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Tuesday Morning, May 5, 1863
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Although no epidemic has visited this com
munity, it is nermtheless a noticeable fact that
more deaths have occurred since the beginning
of the year than is customarily the case in the
same period. They have principally been con
fined to two classes of individuals—old people
and children. How strange! Those ,who
have but just begun to live, as it were, and
those who -have passed a long life, worn out
With cares and troubles, are almost at the same
moment called away. As in the course-of the
seasons, Winter and Spring join each ether,
so in death, old age and infancy are brought
together. The band of death spares no one
on account of age, usefulness, or circumstances
The sandsof life run out—the soul vibrates—
and the spirit passes away, either to the region
of eternal happiness or never-ending despair.
"There need be no= uncertainty on this point.
Annihilation, transmigration of souls, and
•other heathenish and sceptical follies, have
Jong since exploded and ought never for. one
moment be entertained.
As we look.over the record which oufweek
lrobituary column makes, we find there the
tames, of some of. the most respected, eminent
and useful citizens of the country. There we
find staunch farmers, Who, by a life of honesty
and industry, accumulated for themselves a
targe amount of wealth. Probably just at the
moment they were about to make greater
exertions than "ever, they were summoned to
the "court of , death:" There, too, we find the
names of some who have occupied prominent
positions'uuder the - State'and National Gov
ernuients. They were reepected, admired, and
had received 'many marks of the esteem- of
their fellow men.
,Wbere are they now ?
• Scores' of others, embracing mechanics, mer
chants.and those who have pursued. all of the
occupations known in this country, too, have
gone to "that bourne whence no traveler re
turns." Pious, godly women, who set a good
example in this life, are found on the "record,
besides a multitude of all ages, sexes and class
es, who were unknown outside of_ their own
families and personal acquaintances, have
"passed away." "We all do fade as a leaf."
The undertaker; the bier and coffin, are
fimilitir eights. A funeral procession =relies
show& to 'one Of 'the burying grounds, the cof
fin is lowered, we hear the minister readitig:
the burial service,'the — rattling of the clods,
tbesighingof the mourners; and the crowd
quietly separates, each one goes his own waY,
and indulges in a traitwof—reflection, incident
to the occasion and peculiar -to himself. After
anis over, hdiv little we think of death. All
must die, but' we do not know when. The
want of knowledge on this `point is a blessing,
as it prevents us from looking with terror and
anguish,,to,the wisffable day fixed tor the end
Of life, which would doubtless be the case if
we knew what precise moment the chord -of
life would` be snapped asunder.
"le a timer of the tleld—the wind paaseth over it,
and is gone."
The infant, whose entrain into the world,
is a muse of joyousness to tender parents,
raising bright and glowing anticipations for
the future, like a summer cloud, suddenly passes
away, leaving the family group in bewildered
' •Theniar i .too, brings death to many house.
holds. In more than one instaneeothere
friends are sorrowing, friends are bewailing the
loss of:some kind father, before their tears are
dry, inother battle is fought, and a son or
brother is stricken down a by death shot from
the hand of a country's foe. All nature looks
bright and beautiful, buds and leaves, blossoms
and flowers, are shooting forth. This is the ,
spring time of life to some, what will be their
The ?Ads have made a raid into Western
Virginia. Their movements were Swift and un
expected. They appeared at Grafton before
any ice almost had any intimation of , their
coming, and with wonderful celerity they
ruched and possessed Motantown, Va., cans
ing.great alarm among the inhabitants. They
took a great deal pf stock, and made prisoners
Winne of the leading citizens. It was' feared
they lot& cross over into Fayette and Greene
counties, Pennsylvania. It seems the high
stage bt water in the Cheat River prevented
tliie ' o if it ever hid-been in contem
plation: Tim*, some volunteers, and the 15th
P. .V. 41ifitia of Pittsburg,- with a -battery,
started down the river with the pur.pose of
landing at Genera and 'getting in the rear .of
th t e,rebels. .We not ,think the latter pro ,
ceeded further than :Morgantown. What has
become of Chen' it is almost impossible to tell
from the confused, published accounts.
