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An eventful year •has'Oosed. Inexorable
Time has consigned it, with its crimsoned
and thrilling-history to the eternal past;
and upon the chequered can'vas ckf man's
iinperfect record of himielf, it° must ever the mightiest of its century.: It,
opened upon the Republic shrouded in
gloom. The. National heart had "sunk. to
the very verge of despair as it turned to the
• long list of indecisive or positively disaik
txous battles, whereby Treason - had "grown
insolent, and appealed to the world for re-
cognition in the name -of its triumphs.
Save in the victories of the South-west, the
year of sixty-two bad shown no Oogress for
the Republic, no hope for 'Freedom ; and
excepting the few pages. illuminated by
, Henry, Donelson, Nashville and Shiloh,
there was.nothing in the year's record but
humiliation and disasters to the friends of
our t honored Nationality. The Peninsula
was mils a historic ground by the heroism
. of the Union troops who braved the foes of
• Freedom-and the more deadly miasmas of
-the Virginia swamps; but our Flag floated
in sight of the rebel capital only to be trailed
• back discomfited, and thouiands of name
less tombs tell how sad, how appalling were
, the-blunders which wasted a - gallant army
in ill-directed and fruitless conflict.. Banks'
retreat, Cross-Keys, Cedar Mountain, the
. second Bull Run, and the final retreat of the
'Artily of the Potomac into the fortifications
of Washington,, with its ranks thrice deci
mated, its spirit brokeni its leaders paraly
- sed by perfidy, and a victorious and defiant
foe confronting our capital, were the thick.:
eriiiig shadows which enveloped the Nations
sl causd in the summer of 1862. Madened
by its triurnnphs, the arm of wasting Trea'-
s eon reached from its °Nip desolated land to
• the free North, and invited battle on our
own green fields and heartsome hills, In
spired as if new life had been given to our
- defeated and despairing troops, they closed
- up their broken ranks,.and with weary step
they marched to avenge the pollution of
loyal soil. South Mountain and Antietam
more than vindicated their heroism, And if
but bravely led, would have made Richmond
own, and left the chief army of crime to ex
ist only in its own fearful =history. - The
God of battles invited the sluggard chief to
decisive victory, The autumn smiled with
bright days as the defeated foe sought safe
. ty from conflict ; but theimpatient'Columna
meted not in pursuit, and the gory field of
Fredericksburg fitly crowned the •felly and
closed the yog.
, The Nev, Year of. sixty three dawned
upon the Nation thus_sorrowing and humil ,
iated. Mourning was in half -our house 4
holds for cafes sacrificed in what seem
ed hopeless war. In
_the hour of wide
• spread gloom; -perfidious men had gained
power; treason was boasting of its prom
. _ ised supremacy in the popular branch of
one National 'legislature, and two great
States had confided their Executive rune
' dons to men who condemned. their own—
not the traitor's governieent. But loyal
men still hoped, still trusted, still sacrificed;
- and with unfaltering faith stood ABILAIIAM
LINCOLN, as 'the treacherous, the weak,
and the selfish plead our sorrows and dis
eomfitures as a justification fOr National
suicide. Instead of bending beneatlithe
weight of disaster and shrinking from the
_gloomy future that seemed to confront him,
he rose to the full measure of his du
ty, and resolved then in the darkest hour
of our history, with the very life of the Re
publio trembling in the scale, to disenthral
o continent. Appealing to a just God, and
to a loyal People, 'he smote the colossal
grime of Slavery—the fruitful parent of dis
.eord end of death—and bid the 'Nation
. prove itself worthy of its own deliverance.
