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ons of that State, including the judiciary and the judicial authorities of the Union, so that it has become necessary to hold the State in military occupation; and it being indispensably necessary that there shall be some judicial tribunal existing there capable of administering justice, I have, therefore, thought it proper to appoint, and I do hereby constitute a Provisional Court, which shall be a Court of Record, for the State of Louisiana, and I do here-by appoint Charles A. Peabody, of New-York, to be a Provisional Judge to hold said Court, with authority to hear, try and determine all causes, civil and criminal, including causes in law, equity, revenue and admiralty, and particularly all such powers and jurisdiction as belong to the District and Circuit Courts of the United States, conforming his proceedings, so far as possible, to the course of proceedings and practice which has been customary in the Courts of the United States and Louisiana--his judgment to be final and conclus
re to state that every officer and man of my command behaved during the day in the most commendable manner, evincing only a desire to meet the enemy, and regret at the necessity of a retreat. Major Green, Acting Lieutenant-Colonel Fortyeighth New-York volunteers, and Acting Major Captain Strickland, New-York volunteers, were especially useful. Capt. Gould, of the Third Rhode Island artillery, also rendered me most efficient service, as did also Captain Eaton, Serrell's Volunteer Engineers,New-York volunteers, were especially useful. Capt. Gould, of the Third Rhode Island artillery, also rendered me most efficient service, as did also Captain Eaton, Serrell's Volunteer Engineers, all of whom displayed the utmost zeal, energy, and ability in all they were called upon to perform. I have the honor to be, Captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant, William B. Barton, Colonel Forty-eighth New-York Volunteers, Commanding Fort. Capt. L. J. Lambert, Assistant Adjutant-General. A National account. Port Royal, Friday, October 24, 1862. Encouraged by the perfect success of the recent enterprise at St. John's River and the Bluffton salt-works, and true to the
tremely warm, and our progress was necessarily slow, many of the troops, both of the old and new regiments, falling out of the ranks from exhaustion. At four P. M., when within six miles of Williamston, cannonading and musket-firing was heard in the advance, and it was soon ascertained that a body of seven hundred rebels, with two artillery pieces, had made a stand in a very commanding position on the opposite bank of a small creek, at a place called Old Ford. The marine battery and the New-York battery opened upon them, and the Forty-fourth Massachusetts, supported by the Twenty-fourth Massachusetts, charged across the stream, and the rebel position was speedily carried, the marine battery losing one man killed, James King, of Chicago; and the Forty-fourth Massachusetts two men, Charles Morse and----Rollins. The rebel loss could not be ascertained, as they removed all the bodies of their dead except one. The rebels retreated to rifle-pits at Rawls's Mills, one mile distant, fr
over thirty thousand. He also reported that he was then sending to that army all the horses he could procure. On the eighteenth, Gen. McClellan stated: In regard to Gen. Meigs's report that he had filled every requisition for shoes and clothing, General Meigs may have ordered these articles to be forwarded, but they have not reached our depots, and unless greater effort to insure prompt transmission is made by the department of which Gen. Meigs is the head, they might as well remain in New-York or Philadelphia, so far as this army is concerned. I immediately called Gen. Meigs's attention to this apparent neglect of his department. On the twenty-fifth, he reported as the result of his investigation, that forty-eight thousand pairs of boots and shoes had been received by the Quartermaster of Gen. McClellan's army at Harper's Ferry, Frederick, and Hagerstown; that twenty thousand pairs were at Harper's Ferry depot on the twenty-first; that ten thousand more were on their way, and f
of tea, about five hundred kegs of powder, Enfield rifles, medicines, clothing, etc., etc. Her pilot, who came on board at Havana, left Mobile but two weeks ago, and was promised two thousand dollars for safe pilotage. He seems to be disappointed, but takes it easy, and who knows may become a staunch Union man hereafter? He says the people in and about Mobile suffer much. Shoes, twelve and fourteen dollars a pair; coffee, one dollar per pound; salt scarce and very dear. He says that the success of the Democratic party at the last election fills the rebels with new hopes. They count upon an early truce, by which they might profit. If the Republican party had had a majority at the last elections, he says the rebels would have laid down their arms; and but for that, peace would have been sought on the best terms possible. Acting Master Edward Baker has taken command of the Antona. He leaves to-morrow for Pensacola to coal ship, whence he will proceed to New-York. H. A. M.
confederate States steamer Alabama, January 20, 1863. Esteemed friend: . . . We have at this present seventeen officers and one hundred and one men rescued from the gunboat Hatteras, which we entirely destroyed on the evening of the eleventh of January, 1863. As it is likely you may see the Northern accounts, I will give you the true version, or rather facts as they actually occurred. On the eighth of December last we captured the California steamer Ariel, and obtained late files of New-York papers containing accounts of the formidable Banks expedition. This, we judged, was destined to operate against Galveston, Texas, and as our whereabouts was unknown, we believed that a sudden and unexpected dart into their midst, and the destruction of some of their transports under cover of darkness, would be crowned with success, and consequently put an end to or delay for an indefinite time this part of their campaign. The pros and cons of this matter were fully discussed, and pronounc
from the Cotton gave, respecting a concealed torpedo, proved to be perfectly correct, and exactly where he stated. I saw this infernal machine on board the Estrella, and afterward conversed with the poor fellow who rendered us such essential service, and who is now safely in our lines. Judge of my astonishment when, on scraping away the waxen stuff on the brand of this machine, I discovered the following inscription in raised letters: Taylor & Hodget's cans, With Burnett's Attachment, New-York. Patented August 21, 1855. It was shut up in a neat wooden box and labelled, in large letters: Hospital stores, this side up, with care. The manufacturers are fully welcome to all the benefits of this advertisement. Hospital stores, forsooth! Rather a grim joke, is it not? One strange thought struck me as I gazed upon this monstrous invention, and that was, that while people in the North are enriching themselves by manufacturing these hellish things to blow our own brave men to atom
een miles distant. The snow still came down in great white flakes. Three hours brought us to the once charming capital of Stoddard County. The column closed up and the order to charge into the town was given, and right gallantly was the charge made — a few minutes and every road was secured and house under our command. The report that a force of three hundred of the rebels proved false — they having fell back to Chalk Bluffs some days previous; the rebel Provost-Marshal, one Sickle, from New-York, having fled with the rest. Bloomfield, once a flourishing town, presents a dreary and deserted appearance, its rebel proclivities have left the mark of Cain upon its once fair face. On the morning of the sixth instant, took up our line of march for Jackson, where the command arrived in safety, having accomplished a distance of two hundred miles in three days, and completely defeated a gang of desperadoes that have been a terror to South-east Missouri from the beginning of the war. T
enough men, I could have brought off hundreds. It was my purpose to have reached the Court-House by twelve o'clock at night; but it being very dark and raining, we got lost, and were delayed two hours, so that we did not have over an hour to stay in town, it being necessary for us to pass out of their lines before daylight. In coming out we passed within two hundred yards of the fortifications at Centreville, and were hailed by a sentinel from one of the redoubts. A Captain Barker, from New-York, here made a desperate attempt to get away. He dashed out of the ranks and tried hard to reach the fort, but a shot from one of my men convinced him that it was a dangerous undertaking, and he came back. At Centreville there was a force of about two thousand, consisting of infantry, artillery, and cavalry. In the vicinity of the Court-House one cavalry and one infantry brigade were camped. There were about two hundred just in the town. We easily captured the few guards around the town,
s got ready and pointed, and was about to be discharged, when Lieutenant Terry called out: Hold on; you are about to fire into the Hartford. And such was the fact; for the flash of the Hartford's guns at that moment revealed the spars and rigging of that vessel. Consequently the gun was not fired, nor was it discharged during the engagement, the fighting being confined entirely to the starboard side. But, though we did not fire into the Hartford, a story is afloat, and, as it may reach New-York and cause unnecessary comment and excitement, unless authoritatively contradicted, it seems to be my duty to kill it at once. The story goes that the Richmond fired three shots into the Mississippi, and that the shots were returned with interest — each vessel taking the other for an enemy. I say, emphatically, that the story is not true; and in this assertion I am borne out by nearly every officer of the Richmond. The Mississippi was astern of us, and if she had passed us on the way up —
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