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We have received New York and Philadelphia papers of Monday, the 7th instant, and Baltimore papers of the evening of that day.

The Presidential election — an order from Beast Butler.

The Presidential election is the chief topic discussed in the Northern papers. Beast Butler, who was assigned to the command of the military in New York, in anticipation of disturbances on election day, issued the following order, the conclusion of which holds the rod over the heads of those who may contemplate taking a stand against the Government:

Headquarters city of New York, November 6, 1864.

In obedience to the orders of the President, and by the assignment of Major-General Dix, commanding Department of the East, Major-General Buther assumes command of the troops arriving and about to arrive, detailed for duty in the State of New York to meet existing emergencies.

To correct misapprehension; to soothe the fears of the weak and timid; to allay the nervousness of the ill-advised; to silence all false rumors circulated by bad men for wicked purposes, and to contradict, once and for all, false statements adapted to injure the Government in the respect and confidence of the people, the commanding general takes occasion to declare that troops have been detailed for duty in this district sufficient to preserve the peace of the United States, to protect public property, to prevent and punish incursions into our borders, and to insure calm quiet.

If it were not within the information of the Government that raids, like in quality and object to that made at St. Albans, were in contemplation, there could have been no necessity for precautionary preparations.

The commanding general has been pained to see publications by some not too well informed persons that the presence of the troops of the United States might, by possibility, have an effect upon the free exercise of the duty of voting at the ensuing election. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The soldiers of the United States are specially to see to it that there is no interference with the election unless the civil authorities are overcome with force by bad men. The armies of the United States are "ministers of good, and not of evil. " They are safeguards of constitutional liberty, which is freedom to do right, not wrong. They can be a terror to evil-doers only, and those who fear them are accused by their own consciences, according to the inspiration of his own judgment freely. He will be protected in that right by the whole power of the Government if it shall become necessary.

At the polls, it is not possible exactly to separate the illegal from the legal vote-- "the tares from the wheat"--but it is possible to detect and punish the fraudulent voter after the election is over. Fraudulent voting in election of United States officers is an offence against the peace and dignity of the United States. Every man knows whether he is a duty qualified voter; and he who votes, not being duty qualified, does a grievous wrong against light and knowledge. Specially is fraudulent voting a deadly sin and heinous crime, deserving condign punishment, in those who, having rebelliously seceded from, and repudiated their allegiance to, this Government when at their homes in the South, now, having fled here for asylum, abuse the hospitality of the State and clemency of the Government by interfering in the election of our rulers. Such men pile rebellion upon treason, breach of faith upon perjury, and forfeit the amnesty accorded them. It will not be well for them so to do.

By command of
Major-General Benjamin F. Butter.
Captain A. F. Purfcy.
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General

The Sixth, Seventh and Tenth Connecticut regiments arrived in New York on Sunday with orders to report to General Butler.

Superintendent Kennedy issued a circular to the Metropolitan police, instructing them to enforce, on Tuesday, throughout the district, compliance with the State law requiring that no intoxicating liquors shall be sold on election day; that no box for the distribution of tickets shall be erected within one hundred and fifty feet of a polling place, and that no unjustifiable physical force shall be used, either by policemen of citizens, to incite or intimidate electors.

Thirty-one car loads of troops, to vote in Main, passed through New York on Sunday.

General Hood's movements — his alleged Repulse.

The following is the only telegram published in the papers about General Hood's army. It is dated at Nashville, November 5th:

On the 3d instant, the rebel army, under Hood, attempted to cross the Tennessee river at the month of the Bluewater, and were repulsed by the Union army, under General Sherman, with considerable loss.

As it is well known in Richmond that General Hood has crossed the Tennessee river, and without a fight too, we may put the above down as an election dispatch. Upon the strength of this telegram, the Herald has the following:

General Hood has been defeated with considerable loss in his first attempt to cross the Tennessee river. The point chosen for this movement is between Decatur and Florence, at the head of the muscle shoals of the Tennessee river. It appears from our correspondence that General Sherman has sent the Fourth corps to Decatur to operate against Hood, while, with the remaining five corps of his army, he has moved to Atlanta, and is, in all probability, about to inaugurate an offensive campaign from that point; thus ignoring, for the time, the existence of Hood, or leaving him to prosecute his campaign into Tennessee at his leisure. The rebel accounts, which we publish in connection with other important matter, give interesting accounts of Hood previous to the battle.

’ This correspondence is dated at Rome, Georgia, on the 30th ultimo. It says that it is understood that the Georgia militia is being gathered to attack Atlanta, and adds:

‘ Now, Sherman is averse to permit Hood to have the planning of his fall campaign; and so, day before yesterday, he broke up camp west of Rome, and while the — took up the line of march for Chattanooga, the — treaded southward for Atlanta, where they will arrive November 1 or 2.

Sherman therefore ignores the existence of Hood's army to the extent of five heavy corps, which, we may be sure, will not be idle. The Fourth corps, General Stanley, will be in Decatur, Alabama, by the time this reaches you. It proceeds on foot, via Lafayette and Rossville to Chattanooga, where trains for Decatur await it.

