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General Butler in Full Posses
sion of the City.
All Peaceable Citizens to be Protected
In Person and Property.
irmt of the Mayor and Aldermen for Be
fining to Take the Cath of Allegiance.
General Butler's Movements Previous to
the Occupation of the City.
?ketches of the XVaval Heroes of
Hew Orleans.
Details of the Evacuation of
Fort Livingston.
lute rest iu? Letter from the Va
runa's Engineer,
Farther Rebel Accounts from
New Orleans.
fltTenor Moore And the Military Leaden
Charged with Cowardice.
Protest of the French Naval
What Jacob Barker Says ef the
Financial Crisis*
AO-, Ac., a*.
The Memphis Avalanch* of the 6th tost, un of affklrs
In New Orleans that Minr Monroe and all ths Aldormea
dat? kMD arrested for ref-iglag to talcs ths oath of allegi
ance to Um United States and ace. to prison. Great dia
trana prevails in tbe city. Food of all kinds la extremely
ecaroe. Floor ia not to b? bad at any price. Mora of the
Union force la yet to bo landed, and the river is fall of
Union fusboate, mortar boata and tr ana porta.
The A volant kt of the 7th Inst. aays:?We bare advice*
from New Orleans up to Saturday, eleven A. M. General
Boiler baa taken the St. Chartea Hotel for his beadquar
tera. The Erana Borse.on Poydrw street, haa been
aenverted into a hospital. The Jackson Railroad depot
area taken poesosainn or on Saturday morning. The fede
ral pickets hare been extended out as far as the croesinf
of the Jacka?n and Jefferson railroads. Four gunboats
and eat tranap ort started for Baton Rouge on Saturday
Bareral Union regiments hare been landed at New Or
leans. All tlie newspapei a is New Orleans are still pub
llahed, though a fsde<-ai censor ia plbced orer every
?flics to examiui all nutter, rnd ssclnds whatever may
prove inimical to the Union cause.
? proclamation from General Butter was handod ia to
?lithe newspaper eRlcs at Mew Orioaoa; but they re
fused to publish it, whon a guard fu sent to the 7rut
Delta office who t<-ok possession of It. Northern prinUrs
were then sent for, and the proclamation aet up and
sraefeeA off in the edition of the 2U iuai.
HniDQCARTI 'tS, I'XPAKTKXV? 0? Tils c;ru>, I
Nsw OuiXAHd, May 1, 1362. >
Theclty af Kew Orleans tnd as envirous, with all its
Interior and exterior defences, having surrendered to
the combined naval oad lau l forces of thu United States,
and being now in the occupation of the forces of the
United States, who lure soma to restore order, maintain
pub!io tranquillity and enforce peace and quiet,
under the laws and constitution of the United
States, the Major General Commanding hereby pro
claims the object ard purposes of the govern
ment of the United States in thus lairing poeae/<*ton
of New Orls-ms and tbe Slate of l/wisiana, sad the rules
anfl regulations by which tha law* of I be United stats'
will be for the present, and during thn state of war, en
forced and maintained, for the plain guiiaaas of ali go d
eitiasns of the I'rlteU Sla'e?, as well a.* o;!iers who m iy
hare heretofore been in rebellion ua nat their authority.
Thrice before has tlio city of New Orleans been rescued
from the hands of a foreign government, rnd still mire
calamitous domestic insurreoi:iri, by the ir.oney an.i
arms of the I'niied States. It haa of lata L>eeu under the
military control of the rebel forevs, and at each time Is
lbs judgment of the commanders of the military forces
bowling it, it has been found necessary to preserve orier
and maintain quiet by aa administration of martial law.
