Late Northern News.
From files of New York and Baltimore
papers, of the 14th, 15th, and 16th, we make up an interesting summary of the current news at the North
The late M'Clellan —— the way he Behaves at Trenton — his parting with the army — his chances for the Senatorship.
Delegations from Brunswick, Me.
, and Newark, N. J.
, have reached Trenton
with invitations for the young Napoleon
to visit those cities.
The Daily Register,
, N. J., nominates him for the vacant seat in the U. S. Senate.
A correspondent of the New York World
, writing from Trenton
, on Friday, has the following gossip about him.
The seclusion of the General
has been somewhat relaxed to-day, and many distinguished citizens from this neighborhood and other parts of New Jersey
have called upon him. All were received with easy grace and affable smiles.
Little if any reference was made to the mortifying circumstances of the hour, but the future was talked of by the guests with confidence and cheerfulness.
In the morning the General
, accompanied by his family and members of his staff, rode out, and were everywhere hailed with marked interest and feeling.
In the afternoon, about three o'clock, quite a delegation of citizens of note from Essex county
called in a body to offer their respects to ‘"Little Mac,"’ whom they seem very willing to adopt as a Jerseyman.
If rumors be true, the name will not be inappropriate, for it said the General
will be allowed to make Trenton
his headquarters during the winter — his sphere of activity to radiate from it, meanwhile, in various directions.
He will probably visit New York during the coming week, although on what day is entirely uncertain.
One thing is very sure, viz: that notwithstanding the numbers and devotion of the ‘"Army of the Potomac,"’ McClellan
does not know how many friends he really has in the country, nor will he until he shall have entered the great metropolis.
A letter in the same paper, from Warrenton
Monday was occupied by Gen. McClellan
in passing among the various camps, reviewing his troops and taking a final leave of both officers and soldiers.
The course was first to Fits John Porter
's division of regulars, like old Romans
, were serious and grave in their demonstrations of regret.
Yet there could be seen the heavy heavings of their breasts as Gen. McClellan
rode past them and bid them an affectionate farewell, and urged them to do better for Burnside
than they had done for him.
It would be but an idle repetition to describe the greeting received at each several corps
as Gen. McClellan
passed through them.
It was one round of numingled regret and sorrow manifested in every variety of remark, in every manifestation of feeling.
Shouts and cheers constantly rent the air. Many a severe countenance, unused to marks of sorrow, was freely suffused with tears.
Many were the tears shed by the soldiers who parted with Gen. McClellan
Many were the rude and spontaneous utterances by which the Army of the Potomac gave vent to its disgust and sorrow.
‘"It's played out now."’ ‘"It's all up."’ ‘"The life of the army is gone."’ These and many other similar ejaculations were forced from the soldiers by the passing events.
As Gen. McClellan
, mounted upon a fine horse, attended by a retinue of fine looking military men, riding rapidly through the ranks, gracefully recognized and bid a farewell to the army, the cries and demonstrations of the men were beyond bounds — wild, impassioned, and unrestrained.
Disregarding all military forms, they rushed from their ranks and thronged Gen. McClellan
with the bitterest complaints against those who had removed from command their beloved leader.
This is the type of all which happened during the leave-taking of Gen. McClellan
from the army of the Potomac.
At noon he dined at the Warren Green Hotel
, at Warrenton
, with General Burnside
After dinner the corps near by were passed through, as during the forenoon.
Next morning Gen. McClellan
at the railroad cars had an interesting and affecting interview with Gen. Burnside
After this they parted, and Gen. McClellan
moved off towards Washington
In all the little remarks he had made to the army, the burden of his thought and feeling had been, ‘"Stand by General Burnside.
Do more for him, if possible, than you have for me.
This seemed to be the height of his anxiety and care on parting with his veteran soldiers.
I must not omit to mention a scene which occurred near Catlett's Station, where a portion of Gen. Sickles
's command paid their farewell honors to their favorite chief.
The color bearer of a regiment which had broken its ranks and thronged in confusion around the car in which Gen. McClellan
was being conveyed to Washington
, rushed into the presence of the General
, and, showing the tattered banner, said:
"General, I have carried that flag under you throughout the whole war, and now I want to shake hands with you."
At this the Sergeant
burst into tears, when McClellan
replied, taking him by the hand, ‘"Never let it go, will you?"’
All who witnessed it were deeply affected by the scene.
Most of the time on board the train was spent in conversation with Gen. Augur
At Manassas Junction Gen. Sickles
came on board and held a brief interview with him, when the train proceeded to Washington
The removal of M'Clellan's staff officers
The New York Herald
, of the 15th, has an editorial evidently trying to stir up some symptom of manliness and resistance in the people of the North
It is founded on the arrest of two of McClellan
's staff officers, and the following is an extract from it:
Hitherto the arbitrary arrests made by the Administration have been merely laughable or contemptible.
