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T_a Grsat Storm—Gals of Wind—Boy Drown
ed in Hunting Creek--Buildings Damaged—
High Tide, ftc
The storm of last week was of short dura
tion, but has seldom been exceeded in vio- i
lence. We bave already noticed its com
mencement, and a portion of its effects. It
increased in violence towards its close, and j
finally lulled on Saturday : ght.
On Saturday afternoon, about 3> o'clock,
and during the height of the storip, a sad
accident occurred on Hunting Creek. A son
of Mr. Thomas Clowes, of this city, with
two negro boys, one "Horace," belonging to
C. C. Bradley, and the other "Sam," belong-1
ing to Lorenzo Lewis, of Fairfax, and now
employed by Mr. Henderson—started to
cross Hunting Creek Bridge in a spring wa
gon, drawn by a single horse. The flood at
the time covered the bridge, but it was be
lieved it could bo easily forded. They had,
however, proceeded but a short distance upon
the causeway when the violence of the storm
caused the horse to leave the causeway and
carry the wagon and its load into the Creek.
Mr. Clowes swam to the shore, the man I
IL race, also, escaped—but "Sam" was
drowned. The horse and some live hogs I
which formed a portion of the wagon load, J
were also drowned, and the wagon carried !
off a considerable distance. It was secured I
and brought to shore yesterday—but the)
body of the negro has not yet been recovered! '
The Pntomao River rose on Saturday j
evening to a height nine inches above the '
freshet of last Spring, and about as high as
has been ever known to the oldest inhabitant. I
The entire river front ol the town was sub
merged. Union street was navigable for
boats for a considerable distance—large
boats ascended King street nearly to Kell's
Tin Store, and when the tide retired it left a
large barge high aud dry on the sidewalx in
front of R. R. Snyder'.-. The foots of all
the streets running towards the river, were
■ inundated, and the water invaded them to a
The flood entered nearly all the stores
whose floors are not unusually high, but
worked little or no damage. The tide had
on the previous evening given evidence of
a coming flood, and enabled dealers to place
their goods beyond its reach. Messrs. Vto
lett and Fowle lose some salt. There is, too,
a very small amount of goods on private ac- '
count now in the stores—the stores and ware
houses occupied by the United States are
generally above the reach nf a freshet, j
Some of the warehouses were lifted by the
tide and otherwise injured.
The low grounds near the city were all in
undated, and considerable timber floated off.
The causeway between the ainland and
Alexander's Island, near the Long Bridge |
was ako overflowed, Jackson City alone re- «
maining above the water. In this neighbor- '
hood, a hack belonging to Mr. Chatham be- j
came stalled, the carriage pole broke, and I
the driver was forced to unlose the traces of
his horses, and leave the carriage behind, i
It will, however, be recovered. j
The gale was quite damaging. Portions
of the mots of toe stores of J. N. Harper,
McVeigh & Co., aud Caaenove & Co., were j
blown off, and these root's will require con
siderable repairs. The Friendship Steeple <
was slightly damaged—a fence belonging to
Capt. S. H. Devaughn. on Pitt street, blown I
down, and other damage done in various por- I
tions of the city.
A Washington dispatch published in the j
Philadelphia Journal (Adm.) says : "A con
spiracy on the part of eertaiu officers and i
speculators in Philadelphia and New York, i
against Governors Curtin and Morgan, has I
been partially revealed here within the last j
few days. The idea is to force liloM gentle- '
men into compliance with a request for the j
erection of fortifications in Philadelphia and
New York cities." We do not know what is I
the meaning of this.
General McClellan remarks, in reply to a
Philadelphia committee, "the warcannot be
long, though it may be desperate." Other
authorities think it will be " long protract
ed." Mr. Robert J. Walker thinks it will
be terminated this winter.
MONDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 4,1861.
I Military Court.—The Military Court,
Judge Freese presiding, held its usual ses
sion, this rooming.
| In the case of Witmer & Bro., new claims
were presented from Jeffray & Co., of New
York, and Cullom & Co., of Philadelphia,
amounting to about $7,000. The resident
partner having been notified, the Court or
dered tbat he have five days to make reply,
and in the meanwhile the goods in the pos
session ot the Court be held subject to these I
claims ia common with those heretofore pre
sented to tbe Court.
After considerable discussion as to the
priority of claim upon the effects—relations
oi copartnership, &c, in which Messrs. An
drew Wylie, S. Ferguson Beach, I. L. Kin
zer and Crowell, participated, the further
consideration of the case was postponed un
Mr, J. A. English appeared in Court and
| stated that no notices had been served upon
the city officials as suggested by the Court
on Thursday last, when that case was under
The Court said that as no notices had been
served, those officials could not he called to
answer, aud that for the present, it would
make no order upon the subject.
The Court then took up the cifte of Sar
geant Coglan, of the 'Lincoln Cavalry,"
Charged with shooting at Mr. J.-hn Kerr.
