Latest from the North.
The New York Times
, of Friday last, the 14th inst., has been received.
It contains nothing of much importance.
We give a summary of the news:
The siege of Charleston — Attack Fixed for the 13th--Monster gun to be used against Sumter.
have intelligence from Charleston
to the 10th.
The vessel which brought it had on board the 176th Pa. regiment, whose time had expired.
A letter from "Off Charleston Bar, Aug. 10th, 5 P. M.," says:
has notified Admiral Dahlgren
that he will be in readiness to open the grand assault on Thursday, the 13th instant.
The Navy is all ready, waiting for the army, so that the fight, it is believed, will commence on that day. The greatest confidence is felt as to the result.
The fall of Sumter
, and Cummings Point
is regarded as certain to take place in from two to six hours after the ball opens.
A deserter from Fort Wagner
says that two thirds of the guns have been removed from Fort Sumter
and mounted on James Island
, and that the fall of Sumter
is regarded by the rebels as a certainty, the damage done by the monitors in April last rendering the possibility of the rebels holding it not to be thought of. The deserter says that Sumter
was on the point of surrendering at that time, when, fortunately for the rebels, the monitors withdrew.
We have shelling night and day. Fort Johnson
keeps up a brisk fire, and our wooden gunboats go in every day and amuse themselves by shelling them.
At night the rebels shell our land batteries, and we shell them in return.
On Sunday next we will certainly hold Sumter, and to thin a few days after Charleston or its rains will be in our possession.
Two more mortar schooners, making five in all, and the wooden gunboats are striping for the fight.
The weather continues delightful, though there is great suffering for ice, lemons, and sugar.
, New York
, or Philadelphia
, send some cargoes here for the use of the gallant sailors and soldiers?
As the Arago
leaves, the Ottawa
, and Ironsides are engaged shelling the Cummings Point battery.
The Washington Republican
has a description of a 10-inch 300-pounder Parrott
rifled gun about to be used against Fort Sumter
In explaining its breaching power it carries out a comparison with a 24-pounder siege gun, and says:
A 24-pounder round shot, which starts with a velocity of 1,625 feet per second, strikes an object at the distance of 3,500 yards with a velocity of 300 feet per second.
The 10-inch rifle 300-pound shot has an initial velocity of 1,111 feet, and has afterwards a remaining velocity of 700 feet per second at a distance of 3,500 yards. From well-known mechanical laws, the resistance which these projectiles are capable of overcoming is equal to 32,700 pounds and 1,914,150 pounds, raised one foot in a second respectively.
Making allowances for the difference of the diameters of these projectiles, it will be found that their penetrating power will be as 1 to 196.
The penetrations of the 24-pounder shot at 3,500 yards in brick work is 62 inches.--The penetration of the 10 inch projectiles will, therefore, be between six and seven feet into the same material.
To use a more familiar illustration, the power of the 10 inch rifle shot at the distance of 3,500 yards may be said to be equal to that of the united blows of 200 sledge hammers, weighing 100 pounds each, falling from a height of ten feet and acting upon a drill ten inches in diameter.
The late Expedition up James river — the damage done by the torpedo.
The New Bedford Standard
publishes a letter from one of the crew of the steamer Commodore Barney
, giving the following particulars of the late reconnaissance up James river
Last Monday we started up the river with one monitor and one small tug, beside ourselves.
We got within eleven miles of Fort Darling
, when a crowd of sharpshooters fired on our three boats, and the way we poured the canister and shell into those woods was a caution.
Well, we shut them up for a while, and went up within nine miles of Fort Darling
, and the monitor anchored; but Gen. Hunter
and his aids were on the monitor, and they came on board and wanted us to proceed further up the river; so we ventured, and when we got within six miles of Fort.
Darling we picked up a white man in a boat, who was making for the bushes.
We told him we'd shoot him if he didn't come aboard; so he came on board, and in five minutes after that a torpedo burst under our starboard bow. I and several were right over it when it burst, and such a report you can hardly imagine.
