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1863 September 12: Small Items About Jerry Flint and Other Local Soldiers, the Polk County Rifles, and William Quantrill

September 18, 2013

Following are the smaller items from the two newspapers of September 12, 1863.  In the first item, we see the reason why there will be no letters from Jerry Flint for some time, since he is back home, recruiting.

From The Prescott Journal:

— Sergeant JERRY FLINT, Co. G, 4th Wis., returned this week, to recruit for the regiment, looking hearty and jolly as ever.  JERRY went off in the first company which left the St. Croix Valley, and has a record to be proud of.

— W. H. WINCHESTER has been promoted to Chief Bugler of the Wisconsin 4th, now cavalry.  [William H. Winchester]

— JOE ELWELL is again editing the North Star.¹  He runs it on the “war path.”

— Deputy Provost Marshal DALE informs us that the Marshal of this District regards this county as free from the draft.  [John L. Dale]

From The Polk County Press:

— The Polk County Rifles will meet at the Fair Ground this afternoon at 2 o’clock.  A general attendance is requested.

— Lieut. F. H. PRATT,² Gen. Sibley’s staff [Henry Hastings Sibley], returned from the Indian expedition on Wednesday past, and is spending a few days at his home in Taylor’s Falls.


This week is unimportant, with the exception of the capture of Knoxville,—the home of Parson Brownlow [William G. Brownlow],—East Tennessee, by Gen. Burnside [Ambrose E. Burnside], which is confirmed.

Robert Toombs, the Ajax of the Rebellion, has published a letter on confederate finances, in which he shows clearly that the Confederacy is rapidly rushing to destruction in the matter of paper money.  He eulogizes the financial plans of the United States, and contrasts them with Memminger’s false principles, greatly to the damage of the latter.

Thaddeus Stevens—a very good authority—is of the opinion that the payment of $800 by a drafted man is precisely the same as furnishing a substitute—it clears the payer for the entire term of three years and during that time he cannot be again liable to Draft.

— The Richmond Enquirer speaks rather contemptuously of Beauregard’s protest “on the ground of humanity,” and thinks that his protest will be of little use unless he can disable the batteries that throw shells five miles.  The enquirer thinks that Sumter can never be surrendered.  [Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard]

Quantrell [sic].

The Missouri Republican furnishes some biographical information of the butcher outlaw, Quantrell [sic]³ :

He was an early resident of Lawrence, where he went by the name of Charles Hart.  In 1854 he was a member of Jennison’s regiment, and proved himself an apt pupil under his tuition.  Of late he seems to have subordinated the question of politics to that of brigandage, and although he now professes to be a rebel holding a commission of some sort from Jeff. Davis [Jefferson Davis], it makes very little difference to him by what name he is called, so that he gets all the plunder that he wants.  His relations with all the leading brigands and the Red Legs of Kansas, were of the most friendly character—so much so that they never did each other much harm in battle or otherwise—and Quantrell’s [sic] plunder of horses, mules, cattle and valuables have frequently been found in the market in Kansas.

1.  Joseph S. Elwell had been the the “senior proprietor” of the Hudson North Star. He left for Tennessee in June 1862 to join the Quartermaster Department.
2.  Frank H. Pratt was originally from Maine but was living in Taylors Falls, Minnesota, when he enlisted. He mustered into Company C of the 7th Minnesota Infantry on November 24, 1862. On May 25, 1863, he became the 2nd lieutenant; was promoted to 1st lieutenant on April 15, 1864; and captain on January 18, 1865.
3.  William Clarke Quantrill (1837-1865) was a Confederate guerrilla leader during the American Civil War. After leading a Confederate bushwhacker unit along the Missouri-Kansas border in the early 1860s, which included the infamous raid and sacking of Lawrence, Kansas in 1863, Quantrill eventually ended up in Kentucky where he was mortally wounded in a Union ambush in May 1865, aged 27.

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