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KALEIGB, H. C.
MOHDAY'DOXUnHGh, AUG. 10, 1863.
POBUSHED BYlCKi MOitoAY BY
AIEXAHDER M. GOEM AH,
SDITOB AND PROPRIETORl
AT TWO DOLLARS A YEAR..
ty Wc find it impossible to make a support for .
oar family at the "present price of our paper. No oth
er "Weekly paper in the State is published at lee s
than $3 a ycar,; we bellsvc, and most of then at $4
and $5 'a year. ' After the next number a new
volume of our paper commences and after that time
tat price of the Aoe win bo i a for a single copy, or
four Copies for $1Q. All subscriber now on our books
will bo furnished the paper to the end of their sub
scription years at the rates of $i a year, and also all'
who aay subscribe between tUin time and the first oi
the new 'Vol. But after that tin:, the price will bo
as stated above, $3 a year f.r single, subscribers, or
' $2.50 for club. Of four subfcuribsra (nd upwards) sent
- at one timd. , Every thing we cat, wear and use is in
creating in price every day. Kvery b dy else Is de
manding more for their labor and what they have to
ell, "and we hive to pay it, or starve. We are there
. lore, compelled Jo ak more for . our labor, or else
, stop the paper altogether and ecek some oter means
. of suppert. We Intend increasing the size of our
sheet at the beglnnio5j.of the new volume, If the paper
can e had. 4 "!r f tf.
Ths ::cwd of the Week.
. . Very little cf importance has transpired in
our armies during the" past week. The ene
my continues hi3 attack upon Charleston,
but makes very little headway. Our batte
ries, and forts have disabled two of their
mortar boats and they have withdrawn from
the contest. Battery Wagner, on Morris
Island, hm been made stronger than ever,
and the authorities speak with confidence as
to our defences around the city being compe
tent to resist any force brought against them.
Gen. Lee's army has left Culpeper and is
now west of the Rapidan. This movement
it is said, was inevitable, the army not hav
ing een in condition numerically, to advance
against Meade, as was expected, while the
latter has ueap strengthened-by large rem
f or cements. - . . "
iia report gbren in our last that general
Dick Taylor had given Banks a lamming at
D6cldfconville,vLft., is confirmed. Banks
loa4!vfu,Jc to be .six vthousanL including,
four thousand taken pnsoners. ' Taylor and
Migruder forceshave united atThibodeaux,
which will enable them to blockade the Mis
sissippi below that point.
. The yankecs seem to have abandoned their
attempt to get to Weldon, but they may
strike for some les vulne' able point. Let
the troops and citizens in Eastern North
Carolina be on the look-out.
Nothing of interest1 from the armies to
Tennessee and Mississippi.
Tax in Kind.
We are glad to learn that President Davis
has removed Major Edward Bradford from the
office of chief Tithesman in North Carolina,
tp wich he has been inconsiderately ap
pointed. Major B. is not a citizen of this
State, and our people objected to his exercis-
lng tfce delicate duties of this office here, and
we think . very justly objected. The Presw
dent has however very promptly removed
him, and .signified to Gov. . Vance that h
will appoint whoever he ' may recommend
for that office. Captains D. Pender. Jas. M.
McGowan, L. Hilliard, Johnson H. .By any
C. R. King, . J. M. Finger, and Carter 15.
Harrison have been appointed Assistant .
Tithesmen.
