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1865 March 4: New Volunteers, a Promotion for Webb Seavey, News of Canby’s Secret Scouts, William B. Cushing

March 10, 2015

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

From The Polk County Press:

ST. CROIX—St. Croix has raised $300 bounty, for each man who enlists to the credit of that town.  We are informed that they lack a few men of filling their quota, and will pay the above bounty for them.

Sheriff CHURCHILL¹ has enlisted, and is getting ready to go South.

We think our county will fill its quota without the draft.

ALDEN.—Alden has raised her quota of men, who were sworn in Wednesday.  The following are the men :—C. C. Fisk, —Tamset,² Geo. Emory.

FARMINGTON.—The citizens of this town held a town meeting last week and voted to raise $1,800 for volunteers.  They are paying $300 bounty.  They wish to obtain nine men.

VOLUNTEERS.—The following men have been enlisted to the credit of Osceola during the past week by Capt. HENRICK :

Abraham Gillespie, Wm. H. Kent, Worthy A. Prentice, Andrew Fee, and Joseph Corey.³

These are all first class men and will probably go into Co. D, 1st Battalion, 2d Wisconsin Cavalry.

DESERVED PROMOTION.—We received a letter last Friday from WEBB S. SEAVEY, which announces that he is well and has been promoted.  He is now Captain of Co. H, 2d Iowa Cavalry.  The regiment was at date of his letter in the vicinity of the Tennessee river, near Eastport.  We are glad WEBB is climbing up so well.  He is deserving to wear a [___].

BURNETT COUNTY.—We learn from a reliable source that the county officers appointed by the Governor for Burnett County, have failed to qualify.  We suppose this does away with the organization for present, at least.

FROM THE “SCOUTS.”—We are glad to announce that BYRON KINYON, and GEO. HAYS and others, from Osceola, belong to Gen. CANBY’S secret scouts, (who were recently arrested for interfering with the plans of some contraband traders, who were selling goods to the enemy, under the protection of villians [sic] who disgrace the United States service,) have been released from prison by order of Gen. CANBY, and have rejoined their company at Natchez.

According to reports that reach us, there is a nest of villians [sic] in the gunboat service, who need hanging.

Governor Randall.

As will be seen by our evening dispatches, there is some possibility that Governor Randall [Alexander W. Randall] may become Secretary of the Interior, in place of Mr. Usher.  We believe that the people of the West would hail such a change with satisfaction.  Governor Randall would make an excellent Secretary of the Interior.—Milwaukee Daily Sentinel.

The loyal people of Wisconsin well remember the able and vigorous manner in which Governor Randall discharged the duties of Chief Executive of this State, and they heartily endorse the foregoing.  No better appointment could be made by our worthy President.

Capture of Generals Crook and Kelly [sic]

WHEELING, Va., Feb. 21.

A party of rebel cavalry dashed into Cumberland before daylight this morning, surprised and captured the pickets, and carried off Generals Crook and Kelly [sic].  It seems to have been a very daring and well planned affair.  Cavalry have been sent in pursuit.  [George R. Crook and Benjamin F. Kelley]

NEW YORK, Feb. 25.

The force from Sheridan’s army, sent in pursuit of the rebel cavalry who last Tuesday dashed into Cumberland and captured the Union Generals Crook and Kelly [sic] returned to Winchester on Thursday, having been unsuccessful in rescuing those officers.  [Philip H. Sheridan]

From Washington. 

The Times’ special says Brig. Gen. Hays arrived in Washington from Richmond on parole, and will soon be exchanged.

The World’s special says Mr. McCullough’s name has been sent to the Senate as Secretary of Treasury, and Freeman Clarke, Member of the Congress from Rochester, will be Comptroller of the Currency.

The Commercial’s special says, Men here regard the capture of Wilmington as a first-class military triumph.  It insures the success of the plans against Richmond.  Sherman has now a new base, and can move forward without waiting or turning back for supplies.

