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THE SOLDIERS' JOURNAL.
LOCAL AND PERSONAL ITEMS.
Farewell Speech of Mr. Uniac—The sta
ted meetings of the Temperance Union, of this
camp, aro held at the Chapel every Wednesday
evening. Last week Mr. Uniac, so well known
as our camp's most prominent and eloquent
temperance orator, delivered his farewell speech,
his term of service being about to expire. It
was of course good, and well received. In tho
departure of Mr. U. our camp loses one of its
ablest and most influential members. He has
for several months, being unfit for active duty,
acted as librarian to tho Christian Commission,
in which capacity ho gave universal satisfaction.
He was the working leader of tho Temperance
Union here, and was untiring in his efforts to
increase its membership and influence. When
other and strange speakers could not be had, Mr.
Uniac was always ready to fill tho vacancy, and
his auditors were always tho hotter pleased by
his oommenoemerlt, for they were sure of a good,
enthusiastic and inspiriting speech, given with
all the earnestness and warmth of his Celtic na
ture. He was a bright example of the frequent
worth and ability found among our private sol
diers. We wish him every success in his New
York home, and feel assured that while there he
will continue the use of his fine talents in the
cause of which he hero became so prominent a
Books for Auour General Hospital Li
brary.—The following letter sufficiently ex
Auour U. S. A. General Hospital,
October 7th, 1804.
Mr. Editor .-—Permit mo to acknowledge,
through the Journal, the reception of a neat
little donation of books for our Soldiers' Libra
ry, from Rev. Calvin Foote, General Agent of
the American Tract Society. Twenty-one bound
volumes and a quantity oi* tracts, were very ac
ceptable, and will be appreciated and read by
the sick soldiers in our Hospital.
These volumes have the additional attractive
ness of being all new, and their bright covers
and clean pages will carry back the thoughts of
many a weary sufferer to the comforts and
amenities of homo life, and lead him to raise his
heart in gratitude, that the kind friends at the
North havo not forgotten that he needs food for
the mind and comfort for the soul, as well as
nourishment and delicacies fir the suffering
Once more allow" me to assure the friends at
home that good reading, useful reading, enter
taining reading of a good moral tendency is one
of the best things that they can send to our boys
in the army. C H. Phelps,
In charge of Library,
Official Change.—On Friday last Lieut.
Cfeo. S. Greene was succeeded it! command of the
First Division clothing office, by reason of res
ignation of hi- commission, which was accepted
on that day. His successor is Lieut. J. H.
Holcomb.of the7th Wisconsin, formerly in com
mand of the camp fatigue squad. Lieut. G. has
boen in the service over three years, and has
been on duty in this camp about four months,
iv which time he won the esteem of all his broth
er officers as well as the men under his com
mand. His arduous duties were faithfully per
formed, and ho loaves with the best wishes of
all. Wo uiiderstaifd he is about to accept a po
sition in the Quartermaster's Department at
Washington, and believe ho will give entire sat
isfaction wherever placed.
About 360 patients were last week transferred
from Augur General Hospital to hospitals in
Soldiers Voting in Camp.—The soldiers in
our camp will be called upon to vote for Pres
ident on the Bth day of Novembei next, and how
the vote is to bo taken is a question not yet defi
nitely settled. Only certain States allow their
soldiers to vote away from their homes, the laws
of oven those groatiy vary, and it is very ques
tionable whether the votes of the different States
can bo all taken at one poll without great confu
sion, or exhausting tco much time. Thereseems
to be a general ignorance upon most of these
laws, and a partial acquaintance only muddles
one the more. There should, we believe, as has
already been done in the armies at tho front,
be a supplementary order regulating the manner
of voting in mixed camps and hospitals, the pub
lished rules not seeming to apply, so all can act
intelligently in the matter, without relying upon
the conflicting stories of politicians, or being
compelled to rend the lengthy and frequently
ambiguous digests of our legislatures. We want
to vote "on the square," and havo our votes
count. We want no legal flaws for treasonable
judges to pick at, and notwithstanding the grudg
ing manner in which the right to vote was in
some cases given us because of our being in the
service of our government, wo want to show all
that our disposition is to use that right fairly,
without the aid of politicians, and without any
after-legal-considerations and learned judicial
lies annulling the poor privilege the soldier has
so dearly bought and the weak-kneed citizen so
shamefully tried to withhold.
Important to the Relatives of Soldiers
Who Have Become Prisoners of War.—lt
cannot bo too widely made known that the U.
S. Sanitary Commission obtains for the wife, or
(if she is dead) the guardian of minor children,
or (if there is neither wife or minor child) the
widowed mother, all the pay that may be duo to
any officer or soldier now a prisoner in the hands
of the rebels. The process is simple, and the
work is done without charge. Application can
be made, either in person or by letter, to tho of
fice of the U. S. Sanitary Commission, 244 F St.,
1 Washington, I). C, stating particulars, when
blanks will be furnished, and all necessary in
-1 formation given.
