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e States, with one of the oldest and greatest dynasties of Europe, and thus cement those relations of commerce upon which our future so largely depends. Yesterday forty-five contrabands were brought into Fortress Monroe. They came out of the Rappahannock in boats, which were picked up by the tug Rescue. Their story was, that they escaped in order to avoid being sent to Richmond to be sold South. To-day forty more contrabands were brought in, who had escaped from Gloucester, opposite Yorktown, where, according to their reports, great destitution exists.--National Intelligencer, November 5. Capt. Hunter of the Confederate steamer Curlew reports that on this day, when near the inner buoy at Hatteras Inlet, he was fired upon by two or three Union steamers and the fort; that he sighted a rifled gun at the Harriet Lane and fired, and that the fort and steamers continued to fire at him as rapidly as possible. We fired, he says, six shells and the stern gun at them five times
iladelphia Press, April 15. That portion of the Army of the Potomac, recently concentrated at Old Point, Va., advanced yesterday, moving in the direction of Yorktown, twenty-four miles distant. The right was assigned to Gen. Morrill's brigade, of Gen. Porter's division, two companies of the Third Pennsylvania cavalry, and a pheir pieces with them. The main body of the army here rested for the night, while Gen. Morrill's brigade advanced three miles to Buckleville, and six miles from Yorktown, and then encamped. By seven o'clock this morning, the column was again in motion, and at ten o'clock was in front of the enemy's works at Yorktown. The firsYorktown. The first shot fired was by the rebels, the shells passing over the heads of Gen. Porter and staff without exploding. The batteries of Griffin, Third and Fourth Rhode Island, and Fifth Massachusetts were now placed in position, replying to every shot sent by the rebels. The cannonading continued with but slight intermission until dark.
spiritual consolation for those who have been brought into affliction by the casualties and calamities of sedition and civil war.--(Doc. 127.) Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War of the United States, issued the following orders this day to the Military Supervisor of Telegraphs: You are directed to stop all telegraphic communications to the Philadelphia Inquirer, until satisfactory proof is furnished to this department that the recent publication respecting operations by the army at Yorktown were duly authorized. You will proceed to Fortress Monroe and make arrangements to enforce the orders of this department. ordered — That all applications for passes by newspaper editors or correspondents be referred to Col. Edwards S. Sanford, Military Supervisor of Telegraphs, etc., and be subject to such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by this department. The editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer states that the despatch deemed objectionable by the Secretary of War wa
pouring in a deadly fire of Minie-balls, when the enemy retired, leaving behind their dead and wounded, which they afterwards removed in ambulances. Later in the day the rebels advanced in considerable force from another point, drove in the National pickets, and burnt a dwelling used by the Federal troops. During both these skirmishes the Unionists had three men slightly wounded. The Fifty-seventh and Sixty-third Pennsylvania regiments had also a brisk skirmish with the rebels near Yorktown, Va., in which we had two men killed and four wounded. The killed were E. Cross and James Thompson, company A, Sixty-third Pennsylvania regiment. The wounded are Thomas Brooks, company C, Sixty-third regiment; D. R. Lynch, company E, Sixty-third regiment; Sergt. Samuel Merunie, company E, Fifty-seventh regiment, and John Cochrane, company F, same regiment.--Baltimore American, April 14. Grave complaints against Assistant-Surgeons Hewitt and Skipp having reached the War Department, they
re lie the steamers St Nicholas, Eureka, and Logan, the former mounted with two guns.--(Doc. 132.) This day, below Pollocksville, near Kingston, N. C., a skirmish took place between a detachment of the Second North-Carolina cavalry regiment and the Yankee pickets. Lieut.-Col. Robinson, who commanded, is probably a prisoner. Capt. Turner was hurt by a fall from his horse. Two privates were seriously injured, and five wounded with gun-shots.--Richmond Whig, April 17. The issue at Yorktown is tremendous. When the battle does come off it will be a fearful one, for the stake is enormous, being nothing less than the fate of Virginia. Having taken months to prepare, having assembled such a force as the world has not seen since Napoleon advanced into Russia, McClellan feels that to him defeat would be ruin, while confederate soldiers and leaders feel that not only their fate, but the fate of their country, is staked upon the issue, and they cannot afford to be defeated. The con
