1863 May 2: Small News Items from The Prescott Journal
Following are the smaller items from The Prescott Journal of May 2, 1863.
From The Prescott Journal:
There will be a meeting of the Pierce Co. Union League, at the city of Prescott on Saturday May 9th at one o’clock P. M. Speakers from abroad are expected to address the meeting. Patriotic songs and martial music will be provided. A full attendance of loyal men and women is desired.
By order of the Executive Committee.
OBITUARY—THEODORE R CHILDS,¹ member of the 2nd Wis. Cavalry, and son of Mrs. Childs of this city, died in hospital at Memphis, on the 23d of last month, or congestion of the bowels. He was sick but three days, and his death is a sad affliction to his widowed mother.
We may be along in it, but we conscientiously believe that the denunciation of the Government in this, its hour of peril not only paralyzes the good it could do, but reacts on those who use it for their own ends.
Let us, as Democrats, while we differ, radically, from the Republicans, not only cherish an abiding trust in the future, but give our hearty and undivided support to the adminstration [sic] in all measures, when once adopted by it, that are taken to crush out the rebellion. No true lover of his country can do less.
About 300 Indians, who have been confined at Mankato for some time past, passed down the river last week to Davenport Iowa, where they are now imprisoned. Being “good Injuns” it is said that on their voyage down, fearing they might be on their way to execution they prayed and sang hymns, but quit when they reached their new quarters, like the raftsman who prayed when in deep water and swore when he could touch bottom with a pole.
A GOOD SUGGESTION.—Will not every one who has a garden or a farm to cultivate, devote on the one an army acre for potatoes, and on the other, the soldier’s patch for onions—should our heroes in the field need them when matured. The labor and expense would be but trifling; the good accomplished great. Top onions ripen soonest.
N. B.—Will papers in the Northwest please copy.
The Military Company.
About a week since steps were taken to get up a military company here under the new State Law. The thing will be a success.—Over 80 signatures have already been obtained, and a company will be formed as soon as the necessary steps can be gone through.—The “Banner County” [Pierce County] is not played out in military yet. Much of the credit of getting up the company is due to Mr. A. E. BINNS.
Gen. BANKS [Nathaniel P. Banks] seems to have set at work in earnest in Louisiana. The news from his department is highly important.—Blows swift and heavy are being struck at the rebels in that xuarter [sic]. Several sharp engagements have occured [sic]. We have taken 1500 prisoners. The rebels have destroyed ten steamers, three gunboats, and a vast amount of stores to prevent them from falling into our hands. The great salt rock is in our possession, and we have taken a large quantity of horses, mules and cattle. Altogether the news from Gen. BANKS is highly favorable, and will go far to reassure some who have feared that a mistake was made when he was assigned to that command.
Soldiers to Vote in New York.
A bill allowing all soldiers who are legal voters, but absent, either in the military or naval service, to vote by proxy a [in] State elections, has passed the New York Assembly ; yeas 65 ; nays 59. —Speaker Callicott voted in the affirmative. This bill had already passed the Senate by a heavy majority, and only requires the Governor’s signature to become a law. Copperheads in the Legislature, as usual, opposed the bill. They are afraid of the soldiers’ votes, and well they may be.
From the Wisconsin State Journal.
An Example Worthy of Imitation.
OFFICE OF STATE TREAURER, }
MADISON, April 24th, 1863. }
Messrs. Editors :—The allotment system is one of the best things yet devised for the good of the soldier and his family. Interested parties have in many instances opposed the system and done all in their power to prevent its successful operation. The army paymasters generally, have been charged with opposing the system, his duty to allot a part of his pay, either for the support of his family, or that it may be saved to him for his future wants. I have no personal acquaintance with Major Fenno, but I have no hesitation in saying that he is a gentleman, an excellent business man, a faithful officer, and a true friend of the soldier and his family, and if his example should be followed by all the army paymasters, the allotment system would become one of the most beneficial and popular institutions in the army.
SAM’L D. HASTINGS,
1. Theodore R. Childs was from Prescott and was in Company M of the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry.