— ah — ^promise — an't — is — is hereby re-
And he levied his head upon his hands
and wept bitter tears, wrung by a great
agony from his loving heart
Christie gently laid her hand upon his
shoulder, and spoke, calmly and slowly —
** Hopeftd, your soul was in that leg,
It would seem as if Hopeful had always
thought that such was the case, and was
just receiving new light upon Uie subject,
he started up so suddenly.
And he grasped her hand, and — but that
is also one of those scenes to be left to the
imagination. And Christie promised the
next Christmas to take the name, as she
already had the heart, of Tackett. Herr
Kordwaner, too, had come to the conclu-
sion that he wanted a partner, and on the
day of the wedding a new sign was to be
put up over a new and larger shop, on
which ** Co." would mean Hopeful Tackett
In the mean time. Hopeful hammered
away lustily, merrily, whistling and sing-
ing the praises of the " Banger." Occa-
uonally, when resting, he would tenderly
embrace his stump of a leg, gently patting
and stroking it, and talking to it as to a
pet If a stranger was in the shop, he
would hold it out admiringly, and ask :
^ Do you know what I call that ? Icall
that 'Hopeful Taekett^-his markr*'
And a mark of distinction — a badge of
patriotism and honor — ^it might well be
SiLbstltiite BNikor B6ld-**Inaium*> tta tiie
Along the dock near the foot of First
Street, Detroit, is a large wooden figure
of an Indian, embellished with all the trap-
pings of a Chippewa chief, and leaning
against the warehouse of . Well, one
day a stranger appeared in frcmt of the
provo6t^marshal*s office, and beckoning to
one of the substitute brokers hanging around
there, said to him, ^ You are in the substi-
tute business, I believe ? " Being answered
affirmatively, he continued, " Do you take
Indians?" "Oh, yes," said the broker.
" Well," inquired the stranger, " what will
you give me if I tell you where you can
get one, sound in every respect, not liable
to draft, and will go as a substitute, if
accepted?" **Give you?" replied the
broker, every feature in his &ce beaming
with delight at the prospect of making a
lucky strike, "give you ! why. 111 give yon
a hundred dollars in greenbacks." " It's a
bargain," said the stranger, and here they
clapped hands fraternally over it " Here's
my name,' he continued, handing the
broker a card, on which was pencilled
" Enoch Ketchum." " Take this to ,
near the foot of First street, and tell them
that I sent you after that Indian ; they will
understand it ; and don't forget the hundred
dollars when you get him through." "All
right," shouted the broker, as he jumped
on board of a street car, on his way to the
foot of First street Having reached the
warehouse, he presented his card, and in-
formed the attendants of his mission. " Go
right through the back door on to the 60A9
and turn to the left, and you will find tbo
VOLUNTEERING^ DRAFTING, DESERTING, ETC.
only Indian that I know anything about in
ikis neighborhood," said the attendant
Having followed directions, he soon came
€aee to face with the Chippewa cbief here-
t(^re referred to Fully realizing the joke
which had been played upon him, he went
back to the warehouse, and finding the
party laughing at his expense, he bawled
out : '* That was — well done, but that
wooden Indian is. better than some live
men that have gone in as substitutes,'' and
leit said dock in a hurry, occasionally cast-
ing a furtive glance around to see if any
one he knew was interested in the selL
Union Becmlts amonff the Negroes.
Some queer things now and then turn
up, and the following is a pretty £ur sam-
ple of the best :
A Tennessee slaveholder from the coun-
try approached an old acquaintance also
a slaveholder, residing in Nashville, and
said in quite a friendly and confiding man-
"I have several negro men lurking
about this city somewhere. I wish you
would look out for them, and when you
find them, do with them for me as if they
were your own."
** Certainly, 1 will," replied his friend.
A few days afterward the parties met
again, and the planter asked —
** Have you found my slaves ?**
« I have.'
"And where are they?"
**Well, you told me to do with them
just as if they were my own, and, as I
made my men enlist in the Union army,
I did the same with yours."
The astonished planter tiioughtfully ab-
Patting his Hand to fhe Boll.
