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YIMUNNI HUOIHL
VOL. XXIV.
Headquarters Trans-Miss. Dspartmbxt, )
Shreveport, La., Feb. 8, 1854. (
General Orders No. 4.
I. The following order, issued fr ni the Ad
jutant and Inspector General's Office, is pub
lished for the information of all concerned:
Adjutant and Inspec ron General’s Orricii, 1
Richmind, Jan 9th, 1854. J
General Order)
No. 2. (
I. The following Acts of Congress and Regu
lations are publishe 1 for the information of all
concerned therein:
Acts.
AN ACT to prevent the enlistment or enroll
ment of Substitutes n the military service
of the Confederate Stat’S.
The Congress of the Confederate States of
Kmerici do enact, That no person liable to
military service shell hereafter be permitted or
allowe I to furnish a substitute for such service,
nor shall any substitute be received, enlisted
or enrolled in the military sei vice of the Con
federate States.
[Approved Dec. 28th, 1863.
AN ACT to put an end to exemption from
military serv co of those who have heretofore
tnruished substitutes.
Whereas, In the present circumstances it
requires the ai l of all who are able to bear
arms:
The Congress of the Confederate States do
enact, Tuat no person shall be exempt from
military service by reason of his having fur- •
nislied a substitute; but this act shall not be -
•o construed ns io affect persons who, though
not liable to render n iiitury services, have, i
nevertheless furni-lied substitutes.
[ Approved Jan. sth, 1864.
11. Persons rend -re I liable to military ser
vice by operation of the preceding Act’ are
placed on tn® same footing with all others
heretofore held liah'e bv Acts cf Congress.
111. Pcrsoms herein rendered liable to mili- ,
• service are required to report as volun
teers or conscripts, without delay, to the «n
--r il’l ng ofli tei; ami nil who delay beyond the
first <;ay of February, 1864. will be considered
n- having renounce I the privilege of volunteer- ;
■.eg and held for as-ignmout according to law.
1 V Enrolling officers will proceed as rapidly ;
us practic b'.e in the enrollment of persons I
herein mode liable to military service. Previ
ous to enrollment, as conscripts, all such per
suns will be allowed to volunteer in companies
in service on the loth of April, 1862, provided
the company chosen does not, at the time of :
v ilnu eer:ug. reach the maximum number a 1 - :
1 .We 1, •■'.a l upon .-nch company b ing selecte I,
no volunteer w.ll race ru trom the enrolling
'.dicer a certiiic.ne to the effect that he has so j
volunteered, and nt volunteer will be receieed '
into nny company except on such certificate.
Persons who fail to make their selections at (
the time of enrollment will be assigned a: ord '
ing to existing regulations.
V. Persons who report to the enrolling offi
cer will be enrolled, and maybe allows! i fur- ■
louxh of ten days before rep irting to the Camp
of nstruction.
VI. All persons, whether volunteers or c <n
pcripts. under ibis order, will pass thr nlgh the
<’-.»p of Instruction ut Uie State to which they
belong, and be forwarded thence to the compa
nies which are selected, or to which they may
be assigned.
VII. The Bureau of Conscription is charged
with adopting proper regulations fir the en
forcement of this order.
VIII. Ail exemptions heretofore granted are
subject to revision, under instructions from the
Bureau of Conscription, and if found to be im
proper or unauthorized bylaw, will be revoked.
By order
(Signe ) S. C<»OPER,
Adjutant and Inspector General.
11. Paragraph 111 of the above or. ( er is so
modified as to read ns follows:—••Persons
herein rendered liable to military service, are
required to report as volunteers or conscripts,
without delay, to the enrolling officer; and a 1
who delay beyond the first day of March,
’864, will be considered as having renounced
the privilege of volunteering, an d held tor as
signment, aco -rling to law.”
111. Paragraph IV of the above order is ii
modified as ;o allow persons herein rendered
liable to military servica, to volu .iteer in organ
izations mustered and accepted previous to the
first day of July, 1863; and no volunteer will
be received in any organization not serving in
this, department.
IV. Enrolling Officers in this department
will proceed at once to enforce a rigid execu
tion of the foregoing orders.
