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*u !-i. 'ill WEEKLY JOURNAL QtfKICE OVER THE POKT OFFICE. TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION. One Copy, lyear, Ten Copies, lyear, 20 00 INVAIUAHI.Y IN ADVANCE. ^UiU,s ripUous received lor 6 'Frt- Weekly montliw,^t yearly RATES OF ADVERTISING. ON K SUUAUK, TWKI.VK I,IN KS OR I.EHP 1 Insertion, 1 SI I months $ 7 (X) insertions 2.50 (1 months, 10 (10 1 month 3 'ill 1 year, 15 00 A UIHTKI deduction iinitli'.oii liir«rr advertise ments. All transient advertising most be paid for in *1 VUIU'O. Pally, per annum, $10 00 r)ew. V not tier Uebel Brought t* ttrlcf. The Government put forth one of ito fingers, last night, and gobbled up one Charles M. Willard, said to lie an attor ney, but somewhat known hereabouts as a small sueeimeu of ye li Democratic" stumper. Willard is a hero, lie be longed to the Home Guards when the w ar broke out, and was earned oft* by Company A, Chicago Light Artillery, as its 2d Lieutenant. That buttery im mediately became famous). In a series of brilliant eiigageuHHM*. beginning at Belmont and ending at SiiHoh, it had gained such a name that its officers were successively promoted, until Willard fouud himself a Major! And yet this has been brought about without any etlhrt or merit on his part. That redoubtable warrior was not at Belmont, nor was he at Donelsou, nor at Shiloh, nor at any of the intermediate battles. In fact, he never smelled powder. Whether as Lieutenant, Captain or Major, he had invariably contrived to lie among the skedaddlers when a tight was in pros pect. He had been promoted to make room for others in whose way he stood, and "red-tape" was very rigid and blind in those days, liut the Major" was short-lived. He fell into disfavor In his own command, and was induced to "resign." The Chicago rebel organ and apologist for treason, stated that the "Major" resigned because he could not agree with the war policy of the Ad ministration. The orgau was not far from the truth, though if it had said the War policy did not agree with the Ma jor," it would have exactly expressed tile case. Shortly after his resigna tion," the Major" went to Memphis And started a cotton policy of his own. Rumor says he was successful to the tuAe of twenty thousand dollars or thereabouts. The military authorities Interfered, and the Major" was per emptorily ordered North upon the first steamboat. He came North, and from (hat time has been down upon the Var policy," and intensely hostile to the Government. Whether his arrest is based upon cot tdh peculations or "active hostility to the Government," we have not learned. —Chicago Journal. Tills is the same Major" Willard who was imported into Iowa by the Democratic party during the campaign of 1863, and was especially petted by the Thayere, Wallaces and Chambers, of this vicinity. They took him to their bosoms and loved him to death almost because he resigned his commission father than endorse Emancipation, and because we denounced him as a hum bug, impostor, and swindler, he threat ened to whip us, and the Democracy Were mad as March hares. Reciprocity »n«l Neutrality. Our Canadian neighbors are not dis posed to release their hold upon so good a thing as the Reciprocity treaty, sim ply to accommodate a lot of cut-throats and pirates, who persist in violating English neutrality. The St. Albans robbers and thieves were arraigned oefore a Canadian mag istrate to answer why they should not be delivered to our authorities. They asked a postponement of the hearing until they could hear from Richmond.— In the meantime the astute Justice dis covers a legal quibble, and undoubtedly having the love of cotton or gold before his eyes, sagely remarked that he had tio jurisdiction in the case, and set the thieves and cut-throats at British liber ty. The American Congress, outraged at the insult and injury to common jus tice and good equity on our part, at once said, "If this be Canadian friendship, we'll no more of it. If this be the fruit of Reciprocity, let us throw it off our hands." And so our Representatives said, we will call upon the Executive to give these fellows notice that we want no more reciprocity, which secures to them the right to harbor and protect those at war with human rights and our government, and which secures to us not even an honest neutrality. This news flashed over the wires and the Canadians saw visions of wealth and sources of great convenience passing away. America must be pacified, and reciprocity must continue to live aud so, they thinking Americans all fools, tele graphed us that their government felt awful bad and would make efforts to re capture the St. Albans thieves. What hypocrisy! What better are they who iiarbor thieves than the thieves them selves? We hope the day may speedily come when this Van Dieman's land up on our continent may be cleaned out and purged by American bayonets, if need be in any event by tha genius and honor of American institutions. On the American continent thefe should be nothing inimical to the pro gress of American civilization and the ..full development of American ideas And industry—no, not even in Canada! ilfhc Vote of the iioyal States. :Tlie following is the table of votes cast U) the loyal States, which is referred to by the President as sustaining his opin ion that the population of those States has increased during the war, notwith standing the drain of the armies in the field: State. 18(10. Kentucky 110,216 Maine 97,91'J Maryland 92,-Xhi Massachusetts 1UM,5£1 MicUiguu 154,747 Minnesota 1-1,790 Missouri ttii,.58S New Hampshire New Jersey 121,125 New York 075,156 Ohio 442,1:11 Oregon 11,410 Pennsylvania 170,442 Rhode Island 19,'Jo 1 Vermont 42,814 West Virginia- 46,195 Wisconsin 15i!,l$i ynhffftf Nevada Total r. •. yj- 1864.T 91,300 (nearly.) 115,141 72,703 175,487 102,413 •12.5.14 yo.ooo (nearly.) (19,271 128,(W0 470,713. 11,110(estimated) 572,097 22,1X7 55,811 33, K7* 148,513 Total .—.-3,870,222 3,982,011 STATES. ... i7,2»i 16,528 33,768 Abrnhnra's Mollloqny. They say I am too tlrnv. Too slow, indeed! Atid yet, perhaps, I can improve the case: I'll give uiy Cabiuet superior Sfieed Aud show tlis Cftvirt Supreme ajf..iuder Vuu IOWA NEWS. —Judge Clagett, of the, Keokuk^Gbn atitutifin, sued Captain Ball for $10,000 damages for shooting off a cannon on his premises, at the celebration of the fall of Fort Donelson. The Judge final ly withdrew the suit, oh the reception of $50 from the defendant's counsel.