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Stories Eminently Worth Telling of Experiences and Adventures in the Great National Struggle; IN A HOLLOW SYCAMORE Close Quarters with a Rebel Scoutlnc Party for Three Honrs. Editor National Thibune: In the is sue of May 19 1 saw an article from Com rade W. G. Gilbert. 51st I nil. Shake, com rade; 1 was there?1 was the ln>y who put it into Gen. Pope's head to climb the trees and look into Corinth! 1 was on lien. Uglesby's staff, and one night carried a message to (ieii. Pope. In the morning, when the General was preparing for his usual morning skirmish, he remarkeil that he'd like to look into the rebel works. Glancing np at a tall oak 1 safd. "General, yon can do it," and throwing off my coat, up that tree 1 went?and sure enough, right before me lay a large portion of the rebel camps and forts. 1 saluted the Gen eral and told him to come up and see: but being short and fat. he could not climb; but in a little while he had a ladder made and was up in that tree. But 1 was going to write of how it looked to a man up a tree. After the second battle of Corinth, where Gen. Oglesby was wounded, 1 went into the scoutiug service, under Gen. G. M. Dodge, and when Lawler and Sullivan ?were licking Forrest at Parker's Cross roads, 1 was with a detachment of the 15th 111. Cav.. under Maj. Carmichal, and our Chief of Scouts. Col. Kill Breckin ridge. trying to capture and destroy For rest's ferryboats at Clifton, Tenn. We found so many rebels there who objected to it we concluded not to cross the Ten nessee Kiver: but we skirmished a good part of the day. across the river. In the afternoon the troops retired, leaving a few scouts to watch the rebels. We had hid our horses back in the timber. My part ner and 1 discovered, just below the ferry, a sycamore stump, probably 50 feet high, leaning over the hank, and with a hole in the upper side, near the ground, large enough for a small man to crawl into, di vested >of coat and accouterments. Inside "a B~BKL COMMAND LAFWCHED FBVEBAL PLAT BOATS AND STAKTKD OVEK." there was room to spare. Lying on the ground we stripped, then slipped in ami drew our clothes, including our coats, in with us. The stump was large; there was room for us to crawl side by side till we could see out at the top; and to help us, woodpeckers had made numerous holes, to that we could see in various directions, up and down the river, and straight to the ground, while the end pointed straight into Clifton. We had just gotten comfortably settled in our nest when a rebel command marched down and lauched several of their flatboats. and started over for a reconnoissauce. It was then too late f??r us to retreat, and we concluded to hold the hole, and see it out?or sec out of it. They came over. KM) or more. Some boats landed under our snag. Of course, they left a guard at the river, and our dis?-oin-y forts then began. As if with malice and delilxrate purpose that squad built a tire right under us. and went to getting din ner! Smoke? It was fearful! How those woodpccker holes did draw! And we dare not sneeze or cough! They heaped insults on injuries?talked hard about the Yankees?called us cowardly pups, and even used profane language because we had shot across the river into houses and kill?*d some of their brave comrades who were shooting out at windows and doors at us cowardly whelps who stood behind trees or lay Hat on the ground instead of coming out in the open like men! We just lay still and took it without saying a word back?but we made many mental reservations. IIow good their bacon and corndodger smeiled to a pair of hungry Yankees in a tree! How chilly we got, looking down on that fire, 50 feet below us. And how 1 did want to cough, sneeze, jaw, kick, turn over or move some way! Were rebels ever l?efore so long in eating a dinner? We could have dropjH-d a cartridge into their fire. My partner. G. M. Copland, wanted to do it, but I was fearful they might decide to try to tind out "where the thunder it came from. Three bad hours they kept us th? re, and we dare?l not move; to lay there perfectly quiet was no easy matter. Finally the scouting party re turned. al?oul sundown, and all crossed the river, and we lost little time in getting out of that hole. To our great surprise we found our horses where we left them, and soon we joine<l the command, three or four miles back oil the hiils. That night I spent in my saddle, till 1 o'clock in the morning. With Col. Breckinridge I en tered a village, full of rebels, stole a horse right out of their camp and got away with him. And thereby hangs a tale 1 may un fold some other day.?J. H. Watson, Stewart's Battalion, 111. Ind. Car., El Do rado, Kana. Shoulder Artillery. Editor National Tribune: The com rades who have been writing in regard to Harper's Ferry and the Harper's Ferry Arsenal and the old muskets altered from flintlocks to percussion lo< ks remind me of the early days of the war when I was in Missouri with the 1st Iowa, under Gen. Lyon. Our efficient Commissioner of Pen sions, Comrade Ware, can tell how effec tive they were. No man who ever fired one of them will forget the impression they made on the "man behind the gun/' A regiment in action, with such arms, could not l>e kept in a proper line; for the fciuall men would have to take one or two steps to the front to regain his |>ositioii after discharging his piece. Kick? Yes, 1 should say they would! Harder than Totten's mules! 