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1863 October 3: Pierce County’s Union Ticket

October 6, 2013

The following articles are from the October 3, 1863, issue of The Prescott Journal

The County Ticket.

Since the nominations by the Union Co. Convention last week, we have conversed with men from nearly every town in the county with regard to them, and the feeling is of general satisfaction.

We believe there will be but little opposition to JOHN WINN for Clerk of the Board.  Those who have the best opportunity to know, know that the business of that important office will be safe in his hands, and the fact that this election is to fill out a term which the people have once unanimously given to him, is a strong argument in his favor.  The only objection we have heard urged against him, is the fact that he did not appear and qualify last January.  It is sufficient answer to this, to say that his wound was in such condition that it was impossible for him to do so.

The people of this county are well acquainted with MR. THAYER, and there is no question of his fitness for the office of School Superintendent.

MESSRS. MAYNARD, LAUDER and SANDS are well known in the Districts in which they are nominated.  They have filled acceptably the most important town offices ;  they are men of sound judgment, of strict integrity ;  the nomination sought them, not they it, and the affairs of the county can safely be trusted in their hands.


A. H. YOUNG Esq., of this city, has received the Union nomination for Senator from this district.  He is so well known to most of our readers, that it is not necessary to assure them that the nomination is a good one.

Mr. YOUNG is one of the early settlers in the district, has a good professional reputation, enjoys the personal esteem of all who know him, has strong political convictions on the right side, and we feel sure that if elected, as he doubtless will be, that he will be an able, honest, faithful and useful Senator.

Let every Union man give him his vote and influence.


A great battle is a most stirring, sublime and awful exhibition of man’s passion and power.  Whose cheeks have not blanched as he has read of the great battles of the present war—the impetuous charge—the defiant retreat—the storming of batteries that blaze with fires of death—the resolute lacing of the withering storm of balls—the deadly encounter, hand to hand, a flash of steel and death—the gaping ranks—the mangled wounded—the distorted dead

“the din of arms—the yell
Of savage rage—the shriek of agony—
The groan of death, commingled in one sound
Of undistinguished horrors.”³

It is terrible to think of; it must be awful to be there.  JOHN WINN has been there.  He has breathed the death laden air of the battle field—marched with the brave battallions [sic] that upheld the starry banner of the free, and the hissing ball has torn through the flesh.

All that you who fear the draft, dread, he has seen and suffered—suffered that we might be safe.  Crippled in our service, he is placed before us as a candidate for a position within our gift.  There are but few who will not feel it a privilege to give him their vote.

1.  Austin H. Young (d. 1905) was—according to his obituary in the February 23, 1905, River Falls Journal— “a resident of Prescott in the early 60s and was successively while residing there clerk of the court, district attorney and state senator.” He also became a judge, and was the brother of long-time Prescott physician Arthur Young.
2.  John W. Winn, from the Town of Clifton, enlisted May 10, 1861, in the Prescott Guards—Company B of the 6th Wisconsin Infantry. He was promoted to corporal in 1861 and was wounded at South Mountain on September 14, 1862. His left leg was amputated and he was discharged because of his wounds on December 22, 1862.
23  From Robert Southey’s epic poem Madoc, published in 1805. Perhaps his most enduring contribution to literary history is the children’s classic The Story of the Three Bears, the original Goldilocks story.

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