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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. C, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1882.
OUR SOLDIERS' COLUMN.
Tlicy Keep up a Heavy Fire All
Along the Line.
A VOLLEY OF LETTERS.
Small Sliot and Sliell From.
Readers of the Tribune.
To the Editor National Tribune:
I saw in yonr paper of August 5th a statement
as to who was entitled to the honor of having
been the first volunteer, and I was not surprised
to see that he is my old captain, Colonel Ter
rauco C. Kennedy, of Auburn, Cayuga county,
N. Y., who claims that honor, and I feel that I
' have a right to share a part of that honor as a
member of his company. I enlisted under him
rtho 16th. day of April, 1SG1, at Aurora, Cayuga
county, N. Y., to serve two years, and was mus
tered into tho regiment at Auburn. Ho was
Captain of company B (which was my company)
Nineteenth regiment N. Y. State volunteers.
He was a good ofiicor, tho right man in tho
right placo, firm, daring, and fearless. I was
discharged by him for disability, camp fover,
and flux, brought on by exposure incident to
camp life, the first day of July, 1SGL, at Wash
ington, D. C, and I rc-onlistod the 23d day of
October, 1861, under Captain James B, Angel,
of Springport or Union Springs, Caynga county,
N. Y., ina new company, got up to fill up tho
old Nineteenth regiment N. Y. State volunteers,
to serve the unexpired term of tho regiment,
which was eighteen months. I remained with
the regiment, under Buriisido's command, do
ing active service in North Carolina and South
Carolina until, tho regiment's time having ex
pired, we were ordered homo to Auburn to bo
mustered out, tho 2d day of Juno, 1S63. I
served twenty-one months in all, threo months
nndcr the first service, and eighteen months
onder the last service.
Now, dear comrades, permit mo to say a few
words right'here. I never received bounty of
any kind whatever. Tho reason why? Because
I did not serve two years under ono enlistment.
So I am debarred from the benefits of all bounty
laws. I did think I was entitled to the special
bounty under my first service, but I found I
was not, for I waa discharged for a disease in
stead of a wound. Why this discrimination
between the class of soldiers who were dis
tharged for a wound and those discharged for
i disease? It is not right. There is nothing
fair about it. Big bounties were offered as an
inducement to men to volunteer in the latter
part of tho war, when a majority of them needed
some coaxing to get them to do anything for
'. their country at a time when it was in soro
distress. But it was far different with those
who volunteered at tho time when every man
carried his heart and hand into tho great strug
gle for the preservation of the Union. "First
come first served" was not the reward meted
out to us. I was one of the first volunteers and
will bo one of the last served.
Question : Does the desertion bill, section 1,
remove tho bar which stands between me and
my bounty? I served faithfully until the expi
ration of my term of enlistment under the last
service, but I was prevented from completing
my first term of service by reason of disease
contracted in tho lino of duty. I receivedfwo
honorablo discharges, and they aro "both on
record here now for safe keeping and future
Here is long life to the Editor of tho peerless
advocate of soldiers' rights The National
Heney F. Jennee.
Ithaca, Mich., August 21.
If itcanbeproved to satisfaction of ihe Adju-
tant General that he was prevented from com
pleting first service by reason of disease, the
charge can be removed, but ho is not entitled to
pay during absence, and only to the bounty that
had accrued when ho left tho company. Ed.
A FEW FACTS PLAINLY STATED.
To the Editor National Tribune:
The disgraceful attacks of tho New York Sun
on the pension appropriation bill is like the
Test of its cowardly conduct toward the sol
diers. When it says, in speaking of the arrear
ages, "the soldiers never asked for these allow
ances," it states what it knows to bo false. Tho
soldiers did and do ask for it, and they are enti-
j tied to it, and no better evidence is needed to
prove the debt a just one than the fact that tho
Sun opposes it. Asa rulo, whatever it antagonizes
goes tho other way. In speaking on this sub
ject of arrearages to our soldiers, the Philadel
phia Ledger of November 22, 1881, says : "Very
iew people, probably, will take any exception
to the principle that disabled soldiers and sail-
ors of the Union should bo cared for by tho
Government, nor to the other principle that
pensions should be equalized, by the payment of
arrearages to those who have recently been ro
duccd to the necessity of calling upon tho
Government for help." Such an argument,
coming, as it docs, from a careful, conservative
paper, carries with it moro influence regarding
the just payment of arrearages to our soldiers
than all the arguments of the Sun can offset in
a year. With tho aid of The National Trib-
vxe and tho soldiers throughout tho country
it is only a question of time when Congress
will be compelled to do full and equal justice
to all alike. I have often thought pension
legislation, during the past winter, has been
aided by the Herald, Tribune, Sun, and Evening
Tost, because their lying attacks have opened
the eyes of tho soldiers and caused thorn to go
to work and seek justice. What influence
these sheets have had on Congress every sol
dier knows. Sensible men in Congress aro not
apt to be led by a paper like tho Herald ono
that during tho war was continually accused
f giving information to the enemy; while the
Tribune (Imean the New York Tribune), since the
death of Mr. Greeley, has been edited by a man
who was sent from our lines; and theSwn, poor
thing, it never has tho same opinion on the
game subject two days at a time; while the
Ewning Post is edited by a general (?) who nover
Emclt powder, and never had a command. A
nice quartette to dictate how and what to legis
late for soldiers! Even Beck is respectable
alongside of this motley crew, and you know
soldiers havo no great love for him. Boys,
under Teller and Dudley you will get justice-
under Schurz and Bentloy you got but, nover
mind, you know thein.
