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CEO. HII.L' JOV. EDITOR.
NEWBERN, 3S3". G.
SATURDAY JANUARY 31. 1SS&
ffF" W. Linoham, Jr., editor of thelr
my Nary Journal, 33 School St.. Boston, is
our iole agent for that city. Any contract en
tered into by him, for advertising or subscrip
tion on our account, will he ratified fey us.
Mr. Lingham is also authorized to actasorr
gent in New York, and elsewhere.
I OFF! VIAL.
Department of North Carolina,
New Berne, Dec. 31st, 1802.
OF.SFKA1. OKDERS, NO. 89.
The Get eral Commanding, having been in
formed that several line officers occupy quar
ters in this town, Division and Brigade Com
manders arc hereby ordered to see that Ihei
fficers immediately return to their regiments,
and give up any quarters that they may r.ow
occupy in town. Permission to remain in
town can only be given by the Division Com
manders. By command of Major General Foster,
J. P. ANDERSON,
Major and A. A. A. GeneraL
Headquarters, 18th Army Corps, )
New Berne, Jan. 2, 1863.
OFNERAL OKDKKS, SO. I.
General Orders No. 89 are hereby amended
no as to include all regimental officers, whether
Field, Staff or Line Officers. Division and
Brigade Commanders will see that these orders
re immediately and strictly obeyed by the
officers referred to.
By command of Mnj. Gen. Foster,
(Signed) J. F. ANDERSON,
Major and A. A. A. Gen.
Headquarters, 18th Army Corps,
Newbern, Jan. 4th, 1863. )
SPECIAL OKDUHS, SOl 4.
The Provost Marshal will attend to the im
mediate execution of General Orders 69 and I,
relating to the vacating of quarters in the city,
by officers. By command of
Biig. Gen. NAGLEE,
Commanding 18th Army Corps.
Jons F. Amxrson, Major it a. a. a. o.
The only news from the Army of the Poto
mno on Monday is, that the enemy have been
discovered by a portion of the cavalry of Gen.
Sigel's division to bo in large force opposite
Rappahannock Station, it was supposed with a
view to watch the movements of our troops,
should they attempt to cross the river.
A despatch from Nashville dated the 25U
inst, states that tha rebel guerrillas under For
rest, Wheeler and Stearns, wih a force of six
thousand cavalry, were at Franklin, Tenn.
The rebels attacked without success the guard
at the bridge cn the Chattanooga road, ten
miles from Nashville, on Saturday. Our gun
boats, twenty two in number, were at Clarks
ville al latest accounts.
The recent victory in Arkansas, which- re
sulted in the capture of the 'hree forts at St.
Charles, Duval's Bluff and Des Arc, on the
White river, places the repossession, of the
State ol Arkansas and its capital. Little Rock,
virtually in the hands of our army.
Among the prisoners captured at Arkansas
Post were one general, ten colonels, ten lieu
tenant colonels, ten majors, one hundred cap
tains, nearly two hundred lieutenants, and c
lot of adjutants, quartermasters, surgeons and
staff officers. Jiff. Davis wilt probably now
le willing to exchange, instead of putting in
force the threats contained in his proclama
It is rumored that Gen. Cassius M. Clay has
superseded Gen. Boyle in the command of the
Department of Kentucky.
The steamship British Queen, at New York
va the 25th, brought us interesting news from
tke ' Bahamas, dated at Nassaa, N. P., to the
20th of January. Ths Anglo rebel trade Irom
Nassau to the blockaded ports of the South,
and vica reran, was more bri:-ft than at any
other pcricd since the commencement of the
war. The port of Nassau continued to be the
great depot for the discharge, reshipmcnt or
reassortment, as desired, of British cargoes,
consulting of every descrip ion of contraband
of KJr, including gunpowder, intended for the
comfort and use of the rebels. These supplies
were all entered at Nassau,, under the general
description of "assorted merchandise," al
though, no doubt, the English Custom House
officials were weli aware of their real charac
ter and destination. The foreign vessels at
Nassau hailed from Liverpool, Havre, Yar
mouth, Madeira, Bermuda, Newfoundland and
ne'porV'came 'n'os'li'y "rrVm'TnaV!estori"and
Wilmington, with cotton, rice and turpentine.
The English steamer Thistle, which was lately
overhauled by the Tuscarora, off Madeira, had
arrrved at Nassau with her valuable assorted
cargo. The Governor of the Bahamas had
published a portion of the official correspon
dence between Secretary Chase and Collector
JJarney, relative to the iate search of the Bri
tish vessel W. II. Cleare, at Staten Island. A
f-riu-j crew, from the United Slates gunboat
Cambridge, delivered up a prize to the English
master, who was a prisoner on board, in order
that ha ciig'ut navigate the vessel during a
storm.. He very naturally ran her into one ol
the friendly days of tbo Bahama Islands and
Interesting; from Springfield.
