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Later from the North.

We have received New York papers of Friday, the 13th inst., through the courtesy of the officers of the Exchange Bureau, and make up the following brief summary of the news they contain, which is not important:

Operations of Meade's army.

There is no news from Meade's army, which, it is said, is confronting Lee's army, which is said to be this side of the Rapidan. Only a few of Stuart's cavalry are beyond the Rapidan. The Philadelphia Inquirer says:

‘ On Monday Kilpatrick's cavalry was at Pony Mountain, only a mile or two southeast of Culpeper, and on Monday night he saw no fires there, but large and extended fires sent up their lurid glare south of the Rapidan, from Raccoon Ford, which is east of the railroad, to Rapidan Station, on the railroad. Meade's duty, of which he is fully aware, is to keep close to him, never letting him get fairly away, but always manœuvring for a good battle-field. This, we are glad to know, is Meade's forte, as he has shown by his position at Gettysburg, and his escape when Lee would have forced him to do battle on a disadvantageous field. By the latest intelligence from Washington we are led to believe that the hour of a great battle is very near. So close are the contending forces now that any reconnaissance of a positive character may lead to it at a moment's notice.

The situation at Chattanooga and the Southwest--a Big blow to be struck.

The Yankees have news from Chattanooga as late as the 12th inst. An artillery duel between the batteries on Lookout Mountain and Moccasin Point is the only thing like news. They say that Gen. Lee has taken Bragg's army; that Gen. Hardee has been assigned to Gen. Polk's corps, and relieved General Longstreet on Lookout Mountain. The latter has gone with 16,000 troops, part of cavalry, to East Tennessee. The balance of the cavalry have gone to Iuka. Cheatham's and Stuart's divisions have returned, and Bragg has now three full corps — Hardee's, Breckinridge's, and Buckner's — a total of sixty thousand men, at a low estimate.

A stupendous movement is on foot, which will make an epoch in the history of this war. A grand and vigorous blow is about to be struck, which will result in the destruction of rebel power in the great Southwestern States of the Confederacy, and give us the possession of a vast amount of territory, and, perhaps, prove the beginning of the end of this sanguinary struggle. Everything in this department is on the move, and the development of the secret plans of which I speak is, doubtless, so far accomplished as not to detract from their effectiveness by anything which may be incidentally mentioned in this letter.

A large body of rebels were concentrated at Tuscumbia, Alb., and had reared fortifications of considerable strength and magnitude, in anticipation of giving our troops a bloody reception, and, if possible, to check our advance. To confirm them in the opinion that we were coming by that way, Osterhaus's division was thrown forward to within a few miles of the place, and was suddenly withdrawn, leaving the impression with the enemy that their array of strength had frightened us back. But while they were securely and comfortably awaiting our approach, the time was occupied by Gen. Sherman in moving the bulk of his forces across the Tennessee river, which was accomplished easily and rapidly several days ago at Eastport, where two United States gunboats are lying, without opposition.

A formidable army, commanded by one of our most energetic and accomplished Generals, is thus well on its ways towards its destination — Supplies for this army have not passed through Corinth for a week past, but have been obtained by the way of the Tennessee river, which is rapidly rising, and which will be our entire dependence for supplies for some time to come. It is thought the Memphis and Charleston Railroad will be immediately abandoned, and the large body of troops now occupied in protecting it will thus be allowed to take the field. The Tennessee river forming a sure avenue of supplies, and requiring only a few gunboats to keep it open, will thus allow our troops, who have been for a year and upwards guarding our communications, to make an exchange which must result infinitely to our benefit. The river is much surer than railroad communications can be, besides being capable of transferring larger amounts of supplies.

A plot to release the Confederate prisoners on Johnson's Island--Lord Lyons Exposes it.

