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1864 October 1: List of Drafted Men From Polk County, Death of Charles P. Hyatt, Promotion of David C. Fulton, Union Rally at Hudson

October 7, 2014

Following are the smaller items from our two newspapers that appeared in the issues of October 1, 1864.

From The Polk County Press:

The Draft in Polk County.

Sept. 18th 1864 }

FRIEND SAM :—The following is a list of names of the Drafted men in Polk County, under the last call.—Yours truly, S. J. VINCENT, Dep. Provost Marshal.


G. H. Peterson, Alick Bildoo, Geo. Walton, Thomas Connelly, Robert Clendening, Micheal Kelly, Stephen P. Clark, Wm. Murphy.


D. G. Tewksbury, Alfred Turcott, Wm. Wright, Peter Cunot, Gottleib Boyle, Crocker F. Nelson, Parker Tewksbury, Frederick Kuiser, Andrew Fee, Henry Demling, Leopold Sticklee, Veit Griger, Willis Scott, Oliver Campbell, Julius Dohm. John Demling.


Hiram Fay, W. Parkers, B. M. Lane, H. H. Wilson.


A. H. Connor, B. H. Connor, P. H. Wilson, Chas. Vassan, Louis Anderson, Joseph Parslow.

FOR THE POTOMAC.—A  private letter from Sherman’s army states that the 14th and 20th Army Corps are under orders to join Grant, and that Gen. Thomas will go forward with them as commander.—St. Paul Pioneer [William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, George H. Thomas]

— The Supreme Court of New Hampshire have unanimously decided the soldiers’ voting bill to be a valid and binding law without the signature of the Governor, the veto message of the Governor having been returned to the State Legislature one day to late.

— Despatches from Farragut at Mobile state that all is going well.  [David G. Farragut]

— Governor Brown, of Georgia, has issued an order withdrawing the militia from Hood’s army.  [Joseph E. Brown, John Bell Hood]

BIG GUNS.—A National Salute of 100 guns was tired at St. Paul on Wednesday last in honor of Sheridan’s great victory.  [Philip H. Sheridan]

FREE SPEECH.—We understand that there will be a meeting at the school house, this Friday evening to discuss politics.  Men of all parties are invited to come out and talk.

DEMOCRATIC SPEECH.—Judge JOEL FOSTER of River Falls addressed the citizens of Osceola and vicinity on Thursday evening at the School House. We have not space for comments in this issue.

A GOOD APPOINTMENT.—We notice that Gov. LEWIS has appointed Captain DAVID C. FULTON, 30th regiment, as Major 1st Wis. Heavy Artillery, now being raised in this State. This is a merited promotion.  [John T. Lewis]


Last Saturday was a glorious day with the Union men of the St. Croix. There was a rousing meeting at Hudson, the largest political gathering ever congregated in the Valley. The people were out in all their majesty—numbering upwards of 2,500. The procession, formed of the different delegations present reached over a mile. Banners inscribed with patriotic emblems were held to the breeze in every direction. The glorious old flag of the free—the Star Spangled Banner—floated from staffs in all parts of the city. The city was ablaze with enthusiasm—the men were out—the women and children were out—and the “people were there.”

The speeches contained the right ring.  Senator RAMSEY [Alexander Ramsey] of Minnesota opened and gave one of his excellent, sound and patriotic addresses.  He was followed by Mr. JONES of Anoka, who, if we may judge by the bright faces and tremendious [sic] cheers, gave his listeners entire satisfaction.  Then followed that indomitable old war horse Gov. STEPHEN MILLER, of Minnesota, who, in his hard hits and plain truths carried his listeners away with him, through and through the lines of the enemy, storming their positions, carrying their strong bulwarks, and finally bringing them back to the duty they woe their country—and to themselves.  As all remarked who knew him ‘Old Steve’ out done himself.

The Speech of the whole, was by Hon. WILLIAM WINDOM,¹ at the Court House, in the evening. The house was closely packed by an intellegent [sic] and enthusiastic audience.

We cannot speak too highly of the whole affair. There was music by the North Western Band of St. Paul, bonfires, martial music and everything else calculated to enliven and make the occasion glorious.

