Newspaper of The Weekly Ottumwa Courier, August 11, 1864, Page 2

Newspaper of The Weekly Ottumwa Courier dated August 11, 1864 Page 2
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THE OTTI'MWA' COFB1ER. .W.^ORKH, Editor. THURSDAY Aug 11,1864. fictional Union TioktU IM PRESIDENT, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, FOB VICE PRESIDENT, t„ ANDREW JOHNSOft I- Union State Ticket. •LECTORS AT I.ARG1, §BBN DARWIN, of Des Moinai entity. O. THOMPSON, of Linn coiurty. ,'3 EI.ECTOR—FOURTH DISTRICT. COL. DANIEL ANDERSON. FON COKGRESS—Fourth District, 7. B. GRINNELL. JVr Supreme Judge, C. C. COLE, of Polk cour% For Secretary of State, JAMES WRIGHT, of Delaware county. For Auditor of State, JOHN A. ELLIOTT of Mitchell county. For Stat* Treasurer, WILLIAM H. HOLMES, of Jones county. For Register of State Land Office, JOSHUA A. HARVEY, of Eremont Co. For Attorney General, ISAAC L. ALLEN, of Tama county, Union County Ticket. For Cleric of the District Court, L. GODLEY, ofWwU^- "^r For Surveyor, D. HACKWORTH, Center T'p. Taip TO OSKALOOSA.— We availed ourself being incited thereto by the desire to look i apon the representatives of the Union party determine the comparative expedition and comfort of the old method of travel by coach and this new one by rail. We 1-ft Ottumwa Jfcack, not yet as firm as it will be when it I Itast three miles from the Public Square in Offfcaloosa. The Depot wi'I be about two amies distant. The land journey was per formed in omnibuses and hacks, very com Artably and in comparatively good time. For some time past the citizens of Oska Hfepsa have been making exertions to bring the rai'road through their town, and have •pent to that end in grading and bridging a •large sum of money. The arrangement for aotne reason not known to us, failed at the last moment to take effect, and the road will not go nearer to the city than the point above -flamed. Wewery outh regret this as Os kaloosa is a fine town, inhabited by a re* ntaikably intelligent, enterprising and ge nial population, whom it is Always a pleasure "to visit. To be compelled to journey up and iiown the valley of the Des Moines without WPn a glimpse of Oskaloosa will not be pleasant. We could hope that an arrange naent might yet be made to run the cars there. The main line we suppose is decided upon, but it is not too late, we were told, to eonnect with the main track and get the .company to run a train to the town. The "track is graded and only wants the iron We hope it will be dons. 'We reached Oskaloosa too late for the CJonverities That body met at 10 a. m. and having in a remarkably brief aod btrmoni ous cession of two hour« nominated Mr. Grinneli for Congress and Colonel Anderson for Congressional Elector, had adjourned and ««©re akeady off for their homes. They however, did their work so well that no fault Will be found with them for doing it qnickly. There being no train until the next mor itfng, we were enabled to spend the night in Oskaloosa, and accordingly took quarters at ,^he "Renshaw House,11 a quiet well kept sHo£el, which we can conscientiously reeom mend to travellers visiting Oskaloosa. We called on friend Beardsly at the Post office, and received from him and his partner, Mr. Murphy, grateful attentions. The Herald we were glad to learn is in a prosperous con dition, notwithstanding the prevailing high pftces of everything. Left Oskaloo.^a at six in the morning. Took breakfast at the Hotel "Harvey,11 an extemporized institution kept in a box car, *«lld standing on the Hack, Rather rough accomodations, but the fare was really good, well worth half a dollar to a mi»n whose ap petite had been sharpened by a three mile jride. One of the gTeat advantages of railroads iiathe saving pf time. Here we were 25 iniie8 from home at 7 80 a. m., and with the (orrtainty i tic valley of the Nenishnahotnny we coull snap our fingers at the hills to the left over which we have so often toiled in days gone by and no more to return. The ride home was shortened by the agreeable conversation of friend Buckingham, who has charge of Uf»cle Sam's mail bag* on the Valley road, •fid who besideH Wing a very faithful route •^ent, is a most kind and genial companion. M12 m., and reached the Oskaloosa Junction I Congressman, Ira A. Bingham has 1 30 p. m. not fast travelling, but fast! OAough considering the ten miles of new |Court Alor.g a stream bearing the classical name of ^ee" The scenery is not attractive at present but nay become so when farms are opened, as tfcey will be ia time the soil wntly of the best quality. that Conductor Patch and his gmd l(.comot yo would take us through by Schedule time W 10 which he.dwl. As we We are most favorably impressed with the enterprise of the Valley Railroad Co. They have pushed on their road in the faoe of difficulties truly formidable. Tn doins: this jthey have been assisted in no small degree by Superintendent Williams, who has prov ed himself among the most successful and able Railroad managers in the country. The work of grading is being prosecuted with en ergy, beyond Oskaloosa, and it is confiednt ly expected that the cars will run to Pella early the present Fall, This will bell7miles from Keokuk, and when it is considered that there is not 117 miles of country any where possessing greater resources, some Idea may be formed of the busiueea of the road when completed thus ft*. t,00 per Yntr. flw'termi of the Courier will htFuftflii be $2,00 per year. The rise in papier