Skip to content

1864 September 17: Pierce County Volunteers Rejected, Draft Set, Lots of News on Local Soldiers

September 23, 2014

The following smaller items are from the September 17, 1864, issues of The Polk County Press and The Prescott Journal.

From The Polk County Press:


There will be a Grand Union Mass Meeting of the loyal electors of the St. Croix Valley.


Saturday afternoon and evening, Sept, 24th 1864.  Distinguished speakers from abroad have been invited and will be present.

Let everybody who is opposed to stoping [sic] the advance of our victorious columns, and cowardly sueing rebels for peace ;  everybody who is in favor of suppressing rebellion and punishing traitors with the sword—everybody who is annimated [sic] by the Glories of the past, the perils of the present and the hopes of the future, join hands, and have one GRAND DEMONSTRATION in favor of LINCOLN & JOHNSON !  LIBERTY AND LAW !  [Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson]

IMPORTANT TO TOWNS WHICH HAVE NOT FILLED THEIR QUOTAS UNDER THE LAST CALL.—Provost Marshal General FRY [James B. Fry], telegraphs to Gov. Miller [Stephen Miller] of Minnesota :

“The draft is ordered to commenc [sic] in Ohio and other States whose quotas have not been filled up, on Monday the 19th day of September.”

The same official, as we see by St. Paul papers, has promulgated instructions for Minnesota—which doubtless apply to other States—to the effect that delinquent sub-districts which are making successful efforts to raise their quotas will be encouraged to do so, and will be credited with men raised for that purpose, at the latest practicable moment before the drafted men are accepted and sent to the general rendezvous.  The District Provost Marshal is required even to delay the draft in favor of a town endeavoring with a show of success to fill its quota.  Therefore any town in which said efforts are being made and are deemed hopeful, sho’ld give immediate notice thereof to the District Provost Marshal.

FROM SURGEON GARLICK.—Our old friend DR. GARLICK [Carmine “Carmie” P. Garlick] writes us from Memphis, Tenn., dated Aug. 29th.—He was there during the Forrest raid upon that city.  He gives a good description of that event, but owing to the crowded state, of our columns we are obliged to omit his letter.  He was in good health and spirits.—While at Memphis he visited the Hospitals,—found Orin Richardson and Erastus Guard—says “Rich” has lost his foot and is doing well—Guard is getting along finely—will not loose the use of his hand.  He says he is now seeing the tracks of the “war elephant.”  Andrew Colby has been commissioned a 2nd Lieut. in a black regiment.  He is, however, still in the hands of the rebels.  We are sorry we cannot publish his interesting letter, but will try and do better by him next time.

RAFFLE.—The cow given to the Volunteer Fund by Capt. H. H. Herrick, was won by Charles Ayers the butcher, at a raffle on Thursday.—Very appropriate.

THE “FRONTIER SCOUT.”—We are in receipt of No. 3, Vol. 1, of the “Frontier Scout”¹—a neat little three column paper published at Fort Union, Dakota Territory, by Co. “I,” 30th Wis. Volunteers.  We are thankful for the favor.

CHARLEY EMORY.—Charley Emory [Charles D. Emory] writes us from Milkin’s Bend.—He is well.  Has been commissioned Second Lieut. of a Negro Battery—likes the new service—sends us a new variety of cotton &c.  Are much obliged to him for the favor.

FROM THE 1ST REGIMENT.—Sergt. ELIAS HOOVER writes that the boys of Co. “F,” are at Chattanooga ;  are all well.  They will be at home before long.  He says the army is enthusiastic for “old Abe” and “Andy” Johnson.  Bully for the “boys in blue.”

We have before us a letter written to us by Prof. E. E. EDWARDS, Chaplain of the 7th Minn. Vol., while the regiment was at Tallahatchie, on the 17th of Aug.  He writes a good letter—says the boys were all getting along well at that date.  He likes the service—is having fine times sketching Southern scenery—and making himself generally useful.  He gives no later news than we have had of our wounded friends, left behind at Tupelo.  His friends will doubtless be glad to learn of his good health and prosperity.

