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Civil War Harper's Weekly, May 28, 1864

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General Hancock

General Hancock

Dead Heroes

Dead Heroes


Battle of the Wilderness

General U.S. Grant




Crossing Rapidan


General Sedgwick

Paris Fashion

Paris Fashion

Battle Wilderness

Battle of the Wilderness


Sleeping Soldiers


Georgia Map







[MAY 28, 1864.


(Previous Page) rewarded by successive promotions. He was twice wounded on the Peninsula, where he commanded a Division of SUMNER'S Corps. Succeeding General SMITH in the command of the Sixth Corps, he participated in the second assault on Fredericksburg and in the battle of Gettysburg. He always inspired his men with his own dauntlessness ; and his courage on Friday night, May 6, when his flank was turned, and SHALER'S and SEYMOUR'S brigades driven back, saved the whole army from the full force of the blow. He was shot by a sharp-shooter, not as he would have desired, in the heat of action, but while adjusting a piece of artillery, on Monday, May 8.

Hero! whose soul was grandly strong and still When the wild waves of battle round it broke, And through the hours of tumult, fire, and smoke, Held up the sinking lines with iron will; Whose grasp was only less secure than death's, What joy was thine upon the front of fame To join the captains of immortal name, Who sit above in spirit council till

At the last victory Right his sword ensheaths. We would have kept thee; we are selfish all; Fittest that we on bended knees should fall

And say, " We thank Thee, God, in this our woe, That Thou hast given us strength to let him go,

So much of his was ours, even to the fadeless wreaths."


THE Parisian spring of the good old times has returned in 1864, with its pleasant accompaniments of early violets and lilac flowers. There was a general laying aside of furs and warm covering beneath the genial sunshine of the charming month of April. Simple dresses, composed of robe and mantle, and of uniform color throughout, were predominant; and light-blue, light-green, and light-pink silks were thrown out into pleasant relief by the brilliant sunlight. A considerable diminution in the amplitude of the skirts must be noted with satisfaction ; indeed, the employment of steel crinolines seems to be altogether on the decrease. The suppleness and grace of the spring costumes this year could not have been obtained otherwise than by the adoption of underclothing of a softer description. The small chapeaux a l'Anglaise, rather low in front, and passing with a simple curve down to the bavolet, are decidedly in favor at this moment, the materials preferred being crape and silk, and the latest ornament a sort of narrow scarf inside and outside, as shown in one of our illustrations.


Fig. 1. Dress for a Wedding Party.—Mazarine blue moire antique robe, ornamented (above the deep lace flounce adorning the skirt) with three black velvet lozenges, edged with narrow black guipure. Long black lace shawl. White crape bonnet, decorated with feathers and an aigrette, above the vandyked lace bavolet a rich blue velvet ornament, of the same tint as the bow and strings.

Fig. 2. Evening Dress for a Young Lady.—Silver-gray robe in foulard de l'Inde, richly trimmed, as shown in the engraving, with blue silk stripes and narrow edging. The dress is cut in the style denominated the forme Imperatrice, and the corsage and sleeve-cuffs are ornamented with stripes and bands to match those on the skirt. Small lace collar, fastened by a rose-pink cravat.

Fig. 3. Walking Dress.—Robe of iron-gray taffety, provided with a fluted skirt, surmounted by four rows of passementerie. The corsage is a ceinture, and the shoulders and cuffs are also trimmed with passementerie ornaments. White crape bonnet, with a tulle scarf beneath the front edge attaching a small feather. The scarf ornament is also repeated outside the bonnet.


THE sound of the hissing steam is low,

And silent the flapping sail;

The western skies have lost their glow,

And the headlands faint and fail, As the sailor sits on the tarry deck

And tells his ghostly tale.

Tells of the ship that sailed his dreams

Last night when the watch was done ;

And the tale to the wondering landsmen seems, Whose first prize is not won,

Like their childhoods' nightly ghosts that passed Away with the morning sun.

But he has rocked on the sea for years, And knows its mystery well;

The luring voice through the waves he hears

-   When the mermaid blows her shell; And he knows how the ocean spirits cast

O'er the sailor's dreams a spell.

