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BY S. W. MASON AXI> CO.
PORT ROYAL, TIIl'KSDAY. AUGUST IS. fcKt FROM MORRIS ISLAND. Destruction of a BlockadeBanner. Tile Fh'iuff on Fort Sumter, From Gen. Schjmmelfiuni^ command we have the ncwof the sinking of another blockade-runner. On the morning of the 9th a large propeller was discovered agipnnd not far from the pier on Sullivan's Island, near Fort Moultrie. It seemed that she had run in during the night, through this channel, and had got aground at this point, where it is wry narrow. She was lying with her stern towards the beach, and the rebels were very busy carrying her cargo ashore, s Several vessels of the fleet opened on her, but-their distance was-90 gjvat they did not succeed in hitting her. The batteries on Morris Island, as sgpn as she _ was pspcetved, begin to fire on her. and with excellent effect. Que shot went through her smoke-stack, another struck her in the bow, and injured her so she began to sink, and a third" exploded her boiler. She was made a complete wreck of, so tliat nothing further was 1 oTonnt mitt)** floating Siivtni Hum net vawjh goods, which were gathered- from the shore at considerable risk. It is possible that the steamer was running out instead of in, and that she had been turned nbout by the tide, after grounding. % The steamer was clipper-shaped, and tvidently a valuable one to the bloekadennners. It is judged-also that her Cargo was important, and that *a "very large venture resulted most unprofltably to some one, just as a success was nearly achieved. Since writing the above we have received a Charleston Courier of the Kith, which gives the following account'of the sinking of the steamer : The steamer Prince Albert, Captain Coombs, which left Nassau last Wednesday, 3d inst, in attempting to rnn into this port Monday night, ran against the wreck of the steamer Minko, am] grounded fast nearly opposite Fort Monllris, Sullivan's Island. Finding it impossible to get hei off the officers and crew removed their baggage and a part of the cargo in small boat* to Sullivan's Island. About daylight the! Yankee batteries opened heavily upon the Prince Albert, jjpmpletcly riddling her with shot and shell, and everal times setuug the vessel on fire, rapidlv reducing her to a total wreck. Only a small portion of the cargo, which consisted chiefly of medicines and other light articles, was saved. The Prince Albert belonged to the Richmond and Exnorting Company, and had made one successful trip to this port from Nas iau, and another outward This was her second trip to this pert?Charleston Courier, A *7, 10. The firing on Fort Sumter is kept up alowly but with much accuracy. A deserter recently arrived informs us thai Gen. Foster's kfiowlklge of the fort, acquired while stationed there, is resulting in great damage to the work, front tlit selection of the weakest points as th< objects of our careful fire. The case* mates are already becoming unsafe, anc the rebels apprehend serious damage frou the constant weakening of important parti *" ** 1 of the structure which they cannot reau ly repair. In addition to pur batteries at th< northern extremity of Morris Island, tw< more arc being built, in which six '11 inch and 9-inch guns furnished by Ad miral Dahlgren are to be mounted.* The; will be manned from the navy, and wii make quite an important addition to ou offensive strength. Tke rebels admit tliat our prisoner are contined in open lots and poorly le< and clothed, but declare this treat men the best they can give, and say the ra tions to pnsoneranre the same that ou troops have. A Court of Inquiry is investlgatin the circumstances of the tailure to cap ture Fort Johnson during the recent ex jx'dition, when that project was so neaj Iv accomplished. soo noac t\io\ nu&dxiias t \dj:x | ri?? L\ tniRLESTO*. . CiSX. FOSTER TO RETALIATE. j SW\V\%V'.W\ ?*??>. "V.N When CJt'ii. Foster brought Gen. .Tones , to terms in regard to the fifty Union I Generals and officers placed under tire in Cliarlestou and effected their exchanges j it was supposed that all trouble on that" I point would cease. But it seems that j what the rebels conid not accomplish J by a roup de main they are striving to j" j effect by a cohj> d'etat. At the time of 1 ami soon after the exchange we learned by returned prisoners, deserters and ref ugees *hat six hundred Union prisoners were in Charleston, exposed to our tire. , A communication to the rebel authorities oil the subject, resulted in a disavowal. of the object attributed in such a disposition of the prisoners, and a declaration that they were merely held there In transitu. The reports that they were still confined continuing, Gen. Foster wrote to Gen. Jones a letter in which'he depreca ted his conduct, and threatened immediate retaliation. So it i9 jmibftbie that within a short time we shall have six hundred rebel prisoners here, to be placed under tire in the most i exposed portions of .Morris Island. The residences erected there being: insufficient t<>r the accommodation of so large a num. j her, they will be placed in teats, in a ; large lot. surrounded by a high fence, | well-guarded. It is doubtlul if Gen. Jones has an opportunity to obtain these prisoners until" a baptism of tire lias been administered, and they are allowed a taste, at least, of the hardships which our prisoners in rebel hands are forced to undergo. flag"of truce. i Supplementary Exchange of Prisoners. COL 1I01T, SIRCE01 tt33!