The Yankee public has been startled by the exposure of a plot in Canada to release the 2,000 Confederate prisoners on Johnson's Island, in Lake Erie, and to burn Ogdensburg and Buffalo. --The conspiracy was exposed in a letter from Lord Lyons. The following dispatch has been received from the U. S. Secretary of War by the Mayor of Buffalo:

Washington, Midnight, Nov. 11.
To the Mayor of Buffalo:
The British Minister, Lord Lyons, has to-night officially notified the Government that, from telegraphic information received from the Governor-General of Canada, there is reason to believe there is a plot on foot by persons who have found asylum in Canada, to invade the United States and destroy the city of Buffalo; that they propose to take possession of some steamboats on Lake Erie, to surprise Johnson's Island, free the prisoners of war confined there, and proceed with them to Buffalo. This Government will employ all means in its power to suppress any hostile attack from Canada; but as other towns and cities on the shores of the lakes are exposed to the same danger, it is deemed proper to communicate this information to you, in order that any precautions which the circumstances of the case will permit may be taken. The Governor-General suggests that steamboats or other vessels, giving cause for suspicion by the number or character of persons on board, shall be arrested.

You will please acknowledge the receipt of this dispatch, and communicate to this Department any information you may now or hereafter have on this subject.

Edwin M. Stanton,
Secretary of War.

The Baltimore American says that the number of rebel prisoners on Johnson's Island is over two thousand, nearly all of them officers, and that, in view of an apprehended attempt to escape, the gunboat Michigan was ordered thither, and has arrived. As these prisoners could not leave the island, excepting with the aid of vessels, the story is not improbable that the transports were to be furnished by their sympathizing friends. The following dispatches show that measures have been taken to stop the matter:

Buffalo, Nov. 13.--Mayor Fargo has received a second dispatch from Secretary Stanton stating that Major-Gen. Dix had been ordered to Buffalo to adopt measures for the security of the frontier against the plotting of the traitors who have taken refuge in the British provinces. The Mayor has taken measures to guard against incendiaries. He is also in communication with Gov. Seymour in relation to military affairs.

Cincinnati, Nov. 13.--No additional intelligence relative to the Johnson's Island affair beyond that already telegraphed has been received. All was quiet in that vicinity last night. The Gazette's special dispatch from Columbus says that a large force of infantry and two batteries of artillery were sent there yesterday. Gen. Cox left Columbus for Sandusky on a special train last night.

The Fighting in Western Virginia.

The following are the official telegrams received in Washington about the recent expedition of Averill and Scammell into Western Virginia:

Clarksburg, November 8, 1863
To Governor Boreman:
Gen. Averill attacked Jackson's forces at Mill Point, Pocahontas county, on the 5th inst., and drove him from his position with trifling loss.--Jackson fell back to the summit of Droop Mountain, when he was reinforced by Gen. Echols with Patten's brigade and one regiment from Jenkins's command. The position is naturally a strong one, and was strengthened by breastworks commanding the road. Gen. Averill turned the enemy's left with his infantry, and attacked him in front with cavalry, dismounted.

The victory was decisive, and the enemy's retreat became a total rout, his forces throwing away their arms and scattering in every direction.

The cavalry pursued till dark, capturing many prisoners and a large quantity of arms, ammunition, &c.

The enemy's wounded have all fallen into our hands. Our loss in killed and wounded is about one hundred.

B. F. Kelley, Brig. Gen'l.

Clarksburg, Nov. 8, 1863.
To Governor Boreman:
A telegram has just been received from Gen. Scammon, in which he says: ‘"Gen. Duffie entered Lewisburg at half-past 10 o'clock A. M. on the 7th, the enemy having passed through in retreat from Averill, who gave him a severe whipping at Droop Mountain on the 6th."’

Duffie captured the enemy's camp, tents, knapsacks, provisions, &c, one caisson, and upwards of one hundred head of cattle.

The cavalry have gone in pursuit. Averill has arrived.

B F Kelley, Brig. Gen.

The affair at RogersvilleRichardson in Tennessee.

