The state Republican. (Eugene City, Or.) 1862-1863, December 27, 1862, Image 2

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Th3 Strujjla of to-day it not altogether for
to-day, it itior the vast future also."
Tho President's Message has sent dismay into
the secession ranks, and they send up a wuil ot
despair. The JUrysville (Cul. ) Express, the
leading secession p:1fer on this coast, expresses
its grief and disappointment in the following
train :
His message is devoted principally to the sub-
jeet of "Compensated Emancipation." He seems,
m tact, to be a monomaniac on mis suiiject. lie
now proposes amendments to the Constitution
providing for the emancipation of all the slaves
in the South by the year li)00, and also for pay.
ing the owners.
lo ask them I the loval states to assume hun
deeds ot millions more ill addition to what the
war is costing to 'pay. for slaves would be join
ing insult on injury. -They would never consent
to it. Nor would' the" slaveholders cor.sent to
receive small compensation ! for their property
and then be taxed to pay themselves. What will
foreigners say of this mcs age of our Chief Mag
istrute ? Asa State paper it is h disgrace to the
country, and will be a subject of ridicule through
out the civilized world. It will make the cheek
of every proud American crimson to read the
comments which will appear in the English and
French journals.
The President is "tharaetarized as a "monoma
niac" because he proposes to pay fJr slaves. If
he had proposed to take tlicia witliout paying
anything, ho would have been assailed as a "mon
liter" or a "despot," To ask the loyal States to
"assume hundreds of millions" to pay for slaves
"would be adding insult on injury," and they
would never consent to it. Then, in the next
sentence, that is flally contradicted by the asser
tion that the slaveholders would have to "receive
smart compensation for their slaves and then be
taxed to pui themselves" "-' And, then, Oh ! w hat
will tho aristocracy of Europe say ? That is
what troubles this suffering patriot ! If he could
only induce England and France to speak well
of the Message he 'Would bo no happy ; and yet
the white-livered traitor has said things in the
same article which the meanest aristocrat in
Europe would be ashamed to repeat.
Our neutral neighbor, the Eugene Review, tries
to imitate the grief-of the Express, but utterly
fuils to shed a tear for poor Old Abe, and finally
gives up the effort, and breaks out in a spirit of
genuine neutrality as follows t
lias he the President not le:,rncd that two
men who have found it, impossible to cultivate
with harmony the Ranie firm in Common, have
been able peaceably to do it when each cultivated
his share to himself, though no more tlmn
fitrrotirh furrow divided their possessions ?
Has he not learned, from history, that sectional
animosities are far more bitter "than national?
He also speaks of the difficulties likely to arise
from the circumstance that inure are no natural
bound. tries by which the two sections can be se
aruted. But how many nations of Europe are
separated only by an imaginary line ? And when
have wars originated from that circumstance?
Canada is separated, from us partly by a
"river easily crossed," and art by surveyor's
lines over which people may walk back and forth
without any consciousness of their presence."
But I as this ever occasioned disturbances be
tween the two countries 1
His whole argument is based on the supposi
ton that slavery is t ie cause ot tlie war ; ih t
tts removal will end the contest and all tliat is
necessary to that end is an amendment lo th
Constitution to that effect, forgetting that there
are eleven States that entirely ignore the Consti
tution, while in four others its obligations are but
imperfectly acknowledged.
He speaks as though the people of the North
were the nation and the remainder of the States
mere dependencies. But, perhaps, he will wake
up somo of these days to the leulity that the great
mass of the Northern people still recognize the
rights and respect1 the wishes of these same States
whose existence ho appears to ignore.
First, tho benefits' w hich are to arise from se
cession are set forth, and the objection urged
against disunion, ih consequence of there being
no natural boundary, are speedily disposed of, and
the line of separation indicated, though it is not
said exactly wlidre 'it shall pnss between th
two sections. In the next paragraph we are in
formed that this separation has actually taken
place ; and the President is censured for "for
getting that eleven of the State have en
tirely ignored theConstitution,' and forreterring
to them in his Message as a part of the nation.
