Latest from the North.
We have received the Washington Chronicle,
of Sunday, of the 7th inst. It is chiefly filled with news copied from the Herald
of the day before, of which we gave a full synopsis in the Dispatch
telegraphs from Vicksburg
, on the 21, that he can maintain the siege and take care of Joe Johnston
Three hundred horses had been shot on the river bank by the rebels because they could not be fed. Vallandigham
will certainly be nominated for Governor
states that the Army of the Potomac is only changing camps.
Fifty-six prisoners, captured at Fredericksburg
, arrived at Washington
on Saturday night. Gold was quoted at 142½, a decline of 3½ on the quotations of Friday.
A dispatch to the Cincinnati Commercial
, dated Vicksburg
, the 30th, says:
A deserter came into our lines this morning.
He represents that he was sent by Gen. Pemberton
to communicate verbally with Gens. Johnston
The former is supposed to be between the Big Black river
The latter was near Port Gibson
He represents affairs in the city as growing desperate.
About eighteen thousand effective men are there, two-thirds of whom are kept on the fortifications night and day, and not allowed to leave an instant on any pretext.
and others are in the city.
Most of the sick left the city before its investment.
Those who remain have excavated caves and remain in them night and day. Valuable merchandize in the city is also stored in caves from fear of conflagration.
The poor are generally in their houses.
Over one hundred women and children have been killed by our bombardment.
The gunboats inflicted no injury on the city.
believed his rations would hold out thirty days, but urged Johnston
to come to his relief within ten days at the farthest.
Cavalry horses have been turned loose and driven towards our lines, owing to the lack of forage.
There was ammunition enough to last sixty days, with the single exception of gun caps.
Those were scarce.
All confidently expected superhuman efforts to be made by those outside to raise the siege.
They consider Vicksburg
the strongest place in the Confederacy
has met no enemy in force, and the reports of Johnston
being near are disbelieved.
A cavalry reconnaissance three days ago discovered a small force, and had one man killed and four wounded.
This morning the heaviest cannonading of the siege was kept up without intermission for nearly three hours. New batteries have lately been put in position, and one hundred and fifty guns are playing on the city.
At daylight this morning the firing was rapid beyond belief.
The reports of the guns along the whole line averaged one per second for minutes together.
The roar of the heavy siege guns was awful, and the earth was shaken by the concussion.
Our wounded are removed to hospital boats in large numbers and transported to Memphis
Reported movements of Lee's army.
The Washington Star
, of the evening of the 5th, contains the following relative to Gen. Lee
We learn that there were indications on Wednesday night that Lee
was massing forces at United States Ford
, on the Rappahannock
, apparently either to attempt a crossing there or to make a feint for a crossing elsewhere.
It would not be proper for us to intimate what preparations Hooker
has made to meet the enemy should they undertake to pay his side of the river a visit; but it is safe to say that Lee
will find the attempt a hazardous one and that he will not be permitted to return with impunity when once across.
The rebels have some facilities for crossing just now, in the very low stage of the water in the Rappahannock
, which can be crossed almost dry shod at numerous points; otherwise than this they will find "Jordan
so hard a road to travel" in their proposed invasion project (as evidenced by their fluctuating plans and movements) that Lee
has, it is believed, advised the abandonment of the project; and if he undertakes it, will do so against his judgment, by force of the "On to Washington
" pressure, which seems at the South
to be a counterpart of the famous "On to Richmond
" cry, which prevailed with us at one time with such disastrous results.
The Washington Republican
mentions the rumor that Alexandria
is in danger, and says:
The pretext for this is, that contrabands and other laborers have been at work, for a few days past, in constructing stockades and block-houses, in order to render any raid into Alexandria
, where we have a large amount of Government stores, absolutely impossible.
It is simply a precautionary measure which should have been taken months ago.
An Impudent raid by Mosby.
The Yankee papers publish an "impudent" raid by Mosby
on the Federal
relief reserve picket, on the Frying Pan
road, near Fairfax C. H., on the 4th inst. The dispatch says:
They came suddenly on the relief, intermingling themselves so much that they could not be distinguished from our own soldiers, and, as they wore the Federal
uniform, it was difficult to discriminate.
They succeeded in wounding one of our men in the neck and in killing a horse.
They suffered no punishment in return.
Reinforcements to our guard soon arrived, one of whom the rebels killed, and then fled to the woods, where they kept up a desultory firing until five o'clock this morning, without inflicting any further damage.
, with four squadrons of cavalry, then started in pursuit, and, as far as heard from, has only succeeded in capturing a rebel surgeon.
He represents Mosby
to be in command on this occasion, with a force of from fifty to one hundred men, and says that his (Mosby
's) horse was shot and one man killed.
and Gen. Copeland
have started for the scene of action.
The Recent Cavalry fight near Franklin
A dispatch has been published giving a brief Yankee account of a fight between the Confederate
and their cavalry, near Franklin
A dispatch from Murfreesboro
', dated the 4th, says:
The rebels have been reconnoitering on our front.
appeared on the Manchester
, and this morning on the Shelbyville
Brisk skirmishing has been kept up all day. The Second Indiana cavalry, on picket duty, was first attacked, and the Thirty ninth Indiana. Col. Harrison
, of the first brigade of Gen. Davis
's division, was subsequently sent to their assistance.
The rebels were driven about a mile.
Our loss was only one man killed and several wounded.
The Fourth cavalry was engaged at the same time on the Middletown
In this last fight seven were killed and wounded.
reports hearing heavy firing in the direction of Triune
telegraphs that Gen. Baird
, of the 85th Indiana, in command at Franklin
, was attacked to-day by rebel cavalry.
At the latest dates Baird
was still fighting, with some prospect of capturing the enemy.
We hear of no rebel infantry engaged.
Their cavalry is engaged in reconnoitering the whole line.
, June 5.--The news from Franklin
up to 2 o'clock P. M. to-day is, that Col. Baird
was attacked by 1,200 rebel cavalry yesterday, who drove his forces back into the entrenchments.
They rallied, however, and soon repulsed the enemy with heavy loss.
Simultaneously an attack was made upon our forces at Triune
, but the rebels were repulsed with a loss of 200 men, 400 horses, and a lot of camp and garrison equipage.