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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXIX. August, 1863 (search)
s 30 per cent. for the infirm, etc. (18,689), leaving 42,689 men able to bear arms still at home. Thus, after putting some 500,000 in the field (if we could put them there), there would yet remain a reserve for home defense against raids, etc. in the Confederate States, of not less than 250,000 men. Gen. Winder sent to the Secretary of War to-day for authority to appoint a clerk to attend exclusively to the mails to and from the United States--under Gen. Winder's sole direction. Major Quantrel, a Missouri guerrilla chief, has dashed into Lawrence, Kansas, and burnt the city-killing and wounding 180. He had Gen. Jim Lane, but he escaped. Gen. Floyd is dead; some attribute his decease to ill treatment by the government. I saw Mr. Hunter yesterday, bronzed, but bright. He is a little thinner, which improves his appearance. Gen. Lee is in town-looking well. When he returns, I think the fall campaign will open briskly. A dispatch received to-day says that on Tues
February 18. A skirmish occurred at Independence, Mo., between a detachment of Ohio cavalry and a band of rebels, headed by Quantrel and Parker. The latter were routed, with a loss of three killed, several wounded, and several taken prisoners. A quantity of arms was also captured. The Federal loss one killed and three wounded.--(Doc. 47.) This morning, Gov. Rector, of Arkansas, issued a proclamation, drafting into immediate service every man in the State subject to military duty, to respond within twenty days.--Memphis Appeal, February 19. The Constitutional Convention in session at Wheeling, Va., adjourned this evening, after fifty-nine days session. The Free State measure was defeated. Commissioners were, however, appointed, with powers to reassemble the Convention in case the new State was recognized by Congress.--National Intelligencer, February 20. In the British Parliament, John Bright made a strong speech denouncing the policy of the English government
rds to give up their arms, which they refused to do. Persisting in this determination, two hundred Government troops were immediately sent to the town from Cambridge, Md., under the command of Col. Wallace. Five of the ringleaders were arrested, but three were afterward released, Capts. Pennington and Wise only remaining in custody. The town numbers about two thousand persons, and the whole place is now under strict martial law.--N. Y. Commercial Advertiser, March 11. The rebel chief, Quantrel, with a party of his troops, entered Aubry, Kansas, this day, killing five Unionists, and carrying off fifteen horses.--N. Y. Times, March 11. The United States Senate this day confirmed the following as Brigadier-Generals of Volunteers: Major Laurance Graham, of Second cavalry; Eleazer Paine, of Illinois; William A. Richardson, of Illinois; Daniel Butterfield, of New York; W. T. Ward, of Kentucky; Major George Sykes, of the Thirteenth infantry; Captain David Stanley, of the Tenth cava
e seen to take four of their men into the Fort, one of them supposed dead. During the engagement Fort Macon fired seventy shots at the engaging forces.--New York Herald. This day a party of Union soldiers sent from Kansas City in search of Quantrel's band of outlaws, came upon them near the Little Blue River, in Jackson County, Mo., and after a hard fight, succeeded in killing five, and capturing seventeen of them. Quantrel had his horse shot from under him, and made his escape by swimminQuantrel had his horse shot from under him, and made his escape by swimming the Missouri River.--St. Louis News, April 17. Brig.-Gen. Shields, at Woodstock, Va., issued the following general order: The General commanding the division directs that the special thanks of himself and command be tendered to Capt. Ambrose Thompson, Division Quartermaster, for the energy, industry, and efficiency with which he has conducted the affairs of his Department previous to and during the battle of Winchester, and in his untiring and successful efforts since to employ every mean
New Brunswick that has advocated the Union cause.--Boston Journal, July 30. Colonel Guitar, of the Ninth Missouri regiment, reinforced by Lieut.--Col. Shaffer and Major Clopper, of Merrill's Horse, and Major Caldwell, of the Third Iowa cavalry, six hundred and fifty strong, were attacked at Moore's Mills, seven miles east of Fulton, Mo., this day, by the rebels Porter and Cobb, nine hundred strong, and after fighting till after four o'clock P..M., the rebels were completely routed, with a loss of from seventy-five to one hundred killed and wounded, and one taken prisoner. Colonel Guitar reports a loss of forty-five killed and wounded. He captured guns, ammunition, baggage, etc., in profusion. The officers and men behaved splendidly. Col. Guitar resumed the pursuit, and followed them over the Jordan.--(Doc. 163.) Jeremiah Hoy, one of the band of rebel guerrillas commanded by Quantrel, was shot at Fort Leavenworth for murder and treason.--Leavenworth Conservative, July 29.
