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means an unimportant one--is not the last that will be achieved by the heroic band who have so long and gallantly defended that post, barring the door of East Tennessee and Southwestern Virginia against the hosts of Lincoln Invaders. Look out for Helper. The Edgefield Advertiser says: A correspondent addressing us from Williamston, N. C., says that the notorious Helper, of the Impending Crisis, is ascertained to have passed through that place recently from the direction of Roanoke Island. A wounded soldier assures our informant that he saw Helper exchange gold for Confederate notes to the extent of two hundred dollars while on the island, doubtless for the purpose of facilitating his transit through the Confederacy. The people would do well to keep a look out for this man. We are beset with spies and traitors, and the watchfulness of individuals and of corporations should never sleep. No stranger should be allowed to pass upon our highways and byways unchallenged.
esentatives — that we are ready and anxious to give, at their call, all we have of property, of blood — aye, and of life. But there is one thing we will not give, even to them — our liberties. Take all else, but save out liberties." History furnishes the example of no people superior to this people. I left you for Europe last spring and you were at peace with all the world. I returned just as the public mind had fully comprehended the great military disasters of Fort Donelson and Roanoke Island — and I been witnessed for the first time, in its full proportions — in all its grandeur, contracting to magnificently and significantly with these crosses in the East and in the West this indomitable popular spirit. Cling above all difficulties, trampling upon all reverses, and demanding victory as its faith right. It has been the certain theme of my admiring thought since. It has sustained and re-invigorated every hope for the future of land which I have ever reported at even in
uring a dense fog, they managed to make their way so the Union side of the Chickahominy undiscovered by either party. Here they lay in the swamp until daylight, when, after throwing their arms away, they proceeded to give themselves up to some of our videttes, and were marched, with lighter hearts than they had for many a day, into the camp of some of their old friends. During the first few months they were in the service their rations were good and plenty, but since the capture of Roanoke Island the supplies of coffee and sugar gradually became less, until within the past three months, when they ceased to receive their usual small quantity of coffee, and were forced to do without anything save an occasional ration of burnt rye, which was used in lieu of a more substantial beverage. Tea was an article not known in the army, and what little could be procured was used for hospital purposes. The sugar, which was of the poorest quality gradually disappeared from the camp, and the p
kee newspapers is wonderful. Secretary Cameron boosted last December that he had raised an army of 660,000 men. It was more, he said, than Napoleon had done during the "Hundred Days." Everything was prepared to "crush out" the rebellion. It could not withstand the weight of such an enormous force. --The Yankee papers took up the cry. All the arts of lying and exaggeration peculiar to that people were resorted to exalt the magnitude and strength of their armaments. After the affairs of Roanoke Island and Fort Donelson, the crushing out of the rebellion was spoken of as a fact already accomplished. Nothing could exceed the pomposity with which McClellan's immense army was heralded on its way to glory and conquest. But after it was beaten — after it had fled under shelter of its gunboats, with the loss of forty or fifty thousand men, it was then represented as a mere handful, and the rebels, who before were a small, disorganised mob, were described as a powerful host, numbering 217,0
Affairs in Eastern North Carolina. A gentleman, who arrived here yesterday from North Carolina, informs us that a report was current there of a rebellion among the runaway negroes on Roanoke Island, that having become restless under the rule of self-constituted masters, they stole upon the Yankees while at dinner and put several of them to death; and that as soon as the soldiers were able to recover from the suddenness of the attack, they rallied and commenced an indiscriminate slaughter of the negroes, which resulted in their almost total extermination. There seems to be some ground for believing this report for we have information from a high military source that the negroes in the neighborhood of Roanoke Island are leaving by every opportunity and endeavoring to make their way to our lines. We also learn that heavy cannonading was heard at Goldsboro', N. C., on Monday afternoon, in the direction of Newbern. It commenced at 3 o'clock, and continued until 9 o'clock P. M.
Orders to report. We understand that orders have been issued for all paroled prisoners taken at Roanoke Island and elsewhere to report their names, so that they may be included in the exchange lately agreed on between the Confederate and Lincoln Governments.
Outrageous proceedings in Accomac — brutal murder of citizens by Yankee soldiers. The citizens of Accomac county, Va., are subjected to the most cruel and barbarous treatment by the Yankee hirelings who now infest and pollute by their presence that portion of our State. At a court held for that county last Monday, says the Enquirer, at Drummondtown, a soldier, in passing through the crowd near the Court-House, came across a young man by the name of Bell, who had been captured at Roanoke Island, and paroled. Seeing that Bell had a small badge hanging inside of his vest, he asked if that was a "secesh" badge? Bell replied that it was only a badge which had been used by the members of the Debating Society while at College; and he still kept it as remembrance of hours happily spent among friends and comrades. The Yankee soldier, said it was a falsehood, and that it was a "Secesh badge." This led to an altercation, and a scuffle ensued. During the fight the constable of the Dru
ating the act commutation for clothing to non-commissioned officers and privates, and providing that all clothing shall hereafter be furnished by the Government. The bill was placed on the calendar. The Senate then adjourned. House of Representatives --The House met at 12 o'clock, and was opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Doggett. Mr. Collier, of Va., offered a joint resolution rendering thanks to Commander W. E. Lynch for gallant and meritorious conduct at Aquia Creek, Roanoke Island, &c. Referred to Committee on Naval Affairs. Mr. Curry, of Ala, presented a memorial from the officers of Union Theological Seminary, Alabama, asking the exemption of theological students from military service. Referred to Military Committee. Mr. Kennan, of Ga, introduced a bid to create and abolish certain offices, whereby the effective strength of the army will be greatly increased. Referred to Military Committee. Mr. Russell. of Va., from the Judiciary Committee, subm
Under sentence of death. --A soldier named Patrick McGowan, formerly belonging to Company E, 59th Virginia regiment, Captain Gustavus A. Wallace, is now confined in Castle Thunder under sentence of death, a court-martial having condemned him to be shot for desertion. It appears that McGowan was not taken prisoner at Roanoke Island, and that after that event, a majority of his comrades being necessarily compelled to take no part in the war on account of their parole, he entered another company as a substitute, and had been in several actions, that of the 30th of August, at Manassas, included, when he left his comrades and came to Richmond. Here he was apprehended, tried, and condemned.
Arrival of prisoners. --The Central cars yesterday brought to this city nine officers and four hundred and twenty privates of the Yankee army, captured near Shepherdstown, Va., a few days since, when Burnside's division attempted to cross the Potomac at that point and were so mercilessly cut up by Stonewall Jackson's men. We could not learn the names of the officers, though they and the men were part of those who, with 20,000 others, under Burnside, participated in the attack on, and capture of, our forces at Roanoke Island. Included in this number were some of Hawkins's Zouaves. The above party will be sent home in a day or two--as soon as descriptive lists can be made out so as to identify them hereafter should they violate their parole.
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