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1865 September 2: More on the Battle of Platte Bridge; Former Rebels Need to Apply for New Passports

September 4, 2015

The following appeared in The Prescott Journal’s normal “By Telegraph” column on September 2, 1865.  The two inside pages of The Polk County Press are identical to the Journal’s inside pages for September 2, 1865.  No explanation is given in either newspaper; it may have happened during microfilming.

B Y   T E L E G R A P H

NEW YORK, Aug. 26.—A Salt Lake despatch of July 30th, says the telegraph operator reports that the Indians have carried off five miles of wire west of Platte Bridge.

On the 26th some 2,000 Indians attacked the post of Platte Bridge.  There was heavy skirmishing all the afternoon, many of the Indians being kiled [sic].

Lieut. Collins, of Co. G. 15th Ohio, and twenty-seven men were killed.  Lieut. Collin’s was killed while leading a charge by 700 Kansas troops against some 600 Indians.

NEW YORK, Aug. 26.—The Tribune’s dispatch has the following :

General Grant [Ulysses S. Grant] remarked recently that sufficient evidence has been adduced during the late conspiracy trials to convict Jeff. Davis [Jefferson Davis] of complicity in the assassination of President Lincoln [Abraham Lincoln] ;  and that the fate of the conspirators settled that of Jeff. Davis.

Legal proceedings will soon be instituted against Major Wallach,¹ of Washington, to make him disgorge the funds of the colored schools.

Herald’s Washington special says that the Emperor Maximilian recently sent a letter of condolence on the death of Mr. Lincoln to President Johnson [Andrew Johnson] but the latter was not accepted on the ground that no such person as the Emperor of Mexico was known or recognized.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26.—Executive Office, Department of State, Aug. 22.—Paroled prisoners asking passports as citizens of the United States, and against whom no special charges may be pending, will be furnished with passports upon application therefor to the Department of State, in usual form ;  such passports, will, however, be issued upon the return to the United States without leave of the President.

Other persons implicated in the rebellion who may wish to go abroad, will apply to the Department of State for passports, and applications will be disposed of according to the merits of the several cases by the President of the United States.

(Signed,)                    .WM. H. SEWARD,
.                                             .Sec’y of State.

1.  Major Wallach was a Confederate officer. One of his brothers supposedly was Richard Simms Wallach, the mayor of Washington, D.C., when President Lincoln was assassinated.

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