Additional from the North.
We continue the extracts from our Northern papers of the 18th, commenced on our first page. --The Secretary of War
has commenced enforcing the confiscation act in Missouri
About $50,000,000 of property will be confiscated.
Over 60,000 muskets have been sent to Pennsylvania
to arm the militia Five new regiments from New York, numbering over 5,000 men, arrived in Washington
. Va, has been reinforced by the 130th New York and 6th Massachusetts regiments.
A letter from Fortress Monroe
says among the exchanged prisoners sent there were several of Pope
's commissioned officers who had put on privates uniform The Washington Star contains the following:
headquarters of the army,
Henry W Halleck, General in Chief
Three miles beyond Middletown. September 14-- 9:40 P. M.
After a very severe engagement, the corps of Booker
have carried the heights commanding the Heger
's own road.
The troops behaved magnificently.
They never fought better Franklin
has been hotly engaged on the extreme left.
I do not yet know the result, except that tiring indicated progress on his part.
The action continued until after dark, and terminated, leaving us in possession of the entire crest.
It has been a glorious victory.
I cannot tell whether the enemy will retreat during the night or appear in increased force in the morning.
I regret to add that the gallant and able General Reno
Geo. B. McCLELLAN
, Major General
headquarters army of Potomac. September 15. 8 A. M
Henry W. Halleck, General in Chief
I have just learned from Gen. Hooker
in the advance, who states that the information is perfectly reliable that the enemy is making for the river in a perfect panic and Gen. Lee
stated publicly last night that he must admit they had been shockingly whipped
I am hurrying everything forward to endeavor to press their retreat to the utmost.
George B. McCLELLAN
Headquarters, Sept. 13. 3 A M
H W Halleck General in Chief
I am happy to inform you that Franklin
's success on the left was as complete as that on the centre and right, and resulted in his getting possession of the Gap
after a severe engagement.
In all parts of the line the troops, old and new, behaved with the utmost steadiness and gallantry, carrying with but little assistance from our own artillery very strong positions defended by artillery and infantry.
I do not think our loss very severe.
The corps of His and Longstreet
were engaged with out right.
We have taken a considerable number of prisoners.
The enemy disappeared during the night.
Our troops are now advancing in pursuit of them.
I do not yet know where he will next be found.
G. E. McCLELLAN
headquarters army of Potomac. 10 A. M., Sept. 15th.
H. W. Halleck, General in Chief
Information this moment received completely confirms the rout and demoralization of the rebel army.
is reported wounded and Gallant Killed.
Hocker alone has over a thousand more prisoners, seven hundred having been seat to Frederick
it is stated that Lee
gives his loss as 15000 We are following as rapidly as the men can move.
G. B. McCLELLAN
, Major General
The press on the late Latters.
The Northern papers seem to be rather in the dark about the recent glorious victories.
Of the result of the last four or five days lighting in Maryland
and of the present condition of at falls there we are still uncertain.
The latest account reports Jackson
to have recrossed the Potomac
and to have engaged our forces near Sharpsburg
, about ten miles from the river.
The dispatch, which comes by way of Harrisburg
, adds that the enemy will be annihilated or captured before night, but this, of course, is mere conjecture, though it may be, and we hope is, founded upon more knowledge of the situation of affairs than we are possessed of Harper's Ferry
, however, it is certain, is lost to us, and with this commanding position in their possession, with the bridge uninjured they may be able to make good their retreat should they be compelled to retire.
The Baltimore American
, of the 18th inst, says the naive is not definite enough to speak decisively of results and adds:
All our information, however, is of an encouraging character, indicating that though he rebels have still the bulk of their army in Maryland
and are vigorously contesting their position, that yet General McClellan
is actively pressing them with all the advantages apparently in our favor.
The lighting on Monday and Tuesday appears to have been principal, an artillery engagement at long range, ascertaining the position or having them from particular points, whilst our army was being massed and arrayed for more active work.
In these operations we are reported to have inflicted considerable loss upon the enemy and taken a number of prisoners.
is reported wounded and a prisoner at a farm-house near the battle field--General Longstreet
is reported killed and General Hill
These are, however, only rumours that need confirmation.
There seems to be no doubt that a severe and general fight occurred yesterday, the result of which has not at this time been announced.
Our special correspondent, who was at Middletown
, a few miles in the fear of the battle ground, at 9 o'clock yesterday morning, reports the cannonading furious and general along the whole line of battle Our right wing rested on Sharpsburg
, whilst the left was this side of Antietam creek
, near Porterstown.