Rreo during the interim from Its evacuation by tbe rebel
soldiers and its actual possession by the soldiers of tbe
Cnited .states, the sirII authorities bars found It necee
sary to call for the laterrentloa of an armed body known
u the F.urops? hegtoa to preserve the public tranquillity,
rhe C mounding General, therefore, Will cause the city
to be guarded, until the restoration of the United States
Mtherity and his farther orders, by mnrtinl law. All
persons in arms agaisst the United flutes are required to
surrender than selves, with their arms, equipments and
munitions of war. The body known SS tbe European
Legion, not bemg understood to be tn arms against lbs
Ualted States, but organised to protest tha Urns and
property of the eltinena, are Invited to etiU eo operate
with the foreea of the United States to that end, and, so
set tag, will not be Included In tbe terms of this order,
but will report to these headquarters. All ensigns,
flags, drviees, lead ins to uphold any ? ihority what
orsr.sare the flags of the United l>taue and those of
'erelga eoasulaUs, must not be exhibited, but sup
urease*. The Amerlean snsl.n, tbe emblem of tbe
United States, mast be treatsd with tbe at
saoet deference and r aspect by all persons,
inder pain Of SSTere pnnlshment. All persons
well disposed towards the government of the United
Stales, who aball renew the oath of allegiance, will re
;eire a safeguard of protection to their persona and vro
jerty fro* i the army of tfce Unit*I State-*, an<i .be viola
i?s v( st'cli safeguard wiil be punishable with death,
til ps'ioaa still hfldlng allegiance to the Confederate
tt itea will lis deemed rebels against the government of
tno United States, and regarded -nd treated aa en*miss
thereof. All fore aers, not naturalized and euitniag ails
giuicr to tbeir rsspoctlre governments, and not hariug
male oath of s.legiance to the government of the
Confederate States, will be protected In tbeir persons
and property, as bere'ofVre. in der the laws of tbe
ti. itotl .ttatea. All persons who may have beretuferu
g -en a<) her en os to the supposod government of > he Con
federals states, or beeo in their service, wb?sb?>l lay.
A wn or deliver ap their srma, return lo pescefj: ?ccn
gMii.<ns, and preserve quirt and order, holding no fur
ther ?orr" pondeiice nor giving HJ and ?mfort to ene
?ni^s ef the tt'.iiied Mates, will sot bs disturbed In their
oereori or | roperty, except so far under tbe orders of the
Commanding General as tbe evigsncias of tbe puuiks eer
vies mSf r-nder necessary. Keeixtrsof til public i>re
party, whether Stste, aatlnMl erCoafeietaie,s<i<.b as
eol'eiti .os rtf srt, l.brai lea so*! museums, aa w*n n> all
pnbhc buildings, all munitions of war and armed vessel*,
will at race maks full rri.iroa thereof to ih*sese?4
All maauftrturore of arms aad munitions of I
Eher PUB of Uit Scene of the Naval Victory on tha Morning
of April 24, 1862.
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I k
Mi a Mi
'osmonoFimcHAiN suppoxraw
.4?Pogltioa of tho float daring tho bombardraaat. I CC? Robot flotilla, aw la tod bf lron-?ta4 batter?, tfco
B? PoauioB of bomb flotilla, which daring the engage- I ram and fir* rafto.
meat ranged la dtotanceo from 3,010 yar da to 4,100 yard a I
placet- of business. All the rights of pro party of what
ever le nd will be held inviolate. subject only to the laws
of the I niteJ states. All the inhabitants are enjoined to
pursue their usual avocations. All shops and places of
amusement are to be kept open in the accustomed man
ner, and services are to be held In the churches and
religious Uo-ises, as hi times of profound psaoe. Keepers
of all public house* and drinking saloons are to report
their names and numbers to the ofice ef the Provost
Marshal, and they will then receive a license, and be
held responsible for an disorders aod disturbances arising
In their respective place". Sufficient force wti! be kept
in the aitjr to preserve order end maintain the laws.
The killing of American soldiers by any disorderly
person or mob is simply assassination and mur
der, and not war, aod will be so regarded aod
punched. The owner ef any house in wli.ch such
murder shall be committed will be beld
respon*ib!s thsrefor, aiid the uouse be U.tb'e U> be de
stroyed by the military to liority. All di. irders, dis
turbances of the pea e, ? id crimes 'if an aggravated na
ture, interfering with 'he forces or lit? o; the United
States, will be referred -o a military court for trial and
punishment. Other m.ideinoacnrs will be subject to
the municipal s'ltl.jrlty, if it desires to act. Civil
ca.ises between party and party will bs re
ferred to the ordnary tribunals. The lery end
collection of taxes, save those nnp">??l by 'he law* of
the Untied Sta'.es. are suppressed, except tUo-e
for keeping In repair and lighting the street* and for
sanitary purp<- sen. These are to be collected in the usual
tnancer Th' i. r uiation of Confsder.tte bonds, evidences
of debt (txr*pi notes id the simlitnde of bank n'-tun),
issue 1 by the < o.rederaie States, or scrip, or any trade
in the nam , is forbidden. It lias been represented to the
Gonimsndieg Genera) by the civil authorities thai these
Confederate cole*, in the form of bank notes, in a grsat
measure, are the only substitutes for money which the
people have been allowed to have, and that great distress
would ensue amon.; the poorer classes if the clrculat.on
of such notes should bs suppressed. Sueh sircslation,
ttrsrefore, will be permitted so long ss any ons will be in
considerate enough to rseslvs thorn until further orders.
