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Civil War Harper's Weekly, February 7, 1863

This site features all the Harper's Weekly newspapers published during the Civil War. These newspapers can yield unique insights in the war, as they were created by eye-witnesses to the events depicted. You can watch history unfold before your eyes, week by week.

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David Porter

Porter and McClernand

Wall Street

Wall Street

General Hooker

General Hooker Takes Command

Gun Boats

Gun Boats

Torpedoes

Civil War Torpedoes

Fredericksburg Poem

Battle of Fredericksburg Poem

War Atrocities

Atrocities of War

Fighting Joe Hooker

Fighting Joe Hooker

Monitor Sinking

Monitor "Weehawken" in Storm

Chivalry

Chivalry

Arkansas Post

Battle of Arkansas Post

River Torpedoes

River Torpedoes

Lavinia Warren

P. T. Barnum's "Miss Lavinia Warren

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 7, 1863.]

HARPER'S WEEKLY.

95

POPULAR NEW BOOKS

Just Published by
HARPER & BROTHERS, FRANKLIN SQUARE, NEW YORK.
Sent by Mail, Postage free, on receipt of Price.

WILKIE COLLINS'S NO NAME. NO NAME. A Novel. By WILKIE COLLINS, Author of "The Woman in White," "Queen of Hearts," "Antonina," &c., &c. Illustrated by JOHN MCLENAN. 8vo, Cloth, $1.50; Paper, $125.

BRADDON'S AURA FLOYD. AURORA FLOYD. A Novel. By M. E. BRADDON, Author of
"Lady Audley's Secret." 8vo, Paper, 25 cents.

RUSSELL'S AMERICAN DIARY. MY DIARY NORTH AND SOUTH. By WILLIAM HOWARD
RUSSEL, LL.D. 8vo, Paper, 50 cents.

MISS MULOCK'S MISTRESS AND MAID. MISTRESS AND MAID. A Household Story. By DINAH MARIA MULOCK, Author of "John Halifax, Gentleman," "A Life for a Life.," "Olive," "The Ogilvies," "Agatha's Husband," "The Head of the Family," &c., &c. 8vo, Paper, 50 cents.

TROLLOPE'S ORLEY FARM. ORLEY FARM. A Novel. By ANTHONY TROLLOPE, Author of "Doctor Thorne," "Framley Parsonage," "The Bertrams," "Castle Richmond," "The Three Clerks," "The West Indies and the Spanish Main," &c. Illustrated by J. E. MILLAIS. 8vo, Paper, $1.25; Cloth, $1.56.

THACKERAY'S PHILIP, THE ADVENTURES OF PHILIP ON HIS WAY THROUGH THE WORLD; showing who robbed Him, who helped Him, and who passed Him by. By W. M. THACKERAY, Author of "Vanity Fair," "The Newcomes," "The Virginians," "Pendennis," "The English Humorists of the Eighteenth Century," "The Four Georges," &c., &c., &c. With Illustrations. 8vo, Cloth, $1.88.

MODERN WAR: ITS THEORY AND PRACTICE. Illustrated from celebrated Campaigns and Battles.
With Maps and Diagrams. By EMERIC SZABAD, Captain U.S.A. 12mo, Cloth, $1.25.

SPRINGS OF ACTION. By Mrs. C. H. B. RICHARDS. 12mo, printed on Tinted Paper, Cloth, $1.00; Cloth, Gilt Edges, $1.25.

MEMOIRS OF MRS. JOANNA BETHUNE. By her Son, the Rev. GEO. W. BETHUNE, D.D.
With an Appendix, containing Extracts from the Writings of Mrs. Bethune. 12mo, Cloth, $1.00.

LINES LEFT OUT. By the Author of "Line upon Line," "Streaks of Light," "More about Jesus,"
"Reading without Tears." With 28 Illustrations. 16mo, Cloth gilt, 75 cents.

