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Page) the Harpers--the work by which
Thackeray first fairly made his mark in
literature. The illustrations are from his own sketches, and are as
characteristic as the text. It is well known that the illustrations to all of
Thackeray's writings are to a greater or less extent from his own drawings ; but
of late years he was too busy with the pen to often do more with the pencil than
furnish bare hints to the artist. But in " Vanity Fair," produced when he had
leisure, the drawings are wholly his own. They show that he might have succeeded
in attaining the first object of his ambition—that of being the illustrator of
"The Wife's Evidence," by W. G.
Wills, forming the last number (240) of " Harper's Library of Select Novels," is
a story of very decided interest.
The new edition, revised and
enlarged, of Mr. Calvert Vaux's "Villas and Cottages; a Series of De-signs
prepared for Execution in the United States," is well worthy the attention of
every man who pro-poses to build a house which shall be something more than a
mere shelter—a home. It contains a series of designs, with plans of interior
arrangements, ranging from the humblest log-cabin of the settler up to the
village house, suburban villa, and city mansion of the man of larger means and
more varied wants; from the country school-house to the stately church. The
designs are so carefully pre-pared and fully worked out that any man who
pro-poses to build can select one suited to his needs and means, and can fairly
approximate to its cost. To our mind the most notable feature of this book is
the proof which it presents that comfort and privacy may be secured in a
dwelling erected at the most moderate cost, as well as in those of higher
WHAT WAS IT?
IT was not a scold, nor a cuff,
nor a kick,
The wound of a sword, nor a blow
from a stick, A shot from any sort of a gun
That ever was forged beneath the
A fall from a horse, nor a bite
of dog; A burn from a torch carried out in a fog, That made me ache confoundedly
Just where a gentleman's heart
It was not a plaster, nor lotion,
nor draught, Homeopath practice, or Allopath craft, Nor any description of
That ever was pounded to cure or
Nor the cure for nerves that are
running to seed--A sedative puff of the fragrant "weed," That cured my pain. 'Twas
a smile for me Just where a pretty girl's lips should be.
For my heart had been aching for
many a day, And my mind full of trouble and sorrow; I vowed that I never would
see her again, But haunted her steps on the morrow.
I worded my friends and neglected
my work, Was horribly jealous of stupid young Smirk, In short, was a nuisance to
hear or to see, Just as a fellow in love should be.
Well ! well ! it's all over, my
smile I got,
And stole something else from its
pretty birth-spot; Went home with a breast that with rapture was thrilling, Gave
a beggar a dollar instead of a shilling,
And the sweet lips that cured
me—at breakfast and tea Are just where a gentleman's wife's should be.
SENATE.—March 2. The bill to
encourage foreign emigration was passed; its principal provisions have been
given in our summary under date of February 18.—Mr. Grimes introduced a bill to
equalize the grade of line officers in the navy. It provides for a board to
examine into the moral, mental, and professional qualifications of all
candidates for nomination to a grade below that of Commodore; any one failing to
pass to be placed on the retired list.—Mr. Wilkinson, in the form of a personal
explanation, made a speech censuring the different commanders of the Army of the
Meade. Among other things he asserted that at
Gettysburg Meade had given orders for a retreat, which were countermanded only
because an advance corps had become engaged, and so retreat was impossible. The
battle of Gettysburg he thought the greatest on record; and if it had been
followed up the enemy would have been annihilated; but the army was halted, and
Lee allowed to re-cross the Potomac, while he had only ammunition enough to last
four minutes. The want of success of the Army of the Potomac was due not to the
soldiers, but to the incapacity of the commanders. Mr. Johnson replied,
defending McClellan and Mead, laying the blame upon the President. Senators
Anthony and Wade attributed
Burnside's failure at
Fredericksburg to the failure
of officers in high command to obey orders.—A joint resolution was adopted for
inquiry into the cause of the late disaster in Florida—The request of the House
for a joint committee on the Whisky tax, with instructions to agree upon a tax
of not less than 20 or more than 40 cents upon spirits on hand, was refused, by
25 to 14; and a resolution agreeing to a free committee was adopted.--March 3.
