1865 May 20: The Surrender of Lee’s Army “unwelcome intelligence” to the Rebel Blockade-runners, and Other News
Following are the smaller news items from the May 20, 1865, issue of The Prescott Journal.
Rev. J. Hyatt Smith, of Philadelphia, in an address to his people said : “I have heard censure pronounced upon President Lincoln [Abraham Lincoln] because he visited a theatre. My friends, I look upon a patriot in a theatre as better than [a] copperhead at a prayer meeting.
— SECRETARY SEWARD.—A Washington despatch says : The condition of Secretary Seward as was such that there is every prospect of his resuming his official duties within a week or ten days. Already he supervises the important work done in the State Department. [William H. Seward]
— MR. GEO. FRANCIS TRAIN has been making a speech in defence of Major Gen. Sherman [William T. Sherman]. The General needs no such advocate. He has one more eloquent and powerful—his past [__]er. [letters missing on the microfilm]
— Maj. Gen. Curtis is now in St. Paul. [Samuel R. Curtis]
— At a little festival gotten up in Waupun, recently, $100 was realized for the Soldiers’ Home in Milwaukee.
— The ladies of Cleveland are going to give a picnic dinner to soldiers soon to be mustered out of the Hospital, on University Heights.
— The soldiers of Iowa Regiments have subscribed about ninety thousand dollars to the Orphans’ Home.
— The first man killed in this war was Daniel Howe,² of New York, at Fort Sumter, in 1861, by the premature discharge of a gun.
— The Bermuda Mirror—published in the nest of rebel blockade-runners and pirates—announces the surrender of Lee’s army as “unwelcome intelligence,” indicating “the sad termination of a great cause.”
1. Nicholas F. Ruley (1844-1865) is listed in the 1860 Federal Census living in Prescott. He is not listed anywhere as having been a Civil War soldier. He may have been a member of the Sultana’s crew, since his father was a steamboat pilot, and he and his brothers worked as steamboatmen.
2. Sometimes spelled “Hough,” or even “Haugh.”