Messrs. Quinsby, John L. Smith, John I
Kerr, and A. J. Walker were examined us I
witnesses in the case.
It appeared in evidence thut tho accused
was in the Shoe Store of John L. Smith, , „
Saturday night last, somewhat intoxicau-.J;
that after ordering a pair of boots, he ap
proached Mr. John Kerr, who was sitting :u
the store, and asked 'Are there many seces
sionists in this town ?" to which Kerr re
plied that "he believed there were a few,"
when the accused took out his pistol, aud !
further asked 'Are you a secessionist?" to I
which Kerr replied that "he was an old man
and did not take part." The accused thou
turned to Walker who had just come in, and i
inquired "What are you?" Walker an
swered "lam a Shoemaker?" As the ac-'
oused turned to Walker, Kerr started to pass !
•nto the residence ot Mr. Smith by a back !
door. The accused seeing Kerr move, cock- J
ed his pistol, and called to him to halt. Kerr '
did not halt, and as he passed the door, the j
accused fired his pistol, the ball passing
through the partition above Kerr's head.— I
A guard was then called, and the accused ar
The accused soldier said he had been
drinking, and was unconscious of the action,
that he had never been in Alexandria before,'
but he supposed that while in delirium, pro'
duced by drink, he had been thinking of in
juries done him whilst a resident of Georgia
and of the talk of the soldiers in regard to
Alexandria being a secession place, and
this led him, unconsciously to commit the
The Court said that no man, soldier or oth. j
erwise, had a right to ask anybody their sen- I
timents, and that it intended to protect all
peaceable people in carrying on their busi
ness, but as it was evident there was no per.
sonal malice in this case, he would postpone
its further consideration until to-morrow, to
give time for the accused to present witness-
Fas to his character.
Other military cases were then taken up,
d the Court adjourned.
Sunday.—The weather "yesterday was 1
quite pleasant, but the walking was bad
Nevertheless the Baptist, Methodist, and
Catholic Churches, which were the only ones
open, were well attended at all the services-
The morning service at the Baptist Church
was especially well attended, numbers bein_r
unable to get seats, and the discourse of the
pastor, Rev. Mr Bitting, was one of great
ibility arii' produced , decided ~_. X
upon the lartre auditory. Rev. G. A Smith
assisted at the exercises th ,
In the afternoon, the Cameron Lieht
Guard paraded, and were reviewed by a
oinnoittee from the city of Philadelphia
who had come to Washington to present a
word to Gen. McClellan. P
Col. Lewis T. Wig'fall, late~Senator from
Texas, has been promoted to the rank of
| Brigadier-General of the Confederate army
I Extracts from Richmond papers to the 29th
ult., are given in the Northern papers. They
|do not contain much news. Accounts are
given of the battle of Edward's Ferry, and
of tbe arrival at Richmond of numerous
prisoners taken in that battle. The names
of twenty-two commissioned officers are giv
en, among which are those of Colonels Lee
and Cogswell, and the two Reveres. Two
letters from Dumfries, on the Lower Poto
tmac, are given, from which it would appear
that active operations have been g6ing on in
that quarter, aud that the batteries below
I Aquia Creek are defended by a strong sup.
porting force. Contributions to the fund for
furnishing supplies to the Maryland regi
ment appear to have been made to a liberal
The New Orleans Crescent says . " There
have been large remittances from Tennessee
io treasury notes withiu the past few days to
be invested in sugar and molasses. The de
mand for Bugar and molasses for Alabama
and Tennessee is extending, and heavy
transactions are expected the present month.'-
Gen. A. S. Johnston has been placed in
command of all the Confederate forces in Mis
souri, and has issued a proclamation forbid*
lany property leaving the State.
Ie special Washington correspondent of
Jew York Tribune, under date of Friday
:, telegraphs as follows ." It j 8 under
that the naval expedition is not dircct
nied at cities on or near the Southern
. The troops will land at, thinly settled
s, with spacious harbors, and will at
open cotton ports and establish a basis
eration for additional forces now nius
.." Beaufort, N. C, Fernandina, Fia.,
ther places are named in other papers,'
as places for debarkation.
At Edwards' and Conrad's Ferries on Sun
day all remained quiet. A day or two ago'
a large encampment of Confederates was
pnched near the villa of Hon. Thos. Swnnn.
formerly Mayor of Baltimore, but on the fol
lowing morning it had disappeared. Mr.
