The Philadelphia Inquirer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 25, 1863 · Page 1
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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if, . ir7' CIRCULATION OYER THE REBEL 8MVASS0M I Eally, Pennsylvanians, Rally!! THE STATE CAPITAL THREATENED ! ! Tlic KcLels Under Jenkins Within Eight Miles of Carlisle. Gen- Udell's Corps of Rebels Coming to Support Jenkins. A BATTLE QUITE PROBABLE. 3lovemcnts of Troops. .Advance on IctnnclIDrs Tbe Whole of Ewell's Corps Reported to be In the State A Battle Expected Et Carlisle. Mcix:.ELLtBT7EG, June2L The excitement along the border remains unabated. Business is at a perfect stand still. Exposed constantly- to the incursions of Betel marauding Lands, the farmers are compelled to kiX'p their horses concealed in the mountains, and the prospects of reaping the coming harvest are dis-couraging. The Eebels are overrunning Franklin county. Two Rebel deserters from a North Carolina remittent, belonging to General Ewell's Corps, came Into our lines this morning. They report the whole of that commander's forces in Pennsylvania. The Eebels are in force at Mercersburg, and bare driven in our pickets this side of the town. It Is thought they will attempt to fed our strength this ode of the mountain. SBCOXO DESPATCH. MrCoxxEiieiiCiio, June 24, 4-30 P. ST. The Rebel tnlantry are reported to bo coining up the mountains from Mercersburgin fore?. The roads are blockaded, but poorly supported. The Rebels Near Carlisle. Harbisbceg, Juno 24, Evening. The city La? been in a high state of excitement all day. The news from up the valley shows that the rebels are raridly advancing in this direction, rn strong force, No troops would be likely to venture o U.r Team, tneir Date or operations into an enemy's coun try, without a force sufficient to act on the offensive. So far no opposition has boon made to their move ment. The Eebels are now twelve miles from Carlisle, and 6 till advancing. General Knipb, commanding the forces in tho T alley, will probably give them battle at tnat point. The Rebels will no doubt appear in front oi that town to-morrow. Oar cavalry, who fall back as the Eebels advance, have been unable to discover any infantry as yet, but there is no doubt a strong lorce in supporting distance. A deserter, belonging to the Forty-fourth Georgia Regiment, arrived here to-day. He reports that, on Sunday night, his regiment was doing picket duty bear Hagerstown. On Monday morning fifty of them desarted and saiely made their way to the mountains, where they remained all night. Yesterday morning they all started for Frederick City, hoping to mako their way to Baltimore, with the exception of thi3 man, who came, to Gettj-sburg. lie state that Ewexx's whole corps of six brigades was at Hagerstown. when he loft. They number tbont 12,000 men. Tho last brigade left Wflliamsport on Sunday, arriving at Hagerstown on the Fame day. Orders were Lxued oa Sunday for the Corps to move at five o'clock oa Monday morning. It is believed that they are coming in this direction, supporting Jex-kxss' lorce of cavalry. Sixteen Tcterans of the war of 1312, to-day, visited the Governor at the Capitol, and tendered their services, which wero acceptod. THE EATEST FROM HARRISBTJRG. The StaXe Capital Threatened by a Formidable Xarce The Rebels within Twenty-five Eliies of Harrisbarg A Battle Imminent. HjurRiSBCiio, June 24 Midnight. The Eebels aro within twenty-five miles of Harrisburg. The enemy's column halted about dusk, eight miles the other sido of Carlisle, and went into camp. The authorities aro in telegraphic communication wi:h Creyson Station, which is two miles from tho Eebel pickets. Their line to-niht is very strong. The result of to-monow is looked forward to with mnch anxiety, and not wHhout some doubts. General Rnitb may give the enemy battle at Carlisle, or he can fall back to the Susquehanna. A battle will undoubtedly be fought, or the p?ace evacuated, before to-morrow night. General Couch has thrown a strong column of men la the neighborhood of Gettysburg, on the enemy's liplit flank. This, in connection with certain movements of tho Army of the Potomac in their rear, will make It a dangerous experiment for them to attempt to hold the line of the Susquehanna. Numerous arrests have been made to-day on the eocth side cf tho river, of parties suspected ot being lielel ppios and guerrillas, but on their cases being investigated, most of them proved to be refugees. The clerks and other attaches of tbe State Capitol tday organized themselves into a company for the Cefoiise of the city. The works on the oppositeside of the river have teen completed, and the guns are being mounted. The Philadelphia Grey Eeserves, eleven hundred strong, aro still here, but refuse to be mustered in. Their conduct is severely commented on by the other troops. General Andrew Porter arrived here to-day, and tendered his services to the authorities. Everything 33 quiet in the neighborhood of Gettysburg and Hanover J unction. Great activity is being displayed in that quarter to prevent any demonstration on the lines of tho Northern Central Eailroad. The Rebels in Telegraph Communication with Pittsburg Great Events Expected. Harrisbgeo, June 25, 12J o'clock A. M. At ten o'clock last night a Rebel operator attached his instruments to the wires atMcConnellsburg.and opened cammunication with Pittsburg. He told a long story a! out Jekexkb, and what he intended doing. Uo reliance is placed in the statement. It is reported and be'ieved that Mixeot has been relieved of his command. It is known here to a certainty that twenty regiments of Rebel infantry passed through Chambers-bure to-day. Ihey were moving in this direction," acd undoubtedly consisted of Ewkll'b Corps (late Etoskwau, Jackson's). Important evfcnts are likely to transpire to-morrow. THE REBEL.S IN McCONNEEESBURG. fecial Despatch to the Ziqwrer. Bloody Bctt, P-a., June 24. Imboden's whole force is concentrated at Hancock. Oar forces evacuated MeConnellsburg fhfs evening, wlucli was occupied by Rebel Cavalry. The operator it. Thin 9 look as i lively nioikw ere ahead in this legion, . . y 60,000. IMPORTANT HEWS! Movements of the Eebel Army. T00.000 REBELSATWIKCHESnR LAST FRIDAY. Leo's Whole Army There. FFXX. PARTI CUEARS OP THETR OPERATIONS AT MARTINSBURtt, HAGERSTOWN AND BOOSSBOliO'. EvreU's Corps, 25,000 Stron-, Marchin-in Two Columns into Pennsylvania. The Xilarch Commenced cn Tuesday. INFANTRY, CAVALUY, AND 23 PIECES OF ARTILLESY. Very Eong Baggage Trains, leaded With Camp Equipage, Forage. Etc PREPARATIONS FOR A IXZiG STAY. Great Destruction on the BaWmflre and OMo Railroad, and Chesapeake and Ohio CexlqI. LES'S AEMY IIT lAIl"2XAST. Special Correspondence of the Inquirer. Frederick, Md., Juno 24, 1SC3. I have just obtained some information of the movements of tho Rebel forces, which shows clearly that they are now moving upon Pennsylvania in largo force. I met this morning two refugees from tho Rebel lines. One was a resident of Winchester, an employee of the Baltimore and Ohio Eaihroad Company, who left Martinsburg on Monday morning last, and escaped by-way of Hancock, Harersrown and Boonesboro', to this city. Tbe other was a citizen of Delaware, who had been employed for some time past at Hancock- I have every reason to believe that the statements of both these gentlemen may be relied on, as they were corroborated by other parties who came along with them, and by events which we know to have transpired in this vicinity. At the request of both these gentlemen I refrain from giving their names, as such publication might tend to injure them hereafter, as the citizen of Winchester wishes to return home as soon as possiblehavmg left a wife and family behind. I shall give tho substance of each statement, as given to me. Statement of the Winchester Refnee. This gentleman left Martinsbnrg on Monday morning, to avoid being conscripted into the Eebel army. On Sunday there was no largo Eebel force in Mar-tinsburg, only a provost guard. Rebel Conscription in Martinsbnrg. They had opened a recruiting office, and impressed overy white male, between tbe ages of sixteen and sixty, into the Eebel ranks. They searched houses, and took men by force from their dwellings. Many Of the citizens wore hiding themselves and getting out of the way as rapidly as possible, but many who were afraid to run the risk of an attempt to escape, were unwillingly forced to become Rebel soldiers. Coin to Stay to Gather the Harvest. The Rebel officers and soldiers publicly announce their intention of making a permanent stay in Mar-ta'nsburg, and say they intend to gather the rich harvest which is now fast ripening in the fertile valley of tho Shenandoah. ... Lee and Lonssttirt at Winchester n Friday East. My informant states that Lke and Eoir 3 street were both at Winchester oa Friday last, wiili one hundred thousand men, and wero moving North. This information he derived from persons who came from Winchester, and it was the common talk at Martins-burg on Sunday, that Lee's whole army was in motion towards the North, and it was reported that he intended to make an attack on Harper's Ferry, and would cross tbe Fotomao in one or two days from Friday. Leb had not arrived at Martinsbnrg on Sunday last, as my informant was there all day, and saw nothing of Leb's army in the neighborhood. Whither it had gone, or whether the movement had been postponed, or Lee had taken another route to reach tho Potomac, wero matters upon which my informant was not advised. As to the number of men Lee had being as high as one hundred thousand, the refugee had no knowledge, but this w as the figure which obtained belief in Marti nsbarg. The Rebels Marching Into Pennsylvania from Hagerstown. The refugee passed through Hagerstown, yesterday (Tuesday) morning. There wero not many- troopa there when be passed around the town, as ho avoided the principal' part of the town for fear of being stopped by tho Eebel pickets. He saw some cavalry coming in, and was told that the Rebel troops which had been in Hagerstown, had all loft and gone to Pennsylvania. Lie Meets Part of EwelPs Division on the March. The refugee came from Hagerstown by way of Beaver Creek, and there he saw a largo Eebel force in motion towards Pennsylvania. This force bad encamped the night before at Boonsboro', and was part ofEwELL'a Division, advancing in two columns into Pennsylvania, one by way of Hagerstown, and one by way of Boonsboro'. Ewell's Whereabouts. General Ewexi came into Hagerstown on Tuesday, in a carriage. This was tho day the advance movement commenced, and doubtless Eweio. took com- mand Lonj- Lines of Army Wagons. The refugee saw, at Hagerstown, a lino of army waoons half a mile in length, going towards Penn- sylvama. AtBOOnSDOro no saw u ium.u ber all going in the samo direction. Xheso wagons w all marked "U. S." on tho sides, and wpm nearlv all ir.atari with tonts, cookin utensils, knapsacks, TV V flour, oats and corn in the ear. Wagon Trains at Martinsbnrg. Mv informant also stated that long wagon trains were constantly passing northward, throu-h Martinsbnrg, all day Sunday. Beef Cattle and Horses Going Sooth. He abo saw droves of fat cattle driven South, through Martinsbnrg. and large numbers of horses. SrfruitB of plunder in Western Maryland and Penn-svlvania. n.mae to tho Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Rebels have burned about three hundred canal boatTon the Baltimore and Ohio Canal They pooled Se boatmen and drivers not to divulge any S movements and then released them after taking possession of the horses employed in towong ,Tt. further information concern- ing'thr damage done to both the railroad and canal, whichwUl ba found in the statement made by another refugee, below. , , A Rebel OinUr KidiS General MUroy's . Herse. The refugee saw at Boonsboro Major Gume of the Rebel army, riding General MixROT'S bick horse, captured at Winchester. Aratrment of a ItAfHrea from Ilaacock, 1,1 jhja rariieiaaji .a jjfihiwaxean, reeKun. wr PHILADELPHIA, THURSDAY. JUNE x ewarkin that State. He left Hancock on Monday-! uxmxjg, passing through Hagerstown and Boons-, boro' on his way to this city. His account of tbe movement - of Eyneus Division upon Pennsyl-yau5a is the most complete that has yet been given. He wished to come on in the stage coming to Frederick from Hagerstown, but on his stating that he was-going home to Delaware, they refused to let him pass out of their Unoaiearing he might givo information, to the Cmonfets-of their movements. Paroling- Stajo Passengers. In this connection; it might be stated that the stage went out from this city, on Friday lastibr Hagerstown, and after its arrival there it was detained until yesterday (Tuesday), evidently to prevent information being conveyed thence of the Eebel movements. It return od here last evening, full of passengers, but all of them, before being allowed to leave the Eebel bines, wero required to give a promise that they would not give any information of the proceedings of the Eebels. All who declined to give this pledge were detained, I saw several of tho passengers, and they declined to give me any information, as thoy did not wish to violate their pledge. The Dolawarean was refused a place in the stage, but he managed to get through by