Additional from the North.
From our files of Northern papers, of the 10th, we make up some interesting intelligence, which we give below:
A correspondent of the New York World
, writing from near Vicksburg
, June 2d, gives the following explanation of how things stand with the Federal
- I. Vicksburg is not in our possession.
It is closely invested, our lines of siege being within two and a half miles of the centre of the town.
Our-pickets are behind trenches, and our riflemen in pits at a distance of from two hundred to five hundred yards of the enemy's line of defensive works.
The enemy can hold no communication with the outside forces.
He is closely and securely hommed in.
Only one partial attempt has been made to storm the works, which resulted in a repulse, with a loss to us of eight hundred in killed and wounded.
This attempt was made by a portion of McClernand's corps on the left or lower side of the city.
This was on the 19th.
Since that time skirmishing along the line, with occasional firing from the field batteries, has comprised all the hostilities, beyond the shelling and bombardment by mortar boats from the river front.
It is not, certain whether the attack is converted into a siege of regular approaches by parallel works, mines, etc., or whether we are waiting for additional reinforcements with which to make a general assault.
The general impression is, among intelligent officers, that Vicksburg may and can be taken by the loss of ten to fifteen thousand men. This loss would be trifling for the gain of such a position; but in the judgment of the General commanding, it is more than he is willing and ready to pay, feeling, perhaps, that by a little delay the place must fall at far less cost.
Ladies going to or Returning from the South.
are about to send another batch of people South.
The regulations for their obtaining passports are published as follows in the Washington
--All applications for passes to go South must be made in writing and verified by oath, addressed to Major L. C. Turner
, Judge Advocate
, Washington, D. C.
, as follows:
I, A — B--, applicant for a pass to go to City Point, Virginia
, and now residing at--, do solemnly swear that, if said pass be granted, I will not take any property excepting my wearing apparel
, and that all the articles to be taken with me are contained in the trunk or package delivered or to be delivered to the Quartermaster
on the transport steamer on which I am to go to City Point
.--That I have not been in any insurgent State, nor beyond the military lines of the United States
, within thirty days last past.
That I will not return within the military lines of the United States
, during the present war, and that I have not in my trunk nor on my person any papers or writings whatsoever, nor any contraband articles.
No person will be allowed to take more than one trunk or package of female wearing apparel
, weighing not over one hundred pounds, and subject to inspection; and if anything contraband be found in the trunk or on the person, the property will be forfeited and the pass revoked.
--A passenger boat will leave Annapolis, Md.
, on the 1st day of July next, to deliver those permitted to go South at City Point
, and the baggage of each applicant must be delivered to the quartermaster on said boat, at least twenty-four hours previous to the day of departure for inspection.
--Children will be allowed to accompany their mothers and relatives, and take their usual wearing apparel
; but the name and age of each child must be given in the application.
--Ladies and children desiring to come North will be received on the boat at City Point
and taken to Annapolis
, and every adult person coming North will be required to take and subscribe to the oath of allegiance to the Government
of the United States
before the boat leaves Fortress Monroe
The meeting of the peace Democrats in New York — resolutions passed.
As a part of the history of this war we make room for the resolutions adopted by a meeting of the peace Democrats of New York on the 3d, a sketch of which we published several days ago. The meeting was a very large one, and among the speakers were several Germans.
Here are the resolutions:
That the sovereignty of the States and the sovereignty of the people, as laid down in the Virginia
resolutions, of which Jefferson
were the authors, are the fundamental principles of the Democratic party; that they are the vital essence of the Constitution
, pervading every line and provision of that instrument, and to deny them would reduce our political federative system to anarchy or despotism.
That, under the Constitution
, there is no power in the Federal Government
to coerce the States, or any number of them, by military force.
If power of coercion exist at all, it is a legal power, and not military.
That the Democratic party, if true to its own time-honored principles, cannot sustain a war against sovereign States; that we believe it to be the duty of the party to proclaim these sentiments boldly, that the people may feel that there is at least one political organization which will deal honestly, independently, and truthfully with them.
That the war, in its inception and further continuance, being contrary to the Constitution
, must necessarily fast consume all the elements of Union, and hence that our duty as citizens, our obligations as men, and our relations to our common Father, alike demand that an end should be put to what is repugnant to the law, abhorrent to the humanity and civilization of this enlightened era, and inconsistent with the benignant spirit of morality and religion.
