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1863 December 12: Soldiers Returning, Drafted Men Going

December 18, 2013

Following are the smaller items from the December 12, 1863, issues of The Polk County Press and

From The Polk County Press:

— The drafted men from this county [Polk] left for La Crosse on Friday last in charge of Deputy Provost Marshal VINCENT [William J. Vincent].

— JAMES T. CRAGIN,¹ Esq., of Sterling, this county, who was one of those who drew a prize recently at La Crosse [e.g., was drafted], has crossed the lines and enlisted in the Minnesota Frontier Rangers.  So says the Taylor’s Falls “Reporter.”

— We understand that several of our citizens contemplate enlisting in Minnesota.  This is all wrong.  The State looses credit for every man that goes into a Minnesota regiment, while the pay of the person so volunteering is not as good as it is at home.  Persons enlisting into any of the old Wisconsin regiments, not only gets $302 bounty—$402 if he has served nine months before—but he receives five dollars per month from the State, and also five dollars per month for his family from the county.  Remember this, and do yourself service by going into a Wisconsin regiment.

— Among the conscripts in Pierce county we notice that our genial friend HOWARD HARVEY,² clerk of the H.S. Allen, has drawn a prize.—Well HOWARD, we trust you will walk up like a little man and—pay your regular $300, or shoulder a musket.

WAR MEETING.—There will be a meeting at the School House on Saturday evening, (to-night) to take into consideration the raising of a bounty to be offered to any six men who will volunteer, and fill the quota of Osceola.  Come out all who take an interest in this matter.


— Sixteen of the Northern States were represented on the battlefield of Chattanooga.  The Eastern States had 25,000 of their sons engaged under fighting Joe Mooker [sic: Joseph Hooker].

— A correspondent of the N. Y. Tribune, describing the late battle of Lookout Mountain, says :

I have to record an extraordinary episode that occurred during the battle.  Some two hundred mules, parked near Gen. Hooker’s lines, broke loose and charged furiously accross [sic] the field toward where a Georgia regiment was stationed.  Thinking it was cavalry, or something else, the regiment broke in confusion and ran, leaving one thousand Enfield rifles of the best description behind them, which Gen. Hooker has to show as proof of the incident.

— The official vote in this State foots up as follows :

Lewis, Union 70,651
Palmer, Copperhead,  54,501
Lewis’ majority, 16,150

— Mrs. Jane M. Pierce, wife of ex-President Franklin Pierce, died recently at Andover, Mass.  She had been in feeble health for several year.

From The Prescott Journal:


Discharge, November 10, 1863, from the A.D. Andrews Papers (River Falls SC 357) in the University Archives & Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Discharge, November 10, 1863, from the A.D. Andrews Papers (River Falls SC 357) in the University Archives & Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls³

— We hear that Dr. A. D. Andrews, of River Falls, surgeon in the Wis. 6th, has his discharge and will soon return home.  The Dr. has been a most efficient officer, and his health is much impaired, it is but just that he should return.³

— Rev. A. G. [sic] Peabody, itenerant [sic] Missionary, in charge of the Episcopal church here [Prescott], was drafted.  His age exempts him.4

— We hear that a Norwegian woman on Rush River has become crazed in consequence of her husband being drafted.

 Finger002  We are in receipt of a letter from Lt. A. L. COX [Arthur L. Cox], of the 30th, Camp Randall, in which he says :  “Drafted men, substitutes and recruits come into camp at a remarkable rate.  Yesterday there came into this camp 150 recruits and 50 drafted men and substitutes.  The good work goes bravely on.  Another month of such increase, and our army will put us on a comfortable war footing.”5

Finger002  Capt. MAXSON  arrived home this morning.  [Orrin T. Maxson]

Finger002  The prompt organization of Congress, and the election of SCHUYLER COLFAX to the speakership, are hopeful indications that Congress is heartily in symyathy [sic] with the Administration, and is ready to work.  At such an important time it is gratifying to know that we of the Sixth District have in WALTER D. McINDOE, a representative who will never falsify the convictions or neglect the interests of his constituents.

THE Dayton Journal says that John Morgan has made more reputation in getting out of the Penitentiary than he did in getting in.  It shows that he is a better burglar than General.

— Persons are growing parsimonious now-a-days, saving their $300 for future contingencies.6


We regret that we did not receive the President’s Message in season for this paper.  It is a brief , sensible, practical document.  It gives a clear and cheering statement of our foreign relations, and of the progress made in subduing the Rebellion.  The President announces his belief that he Emancipation Proclamation has been of great service to the National cause, both at home and abroad, and his determination to uphold it unless it is set aside by decision of the Supreme Court.

The President also submits a Proclamation with reference to the people in the Rebel States, offering pardon at all, except certain designated classes among the leaders, who shall take an oath of allegiance, such as he prescribes.  The plan seems to be fair and feasible one.

The Message and Proclamation7 will command universal attention, and will, we believe, give the country renewed confidence in the ability and discretion of ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

1.  James Thomas Cragin (1832-1895) does not appear to have served in the Civil War.
2.  Howard Harvey (b. 1834), likewise appears to have not served in the Civil War. Interestingly, he is listed in the 1860 federal census as living in both Prescott, Wisconsin, and Hastings, Minnesota!
3.  Andrews had mustered out November 10, 1863. The original discharge is in the A. D. Andrews Papers (River Falls SC 357), in the University Archives and Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
4.  This should be A. B. Peabody, his full name being Abraham Burton Peabody. He was born in 1823, so would have been 40 years old in 1863.  An Albert G. Peabody from Hammond had enlisted in Company A of the 30th Wisconsin Infantry back on August 11, 1862. At the end of the War (April 1865), Albert G. Peabody will be commissioned captain of Company I of the 51st Wisconsin Infantry.
5.  This confirms what Frederick Dresser wrote in his December 9, 1863, letter to W.H.C. Folsom.
6.  $300 was the price for buying your way out of the draft.
7.  Both the President’s Message to Congress and his Proclamation appear in next week’s paper.

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