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_f ortli Carol!liaTLesf-sia ture—Go
\; vernor Tance'- Message.
The North Carolina Legislature assembled
« Raleigh, the 21st inst. The message of
Governor Vance was received and read. \\ c
glbjoin the closing paragraphs :
■The war still drags its slow lens.t_ along.
Ifeti. Lee has been materially reinforc_dv_tad
ml fears of the early capture of Petersburg
and Richmond are dissipated. Our people
Wd armies, with a wonderful elasticity bf
.spirt .have recovered from the effects of our*
in the Valley of Virginia and in the
'JSauthwest. The.campaign of l_b4, the blood-
Hfsst by for of any yet fought ou the continent,
|«_e fair to clo-e without a particle of uxlvau-
Itage to* our enemies, v not with positive ad-
Ivan tage to our arms. ./'-, - |
N-My has yet starved, and with sufficient .
?We nobody will during the oeming season;
But :he end of this war and the return ol
peace seems sttll hid from human vision.—j
"When It ahall' cbme, how it shall be raised,
nnd with what body ft shall come, are ques
tions it is not i« pow#f to answer. l_be gum
.miring prospects we thought we saw in the
spring null early sumf ejr seem to h_v* vanwh-
It matter* of sincere congratulation,
howeverjthat the good sense and eonserrs
♦ism of our people have reajued our l_ta»
ItQtn the ruin of attempting to seek for it by
Siep_rate action. Their unparalleled unanimi
Sty at the-nils has put to rest all our appre
"ifensidus «T that score, and fished our ene
mies and our friends that NorthJCarolinawill
Hare the fate for weal or woe of her confode
eaces. A .nobler-moral spectacle., has seldom
•been exhibited than that of our army and
people ratifying anew the plighted honor of
«heir conviction, alter almost fout; years of
•such suffering and bloodshed as rarely
«.ns to the lot of nations. Suffering.men and
Iwomen an. children at home, and weaned
lyk -.L_tia.s-_-ii.-d soldiers on their knees in.,
STtreachss at Petersburg, with the enemies
«|bt crasliiug-throogh their ranks a* xhey cast
tftr ballots, vied with each other in the no
_l7task of -upholding the honor of their State
-an 4 the independence of their country. It 1,
hate-ever maintained a cr-mant arid abiding
faith in our triumph. I owe that faith to that
pure and unselfish patriotism which glowsi in
Che __sdm of our people, more than to ski lied
•Generals, great and gallant armies, ships of
war er fortified cities. Iv *pite ol all we see
of the frailties of human nature, the greed
of eaio, extortion and rapacity, selfishness,
grinding of the peor, indifference » the ago
nies ef our country, and all the Ways of the
heartless and the raven promises of the unpa
triotic. , ,
I have yet. in my two years of close inter
course with the people of uiy State, ever fodnd
a pure and undying flame of that bnght and
glorious love for .country which can make>he
poorest widow or humblest, boy a kinsman of
the Angels. Aad I have said, it cannot be
that God will rejeotall -hi.sacrifice
as naught all this patience and long s uttering
because of the wi-kednes' of some ; that the
little rills of patriotic love trickling from the
mountain gorge, lowing onward through the
plain and receiving its tributaries ot blood in
everY valley, most vet reach' the sea, in
strength and volume "mighty enough to bear
in triumph the ark of Southern freedom which
we are struggling to launch upon its bosom
Let us continue to sustain our Governmen
in all rightful aai necessary powers, and giv-*
to that wonderful and victorious array every
possible physical and moral support; let us
white watching anxiously every .t.ible and
reasonable means of peace, eschew every plau
sible bypath Whose mile-marks point to rum
and dishonor* let us accept the simple faith
of the pstrtot iv thejustiee of our cause which
leadeth to salvation, and avoid the learne.
