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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. 0., THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1882.
The National Tribune.
To cabc ron him who has dopae tme cattle, and ron
HW WIDOW AWO ORPHANS." ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
"THE VALIDITY OF THE PUBLIC DEBT OF THE U.MTCn
States, authom;eo dy law, including dests incurred oa
PAYMENT OF PEMSiMt AND BOUNTIES FOB SERVICE IN 6UP
FRESStNO INeURfiGCIlDN OR RCKIlWN, SHALL HOT 8C CLT6-
TK3NC3."' Sec , Art. XIV, Constitution of the Uwtsd
" i consider it the am.e5t tarer cevoted to the inter
ests of thcsolwer published in the country. i earnestly
covmeno it to all comrades of the order."
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The National Tribune,
615 Fifteenth St., Washington, D. C.
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The National Tribune.
WASHINGTON, D. C, NOVEMBER 9, 1SS2.
Hie number of nexe subscribers to The Na
tional. TKir.rxi: received during the ureJ;
ending yesterday, November Silt, teas one thou
sand one hundred and thirty-six, (1,13G).
The following is the number of pension cer
tificates issued during the month of October:
Original, 1,099; increase, 522 ; re-issue, 02;
restoration. 23; duplicate, 111; arrears, 14;
accrued pensions, 112; total, 2,011. Re-issue
same date, 3. Gun shot wounds original,
4G5; increase, 252; total, 917.
The National Tkihune will send one of
those splendid Waterbury watches to any of
our subscribers whose names are already upon
our list, on the receipt of 2.75. The offer
has hitherto been to furnish them only to
new subscribers, but in response to many
requests we have concluded to allow all our
friends this chance to obtain a reliable
As winter approaches it is to'.e expected
that announcements of 'st fairs will stead
ily multiply, and the wives and daughters of
our veterans will have an opportunit' of
t-nowing their interest in the Grand Army.
Properly managed these fairs can be made a
source alike of pleasure and profit, and The
National Triijcne will be happy to do
its part towards creating an active public
"interest in them.
The personal interest which some of our
subscribers display in the success of The
Tkibtjne is naturally very gratifying to us,
and we would wish that all of our readers
were equally concerned in its welfare. It is
estimated that there are nearly if not quite
a million of ex-soldiers still living in this
country, and every one of them ought to be
a reader of The National Tkiuune, and
will be if our friends will but acquaint them
with its character.
WlTir this number closes the " Siege of
Knoxville." The article has been written in
the light of official records, and is as nearly
accurate as is possible. The maps, engraved
especially to illustrate it, were transcribed
from the topo'Taphical maps made by the
Engineer's Department, and may be relied
upon as absolutely correct. The operations
of Longstreet's command in East Tennessee
virtually closed with his withdrawal to
Rogersville, but the action al Mossy Creek
between his cavalry and that of General
Foster will form the subject of a future
Ai-itoros of the fact that the annual
election of officers of the various Posts of
the Grand Army will be held next month,
we desire to impress upon our comrades the
importance of exercising the greatest care in
the selection of their candidates. The first
requisite, we need hardly say, is devotion to
the Order. A Post Commander who is him
self devoid of enthusiasm cannot be expected
to arouse enthusiasm in others, and enthu
siastic woikers are what the Grand Army
need more than anything else. To be Com
mander of a Post of the Grand Army is an
ambition worthy of any man, but it is not
every man who is fitted by nature or expe
rience to occupy a place of such responsi
bility, and it should always be borne in
mind that it is the character of members
themselves that gives tone to the Older.
The result of Tuesday's balloting was
doubtless a disappointment to some of our
readers, while to others it was a source of
great satisfaction, but whatever their politi
cal predelictions, we take it that they cau all
unite with ub in the hope that the Congress
just elected will prove as mindful of the
interests of our cx-eoldiers as its prede
cessors. Im all probability it will be culled
upon to take action in regard to all the im
portant pension measures now pending, and
tho welfare and happiness of thousands will
depend upon the iwuc. The time has come
when the Equalization of Bounties bill, the
justice of which Senator Beck and other
enemies of tho soldier alone question,
must be precsed to a vote. At last our vet
erans are beginning to realize the fact that
in Union there is strength, and hereafter,
instead of entreating, they will be found de
manding. And it is well that it is so. It is
shameful that the men who preserved this
Government from destruction less than
twenty years ago should he compelled to
go down on their knees to it now in order to
prevail upon it to make, good its promises.
