1863 June 27: Local News from Pierce County
The following are the smaller items from the June 27, 1863, Prescott Journal.
— We learn by a letter from the 4th regiment, published in the Madison Journal, that Judge Clapp’s body was buried on the battle field, where he fell. If this is true, the efforts of friends to recover his body will probably be in vain. [Edward A. Clapp]
We learn by a letter later than the above, that Lieut. Clapp is buried at Baton Rogue [sic: Rouge]. The letter stated that he conducted himself with the greatest coolness and daring, during the battle, and fell within 20 yards of the intrenchments.—Hudson Times.
— Five deserters, arrested by Provost Marshal Tillapaugh,¹ and lodged in Racine jail, were sent to Madison on Monday last.
— It is arranged that if a draft is to come off, those drafted and claiming to be exempt must report at the Provost Marshal’s office, at La Crosse. We suppose the object is to test them, and every one who can get through the sand from the depot to the Provost’s office will be judged strong enough for war.
— Forty soldiers of the 10th Minnesota, came up on the Pembina last Tuesday, on their way to Forth Snelling.
— Nineteen thousand widows have applied for pensions at Washington.—Their husbands have been killed in the civil war.
— General Lane [James Henry “Jim” Lane] has been called by the disturbances that exist in the Western part of Missouri to remove his headquarters for the present from Jefferson City to Lexington, the center of the affected region. The bushwhackers there are becoming every day more numerous and daring, and require a strong hand to suppress them.
AN UNWORTHY SON.—The rebel Col. Lawrence Williams, recently arrested and hung as a spy at Franklin, Tennessee, for attempting to penetrate the line of Gen. Rosecrans’ army [William S. Rosecrans], disugised [sic] in full Federal uniform, was a Buffalonian, and a son of the gallant Capt. Williams killed at the battle of Monterey, whose remains, together with those of Capt. Fields, were buried in this city with the highest military honors. It is sad to think that the son of so brave an officer should have ignominiously lost his life in attempting to betray the country in whose service the noble father died.—Buffalo Express.
1. James M. Tillapaugh was a 33-year old physician living in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1860. Captain Tillapaugh was provost marshal of District 1. He returned to Racine and his medical practice after the War.