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From the North.

Through the kindness of friends in the army, we have been placed in possession of New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore papers, including dates up to the 25th of June, from which we get some additional intelligence relating to the movements of the war:

Lincoln on a Mysteries journey — Pope, the Rising Hero.

On Tuesday, the 24th, Lincoln made a hasty journey through New York, in his ‘"Scotch capped long military cloak,"’ and stopped for nothing, as we are informed, until he reached West Point. This sudden movement has driven the New York editors to their wits' ends, and various are the conjectures and speculations as to its object. The Herald thinks there is something in the wind, and says:

‘ But what means this Northern journey at this crisis? What can it be that has brought the President, travelling all night, on this post-haste visit to West Point? We have no official or semi-official information on the subject; but by putting this and that together, we think a plausible and somewhat satisfactory conclusion may be reached.

First, then, General Scott is at West Point. Secondly, General Pope has arrived at Washington — that splendid young officer, whose great achievements in Northern Missouri and at New Madrid, at Island No.10, and at Corinth, have made his name among our loyal people as ‘"familiar in their mouths as household words."’ He has been called from the West, and what for? After the return of the President to Washington we expect to learn. Meantime, we conjecture that this visit of President Lincoln to West Point is for the purpose of a military consultation with General Scott, and that the special-object in view is the appointment of General Pope to some important command in Virginia.

Since the derangement in that quarter of the original plans of General Scott and General McClellan, our ‘"Onward to Richmond"’ movement has been embarrassed in every possible way. We have suffered the costly humiliation of the expulsion of General Banks from the Shenandoah Valley, and the War Office, in repairing this disaster, has not succeeded as well as could be desired. The rebel General Jackson has slipped through the snares that were contrived to catch him, and among our numerous generals now in the Shenandoah Valley service some unpleasant disagreements have taken place. Thus we hear that General Blenker is to be superceded by General Carl Schurz, and that General Shields has fallen from grace, while General McDowell, from an unfortunate accident, is on the list of the sick or disabled. At the same time it is given out that the rebel General Jackson has been heavily reinforced, and that, to be on the safe side, General Fremont is falling back down the Valley for a junction with General Banks and General Sigel.

All these things, and many more that we have not touched upon, indicate some confusion in our military operations and among our many Generals of the Shenandoah Valley. We all know, too, that the repulse of Gen. Banks has operated very much to delay the decisive conflict with the main rebel army at Richmond, in delaying the reinforcements which were required by Gen. McClellan. In a word, we apprehend that the present posture of the campaign in Virginia has carried the President to West Point, and that with his return to Washington, or shortly thereafter, we shall hear of some comprehensive modifications on the military chessboard in Virginia, including an important command to Gen. Pope.

In this connection we understand that it is not alone by his late brilliant achievements in the West that General Pope has attracted the attention of the President. The President and the General are from the same State, and it appears that the personal friendship which had been previously cultivated between them was strengthened by certain rebuffs and rebukes administered to General Pope by the late Administration, in consequence of some friendly act or acts of his toward Mr. Lincoln as our President elect. However this may be, our readers may rest assured that it is no holiday amusement that has carried President Lincoln, between a late dinner and a very early breakfast, from Washington to West Point. This mission, we believe, can only relate to the campaign in Virginia; and while in regard thereto General Scott is sought for counsel, General Pope has been summoned for active service.

We hear some whispers of a possible breeze in the Cabinet; but, independently of anything of that sort, the subject is sufficiently interesting for the present.

A Model Yankee brigade.

In connection with the projected changes in the Valley of Virginia, above alluded to, we copy a portion of a letter in the New York Tribune, dated Winchester, May 9th:

Blenker, with his staff, arrived here to-day, en route for Washington, the General, I am informed, having been relieved of his command, which is completely demoralized. Under the able management and controlling influence of Gen. Carl Schurz, the men may be brought back to a sense of propriety and decency. Blenker is a medium sized, restless, overbearing sort of man, extremely rude and boisterous. Himself and staff stopped here a night; and every time they moved about the hotel, the clank, clank, clank of their swords on the floor or over the stairways disturbed the rest of the guests.

The brief space allotted me would not allow anything like a recital of the barbarities and butcheries of Blenker's men, and even should I recount a half dozen or so they would scarcely be credited. While on marches everybody and everything suffered; tongues were cut out of cattle, and the poor animals left to suffer, and perhaps die; as many as fifteen sheep and lambs were sometimes stolen in a day, and slaughtered; articles of no value whatever to the soldiers were carried off and destroyed, &c. From the highest officer in the command to the lowest the demoralization was complete. Matters finally arrived at such a pass that officers in the division tendered their resignations in order to escape the odium which the conduct of Blenker's men threw upon them. Gen. Fremont eventually ordered an investigation, and it is said, but with what truth I do not know, that during the examination of some men Blenker became very insolent, upon which Fremont took off his (Blenker's) shoulder straps and Broke in two his sword. After his arduous whiskey campaign Gen. Blenker will probably be allowed a long rest.

