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Prescott, Wisconsin, June 5, 1861
The War.
There is no exciting news from the
scat of war this week. The President
Las made another levy of 100,000 men
and all the preparations are on so vast
a scale as leaves no doubt as to the final
If the rebels fight at all, it must be
within a few days. They have a large
force at Groton Junction and Harper’s
Ferry, but the Government has deter
mined to occupy these places, and its
troops are already in Virginia in large
force. The rebels will be compelled to
give battle or retire, and the probabilities
are in favor of the latter course. There (
is no doubt but that the Government
troops will occupy Richmond at an early
dav, and probably Memphis also. Mean
time the blockade is strictly enforced, the
Southern mails are stojrped, Missouri
and Western Virginia are protected fn m
the rebels. If there is not aa immediate
battle in Virginia, it does not look prob
able that any will occur this summer, as
the Government will not probably send
its troops into the South, until the warm
season is over.
The Extra Session.
The following is a synopsis of the do
ings of the extra session of the Legisla
‘•An act to provide a militry force for
immediate service to aid in protecting and
defending the- Union” authorizes the
Governor, immediately to call into the
service of the State three regiments in
addition to the three already called for
by the General Government. It fur
ther authorizes him when these three
shall be called into the sen ice of the Uni
ted States, to call cut two more regiments
and h >ld them in rediness for any sub
sequent demand that may be made on
the State by the national Government,
and so on, during the war, holding two
regiments in camp ready to be mustered
when needed, into the service of the
United States.
“An act to provide for borrowing
money to repel invasion, suppress insur
rection and defend the State in time of
war,” appoints the Governor, Secretary
of State,, and State Treasurer to negoti
ate a loan upon State bonds, bearing s\
per cent, interest, of one million of dolla rs,
to be used as a war fund. Sixty per
cent, of this loan is to be negotiated for
specie; the balance may be exchanged for
fully secured bank paper.
These are tho leading measures of the
session. Two acts were passed in re
gard to the mainteeanco of families of
volunteers, one appropriating from the
war sued five dollars per month to each
family, arwl the other authorizing coun
ties, towns RT.d ci ies and villages to levy
snee’a! taxes for the same purpose. An
other act amends the law of last session so
as to exempt volunteers from civil pro
cess as soon as acept el by the State.
Three joint resolutions which have bcc.i
signed by the Governor were also passed,
viz.:authorizing the Governor to bo ab
sent from the Stale during the present
warp recommending the War Depart
ment to form a brigade of Wisconsin
Volunteers, and appoint Gen. Rufus King
to its command; and the resolution in
regard to the assassination cf Col.
The act amending the Banking Law
prohibits the Bank Comptroller from re
ceiving, after the Ist of December next, as
security fir circulating bank notes, any
ether public stocks than those of the State
of Wisconsin and the United States.
Good Bye!
The Government has finally “shut
down” upon the Southern mails. After
to day, no more letters or papers or oth
er mail matter designed for the laud
of mad-cap treason, will be forwarded
After this date, wo shall not have an
opportunity of amusing ourselves over
our Southern exchange papers, reading
the enormous lies of crack brained editors,
and witnessing in print the effect of the
crazy ebullitions of Southern drunken
ness and desperation—shall be depriv
ed of our daily dishes of Rebel literature;
ludicrous with grave absurdities and
thrilling nonsense;“chivalric” with big
pretensions and lofty boastings; and
highly seasoned with treason, hypocrisy
and madness.
Good bye, Savannah News, Atlanta
Commonwealth, Mobile Advertiser, N<w
Orleans Delta, Vicksburgh Stm, Mem
phis Argus, Nashville Patriot, Charles
ton Mercury, aud all the rest of you
who have been allowed to preach youi
flagit’ous doctrines to us and to eject youi
diabolical fanaticism into our edito>ia
••*anctum,” uurcs’mintd and unputfish
ul, jo long and so boldly. You an
cut in the prime of your days, full of sin
and steeped over herd and ears in iniq
uity. We 'hall miss vou from among
the number of our daily visitors, but shall
shed no tears. You arc as willingly
spared from oua table, as is an over-fast
idious, quarrelsome and ill-mannered
boarder in an otherwise well-regulated
family. Good bye. Rebel mad caps in
print * “Good riddance to bad rubbish!’
