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1864 March 5: News of Polk County Soldiers, and Other War-Related Items

March 11, 2014

Following are the small items from The Polk County Press and The Prescott Journal of March 5, 1864.

From The Polk County Press:

VOLUNTEERS.—St. Croix [Falls] has filled her quota of volunteers under the last call.  Deputy Provost Marshal VINCENT [William J. Vincent] informs us that the following persons have been sworn into the service for that town.  They are for the 7th regiment, and go with Recruiting Officer DAVIS :

James Rice, George Samuel,
John Buck, Charley Hart,
John R. Day.

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RETURNED FROM THE WAR.—Our brother [Henry O. Fifield] who has been sojourning on the “sacred soil” of “ole Virginia,” for the past three years, in the service of Uncle SAM has returned from the war and has been making us a short visit this week.  Though somewhat older, and we trust wiser from experience, he is still the same boy who used to brag that he could “whip his big brother.”   Belonging to the gallant old first Minnesota has not lessened his fighting qualities, and we “perhaps” should admit his boast should he renew it.  We have managed to keep him quiet this week, however, by the use of a straight jacket.

— Captain MAXSON [Orrin T. Maxson], 12th Regiment has enlisted over sixty men since he returned here, and still keeps gathering them in.

DISCHARGED.—Lieut. P. V. WISE, of Prescott, has been honorably dismissed the service, on account of wounds received in battle.  He will resume the practice of his profession at Prescott.
From the Hudson Star.

PROMOTED.—Robert Huges [sic: George Robert Hughes], of the Hudson City Guards, has been appointed 2d Lieut. in a Negro regiment. Good for Robert.
From the Hudson Star.

— Milwaukee it is believed will raise her quota by volunteers, under this call.  The last draft in that city had a healthy effect.

From The Prescott Journal:

Co. A, 12th Regiment.

The following are the number of credits in this county of veterans re[-]enlisted in Co. A, 12th, as received at Madison a few days ago :

Prescott, 11 ;  River Falls, 6 ;  Clifton, 2 ;  Diamond Bluff, 2 ;  Trimbelle, 1 ;  Perry, 1.

Finger002  Henry Barlow, Co. A, 12th Reg., died in hospital at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., Feb. 15th, of Chronic Diarrhoea.

Finger002  A dispatch from Pro. Marshal FRY [James B. Fry] announces that the draft will surely come off on the 10th inst.

Finger002  The Minnesota Union State Convention, which was held at St. Paul on Wednesday, passed a strong resolution in favor of the re[-]nomination of Mr. LINCOLN.

A Washington letter says advices from near Charleston report that some 15,000 troops have been dispatched by the rebels to Tallahassee, Fla., for the purpose of disputing the advance of our forces upon that place.  Part of these troops are said to have been sent from Georgia, and the remainder from Beauregard’s army  [P.G.T. Beauregard].  If the number of the rebel troops be correctly stated, the opposing armies will be very nearly matched should they meet.

— The Army of the Potomac is again on the move.

— Over 3,700 negroes have been recruited in Missouri in the last three months.

— The manufacture of sword bayonets in the Confederacy has been discontinued.

— The steamer Denbirg was lost recently in attempting to run the blockade from Mobile.

— President Lincoln has issued a proclamation declaring that the port of Brownsville, Texas, is released from blockade.

— A large rebel force has been sent from Charleston to Tallahassee, Florida, to impede the advance of our forces upon that place.

— A Paris edict prescribes crinoline small on the front and sides, but prodigiously stuck out behind.

— Mobile papers think that Sherman’s plan is to penetrate to Central Alabama, and thus compel the evacuation of Mobile.  [William T. Sherman]

— The policy of extending the President’s amnesty to Colonels is much talked of.  Rebel prisoners and refugees state that this would cause whole regiments to desert.

— The Lafayette Courier learns that Jesse D. Bright has modified his political views to harmonize with the logic of events.  He says that the South has staked slavery upon the fortunes of war, and having lost in the desperate chance, must abide the result.

— A private letter informs the Boston Transcript that San Francisco will give this year $200,000 to the Sanitary Commission, and the rest of the golden State will add at least another $100,000 subscription.

— A captured rebel letter says there are secret Union associations formed in Virginia, that are known to have 10,000 members, some of these being wealthy and influential citizens.  The letter says :  “Jeff. Davis [Jefferson Davis] knows this and has ordered several suspicious parties to be arrested, and secret agents are now on the hunt for all suspected traitors.”

1.  The following served in the 7th Wisconsin Infantry:

  • James Rice, from Osceola, enlisted February 22, 1864, served in Company G
    A John Rice, from the Town of Sterling, enlisted January 18, 1864, served in Company F
  • John Buck, from Polk County, enlisted in Osceola on February 22, 1864, served in Company G
  • John R. Day, from Polk County, enlisted February 22, 1864, served in Company G
  • Charles Hart, from Polk County, enlisted February 22, 1864, served in Company G
  • George Samuels, from Polk County, enlisted February 22, 1864, served in Company G.

Other recent Polk County recruits not listed in the March 5 newspaper were:

  • Alexander Cadott, was originally listed from Burnett [County], later changed to Town of Sterling, enlisted February 29, 1864, served in Company G
  • Joseph Cadott, from Town of Sterling, enlisted February 29, 1864, served in Company G
  • Andrew H. Connor, from St. Croix Falls, enlisted January 18, 1864, served in Company F
  • George W. Davis,* from Farmington, enlisted January 18, 1864, served in Company G
  • Peter Delp, from St. Croix Falls, enlisted January 18, 1864, served in Company F
  • Peter Francis, from Farmington, enlisted January 18, 1864, served in Company F
  • Michael McHugh, from St. Croix Falls, enlisted January 18, 1864, served in Company F
  • Richard H. Turnbull, from St. Croix Falls, enlisted January 18, 1864, served in Company F
  • Orrin Weymouth, from St. Croix Falls, enlisted January 18, 1864, served in Company F
  • Edwin E. Whitney, from Farmington, enlisted January 18, 1864, served in Company F.

* Although he only enlisted on January 18, George W. Davis is listed as the recruiter for several other recruits.

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