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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE WASBBQMi! K CK THURSDAY. MAY 2t, 1898;
FIGHTING THEM OYER,
T7Iial Our Yclcrans Have to Say About
TLcir Old Campaigns.
SOME WAR TALES.
A Iiittlo Joko on Gnuit ami Tom Hisglnb's
Editor National Tkibune: Abont the
lat day of October, 18G2, the 1st Kan. went
into camp at Jackson, Tcnn. Au extra effort
was made to fix up things in camp. Substan
tial bnnks were made ill the ieutP, many of
them had board floors, and the beds were
After a tedious afternoon of hard work
every man was in bed at " taps," and doubt
less all were aMeep and dreaming peacefully
of home, sweetheart, or mother, and when
the Onicrhcs came with tnc aorupt. com
mand, "One hundred rounds and three
days' rations," "Holy Moses," or other ap
propriate remarkp, were heard on every baud.
Ou the line of march to the station the
boys exhibited much disquietude; iu fact,
TnREE CnEnns for Gen. Grant.
they made all the noise possible in singing
"John Brown." On account of the disturb
ance Gen. Grant, all his staff aud his Order
lies were out to "keep the thing quiet"
all without avail. So the 1st Kan., 31st
111., 7th Mo., and. Bissi-U's Engineers took
three long Ireight trains on the Mobile &
Ohio Railroad, and pounded along all night
to Bij: Bethel, where a bridge was burned,
and we were compelled to take it afoot for
25 miles. Grant said he wished he could
degrade the 1st Kan. All day was a hard,
forced march. "We could hear the sounds of
battle far away. Lite in the afternoon, as
we entered Corinth, in the suburbs, march
ing as an "Irish Brigade," with the harp and
Stars and Stripes carried by the 7th Mo.,
here and there could be scrn dead men, shot
in all conceivable ways. One, where a shell
exploded just when he was struck ; another,
where a Parrott 12-pound shot carried away
Lis shoulder and arm.
These things were trifling compared with
the carnage in town. In front of Fort
Robinett, iu the spacs of 100 feet square,
were 400 rebel dead. A forlorn hope led
these brave boys to their death.
But what I wanted to tell yon was about a
little joke on Grant. You remember what
"we used to say, and some people meant it
"Anything to beat Grant." When we lefL
Jackson, Tcnn., the regiment heard of a
slighting remark uttered by Grant. m they
41 had it in for him." Along in December,
"3602, when ihe ttrray was going lo capture
Vickabiirg by going down the Mississippi
Central Railroad, while Sherman would
' lake in " the garrison, who might surren
der to him at Chickasaw Bayou, Grant -was
"with his army, and u in touch " with all.
However, at Oxford, as the army passed
through the little town, the division and
brigade commanders would march a block or
two out of the way, halt their troops in
front of Headquarters, and give three hearty
cheers for Gen. Grant; and they were aft
The time came when our brigade came up
to encourage our great chief with applause.
In front of Headquarters was the General;
on the street was the 1st Kan., facing their
old friend. Lieut.-Col. Tennison, while the
boys were at parade-rest, proposed "Three
cheers for Gen. Grant." .Not a sound or
audible whisper was henrd. Then Capt.
Tucker, on the left, proposed a cheer, but all
vtere dumb. A teamster, passing with his
six mules, said '" Hooraj' 1 "
It is most remarkable lo me, out of to
many men thero was not one to raise his
voice. Not that they didn't like Grant, but
for a little unguarded remark they had him
slated just for fun. Then we were even.
Tom Higgin?, of Co. A, 1st Kan., was a
good toldiur, and, like many good uoldiera,
was lull of tun. He was known among the
colored people withiu a hundred miles of
Yicksburg, while we were near there, in Mib-siH-ippi
and Louisiana, as "Mr. Patterson."
"When a contraband came in he would ii
quire for Mr.' Patterson. They looked upon
him as a Messiah, and he carried out his
role. As a practical joker the whole army
had few of bis equals.
At Natchez, one Sunday afternoon, he
gave it out that there would be preaching at
a plantation a j-bort distance out of town,
and all the colored people for miles around
cre invited to be present. In the regiment
was an intelligent man a modest printer
named Busby and Higgins induced him to
accompany him to the meeting. A great"
crowd greeted Mr. Patterson and his friend,
but Busby was greatly embarrassed when
Higgins introduced him as the preacher.
Soon, however, Buby took in the situation
and gave his auditors a most elegant sermon.