the "underground railroad," without giving any pledge, and I have thus been enabled to get the benefit of his observations. General Rhodes Marching on Charabersb arg. On Tuesday he saw General Rhodes' Division of Ewell's Corps commence its march on Chambers-burg, by way of tho turnpike, from Hagerstown. They had ten pieces of artillery in this diviB'on, and tho loice consisted of cavalry, artillery and infantry. Ho estimates the number of this force at about ten thousand, with a long wagon train. The principal part of the force was infantry. Gen. Johnson's Column, of Ewell's Division, on the March. ; This division crossed atShcpuerdstown on Sunday evening, and marched to Boonsboro', where it encamped on Monday evening, about throe miles outside of the town, on the National road. This force was composed of ono regiment or battalion of cavalry, thirteen pieces of artillery and the remainder infantry. It probably numbered 12,000 to 15,000 men, and bad a long train of wagons, many of them United States teams, loaded with knapsacks, camp equipage and forage. General JoHjfsox, the commander of this division, is a Mary'ander. He was rot in command at the time, bein at Sharpsburg, but was expected to join his command soon. His division, previous to this, bad been divided, ono portion going west, towards Williamsport, and tho other came north to Boonsboro'. The force at Boonsboro' commenced its march northward yesterday morning, and was the same body met by the refugee trom Winchester, at Beaver creek, before described. A Large Rebel Force in Morion. This gentleman stated that a large force left Hagerstown on Friday, on the piko towards Baltimore. Tins body he did not see, but those who saw it in motion say it took two hours to pass at one poinr, marching sixteen abreast. They wero well supplied with artillery. I cannot locate this body of troops with any degree of accuracy, as no force of , this magnitude came toward Frederick, and if it had been the intention to march upon Baltimore it would have reached this point ere this. Either it was a portion of Ewell's force, which snbsequently changed its direction to Hagerstown, or it isaibrco advancing towards Gettysburg. As no information has been received of tho subsequent movements of this body, it is fair to presume it was a portion of Ewill's force making a diversion for some purpose, perhaps with a view to induce the belief that an advance was intended on Balti more, and to con coal the real movement on Pennsylvania. Tbe Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. The aqueduct on tho canal at Williamsport has been blown up,he locks destroyed, and all the boats in the vicinity burned. Th6 lock fatee at MilUtown Point wore also torn out, and six canal boats burned. At Green Spring the embankment was broken, and the w ater running out of the canal into tho fields, ne corroborated the statement of the other refugee that the canal was a perfect wreck from Williamsport to Cumberland, Aid. Damage to the Tialtiniore and Ohio Railroad. All the bridges on the railroad between the Ope-qnon and CLunLcrland have been destroyed, track torn up in many places, and water tanks burned and demolished. At the North Branch bridge, over tho Potomac, they fired seventeen ahoU from a Impounder, before they could break tho top cord, tho bridge being an iron one, and a very fine struc'uro. Ouly ono span of this bridge was destroyed. The hridgo over tho South Branch was destroyed entirely. The bridges over Back Creek, Sleepy Creek, Sir John's Run, and Green Spring Bun were all Lurjaed, and tho water tanks at Green Spring Eun and Sir John's Eun were both burned. The devastation has been extensive and complete. The Present SitnatSoa. The Eebel pickets now extend from the South Mountain, on the east, to Green Spring Eun, near Cumberland, on tho west, where Isiboden, with bis force, is now stationed. Djbodest was driven out of Cumberland on Friday last by General Killey and Colonel Mulligan, and forced to fall back to Green Spring Run. The Rebel pickets on the South Mountain are under command of Major Gilmore, formerly of Baltimore, who is stationed at Boonsboro', and makes almost daily inenrsions to Mitidletown, twelve miles from Frederick City. Lee's Army Across the Fotomao. It is rumored here, and generally believed, that the greater part of Lee's army has crossed the Fotomao, and is now on the soil of Maryland. It is confidently asserted that the crossing