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War matters.From the Baltimore Sun of Tuesday, and the New York Herald of Monday, received last evening by special express, we make up the following summary: ‘ from old Point comfort. The steamer Adelaide, Captain Cannon, arrived yesterday morning from Old Point Comfort. She brought up Capt. Dyer, of the artillery, en route for Washington. Several soldiers on the sick list came up, and left by the morning train for the North. A bearer of dispatches from Gen. Butler to Washington was among the passengers. No intelligence of any movement on the part of the troops could be obtained, though it was said by some of the passengers that a dress parade on Sunday afternoon was the precursor of a movement. Whether the direction will be towards Yorktown or Norfolk, did not transpire. ’ The following letter contains all that was received from Fortress Monroe: ‘ [Correspondence of the Associated Press.] Fortress Monroe, June 16, 6 P. M.--Commissary Taylor, just arrived from Newport News, reports a skirmish there this morning. Three companies, sent out by Col. Phelps to gather in some cattle belonging to Secessionists, were fired upon by a company of light horse, and three men wounded. The Confederates escaped, but the detachment succeeded in its purpose. The Confederates are evidently landing a large body of troops at a point seven miles above Newport News, on the same side of the James river. Steamers come down the river daily, and an attack from that quarter is anticipated. The Federal troops are ready for them at Newport News, however, and the strong battery erected by poor Greble will avenge Great Bethel. The experiment with Sawyer's American rifled cannon at the Rip Raps last evening, was a brilliant success. Sewell's Point is clearly within range of this tremendous projectile. Seven of the eleven 48-po-pound shells exploded a short distance from the Confederate camp, and one of them over their entrenchments. It created a decided sensation among the Secessionists. A house near the Secession banner displayed a white flag. There is a grand parade of six regiments this afternoon near the fortress. There is much dissatisfaction in Col. Allen's regiment. Charges have been preferred mutually by the Colonel and the Captains of the companies. ’ Skirmishing. The Washington Star of Monday evening contains some intelligence, a good deal of which is probably bogus: ‘ Col. Everett's battalion of District volunteers is at Seneca Mills, Md., 25 miles above Georgetown. They are on the line of the canal, and see the pickets of the enemy at all hours. The day before yesterday they had a brush with a body of Confederate cavalry, 100 strong, Col. Everett's men lying on their faces and blazing away at the enemy on the other side of the river whenever they showed themselves. They killed the captain of the Secession company (Capt. Shrieves) and two privates. They saw them fall from their horses and picked up and dragged off into the woods by their companions. Col. Stone is at Darrington with the Ninth New York Regiment, four miles above Seneca Mills. His command was fired upon by this same cavalry company yesterday evening, and two of the enemy's balls were picked up. They were the long range Minnie musket balls. During the skirmish Major Wall, Col. Everett and Col. Styles, of the New York Ninth Regiment, took muskets and entered into the fun with no little zest. The enemy burnt a bridge some two miles from Seneca, which crosses a branch of the Potomac, over which the Federal forces must cross if they advance across the river. A party of some thirty or more of the enemy are throwing up an earth work on a high hill opposite Seneca Mills, and the Federal troops, with a glass, can see them working at it. P. S.--A gentleman who rode down the tow-path of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, reports that at five o'clock P. M., yesterday, Colonel Stone was in quiet possession of the town of Leesburg. He also confirms the report that Major Everett's command at Seneca had a brush with the Secessionists, and that Captain Shreve, of the Virginia forces, and two of his men were killed. Major Everett drew the water out of the level of the canal in front of his position, and used the tow-path for a breastwork, which gave him a decided advantage of position, and the Secessionists were driven off. ’ Movements Across the River. Many heavy guns and carriages are being rapidly placed in position at Arlington. Company B, United States Cavalry, Lieut. Tompkins, went near Fairfax Court-House on Saturday night, reconnoitering, but did not fall in with the Confederates, who are reported to be in large force there. Plot to Blow up the Long Bridge. Two Secessionists were arrested by members of the Third