point.
The weather had been unsettled in Hampton Roads
, though it promised well when we settled, but off Hatteras
it blew hard.
Some ships got into the breakers, and two struck, but without injury.
On Friday, the 1st November, rough weather soon increased into a gale, and we had to encounter one of great violence from the southeast, a portion of which approached to a hurricane.
The fleet was utterly dispersed, and on Saturday morning one said only was in sight from the deck of the Wabash
On the following day the weather moderated, and ships and steamers began to reappear Orders (not opened except in case of separation) were furnished to all the men-of-war by myself, and to the transports by Brig. Gen. Sherman
As the vessels rejoined, reports came in of disasters.
I expected to hear of many, but when the severity of the gale and the character of the vessels are considered, we have only cause for great
In reference to the men-of-war, the Isaac Smith
-arm sufficient and well armed vessel for the class purchased, but not intended to encounter such sea and wind — had to throw her formidable battery overboard to keep from foundering, but thus relieved, Lieut.
was enable to go to the assistance of the chartered a steamer Governor
, then in a very dangerous condition, and on board of which was one fine of marines under Major Reynolds
They were family by Captain Reynold
in the Sabene, under difficult circumstances soon after which the Governor
I relieve saved of the marines went down by their own imprudence.
's conduct in the Isaac Smith
has met with my warm commendation.
The Peerless port, in sinking conditions was met by the Commander Gordon
All the persons on board, twenty-six in number, were saved under very perilous circumstances in which service, Lieut. H. W. Miller
was very favorably noticed by his commander.
Ga. passing Charleston
I sent in the Seneca
Commanding American, to direct Capt. Lardner
to join me with the steamer Susquence off Port Royal
, without delay.
On Monday, 8 o'clock in the morning.
I off the with some twenty five vessels in company, with many more heaving in sight.
The Department is aware that all the aids to navigation had been removed, and the ten miles seaward, with no features on the shore line with sufficient prominence to make any bearings reliable.
But to the skill of Commodore Davis
, the Fleet Captain
, and Mr. Boutelle
, the able Assistant of the Coast Survey, in charge of the steamer Vixen
, the channel was immediately found, sounded out and buoyed.
By 3 o'clock I received assurances from Capt. Davis
that I could send forward the lighter transports, those under 18 feet, with all the gun boats, which was immediately done, and before dark they were securely anchored in the Roadstead of Port Royal, South Carolina
The gun-boats almost immediately opened their batteries upon two or three Confederate steamers under Commodore Tamail
, instantly chasing them under the shelter of the batteries.
In the morning, Com. John Rodzers
, of the U. S. Steamer Flag
, temporarily on board this ship, and acting on my staff, accompanied Brigadier General Wright
in the gunboat Ottawa
, and supported by the Seneca
Commanding made a reconnaissance in force and drew the fire of the batteries on Hilton Had and Bay Point
sufficiently to show that the fortifications were works of strength and constructed.
In the evening of Monday, Capt. Davis
and Mr. Boutelle
reported water enough for the Wabash
to venture in.
The responsibility of hazarding so noble a frigate was not a slight one.
Over a prolonged bar of over two miles, there was but a foot or two of water to spare, and the fall and rise of tide is such that, if she had grounded, she would have most serious injury from straining, if totally lost.
Too much, however, was to hesitate, and the result was entirely successful.
On the morning Tuesday the Wabash
crossed the bar, closely by the frigate Susqueharm
Atlantic, Vander bill, and other transports of deep draft, and on running through that portion of the fleet already in, the sale passage of this great ship over the bar was hailed by gratifying cheers from the crowed vessels.
We anchored and immediately commenced preparing the ship for action, but the delay of planting buoys, particularly on the "Fishing Kip
," a dangerous shoal we had to avoid, tender the late before it was possible to with attacking squadron.
In our the outline of the forts before dark in to near this sheal, and the ships By the time she was gotten off, it was too late in my judgement, to proceed, and I made signal for the squadron to anchor out of gun-shot from the enemy.
