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at they would not be harmed, which, of course, was given. They were soon so near the shore that Capt. White, accompanied by McKendree, waded in to give them a hearty welcome, and assist them ashore. They soon set Yankee feet on Virginia soil, and were in a hurry to return to occupy their posts as picket guard, upon which we informed them that we would be under the painful necessity of detaining them until Col. Bate should arrive. He was soon with us, and to their utter astonishment, ordered a guard to attend them to his quarters, where they remained a short time, and were guarded to the quarters of Gen. French, to be disposed of as he may suggest. The boys are sons of Capt. Wilkinson and Lieut. Smith, 1st New York regiment, and Excelsior Brigade, General Sickles. The names of the men are not remembered. They are of the 5th N. Y. Regiment, same brigade; all very intelligent — the boys especially. The boys are perfectly satisfied; the men would gladly rue their bargain Sumner.
ted him to the station house. He was dressed in Federal uniform, and gave his name as Charles VonGelsa. An entry was accordingly made upon the record, of "drunk and asleep under a porch, and from Lincoln. " On his examination before the Mayor on Saturday he produced the following letter, the signature to which we omit: "St. Mary's co., Md., Nov. 10, 1861. "Mr. Charles Von Gelsa, the bearer of this, is a deserter from the Northern Army. He held the office of Second Lieutenant in Sickles' Brigade. He can prove this if necessary. Please try to get him an office." It appeared that Von Gelsa was brought to Richmond as a prisoner of war, but with such undoubted recommendations of his integrity of purpose as to enlist the opinion of the authorities decidedly in his favor. He represents that he is a son of Baron Von Gelsa, a General in the Prussian Army, and it further appears that he was with Gen. Sidney Johnston in the famous Utah campaign. Desirous of again serving un
The Daily Dispatch: December 16, 1861., [Electronic resource], A Biographical sketch of Marble Nash Taylor. (search)
Northern Abolition prints have endeavored to make a great Point of the zeal with which European officers have enlisted in their unholy cause, but appearances do not indicate that the vast results anticipated will be realized. Like their big balloons and other militated humbugs, it has furnished material for heavy newspaper bragging, but has not yet contributed in the smallest degree towards the subjugation of the "rebels." Indeed, we know that two Prussian officers have deserted, one from Sickles's brigade, and one from the 45th New York regiment, and are now on their way to join the command of Gen. A. Sidney Johnston, in Kentucky.--The Baron Von Flazthausen, who has been in the city for some days past, produced satisfactory evidences of his origin, history, and integrity of purpose; and though as in all similar cases, a military investigation was necessary before receiving him into our service, we have no doubt, that he reflects the sentiments and wishes of many Europeans, who, thr