and all materials renders this advance necessary to save us from ruinous loss. Those who have paid at the previous rates, will, of course be •upplied for the time subscribed for. All others will be charged $2.00. $1,00 will be rate for six months, and we prefer to re ceive subscriptions for only that time. We think it best to raise the price, rather than to reduce the sis* or quantity of raiding natter. Newi of the Week. country has been cxcitei ft* past week by rumors of another rebel invasion of the north, and various speculations relating to their whereabouts, numbers, plans, Ac., have been indulged in. Beyond the ocou pation of Hagei stown, which was confirm ed, the rest seems to have been mainly spec* i ulation. The last dispatches at this writing (Wednesday) represent the invading'force as on the retreat, and Hagerstowo in pos ieasion of our forces. A rumor is in circulation, but not credit ed, that the War Department has author feed Gen. McClellan to raise 100,000 men for special service under his command. jhL The rehelfi n'ne uPon A ofthe 4th District, to transact some little *rictM Washington and West Virginia, "business at Oskaloosa, but mainly to look at' y severe engagement in which our IOSRPS were light, the enemy's more severe. Fifty deserters tried to reach otir lines on Friday. Their intention not being known, they w re fired upon and sev- era' Of the occasion of the Congressional Conven-! succeeded in getting In. Hon at Osk iloosa on Wednesday of last The foreign newt mentions a report that Week, to visit theoapital of Proud Mahaska, I The balance ptfsevered and months1 armistic had been agreed Vienna. military District, composed of the Tis- headq'"""ters the new railroad opened by the Valley com-j ^orme^ Gen. Sheridan placed in com pany between Eddy ville aud Oskaloosa and mand-. MoblIe ed at Harper's Ferry, has been ^as Prob&l>ly ere this been attack- an(* R°d Perll*Ps taken by Com. Farragut ,and force* aPPointed of aPP*- The terminus of the ro*4 is present ^•bout one mile this side of the point where the Depot is permanently located, and at Solicitor for the U. S. in the Claims, vice Gibson resigned. Gen* Paj,ne has btn5shed |i ballasted and acquires more solidity. The *ra' disloyal citizens of Columbus, Ky.— route of the road is mostly through timber, ®evera' were to Canada 8ev- merchants whose property had se'zed by tbe Nenishnabottany, which stream it crosses I Northern Missouri, having, been cleared of OOiue dozen or more times in the ten miles. 2uer'"*8' is now reported quiet, thanks to the vigorous measures of Gen. Fisk and'the prompt cooperation «f the loyal militia of that Stat*. Government. Hon. B. Eggleston was nominated for Congress in the 1st Cincinnati District, beating Hon. S. P. Chase 45 votes. A rebel raid into South-East Missouri is apprehended. The Emperor Maxamilian is meeting with good success in Mexico. The prospect for the new Empiae is too good. The rebel invaders were badly whipped at New Creek, West Virginia, and after wards at Moorfield, by Gen. Arerill, 500 prisoners ard all their artillery being taken, THE FIFTEENTII.—CoL Belknap writes upon the 24th ult., to Lieut Christofel, in this place: "I have no time to write to day. Big battle yesterday, 23d. We lost 132 in in killed, wounded and missing. Both Hedrickaare wounded severely, but not mortally. Of Company K. Gillespie, Joshua Davis and B. F. Momyer are killed. Gihson and Stalcop wounded ten others captured. We whipped the rebs, and our regiment fairly slayed tfe« 45th Alabama, killing many of them, and capturing the Colonel, Major and .-aqy quantity of pri vates. Meek, of company B, captured 76 men. PhiXar, of company G, over 20. In haste. w. W. B.1' Muir, 1st Lieut, company E eaptured Crawford, 2d Lieut. H, captured Gephart, 2d Lieut, company D, killed Evans 2d Lieut, company A, wounded Lieut. H. C. McArthur was wounded the day before. Gate City. The Rebels Retreating front .1Ii« Vfland. Baltimore, Aug. 8. The American furnishes the fbllswi ig in advauceof its publication: We learn from a gentlemen who arrived here this morning from the Upper Potomac that the entire rebel force yesterday evacu ated the Maryland sido of the Potomac moving off in great basts. Their rear sjuard crossed at Sheppardstown at II o'clock yes terday morning, and the balance crossed at Hancock about the same tiins. From the south side of the Potomac we learn that Gen. Early has been moving up the valley towards Winchester with his harvest trains, during all last week, scour ing the country for conscripts and grain. The information received a week since that the rebels would u*ke a feint move- uient on Maryland, merely lo wver his re turn trains, has been verified to the fullest extent, and they ars now all moving off towards Staunton. The Secretary of the Woman's National Covenant frays "In i 'onnectieut we have excellent silks made for dresses and ribbons for bonnets. Iu Economy, Pennsylvania, beautnul velvets, both cut and uncut. In Philadelphia, the best of kid giove». There are several excellent linen factories thi* side thti water. Fine berages are made in Massa chusetts the best oi seeing silk, good thread hu*e, and cambric niushn. Ladies have but J-0 uiHiiund Aiuuiicao and their wants witi suuo fee aupplied." From I lie 47th Iowa, HEADQUARTERS 47th IOWA INFANTRY) HKI.KNA AKK., July 28th C4. Y FRIEND NORRI:—T presume you have heard something of the history of our Regi ment —that it was organized June 8d, mus tered