t awaiting the action of the constitutional State authorities in the premises.--New York Commercial, April 18. The rebels have been for several days building large fortifications on the Gloucester side of York River, about two miles from Yorktown, Va., and within sight of the national gunboats, but their guns were of too long a range to allow of the approach of the gunboats to shell the works. About one thousand men were at work on the fortifications, and the mortars were not of sufficienthe course of two hours the work was entirely suspended, the men retiring out of range. At every attempt to renew the work they were driven back up to night.--Baltimore Sun, April 17. The fine weather is very favorable to the operations at Yorktown, and it is probable that Gen. McClellan will soon be able to open his batteries on the fortifications of the enemy. The preparations for the assault are diversified by occasional skirmishing between pickets. On Friday evening the enemy made
al troops, under Lieut.-Col. Harris, of the Tenth regiment of Virginia, were wounded.--New York Times, April 19. Yesterday morning the rebels, with one thousand men, commenced to strengthen a battery located about three miles to the left of Yorktown, when a battery was brought to bear, causing them to beat a hasty retreat. The rebels opened with their heavy guns, when a second battery was brought forward. A brisk fire was kept up for about four hours, during which three of the rebels' gunhaha, and one wounded. No one was injured on the other vessel. The troops from the Minnehaha landed, and burned a row of wooden buildings on the bluffs near which the firing originated.--Chicago Tribune, April 19. In the Union lines, at Yorktown, Va., at three o'clock this afternoon, as Lieut. O. G. Wagoner, of the Topographical corps, and four others, were making sketches of the rebels' works opposite Weed's Mills, a shell was thrown at them from one of the enemy's guns. It struck just
on his release, by order of the Government, arrested by Detective Franklin, on the charge of treason, has now been discharged unconditionally, after months' imprisonment, without trial.--N. Y. Commercial, April 19. Gen. Mcclellan, before Yorktown, Va., telegraphed as follows to the War Department: At about one half-hour after midnight, the enemy attacked Smith's position, and attempted to carry his guns. Smith repulsed them handsomely, and took some prisoners. I have no details. W now quiet. Second Despatch.--My position occupied yesterday by Smith was intrenched last night, so that we have been able to prevent the enemy from working to-day, and kept his guns silent. Same result at the batteries at Hyam's Mills. Yorktown was shelled by our gunboats and some of our barges to-day, without effect. There has been a good deal of firing from the Yorktown land batteries. Falmouth, opposite Fredericksburgh, Va., was occupied by the forces of the United States.
that cross the river. We were within sight of Luray, at the south bridge. A sharp skirmish occurred with the rebels, in which they lost several men taken prisoners. Their object was the destruction of the bridges. One of the prisoners left the camp on the bank of the Rappahannock Tuesday morning. There were no fortifications there up to that time. Other reports indicate a stronger force at Gordonsville and a contest there, the whole resulting in a belief that they are concentrating at Yorktown. I believe Jackson left this valley yesterday. He is reported to have left Harrisonburgh yesterday for Gordonsville by the mountain road. He encamped last night at McGaugeytown, eleven miles from Harrisonburgh. The anniversary of the attack upon and massacre of Massachusetts troops in Baltimore was noticed in Boston by a grand Promenade Concert given in Music Hall in the evening, for the benefit of the soldiers. In Worcester, the day was noticed as a commemoration of the marching
April 24. Yorktown, Va., was shelled by one of the United States gunboats. She moved up to the mouth of Wormley's Creek during the morning, opening a well-directed fire on the rebel works, which was promptly answered. The boat then fell back a distance of three miles from Yorktown, when she again opened fire, the shells exYorktown, when she again opened fire, the shells exploding each time within the enemy's works, but obtaining no response. A few shots were fired during the day along the whole line. to keep the rebels from strengthening their works. No one was injured. The United States Government steamer Eunice was run into last night by the Commodore Perry, off Ashland, Ky., and sunk. NLiberia. Col. Crocker and Major Cassidy, belonging to the Ninety-third regiment of New York volunteers, were this morning taken prisoners by the rebels near Yorktown, Va.--Philadelphia Inquirer. Gen. Banks's advance-guard, Col. Donnelly commanding, took three prisoners to-day, at a point nine miles beyond Harrisonburgh,
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