A Diary of American Events.

August 31.—Fredericksburgh, Va., was evacuated by the Union army under Gen. Burnside.— The three bridges over the Rappahannock constructed by the army, the railroad buildings, including the offices of Commissary and Quartermaster, containing a quantity of army stores, and the machine-shop and foundry, were burned before the army left.

—The One Hundred and Twenty-fifth and the One Hundred and Twenty-first regiments, New York State volunteers, commanded by Colonels S. L. Willard and Richard Franchet, passed through New-York on the way to the seat of war. —Huntsville, Ala., was evacuated by the Union army under General Buell.

—Yesterday and to-day the greatest excitement existed in Boston, Mass., caused by the disaster to the Union army under General Pope. Gov. Andrew having requested contributions of linen, etc., for the wounded soldiers, the churches were converted into depots for their reception, and immense quantities of almost every thing required for the sick and wounded came rapidly in, until, at five o’clock, nine freight-cars were despatched, accompanied by six surgeons, for Washton—(Doc. 197.)

—The railway-guard at Medon Station, on the Mississippi Central Railroad, Tenn., was attacked by a superior force of rebel cavalry belonging to General Armstrong’s command, but were met by such determined resistance that they retreated, suffering great loss.—(Doc. 198.)

—Yesterday and to-day great excitement existed in Wheeling, Va., caused by the intelligence that Buckhannon had been captured, and that Weston and Clarksburgh were threatened by strong forces of rebel guerrillas. To-day a militia regiment left for Clarksburgh to reenforce the garrison already there.— Wheeling Intelligencer, September 1.

—William A. Hammond, Surgeon-General of the army, issued the following to the loyal women and children of the United States: “The supply of lint in the market is nearly exhausted. The brave men wounded in defence of their country will soon be in want of it. I appeal to you to come to our aid in supplying us with this necessary article. There is scarcely a woman or child who cannot scrape lint, and there is no way in which their assistance can be more usefully given than in furnishing us the means to dress the wounds of those who fall in defence of their rights and their homes.”

—General Maxey’s brigade, under the command of Colonel McKinstry, of the Thirty-second Alabama regiment, attacked the Yankees, one thousand two hundred strong, infantry, artillery, and cavalry, at Stevenson, Ala., at eleven o’clock to-day. After four hours’ shelling, the enemy evacuated their fortifications, leaving on the Nashville trains, common roads and through the woods. A large amount of ammunition and stores was captured. The confederate command met with the most cordial reception from the citizens, the ladies urging them not to stop till they had killed or captured the entire Yankee force. The joy of the citizens was unbounded at once more beholding the “stars and bars.” The confederates had engaged the Thirty-second Alabama, Forty-first Alabama, Twenty-fifth Tennessee, Major Gunter’s dismounted partisans, Capt Rice’s cavalry, and Freeman and Durr’s battery, the whole numbering nine hundred men. The loss was two wounded, none killed. The Yankee loss unknown.—Richmond Dispatch, Sept. 2.

—The steamer Emma, while going down the Savannah River, grounded, and was discovered by the Yankees. She was fired to prevent her from falling into their hands. She had on board seven hundred and forty bales of cotton and some turpentine.—Savannah Republican, September 1.


The Rebellion Record—A Diary of American Events; by Frank Moore

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