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KUTLANI) IIKRAM).
THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 1864.
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Ablitioaiiu mid New Kuglaitd.
Since the outbreak of the rebellion,
the causelessness, the Iniquity, the un-y
paralleled wickedness of the Southern
treason, lu ruinous results, tf successful,
to the Union and free government, and
the paramount duty of all men to aid iu
its overthrow, have been the themes of
loyal Kpeakers and writers. During all
this time, the despotism and corruption
of our own government under Abraham
Lincoln, the comparative innocence of
rebels, threatened bankruptcy and ruin
of the north, impossibility of overcom
ing the rebel armies, denunciation of
loyal men, but above all the horrors of
"Abolitionism" and the supreme gnilt of
Kew England, have furnished the never
tailing material for copperhead disquisi
tions. Among those who have been most vi
olently denunciatory upon the last two
subjects is James Brooks of Kew York.
Now when this Brooks was younger and
we trust honester than he now Is, and
while he was editing a paier in Port
land, Maine, he made a southern tour,
and wrote to his paper a series of letters,
from which the following are extracts :
"I cannot understand it I cannot un
derstand how a man can talk of liberty
and hold another in slavery.
For one, I believe in the ability
of the nation, under an amendment of
the Constitution or without, with the
sanction of the constitutional mataphy
siclans, to rid itself of this overhanging
misfortune."
'I do not agree with many whom t
meet with here," he writes, "and who say,
judging from what they see, that the ne
groes are an inferior race of men, and
therefore 'we have a right to make them
subservient to us.' That Is not my
creed. I deny the premises, or, grant
ing them, deny the inference. I can find
negroes, very many here, who are active
and bright, and who, if educated, would
make a ligure in the world.
It is ignorance, want of education or as
sociation with educated men, that bru
tifles them..'
, "I am also convinced that the intel
lect of the black man is as bright as that
of the white man, that the lamp which
God has given him can, after long and '
patient trimming and proper refinement,
burn as bright as the lamp which God
has given the white man."
He then defended New England in such
terms as these : ' '
"Talk of Northern fanatics, Northern
madmen, Northern meanness, Northern
cupidity ! How little you know of the
people whom so many abuse. How lit
tle you know of that self-sacriflcing spir
it which will do everything and suffer
everything for u Union, for liberty, for
the common good of t? whole. country..
Yt v.. i,i ... ., ,.(! at
the money-box and in business hours,
may not be all one could wish, but New
England at the fireside, in the social cir
cle, in her schools, her pnblic spirit and
her institutions, is a land to be proud
.oVh i--' :. ; - , .x -
u Such was Brooks, and such were a
great manx others who have latterly
been loudest-mouthed in their ranting
against "abolitionists" and New Eng
land "fanatics." But Brooks married a
Southern lady with a plantation of "nig
gers," and fell from grace, plunged into
Know-Nothlngism and finally came up
among the copperheads. . After a terin
of sanctimonious and hypocritical hor-'
rorof those terrible abolitionists who
' are supposed to flourish extensively In
'w England, and one of whom he was,
'ie n?w 8ll0WS symptoms ' of trying to
.BcrambK back again into their ranks.
And of sucJ1 are the defamers of New
England.- "nfclr fair name suffer
about as much from 8Uch Political
tumblers and trickster? M lTOck ftom
the waves which strike " Ccreo" and arf
dashed in pieces. . .- s '.-.;
Statement mt Mr. Grayv: V
Mr. William Gray, formerly of iv!est
Rutland, whose recent escape with hh
family irom Rebeldom and arrival here
we announced a few days ago, was re
siding at the time the rebellion broke
out in one of the Gulf States. It was
then believed by him and his friends
that the rebellion would be of short du
ration, and It was hardly deemed necessa
ry to make any effort to get out of the
new and short lived "Confederacy." Be
ing over forty years of age, Mr. G. was
exempt from the first conscription made
y the rebel authorities. 'He managed
wUt fthe rebel ranks by be
coming a member of a fire company,
the BriX F by PPHtir to
SweeouS eo?Uf,Ul' CtC- until th0 Iatr
lL0 threatened to
conrthecon-
Jpfr r, ""Kl IDe kingdom of
....nCiT.. ??We. Although
"a suhWt. nf n., it,..
