New York Times, December 20, 1861

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New York Times, The (Newspaper) - December 20, 1861, New York, New York j 1 PRICE TWO CENTS. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 18G1. VOL! 3197. FROMllTBOYALAKDOAlTERAS by an Arrival at Fortress Monroe. Beaufort in Fall Possession of the National Forces. Large Quantities of Cotton Se- cured. lopoitut Strttegic MonmenU of the limy and onfc o'f the vessels employed In transferring the brigade. Tbe distance from Hilton Head to the town by the winding, low banked river, Is 13X miles, and there Is ample water for vessels of 18 and 18 feet draft. Numerous plantations are scattered along the rout on both sides of the river, some ot them very picturesquely located, and almost hidden by a wealth .of foliage. At onr boat sleamed slow- ly along, the negroes, who were very numer- ous ran down to the water, waving and shsutlng, reminding me of the told of the first reconnols' sance up Beaufort River, when they came down to the shore wllh their bundles of goods and begged to on board the steamer. The town of Beau- fort has been sc often described lately, that I shall not bore you with: ny Impressions concerning Its sppcar- ance. Enough to say that the houses are spacious, and look as If they would be agreeable habitations tn the dog-days, with their double tiers of verandahs and large court-yards redolent even at this season of joponlcks, orange blossoms, camellas, tube-roses, jon- quils and a variety of other flowers, of all of which I have a beautiful bouquet Uial gives me especial delight Gen. STIVWS has taken quarters In a fine house, which belonged to Mr. JOIIN J. SMITH. This, like every othet building- In the town, was left so hur- rledlV that owW did not remove his effects, con. seiuently tie "General Ims every requisite of comfort GradaaJ Movements Toward Charleston and SavanaalL ATFiOS IT H1TTERAS UNCHANGED Beoator Simmoni1 Tesiel Seised and Sent to Rcw-York. FoinJU Wednesday, Dec. 18, vid BALTUOU, Thursday, Dec. 19. The steamship S. R. CapU S, Howzs, wblch PoVt Royal last Sunday, arrived here at an hour this morning. The stopped at llatteras, leaving that yesterday, and bringing a mall and passengers. BTerythlng Is quiet at Hatteras. Nothing happened lodiAarbthe usual monotony there except the usual items. The schooner WHITI, said to be owned by Senator SIMMONS, of Rhode Island, arrived at Hat- toru on the 15th inrt., with an assorted cargo, Includ- ing a large proportion of whisky. She also took a Collector to Hatieras, and on arriving he procured a bolkling from the Commissary, which proposed Qdog as a Custom-house. CapU Wain's papers, very Irregular, and on the 17th Inst.i Capt WOKDXB, of the Stars S tripe t, seized the as a prize, and sent her to Mew-York. TIM Collector, Captain and crew of the Charity ar- rtred In the Spauldiaf to-day. They are very tadlgnant at their treatmenU j Among other passengers from natteraa was Com- JOBH CLAM. There to little news of Interest from Port Royal. The National troops have fully occupied the town of ifanforU Large quantities of cotton continue to be gathered and brought to the coasU The S. K. Spaulding will return to Hatlerns on Friday. The steamer Georgiana brought down from BaWmow this morning lion. CHARLES J. FAULKHXB on parole from Fort Warren, Boston, en to Richmond, where he Is confident of being ablo to himself for Hon. Mr. Et-T, representative from New-York, taken prisoner at the battle of Bull RUB. Mr. FAUIXXU spent the forenoon at Gen. WOOL'S teadquaJters, and was sent by a flag of truco to Cra- aey Island at noon. CapUlluirARC, on his return, brought down CapU J. B. RICMTW, of the First Artillery, who was wound- ad and taken prisoner at Bull Run. Ho Is released on parole, and will be exchanged, If possible, for Capf J. A. DiueirxL. Capt Rjcurriewas serenaded by the band of the Second Artillery, on the wharf, before the boat Started, and numbers availed themselves of the oppor- tunity to get a look at the Captain. He Is still very weak, and suffering from the effects of his wounds. The steamer Illinoit Is repotted to he leaking badly, sad Is expected to sail for New-York this afternoon. The GtoTfiana brought down from Baltimore this looming Hon. D. W. Vormats, Member of Congress from Indiana, and Judge