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THE SOLDIERS' JOURNAL.
Vioilanck vs. Jncenwarism.—A well
grounded excitement has for several days past
existed in all our great cities, relative to the
incendiary threats and attempts of rebel emissa
ries. The fortunate discovery of an attempt to
burn, by means of phosphorus, all the prominent
hotels and places of amusement in New York
city, has put the country upon Its guard, and any
attempt now made, especially in places under
military control, will have to be exceedingly
well managed to succeed. The rebel excuse for
this cowardly conduct, is retaliation for the
march of Sherman through their country. It is
doubtless aided by both private and government
funds, as Jetf. Davis knows.that willing agents
can be found amongst us to do.the deed, if the
bribes can be made4o compensate the risk. Our
cities are not alone in danger, nor do they require
all the care and watching. All our military
camps, railroads, government store-houses, <fee,
are in the nature of their service to the cause of
our government, still more apt to meet this cow
ardly vengeance, than theatres and hotels, upon (
which the rebels can have no special .vengeance,
and from the destruction of which they would
gain little, and injure our citizens more than our
government. With this view the commandant
of this camp has, from the very first alarm, i
exercised all necessary vigilance, so that no ,
harm can come .to tbe government property
under his care, and any attempt made in this
direction may be instantly detected and frus- ;
trated. He has greatly increased the guards,
whose line now.encirqles Hospital as well
as the camp—has established patrols, who keep
a vigilant watch through all hours of tho night, ,
and arrest any straggler found out of his quar
ters after 9 o'clock, and who, in addition, just
before dark, search the entire camphor any com
bustible matter. All citizens attempting to enter
mmp, with or without passes, aro immediately
taken to Headquarters, where they are thorough
ly examined, and if any suspicion is attached to
t/hem, are lodged in the» guard-house, or put in |
the hands of the Provost Marshal. t
In fine, he wishes to exact a full knowledge of
. tho business and motives of all strangers who
enter or leave camp, and takes this means of
securing that knowledge. With these precaution
ary measures, as well carried out as they are,
apy attempt.to burn or injure would be futile
and the discovery immediate. " Vigilance is tbe
price of liberty," and we think, in view of the
above facts, that the want of it will pot endanger
rßendezvous of Distribution.
Camp Casey Chanoks, <fee.—Cm Tuesday of
last week Col. Yeoman was relieved from the
command of Camp Casey, and ordered to report
to Major General Butler, commanding the De
partment of Virginia and North Carolina. His
successor is Lieut. Col. Hall, who assumed com
mand .of the camp on the same day. Acting
Post Adjutant Edwards has also been relieved at
his own request, by reason of illness, lie is
succeeded by Lieut. -Chas. E. Graham. Mr.
Johnston has been appointed Chaplain and Post
Instructor. Under tlio latter gentlemen's imme
diate supervision the schools and religious meet
ings for which the camp is becoming noted, are
jrell kept up, and increased interest .manifested
Thb Student's Rkpositouy.—We have re- ;
a copy of this quarterly periodical, edited
and published by two colored gentlemen—S. H.
Smothers and Samuel Peters—-for tho .education,
advancement and improvement of their race.—
It is a very able pamphlet, full of entertaining
matter. Mr, Smothers has recently enlisted in
the 43:t U. S. C. regiment, and is now at Camp
Indian Summer.—The weather for the .past
week has been delightful, the skies clear, the
nights only moderately cold, and the sun warm
and pleasant during tho day. Although we are
advancing into tho first winter month, Virginia
olimate seems to dispute its sway, and gives us
a regular Indian Summer by way of contrast to
the extremes she is so apt to go into. We are
well satisfied with the blessing, however short
.iw promised duration.
The Unitkd States Skrvior Magazine for
December, (C. B. Richardson, 441 Broadway,
New York,) (doses the second,volume of the most
valuable addition ,to our periodical literature
which has fallen under our notice for many a
day. In common with most of our unprofes
sional readers, probably, we confess to having
opened the pages of the earlier numbers with
some reluctance, expecting to find them choked
up with dry technicalities, entertaining enough,
perhaps, to our West Point friends, but Greek to
us. But we were agreeably surprised to find
nothing we could not understand, much that was
extremely interesting; and as the Magazine has '
gone on steadily improving, we have come to
number it among our most welcome exchanges.
A glance at the index of the second volume
recalls to \xs many articles of general interest that
have appeared since July, among which are the
full biographical sketches of Grant, Sherman,
In the list of Writers we find the names of Sher
man, Barnard, Barry, Gibbon, Boynton,Cullum,
and many other leading military men, while the
civilians are fully represented.
The Service Magazine, with its clear bold type
and heavy paper, is undoubtedly the best printed
periodical in this country, and warmly supported
as it is by the endorsement of all our prominent
Military and Naval Commanders, and by the
mass of our brave soldiers and sailors, we can
readily understand why, in so short a time, it has
managed to achieve so decided a success. The
truth is, no intelligent American can afford not
to read it.
