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Contributed by Elaine Rathmann,
The Daily Gazette
City of Davenport
July 3, 1862
Returning.-Capt. M. M. Trumbull, of Co. I, 8d infantry, who was badly wounded at
the battle of Shiloh, called at our office last evening. The Captain has
recovered from his wounds, and is now on the way to his regiment.
Fatally Burned.-Mrs. Julia Smith, wife of George B. Smith, Esq., was so badly
burned, on Sunday evening last, by the explosion of a can of spirits, with which
she was filling a lighted lamp, that her life is despaired of. Another fearful
Another Resignation.-Resignation appears to be epidemic among the Aldermen.
Every session of the present Board, since the first, some Alderman has given up
his position. Yesterday, Ald. John Schmidt, of the First Ward, laid aside
Aldermanic honors, and his successor is to be chosen next Saturday week.
How to spend the Fourth.-Picnic Excursion.-On the 4th of July inst., the steamer
"Rock Island" will make an excursion trip, for a general picnic and
fishing party, to Big Island and Black Hawk Tower, leaving Rock Island and
Davenport at 8 1-2 o'clock a.m. and on return, leaving "Camp Black
Hawk" at 5 o'clock p.m. Ice cream and like refreshments will be provided.
Let everybody come, bringing with them their baskets, fishing tackle, etc. and
partake of a general good time. Tickets for the trip, 25 cents. July 1, 1862.
A Big Runaway.-A team belonging to Mr. J. G. Spraker started from the corner of
Fifth and Brady streets yesterday afternoon, and rushed furiously down the
latter street till near the river, when they turned short round, and some
agricultural machines there situated narrowly escaped demolition; one of them,
the Haines harvester, which Mr. C. B. Cook has on exhibition, being damaged to
the extent of about ten dollars. Down Front street, up Main, down Second, and up
Ripley, they went at the same flying speed. One or two carriages on Second
street, were upset, but we believe no one was hurt, and considering the speed
with which they went, and the space traveled over, little damage was done. The
wagon attached to the team was scattered along the route in a manner perfectly
charming to wagonmakers.
The Daily Gazette
July 4, 1862
Mrs. Wittenmyer.-This lady will be present at the meeting this morning, at the
Christian Chapel, and it is desirable that as many of the different aid and
relief societies, and the public generally, as can make it convenient will
attend. Matters of interest to our citizens and our friends in the army are to
Public Installation.-The Sons of Temperance will publicly install the following
officers this evening: Jesse C. Teagarden, W. P.; J. Wilson Gulieau, W. A.; John
N. Crawford, R. S.; Chas. H. Eldridge, A. R. S.; J. S. Connor, F. S.; Chas. E.
Putnam, T. George Chadwick, C.; P. P. Paddock, A. D.; J. G. Shorey, T. S.; J. J.
Severance, O. S.; T. R. Sheperd, Ch. Speeches and music will form a part of the
In accordance with notice, the Ladies' Aid Society and the Executive Committee
of the Scott County Relief Association met in the lecture-room of the Christian
Chapel, on Brady street, yesterday morning, for the purpose of consulting with
Mrs. Wittenmyer, of Keokuk, relative to matters connected with the comfort of
our soldiers. The attendance at the meeting was not as large as it should have
been, but considering the time of day, perhaps as many attended as could
The meeting was organized by choosing Dr. Maxwell Chairman, and C. E. Putnam,
Esq. Secretary. Eld. Jas. Chullen, with a few appropriate remarks, introduced to
the meeting Mrs. Wittenmyer, who disclaimed any idea of making a speech, and
said her object in coming here was to secure concentrated effort for the benefit
of our sick and wounded soldiers. We have a number of organizations in the
State, all working for the same object, but lacking unity of effort. She wanted
to see some plan of co-operation agreed on by these different bodies. Sickness
was on the increase in the Western army, and it was important that something
should be done. Mrs. W. thought there ought to be somebody with the army, to
have some official character, who would, in co0operation with Mrs. W., look
after the welfare of our troops, and see that the supplies, &c., sent to
them reach the soldiers, and are not appropriated by surgeons and attendants, as
had been intimated.
Dr. Maxwell corroborated Mrs. Wittenmyer's statements in regard to the increase
of sickness in the army, particularly in Pope's division, and thought that in
August and September it would be worse still.
In answer to inquiries by Dr. Baker, Mrs. Wittenmyer said Dr. McDougal was very
strongly in favor of a hospital in this city.-The reason why some of the sick
had not been sent here is, that the Stephen Decatur, the boat which was expected
to bring them, in consequence of the rapid fall of the Tennessee river, was
employed in getting the sick out of that river down to Paducah as soon as
possible; while the other boats employed were of too large draft to come above
Keokuk. Mrs. W. was herself favorable to Davenport, and her present visit
strengthened that partiality. She would write to Dr. McDougal, telling him of
the admirable location of the proposed hospital, on the bank of the river and
out of town, which latter was quite an object with Dr. McDougal.
Rev. Mr. Kynett did not think there would be any more soldiers taken to Keokuk,
as that hospital was now full, having 900 patients.
Dr. Ennis said the destination of the sick on any particular boat depended
mainly on the State from which most of them came.
Mr. J. L. Davies wanted to know if the Sanitary Commission had not been working
Mr. Kynett scouted the idea and said the Commission had used its best efforts
Mrs. Wittenmyer said the Sanitary Commission had not co-operated with the Aid
Societies as heartily as she could have wished, but she had heard of no feeling
on its part against Davenport.
Mr. Knett said the Governor would appoint a Sate agent as soon as the question
of allotment pay roll was settled, as the Governor wished to have the same
person attend to both matters.
After considerable further general discussion, the following resolutions,
offered by Mr. Russell were adopted:
1. Resolved, That this meeting has head with pleasure the statements made by
Mrs. Wittenmyer in relation to the efforts exerted by the various Aid Societies
of the State to supply the wants of sick and wounded soldiers of Iowa, and we
hereby tender to Mrs. Wittenmyer our thanks for the energy and devotedness with
which she has labored as the almoner of these societies in distributing hospital
supplies, and in caring for the suffering; and we pledge our sympathy and hearty
support to her in the further prosecution of the important and arduous labors
yet to be undertaken.
2. Resolved, That we heartily concur in the suggestion of Mrs. Wittenmyer
that a State Agent should be appointed to remain with the army of the Tennessee
and devote his whole time to the distribution of such goods and sanitary stores
as may be contributed by the people of Iowa, and to a general attention to the
wants of Iowa troops.
3. Resolved, That Mrs. Dm N. Newcomb, President of the Ladies Soldiers' Aid
Society of Davenport, John Collins, Vic-President of Scott Co. Soldiers' Relief
Association, and C. E. Putnam, Esq, be appointed a committee to confer with Mrs.
Wittenmyer as to the best plan to be adopted to secure a unity of action by the
various Aid Societies of the State in order to ensure a systematic supply of
sanitary stores to and a proper care of sick and wounded soldiers from Iowa.
4. Resolved, That when this meeting adjourns it shall be to meet in the
Christian Chapel at 8 o'clock to-morrow morning, to receive the report of the
committee appointed by the third resolution.
A lively discussion ensued during the consideration of these resolutions, in
which the Chairman and Messrs. Kynett, Russell, Collins, and Davies took part,
after which the meeting adjourned till 8 o'clock this morning.
The Daily Gazette
City of Davenport
Alfred Sanders, Editor
July 14, 1862
Rev. H. N. Powers, rector of St. Luke's Church, arrived at home last Friday,
much improved in health. He will preach at his church to-day (Sunday).
Lieut. Tyner.-Dr. Gregg, writing from Washington, says that he met Lieuts. Logan
and Egey, of the 14th Iowa, who had just escaped from rebeldom, who informed him
that they left Lieut. Tyner, of Scott county, in good health and contemplating
an escape also.
Republican County Convention.
The Republicans of Scott county met at the Court House, in Davenport, on last
Saturday at 1 o'clock, agreeably to call, for the purpose of choosing Delegates
to represent Scott County in the State, Congressional, and Judicial Conventions
soon to assemble, and organized by choosing Col. James H. Ross Chairman, and A.
Davenport Township (outside the city)-T. K. Finke, Dr. A. J. Emeis, A. Reed, J.
Lambert, Th. Sindt, J. M. Rohlfs, N. J. Rusch, M. C. Farber, Ch. Kinkead, P. B.
Harding, E. Glaspell.
First Ward-F. Rouse, C. R. Homes, Humbert, Schlachter, Tichenor.
Second Ward-B. L. Peters, Otto Smith, F. L. Baurose, L. Feid.
Third Ward-J. L. Davies, Lahrmann, Baker, Saddoris.
Fourth Ward-Collins, Teele, Burwell, Thompson, Lyter.
Fifth Ward-Davis, Sanders, McCosh, McNeil.
Sixth Ward-Frizzel, Blood, Dr. Saunders.
LeClaire-Dr. White, Applegate, Scott, Byram, Van Horn, Stone, M. Stone.
Winfield-H. G. Neil, J. Quinn, H. M. Thompson, J. W. Carothers, C. C. Quinn
Hickory Grove-A. Wells, Ross, Cavendish.
Princeton-W. Sanderson, Scott, Pineo, Dr. Knox, McCuslin.
Liberty-B. F. Gue.
Allen's Grove-Jno. Connor, M. Thompson.
Blue Grass-M. S. Budlong.
Buffalo-D. B. Shaw.
Cleona-a. O. Butler, M. Stevens, E. H. Lincoln.
A motion was then made that a committee be appointed to choose Delegates, which
being lost, it was moved and carried that the Delegates be appointed by the
Convention. The following are the names:
To The State Convention
Jas. T. Lane, Ch. H. Eldridge, M. C. Davis, John L. Davies, John W. Thompson, P.
B. Harding, W.H.F. Gurley, Dr. Sam'l Knox, Dr. White, Dr. Porter, Jno. M. Day,
J. Thorington, O. S. McNeil, Geo. H. French, L. Schricker, J. B. Leake, H. R.
Claussen, Ch. Homes, Wm. Sanderson, T. K. Fluke, R. Simpson, G. E. Hubbell, John
Collins, Sam'l Scott, J. W. Guiteau, L. C. Burwell, H. Price.
To The Congressional Convention.
Jas. T. Lane, N. J. Rusch, Dr. Saunders, T. K. Fluke, C. C. Applegater, Jas.
Quinn, A. O. Butler, Otto Smith, B. F. Gue, E. Russell, G. M. Pinneo, B.L.
Peters, Rob't Scott, John Collins, W.H.F. Gurley, E. Claussen, M. J. Rohlfs.
To The Judicial Convention
J. W. Thompson, B. S. Lyon, A. O. Butler, M. C. Farber, M. C. Davis, Dr. Emeis,
J. H. Ross, S. F. Smith, S. Saddoris, Dr. Van Horn, P. B. Harding, O. S. McNeil,
John L. Davies, M. S. Budlong, N. J. Rusch, Myron Stone, Wm. Sanderson, S. J.
Applegate, J. T. Lane, P. B. Stibolt, J. C. Quinn, D. B. Shaw, Th. Mason, E.
Snyder, S. P. Byram, E. Claussen, M. Stevens.
The Daily Gazette
July 16, 1862
Soldiers On the Way.-Capt. Blanchard, of Washington, Iowa, arrived in town last
evening with fifty men, exclusive of officers and four musicians, from that
county, and stopped at the Pennsylvania House. They leave for Clinton to-day.
Capt. Blanchard has already forwarded about ten men, and he has some twenty more
at home-making a full company for the 18th regiment.
Fire.-A fire broke out at 4 o'clock yesterday morning, in a notorious house of
ill fame, on the corner of Front street and Western avenue, kept by John
Shepherd. Before the engines arrived, the house was about half burned, and the
destruction was soon complete. The house was owned by Anton Gubse, who, it is
said, had received an anonymous letter, threatening to burn down the house if he
didn't turn out the inmates. A small tenement adjoining on Front street was also
destroyed. The loss was about $700 or $800. No insurance.
