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f tftb tic J CASKEY, Editor and Proprietor. OFFICE Washington Street, Third. Door South of Jackson. TERMS One Dollar and Fifty ents in Adfance VOL. 6. - MILLERSEURG, HOLMES COUNTY, OHIO, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1862. NO. 27. M9tm THE LAWYER'S STORY. About the commencement of the pres ent ceDturj, there stood near the centre of rather extensive hamlet, not many miles distant from a s;aport town, in the-norlh of England, a large, substantially built, but somewhat straggling building, known as Craig Farm House. The, farm consist ed of about one hundred acres of arable and meadow land; and at the lime I have indicated, belonged to a farmer by the name of Armstrong. He had purchased it about three years previously, at a sale held, in pursuance of a decree of the High Court Chancery. Farmer Armstrong was married but cbiMIess, his dame like hira ealfwas a native of Devonshire. They "bore the character of plodding, taciturn, morose mannered couple; 'seldom leaving the farm, except to attend market, and rarely seen nt church or chapel, they natu rally enough became theobject of suspicion and dislike to the prying, gossipping villa gers, to whom.jstery and reserve of any kind was exceedingly annoying and un pleasant. Soon after Armstrong was settled in bis new purchase; another stranger arrived and took up his abode in the best apartments in the house. The newcomer, a man of about fifty years of age, and evidently from his dress and gait a seafaring-person, was as reserved and unsocial as his land lord, His name or at least that which ho chose to be known byr was Wilson. He had one child, a daughter, about thirteen yerrs of -age, whom ho plnced at a board ing school in the adjacent town. Ho sel dom saw her; the intercourse between fa teer and daughter being principally carried on through Mary Strugnell, a widow, of about thirty years of age, and a native of the place. She was engaged as a servant to Mr. Armstrong, and seldom left Craig Farm except fln Sunday afternoons, when if the weather was at all favorable, sho paid a visit to an annt living on the town; there saw Miss Wilson ; and returned home usually at half past ten o'clock later rather than earlier. Armstrong was occa sional! absent from home several days to gether -on business, it was rumored for Wilson; and on Sunday in the first in January, 1802, ho. and his wife had been away for upwards of .a week and had not yet. returned. About a quarter past ten o'clock on that evening, the early retiring inhabitants of the hamlet were aroused from their slumbers by a loud and continuous knock ing at" the front door of Armstrong's house; windows were hastily thrown open, and presently numerous footsteps approach ed the scene of growing hubbub. The Unwanted noise was caused, it was found, by Farmer Armstrong, who accompanied by his wife was thundering vehemently up on the door with a heavy black tboru stick. Still no answer was obtained, Mrs. Strug nell, it was supose'd, had had not returned from "town, but where was Mr. Wilson, who was most 'always at home both, day and night! Presently a" lad called out that a white sheet or cloth of some sort was hanging out of one of the back win dows. This announcement, confirming the vague apprehensions which had began to germinate in the wise heads of the villa gers, disposed them to adoptjwaore effect ual made of obtainiug admission than knocking -seemed likely to prove. John son, the constable of the parish, a man of great shrewdness, at once proposed to break iu the door. Armstrong, wlio, as well as his wife, was deadly pale, and trembling violently, either with cold or agitation, hes itatingly consented, and crowoars were speedily procured, .and an entrance was forced and in rushed a scorce of excited men.. Mrs. Armstrong it was afterwards re niembcred, caught hold of her husband's arm in a hurried and frightenodTKanner, whispered hasily in his ear, and then fol lowed, into the house. Armstrong, who appeared to havo some what recovered from his panic, darted at .once up the staircase, followed by the whole body of rustics. On reaching the landincr nlace. he knocked at Mr. Wilson's bed-room door. No answer was returned Armstrong seemed to hesitate, but the constable at once lifted the latch ; they en tered, and a- melancholy spectacle present ed itself. Wilson, completely diessed, lay extended on tho floor, a lifeless corpse. He had been slabbed in two places in the breast with some sharp poined instrument. Life was quite extinct. The window was open. " On further inspection, several bun- dies containing many 01 air. w iisou s val uables in jewelry and plate, together with clothes, and silk handkerchiefs, wero found. The wardrobe and secretary bureau had been forced open. Tho assassin's had it seemed, been disturbed, and hurried off by the window without their plunder. A hat was also picked up in the room, much too small for the deceased. Tho constable snatched it up and attempted to put it on Armstrong's head, but it was not near large, enough. This, together with the bundles, dissipated a suspicion which had been" crowing in Johnson's mind, and he roughly exclaimed, "You