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B. K. IteRAK, A. M. GORMAN, EOITORS. . All letters on basinets of the Office, to be directed io A. M. Gorman & Co. FRIDAY, April 22, 1861. Office of The Confederate, on Ffivfittfiville street, second door South of Pomeroy's Bookstore. Sign of the Confederate Flag.,. Change In Our Terms. The enormous increase in price of all articles and labor necessary to carry on our business, compels us totnako an advance in our prices The terms of the Confederate will therefore, from this date, be as follows : For the Daily, six months - - 15 00 " " , three " - - 0 00 " O " one " " " ' 00 For the Tri-weekly, six month - 10 60 " three " - 5 00 For the Weekly, six months - 5 00 Advertisements $3 por square of ten line, or Ies?. ; Mr. Stephens' SpeechContinued. We agreo with Mr. Stephens, that "our whole bjU in el constitutional lilerty rests upon principles established by our Anglo Saxon ancestors." In Holland, the right of personal security is a constitutional riyhf, as here j the ordin.iry mode ot arrest is by pro cess of law, on oath, of prob.iblo cause, under warrants or orders, just sis with us ; and the difference imagined by Mr. Stephens, "that in England all rights and liberties were grants from the Crown to the Parliament, and through them to the people; while with us, all power originally belonged to the people, and essentially still resides wiih them; is rather a distinction than a difference; for in both cases, the power , originally belongs to the sovereign, and in botb cases the power is defined, explained and limited by the sover eign's action, through constitutional enact ment. Hence, analogies between this country and England are essentially to be looked for and expected, as without doubt the framers of the organic law on this point had looked to Eng lish action, and were served by it with pre cedent. At this point Mr. Stephens falls into the lameutable error of defending Gov. Brown in that singular statement, that he was not aware tint any sovereign in England had asked f r t!io suspension of the habeas corpus, or that Parliament had' ever conferred upon the Crown th? power to make arrests. In justify ing this statement, Mr. Stephens falls into an egregious error tho moro unpardonable became it is an error by the Vice President Micjiation, when attacking his own Gov- We have heretofore shown, and we now repeat, that of times in England, siuee the stt llancnt, have English sovereigns asked for, and English Parliaments passed bills, sus pending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus; and the suspension has expressly conferred on the crown the power to make arrehts. It is sufticient for our purpose to note the case of puspension of 1817, when, on the application of the Regent Prince George, the habeas corpus was suspended throughout the Realm. The bill ' enabled hfa majesty to secure and detain such persons as his majesty shall suspect are conspiring against his person and Government." Many persons were arrested, detained and held by order of the king, without any other process of law; and on an effort in Parliament to instruct a committee to enquire into these detentions, the motion was negatived, upon the ground thift the Secretary of State had tho authority to arrest and hold, without trial, because in his discretion the ends of justice would not be forwarded by immediate trial. Furthermore: for a more conclusive bestowal of the power of arrest, and for a more thorough protcctio to all persons making arrests, bills of indem nity were passed, accompanying these suspen sions of the habeas corpus. Mr. Stephens would do well to take down to Milledgeville the 36th volume of the Par liamentary Debates, where he will find the matters we have stated : and by reference to previous volumes of the same publication, he will find that both he and Gov. Brown will inspire some wonder in English circles, when their extraordinary statements shall reach the public men of Great Britain. In England, as here, there were al ways found opposers to the suspension. There, as here, the suspension was ered to bo " a limitation ot the freedom oCthe people an " attack on the constitution " it was compared to "leltrcs de cachet," and such like. Bu the leading