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The Daily Dispatch: September 19, 1864., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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e blockade, as strict orders have been given the Admiral of the British squadron not to permit British vessels to be seized while passing out from Southern ports. From New York. New York, Aug. 14. --The order for the arrest of Col. Martin Burke, commandant at Fort Lafayette, for disobeying the order of the court in not producing the prisoners in his charge, has been placed in the hands of Sheriff Campbell, who will attempt to execute it personally to- day. The Sheriff has no design of calling out the militia, although urged to do so by some parties. There was a report yesterday that Col. Burke had gone to Washington. The war is having a marked effect upon the business of life insurance in this city. Many parties who have been unable to meet their payments, are rolling their policies for their cash value. Southern policy-holders are withdrawing largely. The schooner Graham was seized by the United States Marshal, under the new confiscation act for engaging in
nquirer, of Tuesday, we gather the following items: The Army Retiring Board is slowly proceeding with its important business. So far it has disposed of but a single case, that of Col. Abert, of the Topographical Engineers, who has been forty years in service, and is very infirm. He is to be placed upon the retired list. The same disposition will doubtless be made of Colonels Kearney and Long, of the same corps, who are next in order.-- Col. Belton, of the Fourth Artillery, and Col. Martin Burke, now in charge of the New York forts, of the Second, are the only officers who have applied voluntarily to be placed on the retired list, although it is thought that a hundred of, and below that rank, will involuntarily find their way there. It has already been determined to occupy Hatteras Inlet as a station for our blockading squadron, and dispatches were to-day send for several cargoes of coal, to be shipped there from New York, for the use of our steamers. No doubt is enterta
Martin Burke was arrested on Saturday for being drunk and lying on a sidewalk, and for assaulting a white woman in the street.--William R. Aikin and a fellow named Manning on a similar charge.
y, not retired. The case of E. B. Schnabel. The following letter from the Secretary of War refers to the case of E. B. Schnabel: War Department, Oct. 4, 1861. Sir --I acknowledge the receipt of a communication from Col. Martin Burke, enclosing a letter from E. B. Schnabel, a prisoner at Fort Lafayette. The person referred to is the son of a very worthy gentleman, a citizen of Pennsylvania, known to me for many years. He was educated at Princeton College, where hee for many years. He was educated at Princeton College, where he exhibited considerable talent. He came back to Pennsylvania, and has been "living on his wits" ever since. He is a man, I am sorry to say, of no character, and I have no desire to open any communication from him; I therefore return the communication forwarded by Col. Martin Burke, unopened. I have the honor to be, Very respectfully, Simon Cameron, Secretary of War. Lieutenant-General W. Scott, General-in-Chief.
d the colonel said we had been making a saw to cut the bars. Morning and evening we were counted, and at sundown locked up. We were allowed half a candle to fifteen men, and that had to be put out at 9 o'clock; and were subjected at all times to insults from the Yankee soldiers. We were not allowed to purchase books, chess or backgammon boards, but were allowed writing materials and newspapers. Two separate applications were made by myself to get some medicine, which were refused. Colonel Martin Burke, of the regular army, is the commandant, and a more brutal, coarse and harsh wretch could not have been selected for the position. His whole effort seemed to be to make all as uncomfortable and unhappy as possible. Even in my case, after having been written to in my behalf by his own daughter, informing me of it, and saying that, notwithstanding, if orders were received, he would shoot me as soon as another.--Lieutenant Smith, of the Eleventh regulars, is a fit companion for him. Li
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