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March 9, 1864—pg. 4
GENERAL WAR NEWS
Another Call for Troops.
THE DRAFT TO BE ENFORCED.
By Telegraph to The Republican.
Supervisor Booth of Brooklyn, N. Y., who returned from Washington Tuesday, has officially informed the board of supervisors that a call for 200,000 more men would soon be made, and that the draft would be enforced. He was so informed by Secretary Stanton, who advised him to keep on recruiting, as all the surplus would be credited to the county in the forthcoming draft.
Gen Butler’s Department.
GEN PECK BESIEGED AT NEW BERNE.
By Telegraph to The Republican.
A Fortress Monroe letter of the 5th says that Gen Peck is besieged at New Berne, and so is nearly every post in North Carolina. Kilpatrick’s veteran horsemen are with Gen Butler just in the nick of time, and will probably be retained by him in the present aspect of affairs, as they can accomplish more than twice or thrice their number of infantry.
THE REBELS TROUBLESOME.
A Norfolk letter of the 6th, reports Gen Pickett’s whole rebel division at Suffolk, supposed to be on a grand foraging expedition, and to enforce the conscription. Ransom’s rebel command, which infested the line of the Albemarle and Chesapeake canal, has disappeared from there.
The Kilpatrick Raid.
COL DAHLGREN BOTH SAFE AND DEAD.
The Tribune’s Washington correspondent states positively that Col Dahlgren and his command reached Williamsburg, Va., that morning. Gen Butler had previously sent a force out to King and Queen’s Court House to meet them, having learned of their arrival there, about 35 miles from Williamsburg.
Percontra, the Herald’s correspondent sends from Gen Meade’s headquarters what purports to be a circumstantial account of Col Dahlgren’s death taken from the Richmond Sentinel of the 5th. According to this account, after leaving the suburbs of Richmond, Col Dahlgren proceeded with a portion of his men toward the peninsula, through the county of King and Queen, where he met Lieut Col Pollard of the 9th Virginia, and had a sharp encounter, in which Col Dahlgren was shot dead. Some seventy or eighty of his men were captured. Upon his person were found an address to his men and a memorandum of the route he was to take with his command when he left Kilpatrick, where he was to go, what he was to do, when he was to be there, and when he was to rejoin the main force. The address to his men is a most spirit stirring and patriotic appeal to their sympathies and valor in behalf of their fellow soldiers who are suffering imprisonment in the loathsome dungeons and upon the desert islands of the confederacy. He begs them not to falter or flag, but to follow him to open prison doors, and putting arms in the hands of their released brethren, they would all march together to kill Davis and his cabinet, and then return home to their friends, ready and anxious for further deeds of valor. The Sentinel devotes a column of editorial to comments upon the address and memoranda, and characterizes them as the h[e]ight of barbarism and vandalism. It declares that the world can now see that this war is prosecuted from partisan hate, which exceeds that of the savages of old.
The Sentinel claims that they have captured two hundred and four of Kilpatrick’s men and five officers. They do not claim to have killed many, but give an obituary of Capt Ellerey of their own forces, who was killed in defense of Richmond. It also announces the safe return of Col S. S. Bell to Richmond, who escaped from the cars on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad when being conveyed from Johnson’s Island to Point Lookout.
DEATH OF COL DAHLGREN CONFIRMED.
Gen Butler was requested by the president to make such investigation relative to his Sunday report that Col Dahlgren was safe, as would positively settle the question. Gen Kilpatrick was also requested to give the time Col Dahlgren was heard form. Late Monday night Gen Butler telegraphed that he had received information confirming the announcement in the Sentinel, that Col Dahlgren was killed at King and Queen Court House, and Gen Kilpatrick telegraphed that the last information he had received of Dahlgren’s whereabouts was that he was seen on Thursday. The skirmish took place the day after, in which Col Dahlgren was killed.
Politics and the Generals.
The exact object of Gen Grant’s visit to Washington not being known, the gossips have the widest liberty for speculation. The various statements, all made with the utmost positiveness, are: that he will take Gen Halleck’s place as general-in-chief, and Gen Halleck will become “acting assistant adjutant general to the commander-in-chief, of the army of the United States, Abraham Lincoln;” that Gen Grant’s visit does not affect Gen Halleck’s position, but that the former comes solely to consult as to future operations; and, finally, that his first act as general-in-chief will be to supersede Gen Meade by Gen Hooker. Somebody seems to have determined to get Gen Meade removed if possible. The Tribune’s Washington correspondent reports a story that he ordered a retreat after the first day’s fight at Gettysburg, and says that he also again ordered a retreat the next forenoon, and that he refused to pursue the army when beaten, and said, “Oh, let them go.” Still further, he is accused of trying to break up the third army corps because of the refusal of the corps to subscribe to the McClellan testimonial, and of saying that we cannot subdue the rebels. The probability is that these charges are lies, but they will not wholly fail of their object, and this congressional court martial may be considered the preparation for the spring campaign.
The Loss at Olustee.
The Jacksonville correspondent of the N.Y. Evening Post attributes the disaster at Olustee to Gen Seymour’s too great confidence in the . . . accounts of rebel deserters, who said there were but few rebel troops in the state. The losses were 154 killed, 1098 wounded and 420 missing—total 1666, which will be somewhat reduced by the returns of stragglers.
The Massachusetts troops in Gen Banks’ department are ordered to have inscribed on their colors the names of the actions in which they have distinguished themselves, as follows:—
Twenty-sixth regiment, Lafourche; 30th Baton Rouge, Plains Store, Port Hudson, Co’s Plantation; 31st, Bisland, Port Hudson, 38th Bisland, Port Hudson, 3d cavalry, company L, Georgia Landing, Port Hudson; 2d battery, Baton Rouge, Port Hudson; 4th battery, Baton Rouge, Cotton, Port Hudson; 6th battery, Baton Rouge, Georgia Landing, Cotton, Bisland, Port Hudson; 18th battery, Port Hudson.
Col Arthur F. Devereux, of the 19th regiment, has resigned his commission, to establish himself in business in Baltimore. Lieut Col Litchfield, of the Kilpatrick expedition, missing, and known to be wounded, is a son of Dea Litchfield, of East Boston, and was at home on a visit a few weeks since. He is attached to a Michigan regiment. Surgeon Galloupe, of the 17th regiment, who was captured at Newbern, has been released
and is now at his residence in Lynn. Major Boyle was not killed in Florida, as reported, but was wounded and taken prisoner.
Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan have raised their full quotas under the call for 500,000 men. The quotas of Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri and Massachusetts are nearly full, but Pennsylvania and Kentucky are a long way behind.
The naval raid of the rebels on Chesapeake bay on Saturday was made in three canoes. They captured the steamer Iolus, which was released on $30,000 bonds, and the Titan, laden with commissary stores, which they took up the Rappahannock. They also destroyed the telegraph station and submarine cable at Cherrystone inlet. The whole affair was bold and successful. The rebels numbered about thirty men, and were under the command of Capt Fitzhugh and Capt Taylor Wood (nephew of Gen Zachary Taylor), both of the rebel navy. A letter from Fortress Monroe says the army gunboat Brewster arrived there Monday night from a cruise after the steam tug Titian that was captured by the rebels at Cherrystone. She reports chasing the Titian into Pialekatuk river. She reported to a guard ship and was allowed to pass but is now hemmed in by our navy gunboats, and will probably be recaptured.
Large returns of the missing are reported since the late battle of Olustee, Florida. The wounded at that sanguinary engagement have nearly all been brought up, and are comfortable established in hospitals at Hilton Head and Beaufort.
The story about a prospect of exchanging prisoners is now positively contradicted. It was Butlerian.
Two swift ships besides the Osteree are going to the Pacific, which means that the Alabama is expected that way.
Blockade running at Charleston is reported brisk.
Upon the application of Gov Andy Johnson, the war department has issued another order releasing a large number of East Tennesseans from the old capitol, and allowing them to return to their homes.