Mice:melt had grave misgivings; faithful
.inco,were-ri with painful doubts; but
the bold masterstroke was in the cause of
• theaight.; Nos ;true to the t e achings and
great ulaarter.of,thekomaders of the govern
meat,. cud rstithiunehukon purpose and ,un
fadingsaimige_its_bnnoTed outhor Aped as
disoster actor,dioister still , add to
Qur hurniliatiun.and.peril. Tile Iron-clads
mere repulsed at Obatle•ituu,; Booker re.
turned defeated at ChiniCellorsville Grant
and Banks in 'vain assaulted the titiong.
holds of the Mississippi: - and mid summer
came ere there Was so Much as a silver, fin
ing to the cloud that enveloped our Nation-: I
al life. Again the insolence, of Treason,
grew boundless, and as.our golden harvests!
were ,about to invite the reaper to gather
in thek fulness, the
-hordes of Lee flaun-'
ted the traitors flag defiantly in the very
heart of our State, living upon our abun
dance and demanding tribute as the price
of fidelity to . the government, Again
the heroic but ill-starred Army of the Po
_tomac took up its march 4o repel the in
ci,asion of their own hoines and avenge the
insult to their own loved ones. By forced
- marches, weary and foot-sore, they encoun
tered the foe at Gettysburg, and after three.
days of matchless bravery, the pride of
Treason was humbled, and its broken,,
dispirited columns reeled back
„upon she
Potomae, leaving one-third their number
behind them. -Their dead were left to find
sepulchres in the land they sought to
late, and at the hands of thmie they had fl
made enemles by causeless war.' their wound.
ed were committed to our humanity, and
thousandsfound refuge - from rebel desola
tion and tyranny-by fleeing to our mountains
until they were compassedby our lines. On
the same - day—the natal day of the Repu b.- lie, when loyal hearts everywhere were unit!
ting their prayers for its long continuance
as the returning anniversary of our National
existence—the stronghold of rebel poweri,
on the Mississippi was surrendered ; and
the day that witnessed the birth of a great
Republic eighty-Seven years beffrre,
nessed its 'deliverance from the poiVer of
traitors. Soon the „Last rebel fortification
on the Mississippi was given up, and the
great Father of Waters severed the bonn
chafes of crime, and coursed its way " un
vexed to the sea." Since then the doomed
city of the coast has been encircled by loyal,
troops, and to -day it kat the mercy of Gen.
Gilmore's artillery. tre.n. Banks has reco.
vere - d-the Rio -Grande, with its fortifications,
and:holds the French Under observation ip
Mexico and is penetrating the heart Of
Texas. East Tennessee, with its thousands;
of loyal men, who have suffered untold brn-,
tality under rebel tyranny, has been perma- i
nently restored to -the Union, and its*braVe
sufferers are. now swelling .our ranks and
bidding defiance to their oppressors. Chick
amauga vas lost, by rebel. perfidy in swell,
ing the - '4rmy with prisoners of war; but
'Gen. Grant has more than avenged it by
the utter route of Bragg and the possession
of his strongholds, thui - ensuring safety to
his command and ' lines until he is fully
prepared for a final blow- in. the Cotton
- States. Arkansas and Mississippi have each
surrendered_their capitals and Louisi
' ana, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, North .Car
olina and Ea'si Virginia, will soon be within
the folds of the Union again, with loyal rep;
resentatives responding to the noble senti
m-ents of Maryland, Delaware, the Virginiaa,
Missouri and Kentucky, in behalf of Free
Thus closed the eventful year of sixty
three. The Union armies haie won deci•
sive fields in every section ; and redeemed
States, unshaken credii 4 t a confident Army '
and Navy, a preserved Nationality, and an
accepted policY of Universal Freedom, are
the rich fruits ,pf the heroism of our troops
and loyal fa4b of the people. The once
slave is now the - enlisted soldier, and has
dissipated the fiercest prejudices as he vipil
for his race imperishable fame at Milliken's
Bend, at Port Hudson aid at Charleston ;
and the New Yer dawns upon us with the
bright promise of vindiTtted Right; Of a
perpettiated Republic ; of a Nation rescued
from the withering blight of slavery. Such
are the lessons of memorable sixty-three);
such the noon-day of promise for sixty-fouril
Who would erase from' our triumphs, an 4
their rich fruits in National Freedom and
Pfogress, one jot or tittle if he could ?
