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Junction City, Kansas,
A dispatch dated "Washington, 7th, says:
The Government has information this morning
whether from official sources or not we are un
able to learn positively at the moment of going
to press, that on 'Wednesday at daylight Gen.
Grant's whole army was entirely across the
Rapidan. It marched to a plain a little be
yond and near the old Chancellorville battle
ground, when Les was forced out of his works
And offered battle, which was at once accepted.
The fight became fierce and lasted till dark,
the enemy being forced back some distance
with great loss, leaving moat of his killed and
wounded m our hands.
The two armies lay on their arms all night
Wednesday, and at daylight on Thursday the
battle opened again, and raged with the great
est fury on both sides until dark, when it was
found that the enemy had been forced bade in
th two days about two miles and a half, lew
iag heaps of dead, dying, killed and wounded,
on the field to be buried and taken care of by
our troops. TVe have heard various estimates
made of the number slaughtered, but at this
moment it is useless to speculate on the sub
ject. Every one knows that it must have been
The accounts of Friday's and Saturday's
lighting will be found in another column.
The Leavenworth Conservative of the 11th
has tho following:
To the inquiry made by Gen. Curtis, " What
is the news ?' to the Operator at St. Louis, last
evening, the reply was:
"Nothing definite everything works well;
Grant gasing them hell."
Under that satisfactory assurance we can pa-1
tiently await further particulars.
Gold Th Test. E. H. Gruber & Co. have
received a telegram dated one o'clock yester
day afternoon, stating that gold stood at sixty
eight and a half. Five days ago gold was
seventy-nine. It has fallen constantly since
Grant's fight began.
There is no better test than this of the con
dition of our armies.
At the time, we ascribed the defeat of -Anthony
to his extremeness, and the assumptions
-of power with which he was charged. The
'Conservative has, since the election, ttemed witli
charges of corruption and mob violence. The
defeat was so overwhelming that we allowed the
Conservative a wide scope in using the disorder
which prevailed that day as healing for its
vounds. Since then, wc have met some five or
aix disinterested persons, who were in the city
on that day, and whose testimony corroborates
the statements of the Conservative, and brands
'McDowell a usurper, and Jennison a rioter.
They all assert that a mob in the interests of
-McDowell controlled the election, and that at
certain polls it was unsafe for Anthony men.
A member of Company L, Eleventh regiment,
who was then in that citj being mustered in,
tells us that he stood about the polls all days,
And that a gang of blacklegs, headed by Jenni
son, by their rowdj'ism and threats of violence,
drove Anthon3 men away. He says that when
.the report came that Mayor Anthony had ordered
ihe polls to be closed, Jennison told the crowd
" to shoot the first man who touched the ballot
box," and that "there were fifteen hundred men
outside the city to bock them up." The scenes,
represented to us by theie disinterested rr
tons, were of such an outrageous and iniquitous
-character that we wonder Jennison hut been
allowed to continue to disgrace the service.
This matter has been called to our mind by a
private letter received from an old resident of
Junction, now living in Memphis. Helms lived
among Rebels, saw there heil-born depravity,
and suffered so much at their hands, that he has
learned to love those whom they hate. We cony
the letter ns evidence of the kind of loyalty bred
under affliction :
"My opinion is, that this city is safe, though
there is any amount of excitement here every
few days lately.. The negro troops were reviewed
here threednyg ago about three thousand. They
looked splendidly ; were marched through the
fashionable parts of the city, and they had good
music these African gontlemen" know how to
hit the drum and play the fife, I tell you. It
was a fine afternoon,and there were a great many
.fine secesh ladies out, as is usual on pleasant
afternoons. Still the review bad to go on, not
withstanding the annoyance it gave the afore
said she rebels."
Speaking of the Leavenworth election, he says:
" The fact is, I am an Anthony man, and dis-
disposed to question the loyalty of those who
Violently oppose Lane ond Anthony. Whatever
may be said of them, one thing is certain, pro
slavery rebels have a great dread of them, and
I tell you that there was great rejoicing among
she rebel citizens of this city fob I actually, saw
axd beabd it at the defeat cf Lane for U". S.
Senate, and Anthony, Mayor of Leavenworth.