1 would like to *ee one of those old altered-over Harper's Ferry muskets; but I have no desire to go gun ning with one. Later on tu the war I was in a regiment that was armed in a pro miscuous manner, one battalion with Colt's revolving rifles, and for a short time we had what were called Belgian rifles, with salier bayonets, and we were nick named /'Coon's IJght Artillery." Our Major's name was Datus K. Coou. Sub sequently we were given the Spencer car bine?a seven-shooter, of which the boys were very proud. The rebels said we never went to church, but put in the day loading them up, so that we could shoot all week without loading. In that d-ay they witv good-?but where would they be now agamnt the Mausers and Krags of these times? Well, boys, we were all right then, even if we ure back numbers now.?F. A. PAHitoTT, Co. B, 1st Iowa. Iowa City, Iowa. DUST, THIRST, REBELS AND HUNGER. The Main Features of the Retreat frgm Cum berland Gap to the Ohio. Editor National Tribune: I have been much interested in letters from com rades giving their recollections of the grand promenade from Cumberland Gap to the Ohio River. They prompted ine to look into my diary of those days, as 1 was also a member of the Seventh l>ivision. Army of the Ohio. It occurred to me that I might also give a brief reminiscence of that long and tedious march of 10 days and 'nights. As no supplies were coining to us from the North, the food problem was growing serious; so much so that Gen. Geo. W. Morgan decided to send l>e Courcey's Brigade?the l?;th and 42d Ohio and 22d Ky., and Lanphere's Michigan I Battery?to Manchester, about 50 miles , northeast of the Gap, the 7th Ky. having ; preceded us to that point. I quote from my diary: Sept. 8.?At 4 o'clock p. m. DeCourcey's Brigade started out for Cuml>erland Ford. The dust was at least four incites deep, which made~it very uupleasaut for those marching in the rear. \Ve marched most of the night, going into camp about day light. at Camp Patton, near the Cumber laud Hi ver. where we took a good bath and rested until p. m., Sept. 0, when we fell into line and started out for another | night march, going into camp about day light. Sept. 10.?At 3:30 p. m. we are again on the road, aud march until midnight. Sept. 11.?At noon we resume the march, and after going seven miles arrive at Manchester, early in the evening. A strong picket was posted around our camp. Sept. 12 to 20, inclusive.?(lathering ra tions for man and beast and doing picket duty. Sept. 20.?Gen. G. W. Morgan, with the balance of the division, joined us to-day, having evacuated the Gap. Sept. 17. Ra tions have been scarce for some time, but the flour ami bacon we have been able to procure in this section has put the men all in a good humor again. Sept. 21.?The brigade was marched out this afternoon to witness the execution of a member of the 7th Ky., who had been tried by court-martial and was sentenced to be shot, for the murder of one of his comrades. Orders were issued to be ready to inarch soon after dark. Our road for considerable distance was through the woods. The night being very dark, it was impossible to obey the order to move quietly, and make no noise. A man would catch his foot under a root, and would pitch headlong into the man in front, then such a clatter as our iron bayonet scab bards would make! It was near midnight when we finally got started, and we marched until 10 a. in. of the 22d, when we halted and rested until 5 o'clock p. m., when we were ordered to fall in for an other night inarch. Went only about nine miles, halting about 10 o'clock p. in., and resting until 3:30 in the morning. Sept. 23.?Resume our march at 3:30 a. m.. making a halt at 0 o'clock near a large flour-mill. Rations of flour issued and baked as soon as possible. After j rest of three hours we again move on. We arrive at Proctor, on the Kentucky River, at 8 o'clock p. ni. Near where our halt was made this morning was a depression about the size of a large iron kettle which, in wet weather, when full of water, is a boiling spring: but at this time it was dry, and a flame about three feet high wtif issuing from the crevice. Sept. 24.?The Ouartermaster procured some shoes at Proctor, and supplied those in need of them. At 10 o'clock we are again on the move. Go about 15 miles aud halt for the night, at 8 p. ni. f Sept. 2T?.?March this morning at 8 o'clock: paas through Campton and march until evening: go into camp about two miles from Hazel Green. Sept. 26.?More forward at 7 o'clock this morning, to Ha/el Green, where we halt for about two hours. Not many Union people here. A small drove of cattle had been collected, and fresh beef was issued. After leaving Hazel Green we go about eight miles, to where our road descends into a narrow valley, a little wider than the road, and about two miles long. The hills on either side are very high and heav i ily timbered. The wagon train ami rear guard. of which I was one. had gotten well into this pass when .Tohn Morgan's rebel cavalry made a dash from a by road, and after wounding two or three of the guard, and killing one. stampeded our cattle. The troops were double-quicked back, but found i>o rebels, as thev had left as suddenly as they had appeared. We bivouacked there for the night. Sept. 27.?We move out of this pass about noon, and after going a short dis tance discover the rebels in our front. The 10th Ohio is right-obliqued into the woods and moves forward rapidly; the artillery is soon exploding shells in their midst, anil they beat a hasty retreat. 