Another story of Tom is concerning a
joke he played on Jim Liddle of his own
company. Jim was a great ladies' man, and
was very careful that his personal appear
ance should not suffer from any little dust
on his clothes or the lack of an extra curl to
bis hair. "While stationed at Black River,
12 miles cast of Vicksburg, during the "Win
ter of 18G3, it was the custom to send a
Sergeant and 10 men beyond the river as an
outpost. Hero passed into the lines many
people, mostly women and children, who
were allowed lo puicluu-c supplies at Vicks
burg. Serg't Liddle one day had charge of
the detail. A day or two after he received
a letter from a young lady who signed the
name of Alice Simms. She thauked him for
the conrtcsy and kiudness shown her iu
passing through the linos; said bhe had
taken a kindly intciost in him; that her
mother was a widow, with a large planta
tion iu Miwiiwsippi and one in Louisiaua,
both being neglected. She had spoken to
her mother about the bright young Sergeant ;
that the mother joined heartily with her iu
proffering him charge of their "business.
Jim had been a railroader under Gen.
McPhcrson, and the General was his good
friend. To him he took the letter, and re
quested that he bo mustered out to enable
him to assume the new relation of a planter
and a prospective bridegroom. Mcpherson
took the matter under advisement.
At au appointed dale the Sergeant put on
en extra polish io his appearance, as he did
several times later, when he appeared at the
picket-post to meet the young lady, only tc
receive "letters of regret," written by Tom
Higgins. Robert Tracy, St. Joseph, Mo.
DruukonnoKS is a DIheaso.
W!H Kond fico Rook of Particulars, How to
Cro " Drunkenness or (lie Liquor Jluhli" wltlior
wriilioul tlio knowledge of the jmlient. Address
Dr. J. Vf. liniuca, lb7 ltuce St., CiucimnUl, Ohio,
' III 111 'Ilk Wftrtm I
HELD THEM AT BAY.
Incidents In tlio Career or Gen. Gcorgo C.
Editor National Tribune: A ship
having on board several seamen and a young
girl who had been taken from a wreck off the
coast of Florida,arrivcd at Ship Island, Miss.,
in April, 1SG2. The girl was the daughtei
of a physician in New OrleatiP. Her pres
ence here excited great interest, and every
body was ready to servo the child. Gen.
Butler employed the best means he could to
restore her to her father. He dispatched the
Chief of his Staff, Maj. George C. Strong, to
Biloxi, a small watering place across the
sound, equi-distant between New Orleans
and Mobile, with instructions to place the
child in charge of a magistrate, on condition
that he would take her at once to her par
ents. Iu dnc time Maj. Strong arrived be
fore Biloxi and displayed his flag of truce.
Ho was accompanied by Capt. Conant, of
the 31st Mass., and a crew of sailors. Pres
ently a boat came off and the business in
hand was made known. The child was
given up in proper form to a person who
was described to be a Justice of the Peace.
It was now quite dusk, and in attempting
to get over tho bar Maj. Strong's schooner
got aground. Upon seeing this, some Seces
sion soldiers ou the shore demanded that ho
should surrender. They tried by threats of
violence to frighten him, but tho Major
simply sent bis "diulcy" to Ship Island, a
dibtauce of 12 miles, for assistance. In tho
meantime, he was aground, the object of
obloquy and instilling menace; but, though
having but two persons on board his little
craft, he was defiant. The Secessionists to
the number of 39 persons came off in two
boats and demanded instant surrender.
" 1 am here uuder a flag of truce perform
ing an office of mercy to one of your citi
zens," said the Major, "and if you attempt
to violate the laws of this snered mission I
will blow you with this howitzer" (placing
his hand as ho spoke upon a round piece of
wood, which resembled the arm named).
"I will blow you so deep into that
your Commander-in-Chief will find it a diffi
culty to produce yon at taps."
Upon this the Mississippi heroes retired
to the shore to consult with their compan
ions; and the beach parley over, they came
out again within bailing distance lo ask:
"How many men have you got?"
"Enough to defend this vessel !"
"While saying this, his two companions, by
action and speech, appealing to the empty
hold of the schooner, ' Be quiet, don'tcome
on deck yet," etc The Major's determined
manner, coupled with the belief in the
mind of the Secessionists that the belly of
the schooner was full of men, seemed to
deter ihcm from coming on board. Further
questions and answers were had, however,
but Maj. Strong repeated that he would not
only not surrender, but that he would pun
ish rebels for this special indignity.
Finally, the H9 Mississippiaus pulled off,
and after a discharge of musketry at Maj.
Strong, disappeared in the thickness of
night. The gunboat New London came to
the relief of Maj. Strong, and conveyed him
in safety lo Ship Island.
