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(Special to Herald.)
Washington, Juno 12. 1 o'clock, a. m.
"A special messenger arrived an hour since
from Fortress Monroe. Ho brings the in
telligence thai Gen. Butler proceeded with
largo reinforcements to Groat Bethel, and
after a snvere fight captured their batteries,
one of seven and the balance of fourteen
and also took 1,000 rebels prisoners.
(Special to the New York Times.)
Gen. Blair says that Gen. Butler last
night assaulted the enoiuy's works at Bethel,
where Pioros was repulsed, and carried them
Within the limits of the Capitol there
are now encamped and quartered 17 regi
ments of volunteers, numbering fully 18,
000 picked men, thoroughly armed, equip
ped and provisioned, under the supervision
of Gen. Mansfield. In addition, there are
stationud on heights surrounding the city
of Alexandria, and beyond the bridges, 10
other full regiments, amounting to over
22,000 soldiers, including the regulars un
der the command of Gon. McDowell, ma
king 40,000 men, besides those sent forward
yesterday, and those stationed at the Belay
House and at Annapolis. Tbey are com
petent for any present omergency in this
quarter and anxious for business.
The newly arrived Michigan 2d regiment
went into camp this morning above George
town. Prof. Lowe the balloonist is hero. He
has proposed to the Government a system
of reconuoitoring that will be tested to
morrow. Lowe will be accompanied by a
telegraph operator. The balloon is to be
held to the proper height by a cord, and
also be connected with the earth by insula
ted wires, which will be attached to the
recording machioo in the War Department.
The operator in the balloon will thus com
municate directly with the War Depart
ment. Of course the same experiment will
be practicable in the field. The operator
in the balloon, above the smoke of contest,
can give information of all that is transpi
ring in the enemy's camp.
There is another movement of troops to
take place in the morning. Five regiments
are under orders to leave, and will do so at
I am authorized to state that the Gov
ernment will receive any regiments that
come to Washington on their own respon
sibility they will be received whether they
have their Stale's authority or not.
Gen. Sandford sent back some fugitive
slaves to Virginia masters, which caused a
good deal of disaffection.
The propellor Resolute arrived last night.
Sue had seized two schooners down the
river which bad been carrying provisions
for the enemy. She burned them both.
(Special to Tribune.)
The columns of Gen. Patterson marching
forward will add so much strength to the
defense of Washington, that to assail it
with any force at the command of Beaure
gard will be madness. The Convention at
Wheeling will add a fresh impetus to the
Union sentiment in the border States, and
the reopening of the Baltimore fe Ohio
railroad, will supply facilities of transporta
tion from the west, will bind commercial
Baltimore to her correspondents.
Letter are received in this city almost
every day from Kentucky, full of the strong
est Union sentiments. They ask for arms,
and say that companies of true Union men
re forming, particularly in the central
counties of the southern tier.
Special to Herald.
Our was in en
gagement at Bethel, states positively that
the report of the cannon belonging to the
federal fin cos wore taken, is false. They
wore movod back with the troops, and the
latter retired in good order, only regretting
the want of ammunition and the fall of
Lieut. Grebble, who inspired them more
than all the other officers.
I have no doubt that at least 100 men
were killed on our side, when the dolailod
report is received. No doubt that heavy
loss was due to the fact that the troops had
literally to act without a leader. The gen
enoral opinion is the ignorance of General
Pierce calls for a prompt court martial.
On the receipt of the news from Fort
Monroe, a special meeting of the Cabinet
was called together and remained in ses
sion nearly two hours.
Marshal Kane of Baltimore has sworn in
1000 secessionists as special patrol men
for special duly on election day. This is
moro than have ever been swore before, and
it looks bad.
There is reported to be a secret band of
3,500 men with arrr.3, who are to raise
against the government as soon a federal
troops meet with the first defeat.
It is said U. S. Marshal Bonifaut, of Md.,
will absent himself from Baltimore on elec
tion day, and leave his department in
charge of his deputy, some say for want of
noive. If so there are signs of trouble.
St. Louis, June 11. Another conference
between State and Fedoral authorities was
held in the city to-day. The State was
represented by uov. jacKson ana Major
General Price, and the General Govern
ment by Gen. Lyon, and Col. Blair. The
State authorities demanded the removal or
disbanding of Fedoral troops from Missouri
soil nnd tho State would disband the Mili
tia. Gen. Lyon refused this, and the con
ference after four hours session broke tip
without coming to any pacific conclusion.
Gov. Jackson and Gen. Price returned to
Jefferson City by special train to-night.
