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Alexandria gazette. (Alexandria, D.C.) 1834-1974, June 10, 1863, Image 2

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The Cause of the Exot.osion of the Mag
azine at Fort Lyon, mentioned in yesterday's
Gazette, will bo officially examined into and
reported on bv the nvor?sr mili?s.rv authorities.
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The north magazine was the one which exr.lo
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ded, where. it is now said, a shell accidentally
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burst. The shock wr<a tremendous, and the
'noise was heard for many mile?. Glass was
broken in the windows of many of the houses
in this town. Borne eighteen or twenty sol
diers were killed outright, and twenty or thirty
desperate!? wounded, the most of whom have
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sines died, or cannot survive. Those who
were severely wounded were taken to the hos
pitals here, where they received every atten
tion, The garrison consisted of the Third New
York artillery. Immediately after the explo
sion men were set to work removing the rub
bish and taking the dead and wounded out of
the ruins. Men were put at work immediate
iy to repair the injury done to the fori.
John Yoscamp was arrested night before
last by one of Colonel Baker's detectives.?
It is alleged that Yoscamp has been represent
ing himself to parties in Washington and
Alexandria as a IT. S. detective. His object
appears to have been the levying of black
mail by threatening to use the position he
claimed to occupy to the injury of parties
?whom he had addressed, He was taken in
charge by the authorities and committed to
the Central Guard house, in Washington.?
Also, S. B. Boutwel! was arrested yesterday
evening by one of the detectives of the Pro
vost Marshal's office, on the charge of acting
without authority. It is alleged that Bout
well represented himself as a detective.
Fourth of JuLYr?It will be seen by the
proceedings of the City Council last night that a
resolution in reference to the celebraton of the
fourth of July , was introduced in both boards
and an appropriation of $200 to defray expen
ses, passed by the Common Council; but the
board of Aldermen refused to concur in the ap
propriation and the session was brought to a
close without final action. .
City Council Meetings. ?At the meet
ing of the City Council last night, a resolution
was adopted, by both boards, suspending the
regular meetings until the second Tuesday m
Noveirber next; so that unless especially
called* there will be no more meetings until that
Watering the Streets.?King street is
now watered regularly, and the dust thereby
kept down and the street made a very agreea
ble promenade or drive. For this very agree
able and beneficial improvement the communi
ty is indebted to the enterprise of Mr. Weeks.
It is hoped the other streets may receive Mr,
W's, attention.
Trie \\ ashing ton Chronicle says?t:Twenly
nine employees of the Quartermaster's depart
ment, at Alexandria, arrived in this city
yesterday, having refused to take the oath ot
allegiance to the 1 j. S. Thev were committed
to the Old Capitol prison." *
I he weather has turned warm again?and
ram is again much wanted.
Advices from Port; Hudson to the evening
of the 3d instant siate that no fighting of con
sequence had taken place since the 27th uit.
General Banks, however, was said to be rap
idly contracting his lines, and approaching the
Confederate works. Both wings oi his army
rested on or near the river above and below
Port Hudson, and it was believed thai rein
for^raenfcs could not reach the beieagured gar
rison, Among the reenters was one that Gen.
Gardiner, the Confederate commander, had
offered to surrender the place if allowed to
march out with his guns, provisions, &c., but;
General Banks declined to accede, _ Colonel
Clark, of the Sixth Michigan, and other Fed
eral officers previously reported among the
killed, are now said to be uninjured. General
Sherman wan not expected to survive his
General Grant is reported ?o bo operating
with increased vigor at Vieksburg, iron; which
the latest dates are only to the 3d inst.
There are again ;'rumors from Murfreesboro'.
brought in by a lady/' of the surrender of
It is stated in a letter from Hi:ton Head.
South Carolina, that Col. Montgomery had
made a raid with his colored regiment and
brought in seven hundred and twenty-five con
trabands. besides destroying large quantities
of cotton, rice, &e. Only one thousand Con
federate troops are reported to be on James
Island, where there were previously from ten
to twelve thousand. The re nor t of the burn
ing of the town of Bluft'ton, S. 0., by the
Federals under Col. Barton is confirmed.?
