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We have received from a friend a copy of the Baltimore American, of Friday evening last, May 13th, nearly two days later intelligence than that published yesterday. It was captured in the fight yesterday below Drewry's Bluff, by H. M. Walthall, co D, 1st Va infantry. The Yankees had received the intelligence of the capture of Gens Ed Johnson and Stuart, and in pieces of artillery, on Thursday last, and were in high feather over it. The following is a high pressure dispatch from Gen Ingalls to Washington about it.

We have made a ten strike to-day, Hancock went in at daylight. He has taken over 4,000 prisoners and over 95 guns, and is still fighting.

Everybody is fighting, and have been for eight days. We shall have them this though it may take a day or two more. They fight has devils.

Our losses are heavy — can't say how many. If Augusta forces were here now we could finish them to day. Hancock captured Gen. Ned Johnson and two other Generals, besides lots of lower grades.--The old Republic is safe--but your pile on it.

Grant is a giant and hero in war, but all our Generals are gallant, and our men-- the world never had better!

Yours,


Spotsylvania C H, May 12, 12 M.
In Congress Mr. Washburne, of III, asked unanimous consent of the House to be given to Mr. Ashley, from Ohio, to make an announcement.

Mr. Ashley then read the substance of an official dispatch from Gen Grant to the War Department, (the same as given above.)

The cheering news was received with great cheering on the Union side of the House.

The following is a press dispatch. It seems that though Hancock had finished up Johnson, he didn't find going into Early so comfortable.

The day opened this morning with the following cheering news, sent in the form of a dispatch from Gen. Hancock to Gen Grant:

‘ "General — I have captured from thirty to forty guns! I have finished up Johnson, and am now going into Early."

’ As I write the whole line is engaged, but the heaviest firing is being done by the second corps.

Major General E Johnson is captured. He commanded the "Stonewall" division in Ewell's corps, composed mainly of Virginia troops.

No doubt of his captured exists, for he is sitting on a log near a fire before me, at the present moment, in conversation with some of our Generals.

He is a stout, rugged looking man, with sandy hair, moustaches, and apparently about forty years of age.

A correspondent of the New York Tribune puts the Federal loss at forty thousand up to the close of Tuesday's battle. Of that fight he says:

‘ In so horrible a strife it must not be supposed that we escape the severest punishment. Our losses in yesterday's fight were much greater than in any of the battles of the previous week. It is true there is a smaller percentage of killed in proportion to the number wounded than in any previous battle, and a very large number are but slightly wounded. Roads, fields, and woods are literally swarming with them.

’ It appears that Grant was so badly whipped in the very first day's fight that his men thought he was defeated. The New York Tribune's correspondent says:

‘ Our troops sustained their hard marching with wonderful endurance and in spirits most excellent. For a long time after our Wilderness fight, it was difficult to make many of the men believe that our movement was not another retreat; but when ascertaining beyond question that we were advancing, their enthusiasm knew no bounds, and they made the woods ring with huzzas for Grant, for Meade, for Burnside, for everybody.

’ Our wounded have suffered severely, and but for a humane and tender regard for their condition we should undoubtedly ere this have been upon the south banks of the Anna.


Sheridan's raid.

A telegram from Secretary Stanton, dated the 12th, says:

‘ A dispatch from Gen Sheridan, dated headquarters of the cavalry corps of the army of the Potomac, May 10, states that he turned the enemy's right and got into their rear — had destroyed from eight to ten miles of railroad, two locomotives and three trains, and a very large quantity of supplies; and that since he had got into their rear there was great excitement among the inhabitants and the army. The enemy's cavalry had tried to annoy his rear and flank, but had been run off, and he had recaptured five hundred of our men, two of them Colonels.


The defeat of Banks in Louisiana.

A Washington telegram says that a bearer of dispatches from Admiral Porter has arrived there, who given "a more deplorable account of Banks's disastrous campaign than any heretofore published." The statement of the bearer of dispatches is thus condensed:

‘ On the first day a column of 30,000 men was exposed on the march in such fashion as to be easily and shamefully dispersed by from 12,000 to 15,000.

