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title: 'The Soldiers' journal. (Rendevous of Distribution, Va.) 1864-1865, October 12, 1864, Image 7',
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Honor to the Brave.
In a speech at Cincinnati, September 24th, ex-
Secretary Chase related the following incident:
It is only a few days since I was in Massa
chusetts, when I was at the place where old
Israel Putnam, the wolf-hunter, was born.—
They showed me the room in which the old man
was born, and it was interesting to think that I
stood there upon the spot where such a man
came into life. I heard something that was far
more interesting than that. A young man of
the same blood, some sixteen years of age, heard
of the firing on Fort Sumter. His youthful ar
dor was kindled. He had been sleeping in the
room of the old General, and had caught the
spirit of his ancestor, and in the moonlight
nights he would sit outside and carve with his
penknife a sword of wood.
They showed it to me. On one side he had
engraved. "Not to be drawn without Justice;
not to be sheathed without Honor." On the
other side he had engraved, " Death to Traitors."
And his youthful heart so burned within him,
that when the second call was made for troops
in May, 1861, this ardor could not be restrained.
He enlisted and went forth to fight the battles
of his country, and passed through almost every
battle-field from Ball's Bluff to tho seven days
before Richmond, and there, mortally wounded,
fell down to die. I saw his aged parents, his
young sister. There is not one of them who did
not rejoice that if he was to die, be was to die in
defence of the Union and his country. [Loud
cheers.] There was regret and sorrow and an
guish, but the anguish and sorrow were for the
loss they had sustained; their joy and their
consolation was that their young relative had
poured out his blood in defence of his country.
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The Origin of " Hail Columbia."
In the "Recollections of Washington," just
published, occurs the following anecdote :—
" The song of Hail Columbia, adapted in meas
ure to the President's March, was written by
Joseph Hopkinson, of Philadelphia, 1798. At
that time war wiih Franco was expected, and a
patriotic feeling pervaded the community. Mr.
Fox, a young singer and actor, called upon Mr.
Hopkinson one morning, and said: "To-mor
row evening is appointed for my benefit at the
theatre. Not a single box has been taken, and
I fear there will be a thin house. If you will
write me some patriotic verses on the tune of the
President's March, I feel sure of a full house. —
Several people about the theatre have attempted
it, but they have come to the conclusion that it
cannot be done. Yet I think you may succeed.'
Mr. H. retired to his study, wrote the first verse
and chorus, and submitted them to Mrs. H.,
who sang them to a harpsichord accompaniment.
The time and words harmonized. The song was
soon finished, and that evening the actor received
it. The next morning the placards announced
that Mr. Fox would give a new patriotic song.
The house was crowded—the song was sung—
the audience was delighted—eight times was it
called for and repeated, and when sung the ninth
time, the whole audience stood up and joined in
the chorus. Night after night 'Hail Columbia'
was applauded in the theatre; and in a few days
it was the universal song of the boys of our
streets. Such was the origin of our national
ttoug, 'Hail Columbia.' "
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One year of struggle with wrong for the sake
of right, contributes more to progressive life
than forty years of compromise with wrong, or
mero timid allegiance to right.
The Butter Man Gone to War.
A wealthy citizen has been supplied with but
; ter twice a week by a young farmer on the edge
of Philadelphia county. He came yesterday to
• the house with his butter, received his pay, and
asked an interview with the head of the house
-1 hold. The gentleman complied with the request,
and the young agriculturist entered the parlor.
1"I just wished to thank you, sir, for your cus
' torn for these three years, and to say that after
: to-day I cannot longer serve you."
"I'm sorry for that. Your butter and eggs
have always been very fine. What's the
"I've enlisted, sir,"
"Yes, sir. A mortgage of eleven hundred
dollars has been hanging over my place. I pur
chased it from a lady—Mrs. B."
" Yes, I know her very well."
" Well, sir, she holds the mortgage. She of
fered last Saturday, if I would enlist as a repre
sentative substitute for her, and transfer my
bounty to her, she would cancel the mortgage
and present my wife with $250 in greenbacks."
" And you accepted the offer? "
" Indeed I did, most gladly. Igo for one year.
I come back with a farm clear of incumbrance.
My wife and boy can take care of it for a year.
My pay will keep me, and my family can live
without me for at least that time. Besides, lam
glad to go. I wanted to go all along, but
couldn't leave my folks."
