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Wi?i General Longsti
John C. Curtis, i
In the winter of while Long
street's troops were in winter quarters
near llusselsville, Teno., I had one
close call that I wish to recount to the
readers of the Journal.
The people of that portion of the
State seemed to be considerably di
vided. Some were Union, while some
were truly devoted to the Confederacy.
Of the former class there lived some
two miles from camp Squire C, who
was generally known to be much op
posed to the South in her warfare
against, the Union, and while he was a
mau of considerable property, the
foragers that would, occasionally visit
the citizens to procure an extra meal
would receive no encouragement from
Squire C Indeed, .-o hostile was he
to the soldiers in that respect that
they accused him of being st.ogy.
Now. Squire C had only one child,
and she was a beautiful young lady of
It), and he to prove to the troops that
he was not guilty of the charge of be
ing stingy, said when his daughter
married he w?s going to give her
One day in Christmas week, myself,
with, three others, decided we would
try and find a Christinas dinner with
some of the citizens of Tenio s. je.
We had roamed around considerably
until near 12 o'clock, and had been
unsuccessful. About that time we
happened to be near Squire C s., and
fn < f the boys suggested that we go
d?'*n and give him a call. I had never
S<|uire C, or his daughter, cither.
;...?. nad heard the soldiers speak of
him and call him "That stingy old
I'nion cuss," and had also heard of bis
liberal offer of ?1,UU0 to his daughter
when :;hc married. So when the boys
suggested to give him a call one of
them, who, by the way, seemed to
have been there before, said he was
willing to' bet $5 that auy one of us '
might go there when they were eating
dinner and he would not ask us to eat.
I readily took his bet with the under
standing that 1 should go alone. We
staked our money and the boys re
mained in sight, but I venturcu alone
and either had to get my dinner or lose
Sure enough, when I weut down to
his house the family were at dinner.
I called at the gate and he came to
the door, and seeing, as he considered,
a rebel soldier, he spoke rather harsh
at. i asked what I wanted. I told him
I knew how I could save him $100.
That seemed to arouse his curiosity
and he was anxious for me to tell him
how right now.
I told him I was very hungry and
was a sorry hand to talk to in that
condition, but I would go to the camp
and get my dinuer, and auy time I
could catch him at home when 1 was
not hungry I would tell him. "Oh,"
said he. "we are eating now. Come
in and get your dinuer, and you cau
tell me while you are eating." I very
readily accepted his invitation, and as
wc entered the dining room ho said to
his wife he believed he had found one
honest rebel, and for her to give me a
plate, for he was going to give me nty
dinner. I sat down to his table, but
put my hat at my feet, for 1 did not
kuow at what moment ? would have to
retreat. 1 pitched right iuto the sau
sages with alacrity and delight, but
the obi man would interrupt me occa
sionally. "Tell me, how are you go
ing to save me that hundred dollars?'*
1 evaded his question as best I could,
told him I would have to eat some be
fore I could talk. Eventually 1 saw
the crisis would co?te, and hie daugh
ter was sitting at the table. I asked
him if the young lady was his daugh
ter, lie said yes, but that had noth
ing to do with it. "I want you to tell
me, and tell me quick, if you can save
me that huudred dollars. I told him
our soldiers had given me a wrong
idea in icferencc to him. Th*\v had
accused him of being stingy, etc., but
1 had fuuud him to be very liberal
lie said it was out of the question to
give every soldier something to eat
I told him moreover I had heard a re
port iu camp that ho had said he was
going to give his daughter one thou
sand dollars when she married, and I
would ,-':e to know if that -vas true,
lie replied he had said he would and
he was able to do so and would do so,
"but I tell you," said he, "1 want you
to tell me how you can save me a $100
dollars." I had gotten about enough
of his sausage and biscuit, and felt a
little more like talking than I did at
?rst, so I told him I had just stepped
by to tell him I would take his daugh
ter, and he need not give her but nine
huudred dollars. It seemed when the
old man was informed of that fact that
-xe did.sot have as much faith in his
bon. robel but he told me to get,
and i had to get, and left his door
with tb toe of his boot in the gable
end of my pants.
/ I got my dinner and won my five
dollar*, but I failed in getting the old
feet in East Tennessee.
n Atlanta Journal
' HUMILIATION OF THE
How Southerners Fought a (?unboat
from the Shore.
!>.<;. Dunaell, in New York Times.
A good many boys who lived at or
about Coxsaskie, Athens, Catskill and
Saugertiea in and who are living
yet, knew the propeller Isaac Smith?
if the writer is not mistaken they
knew her as the Isaac P. Smith. As
I Hudson Hiver propellers go, ?be was
then new, a bright young thing as
compared with t!-.e Krastus Corning,
the Homer Kasdell, and some others
that have lived loiurer and figured
strenuously in history. At the time
of the outbreak of the rebellion the
Smith was jogging up the river every
other night and jogging back on the
alternate nights, with now and then
rather too many cattle on her lower
duck for the comfort of would-be
sleepers in the staterooms overhead.