I was sent about fifteen feet into the air and came down in the water, which was whirling in all directions.
A tug that followed behind us picked me up. Two of our crew went down to rise no more; many others were nearly exhausted; two or three got wounded, not seriously, though.
One of them was by my side talking at the time; his head was cut with a piece of iron plating.
The water was thrown up in torrents as high as our smoke-pipe and then came down on our decks, overflowing everything for a time.
Some jumped overboard before they were hurt.
I was the only one thrown overboard.
It ripped up our decks forward, and carried away considerable of our plating.
We came down to the monitor and anchored all night of the 5th inst. On the 6th, at 4 A. M., got under way and came down the river, which is very narrow, and with high bluffs all the way. At 6 A. M., about two hundred sharpshooters fired on us, which drove us from our guns, and then they speared in six-pound howitzer balls with a vengeance.
As we got past the bluff so that we could get range we poured in the canister, but one of their shot passed through our boiler, and we soon lost steam and drifted ashore.
We were leaking badly, having been struck two feet below the water.
We had got out of their range then; we were aground three-fourths of an hour, and expected every minute they would be upon us. We were under a very high bluff and couldn't get our guns to bear at all. We were in a tight fix, and all that stopped them from coming on that hill was a long marsh that they couldn't cross.
Finally, the tug came back and towed us off. When we got down to the monitor there was another tug there that had just come up the river.
The tugs towed the monitor and she towed us behind.
We came out of it first-rate; not a man was hurt.
When we got down to Malvern Hill
they opened an awful fire on us, the same way as the others did — sharpshooters to drive us away from our guns, then the shell and shot were terrible, raking us fore and aft. Remember we had no steam at all. They waited until the monitor got by, then they socked iron into us rough and ready, and we into them, when the sharpshooters stopped firing.
We were completely riddled.
One of our pilot houses is knocked to pieces, the captain's room is stove in, and the purser's office looks like a carpenter's shop.
The doctor was lying in his berth, and a six-pound shot went through the whole length of it and never touched the old fellow.
The bullets came as thick as hail, and the protection we had was the iron plating that was not touched by the torpedo on the port side.
The whole crew had to lie flat when the pebbles came.
The captain is a brave little fellow, encouraging his men all the time and no hard words spoken.
The rest of the officers don't want to try it over again, and I don't blame them.
The draft in New York to be recommence on Monday next — preparations to Enforce it.
The New York Times
has the following editorial on the draft, which is to be recommence in that city on Monday next, the 24th inst.:
Appreciating the deep-seated and wide- spread interest which every class in our community feels concerning the approaching draft, and all matters connected with it, we have been at considerable pains to ascertain the exact state of affairs, the prospects, and the Governmental determination.
Before the original lists were sent to Washington
they were carefully examined and checked by the Enrolling Board
; after they were filed in the office of Col. Fry
, at Washington
, a council of enrolling officers met and re-examined them.
In consequence of the representations made by Gov. Seymour
, they are now undergoing a third examination, with, so far as obtained, the result of approximate perfection of detail.
It is deemed best by the authorities to leave certain matters of preparation in the hands of the District Provost Marshals
, and one of those matters is the date at which the draft shall take place.
In two, and possibly in more of the city districts, the draft will be recommence on Monday, the 24th instant.
Ample preparations are being made for the protection of the force engaged in the operation, and no interference whatever will be permitted, as indeed none is anticipated.
A very gratifying feature of the modus operandi
is this: To any drafted persons who, for whatever reasons, elect to go themselves to the army, a furlough of longer or shorter time will be granted for the purpose of the necessary preparation for departure, the settling up or arranging business details and so
Substitutes will be expected to be in immediate readiness for service, and will, of course, expect no furlough.
