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Doc. 189.-Morgan's invasion of Indiana. A rebel official narrative. Richmond, Va., Friday, July 31, 1863. To the Editors of the Enquirer: Messrs. Editors: As much interest has been manifested in reference to the recent raid of General Morgan, I have thought it but right to add my mite to assist in appeasing the appetite of the public who are eagerly devouring every morsel or crumb of news coming from General Morgan's command. Sincerely sorry that the Federal gunboats cut off the finishing of the account, I shall at once commence. The command of General J. H. Morgan, consisting of detachments from two brigades, numbering two thousand and twenty-eight effective men, with four pieces of artillery--two Parrotts and two howitzers — left Sparta, Tenn., on the twenty-seventh of June, crossed the Cumberland near Burkesville on the second of July, finished crossing at daylight on the third. Means of transportation — canoes and dug-outs, improvised for the occasion. Were met
The fight at Wiltown. honor to whom honor is due. Messrs. Editors: In your issue of the eighteenth instant, I noticed an account of the engagement of our forces and the enemy at Wiltown, on the Edisto River. I do not wish to detract a single iota of the glory that now covers the hereso of that combat. We are all engaged in a common cause, and the defeat of an unprincipled enemy is our only aim, our highest ambition. That attained, we are a happy, free, and independent people. We would not have serious contentions over small matters. But, at the same time, let us share and share alike the brilliant deeds as they transpire — give honor to whom honor is due. We would not pluck a single twig that would cause to wither the laurel that crowns a fellow-soldier. The Ranger is perfectly correct in his account of the progress of the enemy up the river in the direction of Jacksonboro Bridge. The Sixth regiment of cavalry fought gallantly and bravely, encountering all the difficu
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 7. (ed. Frank Moore), A three days scout over Elk Ridge Mountain. (search)
A three days scout over Elk Ridge Mountain. Red Hill, Elk Ridge, June 29, 1863. Messrs. Editors Baltimore American: On Tuesday morning, twenty-second instant, Lieutenant Martindale, accompanied by Lieutenant New and eight men of company H, First New-York cavalry, made a reconnaissance of the enemy's position and progress from the crossing at Sheppard's Ford. The numerous camps that had the previous evening studded the hill-sides from Sharpsburgh back to the Ford, had now disappeared, and nother column appeared, coming from the river. Our captures to-day amounted to some twenty rebels and two sutler's wagons. We took infantrymen belonging to Eighth Florida, Sixteenth Mississippi, Third and Sixteenth Virginia. Thus you see, Messrs. Editors, we are getting along pretty well. I forward you these particulars as an eye-witness and participator in the honor of most of the captures. The line of the enemy's march for the last two days has been in the direction of Hagerstown. The p
nd unanimously condemned before the civilized world. Earnestly deprecating civil war among brethren, we implore and beseech you to adopt this course, which you may rest assured is the real voice of the people. Guion's remonstrance. Messrs. Editors:--As an humble and peaceable citizen, desirous of preserving the Union in its integrity, and averting the horrors of civil war, and with the approval and encouragement of many of our best citizens, I deemed it my duty to circulate a petitiond call in the evening, Mr. Kennedy would explain the matter to me. This I did not conceive it my duty to do, as I do not understand why any American citizen should be restrained of his liberty when no charge is preferred against him. Now, Messrs. Editors, if this matter concerned myself alone, (being conscious of purity of motive, and yielding to no man in devotion to the interests of my country, whose laws I have always endeavored to obey,) I might pass it by without notice; but as it affec
Doc. 164.-skirmish near point of Rocks, Md. Berlin, Md., August 6, 1861. Messrs. Editors: You will please announce in your morning paper that a sharp skirmish took place this morning opposite the Point of Rocks, in Virginia. A detachment of sixty men of the Twenty-eighth regiment of New York Volunteers, stationed at our place, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Brown, crossed the river at this place last night and marched through the county, and came on a party of cavalry of Captain Mead's company, of the Confederate army, opposite the Point of Rocks. The Colonel, with his party, came on them about sunrise, and ordered them to halt, which was not obeyed, and they fired on them and killed three, wounded two, and took twenty horses, with their equipments, and seven prisoners. They brought them into camp this morning about ten o'clock, without getting a man hurt. Among the killed is George Orrison, of Loudon County. Among the prisoners are a son of Mrs. Dawson, one
