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Subject: [PACAMBRI] Sept 8 1864 Alleghanian
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 20:42:28 -0500
The Alleghanian, Ebensburg, Pa.
Thursday, September 8, 1864
Volume 5, Number 50
**[No marriages or
deaths announced in this edition of the newspaper]
Capt. B. M’Dermit of this place, conductor of
a freight train on the PRR had his leg badly fractured at Blairsville
Intersection on Saturday last while coupling cars. He was brought home for treatment.
Johnstown, September 5, 1864
Col. J. M. Campbell and Adjt. W. H. Rose of
the 54th P. V. returned home last week, their term of service having
expired. These officers have been in
service three years and have seen much arduous duty in keeping the Shenandoah
Valley clear of guerillas and latterly in the series of battles culminating in
the late engagement near Winchester.
Col. Campbell was considered one of the ablest officers in his
department and for the past few months commanded a brigade. Adjt. Rose was
wounded in the thigh during the battle of New Market but is now fully
Capt. Lowman departed for Pittsburg – the rendezvous of his regiment – last week
with over 150 men. His company rolls
bear the names of some of the finest looking men in this section. Capt. Butland’s company, through some cause,
failed to be mustered into service and the greater part have returned
home. A company is now being formed here
under the auspices of Capt. Mackin. His
rolls number over 50 men.
There is a pretty well authenticated report
here that Geo. D. Berlin of this place who was appointed by Gov. Curtin military
agent to recruit negroes for Westmoreland county was hung by guerrillas in Tennessee a few weeks ago. Also a report that Jas. Eldridge of Couch’s
Independent Scouts was shot at Danville in the attempt to arrest a deserter. This
report lacks confirmation.
The horses attached to the Foster House hack
ran off last week and in their mad career tore down the awning posts in front
of W. & R. Geis’ store, the railing before Suppes’ store and were finally
brought up by dividing at the Scott House sign post. Four small boys were in
the hack at the time and for a wonder escaped injury.
Two soldiers were robbed in saloons in this
place last week of $200 and $400 respectively.
The money I believe was not recovered.
Our quota here is now almost full and were all
the men credited to us who have lately enlisted here, we would be out of
several drafts. There is a great demand
here for labor to supply vacancies left by volunteers.
>From Our Soldiers
Short Letter from
Capt. Litzinger’s Company
Camp Curtin, Harrisburg
September 4, 1864
Today the rain has been incessant, though we
now have what is apparently only a brief respite. Yesterday evening we were provided with
tents, after waiting in patience for about twenty-seven hours. Everybody seems
to enjoy himself as best he can. All
seem happy. Singing is the chief diversion of many. No attempt as yet has been
made at organization, either regimental or otherwise. We had the pleasure of greeting our townsmen:
Col. Lytle, Col. M’Coy and A. C. Mullin, Esq., this morning. Adieu for the present.
Capture of Members
of Co. A, 1st Rifles, P. R. C.
(Co. A., old 11th Reserves) By the Rebels
By a letter to THE ALLEGHANIAN dated Ream’s
Station, Weldon Railroad, near Petersburg, Va., August 25, from Nathaniel J.
Benden, we learn that during the engagement of the 19th ult., the following
members of Co. A, 1st Rifles, P. R. C. were captured by the rebels, viz.:
Sergt. Thomas D.
Corp. Dallas Patrick
Jessiah K. Brown
Mr. B says that no one of the company to his
knowledge was killed or wounded.
It gives us pleasure to lay before our
readers the information that the quota of Ebensburg under the impending draft
is filled. The men volunteering to credit themselves to the boro where
principally our own citizens and all members of Capt. Litzinger’s company. Their names are as follows:
W. A. Jones
Joe A. Elliott
Evan C. Evans
Evan S. Jones
Flory H. Barker
Thomas D. Davis
The quota of our near neighbor, Cambria township, is also filled. These, with
probably Johnstown, comprise the only sub-districts in Cambria county out of the draft.
The New Ebensburg
Capt. R. Litzinger’s company of volunteers
for one year’s service, the recruiting of which we noticed last weak as going
on rapidly in Ebensburg, left here on Thursday for Hollidaysburg. At that point they were mustered into the U.
S. Service by Pro. Mar. Lloyd and presented each with a uniform, knapsack,
canteen and various other little articles pertaining to individual comfort and
convenience. On the following morning they proceeded to Harrisburg to be armed and fully equipped and likewise
to be incorporated in a regiment.
Several new regiments are being formed at Camp Curtin to one of which it is expected it will be
attached. The editor of this paper
accompanied the company hence through to Harrisburg, and can truly say that a better looking or
a better behaved set of men never came under his observation. With regard to the former proposition to see
were to believe; with regard to the latter, we may mention that, at Hollidaysburg,
remarking the volunteers to be gentleman all, Pro. Mar. Lloyd contrary to his
usual custom ordered the guards relieved from duty at the barracks, so as to
give the inmates full freedom of the town. The result was, not a single
disturbance occurred, and at the appointed hour for leaving, every man was in
the ranks, punctual as that most punctual of every day affairs, railroad
time. It may astonish some to know that
“raw recruits” can deport themselves like unto men, but it does not astonish us
that these gained this approbation and applause of all with whom they come in
contact. No; for they comprise within
their number men of the purest principle and of the highest talent, intelligent
and good and a little leaven, it is known, leaveneth the whole lump. They
cannot but make good soldiers for history and common sense teach us that those
who go into the fight on principle and with a full and clear understanding of
the issues involved, constitute indeed a nation’s dependence in her hour of
danger. We hope, sincerely and truly
hope, after having done their whole duty, that the boys may return safely home,
each one covered with laurels of unfading brightness to live in undisturbed
peace and happiness forever after.
An opportunity still remains open for a few
more men to join this company. If a
thoroughly educated military man as commander and a tip- top set of boys be of
consequence, we offer them to induce those intending to volunteer to give Capt.
Litzinger’s company the preference.
Our Loss, But the
By reference to an announcement on today’s
outside, it will be seen that the “Educational Department” of THE ALLEGHANIAN,
conducted with a signal ability since its inception by Mr. Samuel Singleton,
ceases for a time to be a feature of the paper.
A true patriot, as well as a gentleman and scholar, Mr. S. thought it
his duty to enter the service of his country in this dark hour of her need and
accordingly enlisted in Capt. Litzinger’s company for one year. This is his second apprenticeship to the
profession of arms. His first was in the nine months service through which he
conducted himself in such a manner as to win the love and respect of all his
officers and companions. We hope he may
again cover himself with glory and return home untouched by bullet and unharmed
by disease to gladden the hearts of his many friends.
This great stronghold of the enemy – this
backdoor of the Southern Confederacy - is ours!
By an official dispatch from Gen. Sherman we have the glorious
intelligence that on the 1st inst., he attacked the enemy at Jonesboro and signally defeated him, carrying his
works with ten guns and 1,500 prisoners.
The rebel Hood, finding his case worse than hopeless, blew up his
magazine, destroyed a large amount of munitions of war and other property and –
retreated. Gen. Slocum immediately
occupied the city with the 20th Corps., so that Atlanta is now ours and “fairly won.” The rebel loss in the affair is placed at
2,500 – ours at 1,200.
Daylight begins to shine through! The rebels played a deep game for a high
stake - and have lost. The fall of Richmond to them would be no greater calamity than
the fall of Atlanta is.
The saying is worn threadbare, but the back-bone of the rebellion is now
indeed broken. Courage, Union men! The end is not far off!
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