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1862 July 16: Interesting Tidbits from the Prescott Journal

July 22, 2012

Following are small articles that appeared in the July 16, 1862, Prescott Journal.

D I E D.

At Camp near James River, July 3d, aged 23 years, 7 months and 16 days, JAMES D. HENRY, son of R. R. Henry Esq., of Pt. Douglas, Min.

The deceased was a member of Co. H, First Min. Reg., and had been in the service 1 year and 6 days.  He has gone to his last resting place at White Oak, Va., mourned by many friends, in his Company, and at home.

— The Ladies’ Soldier’s Aid Society will meet at Mr. Wm. HOWES’ on Friday afternoon next.  The ladies of Prescott and vicinity are invited to attend.  The gentlemen are invited to be present in the evening.

[From a longer letter to the Editor about Stave Town]:

They have also organixed [sic] a military company, of from twenty-five to thirty, and drill two or three nights a week—Smith R. Gunn, Captain.  The stars and stripes float over the mill,1 and you will often hear the fife and drum at night, after work.  There is a religious meeting every Sabbath, and preaching once in two weeks.  Stave town is a big thing ;  no town in Pierce county can compare with it.

Stave Town, July 12, 1862.          C. H. B.

Dr. BEARDSLEY has a [sic] made a report of the sick and wounded Wisconsin soldiers whom he has found in the western hospitals.

— Ad. Gen. GAYLORD [Augustus Gaylord] was in town last week.  The General is the “right man in the right place.”

— Gen. McClellan [George B. McClellan] wins military success as a farmer does a crop of corn or potatoes—he digs for it.

The state of Maryland has the high honor of being the first state in the union to pay its proportion of the national direct tax.  Secretary Chase [Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase] has addressed a complimentary letter to the State Treasurer, acknowledging the receipt of the money, and expressing his gratification on seeing Maryland now, like Maryland in the days of the old line, coming forward, with purse and sword, to the defense and support of the American Union.

1.  This is the Smith R. Gunn and Company Mill. Mr. Gunn does not appear to have served in the Civil War.

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