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rs had riden forward, and tied their horses to the fence of an adjacent farm-house, whose inmates had closed all the window-blinds, and a crowd of colored soldiers encircled the building, watching in silence these ominous proceedings. Lieutenant-Colonel Shurtliff, of the Fifth United States, was appointed spiritual adviser to the criminal, and went back with a guard to bring him to the place of execution. When informed that he had but a few minutes to live, and was counselled to improve this tim. He then rose to his feet, walked up the inclined board with a firm step, at the point of the bayonets of the colored guard, advanced quickly to the head of the cider-barrel, and stood under the noose. This being placed around his neck, Colonel Shurtliff invoked the throne of grace in behalf of the guilty wretch. As the word Amen dropped from his lips, the General, who had taken charge of the drop, pulled the wedge — the barrel tipped, the guerrilla dropped. He was a man of about thirty,
From Western Virginia.a Confederate Victory. Gallipolis, Ohio, August 29. --A battle occurred at a point named Cross Lanes, on the 26th of August, which is stated to have been a bloody one. Colonel Tyler's force was 900, and was surrounded at breakfast time. 200 are missing. After a desperate fight they were cut through and scattered. The following Federal officers are known to have been killed: Captains Dye, Shurtliff and Sterling, Adjutant L. DeForest, Lieutenant Warrentz, Sergeant-Major Long and others; all the Federal field officers were not hurt. The Confederate forces are reported to have been 3,000 strong, including 400 cavalry. Their loss was heavy. [Of course the latter statement is a mere speculation of the enemy.]
rch. The residue of the enemy fled in disorder and were pursued by Col. McCauseland's regiment, on the 26th, some eight miles, and some were captured. The pursuit has been continued for several days, and the enemy taken in squads, the number now amounting to nearly two hundred. The enemy lost in killed between fifty and seventy-five.--We lost four killed, seven badly, and three slightly wounded. Several of the Hessians are yet scattered in the woods, and will probably be taken. We captured four wagons, with some stores and one surgeon's carriage. Among the captured of the enemy, we have a free negro, a Massachusetts mulatto by birth, recently a resident of Cleveland, Ohio. Col. Tyler ordered his men to a "double quick" and then fled by a bridle path, leaving his regiment under the command of Captain Shurtliff, who was taken prisoner. General Floyd was greatly exposed, and the gallant officer was delighted at our success, and showed his gratitude to his men. C. L.
The Daily Dispatch: September 14, 1861., [Electronic resource], Atrocitties of the Neapolitan brigands. (search)
A Yankee's account of a visit to Gen. Floyd's Outposts.[correspondence of the Cleveland (Ohio) Herald.] Gaulet Bridge, Aug. 31. --I sent you a dispatch yesterday evening, telling you of the safety of all the commissioned officers of the regiment, save Capt. Dyer, known to be killed, Capt. Shurtliff, known to be a prisoner, and Lieutenants Wilcox and Lockwood missing. I regret exceedingly that I cannot give you the names of the privates and non-commissioned officers killed, wounded, prisoners, and missing. But this cannot be done till we hear more fully from Major Casement concerning the men with him, over four hundred, at Charleston, thirty-eight miles below us.--The only way, even then, that we could approximate to a correct list, would be to give the names of all who have escaped, those with him and those with us. One of the objects I aimed to secure under a flag of truce, the other day, was information upon this very thing, for the sake mainly of the relatives and f
at the Old Point Comfort Hotel, as they were too much debilitated to proceed further, at least for the present. Of the funds contributed by the Tenth New York regiment, at Newport News, were distributed to the soldiers who reached here — the sum of two dollars each — as follows: Shaler, McKensie, J. Malone, C. Dunn, Sergeant Donett, Wm. Hanlon, J. Butler, R. M. Pratt, W. A. Woodbury, McHenry, A. Whitehouse, Fagen, N. Brown, Feinald, Woolenwoom, Mout, Kliner, Swift, Rowe, Mclutosh, Shurtliff, Shepard, Briggs, Maine, Mould, Bolly, Silby, Lieut. Harvey Rockafellar, Lieutenant commanding. When the boat left Newport News, the Tenth gave many cheers for the sick and wounded, and for the success of the Stars and Stripes. Treatment of prisoners. All the wounded who reached here, agree in the statement that they were treated more like caged beasts than human beings, and the first salutation in the morning, as well as the sentinel's cry at night, was "Death to the — Ya<