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1864 April 9: List of Wisconsin Prisoners Exchanged, “hardy set of half-breed Chippewas” join 7th Wisconsin, and Much More

April 15, 2014

Following are the smaller items from the April 9, 1864, issues of The Polk County Press and The Prescott Journal.

From The Polk County Press:

THE VETERANS RESERVE.—An order has recently been issued changing the name of the Invalid Corps to “The Veteran Reserve Corps.”

HOME.—The 11th and 12th regiments of Wisconsin veterans arrived at Madison on the 21st, and are now enjoying a furlough for 30 days within the State.  One company is now at Prescott.  [Company A, the Lyon Light Guards]

GLAD OF IT.—We see by the “Prescott Journal,” that our old friend and companion ROLLIN P. CONVERSE, Captain Co. B, 6th Wis. Vol., has recently been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.  Bully for the Governor [James T. Lewis] or the man who did it.  He is deserving of the “twinkling star” or any other position of honor and trust.  ROLLIN has got the true grit in him, having fought his way up from the ranks, and for once fortune smiles her reward on a heart brave and true.

FROM THE 4TH REGIMENT.—We have received a letter from Henry French, stating that the recruits which left here for the 4th Regiment had arrived at their regimental headquarters at Baton Rouge in safety and all well.  He says that Company G [Hudson City Guards] contains ninety-five men.  Nearly all of the old members have re-enlisted for the war.  The regiment has had frequent skirmishes with the guerillas [sic], generally coming out best.

DEPARTURE.—The volunteers enlisted by recruiting officer G. W. DAVIS, for company G, 7th Wis. Regt., took their departure for Madison on Tuesday last.  They are a hardy set of half-breed Chippewas, use to taking it “rough and ready” and will make spendid [sic] soldiers.  They all talk English, are of good size, and brave as lions.  The following is the list of names complete :

Alexes La Prairie, Charles Razor,
John Singog, J. B. La Prairie,
John Winslow, Joseph Razor,
Joseph King, George Metawos,
Joseph Cadotte, James Rice,
Alex Cadotte, John R. Day,
Thomas Hart, John Buck,
George Samuel John Moses,
Charles Hart, Joseph Morrow.

FROM MADISON.—The following bills of interest to citizens in the District have been introduced in the legislature by our member since our last summary :

A bill to authorize . . . the government to audit the accounts of the Douglas County Home Guards; to legalize the vote of a special town meeting, held in the town of Osceola, Polk county, on the 10th day of December, 1863, to raise money by tax to pay bounties to volunteers.

— The latest returns of the vote of New York on the soldiers’ suffrage show a majority of 161,000 in favor of the constitutional amendment.

— A resolution in favor of the recall of Gen. McClellan to the command of the Army of the Potomac was offered in the New York Assembly on Monday last, and laid on the table.  [George B. McClellan]

NOT SO.—The copperhead journals have recently been circulating stories that the sixty-four lady school teachers at Beaufort, South Carolina, were about to add precisely the same number of infant mulattoes to that population.  A story so preposterous, however positively stated, scarcely needed contradiction.  The New York “Word,” however, has the manliness, both editorially and by its Beaufort correspondence, to denounce the whole thing for what it is, a vile slander, without the shadow of a foundation on which to rest.

From The Prescott Journal:

WISCONSIN VOLUNTEERS EXCHANGED.The following is a list of the Wisconsin soldiers who arrived at New York by steamer on the 10th inst.  They were among the 664 prisoners released from confinement at Richmond, on exchange:

O. Morton, 6th ; J. H. Ayers, F, 7th ; J. W. Matthews, I, 7th ;
R. B. Huflit, 7th ; F. Cushman, B, 2d ; H. Acker, H, 2d ;
B. Wilson, I, 7th ; J. J. Phillips, I, 2d ; J. H. Laton, B, 2d cavalry ;
D. Gilmore, 2d ; J. Brown, E, 26th ; S. G. Parson, F, 7th ;
Thos. Brown, 2d ; Nunan, F, 26th ; W. Clow, D, 2d ;
N. M. Orrick, 1st ; W. J. Gasner, F, 7th ; Peter Velger, D, 27th ;
A. W. Waterman, C, 7th.