All the lists will probably have undergone the necessary examination by the 24th of the month, and the probabilities are that by the 1st of September the whole affair will be over, all the $300 paid in, and the substitutes provided for the conscripts in the service of the United States
The Daily News,
approving an article in the New York Express
, threatening that the draft shall not take place in New York, says:
has pledged his sacred word and honor, and the people of New York trust in him and believe him, that not one single drafted citizen shall be forced away from the State
until the constitutionality of the conscript act shall have been decided on by our Courts.
He is virtually pledged to do as the Express
says:‘"To call forth the entire militia force of New York, to resist the kidnapping, which Abolitionist howlers tell us is inevitable, and we entertain no doubt that he will keep his word."’
The New York Tribune
, commenting on the article from the News,
is at heart with Jeff. Davis
and his crew, we have no manner of doubt.
We believe it is susceptible of proof that he has enolized the Confederate Constitution
as decidedly superior to that of the United States
, and that he has expressed a strong desire that New York should adopt that Constitution and thus become part and parcel of the man-stealer's Confederacy.
did he "pledge his sacred word and honor" that the enforcement of the National Conscription Act
shall be postponed "until its constitutionality shall have been decided on by our State Courts?" When was the principle established that an act of Congress shall have no practical validity until State Courts affirm its constitutionality?
This is a new way of settling constitutional questions — to presume a Federal law invalid until State Courts see fit to approve and affirm it. On behalf of the loyal millions of our State, who do not desire nor design that the rebellion shall have time afforded it to recover from the stunning blows it has recently received, we call for the evidence on which the News
asserts that "Gov. Seymour
has pledged his sacred word and honor" to the Copperhead rebellion proposed.
To whom was this pledge made?
What were its precise terms?
A Slashing speech from an Ex-Northern Democrat--the Northwest Threatened with the Military — Vallandigham's opinion not worth much.
Gen. John A. Logan
, a well-known Illinois
politician, recently returned home from Grant
On his arrival at Cairo
he took occasion to express himself pretty freely to a circle of friends as to the troubles of the country.
The speech was extremely wild.
He advocated putting every man in the United States
opposed to the war into the ranks, either to fight for or against the "Union." We copy some extracts from the address as reported in the Chicago Tribune
Every mother's son who is opposed to the war should be compelled either to take up arms against us or for us. Then there would be no talk of peace here in the North
, no talk of resistance, no such men as Vallandigham
, no such cowards as those who support all such men and say these things.
says he has travelled over the Confederacy
— using the term "Confederacy"--not the phrase so-called Confederacy, (for I do not acknowledge the existence of any authority of Government in America
aside from that of the United States
)--and has not met a man, woman, or child, who does not sustain the war, and who is not determined to fight it out to the death or the bitter end. Vallandigham
here simply . He tells what is not true, and he knows it. Vallandigham
, aside from the leading men.-- Jeff. Davis
, and Stephens
— did not, I venture to say, speak with a dozen persons while taking his involuntary trip through Dixie.
Had he done so, his report would have been of a different color.
The people who are fighting against the Government
— the poor whites, composing the rank and file of the rebellion--nine- tenths of them do not know what they are fighting for, do not know what they are fighting against.
A majority of them do not know anything — and hundreds of them never saw the American
flag in their lives until they saw it march into Vicksburg
They do not know the Fourth of July, or anything else that is good.
But poor and ignorant as they are, let them express their own free minds, and they will, almost to a man, demand a speedy termination of this war — would submit to almost anything rather than fight one day longer as they have been fighting.
It is only by the force of bayonets that their army is kept together.
Even that cannot prevent their deserters from flocking into Jackson
by hundreds to take the oath of allegiance or to join the Union
And I tell you what I know when I say that it will not be many days ere the entire States of Mississippi
will be knocking loudly for re- admission to a Union which, not long since, they thought their puny efforts could quickly dissolve.
They are talking of it even now.
