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A Diary of American Events.

July 17, 2013

The Rebellion Record—A Diary of American Events; by Frank Moore

July 17.—J. J. Pettigrew, of the rebel army died at the residence of Mr. Boyd, at Bunker Hill, Va., from the effects of a wound received at the battle of Falling Waters, Va.—The attack on Fort Wagner, by the monitors and mortar-boats, was continued.—At New-York the riot was suppressed, quiet was restored and business resumed. — Provost-Marshal General J. B. Fry ordered the enforcement of the draft in New-England and the Middle States, by the aid of the military.—Edwin Hides and Henry Light, at York, England, were sentenced to imprisonment for counterfeiting the circulating notes of the United States.—The battle of Elk Creek, Kansas, was fought this day, by the National forces under General Blunt, and the rebels under General Cooper.—(Docs. 100 and 109.)

—The cavalry battle near Shepherdstown, Va., was fought this day. (Doc. 145½.)—Major-General Stanley, in command of the National forces, entered Huntsville, Alabama, without opposition, capturing six hundred horses, two hundred of them having contraband riders.— Many of the most prominent and influential lawyers of the cities of Brooklyn and New York, “sensible of the wrongs inflicted during the late riots upon the colored inhabitants of these cities and vicinity, offered their professional advice and assistance, free of charge, to aid such persons in recovering compensation for the damages inflicted upon them by riotors.”—Corinth, Miss., was occupied by the advance of the National forces under the command of General Hurlbut.

—General Richardson, the notorious guerrilla, returned to his former field of operations in the neighborhood of Hickory, Wythe, Galloway’s Station and Belmont, in the counties of Tipton, Shelby, and Fayette, Tenn. Richardson had a force of about two hundred men. These were, like himself, destitute of all principle save that of self-interest. Richardson was aided by the Rev. Captain Burrow and Captain Murray. One thing very remarkable was, that each of these men once laid claim to sanctimoniousness. Richardson was once a great exhorter among the Methodist friends in Memphis. Burrow was a minister of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, while Murray was a very sanctimonious elder of the same denomination with Burrow.—Memphis Bulletin, July 17.

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