Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 22, Number 3420, 15 March 1862 — LATE ATLANTIC NEWS. [ARTICLE]
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LATE ATLANTIC NEWS.
, The following intelligence is gleaned from late Eastern papers to February _5d: £ H.m*:
The Battle at Roanoke. The New York Heralds account says, after the cannonading of the enemy's batteries by our naval forces, / a landing of; the I military^ commenced about half-past four o'clock on "Friday evening, Feb. l.th, at/Ashby's harbor, about two and a half miles below the rebel Fort Barlow, of nine '32-pounders. A landing was effected under, cover of . the guns ' of two of our gunboats, the Delaware and Moise, which : with shrapnel; drove away and dispersed two rebel regiments that were stationed there with three field pieces to oppose their landing. I Our men were up to their middles in mud. and water on landing. When on shore they found the three field pieces in the morass. . T THE FIGHT OP FEBRUARY .15. H. .. By nine o'clock that night General Buraside had lauded [ 6,000 .men, and continued landing! them through the night at the rate of 1,000 per hour. The land movement against the enemy's batteries was commenced early, on Saturday morning," the fleet' meantime, engaging and silencing a shore battery opposite the island. The rebels were/ soon driven behind their in- i treachmeut. , where they resisted. Eight mortars were landed from the fieet to serve as our army's field artillery:"' About midday the Hawkins Zouaves and . the . Tenth Connecticut ; Regiment, under the command of Gen:' Foster, made a dashing bayonet charge .upon the battery commanded, by. young Wise, wading three deep through mud" and water to get at the fort, and yelling like so many Indians ; meanwhile a detour was made on the' right by Gen. Reno, and oh the left by Gen.' Foster." , The attack from three sides decided the fate of the day, and the rebels fled from their intrenchments before the array of cold steel brought to bear against them.- -.-"I. "..„•_; ,__-/-"_ .//jj"
THE ZOff AVE CHARGE. '..-'■ _;-/ The Hawkins Zouaves leaped the front defenses bayonet in band, as the rebels fled. After the reduction of the battery in the center of the island, Generals Reno and Parks took a force of men and went down to Fort Benton, General Hill in command, and took undisputed possession of it. It had been the principal point of two days bombardment by- our navy. At a Quarter to five p. k. of Saturday, the American ag was displayed from the battery. General Foster's men pursued the j rebels to the north end of the island, where was also in camp, or drawn up, a Virginia regiment, that had been towed down in six schooners': from the main land early on Saturday morning, /General Foster approached, and had an "interview with the rebel commander, Colonel Shaw, of North CaroUna, who asked him what terms" he would exact. General Foster replied,/ an' unconditional surrender, and consented to give him time to return to his camp to decide, whether or not be would accede to the demand, g The rebel officer had hardly reached his men when the Massachusetts Twenty -fourth, burning with impatience, sprang forward in the direction of the enemy, when Colonel Shaw immediately raised a white handkerchief, as a signal that the rebels had concluded to surrender. The rebels had prepared to cut off our passage up Croaton Sound by a chevaux-de-frise of stakes, extending from the main land entirely across to the head of Roanoke Island but . our gunboats forced their way through, and commenced the impetuous pursuit of the enemy's fleet, which had been driven up behind this barrier. The forts were all occupied by our forces that night. The rebels the same evening blew up Fort Forest, and the obstructions having been removed, our flest entered Albemarle Souud. . ./ . :
Items from Washington. W-.aH.xe- on, D. C, February 19th.— Seoretarv Stanton has prepared from official reports full lists of all privates that have distinguished themselves, that they may be promoted. It is rumored here to day that Stephens has resigned ths rebel Vies Presidency. This morning's Republican says that the private soldier who told . of . General Stone's communicating with the rebels on one occasion, was a few nights since furiously attacked Iby a midnight assassin who had burglariously entered his room. The assassin was obliged to yield to superior force. • The Capitol was . to be illuminated on Saturday, February Sid, with gas from basement to dome. . .