Speaking of being united, I tell you, by the eternal God, there was never a more truthful sentence than that of Douglas
, "Those who are not with us are against us;" and I reiterate it, and add that those who are not with us should be hung, or should be with their Southern brethren, fighting with them.
Let them either aid the Government
or go where they can bolster up the tottering fortunes of rebeldom.
Better have a dozen foes in the field than one fighting us behind our backs.
To all copperheads, peace men, agitators, anti-war men — be they Republicans or Democrats — for we have them here pretending to be both — I have a word to say on behalf of our brave soldiers.
And you have undoubtedly been told that the war has its opposers in the ranks of the Union
It is an accursed and foul aspersion upon the fair fame of men who are willing to spill their blood, give their lives for the country.
They are for our Union.
They fight for the people and their country, for the suppression of the rebellion.
Let me say to all opposers of this war: The time will
come when men composing this great army will come to their homes.
They have watched the progress of events with interest.
They have had their eyes upon these unmitigated cowards, these opponents of the country and the Administration — and the Administration, I contend, is the country — and when they return, it will do the soul of every truly loyal man good to see the summary manner in which they will cause these sneaks and peace agitators to seek their holes.
You will excuse me, gentlemen, if, in saying what I have said, I have been rather profuse and heavy in the way of emphasis.--Two years away from civilization with my men has made me rather emphatic in all my thoughts and words in regard to certain things.
I speak emphatically, because I emphatically feel all that my tongue finds to say.
The official repudiation of Mr. Conway's overture to Mr. Mason--action of the Executive Committee of the "American anti-slavery Society."
The Anti-Slavery Standard,
published in Boston
, contains the official repudiation of Mr. Conway
's action in London
, in offering on the part of the Yankee Abolitionists
to stop the war if the Confederacy
would abolish slavery.
The resolution of the Society reads:
And whereas, the public may infer from this statement that Mr. Conway
represents, or is authorized to speak for, the Abolitionists of this country, we deem if our duty to declare that he has no authority from this society, nor, as we believe, from any member of it, or any sympathizer with it, to make any such offer, or indeed to enter into any such conference with any one on national affairs, and that his visit to England
, as far as we can learn, was entirely of his own motion, and that he was neither sent by the Abolitionists nor in any sense their agent.
And while we have not the slightest doubt of Mr. Conway
's zealous intentions to serve the cause of impartial liberty at home and abroad; while we esteem him for what he has said and done so heroically and effectively in behalf of the millions in bondage, to his own outlawry from his native State--and believe the sole object of his correspondence with Mr. Mason
was to unmask more clearly to the people of Europe
the slaveholding designs of the Confederate States
as the only ground and motive of their rebellion — we nevertheless, utterly repudiate his action in this particular as ill-judged and unwarrantable; deeming our Government wholly in the right in the struggle, and its successes the best hope for all races and interests on the continent, and regarding any other overture to the Confederate States
, except immediate and unconditional submission, to be equally uncalled for and mischievous.
In behalf of the Executive Committee of the American anti-slavery society.
The Vicksburg Captives — regiments and officers.
correspondent of the Chicago Tribune
sends that paper a list of the Confederate general officers
and regiments, battalions, batteries, &c., with the names of commanders and number of men who have been paroled.
Teamsters and men detached for all kinds of duty do not appear here, neither those in hospitals.
One hundred and ninety-nine staff officers on duty with the different Generals
, were paroled, whose names do not appear.
It will be observed that many regiments are commanded by Captains
, or subordinate officers.
A large number of Colonels
, Lieut. Colonels
, have been killed or wounded.--Some have been detailed on staff duty, and paroled as such.
Some few were absent.
The following is the list:
- Lieut Gen. John C. Pemberton.
- Major Generals,--M. L. Smith, C. L. Stevenson, John H. Forney, John S Bowen.
- Brigadier Generals--Thos H. Taylor, Alfred Cummings, S. M. Barton, F. A. Shoup, Louis Hebert, W E Baldwin, S D Lee, J C Vaughn, John V Harris, John C Moore.