*Sa>i AJD ! OTHERS RELEASED. j On Tuesday last M*j?>r Andersr.n hart chrtr?^'| of a flag-of-trucc party which mot a rebel ofte,; under command of Major Lay, at Port Royal Ferry. The principal object of the interview wae i the reception of the balance of prisoners duo uft i under the terms of the recent exchange o( | generals and field officers off Charleston. The meeting resulted in the deliver}- over into onr hands of Col. H. M. Hoyt, of the" f>.d Pcnn-i ! sylvania, Surgeon Robinson, of the 104th Pennsylvania, Assistant Surgeon Terrell, of the l-'tll I Conn., Capt. Robbins, of a Kentucky regiment! , Lieut. P. O. Rogers, of the 3i?th Illinois, ana eight enlisted mea. The Surgeons were simply released as non-com, batants. ~ without exchange, Gen. Jones having I concluded to consent to such an arrangement) .. KtrtV. Kn at Ar%it | n utvu iiv 01 u*? . .? Col. Hoyt gives us some additional information J [ in regard to bis capture at Fort Johnson on ,h( 3d of July, which is of great interest. The attacking party had intended to reach thi j i landing place before davlight, but were detained at a bar for an hour. Tbev then proceeded dk . reetly up towards a point, about 40o yards froii 1 Batter)* Simpkins. For some distance they bag to pass through a narrow channel in single file, r but met with no difficulty. Col. Hoyt, with le? ' J than one hundred men. promptly "landed, and j the rebels fled withont a show of resistance. Bat5 terv Simpkins was occupied, and while proceed- j - iug*towards Fort Johnson, another battery was i stumbled upon, from which the enemy flea, and * " 1 . nf f'.i WHICH way occupied uj um>ut inv?i>->i.v 1 llovt's force. He theu kept on with his column, 1 1 but on the way encountered two obstacles in the ! . way of marshes, one of which was waded aud ' the"other avoided bv a detour. About four hundred vards distant the fo*t 5 opened with artillery and musketry, doing them > but little damage however. I On arriving at Fort Johnson, no resistance was encountered, excepting a scattering musketrv 1 fire, but the garrison was found to consist of j f about two hundred, and Col. lloyt's little party 1 was too weak to cope with them. So they re- j _ tired from the work, and being joined by about sixty more who had come np, made an attack at another point. But it was dually ascertained that the balanfce of the force so confidently relied on, haA ii>t S landed at all, and bv this time the rebel? fifed " ~ - - * ? ? r*a.l ] been reinforced to rour nuuarcu wv?. > ? Hoyt was reluctantly impelled to give the order ! of surrender, to save the slaughter of his 111411, ; all chance of holding the Fort being lost by the 1 r failure of the rest of the force to come up. I A rebel force then went down to lake the force left in Battery Simpkins, and who were In' eluded in the surrender. The occupation of the work was entirely bloodless, but the rebels S claimed it as a recapture, and a glorious victory. 1- The prisoners were taken to Charleston iinme _ diately, and as they marched through the streets ' were treated with perfect civility. They found a *" stronger Union ?eutiwent prevailing ti ere than they anticipated. Ol. lloyt has siuco-bctu a portion of the time at Mn< on." I t. t ?l. Couynirlmtn is now at Charleston, and will i Tobahiv soon becx li:;n_% il. '1 he casualties in the in tlic attack on Foil Johnson numbered only .1. LATE REBEL RAPERS. DAT1>J TO AUG. IStli. IATER NEWS FROM MOBILE. The Rehel Papers Talking Peace. By flag of truce, on Tuesday, General Foster received files of rebel papers to Aug. 13, from which we are permitted to make extracts. Nearly all the papers are discussing the subject of peace, and it is evident that Grant's starving process, Sherman's pressure in Georgia, Farragut's victory at Mobile, and Federal successes everywhere, are gradually bringing them to terms. The following an? extracted from the latest papers: As a retaliatory measure, for the confinement of Yankee officers in Charleston. O n. FosU r. commanding the enffnv's for es, had huts constructed on Morris Island ami Cummiiurs' Point, where he intended to imprison onr officers, thus subjecting them to the tire of all our batteries. Gen. Sam Jones promptly notitled