Houston Weekly Telegraph (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 24, Ed. 1 Wednesday, August 27, 1862 Page: 4 of 4
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THE ATTACKS ON GEN. H8BERT.
"Public attention has been called to an article
in the " Marshall Republican " and endorsed by
the ** Tyler Reporter,1* in which the conduct of
Gen. Hebert, as commander of the Department
of Texas, is severely Criticised. We take it for
granted that the country will agree with us that
this is no time for comparisons between our Gen-
erals. The fciir presumption is, that each, in his
sphere, is actuated by but one motive, and that is
the desire to do their whole duty to the country,
and whatever of omission or commission they
may have made, must be attributed to the oppor-
tunity which each pay have had. The friends of
Gen. Hebert, while they claim to be the friends of
Gen. McCulloch, believe that the latter would
seek no laurels wrung by ignorance of the facts,
from the brow of Gen. Hebert. The fact is simply
an official one, that there is no blame to be attach"
ed to Gen. Hebert, on the points contained in the
harsh strictures of the papers alluded to. The
following is a list of the troops raised in Texas by
special authority of the War Department, they
received their orders direct from that Department
and Gen. Hebert had no control of them, viz
Carter1!, Wilkes',Gillespie's,Randall's, Burnet's,
Buford-s, Johnson's.Darnell's Regiments of caval-
ry; Major Waller's Battalion over cavalry, Water-
house's and Ochiltree's Regiments of Infantry,
and Wanl's Legion of 20 companies.
The people above alluded to, naturally attribute
all the blame to Gen. Hebert for the deiaj,the
sufferings and trials of those commands, for he
was the commander-in-chief of the Department
of Texas, and these were Texas troops. Vet,
when the fict is announced that all of these were
separate commands, raised by the Department,
surely a generous people will not bold him re-
sponsible for anything concerning them. Why
was precious time 44 frktered away " in the move-
ment of these troops, involving the success of
our arms at Elkhorn, and other fields red with the
blood of our brothers ? The fault was with those
higher in authority t^ian Gen. Hebert, and on them
be the criticism. The difficulties and toils of the
Department Commander, with limited resources,
at a great distance/rom headquarters of the army,
yet held to a strict accountability to them; ex-
pected to do everything with only the home re-
sources of a people, until yesterday, as it were,
a " people of jllace*, *' entitle him to their confi-
dence for his efforts in their cause. Charged with
the defence of our eoast, no sooner had he gath-
ered together a little army, and with the pride of
a soldier, waited for the day when he should lead
^them against the enemies of our country, than an
rder from Richmond came, and his best troops
ere sent away. Was there any time frittered away
then 7 Let the record speak. Col. Moore's Regi-
ment moved promptly, and on the field of Shiloh
carried the banner of Texas, where her honor and
her past history required it should be, in the
thickest of the fight.
Parsons's regiment moved in three days'after re
ceiving orders, and stopped not until their swords
drank the blood of^their enemy on the plains of
Arkansas. They have fully sustained the honor
of Texas on three hard fought fields. Nelson's
regiment moved in six hours, and are heard of on
the battle field. These were emphatically the troops
of Gen. Hebert, and went into the field effective
soldiers. Garland's regiment waa delayed by the
difficulty of filling his ranks. Yet, when on the
march, moved fully equipped, and will yet be heard
of where bravery combined with discipline will be
needed ; and so with all the regiments for whom
Gen. Hebert was responsible—there has been
some delays, and still are,but the fault lays not with
the commander, for he cannot accomplish impossi-
bilities. The object of this article is to show ilia1
the delay of the troops named in the pfcpers above
alluded to, is attributable to the mode and manner
of their organizations, and not to Gen. Hebert.—
Recollect that not a dollar of public funds can be
paid out, nut on estimates previously made , pre-
suming that these estimates were made for the
troops ordered to be raised for his command—is it
the fault of 6en. Hebert that other and outside or
ganizations should suffer, and be delayed for the
want of funds and facilities, when they were not,
and could not have been anticipated by the De-
Gen. Hebert is a soldier, an educated and tried
soldier, everything he has of property on earth,
even his children,are in the power of the enemy,
he has been called on for heavy sacrifices for his
country's sake—he will prove on the battle field
that he is worthy to lead Texians,and that is honor
enough. Untir then, let every patriot extend to
him his faith and his confl lence.
