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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE WASHINGTON: 02 THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 1896. 3 FIGHTING THEM OVER. - - What Our Veterans Have to Say Alioiit Their Old Campaigns. rriie Editor would ho Klnd to receive nnicics o. rom 8 W0 to G.000 ords. or bo iul paper of Krotcr turn,. for publicnlion on the Hint, pK of. nnd rlltton osckiBtvcly f.r. Tun National Tiamsst. rrun r.liior would ho ulnd to receive nrtieles of Jroi Jcni The milijPolHMibiiiMcd should 1c of interest to the lie milijpolH MibniMcU should ne oi uum-mui .... ...-.,., i n.,rnl. mid Khoulil ho treated with velorBim in uencrnl, weoint reemd to historical accuracy of mntcmont. Articles on the behavior of kiiiiic particulHr ivkU .p liriirndc on sonic 11 id whereon it lif- C A ..,..1.1 ip lirictl'Ic oil sonic iimuished itself, In tome cmnpHiRii in which -...!.' it iii-miiiiiGiit unit, in some eiefiC wnereiii tictod defensively or ouciimv.'ly; remiiui-conccH of priMin life, the tiinrcli or the camp: potential ndvcMittirox. nil -licIl IC soliciieu. Bonner ihiiji-. of frcini 500 to 1,000 woid m.fl r (lio hiimn olmriic tor. are nlo desiiod for "KichliiiK Them Ovor." AH nrtiOlCS Will receive COIIbiuurm-iwii. Miiitji " able will lmvc inncrlion. stamps miouiu ue closed ff it is dcoircd that the manuscript be turned if unavailable. I in- rc- A WILD RIDE. Itaidinc With Wilson in tho Enemy's Country. Country. Editor National Tkibuxe: The Third Division of Cavalry, Army of llic James, command d by Gen. Kautz, joined Gen. "Wilson Jan. 21, 18G4,at Blanlord, a town on the Suffolk IJailroad a few miles south of Petcihburj!. The First Brigade, of 5th Pa. and 3d N. Y., Col. "West coiumaudinp. and the Second Brigade, 11th Pa. and 1st D. C., Col. Spear commanding, comprised the division, division, numbering iu all, including a battery, battery, 2,414 men. . (Jon. "Wilson had with him a division from the Army of the Potomac, 1G guns, lioree artillery, four mountain howitzers, 25 wagons, and 25 ambulances. The whole force numbered 8,000; Brig.-Gen. James "Wilson in command. The command moved out Jan. 22, with the Second Brigade in ad vauce. At Jieam's Station we scattered a small force oi rebels and made some prisoners. Here we burned the depot and a train of flat cars, inarched north, and struck the Petersburg & Lynch- "Wilson's Cavalry Foraging. burg Railroad, and reached Ford's Depot about dark. "We captured two trains with locomotives attached. These we bunched and burned, and spent nearly all the night destroying the track. "We commenced moving long before before daylight, and kept iu the saddle until we arrived at Burksville, about 3 p. tn. "We destroyed miles of railroad leading to Richmond Richmond and towards Lynchburg. "We arrived at Keysville late in the afternoon afternoon ol the 24th. Here we had to give the liorses a rest. "We burned depots and trains at Drake's Station and Mossing Ford, several several saw-mills, a bridge spanning the Little Roanoke and smaller bridges, a warehouse filled with cotton, aud another filled with tobacco. "We spared nothing that had the brand C.S.A. on it Now we learned that Confederate Gens. Hampton and W. H. F- Lee had got between our division and "Wilson. All this time "Wilhou was following Kautz, completing the work of destruction, and having a running fight with Hampton and Loc. At Keysville, families I don't know bow jnauy old men, women, and children were living in box-cars. It was a cruel necessity, hot we had to destroy all rolling-stock; we were out for that purpose. As gently and kindly as possible the poor people were made to vacate the cars. - jfevi nVm Burned Everything Before TJs. ,Near Keysville we were joined by "Wilson, wflio told lis that Karly's Corps was out for a (hand in the business. The united command moved out for Staunton River on the 25th, and the bridge Hpanniug the river at Roanoke Station. "Wc approached the bridge from the south, and about 5 p. in. arrived at the bluffs overlooking the bridge and its defenses on the opposite side of the river. "Wo came here for no other purpose than to destroy this bridge, and Kautz with his division was told to do it. "We were not lookiug for a fight, and did not want one. The divibion was dismounted for attack. I numbered four, and alternately with a comrade held eight horses, and wo would creep by turns to the edge of the bluff and watoh the assault. It was grand to look at it from our hill-top, but nasty aud terrible for the tiicd and hungry men who advanced to assault. The First Brigade went iu on the loft, and the Second on the right of the bridge. All of AVilsou's command were engaged, for While the assault was on, the rebel cavalry, who hud followed for two days, made an attack on our rear, but were repulsed. The enemy had two batteries in redoubts and another on the bridge, commanding every approach. After the first attack we had no possible show of accompliehingour purpose, for trains were arriving every 15 minutes at the station opposite, loaded with troops. It was a season of drouth, and the heat was intense ; many men were prostrated with ik "W " via i rani ti jrzrrOk. J ; lyg ir- . uvr vr -k. . ,S0'-?C A gs- fe-sX -,' BAT heat and from thirst. My regiment lost 50 men Here. All the wounded were brought off thr'neld, but were captured later, with the ambulances. The lt D. C. remained in position until the rest of the command had passed, -when we t-et fire to the depot