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; l . 'IIM.K JOY. KDI'I'OK,
25if The Progress will be issued every
evening at 5 o'clock. Advertisements and no
tices for publication must be handed in by
10 1-2 o'clock A. M. ; if received after that
hour, they will lis over till the next day. tf.
The Weekly Progress vill be ready Satur
day forcneons at 9 o'clock.
m m
llW Wj. Lixriiam, Jr., editor of the Ar
my & Nary Journal, S3 School St.. Boston, is
our sole agent for that city. Any contract en
tered into by him, for advertising or subscrip
tion on our account, will be ratified by us.
Mr. I.ingham is also authorized to act as our
agent in New York, and elsewhere.
Ht ad-Quart ors, 1
Department of North Carolina,
New Berne, Dec. 31st, 1862.)
The General Commanding, having been in
formed that several line officers occupy quar
ters in this town, Division and Brigade Com
manders are hereby ordered to see that thei
officers immediately return to their regiments,
town can only be given by the Division Com
By command of Major General Foster,
Major and A. A. A. General.
Headquarters, 18th Army Corps, )
New Borne, Jan. 2, 1863. J
General Orders No. 89 are hereby amended
bo as to include all regimental officers, whether
Field, Staff or Line Officers. Division and
Brigade Commanders will see that these orders
are immediately and strictly obeyed by the
officers referred to.
By command of Maj. Gen. Foster,
(Signed) J. F. ANDERSON,
Major and A. A. A. Gen.
Headquarters, 18th Army Corps, l
Newbern, Jan. 4th, 1863. )
The Provost Marshal will attend to the im
mediate execution of General Orders 89 and 1,
relating to the vacating of quarters in the city,
by officers.
By command of
Biig. Gen. NAG LEE,
Commanding 18th Army Corps.
Jons F. Anderson, Major & a. a. a. a.
After the recent battle at Kinston, our for
ces buried their dead decently and in order
On the first inst. a flag of truce left this city
for that place, for the purpose of disinterring
some of the bodies, and sending them borne.
Imagine their feelings on opening the graves,
to find that the chivalry of rebeldom had pre
viously opened them, stripped the bodies of
every vestige of clothing, and tumbled them
- iit,ai it im0mmm
.-'irrr t,1j nir nrj
wouiu rou me Doay ot a deaa animal into a
pit The hearts of men, who would treat the
dead bodies of their enemies, in this manner,
roust be indeed callous, and hardened to every
fine feeling pertaining to man.
It was not supposed that the much vaunted
chivalry of our rebel opponents had descend
ed to such a depth of infamy, asTto wreak
their disappointment upon the occupants of
the grave. But it has actually taken place.
The boasting chivalry, that claims the right to
rule, by virtue of aristocratic birth, has taken
up with the noble, soul-elevating, dignified em
ployment of robbing tho dead of their apparel.
Tell it not in America, proclaim it not in
foreign climes, that the descendants of Moul
trie, Marion, Sumter, and the F. F. V. 's have
become grave robbers. Noble occupation !
We hope that the rebel press, which has
strove to fire the Southern heart, with imagi
nary tales of Federal outrages, will be equally
as prompt to report this desecration of the
fallen dead. But we do not expect o simple
ua act of justice as this. We rejoice for the j
credit of North Carolina, that her troops
though arrayed in rebellion, have not descend
ed to this outrage, but that it has been reserv
ed for South Carolina and Yirginia, to fill up
their measure of infamy, by this last crowning
act of disgrace. AUi how are the chivalry
A striking fact of the destitution of the rebel
troops, is revealed in the above ghoul like ope-
rat on. Thtir troops are destitute of clothing
thai is serviceable, and their Quartermaster's
stores are replerishcd from the grave-yards.
Rebellion must surely be on the wane.
Editorial Me lunge.
The President has nominated to the Senate,
Jamas Monroe of Ohio as Consul to Rio Janei
ro, Franklin Knight Consul to Shan Tung,
China, and Seth C. Haw ley of New York,
Consul to Nassau, N. P.
The Pr -it has recommended the follow
ing proiiK I n the Navy : Captains Poore,
limit and GoJon, to the rank of Commodore;
Commanders A idea. Case, and Pen nock, to
Captains ; Lieut -Commanders Khind, Ransom
and Spicer. to Commanders ; Lieuts. Allen,
iireeo and Blank, to Lieut -Commanders i
Henry p Eckstein of Pcnot-y Ivar.ia, to Assis
tant Surgeon ; Second Lieut Culium to be
First Li a I of Marine.
