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1863 September 26: Local and State Politics

September 25, 2013

Following are the smaller items from the September 26, 1863, issues of The Prescott Journal and The Polk County Press.  On the last item—the marriage of Samuel S. Fifield—just a reminder that he is the editor of the Press.

From The Prescott Journal:

Finger002 GEORGE DRESSER of River Falls, member of the 2nd Wis. Cavalry, returned home on furlough, on Wednesday, in poor health.  We are indebted to him for late Memphis papers.

Finger002 The delegates from this County to the Senatorial Convention are L. A. Taylor, John A. Stirratt, R. J. Wilcox, Chas. Hutchinson, O. Strahl and J. D. Trumble.

The delegates to the Assembly Convention are C. P. Barnard, John Copley, Thos. Lauder, J. A. Short, H. P. Amos, R. M. Sands.

BACK ’GAIN.—The Third Wisconsin, which has been for some time in New York city, to aid in enforcing the draft, has rejoined the Army of the Potomac.

— The most bitter opponent of the law extending the righ[t] of suffrage to our soldiers was H. L. Palmer [Henry L. Palmer], the present democratic candidate for Governor.  That they were not disfranchised, is no fault of his.


“I am against all treason, whether it be found rearing its front in the perilous gloom of the battle field, or insidiously and cowardly concealing itself beneath the verbal platitudes of the Ryan address.”


“In my judgment the resolutions and address are opposed to the Union and to the government, and in fact, to every thing that I and others have been risking our ives to sustain.”


— Beauregard [P.G.T. Beauregard] says he will defend Fort Sumpter [sic] to the “bitter end.”  “I know what he means by that expression,” says Quip ;  “he means to say that it will gall him to surrender it.”

— Two revenue cutters at Detroit are said to be fitting out to guard against VALLANDIGHAM’s [Clement L. Vallandigham] return to Ohio.—Oconto Pioneer.

Finger002 Why is a secesh house occupied by Union troops like the copyright of a book?  Because it is “entered according to an act of Congress.”

From The Polk County Press:

— The following delegates were chosen at the Union Caucus held in and for the town of Farmington, Saturday last : — AMOS GRAY, M. H. PEASLEE, and V. SCOTT.

OSCEOLA CAUCUS.—The Union Caucus for the Town of Osceola was held at the School House in this village, on Saturday evening last, and the following delegates to the Union County Convention were chose :—Wm. KENT, jr. [sic], C. H. STAPLES, and J. S. GODFREY.

The following Town Comittee for the coming year were appointed by the Chair :—SAM. S. FIFIELD, jr. [sic], Chairman, Wm. KENT, jr. [sic], and C. P. GARLICK [Carmine “Carmi” P. Garlick].

The Caucus was well attended and worked in harmony together.

A FALSEHOOD.—A Mr. Ross, of Hammondtown, is circulating a report (on the authority of D. Van Slyke,) that I am drawing a salary from the Government, while in pursuit of my private business at home.  The story is not true.  The last cent received by me from the Government, was on the 10th of May last, at which time I ceased to draw pay.

Editor “North Star”

THE DRAFT.—We learn that Gov. Salomon [Edward Salomon] has received a reply from the Provost Marshal General to his letter, referred to a few days since, in which he urged a certain method of arranging quotas of districts, as more fair than the one which seemed to be proposed by the Department.  The Provost Marshal General states the rule for the draft will be—to use the precise language of the letter—”one fifth of the total of class one enrolled, less the excess in troops hitherto furnished by any State, divided among the districts on the ratio of their enrollment.”  The letter intimates that a further examination of the statements furnished by this State, may enable him to place the credits of the several Congressional districts where it especially belongs, instead of merely subdividing it among the districts, according to the number enrolled in them.—State Journal [Madison, Wis.].

— S. M. BOOTH,¹ who lectured in this village a few weeks ago, in speaking of his trip to the Northwest, thus speaks of our place :

“Osceola, twelve miles above Marine [now known as Marine on St.-Croix], is the shire town of Polk County ;  and the Polk County PRESS, edited and published by S. S. FIFIELD, has done efficient service for the right cause, making this unmistakably a loyal county.  (We do not take the credit to ourself as our people were always loyal.)ED.  We were glad to see friend Fifield prospering, and enjoying the felicity of a new house just completed, and the prospect of a permanent housekeeper to occupy it.—We made our home here with Dr. C. P. Garlick, who could sympathize with us from past experience, having been imprisoned for a slave rescue, in Ashtabula county, Ohio, some twelve years ago.”

