« PreviousContinue »
loyalty to the Government of the United States, at va traitor is not any too good to be shot by a negro, rious times since the occupation of Fort Smith by the though he be as black as hell. Federal forces; that she has not lived at her father's house for two years, he being a Union man; and, it not being advisable that she should be sent through
ADVENTURES OF A LONG-ISLAND GIRL. our lines at present, nor reside longer at Fort Smith, or on the south side of the Arkansas River, but it be
The Memphis (Tennessee) Times, of August fifth, ing advisable that she should reside on the north side 1864, tells this story of a woman's adventures ; of the Arkansas ; and it being desirable also that the
“Miss Fanny Wilson is a native of Williamsburgh, war should not cause the separation of members of Long Island. About four years ago, or one year prior the same family more than is really necessary; to the war, she came West, visiting a relative who re
“It is therefore ordered, That the said Cecilia De sided at La Fayette, Indiana. While here her leisure Jeunne leave Fort Smith to-morrow at twelve M., un-moments were frequently employed in communicating, der charge of the Provost-Marshal, and be taken to by affectionate epistles, with one to whom her heart had Van Buren, and remain there until further orders; been given, and her hand had been promised, before that she be restricted to the limits of her father's resi- leaving her native city-a young man from New-Jersey. dence, and to intercourse with her father's family After a residence of about one year with her Western only, all other persons being forbidden to commu- relative, and just as the war was beginning to prove a nicate with her.
reality, Fanny, in company with a certain Miss Nelly Any manifestations of disrespect to the Govern. Graves, who had also come from the East, and there ment and military authorities of the United States will left a lover, set out upon her return to her home and be promptly and properly attended to.
family. While on their way thither, the two young « The Provost-Marshal at Van Buren will see that ladies concocted a scheme, the romantic nature of this order is complied with.
which was doubtless its most attractive feature. “By command of Brigadier-General J. M. THAYER.
"The call for troops having been issued, and the ser. “ Wm. S. WHITTEN,
eral States coming quickly forward with their first "Assistant Adjutant-General."
brave boys, it so happened that those two youths whose hearts had been exchanged for those of the
pair who now were on their happy way toward them, A DIALOGUE.
enlisted in a certain and the same regiment. Having
obtained cognizance of this fact, Fanny and her comQ. What cause do the rebels claim to have for try- panion conceived the idea of assuming the uniform, ing to destroy our Government ?
enlisting in the service, and following their lovers to A. None.
the field. Soon their plans were matured and carried Q. What pretext ?
into effect. A sufficient change having been made in A. The fugitive slave code of some of the Northern their personal appearance, their hair having been cut, States.
and themselves reclothed to suit their wish, they Q. What effect could a law in Maine or Massachu- sought the locality of the chosen regiment, offered setts have upon a citizen of Georgia or Alabama ? their services, were accepted, and mustered in. In A. Not any whatever.
another company from their own of the same regiQ. Why, then, did the rebels make this a pretext ? ment, (the Twenty-fourth New-Jersey,) were their paA. Because they had not any other.
triotic lovers, known though all unknowing.' On The leaders well knew that this was no rightful pre- parade, in the drill, they were together—they obeyed text, but they knew also that they could not divert the same command. In the quick evolutions of the the mind of the general masses without urging some field, they came as close as they had in other days, excuse for secession ; and as they could hatch up even on the floor of the dancing-school--and yet, so nothing else, they were forced to urge this.
says Fanny, the facts of the case were not made known. Q. Upon whose shoulders does this war rest? “But the Twenty-fourth, by the fate of war, was A. The poor man's,
ordered before Vicksburgh, having already served Q. Whose soul is stained with the blood spilled ? through the first campaign in Western Virginia, and A. The rich man's.
here, alas! for Fanny, she was to suffer by one blow. Q. Who, then, is to blame for this war ?