need not look so scared: it's not you; that's quite clear." To this reronrk neither Armstrong nor lit wife uttered a syllable, but continued to raze at the corpse, J8e bundles and tho Viroken locks, in bflrfjfldered terror and as tonishment. Presenlfeonje;3skepVifny nna.had seen Mrs., Str'ugnelhfcfiahisTques tirwfasoused Armstrong, and'ha said "she iiSsnot come home yet; her door iJock- Wowtdo vou know that!"cried the eWableTf turning sharply around; and looking "in his face. "How do you know nnLl" " "Because, because,"- stammered Arm strong "because she always locks it when she goes oat. ... , The constable,,-however, insisted on be in ehnwn the room?. He was of coarse followed by tho other persons in thebouse, One of them looked through the key-hole, and. exclaimed that the key was on the Armstrong, it wasaft9rwards sworn started as if he had been shot; and wife, again clutched his arm with the same nervous, frenzied grip as "before. Tbo sheriff called out the woman's name in .M his at tho top of his voice. He was answered by a low moan. In an instant the frail door was burst in, and Mrs. Strugnell was soon pulled out apparently more dead than alive, from underneath the bedstead, where she, in speechless consternation; lay par tially concealed. Placing her in a chair, they scon succeeded much more easily, indeed, than they anticipated in restoring her to consciousness. Nevertheless she glanced around the circle of eager faces that environed her, till her eyes fell on Armstrong and his wife, when she gao a loud shriek, and muttering, "they, they are the murderers" swooned, cr appear ed to do so, again instantly. The accused persons, in spite of their frenzied protestations of innocence were in stantly seized, and taken off tan placo of security; Mrs. Strugnell was conveyed to a neighbor's close by; the house was care fully secured, and the agitated and won dering villagers departed to their several homes. The deposition made By Mrs. Strugnell at the inquest on the body, was in substance as follows. "On the afternoon in question, she had in accordance with her usual custom, pro ceeded to town. She called on her aunt, took tea with her, and afterwards went to the Independent Chapel. After service she called to sec Miss Wilson, but was in formed that, in consequence of a severe cold, tho young lady had gone to bed. She then immediately proceeded home wards, and consequently arrived at Craig Farm more than an hour before ber usual lime. She let herself in with her latch key, and proceeded to her bed-room. There was no light in Mr. Wilson s chamber, but she could hear him moving about in it. She was just about to go down stairs, hav ing put away her sunda1 bonnet and shawl, when she heard a noise, of persons enter ing the back way, and walking gently across the kitchen floor. Alarmed as to who it could be, Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong not being expected home for several days, she 'gently closed her door a.nd locked it. A fow minutes after, she henrd stealthy steps ascending tho creaking stairs, and a voice in a Jowt hurried whisper, said "Ala ry, are you there!"' She was positive it was Mr. Armstrong s voice, but was too tern- d to answer. Then Mrs. Armstrong she was sure it was she said also in a whisper, and as if addressing her husband, sho is never back at this hour. A minute or so after there was a tap at Mr. Wilson's door. Sho could not catch what.nnswer was made; but by Mr. Armstrong's reply, sho gathered that Mr. Wilson had laid down, and did not wish to be disturbed. He was often in the hauit of lying down with his clothes on. Armstiong said, 'I will not disturb you, sir; I'll only put this parcel on the table.' There is no lock to Mr" Wilson's door. Armstrong stepped into the room, and almost immediately she heard a sound as ef a violent blow, followed by a deep groan, and then all was still. She was paralyzed with horror and affright. After tho lapse of a few seconds a voice Mrs. Armstrong's undoubtedly asked in a tremulous tone 'if all was over?' Her husbaud answered, 'Yes; but where be thje keys to tha writing desk kept ? Armstrong then came out of the beJroom, and both went into Mr. Wilson's sitting apartment. They soon returned, and crept stealthily along the passage to tueir own bedroom on tho tirst noor. iney then went down stairs to tho kitchen. One of them the womar, she had no doubt went out the back way, and heavy footstebs acain ascended tho stairs. Al most dead with fright, she then ctawlcd under tho bedstead, and remembered no moro until sho found herself surrounded by the villagers, "in confirmation of this statement, a lanre clasp knife belonging to Armstrong, and with which it was evident tho murder had been committed, was found in one cor ner of Wilson's bedroom; and.a mortgage deed of one thousand pounds on Craig Farm, the property of Wilson, and which Mrs. Strugnell swore was always kept in the writinir desk in the Iront room, was d'scovered in tho sleeping apartment, to gether with nearly one hundred nud fifty pounds in gold, silver, and county bank notes, although it was known that Arm strong had but a fortnight before declined a very advantageous offer of some cows ho was -desirous of purchasing, under the plea of being short of cash. Worse, perhaps, than all, a key of the back doorwas found in his pocket, which not only" confiimed Mrs. Strugnell's evidence, but clearly dem onstrated that the knocking at the door for admittance, which had aroused and alarm ed the hamlet, was a sure subterfuge, ihe conclusion, therefore, nlmost universally arrived at throughout tho neighborhood, wn-s that Armstrong and his wife were the guilty parlies; and that the bundles, the broken locks, the sneeinaoging out 01 mo window, the shiny black hat, were, like the knocking, mere cunning devices to mislead inquiry. The case excited great interest in me county, and I esteem myself professional ly forlunalo in being selected to noio. mo brief for the prosecution, i uau sausueu mvself, by a perusal ot tho depositions, that there was no doubt of tho prisoner's cruilt. and I determined that no- eflort on my part should be sparea 10 insure iuo accomplishment of the ends of justice. ' ... 1 . .L- drew the indictment myself, and in my o- penmg address to tho jury, dwelt with nil the force and cloquenco ot wnicn l was master, upon the beimous nature ot me crime, and conclusive ot tue evidence uy i . . . . . r , -1 which was broucht home to the prisoner, The trial proceeded. Tho cause of tho death was scientifically slated-by two med ical men. Next followed the evidence as to tho finding of the knife in the bed-room of the deceased; tho discovery of the mort gaged deed and tho sum of money in the prisoner's sleeping room; the finding the key of the back door in the male prison er's pocket: and bis demeanor and expres sions on the night of the perpetration the crimo. In his cross examination the -constable several facts perfectly new toiro were elicted by the very able coun- . . . mi .. .. , sol for the prisoners. j.neir attorney una Judiciously maintained the strictest secrosy as to the nature of the defence, so that I of of j it now took mo completely by surprise. The constable, in reply to questions byjcounsels, stated that the pockets of tho deceased were empty ; that nol only his purse, but a gold watch, chains and beats, which ho usnallv wore had vanished, and no trace of them as had yet been discovered. Many other things were also missing. A young man of the name ol Peaice, appar ently a sailor, had been seen in the vil- villnga once or twice in the company of Mary Strugnell; he had not seen Peaice since the night the crime was committed, had not sought for him. Mary Strugnell was the next witness; she repealed her previous evidence with precision and apparent sincerity, and then I abandoned her lo the counsel for the de fence. A subtile and able cross-examination of moro than two hours' duration fol lowed: -and at it conclusion, I felt that the case f the prosecution was not dam aged, .that a verdict of condemnation was, or ought to be, out of the question. The witness, in fact, appeared to be confused, nnd contradicted herself several times de stroying all the important points in her ev idence. Had tho counsel been allowed to follow up his advantages by an address to the jury, he would I doubt not, in spito of their prejudice against tho prisoners, have obtained an acquilal; but as it was after a neutral sort of charge from the Judge, by no means the ablest that then adorned the bench, the iurors having deliberated for something more than an hour, returned in lo the court with a verdict ot guilty, against both prisoners, and accompanying it. however with a strong recomraenoaiion to mercy 1 The usual ridiculous formality of asking the wretched convicts what they had to urge why sentence should not be passed upon them was gono through, the Judge with unmoved feelings, put on the fatal . . . i . . i ' i:i.f cap; and men a new nnu sinmwj; ngm. burst upon tbo-mysterious, bewildering af fair. "Ston. mv lord :'' exclaimed Armstrong with a rouah vehemence; "hear me speak ! I'll tell you all about if, I will indeed, ipy lord. 1 was gone away, wife nnd I, for more nor a week, to receive money, for Mr. Wilson on account of smuggled goods that money my lord, as was found in the way. When we came home tnai urcnuim Sunday night, my lord, we went in tho hack wny and hearing a noise, I went up stairs, nnd foundjpoor Wilson stone dead on the floor. I were dredful skeereu, ami let drop the candle. I called to wife nnd told her of it. Sho scieamed out, and nlmost fainted nwav. -And then, my lord, nil at once the devil shot into my head to keep the rconey I had brought and knowing as the keys of the desk where the mortgeged writincr was kept was in tho bed-room, I crept back, as that false-hearted woman said, got the keys, and took tho deed ; and then I pursuaded wife, who had been trem bling in the kitchen all tho while, that wo had better go out quiet again, as mere was nobody in thchouso but us; I tried that womnn's.door, and -we might perhaps be taken for the murderers. And so we did; and that it is a downright truth my lord. 1 was deeply affected, nnd felt that the man had uttered tho whole truth. It was one of those cases in which persons liable io susnicion damaares his own cause by resorting to a trick. No doubt by act of theft, Armstrong