xuecu ictoria" this wa
no easy matter. He passed thl v
brralltaw. Way' evcr, north
Kl? J8aW' K and fm thence
ow wlevf ' ardly to Ons-
h Jklf w Was arrestl and taken
back to Warsaw, No ,ro.f appeal
against him he was released, and a"ain
made his way to Onslow and thence to
Swansboro. Here he had great dlillculty
lu getting across the river or inlet, Into
a son oi neutral ground between the reb
el and federal outposts. One or two
plans, in which friendly negroes with
dug out" boats at midnight figured,
were frustrated by suspicious and watch
ful landladies. But Mr. G. finally suc
ceeded lu getting across with his family,
and at once, to his great surprise and
gratification, fell into the hands of friends
and old acquaintances, in the shape of
Col. Ripley, Capt Kelley, and others of
the Ninth Vermont, of whoso kindness
and attention Mr. G. speaks in grateful
terms. All this occupied months of labor
and trial irom the time of leaving his
residence lu the South till he reached
the hands of welcoming Yermonters and
Rutland County men.
Mr. Gray confirms the accounts we
have had of the great destitution pre
vailing among the masses of the South
ern people. He illustrates the dilllculty
of procuring some articles of clothing
by his own case. He reached the Union
lines with plenty of money, (such as it
was) in his pockets and his toes
through his boots.
Upon the subject of the rebel armed
forces, Mr. Gray Is confident that we have
never estimated their strength high
enough. All the railroads were con
stantly thronged with rebel soldiers
moving on to their destinations, lie is
certain that at Chattanooga, for instance,
Rosecrans was opposed to no less than
125,000 men, and that we have been con
stantly outnumbered in battle elsewhere.
In the last rebel conscription no one was
spared. Every male able to bear a mus
ket was swept into the ranks. A wood
en leg was hardly sufficient to save one.
Their present armies are large, much
larger than' is . generally supposed, but
they are their lutt ones. No material is
left for others. M'ith. their present ar- I
mies, or with none, the independence of
Rebeldom must be established. 1 ':
Mr. G. was with our troops in North
Carolina during the late rebel attack,
and speaks with warm admiration of
the manner lu which our men, nuraber
bering about 600, so well held their own
against a rebel force of not less than
CO0O. He speaks of a large octagon house
on the "neutral ground" opposite Swans
boro, from which, as it was ascertained,
the rebels were notified by preconcerted
signals, of the advance of any federal
troops, their numbers and direction. In
formation was given to the proper au
thorities concerning it &nd the matter
has probably been attended to.
Mr. Gray showed us a letter received
by him, while on his travels, from his old
place of residence, dated Dec. 29th, 1863,
l frCa which we make the following in
teresting extracts .' . : ' ;
. "A 'Happy Christmas' and a 'Merry
New Year" to you and yours. The world
here wags along in mnch the usual way,
with little variety, except an occasional
interlude of a street fight or night row
dyism." , . , " ;
, After speaking of one of Mr, G.'s ac
quaintances, the writer continues :
'Others of your associates (voluntary)
are now watching the heavens of military
legislation to see whether the sky will
fall and all the larks be caught this time.
There is an immense twittering, among
the birds proposed to be taken to the
national capital and spit. " Oh, that all
had wings who wish for that locomo
tion. What a hegira of wings wonld
cloud the sun. ; There Is a consolation
in the assurance, however, that ;wings
are not the only means of propulsion on
earth. Perhaps some of those known to
you here and elsewhere will not long
cast shadows on confederate Soil.'' As
for myself, there is some hope that the
remaining moderation of Solons will en
able the high school to continue opera
tions another year. This hope may prove
groundless. In that event , I take; 'the
goose-step' of course." Substitute men
are tinged with a color, 'deeply, darkly,
dreadfully blue. I send, you two papers
printed in Atlanta, and will try to send
you another containing the speech of
that agrarian Cobden, that you may see
aw far gone old England is in her ma-
My family, not liking the expense
n lire, are now in the country.
h,
nia.