"Just below the horizon rim,"

Said he, "the steamer sailed;

I could make her course by the smoke-line dim

That along the horizon trailed;

But the salt-sea mist was up in my eye,

And to make her hull I failed.

Round in an inner ring we sped, But never a knot we gained;

Every sail on the yards was spread,

And the boiler groaned and strained; And night and day a shark's fierce eye

On me like a gun was trained.

Ile slid round, and we slid round,

And the unseen steamer too,

Till we passed beyond our cruising-ground

To the Gulf Stream swift and blue—Till we wound far into the outer sea

Unsailed by a mortal crew.

I grew old, and the ship grew old,

With the years of that ghostly chase ; The sailors' hand grew thin and cold,

And pallid the captain's face;

But the steamer was ever as far away,
And the shark he kept his place.

At last both ships into my dream

Dissolved front the ocean wide,

And the waters changed to an inky stream,

And a boatman rowed its tide ;

I sat a ghost at the bow, and the shark

His hunger had satisfied."

" Come, sailor," a brawny landsman said, " That was a dream you know."

" On whom do you think the shark had fed?" Said the sailor quick and low.

"Fed on the ghostly winds that through Your sailor fancies blow."

" We shall make short work of the next black ship That sneaks from out Nassau,

For a prize the water is on my lip,

And a hunger in my maw;

Come, let's turn ir-, for the watch is done, And the wind is getting raw."

What, ho ! A dark hulk cleaves the sea, And ashore is a signal light;

Up ! for the steam sings merrily,

The chase shall be short to-night ;

But the sailor looks where a shark throws off A trail of blue fire bright.

The black hulk melts into the dark,

And the shoreward light burns dim ;

The prize is lost, but the hungry shark

Has a midnight banquet grim,

And the landsman knows that the sailor's dream Was a foresight unto him.


MORTON'S GOLD PENS are now sold at the same prices as before the commencement of the war ; this is entirely owing to the Manufacturer's improvements in machinery, his present large Retail Business and Cash-in-Advance System ; for, until he commenced advertising, his business was done on Credit and strictly with the Trade. The Morton Gold Pens are the only ones sold at old prices, as the makers of all other gold pens charge the Premium on the Gold, Government Tax, &c. ; but Morton has in no case changed his prices, Wholesale or Retail. Of the great numbers sent by mail to all parts of the world during the past few years, not one in a thousand has failed to reach its destination in safety ; showing that the Morton Gold Pen can be obtained by any one, in every part of the world, at the same price, postage only excepted. Reader, you can have an enduring, always ready, and reliable Gold Pen, exactly adapted to your hand and style of writing, which will do your writing vastly cheaper than Steel Pens; and at the present almost universal High Pressure Price of everything, you can have a Morton Gold Pen cheaper, in proportion to the labor spent upon it and material used, than any other Gold Pen in the World. If you want one, see "The Pen is Mightier than the Sword," in next column.


REPLY. PERU, LA SALLE Co., April 11, 1864. Mr. Painter, Cincinnati, 0. DEAR SIR ; Yours of March 16th, just received, and contents noted. You say you want my opinion on the corrugated metallic leg; as you ask it in a candid way, I will answer you candidly. If you get a leg made out of wood, you may be fitted for say at least a year; in that time your stump will get thinner a good deal, and you will have to pad the socket (the place where the stump goes in). In my experience with wooden legs, I have found this to be a great inconvenience. In the next place, the joints in a wooden leg are not made strong enough, for this reason : every time you step upon an uneven surface, it naturally sprains the ankle joint, which, after a week or so, becomes loose and is easily broken. In the metallic leg, this is done away with altogether, by a stout rubber that acts like a joint, and every time you step on an uneven surface, yields like a natural foot. You will see that the metallic leg is altogether superior to a wooden one, and costs only one half what a wooden one costs. Another reason is, that the mechanism in a metallic leg is very simple, whereas in a wooden leg it is so complicated that if anything gives out you will have to send it (the wooden one) back to the manufacturer's, and they will charge you a good round sum for it. I, for one, advise you to get a metallic leg for cheapness, lightness, and durability. If you get such a leg as J. W. Weston, 491 Broadway, New York, sent me, you will get a good, substantial leg. Hoping you may be suited at less than it has cost me, for I have paid out over $500 for limbs,   I remain yours, E. GUNTHER, Jr. Mr. Gunther doesn't mention three important advantages my leg has over all others. 1st. I guarantee a fit in all cases. 2d. The measure can be sent, and the leg returned by Express, thereby saving the time and expense of coming to New York to be fitted. 3d. It makes no noise.