had been driven to an ex pedient which would not have been adorn ed by a person perfectly innocent. And thus from ono thing to another, the Charge of murder had been fixed upon him and his hanless wife. When this confession lind been uttered. I felt a species of .self accusation in having contributed to his de struction, nnd gladly would I have undone ihe whole days proceedings. The Judge on the contrary was quito undisturbed. View:ng tho harangue of Armstrong as a tissue of falsehood, he coolly pronounced sentence of death, upon the prisoners, They were to bo hanged on Monday. This was Friday. "A bad job!"whispered tho counsel for the defence as he passed me. That wit ness of vours, the woman Sturgnell is the real culprit. I tasted no dinner that day ; I was sick nt heart: for I felt as if had the blood of Lnn fnllnw creature on hands. In the evening I sallied forlh to the judges lodg n"s. lie listened to all l nnu io say but was quite imperturable. Tho obstin ate old man w.-.s, satisfied the sentence was as it should be. I returned to my inn in a fever of tiispnir. Without tho approval of the Judge, I know that the application to the Secretary of State was futile. I hero was not even time to send to Lcndon' un less the 'Judge had granted a respite. All Saturday nnd Sunday I was in mis ery. On Monday morning 1 wus pacing up and down my breakfast room in the next assizo town, in a stale of great excite ment, when a chaise and four drove rap idly up the Hotel, and out tumoled John son the constable. His talo was soon told. On tho previous evening, tho landlady Of . 1 ? , 1 l? t the Black awan, a roaasiue puunc'uousu about four miles from tho sceno of tho mnHer. rending the name of Pearce in ilia report of tho trial in the Sunday coun ty papers sent for Johnsou to state that the person had on the fatal ovening called and left a portmanteau in her charge, promisiug to call for it iu nn hour, but bad not been there sipce. On opening the Dortmanteau. Wilson's Watch chain and seals nnd other property, were dis covered in it; and Johrisgn bad, as soon it was possible set off in search of me. Instantly, for there was not a moment spare, 1, in company wnn Armstrongs ..i . . i counsel, sought the judge, nnu wuu some . . w t . 1 difficulty obtained from him n formal or der to the sheriff to suspend the execution till further orders. Off I nnd the counsel started, nnd happily arrived in lime stay the execution, and deprive the already assembled mob of the brutal exhibition they so anxiously awaited. On inquiring for Mary Sturgnell, we found that she bad . . . . 1 ! iL . absconded on tne ovening oi tue trim All search for her proved rain Fivo months had passed away; the fate of Armstrong and his wilo was still undo- cided, when a message was brought to my chambers in the Temple; from a wo man said to be dying in St. Bartholomew's Hospital. It was Mary Strugnell; who when in a state of intoxication, had fallen down in front of a carriage, as she was crossing near Holburn Hill, and had both her legs broken- Sho was dying misera bly, and had sent for me to make a full confession relative to Wilson's murder. Armstrongs nccounl was perfectly correct. The deed was commited by Pearce, and they were packing up their plunder when they were startled by the unexpected re turn of the Armstrongs. Pearce snatching up a bundle nnd a portmanteau, escaped by the window: she had not enough nerve lo attempt it, and had crawled back to her bedroom, where she, wacthed ihe do ings of the fanner through tho chinks of the partition which seperated her room from the passage, concoclcd the story which convicted the prisoners. Pearce, thinking himself pursued, too heavily en cumbered for rapid flight left the portman teau as described, intending lo call for it in the morning. He, however, had not courage to risk calling again, and rondo the best of his way to London. He was now iu Newgate under sentence of death for a burglary, accompanied by personal violence to the inmates of the dwelling he and his gang had entered nnd robbed. I took care lo have the 'deposition of the dy ing wrelch put into proper foim and the result was, after a great deal of petitioning and worryings of authorities a full pardon for both Armstrong and his wife. They sold Craig Farm' and removed lo some other jjart of the country, where I never troubled to inquire. Deeply grateful was I lo be ablo at last to wash my hands of nn affair, which had cost me so mnch anx iety and vexation ; albeit the lesson it af forded mo of not coming hastily to con clusion, even when the truth seems, as it were upon the surface of the mattei has not been, I trust, without its uses. [Special correspondence of the Chicago Tribune.] CAPTURE OF FORT HENRY. Gallant Conduct of Our Young. Western Navy. FULL PARTICULARS. CAIRO, Feb 9, 1862. as lo lo I The telegraph has given you informa tion relative to the attack upon Fort Hen ry, and the surrender, and it only remains for mo to give a connected account of the expedition, the attack and surrender. The expedition was planned with great secrecy. Even the most knowing correspondents were in the dark as lo what was intended, nlthough thoso who kept their eyes nnd ears open could very well guess what was going on. The expedition was pianneu oy uen. Halleck, and although he was at St. Louis had a big finger in the pie. General Cullom. chief of his staff, came down here the other day on business with Gen. Grant and' Commodore Fooie. Soon after his arrival there was a general movement in camp and at tho levee. Steamboats mul tiplied or rather those which were usual ly to be-scen steamTngup and down the Ohio and Mississippi, somehow found it convenient to. stop here, and the landing presented a grand spectacle. Ihe troops were ordered to be ready. J neir provis ions were placed on board ihe steamers, then the troops went on board. No one knew whither they were bound, but there were many shrewd guesses. Finally on Tuesday seven ot the gun boats and the uteamer moved up ihe Ohio, and then all bands came to the conclusion that ihe Tennessee and Cumberland rivers wero to be visited. You remember that one of the gun boats a few weeks ago went up tho Ten nessee river with tho Commodore on board, and that a few shells' wero dropped" into Fort Henry, eliciting no reply, the rebels shrewdly understandingMhat it wns only a reconnoisnnce. and that it. would-not be wisdom to expose their position. But notwithstanding thev chose to be silent Commodore Foolo obtained nil needful information nnd proceeded to make his ar rangements accordingly. The. plan proposed wns tor n joint nttacx by water and by land, but owing in pari lo tho gallantry of the brave boys on the crunbonts and to Commodore Foote's ad- o . . . . , rairable plan of attack, which did not ao mit the possibility ot a detent; niso to tha nersistent encrcv which kept his fleet straight on, bent on cne single purpose; also owing to the distanco the iana iorces were obliged to march, it was wholly a na val victory. To give a clear account, one wuicu can be understood by those who have not vis- ited the locality, or who have, nol studied the plan, I will nttcmpt a description of the ... . .. . placo. 4 . .. . t ... m , lou know that thai tne lennesseo auu the Cumberland Rivers enter tho Ohio on ly ten miles apart, nnd that they both run across the State, and that at tho line be tween Kentucky and Tennessee, they are only ten mile's apart. Both are naviga ble. The Tennessee is naviganie lor large steamers to the Muscle obeli shoals in Alabama. The Cumberland is. navigable tor small steamers up as.farasMill Springs, i rr ii. dp -J.r .-J where -joiuconer was ueiemeu uu iwiicu. Tho two streams are in fact.two highways opening into the-heart of tu bogus Oon fedcracy. They are most important nve nues. nuite as valuable as railroad lines- more so in fact, for powder will blow up bridges, nnd rabels can tear up rails, but it is impossible for all secessia to tear up the rivers. The rebels very well understood this importance of these streams, and know inir that the rivers could not be destroyed they did the only thing in their power, huilt forts, to ston our advance by these two tfnteways. They chose two import ant localities ono on each river, both be low the line of railroad which connects fiolumbus with Bowling Green. The noint on the Tennessee which was selected la near tho Bluff, two or tbreo miles above or south of tho Tennessee line. Pino Bluff is on tho West side of tho river, about twenty miles from the bridgo where the railroad crosses the stream. The point on ihe Cumberland is nt Dover, 12 miles dislani. The Fort on tho Tennes see was named Fort Henry, that on tho Cumberland was named Fort Donelson. Fort Henry stands in an admirnblo po sition one strong by nature nnd improved by the scientific skill of engineers taught at West Point, at the expense of the Gov ernment of the United States. As you steam up ihe river you come to a long, narrow, nnd densely wooded island Pan ther Island. Just beyond is Panther Creek, coming in from the east. Here the river makes a bend to the west, nud in the curve is nearly three-fourths of a milo wide. From the bend to the head of the island is a mile and a quarter. Just above tho bend there is another creek, which opens into a pond or bayou on the eastern side. Tbo land between those creeks was selected for the defence of the river. Tho angles and faces of the fort were constructed so that tho larger por tion of tho guns could be brought lo bear upon the entire distance lo lha island, and also down its eastern side, which is the main channel. Ihe western side is nn psss ible at low water, but the rebels tak ing into account the possibility of an at tack at high water, had planted several torpedoes in the channel a poor expedi ent, for Commodore Foote knew they wero nnd not only that, but the exact locality in which they were plnced. He sent out his small boats and fished up five, four of which wero found to be so damp that the powder would have had lo be dried before exploding. lJie fort was strong on both banks by means of the creeks nud the pond. The creeks extended along the mninlnrd nnd left but a narrow ndce of land in mo rear. This wns covered by a dense forest, nnd here the rebels have used their axes to some advantage, the trees were felled nnd strong abntli constructed. The fort itself is of strong embankment?, with a