Philadelphia, August 15.
A TWENTY-NINTH WISCONSIN BOY.
To the .Editor National Tribune:
Your paper is just what Undo Sam's boys
need to look after their interests. 1 have re
ceived and read six copies, and can recommend
it to the boys who wore tho blue. I was a lit
tle over twenty-one when I entered the army
to fight for my country, and I endured many
hardships and privations, which resulted In
sickness, though I never missed a battle that
my regiment was engaged in, and that number
as thirteen. Yes, the Twenty-ninth regiment
of Wisconsin volunteers did their duty nobly
until mustered out of service, so I speak for
, hem through, .your, widely-circulated paper.
They arc scattered far and wido over this great
country; many aro broken down through sick
ness contracted during tho war; some aro
blind, some aro dead, and their families need
all tho help the National Govcrnmont cau give
them. One poor blind man, who was with me
in tho army, has been trying for a long timo to
got the help he needs, but has not yet succeeded
in doing so. " Hopo deferred maketh the heart
sick" is an old saying, and I have waited so
long myself to receive what is no moro than
my duo that I appreciate its meaning, yet tho
members of my old regiment, or what is left of
them, will ever bo found doing their duty, ever
ready to s'tand by Uncle Sam.
Respectfully, yours, G. Short.
Shoetville, Wis., August 2G.
another ex-prisoner's testimony.
To tho Editor National Tribune:
Pour in the shot and shell. The National
Tribune is.thebcst advocate of soldiers' rights
that I ever read. I sco that several bills have
been presented to Congress to pension those
who were confined in rebel prisons. How long
shall we havo to wait until Congress acts on
them ? As to myself, I 'know from experience
tho privations of prison 'life. I was captured
at Chatahoochco Eivcr, and sent to Audersou
villo. As I entered the prison a spectacle met
my eyes that almost froze my blood. Before
mo were forms that had once boon active and
erect stalwart men once, but now nothing but
mere walking skeletons covered with filth and
vermin. Some of them were forced to crawl
on their hands and knees, their legs being so
drawn up with scurvy that they could not keep
in an erect posture. A prisoner coming in at
such a time, unused to tho horrors of prison
life, would turu'palo at tho sickening sight. Ho
felt things unutterablo in the presence of these
half-starved, half-clothed, diseased, and wretch
ed beings, who had onco so proudly worn tho
Bluo. Yet they were neither convicts nor ex
iles. They had loft behind them happy homes,
and Love was still keeping bright tho firo at
many a firesido awaiting their return.- Your
paper is the only one that sympathizes with the
thousands of our brave soldiers who sacrificed
themselves on the altar of their country in de
fense of her laws, her institutions, and human
liberty and that speaks with the courage and
ardor of patriots, and with unselfish devotion
to tho lofty principles of truth and justice.
Our veterans took their lives in their hands,
and pledged their sacred honor to uphold the
glorious cause. Many languished and died in
prisons. The youth of our country and tho
pride of the laud, the heroic sons of worthy
sires and tho honored braves of spurtau-liko
mothers alas 1 thoy havo fallen, but the great
heart of the Nation shall bo their mausoleum,
and mankind shall ever bo grateful for the
deeds they did, and the radiant glory with
which thoy have crowned "tho Nation.
G. E. Kelliams.
in reply to "free lance."
To the Editor National Tribune:
I hardly feel like taking up any room in
your valuable paper wheu there aro so many
to fill its columns with letters of more interest.
I was in tho service of Undo Sam four years,
and ten months of that timo in Andersonvillc
and other prisons. I was taken prisoner at
Piedmont on the oth of June, 18G1, and paroled
tho first of April, 1865. I am very much inter
ested in "Free Lance's" accounts of his life at
Andersonvillc I agree with J. M. Emery that
he is mistaken in regard to tho " six raiders'
deaths." They wero all hung, but when the
ono broke loose, and made for tho-swamp, clubs
were freely used to recapture him, but he was
hung with the rest. But I think it nothing
strange, tjiat, after nearly twenty years, ono
should get things a little mixed. Emery further
says :' JFxeo Lance is mistaken as to tho regula
tors voting themselves double rations out of our
small allowance." I am not able.to say whether
they were cut from our rations or not, but I do
know their rations were twico as largo as ours,
and had they been ten times as large, and fit
for a dog to oat, thoy could havo got away with
them; nor do I think it possiblo for them to
have been taken from our small allowance.
For instance, take two cards of corn bread, or
any other cards you please, of equal size, and
cut one into thirty thousand pieces and tho
other into thirty-one thousand, and tho differ
ence in size of pieces will bo hardly perceptible ;
but let that bo as it may, I don't think it for
the best to diBputo over such trifling difference.