The adjournment of Congress for tyre
weeks of holiday festivities, without provi
ding all necessary legislation for filling ,tip
our depleted armies, was utterly unpardon
able. It was an imperative pressing 'duty
when Congress convened, and no adjourn
ment should hav'e been assented to until
the wants of the government were fully met.
Instead of this a full month of the sessien
is gone, and beyond a hurried, ill•digested
and most imperfect appropriation bill to
promote enlistments, nothing has yet' been
done ; and what they did will have to be
measurably undone as, thousands of vete
rans will be lost to the service. A' draft
has been ordered by the government to take,
place on the3th inst., -and in the face!of
- the admission of every' member of, the nail
nary committees that the present conscrip
tion law needs - amendment, no , earnest ef
fort was made to effect it. New enlistments
are practically arrested r by the withdrawal
of bounties, and the Oft must be delayed
to give Congress time, to make amendments
which should have been mado during the
last thirty days.
We have heretofore earnestly urged Con
gress to call out; at once, the entire enrol
ment of both contingents, not heretofore
drafted; exempt from present service all
who' pay $3OO and papa like sum to all who
accept service ; and while the claims , for
exemption are being heard, the rolls could
be perfected by such additions as would , be
just , ---Or iPstaine, soldiers who lAye Aiat
been two years ip service, aliens who have
voted, and others who are now unwisely
excused. This would throw the burden of
14uktiti 1804,
the war justly ttPon an! would fUrt;iah an
ample supply of men, and it would , give
such heart and confidence to the veterans,
in; the field that they would re-enlist almost:
with one accord. Our war-worn soldier's
whO have been fighting sanguinary battles
_without decisive results solely because •of
want of piimbers, will be slow to re enter
the.service until they have positive assur
ance that their ranks will be filled and their
numbers be swelled until they beC,ome in
vineible at every point. • Give them eon&
deuce itt this, and the army will retain its
heljoes, and with the prompt. exercise of
the power of the,government to give them
plenty of recruits, the coming campaign
need 'not be looked forward to with appre
hensioikA.. If ,what we suggest is not the
best mode of filling up the army, let Con
gress do better in its wisdom ;• but the one
great, overshadowing , necessity must ever
be` , borne in mind--we Must have armies
ready and strong enough for every emergency
within the next• ninety days. If there are
better,• quicker and more certain and equi ,
table methods of attaining the.desired end,
let theta be at once adopted; for the pen
; pie will so.stain any demand - made upon
them that
; gives reasonable promise of a
preserved-Nationality and honorable Peace
I during the coming summer. Let it he
borne in mind, also, by the powers that be,
that if they fail to employ the vast neans.
;placed at, their disposal by a loyal and con
fiding people, and thus fail. to terminate
this war`by the destruction of the military
power of the rebels, they cannot be held
guiltless—they will not be excused by the
Nation. The people have declared most
emphatically for a vigorous .prosecution of
the war; they are ready to sustainfall just
measures looking to that end, , rather than
the weakness that refuses to grasp the issue
in all its magnitude, and seeks to temporise
when decisive success is within our grasp.
The coming spring campaign will be re
markable either as the bloody or bloodless
• .
campaign of the war: It must be one or
the other. If the government cio•e , its duty
fearlessly and makes our-armies overvhelm-•I
jingly strong, treason must recede befire the
march of the Old Flag until it fades out in
the Gulf; but if the government should
prove remiss, and fail to wield the power
given it 'Unequivocally for the ptirrose of
ending the war as speedily as possihb, hope
twill still linger with the now des airing
traitors, and they will crimson fresi fields
with loyal gore, and make new heticombs
ofloyal dead. It will not do to sai , bat the
people should volunteer. They will not
volunteer, and that is enough for the gov
ernment ; but they will- cordial 4, sastain
Conscriptions, pay taxes, maintain .'!.redit,
and do all things necessary to giv4 tie gov-..
ernment resistless power. It has !but to call
for it wisely and promptly, and the tinr will
be compassed and can be closed by another
autumn. We entreat Congress and the ad-
Ministration to look this question squanly
in the face ; to act speedily and' to err on
the side of large rather than small numbes.
