War Era Newspaper Items - 1862
by Elaine Rathmann,
The Daily Gazette
September 1, 1862
A Correspondent writing from Helena, Arkansas, says:
I was greatly surprised the other day by the declaration of a person with whom I
had been conversing in the post office of this place, when, in reply to a
suggestion of mine about his loyalty, he answered, "Why, my dear Sir, I am
a slave. I belong to Dr.____," I looked in his face, unable to believe my
own eyes. His complexion was whiter than my own; his eyes a blue gray; his hair
and features Caucasian; his language free from Negro dialect. I asked him again,
"Is it possible that you are a slave? Why don't you go North and claim the
privileges of a free man?" He answered, I have a wife and children, and I
don't want to go till I can take them with me. I have been allowed by my master
to enjoy a measure of freedom, and to possess a little property of my own. As
soon as I can realize something of this property I intend, while the opportunity
exists, to secure the freedom of myself and family."
Our conversation had commenced upon a written document which he had been showing
me, and which he could read as well a myself. When he left me I wondered greatly
that such a man, at least 40 years of age, evidently a gentleman and a
Christian, could be held a slave, and another white man be allowed to take his
wages for naught in a Christian community. And then I remembered that the modern
doctrine of the South, as taught by the Richmond Enquirer and other expounders
of the system, is that slavery is not based upon complexion or race, but that
capital should own labor, and the best condition of society is that in which the
entire laboring population are slaves. This is the doctrine on which the leaders
of this rebellion are striving to establish a Southern Confederacy, and
thousands of laboring men in the South are blindly led to give it their aid by
fighting against the Government of their fathers from mere sectional hatred and
When the rebellion shall be crushed and the South opened to free institutions
and a higher civilization, the people who will be most benefited by the change
are those who are now, by conscription and ignorance, arrayed in battle against
us. May God speed the day when their eyes shall be opened, and they shall be
able to discern between light and darkness!
Indian Troubles in Northern Iowa.
Des Moines, August 29.
We have nothing further from the reported Indian troubles in the northern part
of the State It is believed that the first reports were greatly exaggerated. The
following letter is all that can be reliably traced.
Estherville, Iowa, August 27.
C. B. Richards, Fort Dodge:
I write to inform you concerning the matters up this way. The whole settlement
up at Jackson have just arrived-frightened off by the Indians. The facts are
those: A Boy came in from the settlement to Jackson, wounded in the arm by a
bullet, quite badly. He stated that the Indians came to his father's house and
commenced killing hogs. He was frightened, and ran pursued by an Indian, who
fired upon and wounded him. He succeeded in eluding his pursuer, and is now
here. He heard firing after he left and thinks that his parents are murdered,
and the Jackson folks think the whole settlement above Belmont, numbering nearly
fifty persons, are murdered. I hope it will not prove as bad as that. That there
is bad work up there I have no doubt. Could you not raise a company and come to
our aid? I have been here five years, but this is the first alarming report I
have heard from the Indians. The people up this way have cried 'wolf' so often,
that now the wolf ha come in earnest, I fear !
people up your way will be slow in coming to our aid.
--Jenkins, Postmaster, Estherville, Iowa.
Gen. Baker has sent arms and ammunition from Davenport to Fort Dodge, to be used
Doctors Certificates.-Divers doctors, lawyers, etc., in town got their
certificates of disability yesterday, yet not one of them would refuse to be
regimental Surgeon or a Colonel if they had a chance. At this rate not a
thousand able bodied men will be left in Dubuque to stand the draft.-Dubuque
A gentleman informs us that so far as he can ascertain not a single member of
the legal profession at Dubuque has enlisted in the war. There is certainly no
class of community that can better be spared.
The Daily Gazette
September 2, 1862
Fire.-The alarm of fire last evening came from Metropolitan Hall. A smoke was
seen to come from under the stage, near the foot lights, just after opening the
hall, when only a few persons had assembled. A few buckets of water put out the
fire, before it had done any damage worth speaking of. It is supposed to have
originated from a leak in the gas pipe.
Female Compositors.-So many printers have volunteered in the service of their
country that there is a deficiency to supply the demand. Some offices are
beginning to employ females in that capacity. The Muscatine Journal has got one
printer of that gender and is intending to get more. As compositors, females are
quite equal to the males and we see no reason why they should not be even more
skillful in the use of their fingers. The only objection we ever heard to their
employment was, that they used their tongues rather freely.
County Bounty.-the first of the new soldier's bounty warrants were printed last
Saturday, and the press has been kept busy ever since working them off. A large
force has been employed for the last two days filling up the blanks and getting
them ready for issuing. An effort is being made to dispose of as many as
possible at par, and yesterday $3,000 were realized in this way. We would like
to see the whole $30,000 or thereabout taken, if possible. It is a duty we owe
the soldiers, and it is the most practicable way many can aid the cause,
especially those who from physical disability cannot enter the filed themselves.
Returned from Minnesota.-The families of Daniel Grace and Bennett Thompson, who
left Allen's Grove last spring for Minnesota, arrived in town yesterday on their
way to their old home. They had settled in Nicollet county, about twelve miles
from New Ulm and fifteen from St. Peter's. Before they left home, they heard the
Indians were only two miles off, plundering and massacring all in their families
to their former home. They had a large amount of stock on their on their farm.
