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THE SOLDIERS' JOURNAL.
LOCAL AND PERSONAL ITEMS.
Tun Coming Holidays.—The Soldiers'
Journal will not be published next week, as it
is the wish of the Proprietor, Miss Amy M.
Bradley, that thoso employed upon it shall have
the benefit of a holiday that is fully recognized
throughout tho christian world. Our good San
itary Mother has cm en gone farther than this,
and used her inlluence to the procurement of
furloughs for the editor and all engaged on the
paper, and, by the time this reaches our more
distant subscribers, we expect to be temporarily
luxuriating in the comforts of home. Upon our
return at the close of the holidays, we will re
commence our labors, and the paper will appear
without intermission, as it has always heretofore
done. We cheerfully bow to a custom which in
jures so much pleasure, and now thank our
benefactress for her kindness and interest, and
for the success which has attended a rather diffi
cult task even on the part of her whose inlluence
and goodness is universally recognized. How
thankful we shall feel when actually home, en
joying tho Christmas and New Year feasts, is
more than wo cad now venture to answer—the
prospect seems sufficiently pleasant—tho coming
reality—well, there our pen stops.
Camp Casey Items.—We have received several
items from Camp Casey, both through the car
rier of the Journal, and an intelligent corres
pondent from Co. C, 45th U. S. C. T. We have,
however, only space for their publication in a
condensod fojm:—Three deaths occurred in tho
camp last week, viz:—John W. llroomfield, of
fever; Thomas D. Hall, of consumption, and
Henry Stokes, of diptheria—all were of Co. C,
45th U. S. C. T. Diptheria has been quite preva
lent in the camp during tho past week. The
evening schools are described as prospering
finely. Co. C has also established a morning
school, which convenes at 5 A. M., and closes at
7A. M. The religious meetings, under the pas
toral charge of Rev. J. R. Johnson, assisted by
several members of the camp, aro well kept up.
On Thursday last Lieut. Graham was relieved
as Post Adjutant, and resumed his place in the
company. J lis successor is Capt. James O' Brian,
a veteran soldier, and formerly a private of the
61st New York. Ho is in every way worthy the
position. Col. Yeoman, formerly commanding
the camp, is now in command of a colored
brigade in the field.
Christmas and New Year Feasts.—We are
requested to call attention to extensive prepara
tions being made by the proprietor of the Third
Brigade Restaurant, on the lull near Fort Bar
nard, to supply his customers with a choice lot
of Turkeys, Chickens, Geese, Ducks, Ac, etc., on
Christmas and New Year's days, and in fact du
ring the entire holidays. These popular edibles
with all the vegetables and luxuries of the sea
son, will be served up in tho finest style, and at j
reasonable prices. For a correct idea of his os- <
tablishment and prices, we refer the reader to his i
advertisement, and bill of faro in another column.
Catholic Service.—On Sunday last Catholic
religious services wore for tho first time regular
ly commenced in our camp. A large tent with
fly attached has been put up in the grove on the
western side of tho camp for tho purpose, and
on the day above mentioned tho service was well
attended by our scldiers. They aro conducted
under the auspices of a priest from Washington,
whoso uamo wo have not learned.
Tiik Military Governorship oe the Dis
trict Aholishkd. —We understand that the Mil
itary Governorship of this District Is to be merged
In that of tho Department, and that Colonel i
Wisewell, who has given general satisfaction as
the incumbent of the aforesaid position for some
Time past, is to take command at Johnson's [
The following, relative to the cruel murder of
Mr. Reed, of Falls Church, Va., is valuable
because of its correctness and detail, and presents
several facts regarding his life, and the patriotic
labors of his family not heretofore known to our
readers. We therefore cheerfully give place to
both the communication of our correspondent,
and that of Emily Howland:—
Dkatii ok John D. Read.— Mi: Editor .—On
Monday night, Oct. 17, between the hours of VI
and 1 o'clock, h band of Moseby's guerrillas,
dashing through the village of Falls Church, and
pretending to Mr. Read to bo the Bth Illinois Cav
alry, seized him in his own yard, and took him
some thirteen miles from his home, and in the
woods away from any prominent road, shot him
dead. They took with him a colored man, Jacob
Jackson; they supposed that they had killed
him—one wishing to shoot him again was taunt
ingly addressed ihus—"He's dead enough ; you
must be fond of shooting dead niggers!" A hard
kick upon Jackson accompanied this remark.—
Jackson " reported " himself to the Head family
at 7 o'clock Tuesday morning. A sister of Mr.