That the claim of dictatorial and unlimited power, under the pretext of military necessity, and the trial of citizens, not in the land or naval forces, or in the militia in actual service, by courts martial, are monstrous in theory and execrable in practice.
That it is equivalent to an entire abrogation of the Constitution
and the erection in its place of a military despotism.
That we should be unworthy of the name of American citizens of this free and independent State, claiming the first rank among the sovereign components of the American Confederacy
, if we did not protest against the cowardly, despotic, inhuman, and accursed act which has consigned to banishment the noble tribune of the people, Hon. Clement L. Vallandigham
; we protest against it in name of liberty, in the name of humanity, and in the name of Washington
We hope the people of Ohio
will have the opportunity of passing condemnation of this act by the election of Mr. Vallandigham
as the next Governor
of the State
That thus believing there can be no reliable security to persons or property pending this war; and that by its continuance the Government
itself will be utterly and irrevocably subverted — and that the South
as well as the North
must all be crumble into general ruin and devastation, we recommend, in the name of the people, that there be a suspension of hostilities between the contending armies of the divided sections of our country, and that a Convention of the States composing the Confederate States
, and a separate Convention of the States still adhering to the Union
, be held, to finally settle and determine in what manner and by what mode the contending sections shall be reconciled; and appealing to the Ruler of all for the nestitude of our intentions, we implore those in authority to listen to the voice of reason, of patriotism, and of justice.
The reading of the address occupied about three-quarters of an hour, and was received with general favor.
Among the sentiments of the audience elicited by the reading were groans and hisses for President Lincoln
, cheers for Vallandigham
, hisses for the Emancipation Proclamation
, prolonged and nearly cheers for peace, groans for military courts martial of citizens, and cheers for the proposition for a Convention to take preliminary stops to secure peace.
The greens and black for the President
and the cheers for Vallandigham
and peace were specially viscous.
On motion of Mr. Flanders
, the resolutions were adopted, after which Mr. Flanders
, on behalf of the Committee
on Invitations, read letters of regret for non-attendance from Hon Thomas H. Seymour
, Hon. James A. Bayard
, and Hon. Willard Saulsbury
, all of which endorsed the peace movement, and elicited unusual approbation.
The speech of Fernando Wood
was the boldest and ablest of the occasion.
Its tenor may be inferred from the following reasons which he assigned why the war should cease:
The war should cease because it should never have commenced, in as much as there is no coercive military power in the Federal Government as against the States, which are sovereign, and in possession of all power not delegated.
If power of coercion exist at all, it is legal, not military.
- 2. Because there was no necessity for it. An amicable adjustment of the questions in dispute could have been, and can be still, procured on terms of fairness and equality.
- 3. Because, however legal and just at the commencement, it has been diverted from its ostensible original purpose, and made a war for the abolition of slavery and the extinguishment of the Southern States, as such, which, of course as a consequence, subverts the Government itself.
- 4. Because it is made a pretext for the most outrageous and damnable crimes against the liberty of the citizen, the rights of property, and even against the form of Government under which we have lived.
- 5. Because it is creating a stupendous public money debt, which must bear down labor, destroy capital, and finally cause national bankruptcy and dishonor.
- 6. Because in the military it is establishing a new and dangerous power, which already overrides the Courts and the Constitution, and which history teaches when once firmly established becomes permanent, despotic, and tyrannical.
When military law subverts the civil law, liberty departs forever.
- 7. Because there is neither in the civil nor in the military departments of Government any man or men of sufficient mental power to successfully prosecute the war against the vastly superior statesmen and Generals of the South.
- 8. Because the commercial wealth of the country, derived from foreign trade, and largely enhanced by Southern products, must gradually disappear if this war continues.
As yet artificial stimulants have supplied the defection of sound mercantile resources, but time must dissipate them, and then will follow a reaction terrible — overwhelming and annihilating.
- 9. Because the popular enthusiasm necessary to conduct the war and supply the failing armies has subsided.
Force, by a draft, cannot supply the indispensable requisite.