Chicago Journal.
Carl Schurz’ leave of absence has
been revoked and he has sailed for Eu
rope on his mission.
—The now Military Department of
Kentucky, Col. Robert Anderson, Com
mandant, embraces so inuch of that State
as lies within one hundred miles of the
Ohio river. His beadqua ters, for the
present, arc Lcuisville.
—The Government received no official
intelligence from our ministers by the .
last mail from Europe. The impression,
however, which the ./Etna mails convey
respecting American affairs there, is en
tirely satisfactory to our Government,
and clearly indicates that great changes ;
had already taken place in the minds I
of tho people,
—The Confederate States are getting
their postal system arranged, and the
United States has finally withdrawn its
mails from the South. The South has
never paid its own postage when attached
to the General Government, and will
doubtless do no better now. Wc rhall j
lose very little by that arrangement.
—The people buried the Stars and l
Stripes in tho public square at Memphis I
the other day by the side of the statue of |
Andrew Jackson, which will lovingly
keep watch* over it, till the resurrection’
day—for the flag shall be raised in Ten- i
When the mother of Col. Ells- j
worth was informed, at Mechanicsville, |
on Friday, of h r foo’s death, and the at
tendant circuit stances, she immediately
exclaimed; “J wish I was a man, I’d
go immediately and avenge his death.”
—The New York Commercial Ad
vertiser contains the following:
“It is related that on the day of Ells
worth’s dcpaiture, his mother, who was
at the Astor House, said to him;
“I hope God wiil take care of vou,
••He will take care of me, mother,” —
he replied. “Ho has led me in this
work, and He will take care of me.”
And so the gallant boy, Lis mother’s
parting kiss upon his lips, went forth, in
humble trust that God would take care
of him.”
—“They have got up a new device for
letter envelopes in Cincinnati, which is
thus described by the Press;
A stump-tailed bull-dog in a cocked
hat, called “Scott.” stands guard over a
tempting s’rloin labelled. “Washington,”
while a lean looking hound in a palmet
to tile, called “Jeff.” looks longingly at
the viand. r>u 1 s.ieaks away with his tail
between his legs, as Bcottinquiics, “Why
don’t you take ifr?
—lt is understood that Maj. Gen. Fre- 1
mont will be assigned to the command
of the Western Division of the army, to
opeiatoin the Mississippi valley.
The army ) roposed to be concentrated
in Soutl eru Illinois, will be s.xty thou
sand strong, Gen. McClellan [or Gen.
Fremont ?] to command.
It is reported that the Virginia New
town R lies, Roger A. Pryor’s coinpanv,
voted in a body the straight out Union
ticket, much to Pryor's indignation, who
immediately disbanded them. This is
bad as bowie-knives.
—All Southern mails wore stopped
May 31. No more letters or papers
sent to or received from the South from
that date. The department will lose
nothing by dishonest rebel postmasters,
as the amount of defalcations will bo de
ducted from the amounts due Southern
contractors, who have not been paid for
several months.
The very best regulars will be with- :
drawn from the Wis.ein Territories,and |
actively employed in the Fast. Teritor- !
ial levies of volunteers will be used in
I cheeking Indians and protecting the over
land mail route.
Remember Ellsworth.
The N. Y. Trilune says:—
The poor wretch by wlus? murderous
hand Col. Ellsworth fell probably was
r<>t aware win so life he had taken. He
j saw only a soldier of the L • ited States
who had pulled down the visible sign of
riot arid iasurrcction, and, obedient to the
1 ravage instinct which governs him as well
as his masters, he shot him down when
sure there was no time for defence and
no possibility for escape. The kindly
rains of Heaven , have washed out the
blood of the Massachusetts men from the
■ streets of Baltimore, though no Masmi-
I chusetts man who bears a musket in this
war can ever forget those crimson stains.
