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d seem that Commander Merriman, of the blockading steamer Massachusetts, lying off New Orleans, had sent a challenge to Col. Allen, of the Confederate army. From the annexed card of Col. Allen, it does not appear that the proposed fight is to determCol. Allen, it does not appear that the proposed fight is to determine anything beyond the individual prowess of the combatants, and may result in the death of two brave men, and nothing more. It this feat of "chivalry" were designed to spare the effusion of blood, by staking the late of large bodies of men, (by whnd humanity, in this age of which we boast, let this practice be immediately discountenanced in our armies. We subjoin Col. Allen's card: Camp Relief, Mississippi City, October 4th, 1861. Frank B. Merriman, U. S. N., steamer Massachusetts: triumphs of our once great and glorious country, let us have the meeting. Very respectfully, Your obedient servant, H. W. Allen, Lieut. Col. 4th Reg't. Louisiana Vol. Lincoln in the South--important arrested. The New Orleans Delta, of
engaged in mercantile business, and was highly esteemed by our whole community for his many excellent qualities. His loss will be severely felt by the officers and men of his regiment, (Col. DeSaussure's,) of which he was Lieutenant Colonel. Patriotic Example to young men. The following letter from a veteran over 70 years of age, addressed to Col. Allen, breathen a lofty spirit of chivalry and devotion to country rarely excelled: Wolp River, Miss., Oct., 7, 1861. Lieut. Col. H. W. Allen.--Sir: I see in the Democrat your notice to the people of Harrison county, calling on us to be prepared in case of an invasion of our coast. Although I am now over seventy years old, I am and have been urging this course for the last month upon the citizens living in this neighborhood, and I think they are about to be stirred up. As to myself, I am ready at a moment's warning with my musket, ammunition and revolver. I lack a good butcher knife. Although old as I am, I think
a straggling Mississippi company at Amite bridge, 24 miles from camp, and captured eight of them. They were in turn surprised by a party of impromptu guerrillas, and the prisoners retaken. The Yankees lost three killed, and their bodies were all the spoils with which they returned to Baton Rouge. The negroes, so far, have proved very faithful to their owners, even under the immediate presence of the enemy. Two regiments of Massachusetts and Connecticut troops went to the farms of Col. H. W. Allen and Captain R. B. Chinn, where they camped, and marauded and tampered with the negroes to their hearts content, but with little effect on the slaves. Only one case occurred where the negroes on a plantation (Dr. Nolan's) refused to work, and then they were told to go off to their white brethren. They started, but were captured and brought back by some planters. In Baton Rouge the Indiana regiment had a row with the New England regiments about the "contrabands" who had escaped from th
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