1863 August 15: Captain Maxson and Lieutenant Hoyt Home on Furlough, and Other News
Following are the small items from the August 15, 1863, issues of The Polk County Press and The Prescott Journal.
From The Polk County Press:
— Hon. W. D. McINDO [sic: Walter D. McIndoe] has been appointed Commissioner to adjust the Indian difficulties in this State.
— D. B. NORTHRUP [David B. Northrup], who enlisted from this village in the Lyon Guards, Prescott, Co. A. 12th Reg., died at St. Louis recently.
— The highest estimate of the number of men who can be gathered into the rebel army under the sweeping conscription proposed by Jeff. Davis [Jefferson Davis] is 70,000. This will hardly more than make up recent losses in that army.
— Gen. Grant [Ulysses S. Grant] is a man of great military resource. His latest contrivance is the organization of a Water Department in his army, by which his forces will be able to traverse any portion of [the] Mississippi, however destitute of water.
— Valandigham [sic] Democrats are growing scarce in Ohio. War Democrats are waking up and giving the cold shoulder tot he whole “peace” concern.
— Claims to the amount of nearly one and a half million of dollars for damage during the riot, have been presented against New York city [sic]. Verily it is a sweet thing to have a riot.
— The Union Convention of old Pennsylvania has renominated Gov. CURTIN [Andrew C. Curtin]. He will be elected by an overwhelming majority.
From The Prescott Journal:
— Gov. CURTIN, of Pennsylvania, has been re-nominated.
— The Queen’s speach [sic] to the British Parliament declares in favor of strict neutrality as regards the war in this county. [Queen Victoria]
— The draft in Washington [D. C.] furnishes 3,700 white, and 1,253 colored conscripts.
— Several of the rioters in New York have been sentenced to the Penitentiary.
— Two sons of Gen. Meade [George G. Meade] were drafted in Philadelphia, on the 31st ult.
A FREE GIFT.—It is stated that General Howard [Oliver O. Howard], the commander of the 11th Corps, was applied to the other day by a Maryland farmer for information as to the best way to obtain pay for his losses during the rebel invasion. The General told him as well as he could, and added : “If they dont [sic] pay you, give it to them on the same terms that I gave my right arm—without any compensation.”
General Buford [John Buford], who ordered the hanging of a rebel spy, at Fredrick, Md., with one hour’s shrift and a cavalry lariat, dropped this sarcastic remark at the time:
“He’s a spy—I found the proof in his boots. If I send the case to Washington, they’ll promote him. I’ll hang him on the spot.”
Gen. Gilmore [sic: Quincy A. Gillmore] is being, and to be, supplied with ample reinforcements, and the determination expressed by the War and Navy Departments is to furnish everything necessary to make complete the work this time at Charleston.
PERSONAL.—Capt. O. T. MAXON [sic: Orrin T. Maxson], and Lt. Hoyt [Otis Hoyt], of Co. A. 12th Reg. are in town being absent on a furlough of 20 days, and are heartily welcomed by their many friends. We have had the pleasure of listening to a graphic description by the Captain of the operations around Vicksburg, and the capture of the city. The 12th has done a vast deal of duty, and the officers and men of Co. A. have proved themselves worthy of their position.
A CURIOSITY.—We are indebted to Capt. Maxon [sic] for a copy of the Vicksburg Daily Citizen, published July 4th. It is printed on the blank side of a piece of wall paper, about a quarter the size of this sheet, and is plucky to the last. It is certainly a curiosity.
NEW YORK, August 11.
Jeff. Davis is sick at Richmond and doubts are entertained as to his recovery.
It is said Gen. Lee [Robert E. Lee] has addressed a letter to Jeff. Davis, calling upon him not to hang the two federal officers now confined in Richmond, as his son, Gen. W. F. Lee¹ would, in consequence, be hung. If this is refused, he declared his intention to throw up his commission. It is not believed the rebels will hand out officers.
1. William Henry Fitzhugh Lee (1837-1891), was known as Rooney (or Roony) or W. H. F. Lee. He entered the United States Army in 1857 as a second lieutenant and served with the 6th U.S. Infantry under Albert Sidney Johnston, participating in the Utah War against the Mormons. In 1859, he resigned from the U.S. Army to operate his White House Plantation in Virginia. When the Civil War broke out, Lee was commissioned as a captain in the Confederate Army cavalry, soon promoted to major, and after the Battle of South Mountain he was promoted to brigadier general. Lee fought at the Battle of Antietam under the command of his cousin, General Fitzhugh Lee. He commanded the 3rd Brigade of Stuart’s Cavalry Division at the Battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Lee was wounded during the Battle of Brandy Station at the beginning of the Gettysburg Campaign and was captured two weeks later while while recuperating. Lee was held as a prisoner of war until February 25, 1864, when he was exchanged for Union General Neal S. Dow. In April 1864, Lee was promoted to major general and commanded a division in the Cavalry Corps during the breakout from Petersburg and the retreat and surrender of his father’s army at Appomattox Court House. After the War, Rooney Lee served in the Virginia Senate (1875-1878) and the U.S. House of Representatives (1887-1891).