Tbe Cotnxa-asioRrr ot Internal Revenue ha
. . . - 1Mrj -f iar-itri hmvii-.. - - .olied. B-wl e. Prlr -n Urr r out-Ues na ttie t-a. Owrr" aeti
ma waw.j taw awm as nmj aatc J t f f tWaa. A. mm limi fcaaW lhe aa tawyiMiaii. 1 ta fire. TT .sCJey.-! 'T.kJ 'aL-A
The Associated Press seem to lake geat do-
light in parading the fact, that Got. Stanly i
was hung in effigy, a few nights before the
late election, in Beaufort, by some worthless,
contemptible fellow, that is not worth salt
enough to keep his body sweet and clean. The
affair is ma le a -ruuL handle of. and looks like
an attempt at personal spite by some person
who ha 1 an axe to grind, and didn't succeed in
getting it ground; Not a dozes persons in
Be-ufort knew of it, or approved of it, nor
would tho fact been known, but for the mali
cious desire to parade it before the world.
Secessionists do not like the Governor, but all
Union men do, and his popularity in this
State is as great as when he used, in olden
time to stump this district. We notice this
fact, for the benefit of our northern exchanges,
that they may not be deceived.
The Cincinnati Enquirer says: Col. Basil
Duke, who had command of a rebel brigade in
John Morgan's division, and was fatally
wounded in the 6ght near Lebanon Junction,
died near Boston, Nelson County, yesterday
afternoon. Duke was a brother-in-law of John
gering doubt as to the real truth at Murfrees
boro ; but, as if to make assurance doubly
sure, the following proof upon proof reaches
us : "We have fought one of the greatest bat
tles of the war, and are victorious. Our en
tire success on the 31st ult. was prevented by
a surprise of the right flank, but we have,
nevertheless, beaten the eneraj after a three
days' fight. They fled with great precipita
tion on Saturday night. The last of their col
umns of cavalry left this morning. Their loss
has been very heavy. Gens. Rains and Han
son are killed. Gens. Gladden, Adams, and
Breckinridge are wounded." This was an of
ficial dispatch from Gen Rosencrans himself.
It was reported that the enemy were greatly
demoralized as they retreated on Saturday
night. Gen. Negley pursued them with in
fantry, and a cavalry force was assisting. A
Tennessee brigade attacked and dispersed their
rear guard. It is believed that they lost eight
or nine thousand killed and wounded during
the struggle. We have 1500 prisoners, among
them two Colonels and several Majors. The
bodies of Gens. Rains and Hanson were in our
possession, The double traitor Breekinridge
was severely wounded. Major Prentice, son
of the editor of the Louisville Journal, was
wounded. The famous Louisiana First Regi
ment, was annihilated. Our own losses in all
were 1,100 killed and about 6,000 wounded,
beside several thousand prisoners. An exam-
iuBiimr of the field since the battle shows that
the rebels were very stronjjjgd.
Gen. Bragg, in his second omciarr,f Df
the Murfreesboro battles, claims Gen. Fry a
among his prisoners. As there is but one gen
eral officer of that name, 0ate Colonel of 4th
itsgXJMiaaecied with the West-
era army, ana ajs
ny, aricL
ille nnppr pf
and i
2d inst announce his
arrival and assumption
of command at Lebanon, Ky., the rebel gener
al seems to have claimed more than he has in
his possession.
Commander Bank head, in his official report
of the loss of the Mrnlor, says, upon muster
ing the crew-atStf officers of the boat on" board
the Rhode Isiand, four officers and twelve men
were found missing. He is of the opinion that
the Monitor must have sprung a leak some
where forward, where the bull joins the armor,
and that it was caused by the heavy spread
as JuC S3? down on the sea.
The Philadelphia Press has a Nasbr'Ue des
patch, which says that all the bridges in East
Tennessee hare been burned ; that Col. Bruce
has recaptured Clark sville, Tenn., and taken a
numb r of prison 8,000 barrels of flour.
ana '. liat the river is lajudiy rising.