Central Broan RWe-re ring Health of Gen
Spiiisgfielo, Jan. 19.
To Major General Curl is:
Gen. Brown v very decidedly improving.
He sits up, reads the newspapers, and er.jojs
his segar almost as well as before the battle.
Gen. Hermit is slowly improving, but is con
fined to his mem most of the time
S. II. M::uheh, Medical Director.
A lady being aked why she did not use the
medicated soap, replied that she got a plenty of
cfl soap, from h-r beaJi, siJ that always put a
plenty ut cidor in her check.
A Question for Mora Philosophers. When a
ship -- ji I i t s iipi.ii a rock." is the circumstance to
be Icolt J as a "breach, of corsdefiee I''
The Mary Sanford, another new steamer of
Adams' Express Company's Kne, leaves More
head City for New York next Wednesday.
We are indebted to Adams' Express Com
pany, and W. C. Hamilton &, Co., for papers
of the 24th, and J. B. Smith, Esq., for papers
of the 26th.
Foster Gext.kai. Hospital,
Newbers, N. C, Jan. 29, 1863.
The undersigned is very desirous of collect
ing a small library of 100 or 300 volumes, for
the use of the patients in this hospital. The
able and excellent surgeon in charge kindly
and earnestly favors the object, and will pro
vide a suituable room therefor. The subscri
ber has already received several volumes as a
nucleus for a library, and has written to his
friends at the North to contribute for the same
purpose. The object of this brief notice is ta
call on the officers and others in this Depart
ment, who may have at their disposal works
of light and general reading that they are wil
ling to bestow for so laudable a pnrpose, that,
by sending them to the undersigned, will con
fer a great favor on the sick and wounded in
this hospital. J. Hill Rouse,
Services in Christ Church, Pollock Street,
on Sunday next, and thereafter until further
notice, will Le held at precisely 2J o'clock, P.
M. Sea's Iree. All are cordially invited to at
tend. At the Union Society in Cambridge College.
England, there was recently a public debate on
American affairs, in which a son of Lord John
Russet and a Mr. Trevetyan spoke against the
Union cause and in snpport of the rebellion.
A son of Edward Everett, who is a stndent at
Cambridge, followed in defence of his country
and government,, and an English clergyman
who participated in the debate, writes: "After
him got up young Everett (Edward Everett's
son), who, by the bye, is considered one of the
most distinguished men in Cambridge, the
whole house against him, but cool and perfect
ly collected. He took Trevelyan's speech to
pieces, point by point, used him up bit by bit,
till the whole house was slowly turned in his
favor, and he had it all his own way. It wa3
a great success, and marks him as one that
will surety distinguish himself sooner or later.
He will take hfs degree in January, and will
then, I think, come to America. Look out for
Arkansas Post, on the Arkansas river, in
the State of Arkansas, is the capital of Arkan
sas county, and is the oldest town in the State.
It was founded by the French in 1683. It is
located thirty miles abave the mouth of the
river, on a high bluff. In the rear of the town
however, the land is low and frequently inun
dated. It conta'ns a court house, jail and at
one time boasted of a printing office. The
population is between four and five hundred
The place is situated on the North brunch of
the river. As a military position it is well
Fifteen damsels, sent out from England fo
Vancouver's lalar.J, had, npon arrival, to be
housed in a government building and a guard
put over them, in order to protect them from
the rush of amoroas swains. They were oil
soon disposed of ; but whether by lot, or to
the highest bidders, does not appear. The
Vancouver paper clamors for more, 6dt prefer
dairy maids to governesses.
Hon. John Minor Botts has recently pur.
chased, in Orange Co., Va., an estate of 2,800
acres for the sum ot $104,600, and has left the
city to take possession of the same, with the
intention of devoting the remainder of his
years to agricultural pursuits.