Here her brave lover was wounded. She sought his A. The rich men of the South.
cot, watched over him, and half revealed her true na. Q. Upon whom, then, should the punishment rest ? ture in her devotion and gentleness. She nursed him A. Upon the rich men.
faithfully and long, but he died. Next after this, by Q. What should be done with the poor man? the reverse of fortune, Fanny herself and her companA. He should be pardoned.
ion were both thrown upon their hospital cots, exQ. Who are the supporters of the rebel army? | hausted, sick. With others, both wounded and deA. The slaves.
bilitated, they were sent to Cairo. Their attendants Q. How do the slaves support the rebel army ? were more constant and more scrutinizing. Suspicion A. By raising supplies in food and clothing. was first had ; the discovery of Fanny's and Nelly's Q. What, then, ought Uncle Sam to do with them ? true sex was made. Of course, the next event in their A. Liberate them.
romantic history was a dismissal from the service. Q. Is it right to make soldiers out of slaves ? But not until her health had improved sufficiently was
A. It is just as proper and right for them to uphold Fanny dismissed from the sick-ward of the hospital the flag of the Union by fighting as it is for them to This happened, however, a week or two after her sex uphold the rebellion by working. If the Union troops had become known. Nellie, who up to this time had have the right to use a rebel battery against its orig- shared the fate of her companion, was now no longer inal owners, they certainly have the right to use their allowed to do so ; her illạess became serious, she was slaves against them. Their being property does not detained in the hospital, and Fanny and she parted— destroy this right, for batteries are property also. Al their histories no longer being linked. Nellie we can
tell no further of; but Fanny, having again entered “Every grandson I have capable of bearing arms is society in her true position, what became of her ? now in the army-one acting as brigadier-general in
“We now see her on the stage of a theatre at Cairo, Western Virginia ; one as colonel, commanding under serving an engagement as ballet girl. But this lasts General McPherson ; one as captain, One Hundred and but a few nights. She turns up in Memphis, even as Fortieth Pennsylvania volunteers ; one as lieutenant, a soldier again. But she has changed her branch of in the Fourteenth Pennsylvania cavalry; and another, the service ; Fanny has now become a private in the who was disabled as a gunner in the Chicago Light Third Illinois cavalry. Only two weeks has she been Artillery, I have at home with me, and he is yet anxenlisted, when, to her surprise, while riding through ious to again join his command. the street with a fellow-soldier, she is stopped by a " At my time of life I cannot expect that many guard, and arrested for being a woman in men's more years will be given to me; yet it is my sincere clothing.' She is taken to the office of the detective desire that ere I close my mortal life peace may be police, and questioned until no doubt can remain as to restored to our whole land. her identity--not proving herself, as suspected, a rebel “And now, my dear sir, in concluding this letter, spy, but a Federal soldier. An appropriate wardrobe (perhaps the last I shall ever write,) permit me to say is procured her, and her word is given that she will that my earnest prayer for you is, that you may long not again attempt a disguise. And here we leave her. be spared to enjoy the blessing of a grateful nation, Fanny is a young lady of about nineteen years ; of a when Freedom shall have enthroned herself truly over fair face, though somewhat tanned; of a rather mas- the entire land. culine voice, and a mind sprightly and somewhat edu- “ Committing you to the care of our Heavenly Facated—being very easily able to pass herself off for a ther, I remain your sincere friend, boy of about seventeen or eighteen.”
FORREST ON FORT PILLLOW.
It may be interesting to know the state of General
ROSECRANS TO HALLECK.—The following letter exHayes's thoughts and feelings just before entering upon
plains itself: that desperate conflict in the Wilderness, where he
“HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE Com
BERLAN", MURFREESBORO, Tenn., lost his life. In a letter written upon the morning on
March 6, 1363. which the march commenced, he says :
Major-General H. W. Halleck, General-in-Chief “ This morning was beautiful, for
U. S. A., Washington, D. C.: ‘Lightly and brightly shone the sun,
“GENERAL: Yours of the first instant, announcing As if the morn was a jocund one.'
the offer of a vacant Major-Generalship to the General " Although we were anticipating to march at eight in the field who first wins an important ind decisive o'clock, it might have been an appropriate harbinger victory, is received. of the day of the regeneration of mankind; but it only
“ As an officer and a citizen, I feel degraded at such brought to remembrance, through the throats of many an auctioneering of honor. Have we a General who bugles, that duty enjoined upon each one, perhaps, would fight for bis own personal benefit, when he before the setting sun, to lay down a life for his coun
would not for honor and his country? He will come try.”
by his commission basely in that case, and deserves to be despised by men of honor. But are all the
brave and honorable generals on an equality as to JOSIAH VAVASSEUR & Co., of London, take credit chances ? If not, it is unjust to those who probably to themselves, of course through the columns of the deserve most.
