Fri Jun 19 1863: From the 7th Regiment. St. Augustine, Florida, May 26, 1863.
You will see that the 7th has made another move, and still further South; and it is difficult to imagine ourselves in America. It seems more like Spain, when traversing the streets of St. Augustine. To give a description of the town I scarcely know where to begin. St. Augustine is said here to be the oldest town in the United States. In fact, I should think by its appearance it was old enough to be in its dotage; for it looks as though it might fall down very soon. There is a convent here and a Catholic cathedral, built in the old Spanish style of architecture. The town is very pleasantly situated, on a site of land between two creeks, forming a kind of peninsula. It has a wall front, and is very easily defended, the entrance is very difficult, and only at high water can a light draft vessel make an entrance. The inhabitants are mostly Spaniards, and the Spanish language and customs are the most popular. The town is built of concrete, being a kind of shell mixture that grows on the beach, and is quarried out the same as stone.
We came here and relieved the 7th New Hampshire, and they took our places at Fernandina. On Saturday morning, at 3 o'clock, our Company (H) with Company D left our quarters, crossed the creek, and marched about 8 miles in the interior, when we captured 180 head of cattle, gathered up for the rebel army, but now in the Union lines. We still live in hopes of compelling the rebels to come to our terms; and I cannot see any reason why they should not.
But I must not weary your patience (for editors do not like long letters), and I must therefore conclude, hoping some day to see you face to face. I will write more soon; but now, adieu. C.H.R.
Fri Jun 19 1863: Lieut. Sylvester W. Rice, whose death we published last week, was of the late firm of Rice Brothers, of this place, and had many friends in the village. He enlisted from this place in the 12th regiment, and at the time of his death was Lieutenant in the Fourth Louisiana Native Guards (colored). The following resolutions have been sent us, with a request for their publication:
Tibute of Respect. Headquarters 4th La. N.G. Vols., Baton Rouge, La., May 4, 1863.
At a meeting of the commissioned officers of the 4th Louisiana Native Guards, upon the occasion of the death of Lieut. S.W. Rice, of Co. E, 4th Louisiana, a committee was appointed to draft resolutions expressive of the sentiments of the officers toward the deceased, which submitted the following, which were unanimously adopted:
Whereas, In the inscrutable ways of God, he has seen fit to remove from among us by death one of our number; therefore, be it
Resolved, That while we yield submissively to the dispensations of the Almighty, believing that he doeth all things well, we at the same time sincerely mourn the decease of this our esteemed brother, feeling that in his death we have sustained an irreparable loss.
Resolved, That we recognize in his aims and labors, during his connection with this regiment, the efforts of a true philanthropist, a zealous advocate of Human Rights, and an earnest and unswerving supporter and defender of American freedom and National Unity.
Resolved, That in his association with us, he had exhibited constantly those traits of Christian character which must ever be admired, and should be emulated by all. In life, governed only by his convictions of duty; in death, reaping his reward, in hope of a blessed Redeemer.
Resolved, He was a moral hero; facing the scorns and frowns of public opinion, he saw and believed it right and proper, that the hitherto oppressed slave should assist in subjugating this gigantic rebellion, and at the same time strike a blow that shall establish a Liberty in America that will allow every man to be all that he can be, and engaged at once boldly and untiringly in the execution of the plan. His efforts were dictated by no mean policy; no selfish ends. His heart was in the work, and an unflinching devotion to principle marked his entire career.
Resolved, That we sympathize deeply with his daughter, the only remaining member of his family in her sad bereavement, and yet we can console her by the assurance that her father "died at his post." The Captain of the Host saw him as his labor, and said, "Well done, receive the reward of thy brave toil," and gave him a crown of Everlasting Life. In his death another noble life is sacrificed upon the Nation's shrine--another noble name added to the list of patriot heroes.
Resolved, That copies of these proceedings be sent to the New Orleans Era and Hartford Press for publication, and a copy forwarded to his friends at home.
Committee: Maj. A.W. Benedict, Chaplain P. Read, Leiut. F.M. Grant, 4th La. N.C.
Fri Jun 19 1863: Mr. Isaac Downs, of North Goshen, got on a spree on Wednesday of last week, and attacked his wife, almost killing her. She will apply for a divorce at once.
Fri Jun 19 1863: On Tuesday evening, the 9th as Mr. John P. Prentice of Pomfret, was standing n his wagon before his own door, the horse suddenly started and threw him backward to the ground, injuring him seriously, if not fatally.
