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MONDAY JUL* 6, 1963.
At 11# a. m. yesterday we announced in a
bulletin posted in lrontof the Star office all the
news from tho vicinity of Gettysburg that had
reached here up to that hour. It embraced au
account of the movements of Lee towards a
general retreat commenced on the night before,
and of Meade's prompt measures in pursuit;
al?o? the fact tlmt the result of the three day's
battles was to deprive Lee of about one half
the army with which he entered Pennsylva
nia; also, an account of Gen. French's destruc
tion on the night before of the pontoon bridge
and train which Lee had left on the Potomac
a short distance below "Williamsport to facili
tate the running of the plunder his marauding
parties were taking over iuto Virginia, and also
to secure him a safe exit into the same State in
case Meade should defeat him.
Our bulletin further explained that with
French's forces and the advance of Couch
under "Baldy" Smith that had already gpt
up within supporting distance, Meade prob
ably had at that hour as many efficient troops
under his command as when commencing his
late series of tremendous battles on Wednes
day last.
Subsequently, the information received here
(in addition to what the reader will find else,
where in the S/ar, extracted from Northern
papers, all of which is full of interest,) has
necessarily been meager. That is, the official
information; insomuch as Gen. Meade is far
too busy wlih field operations just now to be
telegraphing much to headquarters.
A reliable general officer, we bear, telegraphs
that our wounded in the three days battles are
about 12,MO, while so many wounded (as well
as their dead) have therebels left on our hands,
as to make it certain that their losses consider
ably exceeded ours.
They paroled and sent back to us, up to yes
terday morning, 2,(XX) of our brave fellows they
had_ captured; while up to the same time we
had sent to the rear some six thousand of their
reea, prisoners. That number did not cover all
we have of them, however; "?cres being still
covered with them remaining to be started
towards Baltimore," while numbers more were
then hourly being brought in. It was esti
mated at Gettysburg that Lee had lost, up to
yesterday morning, by desertion, since crossing
the Potomac, an aggregate of <5,<XX) men; while
it was confidently expected that he would lose
as many more from the same cause in the
retreat in which he had entered.
He is clearly cut off from taking either of the
three lower (and short) routes leading to Vir
ginia, and must be endeavoring to make for
the Potomac at Hancock, where, at ordinary
s.s.ges of low water, he might And a practicable
The current violent rain storm commenced
along his route to Hancock and further up the
river at least twelve hours before it began here,
and it can hardly be possible that, even if his
march be unimpeded by Meade's military op
erations?itself in turn an Impossibility?he
could reach Hancock before finding more than
one intervening and unbridged stream unford- |
able, and the Potomac itself so high as to hold
him tight until Meade got up with him with
whatever leisure he might elect, under the cir
cumstances, to move.
We have, therefore, strong hepes indeed that j
he will be able to <ret back in to Virginia neither i
his artillery nor his transportation, and that j
the men with which he may himself get off
with a whole skin, will not number a fourth ?
of the boa_-tful and over-confident army at the j
head of which he ventered into Pennsylvania, j
? j
Hv despatches received this morning at !
Headquarters, the rear guard of the enemy,
(now the advance guard.?Ed. Star,) is repre
sented as having reached Williamsport with j
the main army following close on their heels.
They f;rd their bridges gone?having been de- j
ijtro>ed by Gen. French?but attempted a 1
crossing. They find the Potomac, however,
too high fir fording.
l^iVo/c.?This "rear guard of the enemy" is
doubtless some small portion of Lee's force '
which was not up wi.h the main bsdy in time j
to participate m the three day's battles, and
was too insignificant in numbers to attempt j
anything against Meade's left 11 ank while those j
glorious engagements were in progress. Hear- j
ing of Le- 's defeat, they probably endeavored j
to get back into Virginia as Wst they could, and i
hurried to the Potomac only in time lo End the ;
bridge by v. hich they ielt sun* of escaping de- j
stroyed and the river so swollen as to b" uu- \
The main body of ihi> remnant of Le?'s army
cannot be endeavoring to escape by the same
road, a.-> Meade occupies and holds it securely
against any such movement on their part. As
elsewhere stated by us, Lpe will probably
essay to retreat by way of Hancock.j
Commander Abner Bead, detached irom the
New London and ordered to return North. !
Gunner Thomas Stewart, ordered to tempo- j
r&ry duty on board the receiving ship Ohio.
Lee'* Array Retreating Down the Boons
boro Road in a Disorganized Condition
Rebel* Taking refuge in the .Mountains? !
Many Captured in ja Famished Condition? i
Destruction of a Rebel Pontoon Bridge. '
Fbbdebick, July 5.?Afternoon.?A report j
prevails to-day that the Rebel army is retrtat- j
ing, in a disorganized condition, down the |
Boonsboro' Valley, trying to reach the Poto
mac. Prisoners are brought in by our scouts
barefooted, and suffering from want of food.
The prisoners report the roads filled with
Rebels going towards the river, and many
taking refuge in the mountains. The heavy
rains of yesterday renders the river too high to j
crobs at the fords.
Yesterday forty Rebels, of the Twelfth
Virginia Cavalry, dashed down the Harper's j
Ferry road, driving in our pickets to the
outskirts of Frederick. Aparty of cavalry and
infauitry pursued and captured four of the
par ty, but the others escaped.
Major Foiey, of the Fourteenth Pennsylva- \
nia Cavalry, with a small detachment, yester* I
dav destroy withe Kebel pontoon bridge of boats !
omt tne Potomac at Falling Waters, four miles j
r-r,r, Wjlijamspcn: the bridge was Jastened to
Th> Virginia side and swung down the river to
j r vent tbe current carrying it away. A guard t
.>f thm iKicdred Rebels, who were encamped ?
ou the Maryland aide, was attacked by Major
Foley, and rujiied and sixteen prisoners, tyur j
hor&e.?, twj tr.uh . and two sutlers' wagon. ;
niptuml .*U'd brought hero last night.
JV< f.jQT i'o)ey d<>s -eyed tl ve wagon loads ol'am - j
mani'ioa by running it into the river. Lieut
f>boop, of tto? Fonrteenth Pennsylvania Cav- j
airy, swain tre river uiuier tire from the Reb- i
<?<?> on tl.<* Virginia s:?te, r,ot a bo it, brought it
10 thii Mile, and the j.a: ty Ui?n crossed on the .
*>oa:, s->t fire to tho toon bridge and com- .
011 iely ri stroyed it- Major Foley did not loss !
ii lutili. ^
6ii: thousand ina.it> inhabitants in Car
li'-ie, I h.. only ~ixty wen- williag to take their
rntMi't' to repel th* Southern fr?.
%j~~\ h*- Liverpool papers report aot a solitary
\Q'rT. ?;.* ship in Vrrttt*r!oo 'tor^s. The pirates
aave ti artii our tocnjuffrcf from the waters. ?
Congratulatory Order of General
Meade to the Army of tbe
[Correspondence of the Associated Press.]
HBADgUAUTsns Army of the Potomac,
July 4.?The following order has been issued,
viz: *
General Order, No. 68.?The Commanding
General, in behalf of the country, thanks the
Army of the Potomac for the glorious result
of the recent operations.
Our enemy, superior in mimi >rs, and flushed
with the pride of a successful invasion, at
tempted to overcome or destroy this army.
Utterly baffled and defeated, he has now with
drawn from the contest. The privations and
fatigues the army has endured, and the heroic
courage and gallantry it ha* displayed, will
b?* matters of history to be ever remembered.
Our task is not yet accomplished; and the
Commanding General looks to the army for
greater efforts to drive from our soil every ves
tige of the presence ot the invader.
It is right and proper that we should on
suitable occasions return our grateful thanks
to the Almighty Disposer of Events, that, in
the goodness of His Providence, he has thought
fit to give victory to the cause of the just.
By commaKd of Major General Meade.
S. Williams, A. A. G.
Confirmation of the News of the
Retreat of Lee Towards
the Potomac.
[Correspondence of the Associated Press.]
Near Gettysburg, July 5.?The enemy
have retreated towards the Potomac.
Their skirmishers-were drawn iu last night,
ancl a small cavalry force, probably the rear
frut.rd, passed through Emmit-burg this morn
ing about daylight. ?
Our troops have been engaged all day in
burying the dead, relieving the wounded, and
S collecting arms, many thousands of which
j belonged to the rebels.
| The rebel pontoon bridge at dam No. 4 has
' been destroyed by our cavalry, almost unop
! posed, and the cavalry, at last advices, had
' gone up to Williamsport to destroy the two
bridges there.
Other preparations are in progress to inter
} cept Lee's passage ef the Potomac, and our
army is already in motion. So much time,
however, has elapsed since Lee commenced
I t6 withdraw trom onr lront, that his advance
may have reached Williamsport to cross be
fore we can prevent it.
Lee yesterday paroled about two thousand
Union prisoners.. They were recqjved by Gen'l
It is not true, as stated, that Lorgstreet was
captured and died. General Hunt, <^iief of ar
tillery was not wounded. Both of these re
ports were apparently well authenticated and
freely believed. T. B.
More* Glorious News from Iiose
Ttllahoma, July 4.?The telegraph wires
have bien extended, and the following is a
summary of the operations of the last three
The works prove much stronger than hereto
fore supposed. Fort Rains, a large bastion, is
the center of a series ot strong outer works,
bearing upon every road and important point
in the vicinity.
The reai weakness of Bragg was not holding
Manchester. 9
As soon as Rosecran* took Manchester and
advanced toward Winchester, he flanked an
equal or inferior force at Tullahoma.
As Foon as the head of our column got south
of Tullahoma Bragg evacuated.
We have lour siege guns and a large amount
ot meal and other provisions".
Alter finding Tullahoma evacuated, Rose
eraiis threw forward his forces in rapid pur
? The situation on the night ot the 1st mst:?
Gen. McCook at Estell Springs, with Kuck
ner opposite the forks; Thomas at a point two
miles up the river, with the enemy the op
posite bank. The main rebel army in the
. vicinity of Winchester and Dechard, were in
camp, ready to move into the mountains.
Headquarters was established at Tullahoma
the same night, and Crittenden, with a full
corps, sent by a rapid march to take posses
sion of the road leading from Dechard via
Tracy City to Chattanooga.
This was successful and forced the rebels to
take the road across the mountains.
On the morning of the 2d, McCook crossed
at the mouth of Rock Creek, below the enemy's
position in front of our right, and thus flanked
the enemy, who withdrew to Winchester ami
the mountains. The tight only ended at 2 p. m.
The troops were unable to cross uutil the
morning of the 3d. They moved only a short
distance, Ne^ley encamping on the battle-field
find Rosecrans and Brannan on the bank ef the
General McCook, in the meantime, advanced
to and occupied Winchester, Dechard, and
This morning the whole force advanced to
the foot of the mountain, to tlnd the enemy
We lost noJ over eleven hundred men by cas
ualties of all kinds.
Onr troops have suffered most from alter
nate heat and rain. We have from fifteen hun
dred to two thousand prisoners, and many de
The enemy is entirely out of Tennessee; and
onr communications intact.
The railroad will be in running order to this
point to-morrow.
meetln* of the Board of Trustees of Pub
lic Schools will be held on TUESDAY APTBR
NOOK^u't 7th, at 4.4 QffofV DAYTON, Sec.
