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Through the politeness of the officers of the Exchange Bureau we have received Northern papers of Thursday last, 31st ult. We give a summary of the news they contain:


Rebellion in Missouri and Illinois--troops Attacked — Insurgents entrenched.

The papers contain the following account of a disturbance which has occurred in Missouri and Illinois. All the places mentioned are in the Northern portions of those States, and but a few miles distant from each other:

St. Louis, Tuesday, March 29, 1864. --A special dispatch to the Democrat, from Charleston, Coles co says the Copperheads came into that town to attend Court yesterday, with guns concealed in their wagons and armed with pistols. Some soldiers in the Court-House yard were drawn into an affray, and a general fight occurred.

The County Sheriff sprang from the Judge's stand and commenced firing a pistol at Union men Major York, surgeon of the 54th, was one of the first victims. The Union men, being outnumbered at the Court House, ran to the houses and stores for arms. They were fired upon from the windows.

Ten or twelve were wounded. Col. Mitchell, of the 54th regiment, was badly wounded; Oliver Sales was killed; James Goodrich Wm. Hart, T. C. Jeffreys, and several soldiers belonging to the 54th, were wounded severely.

The 54th regiment arrived in the afternoon, and formed on the square. Nelson Welts, the man who fired the first shot, was instantly killed. John Cooper, a prisoner, was shot while trying to escape.

Col. Brooks, with a squad of men, went in pursuit of the gang of Copperheads about seven miles.

Capt. Williams has some twenty prominent secesh implicated in the affair under guard at the Court House Col. Mitchell had a conference with the Hon. O. B. Franklin and Judge Constable, who seemed very anxious that steps should be taken to prevent a further outbreak.

Chicago, March 30, 1864.--A dispatch dated Mattoon, Ill., last night, says:

‘ Four hundred men of the 54th Illinois regiment leave Charleston to night to attack the rebels, who are said to be three hundred strong, under the command of Sheriff John S. O' Hair, entrenched at Gillady's Mills, ten miles northeast of Charleston.

’ A portion of the 54th Illinois is at Mattoon, that place also being threatened by rebels from Shelby and Moultrie counties.

Two companies of the invalid corps, en route for Springfield, have been stopped at Charleston for garrison duty.

Pickets are out on all the roads.

In the fight on Monday four of the 54th Illinois regiment and one Union citizen were killed, and Col. Mitchell, five privates and two Union citizens, were wounded.

Two rebels were killed and several wounded.


Forrest's raid — his capture of prisoners at Union city — his reported repulse at Paducah.

The accounts of Gen. Forrest's progress in his raid are contradictory. He captured Union City, Tenn., with about 500 Federals, under Col. Hawkins, and, it appears, took his prisoners along with him, as he still had them when he appeared in front of Paducah, Ky., on the 26th. The following is the Yankee account of what they claim to be his repulse at that place:

Gen. Forrest had about 7,000 men in the attack on Paducah. His line of battle was 2½ miles long. The fight lasted all the afternoon. Four assaults were made on the fourteen masse, each of which was repulsed with great slaughter to the enemy. The gunboats fired 600 rounds. A large portion of the town is in ruins. The rebels plundered the stores and carried off horses during the fight. Forty convalescents in the hospital were captured. Forrest sent in a flag of truce to exchange prisoners, but Col. Hicks declined. Three hundred rebel dead lie in front of our fort. Gens. Harris and Burbage were with the rebels.

Boats from Paducah at noon yesterday report all quiet. The citizens are rebuilding the town. Several women were killed during the fight. Our less was 14 killed and 45 wounded.

The Peosta and Pawpaw, tin-clads, were the gunboats which participated in the late battle at Paducah, opening fire simultaneously with the fort on the enemy's advance into the city, and rendering invaluable service throughout the engagement.

After being once repulsed in the attack on the fort, Forrest sent a communication to Col. Hicks, demanding the surrender of the fort, troops and public stores, promising that if the demand was complied with, our troops should be treated as prisoners of war; but if he was compelled to storm the fort they might expect no quarter. Col. Hicks replied that he was placed there to defend the fort, which he would do, and peremptorily declined to surrender. The enemy then made a second and third assault upon the works, but were repulsed each time with heavy losses. The rebels then broke lines, formed in squads, occupied the houses, and kept up a fire until late in the evening, when they were driven away, our artillery making the buildings too hot to hold them.

On their way into the city the enemy fired the railroad depot, which was consumed, and towards evening they burned the Quartermaster's building and the steamer Dacotah, (not the Arizona,) on the marine railway. They plundered the stores of an immense amount of goods, and took all the horses they could find. Some merchants have lost from $2,500 to $5,000.

