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By F. A. F. 




Copyright, 1885, by JOHN \\. CCRRAN, of the 5th Wisconsin, and 
EUGENE BOWEN, of the 92d New York. 


Printers and Stereotypers, 

Milwaukee, Wis. 


HTHIS little volume, concerning the most famous bird of 
. . ancient or modern times, was not written for display 
or fame. 

It was prepared to furnish a means whereby a few veter- 
ans, maimed in the service of their country, might turn an 
honest penny. 

It contains, as far as the author knows and believes, noth- 
ing false or discolored; and, though humble, forms as unde- 
niably a part of the history of the Eebellion as the doings of 

Grant or Sherman. 

F. A. F. 

MADISON, Wis., May, 1885. 





IN THE SERVICE, .... 15 







































CASUALTIES, ... 108 

(i EN K HALS OF THE AllMY, - - - 103 









OLD ABE, - - Frontispiece 

r. s. GRANT, ... 53 

A\'M. T. SHERMAN, ... 95 

PHILIP H. SHERIDAN, .... - 137 




"Ah! that Eagle of Freedom! when cloud upon cloud 
Swathed the sky of my own native land with a shroud 
When lightnings gleamed fiercely and thunderbolts rung, 
How proud to the tempest those pinions were flung ! 
Though the wild blast of battle swept swiftly the air 
With darkness and dread, still the Eagle was there. 
I'nquailing and towering, his high flight was on, 
Till the Rainbow of Peace crowned the victory won." 

THE eagle had been the emblem of nations, courts 
and warriors for centuries before America was even 
discovered; so in painting him on our banners and grav- 
ing him on our shields and coins as heraldic of freedom, 
fearlessness and power, we but acted the part of imita- 

Nevertheless, we can hardly be classed any longer as 
imitators, for the eagle is now as distinctively our own 
representative of spirit and valor as the lion is of Brit- 
ish bravery and strength, although he is also found on 
the insignia of other nations. 

And as the nations of the world now rank, this is well; 
for as the lion is king of beasts, so the eagle is king of 
birds. Homer called him " the strong sovereign of the 
plumy race," and another has written : " The banner of 
the tribe of Dan, borne by Prince Ahiezer, was of a 
bright green color, charged with an eagle as a component 

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part of the cherubim, denoting wisdom and sublimity. 
The eagle was considered to be the symbol of Daniel, 
because he spoke with angels and received visions which 
relate to all time; of Christ, because of his divine 
nature; of John the Evangelist, because he soars to 
Heaven in the Revelations." 

The eagles of the Roman legions are familiar in his- 
tory, but Xenophon says the golden eagle, with extended 
wings, was the ensign of the Persian monarchs long 
before it was adopted by the Romans. He also declares 
that " it is probable the Persians borrowed the symbol 
from the Assyrians, on whose banners it waved till 
imperial Babylon bowed her head to the yoke of 

The Romans had for their earliest military standards 
the eagle, the boar, the horse and the minotaur, but soon 
abandoned all but the first. The Etruscans adopted the 
eagle as a token of both civic and military honor, and 
he was the sacred bird of the Hindoos, and of the Greek 
Zeus. With the Scandinavians he was the bird of 
wisdom, sitting on the boughs of the uggrasill tree. The 
double-headed eagle was in use among the Byzantine 
emperors, " to indicate their claims to the empire, both of 
the east and the west." In the 14th century the German 
emperors adopted an eagle emblem. The arms of Prus- 
sia were distinguished by the black and those of Poland 
by the white eagle, and Napoleon made him the emblem 
of imperial France, represented in natural style, with the 
thunderbolts of Jupiter in his talons. 


Thus has this mighty bird been more or less hon- 
ored by nearly all civilized nations, and even in America 
Columbus found the heads of aboriginal chiefs and war- 
riors plumed with the feathers of the eagle especially 
of the black eagle, the swiftest and fiercest of his kind. 

The present popularity of the eagle, as symbolic of 
the American nation, is a matter that has been growing 
upon us. For his earliest use on flags and banners 
there was no recognized authority, though nothing could 
have been more natural. After the Declaration of Inde- 
pendence, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas 
Jefferson were appointed to prepare a device for a great 
seal of the United States. 

The result of their labors underwent various modifi- 
cations until June 20, 1782, when our present great seal 
was adopted. It represents the escutcheon on the 
breast of the American eagle, holding in his dexter 
talon an olive branch, in his sinister a bundle of thir- 
teen arrows, and in his beak a scroll inscribed with the 
motto, E Pluribus Unum. The olive signified peace, the 
arrows themselves war, while their number, thirteen, 
represented the original thirteen colonies. " The escutch- 
eon is borne on the breast of the American eagle with- 
out any other supporters to denote that the United States 
of America ought to rely on its own virtue." 

From this device on the great seal of the United 
States doubtless arose the custom, which has grown 
into a law, of otherwise putting forth the eagle as our 
national emblem, in peace as well as war. 



HAVING generalized thus briefly, we come now to 
Old Abe, the famous war-eagle of Wisconsin. He 
was captured during sugar-making time in 1861, on the 
Flambeau River, near the line between Ashland and 
Price counties, in Wisconsin, by a Chippewa Indian 
named Chief Sky. 

His birthplace was in a large tub-like nest of mud 
and sticks, on a tall pine, which the Indian felled, 
amidst the screams and menaces of the old birds, for 
the purpose of capturing the young. 

Chief Sky was the son of Thunder of Bees, chief of 
the Flambeau band of Chippewas, who, a few weeks 
later, led his people down the river for the purpose of 
disposing of their baskets, furs and moccasins. While 
on the road he sold the young bird to Daniel McCann, 
of Eagle Point, for a bushel of corn. 

And for this paltry sum was the noble bird sold from 
freedom to captivity, from barbarism to civilization, 
from the moan of pines to the crash of battles, from 
obscurity to fame. 

McCann carried the eagle to Chippewa Falls and 
attempted to sell him to a company just recruiting there 
for the First Wisconsin Battery. Failing in this, he 

proceeded a little later to Eau Claire and offered the 



bird, now nearly full-grown and handsome, but spiteful 
as a scorpion, to what subsequently became Company C, 
of the Eighth or Eagle Regiment. 

Capt. John E. Perkins hesitated at first about accept- 
ing such a strange volunteer, but finally agreed to take 
him to the front. 

The following letter, written to the officers of the 
Wisconsin State Historical Society soon after Old Abe's 
death, seems to contain authentic information : 

BRADFORD, PA., May 23, 1881. 

GENTLEMEN: Having seen by the papers the death of the 
eagle, Old Abe, and having read so many stories of his early 
life up to the time of his enlistment, none of which conveyed 
the exact truth, I thought it might not be out of place for me 
to give the true history of him, as I had probably seen more 
of him up to that time than anyone else. 

I was at the house of my brother-in-law, T. W. Martin, at 
Chippewa Falls (he is still living there), when the eagle was 
brought to him by Daniel McCann, from up thejChippewa 
River, where he is still living. The bird was about the size of 
a full-grown hawk. McCann said he had bought him of an 
Indian, and wanted to sell him. Martin did not buy him, but 
allowed McCann to put him in the back yard, where he re- 
mained about a week. 

At that time Capt. Perkins was organizing a company at 
Eau Claire for the Eighth Regiment. I went to Eau Claire 
the day the company left to see some of my friends off, and 
while there McCann brought the eagle down and offered to 
sell him to the company. 

A subscription was started. A Mr. Mills, keeping a saloon, 
through some misunderstanding, refused to [give anything, 
which caused no little indignation among the boys; but he 
soon came to an understanding of the matter and bought the 
eagle himself of McCann, for $5.00, and presented him to the 
company. This is the true history of Old Abe up to the time 
of his enlistment. 

Yours very respectfully, 


Late of Chippewa Falls. 


In due time the eagle was sworn in by putting around 
his neck red, white and blue ribbons, and on his breast 
a rosette of the same colors. Thus caparisoned, James 
McGinnis craved the privilege of being his keeper, to 
which all assented. In a few days he produced a re- 
spectable perch; and two patriotic ladies made little 
flags to be carried on either side of him when on the 

As familiar to all as the general appearance of the 
eagle is, it may, nevertheless, be proper to insert here a 
description of Old Abe before going farther, written by a 
close observer while the bird was living: 

His weight is ten and a half pounds. His breast is 
full and heavy, trembling with ardent emotions. His 
head is large, and well developed in front, towering up 
in moral aspect, and flattened a little toward the neck, 
where it is the widest. His beak, measuring two and 
three-quarter inches, bends in a semi-circle over the 
mandible, having its edges cut sharp clear to the point, 
where it is as hard as steel and of a beautiful flint color, 
but changing gradually toward the base into a sparkling 
saffron. The neck is short and thick, the body large 
and symmetrical; the wings are long and tail rounded; 
the legs a bright yellow, the tarsus three inches long, bare 
for the lower two-thirds, and covered with hard, tough 
scales; the foot short and full; the toes free, tuberculous 
beneath ; the four curved taloris on each foot have sharp 
ends, and look like grappling steels; the thighs are 
remarkably thick, strong and muscular, covered with 


long feathers pointing backwards; the conformation of 
the wings is admirably adapted for the support of so 
large a bird, measuring, from tip to tip, six feet and a 
half; length of one, two feet on the greater quills; the 
longest primaries, twenty inches and upwards of one 
inch in circumference where they enter the skin; the 
scapulars are very large and broad, spreading from the 
back to the wing to prevent the air from passing through . 
The plumage is compact and imbricated; the feathers 
on the breast, back and top of the wings are a dark brown 
with a changeable gloss; those on the head, neck and 
breast are narrow and pointed; the other parts more 
rounded. The general color of the plumage is brown 
with a golden tinge; the head and greater part of the 
neck and coverts are a fine snowy* white; the tail is also 
white, and spotted black on the upper feathers for about 
half their length; the quills are brownish black with 
lighter shafts. 

The eyes are clear and round, encircled with yellow 
papillary linings, fringed on their inside with thin, 
elastic, black bands or plates, like concentric rings; the 
iris is a brilliant straw color, and appears like the sky, 
changing in luster just as his moods change; the pupil 
is large, intensely black and piercing, contracting and 
expanding with microscopic and telescopic action at 
every light and shade. When looking backward, his 
head appears in a position as natural as when looking 
forward. The expression of his eye is most fascinating: 
when inspired with ambition it is a burst of sunlight 


through a white cloud; when angry, every feather in 
ruffled rage, it is the lightning amidst the storm, and at 
all times it burns and glitters like fire. 

Indeed, the eye of an eagle is his most remarkable 
part. In addition to its intense power and brightness, he 
has, according to good authority, the power of altering 
the focus just as he pleases; he has only to look at an 
object at the distance of two feet or two miles, in order 
to see it with perfect distinctness. The ball is sur- 
rounded by fifteen little plates, called sclerotic bones. 
They form a complete ring, and their edges slightly 
overlap each other. When he looks at a distant object, 
this little circle of bones expands and the ball of the eye, 
being relieved from the pressure, becomes flatter; and 
when he looks at a very near object, the little bones press 
together, and the ball of the eye is thus squeezed into a 
rounder or more convex form. The effect is very 
familiar to everybody : a person with very round eyes 
is near-sighted, and only sees clearly an object that is 
close to him; and a person with flat eyes, as in old age, 
can see nothing clearly except at a distance. The eagle, 
by the mere will, can make his eyes round or flat, and 
see with equal clearness at any distance. 



ON September 6, 1861, with bands playing, banners 
flying and people shouting, the Eau Claire Eagles 
marched from camp down to the Chippewa River, on 
their way to Camp Randall, at Madison, where they were 
to be mustered in. Abe, though somewhat astonished, 
seemed to thoroughly enjoy the novel and inspiriting 
scene, perched proudly on his shield between the flags 
presented by the Ladies' Aid Society, his smooth, grace- 
ful neck encircled with ribbons of red, white and blue. 

Right heartily did the people cheer the boys as they 
marched away ! Many remarked : " They will never 
be whipped while they follow that bird," and the Free 
Press properly enquired : " Who could not fight under 
such glorious emblems ? " 

The boys boarded the steamer Stella Whipple amidst 
the sobs, blessings and good-byes which all soldiers 
have witnessed and will never forget, and in a gloomy 
rain-storm which nobody noticed. 

After steaming rapidly down the Chippewa and the 
Mississippi, the company reached La Crosse in the 
afternoon of the second day. As the boat was made 
fast to the levee, the guns of the First Wisconsin Bat- 
tery boomed forth a salute, the band struck up " Yankee 
Doodle" and the assembled throngs sent up a tremen- 
dous shout. 15 


Abe, borne at the head and high above the marching 
column, attracted all eyes and brought forth a fresh 
huzza at each street and corner. The enthusiasm rose 
to such a height in La Crosse that an offer of $200 was 
made for Abe to Capt. Perkins, who promptly and 
proudly replied: "No, the eagle belongs to the com- 
pany and can't be bought." 

From La Crosse the boys were transported by rail to 
Camp Randall at Madison, the capital of the State, 
where they met a royal reception. The company 
marched to a martial quick-step through the principal 
streets of the city, passing the capitol, the colors and 
eagle displayed in fine style. At Camp Randall occurred 
a remarkable scene. As the company approached the 
hill, its musicians struck up the tune of " Yankee 
Doodle." The Seventh Wisconsin and fractional parts 
of the Eighth Avere there awaiting accessions; seeing the 
Eau Claire boys and their eagle coming, they ran to the 
gate of entrance and opened right and left. During all 
this commotion the majestic bird sat quietly on his 
perch; but just as .the company was passing the gate, 
defiling between the rows of spectators, with a dart of 
his piercing eye to the flag floating close over his head, 
he seized one end of it with his beak, and spread his 
wings with a continuously flapping motion. He held 
the flag during the time of crossing the grounds 
through the excited crowd to the front of Col. R. C. 
Murphy's headquarters. 


The Madison State Journal of the 10th thus mentions 
the incident: 

An incident occurred yesterday, as the Chippewa company 
arrived at Camp Randall. They bore in advance of them a 
platform on which was a live eagle, surmounted by a small 
American flag. Just as they entered camp, the eagle 
expanded his wings and seized the flag in his beak. The 
incident attracted much attention, and if it had happened in 
other days, in a Roman camp, would have been regarded by 
the augurs as a singularly favorable omen. 

At Camp Randall the eagle's visitors numbered 
many thousands, among whom were governors, judges, 
generals, and other high dignitaries. And it was here 
that Capt. Perkins invested his living emblern of free- 
dom and valor with the title of Old Abe, in honor of 
the patriot President, Abraham Lincoln. 

By popular vote the men of Company C were styled 
the Eau Claire Eagles and the Eighth, of which they 
became a part, was named the Eagle Regiment, a proud 
and famous title in the military history of the Army of 
the Tennessee. 

As Old Abe was now a soldier, sworn into the service 
of his country, Quartermaster Francis L. Billings, at the 
expense of the State, had a new perch constructed. It 
was a shield in the shape of a heart, on which was 
drawn the stars and stripes, and along the base were 
legibly painted, "8th Reg. W. V." Raised a few inches 
above the shield, was a grooved cross-piece for the roost, 
on each end of which were three arrows, pointing out- 
ward, representing war. 



ON the 12th of October, 1861, the aggregate strength 
being nine hundred and ninety men, the regiment, 
under command of Col. Murphy, took its departure for 
the front. As the long train of cars passed through the 
villages and cities of Wisconsin, great was the enthusi- 
asm of the people. They poured forth rounds of 
cheers that fired the soldiers with patriotism. At Janes- 
ville the crowd was immense and intensely excited. 
Rock county, of which Janesville is the seat, had given 
the first fruits of her patriotism to the country Com- 
pany G, of the Eighth, led by Capt. Wm. B. Britton 
hence the peculiar interest of the people on that 

After a continuous ovation over the entire route, the 
regiment arrived in Chicago near the close of the day, 
and marched through the city with Abe under the col- 
ors. How the scene electrified Chicago! A correspond- 
ent of the Eau Claire Free Press says : 

Formed in platoons, we took our way through the ciiy, our 
Colonel and Governor Alex. W. Randall leading us on horse- 
back. Our progress was marked by many demonstrations of 
enthusiasm the regiment as a whole, and our "glorious bird " 
carried aloft at the head of our company appearing to divide 
about equally the general attention and applause. I fancied 
the eagle seemed for once to be of more importance than the 
Eagles, and received cheers and flattering comment enough 
to spoil any less sensible bird. 



The Chicago Tribune, under date of October 13, thus 
alludes to the reception : 

A noticeable feature among them was the Eau Claire Eagles 
Capt. Perkins' company a company of first-class, stal- 
wart fellows. The live eagle which they brought with them 
was an object of much curiosity. He is a majestic bird and 
well trained. When marching, the eagle is carried at the 
head of the company, elevated on a perch at the top of a 
pole. The eagle was caught on the head-waters of the Chip- 
pewa [Flambeau] River by an Indian. Capt. Perkins' com- 
pany takes it to the war. The men were offered a large sum 
for it in Madison, but they will not part with it. They swear 
it shall never be taken by the enemy. No doubt the Eau 
Claire Eagles and their pet bird will be heard of again. 

On the morning of the 14th, the regiment arrived at 
the Mississippi, opposite St. Louis. The ferry-boat 
steamed to the shore and received the Wisconsin cargo 
with brisk orders. When approaching the city, the 
band played the "Star Spangled Banner," hearing 
which, the ladies waved a proud welcome with their 

Knowing that Union soldiers had recently been fired 
upon by confederate sympathizers, difficulties were antic- 
ipated; but what was their surprise to find that, instead 
of confederates, Unionists showed signs of belligerency. 
What did it mean ? Like the confederates, our soldiers 
were then dressed in gray, and were at first supposed to 
bt Southerners; and though excessively hot, they were 
for this reason obliged to put on their blue overcoats to 
satisfy the patriotic Unionists that they were not rebels. 

When the regiment was preparing to enter one of the 
principal streets, a promiscuous crowd huddled around, 


and seeing the eagle, cried out, " a crow ! " "a wild 
goose 1 " "a turkey buzzard ! " As if resolved upon a 
demonstration of defiance to these insults against his 
highness, Old Abe crouched low for a spring, half-pois- 
ing his wings, and darted impetuously upward, break- 
ing the cord that held him to his perch, and then scud 
just over the heads of the motley crowd, even flapping 
caps with the tips of his pinions; then shooting higher, 
he sailed up, up, a thousand voices shouting after him, 
and majestically alighted upon the chimney of an aristo- 
cratic mansion. 

The whole regiment was thrown into such excitement, 
especially Company C, that the men could scarcely be 
wheeled into rank and file for marching order through 
the city. In the general confusion several soldiers sped 
after the eagle, scattering in different alleys and con- 
stantly watching him on his inaccessible eyrie. 

The flight heightened the curiosity of the spectators. 
Being informed it was an eagle from the North, they 
were in ecstasies. Meantime, Old Abe sat on his new 
perch, leisurely surveying the crowds below. Within 
half an hour, however, he scooped down to an obscure 
sidewalk, where he was caught and conveyed thence to 
his regiment. 

This being the first band of warriors from the North- 
west, bringing, too, a live eagle, the reception extended 
to them by the loyal people was the heartiest that could 
be imagined. One old Dinah attracted particular atten- 
tion, she laughed so heartily, showing her white teeth 


and big eyes, and crying at the top of her voice: "Go in, 
boys ! go in! God bress ye! " 

Halting at one of the principal hotels, the regiment 
was welcomed to the city by Governor Gamble, who, in 
the course of his patriotic address, frequently pointed 
to the eagle, and was cheered by the soldiers. Arriving 
at Benton Barracks the boys were addressed by Secre- 
tary Simon Cameron and Gen. Thomas, who highly 
complimented them for their fine appearance, and threw 
in a good word for Old Abe. 

Here a wealthy and ardent Union man of St. Louis 
tendered $500 for Old Abe, to which Capt. Perkins re- 
sponded as before: " No price can buy him." 

Scarcely had the regiment unpacked at Benton Bar- 
racks ere it was ordered to advance, and on the evening 
of the 15th of October, 1861, the inexperienced band 
pushed forward on a long and perilous adventure. 

But it was a gala time. At Big River where the 
bridge had been burned by the enemy the men trans- 
ported their baggage across on their backs, wading waist 
deep. Abe, noticing the ripples and fishes, whistled a 
merry note with the rest. Thus the feeling became uni- 
versal that there could be no better companion to inspire 
hilarity and enthusiasm under difficulties. As he led 
the van of the column, in sight of all the soldiers, over 
that variegated country, and in all their subsequent 
marches, he was not only a constant reminder of their 
oath of trust, but of the loftiness of ambition. He often 
played under the waving colors, watching other birds in 


the far-up blue which no human eye could reach, pant- 
ing and aspiring to rise on peerless wing, monarch of all. 
As all soldiers know, Company C is the " color com- 
pany;" so the color-bearer and the bearer of Old Abe 
marched side by side at the front. What leaders for 
patriot-warriors doing battle for the integrity of their 
beloved country ! 



ON the 20th the boys marched all night and slept in 
the streets of Fredericktown, Mo., until noon of the next 
day, when they were startled by the sharp and sudden 
blast of bugles. The enemy was discovered in the 
woods hard by, and an engagement was on. It was the 
first active service put upon the Eagles, and at this 
time, too, they were reserves. 

Chained on the roof of the court-house, only a half- 
mile distant from the scene of action, Abe watched with 
intense interest the dark-winged lines rush on to the 
shock of battle. His trepidation was plainly discern- 
ible, and as the rattle of musketry, the hastening of 
ambulances, the shouting of officers, the screams of pro- 
jectiles and the shrieks of the wounded burst upon his 
senses in the full tide of battle, he became wild with 
excitement, leaping and screeching, and gnawing his 
perch as if crazed by the tumult and destruction going 
on around him. 

After the battle he calmed down, apparently well 
pleased with the result victory. 

After winterquarters at Sulphur Springs, Mo., Old 
Abe moved up to Cairo, 111. He was now stern and 
heroic, from his military experience, although he had 
seen no fighting at closer range than from the court- 
house roof at Fredericktown. 


The first pitched battle in which Abe was an active 
participant was at Farmington, Miss., on May 9, 1362, 
where a single brigade of Union men met Gen. Beaure- 
gard with 25,000 well-equipped confederates. 

The Eagles and Twenty-sixth Illinois were sent forth 
to rake the woods. Up rose the foe, quick and defiant; 
but these two regiments held the ground for half an 
hour under a raking fire. Anxious for the safety of Old 
Abe, Capt. Perkins ordered the bearer to keep well in 
the rear, but within hailing distance of his company. 
As the enemy pressed on with irresistible destruction, 
the boys were ordered to prostrate themselves on the 
ground in the open field behind a knoll. 

Not being conspicuously exposed, the bearer deter- 
mined to remain upright, but Abe, seeing the men on 
their faces, imitated their example. He was picked up, 
with stern orders to keep his perch, but refused to obey. 
This experiment failing for the fifth or sixth time, the 
bearer threw the perch on the ground and crouched low 
with the rest, whereupon the eagle crept close to his 
side, where he remained till the bugle sounded, when he 
leaped to his perch with the rising men. The author of 
"Army Life and Stray Shots from a Staff Officer of the 
Eighth Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers," thus describes 
this scene : 

At the battle of Farmington, May 9, 1862, the men were 
ordered to lie down. The instant they did so, it was impos- 
sible to keep .Abe upon his perch. He insisted on being pro- 
tected as well as they, and, when liberated, flattened himself 
on the ground, and there remained till the men arose; when, 


with outspread wings, he resumed his place of peril and held 
it till the close of the contest. 


This strange piece of imitative sagacity is corrobo- 
rated by David McLane, a member of Company C, who, 
in a letter dated " Camp near Vicksburg, Miss., Feb. 
18, 1865," wrote: 

The first fight the eagle was in was the battle of Farming- 
ton, Miss., where he showed a great deal of sagacity. When 
we were ordered to lie down on the ground, under a dreadful 
artillery fire from the enemy's batteries, he flew off his perch, 
getting as low as he could, and lay there until he saw the regi- 
ment rise to advance, when he flew upon his perch again, and 
remained there through the engagement. 

In this battle Capt. Perkins fell mortally wounded, 
and Lieut. Victor Wolf succeeded him in command. 
In his report, Gen. Palmer highly complimented the 
" regiment that bore the eagle." 

Old Abe was in the battle before Corinth, on the 28th 
of May. As the army sent up a shout when the Union 
flag appeared on the enemy's works, he, the emblem and 
herald of the victory, was seen " whirling, dancing and 
screaming in the wildest delight on his perch," apparently 
comprehending the situation to the fullest extent. 

A soldier avers that, soon after the cheering, and 
while Abe was eating a rabbit, the bugle of the regiment 
called to pursue the enemy. A convalescent soldier 
ordered him to mount his standard. As if appreciating 
the urgency of the moment, Abe devoured the remain- 
ing half of his rabbit at one swallow and leaped to his 
perch, wiping his beak as he rode to the colors as if to 
say, " You bet Fm well-fixed, boys." 



ABE'S first bearer, James McGinnis, being taken sud- 
denly ill, Thomas J. Hill succeeded him at this point, 
though several others craved the honor. In shoulder- 
ing the perch and donning the socket-belt, Tom fell a 
little behind. As he rushed forward to regain his 
proper station he stumbled into a clump of bushes, to 
the great disgust of Old Abe, who, as soon as the dis- 
comfited pair emerged from the brush, struck his talons 
into the neck and face of his bearer. 

This was a grave military offense, but under the 
circumstances there was no court-martial. 

Soon after, the brigade went into quarters at Clear 
Creek, where for some time Abe had a gay frolic, learn- 
ing a great deal that was both mischievous and amus- 
ing running at large, catching bugs with his claws in 
puddles of water, fishing in the creek, catching bullets 
rolled upon the ground, running off with the ball in the 
hilarious game, tipping over water-pails, visiting the 
sutler's tent and tearing up soldiers' clothes. 

One day a soldier cut off the heads of some chickens 
and left them a few moments to flutter, while preparing 
to cook them. Old Abe noticed the movement at a lit- 
tle distance, and slyly hurried to the spot, passing some 
soldiers who warned the cook of the bird's foraging 
attitude. 26 


As the man turned to look for his chickens in one 
direction, Abe perceived one in the grass just behind 
him, and snatched it up and whirled off like a rocket, 
amid the cheers of the spectators. The cook, furious 
with rage, ran puffing and swearing after Abe, without 
overtaking him. 

At this point, Clear Creek, Abe always "went in 
swimming " with the boys, and was not behind them in 
enjoyment of the water-frolics. 

Day by day his fame extended. During one of his 
periods of excessive hilarity, a farmer accosted the 
bearer, offering to give the eagle a chicken for the privi- 
lege of exhibiting him to the children. Tom accepted, 
and on arriving at the house a fair young lady appeared 
among the children, who vainly coaxed the bird for the 
privilege of touching his royal plumage, remarking 
that she " never expected to see the celebrated eagle 
which she had heard was carried by a Yankee regi- 

After satisfying the curiosity of the children, Abe 
was liberated among the fowls. He stalked toward the 
chickens, threw his head swiftly from side to side, as 
he always did on such occasions, walked around his 
selected victim with a stealthy air, and then made his 
terrible lunge. 

Drawing the chicken directly under him and stand- 
ing defiantly upon it, he opened his wings to a hovering 
position, bent down his tail spread out like a fan, rustled 
up his feathers and uttered a shrieking chuckle of satis- 


faction. These incantations over, he plunged his beak 
into the heart and devoured it palpitating. Looking on 
and shuddering, the children exclaimed, "Oh ! Oh ! " 
But Tom gave the beautiful brunette a significant wink, 
saying: " He is from Wisconsin." 

To the soldiers he served as a barometer. If the 
weight of the atmosphere indicated a storm, he was 
uneasy to find a shelter ere it came on, and, if tethered, 
was very lively. No one but his bearer could approach 
him then without severe reproof. 

If the lightning flashed his eye was lighted with a 
new fury; and, as the thunder followed, he listened 
with rapt suspense, screaming in terrible revelry for 
minutes at a time; but if the rain continued steady and 
heavy, he grew calm, and hiding his head under his 
wing, slept contentedly until the sunlight appeared. 

Abe drank after the manner of all other birds, but 
when no better chance availed itself, he would throw 
back his head, open his mouth and permit his bearer 
to pour water down his throat from a canteen. 

He was also very friendly with his keeper, shaking 
hands with him and taking his fingers with a gentle 
pressure in his beak. Yet he was extremely sensitive 
as to his rights, and never forgot the person who abused 

One day a sergeant tormented him with rough hand- 
ling, and affronted him by mimicking his manner of 
self-defense. Like an Indian he laid up a store- of 
vengeance for the future and when, several months later, 


the sergeant returned from a journey, Abe fixed his 
kindling eye upon him, and the moment he came into 
his presence flew at his head with fury, actually driv- 
ing him off. 

While taking a bath in the creek a mischievous Negro 
tormented him. After submitting as long as it was 
thought appropriate, he flew at the African with terrific 
force, chasing him out of camp. From that time on the 
colored brethren kept at a respectful distance; and Abe 
always hated them. 

He hated dogs, too, though early in the campaign he 
took a deep interest in a regimental dog named Frank, 
because Frank was a good hunter, bringing in numer- 
ous rabbits, rats and mice. Whenever he heard Frank's 
sharp bark in the adjoining brush or fields, he lowered 
his head and stretched forth his neck, listening with all 
the earnestness of an eager stomach. 



BEARER HILL having been promoted, David McLane, 
of Menomonie, Wisconsin, was placed in charge of Abe 
on August 18, 1862. 

On discovering that the enemy was concentrating for 
a grand attack on Corinth, then held, by our forces, Rose- 
crans rallied on the 3d* of October, 1862, to meet 42,000 
Southern troops combined under Price, Van Dorn and 
Lovell. At this time the Eagles stood near the base of the 
hill, in front of the line, Old Abe in the advance. Before 
the battle commenced, Gen. Price, having heard of the 
eagle, and knowing his capture would electrify the 
South, ordered his men to take him at any hazard; and 
if they could not do that, to kill him. 

On this point McLane, who carried Abe through the 
engagement, wrote: 

The rebel Gen. Price saw him there and ordered his men 
either to capture or kill him at all hazards, stating that he 
had heard of that bird before, and would rather capture him 
than the whole brigade. I had this statement from rebel pris- 
oners and believe it to be true. 

Col. J. W. Jefferson verifies what others have testi- 

One of Gen. Price's men, who was captured by us, told me 
Price said to his men that he would rather have them capture 
the eagle of the Eighth Wisconsin than a "dozen battle-flags," 
and that if they succeeded, he would give the lucky (or 



unlucky) confederate "free pillage in Corinth!" The val- 
iant rebels did not succeed, however, but, instead, many of 
them were captured. 