Do our New Ymk Firemen need a visi
i ble evidence of the manner of the death
of him who mustered and trained them
and led them out for this war? We are
j sure they do not need it. aud yet we beg
them to cherish sacredly tho tra’t irs’
flag that is filled with bis blood, and let
the South learn to tremble and grow
pale at the sight of its crimson folds
when they go to battle with the war-crv
of Remember Ellsworth!
The moral must be the measure of your
■ health. If your eye is on the eternal,your
intellect will grow, and your opinions aud
actions will have a beauty which not any
learning or combined advantages of oth
er men can rival. Tho moment of your
' loss of faith and acceptance of the lucra
tive standard, will be marked in the
pause, or solstice of genius, the sequent
retregression, and the inevitable loss of
i attraction to other minds. The vulgar
are sensible of the change in vou, and
ot your descent, though they clap you on
i the back, and congratulate you on your
increased common sense.
The strongest mind will be the purest
t and the loftiest genius must learn to lean
on Heaven.
Milwaukee, Junol, 1861.
Ed. Journal; —Business in Milwau
kee is lively. Since the financial crisis in
Chicago a large amount of business has
been diverted to this place, for the rea
son that a portion of Wisconsin curren
cy is better than that of Illinois. But the
daj T is near wleu there will be a down
fall among tho banks of our own State.
Even the bankers in Milwaukee show
symptoms of a crash, as they .are careful
to retain all bills on a few of the best
banks, and pay out for circulation the
notes of those banks which are about to
go into liquidation.
Perhaps the general banking law of the
State is sound enough in t’/cory, but it
has proved ineffective by the resolutions
passed by the Legislature. Losses are the
result, aud the farmers suffer most be
cause it is almost impossible for them to
keep the fluctuations of the money m:u
ket before their eyes. Would it not be
prudent for them to protect themselves
by associat on«, and by passing resolu
tions at their Co. Fairs to receive noth
ing for their produce but gold and silver.
Leaving the currency and refering to
tho war, I see that the Legislature has
passed the six regiment bill and Wiscon
sin will be full of troops. A slight add
tion to the pay of the U. S. will be made
by tho State; $5 per month for those
who have families and $3 for those not
blessed with connubial felicity.
Everybody is talking about the “war.”
You sec in bold display at tho windows,
‘ Scott’ Tactics for sale;” the picture of
Jefferson Davis on a new platform; the
latest work on Military Affairs; letter pa
per and envelopes decorated with patri
otic devices; a new portrait of Was! ing
ton; American flags; Columbia, the gem
of tho ocean; the Red, Wbits and Blue;
Yankee Doodle, and—what a country
this is
The American people are inexplicable
in their character. They are impetuous
—overflowing with patriotism that ex
plodes at the “drop of the hat.” They
drive everything with a rush which bor
ders on madness. A poet, statesman, ed
itor, soldier, comedian or pugilist dies,
and the papers teem with glowing eulo
gies of his “fine points” or qualities. A
Kossuth visits America and speaks for
freedom, and he is courted, flattered and
worshiped by all. Jenny Lind is the
next object of our admiration, and “how
sweetly doth she sing 1” The American
people are held spell-bound by the tones
of the charming Swedish nigbtengale.—
The Ocean telegraph was laid and Field
was ranked with Morse and Fuiton.—
Look at the thousands who rushed to iee
little Tommy, and the Great Eastern.—
The Prince of Wales marched through
tho country, and crowds unnumbered
pressed to catch a simple glance of a
sprig of English nobility.
Such is the enthusiasm, tho impetuosi
ty of the American people—fast to think
—fast to act—fast to stop, and this ends
the chapter. J.
Written for the Prescott Journal.
The Traitors.--The Fourth.
Friend Lute; —Political tjaitors are
endeavoring to destroy the best Govern
ment under Heaven. By their traitorous
proclamations they have abolished the
Fourth of July and bid defiance to the
very Government which has exalted them
as a p ople beyond all precedent. Such
a course would have been better suited
to a gross and barbarous age. The con
spiracy against this Government is the
latest new edition of the book of Tyranny
with a new title, amended and enlarged,
on fine paper with gilt edging, and with
binding suited to the taste of the ago.
I had thought until receut’y that the
idea of the divine right of a few tyrants
to destroy this Government, whose light
illumines every nation under the sun,had
been exploded as one of the last relics of
despotism. But it seems that such is not
tho case. Treason assumes to deny the
right of sustaining a popular form of gov
ernment. When I think that God is
just, it is always interesting to watch the
processes of Divine wisdom. His pur
poses never fail through mistakes or over
sight. When He has opened a field and
prepared it for the seed, he never wants
for laborers. When He has raised up
and prepared 11 is armic«, he never lacks
for pecuniary means. Not only Las He
all hearts in His bands, but the silver
and the geld are His: and in this upris
iug of the Northern people we see the
traces of His hand, and find evidence
that the traitors will leap the fate of
Pharaoh and his host.
The preservation of the Union, above
every other object, ahould fire tho zeal
and awaken the pride of tho American
citizen. Every patriot will exclaim:
Touch not a single bough ;
In youth it sheltered me,
And I’ll piotect it now.”
Let us respond to the call on Thurs
day evening at the Council 100 m and go
to work in earnest: appoint committees
to confer with the citizens of this aud St
Croix county, and also Washington Co
and see if they will meet us in celebra
tion at the village of River Faile. Let us
have a demonstration on the Fourth of
July that will increase our fidelity and at
tachment to our country, and renew our
obligations asdecondants of tho Revolu
tionary fathers, to pieserve the rich lega
cy bequeathed to us on many a hard
fought battle field.
Beef Steak.
Prescott, June 3, 1861.
The greatest truths are the simplest,
ao are the greatest men.
Hudson Correspondence.
Ed. Journal;—The clock is striking
eight. It is n glorious night. The shad
ows are creeping from the valleys—the
chorus of the frogs comes from the mar
shes —the wbippor-wills are upon the hill
sending forth their unlucky song —a star
gives an uncertain glimmer through the
dark foliage, and a thousand sounds pro
claim tho outgoing of another day. This
misty hour of twilight is a poor time to
write. It is the time to think instead.
One of the most important local events
of the past week has been another war
meeting, held—well, I can’t say what it
was held for, probably to allow some of
our patriotic citizens io aid the Govern
ment in this crisis, by tho expression of
their “pheeliuks.” The occasion was
truly a great one, presuming my judg
ment to be correct. A great many
speeches were made by a great many
men, and small boys did valuable service
in—their way. One very striking evi
dence of the great fervor of the meeting,
was, that large numbers became so patri
otic [this is ironical] that tbfey were obli
ged to leave before the meeting broke up.
One of our “eminent citizens” was es
pecially conspicuous, appropriating to
himself a large portion of the evening,
saying bis piece over several times, nnd
littering a great many foolish things to
the evident discomfort of many, your
correspondent not excepted.
Well, the fact is the meeting accom
plished ail which it was intended to, that
is—nothing. And here let mo say that
all meetings in reference to the war got
up regardless of any necessity and with
no clearly defined end to be attained, will
prove, as in the case mentioned, “stale,
flat and unprofitable.” The proper use
of rhetoric I readily grant to be a very
fine thing, but sensitive anti excited peo
ple in such stirring times as these, should
be sjared as far as possible from its
powerful influences.
The Guards are still in camp here, but
kept on the qui vive by the constant ex
pectation of being ordered into camp in
the southern part of the State.
The Result.
Wm. 11. Russell, the celebrated cor
respondent of tbo London Times, now
travelling in the South, wrote as follows
from Montgomery.
“This contest will have bu* one result,
whether it be reached at tho end of five
years or fifty. Let there bo no misap
prehension in Europe on this point, nor
the merits of the is-ue that is made. The
line which divides the two combatants is
a plain one. On the one side stand the
supporters of the Constitutional Govern
ment — those who favor the preservation
of free institutions—those who dread a
military despotism—those who believe
in the nohle principles of Anglo Saxon
freedom, that have made England what
itisjwud on the other side are those
who prefer a military government, found
ed on treachery and conspiracy—those
who would suppress the press, and the
noble results which flow from its freedom
—those who regard African slavery as
a Divine institution, to be fostered by
the Government, at the expense of every
other branch of industry in the State.—
In this contest, I frankly confess that my
sympathies are with the Government of
the United States.
Abolishing Slavery.
A correspondent of the N. Y. Times,
writing from Washington, says that the
refusal of Gen. Butler to deliver up fugi
tive slaves, marks a new era in the histo
ry of the war, and it is confidently ex
pected here by intelligent men, that its
effect will be to drive slavery out of Vir
ginia. Let it once be understood that
no more slaves will be delivered up while
Virginia mantains an attitude of hostility
to the Government, and the slaveholdejs
in a body will make such a stampede for
the South-west ns the agents of the un
derground railroad never started in the
opposite direction. A Virginia slave
holder who resides here, expresses the
opinion that slavery will be speedily
cleaned out from Northern Virginia by
this process, and although he will be
among those who will be forced to move
his slaves South or permit them to go
North, he is unqualified in the expression
of the opinion that it will promote the
welfare of the State.
Col. Ellsworth.
Many hearts have been made sad by
the melancholy fate of Col. Ellswortb.but
there is <.ne heart that is made more than
sad. The New York World tolls us
that £!ol. Ellsworth has been engaged for
the last two years to Miss Carrie Spaf
ford, a young lady of seventeen, the
daughter of Charles F. Spafford, n weal
thy citizen of Rockford, Uh, snow of
Chicago.) Miss Spafford was recently a
student in the Carroll Institute,Brooklyn.
The marriage would probably have taken
place ere this, but for the breaking out
j of the war.
The Way our Soldiers do their
; Fishing.—Some of the companies of the
1 Seventy-First New York Regiment have
’ a sprinkling of Washington market boys
among them. One of them was placed
on guard a few nights since on the bridge
across the Anacostia river, when be made
the following challenge: “Who goes
there?” Answer—“ Man with a shad
wagon.” “Advance man with a shad
wagon, and drop two shad,” which being
done, he ordered the man with the shad
wagon to pass on.
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The following are the officers of the
Sixth Regiment of the Wisconsin Volun
teers, in which Regiment the Prescott
Guards are placed:
Lysander Cutler, Milwaukee, Colonel.
J. P. Atwood, Madison, Lt. Colonel.
Benjamin J. Sweet, Chilton, Major.
Doctor—John, did Mrs. Green get the
medicine I ordered ?
Druggist’s Clerk—l guess so; I saw
1 crape on the door this morning.
Col. Fremont appointed Ma
jor General
Gov. Banks proposes 300,000 Soldiers.
Ft. Pickens Impregnable!
100,000 More men to be Call
ed out.
Washingtoe, May 28.
The belief that the President has de
termined to tender Col. Fremont a Ma
jor Genet alship, excites much gratifica
Ex-Governor Banks is here by invita
tion of the Secretary of War.
The Washington City Council have
passed a resolution of respect to Col.
The Herald’s despatch slates that
Davis and Beauregard are expected at
Richmond to-day. Defences are being
constructed outside of Richmond.
All the bridges on the Alexandria
R. R. have been burned.
Proposals will soon be issued for 40
steam gun boats, of 1,500 tons each.
Brigadier General McDowell takes
command of forces in Virginia, in place
of Sanford. Gov. Banks favors putting
an army of 300.000 men in the field, so
that the difficulties may be speedily set
Washington, May 29.
Carl Schurz has been deprived of the
gratification of proceeding with his bri
gade to Fortress Monroe. His leave of
absence as minister to Spain was to-day
revoked and he will at once entered upon
his duties as Minister.
It is supposed that Harper’s Ferry
will soon fall. The troops there are not
near so numerous as has been stated.—
There are not over 400 in and about the
place. They are miserably equipped and
nearly starved.
Gen. McClellan with 15,000 troops
are now on the march towards Harper’s
Ferry. Another force will proceed from
Chambersburgh under Gen. Keim, an
other from the Relay House, and still
another from Washington to cut off the
Lieut. Slemmer arrived in Washing
ton. Ho says the troops there are able
to bold the fortress against any force that
will be brought against it. The garri
son numbers about 1,000 men. The
rebel force in the neighborhood is about
Washington, May 31.
It is understood that Gov. Banks plans
for increasing the army by 100,000 men,
will be adopted.
Herald's Despatches.—— l Gen. McDow
ell, commanding our forces in Virginia,
has information that Col. Lee, late of the
U. S. A., is advancing with 25,000
rebel troops upon Alexandria. The pre
cise point, at which be now is, I don’t
That Gen. McDowell meditates an at
tack is evident, from the’fact that the Ap
proacbes to the city of Alexandria from
the direction of Mannases and Richmond,
are being strongly fortified.
Chicago, May 31—1 P. M.
Senator Douglas continues about the
same as last night—if any change, is
Washington, May 31.
Scouting parties reported at headquar
ters to-day that there are immense forces,
not only at the Junction, but for fifteen
miles this side of there. The reports
are regarded greatly exaggerated;—
Gen. Scett d< es not believe that there
are more than four or five thousand sold
iers at Manassas Junction, rnd that these
are poorly i.rmed.
To night, it is reported, every regi
ment in the city is under marching or
ders. Before the rebels could get with
in a reasonable fighting distance of Al
exandria, 30,000 troops could be con
centrated on the Heights.
Since it is known the Southern Con
fedeiacy are holding and commanding
Mannassas Junction, the Federal troops
are more anxious to get at them, and
envy the Massachusetts troops.
It is stated that a number of vessels
were fitting out here for some destination
not publicly disclosed.
New York, May 31— if P. M.
The Tribune’s dispatch says all is quiet
at Fort Monroe. There were 150 ne
groes at the Fort, and their number was
The Washington Star says nino rebels
were killed at Sewall’s Point in the late
rencontre, also that the rebels had stop
ped work on the entrenchments.
Fifteen thousand soldiers have bean
concentrated in Western Virginia.
Four companies of District milita have
crossed into Vriginia, with six days’ ra
In the Wheeling District the Union
candidate for Congress received thirteen
thousand majority ; in tho Parkersburg
District three thousand majority.
Baltimore, May 31.
Shortly after midnight a party of dis
orderly men approached the picket guark
on Federal Hill. The camp guard hail
ed them and receiving no reply, fired; —
one man was wounded. They Jarrcsted
six of the men, four of whom, after ex
amination this morning, were dismissed,
while two were detained to stand further
Extensive preparations are being
made at Fort Monroe. Troops were
pushed forward rapidly towards the in
terior, and it was thought an attack on
Norfolk, by a circuitous route, was short
ly to be made.
New York. May 31.
(Tribune’s dispatches.)— Several Vir
ginians—Union men—arrived in George
town to-day, having been forced to leave
their homes by threats of violence from
Secessionists if they remained. Such of
the Union men of the counties of Eastern
Virginia, opposite this city, who can,are
The movements of General Butler are
considered as indicating no intention on
his part to attack Sewall’s Point or Nor
folk at present, but to strengthen his po
sition on the other side of James River,
and in time to move forward to Rich
Gen. Scott is after the establishment
es a retired list < f officers, and Senator
Wilson. Chairman of the Military Com
mittee, has introduced, and will try his
best to carry such a bill through.
A traveler direct from Richmond re
ports large numbers of troops in Rich
mond as late as Thursday morning, the
majority being sent away immediately on
their arrival.
By Tuesday’s St. Paid papers.
150,000 more Troops Wanted.
Col. Fremont Coming Home with
10,000 Rifles and 40 Cannon.
Rebels Dispersed and Captur
Death of Fol. Kelley.
[Douglas is Dead! His potential
voice is hushed—his fiery heart is still.
The Nation mourns his loss. Meeting
the present crisis in our National affairs
with the nobleness of a Patriot and a
Man, his death is lamented by all who
love the American Flag. The best trib
ute we can pay to his memory, is to em
ulate his patriotic love and zeal. Soldier
and Statesman fall, but the Great Cause
in which their souls were enlisted moves
grandly on.
Stephen A. Douglas was bom on
the 23d of April, 1813, iu Brandon,
Rutland Co., Vt—Ed. Jour.]
Chicago, Juno 3.
Senator Douglas died at 9:10 this
morning. There were in attendance at
the time, Mrs. Douglas, Dr. Miller, Mrs.
Cutts, J. Madison Cutts, Jr., of Wash
ington ; D. P. Rhodes, of Cleveland, Dr.
McVicker, Spencer C. Benham and Dr.
Hay, of Chicago. His remains will be
taken from here Wednesday to Wash
New York, June 3.
The Post’s Washington letter says, it
is considered certain that Congress will
authorize a loan of $100,000,000, at
eight or ten per cent., which will be
offered and notes issued from SSO to
SI,OOO in value.
The Wheeling Intelligencer of Satur
day announces the breaking up of a reb
el camp of five or six hundred men, at
Buffalo, on the approach of the Ohio
regiment. The same paper reports that
the seventh and fifth Indiana regiments
are in Virginia, enroute for Grafton.
Washington, June 3.
The Now York Seventh regiment will
probably soon be remustered into ser
vice and detailed to camp on Staten
Island. »
A London letter says Col. Fremont
will probably take with him ten thousand
rifles and a park of artillery, of about
forty twelve pound rifled guns.
New York, June 3.
A letter from Annapolis says that Col.
Smith, of the 13th New York regiment,
took 750 muskets from secessionists of
Maryland, and intends capturing all arms
held by them. In his possession are sev
eral schooners, stored with corn, which
were brought in as prizes; also six pris
oners of war captured by scouts.
It is positively ascertained that at a
cabinet meeting on Saturday, it was de
cided to make a further requisition of
150,000 men to serve during the var.
Washington, June 3.
A special dispatch to the Post reports
that Jeff. Davis has issued a proclamation
ordering the federal troops to withdraw
from Virginia soil! Private advices say
that Davis is really alarmed, and his
anxiety is so great as to affect bis health.
The next attack on the Aquia Creek
batteries will be made by land forces.
[Special to Express.'}— By the end of
the week the Government expects to have
15,000 troops in Virginia near Alexan
dria, 20,00 dat Grafton, 20,000 near
Harper’s Ferry, 15,000 at Fortress Mon
roe, and 10,000 aroind Baltimore, An
napolis and the Relay House.
Cincinnati, June 3.
Two Regiments of troops in command
of Col. Kelly of the Ist Virginia volun
teers, and other command by Crittendon
of the Indiana volunteers, left Grafton
early last night, and, after marching dur
ing the entire night, for twenty miles
through a drenching rain, surprised a
camp of rebels two thousand strong at
Phillippi, Virginia, routing them, killing
fifteen and capturing a large lots of arms,
horses, ammunition, provisions and
camp equipage. The surprise was com
plete and at our last advices the Federal
troops were in hot pursuit of the rebels,
and it. isq uite probable many prisoners
will be taken.
Col. Kelly was mortally wounded and
has since died. Several vs the Federal
troops were slighffy wounded.
The lowa legislature has made an ap
propriation of $500,000 for thenar.
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