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HE knelt beside her dying bed;
"Speak, daughter, speak!" the old
And she, "'Tis dark; where is
I fain would smooth his wavy
"O leave me not, my child," he
And she, "I know, when I am dead,
You'll let him for a little space
Gaze on my still and shrouded
"Child, he is here," the father
Her feeble arms she open spread,
Her lips to his she strove to
And clasp'd him in a mute caress.
"Forgive!" the father cried,
To he his wife wilt thou not
"I do forgive, and bless"—she
Her eyelids fluttered, she was
Poor lover! poorer father! he
Through life that thin white face
TAKING OF VICKSBURG.
WE publish on
a new portrait of Major-General Grant, the hero of
Vicksburg. Most of the portraits in existence
represent him as he was at the commencement of the war, with a flowing beard. He
has since trimmed this hirsute appendage, and now looks as he is shown in our
picture. For a life of the General we refer to page 365, No. 336, of Harper's
Weekly. He has just been appointed by the President Major-General in the regular
page 468 we reproduce a sketch by our special
artist, Mr. Theodore R. Davis, showing the rebel works at Vicksburg from our
extreme right, with the Mississippi above and below Vicksburg.
Mr. Davis writes:
VIEW FROM THE RIFLE-PITS AT THE
"HEAD-QUARTERS OF MAJOR-GENERAL
June 22, 1863.
"The scene at this point embraces
so much that the public is familiar with, that has been mapped, sketched, and
written of, that the present sketch must be of interest to many. It shows the
very commanding position passed so often by our fleets, the lower batteries that
sunk the boat of the gallant Bache—the Cincinnati—Young's Point, etc. Below is
Warrenton, and faint in the distance the canal. Even the 'Bohemians' have an
interest in the sketch, for is not the work upon which the rebel flag waves the
very battery that disturbed their quietude the last summer, and more lately sank
the little tug which sent upon an involuntary journey through 'Dixie' Colburn,
Brown, and Richardson? The soldiers in the trench give a view of trench life:
while some smoke, read, or chat, gun in hand, others are on the qui vive for a
good chance, which means, in soldier parlance, an opportunity to end the
chapters of some rebel's book of life."
page 469 we
give a view of Vicksburg as it was before the war; and three pictures from
sketches by Mr. Davis, showing the operation of mining a hostile work. Mr. Davis
thus describes them:
MINING THE REBEL WORK FORT HILL.
"HEAD-QUARTERS OF MAJOR-GENERAL
June 26, 1863.
"At this moment we have effected
a lodgment in the work known as Fort Hill. This has been done by blowing up a
portion of the work, when it was speedily converted into a bastion work for two
"I have sketched the effect of a
hand grenade in the trench, showing, at the same time, the entrance of the
gallery leading to the mines.
"I have also sketched the miners
busily at work far under the rebel wall. The different mines (four in number)
were exploded at the same moment. The dust and smoke had not cleared away when a
portion of General Logan's division dashed into the saps and trenches, from
which they had been withdrawn prior to the explosion. From the advance trench
they swarmed into the cavity made by the blast. Here were soon busily engaged
the engineer corps, under Chief Engineer Captain Hickenlooper, who, with
magnificent coolness, held his post under a severe fire. The lodgment was soon
complete, and the position ours."
By way of completing the history,
we append the following particulars of the surrender. A dispatch dated
Head-quarters General Grant, near Vicksburg, July 3, 8 P.M., said:
At eight this morning flags of
truce appeared before A. J. Smith's front, when Major-General Bowen and Colonel
Montgomery were led blindfolded into our lines. They bore a communication from
General Pemberton of the following purport:
"Although I feel confident of my
ability to resist your arms indefinitely, in order to stop the further effusion
of blood, I propose that you appoint three Commissioners, to meet three whom I
shall select, to arrange such terms as may best accomplish the result."
Grant soon replied substantially
in these words:
"The appointment of Commissioners
is unnecessary. While I should be glad to stop any unnecessary effusion of
blood, the only terms which I can entertain are those of unconditional
surrender. At the same time, myself, and men, and officers of this army, are
ready to testify to the distinguished gallantry with which the defense of
Vicksburg has been conducted."