with some cars, and inarched out, acting as rear-guaid. That day we had a running fight, lasting a few-hours. few-hours. The poor negroes suffered more than we did. fundi eds of them followed us in spile of orders and protests. They thought their VNVy Gen. "Wit-son. dav of emancipation had come, and it had for many of them. The Confederates had no mercy on man, -woman or child if found in our company. A few days later, at Ream's Station, I raw a battery with infantry fire into a struggling mass of blacks. In the morning of the 28th we ran afonl of Hampton and Lee at Stony Creek. "We wanted to cross the creek, for it was our nearest Avay home. The rebs objected. It was a lair fight, and both sides drew off. The 11th suffered severely here. The 1st lost 20 men, and we crossed the creek at another another point. About 1 o'clock on the morning of the 29th the Second Brigade mounted and were sent to the head of the column. "When approaching approaching Ream's Station, which we expected expected to find iu possession of Federal troops, we ran against a rebel liue-of-battle (Gen. Mahone's Division), and a fierce battle was on. The 11th was forced back a little by the sudden attack, but instantly rallied. About 200 of the men were dismounted and sent out to the left of the road as skirmishers. The 1st all dismounted, and were sent ahead on the right in skirmifch-line. "We had barely got in lino when a brigade of Alabama troops, led by Col. Sanders, charged along the whole line. But we stopped their rush and yelline at the same time. The portion of the 11th that re mained in the saddle went with the skir-mish-line in a counter-charge, and we drove them back to the woods. It was in this fight the Johnnies got the impression that wc loaded our guns on one day for a week's shooting. The regiment was armed with the Henry rifle, 1G shooters, and no doubt they were disagreeably surprised surprised at our rapid firing. "We held our ground for an hour or so, aud in the meantime meantime our artillery had come into the fight a few hundred yards back of our line. In my front, a few rods away, was a log cabin with one large door in the center, parallel with the side of the cabin were corn rows, the stubble still standing. Between two of these rows I had lain down and commenced commenced pumping out the cartridges, feeling comparatively fafc, when of a sudden bullets bullets commenced zipping in my front. I saw the cabin door full of guns, all appearing appearing to huve the drop on me. Our battery battery in rear must have noticed the fun the iebs -were having as soon as I did, for a few shells dropped into that cabin and distributed distributed it, flying, over the cornfield. AVe maintained the fight for fire or six hours, and until ive were completely surrounded. surrounded. The order came to mount the divibion. It was here and at thiB time so many negroes came to grief; it was pitiful to hear their cries for protection. "We were in about as nasty a scrape as can be imagined. imagined. The whole outfit was nearly exhausted. "We had been nine days on the road, and when not fighting were in the saddle or smashing things. "What little sleep we got is not worth mentioning. It was almost impossible impossible for man or horse to keep awake. SVe were hungry. The Johnnies kept us on the jump, and there was no time to eat. In the saddle we were ordered to charge a line of infantry. "We did, and they made way for us. Wo rode through eight or ten miles of timber. Then we crossed a railroad cut that was 100 feet, easy, from where we approached to the rails, but about half as utecn on the opposite side. "We did not ttop to hinaeh this railroad. My horse slid down giacefully, but there was a fearful sight on the track men and horses piled up so that it appealed almost impossible to get through or over them. Artillery began firing canister canister and shells at us, and a fctrontr force of infantry popping away to swell the chorus. 1 got out of the saddle and led my horse up the bank. He was helped some by a shell exploding behind him, one of the pieces tearing my blanket from the saddle. Once over the railroad wo had a muddy river to cross. It was not very rapid or deep, but exhausted men aud horses wont down in the stygian slush, and some of them stayed there. Acroas the river, then a swamp; but wc could take our time now. The wild ride was over, for the rcbelB shook us aftor crossing the river. My horse, a noble six-year-old roan, had stood the racket bravely, but he absolutely refused to move a leg after leaving the swamp. 1 could only take off my furniture, hide it as well as I could, and follow the procession on foot. It was a sorry-looking outfit that came out of that swamp. Two days later I came into our old camp at Jones Landing, on the James River. Wo had confiscated about 5,000 horses during the raid, many of them barehoofed. Few of them could stand the rapid march, and the most of them were abandoned or thoL It waa late in the afternoon when Kautz received the order from Wilson to cut loose -NK3 !' "v with the Third Division and save ns many men and horses as possible. That was tbo last we saw of "Wilson and his division, but they reached our lines on thoTanie3 River on the morning of July 1. The losses iu the whole command foot up 1,000 men killed, wounded and missing; 25 ambulances filled with our wounded captured, captured, our wagon-train burned, our artillery artillery and howitzers captured, not even n wheel saved, and more than 2,000 horses. Of the 1st D. C. Lient.-Col. Conger, Mnj. Curtis and Capt. San ford were severely wounded, but managed to reach our lines. Capts. Benson and Chase, wonnded at Roanoke Roanoke Bridge, were captured with the ambulances. ambulances. The command was out 10 days, and averaged 40 miles a day. W. IT. MAYO, Co. 1, 1st D. C. Cav., Hot Springs, S. D. SOJOURN IN DIXIE. Attempt to Conquer a Kcuel Division Got a Ynnkco Kugimcnt in Trouble. Editor National Tribune : Reading in your issue of Nov. 1 an account of operations operations in East Tennessee in 18G3, 1 thought I would like to remind the writer of that article if ho is not aware of it that the 15th Pa., or a part of it, opened the fight that day near a place called Dandridge. I was a participant in that fight and operations from Chickamauga, Sept. 20, until Dec 24, 1SG3, making long and wearisome marches by night and by day and many hairbreath escapes. We camempon a number of half-breeds Indians at or near a little village called Gatlinsburg, Dec. 10. They were just preparing preparing breakfast when we made our unexpected unexpected appearance, which spoiled their appetite, appetite, and thev fled to the hillsides, and poured some hot lead into us for disturbing them. After this fight we were scouting on the left flank and rear of Longstrcet's army, which was leisurely pursuing its way towards towards Virginia. Making our way along the French Broad River as far as Newport, East Tenn., having frequent skirmishes with the rebel cavalry and capturing many prisoners, on the night of Dec. 23 we crossed French Bro.id. Tushing up under cover of darkness to the rear of the enemy's cavalry cavalry corps, we captured a number of his pickets, 13 horses, and 20 head of cattle, and brought them safely to camp, though closely pursued. We joined Gens. Sturgis's ana jwmoix-b commands about four miles from Dandridge, Dec 24. We were tired and hungry, and were eating what i;" tie we had in our haversacks, haversacks, when a rcii scout was brought in. He said there were only 300 rel)3 on the road. Our Colonel asked for the privilege of ascertaining the truth of the scout's statement, and it was granted. Our liorses were in no condition for a running match with the rebs, so about 70 of as good mounts as could be selected were ordered to get ready for the fray. Our Colonel led us through the woods to a worm fence skirting the woods. We got through to the middle of the field, and found the rebs on the road as thick as bees. They were the left flank of Gen. Martin's Division! We inarched to the middle of the field and formed in linc-of-battle for a charge. We immediately discovered we had bitten off more than we could masticate. Seeing the Colonel turn and make a bee-line for a holoiu the fence spoke louder than words. We got in considerable of a muddle, all trying trying to get to the hole at the same time. The bullets flew thick aud fast, and the rebs were very close to us. There was no other way out of that field but by that particular particular hole in that live-rail fence. It was too high for a jump, and we were too hotly messed to make another opening. There were about 10 of the 70 ciplnred on that field, and only one wounded. The latter was exchanged that day. Among the canturerl was Capt. W. Airy, who, after1 suffering 14 months in Libby Prison, re-i turned home aud died from the horrible! diseases contracted in that den. Before I got to the hole in the fence I was gathered in by a big rebel Colonel. We were taken to the rear and put in charge of a guard, and here wc were searched for money, and anything that took their fancy was taken away from us. I had 10, and persuaded them to let me keep $10 of it, which they very reluctantly did. And, knowing full well that this would not be the last search, when I got an opportunity I placed that $10 bill between my skin nnd shirt, and there it lay until I reached Bello We, where 1 iuvested it in five pounds of rice and a five-pound bale of Lynchburg smoking tobacco. We were soon put in charge of another guard a little further on the road, and hero we were relieved of our overcoats, and then wc took up our march to a log cabin, where we slopped for the night. In the morning of Christinas Day, 18G3, we were marched to Morristown. There was no good cheer; everything looked, and was. cold and dreary. 1 don't think any of us knew it was Christmas. We were handed over to the Provost Guard, who kindly ushered us to our sleeping sleeping apartments for that night, a two-stoiy storage house In our party was a Tennessee Tennessee guide, who nad been captured while scouting the day of our little charge at Dandridge, Dandridge, and jurl joined us at this place Ho had been with Col. Palmer all through this campaign up to the 24th of December, aud was well acquainted with that part of the country, particularly Morristown. We were no sooner in the building than lie was coolly planning escape. He had an uncle living within sight of our temporary prison, whose house he pointed out to us. He asked the rebel Captain if he would allow allow him to visit his uncle the following day. The Captain gave his permission pleasantly and generously. At dark we all lay down to rest. We still retained our blankets. We rested pretty well until about daybreak, wheu we heard considerable commotion down-stairs among the guards. The Captain came un and ordered us all in line to be counted. When he counted two or three times over he was satisfied that four noble Yanks