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which we have been engaged our families would have had no claim upon the Government. During the time I was in command of the Fanny, myself and crew received pay from the owners of the boat, and not from the Govern


I may state here, as the Fanny Cadwallader has been many times mistaken for this vessel, that the original boat chartered by Lieut. Crosby was the Fanny, of Philadelphia, and was owned by the same company. With her various expeditions on the eastern coast of Virginia were prosecuted, and she has done good service. After some time, however, she became disabled, and her crew were transferred to the P. T. Hartt. As it was advisable to retain the prestige of the Fanny's name, the sign upon her stern was transferred to the P. T. Hartt, and she afterward sailed under the name of the Fanny; so that in reality it was the P. T. Hartt, and not the Fanny, that was captured. The latter, under the name of H. Burden, is now running between Baltimore and Annapolis, in Government service.


I am a resident of Brooklyn, and well known in New York and Philadelphia, and for capacity as a commander can produce the best of referFor my courage and that of my crew, I refer to Lieut. Crosby, now of the Pembina, Capt. Rowan, and Lieuts. Maxwell and Eastman, of the Pawnee, under whose immediate command I have been. J. II. MORRISON.

Mr. Potter, Chairman of the Investigating Committee of the House of Representatives, called the attention of the Navy Department to a statement in the newspapers that Capt. J. H. Morrison, of the steamer Fanny, captured by the Confederates off Cape Hatteras, was imprisoned at Fortress Monroe for refusing to take the oath of allegiance, and inquired if the statement was true in whole or in part. The Department replied as follows:

NAVY DEPARTMENT, October 9, 1801. SIR: Your letter of the 8th instant, relative to the newspaper reports concerning the master of the steamer Fanny, has been received. The steamer alluded to was not at the time of her capture in the service of this Department, and has never been employed by it; and the same may be said of her captain. This Department has no knowledge of him whatever, and I have no reason to suppose that at the time of the capture of the Fanny a single person in any way connected with the navy was on board of her. Very respectfully, GIDEON WELLES. Hon. JOHN F. POTTER, Chairman, &c.

Dispatch. Its authorship is attributed to Col. Henningsen, well known for his connection with the filibuster expedition from the South:


THE following account of the operations of Floyd's and Wise's forces in Western Virginia, is given by a correspondent of the Richmond

CAMP DEFIANCE, Sept. 25, 1861-10 P. M. On the 14th of September Gen. Floyd and his forces encamped on the summit of the Big Sewell, and ordered the Wise Legion, which, to cover his rear, was drawn up in order of battle at Locust Lane, to camp east of him, at Smales', on the turnpike.

The troops of the Wise Legion, who were in no amiable humor at so much retreating, and especially at being obliged to retire from Dogwood Gap without fighting, were much exhausted and annoyed at having been kept on the road from six in the morning till eleven at night, mixed up with an interminable train of wagons belonging to the Floyd Brigade, for the purpose of only proceeding a few miles, and without being able to obtain any definite order as to their destination.

On the eastern slope of the Big Sewell, between two small farms called Dixon's and Vaughan's, Gen. Wise selected his camping ground at the place since called Camp Defiance, and which undoubtedly is, with Dogwood Gap, one of the strongest positions between the Alleghanies and the Ohio River.

On the 15th and 16th Gen. Floyd was industriously occupied throwing up field-works to the westward of the summit of Big Sewell. The position, however, was not one tenable against a superior force, and this Gen. Floyd seems to have found out. On the night of the 16th to the 17th he made a very precipitate retreat from the Big Sewell, with about three thousand men, to Meadow Bluff, destroying nuch baggage and abandoning much provision. His troops were under the impression that Gen. Rosecrans was pressing on with fifteen thousand


After passing the Wise Legion he ordered Gen. Wise on the following day to prepare to cover his rear and to follow him to Meadow Bluff, having information that the enemy was advancing one column by the Wilderness road. It was impossible for Gen. Wise to comply with both orders, even had they been positive, and in fact one was not executed at all. It was only by maintaining its position at all hazards, that the Legion could protect the rear of the Floyd Brigade. The experience of Dogwood Gap, occupied in force, with artillery, by the enemy, a few hours after the Wise Legion left it, by Gen. Floyd's order, showed clearly, and the event at Camp Defiance subsequently confirmed, that on the abandonment of the latter position, the enemy would immediately occupy it in force.

