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1864 October 8: News of Local Soldiers, Local Union Meetings, and an Interesting Bounty Jumper

October 14, 2014

Following are the smaller items from the October 8, 1864, issue of The Prescott Journal and The Polk County Press.

From The Prescott Journal:

Finger002  We have received an interesting letter from WILLIE HATCH, giving an account of the operations of the Battery he was attached to during the late campaign and capture of Atlanta.  [William H. Hatch, from Prescott, 10th Battery Wisconsin Light Artillery]

Finger002  GEO. DRESSER, Co. M, 2d Wis. Cavalry, is home on furlough.  George’s health is poor, but his grit is good.

Finger002  We were in error last week in stating that Capt. MAXSON was home on furlough.  His time has expired and he is home to stay.  The Capt. has been a faithful and efficient officer, and can look back with well earned pride on the part he has taken in this war.  [Orrin T. Maxson]

Finger002  The remains of Capt. CHAS. P. HYATT arrived here last Wednesday morning.  The funeral exercises will be held at 11 o’clock, A. M., to morrow, (Sunday.)

Union Meetings.

Union Meetings will be held at

Oak Grove, Wednesday evening, Oct. 12
River Falls, Thursday         ”         Oct. 13
Clifton,        Saturday          ”         Oct. 15

Union Clubs will be formed at each of these meetings. Speakers will be in attendance.

.       .By order of the
Union County Committee.

Finger002  Thirty-five teams, containing a little over 200 persons, 120 of them being voters, went from here to the Mass Meeting at Hastings last Tuesday.—Some of the teams were from Clifton and Oak Grove, and Hosen Bates and Mr. Tubbs each came with a four-horse team well loaded.  Stand out of the way grumblers and little Mackerels.—The Union clans are beginning to rally.

Finger002  The Lincoln Club in this city, holds its meetings every Friday evening, and is doing a good work.  Union Clubs should be organized in each of the towns.

Union Mass Meeting.

We are not able to announce the day of the Grand Union Mass Meeting to be held here, but it will probably be on the 12th or 18th instant.  Senator TIM. O. HOWE and Judge LEVI HUBBELL, of Milwaukee, will speak.  The Great Western Band will be in attendance.

Let the people prepare to attend.  It is expected to make this the largest political demonstration ever made in the Northern part of the State.

CONVALESCENT SOLDIERS IN HOSPITALS TO BE FURLOUGHED BEFORE ELECTION.—Surgeon General BARNES has issued an order to the Superintendents of Hospitals, directing them to permit all soldiers able to travel, and yet unfit for duty, to visit their homes and remain, until after the Presidential Election.  As the order is general, and makes no exceptions, there can be no ground for complaint if the “straws” do not show the wind coming from a quarter to suit the Copperheads.

Finger002  Imagine SHERIDAN addressing his army beyond Winchester : “Boys, I am requested by the Chicago Democratic Convention to say to you that after your ‘four years of failure to restore the Union by the experiment of war,’ the ‘sympathy of the Democratic party is heartily and earnestly extended to you.’ ”—“Beyond Winchester” would be a mighty unsafe place for the Chicago Convention about that time.  [Philip H. Sheridan]

Finger002  A man is known by the company he keeps. DON CARLOS BUELL and FITZ JOHN PORTER are fast friends of McCLELLAN, GRANT, SHERMAN, FARRAGUT, BUTLER, LOGAN, HOOKER, BURNSIDE—all the men who are at present fighting the battles of the country—are for Mr. LINCOLN [Abraham Lincoln], regarding the policy he is pledged to as the only safe and ration one.

[Don Carlos Buell, Fitz John Porter, George B. McClellan, Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, David G. Farragut, Benjamin F. Butler, John A. Logan, Joseph Hooker, Ambrose E. Burnside — all can be found in the Military Men Cast of Characters]

THE POSTMASTER GENERALSHIP.¹—The Cincinnati Gazette says Gov. DENNISON has decided to accept the position of Postmaster General.  [William Dennison]

From The Polk County Press:

UNION MEETINGS.—Union Meetings are in full blast in all parts of the State.  The people turn out in large numbers, and the enthusiasm for Lincoln & Johnson exceeds that of the campaign of 1860.  Wisconsin is down for a larger majority for the Union Ticket this fall than ever before.  [Andrew Johnson]

McCLELLAN CLUB.—We understand that the Democrats of this village have formed a McClellan Club.

