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1864 January 9: The Week’s Smaller News Items

January 14, 2014

The following small items of news are from the January 9, 1864, issue of The Polk County Press and The Prescott Journal.

From The Polk County Press:

— The most dangerous girl in the South is Libby Prison.

— The rebel pickets on the Rapidan, the other day, characterized Jeff. Davis’s “annual message” as a “funeral oration.”  [Jefferson Davis]

— “A little more grape,” said Gen. Taylor to Captain Bragg at the battle of Buena Vista.  Captain Bragg has had grape enough GRANTED him.  [referring to General Ulysses S. Grant]

— One of our officers in Libby Prison, Richmond, asks: Why ought the officers to be content without exchange?  Answer—Because they have Libby-ration every day.

— The estimate of clothing for the army for the next fiscal year is $58,000,000.

— Over one hundred recruits were obtained in Indianapolis, on the 13th and 14th instants.

— Gen. Grant has captured, since the war broke out, 461 cannon and 90,000 prisoners.

— Over fifty Members of Congress have signed a request for the removal of Blair from the Cabinet.  [Montgomery Blair]

— The Sanitary Fair at Boston held recently, produced the sum of $140,000 for the sick and wounded.

— Joe Johnson [sic] has succeeded to the command of the rebel Tennessee army.  Bragg takes a lower seat, becoming his Chief of Staff.  [Joseph E. Johnston and Braxton Bragg]

Richard Cobden, Member of the British Parliament, hit the bull’s eye when he said of our rebellion: “It is an aristocratic rebellion against a democratic Government.”

— The “Conservative chaps” in session at Philadelphia have endorsed McClellan’s nomination [George B. McClellan], and added Ex-Governor W. B. Campbell, of Tennessee, as Vice President.

— According to the New York Herald‘s London correspondence, the Southern Confederacy bonds are falling every day, and the cause now is given up by all, except now and then a desperate speculator or creditor of rebels.

— A law has been passed to the effect that no bounties except such as are now provided by law shall be paid to any person enlisted after the 5th of January next.  The only bounty provided by law is the one hundred dollars authorized by Act of Congress, promulgated in General Order 49, Series of 1861.

— Both wings of the Capitol at Washington are now connected by telegraph, and an office is established in each for the convenience of the President and Members of Congress.  The American Telegraph Company having just completed the arrangements, messages are now despatched to all points.

— During the last three months ten thousand five hundred horses have been purchased in Chicago for the Government;  of these seven thousand and four hundred and thirty were sent to Washington.  The price paid in Chicago is $120, and the expenses of transportation to Washington were $14 each.

—The steamer Minna, blockade runner, was recently captured by the U. S. Supply steamer Circassian, in the coast of North Carolina.  The Minna is 210 feet long and over 900 tons, burden.  She is laden with rifles, powder, quinine, liquors, agricultural tools, hardware, &c. ;  also a fine marine engine.  She has been taken to Boston, where as she is an iron vessel she will be armed and used.

From The Prescott Journal:

— Gen. Burnside [Ambrose E. Burnside] has been induced to withdraw his resignation, and it is tho’t he will be re-appointed to the command of the Department of the Ohio.

— The rebels are to be brought to terms for refusing to recognize Gen. Butler as an officer in exchange negotiations.  All the rebel prisoners will be placed under his charge, and no one else will be authorized to make exchanges.  [Benjamin F. Butler]

Finger002Adjt. Gen. Thomas reports that Col. Hawkins’ brigade of 5,000 colored soldiers, at Milliken’s Bend, is in excellent condition, and its commander avers that it can whip any 5,000 rebels now in arms.  Gen. Thomas thinks that by spring there will not only be negroes enough in the field to guard the banks of the Mississippi its whole length, but also to give a large surplus for duty at other points or in the field.  [Lorenzo Thomas]

Finger002  We give the list of recruits enlisted by Capt. Maxson [Orrin T. Maxson] for Co. A. 12th Regiment.— The Capt now has enough to fill hs Co. to the maximum number, and no better lot of men have gone to war.  We give the town to which they are credited:

PRESCOTT—C. W. Wright, E. J. Bartlett, Wm. G. Hurt, L. B. Albrich, R. Garland, J. G. F. Miles, G. W. Ticknor, J. P. George, John A. McConnell.

CLIFTON—L. D. Davis, E. S. Lestor, C. F. Miller, J. M. Merriman, C. Fisher, R. A. Weed, J. B. Rodgers.

RIVER FALLS—C. M. Williams, M. D. Kinney, E. G. Farnsworth, J. Severance, H. C. Weston.

DIAMOND BLUFF—P. J. Wiley, J. M. Davis, J. Hunter, J. Tomlinson.

TRIMBELLE—J. A. Otis.

MALONE—I. M. Williams.

Not CREDITED—J. Pieble, S. Tripp, Ezra Wiley.

Co. B, 6th Regiment.

We learn by letter from Capt. ROLLIN P. CONVERSE, that this company has reenlisted for three years, or the war, and will probably be home on furlough.—They will meet the warm welcome they so richly deserve, if they return.  The company numbered 106 men when it left here, and by transfer, discharge and casualty is reduced to 17.

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