Yon acted nobly, but your Kansas Legislature
acted very shabby. So did Davis county last
fall, actually giving aid and comfort to the ene
myyjnot that I suppose Jim. Lane the only man
ia EVnsas capable of filling that office, but at a
time like this, when these cursed pro-slavery
traitors look upon him ae one of their uncompro
amifig ereccutcrs, it is an infernal abasie to
4efeatb:B3, and any man or set of nea that will
vote it, are either fools, not posted in the events
f the dayrorrfae they are eysapathizers with the
traitors. I repeat it, that I know traitors rejoiced
aajd-felt encouraged for tome told me here in
Hesnpble, "that it was certainly encouraging to
the Confederacy to see me rortn tnrn oucsuen
fr,m abolition wsr mm."
C2oxrtixi.Ti.es !
We slop the press to give the news of to-day's
mail. The fighting was still going on, but the
result undetermined. Gold, however, is falling
down to sixty-three. Every thing is favorable.
The President has Issued a proclamation invok
ing the people to offer thanks to God. Tuesday's
fight was the most terrible of the campaign.
Eight day's continued fighting. Generals Hays.
Sedgwick, Longatreet, Stevenson, are killed.
Rebel rations giving out. Butler's position im
pregnable. He checkmates Beauregard. Lee's
communication cut off. Barnside holds Spott
sylvania. Grant's headquarters three miles be
yond Spottsy vania. Such is the substance.
m m m
The draft began in the first district in Cin
cinnati, May 5th.
The receipts for internal revenue during the
month of April, were upwards of ten millions
of dollars.
It is stated that the Government is consider
ing the propriety of issuing two new coins, to
be of bronze one and two cents.
An enthusiastic member defines the Fenian
Brotherhood as an organization to place Ire
land among the nations of the earth by the
help of God and gunpowder.
Gov. Dallas, of Rupert's Land, has given
Maj. natch permission to pursue the Indians
into the British Territory.
Six gunboats which went up the Black and
Washita rivers to Monroe, returned with 290
bales of cotton and 900 contrabands, besides
convoying down the steamer Ruby, with 280
more contrabands.
Latent advices from below represent the ap
pearance ef the enemy on both banks of the
Mississippi river. Our pickets had been driv
en in at Vicksburg, and an attack upon that
place and Ratchez was anticipated.
The Richmond Examiner of the 29th ult.
says: If we hold tir own in Virginia until
summer fs ended, the Northern power of mis
chief everywhere will be gone. If we lose,
the South s capacity for resistance will be
broken. The Confederacy has ample power to
keep its place in Virginia if its means are em
ployed energetically -and consistently, and this
is the last year ef the war which ever wins.
The papers contain a call for a National Con
vention, to be held at Cleveland, Ohio, on the
21st of May, for consultation in respect to the
Presidential election. The call declares that
the one term principle ought to be inflexibly
adhered to, and the callers do not recognize in
the Baltimore Convention the essential condi
tions of a truly National Convention.
A bill has just possed the House of Repre
sentative fixing the pay of non-commissioned
efficcrs and soldiers as follows : The pay of
privates in the army shall be increased from
$13 to $16 per month, and of non-commissioned
officers as follows: Corporals, $18; sergeant
$20; orderly sergeants, twenty-four dollars;
sergeant majors, twenty-six dollars; clerks to
paymasters twelve hundred dollars per annum.
Gen. Curtis has ordered the construction of
a telegraph line from Lawrence to Fort Riley.
The Eighth Kansas has arrived at Nashville.
It is likely that the regiment will be stationed
there some lime.
Gen. Lane's bill, making Baldwin City a
point on the Leavenworth, Lawrence & Fort
Gicson Railroad, has passed the U. S. Senate,
and will pass the House. Tribune.
Ccte. Said Sam Wood to one of our citi
zens the other day, '' Has Francis brought
back Baker's horse yet?" "Yes," was the
reply, and it is dead." " What killed it?"
queried Sam. " O," was the reply, " Francis
served it as you did Tom Carney, he rode it
to death." Sam sloped. Topeka Record.
The refugee Indians in Southern Kansas are
about to be removed to their homes in the In
dian Territory. The transportation has been
engaged, and in a few days the Indians will
once more occupy the lands from which they
were driven by the demons of the rebellion.
In Brown county, orders drawn on the coun
T Treasurer arc cashed on presentation. This
shows' good financiering on the part of the
county officers.