Scattered as they are from J fain e to
California, our veterans nevertheless are
still one of the most important factors in
the politics of the country, and orgnnigatiou
will enable them to make their power felt.
There have been times when it peemed as if
they never would awaken to a knowledge of
this fact, but they are indifferent no longer.
The new birth of the Giand Army, and the
wonderful progress which the Order is mak
ing, are indicative of a general revival of
patriotic sentiment among our ex-soldiers,
and we look forward confidently to the day
when Tub National TiunrxE will have
the pleasure of announcing to a hundred
thousand subscribers the passage of all the
pension and bounty measures for whose
enactment it has so long contended!
The Pension Office.
Commissioner Dudley has thus far been
unable to utilize the largo re-enforcement
to his clerical force, a large portion of the
time of many of his experienced clerks
being requited m drilling the new recruits
and initiating them into the duties of the
office. The illness of the Commissioner has
also retarded the execution of business at
the Pension Office, and up to the present
time the allowances have not been so large
as might be expected but for the reasons
Everything is now in working order, how
ever. Commissioner Dudley is at his desk,
and with his well-known energ is conduct
ing the immense business of the Pension
Office, while the newly-appointed clerks are
settling themselves for an active campaign
upon the accumulated claims. The next
year will doubtless be a fruitful one to the
long neglected claimants.
"With full confidence in the inherent sense
of justice of the Commissioner, and in his
desire to grant every honest claim for pen
sions, we look for a vast increase in the
allowances during the remainder of tho
Letters to the Editor.
For many months past our Soldiers' Col
umn has been one of the most interesting
features of The National Tkiimjne, and it
will be continued so long as there are any sol
diers left to contribute to it. It is impossible,
of course, to print all the letters we receive
in the course of a week, but we endeavor to
extract from each somesenfimentorstatemeut
of fact of c-neral interest, and reproduce it in
our "Small Shot" miscellany. It is no
small undertaking to read through a thou
sand or two letters every week, and it is
an absolute mechanical impossibility to print
all the interesting letters and articles that
our correspon dents send us. The' may be
sure, however, that all letters addressed to
the Editor of The National Thibuxe re
ceive careful and prompt attention, and if
their contributions do not always appear in
the issue immediately following their recep
tion, the' must not imagine for a moment
that their communications have been over
looked. "We are very much indebted to
every reader and subscriber who takes the
trouble to give us, in writing, his views and
opinions concerning matters in which he is
interested. It is by studying the wants and
necessities of our comrades that we have
learned how to make The National Tkiii
une of such great practical value to them,
and, as Ave come to know more and more
about them, we hope to make it of still
greater service to them.
We do not wish our readers to feel that
they are trespassing upon our indulgence by
writing to us concerning their affair. On the
contrary, it is our desire that they should con
sult us as often as occasion may arise, and
that, too, not simply in regard to questions
of pension legislation or military matters,
but concerning agricultural, industrial, bus
iness, and household affairs. We do not be
grudge the time or the labor involved in the
answering of their questions, provided only
that the information supplied through tho
columns of The National Tin hunk is of
real help to them. The majority of the lct
tcis which we daily receive relate, of course,
to pension and military matters, but wo
note, with pleasure, that our renders aro be
ginning to send us inquiries touching
the growing and harvestiug of crops,
and many other matters quite outside
of law and politics. "We trust' that they
will got into the habit of consulting The
National Tcibune whenever they desire
to obtain reliable information concerning
any topic of interest to them, and we shall
do our best to answer their interrogatories
in a sensible and, therefore, satisfactory man
ner. In return, all that we ask is that they
will use as few words as possible to convey
their ideas, and write upon one side of the
Cupturo of :i Locomotive.
The thrilling account of the attempt to
burn the bridges on the Georgia Railroad,
which has occupied a portion of our columns
for the past three weeks, closes in this
As will be observed, wo have published
only short extracts from the work, and have
given only enough to exhibit the courage of
the bold leader and his band of brave men in
capturing a train of cars at a crowded depot,
pushing the engine to its utmost rate of
speed, and failing in the object of tho expe
dition only through the wonderful pluck
and perseverence of the conductor of the
Tnose of our readers who wish to follow
the party through the perilous chase through
forests and mountains and read the graph
ically written account of the capture, trial,
aud execution of a number of the partici
pants will do well to purchase the book, or
send us a club of eight subscribers, which
will entitle them to a copy of tho work. II
is a handsomely bound book of three hun
dred and fifty-four pages. This valuable
work will be sent, post-paid, for 1.50.