To-day the wind blows a gale from the Southward and Westward, and the attack is unavoidably postponed.
Flag Ship Wabash, off-hilton Head,
Port Royal Harbor, Nov. 8, 1861.
I have the honor to inform you that yesterday I attacked the enemy's batteries on Bay Point
and Hilton Head--Forts Beauregard
--and succeeded in silencing them after an engagement of four hours duration and driving away the squadron of Confederate steamers, under Commodore Tatnall
The reconnaissance of yesterday made us acquainted with the superiority of Fort Walker
, and to that I directed my special effort, engaging it at a distance of first eight, and afterwards six hundred yards. But the plan of attack brought the squadron sufficiently near Fort Beauregard
to receive its fire, and the ships were frequently fighting the batteries on both side at the same time.
The action was begun on my part at twenty six minutes after nine, and at half-past 2 the American
ensign was hoisted on the flag of Fort Walker
and this morning, at sunrise, on that of Fort Beauregard
The defeat of the enemy terminated in utter rout and confusion; their quarters and encampments were abandoned without an attempt to carry away either public or private property.
The ground over which they fled was with the arms of private soldiers, and officers retired in too much haste to submit to the encumbrance of their swords.
Landing my marines and a company of seamen I took possession of the deserted ground and held the forts on Hill Head till the arrival of Gen. Sherman
, to whom I had the honor to transfer its occupation.
We have captured forty-three pieces of cannon, most of them of the heaviest calibre and of the most improved description.
The bearer of these dispatches will have honor to carry with him the captured flags and two small brass field pieces lately belonging to the State of South Carolina
, which are sent home as suitable trophies of the success of the day. I enclose herewith a copy of the general order
which is to be read in the fleet to-morrow morning at muster.
A detailed account of this battle will be submitted hereafter.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully your most obedient servant, S. F. DuPony
South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
P. S.--The bearer of dispatches will also carry with him the first American ensign
raised upon the soll of South Carolina
since the rebellion broke out N. F. DuP
Flag-Ship Wabass, off Hilton Head,
Port Royal Bay, Nov. 8, 1861.
It is the grateful duty of the Commander in Chief
to make public acknowledgement of his entire commendation of the cool ess, discipline, skill, and gallantry displayed by the officers and men under his command, in the capture of the batteries on Hilton Head
and Bay Point
, after an action of four hours duration.
The Flag Officer
fully sympathizes with the officers and men of his squadron in the satisfaction they must feel at seeing the ensign of the Union
flying once more in the State of South Carolina
, which has been the chief promoter of the wicked and unprovoked rebellion they have been called upon to suppress.
(Signed) S. F. DuPony
, Flag Officer
South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
Third Dispatch — the killed and wounded.
Flag Ship Warass, Off Hilton Head
Port Royal Harbor Nov. 8, 1861.
I have to report the following casualties in the action of yesterday, in the capture of the batteries at Hilton Head
and Bay Point
--Killed, 1--Thomas Jackson
, (coxswain,) captain of a gun, Slightly wounded, 2--Alfred Hornsby
, (seaman,) and William Wall, (seaman,)
--Killed, 2--John P. Clark
(O S.:) Wm. Price
, (2d coal heaver.) Wounded severely, 1--Samuel F. Smart
, (1st class boy.) Wounded slightly, 2 --Patrick Dugan
, (O. S.,) and Samuel Holbrook
--Killed, 2--John Kelley
, (O. S.) W. H. Fitzhugh
, (1st class boy) Wounded slightly, 3--Alfred Washburn
's Mate;) Jacob Hause
, (O. S.;) Patrick Quinn
, (O. S.)
--Killed, 1--Jon. A. Whittemore
, (3d Ass't Eng.) Wounded seriously, 3--W. Thompson
; Isaac Seyburn
, (Acv'g Mrster;) and Sherman Bascodt
, (O. S.Wounded slightly, 4--Maryland Cuthbert
, 3d Ass't Eng.;) John C. Pitman
's Mate;) John W. Townsend
, (O. S.) Charles Blown, (O. S.)
--Killed, 2--Patrick McGuigan
, Alexander Chambers.
Wounded slightly, 3--Peter Murphy
, Alexander Fivey
, Wm. Gilchrist
--A few slightly wounded; not reported.
Total killed, 8; wounded seriously, 6; wounded slightly, 17.
Total killed and wounded, 31.
I have the honor to be, respectfully, your obedient servant, S. F. DuPony
, Flag Officer
South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Hon. Gidson Wedes
, Sec'y of Navy.
Flag-Ship Wabash, off Hilton Head
Port Royal Harbor Nov. 9, 1861.
--Since writing my official dispatch, I have sent gun-boats to take possession of Beaufort
, to protect the inhabitant; but I regret to say they have fled, and the town is abandoned to the negroes, reported to me as in a lawless condition.
The light vessels which I had hoped to save were destroyed on the desertion of the forts by the Confederates
The post-offices were visited, and a number of documents, letters, &c., obtained I have covered Scull Creek
, mouth or Broad river
, and have cut off the communication between Charleston
Important from Washington--two millions dollars worth of cotton seized at Beaufort--South Carolinian Professing loyalty to the Federal Government.
--The general order
of Secretary Weles
, announcing the brilliant success of the combined army and navy forces at Port Royal
, was officially read at the Washington Navy-Yard
his afternoon, there being an especial muster for that purpose.--About 250 sailors were drawn up in a hollow square, and at the conclusion of the reading testified their appreciation of the event by repeated and enthusiastic cheers.
, the Chief of Police
, acting under the Federal
authorities, was here to- day, and reported to the War Department that information was brought to Baltimore
this morning by the boat from Fortress Monroe
boat General Sherman
had seized two millions of dollars worth of cotton in the vicinity of Beaufort
, S. C. and that numbers of citizens there had professed loyally to the Government
, and were soliciting arms with which to organize and protect themselves against the rebels.
The trophies from Port Royal
have been apportioned between the Navy Department and the Navy- Yard
The two cannon have been taken to the Navy-Yard
, to occupy places alongside of the trophies of the Mexican
war, which meet the eye of every visitor as soon as he enters the premises.
They are not, as has been represented, "ride guns of the newest and most approved patterns," but old fashioned smooth-bore field pieces, of European
Over the trunnions there is engraved a crown, indicating that they are colonial guns.
They bear date 1800, Around the run of the breech the words "South Carolina
" are rudely engraved.--
The flags are displayed at the Navy Department. One is a South Carolina
State flag, another a flag of the rebel Confederacy, and the other the Stars and Stripes that was first set upon the soil of South Carolina
since the rebellion.
These trophies attract a great dead of attention, coming as they do from South Carolina
, the fomenter of all our domestic difficulties.
They are more highly prized than if they had been brought from any other of the rebel States.
Orders were dispatched to-day to New York for the preparation of lumber for the construction of buildings for a naval depot at Port Royal
for the manufacture of all kinds of machinery for naval and other purposes, also a dispatch at once for storeship which are to be permanently stationed at that point.
The Government intends, in fact, to establish a permanent depot for naval and military purposes.
Federal forces accumulating at Annapolis — a Confederate Officer Visiting the Federal encampments.
--All eyes are again turned in the direction of Annapolis
, as it is understood that another large force is accumulating at that point.
It is supposed if reinforcements are needed at Port Royal
, these troops will be immediately sent on there, and if not needed at that point possibly Gen. Burnside
will command a new expedition to be sent to another point on the Southern
It is expected that the 1st Maryland regiment, Col. J. K. Kenly
commanding, will arrive in Baltimore
The corps has been ordered to a point in one of the inner counties.
From the large number of men that have lately been sent to the Eastern Shore of Maryland
, it is evident some hot work may soon be expected.
A person in citizen's dress, with a pass from Gen. McClell
headquarters, visited all the posts of the left wing of our army on Saturday, who was recognized on his return, by a gentleman in Alexandria
, as an officer in the rebel army.
