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1864 February 13: Local Recruits Enlist in the 7th Wisconsin Infantry, Governor Randall, Insanity Prevalent in the Army, and Other News

February 19, 2014

Following are the small items from The Polk County Press of February 13, 1864.

JAMES W. F. NASON, and CHARLES FENLASON, Co. G, 4th Wisconsin cavalry, have re-enlisted for the war. These with MELVIN MCADAMS, who has re-enlisted in the 6th Wis. Reg. fill the quota of the town of Farmington, providing the authorities of that town take the necessary action to obtain their proper credits.

ENLISTED IN THE IRON BRIGADE.— We are informed by Provost Marshal VINCENT [William J. Vincent] that G. W. Davis, R. A. Turnbull, Peter Delp, E. D. Whitney, S. Fran, John Rice, Michael McHugh, Orin Weymouth, and A. H. Connor, who left here to join the 2d Wisconsin Cavalry, changed their minds when they arrived at La Crosse, and enlisted in the gallant 7th Wis. Reg., Iron Brigade.  Bully for them.

— We learn that the town of Sterling offers $200.00 bounty to each of three volunteers to fill the quota of Burnett County and that town.

OUR QUOTA.— It is high time some steps were being taken to induce men to enlist and full up our additional quota, under the last call.  We suppose our quota will be 16 men.  There can that many be raised if our citizens will go to work.  Remember the government bounty will not be paid only till the 1st of March.  It is better to volunteer than be drafted.  Read the call &c. on first page.

GOV. RANDALL.— In another column will be found the letter of a Washington Correspondent discussing “men and things” at the Capitol.  We notice with pleasure a complimentary and truthful reference to the best Governor that the Badger State ever had.  Alexander W. RANDALL is the same energetic, live public officer in the city of Washington that he was in our own State.  His Messages and his Speeches when among us always contained the ring of the true metal, and we predict for him and the State he is from, through him, further and higher honors.

— Gen. Sibley [Henry Hastings Sibley] has advices from Fort Garry¹ that the Indians refused Governor Dallas’ tender or provisions and ammunition upon condition of their leaving the settlement.  The Indians on both sides the line are reported in an extremely destitute condition.

— A State Convention to revise the constitution of Louisiana will meet on the 22d of February, at which time the election of State officers will take place.  A convention in Florida for reconstructing the State will meet on the 1st of March.

— An order from Gen. Lee puts the rebel army on short rations.  [Robert E. Lee]

—Twelve hundred Colorado troops have re-enlisted as veterans.

— About twenty-five Indiana regiments have re-enlisted.

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

— The First Missouri Calvary, 900 strong nearly all re-enlisted as veterans.

— All the soldiers at the rendezvous in New Haven, Connecticut, are to be vaccinated.

— Gov. Gamble of Missouri is dead.  Lient. Gov. Hall succeeds.  His message is unqualifiedly loyal.

— The Union members of the Minnesota Legislature have nominated Lincoln for the Presidency.

— The Blakely guns contracted for by the Government and Council of Massachusetts, under the authority of the legislature, for coast defense, are expected at Boston in a short time.

— The Southern Methodist Book concern in Nashville has been taken by the civil authorities for a government printing office.  It was a pestilent secession concern, and has now been put to good use.

— A new rebel steamer, with a valuable cargo of army supplies and a splendid uniform for Gen. Lee from his admirers in London, was run ashore and burned near Wilmington, on the 10th ult.

— Longstreet [James Longstreet] sent a flag of truce to General Foster [John G. Foster] a few days ago, protesting against the circular on the amnesty proclamation among his soldiers in handbill form, stating that any communication our government desired to make to the rebel soldiers, should be made through him.  General Foster replied, stating that he accepted his suggestion, and enclosed twenty copies, trusting to his desire for peace to give publicity to them.

— Four hundred rebel prisoners under guard of Ellsworth’s Zouaves arrived at New York from Chicago, on the 1st inst.  There prisoners have taken the oath of allegiance and enlisted into the United States navy.  [Elmer E. Ellsworth]

— The Secretary of the Treasury has removed the restrictions on commercial intercourse in the State of Kentucky and Missouri, and it is said the same policy will soon be pursued in reference to Delaware and Maryland.

 — Gen. Weitzel [Godfrey Weitzel], who is now in Cincinnati, has been ordered to report to General Butler [Benjamin F. Butler].

— Ohio people think they will raise their quota by the first of March and thereby escape the draft.

— 1,300 rebel prisoners, who had taken the oath of allegiance, arrived at Philadelphia from the west on the 2d.  275 of them enlisted in the navy.

— Insanity is alarmingly prevalent in the army, induced by exposute [sic: exposure].— Twenty-five insane soldiers were sent to Cincinnati a few days since.

1.  Fort Garry was a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post in Winnipeg, Canada.

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