statesmen, the large majorities of Parliament, in critical times al ways assumed the responsibility for the public good. In 1817, the celebrated civilian Dr. Phillimore, declared it a "debt of justice due to the necessary security ef the lives and prop erties of the citizens ;" that there " was not but one reign (James" the Second,) since its enactment, during which no suspension had taken place, and the principlesof liberty were never so well understood' Other able statesmen supported itt .on the principle that ordinary laws were sufficient for ordinary times ; their object being to punish crime for example ; but that in extraordinary dangers, this measure was necessary for pre caution ; it being always proper, as regarded the State,' to arest an evil rather thau struggle with it. Tho last point we propose to notice, is Mr. Stephens' eitatious of individual cases of hard- ahip. This is arguing from the possible abuse, . ! " i ' i ' i i. it Af anil aDa may De applied io me Yesuug .v power. By the same process of reasoning; Mr. Stephens might with equal propriety argue against the system of arrests by magis- , teriat warrants, flow many hard "cases are there of arrests by justices of thepeace ? How many harassing act&of injustice how many wrong findgs of jarfes ? Mr. Stephens has., only to recur to bis book of briefs to upset any judicial system, if the liability to its abuse be sufficient reason against it. It is no more to be considered thai Govern ment officers the enro'.liug officer, his supe rior, the controlling officer of conscription, the Secretary of War, the President to all of whom an appeal lies in the individual instance to which Mr. Stephens cited, would practise oppression aDd do wrong, than it is to be feared that judges, jurors and courts would. To alarm the people with such apprehension was the resort of a esperate "necessity. In conclusion, on this point, we fully recog nize tho great privilege of the writ of Habeas Counts a sacred writ of right a Magna Carta. We look upotf its suspension as only to be justified by extreme necessity, when the liberties of the people are clearly to be pre served, rather than endangered, by its sn pen sion. But of the Congressional right by the Constitution to suspend it, when invasion or rebelliou. jeopard the public safety, we con sider unquestionable; and when suspended, the power of arrest may be invested in the Head of the Government. Wc shall only now joint nut-how guarded has Congress been in the act of suspension, and how careful the Government ha been in tho exercise of the powers bestowed, to make our notice of Mr. Stephens complete ; and wo are content to let his spoech, with our com ments, bo fairly judged by the people of North Carolina. A member of Congress from Tennessee, hai now in his pockethe draft of a bill which he proposes to introduce at the earliest possible moment of the next session, which, if adoptel, will cut speculation off at the knees, and in flict deserved punishment upon the sharks who have been preying upon the wants and neces sitis of the people. The bill provides that every man shall be compelled under oath to report the amount of his sales and the per cent, of profit he has made, and that all profit beyond what is just and reasonable, shall be regarded as a tax collected, for tho government, and paid over to the government. Those who raised their pricc3 upon the passage of the currency bill, to cover the depreciation of the money, and continued the same prices after the one-third was deducted, are jarticularly provided for. Such a law is badly needed, and wo believe would tend to a greater extent to reduce the present exhorbitant pricc3 than anything that could be devised. Marriage of a Gallant Officer. We learn, says the Atlanta Intelligencer, that 39(n North Carolina regimeut, wasmarxjed on Wedcesday, 30th of March last, to the beau tiful and accomplished Miss Macon Bale, at the residence of her mother in Montgomery, Alabama. Col. Reynolds commanded the 39:h N. C, at the battle f Chickamauga, and greatly distinguished himself there. He captured several pieces of artillery, two stands of col ors, and a number of prisoners. After a brilliant career on the battle field, he has beeu captured by one of Alabama's fairest