The rebels, consequently, are massed in front, and defending the ford over the Potomac
at Shepherds town
, and probably also that at Williamsport
Our forces, probably the cavalry, have destroyed the canal bridge near Williamsport
, which will greatly impede the rebels in bringing up their supplies.
A dispatch from Hagerstown
reports the rebels is again retreating much worried and dispirited.
The Washington Republican Lincoln
's organ says:
The demand is universal that our success of Sunday, greater or less, shall be followed up and made useful.
Not only ought the enemy to be driven peil mell out of Maryland
and up the Valley of Virginia
, but his return to Richmond
should be rendered impossible by an advance upon the Virginia Central Railroad or by a seizure of Richmond
Our forces are abundant and superabundant.
Let us now have action and energy — Strike while the iron is hot. On to Richmond
The New York Herald
says the reports from the battle field are to brief and indefinite as only to "sharpen the anxiety for something more D says:
We think however, that scanty and vague as are the specifications before us, they are sufficient to justify the unqualified conclusion that General McClellan
has administered the death blow to this hydra-headed rebellion.
First, it is evident that after the battle of Sunday at the South Mountain
, the rebels, in their hurried retreat, realized the necessity of putting the Potomac river
between their army and our advancing forces.
Secondly it appears that, failing in the enterprise, they were not slow to comprehend their critical situation, and that they could escape only by the most desperate and obstinate resistance, In this exigency the forces of Jackson
, estimated at forty thousand strong were called up some twelve miles from the Virginia
side of the river at Harper's Ferry
, but Lee
was checkmated even here, in the thirty thousand additional troops from Washington
which joined McClellan
at the same time.
Thus the battle was joined between all the forces of the two armies that could be hurried up to the field.
Tuesday the first day of the battle, closed decidedly in our favor, and with the close of the second day (yesterday) the impression prevailed at Hagerstown
, some twenty miles to the northward, that "the whole rebel army of Virginia is annihilated."
While this main battle was progressing at Sharps
burg, it appears that there was an important flank fight, resulting in another Union victory, on the southern side of the dividing chain of mountains at Centreville
, on the Kittocian
or Catoctin creek
, in Maryland
, a short distance above the Point of Rocks We
presume that the rebel forces in this battle were those left at Leesburg
by General Lee
, and that they had moved over into Maryland
and were endeavoring so reach him, when they were intercepted by our troops left behind by Gen. McClellan
for this purpose.
If we are not mistaken the brave and trusty Sigel
was the commander of this corps.
Assuming this reported battle and victory to be correct, the success of Gen. McClellan
's combinations is so complete as instantly to repair our late incidental drawback of Harper's Ferry
A correspondent of the Washington Star
give the following account of the young Napoleon
's entry into Frederick, Md.
, which took place on Saturday week.
As "Little Mac" approached, the ranks were opened, and cheer after cheer rent the air, the soldiers almost wild with joy, and the officers partaking of the enthusiasm, Gen. McClellan
's reception by the people of Frederick
was also of the same enthusiastic sort.
As he entered the city, over five thousand citizens welcomed him, and hailed him as their deliverer.
Even Secessionists, (disgusted by their experience with the rebel army,) expressed but one fear, and that was that the Federal
might not possibly be able to hold the city.
When the General
arrived at the crossing of Main or Patrick street, he was forcibly taken from his horse by a number of ladies, and by them carried a short distance, so overlayed were they to see him, and with him an army for their protection from the rebel hordes.
That there exists a strong Union sentiment in Maryland
, Capt David
says there can be no doubt, After the rebel army left, and the Federal
army had entered, formers came in voluntarily from all sections of the country around, and gave information as to the whereabouts of the Confederates--That
was more to the point, and best evidence of their Unionists
they told the truth in every in stance The citizens of Frederick
, to, made preparations to receive and entertain the Federal
soldiers to the best of their ability, and spread before them such food as they had, and had water ready to allay their thirst.
All the stores that had been closed on the approach of the secession army were opened to the Unionists, and the only question that appeared to concern the people was whether the Union
army was strong enough to prevent the Secessionists from retaking the place.
A dispatch dated Washington
Sept. 17th. 10 P. M. says:
It is evident that the whole rebel force was combined at this battle.
The forces under Hill
which were at Harper's Ferry
were withdrawn suddenly from that point yesterday, to participate in this engagement, and even those who were at Leesburg
were marched rapidly in the direction of Shepherds town
yesterday morning, at which time the rebel engineers were surveying the hills in the locality where it in presumed the battle was fought, with a view to the erection of batteries.
