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1865 August 12: Joseph Reichert of the 30th Wisconsin is Home, More Brevet Appointments, Civil War Songs, and More

August 18, 2015

Following are the smaller items from the August 12, 1865, issues of The Polk County Post and The Prescott Journal.

From The Polk County Post:

— Gen. O. O. Howard has been breveted as Major General in the regular army.

— An ocean steamer will leave for Europe in a short time, flying the American flag, being the first in four years.  The passengers and freight traffic has heretofore been monopolized by English, French, and German lines.

— Bishop Andrews [sic],¹ of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, has called a meeting of the bishops of the denomination, to be held at Columbus, Georgia, on the 10th of August, to take into consideration measures for the reorganization of the church throughout the Southern States.

— A correspondent of a New York paper estimates the loss of the rebel armies during the rebellion at 100,000 killed and died in service, and 100,000 permanently disabled ;  while probably 200,000 others suffered under various degrees of disability.—The pecuniary losses of the South by the war are estimated at 89,300,000,000.

— The late fair at Milwaukee has proved the greatest success of anything of the kind ever held in the West.  The receipts amount to about $120,000.  The complete success of the enterprise is almost entirely due the ladies of the State, the Milwaukee ladies taking the burden of the labor and responsibility.  Let it be recorded in their favor.

PERSONAL.—BRIG. GEN. SAMUEL HARRIMAN, returned to his home in St. Croix County on Saturday last.  Gen. Harriman has distinguished himself for gallant conduct and comes home bearing the highest honors.—Long may he wear them.

SOLDIERS RECEPTION.—The returned soldiers of Pierce County, met with a hearty welcome at Prescott, on Friday  last, by people of that county.  The brave boys were highly pleased to be at home once again, to enjoy the society of their many friends.  About 150 soldiers participated in the occasion, and a dance was given them by the city in the evening. One hundred and eighty couple were present.

— The Florida Union states that the father of Payne [aka Lewis Powell], the would-be murderer of Secretary Seward, has been making a visit to Jacksonville, in that state.  The Union says, “He resides on a plantation three miles from Live Oak station, on the Pensacola & Georgia Railroad.  He lost one son at the battle of Murfreesboro ;  another returned home maimed for life.  Lewis was his only hope in his old age.  The afflicted father was a Baptist minister, as has been stated.”

—  Gen. Pleasanton [sic: Alfred Pleasonton] has established his headquarters at Milwaukee.

— Gen. Banks intends to make New Orleans his permanent residence.  [Nathaniel P. Banks]

— A movement on foot in St. Louis for the erection of a monument to Gen. Yyon [sic: Nathaniel Lyon], either in that city or on the battle-ground at Wilson’s Creek.

— The commissioner of pensions has decided that the rebel deserters who have enlisted into the United States service are not entitled to the benefits of the pension laws.

— Some of the more popular ballads of the war have sold immense editions.  Of “Who will Care for Mother Now,”² 491,000 copies have been disposed of, and of “Mother would Comfort Me,”³ 227,500 copies.

From The Prescott Journal:

The State Ticket.

It seems to be pretty certain that Gen. FAIRCHILD [Lucius Fairchild] will be the Union nominee for Governor.  For Sec. of State, Mr. FIELD, late Speaker of the Assembly, and Gen. TOM. ALLEN [Thomas S. Allen] are prominent candidates.  Mr. HASTINGS [Samuel D. Hastings] will be renominated as Treasurer, though there will be considerable opposition.—For the other offices there are plenty of excellent names mentioned.  We have no doubt the ticket will be a worthy and acceptable one, and be heartily supported, and triamphantly [sic] successful at the polls.

— Mr. Jos. Reichert of the 30th Reg., has re-opened a saloon in town.

— The duty of placing the manacles upon Mrs. Surratt, escorting her until the trap fell, devolved upon Lieutenant Colonel W. H. H. McCall,4 of Lewisburg.  When placing the irons upon here wrists, she told him that he was no gentleman, or he would not do so.  Colonel McCall told her it was his unpleasant duty, in obedience to orders, and not his choice.  Her parting salute to him was:  “You are a scoundrel!”  which were about the last words she uttered.

General Grant Dancing.—Everybody knows, or should be aware, of Grant’s ability to lead armies, and to cut up armies when they are not composed of men to suit his ideas of things ;  but everybody did not know that the General could dance.  Well, now, sobersides, don’t get shocked at what I am about to disclose—he can dance, and did dance on the evening of the 26th day of July, at West Point.  It was amusing to see the General manœuvre in the intricate movements of a cotillon [sic] ;  but he accomplished it manfully, and it must have been particularly delightful for the young ladies to be handled in the dance by the gallant hero.

1.  James Osgood Andrew (1794-1871) was elected a bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1832. His ownership of slaves generated controversy within the M.E. Church, as the national organization had long opposed slavery. He was criticized by the 1844 General Convention and suspended from office. Disputing the authority of the Convention to discipline the bishop, southern members seceded and set up the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Andrew became the symbol of the slavery issue for the M.E. Church.
2.  “Who Will Care for Mother Now?,” words by Charles Carroll Sawyer, music by Charles F. Thompson (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Sawyer & Thompson, 1863). Full sheet music available at Duke University Libraries Digital Collections.

Charles Carroll Sawyer was a major contributor to the body of sentimental works written during the Civil War period. Other songs by Sawyer include “I Dreamed My Boy Was Home Again” and “Mother Would Comfort Me Now.” The popularizing of the genre did much for the field of music publishing and by 1865 the song “Who Will Care for Mother Now,” self-published by Sawyer and Thompson, had sold nearly a half million copies.

Mother Would Comfort Me music3.  “Mother Would Comfort Me,” words by Charles Carroll Sawyer, music by Charles F. Thompson (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Sawyer & Thompson, 1863). Full sheet music available at Duke University Libraries Digital Collections.
4.  William Henry Harrison McCall (1841-1883) joined the Civil War first as a captain in the 5th Pennsylvania Reserves. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel of the 200th Pennsylvania Infantry. In March 1865, McCall was brevetted colonel of Volunteers for his “coolness, bravery and skill at Ft. Stedman, Virginia.” Then in April 1865 he was brevetted brigadier general of Volunteers for his “valuable and meritorious service in the assault in front of Ft. Sedgwick, Virginia.”

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