Further from Fort Henry.
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 13.
The Republican's Fort Henry correspondent gives further particulars of the Tennessee river gunboat expedition. Everywhere the people insisted on loading their visitors with presents, and as far as Florence the river can be navigated almost as safely as the Ohio. Blessings, cheers, and the wildest enthusiasm greeted the gunboats everywhere. Numbers of prominent men came forward and said, shall the Union army enter Tennessee fifty thousand men were ready and anxious to protect their homes, and would at once cluster around it.
Under the laws commanding them to join the rebel army or lose their property; they were obliged to succumb in self-defense. — The officers of the gunboats say it is impossible to doubt the genuineness of the greetings that everywhere met them.
The rebel press is wholly under the control of the politicians, and don't speak the public feeling. The secession element is principally composed of lawless portions of the community who are over awed by violence to the order-loving Union citizens.
At Sarama Lieut. Phelps learned that a rebel cavalry regiment was encamped about a mile distant. He immediately ordered a company of one hundred and thirty marines, under Col. Given, to march against them, but the rebels hearing of the movement fled in a panic, leaving everything behind them. Their camp was burned, and a considerable quantity of arms, and stores were captured. Only one steamer, the Dunbar, now floats on the upper Tennessee. The Appleton Belle had 4,000 pounds of powder on board, and when fired was purposely anchored opposite the fine residence of Judge Crevate, a noted loyalist, which was completely shattered by the explosion.
The partially finished rebel gunboat Eastport is a fine and fast steamer, 250 feet long, very staunch, and constructed so as to be rendered shot proof by compressed bales of cotton and iron plates. The steamer Illinois brought down a quantity of tobacco yesterday from Paris. A large quantity of pig iron near there will be removed as soon as possible.
The Nashville Union and American of the 12th inst says that Gens. Beauregard, Pillow and Cheatham were there. It also contains Beauregard's plan of battle at Mannassas, and prodigious speculations as to what he will do at Columbus. Numerous articles are copied from southern papers asking government to take some measures to keep the soldiers in the service, as their time of enlistment is expiring, and they are fast becoming demoralized. The papers also say that a large amount of Confederate stores are lying on the banks of the Cumberland river.