A confederate soldier, brother of a guerrilla chief, visit- 
ing Madison in 1875, informed one of the eagle's attend- 
ants that while in the Southern service, during one of 
the battles, he heard his general say: "I would rather 
capture Old Abe than a whole brigade." 

During a lull in the battle, as the enemy was prepar- 
ing again to fire from the brow of the hill, distant not 
over thirty rods from the Eighth Regiment, the eagle 
being exposed in plain sight of the enemy, a confeder- 
ate officer was heard by several in Company C to say: 
" There he is the eagle capture him, boys! " 

No sooner was this command given than their artil- 
lery opened upon our forces, under the cover of which a 
column moved briskly over the crest to break and scat- 
ter our front, and capture the prize. During these move- 
ments Abe scanned with fire-lit eye every movement on 
the hill, and, as the confederate infantry came in sight, 
whistled a startling note of alarm. 

Instantly both armies met in a deafening shock, 
midst a boom and crash of cannon that trembled forest 
and valley. Shouts rent the air, while death mowed his 
swath through both armies, the bloody gaps closing up 
again and again. 

During the conflict the eagle leaped up with a des- 
perate spring, breaking his cord, if it was not cut by a 
Minie-ball, and was seen by the combatants circling 
and careering in the sulphurous smoke. 


The enemy pressed on exultant, sending bullets thick 
as hailstones after the noble bird. Once he wavered and 
careened, as if wounded, but at once recovered and con- 
tinued to mount, circle and scream as if mad with 
excitement and exultation. 

After viewing the combat for a time from his sky- 
eyrie, he appeared suddenly to catch sight of his regi- 
ment and flag, and came sweeping down with frightful 
speed, alighting hard by with a peculiar whistle which 
everybody recognized as one of satisfaction. 

At the close of the battle the victory, bloody and 
dear though it was an examination revealed the fact 
that when Abe careened in his upward flight, he had 
been slightly struck by one of the many deadly missiles 
the confederates sent after him. 

Soon after the battle, some one in the regiment had 
the audacity to crop the tail and one wing of the eagle, 
to prevent him from flying away during an engagement. 
It was argued by the shabby party who did the crop- 
ping, that Abe u might get lost." He no longer looked 
like himself; and his disheveled appearance mortified 
the soldiers and regimental officers exceedingly. 

Disgusted with the treatment his bird had received, 
McLane resigned his eagle commission on the 1st of No- 
vember, 1862, and Edward Homaston, of Eau Claire, was 
tendered the honor. Having been reared among the Green 
Mountains of Vermont, where in boyhood he watched the 
flight of eagles every day, he took to Old Abe naturally. 


Their friendship for one another was very strong; they 
slept together like brothers. 

At Oxford, where the confederate citizens, especially 
the women, called Abe " a dirty crow," " a Yankee buz- 
zard," and the like, a squad of barefooted little urchins 
congregated about the bird, which was tethered on the 
ground. One boy, who drew especially near, was the 
possessor of a pair of feet which, by reason of mud and 
exposure, had reached the color and appearance of a 
large, lazy toad. 

The eagle fastened his eye on them at once, and began 
to throw his head from side to side, as was customary 
before pouncing upon game. 

An officer chanced to see the performance, and by a 
sharp yell drove the urchin back in great fright just in 
time to save his tawny feet from laceration. 

Abe was possessed of undoubted intelligence. When 
on the march he kept constantly on the watch, was alive 
to every sound, and invariably informed his bearer of 
any danger from the limb of a tree, or the approach of 
an enemy, by a note of alarm. Even when the army 
rested at night, if any one approached, however cau- 
tiously, he would suddenly withdraw his head from his 
wing and utter a short screech. His quick ear detected 
the faintest tread and his powerful eye the remotest 
appearance of danger, which he never failed to make 



ON THE swift march to Grand Junction Abe was com- 
pelled to go several days without food. The boys had 
little or nothing to divide, so Homaston was forced to 
sally out in the night and capture a couple of plump 
confederate chickens with which to break the fast. 

As winter drew on at La Grange, Tennessee, no meat 
could be procured for the eagle. This was a very serious 
matter, for meat was his principal diet. 

Capt. Wolf attempted repeatedly to purchase some 
chickens of a well-to-do planter near by, but without 
success. Finally, taking the eagle with him, he went yet 
again to the farmer and threatened that if no chickens 
could be bought Old Abe should be let loose to capture 
whatever he pleased. 

Thereupon the Southerner came forth and said he 
would compromise on a Guinea-hen, provided Abe 
could kill her in a fair fight. As half a loaf is better 
than no bread, Capt. Wolf accepted this proposition. 

During the parley quite a crowd, including several 
regimental officers, gathered to witness the battle. Eying 
his prey with a measuring glance, Abe sprung forward, 
when the hen uttered her peculiar squall a sound 
entirely strange to his quick ear which so startled him 
that he paused for further examination. Improving 



the cessation of hostilities the hen scud off to the oppo- 
site corner. Enraged at this procedure, the eagle made 
another dash, which was followed by the same unearthly 
squall. Thoroughly astonished, Abe paused again to 
look at the author of the strange squawk. 

There was no possibility of outflanking the hen, 
neither did she dare to meet the eagle in mortal combat; 
so round and round they flew, amid roars of laughter, 
till at length the Guinea escaped under a building, 
where the eagle, swelled and ruffled in anger, could not 

This bit of fun mellowed the planter, who now per- 
mitted Abe to try his skill on a Shanghai. Quickly 
selecting his victim and poising himself for a spring, he 
caught up the pullet with an unerring sweep and was 
soon chuckling and ruffling his feathers over a feast. 

The cotton bales at La Grange, of which the breast- 
works were made, afforded immense sport for Abe. He 
plucked and tore the fleecy substance in great glee and 
cluttered the soft fragments into a bed on which to lie 
in the sun, or sleep at night. 

Capt. A. G. Weissert, of the Eighth, relates the fol- 
lowing : 

During the spring of 1863 the brigade of which the Eighth 
Wisconsin formed a part was for a short time encamped at 
Germantown, Tennessee, not far from the Mississippi line. 
A fort had been built on a commanding position north of the 
town, and near it was the camp of that regiment. 

The brigade commander was Gen. Joe A. Mower, who 
joined as a colonel and left a major-general. A braver soldier 
never lived. 


The Eighth was not so fortunate as to remain long in camp 
on any occasion, and so it proved at Germantown. One 
morning the regiment unexpectedly received orders to forth- 
with break camp and report to the brigade commander on 
the Memphis road. It took the old regiment but a few min- 
utes to strike tents and get itself into marching order, as it 
had often received similar orders before under like circum- 
stances. Old Slack, the regimental bugler, had sounded the 
assembly and orders were given to " fall in," and in less time 
than this incident can be told the boys were in line, ready to 
march. But they did not march. Again an aid-de-camp hur- 
riedly delivered orders to the colonel commanding, directing 
him to report with his regiment as before ordered still the 
regiment did not move. The rear companies asked the cause 
of the unusual delay, when their attention was directed to 
the eagle-bearer, out in a field near a great forest, looking 
skyward. There, soaring high above the bearer was Old Abe, 
the pet of the regiment. 

Gradually the eagle circled his way toward his keeper, who 
stood below with shield extended as a signal for him to return. 
This he did, and when the bearer with the eagle took his place 
near the colors, the regiment moved off with light hearts and 
soon reported to the brigade commander, but not until it had 
been ordered to do so for the third time. As the regiment 
came marching along with the long, swinging step so common 
with the Western soldiers, the colonel saluted Gen. Mower, 
who, in an impetuous manner, said : 

"Colonel, did you not receive orders to report here with 
your command some time ago ? " 

"Yes, sir," replied the colonel. 

"Then, why did you not report promptly you have kept 
the column waiting nearly an hour." 

" General," said the colonel, " Old Abe was off when your 
unexpected orders were received, and the boys of the Eighth 
would not march without their eagle." 

"I don't blame them, under the circumstances," said the 
old general, " d d if I would have marched, either." 

On the \ 1th of March, 1863, the Eagles were ordered 
to Memphis welcome news, for they anticipated a rest 
amid the gayeties and luxuries of city life. Old Abe 
remained on his perch all that day, watching the prep- 
aration. Having become impatient at what he must 
have regarded as unnecessary delay, the bugle-blast to 


march was so electrifying to his patriotic nerves that he 
snatched up the cord, stiff from a recent cold rain, and- 
bit it in twain as clean and smooth as if his beak had 
been a sharp knife; and then, with an unmistakable 
" come on, boys!" he soared over the regiment with a 
whirr of exultation, higher and higher, on easy wing, 
sailing round and round in the dark sky, and, when up 
to a shooting point, scooped far off in a grand circle 
and back over the army again, the whole brigade gazing 
and thousands of voices shouting, "Bravo, Old Abe!" 

After completing his gyrations he settled leisurely 
down near a spring where he had been accustomed to 
drink, and was easily captured and transferred to his 
perch, though his eyes glistened with a roguish twinkle. 

The stay at Memphis was unexpectedly short. The 
boys were ordered to Helena. On the journey they 
encountered a violent hurricane, which made no end of 
trouble for Old Abe and finally blew him, entangled in 
his cord, into a tree, severely bruising a leg. 

On April 1, 1863, they landed at Ducksport and went 
into camp on the Louisiana side, nine miles from Vicks- 
burg. Here the soldiers were addressed by Gen. G. H. 
Thomas. As his eye glanced over the stalwart ranks 
he caught a view of Old Abe, whom he had not seen since 
the greeting in St. Louis, about two years before. 
Brightening up as if he had unexpectedly met an old 
friend, he added : " I had supposed that all present were 
strangers to me, but I see one familiar personage at least 


that majestic eagle of the Eighth Wisconsin, the 
emblem now of universal freedom in this Republic." 

Gen. Tuttle's Division soon passed further down, 
reaching Hard Times Landing on the 7th of May. Just 
as each company had stacked arms in the middle of the 
road, Generals Mower, Smith, Sherman and Grant 
came dashing by, inspecting the army. As they passed 
the old Eighth, Grant doffed his hat to the eagle, at 
which the regiment cheered, the bird responding with 
true military spirit by a shrill scream and a quick 
flap of his wings. 

Crossing the Mississippi and then marching to Grand 
Gulf, Fort Gibson and Rocky Springs, the Eagles skir- 
mished on the 12th with the enemy at Fourteen-Mile 
Creek. Here Gen. Sherman, frequently riding with his 
staff during the day in their rear, noticed the dash and 
skill of the men, and paid them a high compliment, 
remarking : " You are worthy to carry the American 

The next day, on entering Raymond, Abe witnessed 
another skirmish, during which the ememy was driven 
to Mississippi Springs; " and it was fun," says a soldier, 
" to see how drolly he watched the ' butternuts ' as they 
skedaddled into the tangled brush." 

The scene at the battle of Jackson, Miss., was such 
as to afford a revelry of delight to the wild and stormy 
spirit of an eagle. The federal attack was impetuous, but 
nature's battle the attack of the elements was even 
fiercer. The swift movements of the troops, the dashing 


rain, the rush and roar of battle, the flash of light- 
ning and the peal of thunder, all overhung by a black 
and angry sky that reached heavily down to mingle 
with the smoke of the conflict, combined to make a 
scene of sublimity which man is not often permitted to 

Abe was all spirit and fire. He flapped his pinions 
and sent his powerful scream high above the din of 

The federals won and Old Abe, with the " lightning 
playing on his pinions," entered the capital of Missis- 
sippi at the head of the victorious army. 

The confederate flag was soon hauled down and the 
Union colors hoisted in its stead, and Old Abe, the liv- 
ing emblem of our free and undivided country, perched 
on his shield of stars and stripes, was placed in the 
beautiful park in front of the steps of the capitol build- 
ing, on which, in other days, hundreds of human 
beings had been sold at auction into hopeless slavery. 

What a contrast! 



AT THE headlong assault on Vicksburg, a few days 
later, Homaston tripped and fell. At the very instant 
of the fall a bullet struck Abe a glancing blow on the 
breast, the shock of which so frightened him that he 
made a desperate upward spring, dragging Homaston 
some feet. Although both were somewhat injured by the 
mishap, the wonderful strength of the bird saved Hom- 
aston'slife; for as Abe dragged him along a bullet struck 
the spot he had that instant vacated. 

Noticing this series of accidents, Lieut. Butler ordered 
a sergeant to watch Homaston, and, if he should be 
killed, to secure Abe at all hazards. 

Recovering from the shock, Homaston hurried along 
to join his company. Having done this he planted the 
perch on which the eagle sat, by the side of the colors, 
under a large tree in plain view of the enemy's guns, 
less than a hundred rods distant. 

Evidently espying the eagle and colors, as one account 
has it, the rebels poured a special fire of grape upon the 
group, sending a well-aimed shell which struck the top 
of the tree and cut it off and burst, with a horrid scat- 
tering, the pieces tearing many holes in the flag, and 
killing several, among whom were Lieut. W. D. Chap- 
man, of Company F, and Capt. Stephen Estee, of Com- 



pany H. The eagle sprung for a flight again, but was 
held fast, and both he and his bearer escaped unharmed. 
Lowering the colors and eagle, they lay down under the 
shivered tree expecting annihilation; but, resolving to die 
at the best price, continued to fire upon the enemy. 
Finally an adjutant rode briskly to the spot and an- 
nounced the order to " go forward into the ravine, and 
avoid the slaughter." 

The regiment recoiled over swaths of the slain, receiv- 
ing an appalling storm of shot. Many fell, but Old Abe 
and his bearer came out without a scratch. 

As the crowd gathered in the ravine, a soldier, chuck- 
ling over his trophy, brought a live rabbit which he had 
caught in the bushes. "Here, Abe!" said he, "you've 
earned this fellow," and threw it to the perch. The eagle 
caught it in his claws, and there, amidst the rage of bat- 
tle, as shell and shot were playing overhead, he devoured 
his prey, heedless of noise and excitement. His self- 
possessed demeanor pleased the boys, it was so brave and 

Leaving the eagle to enjoy his meal, the bearer took 
several canteens to fill with water at a spring directly 
under the enemy's guns. Whilst busy with this a shell 
fell near him with thundering crash and exploded, hitting 
his canteen and dashing it to pieces. Paying no atten- 
tion to it, he deliberately went on filling the remainder. 
"You take it cool, Ed," said a soldier standing by. 
" Yes, cool place, this," replied Ed; " but run and see if 


Abe is hurt ! " The pet bird was still uninjured, gorging 
on his rabbit. 

So it was everywhere; the soldiers often forgot them- 
selves, but never forgot Abe, their playmate in camp and 
their companion and emblem of victory in battle. 

Finally, after forty-six days of struggle and priva- 
tion, hardship and peril, and during sixteen days of 
which the average for each man was but a single cracker 
per day, the federal army, with the Black Eagle of Illi- 
nois* at its head and the bald eagle of Wisconsin scream- 
ing at his left, entered Vicksburg amidst wild huzzas and 
the blare of trumpets, on July 4, 1863. 

The Eagle Regiment now turned further south. 

* Gen. John A. Logan. 



WHILE stationed at Messenger's Ford, during the lat- 
ter part of July, to protect property and life against 
guerrilla hordes, a squad of the Ninety-third Illinois 
came to see the eagle. Having heard of his dislike of 
strangers, they were careful not to approach within the 
length of his cord. But the boys of the Eighth, ever 
alert for fun, importuned one of the visitors to throw up 
his cap and " see the eagle catch it." 

Abe sat in a tree surveying his guests with severe 
scrutiny. Up went the cap, when the bird, catching it 
with his claws and glancing down at the soldier with a 
roguish whistle, trampled it under his feet, hovering and 
rustling his wings. Then tearing it up with his beak, 
he flung the shreds down with a disdainful chuckle. 
Soon after this incident, while Abe was on his perch 
surveying the trappings of war, a Negro passed under 
him carelessly. Quick as a flash he reached down and 
caught the darkey's cap and ripped it to threads with 
many demonstrations of satisfaction. 

Long, severe campaigning and absence from home and 
the influence of loved ones, frequently lead soldiers to 
do things that, in the quiet decorum of peace, may not 
be considered entirely orthodox. In this respect Abe 
was like his companions. 



At Bear Creek he discovered a cup of peach brandy 
near a tent, which, at an opportune moment, he quickly 
swallowed. Whoever has seen a fifteen-year-old boy 
on his first drunk will know just what a figure Old 
Abe cut. 

His eye lost its fierce penetration and his feathers 
were drooping and disheveled. He tumbled and 
retched, lay flat on his side, lolled and twitched his 
head in short, made a general fool of himself. 

Abe's antics were very droll and laughable, yet the 
boys felt no little humiliation while contemplating the 
spectacle of the king of birds and the proud emblem of 
their country groveling in a drunken stupor. 

In September, 1863, Homaston resigned, and John 
Buckhardt, a sturdy German of Eau Claire, was chosen 
eagle-bearer. He first marched at the front, with Old 
Abe above him, at Logan's victorious charge on Browns- 

He next, after guarding Vicksburg for a time, went 
on the Red River expedition. At Bayou de Glaise, in 
March, 1864, the Creole people greeted the Northern 
soldiery with many demonstrations of loyalty and 
delight. He eyed their waving banners and handker- 
chiefs in a quizzicaljway, as much as to say: " We take 
no stock in your sudden loyalty." 

Abe, screaming, was one of the first to scale the ram- 
parts and invest Fort de Russy. Thence the march was 
to Alexandria, where, the eagle having become so 
famous, there arose a general clamor to have him 


become the property of the entire regiment, so each 
company could in turn have the honor of carrying, pro- 
tecting and fighting under him. 

To this proposition Company C protested with spirit. 
They simply wouldn't have any such plan carried out, 
and presented to Gen. Mower an elaborate document in 
writing, setting forth the manner in which they origi- 
nally came into possession of the coveted emblem at 
Eau Claire, how they had cared for and clung to him 
for over two years, and ending with a square declaration 
that Old Abe could not be had by peaceable means. 

That did the business, Gen. Mower deciding at once 
that Company C was the rightful owner of the bird. 

At Henderson's Hill Gen. Mower came upon the 
enemy strongly entrenched. He dared not attack them 
in front, so marched stealthily by night fifteen miles 
through a swamp, to reach the rear of the stronghold. 

Suddenly, at midnight, while the boys were creeping 
along, Abe gave his note of alarm. It was unmistak- 
able short, sharp and startling. They listened, heard 
a footstep, and prepared for an emergency. It was a 
confederate courier with dispatches to Gen. Taylor, ask- 
ing for re-inforcements. 

Thinking, very naturally, in the darkness, that he 
had fallen in with confederates, he gave the confederate 
countersign and was captured. 

Although enraged at the eagle, the Yankees and fate, 
he was compelled to lead the way back to the fort, where 
Abe had the pleasure of witnessing the capture of the 


entire garrison, with its horses, arms, ammunition and 

As some delicate eagle food was among the trophies, 
Abe had a feast to pay for his good work. 

Proceeding on their journey up the Red River, the 
boys found the enemy at Grand Ecore. Here another 
dispute arose as to what company should carry Old Abe, 
Company C having been detailed as provost guard at 
division headquarters. 

At last, with the regimental colors, he was assigned 
to Company I during the period covered by guard duty, 
and that was the only time Abe was out of the possession 
of the company in which he enlisted and to which he 
clearly belonged. 

From this time to May 24, 1864, when Abe and his 
regiment reached Vicksburg, the boys saw much hard 
fighting and much sickness. Nor was this all. Their 
rations were short sometimes very short and their 
clothing wholly insufficient; yet the tireless spirit and 
unwavering courage of Old Abe kept them up. 



IT WAS now time to consider the question of re-enlist- 
ment. Would the fragments of the Eagle Regiment re- 
enlist? There was but one answer. Of course they 
would. They would veteranize, secure a thirty-day 
furlough in which to visit their homes, and then return 
to complete the overthrow of treason. 

Accordingly on June 19, 1864, the veterans and their 
eagle left Memphis for Wisconsin. Before reaching 
Madison the State authorities had been notified of their 
approach, and prepared to extend a royal welcome. An 
extract from the Wisconsin State Journal describes the 
scene : 

The re-enlisted veterans of the Eighth Wisconsin regiment 
arrived on the afternoon train, Tuesday, and after a good din- 
ner prepared for them at Mosher's Railroad House, marched 
up town to the Capitol Park, where the reception took place 
a little after (i o'clock. A large concourse of citizens had 
assembled to witness the spectacle. Flags were displayed 
along the streets, the bells of the city rung, and the national 
salute fired. 

The live eagle, Old Abe, and the tattered and riddled colors 
of the regiment attracted all eyes. Since we first saw him at 
Camp Randall, in 1861, Old Abe has grown considerably, and 
has acquired dignity and ease of bearing. He sits on his perch 
undisturbed by any noise or tumult, the impersonation of 
haughty defiance. He has shared all the long marches of this 
regiment, including Sherman's great raid and the campaign 
np Red River, and passed through a great number of battles, 
in which he has once or twice had some of his feathers shot 
away, but has never received a scratch from a rebel bullet 
sufficient to draw blood. He is the pet of the whole regiment. 



Gen . Lucius Fairchild, in his eloquent address to the 
veterans, thus spoke of the bird: 

We welcome your eagle, that national emblem whose fame 
has been widely spread and become historic through pen and 
song. I have often wondered what sensations must have filled 
the minds of rebels as you bore him proudly with your regi- 
ment, and while they remember the present attitude they 
maintain toward our government, one would think that the 
very sight of Old Abe would cause them to hide their heads 
in shame. Bear him ever aloft with your advancing shout, 
and let the rebels remember yes, teach them that 

" Ne'er shall the rage of the conflict be o'er, 

And ne'er shall the warm blood of life cease to flow 
Arid still 'mid the smoke of the battle shall soar 
Our eagle till scattered and fled be the foe." 

At the conclusion of Gen. Fairchild's remarks, Col. 
Jefferson briefly responded, returning the thanks of the 
regiment for the cordial welcome that had been extended, 
and proposed " three cheers and an eagle " for the Union, 
the President of the United States, and the State officers 
of Wisconsin. Three cheers were given with "great en- 
thusiasm by the boys of the Eighth. The eagle evi- 
dently understood his part, for at the third hurrah he 
stretched himself to his full height and expanded his 
wings to the utmost. 

Early on the morning of Sunday, June 26, a remnant 
of Company C and Old Abe arrived at Eau Claire, and 
were greeted with booming cannon, martial music, patri- 
otic songs, and an abundant feast. 

Abe was given a pleasant place in a spacious yard 
under a large oak, where he received old acquaintances 
with his usual dignity so much dignity, in fact, that 
scarcely anyone dared to go near him. He had been 


bothered so much by strangers that whenever anyone 
not known to be a friend approached, there was an 
unmistakable demonstration of war. 

After receiving a visit from nearly every citizen and 
laudation from every newspaper in Eau Claire, Abe was 
transported to his native county of Chippewa,* but his 
captors, Chief Sky and Thunder of Bees, who, in placing 
upon him the chains of slavery had given him greater 
fame than any other bird ever mentioned in history, 
were not present to greet him. 

Every newspaper in Wisconsin now contained articles 
about the war-eagle, and people went long distances to 
look upon the bird that had ridden at the front of battle 
and whose name was as familiar as that of President 

On the 4th of July, 1864, the Union people celebrated 
our Day of Independence at Chippewa Falls. The fur- 
loughed soldiers and Old Abe were present. A huge 
wigwam had been constructed for the purpose of serv- 
ing a feast, the proceeds to go to our suffering soldiers. 
Headed by a band of music and the eagle on his old 
perch followed by his companions in arms, the enthusi- 
astic procession marched through the streets singing 
patriotic songs and hurrahing for the Union and Old 

* The spot 011 which Old Abe was born is now in Price County. 



THE furloughs of those who veteranized expired and 
the boys started for the front on or about the 1st of 

Buckhardt, with the eagle on his perch, boarded a 
passenger train on the Illinois Central Railway in Chi- 
cago, and took a seat for himself and Abe. When the 
conductor appeared a surly fellow declared by the boys 
to be a copperhead he demanded full fare for Abe. 
Buckhardt tendered his own fare, but refused to pay for 
his companion. 

" Pay for that thing, or I'll put you both out! " mut- 
tered the enraged conductor, placing his hand with 
heavy force upon the bearer's shoulder. 

" Te eakel is von free pirdt free 'Merigan eakel und 
he ride free, too," responded John, with some emphasis. 

Matters grew squally. The conductor seized John by 
the collar, when, with a menace, several soldiers circled 
around, demanding fair play. Seeing this unlooked-for 
demonstration, and realizing that nearly all the passen- 
gers sympathized with the German, the conductor 
showed his valor by sliding into another car. 

This incident afforded a deal of amusement for the 
passengers, many of whom gave John money with 



which to buy meat for Abe, who continued unmolested 
as a first-class passenger to Cairo. 

While at home on his furlough Abe underwent a 
marked change in appearance. The reason for this may 
as well be stated here as elsewhere, to do which we shall 
quote Maria I. Cummings in Our Young Folks : 

Old Abe belongs to the bald-headed, or more correctly, the 
white-headed family, a species that in some respects are all 
young veterans, inasmuch as, at three or four years old, their 
head-feathers, which were originally brown, have become 
snowy white, giving them a dignified and venerable appear- 
ance. The other name of bald-head is derived from a spot 
between the beak and eyes, which is almost wholly destitute 
of feathers, so that the bald eagle, which is the emblem of 
America, assumes in his youth the honors which belong 
to a bald head and a hoary crown, although one would think 
he might afford to wait longer for them, as the eagle is a very 
long-lived bird, instances having been known of his living to 
be a hundred years old. 

And so with the country of which the bald-head is the 
representative. Although America is a young nation, she has 
had so much experience and has progressed so much faster 
than the nations of the Old World, that, if she could see her- 
self in the mirror of history, she would appear with a fresh, 
ruddy face and a strong frame, but a little wrinkled and bald 
about the temples, and with hair which care and anxiety have 
turned prematurely gray. But long life to her, and a high 
place among the nations ! and if she, too, has become a veteran 
in her youth, may it be with her as with our eagle only the 
courage, strength and wisdom which she has acquired on her 
many hard-fought fields entitle her to the name. 

Abe participated in but one more engagement, which 
is thus described in J. 0. Barrett's "Old Abe's Last 
Battle " : 

Rallying again around the flag and the eagle in Gen. A. J. 
Smith's Division, there was a rush, on August 13, 1864, after 
Forrest and his hosts. Crossing the Tallahatchie River and 
skirmishing near Abbeville Old Abe, on his war-shield, car- 
ried by Mr. Buckhardt the Union army met the enemy at 


Hurricane Creek, Miss. Having two batteries on a distant 
eminence to back his advance, Gen. Joseph A. Mower, who 
had so long distinguished himself, led his faithful brigade with- 
in a mile of the hill that peeved up a hundred feet above the 
open field. The batteries of the rival forces played upon 
each other until night, when, under its cover, our cavalry, by 
an expert movement, flanked the rebel lines on both sides, 
leaving the front open for a charge. On they rushed, inter- 
cepted by a muddy creek and thick clump of alders, but 
forming on the other side, the steady columns moved like a 
tornado, the Eagles wheeling to the back of the hill, when 
Old Abe, again in all his glory, with eye of lightning, with 
head and neck elongated to swiftest dash, with a whistle quick 
and startling to nerve and pluck, charged with them up, up 
the ramparts, flinging the enemy off as with the sweep of an 
eagle's wing, frightened, dismayed, broken, narrowly escaping 
at a fearful loss. As the dead and wounded lay side by side 
brothers there, as by right they should be, at the portal of 
death the very ground trembled for the shout of the victors, 
while the scream of the war-bird was heard clear and distinct 
amid the general carnival of groans and rejoicings. 

This was Old Abe's last battle in the Great Rebellion. He 
was the hero of about twenty-five great battles and as many 
skirmishes. To what agency may we attribute his " charmed 
life," when the story must be told again and again by patriot 
sires to their worthy sons, that, though in the fiercest fights, 
not a bearer of the colors or of the eagle ever conspicuous 
marks for the enemy was shot down ? The eagle seemed as 
protective to these bearers as was the standard of the cross in 
the battles of Constantine. In the great battle against Lucin- 
ius, which gave Constantine the undivided mastery of the 
Roman world, one man, who in terror transferred the stand- 
ard to another, was immediately pierced by a spear, while the 
bearer of it passed on unhurt amid a shower of javelins, and 
not a man in its immediate neighborhood was even wounded. 
If the eagle could dodge bullets, as the soldiers declare he 
did, not so the bearers. Many a sharp-shooter fired at these 
boys, but failed to kill one of them. In the bloodiest carnage 
they and their living standard were unharmed. Did it not 
portend the preservation of the Union ? 



RETURNING to Memphis on the 19th, in pursuit of 
Forrest, who was then fighting Gen. C. C. Washburn, Old 
Abe parted with the regiment for the last time. Hav- 
ing served the three years for which they enlisted, a 
portion of Company C was to be mustered out. Now 
the serious question arose: What shall be done with 
the soldier-bird ? A discussion followed : some were in 
favor of giving him to the county of Eau Claire, others 
to the national government at Washington, others still 
to the State of Wisconsin. 

The last proposition seemed most reasonable and 
just, and finally prevailed by a unanimous vote. There- 
fore, twenty -six of Company C, with their precious 
charge, started for the North. They reached Chicago 
on September 21, 1864, where Buckhardt resigned his 
commission and was succeeded by John F. Hill as 

Having been severely wounded at Corinth, John was 
compelled to rest occasionally at the street corners, 
where crowds of citizens gathered eagerly to listen to 
the story of Old Abe's career, for his fame was in every- 
body's mouth. 

Arriving at Madison on September 22, the scarred 
and weary soldiers were paid for their services and dis- 



charged. The State authorities then turned their atten- 
tion to Abe. Still clinging to the perch on which he 
was mustered in, and which he had learned to ride with 
dignity and grace, the eagle was borne through the 
shady avenues of the park and into the wide, cool aisles 
of the capitol, where, as though he were a king, he was 
met by Gov. James T. Lewis and Quartermaster-Gen- 
eral N. F. Lund. The official account of the latter fur- 
nishes some interesting information, as follows : 

MADISON, Sept. 26, 1864. 

Received from the governor the live eagle, Old Abe, of the 
Eighth Reg't Wis. Vol. Infantry. 

The eagle was formally presented to the governor, in his 
office, to-day at 3 o'clock, by Capt. Victor AVolf, of Com- 
pany C, in behalf of the company and the regiment, the above 
named company having brought the eagle into Camp Randall, 
in [September, 1861, from Eau Claire, and carried him through 
all the marches and battles of the regiment since that time. 
This having been the color company, the eagle has been borne 
by them beside the colors of the regiment. The majority of 
the company had within the past three days been paid off and 
mustered out of service. They arrived here on the 22d inst. 
In presenting the eagle to the governor, Capt. Wolf said he 
had been a good soldier, and never had flinched in battle or 
march; that he had been well cared for by Company C, and 
he hoped he would be as well taken care of by the State. In 
reply, the governor assured the captain that the eagle should 
be well and carefully taken care of and as safely kept as possi- 
ble, as long as he lived. N. F. LUND, 

Quartermaster- General. 

