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1864 January 23: McClernand Resigns, “Starvation Parties” in the South, Gaylord Re-Appointed

January 27, 2014

Following are the smaller news items of the week from The Prescott Journal of January 23, 1864.

From The Prescott Journal:

— Major General McClernand has resigned.  [John A. McClernand]

— Greenbacks are openly sold on the streets of Richmond, and command a large premium.  What a commentary on the prospects of the sham confederacy!  [this item also appeared in The Polk County Press]

— A 700 ton blockade running steamer has been captured and burned on the Carolina coast.  The crew escaped.  Some of the boats that boarded the steamer were swamped and their crews cast ashore, where they were captured by the rebels.

— The President received a letter from Gen. Banks, saying that they would be able at once to reorganize the State government of Louisiana under the late proclamation.  Members of the Government here expect that re-organization will be completed within sixty days.  [Nathaniel P. Banks]

— The total number of colored troops now in the service of the United States is stated at 60,000, with quite as many Negroes, not armed, in the service of the quartermaster, commissary and engineer apartments.  The total number of Negroes, of all ages and conditions, which the rebels have so far lost by the war, is estimated at Washington to be at least half a million.

From The Polk County Press:

— Governor LEWIS [James T. Lewis] has re-appointed Adjt. Gen. GAYLORD [Augustus Gaylord], with the rank of Brigadier General.  Gen. GAYLORD has been a faithful and energetic officer and one that the State may well be proud of.

— The Richmond papers state that there are 300 cases of small pox among the Union prisoners at Danville.

— Five slaves were sold at Jeffersontown Ky., a few days since, for $1,745—not the price of one “likely fellow” three years ago.

— Great excitement has prevailed at Calais, Me., in consequence of apprehensions of a raid by the rebel agents and sympathizing “roughs” at St. Johns.

— During his recent visit to Washington Gen. Butler asked the President to call out 100,000 more men for a limited number of days, promising with that force to “clean out Richmond.”  [Benjamin F. Butler]

— Frank Blair’s organ, the St. Louis Daily “Union,” runs up the name of Abraham Lincoln for the next President.  The Blairs don’t like Chase’s trade regulations.  It interferes with their regular whiskey.  [Salmon P. Chase]

—A young lady in Richmond, writing to her friends in Baltimore, says that the gayeties [sic] of society in that city consist chiefly of “starvation parties,” at which people meet in each others houses, and have music and dancing, but nothing to eat or drink.

— A Great Sanitary Fair commenced at Washington on the 21st.

— It is said that the President wept when he heard of the misfortune of Gen. Bragg [Braxton Bragg] at Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge.—Richmond correspondence Mobile Advertiser.

— The National Union League¹ has in existence about 4,500 councils of that order in the loyal States, with a membership of over 750,000.  Wisconsin has over 200 councils and 25,000 members.  Illinois has 140,000 members.

— The Baltimore Sun says a monument is to be erected to the memory of the late Captain John P. Gleason,² who when in Libby Prison, uttered this sentiment:

“Rather than that my Government should recede one inch from her position, I would endure the suffering twelve months longer.”

— Pierre Soule,³ over whose arbitrary arrest by General Butler, at New Orleans, the Copperhead press made a loud outcry some eighteen months ago, is at the head of a bureau in the rebel War Department at Richmond.  He is trying to prove himself worthy of Coppertop sympathy, by devising a plan for destroying the navigation of the Mississippi river.

1.  Pierce County had a county Union League, and River Falls and Prescott had their own.
2.  John P. Gleason was captain of Company E, 5th Maryland Infantry.
3.  Pierre Soulé (1801-1870) was a politician and diplomat from Louisiana, serving as a U.S. Senator from Louisiana for three months in 1847 and again from 1849-1853. He then was U.S. Minister to Spain from 1853 to 1855. He is best known for his role in writing the Ostend Manifesto in 1854, which was an attempt to annex Cuba to the United States. Although Soulé opposed Southern secession before the Civil War, he supported his state once the War started. In May, 1861, Soulé was captured by Federal troops, charged with plotting treason against the United States government, and imprisoned in Fort Warren, Massachusetts. Soulé was able to escape and returned to Confederate territory.

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