Republicans; who have grown up with the idea of personal freedom, and right to political opinions and action, cannot be so suddenly changed as to become willing instruments of power, and be used effectually against their own convictions of policy and right.
- 10. And, finally, because experience should admonish us. that the over-ruling power of God is against us. We cannot succeed in what we have undertaken.
Hence every dollar expended is thrown away — every life lost is little less than murder — every acre of land laid waste is so much toward national impoverishment — and every day's continuance of war places an additional barrier between us and reunion, and drives another nail in the coffin of the Republic.
Resolutions of the Illinois House of Representatives.
The particulars of the late indignation meeting in Chicago
relative to the suppression of the Times,
have been published.
The following resolutions on the subject passed the Illinois
House of Representatives by a vote of 47 to 13:
Information has reached this body that an order issued by Gen. Burnside
for the suppression of the Chicago Times
Such order is in direct violation of the Constitution of the United States
and of this State, and destructive to those God-given principles whose existence and recognition for centuries before a written Constitution was made have made them as much a part of our rights as the life which sustains us: Be it
by the House of Representatives, (the Senate concurring therein,) That we denounce the order which threatens an act so revolutionary and despotic, as contrary to liberty, destructive of good government, subversive of constitutional and natural rights, and that, if carried into effect, we consider it equivalent to the overthrow of our form of government and the establishment of a military despotism in its stead.
That in view of the monstrous consequences which must inevitably flow from such action, if justified by the General Government
, we respectfully yet firmly request the withdrawal of the order in question, and the disavowal thereof by those in power, as the only course which can be pursued to reassure our people that constitutional freedom, so dear to their hearts, has not ceased to be. The attention of the Governor
is called to this infringement of popular rights and the invasion of the sovereignty of the State of Illinois
A Democratic Mass meeting in Indiana--the military on hand — Cannon bearing on the Speaker's stand — remarks of Mr. Veorrees.
The Democracy of Indiana
met at Indianapolis
on the 21st of May. From fifty to seventy-five thousand persons were present.
A regiment of infantry, in full marching order, was posted in the Governor
's Circle, and two pieces of artillery were placed to sweep the streets leading to it.
Hon. D. W. Voorhees
made a speech.
He said: "In the Constitution
I read it is the inalienable right of the people peaceably to assemble and ask for a redress of grievances.
No sadder grievances ever befell the children of men than those which afflict the people of the United States
at this time." Confusion and disorder darken the sky; the very earth is ladened with the sorrow of our people; the voice of woe and lamentation goes up from every portion of our distracted country; the angel of death has spread his wings on the blast, and there has been red, sacred blood sprinkled upon the door-posts of our homes to stay the hand of the destroyer.
The speeches and resolutions denounced the arrest of Vallandigham
A 12-pounder was placed opposite the headquarters so as to rake Virginia Avenue, and a company of soldiers stacked arms at the point where that thorough fare debouches into Washington street. Another company stacked arms at the junction south of Delaware
It is needless to say no person was suffered to pass these points without especial permission.
A section of a battery, with an infantry support, was placed at the new Arsenal, east of the city, and two guns were placed ranging on the speakers' stand, at the State House
, supported by a squadron of cavalry concealed by the buildings.
The evacuation of West Point
has something to do, perhaps, with the present pillaging raid of the Yankees
up the Peninsula
Correspondence from Yorktown
, of the 6th, shows that the force there consisted of the 4th Delaware, 169th New York; and the 169th and 179th Pennsylvania.
What the force at West Point
was is not ascertained, but it was certainly a division.
A correspondent of the New York Tribune
, writing from Yorktown
on the 2d, says:
Our forces are evacuating West Point
, and are being brought here by transports; the last regiment leaves there to-day.
is a very important position to hold, and the troops while there had so effectually fortified the place as to make it almost impregnable; but the land is very low and marany, lying as it does between two rivers, which, coupled with the excessively hot weather during the last month, made it so unhealthy as to be unpatentable.
I understand that the division from West Point
now commanded by General Gordon
having been assigned to some command in the West
) is to remain with the 4th army corps, under the command of Major-General Keyes
, as the term of service of several of the nine months conscript regiments that are here will expire in July.