& A.
i m tn DS to sell the house we lived
In whin 1 "haU mOVe int0 V0,,r ol lot,
and keen aV,nd of hermit hal1' with
alllZyWWit?I,tmiy faml)y
and walk these stu
suspected Pariah ant? au hin&
questionable presence amon? .,lo:.1-
ic brass buttons. The civic ilfe 11118
country is nearly buried ami MoJoch is
lord of all he surveys. . , 1
New York Town Election The
Tribune has complete returns ft 'om thir
ty counties of the State of New ' York.
As compared with last year, the t 'gures
show a Union gain of 59 towns, at ld
loss of only 6, making the net ga. ,nfl
thus far 53. Incomplete returns fro, "n
other counties show correspondina '
xu.vsu gauiB. ucre are inose "sweep
ing victories In the Empire State" over
which the copperheads were so latelr
crowing? . '
Local and Slate Item.
County Court.
v wMMia-iii-i-u lis session yes-
lemay.
Hon. Loyal C. Kellogg, presiding.
Hon. Barnes Frisbie, Assistaut
Hon. Joel Y. Alnswoth, J Judges.
30. oj John II. Bowman r. Ferrand
Parker the first case for trial. Prout
&. Dunton and E. J. Thelps Att'ys for
plaintiff. E. Edgerton and Daniel Rob
erts for defendant. Action on the case
for fraudulent representations lu sale of
stock of Vermont Marble Company.
Trial commenced.
Honor to Whom Hosoh is Dub.
The Sous of Temperance in this village,
in Division Meeting, March 1st, 1864,
unanimously offered a vote of thanks to
the Selectmen and other officers of this
town for their efficient and earnest labor
in behalf of temperance, and the prompt
and energetic discharge of their duties,
in executing the Prohibitory Law.
By order of Friendship Division, No.
87, 8. of T.
Gborok Dittos, M. D.,
Chairtnan of Committee.
Town Hall. Rev. B. Hawley, D. D.,
of Castleton, delivered a very instruct
ive lecture last night on the poisonous
effects of alcoholic beverages on the hu
man system.
The lecturer and the audience were
greatly annoyed by the constant noise
kept up by boys large enough to know
what common decency means, and the
value of practicing it. We hope this
nuisance will be abated in future
VEteMONTERS IJI CALIFORNIA. The fol-
lowing Yermonters hold positions in the
State government of California, as ap
pears from corjespondouce of the Cale
donian :
Judges of Supreme Court Oscar L.
Shatter and S. W. Sanderson. c ,
Clerk of Supreme Court W. D. Har-
riman.
Members of the Senate J. McM. f haf
ter, II. L. Dodge, II. C, Gaskill.C. S
Haswell. -
Members of Assembly J. II. Beaman,
J. G. Brooks, Robert A. Clark, A. F.
Green, F. II. Snyder, M. G. Winchester.
Out of 145 members of the executive, f Lewis, S
legislative and judicial departments of
the State government, 44 are natives of
New England. . :
(We are Indebted to Mr. Beaman of
the Assembly for California public docu
ments.) ' ' ,
&0DDBN Pkath. Hon. Obadlah Noble
of Tlnmouth died suddenly on Sunday
morning last, at the age of 87 years.
wot corning to his breakfast as usual on
that morning, his chamber waa entered
and he was found dead fupon the floor,
partially dressed. It Is supposed he
arose as usual in the morning and died
while in the act of dressing.
Judge Noble has been a prominent
man In Rutland County, and his name is
closely Identified with its early history.
He was Justice of the Peace in Tln
mouth for 88 years j was Register of
Probate in 1799; was Judge of Probate
from 1814 to 1828 ; and Assistant Judge
of the County Court from 1839 to 1812
inclusive. He represented the town of
Tlnmouth In the years 1811, 1812, 1816,
1816, 1820 and 18.10 was Senator from
this County in 1838 and 1839; was mem
ber of the Council of Ceusors in 1827
and member of the Constitutional Con
ventions of 1828 and 1886.
Judge Noble was a man of eminent
good sense and practical judgment, of
retentive memory, of genial and kindly
feelings, and spotless character. He pos
sessed a rich fund of anecdote and in
formation regarding events which trans
pired in the time of his youth and vig
orous manhood w hich will make his loss
all the more seriously , felt by those in
terested in theearly history of the State,
and especially of Rutland County.
Grand and Prtit Jurors. The fol
lowing is a list of the Grand and Petit
Jurors of this town: : '
grand jurors.