'Sanitary Matters.'-We refer to the excellent communication in to-day's paper,
from a lady whom many will recognize as a former citizen of this place. As she
speaks from experience, the suggestions she makes should have due weight. While
our Sanitary Committees look especially after the sick and wounded of our own
State, we hope their practical benevolence will not be confined to so narrow
district, and our agents will relieve suffering Union soldiers when met with,
regardless of the State from which they may have enlisted. There is a vast
amount of suffering among our soldiers, and the kind hand of woman, ever first
to alleviate human misery, should be always open to relieve the pain and anguish
of those who went forth so willingly in defense of our rights. Women, 'not
naturally formed for great cares themselves, but to soften ours,' as Goldsmith
so feelingly says in his Citizen of the World, make the best nurses, and we hope
they will rally in response to the requisition m!
ade for their services, and enlist in the good cause.
Larceny.-Mrs. Jane Winn was brought before Justice Blood yesterday by Marshal
Leonard, charged with having robbed James Tigue, residing in the First Ward, of
about twenty-eight dollars, a week ago. Mrs. Tigue had left the money in the
house and gone out, and on her return the money had also gone out. Suspicion
resting on Mrs. Winn, who was a neighbor, a search warrant was issued and eleven
dollars found on her person; the balance was subsequently exhumed from the
ground, where it had been buried, in the rear of her house. After dodging the
city officials for some time she was at length taken into custody yesterday and
brought before the Justice, who bound her over to appear at the next term of
From The 16th Iowa Regiment.
We make the following extract from a private letter from a member of the 16th
regiment, who dates from Camp near Corinth, July 9, 1862.
"We have had a good deal of excitement in camp lately, at one time being
under marching orders to the Potomac-then countermanded, then news again of
McClellan's defeat and anticipation of renewal of orders-with a constant burning
anxiety to hear more about the battling near Richmond. We are now satisfied that
McClellan has had a reverse if not defeat, although there are flying rumors this
morning of Richmond being taken by somebody, and Vicksburg also. In addition, we
had a contraband report of a rebel brigade being close by us, with the object of
making a dash into our camps, something on the rebel Stewart's plan, so
successfully carried out in McClellan's rear.
"There are a good many rebels living in the neighborhood of Corinth, who
have every opportunity of ascertaining the exact position of things here, and of
communicating with the rebels below. We are resting in such entire confidence of
our own security, that a rebel foray might be made in our midst, or might have
been a few days ago, and perhaps accomplished with comparative safety and much
destruction of life and property. But our Generals have taken the alarm, and
such precautions are now being used as may effectually secure us from any
casualties of this nature. Several prominent rebels hereabouts have been
arrested and are now closely confined, including Mr. Chadwick, formerly Post
Commissary for the rebels at Corinth, but who has claimed to have been merely a
merchant there and a Union man-and Col. Whitfield who owns an elegant mansion
and a vast deal of property near our camp. The latter has never disguised his
rebel sympathies, but has been treated with
"distinguished consideration," and a guard placed over his house
and gardens. At the same time he charged us the most exhorbitant (sic) prices
for everything sold us from his farm, diary and gardens. But he is now likely to
go North. There is no doubt but that he and others have been in constant
correspondence with the rebels, Chadwick acting as the go-between.
"By way of variety our regiment has been for two days building fences, or
repairing them, around three hundred acres of land, to make a carrol (sic) for
mules. The work was rather enjoyed by the boys, as it was light and under the
deep shade of great forest trees. We may to-morrow be on a march after the
"The health of our regiment is improving. We have got a new Surgeon, Dr.
Lloyd, formerly Assistant Surgeon of the 11th, and an excellent man for the
position. No better appointment could have been made although there was
disappointment that our own Assistant Surgeon was not promoted. We have also a
second Assistant detailed before the Surgeon's appointment to help our
Assistant. There are but few new cases of sickness in this regiment, and we will
doubtless form this time continue to gain in health. The weather is very hot,
but our camp is on high land and in a healthy location. We keep two teams busily
engaged every day in hauling water. It is good water for us, but I think it
would give a stranger the diarrhoea in quick time.
"There is no regiment in this brigade or division under better discipline
than the 16th Iowa, thanks to the regular ways of Col. Chambers. The men of
other regiments appear to do pretty much as they please, in the way of leaving
and returning to camp, foraging in gardens, &c., but in this regiment it is
different. No man goes, or can well get outside of the guard lines, unless
accompanied by an non-commissioned officer who is responsible for the good
conduct of all men he takes out under him.-Men are obliged to go out to bathe,
wash their clothes, get wood, &c. Discipline is everything in camp life-and
the idle camp show just as well who are the good and reliable officers as the
battlefield-in fact, I think a great deal better.
"We have now our company muster rolls just completed for the last day of
June, and expect to at once draw our pay for the last two months. Each company's
clothing account is included in its muster roll, which has delayed us; the other
regiments of the brigade having, I think, neglected this duty, as several are
now being paid off.-The boys have been "flush" since the late payment,
and do not appear to be at all anxious for another, although it would be
acceptable, as money always is.
"I visited Corinth this morning. It is a hot and dusty place. Being our
"head-quarters," it is crowded with teams, officers and soldiers.
There are a number of secesh prisoners there, and a very dilapidated looking set
of Christians they seem. Clothing stores and lager beer saloons are open,
Daguerro type saloons prevail promiscuously. An hours' visit satisfied me, and I
rode back glad to get in our wilderness camp."
The Daily Gazette
City of Davenport
July 17, 1862
The horse that Dr. J. A. Reid has driven so long, until he has almost become
identified with him, died on Tuesday night last.
Henry O'Connor, Esq., of Muscatine, delivered there one of his rousing speeches
on the war, Monday evening last. We hope to hear Harry in this city ere long. If
the Governor would send him out to stir up the patriotism of the people, there
would be no need of drafting.
Patriotic.-The Muscatine Journal says the roll was opened in that city on
Monday, for the enlistment of the fifteenth company from that county. Muscatine
is the most patriotic county in our State. The Journal says, that it is pledged
to the last man and the last dollar for the suppression of this unholy
Harvest Hands.-Farmers are now making their contracts for harvest hands. The
prices for hands range from $1.25 to $1.75 per day, and we have heard of some
instances where $2 was demanded. Most of those who are engaged now are secured
for about $150, which is about the same as was paid last year. We should judge
those contrabands who are so plenty, and ready to work at ten cents a day, as we
hear tell about, haven't got around here yet, nor anywhere else, we imagine.
Hospital Matters.-On Friday last, the steamer Stephen Decatur left St. Louis
with a large number of sick and wounded, destined for the hospital at this
place. On arriving at Keokuk last Sunday, it was ascertained she couldn't get
over the Lower Rapids, on account of low water, and her sick and wounded were
taken ashore at Keokuk, and crowded into a school-house and other places there.
Now we would like to know by whose authority those sick and wounded were taken
from the Decatur at all. The Northern line boats, nearly every one of which is
heavier than the Decatur, have had no trouble as yet getting over the Rapids,
even when heavily loaded, and the Decatur could have come on to Davenport, we
verily believe, if some busy people below hadn't exercised the little brief
authority they are possessed of, and prevented her.
A Returned Prisoner.-Friedrich Reckler, a German, formerly a resident of this
county, who has been a prisoner in Secessia for nearly a year, was in town
yesterday. At the time of the breaking out of the war, he was a resident of
Wisconsin, and joined the Second regiment of that State, and was at the battle
before of Bull Run, where he remained three months; thence he went to New
Orleans and stayed there four months; and was finally removed to Salisbury,
where, after a further detention of four months, he was paroled, and reached
Gen. Burnside's lines about the first of June. His account of treatment while a
prisoner corresponds with what we have generally been told by those who were
taken at Bull Run. He hadn't enough to eat most of the time, and while at New
Orleans he was allowed only a width of eighteen inches for sleeping room. After
his release he was compelled to pay his own way from New York to the West. This
is an evil which we hope to see remedied soon, so that soldiers may return home,
when wounded or released on parole, without having to pay a good part of their
year's earning for traveling expenses. Mr. R. Has a brother living at Walcott,
whither he goes to-day.
The Daily Gazette
City of Davenport
July 19, 1862
Resigned.-Among the recent resignations reported from the Adjutant-General's
office we notice that of Capt. Lundy, of Muscatine county, well known to many of
our citizens as the popular commander of Co. G, 2d Iowa cavalry. Lieut. Jos. W.
Eystra, of Muscatine, and formerly of Rock Island, succeeds Capt. Lundy.
Death of Chas. E. Richardson.-A dispatch received from St. Louis yesterday by
Mr. Joshua Burr, announces the death in that city, on Thursday evening of Mr.
Chas. E. Richardson, of Davenport. Mr. Richardson had been sick some time with
camp diarrhoea, but had partially recovered, and had got as far as St. Louis on
his way home, when he was stricken with death. Mr. Richardson came to this city
in 1856, and has resided here ever since. On the organization of the Sixteenth
regiment he accompanied Mr. Parker to the sutler's department of the regiment,
with which he was connected at the time of his death. Mrs. Richardson received a
letter from her husband a few days ago, stating that he was improving and would
be home in a few days. Charlie Richardson had among our citizens a host of
friends and not an enemy; the news of his death will fall upon them with
Deaths of Iowa Soldiers.-On the 14th inst., S. M. Syster, and on the 15th,
Douglas Jagger, both of Co. E, 15th regiment, died in hospital at Keokuk. At the
St. Louis hospitals the following deaths of Iowa soldiers occurred at the dates
mentioned:--July 4, Richard McClane, Co. L, 4th cavalry; 8th, Garrett Smith, Co.
G, 18th (?) regiment; 10th, Thomas J. Roberts, Co. F, 15th regiment, and T. W.
Corwin, Co. A, 11th regiment.
Robbery at Big Rock.-At 3 o'clock on last Wednesday morning, Hon. B. F. Gue, of
Big Rock, in this county, was aroused by the violent crashing of a window light.
On getting up, he found a pane of glass broken and a valuable gold watch, which
hung near, stolen. The watch was a heavy gold hunter case, with the name of J.
H. Gue engraved on the outside of the case. Mr. Gue offers a reward of $25 for
the return of the watch and any information that will lead to the arrest and
conviction of the thief.
The Daily Gazette
City of Davenport
July 22, 1862
Dead Soldier.-Corp. James R. Russell, Co. I, 6th Iowa Regiment, died at Keokuk
hospital on the 18th inst.
Drafting.-While we should much prefer to see Iowa's quota of troops raised
without having to resort to drafting, yet if such course become necessary, there
will be some things in its favor. Those blatant treason-shriekers, men who
refuse to give a dollar to help the cause and denounce those engaged in
preserving their country, will some of them become conscripts and be forced to
fight for the flag they have traduced. There are men in this city, whom it would
rejoice the loyal heart to see pressed into service; not one of them but who
would return a better man and better qualified for all the duties of
Burrows Mill and Block Destroyed
About 8 o'clock yesterday afternoon, the most destructive fire that has ever
visited our city broke out in the east end of Burrows mill, near the corner of
Perry and Front streets. The fire had hardly been discovered before dense black
smoke was coming form nearly every window in the upper part of the building, and
soon the entire mill was beyond chance of saving. The wind, which at first blew
rather from the west, shifted to the southeast, and the fire spread to Burrows'
block, adjoining, which soon caught, and the buildings occupied by R. M.
Prettyman and Mr. Burrows as storage and grain commission warehouses were
destroyed, nothing but the walls being left standing, while the adjoining stores
occupied by J. M. Dalzell and Haupt & Heinz, also for grain warehouses were
considerably damaged in the roof and upper lofts. The firemen, aided by
citizens, only with the most strenuous exertions, succeeded in arresting the
fire at this point. Great fears were entertained that it w!
ould cross Front street, in which case there was no estimating the amount of
damage it would have done. The catastrophe, however, was fortunately prevented.
The firemen worked heroically, rushing fearlessly into the midst of danger
caused by threatening and crumbling walls and crashing floors. The Rock Island
companies were early on hand, and deserve high praise for the invaluable
services they rendered, being among the foremost wherever there was work to be
done. The origin of the fire is unknown; some think it the work of an
incendiary; others that it caught from a candle left burning by the millwrights;
other causes are also assigned for the calamity.
Some of the roofs on the opposite side of Front street were slightly damaged.