Ml? BAIL ROAD COMPANY. ? The annual
meeting of stockholders of the Washington and
Georgetown Railroad Company at>d the ejection
for seven directors will be held at the Company's
edtee, (corner New York er?uue and Fifteenth
street,) r-n WEDNESDAY, July 8, between the
boars of l.' in. and 1p. m. ? ? ?
je23-d H. D. COOKE Pres.
GREAT NOVELTY.?Sheffield's Steam Ice
115 Orcein Manufactory, 388 6tb strest, be
tween Band M. Families, HoUla,Boarding Rooms,
Fairs. Entertainments, Excursions and Parties
supplied with the ehoieeet lee Oream made of the
best Pennsylvania cream, at wholesale and retail,
and delivered te any part of the city. Confection
ary of every variety. Prowpt attention merun U
orders jjs 1*!??] JO? BHAFFIELD.
rys?IOB CREAM.?Best Philadelphia Ice Cream
113 served to fluailies. parties, Airs, retailers,
MidmUerSiat lowest prices, j PUSHELL'B
Ph^delphia IeeOrsara Depot,
| f 2S la* earner ittii and F streets.
Glorious News from the Battle
We Occnpy Gettysburg.
Baltimore, July 5.?A messenger who has
reached here from the army of the Potomac
says we advanced and occupied Gettysburg
on Friday night without opposition.
Firing was heard on Saturday morring
towards (Jettysbnrg, supposed to be our forces
pursuing Lee.
General Butterfleld, who was injured by the
fragment of a shell, is now at the headquarters
of General Meade, under treatment.
Frederick, July 4?General French has
moved on to Williamsport, and has destroyed
all the pontocn bridges of the rebels, having
first driven away the protecting force, thus
cutting ofr their only chance of escape
Dispatch to the New York Herald.
New York, July 4.?The Herald publishes
the following special in an extra:
GETTvsnrao, Pa., July 4.- Glorious Fourth.
The greatest and most glorious battle of the
war?rebels completely routed. The rebel
Generals Ixjngstreet and Hill wounded, and
are now in our hands. The fighting yesterday,
on the part of our troops, was beyond all
The enemy attempted to turn both the right
and left flanks, and afterwards attached our
center, but were repulsed on all sides. The
enemy then made a general attack on our whole
line, but was terribly oefeated. The victory of
the Union army was complete. The enemy is
in full retreat, pursued by our troops.
Despatches from Gen. Meade.
The two following dispatches haie been re
Headquarters Army of Potomac, Noon.
July 4.? Major General JIalleck, tiencro.i-in.
Chief: The position of affairs is not materially
changed since my last dispatch'dfr 7 a. m.
We now hold Gettysburg. The eiemy have
abandoned l*rge numbers of their killed and
w our.ded on the field.
1 shall probably b* able to give ycu a r- turn
of otir capi urts and losses before 11 i^lit, and .a
return of the enemy's killed and wounded in
our hands.
Georce G. Meade, Major (Je.ieral.
HkaixjI'aktkrsArmy ok Potomac 10p.m.
July 4.?I-l. W. llallfcl>, General-in-Chief; No
change in affairs since dispatch of 12 noon.
George G. Meade, Major General.
Raid by Gen. Stuart Prevented.
Gettysburg;, July ?In conseqhence of
information that Stuart was about to make a
raid upon our rr. r this afternoon, Gen K'il.
Patrick w as sent out on our right. Some can
nonading was heard, but up to nine o'clock he
had not retur ned to camp. Should the enemv
be found here in the mornintr, the 1th of July
will receive additional cause lor commemor.
Thirty Thousand Rebels Captured
HAiMiisitUR.;, July 5.?Wm. Mullen, from
Gettysburg, puts the uumber of prisoners
taken at 3i ,000.
Parties arriving to-day from (ihambersburg
say that some attempt was made by the rebels
to lortily the passes in South Mountain and
Carlisle, and between the two. This is done
to prevent pursuit by our fortes, but will avail
nothing. Milroy's old command, which were
at Lloody Hun, tire expected at Chambers
burg to-night. Their position will be a central
one in the Valley.
Rebel K (-treat Cut Off.
A larere force of the Pennsylvania, New York
and rsew Jersey troops are moving on their
flank. Escape is almost impossible. Even
ting indicates that they are terribly cut up.
lney cannot keep the prisoners they have
taken from us. One thousand arrived here to
day paroled, and were sent to Philadelphia.
I wo thousand more have arrived within Gen.
.Smith's lines; 1.51*1 more are expected. These
men all understand their parole is not bind
ing. Their cases are covered by General Or
ders ISo. 209, published Saturday. Many who
refused in obedience to give paroles are re.
tamed with the rebel army.
Pennsylvania to care for the Wounded Sol
? So tar as information here is received, onr
loss in prisoners is forty-five hundred. Thu
I mountains are filled with rebel deserters who
, aiv hourly arriving within our lines. No esti
mate can be made of their number. It is verv
lar^e. J
Governor Curtin U'legaaphed Surgeon-Gen'l
Hammond to-day asking that the people of
Pennsylvania be allowed the privilege of ta
king charge of our wounded at the late battles.
1 iH-y will care lor every soldier.
General Couch's troops under command of
Generals Smith and Pierce are moving to tbe
1 f ront, and are efficiently cooperating with Gen.
i Meade.
j Gen. Meade's Reply to a F!ag of Truce.
