From The Constitution, Wednesday, February 22, 1865 (volume 28, number 1417)
The Richmond papers report that on the 11th inst., a column of Sherman’s infantry and cavalry crossed the Edisto to the west of and above Branchville, and advanced on the Columbia Branch Railroad. The rebels at Branchville withdrew toward Columbia. According to the last official accounts our troops were at Orangeburgh, some twenty miles north of Branchville, and on the road to Columbia.—Beauregard was in command, and it was thought he would fall back to the Santee, and attempt to defend that line. Hardee is in command at Charleston, and claims to have repulsed the advance of our troops on the Salkehatchie.
Gen. Terry’s force began a movement against Wilmington on the 11th inst., which, as far as developed by the latest intelligence from Fort Fisher, was a success and full of promises. The troops moved up the peninsula in two columns, the right under Gen. Ames, the left under Gen. Payne. The enemy’s pickets were driven gallantly back to the main works of the enemy, the position and strength of which was fully ascertained. At the same time Fort Anderson was vigorously shelled by Admiral Porter’s fleet.
In cooperation with this movement against Wilmington, we have reports from rebel papers of an expedition from Newbern to Kingston, N. C. The Union forces are said to have railroad iron sufficient to rebuild the road from Newbern to Kingston.
Dispatches from Gen. Grant to Secretary Stanton, containing extracts from the Richmond papers of Saturday, give the cheering news that Sherman has captured Columbia, South Carolina, and is there with his whole army. The probably immediate evacuation of Charleston is announced, and a dispatch from the Charleston Mercury states that the publication of that paper will be suspended for a short time, until the office can be removed to another place. The Richmond papers seem to be in the dark as to the future movements of Sherman’s army, but think that he may go to Charlotte, N. C. They say that he may possibly establish a new base at Charleston, but think it is needless for him to have any base, as he is living on the country, and has fought no battle that would diminish his supply of ammunition. The “brag” appears to have been entirely taken out of the Southern journals, their tone being despondent, and conveying the impression that they believe Sherman can go where he chooses, consulting only his own convenience. Beauregard had retreated before the advance of Sherman, destroying large quantities of medical stores; but no information is given as to the direction taken by his forces.
The Richmond Enquirer of the 20th, says Charleston was evacuated on Tuesday last, 14th.
It is reported that at the recent peace conference at Hampton Roads, direct propositions were made to President Lincoln by the rebel commissioners, for a reunion of the rebel and national armies for the enforcement of the Monroe doctrine, leaving the question of re-union for the present in abeyance to be decided by the course of events. Could the rebel commissioners have accomplished such a master stroke, they would ultimately have realized all their hopes. With the cause of our present troubles undecided, and our armies at work in a new field, the rebel emissaries abroad would have material furnished for urging the recognition of the south at once. The chances would be, that before the north could renew the fight, the south would be aided and upheld by foreign powers. But President Lincoln is not to be blinded or driven from his course, by new lights appearing on the coast. He has his chart, has marked his course, and it is believed will steer clear of shoals and rocks until the haven of peace is reached. That the southern leaders have been baffled and defeated at their own game is apparent by their bombastic speeches and threats and denunciations against the north, recently issued in Richmond. Yet they admit that it is out of their power to raise another army of white men. With Lee’s army around the defences of Richmond, men are found willing to cheer and applaud utterances breathing hatred to northern industry. But the drama is drawing to a close. The ship of the Union is plowing its way through the heart of every recreant state showing its determination to assert its authority. She will not seek harbor or furl her sails until the storm has ceased.
The party in the rebel House of Congress in favor of arming the slaves, have again been defeated in their attempts to bring the matter to a vote, and the question has been temporarily put aside.
The majority of the judiciary committee of the Kentucky Senate have made a report recommending the rejection of the constitutional amendment to abolish slavery.
In the lower branch of the Legislature of Minnesota the proposal to strike out the word “white” from the constitution as a qualification for voting was carried on the 4th inst., by a vote of thirty-one yeas to eight nays.
Rich Colored Men.—Ciprian Risand is worth a million dollars, and is the richest colored man in the United States. The colored men in New York have many rich men—among them Peter Vandyke, Robert Watson, J. M. Gloucester and Mr. Crosby, who own about $3,000,000 in real estate and otherwise.
