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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 7. (ed. Frank Moore), Incidents of the occupation of Hagerstown. (search)
n several rebel soldiers came in and gave themselves up. After the passage of Longstreet's corps every thing remained quiet until Sunday, when, about six o'clock in the evening, thirteen cavalrymen belonging to a New-York regiment made a dash into town, and, with the assistance of the Union boys of the town, who ran to the confederate hospital and seized the muskets there stored, they succeeded in capturing quite a number of prisoners, among them a rebel mail-carrier and his mail. Chaplain Dabney Ball, (formerly pastor of Wesley Chapel in Washington,) who was in town, made his escape by jumping from his horse and taking to the fields. His horse was secured by a smart little fellow named Richard Boward, who rode the horse to Frederick, and handed it over to the military. Again, on Monday last, twenty men of the Fifth regulars made a dash into town and captured eleven stragglers, two carbines, four muskets, and four horses. This command took breakfast at the Washington House, ke
nton soon after the last of the enemy's column had left. The information he obtained confirmed the previous reports, and it was clear that the whole Federal army, under Major-General Burnside, was moving toward Fredericksburgh. On the morning of the nineteenth, therefore, the remainder of Longstreet's corps was put in motion for that point. The advance of General Sumner reached Falmouth on the afternoon of the seventeenth, and Attempted to cross the Rappahannock, but was driven back by Colonel Ball, with the Fifteenth Virginia cavalry, four companies of Mississippi infantry, and Lewis's light battery. On the twenty-first it became apparent that General Burnside was concentrating his whole army on the north side of the Rappahannock. On the same day, General Sumner summoned the corporate authorities of Fredericksburgh to surrender the place by five P. M., and threatened, in case of refusal, to bombard the city at nine o'clock, next morning. The weather had been tempestuous for tw
Borcke, A. A. G., was ever present, fearless, and untiring in the zealous discharge of the duties assigned him. Major Samuel Hardin Hairstone, Q. M., and Major Dabney Ball, C. S., were prevented by their duties of office from participating in the dangers of the conflict, but are entitled to my thanks for the thorough discharge brigade, June 25, 1862. To Colonel T. L. Rosser, or Cavalry Officer commanding Right Wing of Pickets: Colonel: You will immediately supply your command, from Major Ball, C. S., with three days rations of hard bread and bacon. Should an engagement take place, you will move your main body toward the front, so as to support and wthe enemy. About five, the fire of musketry being exceedingly heavy, the regiment moved rapidly forward, and was drawn up in line of battle immediately in rear of Ball's old tavern, exposed to the shells of the enemy. In a few minutes this regiment and the Fifth Virginia, under Colonel Baylor, were ordered a short distance to th
message and accompanying documents were yesterday ready for transmission to Congress. If the President has deemed proper to answer the rejoinder, it, together with the reply, would have been included in the documents. Colonel Hayne having left the city early yesterday morning, his rejoinder was returned to him through the mail, addressed to Charleston. By reason of the receipt of information today of the seizure of New York ships at Savannah, together with the recent action of the New Orleans Custom-House authorities in obstructing interior commerce, in effect levying tribute, and the declaration of the Montgomery Congress in favor of opening Southern ports free to foreign commerce, Hon. John Cochrane will, on Monday, call up and press to a passage the bill heretofore introduced by him. Alexander W. Russell, District of Columbia, and Samuel A. Cooley, of Connecticut, have been appointed paymasters in the Navy; and Rev. Dabney Ball, of Maryland, a chaplain in the Navy.
money ought to be taken in payment for debts, and affirming those enemies of the Government who refuse to take it, was passed. The second resolution recommending the Congress of the Confederate States to make Confederate notes a legal tender, and instructing our Senators and requesting our Representatives to vote for the passage of such as act, was rejected. The vote resulted — yeas 3, nays 25, as follows: Yeas.--Messrs. Alderson, Finney, and Pats--3. Nays.--Messrs. Armstrong, Ball, Branch, Carraway, Carson, Collter, Dickinson of Prince Edward, Dickenson of Grayson, Greever, Hart, Johnson, Logan, Massie; McKenney, Neeson, Newlon, Newman, Pennybacker, Quesenberry. Robertson, Thomas of Henry, Thompson, Urquhart, Whittle, and Whitten--25. The third resolution, in regard to the States guaranteeing the Confederate bonds in their several Confederate proportions, was taken up and adopted. A resolution from the House, providing for the removal of the prisoners in the
ies of his exalted station. For a time we had lost sight of him, and though we remembered his zeal and admired the earnest fervor with which he devoted himself to his particular calling, we did not know but that the location of his Circuit and the peculiar church relations which he sustained, might have led him at least to neutrality, if not active sympathy, with the Federal Government. Stepping into the hall of the Exchange Hotel a few evenings we met this same minister, clad in the co home- spun of the Confederate soldier, with pistol bolted around him, with as truly martial air as was ever assumed by Murat or Sou in the palmiest days of the Napoleonic empire. Upon inquiry we learned that the occupied the honorable positions of chaplain to the first regiment Virginia cavalry, and aid to Gen. J. E. B. Stuart. This minister was the Rev. John Longstreet, of the old Baltimore Conference. Another prominent minister of that body--Rev. Dabney Ball--is commissary is the same brigade.