into service on the 4th, clothed on the 5th armed on the 6th and left camp Kinsman for Dixie on morning of the 7th. We numbered 878 rank and file. Reached Cairo III. at 4 p. m. of June 8th, marched baok to the filthiest barracks I have ever seen, which however was occupied only in part, even after the men had spent a great deal of labor in polticinc them. Mo»t of the regiment prefered to sleep out on the open ground, although it was kept muddy by frpquent showers. On the evening of the 18th we marched on board the steamer Atlantic one of the finest boats on the river and reached Mem phis at early dawn of 15th occupied part of the city wharf, momentarily expecting orders to march out to the picket lines in rear of the city which was then constantly threatened and worried. But after dinner, contrary to ail our anticipations, contrary to all our wishes, and the express instruc t!onsofGov. Stone, and in the disregard of the wishes and orders of Gen. Sherman an3 Secretary Stanton, we were ordered to He lena, Arkansas. Six companies went down on board the Rose Hambleton, and fonr on the White Cloud, arriv«d at Helena, mor ning of lflth, marched down to our present encampment about a half mile below the city, stacked arms, drew our "dog' tents politely named "shelter tents" got thorough ly drenched by a sudden gusty shower in the afternoon, bat found time to "set things to rights11 and get our camp fire* going before dark. That evening a regi ment of colored troops were transferred from this station to Little Rock, since that date our time has been divided between the drill, discipline and aotive duties of the harnessed soldier, and the care of our sick comrades in hospitals and in quarters, and more oomfortable arrangement of quarters, shading of tents, clearing off and deansing of our camp and surroundings Ac. We have now the best arranged and most oom fortable camp under canvas—at this station tents ind avenues thoroughly shaded by willow and cypress boughs thrown upon poles supported on crotches, at the best ««trro^ Our sick comrades, who are too ill to re main in quarters, or who cannnot be suita bly provided for in our Regimental Hospital, are taken to the fine brick residence of the rebel G. n. ndman, which is fitted up and occupied as General Hospital for which use is admirably adaptel. Our greatest discomfort is the quality of the water we are compelled to drink. At first we sipped and drank it, t*pid and inuddy, from the Mississippi. Now we sink barrels in the ground fill them in the evening charm the mud and other com mingled filth to the bottom by the aid of a stick "pointed" with a lump of alum. In the morning this supplies us cool, clear wa ter, but not comparable to that hoarded in cisterns by our secesh neighbors under Gen. Buford's protection tip town. Another sourcc of unmitigated pain, an noyance and positive loss of ftie services of more than a hundred good men is found in the poisoned virus introduced as vaoine matter, into the blood of our brave boys at camp McClellan, and which keeps them off duty and in suffering to this day. One man just passed my tent whose arm it was thought would have to be amputated. He tells me it is better this morning. We submitted to the evil in patlenaa for a time, supposing the heavy fatigue duty performed about the middle of June in this hot climate had fevered the blood and ag •gravated the ordinarily painful but passing action of the virus. Now wears convinced the virus was positively bad. Many thanks to my own family physician thoughtful, faithful, skillful Dr. Williamson, who guarded me against this evil by attending to my case himself, and tabooing t:ie ann to the touch of army surgeons I escaped It may interest rou, as you sit in the cool of the evening looking off along the clear pebbly Des Moines, and over the hills and prairies that surround Ottumwa, par haps casting an occasional glance or sfone among your apple trees to prevent jayhawk ing, meantime arranging after your me thodical habit, the morrow^ tasks, to have ordered before you in review the scenes that make up our every day life. Well, a look through our camp at 4 o'clock in the morning discovers perfect quiet, except where along the outskirts the blanketed sen try paces his beat watching for rebs and the relief guard. At five the reveille brings every man to his feet and into line on the respective parade grounds of the several companies. After roll «aH quarters and grounds are thoroughly polished by help of brush brooms, spades, hand barrows extem porized from hard tack boxes and two or three veritable Irish buggies. The latter having probably floated down from Gelena, or from the stone quarries of Rock Island, after having been broken down and con demned by a number of owners in succesion, in that land of brains and tools where every th'ng is turned to account so long as it is copa ble of being patched. At six the bugle calls a host of sick and sore armed men aibout surgeon Wright's tent who ministers as siduously to their wants, aided by assistant surgeons Cherry and Fry. This morning's report shows 293 men "out of kelter'1 in quarters and Regimental Hospital and 85 more in General Hospital at this and at Davenport. Fifteen of our comrades sleep on the slope of the bluff back ofoyr camp, unheeding bugle, drum, and the clang of arms. They came out to offer their liyes for their country's defense jto interpose their hearts filled with love for freedom and the right between their