Propellers were not at that time at all
bragged about for speed, but all the
boy:- wh<> knew th i Smith were aware
that she could often get up to Athens
by L' in the morning with a favoring
tide and without tog, and that her
steward provided a most tempting and
satisfactory -upper for all .who had 50
cents to pay for it when the gong was
sounded for the assault to begin.
Tin- Smith disappeared from the
river not long alter the war broke out,
and after some of her boy admirers
had joined the ranks of the defenders
of the l'nion. Whan the boys re
turned the Smith was generally for
gotten. Occasional inquiries as tu
her existence brought indefinite or
mysterious answers. She had "gone
South," and had not returned, and to
the general run of wharf-end gossips
this was sutheieut. The Government
had acquired almost everything that
r uld be moved by steam, had paid
good prices for the vessels, and was
entitled to keep them without being
too closely qucstioued. But some of
the boys wore persistent, and they
found, by aud by, that something very
remarkable had happened to Isaac.
Soon after the Isaac P. Smith oeased
to go thumping from Cocksacklc to
New York and back she was added to
the United States navy. The beauti
ful upper deck, with its double row of
state rooms reaching from bow to
stern, was partly or wholly swept
away, and the main deck was inclosed
in a substantial timber structure,
pierced for eight guns, four on star
board and four on port side. These
gnus were eight-inch Columbiads
pretty good pieces in those days, and
in the bow she carried a thirty-two
Farrott, a guu capable of doing great
damage when skillfully handled.
Trie anxiety of Secrotary of the
Navy Welle.- to establish an effective
blockade of all Southern ports led
him to trust the Smith at sea long
enough to reach Port lloyal, and after
ward St. .John's Hiver, Florida, and
when, in August, 1802, .-he was scut
back to New York for "repairs and
improvements" by the bureau of con
structiou. Flag Officer Du Pont, in
command of the South Atlantic block
adiug squadron, spoke highly of the
vessel. Her light draught, good
steaming qualities, and the success
which attended her services on the
St. John's Hiver had won recognition
! She was "improved" and back again
at Fort Royal in the fall, and eventu
ally was assigned, under command of
Acting Lieut. F. S. Conover, to sta
tion at Stono Inlet. This was then
regarded as au important point to
cover. The inlet is the way to Stono
Hiver, which winds through marsh
and plantation fifteen or twenty miles
, south of Charleston harbor. The
I Wappoo Hiver, a twisty little stream,
connects Stono Hiver with Charleston
harbor for vessels of light draught,
small blockade runners that could
escape the blockaders could easily
ship their cargoes into Charleston by
this convenient side door. The Smith,
with the Commodore McDouough,
! which had formerly plied on a ferry,
' was expected to prevent the use of
Stono Inlet, and to so patrol the river
as tD prohibit, if possible, the con
struction of offensive works along its
The Confederates, who had consid
' erablc forces at Scccssionville, on
James island, and ranging bodies of
I troops au John's Island, between
! which Stono Hiver twists to the sea,
were annoyed by the patrol of the
I river by the Smith aud the McDon- j
ough. One of these vessels would
steam up the Stouo nearly uvery day,
coming nearly within range of tho
guns of Fort Pcmberton, a work on
James Island, scvon or eight miles
above Stono Bar. The Confederate
scouts could seethe patrols, and might
have peppered them at long range, but
they did uot know that one night,
late in January, an ensign of the
United States navy had led a boat
party up the river far beyond Fort
Pemborton, examined the shores for
fortifications, and returned to report
that the Wappoo River Bar had only
three feet of water over it, and that
there was no danger to be feared from
the bringing out, by that route, of
powerful war vessels supposed to have
been constructed at Charleston.
One Confederate officer, Lieut. Col.
Joseph A. Yates, a South Carolinian,
was greatly exasperated by the audaci
ty of the Union gunboats and they
daily mattinee performances, and the
regular thumping of the Smith's en
gines, as she churned her way up
Stouo River, paused at the turn and
then churned back, inspired in his
soldier brain an ingenious and unusual
revenge. He communicated it to his
superior officer, and it got to Gen. R.
S. Kipley and eventually to Gen.
Reauregard, chief in command. Yates
aaded to be assigned artillery forces
sufficient to enable him to make the
Isaac Smith or the McDonough ''come
ashore." Kipley and Reauregard both
laughed at the young man. If the
men of the Smith could be enticed on
shore, by any pretext, it would be
worth while to try to capture them;
but as long as they were afloat and
kept under way neither Beauregard
nor Kipley was disposed to waste en
terprise in a wild scheme of capture.
