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1862 January 22: Various Items of News

January 23, 2012

Following is the second column of telegraphic news from the January 22, 1862, issue of The Hudson North Star.  Column one was reprinted yesterday.


From Missouri.


ROLLA, Mo., Jan. 18th.—Indications are that all the troops at this point will move westward, except one or two regiments to guard the post. The enemy’s pickets extend fourteen miles from Springfield, and Price’s force is estimated at about 12,000.  It was reported that Gen. McIntosh1 was coming up from Arkansas with large reinforcements, but the report is not wholly reliable.


St. Louis, Jan 18th.—A report has gained much currency here, that Gov. Gamble2 has resigned and gone to Washington, and will there await his appointment by acting Gov. Hall,3 to fill Trusten Polk ‘s seat in the United States Senate.


From the Naval Historical Center, Dept. of the Navy

Captains Murdock and Webster4 returned to Cairo last night from an expedition to Bloomfield. It was a complete success. It captured forty of the enemy among them are one Lieut. Colonel, two Surgeons, one Adjutant and three Captains.

Capt. Phelps, with the gunboat Conesloga [sic],5 made a reconnaissance up Tennessee river to-day, and shelled a point just below Fort Henry, where a masked battery was supposed to be, but did not succeed in drawing it’s fire.  Nothing from below of importance.


WASHINGTON, Jan. 19.—The official report of Gen. Halleck [Henry W. Halleck] says Maj. Hubbard’s cavalry attacked a rebel force of 900 at Silver Creek in Howard county under Col. Poindexter, on the 16th and routed them. Rebel loss 40 killed and sixty wounded. Our loss 6 killed and 19 wounded. We also captured 160 horses, 60 wagons, 105 tents, 70 kegs of powder, 200 guns and 28 prisoners.6

Port Royal News.


NEW YORK, Jan. 18th.—A Port Royal letter says the steamer Isabel was much damaged by the shells of the Mohican while running the blockade. One shell knocked off her entire stern, and she barely got afloat. The fog was dense but she was discovered by the gunboat Roebuck. The Mohican slipped cable, and chased her under the batteries of Morris Island. The Isabel returned her fire, but without avail.7

Another letter reports the English schooner Gipsy, with 200 bales of cotton, was captured by the New London in the Gulf, and taken to Ship Island.8

The Desota9 [sic] run into her at the mouth of the Mississippi, on account of her acting suspiciously.

News from Mexico.


NEW YORK, Jan. 18.—The Tribune has important news from Mexico.

It appears that so far from being upset by a new revolution as reported Juarez organized before the adjournment of Congress a new and stronger Cabinet.

Doblado,10 Secretary of State, issued a proclamation soon after the his appointment, closing the port of Vera Cruz. increasing the regular army to 52,000 and calling on the States for as many volunteers as they could furnish.

It is belived [sic] 150,000 troops will be in the field soon.

Before Congress adjourned, Juarez11 was invested with full dictatorial powers.

The Government has laid two direct taxes which the people will cheerfully submit to a general tax.

From Cairo.


CHICAGO, Jan. 18.—[ Special to Times dated 12 miles from Columbus, Jan. 15th, 9 P. M. ]—A heavy reconnaissance was made this afternoon by General Grant [Ulysses S. Grant] and staff, and Osband’s12 cavalry, resulting in getting reliable information.  All the routes leading out of Columbus toward Blandville and other towns distance traveled over forty miles, and was made in six hours.

No rebels were discovered, although at one time, as portions of the party was within five miles of Columbus.


WASHINGTON, Jan. 17.—The Republican Senators who voted nay on Cameron’s13 confirmation were Foster, Grimes, Hale, Harlan, Trumbull and Wilkinson.14

Senator Sherman15 spoke earnestly against the confirmation and voted for it. Senators Trumbull, Hale, and Grimes were among the heartiest opponents of Cameron.

The Democrats and Border State men were about equally divided. Bayard and Bright were absent. Pearce and Pomell [sic] voted nay.16

A motion to remove the injunction of secrecy from the vote was negatived.