After leaving, they met a man who had seen their place pretty well cleaned out.
Struck by Lightning.-The house on the corner of LeClaire and Ninth streets,
occupied by Mr. J. W. Stewart, was struck by lightning during the thunder shower
early Sunday morning. The lightning tore through the brick wall of the house,
and entered the sleeping room of Mr. Stewart about five feet from the head of
the bed, and tearing down the wall, struck the gas pipe, along which it went out
of the room. The plaster, at the place where the lightning entered, was
scattered all around the room, a mirror on the opposite side being shivered to
pieces, while the furniture and carpet were covered with the rubbish.
Fortunately no one was hurt, although Mr. and Mrs. Stewart and their two
children were in the room at the time. There was a lightning-rod on the house
with several points, the lightning striking the house about six feet from the
rod. No trace of the lightning could be found after it left the room, nor of its
leaving the house or entering the ground. The brick wall where i!
t entered the house, which is very thick, was torn away for several feet.
Altogether, it was a very singular freak of lightning.
Off For the camp!-Lieut. Col. Gifford left yesterday morning for our army at
Corinth. He takes with him a large and choice supply of hospital stores,
contributed from all parts of the country. He is accompanied by Hon. Homer S.
Finley Esq., whose experience in handling fruit and vegetables will be
invaluable. Mr. Theodore Holm goes along, also, on behalf of the German
benevolent association. The prospect is, all of them will have enough to do. The
confidence of the people in col. Gifford's doing the matter in good style, and
that the wants of our soldiers, under his management, will soon be relieved, ah
caused a great abundance of material to be offered by our farmers. Persons
desiring to correspond with him at this place in reference to the he business in
which he is engaged, will please direct their letters to Dr. Thos. J. Saunders,
who will take care that such information as is desired, shall be transmitted.
All goods from Davenport will be shipped by Mr. R. M. Prettyman, care of
Partridge & Co., St. Louis.
List of Names of Capt. Torrey's Company
Dolphus Torrey, Alphonso H. Brooks, Charles E. Squiers, George W. Thompson,
Rufus L. Blair, Thomas F. Allen, John L. Bell, Gabriel Shirringer, Seth Cumins,
Harrison Bird, Wm. H. Cook, Thomas Brockett, Jacob S. Surbey, M. Crawford Neely,
John C. Kinkead, Wm. T. McLaughlin, Isaac Patterson, William Parmelee, Stephen
Lorton, Charles Asher, Benj. F. Baughman, Jas. K. P. Baker, James Bishop, Thomas
J. Bradley, Sullivan Hutt, John William Howe, Samuel W. Jones, Jonathan Kirkner,
John W. Kimball, David Honse, Peter Lenmer, Samuel Lorton, Moses H. Miller, John
North, James H. Owens, Joseph N. Parker, Theodore Plummer, John Paul, Avery A.
Perry, Nathan A. Rambo, Augustus Reading, Peter Remine, David Ross, Aaron
Lambert, Andrew J. Lindsay, William A. Akely, Eraiza A. Bennett, Sylvester
Barber, William A. Carter, John B. Coons, Williwam M. Coles, Wm. E. Davis,
Harlan Durand, Amos Fenno, Fames Forber, LeClaire Fulton, Charles M. Golden,
Thomas Grant, Eli G. Gooden, Thomas M. Granfell, C!
harles H. Gardner, Eli S. Green, Jos. F. Heath, Charles Hawley, Edmund Lee Hunt,
Walter J. L. Hunt, Anderson S. Harding, Amos F. Hoops, Lames C. Hers, Luellen A.
Hawley, Samuel D. Risley, John E. Robeson, Madison M. Stuart, Frederick Seitz,
Phillip Schneider, Joseph E. Stewart, Geo. W. Slade, John R. Stratton, Isaac
Stathem, John A. Tisdale, John R. Williamson, Ira S. Wisner, Maxwell K. Walker,
Noice A. Wooden, William W. Warrick, William B. Williams, Alexander A. Watson,
Albert C. Van Epps, Wm. H. H. Van Epps, James Parmele, John W. Remine, Leonard
R. McCulloch, Gideon Nickols, George W. Alter, John W. Jennings.
On the 31st ult., at the Parsonage of M. E. Church, by the Rev. Landon Taylor,
Mr. Wm. J. Johnson and Miss Lizzie Bentley, all of this city
On the 1st inst., John Fearing, infant son of George W. Fearing Aged 6 months
and 9 days.
The funeral will take place to-morrow, (Tuesday) at Mr. Henry Randall, corner of
Six and LeClaire streets. The friends of the family are invited to attend.
The Daily Gazette
September 3, 1862
Death of a Soldier.-Dr. J. D. Hummer, of Co. C, 17th regiment, died in camp near
Jacinto, on the 17th ult. He enlisted as a private in the above company and was
afterwards appointed Ward Master, which position he held at the time of his
Iowa's Quotas Full.-It has been ascertained that the quota of Iowa troops, under
the two recent calls, is full. There is now, therefore, nothing required, but to
fill the old regiments, and this should be done as speedily as possible.