-— ".What a fall was there, my country men -Captaiu E. J. Miller, of Keosauqua, was fatally injured a few days since by a runaway accident. He was about six ty y ears of age, and an old resident of Van Buren county. He served two years in the 8d 'iowa Cavalry as oolor bearer. LIBERAL.—The Board of Supervisors of Johnson county, at their late session, made an appropriation for the purchase of 300 cords of wood for soldiers' fami lies in Iowa City, and authorized mem bers of the Board to provide for those in the country. They also voted a bounty of $100 to recruits from that county in Hancock's veteran corps. Col. John Williams, of Iowa City, is enlisting men for this corps. ESCAPED FROM Dixit:.—Capt. John Kpeneter, who was in command of a negro company at the Fort Pillow mas sacre, and one of the few permitted to live after being taken prisoner, recently escaped and returned to his home at Iowa City. He was in captivity seven mouths, and escaped from Charleston by the aid of true Union men in that oity, who kept him concealed for a month, till he had an opportunity to reach our blockading fleet. The Jtepub lican says he met with many adven tures which would once have been mar velous, but now are so common as to have lost much of their interest. E. H. Rockafeller, who killed his wife at Keokuk, has been sentenced to seven years in the penitentiary. Hon. T. W. Woolson, of Mt. Pleas ant, has been apitointed by the Secretary of the Interior, .Special Commissioner in reference to Indian Atfairs, and left for Santa Fe, 25 ew Mexico, last week. He will be absent till March next. N KWTO.N.—The Advocate reports trade brisk and the town generally prosper ous. The population of Newton is now about 1,600. It contains seven organized churches, seven dry goods stores, five grocery stores, two hardware stores, two drug stores, two shoe stores, two furni ture stores, two jewelry stores, two printing offices, &e. The railroad, it is expected, will be finished to that place next June. A NEW KIND OF WHEAT.—Mr. P. G. Carter, of Marshall, Henry county, has imported from the Rocky Mountains a new kind of Spring Wheat, which, he says, has never been known to smut or rust or be injured by the Chinch bug, and which often yields 100 bushels to the aero anl weighs 00 to Oo pounds per bushel, He thinks it will be a sure crop in Iowa, as it is brought from a colder climate. He will send for one dollar a package of the wheat sufficient to sow half an acre, and if the receiver is dissatisfied with it the money will be returned. —A letter from Gen. Curtis, published in the Davis County Union Guard, says the young man who captured General Marmaduke is James Dunlavey, of the 3d Iowa Cavalry. James is the son of our old friend Harvey Dunlavey, the Democratic wheel-horse of Davis coun ty. James should have more regard for his father's feelings than to capture his friends" in suclftn arbitrary manner. J. C. Todd, Iowa State Agent at Keokuk, writes that there are now 1333 patients there in hospital, 859 of whom are Iowa soldiers. John "Walkup, of Fairfield, was killed on the 6th inst., by falling into a shaft 30 feet deep at his coal bank. A HEAVY MAIL.—Thesteamship Ful ton, which left New York to meet Sherman's army, took 278 leather pouches of mail matter, weighing over fifteen tons. It is principally composed of matter accumulated at Nashville since the recent movement of General Sherman, which had been sent to New York, to he forwarded to his army.— This single fact will give some idea of the extent of the correspondence with the Union army, and the attention the government bestows upon the soldiers who are fighting its battles. jJ®" According to the report of the Commissioner of Agriculture, the wheat crop this year is 18,700,214 bushels less than last year, rye 609,807 bushels less, barley 750,827 bushels less, corn 77,613, 454 bushels greater, buckwheat 2,934,085 bushels greater,potatoes 3,903,782bushels less, tobacco 60,799,096 pounds less, hay 1,626,096 tons less, hogs nearly 2,000,000 less. There is a large decrease in oats and cattle, and an increase of sorghum and cotton. CONGRESSIONAL MAJORITIES. The majority for Wilson in the 1st District is 7,899 for Price in the 2d, 7,749 for Allison in the 3d, 5,553 for Grinnell in the 4th, 6,324 -for Kasson in the 5th, 6,542 for Hubbard in the 6th, 5,289.— These majorities include the soldiers' vote. TIME'S CHANGES.—John C. Under wood, who was four years ago banished from Virginia for voting for Lincoln, and for his anti-slavery sentiments, has just been elected to the United States Senate by the Legislature of West Virginia. —The 8th Iowa Cavalry is at Nash ville, and the 2d Cavalry is near Column bia, Tennessee. The 3d Cavalry has been ordered to report at St. Louis, and receive an outfit for the campaign in Tennessee. The number of hogs packed at Chicago, up to Saturday last, was about 400,000 head. The Tribune thinks there will be a short crop. A large proportion of the hogs now arriving are poorly fat ted. B&.The Bankrupt Bill, which p^gped .the House on Monday, was reported to the Senate on Wednesday, and ordered to be printed. There is not much doubt its •»... t'-iH-t #ar z. -T.tvi.a- v- i OLGAmtM. TBe Richmond Sentinel cJills General Sherman the "great Yankee Colossils." Mioe ignited some matches and burn ed a drug store in South Boston, Friday. Apothecaries shouldn't keep mice and matches together. The courts lmve decided that a rail road company has no right to enforce the proviso placed on many tickets, good for this day only." Alexandre Dumas, the distinguished French mulatto, is expected in New York in the course of a few days. He brings with him a Secretary and two translators. Among Gen. Butler's good things at Norfolk, outside of his military opera tions, is the establishment of a Savings Bank l'or freedmen, which has received $24,000 already. Tn 1860 Baltimore voted 1,083 for Lin coln, 12,604 for Bell, 13,596 for Breckin ridge, and 1,503 for Douglas. In 1864 she gave for Lincoln 14,739 and 2,8l2 for McClellau, a Lincoln gain of 13,656. The largest telescope in this country has been purchased for!?18,lS7 by the University at Chicago, which has con structed an observatory 96 feet high at a cost of $25,000. Chicago does nothing by halves. It is reported that Stephen R. Mal lory, ex-United States Senator ami head man of Jeff, Davis' Bureau of Piracy, or in rebel parlance) "Navy Department," has absconded from tne Confederacy and is in Paris. Sarah Vandegrilf died at Trenton, N. J., on the 30th ultimo, aged 95 years. She was one of the band of maidens