Gen. Tom Thumb's marriage wirh the beau
tiful Miss Levinia Warren will be soleronizeu
the 10th of Fibruary in one of the most fash
ionable churches in the city of New York. It
promises to be the great event of the coming
month. Cards of invitation have been sent
out to hundreds. Immediately after the mir
riage the bridal party will proceed to one of
the leading hotels, where they will remain a
short time, and thsn go to Philadelphia and
Washirgton. Returning, they will visit Bos
ton, and who know but the illnstrious little
couple will visit Portland. They intend, after
the honey moon is over, to make a tour ol
The Richmond correspondent of the London
the negro might by the paramount influence of
the white men, be induced to do almost any
thing is indisputable ; butone thing no'earthlv
influence will teach him to, and that is to
Camp Incident. A letter to the Trumpet
and Freeman, from the 44lh Regiment of Mas
sachusetts volunteers, relates the following
" The Chapl-iin (Rev. Mr. Hall, pastor of the
Unitarian church in Plymouth, Mass., and son
of Rev. Dr. Hall of this city) gave the regi
iiu nt an excellent sermon to-day on profanity.
tv nen tie nan cioseti nis sermon, tne Uoloncl
honest soul ! stepped forw ard and acknowl
edged his own past fault in that direction, and
said that be wi bed to apologize, then and
mere, to any whom he had addressed with
profane expressions j that he desired' to correct i
the fault, and to see it corrected in the regi
ment : that he wished to make himself an ex
ample for his men, desiring that they should
imitate what they saw in him worthy of imi
tation, and that they shoulj avoid whatever
This is a specimen of the higher order of
courage the moral. And where this is s'.ionir
the ott er will not fail. We revere the moral
courage i.f the man who, occupying such
official station, dares, upon a clear perception
of mural right and Christian piopriuty, to sup
out be. ore the host ol his command, and
pledge himself to the practice of it. And how
grateful to parents ami wives n ho have sons
and hubands in the. army, is the consideration
! ti &i ihey are under the supervision of com
manders of rehntu moral principle, who will
do what they can to make the camp at the
same time a power ior tne country s rescue
land a scheol ol ItVi true virtaea. i
1 HE AIIMY l;F THE POTOMAC.
The Enemy Reported in Force Op
posite Kappaliamiock Station.
Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, )
January 25, lb03.
The Sabbatb has been h ull observed through
out the entire camp. " "
No business, except that el the most neccs
sary character, has been transacted.
Two men of the 9th New York cavalry were
yesterday captured by the rebels at a honse
near the Rappahannock. Atier recrossing the
river the rebels returned, when they were
driven off and one of their number captured.
Three deserters from the rebel army were
brought into Stafford Court House to-day.
Col Cessiola, commanding the cavalry of
Gen. Sigel s grand division, to day discovered
the enemy in considerable force opposite Rap
pahannock station, evidently apprehending an
attempt of our army to cross at that point.
THE WAR IN TENNESEE.
The Jicbels at Franklin. Attack on the Bridge
(Juiiril ou the CluMunonga Road Repulse of the
HtbcliA Fleet of Gunboats ut Clnrk.-tille, S(c.
- Nashville, Tenn.. Jan 25, I8t.3.
The rebel Generals Forrest, Stearns and W heel
er, were Bt .Franklin, Tenn.,' yesterday, . with
6000 men. .,---.
The rebels attacked Ibe brMge guard on The
Chattanooga road, ten miles from the city, to-day
but were repulsed, with two killed and several
wounded. One of our men was killed.
There is a fleet of twenty two boats nt Clark s
ville and three guuboats. A large mail is on
board the fleet.
It rained all 'lay yesterday and last night, and
the river lias risen six inches.
VICTORIES IN ARKANSAS.
OF THE MISSISSIPPI
Capture of HI. C'hnrlrs, Daisl't
ISIhJT and Des Are
Gunn, 200 Field Rijlet,
Small Arms, IrU.i
SKETCHES OF THE CAPTURED PLACE3,
The Krr f Arktiusa iu
V m i n is r
lh Hands f lb
Confirmation of the Victories on IThitt Meet
Washington. Jan. 25, 186.T
Major General CnrtU lias telegraphed to Mxjor
General llallcck, General in-Chief, as follows:
St Louis, Jan. 24, 18G3.
General Gorman telegraphs from Duval's Bluff,
I8tlt inst that, aided Ky three eunboats. he as
cended White river to Duval's Bluff and Des Are.
taking about 150 prisoners, two columbiads and
about 200 small arms
Tl news from Arkansas, as gathered from
official souices. is highly important, as well ns
interesting. St. Charles, Duval's Bluff and Des
Arc have been tken, and the lifrht draught ves
sels aie over three hundred miles above the
month of the White river. Lieutenant Comman
der Walke. coniniatidine the De Kalb. csptnrw'
at Duval's Bluff two eight inctr umrr.-wttrtttir
carriages and ammunition, two hundred fiM
tifles and three platform ears, anil at Des Are
thirty nine prisoners and a quantity of arms and
The above record is certainly very good, snr!
when rakenr in connection ni:h the v;ctrj at
Fort Hindman, Arkansas Post, on the Arkansas
river, is of the highest importance. Little Koek.