of the same wnlch not often fai staff officer i fare nall] A negro afterwards reported tin t one of the, ene ny Was wounded by our fire, ami tint his com- rades supported him on his horte while thsy retreated toward Port Royal Ferry- The report of the mus- ketry was heard by Gen. Sir.vrss, who ent a dclall of 100 men to inquire as to Its ei o they crime up, the rebels had withdrawn, and the h >ur was too lute to admit of a pursuit. Next day was devoted to pitching tchts, landing stores and other necessary work, In the performance of which the soldiers found In tho neeroes willing and efficient helpers. The ramps occnjpy most de- sirable sites, nestled In the of the magnificent proves of live-oak which skirt the back street of the tov.n. Reports crime to headquarters that a squjadron of cavulry, numbering 30 or 40 men, were rtJH upon the Island, nncl on Sunday morning Gen-'Sievshb made a reconnaissance in foice, expecting to take .them prisoners. He had with him 700 men, consisting of a detail of 300 from the Fiftieth Pennsylvania, 300 from the Roundhead Regiment, also Pennsylvaniiuisi and a section of HAMILTON'S Batterv. Starting at o'clock, they maile a rapid march a distance of ten miles to Port Royal Ferry, over Ihe only highway the Island has. On the way they heard that the rebels had retreated, crossing tho ferry the day before- Halting his main body at a convenient distance. Gen. STETXXS dispatched one of his aids with an escort to tboJondlng place. The river as the but 50 "yards wide, and on the side the officer saw the enemy's pickets distinctly, andjCOUlduot fall i to have been himself Contrary 10 the custom preiailing in Virginia, neither pattyioffered a shot. As tho enemy had the ferry-hpat OK his side, and there was no means of crossing, had1 he been so inclined, Gen. STBVEXS Was to return. He left a strong force at the ferry to present furthed Incursions of the enemy, and has since established a Derailment post at that then the rebels have come to thc.forry in hrge num- bers, and are throwing up earthworks if to make a stand. I was not lucky enough to hear of this reconnols- sanoe untlban hour aftei Gon. STEVJNS had departed to make it. My grief at the disappointment wns as- suaged, however, by a permit to follow wllh Lieut. Lest, of the Staff, who was to suoorlnteud the sta- tioning Of a number of pickets. My expcrlej ,ce wus, Taking the main road over whjch Into the -Loods, his horse's hoofs struck the ground within t wo yards of where she was concealed. 6he was confident that he would have shot her with a plslol he had drawn, II she had been discovered. She has since found employment as laundress for some of the officers. Better late than but now that the Govern ment has come to a realizing sense of the contrabaud character'of cotton, prompt measures are taken to secure It. The fields are literally white with the harvest. Col. Noun, late of the Seventy-ninth Regi- ment, has resigned his commission for the purpose of acting as agent of tho Government In collecting the crop. He has Tlslted St. Hclona, Ladies, Coosaw. Palla-Wana, Paris, Dolto to command in the North Carolina opentlons. The principal part of the force now at Hatteras have removed from the scene of the great flood to higher and safer ground, some three miles up, where a camp Is established, known as Camp Win field; and large fortifications have been thrown Up. It will gratify a large circle of friends to know thatMajor E. A. KIHBALL, who was seriously 111 at Hatteras, has recovered. The Ninth dould not well afford to part with RO valuable and brave an officer, and he Is pro- videntially spared, to fight on in the defence of the old flag, to whose glory his distinguished services In Mexico added no small share. C. IMPORTANT FROM MISSOURI. Energetic Movements of Against the Rebels. Pope TWO LARGE CAMPS BROKEN OF. the taraden about Ruuellrllle feelrtther apprehensive and dUoou'rtgcd. You know W on the 4lh, the Whlppowlll Bridge, MTenfflilea below on tht Memphis Branch Railroad, and the Nashville-LoulsrUle CouHtr etJls It the mort llant exploit of the war In Kentucky. batteries along the Mississippi and the Cumberland will soon be silenced and taken by oui gunboaU and land expeditions. Their wages of UW First and Second Districts will soon be stopped by Gen. WAI' X.AO and