Notes of the war.
The subjoined extracts embrace a variety of incidents, as well as some comments upon recent occurrences, which will be perused with interest:
Effect of the battle in Missouri.
A correspondent of the St. Louis Republican (abolition) communicates the following to that paper, dated Rolla, Mo.
, Aug. 21:
The present stampede from Southwest Missouri
no doubt exceeds anything of the kind in modern times.
No one who has not been an eye-witness can form any correct idea of it. As the train came on I fell in with it at Lebanon
, the place of my residence, and continued with it to this place.
I learn from those who came in with it from Springfield
, that on the army returning after the battle on the evening of the 10th inst., it was determined to retreat towards Rolla
, in order to save the baggage train, which is said to be worth one and a half millions.
Accordingly orders were given to that effect, and the march commenced about 3 o'clock A. M., the large baggage train moving off in advance, while the main army was kept in the rear for defence.
By daylight the whole army, Home Guards, citizens, families, &c., had left the place, leaving the heretofore populous little city of Springfield
almost without inhabitants.
The march was continued during the entire day, making about twenty-five miles. And when night came on, and not being able to reach a suitable place for encampment, a halt was made on the roadside till next morning.
The next day the march was continued five miles to the Meango, when the army encamped and remained till the next day. Here, I understand, refreshments were taken in the way of a meal for the first time after the battle on Saturday, making some three days, or nearly so. The next day (Tuesday) the line of march was taken up, and the train arriving at Lebanon
about noon, halted two or three hours, when the writer had the pleasure and honor of having Generals Sweeney
, and others, as guests during their stay.
In the evening the train moved forward, coming some seven miles and encamping for the night.
In passing the residence of Judge Hooker
, near Lebanon
, a couple of kegs of powder were found concealed in some oats.
was taken into custody, and brought on and kept until next morning, when he was released, as I have been informed, on the ground that he is a good Union man, and, of course, had no hand in concealing the powder in his barn.
This will be news to his neighbors.
The army and the train was quite an imposing spectacle, consisting of several hundred wagons, about 5,000 troops, 2,500 Home Guards, many citizens, together with a large number of families, in wagons, buggies, stage coaches, &c., running the entire number up to near 10,000.
But few, if any such spectacles have been witnessed.
The crowd was composed of persons of all ages and conditions of life.
There was the judge, the attorney, merchant, the doctor, the minister, the farmer, the mechanic, and those of every other occupation and calling — all having left their homes, with most of their interests behind, to fall into the hands of men who have shown themselves to be capable of almost anything that human depravity might prompt.
To one not interested in the affair, it was evidently an affecting scene.
Men having to flee from their homes and families, leaving their wives and little ones behind, probably to be stripped of all they have, and turned out of house and home, and have to suffer or go begging for a morsel of bread — men who are good and loyal citizens, who have labored with might and main to prevent the very evils that are now heavily pressing upon us all, and who are chargeable with no offence whatever, but simply because they refuse to unite and join in a causeless rebellion against the Government
But so it is. Hundreds and thousands of us found it inexpedient to leave home for a time in consequence of the inability of the national forces to drive back the rebels and invaders.
Some have their families in wagons, carrying what little of their effects they could, and driving their stock, horses, cattle and sheep.
Others, unable to bring their families, have left them to the mercy of the rebels.
Some have a little money in their pockets; but many, and perhaps more, have not a red cent.
Some have a change of raiment, others have none.
Most of the horses are unshod and tender-footed, having traveled far over bad roads.
The vast crowd of men, women and children, together with their horses and mules, must eat and live, and some must bear the burden, and many having no money those among whom they stay must do it.
Incident of the battle.
The most remarkable case of heroism yet recorded in this war, is that of Adjutant C. H. Bennet
, of the Fifth Missouri Regiment, who deliberately sacrificed himself to his keen sense of honor and duty.
The account of this deed we have through the enemy's statements in the St. Louis Republican, as follows:
When Colonel Deitzler
led the charge down the hill, after discovering that a large force of the enemy was closing in to the right and left in an effort to surround his little force, he ordered a retreat.
Amid the noise and confusion of the constant firing of musketry and roaring of artillery, the order was not heard by Captain Clayton
, who continued to advance until he came to the brow of the hill, where he discovered a regiment of men whom he supposed, from their uniform, to be Siegel
's regiment, advancing towards him at right angles.
asked the Captain
where the enemy were?
