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- A colored woman, named Melinda Noll, is soliciting aid to purchase her
son, now being held as a slave in Missouri. She states that the price originally asked for
him was $1000 -which sum is still demanded by his master, although he has been offered
$800 cash in hand for him. She has raised, and has in the hands of a merchant of New York
city, $840 of the amount required; leaving only $160 to make up the sum. She worked for
her own freedom, and intends to leave for Haiti, as soon as she can get her son to take
with her. Mrs. Noll is a very intelligent woman, as is apparent by a moments
conversation with her; and form the abundant testimonials she has, we cannot doubt her
object is as she states.
Milwaukee Sentinel, Oct.
The Proof of the Death of
Mittens for the Soldiers. - Our soldiers will stand as much in need of mittens as stockings this winter. A frost bitten finger will disable them for real service as much as a frostbitten foot. Now is the time, ladies, to knit mittens for the Volunteers, and have them ready against the time they are called for. The best mitten for the soldier is that which has one finger and a thumb, and the directions for knitting these is as follows. Cast twenty stitches on each needle, knit twenty-five rows of ribbing, and twenty rows plain. Then take up the twenty stitches that are upon one needle and knit sixteen rows backward and forward. This is for the beginning of the thumb. Then take these twenty stitches on three needles and knit round for sixteen rows, after which narrow gradually till thumb is finished.
Take up twenty stitches at the lower part
of the thumb. There will be sixty stitches on the three needles. Knit twenty rows. Take
the twenty stitches nearest the thumb, join them on three needles, and knit twenty-two
rows. Then narrow gradually until the finger is finished. Take the remaining twenty
stitches on three needles and knit twenty-two rows. Narrow gradually till finished.
Thanksgiving, 1861, Milwaukee Sentinel
We shall meet, but we shall miss him
When a year ago we gathered
At our Fireside, sad and lonely,
How he strove to bear our banner
True, they tell us, wreaths of glory,
Sleep today, O, early fallen!
We shall meet, but we shall miss him
THANKSGIVING DAY IN CAMP, 1861
A Monster Turkey.- Tangle McCreaken has a mammoth turkey somewhere in the country, which is being fattened for Thanksgiving. It is to weigh by that time over twenty-five pounds, and is to be presented to the Milwaukee man who can tell the biggest lie.
Milwaukee Sentinel, November 27, 1861,
- General Wilson notes that having seen, during this year at least two
hundred and fifty regiments, and having visited most of the camps in the army of the
Potomac, his observation teaches him that the present system of sutlerships is
demoralizing the army and degrading the men. Liquors are in almost every camp, and many of
the regimental sutlers are making monthly profits from one to two thousand dollars.
to Foot Soldiers - How to Clothe the Feet and Keep Them Comfortable-
60 Cents!! Kerosene 60 Cents!!
The Army Uniforms
We are pleased to see an announcement that a commission selected from discreet officers is to decide before the contracts for the six hundred thousand new uniforms are given out on such charges as shall add grace and attractiveness to the regulation suit with our materially increasing its cost.
The uniform now used is an adaptation of the Bavarian army dress. It does not answer the purpose at all, and we hope will be changed for a better. It was proved when the three months men returned that the shoddy cloth could look dirtier and meaner on short use than any other material. Some one has said that a soldier mentally reflects the color of his uniform. If that be true, it is to be hoped that the blue uniforms now used will be relieved in part by some other color.
The later regiments from all the loyal states have been supplied by the military boards of their own sovereignties with clothing as nearly as possible of the United States pattern. A few Zouave regiments are the exception-such as the Fifth New York (Duryee's) at Baltimore Baxter's Pennsylvania Zouaves, at Poolsville, &etc. To these will be added three coups, to which government has offered Capt. Godillot's 3,000 French Zouave uniforms, to wit: the eight Michigan, Twenty-Third Pennsylvania. and Forty-fourth New York. Thus at last we have in the field half a million of men clothed in dark blue coats, pants of a light blue caps to match, or felt hats, comfortable as ugly, and cocked up on the left side as if one should pin up the left ear of an elephant. Nine-tenths of the eighty odd regiments appearing at Munson's Hill review were clothed in such a dress, varied slightly by the minor idiosyncrasies of state quartermasters.
Sentinel December 20th, 1861
Christmas Fixings for
Camp Washburn.- The ladies
of Milwaukee propose to give our brave soldier boys a taste of Christmas cheer on
Wednesday next and surely they deserve to be remembered at that "feast of fat
things". For this purpose the ladies of the city are requested to send a
"ration" or two of their cold meat and cakes and pie(s) or things to Camp
Washburn or to Mrs. Kilbourn corner of Fourth and Spring Streets, before ten o'clock
Christmas morning, who will see them sent to camp.
Patriotism at a Wedding.- A wedding
recently occurred at a church in Boston, at which the bride appeared in white, and the two
bridesmaids respectively in red
Light Infantry Tactics - T. B. Peterson & Co., of Philadelphia, have issued a neat little pamphlet containing the light infantry drill of the U.S. Army, and other information equally indispensable to the soldier. Every Volunteer should have a copy. It is for sale by Tunis & Co., No. 22 Wisconsin Street, Price twenty-five cents.
Net - An exchange says that those shiftless looking aids to slovenliness
- nets for ladies hair - which have been work hanging down on the neck, have
been dispensed with altogether by real ladies of fashion in the East.