Women who sing songs not pleasant to Kennedy
's cars newspaper correspondents, country editors, and poor follows who would have remained nobodies had not the Administration made martyrs of them and given them a place in history; these are the sort of people heretofore visited with the divine wrath of our energetic rulers.
Now, however, the War Department seems to have had its dander raised, and is striking at higher game.--But why not arrest McClellan
himself and put him in Fort Lafayette, where he will be on hand if another cry of ‘"Washington
in danger."’ makes his services necessary?
What is the use of confining members of his staff, when McClellan
himself, the head of the staff, can be secured?
Now, that it is determined to have a vigorous prosecution of the war, both in the North
and in the South
, let the Administration stop meddling with the small fry, and imprison some of the great men of the country.
We understand that President Lincoln
believes that changes should be made in his Cabinet, now that changes in the army have been so well inaugurated.
Is it not fully time that these Cabinet changes were made?
The country has been sick of the present Cabinet for a long time.
No one can speak of its most prominent members without involuntary qualms of the stomach.
The President himself ought to be pretty thoroughly disgusted with the sort of men he has had about him. The result of the recent elections shows what the people think of the present Cabinet members.
They have nearly ruined the country, and are fast making that ruin complete.
The President cannot but be aware of this state of affairs, and why he has so long neglected to remedy it by constructing a new Cabinet we are at a loss to explain.
Doubtless he may have had his reasons, but every day makes delay more unreasonable.
The greatest calamity which can ever befall the country during a crisis like is to have the President
surrounded by a Cabinet which has so entirely lost not only the confidence, but even the respect of the people, that every act of the Administration is received with open and undisguised suspicion, and measures, taken with perhaps the best intentions, are regarded with the strongest and most invincible popular prejudice.
The speech made by John Van Buren
to the Democratic Union Association on the night after McClellan
was removed is interesting.
The Democratic party was the opposition party, and it was decidedly opposed to this administration of the General Government
[Applause.] It was the business of the Administration to have a policy, and of the people to sustain it wherever it was possible to do so. He had said during the canvass that he was in favor of a vigorous prosecution of the war, and that the army had ought to advance to Richmond
[Great applause.] He had said that Gen. Wadsworth
was the enemy of Gen. McClellan
[A voice, ‘"So is Lincoln
and other papers had denied that Wadsworth
was the enemy of McClellan
, but the result proved otherwise.
[A voice, ‘"Restore him."’] He thought they could not restore him. Gen. McClellan
had manifested his willingness to serve in any capacity, but they would not allow him to serve in active duty, for he had been ordered to report at Trenton
, where there was no disturbance that he had heard of, [laughter,] the Democratic party having succeeded by a large majority in the last contest there.
[Laughter and applause.] But what reason could be assigned for this removal of McClellan
while he was in active pursuit of the enemy?
A Voice--‘"Because he is a Democrat."’ [Applause.]
Mr. Van Buren
said that was so, he believed.--And he also believed it was for the purpose of making way for an Abolition General at the head of our army.
,"’ and cries of ‘"never."’
Mr. Van Buren
said he had heard that General Burnside
was a Democrat.
Then, it was for Gen. Burnside
to consider how far he is to permit himself to be made an instrument in forwarding the placing an Abolitionist at the head of the army.--[Cheers.] Gen. Burnside
had refused the command repeatedly as Caesar
had. But, as Caesar
finally, accepted and was assassinated in the Senate-house
, so Gen. Burnside
, if he should go on as McClellan
had in success, might find himself destined to a similar fate.
But it was said the draft had been indefinitely postponed.
Perhaps this neglect to reinforce our army, and the removal of McClellan
, would turn out all for the best — he could not say as to that; but he had his fears whether Gen. Burnside
would be able to save his position and prevent Lee
from occupying our capital.
In replying to the attacks of the Tribune, Mr. Van Buren
said he was as profoundly ignorant of military matters as any Brigadier-General
[Great laughter] He would not state his incapacity in any stronger language.
[Renewed laughter and applause, and cries of ‘"Busted."’] His means were small, and growing beautifully less under the war tax. [Laughter.] He had, however, contributed $100 at the meeting of the Bar, which was as much as he could afford.
He had read Mr. Seward
's letter, saying that the war was substantially ended, and Mr. Lord
's letter, that the lawyers' fund was ample; and what more could he be expected to do for the prosecution of the war under such circumstances?
He could not call in question these reliable authorities.
Mr. Van Buren
further answered the Tribune,
and said the wonder to him was, that after the election the newspapers did not stop telling lies, in order that they might do it all the more effectually next time.
