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A Diary of American Events.

July 29, 2013

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

July 29.—Numerous depredations and outrages having been committed by citizens and rebel soldiers in disguise, harbored and concealed by citizens residing on the route of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, orders were issued by General Halleck authorizing the arrest of every citizen against whom there was sufficient evidence of his having been engaged in these practices.—A skirmish took place at St. Catherine’s Creek, near Natchez, Miss., between a party of rebels belonging to the command of General Logan, and the Seventy-second Illinois regiment, under the command of Captain James, in which The former were routed with a loss of fifty prisoners and seventy-five horses.—A force of rebels, numbering about two thousand, under the command of General Pegram, made an attack upon the National troops at Paris, Ky., and after a severe engagement, lasting over two hours, were repulsed and routed.—The Eighth regiment of Massachusetts volunteers returned to Boston from the seat of war.—Brigadier-General Innis N. Palmer was ordered to the command of the Eighteenth army corps at Newbern, N. C., and of the posts and districts occupied by that corps. —At Lynchburgh, Va., the rebel government officials were busily engaged in pressing horses for artillery service in General Lee’s army. The pressure was general, exempting only the horses in the employment of the government and those belonging to countrymen. — The British ship Banshee was captured off New-Inlet, N. C.— Queen Victoria’s speech, delivered to Parliament to-day, contained the following: “The civil war between the Northern and Southern States of the American Union still unfortunately continues, and is necessarily attended with much evil, not only to the contending parties, but also to nations which have taken no part in the conflict. Her Majesty, however, has seen no reason to depart from the strict neutrality which Her Majesty has observed from the beginning of the contest”— Colonel Richardson, the rebel guerrilla, issued an order requiring all men of West-Tennessee, between the ages of eighteen and forty-five, to report to his camp under the rebel conscription law. The following instructions were issued to govern them in carrying out the order:

“If a man should absent himself from home to avoid the order, burn his house and all his property, except such as may be useful to this command.

“If a man resists this by refusing to report, shoot him down and leave him dying.

“If a man takes refuge in his house and offers resistance, set the house on fire, and guard it, so he may not get out”

—William L. Yancy, a member of the rebel Senate from Alabama, who died yesterday, was buried at Montgomery.

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