Since his induction into tho office of Commander-in-Chief
of the Grand Army of the
Republic, General Paul Vaudervoort has
been indefatigable in bis efforts to infuse
enthusiasm into the Order, and the recent
revival of interest is due in a great measure
to his unceasing labors. Since his election
he has visited thirty-five G. A. P. Posts and
thirteen Departments, has traveled 13,5:10
miles, delivered thirty-seven Grand Army
addresses, and twelve to other organizations.
General Vandervoort will visit Toledo, Ohio,
November 13th, Cleveland Mth, Canton 15th,
Columbus 10th, Cincinnati J 7th. In De
cember he will go to Kansas City on the 7th
aud Sth. lie is making arrangement so as
to be able to visit Encampments of each
Western and Northwestern Department,
and New York. New Jersvy, and Massachu
setts, during January and February, 1853.
This is truly the record of a good work.
A Story "With a Moral.
Ono of the oldest Methodist Churches in
America is Dumbarton Church in George
town, D. C. For one hundred years it has
been the bulwark of Methodism in the
District of Columbia. .Around it cluster the
sacred memories of three generations of com
municants. The burial giound is whitened
over with marble tablets commemorating
the virtues of its membership. It is one of
those land-marks in the religious life of the
country that endears itself to every lover of
the holy cause represented at its altar with
ever increasing fervor as tho corroding
tooth of timo cats away the faded cushions
and leaves his impress upon the time-honored
structure. " The dying flame of day " has
for many a long year " through the chancel
shot its ray," and the old-time brightness
was dimmed by constant wear. Tho carpet,
worn by the tramp, tiamp, tramp of a gen
eration of feet, was torn to tatters.
Dumbarton Church had become more of a
memory than a hope. Its members still
clung to its sacred traditions and piously bent
their way thitherward at the hour of prayer,
but when their more fashionable friends
camo to spend the Sabbath, took them to
more modern places of Sunday resort.
Suddenly the spirit of improvement seized
the congregation, and it was determined to
restore the weather-stained walls to their
pristine freshness. To suggest was to ac
with this enterprising people, and soon the
old church threw off the mess that had
clustered upon its outer Avails and donned a
new dress of glistening paint. A new carpet
aud new cushions added their fresh color to
the neAvly-painted pews aud frescoed ceil
ings, and so Dumbarton was itself again.
Then there came a day when the congrega
tion met for the first time after months of
exile and congratulated each other upon the
home coming; hut the financial secretary
and treasurer came also. He enumerated
the improvements aud estimated the expense.
One thousand dollars Averc needed to place
the old church on a footing of independence.
The pastor called for contributions. One
after another the members arose and respond
ed. " I have been a member of Dunbarton all
my life," said one, "and I love it more to-day
than ever. Put me doAvn for fifty dollars."
"Dumbarton is my home ; charge me twenty
five dollars," said another. "This is the
sacredest place in all the world to me," said
another, " I will pay twenty-live dollars."
""Who Avili give tAventy dollars?" said the
pastor. Up went the hands and down went
the names. One thousand and thirty dollars
av.is the result of this outburst of sentiment.
That is all a simple incident, and one
that has its parallel almost every Sunday in
some one or other of the churches Avhose
steeples point heavenward throughout this
broad Christian land. " Dumbarton is my
home charge me twenty-five dollars," is a
mixture of refined sentiment and business
that cheers the heart. It reminds us of tho
closing of thousands of letters that come to
us Aveekly "The National Tkiuunk i
the soldier's paper; enclosed I hand you five
dollars for five new subscribers." " "We can
not get along without The National
Tkiihtne, and my neighbor is ashamed of
borrowing mine any longer, so I send you
his subscription." These aro pleasant let
ters to read. Sometimes Ave open one, like
that of Thomas J I. Victor, and out drops
a postal order for twenty dollars, the re
sult of a warm friend's work, which he
sends with a kindly greeting. Let the godd
Avork go on until tho veterans, if they cau
not be regenerated as Avere the moss-grown
Avails of old Dumbarton, may feel that a
grateful country holds them in fond re
membrance, and their youth is renewed by
the consciousness that the scars left by rebel
bullets are but so many decorations en
titling them to a Nation's loAre.
Kobtor of Surgeons.