Gen. Sully has engaged 'Johnny Cake and
Little Beaver, with about forty of the Dela
wares, to act as scouta on his Indian expedi
tion the ensuing suoijner.
Suicide. A man named" Pushes, hAd his leg
broken from being run over by loaded wagon
on the road from here to Seneea, one d7 tais
week. While his comrades were unloading
wagon with which to carry him to the net
station, he drew his revolver, placed the muz
zle in his mouth, and discharged it, killing
himself instantly. Mary smile Union.
The Lawrence Tribune says the reports that
guetrillas were on Captain Creek near that
place, artfse from the driving off of a secession
sympathiser by the citizens, when his family
sent a messenger to Lawrence reporting that
bushwhackers were in the neighborhood. It
says further, however, that reports of other
disturbances have reached us probably hav
ing some foundation in fact.
Sturgis and Forrest.
Memphis dates of the 5th report the ad
vance of Gen. Sturgiss' cavalry force, utder
Col. Karge, of the 2d New Jersey cavalry,
700 strong, with two pieces of artillery,
encountered a brigade of Forrest'e force,
ann - tnnn cimmr. near "Bolivar, on the
..,!, ,:a nF ilif ntr.hee.on Mondav night.
- lt fnlr ntapo lastintV two
a. yery Bvr ugut . r, ..
hours, resulting in the enemy being drove
from bis entrenchments and retreating
across the river through Bolivar, destroying
the bridge behind him.
It is reported by citizens thai Forrest
was present in the fight, and it is believed
that he is beatiog a rapid retreat into Mis
sissippi. We killed and wounded s large nnsaber,
and took several prisoners. Oar less was
two killed asfd tei wowided: Gen: Bfargis
ie in hot pursuit.
amdixak akm:
PEosnruTiow of office.
Brigadier General Rood, soon after his pro
motion, issued an order (without authority)
for an election to be held at Council Grove to
elect a Colonel of the 7th (now 8th) Regiment
Kansas State Militia, to fill the vacancy caused
by his promotion. The election was held on
the day appointed, and Maj. Lockwood elected
Colonel. A few days before that election an
order was issued from the office of the Adju
tant General of the State, requiring Lieut. Col.
Smith to order an election. In obedience to
said order, Col. Smith ordered an election to
be held at Cottonwood Falls on the 2d day of
May. On the 16th day of April, Gen. Wood
issued Special Order No. 2, setting aside the
election held on April 15th in obedience to his
order, on the frivolous excuse that the Colonel
elect had not complied with his order and drill
ed the squad of officers. Had he have requir
ed the candidates to exercise the squad in vocal
music, it would have been just as binding.
The General did not have the manliness to
acknowledge that nis order calling the election
was illegal and without authority. On the 1st
day of May Gen. Wood issued an order to Maj.
Lockwood, requiring him to notify all the
commissioned officers in Morris county, that
the election ordered by Col. Smith, the next
day, was postponed. The same day, and a few
hours after issuing the order, Gen. Wood start
ed for Cottonwood Falls, and was there when
the election was held. The officers of Chase
county, in ignorance of the order, although
Gen. Wood was present, proceeded to the elec
tion, and elected Lieut. Col. Smith.
Can the Commander-in-Chief expect that the
militia organization of the 8th regiment can
be sustained, when such men as S. N. Wood
can issue lying orders at will? His only ob
ject in issuing the order postponing the elec
tion to be held on the 2d, must have been to
deceive the officers of Morris county and pre
vent their attendance, elect one who would be
subservient to him, and punish a political op
ponent. If this is the weapon he uses to kill
his political opponents, he will quickly find he
using a two-edged aword, with the sharpest
edge presented to his own breast.
A petition is in circulation asking the Commander-in-Chief
to order a new election.
There can be no doubt but-that the prayer of
the petition will be granted. A majority of
the commissioned officers were not present at
the election. They were detained at home by
the erder of Gen. Wood, and supposed -that
that order was issued in good faith. It was a
trick that none but an unprincipled man, and
one destitute ef manliness and honor, would
resort to. And if hereafter Gen. Wood should
see his orders treated with contempt, he can
have the reflection that it is the natural result
of his own dishonesty. ,
The following correspondence is handed
to us for publication. Gen. Wood's letter
was designed for circulation, and we trust
thero will be no breach of courtesy by giv
ing it, with the rejoioder, a place in our
column :
trom a. s. WOOD.
