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1864 Feburary 13: “No danger of a draft here” (Pierce County), Charles Smith Hamilton, and More

February 19, 2014

The following small news items come from the February 13, 1864, issue of The Prescott Journal.

News Paragraphs.

Finger002  Volunteering continues brisk in this county [Pierce]. No danger of a draft here.

CREDIT OF VETERANS.—We learn by letter from the Adjutant General of the State [Augustus Gaylord] that veterans who re-enlist are credited to any town which they designate. As they are re-enlisted before returning home, it is probable that they are generally credited to the towns where they actually reside. In this case, most of the towns in this county will have their quotas under the present call filled by the re-enlistment of veterans.

— The Legislature of Wisconsin is urging upon the President the reappointment of C. S. Hamilton [Charles Smith Hamilton], of Fond du Lac, to the rank held by him in the Army of the United States until forced by self-respect to resign it—that of Major General.  The honor of the State and the interests of the service alike demand that this restoration be speedily made, and that a command suitable to his rank and demonstrated ability be given to him.

— The rebel General Vance,¹ captured on the 14th, is a son of the present Governor of North Carolina [Zebulon B. Vance].

— Government officers are to be required by law to write legibly.  Salutary movement writing is a crime.

— The Hartford Post, formerly Democratic, nominates Abraham Lincoln for President, and William A. Buckingham for Governor.

— A Des Moines, Iowa, dispatch says the Republican State Convention, to be held on the 22d of February, will be unanimous for the re-nomination of President Lincoln.

— There were only seven votes in the California Legislature against the resolution favoring the re-election of President Lincoln.  The Democratic force is thirteen.

—Since July last, between one hundred and thirty and one hundred and forty heavy guns have been landed on Morris Island, Charleston harbor.  One of the guns weighed 27,555 pounds.

— The Michigan legislature proposes to appropriate $3,500 towards laying out and beautifying that part of the Gettysburg Cemetery allotted to that State.

— William J. Gordon, a leading merchant of Cleveland, has placed in the hands of three trustees, the sum of $6,000, for the benefit of the widows and children of officers and soldiers who, from the city of Cleveland, during the present war, have lost their lives in the service of their country.

— The convention of the friends of freedom residing in the slave States, originally called for the 8th of January, it is now definitely announced, will be held at Louisville, Ky., on the 22d of February, the time having been changed in order to permit a more cordial understanding between those who concur in the necessity of adopting a freedom policy.

— At Gettysburg 28,000 muskets were taken.  Of these, 24,000 were found to be loaded, 12,000 containing two loads, and 6,000 from three to ten loads each.  In many instances half a dozen balls were driven in on a single charge of powder.  In some cases the former possessors had reversed the usual order, placing the ball at the bottom of the barrel and the powder on top.

— Gen. ANDERSON [Robert Anderson], of Fort Sumter fame, is in New York, and his health is very poor.  He has in his possession the old flag, which he keeps permission of the Government.  It will be ready for use again when wanted.  This flag was not flying on the day of the surrender, and it was nothing but a small streamer which was hauled down to the rebels.   Gen. Anderson has this also in his possession.

— The workmen on the Pacific railroad, eastern division, on New Year’s day got up an agreement, which has been unanimously signed, pledging that for every profane word uttered during the year 1964 they would pay one dollar for the benefit of the Soldiers’ Aid Fund.

— The National Republican committee appointed by the Chicago convention will meet in Washington on the 22d of February, to fix upon the time and place of holding the next convention for the nomination of President.

— The Kansas legislature has agreed to elect a United states Senator this session in place of Jim Lane [James Henry Lane], whose term will not expire until 1865.

—The loyal papers in Ohio call the opposition side of the House of Assembly, the “South Carolina corner,” owing to the uniform hostility there existing to all patriotic measures.

— Ohio brings in a bill of $223,825,537 against the Government for damage incurred by Morgan’s raid into that state.

— The late call for troops was undoubtedly based upon information received in Washington that the rebel armies now embrace more men than at any time since the commencement of the war.

— A letter from General Meade’s headquarters says there has been a degree of religious interest manifested by the soldiers of late promises to be the absorbing sensation. Many of the regiments and brigades are holding protracted meetings in their camps, which are said to be large number have already been hopefully converted.  [George G. Meade]

Finger002  The Raleigh (N. C.) Standard complains that the rebel Congress is “controlled by members from Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana and other places who impose odious and oppressive laws which can no more be enforced on the people of the states which they profess to represent, than upon the people of New York or New England.”  Fifty-three of the one hundred and four members of the rebel House of Representatives are from Districts now held by the Union arms.

— The Richmond Examiner has an important leader. It says:

“The time has passed for offensive military operations on the part of the Southern armies. Beyond recovering lost portions of territory, the true policy now is to risk nothing. Our means of subsistence have been too far exhausted to admit of any other than defensive tactics. It has become with us now, a simple question of endurance. With the South the duration of the war is simply a question of a continued supply of food for the people and the army. The south can hold out indefinitely, if, at the eleventh hour, she does not go mad. The Richmond congress can bring her to subjugation in six months more, by conscripting her present producing classes and thrusting them into an unclad and unfed army. the great want is food and clothing. The first duty of the Government is to provide these supplies, and if they are not provided, except by weakening the army, the alternative must be adopted of resisting with smaller armies, using the tactics of Fablus, and the strategy of defense.”

1.  Robert Brank Vance (1828-1899) was the brother of Governor Vance. He was captured on January 14, 1864, at Crosbys Creek, Tennessee, and was a prisoner-of-war at Fort Delaware until March 10, 1865. After the War, Vance was elected to Congress six times, serving from 1873 to 1885, and later was elected to one term in the North Carolina House of Representatives, serving from 1894–1896.

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