GENERAL BUTTERFIELD'S OUTPOST DUTY. CAMP AND OUTPOST DUTY FOR INFANTRY. With Standing Orders, Extracts from the Revised Regulations for the Army, Rules for Maxims for Soldiers, and Duties of Officers. By DANIEL BUTTERFIELD, Brig.-Gen. Vols., U.S.A. 18mo, Flexible Cloth, 63 cents.

(Previous Page) superior military ability. For his gallantry on these occasions he was, on the 21st of March, made by Congress a Major-General of Volunteers, and accompanied the advance up the `Tennessee River toward Savannah. At the battle at Pittsburg Landing he distinguished himself exceedingly. On 2d January he superseded General Sherman in command of the army which was repulsed at Vicksburg, and proceeded immediately to attack the Post of Arkansas as narrated above.

TORPEDOES IN THE WESTERN
RIVERS.

THROUGH the politeness of an officer in the navy we are enabled to lay before our readers, on page 85, the picture of a REBEL TORPEDO in one of the Western Rivers. All the tributaries of the Mississippi are filled with these destructive implements of warfare, and the rebels seem to be improving in their manufacture. A year ago our sailors used to laugh at them, and the harmlessness of torpedoes became proverbial. Since the destruction of the Cairo in the Yazoo River there have been fewer jests on the subject. These torpedoes are fired off in various ways—some by electricity, from a concealed station on shore—but more of them by friction, as in the sketch. A vessel passing over the torpedo we have illustrated, and scraping one of the floats with her bottom would ignite the two demijohns of powder, and knock a hole in her hull which would cause her to sink in ten minutes. The business of seeking for torpedoes and fishing them up is one of the most exciting and perilous duties of our Western sailors.

THE "WEEHAWKEN" IN THE
GALE.

WE illustrate, on page 92, the new Monitor "WEEHAWKEN" in the gale of 20th. Her performance on that occasion was admirable, and set at rest the apprehensions which had been raised by the loss of the original Monitor. She proved that she was a sea-worthy vessel, and actually behaved better than the tug which had been sent to take care of her. Her captain, John Rodgers, late of the Galena, sent the following telegram to Captain Ericsson on his arrival at Fortress Monroe:

FORTRESS MONROE, January 22, 1863.

We have arrived safely, and all well. On Tuesday, about two P.M., had to cast off from the Boardman for her safety; weather very threatening. She ran back toward the Delaware Breakwater. Had a hard storm from the northeast on Tuesday night; waves about thirty feet high. Vessel made excellent weather and very little motion. When the Boardman left I refused a tow from the Iroquois —I am now sure wisely. Yesterday, when the gale had abated, took a tow-line from the Iroquois. Deranged her machinery, cast off and came in alone. The Iroquois came in under steam, and is now here.

JOHN RODGERS,

Captain iron-clad Weehawken.

HOMELESS.

JESSIE, as I came home to-day, I saw

That crippled. man upon the flags, we have

So often seen—who moves our pity so.

I watched him crawl along the sunny street

Through heedless crowds, until he reached the place Where crossings meet; and there he flung aside

His strong companions, those two crutches worn,

And sat him down upon the stones and gazed—

And gazed and gazed. Then, Jessie, all my tears

Rose to my eyes, and in the street I wept

So, I could hardly speak for weeping; but

I came close up to him and paused and said:

"Oh! I could break my heart against these stones

To see you thus. I'd give my limbs to be

Utterly brok'n and torn, if only by

My breaking I could give you perfectness!"

He smiled at me, and stared with eyes—Oh! not

Like eyes that I once saw, whose grief had plucked Majesty from despair—his had a strange

Ignorant calm, more full of peace than pain:

Jessie, he is not sorry to lie there;

He never weeps as I wept for him then!

He finds contentment in the gaudy street;

Music in carriage wheels; a homeless home

Among the people; rest in their unrest.

I turned away; but, looking once again,

Saw how the sun rained fire upon his head.

The wan face drooped on the half-covered breast—

His eyelids closed. I thought that he was dead.