New "i ore, J uly 5.?The N^w York Herald's
j account of Friday's battle says :_At 5 o'clock,
i alter twelve hour=,' incessant hghling, the con
j test teimiuated. Our iroops were victorious
at every point, with the entire battle-field in
; their possession. We took thousands of pri
J soners. At the close of the action, Lee had the
j impudence to send a flag of tru^e asking for a
j suspension of hostilities to bury his dead and
; exchange prisoners. (Jen. Meade replied he
j intended to recapture all the prisoners, and
: would bury their dead for them.
1 ailing in this attempt to gain time, the en?
j ' my precipitately retreated to the mountains,
; leaving their guards and sentinels. This Sat
I nrday morning upwards of 1,100 stragglers
j w ere taken in Gettysburg, besides our wounded
j who fell into the enemy's handoon Wednesday.
Gen. Pleasanton started at daylight on Sat
j urday with artillery in pursuit of the rebels,
i ^ the last accounts be was pressing them
j hard. Both sides lost heavily, probably aggre
gating 50,000?20,000 Union and 30,000 rebels.
W e have captured from 12,000 to 20,000 pnson
ei s, more than quadruple what they have can*
tured. . r
Latest Official Dispatch.
Hbadvjuabterr Army ok tub Potomac,
.20 a. m., Jnly 5.?Major General HalUek:?
The enemy retired under cover of the night
and a heavy rain, in direction of Fairfield and
Cash town. My cavalry are in pursuit. I can
not give you the details of our captures in pris*
oners, colors, and arms. Upwards of twenty
t>uttle-flags will be turned in from one corps
My wounded and those of the enemy an in
our hands. G. G. Mba db, Major Geu'l.
Death of Longstreet and Hill Confirmed.
It is generally believed by rebel prisoners
that Lon?street was badly wounded or killed.
Hill is also reported wounded, and a great
number of rebel officers killed and weunded
and prisoners.
Slaughter of the Rebels.
Baltimore, July 5.?Converging reports,
official dispafthes, and best information of
eve-y kind received here up to ten o'clock last
night, leave no doubt whatever that Gen. Lee
was terribly whipped, with reported loss in
killed, wounded, prisoners and deserter* of
not le3s than twenty thousand ; alau that thw
rebel army was in retreat. I have conversed
with many officers and others just from the
battle-field, and all agree that the Union vic
tory is complete.
There are three dead rebels to one dead Fed
eral found on the battle-field.
At ten o'clock to-night, twenty-three hundred
r?bel prisoners passed through Baltimore to
Fort McHenry. This makes about sixty.fire
hundred already arrived here aad sent to Port
McHenry and elsewhere. They walked jaded
and sullenly. The field near Gettysburg,from
which the last batch of prisoners were shinned,
was still left fnll of others awaiting ?rausnor
tation. The bodies of General Xook and Colo
nel Cross, embalmed here, leave for Philadel
aUd ,?*Dlorrow morniH?- G reat rejoicing here
Lee's Army in fall Retreat.
Barrishcro, j uly 4?G o'cl ock, a. in.?OiH
cial information leaves no doubt that Lee'e
army is in lull retreat. The line of retreat is
not definitely known. It is either through
Caehtowu or Fairfield. 0
Whichever way it is, Meade appears to have
the advantage, as he is pested at Gettysburg
and is pushing out forces both towards New
?iruB'scnt, directly west, and Fairchild, south
Nothing is known as to the exaef situation
Let* is probably trying to retreat by both
It is supposed that he does net know ot the
destruction of his pontoon bridge. The position
of the rebel army last night, was with his left
near Hunter*tows, and his right across the
Emmettsburg road, thus forming a semisircfe
around Gettysburg. General Aft^e opurntes
from tbe renter, and Lee on* the arc of a circle
No information can be sent as to movements
of onr army, but all our generals are viailauL
and the troops in the b?>t ot spirits.
Arrival of Prtwaers ia Baltimore
Baltimobe, July 5.?Twenty-three hundred
rebel prisoners hare iust passed along Balti
more street from the Northern Central depot,
and 1,900 more are shortly expected, which will
make 5,000 for to-day, and more are yet to coma.
In addition to the 5,00H eight hundred and
thirty passed throngh here oa Friday night,
which will make the entire number so far 0,000.
The Latest.
Headquarters Abxt or thb Potomac,
July 5.?The Rebel General Pender is weund
ed. Generals Johnston and Kemper (rebels)
are killed.
General Farnsworth, of onr cavalry is killed
The rebel losses are estimated at-JO,000. Our
troops are in excelleut spirits.
General Butterfield's wound is more severe
. than supposed, but not serious at ail.
The rebels abandon their wounded and killed.
Headquarters Army ok tue Potomac, '
July 3.?[Correspondence ol the Associated
i Press.]?The decisive battle has bt?en fought to
| clay and the enemy have been repulsed with
| terrific loss.
I At daylight Lee's right wing batteries opened '
i upon our left, and shortly after those of his i
! centre followed. After half an hour's cannon
S ading, doing but little damage to us, the tire
! slackened and only occasional shots were ex -
j changed.
Shortly afterward the enemy's left, composed
j entirely of infantry and sharpshooters, made an
attack on our right wing. So suddenly and
! impetuously wss it accomplished, that onr
skirmishers and front line were driven back
| from their entrenchments, but by aid of the
batteries in the rear, and the indomitable
? bravery ol the Twelfth Corps, we reamed the
; first position, capturing a considerable number
? of prisoners.
