The New Era, Fort Smith, Arkansas

December 5, 1863

An old gentleman being asked what he wished for dinner, replied, “An appetite, good company, something to eat, and a clean napkin.”

Madam Rumor has it that Marmaduke, Price and other rebel leaders have concentrated their forces south of this place with a view of attacking Fort Smith, or some other point near, held by Federal Troops. We can hardly believe it, since the above named gents must know that there are recruiting officers here as well as in Waldron, Dardanelle, etc. and they might not get all their men back with them should they pay us a visit. These blue coats look very comfortable this cold weather.


Philadelphia, November 23.- The following is from a letter dated Port Hudson, November 3, written by a Captain of the 7th regiment, and addressed to his father in this city:

“We have just received information of a positive character that 1st Lieutenant George Coleman, of New York, who was captured about two months ago while out on a raid, was hanged within twenty-four hours after his capture, together with some twenty privates (colored) who were taken with him.”

“I hope some action will be taken on the subject, and that soon. I know that the officers and soldiers of the Corps d’Afrique will take immediate action if they ever get into the fight. The men of the command will endeavor to protect themselves from such a fate, if the Government should neglect to do it.”

This is nothing new here. There stands within the limits of the Garrison, a gnarled old oat, on one of whose limbs two United States officers, a Captain and a Lieutenant, were hung like felons. This occurred in January last, and the tragic occurrence is yet fresh in the memory of every resident of this place. Their graves at the foot of the tree have been trampled so much as to be scarcely distinguishable.

The subjoined order from Department of Headquarters, we publish for the benefit of those whom it may concern:

Headquarters Departmen of the Missouri, St. Louis, November 9, 1863.

III. The following named regiments are reported to these Headquarters by the War Department as delinquent in complying with the terms of “Ordnance Circular No. 13, series of 1863” viz:

3rd Regiment Wisconsin Cavalry
7th Regiment Iowa Cavalry
2nd Regiment Kansas Cavalry
6th Regiment Kansas Cavalry
10th Regiment Kansas Volunteers
11th Regiment Kansas Volunteers
12th Regiment Kansas Volunteers
13th Regiment Kansas Volunteers
14th Regiment Kansas Volunteers
101st Regiment Illinois Volunteers
1st Regiment Nebraska Volunteers
2nd Regiment Nebraska Cavalry
1st Regiment Colorado Volunteers
2nd Regiment Colorado Volunteers
3rd Regiment Colorado Volunteers
1st Regiment Indian Home Guards
2nd Regiment Indian Home Guards
3rd Regiment Indian Home Guards
1st Regiment Arkansas Volunteers
1st Regiment Arkansas Cavalry
2nd Regiment Arkansas Cavalry

The officers of these regiments are informed that unless this neglect is remedied within a reasonable time, their pay will be stopped, and they will also be otherwise dealt with in a manner to secure the public interest. O D Greene, Assistant Adjutant General.


Headquarters District on the Frontier, Fort Smith, Ark., November 25 1863

General Order No. 7:

Captain C G Laurant, Assistant Adjutant General, U S Volunteers, having reported to these Head Quarters for duty, is hereby announced as Assistant Adjutant General of this District. By Command of Brig. Gen’l John McNeil.

General Order No. 8

Surgeon George H Hubbard, U S Volunteers, having reported at these Head Quarters, is announced as Medical Director of this District. By Command of Brig. Gen’l John McNeil.

Stage Line- The undersigned are now running a Line of Stage Coaches Twice a Day between Fort Smith and Van Buren, as follows:

Leaves the Post Office at Fort Smith, at 9 a. m. and 2 p m.

Leaves Bostick’s Hotel, Van Buren, at 10 ½ a m and 4 p m.

Livery and Feed Stable- We also keep a Livery and Feed Stable on Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith, in Bennett & Farnsworth’s old Store near Water Street. George Manlove & Company. Fort Smith, December 3, 1863.


Office Commissary Subsistence, Fort Smith, Ark., November 26, 1863

Sealed proposals will be received by me, at this office until 12 o’clock p m Saturday, December 19th, 1863, for furnishing Fresh Beef to the Troops in, and operating from the “District of the Frontier”, for six months, commencing the first day of January A D, 1864. The United States reserves the right to slaughter al captured cattle.

The Beef furnished to be of good and wholesome quality, in equal proportions of for and hind quarters, the hides and tallow to be excluded, the breasts trimmed down, necks to be cut off at the fourth vertebral joint, shanks of fore quarters to be cut off from 3 to 4 inches about the gambrel hock joint. To be delivered at such times and places, and in such quantities, as the Chief Commissary of the District, or other competent authority, may direct.

Each Proposal must be accompanied with an affidavit of the person making the bid, that he is interested only in that bid to which his name is signed.


Bonds for the proper fulfillment of the Contract will be required, with sufficient sureties. Payments to be made in such funds as may be furnished by the United States.

The right to reject any and all bids is hereby reserved.

Proposals to be endorsed, “Proposals for Furnishing Fresh Beef”. M S Adams, Captain and C S.

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