daugh ters, and through fear of condign punishment, has taken the oath of allegiance to his con queror. We trust that his chains may ever be wrought of flowers, and that through life unalloyed happiness may bless " Two souls with but a 6ingle thought, Two hearts that beat as one." East Tennessee. Many despondent per sons are of the opinion (says the Charlottes ville Chronicle) that East Tennessee is forever lost to tho Confederacy, simply because its territory is at present occupied by the enemy. This, in one sense of the word, amounts to nothing. After a few hard blows, we are cf the opinion that East Tennessee will again be ours. We feel satisfied that the Federal army, under Schofield, in that section of country, is far inferior to ours, commanded by Gens. Buckner, Ransom, Vaughan, Jones N and others. They are still in Eist Tennes see, and at the proper time will speak for themselves. Some negroes having found a shell, near the residence of Mr. Hansley, on Topsail Sound, N. C, which had been fired at the blockade running steamer Dee, removed tho kcap and fuse. Mr, Wm. Batson applied a lighted twig to the powder, to see if ths shell WOUld explode; uJ traa terribly wounded 8 the result of his experiment. Both legs had to be amputated, and he was besides severely burned and lacerated on the arms, face and elsewhere. Among a batch of nothern newspapers sent to us by a friend near the enemy's lines in Bertie, we see that the Yankees are mak ing quite a glorification over the following statement : "Judge Pearson of North Carolina, in a case of habeas corjms recently tried before . him, decided that the recent act of Congress to conscript persons who have furnished sub stitutcs for the war, is unconstitutional." A letter received by a gentleman in Rich mond from one of the largest and most re spectable commercial houses iu Liverpool, dated March 12, says: 'There is a report to day that Maximilian is to acknowledge the Confederacy, and Franco will back him, if the Federals threaten war." GoodXews. Our columns teem this morning with ac counts of the most cheering victories and successes. Kirby Smith has duplicated his grand Shreveport exploit, by an equally grand affair at Mansfield, Louisiana, on the 8th mst., at which the enemy's loss is put at eight thousand men, thirty-five guns, two hundred wagons, and two thousand prisoners. Col. Powers madeabilliantdash right into Port Hudson on the 7th, captured a gun and thirty prisoners, and killed . and wounded ninety Yankees : his own loss being only three wounded. The Northern papers received on yesteilay, give fall and glorious confirmation of the vic tory and capture of Fort Pillow ; their papers making our victory even more complete than did our own accounts. The fall of Fort Pillow is followed by the news of an attack by our forcps on Fort Hal leck, at Columbus, Kentucky. The Northern papers give confused accounts of the matter, and admit a doubt as to the success in uking the Fort, but the probabilities are that we did succeed. At the same time that this attack was go ing on at Columbus, Kentucky, our forces were pressing the Yankees ar Paducah, and had renewed their demand for the surrender of the fort. A dispatch from the West, in the Northern pnper3, says : From Paducah, we learn that the Confed erates have again possession of that place and yesterday (15th) renewed the attack on the Federal forces stationed there. Colonel Hicks, in command of the fort, had been sum moned to surrender, but declined to accede to tho demand. The Northern papers have no news from Grant's arrny not a word. This is ominous. It is evident that they are awaiting for the flash of arms between the confronting armies. Any moment may bring it. And here in North Carolina wb greet our Western heres with also a glorious victory. On Monday last, Brig. Gen. Hoke moved by land upon Plymouth, on the Roanoke river, while Commander Cook proceeded down the river on the gunboat built at or near Halifax. c have not sufficient particulars .to kpow when the attack upon the enemy's forts and batteries commenced, but wo have reliable information that the forts and batteries at Ply . mouth were taken, also a large number of prisoners, many of them negroes, who will be restored to their owners