The Military Committee reported back the House bill extending to the 1st of
April the time for the payment of bounties, with a recommendation from the
Secretary of War; the bill passed.--Mr. Davis offered a joint resolution for
amendments to the Constitution : First, " No negro or person, whose mother or
grandmother was a negro , shall be a citizen of the United States, or be
eligible to any civil or military office, or to any place of trust or profit
under the United ,States." Second, "That the States of Maine and Massachusetts
shall constitute one State, to be called East New England, and New Hampshire,
Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut shall constitute one State, to be called
West New England." ordered to he printed.—Mr. Powell called up the bill, upon
which the Military Committee had reported adversely, prohibiting officers of the
army and navy from interfering in elections. We were, he said, the only people
who would allow military interference in elections, and it was only recently
that it had been permitted. He condemned the orders issued in Kentucky; said
that the General Government had overthrown the laws regulating local elections
in the loyal States, and held the President responsible—March 4. Mr. Sherman,
from the Committee of Conference on the Whisky tax, said that after a full
discussion the joint Committee of the two Houses had failed to agree; if the
Senate adhered to its amendments the bill would be lost, and they would have to
wait till another was matured. The Committee therefore recommended that the
Senate should recede from its amendments. The bill would then impose a tax of 60
cents upon all liquor manrufactured after its passage up to July, leaving any
after that time to be provided
for by future legislation. It also left an additional tax of 40 cents a gallon
upon spirits on hand. This incongruous, and was only to be remedied by future
legislation. The Senate then, by 25 to 11, receded from its amendments, and the
bill was passed.—Mr. Powe11 concluded his speech on the interference of the
military with elections, reiterating his charges against the Administration, and
affirming that the chief rea-
son why the people had born with
the unsurpations of power by the Executive was that they could soon have power
to make a change. The President was using the military power to promote his own
re-election. The amnesty proclamation was a move in that direction. This
proclamation was revolutionary, because it overthrows the Constitution upon
which the Union is based. What right has the President to dictate who shall be a
qualified elector in a State? No honest man could take the oath prescribed in
Louisiana by General Banks, for it bound him in the future to support a policy
which would allow negroes to vote, provided the President should recommend it.
It would require a standing army in each State to carry into effect the
provisions of this proclamation, which would place nine-tenths of the population
in a State under the control of the other tenth.--The Senate adjourned to Monday, March 7.----March 7. A memorial from the Geographical and Statistical
Society in favor of a Commercial and Scientific mission to Eastern Asia;
petitions for in-creased railroad and mail facilities between Boston, New York,
and Philadelphia; and a petition from Eli Thayer for confiscating the lands of
rebels and distributing them among soldiers and sailors; and a bill (amending a
former one) for aiding in the construction of a railroad from the Missouri to
the Pacific, were presented and referred, —Mr. Sherman offered a resolution,
which was referred, defining the manner in which the President shall be chosen.
It says that a quorum of the Senate shall consist of a majority of Senators duly
chosen and qualified; if a majority of qualified Presidential electors vote for
one person, he shall be President; if the election devolves upon the House, and
the majority of the States represented be cast for one person, he shall be
President.--March 8. A bill amending the act incorporating the city of
Washington was passed.—The Committee on the Pacific Rail-way was instructed to
inquire into the expediency of building a road from Lawrence to Fort
Leavenworth.—Mr. Wilson introduced a bill for the better organization of the
Quarter-master's Department. —Mr. Powell's resolution calling for the report of
the Committee to investigate charges against certain army officers at the West,
the bill to promote enlistments, and that equalizing the pay of soldiers, were
taken up, discussed, and postponed.
House,--March 2. Miscellaneous
business was transacted, among which was the passage of the Senate bill
appropriating $40,000 for the protection of overland emigrants, and an
ineffectual attempt by Me. Eldridge to call upon the Executive to furnish the
names of persons confined in forts and prisons or banished to the rebellious
States, and a call for correspondence relative to Mexican and Venezuelan
affairs,—The bill declaring that the jurisdiction of the Court of Claims did not
extend to any claims made for destruction of property by the forces engaged in
sup-pressing the rebellion was taken up and debated at length. Several members
of the Border States earnestly opposed the bill; their constituents had suffered
severely, and should be indemnified ; amendments were adopted providing that
certain claims be referred to the Commissary and Quarter-master Generals, and to
be paid if certified by them; commissioners to be appointed to examine other
claims, care being taken to exclude disloyal persons from indemnity; and
limiting to three years the time during which claims must be presented: the
whole bill was postponed.—The House agreed to the Senate's proposal for a new
Committee of Conference on the whisky tax.--March 3. The House, by a small
majority, recommitted to the Judiciary Committee the bill, with the amendments
relating to the jurisdiction of the Court of Claims.—The bill authorizing the
Secretary of the Treasury to sell the surplus gold in the Treasury was taken up,
debated, and postponed.—The question between the two Houses on the whisky tax
was again brought forward, the Committee of Conference having again failed to
agree. The House re-fused to ask for another Committee of Conference, and votes
to adhere to its disagreement.—March 4. The day was devoted to private
business.—A resolution was unanimously adopted thanking the surviving soldiers
of the Revolution, twelve in number, and directing a copy of the resolution to
be sent to each of the survivors,—After deciding an election case, in which Mr.