Lively Appearance.-The city presented an unusually lively appearance
yesterday.-People came in from all parts of the county to see their friends and
acquaintances among the soldiers, and the camp was crowded with them all day. In
the afternoon, music was obtained and dancing and general enjoyment ruled the
hour. Since the arrival of the regiment here, matrimony has carried off three or
four of the soldiers, and may do so with some more of them before the regiment
gets away. They will be here at least a day or two longer.
"Exemption."-From the crowds that gather around the office of our
friend J. W. Thompson, Esq., every day, our citizens must not confined to this
city; witness the following from the Burlington Hawkeye:--
"Go it ye Cripples."-So great was the crowd of unsound men at the
office of the examining surgeon, Saturday, that they came near breaking down the
building. The weight was so great and the business so lively that the plastering
gave way below and the floor came near to following it.
The Exempts.-Between three and four hundred persons have applied to Commissioner
Thompson for exemption from military duty. The mode of operation is as follows:
the application is made and signed by the applicant, and if for disability an
order is given for exemption by the surgeon. If not a citizen, the following
questions are asked under oath: Where were you born? When did you emigrate to
the United States? Where have you resided since? Have you ever voted, or
exercised the rights of citizenship? Have you ever been naturalized?
Lint Societies.-By reference to the Gazette of yesterday morning, the little
girls of our city will find a direct appeal made to them from the Surgeon
General of the United States, that they revive their lint societies and go to
work to pick lint for the poor wounded soldiers. Just to think, hundred and
thousands of soldiers, the brothers and fathers of little girls like yourselves,
now suffering anguish from their bleeding wounds, when a little lint might stop
the flow of blood and help to relieve their pain. Go to work little girls and
pick lint-it will all be needed, more than your industrious fingers can supply.
Roster of the Twentieth Regiment.
Colonel-Wm. McE. Dye
Lieut. Col. _______
Adjutant-Constant S. Lake
Quartermaster-Jasper H. Rice.
1st Asst. Surgeon -------
2nd Asst. Surgeon -------
Serg't. Major-Fred E. Starke.
Quartermaster Serg't-Patrick Gaffney.
Commissary Serg't-Joseph S. Lake
Hospital Steward-Lockwood J. Center.
Drum Major-John Delong.
Co. A-Captain Ellsworth N. Bates; 1st Lieut. Charles L. Drake, 2d Lieut. Joseph
Co. B-Captain, Edward Coulter, 1st Lieut. James M. Dennison, 2d Lieut. Daniel
Co. C-Captain, Mark L. Thompson, 1st Lieut. Harrison Oliver, 2d Lieut. Robert M.
Co. D-Captain, Dolphus Torrey, 1st Lieut. Alphonso H. Brooks, 2d Lieut. Charles
Co. E.-Captain, Chester Barney, 1st Lieut. John G. G. Cavendish, 2d Lieut.
Edward E. Davis.
Co. F-Captain, N. M. Hubbard, 1st Lieut. William Corbett, 2d Lieut. Monson M.
Co. G-Captain, Joseph B. Leake, 1st Lieut. Charles Altman, 2d Lieut. John B.
Co. H-Captain Rufus H. Lucore, 1st Lieut. Joseph J. Hollan, 2d Lieut. Wilson
Co. I-Captain, Charles C. Cook, 1st Lieut. James W. Carver.
Co. K-Captain, Sylvanus B. Byam, 1st Lieut. Elijah Stone, 2d Lieut. Elias
Cos. C, D, E, G,, and K are Scott county companies, and the rest are from Linn
The Daily Gazette
September 4, 1862
From the 2d Iowa Cavalry
Camp Near Rienza, Miss
August 26, 1862
Editor Gazette:--Cannot and will not our Provost marshal pass an order against
the selling of Liquors to soldiers? This evil is growing to be a serious one and
is leading to constant broils in the streets. One soldier of the 20th regiment,
had his head cut open at one of these dens on Front street, yesterday and turned
out into the street beastly drunk.
Yours &c, Citizen.
Painful Accident.-Mr. Jacob Litzen, of this city while driving a horse and buggy
down to the ferry-boat at Rock Island yesterday, was thrown from his buggy, and
his shoulder broken in three places, and his collar bone broken. He was brought
over and conveyed to his home on Third street, near Iowa, insensible. Dr.
Olshausen attended him and dressed his wounds. The accident caused by the horse
taking fright at some bales of wool on the levee, and starting upsetting the
buggy, which fell on top of Mr. Litzen. He has a large family, to whom this
accident is a serious blow.
Friend Sanders:--I wrote you hastily last night of yesterday's proceeding, and
to-night give you to-days. The regiments started out at daylight this morning,
taking different roads; the Iowa 2d took the Kossuth road and penetrated some
ten miles beyond Kossuth, twenty miles from camp, but found no foe.
The 7th Kansas, on a different road were fired on from an ambush and had five
killed and several wounded. They sent to the 2d Iowa, some five miles distant,
and they came at the top of their speed, but could find nary secesh.
