1863 August 22: John C. Starkweather Promoted to Brigadier General
From the August 22, 1863, issue of The Prescott Journal comes this report of a meeting of the officers of the 1st Wisconsin Infantry, and their resolutions concerning John C. Starkweather, their former colonel, just promoted to brigadier general on July 17, 1863.
From the 1st Regiment.
CAMP, 1ST WISCONSIN IN[fantry], NEAR }
COWEN STATION, TENN., July 30. }
At a meeting of the officers of the 1st Regiment Wis. Infantry, held at Regimental Headquarters July 30, 1863, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted :
WHEREAS, Our former Col., John C. Starkweather, has been called to fill a higher position in the army, and his connections with this Regiment having consequently ceased, now therefore
Resolved, That we, his regimental officers, take this occasion to express our sorrow at parting with our commander, who has led us so long and so worthily.
Resolved, That to his eminent military ability, his inflexible requirement of discipline, and his marked courage on many trying occasions, this Regiment owes whatever of good reputation it possesses in the army or at home.
Resolved, That we hail with satisfaction the President’s recent recognition of his distinguished services to our cause ; that it is our hope that further promotion will soon follow.
Resolved, That in General Starkweather we recognize a truly loyal man, whose heart is in the work of putting down the rebellion ; that in the hands of such men out armies are safe and our cause certain to triumph.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions, signed by each officer, be served on Brig. Gen. Starkweather, that the proceedings and resolutions of this meeting be spread on the records of this Regiment, and that State papers be requested to publish the same.
Lt. Col. G. B. BINGHAM, Ch’n. [George B. Bingham, from Milwaukee]
Lt. Z. P. CLARK, Clerk. [Zerah P. Clark, from Sheboygan, 2nd lieutenant of Company G]