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1864 June 18: Credits for Pierce County Towns, Colonel William P. Lyon in Alabama, Officers from the 5th and 36th Wisconsin Regiments Wounded at Cold Harbor

June 24, 2014

Following are the smaller items from the June 18, 1864, issues of The Prescott Journal.

The News.

— GRANT has moved his army to the James River.  Let us wait patiently.—He is bound to win.  [Ulysses S. Grant]

—MORGAN’s raid into Kentucky has proved a miserable failure.  The glory of the great horse thief has departed.  [John Hunt Morgan]

—The President, Secretary of War, and the Provost Marshal have petitioned Congress to Strike [sic] our the $300 exemption clause of the Conscription Act.

—The report of a splendid victory by Gen. HUNTER [David Hunter] over the Rebel Gen. Jones [William E. “Grumble” Jones], is confirmed.

—VALLANDIGHAM [Clement L. Vallandigham] has returned to Ohio, and is making speeches.  He has probably been informed by the Washington authorities that he would not be molested.

Finger002  The ladies of Hudson are to have a Grant Festival on the Fourth of July, for the benefit of the Sanitary Commission.

Finger002  Gen. J. M. RANDALL, of La Crosse, has been in town for a few days.  He is en route for Superior, on business connected with the Provost Marshal’s office.

WISCONSIN OFFICERS WOUNDED.—The army correspondent of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Capt. J. H. Cook and Lieut. B. F. Cram, of the 5th regiment were wounded in the battle of Cold Harbor on Thursday last.  Capt. Cook is reported with a flesh wound in the thigh, while Lieut. Cram is reported, in one place, as wounded in the thigh, and in another place as wounded in the foot.  In a list of casualties of Friday’s battles, in the Herald, we find the names of Adjutant B. D. Atwell of the 36th and Lt. Skinner of Co. I, also of the 36th, as wounded, the former in the shoulder.¹

COL. LYON.—A Bridgeport, (Ala.,) letter in the Louisville Journal says :

Colonel Lyon,² of the 13th Wisconsin, is present commander of the post, a very efficient and gentlemany [sic] officer, and one very much liked by everybody.  Colonel Lyon possesses the singular faculty of imagining himself an officer in command of the post, and not a little god with solder straps.  For this reason all his intercourse with the world at large is characterized by common sense, which is saying a good deal.

BRIGADIER-GENERAL WILLICH [August Willich] was not, as was first reported, mortally wounded in the battle of Resacca [sic], Georgia, but has arrived at Louisville en route for home.  He was struck by a masket [sic] ball, which entered the front of the right side, and came out in the vicinity of the spine.

Finger002  By evidence which the bitterest rebel cannot dispute, an official return of a Richmond hospital, the brutal treatment of our prisoners in that city is proved.  During the first three months of the present year fifty per cent of the prisoners in that hospital died, and their deaths were from diseases which starvation invariably produces.

Finger002  There are all sorts of reports concerning the whereabouts of Gen. A. J. SMITH‘S forces.  A dispatch dated Helena, Ark., June 6th, says that Gen. A. J. SMITH’S fleet of transports arrived there the day before.  It is generally supposed this veteran corps will be used to reinforce GRANT.

THE DRAFT.
CREDITS OF THE TOWNS.

It is expected that a draft will be made in July in those towns in this State which have not filled their quota, to make up for the deficiency existing.—The following is the account of the towns of this county in the office of the Provost Marshal of this District, all calls included :

TOWN. EXCESS. DEF’Y.
Oak Grove, 4
Trimbelle, 2
Diamond Bluff,
Trenton, 3
Hartland,
Pleasant Valley, 3
Perry, 4
Union, 3
Isabelle, 1
Prescott, 7
Martell, 10
River Falls, 3
Clifton, 4
El Passo [sic], 1
Salem, 2

NEGRO RECRUITING IN KENTUCKY.–Adjutant General Thomas [Lorenzo Thomas] will be in Kentucky next week, and two silver eagles will take an unusually high flight, and the slaves of Kentucky will be gathered in by this great recruiter with a rake that will not leave a county unvisited.  The epoch of pro-slavery bluster, Border State sneaking and military slave-driving is at an end.

The negroes of Kentucky have got to fight for the Union.  Gen. Thomas goes down with plenary powers, and carries in his pocket, to start with, the organization of three regiments, the names of qualified officers who have passed Casey’s board.  Sixteen regiments of Kentucky blacks will swell our ranks in a few weeks.—New York Tribune, 3d.

1.

  • Captain Jacob H. Cook of Company B of the 5th reorganized, was from Stockbridge; he was discharged September 27, 1864, with a disability.
  • 1st Lieutenant B. Franklin Cram, Company F of the 5th, was from Waukesha; he was wounded at Cold Harbor and mustered out August 18, 1864, when his term expired
  • Adjutant Benjamin D. Atwell of the 36th, was from Madison; he was wounded June 3, 1864, at Cold Harbor and was prisoner at Beam’s Station, Virginia.
  • 1st Lieutenant Charles W. Skinner of Company I of the 36th, was from Columbus; he was wounded June 3, 1864, at Cold Harbor and resigned September 27, 1864, because of a disability.

2.  William Penn Lyon (1822-1913) was the district attorney of Racine County, Wisconsin (1855-1858), and served as speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly (1859) before the Civil War. When the War started, he enlisted in the 8th Wisconsin Infantry and was elected captain of Company K. He was promoted to major of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry on January 18, 1862. Lyon participated in the various expeditions in Kentucky and Tennessee that the 8th Wisconsin was in. On August 5, 1862, he was promoted to colonel of the 13th Wisconsin Infantry. In 1863-64 his regiment was assigned to guarding trains and lines of communication in northern Alabama. Lyon was placed in command of an important supply depot at Stephenson, Alabama, which is where he was when this article was written. In 1865 the 13th Wisconsin was sent to Texas to repel rebel outposts. Lyon was brevetted brigadier general of U.S. Volunteers on October 26, 1865, and mustered out on the same date. After the War, he resumed his legal and political career, serving on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and retiring as chief justice in 1894.

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