1 understand that a case of surgical instruments aud a muM or two were the trophies that were OOBV POSE TOR SUPPER. captured as we passed the place they had occupied. We coutinue the march until we reach West Liberty, and go into camn along the Licking River. Judging from appearance milk and honey seemed to flow freely here, and an occasional porker aud a few chickens strayed into camp. About the hist thiug after going into camn would be to start up our Armstrong mills ?till plates punched full of boles ami used to grate the corn into meal, which was mixed with water to the right com sisteiicy and placed on a plat# or a flat bake* 8el up before the fire to dry, or AH K,n'ldus baggage, and ev ei>thing that we could g?t along without was burned, and at 3:30 p. U1. the column moved in the direction of Mt sEJung xt.?Z[y ?Ve m,U? ne Wvouacked near tbc^Mt. Sterling road. Sept. 20.?Marched at daylight, goimr about 12 miles, aud camp in the woods. X*o water fit to use; had to boil and akiin half nn inch of mud from it before putting in the coffee. Sept. 30.?March at 3:30 a. m.; go 10 miles an?l camp at 5 p. m. left and water to the right. W ater g?od but hard to get at. The Armstrong mills wtTf s(U)n in full operation and corn pone was prejmred for supper. (lot. 1.?Fell into line at 4 o clock this morning. Found the roads blockaded by trees felled across them. The blockade is soon removed aud we huiry forward as fast as possible. Have some skirmishing during the day. We march until ?o clock in 1he morning. Having come 31 miles, we lie down beside the road and are soon asleep. . .. Oct. 2.?failed up at sunrise this morn ing. expecting to find Humphrey Mar shall's force of rebels to dispute our ad vance; but it seems they had urgent busi ness elsewhere. We proceed about one mile and go into camp, near the town of Grayson, aud rest until 4 o clock p. m. Resume the march and go 12 miles, halt ing about midnight. . Qct> a.?Fell into line at sunrise anil inarched until 9 o'clock, when we halted, made coffee and had breakfast, after which we moved forward again, arriving at Greeniipsburg. on the Ohio River. Bnouar on its banks, ending our long, wearisome march through the mountainous region of Kentucky. , . a A ? i Now. I do not remember just what lhil las Mosgrove said al>nut that drove of cat tle; but I thought at the time that I read his account that he was considerably off, or that it must have been another drove of cattle. He wrote an interesting story, but in his account of our retreat he was evidently inclined to exaggerate. In reading the letter of Comrade Con ner, 33d Ind., in The National Tribune of June 2. I nOTe what he says of the drove of cattle mentioned by Mosgrove. It is this letter of his that has called forth this account, as 1 saw it. I was with the train guard that day, and only a short dis tance in front of the herd. I well remem ber that splendid regiment, the 23d Ind., and met their gallant Col. John Coburn at the Reunion of Morgan's Division, held at Cumberland Gap. Sept. Hi. 17 and 18. 1?>1. I hope that other members of Geo. W. Morgan's Seventh Division will give lis. through the columns of The National Tribune, their recollection of this long and trving march.?Enoh Pierpon, Corporal. I Co. C, 10th Ohio, Wooster. O. HOSPITAL SCENES. luffnlnci of the Bero?? WHO FontM the Battles of the Union. Editor National Tribune: We have had intensely interesting articles on "Fighting Them Over," in The National Tribune, for many years past, but very little of hospital experience. Let me d.ver sify the matter a little. I was First Lieutenant and A. D. C. on the staff of <ien. A. <1. Draper, command ing Second Hrigade, Thml Division, Eighteenth Con*, participated in the terrible, bloody, but successful, charge d.v this command on the rebel works at ^.vs' Market lights, Va., Sept. 2!?, 18<?4. 1 did not enjoy the coveted privilege of getting over the works, as, in the heat of the charge, a rebel bullet about the size of a large peanut, struck me in the hollow of the left hip, imssed, like a red-hot iron, behind the spine and lodged just under the skin, near the right hip joint, un horsing me. I lay, unconscious, from a quarter to half an hour. Some time after the works had been taken, two men, com ing to the rear, discovered and knew me. They got me on a blanket, took the four cornets and bobbed me along as best they could, to a house in the rear, surrounded by large shade trees where they were col lecting the wounded and waiting for Sur geons and ambulancts. My lower limbs were paralvzed. En route in the blanket I could look down and see the blood on my clothes, but for the life of me could not tell just where I was wounded. While lying on the grass under the trees I searched for my wound; put my finger on the hole where the ball entered; traced the direction by tlie soreness, across my back, and felt the ball at my right hip. I was greafly relieved for I was fearful that I was shot through the bowels. A Lieut. Richardson was placed in the same ambulance with me. He was shot through the right breast and lung, the ball lodg ing under his shoulder blade. He appeared to suffer great agony. We were taken to the I Kink of the James RiVer, and lay there until evening, waiting for the steam er to be loaded with wounded. We had been wounded about daylight. About noon Mr. Kuhn, sutler's clerk, came to me and asked if there was anything he could do. I told him I was famishing. He got a pound of tea cakes and a three-pound can of peaches, opened the can, and I ate the whole commissary. Never tasted anything better. 