ntment of proper officers, and accepted, paid, equipped, armed and rationed as other volunteer troops of the United States, subject to the approval of the President. The battle between the Union army under General Pope, and that part of the rebel forces under Gen. Lee, which crossed the Rappahannock yesterday, was this morning resumed in the vicinity of Sulphur Springs and Waterloo Bridge. Cannonading was kept up all day, but without doing much damage to either side.--(Doc. 104.) Quantrel's and Hays's bands of guerrillas, overtook six companies of the Second and three companies of the Sixth Kansas regiments near Lamar, Kansas, when the attack was commenced by the Sixth under the command of Major Campbell and Capt. Grund. The fight continued two hours, during which time the Nationals lost two killed and twenty-one wounded. The Second Kansas regiment took no part in the affair.--The schooner Water-Witch, was captured off Aransas, Texas, by the United States schooner Corypheus
September 6. Olathe, the county-seat of Johnson County, Kansas, was sacked by Quantrel. The marauding band entered the town about midnight, took all the men, including the recent volunteers, prisoners, and marched them to the public square. Two men were killed, and one, a young man, mortally wounded while asleep. Two brothers, who had enlisted, living about two miles from the town, were taken out of their house into a corn-field and shot down in cold blood. The stores and private housoffice was entered and rifled of its contents, and county papers, etc., destroyed. Some government arms and stores were also taken. No resistance was made, because the citizens and volunteers were completely taken by surprise and overpowered. Quantrel had about three hundred well-armed and well-mounted men with him. Twenty-nine of the volunteers were taken out near the border and released on parole.--Leavenworth Conservative. A fight took place near Cacapon Bridge, about seventeen miles
mer Connecticut captured the English schooner Rambler. She had run the blockade at Sabine Pass, Texas, and was bound to Havana heavily laden with cotton. Among the papers found on board was a memorandum in writing, directing the captain of the Rambler to sell the cotton at Havana, and with the proceeds of the sale to purchase powder, medicines, army shoes and other contraband articles, and without delay to return to Sabine Pass. Colonel Burris, sent in pursuit of the guerrillas under Quantrel, after their attack upon Olathe, Mo., overtook them five miles north of Pleasant Hill, Mo., and after a short skirmish compelled them to retreat, leaving in the hands of the Nationals all their transportation and subsistence, one thousand rounds of ammunition, one hundred horses, five wagons, a number of tents and other camp equipage, and a large quantity of dry goods, and other articles stolen from the citizens of Olathe.--Official Report. Major-General Banks, in compliance with an o
ober 7. Lexington, Ky., was evacuated by the rebels under the command of E. Kirby Smith, they retreating toward Cumberland Gap.--The monitor Nahant was successfully launched from Harrison Loring's yard, in South-Boston, Mass., at eleven A. M. to-day.--The Twelfth regiment of Vermont volunteers left Brattleboro for Washington City. A skirmish took place in the vicinity of Sibley's Landing, Mo., between a detachment of the Fifth Missouri cavalry and the combined rebel forces of Colonels Quantrel and Childs, resulting in a rout of the latter with considerable loss. Among the prisoners taken was the rebel Colonel Childs.--Missouri Democrat, October 9. General McClellan this day issued an order to the army of the Potomac, calling attention to the President's proclamation of Emancipation, and pointing out the fact that the execution of the Federal laws is confided to the civil authorities, and that armed forces are raised and maintained simply to sustain those authorities.
October 17. A fight took place near Lexington, Kentucky, between a rebel force of about three thousand cavalry and six pieces of artillery, under the command of General John Morgan, and three hundred and fifty Union cavalry, under Major Charles B. Seidel, Third Ohio cavalry, resulting in a retreat of the Nationals with a loss of four killed, twenty-four wounded, and a large number of prisoners. To-day a band of rebel guerrillas under Quantrel, entered Shawnee, Kansas, and completely sacked it, burning thirteen houses and killing three men. Six miles south of the town they overtook two teams laden with goods. They killed one of the drivers, dangerously wounded the other, and captured the teams and goods.--Leavenworth Conservative. The Common Council of Boston, Massachusetts, having voted to raise the bounty to volunteers to two hundred dollars, drafting in that city ceased. A Union force under Acting Master Crocker, of the U. S. steamer Kensington, landed at Sabin
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