1864 October 22: Return of the St. Croix Rifles and the 1st Wisconsin Infantry
The following article appeared in The Polk County Press of October 22, 1864.
RETURN AND RECEPTION OF THE GLORIOUS OLD FIRST.—The gallant First Regiment returned to Milwaukee on the 8th and received a splendid welcome there, of which the “Sentinel” publishes an interesting account, with a sketch of the history of the regiment, which we should be glad to publish if we had room.
The Milwaukee Light Guard and a large concourse of citizens turned out to receive the boys at the depot ; flags and banners were displayed on the line of march ; there was a formal welcome at the Chamber of Commerce, Col. Buttrick making an appropriate speech ; then a dinner was given the regiment at the Newhall House, after which toasts were given and eloquent speeches were made by Judge McArthur, Gen. Fairchild [Lucius Fairchild], and Gov. Saloman [sic: Edward Salomon], responded to by Chaplain McNarmara on behalf of the regiment. After the reception was over, the regiment marched to Camp Washburne, to remain until mustered out.
Capt. Samuel [Maurice M. Samuel] and the boys of Co. F belonging in this county are with the regiment, and the boys may soon be expected home. Capt. S. we learn will return to Chattanooga.
On the arrival of the regiment in Milwaukee, a vote was taken to ascertain how it stood on the Presidency. The result was :
Abraham Lincoln,……………. 179
Geo. B. McClellan,………………. 8