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about here; there is none of them in this neighborhood."

“Think not?” said Captain Bard; “suppose you deliver up your fire-arms;” and at this moment he pulled out a pistol and pointed it directly at the Rebel Captain, for such he appeared to be.

"Why, you are joking, ain't you?” said Reb.

“No; I'm in earnest; I want them right away.” The latter part of the sentence was delivered in an emphatic manner; and Captain Butternut, (for he would not give his name,) unbuckled his belt, in which were the pistols, a Colt's navy revolver, and a five-nick cartridge pistol, and delivered it to Captain Bard, at the same time remarking:

Caught at last, after eighteen months' service. I'll go along."

A Rebel private near by yielded himself a prisoner at once. By this time a number of Bard's men had come up.

STORY L.

A FEMALE SOLDIER AND HER EXPERIENCE.

In the month of May, 1863, a young woman arrived at Chicago from Louisville, Ky., whose history is thus related in the Chicago Post:

“She gave her name as Annie Lillybridge, of Detroit, and stated that her parents reside in Hamilton, C. W. Last spring, (1862,) she was employed in a drygoods store in Detroit, where she became acquainted with a Lieutenant W

of one of the Michigan regiments, and an intimacy immediately sprang up between them. They corresponded for some time, and became much attached to each other. Some time during the ensuing summer Lieutenant W- -, was appointed to a position in the 21st Michigan Infantry, then rendezvousing in Ionia county.

“The thought of parting from the gay lieutenant nearly drove her mad, and she resolved to share his dangers and be near him. No sooner had she resolved upon this course than she proceeded to act. Purchasing male attire she visited Ionia, enlisted in Captain Kavanah's Company, 21st Regiment. While in camp she managed to keep her secret from all-not even the object of her attachment, who met her every day, was aware of her presence so near him.

“Annie left with her regiment for Kentucky, passed through all the dangers and temptations of a camp-life, endured long marches, and sleeping on the cold ground without a murmur. At last, before the battle of Pea Ridge, in which her regiment took part, her sex was discovered by a member of her company, and she enjoined secresy upon him, after relating her previous history.

“On the following day she was under fire, and from a letter in her possession, it appears she behaved with marked gallantry, and by her own hand shot a Rebel captain who was in the act of firing upon Lieutenant W

But the fear of revealing her sex continually haunted her.

“After the battle, she was sent out with others to collect the wounded, and one of the first corpses found by her was the soldier who had discovered her sex. Days and weeks passed on and she became a universal favorite with the regiment; so much so, that her Colonel (Stephens) frequently detailed her as regimental clerk -a position that brought her in close contact with her lover, who at this time, was Major, or Adjutant of the regiment.

“A few weeks subsequently, she was out on picket duty, when she received a shot in the arm that disabled her, and notwithstanding the efforts of the surgeon, her wound continually grew worse.

She was sent to the hospital at Louisville, where she remained several months, when she was discharged by the post surgeon, as her arm was stiffened and rendered useless.

“She implored to be permitted to return to her regiment, but the surgeon was unyielding, and discharged her. Annie immediately hurried toward home. At Cincinnati she told her secret to a benevolent lady, and and was supplied with female attire.

“She declares that she will enlist in her old regiment again, if there is a recruiting officer for the 21st in Michigan. She still clings to the Lieutenant, and says she must be near him if he falls, or is taken down sick; that where he goes, she will go; and when he dies, she will end her life by her own hands.”

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An anecdote is reported characteristic of the brave McCook. When advancing in Tennessee, the Rebel General Buckner sent to him by a flag of truce a message,

the purport of which was, that unless he withdrew his troops from the State, within fifteen days, he, (Buckner,) would annihilate them. Our gallant general's only reply was a cannon-ball, which he gave to the emissary, telling him to deliver it to Buckner.

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LIEUTENANT-GENERAL U. S. GRANT.

LIEUTENANT-GENERAL ULYSSES S. GRANT was born at Point Pleasant, Ohio, April 27, 1822, and graduated at West Point in 1843, (twenty-first of a class numbering thirty-nine members,) as brevet second lieutenant in the Fourth Infantry.

In the Mexican war he participated in Taylor's battles at Palo Alto, Reseca de la Palma, and Monterey, Afterward his regiment joined Scott at Vera Cruz, and Lieutenant Grant took part in every engagement up to the city of Mexico, receiving brevet first lieutenant and captain for meritorious conduct at the battle of Molino del Rey and Chepultepec.

At the close of the war his regiment went to Oregon, where he was promoted to a captaincy, but resigned in 1853, and settled in St. Louis. In 1859 he removed to Galena, Ill., where he was engaged in commercial business when the rebellion broke out. He was among the first to offer his services to Governor Yates, and was made colonel of 21st Illinois Volunteers, with which he went into service in Missouri.

In the summer of 1861, he was made brigadier-general, and assigned to the district of Cairo. He immediately occupied Paducah, Kentucky; stopped the flow of supplies for the Rebels up the Tennessee and Cumberland ; moved soon after on Belmont, Mo., opposite the Rebel stronghold at Columbus, Ky, from which place he was driven only after a desperate fight, by a largely superior force of Rebels.

In February, 1862, he led the land forces sent against Fort Henry, but did not participate in the victory; the gunboats having done the work before he got there. Thereupon he marched forthwith upon Fort Donelson, which place he besieged and assaulted, and on the 16th of February, the Rebels raised the white flag, (Pillow and Floyd having stolen off during the night, with 5,000 men, leaving Buckner to surrender,) and sent to Grant for terms.

He replied that the surrender must be unconditional, or he would instantly move on the works. This short and soldierly answer gave him the sobriquet of Unconditional Surrender Grant, the initials being the same as of his real name. This fortunate and fairly won victory was rewarded by a major-general's commission.

In April he reached Pittsburg Landing, Buell being in his rear with reinforcements, for which, however, the Rebels did not wait, but made a furious onslaught upon Grant, who was forced back to the shelter of the gunboats, where he resisted Johnson with success.

The next day Buell came up, and the Rebels got a severe flogging at what they call the battle of Shiloh, their commander, General Albert S. Johnson, being killed. His subsequent operations, culminating in the capture of Vicksburg, and the opening of the Mississippi river, are fresh in the public mind.

General Grant is a plain man, about five feet nine inches in height, has sandy hair and whiskers, blue eyes, a firm, determined mouth, well shaped nose, and a complexion that shows the effects of exposure. He has a good form, and stands squarely on his feet. He never uses profane language, is almost a model of temperance, with the exception of continual smoking.

He is of a taciturn habit, attending closely to business, methodical and cautious, though full of daring and dash,

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