Fill np our gallant armies, and the flat
- Ampnign will end in the positive triumoh
of the government, without a single gra' t
'battle being 4glit. It will be eecnioinyof
life, of men, of money, and an enduring and
honorable will dawn upon he Repth
lie in strengthened bonds of ljnion aLI
Freedom. ' -
The Bedford . , Gazette thus falsifies A apologize for the rebels in their barbarais
refusal to exrhange'prisoners
.1 It is . about time that the soldiers in he
army and their friends at homi, are rade
acquainted with the reason why:Union pts
oners in the hands of the rebel! anthoritis,
are not exchanged. It is simily because be
rebels hold a few niwro prisonerS whom thy
refuse to exchange for white rebel prison's
in the hands of the" U. R. authorities. Li-
eoln and Stanton' haye resolved that the e.
change must he made without any discrit-
perform the functions of organs; no stump
ination as to color. and that white prisoner
must be exchanged for black. This deters-
spdakers to whom any live mac would lis
ten; no electoral ticket's for which to vote,
ination of these color-blind negro-maniac,
has cost the lives of thousands of our bra' and no constituencies to play the rather im
soldiers in the dungeons of the Libby al portant part of voters at the election ; but
Belle Isle, sind'is filling with sadness a
they have done a good work and we shall
despair the, hearts of thousands bf the Noll
whose daily prayer ascends to Heaven for a 'encourage their ghostly efforts with all the
safe 'return of loved ones in captivity. Bt little energy we possess. Ger. M'Clellan
Lincoln and , Stanton 'must first have tbei
will of course accept the nomination—he
negroes exchanged, though t.n thousam
white men languish and die iin Souther' certainly should as it is about the only nom
prisons, ere this be accoMplislieo. Oh, mei .ination he is at all likely to receive; and
of the North I ' Oh, friends lof the sot then he will of course resign. No principle
dier l Have ye no ' bowels of compassion .
isbetter settled than that the incumbent of
to urge you to such union 1112 i will comps
the madmen important _at Washington I to do juste one office cannot be an adeepta
to the white prisoners in the hands of the ble candidate for another responsible posi
enemy ?"i 9 . tion. ' Scott , tried it with the commission of
The foregoing is but one of the many sim Commanderin-chief as substance and the
ilar editorials to be found in thC Democratic presidency' as shadow, and lost. Wood
journals, justifying the brutality of the re• ward tried the same, with "Little Mae" as
bets in starving and maltreating our brave eleventh-hour bottle-holder, and the sponge
soldiers who aro prisoners. - :No falsehood both
of went up together; and Longstreth
seems to be too apparent or !contemptible tried it in 1848, and Johnston took the
l'orthe hse of such journals,; in defaming Governorship. Clay resigned his place in
their own government ;and 'screening the the Senate for the Presidential race in 1844;
reMorscless atrocities of theirirebel friends. Crittenden resigned for the Governorship
They will justify the murder of our heroic of Kentucky in 1848 as soon as he was no
prisoners by, want and wasting disease, by minated, — and both Davis and Foote resign
withholding the truth, and? persistentlyed when they ran for 'Governor of Missis
putting forth the _most malicious misrepre-sippi inlBsl. M'Clellan having,high loyal ,
sentations of the administration. While Precedent for it, and having also the exam
rebel Senators and Congressmen arraign ample of his wayward "friends') Davis and
rebel authorities before the *arid for their Foote, in vulgar, anti-constitutional par
inhumanity, in refusing to observe the ac-lance called rebels, he will certainly
. resir
cepted rules of war in thei treatment ofand the government will be spared the /
Union prisoners, the Gazette, and kindred of increasing its taxes or swellY
petty apologists of Jeff. Davie, throw all the debt to, pay himor eight thorn
blame upon 'their own government, and ion a year for-writing school-br
have not a word of censure fOr the murder- bead letters. We beg the
ous foes of the Republic who are adding his acceptance and resignat'
.horrible brutality to their Wanton, wicked 'p' ut , delay.