Bounty to Veterans.

Last Tuesday the City [of Prescott] voted to pay a bounty of $100 each to the veterans whose reenlistment filled our quota under the last call.

GONE TO THE WAR.B. C. EDES, one of the proprietors and editors of the Oshkosh Northwestern, and formerly Captain of the Enterprise, in the St. Croix trade, has received a Captain’s commission in the 37th regiment. Ben is a gentleman, a scholar, and a right noble man.  Ourself, and his many friends here, warmly wish him success.

Finger002  Now that another man has been elected, and the blockade of the Pennsylvania Senate broken up, to the discomfiture of the Copperhead conspirators, the rebels have released Senator-Major White.  The news being read in the Pennsylvania Senate; the Copperheads affected much satisfaction, but the hypocrisy of their manifestation was so apparent as to disgust all honest men. —Ed.

Just so long as the rebels could play into the hands of the Copperheads by retaining Col. WHITE, they refused to exchange him.

COPPERHEADS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.The character of the New Hampshire copperhead leaders, who have just been so summarily defeated in their treasonable plans, may be inferred from the address of one J. D. MURPHY, at Newington, urgently.  MURPHY stumped the State for HARRINGTON, the Democratic candidate for Governor.  He said :

“Rather than submit four years longer to Abe Lincoln, and be overrun by the hordes of his hireling soldiery, let us ring out the cry of old, “To your tents, O, Israel !”  Democrats should arm and organize into drill clubs, companies, battalions, regiments and brigades, for these blood thirsty Abolitionists and shoddyite thieves and traitors are wind-broken, spavined, dyspeptic race, and one regiment of Democrats could whip three of of them.  Our armies have accomplished nothing; the Army of the Potomac is a grand picnic excursion, eating up the substance of the nation, and coming home to vote down the liberties of the people, and render our elections a farce and mockery to the world.”

The people of New Hampshire have responded to these treasonable appeals, and have administered such a rebuke to copperheadism as may well warn the leaders in other States.

DEMOCRATIC CONSPIRACY.The statement has been made that, out of ninety-six colonels appointed by Gov. Seymour, all but one are Democrats!  [Horatio Seymour]

NOT WHOLLY UNGRATEFUL.The rebels are not destitute of gratitude.  They recognize the services of their Northern allies.  A recent number of the Mississippian says :

Have our neighbors read the Chicago Times, New York Express, Metropolitan, Record, Cincinnati Enquirer, and various other papers of the North which are exponents of the opposition to Lincoln [Abraham Lincoln]?  Have they read the speeches of Bright [Jesse D. Bright], Voorhees [Daniel W. Voorhees], Merrick and various others?  Have they ever found in any of these papers of speeches a syllable that did not breathe the most orthodox States’ rights doctrines, and these are the men whose success will bring peace.

The Richmond Whig, of the 23d of February, says :

On moral grounds the justice of our (the rebel) cause has been vindicated  by the ablest intellects in Europe, and by the best men at the North.  England, the mother of abolitionism, has sustained us; France, as thoroughly anti-slavery as England, though not like her, a propagandist, has sustained us.  Fernando Wood, Franklin Pierce,¹ Seymour of Connecticut [Thomas H. Seymour], SUSTAIN US, in the moral issue at least.  THUS SUSTAINED, we shall indeed lack manhood if we fail to meet this last hour of trial BRAVELY AND HOPEFULLY.

1.  Former U. S. President Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) was a Northerner with Southern sympathies. His reputation as an able politician and a likable man was destroyed during the Civil War when he declared support for the Confederacy. In the aftermath of Vicksburg, personal correspondence between Pierce and the Confederate President Jefferson Davis was found and leaked to the press. The letters revealed Pierce’s deep friendship with Davis and ambivalence about the goals of the war.

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