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OUR CHARLESTON PICTURES.
WE publish herewith a view of the
BATTERY AT CHARLESTON DURING THE BOMBARDMENT OF SUMTER, and a picture of the
famous RIFLED GUN which is said to have done so much
injury to Fort Sumter on
that occasion. On page 301 we also give a picture of the "
LADY DAVIS," the
first regular man-of-war of the
Southern Confederacy. She is a little steamer,
armed with two boat howitzers, and does not look as though she would capture the
Brooklyn or the
Niagara. All these pictures are from sketches sent us from
Charleston by our special artist, now traveling with
Mr. Russell, the
correspondent of the London Times. Of the scene on the Battery, the Herald
Charleston correspondent wrote :
" In one of the windows
Pickens, a portion of his council and staff, maintained their position during
the day, availing themselves of a very powerful telescope, which carried them,
as it were, into the very midst of the fight.
General Beauregard, the
Commander-in-chief, remained at his head-quarters in the city."
The rifled cannon was sent from
Europe by a South Carolinian now residing there. It bears the inscription: "
Presented to the Sovereign State of South Carolina by one of her sons residing
abroad, in commemoration of 20th December, 1860." This was the gun a ball from
which knocked down the flag-staff at
Fort Sumter. It was then at the iron
battery ; now it is on
Morris Island, and commands the ship-channel. In the
foreground will be seen a couple of the balls. The point is of iron, but the
base a softer metal, which expands and fills the grooves in the piece when
discharged. General Beauregard has seen the sketch from which our picture is
made, and pronounces it extremely accurate.
DESECRATION OF THE STATUE OF
WASHINGTON AT RICHMOND, VIRGINIA.
WE illustrate herewith a singular
occurrence which is said to have taken place at Richmond, Virginia, on the
passage of the Secession Ordinance. A telegram to the New York Times states that
the people celebrated the passage of the ordinance by placing a negro astride of
the celebrated statue of Washington, by Houdon, which stands in the capitol at
Richmond. Richmond, it will be remembered, is the only place in the United
States where the Prince of Wales was treated with discourtesy.
ELLSWORTH'S FIRE ZOUAVES.
ON page 308 we publish a picture
of the uniforms of COL. ELLSWORTH'S FIRE ZOUAVES, now stationed in Washington.
This gallant regiment has
been entirely recruited from the ranks of the New York firemen ; it is officered
Colonel Ellsworth of Chicago, whose portrait we gave last week. They are
armed with Sharpe's rifles, and bowie-knives which may be used as bayonets at
the end of the rifles ; many of them carry revolvers besides. When they left New
York, they were presented with a stand of colors by the Fire Department, on whose behalf Mr. Wickham thus addressed them :
"COLONEL ELLSWORTH,—The Board of
Representatives of the New York Fire Department of this city have caused to be
prepared this stand of colors to present to your regiment, composed of the
firemen of New York and our associates.
As President of the Fire
Department, I now perform that duty. Take them, place them in the midst of your
gallant band, and wherever the fight is the thickest and the bullets fly the
fastest let these banners be borne, and may you and your comrades, in the hour
of trial and battle, remember the proud motto emblazoned upon them : The
Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave.'
" Let this be your war-cry as you
rush to the onset. Let it nerve your arms and fire your ranks. Wave it in
triumph only ; and do you bring it back, Sir, though it be tattered and torn in
" Old associates, remember, on
every battlefield and in every trial, that the thousands here around you have
placed in your hands a mighty charge. Go forth from this hour, and swear by that
flag to live, for that flag to die."
Mrs. John Jacob Astor, Jun., also
presented a stand of colors, with the following letter:
"COLONEL ELLSWORTH : Sir,—I have
the honor of presenting the accompanying colors to the First Regiment New York
Zouaves. In delivering the ensign of our nation into the charge of the brave men
under your command, I am happy in the confidence that I intrust it to men whose
hands are moved by a generous patriotism to defend it, and whose hearts feel now
more deeply than they have ever done that the honor of their country's flag is
sacred and precious to them as their own.
"Accustomed as we are to think of
them in the discharge of their ordinary duties with grateful sympathy and a
well-founded pride, these feelings grow stronger the solemn moment when they are
going from us to engage in a new and still more perilous service. I pray, Sir,
that Heaven's gracious protection may be over you and over these, to preserve
and bring you back in safety those whose hearts will follow you each day with
prayer, and with a hopeful expectation of being gladdened through your success.
"Believe me yours, with much
respect and true regard, AUGUSTA ASTOR."
Colonel Ellsworth made a suitable
WILSON'S FIGHTING MEN.
ON page 309 will be found a group
of WILSON'S FIGHTING ZOUAVES. We gave a portrait and sketch of
Colonel Wilson in
our last number. This regiment has been recruited from the roughs and b'hoys of
New York city. Their uniform is a gray shirt, gray pants, brown felt hat, belt,
and brogans: their arms are the Minie rifle, a bowie-knife, and in many cases a
revolver. The Herald thus described the ceremony of swearing them in :
" All the men being ranged
against the walls, Colonel Wilson, with a drawn sabre in one hand and the
American flag in the other, stood forth uncovered, and addressed his men amidst
" After a short adjuration to the
flag, for which he declared his devotion, he called upon all to kneel and swear
with him. Waving the banner and flourishing his sabre, he knelt on one knee. All
present knelt with him and repeated the oath which he put to them to support the
flag, and never flinch from its path through blood or death. He said he would
lead them to Baltimore, and they would march through it or die; at which they
all arose with a tremendous yell, flung up their hats and brandished their
glittering knives amidst prolonged and frantic cheers. He then denounced death
Baltimore traitor secessionists and Plug Uglies, and said they would
leave a monument of their bones in the streets of Baltimore. Amidst yells of
'Death to the Plug Uglies,' he illustrated with his sword how they should hew
their way, and said though he should be the first man slain, he had but one
thing to ask, which was that each of his followers should secure his man and
avenge his blood. That they would do this, he again called upon them to swear,
and marching around the hall, holding up the flag and the sword, and accompanied
by two officers, the one on his right bearing a banner inscribed;
THE UNION BATTALION OF ZOUAVES.
DEATH TO SECESSIONISTS.
The other officer on his left
holding up in both hands a bowie-knife and revolver, Wilson shouted to them to
swear, and they responded with shouts of 'Blood !' ' blood ' blood !' ' We
" The band then struck in with
the ' Star Spangled Banner,' which they all sang in chorus, as well as also 'Dixies
DESECRATION OF THE STATUE OF WASHINGTON AT RICHMOND, VIRGINIA.
THE RIFLED CANNON WHICH DID SO MUCH EXECUTION ON
FORT SUMTER, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA.—[FROM A SKETCH BY OUR SPECIAL ARTIST.]