’ On the second day Gen A J Smith whipped the rebels alone, driving them six miles. He was in hot pursuit, eager to reap all the fruits of victory, when an order came from Gen Banks directing him to retreat with the rest of his army. General Smith refused to obey. A second order to fall back he also refused to obey. Finally Gen Banks in person brought in a third order, and insisted that Smith should fall back before daylight. He begged permission to stay long enough to bury his dead and care for his wounded and sick, if only till an hour after sunrise; but Gen Banks was inexorable, and Gen Smith was obliged, with tears in his eyes, to leave his men, who had fallen on the battle-field, to the tender mercies of the rebels.

He carried two of the twenty-three cannon which the rebels abandoned, but was not allowed time even to spike the remainder. While our forces were retreating in one direction the rebels were retreating in the opposite direction.

Some hours after Gen Smith's departure, the rebels sent a flag of truce to the battle-field, to ask permission to bury their dead, and sought vainly for a long time for somebody to receive it. Three miles out from Alexandria, Gen Banks found Gen McClernand, with six thousand men, on their way to reinforce him. He ordered him to fall back to Alexandria at once, after destroying his grain and supplies. McClernand refused twice to obey, but on receipt of the third order set fire to a part of his oats.

Gen Smith, with two thousand men, took the responsibility of marching to the spot, extinguishing the flames, and after remaining there all night, marched back again with the residue and all the other supplies.

At Gen Banks's request that these should be given up to him, Gen Smith replied that they were his by right of capture, and he should keep them for his own use. No General but Banks was blamed for the campaign. Stone is pronounced without fault in the matter.

At the time the messenger left, eight iron clad gunboats were above the fails, unable to reach Alexandria on account of low water, and unprotected by land forces. The Eastport had been blown up.

Admiral Porter's dispatches, while act going into, so much detail concerning army operations, fully confirm the general conclusions as to the character of the generalship of Gen Banks.


The movements of the Federals in North Georgia.

Sherman was ready, according to Yankee accounts to move on Gen. Johnston on the first of this month. Orders had been issued allowing no tents for the men, and but two wagons to a regiment. All surplus baggage was to be left behind. The force of Confederates at Dalton was estimated at 35,400, a large number, it was said, having been withdrawn to go to Lee. The Nashville correspondence of the Chicago Journal prospects the advance of Sherman, and says:

‘ It will, indeed, be a hazardous advance; not that, any danger is to be apprehended from the result of a battle, but by it our lines will be extended another hundred or two miles, and hence we shall be more liable to cavalry raids; and East Kentucky will be

exposed to Longstreet, should Lee find himself strong enough to detach a force for a diversion upon our centre; and nothing but entire confidence on the part of Gen Grant in his abilities speedily to beat Lee, and destroy the East Tennessee Railroad, as a base for an invasion of Kentucky, would justify the movements now on the military chessboard. That they are ordered convinces me that Gen. Grant is satisfied that he will succeed in his advance on Richmond; and I may add that a similar confidence prevails among military men here generally.


The Orders Prior to Grant's forward move — the expired Enlistment men to be shot is they refused to fight — no tents.

We get some interesting information from the Northern papers relative to the preparations made for Grant's forward move. One of the most notable of them was the following death order of Gen Meade:

Hdq'rs Army of the Potomac, May 2, 1864.

General Orders No. 23.
The Commanding General has learned that, notwithstanding the caution contained in General Orders No. 23, of April 25, 1864, from these headquarters, there are men in the army who refuse to do duty on the ground that their term of service has expired.

It will be made known to such men that their conduct being open mutiny, they will be punished with death, without trial, unless they return to duty, and hereafter any soldier who refuses to do duty, on a similar plea, will instantly be shot, without any form of trial whatever. The honor of the service and the necessities of the hour admit of no other disposition of such cases.

