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1865 June 24: News of Deaths of Several Local Soldiers, and Other News

June 30, 2015

Following are the smaller items from our two newspapers of June 24, 1865.

From The Polk County Press:

— Lieut. Chas D. Emory, 8th U. S. Col. Battery, formerly of St. Croix Falls, was recently drowned by falling overboard from a steamer, while on his way from Vicksburg to New Orleans.  We have not room for an obituary notice this week.

ST. CROIX.— At a meeting of the citizens of the Falls St. Croix, held on Thursday the 22d inst., for the purpose of taking into consideration the celebrating of the 4th of July, it was resolved that we join with the people of Taylor’s Falls in the celebration on the day.  On motion of H. D. BARRON a Committee was appointed to confer and make arrangements with the citizens of Osceola to join us at St. Croix Falls in procession to march to said Taylor’s Falls on that occasion.

HIRAM CALKINS, Chairman.
WM. J. VINCENT, Secretary.

— 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.

The New York Tribune, in the course of an editorial upon President Johnson’s opinion concerning negro suffrage at the South, says :  “So far from thinking that colored people ought not to vote, we infer from a pretty full exposition of his views to which we very recently listened, that the President will exert whatever influence he believes himself fairly entitled to in the premises in favor of such suffrage.  The only ground that exists for imputing to him hostility, inheres in his conviction that loyal State Constitutions are not subject to change by Presidential edicts nor by orders from the War Department.”

From The Prescott Journal:

Finger002  A reliable account has at last been received of the death of Captain ROLLIN P. CONVERSE.  Frank Hare, of Oak Grove, member of Co. B., who has just returned, was wounded in the same battle in which Capt. Converse fell, was carried off the field in company with him, and was with him when he died.

Capt. Converse was wounded at the battle of the Wilderness, on the morning of May 5th and died the next day.  He received four wounds, one through the groin, being the immediate cause of his death.  The Capt. knew that his wounds were fatal, and was sensible to the last.  Mr. Hare saved some of his papers and effects, but they were taken from him by the rebels.

Mr. Hare has been an inmate of most of the Southern prisons and confirms all that has been said of the inhuman treatment of our soldiers received.  His own suffrage may be inferred from the fact, that his average weight is 176 lbs, and when released he was so emaciated by starvation that he weighted but 59 pounds.  His statement of the treatment our soldiers experienced at Andersonville is almost too horrible for belief.  Hare believes in having Jeff. Davis hung.

Finger002  The La Crosse Republican says that Pomeroy has sold out the Democrat, of that city, to a gentleman named Martin, who intends to make it a Republican paper.  Seymour thinks this a “sell” without a sale, and offers to give the new firm the “liveliest turn in the best shop.”  [M.M. “Brick” Pomeroy]

La RUE’S WAR SHOW.—La Rue exhibited a part of his War Show here on last Tuesday evening.  It was a “sell.”  He has a good show, but for some reason did not show it, though he had a full house.

THE MILWAUKEE FAIR.—The Soldiers’ Home Fair, at Milwaukee, opens on the 28th inst.  While in the city, a few days ago, we were shown over the building in which it is to be held.  It is a magnificent structure, situated on Main Street, just below the Newhall House, and is 300 long by 135 feet wide, with corresponding height.  The indications are that the Fair will prove a great success.

DROWNED.—Last Sunday morning, a soldier, named Gotleib Leach,¹ was lost off the Favorite, just below here.  He was drawing a pail of water, when, for some reason, he fell overboard.  The boat was promptly stopped, but he could not be seen.  He belonged to Co. B., 2d Minnesota.

1.  Gotlieb Lieck, born ca. 1841 in Germany, was living in Winsted (McLeod County), Minnesota, when he enlisted on September 27, 1864, in Company B of the 2nd Minnesota Infantry.  He may have actually survived this fall into the river as later sources list him dying in 1897.

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