homes and the traitorous hordes Who strive only for slavery and barbarism. Copperheads of Iowa will find in this, our loss, new comfort and ma ny a black hearted traitor among them will chuckle with devilish satisfaction over th e fearfully large sick list registered so early in the season at this unhealthy post. My affectionate regard for those cool, self-seek ing, treason-loving time seryers has been materially increased "o?er the left" by contrast with their fellow traitors who shot down in soldier fashion, four brave officers and killed and wounded soiue thirty or for ty of the soldiers seotoat from Helena last Vyeufky umtoj Your exchanges will have furnished alj the particulars of this engagement before my letter reaches you. Inclosed find pro gramme of funeral escort which was carried out with admirable effect every appoint ment and particular receiving the most scrupalous and reverential attention.— These officers. Col. Brooks of Fairfield, Iowa, 86th IJ. S. colored Infantry Sur geon Stoddard, ot EddyviHe, 56th U. S. colored Infantry Capt. Lembke ot U. S. colored artillery and adjutant Pratt from Keokuk, I believe, of the 60th U. S colored Infantry were all shot dow1* in our sharp engagement with a part of Shelby's forces, under Dobbins, on Big creek, last Wed nesday morning. The evening previous they left Helena, In all some 900 men, with two pieces of artillery. Marched during the night, and at daylight reached Big creek, a tributary of White river ac Ferry, thusassured along the route that no rabals had been seen in the vicinity for soma days. Part of the force grossed Big creek and went out a mile or two in expectation of finding the enemy's camp. Failing in this they returned, stacked their arms near the creek bank with an open patch of some four acres in front of them, and a field of corn beyond. About sunrise, while many of the boys were pulling roasting ears the rebels charged on our men from the right and left, up and down the creek. Our ar tillery was run out across the open square SJ as to sweep the roads coming in toward the ferry from two direction* along the sides of the corn field. The men seized thehr arms and rushed out upon the open ground to protect their wagons Ac., formed a hol low square, lay down on the one side be hind a couple of logs and stood uncovered upon the right They fought him repeated ly, repulsing moat desperate charges, until near noon. Colonel Brooks was the first officer to fall. Adjutant Pratt ran to his assistance, holding his revolver in the air, when he was shot through from the right side to the left.— Surgeon Stoddard turned immediately to assist his Colonel and while stooping over him was shot through the head. Captain Lembke sighted his piece for another shot and, turning to correct one of his battery boys for some prank, with a smile on his face received a shot in the head e a n munt dfeTperafelv and with coolness, one company averaging 76 rounds. They repulsed charge after charge of the rebels, who shouted at them "now we've got you. you black Yankees," "no Quarter," Ac Ac. Captain Bussey of Keo kuk tells me his boys called back "We want no quarter," "Come on and gire us a chance at you." Meantime some 140 of the 15th Til. cavalry, (who had been sent down to Gil'and's Landing some sixty miles below here (by way of the river) on Steamboat "Dove" escorted by 85 of our Co. G, under Captain Benjamin Owen) had pushed out from the Mississippi to get in rear of where they supposed the rebels to be encamped, crossed Big Creek, and were some nine miles distant from the Infantry and artillery when they heard the firing, they pressed as rapidly as possible to their support, recross ed Big Creek and got to the vicinity of the fight about 9 o1clock a. m., but were so har assed by the rebs at every turn that they could do but little for our side. About noon however, distributing their force in squads at intervals along one of the roads, a small part of the force charged in through the rebel lines. Instantly the dsrkies turned their guns on the rebs who had gained pos ition between their rear and the Creek, their shot appeared to ring out louder and more frequent than before, and the bushwhaokers had to give way. The cavalrymen directed them to "get out of there as quick as possi ble." They gathered their dead officers and most of their wounded comrades-placed them in wagons, gathered here and there the surviving mules and, with their artillery made their way as best they could, fighting as they went toward Helena. They had to repulse the rebels at different points on their march, and just back here by the Polk Plantation, made three charges before they could cut their way through, this within six or seven miles of town. The guerrillas fol lowed them to within four miles of our camp. Capt. Owen and his men of the 47th Iowa returned in charge ot the Boat. The cav alry, artillery aad Infantry came in last, in the afternoon, and all was busy preparation. Our regiment furnished the grand guard the day following the citizens of Helena most of whom are traitors were exultant, and as we marched through the streets with so ber step and arms reversed, offering the last sad tribute of regard to the remains of our dead brothera, some were foolish enough to manifest freir infernal glee. One old scoun drel remarked that "It was good for them" referring to the officers whose remains were being borne past—and expressed the hope that all the white officers connected