Floyd's Brigade was much demoralized since his retreat from Camp Gauley and the following retreat. The Wise Legion, willing enough to fight, would have been equally demoralized by retreating any further. Meadow Bluff affords no position. No real demonstration had yet or

has since been made on the Wilderness road, nor did there exist any reason why there should be, since the enemy could more conveniently, if in force sufficient, strike the turnpike further eastward, as for instance at the Little Sewell.

If the Wise Legion had retreated and been followed up by superior forces its existence was imperilled, and thereby the rear of the Floyd Brigade left unprotected. But, at all events, that retreat was impossible of execution without the abandonment of baggage, because Gen. Floyd had detained many wagons belonging to the already insufficient transportation of the Wise Legion, and because the roads had been so much cut up by the vast train of the Floyd Brigade. The writer counted twenty-eight wagons belonging to and following the last regiment of Gen. Floyd's brigade, which was just twenty more than accompanied the regiment which closed up Wise's column.

Under these circumstances Gen. Wise resolved to make a stand where he was encamped, and where, on the morning after his reaching the ground, he had begun to throw up intrenchments. Here it was impossible for an enemy to bring more than two guns or a thousand men to bear on any part of his position; and on every point, within a few minutes, Gen. Wise could bring six of his eight pieces and two-thirds of his force into play, beside the advantage of intrenchments. In addition, most of the officers of the Legion spoke openly of resigning if compelled to retreat any further.

On the 18th Gen. Wise addressed the troops of his Legion, stating substantially that hitherto he had never retreated but in obedience to superior orders. That here he was determined to make a stand. That his force consisted only of one thousand seven hundred infantry and artillery, and that the enemy was alleged to be fifteen thousand strong. That this he did not believe, but that his men must be prepared to fight two or three or several to one, and even if the enemy were in the full force stated, the position admitted of successful defence, and he was determined to abide the issue. He warned them that they would probably be attacked front and rear for successive days, and he called on any officer or soldier who felt doubtful of the result, or unwilling to stand by him in this trial, to step forward, promising that they should be marched at once to Meadow Bluff. This speech, delivered successively to the three regiments of infantry and to the artillery, was received with the wildest enthusiasm. Not one solitary individual in the Legion failed to respond, and the spirits of the corps were raised and maintained at the highest fighting pitch. The provisions and baggage-wagons were withdrawn into safe positions, and the camp on all sides strengthened. In this attitude the Legion remained till about the 20th, when it was strengthened by the arrival of Capt. Romer's artillery company, with one gun, and by that of one Virginia, one North Carolina, and three Georgia companies, which swelled the forces

of the Wise Legion to over two thousand men.

About this time Gen. Lee arrived in Gen. Floyd's camp, at Meadow Bluff, and wrote to Gen. Wise, advising him to fall back if executable, without delay. Before acting on this advice Gen. Wise requested Gen. Lee to inspect the position in person. On the 22d Gen. Lee arrived at Camp Defiance, and, after a careful survey of the ground, ordered Gen. Wise to maintain his position until further orders.

The enemy had meanwhile advanced to within three or four miles, and several skirmishes bad taken place between his outposts and the remaining cavalry of the Legion, under Major Bacon, formerly captain of mounted rangers in Nicaragua, and afterward aid to Gen. Garnett, and wounded by the side of that General when he fell. The rest of the cavalry was still under its gallant colonel, J. L. Davis, and Lieut.-Col. Clarkson, south of the New River, where they had pushed a daring and successful foray up to within twelve miles of Charleston.

One night Gen. Wise, with a few picked companions, including the Richmond Blues and Mississippi Rangers, of the Second regiment, under Capt. Imboden, attempted to feel and ambuscade the enemy and drive in their outposts, killing three of them, the General himself lying down for several hours in a pitiless shower. Notwithstanding, all that could be ascertained of the enemy was that he was on the turnpike, probably from five thousand to six thousand strong.

On the afternoon of the 23d, while the infantry and artillery of the Legion were rehearsing their part on the contemplated points of attack, the enemy suddenly appeared, driving in our pickets. The next morning the summit of the Big Sewell was whitened with his tents, and skirmishing commenced and continued till the evening. On our side two gun detachments of the artillery and three companies of the Second regiment of the Legion, of which Col. Henningsen is colonel, but in consequence of his having charge of the infantry and artillery, under the immediate command of Lieut.-Col. Frank Anderson-who distinguished himself by the daring exploit of capturing Castillo, in Nicaragua, with forty-eight men, after Lockridge and Titus had failed with eight hundredCapt. Imboden's, Capt. Lewis's, and Capt. Crane's University company were the companies engaged, with one six-pounder and one howitzer, under Major Gibbs, of South Carolina, Capt. McComas and Lieut. Pairo, of Richmond. The casualties were but trifling on our side, though we have to regret the death of Lient. Howell, of Mississippi, (of Capt. McDonnell's company,) and that of one of Capt. Imboden's gallant rangers. Capt. Lewis was shot through the breast, but is doing well. Three privates were wounded in the above-named companies, one very severely. The only loss in the artillery was Lieut. Pairo's horse, shot under him. The enemy was obviously only feeling for the

pose of monopolizing the trade in such articles, and realizing large and unreasonable profits. I deem it my duty to protest, in this public manner, against such conduct, and pronounce it unpatriotic and wicked; and I hereby notify all persons authorized to make purchases for the State of Alabama, not under any circumstances to buy at the unreasonable prices which may be exacted by such persons.

The guns were only advanced to avenge the casualties which befell our men, firing a few rounds and then retiring. For instance, when the ranger fell, a six-pounder suddenly advanced along a ridge where a gun could never have been expected, and drove the enemy from a stable, laying out four of them. In sight, on Those who would take advantage of the neanother occasion, seven were dropped before cessities of the country and its army, to enrich the howitzer. A company of the enemy's re- themselves by such means, cannot be regarded connoitring, and commanded by a mounted as its friends, and will meet with a merited retofficer, came on a picket of the University com-ribution in due season. I have no condemnapany. The sentry shot the mounted officer tion or rebuke for merchants who are engaged down, received the volley of the company and in legitimate trade, and only exact just and rearetired unhurt. Major Lawson, of the Second sonable profits. They subserve a purpose of regiment, having seized a rifle to surprise one unquestionable usefulness, by procuring and supof the enemy's scouts, was himself surprised by plying the things which the people and the another who sent a shot through his coat. The Government need; and they manifest alike major, however, avenged himself on this inter- their patriotism and integrity by continuing to loper by shooting him dead. pursue a course of legitimate trade, uninfluenced by the opportunities for monopoly and extortion. It is due to the community which has patronized such merchants, as well as to the country, that they should sell their merchandise only to persons needing them for consump tion, and in such quantities as may be needed for that purpose; thus contributing to defeat the designs of the harpies, who would speculate upon the necessities of the times.

On the evening of the 24th Gen. Lee arrived with his regiments and two pieces of cannon. Late on the 25th Gen. Wise received a communication from the Secretary of War, requiring him to report immediately in Richmond. Having ordered Col. Henningsen to accompany him, he left Camp Defiance for that city the same evening, with Majors Duffield and Stanard, Captains Farish and Sneed, and Lieut. Wise, of his staff.


flanks of our position, and evidently could make | nothing of it, and "no wonder," as Prof. Snead remarked, "since it has no flanks at all."