The Maj. Strong above referred to was
subsequently the youngest full-rank Federal
Miijor-Geiieral graduated from "West Point,
who lost his life in the civil war, ami the
senior officer killed by Confederate fire from
Fort Sumter. He was born in Vermont and
brought up in Massachusetts, where his
ancestor, John Strong, had secured a grant
of land early in the 17th century. His
educaton was directed by an uncle, Alfred
Lyman Strong, who furnished him with in
structors, and later he attended "Williston
Seminary, Easthamptou, Mass., and Union
College, Schenectady, N, Y.
Finally, iu 1853, through the family
friendship of Hon. Daniel "Webster, and the
kindness of Representative Davis, he se
cured an appointment lo the United States
Military Academy, and four years later
graduated from that institution, standing
among the first five in his clas?, and holding
at the time the highest military office in the
Corps of CRdeti, that of first Captain.
Stiong entered the army as a brevet
Second Lieutenant of Ordnance; was sta
tioned at AVahhington, D. C; Budesburg,
Pa.; Mt. Vernon, Ala., aud "Watervliet, N. Y.
At the opening of the war, the commandant
at "Watervliet openly showed his sympathy
with the Secessionists to such au extent
that Lieutenant, now General, Horace-Porter
and he, Strong, went to that officer, at risk
of court-martial, and asked if he, the com
manding officer, was going to sustain the
National or the Confederate Government,
Gen. GEoitGn C. Strong.
The result was that the Colonel, for
whom and whose family both subalterns had
the highest regard, resigned. Strong was
then placed in command, and nresented by
the citizens of Troy with a fine home aud
equipment, which he subsequently trans
ferred to the Conte de Paris; refusing the
commission of Colonel of the first volunteer
regiment raised in the vicinity, he asked
He was with Gen. McDowell at Bull Run,
later with the French Princes: on the staff
of Gen. McClcllan, and, finally, upon that
officer's request, organized for Gen. B. F.
Butler the military sections of the Ship
Island and New Orleans expeditions, travel
ing through New England, and by speeches
arousing the patriotism of the people. At
New Orleans he was Chief of Staff and Adjutant-General,
and personally led an expedi
tion which captured Pouchatoula, securing
as mementoes the presentation sword aud
spun of the Confederate General, Jeff
Refusing the military Governorship of
Louisiana, which was offered him, he was
ordered lo take command of a brigade on the
South Carolina coast, and was wounded while
leading a bight assault upon Fort Wagner.
Morris Islaud, iu which the lirel colored regi
ment organized in a Northern Stale the
51th Mass. behaved so gallantly and lost
so many of its numbers, including its gal
Jaut young Colonel, Robert G. Shaw, who had
requested f r his reuueut, against Strong's
advice, the right of line.
For this attack Strong was made a Major
General, but ho died in New York, to which
city he had been takeu by steamer 12 days
later, without knowing of his promotiou;
notification of it arrived the day after his
death in the bauds of Gen. Canby.
The inscription upon his monument, one of
the prominent ones of Greenwood Cemetery,
Brooklyn, N. Y., gives his age as 29 year. 1 n
the first part of my story is shown the cool
ness, bravery and juking proclivity of this
young officer. His honesty is Bhown in the
two lollo wing incidents:
Whilo at New Orleans a civilian, accom-
GM 6 Wh Ii
panying the military expedition, came to
him and said that thero was a lot of cotton
hidden in a bayou not far distant, awaiting
a chance for shipment to Europe. Strong
"I did not come South to make money,
but to do what I could to bring about tho
ending of this sorrowful war."
Most of his "West Point classmates and
personal friends iu the army had gone into
the military service of the Confederacy.
Tho following note, published in tho Now
York Tribune, is the other instance:
In your issuo of tho 23d hist, it Is stated by your
New Orleans correspondent thnt I ' net tho credit
for nil those able Stiito psiperi) thnt Gen. IJutlcr lias
lsuid." Though Ihe CScncrnl would. I am sure,
prefer thnt the nrtlclo in question should not ho
noticed in this manner. I cnunol re frit in from stnt
injj llint such credit" i spurious, nud thnt nil
important orders and correspondence from (Jen.
Butler's Hendqunrters are, nud Imvo been, written
by himself. 1 would say. moreover what I sup
posed wns well understood that no atnil' or other
officer in the fine Army of the Gulf ever Imil Ihe
opportunity or Ihe nbility to furnish brains for tho
Gkorge O. Strong, Assistant Adjutnnt-Gencrnl.
Everett llotis-c, Now York, June 21, 1S02.