The Commanding General again expresses the hope that the soldiers of this army will respectfully ask for and cheerfully abide by the decision of the War Department with respect to their term of service; but he has no further word or warning for those who, at a time like the present, choose to defy authority.

Corps and other independent commanders are charged with the execution of this order.

By command of Major Gen. Meade.
S. Williams,
Assistant Adjutant General.

To the same men, who, May 2d, were threatened with death for refusing to do duty, Meade issued, May 4th, the following order:

Headq'rs army of the Potomac,
May 4, 1864.

Soldiers!--Again you are called upon is advance on the enemies of your country. The time and the occasion are deemed opportune by your Commanding General to address you a few words of confidence and caution. You have been re-organized, strengthened and fully equipped in every respects. You form a part of the several armies of your country — the whole under the direction of an able an distinguished General, who enjoys the confidence of the Government, the people and the army. Your movement being in co-operation with others, it is of the utmost importance that no effort should be left unspared to make it successful.

Soldiers! The eyes of the whole country are looking with anxious hope to the blow you are about to strike in the most sacred cause that ever called men to arms. Remember your homes, your wives and children; and bear in mind that the sooner your enemies are overcome the sooner you will be returned to enjoy the benefits and blessings of peace. Bear with patience the hardships and sacrifices you will be called upon to endure. Have confidence in your officers and in each other.--Keep your ranks on the march and on the battlefield, and let each man earnestly implore God's blessing, and endeavor by his thoughts and actions to render himself worthy of the favor he seeks.--With clear conscience and strong arms, actuated by a high sense of duty, fighting to preserve the Government and the institutions-handed down to us by our forefathers, if true to ourselves victory, under God's blessing, must and will attend our efforts.

George G. Meade,
Major General Commanding.
S. Williams, A. A. C.

Gen Grant issued an order prohibiting quartermasters to issue to troops any but shelter rents. --Those who refuse these must go without. Troops in garrison stations, or in detachments, can construct huts if they prefer them. The order ends thus:

Any one who shall issue, or direct the issue of tents other than those prescribed, will be tried by court martial, or reported for summary dismissal.

The following were some of the conjectures as to Lee's intentions by the Washington Star:

‘ The belief is expressed by parties from the front that Lee has suddenly evacuated his position, and there is a report coming through rebel sources that he is marching rapidly to meet a Federal force believed in Richmond to be moving up the Peninsula under Gen Smith, he (Lee) preparing to throw the weight of his army first on Smith, hoping to crush him before Grant can reach within co-operative distance of Smith.

’ Good military judges about us, however, believe that Lee means to confront Grant directly, and that any change of position he (Lee) may have made, is with this purpose in view.

We may be certain, from Grant's past history, that his movements will be rapid and telling.


Steele's campaign in Arkansas--his losses.

The St. Louis Democrat says that Steele's expedition towards Shreveport has returned to Little Rock, Arkansas, "under rather exciting circumstances." The following are the facts of his precipitous and unexpected return:

Gen Steele left Little Rock with some 12,000 infantry and 3,000 cavalry, the latter under General Carr.

Arkadelphia was occupied without difficulty, and a force moved forward to Camden. Between Arkadelphia and Camden a subsistence train of 180 wagons was cut off and captured by the enemy, together with the escort of 480 men, who suddenly found themselves in the hands of a superior force, and made little resistance. At Camden Steele soon found the rebels, about 8,000 strong, (cavalry,) in his rear; and 240 wagons, dispatched from Camden towards Pine Bluff for stores, with an escort of 1,600 men, were captured by the enemy.

The steamer Alamo, with twenty tons of ammunition for Steele and his army, was sunk forty miles below Little Rock by coming in collision with another steamer. The pilot who had charge of the boat was put under arrest on suspicion of treachery, but subsequently was released.

Steele could find no stores to subsist his troops on, and had to reduce their allowance to quarter rations.

As the movement of Gen Steele was to be cooperative with the main one of Gen Banks, which had failed, there remained no course but to return to Little Rock.

Gen Price undertook to retain Gen Steele at Camden, while Gen Marmaduke act off for Little Rock. Steele, to act for the safety of the capital of Arkansas, with its Union population and millions of dollars worth of Federal stores, and for the rescue of his army, broke through the lines of Gen Price, and set out to get to Little Rock in time to save it from Marmaduke, who was also making every exertion to reach and bag the proposed game.

At Sabine Fork it became necessary to give Price battle, which was handsomely done. The rebels were well mounted and in line condition. The fight was protracted and bloody, lasting for three or four hours, resulting in the complete repulse of the enemy, and leaving Steele to resume his exciting race with Marmaduke.

Marmaduke approached Little Rock, throwing shells into the city, on the afternoon of the 1st instant. Shortly afterward Carr's cavalry came up, and these joining the troops at the post, compelled Marmaduke to relinquish his undertaking. He made little resistance as the main body of Steele's army was rapidly arriving.

The Arkansas Legislature was in session, and probably not one of its members, if caught, would have been spared by the exasperated foe.

During the entire march from Camden our troops were constantly skirmishing with the enemy, who hung upon their rear and flanks, strenuously endeavoring to impede their progress.

There were no ambulances for our wounded near, and they had to be left in the houses of residents on the road. The captured escort of sixteen hundred men was composed of the 36th lows, the 43d Indiana, and the 77th Ohio regiments. Only 45 succeeded in escaping.

Our informant represents Steele's cavalry deplorably deficient in horses, our men being compelled to use unbroken mules in many instances, or to try and use them to serve in the place of cavalry horses.

Gen. Price's forces are still lingering in the vicinity, stripping off the desolated country anew.


Scenes at the evacuation of Washington, N. C.

The Yankee papers have a report that Washington, N. C, was burned by their troops at the time of its evacuation. One account says:

Washington, N. C, one of the handsomest towns in the State, with its ancient shade trees forming a perfect arbor over every street, was laid in ashes by straggling marines and soldiers at the time of its hasty evacuation by our forces. The Government naval stores, the commissary stores, and the ordnance and quartermaster stores, together with the destruction of the town, which was mostly owned by Union people, amounting to several millions of dollars altogether, made a mountain of flame, illuminating the horizon for a distance of seventy miles from the scene of horror, devastation and alarm.

’ Four thousand Union troops suddenly evacuated this Gibraltar of America in the face of seven companies of rebels, leaving the entire Union population of the town to the tender mercies of the enemy, after burning their houses over their heads and leaving them without a mouthful of food or so much as a bed to pillow the heads of the sick and dying. The frantic shrinks of the helpless women and children, and the pitiful appeals of their brothers and futhere for protection from rebel bayonets, as the United States steamers left the docks, leaving them to their fate, are described by those who witnessed them as being the most affecting and melancholy night ever witnessed. The act is universally denounced.

The rebel ram at Plymouth, which is receiving on board the two hundred pounder Parrott gun captured by her at that point, and the rebel ram on the Sense rives, above Newbern, have decided to

commence the attack on our gunboats without waiting for assistance from their army.

Refugee Union families from Plymouth and Washington were continually arriving in large numbers at Newbern and Beaufort. Immediate assistance, in the shape of clothing, food, and money from the North is required by every consideration of humanity.


Butler's position on the Southside.

A letter from Butler's command, on the southside, in a New York paper says:

‘ The position of our forces here is considered impregnable. If we cannot get out of the Peninsula which contains us, it is certain that the rebels cannot get in. The natural defences of the place are perfect, leaving little to be done in the way of entrenching, and the gunboats are depended on to keep the river open to Hampton Roads. We are very anxious to hear from Grant, but beyond the knowledge of a battle having commenced near Chancellorsville, have nothing definite. A negro refugee from Richmond came to us to-day, reporting that Lee and Ricketts had both been seriously wounded.