that sang an ode of welcome when Washing ton passed through Trenton in 1789, on his way to New York. A lady who visited the "contraband camp" at Norfolk recently was aston ished to find the name of every boy ba by in the camp to be uniformly Abra ham." in one group were no less than nine children, allhouored with the same appellation. A dentist wishes the press to correct the statement, made on Horace Wal pole's authority, that alum is a preser vative of the teeth, lie says it is, on the contrary, one of the most destruc tive agents'with which the teeth can come in contact. Rev. Dr. Haynes, ol' New York, is going to England to beg money for the freed men of the United States. The English Quakers have already ^ent a large amount of goods and S:5,000 in gold to the Frceumen's Relief Associa tion in New York. A benevolent institution is to be opened in Philadelphia forth© purpose of giving men who have been disabled by loss of limb, or other severe injury in the military service, an opportunity of education for some practical pursuit. Telegraph operating, book-keeping, etc., will be tauglit. Gen. Henry M. Naglee, who served with distinguished success at Fair Oaks, Chickaliominy, Bottom Bridge, and SVhite i«xrjw Oak Swamp during the memor able "Seven Days" on the Peninsula, and in the Carolinas, sailed, a day or two ago, for San Francisco, his home. He leaves the Atlantic coast with the well-wishes of a host of devoted friends. The military authorities at New York are.strictly enforcing the registration law. There seems to be need enough far it, as there are many relatives of rebel officers and soldiers now in the city—the wives of Generals G. W. Smith and Mansfield B. Lovel among others. There are also three sisters of the rebel Gen. Cheatham, of Kentucky Mr. Elliott, an eminent statician of Washington, estimates the rate of mor tality in the present war at anly 7.2per cent, per annum, while the rate of mor tality in Wellington's Spanish cam paigns (1811—'14) was 16$ per cent. and that in the Crimea in 1854-'55, even not counting those who died on the battle field, averaged 23 per cent. Mr. Elliott's statistics of mortality in the U. S. army are for fourteen months ending August, 1862, showing an annual rate of some what over seven (7.2) in every 100 men, of which two (2.0) were froin killed in action, and five (5.2) from diseases and accidents. The rate of mortality of offi cers from disease, as in other wars, has been less than that of the men, but from wounds received inaction much greater. The battle of Honey Hill, S. C., fought on the 30th ult., by a force of 3,500 men under Gen. J. P. Hatch, re sulted in a severe reverse to the nation al troops. Landing at Boyd's Point on Wednesday, the 30tli, the troops inarched inland about two miles toward Honey Hill, near Grahamsville, a little village on the Charleston and Savannah Rail road. They were misled by a guide, and it was long after daylight when they reached their destination. Here, at the turn of the road, they were suddenly opened upon by a rebel battery. This was charged on in vain and the attack ing party repulsed with severe loss the marshy nature of the ground preventing anything like a successful advance.— Our troops fell back and the rebels charged in turn, but were driven back. The fighting lasted seven hours and was very severe. The 54th and 55th Massa chusetts infantry (colored troops), the same that made Fort Wagner memora ble by their intrepid valor, shared in the fight, and were distinguished for their coolness and bravery. The design of the movement was to aid Gen. Sher man by destroying the communications between Savannah and Charleston.— This was afterwards successfully accom plished by General Foster and Admiral Dahlgren. A QUESTION ANSWERF.D.-^A clergy man in England, on Sunday, informed his hearers that he should divide his discourse into three parts—the first would be the terrible, the second the horrible, the third terribly horrible.— Assuming a dramatic tragic attitude, and wishing to bring the sulphurous lake vividly before the mind's eye of the hearer, he swung his right arm widely, pointing to about the centre of the church, with his eyes seemingly transfixed with horror, he exclaimed in a startling agonizing tone: What's that I s louder, "What's that I see there?"— Louder vet, with a wilder swing of che arm, Wha'ts that I see there Here a little old woman in black cried out in a shrill treble tone: "It's nothing but my little black^dog —he won't bite nobody." There was a laugh, and the clergy man concluded to confine himself to the terrible without asking questions. Among the casualties in Iowa regiments at Nashville, in addition to those already published by us, we find the following mentioned: Lieut. J. W. Watson, 5th Iowa caval ry, killed Fred Thomas, 7th Iowa cav alry, wounded James McKinny, 5th Iowa cavalry, wounded John Davis, 5th Iowa cavalry,dangerously wounded. I&. The Brazilian demand for repar ation in the matter of the Florida is said to be "solemn" in its tone. Secretary Seward, in his reply, does not indorse the seizure, and expresses a desire to have the matter fairly and satisfactorily l#4jual£d. 3ts? MUSCATINK. IOWA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER "23, 1864. TELEGRAPHIC. 1 K*POKTEI ICX PIHCS.H1.Y VOR Til* JOUKSAt. I FROM TOG BATTLE W M HUE. ,f Loss of the 35tb lowa--22 Killed ud 17 Wounded. Large Number of Rebel Officers Captured. total Hvaber of Rebel PrlsM^f* Taken 6,500. O- The Enemy in Fall Retreat. .. -O- NEW YORK, Dec. 15.—The Jfcndd'x Hilton Head correspondent of the 8th says the list of casualties in the battle on Honey Hill have been revised and reduced to 740. It is only halt iwiit from the Savannah and Charleston rail road, and from our front not only the whistle of the locomotives, but the rum bling of the trains can be heard further up the Tellefenny river on the light of the road upon which General Potter marched. WTe have taken possession of a land ing at Gregory's plantation, which was evacuated in a hurry, wuen our troops advanced. From thence the supplies are forwarded to the front. A detachment was landed at Mackay's Point on Wednesday morning, which proceeded up the opposite shore from Gregory's plantation and intrenched on a point there for the protection of our llank. The gunboats also co-opera ted for the protection of our flank and landings, and the navy brigade under Commodore Preble is doing efficient service on shore. Gen. Hatch went to the front from Boyd's Neck on Wednesday morning. By rapid and strategic movements from right to left we have succeeded ill obtaining a position from which we can command, JUS soon as our heavy guns go up, two bridges aud some miles of the Savannah railroad, even If we tjo not occupy the road itself. LOUISVILLE, Dec. 14.