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1863 August 29: Battle of Pineville in Missouri, and Other News

September 4, 2013

Following are the smaller items from The Polk County Press and The Prescott Journal of August 29, 1863.  Be warned that the “Negro Regiment in Louisiana” uses the “N” word.

The Battle of Pineville (Missouri) took place on August 12, 1863, between three companies of the 6th Missouri Cavalry (Union) and John T. Coffee’s¹ Confederate troops.

From The Polk County Press:

— The gallant First Minnesota Regiment is now in New York.  They are helping put the draft through in that city, and their presence will doubtless have a good effect.  They are the boys that never fire “blank cartridges.”

A LITTLE VICTORY IN MISSOURI—The sluggish current of events is slightly rippled by a brilliant little victory in Missouri, gained by Col. Catherwood,² of the 6th Missouri cavalry, over the rebels, led by Col. Coffee.¹  The victory was decisive, and resulted in the capture of a large number of prisoners and a considerable amount of stores and ammunition.

PROMOTED—Sergt. Sam Bloomer, late of the Minnesota First, has been promoted to a 2d Lieutenant in the Invalid Corps, and is ordered to report immediately  at Louisville, Ky.  He will leave this week.—Stillwater Messenger.

POLK COUNTY RIFLES—TAKE NOTICE.—There will be a meeting of the Polk County Rifles held at the Fair Grounds, on Saturday, September 5th, at two o’clock, P. M., for the purpose of transacting very important business.  It is expected that every member of the company will be present, as a highly important communication from the Governor of the State will be submitted to the company for their action thereon.

By order of Captain A. S. GRAY,
C. E. MEARS, Ord’ly Sergeant.

From The Prescott Journal:

Finger002  The loyal Democrats have called a Mass State Convention to meet at Janesville, Sept. 17th.  We shall publish the call next week.

Finger002 GEO. MAY POWELL, of this Co. [Pierce County], now clerk in the Treasury Department at Washington, has been drafted.

Finger002 B. N. MEEDS [Benjamin N. Meeds], well known in this county, is engaged in the Adjutant General’s Office at Washington. Major Vincent’s Bureau.

Finger002 Sutler Snyder of the 30th is in town.

Finger002 It is reported that Sumpter [sic] has fallen and Charleston shelled.

Finger002 Lt. ELLIS [Arthur B. Ellis] of Co. B. 6th Reg’t. has been mustered out of service on account of his health and 2nd Lt. Chas. P. HYATT commissioned 1st Lt. in his place.

NEGRO REGIMENT IN LOUISIANA.— A New Orleans lettler [sic] says: “On Saturday, the 4th; Gen. Ewery issued a call for troops for the defense of the city.  In just three days, four full negro regiments were raised, organised, clothed, armed and equipped.”

“The ‘niger’ isn’t good for anything ;” of course not.  No matter if he does expose his life to protect the government and is partially instrumental in saving the Union— all he is good for is to be hung and murdered.  Such is the modern copperhead doctrine.


— The Juneau County Argus publishes a significant call for a mass meeting, to be held to day, to take some definite and effective means for their safety.  The call says :

“WHEREAS, The indications are that the Government is not disposed to remove the Indians from among us at present, and as those of them which have for some time been released, it is therefore deemed advisable to call a Mass Meeting of the citizens of this county, to assemble in New Lisbon, on Saturday next, August 8, at 1 o’clock p. m.”

1.  John Trousdale Coffee (1816-1890) was a lawyer in Missouri, raised an army unit for the Mexican War, served in the Missouri State Senate, and served as the Speaker in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was commissioned a colonel in the Confederate Army and harassed Union troops in Missouri. Coffee’s troops were routed by Union troops on August 12, 1863, at Pineville when 60-70 of his men were killed. After the Pineville conflict, Coffee was passed over for promotion, moved to Arkansas and then to Texas. He surrendered to George Armstrong Custer in 1865 in Austin, Texas.
2.  Edwin C. Catherwood (d. 1897). Interestingly, by 1895 Colonel Catherwood was living in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, where he died November 7, 1897.

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