skepticism;:-*f the doubter which taketh hold
on hell, ao- the result will yet be all that the
friends of good government and human free
dom n_)uld desire: A nation purified by ,sor
row, strengthened by suffering, and wise from
the bloody lessona of civil war, shall yet, 1
humbly trust in God, establish and perpetu
ate, for their fortunate children, a government
rich in the traditions of liberty and civiliza
tion. ■ '
__—» ■»» _ "——
The I_as- <Great Scare at Mem
phls. |
The Meridian "Clarion" learns that when
Forrest was lately moving on W. Tennessee,
the Yankee became very much abumed a
bout the safety of Memphis, a fa-ntnaving
been made in that direction by the "Wis_ard
of the-Saddle" to cover his real movement.
The Yankees commenced making all possible
prenarations for Forrest, by digging rifle pits
and throwing up barricades at the various
crossings of Gayoso -bayou, taking up the
bridges, and urging forward the work tt P*9
this four new forts in process of erect-on, ly
ing beyond the bayou. One of these fotts is
now completed, and the others scry n**™£
so. The one just completed is south of the
city, aad intended to prevent our troops from
forcing their way iv through Memphis, and
thus cutting off the tf oops in the city front
Fort Pickering, take both in detail and at an
advantage. The regiments of enroMed mili
tia were also engaged on the fortifications.*-
AHU_. J tli_..i..b..t».«.««.b-r ri .
ended with cotton bales, and all preparations
for a vigorous defence werehiade. The mHi
' tary stores, ears, etc,, at White's station, were
[ brought to the city, a number of black regi
ments thrown into Fort Pickering, nnd ou.fy
' ing regiments drawn nearer the town. The
militia patroled the streets, dragging into
-■ervice every man capable of carrying a gun
it was discovered that blue and white signal
L lights were being sent up by some parties in.
the cHty, to advise our forces, and Morgou L.
, Smith had all the ears east of the bayau run
f into Furt Pickering with the stores lying in
. the tieinity. After remaining in thetrench
!es some days (hey heard from Forrest at John
sonvilie. •
!——■—-.. » « . p
The Recent Victory in the Valley.
A correspondent furnishes us with the fol
lowing detailed and highly interesting ac
couut of the recent battle in the Shenandoah
Valley. .It is the only full account which has
been published:
You have doubtless been informed by tele
graph, ere this, of a collision yesterday ■ be
tween a portion of General Early's army and
the enemy's cavalry. Thinking that the ac
counts sent may have been meagre, I purpose
writing a brief report of .th. affair: About
midnight of the 21st, the commanding officer
ufthe pickets on the Valley turnpike, ascer /
tamed ih.it a division.of.Yankee cavalry had '
gone into camp this side of Wuodstook. Ac
eordingiy, _ueh preparations were made to
receive this reconnoitering force as wire
deemed proper. By half past ten A.. M., our
pickets having been driven in» General Tor
bert, at the head of two divisions, instead of
one, numbering over five thousand men, ad
vanced above Mount Jackson. A large force
was soon formed in batfcl, array oh the ex
tensive low grounds of the Meem farm, whi c
another heavy column advanced Up the rail'
r--*_d/.west of and parallel with the turnpike.
*A portion of Wickhani's cavalry brigade oc
cupied Rude* hill, quietly watching the ene
my in the flat below. The remainder of this •
brigade formed « line of buttle across the
railroad. An infantry force having moved
h ujwn and formed behind our' cavalry, cm
Rude- Hill, the ball opened a few . minutes
before 11 AM., with the dull, heavy boom*
fug of the artillery. The enemy in the flats
couldn't quietly 'stand' this. With a Shout
and flourish of trumpets,they dashed forward
to the charge. Reaching the base of the hill,
they were most gallantly met by the Ist Vir
ginia cavalry, Alejtie-, Irving commanding,
whilst the infantry skirmishers opened upon
them a pretty warm gback twice
his numbers, Irving pressed boldly forward
into the low grounds and became very hotly
engage-). Repeated efforts were made by
Yankee officers to urge tbeir ; overwhelming
number- forward to another xJbyge, but with .
poor success. The Ist regiment nobly held
its ground under its brave lender,' and cheer
ed by the manly bearing of Major General.