A most valuable book for all ex-soldiers,
and all but indispensable to applicants for
pensions, is the "Poster of Pegimental Sur
geons and Assistant Surgeons During the
War of the Kebellion," which contains their
present post-office addresses so far as it is
possible to ascertain them. The volume
comprises 320 pages, and the names of nearly
8,000 surgeons and hospital stewards, alpha
betically arranged by States and numerically
l)3r regiments, giving the date when each
regiment was mustered out, and also the
date when each surgeon left the service. In
many cases soldiers have met with vexatious
delays in receiving their pensions, owing to
the incompleteness of the records in the
Surgeon General's Office, whereby great diffi
culty is found in establishing to the satisfac
tion of the Pension Office proof of tho origin
of disability. This work enables the appli
cant in most cases to ascertain the address
of tho surgeon under Avhose treatment he
way have been, and upon whose testimony
his long-deferred pension may be granted.
Those medical officers Avho have died are so
reported in this roster, and the applicant is
enabled to at once secure such collateral
evidence to establish the cause of disability'
without Avasting timo in fruitless efforts to
ascertain the Avhereabonts of such an officer.
This work was compiled upon the suggestion
of Commissioner Dudley, and is prepared from
various official records and other sources of
authentic information. The publishers of
The National Tkiijune Avill send copies
of this work for $1.50 each, postage prepaid,
or Avill present a copy to tho getter-up of
a club of ten subscribers.
Mrs. Stewart will occupy "Stewart's Castle"
Alexandre Duraas is an ardent believer in
Wa-shiiit ton Irving is to have a statue iii
Central Park, NeAV York.
General Sherman returned to Washington
last week from St. Louis.
Thomas Heaver has given to Dickinson Col
lege $30,UOO in memory of his father.
A memorial tablet in memory of Dr. Leonard
Bacon has been placed in Center Church, New
General Butler narroAvly escaped drowning
near LuAvreuce, Massachusetts, last Friday
Senator Sawyer, of Wisconsin, was seriously
injured by the upsetting of his carriage a short
Don. Willard P. Hall, Avho was Governor
of Missouri during the Avar, died at St. Joseph,
Mo., Nov. 3d.
Ex-Governor E. D. Morgan is said to possess
tho fourth fortune in New York City. He is
said to be Avorth -50,OUO,000.
EepicsentatiA'c Carlisle, of Kentucky, is said
to bo a candidate for the Scnntorship from Ken
tucky to succeed General Williams.
Edwin Booth will not play in Chicago if
Mark Gray, Avho shot at him some time ago, is
released from the Elgin Insane Asylum.
Harrison Phojbus, proprietor of tho Hygcia
Hotel, Old Point Comfort, has leaded the Green
brier White Sulphur Springs for five years.
Colonel M. S. Quay, Secretary of State, of
Pcnnsyh'ania, resigned his office on account of
Governor Hoyl's letter declaring in faA'or of
United States Senator Justin S. Morrill is
erecting at Strafford, Vt., a building which he
intends to pro-ient to the toAvn for a public
library as a Christmas gift.
Henry George lias Avritten a card to the
public denying the statement that he intends
to bring a claim against tho British govern
ment for his arrests in Ireland.
New Orleans is about to erect a monument
to Margaret Housdiery, tho deceased benefac
tress of tho orphan asylum in that city, and
Avill be the first city in the Union to thus honor
Mr. Valentine, tho varnish manufacturer, of
Ncav York, who is a man of many millions, is
said to take a great deal more interest in the
Atlantic Monthly than in the varnish business.
According to report, his purse is open to the
publishers of that magazine.
General Neal Dow, -the famous Prohibition
leader, is now about seventy-eight years old,
but is so avcII preserved that he does not look
to be more than sixty. He is of medium height,
rather stout, and Avears hcrvy side Avhiskers,
Avhich, liko his hair, are silvered Avith age.
Dr. Gustav duller, D. Fritz Deichmullcr,
Julius Bauscheriger, and Herman Dolter, mem
bers of the imperial German commission sent
to this country to witness the transit of Venus
on December G. haA'o arrived in this country,
and Avill make their observations at Hartford,
The North American licviow for Noernber.
Hon. John Welsh, in an articlo of great clear
ness and strength, answers Lord Derby's Free
Trade speech, delivered at tho recent annual
meeting of tho Cobden Club in London. The
reasons that impel England, Avith moro than
one-fourth of the area of the United Kingdom
in possession of four hundred and twenty-one
persons in a population of 30,000,000, aro given
Avith such force, and so clearly contrasted with
the condition of America, as to call a halt to
tho wild reasonings of Free Traders in this
country, AA'ho attributo the commercial pros
perity of Great Britain to its Freo Trade policy.