was made at threo points, Williamsport, Shepherdstown and Antietam fords, and that it baa been going on since Friday or Saturday last. The people-of Pennsylvania must now be prepared to defend their soil from the tread of the invader, for devastation, plunder and destruction follow in the track of these God-forsaken traitors. Momentous events are at hand. I have not the time, nor the desire to expatiate further, and shall close, with tho expression of the heartfelt prayer "May God save the Commonwealth." ANOTHER KAVAjJKGAGEMEfiT REPORTED. Interesting from Havana Fight Between the "VanderbiSt'' and "Alabama." New York, Juno 24. The steamer Eagle has arrived at this port, from Havana on the 20th inst. Rumors had reached Havana, which are said to have been brought by the British mail steamer from St. Thomas to Porto Eico, that the pirate Alabama was In Santa Cruz, and that the Vanderbili got up steam and went to attack her. Heavy firing was heard in the direction of Santa Cruz, but nothing definite was known as to the progress c ' the fight. Some inferred that the Alabama was captured, and others that the VamderbiU was destroyed. The English mail steamer Trent, from St. Thomas, is due at Havana on the 21st, when the facta would be ascertained. The Spanish Government has granted permission to tear down the wails of Havana. The heat at Havana was very great, but there was no appearance of yellow fever. The steamer Alice Frritmhad arrived from Mobile. yaiix cotton.- 25, 1863. iTHE REBEL RAM ATLANTA." Slcctclica Jyy ollr. Special Correspondent at 3?ort Xloyal. KTVJ CONFEDERATE FLAG SUN DECK 20O FT LONG I C ORLOP to M. Magazines. A. Captain's Cabin. B. Officers' Quarters Ward Eoom. THE REBEL SAM "ATLANTA." Her Capture by Capt Eodgers. Till KOST CHILLI AKT ViOTGRY OF TKZ VYA! Full Details of the THE SURRENDER AND ITS "INCIDENTS. I3esoxijrtioxx. of ill "Vessel. IIER ARMAMENT . AND CONSTRUCTION. The Designs of tho Eebels Prostrated. Special Correipondefice of the InTnrer. Pokt Eoyal, S. C, June 19, 1S83. Now that the pmoke of tho late brilliant naval action in this vicinity has cleared away, and the Atlanta, flying the "Stars and Stripes," is riding saiely at anchor in this harbor, within hailing distance of the Wabash and ether respectable United Stat 03 sea-dogs, I am able, from a personal inspec tion of the craft, as well as from an account which I have gathered from eye-witnesses, to furnish your readers with an intelligible description of the capture of the Atlanta by the WeehatcMen. And first, we may as well scttlo the nativity of said vessel, as much discussion has already arisen here as to whether she is, or was, the -t mgai, the ueorgia, or tne AUtmia. Bhe Is All Three. Too will recollect, that upon the T2h oflove ruber, 1S61, the Frngal an English, Clyde-buLt steamer, ran our blockade, and carried a valuable cargo of arms and ammunition in to the Eebels at Savannah. She bad aboard of her, also, several batteries of tho celebrated Armstrong guns, which the Eebels immediately mounted in Fort Pulaski, and which tell into our bands when we captured that fort. In the following January, the Rebels having loaded the Jim-gal, with a cargo of one thousand bales of cotton, endeavored to re-run the blockade, but were detected bv our cruisers, and driven back np the Savannah River. After this occurrence tho idea seemed to occur to them that the PingaX nvght be converted into an iron-clad, and to this result they have industriously devoted themselves for the last fourteen months. After she was near completion her name was changed to the Georgia, and subsequently she received a new christening as the Atlanta, which name she has borne for over six months. Another Attempt to Escape to Sea. From a perusal of her loj-book, which was cap-luied, together with her other valuables, I learn, by an entry made on the 24th day of January, 13J3, that the Atlanta, then having been fully completed, was ordered to engage our blockading squadron and Fort Pulaski, and in the general fire run out to tea. In accordanco with this programme she was fall y manned and equipped for her Toyage, and her sides slushed for action. But Admiral Dupostt having been advised of this intended movement, by de-sorters from Savannah, immediately adopted such precautions that tho Atlanta's officers, seeing that their plans had been betrayed, immediately gave up tho-r adventure, although their craft was in eight both of tbe blockading