Rosser, who was ''there in the midst of them„"
An infantry skirmish line moved steadily
forward to the support of our cavalry, and
the contest on the right was -of-no. longer
doubtful issue. -Mean while Col. Muhford—
our brigade cokimantier-rwas not idle'on the,,
left.' With his tine, jcewi-nent (the 2d} in ad
vance, he pressed rapidly forward, sod be-,
sides attacking the force in his front, began
to'operate with effect upoif engag
ing our right. Atter advancing about one ,
mile, he encountered about a-brigack strongly
posted in a wood. ' liis,regiment. supported
by parts of tlie 2d arid 4th waVformed for a
charge, and, under bis ,gallant leadership, .
did j-beir work quickly and well, clearing
the a few minutes.
The 3tH|hd 4th regiments having been out
on ah extended picket line, were only partial
ly represented on the field. It now became
their turn. We were in sightuf Mt.. Jackson,
■ a large'fore, of the enerty were drawn up
outside of the town, ready to n_eetus. Only
about two regiments of infantry were now
with us, the others having halted. Captain
Field, commanding the 3d Va. Cay., with a
skirmish line of the 4th in front, advanced at :
a walk under fire till ho reached, the town,
when he ordered a eliarge. Theenemy wait
ed not to receive us, but fled precipitately far
a'quarter of a mile. Charging right upon
their main body, tha 3d regiment awaited
support; when we all pushed forward and
drove the foe six miles from Rude's hill with
out -llowing him a ''breathing spell." -Thn .
Infantry force which acted with us belong el, I ;
think, to Battles' .brigade—as _ne a body pf Lj
men as eves fired.a. gun. Our brigade lost .i
from fitly to seventy fifre men altogether, and ,
about one hundred horses. The enemy's loss
was quite severe. They gavens no opportu
nity to oaptujre artillery, and but a. few pri
soners, as they stood our charges very poorly.
Col. Munford's gallantry and skill were re- ;
marked on by all, and we hope the report is ■
true that the government has determined to
mete out to him the just reward of his faith
ful services, and commission him a brigadier. <
If the wishes of Wickham's brigade are con- i
suited, I am sure.be will be made its perma- <
nent commander. Gen. Rosser did not deem '
it necessary to bring any other cavalry bri- i
gads into action than ours, preferring that we, ' _
with the small infantry force co-operating, j
should have the whole honor of driving She
ridan's boastful cavalry in confusion and dis- i
grace entirely off the field. It is but just to a
the brave infantry soldiers who "forded" the i
Shenandoah on so cold a day, "just to have , <
a hand in it," that I should state that they ' <
gave us a hearty and efficient support, contri- j
buting their full phare to the defeat of Tor- j l
berts "immortal"-troopers. -j-
You will see grand accounts in Northern j !
papers of this Vreeonnoissance in force," but i
be assured this body of men felt mean e
nough when they w«nt galloping back towards
Winchester in disorder and disgrace, hearing, -
as they passed along, the derisive laughter
and bitter chiding- of our heroic, suffering ;
citizens. We hope to send yon a good account
from the Valley whenever another general
engagement comes off. . f I
1 ■ _O_DIER. I
Froi the Knaxville Register, j
Casnaitljs la Morgan's Brigade.
Id Qr's Morgan's Brigade, )
Njw Market, Nov. 23,1864. {
Messrs, Editors;— I send you for publica
( tion a list of the killed and wounded of this
lirigade, in |he recent operations against the
I anemy in E|t Tennessee.
| Ist sßattabn.— Field and Staff, Col. W/' W<
I Ward, aligUy wounded, Co. A, Capt. Geo.