I have such implicit confidence in my improved Metallic Leg, that I will give any one the privilege of returning it if they are not satisfied, after six months' trial, and I will return the money, less twenty-five dollars. Price from $75 to $100. Send for a circular to J. W. Weston. Office and salesroom 491 Broadway, New York; Edwin H. Weston, 21 West 4th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio.

NEW VOCAL MUSIC.—"For the Dear Old Flag I Die," "Was my Brother in the Battle?" "Bury Me in the Morning," "Wilt Thou be True?" "I will be True to Thee," "Merry Little Birds are We,""If you've only got a Moustache," " The Little Ballad Girl," " When Old friends were Here," and " She was all the World to Me."—Foster. "Home is Home," " I Hear Sweet Voices Singing," "Kindly Words and Smiling Faces," and "Hymn of the Nation."—Thomas. " Sweet Little Nell," "Dying Drummer," "Weep no More for Lilly," "Katy Did and Katy Didn't," "This Hand Never Struck me, Mother," "Dost Thou Ever Think of Me, Love," " Little Joey, the Contraband," " The New Emancipation Song," and " The Angels are Hovering Near." — Parkhurst. " Dear One, I Think of Thee," "The Rose of Clifton Dale." —Lawrence.—" Christ will Care for Mother Now."—Weston. All of which are recommended. Price 30 cents each. Mailed free. HORACE WATERS, 481 Broadway.

T 0 CONSUMPTIVE S.—You will get the Recipe for a sure cure for Coughs, Colds, Consumption, and all lung complaints, by sending to Dr. Uncas Brant, Box 3531, New York. He sends it free. Write for it.—It has cured thousands.

66 THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD." THE GOLD PEN—THE BEST OF ALL PENS, MORTON'S GOLD PENS, THE BEST PENS IN THE WORLD. On receipt of any of the following sums in Cash, the Subscriber will send by return mail, or otherwise, as directed, a Gold Pen or Pens—selecting the same according to description, viz.: GOLD PENS WITHOUT CASES. For 25 cents, the Magic Pen ; for 38 cents, the Lucky Pen ; for 50 cents, the Always-Ready Pen; for 75 cents, the Elegant Pen ; and for $1, the Excelsior Pen.—These Pens are not numbered, but correspond in sizes to numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 respectively. THE SAME PENS IN SILVER-PLATED EXTENSION CASES, WITH PENCILS.

For 50 cents, the Magic Pen ; for 75 cents, the Lucky Pen ; for $1, the Always-Ready Pen ; for $1 25, the Elegant Pen ; and for $1 50, the Excelsior Pen. These are Well-Finished, Good-Writing Gold Pens, with Iridosmin Points, the average wear of every one of which will far outlast a gross of the best Steel Pens ; although they are unwarranted, and, therefore, not exchangeable.