Immense quantities of stores were consumed,
From Cairo we learn that on Monday last
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the town of Helena, on the Mississippi, where
a large amount of supplies has been accumu
lated, was again menaced. The Federal pick
ets were driven in, and four Confederates bri
gades are said to have been in the vicinity of
the town; but we are assured that General
Prentiss uis confident of his ability to with
stand any attack that may be made/5
The guerillas are beginning to be unusually
| active in Southwest Missouri. A letter from
i Fort Scott, Kansas, i-nder date of May 26th,
| reports the loss, on the part of the Federals,
I of two small wagon trains, the first on the 18th
| alt, whilst on a foraging expedition, and the
j second, on the morning the letter was written.
| In the last affair the train consisted of five
j wagons, which was escorted by a detachment
| oi twenty-five negro infantry soldiers and
? twenty-sis white cavalry men.
Gen. Banks in his official report, dated be
! fore Port Hudson, May 30th, gives an account
; of the attack at that place, similar to the facts
j already published. In speaking of the negro
I troops he says they answered every expeetion.
| No^troops could be more determined or more
( daring.
A letter in the Philadelphia Inquirer says:
!?"From what can be ascertained from per
; sons arriving from the Rappahannock, a div
| ision went over the river at "Franklin's land
! ingT' last night, and the rifle-pits, foiiage, &e.,
I along the shore, have been destroyed, so that
| been thrown up on the front, r?uh a view, 1
I probable, of preventing a night attack, and
' shielding our men if the enemy should open a
cannonade. Fredericksburg is still held by
the enemy, and no attempt lias been made by
! oar troops to take it. The forces we have
thrown over are not far from the the town.?
The Confederates have not yit fired their guns
upon as.!:
Our subscribers who do not receive
their papers regularly, will oblige us by leav
ing word at the printing office on King street,
or at No. 24 South Royal street.
The Statue of Freedom will not be reaiy to
be raised to its place on the dome of the Capi
tol in Washington, by the 4th of July, as was
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The will of Thomas Oarberry; dee-a^J ?/
Washington after making provision ibr h::
relatives, leaving them various sums of money
from five to twenty-five hundred dollars rae'L
bequeaths to St. Vincent's Orphan A-yiuml
one thousand dollars; to St. Joseph's .Ma!;r
Orphan Asylum five hundred dollars; and lot
the Carmelite Monastery. Baltimore, five fens-1
dred dollars. The residence of the deceased ii
to be kept by his sisters, who are
$1,200 per annum for keeping up the place
during their life-time, and after their decease
the mansion is to be merged into the estate
which is left as a. perpetual charity fuwl. To;
executors are to convert the estate into safe
bonds, the proceeds of which for the present
are to'be paid by them to the Sisters cf Chan
ty of St, Viscent's Orphan Asylum, to be a
pended as they may think most judiciously
works of Oharitv.
On Monday morning the members of toe
farniiV of TV m, Steele, of East Hartford, Con
necticut, on going to his room, found his chain*
bt?r covered with blood and Mr. Steele lying
dead on the fioor with his throat cut, His
wife was or the bed with her throat cut from
to ear, and an infant six months old bad its
head almost cut off. All were dead. Steele's
hand grasped a razor, and it was evident that
he had murdered his wife and child, and thvc
billed himself, The coroner's jury rendered
a verdict of insanity. Mr, Steele had been an
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inmate of an insane asylum at different to- j
daring the last twenty years. His age was 53
years. Two of his other children, who were
m a different room escaped,
Lieut, Com'r Samuel Magaw, who has for
a long time commanded the first division, is no?
rhe senior officer of the Potomac flotilla, Lieut,
Ives, of the Yankee, being the fleet captain.
Sales of abandoned cotton will take place -
bt Louis on the first Monday of each r/iont^
and at Cincinnati on the second Monday. "
The first sale will take place in the la3fc
city on in ? 15 th instant
It has been determined chat while all P
sons coming within the wo visions of the ^
for enrolling and calling out the Federal
forces are to be enrolled; nevertheless, un^-1
j the first enrollment, those who were in
military service at the time the act went
effect?3rd of Morch 1 &st?are not to ne ^
I rolled in that class which is subject to the th>
draft. Those of the second class are not to
called out until those of the first ela^ s ^
have been exhausted:
Several Confederate prisoners recenti} ^
tured were brought in, to-day. and ^nt

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