No publication of newspapers, pamphlets or hardbills
giving accoun's of ths movement# of the soldiers of the
United St* es withis this department, rejecting tn any
way up- n ths United States, Intending ui any way to
Influence the pubiie mind against the United States,
will b* permitted, and all artlclo* on war
nsws, editorial comments, or correspondsnee
making comments npon the movements of the
armies <X the I'nited States, must be submitted to the
eiamluscon of an officer who will be detailed for that
purpose ' >m theee headquarters. The transmission of
all coma ."ilcailoos by telegraph will bs under the charge
of an offleer from these headquarters.
The artaiex of the United Mates o-nne hers net to ??
stroy, but to restore order out of chaos, to uphold th"
government and the laws in ths placs of ths "pee
sets" of men. To this end, therefore, the ef
forts of all well disposed are invltsd, to havs
eTeryspwels* ef disorder quelled, and if snrsoldisr of
the United Stoles tltould so far forget his duty or his lag
as to summit outrage n on any person or property, the
Commanding' tneral requests ?s nsn?e ts bs instantly
reported 10 the Provost guard, so that lie may l?? pvin
L'b-dand bis wrongful act redressed. The municipal
autnorlty, so far as ths poi,. e of ths clt; snd crimes are
coi.?ern?d, to extend as iisfors indicated, is here
by suspended All assesibiages of persons in the
streets, either by day er night, teed 10 disaster, and are
forbidden The various ?oapm? s ootnpo?iug the Fire
f spurt 11.est <>f Vew Orleans will be permitted to rstaln
ibstr organizations. and sre to report to the Provost
Marshal, so tbet they msy be known and not inter'srrd
with is their dune* And, Anally, It may he sufficient
to add, without further en rmsratl-jn. tbstall the require
meets of martial law will be Imposed se long m, In lbs
IndgMsnt ef Pw United states authorities, It may be
seeesaaiy: end ehiie !t is de? red by these authorities to
exercise this g vernmee! an !ly, and after the Ur.tge*
of the pa*' it must not be supposed that it will not be
rlgorourly sad Orally gilministered as the occasion calls
for X.
By oetnsacd o.' Major General BUTLER,
It was not until the squadron under Flag Officer Farra
g'lt had passed ths Torts that General Butler saw bis op.
portonity for successful co-operatlen had armed, and be
made immediate preparations for ths transportation of
bl? troops around Into ths bay In ths rsar of Fort St.
Philip, of which a careful reconnolsiance had been made
by Capt. J. F. Conant, of the Thirty-first Massachusetts
re?inieLt. and Capt. Chsrlee Fv-?rett, of the Sixth Massa
chusetts bittery. The bay had also bsen carefully south
ed by officers connected with the Coast Survey, on
I the Unltod Stntes steamer Sachem, and more particu
lar'.}- by Mr. R. E. Halter,C. 9., flagship Hartford.
On the '25'.h General Butler bad got into tbe bay with
the transport Mississippi, eontsio.ng tlis Twenty-sixth
and Thirty ilrst Massachusetts regiments, Brown's com
| pany of sappers and miner*, from the Thirtieth Maesachu
i setts regiment, and the Sixth Massachusetts bittery.
J Captains Kvsrett and C<jn.?nt were a spstched up the
river to Commodore Farragut. announcing Gen. Ruber's
readiness to operate in rear of ti e forts. They proceeded
to a narrow, straight canal, some mile ar.d s half in
length, to the re.ir of tbe Quarartine bulldir.gj, frotn
which point they expected te proceed up by means of bay
ous disco erod < u a previous exped.iion; but 'hey met on
ihe.r way Lieu'enant ttggs, of ths Varuna, who wis on
h.s way to General Butler with despatches from he Com
modore Com|<ariog notes, they returned, each to the
place he started from.
orssanoys or Tiuiiwoam
On theStfth the Miami and Lewis arrived in tbe bay
with fifteen launches, and the Miami took fire hundred
troops from the Twenty sixth Massachusetts regiment,
with Colonel F. F. Jones, and stsamed toward the shore,
wfe ch was approachable within about three miles. She
came to anchor at tbat distance from the shore, and no
S'.-Bday morning, ths 27th, the first detachment of troops
that have yet, during the war, set foot on loulilaLS soil
above the passes, set forth upon their errand. They
were accoaparled by their Oolooel and Lieutenant
Weitsel, of General Butler's staff. It was necessary to
row soms six or eight miles along the Indentations of the
coast and thro .*h one or two bsyo*is, to the month of
a long and narrow canal out in a direct
line from ths voarantine buildings to the bsy, dug for
tbe use of flstermcn and others. This narrow passage is
not wide en'High to pull through, and the current runs
with great swirtnees. It wss tharsfors neoersaryfor the
men to leave the boats and "tra?'%" them for about a
mile atd a half, wading to the waist in many placet in
mad an* water. With great difficulty and much toil
some 304 of tbe man were got to the Quarantine in tbe
course of tbe afternoon, finding It already In the pose I a
sion of tha nary.
t :s s*srr. n.iO wmx B?nm.
Tbe rebel ;l#gs were still llylng from tbe forts; but
there was little li'e to be seen In them, and the only eigne
of lue enemy to te seen were "tbe sure snd bars" Idly
hanging to tie ''agatAffs, while the small red flag they
Lite to ?how, as typtcal of their being prepared on all oc
>micii and ut/er all '?IrcuDetwicsa In fi,;ht to the 'set
drop of bloed, hiwig by t.ieir larger colore. Meantime,
the -<fata<.zas lied towed t e Great Pepubllc around to
the bar, and the Ninth Cent *>cf cut, Fourth Wisconsin,
fcjiib M? h gan aB-i Twenty first Indima rig1 inenta, to
gether with the Secoad V em oat baiter/, were ready to
take the bald.
rrm Ham inouisjrr.
Oa !he 2*'h, In pursuance of or iers :eft by 0e*. Butler,
who had gone aehore oo the previous etenlng, Korae live
bunired men frem Gen William*'brigade, seeompaaied
by the f.aneral bltnself, were placed i, tlx Miami, and
Iru.deii in the evening by the sam* tedious ni ans adopt
ed the previous day. It was Oca. Sutler's intention to
len<t several thmaaod m?n, an; atWm it to uOr, Fort St.
T'hlllp by storm ; but this was rendered turns
'?s?arjr by the s-irreuder of tl.e forts, bro pht
*f?iU t>v '/t?r cf th* Jtr'u (Aey iao landing alon*
Asm Tliey had lost ce<\rly eil thiir ronfldenc.e
when tbe fleet ?o successfully psaset tb?m, and bow
tuey fe't themselves to be lu a t-ap from which t' -ri
'vps no apparent "ten*. At midnight on the J7lb,s< to
I -too of the gsrrtecn st Fort Jsokson rsected, acua.ly
[ naiu^ia leaded fia ujpoa the later lor s# the fori ao4
The Chalmette Batteries Silenced Friday Noon, April
25, 1862.
Works Built to Repel the Advance of Foote's Flotilla and the
Union Army, Nine Miles Above New Orleans.
ponchamrain urf0
KlllXKir CEB.
hreatening to slay th-'lr officers if they war* not elloned
to depart In peace. Lieutenant Colonel Edward Higgle*,
aeetng bis ca*a ww ? deapcrata odo, thought discretion
u bo the better part for htm, end Jot them go, when thejr
m i 'tied out and up the river with their arm*, and war*
made prisooara when opposite Quarantine by our trtopa
UTwa or an 0*1*.
Th* following extracts from, the consolidated morning
reports kept In the fort for the mt'Dib of April show tn
brief ih* events of the week aa they saw them. It ap
pear* fr <m the earn* report U?t4th*re war* ta the fort
d ring i >? (leg* six hundred and n.uaty odd soul*:?
terll 5?A Rnnbnat and steam aJoofvof-war appeared
in '? gbt from Kort Jacksna, and ware fired at.
April 11?One private enlisted in company of sap
pers and miners. Company of H?. Marys cacao biers ar
med yerterday.
April 13?Sc. en vesseb> came np to the Point of Wr?4i.
