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1862 September 17: A Little of This and a Little of That from the Prescott Journal

September 23, 2012

Following are the small articles from the September 17, 1862, issue of The Prescott Journal.

— It is not enough now for people and parties to say they are for a “vigorous prosecution of the war.”  That is vague and uncertain.  Conventions1 this fall should boldly indicate the policy they deem it wise for the Government to pursue.

— As near as we can learn, the department of the North-West, to which Gen. Pope [John Pope] has been assigned, is substantially that of which Capt. SAM HARRIMAN [Samuel Harriman] has had charge.  We have no doubt the Captain is happy to be “relieved.”

— JOE ELWELL arrived here en route from Port Royal, last Saturday night, on his way to Hudson to look after the STAR.  Joe is an honorary and honorable member of the Independent Order of Good Fellows, and we regret that his business demands his speedy return to Port Royal.

—The report is current among the soldiers at Hudson, that when the company here is to be formed into a line, the men are run against the board fence which surrounds the Fair Grounds.—They agreed to quit circulating the story in consideration of our promise not to tell that when it is wished to close up the ranks of one of their companies, the other company is “massed” and butted against it.  Nuff sed.

— JOHN L. DALE is sutler of the 30th regiment.  The election is a good one.  John’s genial presence will keep many of the boys off from the sick list.

—The appointments for the 30th Regiment give general satisfaction here.  Surgeon HOYT and Quartermaster STARR left for Madison on Sunday to make arrangements preliminary to entering upon the duties of their office.2

— We doubt whether this war will ever be brought to a successful issue, till the National cause is dignified, and hallowed with the idea of Freedom to all men.  Then will our soldiers feel a new inspiration, and our banners become terrible to the enemy.

— War is an appeal to force, and if successful, must be conducted according to the laws of force.  It would save this nation much blood and treasure if the administration could realize this fact, and set upon it.

— The Aid Society will meet at the residence of Paine Converse on Friday afternoon and evening.  Those feeling an interest in the welfare of our sick and wounded soldiers, are expected to be in attendance.

— The Twenty-fifth regiment, Col. Montgomery,3 at La Crosse, is to leave the Stat[e] on Thursday the 18th.

— After this war, crutches will be regarded as insignia of honor, and the ladies will prefer a one-legged man to a two-legged one.

— A true Union woman is like the sugar we sometimes get—a combination of sweetness and grit.


We learn from the Springfield Ill. Journal that the United States Express Company took five hundred stand of arms north on Monday night—a loan from Governor Yates [Richard Yates] to the Governor of Minnesota, for use in fighting the Indians.  They will be returned as soon they can be spared.

IMPORTANT TO PERSONS BOARDING SOLDIERS.—We understand that Maj. SMITH, the U. S. mustering officer here, will not pay bills for boarding soldiers without a certificate of the recruiting officer attached that “the persons charged for, have not been absent on furlough during any of the time for which board is charged.”  This is to prevent fraud on the Government in obliging it to pay for subsistance [sic] which has never been furnished.—State Journal [Madison, Wis.].

HOW TO PUT AN END TO STRAGGLING—STONEWALL JACKSON’S DISCIPLINE [Stonewall Jackson].—This remarkable man omits no effort to build up an invincible army.  He thus treats skulkers and stragglers—no matter of what rank or of what wealth:

After one of the recent actions near Washington, some of our men, prisoners with the enemy, saw a soldier publicly shot, and was told that he was a wealthy planter.  After one of his battles in the Valley, JACKSON, it is said, ordered to be shot not less than twenty men in one day, before his whole army—men who had been caught straggling.

The Union Forever!

To the friends of Volunteers in the 25th and 30th Regiments:

THE WEEKLY LA CROSSE DEMOCRAT, ONLY ONE DOLLAR A YEAR—The Proprietor of the La Crosse DEMOCRAT sometime since offered to send to the family of each married man who should join the 25th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers, a copy of the paper to the end of the war, FREE. This offer is extended to the married Volunteers of the 30th Regiment, Col. D. J. Dill Commanding—and the papers will be sent as soon as the muster rolls are made out, so the address of each person can be got.

During this war a correspondent from each Company in each of the above named Regiments will furnished the DEMOCRAT a weekly letter in which will be given the list of those who may be sick, wounded or discharged, the health of the Companies, and such little incidents as will be of deep interest to aid who have friends there.  The columns of the DEMOCRAT will also give each week the history of the two Regiments—their location changes, battles in which they are engaged, etc., etc., which will be furnished by the Regimental Officers.

Ed[itor,] Democrat, La Crosse, Wis.
La Crosse, Aug. 30, 1862.

1.  Political conventions.
2.  Otis Hoyt and Sidney S. Starr. Starr and Joe Elwell have been the co-editors/co-proprietors of The Hudson North Star.
3.  Milton Montgomery (1825-1897) was originally from Ohio, and was living in Sparta, Wisconsin, when he was commissioned colonel of the 25th Wisconsin Infantry. He will loose his right arm during the Battle of Atlanta, where he was captured on July 22, 1864. He subsequently was exchanged and took part in the Carolinas Campaign. Montgomery will command the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, XVII Corps of the Army of the Tennessee from the end of January to the end of March 1865 and again from May 20 to June 7, 1865, when Montgomery will be mustered out. In 1866, he will be breveted brigadier general of volunteers with rank from March 13, 1865. Montgomery will die on May 23, 1897, in Omaha, Nebraska.
4.  Marcus Mills “Brick” Pomeroy, who you may remember from the 1862 August 27 post.

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