The ticket office of Jo. Robinson, agent of the Kate Cassel and other boats, was
demolished by the falling of the side wall of Burrows' block.
The mill was mostly built in 1855; a portion of it was several years older. The
cost of the building and machinery is put at $60,000. The insurance on the mill
is 20,000; and on Burrows block the same; all in New York companies, none of
which are represented in this city. Mr. Burrows' loss is about $2,000, entirely
uninsured. Mr. Prettyman was insured for $1,000, in the Home, of New York, which
will probably cover his loss. Stephen Lindley, a farmer, had nearly 1,200
bushels of wheat, and Mr. Burrows about 400 bushels, in Mr. Prettyman's store,
none of which was insured. Messrs. Dalzell and Haupt & Heinz also suffered
considerable damage from water, the latter being uninsured.
During the fire, Mr. Elisha Burrows jumped from the second story of the mill to
the ground, and in alighting one hand was burned by striking a live coal, and
the other severely cut by some glass. A boy, while standing on the porch in the
rear of burrows' block, was struck in the head by a falling timber, causing the
blood to run freely but doing no serious injury.
This fire is the most terribly disastrous which has ever occurred in this city,
not only in the pecuniary loss to the he immediate sufferers and the city, but
in the damage done to the farming interests of the county. It is very doubtful
whether the mill will be rebuilt, certainly not for some time.
Mr. Burrows, probably the heaviest sufferer by this calamity, has the warmest
sympathy of all the people of our city, to the prosperity of which his industry
and energy have contributed in no small degree; and we hope it will not be long
before he will be again actively engaged in business.
The following is an extract of a letter found in the postoffice at Jacksonville,
N. C., upon the occupation of that place by the U. S. forces. It establishes
beyond doubt the truth of statements heretofore made, as to the atrocities
committed by the rebels on the dead bodies of our soldiers:
Camp Presses, Manassas, Junct., Dec. 2d, 1862
My Dear Sister: I have seen more since I have been in this war than I ever
expected to see in my life. I went to the the battle field one day where the
great battle was fought, and I saw more than I ever want to see again. I saw
soldiers form Georgia grabble up Yankees that had bee buried. I saw them pull of
their heads and scrape the meat and hair off, and take the skull boen with them
to send home of their folks to see.
Your dear brother,
Co. J. 4th reg't N. C. State Troops
The Daily Gazette
City of Davenport
July 30, 1862
Personal.-We were pleased to see our soldier-printer friend, Wm. P. Wade, in
town yesterday. He is nearly recovered from the severe wounds he received at
Fort Donelson. He has recently been discharged from the service, on account of
Run Over.-A child named Foley, whose parents live on Brown street, was knocked
down by a horse attached to a buggy, yesterday morning, at the corner of Second
and Brady streets. The horse stepped on the child, seriously injuring the
abdomen, but it is believed not dangerously. No blame attaches to the person in
the buggy, as the little fellow came suddenly against the horse, and was knocked
down by him before the driver could stop him.
Another Resolution.-The Des Moines Register, from the files of an old treason
journal published in that city, gives the following resolution passed by the
Scott County Democratic Convention one year ago. They were plainer in the
expression of their sentiments then than they are now:
Resolved, that in our opinion the war now being waged by the present Republican
Administration against our brothers of the South, is wholly uncalled for,
unnecessary, unconstitutional, and antagonistic to the highest and best
interests of our once happy country, and that we will use all honorable means to
discourage it and bring about a peaceful solution of our present troubles.
Home Traitors.-The resolution passed at the citizens' mass meeting on Saturday
evening last, declaring there were secessionists, et id omne genus in our city,
and the way in which they should be treated, appears to give some of our
thin-skinned citizens a little uneasiness. The Democrat does not approve of any
convention or set of men passing such a resolution. The time has come when
things should be called by their right names, and men must learn, that if they
are not with the Government in sustaining it in putting down the unholy
rebellion that now threatens it with dissolution, they are against it, and are
just as much secessionists as though they avowed it in so many words. When a
citizen is ascertained to be in sympathy with the rebels let him be marked, say
we, and treated as an enemy to his country. The kid-glove policy is just as
fatal to the success of the war practiced at the North as it is at the South,
and no truly loyal man will object to scorn and indignation being heaped upon
the head of every rebel sympathizer found in our community. Our fathers,
husbands, sons and brothers are periling their lives in their efforts to
suppress traitors in arms against their Government, and yet scoundrels in our
midst, while fattening upon the blessings these men are fighting to secure to
them, will show their sympathy for the traitors, and wish that the noble sons of
Iowa may die upon the battlefield; and we are to take these miscreants by the
hand, admit them to our society, and wish them well. No! shriveled be our hand,
and blistered our tongue, when we become so hypocritical before God and man as
to act thus toward one, whom we know to be a traitor to his country, and the
society that he infests.
At Princeton, on the 15th inst., by Wm. H. Thompson, Esq. Mr. George Schaffer,
and Miss Elizabeth Kensinger.
On Tuesday the 29th inst. By the Rev. Henry Cosgrove. Alfred Edwards to Miss
Sarah Bradley, niece of Hon. James Thorington, all of this city.
At Muscatine, on the 28th inst. By Rev. Mr. Page, Mr. Charles Davis, of
Muscatine, and Miss Fanny Channon, of this city.
The Daily Gazette
City of Davenport
August 1, 1862
A War Meeting will be held at Rusch's school-house, Davenport Township,
to-morrow (Saturday) evening. Hon. Jas. T. Lane and others will speak. Our
Supervisors have done nobly, and we hope the people will respond suitably.
Direct from Corinth.-Mr. Spearing, of the popular livery, corner of Third and
Perry streets, arrived yesterday direct from Corinth. He left there on Monday
last. The morning he left, Gen. Todd's division, embracing the 11th, 13th, 15th
and 16th Iowa Regiments, and another division left for Bolivar, Tenn., some 45
or 50 miles from Corinth. It will be remembered that the rebels are getting very
bold on that line of railroad and it was even reported, though since proven to
be incorrect, that they had taken Humboldt. Mr. Spearing was on the train which
discovered the burning bridge on the M.& O. Railroad, and verifies the
hanging of the rebel Beadle and the burning of rebel houses. Mr. S. Says that no
one know or can have a just appreciation of the realities of this war, unless he
visit the scene of its action.
To Recruits.-We refer to advertisement of Mr. D. Torrey, recruiting officer, in
this morning's paper. Mr. T. has seen service, is thoroughly drilled in military
tactics, and in every way fitted to take command of a company. Those wishing to
enlist, under the liberal inducements offered in this county, can find no better
man to drill them, or under whom to serve, when they come to choose their
Board of Supervisors.
The Board of Supervisors convened yesterday morning at the Court House, in
accordance with the previous call. The following members were present:
C. Stewart Ells, Davenport, chairman; Jno. Coleman, Rockingham; Philip Earhart,
Pleasant Valley; Azotus M. Frost, Liberty; Daniel L. Lyon, Blue Grass; Geo. M.
Matthes, Davenport; Wm. Murray, Cleona; Giles M. Pinneo, Princeton; John C.
Quinn, Winfield; Jas. H. Ross, Hickory Grove; and Ephraim Snyder, Allen's Grove.
Mr. Ells called Mr. Ross to the chair, and after a few remarks relative to the
object of the meeting, offered a preamble and resolutions, which, as completed
by the insertion of the names of the committee, are as follows:
Whereas, It has been represented to the Board of Supervisors, of Scott county,
that, in order to meet the call for additional enlistments, it is necessary to
pay a bounty to those who enlist; therefore
Resolved, That we, the Supervisors of said county, do hereby appropriate for
that purpose, from the county treasury of said county, such sum as may be
necessary for that purpose, not exceeding $12,000.
Resolved, That the money so appropriated shall be under the control of a
committee of six, three of whom shall be taken from the Board of Supervisors,
and the other three from the citizens of the county.
Resolved, That the sum to be paid to each volunteer, under this regulation,
shall be as follows, to-wit: To every married man, $75; and to every single man
the sum of $50; which sums shall only be paid on the presentation to said
committee of sufficient evidence of said volunteers having been mustered into
the United States service.
Resolved, That the clerk of the board of Supervisors be, and he is hereby,
directed to issue to said committee, on the written order of a majority thereof,
county warrants in such of sums as said committee ay direct, not exceeding the
amount heretofore specified; and that said committee are hereby empowered to
negotiate the same.
Resolved, That said committee shall consist of the following-named persons, to
wit: C. Stewart Ells, Dan. B. Shaw, and Homer Carpenter, on behalf of the Board;
and Hiram Price, George S. C. Dow, and John L. Davies, on behalf of the
Considerable debate ensued, participated in by Messrs. Frost, Pinneo, Coleman,
Ells, and Snyder, mostly as to whether, after the county raises its quota of 220
men by the bounty system, we might not be subject to draft to make up for the
deficiencies of other counties. Messrs. Frost and Pinneo wanted to be satisfied
on this point, and the latter moved an adjournment ill afternoon, which was
lost. Others believed that if we raised this number of men, there would be no
drafting unless under a new call.
Mr. Ells proposed a modification of the resolutions, so as to confine the bounty
to resident of this county; but subsequently withdrew it.
The resolutions were then adopted by a yea and nay vote, unanimously.
Mr. Ells moved that the members of the Board not present be allowed to record
their names in favor of the resolutions. Carried.
Mr. Ells offered the following, which was unanimously supported:
Whereas, We believe that soldiers in camp very frequently squander their monthly
pay with the sutlers and others, leaving their families and those dependent on
them without means of support; and whereas, the allotment system adopted in the
Eastern States, has worked advantageously in remedying this situation, we are in
favor of inaugurating an allotment system for Iowa troops.
Resolved, That the Clerk of the board be instructed to forward a copy of these
resolutions to the Governor.
The Board then adjourned sine die. ~~~~~~
Meeting of the Board of Education
Davenport, July 30, 1862
Board met pursuant to call, Wednesday, July 30, 1862, at 2 o'clock p.m.
President in the chair. Present: Messrs. Collins, French, Cook, Blood, Olshausen,
Minutes of last meeting read and approved.
The Superintendent presented a report, in which he recommends Misses Fannie C.
Alvord and Emma Moore for the vacancies in the list of teachers. The
Superintendent also recommends Florence Bennett, Maggie Rowse, Emma Mack, Belle
Bennett, Mary Middleton, Sarah Yantis, Andrew Jackson, and Frederick Cheney for
admission into the high school, they having answered correctly the average per
cent of questions proposed on examination.
On motion of Mr. French, the eight named applicants for the high school were
admitted. * S. P. Otteson, Janitor of School No. 2, petitioned that his salary
of $15 per month be increased to $200 per annum, which petition was, on motion
of Mr. Cook, laid upon the table.
Mr. Smith offered the following, which was adopted:
Whereas, Sundry repairs are necessarily to be made about the premises of School
District of the city of Davenport, especially at Nos. 3 and 6. Therefore be it
Resolved, That the committee on repairs be authorized to take a minute review of
said premises, and cause such repairs to be made, as they may deem expedient.
The following bills were allowed and ordered to be paid:
Beiderbeck & Miller for brooms and nails------$2.95.
Wm. Vanduzer for carpenter work at No 5-----$6.00
H. Langmark for repairing clock at No. 5-----------.75
G. Godwin for painting black board at No. 4---$1.20
H. Paulson for repairing clocks at No. 36, 6----$3.00
H. Mehrens for erecting fence at No. 3----------$3.75
W. L. Cook in lieu of orders No. 75---------------$5.00
Treason in Southern Iowa.-A gentleman, formerly a resident of this city, who has
made a business tour through southern Iowa and northern Missouri, tells us that
affairs down that way have a gloomy look. Jayhawkers abound, and robbery and
plunder furnish employment to a number of gangs of men. In southern Iowa there
is a great amount of latent secessionism, encouraged by a few perfidious pressed
in that section. At a war meeting held at Rome, Jefferson county, on Saturday
last, for the purpose of obtaining recruits, the speaker was frequently
interrupted by a mob, who finally gave him notice to leave the town in two
hours, or they would hang him. He did so, going back to Fort Madison, reported
matters to the recruiting officer at that point, who sent a force of twenty men
to Rome, and tow prominent citizens of the town were arrested and brought to
Fort Madison, where they are at present confined. Our informant was at Rove at
the time of the occurrence.