THE FKONTIElt REGIMENT.
^We have received a somewhat lengthy commu-
nication from a member of the frontier regiment,
giving many reasons why that regiment cannot be
efficient. It seems by this account thxt the regi-
ment has had neither ammunition, subsistence or
any adequate stores to its wants since it has been
in the service. In fact ail the difficulties have
beset it which are incident to a military organi-
sation without materials.
It seems the command has often been without
forage for the horses, the horses have not been
shod* rations for the men have been uncertain and
unsatisfactory, the first powder received waa 4ozs.
to the man with 30 percussion caps, the powder
exceedingly poor and coarse, and although powder
has since been received no caps accompanied it.
Sickness has befallen the men and no physician
is with them. There is no suttler in the camp and
as the correspondent writes, **still no tents, no
shoes, no clothing ot any kind, no beans or rice,
no coffee or sugar, no candles, no vinegar, but
little soap or salt, and to cap the climax, our or
ders are getting more rigid every day and our
Captain instructed to visit every act of insub-
ordination with its appropriate punishment in the
most summary manner that the regulations will
allow, and our scouting duties are just double
what they have heretofore been, without any al-
lowance for our State forgotten condition. And
this is not the worst. Imposition has succeeded
imposition, until the men and officers, (or at least
a large majority of them,) from one end of the
line to the other have got into a perfect broil
with each other and lost confidence in the State
authorities, to such an extent that I fear some-
thing disastrous will be the final result."—
Our correspondent who signs his name "H.Se-
crest, Orderly Sergeant, Company G." continues
in this strain. We have not room for further ex-
tracts, nor do we deem it prudent to make them
We have already made enough for our purpose,
which is to urge upon the people of Texas the im
portance of sending such relief to this regiment as
We know the State authorities have done all in
their power. They cannot accomplish impassi-
bilities. There was no powder or caps in the State
all belonging to it having been turned over to the
Confederate States Government. An agent had
t« be d 'spatcbed to Mexico. A trip to the interior
of that country is a matter of time. We happen
to know that the agent of the State was energetic
and accomplished what he went for, but it took
time. Hors—shoes do not grow in Texas spontan-
eously, and all that had been imported had been
used up in the cavalry organizations in the Con-
federate service. The same may to a great extent
be said of wagons. In fact the procuring of wag-
ons has been the chief difficulty attendant, upon
the movement of the sixty regiments in the ser-
vice. Government can only command them by
impressment, and the State authorities havenoi
that resort. What th- n ? Obviously the people
must come forward and help the cause.
This regiment must be sustained. It is in a most
important service, one in fact second to none. On
It the vast frontier of Texas is obliged to depend
for its defence from savages. It is but a small
force for the work. It should be kept in the high-
est degree of efficiency. Let such aid be extended
to it at once as it requires. No time is to be lost
To the Hon, the Mayor and
City Council of City of Houston :
Your Committee, appointed to relieve needy
families, refugees from Galveston, herewith beg
leave to report disbursements since 12th June last,
which amount to $958 §5.
recapitulation "of funds received amd
Total amount received by the
Committee as pr Treasurer's
report herewith submitted.. $1470 25
Amountd'shursed as pr report
of June 12th.... $262 50
Amount disbursed as pr report
of August 21st : 958 05
Amount disbursed by T. W.
House, Maypr 4 00 1245 15
Amount left in hands of Com $225 10
number of families who still receive aid from
the committee, to-wit i
B at $10 per month '. ?0 00
13 at 812 50 per month. 162 50
4 at $ 15 per month 60( 0
The Jefferson News has an account of a destruc-
tive fire there, in which the warehouse of B. J.
Terry k. Co., filled with cotton, sugar, molasses,
dec., was destroyed. The loss is said to be half a
million of dollars. It seems to have been the work
of an incendiary.
lO'Weare indebted to Capt. Sable, of the
Stingeree, for full files of New York papers, from
June 20th to July 12th, inclusive. They are a rich
TT7* An army subscriber writes us, ** Send my
paper to this place till 1st October, and after that
to St. Louis."
TTr* The Orange train brought no later intelli-
gence on Saturday.
Military Movements.—We learn that in con-
sequence of some demonstrations made recently
by the Federals in and about Aransas and Corpus
Christi, Gen. Bee will immediately proceed to the
coast with an eye to its defence.
We learn, further, that a force is to be put on
the line of Atascosa county, for the purpose of
affording protection to the country against the
Indians.—8. A. Herald.
25 families, requiring per month $302 50
HENRY F. FISHER, Chairman.
Houston, Aug. 21,1S62.
Report of T. W. House, Mayor of Houston and
Chairman of the Association for the relief of the
poor of Gilyeston now residing in the city of
donations received by me.
From the State Officers' Association at Aus
tin, by hand of Gov. Lubbock. $1000
From the Ladies of Austin, Relief Associa-
tion, by hand of Gov. Lubbock
From F. D.Allen's Book Store
44 E. H. Cushing
14 Lavenberp & Bro., 6an Antonio, by
hand of Gov. Lubbock...
Proceeds of Bacon and Corn donated by W.
Lord, Esq , of Austin county ........ ..
Total receipts $1376
Amounts paid H. D. Taylor, Esq.,
Treasurer of City Committee.... $1366
Paid rent of house for poor family 6
Paid for one load of wood 5—$1379
Balance due me $3
I would respectfully beg leave to state to the
benevolent citizens of Houston and Galveston
that this Association is now greatly in need of
more funds, as we have near twenty-five families
from Galveston still depending upon our exer-
tions. Our funds are exhausted, and the pauper
listof our own city is much larger than usual, and
T. W HOUSE, Mayor.
City of Houston, August 23,1862.
Galveston Poor Fund,
1862. In acct.with H. D. Taylor.
May, By Cash of T. W. House.$1,050 00
June, " 44 proceeds 139 Bush-
els of Corn received of J.
K.Holland 104 25
Aug., By Cash of T. W. House.. 316 00—1.470 23
THE DUTY OF TO-DAY,
From the New York Independent.
In the beginning of this great struggle, the
question among loyal men was: How shall we
save this nation ? That is the question of to-day.
We do not write to blame, but tojudge. Unless we
are wiser than we have been, we have outlived
our Ration. Look at facts.
The South has had more than wisdom ; she has
After Mr. Lincoln's election, not one single
State, except South Carolina, cast a popular ma
jority for secession. Yet every State seceded ex-
cept Delaware, Maryland and Kentucky. There
was a divided public mind, a large undertone
Union feeling in the South, even after the war
It is absurd to talk of any >uch thing now.
There never "was such a revolution of popular
feeling on record. Dislike has become hatred.
With insignificant exceptions the South is a unit
in intense and unchangeable hatred of the North.
By volunteers, by drafting an i by conscription,
she has plat ed in the field an extraordinary iorce.
With all her seaports sealed, with no important
foundries, straitened for every single element in
the manufacture of munitions ana equipments,
the South has armed her men so formidably that
our Generals would rather lie behind breastworks
than meet them in the field. Accustomed to im-
port from the North almost every article or thing
the South has become in a day a manufacturer of
iron,'of cloth, of wood, of leather, of chemicals,
enough, at least, for military purposes. Cumbered
with a dangeBOUs population of four million of
slaves, whose instincts, interests and secret wishes
are wholly^ or largely, adverse, the South h^s
extracted from this element a double power,moral
and physical. Playing upon the political super-
stitions of the North, she has hindered its move-
ments at every step, and interposing the slavery
question—knowing that for two, generations men
hud been educated to yield.everything—principle,
interest, patriotism—rather than meddle with
"Southern rights" of slavery.
