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wn closer to his works, with skirmishing all day. The evening of the 13th the gunboats and reinforcements arrived. On the 14th a gallant attest was made by Flag-Officer Foote upon the enemy's works with his fleet. The engagement lasted probably one hour and a half and bid fair to result favorably to the cause of the Union, when ders, no matter what the exposure to themselves. At the hour the attack was made on Gen. McClernand's command I was absent, having received a note from Flag-Officer Foote, requesting me to go and see him, he being unable to call. My personal staff--Col. T. B. Webster, Chief of Staff; Col. J. Riggin, Jr., Volunteer Aid; Cmes: On the appearance of the gunboats the citizens, being alarmed last the village should be bombarded, at least two-thirds of them fled from the spot. Commodore Foote, however, had an interview with the Mayor and the Hon. Cave Johnson, and expressed his views and intentions of not injuring the property of persons of any who
ntended to create. The United States had made General McClellan Commander-in-Chief of the armies of that Government, and whilst he did not desire ours to imitate that Government, yet he conceived the public necessities required that there should be an officer of ability and experience at the head of the Military Department. It was the uniform practice of all the Governments of the world He knew that the creation of such an office was not in conflict with the wishes of the President. Mr. Foote concurred in the remarks of his friend, the chairman of the Military Committee, and was glad to hear that the proposition met with the approval of the Executive. His colleagues were prepared to give it a unanimous support. He would support the bill because it would afford the President an opportunity to select an able and experienced officer to direct our forces; and he felt assured he would select such an one as would give satisfaction to the country and confidence to our soldiers.
Cotton Crop to be burned. --A large meeting of cotton and tobacco planters was held at the African Church last night, at which resolutions were adopted to memorialize Congress to buy the cotton and tobacco crops, and burn the same rather than they should fall into the hands of the enemy. Addresses were delivered by Dr. C. K. Marshall, of Miss; Hon. Mr. Moore, of Ky; Gen. Foote, of Tenn, and others. We are compelled to omit the resolutions, for want of room.
Northern news The report of the evacuation of Columbus, Ky., is based upon the following dispatch from Commodore Foote, dated Cairo, March 1st: Lieut. Commanding Phelps, sent with a flag of truce to-day to Columbus, has this moment seturned, and reports that Columbus is being evacuated. He saw the rebels burning their winter quarters, and removing their heavy guns on the bluffs. But the guns in the water batteries remain intact. He also saw a large force of cavalry drawn up ostente encampment seen in our armed reconnoisance a few days since, has been removed. Large fires were visible in the town of Columbus, and upon the river banks below, indicating the destruction of the town, military stores and equipments. A. H. Foote, Flag Officer. The death of Gen. Lander. Gen. Frederick W. Lander, whose death has already been announced, was one of the most popular officers in the Federal army; though the only point of his career which in other days directed public a
Affairs in the west. We have received Memphis papers as late as March 1st, which make no mention of the evacuation of Columbus, reported from Northern sources. The Avalanchs has late advices from Nashville, which state that the Federals bad arrested about fifty prominent Southern men as prisoners, the object being to intimidate and strike terror among Southern sympathizers. Buell and Foote had formed a junction, having nineteen gunboats and some fifty thousand men. The enemy is reported to be in very large force in the vicinity of Cumberland Gap, "the key to East Tennessee," but our increased force at that point, and the late storms of snow and rain, have undoubtedly deprived the Yankees of an opportunity which they would have been glad to have availed themselves of — namely, an invasion in the direc of Knoxville. Advices from Florence state that the Federal gunboats are making frequent visits up the Tennessee river, and are endeavoring by every method to reduce the
