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The New York Dispatch,
■QB- A SECOND EDITION, containing tiw latest news
rsJni an onartera, published on Sunday morning.
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gtot WUnrapW
UNiTfiD States Flagship Mli.vkrn, <
Cape Fear River, Feb 22d. J
Sib: I have the honor to inform you that Wilmington
has been evacuated, and is in the possession of our troops.
After the evacuation of Fort Anderson I pushed forward
the gunboats as far as the water wouldTcrmit The army
■pushed up at the seme time on the right and left banks of
'toe river.
After sounding tnd buoying out the middle ground at
IMg Island, I succeeded in getting two sunboats over, and
•epened fire on Fort Strong, the fort commanding the
principal obstructions, where the rebels had also sunk a
large steamer, the North Eastern. Our fire soon drove
the rebels away from the fort. Now and then they would
fire a shot, one-of which struck thc Sassacus below water
mark, and aether leaking badly. 'She was struck once or
twice more, -bet met with no lossln men.
That night {the 20th.) the rebels tent down two hundred
Boating torpedoes, but I had a strong force of picket beats
out,and the / torpedoes were sudk with musketry. 'One
g®t in the whael of the Osceola end blew her wheeKcxise
to pieces, and knocked down her bu khead inboard, but
there was no damage to tne hull. Some of the vessels
picked up the torpedoes.
The nexbrnorning 1 spread two fishing nets across the
river. Yesterday evening General Ames, with his divis,
ion, moved within a short distance of the fort, and had a
sharp -encounter with the rebels. On hearing the mus
ketry and seeing where our troops were, 1 opened a rapid
fire on the lert, and all along the enemy's line. 'The fort
responded with three or four shots, but was soonwilenced.
’This morning we heard that General Terry was within
their works and the road was clear to Wilmington.
The Montauk could not get across the shoals without
lightening, which was a work of some labor. I had the
pleasure of placing the fiagon Fort Strong, anC at twelve
■o’clock soon to day we allfired a salute of thirty-five guns,
Ibis beirg the anniversary of Washington’s birthday.
I am, sir, very-respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
D. D. Porter, Ecar Admiral.
Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy.
Washik«tnm, Feb. 25.
A-le'ier from General Grant, dated vesterdav, was re
"ceived at noon to da?,-in which he says-that it Sherman’s
•uceessoß continue a tirr days longer, the country can
ftiteiy indulge in exi*Pa ion.
-A night or two ago, Bcquad of White's guerrillas crossed
the Potomac River in the neighborhood of Edward’s
Ferry, and drove incur pickets.
They shot three men of the First Delaware cavalry,
who were on duty there, and carriedcffi a number of
A part of the gang visited a store In the neighborhood
and took from it al) the articles they could carry off.
They then retired across the river into Virginia, not,
■ Jlowever, without loss, for one of their number was killed
and two others so severely wounded as tc render it naces*
;fary to held them upontkeir horses while re-crossing the
> river.
One of enr men is euppa’ed to be mertolly wounded.
.Rebel Officers Captured, in
Cape Fear River.
While th* boat's crew of the United States steamer Pe
-«qnot, under? Acting Ensign Lamb, was dragging for torpe
does in Cap* Fear river, oe the 10th inst r they came upon
and captured a boat containing two officers and four men
,4>f the rebe heavy.
.During a recent attack, on Fort Ander-scn a boat of the
Ltnapee capsized. and four men were drained.
Washington, February 25,1835.
The. mail stew er to-day brought to Washington about
.ecehundred aud sixty rebel deserters. . still
■continue in large number*, but instead of cwnlng into our
Akies.at n’.ght, a»i.cretolore. the rebel soldiers make their
.exit from before Petersburg in broad day, bringing their
£Unswith them. Comparatively few old me? are among
liken), andunauy.asc mere boy«.
Washinxseom, Febru&|y.2a, IBS’).
The Ways aid Mews Committee has agreed, to report
m favprof establishing th a Bureau of Interna’- Raveuae
and Currency ia the .Treasury Department.
Washington, February 25.1&15. •
The Conference Committee on the Freed-
D»ai.*a Bulmau bill xaet this morning, out.did not .agree.
WASHiEGTON,Febrcu*y 25, 1335. ;
The tax on axles In the Senate Tax bill is f ,xed at one
half of one Tie proposition will probably fail, i
■ •ni—r-nriwiw.. i .- ...
Tie following was received through
a refugee from Western Texas regarding Price’s and Ma
grudtr’s ermies. and deemed reliable. Price’s command
as a Lout 9 000 strong, mostly cavalry from Toxas. Price’s
hetdquaitera are at Bcngham. Texas, tour miles south of
the Fed River, a fine foraging region. Magruder is at
Camdcm Ark , with a part oi his command but the main
tudy (cnirfly cavalry) is on a stealing expedition iu ■
Texas. »be hones o both commanders are in an ex
hats.ed concition. Magruder has 20,000 on his muster
u-0118. two-thixds of whom are effective. Kirby Smith’s
headquarters are still at Shreveport. La. ills entire i
strength is estimated it 3d 010, only about 20,000 of which
si e available
The capture of Generals Crook and
Kellv, at Cumberland, by rebel raiders, excites some
merriment at Washington, in spite oi its serious charac
ter. It is known that the Secretary of War has been very
much dissatisfied with the frequent incursions of guerril
las into the Valley of the Shenandoah, and had more than
ome caled tee attention of the Co nm ana er of the De
partmei t to the necessity of being more vigilant, and of
being nearer the front himself, lhat two Major-Generals,
one of them th* Department Commander himself, should
be quietly seized tn theirbeds, with their staff of oftioers,
at a point so far removed from apparent 7»erii as Cumber
jc hpt to their wascht'ulne,w.