The addition of so many troops gives quite a lively appearance to Yerkle we again, which has been very quiet the post and The are on a near the York river
, just below the fort, where there is a salt-water brease constantly blowing from the river, which makes the position both a cool and a healthy one.
The plain extends for several miles in a southerly direction, and affords a fine drill ground.
It is rumored here that the enemy are massing a large force at Diascon Bridge, about ten miles above Williamsburg
If such prove to be the case there may be some stirring news expected from this neighborhood soon.
The 4th army corps is now in splendid condition.
is ready and only too anxious for an opportunity to strike the rebels a telling blow.
A telegram from Washington
to the New York Tribune
gives the following about Fernando Wood
's interview with Lincoln
had a long interview with the President
and Secretary of War
to-day.--It is understood that he says that he reiterated the opinions expressed in his last speech at New York, and urged that the Government
ought to do the things that make for peace by instantly proposing a cessation of hostilities.
When asked what assurances he had from the South
that propositions looking to peace would be received at Richmond
favorably, he is said to have fallen back upon the general statement that the masses are tired of the war South
as well as North
, and would welcome the olive branch if their leaders would let them.
The Confederates in Paris
are wearing crape on their arms for Gen. Jackson
Mrs. Anna Cora Ritchie
is residing in London
During the past two months there were received, aborted, and mailed at the Nashville
post-office one million three hundred and thirty-three thousand two hundred and eighty-six letters.
The 38th and 37th New York regiments had a reception there on their return home last week.
The soldiers were given a big dinner, at which Judge McCunn
addressed them, concluding as follows:
Finally, I am for peace, with all its hallowed blessings, and I trust the hour will soon come when peace and prosperity will again dawn upon the land.
here rose, and remarked that a City Judge
standing up at that time and crying "Peace, peace," it was time for him to say "War, war to the bitter end."
Here several parties attempted to speak at a time, and the utmost confusion prevailed, Judge McCunn
being carried round the room by several of his men. The Mayor
immediately left, and the proceedings terminated after several other volunteer toasts and sentiments.
A Washington dispatch to the New York Tribune
, one of Col. Baker
's detectives, whom the rebels captured weeks ago, and were believed to have hung, is a prisoner in Castle Thunder.
The Provost Marshal
received a letter to-day, postmarked Richmond
, containing this intelligence.
A letter from Vicksburg
In the grand assault of Friday a plan was adopted which I believe is somewhat novel, at least in America
Ten men were chosen from each regiment to the number of about 150, to head the charge as a sort of forlorn hope.
They got to the edge of the parapet, but as elsewhere, no further.
The Yankee Government sales of abandoned cotton take place at St. Louis
on the first Monday of each month, and at Cincinnati
on the second Monday.
The first sale will take place in the last named city on the 15th instant.
The Newport News
says that the Right Rev
of the Diocese of Rhode Island
will visit the city of Washington
in a few days for the purpose of uniting in the bonds of matrimony ex-Gov. Sprague
, now U. S. Senator
from Rhode Island
, and Miss Kate Chase
, eldest daughter of the Secretary of the Treasury
The chief of police
of Nashville, Tenn.
, arrested C. F. Jones
, formerly connected with the New York Spirit of the Times
, now "local" of the Nashville Dispatch,
for writing treasonable correspondence to the New York Freeman's Journal.
He will be sent South.
It was so certain in St. Louis
last week that Vicksburg
had fallen that several boats were placarded at the leaves "for Vicksburg
and New Orleans."
At a meeting of the New
York Republican Central Committee, last week, resolutions in favor of protecting free speech and a free press were unanimously adopted.
(K. T.) Journal
says that two "bushwhackers"--James Vaughan
and Wm. Van Cheff
— were arrested at Wyandot, Kansas
, on Wednesday last.
was tried at once by military commission, and sentenced to be hung; and, in accordance with this sentence, he was executed at Kansas City
He was a young man, about 23 years of age. On the scaffold he bore himself defiantly, proclaiming himself a "Southern man," and declaring that his friends would avenge his death.
On stepping upon the platform he gave a last look upon the crowd, saying: "This is my last look; let her slide." In a moment more he was in eternity.
Calomel and tartar emetic have been struck from the United States
medical supply table by order of the Surgeon-General
, on account of the abuse in their use by the Army Surgeons