Council Grove, May 5, '64.
Major R. B. Lockwood : You say in
a note to-day, " If your support of Ewing
is in good faith, there need be no political
ground between us." I assure you that
there never has been a time in Kansas that
I did not prefer Ewing to any other man.
I wish that I could think that your support
of him was in good faith, and that under
no circumstances would you support Lane,
then indeed thero need be no political quar
rel between us. But you will recollect the
bitter personal fight that vou made last fall,
and of electioneering against me because I
was " Anti-Lane."
You will recollect the kind of persons
with whom you arc affilliated now. They
are the roost Radical Negro Suffrage portion
of the Republican party. Look at the pa
per you are giving away ; no paper could
be stronger against Ewiog than tho Con
servative. Look at the letters you wrote recently to
Jonathan Hammond, S. H. Atkinson, June
Baxter, where your only anxiety is not for
Ewiog but to " kill Sam Wood." Look
ngain at the letters you are writing to S. S.
Howard, Samuel Buchanan, H. L. Hunt
and others of Chase county, 'where you
say, " bring out your strongest man in
(JJjase county to defeat Wood and tee will
support him." Look at the men with
whom' you "re affiliating in this county and
Chase, neanj every man a Lane man.
Look at the delete you sent to Topeka,
and his coun,e in the Tpeka Convention.
If you are a Ewing man, it seems to tne
you are taking a very poor way Co show it,
one that must result to the benefit of Lane
and to the division of Ewing's friends
Besides, you are at this timo in corres
pondence with Lane, and Major Farnsworth
in urging Lane's claims to a friend of mine
a few days ago, indirectly remarked that
" Lockwood was pledged to Lane." Now,
one word of advice. You cannot be Lane
and Anti-Lane at the same time. You
will have to be ono or the other. If you
are 4 Anti-Lane," and for Ewiog, it is time
you quit lighting kwing s rrieoas. it jou
sre for Lane you ought to say so ana rnny
his friends, the issue is a strong one-Lane
will make a desperate ngut tuose wno .
imnt to dodre will fall between two ires.
As to m j self, I have no aspirations think
now I shall support n. jj. uns iot ibw
Legislature; will if he is the stroagest
Anti-Lane nan, tut will vote for'amy Anti
Laae mn. The Lane aen proper will
have their candidates. Anel-aftar Sa
Wood is dead, as jom wish hiss, he will
have iaioenc raofa te kill ;half a
othert. Tr :
Council Geoyk, Kan., Nay 5,1864.
Gkw. S. NWcod : I can see rib partic
ular benefit to be derivedbjr cpbtieuiog
this epistolary correspondence, in relation
to our respective political positions. The
casual remark I threw into a business note
on yesterday to you, in reference to your
support ot lien. rwing, was simply a re
joinder to an insinuation of your own, writ
ten some days ago, in which you wished to
convey the impression that those who did
not support and swear by you were enemies
of Council Grove and her interests. You
say that " the bitter personal fight you
made last fall against roe was because I was
Anti-Lane." Now, with all due deference
to superiors in office, allow me to suggest
that the assertion is untrue.
The open and avowed Lane men of Mor
ris county supported you last fall, and if
vou mislead them by pledging to them
that your election should not be claimed as
an Anti-Lane triumph, and then immed
iately after election yiolatcd thoso pledges,
it is not at this time for mc to inquire. It
was none of my fight, and if it really was
an ami-Lano trinmph, you must explain
why you ploughed with the Laue heifer. I
can't Bee it.
Again you say, " You will recollect the
kind of persons with whom youare nffillin
ting now. They are the most radical negro
suffrage portion of the Republican party."
Now that comes with exceeding bad grace
from you. who owed your election last fall
to the enme nien, and from one who. in his
place in the Repreentalive Hall last win
ter, said, "that personally as sam wooa
he was in favor of striking tho word white
out of Section 1, Article V, of the Consti
tution of the State of Kansas, but politi
cally (as a shyster I presume you mean)
you was opposed to it." You have forgot
ten, too, General, the message of your pet,
the would be Senator, Gov. Carney, last
winter, on the same point, and the expung
ing process it underwent after arriving at
Topeka. When your record is as clear as
mine on that question, I shall be pleased to
hear from you again, but until then, I
would advise you to not stir it up.