The name "A. Morton," "Number," and "Quality," are stamped on the following Pens, and the points are warranted for six months, except against accident. The Numbers indicate size only; No. 1 being the smallest, No. 6; the largest, adapted for the pocket; No. 4 the smallest, and No. 10 the largest Mammoth Gold Pen, for the desk. Long and Medium Nibs of all sizes and qualities. Short Nibs of Numbers 4, 5, 6, and 7, and made only of first quality. The Long and Short Nibs are fine pointed ; the Medium Nibs are Broad, Coarse Business points. The engravings are facsimiles of the sizes and styles. GOLD PENS, WITHOUT CASES. For $0 75 a No. 1 Pen, 1st quality; or a No. 3 Pen, 3d quality. For $1 00 a No. 2 Pen, 1st quality ; or a No. 3 Pen, 2d quality ; or a No. 4 Pen, 3d quality. For $1 25, a No. 3 Pen, 1st quality; or a No. 4 Pen, 2d quality ; or a No. 5 Pen, 3d quality. For $1 50, a No. 4 Pen, 1st quality ; or a No. 5 Pen, 2d quality; or a No. 6 Pen, 3d quality. For $1 75, a No. 5 Pen, 1st quality; or a No. 6 Pen, 2d quality. For $2 25,a No 6 Pen; $2 75 a No. 7 Pen ; $3 25 a No.8 Pen ; $4 a No. 9 Pen ; $5 No. 10 Pen—all 1st quality. THE SAME GOLD PENS, IN SILVER EXTENSION CASES, WITH PENCILS. For $1 50 a No. 1 Pen, 1st quality; or a No 3 Pen, 3d quality. For $1 75, a No. 2 Pen, 1st quality; or a No. 3 Pen, 2d quality ; or a No. 4 Pen, 3d quality. For $2 00, a No. 3 Pen, 1st quality; or a No. 4 Pen, 2d quality; or a No. 5 Pen, 3d quality. For $2 50 a No. 4 Pen, 1st quality ; or a No. 5 Pen, 2d quality ; or a No. 6 Pen, 3d quality. For $3 00, a No. 5 Pen, 1st quality ; or a No. 6 Pen, 2d quality. For $3 50, a No. 6 Pen, 1st quality. GOLD PENS, ALL FIRST QUALITY, IN SILVER MOUNTED DESK HOLDERS. For $2 00 a No. 4 Pen; for $2 25 a No. 5 Pen; for $275 a No. 6 Pen; for $3 50 a No. 7 Pen. For $4 00 a No. 8 Pen; for $5 a No. 9 Pen; and for $6 a No. 10 Pen. The " 1st Quality" are pointed with the very best Iridosmin Points, carefully selected, and none of this quality are sold with the slightest imperfection which skill and the closest scrutiny can detect. The "2d Quality" are superior to any Pens made by him previous to the year 1860. "The 3d Quality" he intends shall equal in respect to Durability, Elasticity and Good Writing Qualities (the only true considerations) any Gold Pens made elsewhere. In regard to the Cheap Gold Pens, he begs leave to say that, previous to operating his New and Patented Machines, he could not have made as Good Writing and Durable Pens, for the price, had the Gold been furnished gratuitously. Parties ordering must in all instances specify the "flame" or the "Number" and "Quality" of the Pens wanted, and be particular to describe the kind they prefer—whether stiff or limber, coarse or fine. All remittances sent by mall in registered letters are at my risk: and to all who send twenty cents (the charge for registering), in addition to the price of goods ordered, I will guaranty their safe delivery. Parties sending Gold or Silver will be allowed the full premium on the day received. TO CLUBS.--A discount of 10 per cent. will be allowed on sums of $12, of 15 per cent. on $24, and of 20 per cent. on $40, if sent to one address at one time. Address,   A. MORTON, No. 25 Maiden Lane, New York.

EMPLOYMENT At your own homes. Thousands can realize a Hundred Dollars Weekly.—No utensils required except those found in every househould ; profits 100 per cent. ; demand staple as flour. It is the greatest discovery of the age. Full particulars sent on receipt of two stamps for return post-age. Address C. MUNRO BROWN, 74 Bleecker St., N. Y.

Union Playing Cards.

Colonel for King, Goddess of Liberty for Queen, and Major for Jack. 52 enameled cards to the pack. Eagles, Shields, Stars, and FIags are the suits, and you can play all the usual games. Two packs, in cases, mailed free on receipt of $1. The usual discount to the trade. Send for a Circular. Ad-dress   AMERICAN CARD COMPANY, 14 Chambers St., N. Y., or 165 William Street, N. Y.

50,000 AGENTS WANTED. B. T. HAYWARD, Manufacturing Jeweler, 208 Broadway, N. Y. I will send a sample of either of the New Artillery, Cavalry, Pontonier, Engineer, or Naval Pins for $1 50, or a Solid Silver Shield, or either Army Corps, Division, or Company Pins with your Name, Reg., and Co. handsomely engraved thereon, for $1. Send for Wholesale illustrated Circular.