treason. • - - ' —Now that the spirit
There is not an essential statement in the al nags have started,/
article of the Gazette that is true. It is fused tip and usel/
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fr. •
Wholly; 'sh am elessly, maliciouslyfalse,i false
'in its conceptiOnandstudiously false in the'
construction of every sentence tojrching the
main question. It is not true that our gov
ernment has imposed any terms precedent
to an exchange. •Perfidious as have been
the rebel's in putting into service thousands
of men in violation of their parole at Vicks
burg, and treacherous as they have been in .
adjusting the balance-sheet of prisoners be
tween us and them, still the administration
haswaived every question for the time being
to procure' the release of our thirteen thou
sand suffering heroes now languishing in
rebel prisons. Had the administration been
severely just it would haVe executed every
prisoner captured by G-en.'Grant . ilici . had
violated his parole, for it- vas solely by, such
additions to Bragg'& army, that Rosecrans
was driven back from Chickamauga with
, great slaughter ; and it would assign to close
confirienient for retaliatory purposes, man
for man and officer for officer, to cover the
murdered negro troops and their captive
officers who are denied the advantages of
being prisoners of war : i but guided solely
by the
,dictates , of humanity, the govern
ment has subordinated every question - to
the relief of our suffering captives.
We now hold fully three prisoners to their
one, alike officers and men, not counting
the 'violation of the 'parole at Vicksburg,
and*me thousands alleged to 'be added to
the rebel side of credits for citizensarptur
ed and paroled. The aduAnistration -made
every effort to adjust hese matters, but
every attempt has been met with insolent
disregard of the cartel; the most reckless
denial of facts, and the most impudent as
sumpticin,of having captured and paroled
prisoners' (citiiriis) to a large amount, in
order to swell their side of the account.-
Whenever we refused to - concede these pre
posterous claims, and demanded a just ren
dering, arid also justice to ne6O troops and
their officers, they—not us—abruPtly -ter
minated-the exchange, and relied upon the
destitutiOn of our prisoners as their strong
egt argument to coeres into an
their monstrous friuds. For all these things
the Gazette has not a ord of cens e ; but
it falsely charges nitia the administ ation
the crimes which arejustly laid e door
of the rebels.
- But the government went still farther.
Gen, Butler sent to the rebel Commissioner
500 prisoners, and- asked 500 Liniort- pris
oners in return. He imposed no conditiods,
asked no questions, and sought in no way
to commit the rebel authorities on any of
the pending issues. They returned 500
prisoners, but with them- came the official
notice that no more would be sent under
any circumstances while Gen. Butler com
manded' in that. Department,. They had,
.up to that time, correspOrided with General
,Butler, received medicines, food, clothing
and all kinds of stores from him, without
protest or complaint; but when they were
utterly driven to the wall to find a pretext
for again refusing to exchange prisoners,
the chief of ont-laws, Jeff 'Davis-;--an out'
law nd a perjured, fiendish out law—ar
rests the humane efforts of the government
by declaring Gen. - Butler an out-law, and
the mandate goes forth -that our prisoners
mustjstarve and die; that they shall not be
fed by our government or by their friends,
and that their inhumanity is now the last
hope of their waning cause. For all this
the Gazette has no complaint—no word of
reprobation;- but it prefers to falsify -his
tory; to justify treason and to apoligize for
i rebel atrocities, rather than fail to Ifssail the
humane, patriotic and suceeNsful
tratiOn of President Lincoln.
We are profoundly grateful to the de
paited political sPirits who nominated :SW
Gen. George B. N'Clellan for
,the Presi
deney., *True, they have ao newspapers to
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of departed polit
., e trade of disposing
,e as Generals, we would
. .
call up
,from the vasty deep all the wander`'
ing spirits and employ theta inlike mating.
We should like to have a score or so .of
Presidential tickets of die) same sort made
up with the least possible delay. We can't
exactly offer very positive enoaniagement
that they will ail be elected ; but we can
give this assurance with entire Confidence
—they will all come out about even in the
race—even in popular and electoral votes—.
wen in prospects, poWer and spoilt. We
beg some . spirits not already committed, to
nointnate Gen. Fremont for the Presidency,
and if bad off for a hindirider, they could
take gen. Stahl for Vice President. - Spirits
of "sweet German accent" proclivities
could take chances in this Presidential lot
tery. Spirits 'of the sluggish order who
have a , taste for, doing nothing , and little of
that,, could find a congenial candidate in
Gen. Buell, and a grab any dark night on
Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, could
hardly fail to bag a suitable 'Major or Briza
diet.' General for Vice President. If ,the
tastes of the spirits are various and conflict
ing they can all be accommodated. Gen.
• Hunter would suit those of the ultra sable
!shade ; Gen. Pope could take charge of the
perturbed ghosts as their candidate, with
head-quarters in the Saddle ; Gen. Milroy
Weald be a capital rallying cry for such as
;wanted chaos in the spirit spheres; Gen.
Dow would fill - the , measure of anti-tippling
ghosts, and others, such as GCI).9. Busteed,
Van Allen, Ullman, Porter and a score or
so we cannot now recall, including a few
,corps commanders, and several subordinates
with great expeetations as corps comman
ders, in the -Army of the Potomac, are all
available for ghostly political conventions ,
and their nominations for the Presidency
or Vice Presidency, or- for any other office
requiring their resignation, would be a most
gracious act on ;he, 'part of the entombed
and forgotten in politics—such as tore the
mummy shreds from relellan a few weeks
-Vie bid the politically departed speed
in their work.. Let them push along the
nominations_ and vacate commissions, now
only held to make mendicants for the gov,
ernment, until all the old military rubbish is
cleared awaY,'and bloodless shoulder-straps
surrendered. Forward spirits, black ) grey
and ' ,
There are Generals enough
and more thamenough for all. Come to con
ventions by squads, companies, regiments,
brigades, divisions or corps; but come
along, - for there are plenty of entombed po
liticians to make the , gatherers many, and
the harvest is great.
HON. FRANCES JORDON, ofßedford, has
been tendered and accepted the position of
Aid to Gov. C,urtin, with the rank of Lieut.
Colonel, in order to be assigned tri the duty
of ..Military, , State Agent, _at Washington.
Col. Ardon is peculiarly fitted for his new
official duties, and his appointment will be
most acceptable. He has been prominent
as a politician and Senator ; has a wide ac
quaintance throughout the State; and his
untiring industry, and high perional char
acter will make him a most respected and
efficient representative. He-lies
the service as a Paymaster for over two
years, and had - won the confidence Of his
superiorofEcers to such a degree, that_when
he resigned togo to Washington in the ser
vice of his State, he was in Abe most respon
sible position that could be assigned him in
the West.. His experience will be invalii;
- able in meeting the wants of onr soldiers at
Washington, and we novilook for the Penn-,
sylvania.Agency to acquire that pre-emi
nence the State so well deserves in all things
pertaihing to the war. ,
The Continental Monthly for January,
opens-with an able article-entitled "Retros
pective," •by Rev. Dr. Henry, in which the .
progress of the war is reviewed with great
candor and ability. It assumes that the
war hat -not progressed too sloivly with refer
ence to its great end, for the reason that had
the rebellion been crushed - by overwhelming
force, Slavery-, would have b,een Unimpaired,
and entailed another great conflict upon the
Nation.- It - has also another article from the
pen of Hon. Hobert J. Walker on "Amer
ican Finances and Resonrces ;" a significant
paper. written with great power . by S. J.
Bayard, on the "Decline of England :" ono/
by Hon. F. P. Stanton on -the' propositi ,
" Union not to be Maintained by Fe ce,P
together with articles on 44 The Great_ mer
•ican Crisis;" -" The English Pres ;"." The
Conscription Act," with poetr • , -literary
notices, &c. The Continent, has- won its
way to the first rank of our A riodical 'item- -
.ture. John F. Trow, 60 Greene;St., - New
Godey's Liulf:g 80.
with a beautiful en. : -
leau Picture," fol :y
ing the bright s.,e
vie have the ‘.
nearly a c
wqr •••
t; •
opens the new year
.ving entitled "4 Tab
owed by :another illustrat
Ale of winter; and with these
x.quisite colored fashioni S and
iord: of wood cuts representing
•parties, architecture, patterns and
everything a lady would want in her
.4)asket. Its literary articles wen sus-
. the high character of Godey. His dub
fates have been reduced to the old prices. L.
A: Godey, Philadelphia, •
The Knickerbocker Monthly for January,
is replete with contributions of the highest,
literary merit. We miss`somewhat thegenial
htniuir'of Clark hr it, bat Cornwallis fills his
place well and we 'read "Kniek' 'with the
same interest we learned to yield to it many
yea,is 'ago. It sparkles' with freshness ull
through from cover to cover, and the man or
Woman is to be pitied Nebo cannot be .well
entertained and instructed by it. K. Corn—
wallis, New York.
ig its
d dol-
Arita to rap
n along with-
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The s Friend is a now canditlate,f4 t
popular fayor, under the editorial direction
of3lrs. Henry Peterson, an authoress of eon-
siderable celebrity:, It is' a neatly pristod
Monthly of 88 pages, devoted to Liter s re
and Fashion and gives in its list of contrilve
tors most of our distinguished autliorea'.4.
The number before us bas a fine: steelen-,
graving of " Gabriel Wilkes' Return,'".
companied with a clever story, "by Miss
nelly ; colored fashion plate; Music entitled
"After the Battle," and variousillustrations
of patterns &c. Jt- merits a generous stip ;
port from the Mies. Price, $2; Deacon &
Peterson, Philadelphia.
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Harpers' Magazine for January, - brings its ,
usual rich freight of literature andleautifut
illustrations; its carefully eompleid Month. ,
ly`lteCord of Events, its_delightful Editor's,
. Easy , Chair, and its mirth provoking Et.:
tor's Drawer. Its illustrated articles. are No;
'7, of Scenes in. thoWtir of 1812; A-Ciule e
Among the Fuegians; Pictures of the Japan-,
• ese, and several chapters-of "The Smallilot
,at Allington". Its Other articles are quite up
to the Harpr standard, and more need not bts
!said. ---Harper & Bros., New York. "
The American Exchange and Review foi
December has leading articles of masterly
Ability on Authbrs and Publishers; Atnericap
Illbitory—Fourth Era; ,Antiquities of , tbst
,Mis'sissippi Valley; • Memory and Metallic
Productions in the United Stay and French,
:Finance and Politics . In addition it luta
An - Insurance Department; Department of
Patents, Arts and Sciences; Monetary De.-_
pertinent; Notings and Commentary and the
usual Reviews. It is a valuable periodical
to the business man. WhitingA Co., Phil-,
adelphia. - ,
The Illgstraied Annuai Register for 1864;
'Railed by' Luther SuckerA Son., Albany,
New York, is worth its price ten-fold to any .
family. It is"repleto with hints and sugges=
fans of interest 3 to the farmer, horticultur►;-
ist and housekeeper; and has 13Ci fine en
irayings of buildings, implements, "
There - is no other publication within oil?
