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ear of active war by land and sea, and have lost from the casualties of war many thousand soldiers in fighting this rebellion around a great circle. We have routed the rebel armies from Missouri and Kentucky, and Tennessee, and partly from Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, we have removed for a thousand miles, down to the Gulf, the rebel obstructions from the Mississippi river; we have recovered New Orleans, Norfolk, Newbern, Fort Macon, Beaufort, N. C., Beaufort, S. C., and Port Royal, Fort Pulaski, and several seaboard places in Georgia, and several rebel strongholds in Florida, including Pensacola. We have driven the great rebel army of Virginia from its offensive position in sight of Washington back to the defence of Richmond; but there, in measuring our strength with that rebel army, we find it twice in numbers the army of Gen. McClellan, and apparently confident of its power to destroy him, and to turn the tide of invasion back upon Washington and the North.
The Daily Dispatch: July 19, 1862., [Electronic resource], Experience of a "Contraband" in the Yankee lines. (search)
hailed him. He approached the steamer, and received from them a countersign. he was then told to go to another one of the gunboats, and when hailed to give the word "contraband." He then approached the steamer indicated — the Pocahontas — gave the countersign, and was taken on board. From the Pocahontas he was transferred to a steamer, the name of which he does not remember, and taken down on the Florida coast. Here he was placed on board the Wabash, and shortly afterwards taken to Port Royal. While at the last named place, he worked on the wharf in loading and unloading Yankee steamers, for which he was promised $8 per month. He worked two months, but received pay for only one. He afterwards worked a short time in a saw-mill, and received no pay. He was then employed by Major White, of Massachusetts, as a body servant. The Major promised to pay $10 a month; but after repeated application for pay, stated that he had no money. He asked Robert how he would like to go to Mass