U. S. 10-40 Bonds. These Bonds are issued under the Act of Congress of March 8th, 1864, which provides that all Bonds issued under this Act SHALL BE REDEEMED IN COIN, at the pleasure of the Government, at any period not less than ten nor more than forty years from their date ; and until their redemption FIVE PER CENT. INTEREST WILL BE PAID IN COIN, on Bonds of not over one hundred dollars annually and on all other Bonds semi-annually. The interest is payable on the first days of March and September in each year.

As these Bonds, by Act of Congress, are Exempt from Municipal or State Taxation, their value is increased from one to three per cent. per annum, according to the rate of tax levies in various parts of the country.

At the present rate of premium on gold they pay Over Eight per Cent. Interest

in currency, and are of equal convenience as a permanent or temporary investment.

It is believed that no securities offer so great inducements to lenders as the various descriptions of U. S. Bonds. In all other forms of Indebtedness, the faith or ability of private parties or stock companies or separate communities only is pledged for payment, while for the debts of the United States the whole property of the country is holden to secure the payment of both principal and interest in coin.

These Bonds may be subscribed for in sums from $50 up to any magnitude, on the same terms, and are thus made equally available to the smallest lender and the largest capitalist. They can be converted into money at any moment, and the holder will have the benefit of the interest. The Funded Debt of the United States on which interest is payable in gold, on the 3d day of March, 1864, was $768,965,000. The interest on this debt for the coming fiscal year will be $45,937,126, while the customs revenue in gold for the current fiscal year, ending June 30th, 1864, has been so far at the rate of over $100,000,000 per annum. It will be seen that even the present gold revenues of the Government are largely in excess of the wants of the Treasury for the payment of gold interest, while the recent increase of the tariff will doubtless raise the annual receipts from customs on the same amount of importations to $150,000,000 per annum.

The authorized amount of this loan is Two Hundred Million Dollars.

Instructions to the National Banks acting as loan agents were not issued until March 26, but the amount of Bonds reported sold at the United States Treasury up to May 14th was $48,964,900. Subscriptions will be received by the TREASURER OF THE UNITED STATES at Washington, and the ASSISTANT TREASURERS at New York, Boston and Philadelphia, and by the

First National Bank of New York, No. 4 Wall Street. Second National Bank of New York, 23d St. & Broadway. . Fourth National Bank of New York, Pine Street. Fifth National Bank of New York, 338 Third Ave. Sixth National Bank of New York, 6th Av. & Broadway. Ninth National Band of New York, 363 Broadway. Tenth National Bank of New York, 240 Broadway. New York Nat. Exchange Bank, 184 Greenwich St. First National Bank of Jersey City, N. J.

And by all National Banks

which are depositaries of Public money, and all

RESPECTABLE BANKS AND BANKERS throughout the country (acting as agents of the National Depositary Banks), will furnish further information on application and


Agents Wanted,



This gold pen is something entirely new, and is now offered to the public for the first time, and is made by an entirely new process, enabling no to offer them very cheap. Every pen is warranted one year, and to be genuine diamond pointed, and to possess all the elasticity and writing qualities of the highest priced gold pen made. Single pens sent by mail on receipt of the following prices:


No. 2. Medium Pen and Holder,   each 90 cents.

No. 3. Large,   "   "   each. $1 00.

No. 4. Engrossing Pen and Holder,   each $1 15.

Great inducements to Agents and the Trade. Send for our Circular. GEORGE A. ELY & CO., Sole Manufacturers, No. 181 Broadway, New York.

Attention Company

Clark's Onguent, a powerful stimulant. Each packet warranted to produce a full set of whiskers or moustaches in six weeks upon the smoothest face, without stain or injury to the skin. Any person wing this Unguent, and finding it not as represented, by informing me of the fact, can have their money returned them at any time within 3 months from day of purchase. Price $100. Sent sealed and post-paid, to any address, on receipt of the money. Address,   A. C. CLARK, P.O. Drawer 118, Albany, N. Y.

Short-Hand without a Master, By which the art of taking down Sermons, Lectures, Speeches, Trio's, &c., may be attained in a few hours. 50th edition, with a supplement, sent, post-paid, on receipt of 25 cents, by RICHARD PARKER & CO., corner Ann and Nassau Streets, New York.





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