The correspondent of the Cincinnati
eaerile says: “Official statements carefully made up in
the War Department will show, it is said, that the num
ber of soldiers in our service who have died since the
war began, will reach the startling nunfber of two hun
dred and forty thousand, or very nearly a quarter of a
million. Of these two hundred and twenty-one thousand
have actually died in the service from wounds or sickness
in the field and in hospitals. The authorities estimate the
number of deaths from wounds or disease contracted in
the service, which did not proval fatal till after discharge,
and do not therefore appear in the loregoing statement,
at twenty thousand more,”
The following item from the Lynch
burg of a recent date, shows the great destruc
tion inflicted upon lhe eremy by Stoneman and Bur
bridge during the late raid into East Tennessee: “The
Virginia and Tennessee railroad, icis thought, will be open
for travel to Bristol by the first of March- Repairs are be
ing pushed forwart with their usual energy. Some idea
oi the magnitude of the work to do may be formed from
the statement that all bridges, some fifty or sixty in num
ber, for a distance of eighty five miles, have had to be re
built, and much of the track re'aid, beside other repairs
to be made, of minor consequence.”
Havana bids fair to outdo Nassau
as a place of refuge for blockade-runners, there #eing on
the llthinst, seventeen of them in that port. Several of
the blockade runners have started out and returned, re
porting in distress, though it is generally supposed to be
the fact that they meet our cruisers. The s'eamerswill
probably be sold now, as the blockade-running is broken
up Galveston is useless Guns and powder are as cheap
there as at Havana, and there is no cotton to bring back.
The Seccsh are now talking c f purchasing small schooners
to run to the coast of Florida
On the morning of the 11th inst.,
•the members of Co E, Ist Dei. Vet Vols.. stationed before
Peteishurg, presented their Captain, Chas W. Davis,
with a handsomely mounted sword, sash and belt, as a
ioken of their esteem. •Great credit is due Orderly ser
geant Hickman, for the able manner in which the
t flair was gotten up. The presentation was made by Al
bert Moriarty, of Co. E, in a very able manner, and briefly
though feelingly responded to by Captain Davis, who, by
the Way, is a thorough •soldier.
The Selma, Ala., Mississippian saya
that the Thirty ninth Mississippi'Regiment, which ad
vanced toward Nashville in Hooc’s recent campaign with
over seven hundred men. returned with only fifteen rank
and file, all told. The Thirty-seventh Mississippi, which
cressed the Tennessee with over six hundred men. also
returned with but sixty three privates and six officers..
The paper adds: “Thus have two regiments been de
stroyed, ard 'regiments, too, consisting of the flower of
Mississippi. What havoc of human life 1”
By order of General Thomas, seven
teen battle-flags captured at the battle of Nashville,-on
the 16th of December, were on Friday presented to
the War Department. Fifteen of the flags were presented
by the gallant captors in person. The Secretary of War,
in a neat little speech, returned thanks in the name of the
Government and people of the United States. He prom
ised each of them a medal of honor for their bravery, and
gave them a thirty days’s furlough on the spot.
The number of officers of the regu
lar arjav, on the Ist of January last, as stated by the re
port frem the War Department, exceeds 1 400. The force
•of the regular army being now quite small, not very much
numerically stronger iu rank and fl e than the number of
its ofincers, this large force of officers would be a useless
•appenc age with heavy expense,’had it not generally been
assigned to duty with the volunteer force of the army.
All moneys due to deserters from
from the army at the time of desertion, will, by provisions
-of a bill now pending, be deposited by the officer in
•charge, to be carried to credit of the Treasurer of the
■United States, for expenjes of recruiting, if the deserter
belonged to the regular army, and to the appropriation
for collecting, drilling and organizing vg unteers, it the
deserter belonged to the volunteer force.
During four days of last week over
200 rebel deserters came within the lices of the Armies of
the Potomac and the James. Saturday morning forty six
arrived at Washington, all of whom deserted from rebel
picket posts on the night of the 14th hut. Twenty of these
belonged to Virginia regiments, an< the remainder t»
Georgia and South Carolina regiments.
It is stated that quite a number of
youths from the Confederacy, who were pursuing their
studies in England, have unexpectedly returnel to their
native land, and give ue a reason the constant ridicule of
their British schoolfellows who were eternally Uuuttnp
them for their absence from home while their countr y
was engaged in a strvggle of life.
Among those who have suffered
sorely from Shermen’s invasion of South Carolina, says
the Richmond Whig, is William Gilmore Simms, Esq., the
well know n novelist and poet. In his hurried removal
from he mfe, near Midway, he was compelled to leave be
hind a library of'choice bocks of much value, embracing
upward of ten-thousand voiunr.es.
Gtn. Schemmfleiinig, in command df
Charleston, thbee years ago-raised in Pl tsbui-g the-74th
Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, and led them with
honor to himself and country. Gen Schemmfiennir is of
Prussian birth,-and received his military education ia tho
Prussian school fur staff officers, as thorough* a colic ze for
the soldier as oould be desired.
President Lincoln has ordered that
the penitentiary at Albany, New York; the state prison at
Clinton, New York; the penitentiary at Columbus, Ohio;
the penitentiary at Jefferson City, Missouri, and such
other prisons as the Secretary of War may designate for
the couflnement-cr prisoners under sentence of court mar
tial, thall be deemed and taken to be military prisons.
The government has reliable advices
that the pirate Olinde, which has been the subject of s>
much spe cmation had put into Corunne for repairs, which
there is reason to believe she will not be allowed to re
ceive. and without which she will not be dangerous to any
nation, or port on this side of the Atiat tic coast.
The-draft was going on in Fniladel
phia and-New Jersey.yesteriJay, in a very orderly mau
ler. One-sad sight, in Pniladelohia, was that st a chill,
who hearing its father’s name among the conscripted,
swooned upon the sidewalk, and was carrier, white as
marble, te &n opposite drug store.
The Richmond newspapers (which
are only half sheets) are sold at fifty cents each The car
riers pay thirty dollars per hundred, xn£ deliver them to
subscribers at two dollars aud fifty cents per week. The
eCitorsdDtimate that the prices must soon ba raised again,
<m•cunsequence of an increased east and scarcity of paper.
It is estimated that the capture of
•Charleston and Fort Andrson, together with the certain
•carAure of Mobile-before two weeks uaore/wlll liberate
at least2fi.'( 1 00 men from the navy, who can be orzanized
into-corps for offensive operations on land. Enough of
our vessels are now liberated to enao.e us-to sweep the
Some uneasy Congressmen cal ed on
■the President- Sunday evening to get reassured that there
would be no further peace negotiatlone. The President
•said no rebel envoys would be received unless they came
•to treat-on<liis terms, and illustrated the cage by "a littie
story,” which is not yet in print.