were missing. missing. He was very angry, of course, but ho could not get it into his thick head how the Yanks got out of that store-room, unless the guard was bribed. By this time the brave guide aud his companions were well on their way to the Union lines, which I learned, after my release, they reached in safety. Their escape bothered the Captain so much that he concluded the house was not a safe place to keep Yankee prisoners in, so we were marched to the outskirts of M-orrislown, and driven into a miserable, low log hut a " chaicoal pen." The hovel was, as near as I can remember, about 12 by 18 feet, so full of ventilation that wo received the full benefit of a'l the snows nnd rains and blows. Wo were in this hole from the 2Glh of December until Jan. 2G, suffering with the cold and famishiiiL'. and being choked and blackened with the smoke. Fortunately there was no sickness amongst us; wc were allyoungand hearty. We were taken out one day and started for Bristol. This wc reached, fagged out aud hungry, without any accidents, accidents, and not a great deal of excitement. There was a train in wailing, with other prisoners. Some time after our arrival it moved off. The only provender available in this remoto spot of the United Slates was the golden grains of corn served to us on the cob. It did not worry us much, being fed like hogs. We could put up with it a littlo while longer. Wo had our headsswelled with the idea that we were going to be exchanged. exchanged. The guards always answered our questions that way. They kept us better together by these falso promises. But our train went rolling into the capital of the so-called Confederacy, aud it was many a long day before wo got out. Joseph Pon-TlKRS, Pon-TlKRS, Roxboro, Pa. THAT LOST OPPORTUNITY. Controversies Over Gon. "Warren's Actions nt Five Forks. Editor National Tribune: Comrade T. F. McCoy aud others clnim that I mado statements in my late article injurious and unjust to Gen. Warren. Nothinn of the kind was intended. I have a very high opinion of Gen. Warren and his Filth Corps. Their record previous to midnight midnight of March 31, 1SG5, is without reproach. reproach. In writing from memory mostly ono is apt to get ahead or behind his story. Such was my caBe in regard to the time Gen. Warren was removed. My article dealt with Gen. Warren at the particular time, from midnight, midnight, March 31, until the close of tho en gagement, nigut oi April l, JBbo. There is no argument in bringing up any former engagement. On this particular occasion occasion Gen. Warreu had positive orders from Gen. Meade, approved by Gen. Grant, to move to a certain point at onco nnd report to Gen. Sheridan, who was in position to know the necfl nnd position of troops, and he was authorized by Gen. Grant to command command all forces there operating, and was by Gen. Grant held responsible for the results. Gen. Warren had no choice but to obey. Gen. Sheridan was informed that Warren ought to reach him by 12 o'clock, midnight, but up to 3 o'clock a. m. nothing had been heard from Warren. The orders were to attack at daylight The cavalry began their part promptly by demonstrating on the right flank and front of the enemy. The Fifth Corps was to attack on tho left flank. But instead of hurrying to the front Gen. Warren put hia men in bivouac until daylight; then, when they should havo been in position, were three miles away. As they broke camp Pickett was falling back and tho grand opportunity was lost. Some of the Fifth Corps men say tho roads were muddy and obstructed by led horses and wagons, and it was ont of tho question to move. Right hero is where all the controversy controversy hinges. If Gen. Warren had urged hia men to plod along, they could and would havo done it and no questions asked. That they did not do so is the fault of Gen. Warren alone, and why try to make it appear othcrwiso by citing previous exploits? Now we come to what the Fifth Corps actually did do when they became engaged. Ayers's Division being ncirest Btrnck tho enemy first, and was temporarily curled up. Crawford's Division took thewrong direction, and Griffin was following! em. This mado gap between Ayers and Crawford wlucu the enemy nuickly took advantago of. Gen Sheridan also observed the gap, and took quick action to remedy it by sending for Warren to change the movement. Warren could not be found. Sheridan then sent orders direct to Griffin to fill the gap, also to Crawford .to change direction to the left. Griffin, that gallant hero, had already sniffed the fray, and, with tho instinct instinct of a soldier, had changed his direction, coming in between Ayers and Crawford. Ayers, now rallying his men, with Griffin, swept everything, Crawford coming in for a share also. No one complains of either di visions, officers or men there. Now with citing what Gen. Sherman says regarding the removal of Gen. Warren, I leave the subject: t "It would be an unsafe and dangerous rule to hold the commander of an army in battle to a technical adherence to any rule of conduct for managing h'is command. He is responsible for results, and holds the lives and icputation of every officer and soldier under his orders as subordinate to the great end victory. t "The most important, events are usually compressed iuto an hur, a minute, and ho cannot stop to analyze his reasons. Ho must act on the impulse;,' the convictions of the instant, and should? be sustained in his convictions if not maulieatly unjust. "The power to