Later from the Notrh.
A flag of truce boat, with 610 exchanged prisoners and dispatches for Commissioner Ould
, arrived at City Point
We have received, through the courtesy of the officers of the Exchange Bureau
, Northern dates of the evening of the 26th inst. There is nothing of importance in them.
We give a summary of the news:
Latest from Charleston — the effect of the Yankee fire.
"C. C. F.," the "Off Charleston
" correspondent of the Baltimore American
, writing Saturday, August 22d, says: -- "Should there be no accidents, to-night the "Old Flag" will wave over Fort Sumter
to-morrow morning." The following are his dispatches to that paper:
August 22, 1863.
A flag of truce was sent to battery Wagner on Friday morning, and the firing ceased during the interval.
When it was reopened again Gen. Gillmore
notified Gen. Beauregard
that he would commence to shell the city of Charleston
within forty-eight hours. requesting him to remove the women and children from the city.
The whole of the monitor fleet went up on Friday night for the purpose of another assault on Fort Sumter
golaground, and so much time was lost in getting her off that the expedition was abandoned for the night.
The rebels did not discover the position of the Passaic
, although she was within a half mile from the fort.--The flag of Fort Sumter
was shot away four times on Friday.
A new flag is up this morning.
Weather very hot, no ice to be had, and nothing but warm condensed water.
Friday Noon, August 21.;
still flies the rebel flag, but its west wall is a mass of ruins.
Shells go into the fort and explode inside, some passing through the east wall, going in one side and coming out the other.
An easterly storm prevailed on Tuesday to Wednesday, but broke away Thursday.
We now have fine weather, and it is expected the monitors will go in force to attack Sumter
The Ironsides and our wooden vessels have shelled Wagner
every day keeping them quiet, while the shore batteries are hammering Sumter
, Seven North Carolina
deserters from Sullivan's Island
were picked up in a boat last night by the Montauk
They say the rebels are preparing to abandon Sumter
and blow it up.
That they have been taking the guns out ever since the attack in April, which demonstrated their inability to hold it. That there are not more than six or eight guns now in the fort, the remainder being quaker.
They also say that the cordon of beer barrels is merely intended to sustain telegraph wires between Sumter
, and is no part of the obstructions of the harbor.
The North Carolina
troops are anxious to go home, and are almost in a state of mutiny.
The rebel batteries on James Island
throw shells night and day into our lines, but do not cause more than one or two casualties daily.
is anxious to let the army and navy batteries finish Sumter
, expecting to have plenty of work for the monitors in taking the interior line of defences.
Correspondence between Gens. Beauregard and Gillmore.--civilized Warfare.
The Off Charleston
correspondent of the New York Times
sends that paper a condensation of a recent correspondence between Gens. Beauregard
We copy the correspondent's version of it:
Under date of Headquarters Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida
, Charleston, S. C.
, July 4, 1863, General Beauregard
says that it is his duty, in the interests of humanity, to address Gen. Gillmore
, with a view of effecting some understanding as to the future conduct of the war in this quarter.
And then, after alluding to the expedition set on foot by his predecessor, Major General Hunter
, to the Combahee river
, which seized and carried away negro slaves off plantations on its banks, ravaged our plantations, &c., he says he does not propose to enter upon a discussion touching that species of pillaging, but desires to acquaint General Gillmore
formally that more than one plantation was pillaged, buildings burned, and crops destroyed — acts which were not rendered necessary by any military exigency.
He shows, in a manner satisfactory to himself, that this military exigency did not exist, and then enters upon a lengthy elementary treatise on the laws of nations governing the conduct of belligerents, quoting Vattel and Wheaton
to sustain his propositions, and to define the rights of the victor as well in civil as national wars.
The exercise of the right of eminent domain after conquered is admitted, and its boundaries defined.
Then he takes up the question of the employment of negroes, and quotes Napoleon
"--a new authority — to show the "atrocious consequences which ever resulted in the employment of a merciless, servile race as soldiers; " that Napoleon
refused to employ the serfs in his campaign against Russia
, because he dreaded the results of a civil or intestine war. He characterizes all who call to their aid such material, in the language of the publicists, as barbarians, &c.