[Laughter.] As to persecuting the war, he repeated what he had heretofore said: ‘"We ought to take Richmond
at once."’ [‘"That's so."’] He had never said anything regarding the President
's proclamation as unconstitutional or inexpedient; but he had said the war might be brought to an end before the first of January, and that would obviate the necessity of another proclamation freeing the slaves in any States in rebellion on that date.
He did not propose now to say anything against the honesty of the President
He would presume that the President
was an honest man. His friends called him ‘"Honest Abe."’ [Laughter.] He never knew an honest man named in that way. Neither Azariah C. Flagg
or Stephen Hallett
was ever called by that name.
A Voice.--Honest Fernando Wood
[Roars of laughter, in which the Ex-Mayor
Mr. Van Buren
read portions of the President
's Emancipation Proclamation
, calling attention to the clauses which indicated how the President
was to decide which States were in rebellion.
He concluded that the President
did not intend to declare an emancipation of slaves in those States which were represented in Congress by duly elected representatives on the first of January.
But, to elect such representatives, the people of the South
should have an opportunity to carry on their elections.--They could not do it and keep up the war.--He thought it was indispensable that before such an election the President
should declare an armistice, so as to enable the people of the South
to hold their elections.
[Applause.] The President was, he thought, bound by the terms of his proclamation to give the South
a chance to elect those representatives.
If the South
was allowed the chance, he had no doubt they would avail themselves of it. [Applause.] The Southern members had no cause for leaving their seats, and the best thing they could do was to go back and take their seats.
[Applause.] But what would they do when they got back?
Two-thirds of the members could call a Convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution
His life upon it, such a Convention would restore the unity of the thirty-four States.
[Applause.] He would alter the tenure of the Presidential office
, making the President
elected for six years, and not eligible for re-election.
[Applause.] The Convention could continue in office the present President
, or could say that another one should be elected.
[Applause.] The people of the South
would no doubt want a new election.
For himself, he concurred in that desire.
[Applause.] Mr. Van Buren
reviewed the position of Mr. Lincoln
, assuming that Mr. Lincoln
might naturally suppose himself popular from the statements of those around him. But he thought that was a mistake.
A Voice.--‘"I wish you were in his place."’
He had a conviction that the Convention
should support George B. McClellan
[Great applause and prolonged, rousing cheers for McClellan
was comparatively new in the public service.
No matter what others might say, he (the speaker) was simply a private--one of the people, and knew what he would do himself.
had said that McClellan
was superintendent of a second class railroad.
He thought McClellan
would be wiser to resume his previous occupation since he was not allowed the privilege of serving his country.
It had been said of McClellan
that ‘"wherever you hitch him he will draw,"’ but when entirely unhitched that was nothing for him to draw, and he could see no reason for his remaining in nominal position, accepting a large sum and still incapable of doing anything.
Under the circumstances he thought McClellan
could do nothing better than to resign his position and return to his railroad.
He had never seen McClellan
, and had never corresponded with him, but had drawn his conclusions from observing McClellan
's public career.
He looked upon him as the most masterly man that has lived in our age. [Applause.] He believed that if the Government
wished to go on with the war it has done wrong in removing McClellan
; but that if it thought the war had gone far enough to make a peace, so that each side can claim a victory, and neither can insist it has subjugated the other, and that the Union
could be restored with George B. McClellan
President of the re-United States
, the Government
had done exactly the thing to produce that effect.
[Great applause, and three cheers for President Lincoln
.] He believed that if this course should succeed in restoring the Union
, it would make Geo. B. McClellan
President of the whole Union.
After Mr. Van Buren
had concluded, Hon. Fernando Wood
delivered a short address, in which he said:
He did not understand the Governor
elect, if he would not stand up for his States against any Federal usurpation.
[Applause.] While aiding the Federal Government
to maintain its integrity, he would assert the rights of New York, protect its citizens from arbitrary arrests, and present that, for the Federal Government
to impose its authority upon this State would be a violation of our rights to which this State would never submit.
[Great applause.] In conclusion, Mr. Wood
counseled them to discharge their duty as citizens of New York, and, as citizens of the United States
to discountenance the usurpation of rights which did not belong to the Federal Government
, and that we must preserve a legal, constitutional, honorable and correct method of carrying on the war. Force alone, he contended, would not do; for we must go with the sword in one hand, and the Constitution and the olive branch in the other.
[Applause.] With such a policy animating the war, he believed the Union
could be restored again to a condition of happiness and prosperity.
A dispatch from Nashville
, dated the 15th, says a large amount of supplies will be massed there, when the grand army of the West will proceed towards East Tennessee
It adds that ‘"Gen. Rosecrans
intends to hang all the guerrillas, and defies the threatened rebel retaliation."’