Early the next morning, the rebels again appearing, Colonel Hicks burned all the houses within musket range of the fort. The enemy, however, made no advance, and after asking for an exchange of prisoners, which was declined, they retired in the direction of Columbus.

Towards the end of the battle it was discovered that our ammunition was nearly exhausted, when Colonel Hicks ordered that when it gave out the fort would be defended with the bayonet as long as a man remained alive, which determination was received with hearty cheers by all the troops. The negroes in the fort, 220 in all, fought with great gallantry. All was quiet at Paducah yesterday, our forces being engaged in burying the dead.

The enemy had six small cannon. About fifty buildings were burned, including the hospital, gas works, and some of the finest residences in the town. The Custom-House, Post-Office, and Continental were not injured. Our troops consisted of the 40th Illinois infantry, Colonel Hicks, a battalion of negroes, and one regiment — name not yet known.

The New York Tribunes, noticing Forrest's raid, says:

‘ There is something wrong — very far wrong — in West Tennessee, when a body of rebels that fought us not long since in Mississippi, can ride up from thence across Tennessee and Kentucky and attack our posts on the Ohio river. We have a great force of cavalry and mounted infantry in that section. Indeed, Smith, who failed so badly in Mississippi, was there the other day with his ten thousand cavalry, if he be not there yet. We should think Forrest and his everlasting marauders might now be caught before they got back to Mississippi.


The Florida's escape — official report of Com'r Preble.

The following is the report in full made by Commander Preble to the U. S. Navy Department relative to the escape of the Florida:

U. S. Sloop-of-War St. Louis,
Funchal Roads, Madeira,
March 1, 1864--1½ A. M.
Sir:
The Florida has succeeded in getting to sea. I shall follow at once, though hopeless of catching her out of port. Nelson said the want of frigates in his squadron would be found impressed on his heart. I am sure the want of steam will be found engraven on mine. Had the St. Louis been a steamer, I would have anchored alongside of her, and, unrestricted by the twenty-four-hour rule, my old foe could not have escaped me. The Governor, true to his declared intention, would only allow her to take on board twenty tons of coal — sufficient to take her to the nearest port. Her commander plead for sixty tons, next forty, asserting that he needed that much to ballast his vessel. The Governor told him, at the suggestion of Mr. Bayman, that he came in without it, and he thought he could go without it; but if ballast was needed, there was plenty of stone on the beach that he might take.

As it was supposed that she would go to sea during the night, and certainly in the morning, and I had an intimation that, in passing us, she might pour in a broadside, I shotted and cast loose my guns, and had men to man them; got a slip rope on the chain, and stationed lookouts all over the ship and in the tops; cautioned the officers to extra vigilance, and was repeatedly on deck myself to watch, and see that my orders were executed. The night was dark and squally. The Florida lay close into the beach, and under the highland, with all her lights covered, and notwithstanding all this vigilance, she crept out, unseen, to the eastward, and her departure was not discovered until the moon arose, a few minutes since. A blockade runner, the Julia, which arrived in the afternoon, reports the Kearsage as having left Cadiz three days ago, destination unknown. The Florida gave out they were going to Cadiz for coal; but I think not, and shall go direct to Teneriffe, hoping, if I do not find her there, to put the Sacramento on her track.

The prevailing winds would not permit me to get to Cadiz from Madeira in season to do her any injury, even if I thought that port her destination.

The authorities here have done all they could to hasten her departure and prevent her full supply, and I do not imagine that the island will be troubled by the presence of rebel vessels of war very soon again. I waited on the Governor to inform him of her intention to ship men to complete her crew. He assured me that it should not be allowed, though it might be done clandestinely, which he could not help. I have reason to believe that she made no addition to her crew, and know from the statement of my gig's crew that three of the men she brought with her deserted. Her crew is described to me as made up of Spaniards, Frenchmen and Portuguese, with a few Englishmen, and but one American. --Her first lieutenant is Thomas A. Dornin, formerly a midshipman in our service.

I notice no change in the appearance of the Florida since I last saw her, except that now she has yards on her mainmast; then she had none, and she had changed her billet-head for a shield surrounded by scroll work, in which is borne the arms of the rebel States. My men have been wild to fight, and I drew the shot from my guns the day she came in, fearing that, in their excitement, they would fire into her without orders, and break the neutrality of this port. One thing is certain, the Florida does not intend to fight unless the chances are Largely in her favor, for she skulked away from the old St. Louis.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Geo. Henry Preble.
Commander U. S. N.
The Hon. Gidon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C.