Old Abe's fighting days were now over, yet we may 
with interest refer a little further to his military career, 
especially to a description of his appearance in battle, 
quoting again from Barrett's brochure : 

The constant excitement of march and battle, of the hur- 
rying and affrighted populace, roused all the native fire and 
inspiration of our military bird. His appearance was per- 


feclly magnificent. To be seen in all his glory was when 
the battle commenced. At the sound of the regimental bugle, 
which he had learned to recognize, however engaged he might 
be, he would start suddenly, dart up his head, and then bend 
it gracefully, anticipating the coming shock; and when con- 
scious of its reality, his eyes would flash with uncommon 
luster. Then, with a silent, excited animation he would sur- 
vey the moving squadrons, and, as they rushed into line, his 
breast would tremble like the human heart, intensified to 
warring action between hope and fear and undaunted sus- 
pense a blending of caution and courage, a precipitancy 
of will, inspiring and sublime. Click would go a thousand 
locks, and he would turn again, curving that majestic neck, 
scrutinizing the ranks, and dipping his brow forward to await 
the crash; and when it came, rolling fiery thunder over the 
plain, he would spring up and spread his pinions, uttering his 
startling scream, heard, felt and gloried in by the soldiers. 
As the smoke enveloped him he would appear to be bewil- 
dered for a moment, but when it opened again, folding up from 
the soldiers like a curtain, he would look down intently, as if 
inquiring: "How goes the battle, boys? What of that last 
charge ? " 

Said a writer in the Washington Chronicle, who was 
often with Abe in battle : 

As the engagement waxed hot, as the roar of the heavy 
guns shook the earth, and the rattle of small arms pierced the 
dim and sulphurous cloud that hung about the line of battle, 
the eagle would flap his wings and mingle his voice with the 
tumult in the fiercest and wildest of his screams. 

Wrote another : 

When the battle is commenced, the eagle, with spread 
pinions, jumps up and down on his perch, uttering such wild, 
fearful screams as an eagle alone can utter. The fiercer ana 
louder the storm of battle, the fiercer, wilder and louder the 
screams. What a grand history he will have what a grand 
eagle he will be a hundred years hence! Pilgrims will come 
from all parts of the world to see the eagle that was borne 
through this, our second war for independence. 

Said an article in Harper's Weekly: 

When the battle raged most fiercely, and the enthusiasm 
of the soldiers was at its highest, then it was that Old Abe 


seemed to be in his own element. He flapped his wings in 
the midst of the furious storm, and, with head erect, faced the 
flying bullets and the crashing shells with no signs of fear. 
Old Abe triumphs with the triumph of the flag, and seems in 
some measure conscious of his relationship with the emblem 
of a victorious Republic. 

Col. J. W. Jefferson testified: 

Old Abe was with the command in nearly every action. 
He enjoyed the excitement; and I am convinced, from his pe- 
culiar manner, he was well informed in regard to army move- 
ments, dress parade and preparations for the march and battle. 
Upon parade, after he had been a year in the service, he al- 
ways gave heed to "Attention! " With his head obliquely to the 
front, his right eye directly turned upon the parade com- 
mander, he would listen to and obey orders, noting time accu- 
rately. After parade had been dismissed, and the ranks were 
being closed by the sergeants, he would lay aside his soldierly 
manner, flap his wings, and make himself generally at home. 
When there was an order to form for battle, he and the colors 
were first upon the line. His actions upon those occasions 
were uneasy, his head turning anxiously from right to left, 
looking to see when the line was completed. Soon as the 
regiment got ready, faced and put in march, he would assume 
a steady and quiet demeanor. In battle he was almost con- 
stantly flapping his wings, haying his mouth wide open, and 
many a time would scream with wild enthusiasm. This was 
particularly so at the hard-fought battle of Corinth, when our 
regiment repulsed and charged, or, you might say, made a 
counter-charge on Price's famous Missouri brigade. 

David McLane, one of his bearers, also wrote : 

The eagle seems to have a dread, like all old soldiers, of 
heavy musketry; but is in all his glory when the roar of artil- 
lery commences. I have had him up to batteries when they 
were firing into the rebel ranks as fast as they could load, and 
then he would scream, spread his wings at every discharge, 
and revel in the smoke and roar of the big guns. 

Gen. Lucius Fairchild, in his welcome-home address, 

I have often wondered what sensations must have filled the 
minds of rebels as you bore him proudly with your regiment; 
and while they remember the present attitude they maintain 
toward our government, one would think that the very sight 
of Old Abe would cause them to hide their heads in shame. 


Gen. Fairchild was not far amiss. At Memphis and 
other places the confederate citizens showed great respect 
for Abe, purchasing meat for his dinner, though contin- 
ually arrayed in hostility against him. 

The confederate soldiery, too, both feared and re- 
spected Old Abe, as the following incident, written by 
Lieut. Lansing for the New York Ledger, will show: 

The only time I ever saw the eagle was at the rear of Vicks- 
burg, just before it was carried on the field at Champion Hills, 
during which engagement he was seen by thousands of soldiers, 
both federal and rebel. There are many stories circulating 
among the soldiers relative to the sensations and sad, regret- 
ful longings for loyalty and peace excited in the rebel soldier's 
heart, on beholding the American eagle hovering over the 
avenging army. To listen to them, as told by the private sol- 
dier, while sitting by his camp-fire, they are intensely inter- 
esting to the loyal mind, and I wish I had the power to repro- 
duce them with equal effect; but my pen must acknowledge 
its weakness. There is one incident, however, that came un- 
der my own observation. A large wooden building in the 
rear of the field at Big Black Ridge was filled with rebel 
wounded, and after our own soldiers' wounds were dressed, I 
was sent thither for duty. While extracting a ball from a 
rebel's leg, I was much surprised to find it round, and a buck- 
shot imbedded in the flesh with it, an indication of having 
come from rebel guns. It had entered at the back part of the 
thigh, and made its appearance just beneath the skin on the 
fore-side. As I cut on it and learned its nature, I inquired 
of the man how he received it for I was impressed with the 
belief that it was not discharged from a Yankee gun. " Well, 
sir," said he, "I have always been a great lover of French and 
American history, in which the eagle figures so extensively as 
an emblem of freedom; and when I saw a live eagle floating 
and fluttering over your soldiers yesterday, Justin front of my 
regiment, all my old love of American freedom and loyalty 
returned; and shortly after, when we were obliged to run, I 
believed our cause was unjust, and so haunted was I with 
thoughts of disloyalty, and being an enemy, too, and fighting 
against that eagle, that I determined to desert the rebel cause 
and come to his protection ! The first opportunity I saw was 
this morning, when I made a rush for your lines, and was 
fired on by one of our men." 



"PEACE hath her victories no less renowned than 
war." As often as he cheered and brightened the 
Union boys, and as much as he exasperated and dis- 
couraged the confederates, Abe's civil was far more use- 
ful to his country than his military career. 

His presence at sanitary fairs and his numerous 
triumphant journeys through the country accomplished 
as much for charity and did as much to awaken patri- 
otism and elevate our regard for the soldier, as any other 

During the winter of 1864-5 the enterprising and 
patriotic ladies of the Northwestern Sanitary Commis- 
sion projected a great fair at Chicago, the proceeds 
to be devoted to sick and wounded soldiers. 

J. 0. Barrett, of Glenbeulah, Wisconsin, suggested to 
Gov. James T. Lewis that Abe's presence at the fair 
would prove an additional attraction and source of rev- 
enue. The governor coincided with this view. 

Accordingly, in charge of John H. McFarland, state 
armorer, and John F. Hill, attendant, Abe marched 
away to Chicago amidst swords, guns and tattered flags, 
and was given the place of honor, surrounded by para- 
phernalia of war and specimens of our vast natural 
resources from all parts of the country. 



He proved even a more potent attraction than had 
been anticipated. No visitor to the fair went home 
without a close inspection of Old Abe. Such of his 
feathers as naturally loosened were eagerly sought, and 
frequently brought five dollars each. 

Mr. Barrett had prepared a little pamphlet history of 
the bird, which, with his photographs, were sold by 
A. L. Sewall, and netted to the fund for sick and dis- 
abled soldiers the handsome sum of $16,000. 

Many notable tenders were made at thfs time for Old 
Abe himself. A western gentleman of wealth offered 
$10,000, and P. T. Barnum, through Col. Wood, of the 
Chicago Museum, offered $20,000 for him. All advances 
of this character were, of course, rejected. 

The brave bird, sleek and well groomed as the ward 
of the State, received more distinguished homage than 
any person or thing at the fair. Benjamin F. Taylor 
thus paid tribute to him : 

And there the bird of our banner holds grand levee from 
day to day, his white crest like the snowy plume of Henry of 
Navarre, that eye upon you that can look undazzled on the 
sun. The Eagle of Chippewa the children have plucked the 
bird out of the old flag and have set him living at the head of 
their legions. We bare our brow to him, the grandest con- 
tributor to the fair, and we leave the strangely assorted group 
to the reader: the tattered, bloody colors yonder, and then 
the little shoemaker that has a heart in it, and the eagle that 
ought to have a soul to be saved harmonious workers in 
mercy's sweet rivalry. 

While Gen. Wm. T. Sherman was addressing the 
people at the fair, in the main room of the exposition 
building, enthusiastic over the recent victories of our 


arms, he mentioned the emblems of the nation around 
him, and among them the eagle. As he did so he pre- 
cipitately put out his hand to stroke the plumage of our 
hero-bird, who sat in proud but quiet dignity near. 
Abe wheeled upon his perch with a savage screech at 
the general, his white feathers ruffled, prepared to fight 
against such presumption. The vast audience roared 
with laughter, and Gen. Sherman, quickly withdrawing 
his hand, smilingly observed: "I must retreat this 

So much did the incidents of the fair add to Abe's 
renown that Leonard W. Volk, the sculptor, proposed to 
make a statue of him. No other eagle ever sat in life 
for his statue. Volk himself has described the inter- 
esting event thus : 

In June, 1865, Abe was brought to my studio, and " posed " 
on his perch for a model in clay, full size, of his eagleship. 
Think I took six or eight sittings. I produced from it a model 
in plaster, with wings partly spread, and arranged to surmount 
a monumental shaft or column, holding a flag in its beak, the 
flag drooping down and covering part of the column. Two of 
these were made in marble for monuments one ordered by 
the cadets of West Point for a monument to a deceased com- 
rade, erected at Macomb, Illinois; the other for a soldiers' 
monument I forget where it was erected. When at work on 
the model of Old Abe I had to keep a sharp lookout for his 
beak and claws. When I applied the callipers to measure him, 
and would steal up to him in front, rear or flank as silently as 
possible, when he appeared asleep, instantly his keen eye 
would open with a flash; sometimes he would snatch the calli- 
pers with his claws from my hands and drop them to the floor. 
Occasionally he would give me a dig with his sharp claws and 
take a piece of skin from my hand with his needle-pointed 
beak. Sometimes with a shrill screech he would try and break 
away from his fastenings, floundering about with his powerful 
wings, which would of course raise a dust and knock things 
about the studio generally, especially during the absence of 


his keeper. I think he was heartily glad when the sitings 
terminated, as he did not appear to relish the confinement, 
nor did he evince a very high regard for spread-eagle art. 
But he was a splendid old bird, and behaved himself quite as 
well as some other two-legged sitters who have honored my 

Mr. Volk's model was destroyed by the great fire of 
1871 in Chicago. 



SOME time before the close of the war, Milwaukee 
had become a noted center for disabled Union soldiers. 
It is stated that during the last year of the Rebellion 
more than 8,000 of them were cared for in a single 
building on West Water street. 

This gave rise to the idea of establishing in that 
beautiful white city a permanent soldiers' home. Accord- 
ingly, before the Chicago fair had drawn to a close, 
preparations were made, mostly by the ladies, for a 
gigantic fair and bazaar. John F. Hill transported 
Abe direct from Chicago to Milwaukee, where he was 
placed in a large tent called " Tangle's Feature," presided 
over by " Tangle " McCracken, as queer a genius as one 
would care to see. 

In the center of this tent were extensive evergreen 
rings, rising one above another, and at the topmost was 
a pretty circular platform whereon the eagle perched. 
Below him were mud-turtles, peacocks, Devon cows, 
sheep, cranes, hawks, owls, rabbits, foxes, badgers, doves, 
a bloodhound, a bear, a coon which the Twelfth Wis- 
consin Battery had in the war and afterwards gave to 
the State, and three other eagles on their several perches, 


of different species, called, respectively, Gen. Grant, 
Phil. Sheridan and Gen. McClellan . 

Abe had the uppermost seat of honor and attracted the 
most attention. The other birds had neither character 
nor history were not warriors and diplomatists like 
Old Abe, but merely imitated him in a vulgar way by 
assuming distinguished names. 

But at this time Abe possessed a deep interest for the 
people in addition to that imparted by his remarkable 
career of activity and achievement; he had received the 
name of Abraham Lincoln, recently assassinated by a 
desperate confederate, John Wilkes Booth. Near him, 
too, were the " assassination flags," so-called, loaned for 
the occasion, and consisting of the banner in which 
Booth caught his spur as he leaped to the stage in 
Ford's theater, and the one grasped by Lincoln as he 
fell by the assassin's bullet. 

Here even the smallest feathers of Abe's plumage 
commanded higher prices than ever, and were eagerly 
sought. Many distinguished people secured them in 
one way and another, one being officially presented by 
the lady managers to Gen. Benjamin F. Butler. 

There are few lovelier spots on the footstool than that 
magnificent charity, the Milwaukee Branch of the Na- 
tional Soldiers' Home, with its immense grounds, 
shaded with oaks, maples and elms. 

Old Abe materially helped to establish and endow 
that institution, the net proceeds of the fair being more 
than $110,000, a goodly portion of which came directly 


from the enthusiastic interest felt by the people to see 
him and purchase his photographs. 

Louis P. Harvey, a great-hearted man, was elected 
governor of Wisconsin in the fall after Beauregard fired 
upon Fort Sumter. He took an active part in rais- 
ing and equipping troops, and entered with heart and 
soul into the work of defending the Union. Following 
his soldiers to the South, in order to see with his own 
eyes their sufferings and thus be able more intelli- 
gently to determine and minister to their wants, he met 
death accidently on the Mississippi River early in the 
spring of 1862. 

His wife, Mrs. C. A. P. Harvey, attempted to fill his 
place, and did so as far as was in her power, in allevi- 
ating the hardships of Wisconsin volunteers, and in 
pursuing this course conceived the idea of erecting a 
Soldiers' Orphans' Home at Madison. 

Her first step in this direction was to secure permis- 
sion from Gov. Lewis to exhibit Old Abe at the Wis- 
consin State Fair at Janesville, in September, 1865. The 
quartermaster-general gave her the use of two large tents 
and Wm. J. Jones, a one-armed soldier, was detailed to 
take the bird to the fair. 

In one of these tents Capt. Jones perched the eagle, 
accompanied by a coon brought from Georgia by the 
Twelfth Wisconsin Battery, and, charging ten cents for 
admission, cleared nearly 8500. In the meantime Mrs. 
Harvey circulated a subscription paper and obtained 


such a large sum of money that the Home was at once 

The Soldiers' Orphans' Home of Wisconsin, located 
on a beautiful shaded slope on the shores of Lake Mo- 
nona, was a noble charity, and Old Abe had the lasting 
honor of earning the first money with which it was 



IN 1866, when Congress and President Andrew John- 
son were in a struggle over what means should be 
adopted for the proper reconstruction of the lately rebell- 
ious states, a mass convention was called to meet at 
Pittsburgh, Penn., on September 25 and 26, to " sustain 
the measures adopted by Congress for the restoration of 
the Union." It was one of the most magnificent out- 
bursts of popular feeling ever manifested in the history 
of our country. 

There were representatives from all the Northern 
states and some of the Southern the great West pre- 
ponderating in numbers and, sitting side by side with 
them on the platform, to indicate the democratic spirit 
of the convention, were such privates as L. Edwin Dud- 
ley, " the patriotic clerk of Washington; " Robert Hen- 
dershott, "the Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock; " 
John Burns, the famous hero of Gettysburg; and Serg. 
Geo. Robinson, of Maine, who saved the life of Secretary 
Seward on the night of the assassination of President 

Old Abe had been invited, and, of course, accepted 
the invitation to be present. Having received many 
ovations on the journey, he reached Pittsburgh on the 



24th in care of Capt. McDonald, and was quartered at 
the St. Charles Hotel with a large number of other war- 
riors not less distinguished than himself. 

The City Hall, in which the convention was held, was 
decorated with evergreens, flowers and flags. Between 
the windows hung badges of twenty-five army corps, and 
on the platform were the emblems of war and peace 
white flags and sheaves of wheat. Over the entrance was 
inscribed: " There can be no lasting peace while the flag of 
the Union can not wave unmolested over the graves oj our 
fallen comrades." 

The hall was densely packed; in one of the aisles 
stood delegates from a neighborhood sixty strong, every 
one of whom had been wounded in the service, with 
their colors. The jam of people was so great at the 
door that Capt. McDonald found it almost impossible 
to advance with his eagle. 

Gen. Benjamin F. Butler had just begun a speech, 
when the presiding officer, Gen. J. D. Cox, catching 
sight of Abe, interrupted and shouted to the dense 
throng to " make way for the veteran war-eagle of Wis- 

The crowd parted like magic, and McDonald, with 
Abe perched like winged Jove above his head, marched 
up to the platform. The audience arose and sent up 
cheer upon cheer, fairly splitting the air, while the band 
played martial music. Abe, recalling the excitement of 
other days in which he reveled, flapped his wings and 
sent forth his wildest scream such a scream as was 


never heard in the City Hall of Pittsburgh before or 

On motion of Hannibal Hamlin, of Maine, Abe was 
assigned a position near the chairman, where he 
stretched up and flapped his pinions every time the 
people cheered Gen. Butler, who was speaking. 

On the evening of September 25 a torchlight proces- 
sion five miles in length marched through the city, led 
by Gen. Negley. "The streets," said a newspaper 
account, " were ablaze, and filled for miles with people. 
Such popular enthusiasm has seldom been equaled. 
The city was one glorious illumination of blazing ban- 
ners and sentiments steeped in fire. There was an 
unsurpassed display of beautiful designs and models 
in brilliant lights in moving lines." 

Old Abe, gayly decorated with red, white and blue, 
sat on his perch in an open carriage drawn by four white 
horses. As he moved along, the most conspicuous object 
in the procession, the people shouted and cast into his 
carriage wreaths, mottoes and bouquets without number. 
It was an inspiring scene, and one which Abe enjoyed, 
his eyes flashing like dots of lightning. 



THE next public appearance of our plumaged warrior 
was at Peoria, 111., on October 11, 1866, whither he went 
with Capt. A. G. Weissert arid Capt. A. R. McDonald, 
state armorer, to dedicate a soldiers' monument. 

Forty thousand people, a large portion of them vet- 
eran soldiers, were present, and greeted Abe with shouts 
and huzzas. The great speeches were by Gen. John A. 
Logan, the Black Eagle of Illinois, Col. Robert G. Inger- 
soll and Gen. Benjamin F. Butler. Abe was perched 
near them on the grand stand, where he cheered with 
the crowd and in every way added spirit to the occasion. 

One of the notable gatherings of the period was the 
Soldiers and Sailors' Convention, which met in Chicago 
on May 19, 1868. The truth is, that caravans of soldiers 
gathered from all the Northern states to demand the 
nomination by the Republican- Union National Conven- 
tion, then in session in the same city, of Unconditional 
Surrender Grant; and a mighty gathering it was, 

The delegates marched in procession to Turner Hall, 
headed by Gen. Jeremiah M. Rusk, with the tattered 
battle-flags of Wisconsin, and on his right Old Abe. 

" The procession," said a current newspaper account, 
" was three-quarters of a mile in length and four sol- 
diers deep. The streets along the entire route were 

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thronged with people. The march was full of life and 
incident, the line joining in singing their old battle- 
songs as in the Southern marches. Upon entering the 
hall the scene was one of wild enthusiasm, cheer upon 
cfcteer being given for the portrait of Grant which hung 
over the platform, the bust of Lincoln which stood upon 
the rostrum, and for Old Abe, the war-eagle." 

As his bearer marched with Abe up to the platform, 
on which sat such as John A. Logan, Daniel E. Sickles, 
Lucius Fairchild, Alfred Pleasanton, John Cochrane and 
Joseph B. Hawley, 

"At once there rose so wild a yell 
Within that dark and narrow dell, 
As all the fiends from heaven that fell 
Had pealed the banner-cry of hell." 

And in that great shout there was no sound so pierc- 
ing, wild and powerful as the scream of Old Abe. He 
caught up the spirit of the soldiers and reveled in the 
excitement and enthusiasm of the moment. Said the 
Chicago Tribune: 

When the resolution proposing Gen. U. S. Grant as candi- 
date for the Presidency was passed, as the vast multitude rose 
and cheered, and the band struck up " Hail to the Chief," Old 
Abe, as if understanding it all, stretched high his proud form 
and repeatedly flapped his wings in approbation of the nomi- 



DURING this year, 1868, Eugene Bowen, a one-armed 
veteran of the 92d New York, carried Abe to White- 
water, Wis., to participate in a Fourth of July celebra- 
tion. The bird rode on a cannon in the procession, 
attracting much attention. 

The weather was dry and the streets dusty. The 
heat, the long march and the clouds of dust caused Abe 
to become so thirsty that he whistled for water. It was 
brought to him in the usual form of glass goblets, out 
of which he drank with evident satisfaction. The pop- 
ulace were pleased to observe the eagle drinking with 
his bearer from the same glass. 

At a State soldiers' reunion, held in Milwaukee on 
September 27 and 28, 1870, Gen. Harrison C. Hobart 
formally presented Old Abe to the audience while cheers 
rent the air, and Col. Charles H. Clark read a poem 
which contained a clever reference to the bird. 

On the following day, with Abe by his side, Matt. H. 
Carpenter addressed, on the fair grounds, thirty thou- 
sand people. The eagle was cheered everywhere, and 
was showered also with sweetmeats and knickknacks. 

From this period on Old Abe was kept so constantly 
moving about to fulfill his reunion engagements that it is 



almost impossible to follow him. He went with Capt. 
McDonald to Fond du Lac, Burlington, La Crosse, 
Evansville, Racine, Neillsville, and elsewhere, and at- 
tended several reunions at his home in Madison, and 
was always the center of attraction. 

At the reunion of the First Wisconsin Regiment in 
Madison on February 22, 1872, Abe sat beneath an 
archway in the Park Hotel, scanning the crowds in 
dignified silence. He listened to all the poems and ad- 
dresses without making any demonstration, but when 
he heard a ringing response to the toast, " The federal 
Union may wisdom cement what valor saved," he 
stretched up and screamed his hearty approbation. 

In the spring of 1875 Old Abe fell ill from neglect 
and hunger so ill, in fact, that he was pushed aside as 
dead by some unfeeling, if not hostile, habitues of the 
capitol at Madison. While in this condition he was dis- 
covered by a friendly veteran, who wrapped him in a 
warm blanket and for three days nursed and watched 
the old warrior, finally bringing him out all right. 

But for this timely discovery and tender vigilance, 
Old Abe would not have survived, having fallen, through 
a change of administration, into unfriendly hands. 

He had scarcely recovered his full strength and spirit 
when the reunion of the Grand Army of the Republic 
took place in Chicago, lasting from May 11 to May 14, 
1875, at which he was an honored guest, with head- 
quarters at the Grand Pacific Hotel with Generals Sher- 


man, Sheridan, Hartranft and other distinguished mili- 
tary leaders. 

On May 13 occurred the procession, which was wit- 
nessed by 150,000 people. The Chicago Times said that 
"Abe, perched on his shield, was loudly cheered when- 
ever the crowd caught sight of him," and that " he fre- 
quently flapped his wings and looked majestic." 

The Tribune also observed: 

The greatest feature of the procession, aside from the vete- 
ran organization, composed of men who know what it is to be 
a soldier, and whose tattered regimental flags indicated the 
services they had done, was the war-eagle, Old Abe, a noted 
leader of the Eighth Wisconsin; he was the chief lion of the 
day, sitting upon his perch with immense dignity, flapping 
his wings and screaming. 

While the procession was moving toward the exposi- 
tion building a band of patriotic ladies presented to the 
eagle, who rode in a splendid barouche, a large wreath 
of roses set in evergreens, which was at once placed 
around his perch. He appeared pleased with the gift, 
scanned it closely and then cast his flashing eye up 
to the crowded balconies as much as to say, " What do 
you think of that ? " 

During the same year Abe attended, in state, an 
extensive reunion at Milwaukee, during which, a cold 
steady rain setting in, he became so thoroughly chilled 
that he was compelled to retire from the procession. 
Usually he was a pretty rugged bird, but at this time, 
probably, there still lingered about him traces of the 
spring congestion which came so near taking his life. 


While, at these many reunions, the boys never tired 
of singing " Marching Through Georgia" and other stir- 
ring songs, they frequently surrounded Old Abe and 
struck up L. J. Bates' composition, music by T. Martin 
Towne, entitled " The Battle-Eagle: " 

" They come, but the ranks are shrunken and thiu ; 
Oh! large be the welcome that gathers them in ! 
They come with the flags in the glad sunlight, 
A cloud of peace, that is feathery white. 
And still o'er the standards they bear on high, 
There hovers the Eagle of Victory- 
Hurrah for the Eagle, our bold battle-Eagle ! 
The terror of traitors and king of the sky ! " 



IT WAS now time to prepare for the magnificent Cen- 
tennial celebration which took place at Philadelphia 
during the following year, the hundredth anniversary of 
the birth of freedom in America; and Old Abe was 
down on all the Wisconsin programmes. 

The " Women's State Centennial Executive " had 
been appointed, and the people were active everywhere 
throughout the State. For the purpose of kindling the 
fires of enthusiasm and patriotism, a meeting of the 
Centennial Club of the State was called to celebrate 
Independence Day at Madison, on the evening of 
July 5, 1875. 

For the occasion Mrs. Ole Bull, wife of the famous 
Swedish violinist, whose home was in Madison, designed 
a tableau which she called Old Abe. Although, as the 
Wisconsin State Journal declared, " the entire ovation " 
was one of which they " were proud to speak," the tab- 
leau was the principal feature. 

The assembly chamber in the state capitol had been 
transformed by artistic hands into a fairy grotto, a mys- 
terious curtain hanging near the speaker's desk. 

" The Day We Celebrate," the personation of King 
George's time by Gen. Geo. B. Smith, the floral exuber- 
ance, the eloquent addresses of E. G. Ryan and Col. W. 



B. Slaughter, the representation of Gen. Washington 
making his " first visit to the fair young widow, Mrs. 
Custis, who, with her two children playing at her feet, is 
surprised at his entrance," the proffer of the services of 
Gen. LaFayette to Washington to help fight the battles 
of American liberty all these were, indeed, life-dramas 
of the Revolution seldom surpassed in beauty of per- 
sonation. But another scene eclipsed them all. When 
the curtain rose, there stood the famous war-eagle on 
his perch, surrounded by state and national flags and 
stands of arms, as the living ideal of our prowess a 
hundred years ago. Maj. C. G. Mayers, in the costume 
of Paul Jones, recited in a very spirited manner a poem 
by Lizzie Doten, entitled " The Eagle of Freedom." 

Under the auspices of this same committee, Abe 
received an invitation to attend a " Legislative Leap- 
year Party," given in the legislative halls of the capitol 
in Madison, on February 17, 1876. 

The terpsichorean drama, says J. 0. Barrett, opened 
with the Marseillaise hymn, by Mrs. H. M. Page, 
who, attired in appropriate costume, appeared as the 
" Daughter of the Regiment," admirably singing and 
tapping her drum, with accompaniments by Bach's 
band. The war-bird, on his Centennial perch, stood 
one side, a little in front of the vivandiere, listening with 
a noticeable dignity, animated most at the sound of the 
drum that recalled the reveille of other days; and when 
she finished the "Star Spangled Banner," feeling the 


deep inspiration of the audience, he encored with a 
loud clapping of wings. 

Of course Old Abe was going to the Centennial. 
The Wisconsin Legislature, by joint resolution, author- 
ized Gov. Harrison Ludington to detail a veteran sol- 
dier, at state expense, to take the bird to Philadelphia 
and care for him during the exposition. 

If any person or thing in this broad Republic was to 
remain quietly at home on such a splendid occasion, it 
would not be the plumaged warrior of the Eighth Wis- 
consin; so the utmost was made of his name and fame 

Under the legislative resolution mentioned, Gov. 
Ludington appointed John F. Hill, of Eau Claire, one 
of the first volunteers in the original Company C, to go 
with Abe to the Centennial ; and he took with him, to 
sell to the millions of visitors to that stupendous pano- 
rama of progress and civilization, many copies of Bar- 
rett's "Old Abe," a little book which has been of much 
service in compiling the volume now in hand. 

Minnie B. Culver, of Madison, also painted a medall- 
ion of Abe for the Women's Department of the Wis- 
consin branch of the Centennial, concerning which, on 
March 26, 1876, she herself wrote the following happy 
letter : 

The portrait of the Eighth Wisconsin eagle, which is to be 
painted for the Centennial Exposition, I would say, is to he 
something less than half life-size, on a gilt medallion, to he 
framed in carved ebony and placed upon the top of an ebony 
cabinet. This state cabinet is to contain the books and music 


written by the women of Wisconsin, also choice ornaments 
and specimens of art. The panels in the sides and doors of 
the lower part are to be decorated with flowers, grasses and 
vines, done in oil. The upper part is open, the shelves are 
irregular, after the Japanese style, and are surrounded by ele- 
gant hand-carving, executed by Mr. G. Haug, of Milwaukee. 
On Wednesday, the 15th of March, Old Abe honored me with 
a sitting; he was attended by his keeper, to whom he seems 
greatly attached. I was astonished at the color and expres- 
sion of his eye, which forcibly reminded me of the description 
given by a countryman, who said, " The eagle has a shrill 
eye! " and at the size and cruel strength of his beak, which 
had the appearance of yellow ivory. The sharp look of inquiry 
he gave me seemed to ask, " what is all this bother about, any- 
way? " Fortunately, for my peace of mind, the mahl-stick 
seemed to make this king of birds quaij. He stood upon his 
standard with the United States shield beneath him, gazing 
over the waters of Mendota with a far-off look, but a tap of 
my brush on the easel would recall his thoughts and cause 
him to turn his head quickly in the desired position. It was 
in one of these moments of surprise that I caught the expres 
sion of his " shrill " eye. When nearly through with the 
sitting, the flag was draped in his talons over the standard. 
The sight of the stars and stripes seemed to arouse old memo- 
ries, and he uttered several screams which I thought might 
mean a declaration of war. His keeper assured me, however, 
that it was only a feeling of joy that animated him; but as lie 
began to tear the bunting with his great beak in a very decided 
manner, and as his meal-time was approaching, he having 
fasted two or three days as is his custom, this part of the pict- 
ure was rapidly executed, and he went off to his dinner of 
rabbit, which I hope he enjoyed as fully as I did mv morning 
with Old Abe. 

