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1865 August 5: Confederate General W.H.F. Lee Pardoned, 500 Female Clerks Helping Process Pension Requests, General Sheridan Going To Texas, and More

August 10, 2015

The following general news items comes from The Prescott Journal of August 5, 1865.

General News.

— A despatch from St. Paul says that a camp of surrendered Indians have been in a starving condition for some time near Fort Wadsworth,¹ but an immense drove of buffalo coming in that direction, they were enabled to kill 3000 and obtain supplies.

— Lord Brougham is very anxious to have the Cuban slave trade stopped.—But he was not at all anxious to have the rebels fail in their attempt to establish an empire with slavery as the chief corner stone.

— Gen. Sherman [William T. Sherman] says :  “I always traveled with a copy of the census, in my saddle-bags.  I could tell how many inhabitants, how many cultivated acres, how many head of cattle and horses, how many bushels of grain each county possessed at that time would be now, and how long it would subsist my army.”

— There are at present employed in the Treasury Department about 1,600 male clerks, messengers, laborers and watchmen, of which number at least 600 are disabled soldiers.  About 500 female clerks are employed, many of whom are refugees, the relatives of deceased soldiers, and other having special claims upon the consideration of the government.

B Y   T E L E G R A P H

NEW YORK, July 29—The Herald’s Washington special says :  Another heavy installment of applicants for pardon was received at the Att’y General’s office.  Among the number was that of the rebel Brig. Gen. W. H. F. Lee.—About 80 requisitions are daily made on the State Department, from the Att’y General’s office.  The remainder have to wait.  It is reported here, that Dill, the editor and publisher of the Memphis—General Jackson–Meridian–Atlanta–Augusta–Southern Confederacy Appeal, has obtained a pardon.

The  Commissioner of Internal Revenue has decided that interest paid to depositors by Savings Banks, is considered a dividend within the meaning of section one hundred and twenty of the law, and the tax of five per cent should be withheld therefrom and paid to the government.  He has also decided that an undertaking or claim by a third party, under the New York statute, is a joint agreement and is subject to stamp duty of five cents.

The Tribune’s N. O. [New Orleans] correspondent of the 22d, says :  Maj. Gen. Sheridan left here for Texas, last Thursday.  It is stated that the General will visit Galveston, Brazos Santiago and Brownsville before his return to this city.  The trip will, in all probability, occupy two or three weeks.  [Philip H. Sheridan]

The Quartermaster and Commissary Departments are forwarding large quantities of supplies for the use of the troops of Texas.

Captain Hill has just returned from an inspection tour of the Commissary Department, and reports the armies as being well supplied with commissary stores.

It is rumored that Gov. Madison Wells,² of this state [Louisiana], has taken, or is about to take, his departure for Washington, where he is going to try and counteract the influence which is being brought to bear on the Government to effect his removal and the appointment of a provisional Governor.

The Tribune’s Washington special says the special object of the ex-rebel Gen. Dick Taylor in visit here is to apply to the President for an interview with Jeff. Davis.  He succeeded in seeing the President yesterday, but reached no definite point, and was requested to call again.  [Richard Taylor]

Maj. Gen. G. M. Dodge has been assigned the General Commanding all U. S. forces serving in Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Montana, and that portion of Decotah³ lying west and south of the Missouri river.  [Grenville M. Dodge]

Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasanton has been assigned to the command of the District of Wisconsin, head quarters at Milwaukee.  [sic: Alfred Pleasonton]

The trial of the Andersonville jailor did not come off to-day, as anticipated.  A preliminary examination of the witnesses is now being made, for the purpose of preparing the specification of the charges preferred against him.  The trial will doubtless commence in the early part of next week.

 1.  Fort Wadsworth—later renamed Fort Sisseton—was prairie outpost in Dakota Territory built in 1864 as a result of the Dakota Conflict in Minnesota in 1862. You may remember that some of our Wisconsin and Minnesota troops, instead of going east to join the Civil War, went west to “deal” with the fleeing Dakota Indians. One of the main causes of the Dakota Conflict was that the Indians were starving.
2.  James Madison Wells (1808-1899) was the 20th governor of Louisiana (1865-67), serving during Reconstruction. In 1860, he supported Stephen A. Douglas for president and was an ardent supporter of the Union. For that, he was criticized by his neighbors and his brother, and during the Civil War he was arrested by Confederate officials for his Union sympathies. By 1864, Union troops controlled all or part of 17 parishes in south Louisiana. Wells formed the Unconditional Union Club of West Louisiana. He was nominated both by radicals and moderates to be lieutenant governor. A conservative, he had little interest in the rights of African-Americans.
3.  One of the many ways of spelling “Dakota” before it was standardized.

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