But there is one thing wo prisoners all do
know: that it is not in tho power of man I
care not though he speaks with the tongue of
an orator, or writes with tho pen of an evan
gelist to portray our misery and suffering at
Andcrsonvilo and other rebel bull pons. Its
horrors aro imprinted on our hearts, and its
ravages stamped on our every feature. Timo
can never erase these scars.
Vanettenyille, N. Y.
PENSIONS FOR MEXICAN VETERANS.
To the Editor National Tribune:
There aro no ex-Union soldiers in this im
mediate vicinity, but there are threo or four
Mexican veterans veterans in tho true sense
of tho word, for they aro all old and fast pass
ing to that bourne from which no soldier
returns. It has been thirty-six years since tho
beginning of tho Mexican war. I think tho
average age of those who went to tho war was at
least twenty-eight years 36 added to 23 gives
61 as tho present average ago, supposing the
mortality to havo been equal among them. Tho
result of tho Mexican war was the acquisition
of our largo, rich, and valuable territory on tho
Pacific Slope. The Legislatures of more than
three-fourths of the States of tho Union have
passed resolutions requesting Congress to grant
pensions to the Mexican War Veterans, but
Congress heeds them not. At nearly every ses
sion of Congress, for several years past, some
ono or two of the members havo had a few
words to sayin favor of a pension, but it seems
a3 though tho most of tho members thought
that it was none of their bread and buttor, or,
rather, perhaps, that the votes that aro made or
lost by doing what justice demands, can havo
.but little weight in tho elections, there being
comparatively so few of the Vets left, and they,
consequently, make no exertion to havo tho bill
to grant to tho needy veterans the pitiful sum
of $S per month passed.
To my knowledge, there aro about forty M.
W. Vs. in almshouses in different parts of this
State. E- E. Lunt.
Yankee Hill, Cal.
a comrade's warji interest.
To the Editor National Tribune:
I enclose you ono dollar for subscription to
your most valuablo paper. Keep pounding
away, and I, for one, will keep sending tho
material to help you pound.
Oh, that there wore more of just such mate
rial for journalists and editors as you are men
that are fearless and not afraid to take a stand
on the side of justice and right, and maintain
the position fearlessly not question whether it
will suit this man or that man, this political
party or that political party ; but if you believe
you aro advocating tho side of right and jus
tice, never doviate ono inch, and you will bo
(sustained and prosper in your efforts. You
have fought manfully and bravely in defence
of tho toldlers' claims, and I hopo you will bo
sustained by the vast army of soldiers that you
aro weekly defending, and I am confident you
will be, for the soldier learned, by tho hard
ships and privations and sufferings attending a
war, to remember a friend, and I trust they
will manifest a duo appreciation of your efforts
by at least subscribing for your paper.
You justly merit and have richly earned
the approval Of every soldier in our land, and
should have one hundred thousand subscribers
this very hour, and don't you let up until you
Old vets, of "the G. A. E., march to the front
(aud wo can, to tho tuno of one hundred thou
sand strong) and subscribe for The National
Tribune, and, by so doing, you will manifest
your approval and appreciation of its efforts
in a remunerative and solid way.
Don't stop firing, and when such men as
Senator Beck presents amendments or bills of a
humiliating character, open the grape and can
ister, if you cannot hit him with solid shot,
and make it so hot for him or them that they
will bo obliged to mako a retreat in double
quick time. From what I could learn by read
ing your paper, I think Beck has been hit and
My Post has a membership of sixty-nine,
and I shall never cease my efforts until I havo
secured their subscriptions for yonr paper.
Trusting and hoping for your ultimato suc
cess, I remain,
Fraternally, yours, F. M. J.,
J. V. C, Hudson Post, 159.
Fair Haven, Conn., August 3.
likes nis rations once a week.
To tho Editor National Tribune:
Pardon mo for not writing you sooner. I
was ono of tho Union Veteran sulwcribers and
liked tho paper well and had only ono objec
tion to it. Our cx-Audersonvillo prisoners got
awfully hungry and could not wait a whole
month for their rations. But through The
National Tribune we now got our rations
good aud fresh every week, which is moro
You may put me down as a lifo subscriber
to The Tribune. I was ten months aud eigh
teen days a prisoner, assigned to tho -Eighty-ninth
detachment in Andersonvillc, and was
known as "Banty " or "Pony." I had a red
morocco-backed testament, which many of tho
boys will remember. It was in use nearly all
tho timo and needed littlo watching to keep
track of it. I havo tho promise of some sub
scribers for you. John Walton.
go to tiie tolls with your eyes ofen.