The Canadian Hcuse on Friday night
Adopt* d the appropriation of $’130,000 for the expenses of
the volunteers eent to the frontier, to prevent raids by-
Southern re’ugeee ipon the territories or the United.
States. Also $50,090 to make good the .money improperly
returned to the bt. Albans ralaers.
The Savannah Herald of the 17 th is
■received, there is ne news of a military character in it
a .fire at Hflton Head destroyed the offise ot Captain
Pratt, ordinancefOSicer, and at one time greatly jeopard
ized buildings containing large suppliesofaaimunition
■but,.providentiaDy, they escaped.
The rtbel Major-General Forrest,
sinee his.appcintment to tne command of the cavalry de-
Ajartme&tof the South-West, has turned his back upon
hirnself by denouncing guerrillas and threatening them
with -deaih whe? ever caught His headquarters are at
Vernon, Mississippi.
The rebel General Forrest, command
ing.tbe District of Mississippi. West Tennessee, and East
Louisiana, his headquarters at Jackson
Miss . and is conscripting guerrillas and sending them to
Richrnwid, to-be put into the Army of Virginia.
A young lady named Payne, recently
j arrested for her SoutheKi proclivities in St. Louis, was
• ireleasfcd through the intercession of a bugler to the Fed
eral army, to whom she wes engaged to be. married. Ho
i t>aid thatfact showed she was in lavor of the Union.
Twenty-three vessels of the Savan
nah.cotton fleet have discharged or ar3 now discharging
. cargo at the. Government sheds on btatau Island. The
i whole .amount x>f the cotton to be sold is now estimated at
I thirty-one thousand bales.
I A money-order office has been estab
listed at-City Point, Va., by the Post-Office Department.
| Soldiei-s and their families can now transmit and receive
money without, the possibility of the losses wiaoh have
I heretofore caused so much coa plaint.
Advices from Columbus, Ohio, repre
sent recruiting very active. Companies are reporting
faster than they can be mustered to. It is expected that
Ohio will .put more regiments in the field than were ati
! thorized by the Secretary of War.
The proposition to arm 200,000 ne
groes, which passed tfie .rebel Houce on Monday, was in
, definately postponed by the Senate on Tueadav, by.ame
majority. thinks it will undoubtedly be ro-
I considered and passed
The London International of the 6th
I gives currency to a rumor that, owir.g to the refusal of
: the United States to renew the treaty with Great Britain,
tlie English Government will shortly send thirty gunboats
: lor service on the -lakes.
Abdallah, the trotting stallion cap
tured frem Mr. Alexander by the guerillas, in Frankfort,
; Ky., died a few days ago from the effect of the rough
' treatment lie received from them, and thoce soldiers wno
[ 1 ecaptured him.
The guerillas are becoming trouble
seme agsin on the Arkansas river, flnng into pasting boats
and committirg other outrages. It is reported that they
have burned the steamer D..na and captured Che 56th In
diana regiment
A recent order of the War Depart
.ment directs the issuing of a ration of fitii, viz: fourteen
ounces of dried fish, or t Ighteon ounces of pickled fish to
be oiade to the troops once a week, in lieu ot the ration of
ireuh beef.
The caplute of the Southern At
lanticeities has ruined Nassau as a commercial port It
has ceased to exist and most of tne merchants engaged In
the blockade running business are removing thoir effects
to England.
Capt Henry M. Bragg, who first
reisi d the Stars and Stripes over Fort Sumter after it fell 1
into our hands, is a Brooklyn boy, a graduate of the
Polytechnic Institute, and his parents now reside in that
Hereafter, no ladies will ba permit
ted to visit the Army of the Potomac without special per
mit from headquarters. All ladies who are now in the
army will be required to leave within forty eiglit hours.
The cargo of rice brought from Sa
vsnnah by the’steamer Greyhound was sold by auction 1
in Boston, on Thursday, for the benefit of the ooor in the
former city. The prices ranged from 12 to 15}£ cents.
The steamer Dove was recently cap- !
tured and bc.-i.ed, mr Helena, by tbe rebels, ’ibeWtu
Indiana regiment were taken prisoners, and Col. Dean,
commanding, killed.
3 he rebel iron-clad Missouri and two
Wooden gun boats, comprising the entire fleet of the ene
my in Red River, below Alexandria, closely watched
by our gunboats.
The two Armstrong guns captured
at Fort Fisher are coming North. One will be Sent to
West Point, and the other retained at the Washington
Navy Yard.
By a general order from the rebel
War Department, General Gideon Pillow has been made
“Hog” Winder’s successor as Commissary General of
News from New Orleans is to the
effect that the army of Gen- Thomas arrived there Feb.
9th, in forty large transports, and lively times were ex
The draft has been suspended in
Missouri, on condition that the State raises thirteen cav
alry regiments for State service against guerrillas for one
Everyone of the old forts which the
rebels seized in the beginning of the war have been re
gained, and now the old flag floats over them qnce more.
The rebel congressman Foote said
in the secret sessions of the Rebel Congress the cause had
been given up as virtually lost for three moaths past
Rebel t Lincoln, son of the President,
has left for the front to report to Lieut -Gen. Grant, to be
assigned to a position on his staff.
The Provost-Marshals of Philadel
phia. on Saturday, received orders to commence the draft
in hhiladeiphia on Wednesday.
Thirty-three substitutes, who had
received the bounty, skedaddled from tlie camp at Elmira
the other evening.
The President has approved the bill
authorizing the appointment of a second-assistant Secre
tary of War.
Tbe new Ohio Regiments, raised
under the last call, have commenced moving to the front.
Admiral Buchanan, of the rebel
navy, has arrived at Fortress Monroe to be exchanged.
The draft -under Gen. Canby’s order
commenced in New Orleans on Wednesday.