We might speak of the different delegations which came from River Falls, Prescott, Stillwater, Osceola, and the different towns in St. Croix County, but we have not time. Tat the meeting will hear good fruit, we do not doubt. It was a gathering of Union men to shake hands, take courage, and fight the cause of our country with renewed zeal.

— Hon. Montgomery Blair has resigned his seat in the Cabinet, and his place has been offered to Ex-Govenor Dension of Ohio.

From The Prescott Journal:

Death of Captain Hyatt. 

Another brave soldier has gone !  Captain CHAS. P. HYATT died in Hospital at Philadelphia, Sept. 22d, from a wound received at the battle of the Weldon Railroad. It was supposed until a few days since, that he was improving and would recover, with the loss of a leg but he has gone.

Capt. HYATT leaves an untarnished reputation, as a gentleman and a soldier. It is enough to say, that in the “Iron Brigade.” he won his way from the ranks to a Captaincy, and was beloved as a man and trusted as an officer by all his heroic comrades.

Capts. CONVERSE, HUTCHINS AND HYATT—It seems but a few days ago that they were with us, having honorably served from the first, and re-enlisted through their desire for the Nation’s safety and success. No more will they lead the columns to the perilous charge, and hold them unflinching in the face of death. They are gone ; but their memories are sacred, and their example remains as a guide and an inspiration to us who knew their worth so well.  [Rollin P. Converse, William W. Hutchins]

The Union Rally at Hudson. 

The Union Rally at Hudson  last Saturday, was the largest and most enthusiastic meeting ever held in the Valley. Full 2,500 people were in attendance, and were addressed in the afternoon by Senator Ramsey, Gov. Miller, and others and in the evening, by Hon. Win. Windom.

 It was a proud day for the Union men of the St. Croix Valley.  The Great Western Band discoursed music ; everywhere a profusion of banners and patriotic mottoes were displayed ;  the speakers were equal to the occasion ;  the arrangements were all made and conducted in fine style by the Union Club of Hudson ;  and everyone left elated with the exhibition of feeling there manifested.

The Union men of this county will duplicate that demonstration about the middle of October.

Fremont’s Withdrawal

Gen. FREMONT has published a letter withdrawing his name from the canvas as a candidate for President. He does this because he fears that if three candidates are in the field, Gen. McClellan may be elected to the Presidency, and that, he would consider the triumph of the pro slavery party. A peril so dangerous to the Republic, must be avoided, and therefore he patriotically withdraws his name as a candidate, which will add one more influence to secure the election of LINCOLN and JOHNSON.—Husdson Star and Times.  [John C. Frémont, George B. McClellan]

Finger002  Montgomery Blair has resigned his position in the Cabinet.  His successor is not yet appointed.

Finger002  Capt. D. C. FULTON, of the 30th, has been appointed Major in the Regiment of Heavy Artillery, now being raised in this State.  Major FULTON is an excellent officer, and we are glad that he is assigned to a place where he will see active service.

Finger002  The re-election of Lincoln is no longer a matter of doubt ;  the only question is how large shall his majority be.  [Abraham Lincoln]

PERSONAL—Capt. MAXSON [Orrin T. Maxson] has returned home on furlough.  His health is poor.

— CHAS. TICKNOR, Co. A. 12th, has returned home, having served out his three years.

ACCIDENT.—On Wednesday last, during the firing at Saint Paul, in honor of the recent victories, Mr. EPH. MINER,² who enlisted recently from Oak Grove, lost both arms by the explosion of a cannon.  He has since died.

1.  William Windom (1827-1891) served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota (1859-1869), in the U.S. Senate (1870-1883), and as the Secretary of the Treasury (1881, 1889-1891).  For those of you old enough to remember him, this William Windom was the great-grandfather of the American actor William Windom (1923-2012; The Farmer’s Daughter, My World and Welcome to It, Murder She Wrote).
2.  Eph. Miner was never mustered into service and is not in the official roster of any Wisconsin regiment. He did not die, as we will learn in another small item on November 5, 1864.

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