command men, and give vehement impulse to their joint action, is something which aumoVbo defined in words, but it is plain and manifested in battle; anil he who commands an army in chief must choose his subordinates by reason of qualities which can alone he tested in actual conflict. "No one questions the patriotism, integrity, integrity, and great intelligence of Gen. Warren. These are attested by a long record of moat excellent service; but in the clash of arms at and uear Five Forks, March 31 and April 1, 16G5, his personal activity fell short of the standard fixed by Gen. Sheridan, on whom alone rested the great responsibility for that and succeeding days. "My conclusion ia that Gen. Sheridan was perfectly justified in his action in this case, and he must be fully aud entirely sustained sustained if the United States expects great victories by her arms in the future." That this is a fair and just conclusion must be admitted by nil. S. A. Clark, 1st Vt. Cav., Willow Lakes, S. D. Modern Wonders. Francis ScfiEsiUer. ihe Alsatian, and his My.sierioiiH Power Cures which have created Incitement. Schlatter, Schlatter, the mysterious healer, concerning whom much has been published of late, has follower follower among all classes of society. People of intelligence aud education, even men of National renown, like the veteran editor, Gen. F. E. Test, Dr. Keithly, a highly respected respected physiciau of Weeping Water, Neb., and others, seem to believe iu this liuiu of wonders. Making due allowance for enthusiasm and public excitement, which usually attend attend cases of this kind, if only one-tenth or one-hundreth part of his reported cures is founded in fact, we stand confronted with one of the most mysterious phenomenons of nature, a case which can but fill us with reverence and awe. Our correspondent in Denver, where Schlatter recently worked among the sick and maimed, writes: "I saw some wonderful wonderful things to-day ; thousands came from far and near to see the man of wonders. All classes are represented, and all equally enthusiastic enthusiastic over the healing powers of this strange man. Many believe, others doubt." A euro which seems almost equally marvelous is reported from Gotham, Wis., in a letter from Mr. and Mrs. Syver Hansen, of that city. "Our thirteeu-year-old boy suffered for four years with a scrofulous affection of his hip Rial leg. Ho had two large open sores. Three different doctors were attending hiin'Wo used medicine without end and all (o nd'purpose. At last they told us that it wfould be necessary for him to undergo an operation. Anxious as we were to do all thdl.lay iu our power to relieve him, we brought liim, two years ago, to the Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago, where they operated on' his hip and limb. "When ho was finally sent home, he seemed fairly well, and wc were happy in the thought that hetyas cured; but, alas! it was not long until tho sore on his hip broke open anew, lot .only that, but he commenced getting ltig sores on hi3 breast and neck. Broken pieces of bone came out with the pus from the- hi$. He suffered terrible terrible agony, and cou I'd1 ileither sleep nor rest. 'Last Fall wo dcdiMd to send for a trial box of Dr. Peter's Bfood Vital izer. He commenced commenced using this medic'iie, nnd wo noticed a daily change for tire better. Ho began to get a good appetite, aud was able to sleep. The improvementcontinued steadily steadily until he got entirely well, and to-day it is a pleasure to see him." Dr. Peter's Blood Vitalizer has puzzled many by its peculiar eflicicy in tho treat ment of all blood and constitutional disorders. disorders. It goes right to tho root of tho disease. disease. It acts on the blood, eliminating all its impurities. Nature does the rest health follows. This remedy cannot bo obtained in drugstores, only local agents handle it. If there is none in your neighborhood, write to Dr. Peter Fahrncy, 112-114 So) Hoyne Ave Chicago. 111. PICKET SHOTS. From Alert Comrades All Along the Line. (All communications for thlscottimn will rccolro duo nttcnlion, and tlioso found available used as soon ns possible. Comrndcs should write- very briefly and to the point, on ono side of the PfJPer only, and on matters of Kenernl Intercut. Tho number of Picket Shots which reach tho Editor ia so great that room cannot be found for all, however however meritorious, and those chosen now cannot find insertion for some little while. Slampsshould be inclosed if it is desired that manuscript unavailable unavailable be returned. Driving" Them Out. H. W. Phelps, 95tli Ohio, Westerville, O., writes: "Recent mention of Gen. Alfred Pleasonton brings to mind the campaign in Arkansas and Missouri during September and October, 18G4, iu driving the commands of Sterling Price, Jeff. Thompson and Quan-trell Quan-trell out of their strongholds. "Gen. Pleasonton had command of tho cavalry after leaving Jefferson City. Gen. A. J. Smith had command of the infantry and artillery. Gen. W. S. Rosecrans, who commanded that department, accompanied the command as far as Lexington, Mo. " Gen. Blount headed off Price's army at Little Blue River, six miles from Independence, Independence, towards Kansas City, on Oct. 24, and Gen. Pleasonton, closing in tho rear with his army, dispatched an Aid to Gen. Smith to hasten tho infantry and artillery to the scene. 