The Illinois Legislature has passed a bill appropriating $25,000 for the purchase of the burial place of the late Stephen A. Douglas.
Our Mineral Resources.—The Boston Herald, in an article, on the vast mineral resources of the country, closes with these words: “Great as the debt of the American nation may be, with $100,000,000 invested in Mills in Nevada, in ten years it could be paid off and enough left to carry on any foreign war we may ever be engaged in.”
Mexico.—Advices from Mexico represent the imperial army as having been defeated with heavy loss before Ooxaea, an interior town several hundred miles below the city of Mexico, where a powerful and increasing army of liberals under Diaz is concentrated. The boundaries of the empire are narrowing rapidly, the regal authority extending only over a few seaport towns, and the road to the capital. Another report says the French expedition against Sonora has been badly beaten, and the traitor Gen. Vega captured and shot.
Elocutionary.—The audience that drew to hear Prof. Hibbard read on Monday evening, at Miss Payne’s seminary, filled the room to its utmost convenience. Enoch Arden, Tennyson’s new poem, now so popular, was the first entertainment. Then followed a portion of Pickwick Papers, and a recitation of Poe’s fine piece, The Bells. Enoch Arden is exceedingly sad and pretty, but Prof. H.’s reading was the book illustrated. Dicken’s writings are peculiarly his forte, and as he always spices with them, he has read them nearly through. The last difficult and dramatic piece, we have heard Prof. H. and other masters of elocution recite, but it has never been performed to our satisfaction, because there is a power of passion in those bell tones, swinging free.
They are neither man nor woman,
They are neither brute nor human.
His effort upon it filled us with pleasure and we thought it was a better excellence than had been reached before.
Concert of the Old Folks.—Father Kemp’s Old Folks will give one of their unrivalled concerts at McDonough Hall on Friday evening of this week. They will appear in full strength, full dress, and will without doubt, instruct and amuse all who attend. The favorite ballad, “Jonnie Schomoker,” will be sung by the company. The sweet ballad singer, Emma J. Nichols, is with them; also Aunt Phœbe and Grandfather Hopkins.
Lecture.—The Young Men’s Literary Association of this city, have engaged Stephen Massett, Esq., better known as “Jeems Pipes, of Pipesvill” to deliver a lecture at McDonough Hall, on Wednesday evening of next week. It will be serio comic, entitled “Drifting About.” Mr. Massett has travelled a great deal, has had a large and varied experience of the world, is an agreeable writer, and an entertaining lecturer. All who wish to spend a pleasant hour, in listening to one of the best humorist writers, will do well to visit McDonough Hall on Wednesday evening next. Tickets of admission, 35 cents.
Washington’s Birthday.—The students of Wesleyan University will celebrate the anniversary of Washington’s birth day on Wednesday evening, by appropriate exercises at the M. E. Church. Orator, S. K. Smith; Reader, A. F. Nightingale.
The members of Hubbard Hose Co. No. 2, will give their annual ball at McDonough Hall on that evening. Music by Governor’s Guard band. A. J. Spencer, prompter.
Skating.—A party of gentlemen from Hartford, skated on Tuesday last, from Morgan street bridge, to the steamboat dock in this city, in one hour and twenty minutes.
Errata.—In the income tax list published last week, Frances Alsop should have been inserted instead of Clara Alsop.
Another little private
The army of temptation
And of sin!
Another soldier arming
For the strife,
To fight the toilsome battles
Of a life.
Another little sentry,
Who will stand
On guard, while evils prowl
On every hand.
Lord! our little darling
Guide and save,
‘Mid the perils of the march
To the grave!
A compositor in the Appeal office, in setting up the words, Virgin Mary, made it read Virginia Mary. Another of our exchanges in speaking of the Internal Revenue, said, instead, Infernal Revenge. Another, in speaking of a man of some note, lately deceased, undertook to say, “He subsequently commenced life as a legal practitioner, but was diverted from it by his love of letters.” The editor did not look at his proof-sheet, and had the pleasure of reading in his paper, “He subsequently commenced life as a politician, but was diverted from it by his love of bitters.”