- Colonels commanding brigades--Thos P. Dockery, a W Reynolds, F M Cockrell.
- Col. Edward Higgins commanded the river batteries.
commands and commanding officers.
- 22d Louisiana, infantry, S Jones, captain.
- 23d Louisiana, John T Plattiner, colonel, 153 men.
- 3d Louisiana, David Pierson, major, 230 men.
- 31st Louisiana, James W Draughon, col., 523 men.
- 27th Louisiana, Joseph T Hatch, captain, 595 men.
- 17th Louisiana, Robert Richardson, col., 382 men.
- 25th Louisiana, llen Thomas, colonel, 339 men.
- 26th Louisiana, W. C. Crow, Lieut colonel, 494 men.
- 2d Texas, Ashbel Smith, colonel, 333 men.
- 2d Battery Waul's Texas Legion, James Weigly, lieut-colonel, 234 men.
- 1st Battery Waul's Texas Legion, E S Bolling, major, 219 men.
- 15th Arkansas, Squire Boon, colonel, 195 men.
- 19th Arkansas, J K Norwood, captain, 101 men.
- 21st Arkansas, A Tyler, captain, 82 men.
- 20th Arkansas, D W Jones, colonel, 93 men.
- 1st Missouri, A C Riley, colonel, 344 men.
- 2d Missouri, T M Carter, major, 356 men.
- 3d Missouri, J K McDowell, major, 258 men.
- 5th Missouri, J McCowan, colonel, 276 men.
- 6th Missouri, S Cooper, major, 216 men.
- 7th Mississippi Battery, A. M Dozier, Capt.
- 36th Mississippi, W W Witherspoon, col., 300 men.
- 37th Mississippi, O S Holland, colonel, 353 men.
- 38th Mississippi, Robert C McCoy, major, 240 men.
- 43d Mississippi, Richard Harrison, colonel, 531 men.
- 40th Mississippi, W B Colbert, colonel, 295 men.
- 35th Mississippi, W S Barry, colonel, 530 men.
- 3d Mississippi, T A Burgin, lieut colonel, 257 men.
- 4th Mississippi, S P Nelson, captain, 410 men.
- 46th Mississippi, C W Scars, colonel, 450 men.
- 37th Alabama, J F Dowdell, colonel, 342 men.
- 32d Alabama, John W Portis, colonel, 442 men.
- 40th Alabama, John H Higley, colonel, 452 men.
- 54th Alabama, detached, Joel P Avery, lieutenant.
- 46th Alabama, G W Brower, captain, 304 men.
- 20th Alabama, E W Peters, colonel, 425 men.
- 31st Alabama, T M Arrington, lieut colonel, 338 men.
- 30th Alabama, C M Shelley, colonel, 316 men.
- 23d Alabama, F K Beck, colonel, 261 men.
- 41st Georgia, W E Curtis, colonel, 283 men.
- 23d Georgia, M M Granthan, colonel, 290 men.
- 42d Georgia, R J Henderson, colonel, 495 men.
- 40th Georgia, Abelia Johnson, colonel, 365 men.
- 52d Georgia, John J Moore, major, 420 men.
- 39th Georgia, J F B Jackson, lieutenant colonel, 552 men.
- 36th Georgia, J A Glenn, colonel, 515 men.
- 34th Georgia, J A W Johnston, colonel, 484 men.
- 56th Georgia, E P Walkins, colonel, 485 men.
- 57th Georgia, Wm Barkaloo, colonel, 335 men.
- 61st Tennessee, J G Rose, lieutenant colonel, 269 men.
- 62d Tennessee, J A Rowan, colonel, 328 men.
- 60th Tennessee, J W Bachman, captain, 281 men.
- 43d Tennessee, J W Gillespie, colonel, 511 men.
- 59th Tennessee, Wm L. Eaken, colonel, 394 men.