In conclusion, he asks whether the acts which resulted in the burning of the villages of Darien, Ga.
, and Bluffton
, and the ravages on the Combahee
, are regarded by Gen. Gillmore
as legitimate measures of war, which he will feel authorized to resort to hereafter.
He forwarded accounts taken from Northern papers of the raids on Darien
addresses Gen. Beauregard
from headquarters, in the field, Morris Island
, under date of July 18, and acknowledges the receipt of Gen. Beauregard
's communication of July 4, written with a view of effecting some understanding as to the future conduct of the war in this quarter.
He states that, while he and his Government will scrupulously endeavor to conduct the war upon principles established by usage among civilized nations, he shall expect from the Commanding General
opposed to him full compliance with the same rules, in their unrestricted application, to all the forces under his command.
In conclusion, after expressing his surprise that General Beauregard
should choose the navy as a channel through which he communicates with him, when the opposing pickets on Morris Island
are in speaking distances, he desire that hereafter all communications be sent to him through his own lines, and not by the way of the blockading fleet.
, under date of July 22, 1863, says he is at a loss to perceive the necessity for the remark that General Gillmore
will expect from him "full compliance with the same rules (established by usages of civilized nations, &c.,) in their unrestricted application to all his forces," inasmuch as he is wholly unaware that any departure from the same has ever been alleged on his part, or by any of his troops, from the established laws and usages between civilized peoples; and then he calls for more specific charges.
As to the channel of communication, he says it need not cause surprise.
Until made acquainted with Gen. Gillmore
's views, he believed he would naturally prefer that route for flags of truce, inasmuch as it was clearly the one least calculated to interrupt his operations for the reductions of battery Wagner; and he is quite unable, he says, to understand the grounds of Gen. Gillmore
's surprise or his objections.
He assures Gen. Gillmore
, in conclusion, that so far as he is concerned he shall avoid all provocations either for cavil or complaint, and he shall do what he may to conduct the war upon principles recognized by other nations.
In a communication bearing the same date as the preceding he stated that during a suspension of hostilities on Harris Island
, on July 19, 1863. private Green
, company H, 1st South Carolina infantry, deserted and entered the Federal
lines, and that he be returned to the commanding officer
at Fort Wagner
In reply to Gen. Beauregard
's two dispatches of the 22d ultimo, Gen. Gillmore
, on the 5th of August, after noticing the remark of Gen. Beauregard
that he was at a loss to perceive the necessity for his statement that he (Gen.
G.) should expect a full compliance on his (Gen.
B. S.) part with the same rules, &c., in their unrestricted application to all the forces under his command; states that he considered his remarks as pertinent and proper at that time.
Events, he adds, since transpired, show them to have been eminently so. In proof he quotes the circumstances of agreement for mutual paroling and returning to their respective commands the wounded prisoners in our hands.
goes on to say, to return the wounded officers and men belonging to my colored regiments, and your subordinate in charge of the exchange asserted that the question had been left for after consideration.
He could but regard this transaction as a palpable breach of faith on General Beauregard
's part, and a flagrant violation of General Beauregard
's pledges as au officer in regard to the case of private Green
, claimed as a deserter during suspension of hostilities, he states that he did not enter our lines during the existence of a flag of truce.
also states that his request to bury our own dead was refused, and that his (General Gillmore
's) batteries were silent on the following day, because his four) wounded could he seen lying exposed the entire day outside the fort.
Here the correspondence closes for the present.
The attack on Lawrence, Kansas.--pursuit of the guerillas.
The Northern papers publish a list of 28 names of persons killed in Lawrence, Kansas
, by Quantrell
A dispatch from Kansas City
, dated the 25th, says:
's force reached the head waters of Grand river
, Gass county, about noon the day after the burning of Lawrence
, and there divided into squads of forty and fifty, and scattered in various directions.
Our troops were half an hour behind, and were also divided, and continued the pursuit.
A detachment ordered from Lexington
met part of the rebel force near Pleasant Hill
, and killed seven, and recovered a considerable amount of goods taken from Lawrence
A report has just reached here that Major Plumb
and Major Nacher
overtook a company in Lafayette
, killing thirty.