Through Davis and Appanoose counties, and the neighboring portions of Iowa and
Missouri, jayhawking bands are constantly prowling about. They go from place to
place stealing horses and other property, and selling them, only to be claimed
by a second gang as their property, who dispose of them similarly. People
suspect each other of being implicated in the robberies, and mutual distrust and
rancor prevails in neighborhoods and communities. It might be well if we had
some State troops to guard our Southern borders, and drive off the marauding
gangs form Missouri, and suppress and punish those of our own State.
Valuable Real Estate For Sale.
That splendid residence on 6th St., between Scott St. and Western Avenue,
recently occupied by Marvin Porter, and known as the "Lambrite
property," is offered for sale very low. Apply to Bennett & Whitcomb,
Attorneys, Davenport, Iowa.
The Daily Gazette
City of Davenport
August 1, 1862
List of Letters
Remaining in the Post Office at Davenport, Iowa, on the 31st day of July, 1862.
Persons calling for these letters will please say they are advertised, and give
date of list. Ordered to be advertised in the "Daily Gazette,"
agreeable to the decision of the new Post Office Law .
Anthony, O. A.; Aye, Johann
Bennett, A. F. - Belken, Julia - Brooks H. W. - Billings, C. O. - Barnes, H. -
Blinn, J. S. - Beeman, Edward - Bonnema O. - Baker, J. T. - Barnold, E. -
Burlock, T. G. - Barrows J. D. - Bartlett, Geo.
Cooper, Albert I. - Collins, Mary - Connell, Catherine - Carter, Annie - Corren,
Samuel - Clark B. W. - Cogan, William - Cunningham, Florence J. - Connor,
Charles - Cutlers, Wm. E. - Colles, Georgieanna - Curruis, Charlotte, - Cansdee,
Wm. - Carroll, W. I. Mrs. - Connick, Wilbur - Cameron, Wm. - Caton, John -
Clavin, Luther - Colwell, Mary R.
Doud, F. B. - Douglass, J. G. - Dickenson, H. B. - Dunham, F. S. - Donnell,
Margaret - Dorsey, Patrick - Devit, Edward - Dunlap, Susan - Dresbach, H. S.
Eddy, A. C. Mrs.
Frizzell, Chas. - Fitzgibon, Rose - Fish, James H.- Foster, Geo. H. - Frost, R.
A. - Field, I. C. - Fain, John.
Goodrich, A. M.,Lieut.2 - Gass, Mary A. - Graham, William - Gromdycke, A. T. -
Glimartin, Patrick - Garrett, John - Gangner, Albert - Gittins, Harvey - Gossin,
Andrew J. - Garnder, Wm. - Gilmore, Mary - Gage, G. F.
Haitt, Bell - Hanly, Mike - Harding, George - Herkeirath, Valentine - Houston,
Mary - Hoffman, John C. - Huber, Frank - Holmes, W. H. - Hayer, John L.
Jordon, George - Jenkins, Wm. - Jorden, James
Kesker, Henry W. - Kelly, Wm. - Kelley, R. C.- Kingerlec, Joseph - Keith, Wm.
Lewis, Alice - Lyons, Mary - Lambert, Francis E. - Leopold, A. - Loftus, Peter -
Lockart, E. - Lucas, Jerome.
McCabe, Mr. - Moughnes, Job. E. - Metzgar, Charles - McCullough, Blanche -
Morore, Jeyphene - Monegan, Francis - Moran, John T. - Murry, Elizabeth -
McEnery, Daniel J. - Martin, John - McLoughlin, F. Thomas - Moore, Louis A. -
Morse, Lewis H. - Morris, John - McLaughlin, Wm. - Madwell, Mary - Morris, James
H. - Miller, Ann - Myer, Dave.
Nelson, Dan - Newell, John
Orcutt, Clinton - O'Briene, Patrick - Osborn, Nelson
Pollock, John - Page, John Q. - Prestion, J. W. - Patton, John W. - Platt, Perry
- Pratt, N. G. - Palmer, John.
Rose, Catherine - Robason, J. - Rose, Eleanor - Reimers, F. P. L. -
Russell, Peter S. - Russell, George - Rose, E. A. Mrs. - Robinson, Wm. H. -
Sloper, Arcelia - Steward, Mary S. - Sharp, John G. - Stevenson, Mr. - Sammons,
Mary E. - Smith, John S. - Stevens, Daniel - Slooper, Samuel, - Sketton, James
M. - Schrever, Henry - Shields, Wm. - Seals, L. - Swaine, John.
Tallman, Geo. W. - Tulles, Davied H. - Thomas, Maggie - Trainer, John R. -
Tulley, Jonah - Tolbert, M. L. - Tracy, Jas. H. - Thompson, John.
Woods, C. B. - Wilson, Mary A. - Wing, E. S. - Ward, C. E. - Weber, Mary L. -
Wright, J. Wesley - Westcott, Charles - Werth, L. B. - Williams, John O. -
White, Elizabeth - Wilson, Robert - Winner, Joseph - White, Isabella - Wells,
~~C. H. Eldridge, P. M.
The Daily Gazette
Alfred Sanders, Editor
City of Davenport
August 4, 1862
O. W. Skinner, Attorney and Counsellor at law-Office over Powell's drug store,
in the Postoffice block.
J. W. Guiteau, Attorney at Saw, Notary Public and Commissioner of Deeds. Office
No. 5, Davenport Block.
Dr. J. Youmans (formerly of Philadelphia,) Physician and surgeon, tenders his
professional services to the citizens of Davenport and vicinity. Office-At the
Worden House, Third street.
EYE and EAR! Dr. Youmans, with his painless remedies removes all diseases of the
eye and ear that are susceptible of cure. Rooms at the Worden House.
Plenty of Game.-Mr. P. J. Gillett, of the LeClaire House, brought to town on
Saturday morning, as the result of one day's shooting in Clinton county, 60
prairie chickens, and some rabbits. Other parties who were out have also
returned with plenty of game bagged.
Attempt at Rape.-Ernst Winters was brought before Justice Claussen of Saturday,
charged with an attempt at rape on the person of Emma Fueg, a girl of about
thirteen years old. The taking of the testimony continued till a late hour
Saturday evening, and at 10 o'clock no decision had been made.-Stewart &
Armstrong for prosecution, J. P. Cook and J. W. Thompson for defense.
Patriotic.-The editor received a letter yesterday from his sister, A Quaker
lady. She says that her husband is now with Rosencrans' old army in Virginia,
the eldest of her sons is also there, the next is with the forces near Richmond,
while the third and youngest had just graduated at West Point and been appointed
to an Adjutancy in the army, and that she herself would leave the next morning
for the army in Virginia. Now that's what we call patriotism.
The Daily Gazette
August 6, 1862
Gas Lamps.-Some miscreants coming down Brady street Monday evening, in a drunken
fit shattered several gas lamps.
Gas.-For several evenings, although dark as Erebus, the gas lamps have not been
lit until after 10 o'clock, when most people are, or should be, in bed. We
understand the reason to be because the almanac says, expect moonlight nights
about this time, and no provision was made for ill-mannered clouds intervening
between us and her lunar highness.
Avoid Drafting.-The draft that has been ordered Aug. 15th, will soon fill the
companies recruiting here. Of these none offer more inducements to citizens of
the county, than our well-known fellow citizen, D. Torrey. His company is made
up with citizens, so that all will go with old acquaintances and friends. Any
may call and see him.
Enlisting Boys.--Adj.-Gen. Baker and Capt. Hendershott have sent home form
Clinton about one hundred boys within the last two weeks. We have frequently
noticed about town a large number of boys in uniforms, evidently under the
required age, and some hardly fifteen. If they are taken for soldiers, they
certainly cannot pass muster; and we do not know of what use they could be
unless as musicians. It is a satisfaction, however, to know that the recruiting
officer is responsible for all expenses incurred on account of enlisting known
At Iowa City, we are informed, one hundred persons enlisted during the day, and
at Muscatine forty. Other towns were no doubt similarly affected; and the
prospect is fair for obtaining the entire quota of the first 300,000 from this
State without drafting.
Deaths of Iowa Soldiers
Office General Hospital
Army of the Mississippi, August 1, 1862
Mr. Sanders.-Dear Sir: Thinking that it would be a source of gratification to
the friends of the deceased, I send you a list for publication of the deaths
occurring in regiments form your State, since the first day of July, in this
hospital; and if desirable will forward these statistics from time to time. I
would add that the ratio of deaths is greatly decreasing, and that the health of
this portion of the army is much better than it was last month.
Name Rank Regiment Co. Died
J. B. Gaddis sergt. 2d Iowa cav. A July 2
Perry W. Johnson pvt. do K July 6
Ira C. Bettz do do H July 9
Isaac Smith corpl. Do G July 13
Ell Mills private do A July 14
S. F. Allen do 5th Iowa inf. D July 2
Saml. Herron do do C July 26
Spencer, Fuller do 7 or 17th Iowa F July 13
Leroy Moulthrop do 14th do H July 12
Wm. Scism do 10th do D July 7
James Smith do 17th do K July 9
W. Rickabaugh do do B July 11
W. McKee do do C July 19
James Crane do do H July 26
The Daily Gazette
August 8, 1862
From the 16th Iowa Regiment.
Camp Near Bolivar, Tenn.,
August 1, 1862
Editor Gazette.-A non-commissioned officer don't know more than high privates
the reasons for army or regimental movements, or I might tell you why the 16th
Iowa has transferred itself from the neighborhood of Corinth to the present
locality. But last Sunday afternoon we understood that a portion of our Division
was going to Bolivar, Tenn., to reinforce Gen. Ross, who holds possession of the
place and was threatened if not hemmed in by a large rebel force. In the evening
the order came for marching. We were ordered to be ready to leave, with all our
camp equipage, at 3 o'clock Monday morning, for Bolivar-the 3d, or Iowa Brigade,
composed of the 11th, 13th, 15th, and 16th Iowa regiments, and the 2d brigade,
composed of two Michigan and Wisconsin regiments. As the call was to sound at 1
o'clock, and a great deal of packing had to be done in leaving a camp where we
had been so long stationary, the time for sleep was brief.
It was a little after daylight when we left our pleasant camping grounds,
occupied nearly ever since the evacuation of Corinth, and where we had expected
to remain weeks longer and provided ourselves with comforts accordingly. But the
order to march was cheerfully obeyed, especially as a fight ahead was in
prospect. The only persons to bid us good bye were two colored washerwomen,
interested in various little accounts, and the sutler and his brother, left
behind. Messrs Will Chambers, Spearing and Hope, who had been in camp two weeks
on a visit, also departed soon after the regiment, on the cars.
This was our first march. The day was hot, yet we made nearly twenty miles, the
boys suffered for water at times, sweating like horses, and at our dinner halt
scarcely able to drag their legs, the feet of some already beginning to blister.
Some few fell back, but not so many as from at least two regiments ahead of our
brigade. They dropped off in squads from the 15th, and made sanguinary attacks
on orchards, but little of the fruit of which is yet ripe. Our men carried heavy
knapsacks, which next day were crowded into wagons to the great relief of the
men. We camped in a field at nearly dark, under orders for reveille at 2 and
march at 4 next morning. Our baggage train did not get in, and the boys tumbled
off to sleep in a dew almost as heavy as rain, supperless.
Early next morning, after a slight breakfast, the little army was again on its
way, the 16th this day, as it did the day following, leading the column, and our
baggage train ahead of the others. After marching a couple of hours, we waited a
couple of hours to build a bridge over the Hatchee, here a narrow little stream.
The river was soon dotted over with soldiers bathing. Had a good many long rests
during the day, waiting for the artillery and baggage trains, the bridges being
bad and the road very hilly. Many of us saw for the first time large pine trees
and fields of cotton shrubs.
Started at 5 o'clock next morning, and had a pleasant day's march,
notwithstanding blistered feet. At noon we were in a drenching rain, and
arte our lunches under dripping trees. It came after a few hours' hot marching,
and it was refreshing to be thus ducked. Camped in a beautiful place, near large
corn fields. We had green corn and chickens for supper-some of us!
