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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
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,
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
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
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."
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
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
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
"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 :
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.

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