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1864 September 10: “Democracy sees the ‘wickedness’ of the Administration; Why does it fail to see the wickedness of the Rebellion”

September 16, 2014

The following smaller items are from the September 10, 1864, issues of The Polk County Press and The Prescott Journal.

From The Polk County Press:

— Democracy [the Democratic Party] sees the “wickedness” of the Administration.  Why does it fail to see the wickedness of the Rebellion.

— Will Gen. McClellan follow Fremont’s  example and resign his position in the army?  If so his nomination will have accomplished one good result.  [George B. McClellan and John C. Frémont]

— Democracy says Abolition stands in the way of Union.  Davis says it does not; they do not care for Slavery ;  it is Independence they want.  His authority is the best.  [Jefferson Davis]

— The Democracy blame Lincoln for not negotiating.  The Rebels will not negotiate until the right of Secession is acknowledged.  Therefore, the Democracy blame Lincoln for not acknowledging the right of Secession.  [Abraham Lincoln]

— The country is engaged in a death grip with rebels.  In the crisis of the conflict Democracy would loosen the grip, alleging that the foe will return.  If they do not furnish the offer of the foe to yield, what is their allegation but a false and traitorous attempt to loosen that grip for the sake of that foe?

— We are informed that Douglas Co. has filled her quota.

RECRUITING.Recruiting has been quite brisk during the past two weeks.  The town of Farmington, we understand, has filled her quota.  William Kent, esq., took down to La Crosse, last week, five men for the town of Osceola.  P. B. Lacy, also took down three men for the town of St. Croix.

A DESERVED PROMOTION.We are gratified to learn that our excellent Governor has appointed Quartermaster Sargeant [sic] FRED. A. DRESSER, Thirtieth Regiment, First Lieut. and Quartermaster, vice S. STARR, promoted.

Quartermaster DRESSER is from this town.  He entered the service as a private in Co. A. when the Regiment was first formed, and by close attention to his duties, his marked business qualifications, and his faithful labors, has won the esteem of his superior officers, and promotion.

— Democracy says we can now have Peace and a restored Union.—If they do not prove it, they stand convicted of slandering their country and imperilling [sic] its existence, for the sake of party gain.

From The Prescott Journal:

FIRST WISCONSIN CAVALRY.This noble regiment was at Cartersville, Ga., guarding the line of railroad from Chattanooga to Atlanta, on the 22d ult. [last month, i.e. August].  After the McCook raid, in which the regiment suffered severely in the loss of officers, it was ordered back from the front to Cartersville, to rest and recruit the men and horses, at which place they were gladdened by the return from captivity of their gallant Colonel, O. H. LA GRANGE [Oscar H. La Grange], than whom no officer is more deservedly popular with both officers and men.  In a letter written since rejoining the regiment Col. L. says :  “In reviewing the operations of the summer’s campaign, while we are called upon to mourn the loss of most valuable officers, there is a melancholy pleasure in knowing that they sacrificed themselves to save their men, and the sacrifice was not in vain.  Our loss in enlisted men has been remarkably light for the amount and kind of service we have been called upon to perform.”

A later report states that the regiment has been ordered to Chattanooga, for the purpose of being recruited and remounted.

FERNANDO WOOD AND THE WISCONSINNERS.—The Chicago Tribune says that “FERNANDO WOOD was introduced to the Wisconsin delegation on Saturday.  One of the delegation remarked that Wisconsin was for peace, but the delegation was not satisfied how it could be obtained.  Mr. WOOD replied, ‘Gentlemen, we can have no peace except through an armstice [sic] and a national convention.  Let the Democratic Convention adopt one resolution embracing these propositions, and we will succeed with any candidate.  After the armstice [sic] convention is called, let it decide upon the terms of peace.’  This was received with much favor by the Wisconsin delegates.”



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