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JULY 2, 1863.
Weekly National Intelligencer. By GALES ic SEATON. JAMES C. WELLING. ASSOCIATE EDITOR. The subscription price of this paper for a year is Two Dollarh, payable iu advance. A reduction of 20 porcent.(one-fifth of the full charge) will be wade to any one who shall order and pay for, at one time, ten copies of the Weekly paper ; and a reduction ol '2?? per cent, (or one-fourth of the full charge) to any one who will order and pay for, at one time, twenty or uiore copies. No accounts being kept for this paper, it will not be sent to any one unless paid for in advance, nor any longer than the time for which it is paid. CONCENTRATION OF FORCES. The New \ork Evening Post earnestly urges I upon our military authorities the expediency, if not the instant necessity, of withdrawing the de tachment# of our forces which are scattered at dif ferent points in the South?on the Virginia Pe ninsula under Gen. "Keyes, at Suffolk under Gen. Peck, in North Carolina under Gen. Foster, and in South Carolina under Gen. Gilmore. From these dctaohments our contemporary thinks the Government might combine an aggregate forcc of at least fifty thousand men, not, as itsays, u militia men, who, with all their discipline and knowledge of the manual of arms, have yet never seen a bat tle field, nor raw recruits or volunteers who take a musket in their hands for the first time on the day of their enlistment, nor yet colored troops, as we are fond of calling the new negro soldiers, who will enter the field under a strong and almost invete rate prejudice against them on the part of many white officers and men, but staunch, stalwart, sturdy, veteran troops, who have seen servioe for one or two years, who aro accustomed to the life of the camp, inured to toil, privation, and labor, hardened to the inclemencies of the seasons, practised in the arts of war, and eager to meet an enemy whom they have frequently met before, and always with honor to their gallantry and prowess." The Post professes its inability to divine on what theory of war these troops ever got where they are, and, with zard to the theory which has common ly been allc ed in explanation of these descents on the Souther; i coast, namely, that they were design ed tf<<m diff rent positions to threaten Richmond to cuf. off tie railroad lines southward from that place vd to assist in an attack upon Charleston?I it HUg^efts that if such a plan ever had any war rant in tact, its feasibility has now been disproved by experience. We have learned, it thinks, or| ought to have learned, by two years' trial, that small forces on the Peninsula and at Norfolk do not mcnae- Richmond, that small forces [in North Carolina do not cut off Southern railroads, and that small forces at Hilton Head do not assist in the capture of Charleston or Savannah. We suppose that these descents on the Southern coast, when they were originally planned and exe cuted, had a (sufficient justification in a theory to. which the Post docs not advert. When the com bined military and naval expeditions were project-1 ed the insurgent authorities proposed to themselves the talk of defending the entii^ seacoast as well as the inland borders of the territory embraced in the Seceded States. In the effort to protect that coast at all points, and in their ignorance where such expeditions as that of Gen. Sherman associat ed with Admiral Dupont, and that of Gen. Burn side associated with Admiral Goldsborough, would make their attack, the military energies of the in surgents were to a very considerable degree dis tracted and paralyzed. Movements whioh they might have otherwise made in force during the autumn of 1861 and during the winter of 1861-2 were doubtless prevented by the impending menace of the formidable expeditions then planned by the General-in-Chief of our armies. But when the suooess of the expeditions sent out under the command of Generals Sherman and Bnrnside, in effecting a landing on the Southern ooast, had taught the insurgent military authori ties that the attempt to protect their entire sea board from such occupation was futile, and when they recognised the fact by ceasing any longer to waste their energies in what was seen to be an im-1 possible task, these expeditions lost their utility, and with it their claim to be retained in their pre sent position. It will be remembered that Gen. Jefferson Davis, in his message to the Confederate Congress which asfembled immediately aftcj his inauguration as President, on the 22d of Fcbrua ry, 1862, (and therefore after the descent of Gen. Sherman on the coast of South Carolina, and of | Gen. Bnrnside on the coast of North Carolina,) admitted that the insurgent authorities had under taken more than they could accomplish when they sought to guard all points of their territory from maritime and inland invasion. lie then said, in the opening words of his message : " In obedience to the constitutional provision requiring the President from time to time to give to Congress infor mation of the state of the Confederacy, and recommend to their consideration such measures aa he shall judge neces sary and expedient, I have to communicate that, since my message at the last session of the Provisional Congress, events have demonstrated that the Government had at tempted more than it had power successfully to achieve. Htnce in the effort to protect by our armt the whole territo ry of the. Confederate States, seaboard and inland, me have been so exposed as recently to encounter serious disasters." When Qcn. Davis made this acknowledgment, and aotcd on it by no longer direoting his attention to such " side issnes" as the descents on South Carolina and North Carolina, these desocnts lost their chief value to the National Government in a military point of view, and our troops have subse quently been retained in thoir lodgments within those Statos Tor roasons which pass our comprehen sion on any thoory that wo can oonceive. Too weak to do any thing more than hold the narrow region they occupy, they aro poworless, in their segrega tion, to accomplish any thing of substantial mili tary achiewament, while, by their oonoentration, they might be made to constitute a force whioh would be as potential as it is now imbccile, and as activc afl it is now idle. THE CONSERVATIVE VIEW8. It is known to our readers that during tlio ses sions of the last Congress, its members, represent ing different political views with regard to the spirit and manner in wbich the pending war should be proseouted, were in the habit of meeting from time to time for the purpose of taking counsel with eaoh other, and determining the line of conduct they should pursue. These meetings were held alike by the " Republicans " and by the " Democratic" and wUnion" members of the House of Represen tatives?the results of their deliberations being sev erally announced at the time iti a series of reso lutions which were published in our columns. Inquiry having been made in the State of Ken tucky respecting the tenor and language of tho resolutions adopted by the " Conservative caucus," a correspondent in that State has requested u* to reproduce them for the information of our readers in that quarter. We accordingly iepriut to-day the resolutions adopted at a meeting hold by mem bers of the House of Representatives on the 28th of June last, and of which the patriotic and venerable Mr. Crittenden was the chairman. We may add that it was understood at the time that these resolutions were from the pen of that eminent statesman, who, as the author of the well-known resolution, adopted with such una nimity by both Houses, defining the object of the war, was properly selected to indite the declara tions which purport to have been conceivcd and adopted in explanation and reaffirmation of that re solution. In republishing these resolutions it can hardly be necessary for us to inform our readers that we concurred in their general purport at the time they were first promulgated, and, greatly as we re gret that the mutations of public opinion and the drift of events have combined to divide the loyal sentiment of the country which was once united in its adhesion to the " Crittenden Resolution," we can only repeat, in retrospect of the past and in prospect of the future, that, according to our impressions, all the real or seeming de partures from the spirit and letter of that reso lution have resulted in damage to the national cause. We know there are others, for whose in telligence and candor we have the highest respect, who do not concur with us in this view, and as we ask for our own opinions the toleration due to tho sincerity with which they aro held, so we cheerfully concede to all that liberty which inde pendent and honest thought may rightfully claim when exercised upon topics that forbid indiffer ence by their tremendous issues, and which per haps exclude the hope of unanimity by the difficulty and complexity of the subjects involved in this great discussion. No man holds his opinions with more tenacity than the venerable statesman .who is the author of these resolutions, and yet none more constantly exemplifies in his words and con duct that conciliatory demeanor which is at once the offspring of charity and the bond of patriotism. AN ORIGINAL MILITARY VIEW. We trust that the intelligent conductors of the New York Evening Post will excuse us if we sug gest that, while it is quite ^unnecessary for them to concur with us in the expediency of restoring Gen. McClellan to the command of the Army of the Pctomao, it it desirable that they should as sign good reasons for their non-concnrrence, if they undertake to give any. When, therefore, they express the opinion that" it would be most unfortunate to place Gen. McClellan at the head of the Army of the Potomac at the present moment, on acoount of the difference between his mode of dealing with an invading enemy and that of Gen. Hooker," we could wish that they might be more cogcnt in demonstrating their proposition than they are when they simply say: " Ten month* ago Lee marched into the very States be has now invaded. At that time McClellan was directed by Gen. Halleck so to move his forces as to intercept the return of the rebel army to Virginia. Instead of doing this, he placed his forces in a position between those ot Lee and the district threatened by him, and when at length Lee thovght proper, in his own good time, to march back again, McClellan gratified the people by announcing that ' Pennsylvania was safe not that the rebel army had paid tlie penalty of ita