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LOCAL AND PERSONAL ITEMS.
Boston, Mass., July 18, 1851.
Col. Samuel MoKklvy-Dw #)>.—On the
16th I sont you another case of books for your
camp. Please let mo know if they came safely
to hand. Vert/ truly youm,
JESSE A. LOCKE.
We are diroctod to acknowledge the receipt of
the caso of books referred to in the foregoing
communication, and to oxpress to Mr. Locke
and the friends contributing through him to tho
Soldiers' Library of tho camp, the thanks of the
commandant of the post, to whom they were
consigned, and tho earnest gratitude of the sol
diers, who, during their temporary sojourn here,
will have the privilege of their perusal. This is
the third case of books contributed to the library
of this camp by this gentleman and his friends,
for either of which they would have been enti
tled to the lasting remembrance of the soldiers,
who have derived profit and pleasure there :Y >m.
We trust that the example of Mr. Locke will
have the effect to arouse the latent generosity of
our people, and that many may be found to em
ulate his interest in and zeal for the welfare of
the soldier. It is owing to the friendly co-oper
ation of such persons that this cam]) is now sup
plied with a library containing upwards of ten
thousand volumes, and may now bo considered
to be about complete. We hope our friends will
not forget that Augur General Hospital is mak
ing an effort to collect a library, and although
eminently successful thus far, it is still openand
Suro. E. A. Vannort. —On Wednesday last
this gentleman left for home, the enfeebled con
dition of his health being such as to incapacitate
him for the further performance of his duties.
He was assigned to the position of Surgeon-in-
Charge of Distribution Camp over two years ago,
and continued in the uninterrupted exercise of
the functions of that office during tho time that
it was distinct from and after that camp was
merged into Convalescent Camp, and when the
bitter was discontinued he was placed in charge
of the Mod.ical department of the Rendezvous of
Distribution. In this position he continued un
til a short time previous to his late illness, when
Surg. G. L. Sutton, being the ranking medical
officer, superceded him as Medical Director of
tho post. His inimitable cottage ho presented
to Capt. John A. Ellison, A. Q. M., in whose i
care, we doubt not, it will long bo preserved as
a memorial of tho architectural taste and me
chanical ingenuity of its donor, Wo note tho
departure of Surg, Vannort with sincere regret,
and join with his friends in wishing him an
early restoration to health and a long ljfo of suc
oeas and prosperity.
Another New Flao Staff.—A flag-staff
s#>out seventy-five feet in height was raised on I
tho parade ground of the Veteran Reserve camp
on Tuesday evening last, from which a splendid
garrison flag flaunts saucily in the breeze. An- J
gur Hospital, Veteran Reserve camp, Sanitary
Commission, Transportation Department, (and i
Boi.diers' Journal office, wo were going to say,
?*butcould'nt see it " —?'. c, the flag,) havo all ex
hibited their colors, and should tho robs pass
this way at any timo before " retreat" wo opine
fhoy would not experience much difficulty jn
defining tho position of Rendezvous of Distribu
tion. By-the-way, why has tho beautiful ban
ner which floated so proudly, for a time, over the
transportation department disappeared ?
party. In passing down the steep hill near Fort
Albany some part of tho harness gave way,
causing tho vehicle to run forward upon the
team, which, taking fright, dashed down the
I declivity at a full run, and was only prevented
from demolishing the vehicle and perhaps seri
ously injuring the passengers by the driver
losing his right check, (for he had previously lost
his presence of mind) which had the effect to bring
the team in collision with the bank on the left
side of the road. A few minutes sufficed to dig
tho coach out of the bank and adjust matters
generally, after which tho party remounted and
j went on their way. Although none were injur
ed, all admit that they were dangerously fright-
FATAL Starring Affray.— On Tuesday even
ing of last week, two man named John MoCaui
litl and Thorn ts Bantly, both citizen employees
in the camp transportation department, the for
mer as teamster and the latter as watchman, fell
into a dispute about rations, which soon devel
oped itself into active hostilities, and Bentley
being unable to cope with his antagonist physi
cally, drew a small penknife, and in his efrbrt.s
to defend himself stabbed MoCaulliff in tho
abdomen, inflicting a wound from which he died
on the following day. From what we can learn
McCaulliff was the aggressor, having attacked
Bentley without provocation while In the per
formance of his duty, and that the latter resorted
to his knife only when all physical expedients
had failed. Bently is now in confinement await
ing the operations of the law.