N. G. S. N. Y.
By the above it will be seen that the gallant members
ot the Twenty second Regiment succeeded in compressing
a very large amount of pleasure in a very short period of
time—a feat, we believe, never undertaken by any of our
popular regiments before. The hour fixed for the recep
tion was eigtt o’clock, but long before that time the armo
ry in Fourteenth street was well filled, and by the time
the regiment was formedjon parade, the drill room, or
that portion of it reserved for the invited guests, was
literally crammed with guests all eager to witness the
presentation of the colors on behalf of the corporation of
the city of New York, which tootf place immediately after
tbe parade, at about half-past eight, in tha presence of the
regiment, numbering in all about 600, under command of
•Lieut-Col. James F. *Uox, acting Colonel in the absence of
Col. Lloyd Aspinwall, who is at present in tturope. lhe
sets of colors, very'beautiful and costly, were presented
one by the city, and the other by the fair lady friends of
the gallant Twenty-second. The presentation took place
from a raised platform in the centre of the drill room
upon which was assembled a number of distinguished in
vited guests, civil and military—Gen. Sandford and staff
being present, as a matter k of course. The city colors were
first •presented by John E. Develin, Esq,, Corporation
Council, who, as the colors were brought forward on the
stand, rose and made the following remarks, which were
so brief and-so much to the purposedhat we give them en
Cclone!—The Corporation of the City of New York has
directed me to presort to you and your command the two
flags by my side. Most willingly performing this pleasant
duty. 1 think something more is due to the occasion and- to
the history and services of the Twenty-second Regtoaent
than a mere formal presentation. Nearly four years ego
a number of gentlemen of this city—prominent am -ng
whom was vour present Colonel, Mr. Llcyd Aspinwall,
whose enforced absence to night we all regret—con ;eived
the idea of organizing a Home Guard. The suggestion
•eceived the sanction and encouragement of citizens and
institutions of influence, power and wealth, and in a few
weekstthis regiment sprung into existence, not nnlfco the
goddess as she issued from the hand of Jove armed to the
teeth 4nd for battle pr» pared. Shortly after came tho
disaster to the National arms in the then fatal v&iley ot
the Shenandoah, and the Government called upon this
State for speedy aid. It was at once accorded; but in the
order for the troops from this city, the Twenty second
R c giment was not named. Fired by that loyal flame
which at all times during the ternble struggle for the life
of the nation has burned warm and bright m this commu
nity, the colonel and other officfrs asked aud insisted that
they and their c mmand-should be permitted to take part
in the perils of the time, and be allowed to put forth their
strength for the country in the hour of i.s bitter need.
The request was granted, and lew who saw it will ever
forget ihe brilliant pageant presented by tho Twerty
second, as with banners flyi g and draws beating,
exultant step and high spirits, it urged its course
down Broadway, marching for the front, amid tho
plaudits ot approving thousands. It is ircinec ssary
to recount the labors and sufferings of that three
months’ campaign; sufiice it to say that if the disas
ter was not retrieved, further adverse results from it
were, and the.regiment, after honorable se vtoa, was home
again. But in it there was a void. One whose heart neat
high on that fair Maj’ day. as at the head of the regiment
he kd it southward, returned not with it. It was not
vouchsafed to him to die upon the field, with the smoke
of battle for his shroud ana the roar of cannon and tne
rattle of musketry for hts requiem. Still, he died in the
army, a thorough and loyal soldier, with his harness on
hts back; and his true courage, his zeal, his patriotism
and his other manly virtues have built for him a
monument as enduring as the granite column with
■which your grateful generosity has graced his grave.
'Within a year the regiment was again called tomarch
forth to defend the borders of our sister State. A month’s
■severe sendee in Peanaylvania, borne without murmur
ing and with cheerfulness, again attested its discipline
and its patriotism More delicate, if not as daageroas du
ties were immediately thereafter committed to it Mutiny
arising in camp on Long Island, it was called upon to sup
press as well as to assist to striking down the red hand of
lawlessness which had been raised in our midst after ter
rible destruction of life and property, still farther men
v’Xi ced our citizens. Success attended its efforts, and its
service* entitle it to the high approval formerly bestowed
under such circumst&uoes by the ancient Romans, of hav
ing deserved well oi this ci y and ot the Republic. These
things I have spekenaot’tor myself, but on the part of the
city which I have the honor to represent here to niiht. I
Lax e said them with pleaoure, because I am your fel'o w
citlzen and I utter thecr. with pride because they are true
*£t is the recoltection of these things that has moved the
Civic Authorities to prepare and present to you em
blems of the beauty, the power and the majesty of our
•eomnatn country Accept these. Colonel,-aa they are of
if red, as a respectful and honorable tribute t > the d-<ad—
ss a grateful recognition <ff the services of the livmg, and
as a public incentive to others to imitate and follow your
patriotic example. The ?flag is to our -country wh it
. the countenance is to man. By it alone the nation on s a a
ard land at heme and abroad, is emblemed and disclosed.
Beautiful are its silken folds to look upon In lighted halls
■or here to-night, or floating on Summer winos; but when
its wrath and indignation a-v-a aroused, it is terrible to be
hold, and calamity and war are shaken from its folds.
Turn your eyes southward- where once was a fair and
papulous and prosperous city, you see now little of aught
else than battered walls arid-emoking ruins. L >oking then
eeaward the eye rests upon a crumbling mass of ditioint
ed masonry. That city hag teen laid low, and that mag
nificent monument of skill ond labor has.beeai well nigh
engttlphed by the surround simply because re
bellious' hands dared strike impious blows at this flag.
But the power ft represents baa vindicated it aud t vented
the Insult, and no v at this hour over the spet where it
was first defied and outraged, this flag of our cocntry now
floats in triumph an<£ in ail its ancient splendor. Receive
then these flags, remembering of what power, what
might, what majesty they are the emblems—place them
amongthe most honorable as well as most valuable of tne
adornments of your armory. E>n time of peace respect
and honor them—in time of war defend them—at all
times ba mindful of the traditions and ideas they repre
sent. So acting and so remembering, the Twenty-second
Regiment must win for itself the title so much priced by
the knights of old, fearless and blaiueless— sant pewr. zt sann
At the close of Mr. Develln’s remarks, Lieut-CcL Cox
stepped forward and received the colors, and in his clear
tones made.a few very appropriate -remarks expressive
of regimental appreciation and the high sense of the
honor conferred. The coiers were then placed in the
possession of the color guard, the regiment presented
arms, and the colors were tlhen carried to the center of
the line.
