Civil War Era Newspaper Items - 1862
Contributed by Elaine Rathmann,
The Daily Gazette
City of Davenport
May 17, 1862
From the 2d Iowa Cavalry
Camp of Hamburg and Corinth Road
Friday, May 9, 1862
Friend Sanders.-Of yesterday's skirmish, and loss, I wrote you last night , and
to-night as a faithful chronicler, am compelled to add further to the record,
which though of noble deeds, will carry anguish to loving hearts. About noon,
orders came to be ready to move at the firing of a single gun. The signal soon
came, and in ten minutes the regiment was in column, and on its way to the
front. I may mention that most of our force which had advanced yesterday, had
retired back to camp, vacating the ground they had occupied. Yesterday our
regiment was a mile and a half beyond Farmington; to-day two miles this side of
the town. They met Gen. Paine's Division and three batteries, retreating.
Passing this column on coming to an opening a mile wide, on the opposite side of
which the rebels had three batteries, they formed into line, Lieut. Col. Hatch
commanding with Majors Hepburn, Coon and Lave, commanding respectively the 1st
2d and 3d batteries. The rebels had the range, and th!
eir batteries were well manned and playing rapidly on our lines. Gen. Paine rode
up and ordered the regiment to "charge" those batteries. The batteries
were three-fourths of a mile distant, and formed a line half a mile in
length-sweeping with their murderous fire the whole space.
The charge sounded and officers and soldiers swept forward through the leaden
tempest! Shot and shell hurtled through the air, or plowed up the ground
beneath. The woods flanking the open space were occupied by rebel sharp
shooters, and they too poured forth their murderous fire on the rushing line.
Though such a fire of iron hail is seldom faced in a charge and horse and man
went down by sections, yet onward at full speed charged the 2d Cavalry through
canister and grape, to within one hundred yards of the guns, when they were
found to be supported by dense lines of infantry. When knowing we were
unsupported, the rally was sounded, and we retired, but had the satisfaction of
seeing the batteries limber up and cease firing.
The regiment was absent from camp less than three hours. The charge was of short
duration, but from the annexed list, which is reliable, Iowa may see whether her
glory has been dimmed by the 2d Cavalry-whether another laurel has not been
added to her brow-another bright page added to their immortal list-a record made
that when Iowa is tried, she is never found wanting.
1st Battalion-Commissary Sergt W. W. Miller, by spent ball in leg, slightly.
Co. K-Killed, none. Wounded, Corpl Elias W. Shephard, in head; Derwin Doner,
flesh wound in leg; R. M. Downer, in leg by piece of shell; Fred Lehart, in
head; G. R. Bradley, in leg by piece of shell, Abraham Leffler, in head and
Co. L-Killed, none. Wounded, Corpl M. V. Hubbard, in head; G. W. Kelso, in the
thigh, Missing James Raymond.
Co. E-Wounded, Lewis Kephart, in hand; Bugler, Wm. Dunderdale, in head; Corpl W.
Aldrich in head slightly; Sergt J. W. Jennings, in hand.
Co. M-Wounded. Nathan Smith, in the foot, amputated below the knee; Sylvester L.
Hazen, in shoulder, slightly; J. S. Breedan, in leg; John Parker, wounded and
3d Battalion.-Co. I and D, all safe.
Co. F-Wounded, Labon J. Parks, in breast severely; Wm. Bailey, in thigh and
rectum, severely; Sergt James Fought, in thigh, slightly; Sergt. Daniel Okeson,
Co. B-Killed, John Burgh, (missing yesterday and supposed killed.) Wounded, J.
S. Brush, in right shoulder, severely; W. M. Freeman, in breast by shell; Corp
Wilker, missing; Cloud H. Brock, in arm, severely; Daniel Craft, in side,
2d Battalion-Co. A.-Killed, Sergt Frederick L. Ayer. Wounded, J.B. Gaddis, in
arm and side, slightly; B. F. Wagoner, in shoulder slightly; Otis Legg, in side,
Co. H-Killed, Lt. Benjamin F. Owen. Wounded, Corp Haskins, in leg, slightly; A.
V. Reeves, in thigh, slightly; A. N. Detwiler, in breast, slightly.
Co. G-Wounded, Capt Wm. Lundy, in the head, slightly; Sergt L. H. Waterman in
hip dangerously; Corp J. T. Haight, arm and side; Anderson Heinly, severely
through from side to side.
Co. C.-Wounded, Capt Henry Egbert, in thigh, by piece of shell; James Armstrong,
through both hips and bladder (poor fellow, as I now write, just midnight, I
hear his constant groans; brave man, I fear he must die;) Wm. Gordon, right
heel-amputation below knee; James Taylor, through the shoulder severely.
Total-2 killed, 30 wounded, 1 wounded and missing, and 3 missing.
Captain Lundy, Lieuts Schnitger, C. C. Horton, Co. A, and Chas. Moore, Co. K,
had their horses shot from under them. Ninety seven horses were killed and
disabled, and nearly as many more wounded. A shell divided Lt. Col. Hatch's
heavy brass stirrup; another passed so close to Capt. Kendrick's head, as to
deafen one side, and numerous sabers, scabbards and revolvers show the scars of
cannon shot, shell and bullets. The surgeons had all the wounds dressed before
night and the sufferers with the exception of one or two, are quiet and doing
No Churches or Schools
Our excellent correspondent "Diff" has on several occasions referred
to the absence of school houses in the slave States which he has visited, and
the consequent illiterate condition of the people. A correspondent thus alludes
to the same subject:
"On coming to Rolla, I was struck with the fact that there was neither
church nor school-house in that town. From there to Springfield, a distance of
one hundred and twenty miles, in which there are farming neighborhoods settled
over twenty years, I saw but one church-a half finished building, commenced by
the southern Methodists, and afterwards abandoned-and not a single
school-house.-At Springfield there were indications of moral religious and
intellectual culture, (churches and academies, temporarily abandoned during the
possession of the town by the rebels, some of them destroyed,) but from
Springfield to Cassville, there was not a church or school-house to be seen. In
Cassville, I think, there must have been some obscure place used for religious
purposes, but it was not visible, nor distinguishable from the other houses.
From Cassville to this town, no church or school-house has met my eye. In
Galena, the county seat of Stone county, there is no such structure. In Forsythe
there is the same destitution of any outward signs of religion or education. Is
it any wonder that in such a region the rebellion should find adherents among an
ignorant and prejudiced population?"
The New Rebel Flag-Imagine a red handkerchief with a broad white bar stretching
diagonally across it from one corner to the other, and a similar bar crossing
the first from the opposite corners, with a blue shield at the point of
intersection, on which a yellow spot represents the sun, and you have the flag.
The Daily Gazette
May 19, 1862
No Dispatches Last Night.-Atmospheric electricity interfered very much with the
working of the lines on Saturday, and we have only about one-half our usual
dispatches. We received none at all after dark Saturday.
Death of a Soldier.-Mr. Henry Love, of Washington county died yesterday morning
at the residence of Mr. McEwen, on the Jersey Ridge road. When Camp McClellan
was broken up, Mr. Love was removed to McEwen's house, sick, and supposed to be
deranged. He sank gradually till he died. He was quite young, and was a new
recruit for the 16th Iowa regiment.
Editor Gazette.-Dear Sir: I see by your paper that Dr. C. H. Rawson has resigned
his commission in the army. This is an error. I had a letter from him yesterday,
near Corinth. He has resigned his post as Surgeon of Iowa 5th, having received
the appointment of Brigade Surgeon, and is acting as such to Gen. Hamilton's
Brigade. He will not reign while the war lasts.
From Camp near Corinth
We are in receipt of a letter from a "Camp near Corinth"
correspondent, testifying to the uncomplaining disposition of our Iowa boys,
even when severely wounded:
Two or three of the wounded men came in three miles on horseback, each with a
foot almost severed at the ankle yet sitting upright in the saddle and
frequently making some careless remark, or threatening vengeance the next time
they met the "secesh." Two poor fellows, which I now have the care of,
were each shot through the right ankle, and apparently by a large grape shot or
small cannon ball. It was a sickening sight to see their limbs amputated, yet
wonderful to observe how bravely they stood the operation. I was with them till
midnight, and have been all day long to-day, and am now sitting between their
cots, writing, as they are sleeping tranquilly. One poor man received his mortal
wound, and died to-day noon, and I was told that only a few hours before he died
he sat propped up in his cot and wrote a letter to his wife.
It is truly wonderful, how patiently our wounded men bear their pains, and how
uncomplainingly they submit to the most painful surgical operations. If any
doubt that Iowa has brave sons, let them come and see them fight, or view them
lying in the hospital tent, and convince themselves of the fact.