Dr. William A. Hammond contributes an in
teresting paper on emotional insanity, under
the titlo "A Problem for Sudalogists."
Mrs. Julia Ward Howe takes up the cudgels
for the Woman's Bights party, of which she is
at once the most shining lij,'ht and tho most
ablo champion, in an article headed "The In
dustrial Value of Women." Mr. Charles Elliott
having had the temerity to throw down the
gauntlet to the Sisterhood, in an article on
" Woman's Work and Woman's Wages," which
appeared in tho August number of the North
American Review, in Avhich he declares, among
other heresies, that "child-bearing and house
work should bo tho absolute objects of a girl's
education," Mrs. Howe comes hack at him in a
reply fourteen pages long, when she stops only
to take breath, leaving her antagonist meta
phorically with not a leg to stand on.
Bev. George T. Eider's criticism upon the
newspapers and magazines of tho period, en
titled " The Pretensions of Journalism,"
affords much food for reflection to mem
bers of tho press all over the country.
" Tho ' great dailies ' of the country,' " ho says,
"are often reduced to tho business of as many
organs turning out their prescribed ditties
according to tho pleasure of the master grind
ers. How many of them shamelessly, oveu
ostentatiously, Avear the sinslor livery of servi
tude to this or that money king. The
laAvful thrall and property of 'ring,' 'clique,'
'corner,' or 'monopolist.'"
This accords so perfectly Avith what The
National Tuihuni: has frequently had occas
ion to say Avith reference to the action of tho
New York dailies in opposing tho Government
in its determination to discharge its obligations
to the soldiers, that it is impossible to avoid the
conclusion, that this, too, is one of tho ditties
prescribed by their bond-holding masters.
In tho language of the writer of "The Pre
tensions of Journalism,'' what can journalism,
manacled and branded as private property, or
in bondago to its advertisers, say bravely, or
Avorthily, or trustfully about anything, so long
as its fetters chaf eand constrain. A A'ofce
that has its price on "'change " can no longer
be depended on as guido and monitor for the
The magazine contains besides the articles
referred to "Disorders in Court Booms," by
Judge Noilson, of Brooklyn; "Advantages of
tho Jury System," by Judge Dwight Foster;
"Safety in Theatres," by Steolo aiaekuyo, and
threo articles devoted to tho Society for the
Suppression of Vice, by Anthony Comatock, O.
B. Frothingham, and Row Dr. J. M. Buckloy.
Tho PhrcnologicalJournal, published by the Act
erans in tho science of phrenology, Fowler and
Wells, now in its twenty-seventh volume, is, as
its editors claim, a first-class monthly devoted
to tho study of human naturo in all its phazes.
Somo idea of its character may bo obtained by
a glance at its table of contents: Clara Barton,
tho American Apostle of the Bed Cross.Avith por
trait; Tho World's Future. Studies in Compar
ative Phrenolocy; Sir Isaac Newton, portrait;
National EeA'ercncc; Alexandria, history, .'cc,
illustrated ; Mrs. Bowman's Neuralgia, Bcnuti
ful Homes, Tho Pollution and Purification of
our Jiivers and Harbors, Occupation aud Lon
gevity, A Physician's Experience in Smoking,
Kitchen Leaflets, Notes in Science and Agri
culture, Editorial Items, Answers to Corre
spondents, Personal, Wisdom, Mirth, Library,
It is not at all strange that from the "City of
Brotherly Love" should come that old friend
of tho ladies, Godey's Lady's Book that is now
in its fifty-third year. It furnishes to all pur
chasers a charming steel engraving with each
number. Its fashions, whether the handsome
colored engravings or others throughout the
book, are a correct mirror of preailing styles,
and have become almost indispensable auxil
iaries to fadirs in the preparation of their
Avard robes. The stories aro bright, and have
I the added charm of being complete in each
number, Avhile the hints as to dress-making,
household affairs, and home architecture make
it Avorth many times the subscription price,
avIi ich is only $2 a year. Address Publishers
Godns Lady's Book, Philadelphia, Pa.