1:: the Senate, Tuesday, the bill ta suspend
temporarily the act to prevent and punish fraud
on the part of officers intrusted with making
contracts for the Government was reported
I back ai. 1 put upon its passage, but after dis
cussion was postponed. The joint resolu' ion
to hurry up the pay of soldiers and sailors was
referred to the Finance Committee. The bill
concerning the discharge of Slate prisoners
was taken up, and Mr. Wright spoke against
the amendment to strike out the section au
thorizing the President to suspend tbe writ of
habeas corpus. No vote was taken. A bill
was introduced providing for greater comfort
lor sick and wounded soldiers.
In the Mouse, the Select Committee on
Emancipation reported back a bill to aid Mis
souri in securing the abolition of slavery there
in. It provides for ihe issue of ten millions ol
thirty years bonds, payable to loyal owners,
the Government pledging itself to the deporta
tion and colonization of tbe freed men. It was
adopted by 73 against 48. The Committee of
Ways and Means were instructed to inquire
into the expediency of issuing Treasury notes
! bearing 3.65 interest, the amount taaued to tw
, . - j ZL '
, eoial to the amount of Tendar-NotesA circu- J
lation, and such ether sums is tbe demands
of the public sarvice for the current year shall i
' require, onJc certain regulations. A bill was
pas.d to akw certain articles not rlaja maila-
He to be s at to tbe soldiers i tbe army, by
their friends at bosne, on book postage rates,
one cent per ounce. The remainder of the
scssioq was spent in discu,aap upoa the fci-
,' ecutise Appiof riati. n bilL
We have New Urus news to tbe 2yth-
No event of importance had traap.re-i
1 be departure af tbr previous stcaaxr. Other
pnt into the stocks, and on the following
day was lined $50. The steamer J. M. Brown
was attacked bv guerillas on the 23d, wbil
ascending the Bayou Bonfonca. One negro
was killed. A detachment of soldiers who
were on board, opened on the guerillas and put
them to flight. After getting on her load she
was attacked again, the guerillas having been
re-enforced. Alter a brief interchange of shots
the conflict was ended by the boat passing out
of reach of gunshot. Capt. Darling, in com
mand of the expedition, was the only one in
jured. Orders have been issued that the me
chanics in the Department of the Gulf em
ployed by the day will be paid $1 50 per day
or $35 per month and rations and quartets.
Master mechanics will receive 2 per day, or
$50 per month and rations and quarters. La
borers will receive $20 per month and one ra
tion per day, or one dollar per day withou: ra
tions. Teamsters to drive four or six mule
teams will receive $25 per month and rations ;
all drivers with a less number of animals will
receive but $2 per month. There is a prospect
that the rising of the Mississippi, now com
menced, will fill the famous canal and before
Spring leave Vicksburg four miles from navi
gable water. A vessel from Galveston re
ports all quiet there. She brought 75 passen-
c :K 1
-all in a destitute!
Con. Carter's Exploit.
The brilliant success of Gen. Carter's excur
sion to the line of the Virginia and Tennessee
Railroad, is, let us hope, but the precursor of
a series of similar achievements which will
place the renown of our cavalry chiefs as high
above that of the Stuarts, the Morgans, and
the Ashbys, as is the justice of their cause.
The plan of the movement, indeed, is far more
complete than seems to be suspected by the
Rebel journal which announaes its success in
the destruction of the bridges over the South
Fork of the Holston and the Wetauga rivers.
Gen. Carter's force consists of the 9th Perm,
cavalry, two battalions of the 2d Michigan,
Gen. Granger's old regiment, and two batid-
ions of the 7th Ohio in all, 1,425 men. Be
left Richmond, Ky., on the 21st ult., passiig
through McKee and up the Red Bird Fort,
thence across te Jonesville, in Lee county, Vt,
one of tho most bitterly rebel regions of thtt
bitterly rebel State. There he was to divi
his force, one column passing through Eslr-
ville and Blountsville, and striking the railrosl
at Union, which name is now pronounced Zcf
likoffcr by the rebels. We have before us tie
results of this movement The county b
which this breaking of the great line of coa
munication between the Eastern and Western
division of the rebellion has at last been elf-ted,
is one of the most loyal in Tennesseejlits
population being twenty to one against sss
sion. The other column was to strike acrtss
Rogersville, on the Holston river, to wh'vth
tends from the main railroad. rf
this branchwinjrie train runs to the
road in tbe moroirrB a.alhack at night
xnerc Dcing as yet no aepotfw wtauil oirfae
Toad during the night. Arriving at Rogli
town after dark, r. force was to be sent on pis
train down the road to Strawberry Plains, if
teen miles east of Knoxville, where it crosts
the Holston' River on a Howe's patent tras
bridge fifty feet above the water, and neajy
500 yards long. The transit from Rogerstojn
would require about two hours, and the bride
being destroyed, Gen. Carter would find hit
self in possession of 115 miles of the railrqd
in a country intensely loyal, where he coil
remain a week without danger, and wodd
receive aid from the inhabitants in effectiig
the complete destruction of the great artery jf
the Confederacy. A single pWie of gallws
work at Midway, 60 miles west of Union, if so
extensive that it required six months to bpld
it. This could very easily be thrown don
and destroyed in case it should be impossble
to go down as lar as Strawberry Plains.
