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1865 January 28: A Burns Festival in Hudson, Illinois Gets 10 New Regiments, the Southwest Practically Conquered, General Weitzel Married

February 3, 2015

Following are the smaller news items from the January 28, 1865, issues of The Polk County Press and The Prescott Journal.

From The Polk County Press:

LATEST NEWS.—H. C. LEE, Esq., of Hudson, paid us a visit this morning, direct from below.  He reports that SHERMAN is bombarding Charleston from the land side.  This is the latest, and most reliable news we have to lay before our readers.  [William T. Sherman]

— A treasonable organization has been discovered in California, of the K. G. C. stamp.  The order is known as the “Knights of the Columbia Star.”

— Major General Godfrey Weitzel, commanding the 25th corps, U. S. Volunteers, was married on Friday evening, the 20th, to Miss. Louise Bogen, of Cincinnati.  The General’s brother, Captain Weitzel and Capt. Fitch acted as Bridemen, and Miss Tillie Bogon and Miss Perlie Wilbur as Bridesmaids.  As marriages of Major Generals are not at all common, everybody that was invited was on hand, and as a consequence a large crowd was present.  Among the number was Gen. Hooker and other distinguished men.  [Joseph Hooker]

— The Governor of Illinois has been authorized to call out ten new regiments of volunteers.

BURNS FESTIVAL.—The Burns Festival at Hudson last Wednesday was a perfect success.  Over 140 couple[s] were present.  The toasts, speeches, music, &c., were most excellent.—Our limited time forbids us making further mention this week.  We shall have occasion to speak of the affair hereafter.

AN APOLOGY.—We would apologize to our readers for a lack of reading matter.  Our absence from home, and unavoidable delays have made it necessary for us to issue a paper which is not hardly up to the mark.

— The War Department has in its possession two hundred and five flags, captured from the rebels in the battle.  This, of course, does not include all those that have fallen into the hands of the Union troops within a short time.

— The Times’ Washington special says Gen. Thomas [George H. Thomas] has written to the War Department a letter giving a very encouraging view of military affairs in the Southwest.  He says Hood [John Bell Hood] can’t raise an army of 20,000 men, and the Southwest is practically a conquered country.

— Thos. Haskins,¹ 1st Wisconsin Cavalry, died at North Wheeling Military Hospital on Tuesday morning, and was buried the same evening.  He came to the hospital on Saturday night, says the Wheeling Intelligencer, having been paroled from the rebel prison at Andersonville Ga.  He was a complete skeleton, and his legs were frozen up to the knees.  He was so far gone that no human power could have saved him.

From The Prescott Journal:

Finger002  The “Burns Festival,” held at Hudson last Wednesday evening, was largely attended.  We shall give a report of it next week.

Special Notice.

For over a year past we have been furnishing the JOURNAL to families of soldiers for one dollar a year.  The exhorbitant [sic] price of everything connected with printing compels us to withdraw this offer.  All contracts made will be filled, but no new subscriptions will be taken at this rate.  Our paper, when received by us, now costs $1,25 [$1.25] for each subscriber.  We are compelled also to strike from our list those to whom we have sent, and would be glad to send the paper free.  We have on our books about a $1,000 of unpaid subscriptions.  This must be paid.

— Notices of Marriages and Deaths will hereafter be charged 50 cents each, and 10 cents a line for anything beyond the announcement.

Finger002  John Bull is wroth over Secretary [of State] SEWARD’S [William H. Seward] letter to Lord WHARNCLIFFE,² in which he tells our English cousins to mind their own business.  The poor Lord W. is made the snubbing post, and he is soundly berated for giving Mr. SEWARD so good an opportunity.  The London Telegraph winds up a furious leader by saying :

Lord Wharncliffe and his clique have made fussy demonstration, and irritated the United States Government in about the sorest place they are troubled with, and played directly into the hands of the Minister, who is over watchful for an opportunity to gird at Great Britain.

THOMAS AND GRANT.—A correspondent of a Western paper gives the following as the facts regarding the alleged movement to supersede Gen. THOMAS, just before the battles at Nashville :

“Grant telegraphed Thomas that he was rather slow in moving, and ordered him to attack Hood.  Thomas sent back a reply saying that he was not ready to move, and could not move until his plans were completed, and if Grant had any man that he had more confidence in than himself, to send him at once to relieve him, and he would take a subordinate position.  Grant replied, that there was not a man in the army that he had more confidence in, and to go ahead and do what he thought was best.  Grant said, probably the distant view had had taken was wrong, and thus the matter rested.”  [Ulysses S. Grant]

The Herald’s Washington special says admiral porter has sent a communication to the Navy Department in which he respond to some of Gen. Butler’s statements in regard the naval part of the expedition delaying the attack on Fort Fisher and thus causing its failure.  He says that the only work assigned to the navy was to silence the rebel works and that it did that effectually on the 24th and 25th of December, but that, as Gen. Butler then decided an assault by his military unfeasible, it would not have been less so on the earlier day. He is of the opinion that the fort could easily have been taken by the troops if an effort had been made.  Gen. Butler started on the expedition, the admiral says, before the naval fleet was ready to co-operate with him, and thus by exposing is transports to the view of the enemy warned them of their danger.  He also charges that the army position of the enterprise was gotten up in a very nonmilitary manner.  [Benjamin F. Butler]

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The Times Washington special says Gen. Thomas has written to the War Department a letter giving a very encouraging view of military affairs in the southwest.  He says that Hood cannot gather an army of 20,000 men and that the southwest is practically a conquered country.

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The Commercial’s Nashville correspondent Nashville correspondent says the Convention passed, by nearly a unanimous vote, a resolution that no person be considered a qualified voter, until he takes a stringent oath declaring himself unreservedly in favor of the Union and all laws and proclamations issued since the war began by his President or Congress.

1.  There was not a Thomas Haskins in any Wisconsin regiment in the Civil War, but there were 15 other soldiers named Thomas Haskins who served  from other states.
2.  Edward Montagu Stuart Granville Montagu-Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Wharncliffe (1827–1899), was a British peer and chairman of Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, which under his leadership became the Great Central Railway. At this time, he was Baron Wharncliffe, not becoming the Earl of Wharncliffe until 1876.

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