And in the third paragraph, he is blamed because
he does not rceogtiize them more distinctly a a
part of the nation. ,Tho w hole is concluded with
the declaration that' thu "great mas secession
mass of the Northern people still recognize the
rights and respect the wishes of these same States
w hich he tho President appears to ignore.'' To
"respect the wishes" of these States would be to
establish that "boundary " which secessionists ad
vooate with so much seal, and that would be con
trary to the wishes of a greater number of State,
as vitally interested in this question as those
that have "ignored the Constitution." Silly as
these self contradictions are, they are fair speci
mens of secession logic First, they want the
"Constitution as it is and the Union a it was ;"
in the next breath they want a boundary line
between the North and South ; then they say
that eleven States have ignored the Constitution,
and they want the, President to ignore them by,i iimm mI..h. , uul mmiii ili..v u a.rlv 1
grieved because in hi Message he has Ignored
them too much. - '
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Th StatesnuH aiid- TWIe. Mutainter are, 'pursued by hi aaaaibint. he drew a revolver, and
!ik Wr!l and Kew it.:" unit una'urttSho(1Iwr. inflict'insr wh it was snppoKvl to be a-!
inseparable, and a paragraph Ootn the latter wilt (
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s'lflice to give u correct idoa of tlio style of Loth :
The message of President Lincoln is full ot
absurdities, and his reasoning is such as would
scarcely be creditable to a half grown school boy.
To tell the people, or even Congress, that they
are acting history, is to tell them a truism, for it
they are not acting history, whut in the name ot
fortune are they acting ?
To tell thb writer of the above that ho is aid
ing secession, is to tell him a "truism," lor if h'
is not aiding secession, whut in the name of for
tune is he doing t And yet he is so thick heade
that he seems unconscious of thi fact, or so d
h inest thut he does not caro for it. So with
1. . . t.:. . .1. -. t i i ! .
"iany h" are auti"g history ; they go blundering
a'oug seemii gly unconscious of the great respon-
s bility which is resting upon them, and such
simple truisms as the one mentioned above, are
necessary to arrest the attention and penetrate
the sculls of these same beef heads that find so
much fault with them.
Tint Partisan Phatkks. The man who at the
present time, when the Republic is menaced
with destruction, and her patriotic children are
shedding their blood for her safety, prefers party
to country, and prates of stinking political fossils
which he calls his principles, is unworthy the
name of American citizen, and is only fit to be
the serf ot some European or Orieutul despot.
Mountain Messenger.
That fits the Oregon " pizarinctums" exactly.
Hit them again, they have no friends, .traitors
fear to trust them, and patriots feel disgraced
by having such creatures among them.
Another Star i.x tub Union. A mass meet
ing was recently held in Virginia City, Nevada
Territory, to take into consideration the propri
ety of memorializing the Legislature to call a
Convention to draft a State Constitution, for the
purpose of admission into the Union as a State.
Mutual Admiration.
It is amusing to observe the disposition of
'you tickle me and I'll tickle you" which exists
between the Mountaineer and Statesman. They
turn up their noses at Put Maloue and his kind,
yet find the same fault with the Administration
and the means of prosecuting tho war that these
traitors have urged from the first. The Moun
taineer says, in substiinco :
" We ure in favor of a vigorous prosecution of
tho war witliout any ' ifs' or buts;' but we are
lesparately opposed to the currency which en
ables the Government to prosecute the war."
The Statesman copies tho article the next
week, and adds :
" Yes, Mr. Mountaineer, you are a greet fat
lump of political sagacity, and as wise as a ser
pent. We, too, are in favor of a more vigorous
prosecution of the war, witliout any ' ifs,' ' buts'
or.'ands;' but we are disgusted with this rag
money which the Government uses in carrying
on the war; and we ure entirely opposed to this
emancipation humbug of taking slaves from their
rebel masters and thus deprive the poor fellows
of tho means of support md ot carrying on the
rebellion ; and, like the Hon. Jefferson Davis,
we are unalterably opposed to this miserable
abolition faction of addle-brained radicals and
eruzy fanatics, such as the Garrisons, tho Phil-
lipses, the Greeleys, the Dickinsons, the Wades
the Sunmers, the Ben Butlers, the Lincolns, and
the thousand-aiid-one other radicals who are
prosecuting this war."