Abe's presence at Philadelphia was one of the popu- 
lar features of the great Centennial celebration. He had 
a place in Agricultural Hall, and was constantly, dur- 
ing the entire period of the exhibition, surrounded with 
visitors. His fame had long before penetrated Europe, 
and foreigners appeared to be as interested and as numer- 
ous around his perch as Americans. 


Of course Abe went further into history by receiving 
honorable mention in the great tomes comprising the 
official report of the Centennial exposition, and his 
photographs and pamphlet copies of his life were sold 
to visitors by the thousand. 



PERHAPS the most satisfactory trip Old Abe ever made 
was that to Boston, where for nearly three months, in 
the winter of 1878-9, he was a conspicuous and admired 
figure at the Old South Church fair. 

This church is an ancient building in Boston in 
which, during the Revolution, the British stabled their 
horses. In order that it should not fall a prey to the 
destroying march of business, and that it might remain 
to nourish our pride and love of country in the future, 
patriotic ladies purchased the structure for the sum of 
$400,000, and began holding fairs therein for the pur- 
pose of raising money to liquidate the debt. 

It was proper, under these circumstances, that Abe 
should attend the fair of 1879 and aid in swelling its 
income. Gov. Wm. E. Smith, therefore, consented to 
grant the request of the lady managers, and despatched 
Peter B. Field with the proud old bird to Boston in 
December, 1878. 

He attracted a great deal of attention and received 
more callers, probably, than any other feature of the fair. 
He had a roomy cage in the church, and Field had per- 
mission to go to market daily and purchase, at the expense 
of the fair, fish, pigeons, pheasants, chickens and other 
delicacies for his bird, who lived like a prince all winter. 



For the amusement of the visitors he would perch upon 
Field's arm or head and march through the crowds, and, 
to show his powerful spread of wing, would sail grace- 
fully over their heads and return to his proper place. 

On speech-making occasions, when the audience 
cheered Abe flapped his wings and screamed, to the 
amusement and delight of the Bostonians, who never 
knew before that an eagle understood the proprieties of 
enthusiastic public meetings. 

The bird became so popular in Boston that many 
persons who were unable to leave their rooms asked to 
have him brought to them. Whenever possible, Field 
complied with these requests, and on one occasion 
received a liberal check from a helpless but wealthy 
lady in Beacon street. 

He also attended a private theatrical given at the 
Tudor mansion, in Beacon street, for the benefit of the 
Old South Church fund, and was royally welcomed. 
Field drolly relates that he was " not compelled to take 
a check for his overcoat, which was of such common 
stuff he knew he would get it back again; no one would 
take it." 

Among Abe's visitors in church were some blind 
children who wished to touch the plumage of the old 
warrior. Field placed his arm over the bird's neck and 
head, so his terrible beak could not reach their tender 
hands, and the sightless sight-seers smoothed the eagle 
with many expressions of delight. 

While strangers were never allowed to lay hands on 


him, Abe received the caresses of soldiers in uniform 
with apparent satisfaction. Scores and scores of times 
had this been illustrated, and was again proven in Bos- 
ton when a uniformed soldier from the arsenal entered 
the church, walked straight up to the bird and stroked 
his plumage. On these occasions Abe curved his neck 
gracefully and said gently: " Teete-teete, teete-teete." 



DURING the three years of his stewardship Field also 
carried Abe to many soldiers' reunions to St. Paul, 
Minn., Newark, 0., and other places. In relation to 
these gatherings it is the same old story: the boys 
cheered the old bird and he cheered them; they all 
marched, ate hard-tack and " sow-belly," sang " March- 
ing Through Georgia," and had a glorious good time. 

At the Newark, 0., reunion, in July, 1878, Abe had a 
rousing reception. A military delegation, headed by a 
band, met him at the depot and escorted him to the 
residence of Col. C. D. Miller, where he was quartered 
under a shady walnut-tree. And when Maj. Miller 
issued the report of the Newark reunion, in a handsome 
volume of 300 pages, he could not resist the temptation 
to devote Chapter II to " Old Abe, the War Eagle," and 
to adorn the book with a portrait of the famous bird. 

Mark Smith succeeded Field as keeper, in 1879, and 
carried Abe more or less continuously for a year. 

At the soldiers' reunion at Aurora, 111., in the autumn 
of 1879, where there were 150,000 present for several 
days, Smith was pretty thoroughly tired out. He 
stood day after day and answered the countless ques- 
tions of strangers, each and every one being anxious 
to know all about the bird what he ate, how he slept, 



where he was caught, how he acted in battle, etc., etc. 
When night came, after these sieges, he was so hoarse 
he could not speak aloud. 

At this reunion Smith slept on a cot in the City 
Hall and Abe was locked in one of the cells, of which 
there were a large number, in the basement. He says 
he could have sold every one of the bird's wing and tail 
feathers at $10 each. 

Partisan newspapers had repeatedly asserted that 
Abe was dead, and that the eagle alleged to be the gen- 
uine war-eagle was a fraud. In 1879 Smith carried the 
bird to a reunion at Menomonie, Wis., near the place of 
his birth and enlistment. Numbers of the old Eighth 
Regiment were present and instantly recognized the eagle 
as Old Abe, though they had not seen him in fifteen 

And the boys emphatically claim the bird recog- 
nized them, too, and was delighted to see them. 

One of the memorable occasions to which Abe lent 
grace and spirit was the banquet given to Gen, U. S. 
Grant in 1879, on the return from his trip around the 
world. He had been on the road for some days and 
was, therefore, weary and sleepy. He did not take a 
place in the parade, but had a conspicuous position at 
the banquet in the Palmer House. 

On arriving at the door of the banquet hall the man- 
agers proposed to take in Abe, but not his keeper, 
Smith. " No, sir," said Mark. " Where this bird goes, 
I go." 


"But," interposed the esthetes, "this is a private 
dinner and you have no invitation." 

"All right," responded Mark. " I was good enough 
to fight with Grant, if I am not good enough to eat with 
him. If this place is too good! for me, it is too good for 
Abe," and he turned to go. 

That speech did the business, and Mark, with his 
long raven locks, broad sombrero hat and flashing black 
eyes, stumped up to the head of the hall on his wooden 
leg, and sat by the side of his plumaged veteran until 
3 o'clock of the following morning. 

Abe was so tired that he did not take a very lively 
interest in the proceedings, but when Col. Wm. F. Vilas 
mounted a table and uttered the splendid tribute to 
Grant which made him famous, and, the Chicago Tribune 
claims, made him also Cleveland's postmaster-general, 
he flapped his wings and responded with one of his 
piercing battle- screams. 

During the Northern State Fair at Oshkosh, Wis., 
Smith and Abe were present, quartered in a tent, for 
entering which a fee of ten cents was charged. The 
proceeds went to the Methodist Church Association. 
He had many visitors. 

While there Smith gave his bird a fine Dominique 
rooster for a feast. Crowds gathered to see how he 
killed and devoured his prey; but, curiously enough, 
he looked kindly on the handsome young rooster, made 
friends with him and thereafter the two roosted con- 


tentedly together on the same perch until the fair closed, 
when the Dominique was released. 

Smith was succeeded in the spring of 1880 by 
George Gillies, a sturdy Scotchman, who was Abe's last 
keeper. The latter had much more traveling to do than 
the earlier keepers, because, as Abe's fame spread and 
soldiers' reunions became more numerous, the demand 
for his presence on such occasions was almost constant. 

At the great reunion in Columbus, 0., in 1880, 
George and his bird were quartered in a fine private 
residence in the suburbs. 

When night of the first day came the hostess gave 
Abe one of the nicest rooms in the house. " Oh! " ex- 
claimed the practical keeper, " Don't give to the bird the 
like of that ; let him sit in his cage on the porch." 

" No," insisted the ladies, " nothing is too good for Old 
Abe and his keeper ; put him in there." And so in he 
went, into a room richly carpeted and elegantly fur- 

George also carried the bird to the reunion at 
Canton, O., during the same year, where the veterans 
enjoyed themselves heartily. " Man, man," says he yet, 
" but Ohio is the State for you. There was nothing good 
enough for Old Abe or me in the entire commonwealth. 
We rode free, ate free, and had the best of everything 

In 1880, while 100,000 people were assembled in 
Chicago in the Republican National Convention, a 
soldiers' reunion on a vast scale was being held in Mil- 


waukee. The veterans published a daily newspaper and 
also a " Reunion Roster " a quarto volume of liberal 
thickness, containing names, regiments and similar infor- 
mation in relation to soldiers. 

Old Abe was there, sleek and majestic, but well- 
pleased. In that great procession, which required hours 
to pass a given point, no two figures attracted so much 
attention as the eagle and Gen. Grant. The two were 
close together near the head of the columns, with front 
and rear covered by bands of music and either flank by 
veterans bearing tattered regimental colors. It was a 
stirring scene. 

No outward sign on the face of the grim commander 
indicated that he knew aught about the desperate strug- 
gle of three giants of the Republican party Roscoe 
Conkling, John A. Logan 'and J. Donald Cameron only 
eighty miles away, to compass the defeat of Elaine and 
the nomination of himself for the Presidency; and Abe, 
close to a noisy drum-corps, was equally complacent and 
self-satisfied, though his magnificent eyes blazed with 
the inward excitement and pleasure always manifested 
on military occasions. 

That was the last public appearance of Old Abe in 
Wisconsin. The people cheered him lustily, showing 
that though he had been before the public for twenty 
years his popularity had increased rather than dimin- 



TOWARD evening of a cold day in the winter of 1881 
a fire started mysteriously in a quantity of paints and 
oils stored in the basement of the capitol, near Old 
Abe's large cage. The blaze created an enormous vol- 
ume of black and offensive smoke, which at once filled the 
cage to suffocation. 

Abe, understanding full well the nature of what was 
going on around him, sent forth such a scream as had 
never before been heard in that building. Attendants 
and watchmen rushed below to learn the cause of the 
startling outcry, and before attacking the flames, opened 
the door of the perch-room. The eagle, with another 
piercing screech, swept swiftly out and away from the 

He seemed to be either frightened or injured by the 
smoke, for his breast heaved, his heart labored heavily 
and his plumage was disheveled. Nor was he ever well 
thereafter. He ate sparingly or not at all; his eyes lost 
their wonderful luster; he sat around in a half-comatose 
condition fora few days, and on March 26, 1881, with a 
slight tremor and a few feeble flaps of his wings, expired 
in the arms of his stout keeper, George Gillies. 

George said that Abe seemed to know he was about 
to die, for when he asked solicitously, " must we lose 



you, Abe?" the old bird raised up his head and 
looked wistfully into his keeper's face and then sunk 
back into his arms and passed away. Around him 
were numbers of one-legged and one-armed veterans 
whose sad faces showed that they had lost a beloved 

At first the general desire among the soldiers was to 
have Abe buried in the beautiful Forest Hill Cemetery, 
where rest two hundred Union and one hundred and 
fifty confederate dead, with appropriate military cere- 
monies, and under a handsome monument. 

The suggestion that the taxidermist's art would pre- 
serve him to the sight for an indefinite period dispelled 
these notions, and he was turned over to Maj. C. G. 
Mayers, who, after preserving and stuffing the warrior- 
bird, fixed him firmly to a neat perch, as he now stands 
in the War Museum of the capitol. 

Maj. Mayers was familiar with Abe's habits and 
appearance and was, therefore, successful in securing 
that majestic poise of the head, graceful curve of the 
neck and animated flash of the eye which are remem- 
bered by those who have seen him when a strain of 
lively martial music first fell on his ear. 

While preparing Abe's carcass for preservation, Maj. 
Mayers discovered that the lungs had grown firmly to 
the ribs, which fact explains the fatal result of the 
smoke and fright. 

The cause of this malformation is alleged to have 
been numerous colds and congestions resulting from 


changing the bird suddenly from his warm cage in the 
basement of the capitol to the cold outer air in winter. 
On the day following the death of Old Abe the Mil- 
waukee Republican contained an interview with Maj. W. 
J. Dawes, who commanded a company in the Eagle 
Regiment. It contains some interesting points, stated 
in a soldier's hearty way, as follows : 

Old Abe was well known all over the world. His reputa- 
tion is as wide-spread as that of any general who fought in 
the same battles with him. 

My first acquaintance with him was in the spring of 1861, 
just about twenty years ago. now. The Eighth Wisconsin 
Regiment, a company of which I had the honor to command, 
was going into camp at Camp Randall, in Madison, and with 
one of the companies that commanded by Capt. Perkins 
came the eagle, then a chicken about half or two-thirds 

Whether the idea had been formed before he came into 
camp of making him a part of the regiment for the war, or 
whether it was developed afterwards, I do not now recollect; 
but it was understood before we left camp that the bird had 
enlisted, and he was christened Old Abe. 

One of the tallest men in the regiment was detailed to 
carry and take care of him, with the understanding that at 
the end of the war he was to convey him to Washington and 
present him to his namesake, the President. 

A standard, with a slanting platform on it, over which was 
a carved quiver and arrows for him to stand upon, was 
obtained, and upon this he made his way when on the inarch. 
A cord attached to his leg secured him to this standard, and 
standing on his perch, over the shoulder of his bearer and 
near the colors of the regiment, he was the observed of all 

Several times he escaped from the boys, but never for a 
long time. The most noted was the battle of Corinth. Gen. 
Mower's horse was shot under him; I lost one-third of all the 
men I had, either killed or wounded; was shot myself, and a 
bullet cut Old Abe's cord all in a moment of time. 

The Johnnies were down on us with a whoop and a yell. 
I saw our eagle soaring (that is a pretty classical word to us, 
but it alone can express the dignity of the flight) away over 


the rebels, and supposed he was gone for keeps, as did we all, 
and sorry enough we were. 

We were in trouble enough: licked for the time being, our 
friends killed and wounded, old Joe's horse shot (we all liked 
the old fellow on his master's account), and, above all, our 
engle gone over to the rebs. 

Some of the men gathered me up in a blanket and took me 
along the best they could, and we had not gone far before Old 
Abe came swooping back to his perch, which was being 
brought along, for we did not mean to let the Johnnies crow 
over that, anyhow. 

This sounds almost too poetical to be believed, but there 
were too many eye-witnesses to it to be successfully contra- 
dicted. I know these things of my own knowledge, and assert 
them to be true. 

How do you account for the eagle knowing the regiment, 
and where to find his place ? was asked of Maj. Dawes. 

I don't account for it. All I have to do is to state facts. If 
you want reasons and causes, you must go to some philoso- 
pher. I believe the eagle knew our regiment as well as we 
knew it ourselves, and that he could tell it as far off as any of us. 

When soldiers from other regiments visited us and called 
on him, as they usually did, he did not appear the same before 
them as before any members of the Eighth that happened to 
be near him. It was a common understanding among the 
boys that Old Abe knew who belonged to his regiment and 
who did not. This was not a peculiarity of the eagle alone. 
The colonel had a dog with us that evidently knew the per- 
sonnel of the regiment entirely better, perhaps, than any 
one belonging to it. I ani not superstitious, but 1 fully believe 
that bird could think. 

As to food, confederate chicken seemed to agree with his 
constitution remarkably well. He never suffered for want of 
edibles as the rest of us sometimes did. I have seen the 
whole regiment on chase after a rabbit for his supper across 
the field, after a hard day's march, whooping like fiends. Of 
course it was fun, but being in behalf of the eagle helped the 
fun wonderfully. 

During an engagement he was always in the thickest of the 
fight, near the colors, usually on the ground, occasionally flying 
to his perch and screaming terrifically. He seemed to know 
that business was being transacted and the nature of it. 

He would stand by a cannon which was being served with 
the greatest rapidity, without flinching, and the rattle of small 
arms appeared to delight him. Of course he did not know 
what it was to be hurt by the balls, but I believe that he ap- 
preciated that trouble came to those about him by this means. 


Army men were then and have been since enthusiastic 
about Abe. He was a bird only, but he was the embodiment 
of a principle, a companion of our service, which was a good 
deal. And there will be a great many wet eyes when the news 
of his death reaches the survivors of the Eighth Regiment. I 
have about as much dignity as people generally have, but 
I would not feel that it was in the least compromised by my 
acting as pall-bearer at the funeral of Old Abe, should he be 




ABE was like a person; he had individual peculiari- 
ties which all who knew him remembered. Capt. 
Britton says that, although the old fellow was often 
given his freedom while in camp, he never straggled 
away or fell behind, as did other soldiers. 

He loved rabbits, squirrels, robins, pigeons, chickens 
and fresh meat, but he loved rats best of all. He could 
discern a rat at a great distance and the approach of his 
attendant with one of these rodents in hand was the signal 
for the liveliest manifestations of anticipation. On such 
occasions he jumped up and down, swung his neck in 
graceful curves from side to side and kept up a low but 
gleeful chuckle. 

It was not unusual, after he had partaken of a good 
meal, to see Abe go for several days without tasting 
food of any kind. Sometimes this was because he did 
not like what was thrown to him; but generally, when 
he went on a journey of two or three days, he would 
eat nothing until his return. 

It is probable that Abe fully understood a joyous 
sound, for the regiment or any audience of which he 
formed a part, never sent up a hearty cheer without a 
resounding scream from him. And such screams ! The 
human voice could no more imitate their startling in- 



tensity than man could follow an eagle's magnificent 

Abe never indorsed the XIV amendment. He seemed 
to entertain a malicious hatred of the Negro race. No 
colored person could approach him without meeting a 
terrific attack. 

He hated dogs, too, and if one came within reach of 
his powerful beak and talons the result invariably was 
a cyclone of yelps, barks and fur. 

But his hatred was not confined to dogs and colored 
people. His dislike of certain members of his regiment 
was emphatic. While it was never safe for strangers to 
approach and touch him, it was always dangerous for 
those whom he believed to be his enemies to get within 
his reach; he would tear them with his beak and talons 
with vicious vigor. 

Homaston, one of his bearers, said Abe had a lan- 
guage and that it was easy to understand. When sur- 
prised, he whistled a wild melody, toned to a melan- 
choly softness; when hovering over his food, he gave a 
spiteful chuckle; when pleased to see an old friend, 
he would say, " how do you do ?" with a plaintive coo- 
ing; but his scream in battle was wild and commanding, 
consisting of five or six notes uttered in quick succession 
with a wild trill that was perfectly inspiring to the 

His memory was as keen as his all-piercing eye. 
After the war, it is related by J. 0. Barrett, Edward 
Homaston chanced to see the eagle in a crowd at the 


depot in Madison. He knew the bird, but feigning 
otherwise, exclaimed, " Why, here is an eagle ! " and 
put out his hand to pat him on the head. The bird's 
attendant checked him, saying, " Take care, there, the 
eagle will hurt you ! " " Hurt me ? " said Homaston. 
" See here, man ! " and he actually embraced the eagle, 
who extended his wings and screeched and cooed, well 
pleased at once more greeting his old bearer. 

Abe's idea of justice was simple revenge. A Rocky 
Mountain eagle, named Andy Johnson a lean and un- 
prepossessing bird when compared with Abe was given 
to the State by the Forty -ninth Regiment, Wisconsin 
Volunteer Infantry. Although vicious and compara- 
tively unattractive, he had a home near his companion. 

During pleasant days the eagles sat on perches in 
the large and beautiful park that surrounds the capitol 
at Madison. One evening the eagle attendants went out 
together to bring in their feathered charges for the 
night, each driving a bird by means of a long cord 
attached to the legs. 

Abe was sick and weak. Andy, watching his oppor- 
tunity, darted fiercely upon his companion the moment 
the length of his tether would permit. Both keepers 
did their utmost, in the darkness, to part the combat- 
ants, but before they succeeded, Abe, ill-prepared for a 
fight, was partially vanquished. 

The battle was a terrible one, the combatants being 
in such a powerful embrace that their keepers could 


hardly separate them. After that, of course, the utmost 
caution was exercised to keep the birds apart. 

Abe, however, never forgot the fight nor took his 
piercing eye from the ruffled plumage of his adversary; 
and a year later, as Andy passed under his perch, he 
darted upon the poor bird with a wild scream of re- 
venge, and in a few moments, before attendants could 
put a stop to the engagement, had nearly killed him. 

It is probable that Andy received a fatal wound from 
Abe's powerful talons, for he was never himself after 
that, and after pining for a brief period, died in the 
spring of 1874. His skin was set up by a taxidermist, 
and occupies a place in the same room with Abe, in the 
War Museum, but no one enquires for or takes much 
interest in him. He was not a thoroughbred, not a 
patriot, not a diplomatist. His inferiority in grace, 
beauty and majesty was, and is even in death, clearly 
apparent to those who have never before seen eagles. 

Had it not been for the propensity of boys and 
strangers to bother Abe thrust sticks at him and other- 
wise disturb and annoy him he could have been taught 
anything, almost, save to speak. 

In his cage was a small table on which he fed. 
Keeper Gillies, drawing near in the morning, would fre- 
quently ask: "Are you hungry, Abe ?" Silence was 
the bird's negative answer; but in case he desired to 
reply in the affirmative, he instantly jumped down and 
began picking on the bare table. 

More than once has the writer, when Gillies was 


taking strangers to see the bird, observed how well Abe 
understood what was wanted of him. To the com- 
mand, " Come out here, Abe ! I want you out," he 
would fly down with a gentle whistle and jump along 
out of his cage. 

"Now, get up on that stool and show yourself," 
would be the further order, and up he would go, with a 
rustle of his feathers. 

What may seem strange to many, Abe loved his 
home, his cage. He didn't enjoy the hundreds of trips 
he was compelled to make to reunions and other gather- 
ings, and at every return manifested the greatest delight. 

He was exceptionally cleanly, bathing at least twice 
a week, and always in clean water. For this purpose 
he had a large tub made expressly for him. 

After having been out for several days on a journey 
he would scream when within sight of the basement 
entrance leading to his cage, and on being released 
would scamper down the hallway and plunge into the 
tub for a bath. 

A great number of Old Abe's pictures have been sold 
in the form of photographs, chromos, lithographs and 
engravings. Many of these were fair representations, 
but more were random sketches of the eagle family with 
Abe's name forged upon them. 

He was in every respect a more spirited and hand- 
some bird than any portrait can represent him; never- 
theless the picture in this volume is a faithful outline of 


the old bird, made from a photograph taken from life as 
he sat on a bronze cannon in the capitol park. 

Volke's, Culver's, and other representations of Abe 
have already been mentioned. Stewart, a Louisville 
artist, painted, life-size, a portrait of the eagle which 
hangs in the Executive Chamber at Madison, in a costly 
frame, and while in Boston he was painted from life by 
two unknown artists. 

One pleasant morning, says Peter B. Field, who had 
charge of Abe at the Old South Church Fair, a bright- 
faced woman approached and asked whether she might 
not hang up a shawl and " sit behind it in the corner and 
watch the Wisconsin war-eagle." 

Peter, though white-haired, is gallant to the fair sex. 
He thought this a strange proceeding, yet he could not 
refuse a request so gentle from lips so sweet. 

The " watching " continued for hours, the fair watcher 
hidden away from the crowd. When the shawl was 
removed Peter discovered that his quiet visitor had 
sketched Old Abe in oil, life-size. What became of the 
painting or who the lady was he never knew. 

A wealthy lapidarist of Boston also had an oil por- 
trait made of Abe, and photographs in great number 
have been made in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Madi- 
son and elsewhere. They may be found in almost every 
album in the North, especially the Northwest. 

Abe's feathers as well as his photographs are pretty 
widely distributed. They are held largely by governors, 
congressmen, judges, generals and people of wealth who 


purchased them at round figures. A New York gentle- 
man has one mounted in gold, and many important 
documents have been signed with pens made from Abe's 
quills. Some of them are in Europe and every one is 
highly prized. 

The handsome octagonal case of black walnut and 
plate glass in which Abe is enclosed, stands in the War 
Museum at Madison, near long rows of tattered battle 
flags carried by Wisconsin regiments. 

His visitors are as numerous now as before death, 
except among children, and questions relative to his life 
and career do not diminish. 

He looks the warrior even now, and stands in the 
majestic and animated poise shown in the portrait of 
him presented in this volume. 

No other bird ever achieved so much fame or reached 
such a distinguished place in history. 



Fredericktown, Mp., 

Siege of New Madrid and Island No. 

Point Pleasant, Mo., 

Farmington, Miss., 

Before Corinth, Miss., 

luka, Miss., 

Burnsville, Miss., 

luka, Miss., 

Corinth, Miss., 

Tallahatchie, Miss., 

Mississippi Springs, Miss., . 

Jackson, Miss., 

Assault on Vicksburg, Miss., 

Mechanicsburg, Miss., 

Richmond, La., 

Vicksburg, Miss., 

Surrender of Vicksburg, Miss., 

Brownsville, Miss., 

Fort Scurry, La., 

Fort de Russy, La., 

Henderson's Hill, La., 

Grand Ecore, La., 

Pleasant Hill, La., 

Nachitoches, La., 

Kane River, La., 

Clouterville and Crane Hill, La., 

Bayou Rapide, La., . 

Bayou La Moore, La., 

Bayou Roberts, La., . 

Moore's Plantation, La., 

Mansura, La., 

Maysville, La., 

Calhoun's Plantation, La., . 

Bayou de Glaise, La., 

Lake Chicot, La., 

Hurricane Creek, La., 


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10, Mo., M'handAp, 1862 

. M'ch 20, 1862 

May 9, 1862 

. May 28, 1862 

Sept. 12, 1862 

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Sept. 16, 18, 1862 

. Oct. 3, 4, 1862 

Dec. 2, 1862 

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May 14, 1863 

. May 22, 1863 

June 4, 1863 

. June 15, 1863 

June 24, 1863 

. July 4, 1863 

Oct. 14, 1863 

. M'ch 13, 1864 

M'ch 15, 1864 

. M'ch 15, 1864 

April 2, 1864 

. April 8, 9, 1864 

April 20, 1864 

. April 22, 1864 

April 23, 1864 

. May 2, 1864 

May 3, 1864 
. May 4-6, 1864 

May 8-12, 1864 

. May 16, 1864 

May 17, 1864 

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May 18, 1864 

. June 6, 1864 

Aug. 13, 1864 


1. James McGinnis, of Eau Claire, from Sept. 1. 1861, to 
May 30, 1862. 

2. Thos. J. Hill, of Eau Claire, from May 30, 1862, to 
August 18, 1862. 

3. David McLane, of Menomonie, from Aug. 18, 1862, to 
October, 1862. 

4. Edward Homaston, of Eau Claire, from October, 1862, 
to September, 1863. 

5. John Buckhardt, of Eau Claire, from September, 1863 
to September, 1864. 

6. John F. Hill, during transit from Chicago to Madison, 
September, 1864. 


1. John McFarland, State Armorer. 

2. Angus R. McDonald, State Armorer, Eleventh Wiscon- 
sin Infantry. 

3. John G. Stock, State Armorer, Fourth Wisconsin Cav- 

4. E. G. Linderman, State Armorer, Fifth Wisconsin In- 

5. William J. Jones, Sixteenth Wisconsin Volunteer In- 

6. Geo. W. Baker, Nineteenth Wisconsin Volunteer In- 

7. I. E. Troan, civilian. 

8. John F. Hill, Eighth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. 

9. Peter B. Field, civilian. 

10. Mark Smith, Seventh Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. 

11. George Gillies, Second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. 



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The number of casualties in the volunteer and regu- 
lar armies of the United States during the war, 1861-65, 
was reported by the Provost-Marshal General in 1866, 
as follows: 

Killed in battle, 61,362; Died of wounds, 34,727; Died of 
disease, 183,287; Total died, 279,376; Total deserted, 199,105. 

Number of soldiers in the Confederate service who died of 
wounds or disease (partial statement), 133,821. Deserted 
(partial statement), 104,428. 

Number of United States troops captured during the war, 
212,608; Confederate troops captured, 476,169. 

Number of United States troops paroled on the field, 
16,431 ; Confederate troops paroled on the field, 248,599. 

Number of United States troops who died while prisoners, 
29,725; Confederate troops who died while prisoners, 26,774. 


The following is a list of generals who have com- 
manded the army since 1775, with the dates of command 
as far as can be ascertained from the official records : 

Major-General George Washington, June 15, 1775, to De- 
cember 23, 1783. 

Major-General Henry Knox, December 23, 1783, to June 20, 

Lieutenant-Colonel Josiah Harmer, general-in-chief by 
brevet, September, 1788, to March, 1791. 

Major-General Arthur St. Clair, March 4, 1791, to March, 

Major-General Anthony Wayne, April 11, 1792, to December 
15, 1796. 

Major-General James Wilkinson, December 15, 1796, to 
July, 1798. 

Lieutenant-General George Washington, July 3, 1798, to his 
death, December 14, 1799. 

Major-General Jarnes Wilkinson, June 1800, to January', 

Major-General Henry Dearborn, January 27, 1812, to June, 



Major-General Jacob Brown, June, 1815, to February 21, 

Major-General Alexander Macomb, May 24, 1828, to June, 

Major-General Winfield Scott (brevet lieutenant-general), 
June, 1841, to November 1, 1861. 

Major-General George B. McClellan, November 1, 1861, to 
March 11, 1862. 

Major-General Henry W. Halleck, July 11, 1862, to March 
12, 1864. 

Lieutenant-General Ulysses S. Grant, March 12, 1864, to 
July 25, 1866, and as General to March 4, 1869. 

General William T. Sherman, March 4, 1869, to November 
1, 1883. 

Lieutenant-General Philip H. Sheridan, since November 
1, 1883. 


The following table exhibits the strength of the regu- 
lar army of the United States, from 1789 to 1879, as 
fixed by acts of Congress. The figures are for the aggre- 
gate of officers and men: 

Year. Strength of Army. 

1789. 1 Reg't Infantry. 1 Bat. Art . 840 
1792. Indian Border Wars, . 5,120 
1791. Peace establishment, . 3,629 

1S01 5,144 

1807 3,278 

1810. ..... 7,154 

1812. War with Great Britain, 11,831 

1815 9,413 

1M7-182X. Peace establishment, 9,980 
1822-1832. " " 6,184 

1833-1837. " " 7,198 

1838-1842. Florida War. . , 12,539 
1843-1846. Peace establishment, 8,613 

Year. Strength of Army. 

is (7. Mexican War, . . 17,812 
1848. " " " . . 30,890 

1849-1RS5. Peace establishment, 10,320 
1856-1861. " " 12,931 

1862. Civil War, . 39,273 

1868-1865. " " . . 43,332 
1867. Peace establishment,54.641 








MEN, in the aggregate, demand something besides 
abstract ideas and principles. Hence the desire for 

* The National Hand-Book contained a goodly portion of the facts 
herein used, in 1865. 


symbols something visible to the eye and that appeals 
to the senses. Every nation has a flag that represents 
the country; every army a common banner, which, to 
the soldier, stands for that army. It speaks to him in 
the din of battle, cheers him in the long and tedious 
march, and pleads with him on the disastrous retreat. 