"And you are glad to go? "
"Indeed I am. I feel just ns contented and
free from care as my red cow when Sally is
milking her. If I can be with Grant when he
goes into Richmond it will be the very happiest
day in my life."
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A good story is told of one Colonel -, of
the 47th Indiana. It appears that the 26th and
47th were quartered together for some time near
Rolla, in Missouri.
The Chaplain of the 26th was a very zealous
man, and had gotten up a great revival among
the boys of his regiment, which continued for
three or four weeks. While visiting at the
head-quarters of the 47th one day, ho was very
much inclined to boast to the Col., say ing to him:
" Yours is a very fine regiment, Col., a most
noble set of fellows, indeed ; but it seems to me
that their spiritual welfare is not properly at
tended to. Now, we havo had a great revival in
the 26th ; there was no less than twenty of the
men hopefully converted to God, and baptized
The Colonel was a man somewhat eccentric in
his manner, very proud of the reputation of his
regiment, and not intending to be outdone in
any respect. Upon hearing the Chaplain through
he turned abruptly and calls out—
"Orderly, go to the Adjutant and tell him I
want twenty-five men detailed to be baptized
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The head of a turtle, for several days after its
separation from the body, retains and exhibits
animal life and sensation. An Irishman had
decapitated one, and several days afterwards was
amusing himself by putting sticks into its mouth
which it bit with violence. ■ A lady who saw the
proceedings exclaimed, " Why, Patrick, I
thought the turtle was dead." "So he is, ma'am
but the crathur's not sensible of it."
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That motion is out of order, said the chair
man of a meeting when a rowdy raised his arm
to throw an egg. I i
IX-TDEN-SED NEWS ITEMS.
. J. H. Wilson, relieved from duty with
leridan, takes command of the cavalry
. Joe Johnston has been at Macon, Ga.,
is removal from the command of the
>rces at Atlanta.
jw Rebel steamer appeared off Cape Race
day. She is named —at present—Caro
-1 brings machinery, &c, for Newbern,
ihe is 470 tuns register, and is very fast.
Southern papers say that the Yankees are
fortifying Atlanta, problaby for making
movement ere long. Our army is at
ro, with pickets six miles beyond the
tions. The same journals look for a
terror at the North, and a great finan
rmation has been received at the Navy
lent of the capture, by the U. S. steamer
a, of the blockade running steamer Mat
about 75 miles off Cape Antonio, Cuba.
i from Galveston, for Havana. Her
nsisted of cotton, the deck load of which,
0 bales, was thrown overboard. She is
>c a splendid steamer.
Montgomery Mail says that the Missis
ver is patrolled by tho Yankees with
i watchfulness, rendering it impossible
anywhere. The Chief Quartermaster of
ppi has issued orders for the preservation
out grain bags, grain, rape-seed sacks,
er material out of which paper can bo
r th© public use.
»ung man has just reached Washington
mmond, having left that city by night,
:ig less than a week since, to avoid mili
rice. He says that many people in Rich
yhisper that the south must succumb,
when the majority, perhaps, feel secure. He re
ports that entrenchments, skillfully planned
and well defended, extended several miles from
the city, and this statement agrees with that of
one of our returned prisoners, an officer—who
said that ho counted five lines of defences as he
passed into the city by the Central Railroad.
—A beautiful example of Christian patriotism
has been given by a Catholic priest in Detroit.
The pious and beloved pastor of St. Patrick's
Chapel, on Adelaide street, Father James Hen
nesy, was drafted in the drawing for the Sixth
Ward. His many friends at onco gathered
around him, and preparations were made to fur
nish him with a substitute. Father Hennesy
said, "No, I cannot permit this. My country
I has called upon me for personal service, and 1
j will have no other man go for me. I will take
J my own place in the army." We know nothing
grander in the history of the Draft than this
—Privates Geo. G. Moore, company D, West
Virginia volunteers, and John Creed, company
I D, 23d Illinois veteran volunteers,, were yester
-1 day introduced to the Secretary of War (by Gen.
j J. H. Wilson), and presented to him two battle
flags, captured by them at Fisher's Hill, Va.,
September 22. Their gallantry was duly ac
knowledged by the Secretary, and tho fortunate
privates were conducted to the office of General
Townsend, where the flags were deposited and
I memoranda taken for tho preparation of medals
Jto be given to them. Creed's capture of the flag
he presented was accomplished, in the absence of
ammunition, by knocking the rebel flag-bearer