Southern intelligence.From Southern journals we collate the following:
The situation at Savannah.The contents of a private letter, published by the Wilmington Journal, gives some interesting facts concerning the situation at Savannah; Fort Pulaski, on Cockspur Island, at the mouth of the Savannah river, is a strong casemated work, which, it is believed, the enemy can neither pass, take, nor starve out. All large vessels must come under its guns. The whole space between the city and the ocean is cut up and intersected by rivers, creeks, cuts, and openings. How many of these have been obstructed, and how, is not for us to say. Wall's Cut is an opening from Port Royal into the Savannah river, with some 7 or 8 feet depth at high water. This out opens into the Savannah river about six miles above Fort Pulaski, and of course out of the range of its guns. Into this cut the enemy's light gunboats had come, and were trying to force their way into the Savannah river, but had not succeeded at the latest dates. On the Georgia side of the river the Lincolnites have availed themselves of two openings known as Wilmington Creek and Freeborn's Out, connecting Warsaw Sound with Augustine creek or river, and from thence with savannah river. These two openings run for some distance through the marsh, quite near to the main river — say, within half a mile, and this at a point opposite Wall's Cut, and about two miles from it. It was between these vessels in the cuts, on both sides the Savannah river, that Tatuall's fleet had to pass on their way to Fort Pulaski on Tuesday of last week, and received a heavy fire from the vessels on both sides. Of the nature of the precautions taken to prevent the enemy's vessels getting from these cut into the main river, we cannot speak. By the time they get in, they will find means of resistance which their small craft will not be able to overcome. ‘"Skidaway"’ is a large island lying parallel with the main; is about twelve miles from the city, and is connected with the mainland by bridges. This point attracts much attention recently, as there is a heavy draft of water there, and from eight to twenty vessels, some armed, and some large steamers filled with troops have been there for the last ten days or two weeks. This is regarded as a point where the enemy might attempt a landing, with the view of trying to reach the city by land. Attempting is not always doing.
Negro stealing.A Tennessee correspondent says: ‘ A Confederate officer from Camp Beauregard, now in this city, informs us that Gen. Grant's division, in its retreat from Fort Henry to Paducah, stole 300 slaves on the route, and took them to Paducah! At Mayfield they uniformed and armed 150 negro men, and placed them in their ranks as Federal soldiers. ’
Gen. Bonham's resignation.The Charleston Mercury, of February 1st, says: ‘ We learn from Richmond that Gen. Bonham has resigned his office as General of the Confederate States. The reason of his resignation we understand to be as follows: Gen. Bonham was Major General of the forces of South Carolina when he received an appointment of Brigadier General of the Confederate States, and was ordered to Richmond. He was appointed a Brigadier General of no particular regiments formed into a brigade. Indeed, there were no regiments in the Confederate service at all in South Carolina when he was appointed. He went on to Richmond, however, with Col. Gregg's regiment of infantry, sent on by the Governor of South Carolina. This regiment was put under his command; and then came Col. Kershaw's, then Bacon's, then Cash's, and other regiments from South Carolina, which, as they came, were, without discrimination, put under his command. Colonel Gregg's regiment being enlisted for six months only, was disbanded by the expiration of its term of service, before the battle of Manassas, whilst there were four other regiments under General Bonham. Gen. Bonham remained in command of the four other regiments, and commanded them at the battle of Manassas. He remained in command of them as his brigade until October. At that time he was informed by the Executive that his existence, as an officer in the Confederate States, had expired when Col. Gregg's regiment was disbanded, on the ground that his brigade consisted of but two regiments--Col. Gregg's and Col. Kershaw's — and Col. Greeg's going home, his command and his office were dissolved. The Confederate Government then tendered him a new commission coeval with the departure of Gregg's regiment, of the 14th of July. His first appointment was of the 20th April, and put him at the head of the brigadier-Generals-- the oldest in the service. The second, of the 14th July, put a dozen Brigadier-Generals above him — among them Gen, David Jones, who is closely connected by marriage with the President. Strangely it happens that Gen. Walker, of Georgia, was superseded by Col. Taylor, another near connection. Gen. Bonham consulted all the general officers in the Army of the Potomac, and they all agreed with him that such treatment of him was a wrong and an outrage. ’ The following letter from Gen. Bonham on this subject has been published:
Hon. J. P. Benjamin, Acting Secretary of War:
M. L. Bonnam,
Brig. Gen., 1st Brigade, 1st Corps.
Army of the Potomac.
General Crittenden's position.The Knoxville Register, says that General Crittenden now has his headquarters at Gainesboro', on the Cumberland river From a member of Gen. Carroll's brigade, who left there on Tuesday night last, we learn that the force there is perfectly organized, the camp in good order, and in the receipt of ample supplies. The enemy have not crossed the river at Mill Springs, with the exception of small parties of skirmishers. They seem to be deterred by a well founded dread of a flank movement by our forces.
Southern arms.The Fayetteville (N. C.) Armory is turning out some highly finished fire-arms at this time. The Observer notices a splendid rifle lately manufactured at these works.--It is much the same, in general appearance, as the U. S. rifle for some years past; made at Harper's Ferry, and at Spring field, Mass.; but for certain improvements, in the matter of sword-bayonet, Maynard primer, and perfection of finish in all parts, it must be pronounced very far superior. The back-sights are set for 300 and 400 yards.
Gen. George B. Crittenden, for the reason that we doubted its truth. If he had not been in favor of the South in this struggle for independence, would he have separated from his father and his brother and joined his destiny with that of the Confederate States? Would he have done so merely to have a chance to betray his trust, and thus link his name to everlasting infamy? We cannot think so, and we must set down the rumor which found its way into print about him, and his alleged arrest, as a slander — a duck story, gotten up for some sinister purpose. Let us condemn no man unheard, or hastily. ’ On this subject, the Nashville Union and American says: ‘ We have received a private letter from an officer of high rank, and a high-toned, honorable gentleman, which fully sustains and confirms all that is said in vindication of Maj. Gen. Crittenden, against the imputations that have been just upon him by the females that have in the community to his operation This letters the night before the battle, and that it was unanimously resolved to attack the enemy the next morning. The information upon which this decision was reached, came from Gen. Zollicoffer's spies, who, it is now known, deceived that noble-hearted and chivalrous officer, as to the number of the enemy. The attack was made in the manner and order as stated by Captain Sheliha. ’