To the Editor National Tribune:
Enclosed please find $12.00 for subscribers to
The National Tribune. We aro about or
ganizing a Giand Army Post hero; Ave had
ono some years ago, but it went down and wo
lose our charter, but as soon as wo find the
number we will reorganize. I think wo can get
about forty-five or fifty members, and I bclievo
when Ave get properly organized I can send
you a lot moro of subscribers. I haA'o been a
subscriber to your soldiers' paper for nearly
two years aud liko it exceedingly well. I Avas
myself a soldier in the rebellion for over throe
years and served in Co. K, First Pennsylvania
Reserves. I Avent out a sound man and came
home diseased. After I came homo Avas offered
$1,500 to go as a substitute for ono year, but
Avas rejected on account of my disease. I
mado application for a pension, got it through,
and received about one-half of the amount of
Avhat tho interest Avould haA'o amounted to in
seventeen years. Whore, hoav, is the justice
done to me and to tho many other diseased
and crippled soldiers who havo been similarly
dealt with? I Avant you and tho many kind
readers of The Tribune to carefully consider
tho injustice dono to tho poor soldier, and hopo
tho "Boys in Bluo" will all get their eyes
opened beforo going to tho polls to vote.
Very respectfully, yours,
, ..f Jacob Mackley,
Late Co. X, First Pcnna. Reserves. '
Ltjcas, Ohio, Sept. 7.
THE HORRORS OF SALISBURY.
To the Editor National Tribune:
I havo received three numbers of your paper
and am much pleased with it. I Avas a sub
scriber to tho Union Veteran, and think my
subscription expires in October, and Avill
become a regular subscriber to your paper
then. Will also try to get you others. I liko
tho idea of E. E. Phillips, expressed in tho
paper of August 19th, in regard to tho prison
sketches, and I think that somebody should
write up Salisbury, Belle Islo, and other prisons,
as avoII as Andersonvillc. I Avas a prisoner
from August 19th, 1SG1, to March lOfch, 1SG5,
(including tho time making my escape,) at
Bello Islo and Salisbury, and wish to stato a
few facts about tho latter place. I was among
the first lot of prisoners Avho went there. Wo
gqt there early in October, 1801, and at that
timo (betAVcon October 1st and 15th) just
30,000 men Avcro there, they being old prison
oners from Bello Lslo. After that many moro
Avoro brought in in squads of from 100 to
500, but from tho best that I can learn, not
more than 20,000 pver Avent there. From the
timo tho prison was formed until March (less
than six months) thero died of this number
12,112, against 13,706 at Andersonvillc. When
Ave comparo the total number confined at each
prison, and tho time the prisons existed, avo
find that tho proportion of deaths Avas much
higher at Salisbury. I am not able to do jus
tice to this subject, but should bo glad to have
some one Avho is tell your readers and tho
Avorld all about tho corn-cob and sorghum-seed
bread and becf-hoad and entrails given to us
there for food. Then, AA'hcn all tho truth re
garding these hells has been Avrittcn, I Avould bo
in favor of confining Congress to tho samo diet
until tho survivors Avero pensioned. I think
that ono month Avould bo enough to wring
justico from the stoutest Congressman.
Yours, for tho right,
Silas W. Crocker,
Barnuuton, Mo., Aug. 30.
THOSE CRUSHED DAHLORENS.
To tho Editor National Tjubune:
Tho narrator of this, an officer of tho First
Ncav York regiment voluutcer engineers, being
in Washington, D. C, somo timo since, and
having spare time Avhich he desired to kill,
Avandered into the Ordnanco Museum, on 17th
street, and, seeing somo 15-iuch "Dahlgrens"
lying on the floor, his attention AA'as called to
them by their crushed condition.
Tho custodian of tho museum, Avhen ques
tioned as to their present condition, informed
him "that it was caused by their coming in
contact Avith tho fort," convoying, at tho sumo
time, the idea that instead of tho "DahlgrensJ"
crushing-the fort the fort had "crushed them."
Tho cream of this anccdoto Avill be relished
by tho army officers AS'ho Avero present on Mor
ris Island during tho- siego, beeaupo avo all
thought that tho admiral kept his iron-clads
" a littlo loo far out to sea." What a different
story Avould havo been told if Undo Sam could
have sent his " Footo" to Charleston?
Brooklyn, August 28.
justice, only justice, wanted.
To tho Editor National Tribune:
It is with prido that I read your valuablo
paper and realize that tho private soldier has
at least one friend left Avho Avill ad'oeato his
rights and proclaim to tho Avorld that what ho
asks for is nothing moro than Avhat tho Gov
ernment obligated itself to do at tho outbreak
of .the Avar. Now, Avhen tho privato soldier,
who became disabled on tho battle-field or on
tiio weary march, and the men Avho stood the
brunt of tho batllo aud staked thoir all in bo
half of their country for tho small sum of thir
teen dollars per month in depreciated money,
ask for that small pittance which tho Govern
ment has obligated itself to pay to them, it is
next to impossible for him to furnish evidenco
enough to establish his claim, while Presi
dents' Avivcs and daughters and high army offi
cers, Avho are already capitalists, aro having
pensions bestowed upon them regardless of
proof of their services or their inability to sus
tain themselves. What tho soldier asks and
Avants is simply to bo paid that Avhich j ustly
belongs to him that ho may secure for him
self and family tho necessaries of lifo and
not depend on tho charities of friends and neigh
bors for their support. May the soldiers' friend,
The National Tribune, never ccaso its
.pleadings for justice aud tho right until all our
demands are granted.