fleet and Pulaski. She returned to Savannah, and attempted nothing serious until lately, which adventure is the subject of tho present letter. Preparations for Departure nt Savannah. On the 7th Instant it was announced that the Atlanta was about to achieve the most signal victory ot tho war, and properly christen the newly adopted Confederate flag. The people in Savannah wee jubilant, and assembled en masse upon the wharves to bid her a em table tare well, ino Atlanta, owing to her drawing fifteen feet of water when loaded for the intended cruiso, and St. Augustine's Creek not being deep enough to float her in this condition, she only took on board her crew at Savannah, and steamed down tho river, drawing but eleven foot of water. Her provisions and stores followed her upon some gun-boats belonging to Tatsail's mosquito fleet, and when she had successfully parsed through St. Augustine's Creek, which runs from Cranston's Bluff to the head of the W unungton xuver, eiie then received on board all her stores, provi?ions, ammuni tion, &C, and was mado ready for action. It occupied six days in getting her down saiely from Savan nah, to the head oi v unungxon xuvcz.- IIow We Enew She Wm Comtnr We were fully apprised of this intended excursion by deserters, who, from time to time, have escaped from the Atlanta, and unbosomed their hearts to Admiral Dbpost. From these chivalric eons Admiral Dtjpout learned that the Atlanta was about to assume the offensive, and imitate her worthy predecessor the Merrimac Accordingly, ten days ago he sent the WeeJutwken, Captain Johst Roimsees commanding, and the Kahant, Commander Dotob. to watch the Atlanta, and givo her every satisfaction which she might demand. The Weehawken and Na-hant proceeded to Warsaw Sound and took up th expositions near the mouth of the Wilmington river, which empties Into thi3 Soond. The "Atlanta" Steams Into Sight. , . Captain Eodgebs stationed a picket-boat every night up the river, in order that he might not be taken unawares, and the two Monitors rode at anchor, anxiously awaiting an introduction to their mutual enemy. On the morning of the 17th the picket-boat, as was its wont, had returned to the WeeJiaw-ken, and the men having reported no suspicious-lookin steamer, turned into their bunks, where the TKt nfihA crew were already , enjoying themselves j in, fcBlaMUidiiBlbi by U0 Tision, 1 LL rn jrr to 1a1 B I c j rY PRICE TWO CENTS. y ;grr. water irae MAIM BECK DECK ?o rv. C. Steerage Officers. S. Rudder (out of Bight.) T. Torpedo. of a sinking ram. When the picket returned it wa about five o'clock A. M., and hardly had they "bunked" before tho Atlanta was seen coming down tho river, some three miles distant. She wax coming at a rapid rate, and was followed by two Worden gun-boats. The Monitors Prepare for Action. No time was to be lost and the Monitors were ready; for action in less time than I can describe it. Owmgj to its being flood time the Monitors were not "bow on," that is there sterns wero toward the Atlanta? and it was necessary for proper action that they should turn around and face the enemy. For feaj on account of tho shallowness ot the w ater that ho might run aground in executing this manoeuvre Captain Eoigehs steamed down the Sound, as a! did the Itahant to deep water, and having success--' fully turned, he steamed up with all haste to meet the Atlanta, which was coming 'own Upon hinS with full speed, intending beyond a doubt fight. What the "Atlanta" 'Proposed" to Do. In order that you may fully appreciate the sequa? to this Eebel adventure, I will here while the Atlanta and tbe Monitors are approaching each other naz i ate, as I have it from tho oilicorw themselves, th4 object and intention of their expedition. The fok. lowing w as their plan : They were fully aware of thj presence of the IFeefiawlurn and Xaltant in Warsaw houDd, but they intended to engage-these Monitors and having captured them, to send them up m to of their gun-boats to Savannah. It on engaging ou4 Monitors they found themselves unable to whip an4 capture them, then they intended to run past them; and put out to sea. Having gained the ocean they, were to proceed immediately to Charleston harbor and engage the blockading fleet there in conjunction with the Eebel rams at Cliarleston, which were td come down to our fleet upon certain signals, whictl had already been agreed upon, being made by th. Atlanta. Our blockaders having been ' annihilated the Atlanta and her consorts would proceed to Wuf mington and raise our blockade there in a simflai manner. After these important victories had becif gained, then an indiscriminate raid upon the NortM era sea-board towns and cities was to be made, and! general havoc ensue upon iho bind and sea. This wa4 . their intention, let us see how "The best laid schemes of men and mloe, gang aft aglee." But before detailing the engagement I would, foj the amusement of your female readers, state that the . two wooden gun-boats which accompanied the A4 lanta were crowded with Savannah ladies, who ha come down to see the abominable Yankees receive 0 severe castigation, and wave their perfumed cambrics at the victorious Atlanta as she proudly steamed oul to sea covered with glory, while they would esccrft, back to Charleston our disabled Monitors. The Atlanta Opens the Ball. But we left tho 'Atlanta steaming down upon onsi Monitors, while the latter, especially the w eehatcken wes making counter advances. The Jfahani, foi some reason or other, did not seem to get along verjj well, and the Weeliavlcen soon left her some distanooi astern. The Atlanta, when she arrived within sitf hundred yards of the Weehaicken ran aground, bulf succeeded in immediately backing off and regaining tier course. But again, as if some strange fatalitjN attended her, she ran aground the necond time, ana in this condition opened fire upon tho Weehatchen which was then within four hundred ymrds of herj Our officers, however, did not know that the Atlanta was aground until the action was otci. The Ural 6tot uich the Atlanta tired was from her pivot gnn. but it fell Khort of the Weeliawken, and drimmstratmi that the punner who sighted that shot was a uvrlut in the art. j Thr Wcelinwken" Is Conrteoo an T7iX. Captain Rodgees himself, anxious as ever for 4 good beginning, sighted his iiftoon-inch gun, loadod with a solid 6hot, and away went this hngemissfl against the shutter of tho starboard aft port-hole and shivering it as well as the iron and wood-worl adjoining, foil off into the water without doing fur ther injury. Tho Atlanta, in reply, fired anothet shot from her pivot gun, which, hike its predecessor fell short, . Captain Eovoers again sighted his fifteen-inch petf and thesoh'd shot hurled through the air.carrying away in its fearful passage the pilothouse of the Atlanta Tho falling iron and wood-work wounded soverel two out of the three pilots, so that tho Atlanta was not only with but one pilot, but also minus her pilot. house. . Nothing daunted, however, she returned the firV from her fore starboard gun, but alas for the aim, th shot failed to hit the TFeefiawten. Bodgeks again sighted, and grazed the wreck of the pilot-house. Th Atlanta did not return the fire, and again tne Wee hawken sent forth a fitteen-inch which went ccW pletely through the Atlanta's smoke-stack. To th& the Atlanta replied with her pivot gun, and her shot foil within two teet of the JVeehatrken. When withJ in a hundred yards of the Eebel craft Captaini Eodgers, wishing to encourage such a laudable aim ' bition on the part of tho Atlanta's guns, sighted hal -gun for the fifth shot, and crash went the solid fifteen4 inch ball against the Atlanta's sido, just aft of fhd 1 starboard tore port bole. You can judge of the velorf city of this shot when I tell you that it complete! bent in a wrought iron armor four inches thick, an 4 shivered into fragments a lour-inch thickness of Ut4 oak plank and a lour inch thickness of Georgia pinq plank. These flying fragments struck the men work ing tbe larboard fore gun, killing one and wounding thirtoen of them. The force of the blow was so great that every man working tho pivot gun fell to the deck completely stanned. The ball itself rotted off from the Atlanta's side and fell into the water. , ; The "Atlanta." Shows tho White Flaff. ' ' This last shot of the Weehawken caused all vision of the blockade, Charleston and Wilmington, t rapidly fade from the mental vision of the Atlanta 1 officers, and immediately the white flag was seen frnm ia tnw.k nf hnr nilot-house. Thfl action was only of fifteen minutes' duration and sb j. vi : 4 Ttrj, 7. - timireKI in twenty six minutes from tho time she appeared in sight, and! as the white flag fluttered from her dock the Savanj nah lAdiea were seen rapidly going up Wilmingt JZ&xiinueAau Oa Einhth ,PtaSi XL.

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