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New York Times, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1862, New York, New York VOL. 3388. FROM THE JAMES RIVER. Highly Important and Ex- citing Fire Opened from Tvro Rebel Batteries on Our Encamp- menu and of Oar Men Killed and Five or Six Wounded. Babel Batteries Silenced by Our TWHj Ponnders. Appearance of Two Rebel Iron-Glads in James River. Preparations for a Great Naval Battle. foitu'i loilar Fleet at Fortress Monroe. OP THB ABMT OP TUB POTOMAC, Friday, Aug. 1. J About 12 o'clock last night the rebels opened from the opposite aide of the river with two bat- tarfes of light artillery. Their fire was principally Directed to the mail-boat landing at the headquarters CoL IMQAUS, and the shipping and of The rebel pieces were handled well, and fired with great rapidity. Four men were killed and some or six wounded. Several horses also were killed. The rebels had it all their own way for some time, as tfhr troops did not anticipate an attack, but the .12-pounders stationed at Col. IsaAua' headquarters attenced their guns after they opened. A few of our vessels were itruck, but no serious damage was sustained by any at them. "With this exception, nothing has occurred worth ARRIVAL OP PORTER'S MORTAR FLEET. PffiLADXiMiA, Friday, Aug. 1. A letter from Fortress Monroe, dated July 30, to the says: Commodore POBTXB'S in part consisting of the nWtowlng vessels, arrived, and came to anchor In the early this morning: Matthcv Vastar, George Uanchan, T. A. Ward, Adolph JBugel, Daincl Smith, tTm. Bacon, Racer. the fleet hi all left the Southwest Pass Ike 17th of July. Of these, seven have reached atartresa Monroe, and the five others are hourly ex- pected. Tbe officers and crews of all the vessels think they are to reduce Fort Darling, and intimate a perfect wlUlngaesj to undertake the job. Fiery times may be looked for In that direction shortly. HIGHLY IMPORTANT NEWS. Appearance of the Merrlmnc Mo. '2 ami the Trans; Ancrlcn> Kcbol of Cnminodoro Wllkeato IteeelTe Monitor nnd the Galena on Great' Naval Battle Expected. From Our Own Oonrespoadeoi. AJUIT OP THB POTOHAO, Thursday, July 31, At about noon yesterday, a signal officer des- cried two suspicious looking craft moving down the Jamea River toward Turkey Bend. When off that point the craft stopped and cast anchor, it Is under- atood and generally believed that one of the vessels Is the new Jlernmac called tho Richmond. The name of the other Is thought to be the Youne America. Intelligence of their appearance .was Immediately communicated to Flag-Officer WILXBS, who promptly issued orders for a number of first-class gunboats to run up the stream as far as Light-house Point, which ia just below City Point. The Monitor and Galena wera already In that part of the river. The Jfoniror was next ordered to proceed slowly up the river and reconnoller tne bunks on each side, and approach to within a certain distance tho rebel vessels. Upon Uie course up, the JUmifar threw or fifteen shell Into the woods on the touth side, for the purpose of discovering batteries, but failed to elicit any response from the enemy. She went almost within range 0; the Richmond, but no firing took place between her and the rebel vessels. In about an hour the Monitor withdrew to Lighthouse Point, where, In connection with tne and the other gunboats, a line of battle was formed. For the remainder of the after- noon, and dqrtng the ni'ht, oar own and the rebel vessels occupied the same relative positions. Yesterday, a combined naval and balloon recon- noissance, under the supervision of Capt. JJ.IXIKI, ot the steam sloop tradhueir, was made down tne James liver. The balloon was in charge of CaptB. ALUM and grama, and at 4 A. M., having been plnc'edonhoard a previously used for .it, transportation, was takjenmtow by the gunboat and moved down the river to a oft tort I'ow- hatan. An ascension was then made, but not a rebel was discovered anywhere in inc vicini- ty of the fort. The barge, prccnicd o> tue gunboats Port Royal and Delaware, aiid foiiimed br another gunboat, then proceeded ten miles tiiu fort. Two ascensions were made here, but no rebels or recently constructed earthworks were I' Numerous contrabands wera noticed all along the bank, who exhibited at seeing tlio teon In that quarter. Preparations were making for Hie fourth ascension, hen the proceedings n ere sudden- ly terminated by an order from Commodore WILKSS for tne gunboats to proceed with all dlipatoh to Light- house Point. The result of the reconnolataiice was vjtlsfactory, liBTmuch as the reports to