B. F. Blanchard, B. F. French, B. K.
Chase, T. O. Gibson, Lorenzo Sheldon,
John Cain, Nahum Johnson, W. H. B.
Owen, 8. J. Griggs, John Proctor, J. L.
Patch, H. G. Clark, B. R. Greeno, E. C.
Thrall, Sam. Hay ward, R. R. Mead, "VY.
C. Landon, J. L, Billings.
'" PRTIT JCKOKS.
K. R. Thrall, 2d, Gershom Chenev. W.
IL Field,A. F. Johnson, Richard 'Wat
kins, Frederick Freeman, E. S. Mead, H.
H. Paine, J. S. , Hall, Benj. B. Thrall,
Norman Clark, A. W. Clark, 8. G. Staley,
J. E. Manley,; E. G. Chatterton, II. D.
Tuttle, Robert Moulthrop, V. T. Capron,;
S. W. Proctor, Jas. M. Gilmore, Ei C.
W. Curtis, Cyrus L. Johnson,
T.J. Lyon, D. Smith, N. Pierce, II. G.
Graham. ; . . . .
A Private Soldibk Pbokotid to a
Colonel. A private of the Invalid
Corps was last week passed by thasey
Examining Board for the rank oftJolo
el of a colored regiment, .
Thspt asd Conscience, Some weeks
ago it was noticed by the newspapers
that in the daytime, while the inmates
of the house were all absent, some per
son entered the dwelling of Mr. War
ren Grout, of Weathersflcld, and from
his sleeping , room took about (200 j
went up stairs to the room of his wife's
sister, Mlis Hosley, "and from her trunk
took about $400 more. No trace of the I
money had been found. In the mean '
time, says the Bellows Falls Times, the
neighbors were getting up a present for
the young lady, who was about to be
married, (and this lost : money was all
her fortune,) when a short time since
the money was returned (all but about
$60) done up in a' brown paper and
stuck into the fence, or gate post near
Grout's front , door,. , evidently ' placed
there by the thief for the family to find
and restore to the young woman. . Miss
Hosley has thus got her money back
and as we believe is happily married, i ;
ft: i . .' " ! J r, ;
Fires, The Freeman building, Montr
pelier, had A narrow escape from des
truction by fire Sunday,,, ,(' About? naif
past four in the afternoon, Mr. Bailey,
who occupies the basement, discovered
a fire in the room above, in the partition
between the press room of the Freeman
and Mr. Courser's store. By the vigor
ous and immediate action of Mr. Bailey
and some young gentlemen who came
at once to his assistance, the fire was
overcome in a few minutes by the
prompt application of a few, pails of
water. ;The origin of the fire la not
known. , . ; - .
On Tuesday night a Are broke out in
the saw-mill owned by David S. Abbott,
situated on Barton river, about two
miles from Barton village, which, with
its contents, was entirely consumed.---Loss
about f 2,000. Insured for f 600, ' ;
Personal. In the absence of Gen
Ingalls, Capt. Pitkin has been r some
time past discharging the duties of
Quartermaster General of the Army. of
the Potomac. Lieut. John W. Clark
6th Vt. Vdldriteers is now Acting Depot
Quartermaster t Brandy Station.
, Col W. C. Holbrook of the 7th Regi
ment is in command of the brigade at
Barrancas, Florida ; surgeon Enoch
Blanchard, formerly of Lyndon', but
,te of the 7th, is on the staff of the
neral commanding district of West
'da, as medical director. ,
Toww Officers of Mocntholly.
Moderator, Harvey M. Dickerman ; Clerk
and Treasurer, Al Cole; Selectmen, Al
fred Crowley, Phillip Lover, H. M. Dickerman;-
Constable, Merritt H. Dicker
man ; Listers, J. C. Andrews, F. L. Frost,
Jesse Sawyer ; Auditors, A. C. Randall,
John P. Hoskisori, ' William Billings ;
Fence Viewers, D. L. Dawley, M. D.