Qa,,last Wfduesday a skirmish took Place at
Strasburg, Va., between thA out poses of the
rebels and a *coating party of the Fedorala.—
THE PILOT :--GRE
We lost five or six killed and eleven or twelve
wounded. The enemy's loss was something
A somewhat more definite knowledge of the
movements of the Army of the Potourc be
gins to reach us. It appears that the Rappa-
hannock has been crossed at three or four dif
ferent points, both above and below Fredericks
burgh—certanly at Port Royal, near the point
where Fcankjin crossed before the battle of
Fredericksburgh, and at Kelly's Ford, several
miles above the town; and probably at United
States Ford, still further up. Accounts state
that there was considerable fighting at the cros
sing below, but none of consequence above.
Gen. 'Hooker appears to have commanded the
movement at. Kelly's Ford in person. A re
port reached Philadelphia on Friday. night,
that Gen. Hooker, with 50,000 men, had-fought
a battle and won a victory. This is about the
number of- men supposed to have crossed at
Kell's Ford, and the report, through unofficial,
may have some foundation in fact.
The New York Times correspondent writing
last Tuesday night says, " The arrival of troops
in the vicinity of the Ford [Kelley's] was well
masked by Col. Bushbreck's brigade of the
11th corps, who has• been guarding the post
two weeks. The troops marched rapidly and
in fine spirits. Gen. Slocum camped last night
near Hartroad Church, and Gen. Meade just
east of it. All were well up by 4 o'clock, F.
A telegram passed over the wires yesterday,
(Sabbath), as follows :—" Frederick, Md., May
3.—Heard here-last night that Gen. Hooker,
with 60,000 men had got between Gen. Lee's
army and Richmond. Hard fighting was go
ing on, but Hooker appeared to have the ad
vantage. He had flanked them."
All are awaiting; with `breathless interest to
hear the first news. A prudent silence ' has
been preserved this tithe. We trust it is not
ominous of evil. Up to this morning nothing
definite and reliable has reached us of -the
movements of the army which have taken
place since. Wednesday. y.
Washington; April 30th.—The Navy Depart.
ment has received intelligence of the capture
of the English steamer St. George by the
United States steamer Mount Vernon. The
vessel was attempting to run the blockade off
New- Inlet, and seized by our steamer close in
with Fort Fisher. Her master acknowledged
having run the blockade 'several tithes. The
daido of the St. George consisted chiefly of
salt, rum and general merchandise.
The schooner Nettie was Captured on the
29th_of March, by the United States steamer
South Carolina, about twenty-five miles east of
Port Royal; with a cargo coinis,ting of cotton,
• mostly damaged. The Captain and crew ad
witted having run out of Charleston a few
On the night of the 19th inst., three vessels
were captured . While attempting to, run the
blockade off Charleston, namely, a brig and
schooner laden with salt, and a sloop laden
with cotton. They were sent North • by Com
The United States steamer New London re
ports the capture, on the 3d inst., olthe British
steamer Tampico, bound from Sabine Pass• to
the Belize, ivith 112 bales of cotton. '-On the
10th inst., the same vessel, off Sabine Pass,
picked up a 'number of officers and otheis,
while attempting to land. Among , them was
Captain Charles Fowler, who commanded the
steamer Josiah Bell at the time of the capture
of the •Mornink Light. Captain Fowler hail a
commission from Major-General Magruder, of
the Rebel Army, giving him exclusive control
of their squadron, as they call it, at Sabine
Memphis, April 30.—Advises from Young's
Point to Sunday say that General Grant was at
It is thought that the Rebel rams 'up -the
Yazoo are ready to come out, as the raft has
been cut to pieces and floated • out.
It is doubtful whether any'of the six trans
ports which attempted to run the batteries at
Vicksburg on the-night of the 23d, succeeded
in passing. Four are known to have been sunk,
and-the other two, if they got by, were badly
damaged. The firing on the transports Was
terrific; Commencing at midnight it continued
A despatch from Milliken's Bend,- of the
29th, says orders were yesterday issued for the
whole army to march, with six days' rations.