'JLliey naa marcneu so nines uuu guuo into camp at sunset 10 miles south of Independence, Independence, aud received the orders to move out at 10 p. m. They marched 10 miles, arriving arriving at Little Blue after sunrise; but tho rebels had mado a desperat iighfc and cut through the line during tho 'arly morning, leaving many dead and wi mded on the field. " Tho loss in our own cavalr, was also very 6evcre. There was every indi ation on the ground of there having heel a very desperate desperate battle. Gen. Pleasont a with Gen. Blount and their forces of cavalry followed the enemy through Missouri and Kansas into tho Indian Territory. Our infantry were not sorry to have escaped that battle, although they felt much like fighting with those commands after following after them from Little Rock, Ark., and hearing of the brutal murders of TJuion men throughout Missouri, at Booneville, Sedalia, California, Harrisonville, and other places. "At Harrisonville, on the 29th, three of Quantrell's men were caught by our forces, and being recognized by citizens as des-perato des-perato robbers and murderers, they were taken, while on horseback, to trees, a rope placed around each one's neck, the other end of the ropo tied to limbs of trees, and the horses were driven away, leaving tho bodies of the men hanging until dead. "Gen. Pleasonton was a fine-looking officer, officer, aud was much liked by the men in his command." Captured tho Colonel. "Veteran," Philadelphia, Pa., writes: "Here is a sketch of a rebel Colonel I captured captured at Spottsylvania during the battle, May 12, 1864. As our division charged the enemy we came upon them in the woods and got all mixed up. Our batteries, as well as the enemy's, were firing upon ub, and it was a very tight place. I spied an officer with several stars upon the lapel of his coat, although notknowingatthe time what rank he held. I grabbed his saber and hustled him through the brush, sometimes dragging him bodily, until I came to the opening, when I beheld Gen. Hartranffc and staff directing directing a battery. " I concluded to present the sword to the General. As I was approaching the latter, my prisoner demanded his saber, desiring to surrender according to the honors of war. I remarked it was not necessary to go into any details about it, nnd handed the General' General' the sword. In the meantime the rebel struck an altitude, and, as near as I can remember, remember, said : " 'I am Col. Barber, 37th N. C "The General commanded ono of his stiff to Bend the Colonel back to the rear. This so incensed him that tho prisoner quoted words that Shakspere never wrote ana language that would not look well in print. I told him not to be uneasy, and make himself at home, ns he would ho well cared for. So I left him, and returned to the regiment. "A quarter of a century after the occurrence occurrence 1 met the General at the Girard House, this city, as a guest at a banquet we held. I reminded him of the incident, and he remembered remembered it as vividly as though it happened happened but a fortnight ago. We had a pleasant time fighting the battles over, but under more favorable conditions." Scattering. Ella Kyle, Kingfisher, Okln. Ten, wants the address of Gnilford White, Co. H, 3d U. S. Ky. H. A. (colored.) Thomas Janes, Box 491, Chillicothe, O., wants the names and addresses of the doctors and nurses in the Government hospital at Wheeling, W. Va.,in tho months of July and Aujiust, 18G2. .Any iuformatiou will bo gratefully received. Mrs. J. M. Brownson, Victoria, Tex., says: "I have an old saber, captured by my father from an officer in Gen. Banks's army, in Louisiana. Louisiana. The inscription is much defaced.Vjt lean make out. 'Lieut. P. H. (?) White, La-ters La-ters battery. From his Chicago friend, May 1, 1862.' I would be glad to return to any of the family." G. F. Jean, Co. E, 81st 111., Lick Creek, 111., writes: "In Comrade Johu W. Lacock's report report of tho battle of Nashville, Tenn., he says it rained on the first day of the fight. Ho is very much mistaken. On the nioru-ing nioru-ing of the 15th of December, which was the first day of the fight, there was considerable snow on the ground, aud it was pretty cold, but during the day it turned some warmer, and most of tho snow disappeared. On tho morning of the 16th, when we broke camp, about 0 o'clock, and moved out towards Hood's second position, the moon was shining shining brightly aud everything indicated a beautiful December day, but by 1 or 2 o'clock p. m. it was raining, and it rained the rest of the day and moat of the night, and we were, sure enough, drenched." Frank S. Loyd, Frcdonia, Kj'., says: "About Sept. 13, on my way homo from Louisville, Ky., between that city and Princeton, Ky., I lost about 30 photogrnphs the officers of the 20th Ky. I will lib-nmllv lib-nmllv reward anvono for information re garding them." S. D. Pond, Co. C, 45th Ohio, Gorhnrn, Kan., writes: "I desire to correct Comrade A. P. Thompson in Picket Shots of Nov. 21. lbo Lieutenant, who was serving on Col. Byrd's staff and was killed near Philadelphia, Tenn., Oct. 21, 1863, wns Lieut. Thomas Jones, Co. B, 45th Ohio M't'd Inf. I saw him when shot plunge headlong from his horse to tho ground." C. F. Dnncan, Co. B, 5th Mo. Cav., Calhoun, Calhoun, Mo., has a history of the regimental colors of the 124th 111., which he will send to the first member of that regiment who will addteas him. The Oth Ohio Cav. . Tne regiment was organized at Znnesvillo and Camp Dcnnisou, O., from January to December, 1863, for three y.ears' service. It was mustered out, July 20, 1865. When the regiment