Some men are complaining because they
are required to pay the Government one-tenth
t of certain farm products. "We beg such to
I remember, that if the yankecs get possession
! of pur country they will allow the producer
j only one-tenth, as they are doing in Tennessee
i and other sections in their possession. Wo
reckon the farmers in Tennessee (who are liv
ing under a yankee yoke) would gladly give
one-tenth of their corn and wheat and meat to
Peeling Hat
e rasps a man never ieeis so ueuiueuij ji
&Sffen he puts his hand in his pocket to
pilfeut his mohQj r and Jinds it gone 1 Such
w47ur sad, sorrowful, grievous, decidedly
.llelings on Tuesday last. We had had
ti enormous sum (for an Editor) of over two
byfred dollars paid to us, when shoving it
irlcket, feeling as rich as Crcesus, off we
sirttd up town to get a barrel of Flour and
oxexwise replenish our larder which our
go housewife had. informed us was getting
tftttessincly low. In we strut into Creech
ffetchford'sl order a barrel of Flour at $47,-
5 is larze as life, thrust our hand into our
set for the "needful," when, lo 1 it teas
el
-i3-gait, to look wnere we had dropped it
t our search was vain. Our two hundred
odd dollars were gone. Some more for-
ate fellow than we, had found it,andwhat
ifworse, he has not returned it to its lawful
ner, altho'.it was in an envelope with our
lime on it, by whidS The could easily have
.earned to whom it belonged. But perhaps he
ls not noticed that. Webopehe will, how-
etcr, cn reading this notice, and bring it for
The Mississippi. Troops.
a fTT. riov sinrft some inconsiderate person sent
over the telegraph wires the announcement tbat the
Mississippi troops were aeseruii j
Wro-n numbers and eroms: nome. iu515ur.., ovu..
M fW M " . -
very inconsiderate editors commenced giving tneir
' endeavored, if possio-Iev
Vlcnb UUUu duuj. , , ,
to make matters really worse than vney uu,a uave
the Confederate Government to be permitted -J4ard ad and let vs divide. We can assure him
to enjoy the remaining nine-tenths. But
the yankees take the nine-tenths- and allow
the producer one-tenth. Away with all
grumbling and growling "among those 'who
tiS at least half. We assure him we are de-
have enough to supply their pwn wants and jj0pe the finder Will be lrberal and return
the wants of their Governmeht. A man who
embarrasses the Government, by refusing to fidedlya.
give it a cheerful .and liberal support, does
not deserve to be free.
n ;r fh announcement hal been true in ev
Uvvil W V VU i WMW . - , a
ery particular" Knowing tun wei i u
the Mississippi troops, and the well merited rcputa- ,5
tion they have always had lor bravery, we at the timo j.
doubted the correctness of the report put in circuia- ,
tion, and thought that those editors who commenced
abusing them upon a" mere telegraphic rumor, exnio -
ited but little discretion to say mo ; ,
A gentleman just from Mississippi has given a tnio .
statement of the case. From his account it appears
that the soldiers who went home were the paroled .
who cannot ficht until exchang-
T ' . J-i i r i j r . .:.i.f tn nnrn the courso-
Off we rushed down the street at afM ana wnonau a Pe ''r;; ",:'. -
tain out of a,mole hill" willdo well- if they correct
the false rumors they have published, and remove the ,
erroneous impressions they have made on the minds
of their leaders. - v r .
All accounts s from. Mississippi concur in. proving
that the spirit of the the soldiers from that State m -not
in the least dampened in consequence of tho re-
that section. On the
IV V i W UIOUUVV W v m x
. contrary the outrages that have been committed on
their families, homes ana property, win uiu uuw
them to brave other dangers and endure greater suf
lerinfrs. in order to be able to punish the vandals who
have despoiled their inheritance. They will need
no urging, after a few day's rest, and the fact of their
having been exchanged is properly made known, to
rally at the call of Gen. Johnston.
m .
Col. .
kfe need our share of it as mucn as he does
ml of it. That barrel of flour has not been
aid foi, nor has the other things been
ought we' started out after. So we do
tut
We have received several complaints from
Those who have the means must not stop f ar subscribers in Gen.' Lee's army, that the
now to argue the constitutionality of paying
taxes. It would be far better to give one-half- phei
of all our property to sustain the Governrnent, -t a
tbm bo overrun by blood-thirsty and brutal
enemies, and lose all.
"What is Every Body Doing. .