By command of
Lieut.-Gen. E. Kirby Smith,
S. S. ANDERSON,
Assistant Adjutant General.
Shreveport, February 17. 1864. 5-4 t
- WASHINGTON '
FE JI AEE ACADE JIT.
THE Spring Session of the Washington Fe
male Academy will commence on Monday,
26th, 1864, under the superintendence of Mrs.
Field and Miss Brown. Rates of Tuition S4O
and SSO. Payment at the end of each half
session. No deduction except in case of pro*
tracted illness.
January 20, 1864. 52rtf*
For Sale,
A HANDSOME Residence about one mile
from the Court House. There is a Dwel
ling House. (6 rooms,) Kitchen. Negro Cabins,
Smoke and Well House, and other nocessary
out-buildings. Splendid well of water. A
young Orchard of excellent selections of fruit’
Cribs, Stable# and Lots. In short, almost every
convenience that could be desired. Forty Acres
of Land will be included in the sale of the
Dwelling.
Title indisputable. Confederate money
wanted in payment. Apply f°
A. B. WILLIAMS.
Washington, Feb. 27, 1864.
WASHINGTON, ARKANSAS, FEBRUARY 24, 1864.
I
A Pleasant Prospect!—Fools and fanatic
never learn from experience.
Jamaica was once a garden in the west. Dot
ted over with prosperous plantations, it exhjbit
-1 ed a scene of peace, happiness and prosperity,
Kingston was one of the principal seaports of
the Western world—a busy and thriving mart of
comm tree. The slaves were happv on the plan
tations. The merchants throve in the city, ami
i the mechanics and ithers of the white race, i-i
the midst of so much prosperity and wealth, w r--
I enabled themselves to grow rich in time.
J Fanaticism blew over it like a simoon. Eng
' land, far away across the ocean, emancipated
| the slaves in Jamaica. It has become a desert.
! Nature lavishes het- beauties there, but •• only
man is vile. The plantations arc deserted. Th •
i sugar-mi Ils are crumbled down—all is wa t
and desolate. The negroes have settled olf in
little cabins, and live an idle life, supported by
their gardens. There is no Industry, no enter
prize, no morals. Society is loathsomely cor
rupt. Even returned California gold-hunt-rs
are disgusted with scenes upon the streets of
Kingston. All “ poor men ”of pride bav
abandoned a country wherein they were subject
to negro equality. Grass grows i the streets.
Ignorance, sloth, poverty, has settled upon the
I Island, and over it breathes a moral pestilent .
is the metamorphosis which'Northern fv
naticism would now produce in our belev. d
South. The heart sickens in its contemplation.
The negroes are to be freed—not to be receiv d
in Northern society, but to contaminate ours : to
be th'* equals of free citizens ; to bo landholder
and to have the rights of neighbors.
Read this, men of the South ! and sav if it be
a poor man's tight for a rich man's property I —
The poor mui becom-'S the equal of the negro it
th-y succeed, or ho goe< forth an exile of t
face of the earth. God help the poor, who- ■
wives and chil .ren are white, when the saturna
lia of ab dition arrives. Says the Washington
Chronicle:
" The grand plea of Mis’ Dickinson in bein'!
of conferring the rights of th • la idhold ir on the
colored men has been anticipated. Under th
auspices of the Secretary of the Treasuty, ad
by the authority of the President of the United i
■States, th? lauds purchased by the government l
at the tax sale of February la’t, in the depart
tn *nt of the South, have bee.i surveyed and di
vided into tracts of 320 seres. Every alternate |
tract lias been subdivided into lots of 20 acres. .
all reserv-4 forth • occupancy of colored m** >.
Here they are entitled to s-ttle and acquire a
pre-emption claim, which they can easily ma'; ■
a fee simple title to part of the soil oi which
they once worked as a ela-iC Thus two invalua
ble m ivements are inaugurated—that of cutting
up th? vast estates of th.•South into small tract-.
and of converting the heir of the lash into au
owner of th : land.”
P.cksident D.ivt; am> pits Fore.—Richmond
Jan. 22. - The corruspo i I.nice b -tween President
Davis a id Pop* l’iu-!tth is publish’d.