knowledge that furnishes so ,mtich . Ostia
tiseful , for so little. Single copies 25 cents',
WEEK 01 PRAYER,—The Evangelical aIL
Vance of England have issued an annual ad
dress for a-, week of prayer; to commence on
January 3, 1864, and Christians of all lands , '
'are affectionately invited to observe a week
of special and united prayer at the beginning
of the . New Year. For four preceding years
the commencement of each has boon thus ludtr._
lowed: In almost every country—in every
quarter of the globe--=Christians have met*
present one offering of thanksgiving to God,
and to plead with him for blessings both for
the church and for the world. A list a- te,-
pies suited to have a prO'ininent'the
exhortations of the several days is-given--
among them the - following : Sunday, 8d—
Sernions on the work of :the Holy. Spirit: .
Monday—Confession of sin and acknowledg
ment of personal and national blessinges ;
Tuesday—Prayer for conversions and for thi
success of missions ; Wednesday , —Prayer for
the Christian Church, Sunday Schools - ,and
Other - agencies of Christianity ; Thursday
Prayer foi the afflicted, for the abolition of
slavery ; and for the Christian comfort and
relief of the . oppressed and destitute . of all
lands; Friday—Prayer Poi nations and all
Who are in authority, for the cessation of
war, prevalence - Of peace ptinciplm, and for
the observance of the Sabbath ; Saturday.
Prayer for revivals and the extension of
Christianity throughout the world ; Sundt,
10th—Sermons on the unity of the Christian
Church and the duty and desirableness 0 •
manifesting it.
Tux news of Grant's victory causes a great
deal of comment in the European journals.
The London News styles - Pen. Giant
most active and successful commander whom
trn:ortistspossess, whose presence has turned
the fortunes of the campaign," but comfdits
its secession friends with the assurance that
the victory-is °Wing to the - weakness of the
Southern armies. The 31orninv Herald.
rebel sympathizer, hopes that the disaster e
Bragg may not prove irretrievable, but adds
"Friendly is' we are to the Confederate
cause we are still prepared to look the very
worst in-the face, and that worstsomething
far beyond arty thing thatTlfis yet befallen."
The Examinii; which has - ,beell - sfrongiy se-.
cessionist, says that the defeat of Bragg is
not decisive, but nearer to the decisive than
any'reverse of the fortune of war that has yet ,
occured. The 31 - oi eing Star, friendly to the
Union, *sayi the victory is the ‘‘ Waterloo:of
the South." Though the opinions of 'the
various journals are-all more or leis affeeted
by their ,sirapathies, they all agree that
Bragg's , ,defeat is the heaviest blow secession
has yet felt. , . -
A United States Cemetery, like tbarat
Gettysburg, is under way - at ChattanuoW
Rev., Thomas B, Vanhvrne has the supeivit.
ion ; Seigt. Seth Weeks, Co. A, - 100 Mao -
Volunteer Infantry-,' is ge.i.ten._ CoPies of
the plan of the cemetery, with the/location
of graves,tdarked, Will_ be brwayded to thti;
nearest relatives of any soldier b‘uried there. .' _
, Sorne live'hundred bodies ariYalready inter
red there.'
' REBELS OAPTBREIL—The friends of Lieut..
Wm. E. Gayton, who was stationed here
ring=the month of September last, in cotn.
mend of a portion of Co. D, 22d Penna. Ca. !
valry, doing provost duty, will be pleased th s •
learn that he, with the assistance of Sergt.i
B. Taylor; S. F. Myers and EL Strasbaugh,
Of this comity, succeeded, on the 17th inst:,
in capturing the notorious Col. Carter, of the
'Black Horse Cavalry, Capt. Carte; Capt.
Moore, Lieut. Carter and two privates be
longing to White'sßattalion, Rebel Cavalrr,
near Upperville, On the night preced—
ing the capture,. the pickets of, the 22d Regt,.
were driven in, one of them being captures
and brutally murdered. At the time of the
"gobbling up" of tyelbove Greytacks,
Gayton and the three members, of his 'corn.
pany above named, were in advance of the
command, acting as videttes:—Fulfon Repub.