He was but sleeping—velvet-footed Sleep,

Threading his way amid the crowds and din,

Had taken him tenderly and laid him in

The cradle quietness. Stretched on the ground

I left him without weeping, who had found

Infinite pity above him and around.

BURTON ON DU CHAILLU AND
GORILLAS.

CAPTAIN BURTON has written a letter, as follows, which we find in the London Critic:

SIR,—Arriving—nolens, not volens—in this unpleasant land by the last West African mail, I was astonished to find in your columns my name cited by a private correspondent, and passages from one of my private letters quoted to the detriment of M. Paul du Chaillu. As this is hardly fair in the writer, perhaps you will allow me room for a few lines of explanation.

M. du Chaillu and I differ upon many points- He may be right, or vice versa, but that is still a question. Unwilling, however, to trouble your readers with a discussion touching particulars, I will briefly state that, after a residence of about three weeks in the Gaboon country, during which I walked to Cape Lopez, and explored the southeastern fork of the river beyond any former traveler, my opinion of M. du Chaillu's book is higher than it was before visiting the land of the gorilla.

The Mponge natives give "Mpolo"—i. e., the "big man," their corruption of M. Paul's name—the highest character as a chasseur. No one, save the jealous European, doubts his having shot the great anthropoid (mind, I modestly disbelieve in the danger), and surely it is something for this sportsman to have succeeded when three Englishmen—Mr. Levison, Mr. Winwood Reade, and myself—have failed.

And with thanks for your kindness, and with a solemn promise, under any and all circumstances, to be deaf and dumb upon the "gorilla controversy" until I do bag a gorilla or two, I subscribe myself, Sir, your obedient servant,

RICHD. F. BURTON, F.R.G.S.

14 MONTAGU PLACE, MONTAGU SQUARE, Dec. 22.

INDIA RUBBER GLOVES

Should be used by every person who is troubled with Salt Rheum or Chapped Hands, rendering them soft and white as alabaster. They are impervious to hot or cold water, and for housework and gardening are invaluable.

Sent by mail, post-paid, on receipt of $1.00 for Ladies' Sizes, $1.12 for Gents. O. B. GRAY, 201 Broadway, N. Y. RUBBER JEWELRY, &c. Rubber Goods in great variety, Wholesale and Retail.

PRICE 75 CENTS

THE SERGEANT'S

ROLL-BOOK FOR THE COMPANY,

DETAIL AND SQUAD.

A neat pocket-book, bound in a waterproof flap cover, with pencil and calendars for 1862-3, complete. Size 4to cap, 6 1/2 by 4 inches. Containing blanks with printed dates for thirty-one days, and one hundred names for six months. Mailed free on receipt of the price. J. W. FORTUNE, 19 Chatham St., N. Y. A Liberal Discount to Sutlers and Dealers.

A TALK WITH MY PUPILS.

By MRS. CHARLES SEDGWICK, Lenox, Mass. CONTENTS: Life's Preparatory Period. Daughters and Sisters. Relations with the Poor and Friendless. Relations with Servants. Manners. The Love of Nature. Traveling. Teaching. School Government. Marriage. Maternity. Parental Weakness and Folly. The Shams of Society et al., versus Truth. Days of Mourning. Prejudice and Harsh Judgments. Moral Courage. Patriotism. Sent by mail, post paid, on receipt of $1.00. Address J. HOPPER, 110 Broadway, New York.

Pensions, Bounty, Pay, Prize

Money, and all Army and Navy Claims, promptly collected. Reliable information furnished, sales of claims negotiated upon the best terms, and accounts cashed. A pamphlet of Laws and Instructions sent by enclosing a one-cent stamp to pay postage.

SOMES & BROWN, 2 Park Place, N. Y.

These Celebrated Engraved Cards sold only at J. EVERDELL'S
Old Establishment, 302 Broadway, cor. Duane St., N.Y.
Established 1840. For Specimen by Mail, send two stamps.

INVENTORS SHOULD PROCURE A Copy of "HOW TO GET A PATENT." Send a 3 cent stamp to FOWLER AND WELLS, New York.

