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Civil War Harper's Weekly, August 16, 1862

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VOL. VI.—No. 294.]




Entered according to Act of Congress, in the Year 1862, by Harper & Brother:, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.


WE give herewith a portrait of the guerrilla and bandit, JOHN MORGAN, of Kentucky. This man Was a well-to-do planter in Kentucky when the war broke out. Having predatory instincts, he collected together a band of dare-devil vagabonds, proclaimed himself their captain and commenced the life of a guerrilla chief . He has distinguished

himself by burning bridges, tearing up rail- way tracks, robbing supply trains, and plundering and wasting the few remaining prosperous portions of Kentucky. Being well aware of the doom which awaits them if caught, he and his men display the most desperate courage in their encounters with the soldiers and the home Guards, and thus far none of them have been captured alive. They have just completed a most successful raid through Kentucky, stealing their food, clothing, and other necesaries from the people of whom they claimed to be the friends. John Morgan is said to possess some of the chivalrous qualities of his namesake and prototype, Morgan, the Buccaneer of the Caribbean Sea : they will not, however, save him from being hanged if he falls into the hands of his fellow-citizens in Kentucky. Our portrait of him was made by a

prisoner who was lately several days in his hands.


WITHIN our lines at Newbern " Aunt Charlotte," whose portrait we give herewith, is one of the

institutions. She is an old family cook. When her master and mistress ran away and deserted her, to join their fortunes and their fates with that of rebels and traitors, on the approach of the national forces, and their premises were assigned by General Burnside as the head-quarters of the Sanitary Commission for his division, "Aunt Charlotte" came into the employ of the Sanitary Inspector for the Department of North Carolina, and many a sick and wounded soldier front the States of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts has had reason to bless the culinary accomplishments of this venerable contraband cook, and to praise the alacrity with which, in times of their greatest need, she exerted her skill to save them from suffering.

On one occasion, soon after the battle, when a steamboat-load of sick and wounded soldiers from the battle-field were unexpectedly landed in Newbern, and found themselves in a bare hall, with no accommodations for the night, without provisions or any appliances for cooking, and too late in the evening for any relief from the ordinary regulation sources—when their able and devoted surgeon—since a martyr to his professional duties—was almost in despair at the prospect of that night's responsibility, "our old cook" was appealed to, and the. alacrity with which she came to the relief, and the unbought zeal which she brought into that night's work should endear her to all whose sympathies are enlisted for the sick and wounded soldier.

By the time comfortable beds had been prepared for their occupation "Aunt Charlotte" had sent over a warm and bountiful supper for some forty odd famished and exhausted patients—a supper of those choice materials which the noble charity of Northern ladies has so generously supplied the service through the Sanitary Commission, and which the skill of "our old cook," on that night of wretchedness, served up to our wan and famished soldiers with a nicety and a delicacy of flavor which can only come from an accomplished cuisine, but which all palates, however unsophisticated, can appreciate. The poor soldiers were no less surprised than gratified at such unexpected relief from the sufferings of that wretched day of


exposure and hunger. And their expressions of satisfaction, as they quietly dropped off to sleep after their hunger was appeased and their wants attended to, would almost have paid the old slave woman for her long life of bondage. The next morning, and the next night, and a second morning, did this old "colored lady" add to her ordinary day's labor the preparation of suitable food for this whole hospital of sick and wounded soldiers.

"Aunt Charlotte" was horn in Charleston, South Carolina, but came many years ago to Newbern, and was the slave of one of ifs wealthiest citizens. She is about sixty-five years old. She has a great deal of character, and follows a thorough, systematic routine of life—always at her post—always reliable.   She possesses no mean administrative abilities.   She reminds one of an old merchant, (Next Page)



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