On Tuesday Evening Last, Sergt. Charles
I lanipe, of No. _ cook-house, was presented by
his comrades with a beautiful full-jewelled sil
ver lever watch and gold chain, costing $78. Tho
presentation speech was made by Mr. Brainord,
\ and appropriately replied to by the Sergeant.—
The gift is especially valuable, coming as it did
from his comrades and associates, and was given
with that disinterestedness known only among
\ equals. Charlie has our best wishes, and, as he
fully understands the running of a good cook-
I house, tho printers will be always happy to pa
The Guerillas are now very quiet in this
1 county ; none have been lately heard of at Fall's
Church, and all their old haunts for tho time
> seem to be abandoned. It is supposed that they
* are operating in tho rear of Sheridan, but with
* the loss of their notorious loader (Mosby) they
" have doubtless lost the confidence " to do and
f dare" as formerly.
t Returned from Furlough.—(4. L. Sutton,
■ Surgeon in charge of Augur General Hospital
last week returned from a fifteen day furlough, ,
and resumed his duties. Also, Dr. Moxley,
[ Acting Assistant Surgeon, in charge of First
Division of this camp. I
The New Long Bridge Completed.—We are
gratified to announce to our readers that the new
Longßridge, owned by tho Washington, George
town and Alexandria railroad, was completed
last week. It was commenced in the month of
June, 1863, and has consequently been fifteen
months in building. The object of the bridge is
to connect the Orange <fc Alexandria road with the
Baltimore and Ohio in one continuous lino, and
to allow the full capacity of tho old bridgo to be
employed for carriages, teams and footmen. It
is from the latter reason alone a great conve
nience, will prevent many delays, and the sum
of accidents will score less at the end of the year.
The length of the new bridge is 4,916 feet—al
most a mile. It has two draws, placed exactly
opposite those on the old bridge, but greatly su
perior in a mechanical view. One man can
open either of the new draws and shut it again
in one minute and a half, while it takes two men
ten minutes to do the same with tho old. Still,
this improvement is negatived unless the old
draws are altered, as the bridges are so close to
gether that vessels passing with a tug more than
reach from one to the other. Tho piers in both
bridges are also connected with each other. The
cost of the new bridge is $150,000. Tho rails have
not yet been laid, but we presume soon will be.
Ration Money Obtained for Furloitghbp
Soldiers. —Any soldier having a furlough, upon
which money is due, can have the same collect
ed, free of charge, by observing the following
instructions: Get the commanding officer, or, in
his absence, the surgeon of tho regiment, to cer
tify that the person named in said furlough re
turned to the place designated in his furlough
on the day it expired. When this is done, the
paper should bo sent to the United States Sani
tary Commission, 244 F street, Washington, D.
C. — Virginia State Journal.
Transferred. —On Friday last sftme fifty men
were transferred from Augur General Hospital
to the 14th Veteran Reserve Corps, having been
so assigned by the Board of Examination re
cently in session there. They form quite a rein
forcement to the 14th, which was greatly in want
of men by the expiration of the terms" of many
of its old members.
An Election was yesterday held in this camp
by the soldiers having a right to vote for con
gressional and county officers. Tho result WM
sent to the respective counties, and will not be
officially known for several weeks yet.
The following deaths occurred in Augur General
Hospital for the week ending Oct. Bth, 1801:—
2nd—Kd. Bland, col. sub. of Kentucky; diptheria.
Brd—Job, Leonard, Co. B, 10th V. It. C; aeites.
7th—John Brihiii, sub. of Mass.; gun-shot wound.
AUGUR GEWEHAL HOSPITAL REPORT,
FOR THE WEEK ENDING OCT. BTII, 18()4.
No. of beds, 071
•' admitted during the week, SSJIt
" returned to duty, 4i*:
" transferred, 30_
" on furlough, 8
" discharged, 8
" deserted, 8
" deceased, 8
REMAINING IN HOSPITAL.
From Rendezvousof Distribution, 543
G. L. SUTTON, Surg. U. 8. V., in Charge.
Of men received and sent to their respective regi
ments during the week ending Saturday, Oct.
Uh, 1864 :—
Men received 2,70"
Number of men sent to their regiment- 2.77W
\V. J. SHELDRAKE, Serg't Major.
List of men received for the week ending Oct. 8, 110
Went away, 118
In Camp, •"••• 48
F. T. STEWART,
Lieut. 2Cth Ohio Vol., In Charge.
Chas. A. Evans, Rep. Clerk.