in time to make crops this year for their masters, and other valuable captures were also made. See des patches under Telegraphic head. It is re ported that all of the enemy's batteries, but one had been taken, up to the hut advices, and that our gunboat had passed out into the waters of the Sound. This is indeed glorious new?, and we are prepared to hear now if th capture of New bum, Washington, and the clearing of the Yankees from Roanoke IsUnd and the waters of the Sound. We learn that Gen. Corson's brigade, bo low Kinston, made a . reconuquning expedi tion towards Newborn, a day or two ato,and old town. But then time had not come yet, and they must therefore bide a wee. We shall hear from that direction probably very soon. "Now, by St. George, the work goes brave ly on." From the Rapidan and Chattanooga, the news still is that all is quiet, but move ments are being made by the enemy which indicate that tile guage of battle will soon be given at both points. In the meantime, while Grant i3 ostentatiously collecting his masses to assail Richmond, the time for Breck inridge and Buckner's advance into Kentucky is at hand. Gen. Lee can take care of Grant, Gen. Johnston of Sherman, and Kirby Smith of Banks." Thus holding the enemy's forces wide apart, the centre is open and Kentucky lies exposed to our grasp. If an advance should be attempted by the enemy from Knoxville, Longstreet at Bristol would show the enemy that Jje was not so near Richmond as their enterprising scouts have reported. So cheering and inspiring are the news and the prospect, that even the weak-kneed may take, courage and begin to believe that the day of our deliverance is at hand. Impressments. We publish in our adver tising columns, the , Order of the Adjutant I General of JXorth Carolina on the subject of Impressments. It strikes us, however, that most of the orders of the Confederate Govern ment cited and referred to, have been r abolished, while others hate been changed and modified. The advertisement headod "Miners Want ed " was inadvertently dated "Navy Mining Bureau, C. S. N." It should be" Office of Inspector of - Ordnance, C.' S. IT? ' "' The Pay- etteville Observer, Charlotte Democrat and Wilmington Journal, which were requested to copy, will please note, and make the change accordingly. , .. . All Candidate announcements must be ac companied by the cash, in order to secure in sertion in this paper. . Wheat Prospect in the South. Hav ing just returned from a trip through South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, it affords us pleasure to report that the wheat crop in all these States is very promising, and the report is equally favorable from Mississippi. The stand is good and the fields green. A number of farmers and planters with whom we con versed, expressed themselves much pleased with the prospect of the growing crop. At Columbus, Miss., corn was selling at $1 per busheLSelma $3, Montgomery $5, in old is sue. Millions of bushel.4 can be purchased at these ynce&j-Siatesvillc Express ' w This is good news. Very latest from the North. From BaltimorQdates-of.'the lGfrb, we sub join the following of the new's : DECLINE IK GOLD Gold has declined." At the first board in New York, on the 15th, gold opened at 178, at 4 o'clock was selling at 174J, and closed at 10. P. M.,at llll. But this fallln gold meang nothing it is purely spasmodic. In another day, jKirbapa, it may run up to a higher bgure than it haa ever ye(attained. , The market is unsettled, and the greatest alarm prevails in financial circled. Read what the New York lribune, which always puts the best face on matters or - the .administration, says of the money crisis: Sterling bills were quoted at 305 during the Hurry in gold, but are too fuucti unsettled to make quotations of use. It is understood that theTreasury Department is on the market with 800,000. ' t The Secretary of the Treasury has 'been in communicatien to-day with leading financial people, and the strtet is full of rumors as to what he means to do. The report which gave the gold and stock gamb'ors the greatest alarm was that he would offer a large amount of bonds upon moderate notice for the most they would bring, au'd steadily sell bonds for the future wants of the Government. Bank