— Rebel dispatches from Montgomery announce that Mr. Robert Jemison, Jr.,² has been elected to fill Yancey’s unexpired term in the rebel Senate.  Jemison was originally a nullifier, was a member of the Alabama secession Convention, and has for some years been a member of the State Legislature.  He is expected to prove himself quite as milignant in his treason as Yancey was during his public career. [William L. Yancey]

— When H. L. Palmer was asked, last year, to vote for a law enabling the volunteers from Wisconsin, who are citizens of the State, to have a voice in our elections, he said, NO.

When the volunteers from Wisconsin, now privileged to vote, notwithstanding his opposition, are this year asked to vote for H. L. Palmer for Governor they will also be very likely to respond NO.

— The La Crosse “Democratic Journal” says of the platform adopted by our State Convention:  “It will be seen that it does not lay down any distinctive Republican principle—nor a sentiment which the loyal Democracy cannot consistently endorse.”

— The Richmond Dispatch says the Confederate Government has effected a loan of a hundred million francs, from parties in France, based on cotton now in this country.

— The Foreign News indicates that the British Government are not inclined to prevent the new rebel iron gunboats building in England from going to sea.

— Gen. Gillmore [Quincy A. Gillmore], in an official communication, says 36 pieces of artillery were captured on Morris Island, and it is not impossible that others still remain concealed.

— The Janesville Democratic Convention which met on the 17th inst., was well attended and enthusiastic.  A sound and patriotic address was delivered by Judge McARTHUR, and the spirit of the meeting was excellent.  The speeches all breath a sentiment of the warmest devotion to the country, and a determination to stand by the Government.  We shall publish the resolutions adopted by the convention next week.  Our space forbids further mention in this issue.

— In the United States Hospital at Cleaveland [sic], Ohio, the other day, the soldiers took a vote for Governor, which resulted as follows :  John Brough, 358; blank 2.  Vallandigham did not get a vote.

M A R R I E D.

On Sunday, September 20th, at the residence of S. S. FIFIELD, Esq., at Prescott, by Rev. Mr. MILLER, Mr. SAM. S. FIFIELD, jr. [sic], of Osceola Mills, to Miss STELLA A. GRIMES, of Taylor’s Falls.

1.  Sherman Miller Booth (1812-1904) was a temperance lecturer, abolitionist, editor, and the first man in Wisconsin to interfere for the right of the slave. In 1848 he was secretary of the convention at Buffalo, New York, which formed the Free Soil party and campaigned for the party in Wisconsin that year. In 1851 he helped break Democratic control for two years by pursuading the Whig, L. J. Farwell to run for governor, and was an organizer of the Republican party in 1854.  “Learning that Joshua Glover, a runaway slave, had been captured by his Missouri owner and jailed in Milwaukee under the authority of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, Booth rode his horse through the city streets, scattering hand-bills summoning a citizens’ meeting and allegedly shouting, ‘Freemen to the rescue.’ A mob soon broke into the jail and rescued Glover, who was later spirited off to Canada. The affair placed Booth in the center of a six-year controversy between state and federal authorities that eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Before quiet was restored, the Wisconsin Supreme Court deliberately set itself against the federal government, and the legislature in a series of resolutions denounced the federal court’s ‘arbitrary act of power’ in its adverse decision on the Booth case as ‘void and of no force.’ Finally, the day before Buchanan relinquished the presidency to Lincoln, he pardoned Booth. In the ensuing Civil War, Booth campaigned vigorously for the Union cause on the lecture platform and in the Daily Life, which he founded in 1861.” For more details, see Booth’s entry in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History. Booth’s papers are in the Wisconsin Historical Society and may be borrowed and used at the UWRF Archives.
2.  Robert Jemison, Jr. (1802-1871) voted against the secession of Alabama, but later became the state’s Confederate senator, serving from 1863–1865. He also served in the two houses of the Alabama General Assembly from 1837 until 1863. Jemison owned multiple businesses, running a stagecoach line, toll roads, toll bridges, grist mills, sawmills, turnpikes, stables, a hotel, plank roads, and he owned six plantations in western Alabama.

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