From The Constitution, Wednesday, November 4, 1863 (volume 26, number 1349)

War News.

The Cincinnati Gazette has a dispatch from Chattanooga, dated 27th inst., which says that a detachment under Col. Stanley, of the 11th Ohio regiment, floated fifty pontoons down the river in face of the rebel sharpshooters, landed at Brown’s Ferry, and surprised and drove the rebels from the ridge on the south side, opening communication with Bridgeport. The rebels are flanked and must evacuate Lookout Mountain.

A second dispatch says that Gen. Hazen, with 2,000 of Gen. Palmer’s division, attacked the enemy on Lookout Mountain, and drove him from his position.

Gen. McPherson’s expedition to Canton, Miss., resulted in destroying a large number of rebel mills and factories, the defeat and dispersion of the rebel cavalry, and a general discomfiture of the guerrillas infesting that section.

A special dispatch to the Philadelphia Bulletin is as follows: Our loss in the brilliant achievement at Chattanooga was only 5 killed and 15 wounded, of Hazen’s brigade.

Gen. Palmer is assigned to the command of the 14th army corps. Communication will be reopened between Bridgeport and Chattanooga, along the Chattanooga river.

The arrival from New Orleans of the steamer George Washington puts us in possession of interesting information concerning the troops under Gen. Banks, who are moving through Western Louisiana, as is supposed, with the ultimate object of redeeming Texas from the rebels. The Nineteenth army corps, under Gen. Franklin, had pressed forward to Opelousas, gaining that place on the 22d of October, without meeting a great deal of resistance, notwithstanding the fact that the enemy in large force of infantry, cavalry, and artillery attempted to make a stand about five miles from the town. At New Orleans an expedition, under Gen. Dana, composed of veteran troops, was being fitted out. Its precise destination was, of course, not divulged, but the general opinion is, that it was intended for some point on the Texas coast. The enlistment of colored soldiers was going on rapidly in the city, and the Union troops had been very successful in the destruction of salt works, tanneries and other rebel property across Lake Ponchartrain in Mississippi.

Guerrillas are again audacious on the banks of the Mississippi. The steamers Crescent City, Cheek, Adriatic and City of Pekin were all fired into on their way up to Memphis.—The Cheek was set on fire by the explosion of a shell but the flames were soon extinguished. The Adriatic had one man killed, and eight wounded, but on the other boats there was nobody injured.

Hawkins’ band of guerrillas had been attacked near Piney Factory by Lieut. Col. Shirely, of the First Middle Tennessee regiment, and completely routed, after two engagements. We took 66 prisoners, and out loss was comparatively trifling.

A dispatch from Knoxville informs us that our forces, which for some time have held the town of Loudon, Tenn., retired to the heights on the north side of the river, where their guns command the place.

Another of the noble family of Ellets, who have so distinguished themselves in connection with naval operations on the Mississippi, is dead. Charles R. Ellets, commanding the Mississippi Marine brigade, died suddenly on Thursday last, at Bunker’s Hill, Illinois.

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The Insurrection in San Domingo.—The Turks Island Standard, of September 12, contains advices to the 5th of that month, to the effect that the success of the Dominican arms had continued up to that time with little check and counter-balance from the Spaniards. The troops that had been sent to Santiago were positively defeated with loss of infantry, cavalry and artillery. This does not conflict with the intelligence which we received and published on Saturday, to the effect that on the 5th ult., the Spaniards had been victorious in their attempt to relieve that city, which was subsequently fired and consumed.

The Standard affirms that the revolution assumes a more serious aspect every day. With the exception of the seaport towns of San Domingo city, Samana, and Puerto Plata, the whole country has revolted. We learn that the Dominicans are commanded by able leaders; that they are well supplied with arms and ammunition of good quality; that they have a sufficient commissariat; and are unanimously resolved to drive from their soil every vestige of the presence of their oppressors. The physical character of the island is such that a small force of natives can easily prevent the passage of large numbers of troops to the interior, and we are told that the insurgents are in the best of spirits, and feel confident of such a result.