1.  James McQueen McIntosh (1828-1862) was a career military officer who joined the Confederate cause as colonel of the 2nd Arkansas Mounted Rifles, saw action at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, and in January 1862 was promoted to brigadier general.  Noted as an aggressive and popular leader of cavalry, he will be killed in action at the Battle of Pea Ridge on March 7, 1862.
2.  Hamilton Rowan Gamble (1798-1864) was the was the chief  justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, and the 16th governor of Missouri from 1861 until his death in 1864.
3.  William Willard Preble Hall (1820-1882) was Gamble’s lieutenant governor and succeeded Gamble in 1864. Hall was also a brigadier general in the pro-Union Missouri Militia, commanding the northwestern Missouri district until 1863.
4.   Probably Captain Lindsey Murdock of the Missouri State Militia, and Captain Milton L. Webster of the 7th Illinois Cavalry.
5.  Seth Ledyard Phelps (1824-1885) commanded the gunboat USS Conestoga when the Civil War broke out.  The USS Conestoga was originally a civilian side-wheel towboat built in 1859. She was acquired by the U.S. Army in June 1861 and converted to a “timberclad” river gunboat for use by the Western Gunboat Flotilla, with officers provided by the Navy. Various skirmishes punctuated the routine of patrol service on the Mississippi River in 1861-62. In February, 1862, she will participate in an expedition up the Tennessee River that will lead to the capture of Forts Henry and Donelson.
6.  Major James M. Hubbard of the 1st Missouri Cavalry (Union), and Colonel John A. Poindexter (1825-1869) of the Missouri State Guard (Confederate).  This short article refers to the Battle of  Silver Creek (or Roan’s Tan Yard ), which took place on January 7, 1862 (the date given in the article being quite a bit off).  While recruiting in Howard County, Missouri, Poindexter and his regiment were surprised and easily defeated.
7.  The first USS Mohican was a steam sloop of war, launched in 1859. She was part of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron that pounded Fort Walker near Port Royal.  The USS Roebuck was a bark rigged clipper ship built in 1856 and acquired July 21, 1861, by the Union Navy, which used it as a  gunboat. At this time she also was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron off Charleston Bar, with occasional visits to Port Royal.
8.  The USS New London (launched in 1859, purchased by the Navy in 1861) was a screw steamer, outfitted with a Parrott rifle and 32-pounders.  She was assigned as a gunboat in the Union blockade in the Gulf of Mexico.
9.  The USS De Soto was wooden-hulled sidewheel steamship launched in 1859 and purchased by the U.S. Navy in 1861. Joining the Gulf Blockading Squadron in late 1861, the De Soto patrolled for Confederate blockade runners.
10. Manuel Doblado Partida (1818-1865) was a prominent Mexican lawyer and politician and lawyer who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the cabinet of President Juárez.
11. Benito Juárez (1806–1872) was a Mexican lawyer and politician who served five terms as president of Mexico, including during the entire period of the American Civil War.
12. Embury D. Osband was, at this time, captain of Company A, 4th Illinois Cavalry. Osband’s company served as General Grant’s headquarters escort since November 1861.  In 1863, he will be appointed colonel of the 1st Mississippi Cavalry (later the 3rd U.S. Colored Cavalry).
13. Simon Cameron (1799-1889) was Lincoln’s first Secretary of War, serving from March 5, 1861, until he resigned on January 14, 1862, amid charges of corruption.
14. Lafayette Sabine Foster (1806-1880) from Connecticut, James Wilson Grimes (1816-1872) from Iowa, John Parker Hale (1806-1873) from New Hampshire, James Harlan (1820-1899) also from Iowa, Lyman Trumbull (1813-1873) from Illinois, and Morton Smith Wilkinson (1819-1894) from Minnesota.
15. John Sherman (1823-1900) from Ohio.
16. James Asheton Bayard, Jr. (1799-1880) from Delaware, Jesse David Bright (1812-1875) from Indiana, James Alfred Pearce (1805-1862) from Maryland, and Lazarus Whitehead Powell (1812-1867) from Kentucky.

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