1 hope lie is still living and happy. At dark the steamer started down the river, with 2~?0 wounded aboard. I was in a cot on the lower deck and the Sur geon's operating table was close beside me. I watched their dressing of wounds and amputation of limbs during the whole night. One poor fellow wandered around the cots all night, groaning. He was shot across both eyes and through his nose? i totally blind?his face a mass of coagu lated blood. A number died during the night; one on the cot nt-xt to mine. At daylight we reached Fortress Mon ro". and were taken in ambulances to the Officers* General Hospital, which was in what had been a female seminary. 1 was placed on a cot near the center of the auditorium, a large room, where there were some 25 or 30 cots already occu pied. The ball was cut from my hip the morning of the ninth day. It is unneces sary to speak of my physical sufferings, tjiiite a number thought I would die, but I never once thought so, and I didn't die. Enough for myself. A large, broad-shouldered German, by name Deitman, from a Maryland cavalYy regiment, was over on my right. He had |>een there some time; was just getting about the room on the crutches furnished by the hospital, with bis right leg ampu tated at the knee; would be r<*ady to go home soon. The room was scrubbed the night after I got there, and was not dry in the morn:ng. Deitman came across the floor on his crutches, with shirt and draw ers on. leg of drawers pinned up over his stub of a leg. I was asleep from exhaus tion. He was going to the water tauk for a drink. Beside my cot one crutch slipped aud down he went with a heavy rhud, the wounded stump striking square on the floor. The weight cut the bone clear through the flesh. He fainted and was carried back to his cot. Gangrene set in; his leg was reamputated, and the poor fel low was still there when I left for home on eonvelescent's furlough. A tall, fine-looking lieutenant, named Swartout. from a New York regiment, was there, walking around. His left arm was knocked off at the elbow, at the fa mous Dutch Gap Canal, by a fragment of shell. Gangrene set in and the stump had been amputated three times, the last at the shoulder joint. It was doing well then, but the ligatures binding the arteries were still sticking out. and had to slough off and come awav before the wound could heal. His solicitude was touching. It was his last chance. If the arteries broke or gangrene set in he was gone, and he knew it. He would sit on the sid? of my cot and gently, oh, so gently, twist the ligatures every day to see if they were ready. I will never forget the expression of great joy that passed over his handsome face when, one day, the last one came safe ly away. He soon went home. I hope he is living and will see this. One more Incident and I will not tres pass further now. A Capt. Hall lay on a cot, foot to foot wilh mine. His thigh had been sliattered, and they were trying to save his leg. His leg lav on a rubber blanket, with a long bag of sand on each side of it. A cask, suspended, was con tinuously dripping cold water on his wound. One day, when I could get to him on my crutches, I asked him what the probabilities were for saving his leg. He said he did not know, and then lie reached down under one of the sand bags with his finger and pulled out several maggots. "That don't look very encouraging, does it?" he said. Ilia wife came soon after* and he was removed to a private room, and I never hoard whether h? recovered or not.?D. L. Wat, Sanford, Fla. SAVED t- jyjAlf S BREADTH. A Rebel General Stop* the Murder of 15 Union Soldiers. Editor National'J^ibvxe: Will you kindly publish the inclosed' and say that j I should very uiiii-b Ulde to hear from any of those 1H who were w*th Capt. Gary and myself on that occasloti, or any one who was in Florence Stoeka?le that ^ ?nVw.r' who remembers mfcY f mn the m?u who was taken out intt) Commissary Depart* ment tire Inst few weeks of uiy |H*sou life, and was allowed \6 take a negro to carry a large basket that I filled with the best edibles 1 could find1 after the rebel officers had finished their meal*. 1 was taken out as an expert steamboat cook, but was so weak from starvation that 1 could not uo anything. That was why 1 was allowed the negro to carry the basket. 