ibo capital of the State if Arkansas-, i nrw
threatened from the northeast as well as oa Hie
southeast The progress of the Mississippi lo
tilla up the White river clears the way fofJIe
Clerriaiid's army, so that they are now ahle to
march upon the State cttpital without beinfrde
pendent upon the Arkansas river, as Des A t is
but fifty miles from Little Rock. This ilsn
opens the route between Southern Missouri in-l
thp Mississippi, by way of thi Write river. The
capture of St. Charles, on the Atkansas riier.
removes another stumbling block in the way of
an advance on Little Rnrk up that stream. This,
with an army from Pocahontas coming downon
the northeast. Hlunt's army from the Boiton
Mountains on the- northwest, and MeClernsid's
army pushing alone" up the White and Arksisas
rivers Little Vock must fall, and Ark anion b,
once more brought under the jurisdiction of the
United States authorities.
FROM BURN; IDE'S ARMT.
IX ADVAXCE riirVE'TEI MY
THE STOHMV HEATHER.
Impossibility ' Moving I tic Artillery.
OUR FORCES STILL OX THIS SIDE
OF TIIE ItAPPAXANXOCK.
Aniiostl for n IYIoveajfiit
u (be Cnrmv,
The Present State of A Jfairs on tfie Rappahnmoek.
Headquarters, Army of t?ie Potomac,)
-?uary 29; 18tt3.s f
The tempestuous weather since Tuesdar last
ativf the consequent impassable state ol the
roads have rendered any advance of thearrwy
of the Potomac beyond the Rappahatunck a
matter of impossibility.
The same causes so delayed the transporfa
tion of the pontoons and heavy artillery to the
designated points as to prevent a surprise of
the enemy at the ptiints designed to cm.
This afternoon the clouds broke awajr, and
the influence of the sun is telling favorably
upon the soil.
Several paymasters have already arrived.
bringing joy to the soldiers and relief for their
families at home. A delay in the payment of
those actively employed may occur.
Washington, Jan. 23.
An official who has come up from Falmouth
states that double teams were used to drag
the ammunition wagons without avail:
Second' Akmy Corps,)
Opposite Fredericksburg. Jan. IS. J
Bohl Ikm'rtion ef Three Rebel Conscripts
Their Story Condition of Affairs Across
the Rirer The Rebel Forces H'itulrairn
from Fredericksburg Since the Bit'le, and i
irA. re They litre Gone I'erit ir. -c. !
On Friday night three deserti rs from the I
rebel ranks crossed ihe Rappahannock a short j
distance above ralmoutli by fordin", and tie !
livered themselves up to the pickets of the (list ;
New Yoik, by whom they were plac-d in;
charge of thy provost Marshal of French's '
diiUton, Captain Stockton, of the 10th New ;
York ZouavvS. and his assistant, Lieut. Halsev. ;
ThiJfr poor fell ws, who are Germans, named ;
respectively Charles IJ.-ppe, Louis Nichofl aud
P. Rauteiiberer, settled in Miss-ssippi about
three years ago, and soon aft r tl.e comniei. ce
ment of the rebellion were impressed into the
rebel service, and serve I for eighteen months
in the Mi.-.sissi;pi battalion until Fridavniehi
wbtn they wtre placed oa picket duty j aai
on tne msi uitleiiy col t nignt ol ttie siasnn,
at me riSK oi certain uealli it caught in tn'ir
attempt, waded through the swift, breast high
icy current of the river, into which they threw
their arms, and in a half frozen condition ar
rived at our picket fires. They belonged to
Fu'lerton's brigade of Anderson's division and
Lonstreet's corps, and state that their regi
ment lost heavily in the late battle, but that
of the exact extent of their loss th y are igno
rant. They also nay that a great part of the
rebel force are tired of the contest, and wouh',
if they dared, cross to our lines ; but that men
proposing such a venture are pretty sure to be
con-igncd to the tender mercies of a court
martial and ihe fire of a platoon. As to food,
each private is allowed one pound of flour and
half a pound of bacon per diem, and coffee is a
luxury unknown to the unfortunate uiyrini
dom of King Jeff. As to raiment, our three
friends did not. however, seem to be ill-provided
two having uniforms of stout giay
cloth, with blue blouses bearing the United
States button; the last named article evidently
secured in some manner or other from the
abundant wardrobe of Uncle Samuel, and foi
which they were charged by the rebel govern
ment. The third was attired in a civilian's
overcoat, in very good repair, and, of ihe three,
two of them were provided with strong, weli
made boots, which they averred cost $.'50 a
pair, and the other with $10 shoes. Thev ttl
however, a sad story about nearly half of their
aie comraues being barefoot (nut not on mat
account relieved from duty) or wearing home
made, or rather camp-made mocassins of raw
hide. They were without ten's, and supply
their place as lar as possible with the evergreen
foliage with which this country abounds.