—The rebel Gen eral Lyon in retiring from Hopkinsville on Monday, conscripted every one he could find, robbed the stores aujl. burned what he could not carry off* A con scripted gentleman succeeded in getting the guard drunk, aud escaped while the rebel soldiers were in quest of coal. Gen. E. McCook's advance guard had a skirmish with the enemy's rear guard at Elkton. Gens. Stoneman and Burbridge have effected a junction at Ilenearsville, and will closely follow Breckinridge. The cavalry of (Jen. Thomas' army crossed a few days since to the .north side of the Cumberland river, and yes terday was re-crossed to the south side, with the exception of a sufficient foree to pursue and rout any rebel foree on the north side of the river. The defences on the railroad have been so strengthened that no damage is rpprehended. QUI:IJKC, Dec. 15.—The discharge of the raiders surprised the members of the Government, and the grounds of the discharge are pronounced ridicidous.— The magistrate is likely to be severely dealt with. New arrangements have been issued by the Superior Court Judge to re-arrest the raiders, and constables are in pursuit. An efficient military force has been dispatched to the border to prevent further depredations. MONTRKAL, Dec. 15.—The conduct of Judge Coursal and Lamoth, the Chief of Police, is denounced. The latter is accused of complicity going on in the Council. It is thought Lamoth will be dismissed. TORONTO, Dec. 15.—There is profound sensation regarding Coursal's decision. The best legal authorities pronounce it contrary to law. His course is general ly condemned. ST. LOUIS, Dec. 15.—The Lawrence Tribune says: The notorious brigand, Quantrel, was removed in an ambulance, in Price's retreating column, sick, be yond hope of recovery. The recent explosion of the steamer Maria Carondalet, previously reported, is said to have been the work of a rebel torpedo. An investigation will soon be made. The printers of St. Louis are on a strike, but the publication of the papers has not been suspended. The propri etors olfer 50 cents per 1,000 ems.' The Democrat's special from FU Scott, 2d, says: Yesterday a courier arrived from Ft. Gibson with dispatches caus ing apprehensions for the safety of a large government train which left camp ten miles south of this place on the 22d ult. The train consists of over 20 gov ernment wagons, five yoke of oxen to each, 20 suttlers' wagons, six mules each, all heavily laden for Ft. Gibson, a distance of 180 miles, and guarded by a few dismounted Indiana cavalry. The train consisted of about 250 men, and is now said to be carrolled on Nosse River, about 250 miles south of this, and the men are throwing up earthworks for defense, being closely invested by the rebel General Gaines with 7,000 men and 5 pieces of artillery. Col. Moonlight is reported moving to the assistance of the train. WASHINGTON, Dec. 16.—The latest Richmond papers say official dispatches report that Sherman has developed near Savannah. Hardee is in command there. Beauregard arrived at Charleston on the 7th. and immediately left for the scene of hostilities on the Charleston and Sa vannah railroad. Malvern and several of the larger ves sels of the fleet are In the Roads, but as the sailing orders have been signalled, they will probably get under way in a short time. The iron-clads attached to the fleet were the first to move. The single turreted monitors go out in tow of steamers. The Ironsides and the double turreted monitor Monaduock propell themselves. Thus far all the movements have been favored with fine weather, a light wind blowing from off shore, although indications seem to point to a northeaster, before we arrive at our journey's end. Our place of des tination will be made known to the pub lic at the proper time. Suffice it to re mark that ample preparations have been provided to warrant a vigorous and for midable attack on the enemy's works.— In all probability a few days hence will give me an opportunity of sending you full details of tne expedition." WASHINGTON, Dec. 16—9:05 A. M.— The following official report of the bat tle before Nashville ha9 been received from Gen. Thomas: NASHVILLE. Tenn., Dec. 15—8 P. x.—We at tacked the enemy's left this morning and drove it from the river below the city, very nearly to franklin Pike, a distance of about eight miles. We have captured Chalmers' headquarters and tXdUn, and asecoad train of about 1 W •ji-in Willi between 8W I'li'l 1,000 prisoner* and 16 pieces or artillery. Our troops behaved aplen didly, all hiking tli.'ir share in Hie ivs.«uuit, and charging the enemy's breaat works. I Hliull attack tin- enemy again to-morrow, if he stands to fl-^lit, and if he retreats during the night, I will pursue him, tin-owing a heavy eav airy iorce In- t&i &«tr to destroy his trains, if possible. (Signed) G. W. THOMAS, MOJ. Gen. I No intelligence has lieen received from Sherman later than published iu the dispatch transmitted by Gen. Foster and Admiral Dahlgreu. (Signed) E. M. STANTON. FT. MONROE, Dec. 15, via BALTIMORE, Dec. 16.—The Charleston Courier of the 10th says: Sherman's army is still go ing towards Savannah. We learn that the alfair at Station No. 2 was slight skirmishing. From the Charleston Courier, of the 9th, we take the following: The Au gusta Chronicle says: We had the pleasure yesterday of meeting Captain Copin, of Gen. Winder's staff, who is in our city, in connection with the Con federate Prison Bureau, whose head quarters are to be located in this city.— Captain Copin informs us that all the Yankee prisoners at till points within reach of Sherman have been removed safely. He also states that the vandals were so disappointed on finding that the blue-bellies had flown from Miilen, that they vented their spleen on the defence less inhabitants of the vicinity." The Courier of the »th, in relation to Georgian a:airs, says: We learn that Sunday last Lieut. Reynolds, of General Wheeler's cavalry, with a detachment of 15 men, crossed the Savannah river at Sarbar's Ferry, in the Beaufort district. He had been engaged on a scouting ex pedition, and, bucoming separated from his command, crossed into this State to rejoin them higher up. He reports Sherman's army as occupying Branum's Bridge, on Brier Creek, 10 miles from ihe river. The opinion seems to prevail that Sherman will attack Savannah, but if he does, he will be badly defeated. A report was in circulation yesterday that on the arrival of Sherman's forces at Station No. 2 he had turned off in the direction of Sisters' Ferry, which would indicate an Intentiou to cross into South Carolina. The enemy near Pocataligo were re reported shelling the road on Friday. About 100 prisoners from Sherman's army arrived in this city yesterday. WASIIINTON, Dec. 10.—Charleston and Savannah paper* of the 9th and 10th have been received. They are evi dently but imperfectly informed as to the movement of General Sherman's army. The Savannah News says that on the 0th inst. the Uniou forces made an at tempt to take the railroad, but were re pulsed and driven back. On the 7tli they were le-inl'oiced and renewed the attack, aud fighting continued all day, and had nit ceased at dark. The News adds: The move Is no doubt a determined effort on the part of Foster to open a way for Sherman to escape. On the i)th skirmishing with the rebel outposts, five miles from Savannah, is mentioned. HKAOQUARTERS ARMY OI- POTOMAC, Dec. 15.—Unusual quiet lias prevailed all morning. In the lines in front of Pe tersburg, for the last few days, scarcely a shot has been exchanged, excepting in the evening. On the right of the Line last night, however, quite an ex citement was kept up from about 1 to 10 o'clock, when the firing died away gradually, and after midnight not a shot was heard. Of course the pickets iu the vicinity of Fort Hill were respon sible for the outbreak, although some other parts of the line further wept were participants. A report is current that a number of pickets watching the rear lines were ta ken and murdered night before last, and that in consequence the force of men on this side has been doubled. Changes are being made in the dispo sition of our troops, but there is nothing to indicate an early attack on the ene my. The troops engaged in the late raid are most all in good condition. Some of them returned from the trip with frozen hands, feet and ears, caused by the severe weather which prevailed at the time. On Friday five deserters are to be hanged—two from New York, two from New Hampshire, aud one from Missou ri. Rebel deserters are coming in daily.— They reportnothing new frouirebeidom. (Signed) "W. D. MCGREOOR. WAR DEPARTMENT, WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 11:30 i\ M.— To Maj. Gen. Dix: The Department has just received un official dispatches from Nashville, an nouncing that General Thomas, with the forces under his command, attacked Hood's army in front of Nashville at 9 o'clock this morning, aud, although the battle is not yet decided, the whole action to-day is described as splendidly successful. Our line advanced on the right five miles. The enemy were driven from the river, from their entrenchmento, and from the range of hills on which their left rested, and were forced back upon his right. His centre was pushed back from one to three miles, with a loss of 17 guns and a large number of prison ers. Our casualties are reported to be light. Hood's whole army, except the cav alry and a small force near Murfrees boro, was engaged. (Signed) E. M. STANTON, Sec'y of War. W'AR DEPARTMENT, WASHINGTON. Dec. 16.—To Maj. Gen. Dix: Official dispatches from Gen. Can by have been received to-day, showing the complete success of an expedition sent by him from Vicksburg to co-operate with Gen. Sherman's operations and cut oft*Hood's communications with Mobile. General Canby reports the probable success of another expedition from Baton Rouge under Gen. Davidson, the details and NEW YORK, Dec. 1G.—The Times has the following, dated off Cape Henry, Tuesday, the 13th: "A large naval fleet accompanied with land forces in transports, left' object of which it is not propec now to Hampton Roads this morning in a'disclose. When last heard from David southerly direction. The larger por- son was reported as having caused quite tion of the army transports left during a panic in Mobile, and taken to devasta te night. At this writing the flag ship ting the country generally. Richmond papers of to-day confirm the reported capture of Bristol by an ex pedition supposed to be under the com mand of Stoneman and Burbridge, aud about the surprise and capture of the Glade Spring depot on the railroad thir teen miles south of Abingdon, Va. They also contain Gen. Hood's report of the battle of Franklin, in which h« admits the loss of many gallant officers and a heavy loss in men. Among them he enumerates Maj. Gen. Cleburne, Brig. Gen. B. Johnson, Williams and Grany, killed Mty. Gen. John Brown, Brig. Gens. Gordon, S. Carter, Cockive, Quartes and Scott, wounded. They also say: On Wednesday Gen. Sherman arrived at Ft. McAllister, commanding the entrance to the Oge chee river, and captured it by storm, and that the capture of this position put Sherman in communication with the Vankee fleet and necessitates.the rein forcement of Savannah. NEW ORLEANS, La., Dec. 9.—On the 25th ult. I reported that movements co operative with Sherman would be made from Vickburg and Baton Rouge for the purpose of cutting Hood's communica with Mobile. The expedition sent from Vicksburg, and consisting of about 12,000 cavalry and 8 pieces of artillery, under command of E.-D. Osband, of the 3d Colored Cavalry, returned on the 4th inst., having met with complete succe ss,1 lly assaulted three times before succeed after au admirable flank movement on ing. It was cHrrieu, however, fiiiu 20 Jackson, on the 14th ult. The expedi- 1 tion started for Big Black River on the Maj. B. Cook, commanding the Third Colored Cavalry, distinguished himself and all his regiment, by the gallantry with which the force guarding the Big Black Bridge were driven from the bank of the river. Our men had to charge across the bridge dismounted, with nothing but railroad ties for a protection, in the face of a sharp fire. (Signed) E. R, CANBY, Major General. WAR DEPARTMENT, WASHINGTON, Dec. 17—8:35 A. yi.