The President und r date of September 23d.
says: • I have real I ?tt rs allr.-sed bv les
holiness to the venerable chiefs of the Catholic
clergy of New Orleans and New York, is deeply
sensible of th ? Christian charity and sympith’
i with which hi« holine-sb twice urge I them to u- ■
’ evrry exer.ion for the restoration of peace. He. 1
. therefore, in the am • of the people of the Co .-
■ t< d*rat" States, oilers an expression of our si i
' ewe and co dial appreciation by which his holi
ness is actuated, and assures him that we are
; now. a i>l ever have Iweti, earnestly desirous th it
i tais wicked war shall ce ise ; that we d sire no
•'vil to our enemies nor covet th *ir possessions,
. but are only struggling that they may cease to
I d v isratc our land, a.id that we b n perm :, tcd to
: live under our own laws and institutions.”
The Pope’s r -ply was addressed tn th- nin«-
i Hiuu a . Honorable Jeffuson Da is. President of
| the Confederate States of America Richmond
I He s»ys it is very gratilyin.. to I' cogiizo th-,
i the people of the Confederate S ues are auim.i
ed by the same d •■'ire for p -c • aid tranquility
j iacu l anted in the afoi-osud letti r-. Oh! that
other people also, of States a id th -ir ruler-.
I oould r<*c-ire and etnbrac ■ the co i:i.«ela of peace.
• 'Ve shall not cease to implore God t > poir out
! he spirit of Christian love and p -acc upon all
the people of America, and to re-cu > them from
;';? great calamities with which th *y arc afflicted.
Dated at Rome, Dec. 3d.
PTroitble in the Wigwam ’ —Waldo, ths
; Washington correspon lent of th- M Loni->
■ Democrat, sends the following letter and com
-1 meut to his paper:
Headquarters Army of Arkansas,
Little Rock, January 17, 18S4.
j //on. S //. finyd, M. C.:
Dear Sir:—The Missouri Democrat of the
i sth instant contains what purports to be a let
i ter, or an extract from a letter, addrsssed to
i you by Brigadier-General J. W. Davidson. I
write to inform you that certain statements
, therein contained relating to the “conciliatory
I policy” are false. If General Davidson is the
author of this letter, he has proved himself an
i ungrateful scoundrel. ‘‘You can cts my name
for these facts whenever you please.”
i I have the honor to be,
Very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
FRED. K. STEELE,
Major General.
I hare thus given General Steele the benefit
of his polite denial of the allegations of Gene
ral Davidson, marely remarking that the Ark
ansas delegation, headed by General Gantt,
who have been here for a number of days, con
firm by their statements thoso made by Gen.
Davidson.
More Favors.—We are extremely gratified
by the kind attention of friends in furnishing
us with late papers and news items. General
Marmaduke, Gen. Doekery, Majors Gordon
and John Peay, (two peas very much alike in
being clever gontlemen,) besides other friends,
have laid us under renewed obligations.
The spring weather is delightful It
invites to planting operations. ’To neglect it
is to fly in the face of Providence
TiS E EA. 3 EST A A ii» BEST !
, > I com a private letter from Bbrevesport of
i y/ 1 "***■’ “ews of Longstrevt’s grot fight at
■ Lnoxviile, with confirmation, has arrive 1. It
i Von n great victory, and would have been
complete but for the fact, that the small pox
was raging among the Federal*, which deter
mined Longstreet not to push his advantage
until he could do so with vaccinated troop's.
j I ue delay prevented a complete rout.
commanded in the big fight near Jack
son, 55. D. Lev < uni.minded cavalry, and Loring
-the infi nii-y. We were victorious, causing
.'hcrinari to retreat ispt ily te Vicksburg. The
; above news is reliable.
Itoi Mi -ts.sippi —B mkhaven, Jan. 27.
lien. v» ;rt Adams’cavalry entered Selertown
aeir Natchez, capturing 35 prisoiers. 60 wag- ■
: gons and teams, a 'ot of c >tt n going to Natch
: ez; and about 80 negroes.
Ou the 18th our civahy had a bru’h with the i
I marine brigade near lieduoy, de cating the ;
Yankee-.
