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1864 August 20: More Wisconsin Casualties from the Battle of Atlanta, Suffrage for Soldiers in Pennsylvania, Horace Greeley Speaks Out on the Peace Talks

August 26, 2014

Following are the smaller news items from the August 20, 1864, issues of The Prescott Journal and The Polk County Press.

From The Prescott Journal:

Finger002  No man ever yet saw an American who hated slavery who upheld the rebellion ;  and no one ever saw an American who justified and wished to perpetuate slavery who had not at least a sneaking tenderness for the rebel cause.  For all practical purposes, the rebellion and slavery are related as mother and child.

Finger002  The people of Pennsylvania voted on Tuesday of last week on the question of extending the right of suffrage to soldiers in the field.  The returns are meagre but leave little doubt of the success of the proposition.  Old benighted Democratic Berks, however, gave 1,500 majority against it.

WOUNDED.—A New York paper in a list of wounded, gives the names of Adjutant E. A. Campbell, 7th Wisconsin, back ;  Jacob Deiner, E, 6th Wis., abdomen ;  and Jacob Faith, A, 7th Wis., arm.¹

SHUT OUT.—Recruiting agents to fill the quotas of other States having “invaded” the State of Illinois, Gov. YATES [Richard Yates] served notice to quit, strictly prohibiting all such sort of business.  Such agents ought also to be excluded from this State.

WORKS WELL.—Retaliation has had the effect of inducing the rebels to abandon their barbarous game of placing captured Union officers under the fire of our own guns in Charleston.  Our authorities, it will be remembered, retaliated by placing under the fire of the rebel guns in Charleston harbor the same number of capture rebel officers as they had placed under our fire.  We now learn that this has resulted in effecting an exchange of the officers in question on both sides.  Our officers were received with due honors on board Admiral DAHLGREN’s fleet [John A. Dahlgren], and have been sent North.  Among those released we are glad to learn is Col. C. H. LaGrange, of the 1st Cavalry.²

MR. GREELEY [Horace Greeley], in an article in the Tribune of the 5th inst., fully confirms what we stated the other day, that the President offered to receive accredited commissioners from the rebel authorities, bearing propositions of peace, without reference to the nature of the propositions in question.  He says the President consented to receive “whatever proposition agents duly accredited from Richmond might see fit to offer, and I went to Niagara fully authorized to proffer a safe conduct and accompany to Washington the persons specified, on the understanding that they were empowered to submit, and would submit, terms of pacification ;  and there were no conditions beyond that.”

And the Copperheads keep up a clamor over the false and unfounded pretext that the President has refused to receive propositions for peace.

From The Polk County Press:

Late Interesting Items.

— It is stated that there were six tons of powder in the mine exploded under the rebel works in front of Petersburg.  [Battle of the Crater]

— There are at present some 3,000 workmen employed in the Springfield arsenal.  Before the war about six hundred muskets were turned out in a month ;  but now as many thousand are turned out in a week.

— Returns have been recieved [sic] from all but five counties of the vote in Pensylvania [sic] on the constitutional amendment to allow soldiers to vote, and they show, for the amendment 194,306, against it 103,664.

— The report of Gen. Kelly’s [sic: Benjamin F. Kelley] victory over the rebel raiders is fully confirmed by an official dispatch.  He captured the rebel commander, who subsequently escaped, and the rebel artillery, 450 prisoners, 400 horses, battle-flags, &c.

— According to Gen. Logan’s report [John A. Logan] the battle before Atlanta on the 22d was terribly disastrous to the rebels.  They made seven distinct charges which whre [sic] repulsed, and lost 10,000 men, while our total loss was only 3,521.

— The movement to call a Republican national convention at Buffalo on the 22d proxime,³ to nominate a candidate for President in place of both Fremont [John C. Frémont] and Lincoln [Abraham Lincoln], has resulted in a failure—the meeting held for that purpose, in Hamilton, Ohio, being a perfect fizzle.


  • E. Andre Campbell, adjutant of the 7th Wisconsin Infantry from July 5 to November 17, 1864. He was wounded at Petersburg and resigned because of his wounds on November 17.
  • Jacob Deiner, from Ellington, had been a private in Company E of the 6th since June 28, 1861. He is listed in the roster as being killed in action July 30, 1864, at Petersburg.
  • John Faith, from Lodi, was a private in Company A of the 7th since enlisting December 30, 1863. He was wounded at Petersburg and died from his wounds on July 31, 1864.

2.  Oscar H. La Grange, from Green Lake, became colonel of the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry February 5, 1863. He will be brevetted a brigadier general of Volunteers on March 13, 1865.
3.  From the Latin proximus meaning next, or immediately following.

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