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1865 June 24: Freedmen’s Schools, Quantrill Dies, Applicants for Pardon, and Other News

June 26, 2015

The following news summaries comes from the June 24, 1865, issues of The Prescott Journal and The Polk County Press.

From The Prescott Journal:

General News.

— In England there are large numbers of ladies who have put on mourning for the American President.  [Abraham Lincoln]

— Ex-Secretary [of the Interior] Usher has returned to Indiana.  In the meantime, many of his contractors and appointees are suffering from a lack of recognition at Washington.  [John P. Usher]

— The Freedmen’s Schools of Richmond have been closed on account of the maltreatment and intimidation of the black children by the whites.

— General Halleck, in his reply to General Sherman’s criticism, puts the responsibility on the shoulders of General Grant.  [Henry W. Halleck, William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant]

— Where soldiers have lost legs, feet or arms, in the war, the Government helps them to this extent in getting artificial ones :  $75 for legs ;  $50 for arms ;  $50 for feet.

— The notorious guerrilla, Quantrell [sic], died in the Louisville Military Hospital, on Wednesday, from the effects of a wound received on the 10th of May last.  [William Clarke Quantrill]

— It is said that Booth, Orsini and Charlotte Corday, all selected April 14th for their assassinations, completed or purposed.  [John Wilkes Booth]

— Vallandigham says that the Democratic party lived only eight days after the Chicago nominations, and then died of circumcision.  This is a very ill-temperered [sic] reference to Belmont,¹ and McClellan’s letter of acceptance.  [Clement C. Vallandigham, George B. McClellan]

— It is a fact that President Johnson has directed a suspention [sic] throughout the South of the sales of rebel landed property for non-payment of direct taxes, ordered by the Tax Commissioners in the several States.  It is not known whether such interposition implies a remittance of the penalty of confiscation, or merely a postponement of sale.  [Andrew Johnson]

— The Tribune publishes a formal statement of a Secesh plot, connected in Canada, to blow up the Croton Aqueduct.  The plotters said they would make a glass of water as dear in New York as a glass of whisky [sic] was in Richmond.

— Mrs. General Sherman has a special department in the Chicago Sanitary Fair.  A short time ago she sent an appeal to the pastors of Catholic churches in New York to aid the Fair, and in response collections were taken up by some of them last Sunday, and the amounts promptly sent to her.  General and Mrs. Sherman are Catholics.


NEW YORK, June 17.—Tribune’s special says President Johnson has expressed his regrets that the conspirators were not tried before a civil tribunal.

Orders for the arrest of Ben Wood were telegraphed from Washington.

Times’ special says :  Among the applications for pardon is that of Robert E. Lee and A. H. Stephens.  Mr. Stephens enters at length into apology or vindication, and among other reasons for his course, cites the fact that the Tribune advocated the rights of the southern people to independence, and that he was led to believe it would be accorded them without war.

Union meetings are being held in different parts of Alabama, and National Banks are to be immediately established in Mobile and Montgomery.  In Mobile, as well as the other southern cities, President Johnson’s amnesty proclamation excited much interest and discussion.

The President’s Amnesty Proclamation created much excitement in New Orleans.  The classes excepted from pardon were more numerous than had been expected.

Large numbers of paroled rebel officers, as well as soldiers, have recently arrived in New Orleans, and settled down to the quiet routine of private life.  General Beauregard [P.G.T. Beauregard] and Dick Taylor [Richard Taylor] have been, for some time, resid[ing] in the vicinity of the city, awaiting the proceedings of the Government in their cases.

From The Polk County Press:

[this column was reprinted in the July 1st issue]

— Most of the iron clads are to be laid up in Delaware River.

— Major General C. C. Washburn has returned to his home in La X [La Crosse].

— The rebel Secretary of State, Judah P. Benjamin, is reported to have arrived at Bermuda.

— The traitor Breckinridge is reported to have run the blockade from Florida, and to have reached Cuba.  [John C. Breckinridge]

— Passenger trains have commenced running on the Atlanta & Nashville Railroad from Atlanta to Chattanooga.

— It is stated by a Montreal paper that ten Southern rebels have ten millions of dollars deposited in banks in that city.

— A letter has been received at Madison, from the 11th Wisconsin, endorsing Gen. Lucius Fairchild, as the Union candidate for Governor next fall.

— C. L. Vallandigham has written a letter acknowledging his error in opposing the war for the Union, and expressing his satisfaction that slavery is dead.  Reason—the Canada rebels have suspended payment.  [Clement L. Vallandigham]

— Whenever a vacancy occurs in any of the departments at Washington the place is kept open until some worthy wounded officer or soldier is found to fill the position.

— Official returns at the War Department show that the number of deaths in our army during the war, aggregated three hundred and fifty thousand.  This is but an item in the terrible price paid for national union.  Should not the leading traitors be hung.

— The President issued on the 13th a proclamation removing all restrictions upon trade with the South, except articles contraband of war, and removing liabilities and disqualifications consequent upon the the [sic] rebellion in Tennessee.

— Free labor is getting popular in North Carolina, and even the startling proposition to permit negroes to vote is discussed in all seriousness, and not one of its advocates seems to be in peril of his life.  War makes wonderful changes.

—  The Nashville Dispatch says :

“The Mexican dollars, in which Jeff. Davis paid off his body guard, are jingling around the city to quite an extent.  They were sold on the streets at one dollar and fifty cents, with any number of purchasers.”

1.  August Belmont, Samuel Barlow, and newspaper editors Manton Marble and William Prime directed McClellan’s 1864 presidential campaign.
August Belmont (1813-1890) was a German-American politician, financier, foreign diplomat, and party chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 1850s. Belmont is attributed with single-handedly transforming the position of party chairman from a previously honorary office to one of great political and electoral importance, creating the modern American political party’s national organization. After the Civil War, Belmont became a horse-breeder and racehorse owner. He established the Belmont Park racecourse on Long Island, New York, and is the namesake of the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel of thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown.

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