1865 March 18: “The war has learned us the lesson of giving” and Other Local News
Following are the smaller items from the March 18, 1865, issues of The Prescott Journal and The Polk County Press.
From The Prescott Journal:
The success of the National arms seems to be secured. The croakers in the North are silent ; the South, which was once so exultant and defiant, now shivers in mortal fear, and her “sacred soil” trembles to the tread of our conquering legions. No doubt now exists but the Government will come out of the struggle triumphant, and with a feeling of concious [sic] strength never before possessed.
One of the useful lessons which this war has taught is, how much money it is possible to give away. Before the war we prided ourselves on being a benevolent people. The donations to religious and charitable societies were munificent. Now those gifts seem insignificant in amount. The operation of these societies is not checked, but new avenues are opened, where the stream of gifts rolls in[,] in bounteous and unheard of profusion. The bounties to soldiers by tax or contributions, the sum paid to the aid of soldiers’ families and the charities of the Sanitary, Christian and Freedmen’s Commissions, taken together, form a sum so vast as to bewilder us. Five years ago, it would not have been thought possible to raise $5,000 in Pierce County for any charitable purpose, however noble it might be. Now we pay half of that sum every month into channels created by the war, and we are not impoverished or badly inconvenienced by it. The war has learned us the lesson of giving.
MR. EDITOR :—Allow me through the columns of your paper to return my sincere and hearty thanks to the soldiers’ aid committee and the kind friends over the river for their liberality, and may the assurance that bread cast upon the waters returneth again after many days be verified in each and every instance.
MRS. J. C. PRIDE.
Hastings, March 13, 1865.
— Nothing seems to stop Sherman [William T. Sherman]. The rebels may draw a check upon him, but he won’t honor it.
— Those who jump at the bounty offered for volunteers are the only right kind of bounty-jumpers.
— We have taken Columbia, the capitol of South Carolina; and all the capital she has left is in Confederate shin-plasters.
— If the last hope of the Southern Confederacy is the negro it is a dark one.—Prentice.
— DENOUNCING JEFF.—A spec[ial] __ [Vir]ginia legislature calls on Jeff [Davis] ___ sign and allow the administration of __ to pass into more successful hands. It says the present chief characteristic of the administration is, that it has made a more vigorous and effective war on the resources of the country than it has made on the public enemy. [an article on the other side of the newspaper was cut out, leaving a hole on “our” side of the paper]
— A GOOD MOVE.—It seems that in consequence of the inebriation of some of the U. S. Senators during the inauguration ceremonies, the famous Senatorial drinking saloon , known for the last fifteen years as the “Hole in the Wall,” has been closed, and the sign over the door, which read “exclusively for Senators,” turned the wrong side out.
— ROBT. TOOMBS made a dismal speech at Augusts, Ga., on the 16th. He was still for war, but assailed with vehemence the administration of JEFF DAVIS., declaring the Southern people were on the eve of revolution against it.
From The Polk County Press:
GONE TO THE WAR.—The volunteers raised under the last call in this county, left for La Crosse on Monday. They are all a good class of men, who will do honor to the service and to themselves. The following is the list :
TOWN OF OSCEOLA.
A. Gillispie, W. H. Kent, J. H. Baker, Worthy Prentice, Andrew Fee, Joseph Corey.
ST. CROIX FALLS.
D. E. Tewkesbury, Joseph Churchill, Michael Kreiner, Henry Demling, Adam Beaver, Howard Scott, Gus. La Grue, — Newman.
C. C. Fisk, Geo. Emory, —Tamset.
— It appears, after all, that Davis,³ the rebel spy, whose sentence of death was commuted by the President, was the keeper of the Andersonville prison pen, or held authority there ; but that it was in a measure owing to the uniform testimony of soldiers who were in his power there, to the fact that he did all circumstances would allow him to do for the alleviation of the sufferings of the prisoners, that executive clemency was extended to him.
— If the last hope of the Southern Confederacy is the negro, it is a dark one.—Prentice.
— A significant resolution was offered in the Senate by Mr. Sumner [Charles Sumner], which will receive the emphatic endorsement of every loyal man in the country. It avers “that Congress hereby declares that the rebel debt or loan is simply an agency of the rebellion, which the United States can never, under any circumstances, recognize in any part or in any way.” The resolution passed the Senate, as it doubtless will the House.
— It is stated by New York correspondents that Andrew Johnson was in a state of beastly intoxication during the inauguration ceremonies. If the statement is true he should be handled without gloves.
— Our loss in the recent battle in North Carolina is stated at 2,000.—The rebel loss is said to be 4,000.
IMMENSE CAPTURES OF GUNS.—The New York Commercial Advertiser estimates the number of guns captured from the rebels since the 1st of August at 1,301. This does not include the guns captured or destroyed on the Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and other rebel crafts. During the same time we have not lost 35 cannon. The Commercial says that this exceeds the captures made by Napoleon during all his Russian and Austrian campaigns.
1. Joseph M. Copp, from Prescott, enlisted September 21, 1861, in Prescott’s Lyon Light Guards, Company A of the 12th Wisconsin Infantry. He was taken prisoner at Atlanta and mustered out January 16, 1865, when his term expired. He does not seem to have actually become a lieutenant in the 52nd Wisconsin Infantry.
2. Reuben S. Andrews, from Trimbelle, had been sergeant of Company A, 30th Wisconsin Infantry, and was promoted to 2nd lieutenant of Company G, 50th Wisconsin Infantry on February 21, 1865. He mustered out June 14, 1866.
3. Samuel Boyer Davis (1843-1914) was wounded and captured at the Battle of Gettysburg. Lt. Davis, a distant relation of President Jefferson Davis, escaped from the USA General Hospital in Chester, Pennsylvania, and made his way back south through his native state of Delaware. In 1864, returning from a mission delivering messages to other Confederate Secret Service agents in Canada, Lt. Davis was captured by two Union soldiers who recognized him. They had been prisoners of war at Andersonville, where Lt. Davis had been second in command. He was given the death sentence and imprisoned at Fort Delaware on February 26, 1865. Just before he was to be hanged at Johnson’s Island, his death sentence was commuted by President Lincoln. Lt. Davis spent the remainder of the war as a prisoner at Fort Warren near Boston, released on December 20, 1865. After the War, he captained steamboats on the Potomac River. Davis wrote a memoir of experiences, entitled Escape of a Confederate Officer from Prison (Norfolk, Va.: Landmark Pub. Co., 1892). Davis died in Washington, D.C. on September 24, 1914, and was buried in Ivy Hill Cemetery, Alexandria, Va. This Samuel Davis was the grandson of Colonel Samuel Boyer Davis (1765-1854), and was raised by Isaac Ridgeway Trimble, both of whom fought in the War of 1812.