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1864 June 11: Death of George W. Barrett, Promotion of Joseph Bailey, Osceola Militia to Muster In, and More News Items

June 17, 2014

Following are the smaller items from our two newspapers, The Polk County Press and The Prescott Journal, for June 11, 1864.

The last item makes mention of several battles.  The Battle of Mansura took place on May 16, 1864.  The battle was primarily an artillery battle for four hours, when the Union forces massed for a flank attack, which made the Confederate forces retreat, handing Union General Nathaniel P. Banks a small victory.  The Battle of Yellow Bayou took place two days later on May 18th.  This battle was a strategic victory of the Union, even though it ended when the battleground caught fire and both sides had to retire.  Yellow Bayou was the last battle of Banks’ Red River Expedition.

From The Polk County Press:

COL. BAILEY PROMOTED.—Colonel BAILEY [Joseph Bailey], of the 4th Wisconsin, famous for his ingenious method of getting Admiral PORTER’S gunboats out of Red River [David D. Porter], has been appointed Brevet-Brigader General by the President.  The Senate confirmed the appointment.

THE 37TH REGIMENT.— The ninth company of the 37th Regiment has been raised, and Col. HARRIMAN [Samuel Harriman] is now getting the tenth ready for muster.  As soon as he finished the organization he will take his departure for the front.  Col. H. has shown commendable enterprise in his endeavors to fill his regiment.

MUSTER— We understand that two companies of the 1st Batalion [sic], 5th regiment, Wisconsin State Militia, Maj. A. S. GRAY, commanding, are to muster at Osceola, July Fourth.

RECRUITS— Lieut. G. W. DAVIS [George W. Davis], Co. G. 7th regiment, brought eight half-breeds on Monday, recruits for his regiment.  They are all perfect devils, and will make wicked soldiers.  They will do to stop a bullet just as well as a white man.

From The Prescott Journal:

DEATH OF GEO. W. BARRETT.—A letter from Lt. HUTCHINS [William W. Hutchins], now in command of Co. B, 6th Reg., brings the sad news of the death of Geo. W. Barrett, who was killed in action on the 23d of May.  His body was recovered the next day and honorably interred.  While his body lay on the field, it was robbed by some vandal of his money, watch, and other valuables.  GEORGE had a large circle of friends here, by whom his death is deeply lamented.

Finger002  General Sherman [William T. Sherman], who is very brusque to the rebels, does not hesitate to let out a little brusquerie against the Christian Commission.  He won’t have those philanthropic civilians in his army.  He says he has chaplains to take care of the spiritual welfare of his men, and that if the people want to do his army any good they must send oats and gunpowder.”

— Gen. Hunter [David Hunter] has defeated and killed the rebel Gen. W. E. Jones [William E. “Grumble” Jones] twelve miles beyond Staunton, Virginia.  This news comes through Richmond papers.

— There is nothing important from Grant [Ulysses S. Grant] or Sherman.  John Morgan‘s long threatened raid has at last burst upon Kentucky.

Finger002  A Northern mechanic, who has escaped from Richmond, says Lee [Robert E. Lee] is sick, and confined to his bed in Richmond.—Grant has kept him so busy for the past month, that even his iron frame had to succomb [sic] to the great fatigue.

Finger002  The New York Herald reports that Fremont [John C. Frémont] has resigned his Major Generalship, and his resignation has been accepted by the President.

Finger002  WM. COLVILL Jr., late Colonel of the 1st Min. Reg., has assumed the editorial charge of the Redwing [sic] Republican.  Severely wounded in his country’s service, it is fitting that he exchange the sword for the pen.

THE FEELING IN RICHMOND.—We extract the following from a paper called the Southern Churchman, published in Richmond, and which is the organ of “the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States.”—The date of publication is April 22d, and we call particular attention to the sentence printed in italic :

The present time, in the history of the war, we do not think can well be over-estimated.  It seems consent, both among us and our enemies, to be regarded as a crisis.  Of course all may be mistaken ;  but it does appear as if we had reached that point in the struggle when a great victory, one side or the other, will do much towards ending the war.  If General Lee [Robert E. Lee] meets with disaster, and Johnston [Joseph E. Johnston] is overcome, we may reach the conclusion that longer strife on our part is useless and vain.  The battles may be virtually drawn battles—no such success granted to either side as that either will be able to accomplish anything great.  This will only prolong the war ;  and, with the resources of the United States, must prove disadvantageous to us.

BANKS’ ARMY.—A dispatch from Secretary STANTON [Edwin M. Stanton], not received here by telegraph, says that Gen. BANKS’ army, in going from Alexandria to the Mississippi, had two engagements with the enemy one at Manazora [sic] and one at Yellow Bayou.  In both the rebels were beaten.  Brig. Gen. A. J. SMITH had a spirited engagement with POLIGNAC’S [Prince Polignac] rebel division on the 18th instant, defeating it, driving it several miles, and capturing three hundred prisoners.  Gen. BANKS states that no prisoners, wagons, or other material of the army have been captured by the enemy, except that abandoned to him in the unexpected engagement at Sabine Cross Roads, on the morning of April 8th.  With the exception of the losses sustained there, the material of the army is complete.

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