A dispatch from Fortress Monroe
All the able-bodied contrabands here and at Hampton
have recently been taken to Washington
, and those unable to work are to be sent to Craney Island
A conversation between Mr. Adams and Earl Russell about contraband trade.
letters of a semi-official nature relative to the contraband trade carried on by English merchants with the rebels, containing some information about the views entertained by the English Cabinet
on that subject, have been received in Washington
It seems that not long since our Minister in London
had a conversation with Earl Russell, in which he complained, in energetic language, of the damage inflicted upon the North
by the continual shipping of goods and munitions of war to the rebels upon English bottoms and by English merchants intimating, at the same time, that as long as such an intercourse would not be discountenanced by the English
people and their Government, there would be no hope of a prompt restoration of peace in the New World.
He mentioned, also, the case of the Alabama
, obviously a vessel-of-war, fitted up by English money, for the purpose of preying upon the ships of a friendly Power, of capturing and destroying them, and said that such an odious system of aggression practiced upon the Northern States
without the least provocation on their part, constituted in the eyes of the Americans
and of all civilized nations an infringement of the rights of neutrals, the responsibility of which would sooner or later be felt by the British Cabinet
both at home and abroad.--In a word, Mr. Adams
proved that acts such as these were not calculated to confirm the United States
in the genuineness of the protestations of neutrality and good will proffered at different times by his Excellency
to Mr. Lincoln
, and that it was doubtful whether they would reflect any credit upon the impartiality and honor of the British
To this Earl Russell said in reply that it was with the utmost regret that he had learned the facts of which Mr. Adams
was now complaining, and that he had done all he could to prevent the continuation of the illicit trade between English subjects and the rebels.
He would, however, remind his Excellency
that English laws granted such immunities to private industry that it was impossible to hinder an English citizen from dealing in contraband if he choosed to do so; that the responsibility of such unlawful traffic was incumbent upon the individual, and that its effect could but in a very limited way be controlled by the Government
Earl Russell assured Mr. Adams
that the policy of the English Government
concerning contraband trade was that of all other nations and of the U. States
themselves, whose precedents on that very question were as clear and as precise as could be desired.
As an illustration of this, he said to our Minister that, at the time of the war between the Allied Powers
, the United States
had ostensibly carried contraband goods in Russian
ports, and constructed ships for the Czar Nicholas
, and that not with standing the protest of France
He did not want to believe, as he had been told, that either the President
of the United States
, Mr. Pierce
, or his Secretary of State
, Mr. Marcy
, were at all encouraging such unlawful acts.
He preferred to think that they did all they could to oppose them, but the fact that they could not succeed ought to prove to the Minister
of the U. States
how difficult it was for the English Government
to stop the contraband trade between English subjects and the rebels.
The private letter which brings the details of this conversation says that, in conclusion, the British Minister
promised Mr. Adams
to send an account of his complaints to the Admiralty
, with a recommendation to exercise the utmost watchfulness upon all cargoes in clearance for the United States
the poor negro.
The Cairo correspondent of the Chicago Journal
, an Abolition paper, thus describes the deplorable condition of about one thousand negroes that have either run away or been stolen by the abolition army and sent to that place.
The fugitives are placed in the empty barracks buildings more open than many Northern barns with no places for fire, and with no wood to make a fire of. Half naked and barefooted women and, children may be seen a half mile away picking up, bits of bark, chips, or stray bits of wood, to cook their rations with, or to keep warm in their shivering frames.
Some have carried dirt into their shanties, forming rude hearths, on which a few embers can be placed, the smoke escaping into the building, almost building in its density.
Water is carried from the river — distant from a half to three-quarters of a mile.
Of course, there are no facilities for washing, cooking, or other household work.
Many of them are sick, and others have died from exposure.
Mothers, with from five to eight children, sit from day to day crouched in these dreary, cold buildings, trying to hold on to warmth and life by means of personal contact and the few rags they brought from the land of their captivity.
How they pass these cold nights, God only knows, as they have no bedding worthy the name.
Thus they are dragging along in utter wretchedness, and suffering more than pen can express.
Trouble about Negroes in Kentucky.
The Washington Chronicle
We are authorized to state that information having been received at the War Department of negro slaves in Kentucky
having been returned to loyal as well as to rebel masters, in violation of the act of Congress, the Secretary of War
has ordered reports of any such transactions to be made to his department, in order that the officers so violating the laws of the United States
may be duty punished.
A Suspicious flag.
It was rumored recently that a gentleman of secession proclivities in Troy, N. Y.
, had raised the Confederate
An excited party started for the premises.
The flag was found hanging from a back window, but it was a lady's balmoral that had been washed and hung out to dry!
The husband resolved to stand by that flag, and the crowd gave three cheers for the bunting and departed.