From the New York Herald, of the 15th inst, we make up the following interesting summary of news:
late Northern news.
The late Eatton near Romney, Va.From a letter in the Wheeling (Va.) Press, dated Romney, January 3d, we extract the following: ‘ Night before last we were informed that we would move on Blue's Gap during the night. Our information of the country and of the force of the enemy was meagre and uncertain At about midnight the regiments began to master and form, and by half-past 12 the column was in motion. The night was excessively cold, and we suffered not a little from that cause. About half-past 7 o'clock we arrived at a height from which we could see the gap and the bridge. Col. Danning, who commanded the expedition, seeing an attempt being made to burn the bridge, ordered the Frith Ohio regiment to advance at double quick. This was done with a shout, and in a few minutes they were on a bank within two hundred yards of the bridge, pouring in bullets at such a rate that the attempt to burn and tear up the floor were both abandoned. Col. Dunning then ordered his men men to charge on the bridge and over it, and compelling a negro woman at Blue's house to show him the road up to the left. He fed the Fifth Ohio rapidly into the mountain, to which the rebels had fled. There a sharp engagement ensued; whole voifeys of musketry were heard, and it was soon discovered that the rebels were firing from behind a breastwork on the top of the mountain. As soon as Col. Dunning discovered this he ordered his men to fix bayonets and charge.--While this was being done the rebels left in haste for their camp, at the foot of the mountain and back of the Gap. While the above action was going on Col. Mason charged up the mountain to the right with the Fourth Ohio, and drove the rebels from the rocks on that side. Some sharp firing occurred in that direction. In the meantime, but when the firing had nearly ceased on the mountains, the Eighth Ohio led the way down the Gap, followed by the First Virginia, Seventh Ohio and the Fourth Indiana. Colonel Dunning having passed on and taken the two pieces of artillery, with their caissons and horses also a wagon and horses, with the Ohio regiment returned and ordered the cavalry to charge. His orders were obeyed with promptness, but the rebels had taken to the mountains. The artillery could not be used, and not a shot was fired from cannon on either side during the action. The rebels were surprised, and it was a complete rout. We found eight dead bodies on the field, or rather amongst the rocks; there may have been more, but they were not reported, and, singular as it may appear, not a man of ours received even a scratch from a bullet. I can account for this only upon the ground that our guns were some of the best in the world, while theirs were probably inferior arms.--The whole thing was a brilliant affair, and was over in half an hour after the action commenced on the mountain. Our force consisted of detachments of the 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th Ohio; the 14th Indiana and the 1st Virginia, together with two companies of cavalry and Daum's battery, with a section of Howard's battery — in all about two thousand five hundred men. Our information led us to expect about two thousand rebels, but the citizens and negroes agreed in stating their force at eight hundred. All went on well until some crazy soldiers, encouraged by some of the officers, commenced burning houses, and I am sorry to say that several houses, were burned along the road as they returned. The milland Blue's house, which were used for soldiers' quarters, were burned, perhaps properly, as they constituted a shelter, and might have been used again for a nest of bush whackers; but the burning of dwellings along the road was a piece of vandalism which should be punished with death, not only of the men who did it, but the officers who countenanced and encouraged it. ’
Federal report of the fight at Prestonsburg.Louisville, Jan. 14. --The following official documents have just been received at headquarters here: Paintsville, Jan. 8, 1861. Capt. J. B. Fry, Assistant Adjutant General: I entered this place yesterday with the Forty-second Ohio regiment, Fourteenth Kentucky regiment, and three hundred of the Second Virginia cavalry. On hearing of my approach the main rebel force left their strongly entrenched camp and fled. I sent my cavalry to the mouth of Jennies Creek, where they attacked and drove the rebel cavalry, which had been left as a vanguard, a distance of five miles, killing three and wounding a considerable number. Marshall's whole army is now flying in utter confusion. He had abandoned and burned a large quantity of stores. We have taken fifteen prisoners. Our loss was two killed and one wounded. I start in pursuit to-morrow morning. J. A. Garfield, Commanding Brigade, Brigade, Prestonsburg, Ky,. Jan. 11, 1862. Capt. J. B. Fry, Assistant Adj't-Gen: I left Paintsville on Thursday noon with 1,100 men, and drove in the enemy's pickets two miles below Prestonsburg The men slept on their arms. At four o'clock yesterday morning we moved towards the main body of the enemy at the forks of Middle creek, under the command of Marshall. Skirmishing with his outposts began at eight o'clock, and at one o'clock P. M. we engaged his force of 2,500, with three cannon posted on the hill. We fought them until dark, having been reinforced by about 700 men from Paintsville, and drove the enemy from all his positions. He carried off the majority of his dead and all his wounded. This morning we found twenty-seven of his dead on the field. His killed cannot be less than sixty. We have taken twenty five prisoners, ten horses and a quantity of stores. The enemy burned most of his stores, and fled precipitately in the night. To-day I have crossed the river, and am now occupying Prestonsburg Our loss is two killed and twenty-five wounded. J. A. Garfield, Colonel Commanding Brigade.
Interesting from Missouri--troops ordered to March from Rolla — movements of Gen. Price, &c.