The Richmond papers say there is to be a weekly flag of truce boat to and from Fortress Monroe, for mails, and that the last boat up to City Point had 15 tons of supplies for our men and a mail of between two and three thousand letters.
The navy department has adopted the following names for the new iron clad double turreted war steamers to be built in the government navy yards: Kalamazoo, Passaconomy and Shackmaxon.
The rebel authorities have refused to release civilians living within the limits of the confederacy and now imprisoned, upon the ground that they are not subjects of exchange, and as citizens of the confederacy have no claim upon the federal government. In future no citizen of the southern states who may be captured by the rebels will be released without taking the oath of allegiance to the confederacy.
Two Union soldiers who have escaped from Danville, Va., prison, and arrived at Cincinnati, state that the entire number of prisoners in the Danville prison was estimated at about 4500, of whom about 500 had died. The small pox had prevailed for some time previous to their escape, and some of its victims had been found dead in the prison, being allowed to remain there several days without the benefit of medical assistance.
The finding of the court of inquiry in Gen Buell’s case will soon be published, relieving the general from all blame. So says a Washington telegram.
Some fears are entertained at Washington that a conflict of jurisdiction over the government plantations in the Mississippi valley will take place between Mr Mellen, agent of the treasury department, and Gen Thomas, of the war department.
A small rebel force seen in London county, Va., has given rise to a false report of a raid into Maryland.
Gen Butler has appointed Capt Gage, inspecting commissary of his department.
Quite a serious fight occurred at Baltimore, Monday night between the Connecticut cavalry and some Maryland cavalry regiments. Several were badly wounded on both sides.
The steamer Fanny from Memphis, 7th, brought 240 bales of cotton to Cairo.
By Telegraph to The Republican.
Nominations Confirmed Tuesday.
In executive session, Tuesday, the Senate confirmed a large number of nominations for postmasters, among which were: Eliphalet Wright, Lee; Horatio N. Barber, St Albans, Vt.; Charles W. Gillett, Waterbury, Ct.; Charles B. Prescott, Holyoke; George Swain, Nashua, N. H. Over a hundred assistant adjutant generals, with the rank of captain, were confirmed, and several with the rank of major, including Charles A. Wheeler, Massachusetts, with Gen Sedgwick; Charles H. Howard, Maine, with Gen Howard; John A. Anderson, Massachusetts, with Gen Foster; Peter Haggerty, Massachusetts, with Gen Butler.
Things in General.
The president has signed the whisky bill.
In the Washington city council, Monday night, resolutions were unanimously passed tendering to Gen Grant a cordial welcome, and the hospitalities of the city.
Joseph Savage, a hardware dealer in Washington, has been arrested by order of the government, and his store closed. He has had a number of contracts with the government.
Admiral Dupont is in Washington, to appear before the committee who are investigating the attack on Charleston.
It appears from a report of the late Admiral Foote, just made public, that after an examination of several sites in the West, he recommends Carondelet, Mo, for a naval depot with an auxiliary depot at Cairo, Ill. The subject is now before Congress.
The Baltimore conference of the Methodist church met at Washington, Tuesday, and passed strong resolutions of loyalty by a vote of 48 to 10.
The supplemental report of S. B. Ruggles, commissioner of the United States to the International Statistical Congress at Berlin, communicated to Congress by the secretary of state, includes the result of a special commission representing fourteen nations, recommending the French decimal system of weights and measures, showing them to be already used by a population of 189,000,000.
The statement that Gen Sickels has preferred charges against Gen Meade before the committee on the conduct of the war is erroneous.
The bill introduced by Representative Julian of Indiana, Tuesday, secures to persons in the military or naval service of the United States homesteads on confiscated or forfeited estates in insurrectionary districts; all lands or other real property not included within the limits of any city or village against which proceedings shall be instituted under the act of July, 1802. These lands are to come under the provisions of the homestead law.
Gen Grant attended the president’s reception Tuesday evening, and was received with great enthusiasm.
The bill which Senator Wilson introduced Tuesday for the better organization of the quartermaster’s department provides for many substantial reforms in the purchases of government stores, and is intended to secure both greater efficiency and economy.