Fri Jun 19 1863: Capt. Howe, of Branford, 84 years of age, took his first railroad ride last week Tuesday. Rather liked it.
Fri Jun 19 1863: Rev. Asa M. Train, of Milford, died at his home, very suddenly on Sunday, after an illness of only two days. His disease was inflammation of the bowels. He was pastor of the Plymouth Church, Milford, for a period of twenty-two years, but subsequently preached at Orange and Prospect and, during the last few weeks of his life, at Burlington. In 1850, was elected as representative from the town of Milford, was re-elected in 1851; elected to the Senate from the 5th district in 1852; re-elected to the House in 1853; elected to the House from Prospect in 1854; and again elected from Milford in 1855, 1856, and 1858. His age was 63. His son, Abner L. Train, now a clerk in the Navy Department at Washington, has been Clerk of the Connecticut Senate and House, and in 1861-2 represented Milford in the General Assembly.
Fri Jun 19 1863: On Friday last, Messrs. N.P. Potter and Henry Hamilton of Jewett City, caught in Amos' pond, Preston, forty-eight pickerel, forty-two of which weighed twenty-nine pounds.
Fri Jun 19 1863: Stephen Hamilton, Daniel Martin and Michael Fleming, the boys who were arrested for breaking into the store of Perry Smith, were Monday ordered to be sent to the Reform School at Meriden. Hamilton, aged 13, for four years, and Martin, aged 10, and Fleming, aged about 10, for three years. The parents of Fleming were called upon to give the age of their son, it being necessary to know whether he was under ten or not to determine if he could be sent to Reform School. Neither the father nor the mother could give any information, though willing to do so. They couldn't even tell what month of year the boy was born in.--Courant.
Fri Jun 19 1863: Wm. McLaughlin, aged twenty-six years, a deaf and dumb man who had received a good education at the Hartford Asylum, was killed at Searle's Corner, Cranston, on the Hartford and Providence railroad on Saturday. He was walking on the track, and although every effort was made to stop the train, it passed over the unfortunate man, mutilating him so that his identity would have been impossible, had not a memorandum book on his person furnished the evidence. He had been employed as a shoemaker in Providence, and was an active and capable young man.--Courant.
Fri Jun 19 1863: Sheriff May has appointed Joseph Snow, of Danielsonville, and Oliver Marcy, of West Woodstock, Deputy Sheriffs.
Fri Jun 19 1863: The Transcript says Mr. Henry Williams while in a state of intoxication, fell from his wagon in Putnam, on Wednesday of last week, causing a serious injury to the spine, which will doubtless prove fatal.
Fri Jun 19 1863: The Transcript says that James Lamson, Esq., of Westminster Society, Canterbury, was seriously injured on Wednesday, last week. While hitching his oxen to a tree, the chain hook caught in his mitten, and drew his hand through the ring of the yoke, holding him fast. Before he could extricate himself, the oxen started, tearing off the end of one finger and bruising another to a jelly, besides severely lacerating his hand.
Fri Jun 19 1863: Putnam has sent 158 men to the war, and though several have been severely wounded, she has not yet lost one in battle, nor has any of them suffered loss of limb. Only three have died.
Fri Jun 19 1863: At a late meeting of the Worcester Horticultural Society, the subject discussed was the best kinds of apples for general cultivation and after much and valuable discussion, the members agreed upon the following kinds: Hubbardston Nonsuch, Rhode Island Greening, Baldwin, Roxbury Russet, Tolman's Sweeting, Red Astrachan, Dutchess of Oldenburg, Williams Early, Early Bough, Porter and Gravenstein.
Fri Jun 19 1863: A Farmer in Cutchogue, Long island, while plowing recently, turned up sixty-one silver table spoons, which weighed 183 ounces Â– and some think they were buried there by Captain Kidd, "as he sailed."
Fri Jun 19 1863: The War. The Rebel Invasion.
Once more the loyal State are roused by the exciting cry of a rebel invasion. The soil of Maryland and Pennsylvania is again trodden by the foe, and stirring scenes will soon be witnessed within the borders of those States. For several weeks Lee was massing his forces in the vicinity of Culpepper, and receiving reinforcements, until his army numbered some 100,000 men. Last week his army was set in motion, and on Saturday some 18,000 men appeared before Winchester, which was fortified and held by Gen. Milroy, with 10,000 men. After resisting during Sunday and finding the rebels were in heavy force and completely investing the place, early Monday morning he evacuated Winchester and fell back on Harper's Ferry, having a running fight with a superior force of rebels all the way, and losing in killed, wounded and missing 2,000. About the same time Gen. McReynolds, at Berryville, and Gen. Tyler, who had just arrived and taken command at Martinsburg, were attacked by overwhelming numbers and compelled to fall back on Harper's Ferry. The rebel cavalry pushed on and crossed into Maryland at Williamsport, and from thence to Hagerstown, and at last accounts had reached Chambersburg, in Pennsylvania, which they occupied.
