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1862 October 15: “There is probably not one of the Prescott Guards who cannot show bullet holes through his clothes”

October 21, 2012

Following are the smaller items from the October 15, 1862, issue of The Prescott Journal.

— Capt. ROLLIN P. CONVERSE leaves this week, to rejoin his regiment.

— JOHN L. DALE, Esq., left with the soldiers last Sunday morning.  he is Sutler of the 30th, and Mr. A. O.  SNYDER goes in company with him.

— Col. DILL [Daniel J. Dill] took away with him a splendid black war horse.  It was of just such a horse it was written.  “He paweth in the Valley and rejoiceth ;  he goeth forth to meet the armed men,”1 and so on and so forth.

— Last Sunday forenoon, as the soldier’s were drawn up in readiness for the boat, while everyone was bidding them good bye, and God bless you, and wives and mothers weeping in broken heartedness, we saw a young man of this city, around after them with a “sharp stick,” collecting some trifling little bills which they had forgotten to pay.  Good God!  If that was not desecrating the holy Sabbath, and outraging decency, what is?  Such a fellow would be mean enough to make his wife go barefoot in the winter time, and only wear her shoes when company came.

— Some idea of how real this war is, may be gathered from the fact that Capt. CONVERSE assures us that the two companies under his command, B. and E. Wis. 6th, together number but about forty effective men.  Some however are in hospitals and on detached duty, who will return.  The Capt. says there is probably not one of the Prescott Guards who cannot show bullet holes through his clothes.

— He who opposes the policy of the Government’s drawing troops to recruit its armies doesn’t deserve the privilege of drawing his breath to recruit his lungs.

1.  Quoting Job, chapter 39, verse 21: He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength; he goeth on to meet the armed men. From the King James version of the Bible, which is what they had at the time.

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