At eleven o'clock the messengers
returned. This afternoon General Grant met General Pemberton between the lines,
and after an hour's consultation settled the surrender. General Pemberton urged
that the soldiers might be paroled here and furnished rations to carry them to
their lines; in view of the bravery they have displayed, and the advantages of
the plan, General Grant consented.
The correspondent of the
Cincinnati Commercial gives the following account of the interview between
Generals Grant and Pemberton:
General Pemberton then solicited
a personal interview, which was granted by Grant at 3 P.M. The latter, with his
staff, appeared on the hills where our advance works were. Here the party
halted, until General Pemberton appeared, accompanied by General Bowen and
Colonel Montgomery. On the crest of the opposite hills were rifle-pits and
forts, crowded with men. In the space in a grove of fruit trees of figs and
peaches met the contending heroes. Thousands of soldiers looked upon this
strange scene. Two
men who had been lieutenants in
the same regiment in Mexico now met as foes, with all the world looking upon
them. The one his country's glory, the other his country's shame.
When they had approached within a
few feet there was a halt and silence.
Colonel Montgomery spoke—"General
Grant, General Pemberton." They shook hands politely. It was evident Pemberton
was mortified. He said: "I was at Monterey and Buena Vista. We had terms and
General Grant then took him
aside. They sat down on the grass and talked more than an hour. Grant smoked all
the time. Pemberton played with the grass and pulled leaves. Grant finally
agreed to parole them, allowing the officers each his horse.
It was a polite thing. The dread
of going North, and the fear of harsh treatment, had deterred them from
capitulating sooner. He proved his magnanimity, and saved thousands upon
thousands of dollars in the way of transportation and rations. They feared the
Fourth of July. Our men would call out at night that the Fourth would finish
them, and it was so arranged. By this we have saved thousands of lives. Both
armies are gratified with the result. Our men treat them with kindness, giving
them coffee, which some of them have not tasted for a year.
A correspondent of the Missouri
At ten o'clock A.M. of the 4th,
General Steele's division marched into and garrisoned the city. The bands played
the national airs of the contending forces. The scene was witnessed by thousands
of Federal and rebel soldiers, who for the first time in weeks showed themselves
with impunity above the rifle-pits; and during all these weeks they had been
within five yards of each other.
General Grant came slowly to the
place of rendezvous, smoking a cigar, and apparently the only unexcited person
in the vast assemblage.
The Herald correspondent
telegraphs by way of Cairo:
General McPherson received the
formal surrender. The terms allow the officers and men to be paroled here, the
former to retain their side-arms and horses and personal property. They will be
escorted beyond our lines and furnished with three days provisions from our
General Logan's division marched into the city
at eleven o'clock, and at noon Lieutenant-Colonel Strong hoisted the Stars and
Stripes over the Court-house.
Colonel Wilson is Provost-Marshal
of the city, and General Logan is commander of the post.
We have taken over 27,000
prisoners, besides about 4000 non-combatants, 102 field-pieces, thirty
siege-guns, 50,000 stand of arms, ammunition, locomotives, cars, a few stores,
and fifty-seven stand of colors.
Among the prisoners are
Lieutenant-General Pemberton, Major-Generals S. Stevenson, Smith, Forney, and
Bowen; fourteen Brigadier-Generals and about one hundred and thirty Colonels.
There are 5600 men in the
hospital, half of whom are wounded. Only one hundred and fifty of the garrison
are reported fit for duty. The stock of provisions was almost exhausted, and for
days numbers had been eating mule-flesh.
Of ammunition for heavy guns they
had a fair supply, but for field-guns and musketry they were short. Eight caps
to a man were allowed. They had an excess of sugar, molasses, and rice, and
these were all the supplies they had, except a little unground corn.
GREAT RIVER BATTERY
AT PORT HUDSON.
