Latest from the North.
Confederate privateersmen to be treated as prisoners of war when taken!
General exchange of prisoners.
&c., &c., &c.,
[special Dispatch to the Richmond Dispatch.]
Norfolk, Va., Feb. 4.
--The flag-of-truce boat to-day brings news from Washington
of yesterday, stating that it has been decided by the Federal Government
to consider all captured Confederate privateersmen as prisoners of war, and as such to be exchanged for the hostages in our custody.
A general exchange of all prisoners will probably be negotiated by the Federal Government
Norfolk, Feb. 4.
--Northern papers, dated Feb. 2d, have been received here.
Considerable anxiety existed in Washington
on Sunday, in relation to the supposed hostile attitude of England
, and the probability of a war growing out of the Trent
difficulty; but it is said that Seward
regards the restoration of friendly relations between his Government and that of Britain final and complete.
The bad weather and horrible condition of the roads are causes ascribed to bringing about the late inaction of the army of the Potomac and other forces of the U. S.
publishes a letter explaining his reasons for permitting British troops to pass through Maine
He says they were allowed to do so from considerations of humanity.
The bark Trinity
on Sunday last for Fortress Monroe
, with 380 rank and file and eleven officers, prisoners from Fort Warren
, to be exchanged, and returned to their homes in the South
Several companies of Lincoln Missouri
soldiers having exhibited a mutinous spirit, were disarmed, by order of Gen. Halleck
, and sent to Cairo
, to work on the fortifications.
Late letters from Quebec
state that the Canadians are contemplating and discussing the annexation of Maine
to the British American
The New York Herald
says that this will greatly accelerate the work of fortifying Portland
and other points.
There are 14,000 British troops now in the Provinces.
News from Vera Cruz
to the 6th January, states that the Spanish
, French, and English flags were displayed in different parts of the city.
Business was almost entirely suspended.
Large numbers of Spaniards were leaving.
The British steamer John Bell
arrived at New York on Sunday from Liverpool
, with 1,648 bales of cotton.
says great fears are expressed that, unless the Federal
armies advance and obtain a series of decisive victories within sixty or ninety days, the European Governments
will break up the blockade, which would lead to a double war of the greatest magnitude.
In view of the threatening aspect of affairs in Europe
, the Northern
papers advise the Governors
of the different States to call out a quarter million of men for home defence.
It is asserted that the proposed mission of Bishop Ames
and Hamilton Fish
to the South
is one of pure charity, and in no way connected with politics.
Cotton at New York is unsettled at 32--Exchange on London
The Government has experienced great disappointment at the unfitness of the vessels lately purchased to swell the fleet of Burnside
's great failure.
The fact is attracting great attention among the people, and loud complaints are heard.
says, this Burnside
matter must be sifted.
It is confident there is rottenness somewhere else than in the old hulks sent down to crush the South
The great war-tax bill is being perfected in its details.
The French frigate Fortune
has arrived in Hampton Roads
, and reports no fleet in the Roads
The New York Journal of Commerce
says that the exciting foreign news gives room for grave solicitude for the future.
The tone of the French
news is more unfavorable to the United States
than that from England
Another grand Federal expedition is fitting out at Cairo
— destination unknown.
The Federal war-ship Vermont
will be soon ordered to the Port Royal station
, as store ship and hospital.
The English steamer Calcutta
arrived at St. John
's on the 31st January, with troops for Canada
The London Herald
says that victory for the South
It holds up a gloomy picture of the future for the North
The English journals declare that many letters are received in that country, from highly respectable Northern parties, praying for foreign intervention on the score of humanity.
A division of New England
troops embarked on the 2d inst. from Fortress Monroe
, for Ship Island
The corvette Hartford
and twenty-three gun-boats will soon sail South.
Their destination, it is supposed will be Mobile
is in command.
A great number of cannon are being rifled at Fortress Monroe
and sent away.