But Yates persisted, overcame Kip
ley's opposition through Beauregard,
who considered Yates a young man
entitled at least to be occupied, and at
last found himself intrusted to the
command of a force instructed to obey
his directions implicity.
The shores of Stono River, which
were from a quarter to half a mile
apart pretty well up to Fort Pember
ton, were in places wide reaches of
saud, dotted here and there with
abandoned huts and clumps of trees
and grass. Upon these advanced saud
spits the beudings of the river could
be commanded for a mile each way, if
guns could be placed there, and Yates
was determined to place them. He
had seen the Smith sail by, with her
Stars and Stripes fluttering defiantly,
and had been obliged to hide and do
nothing. Now bo was about to pro
test. On January 27 the forces de
tailed moved from Secessionville and
other points. There was a siege train,
manned by two companies; a company
of the Palmetto Battery, light artil
lery; a light battery of South Carolina
"regulars," aud two companies of the
20th South Carolina volunteers to act
as sharpshooters. There was one
thirty-two-pounder Parrott, at least
two twenty four-pounder rifled guns,
and many smaller effective cannon as
signed to the Yates experiment.
Although most of the Confederate
forces were on the banks of Stono
River on the morning of the 28th,
they were under such strict orders as
to secrecy of operations that they
waited until night to drag the guns
out to the positions indicated for
them. Platforms were constructed
under cover of ruined huts or groves
of trees. All tracks were obliterated
from the sand, and guards left in
charge of guns lived on cold rationB
and without camp fires, eo that none
of the preparations should bo sus
pected. The whole party was about
as miserable as possible ou Wednesday
aud on Thursday, on neither of which
days did a gunboat appear. The fear
began to work in the mind of Col.
Yates that the enterprise had become
known to the Federal officers. But
he held on until Friday, still denying
tires to his men hidden behind the
guns on James and John's islands.
The Isaac Smith had been occupied
on Friday morning taking on board
supplies at Stono Bar from the "beef
boat" that was making its rounds.
Under orders from Lieut. Commander
Bacon, of the Commodore McDonough,
she started up the river on a recon
noisance. This gunboat of 453 tons
usually carried a complement of 56
men. but on this occasion there were
110 officers and men ou board. She
was piloted by a negro, a man well
acquainted with the river. Lieut.
Conover scanued the shores closely as
the Smith steamed onward. They
seemed as deserted aud as harmless as
they were before. At about 4.30 the
Smith stopped at u poiut just above
the Tom Grimball place on James Is
land, dropped her another, and swung
to the tide.
For once the Union Commander had
goue too far and taken too much for
granted. While the anchor of the
Smith was sinking in the mud of
Stono River Col. Yates' first battery,
ju3t below her, and commanding the
way back, was uncovered. Where
there had been a row of innocent
worthless negro cabins was uow a row
of shotted gunt, the first of which at
1 once opened fire. Before the Smith
could slip her cable and get under way
the ivhole battery was banging a,t the
propeller. The men of the Smith
manned their, batteries promptly, but
while the> >vere busy delivering theit'
first responses from port another con
cealed battery on John's Island open
ed upon them. Lieut. Conover urged
on his men, appealed to engineer aud
pilot to do their best, and stimulated
the gunner in charge of tho big Par
rott bow gun. At least there was a !
chance to run by.
The Smith was scarcely more than
under headway with her bow down
stream when there was an explosion, a
cloud of steam, a sudden leas of head
way, a swerving of the vessel's bow
toward shore, and the prospect of de
struction, for the tire of some twenty
or thirty guns was now direoted to
ward the Smith, shot were ripping
through her f?ail defences, her men
were being picked off by sharpshoot
ers, one of whe m already had killed
the pilot, and with a holo in the
steam chimney the vessel, could not
be handled so as to make her batteries
effective. There was but one thing to
do. Col. Yates called out from shore,
"Surrender, and send a boat ashore'
with the commanding officer." The
decks of the Smith were covered with
wounded men, so hot had been the
rifle fire in the short spurt she had
made to escape. To blow up the ves
sel would be to sacrifice life needless
ly. To get away was impossible.
The white flag was sent up.
In two of her own perforated boats
the first instalment of the officers and
men of the Smith went ashore, as Col.
Yates had predicted they would when
he besought Beauregard's patronage
for his enterprise. While other boat
loads were being landed the MoDon
ough appeared, but a long way off
down the river. She fired some shot
from her 100-pounder. She made
efforts to destroy the Smith, when she
grounded, but she was too far away,
darknes- was. coming on, and there
were undeveloped dangers alongshore.
She went back to Stono Bar to report
the disaster to Flag Officer Du Pont.