One of tliem fired a number of ebota at the forte and vae
kc.s, and i wo gunboats opened tire upon the fortr
April If?Two mortar boats opened fir* wilb great
precision, and fired nine sboft.
April 1??Naval engagement, bombardment of r*rta
JncksoD and 81. Philip comu-.eti. ed, a mortar beat aad
aeveral g inbeats opened flie at a i|oerter to nir.e o'clock
A.M.; shelling continued until balT?paat six P. M?o*e
killed, four wounded.
April 10?Shelling commenced at half>paet six A.'M
an i kejt up all day ualntarruptadly. Ftia cmiiced
all night.
April 20?Celling continued without laicrmtsetea
trow iui night.
April 21?1 ire from mortar vewe).: and gunboats con
tinne<l uninterruptedly.
Apr.I 22 and V>?"helling con'tn ed
April 24--At half past three A. M. four slnope-ef war
and a number of gnnboats made a ds*h tn para the forts.
Some were disabled and ?mik or driven back. Fl*v?n or
twelve snc.t*(!iled in pacing.
April 25?One private, of the Alien Ooard, died this
April 2<l?One prlvat* miastag 1a Outpnay D. Five
Ocn e-'flrate gunb< aw reported lying ooar (juaiaaiiue.
Dying slag-1 of truce.
Arnl 27? .ittiorh" *1 nt;IU t/tf majcrUg qf tKt gorn
Km at f\rt JcnJ'- ;n d tf.ltd.
On tlm 2fith the Me lac had been all i??d to proceed
to New Orleans with a fkm of truce, bearing th* wounled
prtt?..err, and ahe returned the next day with letters t*
the ofTlcera and gar. leon, which may possibly have had
something to do with the final surrender. At all event*,
the rebel flag ?v hauled down on th* morning of the
vRtn, and natpt.atlona for a surr?nd*r commenced. Com
modore Fari Ag nt had sent Ins tract kma to Captain rorter
to demand the aarrroder of the fori* to the United states,
and not to either branch of the naval service. Th' sur
render was <1eir.an<:ed, and mad*, however, to the mor
U\r feat. While negotiations were pead ng, the I?ulsiana<
lying at the lime b?slrt* the Harriet lane, the latter
naving J. K. Mitrheil, priaalpal rebel naval officer, and
riiarles Mctotosh, second In oommand (both formerly of
the t'n te 'flatei iVavy), an board, was blown up by
their ortfor, and to th* great danger of the Harriet Una,
arwl contrary to all raleaof warfare, (loth tfeeoffeoders
a. e hid eleea priaoners.
MiiiTAitv nanwci.
Col. A. F. Jon^e, of the rwenty-alxlh Vaeaachusette re.
Kl;n?oi? In-lng left in command at the forte, General Rut
1 .or proceeded to New Orleans wl'.h what troop* omiid be
a eired from thoaa brat landed, followed quickly by the
balanc of lila fores ia end about the river. Oa the
I ^th halaadad a partita* hia sasaM Algiers, opposite
?!>? city, Gan. Loveil having matched l?m forces Out on
the 25t.b, and hlmsslf taken tM sets to join Beauregard
at Jackson.
General Bntlsr visited the fort on the 28th, In company
with Captatn Tartar, and expressed himself ctnOdeut af
bis ability to have tek?n It to two day*' time. lie seemed
romewhat chagrined that, after bia preparations of ao
maty months for this expedition, ali the 'ight.ng and all
tba glory should fall, thqa far, to tba navy. On
the other band, Captain Porter wan corretpond
uig.y elated, remarking tbat tbia was a happy
day for htm Now, tba mirier fleet Lave certainly
worked very bard and faithfully. Irer six days and Ave
nlgbta tfiay kapt op an almost eoalmuous lira, many
of tha ro?n going forty eight bouts without slesp,
bring constantly kept awake by tba reports of
tb?ir heavy mortars; and for this tbsy should
and will have full credit. Tba fci? wrra taken,
virtually, when Naw Or loans was overpowered, it
balog then merely a question of day* as to whan thay
would surrender. Tba a(>pearaoce of Gensral Butler In
their rear oo'y hastened m event that must soon hate
tsken plaea, and the r subinieslaa wac made after tba
mortar flotilla bad mainly loft tba rtrsr. Wo endeavor to
make these facte clear, tbat the public may under tand
and appreciate the tree condition af tha nutter.