What has been the fruit of this year's product
We are not so near a settlement as we were at the
beginning. The Souih. with all her losses, and
under difficulties that would have appalled and
disheartened any common people, is more united,
has a larger army in the field (more comfor ably
provided for and better managed) than she had
The South is more formidable to-day than she
waswhen she beleaguered Washington, old Ten-
nessee, Missouri, aDd half of Kentucky She is
united ; while ever)- day the craven of old politi-
cal parties is working disaffection at the bottom,
in the North.
The 8outh has simplicity and unity of purpose
The North is uncertain which she wishes most—to
subdue the rebellion, to leave slavery unharmed.
ort« have the right President at the next election.
The South adjourns every question and post-
pones every interest in favor of arms. TheNortJ|
is busy with conflicting schemes and interests;
and is also mildly carrying on war.
Does anybody doubt the result of such a course?
It is so certain that it is not worth our while to
waste another man or another dollar! Either the
Administration policy should instantly change
or the war cease ! It is not more vigor, so much
as different internal idea. If the administration
cannot be disenchanted of the traditional policy
that has grown up during the heartless, timid,
compromising era of the last half century, and
adopt the simple and straightforward policy that
becomes a people striving for liberty and fr* e in-
stitutions upon the American continent—then we
are doomed! It is war that we are making—war
first, war second, war whollyl It is not politics.
It is not constitution making. It Is not the de-
cision of legal niceties. Theseare not the busi-
ness of Government as toward the South. It is
war, absolute, terrible and immeasurable war.
The South has organized on the fact of slavery,
and fights on that issue, pure and simple. The
North m'ust oiganize on the doctrine of liberty,
and fight right through on that issue, pure and
The South sacrifices everything that conflicts
with her central idea. The North must do the
same. The South is not ashamed of slavery.—
The North must not be asnamed of liberty!
Under these circumstances, we hold :
That it was unwise to call for 300,000 volun-
teers. The day has gone by for that. The admin-
istration should have drafted half a million of
men fbr instant service, and half a million more
as .reserve. It will waste months of time and
spend millions of money, and encourage grow-
ing discontent, and expend precious popular en-
thusiasm—and then be obliged to draft. It was
not prudent ? - The people might be discontent-
ed ? To this is replied : It was, and is necessary.
The people must consent to that or dismember
ment! This call for volunteers is one more step
in that just behind-the-ttme policy which has
marked the war. Volunteering would have suf-
ficed eariy.in the war, had the administration been
wise according to the exigency. They did not
want the men that wanted to go. Now the men
do not want to'go. Drafting now wfll succeed.—
Wail lour months and that will have become four
fold more difficult than now. AI ways behind J
CITY COUNCIL. PROCEEDINGS.
Confederate Bittrrieson James River.—Let-
ters froin McClellau's army ii dicate the contin-
uance of offensive operations against the Yankee
gunboats and transports on James river. We
copy the following extracts from different letters
of recenl dates:
The i nly danger in our otherwise secure prsi-
*>ur supplies below. We tiave faith enough in our
Commanding General to know llmthe appreciates
such danger, aud that by hiin nothing wili be left
undone to prevent so distressing a calamity. We
cann-'t, however, dose our eyes to the fact, th -t
the rebels are in considerable force, on both
sides of the river, from four to eight miles below.
Wo feelfromthe report- being dally brought in
from that quarter, that their forces are c ntinual-
ly being augmented,and we know that scarcely a
transport that passes either way but receives
some compliments from them, and upon e«tch
occasion more or less damage is done.
The United States mail boats seem to be under
the especial care and attention of the same guer-
rillas.it is reported at the Mail Dock this morn-
ing that the United States steamer, John A. War-
ner, Captain John Cone, having on board Gen.
Burnside and staff, when goin^ down yesterday
morning, was fired into, the damage but trifling
and scarcely worth mentioning.
The United States mail boat, Nelly Baker, run-
ning in connection with the V/arner, have suffer
ed severely from these repeated att-ck .and had
to be withdrawn for repairs, substituting John
Tucker to run in her place.
