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1863 June 20: Polk County is “in out of the draft,” Plus Several Obituaries of Local Soldiers

June 26, 2013

Following are the small items from our June 20, 1863, newspapers.  The first item includes Burnett County, which we have not heard much about so far.

From The Polk County Press:

— Enrolment officers have been appointed for this and Burnett counties.

— The Polk County Rifles will meet at the Fair Ground for the purpose of drill at one o’clock to-day, (Saturday.)

— An enrolling officer by the name of DOUGLASS, while performing his duties in Dodge county, this state, was shot through the back by some cowardly villian [sic] who was concealed in some bushes.  The wound is said to be fatal.  Owing to this occurrence company A 30th, Capt. SAM. HARRIMAN, has been sent down into Dodge, to enforce the laws and prevent anything else of the kind occurring.

RESISTANCE TO THE DRAFT.—It is said that the government has decided that the twenty-fifth section of the Conscription Act relative to the arrest of persons resisting the draft, shall be strictly adhered to.  It provides that if any person shall obstruct any officer in the performance of his duty under it, he shall be subject to summary arrest by the Provost Marshal, and be forthwith delivered to the civil authorities, where upon conviction, he shall suffer fine and imprisonment.

— We have received a call from Dep. Provost Marshal, JOHN L. DALE, who passed through our town on his way to Superior.  JOHN says Polk county is all right, sound, patriotic and loyal, and her people “in out of the draft” and wishes he could say as much of other counties in the state.  We have heard that JOHN was in a decline, owing to army rations, and hard times generally, at Madison, but to see is to believe, in some cases, and having seen him we pronounce him in “good condition.”

THE 4TH WISCONSIN— COL. BEAN KILLED.—The 4th Wisconsin was in the fight at Port Hudson, and bore itself gloriously, as is the wont of our brave Wisconsin boys.  Out of 300 that went into the fight 70 were killed or wounded.  Col. Sidney A. Bean is among the killed.  Col. Bean was formerly a professor in Carrol College at Waukesha.  He was a young man of fine talents and great promise—Madison Journal.

— We are informed by John L. DALE, that EDWARD A. CLAPP, of Hudson, member of Gen. SHERMAN’S staff [William T. Sherman], and who is well known to many of our citizens, being the law partner of ALLAN DAWSON, Esq., of Hudson, and who enlisted in the Hudson City Guards at the outbreak of the rebellion, was killed in the recent battle at Port Hudson, La.  He was a brilliant lawyer, a loyal true man, a brave unflinching soldier and died a hero, at the head of an advancing column.  He entered the ranks as a private, and by his integrity and brave conduct was promoted a lieutenant, and placed on Gen. SHERMAN’s staff.

— The “Herald” says Gen. Butler [Benjamin F. Butler] will be brought out by the war Democrats for the Governorship of Massachusetts.  If he consents to run, Republicans will probably endorse him, and Gov. Andrew will be set aside.

— The telegraph reports a fearful decimation of the 4th Wisconsin, in the late fight at Port Hudson.  Its loss in killed is more than one in five—a mortality very rarely experienced in the deadliest battle.  Besides the Colonel killed, three other commissioned officers are reported as badly wounded.

THE UNION AND THE WAR.— The cause of the Union is the cause of peace, of civilization, and of liberty.  The cause of the rebellion is the cause of war, of barbarism, and of tyranny.  Let all who prefer peace and civilization and liberty, to war, and barbarism and tyranny, work and pray that the Union cause may speedily triumph.

THE LOUISIANA COLORED REGIMENTS.—A correspondent at Baton Rouge, under date of May 21st writes:  “There are already five regiments of colored troops organized in this department and credited to Louisiana.  It is expected that, in all, twenty-eight regiments will be organized at once in the department of Gen. Banks.”

From The Prescott Journal:

Finger002  Judge CLAPP, of Hudson, Lieut. in the Hudson Guards, 4th Wis., was killed in the attack of Port Hudson.—He was acting as aid to Gen. Sherman.  Judge CLAPP led a lucrative business, and enlisted as a private at the first call for volunteers.  He has fallen a victim to the slaveholder’s rebellion.  Honor to the fallen brave!

WARREN KNOWLES, of River Falls, was acting as Gen. Sherman’s Orderly; had a horse shot under him.

HARD ON ENROLLING OFFICERS.—The women particularly seem to have an antipathy against this class of men,—wherever they go the tender sex loses its customary timidity and the amizon [sic] breaks forth at once.  Such is the case in Dubuque county just now, where the enrolling officers encounter much trouble.  As the ladies in Pierce county are all for Union, friend [C. P.] Barnard will not be molested in his official duty.

Finger002  Every negro soldier enlisted and sent into the field diminishes by one the number of white men to be to be drafted.—Any squeamish fellow who objects to having fighting done by a “nigger,” should at once report himself to the nearest recruiting officer, and volunteer.

Finger002  Gen. Grant has sent flve [sic] thousand prisoners to Island No. 10, in the Mississippi, where they will be detained until the fate of Vicksburg is decided.

D I E D,

In the Hospital at Grand Gulf, Miss., May 11th, 1863, William Gray, son of Mr. Ryan Gray of Oak Grove, aged 25 years.  He was wounded May 1st at Port Gibson, and died from the effects of his wound, after lingering ten days.

COLORED TROOPS.—The Anglo African, inn its last issue, in an article on the colored element and the war, says:¹

Adjt. General Thomas had two weekage under arms 11,000
Gen. Banks 3,000
Kansas regiment 1,000
Gen. Hunter, about 3,000
Gen. Foster 3,000
Gen. Rosecrans, about 5,000
Navy 5,000
Gen. Curtis 2,000
Massachusetts regiments 1,200
District of Columbia 800
Total, 35,000



Twenty-one hundred rebel prisoners captured at Haines’ Bluff on the Mississippi, arrived at Philadelphia last week, on their way to Fort Delaware.  The Press says :

“A more miserable looking set of men we have ever seen.  They were ragged and filthy.  Many were hatless and shoeless, and all of them seemed to be perfectly lame.  They were entirely submissive; not an insulting remark was made against them.  They were asked by some of the lookers-on if they were hungry and they replied no, that they have had as much as they could eat since they have been prisoners of the war, larger in quantity and better in quality than they had at any one time during the past six months.

“Some were free in their conversation and said that at Haines’ Bluff they were on half rations before the attack was made.  They said it was entirely impossible to stand the Federal fire, and there was no alternative left them but to surrender.”

“Some express a willingness to take the oath of allegiance. Others said that Gen. Pemberton [John C. Pemberton] was whipped as soon as the attack was made by the land forces; but he does not stand in very good repute, and that, to save himself from disgrace, must hold out.  They say that the supply of provisions at Vicksburg must be very limited by this time.—They talk as though Vicksburg must fall.  Many of the rebels said they were tired of the war, that it was pretty well plaid [sic] out, and if not stopped pretty soon there will be a grand revolt.

“Quite a number of the men are sick looking, with scarcely ten pounds of muscle or flesh ot [sic] give shape to their persons.  A few hard pieces of ingrain carpeting on their soldiers, which they used in place of blankets.[“]

1.  Several other newspapers from the time do not include this chart, but rather follow “the colored element and the war, says” with this: “the negro troops now in the service number thirty-five thousand, not including those acting as pioneers for Banks and Grant. It says these will doubtless swell the number to fifty thousand.”

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