WE present our readers on
page 476 with a
birds-eye view of the great river battery erected by our forces for the
reduction of Port Hudson, and which is placed at the extreme left of our line,
close upon the Mississippi River. Our correspondent sends us the following
"I rode out yesterday afternoon
(the 24th June), in company with Major G. B. Halsted, General Augur's
Adjutant-General, and Colonel Prince, of the Sixth Illinois Cavalry, to visit
the great battery at our left, which I knew had been for days past in active
preparation. Passing by General Dwight's head-quarters, and the long range of
abandoned outer rebel batteries, we plunged into the woods leading toward the
river, and after mounting a steep wooded ascent came suddenly upon this
magnificent work, close to the river-side.
"The scene presented was very
striking—and, indeed, astonishing, considering the time in which these enormous
works had been constructed.
"This battery was not commenced
until Tuesday the 16th, and was finished by the evening of Tuesday the 23d,
under the immediate supervision of that able and indefatigable officer, Major J.
Bailey, of the Fourth Wisconsin, acting Engineer officer of General Sherman's
staff. To form it he had three companies of Louisiana Engineers (First Engineers
of the Corps d'Afrique), under Major Robinson, and two regiments of Ullman's
brigade, making about 1400 negroes in all, who were kept at work night and
day—two parties of 700 relieving each other alternately.
"The battery mounts one 9-inch
navy gun, three 24-pounders, two 30-pound Parrotts, three 20-pound Parrotts, two
8-inch howitzers, and six Napoleon guns; there are, besides, three mortars and
one 8-inch howitzer in a separate battery alongside. The magazine compartment is
most complete; and away on the left of the picture, down the declivity of the
hill toward the river, a magnificent series of rifle-pits have been constructed.
The breast-works are formed of cotton-bales and sand-bags covered with earth;
and the whole presents one of the most splendid pieces of scientific engineering
"What most astonished me on
arriving at these works was to see our men carelessly standing on the parapets;
and the more so when, on mounting them myself, I saw how dreadfully near we were
to the rebel batteries in front, on which the enemy were also standing and
gazing listlessly at us. They were only 300 yards off, and it really looked as
if we could have thrown stones at each other. On our ramparts was proudly
floating the good old flag, and right in our teeth the Confederate rag. The
first coup d'oeil, as the whole scene burst upon me—with the little intervening
ravine, the calm river, and wooded shore beyond—was one never to be forgotten.
"On inquiring how it was that the
enemy did not fire at us, or we at them? the soldiers told me that, by some
tacit understanding among themselves, the two sides had ceased worrying each
other for days past. What the object of the rebels can be in permitting us
undisturbed to erect such formidable works under their very noses passes the
comprehension of every one.
"The large rebel battery near the
river, and over which their flag is planted, is called the "Citadel," and is the
highest and strongest work in Port Hudson. We are also on equally high ground,
and our battery quite as lofty as
theirs, although it may not appear so in the picture, owing to the elevated
point of view it was necessary to select for seeing the surrounding country.
"Although not playing on our
breast-works, the rebels—while I was busily sketching—fired several times down
the ravine toward the river, at the negroes who were still busy in the lower
intrenchments. In spite of all I had heard of this 'tacit understanding' between
us and them, their music was unpleasantly near and suggestive. When these two
batteries open in earnest their thunder against each other the struggle will be
MILITIA AT CARLISLE.
WE publish on
page 477 an
illustration of the SHELLING OF THE TOWN OF CARLISLE, PENNSYLVANIA, BY THE
REBELS, from a sketch by our special artist Mr. Thomas Nast. Our militia,
comprising, among other regiments, the 22d and 37th, both from this city,
marched from Harrisburg on 30th June, and arrived at Carlisle next morning,
after some skirmishing with the rebels. That evening the rebel commander sent
three several summonses to the commanding officer at Carlisle, demanding a
surrender; but old General Smith had no notion of the kind, and refused in terms
more peremptory than polite. The rebels then, at 10 P.m., began to shell the
place. Our troops were partly in Main Street and partly in the outskirts of the
town, lying quiet in the dark, unable to reply and exposed to the shells. Yet
not a man wavered or skulked; and by good Providence no one was killed, though
some were slightly wounded by contusions. Next morning our boys moved, and the
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CASE OF ROSCOE K. WATSON.
Dr. B. Brandreth—
SIR: I was a private in Co. F,
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Out of gratitude to you for my
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