took the field, William D. Hamilton was commissioned Colonel. He remained with the command until it was mustered out, and received in recognition of his services the brevet of Brigadier-General. The regiment was in Kilpatrick's Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Cumberland. Its loss was one officer and 16 men killed and two officers and 186 men died. CTvaEJir5(NS If you want Jjrabs, use an a sure relief for THEIR RECORDS, Brief Sketches of the Services Various Commands. - of Tin: National TainnsE hiw In hand joverftl hundred requests for regimental historic-!. All such requests will be acceded to in due time, although tlioe now received cannot ho published for nt least a. year, owinjr to lack of space. Numerous sketches have already been published, and of theso none can be found room for a second time, until all have been printed. The 15th X. T. n. A. The regiment was organized in New York City from Oct. 14, 1861, to Dec. 19, 1861, to serve three years, and Louis Schtrmer was commissioned Colonel. Cos. A, B, C, D and E were previonsly Lient.-Col. Sengcs's battalion battalion of German artillery. Co. F was enlisted enlisted for the 12th N. Y. Art. Oct. 14, 18G3, the 2d battery reorganizing, the 34th battery organizing, were transferred to tho loth N. Y. H. A., and completed the 12 companies. A portion of the original members were mustered out by detachments as their terms expired, and the organization, partially composed composed of veterans and recruits, retained in service until Aug. 22, 18G5. Cos. A and E when assigned to this regiment were on duty at Fort Lyons, and the other companies were sent there as soon as their organization was completed. The command served as heavy artillery and infantry at Fort Lyons. In November, 18G3, it was assigned to the Second Second (later the Fourth) Brigade, Do Russey's Division, Twenty-second Corps. In March, 18G4, it was transferred to the Artillery Reserve, Reserve, Army of the Potomac It served in various artillery organizations of the Army ol the Potomac until the latter part of May, 1864, when it was transferred to the Third Division, Fifth Corps. It afterward served in the Third Brigade, Second Division, Fifth Corps; Co. F, in the Artillery Reserve, Army of the Potomac; the regiment in the First Brigade, Second Division, Fifth Corps ; Co. M, in the Artillery Brigade, Fifth Corps, and the regiment in the Fourth Brigade, De Russey's Division, Twenty-second Corps. Col. Schirmer was discharged Ang. 3, 1865, and when mustered out the regiment was commanded by Maj. Julins Diekmann. Capt. John Pilsen, of this regiment, was made Lieutenant-Colonel and Aid-de-Camp in April, 1862. Lient.-Col. Adam Senge3, whose command was combined with other companies to form the loth N. Y. H. A., resigned in May, 1863. Lieut.-Col. Michael Wiedrich was brevetted Colonel in March, 1865. Ho was discharged in June of the same year. Maj. Leauder Scham-berger Scham-berger died May 27, 1864, of wounds received in action. Maj. Eli Emil Duysing died May 27, 1865, of wounds. The War Department credits tho regiment with eight battles, but it was present at a larger number. At Spotts-sylvania, Spotts-sylvania, while in the Fifth Corps, the command command lost heavily. Col. Fox states that 18 men were killed, 132 wounded, and six reported reported a3 missing. At Weldon Railroad, Aug. 19, 1864, it lost 13 killed, 75 wounded, and five missing. At White Oak Road, Va., March 31, 1865, 18 were killed, 81 wounded, beside a number reported missing. Total loss during service, eight officers and 142 men killed and five officers and 225 men died. Tho 1st Battery. N. Y. Ind'p't L. A. This battery was organized at Auburn.lT. Y., Nov. 23, 1861, to serve three years. It veteranized at the expiration of its term, and was retained iu the service until June 23, 1865. Capt. Terrance J. Kennedy, who recruited the battery, was promoted to be Major of the 3d N. Y. Art. in January, 1862, and was succeeded in command of the bat tery by Capt. Andrew Cowan. The battery served in W. F. Smith's Divisn ivision, Army of the Potomac: in same division, Fourth Corps, Armyorthe Potomac; in Second Division, Division, Array of the Polomacj in the Artillery Artillery Brigade, Sixth Corps; in the Army of the Shenandoah; in the Twenty-second Corps, and was in the Sixth Corps, Army of the Potomac, when mustered out. The War Department credits the command with 19 battles. It was known as " Cowan's battery," battery," in honor of its brave Captain, and is given by Col. Fox as being fifth in point of loss among the light artillery batteries. It had two officers and 1G men, killed. Its heaviest loss in any single engagement was at Cedar Creek, where six were killed and 17 wounded. Besides those killed in battle, the battery lost 38 men by disease, in prison, etc The 4th N. J. The regiment was organized at Trenton, N. J., Aug. 9, 1861, to serve three years; veteranized, and was retained in service until until July 9, 1865. The commanders of the regiment were: Col. James H. Simpson, a irraduate of West Point and an officer of the Regular Army, resigned Aug. 24, 18G2; Col. Wm. B. Hatch, killed in action at Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 13, 1862 ; Col. "Win. C. Birney, resigned, June 12, 18G3, and Col. Edward L. Campbell, in command when mustered out. At Gaines's Mill, while in Slocum'a Division, Sixth Corps, the regiment's loss was particularly particularly heavy, 52 being killed or mortally wounded. The regiment, with