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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 3. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 4.29 (search)
e garrison require all his time and attention. The Inquirer gives news of the battle of Fort Steadman, which occurred on the 26th ultimo, and in which that unreliable sheet states that General Gordon made a desperate but unsuccessful attempt to capture the fort, but was repulsed with great loss. Gordon is cautious as well as gallant, and I believe he gained a victory. General Gordon began service as captain of the Raccoon Roughs, a company in the Sixth Alabama of my brigade, from Jackson county, Alabama, was successively elected major, lieutenant-colonel and colonel, and promoted brigadier-general, major-general, and I hear is now commanding Early's old corps, with the rank of lieutenant-general. In his case, real merit has been promptly and properly rewarded. The confronting lines near Petersburg are stretched out over thirty miles, and the papers report numerous deserters, who relate doleful tales of scarcity, hardships and despondency within the Confederate lines. How chafing
A mine of Nitre. Santa Cave, in Jackson county, Alabama, is said to be second only, in extent and vastness, to the Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.--Santa Cave has exhaustless deposits of Sulphate of Nitre. During the war of 1812, it yielded its proprietors two or three hundred dollars worth of nitre per day — they having several hundred hands employed in their work. It has been worked on a small scale till very recently. We are assured that the dirt which yields the nitre is abundant and ollars worth of nitre per day — they having several hundred hands employed in their work. It has been worked on a small scale till very recently. We are assured that the dirt which yields the nitre is abundant and rich, but more difficult of access than formerly. It might be well for an agent, either of the Government or of capitalists, to examine this rich mine. It is situated a few miles from Jacksonville depot, on the Charleston and Memphis Railroad, in Jackson county, Alabama
in large quantities. If crude sulphate cannot be obtained in sufficient quantity in our cities, the sulphurets of copper and iron in East Tennessee can furnish an unlimited supply. Our willow, linwood and other trees can furnish the best charcoal. In this connection we will state that an enterprise has already been set on foot, having in view the production of gunpowder material. Messrs. G. W. Rice, John F. Anderson and John D. Borin, have leased the celebrated Sauta Cave in Jackson county, Alabama, and are making extensive preparations for the production of nitre on a large scale. It is also the intention of these gentlemen to extend their operations to include the manufacture of powder. This enterprise we regard as judicious, patriotic, and we doubt not will prove highly remunerative. The powder mill near Nashville is in vigorous operation, and we expect to hear of many similar establishments springing up magically throughout the South, so that, instead of experiencin
Gen. Robt. W. Higgins, a lawyer of some prominence in Alabama, died at the residence of his brother-in-law, in Jackson county, Ala., on the 12th inst. Gen. H., at the beginning of the war, raised a company for the defence of the South, which he commanded, and while in service contracted the disease which resulted in his death. Capt. Wm. B. Isler, wounded at the battle of Belmont, Mo., died at Columbus, Ky., on the 10th inst. Captain I. was formerly from New Orleans, and at the time of his death part owner of the Columbus (Ky. ) Confederate News. Hensley S, Bingham, United States Senator from Michigan, died of apoplexy at his residence at Green Oak, on the 5th inst., in his 53d year. The sick of General Floyd's brigade, recently at Raleigh Court-House, have been removed to Mercer Court-House. It is rumored that the brigade is likely to winter at Newbern. A private letter from Col. S. Borland to the little Rock Gazette states that he has not been promoted to
Also, providing that in case of the death or discharge of soldiers, their firearms shall be put into the hands of effective men taken from the drilled ranks of the pikemen. Mr. Wigfall, from the Military Committee, submitted a report adverse to the resolution of inquiry, as to the expediency of employing negro teamsters in the army of the Confederate States. The report was laid on the table. Mr. Sparrow, from the same committee, reported back a memorial from citizens of Jackson county, Alabama, in favor of a general draft of soldiers, and suggesting a plan of legislation for the same. Mr. Sparrow said the committee asked to be discharged from further consideration of the memorial, since the Senate had already commenced action upon the subject matter suggested in the bill introduced yesterday and discussed in secret session. This measure embraced every object of the memorialists; but for the purpose of exhibiting the spirit of the people of Alabama in military matters, h
The Yankees Selling Negroes. --Some weeks ago a portion of General Mitchell's command was stationed at Larkinsville, a small town in Jackson county, Ala., on the Memphis Railroad. While there they pillaged the country as they are accustomed to do everywhere, and of course took and employed as many contrabands as they wanted, and kept them as long as they pleased. But the hypocritical cant of the enemy was most glaringly exhibited, in that after they were done with the negroes, instead of sending them to their owner or taking them away with them, they put them up at auction and sold them. The Yankees bid on them, but they were careful to let them be knocked off to residents who generally were the former owners, or the friends of the former owners.