'• M. Tilfordi-rivate Geo. McEiroy, severely
wounded, jo. 8,-Cor.pl C. Cawley, private
W. C. W-iiit, killed; serg't T. W. Cosby,
j wounded, seterely; privates J. B. Malone, R.
J>. Muss, :'i% Cronin, severely. Co. C, pri
vates Chasifaylor, -I* True, J. J. Roberts,
. A, B. Hanl*slightly wounded.
2d Bailatbr,, Col. R, C. Morgan ooramand
ing-^Pviva«——Jones, killed.
3d BatiaMbi, Lieut. Col. T. Napier, com
manding.—(j). A. private Wm* Samuel,
slightly Wtfftded. D. H. Lockett, missing.—-
Co. B, private Archer Hatchet., severely
w,iunde-Miu>. C, Cap,. Gus Magee, killed;
Lieut. Ch-SJTracy, sergVWin. Rickett, se
verely wot-njed. Co. D, serg't D. C. Beau
♦hamp, slijjhfly wounded.
All* Jialiifyu, Maj. Tboa. Webber, icom
uianding.~i_f. B, private Ben, Junes killed.
Co. C, sergjt 'Jos. Singleton, corporal O.N.
White, kiM serg't; Wm. Rowland, corp'l
William Ciletian, severely wounded, privates
M. Hawkins, J. T. McDaniel,
J. L. Sale, q)isse_ M-ss, Wade Royal, slight,
ly v""Ound_d4|
DismoHHo.Battnl.ion, commanded by Col.
R. A. Alston4-Kifled, privates J no, Arnold.
ißd. O'Bryajj Chas. Gregory, Ja*. B. Hail,
Ja*. Card well private deck Dumas., Gordon
V« orhies, nt-jally wounded, since dead; se
verely wound*!, corp*! Buckler, privates
R. S. Hi. .Henry Good
hue, and D.'||tton ; slightly wounded* W.*B.
Young, JauH(4 Br. wo. Jas. Wright Charles
Collins; ttiisik;, W. Harp, W.G. Watson.
Charying tympany. Captain W. R. Mes
, sifek, comt«MWling.—Killed, privates Thos.
Adams, and >4—• Brown; wounded, Jno. Fon
taine, j i '
J |S_o. W. Hunt, A. A. GeiVl.
papers please copy.
The New York. !
Father Gun. Dix Issues a Sun
-., t/i**"' 1 _/ "Order." \
The Chronicle contains the following dcs- 1
patches iv f&rence te the "rebel inceo- 1
dinri-m" in |-jw York :
New Yo*_f, ; f Nov. 26.—This morning jan '
attempt had |_en made to fire the building.
On opening ftdm No. 204, an immense vol- '
umn of smo»ttured into the hall. Fire had '
been smeuldf_._ during the night, and the '
Hour was but $_ to ,i cinder. The bedding '
was stttiir-t- The chairs
were placed dear the bed, and bedclothes i
thrown over hem. The rooms had been oc
cupied by 01 y'on'e person since the- 20th in .
stunt. ; His rrjest, It is believed, will soon be •
made. The latoiage amounts to about $000.
• LATER. '
A person lb lieutenant's uniform, named
.Alison, who w-apied one of the rooms which
was tired, was} arrested this morning. Ar
rangements \\aye been made today for pro
tection agaiKjga repetition of the incendiar
-jsm. If
, Gen. Dix'sjoidei, requiring So-ttherneTs to
register theijj mines, wtiieh has proved almost
a deadlettei till now be strictly enforced.