The next week the Mountaineer copies the en
tire article, and adds :
Yes sir you are a gentleman and scholar, and
a first rate judge of pure Democracy, and a
good judge of whisky. V .ire in favor of a
more vigorous prosecution of the war, without
any qualifications; A we are heartily di-gusted
with these abolition fanatics and their manner of
prosecuting the war."
Really, the ludicrous figures cut by these
papers are more amusing than any nigger show.
What ore says the other invariably repeats, and
adds, " ves sir."
Thicrb is but one point upon which all ma
agree to day and tomorrow the Federal Union
must be preserved. If all were resolved upon
so simple a creed, and upon pursuing the most
direct means for securing it, there would be small
employment for mere politicians. Statesman.
As the majority of the people are "resolved
upon so simple a creed," the sore headed "pizi
i inotum" politicians will find that they have bui
"small employment" in this State, as all th-ir
efforts to reorganize the "Democracy" will cer
tainly prove to be a great fuss over a dead
Tim Dalles Mountaineer says:
The last issue of the Eugene Republican as
sailed the editor of tho Mountaineer in choice
When t urcotemporarie resort to billingsgate,
which is the only stock in trade with some of
them, we are compelled to follow suitor let the
blackguards have it all their own way, and when
they get "played out" at their own game, they
should not complain.
Amur at Olvmpia. From the Washington
Standard of December 20th, we learn that an
MlTVay occurred in Olympia on the morning of
that date, between B. F. Kendall, of the Overland
Press, and an old man named Horace Howe.
Kendall had published an article in the Press
aceusinir Howe of beine an incendiary . Ill
sequence of this he attacked Kendall in the street
with a hazle rod. Kendall fled, but on being
mortal wound.
Last week the new was of u more cheering
nature than for some time past. Bumaide was
on the rebel side of the Rappahannock, and after
two days of unparalleled fighting, bith for da
ring bravery and unavailing slaughter our troops
ere withdrawn across the river. What's wrong?
A'ho's to blame? Gen. Bnruside crossed tie
lappahunnock with, all told, about 190,00'
len, in the face of an enemy 200,000 stroii:
ith almost impregnable fortifications. Wl
liould this movement have been made, and win
i is responsible ? The Sacramento Union of tho
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19th inst. in speak ing of this matter says
"Tho extraordinary strength of tho rebel' po
sition was fuily understood by the commander
of the Army of the Potomac and tho newspaper
correspondents. It was thought that even the
passage of the Rappahannock would be attended
with fearful loss of life. According to Forney's
Press of Nov. 27th, Burnside's dispatches to
Gen. Ilalleck fully informed the General in-Chief
of the situation, and Forney adds : Burnsidu is
now ordered to cross in force. lhe response
bility for the advance, under these circumstances,
falls upon Gen. Ilalleck. IJurnside obeyed or
ders. Forney proceeds to say that the concen
tration of the rebel army at Fredericksburg was
anticipated, from which it may be inferred that
the object of Ilalleck in ordering the demonstra
tion on tho rebel woi ks wus twofold to carry
them, if possible, and thus open the northern
road to Richmond, or, at all events, to keep
Lee in that position while an armyndvunced on
Richmond from the south. The article we have
quoted concludes with the following declaration:
'The Army of the Potomac will win Richmond
on the Rappahannock, but the army of the James
will occupy the city, and show to the world the
true greatness of all that composed that noble
army now lying quietly before Fredericksburg.'
Bearing in mind then that Bnruside obeyed or
ders in crossing tho the Rappahannock and as
sailing the enemy in their impregnable position,
the reputation of the General wil be enhanced,
rather than diminished by his management of the
From all we can gather from tho various di.s
patches there remains no doubt that there is a
large army marching from North Carolina, with
a view to strike Richmond from un entirety new
direction, and also an army is ordered up the
Ji.mes river. Upon the whole, the prospect for
a cruching blow to be dealt to the rebellion is
now brighter than it has been for many months,
and what is even more cheering to the cause of
our country is, our military officers seem to be
all pulling together, and all desiring the same
great object-tho salvation of Republican liberty.
Oregon War Debt.
Editors Alta : Part;es from Oregon complain
bitterly of tho action of the Treasury Depart
merit in reference to the payment of the Oregon
war debt. In March, lSbl, Congress appropria
ted two million eight hundred thousand d'lhirs
for thu payment of claims amounting to six mil
dons, incurred by citizens of Oregon in their
wars against the Indians several years ago. By
the act of Congress, the sum appropriated was to
be paid pro rata upon tho claims as they wre
adjusted by the Third Auditor of the Treasury.
the Secretary of the Ireusury was authorized
lo pay these debts in bonds bearing six per cent.
interest from July, 1801, or in money. Plates
were prepared at great expense to print these
bonds ; but after nine hundred thousand dollars
had been paid out they rose above pur, and th
Secretary reluses to issue any more of them, or
to allow any interest, lhe debt is to be paid in
green hacks. But these ore not printed fast
enough for the current demands of the Govern
ment. The citizens of Oregon must, therefore,
suffer great inconvenience and loss, as the rates
of interest there are two to three per cent, per
month. It is charged that one great cause of the
delay is the action of the Third Auditor, wh
has been a year nod a half in adjusting the claims
and making awards, for which he has received
one thousand dollars extra in tho appropriation.
The matter will be looked into by the Oregon
delegation.-iYiew VorlLCor. S. F. Alta, Xov. 1 1
A max named William Riley, stabbed A. C
Humphreys on the 11th inst. in a dringiug s.t
loon at Kanaka Flat, about two miles from
Jacksonville. The Sentinel says Humphreys
died on the 13th, and Riley was committed to
Editorial Chasok. Charles Westmoreland.
t'le talented and humorous editor of the Shasta
Courier, has gone to Marysville to tuke editorial
charge of the Appeal.
The steamer Sierra Nevada arrived at Port
land on the 23J inst., from S ill Francisco via
ictona. '
Tkmpkranck Msetino. There will be a pur.
1 o temperance meeting held in the Court House,
on Monday evening, Jan. atn. Die evenings
entertainment will consist ot speaking, vocal
and instnimenial music. All persons who feel
interested in the cause of timperance are cordially
invited to attend. Exercises to commence at
t.J o'clock.
A Goon Exampi . While tho English are
assisting to try to subdue the Yankees, by aiding
and abetting the rebels, the Yankees are fitting
out vessels w ith supplies to feed the Hnlfer'uig
poor of England, the same as "addition" Mas-
sachusetts did years ago, for suturing Ireland
lurinir a creat famine. That is the character of
the " fanatical abolitionists," to aid suffering hu
manity wherever found.
I consequence of the slight rise in the Wil
lamette, steamers have commenced plying
between Oregon City and Salem.
The Portland Time say, the bark Almy
left that place lor 5at. f rancisco, on me t int.,!on .ul nmt water.t everywhere, on all sides the
ith'4.0(aboxe apple, a. Urge quantity of movement of Federal armie and fleets indicate
wool, hfdtfs 0i,d other freight.
Cairo, Dec. 11. Gen. Grant is encamped at
Oxford uwaiting a supply train from Holly
Springs. Reports are contradictory as to wheth
er the rebels ro occupy Grenada or not.
San Francisco, Deo. 12. The Goldtin Ag
rook 023 passengers and $1,593,599 in treasure.
The Moses Taylor took 55.'1 passengers.
The Times' Washington dispatch asserts pos
ively thut Governor Hamilton, of Texas, sailc
vith Banks' expedition.
Louisville, 10. Advieexjnst received at Ilea
garters express upprrehonsioiis of immediat.
movements m ienncssee. Morgan is seven
miles from Murfreesboro, organizing for another
raid into Kentucky.
New York, Dec. 13 Concerning Saturday
night's fight, the Herald has the following: The
buttle raged fiercely through the day and evening
till after dark. Th - lighting in our immediate
front, and on the right and beyond Fredericks
burg, was carried on by Sumner's division.
Shortly utter 9 o'clock, General Couch's corps
moved out from the upper part of the city with
a strong detachment of skirmishers, lhe enemy
yielded gradually, but contested our progress
with great stubbornness, and for some time the
rattle of musketry was incessant. At the time
this movement commenced, batteries of the di
vision stationed on the blutl's, across the river,
opened with shell, to cover our advance. The
infantry having fallen back to their first lino of
works, their batteries opened with vigorous and
rapid lire upon our columns, which brought them
to a temporary halt. For some time our artil
lery on the blutl's kept up the fire on the rebel
batteries with consideraple success; and the rebel
bittery on Taylor's Hill, opposite Falmouth,
was finally silenced. During all this time the
rebel artillery was entirely devoted to shelling
our advance. Soon alter the whole corps was
deployed into line of battle, and moved forward
to attack storm tho rebel batteries on the
right, while from tho enemy's works a terrible
showea of shell, grape and shurpnel tore through
their bleeding ranks. Notwithstanding this, they
st adily pushed on to the rifle pits within a short
distance of the first line of intrenchmeiits. They
drove the rebels from the former, making pri -oners
of some while the remainder took shelter
behind the iiitreuchments. This was accomplish
ed after a most heroic and long continued effort
under a most galling and murderous fire. Un
able to stand against this terrible fire, they re
turned in good order, carrying off their wounded,
to their original line of pickets, though holding
tl e ground they first occupied, after having been
six hours under fire.
Chicago, Dec. 15. The following is believed
to be nearly correct, as to the number of our
army at Fredericksburg : Hooker's corps about
50,000. Franklin on left and Sumner on right,
each with equal numbers. Sigel with 25 000
advancing on center, and Slocum with 15.000 is
executing flank movement of enemy's left.
Tho situation at Fredericksburg, as bri. fly
ituted, is as follows : We have crossed in force
mid hold the city. The rebels hold a semi eircu
lur line of works, ranging from one to thret
miles back from the river. ihet'C remains three
things for us to do. We mnv attempt to storm
their works, or stand on the defensive where we
.ire, or bring up reserves and atte'npt to turn
their Hmk. In the fust case, if detenied, we
would bo thrown bock on the i.vor witiei it. iiuv
sufii-ient means of frossng. There was no
lighting of any consequence yuslci-J.iy.
Fortress Monroe, Dec. 13 Th R: ''iniond
Examiner has the following: Heavy tin t wis
going on at Fredericksburg, and canno,..,ding i
severe. On the 10th ourbuUeiies st.LlluUt.d
above and below town, opened lire on gunbnnts
in the stream. The firing lasted an hour and n
half, and was very heavy and rapid. Eleven
houses were s ruck, four being cunipletcl)
Washington, Dec. 15. Up to midnight no
intelligence of importance had been received
from the army. There was occasional firing
during the night. The Richmond Enquirer says
twelve regiments of Yukees left Newburn, Sat
unlay. Some think their destination is Wil
'iiiugton, but more general belief is that they
will attack Weldon and Petersburg.
Cincinn ti. Dee. 15. Southern dispatches say
that Jetf Davis arrived at Murfreesboro' on
Friday. Gov. Brown, of Georgia, acti g under
iiuthority ot the Legislature, seized half a million
dollars worth of goods, in Augusta, for the use
of soldiers, to be paid for at reasonable rates.
Nashville, Dec. Vi. The rebels hive a heavy
force near Nolauville, another nt Murfreesboro',
and a considerable force this side of Nolan's
creek the entire number is estimated at 70,000.
Washington, 15. At 8 o'clock last night 400
rebel cavalry made a dash into 1 oolesville, MJ.,
where only 25 l'ederals were stationed ; after a
brief but determined struggle, when the building
in which the Federals were quartered was set on
tire, our men surrendered, lhe rebels lost two
killed olid thirteen wounded.
New York, 1U. The papers this morning vn
tain nothing new from Fredericksburg. Tile
whole number of killed, wounded and missing.
in Franklin's division, is 5,932. Our army, Sun
lav, was engaged principally in taking care of
i s wou men and burying the dead. lSurusidc
has been reinforced by Gen. Sigel' corps. Gen.
llurnside h is unquestionably good reasor for
delaying another attack on the enemy' lines.
T e following dispatch was received by the
President, at 4 o'clock Sunday morning :
Ilondquarters, Army of the Potomac, Dec.
11. We have carried the first line of the ene
my's works, opposite the town, and three miles
below, and hope to gain the crest of the hill to
day. Our loss in killed and wounded, is estima
ted at 5,000.
Fortress Monroe, 11. Southern papers say
that Gen. Foster's North Carolina force is de
iMieJ to co operate with the Yankees, at Suf
folk, ngainal Richmond, either by direct advance
upon Petersburg, or by attempting to seize our
Railroad communication at N eldon. The Rich
moiid papers acknow ledge a loss of 225 killed
a -. rr rt-t
a 'd wounded at ilartsvi le, t.nii. ineuicti
mond Eximiner says the preparations of the
United State to subjugate tho South are now
truly gigantic. In the East, W est and North,
: zeal, hope, fanaticism and dcsrur.ite aridity that
should banish from every Southerner's mind all
thought of an early peace, and nerve every
Southern hand for battle in which there will be
no quarter. Northern Virginia is again over
run ; Richmond, Petersburg, Weldon, Charles
ton and Mobile are once more threatened ; Tex
ts, undefended, lies helpless and bleeding at every
pore ; tho enemy's forces are being concentrated
ii Missouri and K insis for the invasion of Ar
ausas; communication between the West and
iliehmoud is menaced at Chattanooga and Knox
.-ille; the Mississippi river and its tributaries
re bristling with gunboats, and operations will
. gin a soon as tho rains come. The free labor
lovement which has been extensively but quiet
ly organized in Eastern North Carolina, is now
uudersti od to be preparatory to an organization
of tho Government ot the State on a loyal basis
so that North Carolina may accept President
Lincoln's policy of compensated emancipation.
Head quarter-', Army of Potomac, Dec 10. h,
1:30, P. M. During last night, the army of
the Potomuo evacuated the position of opposite
bank of the river. The movement was a per
ilous o ie, bit it was conduct d in suf ay. The
artillery was first across the river. The lust ot
the infantry brought up the rear shortly after"
daylight. The enemy never discovered our
movement until too late to do us any damage.
As soon us the lust man got safely over the pon
toon bridges were removed, thus rutting oil"
communication between tho two shores. Our
wounded are all safe on this side. Heavy wind
prevailed last night, which assisted us in our
movements, and prevented the rebels from learn
ing our intentions.
Chicago, Dec. 15th. Reports of Banks' expe.
dition still contradictory. The B ston papers
s iy it Por.. Royal letter oated 10th, states it pass
ed there on the 8th, bound south.
San Francisco, Dec. l(5th. Tho opposition
steamer Moses Taylor returned to port this morn
ins.', having broke her center shaft on the 12th. at
9 P. M. during a severe gale. She soon fell in
to the trough of the sea and lost her foremast.
Next morning the port engine was disconnected.
The starboard engine was put to work, and chu
got under weigh for San Francisco. During the
night of the gale an unknown steirigo passenger
jumped overboard. The passengers speak w il
of the steamer, stating that none but a good
steamer disabled, would have withstood the gale.
The Herman will probably be chartered to take
her place.
New York, Dec. 17. Tho morning papers
are filled with detailed accounts of the Sunday
fighting at Fredericksburg. They contain no
reliable news, but comprise many incident rn
luting to the buttle. The Times nns Bninside's
retreat across the river was to avoid a battle
which would result in nothing but loss of valua
ble life. Their correspondent adds that Sebastn
pool was not half so strong a this rebel position..
A dispatch to Ilalleck from Bnruside, received
last night, siys Burnsidc fe. ling fully convinced
that the position in front could not be carried, it
was n mil. tar necessity o either attack or retreat
a repulse would have been disastrous.
Hc.i''qnrters Army of Potomac. I), c. 17th.
lister lav morning thoeneinv si-emed a-tiisi
ed to find us on this side of the river. About
o'clock they advanced skirmishers along the eu
tire line, and established pick ts n h- river bank.
We had a large number of dead on whit was
reg nded as neutral ground ; the rebels worn
plainly seen robbing these LoJies.
On Monday, Gen. Fra kli.-i sent a fl igof t-n
for an exehane of dead, which was done yesterday.
Lee sent a ll ig of truce to B irside a king hi n lo
detail men to bury his dead, in front of Gen.
Su nuea division. Our entire ur.ny is now on
camped on the ground previously oeojpieJ, ih.i
army lias been considerably reiufoeed. Tho
opinion of military men is that had we taken the
lir t ridgjou the rebel works, their o;poi tunit ei
for slaughtering i would have been greater tlwu
Last night, tho enmy increased their intrench
ments on the terrace, in In the rear of Frederiks
burg, andlhrewnp rirlu pits nearjlhe river, on
lhe left of the city. Their drills are plainly vis
ible on the plain to day. No movemot of ini
porluuce takes place by our forces to day.
Washington, Dec. 17. A large delegation of
members of both Houses of Congress, with Vi
President Hamlin at their head, waited on the
President today, with a request signed by the
loyal men of Florida, asking the appointment
of Eli Thayer us Military Governor of that State,
with authority to raise 20,000 loyal emigrants.
They also presented a paper signed by thirty-
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rour memoers oi me ojnaie ana House concur
ring in the request.
NVhville, Dec. 15. Bragg having issued
orders for the conscription of every exiled Ken.
tuckii n and Teunesseean, Bucknerand Breckin-.
ridge threatened to res g u if this was done. Tha
Murfreesboro' Banner says that Jell Davis has
gone to Mobile.
St. Louis, Dec 17. Oltieial reports place our
loss at Prairie Grove, Ark. at 995. Latest ac
counts increase the rebel loss to 2,700 killed ami
wounded, and near y 0,000 by desertion. Gen.
Ilindmnn is on the south side of tho Arkansas
river. Marmcduke is on tho north side. Gen.
Ilerron telegraphs to Curtis that the victory at
Prairie Grove was more complete than at firl
reported. Over 1,300 rebels have been buried.
Many of the wounded died from want of attcnT
Cairo, Dec. 19 h. The gunboat Cairo when
20 miles below the mouth of the Y'azoo river,
was blown up by a torpedo, no one hurt, the boat
and armament a total loss.
Wishington. Dec. IS. A resolution was of
fered, that the committee on conduct of th? war.
inquire into the facts relative to the recent battle
t t redcr eksburg particularly as to what officers
are responsible for the as-ault, and also f de
lay that occurred in preparing to meet the ene
mv. Tho resolution was adopted.
S in Francisco Dec, ISth. The U. S. Assi
taut Treasurer here, received the following dis
piiic.ii relative io stamps;
Washington. Dec. 17th. D. W. Cheesemaii
U. S. Assistant Treasurer. No stamps V)
send-have no power. Bill pending before Con
gress to remedy difficulty. Californians need
give themselves no trouble about the matter.
Biiisne may go on as usual. No penalties.
Geo. S. BoiiwEtL.
Ccuiinissk'iicr, Internal Revenue,