From The Constitution, Wednesday, August 17, 1864 (volume 27, number 1390)
The government has official dispatches from Dauphins Island, saying that everything is going on favorably at Mobile, and there is every prospect of a speedy and brilliant success. From Sherman’s department, too, the news is encouraging. Sheridan is doing excellent service and will soon be heard from at an important point. The Richmond Examiner of the 9th says that Admiral Buchanan’s wound is doing well. He with other prisoners and federal wounded are at Pensacola. Fort Morgan holds out yet. Fort Gaines is occupied by the federals.
Gen. Farragut lost one monitor vessel and one gunboat in the action. The rebel iron clad Morgan lies at Mobile wharf but slightly injured. While the steamer Reliance of the Revenue service was in great Wicomic river, Northumberland County, Aug. 13th, for the purpose of taking off a family of refugees who were represented as being in a starving condition, one of her boats was attacked by a large party of guerrillas on shore armed with rifles. The Reliance opened upon them with shell and small arms, in the hope of driving them from the woods, but after a few rounds had been fired, gallant Capt. Dungan fell and died in an hour. The captain of the pivot gun, Thomas Roberts, was also severely wounded. The firing was kept up by the Reliance until the fire of the rebels was silenced, but not having sufficient force on board to land she was compelled to turn down the river with the loss of her boats and crew, coxswain Ayers, and four colored men. The body of Capt. Dungan arrived here this morning.
Farragut’s Account of the Fight.
At an early hour on Friday, our fleet, lashed two and two, sailed into the Pass close up under the guns of Fort Morgan, pouring in broadside after broadside of grape and canister—thus driving the gunners of the fort from their pieces and leaving our vessels exposed only to the fire of Forts Gaines and Powell, which were, of course, less effective on account of the distance. At the same time Gen. Granger’s land batteries enfiladed Gaines and caused the evacuation and blowing up of Powell. In passing the forts the Oneida received a shot which temporarily disabled her machinery, but she was safely towed through the fire by her consort.
Our monitor Tecumseh was one of the foremost. A torpedo, exploding beneath her bottom, she sunk almost instantaneously, carrying down all her officers, only ten of her crew escaping. She was commanded by Capt. Lewis Craven. Our loss on this vessel was about one hundred. The gunboats having passed the forts, and being out of their reach, were pursued by the formidable ram Tennessee, and three iron clad gunboats—the Selma, Gaines and Morgan. Our vessels immediately attacked the ram, and battered him so effectually that he surrendered in a few minutes by hanging out the white flag. Admiral Buchanan, the Commander, lost a leg, and with all his crew, are prisoners in our hands.—There were only 3 killed on the Tennessee. She was but slightly damaged, and it is probable that Farragut has her fit for action by this time. We also captured the Selma, of which Capt. Murphy was the commander.—Lieut. Prentiss, of the Monongahela, lost both legs. He is a gallant officer, and has a young wife in this city. Capt. Malaney, of the Oneida, lost an arm. All the wounded will be sent to Pensacola. Our loss is two hundred and forty killed and wounded. The two remaining rebel gunboats fled under the guns of Fort Morgan for protection; one of them is aground, and the Admiral is confident that he can destroy them to-day. He has not the slightest doubt of his ability to reduce the forts. But their capture will not give us command of the city, which is extensively fortified at Dog River and elsewhere.
The Hartford, Farragut’s flagship, was heavily engaged, losing one officer, Higgenbottom, Secretary to the Fleet Captain, killed, together with 20 of her crew, and 26 wounded. All our vessels were wooden except three.
Recruiting in Europe.
A new system of foreign enlistments seems to have been established by the enterprising people of Boston which will aid them materially in raising their quota. The British steamer Bellona has recently brought some hundred recruits from abroad. The men were of different nationalities, but were collected in Belgium under the direction of Julean Allen, formerly colonel of a well known organization called the “Polish Legion,” recruited in New York city, in the early part of the war. It is said that it was not difficult to collect them, six hundred being gathered in three weeks. As soon as it was known that men would be transported to this country, they came in from all directions, and many of them, elated at their prospects, marched about the streets of Antwerp in procession, carrying rags to represent banners. It is said that the Belgian government would not permit the embarkation of the emigrants without a careful examination, and the signing of a contract by each person, which was to be a certificate that he went by his own desire, a copy of which was to be left with the custom house officers, else the necessary clearance papers for the vessel could not be obtained. When at sea regular drills constituted a part of the daily exercises. The facts are known in Europe, but no efforts have been made as yet to put a stop to it. Whether it will be a complete success remains to be seen. It is said that another vessel has loaded and will be in Boston harbor in a few days.