The prospectus of the January number prom
ises us, among other things, one of General
Sherman's brilliant letters, a graphic sketch of
Admiral Farragut, a full account of the recent
brilliant campaign of Roseerans and Pleasonton
ip Missouri, and very much more of great inter
est to us all. It can be had of all tho news
dealers. Unfortunately we failed to receive the
November number, which makes our file in
Promoted. —Wo are .pleased to learn of the
promotion of William Ham berg, Co. A, 46th N.
Y. Vet. Vols., and for several months a clerk in
the office of the Second Division Dispensary of
this camp, to the position of Hospital Steward
in the United States army, he haying last week
passed a very credible examination, lie made
himself very popular and useful while here, and
we wish him every success in the position to
which he has been so deservedly promoted.
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the: latest newh.
Fortress Monroe, December 4.—The propel
lor General Lyon, Capt. Ward, from Savannah
river on Thursday, tho Ist inst., with 743 Union
prisoners, arrived this evening. Tho prisoners
are in good condition.
A sergeant who was with thorn reports Sher
man's cavalry within six miles of Savannah on
the 30th November.
Savannah was being fortified as rapidly as
possible. Evory negro and every cart in the
city was at work on the fortifications. Four
trains, loaded with rebel soldiers, had arrived on
the Gulf railroad.
There was no report of disaster to any part of
Sherman's force. Ho says the railroad was cut .
just after tho train he came through to Sa
vannah on had passed through, lie came from
The Savaunab Republican of Nov. 30, contains
no telegraphic news from any quarter. Tbe fol
lowing are editorial items on
" Reliable advices received yosterday Indicate
that Sherman bus made little or no progress
with tho main body of his army during the last
day or two. He is still on the railroad some dis
tance beyond Millcn, and apparently replenish
ing his commissariat for his journey before him.
His men and animals must be desperately jaded
by this time, and but little prepared te come.—
We still believe that his intention is to march to
the coast if possible, by that route whioh presents
the least danger of a fight. There" was no ene
my between here and Millen yesterday, and al
though Sherman's cavalry bad been near the
latter place, .everything .remained untouched. —
Another fight is reported between Wheeler and
Kilpatrick on Monday, with the usual result.
The latter was decently thrashed and driven
hack in the direction pf the infantry."
M Jt ip reliably reported that a force of about
one thousand landed yesterday forenoon from
the Yankee fleet at Boyd's landing, on Broad
river, in South Carolina, and some eight miles
distant from the Savannah and Charleston
railroad. A portion of this command approached
the railroad later in,the day, but subsequently
The.rebols in their.desperation have organized
aY their conviqts .into companies, to aid in re
He will now beyond all doubt reach the coast
safely, and is strong enough to capture Savan
nah, Charleston, or wherever he may strike, as
reinforcements and a large fleet off the coast
are ready to co-operate with him.
It is generally believed that he has released
most of our prisqpers.
All is quiet in frontof Petersburg. The rebels
admit the success of Gregg's late cavalry expe
dition, and deplore the loss of their property.
Thomas has concentrated around Nashville,
while Hood seems preparing to attack him again,
though not so rashly as at Franklin. By tho
Franklin victory we captured 30 flags, 2 guns,
1600 prisoners, and killed and wounded 6000 reb
els, our loss being only 1500.
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Congress was organized without difficulty
early indhe afternoon of Monday, but no im
portant business* wt s done. It was announced
by the Speaker that the message of the President
would not bo submitted until Tuesday.
AUGUR GENERAL HOSPITAL REPOET,
FOR THE -WEEK ENDING DEC. 3RD, 1864.
No. of beds 670
*' admitted during the week, 367
" returned to duty, 87
" transferred, 175
" on furlough, 6
" discharged, „, 7
" deserted, '.'. 1
" deceased, 0
REMAINING IN HOSPITAL.
From Rendezvous of Distribution, 612
G. L. SUTTON, Surg. U. S. V., in Charge.
RENDEZVOUS OF DISTRIBUTION
Of men received and sent to their respective regi
ments during the week ending Saturday, Dec
Men. received 3076
Number of men sent to theirregiments 1780
W. J. SHELDRAKE, Serg't Major.
List of men received for the week ending Doc. 3, 226
Sent away, , 117
In Camp, lrt)
B. THOMAS, Lieut. 14th V. R. C, Com, Div.
Chas. A. Evans, Chief Clerk.
HOSPITAL REPORT OP CAMP CASEY,
FOR THE WEEK ENDING DEC. 3RD, 1804.
No. of beds, , it
No. of patients, "fa
Returned to duty, 8
Discharged from service; 0
C. CAMPBBXL, A. A. Surgeon, in Charge.
FOR THE WEEK ENDING DEO. 3RD, 1864.
Number of letters forwarded, 6374
" papers and packages forwarded, 283
" letters received, 2708
1 papers and packages reieeived, 316
" dead letters received 27D
N. T. STRICKLAND, Capt. »th N. Y. H. A., P. M,
W. B. Wkxton, Chief Clerk.