A march of nine miles from this camp would take us to Bolivar and Thursday
morning we started out even more cheerfully than usual. About ten o'clock we
reached Bolivar, quite a large place, once the rival of Memphis, and containing
a good many aristocratic looking residences. It has sent four companies to the
rebel army, and is said to be strongly secesh.-Gen. Ross has been in command,
but Gen. McClernand arrived yesterday, just before we did, and is in command.
The rebels are in considerable force about twenty miles off, and have been
burning railroad bridges and captured one of our trains and fifty men, between
here and Corinth.-They had expected us on this train, or as many of us as one
train would carry, and were probably more disappointed than we were.
We marched through Bolivar without stopping, and pitched our tents two miles the
other side, where we have a nice camp in the woods. The boys appear really
improved by the trip. We left about fifty sick and convalescents at our old camp
hospital, with Dr. Phillips, we being accompanied by Surgeon Lloyd. Gen. Tuttle
was in command of our forces on this march, and Col. Crocker commanded our
brigade. Letters to the he regiments named should be directed to Bolivar, Tenn.
You can find it on the map, and tell your readers its location, as my sheet is
Negroes coming North
A fellow citizen concluding he would like to have a contraband woman to do his
cooking; and hearing through the Democratic papers that Washington was flooded
with them wrote to a friend of his living at the Capital, Judge John Penn Jones,
of Pennsylvania, upon the subject. The following was the Judge's reply:--
"About the niggers you are misinformed. Washington is not overflowing with
them; and the demand for them, at fair wages, is not supplied. Cooks and nurses,
such as would suit you, are too much needed here to leave. My wash-woman is a
contraband who escaped from her master in Virginia about the time of the Bull
Run disaster. She is handy with a needle, and a tidy, good-natured woman. I
recommended her to a gentleman from Michigan, who was leaving on the adjournment
of Congress, and advised her to go with him, but she wouldn't begin to think
about it. And so it is, generally-those that are worth having won't go North;
those who are not worth having have a still greater dislike to leave "the
Sunny South." The assertion that the liberation of the slaves of the South
would flood the North with Negroes, I am satisfied is not well founded. The
Negroes are needed in the South; and they prefer staying there, if they can be
paid for their labor. You Northern folks may make up your minds that Sambo will
never trouble you-in the way of service-to any very considerable extent.
"I heartily agree with you about the kid glove policy; but I am happy to
say that it is 'played out,' and that now we are going to have a vigorous,
active policy; depending more on the bayonet than on the spade for
Benefits to be Gained from Enlisting in Old Regiments.-An old soldier, who has
served sixteen years in the regular service, suggests the following facts as
inducements for volunteers to enter old regiments:
Volunteers entering an organized regiment will enjoy the following advantages:
1. They will learn more in one month in an old regiment than they will learn in
four or six months in a new regiment, for in the one case every old officer and
soldier is by precept and example an instructor, and oftentimes but
inexperienced and imperfect ones.
2. They will better escape the diseases of camp life among old and experienced
soldiers than in newly organized regiments. Presuming that the inefficient and
selfish officers who have neglected their men have to a great extent resigned or
have been displaced, the officers and men who remain in the old regiments have
learned by observations and experience the means of preserving health, and will
impart their knowledge to the young soldier. In proof of this, I know a captain
in the army of the Potomac who had been for years in the regular army and
through the campaign in Mexico, who has not lost a single man by sickness.
3. There will probably be less loss of life in battle in an old organization
than in a new one. Experienced officers will be less likely to expose their men
needlessly than inexperienced ones. Old regiments will be less likely to be
thrown into disorder under fire. As a general thing, the men will be better
cared for if wounded, because the old surgeons have had greater experience in
the treatment of the sick and wounded.
4. Young soldiers in an old regiment will share the glory of a veteran corps.
And, finally, as it is presumed that all who volunteer desire to render the most
efficient service to the Government, it is safe to say that ten thousand men
distributed through the regiments now in the field will accomplish more in the
next six months than thirty thousand organized into new regiments.
The Daily Gazette
August 11, 1862
Majors.-We learn that Capt. C. F. Dunlap, has been appointed Major of the 21st
regiment, and Harvey Graham, of Iowa City, to the same position in the 22d.
For the Navy.-Mr. J. W. Mathews, at Geo. Smiley's store, on Second street, is
recruiting for the United States navy. This affords a rare opportunity to enter
this honorable service.
Accepted.-We are requested to state that the company of Messrs. Thorington and,
Oliver and Thomson recruiting here, has been accepted for the 20th regiment. It
will be an excellent body of men, and they think stands a good chance of being
The Attention of Soldiers, and particularly of editors, is called to the orders
published in this day's Gazette. Hereafter, all advertisements from the military
authorities of this State will be found in the columns of the Davenport papers,
with directions as to how long and in which papers such advertisements are to
A Narrow Escape.-We mentioned the fact of the lightning striking the house of
Mr. Garrett, on Harrison street, Friday evening. The family were in the house at
the time, and although enveloped in soot from the chimney, and the clock was
demolished, yet they were uninjured. It was a marvelous escape.
K. G. C.*-The Moline Independent is informed that there are several lodges of
this piratic order organized in Rock Island county. It has been suspected that
we had at least one organization of the kind in this county; but though such a
thing is not improbable, it is doubtful if any is now in existence here: the
loyalty of our people is too intense to permit any very persistent effort in
[*K.G.C. was an acronym for "Knights of the Golden Circle," a
semi-secret organization of pro-slavery, anti-war Northerners.~~E.R.]
Getting Out of the Way.--We hear that a number of "liables," living on
the Patch, were so well pleased when they heard the news of the drafting, that
they started a few evenings ago to tell their friends in the old country all
about it. Next morning another party started with the same good news, but
concluded, after an impressive interview with somebody at the depot, to return
to their domiciles, and let the news get across the ocean by some other medium.
The first party were probably stopped before they got very far. A number of
others have been turned back, and all may consider themselves booked for similar
treatment whenever they undertake to leave, without passes.
Passes.-Matters were very interesting about the ferry and steamboat landing
yesterday. A man rushing down to the ferry-boat in a great hurry, would there be
brought to, with the observation, "Pass, sir," and further he couldn't
go without the needed document. Sunday and yesterday, the sheriff was over-run
with men trying to get passes for different parts of the country, and some even
to cross the river. Indeed, in this last respect, we think the matter was
carried too far, well-known citizens being turned back for want of passes. There
is no need of any such rigidity in regulations. It only interferes with
business, while in fact doing nothing towards carrying out the really laudable
objects for which the pass system was adopted. We would, however, advise all who
want to leave, to get a pass and it may save a lot of trouble.
What Liberty Township is Doing
Big Rock, Scott County, Aug. 7th, '62
Editor Gazette: Under the late requisition for five more regiments of volunteers
from this State, the quota of Liberty township as estimated by the Gazette of
July 17th was only six men. We immediately went to work and obtained twice that
number of volunteers. A few days since the news came that 300,000 more men must
be raised immediately. A meeting was called at big Rock last evening for the
purpose of filling up our quota of the last call. There was one of the largest
and most enthusiastic meetings we have ever had in the township. James Storms
presided and speeches were made by several of our citizens, stirring up an
excitement rarely witness in our quiet town The ladies turned out in large
numbers, to cheer on the good work, and at the close, volunteers came forward
and enrolled their names, raising our number to twenty-two. If this is not our
full share for the 600,000 now called for, let us know, and the remainder will
be promptly raised. We are determined that draftin!
g shall never be necessary in Liberty. We have now furnished more than fifty men
since the war began, which takes nearly one-third of our able bodied men subject
to military duty. Has any township in the county done better?
The following is a list of the names of those who have volunteered under the
Augustus Shoulse, Henry Shaw, James Curtis, Peter Wilson, Carlos Shaw, Josephus
Jacobs, James H. Haile, Geo. H. Jacobs, Benjamin Trucks, A. J. Grace, Nathan
Davis, J. Baker, Wm. R. Danforth, David Tallman, Samuel French, William Weis, J.
One of our citizens, D. C. Baker has four sons that have volunteered. There are
also three brothers named Mason among the volunteers from our township.
Truly yours, B. F. Gue.
A Policy.-The war meeting on Saturday was a gratifying
indication of the unswerving determination which animates every loyal American
that the existing rebellion must be crushed, no matter at what cost.-No
disasters can shake this determination, and reverses only strengthen it. Defeat
after defeat may overwhelm our armies, but they will only tend to strengthen and
make more enduing our faith in that glorious sentiment, "Liberty and Union,
now and forever, one and inseparable!" This was the actuating sentiment of
the masses who assembled here last Saturday. They did not believe this war had
been carried on so far and at such a cost of blood and treasure, merely to leave
the Union at its close no stronger than before, and liable at any time to be
plunged anew into the horrors of war by the mad caprice of disappointed
politicians. What wonder then they heartily and enthusiastically responded to
every sentiment urging a vigorous prosecution of the war, the crushing of the
ion no matter whom it hurt. Was it astonishing that the speakers who advocated a
"policy for conducting the war," and that the policy of earnestness
should be listened to most eagerly and applauded most warmly? Could they approve
when speakers urged enlistments for the army of the Republic, yet with whom the
vital principle of all republic's-liberty-was tabood? That meeting, like
hundreds of others that have responded to the President's call of more troops
was an earnest one, and they wanted that the Government too shall be earnest;
and that every blow hereafter given the rebellion shall count, that treason
shall be handled without gloves; that our brave soldiers shall no more be
scattered around the country defending rebels' houses and barns, and corn-cribs,
and hen-coops, while the same rebels are filling the ranks of their armies or
more dishonorably engaged in guerrilla plunderings and murderings of Union
soldiers and civilians. Timid people may complain of introducing distracting
questions into our war meetings; and they may discourage the discussions of
policy; but the policy to be pursued will come up, and it must be considered.
The question confronts every man, it is uppermost in the thoughts of all who
think at all about the war, Are we to have war in earnest? And it is the
assurance that we are, coupled with the vigorous action of the Government in
confirmation of that assurance, that is now filling the ranks of the armies of
the republic with earnest, devoted, determined men-men who will reflect new
luster on our arms, and add new glories to the nation's heroic history.
Eighteenth Regiment.-The Eighteenth infantry, Iowa State volunteers, arrived
here yesterday, and passed on down the river.-They landed at East Davenport, and
marched along the river road, and Fourth and Brady streets to the steamboat
landing. They number 850 men, of whom only five are in the hospital, a very
healthy state of affairs. Their officers are:
Colonel-Hon. John Edwards, Chariton, Lucas co.
Lt. Colonel-Thomas Cook, Cedar Rapis, Linn co.
Major-Hugh J. Campbell, Muscatine.
Adjutant-Henry Braunlich, Clinton.
Quartermaster-Sidney Smith, of Oaskaloosa.
Chaplain-Rev. D. N. Smith, of Chariton.
The Colonel was the only field officer with the regiment; they marched through
town under command of Adjutant Braunlich. This officer is a brother of Mr. Hugo
Braunlich, of this city. The regiment is bound for Hannibal, Mo., and will take
the field in northern Missouri to fight the guerrillas. They are armed with the
Austrian musket rifle.
'Served Him Right.'-The Moline Independent says that a fellow came into that
town the other day from Pleasant Valley, in that county, with a load of
potatoes, which he sold to a Mr. Gibson. While they were being unloaded, young
Roylston, formerly of Capt. Slaymaker's company, of this county, and who lost a
leg at Fort Donelson, passed by on crutches. The potato vender asked if he had
been to the war, and on being answered affirmatively, replied that it served him
right, he had no business to be there, for it was an unjust war. Mr. Gibson put
back the potatoes, seized a club, and ordered the fellow to leave, which he did
in the most rapid manner. Served him right; indeed, one can hardly be too severe
in his treatment of such brutes.
