Tuesday, October 6, 2009

At Island No. 10 . . .

. . . Major Corse, Inspector General on General Pope’s Staff, discovered a crowd of secessionist in a corn-field. As soon as he was seen by them they hid themselves amongst the corn, and the Major, being alone, naturally feared that he himself would be taken prisoner instead of making them his captives. – There was nothing to be done, however, but to put a bold face on the matter, so he took down the rail fence surrounding the field, rode in among them, and ordered them to march into the road and stack arms there. This order was obeyed, and the Major’s feelings were considerably relieved when a guard came along with other prisoners, to whom he very willingly transferred those he had taken, and went on his way rejoicing. Secretary Scott and Adjutant Gen. Butler found themselves at one time in a similar position; they, too, trusting to the justness of their cause, commanded the rebels to surrender. This they did, and these two officers brought into camp one hundred and fifty-three prisoners of their own manufacture. – {Cincinnati Commercial.

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, April 26, 1862, p. 2

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