The released prisoners from Richmond returned to camp.The special Washington correspondent of the New York Herald writes as follows: The following named twenty-four exchanged prisoners from Richmond--twenty taken at the battle of Bull Run, on the 21st of July, and four while on picket at Munson's Hill, on the 28th of August --were paid off at Washington on the 13th inst., and returned to the camp of their regiment in Virginia under direction of Lieutenant W. Banks. They halted at Colonel Ward's quarters, and gave him three times three hearty cheers, as their commanding officer at the Hull Run battle. An over whelming outburst of congratulation and applause from the entire regiment, a hearty welcome from the Colonel, and suitable refreshments, was their reception. It is remarkable in these soldiers, badly wounded in many instances, and having suffered five and a half months, imprisonment at Richmond, treated more like dogs than men, that not even one would consent to accept the furlough offered by the War Department until they first returned to their regiment and placed themselves again under the command of Colonel Ward. The account given by these men is conclusive that the Federal prisoners in the hands of the rebels are patriotic and true men. Not long since a private from this regiment deserted and went over to the enemy, and was placed in the same prison with these men at Richmond. Not one of them would speak with him, and their contempt was so great that a rope was prepared to hang him in the prison. The authorities found it necessary to confine him in the prison with the citizens, This speaks well for the character of our soldiers. Sixty-five members of this regiment are yet held as prisoners of war in various portions of the South, including Major J. D. Potter and Lieutenant Thomas Hamblin. Surgeon Griswold and Captain Hugh McQuade, who were also prisoners, have both died, the latter of wounds received at Bull Run. The following are the names of the returned prisoners; Serg't Chas W. Fairfield, company D; Frederick Hoefer company C; W, H. Millett, company G; Patrick McGinnley and John Hirst, company C; Michael Dowting, company F; Adolphus Keller, company C; Jas. H. Hart, company B; Ferd. Kelley, company B; Michael McGrain, company B; Luther L. Mills, company A; Jas. A. Coburn, company K; Ed. Sweeney, company G; Henry Hege, company G; Hugh F. Dunnigan, company H; Chas Redecker, company G; John Tyler, company D; Samuel Van Duger, company I; Wm. Fielding, company F; Wm. H. Brees, company l; Henry Van Orman, company K; Augustus Gauss, company C; Ed. N. Kellogg, company B, and Edw. L. Marsh, company E. Total, twenty-four.
Another letter from Dempsey, the Yankee prisoner.From the New York Herald, of the 15th instant, we copy the following letter, from J. W. Dempsey, who, it will be remembered, wrote a letter from the Charleston prison some time since, in which he took occasion to utter many falsehoods with regard to the treatment of Federal prisoners in the South:
My Dear Wife
Recovery of Gen. M'Clellan.The Washington telegraphic correspondent of the New York Herald, under date of the 14th inst., says: ‘ General McClellan has quite recovered from his recent illness, and is now able to devote himself to business. Those whose impatience had induced them to murmur at the to them apparently unreasonable delay of any great military movement, will soon have occasion to acknowledge their error.--General McClellan confides his plans to none, except as they are to be executed. His purpose is to effectually crush out the rebellion, and restore the public peace and the integrity of the Union. Within the last few days those who have been admitted even to a partial confidence, and among them some who have looked gloomily upon the future, are elated at the prospect presented, and express satisfaction that all will soon be convinced of the wisdom of the course of the Commanding General. ’
The regulations for Visiting the District Jail.
Activity of the Confederate batteries on the lower Potomac.
Reconnaissance near Columbus — movements of Union troops.The gun-boats Essex, St Louis, and Tyler made a reconnaissance down the river today. They approached within a mile and a half of Columbus, and fired several shots into the rebel camps. The rebels returned the fire from three or four guns without doing any damage to our boats. The effect of our shells is unknown. No obstruction in the river nor masked batteries on shore were discovered, as before reported. General McClernand's column moved in the direction of Blandville, Ky., to-day. Gen. Paine's force moved forward this morning from Bird's Point. The Second regiment of the Douglas Brigade will arrive to-night. The Seventh Lowa, Eighth Wisconsin, and Forty-fifth Illinois are expected to-morrow.
Cotton seed in demand — sale of condemned horses.
News from New Mexico--rebel troops marching to attack Fort Craig and Fort Union.
A strange Juxtaposition.The Boston Traveller, of the 13th instant, says: ‘ Five officers of the British army reached this city on Friday last, in the steamer from Europe, on their way to Canada, preparatory to fighting the United States, should a war with England occur. They stopped at a hotel, and their names were recorded upon the register. Later in the day focus officers of the Confederate army, just released from Fort Warren, on their way to the South, undoubtedly to fight against us in that quarter, stopped at the same hotel, and placed their names just below those of the British officers. ’
John G. Davis has fled the State, says he is in Rockville attending to his business, and adds that if the editor of the Journal dare repeat the charges made against Mr. Davis ‘"he will be the best cowhided man that ever received such a punishment in Indiana, "’ which it thinks will be convincing proof even to the editor of the Journal that Mr. Davis is at home. ’