Chaplain Booth then steps ed forward, and, in the
name of the lady friends of the regiment, presented a
very beautiful and costly National flag, which was very
graciously received by the gallant Major Post, who evi.
dently felt the weight of the fair responsibility resting
upon him, and determined to perform his duty (in vieio of
the ladies) like a man and a soldier, which <fae did, we
think, to the entire satisfaction ef every blue-coat and
fair listener present.
This ceremony being over, the regiment was dismissed,
the guard ropes which divided the room were taken
down, and the regimental band took up its position upon
the stage—the guests began to distribute themselves, evi
dently much to their satisfaction, and commenced the
promenade concert, under the direction of the leader,
Mr. F. Helmiiinuller, as follows :
1. March—Duppel t.-.Piefke
2 Overture—Martha ’l-Totow’
3. Arietta—ll Bacio (by request) Arditi*.
4. Galop—Ruck Ruck Helmsmuller
1. Pot Pourri-T-Old Friends with New Faces Ma’laeh
2. Polka Tremblant—Qui Vive La Fleur
3. A Duetto—T Would tnat My Love Mendebsohh
b Galop—Trab Trab Knhn-r
4. Quickstep—Johnny’s Hat (bv request) La Fleur
After this, we understand, a sort of social hop took
place, and considerable destruction is?said to have been
done in the officers’ quarters, upon a well-spread table ;
tut of all of this we can «peak of only by report, as our
duties elsewhere, Ac., &c. Be that as it may, we are satis
fied that this presentation was jurt about as glorious an
affair of the kind as has ever taken place to this city. So
iLnch to the honor ?nd ppp.uUzjtyof the 234 Regiment,
N. G. 8, N. ¥,
Hanging of Beall, the Pirate
and Spy.
The Prisoner His Appearance How be
Conducted Himself-Fxact Details
of the Hanging, etc.
It can hardly be said hereafter with truth that
New York has not felt the war. On Friday atter
noon there was executed on Governor’s Island,
by virtue of the decision of a Military Commis
sion, one John Yates Beall, alias Capt. Bell, of
piratical notoriety. The case of this man, vzho
perished ignominiously at the age of thirty-two
years, is a sad one, and the history of his short
life is full of contrasts. His death adds another
to the long list of intelligent men whom a mis
taken sense of duty or a fanatic zeal has harried
forward to poets of danger in an unholy cause.
■ He died fully convinced that the cause for which
' he forfeited his life had already proved a failure.
, for the captured New Orleans and Savannah, be
leaguered Mobile and Charleston, and doomed
Richmond, must have convinced an intelligent
mind such as his was, that a much longer strug
gle was impossible. This must have made his
death the more bitter to him. When Beall, then
at Fort La Fayette, was told that he would be
hung on Friday, he replied, in his desperation,
which too often passes for nerve, “On Friday?
I wish it was tp-day 1” Apparently defying hie
certain doom, he told the terrible condition of
his mind, from which hope had forever fled.
! Captain Beall was born in Jefferson county,
•. Va., some 32 years ago. He is said to have been
. well educated, having studied a full course at the
■ Charlottesville University, in his native State.
• Before the rebellion, it is asserted that he was
’ the possessor of a fortune valued at oyer a mfl
, lion of dollars, and was also represented to
> be the heir apparent to the estate of Lord Egel
f by, a British nobleman. Like many others of
J his misguided countrymen, at the outbreak of
f the rebellion he espoused the cause of jfc. Da
f vis, went into the army, wa.s commissioned cap
’ tain in the Second Virginia Infantry, and served
j under the dashing and intrepid “Stonewall”
3 Jackson. For many years he had befln a com
i municant of the Episcopal church, aud was a
■■ number of times elected a delegate to the Virgi
’ nia convention of laymen belonging to that de
i nomination. He was a man of rare culture and
= extensive information. His physical appearance
’ was exceedingly pleasing. Although only five
feet seven inches in bight, he possessed a cotn
s manding presence and bore the impress of a
J high order of intellect upon his face. He was
» rather stoutly built, aud wore a slight mustache
o and a goatee. He was a charming conversation
\ ist, and his manner toward others was always
i with that polished urbanity which is the prims
1 index of the character of the true gentleman.
J For his mother he always entertained the high
’ est sense of filial regard, and during his last in
r terviewwith her he was assured that he had her
’ undying love and her prayers for his welfare
1 both in this and the other world.
t Eariy iff the history of the rebellion the rebels
1 established a brancn office to tbe main or eat
Richmond in the Canadian territory. Toronto
T . has been the chief point of observation from
which all the murderous edicts for raids, steam
a boat piracy, hotel burnings and railroad “ accl
a dente” have gone forth. The chief conspirator
is Jake Thompson. Larry McDonald acts as his
e first lieutenant, and James Clay, debasing an
,t honored name, brings up the tear. All are Ken
a tuckians, and in consequence of the chronic
» inebriety of Thompson, McDonald has taken the
n chief charge of the business. Either from skill
” in planning, or by reasons of the superior tact
of our detectives, the echemos of the agente
ti have amounted to but very little beyond a depat
? for escaped rebels. Even the subject of Eriday'a
’ execution acknowledged himself to harve escaped
i from Point Lookout, ltd. Such men as escape
r sire kept in Canada if they give evidence of being
; worth anything to the rebel agents. Board can
r be obtained at from S3tos3 50 per week, oloih
. it>g is also cheap, and the men are kept to be
’ ueed whenever needed. They are divided into
[ three gangs, known as Larry’s, Jake’s and Ji n’s
■boys, after the first names of the agents. The
I ■ hotel burning, lake piracies and railroad affairs
f were concocted by McDonald, and tbe men taken,
- with the exception of Beall, are of “ Larry’s’.