In ancient times the Hebrew tribes had each its own 
standard. That of Ephraim, for instance, was a steer; 
of Benjamin, a wolf. Among the Greeks, the Athenians 
had an owl, and the Thebans a sphynx. The standard 
of Romulus was a bundle of hay tied to a pole; after- 
wards a human hand, and finally an eagle. 

Eagles were at first made of wood; then of silver, 
with thunderbolts of gold. Under Caesar they were all 
gold, without thunderbolts, and were carried on a long 
pike. The Germans formerly fastened a streamer to a 
lance, which the duke carried in front of the army. 
Russia and Austria adopted the double-headed eagle 
The ancient national flag of England, all know, was the 
banner of St. George a white field with a red cross. 
This was at first used in the American colonies, but sev- 
eral changes were afterwards made. 

Of course, when they separated from the mother 
country, it was necessary to have a distinct flag of their 
own, and the Continental Congress appointed Dr. Frank- 
lin, Mr. Lynch and Mr. Harrison a committee to take the 
subject into consideration. They repaired to the Amer- 
ican army a little over 9,000 strong then assembled 
at Cambridge, and after due consideration, adopted one 


composed of seven white and seven red stripes, with the 
red and white crosses of St. George and St. Andrew con- 
joined on a blue field in the corner, and named it " The 
Great Union flag." The crosses of St. George and St. 
Andrew were retained to show the willingness of the 
colonies to return to their allegiance to the British 
crown, if their rights were secured. This flag was first 
hoisted on the first day of January, 1776. In the mean- 
time, the various colonies had adopted distinctive 
badges, so that the different bodies of troops that flocked 
to the army had each its own banner. In Connecticut 
each regiment had its own peculiar standard, on which 
were represented the arms of the colony, with the 
motto: "Qui transtidit sustinet " he who transplanted us 
will sustain us. The one that Gen. Putnam gave to the 
breeze on Prospect Hill on the 18th of July, 1775, was a 
red flag with this motto on one side, and on the other, 
the words inscribed, "An Appeal to Heaven." That of 
the floating batteries was a white ground with the same 
"Appeal to heaven " upon it. It is supposed that at 
Bunker Hill our troops carried a red flag with a pine 
tree on a white field in the corner. The first flag in 
South Carolina was blue, with a crescent in the corner, 
and received its first baptism under Col. Moultrie. In 
1776 Col. Gadsen presented to Congress a flag to be used 
by the navy, which consisted of a rattlesnake on a yel- 
low ground, with thirteen rattles, and coiled to strike. 
The motto was, "Don't tread on me." "The Great 
Union Flag," as described above, without the crosses, 


and sometimes with the rattlesnake and motto, " Don't 
tread on me," was used as a naval flag, and called the 
" Continental Flag." 

As the war progressed, different regiments and corps 
adopted peculiar flags, by which they were designated. 
The troops which Patrick Henry raised, and called the 
" Culpepper Minute Men," had a banner with a rattle- 
snake on it, and the mottoes, " Don't tread on me," and 
"Liberty or death," together with their name. Mor- 
gan's celebrated riflemen, called the "Morgan Rifles,'' 
not only had a peculiar uniform, but a flag of their 
own, on which was inscribed, " XI Virginia Regiment," 
and the words, " Morgan's Rifle Corps." On it was also 
the date, 1776, surrounded by a wreath of laurel. 
Wherever this banner floated the soldiers knew that 
deadly work was being done. 

When the gallant Pulaski was raising a body of cav- 
alry, in Baltimore, the nuns of Bethlehem sent him a 
banner of crimson silk, with emblems on it, wrought by 
their own hands. That of Washington's Life Guard was 
made of white silk, with various devices upon it, and 
the motto, "Conquer or die." 

It doubtless always will be customary in this country, 
during a war, for different regiments to have flags pre- 
sented to them with various devices upon them. It was 
so during the recent war of the Rebellion, but as the 
stars and stripes supplant them all, so in our revolution- 
ary struggle the "Great Union Flag," which was raised in 


Cambridge, took the place of all others and became the 
flag of the American army. 

But in 1777, Congress, on the 19th day of June, 
passed the following resolution: 

Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be 
thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be 
thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new con- 

A constellation, however, could not well be represented 
on a flag, and so it was changed into a circle of stars, to 
represent harmony and union. Red is supposed to 
represent courage, white, integrity of purpose, and blue 
steadfastness, love and faith. This flag, however, was 
not used till the following autumn, and waved first over 
the memorable battle-field of Saratoga. 

" The first flag, according to this design," says Wm. 
J. Canby, " was made by Mrs. Elizabath Ross. Three 
of her daughters in Philadelphia confirm this fact, 
founding their belief, of course, not upon what they saw, 
for it was made many years before they were born, but 
upon what their mother had often told them. 

"A niece of this lady, Mrs. Margaret Boggs, aged 
ninty-five years, residing in Germantown, is conversant 
with the fact. 

" The house in which the flag was made still stands 
No. 239 Arch street, Philadelphia the last of an old 

" It is related that when Congress had decided upon 
the design, Col. Geo. Ross and General Washington 


visited Mrs. Ross, and asked her to make the banner. 
She said: 'I don't know whether I can, but I'll try,' 
and directly suggested to the gentlemen that the design 
was wrong, in that the stars were six-cornered and not 
five-cornered, as they should be. This was corrected, 
she made the flag, Congress accepted it, and for half a 
dozen years this lady furnished the government with all 
the national flags, having, of course, a large assistance. 
This lady was also the wife of Claypole, one of the lineal 
descendants of Oliver Cromwell." 

Thus our flag was born, which to-day is known, 
respected, and feared round the entire globe. In 1794 
it received a slight modification, evidently growing out 
of the intention at that time of Congress to add a new 
stripe with every additional State that came into the 
Union, for it passed that year the following resolution : 

Resolved, That from and after the 1st day of May, Anno 
Domini 1795, the flag of the United States be fifteen stripes, 
alternate red and white. That the union be fifteen stars, 
white in a blue field. 

In 1818 it was, by another resolution of Congress, 
changed back into thirteen stripes, with twenty-one 
stars, in which it was provided that a new star should 
be added on the admission of each new State. That 
resolution has never been rescinded, and now thirty- 
eight stars blaze on our banner. The symbol of our 
nationality, the record of our glory, it has become dear 
to the heart of the people. On the sea and on the land 
its history has been one to swell the heart with pride. 


The most beautiful flag in the world in its appearance, 
it is stained by no disgrace, for it has triumphed in 
every struggle. Through three wars it bore us on to 
victory, and in the last terrible struggle against treason, 
though baptized in the blood of its own children, not a 
star was effaced, and it still waves over a united nation. 

When freedom from her mountain height, 

Unfurled her standard to the air, 
She tore the azure robe of night, 

And set the stars of glory there ! 
She mingled with its gorgeous dyes 
The milky baldric of the skies, 
And striped its pure celestial white 
With streakings of the morning light. 
Then, from his mansion in the sun, 
She called her eagle-bearer down, 
And gave into his mighty hand 
The symbol of her chosen laud ! 

Majestic monarch of the cloud. 

Who rear'st aloft thy regal form, 
To hear the tempest trumping loud 
And see the lightning lances driven, 

When strive the warriors of the storm 
And rolls the thunder-drum of heaven! 
Child of the sun ! to thee 'tis given 

To guard the banner of the free ; 
To hover in the sulphur smoke, 
To ward away the battle-stroke, 
And bid its blcudings shine afar 
Like rainbows on the cloud of war 

The harbingers of Victory ! 

Flag of the brave! thy folds shall fly, 
The sign of hope and triumph high! 
When speaks the signal-trumpet tone, 
And the long line comes glistening on, 
(Ere yet the life-blood, warm and wet, 
Hath dimmed the glistening bayonet), 
Each soldier's eye shall brightly turn 
To where thy sky-born glories burn; 
And as his springing steps advance, 
Catch war and vengeance from the glance. 
And when the cannon mouthings loud 
Heave in wild wreaths the battle-shroud, 
And gory sabers rise and fall 
Like shoots of flame on midnight's pall 
There shall thy meteor-glances glow, 
And cowering'foes shall sink beneath 
Each gallant arm that strikes below 
That lovely messenger of death. 


Flag of the seas ! on ocean wave 
Thy stars shall glitter o'er the brave, 
When death, careering on the gale, 
Sweeps darkly 'round the bellied sail, 
And frightened waves rush wildly back 
Before the broadside's reeling rack, 
Each dying wanderer of the sea 
Shall look at once to heaven and thee, 
And smile to see thy splendors fly 
In triumph o'er his closing eye. 

Flag of the free heart's hope and home 
By angel hands to valor given ! 
Thy stars have lit the welkin dome, 
And all thy hues were born in heaven. 
Forever float that standard sheet ! 
Where breathes the foe that falls before us, 
With Freedom's soil beneath our feet, 
And Freedom's banner streaming o'er us ! 

J. Rodman Drake. 



11. A Southern Convention at Vicksburg, Miss., at which 
eight States are represented, passes resolutions in favor of 
opening the slave trade. 


8. A Slaveholders' Convention assembles at Baltimore, 
Md. Delegates from each county represented. 


16. John Brown and fifteen white men and five negroes 
seize the arsenal at Harper's Ferry and kill four of the 

17. The militia and Federal troops arrive at Harper's Ferry 
and besiege Brown and his men in the armory buildings. 

18. The armory captured by Colonel Lee (now General). 
One marine and twelve of Brown's men killed. Brown and 
four men taken prisoners, and two escape, but are recaptured. 


19. The people of Charleston, Va., excited by the rumors 
of an attempt to rescue John Brown and Governor Wise calms 
their fears by guarding the place with a Richmond regiment. 

30. In the House of Representatives of South Carolina a 
resolution is offered that "South Carolina is ready to enter, 
together with other slave-holding States, or such as desire pres- 
ent action, into the formation of a Southern Confederacy." 


2. John Brown and two negroes hung. 

20. The medical students from Southern States in Philadel- 

hia colleges resolve to secede and join colleges in their own 





2. The trial of Stevens commenced at Harper's Ferry. 

16. Stevens and Hazlitt hung at Charleston, Va. 


5. Scene in Congress between Messrs. Potter and Roger 
A. Pryor. 

23. The Democratic National Convention assembles at 
Charleston, S. C. 

30. The Cincinnati Platform rejected by the National 
Democratic Convention, and upon the adopting of a platform, 
the Southern delegates secede. 


4. The National Democratic Convention adjourns until 
June 18. 

9. The Constitutional Union Convention at Baltimore 
nominate John Bell for President and Edward Everett for 

11. A scene in the House between Messrs. Thayer and 

16. The National Republican Convention assembles at 

18. The Republican Convention nominate Abraham Lin- 
coln, of Illinois, for President, and Hannibal Hamlin, of 
Maine, for Vice. 


1. Maryland prohibits the manumission of slaves. 

12. The National Democratic Convention meets at Rich- 
mond and adjourns until the 21st. 

18. The Baltimore Convention (Bell and Everett) re- 

20. Serious fight in the Baltimore Convention. 

23. The National Democratic Convention meets at Balti- 
more, and nominates Douglas and Fitzpatrick; the seceders 
also meet and nominate Breckinridge and Lane. 


20. Visit of the Savannah Blues to New York. A remark- 
able meteor makes its appearance. 


16. A Douglas State Convention at Syracuse forms a 
Union ticket. 


18. The Governor of South Carolina calls an extra session 
of the Legislature. 


6. Abraham Lincoln elected President and Hannibal 
Hamlin Vice-President; Lincoln and Hamlin, 180 electoral 
votes; Bell and Everett, 39; Breckinridge and Lane, 72; Doug- 
las and Johnson, 12. 

22. Banks in Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia 
suspend specie payment. 


5. The United States Treasury suspends specie payment. 

6. A Committee of thirty-three appointed by the House 
to take measures for the perpetuity of the Union. 

11. Resignation of Howell Cobb, Secretary of the Treasury. 

12. General Scott arrives in Washington to advise with the 

13. Joint resolution introduced into Congress proposing 
important amendments to the Constitution. 

14. Lewis Cass, Secretary of State, resigns. 

15. President Buchanan appoints January 4th a day of 
fasting and prayer. 

17. A Secession Convention assembles in Columbia, S. C., 
but adjourns to Charleston in consequence of the small-pox. 

20. The Convention at Charleston passes the ordinance 
carrying South Carolina out of the Union. 

24. Attempted removal of ordnance from the arsenal at 
Pittsburg, Pa., prevented by the citizens. 

26. Fort Moultrie evacuated by Major Robert Anderson, 
who retires with his troops to Fort Sumter. 

29. John B. Floyd, Secretary of War, resigns. 

30. Seizure by the citizens of the arsenal at Charlestown, 
S. C. 


3. The Crittenden compromise resolutions offered in the 

4. Fort Morgan, Mobile Harbor, seized by State troops. 

5. The Postmaster at Charleston refuses to make returns 
to the United States Government. The Star of the West 
chartered and sent to Fort Sumter to re-inforce Major Ander- 

8. Forts Johnson and Caswell, N. C., seized by rebels. 
Secretary Thompson resigns from the Interior Department. 


9. Mississippi secedes. The first gun of the rebellion 
fired ; the forts on Morris Island fire on the Star of the West, 
and she puts to sea. 

10. The steamer Joseph Whitney leaves Boston with re-in- 
forcements for the troops at Pensacola, Fla. Gen." John A. 
Dix made Secretary of the Treasury. Florida secedes. 

11. Alabama secedes. 

12. The Pensacola Navy-yard seized by rebels and the 
cutter Lewis Cass seized at New Orleans. 

14. The Senators from Mississippi withdraw from Con- 

15. The coast survey steamer Dana seized at St. Augus- 
tine, Fla. 

17. Batteries commanding the Mississippi erected at Vicks- 

19. Georgia secedes. Fort Neale, at Little Washington, N. 
C., captured by the rebels. 

20. The fort at Ship Island captured by rebels. 

21. The Alabama delegation in Congress leave. Fort 
Neale, at Little Washington, N. C., retaken by a party of 

22. Seizure in New York of muskets intended for Savan- 

23. The State of Connecticut makes military preparations. 

24. Ex-President John Tyler arrives in Washington as a 
Commissioner from Virginia. The arsenal at Augusta, Ga., 
seized by State troops. 

25. Rhode Island repeals her Personal Liberty Bill. 

26. Louisiana secedes. 

29. The Georgia Convention empower the governor to 
grant letters of marque. 

30. The North Carolina Legislature calls a State Conven- 
tion to meet February 28. The forts on the Tortugas re-in- 
forced. Tennessee appoints commissioners to proceed to 


1. The Charlestonians prepare to besiege FortSumter. 
Texas passes the Ordinance of Secession. 

2. The gold in the New Orleans mint seized by the State. 
4. The Peace Congress assembles at Washington. The 

Southern States convene at Montgomery, Ala. Slidell and 
Benjamin, of Louisiana, leave the Senate. The Virginia elec- 
tion for delegates to a convention results in nineteen-twen- 
tieths in favor of Union. 

8. Governor Brown, of Georgia, seized seven vessels at 
Savannah in retaliation for the detention of arms in New 
York. The arsenal at Little Bock, Ark., seized. 


9. Jefferson Davis elected President and Alexander H. 
Stephens Vice-President of the Southern Confederacy by the 
Convention at Montgomery, Ala., which also adopts the Con- 
stitution of the United States as its Constitution. At the Ten- 
nessee election, a large majority is given in favor of Union. 
Governor Pickens declares Sullivan's Island under martial 

13. Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin officially de- 
clared elected President and Vice-President. 

18. Jeff. Davis and Alexander H. Stephens inaugurated at 
Montgomery, Ala. Twiggs, surrenders the military ports in 
Texas to Van Dorn. 

22. Discovery of a plot in Baltimore to assassinate Mr. 
Lincoln; the President elect passes through Baltimore dis- 
guised in a Scotch cap and plaid cloak. 

27. The propositions of the Peace Congress presented to 
and adopted by the Senate, and the resolutions of the Com- 
mittee of thirty-three by the House. 

28. Congress agrees to amend the Xllth Article of the 


1. The amended Fugitive Slave Bill passes the House. 

2. General Twiggs dismissed the service for treason. 
The Texans capture the cutter Dodge at Galveston. 

4. Mr. Lincoln inaugurated. Texas declared out of the 

11. The Maine Personal Liberty Bill repealed. 

19. The New York vessels at Savannah released. 

21. Alabama cedes a district ten miles square at Mont- 
gomery for a seat of government for the Confederacy. 

26. The South Carolina Convention re-assembled at 

27. The Peace Conference proposition defeated in the 
Virginia Convention. 


6. The Virginia Convention adopts a resolution favoring 

8. Heavy re-inforcements of troops leave for Fort Sumter. 

11. Beauregard demands the surrender of Sumter. 

12. The bombardment of Fort Sumter commenced and 
continued throughout the night. 

13. Major Anderson surrenders Fort Sumter. 

14. Major Anderson leaves Fort Sumter in the Baltic 2 after 
having formally surrendered the fort and saluting his flag 
with the honors of war; several men killed by the explosion 
of a gun while saluting ; no lives lost in the bombardment. 


15. The President calls out 75,000 troops. 

16. Viriginia secedes. Fort Pickens re-inforced. 

17. Jeff. Davis grants letters of marqne. Harper's Ferry 
Arsenal destroyed by order of Lieutenant Jones, U. S. A. 
The Star of the West captured off Indianola. 

19. Attack on the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment while 
passing through Baltimore. The Seventh New York State 
militia leave for Washington. A blockade of Southern ports 
ordered by the President. 

20. General Dix issues his order, " Whoever dares to pull 
down the American flag, shoot him on the spot." 

21. The Portsmouth, Va., Navy-yard and the vessels there- 
at destroyed by the rebels. 

2-1. Fort Smith. Ark., seized by the State troops. 
26- Owing to the destruction of the railroad and telegraph 
lines communication is opened with Washington by water. 
27. The arsenal at Fayetteville, N. C., seized by the rebels. 

29. The President orders an additional volunteer force, 
making 158,000 men in all, and an increase of the regular army 
to 85,000. 

30. The rebel Congress meets at Montgomery, Ala. Ten- 
nessee secedes. 


3. The President again calls for more troops. 

6. Arkansas secedes. 

7. Arlington Heights, opposite Washington, seized by 

9. Lieutenant-Colonel Reeve and 313 men surrender to 
Van Dorn at San Antonio, Texas. 

10. Captain Lyon captures Frost's brigade, in camp near 
St. Louis. The pirate Spray captures the schooner Atwater, 
off Apalachicola. 

13. General Butler occupies Baltimore. 

19. Engagement between the Sewall's Point Battery and 
four gunboats. 

21. North Carolina secedes. 

24. Colonel Ellsworth occupies Alexandria, Va., and is 
killed. Kentucky passes resolutions of mediation and neu- 
trality. General Butler declares slaves to be contraband of 

30. Secretary Cameron declares slaves contraband of war. 

31. Engagement at Acquia Creek, Va.; attack by the gun- 


2. The pirate Savannah captured off Charleston by the 
brig Ferry. Colonel Kelly has an engagement at Philippa, 
Va., and routs the rebels. 


3. Stephen A. Douglas dies at Chicago. 

10. Union troops, under General Butler, defeated at Big 
Bethel, Va. The pirate Wm. H. Webb captured by the Niagara 
off Key West, Fla. 

14. Harper's Ferry evacuated by the rebels. 

17. General R. C. Schenck makes a reconnoissance with 
a railroad train on Vienna. General Lyoii has an engagement 
with Price at Boonville, Mo. 

24. The English ship Minion, with arms for the rebels, 
captured off Charleston. 

26. President Lincoln made an LL. D. by Columbia Col- 
lege. The President officially recognizes Governor Pierpont, 
of West Virginia. 

27. Captain James H. Ward, of the Potomac flotilla, killed 
at Matthias Point, Va. 

29. The pirate Sumter escapes from New Orleans. 


1. General Patterson crosses the Potomac at Williams- 
port, Md., and surprises the enemy at Haynesville. A divi- 
sion of General H. A. Wise's army routed at Buchanan, Va., 
by General Morris. 

2. General Patterson routs the rebels near Martinsburg, 
Va. The Legislature of West Virginia organizes. 

3. General Fremont assigned to the Department of the 
West. Galveston, Texas, blockaded. 

4. The extra session of Congress convenes. General Pat- 
terson pursues the rebels through Martinsburg, Va. The 
pirate Sumter captures the brig Cuba, bound from Trinidad to 

5. Engagement between Colonel Sigel and the rebels un- 
der Jackson and Raines at Brier Forks, near Carthage, Mo. 

6. The pirate Jeff. Davis captures the John Welch off Hat- 
teras. The pirate Sumter arrives off Cienfuegos with seven 
vessels, captured off the Cuban coast. 

7. The Captain General of Cuba releases the Sumter 

8. $5,000,000 loaned to the government by New York mer- 
chants in five hours. General Patterson heavily re-inforced at 
Martinsburg. Va. 

9. The Jeff . Davis captures five prizes off Nantucket, and 
on the Long Island coast. The rebels evacuate Guyandotte, 

- 10. The President authorized Jo call out 500,000 volunteers. 

11. The Army and Navy Appropriation Bills pass Con- 
gress. Battle at Rich Mountain, Va., in which General Mc- 
Clellan defeats Pegram. 


12. The rebels evacuate Laurel Hill, Va. 

13. General McClellan occupies Beverly, Va. ; Garnett de- 
feated and killed at Carrick's Ford, Va. ; Pegrarn surrenders. 

15. Johnson breaks camp at Bunker Hill and retreats on 
Winchester, Va. ; Patterson follows and occupies Bunker Hill. 

16. The entire army, under General McDowell, moves 
toward Manassas in five divisions. 

17. General Patterson occupies Charlestown, Va. Fort 
Lafayette designated as a military prison. 

18. Johnston moves from Winchester toward Manassas 

19. Johnston re-inforces Beauregard at Bull Run, and Gen- 
eral McDowell's forces are in line of battle. 

21. Battle of Bull Run, Va. ; the Union army defeated, 
and falls back on Washington in confusion; Union loss, 481 
killed; 1,011 wounded, and 700 prisoners; rebel loss, 269 
killed; and 1,483 wounded. General Dix takes command in 

22. General McClellan summoned to the command of the 

23. Re-inforcements for Washington called for. 

25. Governor Morgan calls for 25,000 more troops. Gen- 
eral Cox occupies Charlestown, on the Kanawha River, Va. 

27. Hampton, Va., evacuated and burned by Union 


1. The rebel gunboat Petrel sunk off Charleston, S. C., by 
a broadside from the St. Lawrence. 

2. General Lyon has an engagement at Dug Spring, Mo., 
with McCulloch; the rebels defeated. 

6. Congress adjourns sine die. 

7. Breckinridge makes a speech in Baltimore, and is 

9. Battle at Wilson's Creek, Mo.; General Lyon killed. 
The entire debt of the United States, $111,000,000. 

16. The President issues a proclamation confiscating the 
property of rebels. 

18. The pirate Jeff. Davis wrecked on St. Augustine Bar, 

19. A battle at Charleston, Mo. ; rebels defeated. Missouri 
admitted into the Southern Confederacy. 

26. Captain Foote (afterward Admiral), of the North Caro- 
lina, ordered to the Western fleet. Engagement at Cross 
Lane, Va. ; the rebels defeated. 

28. Commodore Stringham's fleet opens fire on Fort Clark, 
Hatteras Inlet, and reduces it. 


29. Forts Hatteras and Clark, Hatteras Inlet, N. C., sur- 
render to Commodore Stringham and General Butler, with 
Commodore Barren, rebel navy, and 694 prisoners. 

30. Fort Morgan, at Ocracoke Inlet, N. C., abandoned by 
the rebels. 


1. The rebels routed at Boone C. H., Va., and the town 

5. General Grant announces the invasion of Hickinan, 
Ky., by rebels. 

6. Paducah, Ky., occupied by General Grant. 

10. Battle of Carnifax's Ferry, in which Rosecrans de- 
feats Floyd. 

11. The gunboat Kearsarge launched at Portsmouth, N. H. 

12. The President modifies Fremont's emancipation proc- 

14. The pirate Judith destroyed in Pensacola Harbor. 

16. General Dix arrests the officers and members of the 
Maryland Legislature, and sends them to Fort McHenry. 

18. Price repulsed at Lexington, Mo., by Colonel Mul- 

20. Colonel Mulligan and his entire command surrender 
to Price, at Lexington, Mo. 

23. Commodore Stringham relieved by Commodore Golds- 

26. The first national fast day under President Lincoln's 

28. Governor Morgan made Major General of Volunteers. 


8. General W. T. Sherman takes command of the Depart- 
ment of the Cumberland, relieving General Robert Ander- 

9. " Billy " Wilson's Camp on Santa Rosas Island, Fla., 
attacked by the rebels, but the enemy is driven off. 

17. Mason and Slidell arrive at Havana in the Nashville. 

21. Battle of Ball's Bluff; Colonel E. D. Baker killed. 
Zollicoffer repulsed at Wild Cat, Ky. 

22. The Potomac blockaded by rebel batteries at Matthias 

25. Commodore Paulding appointed to command the 
Brooklyn Navy-yard. Springfield, Mo., captured by the 
troops under Fremont. 

29. The naval expedition leaves Hampton Roads for Port 
Royal, S. C., under Commodore Dupont. 

31. General Scott resigns as Brevet Lieutenant General, 
and retires to private life. 



1. General Scott's resignation accepted by the Presi- 
dent, who appoints General McClellan to the chief command 
of the armies. General Dix issues an' order regulating the 
Maryland elections. Floyd defeated by Rosecrans at Gauley 

2. Fremont relieved of command in the Army of the 
West, by General David Hunter. 

4. The expedition of Commodore Dupont arrives off Port 
Royal, S. C. 

7. Battle at Belrnont, Mo.; the rebels under Sidney A. 
Johnston defeated by Grant. Naval engagement in Port Royal 
Harbor; the rebel forts Beauregard and Walker captured. 

8. General Buell assigned to the Department of Ken- 
tucky. James M. Mason and John Slidell, rebel ministers to 
England and France, seized on board the Trent, by Commodore 
Wilkes, of the SanJacinto. Rebels defeated at Piketon, Ky., 
by General Nelson. 

9. . General Scott and Mr. Thurlow Weed leave on a mis- 
sion to Europe. 

10. The rebels capture Guyandotte, Va., and massacre the 
garrison. Floyd defeated on the Kanawlia River, Va.' 

12. General Halleck assigned to the Department of Mis- 
souri. The pirate Beauregard captured. 

15. The troops in the volunteer service now number 
480,000 men. 

22. A general bombardment of Pensacola and the navy- 
yard by Colonel Brown at Fort Pickens; the town and navy- 
yard destroyed. 

23. The pirate Sumter escapes from the Iroquois at Mar- 

27. The gunboat Coeur d'Leon runs the blockade of the 
Potomac, and arrives at Fortress Monroe. The Constitution 
leaves Hampton Roads with General Phelps, first part of the 
Butler expedition to New Orleans. 


4. John C. Breckinridge expelled from the United States 
Senate. Mr. Saulbury's peace resolutions tabled by the Sen- 
ate. Holman's Crittenden resolutions tabled by the House. 

6. Beaufort, S. C., occupied by General Stevens of Gen- 
eral W. T. Sherman's command. 

11. No more regiments to be raised by governors of States, 
except upon special order irom the War Department; Senator 
Wilson says there are men enough in the army. 

13. Battle at Alleghany Camp, Pocahontas County, Va.; 
rebels defeated. 


14. General Burnside's expedition against the North Caro- 
lina coast leaves New York for Annanolis. 

20. General Ord defeats the rebels at Dranesville, Va. 

23. Price passes through Springfield, Mo., in full retreat 
for Arkansas. 

26. General Scott returns to New York from Europe. 
Mr. Seward agrees to surrender Mason and Slidell; Bull Run 
Russell "acts as if he heard good news." 

28. The New York banks suspend specie payments. 



1. Mason and Slidell surrendered. Engagements at Port 
Royal Ferry, S. C., and Pensacola, Fla. 

4. General Milroy burns Huttonsville, Va. 

9. General Burnside's expedition leaves Annapolis. 
General Lander evacuates Romney, Va. 

10. Polk and Johnston, of Missouri, expelled from the 

11. The Pensacola runs the blockade of the Potomac and 
arrives at Hampton Roads. 

12. General Garfield occupies Prestonburgh, -Ky. 

13. General Cameron resigns from the War Department. 
17. Ex-President John Tyler dies at Richmond, Va. 

Mr. Cameron confirmed as Minister to Russia. 

19. Battle of Mill Spring, Ky. 

20. Rebels evacuate Mill Spring, Ky. 

24. Commerce, Mo., sacked by Jeff. Thompson. 

27. The President orders a forward movement of all the 
armies, to take place on February 22. 

30. The Monitor launched at Green Point, L. I. 


1. It is ordered that pirates shall be placed on the same 
footing as prisoners of war. 

4. General Grant arrives at Fort Henry, Tenn., and com- 
mences the attack. 

6. Fort Henry surrenders to General Grant and Flag- 
officer Foot, after an engagement. 

7. General Lander occupies Romney, Va. General Burn- 
side gains a victory on Roanokellsland, N. C. The rebels 
evacuate Bowling Green, Ky., in consequence of General 
Grant's successes. Appropriations made for twenty iron-clad 

10. An expedition ascends the Tennessee to Florence, Ala, 


13. General Grant invests Fort Donelson, Tenn. 

14. Battle of Fort Donelson, Tenn., commenced. The 
President offers an amnesty to the rebels. 

16. Clarksville, Tenn., evacuated by the rebels. Fort 
Donelson surrenders to General Grant. 

21. Battle at Valverde, Texas. 

22. General Gillmore completes the investment of Fort 
Pulaski, Ga. 

23. General Curtis occupies Fayetteville, Ark. 

24. General Nelson, of Buell's command, occupies Nash- 
ville, Tenn. 

25. The Monitor put into commission. 

27. General Banks occupies Charlestown, Va. 

28. The rebels evacuate Columbus, Ky. 


2. General Banks occupies Martinsburg, Va. 

3. Columbus, Ky., occupied by Union troops. 

5. General Banks occupies Bunker Hill, Va. 

6. General Joe Johnston falls back from Manassas in con- 
sequence of McClellan's forward movement. Battle of Pea 
Ridge, Ark., commences and continues on the next day. 