Swarm's residence is near Leesburg, and in
full view of Edward's Ferry, and from its
tower can be observed every strategic point
for many miles. It is not unlikely that it has
long been u&d by the Confederates as an ob-
The Baltimore correspondent of the New
York Herald gives the following estimate of
the Confederate forces now in the field:
Department of tho Potomac... i_ o 000
Department of Chesapeake and rest of Vir' '
Department of Kentucky and Tm'SJ i 7 ,'000
Department of Missouri..'. 60 nnn
On the line of the Mississippi ....'.'. M 000
At Charleston, Savannah, Mobile and Gui'- '
I Total force in the fiehL
The New York Herald of yesterday says-
We learn from St. Louis, on the authority
ofa loyal citizen just returned from the camp
of General Price, at Neosho, Newtown coun
ty, that the latter general and Ben McCul
loch had united their forees-30,000 strong
—at that place. Large quantities of clothes
medicine and other supplies had reached
and he expected a number of rifled
cannon to arrive, in charge rf Gen. George
B Clark. It was said that Price intended to
give Fremont battle at Neosho, where be
hoped to defeat him, and then march on St
Louis and make his winter quarters in Cen
A distinguished physician7who died some
years since in Paris, declared: "I believe
that uuring the twenty-six years I have prac
tised my profession in this city, 20 000 ch : l
dren have been carried to the cemeteries 'a
sacrifice to the absurd custom of exposing
their arms and necks."
James Leslie, chiefThTrk of the War De
partment, has resigned, and been appointed
Consul to Nice.
A hospital has been* established in Dum
fries V a., by Dr. Garnett, formerly U 8
The arrival of Col. J. E. Scruggs, of Fau
quier, at Richmond, is announced in the
Capt. R. J T.Scott, of Fauquier, is said to
have headed a charge at the battle of Ed
Beporti from the Naval Expedition.
When the steamer Georgeanna left Old
Point on Saturday evening, it was reported (?)
that one of the government steamers, having
on board upwards ef eight hundred soldiers,
had been wrecked some thirty miles south of
Hatteras, and that only one hundred and fifty
men were saved. Another vessel, loaded
with cattle, had been blown on shore, and
the few cattle that were not drowned escaped
into the interior. The Government steamer
George Peabody, which had made a fckrbor
in Hampton Roads, dragged her anchors
during the gale, aud was on shure at Hamp
ton Bar. Several steamers were engaged
during Saturday indeavoring to get her off,
but without success. The weather in the
lower part of the bay and on the coast is re
ported to have been equally as severe as any
experienced for a number of years. A
steamer wilh a flag of truce, which left Old
Point for Norfolk on Friday, was compelled
jto make a harbor at Sewall's Point, and had
; not returned up to Saturday night. We
shall doubtless be shortly compelled to re
cord much loss and suffering from vessels on
\ the coast.
The New York Herald of yesterday says :
1 "By the arrival of a vessel at Baltimore yes.
terday afternoon, we learn that the fleet
'•was off Cape Hatteras on Wednesday even
ing, at which time the weather was remark
ably fair, and the squ idron was moving
along finely. The captain of this vessel re
ports that the gale commenced north of Cape
Hatteras, and gives it as his opinion that the
fleet did not encounter it at all, as the ships
had pas-ad south ot that point before it com
The Baltimore American of to-day says .
"We learn from passengers by the .Vorf.ilk
boat that the rumor on the streets Saturday
morning that three of the ferry-boats con
nected with the expedition had returned dis
abled, is altogether unfounded. None of
the vessels hal returned except the two
Kll tugs which arrived at Old Point on
rsday, unable to stand the weather on the
The Wheeling Intelligencer says:—"We
learn from Dr. Griswold, United States Sau
itary Inspector, who has just returned from
a tour of inspection up the Kanawha, that
the Federal army under Gen. Rosecrans is
at present in a state of rest, and measurably
recovered from the terrible exposure at Se-
Wttll Mountain to the severe rains and coid
that fell upun them with fearful effect."—
There is much sickness in Gen. Rosecrans
The steamer City of New York has arrived
with Liverpool dates to the 24th ult.' Cotton
is advancing. Breadstuffs are easier. The
L ,ndon Times says the blockade at the South
must be more efficient, or it will not answer
—but it is evidently against "recognition"
for the present. The Shipping Gazette con
tinues to denounce the blockade, and calls
for interp isitiou. The reports of the failure
of the crops in France have been exaggera
ted. Cotton from India is promised in an
other year. Affairs of the Bank of France
excite some uneasiness.
SGen. Scott, after his retirement from the
rmy, went on to New York, in company
ith the Secretaries of the Treasury and of
far and other friends, in a special car pro
ded for him, and was received along his
mte with demonstrations of respect and at
tention, wherever he was known or expected.
He stopped for a day or two at his home in
Kliz ibeth City, New Jersey.
" Personne," the Charleston Courier's cor
respondent, writing from Fairfax Court
House, Va., on the sth ins ~ says: " I learn
that Gen. Beauregard has lately received a
present from a young lady in Alexandria. It
was simply three elegant shirt studs, with the
words,' Let—us—out' respectively enamel
Barons de Sayne and de Schonen, descen
ts of Rochambeau and Laiayette, have
volunteered to join the U. S. army as officers,
and been accepted.
| The late gale commenced in New York on
| Saturday morning. Considerable damage
' was done to the shipping.