A d vic- a from Vick-hurg tv the 2'lth stata I
th it t ‘c enemy aro making preparations to 1
:a >vc out and ccapy Ja kso.i. Pontoons aro i
being throwa across Big Black. Sherman ■
left Vicksburg on the 18th on a gunboat going ■
down the riv-r The York Mercury of
the Bth sa s. that Sherman's expedition com 1
j rr-es the 16th aud 17th .iriny c rps, with
1i.90 ) negro troops iro n Pu t Hudson. j'u« ,
c itnbine 1 f.irce w il r*ach 70,OIK).
A friend lias furnished us with the following .
di’pateh received at Catndcu. Wo do not
kn v h w the news came atro»a vr h>w rc'.ia ,
hie it nny bv.-
'•H.KVi.p.' r, 19 9 r x.—Gen S. D. Lee
I: is iii -t Gen Sher •<i in i:t!». defeating bun 1
e >~ptetciy. Lie ki.lc I. w mnde I and cap- I
lured G.ooo. S'.iei>ui i is n.w retreating to- |
wirds Vicksburg, and Lee puraaing. Dis- ;
patcliej rcceivi-4 in Alexandria ou the 18th,:
recmilc i here t.ii- morning at 9 o'clock, offi
ciai aa I rel able.
Fiiom LoxcsritKEi’s Corps.—lt sterns that
the advance of our cavalry upon Knoxville was I
nut for the purp se ot a aeige, but to capture
forage and stuck, and secure import mt a lvai.
tagea for future per.Uio .s. All repotts of a
ger-eral ei ■ • ■ . -rowing,
u » uoubt, •»’ v.j, t w iv 6uect*«?fu! ■
by the cavalry After having accomplished
t i-ir obj-ct, and driven th- cue ay into th-:r ■
ent roue >iu mt’. our cavalry r •tire I.
Ru’sclville. Jan. 27. —The enomy eva -mtod 1
Yizuni d y'-ter ia»-, retreating towards Cttm» 1
b-i land il»n ‘Hj r Diy occupied the place
ana- dsy, capturing •; .re- aorf property Oir
troops ur< b -mg r.i;< lly c!..th *l. G iv. Va-.ce,
x>t North I’irjiii*. kindly s *ut Gen L >i>g’tr.‘«t
e.lough ch thing t • supp'y lie u n«.i 1.
Northiifu despatches say that <••■ the 27tbi»
c r i'ry fight orc.i .e.l hey :i I S-..it vi’b*. I>o
tw. eu m.. tie i. Mirti.i and the M r I Geo
Sturgis V say they tell ba k hm a!t«r-
wi-ds rallied r' <1 drove us nine m Its. Tuey
admit a bus >f it)')
A N I’ttviie lett..r, d ito 1 the 231, stye that
L’>ngs:roet has been henvily re nl'urccd fr >’ii
North Carolina, and h is concentrated hieforcv? I
nt Seviersvi 11-*. Tn* Federal communication
with Gen. Park it C<t nberl-tnd Gap has b-eu
cut off.
Ou Sunday a b-itt o took place at T azewell.
which l i-!e i several I m « G-n Wilcox (Fed
r il) was wo Hide I ) The Fcderals were repulsed
and fell back tn a bette- pi iiioo. The late-t
! advices receivv'i at Washington u i to the 6t!i ,
i iust. represent the Federate nt Knoxville i i a ‘
1 critical condition.
From N rth Caroi.ina.—From Northern:
| papers we !*«r.i Inal a body of tlunfedertte
, troop- c nsistiug of Pickett’s an 1 tiuod’ divi- ‘
sions attacks 1 the outpists of th? eiiemv on I
,• iteti-1 I'irs creek the evening ot the Ist im»t
I They drove tho enemy g/anuii y back into
Newborn, where at la t accounts they were ■
chi-ely i„V' --yd. having lost all their strong
(outp.sts. I'he ginb >at ‘Un l-rwi iter ” which i
formed p irl of die def- nces .of Newborn was
capture I. nd being aground was blown up.—
A Federal ■ i-patcu from Newborn, Tuegduy
; evoiiiag 2-1, >< presents that the rebels had
p ss.-ssi.d! ,>f Newp -1, cutting off ail cit-nee
i sou with Beaufort, and also giving them (tho
I rebels) eo.a u ia<l <>f toe approaches to the city
by the Neu.-o river. The guubeat was eap
, ttire l by 250 officers an I sailers from Savan
nah, who hr light b Tges by rail.