— The 1st Wisconsin Regiment, whose term of service has expired, is to have a grand reception on their return, at Milwaukee, given by the ladies of the city.

PERSONAL.—We had the pleasure of welcoming back Lieut. OSCAR CLARK, and private SAMUEL EMORY, of the 10th Wisconsin Battery, on Monday last.

LIEUT. CLARK, and a few of his men are on a twenty day furlough, and will return the first of next week.  The 10th Battery and the Polk Co. “boys in blue,” have seen hard fighting, and have gained a splendid reputation in the army of the Tennessee.  [Oscar A. Clark]

Sergt. MOSES T. CATLIN of the battery left Tuesday morning for Madison.

SPEECH AT TAYLOR’S FALLS.—There was a Democratic Speech at Taylor’s Falls last week.  Quite a large party attended from this place.

Hon. IGNATIUS DONNELLY, candidate for Congress in the 2d District of Minn., will speak at Taylor’s Falls on the 17th, evening.  A large delegation may be expected from this village.

UNION MEETING AT HASTINGS.—There was a grand Union Meeting at Hastings, Minn., last Tuesday, and it is estimated that 2,000 people were present.  Some thirty-five teams loaded with the “true blue,” in all 300, went from Prescott.  The procession presented a magnificent appearance, with horses appropriately trimed [sic] with flags, and banners floating to the breeze.  Speeches were made by Senators Ramsey and Wilkinson.—Music by the Great Western Band of St. Paul.  Senator Doolittle, of our State, was expected to be present in the evening.  [James R. Doolittle]

MARK A. FULTON.—We neglected to announce in our last issue, that MARK A. FULTON, Esq., of Hudson, is the Union candidate for Member of the Assembly for the St. Croix and Pierce Co. District.

A better nomination could not have been made.  Mr. FULTON, is a leading business man, and thoroughly believes in the policy now being carried out by Sherman, Sheridan and Grant.—He will be elected by a large majority.

BOLTING.—The Union men of Chisago County, Minnesota, have bolted the regular Assembly nomination, and adopted a new ticket.  The result will probably be to turn the District over to a Democratic Representative in the next Legislature.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1.—Ex-Governor Dennison was this afternoon sworn into office and entered upon the duties as Postmaster General.¹

— It is reported that Admiral Farragut is abdut [sic] to be assigned to a new command on the Atlantic coast—probably for the reduction of Wilmington, N. C.

— The great monitor Dictator, for several months past under construction in New York, is nearly completed, and will proceed on the first of October on a secret expedition somewhere in the south.  Her destined service is said to be of such a momentous character that no time will be permitted to make a trial trip.—N. Y. Times.

— W. W. McCracken, formely [sic] a member of the Assembly, from the northern district of this State, died recently in Missouri, in the military service—Madison State Journal.

— Gens. Grant, Sherman, Rosecrans, McPherson, Sheridan, Keitz [?], Gerrard [sic], Weitzel, Crook and Gillmore were all born in Ohio.

[William S. Rosecrans, James B. McPherson, Kenner Garrard, Godfrey Weitzel, George R. Crook, Quincy A. Gillmore — all can be found in the Military Men Cast of Characters]

— The Country to Geo. B. McClellan :

“Are you for peace or war ?”
McClellan :     “Yes.”

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

— The rebels say that the Yankees have three full brigades of negro troops at Chattanooga.

A Lively Bounty Jumper.

Private Samuel W. Downing, alias “John W. Ball,” Co. H, 4th Maryland Vol., who had deserted and re-enlisted seventeen times, was shot at Annapolis last week. Since July 1863, when he deserted first, he has enlisted and deserted seventeen times, and had received as bounty or substitute money a sum total of $7,550. He operated in six different States.

1.  Until 1971 the U.S. postmaster general was a member of the President’s cabinet.

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