I boys. ‘
dates from the 19th day of September, 1864,
I when at or near Kelly’s Island, in the State of
’ Ohio, he seized and unlawfully captured the
i steamboat Philo Parsons. Subsequently he
i seized, captured and Middle Bass Is
land, Ohio, the steamer Island Queen. He was
‘ also charged with acting as a spy near Suspen
sion Bridge, on the 16th day of December, 1861;
1 and also acting as a spy aud carrying on a guer
' rilla warfare in the State of New York, and in the
execution of said undertaking attempted to de
! stray the lives and property of the peaceable and
unoffending inhabitants of the State, and of per
sons therein travelling, by throwing a train of
care and tbe persons in said cars from the rail-
■ road track, on the railroad between Dunkirk and
Buffalc, by placing obstructions across the said I
■ track.
This fiasco, which was intended by the-origi- j
Dators to be a terrible tragedy, occurred en the I
evening the 16th of December. The party
consisted of Beall, a yanng boy 17 years old
named Anderson, Martin, Williams and Leng
meyer. Anderson is new at the Poliae head
quarters in this city. They left Buffalo in a
sleigh procured by Martin; proceeded five miles
.out to a bridge, where they placed obstructions
fflpon the track. With them they took a lot of
tools suitable for opening the money safes of the
express companies. The first train proved too
mush for them and passed on without leaving
their on, the cow-eatoher having thrown the ob
structions from the track. The party then tried
the next train and with better sueeess. On came
the snorting locomotive, its great red eye shin
ing out far ahead upon the track. In
the darkness lay the rebels, awaiting to
pounce upon the mangled victim! of -their
demoniac work, but again they had miscalcu
lated. The train ran on for nearly a quarter
of a mile before it finally stopped, and when
these wretches came up they found that the
passengers were .unhurt, while forth from the
cars poured a large guard of armed U. 8. troops,
who were escorting a rebel general to Buffalo.
Prudence did for them what heart never could
lave done, and they quietly withdrew to their
sleigh and made the best of their way to Bufalo.
The next day, Beall and Anderson were arrested
j n.the depot of tho New York Central Railroad
at the Suspension Bridge, as they were about to
cross into Canada. Longmeyery, Martin and
Williams avoided capture by crossing at a feriy
a littie below the bridge. The arrested parties
were brought to New York by a U. S. officer and
Detective McDougal. While at the Police Head
quarters, Beall attempted to bribe doorman Hays
with $3,000 in gold, which was to bo guaranteed
him to allow Beall to essape, and if he was re
captured the blame was to be placed on another
officer. Hays immediately informed Chief Young
of the matter, and Beall was sent, under a close
guard, to Fort Lafayette, where he remained un
til about four days ago, when he was removed to
the dungeon at Fort Columbus. At the Fort,
his trial by a military commission, of which
Major-General Fitz-Henry Warren was Presi
dent, took place, and he was sentenced to be
hung on Saturday, February 18th. Owing to
some informality in the proceedings, the execu
tion was adjourned until Friday last, when Beall
suffered the extreme penalty of the law which he
had outraged.
About two hundred persons, exclusive o" the
military, witnessed the execution. Three com
panies of soldiers were drawn up in a hollou
square, inside of which were a crowd of officials
newspaper representatives and military men.
The prisoner, without music, was marched dowr
from the dark cell in the Fort, where he has beer
for four days confined. He remarked, while h<
was walking beside the attendant clergyman
Rev, S. H. Weston, that the sun never looked s<
beautiful as now when he looked upon it for tin
last time. The day was indeed magnificent, no
a cloud appearing on the blue concave. As Bea
■walked into the hollow square he gave a search
>ang look at tho gallows and rope, which were th
same ones by which Hawkins, the negro, am
Hicks suffered for piracy. Mr. George Isaac?
who is said to have a monomania for hanging
people, and who sent a plan out West daring th
; Indian massacre, by which car oopper-colore
enemies could be strung up like herring, wa
present and superintended the execution.
During the reading of the finding of the cour
martial, Beall stood with bis back to the readei
as if he would thus silently enter his protes
against'the proceedings. Finally the olergyma:
handed him a chai”, in which ho careless!
seated himself with bis face toward his nativ
oonmated of two charges and nine specifications
Ist, Violation of tfee laws of war. ad, Act’ng a
a spy. Appended to this was the opinion of Gen
eralOix, of which the following is a portion: I
states that the sccueod, while bolding a com
misrion from tha authorities at Richmond as Act
ing Master in tla navy of the insurgent States
enDzarked at Sandwich, Canada, on board th
Fdiilo Parsons, an unarmed steamer, while o>
one of her regular trips, carrying passenger
and freight from Detroit, in the State of Michi
i gen, to Sandusky, in the State of Ohio. Th
f osptain had teen induced by Burley, one of th
oonfederates-ef the accused, tc land at Sandwich
which was net one of the regular stopping-place
■®f the steamer, for the purpose of reccivini
Is them. Here the accused aud two others tool
passage. At Malden, another Canadian port
and one of the regular etopping-places, abou
•twenty-five more came on board. The accuses
•was in citiaon’s dress, showing no insignia of his
•rank or profession, embarking as an ordinar
passenger, and representing himself to be on i
pleasure trip to Kelly’s Island, in Lake Erie
“within thejuaisdiction of the Stete of Ohio. Aftei
■right hours, he and his aeso dates, arming them
•cclqcs with revolvers and hand exes brought sur
reptitiously on board, roee on the crew, took
-possession -of the steamer, threw overboard pari
■ ©f the freight and robbed the clerk of the money
in his charge-putting all onboard under duress.
•Later in the evening he and his party took pos
session of another unarmed steamer, (the Island
®ueen), scuttled her aud set her adrift on the
lake. These transactions occurred within the
jurisdiction of the State of Ohio, on the 19ih
day of September, 1864.
On the 16th day of December, 1864, the ac
cused was arrested near the Suspension Bridge
over the Niagara river, within the State of New
York. The testimony shows that he and two of
ficers of the insurgent States, Col. Martin and
Lieut. Headley, with two other Confederates,
had made an unsuccessful attempt, under the di
rection of the first named officer, to throw the
passenger train coming from the West to Buffalo
off the railroad track, for the purpose of robbing
the express company. It is farther shown that
this was the third attempt in which the accused
was concerned to accomplish this object; that
between two of these attempts the party, in
cluding the accused, went to Canada and re
turned, and that they were on their way back to
Canada when they were arrested.
