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1862 April 23: Small Articles from the Hudson North Star

April 27, 2012

These small articles from The Hudson North Star of April 23, 1862, give a snapshot of what the citizens of northwest Wisconsin knew and when, and how their opinions were being shaped.

THE HUDSON CITY GUARDS.—Letters have lately been received, by several of our citizens, from the Guards.  They are still with about 10,000 other soldiers, on the barren sands of Ship Island, and though in general good health, and [sic: are] not very will [sic: well] contented.  None of the letters written were later than the 18th ult.

Persons writing to the boys should address their letters “Ship Island, care of Navy Lyceum, Brooklyn, N.Y.”

RETURNED SARGEANT.—Mr. Moulton [John S. Moulton] of Lakeland, who is a member of company B Minnesota 3d Regiment, in consequence of sickness, has returned home.  His regiment has been in Kentucky, and Tennessee, along with our Wisconsin 1st, in which it will be recollected, are the St. Croix Rifles.  Mr. Moulton saw several of the Hudson boys a short time before he left.  They were well, and in good spirits.

The Richmond Dispatch says— “The Confederate Government are not prepared to yield Tennessee.”  Well, the quicker they prepare for the event the better they will feel about it.  As sure as the bones of Andrew Jackson are buried in Tennessee soil, so sure that soil can never be wrested from the Union which Old Hickory loved.

General Hunter [David Hunter], who went down to supersede General Sherman [William Tecumseh Sherman], at Port Royal, has authority to use all loyal men in that region, in whatever capacity he may see fit.  He professes not to have the prejudice against the contrabands that hampered Sherman and Stevens.  Important results are looked for from that Department at an early date.

The irrepresible negro has “turned up” in a new character at Harrisburg, Penn.  Two bills have been introduced into the House to prevent colored persons from entering the State, under penalty of imprisonment.  The bills have been supported by a number of letters from mechanics and workmen of every grade in Philadelphia, who appear to have taken alarm at the recent influx of negroes.

The people of those counties of Western Virginia which are designed to constitute a separate State, have voted almost unanimously in favor of the new Constitution, and with a similar degree of unanimity in favor of gradual emancipation of slavery within their limits.  The vote on this latter question was informal, and was designed to counteract the impression that two Slaves States were about to be made out of one.

Slavery is practically abolished in Prince George’s county, Maryland.  The slaves (says a correspondent) are running away in large numbers ;  there is scarcely a plantation that has not suffered.  Companies of from five to fifty can be seen daily wending their way towards Washington, and wandering over Maryland seeking employment where they can be paid for their work.  Their owners say it is becoming useless to go after them when they leave, as they will not remain when brought back, but refuse to work, and on the first opportunity showing itself are off again.

If General McClellan [George B. McClellan] shall win, and we trust he soon will, a great victory, we wonder which will scatter in the greater consternation—his enemies before him or his enemies behind him.—Louisville Journal.

The rebels objected to the passage of the U. S. land GRANT, but their opposition was of no avail.—Prescott Journal.

The Prescott Journal says Gen. Pope [John Pope] is one of the popes whom good protestants can believe in—he has such a “taking way” with him.

Pillow damns Buckner, and Buckner dams Pillow, and the only thing in which they agree is in damning Floyd, while Floyd in his turn damns both, and the world in its turn damns all three.  [Gideon J. Pillow, Simon B. Buckner, John B. Floyd]

The Richmond Whig says such Generals as Floyd and Pillow ‘are sores upon the fair body of the Southern Confederacy.  Running sores no doubt.


In the 18th Wisconsin the killed were as follows:  Col. Alban, Major Crain, Acting Adjutant Callmont, Captains Compton, Sexton, Jackson, Bremer and Roberts.  Captain Millen is missing.1

1.  This report got a few correct but many wrong.  The dead were: James S. Alban, colonel; Josiah W. Crain, major; and John H. Compton, captain of Company G.   The following captains survived: Charles H. Jackson (Company B), William Bremer (Company E), and Joseph W. Roberts (Company F).  The following captains were taken prisoner at Shiloh: James P. Millard (Company A), Newton M. Layne (“New” Company C), and David H. Saxton (Company H).

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