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The Soldiers' journal. (Rendezvous of Distribution, Va.) 1864-1865, June 21, 1865, Image 1

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U. S. Sanitary Commission,
June 15, 1805.
Miss Bradley :—I regret to learn that on ac
count of the recent gratuitous distribution of
the Sanitary Commission of those sixty-five thou
sand Soldiers' Journals (which they purchased
from you) among tho army around Washington,
your carriers offering for sale as usual tho sub
sequent issues, «re refused admission to tbe
camps or discourteously treated by the soldiers,
as if attempting to obtain money for what had
recently been scattered among the soldiers with
out cost.
lam confident, ho ■ jver, that when it-is known
that the Commissi* i distributed thus only a
lixm«~_ number of tl * Journal containing in
formation just then d. tnded, and does not in
.strf huting an re,, the officers and Sol
s will treat with courtesy and welcome
Truly your friend,
special Relief Agent.
Headquarters Ist Dry. sth Corps)
June 16, 1865. j
X cordially endorse tbe above recommendation
-of tho Soldiers' Journal, and trust that the
troops of this command will receive this paper
so interesting and praiseworthy in its object,
with the courtesy and favor it deserves.
J. L. Chamberlain,
Brig. Gen., com'dg Div.
Headquarters sth Corps, ]
Office Provost Marshal, > .
June 16, J
The carriers of tho Soldiers' Journal are
hereby authorized to sell that paper in this Corps
—price per copy not to exceed five cents.
Attention is called to the notice published by
the U. S. Sanitary Commission 6n the 15th inst.
The carriers of the above named paper will be
protected in the prosecution of their trade.
H. W. Ryder,
Maj. and Provost Marshal.
Headquarters Second Army Corps, ~\
Office of Provost Marshal, \
June 16,1865. j
Tbe newspaper entitled the Soldiers' Journal
is hereby permitted to be sold in this Corps, the
price per copy not to exceed five cents.
Attention is called to the notice by the U. S.
Sanitary Commission on the 15th inst.
The carriers of the above named paper will be
protected in their avocation.
W. S. Palmer,
Pro. Mar., 2d A. C.
There has recently been great anxiety on the
part of the '62 men of the Veteran Reserve Corps
to get out of the service under the order applying
to other troops whose term of service expires be
fore Oct. Ist. On the 30th of May last an order
similar to this, applying to troops in the Depart
ment of Washington, was Issued, but that was
not held applicable to the V. R. C.'s. Since, the
War Department feeling tho justice of the case,
have been at work in favor of this class of men,
and we now understand that an order is about
to be issued entitling all enlisted men of the V.
R. C. who, if they had remained in tbe field with
their original volunteer arganizations from
which they were transferred-—would, under any
existing orders, be entitled to rrfuster out with
their original regiments— will now be immediately
discharged the service.
Thus, if a soldier's original regiment has been
discharged, or comes undor any existing orders
for discharge, he being in the V. R t C.'s is not
debarred from the benefit of the same order to
mustn on' and t*. * irdc •er itles him to imme
unue uisciiai rt e\ it vlsi/takes in vi.i 15G_ men ot
the V. R. C. whoso terms of service expire before
Oct. Ist, and such men are entitled to immediate
discharge whether their regiments are yet dis
charged or not.
We are glad this vexed question has been
finally settled, and settled so favorably to the
soldiers interested. When Lord Nelson was go
ing into battle at Trafalgar, he exclaimed "Eng
land to-day expects every man to do his duty."
We hope every officer of the V. R. C. will hoist
this flag, and will muster out these men with
the least possible delay. They will thus have
the gratitude of those leaving and left tehind. —
The officers of the V. R. C.'s are generally men
of fine education, used to the regulations, and
we doubt not they will obey the order promptly.
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We have been solicited from several quarters,
says the Tribune, to join in an outcry against the
Government for allowing recently enlisted sol
diers to be mustered out of service and holding
veterans who have re-enlisted to remain. We
cannot see that this is wrong. The Government
wants not many but good men, and one veteran
is worth two recruits—for present service. And,
as there is little left to be done but eat tho rations,
we trust our soldiers who " hold over " will not
weary in well doing. "Walt a little longer"
and all who choose will doubtless be mustered
out. Tho fighting is over; only guard duty re
mains. Those who re-enlisted last year and re
ceived generous bounties therefor can surely
stand a few months' more of camp life—« aiting
to see if the tires of Secession, «o nobly quenched,
shall not again break out. Bold on!
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The profits of the Soldiers' Journal, now
ready for the Orphan Fund, amount to $2,000.
True Heroism.—Lieut. Buttrick ot the 69th
Massachusetts regiment, writes:
*• In the battle of the 30th of September there
was a young man killed, a member of the 57th
regiment, who used to live in Concord. His
name was Broad. He never, was in battle he
fore, as he had been connected with an ambu
lance train. Ho met his death in this way.—
There was a man struck by a solid shot, it cut
ting one of his legs nearly off. The poor fellow
was bleeding to death, but if brought off would,
in all probability, get well. Broad was the only
man who would volunteer to get out and fetch
him in. It was almost certain death for any
man ; "but," said Broad, M I have neither wife
nor child to suffer if lam killed;" so out he
went, and picked bim up, put him on his shoul
der and brought him in safely, though the bul
lets flew like hail around him. He came in so
promptly that we all thought he had escaped the
bullets. But, alasl poor Broad was a wounded
man. He laid his burden on the ground, saying
" I may have saved your life, but I have lost my
own." He was shot through the bowels, and
died very soon after. He was as brave a man as
ever lived."
■ l —ii
WoyTPama of Pwtt.os^piij^-— The> prrtypmi re
ceives new life from the 'knife which is lifted to
destroy it. The fly-spider lays an egg as large
as itself. There are 4041 musclesin acaterpillar.
Hook discovered 14,000 mirrors in the eyes of a
drone; and to effect the respiration of a carp 13,
--300 arteries, vessels, veins and bones, Ac., are
necessary. The body of a spider contains four
little masses pierced with a multitude of imper
ceptible holes, each hole permitting the passage
of a single thread; all the threads, to the amount
of 1000 to each mass, join together, when they
come out, and make the single thread with
which the spider spins its web; so that what we
call a spider's thread consists of more than 1000
united. Lewenhock, by means of microscopes,
observed spiders no bigger than a grain of sand,
who spun threads so fine that it took 4000 of
them to equal in magnitude a single hair.
_i » _. i
An Ineffective Piece.—l give you a remi
niscence of our first assault upon Vieksburg:—
Early in tbe engagement, when the rebels had
just fairly opened upon the Second Division, and
Battery B. Second Illinois Light Artillery, had
begun to answer shell for shell* Oen. D. Stuart,
who is very short-sighted, rode up to the forge
of "B," which was standing some distance in
the rear of thundering guns, and called out,—
"Why don't you get this piece into position,
and answer the rebels ? They'll shell us out di
The Dutch smith, standing near, replied,—
" Well, Sheneral, me has nothing to echnte
mit te blacksmith-shop but hos-shoesl"
The Infantry support roared, and the v Shen
eral's " duties called him to another part of the
field very suddenly. .

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