1 he Com missary s name was Wallace, formerly a Yankee, but was in the South as a negro driver or overseer, and was a very bitter Southerner when Col. Averson was about. The men were starving in the prison, vet hundreds of carloads of corn meal were outside the i>en. I shall never for get Commissary Wallace. W hen they were loading us in box cars for " ?ni'nl5" ton, N. C., to go to the Union lines, Wal lace and his men threw several sacks or eorn meal into each caf- and we ate the meal raw. We were received by the llNtti 111. I remember the contrast between their appearance and ours. rl hey were big. brave men, who helped us along inio cauip.. They would look at our emaciated frames and cry like children. We wete not allowed to eat anything but fat meat and raw onions, nnd drink only vinegar foi several davs. If any of them ever stray this wav 1 will try to convince them that uiv table has been set ever since the war. The foregoing is from Comrade Lymaji S. Roach, now of Texarkana, Tex. The incloHure to which he refers is a letter from him to a newsjiaper of Texarkana, in which he recounts the fact of the capture of two comrades and himself, Pee. 1??. 1804, at Hutchinson's Island, Ga. His companions were Capt. M. B. Gary, CO. C, 1st Ohio L. A.?to which Comrade Roach belonged?and Comrade I/ewis Het tinger. They, with other prisoners, were, after a few days, sent to Pocataligo, 8. C. The extract pr?keeds: "Capt. Gary and I were put at the hea<l of a column and marched through town and back of it perhaps one-half mile. ? * ? We were lined up witu ?/> others. Gary ami I still at the head. W e right-dressed in line. There being In of us the same number of guards took their positions directly in our front; the officer in charge of the guard did not give us any warning or time to pray; but the Captain ?>eing older and a closer observer than I. told me that this was our last march. The officers stepped to the head of the column and commenced giving orders through the manual of arms. Just at the tiring point, a General, with his Aid, caine in sight on fleet horses, having been informed in the town what was going on and knowing the utter disregard of the rules of war of some of his men, they had made the race for life and saved 15 lives, some of whom have made their mark in America since, as M. B. (iary is as fine an international and constitutional lawyer as the State of Ohio boasts; and others of that forlorn com pany have got to the top of the ladder in their line of business. I, for one, will never get.through thanking that Genera!-? I think his name Was Hardy?for making that swift and famous ride and keeping In souls from looking too suddenly on that great white throne*. We were taken back to Pocataligo, then to Charleston, and there Gary and I separated, he going to Columbia "and I to Florence. "I have lived in the Southland ever since the war, and those that were so anxious to make angels of us then are as good and true friends to-day ns we wish to have."? Lvman S. Roach, Texarkana, Tex. Others Almost Superfluous. Editor National..Tribune: I was Sec ond Lieutenant, Co. K, 81st Ind.; First Brigade, First Division, Fourth Corps. Ours was the first regiment marched into Fort I>onelson after Us surrender. Ours was the first regiment ashore at Pittsburg Landing, and we lay in the old road and held the enomv in cheek for five hours. I We were at Stone River from Dec. 20 to Jan. 3, Ours was the best brigade in the Department of the Cumberland?1st and 2d Ky., 00th Ohio, 31st Ind. We anni hilated the rebel J. It. Chalmers's Missis sippi Brigade?7th, 9th, 10th, 41st Miss., Blvthe's Miss. Regiment and 0th Mis<. Battalion of Sharpshooters. They made three charges and their losses were so fearful at our hands that the brigade was never again organized. Gen. I>. T. Donelson's Brigade came up with deliberate step; but Polk, in his re port. says the slaughter was terrific. The Kth Tenn. lost 300 out of 42T?; the 10th Trim. 2(>7 out of 402. Polk says they car ried all the line in their front except the extreme right of Palmer's Division. This point, which was the key to the Union line. Polk says, Donelson Attacked with his left and lost half of his men. In con sequence of the terrible slaughter of Chal mers's Brigade of Mississippians that part of the battlefield is known ns ."Mississippi Half-acre." After the battle our brigade moved out on the McMinnville Pike, eight miles, and did scout duty for five months. Our brigade passed over Lookout Moun tain Sept. 9, '03. Marched and fought till the battle commenced. We were down ns far as Ringgold before the battle. We were on the Atlanta campaign, in the ad vance. Opened the campaign at Tunnel Hill. Rocky Face. We started on this campaign Slay 3, and ended Sent. 8. The 31st and 81st Ind., 90th and 101st Ohio, 21st nnd 38th 111., all fighting regiments, engaged at Dalton, Resaca, Tilton. Adair ville, Cassville, Burnt Hickory, Pumpkin Vine Creek, Dallas, Kinston, Acworth, Marietta, Chattahoochee River. Ruckliead, Peach Tree Creek. Mt. Gilead Church, West Point, Mud Creek, New Hope Church. Tore up the railroad tracks to Jones borough and Lovejoy. We were under fire all through the campaign hnd skir mished nearly every day. The first shot by our brigade on this campaign was at Dr. Lee's house, near Tunnel Hill, May 3: the last at Lovejoy, Sept 5. We were at Franklin, Tenn., Nov. 30, '04: lay next the pike, on the left, across the pike from where Gen. Cleburne was killed. We were at the Nashville fight, Dec. 15 and 10. I was the first man in the fort on Mont gomery's Hill. Wre had to use our bay onets on them after