Read a*id his daughter, Charlotte, in a one iiorso
wagon, brought the body of this faithful Chris
tian patriot to the desolate home which he had
tried to defend. John D. Head was born in New
London, Ct., August oth, 1814. He was a mem
ber of the Baptist Church. In his Sabbath School
he gave a variety of instruction in addition to
what is usually given. He told his pupils about
the making of gold and silver coin, tho making
of paper, of glass, &c. He did all he could to
enlighten their minds. He leaves a widow, three
daughters and two sons; one son is in the army.
This morning I saw a portion of his family at
their home. The record of Miss Emily Howland
(a faithful and efficient teacher of Frcedmcn)
should find a place in many papers,
Yours, truly, J. It. J.,
A Missionary among Freedman.
Camp Casey, Dec. 16, 1804.
TKIBUTE TO JOHN D. KEAD.
To the Editor of the National Anti-Slavery Standard: —
In the letter of your Washington correspondent, under
datcoi Oct. 38a, is an extract from, a paper of that city
giving an account of tho murder of John D. Read, of
Fall's Church, Virginia, by a band of guerillas. As
there was somewhat in his ?ife worthy the interest of
the anti-slavery reader, and this was also the undoubt
ed cause of his death, I oiler this record of the few facts
Derived from a brief acquaintance.
He was much-interested in the improvement and el
evation of the colored people, which marked him for
the hatred of the misguided wretches who rob and
murder in the interest of slavery.
I recall a strange and pleasant picture—a warm Sab
bath morning last Spring, when I saw him and his
daughter, at the house of oneof his colored employees,
where weekly they taught sixty persons, men, women
and children, I think bond as well as free, for some
came a distance of miles beyond our lines. Many could
read well, others were toiling in the spelling-book.
Just as they were singing their national hymn,
" Go down, Moses,
Go'way down into Egypt's land,
And tell old Pharoah
To let my people go,"
sonic cavalry dashed up to the door, In quest of the
dreaded guerilla, who had been seen watching the
house as the people assembled. In a letter written a
few weeks ago he states the school was then con
tinued and some of the pupils had learned to write
tolerably. In addition to this hie daughter walked
every day several miles, and taught from house to
house, as it was not thought safe to collect a day-school.
During the heat of summer she had to relinquish
this undertaking, but the entreaties of the colored peo
ple, and the apparent absence of danger decided the '
father to permit and aid his daughter to establish a
school under t lie auspices of one of the Freedmen's Aid
Societies, and at tho time of his death the school was
about to be opened. Respectfully,
Camp Changes.—Two important changes were
made in the government of the camp last week.
Capt. Mcßroome, commanding tho First Division
was relieved at his own request for the purpose
of acccepting a Lieutenant Colonelcy in his reg
iment at the front. He is succeed by Capt.
Strickland. Capt. E. D. Lyon, commanding Sec
ond Division, whose time" has expired, was on
Tuesday last, succeeded by Liout. Col. Mosou.
Distinguished Visitoks.—Maj. Gen. Augur,
commanding Defense of Washington, and the
Medical Director, It. O, Abbott, visited this camp I
and Augur General Hospital on Thursday last. I
Capt. R. P. Crawford, A. A. G.,of this camp,
returned from a short leave of absence on
Wednesday last, and has resumed his duties.
