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1863 May 30: Saint Croix County Has Furnished 65 More Men Than Her Quota

June 4, 2013

Following are the smaller items from The Prescott Journal of May 30, 1863.

— Col. DILL [Daniel J. Dill] returned home last Thursday evening, to remain for a few days.  We are glad to learn that his health is rapidly improving.

— A Panorama of the War, will be on exhibition at Dunbar’s Hall, this (Friday) evening.¹

— CHAS. E. YOUNG, formerly of the Prescott Transcript, has been in town for a few days.  Charley is living in Chicago, which town he says beats both Prescott and the County Seat.

— Grant [Ulysses S. Grant] has got into the ante-room of Vicksburg.  He will give the rebels the grip in a few days.²

— Gen. POPE [John Pope] went up to St. Paul on Tuesday last, accompanied by several members of his staff.

— Companies E and G of the 30th have gone to Bayfield, on Lake Superior to look after the Indians.

J. S. ELWELL, Esq., formerly a worthy young man and the respectable editor of the Hudson North Star, but latterly, we believe, a teacher in the mission school for contrabands at Port Royal, returned a few days since.  JOE, please call around and relate your experience.

— St. Croix county has furnished 65 men in excess of her quota.

Finger002  The authors of the rebellion are fast passing away.  Among the dead are Albert Sydney Johnston, R. S. Garnett,3 Bernard E. Bee,4 Felix K. Zollicoffer, Thomas Jonathan (Stonewall) Jackson, Obadiah Jenning [sic] Wise,5 Ben McCulloch, Earl Van Dorn, Robert E. Garland,6 Lawrence O’Brien [sic] Branch,7 Philip St. George Cooke,8 and a number of other maijor [sic] generals and brigadier generals who held less prominent position a when the rebellion broke out.

Finger002   Col. Grierson [Benjamin H. Grierson] says of that portion of Dixie, which he has lately scoured: “No one can pass through that country without knowing that the Confeneracy [sic] is broken up.  It is a mere shell with nothing in it.”

Finger002   The following shows what style of fellows attended the Vallandigham [Clement L. Vallandigham] meeting at Indianapolis:

As the excursion trains were leaving in the evening, these butternuts fired at the houses on the Terra Haute Railroad.  They fired at the Soldier’s Home, filled with disabled and broken-down soldiers.  The bullets fell so thick and fast that those outside of the houses were compelled to take refuge behind the house on the Lafayette road.  They fired upon Camp Carriagton [sic].  Luckily, the soldiers were nearly all absent, and only one person was slightly wounded.  On the Peru, Central, Cincinnati and Belfontaine roads, they fired at the houses, and several persons barely escaped death.— One ball passed between the head of a woman sitting in her front yard, and the head of her little baby, whom she was holding in her arms, just grazing the temple of the child.  By this time, Gen. Hascall had a section of artillery planted near the roads, near the corporation line, and brought the four latter trains to a halt, to be sent back to the depot, where a heavy guard was thrown around each train, and these cowardly rascals were compelled to disgorge about 1,500 pistols, mostly revolvers, and a large number of knives, which were taken possession of by Gen. Hascall.

Finger002   Capt. SAM. HARRIMAN, of Co. A, 30th, is something of a wag as well as soldier.  We saw him a few days ago, just as he had returned from an excursion to Polk county, to pay a lot of back taxes.

Said Sam: “The Scriptures contain a great deal of instruction on the subject of taxes.  You remember the man who was invited to a banquet and could not go, because he had just bought the N.E. qr. of Sec. 17, town 24, range 18 west, and must go and look after it and pay the taxes.”

“I always thought,” said Sam., “that the man was a fool, that he did not go and get a warm meal, when asked; but he was right; for if he had waited to eat, the printer would have advertised it, and the treasurer sold it, and 25 per ct. been added, and likely as not the poor fellow “could not have redeemed it, and he would lost it all on a tax deed.”  Sam. thinks taxes are literally a “big thing.”

Notice for Organizing Military Company.

The undersigned having been appointed by Hon. William Howes, County Judge of the County of Pierce pursuant to Section 11 of Chapter 542 of the General Laws of 1863, to organize a Volunteer Company in said Pierce County, I do therefore appoint Wednesday the 3d day of June 1863, at 7 o’clock P.M., as the time for the organization of said Volunteer Company, and all persons signing a call dated April 23d 1863, addressed to the Hon. William Howes, County Judge of Pierce Co, requesting the organization of such said Military Company, are hereby notified to be and appear at the Council Room in the city of Prescott, on said 3d day of June to perfect such said organization.


1.  In this context, a “Panorama” was an series of photographs showing the successive stages of the conflict. The example below is a panorama by George N. Barnard of Atlanta Before Being Burnt (1864), from the American Memory website, Library of Congress (digital ID pan 6a00027). You can see the different photographs that were joined together to create the single panoramic image.

"Atlanta Before Being Burnt," 1864, by George N. Barnard  (from the Library of Congress)

“Atlanta Before Being Burnt,” 1864, by George N. Barnard (from the Library of Congress)

2.  Influenza, grippe being the French word for the flu.
3.  Robert Selden Garnett (1819-1861) was a career military officer having graduated from West Point and served in the Mexican War and the Seminole Wars. Following the Battle of Rich Mountain on July 11, 1861, Garnett withdrew his troops under cover of darkness, hoping to escape to northern Virginia. The Federals pursued, and, during fighting at Corrick’s Ford on July 13, Garnett was killed. He was the first general officer to be killed in the War.
4.  Barnard Elliott Bee (1824-1861) was another career military officer who graduated from West Point. Among his postings was one in 1855 to Fort Snelling in Minnesota Territory. He was mortally wounded at the First Battle of Bull Run, another one of the first general officers to be killed in the war. Bee is best known for giving Stonewall Jackson his nickname.
5.  Henry Alexander Wise (1806-1876) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia (1833-1844), U.S. minister to Brazil (1844-1847), the 33rd governor of Virginia (1856-1860), and a Confederate general. Obadiah Jennings was the father of his first wife, Anne. Henry and Anne’s son, Obadiah Jennings Wise (1831-1862), was a captain in the Richmond (Va.) Light Infantry and was killed at Roanoke Island on February 9, 1862. The younger Wise was no doubt mentioned in this list because of his well-known father.
6.  Samuel Garland (1830-1862) was a grandnephew of U.S. President James Madison.  He was killed in action during the Maryland Campaign while defending Fox’s Gap at the Battle of South Mountain.
7.  Lawrence O’Bryan Branch (1820-1862) trained at Bingham Military Academy in North Carolina and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina (1855-1861). On December 2, 1860, he was appointed President James Buchanan to the position of U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, but declined the appointment. At the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, Branch saved General Robert E. Lee’s right flank from a crushing defeat. Soon after this victory he was killed by a sharpshooter.
8.  Philip St. George Cooke (1809-1895) was a Union general. His son-in-law, however, was Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart. Cooke survived the War, Stuart won’t be killed until 1864.

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