with colored regiments might be served the same way. "What's that you say" demanded a black soldier at his side—and instantly knocked him down great excitement was raised—the traitor was beaten almost to death, and General Buford riding up and learning from one of our officers what be had said 4? provoke the attack, bad him gathered up and carried to the military pris on. That night the colored soldiers destroy ed the property of Judge Sebastian whom they regard as aa enemy, and whose daugh ters constantly insult them by the singing of rebel songs and playing rebel airs upon the Piano. Apprehension lingers on the countenances, as treason lurks in the hearts of a large majority of the citizens within our lines. Last night General Buford notified us that he expected an at ack to be made on the Plantations below toan at daybreak in the morning. Qe sent a gunboat down, which lay off Ft. Pinney all night we plac ed an extra guard about our camp and two of our most vigilant oQlcers were placed in charge. At 4 a. m. the reveille was sounded and ti?e regiment tyrned o^t under arms, canteens filled, rations in haversacks, and syerything in readiness for instant march in any direction. Still no attack we are or dered to furnish a Patrol for the city to-night of 75 men and three commissioned officers. The rebels are watch-ng apd waiting for their friends from without, while tho sol diers are equally impatient to be rid of these villians .inside oar lipes, whose prepepce aids the epemy, while it embitters every trial and privation suffered by us and in sults every loyal he^rt. General Buford has at length resolved, I hear, to oUlicc these jjretepdetf JoyaUflts wben^xt pro shall,|e attacked in our fortifications. All the troops upon the low grounds are to be moved back upon the Bluffs to support the batteries, and the rebels s uffered to take'possession of tho town then Fort Curtis and the batteries on the hills will turn every gun upon the'town and leave not one brick upon another. This will meet the hearty approval of every sol dier. We have nursed these vipers too long let the women aoi children be sent aoross into Mississipi, and the balance may go into the rebel ranks as soon as tbey please. Five prisoners were brought in from the last fight two of whom were known to a number of the soldiers. Citizens are constantly going and coming, and a number of then^ have been captured from the rebel ranks with arms in their hands. But I set out to give you the programme of a day in camp, and left our Surgeons surrounded by the feeble and des pondent at six in the morning next comes break fit st at 7 company drill, at ft guard mounting, at 9 recall from drill, at 11 target practioe. Dinner at 12 90 officers school af 4 p. m. Battalion drill at 5 80, dress parade at 6, supper at ft 1 ft, retreat at 9, and taps at 9. These exercises are constantly varied —by scouting parties, covering force, picket force, grand guard and foraging parties, to say nothing of extra fatigue details. Our* camp is immediately upon the river bank not a tree or shrub within its limits. The» levee runs along between us and the lower road. The 85th Wisconsin Infantry lies just above us. The 6th Minn. Infantry lies on the river hank opposite Government saw mill above town. Near them is the camp of the 15th III. cavalry. Back of and above town near the Bluff is the 143 111. Infantry (100 day men,) these with the Cf6th and 60th U. S. colored Tnftmtry, the fortified hills, a few pieces of light artillery, and glorious old Fort Curtis insure our fast hold upon Helena and the control of the Mississippi, at this the first point where the Bluffs approach the i iver on the westerly hank from New Or leans up. We all indulge in frequent comparisons of things here with those at the North, and our confinement in camp and city limits gives rise to more fault-finding daily than would be heard from the same men in a week if on the march or actual hard soldiering. Idle ness in camp begets disoqnton* .. -rx. iootetye a mail from the North three timp* 1 *it is gratifying beyond expression to watch the boys as they seize their letters from EFotm With high and hurry away to some private nook to consume them in quiet. Hare you found leisure or patience to wade thus far through this letter If so, and you survive long enough to say to my friends who drop in to inquire for the boys of the 47th that letters ffom home afe the great never satisfied want of every soldier—I will set ou down as ene of my tried friends. With kind feelings for all the loyal, and unmitigated contempt for the persistent cop perheads of Ottumwa, I remain your friend and a **Mldier lor the war" be it I ong or short. GEORGE} W. DEVIN. HELENA, ARK., July 29,1864. Dear Parents—For the last four days we have experienced some of the excitement resulting fiorn the actual presence of an arm ed enemy. Prowling bands of rebels have from the first part of the month been hov ering around our lines, but we have of late only looked upon them as an annoyance, interfering with foraging, but apprehend ing no real danger. After our regiment made their little raid, they seem to have collected into one body and camped upon Big Creek. (3ol. Brooks, learning that a small force was there, got permission of Gen. Buford to take a portion of his regi ment with two pieces of arflllery and move upon them in connection with 500 of the 15th 111. Cavalry. They moved on last h°peS °f °»PturinS camp. The Infantry went by land and oavalry by river as they were to come in upon the river, entirely cutting off their retreat. That night Brooks came upon the rebe' camp and at onoe commenced the at tack, bnt soon found that he had been is inforraed AS to their numbers, as he was at once surrounded by not less than 1500 rebels, while his force amounted to not over 300. They fought for five hours in the center of a cotton field with the rebels upon all sides, no retreat or advanoe pos sible, nothing in prospect but death or sur render, which he fully realized was death any way as he was commanding a body of negro troops. He was promised quarter if h. would surrender but the noWe np* I was, "We neither ask or give quarter."