Under such circumstances it seems doubtful
whether the memories ot Valley Forge and the
sufferings of the Continental army to Which
the rebel leaders love so much to liken their
own ragged host would inspire ardor enough
to counterbalance the present intense degree
of cold which our misguided brethren suffer
in their attempt to destroy the nation which
v ashing on craated.
As to the movements of the Southern army,
I was inf nned that A. P. Hill's division start
ed on their wav to Culpepper Court 'House
two days after the battle that McLaw's d-vis-ion
marched fo the same place the day before
yesterday, and that their own Anderson's
division, numbering upwards of six th'-tiand
men had received marc'iing orders. Since
tlte battle every night has Wen employed by
the rebels in uiegin-; rifle pits. They estimate
their force on th-- day of battle at seventy lie
thousand men; are in daily expectation of an
attack bv us, and on Friday dstributed sixty
rounds of cartridge.
Ihe deserters were sent to Gen. Wilcox s
headquarters for further examination.
Our troops were to dav revicwerl by Gen.
Burnsrde, who expressed his admiration at the
display which our corps, notwithstanding its
shattered ranks and battle torn flags, can still
Fautocth. Va., Jan. 19.
Consolidation of the Mi and 73d Regiments,
New York Volunteers.
Orders were received on the 17th inst. from
the War Department, for the consnlidation'of
the 163d New York volunteers (raised in Sew
York city under the name of Third Empire)
into the 73d New inrk volunteers (jIso raised
in New York city und r the title of the Second
Fire Zouaves). When the above news became
known in the camp of Ihe 163d New York vol
unteers, tt caused universal dissatisfaction
among" the men and officers, and although the
latter nsed e very endeavor to get the men to
fall in and march to the encampment of the
73d, tUe men stoutly re'nsed to comply. V.r
rious were the reason ihey assigned 'mmr,
and by far the greater part, that they fiad
fought under Gen. Carroll, and would do so
under no other man. and that they were quite
willing to be transferred to any o' the other
regiments of his brigade ; another lot com
plained that they had not been p-iid since en
listment, and that they would not go until
they were; while ann'her lot complained that
they had been " sold " like so many niggers,
and t'jtat if they were compelled to g that
their purchasers would find them but a poor
bargain. As evening approached the men
Gpnu-tly arljnurned to their respective tents, ihe
officers having fa led to shake their determa
tion of not going. Later in the'evening their
camp was surrounded by a srpiad of cavalry,
a brigade of infantry and some artillery, witn
their pirCT'S, sent to enforce their compliance.
The men. seeing that resistance was fruitless
against such a force, fi ll in. a' d were marched
off. K was rather a singular sight to see about
one hundred and thirty men (all that were on
the ground) marching with such a number
The following is an ordrf issued by hr Di
vision General to this regiment on its letving
his command, from which mav be judged he
previous charac! er of this regiment for disci
pline and bravery :
GENERAL OUDttftJt NO. 5.
Headquarters. Third T)iv. Third Corps.
Camp Near Falmoith, Va.. Jan. 17. (
By orders from the War Dcpartrrent the
One Hundred and Sixty third New York Vol
unteers is to be consolidated with the Seventy
third New York Volunteers, and relieved from
The General commanding this division de
sires to assure the officers and men of this
gallant regiment that the reparation from them
is a most painful one it seems like the pait
ing of family ties. By uniform pood conduct
in camp and upon the march, and e.-pecially
by bravery in battle, this regiment has won
the approbation and confidence of all; arid,
although it goes to add lustre to another or
ganization, it has given renown to the colors
and fo the men of the One Hundred and
Sixty third New York Volunteers.
By command of Brig. Gen. WHIPPLE!
Henky R. Daltos, Asst. Adj. Gen.
I am somewhat inclined to the belief that
the main body of the? rehel army have fallen
back to a point nearer Richmond, and that no
battle will take place near Fredericksburg.
This has been asserted -if late by deserters
from the rebel army ; and, in conversation
wilh Fredericksburg refugees at Falmouth, I
learn that extensive earthworks have for
months been in progress, commanding the
junction of the Virginia Central and Richmond,
Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroads. This
is the precise spot that was won by the bra
very of the troops under Fitz John Porter in
May last. At this point the rebels can con
fortably quarter the troops, while the force
req- ired lo hold the line will admit of sparing
much of the army which participated in the
battle of the I3th of December.
the- Mr ft tVinir.