RETURNED FROM THE WAR.—We had the pleasure of again taking by the hand our old friend and fellow townsman, MOSES T. CATLIN, Sergt. 10th Wisconsin Battery.  Friend C. had the misfortune to be severely injured at the battle of Resaca, and for the past four months has been an inmate of several different hospitals.  He is now home on a short furlough from Harvey hospital, Madison.  He gives a very interesting history of his service, and we should judge has seen considerable of war and its associations.  He speaks highly of our Polk County boys in the Battery—says they are all brave men and true.  Sergt. C. is improving and will soon be able to return to duty.

THE DEMOCRATIC MEETING.—The Democratic mass meeting here last Saturday, was rather a slim affair.—Reason, the “speakers from abroad,” and the masses didn’t come.  There was scarsely [sic] anybody present from outside the city, except a delegation of about a dozed [sic: dozen] from Prescott.—There was about a hundred in all at the meeting.  Not much of a mass.  Dr. Beardsley [Joseph W. Beardsley], of Prescott, was chairman.  Speeches were made by Judge Wetherby, Joel Foster, of River Falls, and A. Dawson.  The meeting was quite enthusiastic, for the number present.  Capt. Page was committee on cheers, and performed his part well.

Now that McClellan has made out a new programme, another meeting will have to be called, and the speakers revise their speeches to suit the new condition of affairs.  The speeches of Saturday would not sound well now.  Tune up the “harp of a thousand strings.”²—Hudson “Star and Times.”

M A R R I E D.

At Kingston, Tenn., on the evening of the 24th of August, by Rev. M. Fleming, John S. Durham,³ of Co. F, 1st Wis. Infantry, to Miss Louise Pulliam of that place.

St. Croix Valley papers please copy.

From The Prescott Journal:

— Last Friday, about 200 ex-rebels, who have taken the oath of allegience [sic], and gone into Uncle Sam’s service, went through here on their way to the Minnesota frontier.

THE DRAFT.—The draft will begin in this district on the 19th, commencing first in those counties most behind.

MASS MEETING.—The Democrats are to have a mass meeting in this city next Saturday, and a dance in the evening.  On the same day there will be a Grand Union Rally at Hudson.

Finger002  The Democrats have organized a McClellan Club in this city.  [George B. McClellan]

REJECTED.—Several of the volunteers from this county were rejected by the mustering officer at Madison.  Prescott lost 3, Hartland 2, Isabelle 1, Clifton 2, Oak Grove 2.

Finger002  Let every man carefully read the important letter from Gen. Grant on the inside of this paper.

— Last Saturday the Democrats had a Meeting at Hudson, and were addressed by Hon. L. P. WETHERBY, ALLEN DAWSON, Esq., and JUDGE JOEL FOSTER of River Falls.  About twenty went up from this city.

Finger002  The rebels will grant peace if we will concede their independence.  This we cannot do.  Democracy says offer them peace on the basis of Union and a Nationalized Slavery.  This we cannot do, either.  Peace can be had if the rebels will only return to the Union.  Who, then, is to blame for the War ?

The sum and substance of the Chicago Democratic Platform says the New York Tribune, are just this :  Uncle Same is dead, and Jeff. Davis is appointed to administer on the estate.  The children object, and demand a rehearing of the case.  They don’t believe in the reported decease.

Finger002  “If Sherman conquers Atlanta, an essential portion of the Constitution is thereafter dead.”

The above is from an editorial article which appeared in the Milwaukee News a few weeks ago.  SHERMAN [William T. Sherman] has conquered Atlanta.  The News will now probably claim that by electing McCLELLAN and restoring Atlanta to JEFF. DAVIS [Jefferson Davis], the extinct part of the Constitution can be brought again to life.

Finger002  The Democracy blame Lincoln for not obtaining peace.  Why do they not blame those who first drew the sword, and who now refuse to accept peace on the basis of a restored Union ?  Because if they did, their whole party capital would be used up.

1.  Copies of the Frontier Scout are available at the Wisconsin Historical Society, Archives Division.
2.  The Harp of a Thousand Strings, or, Laughter for a Lifetime, illustrated by Samuel P Avery (New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, 1858), was a humorous anthology that included a mock sermon of the same name that first appeared in the Spirit of the Times in 1855. During the Civil War, the comic Alf Burnett featured it during his appearances for Union troops.
3.  John S. Durham was from Saint Croix Falls. He enlisted August 27, 1861, and mustered out October 13, 1864, when his term expired.

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: