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J. C. MORRILL, EDITOR.
r- DE8 ARC. ARKANSAS:
TUESDAY..JUNE 18, 1861.
Col. Cleburne’s Regiment.—Brigadier
General Brad ey, the notoriously incompetent
officer who w*s placed in command of the
Eastern division of Arkansas volunteers—was
in Little Rock at the last accounts demanding
a court martial, with a view of crushing Coi.
P. R. Cleburne and his officers, for doing that
which any men on earth with a degree of
pride becoming true soldiers would h.redone,
i. e. to refuse to be longer under the command
of one whose petty tyranny made him despi
cable in the eyes of every man of the regiment
and whose incompetency endangered the hon
or of both officers and men—that which the
Southern 9oldier prizes higher than life itself.
This community is fully alive to the action
of this court martial, and as good citizens the
people of Phillips county are expected to ac
quiesce in the decision of legally constituted
authorities. But with the lights before them
now, any injustice done Col. Cleburne or the
officers of his regiment, by incorrect represen
tations or charges—would arouse a feeling of
1 ri^irrriufiivn I Knf «•*/%>* 1,1 • nn ~ r- ...i.
of men than Gen. Bradley i* ever likely to
command to quell. That regiment, with its
gallant Colonel, occupies a place in the affec
tion* of the people of this part of Arkansas
that is calculated to render them exceedingly
restive and excitable in referencetothechaig
e* preferred by Gen. Bradley.
We clip the above from the Helena
Shield of the 8th inat , nnd assure the Mil
itary Board that their action in reference
io Granny Bradley and the officers of Col.
Cleboume's regiment are watched close
ly and with a lively interest as to the re
sult. Bradley has, it is said, one friend
in the regiment, who recently visited Lit
tle Rock and denied his own signature.—
Prairie county too, claims a full share of
interest in reference to the men of this
regiment, from colonel down to privates,
and any injustice towards them will be re
ceived as a personal insult and treated ac
cordingly. There is not a regiment of
better material in the Southern Confeder
acy than Col. Cleburne’s, and their friends
at home must see that no more “bad man
agement” is practiced towards them.—
They were “managed" out of the place
assigned them to go to Virginia, then fur
nished with a General who is a drunkard,
coward and superannuated old fool. The
members of this regiment can’t help but
remember the late Convention with con
tempt. Let the Military Board dare to
do ri^hh
--
The Van Burens.—in the Northern
; papers we see no mention of the names j
ot Marlin Van Buren or his versatile boy, j
“ Prince John.” Their names, as far as j
we have been able to see, are not in the
lists of the subscribers to A. L's. loans, or
the contributions to his soldier*; nor art |
they mentioned as speakers on public war!
occasion, or have they written any public
letters on the subject of the war. Mr.
John Van Buren, before the war began,
was on the Southern side; and it may be
inferred from his and his father’s silence
that they are not now against us. We do
not state this as a fact, but only a surmise.
\\ e hope that it is true, for when such
men as Cass, Dickinson, and others of
that class of men, are now against us, it
is pleasant, to believe that Martin Van
Buren and his son John are neutral. Both
of them have long heads and may see into
the tuture sufficiently far to prognosticate
the defeat of A. L. and the demagogical
party which controls him in this most un
necessary and wicked war. 1
-♦♦ ► —
What must be done with Alcxan
dria.—The New York Tribune goes in
lor making some money out of the killing '
of the ruffian Ellsworth—rather more t
than his whole regiment would be worth \
as field hands. Speaking of the contu- i
rnacious city of Alexandria, it says : ,
A heavy pecuniary mulct—two or three 1
hundred thousand dollars—should be im
posed upon it, and tailing thereof, the por
tion of the.cily where the crime occurred I
should be levelled with the ground. It is r
said in some of the journals that a coro. t
iter's inquest over the body of the mur- s
derer rendered a verdict that he died at y
the hands of United States soldiers "while d
defending his own property in his own (
mwmm inr*m n mmwm. hum i mm n * iusmm\ .iww;i ^jl1. i i
ho’J'e”—a victim oflawless violence, there
fora, and not a rebel assassin ! If thisdoe?
not prove complicity with the crime on the
part of the^cituens. such as we old’amp 4
jusiify the- sort of' retribution lu-re Called
for,.tVe<nT»‘Ht'ii•lAsarMo'.knQvv- what,would.
Let life baVo-yians be taught that we are
it) earnest;. UvU«Biace they have invoked
war. they shall have war—rigorous and un
relenting.
The Usurpation.
' The Cincinnati Gazette—whose Editor
is an office holder of Lincoln and a court
danl of Chase, doe* not oeny that Lincoln
has trampled on the public liberty. Hi:
declaring war—hi* raising armies—his in
vasion of the Stales—hts arrests of citi
zens by the military—his suspension ol
! the writ of habeas corpus—his closing
ports—his piratical depredations upon the
property of the people, were all incontes
table facts and palpable and outrageous
infractions of the laws and Constitution.
The Gazette meets the issue plumply by
confessing: ‘‘That the public safety being
the supreme law, almost the first act of the
President was the suspension of the Con
stitution.”
This is the Yankee idea of Republican
Government ! One man lakes it upon him
self to suspend the Constitution, and es
tablish upon its ruins a military despotism
Tins is what Lincoln has done—and he is
sustained by the whole body of the Yan
kee nation, who boast themselves the ex
clusive and sole champions of free gov
ernment! Congress is called to meet in a
Capital surrounded by 30,000 bayonets, to
ratify the usurpations by which it and the
ivhrtui Pniinlrtf nra onclu vari I Tlioir rln vn
not, if they wished, raise a finger against
the despotism that surrounds them. They
will be required to sanction all that has
been done, and to co-operate in all that
may be proposed for the spread of milita
ry despotism throughout the land. Of
course not a shadow of resistance can be
expected from the Rump Congress. The
people alone can maintain their freedom—
and they can only effect it by hard fight
ing— [Richmond Whig.
The Rogues.—The Yankees have had
much to say about the South stealing pub
lic property, forts, arsenals and munitions
of war. Who built the forts of the North ?
Whose money raised the army and navy,
end built the ships ? Wasn’t it Southern
money? Whose money built Fortress
Monroe ? And was not the very land on
which that fortress stands surrendered to
the Federal agent for the express purpose
of defending Virginia? Hut they have
grabbed all the common property they
could lay their hands upon, and violated
all faith by perverting that which was de
signed as an instrument for our defense
into on agent for our oppression. The
flag, too, which they have stolen, was not
theirs. They did not make it, nor have
they ever done anything for its honor and
glory. The star-spangled banner, also
which they have appropriated without
leave, wa3 the production of a Southern
man. They have offered a reward to some
Yankee to write one, which will never be
forthcoming, to take its place. In the
meantime they prostitute it to their own
vile despotism.
Except what they have stolen from the
South—generals, forts, money, ships, and
songs—they have nothing.— [Richmond
Whig.
Dwindling Down.—The $25,000 said
to have been contributed by Gen. Cass,
for i he equipment of Michigan volunteers,
and $10,000 for the support of their fami
lies, has dwindled down to $3,000 loaned
to the State, for which the General re
ceives legal interest. The four million8
by W. B. Astor and five thousand by old
Buck have their ••existence only in fiction ”
These Northern “ draw on me for any
amount,” men are great humbugs.
---
Don't Forget the Soldier. — In a
*peecii at Atlanta, Ga., a few days since,
Alexander H. Stephens said :
My friends, forget not the soldier! Send
aim contributions to make him comfortable
while he is in the service. Take care of
ais family while he is absent. Employ
pour bands and your substance in doing
works of charity in this day of your coun-"
ry's trial. If any should full in the battle,
ernember the orphan and the widow,and
ake care <>f them. God will bless you in
uch noble performance of a patriotieduty.
—.
Brigadier General James YVatson
rVebb, of New York, shakes his fist in
he face of Great Britain and threatens her
vith the anger of the Yankee Govern
aent, if she dare encourage the Southern
ebels. Of course Great Britain will
mock under now.
--
a commercial house in New Or-1
cans has received a let.er from their cor
espondent in Galveston, in which the wri
nr says flour sent to Texas has been re
hipped to New Orleans because ' the
eople have too much in Galveston.” This
oes not look much like starving out the
Jouk'derate States. i
. ^ ._n| | _ ^ imini in rsagj.iiLgii!iijwr
j Special despatch to tfia New Orleans Delta.
Details of the Battle of Bethel Church.
R(P(fMO^u. June 12.— Col. George
f Dtiryea.'fonricriy commander ol the cele
j b'rated; New York Seventh Pegmi**n», was
j killed in the bantu at Bethel Church, in
j tint act ot rallying bis men. who were run
| ning in all directions. He was in com
i iriarid of a corpse of twelve hundred Zou
: aves.
Three prisoners taken at the Bethel en
j gagemeut. report that Genera! Builer was
! personally in command, an ! had with him
a force oi four ficusaod five hundred to
five thousand iucii.
They acknowledge that their loss in
killed was one hundred and filiy.
But a portion of the command was en
gaged in the fight.
Colonel David VV. Waldroper, of the
enemy’s forces is among the killed. His
sword with his uame engraved on it is now
here.
But six hnndred of our men participa
ted in the battle.
We had but one killed, Henry L. Wy
att, of the Carolina Regiment, and former
ly of Richmond. Several of them are
wounded, among them Charles Williams
and Council Rogers, of the North Caroli
na regiment.
The force which was so roughly han
dled at Bethel, near Yorkiown, seems to
have inculded the first ol the Northern
cavaliers. We perceive that (.'ol Duryea
commanded one of the regiments. He is
the same officer who, for a long time,
commanded the famous Broadway warriors
who were taken so home-sick after their
thirty days service-lhe Seventh Regiment.
Among the missing in the engagement we
observe the names of Major Winthrop.
of the Massachusetts Winthrops, and
Lieutenant Col. Grinnel, of the New York
(jrrinnei Mimouares.
Some doubt in regard to the reliable
ness of the report in reference to the fight
at Bethel has been based on the fact that
Coi. Magrudef was reported, a few days
since, to he at Manassas Junction, in com
mand of a battery. The latter statement
was an error. YVe saw a letter yesterday
from a gentleman of this Stale, now at
Yorktowu, in which it is stated that Co!,
(we hope it will soon be General) Ma
gruder is in command of the Confederate
troops at and near Yorktowu.
--—
Our Affairs and Generals.
The commanders of (he Confederate
armies are now all at their posts, and un
less some unanticipated disaster occurs, we
confidently expect vigorous and effective
movements against the insolent invaders
of Southern soil.
Gen. Jo-eph Johnson commands at
Harper’s Ferry. The United States army
had no more gallant and able officer. He
was ihe author of the plan of the battle of
Cerro Gordo, the most brilliant strategic
movement of the Mexican war, and fell i
badly wounded in the front of the advanc
ed party it the execution of that plan; hut
even alter this misfortune he proceeded to
give the directions for the prosecution of j
the masterly flanking movement, by which
he conducted our army around the base of
the mountain on which the Mexicans were
entrenched, and completely enfiladed their
lines. Other exploits of that campaign
attested the brilliant soldiership of Gener
al Johnson. He now occupies a position
just suited to his genius. How little of
truth there was in the telegraphic story
that he intended to evacuate that position j
may be inferred from the fact that he has j
* hI I < I > i , t h 1 f 11 ' I 'll llu> r r XT 11 11 Lie* *
family. His lady is the daughter of the
Distinguished Louis McL tne.
At Norfolk, Capt. 13 Huger, the ablest
ordinance officer of the United States, is
in command, and tve have the most cheer
ing intelligence of the energy which he has
inlused into every department of that ex
tensive line of defenses.
In the West, our Hoosier neighbors,
who have impoverished and ruined them
selves by blockading their own commerce,
will have to circumvent or overwhelm our
own Beauregard, who will be found some
where in the vicinity of Memphis when
ever those hungry eighty thousand shall
attempt their threatened descent of the
Mississippi.
At Richmond, the headquarters of our
army, our cool-headed, eagle-eyed and li
on-heai'ed President will relieve Gen.
Lee, and enable the son of the gallant
Light Horse Harry, to lake charge of the
army to which will be assigned the honor 1
of rescuing the scenes of his childhood, !
the scenes made classic by the former res- '
idence of the immortal Washington from 1
the pollution of the Northern horde that '
now desecrates that sacred ground. Nev- '
er has a higher mission devolved upon an ;
American patriot, and never did a bright- '
er crown of glory reward a valorous a- 1
chievernent than that which Gen. Lee *
will merit when he perforins this noble ^
task.—[N. O. Delta. I
-»»-»■ c
The Caddo Gazette says; Our f
steamers for several weeks past, have la- c
ken down by hundreds fine fat beeves from v
the prairies of Texas. We learn that r
there are any number of fat cattle in Tex- J
is, which will be at the service of the ar- a
mies of the Confederate States. The s
blockade at Cairo works like it charm. o
it is slated that the speech of Hon. 1 tl
A H. Stephens, delivered at Savannah, t!
n March last, has been republished ini 6,
pamphlet form in England, for circulation | n
u that country and France. s,i
■— .ii ■■. urn juy^an
Census Statistics.
mbjoined tables, prepared from the
| returns of tbe Eighth Census ( I860 ) will
possess interest for all our leaJers iii,Llie
present time :—
White Miles between the ages o-f 1.8 anti
45. inclusive, census of ISbO, in round
numbers. __
...gTATSS* STAVES.
Alabama.106 1)00 Oregon .10.000
Arkansas. 65.000 Pennsylvania.581.000
California •..«• 76.0(0 Rhode Island•• 35.000
' Connecticut ••• • 92000 South CaiclinoOO^tMiU
Delaware.22.0(1!) Trune?-ce . • ■ • 67.UOH
. Florida. 16.000 Texas .S4,0W>
ueovia.II0-000 V-unurP.63000
Illinois.312.000 Virgin:-. • .9i» 000
' Indiana.v7().0ti0 Wnco.isin • !5a.<M«i
; Iowa.135,000 —*- -
i Kansas.21.0(H) V '33 000
j Kentucky.186.000 -
! onirianl. 75 000 territories.
Maine. 1:25.000 Colorado.6.000
Maryland. 120.000 Dakotah.1.0U)
M issacliusetts* 246.000 IS'eiu a-k.i • • 6.0"0
Michigan ••• • 150.000 Nevada.. 1.0(0
Minnessota.... 32 000 New Mexico.. 13 000
Mississippi ••• • 71,000 Utah.8.000
Missouri. 211,000 Washington.. 2,000
New Hampshire 65.000 JOist. Columbial4.000
New Jersey •••. 181.000 -
New York-... 778 000 51 000
North Carolinal32 000 --
Ohio . 46.8.000 Aggregate•5.484,000
It will thus appear that in the free
States there are 3.778,000 white males
between the ages of 18 and 45. and 1,
655.000 in the slaveholding Slates.
For What are the Northern People
Fighting.
To judge of the feeling at the North,
by the public speeches and the tone of the
press, we should suppose ihe people at the
North believed ihnt their homes and their
firesides, were in danger of a Southern
invader. This is all a delusion. The
people of the South, as yet, do not wish
to disturb the people at the JNorth, in the
enjoyment of anything that justly belongs
to them. All that we ask, is, that they
stay at home and enjoy ail the blessings
that God has given them, and leave us to
ourselves, to work out our own destiny m
in our own way. We don't want their
houses or their lands. We don’t want
Washington City, unless Maryland shall
join us; in that case Washington would be
long to us, and we shall take it, but at
present, we do not want anything that be
longs to them. What then a re they fight
ing for ? They say, to uphold the Gov
ernment. If Mr. Lincoln confines the
operations of las Government to those
States that acknowledge his authority, we
shall not interfere with his Government;
we shall attend to our own atF.nis. But
they say they are fighting to maintain 'he
Union. This is a most transparent hum
bug. The Union is lost, irrecoverably lost,
and a million of bayonets could not pin it
together again. It was sacrificed upon
the Chicago platform, and the conduct of
the Northern people is every day making
the gulf which separates us wider and
deeper. What then are the Northern
people fighting us for ? It can be for noth
ing else but revenge. They had better
stop and count the cost. If the War goes
on, the Southern people will not always
remain on ihe defensive; and we will tell
them a solemn truth, that New York and
Boston, are as likely to be sacked before
it closes, as Charleston or Savannah.—
[Georgia Southern Union.
Mr. Russt li’s Fourth Letter to the Lon
don Times.
The following is a short extract which
we clip from Mr. Russell’s fourth letter to
the London Times. It is dated at Nor
folk, V^a., April loth—just after the (all
of Fort Sumter:
Sumter has fallen at last. So much j
may he accepted. Before many hours I '
hope to stand amid the rums of a spot
which will probably become historic, and
has already made more noise in the world
than ns guns, gallant as the defence may
have been. The news will produce an
extraordinary impression at New York —
it will disconcert stock jobbers and derange
he most ingenious speculations. But con
siderable as may be its resulis in any part
}f the Union, I venture to say that no
where will the shock cause such painful
:onvulsions as in the Cabinet of Washing
on, where there appeared to exist the
Host perfect conviction that the plan for
he relief of Sumter could not fail to be
luccessful either through the force of the
■xpedition provided for that object, or
hrough the unwillingness of the leaders
it Charleston to fire the first shot, and to
ompel the surrender of the place by actu
d hostilities. The confidence of Mr.
Seward in the strength of the name and
he resources of the United States Federal
government must receive a rude blow, hut
iis confidences are by no means of weak
y constitution, and it will be long ere he
an bring himself to think that all his pro
hecies must be given up one after an
ther before the inexorable logic of facts, j
rhich his vaticinations have been in "irre
ressible conflict.” It seems to me that j i
Ir. Seward has all along undervalued the
Pirit and the resolution of the Southern
'ave States, or that he has disguised from I
thers the sense he entertains of their ex- i
mt and vigor. The days assigned far1 i
ie life ol the secession has not yielded up :
ie ghost. The bravado of the South has '
\tn sustained by the deed* which render' \
'.treat from its advanced position impos- * r
Vc. | J
I ^ Bill Arp t^bei-Mnkhora. \r
Mh. LiNiiin)nw—i5(i.f:, These urefo j
form you that wejire.^J. well, and 1,,,!'
-ilirflrlfw Tine* may fin'd you ,0 *#,„ ^
; We got your, prok lama shun, and „s v
j have put us on mighty blunt not is, „ ^
i of us boys baa concluded to write »o yo
| and ax lor a little more time. The f„ ,.U’
• we are most obleeged to have a few
| day*, for the way things is hapmn. us J*
I terly on possible for us to disperse u,
j days. Old Virpiiu.y and Tennessee,„aj
| Noitb Carolina, are continually apgriva
| tin us into tumults and karousements atl(j
i a body cant disperse until you pm a „ J
' io sicb unruly conduct on ilieir p.irt °‘j
J tried my darnde.-l yesterd y to disperse
and retire, but it was no go; and besides
your Marshal here aim doing a daiiit|n„„
—he don’t read the riot act nor remou^
irate, nor nothin, and' ought to be turned
out If yon conclude to do *o, I a,„ Hlu
thorized to rekomfnond to you Cnpt Coop.
eror'Mr. McClung, or perhaps myself
would attend to die business as well ils
most any body. The fact is the boys
amuiid here want watchin. or they’ll i,,^
soiiieihin. A few days ago I heard they L
«unoui,d-jd two ol our best citizens be
cause they was named Fort ami Sumttr.
