We have received New York and Baltimore
papers of Wednesday, the 14th instant.
The situation at Nashville
Skirmishing goes on daily, and on the 13th the Confederates
dismounted several guns in Fort Negley
by their artillery fire.
A telegram from Louisville
, dated the 12th, says:
A loyal gentleman, whose trustworthiness is vouched for, says he is at Sparta, Tennessee
, with about ten thousand men. This gentleman speaks of what he knows, and the fact indicates that Breckinridge
intends to reinforce Hood
, and, if possible, to reach the main rebel army; but the position of our troops under Stoneman
indicates that he will have difficulty in forming a junction with Hood
A correspondent of the Boston Advertiser
, writing from Nashville
, gives the following Yankee opinion of General Hood
A rumor prevails that Hood
has been reinforced by a part of Price
's army; but the chief of General Sherman
's staff, who approves or, "permits" all telegraphic news, does not believe it. His theory is, that Hood
will probably attack us, and that he is the worst bamboozled man in Tennessee
to-day.--Maybe, and perhaps not. A distinguished New York paper remarks that Hood
's name can hardly be spoken without provoking a laugh.
Out here, people hardly see it in that light, or know where the laugh comes in. I do not believe in that policy which consists in disparaging or ridiculing an enemy.
The true way, it seems to me, is to give the enemy all the credit they deserve, for whatever skill or strength they show, and still have confidence enough in one's own cause to have no unmanly fear of the result of a conflict with them.
succeeded in breaking our centre at Franklin
he would have destroyed our army there.
For a long time the scales trembled in the balance. "Yes, sir," said a brave officer who witnessed the battle, "trembled fearfully in the balance." It is, in some sort, an impiety to overlook such facts and sneer at a foe. It is not honest, nor honorable, nor wise.
is in strong force around Nashville
; he seriously threatens the city; but I believe the confidence universally felt that he will fail to be well founded for several reasons, and among them these:
probably did calculate on crushing our army at Franklin
, and did not calculate on our gunboats, which are expected to prevent him from flanking and invading Kentucky
But before we sneer at him, let us admit that he redeemed his master's promise of invading Tennessee
, for he does hold the entire country south of Nashville
, with the exception of four fortified places, at his mercy.
It is a country full of forage, corn, pigs and cattle; it can and does subsist his army.
If he is acting wildly, let us whip him before we talk of his desperation.
There will be time enough then.
The latest from Sherman.
The latest Yankee advices from Sherman
are by the Arago
, from Port Royal, South Carolina
The latest advices from Sherman
at the time the Arago
left — on the 8th instant--were that his advance troops, comprising mostly cavalry and light artillery, had reached a point only forty miles from Savannah
and were steadily feeling their way towards that city, with every prospect of capturing it with very little loss to his army.
He had succeeded in severing the railway communication leading to and from Savannah
, and had cut off the most important routes of supplies for the troops that were hastily assembling in the defence of the city.
"the tomb of Washington in the hands of guerrillas."
Such is the heading of a Yankee plaint over the lost opportunity for making some odd dimes by showing the tomb of Washington
to curious strangers.
A letter from Alexandria
In one respect, three years of war have made no difference in this vicinity, so far as guerrillas are concerned.
In 1861, it was deemed unsafe to go from Alexandria
to Mount Vernon
, and there is the same danger now. The guerrillas are very bold around here, frequently coming to within five miles of the city limits; and if a courier is met by them on any of the high roads, he is unceremoniously robbed, though seldom receiving bodily harm unless resistance be made.
The farmers in the vicinity have lost heavily in their stock, these rebel robbers having a great predilection for all the horses they can lay their hands upon.
From the suburbs of Alexandria
you can see a range of hills, on which can also be discerned the tower of Fairfax Seminary; and beyond that tower it is very unsafe to travel, for the region in the vicinity is infested with guerrillas, some of whom may, as you look towards those very hills, be gazing therefrom with a covetous eye upon the city, and only kept from entering it by the Union
troops stationed there.
And as to Mount Vernon
, it is now very rarely visited. --There are no longer tourists from all parts of the country gathering to do homage at the shrine of Washington
.--The negro hack-drivers in the streets of Alexandria
prudently decline to drive anybody out there, no matter how large is the proffered pay. It is fortunate that the Prince
's tomb before the war; for it would have been rather humiliating to have been obliged to send with him a large military escort to Mount Vernon
to save him from the rebels prowling around in sight of the National Capital
Information has reached the Yankee
Navy Department that the United States
, Commander Arnold
, was sunk a few days ago by a rebel torpedo in the Roanoke river
, six miles above Plymouth, North Carolina
The torpedo was attached to a log and floated in the river, and as the Otsego
was moving up the river on a reconnaissance, she struck the torpedo, which, exploding, caused her to sink.
There is only six feet of water in the Roanoke river
where she went down.
No person on board was injured.
The Canadian courts
both, on Tuesday, decided that they had no jurisdiction in the cases of they St. Albans
raiders and the Lake Erie
"pirates," and the prisoners were all liberated from arrest and are now again at large.
United States Marshal Murray
has received instructions from Secretary Seward
to proceed to Montreal
immediately to look after the interests of the United States Government in the case of the St. Albans
arrived in New York on Tuesday, and was being lionized by the "leading citizens."
The trial of the famous libel suit of George Opdyke versus Thurlow Weed
was commenced in the Supreme Court of New York on Tuesday.
The trial attracted great attention, and was attended by some of the first men in the community.
The Navy Department has received a dispatch from Rear-Admiral Porter
, dated Fort Monroe
, in which he reports the capture of the blockade-runner steamer Emma Hendry
, with a cargo of seven hundred bales of cotton, by the Cherokee
; and the schooner Mary
, with eighty bales of cotton by the Mackinaw
Gold went up to 234 1-2 in New York on Tuesday, under the failure of Warren