1'etcrson's Magazine for November, it is almost
needless to say, is a good number. The present
number contains many excellent attractions,
among which, for example, area beautiful steel
plate, " Little Bed Biding Hood;" a double-sized
colored stoel fashion-plate: another exquisite
'engraving, "Tho Falling Leaves;" a spirited
illustration of a poem, 'NearingHome,"a ship
in a storm on Thanksgiving Eve; and about
fifty Avood-cuts, in addition, of new dresses,
bonnets, embroidery patterns, cto., etc. Then
there is a beautiful colored pattern, "Cherries
and Leaves," for a sideboard-cloth one of
those costly and reclicrche affairs only to ho
found in Peterson's. The stories are even bet
ter than usual, Avhich. is saying a great deal.
With this number appears the Prospectus for
next year, avIiou six copyright noA'elets will be
given, and more than a hundred shorter tales,
man- of them illustrated. For 18S3, the read
ing matter is to be greatlj' increased. Peterson
is but $2 a 3-ear to single subscribers. EA'ery
hody should take this magazine Now is tho
timo to subscribe. Address Charles J. Peterson,
30G Chestnut street, Philadelphia, Pa. Speci
mens aro sent, gratis, to get up clubs Avith.
The Situation at Sliiloh KeTicwed Who Won
To the Editor National Tribune :
I Avould not for a moment Avithhold any part
of the meed of praise that belongs to Eu ell's
army or to any part of it. But in justice to
Grant's arm j' of 45,000, avIio, unassisted, fought
at Shiloh on Sunday, the Gth of April, 1SG2, an
arm- of 65,000 men under A. Sidney Johnston,
I protest against a quotation giA'en beloAV.
In that unequal contest, from three p. m. until
after sundown, and before a man of Bucll's
army crossed the Tennessee, from our new lino
of battle extending from the bluffs at Pittsburg
Landing to Snake Creek, Ave twice repelled the
Avhole rebel army. In The Tribune of Octo
ber 12th, Dr. A. W. Ellis, of Hamilton, Ohio,
is credited Avith saying at the Ecunion of the
Army of the Cumberland, at Milwaukee, Wis
"In my imagination lam onco more amid
that surging crowd of panic-stricken men on
that aAvful Sunday night. In front a A'ictorious
and defiant enemy; at our backs a foaming
river; in our hearts a determination to do or to
die. Twenty minutes more and all Avould have
been lost, Avith all tho torrible consequences
calculato them who cau of such a misfortune.
On camo the rebel hosts, anticipating an easy
victory. Since early morning they had pushed
Grant's flying troops, and now, in this last
charge, they Avould complete their work of
destruction. On, ou thoy came, until Ave almost
saAV tiie Avhitcs of their eyes, and then the red
light blazed from Nebon's guns, and, as the
living wall in front of us ebbed away like a
great wave, the gallant Fourth division sent up
the first shout of victory that ever Avcnt up
from the Army of the Cumberland. How that
cheer still lingers in my brain. The tide was
turned. Tho field AA-as saved. The old Avar
horse the Ursus-Major of tho quarter-deck
was there when Ave Avanted him, and thero ho
Avill over remain in the memories of the gallant
men Avhoni he led to that torn, trampled, and
The above is fiction in its assumption and
statement, "Twenty minutes more and all
Avould have been lost." Sherman's, McCler
nand's, Hurlbut's, and W. II. L. Wallace's di
visions, with more than fifty pieces of artillery,
AA'ere in line of battle, aud were intact. They
were not a disorganized mob, but an army con
fident of victory. And if Buell's army had
never come, A'ictory would have been ours.
Every man Avho was on the field after the bat
tle knows that the rebels lost two men to our
one. Their loss on that fatal Sunday Avas not
less than 15,000. Their whisky was used up.
Their drunken frenzy was over. Their regi
ments, brigades, and divisions were as badly
demoralized as ours. Thiy had no new men to
put into tho fight on Monday, Ahile avo had
Lew. Wallace's division of 10,000 men! All
arrangements for an advance moA'cmcnt had
been made without regard to Buell and before
he came; and the forlorn condition of Grant's
army before the coming of Buell was in the
imagination of nowspaper reporters, whose va
poiings havo been adopted largely by the men
who have Avritten history up to this time.
Certainly tho coming and crossing of Buell's
army ou tho night of the 0th of April made the
driving of the enemy much easier and more
rapid than it would have been otherwise; but
that Grant's army was in danger of capture or
of final defeat is a mistaken idea.
T. J. BnvAXT,
Capt. Co. D, 1 1th Beg. 111. Vol.,
1st Brig., 5th Div.