officers are anxious to know what Mr. Chase will do and with reason. They are dan gerous expanded as a body, ai d cannot pay their debts except, in interest tearing notes, and are overloaded vcith fancy stocks as colldt m erals. tfULL CONFIRMATION OF OUR VICTORY AT FOKT PILLOW. The Northern pajers give full and glorious confirmation of the victory and capture of Fort Pillow ; their jiapers making our victory even moro complete than did our own ac counts. The Yankees confess to the annihi lation of the garrison. A despatch dated at Cairo, gives the following particulars of the assault and capture of the fort : Forrest, with six thousand men, attacked Fort Pillow Tuesday morning. Soon a'ter L the attack, Forrest sent a flag of truee demand ing a surrender of the fort anil garrison, mean while disposing his forces so as to jjain an advantage. The fag of truce teas refused, and the fighting was resumed. Afterwards a second flag came in, which was also refused. At 3 o'clock, the rebels came in swarms, compelling our surrender. Immediately ensued a scene xchich utterly baffles all description. The indtrnate fiends commenced an indiscriminate bxdehery of whites and Uucfo, including those of both colors previously wounded. The colored sol diers becoming demoralized rushed to the rear, their white rfheers having thrown down their arms. Both whites and blacks were then bayouetted, slot or sabred. Out of the garrison of six hundred oidy two hundred re mained alive. Six guns werecajtured by the rebels and carried away. EXCITING NEWS FROM KENTUCKY RUMOURS OF THE CAPTURE OF FoRT It ALLECK OUtt FORCKs IN PADUCA1I. The news grows exciting from Kentucky; and the fall of Fort Pillow is s on followed by news of an attack by our forces on Fort Halleck, at Columbus, Kentucky. There were rumours of the capture of the fort but the accounts are. confused on this point. At any rate, our forces had Atfackd the fort, and the probabilities arc that they succeeded in its capture. The Yankee account is as follows from which the doubt of the result is evidently in our fovoiir: On Wednesday morning last, General Buford, in command of a Confederate force, appeared before Fort Halleck, at Columbus, Kentucky, aLd. demanded its surrender, but were sent to Cairo, and in the meanwhile, two steamers arrived at Columbus from, the lower Mississippi, with tin ee -thousand veterans, on their way home on furlough. These were landed, and it was believed would enable tho commandant at Fort Halleck to make good his defence of that post. Whether he was able to do bo, or was obliged to capitulate, is left by tiie telegram iu doubt. The informa tion on this point is singularly vague. We are told that the steamer-Olive Branch subsequently reached Cairo, and represented that there was fightiug during the entire day; that when she jassed the latter place there was a cessation of hostilities, and that nego tiations were pending, as a fag of truce was flying.. After thotfteanier had passed up the river, the report states that fighting was resumed, and that the Federal jlag was seen to come down, but in spite of this apparent confirma tion of the surrender, it was believed that the flag was simply shot away, as there seemed to be efforts made to raise it again. Considerable anxiety has been felt here for some days, produced by the movements of the disloyal men in the adjoining county of Madi son. Col. Kirk, who holds, it is said, a Fed eral commission, has been receiving, so saith ru:nor, many recruits during two "or three weeks last past. Our forces at Marshall, 20 miles below here have been repeatedly fired upon, and on one occasion the pickets cap tured. The latest intelligence represents Kirk aa threatening an attack, and a fight may occur at any hour. As to the actual strength of Kirk's forces, we presume no correct estimate can bo made. Since the falling back of Longstreet, he has had everything his own way from Marshall to the Tennessee line. P. S Since the foregoing wss put in type, we learn that our forces have evacuted Mar shall, falling back in this direction. Verily the tide of war is rolling to our very doors, but we hope soon to see it rolled back upon our invaders. Let all be patient, and they 6hall see what they shall see. We learn that a