The capture by the Federals of fort D'russey.

The capture of a fort, which is quite a high sounding announcement in war, does not appear to have amounted to much in the capture of Fort De Russey, in Louisiana. It was garrisoned by only two or three companies of Confederates. The official report of Rear Admiral Porter to the U. S. Navy Department says:

‘ The gunboats arrived at Simmesport at noon, and found the enemy posted in force about three miles back. The Benton landed her crew and drove in the pickets.

’ The army came along in about half an hour more and landed next morning, taking possession of the enemy's camping ground. That night Gen. Smith concluded to follow them by land while Admiral Porter proceeded up Red river with all the gunboats and transports. In the meantime the Eastport had reached the obstructions, and with the vessels that kept pace with her commenced the work of demolition on the formidable barricade on which the rebels had been employed five months. They supposed it impossible, but our energetic sailors, with hard work opened a passage in a few hours. The Eastport and Neosho proceeded to the fort, which at that moment was being surrounded by the troops under General Smith, who had marched from Semmesport. A brisk musketry fire was going on between the rebels and our own troops, and they were so close together it was difficult to distinguish the combatants. The Eastport, which had opened her battery, fearing to injure our own men, ceased firing, when our troops proceeded to the assault and carried the place. In a few minutes, and with small loss, 250 prisoners, eight heavy guns, and two field pieces, fell into our hands, and all the munitions of war. The main body of the enemy, 5,000 strong under the rebel General Walker, made their escape.


Highly important from Grant's Army.

That very soft people, the Yankees, are reading news dispatches such as this we find in the New York Herald, dated Washington, March 30th. The effort seems to be to "push up the man on horseback" into the niche of a hero before they know whether he will fit or not:

‘ Accounts from the field represent the greatest enthusiasm prevailing in the Army of the Potomac in favor of Gen. Grant. His quiet, unassuming, and unpretentious style pleases all. He refuses special trains and cars for his exclusive use, and says he requires but one seat. His notions of economy in transportation preclude the occupation of a whole car for one man, and the use of an engine for his own transportation exclusively, when there are always others who are anxious to go.

’ This is very refreshing in contrast with the policy which has prevailed heretofore. The few furloughed soldiers whom he permitted to have seats in the special car the other day, in order that they might overtake the balance of their command, will never forget the courtesy, and will never cease talking of it. He has taken the hearts of the soldiers by storm, as he did Vicksburg, and they swear he shall say that the Army of the Potomac is the best fighting army in the world after he has once led it to battle. They also think he will find in Lee a more formidable antagonist than he has ever met at the Southwest.


An expected rebel invasion of Kentucky.

There is a wide spread apprehension in the West that the Confederates are about invading Kentucky again. A telegram from Cincinnati says:

‘ The idea that Gen. Breckinridge is advancing upon the Kentucky line, with the intention of raising the country in insurrection, adds a great deal to the excitement of the people. A few days ago a rumor was spread that Gen. Longstreet had sent away most of his artillery and wagons by railroad, and that he was marching upon Cumberland Gap. at the head of thirty thousand men. When this news reached Kentucky most of the farmers in Harland, Letcher, Knox, and other adjoining counties, left their farms and took the way of Manchester. The idea of an invasion of the State by the rebels is now a fixed opinion, and not an hour elapses without some rumors of their advance being circulated among the inhabitants.

’ A gentleman living in Monticello assures us that most of the Kentucky delegation representing the State in the rebel Congress at Richmond have returned and are inciting the people to revolt. He said that before he left Monticello he was told by a secessionist that if he would come to a certain place which he pointed out to him, he would there see G. W. Triplet, of Louisville, who had just come from Richmond, in company of E. M. Bruce, G. W. Ewing, T. L. Burnett, and other rebel Kentuckian. He was also told that these gentlemen had come for the purpose of preparing the people for the approaching arrival of Breckinridge and Buckner.

The Louisville Journal of the 18th, in speaking of the expected rebel raid into Kentucky, says that not a few Kentucky rebels in the South have written within a short time to their rebel relations, friends, and sympathizers at home, to sell or in some way make secure their horses, mules, cattle, sheep, hogs, grain, and other kinds of movable property, because there would in a short time be a more formidable and destructive rebel invasion of this State than there has ever yet been. They say that Morgan and others will come in, probably from different directions, with an aggregate force of sixteen or seventeen thousand men, prepared, if not to occupy Kentucky permanently, at least to ransack her throughout her whole extent, sweeping away everything of value and leaving her stripped and desolate. The Journal considers that the main purpose of Breckinridge's movement into Western Virginia is an evasion of Kentucky, and that there is no doubt that a powerful force under Buckner or Presion, or both, strengthened by John Morgan's, Forrest's, and Champ Ferguson's cavalry, will co-operate with him in the invasion.