the eflcut that the rebels were f-oUectinc In i.onslOerable force In the vicinity ffiime NEW-YORK, SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, J862L PRICE TWO CENTS. belowJ are proved to be unfounded. Yesterday was the fin t time a balloon reconnolssance has been made from i 'vessel In this army. The mntlboat proceeded to Fortress Monroe, yes teiday under convoy of two gunboats. No >no doubts that the main force of the rebels is along the line of the and City Folnt Railroad. A branch railroad has been discovered leading from the main railroad to the bank of James River, opposite Berkely's Landing. This branch road was formerly used for conveying wood for trans portatlon on the river. Not a few entertain an opln Ion that we snail wake up some morning and dis- cover the woods directly opposite Berkeley's cut down, and a formidable earthwork exposed to view. 9 A. M. The position of the fleet remains unchanged. Tkt rebel are tMl off Turkey Send. How near iceare too naval battle each one can judge fit himself. WHIT. THE NEW REBEL MERRIMAC. Mr. FKTKR DonN.'formerly an employe in the Charleston Courier office, has managed to escape from the South by virtue of his being a British The Philadelphia Prtss tells his story, and we make the following extracts Sunday three weeks, I was on board the Mimmac, being anxious to get a look at her before I came away. She is a very formidable vessel, constructed with much skill, tier woodwork was then finished. On the following day she was taken the river to the Tr edgar Works to have her plating put on. The plates are about ten feet long, and leu inctica inwldtn. They are punched entirely through With holes for the Insertion of Hie bolts, aud will overlap one another when In position. Like .VemiMc No. 1, she Is a formidable ram, but is some what smaller than the great original, which, In every other recpect, she greatly resembles. Her roof runs up to a peak, of such u height that the sides rise at a sharp angle. Wnen ironed, and her. ma- chinery put in, her yuiirUs will probably not be over one foot above the walur. Ueing much smaller, she will be f.ir more manageable than Mcrrimac the first. Her guards about six feet above the water's edge. The nun was well beaked, reaching about four feet above the deck, and extending out six or eight feet Although her armament was of coarse not yet on board, lie character wad no secret. The entire public having access to the vesbel, u was easy Jo be seen what number of guns she was to carry, as well as their approximate) character. From other Informa- tion, butt ever, I can state that she will carry one bow, one stern, and three side guns. They are to be of the same description as those which are mounted at Fort Darling, their ability to pierce our iron-ar- mored vessels having, in tne attack upon that fortress, been at least to the satisfaction of Se- cesb. Tne balls to be used are steel-pointed, and Merc being luadebn the day of our departure, as well as previously. She is.no doubt completed by, this time, and ready for offensive operations, as a very large gang of work- men ui c upon her. she is tho pndo of the Riubmonders, wno rely upon her for the defence of the cltv us much as upon their armies. It Is boost-' ingly declared, and universally believed by them, that 'ibevrill sweep the Jamts While this U undoubtedly bombast, It is uertalu she has one feature of fdrraiUnbleness not possessed ny Merrunac No. her armor-plating extends tfJow the waier-ltne, Singularly enough, her crew is to consist only of the crow of MerrmuK the first. The men were quar- tered on Thirteenth-street, few doors from the Rx- ammer office, in a building styled 'The Bailors' Home.'" T THE REBELS AT GLOUCESTER POINT 'A correspondent of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes from Yurktown, under date of July 29 During last week. Gen. VIN ALEK, In command at this POM, received Information from contrabands and deserter; that ehe rebels, under Col. HATES, were advancing on Gloucester Point with a force of two thousand iiifuniry, artillery and cavalry, and that they bad made Gloucester Court-house a regular military station, as well as provision This Information at lirvt discredited, but contrabands continued to come In terribly alarmed, telling coiroburatlng stories, which forced ust j'heed them, We 'tocer- ialn means to obtain the requisite knowledge. The information obtninei.1 by out own resources only con- firmed the statements of the others in every oarUcnlar, the numbers, which dwindled down to six hun- dred cavalry and two pieces of artillery. Arcordlngly. we urcp.ir'ed