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1863 January 28: The Dismissal of General Porter and Other War News

January 29, 2013

The following articles appeared in the January 28, 1863, issue of The Prescott Journal, a large portion of which was filled with a literary serial.  They were all “Special to the St. Paul Press.”

W A R   N E W S



The dismissal of Gen. Porter [Fitz John Porter] creates a profound sensation, but the justice of the Court and the President is conceded.

The names of over 50 officers are up for dismissal, at the War Department, for absence without leave.  Some influential members of the Congress propose a bill to put them in the ranks instead of dismissing them.

Forty Major Generals, and 147 Brigadiers await confirmation in the Senate.

From Burnside’s Army.
[Ambrose E. Burnside]


Paymasters left this morning to pay the army of the Potomac.  This regarded as an indication of no immediate fighting at present.


CARIO, Jan. 21.

Later accounts just received put our loss at Arkansas Post 600.  Rebel prisoners taken, 4,720.  We also captured 3, 500 Enfield rifles, 1,500 shot guns rifles, 1,200 horses and mules and 51 pieces ordnance.  The fleet has returned, and started downwards toward Vicksburg.

Rebel Division Captured.

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 21.

A dispatch received to-day says that General Herron [Francis J. Herron] had captured General Marmaduke and a portion of his forces by intercepting their retreat to Arkansas.



Money had been furnished for the immediate payment of Rosecrans’ [William S. Rosecrans] and Grant’s [Ulysses S. Grant] armies.

The President has given to the Senate the names of General Heinzelman [Samuel P. Heintzelman], Hooker [Joseph Hooker] and Sumner [Edwin V. Sumner], for promotion for meritorious conduct, by dating their commissions back to embrace all the different battles where; also 20 Brigadier Generals to be Major Generals, and 63 Colonels and other officers to be Brigadiers Generals.

1.  John Sappington Marmaduke 91833-1887) was a graduate of West Point and a career military officer. Although his father was a strong supporter of the Union, in the spring of 1861 Marmaduke’s pro-secession uncle, Missouri’s Governor Claiborne Fox Jackson, soon appointed him colonel of the First Regiment of Rifles in the Missouri State Guard. Disgusted by their poor showing in the Battle of Boonville, he resigned, went to Richmond, and received a commission in the regular Confederate State Army. He was wounded at the Battle of Shiloh. In November 1862, he received a promotion to brigadier general and his first battle in that capacity was the Battle of Prairie Grove (December 7, 1862). In September 1863 Marmaduke will kill another Confederate officer in a duel.  After the War, he served as the 25th governor of Missouri (1884-1887); his father had been the 8th governor of Missouri and his uncle the 15th.

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