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1864 May 21: Battle of Resaca, Deaths of Swain Lund and Colonel Boardman, Prescott Ladies Loyal League Formed

May 27, 2014

Following are the smaller items from our two newspapers for the week ending May 21, 1864.

The Battle of Resaca took place May 13-15, 1864, in Georgia, between the forces of Union General William T. Sherman’s Division of the Mississippi and Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston’s Army of Tennessee.  Johnston’s troops were in camps around Dalton, Georgia, and the Union troops were moving toward Rome, Georgia (remember Edward Levings’ recent letter?), on roads that led through Resaca.  The battle ended inconclusively with the Confederate Army retreating.

From The Prescott Journal:

Finger002  The dwelling of JAMES A. TOZER, of River Falls, volunteer in Co. A, 12th, was burned a few days since.  It was unoccupied at the time.

Finger002  Mrs. M. A. MITCHEL spoke here on Tuesday evening.  The ladies of this city have organized a society auxiliary to the U. S. Sanitary Commission.

— A movement has been inaugurated at Washington by many of the most influential ladies of the country, pledging themselves to abstain from purchasing any imported dress material during  the war.  They also strongly urge the gentlemen to abstain from the use of foreign wines, cigars, etc., but we suppose they have no objection to the use of GEORGE NICHOLS’ Wine and Cigars.

— The massacre at Fort Hillow [sic] is said to have greatly stimulated colored enlistments.

The Ladies Loyal League.

The ladies of Prescott and vicinity, having organized a society under the above name, would announce that their next meeting will be held in the basement of the Congregational Church, on Friday, May 27, at 6 o’clock P. M.

As bandages and lint are in urgent demand for the wounded soldiers, the ladies are requested to contribute the same at our next meeting.

Mrs. C. H. GRANT, Secretary.

From The Polk County Press:

D I E D,

At the General Hospital, Chattanooga Tenn., April 18, 1864, SEVEN [sic: Swain] LUND,¹ Private 10th Wisconsin Battery.

The deceased was one of our patriotic German [sic: Swedish] citizens, who enlisted with Lieut. OSCAR CLARK in 1862, to defend his adopted country’s flag.  He was a brave and true soldier, a good citizen, and leaves a wife and family to mourn his loss.  May he rest in peace.

DEATH OF COL. BOARDMAN [Frederick A. Boardman].—A dispatch from Madison brings the painful intelligence of the death of Col. BOARDMAN, of the 4th Cavalry, on the 4th inst., occasioned by a ball through the head, while scouting.— Col. BOARDMAN has near relatives here, whose sorrow will be great at this announcement, and vary many friends who will sincerely lament his loss.— Milwaukee Sentinel.

GONE.— The members of the Hudson City Guards [Company G, 4th Wisconsin Cavalry], who have been spending the past month here at their homes on veteran furlough, left to rejoin their command on Wednesday last.  The boys have enjoyed their visit home hugely, and we trust ere many days to take take them one and all by the hand, and welcome them again.

THE 1ST WISCONSIN.— A letter from Sergt. E. H. Hoover, states that the boys in company F are all well.  They are still running the steamer Chattanooga, on the Tennessee river.  Capt. SAMUEL [Maurice M. Samuel] is in command.  The regiment is in the front.

DESERTERS ARRESTED.— Provost Marshals MEAD, WHITING and VINCENT [William J. Vincent] arrested two deserters at St. Croix Falls on the night of the 18th.  They were both drafted men, one belonging to the State of Maine and the other to New York.  They have been at work in the pineries during the past winter for W. M. DOHNEY of Taylors Falls.  They had just come down off the drive when they were called upon to exchange the “cant-dog” and “handspike” for a pair of handcuffs.  They were taken to St. Paul on Thursday.

300, 000 More.

Dispatches received at St. Paul on the 19th, contain strong intimations that a call for “300,000 more” will be made immediately.  GRANT [Ulysses S. Grant] calls for reinforcements and must have them.  The government is bound to put the thing through.

DRAFT IN MINNESOTA.— A draft for 2,500 men is ordered in Minnesota, to take place next Monday.

RECRUITS WANTED.— E. H. WALDEN has arrived and opened a recruiting office in Osceola.  He is desirous of obtaining a few men to fill up a company in the 37th Regt., Col. SAM HARRIMAN.  This is an excellent chance for any person desirous of going into a new organization to enlist. A local bounty of $200, will be given, if the recruit applies immediately.  For further particulars call on SAM. FIFIELD. JR.  Recruiting station at the PRESS office.

Another draft is coming, hurry up and enlist.

LOUISIANA.— The news from Banks [Nathaniel P. Banks] grows worse and worse.  Gen. Smith [A. J. Smith] is penned up in Alexandria, the Red River being thoroughly blockaded by the rebels, and it is now said will have to fight his way out.  We trust that Gen. Canby [Edward Canby] will find  a solution of the difficulties in which Banks’ folly has involved his noble army.

GOOD FOR NEW YORK.— The noble women of New York have earned the blessings of the country, as well as the eternal gratitude of the army.  A dispatch dated the 17th says that the sum of one million dollars was handed over to the Sanitary Commission by the Chairman of the Metropolitan Finance Committee, as the 1st installment of the results of the great Fair.

The War in Georgia.


[Special to “Herald.”]—We learn from reliable authority that McPherson [James B. McPherson] captured on the 13th nine railroad trains below Reseca [sic], laden with various military stores for Dalton.  The enemy seems to be making preparations to evacuate.  Advantages have been gained and hopes are entertained that speedy success there will keep pace with the operations in Virginia.  Kilpatrick [Judson Kilpatrick] was wounded several days since though not dangerously.  Willich [August Willich] and Marston [Gilman Marston] were also slightly wounded.


A dispatch received by Halleck [William H. Halleck] from Sherman says he had a fight on Wednesday at Reseca, in which we were successful. No details given.

Gen. Sherman says he has not time to find out, but as near as he can judge, our loss is about 3,000 killed, wounded and missing.  Everything was progressing very favorably.—The railroad has been repaired to within seven miles of the army.


Dispatches received at headquarters here dated yesterday morning from Gen. Sherman, states he had entered Reseca [sic] and established his Headquarters there. he captured 8 guns and a thousand prisoners.—  Troops are in hot pursuit of Johnston. The rebels burned the railroad bridges to Reseca, but the road to there was in running order.

1.  Swain Lund was from Osceola. He enlisted August 11, 1862, and died on April 18, 1864, in Chattanooga from chronic diarrhea. Lund is buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2014 11:32 am

    It is frustrating that the 25th Wisconsin (La Crosse-Sparta) is rare mentioned. They were in the advance from Snake Creek Gap to Resaca.

    • June 5, 2014 3:26 pm

      You are right, I have rarely seen the 25th mentioned in any of the newspaper articles. Our two local newspapers, of course, concentrate on the regiments with lots of men from this area, but why don’t the state newspapers don’t mention more of the regiments? I would expect La Crosse newspapers probably covered the 25th, but our newspapers do not used articles from La Crosse papers very often, except for Brick Pomeroy’s paper and by this time he has become a Copperhead.

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