Wednesday, April 2, 2008

War News.

Washington, August 10. – Brig. Gen. Custer commanding a brigade under Pleasanton with a small force of cavalry, on Saturday came up with Mosley’s [sic] guerrillas, commanded by that notorious partisan chief in person. They fled before our cavalry and left twelve prisoners in our hands, who were turned over to Pleasanton. Mosely [sic] escaped under cover of a dense wood, when our forces were upon his heels.

Memphis, August 9. – A company of citizen scouts about seventy five in number who were organized in the fore part of June last to resist the rebel conscription, in North Alabama have thus far evaded every effort of the rebel authorities to catch them. They report to the Commander at Corinth that their numbers are now increasing, and that they have captured or driven out nearly every officer who was trying to enforce the draft.

Large numbers of deserters who have their arms with them are in the mountains of Pikeville, Alabama, and are organizing with the citizens to resist the draft.

A correspondent of the Missouri Republican thus writes from Memphis.

As soon as the surrender of Vicksburg became generally known throughout the States spoken of, a peace feeling began to develop itself in all sections.

Within the last week, Union leagues have been formed in several counties in Mississippi. Where there is no rebel army – where the people can give free expression to their feelings, there the cause of the Union is comparatively strong, and its adherents are more numerous than in sections where the army has been encamped.

Forest of the Harris cavalry is under arrest, charged with having defrauded the Government of $5,000.

The draft is nearly completed in the western part of New York. Revisions of the enrollment lists have been ordered in the first nine districts of the State. The draft therein will take place in tow weeks.

Jeff Davis is ill at Richmond, and doubts are entertained of his recovery. It is said that Lee has addressed a letter to Jeff Davis, calling upon him not to hang the two Federal officers now confined in Richmond, as his son, Gen. W. T. Lee, would in consequence be hung. If this is resisted, he declares his intention to throw up his commission. It is not thought that the rebels will hang our officers.

- Published in The Union Sentinel, Osceola, Iowa, August 15, 1863

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