for the crisis. Capt, PATTKBION, whose gtinbont, Chocitra, always ready anU on the watch, lay In the river between 'this and Gloucester Point, look up a position to ;is to rake the ipproaclirs to the fort. prepared, he waited vknf.hlully for their advent. About dark a conuu- lawl, whom PATTERSON had employed to wutch .ho movvinrnta of the eaicmy, came down to the asuch, jumpeu Into his '.oat, ana rowef to the side of :he- Vhocura, and reported the rebels within range of her guns. The Chocura lay quiet until the niet Inti- mation of Ilielr preface was discovered by the look- out from the quarter deck. Very an old build- Ing was fired b> the rebels, which was no sooner dis- covered u J vpoumlcr Prurot was opened upon thoin. They paid very little attention to the fir-t simt, and continued lire the old b-.illul'.gs, which tia'l iiren built and 'i fit at vildiora' during the occupition 01 the place. 'Krow the ut YorKtown we could see movements oi the rebels by thu Illumination of the burn! i) B unii alto the oparations of the gun- boat. at lirst .thought the efforts of the Choclmro. would he unavailing, but when she brought to bear her ll-in.'h Danlgrcn upon them, it produced a very iKJCuIlar. ellect. At the explosion of the first monster shell, the rebels deserted tne buildings anu sought refuge in snfer quarters, and uelt might, for the very Urst from the 11-lr.ch d dlrectlv through a house which the rebels were firihg, and it [''reported tbtit he who bore the torch hud Mshtuui torn off by the shall. It WHS a magnificent shot. After this the rebels were seen running into the fort. Tin -guns brought to bear upon it, and a cnnnon- inll ig up for jom iiuoe hours, at short inter- ns, during which tune many excellent shots were u i etc. The rebels, concluding they hail caught a left uithunt returning the salutation. The next duy.'thc Provoct-Mnrslml, the Captain of tlio an aid to ALEN, uiid several others, vlOicd the Acfiid 01 action. The of the armv li'iLly -complimented the for her _ We could not Ifarn whelhei any of this shots proved futal to the rebels. The jirlnc'pul object of this rebel raid pick up and contiabanil-.. They have inantigrd to ratch cixhtrcn together with quite a luuu- ber of cononbiui'Js, whom trtty have wilt to inond. Tncv have dlso taken two or three citizens forrefu-iriR to take the Cn.-itedcrato money. The crime is considered e have received Information that the rebels ill- tend if possible, to di aw our lorces from A'orktown, and then advance bv New-Kent and ana reocrupy Yorktown. They certainly de'-feu something on this side, for contrabands and deserters all give the same Information. Gen. VAN A LIN ia prepared for them. He has ttrengthencd the force on the inland, and has his puns bearlnr upon the Willlamsburgh road, upon Gloucester Point, and, in fact, enfilading the whole country around Yorktown." REPORTS OF REFUGEES. t.orreypondetife vf the Philadelphia Presx. FOIITBESB MoNttot, Monday. July gentleman and his wife, vtho left Rich- mond on Wednesday, but whose names I am re- q lie sled not io publish, I learn that tho James Rlvpr is not entirely obstructed ftom Richmond to Fort Dar- ling. There Is a passage through which the rebel junboat TKIZT recently passeil. and through which the Mtrnmac, iron jjUHboBt, recently finished, will come down, if required. This passage can at any time be obstructed at short notice. The fortuV rations at Fort Darling ure complete. The whole work 1 1 to be thoroughly mined, and the force nroi'nd it large. No uncertainty is expressed at Illrhrnond as to holding the plane. llcforethe retreat ot MOCLEI.LAN Bold was worth W Confcuerate money, tp Uie dollar. Now 50 rnn 1'iri'lv be obtained. Thr re have long been camns of instnii-iloiHhro'ishont the bonth, and especially In la. H'id Hell-drilled troops are now Inceisantly iK lino Ilickniond. The effective force there is1 it ipmt ;it iy.OOO men. That of the whole M f.i'n.iiyo. at various Mv in- fuiin .nt- ir no complaint' of scarce crops, beyond lo-ii. Hour is at a barrel, (Confederate j l. at no 'failure ol tho uheat crop IS uniicl- .Mueli wheat Is now for coffee. arc tolerably plentiful, except tea and 'Jl l arc high, and many suspected. i. recjiilrtd to leport riaily'at the Pro- i, rather than thu tio; crnmcut should lm nil I IP ncp of keeping them In prison. Eaca.fl a ujnoiit.. (j for Miaar.75 per pound iMOlJ-jHtt. a uiniclies, 35 cunts a box. Oreat aciu.iy at thu Trtdrg.ir Iron Works. The Brnllpiii.iu jeir. on last Slon- unv, in hrallii.' UKALIU-I. fporled in Alabama. ficn. JOE l-iHssioM oonliiii-J with his woutvls. AfAuiinuxH i- tu to im