The Democratic politicians and the War.
The New York correspondent of the Philadelphia Inquire
(March 11) gives some information respecting the attitude of certain leading Democrats towards the Administrations which we copy:
The Democratic politicians in this meridian you will perceive, are growing bolder and bolder in their denunciations of the Conscription bill.
, who has been keeping quiet of late, turned up at Stamford, Connecticut
, last evening.
He told the people there, not only that the bill was unconstitutional but that, if he were elected Governor of Connecticut
, not a man should be forced from the State
under its provisions without first walking over his dead body; and he was satisfied that Seymour
, their candidate, held the same views, and if elected, would not shrink from reducing them to .
It is hardly wise, or safe, or prudent, now, to say that Fernando Wood
is a bad man — a man without any moral character, &c. Doubtless all that is true; but it is true, also, that, bad as he is, he is exerting an influence which threatens us with much mischief in the near feature.
His followers are multiplying, and many of these followers are men quite as desperate as their leader.
The hall in which they have been accustomed to hold their weekly meetings, a few months ago, was more than ample for their accommodation; now, the crowd is so great they ostentatiously announce that on Friday evening they intend to move into one which will give them better accommodations.
While Fernando was the Connecticut
people, Mr. Voorhee
, of Indians was addressing this "Young Men's Democratic Union Club" last evening.
He went in for peace on (almost) any terms. "Fort Lafayette," he said, "had been used for the incarceration of innocents." "The motto of the Administration was everything for the negro, nothing for the white man" "The confiscation laws took the bread out of the months even of babes, and the Southern
people could never be expected to return to their allegiance so long as those laws were unrepealed" "The war could never restore the Union
." "It should be stopped," &c.
Admiral Porter's Narration of the construction and Career of his "Dummy Monster."
A private letter, says a Washington correspondent of the New York Herald
, creates much amusement in Cabinet circles.
It seems that Porter
was surprised to learn on the 25th February, that the ram Queen of the West
was at Warrenton
, seven miles below Vicksburg
, with steam up, and the rebel flag flying.
The account Porter
had received from Eliott
led him to suppose that the Queen
was in such condition that she could not be repaired for some time. "I knew," says Porter
. "that Brown
could take care of the Webb
by himself but I have no idea that he could take care of the Queen
and the Webb
, both amusing him at the same time.
is a weak vessel, and the only good thing about her is her battery." He proceeds to say that during the running of the blockade by the Queen
five rebel guns were burst and dismounted in their forts.
Therefore, it was an object to make them fire as much as possible I got a mortar in easy range, and opened fire on that part of the town where there was nothing but army supplies, and soon provoked a fire of four of their heaviest batteries.
The shell at first fell over the mortar and around it, bursting close to our men, but the range began to grow shorter and shorter, until they let us have it all our own way. Finding that they could not be provoked without an object, I thought of getting up an imitation Monitor.
An old coal charge picked up in the river was the foundation to build on. It was constructed in twelve hours, of old boards, with pork barrels piled on top of each other for the smokes pack, and two old canoes for quarter boats.
Her furnaces were built of mud, and only intended to make black smoke, not steam.-- On the night of the 24th we heard, at 9 o'clock, fifteen miles below, heavy guns.
We knew that the rebels had nothing but light guns there, which could not be heard at any distance; so we thought it was the Indianola
engaging the batteries at Carthage
, fifteen miles below Vicksburg
Not knowing that Brown
was in peril, we let loose our Monitor.
It was towed within a couple of miles of the first battery and let go, when it was discovered by the dim light of the moon that Vicksburg
was in a stew.
Never did her batteries open with such a vim. The earth fairly trembled, and the shot flew thickly around our devoted Monitor, which returned no shot with her long wooden gun. The Monitor ran safely past all the batteries, though under a heavy fire for an hour, and drifted down safely to the lower mouth of the canal, where she was tucked into an eddy.
The rebels were completely deceived by her. As soon as they saw her by daylight they opened upon her with all the guns they could bring to bear, but without a shot hitting her to do, any harm.--The shot went through one side and came out of the other without causing the vessel to sink, as the was full of water already.
Cur soldiers shouted and laughed like madmen; but the laugh was somewhat turned against them, when, at daylight, we discovered the Queen
lying at Warrenton
, and the question at once arose, what had happened to the Indianola
Had the two rams sunk her or captured her in the engagement we had heard the night before?
One or two of the soldiers got the Monitor
out in the stream, and let her go down on the ram Queen
All the forts commenced firing and signalling, and as the Monitor
approached her the Queen
turned tail and ran down the stream as fast as the could go, the Monitor
after her making all the speed that was given her by a five knot current.
The forts at Warrenton
fired heavily and rapidly, and it was reported they hit our Monitor in a very vulnerable spot.
Propositions for an armistice — Fernando Wood.
Under this heading the Herald
publishes the following:
To the Editor of the Evening Post:
At a meeting held at Stamford Conn.
, on Tuesday evening last, I said that prepositions for an , or peace, had been submitted to the President
on the 12th of December last, which, had they been accepted, would have terminated this war by the 1st of April upon a basis satisfactory to the people, North and south.
