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1864 January 30: A Summary of the War News from the Prescott Journal

January 31, 2014

Being winter there is no campaigning going on and war news is slim.  Following is The Prescott Journal’s summary of the past week’s war news, from its January 30, 1864, issue.

News Items.

— Gen. Blair [Francis P. Blair] has resigned his position in the army.

— Orders have been issued to rifle all the 24- and 32-pounder guns at the Washington arsenal on the James pattern.

— The Secretary of War has ordered the discontinuance of the premium of $2 to or for accepted recruits for volunteer regiments.

— Rumors say that the Secretary of the Interior has cancelled the sale of the Winnebago trust lands, and has ordered a new sale.

— The  Wilmington Journal announces the beaching of two more blockade runners, the steamers Ranger and Adore.

— The Richmond Whig, of the 15th, thinks the future of the South is involved in the next Spring’s campaign in Upper Georgia.

— The British blockade runner Silvanous was captured in Doboy Sound, Georgia, on the 3d inst., by the gunboat Huron.

— Two trains run through daily from Chattanooga to Nashville, the time being 19 hours.  The mortality in the Chattanooga hospitals is about 90 per week.

—A proposition was made in the rebel Congress to conscript negroes for soldiers, but was vigorously opposed by the members from Virginia, Georgia, and South Carolina.

— A riot occurred at Seymour, Ind., Tuesday, between some drunken soldiers and a guard, resulting in the death of 2 rioters and the wounding of several others.

— A special to the Tribune says: The Arkansas delegation say that in four months Arkansas will come into the Union as a free State.  They recommend Col. Rogers for milltary [sic] Governor.

— The War Department has decided that volunteers who have served faithfully for two years are entitled to the bounty provided by the act of July 22d, no matter at what time since the commencement of the rebellion they entered the service of the United States.

— The wholesale rebel conscription law is creating great consternation and excitement in the western portion of North Carolina, where preparations are being made to resist it.  Meetings are held at which the Southern Confederacy is openly repudiated, and a return to the Union favored.

— The World’s correspondence says Gen. Grant [Ulysses S. Grant] telegraphs that Gen. Foster [John G. Foster], who is suffering from his wounds, asks to be relieved.  He requests that either Gen. Schofield [John M. Schofield] or McPherson [James B. McPherson] be immediately assigned to the command.

— The Tribune’s special says that the Senate committee have determined to postpone the consideration of the nomination of Major and Brigadier Generals for the present, in order to ascertain how many vacancies and unemployed Major Generals there are on hand.

— The New Orleans Era gives the statements of a Union-refugee just from Mississippi.  He says that fully one half the population of that State left at home, are strongly Union, and the women are especially bitter against Jeff Davis [Jefferson Davis].  Hundreds of Mississippians were in the woods, to escape conscription.

— A refugee from Richmond who traveled via Wilmington and the Mobile & Ohio R. R. to Okalona, gives the Memphis Bulletin a long account of the condition of things in the Confederacy.  He describes the state of society in Richmond as terrible, the demoralization among all classes being most extraordinary.  There were a large number of rebel officers in the city, and Union men were said to be numerous.  The same demoralization existed at Mobile.

— Secretary Seward [William H. Seward] in a letter to minister Adams, dated Oct 6th, last, as it appears from the published correspondence, says, the U. S. insist and must continue to insist that the British government is justly responsible for the damages which the peaceable, law abiding citizens of the United States sustained by depredations of the Alabama, that vessel having been built and fitted out in British waters, the secretary cannot therefore instruct Mr. Adams to refrain from pressing claims which he now has in his hands.

— A special to the Post says letters received from Robert J. Walker, now in London, state that … a heavy tide of emigration will set into this country in the spring, and with congressional legislation it will swell to half a million persons a year.  He proposes that congress shall enact that no emigrants shall be liable to conscription during this war.  This would disarm suspicion abroad.

— The Era has intelligence from Texas, through Rev. Mr. RcRea [sic: McRea], of Port Lavaca, who says there is an overwhelming Union sentiment in Western Texas.  A number of Union men have been imprisoned by order of Magruder [John B. Magruder], for publishing a book called “Common sense.”  Fears for their safety were entertained as the “sons of the South” had offered to hang them.  Much mutiny exists among the rebel soldiers in Western Texas.  Magruder was concentrating his forces on Brazos river, 30 miles from the coast, and intrenching.

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