Harrington, W. B. Hoskison; Town Grand
Jurors, Nelson A. Holton, Martin Dodge;
Trustee of Surplus Fund, Cyrus Bus
well? Town Agent, Benjamin Billings ;
Superintendent, H. Archibald ; Over
seers of the Poor, Selectmen;; Sealer; of
Weights and. Measures, A.. Cole; Inspec
tor of -Leather, Elijah Chase; Pound
Keepers, Milon Dickerman, Hiram Si-
monds, Henry C. Pingrey, John Archer.
Voted to raise 150 cents on the dollar to
pay the indebtedness of the town for
bounties and incidental expenses, and 30
cents on the dollar for highways. ; 4 ; : t j
-I""--' " ; -i ", : , !
Town Officers of Thtmouth.- Mode
rator, H. Hopkins v; Town: Clerk, L.
Bice, Jr.; Treasurer, L. Rice, Jr.; Select
men!' Cyrus Cramtorf, Lyman Cobb, Clark
Norton ;! Listers,1 J. H.' Round, H. Hop
kins, ,Ft Eddy ; Overseer of the Poor, Ira
Phillips; Superintendent bfSckools, Rev.
M A. Gates ; Town Agent. G. CanroW:
Trustee- 'of Surplus Fund, H. ' Kelley ;
Grand Jurors, J, H. Round, HD. Nobl?.
. Ludlow. --It - commenced Snowing
Sunday night, and; at twelve o'clock
Monday noon there was ' at least fifteen
Inches of damp snow on the ground. ' :
' On Saturday last, as the Rev. W. S.
Balch was descending from the moun
tain with a load of wood, the chain on
the runner gave ' way, ' and the load
pressed upon the horses with such force
as to throw them out of the road
against a stump. Mr.1 Balch jumped
from the load and struck upon a stump,
injuring his feet and ankles pretty bad-
;v. At the time of writing, (Monday
noon.J ne is comfortable, and it is be
lieved that D. bones are broken.
Siirewsbdrt Town Officers. Town"
Clerk and Treasurer, - Wm. F. Morse ;
Constable, Allen Sanderson ; Selectmen,
Wlllard Johnson,' John Kinsman, James
Huntoon ; Overseer of the Poor, E. W.
Aldrlch ; Listers, A. 8. Adams, C. C.
Holden, L. G. FUh j Superintendent of
Common Schools, Rev. Hubbard East
man ; Town Grand Juror, James Hun
toon j Town Agent, James Huntoon.
Brokbn Down. We learn that the
roofs of several barns and wood sheds
were broken through by the weight of
the snow which fell on 8unday night
and Monday. Covered piazzas of dwell
ing houses also suffered. The wood
shed of the Cuttlngsville Depot, among
others, was crushed In.
The Seventeenth Regiment. Four
companies have been mustered in for
this regiment. The fourth Company (D)
is commanded by Henry A. Eaton, Beth
el, Captain. These Companies with two
skeleton Companies, make between 400
and 500 men thus far mustered lu for
the Regiment. Exertions should be
made in every county to fill it up at the
earliest possible moment.
Off the Track. The mall train on
the Vermont Central railraod which ar
rives at Burlington at 7.65 P. M., ran off
the track just after leaving Essex J unc
tion, Saturday evening, through the
misplacing of a switch. There were but
few passengers aboard and nobody was
Injured. . . ,
Personal. We understand that E. A.
Chapiu, Esq., Superintendent of the Rut
land and Burlington Railroad is soon to
retire from that road to assume the po
sition of Supcrintendent-of the Harlem
Railroad, New York. .
Gen. Kilpatrick's Movements in
Detail.
Why he didn't take Richmond
Ge.
Flor,
Wot
ed amon.
late raid :
don, Venno
mdbo. The following are report-
g the wounded in Kilpatrick's
John H. Bennett and B. Shel-
nt Cavalry.
Inscription or CouTRS- Ga- Banks
has issued an order directi the regi
ments and batteries of the 19ti army
corps to inscribe on their colors the"
names of various actions in which they
have borne a distinguished part. Among
the number are the following : ,,f
,8th Vermont Volunteers Cotten, Bis
land, Port Hudson. -
1st Vermont Battery Port Hudson.
2d Vermont Battery Plains Store,
Port Hudson. ' ' . ,
Frrk Concert. Mr. H. A. Scott's
Adult and Juvenile Singing Class, in
Pittsibrd, will give, under his direction,
a free Public Concert at the Congrega
tional -Church, on Thursday evening,
March 10, 1864.