Those letters I wrote to Clarke's Creek
Township, prior to the County Convention,
seem to be an eye sore. Had you made
application to me I would have cheerfully
furnished you with copies of the letters.
It would have beon a more open and manly
course than that of going to a young lady,
and endeavoring to get one from her, in the
absence of her father. Tbey, it is true,
said nothing About Carney, Lnne, or Ewing,
but only breathed a desire to rebuke you
and your coadjutors in your fraudulent at
tempt to foist a United States Senator upon
the State nf Kansas, in violation of prece
dent and long established usages.
In reference to letters you assert I have
written to citizens of Chase county, bad
you have seen any such letters you could
not refuso to bear witness that Gen, Ewing's
claims for the United States Senate were
strongly urged. Messrs Hunt and Buchan
an wiill testify that invariably in my per
sonal intercourse with them, I have urged
upon the Anti-Frauds of this Senatorial
District to take an open position in favor
of Gen. Ewing. In conclusion, whatever
Maj. Farnsworth or any other person has
claimed for mc, is without authority or war
rant from me. I am not pledged to Gen.
Lane, or to any other man. I have ever
looked upon the Robinson and Lane im
broglio as a disgrace to Kansas. It has
elevated men to place and power who have
betrayed our interests, and defrauded the
State out of thousands.
And disguise it as you may, that was the
power behind the throne that inaugurated,
and but for the emphatic seal of condemna
tion that the freemen of Kaosas have put
upon the action of the last Legislature,
would have resulted in placing in power
again that hungry set of cormorants.
I am profoundly thankful for your kind
ly advice, and I assure that I am not Lane,
or anti-Lane, neither am I a Carney or
Robinson man. But the sooner those is
sues are ignored, buried and forgotten, and
the voters of Kansas elect men to office for
their moral worth and integrity, the sooner
will such disgraceful farces as was enacted
by the late Legislature, be forgotten and
remembered as only in the past.
And if, as you suggest, in pursuing such
a policy, I should fail between two fires, it
will be with the proud assurance that I suf
fered in defense of right and justice. And
now, in reply to your addenda that, " after
Sam Wood is as dead as you wish him, he
will have influence enough to kill half a
dozen others," excuse me in referring to
an old saying (1 mean no personal offense)
which runs thus, " Dead dogs seldom bite,"
I remain with due respect,
Yours, &c,
Bad Newi from Gen. Steele's Command.
The Times contains a letter from Pine
Bluff, Ark., which states that Col. Williams
of the 1st colored, on a foraging expedi
tion on the 17th ult , was attacked by the
rebel Gee. Cabel, end et with very severe
losses. Of the 1st Kansas colored 272
men killed, woended and missing; 2d and
5th Kansas cavalry, 20 men killed, wound
ed end missing, making a total loss of three
hundred and seventy-sir,, four pieces of ar
tillery, fonr- hendred stand small eras,
1,162 mules and 192 six-mnle wagons.
Oa the afternoon of the 2 'id, a train left
Gen. Steele's arssy for Pine Bleff, with an
escort of aboat ene thousand men 'and five
Dieses of artillery. On the 25te, abent
forty miles irons, fcere, they were attacked
by the rebelGenerala Shelby And eegaef
with a force of from five thousand te eight
thoasaad men, and eight pieces of aitillery.
- After a noble -reaisteneet ef abont two
bows, 'and repeatedly refusing to serreadcr,
they were Joally ssjrfemded and nearly aU
taken 'prisoner.
- rjSATURDAX I; ! V -
Critical Condition of Grant Suc
cessful Strategy.
Butler drivesBeauregard
NewvYork, May 10.
The Herald has the following relative to
the battles of Friday and Saturday :
At 5 o'clock in the morning the contest
was renewed along the entire line, and the
hum of battle came from every quarter.
From certain indication it was concluded
Lee was reinforcing Longstreet on Han
cock's front, and a part of Burnside's corps
was accordingly moved to his support, tak
ing a position to tne leu ot ueo. warren
and completely filling tho gap into which
the Secoud Bneade bad been thrown into
the preceding evening.
