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1864 January 30: Support for Lincoln’s Re-election, and Various Items About General Grant, Including How He Got His Name

February 5, 2014

Following are the smaller news items from the January 30, 1864, issue of The Prescott Journal.

— Two hundred thousand dollars of the receipts of the Cincinnati Sanitary Fair have already been paid over to the Sanitary Commission.  Funds are still coming in, and it is thought that the total amount will reach $210,000—sixty thousand more than the Boston Fair.— This is an exhibit of patriotism and clarity of which Buckeyes may well feel proud.

— Resolutions endorcing [sic] the administration of Mr. LINCOLN [Abraham Lincoln] and renominating him for President have passed the Maryland House of Delegates.

— The California legislature, with only seven dissenting voices, favor the re-election of President LINCOLN.

— Some months ago, it will be remembered, Mr. Justice Woodward of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court gave an opinion adverse to the constitutionality of the conscription law, and granted an injunction restraining a federal officer from taking drafted men out of the State.  This injunction has just been dissolved and the decision of Judge Wood were reversed by the full bench of Judges (two judges dissenting.)

— Gen. GRANT has gone to St. Louis to visit a sick son.  [Ulysses S. Grant]

— A special dispatch from Leavenworth says a resolution recommending the re-nomination of Mr. Lincoln is now before the Kansas Legislature, and will probably be passed.

— A question affecting the banishment of VALLANDIGHAM is before the Supreme Court of the United States.  [Clement L. Vallandigham]

— Vice President STEPHENS has been taken ill at Augusta, Georgia.  The attack causes serious apprehensions.  [Alexander H. Stephens]

— The Union members of the New Jersey Legislature endorse President LINCOLN and recommend his re-nomination to the Presidency.

— The President has restored Gen. McCLERNAND [John A. McClernand] of Illinois, to his rank, and ordered him to report to Gen. BANKS [Nathaniel P. Banks].

—  The President has sent instructions to Gen. STEELE in Arkansas, to appoint an election for Governor in that State on the 28th of March.  [Frederick Steele]

— The House has reduced the exemption to $300, and refused to exempt Quakers and clergymen.

MAJOR GENERAL GRANT NOT U. S. GRANT.— In recent trip over the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad, in company with Major General W. T. Sherman, that gentleman, who is a warm admirer of General Grant, related a circumstance as to how he obtained the initials of “U.S.,” which we do not recollect having seen in print.  He stated that General grant’s baptismal name was Hiram Ulysses, and he bore that name till he was appointed a cadet at west point.  The member of Congress who nominated him somehow got his name mixed up with that of his brother, and he was appointed as Ulysses Sidney, and that name once on the records at the Military Academy could not be changed.  He was baptised into the Military School as U. S. Grant, and he has ever since borne that name.

Important Order by Gen. Grant.

Gen. Grant has issued an order requesting all deserters from the enemy who come within our lines, to take the following oath before being allowed to go to their homes:

“I do solemnly swear in the presence of Almighty God, that i will henceforth faithfully support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Union of States thereunder, and that I will in like manner abide by and faithfully support all acts of Congress passed during the existing rebellion with reference to slaves, so long and so far as not yet repealed, modified or held void by Congress or by decision of the Supreme Court, and that I will in like manner abide by and faithfully support all proclamations of the President made during the existing rebellion having reference to slaves, so long and so far as not modified or declared void by decision of the Supreme Court, so help me God.

“Sworn and subscribed to before me at ___ this __ day of ___ 186_.”

It will be observed that the terms of this oath are similar to those prescribed in the President’s amnesty proclamation.

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