Col. R. K. WILLIAMS, who are advancing Into the Interior from Paducah and Smlthland. and by Gen. T. L. (JsitTiirDiM, who also reported to be moving forward. The troublesome fellows about Bagdad, In Shelby, and about other country towns and cross-roads, will cease' from troubling us as soon as our forces dbjlodge, thrasa and scatter the Invad- ing armies. Nothing but miserable blunders can pre- rent Kentucky's early, entire and etsrnal release and recovery from the rattlesnakes' bites and the rattle- snakes' colls. The Senate has passed Mr- PauL's resolution ear- nestly Invoking the Government authorities to adopt rich rules for the exchange of prisoners as maybe dictated by humanity, and as art consonanfwtth the laws of war.___________ PONTUC. A FIGHT AT POINT OF ROCKS. The Rebels Scattered, with the Loss of all their Baggage, Arms, About Three Hundred of Them Captured. Attack oy Rebel Artillery upon Col. Geary's Encampment. PROMPT RESPONSE OP OUR ARTILLERY. ST. Loois. Thursday, Deo. 10. Dispatches received at Headquarters from Gen> POPE state thru after a forced miuch yesterday he got between the enemy, encamped six miles from Chll- howee, Johnson County, and a body, In Clinton and Henry Counties, but as soon as they heard of his approach, they beut a rapid retreat toward Hose Hill, Johnson County, leaving all their baggage, arms, munitions, her fugitive master. She quickly had a chicken broiled, pol atocs baked, hoe-cake smoking hot, and a oralny and honey. Our dinner was spread branches of'a noblo oak, which, like all a flowing robe of trees hereiboul, was draped luxuriant i loss. I met OE this plantation a joung girl, probably 18, v-lio evidently had more whlip than negro Wood in licrvelni. She told me (hat Mr. MOCOCB. owned her, and tha day of the fight sho waa at Beaufort. in the confusion of the rout eh a hid dcternit ted to seek freedom of the Yankees. Most of the iimo afterward ate had'lived In the woods and other slaves, not daring to come It g from diseases contracted at that miserable and unheallhy place. Some of Ihe troops who were sent to the gon eral hospital at Fortress returned to II it- as toon as they recovered, have again been at- tacked With the return of old Hatlcrns diseases, und are now dangerously 111. The experience of the na- tives of Hatteras Is, that a disease contracted there is a life-time companion, ami thero is no remedy but re- moval to a better clime. The Forty-eighth Pennsyl- vania Regiment, which was sent Io replace the Twen- tieth Indiana, has lost, daringi their throe weeks' stay at Hatteras, seven men, who were in good health be- fore they went there and HAWKINS' Zouaves hare burled about twenty of their fine body, since their ar. rival, at the time of tho bombardment. The hos- pitals are now full of the sick from the two rcg. Iments. CapU JABDIHI reports a visit from the rebel gun- boats, three In number, on Sunday latt, who fired shot and shell, one of the shell fallings very short d 1s- tanco from the regimental formation of tlie Ninth, at Sunday morning Inspection, under LleuU-Col. BBTIS. Tne vessel with the supplies which Rev. Mr. COS- WAT procured for the suffering loyal peoplo, by his ap- peal to the sympathetic and patriotic people of New- York, has arriVed safely, and her cargo unloaded by the natives. The provisions thus sent wero received by these sufferers with expressions of the war me s' gratitude to the kind people who had supplied them. Great preparations are known to be on foot for the purpose of affording the loyal people of North Caro Una a free and ample opportunity of rising up andde Bt came two days before, and riding daring to the world the love which la reported to ex o unmui of about 300 rebels liave been on. rollel sit the Provost-Marshnl-General's Office, upon contributions are to be levlnl under Gen. HAL- General Older No. 24, for the benefit of ihe SoulWe l refugees. About sixty of the mostproml- icul of these are tt> be :.llud upon for the muni) set ODlJOElie their names, varying from to aiid the balance ure Io be notified aa the exigen- cies Ills understood tlinl Gen. PCTB will semlaMrong force of cavalry to The main body of his army IB now rn ratitr for Seilulla. A train of tv, ciity wagons, with clothing and sup- lilies fur PRICE, were captuied, In addition to Ihe artl. cles previously