But whether or not this plan has been JWy
carried out, the destruction of the bridge at
Union, which The Lynchburg Republican sajs
it will take a week to replace, but which, whn
burnt last year, it really did take ninety dai
to rebuild, is a serious matter for the rtbek
especially now that Joe Johnston's shattered
forces are retreating upon this very line cf
communication. The victory of Gen. Rosc-
crans, magmncent as it is in tbe steady ant
enduring valor of his army, has been rendered
still more decisive by the splendid daring of
Gen. Carter and his gallant Fourteen Hundred.
Reutli of aa Aged Herasit.
Mr. Joseph Plummer of Meredith, N. H., well
known as "Old Joe Plummer, the Hermit,'' who
lias passed sixty seven years of bis life by him
self in a kind of a log bonse, situated in a remote
locality, died on the 3d inst , aged eiglity-eiglit
years. This eccentric individual was a son of
Jesse Plummer. and the last of a family of ele
ven children, who, as a class, were industrious
and wealthy people. His habits when a youth
were singular. When engaged in tbe field he
would choose the centre nf the piece, and en
closing himself with a fence, there work- On
attaining his majority be commenced his life of
solitude in a small house on a seven acre lot In
l-:7 be selected a more remote situation in a
wood loti ,nd , hoIWi hicD with it9
furniture and everything; used by him all being
of bis own manufacture, wa no less singular
than himself Here be passed bis life, culliva
tiug bis land, reading his Bible, and devoting a
few moments to each of the many visitors who
were yearly attracted by cariosity to his dwell
ing. One of his friends called on him tbe eve
ning previous to his deatb and requested perm is
ion to pass tbe night with him ; but be replied :
Yoa can do me no good. I shall die before morn
ing " Tbe friend granted his wish and left him,
and during loo eight he died as be bad lived.
Ilcnrr Wat J tecieT. ia his rectnt frat-rri-
tv hectare in rnfitnn ta I v , n-l ttre 1 rl'' - " " w t t .-:, ! , - .:i;,n ti i ,
The Great Battle of Murfreesboro.
Gen. Ctlnddeo,
11 reck in ridge j
and A (in. Hi
TAetr Rear Guard Attacked and Dispersed,
Tbe Liiws of the Enemy.
Detailed Account of the Fighting.
Wasiusoton, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1883.
The following dispatch has been received at
headquarters :
Headquarters Dep'l of the Cumberland, )
January 5, 1863. j
Maj. Gen. Halleck, Gen. -in Chief Washington:
We have fought one of tht. greatest battles
of the war, and are victorious.
Our entire success on the 31st tjt was pre
vented bv a surprise of the right flatik. but
we have, jQevertheless, beaten the enta,y after
They tied with great precipitation on 3ur-
day night
The last of their columns of cavalry lelu
this morning.
Their loss has been very heavy.
Gens. Rains and Hanson are killed.
Gens. Gladden, Adams, and Breckinridge
are wounded. W. S. Rosecrans,
Major-General Commanding.
MrRrREEsnoRO, Jan. 5, Via )
Nasuvii.le, Jan. 6, I860. )
The enemy evacuated in haste during Satur
day night. It is reported that they were ter
.ribly demoralized from losses, but they left no
property behind, den. Negley pursued them
with infantry. A cavalry force have followed.
Spear's First Tennessee Brigade attacked and
dispersed their rear guard of cavalry. Their
loss in Wednesday's battle was 5,000; several
hundred on Thursday ; over twelve hundred
on Friday, and 100 on Saturday night includ
ing wounded and captured. We have 1,500
of them prisoners, two colonels and several
majors. The bodies of Brig.-Gen. Rains and
Hanson and here. Gen. Breckinridge was
severely wounded, and Gen. Adams had an
arm broken. Major Clarence Prentice was
wounded in tbe thigh. The famous 1st Louisi
ana Regiment was destroyed.
Our own losses in all the engagements were
1,100 killed, about 6,000 wounded, and several
thousand prisoners. One-third of the wound
ed will soon be able to resume duty. The
army was considerably depreciated by strag
glers, including a number of officers, who will
be disgracefully dismissed, several for deser
tion. Col. Moody, 74th Ohio, is wounded.
Col. Chas. Anderson, 73d Ohio, Col. Nick An
deeson, 6th Ohio, Col. John F. Miller, wound
ed, did not leave the field. Col. Williams, 25th
Illinois, kiiled. Lieut. Col. Hull, 37th Indiana,
reported killed, is wounded and a prisoner.
The Chicago Board ot Trade battery, which
behaved gallantly, lost four killed and eight
wounded, including Lieut. Griffin, wounded.
Loomis's Michigan battery lost one killed,
twelve wounded, and thirteen horses killed.
A review of the field of battle since the evacu
ation shows that the enemy were much more
formidably posted than we had developed, even
by our terrific fighting.
Before the Battle.
The Murfreesboro' Rebel Banner of a da'e
just previous ta tbe recent battles contains the
following items:
Retaliation Threatened.
The follow ing letter of Gen. Bragg to the
commander of tbe Abolition forces confronting
us, meets the question squarely and plainly :
Headquarters Army of Tennessee, t
Murfreesboro', Lec. 11, 1862. J
General: In your letter of tbe 4th inst..
you express your abhorrence of the system of
harrassing and arresting non-combatants. In
a previous letter I have intimated my entire
concurrence in these views, and nothing shall
swerve me from a faithful observance of a
policy which is dictated by every proper senti
ment I am credibly informed, however, that
on the very day on which your communication
was written, a number ot citizens of lennes-
see, charged only with poitical offenses or pro
clivities, were arrested and imprisoned in the
penitentiary at Nashville. It is of little mo
ment to me whether this was dona by your
immediate order, or by your subordinates, for
whose conduct you are responsible, and I here
by notify you that I shall enforce rigid and
unyielding retaliation against tbe comraissionc-1
otneers who shall fall into ray hands until this
violation of good faith shr" be corrected in
deeds as well as words.
Very respectfully, your ob't serv't
BRAXTON BRAGG, Gen. Commanding.
Major Gen. Rosecbans. Commanding U. S.
lorces, Nashville, Tenn.
A Uricf Commission,
We have the unalloyed satisfaction of an
nouncing tne appointment 01 Col. Koger W.
Hanson as ling. Oen. in the tonleu-rate ser
vice. I Lien. Hanson- is rcportea kuim in
reeent battle.
tfcru ttltmr Restored ttr Service.
Gen. Gideon J. Pillow reached Murfreesboro'
last evening from Richmond. We understand
that he has been restored to active duty, and
will immediately take the field.
Detailed Account of tbe l?ightiag.
Nashville, via Bowling Green, Jan. 4.
Thursday's Battle.
On Thursday morning tbe sun rose through
a mass of thick mist and fog, and just as he
made his appearance the pickets of the enemy
opened a brisk fire upon Palmer's Division,
which constituted the right wing of Gen. Crit
tenden's command. A few ol our men were
wounded, and our pickets manifested some 1
disposition to give way.
Two batteries, however, moved op to tneir
supHr and the cannonade was so brisk that !
i the w hole of our fores rushed to arms, expect
ing an immediate renewal of '.as battle 00 A '
i grand scale ; but the rebels did net sem dis
) prised t make the fiphi general ; they brought '.
oat a feetlrry or tv.x, whi-h attempted to 1
they opene-i. and the butternuts retired in con
fnsiou to the cedar thickets in w hich they hud
been concealed all the morning of Thursday,
leaving a number of their dead and wounded in
an intervening field.
On the center of our left, where a part of Gen
Sheridan's Division was posted, a b i.-k firiog
was Kept up between the pickets until near
night, when the rebels, becoming bold, once
more advanced in considerable force into an open
field. This time our men no longer remained
behind their breastworks but charged upon tbe
enemy, and put them lu a disgraceful flight, a
single company of the -27th Illinois capturing
150 p risoners.