Sleeper contested the seat of Mr. Rice, from Massachusetts, in favor of the
latter, the house adjourned.--March 5. This day, being Saturday, was devoted to
making and listening to speech-es. Mr. Baldwin, of Massachusetts, opened,
condemning the Democratic party and the doctrine of State Rights, and censuring
Mr. Buchanan as a weak and miserable man, unequal to the duties with which he
had been intrusted.—Mr. Boyd, of Missouri, replied to a previous speech of his
colleague, Mr. Blair, and asserted that the radical members were the only true
representatives of the Union sentiment of that State.—Mr. Voorhees, of Indiana,
made a long and violent speech against the Administration; affirmed that the
republic was dying; that the war was an unchristian one ; that the Union could
be restored by negotiation; that the operations of the Treasury Department had
rendered national bankruptcy inevitable; that General Burnside was infamous for
his agency in banishing the statesman and Christian gentleman, Vallandigham. He
warned the South not to look forward to separation, but to unite with the
conservative men of the North, and return to their allegiance on a basis of
perfect security for all their rights and institutions.—Mr. Anderson spoke in
defense of the Union men of Kentucky, and said that they would support the
President or any other man who would pledge himself to crush out the rebellion.
—Mr. Grinnell, of Iowa, replied to Mr. Voorhees and others; said that Mr.
Vallandigham had been rightly served; and animadverted upon the Democratic
party.—Mr. Hub-bard spoke at length against slavery, and in favor of the
war.—After listening to these speeches the House adjourned to Monday.—March 7.
After some private business the Postal Committee reported a bill regulating the
carrying of the mails between the United States and foreign countries, the
essential feature of which is that all steamer, from the United States to
foreign ports shall receive and carry the mails for a reasonable compensation ;
it also provides for contracts for carrying the mails between the United States
and the Gulf and Pacific ports: the bill was passed.--The deficiency bill came
up, and after a discursive debate on various points, which assumed an
unimportant personal turn, was postponed.—March 8. Resolutions were presented
from the Iowa, Legislature in favor of employing disabled soldiers in places
under the General Government which they are competent to fill, and in favor of
equal pay to white and colored soldiers.—The Deficiency bill was taken up, and
an amendment agreed to appropriating $35,000 for medical attendance upon negro
refugees and contrabands ; and the bill was returned to the Senate, on account
of certain amendments of that body to which the House refused to agree.—The Gold
bill was taken up ; various amendments were proposed and rejected; and finally a
substitute offered by Mr. Bontwell was passed by 90 to 94, authorizing the
Secretary to anticipate the payment of interest on the public debt.—The bill
providing for dropping from the Army and Navy Rolls all Generals not actually
employed in accordance with their rank, was called up and discussed. According
to a report of the War Department there are twenty-five Generals wholly
unemployed, thirty-nine employed In various ways, but not in command of corps or
brigades: postponed for a week.—'The Senate bill establishing a uniform
ambulance system was passed ; also one increasing the rank and pay- of the
Provost Marshal-General to those of a Brigadier-General ; and one continuing pay
to chaplains when absent on leave, or from sickness, or when held by the enemy
as prisoners. —Thee Committee on Public Lands reported a bill; which was
recommitted, securing to soldiers and sailors homesteads on confiscated or
forfeited estates in the insurrectionary districts.
This expedition left Stevensburg,
Virginia, on Sunday night, the 28th ult., crossing the Rapidan at Ely's Ford,
with Hogan's scouting party of forty in the advance. The picket-gard and
reserve, force along the river being cap- tured before the alarm could be given,
the expedition was divided, Colonel Dahlgren moving upon a specific errand first
to Frederickhaid, on the Virginia Central Railroad, destroying that road and the
telegraph line, and then striking the James River Canal six miles east of
Gooch-land Court House. This canaI follows the course of James River almost
directly west from Richmond. Here six grist-mills were destroyed, one saw-mill,
and six canal-boats loaded with grain. Several locks of the canal, and the works
at the coal-pits at Manikin's Bend, were also de- stroyed. Dahlgren's command
then struck the plank-road and moved on to within three miles of Richmond,
where it met with rebel force,
Colonel Dahlgren, however, with Major Cook and 100 men, took a
different course from the main column, and many of them fell into the hands of
the enemy, among whom was the gallant Colonel himself, who was killed at the
time of his capture. In the mean time Kilpatrick moved on from Ely's Ford to Spottsylvania Court House. It was then late at night, but the corps moved on to
Beaver Dam, which it reached at 5 P.M. on Monday. Beaver Dam is on the Virginia
Central Road, about ten miles west of the point where the two lines from
Richmond—that to Gordonsville and that to Fredericksburg—cross each other. Here
both the railroad and telegraphic communication with Richmond was interrupted.