To the Nervous.

Dr. Adam Laurie's Life Pills,

The great Nervous Remedy, are for sale at the Sole
Agency, No. 4 Union Square, New York.
Price One Dollar per box, with full directions.
All letters with enclosures must be addressed as above.

$75 A MONTH! I want to hire Agents in every county at $75 a month, expenses paid, to sell my new cheap Family Sewing Machines. Address,

S. MADISON, Alfred, Maine.

FRIENDS OF SOLDIERS!

All Articles for Soldiers at Baltimore, Washington, Hilton Head, Newbern, and all places occupied by Union troops, should be sent, at half rates, by HARNDEN'S EXPRESS, No. 74 Broadway. Sutlers charged low rates.

To all Wanting Farms.

Large and thriving settlement of Vineland. Rich soil. Good crops of Wheat, Corn, Peaches, &c., to be seen—only 30 miles from Philadelphia. Delightful climate—20 acre tracts of from $15 to $20 per acre, payable within 4 years. Good schools and society. Hundreds are settling. Apply to CHAS. K. LANDIS, P.M., Vineland, Cumberland Co., New Jersey. Report of Solon Robinson and Vineland Rural sent free. From Report of Solon Robinson, Ag. Ed. Tribune.

"It is one of the most extensive fertile tracts, in an almost level position, and suitable condition for pleasant farming that we know of this side of the Western Prairies.

"MOUSTACHES AND WHISKERS IN 42 DAYS," Hunting, Fishing, and many other Wonderful Secrets, all in the Book of Wonders. 8000 sold. 9th Ed. Price only 20c. 8 for $1. Mailed free. Address

C. E. HUNTER & CO., Hinsdale, N. H.

SOMETHING NEW.

NATIONAL AMERICAN AMUSEMENT CARDS.

Colonel for King, Goddess of Liberty for Queen, and Major for Jack. 52 enameled cards to the pack. Eagles, Shields, Stars, and Flags are the suits, and you can play all the usual games. Four packs mailed free on receipt of One Dollar. The usual discount to the trade. Send for a Circular. Address   AMERICAN PUBLISHING AGENCY,

      14 Chambers Street, New York.

AND ARMS. Selpho's Patent. 516 Broadway, N. Y., Opposite St. Nicholas Hotel. Send for a Circular.

DO YOU WATT LUXURIANT WHISKERS OR MUSTACHES?—My Onguentwill force them to grow heavily in six weeks (upon the smoothest face) without stain or iyjury to the skin. Price $1—sent by mail, post free, to any address, on receipt of an order.

R. G. GRAHAM, No. 109 Nassau Street, N. Y.

$60 A MONTH! We want Agents at $60 a month, expenses paid, to sell our Everlasting Pencils, Oriental burners, and 13 other new articls. 15 circulars free. Address, SHAW & CLARK, Biddeford, Me.

India-Rubber Gloves cure Chapped Hands, Salt Rheum, &c., making them smooth and white, and are suitable for all kinds of house-work. For sale by the trade. Sent by mail on receipt of price and 4 stamps to pay postage.

Ladies' sizes 87 c. per pair; Gents sizes, $1.00.

GOODYEAR'S I. R. GLOVE M'F'G CO.,

205 Broadway, N. Y. Rubber Goods of all kinds Wholesale and Retail.

Just Published.
ELEMENTS OF
Military Art and History.

Comprising the History of the Tactics of the separate Arms, the Combination of the Arms, and the minor Operations of War. By EDWARD DE LA BARRE DUPARCQ, Captain of Engineers, and Professor of the Military Art in the Imperial School of Saint Cyr. Translated by Brig-Gen. GEORGE W. CULLUM, U. S. A., Chief of the Staff of Major-General H. W. Halleck, U. S. A. 1 vol. 8vo, Cloth, $4.00.

D. VAN NOSTRAND, Publisher, 192 Broadway, N. Y.

Copies sent free by mail on receipt of price.