raid was made on Bornsville Sunday night, and ' nbont -100 gao and a quantity of provisions captured aud carried away. No other par ticulars. Asheville News. The Yankee Army of the Potomac. Notwithstanding the bluster of the Yankee journals about the extensive preparations for the capture of Richmond, there c&n be do doubt that the army under Grant, on the Rappahannock, is much weaker mimerically than that which was' overwhelmed under Hooker a year ago at ChancellorBvillc. An officer who came down on the Central train last night informs us that our scouts report that the statement of heavy reinforcements to Grant are greatly exaggerated, and that the enemy's army, with all the reinforcements received up to this time, does not rxceed 60, 000. It is stated, however, that Grant is making preparations for an advance.- iftcA mond Dispatch. Hats. A hat manufactory haa benn Mth. lisbed at Statesrille, N. C, and the Express says that as fine an article is made as was ever brought from YankeeUnd. TELEGRAPHIC. REPORTS OF THE PRESS ASSOCIATION. Entered according to act of Congress in the yeai 1863, by J. S. Tjrashm, in the Clerk offi of the Diatrict Oourt of th Confederate State for the Northern District of Georgia. Glorious Results In North Carolina! Wc are under obligations to Col. Barnes, of the Executive Office, for the following brief summary of the results of the recent attack on the enemy's works at Plymouth, and his forces by land and water : The land and water attack upon Plymouth, under Gen. Hoke aud Commander Cti.k, was a complete success. Twenty-five hundred prisoners were taken, also thirty pieces of ord nance ; two gnuboats sunk, ouc small steamer captured, besides stores aud supplies of all kinds. We are indebted to our coteroporaries, the Editors of the State Journal at Goldsboro', for the following additional particulars of the Plymouth expedition : Goldsboro', April 21. The train is just in from Tarboro', and brings the report that Plymouth has been captured by Gen. Hoke. Twenty-five hundred prisoners one-half negroes were taken ; be sides sinking two gunboats. Our loss reported to bo two hundred and forty killed and wounded. r Official Despatch from Gen. Hoke. An official despatch from Gi. Hoke to the War Department at Richmond, is as follows : " Plymouth, April 20. I have stormed and carried this place; capturing one Brig adier, sixteen hundred men, 6tores, and twenty-five pieces of artillery." The Enemy Preparing for Battle around Chattanooga. Dalton, April 20. It is generally believed that- the enemy is concentrating his force at Ringgold and Cleveland, and before long warm work may be expected. The enemy's lines have been rigidly guarded recently, and but littlo if known of his movements. Weather clear and pleasant once more, and every thing in good condition. Another Great Victory by Kirby Smith. Mobile, April 20. Western dispatches report a battle at Mans field, La., on the 8tli inst., in .which Banks yvas terribly defeated, with a loss of eight thousand. Kirby Smith captured thirty-five guns, two hundred wairons, and two thousand prisoners 'Th Federals admit a defeat. Generals Morton and Polignac were severe ly wounded. Steel was surrounded on the Little Missouri, awaiting reinforcements. " Another Success. Mobile, April 20. G1. Powers, with two hundred men, dash ed into Port Hudson on the 7th, and'eaptnred one gun and took eighteen prisoners. The Yankees admit a 1 ss of ninety. Powers' loss ouly three wounded. From the Rappahannock. Richmond, April 21. A llaot of nunbrats annoired vraterdav on j-, it- - j Rappahannock river, twelve miles below 1. - . .1 I iojimiiami, wmi n urzmjiug apparatus sent ip advance, searching for torpedoes. From the North. The New York Herald of th 18th rerivd. It contains nothing important from the army oi ine rotomac. All traces of the recent storm massed awav. Weather bright and beautiful. Mosby made another raid on Saturday into Fairfax station, capturing a train. He burnt 20 wagons and carried off tho horses. Despatches from Chattanooga', up to Satur day, say all quiet. Deserter's from Con federate army say Hardee's corps is going to Virginia. Two men wore killed and seven wounded on the Minnesota. Atnong the former was Lieut. Wilder, Executive officer. " , Jankee