audacity, and had been rooted and broken up, but?that Pennsylvania was safe." As Gen. McClellan at Antietam, so General Hooker at Chancellorsville " placcd his forces be tween thoee of Lee and the district threatened by him," but, in spite of the much greater distance of Lee from Pennsylvania after the latter battle than after the former, he has been left, " in his own good time," to maroh "back again," not into Virginia, but into the loyal States, and derogatory as the Evening Post would doubtless deem it to the military genius of Gen. Hooker if he should announce to-day that " Pennsylvania was safe," there arc many in that State and out of it who Would be willing to have the invaders where they were after they had been expelled by Gen. MoClel lan in the month of September last. Tho Post evidently thinks that Gen. Hooker has Bhown more energy and skill in allowing Gen. Lee to invade Pennsylvania than Gen. McdTollan in driving him out, and this may be the case, but such is our opacity that we are not able to perocive it. 8UPP08ED NAVAL BATTLE. New York, June 26.<?The barque George i? at. Haw Ilaven, from St. Croix on the 9th instant. Hhe rep<w w that on the 8th instant, from the observatory at Run End, two steamers were distinctly seen off St. Th< inas engaged in battle. Cannonading was distinctly heard for son > time and then one of the vessels suddenly disappeared. It is supposed that she sunk. The other vessel steered out of sight and probably proceeded to St. Thomas. The Vacderbilt waa reported at St. Thomas June 5>th. The Cleveland (Ohio) Herald of Monday says that thir teen of the Holmes connty rioters were brought to that city as prisoners on Saturday night, and were lodged in Jail. The United States Grand Jury has not been discharged, and the prisoners will have the chance of getting aapeedy trial. Two or three of the men were of thoae originally taken and afterwards rescued. Some of the othera were taken with arms in their hands, and will probably be tried for treason. A PORTRAIT. Our amiable contemporaries of the New York Tribune quite mistake the object of our repent export of their political heresies when they sup pose that we 6imply designed to show the chronic contrariety which exists between their views and our views respecting secession and the war. It would be a great superfluity to waste words in the demonstration of such a proposition, for those who know any thing of our respective journals are sufficiently apprized of the diversity which exists between them. . The Tribune believes in the revolutionary right of secession. (Tribune, November 9, 1860.) We have always denied the right. The Tribune has pledged its best efforts " to for ward the views" of the insurgents, if it can be con vinced that the Soutliwrfc people " are con J alienated from the Union.(Tribune, l^bruary 23, 18G1.) We have always resisted the schcmcs of Southern as well as Northern disorganize!*. The Tribune predicted the breaking of the re bellion's " backbone" in sixty days, if we could only have a "proclamation of freedom." We never believed that the walls of the Southern Jeri cho would fall at the sound of any number of rams' horns, however vigorously blown, for the age of miracles has passed under the present dispensa tion. The Tribune, in the month of September last, after it had got the proclamation?" pleased with a rattle and tickled with a straw"?cried ?' God bless Abraham Lincoln." (Tribune, September 23, 1862 ) A few days ago it frantically denounced the President and his associates as men "who only day after day have given proof upon proof that they can neither comprehend nor grapple success fully with the magnitude and the demands of the task before them." (Tribune, June 3,1863.) We have never manifested any such Afrioan fetichism which worships its idol one day and whips it the next. The Tribune is in favor of foreign arbitration. (Tribune, December 27, 1862.) We have always held it to be inadmissible. The Tribune was in favor of " the best attaina ble peace" after three months of " vigorous fight ing," during a season?last winter and spring? when It knew vigorous fighting was impossible. (Tribune, January 22, 1863.) Wc have never drawn our counsels from our despair. The Tribune believes that the rebellion was much more likdy to be " crushed out" during the said three months' " term," when it was not " crushed out," than it is ever likely to be afterwards. (Tri bune, January 22,1863.) We have never sought in this way to dispirit the Government and encourage the insurgents. The Tribune is in favor of "owning the rebels" asitfl masters if only Gen. Grant is defeated, and Gen. Lec can u water his horses in the Delaware." (Tribune, June 17,1863.) Not ieing used to the dialect of slaves, wo have never yet foreseen the contingency or anticipated the day when we would be ready to own any man as our " master." These points of difference between the Intelli gencer and the Tribune are, it will be seen, too numerous and important, as well as too well known, to render necessary any " display of verbosity, whereof the main object would seem to bo a de monstration that our views of the rebellion, its treatment and issues, are as widely divergent as possible" from those of our New York contempo rary. That divergence, we hope, is known