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release of a rebel prisoner. There is still a prospect of a general exchange of prisoners, although there is as yet no definite arrangement on the subject. The machinery of the new steamer Pensacola was tested to-day, and worked satisfactorily. A movement upon Mathias Point — death of Captain Birlaski. The Washington Republican, of the 12th instant, has the following: "We learn from a gentleman of intelligence and character, who left Point Thomas (three miles below Port Tobacco) at 8 o'clock yesterday morning, that at 8 o'clock on the previous evening--Sunday--of Graham, of the 5th (Excelsior) New York Regiment (Sickles brigade,) crossed over to Matthias Point, with 400 men. Nothing had been heard of the result of the movement when our informant left Point Thomas, but a conflagration on Matthias Point was visible. What was burning was only a matter of conjecture" This expedition was doubtless designed simply to make a thorough examination of the lay of the
at Charlestown, and our informant says that great consternation exists among the rebels in consequence of the circulation of reports among them that out wholes division was about to cross over, and that Jackson ... Strict Surveillance. We take the following from the Star, of Wednesday evening: An order has been issued from the office of the Provost Marshal here, requiring hereafter all persons passing by stage or privates conveyance over the roads between the District and Port Tobacco or Leonardtown, Md., and the vicinity of those villages, to procure passes either from the office of the Provost Marshal, if going thither, or from the headquarters of Gen. Hocker's division, if coming this way; the said roads now being in military possession. A Sharp Alexandrian. This morning, about 3 or 4 o'clock, a squad of the Provost Guard went to the residence of J. Newton Harper, in Alexandria, with an order from the State Department for his arrest, but the bird had flown
chasing a blockade runner, and was destroyed on account of not being able to get her afloat. Miscellaneous. The Constitution and Union (peace) newspaper office in Fairfax, Iowa, edited by Dave Sheward, was visited by company E, of the 2d Iowa volunteers, on the 7th inst., and the type and paper were thrown out of the window and the subscription books were destroyed. A Washington dispatch says five blockade runners, recently from Richmond, were arrested on the stage from Port Tobacco, Maryland. On their persons were found between $30,000 and $40,000 in gold, twenty-two gold watches, five Georgia State bonds of $1,000 each, and two North Carolina State bonds. They were sent to the Old Capitol prison. The railroad depot at Chattanooga, containing quartermasters' stores, was burned on Saturday. --Loss one hundred thousand dollars. Sumner, Reverdy Johnson, and others, says the New York Herald, are now moving for an amendment of the Constitution of the United States
Daring Exploit and murder of Lieutenant Walter Bowie. In the early part of September last, Lieutenant Walter Bowie, of Maryland, at his own instance, received from Colonel Mosby orders to take ten men and cross into Maryland for a special service. Immediately upon receiving his orders, he selected ten men of his command, crossed the Potomac at Mathias' Point, and proceeded at once to Port Tobacco. Here he surprised and captured the Yankee picket and paroled the men with orders not to leave the town until the following morning. Upon some of the horses thus secured he mounted his men (armed and fully equipped) and proceeded up through the State, visiting the prominent and wealthy Union men, depriving them of their best and finest horses. Passing near his own home, he was joined by his younger brother, Brune Bowie, who was at home recruiting his health, having been, some time since, severely wounded while serving gallantly in our army. Having secured a drove of about sixty of t
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