Left Grand Iitiiov,
1 rmy of the Potomac, )
January l'., lii3. (
The More The Rnrlctts of the A'ibelx and
How they are. l.'snl Presentation Honors
to General McC'lellan, Cv.
An attai'k upon the intrenchmerts in front
of our line ws determined upon s-me days
since, but was postponed by order of the War
ll-parttuent. Since then new plans have been
decided upon, and unless again enuiitettnand
ed. tho country may look for si ii ring- nevts
from this stmvverv soon
It !! enough to
say that the hole army is under inarching
order at an hour's notice, wi'h several days'
provisions; that fatigue parlies have been a'
ta s-ivlr onarir niirlit fV.v I tin tiit't Ta s If fr iictriiir
ing roads thit lead toward the enemy, ai d at 1
such points as could not possibly he used for!
Wy othw purpose Sicept fir aa sdv'aaoM tha 1
army ; that an order has been issued directing'
a, the sick in camp to be sent to hospitals, and
that we all expect a battle within two or three
days tune, t give foundation to the belief that
a movement of some kind is on the tapis.
Consultations ol general hate been frequent
viiinin tne past lew days.
The enemy evidently suspect our intentions.
although everv care has bi-en :sk.-n tn keen I .
, i . '
.1 i t.:. ..r
.... ... in nuiaiiLc, ijiint infill, ai vjovj oi oui I
woiking parties were engaged in building al
corduroy road in a ravine tha' leads to the
river, the enemy, suspecting what was going
on, threw over rockets, illuminating the whole
country and revealing what we were doing.
The result was, this morning we discovered
several new earthworks directly opposite this
point, showing that they were wido awake
and not disposed to be caught napping. As
the roads, from the recent heavy rains, are in
a bad condition, all of thera have to be cordu
royed to permit the passage over them of
heavy tiains and artillery, and those in sight
of the enemy have to be constructed at night ;
consequently the work i difficult and takes
time. As soon as this work a completed the
army will move, and we shall once more be on
the way to Richmond, and within reach of the
enemy's guns. Theamiy, having remained
idle for a month, and constructed for them
selves comfortable wirter cuartcrs, are natur
ally not particularly enthusiastic at the pros
pect of again taking the field and enduring all
the hardships of an active campaign in mid
winter; bu. their anxiety to end the war,
crush the rebellion and go home is so great
that they will be willing to endure almost
any'hing to accomplish it.
We have remained so long without hating
either offensive or defensive operations of any
kind that war items of all kinds are scarce.
A presentation occurred at General Burn
side's headquarters, a day or Utj since, which
deserves mention, as it reflects honor and
credit upon one who i'l universally acknowl
edged to be the best drillwd officer In the
United States service, I refer lo Maj ir Gran
ville O'Haller, of the Seventh inlantry. The
presentation Consisted of a beautiful sword,
sash, belt, extra scabbard, gold and leather
knot and rosewood case, valued at two hurt
The dress scabbard was of silver, with armo
rial insignia in gilt; the service scabbard
bronze, with gilt mountings of national design,
including a medallion head of Washington.
The inscription read as follows:
MAJOR GRANVILLE O'HALLER,
Seventh infantry. United States Arfny
Commandant of general headquarters, by the
officers of the Ninety-third New York
State Volunteers, headquarters grand
" Army of the Potomac," as a
token of regard for his social
qualities as a gentleman
and his military abi
lity as an officer.
Ca Near Falmouth, Va., Jan. 1, 1863.
The presentation was intended to come off
on the 1st of January ; but as it was wholly
unexpected lo the Major he requested a few
daj s' delay in order lo make the necessary
preparations for such an mteresting occasion.
Genefals Bnrnside, Hooker, Reynolds, S:ckle,
Patrick, Bulofd antl numerous others of lesser
note graced the occasion by their presence.
The presentation spetc'i was made by Col.
Crocker, of (he Ninety-third New York, in his
usual happy style, in wl ich he took occasion
to mention in flattering terms the valuable
services rendered by Major O'Haller to his
country, in the various position which he has
occupied during his- twenty years of service in
After the ceremony all hands adjourned to
the neighboring lent (or refreshments, where
champagne and other luxuries were indulged
in abundantly. Toasts were drank and re
plied to by Generals Burnside, Hooker, Sickles,
Colonel Butler, Major Cassidy and others. The
hea th of General McCIcllUn was drank stand
ing, wilh uncovered heads.
