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Quaker guns.–

When General Sills’s division left Frankfort, Ky., the last thing they did was to remove the two monster cannon from their position on the hills over South Frankfort. Some Union men of Frankfort, during the night, went over to the spot and planted two empty beer-kegs in the place of the cannon, and covered them with a tarpaulin. All next day a lot of Morgan’s cavalry were scouting around the kegs, but dared not enter Frankfort for fear of being charged upon. On Wednesday night “our forces” abandoned the kegs, when, as we learn, they made a bold and daring charge on the “tarpaulin beer-keg battery,” and captured it without the loss of a man. The captain acknowledged that he had been “sold by the Yanks,” and it was not until then that they were aware of the fact that Gen. Sills’s whole corps had left Frankfort. Then, as they have always done, they pounced upon an unprotected city. But Gen. Dumont’s forces soon let them know that it was not the “battle of the kegs” when they attacked them. It was these men and the two empty beer kegs that kept the rebels from burning all the bridges around Frankfort.

Originally posted 2009-01-21 15:57:12.

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Returning home from Philadelphia, we had for a fellow-passenger a poor, broken, emaciated Massachusetts soldier, too weak to sit erect, and so far gone in physical constitution as to give little hope for aught else than his possible arrival at his home in Boston with the breath of life not extinct. He was accompanied by a kind matron, who, though no relation of the sufferer, was a Massachusetts woman, and had in the pity of her soul volunteered to attend his passage home to die. It was a piteous sight, and but a type of many hundreds we have seen the past year. Of course an object of such interest awakened the tenderest sympathies of all beholders. We proffered such aid as we could, and on arrival at the wharf in New-York attempted negotiations with various carriers for a passage for the invalid up to the New-Haven cars. As the boy was destitute of money, as well as broken down in health, we tried to so far touch the pity of some of the back-drivers as to get him conveyed at an honest price. While chaffering with the crowd, up stepped a frank and honest-looking driver, who, listening to the narration, at once responded, “I’ll take the poor fellow up there for nothing. I carried just such a one up last night, but I guess I shant lose nothing.” No, thought we, my dear fellow, such true nobility of nature shall not result in loss to you if we can help it, so we demanded his card, and here it is.

Proprietor of Carriages Nos. 28 & 46.
Stable 96 Lawrence St.
New York.

Originally posted 2009-01-21 01:26:03.

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A lad of fifteen years of age, belonging to the Fifth Wisconsin, whose name is Douglas, and resides at Beaver Dam, was in the battle of Williamsburg, and got his gun wet so that it could not fire. During the hottest of the fight, and whilst the regiment was falling back, he deliberately sat down, took out his screw-driver, unscrewed the tube from his gun, dried it out, put it back, capped it, got up and put into the field as if nothing unusual was going on.

Originally posted 2009-01-19 17:02:43.

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During the battle of Shiloh an officer hurriedly rode up to an aid and inquired for Grant. “That’s him with the field-glass,” said the aid.

Wheeling his horse about, the officer furiously rode up to the General, and touching his cap, thus addressed him,–

“Sheneral, I vants to make one report; Schwartz’s battery is took.”

“Ah!” says the General, “how was that?”

“Vell, you see, Sheneral, de sheshenists come up in front of us, and de sheshenists flanked us, and de sheshenists come in de rear of us, and Schwartz’s battery was took.”

“Well, sir,” says the General, “you of course spiked the guns.”

“Vat,” exclaimed the Dutchman, in astonishment, “schpikedem guns, sclipike dem new guns!–no, it would schpoil hem.”

“Well,” said the General, sharply, “What did you do?”

“Do? vy, we took dem back again!”

Originally posted 2009-01-18 20:35:33.

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