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Orleans with his brother, Gen. Wm. Miller Owen, For ten years, Major Owen has held an important and Gen. Jas. Longstreet, under the firm name of position in the city government of New York. Mayor Longstreet, Owen & Co., which continued until Gilroy appointed him Commissioner of Accounts, Longstreet published his own memorable letter. which position gives him supervision over all
In 1870, Captain owen was inclined to join the the city departments, with power to examine all acEgyptian Army, and was offered the position of counts and methColonel of Artillery.
ods, etc. ConfiHe procured credentials from Col. J. B. Walton,
dential relations Chief of Artillery, his old command, which should with the Mayor gratify the ambitions of any man. Col. Walton in his work are states: At Drury's Bluff, he fought at
necessary fifty yards the Battery of Belcher, of the Federal pleasant conferArmy, completely destroying it for further service.
ence with Mayor He captured Capt. Belcher and his guns, and Gen. Owen hemen Beauregard ordered that the guns be inscribed and
tioned this interpresented to Capt. Owen as a mark of his apprecia-esting bit of famtion. In concluding his testimonial, Col. Walton ily history: states: “During the whole war Capt Owen exhib
His grandited devotion to the cause, intelligence in his arm of the service, and administrative capacity rarely
Wm. Miller setequaled.” This paper, with the manuscript endorsements, in extended manner, by Gens. Long; Parish, La., in
tled in Rapides street, Beareguard, and Mr. Davis, was entrusted
1798. He was apto the mails for inspection. Mr. Davis wrote upon
pointed in Januthe paper as follows:
ary, 1804, Com-
tion the evacuation and surrender of the Post of 8 June 1870 Rapides, in concert with the officers of Spain.
In 1805 he was appointed by Gov. Claiborn, of La., na the first United States Judge of the County Court,
of the county of Rapides. In 1814, he raised a company and went to New Orleans and participated in the battle of New Orleans, under Gen. Jackson.
The Commissioner on the part of Spain to cede the Post of Rapides to the United States, was Dr. Menillon. Later, Judge Miller married his daughter.
The Constitution of the New York Camp is an Confe.
interesting document. Article 11 says: Its ob
ject shall be to perpetuate the memories of our asa Contleman fallen comrades; to minister to the wants of the
needy and worthy Confederate soldiers and sailors, Soldier. Hij coreland
and their widows and orphans, and to preserve and area a
maintain the sentiment of fraternity that was born urbane demeanon,
amid the pleasures, hardships, and dangers of the
buried the animosities engened and dered by the war, it is our de C.V.C. OF N.Y. hi
sire to extend to our late adver
saries in arms the courtesies Command
which characterize intercourse
between soldiers, and dignify slikle
Meiphit Term From pirsonal official knowledge of
Edward Owen, an Justiitery in the army of I willingly heas testimony * his high character asa Ganttinen
so in the day a his Countijl disaster, dommande
ation and esteem. 'Seoufidur
This extended sketch of Capt.
lished action of a committee, Id ommend him to the
Rev. W. W. Page, Col. A. G.
“Comrade Edward Owen has,
favorable consideration of any Government to which may offer his services.
Col. A. G. Dickinson, Commander of the New
CAPT. CHARLES J. MASTIN. York Camp of Confederate Veterans, in writing of the Houston Reunion states these important facts:
Capt. Charles J. Mastin, who died on the 29th of The best services I gave my country during the
March last was a native of Huntsville, Ala., and was
ever identified with that place and people. His anceswar were given upon the soil of Texas, where I conferred benefits upon that State financially in the or
tors, the Mastins, on the paternal, and Popes, on
the maternal side of old time Revolutionary stock), ganization and working of the Cotton Bureau. I was the father of that Bureau, and under my management aided in organizing, building up,and equipping in and
were among the early North Alabama settlers, who it was eminently successful, not only in replenishing the depleted treasury of our unfortunate Government, but in furnishing supplies to the State, and in affording facilities to the State Government to collect taxes in cotton, which up to that time had not been available, and to get in supplies, for which the State had greatly suffered. This gave the people the advantage of the market and the protection of my troops, and safe conduct through my lines to Mexico, where they found ready sale for their cotton at a fair price, and the opportunity also to purchase supplies. This was never thought of as a possibility until the Bureau had been established. This arrangement made with the Mexican authoritics gave free transit to and from the sea port of M
tamoras, where merchants from all parts of the world had been invited to buy our cotton, and bring to us, in return, all the articles needed in our country. The Government, the State, and the people, under the protection of the troops which I commanded, were as safe in shipping cotton to Mexico, and then to Europe, as if no war existed. For the Government I purchased army supplies of every kind, and the arrangement made with the planters and merchants turned out to be as advantageous to them as it did to the Government. Thoroughly patriotic, they willingly contributed to the wants of the Government one fifth of their cotton, and under these conditions they received permits which guaranteed protection to them in taking on to Mexico the remaining four fifths for their own account. They were also authorized to take back to their
CAPT. CHARLES J. MASTIN. homes such supplies as they needed for their use and around Huntsville a most charming and attractive comfort. Fine prices were obtained for cotton; the community, noted not more for its wealth and traffic was immense, and it was conducted greatly hospitality than for its refined culture and social to the prosperity of the State. These facts are his- elegance. His ancestry on both sides were active torical. My plans were approved by Gen. Magru- and efficient factors in developing the sterling worth der, then commanding that department. But he and charming virtues, which characterize that doubtless feared for the results of so grand a pro- place and people. ject in the hands of so young a man.