What are the Sons," or others, .doing in
th cause of Temperance in these days of
trial, gloom and amxiety ? Have they sur
rendered all. the mighty interests of this
great enterprise, and given up every thing )
to the devil and strong drink ? We fear so. .
We no where hear of Divisions, Societies or ;
......
Age has not been received by them since
eir return from Pennsylvania. We assure
such that the fault lies" not at our door.-
The paper is regularly sent to' Richmond,
with the Company, Kegiment, Brigade and
Division marked on each package. With
Gen. Lawrence Bakek. We learn
Lawrence Baker,- who was in command of cur for-
;es in the recent fight near Brandy fetation, nas oeen
appointed a brigadier General. This is a merited
and well-deserved appojtment Col. Baker was ap
pointed in 18611iejntjj3cant colonel of the '1st North
Carolina cavalrv rWiment. then commanded by
i Colonel Robert Ransom, and upon his appoint
went 10 Dngauier general, no uecaiue uuwuci ui vii
1st. . He has seen hard servicet and his regiment
has well sustained itself, He is a graduate" of West ,
Pointand been in the od United States army from' v.
the time he graduated till the present war commenc-
ed,.when he immediately resigned his comcjssion. -He
fs very badly wounded in the arm,- about twot
inches of the bone being shattered. Gen.' Stuart,-
we learn, called to see him Monday morning, and ;
stated that he was sent to him by Gen. Lee to in
such a plain address,' if they are not receiv
ed, it is very , evident that it is wanton neg- i form him' that he had been appointed a brigadier gen- i
eral, and to make knwn to him his regret that he
had been wounded, and to tender to him his thanks
for the successful and creditable manner in which he
had conducted the forces under his command;. RicJir-
lect on the part of Post office officials. One.
of our army subscribers writes us that he
learned the Age was regularly received at
Winchester, during the absence of the sub- ; mond Enquirer.:,
scribers in Pennsylvania, and that they were
given out to any one that asked for them.
lodmtf;ialcrhmy wftSiibseribji&nPltjn the entire cavalrx expedi-
ges of this fearful destroyer. ; If all exertion fhe oacK inos. ot tne paper on tneir return to l tion wnvch lately maue an ellort to reach..
The Raid on Weldon a Failuke. A gcntlman who" k
left Suffolk Sunday night, reached here yesterday
President Davi' Appeal.
We call tttention to the soul-stirring Ap
peal of President Davis, to be found in cur
Adveitising columns, appealing to-soldiers
absent from their posts t return immediately,
nd invoking the aid of all persons out of the
army to eacert their influence in inducing their
return., A full pardon and amnesty is offered
to all, except those twice convicted'of deser
tion. We arc not vain enough -to suppose that
te can add a- tford to President Davis ap
peal lhat would cause any one to respond to
he important call made upon all. But we
cannot refrain from urging all to read it, and
ben go straight forward in the line of duty
-soldiers and citizens mother, wives, Sis
ters and daughters. Our armies need every
man-at his post now. To hi absent at such
a time, imperils all. With full ranks, we can
conquer, aud achieve freedom - and indepen
dence. With shattered remnants of armies,
they maybe overpowered, the whole country
overrun, and then cemes inevitable subjuga
tion, ruin and degradation to every ban, wo
man and child in the Snuth. ''
We rely especially upon thelinfluence of
the Women of the South to give their whole
influence to. induce their sons, husbands,
brothers and friends toretarn at once to their
respective commands. If they will do so,
he must be a craveu wretch and coward who
would resist their appeals. We are glad to
. see and learn that the absentees are return
ing to the army with alacrity and in great ;
numbers. . . , . , ' .