him (h it in case he put his barbarous threat into execn?imi. every one of the Federal officers then in Chaileston would be transferred to Knmterand ill re exposed on the ramparts to the tire of Greggr and Wntmer. and the other works on Morris Island. This had the desired effect, (ten. Foster, unwilling: to assume the responsibility. under the (irrnmstanei's referred the matter to the Wasliington authorities, who instructed him to endeavor an exchange. A oorresjiondence ensued l>etwecn Gens. Foster and Jones the result of which was that onr officers confined iu tin- transports at Hilton Head wire brought to Morris Island and exchanged for the Yanks' officers in Charleston. (Jen. Jones having proven himself such an excellent officer of exchange, we understand that the Government has sent to Charleston five or six hundred Federal officers to be exchanged for the same number of Confederates.?Jltchmond J'-tjnr. Cot. Ani'Epson, the officer who figures so infamously in the surrender of Fort Gaines, is said to be a native of South Carolina. He entered West i'oiui irom mcxus out rcniiiiiimi ?un> o>?> year?, and. of course, did not graduate. He was appointed Second Lieutenant in the old army in I Sid. ami being stationed in the South, joined the Confederate army at the commencement of the war.?Charl-tUm Mercury, Aty. 13. Atlanta, A'ngust 13.?The enemy ye?lcrdav evening, advanced his riebt about one mile, at the stnie time extending his left a short distance, but hurridly withdrew both this morning, from a cause unknown, to the original position. Their line officers attempted frequently, at- difierent points along the line, to communicate with ours; in several instances they proposed a cessation of picket tiring, which was not entertained, in consequence of not coming through the proper channel. No shells thrown at the city during last night or today, with the exception of slight artillery firing. Brigadier General John C. Brown, of Tennes see, has been promoted temporarily to the rank of Major General. Lieutenant Colonel James Kennard, C. S. A., has been assigned as Chief of Ordnance of the Array of Tennessee.?Ckurlcntou Mercury, A tin. 15. Moiuli, Angnst 9.1864.?ITon. P. H. Mallorv, Secretary of the Navy: The enemy steamed hi through main entrance with rour inrnmors ami about sixteen heavy vessels-of-war. The Tecumsoh, Commander T. A. M. Craven; was sunk with nearly all her crew, and also another gunboat? the l'hilippi, which I subsequently learned. The Richmond, Hartford and Brooklyn. In line of battle, followed bv the remainder of the fleet, pushed by Fort Morgan under fnll headway, where they were encountered by the Tennessee, Morgan, Gaines aud Selma. * The Tennessee and the other vessels steamed in close range of the advancing force, and poured a heavy fire into the leading ships. After a desperate engagement between the fleet the Gaines retired to Fort Morghn in a sinking condition; the Sclms, cnt off, surrendered, and the Morgan escaped to Fort Morgan. The Tennessee, so far uninjured, steamed towards the whole fleet, and after an obstinate fight, surrendered?her rudder disabled, her smoke-stack carried away, and, as we suppose, her crew in an exhausted and smothering condition. On the Tennessee. Admiral Buchanan severely wounded by a splinter in leg, -two killed aud several wounded. On the Gaines, two killed and two wounded. On the Morgan, one wounded. On the -Selma, eight killed, including her executive oflicer. Lieut. J. U. Coinstock. and seven wounded. The enemy suffered severely, anil he requested permission to bury his ? ? " " i? ?. dead. Kespecuuuy, oo ?. iuwuw>.>, v. ua^.ate States Navy."?Charleston Mercury, A u<j. 15. Wiii i.ST we deprecate discussions of terras ol E?aee by our Press, and all scrion?overtures from overnment at this present juncture of of affairs, we do not mean to say that diplomacy should be wholly set aside in bringing hostilities to a close, or that any overture coming from the enemj with apparent sincerity, should not be met with I a corresponding sentiment of accommodation j on our part. The Richmond Sentiu^which is I supposed to reflect, at least in some oegree, tin i sentiments and policy of the Administration, ha.I recently given publication to several articles o \ thi& character, called forth by certain upusuallj | liberal remarks in the Washington Chronicle The Sentinel makes no direct proposition regard terms of peace that can be construed as biudin; either on itself or the government, but simplj throw* ont certain hypotheses as subjects for con sidcrntion < n the nnit < f h. th be'i en-rfc. ; articles were dplon ttic, a 11 < rigir.nte !, as auy n dkba lanced m;nd v ould s at a gl.inev, 1 in the very be-t ?d most p; triotic motive. It is belii ved 1 y many wise nrei: that the war onre stopped . nd negotiations To:- pel . be run, the ' farmer ran never lie reviveu. ewn th .ugh the | terms of settlement demanded by the Smith m.