From The Constitution, Wednesday, August 19, 1863 (volume 26, number 1338)
Col. Catherwood, commanding the 6th artillery, Missouri state militia telegraphs headquarters at St. Louis as follows :
Pineville, McDonald county, Mo., Aug. 15.—Col. Coffee attacked me to-day. He is completely routed, with over 30 killed and wounded. We have a large number of prisoners, all his ammunition wagons, commissary stores, arms, horses, etc. We scattered all his men except 200, with himself. A force is following him closely. My horses are so worn down they cannot move further until rested. Capt. Hirsch just in, reports that he killed 35 and wounded a number.
A New Orleans letter states that the feeling of the people in Mobile is very despondent. They anticipate an attack every day, and it is thought if that city is seriously threatened it would surrender. Provisions are very high, and they desire that no more sick and wounded prisoners should be sent there, as there are no medicines nor any means of feeding them. The squadron off Mobile is being largely increased.
The Mississippi river is still free from guerillas, but the Mobile papers say that strong guerrilla parties are being organized to annoy the boats and destroy navigation. If this is carried out there will not be a house left within twenty miles either side of its banks, and every guerrilla caught will be summarily hung.
The vessels blockading at Mobile are the Ossipee (F. S.), Colorado, Kennebec, Kanawha, Panola, Arostook and Lackawanna.
Parties recently arrived at Washington from Richmond, describe the people there as sunk in the deepest gloom. They are deserting the city in crowds in consequence of the high prices of the necessaries of life. Sickness prevails there to a fearful extent, and the want of medicines is badly felt. Desertions from the army were frequent. There were but few rebel troops in Richmond on the 7th instant ; nor were there any indications of a military movement on the part of the Confederate army.
A dispatch from Fortress Monroe of the 15th instant, states that the United States steamer S. R. Spaulding arrived there on that date from Charleston. The Spalding reports having left Morris Island at 10 o’clock Friday morning. On Thursday evening the Monitors were all stripped and prepared for action, and at daylight Friday, the batteries on Morris Island opened their fire which lasted an hour or two when it ceased. The Monitors did not fire a shot, and as soon as the batteries ceased firing the Monitors put up their awnings. No explanation is given for this movement. The strongest confidence is expressed of a favorable result. Our informant says that during the short engagement on Friday morning, he saw several shots strike Fort Sumter, causing bricks and mortar to fly profusely.
Washington, Aug. 16.—Information from the Army of the Potomac received to-night says there has been no change in the relative positions of the two armies, so far as can be at present known, but there are some vague suspicions that the rebels are about to attempt a flank movement on our left.
A rumor has reached our army, from the vicinity of Dumfries, that a large rebel force is approaching that place, but this is denied at headquarters. However it may be, we are ready for them in that quarter.
The Lee Family in Trouble.—It is reported that a great excitement exists in the Lee family and their circle of friends at Richmond over the expected execution of Sawyer and Flynn by the Rebel government. The people, with a characteristic thirst for blood, demand that the sentence of the prisoners shall be carried out at once; while Gov. [sic] Lee, whose son, Fitzhugh, is held by our government as a hostage for Sawyer and Flynn, demands that Davis shall prevent their execution, and threatens if his son is hung by us in retaliation, to resign his position in the Rebel army, and leave the Confederacy in disgust.
This story, which bears the mark of probability, was brought from Richmond to Washington by an intelligent negro woman, named Catharine Burke, formerly a slave of Custis Lee, but freed by a clause in the will of Lee’s grand-daughter. She has been in the family of Custis Lee, the eldest son of General Lee, and now on the military staff of Jeff. Davis.
Another State Coming.—Nevada is about to ask for admission into the Union. A constitutional convention of delegates is to meet on the 2d of next month, and their application will be presented at the next session of Congress. The Territory has more than 60,000 inhabitants. It was organized in March, 1861. It contains great mineral and agricultural resources, and is destined to become a wealthy and flourishing State.
Thus at the very time when our enemies in the old world are looking for our destruction and downfall, our Republic is gaining strength by the accession of a young, vigorous and promising State. Others will soon be ready to follow. The old world is also steadily sending to us its sturdy emigrants to add to our strength and prosperity.—From the east and the west alike we draw help and invigorate ourselves even in the midst of a terrible civil war. Such vitality is not easily to be extinguished.
An armorer in this city who had been drafted, began to grow shaky as the dreadful day of his appearance drew near, and had the more reason to, as he had no knowledge that he was affected by the ‘starrhoea,’ ‘extarthis of themis,’ or any of those pleasant complaints with euphonius titles. Being urged thereto by his wife, he procured a mode of exemption that can be expressed short of a line to two of Latin. He placed himself in the chair of one of our dentists, and had extracted six of his teeth—good, sound ones, too, they were, we are glad to say. He has got exempt from the draft in a way that has given him the unenviable reputation of being an unmitigated sneak.
A True Patriot.—The New Bedford Mercury says that Mr. Peter J. Peters recently returned to his home in that city, having received his discharge from Co. L, 14th Mass. regiment of heavy artillery, on account of physical disability. He has been through six battles with the army of the Potomac, and was wounded in the leg at the battle of Fredericksburg. But the late severe marches, and exposures attending them, were rather more than he could endure. Yet though he is over sixty-two, he says he shall go back if he can recruit his health sufficient to pass an examination.
Too Much Substitute.—One of the substitutes in the barracks Friday night, by some means procured a pair of captain’s shoulder straps, secured them upon his uniform, then summoning the guard, gave them renewed instructions to be watchful, as the fellows were getting uneasy, and walked out of the door with official dignity so handsomely substituted that the guard did not venture to question the genuineness of his character.—Providence Journal.