On moving at daylight towards the as
signed position through a close forrcst, they
found it occupied by rebels prepared to dis
pute its possession. The fighting at this
noint was over by nine o'clock, finding it
impossible to dislodge tho rebels from their
In the morning HancocK was driven
bak close to his breastworks by a superior
force, but subsequently railed his men and
succeeded in regaining most of the lost
ground. Between ten and eleven o'clock,
bowover, Longstreet succeeded in turning
the left of his advance and throwing it into
confusiou. This extended along the entire
line and came near involving the whole
corps in inextricable confusion. He was
once more forced back to the breastworks
and .the rebels actually planted their colors
inside then), but could not sustain them
selves and were ejected.
At this time heavy reinforcements were
thrown to' his support from Burnside's
corps, and his men were rallied and taken
well in hand and all danger of further dis
aster removed.
The charge of Longstreet was completely
overwhelming, Solid masses of infantry
were hurled upon Hancock time after time
with an impetuosity nothing could with
stand. It was exceedingly fortunate for
the Sixth corps and the whole army that he
was checked at this critical period and
driven back with as much precipitation as
he came.
The ground in front of Hancock had been
fought over a number of times, and the
wounded and dying en the field were vast.
At night Hancock occupied his Breastworks
and had nothing but prisoners and rebel
dead to show for the slaughter of two day's
fighting. no behaved with conspicuous
gallantry throughout, and was on tho field
in person where the dangers were the
thickest. General Warren was also assailed
along the who'e line, and the utmost sur
prise was manifested at the number of troops
Lee was able to bring into action. This
corps retained its fir6t position, however,
until darkness. About midnight a charge
was made and it gave way and was unable
to regain the ground they lost. This, of
ceursc, compelled the abandonment of a
great portion of the line of breastworks in
front of the corps, and brought the skir
mish lino within half a mile of Grant's and
and Meade's headquarters.
Sedgwick s corps maintained itself against
vigorous assaults by suporior numbers at
different times during the day, and had no
serious reverse until late in the evening,
when a charge was made on its extreme
ritht, for the purpose of turning it as done
with Hancock in the morning. Milroy's
old division was driven back in great con
fusion, and at length the enpmy succeeded
in effectually turning our right flank. The
behavior of this division is severely criti
cized by those supposed to know more con
cerning affairs. This probably necessitated
the transfer of our sick and wounded and
all the supply trains from the Gei mania
ford road to Cbancellorsville. The latter
were in motion the whole night and at day
light, had Lee occupied the Germania Ford
road and cut off the retreat of our army by
that route, it would have given him the
advantage for the night, and had worked
incalculable mischief, causing an undue
extension of the line and correspondingly
weakening it.
The contest of Friday was unsatisfactory.
Many officers despoudingly feared Lee would
in somo measure defeat Grant, and that
superficial observers might construe our
repulse that day into defeat, but no such
forebodings found a resting place in the
minds of those who knew the tenacity of
purpose and fertility of resources which
characterize Grant, and the advantages of
the next day verified their hopes.
The battle recommenced at daylight on
Saturday, but the firing was scattering, and
no fierce attacks were made on cither side.
Both Geuerals were intent on strategy and
neither anxious to bring on a general en
gagement. Lee seemed intent on cutting
our communication via liermama j?ord.
Grant appeared utterly indifferent to tbix
and seemed rather to court it, by with
drawing Sedgwick's corps from his position
and throwing it back by Germania ord,
near his own headquarters, and pushing
Burnside out on the Spottsylvania Court
House road, threatening Lee's" line of com
munication. The new line of battle formed
by the change in the position of the corps
extended north and south, and gave Lee
the choice of -being eat off from his. Capital
and risking everything upon a batile-fiela,
or to retreat. At z p. ui., i5.urnsiae.was
well under way to Spottsylvania "Court
froasa. Lee had thrown infantrv on our
right and drove onr pickets to the Germania
Uord roan. xa result coira only oe a
precipitate retreat -on ihe part ofLLee, to
prevent onr army being' thrown' between
himself and Richmond.. or. a'deedlv contest
in the open field' thit: ootid Valy end in hi
extermination. He soon discovered 'his
error, and to!all appearances had started in
hot baste Tor another line of defence Soma
think it will.be formed on the North Anna
river, while others are-"cqually confident
there is no tenable position to fall back on.
between this and Richmond.
Baltimore, May 10.
