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The Daily Dispatch: may 31, 1861., [Electronic resource], Colonel Ellsworth's last letter to his parents. (search)
Col. J. Lucius Davis, a Cavalry officer of much experience, is in this city now, recruiting for the Wise Partizan Legion.
Granada in the place of Gen. Jones, of Iowa. The belief that the President has determined to tender Col. Fremont a Major Generalship, elicits much gratification. Ex-Governor Banks is here by invitation of the Secretary of War. Brig. Gen'l McDowell, United States army, is to have command of the forces operating towards Richmond. It is understood to be General Scott's policy to put the younger class of officers into field service, and therefore it is said that Col. Meigs is employed on other duties than what relates to the construction of public buildings. Whilst the hands employed in the laboratory of the Navy-Yard were this afternoon engaged in filling gun caps, a small box of percussion powder suddenly exploded, by which Mr. Davis, a workman, was seriously if not fatally injured, and a young man slightly wounded in the breast. The damage to the premises is inconsiderable, although the accident occurred within a few feet of where 40,000 cartridges were lying.