October 15, 1862, The New York Herald
The advices from Frederick last night represent everything quiet along our lines. A few of Stuart’s men were captured and brought in. A report was prevalent among the rebel sympathizers in the town an attack was to be made by the rebels last night; but of course the idea was absurd.
It was rumored in Washington yesterday that a force amounting to 50,000 of the rebels had concentrated at Centreville — a fact which would seem to tally with other statements, to the effect that the main body of Gen. Lee’s army was moving southward, by way of Thornton’s Gap, from Winchester, and was moving on Saturday in the direction of Warrenton. It seems somewhat strange that the rebel army should take a course through Thornton’s Gap while the Manassas Railroad was open to them from Strasburg, further north than Thornton. No official confirmation of the presence of this rebel force at Centreville reached the government yesterday.
Lieutenant Koenig, of General Sigel’s corps, made a reconnoissance on Monday beyond the Rappahannock, and drove in the rebel pickets at Stephensburg, a town about midway between the Rappahannock and Rapidan. He reports a brigade of rebel infantry and artillery at Culpepper Court House, and about a thousand more at Rappahannock Station.
The order for a draft in this State, issued by Governor Morgan yesterday, will be found in another column. The time fixed is the 10th of next month, and the draft is to be made for such number of men as may be necessary to fill up the amount of 120,000, apportioned to the State. The number to be drafted will probably be about 35,000.
We give today a highly interesting account from our correspondent on the field of the late splendid fight near Perrysville, Kentucky, known as the battle of Chaplin’s Hills. The bravery of our troops was almost without parallel, and the conduct of General Rousseau, who commanded, was magnificent throughout the whole action. Nothing of importance has occurred in Kentucky since our last advices.
Governor Robinson has received intelligence that the rebels were retreating from Camp Dick Robinson towards Lancaster, and that General Buell was in close pursuit of them.
We have Richmond papers to the 11th instant. They comment upon the late battle at Corinth as a terrible calamity to the rebel cause, admitting that the whole programme of their campaign in Mississippi has been seriously disturbed by it. There is an evident disposition to lay the blame of defeat upon General Van Dorn.
The Richmond papers also state that our troops have evacuated Jacksonville, Florida.
We learn from the proceedings of the rebel Congress that the redskin race is now represented in that body — a representative from the Cherokee Nation being admitted to a seat in the House of Representatives.
The Asia, off Cape Race, forwards news from Europe to the 5th instant, two days later than our last advices.
The Paris Patrie hears from sources that it is most likely that France and England will soon have under deliberation the subject of the recognition of the South on the basis of accomplished facts. It is alleged that the two Powers will act in concert.
It is found that England shipped during the first eight months of this year arms and ammunition valued at $6,540,000 to America, and the export trade in these materials of war was rapidly increasing at the latest date.
The London journals still comment on McClellan’s victories in Maryland, but the writers seek every opportunity to lessen their importance in effect, and thus detract from the fame of the gallant commander. The London Army and Navy Gazette thinks that the invasion of Maryland was a ‘mistake’ and a […..] on the part of the rebels; but adds that […..] generals would have converted the mistake into a defeat, while […..] soldiers like McClellan could only achieve a respectable success.
The rebel privateer “No. 290” has, it is now said, destroyed ten American whalers off the Western Islands. Their names are given elsewhere.