- 3d Tennessee, N J Lillard, colonel, 350 men.
- 31st Tennessee, W M Bradford, colonel, 455 men.
- 8th Louisiana heavy artillery, F N Ogden, major.
- 1st Louisiana heavy artillery, D Bettyhoover, lieutenant-colonel;
- 1st Tennessee heavy artillery, A Jackson colonel.
Valden light artillery, S C Baird, captain.
Appeal battery, R A Cotton, lieutenant.
- 2d Alabama light artillery, J R Scalar, lieutenant.
Point Coupee artillery, W A Danielson, captain, 72 men.
Tobin's Tennessee light artillery, T E Tobin, captain, 52 men.
Sengstak's battery, H H Sengslak, captain, 99 men.
Lowe's Missouri battery, J L Jackson, lieutenant, 62 men.
- 3d Missouri battery, company C, W E lieutenant, 64 men.
- 3d Missouri cavalry, Felix Loisperch, captain, 120 men.
- 12th Arkansas battalion, J L Bill, lieutenant, 52 men.
- 1st Arkansas battalion cavalry, J J Clark, 120 men.
- 1st Missouri cavalry, Geo W Law, lieut colonel, 230 men.
- 1st Missouri battery, Henry Guibor, captain, 53 men.
Landis's battery, J C Landis, captain, 37 men.
Walsh's battery, R C Walsh, lieutenant, 52 men.
- 1st Mississippi light artillery, Wm T Withers, colonel.
Ward's. Mississippi light artillery, M S Ward, major, 185 men.
Signal Corps, Max Danilson, captain.
- 1st Tennessee cavalry, R S Vandyke, captain, 59 men.
City Guards, E B Martin, captain, 59 men.
Cavalry Battery Guards, Ward's Texas Legion, J W Still, captain, 25 men.
Smith's Partisan Rangers, J S Smith, captain, 40 men.
Cherokee Artillery, M Van Der Corpunt, captain, 92 men.
Botoute artillery, Alex Christ, captain 181 men.
Signal Corps, C A King, captain, 22 men.
Waddell's battery, J F Waddell, captain, 128 men.
Hudson's battery, J L Hoos, captain, 59 men.
Nant's light artillery, J Q Wall, captain, 29 men.
Third Maryland battery, 1 B Rowan, captain, 77 men.
The number of small arms or muskets that were taken will amount to 50,000 at least and may go as high as 60,000; 109 field pieces and 33 siege guns, mostly columbiads, were found on the river works, and in those at the rear.
Many of the guns are very valuable.
There is no way yet to compute the amount of ammunition, camp equipages, transportation trains, &c., taken.
In dollars and cents it would amount to a large sum. In the arsenal I saw a large number of the Mississippi bowie knives
, some two feet long.
This is rather suggestive of reflection upon the usages of civilized warfare.
Morgan's claim to be paroled.
The Cincinnati Commercial
, of July 29, (more devoted to Lincoln
than the New York Tribune
The news that the Vicksburg
prisoners were to be paroled caused some sensation among our people, but the reports which circulated on the streets yesterday that Morgan
, "the horse thief, freeboorer, and murderer," claimed to be paroled, was too astounding for serious consideration.
Nobody believed that, even if Morgan
did claim the parole, Gen. Burnside
would listen to it for a moment.
The pretence that he surrendered to a militia captain, who agreed that the prisoners should be paroled and carry their side arms, amounts to nothing.
Even if such were the circumstances of his capture, the terms would be no more binding than the pretended paroles Morgan
has been exacting of our citizens on soldiers whom he has captured at various places.--They are all invalid, because not executed according to the terms of the cartel agreed upon by the Government
and the rebels.--A General cannot, according to the rules of war, surrender and make terms with an inferior officer, when the commander of his forces is within reach, as was Gen. Shackelford
We are assured that the military authorities will dispose of the tricky General and his staff just as their companions have been disposed of.