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Page) " I had rather have your word of honor."
" You have it, colonel ; you have
On the day of the dinner the
captain, in full uniform, presented himself at the colonel's, and bowed to every
body without pronouncing a syllable. He ate like an ogre, to render silence less
difficult. The third course was about to be succeeded by a dessert ; the captain
was eating a roasted wood-cock ; the colonel was congratulating himself at
having escaped humiliating an old brother in arms.
All at once a horrible cry burst
from the captain's lips. One of his grinders had been broken by a shot lodged in
the woodcock's thigh.
" Sacre nom de millions de
diables!" shouted the grognard, holding out with one hand the murderous shot,
and with the other the wood-cock's head. "This infernal brute didn't die of the
POLITICAL PRISON AT WASHINGTON.
WE published in our last number a
view of the political prison at New York. We now give THE POLITICAL PRISON AT
WASHINGTON, where so many of the rebel sympathizers are confined. It is a
building of no pretensions, and not very secure ; but as yet we hear of no
escapes from it.
MARINE CORPS AT WASHINGTON.
WE publish herewith a
picture—from a sketch by our special artist in Washington—of the marines drawn
up in front of their barracks at Washington.
The Marine Corps was established
in 1798, and has since participated in all the wars in which the country has
been engaged. It took part in all the
naval engagements of the war of
1812, was engaged under General Eaton in the war with Tripoli, defended
Washington under Commodore Barney, went through the Creek and Florida wars under
General Jessup, was engaged in all the Mexican battles, from
Vera Cruz to the
City of Mexico, under
Gen. Scott, attacked the Sumatra forts, and the
Barrier forts in China in 1859, and assisted in the capture of the Miramon
steamer on March 7, 1860.
The force stationed at the
Washington barracks at present consists of four companies, under command of the
following officers, viz. : Company A,
Captain Taylor ; Company B,
Lieutenant Nicholson; Company C, Lieutenant Meiere ; Company D, Lieutenant
Collier. Commandant of Corps, Colonel John Harris.
The numerical strength of the
Marine Corps has been doubled since the war broke out.
WASHINGTON, August 7, 1861. To
the Editor of Harper's Weekly :
IN your late issue I find a
The Death of General Garnett." As the whole
been under a misapprehension in
regard to that affair, let me draw your attention to the following extract from
General Morris's report
During all the time Captain
Benham has had my full confidence in every thing relating to the conduct and
management of the troops, and for a large portion of the time he has been in
actual command of several regiments of the brigade, whenever separated from my
immediate control. On three several occasions, when danger was anticipated at
Philippi, I sent him up from Grafton to take command of these troops, and always
to the great satisfaction of the colonels of the regiments there. On the march
from Philippi to this place he led the advance with the skirmishers, and by his
skillful management in this position the army was brought in here one or two
hours earlier than could otherwise have been the case, and so as to effect a
complete surprise upon the enemy. During the six days here he has had the
direction under myself of all active operations, selecting
positions for fortifying, in
charge of scouts, reconnoissances, etc. On the march in pursuit of the enemy I
gave him command of the advance column, the only troops that met the enemy,
where his untiring perseverance in pursuit, and his judicious management in
repelling the attack from the enemy, who made a stand in a strong position, was
such as to effect the overthrow and route of the powerful army of Western
Virginia, killing the General, taking his train and dispersing his entire force.
He has during the whole of his services in my command exhibited abilities of the
highest order, having never in a single instance committed an error, and showing
qualifications eminently fit for a command of any grade that may he given him.
NAVAL BATTERY AT
WE publish on
page 581 an
illustration of the NAVAL
BATTERY AT MANASSAS, of which mention has been made in the papers.
This battery is manned by sailors, commanded by ex-officers of the United States
Navy ; the guns are the heaviest
Dahlgrens, stolen from the
THE POLITICAL PRISON AT WASHINGTON, CORNER FIRST
AND A STREETS (NORTH).
THE UNITED STATES MARINES AND MARINE BARRACKS AT