From the South.
Our Southern exchanges furnish us with the following interesting information:
The war on the Sea-coast — latest accounts from below.
From the Charleston Mercury
, of the 8th inst., we extract the following:
Up to a late hour yesterday evening, all was quiet at the various military posts along the sea- coast.
The enemy have threatened to burn every house and outbuilding they find deserted, and have already begun their work of vandalism, having applied the torch to the fine residences of Mr. Adams
, Mr. Chaplin
, and Mr. Wm. Fripp
The last-named gentleman is well known as having first introduced into use an excellent seed for Sea Island
Three negroes from Barnwell Island
, who were taken at Page's Point
on Monday, report Mr. Trescot
's house to have been occupied by a party of Yankee officers.
A few days ago, Major Jones
, (from York District,) of Col. Dunnovant
's Regiment, S. C. V., sent three men in a canoe, to a small island off Cunningham's Bluff, to burn the cotton house and barns, which they succeeded in doing.
The enemy turned out as soon as they discovered the fire, but they were too late; the party had returned in safety, and the Major
merely threw a couple of shells at the bewildered Yankees
, to let them know he was there.
On Monday evening eight gun-boats were reported off Mackay's Point.
in coming there was not known.
Mackay's Point is on Port Royal river, at the confluence of the Pocataligo, Coosawhatchie
and Tulyfinny rivers.
Vessels drawing twenty feet can come up as high as this point.
Near the spot where Col. Jones
lost his men, on the 1st., just at the side of the causeway, lies a twelve inch shell, which failed to explode.
When discovered, it created same surprise, owing to its being so much larger than usual.
It was thought at first eight to be a thirteen inch shell, but being measured, proved to be nearly thirty-six inches in circumference, and must have been fired from an eleven inch Columbiad.
This shows the very heavy calibre of the ordnance used by the enemy.
It also indicated that they have a larger and stronger class of gun-boats than had been generally supposed to be in our waters.
The rapidity of the fire proves that the one gun-boat in view on New Year's day carried more than a single gun.
Port Royal Ferry on the north side is to our army of the coast what Mason
's and Munson
's hills were last September to the advanced guards of the army of the Potomac.
At both points the hostile pickets have frequently spoken to each other.
Here is a specimen of a recent conversation at the Ferry
Yankee.--Halloo, over there.
Y.--So you've got Lee
over there, eh?
Y.--Right smart man he is too. Ain't his headquarters at Coosawhatchie
S.--Well, he is some.
Y.--Say, ain't his headquarters at Coosawhatchie
S.--Can't say; come over and see for yourself.
Y.--How are you off for tobacco and liquor?
S.--Got plenty of both
Y.--We want some tobacco; won't you trade some for whiskey?
S.--Don't want any of your
Among some other pertinent questions was the following, which effectually broke up the strange colloquy:
How many did we kill of your men in the flat?
I say. What made you run at Bull Run
We have heard a touching incident related of the fight of the 1st instant.
A lieutenant in Col. Jones
's Regiment was mortally wounded by a shell, which broke his sword in half; he survived but a few minutes; but before his death, he took a gold ring from his finger, and handing it with his broken sword to Lieutenant Colonel McGowan
, made a dying request that he should forward both to his fiancee.
The very latest — our Casualties on New year's day.
of the 9th inst., says:
Yesterday we succeeded in obtaining the following full list of the casualties among our troops in the fight which took place on New Year's day.
The names of the gallant men who fell upon that occasion, have not before been published:
Casualties in the Fourteenth Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, January 1, 1861, in the fight near Port Royal Ferry.
Company B, Captain West
.--Killed: Privates A. Bartly
, F. M. Riser
Wounded: Lieutenant James Boatwright
, Sergeant F. Soach
, Corporal Robert Brooks
, Privates E. D. Merchant
, M. Plymate
, Joel Minnick
, Caleb Hare
Company C, Captain Wood
.--Wounded: Sergeant George Weatherall
Company E, Capt. Brown
--Killed: Lieut. J. H. Powers
, Private S. L. Boyd
Wounded: Privates Jno. B. Jones
, W. H. Owens
, J. H. Garrett
, R. B. Halk
Company G, Capt. Taggart
.--Wounded: Samuel Cothron
Company H, Capt. Croft
.--Killed: Corporal Jason Eubanks
, Privates Darley Eubanks
Wounded: Corporal Jas. Culler
, Privates Peter Day
Company K, Capt Tompkins
.--Wounded: Lieut. William L. Stevens
, Corporal Noah J. Werts
, Private Ransom Timberman
Total killed and wounded 27.
On yesterday, so far as known in the city, all was quiet at the various posts below.
On Monday night the pickets on Mackay's Point, on what is known as Graham
's Neck which has been previously alluded to by us, discovered a boat in the Coosawhatchie River
After hailing it without getting an answer, our Tennessee
friends commenced an active fusillade, which caused the crew and passengers of the unknown boat to beat a hasty retreat.
It has since been ascertained that the party fired into was Colonel Radcliffe
, with some of the officers of his North Carolina Regiment.
They were in imminent danger; the balls struck the boat repeatedly; one man had his hat shot from his head, and another had a bullet through his coat sleeve.
As soon as the boat touched the marsh, they jumped out and waded and swam to the main land.
It is said that the gallant Colonel
, who is, we believe, a graduate of the Citadel reached his headquarters in very scanty attire.
Our pickets, like the main body of our army, are ‘"nursing their wrath to keep it warm,"’ and after ‘"retreat"’ it is rather dangerous work to put one's nose beyond the lines.