A letter from Flat Lick creek, sixteen miles north ef Cumberland Gap, says : Twenty-two men from Hamilton county, East Tennessee, reached our camp this morning; they met with no difficulty, in their passage out, and neither saw nor heard of any Secession troops on their route. There is no doubt ofthe mountain counties being all quiet. I inquired particularly about the railroad, whether there waß any unusual stir there, and whether there were many troops passing over the road. All is quiet along the railroad. There is no unusual stir, and there are few, if any, troops passing over the road ; so it may be safely put clown that Beanregard having gone to Bowling Green with twenty thousand men, and that all Secession forces are being emptied into Tennessee from Virginia, _. a canard. A resolution to appoint a stenographer to serve in the Committee on the Conduct of the War, ; induced a sharp debate on this topic, in which Blair stated that General "Patterson informed President Lincoln, one evening before the Bull Bun battle, that General Johnston had eluded him, and had j succeeded in joining his forces with Beauregard, or would so join early the next day. .- Furthermore, that on hearing of this first, he had called on General Scott, and insisted that an advance to Manassas should not be made.- . General Scott, however, according to Blair, declared that the movement should go on, in spite of the news communicated. Covode denied this statement, but Blair reiterated it, and desired to be sailed on to testily before the Committee.;;?";:.'."^ . •. Very . few private flags were ' displayed iv Washington for the recent Western victories. . An order was passed to-day, at request ofthe entire Indiana Congressional delegation, terminating the furlough under which Captain Hazzard of the Begular .Army | is allowed to serve as Colonel of the Thirty-seventh Indiana. He is charged with tyranny to his troops. .' _ Schuyler. Colfax has sent one hundred dollars to Quartermaster Pierce, at Paducab, to be expended for the relief of the soldiers wounded at the attack at Fort Donelson.
A subscription is on foot among the Alexandria women for the purpose of procuring a flag to be presented, to Far 3 worth's Illinois Regiment. ..:..;'' : ;_]-.^'i-;.s : ; i_>''.'-. . Letters from Port Royal say the vessels move about much in the large sounds on the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina. Five are permanently occupied, and the others are I frequently visited. ■' Into all rivers up which the boats go, they keep the sacred soil in a state of chronic excitement. '-. * - Tbe continual movement of troops to the Gulf and extreme Southern ports, indicates that there will be very serious work on the far Southern coast before long. • The Harriet Lane passed the Potomac batteries, receiving shot in the top of her wheel house. Damage alight. The advices from Europe are encouraging. No intervention for two months at least. A motion to recognize the Southern Confederacy is sure to be voted down in Parliament. Thurlow Weed is coming home in March. — Congress has , passed a joint resolution' directing Commissioner French to illuminate public ' buildings, in honor of recent * victories, on Saturday evening. ' j The ' illumination of private dwellings " wul probably be requested as a means of distinguishing loyal from disloyal persons. ;' ';'•'.* In a speech ; during the Stark debate, Carlisle of Pennsylvania: foreshadowed the proI slavery policy of the treatment of rebel States, j saying " that the ' Senate ' must receive persons j duly accredited hereafter by Legislatures, Misj aiseippi, even.' .'V ; ; : ' Lieutenant Turner, commanding gunboat Sen- ! eoa, ' reports, after visiting the -contraband col- | ony on North Edisto Island, that it is worthy j of note, as indicating the change in the blacks, | that now they express themselves most anxious to obtain arms. ; "A black man :\ who has: the j general superintendency of the colony, wished to land his forces in Rockville and drive the set- ! tlers ' back, expressing the utmost confidence 1 that with about twenty * old muskets that they j had picked up. with flint locks, he would be able i to effect his object. ■ - ; v't'.q General .Newt. General Price, it appears, received a reinforce- ; ment, of 5,000 men. at Pott's store, beyond I Springfield, Missouri, on the ISth of February. I Tne reports cf his retreat - state : that '. the; First i Missouri Cavalry had a skirmish in the woods • on"- Monday, in which thirteen of them J were i killed. It is reported' that Major Brown was ; wounded in the arm. - Price' will make a stand , at Cross ' Hollows, if the pursuit : is continued. ! Colonel Mills, commandant at St. Louis, sent j Captain T. Sundger, of the Third lowa Cavalry, j : and thirty, men to Mount .-Vernon, g The party ! returned, having taken down a Secession flag i from the court house 1 and planted in its * place : the stars and .stripes. ;i; Ther^ brought in five I violent rebels as prisoners. . A band of one hun-
dred rebels' passed ; near Marshfield, February 19th, from the north, bound towards Arkansas. The celebration of Washington's birth-day at St.' Louis went off lively, 'in spite of inclement .weather. '-'Nearly 10,000 military participated. Charles D. Drake, an old line Democrat, delivered an oration in the evening, excoriating the rebels - for . selecting the 22d for inaugurating Jeff. Davis, and declaring slavery the cause of the war — opposing, emancipation, however, excepting as a last resort.'- This * address caused sensation here, because Drake has fought abolition thirty 1 years, v and was supposed to lean tho other way. ks ...;:':; ... v* '
Gen. HaUeck has commuted the sentence of bridge burners.' The order is as follows : In consideration of the recent .victories won by the Federal forces and ofthe rapidly increasing loyalty of citizens .01 . Missouri, who for a time forgot their duty to their flag and country, the sentences of John C. Tompkins,' William Farshev, John Patten. Thomas M. : Smith, S. S. Lott, . G. G. : Cunningham, Richard *B. Comber and George M. Pulliam, heretofore condemned to .'death, are \ provisionally, mitigated to. close confinement and military prison at [ Alton.- , If ! rebel spies again destroy railroads and telegraph lines, and j thus render it accessary for us to make , some : examples/ the original \ sentences against these men will; be earned into execution. No further | assessment will bo: levied or collected from any one who will now take the prescribed oath of allegiance. Boards of Commissions will be appointed to examine the cases of prisoners of war who. apply to take the oath of allegiance, and on their recommendation the orders will be issued , from > these - headquarters for their release. . - • - A - letter : from - Lexington, Missouri, reports that the Second Battalion of the Second lowa cavalry, •• Cole's battery and Seventh Missouri regiment infantry, are quietly stationed there. Three companies of the Seventh Missouri, on the march from Warrenton, overtook some rebels en route for Price, and in the chase ensuing, shot one - of- them, and tho ■*• rest surrendered. One of the prisoners is a notorious character, named Hill,, who robbed some cf Mulligan's men after the Lexington surrender. - The Mississippi prisoners in St." Louis were told that they were going to J the Lincoln wigwam at Chicago, which incensed them highly) though hundreds never heard of it. Some of the prisoners affect to deny that over 3,000 prisoners were captured at Fort Donelson. Considerable trading took place at the steamboat landiug, on their departure, in Confederate scrip and shinplasters.