A detestable system of persecution is pursued by the Spanish authorities towards the colored people of Puerto Plata; and the most fearful atrocities have been committed by the soldiery. Hundreds of persons in no way connected with the insurrection, have been obliged to seek a refuge in this and other colonies; and many have fallen victims to the rage of Spanish patroles that traversed the streets, committing the greatest excesses of spoliation and bloodshed. Not until two or three days elapsed did the officers make any efforts to mitigate these cruelties. Defenceless women and children were driven from their dwellings which became an easier prey to the spoilers; and the bodies of those who had been murdered were thrown into the public streets, and basely insulted after death. It is not known how many were murdered, but the number is by no means insignificant.

Our latest advices inform us that one division of Spanish soldiers entered Santiago, but were compelled to capitulate after the burning of the city, and on their retreat to Puerto Plata were fired upon with terrible effect. The Rebels are also reported to have burned the town of San Carlos, in the vicinity of the city of San Domingo.

N. Y. Com. Adv.

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Reports from Washington say that the President will take no action upon the French occupation of Mexico until the rebellion is disposed of.

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Business in New York.

The Commercial Advertiser remarks:–

“If we were to believe many things which the sympathizers with the rebellion are continually saying, we would certainly arrive at the conclusion that the people of this city are suffering for the want of many of the common necessaries of life, and want, and desolation reign in our midst. According to the sayings of the copperheads, the poor of this city must be suffering greatly from poverty and privation. A mere glance at the matter, however, will prove that this is not the case. Labor is abundant and laboring men, as a general rule, are now receiving better wages than at any period in the history of our country. Men who are entirely dependent upon labor for a livelihood have more money in their pockets, live better in their homes and enjoy greater comfort than formerly. It may be said that they have no gold or silver money, but they have greenbacks which answer every purpose. As for the business done in the retail stores along the Bowery, Grand street, Eighth, Sixth and Third avenues, and other business thoroughfares of the city, it was never livelier than at present. The salesrooms are crowded every day and evening with thousands of purchasers who pay good prices willingly for the articles they desire. Perhaps never before in the history of our city have there been so few men out of employment as at the present time. There are many opportunities for persons who are really desirous of working, to obtain situations, and no man need be an idler. All of the large manufactories, machine shops, foundries, &c., are in operation, and laborers and mechanics are paid excellent wages. Under these circumstances the old story that we are suffering all the privations which abject indigence could possibly hurl upon us, turns out to be a fable and scarcely worth a moment’s consideration.”

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An Italian woman near Turin gave birth recently to twins without heads. The priests say it is because her husband wished the decapitation of the pope.

When the Sultan of Turkey dismisses a minister, he orders him to be strangled, that he may not divulge state secrets. There is no necessity to adopt this custom in our country, unless in the way of punishment, as our ministers divulge all the secrets while in office.

Two saloon keepers at Cincinnati, Ohio, sold liquor on election day, and had to pay $50 fine and be “sent up” for 20 days. No wonder Vallandigham didn’t get more votes if the whiskey shops were closed.

The Mayor of Charleston has published a notice requiring all able-bodied male free negroes in that city to report themselves for thirty days’ labor on the fortifications. Those failing to report are to be impressed.

The developments made by the agent of the War Department in Kentucky and Ohio, show that the Government has been swindled to the amount of millions in contracts for horses, mules, forage, and other army supplies. The acts of Congress passed at the last session furnish ample means for reaching dishonest officers.

Mrs. John Barnum, of Monkton, Vt., an old lady of eighty years, woke up Friday night and found herself at the bottom of the well, in three feet of water and twenty-four feet below the surface. She had got up, though very feeble, and gone thither in her sleep, managed in some way to get to the bottom unharmed. She was not chilly, nor has any bad effect as yet resulted from it.

A chap in this state, after the passage of the conscription act, got married to evade the draft. He now says if he can get a divorce he will enlist, as if he must fight, he would rather do so for his country.

EXTRA SESSION – A PROCLAMATION.