On Monday night the command crossed the South Anna River, where the advance had
a skirmish with a picket force near Taylorsville. By 10 1/2 the next morning
Kilpatrick had taken up a position within the second line of the defensive works
at Richmond, 3 1/2 miles from the city. Here a copy was obtained of the Richmond
Examiner and Dispatch fresh from the press, announcing it as a rumor that a
brigade of Yankee cavalry had crossed the Rapidan. An hour later the editors of
these sheets heard Kilpatrick's guns attacking their third line of
fortifications. Here Dahlgren was to join Kilpatrick; but the former not making
his appearance, the latter decided to fall back. It was just after he had
retired that Dahlgren came up, full three hours too late. Kilpatrick on Tuesday
night encamped six miles from Richmond, two miles from the Chickahominy. Here be
was attacked by the rebels. A number of horses were killed, but the enemy was
repulsed. In the morning Kilpatrick retired to the Pamunkey and moved down the
Peninsula. This movement was effected with some difficulty on account of the
mud, especially as about a hundred men had been dismounted in the night attack,
and had to make their way on foot. During Wednesday the main portion of
Dahlgren's command came up, and the next morning the entire force, except
Dahlgren himself and his missing hundred, was met by a detachment from
Butler and conducted to Williamsburg. Some three hundred prisoners were captured
; several miles of the Central Railroad destroyed, besides property worth
millions of dollars to the Confederacy; and on the whole this expedition,
besides being the most daring, may be pronounced the most successful raid of the
To divert the enemy's attention
from Kilpatrick's movements, two corps of the Army of the Potomac moved, on
Thursday the 25th February, in the direction of Madison Court House, General
Custer's cavalry force taking the advance. On Sunday the enemy's pickets were
driven in north of the Rapidan, and his left flank threatened at the same time
that Kilpatrick crossed at Ely's Ford. Near Charlottesville Custer fell in with
Stuart's rebel cavalry, and destroyed his entire camp equipage, and blowing up
six of his caissons retired, being outnumbered by the enemy.
THE SITUATION IN FLORIDA.
Our forces at Jacksonville are
being rapidly reinforced. Their position is strongly fortified eight miles in
front of the town, and the army is in good spirits. It appears from rebel
reports that the Confederate loss was very heavy, almost equal to our own. The
main body of the enemy, under General Finnegan, is encamped near Bald-win, a
strong position on the route by railroad to Tallahassee.
EAST TENNESSEE AND THE SOUTHWEST.
The rumors which have been afloat
in regard to
Sherman's expedition are giving way rapidly to settled facts. It
is known that at the first of last month Sherman's forces left
Vicksburg in two
columns commanded respectively by McPherson and Hurlbut, and that a cavalry
force under General Smith left
Memphis at about the same time for the purpose of
immediate co-operation, and finally of junction, On the 5th Jackson was
occupied, from which point Sherman proceeded to Meridian. From this point the
record is not yet fully settled; it is certain, however, that detachments of his
force were busily engaged in the destruction of railroad lines in every
direction. What Sherman's destination from this point was has not transpired,
cavalry expedition, overpowered by the concentrated force of the
enemy, was compelled to return to Memphis, and this necessitated also a retreat
on the part of Sherman, who is now on his way back to Vicksburg.
In Georgia our forces have
retired from Tunnel Hill to Ringgold. In East Tennessee
Longstreet appears to
still maintain his petition at Bull's Gap with his cavalry, while his
head-quarters are at Greenville. Both of these positions are on the East
Tennessee and Virginia Railroad—Bull's Gap being 55 miles east of Knoxville, and
Greenville 74 miles. Morristown, the advaenced position of the Federal forces,
is 14 miles west of Bull's Gap.
ELECTION IN LOUISIANA.
The Free State ticket has been
carried in Louisiana by a majority of over 3000 votes, out of 8000, for Governor
Hahn. A vole was cast three-tenths as large as the usual Presidential vote of
ELECTION IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.
