From the Charleston Mercury, 6/6/1863
LATEST FROM RICHMOND AND THE NORTH.
RICHMOND, June 4.
Commodore PORTERíS official dispatch to the Yankee Navy
Department states that he had sent an expedition up the Yazoo, which destroyed
or captured property amounting in value to $2,000,000, including three powerful
rams and one monitor, 310 feet long (unfinished), with a loss of one man killed
and seven wounded.
BURNSIDE has communicated to BRAGG his determination to
hang all rebel officers in his hands, in case BRAGG should retaliate for hanging
of two spies, tried and executed according to the usages of war.
News from Europe to the 29th had been received.
In the House of Lords, the Marquis of CLANRICARDE denounced the seizure of
British vessels by United States cruisers as a violation of the law of nations.
Earl RUSSELL replied, defending the course of the Yankee Government. He said
that all its communications fully showed that it fully respected international
law. The law officers of the Crown had reported that there was no national
ground of objection to the decisions of the Northern Prize Courts.
Earl DERBY fully concurred in the views of Earl RUSSELL,
and thought that every allowance ought to be made for the circumstances of
The latest returns of the State election, indicate the
choice of General WILLIAM SMITH as Governor, SAMUEL PRICE as Lieutenant
Governor, and the defeat of the following four members of the last Congress, who
were candidates for re-election: GARNETT, LYONS, BOTELER and PRESTON. The
returns also indicate the defeat of STAPLES.
VALLANDIGHAM, in an address to the Democratic party, dated
at the Military Prison, Cincinnati, May 23, declares that he will recognize his
allegiance to his own State and Governor, wherever he may be, as binding in all
things, just the same as if he remained upon the soil.
The Tredegar Iron Works are again in full blast, most of
the machinery destroyed by the late fire having been replaced. They can now turn
out guns rapidly.
FRANCIS P. BLAIR, Jr., who was taken prisoner at
Chancellorsville, and afterwards took the oath of allegiance to the Confederacy,
has been arrested on charge of larceny.