Accounts from Gen. Fo rest . Cairo, April 17. Foiret abandoned Fort Pillow, leaving it a perfect wreck. The main body left the Fort on Friday morning, going Ncrth. For rest's headquarters believed to be at Jakson. Our officers at Memphis greatly exercised at the Fort Pillow massacre. The soldiers threaten to show Forrest's men no quarters hereafter. Wirt Adams drove the Yankee forces from Big Black a week ago and took m any pris oners. The steamer Golden Gate was taken pos session of on the night of the 12th, fiftton miles above Memphis, by guerrillas. They robbed the boat, passe.igers and crew of every thing. Duvall's bluffsection is over run with guer rillas. All boats approaching are fired into. Oa the llth four hundred Texan cavalry attacked the camp of the Unionists at Rose ville on Arkansas river, but were repulsed. Mr. Nixon, State representative from Frank lin, Arkansas, has been murdered, and the representative from Arkansas county kid napped. The gunboat Chenango exploded at the Brooklyn navy yard last Friday the boat is a total loss thirty-five persons injured ; twenty-two dead. The past week has been one of extraor dinary excitement in Kew York fl Lcles. Sales of gold on Saturday, fifty-three 1 A.t J J ll . - inousana aouars sold at 173 to 173. The Herald , says tho time for the great closing crisis not yet arrived ; until it doe, let ua be as calm as possible and prepare ourselves for the crisis. These small event merely for shadow. rroni the Seventh Congressional District. Davidson County. ' Lexington, April 21. Vote at Lexington Leach's home Leach 140, Foster 103, Ramsey 4. Cotton Grove Foster 68, Ramsey 2, Leach nary one. Thomasville at 3 o'clock, p. m. Foster 60 Leach 30. These are the only precincts beard from. Fbom the Gulf. Information has been received of the loss of the Wild Pigeon, a vessel consigned to parties in Tallahasse, and hav ing pat of her cargo on Government account. She waa seen off Tampa by a Yankee blocka der. It is said that the captain of the Pigeon ran her across the steamer's bow inUntmnallv as be was determined, if possible, to keep the - f t t crgoirom laiung into tnenands of the enemy. Army News. On Saturday morning last, as we learn fro tho Pctmbuig Rrgi&ttr, Litut. J. . bu1 8th North Carolina, having received inform tion that a 'party of men were concealed c Epps' Island, in James river, iutending to t cape io uie eucuij, cruwfu over ana cattiPf)(i ten out of a party of tleven. 1 hey are mostly foreigners Geimans and French and Mat they were employed iu the Government ihops; that a man In Richmond, named KliJ Knuckles, had conveyed then twenty down tho river on Vduesd.iy ninlit. wlw'i-. I rpi...,.!... im,i niau iiuijicu iiintuci uuouu mem, at;J coming ou daylight, left then! on Epp' Ut prUIUlMll IU ivvuiii tut iitviu u, lOlloWjtij, night. Threo days having cl.ped without his returning, they applied io mine tt.ft(IM for fd, which led to their apprehension Knuckle had charged them one thou.snii('i dollars, whkh had stripped them of all thtir money, not five dollars being found on thetu prisoners. They Uto that Knuckles h-a of his exploits iu this line, and eajs he has rim the blockade upwards of seventy times. following are the names of nine of the prig, ouers received at Pttert-burg; the other waj left t City Point, biirg too sick to travel viz : A. Crose, James Mussy, Chaa. Schmidt) T. Mart n, Ji hn Cottrdl, E Hetzcy, E. StrJ uier, P. Marrou ntiJ M. Marrou. OFFICIAL DISPATCH. The followicg 'dispatch was yesterday re ccivtd from Gen'. Pillow: Jackson, Tknn., Aprils, 1801. L. Polk, Lituteuant Gcueral : I attacked Fort Pillow on the morning ,f tho 12th. with a pnrt of Ball's and Mi(J,. loch's brigades, numbering , uuder Brig. Gen. J. R. Ciialmtr.'. Altera short right, wo drove the enemy, 700 strong, into tu f,)rf under the cover of their gunboats, dcin;mde,i a surrender, which was dccliued by Maj. W. Booth; commanding United States forcw, and, after a contest of thirty minutes, ciptur ed tho entire garrison, killing f00, and taking 200 horK'S and a larg amount of qnai tcnua ter's stores. The officers in tlu fort wuro killed, including Major Booth. 1 su,taiiud a loss of 20 killed aud CO wounded. Aniocj the wounded is tho gallant Lieut. Col. Wni. M. Reid, whilst leading tho 6th MifsisHppi.