and rccognised by all. Our purpose in reviving these reminiscences was pimply to improve the memory of the present con ductors of the Tribune, who from the style of dis course ihey occasionally hold towards their more loyal, consistent, and determined contemporaries, would not lecm to have been aware of the perni cious doctrines inculcated in their own columns. Observing that they did not very carcfully read their own paper, whilo they obviously bestowed some attention on ours, we thought we should be doiDg them a good service by bringing to their no tice the secession tares which somebody is con stantly sowing with their anti-slavery wheat, until it is hard to tell which of the two growths is the more rank and luxuriaut. If our contemporaries need any further reminders on this score wo shall be ready at any time to repeat aid apply our stimulus. At present we have only to add a single suggestion or two. We find in the Tribune of the 25th instant the following panic cry: " If Le? can conquer ur, so be it! but if not, 1ft him never recrosa the Potomac with more than the wreck of tin army. Men of the North ! Permaylvaniaria, Jerseymen, New Yorkera, New Englandera ! the f??e ia at your door* ! Are you true men or traitors ? brave men or cowarda 7 It ?ou are patriota reaolved and deserving to be free, prove it y universal rallying, arming, aud marching to meet the tebel foe! Prove it now !" This looks a little as though the Tribune had changed its view from that announced at the out break of tho war. We quote from the Tribune of May 18, 18G1: " The progreas of events within a month ought to be aiifflcient to convince that the present, ia to be no civil war, and that the terror* of Revolutionary daya are not to be re-enacted. Th? mirnrulims tvmpnrtntss of the Nttkern imnn Hrridm :krt rrvrhnn Onr pleasant place* are to be -inharmed?the war will ra^ape tlmae only where *t originated The disparity of atrcneth. moreover, unle*? history *bo>ild now fail u- may go tar to c*!ni the pub lie ai?preh?nsion'o( the future. Nut uuiy tiio oppressed and ??utr?gea of the 8oiith, bet even her traitors re cognise the North at a city ??? refug* for thm famliea." rh'J *a^ true when it wa- written,in the month of May, 1861. The " marvellous oouipactnoss the Northern mind decided tho question." Those who arc familiar with the teachings of tho Tri bune know how that "marvellous compactness" was broken up, and tho result is read to-day in the stoical and craven utterance " if Leo can con quer us, so be it!" To this oomplexion things have oomc at last?and the Tribune, more than any sioglo sheet in tho land has contributed to pour this darkness over nil tho hopes of the nation. There is 110 reason to suppose that the conduc tors of the Tribune either believe in the restoration of tho Union or that they desire it. The war is with them a question of boundaries, or alternating between this and a question of emancipation, when they do not intermit both the one and tho other to sue for the best attainable peace. * What they thought about secession at its outbreak may be read in the following exposition, with which we will conclude our '' reminiscences" for tho present. It is quoted from tho Tribune of February 5, 1861: " Fear magrrfies the secession movement into who'ly uudue prtport.on*. It tremble* in its shoes as tLouuh secession were a mailed Riant, capable of spreading ruin and dttath wherever it chose to trend. Fear cries, ' skulk and bide, turn and fl-e, oh truth, honor, justice, ' consistency; for secession, terrible nee .'ssion, approaches! ' Fall on your knees, propitiate and pray, abdicate and ' aucouuib, ?ll ye politic*! combination! called parties, for ' Bijp.eup' .r>, terrible s?*?#*itiibJFitb bis lordly strides and *Tiiib mailed hand, tiir? uteris t<> overwhelm and destroy us t?ll!" Let us look at the monst<-r thus snddei.ly held up to us by the startled vision and bursting ejeb.ills of a sickly apprehension, and try to measure its true proportions. " Slaveholding States are departing from the American Union. A number have gone. More are going. Let us ansume that all of tbein, south of the Potomac and east of the Misaisbippi river, will go out and torm an independent Confederacy. We suppose nobody is able to doubt that the power now known as the United States of America is able to enforce some of it* ideas, at least as to the proper boundaries of the new Confederacy And we suppose it will not be questioned that if this power insist* upon great natural frontiers, like the Potomac, the Ohio, aid the Mississippi, it will find means to make its determination respected. But we need uot stand even upon this pre sumption. Let as admit that the Unit, d 8Utes will be very liberal and forbearing toward the new organization, in the matter of boundaries, and in every other way. We will start upon almost any kind of supposition. for argu ment's suke, to show what secession is, and what it promises. ? ? ? " Such, briefly sketched, is the coming history of seces sion, if it shall go so far a* to get the States mentioned in to its fatal embrace Instead, therefore, of its being the terrific monster pictured by an unmanly fright, it is REAL LY A KESI.'LT NOT Til BE SERIOUSLY DREADED. It m?y, on the contrary, rather be (airly regarded as a na'ural his toric development of beneficent promise, instead ot the un natural, distorted, hideou?-featured movement which it is believed to be by.the timid, SHORTSIGHTED, compro mising STATESMEN OF THE HOUR. ? " Let it be checked, and hindered, and stopped by the natural operation of the Government in the exercise of its just functions, in just that way and to just that eJfteut that a wise regard for the national safety and the future na tional development shall dictate. We shall thus avoid un necessary collision icith the Seceding States, and unite the people of the Free States upon the sure ground of main taining those national advantages which, after the separa tion, they will find essential to th?*ir own security and greatness. We have heretofore often enough intimaled what those limitations should be." " Secession" being, according to the Tribune of 1861, "a result not to be seriously dreaded," but rather "a natural historic development of benefi cent promise," we can readily perceive why its conductors have so sedulously and consistently sought to " forward the views" of the insurgents and embarrass tho Government. We might do so too, if wc shared such opinions, but we would pre fer to do it as men bravely fighting in the ranks of Lec than as men piteoualy crying* at the ap proach of his ibvading host, " if he oan conquer us so be it." THE IRON-CLADS. No previous ntival engagement probably ever created ?uch a sensation in Europe as that between tbe Monitor and the Merriuiac at Norfolk, not of course from its magni tude or actual importance, but from tbe fact that it waa the first trial of newly invented veaaela; and the reault virtually annihilated the naviea of tbe world, an far aa tbe vessel* were concerned, rendering all the then existing ahipa of war ineffective and useless. In Great Britain, particularly, it created perfect trepidation, aa well it might, for it waa a very heavy if not a fatal blow to her naval power and aupremacy, and rendered it necessary to build an entire new navy. A member of tbe Houaeof Commons publicly declared on the fliKtr that the Monitor whiob en gaged tbe Merrimac waa a match for the whole wooden British navy. Since that period the most steady attention, both in Great Britain and France, baa beendirec'ed to tbe construction of iron-dada, not only for harbor defence, but aa cruising vessels; and the most extensive and costly experiment* have continually been made with n-w'y invented guns to teat their power and the resis'ing 'ore of plated vessels, but as yet without satisfactoiy results aa regards the latter, and thus far they have produced nothing which can compare to our iron-claHs as we have tested them in actual fight. All that we have done, and a'l the experience we have acquired on the subject ha* a very ominous bearing upon the naval power of Great Britain, and under tbe knowledge gained by the attack on the numerous and powerful batteries at Charleston we are introducing improvements and alterations in the new iron clads now building that will pat u* still further in advance of the European experiments. The recent fight between the Weehawken and the At lanta is also an era in the history of naval warfare, for it is the first severe and decisive engagement between iron clads.and haa demonstrated the great power and efficiency of tbe newly invented 15-inch gun, now for tbe firat trme tried in an actual and purely nnval fight?vessel against vessel?and has fully established the value of such gun* as a most effective and crushing machne. The 15-inch solid ball weighs 440 pounds, and the first ahot from the Wee hawken atruck the side of the Atlanta at an angle of forty or fifty degrees. Though it might have been supposed that this angle would have glanced it off, yet, without any change in its direct course, the shot penetrated through her thick iron plating and twenty-four inchea of solid timber, by which it was bushed, as if it had been soft earth, crush ing every thing before it and prostrating forty of her crew by iU iron and wood splinters and the severity of the concus sion. Tbe second shot broke one of the heavy iron port stoppers, sending ita fragments among the men and wound ing seventeen that were at or near the gun ; and the third mashed her massive iron pilot-house, wounding or stunning all the men that weie in it. These three shots ended the contest, for, though the Weehawken fired two more, the white tlig on the Atlanta was being raised just us tbey were fired. The Atlanta was not only the largest and most powerful iron-clad the rebels had, but she waa probably a more for midable vessel than any we possess afloat, except per haps ihe Roanoke, at New York, and the Ironsides, off Charleston. It is an unparalleled event in naval warfare that so large u vessel, (2,(X)0 tons,1* with such an equipment and power, should thus be oomp.?ll< d li surrender by the effect of only three she** and is a sig >al proof of the immense advance *hirh the eciene* cf warfare. botli in innoyance and defenc", has mad' sinco tbe J>*t great European navnl war. From the eiw -gy with wtich the r'Mect >s neiv being studied and purti, 1 in the United Europe, may we not reasonably o < ' t to see such further fh -gress made as will even put the p. nt monitor* and iron cUJ" in the shade aa much as they hn,? put wooden