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WASHINGTON, D. C., July 10, '97. your capture. I am sorry I was short Major Henry S. Burrage, 0.foril to you when you were brought before Building, Portland, Jle.:
I do not now recall that I had DEAR SIR :-Yours of the ist inst. any designs on your lines at that was duly received. You possibly time, though I may have had. know that an order was issued on
Very truly yours, our side while were around
H. HETH. Petersburg, 1864-5, prohibiting the When I was brought to General exchange of papers. The man you Heth's headquarters after my capexchanged papers with was not
ture, I was told that he was visiting commissioned officer as represented his picket line, and it was an hour to you, but was a courier at General or so before he returned. He was Joseph Davis's headquarters. Why at once informed of my capture, and he did not return and meet you as he sent for me. I found him in a somepromised, I do not know. The party what ruffled state of mind and withby whom you were captured was out listening to my story, he said, probably the “ officer of the day" in- “There is no intercourse between my specting the picket lines. The people and your people. You will courier you exchanged papers with, be held as a prisoner of war." He falsely represented himself as a major then sent me to General A. P. Hill. in the Second Mississippi. I do not In the investigation of the case made now recollect the circumstance of by General Hill, the latter was inyour having been sent to my head- formed by General Heth that there quarters, but I have no doubt of the was firing on that part of the line fact that you were so sent, and that I that morning and that he, General forwarded you to General A. P. Hill's Heth, was of the opinion that I was headquarters. The
you out under the guise of exchanging changed papers
shot papers, looking the ground over prethrough the head when behind our paratory to an attack on the Confedbreastworks near Hatcher's Run. erate line at that point, in retaliation The trouble was, you were deceived for the capture of the picket line of the by the courier, a private in the Sec- Second Corps a night or two before ond Mississippi, who represented by Mahone. For many years I have himself as a major of that regiment. had a suspicion that General Heth, On investigation it was discovered at the time of my capture, was enthat this major had been absent from gaged in making preparations for his regiment for several months, repeating Mabone's success, and that hence, I presume, Generals Lee and his ruffled state of mind on learning Hill thought your story a fabrication, of my capture, was occasioned by the and thought you had other designs fact that any attempt in that directhan an exchange of papers in ap- tion on his part would be likely to proaching our lines. I recollect fail on account of the increased Pryor being captured a few day's watchfulness of our pickets, by reaafter you were, in retaliation for son of my capture. In my letter to
General Heth, I asked him if this nication. During the winter of 1864 was not the fact. General Hill's I was often in command of Lane's statement, which is on file in the Brigade picket, and no exchange of War Department at Washington, is papers was ever made on that line certainly significant, as is also the (Lane's) while I was on duty to my fact referred to by Captain Harris, knowledge. Colonel Robert V. that at the time of my capture I was Cowan, Thirty-third Regiment, sent to General Heth instead of Gen- North Carolina Troops, then temeral Wilcox. Furthermore, it will be porarily commanding Lane's Brigade, noticed that in several of the letters died some eight or ten years ago. I have given, it is stated that orders After the war he practised medicine had been issued by General Lee or in Statesville, N. C., where he died, General Hill forbidding the exchange and where his widow still resides. of papers. Why, then, was General If you succeed in getting your sword, Joseph Davis's courier allowed to I would like to know about it. make an exchange on the morning of
Very truly yours, my capture, unless for a purpose ?
J. S. HARRIS. I think there can be no doubt but that General Lee issued such
Meanwhile I was anxiously awaitorder. The above mentioned writ- ing the action of Belton lodge. The ers insist upon it.
Colonel Ains- desired information came at length worth, chief of the record and pen- in the following note: sion office at Washington, however, says that no such order can be found
BELTON, Mo., Aug. 26, 1897. on the files of that office. But, as Henry S. Burrage, Exq, Portland, General Heth in communicating this Me.: information says, “ The Confederate
DEAR SIR: Your communication records on file in Washington are
of 8-18, 1897, duly noted.