Gilmore has been re-elected
Governor of New Hampshire by a large majority—estimated at 4000—which shows a
Union gain over previous elections. The five Republican Councilors are. elected;
also nine of the twelve Senators are Republican.
SOLDIERS ALLOWED TO VOTE.
The election in this State on the
8th inst. resulted in the ratification of the constitutional amendment allowing
our soldiers the right to vote. About one-third of the usual vote was polled,
and the Opposition ballot was very weak all over the State.
The Secretary of War has
Governor Seymour that bounties will be paid until April 1. As our
quota is now so nearly filled this amounts to a virtual sus-pension of the
FOREIGN NEWS .
THE WAR IN SCHLESWIG.
ON the morning of the 22d
February, the Prussians drove in the Danish outposts and occupied Duppel, from
which they were dislodged by a cannnonade of four hours, when they retired with
considerable loss. Previous to this attack on Duppel, the allies had invaded
Jutland--or the continental portion of Denmark—advancing as far as Kelding,
which is on the eastern coast, at the head of and commanding the channel (called
Little Belt) in which Alsen is situated. The Embassadors of Austria and Prussia
at Paris and London have explained this advance into Denmark proper as being
undertaken solely for strategic purpose. In the mean time the Germans are busily
engaged in destroying the Dannewerke at Schleswig. A blockade was threatened on
the part of the Danes against all the ports on the eastern coast of Holstein and
Schleswig, except Neustadt, to be established from February 25. Other movements
are now in operation looking toward a settlement. England has invited the German
Federation and the Powers who signed the treaty of 1852 to a Conference in
London. This invitation has been accepted by Prussia and Austria; then; is
doubt, however, whether this implies any cessation of hostilities in the mean
while, although orders were to be given against a further advance into Jutland.
Denmark herself refuses, to regard any negotiations that will not restore
Sehleswig to its former re-lations.
THE PARLIAMENTARY DISPUTE.
The rebel ram question again came
up for discussion in Parliament on the 23d February. The Attorney-General
defended the position of the Government against the at-tacks of Disraeli and his
Tory associates with such success as to obtain a majority of 25 in the house in
favor of sustaining the action of the Ministry.
The Opposition having failed in
the ram question, tried their luck on the case of the Chesapeake, with similar
success. Mr. Layard, in behalf of the Government, produced dispatches, showing
that, long before the British demand for redress had reached him,
Seward had promptly anticipated the demand by the most courteous apology, with
an offer of satisfactory reparation. The Ministry
were also severely attacked for
their policy in relation to Danish affairs. The London Times, however, lays the
blame chiefly upon the other European Powers.
"A single word," it says, "from
France, Russia, and Sweden would have prevented the invasion of the Duchies;
but the ties of gratitude for all services do not bind France; a common
nationality and a common danger can not move Sweden; treaties and alliances are
alike lost upon Russia. These Powers will neither do any thing now nor tell us
what they intend to do hereafter. It is their boast that England is isolated.
Meanwhile the Danish monarchy itself seems to be threatened. Nothing would be
easier then to send the Channel fleet to the Baltic. But it is not by sea that
the fate of Denmark will be decided, and our small land-force could not
permanently influence the decision of a war carried on by 40,000 to 50.000 men
against States which could, if necessary, place ten times that number in the
field ; and calm reason steps in to remind us that it is no part of our duty to
redress all the injustice which is committed under the sun."
ARMY AND NAVY ITEMS.
The Alabama was at Singapore on
the first days of January, where she got coal, and steamed into Malacca Straits.
A letter from an American shipmaster says that all her men are discontented, and
many were deserting, in defiance of watchful officers. The writer adds that she
has completely stopped American commerce in the East, and our vessels were lying
up at all ports. A Bombay telegram, of the 29th, January, announces that she was
cruising off the west coast of India, and had captured and burned the ship Emmaa,
of New York.
Late advices from Cape Town
confirm the report of the seizure of the rebel privateer Tuscaloosa at that
place. The President has commuted the sentence of the deserters heretofore
condemned to death to imprisonment at the
dry Tortugas during the war.
It appears that the
sunk the Housatonic off
Charleston was itself destroyed at the same time.
The negroes of Baltimore,
Maryland, have held the first of a series of meetings for the purpose of calling
the attention of the
contrabands to the matter of enlisting in our army.
Captains SAWYER and FLYNN, who
were sentenced to death by the rebel authorities at Richmond, in retaliation for
the hanging of two spies, by General Burnside, have been exchanged.
