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of Manassas was. Another subject of great interest which occupies the public mind is that of the trouble between Great Britain and the United States. Every telegraphic dispatch to the press of Nashville is eagerly looked for, and devoted with avidity. We were rejoicing until the last day or two over the prospect of war between the two countries, but the lest news from Washington has checked our joy. The bragging Yankees begin to shake at the knees before the growl of the old lion. We fear that Mr. Secretary Welles will swallow his Wilkes's letter of approval, and Congress will eat its own words. England may, however, under the influence of the war fever at home, and the pressure upon her for the want of cotton, complicate the question, and not let the Yankees escape. She has a fine opportunity to interpose now, if she be disposed. Our prayers are that she may not let the Yankees escape. We shall be continually on the qui vive for news relating to this imbroglio. Veritas.
sed by the events of the civil war. That Mr. Gidson Welles has used a certain industry in the deparls and 24,000 seamen. This is creditable to Mr. Welles as an official man, but the result is not exral statesmen to insult all neutral nations, Mr. Welles's increased navy is still but a contemptibleave no navy at all. Against them the navy of Mr. Welles is as a giant against a dwarf Within the lasTybee Island, and Fort Pulaski," and we have Mr. Welles's own testimony, that although his navy "conhe tone of congratulation which runs through Mr. Welles's report, and to deserve he increase of renclaimed for the Federal navy by Mr. Lincoln. Mr. Welles himself seems to think some further explanatatitude.--This act is thus dealt with by Mr. Gidson Welles; "Capt. Cons Wilkes, in command of the Se Federal navy future events yet must show. Mr. Welles will want more than 24,000 men to make good rashly defies. If either the discretion of Mr. Welles or the ability of Mr. Lincoln is to be estim[1 more...]
is bearing down upon the sunny fields of the South, in imitation of their ancient prototypes, has, (while Mr. Welles is singing his hypocritical song,) set all the rules of civilized warfare at defiance, and captures private property on the land as well as the sea. The gallant Dupont laid his unscrupulous hands upon all the cotton that he could find at Beaufort — a few bales only, as it happened — and, first and last, many brilliant achievements in the way of stealing negroes and robbing and burning private residences have been accomplished by these Northmen, amid the "various scenes of naval action" in which they have flourished. But I grow tired of the subject, and I fear I have already trespassed too much on your space and patience. I am reminded, too, of the old adage, that "he who meddles with pitch shall be defiled," and so I will take my leave of Mr. Gidson Welles and his scurrilous report. R. Sammes, Commander C. S. Navy. C. S. Steamer Sumter, Cadiz, Jan.
g the little experience they have had under fire, far more than realized my expectations. Fort Henry was dufended with the most determined gallantry by General Tightman, worthy of a batter cause; who, from his own account, went into the action with eleven guns of heavy callbre bearing upon our boats, which he fought until seven of the number were dismantled or otherwise rendered useless. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant, A. H. Foots Flag Officer. Hon. Gidson Welles, Secretary Navy, Washington. The killed and wounded. W. D. Porter, commander, scalded. J. H. Lewis, paymaster, scalded. T. P. Perry, third master, soalded badly. S. B. Britian, master's mate, killed by connon shot. James McBride, Pilot, killed by scalding. William H. Ford, pilot, killed by scalding. John Matthews, quairmaster, badly scalded. A. D. Waterman, captain of forecastle, missing. Henry Gemper, fireman, missing. Samual Bayer, nreman, scalde
ing was addressed to the Senate and House of Representatives: The President of the United States was lest evening plunged into affiliation by the death of a beloved child. The Heads of Departments, in consideration of this distressing event, have thought it would be agreeable to Congress and the American people that the official and private buildings occupied by them should not be illuminated on the evening of the 22d inst. William H. Seward. S. P. Chase E. M. Stanton, Gidson Welles, Edward Bates, M. Blair. Washington, Feb. 21, 1862. A joint resolution was consequently adopted by the House, in accordance with this request, and the orders for illuminating the various public buildings were countermanded. The Senate will probably adopt, the joint resolution to morrow, before proceeding to the hall of the House of Representatives to participate in the ceremonies. Flag, fireworks, Chinese lanterns, and transparencies, hundreds of which had been prepar