Wo cheerfully afford Captain Bryant an op
portunity to respond to tho statement above
quoted, made by Dr. Ellis in his speech at the
meeting of tho Society of tho Army of tho
Cumberland at Milwaukee, not because the
correction made by Captain Bryant is not fully
as erroneous as that of Dr. Ellis, but because
The National Tribune is not the champion
of any particular portion of the Union army,
and its columns aro at all times open to the
soldiers of any army corps.
Tho assertion " Sinco early morning thoy had
pushed Grant's flying troops" is enough to
rouso tho iro of any soldier AA'ho helped to ro
pulse tho repeated assaults upon Sherman's lino
by Hardee's corps at Shiloh Church for four
lorriblo hours, or who held his place in tho
lino any where from there to Stewart's brigade
on tho extreme left, or if ho Avas one of tho
brave men who stood in tho apex of tho lino
whoro W. IT. L. Wallace fell and Proutice
fought until surrounded and captured, Avhich
Albert Sidney Johnston gave his life to carry,
and which the confederate soldiers dubbed tho
"Hornet's Nest," ho will hardly read Avith
patienco Iioav thoy "pushed Grant's flying
troops since early morning." If Grant's troop3
had boon flying all day they had not flown fast,
as it was only two miles and a half from Shiloh
Church, Avherc they Avere first attacked, to the
Tennesice Eiver. Most of Hildebrand's brigade
of McClernand's division made tho distanco in
a few minutes, but nine-tenths of tho Army of
tho Tennesseo fought with tho courage and
discipline of vctoran troops. The "red light"
did not "blaze from Nelson's guns" either,
if by "guns" Dr. Ellis means artillery, for tho
very good reason that Nelson had no aitillery
on tho field. Ammen's brigade arrived on tho
field in time to tuko a hand in the fight and
fire a feAV rounds, but the confederate troopi,
with the exception of two brigades of Brecken
ridge's corps, made no attack upon that por
tion of the line. The remainder of the army,
under Polk aud Bragg, were advancing to ad
minister what they supposed AA'ould be the coup
de grace, when they Avere recalled by an order
from Beauregard, sick in an ambulance three
miles rn tho rear.
The arriA'al of General Low Wallace's divi
sion on the field Avould have been too late to
have affected the result if this attack had been
made, and the AvithdraAval of the confederate
army to the line of the captured aimps gave
room for Buell to form his lines on the top of
There are a good many men besides Dr. Ellis
Avho Avill never forget tho scene presented at
the foot of the bluff when "that surging crowd
of panic-stricken men " so provoked the Avrath
of, General Nelson that he thought of opening
fire upon them, but, with the exception of tho
brigado mentioned, none of Buell's troops
reached tho top of the lull while it was suffi
ciently light to see Grant's line, which ex
tended from Snake Creek bridge to the batteries
on Hurlbut's left. The men in that line had
not shirked their duty and arc not catitled to
the censure that has been justly visited upon
their cowardly companions, but they were in
no condition to withstand another assault.
They had fought all day, many of tho regi
ments AA'ere out of ammunition, many wore
totally disorganized and took no part in tho
fight ou Monday. What AA'ould havo been tho
result of the second day's battle if Buell's army
had not arrived in timo to farm one-half
the Union line, where Nelson and Crittenden,
unaided by a single regiment of Grant's army,
pushed the right Aviug of the confederate army
back towards Shiloh Church, Avhere it wa3
struck by McCook and Sherman and Lew Wal
lace, will never he known. The men who
fought on the left of Buell's line on that day
thought it was a good thing for Grant's army
that they happened to be in that vicinity, and
Avill probably preserve that opinion while they
haAe breath in their bodies.. Ed. Nat.
IThnt tho Funny Fellows are Saylnj in tho XeTrs-
Some women are giddy because they dress in
the heigh t4of fashion. Wheeling Journal.
The lah-de-dah cigarotto emoker may be
classed as " third-class mail matter. Cleveland
Thirsty men catch at straws oftener than
drownmg ones do. New York Commercial Ad
vertiser. No matter how loose an engagement may be
tho diamond never slips around on the inside
of a lady's finger. Puck.
"Isiac, if you are good to-day you may cany
up some Avood, bu. if you are naughty you
must carry it up." Fliegende Blatter.
"Where aro the men of '7G?" shrieks an
exchange. Oh, to Halifax Avith the men of 76!
Gi'e us tho women of 23! Burlington Hawkeye.