Distillers. A correspondent of the
Confederate Baptist asks : " What ought the
church to do with a member, who will run
up corn, at public sales, to four and five
dollars, on wives of soldiers, while he is en
raged in distilling corn into whiskey ?" The
Baptist answers : ' Turn him out of tha
church, presecute him for violating the law,'
and eet the soldiers' wives to take their
broomsticks, and drive him out of the dis-
rict"
in this respect be withdrawn, the consequen
ces are dreadful - to contemplate. Let any
one look out upon the state of affairs in our
country with regard to the use of strong
drinks, and if the heart is not made sick, and,
the fond hopes of patriots and good men be
not greatly darkened "and saddened, then
callous indeed must they bo to their coun
try's welfare, or wofully disregardful of the
direful evils that- threaten us as a nation.
, From the present unrestrained and unr
buked intemperance so common in the land,
will grow up giant evils that will corrupt
every pure fountain and bring sorrow and
mourning of the darkest hue into every home.
Who can contemplate the prospect without
a shudder 1 And yet, who -makes the slight
est effort to avert the gathering storm?
Who is there now that sends out a warning
voice ?. Alas ! the preachers of the temper
ance gospel have becoise dumb, Men who
vere once such zealous defenders of temper
ance principles ' have turned to speculation
and money-making, and there are none to
sound the alarm, ior give'a kindly word of
admonition I VV hat are the " Sons doing ?
Nothing 1. What are Ministers of the Gos
pel doing? Nothing r&What are even the
Women of the country doing, wha-suffer so
much from" this cause ? Nothing ! Every
body is doing nothing and the flood rolls on
unchecked and unrestrained.
.But what are boys, our voung men and
old ones, too, doing ? Tney are gulping the
devil's broth at a dollar a drink, and fitting
themselves to be acmse to their country,
and lor a home with old Nick ! What a nros-
pect -and yet who stirs ? Nobody.
that place. .
We learn, hat Mr. Jas. M. McGowan, of
this City, who was a cleik in the Quarter-'
master's department of Gen. Braggs army in
lennessee, has received a Captain's commis
sion and been- assigned to duty in the th
ing department m Nrth Carolina. -Mr. Mc
Gowan-is a young man of excellent business
qualifications, and we are glad to announce
nis promotion.
The Positions or the Standard
Vance. In an article replying' to
mond Sentinel, the Standard si
" So far as Gov. Vance is crerned, it is
proper that we should stajrhat he is not
responsible for the coursf the Standard.
The Standard is anSpendent Conserva
tive paper, and isd?ot the -organ- of either
Presidents, Gove'rs, or Generals. It is due
Jto Gov. V ar-i nimselt, as well as to the
Standard, '.'0i we should state that he does
t not agree ."1th us in our views on the subject
j of peaco, He is as anxious as we are to sec
an honorable peace established at as early
a day as 'possible; but he regards peace
movements among ourselves, with no over
tures of the kind from the North, as prema
ture and injudicious. That he is honest and
patriotic in these views we have no doubt.
Onr views are well known to pur readers.
These views of ours may be er
roneous, but they are honestly entertained.
They do hot separate us from Gov. Vance,
for both of us hold that we cannot, cease to
tight as long as we are invaded ; and both of
us hold that liberty among ourselves must be
maintained twhile we are fighting for ' it
against a common enemy, and that the
rights and interests of North Carolina as one
of -the Confederate States, must be upheld
and respected at all hazards." .
Paroled Yankees Sent Away. Yester
day morning 780 sick and wounded prisoner's
were pj roled and sent Northward, in return
for the same number of paroled Confederate
prisoners received on Saturday. The great
majority ot tne uonieaeratcs received were
either very ill or very desperately wounded.
Several died on tha passage up to City Point
Not one slightly wounded prisoner was sent
up.. The game of the Yankees being thus
explained to be tne reteation ot all the well
and sound prisoners in their hands, Commis
sioner Ould very properly gave them as good
as they sent, and not one well Yankee was
forwarded in return. Rich. Enquirer,
We are gratified to learn that Col. John
A. Graves, Of Caswell, and Capt. Jo. Davis,
of Urtnklin, who were reported as killed in
the battle ot Uettysburg, are prisoners in the
hands of the enemy.