Several hours of ominous silence followed
i this repulse. At 1 o'clock tho enemy fired two
j shots, apparently as signals for the grandest
artillery fight ever witnessed on this conti
nent. Before a moment had elapsed it is esti
I mated that at least eighty guns opened upon
j us. Our batteries returned the compliment
j with interest. The air seemed literally thick
j with iron, and for more than an hour it seemed
j impossible that man or beast could live through
I it. Strange to say the enemj-'s accuracy of
I range, as exhibited on the two previous days,
j was wanting on this occasion. Most of the
j shells exploded far in the rear of our front,
I and generally missing our batteries.
| Under cover vf this feu d'enfer, Lee advanced
? his columns of infantry from their covers, and
1 made several desperate attempts to carry our
| lines by assault, but each successive attempt.
' was repulsed with terrible havoc to their
I ranks.
| Alter an hour's incessant cannonading the
; fire grew less intense for a short time, but was
! again renewed for a short time with equal
spirit. During this period some of our batte
ries, whose ammunition had been exhausted,
ceased to fire, and on*?the approach of the re
serve batteries, withdrew to the rear.
The enemy only seeing the batteries with
drawn, and mistaking this lor a retreat, made
a rapid infantry charge up the hill anl ob
tained a position in our line, cutting to pieces
and almost annihilating the. small infantry
supports, but before they had time to rejoice at
their imaginary success the tresh batteries
poured in a deadly fire of canister and case
shot. The infantry reserves joined on theother
flank of the gap, charged them and added
greatly to their destruction. They were cofri
pleielv surprised, and hundreds threw down
their arms and asked for quarter. IS'early the
entire .brigade ol Gen. Dick Garnett surren
dered, and Garnett, himself wounded, barely
made his escape. Longstreet was mortally
wounded and captured. He is reported to
ha^ e died an hour afterward.
About 4.30 p. m. the artillery of the enemy
slackened, and had entirely cease*! at five, the
last shots which they lired being far beyond
their original position, and the infantry col
umns had withdrawn to their covers.
We took up wards of 3,'00 prisoners. The
enemy captured but few il any of our men.
The rebel prisoners report that Gen. A. P.
Hill was killed outright upon the field, and
that their officers suffered far greater casual
ties than in any previous engagement.
So terrific was the enemy's fire that the small
house where Gen. Meade and staff were quar
tered was perlorated bv several shots. Many
of the staff herses were killed around the house.
Gen. Butterfield was struck in the breast, and
it is feared internally injured, by a piece of
shell which exploded in the building. Lieut.
Col. Joseph Dickinson, of the staff, had his left
arm perforated by a tlying fragment of shell,
and it seemed a miracle that no greater damage
was done to life or limb.
Several of our general officers were wound
ed in the engagement. Gen. Hancock was
wounded in the leg. Gens. Gibbon, Warren
and Hunt were wounded. In consequence of
the excitement and difficulty in ascertaining
their locations, the names of many prominent
officers, reported as killed or wounded, cannot
be ascertained to-night.
Too much credit cannot be given to our bat
teries, who for hours stood to their guns under
a broiling sun, and surrounded by the missiles
of death, retiring only to give their position t?
others when their caissons and limbers were
exhausted of ammunition. Tke infantry en
gaged also nobly did th?-ir duty, and the enemy
to-day at their hands have received the great
est disaster ever administered by the Union
All officers award the highest honors to Gen.
Meade lor the able generalship he has dis
displayed since he assumed command, and
particularly for the coolness, decision and en
ergy of this memerable3dof July. Last night,
believing it to be his duty to the cause, to learn
how far he should be supported in the ap
proaching conflict, he summoned his corpsand
division commanders tor consultation.
The messenger who brought this letier says
we advanced and occupied Gettysburg during
Friday night, without opposion. Firing was
heard early on Saturday morning, towards
Gettysburg, supposed to be our forces pur
suing Lee.
Gen. Butterfield w;.s injured by a fragment
of a shell, and is now at the headquarters of
Gen. Neale, under treatment.
Growing Dissatisfaction with the Confed
New York, July 5.?The correspondent of
the Associated Press at Newbern, N.C., writes
as follows:
Nkwhern, N. C., June 30.?An elaborate
' article appeared in the Raleigh Standard on the
23d, believed to be from the pen of the Hon. W.
A. Graham, denying the right of secession
from the Federal Union, affirming the right of
coercion by the Federal Government, exclaim
ing against the propriety of any just cause for
the pending assaults against the Union, and
strougly asserting the right of any State to
withdraw at will from the Confederate States.
The Raleigh Standard, of the 23d, favors a
convention of all the States to procure peace,
either by reconstruction of the Union or by
peaceable separation.
The Rev. R.?J. Graves, of Hillsboro', N. C.?
who was arrested last autumn, on the charge
of treason to tho Confederacy, ha3 just been
discharged through the efforts of the Hon. W.
A. Graham. The Raleigh Standard congrat
ulates the people upon the result, and repub
lishes, with approving comment, the article
made the pretext for bis arrest.
Headquarters MiLtTiA D. C., )
Washington, June 30,1^63. J
General Order, A'o. ?.
The Commanding Generalof the District has
received from Gen. Fry, the Provost Marshal
General, the following communication:
"Peovoht Marshal General's Ovfick, >
"Washington, June 30, 1*03. J
"To Major General Weightman, Commanding
Militia District of Columbia.
"Sir: I have the honor to enclose herewith
a communication calling out part of the Militia
of the District of Columbia. You are respect
fully requested to forward the same to Major
Gen. Geo. C. Thomas, to whom it is addressed,
and who is as?igned to command the regiments
thus called out.
"J am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient
servant, James B. Fry,
"Provost Marshal Geueral."
The President directs that eight regiments of
infantry be called out for immediate service
lor sixty days, unless sooner discharged.
The President hasdesignated Major General
George C. Thomas to command this force.
All the necessary details will rest with Major
General Thomas, to whom parties interested
will address themselves.