Commercial and Financial.

Gold opened in New York Wednesday with some degree of activity at 165; but when it was announced that Mr. Cisco had set the price of the gold certificates at 164 it became heavy, and dropped down to 163½. The Herald's commercial report says:

‘ By the Champion, from Aspinwall, we learn the arrival at Panama of two millions and a half of gold, which the Golden City brought from California. Only two hundred and seventy thousand dollars of the treasure come to this city — the rest going to England as a measure of security. We may thank Secretary Welles for the sending of our products to England.

’ The subscriptions to the two hundred million loan to-day at the Sub-Treasury amounted to $94,300, and at the First National Bank to $151,000.--The subscriptions in Philadelphia have not yet reached a million of dollars in the aggregate. It is very evident that this loan is dragging heavily, and unless capitalists evince a more lively and generous spirit towards it Mr. Chase will be forced to come out with some more attractive plan to keep it at par. The loan will no doubt prove an advantageous one for permanent investment, more so perhaps in the course of time, than the five-twenty bonds, as it has longer to run, which to many is a great inducement.


Miscellaneous.

The special order of General Rosecrans, from the Department of Missouri, suppressing the circulation of the New York Metropolitan Record in his military command, is published. The articles in the condemned paper are designated by Gen. Rosecrans as "of an incendiary, disloyal, and traitorous character" The General complains that, although it is called a Catholic newspaper, it has no "ecclesiastical sanction, " and denounces its articles as "a libel on Catholics," with other very strong language. Therefore the Provost Marshal is ordered to seize the paper and punish the venders thereof.

Indiana, we believe, is the only State that has been always in advance of calls for troops. It is now stated that on the first day of February last that State had furnished her quota under all calls, and had an excess or seven thousand three hundred and thirty men, not including re-enlisted veterans. To this excess is to be added the number of men mustered into the old and new regiments since the first of February, and the number supposed to be enlisted not mustered in, and a number of re-enlisted veterans, in all estimated at seventeen thousand men, making the total excess about twenty-four thousand men.

Gen. Sigel, who has just assumed command of the Department of West Virginia, had a narrow escape from capture by the rebels a few days since. While at Martinsburg he rode outside of his picket lines for some reason, and just at that moment a force of two hundred rebels rode between the General and his lines. Had they known of his presence they could have captured him with case.

The Democratic Convention of Ohio to name delegates to Chicago was held on Wednesday. --There seems to have been a struggle between the Vallandighamers and the other faction, the vote being as close as 211 to 213. George E. Fugh and W. Bartly were chosen Senatorial delegates, and a State ticket was got up to be defeated in October.

The English blockade running steamer Nawman, while attempting to run the blockade of the Suwance river, Five, was run ashore, and to prevent her falling into Federal hands, was destroyed by the crew.

The Chicago Journal, says "that quite a number of our Western troops are to be immediately transferred to the Eastern theatre of war. The Northwestern soldiers will, it is likely, help to take Richmond."

At Memphis, a few days ago, a block of twenty buildings used for storing commissary goods, fell in, burying in the ruins a large number of persons. Four women, more or less wounded, and twelve children had been dog out.

A Nashville dispatch, of Tuesday, says that the friends of Governor Johnson confidently expect his nomination by the Republican Convention as Vice President on the ticket with President Lincoln.

Incendiaries thrive in Vicksburg. There have been many fires recently; several Government stores have been burned, and the railroad depot and adjoining buildings set on fire.

Cents hereafter coined will be composed of ninety-five per centum of copper and five per centum of tin or zinc.

Elisha R. Potter is the nominee of the Democratic State Convention for Governor of Connecticut at the coming election.

Major General Lew Wallace, of Indiana, has entered upon duty as commander of the Middle Department, headquarters at Baltimore.

The Democratic State Convention of Pennsylvania have declared in favor of McClellan for the Presidency.

Miss. Laura Keene was playing at Norfolk, Va., last week, in the American Cousin.

An order has been issued prohibiting the shipment of American coal to Canada.

The quota of Pennsylvania under the last call for troops is 26,302.

The Sons of Connecticut in Washington have organized for the State and national campaigns.

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