8. The President divides the Army of the Potomac into 
five corps. Union victory at Pea Ridge, Ark. The fight be- 
tween the Monitor and Herrimac in Hampton Roads. 

9. Winchester, Va., evacuated by the rebels. 
11. General McClellan occupies Manassas, Va. 

14. General Burnside defeats the rebels at Newbern, N. C. 

15. Flag-officer Foote commences the bombardment of 
Island No. 10. 

19. General Burnside occupies Little Washington, N. C. 

22. General Banks occupies Luray, Va. 

23. Battle at Winchester, Va. 

26. Battle at Achape Pass, New Mexico. 

31. General Geary occupies Union City, Tenn. 


4. Apalachicola, Fla., occupied. General McClellan lands 
upon the Peninsula and commences the siege of Yorktown, Va. 

6 and 7. Battle at Pittsburg Landing, Tenn.; rebels 

7. Island No. 10 surrenders to Flag-officer Foote. 

10. General Gillmore commences the bombardment of Fort 
Pulaski, Ga. 

11. General Mitchell occupies Huntsville, Ala. Fort Pu- 
laski surrenders. The siege of Fort Macon, N. C., commenced. 
Pocahontas, Ark., occupied by General Curtis. ; 


12. Stevenson, Ala., occupied. 

14. Bombardment of Fort Pillow, Tenn., commenced. 

16. Battles at Lee's Mill, Va.; McClellan's advance on 
Wilmington Island, Ga. 

17. General Banks occupies Mount Jackson, Va. 

18. General McDowell occupies Falmouth, Va. 

24. Commodore Farragut passes Forts St. Phillip and 

25. Fort Macon, N. C., surrenders to General Parke. 

26. New Orleans surrenders to Commodore Farragut. 
Battle at Warwick Creek, Va. 

28. Forts Jackson and St. Phillip surrender to Porter. 


1. Jasper, Ala., occupied by General Mitchell. 

4. General Lee evacuates Yorktown, Va. 

5. Battle of Williarnsburg, Va. 

7. Battle at West Point, Va. 

8. Engagement at McDowell, Va. 

10. Norfolk surrenders to General Wool. Pensacola, Fla., 

11. The ram Merrimac blown up by Tatnall. 
16. Naval engagement at Fort Darling, Va. 

20. General Stoneman occupies New Bridge, Va. 

21. General McClellan's army within five miles of Rich- 
mond, Va. 

23. General Banks evacuates Strasburg, Va., in conse- 
quence of the advance of Jackson. Commodore Farragut 
shells Grand Gulf. Miss. Battle at Lewisburg, Va. 

25. General McDowell occupies Fredericksburg, Va. 

27. General Williams occupies Baton Rouge, La. Battle 
at Hanover Court-house, Va. 

28. General Halleck attacks Beauregard at Corinth, Miss. 

29. Corinth, Miss., evacuated by the rebels. 
31. Battle at Fair Oaks, Va. 

1. Jackson retreats from Strasburg, Va. Battle of Seven 
Pines, Va. 

5. Fort Pillow evacuated by the rebels. 

6. Memphis surrenders after the defeat of the rebel 
navy. Jackson routed at Harrisonburg. 

7. General Negley opens fire on Chattanooga. 

8. Battle at Cross Keys, Va. 

9. Jackson defeated at Port Republic, Va. 

13. Stuart makes a foray on the right wing of McClellan's 


16. Battle on James' Island, S. C. 

18. General Morgan occupies Cumberland Gap, Ky. 

23. Commodore Farragut opens fire on Vicksburg,"Miss. 

26. General McClellan commences his change of base to 
James River. 

27. Fremont relieved from the Mountain Department. 

28. Pope takes command of the Department of Virginia. 
Farragut passes the Vicksburg batteries. 

30. Battle of Nelson's Farm, Va. 


1. The President calls for 300,000 men. Battle of Mal- 
vern Hills; end of the seven days' fight. 

4. General McDowell occupies Warrenton, Va. 
10. The War Department orders general exchange of 
prisoners. General Curtis occupies Clarendon, Ark. 
13. Murfreesboro, Tenn., surrenders. 

15. Naval engagement on the Mississippi. 

17. Battle at Cynthiana, Ky. 

20. Engagement at Beaver Dam, Va. 

22. Military and naval commanders ordered to confis- 
cate rebel property. General Halleck appointed General-in- 

24. Farragut retires from before Vicksburg, Miss. 

28. Battle at Moore's Mills, Mo. 


4. The President orders a draft of 300,000 men. 

5. Battle of Baton Rouge, La. 

6. The ram Arkansas destroyed above Vicksburg. 

8. The President prohibits citizens from leaving the 

9. Battle of Cedar Mountain Va. 

16. General McClellau evacuates Harrison's Landing with 
his army. 

22. Raid on Pope's rear by Jackson. 

23. Battle of Catlett's Station, Va., and retreat of Pope. 

29. Second Batt e of Bull Run, Va. 

31. General McDowell evacuates Fredericksburg, Va. 


2. General McClellan appointed to the defences of Wash- 

4. Jackson invades Maryland. The Oreta (Florida) runs 
the blockade of Mobile. 

5. Pope relieved from command. 

6. McDowell relieved from command. 


9. Jackson invades Maryland at Poolesville. 
10. Jackson occupies Hagerstown, Md. Battle at Gauley, 

12. General Burnside occupies Frederick, Md., in pursuit 
of Jackson. 

14. Battles at Mumfordsville, Tenn., and South Mountain, 

15. Harper's Ferry, Va., surrenders to Jackson. 

17. Mumfordsville, Tenn., surrenders to Bragg. The 
pirate Alabama captures her first prize, a whaler. Battle of 
Antietam, Md. 

19. Battle of Inka, Miss. 

20. Engagement on the banks of the Potomac. 

22. The President issues his Emancipation Proclamation. 
24. The President suspends the writ of habeas corpus. 
29. General Nelson killed by General Jeff. C. Davis at 
Louisville, Ky. 


1. Sabine Pass, Texas, occupied. 

2. The navy takes possession of St. John's Eiver, Fla. 
3 and 4. Battle of Corinth, Miss. 

8. General Grant occupies Grand Junction, Miss. Battle 
of Perryville, Ky. 

9. Jacksonville, Fla., evacuated bv Union troops. 

10. Jeb. Stuart invades Maryland at Mercersburg and 
Pennsylvania at Chambersburg. 

11. Bragg evacuates Camp Dick Robinson, Ky. 

15. Engagement at Island No. 10. 

16. Bragg makes his escape from Kentucky pursued by 

22. Battle at Pocotaligo, S. C. 

23. General Schotield occupies Huntsville, Ala. 
26. Indianola, Texas, surrendered. 

29. General Pleasonton occupies Upperville, Va., in pur- 
suit of Jackson. 

30. France proposes intervention to England and Russia. 


7. General McClellan relieved of command of the Army 
of the Potomac by General Burnside. 

13. England declines the proposition of France to inter- 

15. Successful trial of fifteen-inch guns in monitor turrets. 

18. General Sumner, with the advance of the Army of the 
Potomac, arrives at Falmouth, Va. 


21. General Burnside demands the surrender of Freder- 
icksburg, Va. 

22. Tampico, Mexico, occupied by the French. 


3. General Geary captures Winchester, Va. 

4. General Banks' expedition leaves New York for New 

7. The Alabama captures the mail steamer Ariel, and 
bonds her. Battle of Crawford's Prairie, Ark. 
13. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va. 

15. Burnside evacuates Fredericksburg, Va. 

16. General Grover occupies Baton Rouge, La. 
18. Battle of Lexington, Tenn. 

20. Holly Springs, Miss., captured by Van Dorn. The 
rebels repulsed from Davis' Mills, Miss., with heavy loss. 

21. General W. T. Sherman commences a movement upon 
Vicksburg in the rear of Haines' Bluff. 

28. Stuart makes an unsuccessful foray on Burnside 's army 
at Falmouth, Va. 

29. Battle of Haines' Bluff (Vicksburg), Miss.; General 
Sherman repulsed. Island No. 10 evacuated by order of Gen- 
eral Jeff. C. Davis. 

31. The Monitor sunk in a gale off Hatteras. 



1. The President issues his Emancipation Proclamation. 
The rebels estimate their losses thus far at 20,898 killed, 
59,615 wounded, and 21,169 prisoners. Total, 209,116. Battles 
of Hunt's Cross Roads, Tenn., and Galveston Texas. 

2. General Sherman's expedition against Vicksburg with- 
drawn. Battle of Stone River, Tenn. 

3. The rebels retreat across Stone River to Tullahoma. 

4. Rosecrans pursues Bragg through Murfreesboro, Tenn. 

5. General Banks assigned to the Department of the 

9. The President divides the Army of the Cumberland 
into corps under Thomas, McCook and Crittenden. Battle of 
Springfield, Mo. 

10. General Grant removes his headquarters to Memphis, 
Tenn., preparatory to entering upon the Vicksburg expedi- 
tion. General Sherman captures Arkansas Post, Ark. 

11. A naval engagement in Galveston Bay, in which the 
pirate Alabama sinks the gunboat Hatteras. 


12. Engagement at Patterson ville, La. General Wool 
takes command of the Department of the East. 

16. Mound City, Ark., destroyed by our gunboats in retal- 
iation. The pirate Oreta (Florida) runs out of Mobile. St. 
Charles, Ark., captured by our gunboats. Acapulco, Mexico, 
bombarded by the French. 

17. The fleet of monitors leave to rendezvous~at Port 
Royal, S. C., preparatory to an attack on Fort McAllister. 

18. Duval's Bluff and Des Arc, Arkansas, captured by Gen- 
eral Gorman. 

20. Fitz-John Porter cashiered by sentence of court-mar- 
tial. Authority given to Governor Andrew to raise Negro 
troops. The steamers Morning Light and Velocity seized at 
Sabine Pass by the rebels. 

21. General McClernand commences siege operations 
against Vicksburg. 

23. Mr. Cameron resigns'as Minister to Russia. 

25. General Burnside relieved of the command of the 
Army of the Potomac; also Generals Sumner and Franklin, 
(the cause alleged to be a'delay in moving and dissatisfaction 
of the officers). 

26. General Hooker assigned to the command of Army of 
the Potomac. 

27. The monitor Montauk bombards Fort McAllister, Ga. 
The Senate passes a bill indemnifying the President for sus- 
pending the writ of habeas corpus." 

31. Naval engagement in Charleston Harbor; the rebel 
rams attack our fleet. 


1. Federal occupation of Franklin, Term. 

2. Second bombardment of Fort McAllister by the Mon- 
tauk. The House passes the bill for the enlistment of Negro 

3. Rebels attack Fort Donelson, Tenn.,and are driven off. 
The Queen of the West runs past Vicksburg. General Foster 
re-iuforces Hunter at Port Royal, S. C. 

4. General Grant takes "command of the armies in the 
field operations against Vicksburg. 

5. The Queen of the West destroys the rebel vessels in Red 
River and returns. 

6. Mr. Seward declines the French offer of mediation. 

7. Engagement at Burnt Ordinary, Va. 

10. The Queen of the West again runs the rebel batteries at 
Vicksburg and cruises on the 12th in the Atchafalaya. 

12. The House passes the National Currency Bill and the 
bill providing- Cor the emancipation of the slaves in Missouri. 

13. The Indianola runs the Vicksburg batteries. 


14. The Queen of the West captured by the rebels in Ked 

16. The Senate passes the Conscription Bill. 

18. Bombardment of Vicksburg commenced by General 
Grant and the fleet. 

24. The Indianola captured by the rebels below Vicksburg; 
she is blown up through fear of Porter's mock monitor. 

25. The Conscription Bill passes the House. 

27. The Montauk destroys the Nashville in Ogeechee River, 

28. The amended Conscription becomes a law. The Presi- 
dent calls an extra session of the Senate. 


1. The Cold water Pass expedition of Porter's reaches 
Moon Lake. 

3. Nevada admitted as a State. 

4. The pirate Retribution condemned at Nassau. 

5. Battle at Thompson's Station, Tenn. 
7. Battle at Spring Hill, Ark. 

10. Jacksonville, Fla., occupied by Negro troops. 

11. C. M. Clay confirmed as Minister to Russia. 

12. The Coldwater expedition arrives at Fort Pemberton, 

13. Battle at Newbern, N. C. ; the rebels attempt to retake 
the town. 

14. Admiral Farragut runs past the Port Hudson batteries 
in the Hartford. 

15. The pirate Chapman captured in San Francisco harbor. 

19. Admiral Farragut passes the batteries at Grand Gulf, 
Miss., and anchors below Vicksburg on the 21st. 

21. Death of General Sunnier. 

22. Burnside's corps moves into Kentucky. 

23. General Burnside assigned to the Department of the 
Ohio. The rebel ram Vicksburg captured by Admiral Porter. 
Pensacola, Florida, burned and evacuated by Federals. 

25. The ram Lancaster sunk while passing the Vicksburg 
battery. Battle at Brentwood, Tenn. 

27. Jacksonville, Fla., destroyed by Colonel Montgomery's 
brigade of Negro troops. Colonel Dandy effects a landing 
upon Coles' Island, S. C. 

28. The pirate Georgia leaves England. 

30. Engagement at Somerset, Ky. 

31. Admiral Farragut silences the batteries at Grand Gulf, 


1. Admiral Farragut destroys transports in Red River. 

4. The siege of Fort Pemberton, Miss., raised by the 
Coldwater expedition. 

5. The iron clad fleet arrives off Charleston Bar. 

. 7. Admiral Farragut destroys Bayou Saraha. Admiral 
Dupont attacks Fort Sutnter; the Keokuk is sunk and the fleet 
subsequently withdraws. 

9. The Alexandra (supposed pirate) seized at Liverpool. 

14. Pattersonville, La., occupied by General Banks, after 
an engagement. The rebels raise the siege of Washington, 
N. C. 

16. Five gunboats and three transports run the batteries of 
Vicksburg. The Queen of the West recaptured in Grand 
Lake, La. 

17. Colonel Grierson's cavalry starts on a raid through 
Mississippi to sever railroad communication. 

21. General Bapks captures Washington, La. 

22. General Reynolds captures McMinnville, Tenn. Six 
gunboats and twelve transports, bearing the advance of Grant's 
army, pass the Vicksburg batteries. 

23. General Dodge captures Tuscumbia, Ala. 
25. The pirate Georgia burns the ship Dictator. 

27. The Army of the Potomac prepare for the Chancellors- 
ville battle. 

28. Colonel Grierson destroys valuable railroad property 
at Benton, Miss. Naval engagement at Grand Gulf, Miss. 

29. General Dodge destroys Tower Creek, Ala. 

30. National fast observed by order of President Lincoln. 
Porter's squadron passes the batteries at Grand Gulf, Miss., 
and General Grant fights the battle of Branlinsburg, and 
lands his troops. General Stoneman raids upon Hanover 
Court-house, Va. 


1. Battle of Port Gibson, Miss. General Kilpatrick 
within two miles of Richmond, Va. 

2. Battle of Chancellorsville, Va., commenced. Stone- 
wall Jackson mortally wounded. The tracks diverging from 
Gordonsville destroyed by General Buford. General Stone- 
man destroys the railroad at Columbia, Va. 

3. Second day of the battle of Chancellorsville, Va. 
Battle of Nansemond, Va.; Longstreet re-inforces Lee. Fred- 
edeksburg. Va., captured by General Sedgwick. Iron works 
at Round Mountain destroyed by Colonel Streight. 

4. General Sedgwick evacuates Fred ericksburg, Va. 


Admiral Porter captures Fort De Russy, Ark., after an engage- 
ment. Colonel Streight's command surrenders to Forrest. 

5. Vallandigham arrested in Dayton, Ohio, for treason, 
by order of General Burnside. The Army of the Potomac 
retreats from Chancellorsville, Va. 

6. Alexandria, La., captured by Porter's fleet. The 
pirate Florida captures the Clarence, and converts her info a 

7. Van Dorn (rebel general) shot at Chattanooga. 

8. The President gives sixty-five days' warning to alien 
residents. The bombardment of Port Hudson commenced 
by Farragut. 

10. Stonewall Jackson dies. 

11. Crystal Spring, Miss., destroyed by Grant's advance. 

13. General Keys occupies West Point, Va. Return of 
several New York two years' regiments from the war. 

14. General Grant occupies Jackson, Miss., after an engage- 

16. Battle of Champion Hills, Miss. 

17. Grant evacuates Jackson, Miss., and has an engage- 
ment at Black.River Bridge. Puebla, Mexico, surrenders to 
the French. 

18. General Grant occupies Haines' Bluff, and completes 
the investment of Vicksburg, Miss. 

19. Fire opened on Vicksburg from General Grant's bat- 

20. The navy-yard at Yazoo City, Miss., destroyed by 

21. Engagement in the rear of Port Hudson, La. Mexico 
(City) evacuated by the Mexicans. 

23. Port Hudson, La., invested by General Banks. 

24. C. L. Vallandigham banished to the South. Eight 
rebel steamers destroyed on the Yazoo River. 

20. General Weitzel's command joins Banks in the rear of 
Port Hudson, La. 

27. An assault on Port Hudson repulsed. 

30. Rev. H. W. Beecher leaves for Europe on a mission. 
Engagement at Catlett's Station, Va. 


1. James' Island, S. C., evacuated by the rebels. 

3. Lee prepares for the invasion of the North. 

5. General Hooker makes a reconnoissance at Deep Run, 

6. Battle at Milliken's Bend, Mips.; Negro troops engaged. 
11. Mosby makes a foray on Poolesville, Md. 



12. The Clarence captures the Tacony, converts her into a 
pirate, and is burned. General Gillmore relieves Hunter of 
the Department of the South. 

14. General Hooker moves from Falmouth to Bull Run in 
pursuit of Lee. Federal forces at Winchester and Berryville 
defeated and fall back. 

15. The President calls for 120,000 men to repel invasion. 
The rebels occupy Hagerstown, Md., Chambersburg and 
Greencastle, Pa. 

16. Harper's Ferry invested by the rebels. 

17. The rebel rava Atlanta captured. 

18. New York militia leave for Harrisburg, Pa. Cham- 
bersburg evacuated by the rebels. 

19. The rebel ram Chattahoochee blown up. The Alabama 
captures the Conrad, and converts her into a pirate. Federal 
foray on Lenon Station, Tenn. 

20. Governor Bowman inaugurated Governor of West Vir- 
ginia. Frederick, Md., occupied by Stuart. 

21. Stuart evacuates Frederick, Md., and the advance of 
the Army of the Potomac enters. 

22. The rebels invade Paoli, Ind. Vallandigham arrives at 

23. The rebels capture Brashear, La. Rebels advance on 
Shippinsburg, Pa. 

24. General Rosecrans occupies Shelbyville, Tenn. 

25. General Knipe evacuates Carlisle, Pa. The Tacony 
captures the Archer, converts her into a pirate, and is burned. 

26. The Archer, in an attempted raid on Portland, Me., is 
captured. Gettysburg occupied by the rebels. The rebels 
retreat on Tullahoraa, Tenn. 

27. The barracks at Carlisle, Pa. .burned by the rebels. 
Rosecrans occupies Manchester, Tenn. 

28. The bridge at Columbia, Pa., burned to prevent the 
advance of the enemy. General Hooker relieved of com- 
mand by General George W. Meade. The War Department 
orders the organization of a Veteran Reserve Corps. Union 
troops evacuate Donaldsonville. 

29. General Granger occupies Shelbyville, Tenn. 


1. Battle at Gettysburg, Pa., commenced. General Rose- 
crans occupies Tullahoma, Tenn., and Winchester the next 

3. Negotiations for the surrender of Vicksburg, Miss., 

4. Vicksburg surrenders to General Grant. Lee defeated 
at Gettysburg, Pa. Battle at Helena, Ark. A. H. Stephens 


comes down the James River on a mission, but returns un- 

5. Lebanon, Ky., surrenders to Morgan. Sherman de- 
feats Johnson at Black River, Miss. 

6. General Ransom occupies Natchez, Miss. 

7. Bragg retreats across the Tennessee at Bridgeport, Ala. 
Negotiations for the surrender of Port Hudson, La., 

8. Generals Grant and Meade promoted. Port Hudson, 
La., surrenders to General Banks, and the Mississippi is 
thereby opened. Morgan occupies Corydon, Ind. Lee s rear- 
guard defeated at Hagerstown, Md. 

9. General Terry lands his troops on James' Island, S. C. 

10. Morgan captures Salem, Ind. Rebels defeated on 
Morris Island; General Gillmore eflects a landing and com- 
mences the siege of Charleston. 

11. Morgan captures Madison, Ind. The draft com- 
menced in New York. Battle at Jackson, Tenn. 

12. General Meade decides not to attack Lee on the 
banks of the Potomac. General Stanley occupies Huntsville, 

13. Lee's army crosses into Virginia. General Herron 
captures Yazoo City. The President thanks General Grant 
for Vicksburg. First day of the draft riots in New York 

14. Battle with Lee's rear guard at Falling Waters, Va. 
Morgan occupies Unionville, Ohio. 

15. The President appoints a day of Thanksgiving for 
recent victories. 

10. The militia return to New York. Johnston evacuates 
Jackson, Miss. Battles on James' Island, S. C., and at Honey 
Spring, Indian Territory. 

17. Vallandigham at Niagara Falls, Canada. Quiet re- 
stored in New York. Battles at Fort Gibson, Ark. 

18. General Dix takes command of the Department of the 
East. Rebels defeated at Morris Island, S. C., and at Rienzi, 

24. Rebels defeated at Wytheville, Va. 

26. Morgan defeated at Salineville, Ohio. Death of John 
J. Crittenden. 

27. Rebels defeated at Richmond, Ky. 

29. Rebels defeated at Paris, Ky. Wm. L. Yancey dies at 
Montgomery, Ala. The pirate Alabama repairs at Cape Town, 
Cape Good Hope. 


1. Jeff. Davis offers an amnesty to deserters. 


3. The President orders retaliation for cruel treatment of 
prisoners of war. 

9. The rebels defeated at Sparta, Tenn. 

14. General Gillrnore mounts the "Swamp Angel" on 
Morris Island, S. C. 

15. Rebels defeated at Piiieville, Mo. Fort Sumter 
breached by siege guns. 

17. Rebels defeated at Granada, Miss. The Mississippi 
declared open for trade. Captain George W. Rodgers killed 
in Charleston Harbor. 

18. An expedition to Granada, Miss., destroys vast quanti- 
ties of railroad materials. 

19. The draft resumed in New York. 

21. The citizens of Lawrence, Kansas, massacred by 
Quantrell. General Rosecrans arrives in front of Chattanooga. 
The brig Bainbridge founders at sea. General Gillmore 
throws Greek fire into Charleston. 

23. General Gillmore announces that Fort Sumter is a 
shapeless mass of ruins, incapable of further offensive opera- 
tions. General Steele occupies Clarendon, Ark. 

26. Gillmore assaults Fort Wagner on Morris Island after 
siege approaches. Jeff. Thompson captured at Pocahontas, 
Ark. John B. Floyd dies. General Steele captures Browns- 
ville, Ark. 

27. Rebels defeated at Hanover, Tenn., and Bayou Meteor, 

28. The draft completed in New York city. 

29. Five bounty-jumpers shot in the Army of the Po- 
tomac. A rebel ram launched at Laird's Yard, Liverpool. 

31. The draft commenced in Brooklyn. General Burn- 
side seizes Emory's Gap, Tenn. The pirate Sumter sunk in 
Charleston Harbor. 


1. Fort Smith, Ark., evacuated by the rebels. Knoxville, 
Tenn., occupied by General Burnside's advance. 

2. Burnside's main column occupies Knoxville, and is 
welcomed by the inhabitants. 

3. The pirate Florida enters Brest, France. Rebels 
defeated at Diamond Gap, Tenn. Federals repulsed from 
Fort Gregg, S. C. Bread riot at Mobile, Ala. 

5. Forts Gregg and Wagner, S. C., assaulted. 

6. Forts Wagner and Gregg evacuated by the rebels and 
occupied by General Gillmore. Our forces defeated at Moore- 
field, Va. 

7. General Rosecrans occupies Trenton, Ga. 

8. Chattanooga, Tenn., evacuated by the rebels. Naval 
engagement in Charleston Harbor; a naval attack on Fort 


Sumter repulsed. Union forces defeated at Sabine Pass, 

9. Chattanooga occupied by General Crittenden. Cum- 
berland Gap surrenders to General Burnside. Union forces 
defeated at Tipton, Tenn. 

10. General Steele occupies Little Rock, Ark. Longstreet 
re-inforces Bragg. 

11. Battle at Dalton, Ga. The pirate Florida detained at 
Brest, France. 

12. Culpepper, Va., occupied by General Meade's ad- 

13. Engagements near Culpepper, Va., and at Bird's Gap, 

15. The President suspends the writ of habeas corpus. 

18. General Burnside's advance at Bristol, Tenn., when 
an engagement takes place. 

19. Rebels defeated at Fort Smith, Ark. 
19 and 20. Battle of Chickamauga. 

22. Battle near Carter's Station, Tenn. 

24. The President raises the blockade at Alexandria, Va. 

27. Jonesboro, Tenn., re-occupied by rebels. 

28. General Hooker leaves Virginia to re-5nforce Rose- 

29. Greenbacks declared a legal tender by the Court of 
Appeals of New York. Visit of English, Russian and French 
fleets to New York. 

30. Aggregate value of naval captures to date, $30,000,000. 


1. The Eleventh and Twelfth Corps, General Hooker, 
arrive at Bridgton, Ala. Rebels defeated at Anderson's Cross 
Roads, Tenn., and at Franklin, La. 

2. General Franklin occupies Franklin, La. 

3. The President appoints a day of National Thanksgiv- 
ing. Guerrillas repulsed from McMinnville, Tenn. 

5. The rebel s attempt to blow up the New Ironsides. 

6. Quantrell massacres General Blunt's body guard at 
Baxter Springs, Mo., after defeating his troops. 

8. Quantrell burns Carthage, Mo. Rebels defeated at 
Lannington, Miss. 

10. Lee commences a flank movement on Meade, but the 
rebels are defeated at Robertson's Ford, Va. Fight at Blue 
Springs, Tenn. 

11. General Meade falls back to meet Lee. The rebel 
forces driven out of East Tennessee. 

12. General Meade rests his army on Manassas Plains, 
having foiled Lee's'plans. 


14. Battle of Bristow Station, Va. 

15. Lee ceases his pursuit of Meade, and commences a 
retrograde movement. 

16. The rebels defeated at Blackburn's Ford, Va. Gen- 
eral McPherson raids upon Canton, Miss. 

17. Engagement at Charlestgwn, Va. Imboden over- 
powers the garrison. The President calls for 300,000 more 

18. Gefieral Meade starts in pursuit of Lee. 

19. Rosecrans superseded by General Thomas, and the 
new Military Department of the Mississippi created and 
placed under General Grant, who is given plenary powers. 

21. General Meade ceases the pursuit of Lee. General 
Franklin occupies Opelousas, La. Battle at Cherokee Station, 

22. Battle at Columbia, Ky. 

23. General Grant arrives at Chattanooga. 

24. Battle at Danville, Ky. Jeff. Davis visits Mobile. 

25. Battle at Pine Bluff, Ark. 

26. General Gillmore renews the bombardment of Surn- 

27. General W. F. Smith executes a flank movement at 
Lookout Mountain, Ga. 

28. General Hooker's " Battle in the Clouds" at Lookout 
Mountain. Engagement at Wauhatchie, Ala. General Blair 
occupies Tuscumbia, Ala. 181 Federal prisoners arrive at 
Fortress Monroe from Libby prison, in a starving condition. 

29. The exchange of prisoners stopped. General Butler 
takes command of the Department of Virginia at Fortress 

31. A furious bombardment of Fort Sumter. 


1. General Dana occupies Brazos de Santiago, Texas. 

3. Fort Brown, Texas, evacuated by the rebels. 

4. The gunboat Kearsarge arrives in Cork, Ireland. 

5. Battle at Carrion Crow Bayou, La. 

7. Engagement at Kelley's Ford, Va. 

8. Lee's army moves across the Rapidan. 

10. Engagement at Droop Mountain, Va. 

11. Lord Lyons notifies Mr. Seward of the plot in Canada 
to release rebel prisoners at Sandusky. 

13. The resignation of General Burnside accepted. 

14. Longstreet crosses the river for an advance in East 

15. Battle at Raccoon Ford, Va. The iron-clad Camanche 
sunk in San Francisco harbor. 


16. Burnside falls back on Lenoir Station from Longstreet's 

17. Burnside falls back on Knoxville when he is attacked 
by Longstreet. General Banks captures Aransas Pass, Texas. 

18. Three hundred starved Union prisoners arrive at Fort- 
ress Monroe. 

19. Thanksgiving Day in Dixie. 

20. Lougstreet again attacks Burnside at Knoxville, Tenn. 
23 and 25. Battle of Chattanooga. 

26. Meade advances against Lee. 

27. Battle of Raccoon Ford, Va. 

28. Lee falls back to Mine Run, Va. John Morgan escapes 
from the Columbus (Ohio) penitentiary. 

2^. Engagement at Fort Saunders, near Knoxville. 

30. General Gillmore commenced to shell Charleston, S. C., 
from Morris Island, over five miles. The rebels evacuate and 
blow up Fort Esperanza, Texas. 


1. Generals Hooker and Palmer evacuate Ringgold,Ga. 
The Army of the Potomac crosses to the North side ol the 

2. Bragg relieved by Hardee. 

3. Rebels repulsed from Raccoon Ford, Va. General 
Sherman arrives at Knoxville, Tenn., to re-inforce Burnside. 
The enemy burns Lafayette, Tenn. 

4. Longstreet raises the siege of Knoxville, Tenn. 

6. Longstreet's rear guard attacked at Clinch Mountain, 
Tenn. The steamer Chesapeake captured by piratical pas- 
sengers. The monitor Weehaivken sunk in a gale. 

7. General Foster announces Longstreet in full retreat 
from Tennessee, whereupon the President orders a Thanks- 
giving. General Grant's captures during the war-announced 
as 472 cannon and 90,000 prisoners. Congress organizes; Mr. 
Colfax chosen Speaker of the House. 

8. Congress passes joint resolutions of thanks to General 

9. The President thanks General Grant for the victory in. 
East Tennessee. General Averill leaves Harper's Ferry on a 
foray. Jeff. Davis denounced by Henry S. Fqote, in the Rebel 
Congress. Rebels driven from Bean's Station, Tenn. The 
President issues a Proclamation of Amnesty. 