The matvery incomplete.” Captain Harris ter referred to therein was brought gives this added information :
before the lodge at the last meeting, MOORESVILLE, N. C., July 14, '97.
and from the best information obMajor llenry S. Burrage, Portland, tainable the sword and scabbard now
in possession of the lodge is the one Me.:
The lodge by My Dear Sir:—Yours of July 10th you are looking up. at hand, and in reply would say that claims and the property now awaits
unanimous consent relinquished all I am unable to give you information in regard to why the exchange (in your pleasure. How do you wish it
sent? the morning) was allowed, and do
Respectfully, not know who was responsible. I
J. T. BLAIR. certainly have no knowledge of, and never heard of,
I at once wrote to Mr. Blair, who part of any one in connection with is cashier of the bank of Belton, and the affair referred to in your commu- September 9 he wrote:
“Dear Sir: I this morning sent
PORTLAND, ME., your sword by Adams's express. I
September 15, 1897. trust you will receive the same in
Hon. Daniel L. Russell, Governor of good order."
North Carolina : The sword came into
hands on the morning of September 14. Has
MY DEAR SIR: Yesterday I retily I removed the wrapper. There ceived my long-lost sword. I enclose was no doubt as to the identity of an account of the same which may the sword. The blood-stains on the
be of interest to you.
You scabbard were still there. Happily hardly imagine with what feelings I the tyler of Belton lodge had made took the sword again in my hands no effort to keep the brass mountings after so many years. War-time memin a polished state. It was the long-ories crowded upon me, and upon its lost sword, which until recently I scabbard were still the stains of blood had not expected to see again, re
which came from a wound I received stored after nearly thirty-three at the Battle of Cold Harbor. I years of vicisitude and wandering
wish to thank you and all the other The feelings with which I looked
North Carolina friends, among them upon the sword can easily be im- Quartermaster General Harrell, for agined. I had not it since aid and assistance in my search for November 1, 1864. I bought it while the sword. If I had not recovered at home in Boston after the Vicks
the sword I should have been well burg campaign and carried it through repaid for my trouble by the interestthe East Tennessee campaign in the ing and most kindly letters which I autumn and winter of 1863-64. Re. received and especially by the evijoining the Army of the Potomac dences they furnished that we are with my regiment at the Battle of the brothers, members of a common Wilderness, I carried it till I was country, and in heart and purpose wounded at Cold Harbor, June 3,
under one flag. 1864. Returning to my regiment at Of course I did not forget the Petersburg about the middle of Sep- Statesville Landmark, and the letter tember, I was with the regiment until which I wrote in acknowledgment of my capture, November 1. How my indebtedness for valuable assistmany war-time memories clustered ance that paper published with the about that sword it would take me heading, “ Major Burrage Gets His long to tell.
Sword. He thanks the Landmark I devoted a day to the acknowl- for helping him recover it," and with edgment of my indebtedness to Bel- this introduction : “Our readers ton lodge and the many Confederate will recall that some months ago the officers, newspapers, and officials in Landmark published an item stating civil life who had aided me in the re- that Major Burrage, an ex-Federal covery of the sword. To the gov- soldier of Portland, Me., desired to ernor of North Carolina I wrote as recover a sword that had been capfollows:
tured from him during the war by a
Confederate soldier from North Car- I am sure we can all respond to olina, and that finally the sword was these cordial words of General Heth located through a letter to the Land- in the same fraternal spirit which mark from Captain N. A. Pool, of characterizes them. Indeed the most Mansfield, Texas. Major Burrage noteworthy thing in the extended now has his sword, and the following correspondence connected with this letter from him to the Lanılmark is affair is the absence of any feeling of of interest."
bitterness on the part of those who Especially interesting to me, and I once wore the gray. Only the kindam sure you also will be interested in liest expressions of interest and goodit, was the note I received from Gen- will came to me from those who were eral Harry Heth, dated Washington, on the other side, affording delightful September 27, 1897. He wrote: evidence that the men who fought the
“ DEAR MAJOR: Yours of the 17th battles of the South a generation ago of September was received. I am recognize the fraternal bond which glad to learn that you recovered your now unites us. We are no longer long-lost sword. I hope you will enemies, but citizens of a common never have occasion to draw it again. country, that extends from the AtOne war such as ours was is sufficient lantic to the Pacific, and from the for a life-time.”
lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.