.Strong had the highest commendation as
to bravery aud efficiency from all with
whom ho served Gens. McDowell, McClel
lau, Butler, Gilltnore and Halleck, then
commanding the army. He waa the author
of "Cadet Life at "West Point," published iu
Boston, 18G3. He had one brother, Charles
L. Strong, of the firm of Leeount & Strong,
publishers, San Francisco, later an associate
of Senator Hearst and others in the develop
ment of the Gould & Curry Mine, of Vir
ginia City, Nev. In 1859 be married the
only daughter of "William A. Budd, of the
then firm of "Wilson G. Hunt & Co., of New
York, by whom be had one child, a son, now
a member of Col. Robert G. Shaw's old com
pany, F, of the New York 7th Regiment, N.
G. N. Y.
The National Government honored Gen.
Strong late in 1SC3 by renaming Fort De
Kalb, Arlington Hights, Va., one of tho
principal defenses of Washington, and Fort
"Wagner, S. C, which was taken from the
Confederates, Fort Strong, and veteran?,
their wives and sons have in several Slates,
notably Massachusetts, Kansas and New
York, adopted his name. "Wilson B.
Stkong, 51 West Fifty-eighth street, New
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As I was walking down "Washington Ave.,
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A NOTABLE CHARGE.
Action of tho 13J.h N. ,1., July 27, 18G4, Moat
Editoh National Tkibune: In a recent
issue reference is made to an event that took
place July 27, 3 86-1, when 200 picked men
from the Twentieth Corps charged and set
fire to some buildings right tinder the guns
of a fort on the Atlanta campaign.
We who partic pated in tho charge are
proud of the action of onr regiment (33th
N. J.) on two occasions, to which I shall
refer. The lines of the armies, mostly forti
fied, were uncomfortably close in front of
the Twentieth Corps, and there were some
irregularities in our picket-line which it was
desirable to straighten, and directly in front
of our regimental position, on a knoll in a
cleared field, stood a cluster of bouses and
The enemy's picket-line wai established in
front of the bouses on the edge of the hill,
while our picket-line was at the foot of the
hill, aud therefore at quite a disadvantage.
Behind these houses a strong line of rebel
breastworks had btcn constructed ; a large
fort projected from this line, protected by
abatis, cneveaux de frizc and other obstruc
tions which made them invulnerable; but
this fort could not be seen by our batteries
posted on the hill alongside of the Atlanta
Gen. Hooker's attention was called lo this
fact, and a person familiar with the rebel
line stated that it' these houses could be
destroyed the rclel works and the fort would
be uncovered and exposed to view. The
houses (seemed to stand as a menace to our
army, and as our brigade occupied a promi
nent position in their front, the question of
charging the enemy's line and setting fire to
them was frequently discussed, hut no one
seemed to crave the duty. It was a hazard
ous undertaking, and yet the feeling seemed
to grow that somebody would have to per
form the work.
It was determined that the movement
should be made, and with the view of attract
ing the attention of the cncni', it was ordered
that a united demonstration along the entire
line be made by one regiment selected from
each division, under cover of which the
work should be accomplished.
The 33th N. J. was selected for this im
portant special duty from the First Divition
of the Twentieth Corps.
Orders came from Brigade Headquarters
for a detail of two men from each company
inJ.be regiment lo report there for instruc
tions. Volunteers were called for, aud a
prompt response was made, and they were
known as the "firing party". They were
each furnished with a bundle of split shingles
and plentifully supplied with hemp aud
other inflammable material. The regiment
was assembled in light marching order, and
it became evident that wo had once more
been selected for eoiiic important special
duty, whicb we soon learned was the 'firing
of the houses.
The regiueut then moved into the woods
on the left of our breastworks, our guns
being carried at a "trail," and halted near
the picket reserve post of the First Brigade,
where we lay down upon the ground. The
formation of the regiment was eight com
panies in the front liue-and two companies
When all was ready for tho charge, Col.
Carman gave tho signal the waving of a
white handkerchief -lo our battery ou the
hill, which at once began firing on the
enemy's line. By this time the whole army
seemed to have a knowledge of what was
going on. From the breastworks for over a
mile there was an unobstructed view of our
situation, aud thousands of anxious men
were watching us with a deep interest. For
the time we held that vast audience spell
bound. The mission on which we were engaged was
an important one and daugerouj. The
enemy had a very strong force in the rifle
pit, and backed as these were by a strong
fortified line of breastworks, the duly im
posed upon us seemed very difficult and ex
tremely hazardous. When tho fourth shot
was fired from the battery, the first lino
arose and moved 6teadily forward.
As we entered the cleared ground some of
tho rebel skirmishers fired at us, but we
pushed .on aud mounted the rifle-pits. So
rajiidly was the movement executed that
but few of tho pickets of. the enemy at that
point escaped, but'' tho larger number, in
cluding two commissioned officers, were
captured. Immediately behind us came the
As soon as tho skirmish-line was captured,
the' at once proceeded to the houses and
applied the torch..' The second lino also
came up on a run, the men shouting and
yelling at tho top of their voice?, and closed
in around the houses. So far we had ac
complished our object without loss, but as
soon as the line appeared on the top of the
hill the enemy poured a heavy fire into us
from their breastworks, and the gun3 in the
fort opened fnll upon us.