Attack on a gunboat.

A dispatch from Fortress Monroe (June 23) says:

‘ The United States steam sloop-of-war Wachusett arrived from City Point this morning, and reports that on Saturday last the steam gunboat Jacob Bell proceeded up the James river to reconnoitre, but when abreast of Turkey Island ran hard aground on a shifting sand bar, which accident the rebels soon observed, and took advantage of by bringing a battery of field pieces down on the south bank and opening upon the Jacob Bell from rifle guns with shell and solid shot. The gunboat did all she could to drive off the rebels, but did not succeed until she was considerably injured.

’ [It so happens that the ‘"rebels"’ were not driven off, but the gunboat was.]

From Memphis.

Memphis June 22, 1862.
Over two hundred merchants have taken the oath of allegiance.

Preaching the gospel of treason has been stopped by General Wallace.

The rector of the Episcopal Church, who offered prayers for the Southern Confederacy last Sunday, has been effectually admonished.

Samuel Sawyer, Chaplain of the Forty-seventh Indiana, preached this morning in the Methodist Church of the runaway rebel Harris, nephew of the Governor. This evening he preached in the Second Presbyterian Church, which dismissed the Rev. Dr. Grundy, on suspicion of his loyalty to the Union.

Sawyer is the same clergyman who, in East Tennessee, several years ago, was persecuted for writing an account of Deacon Netherlands cruel whipping of his slave behind his Church.

The citizens of Brownsville, Hayward county, raised the Stars and Stripes yesterday.

The rebel militia General, Coles, an original Secessionist of Hayward county, sends word to General Wallace that since his cotton was burned he wants to take the oath of allegiance, and also the oath never to vote the Democratic ticket again.

Picayune Butler and Pierre Soule.

The Providence Post, in noticing the arrest of Pierre Soule by General Butler, and his arrival at New York city as a prisoner, makes the following interesting remarks:

‘ "In 1860 this same B. F. Butler was a delegate to the National Democratic Convention. Elected as a friend of Mr. Douglas, he proved treacherous in the start and became his bittered opponent. He helped to break up the convention. He helped to nominate John C. Breckinridge. He was a co-worker with William L. Yancey. And when the several parties were well in the field he took the stump for his favorite. No man in Massachusetts did so much to sustain the Yancey- Breckinridge disunion party as this same B. F. Butler, now a Major-General of volunteers.

"Now, of Pierre Soule: At the adjourned session of the national convention be appeared in Baltimore with credentials as a delegate from New Orleans. There were two sets of delegates. Soule and his associates were admitted to seats. Soule was a Douglas man and an earnest friend of the Union. He made one of the most eloquent speeches for the Union that any man ever listened to.--We do not believe it was ever surpassed. He exposed the rottenness and disunion character of the Breckinridge party, to which Butler belonged. He was terribly severs. Butler hated him. At least we suppose he did. Every disunionist at heart certainly hated him.

"Well, Soule went home, Douglas was defeated; and when defeated went to New Orleans. Soule was still his friend, and honored him. Douglas went home.

"Then came secession. Soule resisted till resistance was useless. Then he became silent. He was with his old neighbors and friends. He was at home, in New Orleans canal his lot was fixed.

"The next five hour of him, Butler enters his city

as a conqueror. By and by he is arrested and sent North.

"That is all, and we suppose it is all right."

The late Gen. Ashby.

A correspondent of the New York Tribune writes concerning the late General Ashby:

‘ He was devoted to General Jackson, and frequently declared that he should be proud to follow him in character, and for any duty. As for his personal courage, it is enough to say that the very morning General Banks entered Winchester, Ashby went to his headquarters disguised as a market-man, and in reply to questions from staff officers, described his rebel self. The day before the battle of Winchester he rode through the streets of that town, with one of his captains, in Union uniform.

One of the most gallant Colonels in Shield's command, who has observed Ashby in three engagements, said in a verbal report to the Government a few days ago, that the Black Horse General had of late become the most reckless man to be found on either side; that he seemed to plunge into all forms of danger with delight, riding wherever the fire was flattest, waving his sword, discharging his pistol at our best officers, and continually inviting hand-to-hand encounters. Our Colonel once saw him leap his horse over an abandoned gun to make such an attack. So peculiar, by its skill and daring, was his horsemanship, that be long ago became a marked man, and General Shields predicted that Ashby would surely be killed before Jackson was driven out of the Valley.

Drain of gold from New York.

The New York Tribune, of the 23d, says:

‘ "The foreign drain of gold was unexpectedly large on Saturday, exceeding $2,400,000. and making a shipment of the week of over $3,000,000. In view of the figures of the commerce of the country, it is evident that the only explanation of this immense shipment is that large amounts of our securities have been sent out here for sale in addition to large amounts bought for American account in London for resale here. This shipment, although exciting surprise, does not cause the alarm it would under other circumstances. As the banks are not paying specie, gold has, under the legal tender note act, become an article of merchandize, and its loss does not necessarily involve any change in the money market."