— You can easily imagine that at this point the determination on all sides was to hill Ajt the first volley the Captaio of the Qatte ry was killed instantly and many of his men soon followed him to the dust. 1. Broofcs, seeing the great danger, raised in his sad dle, calling out to his men, "stand fist my brave ." With a half completed sen- teace upon hia lips, he fell from his horse mortally wounded in the breast, living but about five minutes. His Adjutant ruihed up to help him and had no sooner reached his side than he too was instantly killed.— The Surgeon came to their assistance and fell, making a pile of four dead officers in less time thai) it has token to write it.— Things looked gloomy for the little band at this time, but just aa hopelessness seemed to be settling upon them, the Cavalry came up at a charge, the negroes started towards thuy, *nd the two forces laid 800 rebels in the arms of death as soon as such a job was ever accomplished before. The rebels were astounded and gave way. Our forces took advantage of their condition find cut their way through and took up their re treat for this place. They were followed, and had to fight all the way to within three miles town. Our loss is pot over 100, but the loss of officers is very heavy. All the troops in town were immediately put underarms, and two regiments seat oyt to covqr the retreat,of the negroes. We all looked for aa attack that night, but did not sec it. Neat morning I was put upou pick et duty upon the old Little Rock road.— Now if you will Relieve me, I did not sleep much that twenty-four hours, as it was by this road the rebels came in in large force a year ago last fth of July, I had charge of four statjpns, and had to make the rounds every few hours, my line being fully three- fourths of mile in length. It was upon this line that Miss Whites brother was shot last May. I make it a point when on pick et dijty to go slow and easy, (The burojuif caution is being largely developed.) Col. Brooks' bqfr hps.been pent nortji. TheJu- neral procession was a appropriate affair. A negro while marching after the body o£ his Colonol, heard one of the citisens say, "tha't all officers of negroes deserved the same fate," and at once reported the remark to his captain, who told him to mark him. Several^ negroes, left the ranks and followed him to the hotel where one asked him it he made this remark, and at the same time struck him, stretching the gentleman upon the floor. Just as this was done in comes an other darkey with a heary cotton hoe, and struck Mr. Secesh seteral times, leaving him for dead. They then went tc the resi dence of one of the wealthiest citizens (who by the way has a fine home,) thath nd madet a similar remark, and completely demolished, his furniture, two fine carriages, and would^ have burned the house had it not been foil the interference of some officers They have sworn to burn every secesh house in tho town before they get through with it, and t hope they will, because any man who make# a remark of the character they did should? be hung, and have every ves'ige of property destroyed. Col. Brooks, was an old school matfe'of Hackworth ard mine at Mt. Pleasant, and a better man never lived. J. HAWLEY-iJr^ Pfgbt at Petersburg.' Fort Monroe, Aug. 8. A terrific fight took in front of Pe tersburg on Friday afternoon, lasting from 5:30 to 7:3tO o'clock. It commenced in a charge from the enemy, which was repulsed with slaughter. They aUo exploded a mine which did no damage to our troops or works, but kiltod some of the rebels.— The fighting on our side was principally by the 8th corps aad was most desperate. Obttnary Woticc.—Died, August 1st, 1804, near Xenia, Ohio, ROBERT BIO NAM SR., in the 75th year of his a?e. Also, at Ottumwa, July 20, 1864, CI.KO PATRA, infant daughter of T. and S. E. Big ham, aged 1 year 10 days. NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. piiisx national BANK OF i^EOKVIL lOWAr Designated Depository and -r?-** trmrnl StnfSsT^ u, s, 10-40 bonds These Bond* art Kcrrmpt from, Tatraiia* jy my Stai»or MunicifxtittHth/u ily, Subacrlntian* to these I)onils are received In Jnt ted States notes or notes of the National Banki.