UNION VETERANS' UNION.
The fourth annual encampment of Col. J. Edward Nye, adjutant genthe Department of Maine, Union eral. Veterans' Union, assembled in City
Colonel W. S. Norcross, surgeon hall, Old Town, at 10 o'clock, Octo- general. ber 27, 1897
Colonel Olin B. Bridge, inspector Encampment opened in due form, general, General M. A. Murphy, department Executive Committee - W. S. commander, presiding.
Noyes, Charles O. Wadsworth. Frank On motion of Comrade W. S. F. Goss. Noyes, voted that the Executive Aids de Camp—B. F. Frazier, Committee and adjutant general be a Delance Young, Charles O. Wadscommittee on credentials.
worth, Horace S. Hobbs, O. P. Martin. The committee reported the fol- Sheridan Command No. 1-Delelowing officers and delegates present: gates, C. Harris, W. S. Noyes, Henry
Major General Michael A. Murphy, I. Lord, O. Rollins, and G. F. department commander.
Boothby. Brigadier General John W. P. Myrick Command No. 2-DeleJohnson, first deputy commander. gate, William B. Goodwin.
Brigadier General George M. Lov- N. J. Jackson Command No. 4ering, second deputy commander. Delegate, George W. Leathers.
Sedgwick Command No. 5-Col- Comrailes and Solliers of the Battle onel Delance Young,—Delegates
Field: Charles S. Emerson, William T. Once more we have gathered toEustis, Royal M. Mason, Horatio B. gether to grasp hands in a fraternal Sawyer, George F. Rollins, Alonzo spirit, and this is not all, but our F. Morrill.
hearts go out to one another in a feelCalvin Boston Command No. 6- ing of brotherly love. I trust that Delegates, Charles O. Wadsworth, He who rules over all will guide us W. W. Livermore, D. M. Dale. in our deliberations during this our
Atwood Crosby Command No. fourth annual encampment. Among 10-Colonel George M. Lovering, you who have assembled here are Delegate William I. Towne.
those who have borne aloft the old Davis Tillson Command No. 12— flag, for the preservation of our instiColonel M. M. Parker, Delegates tutions; here are those who have seen W. H. Simmons, J. P. Cilley, C. O. the “whites of the eyes of those who Wentworth.
were then our enemies," this it is, Madison Libby Command No. that entitles you to the respect of all 15-Delegate Morey Milliken. loyal citizens. There is much work
Custer Command No. 16-Colonel for the Department Commander of John G. Herring, Delegates W. W. the Union Veterans Union, which if Warren, O. P. Martin, L. H. Wash- done would place this organization in burn, A. P. Buck, John K. Robbins. the lead of any of kindred character.
Elisha H. Jones Command No. In the past year sickness has pre17—Delegates, Francis P. Hall, S. S. vented my doing all I had hoped and Sawyer, G. W. White, E. C. Swett, expected to accomplish, but I have C. H. French.
written much and labored for the Gorham A. Folsom Command No. good of the organization, but still our 18—Colonel Olin B. Bridge, Dele- growth has been slow. It seems to gates George F. Clark, R. M. Wood- me that our commander should go man, J. P. Woodman, E. S. Tozier,
over our State on a recruiting misM. V. Reed.
sion, and for this he should be paid a Abraham Lincoln Command No. small salary, and thus our member19— Delegates, Jefferson Savage, ship would be increased a hundredH. P. Cannon.
fold. I cannot close these brief reEdwin P. Hill Command No. 20— marks without saying that the work Colonel Daniel F. Davis, Delegates of J. Edward Nye, our adjutant genRobert Lowell, S. P. LaGros, John eral, has been earnest, honest, and acAmes.
tive during the past year, and the asSheridan F. Miller Command No. sistance he has given me as depart21-Colonel W. H. Sanborn.
ment commander has been invaluable. Alonzo E. Libby Command No. The quartermaster general, surgeon 22-Delegate Knowles Bangs. general, and officers I must thank for
General M. A. Murphy read his the favors received from them. To annual report.
you, my comrades, I give you assur