Arrival of gun. Stone.
arrived to-day, in obedience to an order from General McClellan
The rumor inventors have already determined that General McClellan
contemplates superseding General Stone
, leaving General Burns
in command at Poolsville.
There is no official ground, however, for this report.
Reported capture by the Sumter.
A family letter received from Washington
, dated on the 25th of October, on of the U. S. frigate Sumtee
, off Galveston
, confirms the report of the capture of the pirate Sumter
The writer says she was caught in her own trap.
It seems that she mistook one of the U. S. gun-boats for a merchant vessel and started in pursuit.
When the gun-boat had drawn her out far enough she turned and chased her ashore.
Her officers and crew are prisoners on board the U. S. steam-frigate Niagara
--Upon his arrival in this city last night, in conformity with orders received in Springfield
on Friday last to repair to St. Louis
and report to Washington
by letter, General McKinstry
was met at the cars by several officers, by whom be was arrested and conveyed to the Arsenal, under instructions to hold no communication with any one.
His cashier, Mr. Hahn
, was also arrested.
now commands General McKinstry
, and Sturgis
's divisions of the army left Springfield
on Saturday last for the North
, and Generals Siegel
's and Asboth
's commands left for the South
on Friday evening with instructions to encamp ten miles below Wilson
The Walking papers of "the right man in the right place."
got his permit to "run the blockade," and take Jessie &Co.
along with him, after the following style:
Special order--no. 304.
Headquarters of the army.
Major-General John C. Fremont
Adjutant General's Office,
having been relieved from the command of the Western Department, and from duty in the field, those members of his staff who have been selected from civil life, under the authority of the act approved August. 1861, cease from the date on which he relinquished command to be connected with the service.
All persons, with the exception of regimental and company officers, who have been appointed into the military service by Major
, and whose appointment have not been sanctioned by the President
, are hereby discharged from the service of the United States
The "Independent's" Innovation the close of the war.
It will be recollected that we published a telegram yesterday morning, that Beecher
had published the rumor that Seward
had said it was impossible to put down the South
, and therefore recommended the speedy recognition of the Southern Confederacy.
The following is the extract alluded to:
"Just as we are going to press we receive a most important piece of information from a reliable source.
It is nothing less than the expressed conviction of Mr. Seward
, that the Government
cannot succeed in this war, that the Confederacy
will probably be recognized by the European Powers
, and that peace will be the result in sixty days. in view of this, Mr. Thurlow Weed
has been sent to England
and if he shall find the British Ministry
determined to recognize the Confederacy
, the Administration here will prepare at once for peace.
It was to pave the way for this that the discouraging report of Adjutant-General Thomas
was allowed to be published.
We have no space, at this late hour, to remark on this information; except to say, that if entirely correct, (as we are positively assured,) it will break down the Administration and destroy the country."
To which the Washington Star
, of the 8th, says:
put him in Port Warren
The pious author of the foregoing budget of infamous falsehoods was evidently essaying to aid some scheme of robbery through stock jobbing in penning them.
That he is a mendacious speculator, and nothing else, is evident.
He cares not how much he may damage the Union
cause by lying, and should at once be placed in Fort Warren
, without the privilege of pen, ink, and paper, until the conclusion of the war.
Important arrest in Boston — capture of as English steamer,
--Samuel P. Skinner
, of New Belford, was convicted in the United States Circuit Court to- day of fitting out the Margaret Scott
as a slaver.
On the person of James Brown
arrested as a Secessionist yesterday, was found a letter from Wm. L. Yancey
, in Bagiand, to his son in Alabama
, in which he speaks discouragingly of the prospects for the recognition of the Southern Confederacy by European Powers.
A vessel, arrived at Holmes
' Hole, reports that a large English steamer, laden with munitions of war, had been captured by a United States
frigate, and taken into Key West
, from Liverpool
the 2d and Queenstown
on the 3d of November, reached Halifax
yesterday morning on her way to Boston
Her news is two days later in that brought by the Nova Scotia
to Farther Point.