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1863 September 5: News of Local Soldiers, and More

September 11, 2013

Following are the smaller items for the week of September 5, 1863.

From The Prescott Journal:

— Lt. P. V. WISE of Co. F. 1st Wis. is in town.  [Pembroke V. Wise]

— PETER WRIGHT,¹ of the 2nd Cavalry has returned, and is in poor health.

— E. P. SMITH,² Co. F. 30th is home on a furlough.

— JOSEPH COPP,³ Co. A. 12th, who was supposed some time since to have been murdered by guerrillas, is home on parole.  [Joseph M. Copp]

— Lt. WILSON,4 Co., A, 30th came up Thursday evening on a short furlough.

Finger002 St. Croix County has furnished 361 volunteers; her quota under all the previous calls is 296.  Polk Co. has furnished 107; her quota was 78.

From The Polk County Press:

— Col. R. C. Murphy, who was dismissed from the service by Grant [Ulysses S. Grant], for reasons with which the public are familiar, has sued Brick Pomeroy for libel, laying his damages at the sum of ten thousand dollars.

YANKEE INDEFATIGABILITY.—The Savannah (Ga.) “Republican” begins to think the Yankees amount to something after all.  In speaking of the siege of Charleston, it says :  “Neither torrid heat above nor burning sands beneath seem sufficient to deter the indefatigable Yankees from their favorite tactics of digging.”

— General Hoffman5 estimates the number of Union prisoners incarcerated in the various prisons throughout the South at only three thousand.  Among this number is included prisoners of state.  The rebels hold less than eighteen thousand of our men on parole, while we hold of their prisoners, including those paroled, between seventy and eighty thousand.

— A drafted man presented himself for examination in one of the Maine districts, who was so deaf that it required the utmost power of the doctors’ lungs to make him hear.  The doctor stooped and commenced a critical examination of one of the man’s knees, remarking in a low tone, “that is sufficient to exempt any man.”  “Glad to hear you say so,” said the deaf man, who had suddenly recovered his hearing ;  what did you say was the trouble with my knee ?”  “It is perfectly sound and good,” replied the doctor, “I was only examining your ear.”  The man paid his $300 and was exempted.

— Gen. Rosecrans [William S. Rosecrans] captured, at or near Winchester, Tenn., the celebrated horse, Commodore, formerly the property of John M. Botts, of Virginia, confiscated and sold to Maj. Gen. Polk [probably Leonidas Polk] for $16,000 ;  and has notified the Government at Washington of the capture of this noble animal.  The Secretary of the Treasury has directed Dr. Brownlow to take charge of the horse, take good care of him, and at the proper time forward him to Kentucky or Ohio, to be sold ;  and if Mr. Botts is entitled to the proceeds the law provides a method of recovering them through the Court of Claims.

— An Iowa Regiment has a rule that any man who utters an oath shall read a chapter in the Bible.  Several have got nearly through the Old Testament.

BAD.—Hoop skirts cannot be had at any price down South.  We think the females will soon secede.

The New Arsenals.

The Cincinnati “Gazette” says the Ordnance Department has completed the plans for the arsenals authorized by the last Congress, at Columbus, Indianapolis and Rock Island.  Governor Dennison6 and Congressman Porter7 have been urging the speedy commencement of work on these arsenals, and ordnance officers have been ordered to each place to make the necessary arrangements at once.  The buildings at each place are to be on the same plan—180 feet long, 60 feet wide, 53 feet high to the cornice, and 97½ feet high to the top of the tower.

1.  Peter J. Wright, from Prescott, enlisted in Company M of the 2nd Cavalry on February 21, 1862.
2.  Edwin P. Smith from Trimbelle, enlisted August 1, 1862.
3.  Joseph M. Copp, from Prescott, enlisted September 21, 1861.
4.  Henry A. Wilson, from Hudson, was 2nd lieutenant of Company A, 30th Wisconsin Infantry. He had been promoted to this position from sergeant with Company G of the 4th Wisconsin (Hudson City Guards).
5.  William Hoffman (1807-1884) was a West Point graduate and career military officer. He served in the Black Hawk War, the Seminole Wars, and the Mexican War. During the Civil War he served as the Commissary-General of Prisoners and set policy for the treatment and release of prisoners.
6.  William Dennison, Jr., was the 24th governor of Ohio, serving from 1860 to 1862. He also served as the U.S. Postmaster General, from 1864 to 1866.
7.  Albert Gallatin Porter (1824-1897) served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana, from 1859 to 1863.

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