It is evident that Gen. McClellan
was pressing Gen. Lee
to the river in such a manner that his army cannot much longer sustain itself, unless relieved from the other side.
Its crossing in the face of such a determined pressure, is simply impossible, and the events of today and to morrow are likely to indicate the success or total failure of the campaign.
At 3 o'clock this afternoon intelligence was received, that since hall past 5 o'clock this morning the forces and most sanguinary battle of the whole war has been in progress.
All the corps d' armee
which Gen McClellan
had taken with him to Frederick
were massed at the point indicated, and the engagement is believed to have been between the whole of the two armies.
There is reason to suppose that the losses on each side have been very great, as the requisition for medical stores, and the arrangement for wounded men to be sent to Roseville
immediately, are larger than have over before been made at any time.
Information has been received that Gen. McClellan
destroyed the aqueduct at the mouth of the Antietam creek
, and the bridge across that creek upon the road leading to Sharpsburg
, thus cutting off the retreat of the rebels in the direction of Shepherdstown
New York Wild.
A letter from New York dated the 15th instant, says:
The city to day is wild with joy over the glorious news from Maryland
The brilliant victories achieved by McClellan
have summarily brushed away the gloom and despondency which pervaded the public and all last week, and while all fears for the invasion of the free states are happily dissipated, we are anxiously awaiting the grand finale of "Stonewall
's stupendous "skedaddle" across the Potomac
We have a few sympathizers with "Secesh" here, only a few, and these are already beginning to call "Stonewall
" a "humbug," a dead heat (beet) etc., etc
Wall street is radiant with smiles.
There is scarcely a stock on the list that has not experienced an improvement.
The bears were nowhere for the though towards the close of the day they effort to get up a slight reaction by spreading a report that had been hommed in at Harper's Ferry
, his nobody believed them; the did not pay.
The last dispatches from Harrisburg.
We give below the last dispatches from Harrisburg
publish in the Northern
Sept. 17 A severe battle was length in Maryland
Our right wing rested on Sharpsburg pike, two miles this side of Sharpsburg
and our left this side of Allefany creek, near Porterstown.
The rebels are falling back to Harper's Ferry
, and are depicted
The wounded are arriving at Hagerstown
The bridge reported to have been destroyed by the Federal
forces is the canal bridge at or near The destruction of this bridge is committed of great importance as it impedes the is in bridged up supplies.
The from the Philadelphia Navy-Yard
, at had to the Naval Battery, leave for home to man. The guns are at Chambersburg
Seventy-two thousand men have thus far responded to the Governor
's call for troops for the defence of the State
Sept-17--Later accounts state that the rebel General Bill
has been captured.
It is also rumored that Jackson
is captured, although not continued in official quarters.
The retreating enemy will do doubt fall into the hands of the Pennsylvania
The here are intensely enthusiastic and jubilant
and the world on
A Washington correspondent of the Philadelphia inquirer
says that last week Lincoln
submitted a proclamation of partial emancipation to his Cabinet, all approving except Seward
‘"Recent reverses."’ says the writer, ‘"render it impolitic to issue it."’ The N. Y. World
commenting on Lincoln
and his Cabinet says they have been tried and found wanting.
With reference to the Herald's
report that a conspiracy is forming in Washington
to depose Lincoln
, the concluding paragraph of the Word's
article is significant.
It is a hopeful sign of the times that the nation is awaking to its perils that a strong united conservative opposite a party is forming and gathering strength which will give peaceful channels to noble passions that might else break out in perilous and unsafe violence and will constrain results to which it could not persuade — and that this denunciation of central in hostility and inefficiency at Washington
is becoming so universal that President Lincoln
and his Cabinet cannot long refuse to hear and heed the general verdict — Tried and found wanting.
Refuges, from Richmond
report that the Southerners were jubilant over the anticipated capture of Washington
which was sure to occur on Monday of last week.
There were few troops in Richmond
except the sick — a Home Guard kept order.
All business not connected with the war was dull.--Other refugees, from Fredericksburg
, say there is but a small rebel force there, and none at all at Aquia Creek
, was captured by the rebels last Thursday.
Next day it was retaken The Federal loss, in the first fight was three killed and five wounded in the second fight, none.
Rebel loss not known.
The bark Fanny Laurie
, sailing under English colors, was captured on the 8th inst, by the steamer Shepherd Knapp
, off the Edisto
, trying to run the blockade.
A Washington paper has a rumor that 40,000 rebels, under Beauregard
, left Richmond
on Tuesday last to reinforce Lee
The drats to Massachusetts
has been postponed until the 1st of October, and will possibly be avoid it altogether by volunteering.