unknown Wotorn command. Gfln. lluui n accused of nc- IBK ouiwitiou Mi Ci KLLAK on the retrofit, and boa I., -i friitii i.. iim iu.it P.HI; city. The Confederate loss In killed and wounded, during the late retreat of McCLziLAN, la acknow- ledged to be More troops, to the additional amount of were preparing to join Jioison. in the Shenandoah Valley, In his attack upon POPE. Jonn M. DAIUKL, editor of the Richmond Stammer, camo boasting into the city, after the recent Cghts, that he bad been in a charge and got.wounded. This wound was In the wrist, and was from a straggling private whom he endeavored to force to the Iron! while a long distance from the scene of action. AFFAIRS AT FORTRESS MONROE. Newfeenj State Of at Bianlr'a Mode Gen. M. GOT. Mnrder Ru mared Threat Agalost Appearance or IHerrlmao Mo. a. From Our Own Correspondent. OLD Pourr, Thursday, July By the shifting chances of thia war, Old Point has become so central and Important a .position ji now, that Information of primary Importance reaches us from every quarter almost as soon aa It don Washington. It thus happens that although my letter Us dated irom Fortress Monroe, It should rather be [from Newbem, N. C., as I have more to say of the latter than of the former place. I have accidentally come in contact here with gen- tlemen well acquainted with Newborn, and in whom I am bound to put Implicit faith, who give me an ac- count by no'means satisfactory of the of things hi that locality. So long as Gen. Buaiuiox is there, matters appear to go smoothly; but as soon aa his back is turned, secession becomes rampant, and from all accounts does not receive from the Military Gov- ernor that discountenance which the country has a right to expect. GOT. HTAHLT may not so intend it, but the palpable eflect of his administration IP to discourage Unionists and to encourage the disloyal. Among (he serious charges brought against bim is that of manifest favoritism toward men whose ante- aa well .as their present line of conduct, are such aa to inspire doubt of their friendliness to the Union; and he is accused of doing this to the open prejudice of those who are well known and proved loyalists by tbe whole tenor of their lives. A memo- rable instance of this was to be found in his stubborn rejection of a well-known and resoected Union citi- zen of Newborn, for tbe office of Postmaster, in favor of a man of very doubtful to although the former had been approved by Gen., BCBHBIDE, and filled tbe position quite satisfactorily. The party in question was teady wltn all the security that was required by law, and nothing stood In his way but Gov. STIMLT'S predisposition elsewhere. The Governor Is further accused of not udng the requisite care in allowing passes. A general puns was. a short time since, given to a pretended Union man, who, being suspected as a rebel by one of-out officers, was followed up, and when six or seven miles out of our lines, was discovered throwing signal lights in the night. Gen. FOBTEB at once sent a-squad In pursuit of the vagabond, but up to latest accounts, ho had not been caught. In proof of the great laxity shown with respect to it Is asserted, beyond contradiction, that there are men now in Washington N. C., with passes from Gov. ISTAM.T, who are amus- ing themselves shooting down our sentinels there. As might naturally be expected, this "conciliatory course of policy, which many dull people arc to distinguish from treachery, Is rapidly producing its fruit only Is rebellion becoming.dally more rampant in'Newbern, to such an extent as to endan- ger the lives of Union men there, who venture out at night, but It has even proceeded to open demonstra- tion. One W. P. MOOBE, Jr., a well-known rebel Lieutenant, who was made prisoner at the batlle of Newbern, and afterwards took the oath of allegiance, lias recently been put under arrest, for being implicat- ed in the shooting of one of our sentinels at bis post. Gen. FOSTBR, unwilling to have his men murdered by traitors in cold blood, at once ordered thiee houses o be levoled to to the ground where the occur- rence took place, together with the high corn and fences by which they were surrounded. As this peni- tent traitor has received many favors from Gov. STANLY, including the full possession of Improperly It is doubtful what be auardcd him. Hud a Unionist performed a similar exoloii In the realms of Mr. DAVIS, we know the speedy fate that would await him but If this Mr- Moor.K.gets anything beyond permission to roarn at will through the hole! at Newbeni, and drink cock- lla ad libitum, we shall only be affording the London