The Ninety-third New York regithenf, wfiose
officers made this beautiful present, have been
for several months acting in the capacity of
guard to general headquarters, and have (under
the instructions of Major G. O'ilaller, who has
exclusive control of this department.) together
;th the excellent officers connected- with the
;iment,. attained a bigh- state of drill and
Major O Haller, the recipient, has been con
nected with the army a number of years, serv
ing With distinction in the Mexican and border
wars, and is proverbial in the army as " autho
rity " upon all disputed points in tactics.
HIE NhWS FROM MEXICO.
Rumored Repulse of the French
CONTEST BETWEEN FRENCH AND
HE VW LOSS OF rilB FRE CIw.
ACTIVITY OF THE" GUERILLAS.
Kr par fed
fbnnce in the
That our readers may fully understand the
interesting movements now being made by tbe
French in Mexico, as well as to keep the public
posted on everything occurring there, we give
a review of the latest news which has reached
us, which will show the operations of the hos
tile forces. :Thess last accounts report :
The Rumored Repulse of the French at Puebla.
The French have again been repulsed and
driven back froaj btlore Puebla with great
Defeat of General Berthier.
The French General's (Berthier) vanguard,
four thousand strorg was completely surprised
by eight hundred Mexican cavalry, and about
two thousand French tnw.ps were killed and
wounded. Several French officers were taken
by the lasso and dragged off.
Critical Condition of the French.
The prospects of the French look exceedingly
bad. They can get no supplies from the coun
try, and they are surrounded by a most de
termined enemy, who watch every opportunity
lo take advantage of them. Tlte Mexican
guerillas are ever on the alert, and lasso every
t'ltnch soldier they Bud straggling Irom his
Efficiency of the Mexican Guerillas.
French communication between Vera Cruz
and Orizaba has been completely cut oil' by
Mexican guerillas, anu can ouiy oe re esiauivMi-1
id by strong t rench guarus, posted ail along I
'.tie route, in tins way ine guerillas-, wno are
in strong force on the line ol communication,
harass the Ki ti.cli unceasingly.
Our advices Irom the Pact tic, though of the
amu date as tl:re brought by the Slieldrakc
(loth of January,) give io premonition of even
an early attack on i'uebia. From ihein wu
compile the following :
Prisidcnt Ja.trez at Puildts.
President J-uartZ- had oeen to I uebla, and
distributed uicdais aiuung lite soldiers engaged
in the repulse ot the Jrrench on the ola ol May,
Foriijicitior.s of puebla.
Jfag fortiSratioas cf I'uetli now eensitt cf
t,-n forts, mounting 200 gun-t. Those of tha
capital are armed with about the same number.
Strength and JJistribvtionnf the French Army,
The French forces are distributed as follows :
In San Augustin del Palmar, San Andres
Chalchicomula and . Orizaba from eleven to
! el??1 monsana men , in 1'eroie ana Los igoj
' a iika mimtier
Marnura has his camp at thia
point, tfith something less than ono
thousand men. In Tampico not quite four
j thousand. The forces which were in Tlacotal-
pan and Aivarado have evacuated those places.
The remainder of the . twenty eight thousand
that compose the French expeditionary army
is made up by the garrison of Vera Cruz and
various small detachments in the neighbor
hood. Reinforcements are expected by tha
end of this month, which can be forwarded)
immediately to the interior by the new railroad
to Orizaba, which it is said will be read for
use by that tune. Those reinforcements are
to consist of two divisions of the Imperial
Guard, of at least 15.000 effecifve men. Nearly
the whole of the French artillery is between"
Jalapa and Los Vigas.
Strength and Distribution of tha Mexican
In Puebla twenty-five thousand regular
troops and ten thousand volunteers.. Between
there and the capital are two disvisions, in
tended to "erve as reinforcements or protect a
reifeat. This force is estimated at from ten ts
twelve thousand. In the capital there are1
twelve thousand more, among whom, howevsr,
mast be included the Home Guard. In Quere
taro there is a division of eight thousand men
and tha contingent from the State of Guerrero j
under AlvareK, amounts to twelve or fourteen
thousand. These figures give us a total of
about eighty thottsand men a sufficiently
powerful force, one might suppose, to drive tha'
French out of the country ; but. it must be re
membered that the Mexican troops are badly
fed and worse armed. All the field artillery
has been taken from Puebla, leaving only tha
Mutiny Among the Mexican Troops.
The Vera Crutana of Dec. 16th says there'
i is a serious misunderstanding between Oens.
Ortega and Comonfort, and that deser'ions
from the Mexican garrison of Puebla are Very
nurfteisjus, on account of the great scarcity of
money and provisions in that place. Also that
a conspiracy had been discovered in the brig
ade of Gen. O'lloran, and that five officers had!