With regard to the removal of the negroes from within the military lines, it is said that many of the planters, having every confidence in their slaves, and being unable, on so short a notice, to provide comfortable homes for them elsewhere, have left them on their plantations, where they have shelter and ample support.
From the Louisville Courier
, of the 7th instant, we copy the following:
A report reached this place through several distinct channels that on the day after the fight at Sacramento
, Gen. Crittenden
shipped his artillery down Green river
, and it was understood in the neighborhood of Calhoun
that the destination was Louisville
.--Connected with this, was a report that Calhoun
had been evacuated.
We understand that an artillery Captain
and several men who had deserted from Crittenden
, arrived at Hopkinsville
on Thursday of last week.
One of the Federals
captured by Lieut. Hines
, below Morgantown
, confirms our reports that there is great dissatisfaction among the Kentuckian at the abolition documents of the President
From a source which seems worthy of credit we learn that the Federals
have nearly finished the Green river
It was reported by a gentleman just returned from Cave City
that the Federals
had begun to erect fortifications on the ground where Col. Terry
This is not very probable.
Dispersion of Dutch Cavalry.
It was rumored in Hopkinsville
, a few days ago that six hundred Dutch
cavalry were in Crittenden county
, on their way to Princeton
Two companies of Col. Forrest
's famous cavalry, under the commands of Capts. Overton
, were promptly dispatched in pursuit of them.
They, however, were unable to overhaul the flop-eared thieves.--Scenting danger from afar, the vile robbers betook themselves to their mountain fastnesses, and thus escaped the punishment which their villainies so justly merit.
Infamous Yankee outrages.
Since the signal defeat of the Lincolnites at Sacramento
, the troops at Calhoun
have been perpetrating every species of outrage that their cowardly hearts could plan or their Yankee ingenuity devise.
They have arrested a number of private citizens, and plundered those whom they could not arrest.
The residence of Dr. Linthicum
was visited by the hell-hounds, and all his negroes, horses and mules were stolen, and what other property they could not carry off they wantonly destroyed.
We learn that Mrs. Morehead
, an estimable and venerable lady residing at Sacramento
, was arrested and forcibly carried off to the camps at Calhoun
by these vile miscreants.
The old lady has two noble sons in the Southern
army, and this is her only offence.
May God in His goodness nerve the hearts and strengthen the arms of her gallant sons to avenge the wrongs of their helpless and unoffending mother.
If such unprovoked outrages do not arouse the great heart of Kentucky
, then surely it is as pulseless as adamant, and cold as the mountain snow.
's retreating cavalry from Sacramento
rushed into the camps at Calhoun
without caps, guns or pistols, the very pictures of deep despair, the hair on their heads resembling the ‘"quills on the back of the fretful porcupine."’ In response to Jackson
's question, ‘"what's the matter?"’ a fellow, scared half to death, replied: ‘"Hell's broke loose up yonder, and the devils are after us"’ (pointing in the direction of the Southern
troops.) Then applying additional ‘"steel and timber"’ to his already jaded steed, he made his way as best he could to the banks of the beautiful Ohio
In the Louisville Courier
, of the 7th inst., appears a card from R. J. Breckinridge
, announcing himself as a candidate for a seat in the Confederate States
Congress from Kentucky
, of which the following is an extract:
I am utterly opposed to a reconstruction of the old Government, or any measure which, in the remotest degree, tends in that direction.
For one, I shall never consent
that peace shall be made, until the very last of all the enemies of our liberty shall have been driven, not only from our hallowed soil, but from every foot of territory which, from its geographical position, naturally belongs to the South
God grant that the day be not far distant when Kentucky
will arise free and disenthralled, and assume her true position as one of the fairest among the sisters of the South
Yankee vessels on the Texas coast.
From the Houston Telegraph
, of the 16th ult., we extract the following:
A Federal bark made her appearance off Pass Cavalla on Sunday last and coming in range of the guns there some sixteen or seventeen shots were fired at her, some of which it is thought struck, as she soon made the best of her way out of range.
She neither replied to the battery nor showed her colors.
On Monday evening, when Col. Richardson
left Saluria, the bark was still cruising off Pass Cavalla.
It is probable that this is the same vessel which passed Galveston
about two weeks ago, and which the lookouts there reported to be crowded with men.
Coffee from Mexico.
From a late number of the San Antonio Herald
we take the following item:
Considerable quantities of coffee are being brought to our city from Mexico
The tide of trade has been turned of late.
Instead of getting their coffee from New Orleans, as formerly, our merchants are finishing shipments of it for that city.
coffee, which is a very superior article; is now selling in this city at from 40 to 50 cts. per lb. Rio
coffee, it is probable, will soon be brought from Mexico
in large quantities and at lower figures.
The supply can be increased to any quantity required by the market, and we are informed ample arrangements to that effect have been made.
From the Eastern Shore of Virginia — Stampede of citizens — outrages.
correspondent of the Petersburg Express
, writing under date of Jan. 9th, says:
A perfect stampede has taken place among the people of the Eastern Shore of Virginia
, and all who can possibly do so are trying to get away.
The following persons were drowned on the first day of January, while attempting their escape in an open boat:--Isaac Smith
, Wesley Smith
, John Moore
and Ben. Ward
Unlimited licenses is allowed to the negroes, and only a few days ago one of the first ladies of Accomac
was whipped by her once favorite servant.
High prices for Negroes.
The Charlottesville Jeffersonian,
of the 11th inst., says:
Four negro men belonging to the estate of the late James Buck
, were sold at auction for cash, on Monday last by Benson
& Bro., at the following prices: One negro man 25 years old, brought $1,100, one 32 years, $1,110, another 23 years, $1,000, another 45 years, $760.