-, Over one hundred citizeus, uhohadlUl to the Fort from conscription, ran into the iicr and were drowned. The Confederate fU' now lloatsover tho Fort. N. B. Foukkst, Maj. Gen. RuMou or Another Fight on tub Black wateb. it was "town talk" on yesU-nJav Umt Gen. Clingman had eucceeded in giving Um Yankees a drubbing on the Btackwater. We could get- no particulars ; neither wore we able to trace the rumor to its source. Vcr. burg llegisUr. For the Confederate. Public Meethis In Alamance. At a large meeting of tho citizena of Ala mance county, held in Graham on tho loth of April, ou motion, Samuel White, lq., wan called to the chair, and J. G. Dickey, Km, appointed secretary. It Y. MeAden, Esq., introduced the fol lowing retolutions, which were unanimously adopted : Whekkaw, the time is near at hand whoo the people oi North, Carolina will bii called upon to select a Governor ; therefore b-j it JlesoUed, By the people oi Alamance cjuuty, without distinction of patties, that we recognize in our present Governor, Z, II. Vance, both a statetnan and patriot, and that we will cheerfully support him for our next Governor ; believing him to be true both to the Strtto and Coufederaio Governments llesdced, That a committee of three I appointed, U requcht Gov. Vance to visit .L....iiv,c, nuu HLTuresi mo people at Ins ear liest convenience Resoloed, That the poccedinggof this meet ing be forwarded to thaConJederate, Obcnr, Progress and Patriot, with a request for pub lication. Tho following committee was appoints! to correspond with Gov. Vance: R. Y. Mc.-vden, A. II. Boyd and Dr. D. A. Montgomery. SAMUEL WHITE, chairman. J. O. Dickev, secretary. Important Decision. Judge Halyburton, of the CoDfedemte State District Court at Richmond, delivered, on the 18th, a lobg and able decision sustaining the constitutionality of the act suspending tho writ of habeas corjtt. The case, for the petitioners, was argued by Hon. II. S. Foote, It. T. Daniel, F. L. Smith, Eaton Nance, John II. Gilmer, D Marr and K. Orvis, and for the Government by P. JI. Aylett, Esq., who associated for the Government Judge Monroe, the venerable and distinguished Judg for many years, of the District Court of Ken tucky. The argument of the case occupied nearly two weeks, aod the following pointi were Insisted upon by the counsel for the petitioners; 1st. That the law was unconstitutional. 2. That if constitutional, the court ami 1 nevertheless go behind the return in any case in which a party was detained by au thority of the President or Secretary of War, and inquire into the acts of each case to ascer tain whether thcro were sufficient grounds for detention. After mature deliberation, Judge Halybur ton tendered a decision, which gives to the act all the force and vigor which Congress in tended it should possess. Coming, as this decision does, from a jurist of great learning, ability and purity of character, it will have throughout the country the weight which it merits. We feel well assured, that the powers with which this act clothes the Executivo will tut be abused, and that they will not be unnecessa rily exercised. raon East Tskxkssib Cars, under a flag of truce, have been running for some days past at low as Greenville, Tennessee. They triuR up cititens who refuse to Uke the Yankee oath among them the families of Dr. Ramsey anJ Col. Crozler, of Knoxville and take down all who are hungering for iu A correspondent cf the Bristol Gazelle writing from kingsport, eaya : , Two brigades of the enemy are at Mossy Creek ; one regiment at Strawberry Plains ; two email brigades at Bull's Ga. No force in East Tennessee but the 23d army corps. Their cavalry have gone to Cleveland, Teun. Mr. Keclora daughters and a Miss Guffy were shot dead two days since by some renegades wlo were endeavoring to rob their bouse. Forrest .Victorious Again I Advice from North Mississippi (nay a tho Meridian. Clarion) report that Forrest has had another engagement with the Yankees near White' station, ten miles from Memphis on tho Char leston Railroad, in which he killed and wounded a large number of the enemy hd1 took fifteen hundred prisoners. The number of prisoners taken may be exaggerated, but of the fight and victory there b no doubt.