A number of shells from some of our batteries
quieted the rebels for the remainder of the even
ing. The fighting on Thursday was at no time
on a large scale, amounting really to little more
than heavy skirmishing. Both armies seemed
inclined to rest after the dreadful contest of the
day before. The weather was cold and clear a
part of the day, but during the night there was
an ugly, drizzling rain from which our soldiers,
without shelter of any kind, suffered severely.
Friday's Operations.
There was nolliing of importance occurring
Thursday night scarcely a shot from either side
was heard on Friday morning untilf nearly nine
o'clock. Then a terrible cannonade commenced
and raged for half an hour all alongjjihe centre of
our line, l ne enemy s shot and shell new thick
and fast up the railroad and turnpike, and all over
the open ground occupied by the centre of our
One of our batteries was moved to the front,
and had more than half the horses killed and
disabled by the rebel fire; but it soon became
evident that tbe enemy's artillery was inferior to
our own, and after Loomis had knocked to pieces
situated near the turnpike, directly in frout of
Murfreesboro, tbe others hastily drew off. and
there was again a lull in the storm. Our loss in
this artillery dnel was about 100 killed and
"om the reports of rebel prisoners, I am led
to bcieve that tbe enemy's loss was very consid
erabls. There was nothing more than heavy
skirmisbVujtrom this until 4 o'slock P. M.
frday's Engagement
WI.1VR llHKm Ww Tan A
1 returned lasfte-ht to Nanhvilln frnm tho ht.
lie neid at Muriree
... . v - " ' - -
ro, and, after a tedious ride
on the cars, during
ich I was engaged in wri-
ting out these dispatc
mug at this place
1 arrived late this eve
I say I left the field, bu
thank God, until
I was able to report a g!
success for the
arms of the Union, the o;
o'clock yesterday, had been
lions up to one
d on a scale
or aimosi unpnraieueu grandeur, "ost equaling
days of Napoleon. The battle of 8duesday
uta,iajcu 111 a uiusi Diuniug ujauuci LUb
our troops, the earnestness of our offi
the genius of Gen. Rosecrans ; but the
the whole, seemed to be against us
was a general feeling of despondency through
our arm v.
. On Thursday there was little disposition mani
fested on either side to renew the battle and this
feeling continued until after tbe cannonade of
r riday morning, the result of which did much to
encourage and inspire our soldiers, and make
them ready for the great event that took place in
the afternoon of that day. Gen. Van Clove's di
vision, belonging to Geo Crittenden's corps, had
been thrown across Stone river on Thursday, in
anticipation of an assault upon our left, similar
to that upon tbe right on Wednesday, or for a
purpose which perhaps it is now prudent to inti
mate. Q
'It was posted upon a low eminence, almost
overlooking Murfreesboro, and in this situation
formed, as indeed il bad done before, lha extreme
left wing of our army. It was shout 4 o'clock in
the evening, when no one anticipated a renewal
of the battle, that the rebels advanced in over
whelming force, under the command of Breckin
ridge, who seems to have been all day in charge
of the right wing of their army, and threw them
selves with terrible impetuosity upon Van Cleve's
This portion of onr forces was in command of
Col. Beatty of tbe J9th Ohio, Gen. Van Cleve
having been wounded on Wednesday. The as
sault of the enemy was speedily announced 10
the rest of the army by a dreadful war of artil
lery and a deafening rattle of musketry. Every
body rushed iustantly to arms, aud all seemed
anxious to engaged the enemy at once.
For half an hour tbe gallant men of Van
Cleve's division held their own against five times
their numbers, but finding it impossible to with
stand tbe entire rebel army, began to give
ground. Two brigades slowly retired, the enemy
following with great determination, until at length
our men were pushed into the river, many of
them dying the water with their blood.
The 3d Brigade stood its ground somewhat
longer and fought, if possible, more obstinately ;
still they too were just on Jthe point of giving
way when Negley's Division, which was near the
centre when the battle began, came rushing up
to the rescue with loud cheers.
The soldiers advanced to the river side, deliv
ered a few terrible volleys, which effectually
checked the rebel onset, and thou plunged into
the stream itself and waded across, all the time
pouring their bullets into the face of the foe.