vessels ' The desideratum now to be obtained is ball.proof, suit and fleet iron-clads, aa active cruisers on the bro.i t ocean, and we feel a full confidence that Amerioan genius will accom plish ii ere this war closes. THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC. Major General Georuk G. Meade has been as signed by the President to the command of the Army of the Potomac, vice Gen. IIook.ee, re lieved. The Quartermaster's department of the army suffered quite a serious loss yesterday, on the Rock villo road, seven or eight miles beyond Georgetown. A train of some hundred and twenty wagoos, it is fa id with a cavalry escort, being en route, was suddenly attacked by a hand of mounted rebels, and after some fighting were nearly all captured, including teams and drivers. We iu turn, how ever, took some prisoners. This wo i pretty bold dash, almost within range of the puns of some of tho city forts. Wo had no idoa that any rebel troops wero so nrarus. ARMY OP THE POTOMAC. Headquarters Army op Potomac, Jure 27. The Army of the Potomac is in motion, and will soon be to the front aud north of Baltimore. The ber.vy r-titis have made the roads so bad that the movements are necessarily very slow. MOVEMENT OF GEX. KOSECRAVS. Cincinnati, June 27.?Gen. Rosecrans' army, with the exception of one division, inored on .Wednesday riiiiht. fc-helbyville has been occupied by the Federal forces, Bragg having evacuated the town. SUCCKSSFUL RAID IN VIUQINIV. Major Gen. Dix telegraphs as follows: Fort Monroe, June 23, 1H63 Col. Spear, of the ll'b Penn y vania cavalry, whom I seut out two days ago, completely destroyed the bridge of the Virginia Central railroad over the S'U'hAn a. cap tured Gen VV. F. Lee, Lieut. Col H.-arnnble, (our cap tains, fivo lieutenants, and one hundred privnres, and brought ih^ui in. He has also brought in thir -five wagon-*, with six mules each, and one hundred and tiliy mules in addition, and from seventy-five to one bundled horses. He took $15,000 in i onfederate bonds jmc issu d from an agent of the authorities at Richmond. This ? all public property; no private property has b en touch d Col. Spear's loss is three killed and e ght wounded. LATEST FROM NEW ORLEANS. New York, JUNE 28.?The steamer George Crom well, from New Orleans on the 21st instant, has arrived The Era of the 21st state# that two cavalry rebel regi ments, one infantry rebel rrgiment, and a batte-y of six pieces are stationed at Indian village, nine miles to the rear if Plaquemine Ou the 18th three hundred rebel cavalry from there mad^ a dash into Plnquemine, which plaoe was not guarded, burnt the steamers Anglo Ameri can, the Southern Merchant, L. A. Sykes, and Segur, a barge, and seventy-five bales of cotton Thirty convales cent soldiers of the 28th Maine regiment, including a lieutenant and a quartermaster, were taken prisoners to Indian village. The above is all the military news to be found in the New Orl??m papers, and not a word is s.tid relative to : Port Hudson. FISHING VESSELS AND THE PRIVATEERS. Banuoic, June 26.?A fleet of fishing vessels from the Bay of Fundy has just arrived to escape the privateers. They state that there are thr. e piratical ships off Cape Sable. The ship , of Boston, for Loudonderry, hat been spoken with the crews of three vessels destroyed by the privateers. She herself whs captured &ud bonded at fSO.OOO. Bath, June 2(5?A pilot up from South port report* that four fishing vessels arrived there 1 his morning, who make the following report: " Forty sail were destroyed by a pirate steamer off Cape 8able yesterday and the day before. A Brunswick ship was bonded and other large vessels were destroyed." The Brunswick ship had many passengers on board, and gave vessels warning which have come in. ORDER OF THE REBEL GENERAL. Gen. Ewell, upon entering Cbambersburg on Wednesday, the 24th instant, issued the following general order, viz: Headquarter* 2d Corps, Army S rih< rn I'a. June 22, Chanbtrtburg, June. 24 I The fttle of intoxicating liquor* to (his command, without written perntiss.ou trom* major general, is strictly prohibited. II. Persons having liquors in tbeir possession are re quired to report the fact to the provour mar-hal or the nearest g.-iiera! officer, *taung the amount and kind, that a guard may be placed over it, and the men prevented from gett. ng it. III. Any violation of parti of these < rders, or failure to comply with part 11, will be punished by the immediate Cctifis 'ation of all 1 quors :ri the possess:ou of t e < ff nd ing parties, besides rendering their other property liable to m-izure. IV. Citizens of the countiy through which the army may pass, who Hre nut m the military service, are admon ished to ab-tain from all act* of hostility, upon the penalty of being dealt wi h in a summary manner. A ready ac quiescence to the demands of the military authorities will se ve greatly to lessen the n?? rs of war. By command ot Lieut Gen. B I Ewk.LL : A. L. PfcNDi KTon, A. A. Gen MISSOURI STATE CONVENTION. Jeffkknon City, Junk 25.?The mnj -rit> rep ort of the Committee on Emancipation ban been uu<ier discussion all day. but no acto n has been taken. JrFFEUHON CITY, Ji NE 2t>.?Mr. Brckinridge's sub stitute for the report of the Committee on Emancipation was rejected in the Convention to-d<y by a vote of 7 yea? to 7fi nays. The question then recurred on the adoption ot the original ordinince. Col. Wolfolk moved to amend by submitting t e ordinance to the people in the Mtare e'ec ti?