The Baltimore American, of the 13th, referring to the Federal disaster at Rogersville, Tennessee, says:

‘ It was reported a few days since that two of General Burnside's outposts in Tennessee had been attacked by the enemy, and a portion of two regiments captured. We are now informed that the disaster occurred at Rodgersville, in Hawkins county, Tennessee, fifteen miles from Knoxville, and that we lost four cannon and six hundred men. General Burnside makes no mention of the number of killed and wounded. His main army still remains where it was when this attack was made, and is considered to be in an impregnable position. Considering the activity of the Army of the Potomac and the menacing attitude of the Army of the Cumberland, the concentration of a superior rebel force in East Tennessee is scarcely probable, but the rebels are exceedingly anxious to repossess themselves of that important region, the tame relinquishment of which they have never ceased to lament. Their most desperate efforts, it is believed, Gen. Burnside will be enabled to thwart. The main army is where it was when the attack was made on Rogersville, in an impregnable position and in good spirits, subject to the orders of Gen. Grant, who is well satisfied with its situation.

’ Dispatches from Memphis of the 8th report that the rebel General, Richardson, is committing very serious depredations in the Southwest. He cut up the Memphis Railroad a mile east of Salisbury, and the previous day cut the telegraph wires and burned three bridges. We learn from Cairo that the town of Inks was burned by the rebels after Gen. Sherman's troops had left that place.


The Northern papers confirm the capture of the Robert E. Lee, and Elia and Annie, off Wilmington.

The labor strikes are spreading over the North. In New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, the mechanics have struck for higher wages. The Government hands are also striking.

H. M. Turner, a negro, and pastor of a negro church in Washington, has been appointed Chaplain of the 1st South Carolina United States colored troops.

Gen. Butler has arrived at Fortress Monroe with his staff.

The balloting in the Missouri Legislature, on the 12th, for U. S. Senator, stood: Brown 62, Phelps 30, Brodhead 39--no choice.

An exchange of surgeons has been agreed upon between the United States and Confederate Commissioners.

The Massachusetts Legislature met in extra session on the 11th to consider the question of raising troops in response to the last call of the President, and a bill was introduced proposing to pay all recruits twenty dollars per month from the State Treasury in lieu of bounties.

Gen. Meade's official report of the Gettysburg battle sums up the result of the Pennsylvania campaign as follows: "Union losses in the engagements of July 1st, 2d, and 3d--killed, 2834; wounded, 13,709; missing. 6,643; total, 23, 186. Three guns, 41 standards, and 13,621 prisoners fell into our hands."

Judge Lowrie, of Philadelphia, has given a decision against the constitutionality of the draft. It won't do any good, however, as there is not any habeas corpus now.

Bogus Union meetings are being held in Little Rock, Ask.

The Evening Transcript, a paper started in Baltimore two weeks ago, by Wm. H. Wilson, one of the former proprietors of the Gazette, has been suppressed by Gen. Schenck.

The fight at Rappahannock Station seems to have been considered by the Yankees as a regular battle. Meade has issued a congratulatory order upon the event.

Ferdinand Richardson, for many years Clerk of the late U. S. District Court in Eastern Virginia, has been confined in the Old Capitol at Washington as a hostage.

Little Rock advices, of the 6th inst., say that the rebel Gens. Price's and Holmes's commands are still at Marshall, Texas. But few rebel troops are now within the borders of Kansas. Marmaduke's cavalry and some 2,500 men are in the mountains west of Fort Smith, short of supplies.

A dispatch from Leavenworth, dated the 9th says Blunt is in a bad way. It adds:

‘ "Advices from Fort Scott say that a courier arrived there on Friday night from General Blunt, bringing information that the rebels, under Cooper and Shelby, eluded our forces, crossed the Arkansas river with 9,000 men, and were marching on Blunt, who has 1,800 cavalry as an escort to an immense supply train for Fort Smith. Gen Blunt had curtailed his train and made preparations for defences."

’ Lehigh coal sold in Philadelphia on Monday last at $11.20 per ton of 2,240 pounds--a figure never before attained in that city.

Gold was quoted in New York Thursday at 146½.

Secretary Seward, in a speech at Auburn, N. Y., last week, said that "it is injustice, and downright robbery of Abraham Lincoln to refuse him the full enjoyment of the authority conferred upon him" in the election of 1860, and that "there can be no peace and quiet until Abraham Lincoln is President, under that election, of the whole United States."

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