10. Engagement at Morristown, Tenn.; Longstreet's army 
at Rogersville. 

11. The pirate Cliesaptake leaves Shelburne, N. S. 

12. Rebels refuse to receive any supplies for Union pris- 


13. Rebels repulsed at Catlett's Station, Va. 

14. Engagement at Bear Station, Tenn. General Wistar 
makes a foray on Charles City C. H., Va. 

16. The Virginia and Tennessee Road cut at Salem, by 
General Averill. 

17. The pirate Chesapeake captured at Sambro, N. S., by 
the Ella <fc Aniia. Rebel foray on Sangster's Station, Va. 

19. The pirates of the CJiesapcake rescued by a mob in 

21. General Averill returns from his foray. 

23. Passports required of persons leaving New York. 

26. The Dictator launched. 

27. General Joe Johnston takes command of Bragg's army . 



1. Proposals issued for a loan of $35,000,000 to the 
United States. 

3. Discovery of $6,000,000 in Confederate bonds printed 
in New York for the Confederate Government. Maximilian's 
acceptance of the Mexican throne announced. Surrender of 
300 Union troops to the rebels at Jonesville, Va. 

9. The steamer Chesapeake (seized by rebels and run 
into Halifax, N. C.), ordered by the Admiralty Court to bei 
returned to her owners in New "York. 

11. Proclamation of Major General Banks for holding an 
election in Louisiana for State officers. 

12. Gunboats and transports of Sherman's and Porter's 
expedition up the Yazoo River attacked by 3,000 rebels. 

20. General Seymour, at Olustee, Florida, defeated by the 
rebels. Fight between General Sturgis and the rebels under 
Hood and Johnston at Danville, Tenn. 

22. Fight between United States troops and the rebels in 

23. Restrictions on trade in Missouri and Kentucky 
removed by order of the Secretary of the Treasury. 

29. Capture of Scottsville, Ky., by the rebels. 

31. A wagon train captured by the rebels near Williams- 
port, Md. Union troops at Bachelor's Creek, N. C., defeated 
by rebels. 


1. President Lincoln issues a proclamation for 500,000 
men for three years. 

2. Raid by the rebels on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad ; 
estimated damage to property .$1,000,000. Rebel attack on 


Newbern, N. C., repulsed; the gunboat Undenvriter captured 
and destroyed by the rebels. Roddy's rebel cavalry driven 
out of Tennessee. 

3. Fight on the upper Potomac between the rebels under 
Colonel Rosser and the Union troops under General Averill; 
defeat of the former. 

4. Union forces capture Jackson City and Yazoo City, 

6. President Lincoln issues a proclamation removing 
restrictions on trade in the States of Kentucky and Missouri. 

7. An expedition, under General Gillmore, ascends St. 
John's River, Fla., enters Jacksonville, and captures 100 pris- 
oners, 8 pieces of artillery, and other property. 

8. Fight with the rebels at Germania Ford, Va., without 
definite results. Advance of Union troops from Jacksonville, 
Fla., into the interior, and capture of property valued at 

9. Severe cavalry fight with rebels at Strawberry Plains, 

10. General decline in the prices of stocks at New York. 
15. Advance in the price of stocks. The pirate Georgia 
escapes from the port of Cherbourg. 

18. Generals Smith, Sherman and others make a success- 
ful raid into Alabama; they destroy over 1,000,000 bushels of 
corn, and capture 1,500 mule and'horses, and over 300 pris- 

19. The Enrollment Bill passed the Senate by a vote of 26 
to 16, and the House (on the 12th), by 93 to 60. 

22. Unconditional Union State Convention of Maryland 
held at Baltimore, and resolutions pass in favor of instructinr 
the delegates to the National Union Convention to vote fog 
Abraham Lincoln first, last and all time. 

23. Bombardment of Fort Powell, Mobile Harbor, by Ad- 
miral Farragut. 

25. Tunnel Hill, Tenn., captured by Union troops under 
General Grant. Athens, Ala., captured by the rebels under 
General Roddy. 

26. The rebels beaten at Athens and Florence, Ala., by 
Union troops. The rank of Lieutenant General conferred 
upon Ulysses S. Grant, of the United States Army. 

28. Successful reconnoissance by General Custer toward 
Gordonville, Va.; capture of rebel camp. 


1. Annihilation of a colored regiment by guerrillas at 
Tecumseh Landing, near Grand Lake, Miss. 

2. Successful raid by General Kilpatrick near Richmond. 


5. The rebels attack Yazoo City, Miss., and are defeated. 

8 % General Sherman returns to Vicksburg from a success- 
ful raiding expedition into Alabama and Mississippi, having 
destroyed over 2,000,000 worth of property, and captured 
8.000 Negroes and 4,OpO prisoners. State election in New 
York decided that soldiers may vote. 

9. Gold market excited; price advanced; stock market 
rampant. Major General Grant receives his commission as 
Lieutenant General from President Lincoln. Council of war 
between the President, the Cabinet and General Grant. 

10. Expedition under General A. J. Smith left Vicksburg 
for the Red River. Constitutional Convention of West Vir- 
ginia adopts a resolution to abolish slavery. 

14. Fort De Russy, on Red River, Louisiana, captured by 
Union troops under General A. J. Smith; 11 guns and 300 
prisoners taken. Major General Halleck retired from the 
position of Commander-in-Chief. 

15. The rebels make a daring attempt to recapture Sea- 
brook, near Hilton Head, S. C.. used as a depot for coal for 
United States vessels. Call by President Lincoln for 200,000 
men for the army, navy and marine. 

J7. Advance in gold notwithstanding the passage of the 
Gold Bill. Lieutenant General Grant assumes command of all 
the armies of the United States. Fort De Russy blown up 
accidentally; four men killed and six wounded. 

18. The rebels appear on a new raiding expedition toward 

20. Reconnoissance by Union troops under General Mower 
up the Red River, La.; 200 rebels and four cannon captured. 

21. Act of Congress to admit Nevada and Colorado as 
States passed. 

23. The rebels under General Forrest commence an inva- 
sion of Kentucky. President Lincoln issues an order for the 
re-organization of the army. 

24. Union City, Term., attacked by rebels under General 
Forrest; Colonel Hawkins, in charge, surrenders to the rebels. 
Capture of Alexandria, La., by Union troops. 

25. The rebels under General Forrest enter Paducah, Ky.; 
the rebels were repulsed and driven from the city. Severe 
gale; several vessels driven ashore along the coast. 

26. President Lincoln issues a new amnesty proclamation. 

27. Gold advances from 164 to 169. Union troops under 
General Mower capture 17 cannon from the rebels near Alex- 
andria, La. 

28. Gold declines from 169 to 166J. Election in Louisiana 
for delegates to a State Convention to revise and amend the 
Constitution of the State. General Forrest (rebel) with 7,000 


men advances to the vicinity of Columbus, Ky., and creates 
great alarm there. 

30. An expedition of Union troops under Colonel Clayton 
to Mount Elba and Longview, Ark., captured 320 prisoners, 
300 horses, about 40 wagons laden with camp and garrison 
equipments, beside 300 contrabands, and killing and wound- 
ing about 200 rebels. United States steamer Maple Leaf blown 
up in St John's River, Florida, by a rebel torpedo; four of the 
crew killed. 


1. A band of rebels attack the United States Government 
plantations on the Yazoo River, and set fire to the buildings ; 
several Negroes perish in the flames. 

3. Union troops defeated by the rebels at Shreveport, La. 

8. Defeat of Union troops under General Stoneman at 
Pleasant Hill, La. ; loss 2,000 in killed, wounded and prisoners. 

9. Fight between rebels and Union gunboats at New Falls 
City, near Shreveport, La.; defeat of the rebels; from 500 to 
600 of them killed or wounded. Fight with rebels at Grand 
Ecore, La.; capture of 2,000 rebels and 20 cannon by 
Union troops. The rebels attempt to blow up the United 
States frigate Minnesota, lying in Hampton Roads, with a tor- 
pedo, but fail. 

12. Capture of Fort Pillow by the rebels under General 
Forrest; all found in the garrison, except about 200, massacred 
after they had surrendered men, women and children. 
Steamer Golden Gate, laden with United States Government 
stores, captured by rebels near Memphis. Maximilian in-* 
vested with his new honors as Emperor of Mexico at his 
Castle of Meramar. 

13. The surrender of Fort Halleck, Columbus, Ky., de- 
manded by the rebels under General A. Buford. 

14. About 100 rebels, 200 horses, 400 saddles and 300 small 
arms captured by Union troops at Half Mountain, Ky. 

15. Explosion of a boiler on board of the United States gun- 
boat Chenango, in New York harbor; many seamen killed or 
sustain appalling injuries. 

16. The issue of gold certificates by the sub-treasury, 
New York, suspended. 

17. The rebels attempt to capture Plymouth, N. C., but 
are repulsed with great slaughter. A portion of Hockman, 
Ky., burned by the rebels. 

18. A rebel ram at Plymouth, N. C., attacks and sinks the 
gunboats Bombshell and Southfield. Great panic in Wall street, 
New York; many heavy failures among the leading bull opera- 
tors; a great panic also 'in the stock market one of the sever- 


est ever witnessed; decline in prices. Act of Congress to 
admit Nebraska as a State. 

20. Surrender of General Wessels and 2,500 Union troops 
at Plymouth, N. C., after four hours' fighting. 

22. Fight between Union troops under General Banks 
and the rebels at Cane Eiver, near Alexandria, La.; 1,000 
rebels and nine cannon captured. 

25. One hundred thousand troops for one hundred days 
tendered by the Governors of Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and 
Illinois, and accepted by President Lincoln Advance in gold 
to 183. A train of 250 wagons with a cavalry escort and four 
cannon captured by rebels near Pine Bluff, Ark. 

27. Decline in stocks; gold falls from 181 to 178. 

29. Madison Court-house, Va., burned by Union troops, 
on account of rebels firing upon them from the windows in 
the place. 


1. Gunboat 'Eastport and two transports blown up by 
Union forces near Alexandria, La., to prevent her falling into 
possession of rebels. 

o. Admiral Wilkes suspended from duty for three years 
and publicly reprimanded. General Grant commences move- 
ments against Richmond. Fight between Union cavalry under 
Generaf Sturgis and a brigade of rebels under General For- 
rest; defeat and retreat of the latter. 

4. Union troops under General Butler advance up the 
Peninsula toward Richmond, and occupy Yorktown, West 
Point, etc. The army of the Potomac, under General Grant, 
cross the Rapidan without opposition. 

5. General Butler transfers his army from Yorktown and 
West Point to City Point and Bermuda Hundred. Two 
United States gunboats and three transports destroyed by the 
rebels near Alexandria, La. 

6. Battle at Mine Run between the rebels under General 
Lee and the Army of the Potomac under General Grant; the 
rebels defeated and driven back; Brigadier General James 
S. Wadsworth and Brigadier Alex. Hays among the killed. 

7. General Thomas occupied Tunnel Hill, Ga. 

8. Dalton, Ga., occupied by Union troops under General 
Thomas. Severe battle between the Union army under Gen- 
eral Grant and the rebels under General Lee near Spott- 
sylvaniaCourtrhouse; Major General John Sedgwick killed. 

9. The gunboats of General Banks and Admiral Porter's 
expedition tip Red River succeed in getting down over the 
Falls near Alexandria, through the engineering skill of Lieu- 
tenant Colonel Bailey. Fight betwen Union troops under 
General Butler and the rebels under General Hill near Peters- 


burg, Va. ; the latter handsomely whipped. Another terrible 
battle near Spottsylvania Court-house between the Union and 
rebel armies. 

10. General Sheridan completes a successful raid in the 
rear of Lee's rebel army in Virginia, recapturing 500 Union 
soldiers and destroying eight miles of railroad, two locomo- 
tives and three trains. Fight between General Butler's troops 
and those of General Beauregard, without definite results. 

11. The rebel army in Georgia driven by General Sher- 
man to Buzzard's Eoost Mountain. 

12. Major General Hancock captures 7,000 rebels and thirty 
guns in a battle near Spottsylvania, Va. Union troops evacu- 
ate Little Washington, N. C., when rebels enter and burn all 
the houses in the place except about twenty; women robbed 
and turned adrift without food or shelter. The outer line of 
works of Fort Darling carried by Union troops under Gen- 
erals Gillmore and Smith. General Sheridan captures the 
outer line of fortifications in front of Richmond. Dalton, Ga., 
evacuated by the rebels under General Joe Johnston and occu- 
pied by Union troops under General Sherman. 

14. Bombardment of Charleston and Fort Sumter, S. C., 
renewed with vigor. 

15. Resaca, Ga., captured by General Sherman's army, 
with 1,200 prisoners, ten guns and six trains going South for 
supplies; Union loss in killed and wounded 2,700. General 
Sigel defeated at Rood's Hill in the Shenandoah Valley. 

16. President Lincoln calls upon Governor Parker, of New 
Jersey, for all the militia he can raise for one hundred days' 
service. Defeat of the rebels under Johnston at Resaca, by 
General Sherman. 

18. A bogus proclamation of President Lincoln published 
in the World and Journal of Commerce; the publication of the 
World and Journal of Commerce stopped by the Government. 
Battle between Union troops under General A. J. Smith and 
a rebel division in Louisiana; 300 rebels captured. 

20. Defeat of Union troops under General Sigel by rebels 
under General Breckinridge in the Shenandoah Valley. 

21. The rebels make a furious assault on General Butler's 
lines, near Fort Darling, and are repulsed. 

23. The Union army, under General Grant, makes a grand 
flank movement against the rebels under General Lee, result- 
ing in a sharp fight and repulse of the rebels. Joseph How- 
ard, Jr., and Francis A. Mallison arrested and sent to Fort 
Lafayette, charged with forging the bogus proclamation of 
President Lincoln. General Lee's rebel army falls back to the 
South Anna River; over 600 rebel soldiers captured by Union 


24. Advance in gold to 185. 

25. The rebels, under General Fitz Hugh Lee, attack the 
Union forces at Wilson's Wharf, on the Jaines River, and are 

26. General Grant makes another flank movement on 
Lee's rebel army, crossing the Pamunkey River at Hanover- 
town Ferry, and reaching a point within fourteen miles of 
Richmond. Surgeon-General Hammond, U. S. A., convicted 
by court-martial. Act of Congress creating the Territory of 

28. Rapid advance in the price of gold to 188. 

29. Fight between the rebels and General McPherson's 
corps of Sherman's army, at Dallas, Ga. ; the rebels driven 
back with a loss of 5,500 in killed, wounded and prisoners. 

31. Gold advances to 194. 


1. National Convention of Radical Republicans at Cleve- 
land, nominated John C. Fremont for President, and John 
Cochrane for Vice-President. A rebel iron-clad descends 
James River from Richmond and attacks some Union moni- 
tors, but is repulsed after two hours' fighting. Fight between 
Union and rebel troops near Mechanicsville, Va.; about 4,000 
rebels captured. 

2. John C. Fremont resigns his position as Major-General 
in the United States Army. A portion of General Sherman's 
army advances to occupy Allatoona Pass, Ga. United States 
steamer Water Witch, 5 guns, captured by rebels in Ossabaw 
Sound, Ga. Successful advance of General Grant's army to 
Cold Harbor. Va. General Fitz Hugh Lee and 500 rebel cav- 
alry- captured by General Butler's troops near White House, 

3. General Grant attempts to drive the rebels across the 
Chickahominy River, and is repulsed; Union loss, 3,000; 
Union loss in three days, 7,500. National Bank Act passed. 

4. The rebels, under General Lee, attack I'nion lines 
near Bottom's Bridge, on the Chickahominy, but are repulsed. 

5. General John C. Fremont and General John Cochrane 
accept their nominations for President and Vice-President. 

6. General Hunter defeats the rebels at Staunton, Va.; 
captures 1,500 prisoners, 3,000 stand of arms and )! cannon, 
besides a large amount of stores, etc.; the rebel General W. 
E. Jones, killed. The rebels attack the Union troops under 
General Burnside, and are repulsed. 

7. National Union Convention assembles at Baltimore. 
Gold advances to 194. 


8. Gold advances to 195. John Morgan's rebel forces 
enter Eastern. Kentucky and capture the town of Mount Ster- 
ling. The Baltimore Convention nominates Abraham Lincoln 
for President, and Andrew Johnson, of Tennessee, for Vice- 

9. John Morgan and his rebel band defeated at Mount 
Sterling, Ky. ; he subsequently attacks Lexington, Ky., and 
burns the railroad depot there. Advance in price of gold 
from 195 to 198. 

10. General Kautz, with his Union cavalry troops, charges 
the rebel works in front of Petersburg, Va.,* and enters the 
place, but not being supported by General Gillmore, is com- 
pelled to retire. 

11. Fight between Union cavalry under General Sheridan, 
and the rebels under General J. E. B. Stewart; defeat of the 
rebel troops and death of General Stewart. General Hunter 
burns the Virginia Military Institute, Governor Letcher's 
house, and captures 6 cannon, 600 horses and a large amount 
of stores. 

12. Maximilian makes a triumphant entry into the city of 
Mexico. John Morgan, rebel general, captures Cynthiana, 
Ky., and two Ohio regiments; General Burbridge, with Union 
troops, subsequently arrives, defeats the rebels, captures 400 
prisoners and 1,000 horses. 

13. Expedition of 8,000 Union troops under General Stur- 
gis defeated by 10,000 rebels under Generals Forrest, Lee and 
Roddy; wagon and ammunition trains lost. Lexington, Va., 
captured by Union troops under Generals Crook and Averill. 

14. Bids for the $75,000,000 loan opened at the Treasury 
Department; over 90,000,000 offered. Army of the Potomac, 
under General Grant, makes another flank movement, crosses 
the Chickahominy River, also the James River to the south 
side of Richmond. 

15. General (Baldy) Smith attacks the rebel defences in 
front of Petersburg and captures 13 cannon and about 350 
prisoners. Bill passed by the House of Representatives in 
favor of prohibiting slavery by a Constitutional amendment 
defeated by the United States Senate. 

16. Vallandigham returns to Ohio from his exile without 
permission of President Lincoln, claiming his right to do so. 

17. Desperate, but ineffectual attempt to capture Peters- 
burg, Va., by Union troops; loss 8,000 men. 

18. Repulse of Union troops under General Hunter while 
attempting to capture Lynchburg. Surrender of Union troops 
at Bardstowu, Ky., to a few rebels without pulling a trigger. 
General Sherman enters Marietta, Ga., the rebels having evac- 
uated the place. 


19. Fight off Cherbourg between the rebel cruiser Ala- 
bama, under Captain Semmes, and the United States steamer 
Kearsarqe, under Captain Winslow; the former sunk after an 
hour's fight. The rebels commence an invasion of Maryland 
and Pennsylvania. 

21. Advance in gold from 198 to 208. Fight with the reb- 
els in Georgia; an important position gained by General Sher- 
man; rebel loss 700 men. Fight with and repulse of the 
rebels at White House, Va. Rebel cavalry attack the Union 
lines at Pine Bluff, Ark., and are repulsed. Inter-Continental 
Telegraph Bill passed by Congress. 

22. Desperate fight between rebel and Union troops on 
the line of the Petersburg & Weldon railroad; the Union 
troops driven from their position, but afterward regain it; a 
Union brigade gobbled up. A gold panic in Wall street, New 
York; rises from 208 to 226, and then falls to 210, with a cor- 
responding effect in price of flour, pork, etc. Isaac Hender- 
son, Navy Agent, New York, arrested on charges of having 
defrauded the government. The rebels under General Mag- 
ruder, near White River, whipped by Union troops. 

23. Bill to repeal the Fugitive Slave Law passed by Con- 
gress. Gold advances from 210 to 215. 

24. The rebels capture the tinclad gunboat Queen City, and 
blockade the river between Memphis and Little Rock. The 
Constitutional Convention of Maryland adopt, by a vote of 53 
to 27, a bill in favor of prohibiting slavery in the State, except 
as a punishment for crime. 

26. General Hunter completes a successful raid into Dixie, 
capturing and destroying over $5,000,000 worth of property. 

27. Advance in price of gold from 218 to 233. General 
Sherman makes an unsuccessful assault upon the rebel lines 
at Kenesaw Mountain; Union loss 2,500. 

28. Gold advances from 233 to 240. 

29. Gold advances to 244. 

30. Hon. Salmon P. Chase resigns his position as Secre- 
tary of the Treasury. New Tariff Bill passed by Congress. 
New Internal Revenue Act passed. Act passed to raise four 
hundred millions of dollars by six per cent, bonds. 

1. Hon. Win. P. Fessenden, of Maine, appointed and 
confirmed as Secretary of the Treasury, in place of Mr. Chase, 
resigned. Advance in gold from 250 to 280; it subsequently 
falls to 240. 

2. Union cavalry under General Wilson return from a 
succesttful raid south of Petersburg, having destroyed 50 miles 


of railroad and other rebel property. Act of Congress to re- 
peal the Gold Bill of June 17. 

3. The rebels commence a new invasion of Maryland and 
Pennsylvania. General Sigel's forces attacked at different 
points, and driven from Martinsburg. General Sherman 
flanks the enemy at Kenesaw Mountain and compels them to 

5. Harper's Ferry and Hagerstown occupied by rebels; 
the stores at Hagerstown robbed; New York and other States 
called upon to send troops to repel the invaders. The habeas 
corpus suspended and martial law declared in Kentucky by 
proclamation of President Lincoln. 

6. Advance in price of gold to 259. 

7. Advance in gold to 273. The rebels push their invad- 
ing columns toward Pennsylvania and repulse small bodies of 
Union troops found at different points. 

8. Artillery fight in front of Petersburg, Va. ; the town 
set on fire by shells from Union guns. Frederick, Md., evac- 
uated by Union troops under General Wallace and occupied 
by rebels, who levy $200,000 on the citizens. 

9. Union troops under General Wallace defeated by the 
rebels at Monocacy Bridge. 

10. The steamship Electric Spark, of New York, and four 
other vessels, captured and destroyed by the rebel cruiser 
Florida. Gunpowder Bridge, on the Baltimore and Philadel- 
phia Railroad, destroyed by rebels; trains of cars also stopped 
and passengers robbed by them. -President Lincoln issues a 
proclamation relative to a reconstruction of the Union. Rock- 
ville, Md., entered and robbed by the rebels. 

11. Governor Bradford's house robbed and burned by the 
rebels. The rebels approach within 6 miles of Washington. 

12. Frederick, Md., re-occupied by Union troops. 

13. The rebels, after an unsuccessful attempt to capture 
Washington, retire across the Potomac. 

14. Decline in price of gold from 268 to 260. Fight be- 
tween Union and rebel troops at Tupelo, Miss.; defeat of the 

15. Decline in gold from 260 to 250. 

16. General Sherman's army successfully crosses theChat- 
tahoochee River. Advance in gold from 250 to 256. 

18. Advance in gold from 256 to 266. Rebels whipped at 
Snicker's Gap by General Crook. President Lincoln issues a 
proclamation for 500,000 more volunteers. 

20. Severe fight between the armies of General Sherman 
and General Hood in front of Atlanta; severe assault of Hood 
successfully repulsed. 

21. Peace Conference at Niagara Falls; Horace Greeley 


acts as President Lincoln's agent, and offers the rebel Com- 
missioners a safe conduct to Washington and back. Gold 
declines from 262 to 258. Part of the rebel invading force 
overtaken at Winchester by General Averill, and whipped; 
200 prisoners and four cannon captured. 

22. Gold declines from 258 to 251. Terrible battle in front 
of Atlanta; rebel loss estimated at 7,000; 15 stand of color, 
and 5,000 stand of arms; Union loss about 3,200; General Mc- 
Pherson (Union) killed. 

24. General Rousseau (Union) completes a successful raid 
in Alabama and Georgia, capturing 800 mules and horses, and 
about 700 contrabands. Advance in gold to 257. 

25. Secretary Fessenden advertises for bids to the new 
$200,000.000 loan. 

20. Union troops under General Averill defeated by rebels 
at Martinsburg, Va. 

27. The rebel troops on North side of James River re- 
pulsed and defeated, and four of them captured. 

2S. Decline in price of gold to 250. Severe fight in front 
of Atlanta, Ga., between the rebel and Union armies; the 
rebels attack General Sherman, and are repulsed with the loss 
of 1,000 in killed and wounded. 

30. A mine exploded under the rebel fortifications at 
Petersburg, Va., which are blown up with the troops in them ; 
a terrific battle ensues; the Union storming column is repulsed 
with fearful slaughter; Union loss 6,000. 

31. A rebel force enter and burn nearly the 'whole of 
Chambersburg, Pa., and rob the inhabitants, leaving them in 
the most destitute condition. 


3. Rebels under General Early again occupy Martinsburg, 
Va., and Hagerstown, Md. 

4. Fight between rebel and Union troops at New Creek, 

5. United States fleet, under Admiral Farragut, passes 
Forts Morgan, Gaines and Powell into Mobile Harbor, and 
captures the iron-clad ram Tennessee (with Admiral Buchanan 
on hoard) and gunboat Selma; the Union gunboat Tecumseh 
sunk by a torpedo or guns of Fort Morgan. 

6. Another rebel mine exploded in front of General 
Grant's lines without doing much damage, the event being 
prepared for. 

7. Advance in the price of gold to 260. General Sherman 
makes an important flank movement in front of Atlanta. The 
rebels make an attempt to recapture Admiral Buchanan from 


8. Fort Gaines, entrance of Mobile Harbor, with 26 guns, 
56 officers, and 818 enlisted men, surrendered to the United 
States forces. Fort Powell, with 18 guns, blown up and aban- 
doned by the rebels. Union troops under General Averill 
defeat the rebels under McCausland, capture their artillery, 
400 horses and equipments, three battle-nags and a large num- 
ber of small arms. 

10. Explosion of army ordnance boat at City Point, Va. ; 
53 men killed and 126 wounded, and a large amount of Gov- 
ernment property destroyed. 

11. Pilot boat James "Funk and pilot boat No. 22, of New 
York, captured by the rebel pirate Tallahassee within 60 miles 
of New York Harbor. 

13. Defeat of the rebels on the north side of James River; 
over 500 of the rebels, 13 cannon and 2 mortars captured. 

14. About 300 rebels make an attack on Selma, Ky., and 
are repulsed. Union troops, under General Hancock, advance 

011 the north side of James River to witbin 7 miles of Rich- 
mond, and capture 600 rebels, 6 cannon and 2 mortars. 

15. Special State election in Connecticut on the question 
of allowing absent soldiers to vote; adopted. General Wheel- 
er (rebel) demands the surrender of Dalton, Ga.; his troops 
driven off. 

16. Another advance by Union troops on the north side 
of James River; several hundred prisoners and a few heavy 
guns captured. 

17. General Merritt's cavalry attacked in the Shenandoah 
Valley by Kershaw's rebel cavalry; Union loss 2 stand of 
colors ami 276 prisoners. 

18. A Peace Convention assembles at Syracuse, attended 
by Vallandigham, F. Wood and others. Advance of Union 
troops under General \Varren across the Petersburg and Wei- 
don Railroad; a terrible battle ensues without definite 
results; Union loss about 2,500. Severe fight at Graysville, 
Ga., between rebels under General Wheeler and Union troops 
under General Stedman. without definite results. The rebels 
attack Union troops under General Birney, and are repulsed 
with great slaughter. 

19. Severe fight between the rebels and Union troops under 
General Warren; the rebels repulsed; Union loss 2,800. 
Martinsburg, Va., re-occupied by rebel troops. 

21. Another battle on the line of the Weldon and Peters- 
burg Road, between Union troops under General Warren and 
the rebels; the latter repulsed with fearful slaughter; Union 
loss about 3,000. Forrest, with three brigades of cavalry, at- 
tacks Memphis, and endeavors to capture Generals Wash- 


burne and Hurlbut; they fail in their object, and are driven 
out by Union troops. 

22. Fight between rebel and Union troops near Charles- 
town, Va., without decisive results. The rebels make another 
desperate effort to drive General Warren from the Petersburg 
and Weldon Railroad, but are again repulsed with heavy 
loss. General Kilpatrick returns from a successful raiding 
expedition; tears up 14 miles of railroad, captures 4 cannon 
and 200 prisoners. 

23. Fort Morgan, Mobile Harbor, Ala., with all its guns, 
ammunition, etc., surrenders to the United States forces. 

24. A large fire in Atlanta, caused by shells from General 
Sherman's batteries. 

25. The rebel pirate Georgia captured by the United States 
frigate Niagara. Fight between advance troops of the rebel 
General Early and a reconnoitering force of General Sheri- 
dan's, near Leetown, Va.; a number of rebels captured. The 
rebels make another assault upon Union troops under Gene nil 
Warren, 011 line of Weldon and Petersburg Kailroad, and re- 
capture 4 miles of the road; loss on each side 5,000. 

29. Decline in gold from 245 to 239. National Democratic 
Convention assembles at Chicago. A rebel cavalry force at- 
tacks Lebanon, Ky., and captures the Union guard. 

31. Secretary Fessenden advertises for proposals foT *.">!,- 
500,000, the balance of sixes of 1881. The Chicago Convention 
nominates George B. McClellan, of New Jersey, for President, 
and George H. Pendleton, of Ohio, for Vice-President of the 
United States. 


1. Simeon Draper appointed Collector of New York. 

2. Atlanta, Ga., captured by Union troops under Majo 
General Sherman; 27 guns and 1,000 rebel prisoners taken. 
Fight in the Shenandoah Valley, near Berry ville, Va. ; defeat 
of the rebels; 20 wagons, 2 battle-flags and many prisoners 

4. Fight with rebels at Greenville, Tenn.; John Morgan, 
the notorious gueirilla, killed, and his force dispersed. 

5. President Lincoln issues a proclamation of thanks to 
Admiral Farragut and Generals Can by, Granger, Sherman and 
Sheridan for their signal victories over the rebels. 

8. General McClellan accepts his nomination for the 

9. Successful night attack by Union troops on the rebel 
lines in front of Petersburg, Va. ; an important position gained. 

16. Daring raid by the rebels near Petersburg, Va.; they 
capture 3,000 head of cattle. 


18. Averill's corps at Martinsburg, Va., attacked by the 
Confederate General Gordon; the latter repulsed. 

19. Desperate fight with rebels at Opequan Creek, She- 
nandoah Valley ; the Union troops, under General Sheridan, 
capture 3,000 prisoners, 15 battle-flags and 5 guns Some 
rebels capture the steamers Parsons and Island Queen, on 
Lake Erie, and convert them into pirates. 

20. The British Government order that no vessel belong- 
ing to the Confederates or United States shall enter British 
ports for the purpose of being dismantled or sold. 

21. Two steamers, seized by the rebels on Lake Erie, 
re-captured, and the pirates arrested. General J. C. Fremont 
and General John Cochrane withdraw from the Presidential 

22. General Sheridan gains a great victory at Fisher's Hill, 
Shenandoah Valley ; captures 20 guns, beside caissons, horses 
and 1,100 prisoners; Union General Russell killed. 