— They are to BK REORKMKD IN OOIB, at the pleasure of the Government, at any period not Uxs Vuin ten nor mort than forty year* from their date, and until their redemption rivK PSR CRNT INTEREST WILI, BI PAID IN COIN on Bonds of fifty anl a hundred dollar* annually on Bonds of five hundred dollars and over semi-annually. The Interest Is payable on the first day of March and feptetnbei In each year. As these bonrta are exempt from municipal orState taxation, their value is Increased from one to three per cent per annum, according to the rate of tax ievles in various parts of the country. At the present premium on gold they pay better than any other investment that, can lie had at par. Subscribers will receive either Registered or Cou pon Bonds, as they rrwi.v prefer. Registered Bonds are recorded on the books of tbc U. S. Treasurer, and can lie transferred only on the owner's order Cou pon Bonds are payable to bearer, add are mjre con venient for commercial uses. These Bonds may he subscribed for In sums from $K up to any magnitude, on the same terms, and arc thus made equally available to the smallest lender and the largest capitalist. They can be converted into monay at any moment, and the holder will have the benefit ol the interest. Subscribers to tliig loan will have the option of having their Bonds draw interest from Mirch 1st, by paying the accrued Interest tn crln—(or in Uni ted Stales notes, or the notes of the National Ranks, adding fifty per cent for premium,) or receive theia drawing interest from the date of subscription and deposit. Drafts on St. Louis, Chicago, and New York will be received in pavment of subscriptions to this loan. The usual commission allowed tu Bunks and Bankers. THE FIRST NATIONAL, BANK Ot KI:OKIK Deals In all -lasses of U. 8. Bonds. Interest Coupons of all kinds of U. 8. Honda bought or collected Gov ernment Vouchers, Orders on the U.S. Paymaster for Bounty or Back Pay, cashed or collected. EXCHANGE on all (he principal cities, and Gold and Silver bought and sold. INTERNAL RKVENUK STAMPS Of all denominations for sale. A discount of 8 par pant made on sale* of 9100 and upwards. H. £. LbVK, President. £. B. yOOTt, Cashier. Aug 4,1864-8m JJEAL ESTATE} FOR SAUL 40 acres of good land, all fenced, IS acres In eultl vatio n, two good cabins, corn crib, a good well of water, situated near I.ittle Hoap Creek, Smiles south of Ottumwa. The above property will be sold verj phaap. Enquire of B. (.ElBrO&TH. Ot^omwa, Ju}y 3d, 1864-8$ hf ottumwa seminary AND NORMAL INSTITUTE. Rev. J. M. McELROY, I Mr. H. McOINITlE. Principals. The next school year commence* on Monday, September 5th, lb£4. The uniform rate ot tuition will be aix dollars per term of 10 weeks, payable in advance. No pupil will be admitted who is not sufficiently adv*nced to study written arithmetic, nor for less time than a half term. A new feature in the Institution will be a Teach er's Class for those who desire to prepare for. or perfect themselvas in, the art of teaching, the course Ijaving special reference to the requirements of the School Law for Teacher's Certificates, ^he number ent at the beginning of the term. For further information see printed Circular* or apply to either of t^e Principals. Aug. 4, 1664-tf fYTTUMWA CARRIAGE FAO V-/ TORT. The undersigntd would respectfully solicit the at tcntlon of the public to the facilities which he aow possesses for taacmfacluxlug CARRIAGES AND WAGONS From the R«at Eastern Vlmker, o every description, after the most Improved styles, as good as can be obtained East, and upon satisfac tory teims. Those wishing to purchase will please call and ex amine my stock. All kinds of repairing done with neatness and dispatch, and all work warranted as recommended. Otfumwa, July 88,18S4. QRANI OPENING O? THK amil AIII1IIJit Campaign of Y A N K E E O I N S O N Abbott Bosworth Rrown Celia Boon W liennett Jane Miss Buck waiter Bucknev Margnret Barry Catharine Coyne John W Collins A 3 Corse Carr Day W 8 Derm Win Dickens Elizabeth F.lliott Mr Gray Jinnet 8 liays Y Pro Henry St. Hon 2 TOf A. BALDWIN. TTNITED STATES INTERNAL REVENUE. •ssassoa's Orrica, POBBTB DISTRICT, IOWA, Iowa City, Iowa, Jun e 23,1S64. The undersigned. Assessor of the 4th District of the State ol Iowa, in pursuance of Section 15, of a Law entitled "An actio provide Internal Revenue, and to support the Government, and to pay interest on the Public Debt," hereby advertises all persons con cerned thnt the lists, valuations and enumerations made and taken by tie Assistant Assessor within tbec^ntyof Wapello in said 4th District, may be on the (H of June, 1864, at ti e office V.1' !tf"?kwortb, in Ottumwa, couuty aforesaid, and that said U»ts will remain open at said ollice for the space of fifteen days. Notice is also hereby given that on the 26th day of July, lt{4. jU o'clock P. M. at the office of J. T. Hackworth, Ottumwa within -aid county of Wapello and after the expiration of said Wteen days, appeals In writing will be received and determined relative lo any erroneous or excessive valuations or enumer ations by the said Assistant Assessor. OKO HUE H. JEROME, /«a* 80,18*4.2Ve"°r lhe Uh DUtrlct of I q-iAX PAYERS OF U S INTER JL NAL REVENUE. Will take notlc© THAT th6 AUDQA] Micum^nt Wapello County has been completed for U64 and placed In my hands for collection, aud that I win be at the Court House In Ottumwa 'on Tuesday Tnd Wednesday, the *d and 8d days of August, to re­ ceive the same. All persons knowing themselves in arrears either for License, Income or ou'er Evwl duties, will please tall at the time annolnt.d settle the same without delay" otierw^'a'"pe'LaVtv 18-l«~8w. k INGELS, Dep'y Col Dlv-.