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1863 September 19: News of Simon Tibbetts, Henry Fifield, John Sanborn, and Other News

September 25, 2013

Following are the smaller items from both The Polk County Press and The Prescott Journal of September 19, 1863.

From The Polk County Press:

— The attendance at the meeting of the Polk County Rifles, on Saturday last, was rather small.  We hope the “turn out” will be more general at the next meeting.

PROMOTED.—We are informed that S. L. TIBBETTS, who enlisted from this place in the Hudson City Guards, Co. G., 4th Wis. Reg., has been promoted a 1st Lieutenant in a colored Regiment.  Our informant did not learn what Regiment.¹

— The State election in Maine has gone Union by about 14,000  majority.

— A riot of soldier’s wives and children occurred in Mobile on the 4th inst. They marched through the principal streets carrying banners inscribed with “Bread or Blood” “Peace” and other like inscriptions.

From The Prescott Journal:

News Items.

— The Mississippi is opened for through business without any restrictions.

— Four steamers were burned at St. Louis last Sunday night.

— Gen. Gilmore [sic: Quincy A. Gillmore] is promoted to Major General in the regular army.

— Col. SANBORN² of the 4th Minnesota has been promoted to Brigadier General.

We notice a list of the present members of the Gallant old Minnesota First, published in the St. Paul Pioneer.  We see that the name of Henry O. Fifield, Drum Major, is by some means omitted.  We understand that he is still with the regiment, which he has been a member of since its first organization, he being one of the first to volunteer in that regiment, and the first man who left Prescott to serve under the banner, in the defense of our country.

— What we desire in this war is to subjugate the South’s subjugators and restore the subjugated section to freedom.

ONE OF FATHER ABRAHAM’S [Abraham Lincoln] BEST UNS.—Like many of his peers the distinguished conquerer [sic] of the Mississippi, General Grant [Ulysses S. Grant], has been charged with indulging in intoxicating drinks.  A “committee,” just previous to the fall of Vicksburg, solicitous for the morals of our armies, took it upon themselves to visit the President, and urge the removal of General Grant.  “For what  ?” said Mr. Lincoln.  “Why,” they replied the busybodies, “He drinks too much whiskey.”  “Ah !” rejoined Lincoln, “can you inform me, gentlemen, where General Grant procures his whiskey ?”—The “committee” confessed they could not.  “Because,” added Old Abe, with a merry twinkle in his eyes, “If I can find out, I’ll send every General in the field a barrel of it !”  The delegation are said to have retired in reasonably [sic] order.

Finger002  Gen. Grant’s latest and happiest expression is contained in his letter, read to his friends at the recent dinner given to him in Memphis.  In speaking of his noble army, he says :

“They will rejoice with me that the miserable adherents of the rebellion, whom their bayonets have driven from this fair land, are being replaced by men who acknowledge human liberty as the only true foundation of human government.”

GETTING A “SUBSTITUTE.”—“My dear,” said a fond husband to his loving spouse, “suppose I should be conscripted and couldn’t get a substitute!”  “Never mind, my dear,” said the amiable creature, “I could finda substitue if you couln’t.”

Finger002 The Patriot says that if VALLANDIGHAM [Clement L. Vallandigham] is elected Governor of Ohio, under the circumstances, it will be “the greatest moral victory on record.”—About such a “moral victory” as Judas won when he betrayed his Master.—State Journal.

Finger002 We see a good many papers which endorse Copperhead tickets, while in their editorials they put out very good war doctrine.  Once in a while we see a paper which seems to love copperhead principles.  The Owego (N. Y.) Gazette is such a one.  The editors of such papers may as well be selecting lots in the political Cemetery, their obituaries will be written soon.

1.  Simon L. Tibbetts (the Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers lists him as Lyman L.), from Osceola, was discharged on September 2, 1863, to accept his commission in the U.S. Colored Troops. His new regiment was the 99th U.S.C.T.
2.  John Benjamin Sanborn (1826-1904) was Minnesota’s adjutant general when the Civil War began. When the 4th Minnesota Infantry mustered into service in December 1861, Sanborn was named as the regiment’s colonel. The regiment was sent to Mississippi and Sanborn led the 4th Minnesota at both the Siege of Corinth (April 29-June 30, 1862), also known as the First Battle of Corinth. He led a brigade at the Battle of Iuka (September 19, 1862) and the Second Battle of Corinth (October 3-4, 1862). From late 1862 to mid 1863, he led a brigade for General Ulysses S. Grant’s Central Mississippi Campaign and Vicksburg Campaign. On August 4, 1863, he received a promotion to brigadier general. In October 1863 Sanborn was sent to command the Union forces in the District of Southwestern Missouri, and he led his men with distinction during Sterling Price’s raid into Missouri in 1864. On February 10, 1865, he was brevetted a major general. In June 1865, he was sent to join General John Pope on the western frontier to help subdue the Indian tribes, and in September of that year he, along with William Bent and Kit Carlson, were appointed as commissioners to negotiate a peace treaty with several Indian tribes. From 1867 to 1869, Sanborn was a key member of the Indian Peace Commission. He mustered out of the army in 1869 and returned to Minnesota, where he resumed his partnership in a law firm, was elected to the state legislature, and was involved in veterans organizations.

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