Lieut. Conover and his men, who
had been captured, were sent to
Charleston and put in jail, aud the
officers were held until exchanged.
Col. Yates and his officers took dinner
on board tho Smith soon after her sur
render. "I never enjoyed a meal more
fully than that I took in the Smith's
ward room," said Col. Yates a few
years ago. He is now dead. "She
had good beef, which we had not had
for months, fresh vegetables, some
luxuries, including wine, and, luxury
of luxuries, a table with a white cloth
and plenty of dishes!" When it was
convenient a tug was font down the
Wappoo from Charleston and the
Isaac Smith was towed up to the city,
to be renamed Stono, and employed in
the service of the Confederacy.
There may be people in Charleston
who cau tell what became of the Smith
after the war. Her end was a remark
able one for a vessel of war.
It is fully recorded in history, and
it is unique, for Col. Yates was the
only officer of land forces who suc
ceeded in ?Ke attempt to make a war
vessel sullVhder to land batteries.
Did Not Marry. '.
A young man bashfully approached
a popular official and said:
"Judge, I have come to ask your
advice. I am thinking of getting mar
"Well, young man," interrupted
the judge, "don't wait, because the
girl might not be willing this time to
"But you see," protested the youth,
'I'm afraid I'm not able to take care
Tut. tut!" deprecatingly retorted
the judge. "Why, when I got mar
ried I was 21 years old and $1,800 in
"Is that so?" exclaimed the other
happily. "And I suppose you must
now be worth about"?
"And now," concluded the judge,
"I'm only $3,600 in debt."
The young mau has not married
? m ? ?? - -
? There are times when it is better
to be never than late.
The instinct of modesty natural to
ever>' woman is often a great hindrance
to the cure of womanly diseases. Women
shrink from the personal questions of
the local phy
The thought of
them, and so
they endure in
silence a condi
tion of disease
bad to worse.
It has been
Dr. P i e r c e s
privilege to cure
a great many
women w h o
have found a
refuge for mod
esty in his offer
of free consulta
tion by letter.
ence t9 held as
R. V. Pierce,
Buffalo, N. Y.
lishes regularity, dries weakening drains,
heals inflammation and ulc?ration, and
cures female weakness.
?Ilaving uaed Dr. ? .?'rce'? Favorite Prescrip
tion aud 'Golden Medical Ditcovery* daring
the past year." writes Mrs. Mattie Long. o?
flout* Valley. Perry Co.. Pa.."! can truthiulty
recommend these medicines for all female weak
nesses. 1 have used several bottle* of ' Favorite
Prescription.* which I consider a great blessing
to weak, women. I was so nervous and dis
couraged that I hardly knew what to do. Your
kind advice for home treatment helped me won
derfully. Tbauks to Dr. Pierce."
Biliousness is cured bjv'he use of Dr.
Pierce's Pleasant Pellets. A
Something Out of Nothing.
So miraculous have become our
bread-making methods that we now
convert a barrel of flour, weighing 190
pounds, ioto 388 loaves of bread
weighing one pound each. That is
better than making two blades of grass
grow where one grew before. You are
sceptical? Go to the fsotory in this
city and see it dop??196 pounds of
flour converted into 388 pounds of
bread, nearly two to one. The in
creased weight is water. After seeing
the process you will ejaculate, "How
simple! Wonder I did not think of
Here is something else abont bread
that may surprise you: Loaves are
now baked without crusts, to be used
in the manufacture of sandwiches.
This is accomplished by a steaming
process, the cooking requiring ooe
hour. The bread is very light and
crisp and remains so for days, even
when exposed to ocean breezes. A
recent test established this fact. One
thousand sandwiches were made for
an excursion party to Chicago, aud
such as were not eaten were returned
to New York on the fourth day, when
they were found to be quite as fresh
as when sent out of the hotel prepar
ing them. The machines for making
this orustless bread will be eo!d only
to the National Government and to
Cicemosynary institutions. Private
enterprises, firms or corporations can
purchase only the right to manufac
ture. Even a Raines law sandwich
assumes au attractive guise now.
? Some women are so queer about
their modesty that they pull down
the window blinds after the lights are
Imperfect digestion Is more
serious and far-reaching in.
its effect than Is generally
understood. This state of
health is like an open gate
way to disease because
germs that may be in the
air we breathe at once seUe
such an opportunity to
attack the vital organs.
They slowly undermine the
strength and energy, and a.
collapse comes?usually at a
time when a strong healthy
body is most needed.
Is a fine regulating tonic
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and strengthening every
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appetite and creates energy. _
In this way it restores the
system to perfect order.
Vor irregular bo?-el mow
' flatulence, belching, foul
breath, and other troubles
duc to indigestion or ob
struction In the bowels,
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