We learn also that William H. Young, of
the 3d regiment, and Simeon Young and Brit
ton Utley of the 26th, of this County, are
prisoners on Davis Inland, New York.
We are rejoiced to learn that Lts. Iowa RoTEter ani
Gaston BrongMon, oitm city, reported KllUd at
Getty sbnry, are both liTing, though in tie hands of
the enemy ani likely to recover. Doubtless many
other reported kill! will be found aang ,th pris
oner! in the ceray's kind.
Resighatioit op Geh. Pbic". The Montgom
ery Mail of the 1st says, (Jen. price hat resigned
his command ana reurea iroia we array m Arsan
WeldodT
composed of Spears and Dodge's cavalry reached
bunolk bunday forenoon about 10,o clock, end ate
p- m., took up their line of march for Norfolk. A
battery of eight pieces," known as Howard's .Regular
U. S. Artilery, which also accompanied the expe
dition, proceeded to Murfrecsboro, whence it . will bo
shipped to 'Newbern, N. C. The expedition was un
der the command of Col. Spear, and the men freely
acknowldeged in Suffolk, that the expedition was a
complete faliure.
These men will not be allowed to remain idle.
We may expect to hear from them again soon. They
will next turn up probably on!the north side of James .
river, or may go round to Meade's army, as it is
known that the General's cavalry force has been
much reduced during the past five or six weeks. Pet.
Express, August 4.
' OUR ARX CORRESPONDENCE.
Camp 54tu N. C. Reg.
Near Madisou, Ya., July SOth, 1S63. f
Mr. Ebitor : As we have halted for a day's rest for
the first time since we left Fredericksburg on tho
4th of June, I will give you. a glance into my Diary.
"I fill .. ti-r-Y . tS.I. - -
i win oegin wun Winchester: On the 1.3th June we
14Y 1 1. "1' A- t I 'i 1 T 1
jcii, me iuiupib.e io our-rignt, went oy rtewtown ana
irnA U 1 " ft. f ITT? t .1 ' ' "I
imwcu.uu me jeit, ui v lncnester. some iour nines
iroin town, wniie lien. Johnson Went to the rihL
Our. 3?igade (iloke's) was on reserve on tho 13th.
At night we marched round in charge of a battalion of
Artillery till we. reached. R'omney road in the rear of
tho fortifications, where our llegt! was halted to
guard the pass on the Romney turnpike, where wo
remained quiet till ,the evening of ths 14th, when
our guns which had been put in position opened on
the fortifications with a heavy fire some fifty guns.
While this was going on and the aUention of tho
enemy was drawn in that way, Brig. Gen. Hays with
ins iju-uua fciippeu up in tne rear,, unperceivea by
tne enemy until in a short distance of the fort,. when
the gallant Louisianians raised the dreadful Rebel
yell and charged them out before they knew what
tney were about. Uur artilerists went in and took
charge of the guns, turning, them on the large fort
on the hill in front of town where Milroy had drawn
mcmosioi nis iorces. We shelled him till it was
dark, when the storm of battle ceased and all nature
appeared to sleep, until about 4 o'clock on tho
morning of the loth, when we were awakened by the
rattle of musketry on the left, in the direction of
Martinsburg. Then the truth-was clear that Milroy
was attempting to escape. Every man was ap in a
moment, witlf musket in hand, eager to go to the as
sistance ef the Stonewlrrd.iSom"ordS
came ; we marched in double quick about five miles,
but were too late to fire a gun. The yankees had
shown the white feather and were matching back to-
wards Winchester under truard.
Wc camped there until the cveninz. of the 16th.
I sas, in, consequence of being placed in a position when the boys washed and' put on clean yankee
gubordinate U Gen. Holmes. Don't believe it- pants, shirts and boots. Our Regiment, the 54th
t
1
v.. went oack to w inchester on the 17th, drew

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