New Yore. !ov. 2C—Gen, Dix has issued
the foltowiiife-< rder:
--"A nefarCu attempt was made last night
toset tire tot hotels and other
places .of pub|,: resort in this city. If this
attempt had si :cee>ied, it would have result
ed in a fdgi fui. Sacrifice of property aud
life. The Sfii ince of extensive combustion,,
and oU.er,fa,te lidlosed to-day, show it'to have '
been the work >f rebel emissaries and agents.* *
Ail s engaged ia secret acts of
hostility here'< in only be regarded as spies,
subject to mar al law, and to the penalty of
death., if the, ■ are detected,. they will be
immediately B iught before a court martial
or military eo_ mission, and if convicted, will
beexecuted wii loutthe delay of a single day/
New York, Joy. 26.—General Dix has is
sued an oVdfer 1 mewing the notice to all per
son* gent States to register their
names at hpa. juarters. .Persons failing to
-comply .with ' he notice will be treated as
. ' .'
, ... v r-4 a — . <*> » ———t— •_••
Forrest's g eat Success at Jolia
; soaville. .-.
A letter from Forrest's command gives us a
brief account 0' his successful affair at John-.
sonyiHe. It sa-rs :
*'t 7 p6n arrivi tg in the vicinity of the town* .
be was surprise i to find four gunboats at an"
chor in the r rer and acting as convoy to
transports. Nt in the least daunted, how
ever, by their p esence, be put himself at the,
head of his col imaod and dashed into the
town.' The -un ill garrison So
.quick were his lotions that the transports did
not have timet to. get up steam and away
before his menu boarded them and took pos
session. The gunboats quickly Succumbed
to their inevitable fate. Thus, within the
short space of'forty minutes, four gunboats,
carrying eight one guns each; fourteen splen
did steumboats find seventeen large barges
boats and bargis heavily laden with subsis
tence and clothing for Sherman's army—.fell
into* bur hapds without the loss of a '
life te the galllnt command that made the
capture. Gen.-Forrt-t was not prepared to
bring away supplies. Sheer necessity com
pelled him to destroy, after supplying his
qotaimand, (both the inner and Outer man,)
this immense quantity of supplies.
During the fight the town was. fired and
every house burned, with but few exceptions, j
It is roughly-; estimated that the value of
the property that fell into our hands from this !
brill-antaftVr wUl'wnoun.t to
• t 4/
A Remance in Real Life.,
_ _4n Abducted daughter Duscotentd After an
Interval-, ojTwentg-seven Tears — An Heiv
__$_ ' ■" "■ "
Tht T*unton.(Masß.) "Republican" ia _♦-
, sponsible fos the following story;
3 A romance in real life has just come to
light, and is nt present the chief gossip of this
M city. The facts, as.related by an intimate
] .acquittance of the fortunate family, are as
* follows:
, It appears that about twenty-seven years
ago, as Captain Brown, whose family resided
* "in Mattapoisett, was the overseer of the estate
* of Mr. Henry E. Clifton, a wealthy gentleman
of Richmond, Ya. From some cause, which
still remains a secret, a' difficulty arose be
tween Capt. Brown and Mr. Clifton, wherein
the former considered himself the aggrieved
party. To revenge himself for the supposed
wrong- he stole Mr. Clifton's infant daughter,
[ then but six weeks old y on tho day she was
. christened, The child was brought to Metta
. poisett and secretly adopted by Brown and
his wife as their own. She wsf named
Julia, and g*ew to be a woman. Wbta only
'sixteen years old she married Mr. Isaac 0.
Pieroe, a printer, who-learned his trade in
Fall RiVer. Several ye&rs agd they moved to
Taunton, living for a while at East Taunton,
but more recently at the Green.* Two children
have been born to them, one of whom is now
During this long period Mrs. Pierce has
lived in blissful ignorance of her high parent
age, and Mr. Pierce, who took her for better
or worse, had.never imagined himself the
husband of an heiress. He abandoned the
printer's trade shortly after learning it, and
for several years has earned his.daily bread
by the sweat of bis brow at Mr. Mason's
works in this city. Thi_Ms their history un
til within a very short time. Now comes the
denouement. ' .