Geo. S. Hartsuff, Asst. Adjt.-General:
SIR: On the night of the 2d of October, at

The position at Camp Defiance, when Gen. Wise left, was defended by about five thousand five hundred men, with eleven pieces of cannon, (which in twenty-four hours would be reinforced to near seven thousand men,) commanded by Gen. Lee in person, who has vindicated Gen. Wise's military judgment by determining to try conclusions with the enemy in the position selected by the latter. They are doubtless impregnable, even by a force of twenty thousand men. It can hardly, how-twelve o'clock, I started from the summit of ever, be anticipated that the enemy, even Cheat Mountain, to make an armed reconnoisthough reinforced as ascertained by three thou- sance of the enemy's position on the Green sand men, will venture to attack General Lee Brier River, twelve miles in advance. Our with his present force, after hesitating to attack force consisted of Howe's Battery, Fourth Gen. Wise when he had only one thousand regular artillery, Loomis' Battery, Michigan seven hundred soldiers. If Gen. Lee should Volunteer artillery, part of Daum's Battery, fall back, it will only be on account of demon- Virginia Volunteer artillery, Twenty-fourth, strations on his rear. Gen. Floyd was at Twenty-fifth and Thirty-second Ohio regiMeadow Bluff with one thousand five hundred ments, Seventh, Ninth, Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth, and Seventeenth Indiana regiments, (the last four being reduced by continuous hard service and sickness to about half regiments,) parts of Robinson's Company of Ohio, Green


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GOVERNOR MOORE'S PROCLAMATION. field's reserve and Bracken's Indiana Cavalryin all about five thousand. Millroy's Ninth InEXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, MONTGOMERY, ALA., diana drove in the enemy's advanced pickets, October 2, 1861. and deployed to our right, driving the enemy I HAVE credible information that sundry per- on that flank into his intrenchments. Kimball's sons, in the cities of Mobile and Montgomery, Fourteenth Indiana was advanced directly to and other parts of the State, are buying up the the enemy's front and right, to drive his adlimited supply of the articles which are indis- vanced regiments from a position suitable for pensable for the subsistence, clothing, and main- our artillery; this was soon done in gallant tenance of our soldiers and people, for the pur-style, and our batteries promptly took their po

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ELKWATER, Oct. 4, 1861.

sitions within about seven hundred yards of the intrenchments and opened fire. Some of the enemy's guns were visible and others concealed. We disabled three of his guns, made a thorough reconnoissance, and after having fully and successfully accomplished the object of the expedition, retired leisurely and in good order to Cheat Mountain, arriving at sundown, having marched twenty-four miles, and been under the enemy's fire four hours. The enemy's force was about nine thousand, and we distinctly saw heavy reinforcements of infantry and artillery arrive, while we were in front of the works.

We took thirteen prisoners. The number of killed and wounded could not be accurately ascertained, but from those actually counted in the field, and estimated in the trenches which could be seen from the heights, it is believed the number reached at least three hundred. Our loss was surprisingly small-eight killed and thirty-two wounded, most of them slightly -the proximity of our batteries to the intrenchments causing many shots to pass over Very respectfully, &c., J. J. REYNOLDS, Brigadier-General Commanding. GEO. S. ROSE, Asst. Adjt.-Gen.



HOWE'S BATTERY.-Killed-Francis Enwright, private.-Wounded, Michael F. Andrews, Lance Corporal; Cornelius Daniels, private; Andrew Dougherty, severely, since died; George L. Rice, private, severely; John Ledwidge, private, severely.

TWENTY-FIFTH Oпo.-- Wounded, John Everingham, private, Company E, slightly; Alex. Pemberton, private, Company E, slightly; Michael Mulgrove, Company E, slightly

vate, Company A; Samuel Reynolds, private, Company B; Thomas Jones, private, Company D; William Wooley, private, Company H; William H. Funcell, private, Company C.

THIRTEENTH INDIANA.-Killed, David J. Hendrick, private, Company K.-Wounded, Jonathan B. Rummell, private, Company I; slightly. [Official.] GEORGE S. ROSE, Assistant Adjutant General OFFICIAL REPORT BY COLONEL KIMBALL CHEAT MOUNTAIN SUMMIT. VA., October 4th, 1861. Brigadier-Gen. J. J. Reynolds, Commanding: SIR: In obedience to your orders, the Fourteenth regiment Indiana Volunteers proceeded from this point at 1 o'clock A. M., on the Sd inst., as part of the force in making the armed reconnoissance of the enemy's position at Green Brier River, near the Alleghany Mountains.