To-day a secesh deserter came into our camp, and told his story, the purport of
which was, that, although they were just upon the field, and nearly double in
number, yet they sustained a greater loss in killed and wounded. Strange as it
may seem, they evacuated their position, which of course our forces now occupy.
Sunday, May 11.-An attack is expected upon our left flank soon; and when I awoke
this morning, the boys had their horses saddled, ready to start for the conflict
at a moment's notice. Another deserter, just come in, says that Beauregard
lately made a speech, in which he seemed confident that he could, with the
120,000 men he claimed, whip us.-Perhaps he can, but I don't believe it.
Sick Iowa Soldiers.-The steamer D. A. January arrived at St. Louis, from the
Upper Tennessee, last Wednesday. She brought a large number of sick and wounded
soldiers to Jefferson Barracks Hospital. The following Iowa names appear among
James Taylor, Co. C, 2d cavalry; Wm. H. Reckord, and James Flanagan, Co. I, 8th
infantry. These are from Scott county.
John L. Bursh and Wm. F. Bullock, Co. B, 2d cavalry; James Slaughter, Co. D, do;
L. J. Parks, Wm. H. Bulls, Samuel Craig, C. E. Biggs and James Faught, co. F,
do; J. T. Haight, Anderson Hersley and E. H. Evans, Co. G, do,; Derwin Downer,
Charles W. Adell, Co. D, 3d infantry; Luther B. converse, C. M. Townsend, George
Everhart and C. H. Talmage, Co. I, do.
Daniel E. Follitt, co. H, 8th infantry; Moses Conklin, Wm. Lewis, and Henry
Applegate, Co. I, do.
Martin Poling, James f. Little, M. P. Myers, and Wm. H. Cooper, Co. B, 13th
infantry; Sam. F. Hill, Co. E, do.
Calvin Loid, co, B, 15th; Wm. Phrekis, Co. C, do.
James Casley, Co. B, 17th; Benj. Stephenson, Co I, do.
Cairo, Ill. May 15, 1862
We just arrived at this place, and through the assistance of Gen. Strong, got
passage on the steamer City of Alton, (hospital boat) for Hamburg. We think it
fortunate, as the next boat does not leave till Saturday.
I saw Rev. Folsom, he does not know what is most needed, but says that there is
a great scarcity of thin drawers. Would it not be best to suggest the same to
our ladies, that they may make up some.
I purchased a dozen essence ginger, and some ale, but have not time to look
around here after the sick. Gen Strong tells me he has made arrangements to send
them all home.
Yours &c.,~~~Ira M. Gifford.
The Daily Gazette
May 20, 1862
Vandalism.-Nicholas Krambech, sexton of the city cemetery, informs us that he
detected a couple of young women, on Sunday, robbing the graves in the inclosure
(sic) of the flowers that friends had placed over the remains of the cherished
dead. He contented himself with taking the bouquet from them, and reprimanding
them for their conduct, but says if it is repeated he will be under the
necessity of prosecuting the parties guilty of such outrage.
Returned.-Lieut. Henne, accompanied by his wife and Mr. Holm, arrived yesterday
afternoon on the Sucker State from St. Louis. Lt. H.'s wound is healed up, but
he is unable to walk, being destitute of both left arm and left leg, and has not
yet obtained an artificial substitute. On his arrival, the cannon was got out,
and a salute fired in honor of the return of the gallant officer to his home,
for the first time since his departure with Capt. Wentz's company last spring.
Seduction and Suicide.-One of the most melancholy cases of death by suicide it
has ever been our duty to record, occurred last Sunday afternoon in this city.
The deceased,--Jennett Dutton, was a native of Scotland, and had been in this
city two or three years, during which time she had been living with different
families in town, and for some time previous to her death had been employed at
the Burtis House. The circumstances leading to her death are related in the
testimony as taken before the Coroner's Jury on Sunday evening nearly all of
which we publish elsewhere. She first tried to kill herself with laudanum, but
took an over-dose, which caused nausea and vomiting, destroying the effects of
the poison. Sunday morning she procured some strychnine, with which she
succeeding in accomplishing her object, death ensuing at about 5 1/2 o'clock in
the evening. She appears to have been suffering very much in her mind from the
stories which had been set afloat about her, and these!
eventually, no doubt, led her to commit suicide.
The jury in the coroner's inquest found that the deceased died from the effects
of strychnine, and that Frank Collins was guilty of a criminal misdemeanor on
her person, which prompted her t commit suicide. On the rendition of this
verdict, Coroner Tomson issued his warrant for the apprehension of Collins; and
last evening constable Teagarden, assisted by Mr. Dermody, and by Justice
Swander, of Rock Island, arrested him on the other side of the river, brought
him over, and locked him up in jail. The ferry boat had lain up for the night,
but Capt. Robinson promptly got up steam, and brought over the party, declining
to receive any pay for it. Collins will probably be examined this morning.
In the Case of Jennett Dutton who committed suicide, Sunday, May 18.
Examination of witness, produced, sworn and examined before me, J. J. Tomson,
Coroner of said County, and Israel Hall, J. Ruch, G. H. Mosier, lawful men of
the said county, duly sworn upon their oaths to inquire when, how, and by what
means Jennett Dutton came to her death.
Dr. J. C. Parker, sworn: I know the person lying dead. I saw her some 8 months
ago. She was apparently sane at that time. Some 4 or 5 days ago she came to my
office, saying that she was in trouble-wished to know what to do.
I saw her to-day about 11 o'clock. I found her suffering from spasms. She
informed me that she had taken strychnine with the intention of killing herself.
Said she got the poison in Rock Island. I think that her death was caused by
strychnine. She said she had been dishonored, and wished to die. I remained from
11 till 3 o'clock.
Dr. Adler, sworn: I saw her, the person here lying dead, for the first time this
afternoon. Found her lying on the floor, on her back. Found her quite rational,
with frequent pulse. Face flushed-head turned to the left, and vomiting at
intervals. She had a slight convulsion of her limbs soon after I saw her. I had
been informed that she had taken strychnine. She told me herself that she had
taken strychnine. I remained until she died. I am satisfied that she died from
the effects of strychnine.
J. J. Burtis, sworn: I know the person here lying dead; have known her about
four months; she has been in my employ; I considered her a girl of sound mind; I
did not know of her troubles; for the last two or three weeks she has not done
as well in my service as previous; she has due her from me $4.65, which I have
paid to Mr. Daniel Moore; I believe her to be a girl of good moral character;
she lost no time by reason of sickness during the time she was in my employ.
Daniel Moore, sworn: I know the person here lying dead; her man (sic) is Jennett
Dutton; she worked for me in 1860, three months, also three months in 1861; she
said that she had been married in Scotland, and her husband was lost on the
ocean; so far as I know she was woman of good moral character; she came to my
house last night about nine o'clock, a good deal excited; she said that Frank
Collins had started reports about her at the Burtis House, and that she had
taken laudanum on his account; she laid down and slept all night; this morning
she appeared to be rational, but somewhat excited; she left my house about 10
o'clock to go to her sister's in Coal Valley, Rock Island county, Illinois; I
went to East Davenport and between ten and eleven o'clock I was sent for, saying
that Jennett had returned to my house and had taken strychnine; when I got home
Dr. Parker was with her; a little time before she died, she seemed to be sorry
that she had taken the strychnine; she seemed!
to be anxious to get well; the balance of my testimony corroborates that
of Drs. Parker and Adler.
Mrs. Rachel Keating, sworn: I have known the person here lying dead about two
years.; she told me that she was a widow; she had been at the Burtis House
nearly six months; she came to my house yesterday and asked me if I had heard
any reports about her; I said that I had, but had paid no attention to them; I
then asked her what her trouble was; she said that Frank Collins had raised a
bad report about her; she said that she had been to him on Thursday night last,
and urged him to clear her of it, or she would throw herself into the river; the
next morning she heard what she said to him from the girls in the Burtis House,
she told me that she had taken laudanum, and did not wish to live; I gave her
mustard and alt, which vomited her; she told me yesterday that she was
determined to kill herself; I saw her this morning, soon after she returned to
Mr. Moore's; she was very much excited; I put my hand into her pocket, and found
a paper with what I supposed to be strychnine; the!
paper was still wet, as though she had had her tongue to it; she told me
that she had taken some of the powder which I found in her pocket; she said that
she got the powder, which she said was strychnine, in Rock Island; she said that
she had tried the laudanum from Tuesday and had not succeeded in taking her
life, and she thought that she would try strychnine.
Sudden Death of Henry Y. Slaymaker
It is with deep regret that we this morning announce the sudden death of Mr.
