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1865 January 21: News of Local Soldiers, the Wisconsin Soldiers’ Aid Society, and Items on Two Different “Negro” Questions

January 27, 2015

The following smaller items are from The Prescott Journal of January 21, 1864.

Finger002  If Pro. Mar. Gen. FRY [James B. Fry] could be “relieved,” the whole country would be relieved at the same time.

Finger002  S. B. HOLMAN [Solomon B. Holman] has been commissioned First Lieut., and DARWIN W. Kinney Second Lieut. Co. B, 6th Reg’t.  They have well won the positions.

Finger002  We have received an interesting letter from Mr. AMOS HARRIS of Maiden Rock, now serving as engineer on the U. S. steamer, Valley City, on the Atlantic coast.  As the letter is lengthy, and no other Pierce Co. men were engaged in the movements detailed, we do not publish it.

Finger002  C. S. BUNDY, well known to many in this county, has opened an office at 247 F street, Washington, for the collection of Soldiers’ Pay, Pensions, Bounty, &c.  Mr. Bundy has excellent facilities for doing this kind of business, and if entrusted to him will receive prompt attention.

WISCONSIN SOLDIERS’ AID SOCIETY.—The fourth semi-annual report of the Wisconsin Soldiers’ Aid Society, Mrs. J. S. COLT, Secretary, headquarters in Milwaukee, is published.  It shows a good work accomplished during the last six months.  Some $25,000 in money and supplies has been sent to the front, including 776 boxes.  It has facilities for supplying information in regard to the sick and wounded in different hospitals, and besides what it sends to the soldiers in the field, it supplies work and renders assistance to their families at home, aids them to procure the State pay and does good in many ways rendering it worthy of liberal aid.  An urgent appeal is made now for means to enable the Society to send relief to our Union prisoners at the South suffering so cruelly.  An agent is soon going to Fortress Monroe and Beaufort with boxes.  Let Wisconsin remember her name.

SHERMAN ON THE NEGRO QUESTION.—Col. EWING, bearer of dispatches from Gen. SHERMAN [William T. Sherman], authorizes the contradiction of the report in the Richmond papers, that Gen. SHERMAN had recently given assurance that he will not allow interference on the part of the army in the relations between master and slave.  He would gladly incorporate 50,000 negroes into his army, and has already taken measures to organize all able-bodied slaves who came into Savannah with him.

THE NEGRO SUFFRAGE QUESTION.—B. GRATZ BROWN,¹ the radical Missouri Senator, has published a long letter on the subject of emancipation in that State, and more particularly the extension of suffrage.  Unlike WENDELL PHILLIPS, he does not urge immediate and indiscriminate negro suffrage.  He wants the new constitution of Missouri right in principle, but is not so particular about conferring the elective franchise at once on the blacks.  His pan is, after a certain date, to make no distinction on account of birth, creed or color.  “To blot our disfranchisements predicated on color alone, and substitute requirements as to qualification that have an intelligible foundation, is,” in his view, “the primary and all-important step to be taken.”

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The Times’ Washington special says it is rumored that Gen. Sherman has conimunicated [sic] to the President that the Georgia State authorities have applied to come back into the Union, and that Secretary Stanton’s visit to Savannah is doubtless in connection with this subject.  [Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton]

The Times says General Thomas [George H. Thomas] has been made Major General in the regular army, vice Fremont resigned, dating from his victory over Hood [John Bell Hood].  Similar nomination for Sherman, Meade [George G. Meade] and Sheridan [Philip H. Sheridan] have been sent to the Senate.

1.  Benjamin Gratz Brown (1826-1885) was a Missouri politician, serving in the Missouri House of Representatives (1852-1858), as the leader of the Free Soil movement in Missouri (1857), in the U.S. senate from Missouri (1863-1867), as the 20th governor of Missouri (1871-1873), and a vice presidential candidate in the 1872 election. Brown served as an officer in the Union Army during the first half of the Civil War, raising a regiment—the 4th U.S. Reserves—and serving as its colonel. He recruited over 1,100 soldiers for his regiment, many of which were St. Louis-area German-Americans, a key constituency that Brown courted for his political advantage. He resigned from the Army after he was elected to the U.S. Senate in late 1863. Brown opposed Abraham Lincoln’s moderation and objected to the Emancipation Proclamation because it did not free slaves in Missouri and other loyal border states. He was a key figure in the move to replace Lincoln with John C. Frémont in the presidential election of 1864. Following Lincoln’s assassination, Brown was vehemently opposed to new President Andrew Johnson’s moderate plan of Reconstruction. He also supported the Radical-sponsored Civil Rights Bill and Freedmen’s Bureau Bill.

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