From Europe.—The steamer Persia from Liverpool arrived at New York on Friday the 12th inst. The news is not important. The Liverpool Mercury says that Capt. Semmes with a number of officers, belonging to the southern service, had departed, but their destination was only known to their private friends. In the House of Commons, Lord Palmerston made some explanations as to the Danish question, and stated that the negotiations at Vienna would be carried on solely between the belligerents, the English government having no intentions of interfering further. Parliament was prorogued on the 29th ult., the Queen’s speech delivered by the Lord Chancellor, in which she regretted that the endeavors to bring about a reconciliation between the German Powers and the King of Denmark had not been successful. As regards American affairs, she deeply laments that the civil war has not been brought to a close. She will, however, continue to observe a strict neutrality between the belligerents, and would rejoice at a friendly reconciliation between the contending parties.
A large McClellan meeting was held in the city of New York on Wednesday evening. In numbers it was entitled to all the importance that can be attached to it by the opposition press, but that is all that can be said in its favor. No prominent speaker was present, nor were the addresses listened to with any interest by the immense mass of people who had gathered together, influenced by wary politicians who wished to make a demonstration in favor of their petted candidate. Without doubt, McClellan stands at the front with the democracy of the city of New York. With the means at their command, such large demonstrations are not to be wondered at. What turn matters will take at the peace meeting to be held at Syracuse this week, at which it is said Vallandigham will be present, remains to be seen.
An exchange calls attention to the copperhead sense of the fitness of things as evinced by the change in the time of holding their national convention from the 4th of July, the birthday of American Independence, to the 29th of August, the birthday of Benedict Arnold.
The people of Colorado will vote in a few days upon the question of accepting a State Government, in pursuance of the enabling act passed by Congress at its last session. A letter from the territory, intimates that the constitution will be rejected by a large majority. The population of Colorado is estimated at 25,000. The aggregate cast for members of the Constitutional Convention was less than 800. It is thought that two thousand votes cannot be obtained for a State Government.
Dr. Livingstone, the African explorer, is on his way home. He reached Bomday on the 13th of June, after a voyage of forty-two days from Zanzibar in his own steamer, the Lady Nyassa, and is expected to reach England in time for the meeting of the British Association in September.
The Election on Monday on the amendment to the State Constitution allowing soldiers in the field the right to vote passed off in this city quietly. The result is most satisfactory. A majority of 333 was given for the amendment. The following is the vote:
Cromwell gave 86 yeas, 55 nays—majority 31.
Police Court.—Before Justice Putnam.—State vs. John Donovan, assault and breach of peace, fined $2 and costs.
State vs. Matilda, Elizabeth and Mrs. Elizur Spencer, assault and battery. Matilda and Elizabeth discharged, and Mrs. Elizur fined 50 cts. and costs.
State vs. John Baldwin, vicious and idleness, sent to State Reform School for two years.
State vs. Henry Kresing, assault and battery, sent to State Reform School for four years.
State vs. Alexander Langdon, stealing, found guilty and fined $7 and costs, and imprisonment in Haddam jail, 30 days. While confined in the watch house awaiting transportation to Haddam some friend kindly unlocked the door, and Mr. Langdon immediately took [leg batl ? illegible] for parts unknown.
State vs. Hannah Mackintosh, for prostitution, fined $5 with costs, and imprisonment in Haddam jail 90 days.
Obituary Record of Alumni of the Wesleyan University, Middletown, for the Academic year ending July, 1863 and July, 1864:
Thomas Hicks Mudge, class of 1840, died at Baldwin City, Kansas, July 24th, 1864; Eben Tracy Whittlesey, class of 1843, killed in battle August 30th, 1862; Zebina Thomas Dean, class of ’46, at Milan, Ohio, Dec. 25, 1862; Rev. John Hall Newton, class of ’47, at Middletown, Aug. 18, ’63; Wilbur Fisk Loomis, class of ’51, at Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 7, ’64; Samuel Rogers Adams, class of ’51, at Springfield, Ohio, Dec. 14, ’62, from disease contracted in the service of his country; Oronando Nelson Brooks, class of ’51, frozen to death in Trinity Mountain, California, in ’61; Franklin Aannahs, class of ’52, in camp Aug. 8, ’62, while Captain in the 81st N. Y., regiment; Denison Gage, Jr., class of ’55, at Mt. Vernon, Iowa, July 25, ’63; John Wheaton Smith, class of ’57, at his home in Rhode Island, in 1863; John Henry Moore, class of ’59, at Augusta, Me., Aug. 25, ’63; Seymour Augustus Smith, at Washington, Oct. 28, ’62, from injuries received by a railroad accident while on his way, as a member of the 152d N. Y. regiment, to the front.
The Richmond Whig of the 9th congratulates the city that it is about to be relieved of the superabundance of old women; authorities will give passports north to all old women who desire it.