Henry Y. Slaymaker, which occurred between 10 and 11 o'clock Sunday evening, at
the residence of Mr. Chas. Ruthrauff, his son-in-law, on Brady street, opposite
the college Grounds. Mr. Slaymaker had attended church in the morning, and
seemed to be in his usual health all day. At night he retiredquite early,
apparently well. About 10 o'clock he was taken alarmingly ill, and Dr. Adler was
immediately summoned, but before he could arrive the sufferer was dead. He lived
only about twenty minutes after he was taken ill. Mr. Slaymaker was a native of
Lancaster, Pa., and was sixty-seven years of age at the time of his death. About
ten years ago he removed to this city, since which time he has been on of our
most respected citizens. During the last administration, Mr. S. held the
position of agent for Government on rock Island. Mr. Slaymaker leave no
offspring except Mrs. Ruthrauff; and his wife has been d!
ead some years. The late Capt. Slaymaker was a nephew of the deceased.
In this city, on Sabbath evening, May 18th, suddenly of disease of the heart,
Henry Slaymaker, aged 64 years. The funeral will take place from his late
residence on Brady street, this (Tuesday) afternoon at 2 1/2 o'clock.
In Littleton, N. H., at the residence of her father, Mrs. Altheram, wife of Milo
K. Parks, of this city, aged 34 years.
A Case for the Charitable
Mr. Editor: I desire to call the attention of the public to the case of Mrs.
Adolphus Knocke, corner of Rock Island and Second streets. Her husband and two
sons have been in the army of the U. S. as volunteers since January, 1862, and
have not yet been paid off by the U. S. The family are actually suffering for
food. Some generous persons whoa re able, should provide her the means of living
until her husband and sons are paid off.~~G. E. Hurbell.
We had thought there was a committee appointed in our city, to see that the
families here of those fighting the battles of our country did not suffer in
their absence. It seems that we were mistaken. It should be done in all haste,
as it seems the least we can do.
The Daily Gazette
May 21, 1862
C. C. Carruthers, Co. F, 2d Iowa, died at hospital in Keokuk on Friday last,
aged 23 years. He was from Van Buren county.
Hogs.-There are altogether too many of these quadrupeds loose upon our streets.
The Marshall should see to it that if people will keep hogs in a city, that they
keep them in pens.
Lt. Col. Sanders.-We received a lengthy letter from our brother yesterday,
written on Sunday and Monday of last week. His health is no better, still he
refuses to come home.--They were at that time expecting a battle hourly.
Scalded to Death.-The Rock Island Argus says, that on Monday evening of last
week, a little child of Thomas Slatterly, in the lower part of that city, pulled
a pan of hot water from a table, spilling it over and scalding itself so badly
that it died on Saturday morning. The child was about three years old.
Death of a Citizen Soldier.-It is with regret we announce the death of Newton
Austin Haldeman, of this city, Sergeant of Co. C 2d regiment. He died of typhoid
fever at Jefferson Barracks hospital on Thursday last, 15th inst., aged 24
years. Mr. Haldeman was an occasional correspondent of this paper and his
letters were copied throughout the country. A lengthy one furnished us after the
battle at Fort Donelson, was pronounced by some of our cotemporaries, the best
description published of that battle. He was an excellent young man, a kind
brother, and a dutiful son. His remains were interred for the present at
Jefferson Barracks. His brother is in the army at the East, and as no word has
been received from him for sometime his parents fear that he too is no longer
among the living.
Painful Accident.-A painful accident happened at Bard's saw mill yesterday
morning to Thomas Leighton, a laborer employed in the mill. He was at work near
the rotary saw, and placed his right foot in such a position that it slipped and
was caught by the saw, which penetrated his foot to the ankle-bone. A man who
was standing by seized him, and pulled him back-otherwise he would have been
drawn on to the saw, ad perhaps torn to pieces. Dr. McCarn was summoned, and
dressed the wound, which is of a very serious character-threatening the loss of
his limb, though this, Dr. M. thinks can be averted. Mr. Leighton has a wife and
four children, and lives in East Davenport. He had been at work in the mill only
a day or two. A similar accident occurred at the same saw about five years ago.
The Daily Gazette
City of Davenport
June 3, 1862
In Town-Mr. James F. Morton, formerly postmaster at Hickory Grove, is in town
and stopping at the Pennsylvania House. We are informed he is now adjutant
general of Dacotah Territory, and is on his way to join Gov. Jayne at
New Methodist Minister.-Rev. Landon Taylor is expected this week to take charge
of the Methodist church in this city for the balance of the conference year, in
place of Rev. J. G. Dimmitt. We believe Mr. Taylor has been stationed here
Serious Scuffling.-James Conners and Patrick Hennessy, lately employed as deck
hands on the steamer Bill Henderson, got into a playful scuffle on the platform
in the rear of R. M. Prettyman's store, and while so engaged they fell over the
low railing into the cellar beneath. Both seemed to be seriously injured-one in
the leg, the other in the breast. They were able to walk home, however.
Suicide by Poison.-Mr. Richard Platt, of Rock Island, poisoned himself yesterday
in that city by taking a large dose of strychnine. When discovered he was in
spasms. He died at 4 1-2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Mer. Platt was a
picture-frame maker, and was formerly a resident of this city, doing business in
Merwin's block. He had been much dejected, and indeed always seemed to be
unfortunate, which weighed on his mind very much. He was about fifty years old,
and leaves a wife and large family in really destitute circumstances.
A Fellow Citizen Turned Up.-It has been a question in our mind, from his long
silence, whether our former active fellow-citizen and correspondent, Hiram A.
Reid, had not gone to the shades. We did not suppose he could live so long in
this active world of ours and amid times so stirring, without us seeing his name
figuring in some capacity connected to the war. Here it is at last. In the
report of the Western Sanitary Commission, located at St. Louis, occurs the
following sentence, "A very energetic and efficient relief agent, Rev. H.
A. Reid, is employed to procure transportation, and superintend the debarkation
of the furloughed and discharged men, form all the hospitals of the city."
Death of a Davenport Soldier.-The Cincinnati Israelite, of the 30th ult.,
contains a notice of the death, at Paducah, Ky., of Louis Schoen, of this city.
Mr. Schoen was a sergeant in Capt. Wentz's company, in the first Iowa regiment,
and was honorably noticed in the accounts of that battle. He subsequently
endeavored to raise a company for a new regiment, and, failing in that went to
St. Louis, and enlisted there in a Missouri regiment. Mr. Schoen was a native of
Kalserslantern, in the kingdom of Bavaria, and was about 26 years old at the
time of his death. He came to the his city in the fall of 1857, and was in the
employ of Mr. Isaac Mass and Straus & Billstein till the breaking out of the
war. His death was caused by typhoid fever.
Board of Supervisors
The Board of Supervisors assembled for the June term at 11 1-2 o'clock
In the absence of the President, Mr. Shaw, of Buffalo was chosen President pro
tem. The following members answered to their names: Thos. K. Fluke, Homer
Carpenter, Giles M. Pinneo, Dan B. Shaw, Phillip Earhart, John Coleman, George
M. Matthes, Jno. C. Quinn, William M. Murray.
The Daily Gazette
June 4, 1862
From the Second Iowa Cavalry
Army of the Mississippi
Camp 4 Miles From Corinth, Miss.
Monday, May 26, 1862
Fitz Henry Warren, Colonel of the First Iowa Cavalry, was confirmed a Brigadier
General by the Senate on Thursday last.
Friend Sanders: Though from the quiet that has reigned supreme through this
region round-about for a few days, a superficial observer might be disposed to
transpose a well remembered phrase to "all quiet near Corinth" yet the
millions of loyal hearts who are anxiously awaiting the lightning flash that
shall reveal the eventful result, may rest assured that the keeping of their
vast interests are entrusted to those worthy the confidence reposed. Gen.
Halleck is slowly yet surely encircling his wily foe within his mighty grasp;
one from which, when he chooses to dictate, there can be, will be, but on choice
for the poor deluded, misguided dupes here-the "Corinthians." "Skedaddling"
has been the final scene in their part of the play in all the acts of the
victorious army of the West. Let the curtain drop and that scene now be recorded
in connection with our victory at Corinth. Possess your souls in patience; all
is working smoothly, quietly and successfully for the good of the !
nation, the welfare of the troops, and the final compete success of our glorious
The 2d cavalry moved to this camp a week since, being now a little southeast of
Farmington. The health of the men is good. The sick and wounded were sent from
our last camp to Hamburg, from whence many of them have returned to St. Louis
and perhaps some to Iowa. Sergt. Waterman of Co. G, and John S. Brush of Co. B,
died at Hamburg and St. Louis, of wounds received in the charge of the 9th. From
John Burgh, who was captured in the skirmish on the 8th and taken to Columbus,
Miss, we learn that Lieut. B. F. Owen, Co. H, was a prisoner, severely wounded
in the head. Burgh, with a hundred others, was released because "secesh"
lacked the wherewithal to feed them.
In my last I took occasion to speak disparagingly of the Chicago Times and its
"army correspondent," but since seeing the Chicago Tribune of a late
date detailing the immortal glories won by the "6,000 brave Illinois
boys," who whipped and "drove back 30,000 rebels" on the 9th, we
wish to be excused from drawing any line of distinction between the two. This
army may be composed exclusively of "Illinois boys," and they may (as
per Tribune) do all the fighting; but if so, "bigger" papers with
abler correspondents make some awful mistakes, and these New York papers ought
to know, for their men were on the ground. But alas for "Illinois
boys," New York reporters don't live in Chicago.
On the night of the 22d Col. Worthington* of the Iowa 5th lost his life. He was
general officer of the day, and in visiting the line of sentinels got outside
the line and on approaching the sentinel was shot dead, the ball passing through
his head.-No blame attaches to the sentinel, as he had been fired upon that
night from persons coming from the direction in which the Col. came. A week
since the pickets kept up a constant firing during the day, but for the past few
days all is quiet. This afternoon there was some sharp cannonading on the right
of Gen. Pope's division. The Adjutant of the 10th Michigan was killed and
several wounded. To-day Capt. Lundy of Co. g, was out on picket-guard; he lost
two men, Corporal Wm. Smith and Daniel Ferguson. In going to water their horses,
they probably got astray and were "picked up."
On riding over the field where the charge of the 9th was made I found some of
the horses were killed at the very mouth of their guns. Some of the missing may
have been captured, as their horses went down at the cannon's mouth. The
desperate but brilliant charge of the 2d Iowa cavalry, against 30,000 rebels and
three batteries, on the 9th of May, will ever be remembered by the participators
therein, as well as by some 6,000 Illinois boys, who will remember it as having
proved to them a "saving efficacy."
The line of entrenchments here are over thirteen miles long, and the line of the
army longer yet; to visit from one portion or division to another is more if a
circumstance than to visit from your goodly city Muscatine or Iowa City.
Yesterday we had a visit from Major Purcell and to-day from Lt. Col. Sanders,
Capt. Frazer, and from Ira. M. Gifford, Esq., of your city, as also from Dr.
Maxwell, from whom we receive of late frequent pleasant visits. Col. Sanders had
been on his back for some six weeks and is much reduced in flesh. It was the
advice of physicians that he should return to Iowa to recover his health, but
like a true soldier and well knowing "Iowa men" could ill be spared at
these times, he has weathered the storm. He has been up now three days and is
fast regaining health and strength. That he may rapidly recover and be again
enabled to win laurels in our glorious cause, is the earnest wish of his
brethren in arms.
Until within a week past the weather had been quite warm, since which, and a
day's rain, it is rather cool.
To-day Co. E, Capt. Kendrick, were chosen to act as escort to Gen. Pope. They
have left the regiment and are snugly ensconced at their new quarters. To-night
the 2d and 3d battalions, with Col. Hatch, started off with a day's rations,
perhaps to see, learn, or do something. Offering you "lack of items,"
in excuse for dullness.
* Col. William H. Worthington from Lee County, Iowa.
Funeral of Col. Worthington
The funeral of the late Colonel Worthington was attended yesterday by a large
concourse of citizens. The Episcopal services were performed in the church by
Rev. Mr. Jope, who preached a very pertinent and feeling sermon. After these
services the procession formed in the following order: the City Rifles, the
hearse, (the coffin enveloped the American Flag,) the horse of Col. Worthington,
the family and friends, the officers and soldiers from the Hospital, members of
the Bar, Rolla Fire company, and citizens. Arrived at the Cemetery, the remains
were committed to their long resting place,--"dust to dust, earth to earth,
ashes to ashes," and many tears were shed in sympathy with the bereaved
family.-Gate City, 31st.
The smallest baby in the world, perhaps, is now at Barnum's Museum, to be
entered in the baby show. The little fellow is eight months old, and weighs one
pound and seven ounces-on ounce less than he weighed when he was one month old.
The child is well formed and quite healthy, but its hand and arm up to the
elbow, and its foot and leg up to the knee, can be passed through a man's finger
ring. Dr. J. O. Kohn, of Cincinnati, furnishes a certificate of the age, health
and perfect formation of this little specimen of humanity, which is at times
very lively and playful. The child is accompanied by its father and mother, and
their daughter, a fine looking girl of eight years. The prize for the smallest
baby is $1,000.
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City of Davenport
June 7, 1862
Indians About.-About a dozen red men arrived in town last night on the Western
train. They belong to the Foxes and Ottawas, and live in Michigan.
Bird Shooting.-The children of Mr. True's German school in the lower part of the
city, took a trip to Weldeman's place , on the hill, back of the court house,
yesterday, to have their second annual bird-shooting. They marched in procession
to the place, preceded by Strasser's band, where they had a day's enjoyment such
as the little ones only can have.
Western Armory.-The prospects of yet securing a National Armory on Rock Island
is brightening. On Thursday Mr. Grimes introduced a bill which was referred to
the military committee, providing for the establishment of arsenals at Columbus,
Ohio, Indianapolis, Ind., and Rock Island, Ill.; and for deposits and repair of
arms and other munitions of war. The bill appropriates $100,000.
Lt. Col. Sanders.-The following has been handed us for publication, by Rev. Mr.
A private letter, dated May 29th, from Rev. C. G. Truesdell, Chaplain 2d Iowa
Cavalry, says: "Col. Sanders called on me a few days ago. He looks very
badly, but will not own that he is sick. His big patriotic heart, and spunky
spirit, are enough to kill such a little light body, and I fear he will be
compelled to give himself a little rest or he will break down altogether."
From the 11th Iowa Regiment
Camp Before Corinth, Miss.
May 28, 1862.
Dear Editor:--The army of the West is still moving slowly but surely; justice
overtakes crime, law and order subdue rebellion. True conservatism, annihilates
such radical heresies as assert the divine origin and necessary existence of
human slavery. The army of the West is a great institution. Visit the camp, you
shall see the hardy resolute Hawkeye soldiers sitting under the shady greenwood
tree ("merry, merry archers we,") some writing, some reading,
some dozing, a few studying the history of the four kings, and some perchance
storing away in a safe place the two days' rations which we are ordered to keep
on hand. The story, song, jest, and laugh go around, while away to the right or
to the left, or perchance to the front, the boom of cannon and roll of musketry
denote "heavy skirmishing with the enemy," and now none of us know how
soon we shall all be called in.
For a few days the cars have been very quiet, but yesterday, last night, and
this morning, the whistle is constantly giving out its warnings of coming and
going. Either the enemy are leaving Corinth or getting heavy reinforcements.
Gen. Rosecrans landed at Crump's Landing last night 12 miles from Purdy, and
to-day all our cavalry are ordered out in the direction of the latter place. Our
forces have scouted to M.& O. RR. West of Purdy several times, and have torn
up the track; it is surmised now that an effort is to be made to take and hold
the road north of Corinth.
Our division has not yet been assigned its place in the new lines, but is at
present held as a reserve, sending out each day a regiment on picket duty. The
Eleventh were out Friday night last on our right, and within half a mile of the
rebel works; a small creek separated the armies, and it is thought the next
forward move there will be resisted. Meanwhile wherever the army camps a line of
strong entrenchments are thrown up, the underbrush cleaned and every thing
prepared to overwhelm the enemy if they attack our camp. The work of moving such
an army of besiegers is no slight one. We have now built over 25 miles of
breastwork, of logs and earth, filling three to four feet high, and about four
feet thick, rifle pits inside and generally ditching outside. Much of this work
is now behind us, and we hope will never be needed, for we build new
fortifications as we go, and unless Beauregard and Bragg have heavier guns than
we have they must either capitulate or evacuate.
Our army has opened over 200 miles of new road, bridging streams, cleaning off
the timber, corduroying swamps, &c. We have a telegraph running all around
through the woods from Halleck to each army commander, disturbing no doubt, many
an owl and squirrel as the lightning track goes through their nests.
I shall not be surprised any day to see the railroad cars, and hear the whistle
of the locomotive tearing through our camp. Such is the power of a grand army
that I do not undertake to limit its executive ability, and I believe that Gen.
Halleck handles his command with consummate skill. Every move tells in his
favor, and no impatient carpet knight at home is half so anxious for a more
rapid forward movement as Black (I speak the language of chess,) Beauregard. A
checkmate of this rebellion is sure in the southwest in two more moves.
Every one praises the gallant conduct of the Iowa 2d Cavalry, at the skirmish of
Farmington. "Diff" will of course give you particulars. It gets the
greater credit from the fact that hitherto the cavalry has done but little good
in this wooden country.
The health of our regiment is now pretty good. Some 200 are absent sick and
wounded, and we have lost at (sic) and since the battle of Pittsburg Landing,
including the killed, died of wounds and disease there contracted, an aggregate
of 40 men.
Our assistant Surgeon, Dr. Lloyd, of Iowa City, is a man much liked by the men,
and respected by all who know him for his gentlemanly conduct and kind attention
to the sick. He serves promotion. Kindness and devotion to the welfare of his
men is as honorable in the surgeon as courage and fortitude in the soldier.
The sacred (?) soil of Mississippi is better than that of Tennessee around
Pittsburg. The forests are really magnificent, and my conviction is, that free
labor, free schools, and free speech would make this wilderness blossom like the
We are surprised and pained to hear of the death of our chaplain, Rev. Mr.
Whittlesey. He was a good, brave man. He exposed himself freely to danger at the
battle of Pittsburg Landing, to aid and relieve the wounded.
Lt. Col. Sanders, of the 16th Iowa, is very poor in appearance as to health but
still keeps up his courage, and thinks he is getting better. So of Col. Hall,
who has been sick, but is again "on duty." Ira M. Gifford is here, and
we were all mightily pleased to see his smiling face among us.-Maj. Van Hosen,
of the 13th, and Capt. Foster seem to be bullet proof and sickness proof.
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City of Davenport
June 10, 1862
Lt. Col. Hall.-This gallant officer returned home last evening, to recruit his
health, being quite feeble. We hope that, with the pure air and genial
surroundings of home, Col. H.'s health will soon be mended.
Soldiers Missing.-By reference to "Diff's" letter, on the 2d Cavalry,
detailed to destroy the railroad track, are missing. Messrs. Lyman C. Loomis, J.
B. Ellis, James Finley, James Kennedy and Jacob Diffendorfer were from Atalissa,
Muscatine county, and Charles Hilton and Caleb Sweet were from Iowa City.
Another Old Settler Dead.-Mr. A. A. McLoskey, a citizen of this place and an old
settler, died at his residence in East Davenport on Sunday morning last. Mr.
McLoskey was well known in this city and county from having acted as Assessor
for some years. A notice to the members of the Pioneer Settlers Association will
be found in our columns this morning.
Runaway.-A horse, attached to a wagon, in front of Messrs. Kelly's meat shop,
ran off last evening and dashed up Brady and down Fourth streets, leaving the
wagon body at the corner, and the wheels at Davies' Lumber Yard. At the last
accounts, there was no legal evidence of the horse having been caught.
Later.-he was caught in Cooperstown, bound for the far West.
Lieut. Flanagan.-Our fellow-citizen, Lt. John Flanagan, Co. B, 2d Iowa Regiment,
who, it will be remembered, was mustered out of service for some slight
informality, we are informed by Gov. Baker, will soon again be assigned to an
honorable position among the Iowa boys.
Second Lieut. Co. B.-Sergeant Frank M. Sulter has been appointed Second
Lieutenant of Co. B, 2d regiment, in place of lt. Flanagan. We congratulate
Frank on his appointment, and feel that he is every way worthy of it.
Pioneer Settlers Association
Members of this Association are requested to be present at the funeral of A. A.
McLoskey, from his late residence, near Mt. Ida Female College, with badges of
the Society, at 2 o'clock this P. M. It was the earnest request of the deceased
that he might be attended to his last resting place by the members of this
Association, to which he belonged. A full attendance is expected.
W. Barrows, President.
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City of Davenport
June 11, 1862
The Ladies of St. Luke's Church will give a strawberry Festival at Metropolitan
Hall on Friday Evening, June 13th. Admission 10 cents.
Off for the Army.-Eight boys, from 16 to 19 years of age, sons of citizens of
Davenport, left here yesterday morning for Chicago, to go into a three months
regiment, to guard prisoners. Success to the youngsters.
Col. Percel, of the 10th regiment, arrived in this city night before last. It is
reported he has resigned his position as Colonel. We regret that any cause
should have induced the Colonel to take this step, and sincerely hope that he
may be prevailed on to retain his former position, or to accept one where his
services can yet be secured to the country.
Another Brigadier.-Col. Tuttle was on Monday confirmed by the senate as
Brigadier General of volunteers, and he is therefore now Gen. Tuttle, Iowa has
now one Major General and five Brigadiers, including Gen. Steele, promoted from
the Colonelcy of the 8th regiment. There are three Colonelcies of Iowa regiments
now vacant-those of 3d, 4th and 5th regiment.
Major Joseph Andrews.-We are in receipt of a letter from this gentleman, Major
of the 8th Iowa regiment, written from the residence of his mother at
Providence, R. I. The Major it will be remembered, had his horse shot from under
him and was afterwards struck by a ball in the neck at the battle of Shiloh. He
was sent home, with the remark from the surgeon "he'll die." The Major
is not yet able to walk, but he writes his is slowly recovering from his wound.
Fast Time and a Machine for Making It.
A horse and wagon made "smashing" time through Fourth street
yesterday, fetching up in Wood's lumber yard, with the wagon in pieces. By the
way, the instrument that went up Perry street yesterday morning, attached to a
farm wagon, was splendidly calculated to start runaways, better a good deal than
locomotives with screeching whistles. It was a portion of a "Buckeye"
reaper, and is probably good enough in its place, but isn't along the streets of
Cows Dying.-Dr. Witherwax found his cow lying dead near the old market on Iowa
street on Monday evening; cause, too much clover. Mr. Thos. Brockett and Mr. E.
Sherman have each lost a cow from the same cause lately. In one of these cases,
the unlucky owner had the advice of somewhere about forty individuals, with
about forty remedies, but the animal feeling no interest in scientific matters,
went on with the dying and finished it up, the forty offering no assistance save
their valuable advice.
The Negro Race
The Democrat of this city has a leader in its yesterday morning's issue
commencing with the following assertion:--"The argument made by the higher
law-ites of to-day is that the Negro is just as good as a white man, and is
worthy of rank and position of equality with the best Circassian (?)
stock." He there adds that, "when the Black Republican party was
organized it was with the view of drawing its strength from the same
doctrine." As many of our Republican citizens patronize the Democrat and
permit it to be left at their residences for their wives and children to peruse,
for fear the latter, who are not presumed to know much about political matters,
attach credit to the assertion of that paper and believe the head of the family
to belong to a party of blacks, if not to be actually in favor of a black man
for President, we will file one or two exceptions. It always seems to us a waste
of time to contradict assertions that every sensible man knows to be false, but
yet as people will read them and the uninitiated believe them, it sometimes
What the Negro would have been had he from the beginning been placed under the
same enlightening influences that the white man has enjoyed, we leave to the
speculations of anthropologists. The question is, what is he now and what is he
capable of doing. To admit, that after hundreds of years of enslavement both of
body and mind, denied access to every means of mental culture and taught from
his earliest infancy that he is of an inferior race, the Negro is now capable of
occupying high position in the Government, is to argue that he is naturally of a
race superior to the white man. Philanthropists are now taking the Negro from
his low estate and arousing his dormant faculties to an appreciation of the
truths of the Christian religion. That lies at the foundation of all human
knowledge and excellence, and until men and nations learn to appreciate its
truths they cannot occupy as high position in the scale of being, or secure to
themselves the full amount of happiness that man!
was destined to enjoy in this state of existence. The simple circumstance
that the most ultra anti-slavery men and women, those who were formerly termed
abolitionists, are seeking now to elevate the moral and mental conditions of the
Negro, by instilling into his mind the primary principles of education, is proof
positive of the absurdity of the position assumed by our erudite neighbor.
The Republican party never sought to draw strength from the doctrine that the
Negro was worthy of rank and position in his present condition; or that he is
now, or ever was as good, mentally or morally, as the white man. As politicians
they viewed the question from a political stand-point. Without reference to the
negro's capabilities for even self-government, they saw that his enslavement was
a curse to the people that indulged in it. It rested like a mildew upon those
States that sanctioned it, blighting the prospects of the people, effeminating
their minds, and rooting out the principles of Christianity. All history told
them a nation could not live happily with such an incubus preying upon it. They
saw the evil was growing continually. Freedom could not keep pace with its
advance. So, as a party they planted the stakes; they threw a wall around the
curse, and said to the Democratic party, all of the territory outside of this
wall is forever dedicated to freedom; we respect your rights within these
bounds, our's you must regard without them; henceforth we are two parties, and
slavery is the dividing line between us. From that day until now, every
political question has been merged in this; like Aaron's rod, it has swallowed
up all the rest; and the Republican party is as ready to-day, as in 1856, to
meet its opponents, and contend for the abridgement of slavery, or the glorious
principles of freedom to all men.
Military Items from Adj't Gen. Baker's Offices
Promotions and Appointments.-Sam'l D. Brodtbeck, late Major of the 12th Iowa
Infantry, to be Special Aid-de-Camp to Governor.
Maj. John M. Corse, to be Lieut. Col. Of the 6th Iowa Infantry, vice Cummins.
Capt. John Williams of Co. G, 6th Iowa Infantry, promoted to Major of said
regiment, for gallant conduct at the battle of Shiloh, vice Corse, promoted.
Capt. Samuel R. Edgington, Co. A, 15th Iowa Infantry, to be Major of said
regiment, vice Brodtbeck, resigned.
Ass't Surgeon Richard J. Mohr, to be Surgeon of the 10th Iowa Infantry, vice
1st Lieut. W. Dean, to be Capt. Of Co. A, 5th Iowa Infantry, vice Childs
1st Lieut. Daniel S. Melvin, to be Capt. Co K, 5th Iowa Infantry vice Comstock,
1st Lieut. Wesley Moreland, to be Capt. Co. C, 7th Iowa Infantry, vice McMullen
Serg't Frank M. Suiter, to be 2d Lieut. Co. B, vice Flanagan mustered out.
5d Lieut. Benj. Owen, to be Capt. Co, H. 2d Iowa Cavalry, vice Sanford resigned.
Resignations-Wilson T. Smith, Capt. Co. B, 15th Iowa Infantry, May 23. M. R.
Ridreick, 2d Lieut. Co. G, 3d Iowa Infantry, May 23d.
Phillip H. Goode, 1st Lieut. Co. F, 15th Iowa Infantry, May 23.
Lieut. Col. Thomas Drummond, 4th Iowa Cavalry, to take effect June 2d, 1862.
Lieut. A. B. Reyburn, 5th Iowa Infantry, mustered out by order of Gen. Halleck.
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June 12, 1862
Death by Sun-Stroke.-A boy named James McGuire, about five years old, son of Mr.
John McGuire, the blind man, living on the bluff, died a few days ago from
sun-stroke, as is supposed, received last Friday afternoon. We understand the
little fellow had been sun-struck before, which made him susceptible to similar
Barometer.-Mr. Robert Christie has the agency of Scott county, for Woodruff's
barometer, or improved weather indicator. It is the best instrument of the kind
manufactured and is furnished at an unusually low price. Every farmer should be
provided with one of these instruments, as it will tell him hours before a rain,
when the sky is cloudless and not a sign in the heavens to indicate a change of
weather, just how soon he may expect rain and thus enable him to be prepared to
meet it. It well save its cost in a single season.
A Small Contraband.-A citizen dropped into our sanctum yesterday, with a
juvenile contraband of the male species, that he had picked up in a semi starved
condition the evening before, and fed and lodged him. The little fellow was a
refugee from Missouri, and our friend slyly said, talked just as though he
had been reading the Gazette. What tempted a child, almost too young to know the
difference between right and wrong, to flee from his home, we know not, but
certainly he could not have been an admirer of the practical operations of
Trinity Church.-From a sermon preached by Rev. Mr. Judd, at Trinity Church, we
gather the following statistics: Number of families under the care of the rector
90, comprising 404 individuals, of whom 86 are under six years of age. Of the
adults, 128 have been confirmed, most of whom are communicants. There are 148
children in the Sunday school, with 20 teachers, inclusive of officers. The
communion alms during the last convention year amounted to $52.33; the parish
distributing fund realized $203; $145 has been raised for the Sunday school and
choir; and through the liberality of three individuals claims to the amount of
$2,442.52 have been donated to the parish. Total of contributions $2, 842. 85,
exclusive of pew rents, Sunday collections, and valuable gifts to the rector and
his family. This exhibits a healthy condition of affairs in one of the oldest
religious societies in the city.
Died.-At Fort Haskins, Benton Co, Oregon, April 4th of typhoid pneumonia, Arthur
C., aged 4 years and 28 days only son of H. and S. A. Carpenter, formerly of
Blue Grass, Scott Co, Iowa.
Dr. H. Carpenter.-This gentleman, so long a resident of Blue Grass, in this
county, is now, as is known, a citizen of Oregon. In a recent letter to Dr.
Tomson, of this city, he says he has visited the best portion of Oregon, and
greater part of California, and his conclusion is, "There is no better
country than Scott county." He would advise all who are doing well here not
to go to the pacific coast to better their condition. Mechanics and laborers,
however, do well there.
The Doctor is acting assistant surgeon of the army, and is stationed at Fort
Haskins, about eighty miles south-west of Portland. He is also physician for a
tribe of Indians, numbering 2, 700 in all, who give him plenty to do, and pay
him well. He recently extracted an arrow-head from the shoulder of an Indian,
who had carried it three years. He sends it, under the care of Dr. Tomson, to
the county medical society, with whom he expresses the hope of re-uniting. The
death of Dr. C.'s only boy, noticed in another part of this paper, seems to have
turned his thoughts more towards his old home, and we should not be surprised,
from the tone of his letter to hear that he had concluded to return.
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City of Davenport
June 13, 1862
Arm Broken.-Mr. Nathaniel Squires, while trying to stop a runaway horse
Wednesday evening, in East Davenport, had his right arm broken. He was properly
A Call.-We were favored with a call yesterday, in our absence, from Mr. Upham,
the "local" of Muscatine Journal, who came up with the excursionists
on the Ad Hine. Come again, friend Upham, and stay a little longer, and we'll
try to be on hand.
Excursion to Muscatine.-Thirty of forty couples of young people went to
Muscatine, on the Ad Hine, on Wednesday evening to enjoy the delightful
moonlight, see the eclipse, and to have a good sociable time. They had a very
pleasant time, and returned yesterday morning at an early hour.
Off for the Army.-Lieutenant Benton, Co. B, 8th regiment, left for Gen Halleck's
army on Wednesday. Lt. Byng, of Co. C, 2d regiment, left yesterday. Both of
these officers have recovered their health, and are now ready to resume active
service. Capt. Egbert, Co. C, 2d cavalry, and Mr. Wm. H. H. Sutliff, of Co. C,
2d Infantry, will leave today for the army.
Personal.-We had a call yesterday from Mr. James Donnell, formerly of the
LeClaire and DeWitt Journal, and more recently of this city. He informs us that
he has been in Uncle Sam's service since leaving here, being a private in the
1st Michigan regiment, in the three month's term, and subsequently captain in
the same regiment. He has since left the army and is now on his way to
Burlington, looking for a location.
The 8th Iowa Prisoners.-Letters were received here night before last, form
Messrs. Orlando B. Finke and Matthew Hender, soldiers of the 8th regiment,
recently released from confinement by the secesh, and now at Nashville. They
tell of having endured much hardship since their capture. They were taken to
Memphis, thence to Tuscaloosa, Selins, Milledgeville, and other places. Their
treatment generally was pretty rough, but they give no details. They were
released upon taking an oath not to take up arms against the South till
legitimately exchanged. They are, however, still prisoners, and are confined at
Nashville, and will remain so till exchanged. But, as Mr. Finke says, they would
rather be Uncle Sam's prisoners than in the hands of the amiable secesh. They
anticipate, when exchanged, a short furlough, so that they may see their friends
before re-entering the service. They expect to leave for St. Louis soon.
Mr. Hender says that before the regiment was surrounded and taken, they had made
four successful charges on the enemy. They were told, after their capture, that
an Alabama regiment, which had attempted to take the battery which the 8th had
the care of, had only eighteen men uninjured at the close of the day. All of Co.
B (Capt. Cleaveland) are released. Mr. Wm. Platts, who was wounded at Shiloh and
taken prisoner, is among the released, and is entirely recovered.
Penniless Soldier.-We were called upon early yesterday by a wounded soldier for
money to assist him in reaching Dubuque, where he said his parents resided. He
showed us a furlough stating his name to be John Kinney, a private in the 16th
U.S. Infantry. We do not suppose that any of our best officers would refuse him
deck passage to Dubuque and so told him. His reply was that he didn't like to
ask them! We suggested to him that that would be less objectionable than going
around the streets begging pittances to help him along. He coincided in the
suggestion and concluded to try it. Imposters in soldier's garb will be very
common for some time to come, and as this is a central point measures should be
adopted to send home the genuine defenders of our country who reach here
penniless, unable to prosecute their journey for want of means.