W. S. ROSECRANS, London Times, for providing the steel shot for the
“Major-General." rebels by which the Keokuk was sunk. A statement published in England to the effect that “practical artillerists have not been using spherical steel shot "put this house of Vavasseur & Co. upon its defence, and
MERIDIAN, Miss., May 13, 1865. as a proof that artillerists do use such implements of
Before the large chimney-place of a small cabinwar, they say they "have reason to believe that the same shot made by us (Vavasseur & Co.) were used room, surrounded by a group of confederate officers by the confederates in the first attack of the monitors and men, the room dimly lighted by a small tallow upon Charleston, in which action the Keokuk was so candle, I first saw Lieutenant-General N. B. Forrest, severely handled.” Vavasseur & Co., like good“ neu
commanding a corps of cavalry in the rebel army. tral" Englishmen as they are, rather pride themselves Forrest is a man of fine appearance, about six feet in on the efficient aid thus rendered to the rebels.
height, having dark, piercing hazel eyes, carefully trimmed moustache, and chin-whiskers, dark as night, finely cut features, and iron-gray hair. His form is
lithe, plainly indicating great physical power and acPRESIDENT LINCOLN sent a letter of thanks to the tivity. He was neatly dressed in citizen's clothes of widow of the late Rev. Joseph Stockton, of Pittsburgh, some gray mixture, the only indication of military Pa., a lady eighty years of age, for knitting a great service being the usual number of small staff-buttons number of stockings for the soldiers. To this favor on his vest. I should have marked him as a promiof the President Mrs. Stockton has sent the following nent man had I seen him on Broadway; and when I reply:
was told that he was the "Forrest of Fort Pillow," I “ To His Excellency, Abraham Lincoln, President of devoted my whole attention to him, and give you the the United States :
result of our conversation. My first impression of the “ Your kind letter was duly received My labors man was rather favorable than otherwise. Except a in behalf of our gallant soldie I fear, are somewhat guard of some hundred Federal soldiers, more than exaggerated. I have endeavored to do what I could half a mile away, was, with the exception of another for those who battle to crush this wicked rebellion. person, the only Yankee in the room, and, being
dressed in citizen's clothes, was never suspected, ex- and one battery I kept marching around all the time. cept by the landlord.
My inen dismounted, leaving every fourth man to hold "General,” said I, “I little expected to be seated the horses, and formed the rest in front as infantry; by this fire with you."
and the darn fool gave up without firing a shot." “Why so ?"
Speaking of Streight's capture, he said it was almost “Well, because your name has been in the mouth a shame. “ His men rode among them and shot them of nearly every person for a long time.”
down like cattle. They were mounted on sharp-edged · Yes," said he, displaying the finest set of teeth saddles, and were worn out, and he killed several of that I think I have ever seen; “I have waked up the them himself. Didn't bardly know what to do with Yankees everywhere, lately.”
them." But the heart sickens at the infamous con“Now that you have time, General, do you think duct of this butcher. He is one of the few men that you will ever put upon paper the true account of the are general “ blowers,” and yet will fight. Forrest is Fort Pillow affair ?
a thorough bravo-a desperate man in every respect. "Well," said he, “the Yankees ought to know; He was a negro-trader before the war, and in "perthey sent down their best men to investigate the sonal affairs," as he calls them, had killed several affair."
“But are we to believe their report, General ?" He had a body-guard of one hundred and fifty pick“Yes, if we are to believe any thing a nigger says. ed men. These he placed in the rear, with orders to When I went into the war, I meant to fight. Fight- shoot any one that turned back. I have spoken to ing means killing. I have lost twenty-nine horses in numbers of confederate officers, and they speak of him the war, and have killed a man each time. The other with disgust, though all admit his bravery and fitness day I was a horse ahead, but at Selma they surround for the cavalry service. He has two brothers living, ed me, and I killed two, jumped my horse over a one- one of whom is spoken of as being a greater butcher horse wagon, and got away.' I began to think I had than the Lieutenant-General. He is a man without some idea of the man at last. He continued : “My education or refinement, married, I believe, to a very Provost-Marshal's book will show that I have taken pretty wife. Any one would call him handsome. thirty-one thousand prisoners during the war. At Any one hearing him talk, would call him a bragFort Pillow I sent in a flag of truce, and demanded gadocio. As for myself, I would believe one half he an unconditional surrender, or I would not answer said, and only dispute with him with my finger upon for my men. This they refused. I sent them an- the trigger of my pistol. When I told him I was a other note, giving them one hour to determine. This Yankee, and late upon a prominent General's staff, he they refused. I could see on the river boats loaded looked about him, and among his aff, for corrobowith troops. They sent back, asking for an hour rative proof. Volleys of this, ready prepared, poured more. I gave them twenty minutes. I sat on my forth upon his order. My not being a short-hand horse during the whole time.