The rebels are making a desperate attempt to
blockade the James river. They are continually
erecting new batteries in new positions, but they
are invariably silenced by a few shells from our
gunboats. McClellan says that the rebels will
never be able to close the James river against
It is known here that the rebels are buildine
above us, at Turkey Field Bend, at Curl's Neck
and Dutch Gap, large and aggressive batteries.
Our gunboats have been up on several occasions,
and shelled and driven them from their work. But
the moment the gunboats leave the vicinity, the
men return to the batteries, and probably ere this
have them full J prepared, equipped and ready
for active operations.
May, To Cash paid T. W. House
June, To Cash paid H. F. Pisher
July, To Cash paid D. McGregor
Aug., To Cash paid H. F. Fisher
360 00 • *
200 00—1.304 00
Cash on hand $156 25
H. D. TAYLOR, Treasurer.
Houston, August21st, 1862.
XT/3 We are informed that Col. Nelson
charge of twelve regiments in Arksnse*.
Letter rROM Gen. McClellan.—The letter
which Senator Harris caused to be read from Gen.
McClellan saying that he had used all slaves com
ing within his lines, and had not enough now to
supply his wants, caused quite a sensation in
Congress, in view of the popular belief that his
practice had been quite the 'reverse.— .V. Y.
The fact that Gen. McClellan had used this ser-
vice ha? been known to all who choose to know it,
for sixty days at least, and those who were iguor-
ant of the fact, were generally very willfully so.
We stated in the Express long ago, and on the best
authority, that McClellan not only used this labor,
but was compelled, in addition, to put//"ty thous-
and white men digging trenches and making earth-
tcurks—to protect them from the immense rebel
army spread from Yorktown to Richmond.—JV. Y.
Council met persuant to adjournment Present,
his Honor T. W. House,Mayor ; Aldermen Frazer,
Flceck, Fleishman, Anders, Fisher and Taylor.
The minutes of the preceeding meeting were read
The Special Committee to whom was re-
ferred the petition of sundry citizens for a
re-survey of the city, report that they find the
allegations in said petitioh well founded, the in-
convenience arising from '.he want of a standard
map of the city a*e Indeed very great, the surveys
of the different surveyors are conflicting and the
appearance of many of the streets is all but
straight. At the same time your Committee find
that if a re-survey of the city, if not made in a
very careful manner, so as not to interfere with
vested rights of the citizens would ciake things
worse. They, therefore recommended that a re-
survey of the city be made under the supervision
of commissioners appointed from your honorable
body whose duty it shall be to employ one or more
good and practical surveyors, and to direct and
superintend said re-survey, defining the width of
block# and streets within the city and to prepare a
map to be used hereafter as the standard map of
the city of Houston, and thai said commissioners
be specially instructed to use such course in this
operation as will be most beneficial to the future
interests of the city, and the least injurious to
the present owners of property.
W. ANDERS, )
H.D.TAYLOR. } Com.
Which report was unanimously adopted, and
on motion, his Honor, the Mayor, appoimed
Aldermen. Anders. Taylor and Fisher, commis-
sioners, to carry into effect the re-survey of the
city as specified in the report of the committee.
On motion of Alderman Anders the Police Com-
mittee were authorized to appoint two more
policemen for night watch.
The Street and Bridge Committee to whom was
referred the account of G. H. Daniel son, report
that on examination of the account, as now pre-
sented with specific charges for labor, lost time
and delay for want of material, conclude the bill
a just one and therefore recommend that it be
paid, after making a correction for error of $5 In
favor of the city—report read and adopted.
On motion, the Street and Bridge Committee
were authorized to cohtract for the repair of the
lower bridge, and also to make some disposition
of the Dredge Boat so as to exonerate the oity from
further expense to keep her afloat.
The attention of the Board was then called, by
the Deputy Marshal, to the great inconvenience
caused to the citizens by the unusually large num-
ber of stray dogs infesting the city, and that re-
peated complaints had. been made; whereupon the
matter was referred to the Ordinance Committee,
to report an ordinance if they should think pro-
The petition of sundry eitizens in reference to
the Hog Law, was laid over until Thursday next.