My command, on arriving near the front of the enemy's position, took post in their front, near the main road, and awaited your arrival. By your order, I deployed one company, (C) Captain Brooks, forward as skirmishers, to open up the way for a position for Locinis' Battery. They had proceeded only a few hundred yards, when they came in contact with the enemy's infantry, six hundred in number. I immediately ordered the rest of my companies forward, and deploying left companies over mountains, which were occupied by the enemy; my whole command was soon engaged, and I am proud, rejoiced to know that they drove the enemy back. As the whole of this action was under your immediate observation, I need not tell you how gallantly my men behaved. Having succeeded in clearing the point, Captain Loomis scon had his guns in battery, and opening on the enemy. I then moved my regiment forward, one company supporting Ilowe's battery, in the road,

right resting in a meadow, directly in front of the enemy. At this time, Captain Daum brought one gun forward and took position near my left. He behaved with great gallantry, attending his gun in person, doing good execution amid a perfect storm of shot and shell.

I directed my line up the hill, and to the rear of Daum's piece. We occupied this position during the whole cannonading, the men being exposed to the continuous fire from the enemy's batteries. And, General, I am proud to say my men stood firm. They had never before been subjected to the hail storms of ball and shell, yet they did not waver.

Our position was held until we were ordered to deploy to the enemy's right of the mountain as skirmishers. I moved with seven companies, the other three were deployed over the summit, directly over the face of the mountain, exposed to the fire from the enemy's batteries. Here I was halted near the enemy's right by other regiments which were on my left. Here I formed a junction with Colonel Wagner, and while endeavoring to move forward, we were met by a portion of one of the regiments returning. We remained in this position for one

TWENTY-FOURTH Ono.-Killed, John Riddle, Company B, by a six-pound shot.-Wound-iny ed, John Bailey, Company B, private; Christ. Reiner, Company B, private; and William F. Fuller, Company F, private, all slightly.

NINTH INDIANA.-Killed, Albert I.Abbott, private, Company C; Lewis E. Smith, private, Company H.-Wounded, James Arrick, Sergt., Company D; Murray McConnell, private, Company E; Thomas S. Bull, Sergeant, Company F; Henry Bishop, private, Company G; John H. Natus, private, Company F; Isaac S. Bryant, Corporal, Company E.

FOURTEENTH INDIANA.-Killed, Amos Boyd, private, Company C.-Wounded, Captain S. A. Foote, Company E, slightly; John D. Lyon, Corporal, Company E; James S. Jackson, private, Company D; J. Urner Price, First Sergeant, Company A, since dead; Harrison Myers, private, Company II, since dead; Asa Smith, private, Company K. SEVENTEENTH INDIANA-Killed, Ezekiel Duke, private, Company B.

SEVENTH INDIANA.-Wounded, First Lieutenants Alexander B. Patterson, slightly; Alf. James, private, Company A; Cyrus Guyringer, private, Company H; James Lanesbury, pri

half hour, awaiting the movement of the regiment in our advance; but seeing all of our forces being drawn off, I marched my command, in good order, back to its former position in the road, and retired in front of the enemy's heavy fire.

General, you witnessed the conduct of my command during most of the day, and it is unnecessary for me to praise them to you. All I will say is, that the Fourteenth were true soldiers, and acted up to their profession, and in accordance with their motto, which is, "Keep cool, and a steady fire." I must not fail to mention that my Major, W. Harrow, and Adjutant John P. Blinn, were with me, and acted with great gallantry and bravery, and deserve the highest praise. My lieutenant-colonel, owing to severe sickness, did not arrive until toward the withdrawal of the forces.

I have to report the loss of three killed and four wounded. Two of those reported killed, died after we returned to camp. One Sergeant, J. Urner Price, Company A, lost his left leg by a fraction of a shell. Price was a noble fellow, and died a Christian, as he had lived one.

