From the South.
Our Southern exchanges furnish some items of news.
The firing on the flag of truce in Tennessee
was a serious affair, and resulted in a loss of 16 killed, wounded, and missing, on the Confederate
A letter to the Knoxville Register
, dated Camp Evans, July 24th, gives the following account of the affair:
having been to the enemy's lines, and handed over the two Surgeons recently captured at Murfreesboro
', were returning in the direction of Tazewell
They were accompanied by some Federal officers, who rode at the head of the column.
When about three- miles from the river, where the road leading from Tazewell
to the Gap forks
--one le by the bridge, the other by the ford — the rear of the escort (Capt. Langford
's company) was first fire into.
They immediately spurred their horses and pushed forward at the best speed.
Their front war met with a murderous fire.
In vain did Col. Keigoin
, of the 42d Indiana regiment, call to them to cease firing, as they were firing spouse was your flag of truce." Firing until they could see no object to fire at, they ceased, every horse having been killed or had thrown his rider.
So soon as they had found out they were firing on a flag of truce, they laid down their arms, pick, the nearest houses.
Wagons were immediately sent for at the Gap
They came and rendered all the aid that humanity could dictate.
and private George O. Moody
were instantly killed.
Twelve others were wounded — some of them seriously.
R. W. Walker
, James Kennedy
, T. G. Rogers
, A. G. Langford
, John Bowers
, N. Y. Colvin
, W. W. Lloyd
, are those whose wounds are the most dangerous.
R. A. Armstrong
, W. G. Taylor
, J. P. Rhoton
, Samuel Moser
and others are slightly wounded.
, M. J. Dobklus
, H. C. Dameron
and W. W. Carter
are missing up to this hour--(of the 24th, 7 o'clock A. M.) Many fears are entertained for their safety.
The captain is supposed to be wounded.
tries to excuse himself by saying that he had ordered Colonel Carter
's regiment to make a forced march, and cut off our advance pickets at Big Springs
He says that he then received intelligence of our cavalry going in the direction of the Gap
under a flag of truce.
He then says that he saw an order to Col. Carter
that a flag of truce was within their lines, and not to fire on them.
excuses himself by saying that he never received any order whatever.
Miserable excuse for such a cold-blooded murder, unparalleled in the annals of war. It appears that it was a premeditated affair on the part of Col. Carter
He had stationed his men for more than a mile in ambush.
He then was too cowardly to halt our squadron, after having been told by citizens that it was a flag of truced Some of his own men told him that it was a flag of truce, and did not fire at all.
Put the best face on this we may, there is something dark and criminal about the unformatted and fatal affair.
Sorrow and gloom pervades the encampment of the Peck Light Dragoons.
Those youths that fell were noble young men. Lieut. Kimbrough
was a promising officer, much beloved by the entire command.
We published a few days ago an order issued by Lieut.-Col. Parkhurst
, one of the Federal
officers captured by Forrest
, when in command of Murfreesboro
', prohibiting all business and professional men in that place from pursuing their calling, unless they should take the oath of allegiance to the United States
The order embraced ministers of the Gospel.
, who resides a few miles from Knoxville
, recently received a letter giving an account of the death of his aged mother at Murfreesboro
'. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in that town, of which Dr, Egleton is pastor, and had been a member for perhaps 50 years, In consequence of the barbarous edict her remains were interred without any funeral services — not even a prayer was offered at the grave.
A Negro's prayer in Memphis.
Tom, the preacher at the African church in Memphis
, delivered the following prayer there on the 15th ult. The Yankee provost guard, it is presumed, were not ‘"around."’
, hab mercy on us all ! Bless our land and country.
Grants us rain, that we hab good crops, and blessed with plenty in this time of trouble.
children. They have been kind and good to us; bless them in these troublesome times.
, bless massa Jeff. Davis
! O, Lord
, bless our army and our brave soldiers, that are fighting the battle of our country against our enemies that are invading our happy country.
, give them success ! O, Lord
, bless our sick and wounded soldiers, and grant that they may be restored to health, and enabled to go and join their brothers in fighting the battles of our country against our enemies — Bless us all as thou seest we need, and take care of us, and save us, is my prayer.
A Straggler caught.
The Dalton (Ga.) Times
a stranger arrived in that city a few days since and put up at the-Las seen House
, of whom the following is a history:
The next day he entered the room of a gentlemen, who was asleep, and attempted to steal his pocket-book; but in this he was failed, as the gentleman happened to wake just as the thief was in the act of slipping the stolen article in his pocket.
He was immediately arrested and lodged in jail.--He first said his name was Roberson
, and afterwards Griffin
; that he was from Boston
; belonged to the City Guards from that city, a company in McClellan
's army; that he was in the recent battles near Richmond
; that he got separated from the army when McClellan
retreated, went to Richmond
, Joined a Confederate cavalry company, bought (stole
) a transportation ticket from a soldier named A. G. Roberson
, belonging to the 10th Alabama regiment, and was on his way to see an adut residing in Montgomery