>n ot IHtM, which was carried by a vote of W5 yea* to 29 nays. GENERAL WARD BURNETT. From fhe annexed order we perceive that another tried and gallant soldier is about to take the field. Gen. WakD> B BuhNKTT, who s? signally distinguished himself on the bat le-fields of Mexico, is organising a command, and we are glad to learn that he has already % large number en listed. among whom are many of the recently returned sol diers. II is intention, we understand, is, as far as he can con trol the .organization of the several regiments to commence with a nucleus of at least two hundred veterans from the returned soldiers from the two years' service: Umrral Hrndi/nortrrs, Stnte of \tv> York, Adjutant General's t'ffice, Albany, May 2l?, ld63. COI.ONEI.: The President of the United States has *aid that he will commission Gen. Waid M. Burnett a brigadier general in the service of the United States when Governor 8eyraour tutns over to him a sufficient number of regr ments to warrant it in accordance with the usages of the services. The Governar has assured Gen. Burnett that he will, at the proper time and under proper circumstances, cause to be turned over to him two or more regiments of tro p<, wl it " y are organized and mustered into the service of the United Kto?fea, thus enabling him to form a brigade Gen. Jtori -ft is by his Excellency commended to your (Vn^'deral i'it, is p nay from time to time be able to give huu n.uch ilu ihle ii rmatuMi in relation to the progress of reerrut ' ?*ry respectfully, yours, hn.n T. Sphaouk, Adjutant General. T- laNSIKO. IV THE PRIVATEER TACONY BURNT. A DARING REBEL EXPLOIT. Portland, (Me.) June 27.?Tbe U. 8. revenue cutter Caleb Cushing went to sea during the night without orders or officer*. Captain Clarke died yesterday, nod an officer was expected on to take charge of ber t-i-day. The Ctleb Cushing in provisioned for a two months' cruise and is heavily armed. Steamers are being aruied to send in pursuit of ber. [Lieut. Merry man, appointed to succeed Capt. Clarko, left New York on Friday morning with instructions to pro ceed to sea immediately on his arrival, his vessel being all ready for departure ] Portland, (Mk ) Junk 27, 12 M.?The revenue cutter Caleb Cushing left last night before Lieut. Merryman, sent to take chirge of ber, arrived. II* immed ately started out in one of the steamers sent in pursuit of the Cushing. She cannot make much headway as the wind is dead ahead. She wa* in sight fn>m thr* observatory at eleven A M., standing oil'to sen, twelve m les distant.' The purxuit'g steamers are the Forest City and the Chesiipeake, tomb last ves-els. They started from Fort Preble at 11 A. M., and have on board two hundred troops. Portland, (Me ) June 27 ?The steamers Forest City Hud Chesap ake have overhauled tbe cutter twelve miles down the bay, and we can hear heavy reports of guns oc casionally It is too hazy t>. see any thing disti ctly. The cutter mount* a th rtj- two pounder pivot gun and aatniller bow guu. Portland, Junk 27, 2 P. M ?A tremendous exp'os:<>n and smok** w*s jost seen wb^r- ihe cutter was, ?ut now * he ba? disappeared It is th u bt that tbe cutter ;s blown up. It is report-d that b -at* put i ff iroin tbe cut ter be'oie she ble* u^, and th>< Foiet-t City is chasing them. Portland, Jcnk 27, 2? o'clo. k P. M.? Ihe Caleb Cu hing apparently came to anchor and took i>? am s, and wis s on a'ter 'Uncovered to be on fi e; and at iwenty mi nut a to t W'i o'clock <<h ? bl-*w u > *i b a tremendous re port, ant m>th ug of her is u<>w visible lr-m th- Ob e - vatory. Pohtl\nd, Junk 27. ? T?e cr w ??f he cm e< ? ,.l?-b Cu bing i>eeui t" h'tve wcaped in b ais bdo e she w s b < wii up, pr bably to a scho<" er n< ar by The ho eat Citv chawo o e down towards Qie^n lrlaml, am) is t wi? g her in Ihe Forest City had only twelve p uud rs, and the Chesapeak only six-pounders, but tluii iiit.-i.tiu w->s to run the cutter d'Wii at ?nce,a- th?-y Were i.o ma'cb for her tbir?y-p"iindeis The < hesapeake wa^ manned by tweu'y-sev ti m n of tbe f-even b Maine regim n1. under C<d. Mason, together with company A of the State Ou-rds, who were ready, wi h full ranks, in u half hour, and also by its ma >y a med citizens as could be c onveniently ;akeu, who voinnt. eied with enthusiasm Captiin Leighton, tbe O vernment inspector, who is ? verseeicg tbe build ug <>f a gun b. at here, took charge of tbe Chesapeake's battery; Captain VViHets ommai d d ber, and Captain L'scouibe ttie Forest City. Collector Jewelt ami Mayor Mm.lelian attended to aiming and dispatching tbe boats, which was done with great expedition. OFFICIAL DESPATCHES. Portland. (Mk.) June 27?9 40 P M. Hon S. P. Chase, Sr-crttary of the, Trtatury : The party wh c,h cut out tne cutter Cu?hmg were part of the crew of the barque Tac?-ny, wbicb vessel, as ap pears by her log-book, in my poscessioo, tLey burned on June 25th, and transferred bei armament to ibe schooner Archer, which we have rap'ured and stripped They in tended to bn u tbe two gunboats here, transfer the Archer's armament to tbe cutter, a>,d burn and destroy on tbe coast of M nine The men are in Fort Preble. urwW pi><ar*4. Lieut. C W. Read, of tbe Confederate navy, was in com mand of tbe men, and is a prisoner. J. Jewett, Collector. Fort Prebi.e. (Mr.) Junf. 27?6.40 P. M. Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary oj War : In the private note t o. k ol Lieut. C\ A. Read, C. S. N., 1 fi d a? follow* I " The latent new* from Y?nkeedom tells u? thKt there are over twenty gunboats in search of us They have the description ?.f the I'acony.aod overhaul every ve*se1 that ruffflblei her. Dunog the night we tram-ferred alt our thi. g? on bvard the schooner Aicher. At 2 A. M. *et fire to tie Tacorty, and ?Uhk1 west. The schooner Archer is a fishing vessel of ninety tons, sails well, and is easily bandied. No Yankee gunboat would ever dream of suspecting us. I therefore thifik that we will dodge our pursuers for a short time. It in my i'ten tiou to go along th-coast with the view of burniig the xbipping m some eipesed harbor?of cutting a steamer." The above app> ar? to have been written ?ince the night of June'J4th. The Bcboouer tak^n to-day is the Archer, ot Soutbport. George L. Andrews, Major of Seventeenth Int-'*ry, Cotu'g. Pi at. PARTICULARS OF THE FIGHT. Portland. G o'clock P M?Captain Liscomb, of the Forest City, says 'hit she came within gun-shot of the Cushng half an hour before the Chesapeake got along. The Gushing fired at the Forest City mi tunes without showing any flag whatever. Tw Forest City then laid to, wait ng until th Chesapeake came up. After cousulta tion, it wns agreed to board the Cushing. The Chesapeake t<>"k the lead in this, being a pr?pel'er, and aiso being protected by cot'on bale* Ihe reb-ls per ceiving their intentions, became Irisbtei ed, and abandoned the Cu-hmg in two boats, and sent "ff in Th" th:r.l bo*t the regular erew of the Cnstri g. wh> m they h?d placed in irons. This last boat was itnun diitely pick d tip by the Chesapeake. The other two bott* with the rebel* on bonid eteered toi H*rpawell shore aid weie purmie<i aid pn-ked up by tte r or ?st City. Tne rebels proved to be twcnty-twn itt i umb? r. Ttie Foreit Ciiy also picked up a small ooat containing a Mr. Bibb-r. who hid been -et adrift Irom the Cushing. Bibber, with his partners, were captured yesterday t>y the rebel* wli le in a' mall fishing boat off Daiuei'? Cove Island. He ii formed Capt. Liscomb that be was captured by the schooner Archer, of S?>uthport, whieb was in p>>*s-ssn n of a r- bel crew from ihe pirate TkonD)?no from the Fi nds, as repor ed b> the crew ot the CaU b Cu-hin*?and that the Archer came n la t mgbt and anct.ored he ow Mi Ony, intending to buru iwu u<-w guubotts rtuilnng in Port land, and cut out me revet ue cutter Cui?hitig and steamer Fores City. '1 his they f^U'd thetoselve< very much t ou b'ed to do, but at two o'clock this morning they boarded the Curbing quietly, and se^d the small portion of her crew aboard, pui tb m in irons, an I made their way out of the narb^r thiough Hussey's Sound, thus avoiding ihe firr of tUe f,?rts Alter pa?si g the forts, C'apt Liscomb learned the in tent on? ot the rebels, and itnrn d ately pursued tbe Archer, which was making h-r way to ? astward ?a rap'dly as ihe liaht breez- would permit Capt Li c?uib captured the I Aicher, and f<-uri i tfciee rebeis and Binhei'a part er or board, and towed her up to ihe city By B.bber's report C'apt. Li-comb minks that there are three or more schoo ners, with rebel ciews on board, on our coast, destroying our fishermen 1 be Archer had only a howitzer on bo?rd and thece schooners are probably lightly armed Bbber also reports a rebel st? luier on the coa-t, and the Forest City passed a cuspciou- looking black st ain-r ofl Cape Porpoise at two o'clock this looming, when coming from Boston, which at first made for the Forest City, but after wards kept to the southwest. The Fort at-City arrived up at half-past four o'clock tbia afternoon, landing the rebel prisoners at Fort Pieble. This ateauier, as well as the Chesapeake, was received with the gnatest euthusiasm by our citiz-ns Tbe Forest City wa* armed with two rifled twelve pound, rs, and had on board tbir'y troops from tort Pre ble and oue hundred citizens aimed. I be If* rest City diW not get near enough to the Cushmg to hit her and Ih. ? hot from tbe latter though coining very close tell a little short The Fo.e.t City and Cnesapeake would have un doubtedly recapi ured the Cushmg bad uot the rebela de serted her and b own her up, as the soldiers, citizens, and sailors were all anxious to have a hand to baud tight, as they had nothing to match the big gun of the Cuahuig. Portland. (Me.) June 27, 8 P. M.?Your reporter lias just com froB Fort Preble. The commandant there will not allow (be prisoners to be questioned to-night There are two rebel officers among the prisoners, named as follows: Lieut. C. W. Read, with a regular comtnis ?ion from the Confederate navy, late commander of the Tacony and Eugenie, and H. Brown, third assistant engi neer of the Florida, detached from ihe Tac ny Two books were found on the prisoners, one a memorandum took, with instiuctions. Ac , which I was not allowed to aee, as it might contain important evidence for the Gov ernment, and the other an aoeount book, containing an important list in the back part, seemingly of veeaela cap tured by the rebels.