In these transactions, as in that on Lake Erie
the accused, though holding a commission from
the insurgent authorities at Richmond, was in
disguise, procuring information, with the inten
tion of using it, as he subsequently did, to inflict
injuiy upon the unarmed citizens of the United
States and their private property.
The substance of the charges against the ac
cused is, that he was acting as a spy, and carry.
■ ing cn irregular or guerrilla warfare against the
' United States ; in other words, that he was act
j fog in the two-fold character of a spy and a guer
He was found guilty on both charges, and sen
tenced to death; and the Major-General com
manding fully concurs in the judgment of the
court. In all the transactions in which he was
implicated—in one as a chief and in tho others
as a subordinate agent—he was not only acting
as a spy, and procuring information to be used
for hostile purposes, but he was also committing
acts condemned by the common judgment and
common conscience of all civilized people, except
when done in open warfare by open enemies.
Throughout these transactions he was not only
in disguise, but personating a false character.
During tbe reading Beall kept himself nerved
up with an energy which only desperation can
give. He was pale even to a livid cast of coun
tenance. He knew—appreciated his doom, and
met it like a man. He was attired in dark,
coarse clothes, the poorest he had, having given
away ail his best ones to prisoners at Fort Lafay
ette, before leaving that place. Ha was not
straitened for money, and in four days he dis
tributed over $2,000 among the prisoners on
■ Governor’s Island. When the reading ot the
■ sentence was concluded, Beall roee up promptly
1 and bowed his head, upon which was placed tha
1 black cap. Rev. J. H. Weston, who had been
’ with him all the mornfog, then read a portion of
1 the convict burial service, and closed with the
’ benediction, to which the doomed man appended
’ with great feeling, itfi audible “ Amen I”
1 Beall was then asked if ho had anything to
say. Ho replied, in a clear voice:
3 “ I have only this to say. I protest against
1 the execution of this sentenoo. It is absolute,
’ murder—brutal murder, I die in the service
» defense cf my country.”
3 Isaacs then stepped up to adjust the rope,
1 when Beall eaid to him, in a low tone, “ Give my
8 body to my friends, Messrs. McClure and Bister,
of Baltimore.” . One of these gentlemen is
* brother-in-law cf the deceased, and both were
'• present at the execution. A moment after the
* signal was given, and Beall was dangling in tha
1 air, his feet about five feet from the ground,
f He gave one convulsive kick after having be
0 about one minute suspended. A deep gurg' i 6 or
half groan escaped him, and one or two t eavy
respirations, after which all was still. He wag
’ drawn up at thirteen minutes past c y/la o > o i oe j. t
8 and was allowed to hang until thirl , y .three min
' utea past one, w nen the body w, carefully low
ered. On removing the black e tllo eyes wer9
found staring wide open, wit’ A tha usua] death
glare upon them, while th 3 fongae protruded
’ through the clenched teet’ x . Th a spirit had fled,
0 and was probably looking down upon the poor
1 tabernacle of clay whiejj it had left behind.
3 John Y. Beall waa an enthusiast in the South
em cause. With a patrimony which secured
“ him from want, the outbreak of the rebellion
found him a traveler in Europe. He visited
’ London and Paris ; went up the Nite to Jerasa
r lem and Damascus, to the Crimea and Constan
’ tinople, and journeyed over the common route of
European tourists, till tho beginning of ths war
' summoned him to the “ Confederacy,” when he
“ entered the rebel service, and fought like a de
| votee, passing unscathed through the bloodiest
r battles, deserving a commission, till an evil
7 hour cast him far Northward, dependant to a
k certain extent upon the charities of the Canadian
; agents, Thompson, McDonald and Clay. These
put him on their list of utilitarians, and engaged
him in the strange crusades which he was too
' enthusiastic to refuse—such as seizing and scut
tling steamers on the lakes, and finally in throw-
’ fog trains of Northern passengers off the railway
track, so that the mails and express packages
might be obtained. It was this last essay that
shut him from our sympathies, and gave him to
the scaffold. But now that he has gone we may
grant him the possibility o' the doubt that, in
his zeal, he forgot the terror he was planning for
helpless children and women who might have
been passing between Dunkirk and Buffalo on
the 16th of December last. Ha is gone, having
suffered fearfully. Let his faults die with him”
and the bad cause which he endeavored to sus
tain also suffer an ignominious end.
A new acrobatic idea has sprung up
In Faris. A M. Strelzembach, at the Cirque Napoleon,
performs with his wile In an acrobatic way In the same
fashion as the tumblers have hitherto done with their
sons and younger brothers, flinging them up and down
with their feet It is not very gallant but a novel way of
courting the applause of tho Parisians. They seem to
like the idea, and applause is ample' from the ma’e mar
ried portion.
An enterprise in the shape of a rail
road store Is being talked of at Huntingdon, Ind. It Is tho
Intention to have a commodious car, to hold, say, three or
four thousand dollars’ worth ot goods, which they propose
to sell at a small profit in order to sell out and renew their
stock once a month. The railroad stores will stop at the
principal towns along the road and stay so long as the
rash lasts.
Two younger sons of the late Duke
of Newcastle, who, it will be remembered, accompanied
the Prince of Wales during his American tour, had a fight
with carving knives recently, in a London club hous
when the youngest, nineteen years of age, was killed by
his brother, Lord Arthur. As the murderer belongs to an
aristocratic family, be will probably go unpunished,
L L ■ _ ~ > ■
Our friend John Smith is in trouble; not very
seriously, fortunately, still it might have been
worse, much worse. The officer bearing that
classic cognomen, and hailing from the Fourth
Ward, was complained of by Captain Bryan, for
allowing a prisoner to escape while taking him
to the Tombs Police Court The facts of the
case appear to be that on a certain evening a
prisoner was brought into the station-house for
disorderly conduct. On a hearing of the case,
Capt. Bryan eeemed to think the complain
ant as much to blame as the defendant, and or
dered them both locked up and taken te court in
the morning. On the way, the next morning,
while tinder charge of Officer Smith, he having
the first-named prisoner bv tbo collar, and the
would-be complainant walking quietly by his
side, prisoner No. 1 became rather unruly, and
attempted to escape. While engaged with him,
he din not notice No. 2 ; but at length having
quieted No. 1, he turned to look for No. 2, and
found that individual engaged in “effecting a
change of base” as fast as his legs would
carry him. There was no nip in attempting a
pursuit encumbered as he was with No. 1, and
so, his fingers involuntary closing tighter in the
folds of the collar of his remaining prisoner, he
wended his way to the court-room, delivered his
charge safety into the hands of justice, and then
returning to the station-house, narrated his
mishap. Under the circumstances, the Board,
was inclined to be lenient.