But the Gen Capt. Charles J. Mastin was quite extensively eral believed in my energy and devotion, and known, and universally beloved. The chief and most he gave me every tacility at his command to form notable feature of his life, and that which was most its consummation. I was Commander also of the distinctive, was his career as a Confederate soldier. sub-department, and had to combine the military This reputation, however, was added to, later on in and commercial enterprises. An immense caval- life, by sterling integrity, with a high sense of honor, cade of wagons had to be guarded to and from the brightened and charmed by a genial and sympafrontier of Mexico, and along the Rio Grande, when thetic nature, and most delightful companionable on the Mexican side of the river. I succeded in re
qualities. taining the most friendly relations with our sister Captain Mastin, at the outbreak of war between the Republic, which I am glad to say were uninter- States, entered the Confederate Army as a private rupted during our long war.
in the Fourth Regiment of Alabama Infantry, when This is a little scrap of history which may never quite a young man, and shared the fate of that Reghave been written before, but if the records of my iment, which was christened in the first baptism of office have been preserved, my reports in connection fire, at Bull Run.
fire, at Bull Run. Early in the spring of 1862 he with this matter, ought to.exist among the archives was appointed Lieutenant and aid on the staff of of the United States Government.
Gen. John C. Breckenridge, and served as such aid I feel that you are right when you say that I with efficiency and credit through the campaign in would be accorded a hearty welcome at Housto Misissippi in 1862, and subsequently took most
honorable part with his chief in the notable battles of Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, and Ringold Gap; and when a short time thereafter, while in winter quarters at Dalton, Gen. Breckinridge having been transferred to another command in Virginia, and Gen. Bate assigned to the command of the division, captain Mastin was promoted to a captaincy, and assigned to Gen. Wm. B. Bate as Ass. Adjutant of his Division. In this important position he served with the highest credit, taking part in all the battles fought in the North Georgia Campaign, and around Atlanta, until he was so severely wounded at Jonesboro as to render him incapable of further service. He merited and won the high commendation of his superior officers, and gained, as he deserved, honorable mention in their official reports.
As a citizen, Captain Mastin was patriotic and public spirited, as a neighbor, he was kind and accommodating, with a heart full of warmth and sympathy, and a hand that was the emblem of charity. He loved his friends, and when needed he stood by them in a manly way.
His honesty of purpose, and integrity of character, inspired respect, and his true manhood challenged admiration. His generous impulses, his plain, simple manners, and social habits, made him personally popular. But he is gone-cut off in middlelife. *Thy scythe and glass, o Time, are not the emblems of thy gentler power.' We drop a sprig of evergreen, emblematic of eternal life, upon the grave-mound that swells above the buried chivalry of our comrade and friend.
GEN. SHELBY-MISSOURI DELEGATION. By the direction of that great and good Commander, whose orders must be obeyed, and who doeth all things well, thou hast been detailed, “Charlie"
Gen. J. O. Shelby, recently appointed by Gen.
Gordon as Commander of the U. Č. v., in Missouri, for a better service, and sent in advance—“into
is a Tennessean by birth, and a grandson of Gov. that beautiful land, the far away home of the soul."
Shelby, one of the heroes of King's Mountain. He W. B. B.
was reared in Lexington, Ky., and moved to LafayThe Times-Democrat of New Orleans printed an
ette, county, Mo., just prior to the opening of the
war. He raised, armed, and equipped a company, interesting sketch of Captain Mastin, in which his
and was a participant in the first battles of Missouri; career as a staff officer under Gen. Breckinridge Carthage, Oak Hill, Lexington, and Pea Ridge, and was given. It was when Albert Sidney Johnston fell back, across the Tennessee, and Breckinridge tivity and address attracted attention from his su
went to Corinth after the battle of Shiloh. made headquarters at the home of Mastin's father
perior officers, and he was commissioned to raise a in Huntsville, Ala., that he became interested in the
Regiment in Missouri. Taking with him his old youth and selected him as a member of his staff. His first heroic service with him was at Shiloh.
company, he went to the Missouri river and came
back to Arkansas with a full regiment, killing and Just after the battle of Murfreesboro, when absorbed in the events, he pointed to Mastin and said:
capturing enough to arm and equip his com
mand. From this on, his career was remarkable, "That young man, standing there, is the most fear
and he was to Arkansas and Missouri what Stuart less man I ever saw."
was to Virginia, Forrest, to Tennessee, and MorWhen Gen. Breckinridge was ordered to go to the
gan, to Kentucky. He was badly wounded at State Department at Richmond, and had his staff
Helena, commanded a Division on the Price raid about him to say goodbye, he took the sword that
in Missouri, and saved that army on its retreat to Gen. Streight surrendered to Forrest, who had
Texas. At the surrender in Shreveport of the presented it to Breckinridge, and, handing it to
Trans-Mississippi Department, he with 800 of his Capt. Mastin, said: “Charles, my son, I place this
men, withdrew and went to Mexico as exiles, and sword in your keeping. I know you will never
sold his battery of six guns to Diaz. He took with dishonor it."
him to Mexico, Gov. Isham G. Harris, of TennesCapt. Mastin was under Gen. W. B. Bate until shot
see; Gov. Allen, of Louisiana, and other officers. through the knee-joint at Jonesboro, and he drew
He subsequently returned to Missouri and lived on that sword many times, but never dishonored it.
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