ditch outside, surrounding it. It contains about four acres. Outsido this there is nn en trenched camp an embankment nnd stockade containing about thirty-five acres. At Pine Bluff landing is a ferry six miles below the fort. The road from the ferry runs along the bank under the bluff for a short distance, then runs inland, crosses Panther creek and joins the road leading to Dover, which crosses at the head of the pond. Right opposite tho pord, on tho west side of the river, there is a high bluff, which commands the fort and encampment. On the bluff the rebels had erected a work, called a redan in military works; but they had not erected guns within it. Ihe front face of the fort was nol moro than twelve or fifteen feet abovo the surface of the riv er at high water. The rebels had tented barracks in their encampment, nnd every preparation was made to make an effect ive, determined, victorious stand to hold the place against us by water nnd by land. It wns confidently expected that the fort would knock big holes into the gunboats nnd send them to the bottom, long before ney could pass the foit; and if Ihe place could be held against the boats, there was no danger of our opening their highways by a mere land attack. But, as has been seen, they counted lhair chickens befoio they were hatched. With this view of the locality, wo may proceed lo tho narrative of events. The whole force numbered aboul twen ty thousand. While tho steamers were down tho riv er, Gen. Grant and staff, on tho St. Louis and Essex, proceeded up the river upon a reconnoisnnce. 1 hey went- within a mile and n half of the fort, and threw several shells into the entrenchments, which elicit ed a reply just what was wanted from a 24-pound rifled gun, which was admira bly aimed, sending a shot through one cor ner of tho top works of the Essex tho cabin which Captain Porter had construct ed .outslde-the hssex, merely for the con venience ot himself and officers, nnd which, as ho informed mo a few days since, "he expected would be blowed to thunder if they went into a right. Meanwhile also a land reconnoisanco was made and ihe rebel pickets encountered Afew shots wete fired nnd the pickets driv en in by our cavnlry. One man was killed nnd one wounded on our side. The next morning the forces from Pa- ducah and smithland iirrived and were landed on the west side near Pine Bluff to onerate asrainst tho redan. During the niclit, however, there was a severe mun 1 . . . der storm nnd heavy rain, which made it anything but comfortable for our troops, nnd which made ground almost impassa ble. It also raised the river to an unusual height, flooding all the low roads, filling the river with driftwood and raising the creeks, which, while it made tho fortifica tions stronger against nn attack by land, enabled Commodare- Foote to pass up the shallow side-of tbo island and keep out the rnngo of the rifled guns till he was near enough to open. The plan of attack was for the fleet to open at half past twelve o clock, uen Grant was to movo at nn earlier hour and get in rear of the camp, to cut off all com munication with Dover. Com. Foote as sured tho General tho ball would open pre cisely nt that hour. Ho also expressed his fears that tho troops would be behind on account of the bad roads, and added, "General, I shall havo the iort in my pos session before you get into your position." Tho General told him to go ahead. Ho started the columns, Gen.JlcClernnnd'sup the eastern Dank, nnd Gen. Smith s up the western, himself remaining nt the landing to direct operations from thnt point. The forces of tho enemy were variously esti mated from eight lo twelvo thousand. A small portion of their forco was nt redan the largest number being on the east ern side, but not all within the fort. Sev eral regiments wero posted on the road leading to Dovor. At ten and half o'clock, Thursday forenoon, Commodore Foot gnxo tho sig nal from his flag ship to get under wny. Ho lind previously givon his instructions to tho oflicors nnd men. Ho determined to fight only with his bow guns, nnd to come to close quarters. He believed that the gunboats would stand it quite as long as the earthworks. Hisinlenion wns to keep slow steam, take dcliberalo aim, to fire slow, and to keep cool! Ho told his men l hat one shot deliberately aimed was more effectual than two badly aimed. He did not want them lo waste ammunition, but lo drop every shot where it would tell ; for by firing slow they would not heat tho guns, and by keeping coo! they would have perfect confidence till the rebol flag should give placo to the Stars and Stripes. He told them that ho intended to taku the fort or go the bottom ! The gunboats were as follows: Cincinnati, (flag ship,) Capt. R. N. Slembel, 13 guns. St. Louis, Lieut. Leonard Paulding, 13 guns. Carondolet, Commander Henry Walker, 13, guns. Conesloga, Lieu!. Phelps, 7 guns. Lexinglon, Lieut. J. W. Short, 7 guns. Taylor, Lieut. W. Gwin, 7 guns. Tli8 Cincinnati St. Louis and Carondo let are new boats, iron plated at the bows with two and one-half inch plates, as also are the sides aft beyond the wheel houses, nnd upon the decks with half-inch boiler plates. Tho Essex was an old ferry boat, transformed. The