The ..Charleston (Jouriir of February l&th publishes a long editorial on the recent reverses to their arms at Roanoke Island and Fort Henry. It says: r '' "' ""***_'-• We have sustained a heavy loss In munitions "of war, our country has been deprived of the services of several thousands of her best 1 disciplined and bravest soldiers; and parents and wives, in the bitterness of grief, of those who will never again bless them with their smiles. The enemy pushes on, flushed with victory, to win more triumph and cause I other hearts •to bleed. We feel these reverses, we acknowledge them openly." . --^ ? V.-,-,;,y, v ',;., H .,- . The gunboat Essex was to >be towed to St. Louis for repairs. She is to be lengthened fifty feet. • ' ■>- ,; -' i*.'*!'***' - ' •
The rebel surgeons captured by Generals Sigel and Curtis, below Springfield, have been allowed their liberty, in accordance with General Hal-, leek's orders proposing to exempt surgeons from the ordinary penalties of prisoners of war. Jeff. Davis has made a requisition on Governor Brown of Georgia, and Governor Shuter of Alabama, calling for twelve thousand additional troops from each of their respective States, to serve for a term of three years or for the war.
The Savannah Republican ofthe Tth February says that the steamer Ida, while going .to Fort Pulaski on the Friday previous, was fired on by. a Yankee barge. - On Sunday forenoon the flag steamer Savannah went to the aid of the Ida and was fired upon. • Commodore TatnaU replied. Twenty-five Federal vessels are at Warsaw. Two ■ armed transports, with * troops, arrived there on ! Friday. • On the same day four coasters loaded with rice were attacked in Bull's . Bay, and burned or sunk by the Federal launches. The crews escaped. -:.-—■:. - Tbe Richmond -Dispatch of • February .; loth
On Thursday, at three o'clock, six of the gunboats, sidewheel steamers of the enemy, appeared off the ' mouth of Albemarle and Currituck canal and fired a few cannon shot at the camp of General Wise, then at the bridge a mile or so distant. The General deemed it proper to withdraw towards Currituck Court House, as he had no means of defense against the guns of the boats. " This he did. Subsequently he ordered a further withdrawal to Great Bridge, in Norfolk county. A few of the enemy landed at tbe canal, say two or three hundred, bnt they did not leave the protection of the boats while observed. General Wise j had- only some two hundred men. Henningsen's batteries were not with him. : A war bulletin has been issued by Secretary Stanton, directing the immediate trial of Colonel Amsanzel, accused .of cowardice before * the i enemy, by drumhead court martial, and to execute him immet'iately if found guilty, or cashier him. at the head of his , regiment) as shall be thought proper. The Secretary himself, however, is in favor or his execution. ;., Gen. Bragg has established | his headquarters ! at Mobile, H. arrived there on the 12th. Brig. Gen. R. H. Anderson", who for some' i month., past < has been stationed at Pensacola, ! has been ordered to Virginia. The Richmond Dispatch has a telegram, dated New Orleans, February which says : ..; . The steamer Victoria has run the blockade at this port. The blockading steamer fired 200 shells at her, but she arrived safe. Her cargo consisted of li.'. stand of arms, and a quantity of ammunition, coffee, etc. '. . --, . " A long letter from Lieut. Maury, to Commodore Lyucb was found in the tatter's boat, out in two, at Elizabeth City, N. C, by. Commodore Cowans. It is on the gunboat system of the South, and advises with respect ' to gunboats : i raises Lyuch's exploit at Newport News, ana j begs Lynch to toko his boy John as one of the 1 "bloods" to command the squndrou. It is a j very flimsy and maudlin letter. It has been said at McClellan' . headquarters i that several Virginia regiments have gone home : on thirty days leave of j absence, on j condition I that they re-enlist for the war. Scouts differ as j to the reported evacuation of Centre or 1 1 Manassas. . It is stated that Yancey and ' the rebel ComI missioners are seeking to return South. < They I are passengers on the steamer Seine, which I sailed from Southampton on the. Bth of February, for St. Thomas. The Cairo Gazette, of Feb. 19th, says : We learn from P. B. Stewart, of the . Quartermaster's Department here, who left Fort Donelson this morning, at two o'clock, that the trans- j ! port Erie,' and the two gunboats' which were j I sent up the