At the fiat sum-ariar af tba forte Captain William B.
ltei>*haw,ef tba Wertfleld, was put iaoomit.aad of fort
Jackson, which * as found in a somewhat eunfosed but
still very strong conditk a. Water had been let Into the
three dlicbes which mrronnd tba Inner aad outer works.
Ibe citadul was a complete rata; b>.t beyond thla Mttto
or no damage of any amoiint bad been duo* by tba
e (hteeo hoadred or two thousand r hell? tbat had been
thr< wn into the fort by tbe mortar schooners. Moat
of tha 'bell thrown want over tbe entire works,
or fell wide, and of tboee which dropped In
side hardly any were "of any acconnt/' as the toe
aolidatedftnoraing reports, found li< the fart, %b?w.
There s no doubt that tbe caoem ttea being In wSrktflg
order, although two fast deet> in water, end an uocom
foitable plate to work la, and the barbette guna being
all in position? the place m^bi have held oat all summer
but for th- dash past it of our fleet, and tbe landtag of
General Roller's farce la tbe rear, which Utter even
watt the mov>ng oouee ef tbe snr reader. From below we
never eunld have taken the work* In tbe world: but the
Yibkee pluck tbat carried u* paat then pet them la ear
At tbe Quarantine I eoaverred with a large nnmber of
prisoners, deaerters from the forts. They were a fine
looking. Wordy set of men, wirthy residents af tbe
lower river banks. Their clothing was somewhat varl>
our, nearly all wearing shirts of a sosrse material and
colored in large and very glaring plaid*. They were la.
teliigent and etout fellows, rather above thaa below the
ordlaary run of private*, and ? vmed quit* willing t?
com? back ?gam to old government S?v?ral told
me ihat ther" waa not a private Hi sitlier fort thai would
not cheerfully u** tbe oath of allegiance, and koep it
after it was taken
Oar Maps Af Sew Orleans and Ita f)r
Wa fir* tba morning Cud *ceip?>* mapa of tba
iris and b it'erlea on the Mississippi river, fro:n tN
11. to niue miles above the city. TUey show the routf
ikeu by each < ivision of thmm while peeing theYorti
U'l where Oneral Butler boated his trooj? through tM
ayous ami canals tu the rear of Fort St. I'Wlip. in tin
tap of the Chalmolte butteries below the cliy wlii )M
mnd the locution of the principal public biiiidiutr*i tta
avy yard at Algiers anil the p'ace where the feat ran
[isa B^ippi wm built, and, in fact, every of i?
?M?t la the ipnro icb to the Crescent City.
T!>e work* wad raft above New Orleans are also faith
.illy delineated, and will givo our readers an accural*
1' ds-ye view of the ground over which tha vietorlnoi
h.tre now rats#-'the ffood " o!d d^t." The notes e
eferei.ee will be found full and comprehensive.
Kvsr.iiniton of Furt lit vit?K*to?.
jynopsis or tub kkpobt er aciinu msstkk i>
nnr, bto.
The Henry Janes appeared off Fort Livingston Ap'j
13, finding there the United Stales echo <ners Kittatla
iy and Geo. \V. M ingham. 'lha schooner Orvetta slsi
ivtne ii? afterwards. Acting Master Penuin^tou wat itt
armed ti).it the rtbels in the fort hoisted the s. ce- !,.m ,
lag every Sunday, and on that day only. Oa tlie 23t 11
l?i er truco was discovered 011 tUo fort, and Acting jujs
er Penning.on proceeded thereto in bis ilrst cutter, I
seat Irotu the Kittatlnuy arco np.inying, which, re\chin|
he shore a lew miuutes in aJiancc,h listed the Ainerlcai
lag on the ramparts of tlie fort. Six men. four woinei
md Ave children, nearly all >t thorn r?sileiits of th?
?land, wnre present. From una of the womeu, wbost
IDiband was among the troops that had oocuplnd th?
'Art, much Information wm obt'Jnpd. Shs stated thai
the ort was in chargo of Colonel Theonvo ami three hi?