Where is Beauregard?

Various reports have been published in the Northern papers stating that Gen. Beauregard was in Richmond, or on his way there. The Fortress Monroe correspondent of the Philadelphia Press, writing under date of the 21st, says:

‘ I learn from a member of the Governor's Guard, of Richmond, Va., captured at Ashland yesterday morning, that General Beauregard is positively at Richmond, and is second in command to Gen. Joe Johnston. It was generally understood in the rebel camps that a number of his troops had arrived, and were with them, opposed to McClellan. My informant was an intelligent man, an old acquaintance of mine, and one I do not think would falsify the matter. He says the food the Virginia soldiers get is poor, but they have enough to eat always, except when on the march.

More Legislation for "West Virginia."

In the Federal Senate, on the 23d, Mr. Wade, from the Committee on Territories, reported a bill providing for the admission of the State of West Virginia into the Union.

This bill virtually ignores the action of the late Convention held at Wheeling to frame a constitution for Western Virginia, and adds to the proposed new State the entire Valley of Virginia, including the counties of Berkeley, Jefferson, Clarke, Frederick, Warren, Page, Shenandoah, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Bath, Rockbridge, Craig, Botetourt, and Allegheny. It provides also for a new convention of the people of the territorial limits designated, regulating the county representation therein, the election to take place and the convention to meet at such time and place as the Governor may designate. The important requirement is also made that the constitution framed by the convention shall ‘"make provision that from and after the 4th day of July, 1863, the children of all slaves born within the limits of said State shall be free."’ The constitution is to be subsequently submitted to the vote of the people.

The Nigger again.

The Indiana State Sentinel says:

‘ The 7th Indiana regiment marched from Fredericksburg to Port Republic in a destitute condition a large number without shoes, and their route could have been traced by the blood which marked their footsteps. On Saturday night last four hundred wounded men from the battle-field of Port Republic arrived in Washington in box cars, and it was late the next day before they were removed to quarters where they could receive the much needed surgical attention and be reneged from their sufferings. At the same time the Government were supporting in comfortable quarters some eleven hundred lazy runaway negroes. That shows the sympathy of the powers that be. The gallant men who had been wounded while bravely fighting the battles of the Constitution and the Union, must have found great consolation in this contrast in the paternal care of the governmental authorities. Buncombe resolutions of stay-at-home patriots will not avail much with the wounded and neglected soldier.

Change in the military Commands at Washington.

A change has been made in Washington by the divorce of the military from the civil jurisdiction, and the alteration of the mixed authority hitherto exercised by the military government of the District. General Wadsworth has been relieved from the command of all the military in the District, except the Provost Guard on duty in the city. Gen. Sturgis has been assigned to the command of all the military forces in the vicinity of Washington, and has already begun to organize them into brigades, and to make arrangements to increase their efficiency to the greatest extent.


Both Houses of the Federal Congress have passed a bill prohibiting polygamy in the, territories, and annulling the laws of Utah on the subject. The offence is punishable with a fine not exceeding $500, and imprisonment for five years.

Hallock telegraphs to the War Department that unofficial information has been received that White river has been opened for one hundred and seventy miles, and Governor Rector and the rebel Government have fled from Little Rock on a flatboat towards Fort Smith.

It is mentioned as a significant item that a diplomatic dinner was given to the Mexican Minister, at Washington, a few evenings ago.

General Meigs tells the U. S. Senate that on the 13th he got a requisition for 1,880 horses, to supply those killed or broken down in General McDowell's march — all wanted within eight days.

William C. Ross, acting master in the U. S. Navy, has been taken into custody in New York on the charge of bigamy. The accused, it is alleged, formed a matrimonial alliance with Miss Brooks, of No. 40. Henry street, in that city, while his first wife, a native of Portland. Maine, was still alive and undivorced from him.

Ex-President Van Buren, (now eighty-one years old,) is suffering from a dangerous affection of the throat or bronchial organs. He has maintained the seclusion of a thoroughly private life since his retirement from the Presidency.

In the New York Times's account of the engagement on the 18th, below Richmond, where the Yankees claim a victory for the 16th Massachusetts regiment, this significant admission is made: ‘"It is to be regretted that many of the dead and wounded were left on the field."’

According to the correspondent of the New York World, it was currently rumored at Washington, on Saturday last, that Secretary Stanton was about to resign the portfolio of the War Department, and would be succeeded by Gen. Banks.

A daughter of Captain Semmes, commander of the famous privateer Sumter, attended a wedding at St. Paul's Church, Newport, Ky., enveloped in a scarf of rich material, bearing the Confederate colors, red and white, arranged in bars or stripes.

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