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From the South.

Hon. John Bell, of Tennessee, whose home has been occupied by the Yankees, is now at Talladega, Ala. The Yankees have robbed him of about forty negroes and $80,000 worth of other property. The Quincy (Fla). Dispatch says that about fifty men have armed themselves and banded together in Calhoun county, Fla., to resist the conscription act. --They got arms from the off the coast. The Federals in Tennessee are coming over to our side in great numbers. A letter from Capt. Kerr, at Kingston, Tenn., says:

‘ Yesterday, a Federal Major, who formerly lived in this county, came here and surrendered to me. --I sent him to Knoxville to take the oath and give bond. He informed me that our brigade was at London, Ky., where they had captured 400 horses, 600 mules, and 70 prisoners, 101 wagons loaded with arms, ammunition, and commissary stores.--The rest of the train guard ‘"skedaddled."’ He also informed me that Col. Scott's dispatch, stating the above facts, had been captured by the Federals.--These statements are no doubt true, as my informant says he has been in sight of our boys since the capture was made and knows they are true. He also says he was with the party which captured the bearer of Col. Scott's dispatches, and read the dispatches himself.

There are a great many of the East Tennesseeans in the Federal army deserting and coming home. --About all the service I am rendering the country at present is administering the oath of allegiance to deserters from the Federal army.


Col. John H. Morgan's Proclamation.

Headquarter's Morgan's Brigade., Hartsville, Tenn

Having noticed in the Cincinnati Daily Gazette, of the 15th inst. an article dated ‘"Paris, Ky, 14th August, 1862,"’ whereby it appears that the agents of the Federal Government are (to use their own words) forcing Morgan's ‘"friends to pay for the acts of their favorite chieftain, "’ and thus violating all laws hitherto respected and acknowledged by civilized nations, forgetting and willfully closing their eyes to the fact that I, in my justifiable attacks on Federal troops and Federal property, have always respected the private property and persons of Union men, I do hereby declare that I will henceforth put the law of retaliation into full force, and act upon it with vigor. For every dollar exacted from my fellow citizens I will have two from all men of known Union sentiments, and will make their persons and property responsible for this payment. God knows it was my earnest wish to have conducted this war according to the dictates of my heart, and consonant to those feelings which actuate every honorable mind; but, forced by the vindictive and iniquitous proceedings of our Northern foes to follow their example, in order to induce them to return to more humane conduct, I will, for the future, imitate them in their exactions, retaliate upon them and theirs the cruelties and oppression with which my friends are visited, and continue this course until our enemies consent to make war according to the law of nations.

Signed by me this 18th day of August, A. D. 1862. John H. Morgan,

Colonel Commanding Brigade.


Gen. Breckinridge and the Yankee Commander at Baton Rouge.

Headquarters in the Field Near Baton Rouge, Aug. 14, 1862
To the Commanding Officer of the United States Forces at Baton Rouge:
Sir: The object of this communication is to call your attention to the acts of outrage recently committed in this part of the Confederate States; under the orders of officers of the United States army, and to other acts which, I am informed, are in contemplation under the same orders.

Many private houses have been wantonly burned, much private property has been taken or destroyed without compensation, many unarmed citizens have been seized and carried away into imprisonment upon false and frivolous pretexts, and information has reached these headquarters that negro slaves are being organized and armed to be employed against us.

It is also stated that the Mayor of Bayon Sara has been ordered (in case he cannot procure negroes) to impress all able-bodied white persons, for the purpose of loading coal upon the boats of the United States fleet.

It has been the earnest desire of the Confederate authorities to conduct this war according to the usages of civilized nations, and they will adhere to them as long as they are respected by the United States.

I am instructed by Maj. Gen. Van-Dorn, commanding this department, to inform you that the above acts are regarded as in violation of the usages of civilized warfare; and that in future, upon any departure from these usages, ‘"he will raise the black flag, and neither give nor ask quarter."’

I have the honor to request an answer to this communication, informing me of your future purposes touching the acts herein complained of.

I am, very respectfully, your obed't serv't.
John G. Breckinridge,
Major General C. S. A.

Headquarters United States Forces, Baton Rouge, Aug. 14, 1862.
General: In reply to your communication of this date I have the honor to make the following statement:

None of the acts therein referred to have been committed, to my knowledge, in this part of the United States, under the order of our officers.

No private houses have been wantonly burned. Since your attack of the 15th inst. disclosed your purpose to drive this army from the public property of the United States, I have determined to adopt such measures as will enable me, in strict accordance with the laws of civilized warfare, for maintain my present position. The accomplishment of this purpose compels me reluctantly to burn a small number of houses, including those of the U. S. Government and of private persons. --While it is not impossible that through mistake injustice have been done in individual cases, and although the vigilance of officers may not always suffice to prevent wrong on the part of subordinates yet I believe that no unarmed citizen has been seized or carried into imprisonment upon false or frivolous pretexts. No negro slaves have been armed against you in this department. I have no information respecting the order alleged to have been issued to the Mayor of Bayon Sara.

In future I shall permit no wanton destruction of private property. I shall permit no unarmed citizens to be seized upon false or frivolous pretexts. I shall not arm negroes, unless in accordance with the laws of the United States.

But I am informed that a corps of blacks fought against us in the recent battle of Baton Rouge, and that our pickets were found tied to trees, shot through the head. And I am sorry to remind you that a most barbarous system of guerrillas warfare is authorized your officers and practiced by your men in this department. While we saved your drowning men at Memphis, you shot ours at White river. I am informed, too, that occasionally you have raised the black flag at the commencement of an action. Nevertheless, I shall never raise the black flag, which all civilized nations abhor; but I shall try to maintain the flag which you have so often promised to defend.

Your obedient servant,

Halbert E. Paine,
Colonel Commanding U. S. forces.
Major Gen'l John C, Breckinridge, C. S. A.

A Regiment at a little girl's grave.

At London, Tenn., a few days since, a little girl of fourteen, who had been very kind in waiting on the sick Confederate soldiers in the neighborhood, died of fever contracted in the camps. A letter says:

‘ A letter was addressed to her mother, expressing the deep regret of the whole command at the death of her daughter, tendering our warmest sympathies in her sad bereavement, and asking permission for the infantry battalion to attend her funeral services and burial in a body, as a mark of our respect for her character. Her mother kindly consented, and at three o'clock this evening the funeral services were performed. The different companies were drawn up in a grove in front of the house, and, after a few touching words from the minister, the corpse was placed in the hearse and was moved off in the direction of the grove the whole command following with reversed arms and solemn step. A more touching sight I have seldom witnessed. Tears were seen stealing down the manly cheeks of many a sun browned soldier, unaccustomed to weep. Her body having been deposited in its last resting place, they returned slowly and sadly to camp, having witnessed another illustration of the truth that

’ ‘ "All that's bright must fade;
The brightest — still the fleetest."


A Rich Haul in the Chesapeake.

On Friday night last a steamer, having some 12 or 15 loaded barges in tow, passed up the bay from Fortress Monroe in a heavy gale, and upon reaching a point opposite the counties of Matthews and Middlesex, seven of the barges broke from the tow lines and were dashed ashore. The citizens next morning took possession of them, and captured nine Yankees who were thrown with them on the shore, each of whom was armed with a musket, and after the contents of the boats were secured, they were marched into a safer locality by Lieut. Fitzhugh, of the Matthews cavalry.

One of the barges contained one hundred and thirty 13 inch shells, 100 Enfield rifles, 5,000 knapsacks, and other articles. Two others were loaded with wagons and harness. Another contained numerous boxes of axes and engine tools, overcoats, baggage, &c. Others contained tents and tent poles, eighteen boxes of haversack, (about 2,800 in each,) and all sorts of army equipments. The prisoners, while in the custody of Lieut. Fitzhugh, were under the belief that a large force of ‘"rebels"’ were in the vicinity, and submitted docilely. They were tolled in admirably by the astute Lieutenant.--Enquirer.

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