Truly, yours, War. H. Coon,
Corp. Co. K, 45th Ohio Vols.
Springfield, O., Aug. 28.
" pusn theji, colonel, push them."
To tho Editor National Tribune:
Enclosed find $1 for which sond TnE Na
tional Tribune to . Ho Avas a soldier
and I know will enjoy reading your papor, for
nodno Avho is a soldier could help enjoying
;thc many excellent sketches of tho Avar pub
lished in it from time to time. I myself haA'o
much enjoyed reading tho accounts of tho
.battle of Lookout Mountain and Missionary
,Ridge, in Avhich I took part under Hooker, or
"Fighting Joe," as tho boys called him, and
.1 shall never forget Avhen ascending the
ridge at Eossvillo Gap seeing him ride up in
rear of our regiment (Eighty-fourth Illinois)
and ask permission to rido through our lines.
Lieut. Waters, commanding tho company on
my left, gaA'e tho order to giA'o'way to the
right, and let tho General ride through. Ho
passed through our lines, and turning in his
saddle saluted the lieutenant and rode doAvn
to the skirmish line, which AA'as composed of
tho Ninth Indiana, and Avhen near enough
to bo heard, ho says: "Press them, Colonel,
press them'; " Avhich Col. Sherman did in good
stylo. It was here that young Breckenridge, a
captain on his father's staff, rode into our lines
and AA'as captured. He had only left that
part of the field a short timo before, and Avas
now returning Avith orders from headquarters
to somo of tho under officers, but ho found
that "somebody had been there since he'd
been gone." no Avas mad, but thoy sent him
back to Chattanooga all tho same, whore, be
foro night, ho found thousands of his com
rades. The National Tribune is tho best
soldiers' papor in thcAA'orld, and the best "any
man's" paper for a dollar. I take a great
many papers, but there is none I tako more
pleasure in reading than The National
Tribune, aud I shall never fail to speak a good
Avord for it when I have an opportunity.
A. S. McDoav'ELL, Co. I, 81th HI. V0I3.
Clayton, III., Sept 8.
ANOTHER PRISONER'S EXPERIENCE.
To tho Editor National Tribune:
I liko your papor A'ery much, and keep it al
ways on file. What Free Lance Avritcs is tho
truth. I Avas a prisoner ten months at Ander
sonvillc AA'as taken thero Juno 1, 1S61, and
released April 1, 1SG5. I AA'ill not attempt to
repeat AA'hat has been already Avrittcn, but I
would liko to tell you about a bravo patriot
aud a true friend ono Abel B. Smith, of the
Fourth Vermont volunteers. Wo Avero on th
A'crgo of starvation, Avhen ho traded off his
boots for somo corn-meal and divided it Avith
us. When tho rebs avoto taking prisoners out
of Andorsonvillc, Abo says: "Hank, if avo
don't' moot again here, keep this," and ho cuts
his V&l:iuket in to and gives mo half of it.
But, as ' a rulo, Avhile confined in such a
placo, liien Avoro moro liko Avild beasts than
mbnV ""And vAvho can blame thom ? I must
spcak'obont ono of the bravo boys of Pcnnsyl
vania.it Eathor than enlist in the rebel army,
he choso death by stan'ation and exposure
Poor fclloAV, ho died Avith tho scurAT- I' Avas
robbed, at Libby prison, and taken to Ander
souvile Avithout a blanket. Thero I was Avith
out shelter, and compelled to go barefooted
during" the AYintcr of 1S61-G5.
Henry C. Hendrickson,
Co. G, 11 N. J. Vols.
Covington, Ind., August 27.
A PLEASED UNION VETERAN SUBSCRIBER.
To tho Editor National Tribune :
I am much pleased Avith tho change in papers
and shall endeavor to aid The National
Tribune in every manner possible, hoping tho
principles Avhich it advocates may find public
favor to tho extent that overy ox-soldier in our
country may receive his just dues. I Avas a
soldier four years and a prisoner in Anderson
villo, Florence, and Libby eight months, aud
am anxious to see each and overy man obtain
his rights. Enclosed find ono dollar and namo
of subscriber. I -hopo to procure many moro
at an early day. Yours, very truly,
M. II. Vincent.
Paekebsburg, W. Va., Aug. 28.
it "skunks" them all.
To tho Editor National Tribune:
Enclosed please find ono dollar for which you
AvillpleasoscndmcTiiE National Tribune
for ono year. I saAV your paper, and it pleased
me so much that I could not bo contontcd until
I had signed for it. It skunks all tho papers
I haAe seen for good reading. May God croAvn
your efforts in behalf of tho soldiers is my
Yours, truly, M. D. Cochran.
Winchester, Ioava, August 3.
another earnest avorker.