The first fire from the enemy's artillery
struck Ordcrly-Serg't Richard Brown, taking
offoneof his legs, from the effects of which be
soon died. The commands of the Confeder
ate officers lo their men were plainly heard
by us. We at once concentrated our fire on
the embrasures of the fort, thereby silencing
their guns. Another battery farther to tho
left then opened upon us, but did no serious
damage. The enemy soon resorted to more
effectivo measures to regain possession of the
hill. Whilo they kept up a lively fusilade
from their breastworks a large body of
troops moved into position some distance lo
the right for the purpose of attacking us.
Wo noticed tho movement of the enemy.
By this lime the buildings were all ablaze,
and the command was given to return to the
Our work for that day was accomplished.
Wo retired in good style, bringing 33 pris
oners captured on the rebel picket-line.
The loss of the enemy iu killed and wound
ed w.is also considerable. As we marched
back, loud and continued cheering from the
thousauds of spectators greeted us. The
enemy soon after reoccupied their old picket
line. Tin's exploit was a frequent theme of con
versation throughout the whole corps, and
gavo us considerable renown. That night
a complimentary order from Col. Carman
was read to each company iu the regiment.
The order conveyed the thanks of Gen.
Williams, our division commander, for the
success of the charge, which he emphasized
by saving: "You have done well!"
This achicvcincut has always been right
fully considered one of the most gallant aud
important the regiment ever periornied. It
reqsircd pluck, prompt action, and coolness
from both officers and men ; but what was
of the groatcst value to the regiment was
the high confidence expressed in its se'ec
tion for this duty. The casualties in the
regiment were few. Serg't Brown and Na
thaniel Barnes, of Co. I, were both mortally
wounded, the forjner dying on the 29th of
July and the latter on tho 1st of August.
John H. Sterling, of Co. C, and Henry Bed
ford, of Co. E, wore killed outright. Sev
eral others were wounded, but I cannot now
call their names to mind.
The completion of I he work wa5 accom
plished three days later. On the 30th, the
skirmish-line was ordered to be advanced to
the top of the hill where the bouses had
becn'burned, where the new line was to be
established. As a "-reward of merit," the
13th was selected to support the advance.
At daylight the movement was made, and
so suddenly and Skillfully was it accom
plished that we captured about GO prisoners.
The close proximity of the enemy's line
of works and thc'forl rendered it difficult
to throw up the Entrenchments. In the
same manner as when we were on the hill
before, a portion of tho men kept up a steady
fire, directed mainly at the embrasures of
tho large fort, and in1 that way we became
hotly engaged, but1 succeeded in keeping
their gnus siloncedi The rapid firing made
it necessary that WRfBhtiuld soon be relieved;
the line when Compleled was a very strong,
continuous line of works, almost like those
of a linc-of-b.tltlc.
Notwithstanding the exposure, the regi
ment did not suffer heavily, but we had
accomplished an important work, of which
we were justly proud. T. 11. Devok, Presi
dent Veteran Association 13th N. J., 740
Broad street, Newark, N. J.
Reduced It.itcs to Washington.
Tho Young Peoplo's Society of Christian
Endeavor will bold their Annual Meeting in
Washington, 1). C, July 7 to 13.
For this occasion tlio U. & O. R. R. Co. will
sell tickets from all points on its line East of
tho Ohio I'ivcr to Washington at ono single
faro for the round trip, July G to 8. inclusive,
valid for return passftgo until July 15, inclusive,
willi the privilege of au additional extension
uutil July 31 by dopositiug tickets with Joint
Agcut at Washington.
Tickets will also bo on sale at stations of all
Delegates ulioulri not loso sight of tho fact
that all li. & O. trains run via Washington,
WHAT CAPT. DICKINSON DID
Commanded TIioko Living Near Ills Home,
and Va Aided on All Side.
Editoh National Tkiiwnk: In a receut
issue was a letter from a party at Ocala,
telling of the exploits of Capt. J. J. Dickin
son. Probably the affair referred to was
the capture of the gunboat Columbine at
Horse Landing, five miles below here.
Capt. Dickinson's official account of it was
"After a hot engagement of '15 minutes, I
have succeeded in capturing the gunboat
Columbine, carrying two fine 32-pouud rilled
guns and 148 men. "Wo have GG prisoners;
the rest were killed aud drowned. Among
them are eight commirsioned officers. We
have, also, G5 stand or arms and eight stand
of colors. No loss 'on our side. Were com
pelled to burn the boat."