In one of the counties of Indiana a
meeting was held by the patriotic citizens, i
for the purpose of gettmg volunteers, by
the usual means of encouragement and i
promise. After the matter had progressed '
some time in the usual manner, a pleasant I
incident occurred which seemed to warm
and gladden every loyal heart A young
lady stepped from the crowd, went up to
her betrothed, took him by the hand, and
led him up to the stand, where the recruit
ing officers were taking the names of those
who desired to enlist in the service of
their country. Having done this, and
without seeming in the least abashed in
the preisence of the large assembly, the
fair girl kissed him warmly, and then with
her own plighted hand gracefully placed
his hand on the roll, for him to sign his
name. It was the rarest scene and sub-
ject for a painter — ^a fair and beautiful girl
inspiring her lover, to go forth to noble
deeds for then- common country I There
wad enthusiasm in that meeting.
Beantiee of Behel Oonsoriptinff.
Early in the morning of Nov. 6th, 1861,
the outside picket belonging to our army
at Newport News, on the river, was hailed
by a man who approached in a skifi* of
small size • he proved to be a Virginian,
by the name of Peter White, who escaped
fix)m a rebel prison at Williamsburg, Va.,
He used to own a little schooner^ the
Maria Louisa, and traded up and down the
James and York nvers, especially during
the oyster season. He hardly ever slept
on shore, making the schooner his real
home, having his wife and two children
with him. In April, 1861, when the en-
listment in the rebel army was progressing
favorably, some one made overtures to
White about enlistmg Being at heart a
Union man, he did not feel inclined to do
so , yet he wished, if possible, to save the
schooner and its contents, that being all
the property he owned in the world. He
therefore ran into a little bay in the Chic-
kahominy river, a small branch of the
James, where he found a safe hiding-place.
At this time his wife died, and he had a
good excuse in the care of his children
for refusing to accept the offers of enlist-
ment, which were still occasionally made
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He remained at this place until the 9th
of September, when he ventured out of
his retreat, to go up to Jamestown, hoping
that, as the patriotic enthusiasm- among
the Southerners had considerably died
away, he would be granted the necessary
pass for following up the oyster business
at Hogg*8 Iceland. However, poor Peter
soon found himself mistaken on this score.
The authorities at Jamestown, in pursuance
of Governor Letcher's mandates, under
confederate law, at ' once demanded that
he should unconditionally enlist in the
army, and when he refused to do this they
confiscated his schooner with all its con-
tents, including $150 in gold, and sent
him as a prisoner to Williamsburg. Here
he remained for forty two days, without
being opce permitted to have a fair hear-
Ing. He was confined in a cell next to
three negroes, who liad previously at-
tempted to run away, and with their
assistance, a hole was dug sufiiciently
large, under the wall, to admit one man
at a time.
On Thursday evening he made good
his escape. That night he walked twelve
miles, and during Friday hid himself in
a cornfield. Towards midnight he reached
the house of Becky Simpson, an old ac-
quaintance of his, and a woman with
strong Union feelings, who offered him
shelter, and further volunteered to go, on
the following Monday, to Williamsburg to
endeavor to bring his children back. He
consequently remained at her house, pur-
posing to await her return ; but on Sun-
day he saw a certain Mr. Slader, a ^ell
known slave hunter in those regions, eome
towards the house, and knowing that a
price of $500 liad been put upon his head,
he thought it best to * vamose ' as quickly
as possible ; therefore, when he came in at
the front door Peter ran out at the back,
and, it being dusk at the time, he safely
reached the shore, where he eoon found a
skiff, and pushed off into the river. In
thirty-two hours he rowed between forty
and fifty miles.
Blfect of CxindUne on 'XTnion' SentimentB.
William Growman, a rebel deserter, who
was drafted in Michigan, escaped from the
provost-marshal by concealing himself un-
der the crinoline of his intended. Afler
the marshal left, it was hard to persuade
the man to run the risk of coming forth
Bffect of GxiooUne.
from his hiding-place, fearing, so he said,
that the officer was still on the look-out
for him. But when he did finally emerge
from the friendly shelter thus afforded him,
he wanted— out of gratitude, probably —
to marry the girl on the spot, and did so
VOLUNTEERING, DRAPIING, DESERTING, ETC.
the next day, after paying his three hun-
dred dollars commutation. He thus, at
least in a constructive sense, proved him-
self a prompt * Union ' man.
Xanled Applicfuits for Ezemiytion.
(hmmssioner,—^^ Wh&t have you to
Applicant. — ^ I'm forty-eight years old."
" Where were you bom ? "
" Don't know."
** How old were you when you came to
this country ? "
" How do you know you are forty-eight
" I know it. I'm sure of it."
The Commi^'sioner, after various inef-
fectual trials to make applicant show what
reasons he had for his belief, now asks,
"Are you married ? "
(Applicant very sulky, but no answer.)
"I asked you if you are married. Did
" I don't wish to be insulted."
"No one wishes to insult you. Are
Applicant, in a very loud voice, — ** Of
course I am!"
Ko Appeal Left.
At Newport, R. I., on mustering in the
new companies for military service, several
minors were finally rejected, because they
did not produce the certificate of consent
from their parents. One y(»ung man — his
mother a widow — ^had first enlisted and
then went to his mother with a certificate
for her signature. But she, not being
willing for him to go, withheld her consent,
yet finally, after much persuasion, said she
would agree to do it on one condition,
namely, that her son should thrust his
finger at random through the leaves of the
ckwed Bible, and the language of the text
upon which it rested should decide her ac-
tion in the matter. He did as she requested,
and his finger, when the Bible was opened,
was found resting over the two following
verses: 2d book of Chronicles, 20th chap-
ter, 16th and 17th verses: "To-morrow
go ye down against them: behold they
come up by the cliff of Ziz ; and ye shall
fmd them at the edge of the brook before
the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not
need to fight in this battle ; set yourselves,
stand ye still, and see the salvation of the
lord with you. O, Judah and Jerusalem :
fear not, nor be dismayed ; to-morrow go
out against them ; for the Lord will be
with you." The thing was settled — the
mother consented. There was no appeal
from the very pointed text which had
been resorted to as the arbiter.
Bnllfltinent of Stonewall Jackson in the
One morning, a young farmer from Og-
densburg, N. Y., applied at the recruiting
office in Brooklyn for a place in the Union
ranks. The attending surgeon gave a favora-
ble opinion of applicant's physique and he
was accepted. When asked to sign his name
he wrote, in very legible characters, "Stone-
wall Jackson." The commissioner very
naturally asked him, on seeing the signa-
ture, if that was really h is name. " Every-
body asks me that question," said the yoimg
volunteer ; " it riles my blood. It is my
name, and I mean to let the rebels know
that there is a Stonewall Jackson North."
T^ would like to adorn these pages with a
likeness of that noble youth, side by side
THE BOOK OF ANECDOTES OF THE REBELLION.
with that of his epauleted but treacherous
namesake who threw away his valuable
life in so ignoble a cause.
OomxnlMioxiar Decidiziir a duMtlon of Age,
Commisnonery (a young lawyer, looking
very grave and dignified): "Well, Sir,
how do you claim to be an exempt?"
Applicant, (an Irishman, in the prime
of life, with a bewildered look): "I am
forty-six years old."
"Where were you bom?"
" How old were you, when you left Ire-
" By Gorra, I don't know."
" How do you know you are forty-eix
" I am grandfather of four children."
" I don't see what that has to do with
" By Gorra, I believe you don't know
much about it (eyeing the Commissioner
contemptuously, as if he were a boy).
Billy Wilson's Zouaves — ^Extraordinary
Billy Wilson's Zouaves composed a reg-
iment made up from what are called the
"Roughs" or "B'hoys," of New York
city, and were formally mustered at Tam-
many Hall, the evening before their de-
parture for their encampment at Staten
Island. On this occasion the following
extraordinary scene was enacted :
The men were ranged round the hall
three deep, with Colonel Wilson and the
other officers in the centre of the room.
The men had all clad themselves in the
gray shirts and pantaloons which had been
provided for their uniform, and which was
completed by a common brown felt hat,
brogans and leather belt They carried
a short knife, about seven inches in length,
between a sort of bowie knife and butcher
knife in shape. Many also had revolvers,
—one or two being intended for the arms
of each man, as well as a slung shot and
a Minie rifle.
All the men being ranged against the
walls, Colonel Wilson, with a drawn sabre
in one hand and an American flag in the
other, stood forth uncovered, jsnd addressed
his men amidst deafening cheers. After
a short adjuration to the flag, for which he
declared his devotion, he called upon all
to kneel and swear with him. Waving
the banner and flourishing his sabre, he
knelt on one knee. All present knelt with
him and repeated the oath which he put
to them to support the flag, and never
flinch from its path through blood or death.