Fatal Stabbing Affray at Clinton.-After the Eighteenth regiment was paid off
last Sunday, a large number of them got pretty well intoxicated; and a good many
went to a house of ill-fame near Lyons, and raised a row there. Col. Edwards,
hearing of it, sent a squad to the house, here, during the melee that followed
their arrival, a man named Carson, a member of Capt. Clover's company, was
stabbed in the breast with a bayonet, by a member of Capt. Estle's company, and
died immediately. The Colonel had the house burned, and all the inmates
arrested. It is doubtful whether the stabbing was accidental or malicious, some
saying it was one, some the other. We are told he was stabbed three times in the
breast; if this be so, there can be no doubt of its willful character.
Capt. Heath.-We understand that this gentleman, reported killed was still living
at latest account, though his situation was regarded as hopeless.
War Risks.-The Mutual Life Insurance Co., of N. Y., grants war permits to policy
holders on the same terms now as in 1861, but war risks are not taken on the
lives of those who are not insured in the Company before entering the service.
W. F. Ross agent, Metropolitan building.
Married. By Eld. James Challen, on the 10th isn't., in Davenport, James J. Pool
to Miss Sarah M. Barbour.
Cattle.-A drover took through town yesterday morning a drove of cattle numbering
about 150. They came from Fayette county, and are being taken to Indiana to
Boy Drowned.-A son of Rev. C. P. Reynolds, aged 12 years, was drowned in Mud
Creek, near Wilton Junction on Friday afternoon. This is a small but treacherous
stream that laves a portion of this county.
Fell Overboard and Drowned.-We learn from the Muscatine Journal, that Johnny
Weaver, aged 12 years, on of DeHaven's Circus troupe fell overboard and was
drowned. His parents were on the boat at the time. They reside at Freeport, Ill.
The interior of our State is wide awake and enlisting is going on rapidly.
Johnson county will soon report eight companies full, Jasper four, Poweshiek
four, etc. Twenty five companies, we are assured by a citizen of Jasper, will be
reported next week from the 4th Congressional district.
Those Elephants.-A crowd of the curious was gathered around the ferry landing
Saturday morning to witness the departure of the elephants belonging to Mabie's
show. These monsters are very docile, readily and promptly obeying the voice of
their keeper as far as they can hear him. The male animal is thirty years old,
and weighs between eight and nine thousand pounds; the female is twenty-five and
weighs between four and five thousand.
Stabbing Affair.-A man named Cunningham, a member of Jo. Davenport's company,
was stabbed on Saturday afternoon by another man named Theodore Allen. They had
been quarreling when Cunningham slapped A. in the face, who was whittling at the
time. The latter at once suck the knife into the other's stomach, the blade
penetrating nearly an inch. Dr. Adler was summoned, who found the wound not very
dangerous. Allen was arrested, and taken to jail.
The 69th Illinois.-It is known that there are a number of Davenporters in the
above regiment, a three months' organization, raised to guard the prisoners at
Camp Douglas. Sergt. J. W. Matthews, one of the Davenporters, returned to town
yesterday morning for a few days. He reports our boys are all in good health,
and getting used to soldier life, as exhibited in guarding prisoners, which is
by no means easy business, as they occasionally shoot a man trying to escape,
and have to watch their wards very closely. Of those who escaped some time
ago-twenty-three in number-all but two or three have been retaken, two of them
coming back of their own accord. Most of the two regiments guarding
prisoners-the 67th and 69th will probably re-enlist. The Davenport boys are
anxious to come home and go into Iowa regiments. We are informed that they were
offered ten dollars bounty by the city of Chicago for enlisting in the three
months' men, but have not as yet seen the ten dollars, nor any other money.
Enthusiastic War Meeting
An immense crowd assembled on Saturday afternoon, from all parts of the county,
in front of the State Bank, for the purpose of giving expression to their
sentiments in the present crisis, and for a patriotic commingling to help along
the good cause, now uppermost in all hearts. The meeting was presided over by
his honor Mayor French.
Speeches were made by Messrs. Hiram Price, N. J. Rusch, D. S. True, Geo. H.
Parker, J. S. Stelbolt, James T. Lane, Geo E. Hubbell, T. C. Campbell, J. B.
Leake, and Littlefield. The speeches were all of the enthusiastic war stamp, for
a vigorous prosecution of the war till the rebellion was forever crushed.
Mr. Price was in favor of using all the means obtainable for the prosecution of
the war. He would use the services of all who offered, no matter who they were,
if only loyal. He had doubts of the loyalty of those men who continually talk of
the constitutional rights of our 'Southern brethren,'
And cry out at any attempt to hurt the rebels.
After Mr. Price's speech the meeting adjourned to the court house, where it
should have been called at first.
Hon. N. J. Rusch, in reply to a loud call for his name, said: "Yes, if you
go with a rush, that's what we want." Though born in a foreign land, he had
an interest here; this was the native land of his children, and he was
interested at least for them, and so were his countrymen. He told of his native
land, of the migration of his people to escape a tyranny to the land of the
free, which opened her doors and invited the oppressed of all nations to come
in, of their feelings of exultation on first beholding the western continent,
and of the generous welcome they received. Hence they could not but be deeply
interested in the perpetuity of the American nation. Speaking of the
Abolitionists, he said, 'Jeff Davis is a good an Abolitionist as Abe Lincoln; so
is Mahony as good a one as I, only with a slight variation: He wants to abolish
freedom; and I slavery. And I thank God for the variation.' He was in favor of
drafting, and wished there had been 900,000 called for, to sweep th!
e South like a prairie fire. He wanted a draft to make the 'Bawky horses' work,
and illustrated this point by a happy anecdote.
After music, Mr. D. S. True spoke. He did not rise to speak of the causes of the
present war, but to consider how to get out of it. We must either conquer or
yield. The South asked to be let alone, which was that the 10,000,000 in the
northern States of the Mississippi valley should yield the outlet and control of
that stream to the 2,000,000 in the Southern States in that valley. As long as
one regiment remains to us, they will have a lively time of it obtaining their
Mr. Parker then spoke. He was occasionally interrupted by some persons who
disagreed with him, but, nothing disturbed, he kept on and finished his remarks.
Mr. Stiebolt spoke in German.
Mr. Lane couldn't see why we couldn't speak of the Negro without bringing in
party. We have got to heed the Negro, for like Banquo's ghost, "he will not
down till slavery is abolished."
Mr. Hubbell said we, in this second revolution, were fighting now for the great
principle of the declaration of independence, "that all men are created
equal," the same as in the first revolution.
Mr. T. C. Campbell made a vigorous and thorough-going speech, full of fight,
hoping we would attend to England's case after we were done with our present
Mr. Leake said the time for talk was ended, and now action was wanted, and in
that view he was going into the business, and take a part in the contest.
Dr. Saunders, on behalf of the committee on resolutions announced that none had
been agreed on, and consequently none would be submitted to the meeting. This
was very distasteful to a large portion of the audience, who wanted to give a
strong expression of patriotic sentiment.
Mr. Littlefield spoke last, introducing a series of sentiments, as the basis of
resolutions, against guarding rebel property, in favor of arming negroes,
&c, all of which were heartily adopted. After this speech, the meeting
adjourned till next Tuesday evening at the same place.
The meeting we consider a decided success, notwithstanding the unfortunate
selection of time and place. It should have been called at the Court House, and
at an earlier hour, so as to allow country people time to go home after it was
over. The speakers were repeatedly applauded, especially all who urged a
vigorous prosecution of the war, careless how many of the enemy got hurt. We
hope for a good turn-out tomorrow night.
A Patriotic Delegation.-Saturday noon a delegation of citizens from Hickory and
Allen's Groves, in this county, came in to attend a war meeting. It consisted of
some fifteen wagon loads and a number on horseback. They were preceded by a drum
and fife. The first wagon was drawn by six horses. The stars and stripes waved
from two or three of the wagons. They drove direct to the Gazette office, where
they halted and gave three cheers for its editor. Wee acknowledged the
compliment of our friends, and re-echo the patriotic sentiment that prompted the
act. Not a pulsation of our heart but keeps time to the music of the Union.
The New Regiments.-We received the following dispatch from the Adjutant General
on Saturday evening:
Clinton, Aug. 9, 1862
Ed. Gazette: The eighteenth regiment will leave on Monday for Hannibal, Mo. The
twentieth is nearly filled. Where is Scott county with her squads?
N. B. Baker, A. G.
Scott county don't send squads, but full companies. They will be along soon.
Raid into Iowa.-The St. Louis special of the Chicago Tribune of Saturday says:
So many guerillas have crossed from the south to the north side of the Missouri
River, that a raid by 3,000 or 4,000 guerillas on Iowa is apprehended by the
authorities here. Our posts in southwest Missouri have been sufficiently
strengthened to resist any attacking force the rebels are likely to bring into
the field. It is reported that Springfield is being fortified.
The Daily Gazette
August 15, 1862
Another.-William C. Kennedy, of Muscatine, arrived in town last evening, in
custody, charged with discouraging enlistments.
200 Pieces of satinets, jeans and tweeds, 15 cases prints; 10 bales shirting,
stripes and denims; 6 bales red and grey twilled flannels; 10 cases bleached
shirtings, cotton flannels, white and colored drills; 2,000 dozen spool thread,
and a large stock of every description of dry goods and notions, for sale at
wholesale at less than eastern prices by Wadsworth.
Two More Men Caught.-A couple of men who came in on the Western train last
evening and undertook to leave for the East without passes, were arrested by the
U. S. Deputy Marshal and detained. They are required to give security for their
honest intentions or go to Camp McClellan. They were taken to the Pennsylvania
House and paroled till morning. Since the above was written we learn the victims
have concluded to enlist.
The Agony Over.-It will be seen by the proceedings of the Board of Supervisors,
that the bounty question is finally decided, Every man who enlists in this
county under either of the calls lately made by the President, will receive a
bounty of $75 if married and $50 if a single man. This, we think, removes all
doubt of the ability of the county to raise all the men required under both
Arrest of Mahony.-the telegraph informs us that that pestiferous chap known as
the traitor Mahony, of the Dubuque Herald, is at last in a fair way to receive
his deserts. Rid of such a drawback, we hope better things from Dubuque in the
way of enlistments. Justice is sometimes tardy, though always sure. If this is
not significant to the traitors in and about Dubuque, we hope the arresting
business will go on until that hole of treason is purged of its vile contents.
Election of Officers.-The company raised by Messrs. Thompson and Oliver, now at
Clinton, have elected the following officers.
Captain-M. L. Thompson, of Long Grove.
1st Lieut.-Harrison Oliver, of Davenport.
2d Lieut.-Robert Lytle, New Liberty.
Orderly Sergt.-John Connor, Allen's Grove.
2d Sergt.-A. J. Grace, Dixon.
3d Sergt.-W. Murray, Jersey Ridge.
4th Sergt.-Joseph Jacobs, Walnut Grove.
5th Sergt.-Warren Oliver, Davenport.
Corporals-E. Hummell, Thos. Wyney, ---Haile and ---Murray.
Prompt Action by the County.
A Bounty offered to every Volunteer.
Board of Supervisors.
The board of Supervisors assembled in special session at the Court House
yesterday afternoon for the purpose of taking action on the subject of bounties
Present.-Supervisors C. S. Ells, Davenport; Homer Carpenter, LeClaire; Phillip
Earhart, Pleasant Valley; T. K. Fluke, Davenport; A. M. Frost, Liberty; Daniel
Lyon, Liberty; H. G. Matthes, Davenport, J. C. Quinn, Winfield; D. B. Shaw,
Buffalo; Snyder, Allen's Grove.
Absent-J. Coleman, Rockingham; John Murray, Cleona; Giles M. Pinneo, Princeton;
James H. Ross, Hickory Grove.
An informal discussion occurred on the business for which the Board was called
together, Mr. Finke expressing his decided opposition to the bounty system,
believing that volunteers enough would have been raised without it. Other
members expressed themselves against paying bounties if it had not been
introduced elsewhere, thus compelling to offer these bounties in self-defense,
to prevent our county's men from going into the service elsewhere.
Mr. Saw offered the following:
Resolved, That so much of the resolution adopted by the members of the Board at
their meeting on the 31st of July, as limits the appropriation to volunteers to
twelve thousand dollars, be rescinded.
Resolved, That a bounty of $75 to married men, and $50 to single men, be
appropriated to all Scott county volunteers who shall be mustered into the
service of the United States under the recent calls of the Government for
600,000 men, and that said bounty shall be paid out agreeably to the regulations
established at said meeting on the 31st of July.
