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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 7. (ed. Frank Moore) 2 0 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: August 14, 1863., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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exploits of this war was performed by four men on Saturday night, May first, on Rock Creek, in Wayne County. Benjamin Burke, a citizen, Hudson Burke, a discharged soldier, James Burke, of Wolford's cavalry, and another citizen, named James Davis, having received intimation of a band of twenty-eight men, under command of Captain Evans, of the famous band of rebel robbers that infest Wayne and Clinton counties, of this State, known as Champ Fergurson's men, having stopped at the house of Jonathan Burke, to spend the night, determined to attempt their capture. Four men against twenty-eight fiends, who had revelled in the blood of innocent neighbors for a year — think of it! It seemed like madness, yet the attempt was made. Coming to a sentinel, who stood watch over their thirty-one horses, Davis ordered him to surrender his gun, which the coward did, and received in return a blow from it which knocked his brains out. The way was now clear to the house, where the remainder of the part
[Extract.] Special Orders, No. 169. Lieut. Col. Kent, Provost Marshal General, Department of the Tennessee, will take charge of the political prisoners from the Department of the Missouri, under command of Captain James F. Dwight, Assistant Inspector General, Department of the Missouri, and place them under guard on board a steamer, and send them to Mobile, Ala., by first steamer going South. By order of Major General U. S. Grant. John A. Rawling, Asst. Adj't Gen. Capt. Jonathan Burke, who was permitted to accompany the party to be exchanged, instead of going east to City Point for that purpose, was put ashore at Helena, and placed in charge of General Salmon, commanding the post, to be transferred to Little Rock. Isaac Elsasser was ordered back to this city from Memphis, to report to the Provost Marshal here, he desiring to settle his business here before being finally transferred. Capt. Dwight has gone to Port Hudson on special duty. The banished t