the 1st N. J., 2d N. J., 3d N. J., 10th N. J., and 15th N. J., formed the First New Jersey Brigade, First Division, Sixth Corps. It stood second in point of loss in the brigade. Besides at Gaines's Mill, the regiment lost heavily at Crampton's Gap, Fredericksburg,Va., Wilderness, Wilderness, and Spottsylvania. Five officers and 156 men were killed and two officers and 103 men died in the service. Three Colonels of the regiment received the brevets of General. James H. Simpson and Edward L. Campbell were brevetted Brigadier-Generals, and Col. Birney was brevetted Major-General. The regiment is one of the 300 fighting regiments given by Col. Fox, its percentage of loss being over 14.4 of its total enrollment. Tho 11th Ohio. This regiment was organized in accordance accordance with orders from the War Department Department authorizing the fonr companies of the 6th Ohio Cav., then on detached duty, to be recrnited to the maximum standara oi a battal'on, and designated the 1st Independent Independent Battalion of Ohio Cavalry. A battalion battalion of four companies E, F, G, and H was organized at Camp Dennison and Camp Chase, O., during June and July, 1863, to serve three years, and the two battalions consolidated and designated the 11th Ohio Cav. Later three more companies I, K and L composed of the surplus recruits of the regiment, were organized in Jnne, 1864. Cos. A, B, C and Dwere mustered out April 1,1865, by reason of .expiration of their terms of enlistment, and the other companies companies retained in service until July 14, 1S66. Lient.-Col. William O. Collins commanded commanded the regiment until mustered out, April 1, 1865, when the old companies were discharged. Tho command then devolved upon Lieut-Col. Thomas L. Mackey, who remained with tho regiment during the re-maindei re-maindei of its service. The total loss was three officers and 20 men killed and one officer and GO men died. BATES' RHEUMATIC FOOT DRAFTS, end Mountain llrrb Compound. Will posttirt-ly cure UhnmUst in any part of thejlia.ThcFoot Draft, can bcf worn in any hocs. On Pair Mallf d i COCTC aar-niTESRHECJUTic B llLLi CL'KKC0..8o.BoitoD.in. aiuntlou The JS'atlouul Trlbuua. 7 I r 11 COCK S Plaster 7 BEAR IN MIND Not one. of the host of counterfeits and imita- P tions is as good as the genuine. - y $2 II 3w,w'Hi(PC 1 pains in the back, side, chest, or A NIGHT OF TERROR. Mysterious Sound That Throw a Brigade Into Confusion. Editor National Tkihunb: It was aft Brandy Station, .May 14, 1S64, that tho order was given to break ramp and march toward the Wilderness. The writer beloni;ed to ths I Sixth Corps and the 6th N. Y. H. A. Th corns was then in command of uen. fceug-wick. fceug-wick. Our regiment was used the same a?i infantry nnd armed with Springfields, andfc was brigaded with a regiment of Germans who went as substitutes from New York City. They were the wildest lot of fellows that I ever saw, and to keep them quiet was an impossibility, no matter what the danger might be or how near the enemy. 6nr brigade was detailed to guard tha supply train. It consisted of 600 wagons-mule wagons-mule teams with negro drivers. We covered covered the distance, 100 miles, in two days and nights, making but one short stop, arriving; at the Wilderness barefooted, as we had thrown our shoes away on the march. Wo were at once called into action, and got our feet somewhat scorched, as the rebels had set the woods on fire. After two daya of hard fighting the enemy fell back. Our next heavy battle was at Spottsylvania. Spottsylvania. Here was where we got scared. Our sleep had been very limited from the 4th up to this date, May 12. About 4 p. m. tha order was given for our brigade to move fonr miles to the left. In a steady downpour of rain, with the mud almost knee-deep, wo marched, and some timo after dark wo reached our destination and relieved troops that bad been holding the position since early in the morning. This was in a dense piece of woods and afforded good protection, as the work waa made of large trees. The enemy was not far away, as we could occasionally see dim lights flickering through the woods from their line. Our pickets were stationed out as usual and everything mado ready for attack. We had with us a pack mule. He carried the tools used in making works of defense strapped together and slung across his back. Perhaps the burden weighed 200 or 30O ponnd3. The beast had been without food or water for at least four days. Well, presently we lay down for sleep, as ordered. We were suddenly awakened by the mo3ft frightful sound that ever penetrated humast ears. Aliaost every man was on his feet in the twinkling of an eye, and some opened fire toward the enemy's line. I happened to be among the few too scared to get on their feet. I had all I conld do just then to keep my heart inside. But I did show some bravery by poking the muzzle of mj musket through a crack in the breastworks and blazing away at our own pickets. Bnt that horrible noise. No one could account account for it. We fir3t thought the rebels were abont to pounce over the works onto us. Next we surmised we were surrounded by the ghosts of all the dead soldiers on that horrible battlefield. As we became mora calm we coucluded that the heavens and earth were passing away with a mighty noise, and the last days were at hand about thi3 time. The pickets came tumbling over the breastworks, and with much anger threatened to open fire on us. 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