we got into the fort. The First Lieutenant especially, who was in command of the rebel battery. We went up through East Tennessee and crossed to North Carolina, to Point of Rocks; uit the French Broad River to Marshall Hot Springs ,pnd Asheville?for what purpose I don't kjjow. Asheville was the home of rebel Secretary Vance. There we heard the lasr fcebfl shot. We then went to Texas, an/1 Sy^re discharged Jan. 12, '00. Were swo^h into TT. S. service Sept. 5, '01, making 1f580 days. I am getting $8 a monfli frir wounds. I say give uh the age pension,with disability ad ded. till it reaches J}J34,1o $30 a mouth.? John W. Brown. Co. F, and Second Lieu tenant, Co. E, 31sf.1fh$; Trilla, 111. Loyal to the Flag. Corp'l George Storer. Co. II, 7th W. Va. Caw, writes from G'ainbfe. S. I>.: "I believe that the man that left hte home in the South in 1801, leaving liiri'Olo'father and mother to the mercy of th<*; rebel army, and worked his way fhton?h the rebel lines and enlisted in the Union army, aud served during the war and did his whole duty ns a soldier, is just as good as the st^dicr from any other State, and should have the same credit. But do they get it? The writer is one of those Southern boys, hnd two brothers airtl seven cousins in the same cause; who served in the same com pany with me?all dead now, but me; I still live and love the Old Flag to-day as I did iu '01 to '05. I am prowl of my services to my country, and can say that I did my whole duty as a soldier, f I am aware that my time is short here on 4arth. I shall try to content myself with knowing that my father lost Ida home and all he had, and moved North?and died thrre? with his two sonii whose health was im paired by army service. I am alone at the age of 00: left to read The National Trib une and glorv over the mauy good deeds of my comrades.** PICKET SHOTS From Alert Comrades Aloni the Whole Line. WHO lost $35? G. H. O'Hannon, Co. E, 144th Ind., writes from Dresden, inik: "Personally 1 did but little service for the country, hut I tried uiwi 1 did nil that I was able to de ?all that the Higher Power permitted mi to do. (Mir regiment was in the Shenan doah Valley, at Halltown, near Harper's Ferry. I was taken sick there, with I measles. followed by pneumonia, and when j the regiment started to Winchester I was 1 sent to the hospital at Clarysville, Md. j I was discharged Juue 12,' 18*>5. James 1 I>ay. a soldier from Indiana, gave me some good advice at Wheeling?told tn? how to avoid tisk of losing my money. I did not take his novice; consequently, the next night, tftn the train between Wheeling and Cincinnati, while I was asleep, 1 had seven new teji-dollar bills slipped out of my pocket! If the fellow who took it will let me know what penitentiary he now lives in I will send him the $35 that he did not find, which I had in another pocket. I would like to hear from army friends." WHERE IS THE HOOSIER? John Kogers, 18th Pa. Cav., writes from Kingfisher, Okla.: "If this meets the eye of any Danville (Ya.) prisoners of Prison No. 4, who were there just a few days j before the prisoners were sent to Ander I sonville. he will recollect a break that was ! made through the door in the high fence I that surrounded the well, and if lie knows | of the wherealsmts of a little Indiana sol ; dier by the name of Steel, who was a fu ! gitive with John E. Payne, now of Thayer, Kans.. and myself. We did not wait to ? omit how many followed, but were told, after recapture, there were nine. A big Sergeant by the name of Hush, who was from a Wisconsin regiment, secured an ax when at the cook-house after soup, and concealed it under his blouse. He used the ax on the door; one or two blows were sufficient. I have never heard of one who was with me there, except Payne, since] the war." WANT YOUR HYMN nOOK? H. 8. Kfnor writes from Newton, Iowa: "I am one of the boys who was there. I served in Co. K. 118th Iowa, from Vicksburg to Shenandoah Valley, and to the Sea with Sherman from Atlanta. I have in my possession a Christian Hymn Hook that I got at Oakland Mills, in the Spring of 18H3, when Sherman mode his first move in the rear of Vicksburg. It has the name F. M. Ellis and Miss Eliza beth Ellis in it. I would like to return it if the owner can be found." SEEKS OLD COMRADES. Comrade Geo. W. Huss, Co. I, 1st Pa. L. A., and Co. D, 3d IT. S. I., writes from No. 8, Walker avenue, Troy, N. Y.: "Some time ago I noticed that some one in Ohio claimed to be the youngest among the _ boys who served in the Union armies in the civil war. He stated that he was born in 1847. and that he was not a drummer boy, but always at his post as a private. I am claiming to be a couple of years his junior. I was born in February, 1841); enlisted in the 1st Pa. L. A. in March, 18<J4; served in Cameron's Hatterj' (D, 1st Pa. L. A., until the close of the war. Would be glad to hear from any and all of the boys of the battery. In November, 180t?, I enlisted for general service, and was assigned to the old Dragoons, Gen. Win field S?