mci another opportunity of proving luat this war is fast brutalizing one section of the country." Whatever Governor STANLY may think of ttie mat- ter, Hen. FOSTER seems at least to comprehend his duty, and the will of the people whose cause he is defending. He has given the ruftiahs to understand they attempt again playing at murdering his sentries, he cunnot te r enlist and fight for the- Union, under the Rood old i lap. The rcprfrentalloijj made resulted In sending STBAIOBT, v.Iih the Fifty-tint Regiment Indiana Vol- unteers, down Into the regi n named, with a view of ottering protection to any w io might daiire to anllst. After an absence of four days, Col. STEAMM? re- turned to camp, bringing w th.him nearly two hun- dred shit-bodied and earnest men. When STBAIUHT fir.-t reachi-d their lomes In the hill not auiancould be fnuiid at his house, all of them being obllped to conceal th ;mselvrs in the or among the hiding-places of tbe moantaloa, lett thty be obllst-t' to enter the robe army by the Baled coja- scrfpt Taw, or be tit wn wild bensta rar being Union mrn. As soon bowtvar, asibe Cokanu made known his mission to lie whres and daughters of these rmrdy mountaineer: .'they were on Uie, move to commurilcfite ulth ihefti [Hives and wKWntorly- eleht the Colonel v as ready to retain with the above named. In his official report. h U dated ne.v MorrU- vllle, Ala., July 14, Col. Sniitartsa'ys I with to say a wnrd reli live to the eondttten of these people. They are mo itly poor, thovgb them are, or rather be< njn good clxeumstancaa. The y outnumber nearly time to one the Ber.ewton- iftli in portions of Moriian, i lount, Wiaaton, Marion. Walker, Fayvtte ami JelTen on Counties, bnl atpialM 34 they are, biirroaoded bi a most relentless foe, mostly unarmed and dcrtiW e of amonltion. are persecuted In every conce voble way, yet up this time most of tluun havo k ipt out of the way siun- Hently to avoid bclnjr drained off by the gavgaWat Infest UM country for the pi rpoee of plunder, forcing the prousions of UM rebel ConscilpUoaaet, but their hones nnd catt le a -e drl ven off in vast bers. Every public road is patraled by gMirttla. bands, and the Union men have been oompeUdd to seek protection In the of the mountanann wllderncis. Tney cannot he Id out much loagw 9Ma EtHicof things BBS somuci disturbed that hat very little attention has bee i pnld to fnrmlng eoase-1 qnenily m.iny of Ihem are now destitute of foad tor their uwn, nnd arc llvlun off their more fortuaaja- of patrlotdra as peopta-natat ret are worthy of being folia wed. One old A.vu CANI DBLL, volunteered to ride thirty-five QUIpa uict return, making evenly miles, with Boon 01117 recruits, Inside of thirty-six hours. WoanlUsMUn i..to rorthlilcmt'on that the people wera aU hid awny to avoid being tnh en t v the rebels, add country Is but sparsely Mttl this la witfeMl a parullel In American history. of a iincltar nature thai cm e under my obaarraOoa, but I do not to weary ttwJn. .Suffice a to sav that I nova never wltneaaad soak aa outpouring of devoted and determined ipatrtottenx amorcany older people. 'And I am now ef tho opinion' that II there could be a aaflctont force in that portion of the country to pro- tect these people, could be nt least two full regiments raltert ol u good and true mea ct or defended Uie ArDericun OUR. So confident am I. that my views are correct, that If tie CommanflMg- grtuit me pormlMfon to do so, I my raiment (the boys all to go) and rations of brend. .sugar coffi-e. c-t ihfrcand five hun.lrttl etc five him PPlJM' ihiiiy miles south around me a tamutrs to pro! a supply of at toast !rr...i. Of jjccHtur, where I brave BBonn- agaiDstany- iiinber of the tainutrs to nroirri effectually thins except the rrxul jr rebel army, who. by wtini.i II B -JifT.- it try io operate In. Never- till I' I I.IJ11 II did hue ltl i f l.l-HPC, tVc. .id iii irc.ilcr need of protection- They against the most unscrupulous ill hus ever wltnfiMCd. Tner shut out from all communication with any- i t'n-r-tuntl firm nnu Iri.e. If inch merit U not to rnwnr-ird if nre not Io recclveprotee- tion, then Is their r.uu a deplorable one Indeed. Friday, Aug. i; was told, by aucti'in, thia forenoon, MO htuls. of New-Orleans sugar, the cargo of schoon- er P. Stnrart, at cash. There HBJ a large attendance, and tbe bidding spirited. A lut of molnsfCE "old at 37c.942c. The Kemalna Col. Jamea UALrmou, Friday, Aug. K The remains of Col. JAMES MOHROK, of tho Twenty-MCQnd New-York Regiment, caine from Foi tress Monroo morning, and were cars bv the tiu'u of
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