Correspondents, who accompanied Kil
patrlck, give the following account of
the recent movements towards Rich
mond : . : . i
The much talked of raid by Gen. Kil
patrick has ended with failure as to the
main result intended to be accomplished,
but with success in cutting the railroad
connections between Lee's army and
Richmond and the destruction of much
property, stores, &c., and the actual shel
ling of Richmond. Starting on Sunday
at 3 a. m. from camp, with fi ve thousand
cavalry picked from his own and Gener
als Merritt's and Gregg's divisions, he
proceeded to-.-the Rapidan, crossing at
Ely's Ford. From thence the column
marched to Spottsylvanla Court House,
which place was reached without en
countering any of the enemy. From
that place to the end of this daring jour
ney he was more or less harrassed by
rebels, and frequently found that his
lines had fallen in very unpleasant
places. '--f ; v?- . '
At Spottsylvanla his command was
divided into different parties, who were
to scour the country as they proceeded
toward the common Center, Richmond.
Every road was to be carefully scouted,
that m concealed foes even in" small
numbers 1 should be left behind so as to
concentrate and worry him. The expe
dition was a warlike tour when all the
few chickens, turkeys, geese, hogs, corn,
oats, hay, horses, mules, negroes and
graybacks, whether made of flesh or
paper; that could be had, were taken
possession of. ' They carried with them
only two or three feeds each for their
horses, and about as many days' rations
for the men, the General being deter
mined that for once the celebrate r
der, ' "subsist on the energy's nountrv"
should b? faithfully executed. ' On Mon
day they readied the Virginia Railroad
and tore up the traclrin four places, de
stroying whatever property would ren
tier the road useless. At Frederick's
Hall on the Central Railroad, they came
upon a court martial ieacefully holding
its session, and. captured a Colonel and
a Captain and two Lieutenants. General
Lee had passed over the railroad on his
way to his army but an hour before our
men reached it . As they passed through
the country in a most good-natured
way, questioning many as to whether
any "Yanks" had been seen there lately,
the inhabitants could not believe it was
Lincoln's cavalry who were paying them
a visit. The negroes generally were de
lighted and many, in the presence of
tbQlr owners, asked to k- allowed to go
along. A large number were thus ga
thered together, who trudged cheerfully
along with the cavalry, delighted at
gaining their freedom. Occasionally
Union families were encountered who
gave valuable information and freely of
fered what they had to eat and drink.
Leaving Frederick's Hall on Monday,
they pushed on for Richmond, a detach
ment of 600 men under Col. Dahlgren
keeping well to the right in the direc
tion of Louisa Court House, while Gen.
Kilpatrick with the main body moved
upon Asldand, both parties scouring the
count ry thoroughly and doing all possi
ble damage. , . -As
the forces neured Richmond the two
parties began concentrating. Col. Dahl
gren was to move down to the right of
Richmond, destroying as much of the
James river canal as possible, and then
taking the river road, was to cross if
possible and enter the city from the
south side, and attempt the deliverance
of prisoners on Belle Isle. Gen. Kllpat
rlck with the main body was to attack
the city by Brooks' turnpike, simulta
neously if possible with the other move
ment. It was hoped to reach the city
on Monday night or early the followlnff
r, inu n jiamui n noi a total
surprise could be effected. Two of those
fatalities which more than once during
this war have snatched success from the
very grasp or those who by their valor
and daring have richly deserved the vic
tor's crown.interposed and prevented the
consummation of one of the best con
ceived and most brilliant plans of the
whole war. Col. Dahlgreu had taken a
negro to pilot him to Richmond. Hto
detachment had moved rapidly across
the country, destroying barns and every
thing which could possibly be of service
to the enemy. Pushing on to reacli
Richmond as soon as possible, Col. Dahl
gren discovered that his negro guide had
betrayed him and led him towards
Goochland Instead of to Richmond, and
Tuesday, at midnight found himself miles
In just the opposite direction from that
which he wished to take. The negro
was promptly hung for his baseness
Exasperated by this treachery, the men
burned the barns and out buildings of
John A. Seddous, the rebel secretary of
imrnaps loriunate ror mat
gentleman that ho was not present
Retracing his steps, Col. Dahlgren march
ed down the river road, destroying the
Dover flour mills, several private flour
ing establishments and saw mills.