Mr. Frost wanted to know, for his own benefit and that of others who had
inquired of him, whether this bounty was to be given to all who enlisted in this
county, whether living its limits or not.
The chairman and other supervisors stated their belief that the bounty was for
all, whether resident or not.
The chairman and other supervisors stated their belief that the bounty was for
all, whether resident or not.
Messrs. Frost and Lyon advocated the resolutions. There were plenty of reasons
for it. They were satisfied of their necessity and beneficial effect.
Mr. Quinn said that he believed the resolution was based on a wrong principle;
but as other neighborhoods have done the same thing, he could not see how we
could avoid following their example and adopting the resolutions.
At Mr. Earhart's suggestion, citizens not members of the Board were requested to
address the Board.
In accordance with a request from the Board, Mr. G. S. C. Dow made a few
remarks. He agreed with Mr. Quinn, that the system of bounties was wrong; but
the President had never ordered a draft, and consequently the bounty inducement
was considered necessary, in order to raise the needed number of volunteers. He
was therefore in favor of the resolutions proposed, and believed that was the
sentiment of the people generally. The tax he would pay most cheerfully would be
the federal tax, and the tax to pay the bounty now proposed to be given. Mr. Dow
spoke of the difficulty that volunteers might encounter in regard to the bounty
money. The county could not raise the whole amount of money at present; but
county orders would be issued in small amounts of five dollars, which ought to
pass as well as most of the currency now afloat. He reiterated his belief that
the county would heartily approve the resolutions proposed.
Dr. Barrows was not opposed to granting the bounty from pecuniary reasons, but
he wanted a draft so as to reach all classes. He believed drafting would furnish
the best men. The Dr. thought we should pay nothing to persons from abroad and
enlisting in our county.
Mr. Frost was in favor of the bounty system at all times. We who stay at home
paying taxes were under any circumstances better off than those who accept the
bounty and go into the service.
The question was then taken by ayes and noes, and the resolutions unanimously
adopted. Mr. Fluke in voting said he voted aye, only because the policy had been
adopted here and elsewhere.
The Board then adjourned sine die.
The Militia Enrollment.-The following persons have been appointed to attend to
the enrollment of the militia of this county:
John W. Thompson, Commissioner.
James Thorington, Superintendent of Enrollment.
J. W. H. Baker, M.D., Medical Examiner.
The sheriff has made the following appointments of assistants to canvass the
county, who will immediately enter on their duties:
First Ward-C. S. Kauffman.
Second Ward-Francis Ochs.
Third Ward-M. D. Snyder.
Fourth Ward-James R. Johnson.
Fifth Ward-Wm. Burris.
Sixth Ward-J. M. Frizzell.
Outside the corporation:
North Davenport-C. S. Ells.
West Davenport-Francis Ochs.
East Davenport-Hiram Brown.
Blue Grass-G. W. Carter.
Pleasant Valley-S. Stacy.
Hickory Grove-D. W. Nutting.
Princeton-A. T. Mallory.
Buffalo-D. B. Shaw.
LeClaire-C. C. Applegate.
Allen's Grove-W. B. Stephens.
Liberty-R. S. Dickinson.
Refusing to answer the questions of the enrolling officer subjects the offender
to a fine of not less than twenty dollars, while the required information will
be obtained any way. So everybody had better tell at once all he knows about it.
Passes to Leave the State.-The Governor has authorized Mr. Chas. H. Eldridge,
our postmaster, to issue passes to loyal person, desiring to leave the State.
The recipient of one of these passes is required to swear that he is a loyal
citizen, and does not intend to leave the State to avoid drafting, and that if
he should be drafted he will take his place or furnish a substitute.
Trip to DeWitt.-It is so seldom the editor of a daily paper gets the opportunity
to shake the cobwebs from his brain, by throwing off the restraint of the tripod
and mingling freely with the people away from home for the space of an entire
day, that when such an event does occur he likes to chronicle it for the
instruction, if not the admonition of his readers. That we made a trip to DeWitt
in Clinton county, some twenty miles and returned home again all in one day, is
very evident to ourselves, and we hope to make it equally plain to our readers
before we get through. By dint of remarkable self-denial, aggravated by the fact
that we had set up with a member of the State Auditing Board, assisting him to
disentangle red tape, until 12 o'clock the preceding night, we managed to get
out of bed a few minutes before 5 o'clock, a feat we do not often accomplish. In
about thirty-three minutes and as many seconds we had bolted our victuals, and
seated behind one of Thompson's fine b!
uggy horses, were rattling along over the macadam at a 2:40 rate. Emerging on
the prairie we saw the sun rising in the direction of up the river. Rather an
unusual sight for us and on close observation could not perceive that he looked
any the less refreshed for getting up so early in the morning, but if anything
brighter than when with red, puffy face he hid behind some clouds the previous
evening; attributed altogether to the fact however that he went to bed so early
in the evening and didn't have to sit up with the Auditing Committee.
The morning was delightful and so was the road and so were the surroundings, and
pretty soon we began to feel so yourself. We looked over the many thousand of
acres around us, dotted here and there with the residences of the sturdy farmers
and fenced into fields, checkering the landscape with their productions, and
thought as we traveled on, that with the indorsement of so much real wealth,
Davenport like Richelieu would never know such word as "fail," but
under every circumstance must progress. Nature never made a country so beautiful
and productive, bearing in its bosom the elements of so much real wealth and
planted a sight so lovely and in all respects so favorable for a city as that
which Davenport occupies, in vain. Hard time may fall with heavy hand upon us,
fires may sweep away some of our most useful establishments and war call off
some of our best citizens, yet our city will survive and emerge from the ordeal
the better prepared to enter upon the great contest for !
place and position among the prominent cities of the West.
Reaching DeWitt within three hours from the time we left our own door, we
stopped at the Nolton House, an excellent hotel kept by Mr. Clark, a gentleman
who leaves no effort untried to render comfortable and perfectly since we had
last seen it, and now presents all the evidences of prosperity. The completion
of the railroad to that point has given it an impetus that will help it to
compete for position among the interior cities of our State.
At 2 o'clock the Republican Convention met at the Court House. The court room
was crowded. A more intelligent body of men, we presume, never met there,
certainly none more harmonious. Although the contest was between three
candidates, from as many counties, and wire-pulling was the order of the day,
yet mingling freely among all, not one unkind word did we hear uttered. And when
at last the result was announced and the question was put whether the nomination
should be unanimous, one general acclaim was the response. Mr. Price being
called upon, took the stand and for the space of half an hour spoke in his usual
felicitous style. He was followed by his friends, so recently his opponents,
Messrs. Butler and Smyth, who congratulated him upon his success, and while each
wished himself might have been the fortunate man, yet gracefully submitted to
the decision of the majority and avowed his determination to work until the day
of election to place the nominee in a position where he could and would do so
much for the interests of this district of Iowa.
Many of the delegates remained after the adjournment to attend the Judicial
Convention, to be held the following day. Staying to tea we left for home and
after a delightful ride of about two hours, entirely missed the refracted rays
of the friend we saw get out of his bed in the East so early in the morning, and
the balance of the way plodded on in darkness, just ahead of a big storm, which
broke in wind and rain-soon after we had gotten safely sheltered under the roof
that man is wont to call his own.
The Daily Gazette
August 16, 1862
War Meeting To-Night.-The adjourned war meeting will be held this evening at the
Court House at 7 1-2 o'clock. There should be a good attendance. Let us keep the
patriotic fire burning.
Dead Iowa Soldiers.-The following named soldiers died at St. Louis hospitals on
dates mentioned, viz:
Aug. 4-Absolom Wade, Co. E, 15th reg't.
Aug. 7-Edward H. Young, Co. B, 8th reg't.
Aug. 8-Geo. Howard, Co. A, 17th reg't.
Turning Them Back.-Officer Brown turned back some individuals yesterday at the
ferry-landing, who seemed over anxious to see how things were moving on further
East. They thought it rather hard to have their investigations interrupted so
summarily, but there was no help for it.
Letter from Dr. Maxwell.
Corinth, Miss., Aug 11, 1862.
Dear Sir: On the 10th, I visited and obtained the following facts.
2d Regt. Inf. I, V. in Camp near O. & C Mobile R. R.
Sick-Col. Baker, rheumatism.
Sick in hospital (in charge of Drs. Piles and Turner)-12
Sick at morning call-64.
Sick in quarters--2
Officers sick in quarters--2
Strength of rank and file--477
Strength of officers-31
Iowa soldiers in 6th division hospital, near Corinth are improving, although the
location of the institution is anything but good.-There is no shade to protect
our men from the dreadful hot sun-poor water and heavy clay soil.
11th, 13th, 15th, and 16th regiments are represented here.
August 1st, were sick---288
Up to date there have been discharged from service---13
No. returned to duty---68
No. of deaths---5-86
Total of remaining in hospital of Iowa men-152.
The hospital is not fortunately located-poor water-no shades-heavy clay soil,
and on a south slope, near to low lands. Quite a number of cases of scurvy-need
vegetables very much, a supply of which cannot be got at any price here. Good
butter is very much needed. Sickness is evidently on the increase, and is more
fatal. Friends at home should see that these veterans of many battles are not
left to die for want of articles so plenty and cheap with them. See to it.
A. S. Maxwell.
The Daily Gazette
Alfred Sanders, Editor
August 25, 1862
Another Company.-Messrs. John W. Van Hosen and B. Frank Smith have received
authority to raise a company for O'Connor's regiment, and have all the week to
recruit in.-We believe they can do it. There is the material, and they are the
right kind of men to bring it out.
Sudden Death.-We regret to hear of the death of the estimable wife of our
fellow-citizen, Joshua D. Patton, Esq. She died at their residence, seven miles
from this city, on Saturday morning, after a brief illness of only one or two
days. The body was brought in last evening. The funeral will take place at 1
o'clock to-day (Sunday), from Christian Chapel.
Capt. J. B. Leake and His Company.-Our worthy State Senator, Joseph B. Leake,
Esq., is now a Captain in the 20th Regiment. The Company which he took with him
last Monday morning elected him Captain, with Mr. Charles Altman for 1st
Lieutenant. Mr. Mark Matthews, also of Princeton, is the Orderly Sergeant. This
Company, with such officers, will be worthy representatives of Scott county in
the armies of the Republic.
Bold Burglary.-The office of Alling & Williams' lumber yard, corner of
Fourth and Harrison streets, was opened on Friday evening by some unknown
thieves, who pried open the door on Harrison street. They pulled the safe out
into the middle of the floor, turned it down on its back, and filled the lock
with powder, and then turned the safe over on its side and applied a slow match.
The explosion sounded like the firing of the cannon, and was heard throughout
the neighborhood, though the cause was of course unknown. The lock of the safe
was torn to atoms, and the door badly shattered around the room.-The burglars,
however, had their labor for nothing. There was no money in the safe; but they
seem to have scanned the other valuables very closely having taken the notes out
singly and examined them. Having got through with their labors, the thieves made
their way out unobserved. They were traced along Fourth street by the plaster
that adhered to their shoes. The burglars have not y!
et been caught, but it is thought they are known, and will be ferreted out.
A number of attempts at house-breaking have occurred lately in town, and the
existence of a gang of the fraternity engaged in that business is strongly
suspected. The house of Mr. Frahm, on Fourth street, opposite the Court House,
was entered a few nights ago, though nothing was taken except a few birds. Other
instances are reported of late, and our authorities, we hope, will be on the
look out for the perpetrators, and especially keep an eye on some vagrant gentry
about town, who don't do anything apparently for a living. A vagrant ordinance
wouldn't come amiss with such fellows, compelling them to give some account of
themselves.-Other cities have such a law, and it works well.
