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LATER NORTHERN NEWS.
GOLD 2.18 1-2 ON THE 2St!».
Repotted Capture of the Ta>
(From the New York lleraid Jan. '20.)
The stock market was firm yesterday.
Government stocks were a shade stronger
Gold was active but drooping, and, after
opening at 22.0, closed at 212 1-2.
Commercial affairs were irregular on
Saturday, owing to the fluctuations in
gold.. Nearly everything was firmer,
however, and some articles were higher.
There was some improvement in domes
tic produce, but imported goods were, as
a general thing, quiet. Cotton, petrole
um, &c., were higher. On Change the
flour market was sc. a 10c. higher,while
wheat advanced Sc. a rather
more doing. Corn was steady, while uats
were quiet and without decided change.
Pork was irregular an&Tess active, but
Steady. Laid was quiet, but firmer.—
Whiskey was quiet, but firm.
[From the N. Y. Sun, Jan. 27;]
Official dispatches from Admiral Por
ter have been received in Washington,
expressing the greatest satisfaction with
Gen. Terry. He says a timid man
would have hesitated to attack the
works by assault, no matter what assis
tance he might have received from other
quarters. But Gen. Terry never hesita
ted a moment. A dispatch, dated Jan.
2^tl», announces the capture of For}
Caswell. Lieut. Cushing had been sent
Touud the Western Bar in the Monticel
lo, and found that Fort Caswell had been
blown up, Bald Head Fort destroyed,
Fort Shaw also, and Fort Campbell, to
the wehtward of Caswell, had been
abtjidoncd. All these forts mounted
uia.; and ten inch guns, and Armstrong
cue hundred and fifty pounders. The
rebels abandoned Smithville in a great
hurry, leaving everything in the beauti
ful and neavy lort uninjured, and two
n.uj-ihcb guns only spiked, at the Fort
at Dop Water Point. Thus in twenty
loui tiours after the fall of Fort Fisher
and ns outworks all the formidable chain
of thru in tills river, at its “entrance,
bu it t » keep out anything we bad, have
t.wb u into our haufds. They are garri
soned tdr the present with sailors.
An Armstrong gan was found in each
fort, wiiti the “uroad arrow” on it, and
tiio name “Sir William Armstrong”
in x, ked in full on the trunnions. A tele
gr .i rorn General iee was discovered,
:.. t t at if Forts Fisher and Caswell
we e o ed he would have to evacuate
i > j. Sufficient forces are at Fort
i? i* i uold it affainst the entire Con
v. ; y Two hundred and fifty guns
. v*.. narr >w strip of land where
*Ur r >ops are eutr uChed Admiral
Pu t r tiunks Fort Fisner a better place
to catcu blockade ruuners than outside.
He put out the fights the night after the
capture and threw up chance signals to
SAVANNAH, GA., FRIDAY EVENING, FEB. 3, 1865.
outside blockade-runners, and two of
them, the Staff and Charlotte, from Ber
muda, loaded with arms, blankets, shoes,
&c., &c., came in and quietly anchored
near the Malvern, and were taken pos
session of. Five jolly Englishmen “on a
lark,” were on board one of them mak
ing merry over champagne at their suc
cess in running the blockade, and were
inexpressibly astonished at finding them
selves entrapped. The following is a list
of the forts and armaments already cap
tured since the fal 1 of Fprt Fisher:
Reeve’s Point—Two ten-inch guns.
Above Smithville —Two ten-inch guns.
Smitliville—Four ten-incli guns.
Fort Caswell —Ten ten-inch guns, two
nine-inch, one Armstrong and lour thir
ty-twos (rifled), two thirty-twos (smooth)
tliree eight-inch, one Parrot twenty
pounder, three rifled field pieces, three
guns buried. Twenty-nine guns.
Fort Campbell and Shaw —Six ten
inch, six thirty-twos (smooth), one
thirty-two (rifled), one eight-inch, six
field pieces, two mortars. Twenty-two
Smith’s Island.—Three ten-inch, six
thirty-twos (smooth), two thirty-twos
(rifled), lour field pieces two mortars
and seventeen guns. Reported at the
other end of Smith’s Island, six guns.
Total capture, eighty-three guns.
Washington, Jan. 28, 1865. —A special
telegram dated Wilmington, Jan. 19, says
that the Tallahassee, alius Olustee, was
captured last night in attempting to run
in at New Inlet. The Navy Department
has no information concerning the re
A telegram from Wilmington reports
the capture of the steamer Tallahassee
at New Inlet on the 18th. .
LATE REBEL. PAPERS.
IMPORTANT LETTER FROII JEFF. DAVIS
Speculations about Sltcrinau’s
By late rebel papers we learn that the
Assistant Secretary of War, Judge
Campbell, has resigned, and the Rich
mond papers of the 28th state that
Breckinridge has been appointed Secre
tary of War.
The general tone of the rebel press is
very gloomy and despondent.
Richmond, Jan. 18, 1865.
Messrs. James F. Johnson. President
tem. of Virginia Senate, and Hugh W.
Shelfey, Speaker of Virginia House of
Gentlemen —l have the honor to ac
knowledge the receipt ol your joint let
ters of the 17th inst., endorsing a reso
lution of the General Assembly pf Vir
ginia, passed on the 17th inst., and com
municated to me in confidence, as di
rected by the Assembly.
The resolution informs me that, in the
opinion of the General Assembly of Vir
ginia, the appointment of General Robt.
E. Lee to the-cowmand of all the armies
of the Confederate States would pro
mote their efficiency, and operate pow
erfully to reanimate the spirits of the ar
mies, as well as the people of the sever
al States, and to inspire increased confi
dence in the final success of our cause.—
In your communication you kindly as
sure me that the General Assembly,with
sincere confidence in my patriotic devo
tion to the weliare of the country, desire
in this critical period of our attairs, by
such suggestions as occur to them, and
by dedication, it' need be, of the entire
resources of the commonwealth to the
common cause, to strengthen my hand
and to give success so our struggle for
liberty aud independence. This assu
rance is to me the source of the highest
gratification, and, while conveying to
you my thanks for the expression of the
confidence ot the General Assembly in
my sincere devotion to our country and
its sacred cause, I must beg permission
in return to bear witness to the uncalcu
lating, unhesitating spirit with which
Virginia has, from the moment w hen
she first drew the sword, consecrated the
blood of her children and all her natural
resources for the achievement of the ob
ject of our struggles.
The opinion expressed by the General
Assembly in regard to General R. E.
Lee has my full concurrence. Virginia
pnnot have higher reg ard for him, or
greater confidence in his character aud
ability, than is entertained by me. When
(jfeneral Lee took command of the Army
<H Northern Virginia, he was in com
mand of all the armies of the Confed
erate States by my order of assignment.
He continued in this general command
as well as in immediate command of the
Army of Northern Virginia as long as I
could resist his opinion that it was ne
cessary to him to be relieved from one
of these two duties: Ready as he has
ever shown himself to be to perform any
service that I desired him to render to
his country, he left it for me to choose
between his withdrawal from command
of the army in the field and relieving
him of the general command of all the
armies of the Confederate States. It was
only when satisfied of the necessity,
that I came to the conclusion to relieve
him from the general command,
Relieving that the safety of the
capital and the success of
our cause depended in a great measure
on the retaining him in command in the
field—of the' Army of Northern Vir
ginia. On several subsequent occasions
the desire on my part to enlarge the
sphere of General Lee s usefulness had
led to renewed consideration of the sub
ject, and he has alw 7 ays expressed his
inability to assume command of other
armies than those now confided to him,
unless relieved of the immediate' com
mand in the field of that now opposed
to General Grant. In conclusion I as
sure the General Assembly that whenev
er it shall be found practicable by Gener
al Lee to assume command of all the
armies of the Confederate States with
out withdrawing him from direct com
mand of the army of Northern Virginia,
I will deem it promotive of the public
interests to place him in such command,
and will be happy to know that by so
doing I am responding to their express
desires. It will afford me great pleas
ure to see you, gentlemen, as proposed
in your letter, whenever it may be con
venient for you to visit me.