boilers were much ex posed, but protected by onk stanchions. A few days since, in company with other gentlemen of the. pen, I made visit to the Essex, and casually remarked to Captain Porter that his boilers were exposed to any shot which might come in that the ports. He admitted it, and wished that he had iron plating within to protect them. The Lexington Uonestoga and Taylor are side wheel stenmers river boats formerly, but altered for service as fast sailing gunboats. They are iron plated. Commodore Foot arranged the fleet in two divisions, the four strongest boats in front, and the other threo in the rear. As soon as the four wero sufficiently ndvanced, the three were to take position at the bead of lhesland, and, by elevating their guns throw shells into tho encampment, over the boats in advance. All the boat's got under way as soon as the signal was made. Tbey steamed up the shallow channel not shallow but deep enough to float a frigate and renched tho head of the island soon after twelve. They camo into their several positions the flag ship being about a half lenglh ahead. At 12-34 ihe Cincinnati opened with an eigh ty pound shell wfiieh steamed over tho wa ter, dropped square into tho fort, and pro duced a great commotion among the reb els. The shot had hardly escaped from the muzzle before the three other boats, each sent their compliments each shell reaching Iho fort or the encampment. Tho Cincinnati then gave another, and the others followed their commodoro's ex ample. The rebels wero ready. They had expected it, nnd their guns were shot ted, the lanynrds fixed, the men in Iheir places, nud they replied, gun for gun. The boats kept steadily on, slowly, but constantly in motion, nnd the firing was kept up deliberately and with regularity. Thero was no excitement, no indiscriminate banging away at random, "but timo was taken for the smoke to clear away lo ot- lain accurate aim. The shots, some of them went beyond the fort in the camp, and smashed tho barracks aboul making kindling wood of the log huts and sending teror nnd dismay lo the soldiers. At the fourth round they become completely bo reft ot their senses, left their dinner still cooking in their camp kettles, their blank ets, guns, swords, Arkansas tooin picss, home made cleavers, old hints, townng peices,. rifles, love letters everything, and took to their heels in the ulerraost cons ternation; an improvement on the exam ple set them by their illustrious predeces sors, the South Carolinians at Port Royal The arlilerists in the fort however still stuck to their guns and fired with great coollness nnd accuracy of aim. iney ovi dentlv had practiced on ranges all tho way down lo the- Island, and marfy of'lheir shots struck the boats. They lost the use of their rifled 24 pounder it bursled on the fourth fire. Still onward moves the boats siraight on their bows puffing out immense vol umes of white smoke nnd sending their missies into the fort. Soon one o'f the rebel guns was dismantled, and then the fire from tho fort perceptibly slackened. A shot from one of their guns struck the Es sex just abovo ono"of the ports in a place whero thero was no iron plate the only vulnerable place at the bow of the boat, passed through tho. outside as if it was but paper; also passed through the oak stan chions around tho boilers, and through the standard boiler. Instantly the boat was filled with hot steam. The pilot nnd his assistant, probnly did not draw a second breath. They must havo been immediately suffocated. One of ibem was found with bis hand upon' ihe wheel, the other hotding tho cord which rings the engineer's bell. Three of the men were scalded lo death. Tho.boat was completely disabled and floated down with the current till taken in shore by a tug. The rebels look new heart, ihey sprang lo their guns, nnd for a a fow minutes bla zed away with desperate energy, evidently thinking that as tbo range was shortening they were culling through the iron plates. But tho other threo bortts .kept steadily on pouriu" in their slow, sure, deliberate fire. The shell tore through the ombankmenls, knocked tho gabions and sand-bags about, nnd smothered the carrison with sand. Ono shell burst directly over ono of the guns, nnd killed or wounded every rebel at the gun. Nearer nnd nonrer moved the three boats, never swerving for a moment not even to blow lo atoms a little steamdr load ed with fleeing fugitives, that, pushed out from the creek beyond tha fort. Our shells havo annihilated them, but Commodore Fonto could not nfford to loose his rango upon the fort. Ho had but one object in view the reduction of thnt fortification) nnd till thnt was dona he could .not be tnmnted to turn nsido for anything else. Flash nnd blood could not stand against his fire. He was about three hun dred yards distant ant still advancing, when tbo rebel flag came down.