From the South.Skirmishes with the enemy continue along the Confederate coast. Fifty Federals landed from the gunboat Western World, at Butler's Inlet, S. C., on the 22d inst., to destroy the salt works there, but were surprised by a cavalry company and driven off, with a lose of 12 killed and wounded.--At Pascagoula, Fla, five launches, laden with Federals, started for the shore, but as they neared the land were fired into by our troops. In the foremost boat not a man escaped unhurt, and the other boats returned to their ship. Capt. Reld, of the gun boat, then commenced shelling the town for revenge, but sent no more troops ashore.
Dashing Cavalry Exploit in Mississippi--a fighting Parson.,We make the following extract of a letter, dated Tupelo, Miss., July 14th: ‘ We have recently had a brilliant affair of cavalry at Booneville, north of this place Gen. Chambers, commanding a brigade of four regiments of cavalry, was ordered to attack the Yankee force and drive him from Booneville. Two of these regiments were commanded, respectively, by Colonel Clanton, of Montgomery, Ala, and Col. Lay, a Virginian, commanding Kentucky cavalry. At the outset our skirmishers were hard pressed by the enemy, and our lines ambuscaded. At this juncture Col. Clanton volunteered to attack the ambuscade, and promptly the charge was sounded, and the woods were cleared. The charge was made by the Alabamians in a column of fours down a narrow lane. It was led by Col. Clanton, sans peur. and at his side rode the Chaplain of his regiment, the Rev. Telfair Hodgson, of Virginia. The head of our column was instantly shot down; but, on and away dashed the gallant cavaliers over dying and dead men and horses. The ambuscade was cleared, and down under the flash of sabre and blaze of revolver sank one hundred bodies of the ruthless vandals. Col. Clanton and his Chaplain, who led this brilliant charge, both miraculously escaped. The former had five balls through his clothes and scabbard, and his Chaplain one through his haversack. The regiment pursued the fugitive vandals for several miles. Meanwhile five hundred of the picked cavalry of the enemy had been sent to get to the rear of Col. Clanton's regiment. Fortunately, Colonel Lay's regiment was posted on the road by which they moved. On this road was situated our hospital, and the Chaplain had returned to that place, in the ministrations of his office; at this moment a straggler informed Mr. Hodgson that the enemy's cavalry was at hand. He was quickly in saddle, and, with the enemy thundering at three hundred yards behind him, he reached Col. Lay's position. Line was instantly formed, and as the enemy mounted a hill a lethal volley broke their ranks and scattered them. This ‘"fighting parson"’ is scarcely 21 years of age, and already he had made one campaign in Western Virginia, that of Rich Mountain, as a Zouave. In the spring of last year he was a student in the Episcopal Theological Seminary in New York. He wouldn't ‘ "stand it,"’ and came home to militate and officiate, both in one. He has a brother, captain of cavalry, in Col. Clanton's regiment. Bishop General Polk can hardly be at fault for an ‘"assistant"’ militant. ’
Vandalism in Memphis.A gentleman now in Atlanta, and a refugee from Memphis, has received a letter from his wife at Panola, Miss., from which we make the following extracts: ‘ You have seen Gen. Grant's proclamation before this. The cars are loaded with the heads of families on their way to Memphis for their wives and children. Judge Dixon, Messrs., Estes, Brinkley, Waddell, King, and many others, have gone to the relief of their families. Two Federal soldiers went to the of Mr. R. C. Brinkley, and ran his daughter Annie all over the house, up and down stairs. Mrs. Brinkley had sent to one of the officers for protection. The officer sent over a guard, and had to knock them down twice before they would be taken. He then placed a guard around the house for several days, to protect it and its inmates. Another set of Federals went to Mr. T. W. Roysters, and asked his little son, a sprightly boy of about ten years of age, if he was a "Secesh," The boy said he was, and the wretches came near shooting him. Mrs. Roysters got the child in the house, and with the aid of her servants locked the doors. They, the soldiers, then cursed and abused her, and were in the act of breaking in the windows, wisen some kind friend came to her relief. The Rev. Dr. G. has gone over to the Federals, and is now an out-and-out Union man, bold in his language. He is preaching in the Second Church again. Rumor says the Rev. Doctor piloted a company of Federals into the country to arrest a party of Southerners. Mr. A. H. came out, from Memphis a few days since, and says the Federals are burying some days as many as thirty pickets. They admit to have buried opposite Memphis seven hundred of their men. The Federals have a great many negroes working in their entrenchments. They are taking up negroes wherever they can find them, and have hundreds in the city now. They have destroyed Mr. Lanier's beautiful grove, and burnt all the fencing; and it is said they have determined to burn the city if they have to leave it. ’
Outrage of the Federals in Louisiana.A correspondent of the Lynchburg Republican gives the particulars of the treatment of Major S Roberts, a veteran of 1812, at his farm in the vicinity of Baton Rouge. The enemy learned that his two sons, one captain of a guerrilla company, and the other a regular Confederate soldier, were at their father's house. The letter says: ‘ Collecting a body of his men, Colonel McMilton of the 21st Indiana regiment, proceeded, under negro guidance, to the house of Major S. Roberts.--Surrounding the house, they demanded the surrender of Josiah and G. W. Roberts. Knowing too well what would be their fate, they determined to die rather than surrender. Seizing a gun, Josiah was about to make the best of a defence, when he fell at his father's door, pierced by several balls.--Major S. Roberts, a veteran of 1812 and 1815, and upwards of four score years, grasped the gun from the hands of his dying son, and shot down Colonel McMilton. The officer next in command then ordered his men to charge bayonets upon and murder the "d — d old scoundrel." The old Major stepped back a pace or two, and told them that "he was lord and master of his own house, that he had done the deed, and that, if they advanced one step, he would fire again." Taken aback by such coolness and bravery, the commanding officer told his men not to hurt the old man under any considerations, but to take him prisoner, for he was too brave to kill. But numbers prevailed, and the old man and son were taken prisoners. Then commenced high handed pillage and devastations. The house was set on fire, as were likewise barns, the gin and sugar houses, and burnt to the ground. The mules, horses, and stock were driven off; negroes taken away; carts, wagons, and farming utensils were sieged, and the growing crops destroyed. Not a building was left to tell where lately flourished a prosperous farm. The wife of G. W. Roberts, scarcely strong enough to rise from a bed of confinement, was driven out and forced to fly from a house that was burning over her head, and obliged to walk several miles to seek shelter for herself and tender babe, in the house of a neighbor, and to procure assistance to remove the body of the dead.--That brave old man, borne down by a wrecked constitution and the weight of oppressive years, was compelled to walk twelve miles, over a miserably muddy road, and to cap the climax of brutality, father and son were handcuffed together and driven through the streets of Baton Rouge. In the words of the narrator, "An old man and son could not be guarded by a regiment of men without binding the prisoners in irons." ’
Affairs at Vicksburg — address of General Van Dorn.A letter from Vicksburg, July 20th, says: ‘ way, the pretty much the entire day, but having the decency to let us sleep without disturbance at night. The Arkansas has been exercising them terribly, simply by operating in their fears. Having had occasion to shift her position several times, the Yanks have each time believed she was about to pounce on them, and great was their funk in consequence.--They have employed themselves the past two days in the attempt to dump a 15 inch shell on her deck, but have as yet missed the mark, though sinking, in that manner, the wharf boat near by. I regret to say that facilities for such work are now so meagre at this beleaguered place, that even the slight damage sustained by the Arkansas in her actions with the enemy, is not yet repaired. Yesterday the men at work upon her sadly tunnel were driven off by the sharp shooters across the river. It is very long ranges, but still near enough to render a Michaeline unpleasant visitor. Men will stand being shot at when they can to their shooting send em back the same but to be picked off in cold blood, whilst perched up on a scaffold and intent on some mechanical employment, is decidedly unpleasant. ’ The following address has been issued by Gen Van Dorn.
Headq'rs district of the Mississippi.
Vicksburg.July 18, 1862.
To the Troops defending Vicksburg.