lejioitco. AFFAIRS IN KANSAS. .c pcrinilleJ to make tho following extruct from u letter OBSAWOTAIIIE, Dec. 9, 1ECI. A i-ortlon of LASS'S commnml Is. slill here. Part liavelcfl Leavcnv, Col. MOSWOULIIT has been here for a week or more. E, one of the Pro-Slavery Governors of Kan- sas has 1 veil appointed Ccneral, and Is expected here everyday. The ofTu-ers and soldiers do not like tlic The Union forcts aic very small in and around, VW arc hatirn; line nenther here; It.Is very mild and llic suldlcrs to be pull oft in a few (tavs. MONDAY MI.RNINO, Den. 9. Mfs-icupi-r. uninc In this from Uurjicsiille, and rrpoit l.tun or l.'iflo rebels in virinitv. la less than tuo lnni.safler Ihu niotorifrrrs arrived, all the forces v.t ,e cuuipcd hcic were on Uio maich. 11 IsotitiT.gtovs to seo Iho of Kansas arc ii'cd by tlic GuiL-riinient. (Jen. tins it- moved the only halUTy ;llnt wa-; in Southern Kansns to Le.jienviorth. Wo Have butlwo camion and one Tlioy v. believe that there Is any need of gun: Ibis' way. Gen. UK.MIH, us I un-lnrat.ind, tayathcic Is no need of large guilt, U'Td. !Ic not bellovi Unit there an enemy In'Suuthern Kansas. UIPORTANT FRO'l KENTUCKY, Advance of ZoJlicofFer. A BATTLE PROBABLY FOUGHT. CINCINNATI, Tliuisdoy, Dec. 10. Tho Commercial's Franklort Oispalcli ad- vices from Somerset slate that yesterday morning, at daylight, Gen. SciioEi-p, with all his force, marched out to utticV. the rebels. Gen. ZoLLicorj-En Is In po- sition op Fishing Crot-k, with men and some artillery. .Geu. SCKOZPJ'S force consists of two Tennessee rcGiments, HAOKIX'S Kentucky regiment' and tho Seventeenth, Thirty-fivsl, Thlrly-finii and Tlilriy-elEhth Ohio Regiments, SIAUDAIT'S Ohio and lUwfrVs Kenlucky Batteries of ten guns, four of which arc rif.ed, 'four smooth bore, and two Parrott guns. Gen. ZotLicorrKR has no tn tlds side of tho river, and but indlfluicnt meaiwrif crossing. Gen. SCIIOEPP was confident of whipping him, with some hopo of capturing most of his men. Tho Tcn- ncfseeans lead the column. It Is probable that tho battle took place >estcrdoy or to-day. DESTRUCTION OF AN ENCAMPMENT. Lixixoioif, Ky., Thursday, Dec. 10. Tlio amphitheatre nt ihe fair grounds, whero a regiment of soldlcra arc encamped, was completely destroyed by fire, lost night, resulting in a loss of 000 to During the excitement u sentinel shot Joet HICKILUII First Lieutenant of Col. WAELEI'S CavaUy, killing him Inslaullr. THE WAR IN KE1-ITUCKY. Correspondence qf tke Tanis. LOUISVILLE, Saturday, Dec. 14, 1661. Eiciling reports to-day from almost every quar- ter of tho and there mny be some truth In some or aU of them. II. MASFUALL'S reported Irruplloa Into Northeast Kentucky is nol improbable. A rebel diversion or feint In that quarter, in order to dlslracl and divide our forces, appears likely. Our divisions under Gens. Scnoir? and BOILE, at Somersei and Co. lumbla, musl soon (If not already) encounter Zom- COMEB, and thrash Urn too, unless they are greally ouluumbeied. The bildgc-burnmg of Capl- of CgJ. BDMUVQB'I Regiment, aie FROM GEN. BANKS' DIVISION. VaxDEBioK, Bid., Tuesday, Dec. 17. Nows from Williamsporl last night shows that eons-ldcrablo disquiet exists along tho river line. Shots arc continually being exchanged between the enemy and Col. LEONARD'S men. Kcpons aa to the numbers and lotentlons of the enriny are contradictory and unrellnble. One state- ment Is that Oeu. JACKSON, with hla brigade largely reinforced, U at F.illlng Waters; but other Intelli- gence doc.i not appear to corroborate It, It Is evi- dent that Gen. advance from Romney toward Winchester, and the approaching opening of the nUlroad from Cumberland to Hancock, together with rcccnl movements of General BAJTO' colamn; has caused great consternation on the other side. General KELLT has dnily shlrmlshes with'the rebel advance guards, but he progresses steadily and slowly toward Winchester. If It be true tjiat the Strauiburg and Winchester railway connection has been completed, tlie enemy will undoubtedly receive heavy reinforcements Immediately, and a hard fought battle of corHdcraljlo magnitude will be the reMilt. To protect the iipcrntloiis on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, as well as to be prepared to rupclCcn. forces, should he make a general demon- stration against Col. LEONARD. Capl. BEST'S