—l'o Maj. Gen. Dix: The following official report of the great victory achieved yesterday by General Thomas and his gallant little army over the rebel forces under Hood in front of Nashville, was received this morning. One of the most surprising circum stances connected writh this great achievement is the small loss suffered by our troops, evincing among .other things the admirable skill and caution of Gen. Thomas in his disposition of the battle. In our rejoicings at the defeat of the rebels, thanks are due to the Almighty for his protection to out gallant officers aud men in the great conflict they have passed through. The report of Thomas and also tjie un official report containing interesting de tails, are subjoined: HEAIHTUARTEKS DEPARTMENT OK THE Cl JlliliRLAAl), 8 MILKS FROM i\ In conclusion I am happy to state that all this has been effected with but a very small loss—probably does not ex ceed 300, and very few killed. [Signed.] GEO. H. THOMAS, Maj. Gen. Com'g. NEW YORK, Dec. 17.—The Herald correspondent gives the following ac count of an expedition up Roanoke riv er: "A gunboat expedition sent up the river, when opposite Jamestown, eight miles above Plymouth, suddenly cauie in contact with some torpedoes placed in the channel by the rebels, and three gunboats were blown up. The flagship Wyalusing, commander Macomb, se nior officer, took the lead. She passed safely through. The Otsego, .• double ender, Lieut. Arnold, commanding, fol lowed. The bow came in contact with an obstruction, but which was success fully passed, until being struck by the stem proved to be a large torpedo, which exploding, blew up the Otsego, sinking her in a few minutes. After the blow ing up of the Otsego, the remainder of the fleet remained by her until morning when those vessels uninjured by the ex plosion passed up the river. Soon after Commander Macomb dispatched on special duty his aid, Paymaster Lewis Sands, on thesteamer Bagley, with two guns. On arriving in the vicinity of the spot where the Otsego was sunk, a tor pedo exploded under the Bagley, blow ing a hole through her, causing her to sink immediately. One man and a boy were killed. The rest of the crew es caped by swimming. Paymaster Sands and Capt. Ames, commanding the tug, swam to the wreck of the Otsego, and were picked up soon after the siukiug of the Bagley. The picket steamer, Launch No. 5, was also destroyed. Roanoke river is a perfect network of torpedoes. A large number have al ready been taken up, and still A larger number are supposed to remain." WASHINGTON, Dec. 16—Acting Rear Admiral Stebbins, commanding the East Gulf Expedition, reports to the Navy Department, under date of Dec. 3d, the destruction of a set of salt works on Rocky Point, Tampa ay, by a de tachment of troops from the United States steamers Stars and Stripes, Nitre, Hendrick, Hudson, and Ariel. Several large boilers and everything of value connected with the works were des troyed, without a single casualty on our part. NASHVILLE, Dec. 16—9 p. M.—During last night Gen. Hood withdrew his right from the river and took a position covering Hillsboro, gaining White's and Franklin pikes, which line had been carefally prepared for this contin gency. He was driven from the first line easilv. but the second was very stubbornly defended, and at least heav jt v .••U!C!•.•*' 'i.: 1 pieces of artillery, 20o men, including 1 Uen. Jackson, with the remnant of lus railroad, which was reached on the 27th, division were taken. i and, after a stubborn resistance,destroy- The enemy was forced cK two miles ed. It thus cuts Hood's army oft' from I and his army broken into two parts— Hi:. a —uf/.Mna I /vita i\n Wliita'ii ntlrn onfl tllP other Oil bridges and trestle works were destroy- ion of the former. ed. The following property was com-1 Hood cannot make another such day s pletely destroyed: Thirty miles of rail-1 fight, while Thomas is in good condl road track, (including culverts,) the i tion to press him. Everybody, White wagon bridge over Big Black, Vaughan,' and black, did splendidly. Picket and Goodman Stations, with all i [Signed] E.M.STANTON. their depots and buildings, 2,000 bales of HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF TUB cotton, 20 locomotives, 4 cars, 4 stage EAST, NEW YORK, Dec. 17.—General coaches, 20 barrels of salt and $106,000 Order No. 100.—The President of the worth of stores at Vaughan Station, i force of the enemy, but suffered no ma terial loss, and brought back more re cruits than its entire loss. United States having disapproved of The expedition was considerably that portion of General Order No. 97, harassed, on their return, by a large current series, from this department, which instructs all military command ers on the frontier, in certain cases, at the time specified to cross the border line between the United States and Can ada and directs toe pursuit into n-utral territories, the .said instructions are hereby revoked. Iu case, therefore, of any future marauding expeditions into our territories from Canada, military commanders on the frontier will report to these headquarters for orders, before crossing the boundary line in pursuit -of the guilty parties. By command of Maj. Gen. Dix. ASIL- VILLE—0 P. M., DEC. LONI. To the 'Preaident of the United Stuten, Hon. E. M. Stanton and 1A. Gen. Grant: This ar my thanks you for your appreciation of its conduct yesterday, aud to assure you that it is not misplaced, I have tlie hon or to report that the enemy has been pressed at all points to-day on his line of retreat to the Brentwood Hills, Brig. Gen. Hatch, of Wilson's corps, Canby's division, on the right, turned the rebels' left and captuled a large number of prisoners. The .number is not yet reported. Maj. Gen. Scholield's corps, next on the left of the cavalry, carried several hills, captured .many prisoners, and six pieces of artillery. Brevet Maj. Gen. Smith, next on tlie left of Maj. Gen. Schofield, carried the salient point of the rebels line with Mc Millan's brigade of McArthur'* divis ion, capturing sixteen pieces of artillery aud two Brigadier Generals and 2,000 prisoners. Brigadier General Garrard's division of Smith's command, next in the left of McArthur's division, carried the enemy's entrenchments, capturing all the artillery and troops of the enemy on the line. Brig. (Jen. Woods' troops on Franklin pike took up the assault, captured the enemy's entrenchments, and in his retreat also captured eight pieces of artillery, something over 000 prisoners, and drove the enemy within one mile of Brentwood Hills Pass. Maj. Gen. Steadman, commanding a detach ment of the army of the Miss issippi, most nobly supported General Woods' left, and bore a most honorable part in the operations of the day. I nave ordered the pursuit tobecoutinued in the morning, at daylight. Although the troops are very much fatigued, tlie utmost enthusiasm prevails. I must not forget to report the operations of Brig. Gen. Johnson, in successfully driving the enemy, with the co-opera tion of the gunboats, under Lieu Smith, commanding, from the estab lished batteries of the Cumberland river, below the city of Nashville, and of the success of Brig. Gen. Saxton's brigade, in covering and returning our right and center in the operations of yesterday and to-day. Although I have no report of the number of prisoners captured by Johnson and Saxton's com mand, I know they have made a large number. I am also glad to be able to state that the number of prisoners cap tured yesterday greatly exceeds the number reported by telegraph, last eve ning. The woods, fields and entrench ments are strewn with the enemy's small arms, abandoned iu their retreat. FORT MONROE, Dec. 16, via BALTI MORE, Dec. 17.