The following bills were ahdiled uudbrderedto
G H Danielson, $1165; F B^uraan. $86 10; do
812; J K Clarke, §12; R Hildebrandt, 830; J H
Schrimpfs $77; C Koch, $21; B Jemison $5; John
Ross. $-.44 72: Richards & Hartley. 8171 52; Johu
Trenton, $37 75; J E Cummins, $75: J T &. W
Bratfy, $10; Johnson <fr Co., 860; J C Lord, |5; W
E Thomas, $5; T W House, $7.
On motion, the Council adjourned until Thurs-
day, 28th inst., at candle light.
GEORGE SWING, Sec*y.
The Rnogers at Mnrfreesboro'.
The following is a list of the killed and wound-
ed of the Texas Rangers at Murfreesboro', We
are indebted to Dr. Western for it:
Co. A, Capt. Ross; Co. K, Wm. Morse, Co. C,-
Scarborougli; Co.G,Wm.E. Scull; Co. E, A. J.
CoI.Jno. A. Wharton, in arm; Co. A, James
Jones, in shoulder; D. Hooks, in leg! Co. B, S.
Mimms, N. Monks, feared mortally; Benj. Weems,
In foot; J. McCan, leg broken; W. Cleaveland,
slightly. Co. C, J.D. Pace, severely, G. B. Ken-
edy, severely. Co. E, G. W. Schuler, severely;
Co. D,— Slaughter and one other. Co. F, C. Sar-
gent, C. Barnett, slightly. Co. G.none. Co. H.
A. L. Steele, severely, arm and shoulder; R. A.
Torrence, slightly; J. D. Palmer, severely; 31. L.
Fitch, slightly. Co. I, none. Co. K, S. P. Chris-
tian, slightly; Jas. Collins, arm broken; Wm. E.
Moore, severely; Solomon Carter, arm broken,
Jno. Tanner, leg broken; S. B. Conway, in foot.
From the Greenbrier District.—A corres-
pondent of the Rockingham Register, at Peters-
town, Monroe county, Yiiginia. under date of 17th
inst.. says that matters have taken a very favora-
ble turn in this section of the country, since the
great fight near Richmond. The enemy has fallen
back beyond Meadow Bluff, in Greenbrier county.
Some of those who had left their homes and taken
refuge in Giles and other counties southwest of
this, are returning. Gen. Loring has quite a 1 rge
force, and is confident of holding his present po
sitiou. The people o this section, as well as the
army under his command, hav.e unboundtd confi-
dence in Gen . Loring, and feel that their property,
their homes, their lives could not be committed to
s-«fer hands, or rather hand, 'or he has but one,
havinglost his left arm in the Mexicau war.
Gen. Linne to Recruit iu Kansas.
Special to the N. Y. World.
—. - _ _ . . . Washington, July 24.—Senator Lane, of Kansas,
tion,thr t can be anticipated, is that of cutting ofl^ has received a most important com muniCHtion—to
ot: Kansas and recruit under the law just passed.
~e leaves on Saturday. .His instructions from he
President and Secretary of W ar enable him to re-
ceive all men into the service who are loyal, with-
out reference to color, and he will widely por-
claim that fact in his order.
He anticip <tes .raising one or two regiments of
blacks and one of white men, in two weeks after
reaehing home, and while he will not receive a
Generalship from the President, because of its
interference with his Senatorial seat, he may re-
ceive a commission from the Govern r of Kan«as,
and promptly enter the field at the head of his bri-
gade. The orders of the President and Secretary
of War are explicit.
Gen. Pope's army occupies the region of coun-
try between Manassas and the Rappahannock
River on this side, including Fredericksburg and
the surrounding country. His lines extend west
from the town of Fredericksburg near the Poto-
mac, to the foot of the Blue Ridge. He holds
also the various gaps leading across the Blue
Ridge into the Valley of tho Shenandoah, the
scene of Jackson's late brilliant exploit. It is,
doubtless, a part of the Federal place that the
troops in the Valley, un er Banks and Siegel,
thall co-operate with those under the immediate
command of Pope, in the event of an attack upon
either. Such also was the plan adopted by the
Federal officers in the Valley six weeks ago, and
yet Jackson managed to attack them in detail,
and to drive the greater portion of their forces
across the Potomac. What he has done once - he
can do again.
