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1865 April 15: Mobile Attacked, Jefferson Davis Flees, Secretary Seward Injured

April 16, 2015

The following items of national news are from The Polk County Press of April 15, 1865.


Our army under Canby [Edward Canby], Steel [sic: Frederick Steele] and Granger [Gordon Granger] have commenced the attack on Mobile.  The land forces have invested the main fortifications, while the navy is lending its aid and attacking from the bay front.  In a few days we shall hear of its surrender to the gallant army of the Gulf.

Secretary Seward Severely Injured.


Secretary Seward [Secretary of State William H. Seward] met with a severe accident this afternoon.  Soon after leaving the State Department for his customary ride, accompanied by Mr. Fred. Seward [Frederick W. Seward] and two ladies the door of the carriage became unfastened, and as the coachman descended to close it, the horses started at a rapid gait toward the stables.

Mr. Fred. Seward sprang from the carriage unharmed, but his father, attempting to do the same, fell heavily on his arm which was broken and shattered below the shoulder.  His face was also considerably bruised and cut.  The ladies, who remained in the carriage, were uninjured.

The Secretary, for an hour after the occurrence, was unconscious, which gave rise to a rumor that he had received serious internal injuries.  At nine o’clock, however, he was in a comfortable condition, and the foreign ministers called on him this evening.

— In Connecticut the Republican candidate for Governor, Buckingham, was elected by over ten thousand majority.  The Republicans elected all four members of Congress.  The Congressional vote of New England is now solid Republican.

—Tallmadge, a Republican, was elected Mayor of Millwaukee [sic] on the 4th by a majority of six hundred and ninety-two.  This is quite a victory in Milwaukee which has been Democratic to the core.

—A Washington correspondent says :  “A gentleman just from Richmond states that the best informed there, believe that Davis [Jefferson Davis] has fled to Georgia, and will attempt a re-establishment of his government at Augusta, which possesses strong natural defences, and has been elaborately fortified.”  Other reports indicate that he intends to make his headquarters at Danville for the present.

— Col. Wm. R. Marshall, 7th Minnesota Volunteers, was wounded in the neck in a skirmish on the 28th ult., in the vicinity of Mobile.

— The Secretary of war has ordered a salute of two hundred guns to be fired at the Headquarters of every army, Department Post and Arsenal in the United States, in commemoration of the surrender of Gen. R. E. Lee, and the Army of Northern Va.

— An editorial item in the “Superior Gazette,” dated April 1st, 1865, alludes to the late “Indian scare” in the neighborhood of Snake River, says that the Indians are “irritated by the presence of soldiers,” (whose presence on the Indian frontier, the “Gazette” has advocated,) and informs us that he, the editor of that paper, “will look with interest for the next issue of the ‘Polk County Press,’ as no doubt it will make a mountain out of this mole-hill.”

Fancy the editor of the “Gazette” on All Fool’s Day, looking with interest to see us make a mountain out of a mole-hill.  Picture him again conning [combing?] that “next issue” carefully, and finding neither mountain nor mole-hill.  What wicked imp, O sapient Gazetteer! put such a thought into your head on such a day?

But we are honored with double mention by the “Gazette” in the same paper.  It is intimated that we may sometimes be busily employed in “running the affairs of the government.”

If by the term “affairs” the “Gazette” means “greenbacks,” it slanders us.  Unfortunately we dont [sic] run them to any extent worth mentioning.

 If the political business of the government is referred to, then know all men by these presents, that we claim to be about one thirty millionth part—be the same more or less—of this government, and in that fractional degree try to run its affairs.  To what extent is the “Gazette” trying to run them?  Or is it trying to embarass [sic] them? Or is it entirely indifferent in its relations thereto, in these rousing times?  Which?  We are curious to know.

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