’ We hear nothing from our cavalry expedition under Kantz. It is thought that he was too late to cut the railroad at Hicksford in time to prevent the mass of Beauregard's troops coming up. Colonel West, with his negro cavalry on the Peninsula, returned to Williamsburg, after frightening the rebels badly, and was sent out again.

Another letter says:

‘ With Gen Butler and his Staff, I was privileged this afternoon to ride along our lines. The army has advanced on the Petersburg road, a distance of about eight miles, where it will remain for the night. Its left flank is protected by gunboats in the Appomattox, and its right by gunboats in the James. From Gen Smith's headquarters, it is easy to see the spires of Petersburg, and the general impression is that there will be no great impediment to our advance upon that town.

’ The very latest dispatch from Butler's movements is dated 2 P. M. On Monday, at Fortress Monroe, where a steamer had just arrived with 200 sick an wounded. It says:

‘ There was no fighting yesterday. Our force were engaged during the day in throwing up entrenchments.

Gen Butler designs entrenching from the Appomattox to the James river, a distance of some six miles. It is reported that Beauregard was reinforced during Tuesday night by two brigades from Lee's army, it was thought, but this seems to be very improbable, unless Lee should really be retreating from his present position.

The James river has been obstructed by our forces by sinking a number of schooners and barged forces near Turkey Band. This effectually blockades the rebel from

Our whole force moved at four o'clock A. M. to day and probably are engaging the enemy at this time.

Stanton, is a dispatch to Maj Gen Dix, at New York, says:

‘ A dispatch has been received from Gen Butler, dated, "in the field near Chester Station, Va, May 12th, 8.30 P. M."

’ It states that he is now pressing the enemy ness Fort Darling, and has before him all the troop from North Carolina. Beauregard's courier, captured this morning, going to Gen Hope, commanding Drewry's Bluff, had a dispatch stating that "Gen Beauregard would join him as soon as the troops were up."

Maj Gen Gillmore holds the entrenchments, while Maj Gen Smith demonstrates upon Drewry and the enemy's lines.

Gen Kantz and his cavalry have been sent to cut the Danville Railroad near the Appomattox Station, and perhaps to advance on the James river.


Miscellaneous.

The Alabama put into Table Bay, March 20, for coals and other supplies. The total number of ships destroyed and captured in the Indian Seas had been seven: The Amanda, Winged Racer, Contest, Martaban, (or Texas Star,) Senara, Highlander, and Emma Jane; but Capt Semmes reckoned the damage indirectly done to the Federal commerce by his cruise in the Indian Seas as equivalent to $15,000,000. As the presence of the Alabama had caused such a panic, great numbers of the Federal ships lay in Singapore and other harbors for more than three months, unable to get freight, and afraid to venture out to sea. The Alabama was expected to remain in Table Bay for three or four days.

In the United States District Court on Monday, Judge Giles passed a decree of condemnation, forfeiture, and sale of all the right, title, interest, and estate, both at law and equity, of Joseph R. Anderson, late of Alleghany county, Md., now an officer in the rebel army, in the sundry lands and tenements in Alleghany county, Md., during the life of said Anderson. On the trial of the case it was shown that said Anderson, since the breaking out of the rebellion, had become interested in and conducted the Tredegar Iron Works, at Richmond, from which there had been supplied to the rebel army cannon, shell, and other munitions of war in great quantities. The lands condemned contain 49,146 acres.

The Baltimore American says:

‘ There seems to be no end to the effects of the disaster to the Red River expedition. The rebels are using the cannon they captured on the river below Alexandria, and have succeeded in destroying two transports and two of our small gunboats. Gen Banks was still at Alexandria.

’ E. C Ingersoll, Republican, was elected to Congress from the Fifth Congressional 4strict of Illinois (Lovejoy's) on Tuesday, by about five thousand majority.

Gold was quoted in New York, Friday afternoon, at 173.

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