Officer Francis Rim, of the Eighth Precinct,
was before the Board on the complaint of Ser
geant W. Ferris, who states that about 5 o’clock
on the morning of Feb. 13th, after searching for
the accused on his poet for a considerable length
of time without success, he finally saw him lean
ing against the wall in the main vestibule of the
St. Nicholas Hotel. He was plainly visiole,
through the glass doors, both to the Sergeant
and to an officer in his company. The Sergeant
opened the outer door, which made considerable
noiee, but not enough to disturb Bim’s slumbers;
opened the inner door, and took the somnolent
officer by the arm. Still he did not awake, and
he then lifted his cap from his head, when the
officer aroused himself, and was told by the
Sergeant to go out on duty. Ho did so. The
officer in his defense, stated that ho had been
taking ill with bleeding at the nose, and on the
recommendation of a citizen stepped into the
vestibule to escape the intense cold, the morning
being one of the coldest of the season. While
there he saw the Sergeant pass, and not wishing
to be caught off post, shrank into the comer to
secure himself from observation, Mr. Rim at
one period of hie life was a schoolmaster, and
the defense reflects credit upon his powers of in
genuity, but as both the Sergeant and officer
seemed positive that he was asleep, aud as that
is one of the unforgivable sins in the calendar of
the Commissioners, we are very much afraid that
Rim’s official career will be brought to a sum
mary close.
Officer J. Ellison of the 29th Precinct was com
plained of by Capt. Walling for being off his
post in the coal yard, No. 276 Seventh avenue.
The officer produced for his defence no lees a
person than Sir John Shellon, an Irish knight or
Baron, and probably the “ descendant of a hun
dred kings,”’ though just at present in a some
what dilapidated condition, being dressed in a
dilapidated United States overcoat that looked as
though it had been borne through the storm and
mud of many campaigns, arid his other garments
were not such as to make the overcoat blush
want of companionship. Soap and wa.’^ r ere
something the nobility had nothin
whatever, unless, indeed, tlm
occasionally be used to a elight quanUt y
of the crathur . j o hn was very particu
lar in stat’.dg tq Mellish, the stenographer
of the Board, his full title, and requesting that
he mifehi have its full benefit. He stated in the
evidence that h A Rad called the officer in to assist
him in querlir jg a horse that had broken loose.
Whether Si\. John occupied a menial position in
the yard no t appear, but we think not. We
are . r inclined to the belief that while taking
a Sh' jj! ho saw this animal making a com
.otaon, attempted to secure him, and fading,
called the officer to his assistance.
Officer J. 8. Vantßipw, of tb<? Fifth iffeeinot,
was complained of by Oaplein Petty. On the
evening of February 1, a window in the side en
trance of the store of Messrs. Myers, Kinsley &
Co., No. 327 Broadway, was broken by some per
son soon after the store closed, a wire inserted
between the iron grating, and Mohair cloth to
the amount of S24G stolen. The officer in big
defense stated that the door of the entrance in
question was often left open by the inmates of
the upper part of the house. He had called their
attention to the fact but they paid no heed to
the warning. He had seen the door open on th«
evemr g m question. e “ “* e
Dui. Dalton.— Thia gentleman writes
us as follows: “Headquarters, Eighteenth regiment
vcls., Capitol Hill, Washington D. C., February 21 1865.
Dear Sir: In your last Dupaldt you give the name of Wm
Dalton as one among a number of bounty jumpers.
I ill you have the kindness to say In your next issue that
he Is no connection of Wm. Dalton, of 17 High street
Brooklyn, where my family now reside. I have already
served three years, and in November last put in for throe
years more. I began the game from the beginning and
please God mean to see It played out.” It Is a great Z
there should be a bounty Jumper of the name of Dalton
as such a rascal throws a sum upon the character of a
truly brave man. We publish, with pleasure Mr D a
note; and if any person should have coupled his name
with that of tho jumper, we trust he will at once dlsa
buse himself of any latae Impresston he mayeatertata
toward him,
Colorado.—" What is the penalty for
selling liquor on Sunday, and to whom complaint Is to be
made. In going Into a hotel lam told I cannot have a
drink at the counter, but If I will go to the door entering
the bar it will be sold to me. Is not this in violation of
tho law, or is it only an evasion of it t” It Is unlawful to
sell liquors on Sunday; but the custom Is never question
ed. If you would enter a complaint you must go before
the grand jury.
U. S. R.—" Inform me whether Miss
Avonia Jones played the part of Pauline in the ‘Lady of
Lyons,’with Mr. Charles Fisher as Claude Melnotte, at
I nailacks about seven or eight months ago?” The lady
i appeared in the character of Pauline about the tlaie men.
tloned; but we are not certain as to whether, at the same
time, Mr. Fisher Impersonated Claude Melnotte.
Elliott, Thomas and Taloot —We re
gret the mistake. We thought the sketch, from internal
evidence, an English one. It Is true the “English steal
from the American press,” but in that respect we do not
believe they are much ahead of our own.
Old Sub.—" Inform me of the date
the last time the Old Bowery theatre was damaged or de
stroyed by Are 1” The last Ume was on the night af April
25.1845. The previous dates of Its destruction are May 28
1828. and February 18 1838. 1
Bennett—" Is there any law of the
State of New York which prohibits the marriage of blacks
with whites ? ” No, si-. The law of repugnance ig quite
sufficient in most cases.
W. L.—“ Do drafted men get the
United States’ government bounty after he Is dn'y mus
tered Into the service 1” They do not, as they are called
on to serve but one year.
John Ewen, jr.~ Let ua have the
MSB, and If It is suitable we will publish lt-but not itn.

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