An adjacent hill, covered with woods, wasjust
upen the other side ot tho river, and upon as
cending a tol -rably steep bank a fence was reach
ed, which separated the woods from the open
ground through which the river runs Here tbe
rebels attempted to make a stand, and poured a
leaden hail iDto our rauks as they clambered up
the river bank ; but the soldiers of the Union
were no longer to be checked. They rushed up
lo tbe fence, and hurled the euemy away from i!
at the point of the bayonet.
The whole woods then resounded with tbe roar
of battle, onr men continuing to drive the enemy
steadily before them. Colonels T. R Stanley
and Miller, commanding brigades, urged forward
their men wilb dauntless courage, and drove the
rebels entirely out of the woods and across some
cornfields which lay just in front of tbe last strip
f timber which separated our army from Mur
freesboro. These cornfields were literally cover
ed with the rebel dead and dying.
The enemy had now been driven a mile and a
half, and nothing but the coming of night pre
vented the gallant Negley aud his men from
pushing into Murfreesboro I 10 e over the field
, JO o'clock that night. Our forces held undis
puSd possession of the contested ground. The
slaughter of the en?my was terrible to contem
plate. The woods by the river and cornfields re
sounded with tho groans of the wouuded and
At least 2,0i0 of the enemy fell in this glorious
affair, while our own loss could not have exceed
ed 500. More than 1 duo prisoners were left in
our hands. Several reasl fligs were captured,
and at least one battery of artillery. When the
victory was announced to tha rest of tbe army,
their cheers fairly rent the air, aud must have
spread dismay and terror among t&e rebel hosts
Up to l o'clock yesterday, the time I left the
field, it bad rained steadily all day, and the battle
had not been resumed.
Rebel Arrennt nf the right.
Thr Mmrfmtiorti RrM Kunnrr. extra, of Jan
- ?'e an account of tha battle on Wednesday
I . - .' Km... ...... . C . L. - .
1 It says in yesterday s brief account of the sua
guinary battle of Wednesday it has brought the
-rent of the engagement ilono to nigbttai
Our left had driven the eteiay's right several
to'.l-s. and occ-.t-ied tbe fceid of battle. captariasF
hospital atid cut of the woacdej. ozd resting
f iu Atouum picaeU.
1 "wpr
tared vast quantities of small arms. The pris
oners were sent to Vicksburg for immediate
exchange The wounded prisoners were com
fortably housed and cared for.
Of the number engaged, The Banner says that
Rot-eeran's army of invasion is, at the lowest
calculation, seventy thousand. Bragg's was
computed at forty thousand, and not half en
gaged. It further says that Gen. Sills' body was
brought in shot through tbe left eye with a
Minie ball. They give the following casualties:
Col. Allen, 8d Ala., severely wouuded in the
Col. Marks, 17th Tenn., wounded.
Capt. Des.sard, 9th Ky.. wounded in the hand.
Arljt. Card, 9th Ky., killed
It was reported that Gen. Woodruff was
among the Yankee slain
Another account in the same paper says of
Wednesday's battle, after describing Rosecran s
march to the battle field : At about 6 o'clock our
divisions, commanded by McCown, Claiborne,
and Cheatham, were ordered to charge the ene
my, who was planted in a dense thicket
Softly, but with a perfect line, our troops
emerged from the skirts of timber in which they
were sheltered, and moved across the open plain.
The battle now became terrific. Tbe crash upon
crash of musketry stunned the ear, and the
ground trembled with the thunders of artillery,
and even the cedars rocked and quivered.
The Latest News.
The Puraait of the Rebels News
I'roin I'ainporlaBl,
JjOUlsvlLLE, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1863.
Headquarters are advised that previous to tho
Murfreesboro fight, a large portion of the Ander-
aasaal if MeaaaaHa, and refused
The remainder, about 300. went into tbe fight
under Rosengarteu and Ward, and behaved
gallantly. Notices have been sent along the lino
for the arrest of a large number reported to have
deserted, and then returned to Nashville ia irons.
Col Brace captured at Clarksville a vary
large amount of valuable army stores from tba
A Nashville dispatch says that some rebel
prisoners, captured on Thursday, and paroled,
bad been in Murfreesboro four hoars. They
were direct from Richmond, Vs.
Nashville. Tenn., Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Over 600 rebel prisoners and 19 commissioned
officers were brought in this evening.
Unofficial reports state that cannonading was
heard ten miles from Murfreesboro. Our foreea
are pursuing the rebels.
Bragg may make a stand at Tullahoma.
Our wounded is about 7,000. Our whole loss
in killed, wounded and missing will not reach
The rebel-loss was donble oars. The wounded
of our soldiers are mostly slight. Tbe best build
ings in Nashville are taken for hospitals. Tha
wouuded will be cared for.
News from the front is meager and unimpor
tant. A There are four feet of water on tbe shoals, and
' Se river is still rising. The weather is clear
a4 cold.
-ocn ACTnirm in Bichosond lanmiM Ad.
,""Cv" "lar aad iIoU.v.-Uiriasj oat
the IVVirors market Reports Advauce
ia Wki,,
From tnR:chmona Examiner, Jan. 2.J
Great Advan- Sugar and Molasses. From
lators and extortion!
ties 01 sugar ana moiawg hare uken an alarm.
ing rise withiu the .fest, or three daT. ,nd
prices have reached hgurVnaver before altaiued
since the war gave it ficXjaoug aD(J unheBltu
value to evry thing that aJTiyjed a speouiativo
sugar sold yesterday v k
pound by the barrel, and Molasses jn a6 25
per gallon, wholesale The same commodities were
retailing Sugar at 1 a- 1 10 per pouly ana- jf0
tosses at $7 5U a tj and upwards per gallic
Of course all kiuds of bakers, coiife:onery
in which sugar and molasses form iiigrjents!
shot up proportionately in price, and yes(bjay
a dozen common sweetened cakes that sold
week at 26 cents per dosen, were to 40 aud V)
cents, and all other kinds of cake in proportion.
Parties who profess to know attribute the ad
vance to the active aggressive operations of the
enemy in tbe outh and Southwest, which may
ultimately result in tbe destruction of communi
cation with Richmond for a time. This, if not
the real reason, will serve very well for an excuse,
and the speculative mania that will now certainly
ensue, will run up prices beyond the present
rates, if the matter is not taken hand by tha
government or the people.
Yesterday the negro hiring season reached its
climax in ltichmond. The officers of the hiring
agents were thronged with masters and mistress
hunters of both sexes, and all ages and condi
No space within, the black mass overflowed
into the streets, and settled down along tbe
sidewalks and gutters, waiting to be "hired,"
while expressions snch as "Hab you been hired
yetT "whose your massa this year T were
heard, occnsional'y interrupted by a "hoe down"
upon the pavement.
Stimulated by the spirit of extortion which
has come to pervade all transactions in which
money is concerned, the "negro," in commercial
parlauce, may be quoted as "stiff." and "holding
firm" above former quotations considerably.
Those wbo, being free, have the hiring oat of
themselves, imitate the master of slave lvbor.
and hold themselves up to the "highest bidder '
with an amount of assertion and impudence that
deserves to bring him a "knock down" at least.
The number of negroes hiring in Richmond and
vicinity is greater than at any former season, from
the fact that hundreds have teen sent here by their
owners from the counties to prevent their falling it to
the possession of the enemy.
The general business of the city will not be
fairly resumed before tbe end of next week, Tha
warehouses, mills, and manufactories are all still
The "almighty nigger" and the exorbitant
price of his hire is everywhere the topic of con
versation, and the endless source of wonderment.
Adult negroes, male and female, are "bTring for
$200 to $350. Boys between twelve aud fifteen
bring $75.
Government is hiring a great number of ne
negroes, and is regulating the price. The pre
sent offers a fine opportunity for persons who
have been driven from their homes by the enemy
to dispose of their negroes for tbe year
Nothing has advanced so much in price within
the last twelve months as alcoholic liquors, and
the prospect is that we have not yet touched tba
top. The vilest whiskey, which before the war
a gentleman wonld not give to his negroes, is
now eagerly-sought after aud bought at from $25
to $30 a gallon. French brandy is worth from
$40 to $50.
Apple brandy is now the best and cheapest li
quor to be bad in this market, but even that has
within the past two days advanced as many del
Ian. We quote it to-day at $20 a gallon. The
MnaU quantity in this market, and tbe impossi
bility at orine-.nir on a lurtner snppiy in toe en-
tire absence of transportation, most send it up
still higher atttrjr short time. We should not
be snr; nsed if it should advance to $25 by tha
, ioee of toe fk.
The Whsu ir Kanox We da not
tare to say that thr woma give hi evy
x mora; icastrtatsl. wL.cb skews itself ia
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