The London Times has an editorial on
the speeches of the American Ministers
and others at the receut meetings in Paris,
charging them with groundless irritability
and anger against England. It also alludes
to the violent animadversions of Northern
press towards England, and says the Union
ists are in fact, enraged because Great
Britain presumes to remain neutral.
It adds, if this bo the temper of the
Northern press now, what will it become
one month hence. It is plain that the ut
most care and circumspection roust be used
by every man and party in England to
avoid giving offence to either of the in
censed Wllgeronts. .
Chicago, June 12. The Tribune's Cario
correspondent of the 11th says band of
rebels captured at Norfolk, Mo., on Sunday,
were examined yesterday before Gen. Pren
tiss, and finally discharged after taking the
oath of allegiance and subscribing to an ob
ligation to be ready at all times to defend
the Stars and Stripes against all foes.
Everything is quiet here. One thou
sand rebel troops were added to the camp
at Union City to-day. There are now
about 7,000 rebels at that place. The
town is in no way protected by batteries.
The Memphis Appeal of this morning
contains election returns ftom quite num
ber of precincts, but do full counties.
Knoxville gave but 2 secession majority.
Cleveland, 130 Union majority. Piney
district gave 47 Union majority. Jonea
boro, 95 union majority. The western
part of the State is almost unanimous for
secession. The vote is very small.
Six hundred Arkansas troops from Hind
man, arrived in Memphis in one day on
their way to Virginia.
Baltimore, June 12. The steamer from
Old Point has arrived. Tbe account of
yesterday of the battle at Greet Bethel
embraces all tho intelligence received at
head quarter up, ,ibo drpar.iyte pf the
steamer. " . - '
No further military movements have tn
ken place. -The
rebel cavalry and infautry followed
the retreating troops in considerable forces
as far ns Newmarket bridge, this side of
Little Bethel, inhumanly charging in one
instance, upon those bearing tho dead and
wounded. The bridge was burned. Tbe
The enemy had in action six guus behind
a battery. There were about twenty fed
eral troops killed, and it is said the num
ber wounded is not so great as at present
reported. . .
Boston, June 12. Tbe vote in the 3d
Congressional District yesterday, was very ;
light. Judge Thomas was elected" by
about ten to one.
Philadelphia, June 13th. A young man1
who left New Orleans on Wednesday last
reports that steam tow boats were prepar
ing for privateers, and a large flotilla was
getting ready to go down with the floating
battery and capture the Brooklyn. It was
asserted at New Orleans that 40,000 Con
federate troops were encamped in thn
neighborhood of thatcity.
Hagerstown, Md., June 12. Two re
sons are assigned sor the non-advance of
Gen. Peterson's division, first that the Leg
islature is in session at Frederick, and that
a column from Washington, must come by
that route. They hope that the Legisla
ture will adjourn this week, and the govern
ment desires to keep the troops out of Md.
till after tbe Congressional election to-morrow.
The action of the Maryland House'
of Delegates in instructing their U. S. Sen
ators to vote for tbe recognition of the
Southern (Jootedoracy, tins excited deep re-,
gret among the Union men in this portion
of- Maryland. Many say that the federal
government ought to disperse the Legisla
ture. Washington, June 12 Nothing was
heard at tbe War Department up to a late
hour last night of the defeat of the reber
forces at Great Bethel by Gen. Butler.
There is no truth in the report. "
Postal communication with Mexico, via
New Orleans, having been intercepted, tho
department has directed tbe mails for that
country to be made up at New York and
sent by every steamer to Havana, care of
the American Consul, who will forward
them to Vera Cruse.
Baltimore, June 12. A gentleman who
came passenger from Old Point Comfort
this morning, and spent some time at the
Fortress yesterday and Monday. He say
the passengers were greatly astonished on
reaching here to loam of the greatly exag
gerated accounts relative to tbe repulse at
Great Bethel. Up to tbe time the boat
left last evening, he was in conversation with
both officers and privates who were in the
engagement. Some mortification was ex
pieased at the bad management of Gen.
Pierce, but none at the exteut of the lose,
which was thought to be lose than at first
supposed, or of the temporary advantages
gained by the rebels.
The office of the Alamo Express, a Union p.
per in San Antonio, Texas, was burned and tha
press and type destroyed by a secession mob
on the 14th of May. - In its last Issue of the
day previous, the Express had satirised the ex
pedition of CoL Van Dorn against a few United
States troops. It is said it cost the State $00,
000 to take $4,000 worth of old musket.
To-day, Jane 13, is Gen. Scott's birth-day.
Authorities differ as to whether ha was born in
1785 or 1786.
Virginia is reaping the harvest she planted.
Prentiss guesses she won't care to put in an.
other crop. .