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1864 September 17: “The News of the War is Not Very Exciting” — A Lull in the Battles

September 17, 2014

The following news summary is from the September 17, 1864, issue of The Prescott Journal.  There does not seem to be much happening.

The News.

The news of war is not very exciting.  Gen. SHERMAN is resting his army at Atlanta, and will soon make another demonstration against the rebellion.  His communications with Chattanooga have been restored, and he is in telegraphic communication with Washington.  [William T. Sherman]

GRANT is watching LEE as a cat watches a mouse.  If LEE comes out of his hole before GRANT stops it up he will be “gobbled.”  If GRANT is successful in stopping up the hole, LEE will be smothered.  Of course.  [Robert E. Lee]

SHERIDAN is fighting, with good success, with the rebels in the Shenandoah valley.  [Philip H. Sheridan]

GOLD is from 219 to 227, very unsettled owing to speculation.

The News Paragraphs. 

The weather is excessively hot, at Memphis, and numerous fatal cases of sun-strokes have occurred, including six soldiers.

The New Ironsides, which has been under repairs for some time past at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, has left that port active for duty.

At the request of the War Department the 189th Illinois, 100 day men, have consented to extend their services fifteen days beyond the regular term of their enlistment.

The Union men along the river below New Madrid have organized and armed themselves under Granville Hays, and already have had several fights with guerrillas, killing a considerable number of them.

Richmond papers say that in the battle near Atlanta our troops were at first repulsed, but finally drove the enemy back with heavy loss, including Generals Anderson,¹ Patten² and Hardee [William J. Hardee].

The Union citizens of Tennessee, hold a convention at Nashville, to-day, to consider the propriety and means of reorganizing civil government in that State, and to take part in the Presidential election.

Benj. G. Harris, who goes for McClellan and secession, calls McClellan a “tyrant.”—And so the Quaker Democracy has to choose between two “tyrants”—Lincoln and McClellan.  Alas for the Quaker Democracy !

The Richmond Examiner, in reviewing the prospect for peace at the hands of the North, says :  “One material Yankee success now, and that peace party at the North which our soldiers have created, and now sustain, wold sink overwhelmed, abashed and silenced, under a renewed and universal shriek for war.”

Gen. Herron [Francis J. Herron] has returned from an expedition to Redwood, seven miles from Baton Rouge on the Clinton road, where he had a fight with the enemy, inflicting a loss of 150 men, besides destroying a large amount of stores.  Our loss was thirty, killed and wounded.

The Chicago Convention sneers at our “four years failure to restore the Union by the experiment of war.”  So with far greater show of truth might Benedict Arnold, in 1784, have sneered at our “six years failure to secure our independence by the experiment of war.”  It is the last year which determines whether a war is a success or a failure.

The Boston Journal denies the statements, for which there was very excellent authority, that Col. Charles P. Stone had resigned his commission in the army, and that his wife is of a rich secesh family in Louisiana.  The Journal says he has gone to the front to report to General Warren [Gouverneur K. Warren], and that his wife’s family were loyal Louisianians, whom, for their loyalty, were despoiled of their property by the rebels.

The Herald’s City Point correspondence of the 4th says Richmond papers affect to ridicule the idea of a single line of railroad being vital to their occupation of Petersburg and Richmond, but a general despondency betrays itself.  In the same issue a correspondent writes from Reams Station battle ground, several days after the withdrawal of our forces, and speaks sorrowfully of the thorough destruction of nine miles of the railroad track and iron by Hancock’s corps [Winfield S. Hancock], and pronounces its repossession by the rebels hopeless and impossible.  He says the crops adjacent to the road on both sides are utterly destroyed the entire distance.  The fences were destroyed by using them to fire the bimers of the track, and houses and barns generally reduced to smouldering ashes.

1.  James Patton Anderson (1822-1872), known as Patton Anderson, was a medical doctor and then lawyer in Kentucky, and a politician, serving in the Mississippi House of Representatives with Jefferson Davis, as a U.S. Congressman from the Washington Territory (1855-1857), and a delegate at the Florida state secession convention to withdraw from the United States. He fought in the Mexican War, serving as lieutenant colonel of the 2nd Battalion, Mississippi Rifles (1848). Just prior to the start of the American Civil War, Anderson was appointed a captain in the Florida Militia. Anderson was one of three delegates from Florida to the Provisional Confederate Congress. He accepted a commission as the colonel of the 1st Florida Infantry on April 1, and initially served under Braxton Bragg in Pensacola. He was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in February 1862 and was assigned to the Western Theater, fighting at the battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Stones River, Chckamauga, and Chattanooga. In February 1864 he was promoted to major general. During the Atlanta Campaign. He led a division in Leonidas Polk’s Corps in the Army of Tennessee at the battles of Ezra Church, Utoy Creek, and in the early stages of the Battle of Jonesboro before suffering a serious wound on August 31. He returned to duty in April 1865, against his physicians’ orders, and served with his men during the Carolinas Campaign and for the remainder of the war until their surrender at Greensboro, North Carolina, later in the spring of 1865. Anderson eventually died in relative poverty in Memphis, due primarily to lingering effects of his old war wound.
2.  There was not a Confederate general with the surname Patten. They were probably mistaking Anderson’s middle name, which he used as his first name, to be another general.

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