He said he would lead them to Baltimore,
and they would march through it or die ;
at which they all arose with a tremendous
yell, flung up their hats, and brandished
their glittering knives, amidst prolonged
and frantic cheers. He then denounced
death to the Baltimore traitor secessionists
and Plug Uglies, and said they would
leave a monument of their bones in the
streets of Baltimore. Amid yells of
"Death to the Plug Uglies!" he said,
though he might be the first man slain, he
had but one thing to ask, which was that
each one of his' followers should secure his
man and avenge his blood. That they
would do so, he again called upon them to
swear, and marched around the hall hold-
ing up the flag and his sword, and accom-
panied by two officers, the one on the
right bearing a banner inscribed — ^"The
Ukion Battalion of Zouaves : Death
VOLUNTEERING, DBAPTING, DESERTING, ETC.
r*^ Secessionists!*' — ^while the other
jfficer, on his left, held op, in hoth hands,
a bowie knife and revolver. Wilson
shouted to them to swear, and they re-
sponded with shouts of "Bloodl" "Bloodl"
'^Blood!" "We swear 1"
Qovamor Tod and the Applloant tar Bz- -
A good thing is told of Governor Tod,
of Ohio, whose labor in the great work of
siippressing the rebellion may be charac-
terized as of the heartiest and most telling
character. An old lady, between fifty and
sixty years of age, entered the Governor's
office, and made an efibrt to induce that
personage to exempt her husband from
the draft. Mr. Tod looked at her an in-
stant and exclaimed,
*'Why, the old gentleman is exempt,
•* Ah, but he ar'nt an old gentleman,"
added the applicant, " he's only 35 1 "
**In that case," said the Governor, **I
can't do anything for htm, but I'll tell you
what ni do for you; in case he's drafted
and gets killed, — -I'll marry you myself."
This seemed to satisfy the old lady, and
the accordingly departed.
Quite tlia Tomiffest Becmlt for XTnola 8am.
One of the principal recruiting &ctories
was once on a time enlivened by one of
those ama<^ing episodes which help the
appetite and spirits.
**So, Sir, you've clapped your dirty
sojer trappings on my husband, have you?"
••Who is your husband?" asked the
** Billy McCurtee, an* shure, an' a bould
boy he is, so plaze ye. But it's a dirty
thkig of ye, my pretty man, to take him
from his wife an' childers."
"Ckn't be helped,*^ said the officer; "it's
too late now."
*Then take the baby, too," she cried,
as she forced the little one into the arms
of lieutenant Adams : ** Take them all —
ni send ye four more to-day."
Off she ran ai a rapid pace, leaving the
Quite the youngest recruit finr Uncle Sam.
unfortunate officer with the squirming and
squalling recruit in his arms. Doubtful
of its services to Uncle Sam, he sent it
home by its father.
Happy Endlnff to a Sad Miatake.
One day, during the stringent pi'essure
for men to fill the ranks and the r!gid ac-
tivity to prevent the draft being baulked,
Captain Maddox, of Brooklyn, New York,
sent a provost guard to arrest a German,
a deserter, whose name sounded very much
like Ferral, and who was at work some-
where in South Second street, near the
residence of Mr. John FerraL The guard
took it for granted that Mr. Fermi was
the man they had been sent to take into
their custody, and straightway made known
to him that his bodily presence was re-
quired at the office of the Provost-Mar-
shal. Mr. Ferral, who was just in the
act of sitting down to a most toothsome
dinner, which it seems had been prepared
with especial pains, "didn't see it;" he
thought there mu^t be a mistake or a joke
8omewhere. «He was told that it was so-
ber earnest. Then he said he would see
Mr. Maddox very cheerftilly, but — he
must see his dinner first. But the guard's
Digitized by VjOOQIC .
THE BOOK OF ANECDOTES OF THE REBELLION.
instructions were positive, and nothing
would do but that Mr. F. should go forth-
with. So he was duly marched off, ac-
coi-ding to the manner provided for de-
serters and similar culprits, between two
muskets, down to the office of Captain
Maddox, of whom he demanded an ex-
said, " You will pass, Sir ; a dollar, if yoa
please." ** But, doctor," said the man,
^ let me run- down stairs once more, and
then try me." The doctor said " Oh, yes ; "
the man ran down stairs again, but this
time with such increased velocity that he
forgot to come back.
planation. The Captain wa» much amused
at the mistake, which he explained to Mr.