Courtesies of war. Messrs. Editors of the Baltimore American:-- A happy circumstance took place in the middle of the Potomac River a few days since at Conrad's Ferry, 25 miles above Georgetown, which, if you deem worthy an insertion in your paper, you can publish, and may the Supreme Ruler of the Universe grant that the rulers of the two sections of our country may follow the example set by the patriotic actors in this scene. A detachment of the Federal troops were stationed on the northern bank of the river. On the opposite, or southern bank, were stationed a detachment of the Confederate troops, all within hailing distance, (the river not more than one-quarter of a mile wide at this point.) A challenge was proclaimed by some two or three of the Federal troops to meet the same number of the Confederate troops in the middle of the river, (which is fordable below the ferry,) shake hands and drink each other's health. The challenge was accepted, and divesting themselves o
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 27. capture of the H. Middleton. (search)
Doc. 27. capture of the H. Middleton. A correspondent of the Philadelphia Ledger gives the following account of the capture:-- United States ship Vandalia, off Charleston, S. C., Aug. 23, 1861. Messrs. Editors: I forward you a few lines, to inform you of the capture of another prize by us yesterday. While lying at the entrance of the northern channel of the harbor, a sail was reported by the lookout at the masthead off our lee bow, about ten miles distant, steering southeast. All sail was immediately made for it, and after an exciting chase of about eight hours duration, we succeeded in getting within gun-shot of her, when she hoisted the English ensign, but did not heave to until we fired a 32-pounder at her, which brought her around. When within hailing distance, her captain hauled down the colors and defiantly raised the secession flag. We immediately boarded her and took possession, and placed the rebel ensign under the Star-Spangled Banner. She proved to be the
bles are cow feed, and butter strong grease. Bully is the highest term of commendation, while dissent is expressed in the remark I don't see it. Almost every regiment has its nickname, and few officers or privates receive their legal appellations or titles when spoken of in their absence.--Cincinnati Commercial, Nov. 20 The Boston Post has the following Mark Tapley species of letter from one of its correspondents: Camp gunpowder, army of the Potomac, November, 1861. dear Messrs. Editors: Billy Briggs and I still remain in the army. The other morning I was standing by him in our tent. Hand me them scabbards, Jimmy, said he. Scabbards! said I, looking round. Yes, boots, I mean. Billy arranged himself in his scabbards — a dilapidated pair of fashionable boots — and stood up in a very erect and dignified manner. Those boots of mine, I don't think were any relation to that beef we had for dinner today, Jimmy, said he. No, said I. If they were only as tough as that be
chlorate of potash, muriatic acid, chloride of potash, nitrate of soda, chloride of potassium, potash and pearlash, and nitric acids. You doubtless remember, Messrs. Editors, how a member of the Plymley family was once disturbed, when a British minister undertook thus to interfere with the bowels of mankind, and the inalienable rithe absence of Materia Medica will soon bring them to their senses, and the cry of Bourbon and Bolus burst forth from the Baltic to the Mediterranean. Now, Messrs Editors, I should like to know where our Secretary took his degrees in, Chemistry and Pharmacy? Why this war upon Chlorides, Nitrates, Muriatic and Nitric Acids? Wh87 pounds of gunpowder were consumed in thirty hours and a half; at Badajoz, 228,830 pounds in 104 hours, and this from the great guns only. I appeal to you, Messrs. Editors, should not the Secretary furnish all possible facilities to the Confederacy for manufacturing gun-cotton! In order to prevent the manufacture of fulminati
arrest and imprisonment at Camp Chase in October, 1861, has been noticed, was released on his parole of honor about the first of November, to attend the burial of his wife, who had been long in a declining state of health. Instead of reporting himself at Camp Chase, upon the expiration of his parole, he made his way to Tennessee, and in the Memphis Avalanche of the fifteenth he publishes a letter in which he depicts the great wrongs to which he has been subjected, and concludes as follows: This much, Messrs. Editors, I have deemed proper to say for myself. I do not whine nor ask the sympathies of any one. I am loose from Yankee despotism, and with my musket in one hand and the black flag of extermination to the foe in the other, I intend to avenge my own and my country's wrongs; and, if thoughts of a murdered wife and home made desolate, do not nerve my arm to strength and execution, I should be an ignoble son of Kentucky. A. J. Morey, Editor of the Cynthiana (Ky.) News.
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