His force also did considerable injury
to the James river canal, burning canal
boats and seriously damaging one or
two locks. They did not reach the im
mediate vicinity of Richmond till after
noon when everybody was oa the alert,
Kilpatrick having already made bis at
tack. The detachment was divided into
several parties for the accomplishment
of different objects, keeping together
however. One party attempted to cross
the river but were repulsed. A very
sharp fight ensued, and finding the ene
my in superior numbers and confronting
them on every road, the force was com
pelled to fall back. In attempting to
cut their way out, Col. Dahlgren and
Maj. Cook of the 2d New York cavalry,
with about 150 men got separated from
the rest. The other detachments suc
ceeded Is rejoining Gen. Kilpatrick, but
nothing has been "heard of this one. The
people on the road and some of the pris
oners aver that a colonel who had but
one leg was captured by the rebels. If
so, it is feared that Col. Dahlgren was
wounded, but strong hopes are enter
tained that with hl
tion he has cut his way through with at
icaai. part 01 ins luinareu and fifty men.
Meanwhile Kilpatrick had advanced
down the Brooks turnpike from Ashland,
having torn up the rails at that point,
destroying the telegraph as he marched.
At one of the stations, however, the
telegraph operator succeeded m sending
a dispatch to Richmond announcing
that the Yankees were coming. He was
a prisoner In less than 25 minutes, but
that short time put Richmond on the
qui vive, and it has since been ascer
tained that about a dozen ' field pieces
were put in battery and a new entrench
ment thrown up while awaiting Kilpat
rick's arrival. The troops reached the
outer fortifications early on Tuesday
morning, and as the spires and houses
of the city came in view, cheer upon
cheer went up from our men. Riding
rapidly toward the city, the outer line
of works was entered. The rebels there
in threw down their arms, many of them .
surrendering and others taking to their
heels, i A fight ensued for the next line
of works, but the batteries 'were too
much for them,1 and so with his battery
Gen. Kilpatrick opened - upon them and
the city. , There is no doubt that the
men would have dashed upon and over
everything that stood lu their way, so
enthusiastic had they become ; ' but Gen.
Kilpatrick acted the wiser part, and, as
the shrill whistle of the locomotive told
of the bringing up of , reinforcements
from Pickett's , brigade at Bottom's
Bridge and vicinity, he reluctantly gave
the order to move towards Mechanics-
Ville. ' " '4 h i i-! - v, ;.-.-
, Who Fired Colt's Abmort 1 That the
supposition that an emissary coming
from thercDels to fire the building is
not preposterous,' is shown "bj the fact
that not long ago, a workman did come"
there with the piteous story that he was
a deserter from the rebels, and was em
ployed. -.Hut notice how and when the
fire broke out.. It was during the only
half hour in. the twenty-four when a
watchman was not present ; there being
an interval of half an hour in the morn
ing between the going away of the
night watchman for that floor and the
one below it, and the coming of the day
watchman... It -could not ' have been
fired in the night, because then the
watchmen are all about, and no -one
could have got into the building. "It
was kindled 111 the- wing connecting the
two main buildings, so that It was like.
ly to take both and destroy, the rifle as
well's th pistol shops. It started
where the patterns ailrt much choice dry
wood were stored, which would easily
kindle. It. is a great mystery how it
could have caught fire itself, and no one
but a rebel sympathizer could have de
sired its destruction. Ilartfwd Prm.
Mr.,' Home, . the spiritualist, who
was expelled from Rome by the Pope,
denies that he ever contracted . not to
communicate with spirits during his
stay tnere, but only to refrain from giv
ing public exhibitions. - He took the
following oath to appear the Holy Fa
ther, but without avail, it seem; t "I,
Daniel Douglas Home, do hereby sol
emnly declare and avow that I have not
sold my soul to the devil, nor have I oa
any occasion been cognizant of holding
communication with the Evil One." ;
CF At Paris, In Edgar county, BL,
on the 20th nit., a party of fifty copper
heads took possession of aa old stab la
and from it tired on passing soldiers, om
of whom was instantly killed. In re
talliation the soldiers killed the aasastia,
patting thirteen balls through him; '
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