F. The latter couldn't see the joke of
the thing, but concluded to make the best
of it, and a hearty *' smile" all round rec-
tified everything, even to the loss of a good
dinner,— or rather it was worth the loss
of that savory meal to have the matter
turn out a mistake instead of a reality, in
XTnlntentional Trick taurkt liy an Bxamin-
An applicant for exemption in one of
our towns, on account of physical dis-
ability, informed the examining physician
that he was troubled with heart disease.
The doctor told him to run up and down
the stairs leading to his office once or twice.
This the applicant did, when the physician,
after listening to the motions of the heart,
Western Zeal in Volunteering.
Soon after the formation of Camp Mor-
ton, m Indiana, an old man of sixty years
of age, with gray hair and flowing white
beard, presented himself at head-quarters,
full of the fire of patriotism, and offered
himself as a volunteer soldier in defence
of his country's flag. The officer in com-
mand was obliged, however, to refuse the
old patriot's offer, on acooimt of his ad-
vanced age; whereupon, quick as thought,
ho went to a barber's, had his beard crop-
ped, and his hair and beard dyed, and
again applied for admission to the coveted
ranks of his country's defenders. Not be-
ing detected, he was at once received, and
being asked his age, £>r enrolment, mod-
estly replied, ^Rising thirty-five." At
the same camp migbt have been seen a
young man on horseback, looking wishfully
upon the scene before him. Speaking to
VOLUNTEERING, DRAFTING, DESERTING, ETC.
the crowd ho said : " If I could onlj dis-
pose of my wife and children, I'd go in a
minute." A gentleman who knew him
well stepped up and said, ^ Til look after
theml" '^Hold my horse," cried the
other, and with one bound he was in the
camp, and a volunteer.
Wifloonsiii Body-Onard for the Presideiiit.
" Brick '' Pomeroy, an editor — and wag
— in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on being in-
vited to assist in forming a body guard for
President Lincoln, after due considertition
decided to *• go in," provided the following
basis could be adopted and rigidly adhered
to throughout the war .
The company shall be entirely composed
of colonels, who shall draw pay and rations
Every man shall have a commission,
two servants, and white kids.
Each man shall be mounted in a cov-
ered buggy, drawn by two white stallions.
Under the seat of each buggy shall
be a cupboard, containing cold chicken,
pounded ice, and champagne, a la mem-
bers of Congress and military officers at
Each man shall have plenty of cards
and red chips to play poker with.
The only side-arms to be opera glasses,
champagne glasses, and gold-headed canes.
The duty of the company shall be to
take observations of battle, and on no ac-
count shall it be allowed to approach
nearer than ten miles to the seat of war.
Behind each buggy shall be an ambu-
lance, 80 arranged as to be converted into
a first-class boardmg house in the day-
'*'ine, and a sumptuous sleeping and dress-
ng room at night.
The regimental band must be composed
of pianos and guitars, played by young
ladies, who shall never play a quickstep
except in case of retreat
Reveille shall not be sounded till late
break&st time, and not then if any one of
the regiment has a headache.
In case of a forced march into an en-
j emy's country, two miles a week shall be
the maximum, and no marches shall be
made except the country abound in game,
or if any member of the regiment object.
Kid gloves, gold toothpicks, cologne,
hair-dressing, silk underclothes, cosmetics,
and all other rations, to be furnished by
Each member of the regiment shall be
allowed a reporter for some New York
paper, who shall draw a Salary of two
hundred dollars a week, for pufi&, fix)m
the incidental fund.
Every member shall be in command,
and when one is promoted all are to be*
Commissions never to be revoked.
Boiled because he oould not Vigbt,
James Leonard, of Upper Gilmanton,
N. H., who had been rejected as a volun-
teer on account of his being over forty-
five years of age, thus expressed his views
of his own case and the et ceteras pertain-
ing thereto : —
"After accepting several men over
forty-five years of age, and several in-
fants, such as a man like me oould whip
a dozen of, I was rejected because I had
the honesty to acknowledge I was more
than forty-five years of age. The muster-
ing-officer was a very good-looking man,
abput thirty-five years old, but I guess I
can run faster and jump higher than he ;
also take him down, whip him, endure
more hardships, and kill three rebels to
Poor Jeems ought to have been allowed
the chance of tr3ring his hand — at least
on the last-mentioned class.
Mrs. Smith's Husband to be 'Fhrnhanged.
At the battle of BalFs Blufi*, one of the
gallant boys of the Twentieth Massachu-
setts regiment was taken prisoner, and
confined with many others at Salisbury,
N. C. His name was — say Tom Smith —