Special Dlsps.tc'i to the Chicago Times.]
Memphis, Aug. 1—via C iro, Aug. 3.—We have
no further intelligence from the rebel movements.
Very little doubt exists that they are making a
move in force, of which the guerrilla raids
Humboldt and Brownsville were only the pre-
Memphis is entirely cut off from that locality
the railroad being demolished and the telegraph
line down, and we have no meaus of communica-
The gunboat Mound City has gone down to Hel-
ena. Gen. Curtis remains at that place still.
The sale of intoxicating liquors is to be again
allowed in the city.
The rebels say that 70,000 ounces of quiniue
have been smuggled into the Confederacy since
Memphis has been in our possession. Two canoe
loads were captured a night or two since.
The ocean steamer, Star of the West, which was
captured on the Texas coat>t by Van Dorn, at the
commencement of the war, is up the Yazoo
process of conversion into a gunboat on the mooel
of the Arkansas and Merrimac. The ocean tug
Webb, tormerly used as a tow-boat below New
Orleans, is also there, and will be made availa-
ble for the same purpose. They are both power-
The Texas Rangers at i he Battle ofSUIch.
Respectfully Inscribed to A. A* Stovall, a Texas
With bombs bursting in air,
And the sabres bright glare
'Mid the bugles' blast and din.
Deafening trump and culverine;
The cannons' loud booming,
The battle smoke looming;
War steeds proudly prancing
As they're grandly advancing
To the plains of 4'8hiloh,"
To meet the invader, a Federal foe.
Whose heroic deeds shall history tell,
Of Southern sons who fought and fell;
In freedom's cause they struggled stern
Like Scotia's sons of Bannockburn ;
They debate the right of invaded land
Foot by foot—hand to hand ;
K'en to the shores of the Tennessee,
The Federal ranks are seen to flee
Before the well directed f-troke,
Of glistening steel and hearts of oak.
Which was, I ween, no slugglshtoll,
Contesting for their native soil,
And freedom, the boon we gladly cherish,
Aye, in its cause the noble perish ;
For what were life to Southern sons,
Beneath the yoke of usurping ones;
Ah I elysian, it were thy lives to Vield
On proud 44 Shiloh's" battle fieldj
Than living yield to marauders,
That densely swarm our sunny borders.
Ah I well ye fought in that day, ^ ~
Mounted sous and infantry.
The meed of praise we give to you,
"Is honor to whom honor's due.,, ,
Methinks, while gaziug on the field,
'Mid carnage red and clashing steel,
I see right in the famous ranks,
Drawn in a44V," !he bristling ranks,
'Mid bursting bombs* in thickest dangers.
That gallant few—*" The Texas Rangers i"
No glittering pomp of martial life
Bedecks these heroes of the strife,
But simply from their crests afar
Beams forth its rays—4The Lonely Star!'
With fearless hearts, In the hour of need,
Thev dash the rowel in the steed,
Who, like their riders, bold and free,
Scaled the hills of Tennessee,
Who erst have learned the foe to feel
A foeman worthy of their steel,
As across the ravine, or fence, or timber.
They gayly bound so light and limber.
What wonder they so graceful be,
Long trained in border chivalry ;
They know their rights on land and main,
Each and all they dare maintain.
Tho' they left, in sorrow, savannahs green
Of their loved Texas' velvet sheen, ^
Where roams their many herds at will,1
By sparkling bayous lone and still;
To scour the hills of Tennessee
For lurking foe, who there might be ;
They knew not fear, heed not dangers,
The gallant few—*kTbe Texas Rangers."
Forrest Horns, May 15ta, 1862.
THE BATTLE OF L'ANGClLLE.
