The War news.
The public mind was happily affected yesterday morning by the news from Maryland
, furnished by a Washington paper of the 10th inst. For the time, Grant
were forgotten, and nothing was thought of or talked of but Baltimore
, Monocracy Bridge, Lew Wallace
, and the invasion of the North
The situation in Georgia
and the safety of Atlanta
ceased to be a topic of conversation, and everybody was discussing the probable effect of the present skillful and well executed movement upon the issue of the campaign of 1864.
It seems that a Confederate force has advanced quietly and almost without opposition many miles into the enemy's territory, destroying railroads and bridges, and levying, contributions upon the people at will, and the latest news we have through the Northern
papers is that a body of troops drawn up to dispute the advance was defeated and driven back in confusion.
When Northern journals admit this much, we may be sure that the victory was decisive and complete, and attended with important results.
The Yankee accounts say that "active arrangements are being made in anticipation of an emergency which it is confidently believed is only barely possible, not probable." These "active arrangements" doubtless have reference to an apprehended uprising of the people of Baltimore
, and may include the planting of cannon in the streets and other measures to enforce "loyalty" in the Monumental City
At all events, it is apparent that the authorities there were terribly frightened, and busily concerting measures for the safety of the place.
The Brig Gen
who was captured at Monocracy is probably the same individual who figured at Manassas
in July, 1861, and has since that time been holding some position in Baltimore
is said to be a son of the Yankee Secretary of State
, though we are only positive that he has some relationship to the wily premier.
A letter from Winchester
, dated July 7th, says that a body of Confederate troops is between Harrisburg
, that Harry Gilmore
with his command is at Gunpowder river
, between Philadelphia
, and that Bradley Johnson
is operating at Annapolis Junction
, between Baltimore
Frederick City is the capital of Frederick county, Maryland
, situated on Carroll
's creek, about two miles from its entrance into Monocracy river, and sixty miles west of Baltimore
Its population is about 8,000.
A branch railroad, three miles long, connects it with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad near the Monocracy viaduct.
The road from Baltimore
passes through the city.
Monocracy bridge is some fifty six miles from Baltimore
by railroad and about forty by turnpike, and about the same distance from Washington
is a station on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, six miles east of Monocracy.
is only seventeen miles from Baltimore
is about half way between Baltimore
and Havre de Grace, Maryland
; is a wide stream near its mouth, where it is crossed by the trestle work of the Baltimore
and Philadelphia Railroad.
It was currently reported yesterday morning that after the defeat of Wallace
at Monocracy bridge, our forces in Maryland
encountered General Couch
, who had been sent out from Baltimore
with reinforcements, defeated him, and took him prisoner.
This rumor was invented by some imaginative person, who probably desired to keep up the excitement.
Late in the evening it was reported that a letter had been received from a Confederate officer in Maryland
, announcing that our forces were within sight of the outer fortifications of Baltimore
, and still "marching on." The latest report was brought by an officer from Petersburg
He stated that a New York Herald
, of the 11th, had been received in that city, which furnished information that the "rebels" had met and defeated a Federal force at the Relay House
, and were advancing upon Baltimore
in two columns.
We have received some additional particulars of the capture of Martinsburg
, on the 31 inst. Our forces entered the place in the evening; the enemy, some 7,000 strong, all 100 day men, with the exception of 700 regular cavalry, retreated hurriedly on the Harper's Ferry
Immense quantities of supplies fell into our hands, with $1,000,000 worth of medical and a large amount of commissary stores, including 100,000 bushels of corn and oats.
Merchants and sutlers had collected there immense stores, preparatory to forwarding them to Richmond
for sale, as they deemed the capture of this place a fixed fact.
These were appropriated by the Confederates
No. casualties occurred on our side, except the slight wounding of Lieut. Breckinridge
in the leg. Some ten or twelve Yankees were killed.
The Union element in that county is said to be strong.
But few Southern families remain in Martinsburg
The citzens supplied the Yankee
prisoners with all the luxuries they could procure, and the same spirit was exhibited on the road from Martinsburg
Yet the few Southern men in the country are firm and unwavering in their devotion to the cause.
The first prisoners.
Eight Yankee prisoners, captured by Mosby
at Monocracy Junction, Md., arrived at Lynchburg
on Sunday night. Among them is the son of Harbuck
, one of the largest shipping merchants of New York city. Two hundred and twenty prisoners, captured at Martinsburg
, and sixty captured at Aldle, Loudoun county
, have arrived at the same place.
Mosby's raid on Duffield's Depot.--
The dashing Mosby
made a very successful raid on Duffield's Depot, a station on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, six miles west of Harper's Ferry
He sent in a flag of truce demanding the surrender of the place, and the citizens came out to inquire upon what conditions the enemy would be allowed to surrender.
replied, "unconditionally, and that very quickly. "--Whereupon the Yankee
force of 82 men surrendered.
, also, captured 30 horses, and gathered many spoils.
At the Point of Rocks
the same command captured a railroad train and fired into an engine.
From the Southside.
There is no news of importance from the lines in front of Petersburg
The usual shelling was kept up yesterday with some vigor, but otherwise all was quiet.
The following dispatch from the officer in command at Charleston
was received yesterday:
The enemy attacked Battery Simpkins last night, and were repulsed.
We have driven them from John's Island
Their fleet dropped down last night below Battery Island.
All the available force of the enemy from Jacksonville
has been operating against this place since the 2d instant.--Major General Foster
is commanding in person.
A capture by the enemy.
On Tuesday morning, about 4 o'clock, fifty Yankees came ashore at Cox
's wharf, on the north side of James river
, about thirteen miles below Richmond
, and surprised an outpost picket composed of twenty-five men of the City
The enemy succeeded in capturing fourteen of the number, including a commissioned officer and a sergeant in charge of the detachment.
Capt. John Maxwell
, of the C. S. Navy, was near at hand with a wagon, containing some professional implements, which also fell into the hands of the enemy, but he succeeded in saving his horse.
From the gentleman who gave us the above information, we learn that the Yankee
fleet is laying quietly at the lower side of Dutch Gap
It is composed of three 1-turreted and one 2-turreted monitors, two large side-wheel steamers, two propellers, and one small side-wheel steamer. --Last week a transport landed a quantity of supplies on the south side of the river, which were taken up by a wagon train and conveyed to Butler
An official dispatch from Gen. Johnston
states that matters are comparatively quiet in front of Atlanta
, the only hostilities that have lately transpired being some artillery practice at long range across the Chattahoochee
The enemy doubtless have possession of some of the fords on the river.
Arrest of Citizens of Gloucester.
Although we have a well authenticated report that the Yankees
have withdrawn their forces from Gloucester county
, they have not altogether ceased their annoyances and depredation upon the people.
On a recent occasion a party landed at Cappadocia wharf, and proceeded after midnight to the residences of Jefferson Stubbs
, Mr. Barron
, and Jefferson Hughes
, and took those gentlemen prisoners.
, being roused up at the dead of night, properly determined upon an effort to defend himself and keep off the intruders, and with that object in view fired upon them, according to report, with fatal effect, one of the Yankees
The fire was returned, and Mr. Barron
received a severe wound, which, it is reported, resulted in his death.
Though his act was perfectly justifiable, he would doubtless, had he survived, have met an ignominious fate through the sentence of a drum-head court-martial.
were taken to Yorktown
, and what became of them subsequently is unknown.
The houses of these gentlemen were searched, and at Mr. Stubbs
's some papers found connecting him with the sequestration proceedings of the Government
, which will be made a pretext for holding him in captivity; but in regard to the charges alleged against the others we have no information.