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into the Sixth regiment of that State, then forming. The regiment was to be composed entirely of colored persons. A skirmish took place near Sparta, Tenn., between a small party of Union troops, under the command of Col. Wynkoop, and a superior force of rebels, resulting, after a fight of nearly an hour's duration, in the retreat of the Nationals.--(Doc. 169.) Enthusiastic war meetings were held at Providence, R. I., and Erie, Pa.--Great excitement existed in the Union fleet at Port Royal, S. C., in expectation of the rebel ram Georgia making her appearance among them. An order directing that a draft of three hundred thousand militia be immediately called into the service of the United States, to serve for nine months, unless sooner discharged, was this day issued from the War Department.--(Doc. 170.) In order to provide for the suffering poor of New Orleans, Gen. Butler issued an order assessing the secessionists of that city, who subscribed to the rebel defence
September 16. Major-Gen. O. M. Mitchel arrived at Port Royal, S. C., and assumed command of the department.--A grand Union demonstration took place at Jefferson City, La.--Paynesville, Stearns County, Minn., was attacked by a party of Indians, who retired after burning one house and committing other depredations.--St. Paul's Pioneer, September 20.
entatives passed a bill authorizing Jeff Davis to call into the military service, for three years or during the war, all white male citizens of the rebel States, between the ages of eighteen and forty-five years. Such persons to serve their full term; no one being entitled to a discharge because he might have passed the age of forty-five before such term of service expired. An expedition consisting of the United States gunboats Paul Jones, Cimerone, and three other steam vessels, left Port Royal, S. C., on the thirteenth instant, and proceeded to the Saint John's River, Florida, where they arrived to-day. They immediately attacked the rebel batteries, and, after a few hours' shelling, succeeded in dismounting most of their guns, greatly damaging their breastworks, and completely silencing them. Cumberland Gap, Tenn., was evacuated by the National forces under the command of Gen. George W. Morgan.--(See Supplement.) In consequence of the reported approach of the rebel ar
December 4. A sharp fight occurred between six United States gunboats lying off Port Royal, on the Rappahannock River, Va., and the rebel batteries behind the town. The firing was very rapid, and lasted about two hours, completely riddling some of the houses, when the rebels ceased firing, and the gunboats dropped down the river one and a half miles. Some of the rebel shot struck very near the boats, but no damage was done them. The North-Carolina House of Commons unanimously passed a series of resolutions, expressive of their confidence in the patriotism and uprightness of Jefferson Davis, and his ability to sustain the government of the rebels; also heartily approving the policy for the conduct of the war set forth by Governor Vance, and finally declaring that the separation was final, and that North-Carolina would never consent to reunion at any time or upon any terms. --A skirmish took place near Tuscumbia, Ala., in which the rebels were compelled to abandon their camp
December 10. A fight took place between seven or eight United States gunboats on the Rappahannock River, above Port Royal, Va., and the rebel shore batteries. At the commencement of the fight, the gunboat Teazer succeeded in bringing out two schooners which were within range of the rebel guns. The firing lasted for nearly three hours, when the rebels' guns were silenced. The fleet lay off all night and reopened in the morning, but no reply was made Two of the gunboats were struck several times, killing one man and wounding three. The town of Plymouth, N. C., garrisoned by a small force of Union troops, was this day captured by a body of rebels, and partially burned. The U. S. gunboat Southfield, Captain C. W. F. Behm, lying in the stream opposite the town, was also attacked; but, after being considerably damaged she escaped. The schooner Alitia, with thirteen bales of cotton on board, was this day captured by the United States gunboat Sagamore, while attempting to
March 6. The ship Star of Peace was captured and burned by the rebel privateer Florida, under the command of Captain J. N. Maffit.--General Hunter in command of the Department of the South, from his headquarters at Port Royal, S. C., issued an order drafting for garrison duty all the able-bodied negroes in his department, not otherwise employed in the service of the National government.--General Orders, No. 17.
March 29. The schooner Nettie was captured by the United States steamer South-Carolina, about twenty-five miles cast of Port Royal, with a cargo consisting of cotton, mostly damaged.--A party of blockade runners was captured at Poplar Hill Creek, Md., by a detachment of the First Maryland regiment, under the command of Lieutenant J. L. Williams. A detachment of the Sixth Illinois cavalry, under the command of Colonel Loomis, while encamped near Somerville, Tenn, were surprised by a large force of rebel guerrillas under Colonel Richardson, but after a desperate conflict, in which the National party had over forty of their number killed and wounded, the rebels were beaten off and retreated.--Chicago Times. Early this morning the National pickets in the vicinity of Williamsburgh, Va., were attacked by an overwhelming number of rebel cavalry, killing two, wounding six--including Lieutenant Wingel, of the Fifth Pennsylvania, in command of the pickets — and taking three pris
April 22. Tompkinsville, Ky., was visited by a party of rebels who burned the court-house and several other buildings in the place and killed five Union men.--Two regiments of the First army corps of thc army of the Potomac, marched to Port Conway, crossed the river to Port Royal on pontoons, and captured a rebel mail and took several prisoners.--New York Times. The rebel steamer Ellen was this day captured by a party of Union troops in a small bayou in the vicinity of the Courtableau, La.--(Doc. 171.) Seven men belonging to the Eighth regiment of Missouri cavalry who were captured on the nineteenth by a band of rebel guerrillas in Dallas County, having been carried to Cedar County, Mo., were stripped of their clothing and inhumanly shot. Immediately after this, the guerrillas proceeded to the house of Obadiah Smith, a Baptist minister in Cedar County, and on his attempting to escape they shot him.--St. Louis Democrat. The cargo of the steamer Wave (destroyed by
f skirmish, he dispersed, taking seventeen of the Choctaws prisoners. Colonel Davis afterward destroyed the rebel camp at Pontchatoula.--New Orleans Era. The English schooner Sea Bird was captured by the gunboat De Soto.--A skirmish took place at South-Union, Ky., between a party of rebels who fired upon a train and the Union guard, resulting in the defeat of the guerrillas, with considerable loss.--The schooners A. J. Hoge and Wonder were captured this day, the former at Mobile Bay, and the latter near Port Royal, S. C. Yazoo City, Miss., was this day captured by a fleet of Union gunboats, under the command of Lieutenant Walker. The rebel troops had evacuated the place, but not before destroying three rams that were being constructed in their navy-yard. Every thing of value in the navy-yard, and also a saw-mill, were destroyed by Lieutenant Walker. Altogether, the property destroyed was worth to the rebels, more than two millions of dollars.--Lieut. Com. Walker's Report.
n. We ascended the river some twenty-five (25) miles, destroyed a ponton bridge, together with a vast amount of cotton, rice, and other property, and brought away seven hundred and twenty-seven slaves, and some fine horses. We had some sharp skirmishes, in all of which, the men behaved splendidly. I hope to report more fully in a day or two. I have the honor to be, General, Your most obedient servant, James Montgomery, Colonel Commanding S. C. V. A National account. Port Royal, S. C., June 6, 1863. We have at last received accurate intelligence of Col. Montgomery's expedition, which was most brilliant in its success. It was composed of five companies of the Second South-Carolina volunteers, (colored troops,) and a section of battery C, Third Rhode Island artillery, captain Brayton, all under command of Colonel Montgomery, and left Beaufort on transports about nine o'clock last Monday evening, en route for Combahee River. It had proceeded as far as St. Helena S
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