*ott's regiment, 3d U. S. Infantry. Served my -term of enlistment, three years, with Co. D. 011 the frontiers of Kansas. Any of the comrades of Lieut. A. Kiser's company (D), 3d U. S. Inf., who may see this, please write to me, fpr I am looking for some information concerning our life among the Indians. I am a meml>er of Gen. John Sedgwick Post, 37, York, Pa." BROTHERS IN AN INDIANA COMPANY. Comrade John L. Illica, Col B, 59th J Ind., writes from Cloverdale, link: "I wish I to correct Comrade E. B. lteece, as I ! think his memory is at fault as to quad ruplets, trios and pairs of brothers in Co. 1 H, 50th Ind. First, there were four of the Crouch brothers?tfsaiah, John, James, Hiram; three of the Simes brothers?Mart, Joseph, James; three of the Alexander brothers?Enoch, Thomas, Hugh. There were 15 pairs of brothers: Lee, Thomas and Jesse; Bivens, John and George; Bryant, ltichard and Burt; Bienal. John and Simon; Demott, Abraham and Peter; Fulk, William and John; Masters. Julius and Itush; Keece, Tige and Shadrie; Hyan. George and John; Trent, James and David; Watson, Levi and George; Wal ters, Mary field and McDonald; Modral, Andrew and George; Cheuoweth, Stephen Jeff ami Grafton. "Comrade Keece's memory is at fault in giving the rank, as lie well nigh had nearly all Sergeants or Corporals. When I recall these brothers ami their com rades of Co. B, 5!)th Ind., I wonder if any company can show a better record. There were three Sergeants of these brothers who were killed in battle; and I dare not write of the heroic nets of oth ers of the company, as I would not be be lieved. We had excellent officers, especially Kodgers, Harden and Lee. The latter? Jesse M. Lee?is now Brigadier-General in the IT. S. Army. "I remember Comrade E. B. Reece and his brother Shad, and have always had a warm place for them in my heart." WASN'T AN IDLE REGIMENT. Comrade M. B. Brown. Co. G, 17th Ky., writes from Crofton, Ky.: "I enlisted, Oct. 15, 1801, in Co. B. 25th Ky., when a mere boy, being but 17 years of age. I enlisted at Henderson, Ky.; was at the battles of Fort Donelson and Shiloh. There our regiment was merged with the 17th Ky., and our company became Co. G. The 17th was attached to Nelson's Divi sion, Ammen's Brigade. I think the regi ment entitled to the honor of being the first inside of the works at Corinth. The 17th saw about as much service that was service as did any regiment in the army. We took part in the battles of Fort Don elson. Shiloh, Corinth, Cliickamauga, Mis sion Hidge, Itesaca, Cassville, Alltooua, Atlanta, Lovejoy Station, Franklin and very many other important engagements, battles and skirmishes. We were mus tered out at Louisville. Jan. 23, 18<J5. What has become of all the 17th Ky.Y Why don't some one write a history of the regiment and its services? I would like to know how many it enlisted and how many it lost, and how many were left." COMRADE KIRK TO COMRADE MAULL. Comrade B. F. Maull writes from Bridgeton, N. J.: "I saw an article in 'Picket Shots,' June 0. from Comrade J. B. Girk, Lima. Ohio?-Captain, 101st Ohio ?and I am glad to see that the dear old boy is yet alive. I enclose a copy of a letter from him, referring to an article I wrote to The National Tribune a long time ago, entitled 'A Musician's Story.' This letter was interesting to me, and will, no doubt, be so to others. If you have space, please publish it." Here is Capt. Kirk's letter: "B. F. Maull?My Dear Comrade: I have been interested, nay, almost para lyzed. by your contribution to war litera ture, in reading your musician's story in this week's National Tribune. I was in the Big War four years; a prisoner of war 10V& months; in nine rebel prisons; have run on a railroad several years, aud have heard commercial travelers tell stories; have heard railroad men lie?and all that sort of thing! But bless me if your story don't lay them all out cold and stiff! Why, man, if I had known yon were in the army ?Appomattox would have come a great deal sooner! "But the story, bad as it is, is nothing compared to your nerve in saying that per haps your 'memory' is not as food a? it was! Don't you worry about your mem ory. If you can recollcct that shot, your memory is better than the memory of an\ of the rest of us oJd liars ?>f that war. I'll venture that not a man under Grant or Sherman has such a memory as that. I think, but am not sure, that tlie next article you write you will be justifiable in signine: *B. F. Maull. Principal Liar, of .Id and l."tli N. J.' You take the cake; you nerd not try again; your first shot is only equalled by your first story. Your picture should be in the Hall of Fame. "You are entitled to a medal?a fold one at that. I feel like writing to Presi dent Roosevelt, recommending you for a position. 'Magna est Veritas et pre vel erit* shouhl be chiseled in deep on your monument. I did not think, years ago. that musicians amounted to much in the army; but now?how changed. God bless you. my boy; I hope you will be the last survivor of the army; that you may instill such lessons into the rising generation. I am laid up with rheumatism, but was able to walk around a little: hut now. since reading your article, 1 have to be carried I from, one rmmi to the other. "Good-by, and may God in His infinite goodness and mercy have mercy on your soul." PULLS OFF PAT ?1.1*8 PATKRNAL LAURELS. Comrade Maurice II. Groomes. Troop K, Oth U. S. Cav., I'almetto, Ga., demands the championship badge claimed by Papa Kli C. Merriam. thus: '"In issue of The j National Tribune Dec. 24. Comrade Kli C. I Merriam says: 'Who can beat itV Now. j I believe 1 can. I was born Nov. 2. 