Most of them are so Lot they fairly s,2
when you pour water on ’em, and that’s
the way tiiey make up their military coin
panies here now—-when a man applies
to jtne the volunteers, they sprinkle him
and if he sizzt-s they take him and if he
dont they dont. 7
Mr. Linkhorn, sir, privately speaking,
I’m >i fra id I’ll git in a tight place hero p
among these bloods, and have to elope out f
of it, und I would like much to have your i I
Scotch cap and cloak, what you traveled
in to Washington. I suppose you would
not be likely to use the same disguise
again when you left, and therefore 1 vvonld
__ _n _i _u
j" w •• w * * r ' * v ■ v v » ijvi wuiu
get tny plow britches and coat to you in 8
or 10 days if you can wait*, that long I
want you to write to me immediately
about things generally, and let us know
where you intend to do your fightm.
You proklamashun says somethin about
takin possession of ihe public property at
“*!/// Hazards." We can’t find nosicha
place on the maps. 1 thought it must be
about Charleston, or Savannah, or Har
per’s Ferry, but they say n ain’t anywhere
down South. One man said it was a lit.
tie factory on an island in Lake Cham,
plain, where they made sand bags. My
opinion .is that sand hag business wont j
pay, and it is a great wait of money. Our
boys here carry their sand in their giz
z.irds where it keeps belter, and is always f
handy. I’m afraid your government is
givinyounnd your kangaroo a heap of
unnecessary trouble, and my humble ad
vice is if ibings dont work better scion,
you’d better grease it or trade the darned
old thing off. I’d take rails or anything
for it—if I could see you I’d show you a
slight of hand trick ibat would change ihc
whole concern imo buttons quick. If you
don’t Made, or do something else with it
soon, it will spile or die on your hands
certain.
Give my respects io Bill Suard and the
othher members of ihe kangaroo. What’s
Hannibal done i 1 don’t hear anything
from him now adays..
Yours with care. Bill A*r.
P. S.— If you can possibly extend that
order to 30 days, days, do so. We have
sent you the discount in advance, on a
check at Harper's Ferry ( wliQ-feeeps-that - |
darned old Ferry now?—its givn> us a
heap of trouble) hut if you positively wont
extend, we ll send you a check, drawn by
Jeff Davis, Beauregard endorser, pwyable
on sight anywhere.
Yours, "B. A. •
*’ *
Tut Ci ncinxati War Ships—The
people down South must be on the lookout
lor the war ships of Cincinnati is fitting
om to lake ’em in. One of the fleet, the
Conewago, is an ancient hind wheel pro
pellar, and, if age is an advantage, she
ought to he tougti enough without the iron
plates, three inches thick, that are to bind
her sides. The A. O. Taylor, too.fis to
have her sides bound in with the aforesaid
plates of triple iron or steel She is one
of the famous tad-pole line that can easily
make fourteen miles in fifteen hours up
stream, and what a splendid mark she’d
he for the Southern hearts to fire at. Why,
if the gunners at Fort Wright were to see
her in sight at daylight they could go to
breakfast at thp»r leisure and get back to
their guns in time to give her a pill or two
at convenient range, and if she should
happen to turn her tail to run away, what
an awful mark her stern would be to shoot
at. She is as broad as long, and it would
he like battering a huge clapboard barn.—
[Louisville Courier, 14th.
■-*—— -
The Plan.—I am at last enabled to
send you a comprehensive announcement
>f the governmental policy concerning
rffensive movements. It is the intention
)f ibe President to crush out this rebel*
iori, if possible, before the 4th of July,
1861. lie has determined and ordered
hat, if it be practicable, simultaneous at*
acka be made upon Norfolk, Richmond,
larper’s Ferry and Pensacola, and that a
lotilla be sent down the Mississippi river,
riiere is to be no trifling. Good citizen*
vill he protected, but traitors will be hung*
nd their property will be confiscated'-'*
Washington Cor. N Y. Time*

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