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1864 September 3: William H. Howes Promoted, More on Admiral Farragut, the Democratic Party is “Pregnant with a President,” Missouri News, Georgia News, and More Indian Wars

September 9, 2014

Following are the smaller news items related to the Civil War from the September 3, 1864, issues of The Prescott Journal.

Finger002  Dr. BEARDSLEY [Joseph W. Beardsley] was an extemporaneous delegate from Prescott to the Chicago Convention.  He tried to persuade us to accompany him, but we remembered what happened to Dog Tray on account of his associates, and kept out of the Chicago crowd.

Finger002  J. S. ELWELL has disposed of his interest in the Hudson North Star, with the intention of going into the army.  He has been connected with that paper for seven years, and has won an enviable reputation as a judicious editor.  We trust that when the war is over he may return to the profession he fills so well.

Finger002  Some Democrats suppose that the Democratic party is pregnant with a President.  We admit there is ground for suspicion, as the party has been very intimate with “lewd fellows of the baser sort,” but the issue will probably be an Assemblyman or a Congressman here and there, instead of a President.

Finger002  Recruiting has been brisk and nearly all towns in this County have their quotas filled.

Finger002  J. S. White, Esq., will attend to business in the way of collecting soldiers’ back pay and bounty.

Finger002  We have heretofore neglected to mention that Lt. Wm. Howes, of the the 30th, formerly of company B, 6th, has been commissioned Adjutant of the 42nd.  A well deserved promotion.

Finger002  The La Crosse Weekly Democrat of August 23. In an article headed “Is Lincoln a traitor !” says ;—

“We cannot, for the life of us, discover any difference between Lincoln and Davis, except to the advantage of the latter.”

Mr. Pomeroy [“Brick” Pomeroy], two years ago, while an aspirant for the Union Congressional nomination, made patriotic speeches through this district, and was well received by Union men.  Since then, he has been ordered out of our army lines—publicly branded as a traitor ;  and the frequency of utterances similar to the above, has sunk him as low in political as he is in social life.  If he had any convictions he would merit some respect, but a mere soldier of fortune—uttering disloyal sentiments just to satisfy a craving for notoriety, his vileness and unworthiness are too great to be estimated.

SQUELCHING GUERRILLAS IN MISSOURI.—General FISK’S [Clinton B. Fisk] troops are waging a war of extermination against the guerrillas  in North Missouri.  No prisoners are taken, and the resident rebels are being held responsible with their lives and property for outrages upon loyalists by the bushwhackers.

ANOTHER UNION RAID IN GEORGIA.—Gen. KILPATRICK [Judson Kilpatrick] returned on the 22d to General SHERMAN’S  [William T. Sherman] line from an expedition to break up the Macon Railroad, which he succeeded in doing near Jonesboro, destroying three miles of track, two trains and locomotives.  He encountered the enemy and had a sharp conflict, dispersing their cavalry and capturing a battery and many prisoners.  He destroyed the guns except one, which he brought in, together with 70 prisoners, finding the majority of the latter too much of an incumbrance.  His cavalry had a hard and fatiguing time, but suffered little loss.

THE MOVEMENT AGAINST MOBILE.—From New Orleans, under date of the 16th, we have the following news from Mobile :

The land forces under Granger [Gordon Granger] are within three hundred yards of Fort Morgan, and a general assault will be made in a few days.  The fleet are fully prepared.  The ram Tennessee is repaired, and fixed a short on the fort which is mysteriously silent.  There is seven feet of water to Mobile.  Two monitors are expected to ascend to Mobile ;  also the Tennessee.

Finger002  Gen. GRANT [Ulysses S. Grant] is “negotiating” for a permanent peace.  He was on the line of the Weldon road at the last accounts, and had an eye to extending operations to the Danville line.  JEFF. DAVIS [Jefferson Davis] don’t like the style of our peace commissioner, but will have to treat with him.

THE INDIAN WAR.—A Fort Kearney dispatch of the 23rd says :

Maj. Gen. Curtis [Samuel R. Curtis] has arrived here to straighten up Indian affairs.  The Overland Stage Company have removed all their agents, stock, and coaches to this post for protection.  There is not a white inhabitant between here and Denver.  All have fled to the posts for protection.  The country around Denver is reported as swarming with hostile Indians.  The road between here and Denver is almost entirely deserted by whites, except at two fortified posts, Columbus and Fort Curtis.  Gen. Curtis had a conference with the chiefs of the Pawnee tribe, who agreed to assist him in fighting the hostile Indians.

— The Washington Republic learns that “General Ledlie [James H. Ledlie], who commanded the division which led the assault at Petersburg, on the explosion of the mine, has abandoned his command and disappeared from the army in a suspicious manner.  Brigadier General Julius White is in command of the Ledlie’s division.”

“AN ADMIRAL OF THE OLDEN TIME.”—On account of his glorious achievements in this war, stout old Admiral Farragut [David G. Farragut] stands among the gallant Jack Tars of the Union, as General Grant stands among our generals—at the head of the “roll of honor.”  The fearful fiery ordeal from enfilading fortresses, rebel rams, turtles, gunboats, floating batteries and rafts of flaming combustibles through which the fearless Farragut fought his way up to New Orleans, with his “wooden ships and iron hearts,” made him the hero of the most wonderful naval victory on record.  There is nothing to compare with it in the navel achievements of any other nation.  His running of the gauntlet of the rebel batteries at Port Hudson with his good ship Hartford was also a daring and most perilous feat, but a most important success in reference to the reduction of both Vicksburg and Port Hudson.  In his late brilliant victory below Mobile we have another exhibition of the same great qualities of skill, discipline, boldness, coolness and terrible energy in battle.  The good old flagship Hartford, here again, did the lion’s share of the work.  How she fought and conquered we need not here repeat.  But, as reported, there is one incident of this fight which we cannot pass over.  It is said that on entering into the engagement, Admiral Farragut had himself tied fast among the rigging of his ship ;  that his fleet pilot followed his example ;  and thus, from their elevated positions, they were enabled to note all the movements of the enemy’s ships, and through a speaking tube to the deck to direct the movements of our own.  We have often heard of nailing the flag to the mast, but never before Farragut have we heard of an Admiral entering into a heavy battle tied fast among the rigging.  Apart from this incident, however, the victory of Mobile Bay adds new lustre even to the glorious name of Farragut.

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