—The steamers Northern Iiight and Varma arrived here from Charleston harbor, at a late hour last evening, with 800 released prisoners. Each, after landing the mails and pas sengers, proceeded immediately to Ann apolis. The news brought by these steamers is of the most encouraging character.— At the time of their sailing all the rig ging of the men of war and other ves sels composing Admiral Dahlgreu's fleet were gaily hung with colors in to ken of the success of some movement of (Jen. Sherman, the exact nature of which could not be learned. Our exchanged men are loud in their praise of the successes attending the glo rious campaign of Sherman, and say that from their conversation with some citizens of Charleston and the surround ing country, while on their way to be exchanged, it was reluctantly admitted that the damage done by his forces on their line of march through Georgia, is incalculable. No doubt whatever is entertained at Hilton Head that Sher man will capture Savannah with very small loss to his arm. The authorities and citizensof Charles ton and Savannah are making strenu ous efforts to defend these cities. Every rebel capable of holding a musket is in the ranks, and every moment they e pect to be brought into contact with the victorious forces under Sherman. The lew Federal officers who are pas sengers in the Northern Light, aud who have been recently exchanged are con fident in their assertions that the troops defending Savannah and Charleston are of a very undisciplined character, and that when the outer works surroun ding these places are once forced,which they will undoubtedly be, there will be nothing further to obstruct the victo rious force from taking possession of both cities. MONTREAL, C.17.—Mr. Potterlield, agent of the Confederate government and now custodian of the money taken by the St. Albans aiders, is to he ex amined, and it is probable that the money taken by the raiders will be given up to the proper atuliorities. HEAD-QUARTERS, ARMY OK THE PO TOMAC, Dec. 15.—To-day has beenavery quiet one along the entire line. Even the firing on James river seemed to be suspended. Tne report that Gen. War ren had ordered the houses on the line of his late march burned in retaliation for the shooting of some stragglers by guerrillas, is untrue. Warren, as well as his stall and other commanders, did all in his power to prevent the outrages particularly where women and children were living, and although their efforts did not prevent a terrible scene of de vastation and conflagration, yet more than one habitation was saved to its un fortunate occupants. [Signed.] W. D. McGREGOR. [Additional per steamer Hib.-mian.] NEW YORK, Dec. IS.—Eail Russell has made the following reply to the dis patch of the Confederate Commission ers, and manifesto of the Southern Con gress Foreign Office, Nov. 25, 1864.—I had the honor to receive the copy which you sent me of the manifesto issued by the Congreess of the so-called Confederate States of America. Her Majesty's gov ernment deeply laments the protracted nature of the struggle between the Northern and Southern States of the formerly United Republic of North America. Great Britain has, since 1783, re mained with the exception of a short period, connected by friendly relations wTith both the Northern and South ern States since the commencement of the civil war which broke out in 1861.— Her Majesty's Government has contin ued to entertain sentimentsof friendship equally for the North and for the South. For the causes of the rupture Her Majes ty's Government has never presumed to judge. They deploied the commence ment of this sanguinary struggle, and anxiously look forward NEW YORK, Dec. 19.—The Herald's correspondent at Butler's headquarters, dated the 17th, says: Last evening about 6 o'clock the lines of Brevet Maj. Gen. Fenen, commanding the Bermuda Hundreds front, were attacked by the rebels. Tlie firing, which was both heavy and incessant for an hour, was mostly confined to the pickets, though there was sufficient artillery used on our side to repel it. Five rebel gunboats and two rams (the Virginia and Richmond) were dis tinctly observed lying under the guns of Fort Darling yesterday towards even ing. They are doubtless there for a pur pose. The Richmond Enquirer of the 15th has a semi-official editorial in favor of arming slaves, and says Gen. Lee is in favor of the proportion. Thn Enquirer says When we supplicate Europe as a nation for help, we must be prepared to receive it on their conditions, which will be the abolition of slavery. It also asks: Shall we protract the war, sacri fice our children ami destroy our coun try for the sake o. the negroes It con cludes: We hate, detest, despise the enemy far more than we love slavery. A telegram to the Richmond Whig from Lynchburg, 14th, says A body of Yankees returning towards Bean's Sta tion encountered our forces at East Zollicoffer Station, on East Tennessee road, 9 miles west of Bristol, where a tight was said to be progressing at last accounts. The Richmond Sentinel of the 16th says: Foster is quiet under his failure on the Savannah Railroad, and Sherman has seemingly despaired of opening communication with the sea at Beaufort. The capture of Fort McAllister is an nounced. The liability of its capture has been well understood. Sherman will now be able to get supplies by way of Ossabaw Sound. Should he capture Savannah, it will have exchanged a city in the interior for a city on the coast which has been completely closed to commerce since the loss of Ft. Pulas ki, in 1862. DP Jig'" LS'i YOI. XVI—NO. 23. NASHVILLE, Dec. 17.—Our forces ad vancing southward this morning aboiu 8 o'clock captured a body of rebel pris oners estimated at 2,000, among them one general and a number of line offic ers. The capture was inside near Brent wood, 10 miles south of this place, or: Franklin pike and Harpeth river. An order for 1,000 men to guard pris oners has just been received by Genera: John A. Miller, commander of this post. They are expected to reach here durinc the day. The losses in three brigades of the Is Division of A. J. Smith's "army, are a. follows: 35th Iowa, 22 killed and V wounded. Among the killed is.,S. Hill, commanding a brigade 12thTowi., 1 killed, 17 wounded 33d Missouri, commissioned officers and 39 private' wounded and 3 privates killed: 7t!. Minnesota, 7 killed and 51 wounded. Col. Spaulding, commanding a brig ade of Tennessee cavalry distinguishes himself yesterday. He was in the hes? of the battle and proved himself a gal lant officer. The conduct of the 10th and 12th Ten nessee regiments contributed largely tc our success yesterday. The total number of Confederate offi cera captured yesterday was as follows Three colonels, one lieutenant colonel seVen majors, forty-six captains, om hundred and fifty-seven lieutenants and two surgeons. Among the prisonefr captured yesterday were three other brigadier-generals not before reported viz': Brig. Gens. Johnson, Smith am. Buekner. All the Confederate prison ers are quartered in the stone quarry from which the material for buildin the capitol was excavated, a few hut dred yards from Cupoli, which is ealle Andersonville. As the penitentiary an«? all the other public buildings are full th quarry is made into quarters lor tht prisoners. One-half of the prisoner are barefoot. Ill the fight of Spring Hill Maj. Bow ding, of the 12th Tennessee, was mortal ly wounded. "Andrew Johnson wfts present on tfc field in"the vicinity of the late blood charge, which he watched with intenf interest. Additional particulars of yesterday' engagement are highly creditable toou: cavalry, who contributed to the defea' of the rebels by their efforts in co-opera tion. Gen. R. M. Johnson, instead of heinf killed as reported, has turned the rebe.1 flank and crossed Harpell River, elevei miles from the city. Large numbers of rebel prisoner reached the city last night and tliir morning, who will be forwarded norti at once. Among the killed in yesterday's ligh' were Major Stony, 10th Tennessee Cav alry Lieut. Vanfieet, 29th Michigan^ Lieut. John Secrest, l-3d Indiana: Lieut. Thomas, 18th Michigan Cavalry Capt. Seliell, 81st Indiana Capt. A. ». Nus, 17th United States Colored troop®. In the first chaige made by colored troops on the rebel works, the 13th regi rnent lost 256 men, and the 12th 119. Lieut. G. Taylor, 13th United States Colored regiment, is among the killed. Officers of colored troops wounded: Col. Hollenton Babbill, of the 13tli, and Capts. Wright and Stwaght, and Lieut. Grossvenor, of the 100th colored. About 100 deserters came into our lines yesterday. The army is to-day undoubtedly at tacking the rear of the rebels, aS heavy firing was heard in tliedirection of their retreat early this morning. The totuf number of prisoners captur ed in two days' fight is estimated at 6,500. Hood's loss in men cannot be les.« than 15,000 since he advanced from Columbia towards Nashville. Gen. Thomas is determined to again give battle, and has ordered a portion of the trains forward to cross streams be tween this city and Columbia. Reliable information confirms thf conscription of several well known citi zens residing near Nashville. Among the incidents of yesterday'? fight, while a heavy artillery fire was going on, about noon, the 6th Ohio bat tery, located immediately to the left of Franklin pike, in two successive shot? from their guns blew up two caissons o' the rebels' battery, the whole of which was afterwards taken by our forces in their last assault. The weather is warm to-day, with showers. The river is 8 feet on the shoals and rising. NASHVILLE, Dec. 19.—A courier who left Franklin yesterday, reports the reb el forces in full retreat. Hatch's cavalry attacked the rear guard of the rebels on Saturday, captur ing a surgeon and a number of other prisoners. The 4th corps crossed Harpeth river at Franklin Sunday morning. Franklin is reported to be full of rebel wounded, over three thousand being left there on their retreat. Every churcb and public building there has been ta ken for hospitals. Nearly all the churches of this city have been appro priated for the use of our wounded. It is rumored here that Rosseau's com mand attacked and routed part of For rest's force near Murfreesboro, on the loth instant. There was a heavy rain yesterday and last night. The river is rising rapidly, with twelve feet on the shoals. WASHINGTON, Dec,49—The following, order has just been issued from the W# Department: Adjutant General's Office, Dec. 19,1864. —General Order No. 3i.fl.—Every officer and soldier capable of duty is wanted in the field, and if not on duty they are ordered to their respective commands. All Provost Marshals, and Boards of Enrollment are instructed to employ dilligeiit exertion in forwarding soldiers to the front, and in arresting deserters, shirkers, and all who are absent with outproperautliority. Surgeons in charge of hospitals are directed to send for ward all who are fit for service, taking care, however, not to expose any who are unfit. Recruiting officers are en joined to dilligence, and those who are found guilty of negligence or are useless, the Adjutant General is direct ed to recall immediately, and send to their commands. Every effort must be put forth to fill up the ranks, strengthen our armies and aid the pat riotic and gallant troops now smiting the receeding enemy with victorious blows. By order of the Secretary of War. [Signed.] E. D.TOWNSEND,A.A.G. NEGRO SUFFRAGE IN MISSOURI.—The Union presidential electors of Missouri, at their meeting to cast the electoral vote of the State, adopted a resolution unanimously in opposition to the prop* osition of B. Gratz Brown to extend the right of suffrage to the negroes in the State. IQT A little boy who put counterfeit money in the contribution box, replied to his Sunday school teacher that he "didn't s'pose the little heathens would know the difference, and thought it would be just as good for them." Thoughtful boy. i- i iST'The Hartford Times*ays Erasmus writes to the staid, solid old National TnteUigeneer that "Shakspeare burst the cloud of time, and careered to his place in the heavens." And that we supposw was the last act of Shakspeare. jjt,- A woman, named Mrs. Cassidy, whose dwelling was burned recently at L» Salle, 111., perished in the flames.