Last night in a house near the guerrillas arms were found, and that house soon
became an ash heap. To-day one near this bloody scene met a similar fate. Does
any of your Iowa Vallandigham candidates think this too cruel, to our
"Southern brethren?" What say Augustus Caesar Dodge, Jones, Thayer,
&c? If you don't like it gentlemen, please step down this way, head the
column of the 2d Iowa cavalry through Mississippi jungles, and as your
"southern brethren extend their greeting, advocate to them your "peace
policy." I might extend to you that invitation gentlemen, personally, but
in behalf of the 2d cavalry, ask pardon, they prize their reputation too high,
to be caught in such company, even in Mississippi swamps.
I think what our country needs at this time is a regiment of Butlers, make them
all major Generals, and if some of them have their headquarters in cities not
far from even Iowa, some might get their just deserts.
There will probably be some work done in this country this fall, probably some
thrashing done on a larger scale and with larger machines than are used in Iowa,
though our State has a life interest in the massive one improvised for this
I am not a "Major General," and have not yet determined that I ever
will be. But if I were, there are some thing I wouldn't do and yet again there
are some things I would do. And to keep from getting things mixed I'd do one
thing first, and that would be this. As we swept onward in our march, I would
say to every man between fifteen and sixty, we are Union men, we are living for
the Union, we are fighting for the Union, and if necessary we will die for the
Union. If you are a good Union man, here is a musket; join the hosts of freedom,
fight for yourself, for your suffering family, for your country and your God. If
he chose the "starry emblem" for his banner, we would greet him as a
brother, and believe him a union man. Did he demur, I would say, we know no
neutral ground, flee quickly to your master's domains, and share the fate of the
traitor crew. But lest I say something harsh, I'll adjourn sine die.~~Diff.
The 16th of Iowa Regiment on Duty
The following is an extract from a private letter received from an officer in
the 16th Iowa regiment, now near Bolivar, Tenn., dated August 31st.-
The 16th were ordered out Friday afternoon to get ready with three days rations
and all their teams, to march to Summersville, about twenty-four miles distant.
In a couple of hours they started under command of Col. Chambers, with about
fifty cavalry and a howitzer. The camp guard, and fatigue and guard details out
of camp were left. The regiment returned at 1 o'clock Tuesday morning. Pretty
well tired out. They had marched over thirty miles on Monday, the weather hot
and the roads rough and dusty. They brought with them one hundred and
twenty-nine contrabands, including a few women and children. Also, some horses
and mules, and twenty four bales of cotton. This was a pretty successful
expedition, and the only expedition sent out from this brigade recently. They
met no guerillas, but several thousand rebels were reported within a short
distance of the 16th.
Of course no Negro was taken against his will, none known to belong to Union
men. They would come. They came to Headquarters, and begged to be taken. On the
return, they were waiting at the fence corners with their bundles. The boys
halloed "come on," and they came kicking up their heels like freed
horses. The women and children piled into the wagons without asking anybody. One
old fellow was asked how he could leave his wife and children. He replied that
he had to leave them to go either South to be sold or North to be free, and he
preferred the latter. He said he would die before he would return to slavery,
and so would plenty of others. The owner of several of the women followed them
to Bolivar. He was told that his slave could return with him if they wanted to,
but could not be forced away. He went to them and begged and reasoned-tried
everything in the way of bribes and good promises, and aid if they did not
return they would be sent to jail. They refused to go most emphatically, sassed
him scandalously, and declared their perfect readiness to go to jail, and there
they did go temporarily.
The Daily Gazette
Alfred Sanders, Editor
September, 8, 1862
To the Readers of the Gazette
On the 26th of August, 1841, I established the Davenport Gazette; to-day my
connection with it ceases. For twenty-one consecutive years I have published it
without the omission of a single number. It is now of age, and I part with it
much as a father bids adieu to an only son, as he send him forth at manhood to
battle with the world, or to engage in the nation's strife. A generation has
passed away since as a small weekly sheet, located in a sparsely settled portion
of the country, in a little town of some five hundred inhabitants, the Gazette
was first issued. Who can estimate the influence for good or evil it has exerted
in all that time? Working ever for what in my in my judgment I considered the
real interests of the people with whom I had identified myself, and for the
maintenance of the principles that I thought best calculated to promote the
prosperity of the county, I cannot but flatter myself its influence has been for
In severing my connection with the Gazette it is with mingled feeling so
pleasure and regret. I am happy in being rid of the constant labor and
embarrassment of conducting alone an establishment that should require the
concerted and indefatigable efforts of at least two active men. For the past
year I have felt the responsibility of my situation and as though I was not
doing full justice either to myself or to my readers in assuming so much labor,
yet could see no method by which to evade it other than to dispose of the entire
establishment, and this I did on the 1st inst. I regret parting with so many
kind friends, some of whom have stood by me during the whole term of my
editorial labors, but have the reflection that I shall still remain among them.