He replied by pointing in the direction of the retreating rebel forces, and immediately commenced aligning his company upon the right of the regiment.
All at once Captain Clayton
mistrusted that he was in a trap, and looking towards the Colonel
, he recognized an old acquaintance, being no less than Colonel Clarkson
, of Kansas
-Border-Ruffian notoriety, ex- Postmaster of Leaven-worth city.
then gave the command, ‘"right oblique, march."’ When he had moved his company a distance of about thirty paces from the enemy's line, the Adjutant
of the rebel regiment rode rapidly towards him, and commanded him to halt.
He did so, and immediately brought his company to an ‘"about face,"’ fronting the enemy's line.
The Adjutant asked, ‘"What troops are these?"’ ‘ "I belong to the First Kansas Regiment,"’ replied the Captain
; ‘"who are you?"’ ‘"I am the Adjutant
of the Fifth Missouri Volunteers."’ ‘ "What; Confederate or United States
?"’ ‘"Confederate."’ ‘ "Then dismount, d — a you; you're my prisoner,"’ said the Captain
, presenting his pistol.
He obeyed, and, upon the demand of the Captain
, delivered over his sword.
‘"Now,"’ says the Captain
, ‘"order your men not to fire, or you're a dead man,"’ and commenced moving backward with his company, holding the Adjutant
between himself and the rebel forces.
The Adjutant ordered his man to open fire, which they did, and the Captain
shot the Adjutant
with his pistol.
At the same moment a Sergeant of Capt. Clayton
's company thrust his bayonet through the body of the Adjutant
, pinning him to the ground and leaving his gun sticking in his body.
then ordered his men to run for their lives, which they did.
The daring exploit of the steamer Harmony.
A correspondent of the Portsmouth Transcript
writes from Camp Grimes, August 31st, as follows:
We were much surprized yesterday to see the little steamer Harmony
steaming past out post, bound up James river
She was guilty dreaded with and appeared to be quite crowded with persons.
The most prominent feature aboard, however, was a large gun, mounted on a high carriage, and poking his head candidly over the how of the steamer.--Numerous were the opinions expressed as to the object of her mission, and we were startlingly a maned to see her pass such an effective
blockade as Old Abe has been pleased to establish at Newport News.
We fully expected every moment to witness a shot from the Savannah
, but, to our astonishment, as soon as the Harmony had gotten about two miles on the other side of the blockade, she belched forth a hearty ‘"good morning"’ from her gallant war-dog to those on board the Savannah
did not reply to the first salutation, so the Harmony got mad and fired again, which drew a shot from the enemy.
The engagement now became general.
The crew of the H. appeared to be very cool and unexcited, while the Savannah
seemed to be so mad that she tried to tear herself to pieces by firing broadsides at our steamer.
All of her firing proved of no avail, and the shots which were fired from the enemy's battery at Newport News shared the same fate.
There were crowds of spectators on our shore, composed of Georgia
soldiers, besides ourselves, and numerous were the hisses given as the shots of the enemy fell far short of our gallant little steamer, while long and loud were the shouts as each of our missiles fell near the ship of the heartless invaders.
Several of the Harmony
's shots were not seen to fall and we are forced to the conclusion that they struck the ship.
In coming back, our steamer appeared to run so close to the enemy that we greatly feared for her safety, but were glad to see her ride defiantly by a force so much her superior in strength.
We gave her a salute expressive of admiration, as she rode gallantly past our battery.
Surely such a daring exploit should gain the admiration of every true Southerner .
The Bull run Combat.
List of the Killed, Wounded and Missing in the Battle of Bull Ran, fought July 18th, 1861.
Washington Artillery, Major J. B. Walton
--Private G. W. Muse
--Captain B. F. Eschleman
, below knee; Privates H. H. Baker
, leg; H. Tully
, mouth; H. L. Zecal
, face; J. A. Tariton
, below knee.
