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Subject: [PACAMBRI] War News Alleghanian April 25 1861
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 22:22:37 -0400
The Alleghanian, Ebensburg, Pa.
Thursday, April 25, 1861
Volume 2, Number 36
The Legislature of Pennsylvania Convened
Whereas, An armed rebellion exists in a
portion of the States of this Union threatening the destruction of the National
Government, periling public and private property, endangering the peace and
security of this Commonwealth, and inviting systemic piracy upon our commerce;
Whereas, Adequate provision does not exist by
law to enable the Executive to make the Military power of the State as
available and efficient as it should be for the common defense of the State and
the General Government, and
Whereas, An occasion so extraordinary
requires a prompt exercise of the Legislative power of the “the State,”
I, Andrew G. Curtin, Governor of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the
Constitution do hereby convene the General Assembly of the Commonwealth, and
require the members of the Senate and House of Representatives to meet in their
respective Houses in the Capitol at Harrisburg on TUESDAY, THE THIRTIETH DAY OF
APRIL A. D., one thousand and eight hundred and sixty-one, at twelve o’clock
noon of that day, then and there to take into consideration and adopt such
measures in the premises as the exigency may seem to them in their wisdom to
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my
hand and caused the Great Seal of the Commonwealth to be affixed at Harrisburg,
this twentieth day of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred
and sixty-one and of the Independence of the United States, the eighty-sixth.
By the Governor
Eli Slifer, Secretary of the Commonwealth.
The War News in
The news of the attack on Fort Sumter created the most intense excitement in this
place. Although the tidings had been
momentarily expected for months past, still they were hardly credited when they
did arrive—it was scarcely believed that the Traitors would have the hardihood
to systematically attack our Starry Ensign.
But the sequel proved that the report was only too true. Then did everyone know that the long dreaded
Crisis in the history of our beloved country had arrived; then was it felt that
War in all its hideous deformity had burst upon us. And every true patriot determined to meet and
roll back the advancing tide of Treason.
On Wednesday evening a public meeting of the
citizens of Ebensburg and vicinity, irrespective of party was held in the Court
House, and the sentiment of the “Frosty Sons of Thunder” put on record. See
On Friday evening an informal meeting was
held at the Court House to
consideration the propriety of organizing a military company to be tendered to
the Government for the suppression of Treason.
Thirty-three names were immediately enrolled, and the meeting was
adjourned over until Monday evening. On
Monday evening the largest and most patriotic mass of citizens that ever assembled
in this borough, perhaps, met at the Court House. The ladies turned out en masse and graced the
occasion with their presence. Patriotic
speeches were delivered by Messrs. R. L. Johnston, P. S. Noon, John Williams,
Andrew Lewis, C. Fagan, Daniel Jones, William Leavy, R. M. Jones and others. An excellent band of music was present and
the “Star Spangled Banner” was sung in fine style by Messrs. J. L. P. M’Alister,
Hugh H. Hughes and A. A. Barker. The
complement of the company was soon filled. It is composed of some of our best
citizens, who go not through enthusiasm, but because they consider it to be a
solemn duty to fight, and if needs be, to die in the cause of Union and Liberty. God
bless them all!
The company tendered their services to the Governor
on Tuesday, are accepted and notified to be in readiness to march at an hour’s
The company is called the “Cambria Guards.” An election for officers was held on Tuesday
evening and the following result was had:
Captain, Robert Litzinger
1st Lieutenant, Andrew Lewis
Lieutenant, R. A. McCoy
Lieutenant, Jno. Scanlon
We will publish the entire muster roll next
All honor to our citizen soldiery!
R. L. Johnston, Esq., on behalf of John
Williams, Esq. and others, stated that arrangements would be perfected by which
the families of those volunteering would be secured from want. This is the noble spirit!
[We may state, by way of parenthesis, that no
military company has had an organization in this place for a number of years.
This company is entirely newly-formed and gotten up expressly in obedience to
the demand of the President.]
Last week was a busy week in Johnstown. The
news of the commencement of hostilities between the Government and the Traitors
created the most intense excitement and business was suspended for the time
being. On Tuesday morning, the
requisition for the military companies (three in number) was received. Recruiting immediately was begun and in a
short time the companies had received their several complements. On Wednesday, the Johnstown Infantry and the
Zouave Cadets left for Harrisburg and on Thursday the Citizen’s Guards took up
their line of march to the same point. The Johnstown Infantry numbers 81 men: Captain,
Thomas H. Lapsley; First Lieutenant, Jacob M. Campbell; First Sergeant, Robert
P. Robison; Second Sergeant, John J. Mills; Third Sergeant, James Moore. The Zouaves number sixty-seven men: Captain,
John M. Power; First Lieut., John P. Suter; Second Lieut., A. K. Babock; First
Sergeant, John Downey; Second Sergeant, D. N. Jones; Third Sergeant, J. E. Fry;
First Corporal, J. H. Gageby. The
Citizen’s Guards number------men:
Captain, John P. Linton; First Lieut., Hugh Bradley; Second Lieut.,
James C. Noon; Third Lieut., John Cox.
Besides these, three or four other companies
are rapidly being organized. One of
them, commanded by Judge Easly, we understand, left for Harrisburg on Tuesday.
The Johnstown Troops after being duly armed
and equipped at Harrisburg, took the cars for Washington city on Sunday morning where they arrived
safely and are now on duty. They passed through Baltimore without any trouble.
The Washington Rifles, numbering 60 men, and
commanded by Capt. Dick White, took the cars for Harrisburg on Saturday morning, where they arrived the
same day. They are quartered at “Camp Curtin.”
This is said to be an excellent company and will doubtless do good
A military company is being organized in
Wilmore, and we understand that the ranks are rapidly filling up.
Capt. Humphreys is speedily organizing a
company at this place.
A company is being formed at this place.
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