I am very respectfully
and truly yours;
[Prom the Columbus Sun.
A correspondent, writing from Effing
ham county, Ga , states that Gen. Sher
man is advancing slowly and surely to
take the place, hold it and operate on
other points of importance.
General Beauregard passed through
Columbus» going west, on Sunday morn
ing. We have not heard that General
D. H. Hill was with him, but presume
he was, as the two left Augusta togeth
er. Parties from Richmond state that
Beauregard will take command in per
son of Hood’s army.
General Johnston will command the
department. His headquarters at pres
ent will be at Columbia, 8. C. He will
attend tc Sherman. It is a little singu
lar that, after nearly two years of ab
sence from the Army of the Tennessee,
Beauregard should find it just where he
left it—at Tupelo.
We know not what desposition will
be made of Hood. He may command
a corps. This intelligence, if correct,
will be hailed with joy by the people and
(From the Richmond Whig, Jan. 25 J
General D. H. Hill has been or
dered to take command of the Augus
ta, Ga., military district, and has entter
ed upon the discharge of his duties at
, (From the Riclimontl Dispatch. Ja». 20. y
It was reported yesterday that an or
der had been issued directing the re
lease from irons or unusual confinement
of all the prisoners of war held in tin*
South, who may be .so punished or con
fined, and that all prisoners of war be
placed upon the same looting. This, if
tiue, is the first step toward the so much
talked about mitigation of the horrors of
[From tho Richmond Whig, Jan. 26.}
The enemy landed a few days ago
from their vessels, smashed up the salt,
works in the vicinity of Ockleckoneo -
river, Florida, took kettles, killed
mules, carried off negroes considera
ble property, captured Thomas Munroe,
son of William Munroe, of Quincy, and
member of Captain McElvey s cavalry
company, and another picket, name not
learned, and then retreated to their ves
Late Southern papers say that a writer
iu the Mobile Tribune charges that there
is a reconstruction party, or at least, a
submission party in the Alabama Legis
lature, operating covertly to that end.
The Thomasville (Ga.) Times says that
the people of that section are as loyal to
the Confederate government as any in
the State, but that they are very much
divided on the war question, many
claiming that negotiation for peace ia
the only alternative lor saving them
selves, and that a State Convention is
necessary to attain that end.
[From the Richmond Examiner, Jan. 26 ]
It has been generally supposed that
the Yankees, by the capture of Fort
Fisher, had cut off quite a fleet of block
ade runners in the Cape Fear river; bqt
we are glad to learn that they all escaped
to sea before the disaster referred to.—
There is no doubt, since Wilmington ia
no longer available as a port of entry*,
that anew harbor will be staked out oil
the coast for blockade runners.
The Paris journals heve a story of a.
man of middle age who recently order
ed a dinner for eight at a restaurant
there, paying for the repast liberally in
advance. He came in at the appointed
time alone, placed upon the unoccupied
places slips of paper inscribed with file
names of the notes of music, and ordir
ed the viands to be served as if every
chair was occupied by a guest. The.
whole course of the banquet was gone:
through with, even to eight cups of cof
fee after the desert, and then the man
placed a pistol in his ear and fired. The
waiter, suspecting the design, had pre
viously drawn theeharge from the weap
on, but the explosion of the cap con
vinced the iunatic that he was killed, and
he has ever since insisted, in the asylum
to which he was carried, that he is dead
and in purgatory. It appears that the
poor fellow was once an opera singer,,
that he lost his voice by sickness, and 1
that he thought it would be rather*,
brilliant idea to take his leave of the
world by giving a parting banquet to the
notes which had so cruelly deserted him_
Dr. Paul. Bert has published a work,
on the curious subject of animal grafts..
He succeeded in making Siamese twine
of a couple of rats, and in many othpr
monstrocities. He exclaims:—“lt is a.
surprising spectacle to see a paw cut
from ene rat, live, grow, finish > its ossi
fication, and regenerate its nerves under
the skin of another; and when we plant
a plume of feathers under the skin , of a.
dog, What a miracle to see the interrupt
ed vital phenomena resume its course,
and the fragment of a bird receive nour
ishment from the blood of a mammal.'*