Seventh Louisiana Regiment. Colonel H. Hays, Commander
--Privates J. S. Brooks
and Miles Smythe
--Privates P. Crim
, J. McMann
Seventh Virginia Regiment. Lieut. Colonel Williams
--Private J. Brown
, slight; Privates B. F. Fielding
, L. Toombs
, W. Hockstep
, H. C. Burrows
, S. McDede
1st Virginia Regiment, Major F. G. Skinner
--Lt. H. H. Miles, Corporal
, J. S. Mallory
, J. S. Wilkinson
, M. A. Barnes
, W. Diacont
--Capt. J. K. Lee
, severely — since died; Lieuts. W. W. Harrison
, slight — foot; Wm. English
, slight; Sergeants
, slight — hand;--Rankin
, slight; Privates
-- Lu z slight — head;--Kepler
, breast; Andrew Forsight
, slight; John Hamilton
; M. Redmond
, severe; J. L. Whitaker
, severe; J. W. Driscole
, severe; M. Hughes
, severe; R. Ashby
, H. Ashby
, J. P. Knoff
, J. H. Morgan
, J. D. Harman
, W. E. Cree
,--Gotbier, H. Buhel
11th Virginia Regiment, Col. S. Garland, Jr.
--Major Carter H. Harrison
--Private Andrew Thomas
, slight; Wintree Bradley
, slight; M. Badford
17th Va., Regiment, Col. M. D. Corse
--Private Thomas R. Sangster
, badly; Presstman
, badly; Shackleford
, slight; Lieut. Charles Jarvis
, slight; Privates A. D. Warfield
, slightly.; C. G. Edwards
, E. Donnelly
, slightly; J. W. Sexton
, severely and missing; T. Beake
, slightly; George Lyle
, slightly; John Withers
, slightly; William McCune
, D. Murphy
, badly.; A. C. Sinclair
Killed, 13; wounded, 53; missing, 2.
, A. A. Gen
G. T. Beauregard
[* * Col. P. T. Moore
commanded the 1st Regiment until disabled by a wound, as appears by Gen. Beauregard
J. W. Sexton
, who appears among the ‘"missing"’ is in hospital.]
We learn the subjoined facts from the Atlanta (Ga.)
, of Conn.
, commanded the centre of McDowell
's army at the great battle of Manassas Plains
on the 21st ult. This identical Brigadier- General Tyler
a few years ago was the Superintendent
of the Macon and Western Railroad, and we have recently heard that he is yet a large stockholder in that road.
The son of Brigadier General Tyler
, of the ‘"Grand Army"’ of invasion, is at present the Superintendent
of the Macon and Western Railroad.
When he shall have amassed a handsome fortune by the supervision of Southern railroads, the example of his father may be followed, he will return to his native Connecticut
, and in all probability will be a Brigadier-General
in the next ‘"Grand Army"’ of invasion.
A Virginia killed in Missouri.
Among the Southern
officers killed at the battle of Oak Hill
was Gen. R. L. Armistead
The Fort Smith Times says:
His remains arrived here on Sunday evening last, and were interred on Monday near this place.
A. was a native of Virginia
, and lately removed to this county with his family.
He was about sixty years of age, and leaves a large family.
He was a member of the Methodist Church, an excellent man, always laboring for the welfare of his family.--Our acquaintance was limited with him, but we can say his bearing was that of a gentleman.
The Alien act.
A correspondent of the Mobile Tribune, referring to the meaning of the recent act passed by the Confederate Congress, says:
I am an Alabamian, but still if there is a doubt let us all take the oath.
Just as soon as the books are open I intend to take it, and then I can have my own opinions of those who do not take it, and act accordingly.
Upon which the Nashville Gazette comments as follows:
" talks sense.
We shall imitate his wholesome example in voluntarily taking the oath to support the Constitution
of the Confederate States
, and should be glad to see every true Southern man do the same.
Such a course will be at least one of the means of separating the wheat from the chaff.
We are not willing to wait to be reported, thus affording room for suspicion as to our loyalty to the cause of Southern independence.
Socks for the army.
The Vicksburg Whig says that nearly every lady, old and young, in Warren county
, is busily engaged knitting socks for the soldiers, and that the result of their labor will soon be collected together and sent on to the army.
The worthy example should be followed in every county, city and town throughout the South
More Lincoln Outrages.
A New York letter of August 31st, says:
A Mr. Wineman
and Mr. Mordecal
, both of Charleston
, S. C. arrived by the City of Washington
Letters were found upon them by Inspectors Brown
, directed to parties in Charleston
, which will be forwarded for examination to the authorities in Washington
Wineman, who is a druggist, had his pockets full of lancets — some 150 in all.
Forty thousand dollars belonging to parties in the Confederate States
was seized yesterday at the Park Bank.
The seizure was made by Marshall Murray