We have nothing further definite fro n New.
bu n or Knoxville up to the Bth.
Nortliern News.—Feb G.— V graa l caucus 1
of Republican Members of Congress is called. :
It is thought they will assail the President and
: the Administration. Gen. lialleck says he
! will resign if Grant is made a Lieut. Central.
J The draft will not be postponed beyond the
1 lOth of march. It is rumored that Gen W. J.
' Smith is to e< uiinand the ar yof the Potomac
i A Washington d -patch of the 7th says, that J
Gen. Cablwe l having captured the rebel pick- |
e’s at Martin’s Feiry on the Rapidan, crossed i
with Lis division aud another brigvle, deter
i mined to storm the rebel works. Ho was re
pulsed and barely managed to hold his posi
' tioii till night wu> u ho retreated back across
j the Rnpidsn.
VicxtßVßG Intelligence.—Meridian, Jan.
22.—Advices from Vicksburg report tho river
blockaded at Greenville and Milliken's Band
by our batteries. But sow transports get
down, and provisions rose to an extraordinary
high price. The steamer Ben Franklin was
tak«n to Vicksburg recently by a guuboat with
the crew in irons. Tho boat was detected
crossing ordnance stores for Confederates to
Louisiana shore. A fight occurred at Rod
Bone, Warren county, a shoit time since, be
tween negro troops and whites. The negroes
killed a number cf Yankees, when reinforce
ments arrived and charged negrow, took the
artillery and opened on them with grape and
eanis'er. Several hundred Yankees were
"killed.
Hon. Trvstex Pm.x—< Cobbnction. —W«i
arc truly and heartily.g’ id to learn that tho
report published in the St. Louis papers, to
the effect that thi« diitingnished Missourian
It id taken the ORth of slleginn-« to the F-
Government, tin I I ?eu p-ird >ne-J under tuo
| amnesty act is false. Oar notice of this niat
-1 ter has called forth several prompt corrections,
ot which we give extracts. I'h'-y le tvo n »
question of his devoted loyalty to the South
Mr. B. DiviGon. of St. Louis, writes us
from Cam len, under dote the 29th tnst! as
follows-
“I beg. Sir. to request that yon will say in
your next issue that I am satisfied there is n -t
a particle of truth in thi’ statement. Th-re i
not a firmer, a purer patriot in the Confederate
States than Trnsten Polk, of Missouri.
“Many of our wealthy men have succumbed
to the storm, and sacrificed Ao/t ir in or k- i’
savo property. So far from b'-iug in this li-t.
Gov. Polk has, through his devotion to the
South, lost by confi-catiun a very largo for
ttß‘l ■» reatly nt any time to oifer np h’«
it-* as a sacrifice to his b-luved country-
••Tho piper from which yon gk-ane-l tin
above item, publish-1 it knowing it to bj fal.e,
and will be very far from making a correction.
It was a cunning trick ot the enemy to deoeiva
our friends in Mis our>’; but those who know
the man cannot bo deceived by such state
mi-nts. The object of the St. Louis paper- io
saying that Tr.tsten Polk; the polished gentle
ni m, the pore Christian, theenlizhtene l states
man and true patriot—the met prominent
leader in Missouri, to whom the poop’e of that
State looked fur advice an Icom- .] i ;1 all po
litical matters—had pr -ved a trait >r t> his
conntry. was to cause the oppres— I p—vi’e of
Missouri t > submit to Yankee rn'<*. G-iv. polk
went to Mississippi trom Little Rock in July,
alter bis wife an 1 chil Iren had b-*en banished
fr-un tiieir bom- in St. Louis 11-j fuitn I htj
f-iinily, started bacx, and was captured tH’h
them while attempting to crus’ tho Mississippi
river in Septomb sr, an ! b<- bn I sinM that tirr»
been confined at Johnson’s Islan 1. He wss
recently exchanged, and was at Grenada. Mis
sisippi, the latter psrt of January, with his
health so ranch impaired by his irapris’'-iment
that he had to rem tin to recruit ero undertak
ing the fatiguing nui hazard mis trip to this
place. I! • will soon be hero to resume his
seat as Presiding Judges of the Military Court
attached to Lt.-Gen Holmes’ corps.”