The other, Harrison Myers, of Company II, had a spherical-case shot in his thigh, which was extracted, but he died immediately afterwards. Amos Boyd, of Company C, was killed on the field by the explosion of a shell from the enemy's guns. I recapitulate my loss as follows:

KILLED J. Urner Price, Company A; Amos Boyd, Company C; Harrison Myers, Company


WOUNDED-Captain L. A. Foote, Company A, and private John D. Lyon, Company E.

General, we are ready again, and hope that the Fourteenth will ever do as well as they have done heretofore.


Atten o'clock, "Hail Columbia" floated sweetly over the camp. It came from the quarters of the Thirty-sixth Ohio, Col. Ford, encamped on the peak of one of the summits of the camp. A few minutes after, the heavy tramp of men was heard, and the Thirty-second were seen in the dark, moving along in the advance of the movement. It was accompanied by a detachment of cavalry, and a piece from Daum's Virginia battery. They were guided by A. F. Nicholas, the brave and daring Illinois scout.


Then there was quiet in camp, but not a long quiet. At half-past eleven, first one hillside and then another poured forth its column of armed men. A line was formed on the road, and at midnight precisely the Ninth Indiana, Colonel Millroy; the Fourteenth Indiana, Col. Kimball, and the Twenty-fourth Ohio, Col. Ammon, moved off in the order named. A half hour later, and the Seventeenth Indiana, Lieut.Col. Wilder commanding; Capt. Loomis' celebrated Michigan artillery; the Fourteenth Indiana; Howe's battery of regular artillery; a detachment of cavalry, and one gun of Daum's Virginia battery, rattled down the mountain.


Then there was quiet again on the mountain, during which your reporter was enabled to take a short nap in the open air, before a log fire. It was nine o'clock hen the strains of a soft call from a cornet, and the instant_uprising of ten thousand men, disturbed my sleep. In the dim light of glimmering camp fires, I could see companies forming here and there, and marching with great regularity over the broken and rocky mountain side. In a few minutes the Fifteenth Indiana, Colonel Wagner, and the Twenty-fourth Ohio, Lieutenant-Col. Richardson commanding, were marching toward the enemy. These two regiments formed the rear of the column, and were to be stationed as a reserve, at the scene of conflict.

All the regiments had been greatly weakened by sickness and hard service; and the force which marched, counting artillery, cavalry, &c., was less than six thousand men. The batteries comprised thirteen pieces.

Very respectfully and obediently, NATHAN KIMBALL, Colonel Fourteenth Regiment Indiana Volunteers. CINCINNATI "TIMES" NARRATIVE. CHEAT MOUNTAIN SUMMIT, Oct. 4. We have had a fight, and a splendid one. Although intended only as a reconnoissance in Since the flight of the rebels from Tygart force, it resulted in a handsome achievement. Valley, they have had an advanced camp on Early yesterday morning, Gen. Reynolds and the bank of the Green Brier, at a point where staff, escorted by Brackan's cavalry, arrived in the Staunton turnpike ascends the Alleghany camp, and shortly after an order to prepare two Mountains. In the late advance of Lee, a condays' rations created excitement and cheerful-siderable force was detailed from that camp, and, ness in camp. The men were confident they as I have informed you, went back to it in a hurwere to have a fight, and it put them in the ry. They have not advanced since. Our scouts best of good humor. Knapsacks were repack- have, from time to time, reported that the post ed, haversacks and cartridge-boxes filled, and was being fortified. arms ovehauled and brightened to the highest polish. Each regiment to be used on the occasion received marching orders, all of which were for the night. The men were ordered to retire early, and get sleep, but little sleep was there in camp that night. Officers and men shared alike in the excitement, and the gladness at the prospect of a fight.

The point is about thirteen miles from this camp, and about the same distance from Monterey, where it is understood there is a large rebel force. The opinion has been entertained that there were additional camps between Green Brier and Monterey, from which the former could be readily reinforced, and to confirm this opinion was one of the objects of this movement. The scouts supposed that five

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