writer necessarily deprived me of the pleasure of a “The fort was filled with niggers and deserters further contribution to this true story. from our army; men who lived side by side with my Two young Kentuckians were walking along the
I waited five minutes after the time, and then road when Forrest came up; he called them desertblew my bugle for the charge. In twenty minutes ers, and deliberately shot them. It appears that these my men were over the works, and the firing had ceas- young men were upon legitimate duty, and one of ed. The citizens and Yankees had broken in the them under military age. The fathers of these youths beads of whisky and lager-beer barrels, and were all are upon Forrest's track, sworn to kill him. Poetic drunk. They kept up firing all the time, as they justice requires that he should meet with a violent went down the hill. Hundreds of them rushed to the death. Probably one hundred men have fallen by his river, and tried to swim to the gunboats, and my men hand. He says "the war is played;" that, where he shot them down. The Mississippi river was red with lives, there are plenty of fish ; and that he is going to their blood for three hundred yards. During all this, take a tent along, aud don't want to see any one for their flag was still flying, and I rushed over the works twelve months. and cut the halyards, and let it down, and stopped the What a charming hero he would make for a sensafight. Many of the Yankees were in tents in front, tional "King of the Cannibal Islands !" and they were in their way, as they concealed my
BRYAN MCALISTER, men, and some of them set them on fire. were burned to death, it was in those tents.
WAITING. They have a living witness in Captain Young, their Quartermaster, who is still alive; and I will
When he comes back, all glorious, leave it to any prisoner I have ever taken if I have
With the love-light in his eye, not treated them well."
“ You have made some rap- From the battlefield victorious, id marches, General,” said I. “Yes," said he, “I
Who'll be happier then than I ? have five thousand men that can whip any ten thou- See, the big arm-chair is waiting, sand in the world. Sturgis came out to whip me once,
Vacant still in its old placeand was ten thousand strong. I marched off as if I
Time, press quickly on the hours was going to Georgia, and fell upon the head of his
Till I see his pleasant face ! column when be least expected me, and, with two thousand three hundred men, killed over three thou- He was too young, they told me, sand, captured as many more, with all the trains and
To march against the foe; mules, and drove him back. I meant to kill every Yet when his country needed aid, man in Federal uniform, unless he gave up." He
His mother bade him go ! spoke of capturing a fort from Colonel Crawford, in 'Twere meet slaves should tremble Athens, Alabama, garrisoned by one thousand five
Whom tyrants hold in thrall; hundred men.
Said he : "I took him out and showed But my boy was a freeman born, him my forces—some brigades two or three times,
He went at freedom's call.
Above the hero write,
The young, half-sainted : His country asked his life, His life he gave.
My small weak hand would waver
The shortest sword to bear;
And holds his musket there.
The battle-ground to see ; But his is strong in freedom's might,
He fights for her and me.
THE TRUE FLAG OF PEACE.
I am watching and waiting,
As mothers watch and wait, Whose sons are in the army now,
And it is growing late. My life's past its morning,
It's near sunset in the sky Oh ! I long once more to clasp him
In my arms before I die.
Yet farther off the army goes
He will return no more,
To float o'er sea and shore.
Its folds again shall rest, From the depths of the lowest valleys,
To the highest mountain crest.
The battle is ended, the cannon is still,
B. S. W.
“ RICHMUN ON THE JEEMS."
The following lines were picked up in the street. They appear to be an attempt at parody on that other attempt of " Bingen on the Rhine."
