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1862 December 17 and 20: The Week’s Small Articles

December 23, 2012

Below are the small articles for the week from The Prescott Journal of December 17 and The Polk County Press of December 20, 1862.

The Prescott Journal of December 17, 1862:

 FingerMr. CORWIN GREGORY, of Co. F, 30th, died at Camp Randall, last Sunday.

FingerLt. E. [Edgar] A. Meacham has been promoted to the Captaincy of Co. F., 30th, vice M. [Martin] A. Dreibelbis resigned.  E. [Ezra] B. Strong is 1st Lt. and L. Dow Gunn 2d Lt.

FingerA special election must now be held to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Luther Hanchett.  We hope that the malignity and vindictiveness, which characterized the late campaign, will be omitted in the coming contest.  We don’t admire the practice.—Buffalo Co. Journal.

A   C A R D .

Mr. EDITOR.—Permit us to tender our grateful acknowledgements to your citizens through your columns.  Their attentions toward us, and the men under our command, were perhaps the more highly appreciated from the fact we have rarely been the recipients of such favors.  Ungrateful, indeed, would we be if we witheld [sic] our feeble thanks for the generous manner in which we were received, and the only tactial [sic] comforts we were recipients of while we sojourned in your city.  Nor is this grateful feeling toward the citizens of Hastings confiened [sic] to officers, it prevades [sic] the whole Regiment, and we are confident every man will look back to the time when they were entertained by the citizens of Hastings, as an oasis in the duties incident to military life.

Lieut. Col. S. Nasmith,
Capt. Joslin, Company B.
Capt. Faroguhason, Company C.
Capt. Scott, Company E,
Capt. Swan, Company H,
Twenty-Fifth Wis. Volunteers.1


We must here say that the 25th Wisconsin have won the good will of the people of Hastings.  The orderly deportment of the regiment reflects credit on the officers, honor to the men.  What little kindness were shown the officers, and men are more than compensated in knowing that they were satisfactory.  We commend the 25th Wisconsin to the good people everywhere.—Hastings Independent.

The Polk County Press of December 20, 1862:

— Brigadier General Dana has been made a Major General.2

— The small pox prevails at Camp Randall, Madison.  Every precaution is being taken to prevent its spreading.

Polk Co Press 12-20-1862

The above type [the “F”] was taken from the office of the Bolivar, Mo., Herald, a secesh sheet [newspaper], by our worthy typo C. E. MEARS, then a member of the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry.3

— Mr. RICE has introduced a joint resolution for declaring the lands and annuities of the Sioux forfeited, and for their removal far away from white settlements.  This is a matter that must be pressed strongly by the people.4

It far transcends in importance, the question whether a portion or all the condemned Indians shall be executed.

— We are informed that a letter has been received from one of the 10th Battery “boys,” now at Nashville, Tenn., stating that Lieut. Oscar Clark, of this place, had been taken prisoner by a party of secesh guerillars [sic], while out on a foraging expedition.  We trust their [sic] is some mistake about it, and that he will yet “turn up” safe and sound.5

— BEAU HICKMAN of Pennsylvania has introduced a bill authorizing the President to organize one hundred regiments of negroes, the commissioned officers of which are to receive twice the pay of officers of our regular army.  Attorney General BATES [Edward Bates], it is said, has affirmed the citizenship of the “culler’d passons.”  One petition was persented [sic] for a bankrupt law.—Small favors for poor white persons gratefully received.

From Rosecrans’ Army.


Special Correspondence of the Chicago Post.

NASHVILLE, Nov. 26.—Sunday, the 24th, was one long to be remembered by many soldiers of this division.  It was something new and strange to see an officer of the United States army publicly disgraced and marched out of camp, as was the case with Lieut. S. F. Wright, of the 85th Illinois, and quartermaster of the 30th brigade.  By order of Gen. Rosecrans he was dishonorably dismissed for signing a false voucher.  Mr. Wright is a man fast ebbing out of his career on this earth, from all appearances.  He is near forty-five, and it will go very hard for him to return home among confiding friends with ignomy [sic] and shame.  Lieut. Merwin, of the 86th Illinois, shared the same fate at the same time.  The Regiment was formed, and after the order was read, a soldier marched up to him, and took his shoulder straps and everything indicating he was a soldier from him, and marched him out of camp.  He was dishonorably dismissed for neglect of duty in face of the enemy.  On the same occasion an orderly sergeant was reduced to a private for stealing a horse.6

1.  Lieutenant Colonel Samuel J. Nasmith, from Platteville; he will die August 17, 1863, from disease.
Captain William H. Joslin, Company B, from Richland Center; he will be promoted to Major in August 1863.
Captain Hival D. Farquharson, Company C, from Lancaster.
Captain John M. Scott, Company E, from Platteville; he will die april 14, 1864, from disease.
Captain Zeba S. Swan, Company H, from Potosi.
2.  Napoleon Jackson Tecumseh Dana (1822-1905) was a career military officer, a graduate of West Point who fought with distinction in the Mexican War. In 1857 Dana began serving in the Minnesota State Militia as a brigadier general and became the colonel of the 1st Minnesota Infantry in October 1861. In February, 1862, Dana was appointed brigadier general and given command of the 3rd Brigade of the 2nd Division in the Union II Corps, and he led the brigade throughout the Peninsula Campaign and at the Battle of Antietam, where he was severely wounded. In late November, 1862, he was appointed a major general (not confirmed by the Senate until March) but could not resume his duties due to his wound until the summer of 1863. During the Gettysburg Campaign he will command the defenses of Philadelphia.
3.  Charles E. Mears, from Osceola, had been discharged August 1, 1862, with a disability. He served in Company D (the Saint Croix Lancers or Rangers) of the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry.
4.  Henry Mower Rice (1816-1894) was Minnesota’s first U.S. Senator, from 1858 to 1863. During his early years in Minnesota Territory, Rice worked as a fur trader and helped the government negotiate treaties with the Native American Indians.
5.  Oscar A. Clark, junior 2nd lieutenant with the 10th Battery of Wisconsin Light Artillery, is listed as being from Madison. The official record says nothing about him being taken prisoner.
6.  Samuel F. Wright was the 1st lieutenant and quartermaster of Company B of the 85th Illinois Infantry. Davilla W. Merwin was the 2nd lieutenant of Company H of the 86th Illinois Infantry.

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