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1865 September 2: Webb Seavey, Fred Dresser, and David Caneday Home from the War; and Other Bits of News

September 7, 2015

Following are smaller news items from The Polk County Press of September 2, 1865.

A JOKE.—The Prescott Journal has a lengthy account of Gen. Grant’s reception at Prescott and the leading spirits are all hugely complimented for the masterly manner in which they performed their different parts.  The fun of it is, the General was asleep when the boat passed Prescott, and they did not see him at all.  [Ulysses S. Grant]

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HOME FROM THE WAR.—Captain WEBB S. SEAVEY, 5th Iowa Cavalry, and Quartermaster FRED. A. DRESSER., 30th Wisconsin Volunteers, arrived home on Tuesday evening.

Capt. SEAVEY has been mustered out with his regiment, after four years hard and faithful service for the Government, and was unfortunate enough to serve part of his time in the rebel slaughter pen at Andersonville.  We are sorry to say that his health is quite poor.

Quartermaster DRESSER is home on furlough, and returns in a few days.  His regiment is stationed at Louisville, and will be mustered out some time during the month of October.  [Frederick A. Dresser]

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GEN. GRANT.—GEN. ULYSSES S. GRANT and party visited St. Paul, St. Anthony, Minneapolis, Minnehaha, and Fort Snelling last Saturday.  He met with a grand reception.

—DAVID CANEDAY, formerly of the “Monitor” dropped in upon us Thursday.  DAVE is the same old “David” of old, notwithstanding the hard campaigns of the Southwest.  [David A. Canaday]

TO OUR READERS.—With this number of the PRESS we bid “good-bye” to our readers for a short time, while with the aid of the “iron horse” we journey East and visit again our old New England home.  During our absence the PRESS will be in charge of our brother and junior publisher, who will, no doubt, assume our duties in a manner satisfactory to all.  [former soldier Henry O. Fifield is the brother and junior publisher]

DREADFUL ACCIDENT AT ST. PAUL.—During the passage of GEN. GRANT through Third Street St. Paul, last Saturday, an iron balcony containing about twenty men, women and children, was precipitated from the second story of a building to the stone side-walk below, severely injuring,—some of them fatally,—seventeen persons.  The balcony was a shabbily built affair, and broke down from being overloaded.

—The latest report from Gov. Brough says that one of his limbs have [sic] been amputated above the ankle.  He is much worse, and no hopes are entertained of his recovery.  [John Brough]

WOODEN MORTAR.—We saw at the historical society room, the other day, a wooden mortar, which was used in the bombardment of the forts around Mobile. It is simply the section of a gum log, about eighteen inches long and ten inches in diameter, hooped with three iron bands.—They are quite light, and can be easily carried from place to place to suit convenience.  This one belonged to the Seventh Regiment, and was presented by them to the historical society.—St. Paul Press.

The Southern Church.

At the outbreak of the rebellion and long previous to it, the slavery question had been a source of as much dissension in church as in State.  Several of the leading church denominations had divided or were utterly at variance among their membership on this inevitable question.—All the churches in the South argued the divinity of slavery, supporting, supported succession and encouraged rebellion.  Almost all the former ecclesiastical organizations there, are now broken up, and under the influence of the liberal ideas of the North, the reconstruction of the churches is beginning.  Slavery, the sole cause of contention and seperation [sic], is now virtually abolished, and the re-union of the churches, or rather their reorganization on the principles which all their members North and South, once held in common, is already taking place.  The elimination of every element of discord from the powerful and widely extended church organizations of the country, will be very effective in promoting harmony among the people of every State and section, and will do much in the way of uniting indissolubly those who were so lately at enmity towards each other.

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