It is directed by the President that the Ord
nance Department issue the necessary arms
and equipments, and that the Adjutant Gen
eral will designate officers to muster the militia
into eerYice according to existing orders.
It is further directed that this order be exe
cuted with as little noise and display a? possi
If companies of the uniformed volunteer cav
alry and infantry of the District present them
Hches for muster into the United States service
m accordance with the provisions ef this order
they will be accepted.
Jiy order of Major Gen. Weightman,. Com
manding Officer District of (tolumbia.
Wads worth Ramsay,
jy 6-St Adjutant Gentgfti Militia P. Q.
C0?e&lB? HALL
* "Kl?* ?
3% O'CLOCK P. M.
the latest.
Fhilakbi.phiA, July 6.?The following is a.
special dispatch to the Philadelphia l'rets;
"Hasovkb, July 5.?The cavalry fight to
day was four miles south of Gettysburg:, be
tween our forces an J the roar ol Lee s army,
now supposed to be ou th* retreat toward Ha
Our cavalr}* continued to bring in large
uumbets of rebel prisoners
Capture of a Retreating Rebel
Train and 900 Prisoners.
Cbeagebstown, near Frederick, July 6.?
rt is reported here bj' officers, that on Satur
day atterroon, our cavalry, under Kllpatnck,
intrfceptr d a retreating train of rebel Wagons,
guarded by Jones' brigade of cavalry, infan
try and artillery, near Monterey, 011 the Ha
gerstown and Gettysburg road.
We captured near 900 prisoners, including
2lK> oflicers: 150 wagons and two guns. The
wagons were destroyed. The rebels were
completely surprised, and were u nable to make
any serious resistance.
Firing was heard in the direction of the en
emy's retreating column yesterday jftternoon.
It was probably caused by our cavalry and
flying batteries pursuing on the enemy's roar.
From Frederick.
Fredkbtck, July 6.?A spy, named William
Richardson, about fifty years old, was hung
here this morning. He was captured yester
day at Oxford, Maryland. It appears he had
been previously captured, but had made bis
It is repwted he admitted the charge, and
said he had been in the business for along time,
and also that important communications be
tween Lee. and Ewell were found upon his
Our entire army is in motion.
The highest hopes are entertained that but a
email portion of Lee's army will be able to re
turn-to Virginia.
Important from Harrisburg.
HARRisnijno, July 6.?General Conch has
pushed lorward all his effective foYce to co-op
erate and join with the Army of the Potomac,
and is, by order of Gen. Meade, pushing the
troops forward as rapidly as they are organ
The conntry may rest assured that he is
doing all in his power to advance the interest
ol our cause. His adv ance is already in con
tact with the enemy, and aiding in the glorious
A strong guard that left Maryland Heights
on Wednesday last reached here on Saturday,
having in charge a number of canal beats
loaded with stores which they brought with
them from Harper's Ferry.
[From the Baltimore American, Oth.]
From parties who left the battle-field at 12
o'clock on Saturday morning, we gather the
following particulars oftheliightof theenemy:
The enemy is in lull retreat, demoralized and
almost disorganized, leaving in our hands his
many thousands ol killed and wounded.
The battle of Friday was the most terrible to
theenemy of the three days'conflict, and his
repulse so complete and disastrous, that Gene
ral Meade and the leading otticers pronounced
it to be final and decisive. Never was there a
more vigorous and deadly assault than that
made 011 our centre by Longstreet. It was a
death struggle on the part of the enemy to
break our lines, repeated and renewed a half
dozen times during the alternoon, in which
they were as olten repulsed and driven back
witii a loss of lile unparalleled by any previous
battle in which they had come In conflict witn
the grand old Army of the Potomac.
The men all felt that they had whipped the
enemy and the joy. was great. The shouts of
victory could be heard for many miles when
the enemy retreated, and w:is kept up to a late
hour of the nighf. A shout in one division was
re-echoed from the next, and so went the
rounds of the field, and was renewed as fresh
evidence ot victory reached them.
During the evening a flag of truce arrived
from General Lee, proposing in his hypocriti
cal manrer a truce of forty-eight hours as a
measure of humanity, to att'ord time to bury the
dead and attend to the wounded It wa3 evi
dent that tfie enenfy must at once retreat, and
the proposition was regarded by Gen. Meade
as a mere ruse to obtain time to push forward
his trains towards the river ana secure a line
01 escape. The proposition was promptly re
jected and an advance immediately ordered on
the town of Gettysburg. The enemy slowly
retired before our cavalry and iufantry, and
by midnight we were in full possession of the
town and the battle field without opposition.
During the night scouts arrived reporting
that the euemy was rapidly retreating by the
Greencastle road towards Hagerstown, and
preparations were at once made for a pursuit
at daylight. Cavalry were also sent out to har
rass the enemy, and at daylitrht a vigorous at
tack was made 011 the enemy's rear guard,
which in vain attempted to check the pursuit
of the fleeing army.
The distance from Gettysburg to the Poto
mac is fully forty milw. and with the assis
tance of General French and the old garrison
of Harper's Ferry, numbering about fifteen
thousand men, including mostef the Maryland
regiments, who are understood to be properly
posted to check his flight, wehavestrong hopes
of being able to so operate on the fleeing Rebel
columns as to send it across the Potomac a de
moralized and disorganized mob.
Up to 12 o'clock on Saturday night the
sounds of cannon could be heard in the dis
tance a.s our pursuing columns attacked the
enemv's rear, and thousands of prisoners and
straggling Rebels were coming towards Get
tysburg, with captured wagons and cannon.
* The advance of Gen. Couch from Harris
burg was expected to be at Chambersburg on
Saturday, close enough to join in punishing
the well-whipped Rebels on their way to the
river. . .