To tho Editor National Tribune:
Enclosed find $1.00 for The Tribune. Send
to Thomas Cole, Fulton, N. Y. If you haA'o
not already received a subscriber for overy ono
of tho extra copies you sent mo I think you
will. With tho oxception of ono copy I gavo
and mailed everyone of thorn ; also, my own
numbers to one-legged and one-armed soldiers
and Aiulersonvillo prisoners. None of thom Avero
taking any soldior papor aud all Iuia'q expressed
themselves avoII pleased Avith it. So much for
the 100,000! I am deeply interested in The
National Tribune, as I am one of the Andor
sonvillc skeletons, and tho communications of
Free iMiice and others aro much welcomed.
Theu, Avith tho avoII Avrittcn editorials and tho
legislative hoavs, and tho manifest interest you
take in the soldiers' AA'olfaro mako it, all in all,
a great paper. Pleaso tell Free Lance lo cor
rect his unintontional error as to Curtis being
clubbed to death instead of being hanged. I
was but a few feet from tho gallows Avhen ho
was brought back and handed over to " Limbor
Jim," Avho, after giving him a drink of Avator,
helped him up tho ladder and remarked Avhilo
adjusting the ropo around his neck, "I havo
been detailed to hang you aud you I am
going to do it." And ho did do it in good
shape. I Avas sovcu months in Andersonvillc,
Charleston, and Florence.
Yours, in a hurry,
It. B. McCully,
Drummer boy, Co.'s B and F, Slst N.Y.S.S.V.
Fulton, N. Y., Sopt. 8.
bitter-saveets of prison life.
To tho Editor National Teihunk:
If thero is a paper in this country that is a
soldiers' paper, it is The National Tribune.
Every number I got Aveds mo closor to it, and
I feel as if I would liko to do something also
to help sustain its attractive features for tho
I read Avith much interest those sketches of
Freo Lance, for I Icuoav tho picturo is not over
draAvn. I tasted some of tho bittcr-SAveeta of a
prison, lifo myself. I was captured at tho bat-
tlo of Chickamauga; was confined in Rich
mond ; sent to Danville, and from that prison
escaped; traA'dcd 250 miles "between tho
lines" and reached a Unioa post; rejoined my
regiment again, and was severely wounded in
the last battle for Atlanta,-September 1, 1S0-1.
My wound is of such a nature a partial loss
of the upper third of tho tibia bono of left leg
that through the hot season of the year inflam
mation sets in, and I am for the time-being
confined to my room, but as soon as frost comes
I am able to bo up again.
John F. Hill,
Late Co. K, 89fch Ecg't Ohio Vol. Inf.
Oswego, Kan., Sept. 6.
Our Sharpshooters ricking off the Enemy at Long
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conn try .''. W. D. Ford, Hortou, Mich. " Your
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truth. Muck that you toll abpnt, I saw with
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une tho best paper ever published for our old
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my bed of pain, to say that I consider The
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Almighty God that the poor soldier has." Na
than J. Marble, Adams Centre, Wis. " I havo
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think more of The National Tribune than
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Me. "I am mncli pleased Avith The Na
tional Tribune; it is doing good Avork for
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Iowa. "I was a subscriber to tho Union Vet
eran, but had I known such a paper as your3
Avas in existence I should havo been glad to
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ration of my subscription to tho Union Veteran."
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ers. Wo h.Tvc just organized a now Post here,
and I Avill do all I can to get my comrades to
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months, and came back a physical Avreck."
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your efforts in our cause, aud hopo you will get
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subscription to your admirablo paper. I should
havo been glad to have taken it long ago, but
nover saAV a copy of it until the Union Veteran
was merged in it. I Avas in Andersonvillo and
Floren o eight months, and Avas an eye-witness
to many things spoken of by ' Freo Lance I
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find $1 for that most excellent paper TnE Na
tional Tribune. I Avould not bo without it.
I applied for a pension in 1S79, and am still
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thero is." David Deardonoff, Greenville, Ohio.
"The National Tribune is the very
thing I havo'lwestf ioeking for. I enclose my
subscription." D. V. Evans, Columbus, O.
"I liko thoitonopf The National Tribune
and its outspoken truths." Avel F. Greon-
Avood, Cleveland, O. "I now receive The
National Tribune in place of tho Union Vet
eran, and feel thaukful to Comrade La Baumo
for not leaving his subscribers in tho lurch,"
E. Quaintancc, Dublin, O. "Pleaso inscribe
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ncA'cr intond to do without your paper again.
I hate to miss a siugle number." O. Beersticher,
Searcy, Ark. " Your paper is all the soldier
could Avish." S. J. Museroft, Mansfield, O.
" Please send your A'aluablo paper to ; ho
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veteran." W. S. Brown, West Unity, O.
"The National Tribune is the only paper
in tho United States that stands up for the
rights of the soldier,' aud it is impossible to do
without it. If some of those Senators who op
pose the passage of pension bills had marched
beside rao during tho four long years of our
bloody campaign thoy would change their tune.
Keep your banner Hying and tho soldiers Avill
guard it." Eli Starncs, Worthington, Ind.
"I am taking seven or eight other papers, but
I do think yours is tho best paper for ex-soldiers
I ovor saAV." H. II. Nanco, Bushnoll, 111.