Ba'lery, and Ihe Fifth Connecticut Regiment, Col. were Hub inorntng dispatched to Wiltiamsport, and will reaoh'there early to-mor- row. Other regiments are prepared to follow it if tlicli piesence should become accessary. Tbe review of the First Brigade, Gen. Amacnou- BIT, was highly creditable. Ii may be rid- mlss'iiblu JiarMcularize the Soctfnd Massachusetts Kcrjlmcnt, Col. GoBCon.and the Twelfth Massachu- setts Regiment, Col. WEUETCH, .as having received great crjcilil fiom the Staff. The Six lee nth Indiana Rrjjlmenl has greatly Improved since the lost it-w. The Thirl loth Pennsylvania .Regiment, although a small rcrjlmcnt, performed all its In a manner creditable to Its officers men. The Flrtt Maryland Regiment, Col. KINLT, of Cooria's Brigade, nlll be reviewed to-day near Ihe village of TUfi DlvlJlon Hospital hat now become fully or- ganized by Surgeon KIKO, medical director of the dl- vHoii. U Is under the charge of L. R. STOW, of the Second Massachusetts Regiment.- assisted by Dr. CiiAst, of the Third Wisconsin Regiment, and Dr. OimrExDr-.v, of Ihe Slitcenth Indiana Regiment. Tlie regimcnlal medical reports of Ust week show a de cieaso of sickness, and alraort a total absence of new rases. The regiments on ihe river, from Ihe Point of Rocks to Hancock, arc much the healthiest of the division. Almost every reglrnent of the division Is build; ig basements to tbelr tents of split logi, the tents thenuelves forming tho roof. This mode has been recommended by the fiaultary Commission as superior io all others, In point of warmth and ventila- tion. The officers are generally floored aitd heated vvllh small stoves. A report gained some credence here yeslerday tha.t Gen. had had an engagement opposite Ed warJE1 Ferry, In which he was victorious, but your correspondent has failed to obtain any confirmation Ti'ic Oeaoral Court-martial tried several desartors ycilerday, and others under the same charge are oe- fore U to-day. It Is believed thatall will be convicted, and 11 Islikel? thai some executions will take place. STATEMENT OP A UNION REFUGEE. PBILAMLPHJA, Thursday, Dec. 10. The Bulletin, of this city, a statement given by a Union refugee from Richmond, who es- caped on the claim of being a British subject. There considerable Vnion feeling pirvalcnt there. The fugitive lielongtd to a Union Club, bat their rendezvous being tho members were forced io scatter. Twenty-two hundred rebel soldleis weie Mck at Richmond. The rebcls.have sunk hulk8 near Norfolk, tendering all approachtq It by water impossible. An attempt was made on Monday last to launch tho Merrimac, but she stuck on ways, and cuuld not be moved up or down. MILITARY MOVEMENTS IN BOSTON. Bosnif, Thursday, Dec. 10. Ths First Massachusetts Cavalry, Col. W runs, visited Boston to-day, from their camp at Readvlile. Tha regiment mado a splendid appear- ance, and attracted an immense crowd, covering the sidewalks, balconies, Ac., on tho route of march. The regiment will soon leave for the seat of war- The Twelfth Maine; and Col. FSMCH'S Massachu- setts Regiment, are expected Io embark in the steamer Conilitution for Uio mouth of the MUtlstlppl IUVCI' T3E TRANSPORT SERVICE. The threo-masted schooner John S. Williams, lying at the Government dook, foot of Hurray-street, North River, Is now loading Government stores for Port Royal, S. C. Bh.o will carry about 600 tons, and s align Saturday, From onr English files by the wbicfi f tend to the 6th of December, Inclusive, we oMald additional and highly Interesting details Of ftews. Gen. Scon's JetUr appears to have had a padfla effect, even on the meet belligerent of QM Brit. ish journals. Both letter and Mr. Butart speech af Rochdale, are earnest to maintain peace, tad they will not bo without on BUM of Ihe BriU Ish people. In the meantime, however, British for war are being carried out on a large Th4 naval reserve fleet 1s under ordeis Io prepare for fern, and munitions of war as well aa fresh being forwarded with dispatch, to Canada.. THE INSTRUCTIONS TO LOBD LYONS 'From Scotrman. The terms and exact character of the Uons sent out to Lord LTOXB are kept a close secret1 but we learn that amongst those persons in London likely to hare be it means of judging, there U general belief that the amount and form of the lion vhieh our Oovirnment luuftU bvund to ruck