:lred and thirty soldlors In all, ( bMly French -,n4
Italians; that they were poorly clad, with hot little ti
Kit. Fort Livingston Is about el*.it uitlos fro*
New Orleans by vUtter. The nee, v. hich carried th4*
groups from the fort, was stUl up the bay, out 0i
reach of the vessels. This steamer w is partly owns*
by the planters on the mainland, part of whom are
Union men, as aUo are most of the people oa the oprx>?itf
sl.-le. The Temple, n small battery above Fort LlvVnmi,
ton, was alao evacuated, only two guns of small sill
having been left. At Fort Livingston there were found
0:0von <13-$ounders complete, three 12-ponnder howit
zers, two impounders, one eight-Inch cotumWad, new
and (tainted red, one 80 poend rifled cannon, three sperf
fioM carriages, 1,000 82 ponnd shot, seventy oonloa)
thoils, aud other articles of caluor Importance.
The officers' apartments wore comfortaMy furnished,
with abundance of furniture and a large quantity of pa*
per, which they left behind. The fort 1s la good orderj
and the ordnance, Ste., In good condition. It wis left Ifl
ckwge of Acting Master Harrison, United States Nayyt
whose hoat wm the flrst to reach tt. Colonel Theouvij1
anticipating an attack from the vessels, abandoned tM
Ibrt and set Are to it, and also flred a brig loaded wit)
cotton, ready to attempt to ran oat. One of the flrst sAq
of Anglo Janata, whom Acting Master Pennington had
previous!; known, and who was one of the number found
at the fort, was to present him with eighty dollars la
Confederate notes, which ha stated was his six months
L?tt?r front Assistant Englacir Hsrrli|
off the Varun?i
Itit fallowing latter Is from one of the officers of th?
Varuna, whose noble career was ended gloriously on tM
24th of April, at the Qnarantine station above the forte:-*
Vjtitsd Str.?Tjw 9rjeaifKX Psmucota, AprH 37, 1862.
Cbam Bkothkf?Wo hois tod unchor in lino of battM
with .bo steamers (*yu)in, Ponsacola, Oneida, Miastsiip*
pi, Varuna, and three whose name* 1 do not remember,
beUiBgin^' to the socond division?the second til vision
taking the east side of tho rivor, and the first (to which
the Varuna belonged) the west side.
At two o'clock A. M. wo orocoedod quietly and c*re?
"ally up tho river. It being the intention of the Coram*
dore to take tho enemy by surprise if possible. Wo wort
all at our posts?the docks cleared for action.
We bad net been unilerweigb more than twenty salt
antes when the rebels opened Ore upon us of a very
terrific nature?such firing as was never seen before.
Their guns were well served, and would have done credU
to a bettor eause
1 he n.ortars end gunboats opened Ore on the forts tf
draw their attention from us as we attempted to pass up
tho river. The live or the mortars was terrible, the
heavens wore full of shot and shell, dying In every di
rect Ion. Our ship (the Varuna) being a very fast sailer)
we led the tieet in paasir.g the rebel fort?, at the same
time giving them a smell of our slxtyei iht-pcuaners.
Both torts op' no I on us a sevore fire. It waa thee we
felt tb'' M"i of a good commander. Aad wo had one,
one of t!.,)?? - : ' bravest uien that ever trod a quarter,
dopk. 'i:i ''.0,-gs gave bis orders In a cool manner
and <Ji?t j-t . . o, which pieparod all on board for
thou . i. . ?* liich nliowert. We passed the forts
oni> to i. ito Tight bad Just commenced. Wo were'
met by hcvon rebel guiiboats, three ei which made for
our gallant little ship. Onr guns were well served; the
men fought like tigers to get oat of thu. tight place. One
of the rebel boats tried to run us down, and did succeed
in oarryingaway our flagstatT. Our men heid oa to the
end, wbll<>, the robe la having the other end, tho flag wag
torn In pieoee; but, ibauk God, we had more below junl
like it.
I assure yoe things began to look dubious when the
other rebel boat came at us. ftu we poured lute boy
such a well directed Are that wuile on Are she
went down with all oa board, only to make room
f?r another rebel boat, which, In our dtsab'e4
condition, provod too muoU for us, our sblp
having sunk and driven ?.?bore six vessels of the
enemy. This last vessel strjyjk us about amid,
chips, ws all the time pouring our Shot and shell into
thein, ami receiving a share of theirs. Although in a dia>
/tbUd condition, our guns wore too heavy for them; the*
rSft their vessel on aiiore and set fir* to her. Oue of thl
riy.fr boats tried to board us, bet was driven off witfc
fearful toss. On- good iblp went down Wi(n bei flag fly.
iiiS^Dd th?< crovr cheering. The laat gun w?# B^das tHj
water Wts covering bor deck. Kotbing was savwTlftriy
what we bad on oifr backs. The wounded were lakeq
care of; but the dead went down with the ship on whose
ilevks they fell.