Capt. Dickinson had his artillery well
masked in the swamp, and after the gunboat
had passed fired ou her. A lucky shot cut
her rudder-chain. She grounded, and was
compelled to surrender. Most of the troops
were colored, and a panic ensued. They
jumped overboard, some getting ashore aud
finally ictching St. Augustine; mOit were
The old wreck stuck out of the water for
years after I .carsjo hjerej and I have talked
with people wiui were then residing here
and familiar wfth thefaets.
a....:.. n....i ii.'!:.:..,.,... .,-:-i ..i
JllJ, viijii. litiviw.-.uu i.iiiiii:c!i aim
captured G'2 men aud two o dicers at this
place with a '(pro, ,ot G.0 men. It was a
clear case of1 culpable' carelessness. No
guards were out,nmTall were getting break
fast, aud surrendered without ceremony.
After thi, with 25 mbn, he surprised and
captured, with 10 oT his men, 32 men at
Fort Gates, or Fort ,Bu tier, a lew miles up
the river from this place, getting good store?.
Of Capt. Dickinson's ability as a com
mander there is iu question, his men hav
ing the utmost confidence in him. He was
brave yet cautious, asd a very humane man.
His command waaTlomuosed of those living
in thesa parts and familiar with the few
crossings and roadie He also had the aid of
people living in all directions, who gave
liini all information' tlfcy could.
The Captain has written a book of his
service, and it is a very interesting and
truthful book. He is yet alive, and, I be
lieve, living near Ocala. Thero aro many
ex-Union soldiers living in this County, and
good G.A.R. Posts'. Pnionn Po3t, 27, has
40 members livo miles from here with
George W. Ottcn;ori, Commander. Fuaxk.
Waldkox, Co. F, 20th Ohio, Welakn, Fla.
Wanted Lewis Balliett, formerly of Co.
F, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, whose present
residence is unknown. Whoever will first
inform the undersigned of his whereabouts,
so I can correspond with him, will be lib
erally rewarded. Address S. S. Balliett,
From Alert Comrades All Along the
D. Sheehan, Sergeant, Co. H, 20tb Mich.,
Niles, Mich., writes: "I have read with pleas
ure tho article from Comrade Mason, 59th
N.Y.,about the outbreak atSalisburyrrison,
25th November, 18G4. Iwas one of the Ser
geants promoting the uprising, and have in
my possession a memorandum of the daily
occurrences, as near as I could get them. I
escaped Jan. 25, ;G5, aud went through west
ern North Carolina and Enst Tennesseoto
Strawberry Plains, where we arrived on 27th
of February. Many of my comrades wilI
: have no doubt, remember me, a3 I had charge
of the second squad, first division, occupying
rtho ground in the corner of the yard, north
east and only a few feet from one of the
guns that deal tout death and destruction on
the 25th of November. The men of my
squad wero composed of the 2d Md., 48th
Pa., 2d Mich., 8th Mich., 20th Mich., GOth
Ohio, And 1st Mich. Sharpshooters. If any
of those men survive I would be glad to hear
from Ihcm, and particularly thoso who
tramped over the mountains with me, and
wero guided by the brave and heroic Alex
ander Johnson and James Harder, Union
scouts of tho 2d N. C. M't'd Inf.
A Knight or tho Throttle.
L. Gilbert, 2013 Easton avenue, St. Louis,
writes: "I am an old army Locomotive
Engineer of the war. I was with the Army
of the Potomac, and wa3 there when it wa3
not "all quiet.' What has become of the
boys of the throttlo, boys then, old men now,
for I am 71 years old, and have in my days
seen much service on railroads. I went into
the river, crossing the Long Bridge at
Washington, Feb. 8, 18G5; the span gave
way, and the locomotive, fireman and myself
went down. I ran the U. S. Grant engino
from City Point, Va.; built tho Weldon Kail
road, and rendered much other valnable
service. I write this hoping some of the
other engineers will see it, and that we may
have a reunion once more of hearts aud
hands, provided there are any left. They
did brave service for Uncle Sam, but I never
hear of them now, though I hope wo may
meet for orders, if not here, on the other
road beyond tho river."
"Wilson's Crcelc. j
John Hinsman, Corporal, Co. B, 2d U. S.,
Lamberton, Wi?., writes: "In your paper of
Oct. 10 iasne Comrade Jarnes Wilson, Co.
E,2d U.S., writes of the killing of Nathaniel
Lyon at the battle of Wilson's Creek. He
says it rati3t have been between 12 and 1
o'clnek when Gen. Lyon was killed. The
battle ended at 11 o'clock a. m. Iu proof of
his statement he refers to Gen. Stanley, who,
he says, manned the battery we were guard
ing, and nlso io D. W. Burke, Major, 20th
U. S., Fort Clark, Tex., who was First Ser
geant of Geu. Lyon's old Co. B, 2d U. S.