Cumberland, found ;Clarkflville pil- J I laged and evacuated.; The Provost Marshal at ! i Clarksville sent word to General Grant to come j ! and take possession of the place. ' On Tuesday, ; two regiments of rebel troops from Bowling ] j Green and Clarksville came into Fort Donelson. > and gave themselves up, saying that they had been deceived. • and were tired of fighting against the old flag; they thought Nashville would be given up without a fight • 5,000 stand of arms and 2,500 cartridge boxes, a part of the Fort Donelson booty, oame down to-day ';* 1,000 prisoners left here lest night, and 600 will leave j to-day, over the Illinois. Central Railroad, for 1 Chicago. ■■-*:,:. .a&ss ftj.'_£-. ' An order has .been issued, by order of Gen. : j HaUeck, which prevents! all persons not coni nected with the army from going to Fort DonI elson. • '. -.>. /--.-' e_ ;' • -; r Gen. CuUum i sent sixty nurses and ton sur- ; geons to Mound City to attend to the wounded/ ! who are being brought down from above. A dispatch from St. Louis, dated- Feb. l.th, i say's : : ~'., ; .' The steamers Florence, D. A. January, Em- ; press and j Meteor left for the seat of war in ; Tennessee,' loaded with troops and army stores. i The Pembina arrived .from St. Charles on the j 18th, with an Ohio battery on board and any ! amount of camp equipage* She completed her j load here and left for Cumberland river. The Chouteau left with the baggage and equipage of i the Forty-second Illinois Regiment of infantry | and four hundred mules. She had also some troops. A portion of Dodge's battery, Lieut. Nailing commanding, came in. on the . North i Missouri Railroad yesterday. Four companies ' of the Twenty-second "Missouri infantry will leave for the Tennessee river by the steamer , Empress this morning. This boat will also take about eight hundred mules and other commissary trains/ "-"',*.''"-'"■. '"-'';';--*•: 1 ;^ The Allied Intervention in Mexico. -V - The following was the arrangement entered into between the Spanish Admiral and the En* glish and French aval commander., before the talcing of Vera Cruz: , . - ■"" ; . . -,
* - 1. That the Consul of France and the superior French Commander should previously receive notice ef any attack by force against the city,
] so that measures might be token for the security ■ I of the French) as tbe ease might require. ;< 2. jTbat even after taking possession of. Vera } Cruz in the" name of her Catholic Majesty, the ! Admiral Commander-in-Chief 'of " the French forces might, after his arrival, cause a number I of his troops, equal to those placed there by the Spaniards, to eater the town and fortress. ■-_ 3/ That the sums ; found in the public treasuries, as /well; as those received at the Custom House or the different administrations during the Spanish occupation, should be verified by a mixed Commission, appointed ad hoc by the Ministers of the three allied Courts, and placed in reserve until the arrival of the Commanders-in-Chief, and that it : should not be disposed of for any purpose .whatever. •-> ... , . _. 4.' That no fort, no fortification, no public esj tablishment should be destroyed, unless in case I of absolute necessity, or if required for defease. 5. That the blockade before the port against Mexican vessels by the Spanish Admiral should in no manner; concern French vessels, which should remain free to anchor in the ports of Mexico, and j carry on their commerce as previously. : - ■- :• 9. That . the Commander-in-Chief .-. of the Spanish forces,' even when in possession of the city and ports of Vera Cruz, should not advance into the Ulterior nor conclude, any treaty with the Mexican Government, without the participation of the Emperor. i-._B.j_n fine, that all rights soever belonging to France should be reserved, the same as if she had assisted in taking the place. ./Captain Yon Donop, commander of the Ari- i •due, required on his own part the same conditions stipulated for. by the commander of the Foudre, and, like him, he believed it to be his duty, in the absence of precise instructions from his • Government, to abstain from joining ; the Spanish . forces in their attack upon Vera j Cruz. T . V ' .-_::>_/: I
! The last eventuality could not, however, be realized, for . the very same day on which the interview took place" on board the Foudre' a proclamation" from the Mexican General announced the approaching abandonment of the aity, and forbade the inhabitants to furnish provisions . to the Spaniards.