Last summer white Rev. Mr. Talbott, of
this city, was at Saratoga, he became ac
quainted with Mr, Clifton and wife, who, it
appears, at the breaking out of the rebellion,
converted tbeir Richmond property into Cash
and moved to Bnltimore. In the course of
conversation with them Mr. Talbott remarked
upon the striking resemblance of Mrs. Clifton
t■ a lady parishioner of bis in Taunton. No
thing particular was thought of it at first; but
on his repeating the remark, Mrs. Clifton in
quired the age of the lady. On being inform
ed tbat she Was about twenty-coven, Mrs.
Clifton immediately said to her* husband
"why, dias would be just the age of our daugh
ter that was stolen/
"The matter then received their serious at
tention. Mr. Talbott was taken'into their
confidence, and inquiry instituted as to the
reputed.parents of the. young lady. He re
turned to Taunton; had a conversation with
Mrs. Pierce in regard to'her paren|pge; in
formed her of the Saratoga conversation,
which led her to ask Mrs. Brawn, who, she
had never doubted, was her own mother, if
she-really was such, at the same time telling
her the reason of the inquiry. Mrs. Brawn,
who had kept the secret of the child's parent
age for twenty-_even yews, was so overcome
by the question nnd the 'development of faotß,
thatshe inimediately became ill and died of
the heart diseAse. Before her death, however,
she acknowledged that Mrs. Pierce was not
her _wn daughter. Capt. Brown died a num
ber of years ago.
''.Within a few weeks the affair has devel
oped itself rapidly: Mr. and Mrs. Clifton
and Mrs- Pierce have met each other, and tfie
old colored woman, who nursed the abducted
infant, has recognized Mrs. Pierce as their
real child by a mole on ber shoulder! The
identity of their long lost daughter having
been fully established, Mrs. Pierce and her
husband have'been invited to live wi.h the
Clifton* and share in their wealth; and this
they are preparing to do, having broken up
housekeeping and disposed of their ffeniture.
- **The cream of the affair is that Mrs. Pierce
is an only, child, and therefore sole heiress to,.
' an estate said to be worth hundreds of thofrV
sands, if not millions of dollars; or, as an old :
: 'lady .friend of Mrs. Pierce expresses i|, 'a ,
trifleiess than two .nillion'sfe'- It having been
rumored that Mrs Pierce bad applied for a
divorce from her husband, she has .published
a card indignantly denying tiie slander."
. ...'-• '"' <#. ~—-_2
Burleigh, the New York correspondent of
the Boston Journal, writes: • ,
. .Since the election Gep. McClellan has pass
ed most of his time _t Orange., He is sel
dom in the city and is seen but by few per
sons. He maintains the same quiet and re-.
served-manners that marked* bis conduct in
montha past. He considered the Presiden
tial question virtually settled in the October
.elections. His friends Bay that he felt that
he was greatly wronged and put in a false
position by the proceedings at Chicago. He
has in hi» possession every telegraph and or
der that passed between him, the President,
the War Department and officers of the army
—white in.command—even those light and
unimportant messages that the President was
wont to send over the wires when M was in
confidential communication with Gen. M&-
Clelian' at the head of the army.' It is said
th%t these will all come to light soon. While
an officer in the army he could not use them.
He can, now, and it isnaid tbey will go far
toward vindicating him from much censure
thrown upon him.
~.'• ,-.;, . <' —»...♦ . ' ■ "
A pedestrain in. Main* has josl walked
four consecutive days and nights, with but
twenty minutes rest each day. He perform
ed tbe feat lacking some twenty minutes,
though at test he was delirious.
i » ■ _ _-_«, t .
The man-ion in Portsmouth, New Hamp
shire, occupied by Daniel Webster during tha
first years of his practice, is now an oyster
salcon. ■-
1 -—_-. »»■>- <. t — •
The Western papws say that John C Fre
mont is to be Minister to France and Salmon
P. Chase Minister to England. -~,.,

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