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1865 February 4: Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Slavery Passes the U.S. House, and Other News Items

February 10, 2015

Following are the smaller items from the February 4, 1865, issues of The Prescott Journal and The Polk County Press.

From The Polk County Press:


A telegram from Senator RAMSEY [Alexander Ramsey], of Minnesota, to Gov. MILLER [Stephen Miller], of that State, announces the glad news that the National House of Representatives have passed the resolution providing for an amendment to the Constitution prohibiting slavery in the United States by a vote of ONE HUNDRED AND NINETEEN yeas to FIFTY-SIX nays.  This resolution, which passed the Senate at its last session, will again go back to it for its concurence [sic], which, of course, is sure, it will receive the signature of that President who issued two years ago the proclamation of emancipation, and then it will revert to the State Legislatures for their several actions.

Important from Fort Fisher.

Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War.

CITY POINT, Jan. 23.—One of my staff has just returned from Fort Fisher with dispatches from Gen. Terry [Alfred Terry], from which I extract the following :

“On the 16th the enemy blew up Forts Caswell and Campbell, and abandoned them and the works of Smith’s Island, and those at Smithville and Reeves’ Point.  Each place was occupied by the navy.  The whole number of guns captured amounts to 162.  A large number of small arms fell into our hands, besides quantities of stores.

“Our casualties prove smaller than at first reported.  They foot up those :  Twelve officers and 107 men killed, 45 officers and 490 men wounded.”

(Signed)              .U. S. GRANT,

— One of Sherman’s Corps has gone to Fort Fisher and Wilmington.  [William T. Sherman]

— It appears from a communication of the Secretary of War that the entire subject of an exchange of prisoners is now placed in the hands of Lieut. Gen. Grant, and that although only partial exchanges have been made there is reason to believe a full exchange will soon be effected.

—  Gen. Judson Killpatrick [sic], United States Army, while on his late march through Georgia, found a relative he had not seen since childhood.

— A significant article appears in the Richmond Examiner of last Thursday, which says that after every manly effort the rebels may fail, and policy and interest would incline the rebels to submit to the United States rather than to England, France or Maximilian. Joining their military forces they could then shame, while America will become the colossal power of the World.

— The Richmond Dispatch accounts for the great rise in gold in the South, by the fact that the property of refugees is being sold to escape confiscation.  The rebel currency is converted into gold at any price.  The Negros who have been holding rebel currency are selling it off, preparatory to running off.

From The Prescott Journal:


The air is thick with rumor of peace; some probable, some wild and visionary. We think it certain that the ablest men of the South have given up the hope of independence, and those who are not totally reckless and unprincipled are looking around for the best method to save what remains of the Wreck. We are not sanguine of immediate peace, but the portents are that the end draws near.

Party at Ellsworth.

On Friday evening, the 17th inst., John Winn will give a party at the Ellsworth House. We hope John’s numerous friends will turn out and give him a rousing benefit.

The Soldier’s Aid Festival.

On Tuesday evening, Feb. 14th, the ladies of the Soldier’s Aid Society here will hold a Festival to Promote the objects of the Society. A good supper will be prepared, many useful and ornamental articles offered for salve, valentines will be dispensed through  the Post Office, and various methods resorted to increase the amount of funds in the Treasury of the Society. Let all turn out, and spend a pleasant evening, and contribute to a noble cause.

Finger002  But little has yet been done to war filling the quotes of the town in this county. One man has been enlisted for this city who has served three years in the rebel army. As he makes one loss for the Reba and one more for us, we suppose he ought to count two to the credit of this city.

Finger002 The report of the Adj. General, on the inside of this paper, contains a large amount of interesting matter, relative to the soldiers of the State.  [Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV]


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