The total killed, according to the last report, is between sixty and seventy.
Our detachments are still in pursuit.
It is ascertained that Quantrell
's whole force was three hundred selected men, who assembled from Lafayette
, and the border counties, on Thursday noon, at the head of Middle fork of Grand river
, fifteen miles from the Kansas
line, and the same day started for Kansas
Our scouts brought word that afternoon to the military station at Aubry
, six miles north of the place where they crossed the line, of the assembling on Grand river
, and an hour after their entrance into Kansas
other scouts brought word to that effect.
The information was at once communicated to all the stations on the border, and to the district headquarters at Kansas City
, 35 miles north of Aubry
A delay of three or four hours occurred at each station to gather in part of the patrolling and scouting parties, when the pursuit was begun from each station separately, leaving a portion of the troops to watch the border, and endeavor to prevent Quantrell
's return to Missouri
's men told many persons, before reaching Lawrence
, that they were going there to destroy the town, but by some strange fatality the people along the route, who might easily have got word to Lawrence
, did not try.
A messenger, sent by Capt. Coleman
to notify the people of Lawrence
's approach, failed to get through.
obtained a supply of fresh horses at Lawrence
, which enabled him to outstrip and elude the pursuit of our soldiers, whose horses were nearly exhausted.
When they reached him, six miles south of Lawrence
, the citizens who joined in the pursuit were able to keep up with the enemy, and often compelled him to halt and form a line of battle, but the soldiers could not force their jaded horses to a gallop for a charge and pursuit, and went on ineffectively.
At night Quantrell
broke his trail near Paoli
, and our troops were delayed all night in finding it.--No damage was done by Quantrell
from the time our forces came up with him until he got out of Kansas
The pursuit was so close he was compelled to abandon most of the horses they were leading and goods stolen from Lawrence
A dispatch, dated Washington
the 25th, says that information of the most reliable character, from parties who have very recently passed along the whole route from Richmond
to Culpeper Court-House, show that Gen. Lee
's army is at present about 60,000 strong.
's headquarters are within a few miles of the Court-House
's and Ewell
's corps are in that vicinity, Long street's is at Fredericksburg
, and Stuart
's cavalry guarding the various fords of the Rappahannock
The United States
is reported to have foundered at sea, with the loss of all her officers and crew, excepting one colored man, who was picked up at sea by the brig South Boston
, which has arrived at Philadelphia
This man states that the Bainbridge
foundered on the 21st, during a violent gale.
One other man escaped on the boat, but subsequently went crazy and jumped overboard.
left New York on the 18th for Port Royal
, where she was to be used as a storeship.
She was one of the oldest vessels in the U. S. navy.
A disastrous affair occurred at Vicksburg
The steamer City of Madison
was loading with ammunition, when an accidental explosion occurred, and the boat, with all its contents, was destroyed.
Of one hundred and sixty men on board only four are known to have escaped.
Col. Charles Carroll Hicks
, of Nicaragua
fame, lately of the rebel army, who abandoned the Confederacy
some time ago, was on Wednesday released from the Old Capitol prison, after an imprisonment of one hundred and ninety days.
Cavalry expeditions sent from Vicksburg
met at Grenada
— the object to capture or destroy the cars and locomotives run there from Jackson
by the rebels.
The rebels were on the lookout, and the cars were filled with fence rails, ready to fire on the approach of our troops.
The train was run over the bridge across the Yallabusha
, and the bridge burned.
Fifty-seven locomotives and four hundred cars were destroyed by the rebels.
This makes seventy seven locomotives and six hundred cars captured or destroyed, as the direct result of the Vicksburg
The following paragraph is from the Chicago Times
's army is nearing Chattanooga
, where Bragg
is strongly posted, and a battle any day is a matter of probable occurrence.
's advance is moving steadily on-ward, and will, it is stated, reach Knoxville, Tenn.
, within two weeks.
The New York Evening Post
, of the 26th, says:
The news of the capture of Fort Sumter
and of Gen. Gillmore
's demand for the surrender of Charleston
has caused a fall of 1 per cent. in gold, which closes dull at 123¼
Exchange, in sympathy with gold, has declined to 136 136½.