Admiral Dahlgren is in
Washington. It is rumored that he has been relieved from the command of the
iron-clad fleet off Charleston.
Admiral Farragut will probably be appointed to
Inspector of United States Artillery, has been relieved, at his own request,
from artillery duties, in which he has been engaged, and ordered to report to
A negro company of the First
Mississippi Infantry were surprised and cut to pieces by
dressed in Union uniform, near Tecumseh Landing, on the 14th ult., while
standing guard for a foraging party from the steamer Pringle. Only two of the
negroes escaped death or mortal wounds.
A commission has been appointed
by the Secretary of War to visit the camps where all rebel prisoners are
con-fined, and administer to them the oath of allegiance under the President's
Lieutenant-Commander JOSEPH H.
STERRETT has been detached from the Katahdin and ordered to
New Orleans to the
command of the Aroostook.
HATFIELD has been detached from the Aroostook and ordered to return North.
Captain PINCKHARDT, who was captured with General SCAMMON, was killed by our own
men while in the hands of a band of guerrillas.
Private IRWIN, Company D, Twelfth
Illinois cavalry, has been dishonorably dismissed the service and sentenced to
two years in the Penitentiary for representing himself as one of
guerrillas and committing highway robbery within our lines.
The Richmond Examiner of March 1
says that on February 29th 400 more Federal prisoners were shipped for Americus,
Georgia. Nearly 3000 have thus far been sent, and there are accommodations for
The rebel rams in the Roanoke and
Neuse rivers, in North Carolina. are said to be almost ready, and are also said
to be very formidable. They will doubtless get a warm reception.
There is a rumor that
Major-General D. N. COUCH, now Commander of the Department of the Susquehanna,
will be called to take an important command in the Army of the Potomac.
A private letter from Havana,
dated March 1, states that the United States gun-boat De Soto was in the
dry-dock there. The blockade-runners and secessionists in Havana had threatened
to burn the vessel, and also threatened the officers with violence. The Spanish
authorities, however, had given the officers of the De Soto permission to wear
their side-arms, and they now visit the city fully armed.
Brigadier-General D. H. RUCHER,
Chief Quarter-master of the Depot of Washington, has asked to be relieved from
duty here and sent into the field.
Committees from different
Districts in Pensylvania are now visiting the Army of the Potomac to offer an
additional bounty of $200 to veterans, the money to pay the same having been
raised in their Districts.
Twenty-five of the thirty
thousand veterans of the Army of the Potomac, whose terms of service expire
within the next nine months, have re-enlisted. Of the six thousand veterans of
the same army who have of late gone home on furlough, five thousand five hundred
have already returned to duty, their furloughs having expired.
There is a great rush of Major
and Brigadier Generals out of employment for active duty to avoid the effect of
the bill to dismiss such from the service.
The total loss at the
battle of Chikcamauga are the part of the Federate was 17,200. The total loss of the
Confederates was 19,600. The time consumed in fighting was 16 hours and 30
minutes. This makes a total combined loss of 36,300, or over 2200 per hour, The
total Federal force engaged was 38,000, the rebel force (according to their own
reports) was 64,000.
Louisville Democrat says, in
reference to the (Court of Inquiry on the conduct of Generals
CRITTENDEN, and NEGLEY, that the evidence elicited does not sustain a single
charge against either of the Generals, but, on the contrary, it shows that
"every thing that could be done or expected of a General or a man was done by
them at the battle of Chickamauga."
Major-General RANDALL, of the New
York State Militia, died on Thursday, in Buffalo, of disease of the heart.
General POPE is preparing for an
active spring campaign against the Indians in the Northwest,
Official Treasury documents show
that, during the year 1862, thirteen thousand claims of deceased and discharged
soldiers were settled. The number settled during 1863 was 45,700, and there
remained unsettled, on the first of January last, 74,600.
By statements from the War
Department, furnished the Senate, it appears that there are 70 major-generals,
the number allowed by law, in service and drawing pay, and 274
brigadier-generals, one less than the number provided for by law.
It is estimated that the cost per
man of the army is nearly if not quite $1200 per annum.
The revised army regulations are
amended so that en- listed men who lose or dispose of revolving pistols
intrusted to their care will hereafter be charged $20 in each case.
It ought to be generally known
that the Government will furnish each soldier who loses a. limb in its service
with another one, free of expense, and take care of him while the limb is being
fitted, through the medical director, 458 Broome Street, New York.