In referring to this statement you ask:
"Who made these propositions for an armistice or peace, the adoption of which Mr. Wood
pretends to believe would have settled the matter by all fool's day. If so, how does Mr. Wood
know anything about them?
Has he been in secret correspondence with the enemy?
Or were they made by some of the anti-war men here?
If so, who authorized them; and what are the terms of the propositions from which Mr. Wood
hopes so much?
If they are honorable to the nation, if they are such as patriotic Americans
ought to laver, why not make them public at once?
To which I say, in reply, that the statement referred to by me was made deliberately, with a full and personal knowledge of the facts, and that I am constrained from the publicity of them only by the request of one of the principal officers of the Government
When this interdiction shall be withdrawn I will cheerfully gratify your curiosity.
Secession music and pictures in Baltimore.
The Baltimore Gazette
, of the 12th inst, says:
Mention was made of the fact on Tuesday last that the music publishers of this city had been ordered by General Schenck
, through Provost Marshal Fish
, to stop the sale of all Southern or "Secession" music until further orders, and to send to the office of the latter official all such music then on hand, which order was compiled with.--Yesterday Mr. C. W. Miller
, of the firm of Miller
, Henry McCaffrey
, and George Willing, all music publishers, were summoned before Provost Marshal Fish
, who informed them that General Schenck
demanded the surrender of the plates of such music as had been suppressed, and also a parole to the effect that no more of such music would be published or sold by them.
These conditions were complied with and the gentlemen were discharged.
Later in the day, however, a
called at the respective places of business of these gentlemen, with the blank form of an oath, accompanied by a note from the Provost Marshal
, stating that the Commanding General
was unsatisfied with the conditions to which they had subscribed in the morning, requesting the parties respectively to sign the oath, or "parole," as the note styled it.
All the parties declined to sign the document, but subsequently signed one in a modified form.
The following order was issued by Gen. Schenck
on the 11th, with reference to the display of Confederate pictures:
Detective Pointier is hereby ordered to precede to any photographies or dealer of pictures in this city, and seize all pictures of rebel Generals
and statesmen which they are publicly or privately exposing for sale, as they have been repeatedly requested not to display such pictures for sale; and further more ordered by Marshal Van Nostrand
not to sell such pictures, and the sale of such pictures it hereby forbidden hereafter, unless by special permission of the military authorities.
The following is an extract of a news letter from Yorktown
The troops stationed here are under Major General E. D. Keves
, commanding 4th Army Corps, and are well quartered in comfortable tents and huts, Among the number are some Pennsylvania
militia, including the regiment from Montgomery county
, (179th) The other day I witnessed this regiment on dress parade; they looked hale and hearty, and made a martial appearances.
The 65th regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers (5th cavalry) Lt. -Col. Lewis
commanding is stationed about six miles from this place.
This regiment has done, and is still doing all the picket duty on the Peninsula
guarding this important post.
The country shows the effects of the war; not a sense is to be seen: almost every plantation is deserted, and nothing but a few bricks show the spot once occupied by the mansions of the aristocratic F. F. V. s. those interesting specimens of presumption having field at the approach of our army, and as soldiers do not pay much regard to the property of rebels, the buildings disappear in less than no time.
The Army and the Contraband — what will the Yankees do with the "Elephant?"
A correspondent of the Boston Courier
writing from the West
, you know, is a military post.
From my hotel window I see gunboats steamboats under arrest, army supplies and ammunition, soldiers' barracks, and last, and most revolting of them all, the freedment's quarters.
If I did ever have a doubt about the policy of abolition of slavery, humanity shudders at the awful condition of the negroes here, and justice it outraged by the sending them away from their homes.
They are huddled together in very font places, suffering and dying from exposure and disease.
They are dying at the rate of about a dozen a day. Small pox is very prevalent.
They will not work.
They are freemen, and their idea of liberty is freedom from work.
I saw, this morning a captain loading grain for the army down the river.
He had a gang of fifty, and they would not work.
A half a score of Irishmen would perform more labor than all of them.
They all want to go home, and, if the Government
would allow it they would all go back.
We have taken upon ourselves a contract to fight for, feed, clothe, and vary four millions of negroes.
That is the plain statement of fact.
Our army about Vicksburg
is in a lamentable condition — more than a third are sick.
They are camped in the lowland.
The Mississippi is now rising, and if it continues to rise the camps will be submerged.
No boat comes from below without bringing more or less , and no train leaves here without the remains of more or less gallant soldiers.
The war is a dreadful reality hers.
The soldiers, God bless them, are resolute and hopeful, ready to fight for, and if need be, die for the old flag and the old Constitution, but not for the negro.
Throwing Dust in the eyes of Yankee pickets.
An "Eye Witness" writes to the Washington Star:
A squad of six or eight butternuts dressed in our uniform, with two of their gang in their own dress, will appear, when the following dialogue will occur:
."We have got a couple of secesh prisoners.
Where shall we take them? "--Credulous Picket.--"Take them to the reserve.
"--Secesh--"Where is the reserve?" Picket describes the locality exactly.
Secesh then takes a roundabout course, and gives his party the information who, on the same night comes in force and gobbles up the reserve.
Would it not be well for our confiding soldiers to play trick against trick.