1845. ! in Clinton County. Ohio. Hulisted July 21 (Sunday I, 1N?1. in Troop K. Oth 1". S. Cav.-?same compauy that Gen. Chaffee was private. Corporal. Sergeant and First Ser geant in:?was in Peninsular campaigns; was not 10 years of age until Nov. 2. after I enlisted in July. 1801. Discharged for disability at White House Landing: re enlisted in Battery D. 1st Ohio II. A. 1117th Inf.); mustend out as First Ser geant of Battery at Knoxville. Tenn., July 25. 1805. Came back to Georgia; married Lucinda V. Kskew, daughter of a Confed erate soldier. May. 187i. She died Aug. 10. 1878. leaving me one child, a daughter, now married. I married again?Miss Flora Ferguson, daughter of another Confed erate soldier. By this marriage we have had 11 stout, healthy children. Now I claim that I can beat the comrade, by hav ing three of the youngest children of any ; of the 1801 soldiers. My age will be 50 l next November. Here they are: Dewey, ! born Aug. 5. IKItS; Vernon, born. Jan, 20. 1(H)1 ; Cliaffee. born March 2S. HKKf. So you see the last too knocks Comrade Merriam's chances for that badge of cham pionship out. "I am the only Union veteran in this (Campbell! County, and I am obliged to stay here with my big family to see that there is not another rebellion. We will nip it in the bud. All of my children by my second wife are at home, except one daughter dead, and auother daughter, wife : of a railroad engineer, living in Atlanta. I Am sorry I cannot send you photos of the j three youngsters: but, you see, I liave 1 three younger than the comrade claims for i himself. I "I joined Sedgwick Post, 1, in 1807. Nashville, Tenn, "Send 3'our griyid old paper along: we love it; we love tne name; we love to read it. "Ci\'e every old vet $12 service pension. "I have seven sons, all at home; not one eigaret smoker nor tobacco user nor dram drinker, nor swearer among them. I do all of the 'cussing' when any is necessary? which I have not observed to be." AS TO MEDALS AND PENSIONS. Comrade Alex. J. Hoffliger, Sergeant, Co. D, 05th Pa., writes from Boise. Idaho: "I notice in your issue of March 17, an article headed Medal of Honor Pension*, by J. C. Julius Langhieu. The article reads furmy to me. According to my knowledge there are more men alive now who do not possess a Medal of Honor, yet are entitled to them fully as much as are any who wear them. We were out of luck, in not being reported for our bravery. I. for one, belong to that class. Before the attack on Fort Fisher, March 25. 1805. when Gen. Fpton's Brigade was ordered to feel the enemy in an offset of the picker line, my regiment (115th Pa.) was on the right of the brigade, and at command for ward, I), to which I belonged, started. When I got through a point of woods that was full of brambles I was alone in the clearing, not more than 50 feet from the rebel rifle pits, carrying my rifle at a trail: and the way the rebels emptied their rifles at me at that close range was a caution. Our Colorbea rer. Brannan. was to my left, a I suit 200 feet in advance of the regi ment and the brigade. He was down on one knpe waving Old Glory. I hailed him and said: '(Jet up and go for the cusses!* When I got within about eight feet of their picket line a hat came up on one of the guns in token of surrender. Then I ordered them out. and 23 of th??m jumped out of their pits. I ordered them to our rear: they wanted to take their guns and accouterments along, to get pay for them, but I ordered them to drop them, which they did. I kept on forward and sent two more prisoners to our rear. Final ly I was hit on my left hip by a piece of shell, that knocked me out, and I am now. at OS years of age, suffering from that cause. I have had to give up work ever since 1884. There are others who did brave deeds that were never reported. In a good fight a man has to look to his front: and he sees little else. Why should Medal of Honor men pet so much more than oth ers who did their full duty? I cannot un derstand that. None of us get as much as we should?especially those who were dis abled. and there are legions of them. Our pension laws are not just. If a man is at all entitled to a pension it should not be less than 50 cents a day. There should be only al?out five grades of pensions, and fin officer should get no more for the same injury than a private: but as the laws are now, I say get all you can and ask for more; for the Government will never pay us onr just dues according to results ac complished." HIS SPINE INJURED. Comrade J. W. Layman, of Mt. Ver non. Ohio, writes: "I was l>orn in Fair field Co.. Ohio, in 1845. I lived on the farm until Aug. 22. 1802. when I enlisted in Co. F. 113th Ohio, and went to Camp Chase. We were in Zanesville. Ohio: Denison. Louisville (Ky.l ami Elizabeth town, Ky. Then we went from there to Nashville. Tenn.. and to Franklin. Tenn.. and helped build Fort Granger. Then the regiment went to Triune. Tenn.. and had a few shots at the Johnnies. From there we went to Chattanooga and were in bat tle of Chickamauga with Gen. Granger's Reserve Corps. I was knocked out in the second charge, a horse running over me and fracturing my hip and injuring the spine, for which I draw $8 from a grate ful Government. 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