The Senate finance committee will restore the drawback on petroleum, and reduce the tax to two cents per gallon.

TO-DAY.—By a movement inaugurated in New York, to-day, March 4th, is being celebrated from Maine to California, in honor of our recent overwhelming victories.  While the people of this remote region feel glorious over the victories, and are glad at heart for the brightening prospect of our country’s cause, yet, under the circumstances, no demonstration is being made.  No people, however, are more thankful or more patriotic, than the sons of the pioneer regions of Wisconsin.



A dispatch from Fort Monroe, dated this morning just received, says that the United States Gunboat R. R. Cuyler has arrived from Fort Fisher, with the news of the evacuation of Wilmington on the night of the 21st ult.  Major General Terry [Alfred Terry] entered and took posession [sic] of the city at 9 A. M., of the 22d, capturing a large amount of stores of all kinds which the rebels in their haste neglected to destroy.

From The Prescott Journal:

Finger002  SID. S. STARR, Capt. and A. Q. M., has been appointed Post Quartermaster at Savannah.  We should like to be with SID. a few days, and partake of the “rations” which he usually issues to his friends.  [Sidney S. Starr]

Finger002  See important information concerning the draft, on the fourth page of this paper.  The JOURNAL has been designated by  Sec. STANTON as one of the papers to publish advertisements of the War Department.  [Edwin M. Stanton]

Finger002  Lt. Gen. GRANT, in his recent visit to Washington, did not hesitate to say publicly that if a hundred thousand more men were given him, he would, within three months, wipe out all that is left of the rebellion.  [Ulysses S. Grant]

STRATEGY.—It seems the capture of Fort Anderson, below Wilmington was in a great degree the result of a smart ruse by Lieut. CUSHING.4  He constructed a mock monitor so closely resembling on of those vessels that no difference could be detected at a distance of 100 yards.  On Saturday night, the 18th, about 10 o’clock, this vessel was taken with in about 400 yards of Fort Anderson and sent adrift.  As there was a strong flood tide, she moved up the river and passed the fort as if under slow steam.  At this time the army had worked about two-thirds of the distance around and in rear of the fort.  The rebels, no doubt thinking their communication would be cut off both by land and water, hastily escaped by the only avenue open to them, leaving their guns unspiked and their magazine uninjured.

CHIVALRY.—Rebel papers represent wholesale robberies of paroled rebel prisoners returned from the North.  We wonder how much would be made by robbing returned Union prisoners.

TWO UNION REGIMENTS OF EX-REBELS.—Gen. SULLY is in Davenport, Iowa, for the purpose of organizing two regiments of repentent [sic] rebels, lately in Rock Island prison, who have taken the outfit of allegiance and declared their willingness to enter the service of the Government against the Indians.  [Alfred Sully]

Finger002  Gen. LEE says he doesn’t  care much for Yankee armies. They are not what he fears.  “The despondency among the people” of the South is what alarms him.  Wonder if the rebel General thinks that Yankee armies have nothing to do with producing this wide-spread despondency ?  [Robert E. Lee]

1.  Joseph B. Churchill, from Saint Croix Falls, enlisted on March 16, 1865. He was in Company K of the 4th Wisconsin Cavalry until August 22, when he was transferred to Company F. He mustered out November 23, 1865.
2.  Francis M. Tamsett, from Alden, enlisted March 18, 1865, and served in Company B of the 53rd Wisconsin Infantry. In June this company was consolidated with the 51st Wisconsin Infantry as Company H, the original Company H having mustered out May 6, 1865. Tamsett mustered out July 11, 1865. This particular Fisk and George Emory do not seem to have served.
3.  William Kent, Worthy Prentice, and “Abram” L. Gillespie served in Company D of the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry. Joseph Corey and Andrew Fee served in Company K of the 4th Wisconsin Cavalry.
4.  Wisconsin native William Barker Cushing (1842-1874) was best known for sinking the Confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle during a daring nighttime raid on October 24, 1864.

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