"Tho year has slipped by so quietly aud pleas
antly AA'hilo reading OA'er your paper that I Avas
astonished Avhen I saAV it had entered tho sec
ond volume of tho now series, yet it seems an
ago from Avcek to Avcck Avhile Availing for tho
noxt numbor." T. B. Doxey, Washburne, Iowa.
" My best Avishcs attend you in tho fight'
Avhich you are making for our noblo cause.
I think every comrade should tako The Na
tional Tribune. I send you threo uoav sub
scribers, and Avill send you more soon." M. Y.
Trough, Parkcrsburg, W. Va. "I find that
The National Tribune is a paper that will
interest all ox-soldiors, aud if you will send me
somo sample copies I Avill do Avhat I can toAvard
furnishing my quota of this small town for
that 100,000. Tho Senators from tho nut-meg
Slate Messrs. Hawlcy and Piatt aro supposed
to bo sincero friends of tho soldiers, and, no
doubt, will placo themselves right, and clear
aAvay any seeming inconsistencies on pending
pension bills at tho next session." Chas. H.
Butler, Oxford, Conn. "I highly appreciate
your paper, as it comes out boldly in behalf of
those aa'Iio sacrificed thoir all to save the coun
try. As my father, AA'ho is entirely broken
down by disease contracted in tho service, is
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canvass for your paper." J. W. Kdlogg, Btir-
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The National Tribune, first, because it is an
"A 1" paper, and second, becauso it is adA'o
cating our rights as no other paper has OAer
dared to do." H. C. Curtis, Juneau, Wis.
" Old man Holmes used to say of his oxon that
they Avoro so terribly slow that if ho Avero to
start for Eternity with them it Avould bo all
over beforo ho got there! I fear sometimes
that such Avill bo tho caso Avith some of tho
claimants for pensions." E. F. Mullin, Mason
City, 111. "I AA'as in that prison-hell An
dersonvillo thirteen months, and our daily
bill of faro consisted of a pint of meal aud a
tablespoon ful of beans, bugs and all. I am
avoII pleased Avith The National Tribune,
aud all ex-soldiers should tako it." Uriah P.
Griffin, Hunter, N. Y. "Find enclosed a re
quisition for National Tribune rations for
two comrades, to bo sorved weokly for ono year.
I hopo to furnish moro recruits for your most
interesting paper." Eugeuo Casey, Council
Bluffs, Iowa. "I Avould take The Tribune
if I had to lot all other papers go. It is tho
beat soldiora' papor in tho world." Wm. Eid-
ler, Celwein, Iowa. "Another dollar for tho
good cause. The National Tribune is tho
best soldiers' paper published." J. M. Crosby,
Epworth, Iowa. "Does tho GoA'ornmcnt in
tend to ever fulfill iCs promises to the soldiers?
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with a keen eye. Money can't make us well,-!.
but it can partly smooth the rugged road to
the. grave." M. E. Coons, Add, Iowa. " Tho
best G. A. E. paper I have seen." G. S. Lock
wood, Rockford, 111. " I wouldn't bo without
it if it cost $5 a year, and I'm a poor man. Every
soldier ought to haA'o it." Wallaco Newton,
Independence, IoAva. " Enclosed pleaso find
$12 for twelve new subscribers." Chas.H.Myer-
hoff, Evansville, Ind. "I admire tho
change from tho Union Veteran to The Na
tional Tribune." Alex. B. Campbell, Albiou,
Wis. "Enclosed find $1. This is tho first
shot from my skirmish line. You Avill
hear more when we get our guns loaded. Then
we are going to advance, aud may pick off a
Congressman or two." T. S. Potter, Dixon, 111.
" I commend The National Tribune to
every ex-soldicr as a splendid paper. It is
worth double what it costs. It is a good family
paper as avcII as soldiers' paper." W. N., NeA7
Answers to Correspondents.
T. A. IF., Warsaw, Ills. Provided the affida
vits were cor robo rati a'o of your declaration,
there was no harm. Tho delay may be with
the witneses to whom the Department has writ
ten. John M. C, Argyle, Mich.l. Not necessarily.
2. Bounty for service in Sixtieth N. Y. vols., de
pended upon date of enlistment. 3. Yes. 4.
Attorneys may collect their fees in advance in
claims filed subsequent to Juno 19, 1S73. 5.
Anxiety, Clinton, IUs. Some time would elapse;
usually, three or four months.
Constant Header, Ticondcroga, N. F. 1. Tho
word "banc" is pronounced "bank." 2, No.
M. Zf. D., South Uoardman, Mich. It depends
upon its number. If as high as 26,700 it should
bo in progress of adjudication.
A. M. O., Fosl Oak Springs, Tenn. 1. From
date of death. 2. Loss of sight of- one eye
tho sight of the other not being affected
"half total," would cntitlo you to $4 per
month. 3. Impossible to say ; the rating de
pends entirely upon tho degreo of disability
and is determined by medical examination.
4. Depends upon the number of the claim. 5.
$13 and $17. 6. Wo should judge about
four dollars; perhaps sir. 7. Yes; where thero
was record evidence. 8. Tho reply to No. 3
ansAvers this. 9. Tho Commissioner of Pen
sions. 10. Yes. 11. No.