McKelvy'a Cornet Band, Orchestra & Glee Club.
The above musical corps will give oneof their enter
tainments at the chapel of the U. S. Christian Com
mission on WEDNESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER
21st, 1864; for which occasion they have selected the
Grand March, composed by E. K. Eaton,...Cornet Band
Wedding March, " Mendelsohn, Orchestra
Tenting on the Old Camp Ground, (Song and
Chorus,) Glee Club
Sounds from Home, (Gungel,) Cornet Band
Prize Banner Quickstep, (Gralfula.) Orchestra
Read me a Letter from Home, (Song and
Chorus,) Glee Club
Voluntary, (Violin Solo,) Prof. A. Polte
Gallopade, (The long, long, weary day,)
arranged by Win. F. Johnson Cornet Band
March from the Opera of Da FUle dv Regi
ment, (Donnezetta,) Orchestra
Ballad, (Do they think of me at Home,) J. H. Miller
Serenade Waltz, (Oratfiila,) Cornet Band
Bridal March, (Mozart,) Orchestra
Break it Gently to my Mother, (Song and
Chorus,) Glee Club
Sweet Home, arranged by William F.
Johnson, Cornet Band
CARDS OF ADMISSION, - 25 cent*.
To be obtained at tho Periodical Store of the camp.
Doors open at 0 o'clock; Performance at <b x A o'clock.
P. S. We would respectfully inform the Ladles, Offi
cers and Soldiers, that our music consists of the finest
selections from the best composers, and that no impro
prieties will be indulged in, or mu«ic of a character to
denote disrespect to the House of God. We desire
that no pieces be encored, as our time is limited to the
single performance of the above programme.
W. F. VINTON.
Band Master of Post.
Rendezvous of Distribution, Va., Dec. 21st, 1861.
THE XjATJOST NEWS.
The cheering news of victory comes to us from
every quarter, and the skies are bright all round.
Everything goes to prove that a master mind is
directing the great combination, and it is pro
ducing results gratifying to every loyal man,
and striking terror to the hearts of the enemy.—
The following summary, up to the hour of going
to press, accounts *for the enthusiasm and joy
being everywhere manifested:
Sherman has safely reached Savannah, cap
tured Fort McAlistor, and he, and Foster, and
Dahlgren with his fleet are co-operating together.
The city is partly invested, and two days have
been given the citizens to surrender or be shelled
out. Sherman says it is as good as taken, and its
fifteen thousand garrison will be lucky if they
escape. With Savannah captured, Charleston
cannot stand long. Sherman's troops lived like
princes on the march, devastated the country
for sixty miles in breadth, and destroyed 200
miles of railroad, capturing thousands of ne
groes, mules, etc., without losing a single wagon
and scarcely any men.
Gon. Thomas, after retiring before Hood to
Nashville, and while the latter was trying to
flank and prevent his further retreat, suddenly
pounced upon the enemy, and in a three days'
fight drove him from all his defenses over twen
ty miles, capturingabout 8,000 prisoners, 42 guns
and completely demoralizing if not annihilating
Hood's army. It is one of the grandest victories
of tho war. Forrest and many other rebel gen
eral officer! were killed and captured.
While all this was going on, Can by sent an ex
pedition to destroy Hood's connection with Mo
bile, which was effectually accomplished. Tho
force also captured hundreds of negroes, &o.
Thus Hood's retreat and supplies are cut off, and
Thomas is still at him on rear and flank with
his cavalry and artillery.
Stoneman has also made a daring raid in the
rear of Breckinridge, destroying everything be
fore him of use to the enemy, and capturing
many isolated squads of rebeis, beside tearing
up many miles of railroad.
Tho controlling genius of this glorious combina
tion, is himself not idle, and it is expected will
soon again try the doors of Richmond. Wftrren
is Bftfely back.
A large expedition has also started South fron
Hampton Roads, but its destination is contra
band. Surely the rebellion is drawing to a clone.