The battery was of four guns, and commanded
by Lieut. Dubois, and manned or served by
general service, or unassigned Regular re
cruits. D. S. Staulcy was Captain of the 1st
U. S. Cav. I think he had work enough on
hand that day with his own company. I
did not see him with the battery. Co. 15,
2d U. S., had no non-coui missioned officer
named D. W. Burke at the time of tho battle ;
Chas. Gnfiin vas our First Sergeant, aud
commanded the company.
f'Gen. Lyon was wounded while directing
the charge of the 1st Kan. and 1st Iowa,
riding at the time with the last-named
regiment. His horse, a dapple gray stallion,
was killed under him, nud the General him
self wounded in the head and leg. Ho got
on his feet again, took a horse from one of
his Orderlies, and rode back to where the 2d
Kan. was lying in reserve. He ordered the
regiment forward, marching up tho hill to
the left of the 2d U. S. battalion and Lieut.
Dubois's battery aud in rear to the right of
Capt. Totten's Battery F, 2d U. S. Art. The
regiment was marching in two columns, and
Gen. Lyon riding to the left with the first
column. Having arrived at the place where
the General intended to form line-of-battlc,
he ordered Col. Mitchei to form the regi
ment. At this moment the enemy, drawing
up about 100 yards ahead of them, fired a
volley at the regiment. This fire killed
Geu. Lyon, wounded Col. Mitchei in two
places, aud also killed and wounded several
other men of the 2d Kan."
3"ort IJIakoly Controversy.
W. H. Stone, Co. C, 33th Iowa, Alta Vista,
Iowa, writes in regard to Fort Blakely :
"Of the contestants for the honor of whose
regiment was the first over the rebel works
at Hlakely on that long-to-be-remembered
0th of April, 18G5, I think the comrade of
the 83d Ohio Samuel Ivins has the right
of it. He should have said, however, that it
was the 44th and 83d Ohio consolidated.
He is correct in regard to the formation
only in this, that we wero placed five feet
apart instead of four."
A. A. Scdgley, Gcneseo, 111., say3 that
any soldier's widow or daughter who cares
more for a home than wages, should corre
spond with him.
Geo. W. Wachtel, Myersville, Md., writes
that a medal has been found on the South
Mountain field inscribed: "A. J. Priuk
ham, Co. D, 5th N. II. V, Dover." Where is
The Nationat, Tkiuune has a letter for
Capt. Jesse H. Jones, of Georgia.
There is also a letter in caie of the Editor
for Comrade JJelevan Bates.
W. W. Bowers, of Geneva, O., Co. K, 7th
Wis., desires to return thanks to many com
rades who have responded to his request for
information relative to the desirability of a
change of his residence to the Southland.
Ho cannot answer tho many letters he has
received giving much valuable information.
W. W. JIil I, Box 05, National Homo, O.,
says he has photographs of some of the Lex
ington's crew, taken in 18G2 and 18G5. He
would loan them for copying purposes if
those who want them will pay postage and
Beware of Imposition !
The attention of Fathers and Mothers is
called to the fact that Castoria is put up
and sold In one-size bottles only, and not
iu any other form. It cannot be purchased
in bulk. The wrapper around each orig
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All others arc frauds. We caution the pub
lic against an unprincipled druggist who offers
for sale a preparation giving it a name sound
ing similar to Castoria which is intended to
deceive the public and enable him to make a
few cents more profit, at the same time risk
ing the health of children using such a prepara
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Brief Sketches of (lie Services of
Tlio 7Dth Intl.
Editor National Tribune: The 70th
Incl. was organized at Indianapolis, Intl.,
during the month of Augnst. nnder the call
of President Lincoln for 300,000 man, and
mnstcrcd into the United States service Sept.
2, 1862, for three years, with Fred Knelller
ns Colonel, and at once forwarded to Louis
ville, Ky., which was menaced by tho ap
proach of tho rebel army under Gen. Bragg.
It participated in the work of preparation
for the expected attack until the arrival of
BuclPa array, when it was assigned to the
First Brigade, Third Division, Twenty-first
Corps. Early in October it left Louisville
with the main army and joined in the pur
suit of Bragg. It was present in reserve at
the battle of Perry villc. After the battle the
regiment. joined in the pursuit of the enemy,
and at Crab Orchard skirmished with the
rebel rear-guard, losing one killed and two
wonnded. The regiment then marched to
Logans Crossroads, then counter-marched to
Gallatin, Tenn., cros3ing the Cumberland
liiver, and went into camp near Nashville.