W. E., Lafayette, 2lich. It is out of our power
to render the service.
S. J. B., Bellair, IUs. Not unless your hus
band died from tho disability for which pen
sioned. -F. 12. L., Cleveland, Ohio. Your attorney
should inform you of cause of delay.
Sab., Aurora, Neb. If the number of the claim,
has been reached and the evidenco satisfactory
it ought not to be long bofore it is settled.
if. C. W., Kxngfield, Me. No; to the ComnuSv
sioncr of Pensions.
R. W.G., South Chatham, Mass. 1. YoTMnigTu
apply to the Quartermaster-General, Washing
ton, D. C, for a position as superintendent of
a National Cemetery. 2. Upon receipt of
twonty-fivo cents avo will advertis3 for tho
G. II., Marshfield, Wis. It relates to pending
T. M. F.t Bainsboro, Ohio. We do not know
Vf.D. D.S., Cherry Vale, Kas. You can easily
calculate they are being settled at the rate of
2,500 per month.
'X- B,- C, Toniea, Ills. Wo cannot account for
tho delay. You should inquire-of tho Commis
sioner. T. R. C, Plumas co., Cal1. No. 2. Not un
less you get mustered back to the date of com
mission. Lconidas, San Francisco, Cal. Not unless ho
hold a commission as colouel.
N. J. M., Adams Centre, IFfe. Wo could not
tell you whether your papers wore received,
but should think they were, or you would
have received tho package back through tho
dead letter office.
Remaining answers next week.
A"e are obliged to answer certain inquires of the eamo
nature in eacli issue of our paper. While tve cheerfully
furnish information to subscribers in thU column, wo
suggest that much labor, time, aiwl expense mav: be sivotl
both to ourselves and to our cornsiwndents, if :dl sub
scribers would keep a fde of the paper. They could then,
at anv time, turn to the fde and probably nnd the vury
Inquirv answered about which they would have written
to us. "A e trust that every subscriber will profit by tlua
THE GARFIELD FAIR.
Tho Preparation for it, and the List of Com
Preparations for tho coming Garfield Fair in
tho rotunda of the Capitol go fonvard rapidly.
Numerous exhibits aro promised from tho
East and West and tho commissioners of tho
se-eral States are holding frequent meetings
to push along the work. Tho folloAving is tho
list of tho commissioners so far as desig
Maine Hon. Walker Blaino, chairman;
Capt. Georgo E. Corson, ilaj. William II. Mills,
Sumner I. Kimball.
NeAV Hampshire Eon. Jacob H. Ela, chair
man; William II. Whitney, William H. Apple
ton. Vermont Col. John R. Thompson, chairman ;
Maj. Merritt Barbor, U. S. A.; Charles E.
Massachusetts Solomon E. Faunco, Walter S.
Eaton, James G. Hill, E. S. Pike, A. C. Floyd.
Ehode Island Walter E. Gardner, H. H.
Connecticut E. Duryec, Charles Lyman.
Two others to be appointed.
Now York E. O. Graves, DT. J. Gifford Gil
bert, M. Hustcd, Porley DT. Eaton.
New Jersoy Gen. E. A. Carmen, chairman;
John Wilson, John B. Taunor.
Pennsylvania Hon. J. K. McCaramon,
chairman ; K. T. Choyney, J. K. P. Gieason,
H. Brady Wilkins, PaulHersh, John Bingham.
Maryland Hon. William Pinckncy Whyte,
Baltimore; Hon. Milton G. Urnor, Frederick ;
Gen. W. E. W. Boss, Baltimore.
Virginia Frank A. Eeed. Alexandria;
chairman; Payton S. Coles, CharlottesA'ille;
John L. Rapor, Norfolk ; Col. William E. Tan
ner, Richmond ; Col. Robert Craghill, Lynch
burg; H. A. Whalon, Washington.
West Virginia Maj. Theophilus Gaines,
Gen. J. M. Effing, Capt. E. W. S. Moore.
Ohio Capt. Charles E. Henry, chairman;
Maj. E. W. Clark, Maj. D. W. Rhodes, Gen. H.
V. Boynton, Warren S. Youug, C. H. Curring-
Michigan Frank B. Cougar, chairman;
Messrs. J. D. Terrill, D. C. Morrison, Wm. D.
Mack, and W. B. Thompson.
Indiana Gon. W. W. Dudley, chairman;
Maj. L. P. Williams, R. S. Cowing, H. T,
Illinois Col. S. P. Rounds, chairman; Col
A. H. nolt, James S. Delano.
Wisconsin E. 31. Truell, Frank Howe J. J.
Little, William Burke.
Tonnessoo Hon. A. A. Freeman, Col. J. B
Brownlow, John W. Hogg, Guy H. Wines.
Kansas Hon. N. O. Macfarlaud, chairman;
E. J. Dallas, Capt. George W. Weed.
California Theodore F. Dwight, Col. I. S.
District of Columbia Hon. Thomas P. Mor
gan, chairman; F. B. Mohuu, Col. Robert"
Boyd, John A. Baker.
Hon. John W. Thompson is chairman of tho'