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1862 December 3 and 6: The Smaller Articles of the Week

December 9, 2012

Following are the small articles from the December 3, 1862, issue of The Prescott Journal and the December 6, 1862, issue of The Polk County Press.

The Prescott Journal, December 3, 1862:

Another reprinted editorial from The Home League (Hartford, Wisconsin) of November 22, 1862, this one about former President James Buchanan.  The Prescott Journal printed it on December 3, 1862.


It is stated in the papers that Buchanan, the arch traitor and imbecile, now seeks a place in the Senate of the United States!  Think of it, loyal men and woman of America ;  Think of it, Patriot dead, if painful recollections can penetrate the silence of the tomb—think of the Pennsylvania Cataline sitting in the legislative chamber of the Nation!

What he wants there, no on can imagine, unless it is to take the place of his yoke fellow, Breckinridge [John C. Breckinridge], who is now doing in the field what Buchanan would do if he were twenty years younger.  Before God and impartial history, no man is so responsible for this rebellion as Buchanan.  He stood at the helm when traitors held high carnival in his own Cabinet.  He saw the treasury robbed; the Indians plundered; the national arms stolen; our ships of war scattered to the distant seas and yet he sat still like a terror stricken dolt without protest or complaint.  He it was who announced that strange political paradox that a State had no right to secede, but if it pleased to do so, the Nation could not do anything to prevent it!

Finite man cannot prophesy what sore afflictions the Supreme Ruler of the universe may yet have in store for this people, but the last feather that would break the nation’s back would be to see the old Public Functionary returned to the United States Senate.  The Apostle Paul declared himself the chief of sinners, but it is evident enough that he was not much acquainted with James Buchanan.—Home League.


— The Milwaukee News is responsible for the following:

President [Abraham] Lincoln is reported to have made the following reply to an inquiry as to how he felt about the New York election:

“Something like the boy in Kentucky, who stubbed his toe while running to see his sweetheart.  The boy said he was too big to cry, and far too badly hurt to laugh.”

Forney, it is said, was the querest.

THE PRESIDENT A TAX PAYER.—President Lincoln, although specially exempted by law from having his salary taxed, under the revenue act, has ordered the same deduction to be made as if the tax were imposed.  By this voluntary act the President pays a tax of $1,220 per year out of his salary.

— The publishers of the Chicago daily papers held a meeting on the 19th inst., to consider the great increase on the costs of white paper and other items culmancing [sic] the cost of publication, at which it was resolved to advance the price of dailies and tri-weeklies 25 per cent and weeklies 50 per cent.

— The Louisville Journal supposes that the “fortunes of war” we hear so much about are the fortunes made by the army contractors.

GENERAL HOOKER IN THE ANTIETAM BATTLE—“This is one of the great days of the world” said Gen. Hooker [Joseph Hooker] to the intreped [sic] Barry, as he rode by on the morning of the battle of Antietam, “the Southern rebellion lies coiled up in that valley, and it should be to-night in our power!”

— They say if Burnside [Ambrose E. Burnside] fails, woe to President Lincoln.  Fool !  if Burnside falls, let the President appoint some one in his place, and so till he gets the right man.

GEN. N. P. BANKS.—No General in the American army is gaining more steadily and surely a big position in the estimation of the people than N. P. BANKS [Nathaniel P. Banks].  Quietly and faithfully he performs whatever duty the Government assigns to him, avoiding the pomp and circumstance which so many officers delight to exhibit.  He has never been heard to complain of the possition [sic] he has been placed in, and the public have heard but little of him, except through the result of his labors in behalf of the Government to which he has consecrated himself.  Among his recent acts, which serve to exhibit his wisdom, was a declination of an invitation to a public reception in New York city.

— To the eyes of our rebels, a year ago the Southern Confederacy was a most charming and angelic young creature.  Now her votaries see her a hag with her tooth dropped out, her wig fallen from her head, and all the paint rubbed from her haggard face.

The Polk County Press, December 6, 1862:

Like the Journal, The Polk County Press also reprinted from The Home League this week!  The following comes from the November 22, 1862, issue and was reprinted in the December 6, 1862, issue of the Press.

Rebel Victories.

The New York “Times” calls attention to the fact that, with the exception of Sumter the rebels have never gained a single position by force of arms.  All the positions that came into their possession before or after the beginning of the war, experienced that fate simply because there was nobody to defend them.  Their seizure was no military achievement; it was simply a pedestrian exercise.– So fell the forts at the Passes of the Mississippi, Galveston, Mobile. Barraneas and McRae at Pensacola, Pulaski below Savanah, Pickney and Moultrie at Charleston, Macon at Beaufort, the two forts at Wilmington, the arsenals at Baton Rouge, Augusta and Fayettville, the Navy Yards at Pensacola and Norfolk, and every point that fell as all, with the single exception, as we have said of Sumter? and that case only makes the general fact all the more forcible, in as much as it there required a force of several thousands to overcome a garrison of only eighty all told.

— We see by the Milwaukee Sentinel of the 1st inst., that Surgeon Thornhill1 of the 8th Regiment, has been discharged from the service.

— S. L. Tibbets2 writes from New Orleans, to C. H. Staples, esq., that all the “boys” in the “Guards” from this village are doing duty.  He also says they all voted the “strate” Union Ticket.  That is “wery goot.”

— The citizens of Taylor Falls got up a party in honor of the volunteers of that place, who were home on a furlough.  The party was a success, upwards of 30 couple[s] being present.  Trussel of the Chisago House got up a good supper.3

— We expect to be furnished with letters from several correspondents in the army this winter which we shall publish.  We hope to be able to give our readers news from “our boys” every week.

— Friends don’t forget that our “boys” in the army will need reading matter with which to occupy the mind, during the long dull hours that always follow “going into winter quarters.”  Send them papers.  We will gladly give away to any of our friends, our exchange papers, when we have got through with them, for that purpose.

THE DRAFT IN RACINE.—We are informed that of the fourteen drafted from the Fourth ward of Racine, three of them were sailors ;  two were between sixty and seventy years of age, and one had been dead for over two years.—We think the last mentioned individual has decidedly got the start of the Provost Marshal.—News.

What a nice set of enrollment officers they must have in Racine.

1.  Samuel B. Thornhill, from Saint Croix Falls, was “dismissed” on November 14, 1862!
2.  Simon L. Tibbetts, from Osceola, who was in Company G of the 4th Wisconsin Infantry—the Hudson City Guards. The official Wisconsin roster for Company G lists him as “Lyman” L. Tibbetts.
3.  Now known as Taylors Falls, the Chisago House is still there. Taylors Falls is in Minnesota, directly across the river from Saint Croix Falls.

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