FOR ARMY SPECULATION The N. Y. Illustrated News, in its issue of February 7th, 1863, says: "The Hubbard Bros. of this city are importing a meet appropriate watch for army sale. Its appearance is neat and taking; the cheap and tawdry look of watches of that class being wholly avoided. This novelty should meet the quick and heavy sale it merits, and we bespeak for that enterprising firm an extensive patronage." Good imitation of both gold and silver, with fancy colored hands and beautifully engraved dials, the letters standing in relief. Sold only by the case of six of assorted designs. Engraved and superior electroplated with gold, also heavy silver plated, per case of six, $39; large size, $42.

TERMS CASH. Will be sent to any part of the loyal states by express, with bill for collection. Buyers ordering in this manner must deposit the money in the hands of the express agent where they receive the goods, or remit us two dollars as a guarantee that the bill will be paid. Soldiers must send payment in advance. Address,

   HUBBARD BROS., Importers,

   Cor. John and Nassau Sts., New York.

Fine Sleeve and Bosom Studs.

Sleeve and Bosom Studs made of the finest Ivory, brought to a high polish, of all colors, and engraved with Initia Letter, Old English, &c. Monograms to order. Free by mail on receipt of price. Sets, $1.50. Trade supplied.

JOHN F. PHELPS, 429 Broadway, N. Y.

GOLD PENS retailing at wholesale prices. Send for circular. GEORGE F. HAWKES, 64 Nassau St., N.Y.

J. H. WINSLOW & CO.,

100,000 WATCHES, CHAINS, &c., &c.
WORTH $500,000.
To be sold for One Dollar each, without regard to value,
and not to be paid for till you know what you are to get.

SPLENDID LIST!!
OF ARTICLES TO BE SOLD FOR ONE DOLLAR EACH.

100 Gold Hunting Cased Watches $100.00 each.

100 Gold Watches ........................60.00 each.

200 Ladies' Gold Watches ...........35.00 each.

500 Ladies' Gent's Silver Watches 15.00 each.

3000 Vest & Neck Chains 5.00 to 10.00 each.

3000 Gold Band Bracelets 5.00 to 10.00 each

3000 " " " .....................3.00 to 5.00 each.

3000 Cameo Brooches .....4.00 to 6.00 each.

3000 Mosaic & Jet Brooch. 4.00 to 6.00 each

3000 Lava, Florentine Brooches 4.00 to 6.00

3000 Coral Opal, Em. Brooches 4.00 to 6.00

3000 Cameo Ear Drops ...4.00 to 6.00 each.

3000 Mosaic & Jet Ear Drops 4.00 to 6.00

3000 Lava and Florentine Ear 4.00 to 6.00

3000 Coral, Em. Opal Ear  4.00 to 8.00

5100 Gent's Breast Pins....2.50 to 8.00 each.

3000 Watch Keys ..............2.00 to 6.00 each.

5000 Fob & Ribbon Slides 2.00 to 6.00 each

5000 Sets of Bosom Studs 2.50 to 6.00 each.

5000 Sleeve Buttons .......2.50 to 6.00 each.

6000 Plain Rings ..............2.50 to 5.00 each.

6000 Stone Set Rings .......2.50 to 6.00 each.

6000 Lockets ...........................2.50 to 10.00 each.

5000 Sets Ladies' Jewelry ........5.00 to 10.00 each.

10000 Gold Pens, Silver M'ted Holders ...4.00 to 5.00 each. 10000 Gold Pens, with Silver Extension

Cases and Pencils ...................4.00 to 6.00 each.
All Gold Pens 14 Carats and Warranted.

All of the above list of Goods will be sold for one dollar each. Certificates of all the various articles, stating what each one can have, are first put into envelopes, sealed up, and mixed; and when ordered, are taken out without regard to choice, and sent by mail, thus giving all a fair chance. On receipt of the Certificate, you will see what you can have, and then it is at your option to send one dollar and take the article or not. In all transactions by mail, we shall charge for forwarding the Certificates, paying postage, and doing the business, 25 cents each, which must be inclosed when the Certificate is tent for. Five Certificates will be sent for $1; eleven for $2; thirty for $5; sixty-five for $10; and a hundred for $15.