In the town of Gettysburg, when we drove
the enemy out of it on Friday night, we cap
tured a large number of Federal prisoners,
reported by some as high as fifteen hundr >1,
many of whom were wounded. There vrei-?
also several thousand wounded Rebels, ever}
house being filled with them.
The general opinion of all who witae*sedtb?
conflicts was that the enemy had los. 1.4
heavier than we did. Our army entirely
on the defensive throughout the tnree days
battles, and of course had the ad vantage which
has always heretofore been with the ea?say.
General Meade had, during th? r rogre?~ of
the battle, cut of Lee's communications with
Hagerstown, and captured a number of priso
ners from hie rear. General Kilpatrirk ha .
also started on extauslve expedition In ttv.Tear
of the enemy, and with his da^ius irr r>p* will
be heard from in duetiuuv.
It was regarded as aa impossibility for I.*-'
to retreat in order. He must tlr*ht theba?tl?
out, as an attempt to reiraat -with such a dis
tance between him aad the Potomac, could not
but be most disastrous.
It is impossible to make a ay estimate of th*
number of prisoners take!.. They <-over*.<
acres of grauadat WetUninisu-r, Lmomtrfbur.
and along Hie difimwv reads, and nro cortou* -
If etated at from eijrht to ten thousand. Th*f
aro all ordered to Baltimore, and will be wnt
down In the coarse of a few day*. The woun
ded are occupying all the railroad facllitiM at
present, and must of coarse be cared lor first.
From the tront the reports of the capture of
prisoners is incredible, hut are of course exaj
uerate'd. There is no doubt that up to Friday
they exceeded ten thousand.
The repnlse of the Rebels was followed up
by loud shout* from our troops, the Rebels fly
ing before them, dropping knapsacks,muskets,
and everything that might impede their loco
Thk DinTKiCT Militia.? The Order far But.
Orivq Them in the Service Countermanded,?Thi?
morning, agreeably to the orders of Qea. Q.
C. Thomas, Issued last week, the various regi
ments composing the District militia assembled
on their usual parade grounds, as follows:
1st Regiment, Col. Tait, on K street, between
First and Second streets; t2d Regiment, Col.
Davis, at City Hall; 3d Regiment, Col. Bright,
I>'iTy Yard: 4'h Regiment, Col. J. L,. Smith,
Maryland avenue, near Seventh street- 5th
Keginient, Col. W. H. Phillip. Franklin
Square: 6th Regiment, Col. Middleton, south
ol the President's; 7th Regiment, Col. Easbv,
in the First Ward; Sth Regiment, Col. Smith,
Georgetown. '
The pouring rain was rather a damper to
military enthusiasm, but, nevertheless, the
'?fiat-foots came out iu.very respectable num
bers. The men soon ascertained,however that
their immediate prospect of achieving "ory
i glory was small. The commanding officers at
various points of meeting announced that this
morning they had waited on the Secretary of
War for orders, and he stated that the emer
gency for which they ijad been called had
passed away, and for the present the operation
ol Uie order was suspended. The Department,
he said, w as highly gratified at th- promptness
ol the officers and men in responding to the
order, and he personally thanked tho colonels
present for their promptness. He was happy
to say that he believed the regular organiza- ?
tions in the field were quite sufficient for the
present emergency. He stated that the powers
of the Government in calling out the militia .
and competing their attendance had been fully
considered, and it had been decided last fall
that the Government possessed thesamepower
here as in the States, in some of whom the
militia hi. J been called ont. The colonels were
requested to convey the thanks of the Govern
ment to the men and dismiss them until fur
ther orders, when they took their leave.
Import ant Decision?In the District Court
this morning, Judge Wylie made an important
decision in a case arising under the laws in
relation to intercourse between the loyal and
disloyal States, and the regulations established
by the Secretary of the Treasury, as provided
for by the said laws. The steamer Union was
seized and libelled by the *T. S. Distric' Attor
. ney for having departed from the port of Alex
andria for Belle Pla^is, within the limits of the
disloyal counties of the state of Virginia, with,
out a permit first obtained from the Secretari
at the Treasury. Judge Wylie held that
there was a palpable violation of the law and
of the regulations established by th- Secre
tary ol the Treasury, and that the Secretary, iu "
prescribing the regulations, so far a> thev
were applicable to this case, had not exceeded
the authority conlerred upon him by the law
Decree of condemnation and forfeiture award
Mceder.-Saturday, between the hours ol
tw elve and one at night, a colored man, named
Wm. rseal, was killed at the corner ol Second
and E streets south. The wound was supposed
to have been inllicted with a bayonet, which
entered about midway the left breast, perfo
rating the heart.
Coroner Woodward held an inquest yester
day: but although the deceased was with a
number of friends till twelve o'clock, not one
of them knew anything of the murder. One
witness testified that a colored soldier was in
company with Aeal at a late hour, and the
colored soldier had hiS bayonet with him
Efforts were made to find the soldier* but the
jury was obliged to return a verdict that the
deceased came to his death by a wound in
flicted by some person to the jury unknown.
-J^?T Washington Mo*.
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U.S. 7.30 Notes ....... ..........lus^ 10GV
Quartermaster^ c-hecasv _
New Certificates
American Gold .*.*135ai40
American Silver ..125
Coupon 6's, 1831, iw,^; 7.30V !(W,,. N *
tillcates of Indebtedness, Qoi& MS J.
Criminal Couiit?Jud-ge Fisher.?This morn
ing, Anthony Simms was found guilty of _as
in ja^8 battery' and spnTenced to sixty days
was COIlv'C-tvJ for assault
and received a like sentence
Alex. Dugan was acquitted on a charge of
an assault. ^nmge 01
A nolle pros was entered in the cese of John M
Medor, indicted for an a^Bault. ?