- Instantly all was silence. Not a shot wns fired after ' it was struck. The rebel Gen. Tilgbman-, had flung out a white flag; but Commo dore Foote informed, me that he did not see it. If he had, il would have made no difference, for ho was determined, that there should be no conditions when the stars and sttipes went up again ove"r tho soil of Ten; nessee. Immediately tho borders of the Si. Lou is were on hand, and Gen. Tilgbman de- . sired to seo Commander Foote. He was told that he must g'o on board'the.Cincm nnti, nnd soon tho two commanders stood face to face. Gen. Tilgbman said that he bad displayed a white flag, and desired con ditions. Commodore Foate replied that he did not see it, but that it would have' made no difference if he had. He said, "Your surrender must be unconditional, sir." "Well, Commodore, if I mast sur render, it is n pleasure to aurrendgr to so brave a man its yourself." "You do per fectly right, sir; to surrender, for I should not. under any circumstances." ' Gen. Tilghman did not comprehend the Com modore. "I would not have surrendered sir," he conntinued, "because I was fully determined to capture you or go to tha bot tom." Everything was surrendered twenty- seven guns, all tne niunuiuus, pumiuui for several "months, camp eqtlipage for sev eral thousand men and the 8tars and' Stripes went up over the soil of Tennessee with a wild, indescribable shout and hur rah. The men who had been cold during the fight now became excited. They grasp ed one another by the hand and danced and capered like wild men: The fight last ed one hour and twelve minutes. Meanwhile the troops were floundering n mud over the terrible roads. "When the firing commenced the (roc-'ps wefe but half the distance to their designed posi tions. The bands had been paying to en liven the march, but when the deep toned music of the cannonade come booming on their ears, tbey gave a loud cheer, and of their own accord broke into a double- - quick movement. But they were too late to bag the fleeing rebels, it iney naa arrived at the appointed time, we should have had several thousand of them on our hands. Commodore Footo was right in his calculations, and Gen. Grant.wrong. As it was, sixty-nine prisoners fell into our - hands. Gen. Tilghman informed Commodore' Foote that ho know the weak places of the gun boats and aimed accordingly and informed the Commodore that he confi dentially expected to sink every boat. Uom. foote laia an nis pinns wivj aa mirablo forethought. He was determinedi and accordingly succeeded in the under taking. He is much beloved by his men, for he is ns humane, considerate, and care ful, as he is brave and prudent. A gentleman said to bun-last meht that ho was getting nervous and must hava some sleep. "I never slept better in my life than 1 did the night betoro the battl8 and I never prayed more fervently than on thnt morning; but I couldn't sleep last night for thinking of those poor-fellows on board the Jissex- was nis repiy a renlv which at once reveals his whole cbftr- acter, for he is not only a moral man, but humane, self-sacrificing one wnc openiy recognizes the claims of Christianity, nnd lives up to his professions. The officer who served under him ara equally worthy of mention. Capt. Stem- bel, Uommander Jfauiding, wamer, ror- ler, Shori, and liwin,one and auaicnneir whole duly. It is impossible for ma to give a de scription of the arms captured in the rebel works. . . There were heaps of old flint lock gUris, mostly of the 1828 pattern, but seme old enough and rusty enough to have been carried by the grandfathers of tha rebelsi There were old rifles with shattered stocks tied lo the barrel with shoeraokers' .wax ends. There were single and donble bar reled guns, some of which saw their best days years ago. There were a few good guns, but the majority wero such as wa have described. There were home-made sabres, or swords or cleavets, or knives one knows not what name to give them but the most ungainly implements of war imaginable made by the poorest and most unskilled of black-smiths- They were rough unpolished blades, about eigh teen inches long, wide and very thick. They had oak bandies, and rough guardss. They "might do good service as butcher's cleavers, but could not be yielded with great effect in battle. They were in sheep skill sheaths, of the poorest kind of dress ing, tan colored, with a slit for lha sol dier's belt. . Provisions of all kinds wero found in abundance, flour, bacon, corn, pork, sugar nud molasses. There were a good supply of shoes, blankets, camp kettles, and tents sufficient to accommodate several thou sand men. Dismissed at Plaintiff's Cost. It will bo recollected that after the nar row escape pfTJ..S..Daputy Marshal Lowe from the Penitentiary on an indictment for kidnapping in Lorain county, he com menced suit for $20,000 against Professor Peck snd Fairchild of Oberlin, and, Judge Carpenter of Akron, in tho Supreme Court at Columbus where they happened then to be for conspiring, together with tha Grand Jury, Sheriff and Clerk of Lo rain Coaniy, to procure his imprisonment. For two years arid a half the defend ants urged a hearing of their cause, bul could not obtain it, and on the 27th tilt, tha Court dismissed tha case at tho Plaint iff's cost. Pious but Illustrative. A Canada-paper says that one of their officers on hoaring'that the militia were to be called out, sent his commission to his Licnti Colonel, endorsed-ns follows: "dear Curnel, t beg to resine my com mishen, Being a decipla of Krist, i cannot take up thosord."