Mournful Accident.-Sudden Death of an Old Citizen.-Saturday, as Mr. Patrick
Courtenay, of this city was driving to LeClaire, when in Spencer's woods, going
down the big hill, he came to a place where the rain several weeks ago had
washed away a part of the road, leaving only a very narrow place for the passing
of teams. In driving across this narrow space, wagon and team were upset,
falling down the bank, about ten or fifteen feet perpendicular. Mr. Courtenay
immediately went to work to get his team out, assisted by Dr. Treat, of LeClaire,
and others. In doing this, while Mr. Courtenay was standing with his back to the
bank, which projected at the top, the earth above gave way, falling on him, and
killing him instantly. Dr. Treat was also seriously injured; having three of his
ribs broken, and shoulder hurt. Mr. Courtenay's body was brought home, and
Coroner Tomson held an inquest on Saturday evening. The jury returned a verdict
in accordance with these facts. Mr. Courtenay!
had been a citizen of this place for many years. In 1853 he was Marshal of
the city. Below we give the verdict of the jury:
State of Iowa, Scott County, Ss:
An Inquisition, holden at Davenport, in Scott county, on the 23rd day of August,
A. D., 1862, before J. J. Tomson, coroner of said county, upon the body of
Patrick Courtney, then lying dead by these jurors, whose names are hereunto
subscribed. The said jurors, whose names are hereunto subscribed. The said
jurors, upon their oath, do say that the said Patrick Courtney came to his
death, about 12 o'clock m., August 28d, 1862, by the falling of a bank of earth
upon the body of the deceased, in the township of LeClaire, while he was on the
main traveled river road form Davenport to LeClaire . The jurors do further find
that the road was in an impassable condition, and had been for weeks, in
consequence of which the deceased was killed , while trying to extricate his
horses from this impassable condition of the road. [Signed] Patrick McKinney,
Wm. F. Orendorff, Daniel Killion.~~~
Near Davenport, at 4 o'clock Saturday morning, after a brief illness, Mrs. Mary
Jane, wife of J. D. Patton, Esq. Aged 34 years and 8 months.
Funeral services at Christian Chapel to-day (Sunday) at 1 o'clock p.m.
At LeClaire, Aug. 18th, Nellie Burnham, daughter of Geo. H. and Carried E.
Kinney, aged 4 1/2 months.
Alone, through that long sad night we listened
For the sound of the pale boatman's oar;
Approaching, we saw his sails glisten
On his way from that mist-curtained shore.
At dawn, that pale boatman receded,
The sound of his oar died away.
Our Nellie he bore to the river, palm-shaded,
For angels to carry, with angels to stay.~~~~
Notice to Recruiting Officers and Claimants.
Disbursing Office, Davenport, Iowa, Aug. 21, 1862
1. In future, recruiting officers defraying expenses for recruiting, will be
required to take memorandum receipts and file them with their accounts as
2. No claims will be paid for expenses incurred in raising regiments until they
are mustered into service.~~H. B. Hendershott, Capt. 2d Art'y, Disbursing
The Daily Gazette
August 29, 1862
Regimental Roster Book.-The Legislature, at its last session, passed an act
requiring the Adjutant General to make a report, on the first day of
January next, of the doings of his office, which is to include, besides
proclamations and orders of the President, the Governor and the Federal and
State Adjutant Generals, the names, residence, nativity, &c of every officer
and private appointed or enlisted, with casualties, &c, happening to each,
thus making not only a complete history of the part our State has taken in the
war, but a condensed biography of every individual. Of this report, five
thousand copies are to be printed. The preparation of this report, in addition
to their other duties of course entails a large amount of work on the Adjutant
General and his assistants; but they have so systematized their work as to
greatly reduce their labor. The regimental roster book, which is to furnish the
material for the history of each regiment, is probably the best arranged
blank books that could have been got up for the purpose. It has columns
respectively for the number, name, age, place of enlistment or residence (town,
county and State), rank, date of order into quarters, of muster into service,
and of commission or warrant, promotion and date of the same, when, where and
why the individual leaves the service, nature, time and place of casualties, and
remarks. One of these large eight quire books is devoted to each regiment, and
will be its complete history. The work was planned by Messrs. Noyes and Guthrie,
of the Adjutant General's office, and reflects much credit on their business
tact and their appreciation of what is wanted by the people-a true history
of Iowa's part in the present war.
The Liables.-On the inside of to-day's paper will be found a very interesting
list to those concerned. It is supposed to include all the male citizens between
the ages of 18 and 45 in this township. Anybody who knows himself to be guilty
of being within the prescribed limits as to age, and finds his name not
published in this list, will of course make it his business to have it put
there, while he will also see that his neighbors have a fair show in the
lottery. The list embraces 3, 202 names, divided as follows:
Township outside of corporation---701.
These figures include a good many who have already enlisted in the army. The
first ward's figures astonish us. 690 is about twice as large as the biggest
vote ever cast in the ward. The numbers in the other wars compare as follows
with the vote for mayor last spring; Second, 98 more; Third 57 more; Fourth, 151
more; Fifth, 5 more; Sixth 71 more. The whole number in the township is 1,084
larger than was returned last spring; if the same advance holds good throughout
the county, the lists will reach 6,000.
New Ulm, Minn. Destroyed.
The Indian Troubles.
St. Paul, August 27.
Dispatches have been received this afternoon from Lieut. Gov. Donnelly and Col.
Sibley; their forces left St. Peters Tuesday.
It is reported Col. Flandreau was obliged to leave New Ulm on Monday. He lost
ten in the fight on Saturday. No doubt the town of New Ulm is entirely
Messages from Fort Abercrombie report Indians in that vicinity hostile. They
have murdered several. A stage coach was found on the bank of Red river; it is
supposed the driver was killed and horses stolen.
Indians in Iowa!
A Town Destroyed.
Emmett County Invaded.
The following dispatches were received yesterday by the Adjutant General:
Des Moines, August 28.
To Gov. Kirkwood:
Judge Jenkins has just sent to me for arms and assistance. He says Springfield
is destroyed by Indians; and that Emmett and Dickinson counties are in danger!
Can they have arms?~~ C. B. Richards.
A special train went to Iowa City last evening with Mr. Scott, of the
adjutant-general's office, as bearer of dispatches. It looks as if there were a
grand preconcerted league among the Indians, instigated by the rebels, to invade
the States and settlements in the Territories. More news form the border will be
looked for with anxiety.
Charging for Exempt Certificates.-The examining surgeon of Des Moines county
advertised in the Hawkeye that he will hear applications for certificates of
physical disability, but requires one dollar in advance from each applicant.
That chap is bound to make this office pay its way law or no law. His authority
to charge a dollar is as good as to charge a hundred and not any better. The
examinations are to be free of charge to the applicant , as we understand the
regulations. If the charge were lawful, it would not be objectionable perhaps,
but entirely illegal as it is, it is nothing but extortion.
From the Interior.-Col. Gifford received yesterday from the Amana Society,
Homestead, for hospital use, two crates and thirty barrels of vegetables. A few
days ago, Col. G. received from the same source nineteen barrels of vegetables,
and two crates and two barrels of dried fruit. The call for these articles is
being and will be responded to liberally from all quarters.
Public Meetings will be held as follows on the evenings of this week.
At Princeton, Wednesday 27th
At Buffalo, Thursday 28th
At Dixon, Friday 29th
At Davenport, Saturday 30th.
Adj. Gen. Baker and other good speakers will be in attendance at these meetings.
About the 23d of July, two knapsacks fastened together with the straps, both
well filled with clothing, &c. Also, one rifle musket, large in the bore,
wrapped in two blankets and an overcoat and bound with a rope. There is a small
paper lable (sic) on the outside blanket, with W. H. or William Spencer, Ft.
DesMoines, Iowa. One of the knapsacks has a lable (sic) of it fastened with a
small leather, on which is W. H. Spencer, Carlisle, Warren county, Iowa, and I
believe also, 10th Iowa Regiment, Co. B. Any person giving me information of the
same, or expressing them to Des Moines City, Iowa, will be amply rewarded. Said
articles were lost in Davenport.~~W. H. Spencer.
Taken up by John A. Guy, of Davenport township, Scott county, Iowa, on the 23d
day of July, 1862, an estray bull, described as follows: A red and white spotted
bull, two years old, neck and head red, white spot in forehead, short horns, and
a piece cut out of the under side of both ears-appraised at ten dollars before
C. G. Blood, Justice of the Peace.
The Daily Gazette
August 30, 1862
To Military Men.-Uniforms, Swords, Belts, Sashes, &c, furnished at short
notice by Erskine, Nickoll's Block.
Preaching At Camp McClellan.-Rev. Mr. Audus, of Bloomfield, Iowa, a Methodist
clergyman, who has recently joined the Second infantry, will preach at Camp
McClellan to-morrow afternoon at 4 o'clock.
Burglars.-Rock Island, like our own city, is just now a filed of operations for
a band of burglars. Several attempts at robbery have recently been made there,
in one case a Mr. Rusch was relieved of $25.
Re-opening of the Schools.-Next Monday morning, the schools in town, and
generally throughout the county, will open for the fall term. Teachers and
scholars have had a long vacation, enabling them to recuperate both in body and
in mind, so as to return with renewed vigor to their duties and studies.
Now is Your Chance.-Let Todd's be crowded to-day. It is the last day of grace.
On Monday he has to move, and to-day will sell his boots and shoes at
astonishingly low prices. As the war tax will advance the price of boots and
shoes after this date and he is to-day selling at a reduction on old prices, let
everyone who may want anything in his line be sure to call to-day without fail.
The Indians.-The Governor arrived in town at an early hour yesterday morning by
special train, and had a consultation with the Adjutant General. Measures were
immediately adopted to furnish the needed succor to the settlements threatened
by the Indians. The Governor left in the morning train for the West and will
proceed shortly to the Capital.
Temperance Regiment.-Three companies or parts of companies came down on the
James Means last evening bound for Muscatine, where they go into the 24th
regiment. They were mostly from Linn county, and were accompanied by a brass
Another company came in last night for the same regiment. They came in thirteen
wagons, with a band, and numbered one hundred men, commanded by Capt. Martin.
The whole party stopped at the Pennsylvania House. They leave this morning for
Muscatine on the down boat.
Last Day.-"Never or now" is the time to volunteer.
To-day is the 1st day for volunteering in regiments, either old or new, unless
perhaps it be in a nine month one, with small pay and no bounty. Then now is the
hour. Several thousand men are yet wanted to fill our several quotas, and to0day
only is left to do the work in. About eighteen or nineteen men of every thousand
of the population of the State from the liability of a draft, and only one day
for the work. Of course, however, every recruit taken in to-day is so much
The Second infantry has recruiting officers in this city from our companies, B.
and C; and the Second cavalry, in which we have also two companies, has a
recruiting officer here. A chance is thus offered of joining home companies,
where our friends and neighbors already are, or any other companies in those
Fighting a Constable.-Yesterday afternoon, Constable Teagarden disturbed a chap
who was lying on the boxes by Mr. Kuhnen' store, corner of Second and Main
streets, and requested him to go home, for which place he started in company
with an acquaintance. After going a few steps, the drunken man turned on his
companion, who was a small man, and commenced beating him with a club. Mr.
Teagarden hastened to the rescue, and the fellow turned on him, and being a very
large man, gave both of his antagonists trouble. Another Irishman who came along
attempted to help the drunken man, but help arriving the Constable arrested both
of them and took them to jail. Mr. Teagarden had his shirt torn off, and was
otherwise roughly handled; but Jesse was bound the fellow should go to jail, and
go he did.
Self-Mutilation.-Daily we hear of self-mutilation in different parts of the
country in order to escape the draft; the latest we have heard of is that of a
fellow who had all his teeth taken out. Only one case has come to our knowledge
in this vicinity, that of the man at Camp McClellan who cut off two of his
fingers a week or so ago. Are these men to escape service? They ought not. To be
sure, they are not fit for soldiers, indeed they are not fit to associate with
soldiers; but they should be made to suffer for their criminal folly. We would
put the into the service and set them at menial duty-Make them camp scavengers
or water carriers.
Twentieth Regiment.-The Twentieth regiment will quit Clinton to day at one
o'clock, and marched to this city by order of the Governor. They start with
three day's rations. They will probably reach her Monday evening. This will be a
novelty in this part of the country-a regiment marching to its place of
rendezvous-a distance of forty miles. The Twentieth will stay here a couple of
days probably, when our citizens will have an opportunity of seeing one of the
finest regiments that ever left Iowa-indeed we heard a cavalry officer say the
very best our State has yet turned out.