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1863 May 2: Polk County Press Smaller Items

May 4, 2013

Following are the smaller items from The Polk County Press of May 2, 1863.

From The Polk County Press:

D I E D.

In the Post Hospital, at Lake Providence, March 2d, Lieut. JOSEPH ALLEN, 1st Minnesota Battery, formely [sic] of Brecksville, Cuyahoga county, Ohio.

Through the exertions of his brother his remains were brought to his former home, and entered in the old churchyard.  He was a young man of more than ordinary intelligence ;  a patriotic, enthusiastic and efficient soldier, and won the regard of his brother officers, and the love and esteem of every soldier.  His death casts a deep gloom around the camp-fire and a dark shadow across the the [sic] hearthstone.

“None knew him but to love him,
None named him but to praise.”¹

— Cleaveland [sic] Herald                           COM.

— At Madison, Wisconsin, April 7th, George W. Longfellow, a member of company D, 30th Wisconsin regiment.  Mr. Longfellow was undoubtedly known to many of our readers, as one of the Big rock Creek (Polk county Wisconsin) settlers.  He was a fine fellow, and left behind a large circle of warm friends.—Taylors Falls Monitor.

— The Military Meeting at the the [sic] school house on Wednesday evening was very well attended.  The reports of the various committies [sic] show that about forty-five men are enrolled.  But little business was done.  Wm. Kent and Daniel Mears were appointed a committee to see personally every man in the town of Osceola and Farmington, subject to military duty, and obtain the names sufficient to complete the organization.  The meeting adjourned until Monday evening next.

— It is notorious that the rebels are short of bread, and by the recapture of the ram, Queen of the West, they are deprived of their butter.

— A report is current that Gen. Bragg [Braxton Bragg] was shot and instantly killed by Gen. Breckinridge [John C. Brickinridge] at Tullahoma [Tennessee] on the 27th ult.²

— JUST BEGINNING.—The Richmond Examiner, says the Yankees are just beginning to fight.  Two years ago it said the Yankees would not fight at all, or if they did, the soldiers of the south would whip them five to one.  People change their opinions of each other sometimes.

— Nearly fifty refugees, composed mainly of East Tennessee farmers, with families, arrived in Cincinnati on Saturday.  They came overland, having been starved out where they have been living in the Southern Confederacy.  They have gone to Illinois.

THE WAR AGAINST McCLELLAN.—The clamor against Gen. McClellan [George B. McClellan] continues with unabated if not renewed vigor.  Why is this?  What more would his opponents have?  Has he not been deprived of his command and rendered powerless for either good or evil to the Union?  Then let him be.  We are not much of an admirer of Gen. McClellan, but we do believe there should be decency in all things.  This kicking a man after he is down, is not exactly the thing, according to our notion.  It is neither good courage, fair dealing, or common decency.  When a man is dead he should not be kicked, but ought to be buried and his grave let alone.

— The New Orleans Era of April 14th says that posters, of which the following is a copy, were posted up in the most public places of Mobile on the 6th ult.  It is one of the unmistakable signs, now becoming quite common, that the distress of the people in the rebellious States has reached a point that is almost unbearable:

BREAD OR PEACE.

It has not yet come to be a question of bread or peace with us, but we are fast coming to it.  If our government can compel a man with a family of children to fight for it for $11 per month, it can compel and must, those who stay at home and enjoy their ease now, and will enjoy our freedom when achieved—to feed the poor children of poor fathers—the widows, whose only sons are fighting the battles and enduring the terrible hardships of the march and camp—foodless, clothesless and shoeless.  Forbearance will soon cease to be a virtue.

Our wives, sisters, and little ones are crying for bread.  Beware, lest they cry for BLOOD ALSO !  We have had enough of extortion and speculation.  It is time the strong arm of the law was extended.

The people will rise sooner or later.  There are lamp-posts and rope enough to care this worse than treason, and the remedy will be applied by an outraged people.

(Signed)                   BRUTUS II.

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MARRYING “FOR THE WAR.”—We learn by a letter from Corinth, Miss., that a new “social arrangement” has been gotten up between our soldiers and the secesh women of that locality.  The soldiers get to courting the women, and when a match is struck up, they get married in regular style, with the condition “while the war lasts.”  Some twenty of our soldiers have entered into the arrangement lately.—Chicago Journal.

1.  A common gravestone epitaph of the time.
2.  Bragg survived the Civil War.

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