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1865 February 18: The Battle of Rivers’ Bridge and Other Small Items of News

February 24, 2015

Following are the smaller items from the February 18, 1865, issue of The Prescott Journal.  The February 18th issue of The Polk County Press is missing from the microfilm.

The first item refers to the Battle of Rivers’ Bridge¹ on February 3, 1865.

Sherman’s Movement.

The rebels admit that Gen. Sherman’s [William T. Sherman] forces have crossed the Edisto River, which was the line held by Gen. Hardee [William J. Hardee], the enemy disappearing rapidly before the advance of his invincible columns.—He has flanked Branchville on all side, and a report states that Branchville is now in the possession of the Union forces.   All railroad communications with Charleston are cut off save that from Wilmington, and this will soon be.—Sherman appears to be leisurely moving through the state, without serious opposition, and effecting by strategy the most important result.

Appointed.

J. S. ELWELL [Joseph S. Elwell], formerly of the Hudson Star, well known to our readers, has been appointed A. Q. M. with the rank of Captain. Joe has done the Union cause good service, and the appointment was well deserved.

Finger002  There has been a strong effort made to remove the Headquarters of the Provost Marshall of the District From La Crosse to Sparta.  An order to that effect was received, but has been countermanded.  Its present location is satisfactory to the people here.

The Festival.

The Festival given by the ladies of the Soldier’s Aid Society here, last Tuesday evening, was a perfect success.  The attendance was large and receipts were $140 over all the expenditures.

Dr. J. C. Pride.

Dr. J. C. PRIDE,² formerly a resident of this city, but for several years in the service, died a short time since, in the army.  His funeral sermon will be preached at Hastings tomorrow.

Finger002  The soul of old John Brown, which has been “marching on” for some time, is said to have commenced moving at the double quick, on the passage of the Constitutional amendment. —Chicago Journal.  

Resolution.

RESOLVED, By the Common Council of the city of Prescott, that the Mayor and clerk be and are hereby authorized to leave orders to the amount of twenty-four hundred dollars ($2,400,) to pay bounty to volunteers under call of the President for 300,000 Volunteers, dated Dec. 19, 1864.

.                               .G. A. DILL, Mayor
W. R. GATES, City Clerk.

Notice is hereby given, that the foregoing resolution was passed by the Common Council of the city of Prescott Feb. 9, 1865.

W. R GATES, City Clerk.

AN INDICATION.—A bill is pending in the rebel Congress to impress slaves and free negroes to be employed as laborers, teamsters, &c., in the army.  It is generally understood that JEFF. DAVIS intends to arm them after they are secured. An amendment in the form of a proviso was moved to the bill, that in no case should such slaves or free negroes have arms placed in their hands, or be used as soldiers. It was tabled by the decided vote of ayes 50, noes 28.  [Jefferson Davis]

Dr. Orrin T. Maxson had been captain of Company A of the 12th Wisconsin Infantry—Prescott’s Lyon Light Guards.  You may remember that Edwin Levings, also of Company A, wrote his parents on June 18, 1863, asking them to send 3 boxes of Brandreth pills.  Maxson is now home in Prescott and selling those same Brandreth’s Pills:

A UNIVERSAL MEDICINE.—By what we eat, by the air we breathe, or by the water we drink, we can be made sick ;  or by fatigue, or from debilily [sic] induced by heat, because these defects end by producing impurity of blood.  To regain health we must parify [sic] the blood, by the organs of the stomach and bowels ;  these organs must be continued in the regular performance of that duty which nature has assigned them, and should there be any impediment, to what does experience point ?  To BRANDRETH’S PILLS, which cannot injure, and which will surely restore the bowels to the regular performance of their antics.

The dyspeptic, the billious will find them a treasure of health, and the same may be said to all who are sick in any way,—take Brandreth’s Pills and be cured.  Sold by O. T. MAXSON, Prescott, and by all respectable dealers in medicine.

1.  Also known as Salkehatchie River, Hickory Hill, Owen’s Crossroads, Lawtonville, and Duck Creek.
2.  John C. Pride, Jr. (ca. 1825-1865) had been a dentist. He served first in Company F of the 3rd Minnesota Infantry, from September 27, 1861, to May 25, 1862, when he was discharged for a disability. He then joined the Chicago Mercantile Battery. He died February 4, 1865, at the Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. (Anacostia), and is buried in the hospital’s West Cemetery. He left a wife (Minerva), a son (Walter), and a daughter (Minnie).

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