The rebel force already in Pennsylvania is variously estimated from 2,500 to 40,000. It is certain that a considerable force is in the State and that Gen. Ewell's corps is in Maryland or Pennsylvania,--further than this we have only rumors.
The President has called out 100,000 militia from Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio, to resist the invasion. Troops are rapidly assembling at Harrisburg, and the States of New Jersey, New York, and even Massachusetts, are sending on their organized militia to defend Pennsylvania. New York has contributed a number of regiments, among them the famous Seventh, which have left for the seat of war.
Hooker and Lee. As soon as it was evident that Lee was in motion, Gen. Hooker broke up his camp at Falmouth, and pushed up to the neighborhood of Bull Run, keeping between Lee and Washington. At last accounts the headquarters of Gen. Hooker were at Fairfax Court House, with his army in front and about him. One account says Lee's whole army has passed into the Shenandoah Valley, and is pushing on after his advance into Pennsylvania. Another places his main body east of the Blue Ridge and making for Leesburg. Hooker is closely watching him.
Vicksburg and Port Hudson. From these places we have no important news. Up to the 11th the siege of Vicksburg was progressing favorably, the rebels still holding out. Our lines were contracting, and the early fall of the place is confidently predicted. From Port Hudson we have dates to the 7th, when our new batteries had opened on the rebel works. Everything is said to be going on well.
Pirates. The pirate Tacony, a tender to the Florida, has captured several vessels on the coast. It is said the Navy Department is waking up to the necessity of doing something more than has yet been done to capture the pirate ships that are ravaging our commerce. It is time.
We give the following telegraphic reports of this morning:
Harrisburg, June 18.--The operator at Chambersburg, at 6 P.M., states that a scout just in reports seeing no rebels within eight miles of there, and heard of none at Greencastle. Two hundred were at Greencastle at noon, supposed to be after horses. Heavy cannonading is heard at Greencastle in the direction of Harper's Ferry. There are no rebels now in the State except a thieving party along the border.
Seventeen hundred of Gen. Milroy's troops, cut off from the main body at Winchester, arrived at Bedford, Pa., to-day, having effected their escape. Gen. Milroy states that these 1700 are part of the 2,000 which he reported having lost at Winchester.
Gov. Seymour has tendered Gov. Curtin fifteen regiments of infantry, which have been accepted.
Volunteers are pouring in fast. Trains are running within five miles of Chambersburg.
The latest news is that the rebels are falling back one more to Greencastle. No large rebel force has yet approached Cumberland Valley.
A Washington letter to the Express, dated Wednesday, states that it was reported that morning that the army under Gen. Hooker had taken up its line of march northward in the direction of the Point of Rocks, a few miles east of Harper's Ferry, on the line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
Fortress Monroe, June 18. Great activity prevails in this department. Maj. Gen. Keyes is in front to conduct aggressive movements in person. Gen. King commands at Yorktown.
Fri Jun 19 1863: Gen. E.W. Smith, who died at Rockville last week, was well known and highly esteemed by a wide circle. In military matters he has been one of the most active in this State, and attained the rank of Brigadier General. When the present war broke out he was among the first to offer his services and was largely instrumental in raising two companies, one of which was named the Smith Guard. In his activity as a military man he did not forget his duties as a Christian, and presented each member of the company named in his honor, a tasteful copy of the new Testament before they left for the field of action. Followed by a large procession, his body was borne to Tolland, where the funeral services were held on Sunday, in the church of Rev. Abraham Marsh. His memory will long be cherished in this community as a brave patriotic and christian man.
Fri Jun 19 1863: The Norwich Bulletin says: Brigadier General Tyler, of this city, was recently ordered to report to General Schenck, at Baltimore. On Friday, the 12th he was ordered by that officer to Martinsburg, in view of a crisis in affairs there. He left on that day, without staff or personal baggage; reached Martinsburg just in time to send off his train, and the rolling stock of the railroad at that place; fought the enemy all day Saturday to secure his own retreat; beat him off and commenced falling back that night; crossed the Potomac during the night, and arrived safely with his men at Harper's Ferry. A short, off-hand, and brilliant campaign.