*th Col. Diet,, Iowa. YXJANTED-—The subscriber wish es to engage In the Brewing business with having a cash capital Q/ST. *.,U£ »erson art. Ad drees July 1.4, lf*4-tf 'S BIG SHOW! AT OTTUMWA, Wednesday, Aug. 17,1864= This unique establishment has, at great coat, en larged and greatly improved for 18fi4. A complete new out-fit. Observe the leading features: PODNAH OBGJA'8 TRAINRD ANIMALS, MONSTER PYTHONS! from Barnaul's Museum. New features la Ike and on the stage. HATTI.F. Ol' fllATTAIVOOfiA! OR THE STORMINd OK LOOK-OUT MOUNTAlfy. In which a correct, personation ofUen. Grant, a stitflf of hora«« a»i aii *ie iadiea and pear. twV- HERR THORWALDSEN, The Danish Giant, will out pull any farmers' team. LADY JOSEPHINE BLONDIN, Wire Etroft a»4 Glass Pyramids. BON SANTIAGO OIBBINNOI3E, the Boneless MaW SKiNOR K1NALDINI, Great Leaper from the e|B« treme dome of the large pavillion. MAGGIE NICHOLS, Chord Metallic Elaatlq«». DAN BU31INULL, the unrivalled Gymnast and. Juggler. LOTTY HOWLANP, the pleasing Sobriequet, "Yankee Gal," and Ditnseuse. MIsf'S KM \t A i-KONi, the splendid Actreaa Danst iise. 2 MISS AN'VM tne Charming Actress wmra.'ITsf. MBS. I). SHELBY, the unrivalled Danseuse. IIARIiY EVRRITT, the great comic Vocalist from Barn urn's .Museum. MR. C. MCMILLAN, the Balladlat, Irish Oomediatt and Performer, W. H. OTIS, Comedian, Wench Daacer, Ac. SAN SHKLBY, the great "Stump Orator" (coa»4l trabunil) Comedian, Ac. OKO. MARCfl.LUS, Tragedian. CHA8. MAVETT, the unrivalled Jig Daneer, Ethlv opian Deltniator, Ac. pole. A series of Magniflcefe* ''r A E A U V I V A JT TS-T Unlike any thin i ever done In other tent exhtbitloi&f. New life like 8cenery. Splendid Flag for evejSs* Sr-' BKii ril'l LtDl BALLAU8TE8,. Comedians and OaDseues, Cowic Vocalists, Trxgedlans, C'eniediaus, Ethiopian Comedians, THE GREA.T YANKEE ROBINSON, The celebrated Broadway Band, at 11 o'clock A M. will lead the Grand Procession of allthe rariV ages. Vans, Cages, Baggage Wagons and YankiW Robinson's Gorgeous and Costly Private ChariiH will halt in front of Vanslclo's room for a inarr,mo(fc-» photograph. ar POONAH OBGJA, the great Lion Tamer, wl II a| pear conspicuously In the procession with his PB liEAR, feat never attempted by any other man I Performance at 1 inland 7:40, rain or shine. t Notwithstanding the great rise in salaries, hotaial bills, printing, Ac., Ac., the price as yet has nMi been raised. Seats for all. M. OHANQ&R, Agent. H. BALISBtmY, Advertiser. Aag4-2w». ETTERS REMAINING -LJclnitned In the PostOfflcaat Ottumwa, State air Iowa, lllh day of Aug., 1 £5fr~""To obtain any of these letters, the applicant' must ail for '//certfxttl letter*,' give the date ot till'' list, and pay one cent for advertising. "If not- called for within one moiithAkej w§| be sent to the lcad Letter Office. "FREE DKLIVKRY of letters h.v carrier* at ttfb- residences of owners In cities anil large towns, St* CURKD h.v observing the following rules: "1. DIRECT letters plainly to the street and num ber, as well as the post ollice and State. "2. HEAD Liters with the writer's po»t office arriU 8tite, Ktreet, and number, sign them plainly with fuS}? name, and request that answers be directed uccori*. ingly. "3. Letters to strangers or transient visitors In# town or city, whose special address may be unknown should be u.arked, in tjie lower left-band corner, with" the word 'Transient.' "4. Place he postage stamp on the upper rig?** hand corner,and lease opine between thestainp ar«£ direction for pout-marking without interfering wltlk the writing. "N. B.—A REQUEST for the RETURN of a letter (ft the«r, I unci limed within 80 days or le s, writ* ten or printed with the writer's name, poxt-ojfte'e, anSl State, across the 'eft-hand end of the envelope, oft the face side, will be complied with at theusnal pre paid rate of postage, payable when the letter la de« livered to the writer.—Sec. 2S, Law of 1»68." IIalI John Kantwsl1 Mary Kewdv Pat Mersing Harriet Me/' le.s (l orge Ma on John N Minteer W W Moore VV O Mills Ottumwa Piitman James Roach A Shainp Jatnes Snnth Allan Serifif W Stasel Martha Stanley Jame* Thompson W R*. ITansickel EL HE FAR-FAMED DR. WEIR Pennsylvania, announces to the community that he is a practitioner of the German, French and Spanish mode of MEDICAL TREATMENT, So successfully practloed of late In France, ipoln and America. He has been engaged several yeara In travelling and successfully treating people whS linger under old CHRONIC COMPLAINTS. He not only ascertains the nature of disease, as fer merly practised by physicians, but passes ou and discovers the cause, however intricate the disease mar be. FEMALE COMPLAINTS, In all their forms, treated carefully and CMUH "ally. I wi)l visit and consult patients while re maining in town free of charge. Those living at a distance and unable to ris it him can be treated b.v sending him a clear vial full of their morning urine, from which the disease will be ascertained. All letters of inquiry moat contain one nestaee stamp. Jig *U1 b# at Springfield August# *8 Slgourney August 4 A "apello August 6. Davenport, (at Pennsylvania House) Augusts* 9. Wilton Junction Aug, 10 Muscatine, (at Irving House) Aug U* 12 Burlington, et Sunderland House..Aug £K n l£a if *P*red W 14 4 15 Danville, Marengo House, Aug IS Mt. Pleasant, Brazelton llooae, Aug 17 Rome AUK 18 Fairfield. Leggett House Aug. 19 OTTUMWA, (at Ottumwa Houae,).. Aug .'0 21 A W Oskaloosa, Madison House, Aug 28 4k 24 Springfield 2 6 n J", Aug 'Al A 28 Pw^Caii early, for he cannot delay. June 80, '04-m Dr. D. K. WIER. Kesidence In Toledo, for the lut six years. Tama i.uuty, Iowa, A A IN WARE FACTORT, fk E. WASHBURft* »a.MT feaan, WAvlOWA fa all order* tor copper, tin and iron GOODS* KESOiillllS St niVlT OAltS AT FACTO It V PRICES*""*"* Of Every article warranted. Ottumwa, June 80,1604—15-16 6m

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