General Adelbert Ames


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Civil War Harper's Weekly, February 4, 1865

This site features an online archive of Harper's Weekly newspapers published during the Civil War. These old newspapers make fascinating reading, and present first reports of the battles and key events. The woodcut illustrations were created by eye-witnesses to the events and shed new light on this important conflict. This material is simply not available anywhere else.

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Fort Fisher

Battle of Fort Fisher

Sherman March

Editorial on General Sherman's March


Pardon of Mrs. Hutchins

Surrender of Fort Fisher

Surrender of Fort Fisher

Soldier's Diary

Soldier's Diary

General Ames

General Adelbert Ames

Destruction of the Savannah Ram

Transatlantic Telegraph

Transatlantic Telegraph


Soldiers Celebrating

Battle of Fort Fisher

Battle of Fort Fisher

John Bull Cartoon

John Bull Cartoon







[FEBRUARY 4, 1865.




BRIGADIER-GENERAL ADELBERT AMES is a native of Maine. He entered the Academy at West Point in 1858, and was commissioned, May, 1861, Second Lieutenant, Second United States Artillery. He was immediately afterward promoted to First Lieutenant of the Fifth Artillery. He participated in the siege of Yorktown in the Peninsula campaign, and for distinguished services rendered on that occasion was brevetted Captain in the Regular Army. For other meritorious services in the battles of Malvern Hill and Garnett's Farm he was brevetted Major July 1, 1862.

In August he was commissioned Colonel of the Twentieth Maine, and in the subsequent campaign of the Army of the Potomac won considerable reputation as an officer. He was commissioned Brigadier-General May 20, 1863. During General GRANT'S Virginia campaign General Amiss has commanded, first the Third Division of the Tenth Corps, and afterward the Second. When the Tenth and Eighteenth Corps were reorganized he was placed in command of the Third Division of the Twenty-fourth. General AMES'S Division was prominently engaged in the assault on Fort Fisher.


THE rebel ram Savannah was blown up by the enemy on the night of our occupation of Savannah. The sketch from which we have engraved an illustration of the scene was taken by Captain BATCHEL, of the Signal Corps. Captain BATCHEL describes the scene as having been one of uncommon grandeur. The vessel was fired by the rebel crew just before leaving her. She burned for some time before the fire was communicated to her magazine, when she blew up. The shock was very perceptible in the city and for many miles around. She is not, however, so complete a wreck as the rebels designed to make her.


MAJOR-GENERAL A. H. TERRY, commanding the military division of the expedition against Fort Fisher, is a native of Connecticut, not more than thirty-five years of age. He was a lawyer by profession, but devoted considerable attention to military matters. He commanded one of the best militia regiments of Hartford. He answered the first call for men in this war, his regiment, the Second Connecticut, being among the first in the field. He took part in the first battle of Bull Run under KEYES of TYLER'S Division. The Second Connecticut was enlisted for three months, and at the expiration of its term of service TERRY took command of the Seventh Connecticut, which belonged to the command of General T. W. SHERMAN in the expedition against Port Royal. TERRY was prominent in the siege

operations on Tybee Island, which resulted in the capture of Fort Pulaski. For distinguished services on this occasion he received the appointment of Brigadier-General, to date from April 25, 1862. He led a brigade of the Tenth Corps in the battle of Pocotaligo, South Carolina, in October, 1862, and subsequently, under General GILLMORE, served in the capture of Morris Island, at the siege of Charleston. The Tenth Corps, in which he commanded the First Division, was subsequently transferred to the James ; and when GILLMORE was relieved of command, Terry succeeded him, though he afterward

yielded to the more pressing claims of the late General BIRNEY. His conduct in the rebel assault on the Darbytown road last summer saved the corps from a serious reverse. After BIRNEY'S death the Tenth and Eighteenth corps were consolidated, forming the Twenty-fourth, and the command of the First Division was assigned to General TERRY. General TERRY was not in the first expedition against Fort Fisher, which failed. But he commanded in the second, which succeeded, and will always be connected with the glorious event of Jan. 15, 1865, whatever laurels he may hereafter win.



THE Old World can not boast of a more glorious capitol than that owned by the freemen of the United States. The rotunda is a fit shrine for those old Revolutionary paintings by the Revolutionary hero, TRUMBULL, The dome, rising in beautiful symmetry, is the beacon of liberty to the country, lifted up so high that the freedom born shaft of Bunker Hill might be placed within it, with many feet to spare above its summit. Within the same marble edifice sit almost enthroned the legislators of our country in the most elegant of chambers. One would conceive that there were architectural at-tractions enough here to bring all our partros conscripti to their seats at the hour of twelve. But too frequently do the Speaker and Vice-President call their respective bodies to order at this hour without a quorum. Yet why should not lassitude prevent men from attending to their duties who load the desks before them with the boots which are defacing the nation's furniture? But the expiring Thirty-eighth Congress has its SUMNER, COLFAX, CLARKE, FOOT, COLLAMER, GRIMES, STEVENS, and the WASHBURNES, to whom the nation is indebted for a faithful and earnest discharge of their duties.

A visit to the national capitol is incomplete without a look around the Congressional Library. For while the library of Yale College contains less than fifty thousand volumes, the capitol library contains over sixty thousand. Yet the arrangement is so compact and nice that a guess would probably come far short of the proper figure. The books are all arranged according to their subjects. his was done by THOMAS JEFFERSON after the Baconian system. To the three grand divisions of mental activity, memory, reason, imagination, correspond respectively history, philosophy, and the fine arts. Each of these grand divisions is divided and subdivided. For instance, history is divided into the civil and natural departments, and so forth. Newspapers are classified under the department of civil history. Our curiosity prompted us to go behind the scenes, and examine how great a museum of American newspapers is on file in our nation's library. Alas ! out of the very few we do not recollect any set complete from their origin. But the London Times is here in ponderous tonics complete from its foundation. The suggestion was forcibly brought home to us that the United States are rich enough in the style and character of their newspaper press to have files of the principal papers through out the land carefully kept in the capitol library. Did only the votaries of the press derive benefit therefrom, that profession is large enough to have its " reports" carefully treasured up here.

Upon the lucus a non lucendo principle the "Baltimore Depot" deserves a passing reflection. Were a hackman to oblige his passengers to alight in a mud puddle he would do something similar to the (Next Page)






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