Milwaukee, August 16.
To Major General Halleck, General-in-Chief :
The following dispatch from Gen. Sibley, dated August 7, is just received :
We had three desperate engagements with 2,200 Sioux warriors, in each of which they were routed and finally driven across the Missouri, with the loss of all their subsistence, &c. Our loss was small, while at least one hundred and fifty of the savages were killed and wounded. Forty-six bodies have been found.
H. Sibley, Brig. Gen.
Gen. Sully marched from Fort Pierre for the big bend of the Missouri on the 20th of July, with 1,200 cavalry, and will doubtless intercept the flying Sioux.
John Pope, Major-General.
All persons who may desire to make enquiries respecting the draft, or get exemption papers in the Towns of Middletown, Durham, Chatham, Haddam, East Haddam and Cromwell, are requested to make application at the office of the Deputy Provost Marshal, Middletown, Conn. Those who apply by mail are expected to enclose a three cent postage stamp to pay return postage. Aged and infirm parents or widows desiring to make claim for exemption for one of two sons liable to draft should apply at once.
Deputy Provost Marshal,
2d Cong’l Dist. Conn.
Messrs. Editors: Shall the gallant 24th Regt. be received by a military or civic escort, or both?—that’s the question ! There certainly can be but one opinion, as to which would be the most appropriate. Military for military—civic for civic. There is however no objection to a mingling of the two, but the military should take precedence—lead off, and comprise the main feature. Such being the case, it behooves military men to bestir themselves. The ranks of the two volunteer companies proposed to be organized for the reception, are far from full—particularly the citizen’s corps. More men are wanted immediately, and all good soldiers, as also those who are disposed to make a trial, should report themselves forthwith, as the Regt. in all probability will be here in a very few days.
We are requested to state, that there will be a meeting of the “Citizen’s Volunteers” on Wednesday (to-morrow) evening 19th inst. at 7 1/2 o’clock for organization and drill. All young men disposed to honor the 24th Regt. C. V., and at the same time honor themselves, by shouldering the musket, are cordially invited to be present.
Another Deserter Caught.—Walter J. Addis, enlisted as a musician in the 24th Conn., deserted some nine months ago, after the regiment had got to New York. He was reported to Deputy Provost Marshal Putnam some two months ago and he has been ever since working to find his whereabouts. On Tuesday last he received information that Addis was in New York. He immediately dispatched special Campbell to arrest him, which he did, and returned here Thursday morning. An attempt was made to take Addis from Campbell on a writ of habeas corpus, but Campbell was too smart for Esq. Nesbit, and brought his man off safely.
Police.—Patrick Welch and Patrick Tracey were arrested on Monday the 10th inst., by officers Brooks and Avery, on a charge of theft. The complaint alleged that on Saturday night the 8th inst., these men took from the person of John A. Hunter, who works for R. H. Morgan, the blacksmith, his pocketbook, containing sundry bank bills and currency, in all amounting to $16. They were brought before Justice Putnam, and it was in evidence that the defendants were in company with Hunter from about 10 o’clock, p. m., until 2 o’clock, a. m., and that they were seen near him at the time the officers arrested Hunter and took him to the watch house for drunkenness. No denial of the fact of their being in the company was made, and Justice Putnam bound them over for trial to the September term of the Superior Court. Tracy gave bonds. Welch in default of bonds was committed to jail.
Various Matters.—The ice dealers in New York and other cities are raising the price of ice, on the ground that the supply is likely to run low. Messrs. Ferree & Hubbard of this city, still continue to furnish customers at the old price.
Peaches are now in market at a fair price.
A delegation from the Common Council of this city, attended the funeral of Col. Chatfield, in Waterbury, on Thursday last.
In writing to sick or wounded soldiers who are in Hospital, omit the name of the regiment and company, and direct to the Hospital, with the letter or number of the ward. All letters with the regiment and company on, go direct to the regiment.
The “Young Ladies Seminary” will commence its fall term Sept. 7th.
The Selectmen, by authority of the late Special meeting, advertise that “Proposals for the sum of forty thousand dollars, or any part thereof, at not less than par value, will be received by Wm. Southmayd until Aug. 22d, of this month.” All persons having a surplus of money will take notice.
There will be a trot at Douglas Park, on Thursday of this week.
Dan Rice’s great show came into town on Thursday last, where it exhibited in Spring street in the afternoon and evening. Large crowds were present. They left next morning for Hartford, where they exhibited two days. Their receipts in the latter place were twenty-one hundred dollars.
The Savage Fire Arms Co. are turning out daily a large number of Springfield muskets. They have nearly three hundred hands employed.
One of President Lincoln’s Jokes. In common with many of his peers, the distinguished conqueror of Mississippi, Grant, has been charged with gross indulgence in intoxicating drinks, although it is well known to his personal staff that so abstemious is he that he will not even use spirits in his water, although most of our officers in the Western army hold it indispensible to health to do so, in view of the recent changes of water, and its uniform bad quality.—A “committee,” just previous to the fall of Vicksburg, solicitous for the morale of our armies, took it upon themselves to visit the President, and urge the removal of Gen. Grant. “What for?” said Mr. Lincoln.—“Why,” replied the busybodies, “he drinks too much whiskey.” “Ah!” rejoined Mr. Lincoln, “can you inform me, gentlemen, where Gen. Grant procures his whiskey?” The “committee” confessed they could not. “Because,” added “Old Abe,” with a merry twinkle in his eyes, “If I can find out, I’ll send every general in the field a barrel of it!” The delegation retired in reasonably good order.