26. Gold panic in Wall street, New York. 

27. Potosi, Mo., captured by the rebels. 

29. Rebel fortifications on Chapin's Farm, Richmond, Va., 
stormed and taken by Union troops; 15 guusand 200 prisoners 

30. Invasion of Missouri by the rebels; railroad property 
at Franklin destroyed. The rebels make three unsuccessful 
attempts to drive the Union troops from Chupin's Farm, in 
front of Richmond. Advance of Union troops and defeat of 
the rebels at Poplar Grove, near Petersburg, Va. 


1. Secretary Fessenden advertises for a loan of $40,000,000. 
Pilot Knob, Mo., attacked by the rebels, without important 

4. Severe fight between General Sherman's forces and the 
rebels at Allatoona, Tenn. Great excitement in Missouri in 
consequence of the invasion of the State by the rebels under 
General Price. Capture of Athens, Ala., by the rebels. 

7. The rebel pirate Florida, with 12 officers and 58 of her 
crew, captured in the Bay of Bahia, Brazil, by the United 
States steamer Wachusetts. 

8. Desperate fight with the rebels near Richmond; severe 
loss of life on both sides. Rome, Georgia, re-capture i by the 
rebels; some officers and 3,600 Negroes taken prisoners. 

9. Fight with the rebels near Strasburg, Va.; about 350 
rebels and 1J guns captured. 

12. Election in Maryland to decide upon the adoption or 
rejection of a new Constitution abolishing slavery; the new 
Constitution adopted. Death of Chief Justice Taney. 


14. Bids opened for $40,000,000 loan at the Treasury 
Department; $20,000,000 offered in excess of the amount asked 

17. Capture of Ship's Gap, Tenn., by General Sherman. 
Lexington and Warrensburg, Mo., occupied by the rebels. 

18. A party of twenty-five armed rebels enter St. Albans, 
Vt., and rob three banks of $150,000, and shoot five citizens; 
then flee to Canada, where they are arrested by the Cana- 
dian authorities. 

19. Great battle in the Shenandoah Valley between Union 
forces, under General Sheridan, and the rebels, under General 
Early; defeat of the latter, and capture of 43 guns, beside cais- 
sons, horses and prisoners. 

22. General Blunt defeated by the rebels under General 
Price at Lexington, Mo. 

28. The rebel ram Albemarle blown up in Roanoke River 
by a United States torpedo boat, under the command of Lieu- 
tenant Gushing. Fight between General Pleasanton's Union 
army and General Price's rebel army at Newtown, Mo. ; defeat 
of the latter; 1,000 rebels and 7,100 stand of arms captured. 

30. The State of Nevada admitted to the Union, officially 

31. Capture of Plymouth, N. C., by Union troops. 


3. Fight between the Union forces under General Sher- 
man and the rebels under General Hood; defeat of the latter. 
Armed bands of rebels appear on the likes and occasion 
great excitement and alarm along the Northern frontier. 
Rebel troops under General Price attack Fayetteville, Ark., 
and are repulsed with a loss of about 1,000 in killed and 

4. Destruction of six United States vessels by two new 
rebel cruisers, the Chickamauga and Oluslee, announced. 

7. Night attack by rebels on Union troops in front of 
Petersburg, Va.; repulse of the former. 

8. Presidential election; Abraham Lincoln carries every 
State except Delaware, Kentucky and New Jersey. 

9. Advance of 12 per cent, in the price of gold. Gen- 
eral Sherman 'starts on a march through Georgia to the coast. 

11. Rebels rush into Atlanta, supposing it to have been 
evacuated by Union troops, and are handsomely whipped; 
900 of them taken prisoners. 

14. The rebels under General Breckinridge attack the 
Union troops under General Gillem at Bull Gap, and capture 
400 Union troops. 


17. The rebels repulsed in a night attack on Union lines 
at Bermuda Hundred. 

18. Severe fight between the rebel and Union troops at 
Strawberry Plains, Tenn., without decisive results. Forty-five 
Union scouts captured by the rebel General Mosby, near 
Charlestown, Va. 

19. Norfolk, Va., Fernandina and Pensacola, Florida, 
opened for trade, the blockade being partially raised by 
proclamation of President Lincoln. The pirate Florida 
collides with the Alliance in Hampton Roads. 

20. Decline in gold to 216. 

22. Battle between the rebel and Union troops at Rood's 
Hill, Va., without important results. 

24. Waynesboro, Tenn., occupied by rebel troops under 
General Hood. 

25. An agent from England, with a numerously signed 
peace petition to be presented to President Lincoln, arrives at 
New York. Several hotels of New York City set on fire by 
Southern incendiaries. 

26. General Hood makes an assault on Union lines at 
Columbus, south of Duck River, Tenn. 

27. General Butler's despatch steamer Greyhound de- 
stroyed by fire; General Butler, General Schenck and Admiral 
Porter have a narrow escape. 

28. Rebels under General Paine occupy New Creek and 
Piedmont, and destroy considerable property; they are finally 
driven from the last named place. The Florida sinks in 
Hampton Roads. 

29. Roger A. Pryor, of Virginia, captured by Union pick- 
ets in front of Petersburg. 


1. Gold 228. Hood moving his forces against Thomas at 
Nashville. The President orders the organization of the First 
Army Corps by General Hancock. Hon. Wm. L. Dayton, 
Minister to France, dies at Paris. 

2. General Sherman's advance reaches Millen. 

4. Six Southerners arrested in New York by order of 
General Dix, on suspicion of being engaged in a plot to fire 
the city. 

5. General Burbridge moves against Breckinridge at Bean 
Station, Tenn. The second session of the Thirty-eighth Con- 
gress opens at Washington. James L. Speed, of Tennessee, 
nominated for Attorney General, vice Bates. General Sher- 
man's army united and marching on Savannah. A fight near 
Pocotalgo, S. C. 

6. General Sherman skirmishes with the rebels 25 miles 


from Savannah. General Foster and Admiral Dahlgren land 
near Pocotalgo and cut the Charleston road. 

7. Mr. Stevens' Gold Bill tabled by the House. The Elec- 
toral Colleges of the several States meet and cast their votes 
for President. General Warren moves down the Weldon 
Road toward Hicksford Junction. General Rosecrans relieved 
by General Dodge, in command of Department of Missouri. 
The gunboat Narcissus blown up in Mobile Bay by a torpedo. 

9. The rebel General Lyon crosses the Cumberland, above 
Fort Donelsou, for a raid into Kentucky. General Foster 
reaches the Meherrin River, having destroyed the railroad 
thus far. Captain Duncan, of General Ho ward's scouts, leaves 
Sherman's Army to communicate with the coast. 

12. The House passes the Bankrupt Bill. Heavy skirmish- 
ing between Hood and Thomas. Admiral Dalilgren and 
General Sherman in communication. The rebel General Lyon 
enters Hopkinsville, Ky. 

13. The Senate authorizes the construction of six revenue 
cutters for the lakes. A bill authorizing the President to ter- 
minate the Reciprocity Treaty passes the House. The Cana- 
dian Courts decide that they have no jurisdiction in the case 
of the St. Albans and Lake Erie pirates, and release them. 
General Sherman investing Savannah. Admiral Porter's ex- 
pedition leaves Fortress Monroe lor Wilmington. 

14. General Dix issues an order directing pursuit of rebel 
raiders over .the Canada border. The Canadian imbroglio 
discussed in Congress. Resolution offered demanding in- 
demnity from England for the depredations of rebel pirates. 
The House passes a bill naturalizing aliens who have been in 
the Army or Navy. Fort McAllister carried by storm. 

15. General Thomas defeats Hood in front of Nashville. 
Generals Stoneman and Burbridge at Glade Springs, Va., 
raiding on the Tennessee Road. 

16. General Thomas again victorious over Hood; the 
rebel army in full flight. 

17. Secretary Seward orders that passports be required of 
all persons entering or leaving the country. General Thomas 
still pushing Hood. Peace resolutions introduced in the rebel 
House. General McCook defeats Lyon at Ashbyville, Ky. 
The exchange of prisoners completed at Charleston. 

18. General McCook again defeats Lyon at Hopkiusville, 
Ky., taking all his artillery. 

19. Gold 211 i. Call of the President for 300,000 more 
men. Fifteen steamers at Nassau, waiting to run the block- 

20. The bill creating the rank of Vice-Admiral passes 
Congress. Gold 224. Re-arrest of one of the St. Albans raid- 


ers in Canada. Reaction of sentiment. Hood crosses Duck 
River after losing half his army, 51 guns and nearly all his 
Generals; General Thomas in close pursuit. Hardee evacu- 
ates Savannah by the Union causeway. Saltville, Va., occu- 
pied by Union troops, and the works destroyed. 

21. Rear Admiral Farragut confirmed by the Senate as 
Vice Admiral. Admiral Porter's fleet in Bight of Wilmington. 
Hoke's Brigade of Longstreet's Corps, leaves Richmond for 
the South. General Palmer occupies Bower Hill, eight miles 
from Portsmouth, Va. General Sherman makes a triumphal 
entry into Savannah. 

22. Hood at Pulaski in full retreat, with a demoralized 
mob, and a victorious army upon his heels. General Custer 
attacks Rosser near Harrisonburg, Va.,and then moves toward 

23. All of Porter's expedition in sight from Fort Fisher. 

24. Gordonsville occupied by a Union force. The naval 
and military expedition under Porter and Butler make an 
attack on Fort Fisher, and the powder boat is exploded with- 
in 300 yards of the fort. 

25. General Stedman moving on Decatur on Hood's rear. 
The attack on Fort Fisher renewed, and troops lauded in 
the rear. Capture of three of the St. Albans robbers at Con- 
cord, N. H. 

26. Admiral Porter continues the bombardment of Fort 

27. The expedition against Wilmington withdrawn. Ad- 
miral Porter continues the attack. Hood crosses the Tennes- 
see on pontoons; General Thomas pursuing. 

28. Brilliant success of Generals Stoneman and Burbridge ; 
Tennessee and Kentucky clear of rebels. 

30. General Stoneman returns to Nashville from his great 
raid in Tennessee and Virginia. General Thomas announces 
the close of his campaign. 

31. General Thomas countermands his order for winter- 
quarters, and directs a concentration of his command for a 
renewal of hostilities. 



1. The head of Dutch Gap Canal blown out, but it results 
in a fiasco. Admiral Farragut commissioned as Vice-Admiral. 

2. The passport system goes into operation on the fron- 

6. General Sherman and his army thanked by Congress; 
he crosses New River and moves on Grahamsville, S. C. 


8. General Butler relieved from command and ordered to 
Lowell, Mass. 

11. F. P. Blair, Sen., goes to Richmond on a peace mis- 

12. Admiral Porter's and General Terry's joint expedition 
arrives off Fort Fisher, N. C. 

13. The attack on Fort Fisher commenced; troops landed 
above the Fort. 

14. Parson Brownlow nominated for Governor of Tennes- 
see. Missouri declared a Free State. Capture of Pocotalgo. 
S. C. 

15. Fort Fisher, N. C., captured. Hon. Edward Everett 

16. " Sunset " Cox's peace resolution tabled by the House. 
Explosion of the magazine of Fort Fisher. 

17. Loss of the monitor Patapsco in Charleston Harbor. 
Fort Caswell and the pirates Chicamauga and TallaJiassee blown 
up by the rebels. 

18. General Ord assigned to the Army of the James. Five 
blockade-runners enter New Inlet, N. C., and are trapped. 
The Harriet Lane destroyed at Havana. 

19. Congress thanks Terry, Thomas, and Porter. 

20. Mr. Blair, Sen., leaves on a second mission to Rich- 
mond. The rebel Secretaries of War and State resign. Gen- 
eral Thomas reports 13,189 prisoners and 72 cannon taken from 
Hood between September 7, 1864, and date. 

23. General Butler sends a challenge to Hon. James 
Brooks. General Schofield's corps leaves Louisville for opera- 
tions in the East. Hood relieved of his command; Dick Taylor 
succeeds him. 

24. The rebel iron-dads descend the James, but are driven 
back, and the Virginia blown up. H. S. Foote expelled from 
the rebel Congress. 

25. Congress thanks General Sheridan. George B. Mc- 
Clellan leaves for Europe. General Lee made General-in- 
Chief by Jeff. Davis, who also appoints a Fast Day. 

26. The rebel rain Stonewall leaves Nantes, France. 
Twenty-five blockade-runners lying idle at Nassau, N. P. 

28. The rebel House resolves to arm the Negroes. An at- 
tempt to destroy Savannah by fire. 

30. Stephens, Hunter and Campbell enter General Grant's 
lines as Peace Commissioners. General Sherman commences 
his South Carolina campaign. 

31. The Constitutional Amendment prohibiting slavery 
passes the House by a vote of 119 to 56. General Lee made 
General-in-Chief of the rebel army. The gunboat Honduras 
refused anchorage at Nassau, N. P. 



1. Mr. Seward goes to Fortress Monroe to meet the rebel 
Peace Commissioners. Maryland House, and Illinois ratify 
the Constitutional Amendment. John S. Rock, a colored 
lawyer of Massachusetts, admitted to practice in the United 
States Supreme Court. 

2. The President leaves Washington to meet the rebel 
Peace Commissioners. The New York Senate and Rhode 
Island Legislature ratify the Constitutional Amendment. The 
Canadian Alien Act passes the Lower House. General Sher- 
man's advance at Braxton's Bridge. 

3. The New Nork Assemby, and Massachusetts, Pennsyl- 
vania and Maryland Senate ratify the Constitutional Amend- 
ment. Louisiana left out of the Electoral College. 

4. Failure of the Peace negotiations; Mr. Lincoln and Mr. 
Seward return to Washington; the rebels demand recognition, 
and it is refused. Fernando Wood makes a war speech. 
Gold in Richmond 4,400. General Sherman flanks the rebels 
at Solkahatchee, and they retire to Branchville. The rebel 
ram Stonewall puts in at Ferrol, Spain. 

6. Engagement at Hatcher's Run, Ya.; a reconnoissance 
of the left. 

7. Maine ratifies the Constitutional Amendment. The 
amended Enrollment Bill passes the Senate. The rebel Sen- 
ate refuse to employ Negroes in the army. 

8. Colonel Baker makes a raid on the bounty-jumpers 
and brokers. Official declaration of the Presidential vote; 
Abraham Lincoln, 212, and George B. McClellan, 21. Dela- 
ware refuses to ratify the Constitutional Amendment; Ohio, 
Minnesota and Kansas ratify it. 

10. Indiana ratifies the Constitutional Amendment. The 
President signs the notice to Great Britain for the termination 
of the treaty respecting the naval force on the Lakes. Gen- 
eral Gillmore takes command of the Department of the South, 
and moves against Charleston. The rebels repulsed from Fort 
Meyers, Fla. 

11 . The Senate thanks General Thomas. II. S. Foote, late 
rebel Senator, leaves in the City of Cork for Europe. 

13. The national debt, $2,153,735,444.26; interest, $93,131,- 

16. General Sherman shells Columbia, S. C. 

17. Columbia, S. C.. captured by General Sherman. Fort 
Anderson, Cape Fear River, shelled by our forces. General 
Schofield advancing from Smithfield, N. C. Rebel dollar esti- 
mated by the rebels as worth two cents in specie. Charleston 
evacuated. Louisiana ratifies the Constitutional Amendment. 


18. Charleston surrendered to General Gillmore. Gen- 
eral Lee urges the employment of Negroes in the army. 

19. Fort Anderson, N. C., captured by General Terry. 

20. The rebel House passes the bill to raise 200,000 Negro 
soldiers, but the Senate rejects it. 

21. The draft commenced in Brooklyn. Generals Crook 
and Kelly captured by guerrillas. Wilmington evacuated. 

22. The Kentucky Senate rejects the Constitutional 
Amendment. Wilmington, N. C., occupied by General Scho- 

23. General Johnston takes command of the forces operat- 
ing against General Sherman. Camden, S. C., captured. 
Georgetown, S. C., surrendered. 

24. Columbia, S. C., burned. Beall, the pirate and spy, 
bung on Governor's Island. Wisconsin ratifies the Constitu- 
tional Amendment. 

26. The pirate Shenandoah arrives at Melbourne, Australia. 

27. General Sheridan leaves Winchester, Va., on an expe- 

28. General Sherman's forces enter North Carolina. Lord 
Lyons resigns as British Minister, and is succeeded by Sir 
Frederick Bruce. 


1. The President officially notified of his re-election. 

2. Staunton, Va., captured by General Sheridan; General 
Custer has an engagement at Waynesboro, Va. 

3. Chesterfield Court-house, S. C. , captured by the Twen- 
tieth Corps. 

4. President Lincoln and Vice-President Johnson inaugu- 
rated. The rebels defeated at Natural Bridge, Va. 

6. General celebration of the recent victories; a proces- 
sion and fireworks in New York. General Sheridan raiding 
on the James River Canal, destroying the great feeder to 

7. Hugh McCulloch confirmed as Secretary of the 

8. The Canadian passport order rescinded. General 
Sherman at Laurel Hill, N. C. 

9. Bragg repulsed at Kingston, N. C., by Schofield's 

10. Jeff. Davis's Fast Day. Cavalry engagement near 
Fayetteville, N. C., and the fight at Kingston, N. C., renewed; 
the rebels defeated; Fayetteville captured. General Sheridan 
occupies Columbia, Va. 

1 1 . The President orders the disfranchiseinent of non-re- 


porting deserters. General Sheridan opens communication 
with Wilmington, N. C., by means of scouts. 

13. Generals Crook and Kelly exchanged. 

14. Sheridan pursuing Early and his body guard, all that 
is left of his army. General Sherman leaves "Fayetteville, N. 
C., destroys the arsenal, and moves on Goldsborp. 

16. The rebel Congress declares that it is impossible to 
issue any more Treasury Notes. The rebels undermine and 
blow up Fort Hell, but no damage is done. Hardee defeated 
at Averysboro, N. C., and falls back on Bentonville. 

17. John Bigelow appointed Minister to France, vice Day- 
ton, deceased. 

18. The rebel Congress adjourns sine die. A movement 
against Mobile commenced. 

19. General Sheridan's entire command arrives at White 
House, Va. Johnston defeated at Bentonville, N. C. Golds- 
boro evacuated, and the rebel forces fall back on Smithfield. 
General Steele leaves Pensacola, Fla., to attack Mobile. 

. 21. Gold falls to 153, creating a panic in the market. Gen- 
eral Schofield occupies Goldsboro,N. C. 1 The pirate Stonewall 
leaves Ferrol, Spain, but is pursued by the Niagara, and 
returns, afraid to fight. 

22. Concentration of Sherman's, Schofield's and Terry's 
forces at and around Goldsboro, N. C. 

23. The President leaves Washington for General Grant's 
headquarters. The first company of Negro State troops raised 
in Richmond. 

25. Captain Kennedy, the spy and incendiary, hung at 
Fort Lafayette. The rebels attack and carry Fort Steadman, 
but the fort is re-taken by a vigorous charge of the Ninth 
Corps; the President witnesses the action. General Granger 
commences a co-operating movement against Mobile. 

27. General Sherman arrives at General Grant's head- 
quarters. General Stoneman captures Boone, N. C. General 
Wilson moves on Greenville, Ala. A general advance made 
on Spanish Fort, Mobile Bay. The Stonewall arrives at Lisbon, 
Portugal, having escaped from Ferrol, Spain, and is ordered 
to leave the harbor. 

28. A Council of War held, at which the President, Gen- 
erals Grant, Sherman, Sheridan and Ord are present; the 
Army of the Potomac moves. The fleet moves tip Mobile 
Bay against Spanish Fort. 

29. The St. Albans raiders discharged at Montreal. Mr. 
Seward visits the President at City Point, Va. General Sheri- 
dan passes through Dinwiddie Court-house; the advance of 
Meade encounters the enemy near Gravelly Run. General 
Steele joins General Canby at Blakely, Ala. The Niagara and 


Sacramento fired upon by the Portuguese forts at Lisbon ; the 
Niagara struck on the poop and both vessels then anchor. 

30. Genera] Meade's left threatening the South Side Road. 

31. The rebels drive our left from Dabney's Milis, but are 
in turn forced back. The transport General Lyon burned off 
Hatteras, and nearly five hundred lives are lost. 

1. Battle of Five Forks, Va.; the rebel right doubled up 
on the center, and a portion of the wing cut off. 

2. General Grantorders an attack on the whole line, and, 
after desperate fighting, both wings are rested on the Appo- 
mattox; the South Side Road is cut, and during the day and 
army is in full retreat for Danville; the rebel General A. P. 
Hill killed. Selma, Ala., captured by General Wilson's cav- 
alry, together with the greater portion of Forrest's and Roddy's 

3. The evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond dis- 
covered, and General Grant starts in pursuit of Lee; General 
Weitzel occupies Richmond. Gold closes at 146. Jeff. Davis 
at Danville, Va., a fugitive. 

4. The steamer Harriet Deford captured on the Patuxent 
River by rebels. The President visits Richmond and holds a 
levee in Jeff Davis's house. Spanish Fort, Mobile Harbor, 
completely invested by land and water. 

5. Mr. Seward thrown from his carriage and breaks his 
arm and jaw. General Sheridan and an infantry column 
reaches Burkesville, Va., heading off Lee, who is at Amelia 
Court-house; an engagement at Lamer's Cross Roads in which 
the rebels are defeated. 

6. Governor Fenton appoints the 14th as a day of thanks- 
giving. H. S. Foote returns to New York in the steerage of 
the Etna. General Sheridan attacks Lee west of Burkesville 
and routs him, capturing Ewell and a number of other gener- 
als. The news of the capture of Richmond announced to 
Sherman's army. 

7. General Grant urges Lee to surrender to save the fur- 
ther effusion of blood; Lee asks for terms. An informal meet- 
ing of the Virginia Legislature held in Richmond to consider a 
proposition from Mr. Lincoln. 

8. General Grant states the terms of surrender, upon 
which Lee asks an interview. Governor Fenton postpones the 
thanksgiving to the 20th inst., by request. 

VIRGINIA TO GENERAL GRANT. The President and Mrs. Lincoln 



return to Washington. Mobile captured; 300 guns and 3,000 

10. General rejoicing all over the country. All the St. 
Albans raiders, except Young, released. The President issues 
a proclamation closing certain Southern ports. 

11. The President makes a speech in which he defines the 
States of the rebellion and hints at plans for restoration. He 
issues a proclamation respecting the treatment of our national 
vessels in foreign ports, and threatens retaliation for discourt- 
esey. A Te Deum chanted in Trinity Church. Lyuchburg, 
Va., surrenders to a Union scouting party. 

12. A convention of prominent men in Virginia called for 
the 25th, with the intention of bringing the State back into the 

13. PRACTICAL END OF THE WAR; General Grant arrives in 
Washington and advises that the draft be stopped, that recruit- 
ing cease, and that the military establishment be reduced. 
Lee reported to have advised Johnston to surrender to Sher- 

14. The Europa arrives with news that the American Min- 
ister at Lisbon has demanded satisfaction for the outrage on 
another assassin proceeds to Mr. Seward's residence and 
seriously stabs him in the throat, also assaulting Mr. Freder- 
ick W. Seward. 

15. The President dies about half- past seven o'clock; 
Andrew Johnson becomes President of the United States. 

18. Paine and Powell, who endeavor to assassinate Secre- 
tary Seward, arrested at Mrs. Surratt's house in Washington; 
Mrs. Surratt arrested. General Sherman arranges prelimi- 
naries for the surrender of all the remaining confederate 
forces with General Johnston, commanding Southern army 
in North Carolina, with consent of Confederate Secretary of 
War and Jeff. Davis. It includes the basis of general peace 
and a policy of re-construction. It is sent to the federal gov- 
ernment for their approval or rejection. 

19. Funeral ceremonies Of President Lincoln at Washing- 
ton. Funeral services all over the North. The body is carried 
in state to Springfield, 111., stopping at prominent places on 
the route, and visited by great numbers of people; 700,000 
were said to have been in the procession at New York. 

21. General Sherman's arrangements with Johnston dis- 
approved by the government, and he is ordered to resume 
hostilities. Steamboat Sultana blows up on the Mississippi, 
and about 1,300 TL S. soldiers returning home were killed. 

24. General Grant visits Sherman. 


25. J. W. Booth, the assassin of the President, taken 
prisoner near Port Royal, Va. Refusing to surrender, Boston 
Corbett, a soldier, shot him, contrary to orders; he died in 
four hours, amidst universal execration. 

26. Johnston surrenders to General Sherman all the con- 
federate troops in his command, on terms granted to General 

29. Arms and stores of General Johnston's army delivered 
to U. S. authority at Greensboro, N. C. 

2. Reward offered for capture of Jeff. Davis of $100,000, 
as President Johnson believed him accessory to the murder 
of Lincoln. 

4-9. All the confederate forces disband or surrender to 
U. S. officers, east and west of the Mississippi River. 

10. Jeff. Davis captured in Georgia, in a woman's water- 
proof, just at break of day, by General Henry Harnden, of 
Wisconsin, and Colonel Pritchard, of Michigan, between 
whose commands the reward of $100,000 was divided. 



Bring the good old bugle, boys ! we'll sing another song 
Sing it with a spirit that will start the world along 
Sing it as we used to sing it, fifty thousand strong, 
While we were marching through Georgia. 


Hurrah ! hurrah ! we bring the Jubilee ! 
Hurrah ! hurrah ! the flag that makes you free ! 
So we sang the chorus from Atlanta to the sea, 
While we were marching through Georgia. 

How the darkies shouted when they heard the joyful sound ! 
How the turkeys gobbled which our commissary found ! 
How the sweet potatoes even started from the ground ! 
While we were marching through Georgia. 


Yes, and there were Union men who wept with joyful tears, 
When they saw the honored flag they had not seen for years 
Hardly could they be restrained from breaking forth in cheers, 
While we were marching through Georgia. 


Sherman's dashing Yankee boys will never reach the coast! 
So the saucy rebels said; and 'twas a handsome boast, 
Had they not forgot, alas ! to reckon with the host, 
While we were marching through Georgia. 


So we made a thoroughfare for Freedom and her train, 
Sixty miles in latitude, three hundred to the main; 
Treason fled before us, for resistance was in vain, 
\Vhile we were marching through Georgia. 




Our camp-fire shone bright on the mountains 

That frowned on the river below, 
While we stood by our guns in the morning, 

And eagerly watched for the foe ; 
When a rider came out from the darkness 

That hung over mountain and tree, 
And shouted, "Boys, up and be ready, 

For Sherman will march to the sea." 

Then cheer upon cheer for bold Sherman, 

Went up from each valley and glen, 
And the bugles re-echoed the music 

That came from the lips of the men. 
For wo knew that the stars on our banner 

More bright in their splendor would be, 
And that blessings from Northland would greet^us 

When Sherman marched down to the si ;i. 

Then forward, boys, forward to battle, 

We marched on our wearisome way, 
And we stormed the wild hills of Reseca 

God bless those who fell on that day ! 
Then Kent-saw, dark in its glory, 

Frowned down on the flag of the free, 
But the East and the West bore our standards, 

And Sherman marched down to the sea. 

Still onward we pressed till our banners 

Swept out from Atlanta's grim walls, 
And the blood of the patriot dampened 

The soil where the traitor's flag falls ; 
But we paused not to weep for the fallen, 

Who sleep by each river and tree, 
Yet we twined them a wreath ot the laurel, 

As Sherman marched down to the sea. 

Oh, proud was our army that morning, 

That stood where the pine proudly towers, 
When Sherman said, "Boys, you are weary, 

This day fair Savannah is ours !" 
Then sung we a song for our chieftain, 

That echoed o'er river and lea. 
And the stars in our banner shone brighter, 

When Sherman marched down to the sea. 

And now, though our marching is over, 

And peace and the Union are sure, 
We think we will finish our labor, 

And all that we fought for secure, 
By voting for wise men and true men 

That they may our sentinels be, 
To guard what our gallant men went for, 

When Shermau marched down to the sea. 



By T. Buchanan Read. 

Up from the South at break of day, 

Bringing to Winchester fresh dismay, 

The affrighted air with a shudder bore 

Like a herald in haste to the chieftain's door, 

The terrible grumble, aud rumble, nnd roar, 

Telling the battle was on once more, 

And Sheridan twenty milts away ! 

And wider still those billows of war 

Thundered along the horizon bar ; 

And louder yet into Winchester rolled 

The roar of that red sea uncontrolled, 

Making the blood of the listener cold 

As he thought of the stake in the fiery fray, 

With Sheridan twenty miles away! 

But there's a road from Winchester town, 

A good broad highway leading down: 

And there thro' the flash of the morning light, 

A steed as black as the steeds of night 

Was seen to pass, as with eagle flight, 

As if he knew the terrible need, 

He stretched away with the utmost speed: 

Hills rose and fell, but his heart was gay, 

With Sheridan fifteen miles away. 

Under his spurning feet the road 

Like an arrowy Alpine river flowed, 

And the landscape flowed awiy behind, 

Like an ocean flying before the wind; 

And the steed, like a bark fed with furnace-ire, 

Swept on with his wild eyes full of fire ; 

But lo! he is nearing his heart's desire, 

He is snuffing the smoke of the roaring fray, 

With Sheridan only five miles away! 

The first that the General saw were the groups 

Of stragglers, and then the retreating troops; 

What was done what to do a glance told him both, 

And, striking hisspurs, with a terrible oath 

He dashed down the lines 'mid a storm of hurrahs, 

And the wave of retreat checked its course there, because 

The sight of the master compelled it to pause. 

With foam and with dust the black charger was gray; 

By the flash of his eye and his nostril's play 

He seemed to the whole great army to say : 

"I've brought you Sheridan all the way 

From Winchester town to save the day ! " 

Hurrah ! hurrah I for Sheridan ! 

Hurrah ! hurrah ! for horse and man ! 

And when their statues are placed on high, 

Under the dome of the Union sky 

The American soldier's temple of fame 

There with the glorious general's name 

Be it said, in letters both bold and bright, 

1 ' Here is the steed that saved the day 

By carrying Sheridan into the 1'mht 

From Winchester, twenty miles away ! " 



By J. H. Whitney, of the Twenty-First Massachusetts. 

Above the lines of glistening steel 
That swiftly into buttle wheel, 
Borne bravely up by loyal hands, 
The peerless bird of freedom stands, 

Beside the banner of the free, 
A sentinel of liberty; 
Before the host arrayed in blue, 
A living symbol of the true. 

Above the crash and angry roar, 
Awhile he seeks in vain to soar; 
One mighty effort more and see, 
The fetters break, and he is free ! 

Then upward toward his native sky 
He mounts, and with prophetic eye, 
Surveys the fearlul scene below, 
A target for the angry foe. 

Unharmed, he sweeps across the plain 
Of fire and smoke and leaden rain; 
Then hovers o'er his own brave men, 
As if to cheer them on again. 

O, Eagle-King ! Thou hfidst thy part 
In strengthening the nation's heart, 
When men lost faith, and treason stood 
In the way of human brotherhood. 

Heroes, with strength arid fortitude 
Thy dauntless spirit hath imbued, 
And taught the land from sea to sea 
The greatness of true loyalty. 

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