Oscar "Wilde had a narrow escape the other
day. A hungry goat attacked him, thinking ho
Avas a circus poster. N. Y. Commercial Adver
tiser. It is plain to bo seen that a good many of
the ward politicians who attend primary meet
ings haA'e never attended a primary school.
We aro willing to take a certain amount of
stock in nowspaper accounts of Western cy
clones, but when an Arkansas paper tells about
a zephyr carrying a bed quilt sixty-one miles,
and then going hack for the sheet, wo ain't
Merchant (paying Avages) "I don't see what
we can do with you, Charles, in our buisness.
Yon aro so stupid ! Yon don't seem to learn any
thing." Charles (coal-deliverer) "I dnnno.
There's one thing I'A'e learnt any'ow as six
tcen'un'd weight o' coals makes a ton!" His
services aro retained. Punch.
Ono day toward nightfall, and in uncertain
light, a man bought an overcoat of pretended
plum-color. The next morning it proved to ba
of a quite too unmistakable green. Betnrning
it to the shopkeeper, that worthy regarded the
buyer calmly and said: "You must have a
little patienco with it, my dear sir; it isn't
ripe yet." Le Figaro.
Old epigrammatic conversation botween a
clergyman and traveler : C. I'ao lost my port
manteau. T. I pity your grief. C. My ser
mons are in it. T. I pity the thief. A more
modern and altogether more Arkansaw Avay of
holding a similar conversation would be: C.
I've lost my demijohn. T. I pity your grief.
C. My whisky was in it. T. Let's look for the
thief. Arkansaw Traveler.
" Jedge, can't a man git a divorce from a
mighty immodis' 'ooman? " asked a colored gen
tleman of the Chief Justice of Arkansas. "Is
your wife immodest?" "Yas, sir; de unmod
dis' 'ooman eben yersclf eber seed." " What
has she dono to show her lack of modest'?"
' Why, sah, she stolo a dollar from me yister
day.'' "That wasn't immodesty; it was theft."
"Yas, I sees noAV. So dat's Avhat yer call it?
Well, I reckon I'll hab to come back wid anuder
'dictment. Arkansaw Traveler.
When young Mr. Dusenbury Jones called at
tho residence of Miss Constance Cortland Van
Eoussclaer he AA-as informed by the Irish do
mestic. Avho responded to tho ring of the door
bell, that her young mistress was sick. Mr.
Jones's face grew visibly paler aud his voice
betrayed some agitation as he asked: " May I
inquire tho nature of her illness?" Bridget
answered Avith a perfectly straight counte
nance: "They call it love, sur. I believo it'3
somo sort of shkin disease." Brooklyn Eagle.
" 'ou say you heard both shots fired ? "
asked an Austin lawyer Avho was cross-examining
a Avitness in a murder case. " Yes, sah, I
heard bofo shots. Dey Avas fired simultane
ously, sah." "xVre you siro of it?" "Yes,
sah ; bofe ob 'em was fired simultaneously. I
Avasn't more dan forty feet off at do time."
"But on the direct examination you swore tho
shots wcro fired ono after another, and now
you say they were fired simultaneously?"
"JessAvhat I said, sah. Bofe shots was fired
simultaneous-like, one after anudder." Texas
Hon. Silverplatcd Coffin Orr was arguing
Avith a man avIio asserted thaj; tho colored raco
never held any positions of honor among tho
ancient Jews. " Now, lookce heah, sah," ex
claimed tho old man; "dat am a fabricated
ontruth, an' hit shoAvs dat yer neA'er read yer
Bible. Hah! yer ignoramers, who Aas digger
Demus? Wasn't he a ruler of dor Jcavs? Yah!
yah ! yah ! Guess dis nigger got yer dar! Whoso
old Nigger Demus, honey?" and the old man
limped aAvay, chuckling heartily at his sup
Xosed victory. Whitehall Times.
A liniry in IMue China.
.From the English Line Stock Journal.
At the left wing of Sir Henry Peck's nearly
completed house at Eousdon, Dovon, is situated
the dairy, which for beauty, solidity, and origi
nality of design has neor been surpassed, and
cannot be matched in all England. Tho floors
and shelves and central tables aro all formed of
slabs of the purest marble, and in the centre
there is a fountain, tho spray of which lends a
delightful coolness to tho air and Arcadian
beauty to the scene. Thero is depicted on blue
China tiles, arranged in a continuous chain all
round the apartment, scenes from every phase
of rural life. Thero is also a magnificent mar
ble fountain in tho large yard beyond.