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City of Davenport
June 16, 1862
Sick and Wounded.-The steamer Empress left Pittsburg Landing on the 4th Inst.,
with five hundred sick and wounded soldiers on their way to different hospitals.
Among them we find the following from Scott county companies, viz: D. Miclot,
Co. B, 2d regiment; J. H. Woods, Co. B, 16th; and Wm. W. Gerden, Co. C, and L.
W. Coleman, Co. E, 2d cavalry.
Returned.-Rev. C. G. Vanderveer arrived on the eastern train Saturday evening.
We are pleased to know that he is in good health, though he looks as if he had
seen something of war, as he truly has. Mr. Vanderveer has resigned the
chaplaincy of the Eight, and his resignation has been accepted. HE will now
resume his pastoral charge of the Reformed Dutch Church of this city, where he
will preach this morning at half past ten o'clock.
A Davenport Soldier is Taken Prisoner and Escapes.-We make the following extract
from a letter written by P. M. McGuire to his father, James McGuire, Esq.,
giving an account of his capture, forced travels in Secessia, and final escape
from the rebels. Mr. McGuire belongs to Co. A., Curtis' Horse, and although a
young man, is an old citizen of this place. His letter is dated Fort Hieman,
"I have arrived back safe to my company after nearly three months'
imprisonment. I was taken prisoner at Paris, Tenn. On the 11th of March; from
there was taken to Humboldt, from there to Memphis, from there to Columbus,
Miss.; from there to a little town in Louisiana; from there to Mobile, Ala.;
from there to Tuscaloosa, Ala.; from there I made my escape on the night of the
6th of May, after cutting my way out through a brick wall. I traded my uniform
for a secesh uniform, and part of the time traveled as a Confederate soldier,
and a part of the time I kept in the timber, killed young hogs and roasted them,
and eat them without salt or bread. I finally got to our forces across the river
from Decatur, Ala. Gen Mitchell's division; from there to Shelbyville by wagon
train; from there to Louisville, by way of Bowling Green and Nashville; by cars
from Louisville down the Ohio to Paducah, and up the Tennessee river by
steamboat, and arrived here on the 3d inst."
A Day for Runaways.-A span of fine bay horses attached to a wagon belonging to
Robert Murray, came tearing down Second street Saturday afternoon and turned up
Brady. Here they came in contact with a wagon belonging to Mr. Henley, which was
upset and broken, the horses starting off on a race with the wheels. Next they
struck the strawberry wagon of Mr. Munson and upset his berries. At the corner
of Third street they were arrested in their mad career by a young man, who
periled his life and lost his breeches in the act, and was afterwards rewarded
by Mr. Murray with the sum of two dollars, which would scarcely replace the
badly dislocated unmentionable. Henley's team is running yet, if not stopped, as
they were making good time when last seen. Mr. Murray was not fined for his part
in the transaction as he assured the Marshal he had left his horses hitched.
Another team, belonging to Mr. Calderwood, started from opposite LeClaire Block,
on Second street, Saturday afternoon, and dashed down that street at a flying
rate. A person who undertook to arrest their progress was thrown down and
narrowly escaped being run over. The team knocked down the lamp in front of the
bank, which has been standing useless a number of years, but was soon to be used
The wagon of the U.S. Express Co. was run off with Saturday morning, caused by
the horse taking fright, and the express messenger was thrown partly under the
horse, but escaped without serious injury, though almost by a miracle. The horse
was stopped before he had gone far.
Recovering.-We were pleased to see Adj't George McCosh riding out yesterday. He
has much improved under the judicious care of Dr. Gibson, but is still feeble.
He will soon, however, we hope, be completely restored to health.
Dead Soldiers.-The following deaths of Iowa soldiers occurred in the Keokuk
hospital at the dates mentioned: June 11th, J. W. Guthrie, co. B, 15th regiment;
13, H. LeValley, Co. A, 17th regiment, and A. C. Scrivens, Co. A, 15th regiment.
A Little boy from Davenport, named Wm. Grovenberry, was taken from the Kate
Cassel* and sent home yesterday. Not being satisfied with his residence, it
appears he took French leave. A telegram from his parents to the Marshal made
the thing all right, however.-Muscatine Journal.
More Cows Dying.-Mr. John A. Guy, of East Davenport, lost a fine Devon heifer a
few days since from "bloat," or the swelling that follows eating white
clover. We have heard of several others dying recently from the same cause.
Although many sovereign remedies are known for this complaint, yet sometimes, as
in this case, they die before aid reaches them. We should think some one would
discover a remedy for a disease so common.
Sick Soldiers.-Mrs. Wittenmyer, in a letter to the Soldiers' Aid Society of
Keokuk, says, that owing to the distance necessary to transport the sick, the
army being so far from the Tennessee river, none but those laboring under
chronic difficulties will be removed, and it is the intention to send such cases
as far north as hospital facilities will allow, 'Keokuk,' she adds, 'is put down
for 1,000 and Davenport 800.' It may be that that hospital boat, so often
referred to, may yet visit us.
Proceedings of the Board of Education.
Saturday, June 14, 1862.
Board met, the President in the chair, and all the members present. The minutes
of the last meeting were read and approved. The Treasurer made the following
Received from Co. Treasurer from taxes of:
The following report was presented form the Superintendent of City School
Schools., Mr. A. S. Kissell, and referred to the committee on teachers and
To the Board of Directors Dis. City of Davenport:
Gentlemen:--I herewith recommend the following teachers, at the named salaries
per month, for the year 1862-63;
High School-Mr. Gustavus Heinrichs, $35. Miss Hannah T. Phillips, $35.
Grammar School #1-Mr. F. M. Witter, $40; Miss M. S. Tripp, $30.
District School #2--Miss Sarah F. Bennett, $25, Miss Cornelia McCarn, $30.
District School No. 4-Mr. A. H. Brooks, $35; Miss Agnes Norval, $30; Miss Sarah
J. Timanus, $25.
District School No. 6-Mr. Jas. A. Ryan, $30.
Grammar School No. 2-Miss P. W. Sudlow, $40; Mrs. R. Hacke, $30.
District School No. 3-Miss Selina M. Bradwhaw, $25; Miss Frank J. Fidlar, $20;
Miss Mary A. Johnson, $30.
District School No. 1-mr. Geo. W. Tallman, $40; Miss Julia Humphrey, $25; Miss
Lizzie B. Allen, $20.
District School No. 5-Mrs. Mary E. Culbertson, $35; Miss Ellen L. Cook, $25.
A.S. Kissell, Supt. City Schools.
The Daily Gazette
June 17, 1862
Improvement.-Mr. Israel Hall is replacing the plank sidewalk in front of his
residence, with a brick pavement. May his example be generally followed.
Brownlow's Book.-Mr. G. H. Thompson, agent for Parson Brownlow's book, informs
us that he has sold one hundred copies of the Parson's life in this city and
vicinity. If every other point does as well the publishers will have made a good
thing of it.
Hon. John F. Dillon, Judge. Ira M. Gifford, Clerk.
Monday, June 16, 1862
Court opened at 9 o'clock A.M.
The Court called the Criminal docket.
6,886. State of Iowa vs. Robert Moore, Defendant filed his plea of guilty of
6,889. State vs. G. H. Sutton et. Al. Stricken from docket.
6,914. State vs. John Helser. Dismissed on payment of cost.
6,916. State vs. A. C. Best. Continued.-order for a capias.
7,007. State vs. Lafayette Franks. Defendant called-no answer; bond forfeited
and order for a scite tacias.
7,090. State vs. Christopher Cullen. To be tried.
7,150. State vs. Ann Burns. Dismissed on payment of costs.
7,158. State vs. John Johnson-assault and battery. Defendant pleads guilty;
fined $10 and costs.
7,161. State vs. Franklin Ball-assault and battery. Continued at defendant's
7,170. State vs. Jane Ward-vagrancy-Dismissed on payment of costs.
7,171. State vs. Cyrns Keider. Dismissed on payment of costs.
7,175. State vs. A. Tully.-vagrancy. Dismissed on payment of costs.
7,177. State vs. F. Asendorf. Dismissed on payment of costs.
7,191. State vs. H. Wilhelm. Continued at defendant's instance and costs.
The list of civil cases was then resumed.