The oOioers and men all unite m the loudest praise of
our gallant captain. He is worthy in every reopen to be
the recipient of hfgb bom ra, and have a place iu history
beside his gal,ant uncle,Captain l,awr"n?e. " Don t give
up the sblp." Your affectionate brother,
Assistant Engineer, Is to of V. 8. Steamer Varna.
Sktfchti off the O/liter* off the Sew Or*
Irani Fleet.
Flag Offieer Devld G. larracut, who so gallantly dis
tinguished him.ielf ia the atta< k on New (Vltau, was
bom in Tennessee, en* iu appointed from that State.
H? entered the naval service December 17,1810, aad
consequently baa been m It for fifty-two jrwi. He m
tered whoa only niam jtari of ago, ao that ho la Mf
en'y-nre yearn of ago; but any ooo not kn rvlag bbt ago
could not well bo perauaded thai ho 1,1 or or forty"
eight. Always cheerfol tad affable, waa highly
respertsd. A man of greet energy Mil ethooght?
m.ne better euited to command an ex]>edi:i n of eo bold
and (looking a character, and which hat faulted la ae
groat a victory. Flag Offieer Farragut waa lo the Hue*
with ronunodore Porter in the memorable engagement
between that ship aad two Brttiah sloops?Phoebe aad
rhrrub?off Valparaiso, Although young, la fart a mare
child, he distinguished himself en thai eocaaion and nar
rowly eftaped with hie life. Hie laat command prevteo*
to saeuralrg the dutlea of flag Officer waa la the Brook
'yn. Via t?Ul eea service la about tweaty yoara; store
duty, thirteen years; unemployed, thirteoa years.
No man at the present hour Is ao highly praised tee
the auccesofalaoeompllshmeot of a ?i ty with which ha
was charged. Full of tope and cfih* weans of carrying
out bio plans, he will ever succeed. 11 m officer* and meat
lore him aad will follow wherever he wtU lead, knewiaa
that his career is on to victory.
Captain Theodora* Bailey, the second In commaad,aa4
landing tlio **eond or tub dlvisioo, ind late In command
of the frigate Colorado, gallantly dla'mguMhed Himself
In the paaaing of the forte and the ca turo of Now Or
leans. QeHk native of New Tork, mid was appointed
fforn that State, entering the service on the let of Jaa
uary. 1819. For forty fear years he ha* upheld the Stars
and Stripes .a the regilw service, and hailed down, or at
least raptured, Um 41rst Confederate flag In the engage
ment. We refer to the regimental Hag of theChalroette
regiment, at Camp Lovell. Captain I'alley is a naval
officer universally as!oemed for his kill in matters ot
naval warfare Socially ho is one of Nature's noble
m"n?ajoy to th?o whoso pie?iiaut lot it la tobeaeao
otated witfe t .m. He ban returi.ed to the Caned ntatea
as bearsr of despatches and for medical treatment.
Quit* a number if the man and guns of the Colorado, the
i nssel be bad the honor to command, participated in the
ecgelement but, strange lo say, woo of them were in
jur, d by the enemy's tire. Kie officers aud crew were
very sorry lo see thelv goad captain leave them. All
wished him Hod spsed.
Tlurd la rank eomee Captain Henry W. Morris, ootn
niaading the pensnonta. Captain Morris ia a so a New
Yorker, and entered the naval serviee oa the 11a* ot
Augutt, l#t?. HIS Ufa has been oae of great activity,
and mnch credit ta doe him for the successful meaner ta
which he brought hi* ship pert the Potomac batteries
laat winter. Captain Morris shows hla years mora
than any of the captains oa |hs station; but, tbotich beer,
ing that mark, he Is active, thoughtful and prudent. He
fbeght his ship nobly and elicited the warmest tntoml
ui na for the rapidity with which bli gsei were batd'ed.
dept. T. T. Craven, commanding the Brooklyn, rank*
feacth. Born la the Wsu lot of Oelvnbta, brt U?*itrta4

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