n the House of Representatives, a resolution pledging the Government to maintain its territorial integrity, was, on motion of Mr. Bonham, of South Carolina, taken up and adopted. Mr. Royston, of Arkansas, offered a resolution adopting rules for the House, as reported by the committee, without debats, which was agreed to. The remainder of the day was taken up by a lengthy and spirited debate on the bills introduced by Mr. Miles, of S. C., on the part of the Military Committee, and Mr. Foote, of Tenn., providing for the destruction of cotton and tobacco, and other property useful to the enemy, by our military commanders, and compensation to those whose property was thus destroyed. Messrs. Miles, Conrad, Foots, Curry, Baldvin, Smith of Va., Boyes, Pryor, Dargan, Beiakall, Davis, Russell, and Wright of Ga., participated in the debate. Mr. Curry said, if there be a man, or a woman, in Alabama, who is not willing himself to put the torch to every lock of cotton, rather t
ound that it might call from their posts of duty persons whose testimony was essential to impartial investigation. Mr. Foote was surprised and mortified at the views expressed by the gentleman from Florida. One of the highest duties resting upion, because he believed the blame for our disasters rested elsewhere, and upon others, rather than Gen. Johnston. Mr. Foote asked if the gentleman would advocate the continuance of any man in command when the soldiers under him had lost confidlled the previous question, which was sustained, and the resolutions being put upon their passage, were agreed to. Mr. Foote offered resolutions, to be referred to Military Committee, embracing inquiries into the conduct, number, disposition, &c., of the army under Gen. A. S. Johnston.--Upon this a warm debate ensued, which was participated in by Messrs. Foote and Atkins, of Tennessee, and Messrs. Gray, of Texas, and Davis, of Mississippi. The resolutions being put upon their passage, th
ee, reported a bill which was laid on the table and ordered to be printed. Mr. Russell reported back a bill to repeal an act for the sequestration of the property of alien enemies, with the recommendation of the Judiciary Committee that it do not pass. Laid upon the table. Mr. Jones, of Tenn., from the Committee on Rules and Officers of the House, reported back Senate bill relating to the salaries of officers of Congress, with an amendment, providing that said salaries be paid quarterly, instead of quarterly in advance, as in Senate bill. Placed upon the calendar. Also, a resolution allowing ex-members of the Provisional Congress seats upon the floor of the House. Adopted. Also, a resolution authorizing the clerk of the House to have one of his assistants to aid him during the secret sessions of the House. Agreed to Mr. Foote moved that the House resolve itself into regret session, and the motion being seconded, the Speaker ordered the House to be cleared.
the President conveying the report of Col. W. B. Taliaferro, of the action at Carrick's Ford, which was laid on the table and ordered to be printed. Mr. Conrad, from the Committee on Naval Affairs, reported back from that committee the bill to appropriate one hundred millions of dollars for creating a navy, building gunboats, and for the purchase of arms. Laid on the table and the committee discharged from its further consideration. Mr. Gartrell, of Ga., from the Judiciary Committee, reported back a bill with reference to the establishment of Confederate Courts. Laid upon the table, and committee discharged from its consideration. On motion of Mr. Foote, the House went into secret session. After an hour in secret session, the doors were again opened, and the House took up the consideration of the bill "declaring what persons shall be exempt from militia duty. " A number of amendments were offered, but without coming to a vote the House adjourned at 4½ o'clock.
he assistant clerks, and inserting in lieu there of $2,000. Mr. Royston, of Ark., moved to lay the amendment on the table, and the motion was agreed to. The bill was then read as amended, and being put upon its passage, was adopted. The House then resumed the consideration of the unfinished business of yesterday, being the bill reported from the Committee on Military Affairs, declaring what persons shall be exempt from militia duty. A number of amendments were proposed and severally discussed, when a constitutional question was raised by Mr. Smith, of Virginia, as to the power of the House to decide upon cases of exemption, expressing the opinion that the bill interfered with the rights which pertained to the States, and not to the General Government. A motion was made to commit the bill, with its several amendments to the Judiclary Committee, which was agreed to, and the bill was so referred. On motion of Mr. Foote, the House then went into secret session.
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