Mat. C. W. Wingard, Paymaster U. S. A.,
visited Augur General Hospital on Tuesday of
last week and relieved the gloom and anxiety
which his protracted absence had created by dis
tributing a plentiful supply of greenbacks among
the patients and convalescents. This money is
now on tho way to, and much of it has already
reached, the homes of the soldiers, and who will
undertake to estimate tho dtgroe of relief, confi
dence and security it will carry with it ? Only
those who have been compelled to deny them
selves comforts which they should have had, by
I reason of the absence in the army of unpaid
husbands, fathers, brothers, arid soiis, can fully
appreciate the worth and conveniences of these
The Northern Monthly for June h«S been
received. Its contents are as follows:—Our
Painters, A Week in Scotland, Springs in the
Desert, A Mountain Sketch, Six Weeks with tho
Soldiers, The Overseer's Story, The Betrothed,
I Tho Theater in Portland, State Normal School,
Jennie Wade, the Heroine of Gettysburg, Sir
Walter Raliegh's Religious Opinions, Our Bos
ton Letter, Fruit Culture, The State Prison at
Thomaston, Military Matters, Ac. Published
by Bailey & Noyes, Portland, Me., at $2,00 per
THE LATEST NEWS.
Washington, Aug. 8, 8 P. M.
To Maj. Gen. Dix, New York :
Maj, (Jen. Sheridan has been assigned tempo
rarily to the command of the Middle Military
Division,consistingof the Department of Wash
ington, the Middle Department, and tho Depart
ment of the Susquehanna, and Northwest Vir- I
gin in. lie transmits the following intelligence:
Headquarters Middle Department,
Harper's Ferry, Aug. S, 4.10 P. M. I
Brig. Gen. Kolley reports that a scout has just j
arrived at New Creok, and reports that<jlon. Ay- J
orill overtook the enemy at Moorfield, yesterday, '
and attacked him, capturingall his artillery and
five hundred prisoners. Nothing official has
been received from Averill, however.
P. ll.Sheridan, M iiorfj,"ieralCommandinfs.
EDWIN M. ST U"iX)N,
Washington, Aug. 8, 0 P. M.— The following
account of the sn icessful operations against Mo
bile appears in the Richmond Sentinel ot Aug. 8,
and is transmitted by Gen, Butler to the Presi-
Mc3tLE, August o, 1861
"Hon. J. A. Seddon, /Secretary of War:
"Seventeen of the enemy's vessels, (fourteen
ships and three iron-cladsj passed Fort Morgan
this morning. Tue Teoumseh, a monitor, was
sunk by Fort Morgan.
"The Tennessee surrendered after a desperate
engagement with the enemy.
"Fleet- Admiral Buchanan lost a leg and is a
prisoner. Tiie Selma was captured The Games
was beached near the hospital.
"The Morgan is safe, and will try and run up
"The enemy's fleet has approached the city.
"A monitor has been engaging Fort Powell all
day. D. H. MAURY, Major General."
Washington August, I.—Since the late un
successful assault on Petersburg nothing has
occurred to mar the quiet which succeeded it. —
Now and then a gun is fired, but, with tho ex
ception of the explosion of the rebel mine >n front
of the sth corps, the utmost tranquility prevails.
The following Is a semUomoia' report of our
losses on the occasion referred to:
Ninth corps, First Division—Ledlle 687
Second division—Potter 800
Third division—Wdcox 600
Fourth division —Ferrerc 1,700
Tenth corps—Turner '350
Eighteenth corps , 200
I Second and Fifth corps 200
A court of investigation is now sitting—Gene
ral Hancock presiding—which, it is trusted, will
throw the responsibility of the late failure on
the right shoulders.
The foll(twing deaths occurred at Augur General
Hospital dating the week ending An mst 6th, lstif.-—
July.!)— John Lynch, private. (Jo. M, Ist N. Y. Cay.;
July :t»—Win. \V. Gray, deserter, 180 th H. Y. Vols.,
of chronic liarriiooi.
July .11—John Itoone, private, Co. M, Cth Ohio Cay,;
of remittent fever.
July 81—Clark Haywood, private, Co. O, 11th N. V
Cay.; of typhoid fever.
August 1— G. R. Hunt, private, Co. E, Bth Mich.; of
Augusts—John McCaullff, citizen teamster; of In
cise-1 around of abdomen.
August B—David Myers, private, Co. A, 132 d Ohio;
of bll ions fever.
August 4— II. C. Durham, unknown ;of general de-
AugUSt s—Orange Aldetch, Co. I, 17th Vermont; of
August s—John C. Newbury, Co. M, 11th N. V.; of
AUGUR GENERAL HOSPITAL REPORT.
FOR THE WEEK ENDING AUGUST 6TH, 1864.
" admitted during tiie week, .'.................'. 270
" returned to duty, '.'..... 30
" transferred, ; ,„,*, 279
" on furlough, '......'.'.'."..". 11
" discharged, 13
" deserted, "'"* jo
REMAINING IN HOSPITAL.
From Rendezvous.)!' Distribution, 53a
G. L. BUTTON, Surg. U. S. V., in Charge.
Of men received and sent to their respective regi
ments during the week ending Saturday, Aug.
oth, 1804; —■
Number of men sent to theirregimciits.........."'.'.'.!! 2,' li*
W. J. SHKLDRAKK, Serg't Major. -
IJst of men received for the week ending Aug. 8, 687
' PV T.STEWART,
Lieut. 29th Ohio Vol.. In Chants
Gao. lIKNDaasON. Rep. Clerk. v—«»«,