Breathe, trumpets ! breathe
Slow notes of saddest wailing ; Sadly responsive peal,
Ye muffled drums! Comrades, with downcast eyes
And muskets trailing! Attend him home
The youthful warrior comes. Upon his sbield,
Upon his shield returning, Borne from the field of honor
Where he fell Glory and grief, together clasped
In mourning, His fame, his fate,
With sobs exulting tell.
A soldier, filled with Burbon, lay puling in the street, From battle-field es-ca-ped, with swiftly running feet; He'd fallen from too much "strychnine," and drowned
all gallant schemes, And got as far as possible from Richmun on the Jeems! And one there lay beside him, his comrade in the
flight; They had been boon companions, and frequently got
tight; And side by side they lay there, indulging maudlin
dreams, Far from the Libby prison and Richmond on the
Wrap round his breast
The flag his breast defendedHis country's flag,
In battle's front unrolled; For it he died
On earth for ever ended, His brave young life
Lives in each sacred fold.
One said : Old feller, tell me, what think you of this
war, Made by the boastin' rebels, our prosp'rous peace to
mar ? Are Lee and Stonewall Jackson such thunderation
teams, As to keep us out of Richmun, ole Richmun on the
With proud, fond tears,
By tinge of shame untainted, Bear him, and lay bim
Gently in his grave :
TO PRESIDENT LINCOLN.
Proudest of all earth's thrones
Is his who rules by a free people's choice; Who, 'midst fierce party strife and battle groans, Hears, ever rising in harmonious tones,
A grateful people's voice.
You know, through tribulation, we marched on, night
and day, Through woods, and mud, and dusty roads, and fight
ing in the fray ; By smoke-houses and chicken coops, and where the
biler steems, Which cooked our hard-earned rations tow'rd Rich
mun on the Jeems. And, now we're going homeward-me and the other
scamp, Yet, far from old Kentucky, we are obleeged to
tramp; And him who's out of postage stamps, there's nobody
esteems, E'en though he's been in Richmun, and seed the river
Steadfast in thee we trust,
Tried as no man was ever tried before ; God made thee merciful—God keep thee just Be true !-and triumph over all thou must.
God bless thee evermore! GREAT CENTRAL FAIR, June 16, 1864.
- Daily Fare, Philadelphis.
THE BAYONET CHARGE.
To hell with old Phiginny, and all her sacred sile ! She's made a heap of trouble, and kept it up a while; And if she's helped herself right much, 'tis like to
them sunbeams The niggers squeeze from cucumbers, in Richmun on
Hark to the batteries disputing in thunder-
Down through the forest aisles, lofty and large. There's a look on the face of our leader I know, And I wait the dread order : “Fix bayonets
-And then his boon companion convulsively turned
o'er, And, grunting an affirmative, straightway began to
snore, Oblivious to war's alarms or love's delightful themes, Or to the fact that Richmond still stands on the Jeems.
Grow on, thou “sour apple-tree,” where Jeffy is to
hang! Rejoice, ye running contrabands, for this is your che
bang ! No more you'll stem tobacco, thresh wheat, or drive
the teams Of rebels round the city-old Richmond on the Jeems.
Am I less brave for a moment's quick shiver ? Hearts of oak yonder bear light leaves that quiver. I look down the line-there's a lip turning white, Set the firmer for that; there are fixed, gazing
eyes Intent upon something, but not on the fight; There's a swift glance flung upward to pierce the
KENTUCKY! O KENTUCKY!
John Morgan's foot is on the shore,
Kentucky! 0 Kentucky ! His hand is on thy stable-door,
Kentucky! 0 Kentucky! You'll see your good gray mare no more, He'll ride her till her back is sore, And leave her at some stranger's door,
Kentucky! 0 Kentucky!
While the thunder rolls nearer, distinct through
it all I catch fragments of whispers; as, “Boys, if I fall;" Or thus, “Should the worst come, write home to
my mother;" “Tell my sister, my wife, that I died like a man." “You'll find in my knapsack, friend," murmurs an.
other, “ A line that I scrawled when the battle began." Our Colonel sits firm ; with that look in his eye, Like a sword part unsheathed, he rides gallantly by. Should he fall, made a mark for the sharp-shooter's
aim By his gay epaulette with its golden encrust, There'll be trumpet-loud voices to herald his fame;
But I am a private—the commonest dust!
For feeding John you're paying dear,
Kentucky! 0 Kentucky!