The paymasters have reached Atlanta, and will pay the troops there before they embark in any further movement. The late pursuit has convinced Sherman that he can move a great distance into the enemy's territory and subsist mainly on foraging.

Hood, hereafter, will fight troops under command of General Thomas (who is still at Nashville), if he fights at all, and there can be nothing comforting to the enemy in the statement that he will find an army of United States soldiers competent to prevent him treading the soil of Tennessee to a reckless extent.

The latest from Forrest — account of his capture of the gunboats on the Tennessee.

The latest intelligence from General Forrest is contained in the following telegram, dated Nashville, the 5th:

Three regiments of cavalry are reported between Decatur and Courtland. Forrest, with a cavalry force, is reported near Johnsonville, which is amply garrisoned to repel any attack.

The Yankees publish two interesting telegrams, giving an account of Forrest's success in the marine department. One, dated at Nashville, the 5th says:

‘ The gunboat Undine, captured at Fort Herman, on the Tennessee river, previously reported, fought the enemy six hours before surrendering. She had six men killed and eight wounded, three of them mortally. Among the wounded was Captain Bryant. Her armament consisted of eight twenty- four pound howitzers. She sunk with her bow lying on the river bank; but it is since reported that the rebels plugged up the holes in her hull and are using her as a gunboat. The rebels at Fort Herman are reported twelve thousand strong, with sixteen pieces of artillery.

’ The transports Venus and Chaseman were captured the same day as the Undine. The pilot of the former reports that she was riddled by shell and musketry. Captain Allen and most of her crew were killed, and also fifteen soldiers who were on board. The Chaseman was struck by a shell, when she was run ashore; but at last accounts the rebels had not destroyed her.

The rebels have three batteries within a mile above and below Fort Herman. Thirteen or fourteen of the crew of the Undine are reported to have been killed after the surrender.

Another, dated Cairo the 5th, gives further accounts of his doings:

‘ Yesterday at daylight the gunboat Undine, No. 55, captured a few days ago by the rebels, came through the chute at Reynoldsburg island and landed rebel troops, who then fired her and left.

’ At 8 o'clock the gunboats Key West and Elfin steamed down near the westside of Reynoldsburg island, from Johnsonville, and engaged a rebel battery of twenty-four-pounder Parrotts. The gunboats were driven back, badly damaged, to Johnsonville.

At two o'clock in the afternoon the enemy's batteries opposite, above and below Johnsonville, opened on the disabled gunboats. They responded until their ammunition was exhausted, and were then blown up. Their boats' crews are at the fort in Johnsonville.

This morning the rebels commenced crossing in the boats of the Undine at a place about five miles above Johnsonville. Two flatboats were also used. No fighting has taken place to-day. The rebels are engaged in burying their dead.

Gunboats from Paducah are in sight, and reinforcements have arrived. General Schofield takes command of the post of Johnsonville.

Intelligence from below Florence states that a large part of Hood's army is still south of the river, out of rations and clothing, and subsisting on the country.

The river is rising, and is five feet deep on the shoals.

A mob at Trenton — a M'Clellan procession run into by a railroad train.

On Saturday night last, a railroad train at Trenten, Now Jersey, ran into a McClellan procession crossing the track, striking a boat carried on a wagon and containing thirty-six young ladies, re-presenting the States of the "Union." A telegram says:

‘ When it became evident that a collision must occur, an effort was made to stop the engine, but it struck the hind wheels of the wagon, carrying the end of the vehicle about twenty feet, and upsetting the boat and the ladies. Fortunately, none of them were kiled, and none, we hear, seriously injured, though it was reported that a man's leg was broken. The excitement at the time was fearful. Several hundred men gathered round the engine, which had stopped. The engineer and firemen fled for their lives, and escaped in the confusion.

’ The mob became infuriated, and attempted to destroy the locomotive, not being able to find the engineer, on whom they desired to wreak their vengeance. They threw stones at the engine, breaking the reflector and injuring it in other respects, but failed to break it. They crowded themselves on to it and on the cars, and managed to ran the train back to the depot.

Afterward, another engine was procured, and its engineer, who was known to be friendly to the crowd, attempted to take the train on its way. But the mob threatened him, and he was not permitted to proceed. Fearing that the track would be destroyed, or the bridge burned, the attempt to go forward was abandoned.

Subsequently, when the train had been delayed more than an hour, some of the leaders of the procession were consulted. These men rode on the engine, declaring to the crowd that it was "all right," and so the train was taken out of Trenton.

From Sheridan's army.

A telegram from New York says:

‘ Letters from General Sheridan's army, dated the 31st ultimo, report that a small rebel force had crossed the north fork of the Shenandoah on the 30th and proceeded in the direction of Luray Courthouse. A dispatch of the 4th instant, from the Nineteenth army corps, states that Early's rebel army is re-organizing at New Market, and that rebel reinforcements, in the shape of conscripts, have been sent to Early in considerable numbers. A Martinsburg dispatch of the 2d instant states that Mosby made an assault on the 1st on our packets, intending to stampede the animals, but was unsuccessful.

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