Alfred Churchill vs. James Thorington.-Trial by jury. Cook & Drury for pltff.;
Dow and Brown for Deft. The examination of witnesses in this case was finished
to-day and will be argued before the jury to-morrow. Court adjourned at 6
o'clock p.m. till 9 o'clock to-morrow morning.
Released Prisoners-Their Treatment by the Rebels.-We have been handed two
letters from released prisoners now at Nashville, one from Mr. O. K. Fluke, the
other from Mr. John Rager, both of this county,--from these letters, by
permission, we make an abstract of the adventures of the prisoners. They were
made prisoners, as is known, towards the close of the first day of the
Pittsburgh fight. They were marched across the field at the point of the bayonet
to their camping place for the night, and reached Corinth next afternoon, and
Memphis Tuesday evening. About 12 o'clock that night they each received two hard
crackers, the first food they had had since Sunday morning.-From Memphis they
went by railroad to Mobile, and thence to Tuscaloosa by steamboat, at which
place they arrived on the 15th of April. They were treated tolerably well while
on the cars, and were met by crowds of citizens, who were anxious to see
"live Yankees." They remained at Tuscaloosa till May 15th. While
there, the ration to each man was a piece of corn bread, five inches long,
two inches wide, and one and a half thick, every day; and small piece of boiled
beef, or mule meat, a plate of beans, a cup of rice and three tablespoonfuls of
molasses every other day.
After they had "dwindled down to almost nothing," they were taken back
to Mobile, and thence to Montgomery; where they were paroled. They then went
east to West Point and Atlanta, and thence to Chattanooga, Tenn., where they
remained a couple of days. Afterwards they took the cars to Bridgeport, on the
Tennessee river, under a flag of truce, about thirty miles to the national
lines. Mr. Fluke says, "I tell you there was then a set of glad boys: how
we cheered and shouted when we saw the glorious stars and stripes!" Arrived
at Huntsville, they got something to eat for the first time since they left our
lines; the coffee, too, was very welcome, for they got none of it in the
Confederacy, because as far as they know or could hear of, that interesting
portion of creation hadn't any coffee, but used instead rye and wheat
"coffee." From Huntsville they marched eighty miles to Columbia and
there took the cars to Nashville. At the conclusion of his letter Mr. Fluke
"I don't think the South can stand it much longer: they have not enough to
eat. Their soldiers are living very poorly and they are pressing men into their
army now. I have seen lots of rebel soldiers, who told me they were forced into
the service." "They have neither silver nor gold at all, and instead
use bills of from five cents to one dollar in each town; and they won't pass
from one town to another."
The following portion is the form of oath which the paroled prisoners
subscribed: "I do hereby solemnly swear and pledge my most sacred word of
honor, that I will not, during the existing war between the Confederate States
and the United States of America, bear arms, or aid and abet the enemies of said
Confederate States or their friends, either directly or indirectly in any form
whatsoever, until regularly exchanged or released."
The Daily Gazette
June 30, 1862
A Soldier Dead.-A soldier named Lamon arrived here last Wednesday morning, sick
with chronic diarrhoea. He was conveyed to his home in the northern part of the
county, where he died Saturday morning. The deceased was a brother-in-law of Mr.
Skiles, of Conrad Grove, and a member of the Sixteenth Regiment.
First Shipment from Memphis.-Mr. George Yapp, of this city, arrived yesterday
morning from Memphis, where he has been since before the war. He brought with
him six hogsheads of N. O. sugar, the first shipment of any kind received here
from Memphis since the blockade began. Mr. Yapp's family, we are told, had not
heard from him in a year.
Dr. Asa Morgan.-We met this gentleman, surgeon of the Iowa 7th regiment, in our
city a day or two since on his return home. After following this heroic regiment
through its brilliant engagements, he has at length been obliged on account of
persistent ill health, to resign his commission and return to his home at
DeWitt. Dr. Morgan is an indefatigable, hard-working physician and it will be
difficult to supply his loss to the regiment.
Melancholy Case of Drowning.-On Saturday morning, Mr. Fritz Bloomer, a workman
at Mr. G. K. Bard's mill, while at work on a raft in front of the mill,
discovered the body of a man in the water. At once procuring assistance he got
it out, and conveyed it ashore, where it was recognized as the body of Mr.
Thomas Temple, gardener, residing near the corner of Main and Fourth streets,
whither it was at once conveyed. The coroner held an inquest on the body during
the afternoon, Messrs. C. S. Ackley, William Trout, and G. G. Hickox being the
jury. We give the more important part of the testimony below.
Mary Ann Temple, wife of deceased-Saw her husband last on Wednesday morning, she
went away from home that morning, leaving him there; he was absent on her return
in the evening; he never slept away from home except occasionally a night; since
the opening of spring he had drank more than usual; he had had a small dog,
which he frequently played with and fondled, and which subsequently went mad; at
that time, Mr. T. had a blister on his hand, through which he fancied some virus
had entered his system, and worried a great deal about it. Mr. Temple was 43
years old last March, and was married nineteen years ago in England. He seemed
to be out of his mind. She had no reason to suppose he had destroyed himself;
they lived happily.
John J. Temple, son of deceased, 18 years old-Saw my father about 9 o'clock
Wednesday evening; talked with him about half an hour; he was sober then; said
he would be home in a quarter of an hour; he took supper that evening at home;
my father was afraid he might go mad; he was in the habit of crossing the river
by both ferry and bridge.
James Humphrey-Saw deceased on Wednesday night about 12 o'clock in John Cortis'
saloon; took a drink with him; he appeared under the influence of liquor; left
him at the saloon.
J. Cortis-Mr. Temple was in the saloon for half an hour after Mr. Humphrey left,
said he had to go to Mr. Oliver's next day; was intoxicated when he left; saw
him start towards home.
R. D. Congdon-Known Mr. Temple since 1856 or '57; saw him Thursday afternoon;
thinks it was in rear of Cortis' saloon; is not sure it was not Friday, but
thinks it was Thursday.
L. Grubbs-Saw Mr. Temple on Thursday morning in my shop; I shaved him; he was
sober at that time; have not seen him since; he told me he went over the river
The jury returned a verdict of death by accidental drowning.
Democratic County Convention
This body assembled at the court House Saturday afternoon, for the purpose of
re-electing delegates to their various conventions.
Mr. A. H. Davenport, of LeClaire, was chosen chairman, and Mr. J. W. Van Hosen,
of Davenport, secretary. R. D. Congdon, W. L. Clark, and Jas. W. Clark were
appointed committee on credentials. Seven townships were represented. Allen's
Grove, Cleona, Liberty, Blue Grass, and Rockingham had no regular delegates.
Persons present were allowed to represent Blue Grass and Rockingham. A motion
was adopted to admit as delegates any persons present, known to be 'sound,'
belonging to Allen's Grove, Liberty or Cleona township; but owing to the
scarcity of Democrats in those townships the invitation was extended in vain.
The following delegates were elected to the Congressional Convention. Chas. E.
Putnam, Otho S. Mason, J. W. Churchill, Thos. Dermody, H. M. Wetherbee, Simon
Barr, G. G. Dennis, Frank Plumer, R. Smetham, Jas. E. Burnsides, Wm. T. Ditloe,
George Murray, George H. Parker, G. W. Baker, John Madden, John F. Newman, and
Jas. Hogarty. Having now more than was wanted, a motion was made to add the
whole county convention, but it was not passed.
The following were appointed to the State Convention; D. N. Richardson, Benj.
Painter, Frank Plumer, T. T. Dwight, John D. Evans, John F. Newman, Peter Kirker,
Chas. P. Disney, M. D. Youman, David S. True, Isaac M. Talmage, Jabez A.
Birchard, G. C. R. Mitchell, C. M. Lewis, James Grant and W. L. Clark.
The delegates to the convention were allowed to chose substitutes.
The convention was dissolved.
Keokuk, June 28, 1862
Ed. Davenport Gazette: Will you please insert the inclosed list of articles
needed in hospitals, in your paper and greatly oblige.
Lucretia Knowles, Cor. Sec'y Sol. Aid Society, Keokuk.
To the Soldiers Aid Societies of Iowa:
The following is a list of articles needed in hospitals which are not supplied
by Government, or not furnished in sufficient quantities to meet the demand: Bed
sacks, sheets, pillows, pillow cases, comforts or quilts, socks, blankets,
bandages and rags, dressing gowns, slippers, towels, handkerchiefs, shirts,
drawers, codfish, dried beef, green tea, nutmegs, sponges, combs, crackers,
eggs, butter, dried and canned fruit, cheese, pickles, cordials, prunes, wines,
jellies, pepper, white sugar, lemons, oranges, fine soap, pins, needle books,
brooms, wash bowls, tincups, reading matter.