Page images


That,” answered the officer, “is the bakery for the United States army. (The basement was in fact appropriated for that purpose at that time.) This singular answer somewhat took Mr. Graves aback, who, remonstrating at what he considered an unwarrantable joke, under the circumstances, received for reply, “That is the only answer you will get, sir, and if you don't like it you must take your own remedy." When the gen

” tleman asked his name, " John Smith," answered the

“ officer. Highly incensed at this second indignity, Mr. Graves demanded his card, producing his own.

The officer now appeared to wish to get rid of the matter, turning on his heel in the direction of the capitol exclaiming “Pshaw!" The Englishman followed him up the steps of the capitol. On reaching the top, the officer turned round and said, “Well, sir, what are you following me for? What do you want?” “I want your name," answered Mr. Graves, “and I will follow you

till I learn what it is." The officer ordered him to leave the place, but to no purpose. Both parties appeared to be getting excited, when fortunately, at this instant a door opened, and Captain Darling made his appearance. “Captain Darling," commanded the officer, "take this man away.” Captain Darling at once advanced and took charge of Mr. Graves. “I demand that you tell me the name of that officer," said Mr. Graves, “ before I leave.” “That,” said Captain Darling." is General Halleck, commander-in-chief of the American army." The Englishman wilted.

[ocr errors]



At the battle of Fort Henry, a soldier had the plate of his belt struck by a bullet, and the U in the U. S. entirely obliterated: and yet he was unhurt.

Another had the pictures of his wife and mother in separate cases in his side pocket, and a ball passed through both, and lodged in the inside one; the cases thus saving his life. He sent them to his wife by express.

A member of the 8th Missouri had a half dollar in his pocket, which was struck with so much force as to bend the edges together and enclose the ball.

A colonel of one of the regiments found four of his men hid behind a stump, and riding up with great gravity, asked them if that stump needed so large a guard. At that instant a cannon ball sent it a kiting, without hurting one of them.

A private soldier received ten wounds, and yet sat on a log and loaded and fired as long as he could see

the enemy.

Among the wounded who arrived in Louisville after the battle of Murfreesboro, was Joseph Rock, a private in Company B, 230 Kentucky, aged eighteen years, who was in the thickest of the fight. He was shot in the right breast, a Minnie ball striking the buckle of his suspender, driving it through a portion of the lungs, and lodging under the skin in his back. The surgeon cut through the skin and took out the ball and buckle, which were fastened together. Beside this, he had three balls to pass through the leg of his pants; and the stock of his gun was shivered by a ball while he was taking aim. He was lodged in hospital No. 4, and when last heard from was rapidly recovering from his injuries.

At the battle of Fort Donelson, Peter Morton, of the 13th Illinois, had the case of his watch, which he wore in his upper vest pocket, immediately over his heart, torn away by a canister shot, and the watch still continued to keep time.



[ocr errors]

The following matter of fact occurred at Nashville, as stated by the Nashville Union:

A slaveholder from the country approached an old acquaintance, also a slaveholder, residing in the city, and said: "I have several negro men lurking about here, somewhere. I wish you would look out for them, and when you find them do with them as if they were your own."

"Certainly I will," replied his friend.

A few days after the parties met again, and the planter asked, “Have you found my slaves ?"

“I have."
“And where are they ?
“Well, you

told me to with them as if they were my own, and as I made my men enlist in the Union army, I did the same with yours." The astounded planter absquatulated.




[ocr errors]

Paducah, February 11, 1862. In these times of terror and peril in this district, some of the most heroic acts have been performed, but perhaps the noblest of all was enacted a few days since, by a young lady of Graves County, well known to the writer, Miss Anna Bassford. Her father and family are devotedly for the Union; the old man having information that the notorious H. C. King, (expelled from our Legislature for treason, and his robber band, intended to visit the house for the purpose of taking horses, guns, &c., hid his gun, and brought his horses to this place.

While here, three of King's robber band visited the house, demanded the gun, and alarmed Mrs. Bassford, who ordered a son, some fifteen years old, to find the gun, and deliver it to them. The boy, after considerable search, found the gun; the robbers then demanded a pistol, which they were informed belonged in the family; whereupon the daughter, some seventeen years old, told them she knew where the pistol was, but they could not get it.

The robbers insisted, with loud, vulgar oaths, but the girl was determined; and seeing they were foiled in this, they ordered the feeble, sickly boy to mount up behind one of their clan, as they intended to take him to Camp Beauregard, in place of his “d-- Lincolnite father."

The boy and mother in tears, protested, but to no effect, and the boy was in the act of mounting, when the heroic sister stepped between her brother and the robbers, and, drawing, cocking, and presenting the pistol, ordered her brother to the house, and with eagle-piercing eye fastened on the robbers, and death-dealing determination in her countenance, dared them to hinder or touch her brother, and she would lay the one that did so dead at her feet. Suffice it to say, the three brigands scampered off, and left the family without further mo. lestation,




DURING the Rebel raid in West Virginia, in the spring of 1863, an event occurred worthy of record. Captain Wallace, Company G, 23d Illinois, in command of a part of his company and a detachment of Company A, 14th Virginia, under Captain Smith, in all eighty men, occupied a church at the mouth of Greenland Gap, so advantageously placed as to command the gap, and compel the enemy to capture it before they could advance. From morning until dark this brave little force withstood a Rebel force of fifteen hundred men.

Three times the enemy charged up to the church, and were repulsed. Five out of eight of the officers of their first battalion were killed or wounded in the first charge. The number of the enemy slain was more than the whole force opposed to them. “Bravely they fought-long and well,” but sorrowful to relate, as night drew on, the

« PreviousContinue »