1865 May 27: Sheridan Chasing Kirby Smith, Multiple Southern Governors Imprisoned in Washington, Taunts Aimed at Jefferson Davis, and Other News
The following news summaries come from the May 27, 1865, issue of The Prescott Journal and The Polk County Press.
These first two summaries are from The Prescott Journal. Be aware that the very last item uses the “N” word.
— Gov. Vance [Zebulon B. Vance] of North Carolina, has arrived in Washington, and been lodged in the Old Capitol Prison.
— Gov. Brown [Joseph E. Brown] of Georgia, has been arrested at Milledgeville, and taken to Washington.
— The doubt and mystery about the manner in which Jeff Davis [Jefferson Davis] was to be brought North is at an end. He has arrived at Fortress Monroe and is securely confined in one of its casemates, awaiting trial for his crimes.
— There is a brisk competition between Barnum [P.T. Barnum] and some Chicago gentlemen for the possession of the frock in which Jeff Davis was captured, the latter parties desiring to secure it as an attraction for the Sanitary Fair.
— Chas. A. Dana, Assistant Secretary of War, formerly of the N. Y. Tribune has resigned and Major Eckert has been appointed his successor. It is understood that Mr. Dana is to take charge of the new Union paper to [be] started shortly at Chicago.
—The fugitive rebel Governor of Tennessee, Isham G. Harris, has been taken with $60,000 belonging to the State Treasury, and a large lot of State bonds. Gov. Brownlow [William G. Brownlow] will probably be left to deal with the scoundrel.
— A vast amount of property has been taken by our forces at Augusta, Ga., including 10,000,000 worth of ordnance and other stores, and 100,000 bales of cotton. A part of the specie stolen by Jeff Davis amounting to $165,000 has also been secured.
— A magnificant [sic] army review has been held in Washington this week.
— A. H. Stephens has been arrested at his home and taken to Washington. [Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of the Confederate States of America]
— Gen. Sherman has issued an order in which he says, “The restoration of peace and order cannot be entrusted to rebels and traitors.” He is right this time.
— It is asserted positively that Davis will be tried for treason.
— Clement C. Clay has surrendered himself, and states his readiness to stand trial on the charge of being concerned in the conspiracy to assassinate the President.
— Resolutions and addresses of condolence with the American people, continue to pour in from organized associations and public meetings throughout England and the Continent.
— A number of speculators, supposing Mr. Lincoln’s body [Abraham Lincoln] was to be buried on the Mather estate at Springfiild [sic], Illinois, bought up all the land adjoining. They are now greatly depressed in spirits because the remains have been deposited in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
— If there could be any excuse for the fair sex for donning the bloomer costume, they certainly now have it, as petticoats have been so disgraced by the arch-rebel and braggart, Jeff. Davis, in his inglorious flight.
— The last place named as the resting place of “all that remains of Booth the assassin,” is under the flooring of a store room in the old penitentiary buildings in Washington. [John Wilkes Booth]
— Some citizens of Troy, on Saturday last, forwarded to General Grant a present that will “take his fancy.” It is a box of cigars, 100 in number, of the finest brand, and costing $100. Each cigar has a paper holder, and the box itself is got up “regardless of expense.”
— Great efforts are being made to secure Jeff. Davis’ petticoats for the Chicago Fair [sanitary fair], or any other fair, would not be presentable to the public without petticoats.
— One of the incidents of the removal by the Government of trade restrictions in the Southern States is the recognition of the Italian Consul in the city of Richmond. Business at that place has already experienced a great revival. Steamers now run regularly to Richmond from Washington and Baltimore, and on all their trips they are crowded with passengers from the North.
— The story of the plot to burn Philadelphia, by rebel incendiaries, was a scheme of certain prize fighters and their friends to engage the police in guarding the city so earnestly that they would not go out to interfere with the “mill,” which was to take place in the suburbs of the Quaker City.
— It is said that ex-Governor Wise [Henry A. Wise] chafes a good deal, and even foams at the mouth, because his house is used by old John Brown’s daughter as a school-house for teaching little niggers. It seems a pretty hard case, certainly ; but we don’t readily see what the Governor can do about it. Old John Brown’s daughter is resolute, and won’t evacuate the premises. It is said that “Old John Brown’s soul is marching on,” and his daughter is determined that the minds of the little niggers shall imitate the example.
This summary of the news comes from The Polk County Press of May 27, 1865.
A dispatch from Fortress Monroe states that Alexander H. Stephens and Clement C. Clay have arrived there under arrest.
Stephens was arrested on his plantation only a short distance from Atlanta by a squad from Gen. Upton’s men under a Captain and staff officer, whose name I have forgotten. Stephens made no effort to escape, but was found at his house quietly smoking his meerschaum¹ ; he had no companions save two negro servants and a dog, and lived almost entirely in solitude.
Jeff Davis has arrived at, and been confined in Fortress Monroe.
Great excitement was caused at Augusta by the announcement of the capture of Jeff Davis. A wagon containing two hundred and forty-three thousand dollars of specie belonging to the rebel Government, was found in a byway, and turned over to Gen. Moline.
The “Commercial’s” Nashville dispatch reports the capture of the rebel Gov. Harris of Tennessee, and six hundred thousand dollars belonging to the State treasury, the State archives, and all the State bonds have been captured.
Gov. Vance, of North Carolina, has arrived at Washington under guard. His rooms are in the Old Capitol Prison. He has requested an interview with the President, and is as penitent as a whipped rebel can be.
Gen. Sheridan has been assigned to the command of all the forces west of the Mississippi. A force will be immediately sent to Texas to clear out the debris of the rebellion in that section.
Thirteen steamers, one ram and a gunboat, surrendered by the rebels, have reached Mobile from the Tombigbee river and eight or ten more are expected.
1. A type of smoking pipe. Meerschaum, German for for foam of the sea, also known as sepiolite, is a soft white mineral that is often used to make smoking pipes. It is a kind of hard white clay, and the light and porous structure of the pipe keeps the smoke cool and soft. The pipe itself is a natural filter that absorbs the nicotine. They often have fancy carvings.