I leave the Gazette in a prosperous condition, permanently established and
exercising an influence second to none in the State. My successors are gentlemen
well known as citizens of this place-the principal one of whom is also an Old
Settler. It was my object in selling the office to continue it in the hands of
my fellow-citizens, and I disposed of it to them at a lower rate than I could
have been induced to sell it to strangers. Its principles will be unchanged and
I doubt not such improvements will be made in the paper as will cause its many
readers to be perfectly satisfied with its future control.
It has been my aim, which in the long series of years I have never once departed
from, to make the Gazette more of a local than general newspaper. First in
importance, I have ever esteemed it my duty to urge the claims of the town in
which the paper was located, with the view to induce immigration and build it up
as the metropolitan city of the State. Next the county, then the State and
finally the country at large came in for consideration. Contracting my sphere,
under the conviction I could accomplish the more, I have labored assiduously to
make the Gazette the exponent peculiarly of this portion of our State, and I am
satisfied that it has been largely instrumental in inducing the immigration of
the more intelligent class of citizens.
My duty to party has been discharged from principle, and if in the heat of
discussion with my opponents I have inflicted unnecessary pain, let it be
attributed to zeal and not to depravity, as I bear ill will to no man. But I
leave the acts and influences of the paper to speak for themselves, trusting and
believing its future usefulness will not be impaired by the change now made.
To my many readers for whom I have so long catered, I wish long life, prosperity
and happiness; to my cotemporaries who still plod on in the laborious path of
newspaper publication, I tender my sympathy, and with all ardently hope that the
clouds which now loom so murkily upon our Southern horizon may soon be dispelled
and peace and prosperity again rest upon our country.
Wonderful.-The New York Evening Post tells a large story of the freaks of
lightning in France. A young girl was struck by lightning and changed to a boy.
The very thing wanted in this vicinity. Our women are anxious to enlist, but
under existing circumstances the Government will not receive them. Pass that
lightning round, and let's have the objection removed.
A White Contraband.-Among the "contrabands" was found one white man
sixty-three years old, of pure Anglo-Saxon blood, without any African taint, who
has been a slave for sixty-three years. Reared in the slave-pens of Virginia,
doubtless the child of misfortune, but thought to be more valuable for the
"shambles" than to "strangle," he has been herded with the
negroes, compelled to live a lie for more than three-score years. What a field
of anguish is open to the imagination? We immediately dispatched him north on
the overground railroad to Governor Morton of Indiana, to show what are the
specimens of the system that now defies the Government.-Cor. Cin. Com.
More Indian Troubles in Minnesota.
St. Paul, Sept. 5.
The Indians attacked Forest city on the 3d, and were repulsed. Capt. Strout
writes to the Adjutant General from Hutchinson, 3d, they were attacked by 150
Indians. The fight lasted two hours and a half, when the Indians gave way. Our
loss was 3 killed and 15 wounded. Capt. Strout also says the Indians had
excellent guns, and were dressed partly in citizens dress, and rode fine horses.
He thinks the difficulty in that vicinity will be very serious.
The Daily Gazette
September 9, 1862
Sheep coming Into Iowa.-A drove of a thousand head of sheep passed through town
yesterday morning, on their way to that great centre of sheep growing in Iowa-Poweshiek
county. We learn that 1, 500 more are coming this week. They are all from
Not the Man.-It having been reported in Der Demokrat that a citizen who had once
walked to Pike's Peak and back had claimed and obtained exemption from military
duty on account of physical inability. Mr. Henry Tilden, who did walk to Pike's
Peak and home again, was at once fixed upon by a circle of indignant
acquaintances as "the man". Mr. Tilden resides a short distance from
the city, is a subscriber to the Daily Gazette, which he receives on the morning
of its issue through the kindness of a friend on the M. & M. R. R. Failing
for two days to receive his usual supply of news, Mr. T. came to town yesterday
to inquire the cause. Imagine his surprise when he learned that he was tabooed
as a "sneak," and that his carrier friend positively refused to do
aught for one who would try to dodge the draft.
The following note from commissioner Thompson's clerk completely exonerates Mr.
Tilden, and restores to him all the privileges of honest and patriotic
citizenship; the perusal of the Gazette of course included:
Henry Tilden has not made application to have his name stricken from the rolls
or any account whatever, nor has he been in the office to my knowledge before
this time, when he asked for this statement of facts.~~
A. J. Smith, Clerk.
Davenport, Sept. 8, 1862.
Prepare for the Fair.-There is little danger that any of our readers will fail
to remember that the Scott County Agricultural Fair commences its exhibition on
the 22d Inst., nor that there will be crowds of people in attendance from
neighboring counties in Iowa and from the contiguous region of Illinois, all
anxious to see some evidence of the boasted skill and enterprise of Scott county
farmers. There is danger, however, that very many will forget that whether the
fair does credit to or reflects disgrace upon our agriculturists depends upon
the individual efforts of those who are most deeply interested in having a
successful exhibition-upon the farmers, and upon the farmers' wives, and sons,
and daughters, those who till the soil and ply willing fingers at home, and who
know well how to exhibit the products of filed, and garden, and dairy. If our
readers want a good fair they must work for it. Let every citizen of Scott
county, whether a resident of country or town, see wha!
t can be found on the farm, in the shop, office or home which can be sent to the
fair to increase its interest and variety.
At LeClaire on Sunday, the 7th inst., at the residence of the bride's mother, by
Ambrose Shirley, Esq., H. H. King, U.S.A. to Maria L. Marks.
By Rev. D. H. Paul, on the 13th ult., at the residence of the bride's father, in
Winfield Twp., Mr. Henry C. Highley, and Miss Emily Goodwin, all of this county.
September 5, Elizabeth Lucy; daughter of Francis H. and Mary Fitzpatrick, aged
ten months and twenty-one days.
Montreal papers please copy.
Military Exemption for Friends or Quakers
It will be observed that numbers of petitions have been presented to our
Legislature from members of the Society of Friends, asking exemption from
military duty, on the ground that they cannot conscientiously engage in warfare.
From the beginning, this highly respectable, and in some portions of our country
numerous body of Christians, has held a consistent testimony against wars and
fightings. In no instance that we are aware of, has there ever been any swerving
from this if a single congregation in Philadelphia is excepted. During our
revolutionary contest, a small fraction of the body in that city took the ground
that defensive warfare was admissible, acted accordingly, and always after were
denied association by the original society. In holding to their views, the
Friends have borne contumely, have often been rudely despoiled of their
property, and have endured patiently the burdens imposed, never failing in any
other instance to come fully up to their requirements a citizens, and always
manifesting an intense love for Republican institutions, and a willingness to
sacrifice almost everything except the cherished principle of non-resistance.
State laws, where they exist in large numbers, have g!
enerally been so framed of latter years, as to afford them relief from military
duty, and the desires of an earnest and God-fearing people have been gratified.
From the general respect which they inspire in all their intercourse with the
rest of the world, and from their elevated moral and religious character, the
sympathy of their fellow men has been secured, and a cordial acquiescence has
been awarded to the exemption of the Quaker from the absolute bearing of arms.
Indeed, it is universally conceded that he of the broad brim and drab clothing,
would, in a regiment, be an anomaly, not to be reconciled.
In putting down this rebellion it is a remarkable fact, that in Pennsylvania and
New Jersey, where the Friends congregate in the greatest numbers, measures for
the relief of the suffering soldiers appear to have an intensity of which hardly
any other portion of our Union can boast. We believe there is a more unreserved
yielding up of private resources for the welfare of the soldiers in Philadelphia
and its vicinity than any other part of our country-a great deal of that
unostentatious kind of work which is based upon the principle of not letting the
left hand know what the right hand doeth-and this, we as honestly believe, comes
from the Quaker leaven so freely interspersed through the community, always
quick to recognize the call of the suffering, and ever ready to bind up the
broken heart. Young men occasionally unfetter themselves and step into the
ranks, in obedience to what they consider their country's call. Sorrowfully
their seniors look after them, their career is e!
arnestly and prayerfully watched, but reproach (it cannot fail to have
been noticed in this contest) scarcely, if ever, reaches the end of the tongue.
Solemn words of advice, as to consistent moral conduct, have been uttered in our
hearing, to such as have enlisted, by counselors from whom reproof would have
come likewise had reproof been in the heart. The language was full to
overflowing with tenderness, such only as Friends inspired by the deepest
emotion can use: but, but-there is ceased. The wanderers from the fold evidently
were not cast-aways; and for this state of feeling, the reader, probably can
find a reason.
There are a number o Friends in Iowa. In Cedar, in Henry, in Marshall and in
Muscatine counties, quite large congregations. We cannot help entertaining the
hope that their petitions to the Legislature will meet with favorable
consideration. As a people forced into the ranks, they cannot fight. In the army
as men, voluntarily there, none would do the work better, for whatever they
perform, as a general rule, is done strictly from a sense of duty. They are no
eleventh-hour men in the enunciations of their views-not they. From the
organization of the society down to the present moment, their utterances as to
engaging in war have been the same. Let favorable and considerate legislation in
their behalf obtain also in Iowa.
There is a rebellion among the English Quakers. The youthful fair of the sect
have banded together in opposition to the poke bonnet and scant skirt. Crinoline
of moderate periphery now surrounds their frames, and flowers and ribbons are
invading precincts of the drab. The elders are moved to lamentations, and,
through their organ, "The British Friend," urge plaintive
remonstrances. The young men among them are also exciting consternation by
joining rifle corps.
The Attack on Fort Donelson
Iowa has a life interesting Fort Donelson, won by the gallant charge of the
Second Regiment and the scarcely less eminent bravery of the Seventh, and
Fourteenth, at the attack which subjugated that Tennessee rebel stronghold to
Federal authority. Our readers will therefore be especially interested in the
following extract from a letter written to the Cincinnati Commercial, by a. L.
McKinney, Chaplain of the 71st Ohio, in which he recounts how the rebels sought
to recapture the fort-but did'nt (sic) quite do it.
The Federal force at the fort was 155 men in all, of the 71st Ohio, and these
were surprised on the 25th ult., by a summons to surrender by a force of 750
rebels under Col. Woodward, who had succeeded in getting a few of his men
within the Federal lines by a skillful ruse, capturing eight of the pickets and
with one field piece appeared in front of our unprepared forces. The letter
The first warning we had of their approach was their appearance in force not to
exceed half a mile from our camp. The 'long roll' sounded, and the men were in
line in a few moments. A flag of truce was sent in by the rebels, and a
surrender demanded. Major J. H. Hart commanding our forces, said that they
should have a reply in thirty minutes. The commissioned officers were then
called into headquarters, and the question put: Shall we surrender? The
unanimous and firm reply was, 'No!' 'We fight.' This reply was made known to
Lieut. Col. Martin, the bearer of the flag of truce, who returned to the rebel
lines. In less than ten minutes another flag was sent in , accompanied by Col.
Woodward, who again demanded the surrender of the fort, offering the most
honorable terms (?) and protesting his reluctance to hurt us. On being asked by
Major Hart if we might have the privilege of verifying his statements as to the
strength of his forces, he very promptly and politely answered 'ye!
s.' Capt. McConnell was accordingly deputed to pass along his lines and
ascertain the facts and report; twenty minutes being given to make the
'reconnaissance.' The Captain, after as thorough examination as time would
permit, reported that the enemy, in his opinion, did not number of 400 or
possibly 500, and one small cannon, (which was captured from our boys at
Clarksville) and that we could whip them. Col. Woodward, however informed him
that he had part of his forces posted south of our camp, but that the twenty
minutes were nearly up; hence no time was left to ascertain the fact. The rebel
regimental flag was partially concealed form our view, and as we supposed it
would be employed as a signal by them, we sent a flag of truce demanding
that their colors be placed where they could be plainly seen by us. They
complied and planted them in full view. We tied our flagstaff to the forward
wheels of a howitzer resolved not to strike it without a desperate struggle. At
ree o'clock P. M. the rebel cavalry raised the yell and charged in fine style
down the hill, lying east of our entrenchments into the ravine and up the hill,
and a portion of them up Main street, north of our position, which brought them
in range of our musketry, when a terrible fire was opened on them by our boys,
unhorsing a number, killing and wounding a number of horses and men. It was
during this heavy musketry that col. Woodward's horse fell dead under him,
struck by three bullets. The chivalrous colonel did some fine crawling for about
twenty feet to escape the shot directed toward him. A bullet broke the skin
slightly on the side of his head. Notwithstanding their leader was down, on
dashed those of the charging column yet in their saddles till they reached
Spring street when they wheeled to the left at right angles still coming at a
furious speed and receiving our fire at every opening between the houses till
they reached College street, down which they essayed to m!
ake a charge directly upon our earthworks, but the second platoon of company B,
Capt. McConnell's, poured into them such a galling fire, that they were again
repulsed and scattered in the wildest confusion. I saw more than a score of
riderless horses careering over the hills and through the ravines."
"from the time the enemy made the attack till he was repulsed and entirely
driven off, was about one hour, thought the sharp firing did not continue more
than thirty minutes. The rebel loss from all that we can gather, as information
is constantly coming in, will not fall short of thirty killed and wounded. We
took no prisoners as it was imprudent for any of our troops to leave the earth
works, as our force was too small. Not a man among us was hurt. This is
accounted for in the security of our entrenchment."
Work having been sent to Fort Henry for re-inforcements (sic), Col. Lorre, of
the 5th Iowa cavalry arrived at Donelson the next morning with 130 men, started
in pursuit of the enemy, overtook him at Cumberland Iron Works a distance of
seven miles, attacked them in strong position, charged a battery and drove the
rebels from their cannon and rendered it useless before retiring. After waiting
a renewal of the fight for an hour, Col. Lorre retired, having lost fifteen or
twenty men killed and wounded.
The Daily Gazette
September 12, 1862
Another Company came down on the steamer Denmark yesterday. They are from Jones
county, and number 102 good looking, able-bodied men. We understand their
average weight is 160 lbs. Capt. Austin is their commander. They are the sixth
company for the 31st regiment, which will probably be mustered in this week.
The Change in the Gazette
The Muscatine "Courier" noticing the change in the management of the
"Gazette" says: We judge from the first issue under the new
arrangement, that the "Gazette" has fallen into hands able to maintain
its present standing.
Davenport Gazette.-Alfred Sanders, the founder of this paper, gives notice that
he has disposed of it, and takes leave of his readers, in its issue of the 8th.
The "Gazette" was first published on the 26th day of August, 1841, and
has been published by Mr. Sanders just twenty-one years. We judge he is the
senior editor and publisher in the State. In parting with one so long connected
with the press of Iowa, we must be permitted to express our earnest wishes that
prosperity, to his heart's content, may attend him in his future
Changed Hands.-The Davenport "Gazette" has changed hands, Mr. Alfred
Sanders, its founder, having retired from editorial cares. He is one of the
oldest editors in the State, having started the "Gazette" twenty-one
years ago, and has, as he expresses it in his valedictory, "seen it arrive
to full age." We wish him abundant success in whatever he may undertake in
the future. The new firm, called the Gazette Co., is composed of James McCosh,
Edward Russell, Fred Koops, and Levi Davis. They are all old, well-known
citizens of Davenport, and will with Ed. Russell for Editor, fully sustain the
reputation the paper has heretofore enjoyed, of being one of the best dailies in
the State. May you have plenty of "fat takes," gentlemen.-Muscatine
Found Drowned.-From a private letter, received in this city from Port Louisa,
fifteen miles below Muscatine, we learn that on Sunday last some boys discovered
the dead body of a soldier lying on a sand bank in the river about a mile above
the Port. The boys went to town and told of it, when a number of citizens went
out and brought in the body, when an inquest was held. There were on his person
four likenesses, one of a girl and three of men; $5.10 in money, a note for $25,
a canteen, an old comb and a tompion*. The body was decently interred. The
people at Port Louisa supposed the deceased was a member of the Twentieth
regiment, which passed down a day or two before. The Captain of the
Metropolitan, however, denies that any one fell overboard during the trip. Some
of the employees on the boat, however, say that two men fell into the river, one
of whom was drowned. We will know positively in a few days.
