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Civil War Harper's Weekly, October 12, 1861

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OCTOBER 12, 1861.]




(Previous Page) to which the gallant commander sent a refusal, saying, " If you want us, you must take us." But the defection and disheartenment of the Home Guards intensified daily, and on Friday, the 21st, while Colonel Mulligan was giving his attention to some matters in another portion of the camp, the white flag was raised at his own instance by Major Becker, of the Home Guards, from the portion of the intrenchment assigned to him.

Captain Simpson, of the Earl Rifles, called Colonel Mulligan's attention to Major Becker's action instantly, and the Jackson Guard, Captain M'Dermott, of Detroit, were sent to take down the flag, which was done. The heaviest part of the fight of the day followed in a charge upon the nearest battery of the enemy, the Illinois cavalry suffering severely.

The Home Guards then left the outer work, and retreated within the line of the inner intrenchments, about the college building, refusing to fight longer, and here again raised the white flag, this time from the centre of the fortifications, when the fire of the enemy slackened and ceased. Under this state of affairs Colonel Mulligan, calling his officers into council, decided to capitulate, and Captain M'Dermott went out to the enemy's lines with a handkerchief tied to a ramrod, and a parley took place. Major Moore, of the brigade, was sent to General Price's head-quarters, at New Lexington, to know the terms of capitulation. These were made unconditional, the officers to be retained as prisoners of war, the men to be allowed to depart with their personal property, surrendering their arms and accoutrements.

Reluctantly this was acceded to, and the surrender took place. At 4 P.M. on Saturday the Federal forces, having laid down their arms, were marched out of the intrenchments to the tune of "Dixie," played by the rebel bands. They left behind them their arms and accoutrements, reserving only their clothing. The boys of the brigade many of them wept to leave behind their colors, each company in the brigade having its own standard presented to it by their friends. At the surrender the muster rolls of the companies were taken to General Price's head-quarters, the list of officers made out, and these ordered to report themselves as prisoners of war.

General Price is now in possession of Lexington, and Major-General Fremont has gone up the Missouri River to attack him ; while General Sturgis and General Hunter are converging upon Lexington from the northwest and south.


WE publish herewith, from a sketch by Mr. H. Mosler, a view of CAMP ROSSEAU, NEAR MULDRAUGH'S HILL, Kentucky. This is a camp of Union troops, situated 31 miles north of Louisville,

Kentucky, and 7 miles from Muldraugh's Hill, on the railroad to Nashville, Tennessee. Troops from Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky are rapidly congregating here, and there is a strong prospect of an early brush.

We also give, from a sketch by another contributor, a view of MAYSVILLE, Kentucky. The artist writes us as follows :

MAYSVILLE, KENTUCKY, September, 1861.

Having attended the Grand Union Barbecue recently held near this place, I seized the opportunity to make a sketch of the beautiful little city. It was necessarily a hasty one, but will serve to give you an idea of the scenery and situation. It was through Maysville that the Government arms were first introduced into Kentucky which had so marked an effect in preventing "precipitation;" and near here, in the lovely woodland just behind the lofty, precipitous hill on the extreme right of the picture, around which you may see winding the magnificent Macadamized road that leads to Lexington, and within sight of La belle Riviere, was held the barbecue of which I spoke. This was the largest gathering I have seen for years. There were speakers from Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee. Among those from the last-named State was Hon. Horace Maynard. Colonel Charles Marshall, a prominent citizen of this comity (Mason), contemplates the establishment of a camp in the vicinity of this place.

Before the introduction of railroads into the State Maysville was the grand gate-way of trade and travel between the South and East. It is still a town of considerable importance, but is principally remarkable at present for the gallantry and hospitality of its people, and the beauty of its situation and its women.   


Telegrams dated Louisville, Kentucky, September 28, say:

Agents are now stationed along the Ohio River, to prevent the smuggling of arms into Kentucky.

The Bulletin says that 500 troops from Terra Haute, Indiana, have gone up Green River, Kentucky, and taken possession of locks Nos. 1 and 3. One shot was fired at them, and the fire was returned, killing their assailant. Many Union families have fled to Evansville from the Green River country.

A regiment of cavalry from Ohio has gone into camp near Covington, on the Lexington pike.

Cynthiana, Kentucky, is occupied by Federal troops. National flags were flown to the breeze from the Louisville Hotel and Gault house to-day.

Seventeen Secessionists, among them James B. Clay and Colonel H. C. Harris, of Madison, were brought to Louisville this afternoon and committed. A writ of habeas corpus in Clay's case has been issued, returnable before Judge Catron on Monday.

Benson Ornsby, a lawyer of this city, was arrested, but released on taking the oath of allegiance.


Maysville, Kentucky
Muldraugh's Hill



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