A Norfolk paper says that Butler had a
brifk encounter with Beauregard new Pe
tersburg on Saturday, and on Sunday as
sailed him with full force and drdve- him..
It adds that Butler hu the key of Rich
mond m nis nan as.
The New York World Iias unconfiririedi
advices of the capture of Fort Barling by
Butler, and that he had commenced his
march on Richmond.
Later dispatches say that Meade renewed
the battle on Sunday morning and drove
the rebels to Po river.
In the three day's operations wo captured
about 3000 prisoners and lost about 12,000
killed,- wounded and prisoners.
Speech of Mrs. Booth An Oath to Avenge the
On Thursday, April 2S, the widow of
Major Booth, the late commander at Fort
Pillow, arrived at Fort Pickering, below
Memphis. Col. Jackson of the 6th United
States heavy artillery, had his regiment
formed into line for her reception. In front
of its centre stood fourteen men, as brave
fellows as ever tread the earth. They were
the romnant of the 1st battalion of the regi
ment now drawn op all who had escaped
the fiendish scenes of Fort Pillow, sccne
that have stamped yet deeper blackness on
the infamous brow of treason.
Mrs. Booth came forward. In her hand'
she bore a flag, red and clotted whh human
blood. She took a position in front of the
fourteen heroes, eo lately under her deceased
husband's command.
The ranks before her observed a silence
that was full of solemnity. Many a hardy If
face showed by twitching lips and humid
eyes how the sight of the bereaved lady
touched bosoms that could meet steels, And
drew on a fountain of tears that bad re
mained dry even amid the piteous eights,
witnessed on tho battlc-fiold after a fierce
Turning to tho men before her, she saidr
Boys, I have just come from a visit to the
hospital at Mound City. There I saw your
comrades, wounded at the bloody strife in
Fort Pillow. There I found this flag you
recognize it ! One of your comrades saved
it from the insulting touch of traitors at
Fort Pillow !
I have given to my country all I had to
give my husband such a gift I Yet I
have freely given him for freedom and my-
Next my husband's cold remains, the next
dearest object left me in the world, is this
flag the flag that waved in proud defiance
over the worka of Fort Pillow !
Soldiers ! this flag I give to yon, know
ing that you will ever remember the last
words of my noble husband lt Never sur
render the flag to traitors!"
Col. Jackson then received from, her hand,
on behalf of his command the blood
stained flag. He called upon the regiment
to receive it as such a gift ought to be re
ceived. At that call he and every man o
the regiment fell upon their knees, and'K
solemnly appealing to the God of Battles,
each ono swore to avenge thrsir brave and
fallen comrades, and never never to sur
render the Flag to traitors!
The scene was one never surpassed in
emotional incident. Beside the swift roll
ing waters .of the Mississippi within the
inclosure that bristled with the death deal
ing cannon, knelt thoso rough soldiers,
whose bosoms were heaving with emotion,
and on many of whoso checks quivered a
tear they tried to hide, though it did honor
to their manly natures. Beside them Btood
in her grief, the widow of the loved officer
they had lost and above them was held
tho bloody flag. Tbat eloquent record of
crime, which has capped the climax of the
rebellion, and which will bring a reckoning,
so featful.
In few but -pointed and decisive words,.
Col, Alexander pledged himself and bis
command to discharge to the uttermost the
solemn obligation of justice they had that
day taken.
Col. Kappas followed him, expressing
himself in favor of such retaliatory acts as
justice and the laws of warfare require in n
case of such fiendish and wicked cruelty.
Woe to tho unlucky " rch," who falls
into the hands of any of the cqmmands rep
resented at- this soleain declaration. The
determination of the officers of the 6th U.
S. heavy artillery is incontcstible, their
bravery has been tried, and they never hav
been found wanting.
The officers of the State Agricultural Socie
ty have placed the "Kansas Fanner" under
the editorial charge of the Senior of this paper.
Its business affairs and. publication will be
henceforth under the exclusive control of the
Journal Office firm. The first number of Vol.
2 will be issued from this office about the 15th
of this month. Its publication is delayed by
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was not perfected until after the middle of last
month. Another is, the present conductors
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a new and entirely changed form. Hew ma
terial had to be procured from the East, whlek
required time. Everything needed is now la
hand, and the MAy number is progresses; rap
idly towards completion. "
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