Fri Jun 19 1863: The 18th Regiment. Â–Much anxiety is felt by our citizens to learn particulars in regard to this regiment, especially in regard to Capt. Bowen's Willimantic Company. It is believed that they were under Milroy in the fight at Winchester, on Sunday, and in the retreat and fight on Monday. It is known that Col. Ely is a prisoner, - one account says unhurt, another that he was mortally wounded. Maj. Peale and Capt. Palmer have been heard from at Harper's Ferry. In regard to the bulk of the regiment we have no definite information. We think it probable, however, that they are safe at Harper's Ferry.
Fri Jun 19 1863: The 12th Regiment. Only twelve were reported wounded in the 12th Regiment, in the assault on Port Hudson. We hear that four were wounded in Capt. Brailey's company, among them Albert Cummings slightly. We have not learned the names of the others. In the published list, we do not discover any Willimantic names, or from this vicinity.
Fri Jun 19 1863: "Kerry Hill".Â—We would call attention to the filthy condition of the premises about the dwellings on "Kerry Hill," and urge a thorough purification in that quarter. In front of the old Bingham house, just above the road, are some half-dozen pig pens, from which, and from the slops and garbage thrown out from the houses, an odor arises not quite as agreeable as Cologne water. If the inhabitants do not see to it the proprietors or Board of Health (if we have such an institution) should insist upon a prompt and decided improvement of the sanitary condition of this neighborhood; for these foul odors will be pretty sure to breed disease and distempers before the summer is over.
Fri Jun 19 1863: The young ladies of our village, the present season, have taken pretty extensively to the agreeable and healthful recreation of horseback riding. All these pleasant summer evenings they may be seen in numbers from one to several, prancing up and down the street, with or without attendant cavaliers, and at times galloping off with a Di Vernonish fearlessness which provokes the admiration of gallant spectators, and awakens nervous apprehensions in the bosoms of affectionate mammas lest the darlings should fall and break their precious necks.
Fri Jun 19 1863: It is stated in some of the letters from the Twenty-sixth Regiment, received by the last steamer, that the wound of Colonel Kingsley is not as severe as at first reported. A bullet passed through both cheeks, breaking some of the upper teeth, but not injuring the jaw.
Fri Jun 19 1863: Marriages
In Willimantic, June 15 by Rev. Mr. Bradford, Mr. Frederick Allen and Miss Margaret Ruddy, all of Willimantic.
In Litchfield, June 17, Mr. James Humphrey, Jr., Editor of the Litchfield Enquirer, and Miss C.C. Deming, daughter of Wm. Deming, Esq., of Litchfield.
Fri Jun 19 1863: Deaths
In Windham, Jan. 17, Mrs. Harriet, wife of Robert Stanton, Esq., aged 66.
Our community has sustained a severe loss, in the death of this truly estimable lady. In her the sick and afflicted always found a sympathizing friend, one who was never "weary in well-doing." In hours of sorrow, sadly do we miss her cheerful smile and words of comfort. We deeply sympathize with the afflicted friends. The husband has lost a faithful companion, the children a tender mother. "She rests from her labors." There'll be a sweet re-union by and by, and may this thought cheer the young daughter, now so sad and lonely. E.N.W.
In Rockville, June 12, Gen. Elijah W. Smith, aged 51, after a protracted illness.
In Merrow Station (Mansfield), June 16, Wilber A., youngest child of Ward V. and Maria M. Gleason, aged 4 years and 6 months.
In New York, June 15, suddenly, Wm. Ripley, aged 68 years and 11 months.
Fri Jun 19 1863: There are probably more colored men now under arms than most persons suppose. The Anglo-African says that two weeks ago: Adjutant General Thomas had 11,000, Gen. Banks 3,000, Kansas regiments 1,000, Gen. Hunger about 3,000, Gen. Foster 3,000, Gen. Rosecrans about 5,000, navy, 5,000, Gen. Curtis 2,000, Massachusetts regiments 1,200, District of Columbia 800, a total of 35,000. We know that the estimate in some of these cases is too small, and the actual number is probably nearer 50,000. Gen. Ullman in Louisiana has not done so much as he would have done, had it not been for the arrangement made with Gen. Banks and the planters for paid negro labor. But General Banks said recently that the country would soon be opened where negro enlistments might be made to any extent. He probably meant Mississippi, which bids fair to be soon in our possession.
Fri Jun 19 1863: Two thousand prisoners left Indianapolis Saturday for Fort Delaware.
Fri Jun 19 1863: One hundred and sixty-five officers of Pemberton's army have been sent to Johnston's Island.