New Jersey Regiment on last Thursday night, at Hunter's Landing, near the Long Bridge. They had in their possession four kegs of powder, a bundle of fuses, and a package of matches. They had taken a boat, and were moving in the direction of the further draw of the Long Bridge, It is supposed with a view to blowing it up. A sergeant of the regiment overheard them essaying their pains. The men were sent to General Mansfield. arrested as A Spy. Yesterday, William H. Craven, of Loudon county, Va., was arrested at the Long Bridge by a squad of Capt. Carrington's company of D. C. volunteers on duty there. The prisoner resided about three miles from Leesburg, and it so happened that Mr. J. H. May, who was a neighbor of his, but who was forced to leave his home because of his loyalty, was detailed for duty with the squad at the bridge. When Craven rode up May recognized him and had him arrested. from Fortress Monroe and the Potomac. The steamer Philadelphia, which left Fortress Monroe at six o'clock on Sunday evening, has reached Washington. Her crew report everything at the place on the qui vive from an anticipated move by Gen. Butler in person upon the Secession batteries. It could not be ascertained when the blow would be struck, but it was thought that Great Bethel was the point on which the troops would first move. The sloop-of-war Jamestown is at Old Point, and the Anacosta lies under the Rip Raps. The Pocahontas lies off Alexandria, and the Pawnee guards Maryland Point.--The Propeller Reliance has the launch of the Pawnee in tow, exploring the creeks and inlets along the shores. On Sunday the body of Sergeant Goodfellow, of New York, who was killed at Great Bethel, was taken on board the Alabama to be carried home. The propeller Diamond State, Capt. Jones, reports having met and spoken the propeller Josephine, down the river, the latter having been fired into with muskets at Matthias' Point, opposite Port Tobacco. She returned the compliment with a shell, and the annoyance ceased. The President is making good progress with his message. It will take the highest ground in favor of prosecuting the war with the utmost vigor, and of finishing it by winter if that be possible. To make it possible, he will recommend a call for 600,000 men, and an appropriation sufficient to cover all necessary expenditure, at a cost of $200,000,000. The Governors of all the free States have been written to on this subject, and have, with only two exceptions, responded heartily, so that the President, in making these recommendations, feels that he is backed by the people, speaking through their constituted authorities. There can be no doubt that Congress will pass bills in conformity with those suggestions, both to increase the army and to supply funds for all needful purposes. Arms for the Pennsylvania State troops. It is stated that the Federal Government has notified the Governor of Pennsylvania that he will be furnished immediately with ten thousand stand of arms, for the purpose of arming the reserve corps. The arms furnished by the War Department were applied for by the State authorities. Miscellaneous Items. John A. Steiff, a commission merchant, of Cincinnati, has been arrested on a charge of treason, in shipping butter to Louisville, there to be re-shipped to the extreme South. It is said by Mr. Crittenden's friends that he is preparing a plan of pacification, to be submitted to Congress at the extra session. Elias Howe, sewing machine inventor, has presented each of the field officers of the Massachusetts Fifth with a fine horse. Nine rifled cannon arrived in Washington on Sunday, six of which have been already removed to Alexandria. They were cast at the West Point Foundry. The Government has purchased, in Baltimore, one hundred head of horses, at prices ranging from $100 to $125. These horses, which have to be of good height and in perfect order, are thought to have been purchased at exceedingly low prices. It is rumored that the Rhode Island Regiment, which was expected at Frederick, Md., yesterday, from Chambersburg, has been ordered back to Washington. the Privateer Savannah. The following is from a Baltimore paper: ‘ The capture of the Savannah, and the placing of her crew in irons on board the Minnesota, is exciting considerable discussion. A good deal of debate has arisen in relation to the disposition to be made of these prisoners. The way press of New York claim that if they are to be considered privateers they should have been hung at the yard arm, and they demand, at all , the execution of the death penalty. The President, however, it is said, will treat them as prisoners of war. ’ the President's Message.The Washington correspondent of one of the New York papers says:
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