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1864 March 26: Local, Regional, and National War Items and Indian News

April 1, 2014

Following are the remaining smaller items from the March 26, 1864, issue of The Polk County Press.

GONE.—Dr. GARLICK [Carmine “Carmi” P. Garlick] left for his regiment, the 35th, on Wednesday morning.

NOTICE—is hereby given to all whom it may concern, that my books, bills and accounts, are in the hands of STEPHEN ROWCLIFFE, who is fully authorized [to] settle and receipt the same.
.    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    .    . C. P. GARLICK.
…..Osceola, March 22d, 1864.

APPOINTED.—Hon. ANSEL SMITH, of Franconia [Minnesota], has been appointed one of the Commissioners to receive the soldier’s vote, in the Department of the Cumberland, at the coming Fall election, by GOV. MILLER [Stephen Miller], of Minnesota.  A good appointment.

NEW CAVALRY REGIMENT.—We understand that the President has authorized the organization of a new cavalry regiment in this State.  The officers of course will receive their appointment from the Governor.—Milwaukee Wisconsin, 17th.

RE-ENLISTED.—JOHN McCOURT writes to his father that he has re-enlisted for the war.  He says that his company (Co. D, 2d Wis. Cavalry,) have nearly all re-enlisted, and will soon be at home on a thirty day’s furlough.

RECRUITS.—Recruiting Officer DAVIS brought in four more men on Monday last.  This makes twelve in all.  DAVIS is doing well.

Later.—Since the above was in type five more men have been sworn in by Dep. Pro. Marshal Vincent [William J. Vincent], which swells the number to sixteen.

LEGISLATIVE.—Since our last issue the following items of interest have been introduced into the Legislature : . . . Also the following petitions, memorials, etc. : A memorial from W. A. TALBOYS, and others, for legislative action to remove the Chippewa Indians.

— The new barracks at Camp Randall are nearly completed, and these, with the old barracks, are sufficient to accommodate 5,000 officers and men.

— Lieut. Col. Hobart [Harrison C. Hobart] has been promoted to the Colonelcy of the 21st Wisconsin regiment, vice Col. Sweet, whose severe wounds disqualify him for active service.

— Gov. Lewis [James T. Lewis] has received orders from the War Department to organize still another regiment, to be designated as the 38th.  James Bentliff [sic: Bintliff],¹ of Green county, formerly captain in the 22d regiment, is appointed to its command.  [If this sounds familiar, it appeared in The Prescott Journal last week.]

THE 4th MINNESOTA.—This regiment numbering some 300 or 400 men arrived in St. Paul on the 18th.  They have re-enlisted for the war and have come home to recruit, and enjoy a short furlough.

— Gen. Butler [Benjamin F. Butler] sent a portion of Kilpatrick’s cavalry, with Colonels Onderdonk and Spears,² to King and Queen’s Court House, to deal with the citizens claiming to be non-combatants, who ambushed Col. Dahlgren [Ulrich Dahlgren].  Col. Onderdonk reports that the Fifth and Ninth Virginia Cavalry, with citizens, 1,200 in all, were driven from their camp near Carrolton’s Store.  The camp was taken and a number killed.  Twenty prisoners were taken.  The enemy was also driven from the Court-house. A large amount of grain, mills and store-houses were burned.

— Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rode [sic] Island, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Iowa have raised their full quotas under the 500,000 call ;  Ohio, Wisconsin and Missouri nearly so ;  Pennsylvania and Kentucky make the worst show.  [bold emphasis added]

— The Committee on the Conduct of the War are investigating the Florida expedition.  The evidence already given establishes the fact that neither the President nor any one else in Washington is responsible for its disastrous termination.

— The rebel military authorities in North Carolina, have hung twenty three citizens of that Sate, who had enlisted in the Union army, and were captured as prisoners of war.  They met their fate bravely.  The native Union troops threaten retaliation.

NEW YORK, March 17.—The late calls of the President for 300,000 and 500,000, the quota of which was fixed by the government from this city, has been filled, and the business of the supervisors of the Volunteer Bounty Paying Committee was finished for those quotas to-day.

— An election was held in New York on the 8th to decide whether the constitution should be so amended as to allow soldiers to vote.  In New York City the total vote cast was 23,280, of which 16,401 were in favor of the amendment to the constitution allowing soldiers to vote, and 6,879 against.

NEW YORK, March 18.—The “World’s” Washington dispatch has a report that Stuart [J.E.B. Stuart], with 5,000 cavalry crossed the Rappahannock near Fredericksburg.  Our army is well in hand ready for a raid or any engagement of the enemy.  It is thought the rebel cavalry will make a demonstration towards Baltimore.

— The county elections, under loyal auspices, took place in Tennessee Saturday.  The vote was unexpectedly large.  Nashville elected the out-and-out emancipation ticket.  Memphis elected copperheads.

THE SOLDIERS AND THE SUCCESSION.—A letter at Washington from Gen. GRANT’S army [Ulysses S. Grant], says that nine-tenths of the men composing it are in favor of Mr. LINCOLN’S re-election [Abraham Lincoln], and will vote for him if they have the opportunity.  On the 22d of February votes were taken in several brigades and divisions, and out of nearly thirteen thousand ballots polled, only five hundred and eighty two were cast against him.

FROM MEMPHIS, March 14th.—There was quite a battle at Yazoo City on the 5th between the negro troops stationed there and a large force of rebels, who made an attack on the place.  The rebels gained possession of part of the city, but a gunboat coming up opened fire upon them, encouraging the negroes, who charged and drove them back.  Our loss was slight.  The rebel loss is unknown.

Upwards of 5,000 bales of cotton arrived from below yesterday.  The receipts by wagon continue large.

Gen. Veachy³ and staff arrived here to-day.  He is en route to General Dodge’s [Grenville M. Dodge] division now at Huntsville, Alabama.


Disease is rapidly settling the question as to the fate of the Sioux prisoners confined at Camp McClellan in Iowa.  There are about 250 left, fifty of whom are in the hospital and pest-house.  Small-pox is diminishing their number at the rate of fifteen or twenty per week.  At this rate the government will soon be relieved of them, and the St. Paul papers will probably stop howling for their blood. — Chicago Post.

The St. paul [sic] papers don’t want the blood of these wretches—they will be satisfied with a large and commodious lock of hair from each head—and a pound of flesh nearest the heart.  Oh, no—we don’t want their blood—we don’t. — St. Paul Pioneer.

1.  James Bintliff (1824-1901) was a newspaper editor from Monroe, Wisconsin, who rose from company captain to brigadier general during the Civil War. For a full biography, see the Col. James Bintliff entry in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History.
2. Benjamin Franklin Onderdonk, 1st New York Mounted Rifles, and Samuel Perkins Spear (1815-1875), 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry.
3.  Probably James Clifford Veatch (1819-1895), a lawyer, county auditor, and Indiana state legislator. He was colonel of the 25th Indiana Infantry and led the regiment at the Battle of Fort Donelson. At the Battle of Shiloh he led the 2nd Brigade in Hurlbut’s division. In April 1862 Veatch became a brigadier general of volunteers. He commanded a brigade during the siege of Corinth and the battle of Hatchie’s Bridge, where he was wounded. For the next year General Veatch commanded the District of Memphis. Veatch led the 4th Division of the XVI Corps during the Meridian Expedition, and joined Sherman’s forces for the Atlanta Campaign. He commanded of the 1st Division in the XIII Corps and participated in the Battle of Fort Blakely. He was brevetted to major general of volunteers in March 1865.

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