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pers. They are heartily welcome to Skidaway, with its sand files and innumerable mosquitoes. Skidaway is about fourteen miles southeast from Savannah. Lumdrs. It was currently rumored yesterday that Gen. Jackson had been reinforced by Gen. Johnston, and that a battle took place on Friday last, resulting in the complete rout of the enemy. There is, however, no farther foundation for the report than that heavy discharges of artillery were heard by the citizens of Fredericksburg on the day referred to. They Fredericksburg News, of Saturday, says: If our readers want rumors, the last and best is that Gen. McClellan was taken prisoner yesterday at Warrenton Junction, where he is reported to have about 15,000 troops. Some of our citizens hear cannon all the time now. Some heard them all day yesterday; others did not begin to hear them until 11 and 4 o'clock respectively. One soldier said he heard them last summer for four days, and there wasn't any battle after all.
mac army has been sent West there is all the more reason that the rest, should avoid fighting until they receive the reinforcements which Mr. Davis declared that thirty days would bring. But whether the Confederates fight or not, it is plain that they will avail themselves of the fled cost expedients of warfare. The real defence of their country is its confines and desolation. The Confederates will hinder as much as possible the advance of their enemy by breaking up the roads and by destroying everything in the region through which us must pass. This is, indeed, the difficulty of the North. Where its enemies are in earnest it must look for the most bootless victories and the most exhausting conquests. It is no light thing for a great army to advance even through a rich and abundant country; but if the 290,000 men of Gen McClellan, have to march through a wilderness, and to carry with them every pound of meat and every bushes of corn, their advance will soon become impossible.
The defences of James river. We shall not be disappointed if McClellan — that is, if he be permitted — should defer his contemplated assault upon the Peninsula till the completion of the iron gunboats now being rapidly prepared at the North for the ascent of our rivers. In view of this probability, what are we about? Are we strengthening the defences of our rivers as we ought? If we are not availing ourselves now of the bitter lessons taught by experience, we are simply courting our own destruction. The enemy's right arm is his gunboats; he can accomplish nothing away from the rivers, but we have it in our power now to make our rivers impassable. Shall we employ the golden moments still remaining to us, or permit them to escape foreve
Arrival of prisoners. --On the 15th of April, five Yankees and two domestic traitors were received at the Confederate States Military Prison, in this city. The soldiers were J. B. Falletton, K co, 28th Pennsylvania regiment, captured in Fauquier, April 8th, Also, Chas W. Foster, D, co., 41st New York; Warner Gutberg E co., 58th New York; Jno Arnold, E co., 54th do; Frederick Charfold, K co., 54th do; and James Webb, citizen, captured at Amesville, and F. X. Schwebel, citizen, captured at Warrenton, both as disloyal, 8th April. On the 16th, Wm. M Martin and Wm. Kennedy, of Co. K, 13th Pennsylvania regiment, were received at the prison; having been captured near the mouth of Warwick river; on the 13th instant. The two last named were part of McClellan's forces on the Peninsula and have preceded that redoubtable chieftain in his march to Richmond.
are allowed to remain until their preparations are completed. Meanwhile they chafe against the restraints put upon them by the Government as uneasily as ever. Mrs. Greenhow is quite oracular in reverence to the campaign. She predicts that Gen. McClellan will not be able to strike a blow at Yorktown for many days, and when he does he will be defeated by the rebel army which will be one hundred and twenty-five thousand strong. She avers that the political enemies of McClellan here are intriguMcClellan here are intriguing to have him defeated so that he can be put out of their way, and intimates that the rebels being aware of this, shape their plans accordingly. Washington Va., April 18 The following dispatch have been received at the War Department: Krattleboro, Vr, April 18 To Hen. Edvin M. Staston Secretary of war If events happen at Yorktown calling for more surgical aid than our troops have at command. I will send several of our most eminent surgeons for temporary service, at no
estern section of the State, has recently condescended to issue a pass to a paroled prisoner, who was unfortunate enough to fall into the hands of the enemy of Laurel Hill some time last summer. As a specimen of Mr. F. R. Pierpoint's condescension we append this pass, and commend the impudent complacency with which this traitor affixes his signature as Governor of Virginia. The Commonwealth of Virginia,Executive Department, Wheeling, September 2, 1862. J. R. Price, late a soldier in the Confederate army, taken at Imurel Hill a prisoner, and released on his parole of honor by Col. Hubbard, of the 1st Virginia volunteers, by order of Gen. Rosecrans, acting under directions of Gen. McClellan. Said Price resides at Atlanta, Ga., and has his parole. He is entitled to travel on the public thoroughness by the way of Columbus, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Nashville home, on his paying his own fair, and refraining from violating his parole. F. H. Pierpoint Governor of Virginia.
worse off than we were. Now the case is very different. Should our army be even compelled to fall back at York, there are many excellent battle fields between us and York, on every one of which we can make a stand. Our chances of success increase with every step we take from the deep water. Within twenty-four hours, a large force, independent of that now confronting the enemy on the Peninsula, could be collected around this city. In the meantime, we do not believe that the army of McClellan can beat our army. On the contrary, we have no doubt that, if not more than three to one, they will be defeated should they attempt to advance. In the meantime, it is greatly to be deplored that the War office does not take some steps to let the public know the truth with regard to all such results as they are sure to hear of in an exaggerated form through the Northern papers. It is important that they should know the truth from the fountain head. The mystery which hangs over that
The Northern press. It is infinitely amusing to behold the mysterious and awful silence of the Northern newspapers upon the subject of the removal of McClellan's army to the Peninsula. The military authorities required the newspapers not to publish one word upon the subject, lest it might put "the rebels" on their guard, but "the rebels" knew it as soon as the Federals themselves. The idea that the leaders on either side derive information of the enemy's movements from looking at their newspapers, is simply ridiculous. All the information that can be obtained by either comes through channels employed for that purpose, and is received and made use of long before it can appear in print. Another absurdity which the Yankees have great reason to complain of, is the with holding by their Government of the real facts in regard to the results of important movements and battles, keeping them in the dark as completely as if they had no interest in the matter, and often leading them to
Yankee prisoners. --Fourteen Yankee prisoners arrived via Central Railroad Sunday night. The cars were delayed for some cause and did not get in till 3 o'clock. The prisoners are part of the debris left by McClellan in his backward march from Manassas.
e have some reports of the movements of the enemy on the Rappahannock line, for the entire accuracy of which we cannot vouch. It was stated yesterday, by some of the members of Congress, that the President had received intelligence of the landing of a large body of Federal troops at Aquia Creek on Sunday last. The supposition is that they came from Washington. Should the report prove correct, it would indicate that they intend to make a flank movement in the direction of Richmond, while McClellan plays the port of a decoy upon the Peninsula. Another report is that General Ewell's division has fallen back from the Rappahannock to Gordonsville. It is inferred from this that a junction of the forces of Generals Jackson and Ewell is in contemplation. Advices from the Peninsula inform us that the skirmishing continues, and our troops feel perfectly confident of a victory whenever the enemy shall accept the offer of battle. Our mails from the Southwest are several days ov
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