Rumored Retirement of Juares from th
A letter from Oiizaba, dated Dec. 21st, say
there is a report that Juarez is to retire from'
the Presidency, to be succeeded by tither Or
tega or Comonfort ; but there is no rel-anco to'
be placed on such a rumor, coming from such
Encouuter Between Gens. Mejia and Dobladrs
A messenprer had arrived at Orizba direct from
General Mejia. who stated tha! Mejia had en
countered and defeated General I'obiado. cap
turing $500,000 and twenty thousand muskets..
In part confirmation of this the Vera Cnxano ot
Dec 16 says that General Doblado marched,
from Cnanajuato to unite his forces with tYise of
Losado and o'h-rs occupying Guadalajara; that
he was attacked and routed on tbe way, and com
mitted suicide to avoid falling prisoner
The English Steamer Ossimn.
This v- a -el has been freighte by the French7
iroveriinieiit to take artillery to Vera Crus, in
older to arm a couple of war vessels conveted in
ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI,
Motemcnts of Troofs since the Capture of Post'.
qf Arkansas. What we captured at thai.
Place, dec. "
Napoleon. Ark.. Jan. 18. I8G3.
Sinen the surrtnder of the Fort at Arkansas
Post Fort Hinman by name nothing material
has oecnrred hi this enmmand. On Monday and
Tiresday nothing was done beyond caring for tha
dead and woundeds On Wednesday a large por
tion of the enmmand disembarked, and transfer
red themselVes fo tfie eabins erected by the rebels.
These were neatly brrilt and of gteat number,
beioir eatimatd a hi(rh as a.000 hy some of our
officers, and I should hardly think this an exsg
geration Bapgage and effects of every kind
were rhsnffed from the transports ; but Scarce-'
had this been done when orders were received
tn re embark at once, preparatory towards a new
field of operations.
General Sherman's corps embarked the imi
nigTit, and the next day proceeded down the Ar
kansas river, to thia point, nt its month Previ
ous to leaving, the rifle pits of the enemy wera
levelled, the fort corhplett-fy destroyed and.blown.
up. and the captured wafrons, over a hundred in
number, burned. General McClernand, with tha
remaining corps, remained at the post two days
1 Direr, und eidy leiched this point Isi-t night.
M-j Gen Grant and stfff arrived here this
morning on the Steamer Kellnjrg, and an imme
Hist consultation was held between him and
General McClernand and Sherman. Tha Gsu
eral returns to Memphis again this evening.
General McClernand, in his congratulatory
address tn his army aenpy of which I had, bat
havt misiaid and catinnt snd yen states that
he captured seven thonand prisoners; eight
thousand tand of arms, twenty cannons and a
large amount of ordnance and commissary store
Our loss is not definitely known but will proba
bly reach six hundred in killed and wounded-, of
w hich t'ot more than One hundred and twenty five
were killed. The enemy's loss i leu soma
sixty five killed and eighty-three or aighty-foar
Sews from Fortress Monroe.
Forth ess Mosroe, Jan. 22.
Four men we arres ed to-day on James riVer,
smong who were two rebel officers,-Captains
Win. Causey and Mnrtn.- I ney wrre arrested
at Srinth House. Five hundred dollars' worth
of contraband goods- were found in their pos
session: The storm is continuing quite severe. The
Baltimore mail boat, due here at 7 o'clock in
the morning, did not arrive yesterday until 8
in the afternoon, arid to-day until half-past 3.
Many of the schooners which left hero yester
day have put back for shelter.
Four rebel prisoners' were brought down
from orktovn yesterday evening.
Important Capture hy the Prorost Marshal
Arrest of ei Rebel Captain and His Brother'
One Thousand Dollars' Worth of Contra
band Goods Seized and Turned Oter to thm
Provost Marshal Meyers has just succeeded
in making an important capture, in the person
of a rebel captain in full uniform. The arrest
was made at Mallicotl's house, on the James
river, about fifteen milts from its mouth, while
the provost guard were searching for contra
band goods. The captain's name is Causey,
and he nays he is aid de camp of Major General
Ivzy of tne rebel army. 1 he prisoner s broth-
m-,. who came
frnin Richmond also, and it
a spy, was also found secreted in the
house. The guard seized upon 1000 worth
of contraband gond-t, which were already for
hhipment to rebelJom.
The rebel prisoners were brought into this
fnrt this evening and placed in Confinement.
The goods seiZ'.-'l hive been turned ovtr to tha
United States Government.
We cannot have all things our own way;
some things must be a. lowed to go God's way.
A man isn't likely to die Irom having his
head carried away in a fight if 'tis his legs
that carry it.
A great ii any speakers seem to endeavor to
; give tneir f peccas la- lengru wni: ia?y tacic