H >n. Ge >. C. Watkins wri os tia follows:
••Camden, Ark.. Feb 26th. 1864,
“.'ln. EaKix— Dear .Str. - —Our information
here, and which 1 before, of Gov. Polk is. that
after being exchanged he was sent into Missis
ii'pp:, and was at Grcn i la on the 25th of Janu
iry 'n rather feeble health, on his way to Lex
mgt in, in Holmes eouaty, an I exn»oting to
come t<> the army on this side, m the Spring
•t a- soon a’ he felt able to undertake ths
trip, fvtch is the intelligence brought hare bv
liis ic | i-.inta'.a.-, au l. a- I tnko it, h a frieud,
t'apt. Ingraham. ..f the Conr'.e.- Lin -, Wao ar
rived acre about nine d lys ago, direct fr m
Grenada, where lit saw and converse i with
Gov. Polk.”
Htp-ocmsy—Whilst Felcr.tl Fleets sal
gutiuotts are flrng sh- ils into citie’ ci I mur
dering defeuce’esa women and children who
arc nt home, an I have no other place to go;
■A-hi'-t Butler in New Orleans, McPherson at
\ icknlmrg, W il !»• in North Carolina, and other
brutra in human shape all over the country
■ire ho iping np n tender a id refined females,
chains, insults, nn l all tn inner of ignomy, our
enemies sneer at Southern chivalry, liccausj
our p.-irti’in- fire upon stenmb iats, having wo.
men an I chi! ire.l on board.
We do regret that women and children trav
el <>n the ve-ae's of tho enemy that come to
force a navigation in the waters es tho Con
federacy. To yie’d them tnf>* navigation w nil
crush us. We ca-inot all jw them to put wo
men an 1 cliild:e-, in this cowardly manner,
bet.vccu tbemsrlvea a.id danger, and extort
from our gallantry our own cubjugation an I
debase-nent We Lave the honor of wives and
daughters at Lome to pro‘ict» If we yield the
navigation of the rivers cur cause ia lost, and
our women will berepiid for our false chival
ry, by the sight of our own blazing home
steads, ai.d the brutal insolence of negre sol
diers.
We sincerely hope no women and children
will travel upon Federal boats. Whenever it in
absolutely neco’sary that they should travel
on our rivers, a st stem of flag of truce boats
might be arranged between the belligerents,
for that special purpose. Until that is done
we mu-t continue to hope success to onr river
guards, anil wish that every’vessel of the ene
my venturing south of Cairo may be sunk or
committed to the flames. In case womtn and
children should be nn board however we would
be please! to find cur brave ra-.igers using ev.
ery effort to save them consistent with the
prime obje :t < f the destruction of the vessel.
SfaT It was a trifling piece of contemptible
meanness in the St. Lou s papers to publish
that Tusten Polk had taken the oath an-1 bee*
pardoned, under the amnesty.
It is all a lie. They fooled ns completely
Nobody can know how to take the dirty dogs.
From Johnsox’s Army —The reported evac
uation of Dalton by our army is untrue. A
Federal dispacth from Chattanooga.ef the Srd,
says that whatever may be the conlingenoies
at Mobile, not more than two Brigades of
Johnsons army have left for that place. We
are fortifying at Dalton, and hold Tunnel Hill.
The sick arc being removed from Chattanoo
ga to Nashville, aud elsewhere eveiy day.
When we commented on Gantt’s defec
tion, onr friend Jennings slyly sent him a copy
of the paper for his intormation. That was
all right, although no kindness tons was in
tended. Will not aomo of Jennings’ friends
do him a like favor with this number. We
will supply a half dozen copies for the purpose.
NO. 5.

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