Whereas, The President of the United States, on the 17th inst., issued a proclamation, calling upon the Governors of States to raise and enlist into the service of the General Government, for the regiments now in the field, three hundred thousand men; and gave assurance that all volunteers received under such call shall be duly credited and deducted from the quotas established for the next draft; and declared that if any State shall fail of raising the quota assigned to it by the War Department under this call, then a draft for the deficiency shall commence on the 5th day of January next; and

Whereas, A want of uniformity in the action of the several towns in this State, under existing laws, has retarded volunteering as well as caused the burdens of the present system to be distributed very unequally; and

Whereas, It is the duty of this State to adopt efficient measures to uphold the dignity and maintain the unity of the nation:

Therefore, I, William A. Buckingham, Governor of the State of Connecticut, regarding this as a special emergency within the meaning of the Constitution, issue this my proclamation, convening the General Assembly of this State at Hartford, on Tuesday, the third day of November next, at 10 o’clock a. m., for the purpose of taking such action as in the judgment of that honorable body shall appear to be just and proper for meeting the call of the President, and for equalizing the burdens incident thereto.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the State to be affixed, at the City of Hartford, this the twenty-seventh day of October, one thousand, eight hundred and sixty three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty-eighth.

WM. A. BUCKINGHAM.

By His Excellency’s command:

J. Hammond Trumbull, Sec’y of State.

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The Provost Marshal General has issued an official gazette, assuring the public that in making out the quotas of states, those who paid the $300 commutation money, are credited as fully as if they went in person or sent a substitute. The President has also decided that the payment of the commutation money relieves the conscript from military service for three years.

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Habeas Corpus.—The suspension of the habeas corpus has been so far qualified by the consent of the President, that hereafter the civil courts will be allowed to take cognizance of all cases for the discharge of minors improperly enlisted and illegally detained by the military authorities.

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Four Yale College students were arrested by the police in New Haven, Tuesday evening, for disorderly conduct.

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Supposed Suicide.—The body of a man was found hanging to a tree, a short distance east of Boardman’s Grove, Hartford, on Friday last. It had apparently been hanging there for several days. From papers found on him his name was Henry Gillmore and had friends in Great Barrington, Mass.

Local News.

Alert Club.—The young ladies of this vicinity are about forming an ‘Alert Club,’ and will meet at the common council room on Wednesday afternoon of this week, at 3 o’clock to take action in the matter. These clubs are being formed throughout the country, and act as auxiliaries to the Soldiers Aid Societies. Let there be a full attendance.

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“Honor To Whom Honor is Due.”—There is no young volunteer more worthy of notice than Lieut. Wm. J. Broatch, of this city. He enlisted in the 8th regiment, C. V., and by his bravery and good conduct, fought his way to the position of Lieutenant. He has now resigned that position, and has entered the army as a private. Such young men, who like the service well enough to resign a good position, with the prospect of a still better one, and enlist as a private soldier, certainly deserve praise, and will have the best wishes of every loyal citizen.

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Building.—Mr. Burr is completing his house on the corner of Church and Hubbard streets; he intends to have a store, which will be a convenience to the large number of workmen in that vicinity.—Samuel Childs and N. D. Tucker have purchased a lot on Wyllys street and intend to erect a dwelling house.

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Mr. Editor: I desire through your columns to call the attention of the proper authorities of the city, to the growing practice of burning the fallen leaves along the streets. I hear many complaints and can myself bear witness to the inconvenience resulting from the practice. Not only is it absolutely dangerous in respect of frightening horses, but in Main street, during one or two evenings last week, it was exceedingly unpleasant to remain outside the house, or to have doors or windows open on account of the smoke from half a dozen of these fires in Broad street. It is not only a great nuisance but a sin, as the leaves are valuable for many purposes. I should think that it was, and if it be not, it should be, opposed to the police regulations of the city.

Can you not draw public attention to the subject in such a manner as to secure an immediate abatement of the nuisance, and so oblige one of many

Citizens.

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Startling Invasion.—We intend no reference to the rebel raid into Pennsylvania, but to the rush of customers to the establishment of Mr. F. B. Baldwin, Nos. 70 and 72 Bowery, in pursuit of his handsome, well made, and exceedingly stylish fall and winter garments. The prospects are decidedly lively that this raid will be entirely successful, for the very low prices that Mr. Baldwin charges for his goods must empty his shelves and counters in a very brief time. Call early to prevent disappointment.

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