AGENTS.—Those acting as Agents will be allowed ten cents on every Certificate ordered by them, provided their remittance amounts to one dollar. Agents will collect 25 cents for every Certificate, and remit 15 cents to us, either in cash or postage stamps. Great caution should be used by our correspondents in regard to giving their correct address, Town, County, and State. Address: J. H. WINSLOW & CO., 208 Broadway, New York.

CATARRH!—Dr. Goodale's CATARRH REMEDY penetrates to the very seat of this terrible disease, and exterminates it, root and branch. Price $1.00. Send a stamp for a pamphlet. Depot 612 Broadway.

Cristadoro's Hair Dye.

THE BEST IN THE WORLD.

Cristadoro's Hair Preservative. Unequaled as a dressing. Both for sale everywhere, and applied at No. 6 Astor House, N. Y.

MAJ. GEN. BURNSIDE says: "Its adaptaation to Army life and comfort is complete."

Head-Quarters Army of the Potomac, Jan. 9, 1863. JAMES W. EVANS, Esq., New York:—SIR,—I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of Dec. 29th, and also of the box containing the "Tent Stove," addressed to Major-Gen'l A. E. BURNSIDE. The General desires me to express his thanks for the Stove, and to say, that he

considers it a perfect success; its adaptation to Army life and comfort is complete, as it is sufficiently large to warm an ordinary sized tent, and is very easily transported. Very Resp'y, D. R. LARNED, Private Secretary for Major General A. E. BURNSIDE.

Made of cast iron, in three sections. Packs with 6 ft. of pipe in the space of the lower section, 6x 10 inches. Will warm any tent in the service. Price, boxed complete, $5. J. W. EVANS, 21 John St., New York.

HARPER'S NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE.

The papers of permanent value which have been published in almost every Number render a complete set of HARPER'S MAGAZINE a desirable acquisition to any public or private library. The Publishers can supply complete sets, or any Number from the commencement. For Twenty-five Cents they will send any Number by mail, post-paid. Any Volume, containing six Numbers, bound in Muslin, will be mailed, post-paid, to any place in the United States within 1500 miles of New York, for Two Dollars aud Fifty Cents. Complete sets, now comprising Twenty-five Volumes, uniformly bound, will be sent by express, the freight at the charge of the purchaser, for One Dollar and Eighty-eight Cents per volume.

TERMS.

One Copy for one Year ........................$3.00

Two Copies for One Year .....................5.00

An Extra Copy, gratis, for every Club of TEN SUBSCRIBERS, at $2.50 each, or 11 Copies for $25.00.

HARPER'S MAGAZINE stud HARPER'S WEEKLY, together, one year, $5.00.

 HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS.

HARPER'S WEEKLY.

Single Copies Six Cents.

TERMS.

One Copy for One Year .......................$3.00

One Copy for Two Years ......................5.00
And an Extra Copy will be allowed for every Club of TEN SUBSCRIBERS, at $2.50 each, or 11 Copies for $25.

HARPER'S MAGAZINE and HARPER'S WEEKLY, together, one year, $5.00.

HARPER'S WEEKLY is electrotyped, and Back Numbers can be had at any time.

Vols. I., II., III., IV., V., and VI., for the Years 1857, 1858, 1859, 1860, 1861, and 1862, of "HARPER'S WEEKLY," handsomely bound in Cloth extra, Price $4.37 each, are now ready.

The Publishers employ no TRAVELING AGENTS. Parties who desire to subscribe to Harper's Magazine or Harper's Weekly had better remit direct to the Publishers, or pay their subscription to some Postmaster or General Agent with whom they are acquainted, and of whose responsibility they are assured.

HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,

    FRANKLIN SQUARE, NEW YORK.

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