The official list of the persons saved from
the wreck of the ill-fated Anglo-Saxon is pub
lished. It comprises in all one hundred and
thirty-six passengers, and seventy-one of the
crew.- The mails.and cargo were -lost, and the
-commander of the steamcr was among those
who went down with the vessel. -
New York, April special despatch
from Murfreesboro', dated yesterday, say - s:—
"A fictitious excitement was produced to
night by reports that the enemy intended to
attack General Roseerans immediately. From
facts derived from the best official sources; our
scouts report the advance of the Rebels 'to
Beach Grove and Warttacc, only trine hours
from this point. It is probable that the enemy
advanced in force without Artillery, to counter-
`*CASTLE, FRANKLIN CO., PA., MAY 5, 1863.
act the supposed general advance of this army,
which the enemy imagine was indicated by
Gen. Reynolds' expedition to McMinnville,
and at the same time they may make a recon
noissance in force. They have been reinforced
somewhat, but no military man here dare hope
for such good fortune as an attack upon the
Army of the Cumberland at Murfreesboro'.—
.No patriot could desire a better thing for the
Union cause. It is reported that Gen. Bragg
has been appointed Chief of the artillery De
partment by General Johnston.
Chicago, April 29.—A special despatch from
Cairo says :—"By the way of-Memphis we have
news of the capture of Tuscumbia. It was
held by the Rebel Col. Chalmers, whose forces
have been troublesome lately in the vicinity of
the Tennessee River.
On last Thursday General Dodge attacked
him. A severe engagement ensued. Chal
mers stdutly contested We ground. but was con►-
pelled to fall back. The Federal loss is stated
at •100. The Rebel loss is not given.
General Dodge is in possession of Tuscum
bia, and the Rebel communication by that route
is cut off.
Murfreesboro,' Tenn., April 29th.—At noon
to-day a small force of Rebel Cavalry appeared
on 'Manchester pike. Our videttes gave the
alarm, saying the• enemy was advancing in
Gen. Negiey, with ootumendable prudence,
moved ,out a short distance, but the alarm prov
ed false. General Negley met several citizens
who resided near the outposts, and were mov
ing in, who reported that the Rebels bad de
clared that they were coming to drive us from
It is generally supposed that the Rebel dem
onstration yesterday was made for the purpose
of forcing Rosecraus to concentrate his lines,
thus leaving Van, Dorn and Wheeler at.liberty
to act on our flanks with their cavalry; also
to enable them, with the force north .of Duck
River, to defeat any attempt we might make
similar to the one on McMinnville.
At present all the effort of the Rebel oavalry
on our flanks are futile.
On of those terrible and heart-rending dis
asters upon the ocean which, now and than—
happily but rarely—send a thrill of horror
through the land, and sorrow to many home
steads, occurred on the 27th ultimo, off Cape
Race, the extreme southeastern point of New
foundland. The .Anglo-Saxon, one of the re
gular line of steamers plying betvveen Europe
,and this country, in a dense fog, ran ashore
near that point, and in an hour the deck had
broken from the hull, and the mizzen-mast
alone remained. Nearly five hundred persons
—passengers and crew—were on board the
ill-fated steamer, and of this number, at this
present writing, the safety of not more than
one-fourth has been definitely ascertained.
God grant others may also be rescued, but the
rapid destruction of the vessel, and the pre
vailing wind and sea give us but little hope.
The Government steam transport Ellen S.
Terry arrived on the 29th, at New York, from
Newbern, N. C., on Sunday, the 26th ult.
The Rebel force, under General Hill have .
not only withdrawn from Washington and to
ken post at Greenfield, but they no longer
threaten the Federal troops at any point It is
believed a part of Hill's force has been sent
further north than Greenfield. General Foster's
army, which had pursued the Rebels, returned
to Newbern 'on the 24th.
