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The Soldiers' journal. (Rendevous of Distribution, Va.) 1864-1865, June 21, 1865, Image 5

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—The Government has dispatched five hun
dred men, with intrenohment tools and coffins,
to the battle-fields of the Wilderness, for the
purpose of decently interring the remains of all
soldiers exposed to view, of which there are a
—The President has issued a proclamation
still further opening th« South to commerce, de
claring that armed rebellion has ceased to exist
in Tennessee, and annulling previous disqualify
ing proclamations which applied duly to aState in
insurrection against the Government.
—General Orders No. 101, from tho War De
partment, gives all honorably-discharged sol
diers the privilege of retaining their arms, on
condition that they purchase them at the follow
ing rates:
Muskets, all kinds, with or without accoutre
ments, six (6) dollars.
Spencer carbines, with or without accoutre
ments, ten (10) dollars.
All other carbines and revolvers, eigQp dol
Sabres, swords, with or without belts, three
(3) dollars.
—As there have been some complaints of de
linquencies in the Second Auditor's office the<»'
Hon. E. B. French, announced that during the i
month of May there was received at this office ,
26,237 claims and officers property returns.—
There have been 29,413 claims and returns ex- «
amined,settled and adjusted: 16,864 claims reg
istered and preferred; 14,604 letters written, re- J
corded and mailed ; 3,457 examinations of army
rolls and certificates issued to the Paymaster-
General and Commissions of Pensions upon ,
their request and 700 requisitions registered and
posted. It is asserted that the work is contin
uing with all reasonable dispatch.
—Miss Clara Barton has hit upon an excel
lent device for bringing to the knowledge of
friends the fate or whereabouts of missing sol
diers. Some weeks ago she published an mvi- j
tation to the public to send to hor address, in '
this city, a description of missing soldiers, giv
ing the name, regiment, company, and the State
to which they respectively belong. In response,
she has already received such descriptions of
some thousands. Roll No*. 1 is 1 - large sheet,
containing, we believe, about fifteen hundred
names of missing prisoners of war. Twenty
thousand copies of this roll have been printed
and circulated all through the loyal States, and
among the camps; and she now calls upon sol
diers and others who can give information con
cerning the missing men to write to her imme
diately. Great care should be taken to write
the name andaddress in every instance plainly.
Herplan is highly appreciated and approved by
the War Department and by the President. All
letters must be directed to Miss Clara Barton,
Washington, D. C.
—The cavalry formerly attached to the Army
of the Potomac, and that which has heretofore
operated in the Shenandoah Valley, is now en
camped on the Orange and Alexandria Rail
road, and is being reorganized and consolidated
in consequence of the mustering out of those
whose terms of service expire prior to October 1.
About 4,000 have already been mustered out,
»nd but 2,000 of the same class remain to be dis
charged as rapidly as circumstances permit. It
is believed that a coming order from the War
Department will direct the immediate discharge
of all whose term of service expires before Jan
uary 1, 186©. A Ijoard of officers is in session
daily for an examination into the merits of ev
ery officer of the entire Cavalry Corps, and the
result of the investigation is forwarded to the
War Department. Meritorious officers making
application to remain in the service receive an
appointment in the new consolidation y upon the
recommendation of the Examining Board. The
entire strength of the Cavalry Corps command
ed by Gen. Davies is about 12,000. The Ist Ver
mont Cavalry has been ordered to. report toGen.
Dix, in New' York, and the 6th United States has
been sent to Frederick, Md.
Thk last of General Sherman's army left
Washington on Thursday.
Judiciary Square Hospital, in Washington,
watt discontinued on Monday last.
At the subscription price of $2 00 per annum,
payable always in advance. Single copies
Five Cents each.
The proceeds resulting from its sale to be
devoted to a fund for the maintenance
of the orphans of soldiers who
have fallen in defence of the
cause of the Union.
Its primary objects will be to promote tho interests
of the soldier in the ranks. To this end it will contain
all necessary information as to the methods of keep
ing in good order their accounts with the Government.
The soldjer In hospital will find in our columns in
structions how to procure pay and clothing when en
titled to it; what are tho requisites exacted by the
Government when furloughs are granted; and dis
charged soldiers will be put in the way of procuring
prompt settlements of their accounts without the in
terference of claim agents.
Aside from this THE SOLDIERS' JOURNAL will
contain interesting original and selected reading mat
ter. It is the intention of those engaged in its publi
cation to make its pages lively and readable, and It Is
believed that the varied talent pledged to its support
will enable it to take at least a respectable rank
among the Journals of the country.
Soldiers' Orphan Children.
The Soldiers' Journal was estab
lished at Rendezvous of Distribution,
February 17,1864, (now changed to
Augur General Hospital, Va.,) where
it has since been published weekly,
and is, at the date of this writing,
(June Ist, 1865,) well advanced in its
second volume. The ob/ect of its pub
lication has been to benefit the children
reduced to orphanage by their fathers
having fallen in support of the cause of
the Union, and the proceeds resulting
from its sale and bushiest will be devoted
to a fund for the maintenance and edu
cation of these orphans.
The war having closed, it is believ
ed that the time has arrived to carry
out an object that has been adhered
to for over a year, and which has gain
ed strength from the number and ne
cessities of those to be benefitted.—
The Journal profits now amount to
Fifteen Hundred Dollars, all of which
the Proprietor is ready to devote to
the establishment of a suitable Home
and School for Soldiers' Orphan Chil
dren, and she respectfully solicits the
active aid of the generous men and
women of the nation to give immedi
ate effect to a plan which must result
in the protection and elevation of this
deserving class of our population,
rendered doubly worthy of aid by
their martyred patriot fathers.
It is her intention to make the Sol
diers' Journal a permanent weekly
paper, and to this end she solicits year
ly and half-yearly subscriptions. She
also proposes soon to enlarge it to a
folio of sixteen pages, containing in
convenient form everything pertain
ing to the history of the country as it
advances, and all important records of
the past war; as well as the choicest
literary articles that can be procured,
making it a neat and pleasing volume
for reference. It will likewise con
tinue to guard the interests of the
soldier, and keep him posted on all
laws and regulations intended for his
benefit. As in the past, the profitß
arising from the business of the Jour
nal will be devoted to the School and
Home in contemplation.
The School will be centrally loca -
ted, conducted to the best advantage
of the pupils, and if a sufficient fund
can be raised for the purchase of lands
connected with the School, it will be
the earnest effort of the founder to
make it partly self-supporting, as well
as the means of recreation and phy
sical education of its inmates.
The Proprietor of the Journal feels*
that it is not out of place to ask the
support of a generous people to an
object which must strike the reason
and hearts of all as truly christian
and worthy.
Donations will be gladly received
from the army, from societies, and
from individuals, and will be equally
welcomed whether great or small.—
The names of all contributing to thi_
object, either directly or through sub
scriptions to the paper, will be pub
lished in the Journal as fast as receiv
ed, with the amounts opposite the
names, and afterward recorded in a
book kept for the purpose of showing,
in the after-history of the institution,
who contributed of their mite to its
Address Miss Am y' M. Bradley h care
of U. 8. Sanitary Commission, 244 F
Street, Washington, D. C.

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