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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events, Diary from December 17, 1860 - April 30, 1864 (ed. Frank Moore) 21 1 Browse Search
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nd of Colonel Cowdin, left Boston for the seat of war.--(Doc. 252.) Jefferson City, Mo., was occupied by Gen. Lyon, in command of the Union force, who was warmly welcomed by the mass of the citizens. Gen. Lyon there learned that Gov. Jackson and the whole military and civil government of the State had fled to Booneville, forty miles above, and that they have not far from fifteen hundred men there, the most of them armed with their own rifles and shot-guns, six or eight iron cannon, and are throwing up earthworks to protect the town from attack, both by river and by land.--N. Y. Herald, June 20. An experiment with Sawyer's American rifled cannon was made at the Rip Raps, in Hampton Roads. Seven of eleven 48-pound Map of James River. shells exploded a short distance from the rebel camp, on Sewall's Point, and one of them over their intrenchments. It created a sensation among the secessionists. A house near the secession banner displayed a white flag.--N. Y. Times, June 18.
A flag of truce was sent from the rebels, proposing a cessation of firing.--N. Y. Herald, Sept. 19. This afternoon the rebel steamer Yorktown ran within three miles of Newport News, Va., and opened fire upon the camp and blockading squadron, which consisted of the Savannah, Cumberland, and the gunboat Louisiana. She fired twenty-five shells, one of which exploded near the Savannah. Other shells fell considerably short. The guns of the Cumberland and Savannah could not reach the Yorktown, but a couple of shells from Sawyer's gun on shore caused her to retire. One of the shells exploded three-fourths of a mile beyond the steamer. About four o'clock a party sent out to cut fuel encountered two hundred Confederate Cavalry and an equal number of Infantry about three miles from Newport News. The teamsters left their wagons and galloped to give the alarm, but no further demonstration was made, and the wagons were afterward brought into camp.--National Intelligencer, September 16.
n favor of Poland, remarks: Such facts draw closer the bonds of sympathy between Russia and America. The Emperor knows how to appreciate the firmness with which Mr. Seward maintains the principle of non-intervention. Major-General Stahl sent the following dispatch to the War Department, from his head quarters at Fairfax Court-House, Va. : All is quiet along our lines and in front, on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. This morning, when the relief passed, our pickets were attacked on Sawyer's road by guerrillas. Colonel Gray at once started, with about one hundred and twenty men, in pursuit of them, but could find nothing of them in the woods. He then went on to scout the whole country, and when he passed Frying-Pan, his rear-guard was attacked by about one hundred rebels, who were hidden in a thick wood. Colonel Gray turned his column, and charged the rebels, who fled in great haste through the woods. He followed them up to Aldie, and from there returned, via Drainesville.
ncing at the card, he handed it to Captain Turner, who read out: Henry Washington Sawyer, Captain First New Jersey cavalry. Then it was a singular coincidence struck every one present, for Sawyer was the party who named Mr. Brown for the unpleasant duty he was then discharging. Great drops of sweat beaded Sawyer's brow, asSawyer's brow, as he stepped out from the ranks. The next name was drawn and read out, as before, John Flinn, fifty-first Indiana regiment ; Com. John Rodgers. and Flinn took his place with Sawyer. The drawing over, the balance of the officers were returned to their quarters, and Sawyer and Flinn taken from the prison to the office of GeneralSawyer and Flinn taken from the prison to the office of General Winder. Sawyer was talkative, and said if it was his fate, he would stand it. Flinn said but little.--Richmond Examiner, July 8. The First North-Carolina (UnioSawyer was talkative, and said if it was his fate, he would stand it. Flinn said but little.--Richmond Examiner, July 8. The First North-Carolina (Union) volunteers, Colonel McChesney, returned to Newbern, N. C., from an expedition up the Pungo River, where the regiment captured two large schooners heavily laden wit
everal horses.--the following order was officially promulgated at the Headquarters of the army at Washington: Commanding Officer Fort Monroe, Colonel Ludlow, Agent for the Exchange of Prisoners of War: The President directs that you immediately place W. H. Lee and another officer selected by you, not below the rank of captain, prisoners of war, in close confinement and under strong guards; and that you notify Mr. R. Ould, confederate agent for exchange of prisoners of war, that if Captain H. W. Sawyer, First New Jersey volunteer cavalry, and Captain John Flynn, Fifty-first Indiana volunteers, or any other officers or men in the service of the United States, not guilty of crimes punishable with death by the laws of war, shall be executed by the enemy, the afore-mentioned prisoners will be immediately hung in retaliation. It is also directed, that immediately on receiving official or other authentic information of the execution of Captain Sawyer and Captain Flynn, you will proceed t
ting in the capacity of brakemen, and two black men who were officers' servants. These six poor creatures were placed in a row, and a squad of about forty of the robbers, under a Captain Scott, of Tennessee, discharged their revolvers at them, actually shooting the poor fellows all to pieces.--an engagement took place at a point two miles east of Fort Pillow, Tenn., between a body of Nationals and about one thousand rebels, who were routed with a loss of fifty killed and wounded. Captains Sawyer and Flynn, who had been held at Libby Prison, under sentence of death, in retaliation for the execution of two rebel spies, hung in Kentucky by General Burnside, were released. They were exchanged for General W. F. Lee and Captain Winder, who were held by the United States as personal hostages for their safety. The advance of General A. J. Smith's forces, cooperating with General Banks's, and under the command of Brigadier-General John A. Mower, reached Alexandria, La., accompanie
ey pleased to draw the names out — the first two names drawn to indicate the men to be shot. Capt. Sawyer, of the 1st N. J. cavalry, suggested that one of the chaplains be appointed. Three of the cht deathlike, the drawing commenced. The first name taken out of the box was that of Capt. Henry Washington Sawyer, of the 1st N. J. cavalry, and the second that of Capt. Jno. Flinn, of the 51st Indiana. When the names were read out, Sawyer heard it with no apparent emotion, remarking that some one had to be drawn, and he could stand it as well as any one else. Flinn was very white, and much deeral Winder's office. On arriving there they were permitted to write letters to their friends. Sawyer wrote a letter home and read it aloud to the detective standing near. Upon coming to the last pand will be kept in close confinement until the day of their execution, which is not yet fixed. Sawyer is a Pennsylvanian by birth, and Flinn is an Irishman. The Confederate officers shot by Burnsid