For*?, Drowned in tiik Canal.?'Tim
morning the body of a mulatto woman wa.
discovered m the canal at the foo: of Sixth
street. She was but poorly clad, and was evU
dently a woman in the humblest conditio*
while living. She had probably fallen
!mhT"1'Thffh!'.111'n t: 1 e o;lnaI some time last
* T 1 body was taken ou t and the Coro
ner notified to hold an inquest.
Seriousi Accident.? On Saturday night, ar
Mr. John Thompson, the well-known quarter
man in the laboratory, was setting otf some
fireworks near his residence on G street sauth.
**?st, a Kumun candle explo
ded, the ball coming out through the wroii
end, shattering his left hand*n such a mafiner
as to make amputation necessary, the operation
being performed by Dr. Hodges.
1>EAT" op AK Officer.?Eieut. Wm H
Billmeyer, letii Pa. cavalry, died vesterdav
eveningat the Seminary Hospital, Georgetown
of typhoid fever. His funeral will take place
to-morrow, at 1 la. m? and will be attended by
a detachment of ??Scott's 9tj0."
Wto charge Of an eatin*
ui. u r?8f4Qr*nt, al?on woman to help in
kitchen and cook orders. at -t 7 tt iftth at. jyti-at*
W Aw JwM M ? D * a t ~ Two tirst-ehuw
_ WAITJRs. Apply to L. POTKNTINI -J79
Penn. ay.. between loth and Ilth wtn. It*
|)RU<* CLKBK WANTED. Mmt be well ac
nir tnBW 8 MnMBSAv*'6"?1'"" business. Ap
R V 0N'corner 16tt street and
n. t. avenue. Jy6-lw*
WANTED?A competent DRUG CLERK in a.
store on the avenue; also, a yoang man to
learn th# busGood r*ferenc* required Ad
jV"-aoK' 801 597' P ? ' ^Mhlngton, D. C.
I ?|T-A Jark b*y HORSE v^terday
.kiJfUDn*T' s^liils mark.; foun
dered. One dollar reward will he airen if r?
turned to GEORQE WfllN.ear * li'j.t JrtSt'
M. ?tr?et aud Pean. avenue, doin* a good bu?i.
ness. wilLbe sold or rented. The mo^t satisfaetorV
0?ndaW*lVen- Ap?ir kt No- t;?3 Eighth, bet,
" "ntt "? Jy 6 2t* ?
fcSTRAYED OR STOLEN?Vrom the sub.cribiT
Lai'airof HOKSiitj attached"
3? a market wagon; one nomels the well known
rat tail mare; the other >i chunky bay horse; body
or wajjon painted red; the running cmr yellow A
SmSt iM*Wr?w*rp TtiiTt lf r*turneJ to o.
9th and 10th
__. Capitol Hill W aHAio^ton, D. 0. }j 6-St'
LOOT-Ontriday ni?bt. between9and 10o'elk.,
two MULES; one laraebay, little touched
with sweener in both shoulders; one heavier than
the other; tee other a >ar?e black; white upot on
her right tore ehonlder and small scar on her
back; tail not ahaved; both m fine order. I will
five #25 if returned to me at the Oovernment
*0r??.^?l0w U** Market House, treor*etown fi.O.
6 41 WM. NULL
{l* is now dlMharcine freight toot of
H??h street, (rrortPtowu Onnai?nee?<r*'
wi.l atten i to the reception of their
I ffturht Et fvfiAh ^tAame* !><? ?
^?ej?ht at cnce. Steamer ISiltlmore will sail for
"^Torkon Wednesdey, the-th instaet, at Mm.
Bor treigkt or naaitane appl? to
Sr6 n MORQAS jTRB I S i HAUT. a tenta.
ByW.L. WAV-L ft OO , AiictioDeera.
fpTrC! fc.VALL- ft;AM8 HOUSKi* ON 90TH
?. PraPKT a? At.ircit -W ?!UDAy AFTER
I"00N,tl?e 1"'* inst., at S e'elocS. we will snll in
frout of the premiH-f, ;>*rtof Lt>t No. ->s, ri^aare
improved by t-.ro rraia'- Lit,a .^h, convain
iuyaac-B five roo?u?, and frr>';tin;r on 2<ith atreet
?n^it, between eor.h L aii i streets
i urtti - One naif ra.-h ; balance in aiz t-nd twelve
c:ur!.'hrt, bearing interest, fscurod by deed ol t: u*t
m a . ,n
cn t?; * jirpmif. t
N. K. Skle Witn">"?*> wasaer, .
jy <j-d W\l 77. "W AI;L .*< Of) , Anets.
Nmw Jksjiv.
The ab^ve fopular Ri tel i? nevr rea<?y for tha
kMnmmer Season, having l?eeu thoroughly A , , *
e?-r in ord^r for the sceoTr.nifvt&'i??n T
viwt*T? to ^ht^ilny's Mountain
Owb'uc thevn-operty au i '?Cin?e<!eeB>fy no r?nt U
par, the rreprietor of the For#?t (irove House
will aec icuti(>dat'> fumtlici and vititor* at low a
rate &9 a utriet reietud to iU?j retpeetabi llty of the
Ilou?e will aCord.
Tb? dir-^t route to r?aehthc Vore? Grove Honae
is from Phltol* Ir.'jla by Newark or Jeraey elti .by
tl<e Morris and Rallruftd, to EacAcK.-W.wn.
atR1!- a. m., und ?VS i>, m.
AiicuiamunickUouaaddWioed to tho uader \gae^
will ?eet with promot ettwtion.
je 16-m4^iJB* klATUUWS. ^ro?r?ew.

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