The Indiana Herald Huntington IN 12-25-1861 47th Regt at Jeff

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The Indiana Herald Huntington IN 12-25-1861 47th Regt at Jeff - wrote you it would take place. Why this was the...
wrote you it would take place. Why this was the case, I am not prepared to say ; but I presume it was occasioned by the fact that the necessary arrangements for the departure of tho regiment could pot be made. A good deal of discontent was manifested at this deferment. It could be seeu in the countenance of every every man in the camp. The supposition was that marching time would not come pn the morrow at least this was the fear of many ; but it did come, and with jt n inexpressible amount of joy. Friday morning, bright and early, three day's rations of meat was issued, accompanied accompanied with orders to cook it and prepare prepare to march at the time stated on the day before (2 o'clock). The time arrived, arrived, but it was found out of the question to get ready, from the fact that the time was too brief for the boys 'to dispose of their cooking, scouring vessels, Ac. But by 6 o'clock every thing was in readiness. readiness. The drum beat, and in short order order the regiment was formed into line, ready for the Colonel to give the word of command. It was but a few moments until tho regiment was marching to the Madison depot. The little march was completed in a very brief space of time.and pith remarkable good will. The cars were all ready, and in a short tjme we were on the way to Jefferaon - ville at a high rate of speed. I am not sure, but I will give it as my opinion, that all the people who live within a ball mile of the railroad were awakened at least once during the night, for the same number of donkeys could, not have made more noise. I was on the baggage train in the rear, and I frequently heard the screams abovu the rattle ot the cars. We landed at Jeffersonville depot at about half - past 2 o'clock A. M., and 1 thought I would pass through the crowd and see what was the occasion of so much hollowing. On going throngh 1 found every thing in the least calculated to produce produce a laugh being freely indnlged. Some were telling anecdotes, some were leaning their comrades, some were giv ing ncgio exhibitions, and some were boasting of what they were going to do down in Dixie,' Ac. Any thiug to give an expression of thoir joy was indulged to a miraculous degree. As soon as daylight appeared, the Colonel put out for Lonisville to learn our destination, 'lie returnad in short time and informed ns that we were to take np quarters for a few days at the old race - eround. about a mile south of the citv of Louisville. While we were in Jeffersonville I heard . jt remarked by a number of the citizens that our regiment was made up of the largest and most hardy looking men of any of tbe regiments tuat nau passed through tbe citv. We left the latter city for the land of pnited we stand, divided wo fall, t i o'clock, marched to tnis camp and nad pur tenta pitched . in good time lor get tinar our suppers, which were soon dis patched, and the nsual camp amusements resumed. Attached to our regiment we have fif - iv - seven horses and thirteen wagons, all fitted out in good order. The horses are not of the first class, yet they are of a better quality than the medium mado use (A bf the farmers. Our wagons are a good, heavy kind, sufficiently strong to bear a fonr - borse load. Yesterdav our small tents were ex changed for the Sibley patent. They pre calculated to sleep twenty men. In these tents we may have stoves, by pnr - phasing them ourselves. Tby are intended intended for building a fire in the centre, and have an opening at tbe top throngh which the smoke escapes. The shape is that of a cone. To - morrow morning at 4 o'clock we ),eave for Bardstown. The distance is said to be forty - five miles, and it is to be mado on foot. Just as I commenced writing, the Colonel passed by and told me that he wished me to have my team all ready to drive by 4'o'clock, as there Were five regiments to start for the same point, and he desired to be in the ad - . vanr.A - All the time I have been writing, sham fiffhtinor has been eoing on, and tbe way the blank cartridges have been and are now cracking is not slow. If every cart' ridge 6red to - night had been accompa - nin.1 with lead, and all well aimed, 1 think the seceshers around Louisville ' would have been reduced to a very stnalU J umber. I do not think there are many ero, yet five hundred blanks have been fired. 1 hope tne next nring wmcu j writs to vou about. I will have the pleas nr at navinff our bovs have had a fight, Mine off victorious, whipping double their number, taken quite a number of prisoners, 4c, giving tbe people on Green River to understand that they are their friends, and are not fighting to free their slaves, but to maintain the consti tution and execute the laws. I was deceived in the people of Louis ville. I did not expect to find a great manv warm Union people here. I aup cosed thev would be easy about the mat' ter : but such ia sot the case. At many ber, while she sung out in thrilling tones, Hurra for the Union I 1 hope you may all have a safe return." But enough. 1 must stop writing, or I shall weary the patience of the reader. In closing permit mo to say Uod Mess and nrosner all tho Union people of Huntington county. Yours, dtc Wk. tl. MAHXM., Where they Itf. In a litlli! valley very hallowed From the mountain's verdant treat, Far above the ocean's loyel, Fur above tho world's gay revel. , Just U'liontli the vaulted luvven, Where its first pure breath ! given, There they rest. In the Spring the wild bee murmurs, O'er the sod above them prosed ; And the humming bird ia darting, Panning, humming, sipping, tuulling. Sipping molar from the clover, And the roses bending over. Where they rest. There a little stivnmlct glideth, Smiling on like something blest ; And the Inili winds from tho mountain, Joining with that sweet - faced fountain, Singing a ceaseless song above them, For all nature seems to Jure them, In their rest. Now the little " Pleasant Valley." I n a pure white rolx is dressed ; And the woods in solemn ineasurvs. Chant tlieirdirge and wond'rou treasures, Ermine robes and gems in keeping, Winter ousts abovo the sleeping, S(,i)l fhey rest. These are but the caskets, folded In the valley's sheltering Invent, But, by fnith, wo see the shining, Of the crowns of pence, entwining Spirit brows all jvhite and pearly, Of the loved wlij) Jety ill early, fyekmg r st. The Trnt and the CuroIIne. The British Government seems to be in great haste to have tne Mason and Slidell affair arranged. A steamor was detained to bring the demand, and Lord Ljons is holding one back to take our ro - ply. Tho British Government was not always in such haste to settle, cases of in vasion of national rights even when they were real. In 1837 the steamer Caroline was attacked by a party of British officers and soldiers, on American soil, in the night, at least one of the sleeping and surprised crew killed, and the boat towed into tbe stream, set on fire, and sent over Niagara falls; but no reply was made to the demand of onr Government for satisfaction satisfaction for more than three years, altho' promptly mado arid urged from time to time. During all this time the British Government neither assumed the act nor disavowed it; and a debate in the Honse of Commons in 1841, in which the ministry ministry was sharply questioned on this affair, affair, in regard to the omission to grant the usual pensions to tho officers wounded wounded in the attack on the Caroline, shows that np to that time the Government had carefully avoided, even impliedly, recognizing the act, by withholding the customary pensions. Finally McLeod, who falsely boasted of having been one of the British party in the attack on the Caroline, was arrested arrested in the State of New York nnder State civil process for murder. Under this the British Government avowed tne act as a national one, and justifiable, and made a peremptory demand for McLeod, wind ing up witn tne loiiowing tnreat: - ner Maiestv' Government entreats tho Pres ident of the United States to take into hi deliberate consideration the aerious na ture of the consequence which must en sue from snch a demand.' This was attended with large military demonstrations. Troops and munitions were sent tq Canada, and a fleet to, uali - fax, and the British Press was extremely extremely belligerent. The Caroline was captured on the night of Dec, 29, 1837. Mr. Fox presented presented the demand of the British Govern ment first assuming the act as a national one, March 12, 1841. A full history of tbia affair and of the subsequent nego tiation, and the, to our Government, ha mjliating conclusion, is given in Benton's Thirty Years' View, deeply tinged, of course, wun Deniouism. u. The Wortnr Flcrt. " Commodore Porter's mortar fleet will be ready to sail the latter part of this month. The achoonera and brigs, twenty twenty in number, are now receiving extra timbers at Kew York ship yard. The mortar bed - plates, npon which the ponderous ponderous ordnance will rest, aie now in process of manufacture at New York; iron works. Each vessel will carry ope mortar" mortar" of tbe largest dimensions, supplied by the Government. The draught of the vessels, eqpipped will range from nine to twelve feet, especially dapting them for service in aballow waters Their destination is known only ?h Goyenraent.' ' At to is in

Clipped from The Indiana Herald25 Dec 1861, WedPage 1

The Indiana Herald (Huntington, Indiana)25 Dec 1861, WedPage 1
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