-.y not be wholly acceptable to the j.r< sent Government at Wa-hhigtmi?that the people will coini pel it to ilo what is right,.* r take the malter into I tluir own hands. It i- f(?r this reason. possibly, j tha the Sentinel, and we may add some of our j most til-seeing statesmen, are willing to set ! forth projiositioiis as matters for negotiation, | when they would he among the last to make a concession tli.it is dishonorable or injurious id their country.? Swuma Jltpublicitn, Aiw. 1 ith. 11 vstv C'i:\scsr.?We cordially unite with our contemporary of the Culaaibu- En (purer in condemning the hasty judgment of "treason ami cowardice " that h is been entered no so generally by the press and telegraph against Col. Anderson, for the surrender or Port Gaines. The cose lias a had aspect with our limited view of the reasons that led to It. bat it is evident that the jmbiic knows -too" little of the circumstance* t of the capitulation, to enable it to form a just opinion of its real character. Col. Anderson and his men are in the hands of the enemy, and cannot lie heard; and bo long as their lips shall be closed in their own defonre, we jr.lest gainst all attempts to blacken their character as men, and sully their lame as soldiers. An Alabama can maud r of Alabama troops is uot the man to disgrace his name and state in a struggle for liberty. It is not in the blood, and wc belie'.e that A satisfactory explanation will yet he made of the extraordinary and lamentable, occurrence. I.et us hear befi re we strike.?Sawm-ah /?' He,111, .1 tig. 1 Uh. Gen. Jones having made so excellent a coniraissioner of exchange, our Government has sent wi*- hnnitrod Y?iiiLp.> nltleers to Charleston to be exchanged i n tlie same terms, aud nnd.r a cart? 1 that is fomewhat nnnsual. Our Commissioner of Exchange in HieUm? nd will have to look to his lame!*. or Gen. Jones will eclipse all his achievements in the cxi liaise bmduees.?Hi: Anioml Sfjitinrl. MomLr.?Charleston lias been assailed from the beginning of the war hv the most powerful armament that the enemy conld bring against it. She h;t< been bombarded nearly four hundred days, and is now as safe as when the enemy first began the siege. In fact no city has yet been taken Hv the enemy after time and preparation for its defence, with the exception of Viiksbnrg, u bich was not taken by force, but starved into subjection. And why should Mobile fail, alter over three years preparation .for its defence. Fo t Morgan, one of its strongholds, is the most formidable work of the kind, next to Fortress Monroe, on the American continent, besides ie-r oth,y defences are strung and tenable. We cant believe the Yankee flag will ever float over the city of Mobile ?SuMmuih llqtublican., Aug. 14,'A. Maj, Gkn. (Ki.mouk. late commander of the 10th Army Corps, l\ S. Ar nv, was thrown from his horse.'whilt charging a detachment of Gen. F<iv1v's command near Washington, and frac | tared his anklo. I'ity it wasn't his neck.?.S'?: vatuuih UiyubKean. KAVAL MATTERS. i We have a few naval items in addition i to the account of the brilliant exploit in j Dohov Sound, given elsewhere. Adj mintl Dahlgren lias recently been on a | tour of inspection to the southward. lie ; is now in this harbor, with the flag-ship | Philadelphia. Tlie Admiral has recently published a touching letter, vindicating the character ; of his son, the gallant Col. Ulric Daldgren, I from the aspersions of his brutal rebel murderers, and proving the cloeni mcnt alleged to have been found on his person, and put fort has a justification for iiis murder and the mutilation of his j ImxIv, to have been a forgery. Lieut. Commander II K Phvthian, j commanding the Commodore McDonough, has been ordered North on court martial duty. Lieut. Commander J. C. Chaplin, rom; manding the Dai Cbing, has been ordor' ed temporarily to the command of .Met t V 1. Lwnougll. Acting Master A. S. Gardner, lias been detached from the barque Ironsides, and ordered to the steamer Patapsco as liarl>or master. : Act. Asst. Paymaster A. McVey, has i t>een detached from the New Hampshire ! and ordered to the John Adams. Act. Ensign A. Hartshorn of ihe New Hampshire, has lieen ordered 011 special i duty. Act. Ensign T. E. Chapin has l>een ; promoted to Act. blaster, and granted a ,! leave of absence for thirty days. , Acting Master's Mate C'has. II. Hanson has been promoted to Act. Ensign. The following are reeenent aimouncei j mcnts in the ofliciul gazette: J! Ordered?Lieut.-Commander Jas. Still1 ??a1i 4 a tlio f ^itnu'o j I ?lil, iu lA/UIIIIUIIU Uiv V/lliiMU. r I Detached?Lieut -Commander S. Liv. inirston Brecso, from the command of ; the Ottawa, and ordered North. :: Second Asst. Engineer Jas. J. Noble, -1 and Third AssC Engineer Henrv C. Becki ?