General Foster is now engaged in strenathen
ing his position. He has adopted the policy
of concentrating his troops at the most import
ant points. TherefOre the troops at Elizabeth
City—a company of the Eighth Massachusetts
and a ecimpany of loyal North Carblinians—
and also the forces at Wiufield, comprising two
companies, have been withdrawn,, and those
places will not at present be held bY General
Washington and Plymouth are retained. and
new defendei are erecting. A fort is building
at Plymouth, which will permit the withdrawal
of one of the regiments now stationed there
for operations elsewhere?
No presOt movements are expected on the
put of the Rebels. Their immediate evacua
tion of their positions near Washington, and
of the fbrtified point's On the Tar River, after
General Foster had passed down to Newbern,
is regarded as good evidence of the opinion 'of
the Rebels of that officer.
Cincinnati, April 21.—The Commercial con
tains the following despatch :
Murfreesboro', April 26.—Gen. Reynoldi to
day sent in 130 prisoners, from Liberty.
On the surprise of 111cMinnville . the Rebel
General Morgan narrowly escaped. He and
Col. Martin were in flight, and were pursued
by a squad of cavalry. A seventh Peonsylvaia
trooper was close at his heels. Nor an turned
and shot at him with a pistol. The trooper
was in the act of slashing at him with his ia
bre. Morgan dodged, and the blow brought
down, Colonel Martin, who was leciin a dying
Whether Dick McCane escaped is 'a very
doubtful question. He was captured, but not
reported -with' the other prisoners. His guard
does noegive exPlicit accounts' about him. It
is propable be was quietly left in the woods,
The enemy recently moved up from Tulla
homa to Manchester. On the 19th, they re
ceived a reinforcement of 16,000 men from
Prisoners captured by General Reynolds
bring an unreliable report that Breckioridge
recently shot Bragg, and is under arrest for
homicide. They say that Bragg had condemn
ed some Kentuckians to death. Breckinridge
remonstrated angrily, saying that "shooting
Kentuckians was played out," and if the order
was executed he would shoot Bragg. The lat
ter executed the Kentuckians, and Breekin
ridge killed him.
There has recently been considerable skirm
ishing near Memphis, but the impression was
that the Rebels were falling back. It is
thought that the enemy is not in sufficient force
to give battle, and tliat the movement are only
feint to draw our forces from Corinth, and give
those reported to have occupied Pittsburg an
opportunity to join the army it Tullahoma by
the way of Corinth.
The New Orleans Era of the 9th ult., pub
lishes the folloWing interesting facts in refer
ence to the engagement of Admiral Farragut's
fleet with the batteries at Port Hudson :
"We learn from one of the paroled seaman
of the steamer Mississippi, who was taken pri
soner at Port Hudson, that our fleet did great
damage to the batteries of that place.. He was
not enabled to ascertain the total number of
tbe killed and wounded, but it was evidently
very great. In one battery alone he learned
there were twenty-five Robeis:killed.
"Our fleet drove the enemy from his guns
several times by the rapid and ecourate firing
of grape and canister; and he learned from an
old shipmate, who had formerly been in the
navy, that one of the lower batteries Was spik
ed; and there is no doubt that the others would
have followed the example if the engagement
had , lasted,mucli longer.
"He says two of the •Rebel officers he saw
were formerly in our navy, and they compli
mented our gunners 'in the highest terms.
They could hardly be made to believe that it
was nothing more than a fleet of ordinary
wooden vessels which were firing upon the
batteries. The Rebel ,gun-boat Webb was
completely destroyed during the night."
New York, April 26.—The steamer Fulton,
from New Orleans has arrived with the follow
ing important advices:
On the night of the 17th inst. OCCI. Banks
had reached Vermillionville, after a' hard fight
at Vermilion bayou, where the rebels bad -post
ed batteries and infantry, but they were'driven
from their position, after a bard . fight, With
considerable loss on both sides.
Some 1,000 prisoners sh idbeen brought into
Franklin ; captures of whole companies being
made at:a time. The rebel&also destroyed ten
steamboats to prevent their falling into our
hands, and two large gunboats and the Diana
were included iu the destruction. It was ex
pected that - G-en. Batiks' would capture Opelou
sas on the 18th and occupy it.
Our fleet have reduced La Rose, an import
ant point. The prospects;areAhat the rebels
will be driveu out of Opelousas county, or all
Our troops are in splendid condition.
Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, April
20,—Two or three days ago a party of our
troops paid a visit to Port Royal, on the Rap
pahannock, capturing fifteen or, twenty prison
ers, a mail and several horses. They also de
stroyed: a quantity of forage and some army
wa! , ons. The severe rain storm ceased last
night, and thcre,is now a prospect of better
weather, which will dry up the roads. The
rebeLpiekets inform ours that they have a-new
General on their side, who treats the soldiers
with great severity, On inquiring his name.
they reply, " Genecal : Starvation, by G—d."
The failure of the attack upon Charleston,
it is said, has determined the ordnance bureau
of the Navy Department to order a change in
in the armament of the iron.clads. The Dahl
green.guns are to be removed and an, entirely
new 13 inch gun, capable of using seventy-five
pounds of powder to each load, is to be sub
stituted. By this means it is supposed a single
shot may be relied upon to breach a fort. The
new guns are in process of construction, and
there will be no , repetition, of the attack upon
Charleston until they are completed.
Washington, April 25.—The following has
been received at the headquarters of the army :
Cincinnati, April 23.—T0 Major General
H. W. Halleck, General-in- Chief :—The fol
lowing dispatch has just been received:
Headquarters, Louisville, April 23, 1863.
The expedition to Celina was entirely success.
ful. Oil. Graham reports, through General
'lobat], that : they destroyed the town, 10,000
lbs. of bacon, 1000 bushels of wheat, 10,000
bushels of corn, 100 barrels of whiskey, 100
barrels of flour, ,a ,considerable .quantity, of
sugar, coffee, and, forty boats which bad , been
used in, transporting supplies from Burksville
and other points 'on the Cumberland-; Rebels
report lass uf ninety killed, but Col: Graham,
the commander of the expedition, is of opinion,
that the number is greater. We had one
wounded and'one missing.'. The result is high
ly creditable to -our troops; indeed it was . a
perfect success. Signed'Brig.-Gen. Wright.
A. gt, BURNSIDE, Maj.-Gen.
Files of The Pilot.—We have several 11: ei
ast year's PLLOT, which we will sell cheap.
_ergt. Beatty STRICKLER. ; k
week received an honorable discharge from th e 4
•ice, on account of physical disability.
—We learn that on Momr.t
• Negro Soldiers.
morning, the 27th ult., about twenty-fire negro s :
diers left Chambersburg for a black regiment be:tg
raised in Massachusetts.
Provost Marshal.-010 1 0 2 EYSTER, Esq.. bit
been appointed Provost Marshal for the Xvb ,
Congressional District, under the new Conscrlpii, z
Bill, passed at the last session of Congress.
Thanks.—We are iu por , ession of a Copy cf
the "Report - of the Secretary of the Treasury,
the state of the Finances, for the year endin g h n ,
30, 1862," for which ion. E D. MTHERSON a,
please accept our thanks.
Fresh Supplies. — We mean by this term fre t ;
fish, such as shad, herring, rock, perch, and mar;
other nice articles, which will please the palate. ar
brought to this place every Thursday by Mr. J&
Physician Dead. —Dr. LUTHER. M. MILLER,
Welsh Run, died at theresidence of THOMAS BORIE.,
Esq., in that village. on last Tuesday. He has f„
some time, been suffering from a pulmonary diverse.
He was a young physician of acknowledged abillt7
and a successful practitioner.
Out.—The Rescue Fire Engine was brought
light on the evening of Fast Day. The boys brougi ;
out and worked the "znersheen ;" whether it va2
according to order of the Town Fathers we do Li
know, but if it were brought out oftener the appor.
atus would be the better for it..
On the 13th.—h, has been correctly ascertaine
that the 126th Regiment, P. V., will be discharge:,
on the 18th instant. It is expected that they al:
arrive home about the middle of the month. It ig
time some effort was made to give them a prop,:
Sent South.—We learn from the R epository
Transcript, thEit Sat °MOS HELSER and his SOL, Joy,
HELSER, arrested In Chambersborg a week or i%
since, were on the 23d ultimo, seat to Dixie by
Fun. Military Provost Marshal of Baltimore, unde
penalty that if they return before tile rebellion is
over they will be treated as spies.
Borough Election. The eleetion for Burgess
and Councilmen takes place in-day (Tuesday).
The following ticket will be run at the election
It is the only one we have heard of:—
Burgess—Geo. 11. Davison; Councilmen—Char'.,
Hartman, Jeremiah DetriCh, W. W. Fleming, Job:
Wilhelm, A. K. Weir Constable,-Geo. Gaff.
' Arthur's Home Magezine.—,Aye have ii , •
May number before us. The engraving is pretty
4. Buttercups and Daisies." The sketch , of
HILNY is 'well worthy of perusal. - '•gEings nu i
Queens of England," giving a sketch of the life
HENRY VI, and of MARoARET, iris wife, is instrue•
tive. In poetry, the sentiment:is purer than we find
in some other publications. rotery page contain/
useful and entertaining Fending matter.
OetOgertarilkil Gone. —.Taates McCLELLAN,
,Esq., of Peters towaship,•died at bis residence, un
Monday of last week, in the eighty-seveath year of
his, age. He was born July 29, 1776, just twenty•
five days after the signing of the Declaration of
Indepeadexce, The MeCisiaare family were among
the early sellers of the Cumberland Valley. Dr.
Jonx Meßmetadiat. -who died us this place in 1846,
at the age of eilddy-foutleave, mad was so widely
known as an evaitbent.physioiao, was a brother of
the deceased. Ateawur.a , MeCuiawor, another
brother, is still helps and has red , ofted. the age of
Fast Day.--Religious services Pew* Netr? intCw
morning in the Presbyterian Churett Rev. E.
BREIDENBAUVII preached dm sermon.. It was ac
able, fervent and patriotic discourse. Our nationNl
sins,riz:lngratitude to Ood. *varies. political col
ruption, prttetices of slavery, itlulixiog of v fliotr,
and lenders, want, of trust in God, kc., were all
severely rebuked. , We. oannot reasonably ex pect
success to our arms until the people are humbled .
As regards the main object of the war, there mut:
In unity of sentiment.
The sermon was so appropriate and so full C
truth and eloquence, thtt., all who heard it felt ant!
Borough Election Law.—As the electio%
for Municipal officers takes place to-day, (Tuesday'.
it will not be out of place to call the attention P
the voters to an Ordinanoe passed by the Tows
C,uncil of 18(32, respecting Borough Elections:—
Sec. 1. Provides that the election shall be held at
the Public House of Daniel Foreman.
Sec. 2. The High Constable is to attend at the
place named, and at 1 o'clock, P. 31., give notice
tice that the polls will be opened, and request the
voters present to nominate candidates for Judge ,
and Inspector. Their names being written dosa
by him, the electors shall mark opposite the names
of the nominees. The two highest candidates 114 -
Judges shall be so declared, and the person hava4
the highest number of votes for Inspector, shall be
the Inspector. The Constable shall notify them 0 1
their election. The two Judges shall appoint I Ro
Clerks of election. AR these officers are to be sworn
in by some Justice of the Peace for the county.
Sec. 4. Penalty for Clerk neglecting or refusing to
serve is ten dollars. Same penalty for Judges re
fusing or neglecting to appoint Clerks.
See. O. Judges, Inspectors and Clerks, s'uall eec
receive a compensation of fifty cents.
Sec. 6.- • The' Constable shall at the nest stated
meeting of corporate authorities, return a certificst
in writing, of the persons elected Judges, IllsPe c •
tors and Clerks.
Sea. 7. The Judges at the same time shall make
return of the persona elected to Borough Offices.
Sec. 4. Of the original Borough Charter prov'Ass
a penalty of Titenty Dollars in case' of any Borough
otricer, duly elected, who refugee or neglects to
serve. . .