The following is the Federal account of this
battle of which we gave Col. Parsons' official re-
port in our last. It will be observed the Feder-
als allow themeelves whipped, though we doubt
if our friend Parsons will feel at all compliment-
ed at seeing his regiment called a guerrilla force:'
From the Memphis (Federal) Bulletin, 7th.
Various accounts that have reached us lead ut
to believe that the guerrilla system has been in-
augurated in Arkansas, on a somewhat extensive
scale. Wo hear of three instances in whieh, on
Sunday last, bv means of surprise, as many par-
ties of Federal troops were pounced upon and
We are informed that on that day two regiments
of Federal troops were escorting two or three
hundred.negroes, or perhaps more,and ubout CO
wagons containing provisions and material toward
some locality where it was intended to establish' a
post. £ ear-L'Anguille bridge, beyond Madison,
on the St. Francis river, the party was attacked
by an overwhelming force, which rushed upon
them from various points Little or no resistance
seems to have been possible and after firing one
volley the Federals and negroes were dispersed,
some of them being taken pri oners. A party of
twenty seven mew which had been detailed for
duty at a distance from the main body, escaped,
aud a portion of them have reached this city.
On the same day, a party of Federals, escorting
20 wagons, containing provisions and c^np equip-
age, were suddenly attacked by the enemy. A
fight ensued, in which 17 of the Federals were
killed, and the cavalry accompaning them were
dispersed. The wagons and their contents became
spo Is of the enemy. The party attacked were on
their wayJIVom Jacksonport. The statements re-
specting this affair are very meaere.
Also on Sunday last a party of ninety Federal
soldiers, who we*e on;duty at a point in Arkansas,
fifteen mil^s up the river from ilelena, atd eight
miles back from the river, were surrounded by
Confederate troops and completely surprised. It
is stated that '.f this party ail were killed, woond-
ed or captured except one. About forty wounded
men were taken down to Helena yesterday (Tues-
day) from the spot of the engagement, on the fer-
As we have observed a"bove. the accounts given
are meagre in detail.being gained from the state-
ments of individuals who, though on the spot, had
Utile opportunity, amid suronse and disaster, of
learning particulars. Further information may
greatly modify the accounts uow given. Both Col.
Fitch and Capt. Osterhans, who are now at Helena,
are understood to have adopted in-asures which
will counteract the operations of the guerrillas,
and cripple or destroy their power for eviL
From the same. . --
It seems that the skirmish near Madison, Ar-
kansas, last Sunday, was a more serious afihir than
we had been led to believe. We had seven killed
and thirty wounded, and lost twenty wagons with
stores. Immediately after the affair, messengers
were dispatched for aid to Gen. Curtis' headquar-
ters, and to Col. Daniels. Daniels sent his caval-
ry force, and Col. Fitch, with his crack Indiana
regiment, were sent out on the Jacksonport road
to capture the guerillas, and, at last accounts,
they had not been heard from, though there seem-
ed "to be no doubt of his overtaking and over-
coming the Confederates.
The following advertisement appears in the Lea-
ten worth, Kansas, Conservative newspaper:
One Thousand Colored Men Wanted.—To form
the First Regiment of Kansas Zouaves d*Afrique,
and join Gen. Blunt's Southern expedition. All
able bodied colored young men, who wish to en-
list, will leave their names with W. D. Mathews,
Waverly House. Leavenworth. As soon as in-
structions nre received from the War Department
(application having been made forthen ),the regi-
ment will De regularly enlisted, mustered into ser-
vice. and receive the advance bounty and clothing.
Companies forming in other towns in this State
will notifiy the undersigned.
First Regiment Kansas Zovaves.
Leavenworth, July 18, lb62.
Afpaif.s on the Coast.—Gen. Dunlap who lef
Corpus Christi last Monday, informs us that tbet
Federals had removed the obstructions out of the
channel in Corpus Christi bay, and that the Ma-
jor had lakeu bis small gunboats up the Nueces
river. Major Hobby has his guns in position on
the bluff above the city—has 000 men—half of
n hom are unarmed, but he feels confident of his
ability to hold the place against the force now
threatening it.—S. A. Herald,
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