It took part in the battle of Stone Eiver,
Dec. 31, 1862, and the lat and 2d of January,
1863. After tho repulse on tha right the
regiment was moved to the left wing and
took part in the fight, forming a part of the
advance-line. On the 1st of July the regi
ment moved with the army toward Chat
tanooga. Sept. G it crossed the Tennessee
Iiiver at Bridgeport, and Sept. 9 crossed
Lookout Mountain, and thence marched
through Rossville and Ringgold to Lee &
Gordon's Mills. The regiment was in the
battle of Chickamauga, Sept. 19 and 20.
During the battle the 79th charged and capt
ured the litVa. battery, of Longatwet's Corps.
The regiment fell back to Chattanooga
with tho army, and wa3 on duty during
the siege by the enemy. On the reorgan
ization of the army, the 70th was assigned
to the Third Brigade, Third Division, Fourth
Corps. Nov. 23, the army moved to attack
the enemy nnder Gen. Bragg. Then fol
lowed the battles of Lookont Mountain and
Missionary Ridge. The 8Gih Ind. was or
dered to be temporarily consolidated with
the 79th, and both regiments placed under
command of Col. Fred Knefiler. This con
solidated force led the column which stormed
and captured Missionary iiidge, planted the
first colors on the rebel works, and captured
11 pieces of artillery aud several hundred
prisoners. On the 27h the regiment moved
with the army and Gen. Sherman to the
relief of Knoxville, arriving in the vicinity
of that city Dec. 6. The division to which
tho 79th bad been assigned remained in
East Tennessee dnring the Winter of 18G3
'01, suffering much from exposure. It wa3
almost constantly engaged in reconnois
sanct s and skirmishes dnring the fonr weary
months that followed its advent into East
Tennessee. -In the month of April, 1861,
the 70th rejoined its corps at Chattanooga,
and, for the first time in 10 months, rested
in camp. May 3, it marched to Catoosa
Spring?, Ga., thence to Tunnel Hill and
Iiockylace Ridge, where it was engaged in
skirmishing. The regiment was present in
reserve dnring the battle of Resaca. The
79th was in the battles of New Hope Chnrch,
Burnt Hickory Ridge, and Pickett's Mills,
and accompanied Ihe main column to Pine
Top Monntain, Lost Mountain, and Kene
saw. It took part in the heavy skirmishing
that preceded the evacuation of that strong
hold. It then marched to Marietta and the
Chattahoochee River, crossing the river July
14. The regiment effected the first crossing of
Peach Tree Creek, captnring the rebel works
aud many prisoners. It was present and in
active duty during the siege of Atlanta,
from July 22 to Ang. 2-f, when it moved
with the main army to the south of Atlanta,
on the Macon Railroad, and was engaged in
the actions at Jonesboro and Lovejoy Sta
tion, Ga., Sept. 1 and 2. Returning to At
lanta it remained in camp until Oct. 3, when
it marched with the corps in pnrsnit of Gen.
Hood, and continued the chase until it
reached Gaylesville, Ala. There the Fourth
Corpi was detached from Sherman's army
and sent to the snpport of Gen. Thomas at j
iaahville, Tenn., arriving at Pulaski, Tenn.,
Nov. 1. On the approach of the rebel army
under Hood the regiment fell back to
Columbia, Spring Hill, aud Franklin, where,
dnring the battle, its division formed the
reserve. The regiment arrived with its
corps in front of Nashville Dec. 7,and took its
position in the fortifications. It was present
at the storming of Overton Hill, which was
captured, with nine pieces of artillery, by a
portion of the brigade. The regiment then
took part in the pursuit of the rebels, driv
ing them across the Tennessee River. It
marched to Huntsville, Ala., at which place
it arrived Jan. 6, 18G5, and remained until
March 17, when it moved by rail to East
Teunessee-for the purpose ot participating in
the contemplated advance on Richmond.
The 79lb marched back to Nashville, arriv
ing there April 26, aud remained iu camp
until it was ordered to proceed home for
discharge. The command arrived Indian
apolis Jan. 7, and was finally discharged
June 11, 1865. The 79th was constantly in
the field upon active campaigns, never hav
ing been detailed for garrison duty. It
captured 18 pieces of artillery and over
1,000 prisoners. The original enlistment of
the regiment wa.s 1,002 officers and men.
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While in the field 26 recruits were received,
making a total of 1,028 enlistments. Its loss
was 26 men killed in action, 19 died of
wounds received in action, five died in An
dersonville, and 120 died of disease and!
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Byrkit, Co. I, 79th Ind., Michigan City,
Tlio 5th 3To. Battery.
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