to crush out rebellion and restore to them peace, etc. The regulations against pillaging, marauding and stealing, concealing slaves, etc., must be strictly enforced. It does not belong to the military to decide the relations of master and slave. No fugitive slave, therefore, will be admitted within our lines or camps." Manufacturing Union Sentiments. Washington, Feb. 25. --The Navy Department received the following dispatch to-day: Cairo, Feb, 24th, 1862. To the Hon. Gidson Welles, Secretary of the Navy: Lieutenant Commanding Gwinn, with the gunboat-Taylor, has just arrived from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama, and reports that the Union sentiment in South Tennessee and North Alabama to be very strong. I shall send him back to-day, and will call at Fort Henry to accompany the gunboat, which will aid the loyal people of those States to raise Union forces within their borders. A. H. Foote, Flag Officer, Commanding. Proclamation of Com. Foote
eral public buildings, urging the inhabitants to return to their houses, and promising protection to the property of all good citizens, and the landing party then retired to their vessels Northing was removed from any of the houses, the men under Lieutenant Batche's command carefully abstaining from a jarring or taking away the private effects on the inhabitants. I enclose a copy of Commodore Gordon's interesting report. Very respectfully, &c. S. F. Dupont, Flag Officer. To the Hon. Gidson Welles. United States Steamer Mohican, Off Brunswick, Fla., March 10, 1862. Sir: I have the honor to report that in obedience to your order of March 5th, I left Fernandina on the morning of the 8th, accompanied by the Pocahontas Lieutenant Commanding Balone, and the Potomac, Lieutenant Commanding Warmough, and crossed Fernandina but with just water enough to comfortably float this ship; made the best of my way to as Simon's bar, and reached it at deal low water, passing it an
been watched with intense interest. Your triumph is not the less appreciated because it was protracted, and finally bloodiness. To that Being who has protected you through so many perils, and carried you onward to successive victories, be all praise for His continued goodness to our country, and especially for this last success of our arms. Let the congratulations to yourself and your command be also extended to the officers and soldiers who co-operated with you. [Signed]Gidson Welles. Secretary of the Navy. The Canal across the Peninsula. St. Louis, April 9. --General Pope's official report says: "The canal cut across the peninsula at New Madrid, through which the steamers and several barges were taken, is twelve miles long, through heavy timber, which had to be sawed off by hand four feet under water. The idea of this laborious under taking originated with Gen. Schuyler Hamilton, and the work performed by Col. Bissall's Missouri engineering regi
Progress of the war. Official report of the Loss of the Hatteras — her Commanders Account of the Affair. The mystery of "who sunk the Hatteras" is at last decided. The Yankee papers contain the following highly interesting report by her commander of the capture of his vessel: U. S. Consulate, Kingston Jamaica, January 21, 1863 To. Hon. Gidson Welles, Secretary of the Navy: Sir: it is may painful duty to inform the Department of the destruction of the United States steamer Hatteras, recently under my command, by the rebel steamer Alabama on the night of the 11th inst., off the cost of Texas. The circumstances of the disaster are as follows: On the afternoon of the 11th inst, at 3.50 o'clock, while at anchor in company with the fleet, with Commander Boll, of Galveston, I was ordered by signal from the flag ship Brooklyn to chase a sail to southward of eastward. I got under way immediately, and steamed with all speed in the direction indicated. After so
conflict. Lord Palmerson defended the course which the Government had taken, and said he could see no distinction of principle between the selling of arms to the Federals and the shipping of ships to the Confederates. Letters from Hon. Gidson Welles, Secretary of the Navy, to Hon. Charles Somser, are published in the English journals. They refer to Mr. Laird's statement in Parliament, that his firm had been approached in 1861 by the agents of the Federal Government relative to the building of war vessels for the North. Mr. Laird asserts neither directly nor indirectly that any application was made by his (Mr. Welles) authority to the Messrs. Lord, or any other foreign ship-builders, for the construction of vessels for the American Government. Advances had been made to him, however, on behalf of numerous English and other foreign ship builders, but in every instance the proposition to build, or procure to be built, vessels for the Federal navy abroad, was declined. Mr.