Since the above was written, we have received the Muscatine Journal, which says
the deceased was slender built, five feet three inches high, heavy sandy beard
and hair. On his canteen was marked 'J. Bonnets.' The note of hand was signed J.
W.. Duvlin, and was partly obliterated. These effects are in the possession of
Justice Wm. Kennedy, at Port Louisa.
Pastors of Churches Exempt from Draft
Executive Office, Iowa, Iowa City, September 11, 1862
Editor Gazette:--The following has just been received by Gov. Kirkwood from the
War Department, which will relieve the class referred to.
N. H. Brainerd, Mil. Sec'y
Every Minister who has pastoral charge of a church or congregation, shall be
exempt from draft for military services.
By order of the Secretary of War
C. P. Buckingham, Brig. Gen. And A. A. G.
*(From Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary--tompion, aka tampion: obsolete
old French, ca 1625--a wooden plug or a metal or canvas cover for the muzzle of
The Daily Gazette
September 17, 1862
The 21st on the Way.-The Henry Clay was at Dubuque yesterday morning taking on
the 21st Iowa Infantry, Col. Merrill. They will be at the levee early this
Personal.-Col. Wood, of the Iowa Twelfth, arrived in town yesterday morning, and
put up at the LeClaire House. The Colonel has recovered form wounds received at
Shiloh, where he was taken prisoner, but subsequently released by Beauregard,
who had in vain endeavored to "pump" him about our army. The Colonel,
we understand, is to drill one of the new regiments either here or at Muscatine.
Pastor or M. E. Church.-Rev. Mr. Trusdale, chaplain of the famous Second Iowa
Cavalry, has been appointment by the Iowa Conference, now in session at
McGregor, to the pastorship of the Methodist church in this city, corner of
Brady and Fifth streets. Mr. Trusdale has noble performed his duty as chaplain,
and his regiment will regret much to part with him.
Sixth Cavalry.-Col. Galligan has taken a store-room in Forrest's block, and
opened a recruiting office there for the newest cavalry regiment of the
State-the Sixth. This regiment will very probably be called upon to do frontier
service, and it ought to be filled up rapidly. Now is the time to get into a
cavalry regiment, and into a battalion, to rendezvous here. Call in and see Col.
Galligan and Lieut. Kilbourn at the upper store-room in Forrests' block.
Serious Accident.-A boy, about four years old, son of Mr. T. J. Dodds, of
LeClaire, while playing with some other children, was severely injured by a
heavy log rolling over him, it is thought crushing two of his ribs, and bruising
his face. It was with difficulty the log, which was over a foot in diameter, was
removed. The little fellow was taken home, and was attended by Dr. Gamble. He is
not thought to be dangerously hurt.
Returned.-Mr. A. F. Stonebraker, of company B, 2d infantry, arrived here
yesterday morning on his way home. Mr. S. has been discharged on account of
injuries received in the service. Mr. S. left Corinth last Wednesday. The Second
regiment is now at Corinth, Rienzi having been evacuated. The Second cavalry is
also there, and, in fact, there is a general falling back of our troops on
Corinth. Price is reported advancing with 60,000 men, many of whom, however, are
unarmed, but Price is furnishing the arms as fast as he can jayhawk them.
Corinth itself is in danger of attack, and it is not impossible that place will
be abandoned on the approach of the enemy, if reinforcements do not arrive.
Indian Troubles in Minnesota.-Our esteemed fellow-citizen G. L. Davenport, Esq.,
returned home from Minnesota yesterday morning, having left St. Paul last Friday
evening. Our readers are aware that the object of Mr. Davenport's visit was to
examine into the nature of the Indian troubles in Minnesota, and if possible,
arrange for their settlement. The long and intimate acquaintance of Mr. D. with
the character and habits of the Indian would have enabled him to be of great
service in effecting a reconciliation had such a result been possible. Leaving
our city with the supposition that the whole difficulty had originated between
some quarrelsome band of Indians and some swindling or at least incautious
whites, Mr. Davenport felt quite sanguine of success. The result has blasted all
his expectations. Instead of a small band being the aggressors, he found whole
tribes engaged in the fearful work of destruction. The Sioux being the
originators of the attack, and ostensibly the only tribe at war, there is little
reason to doubt that their number has been greatly swelled by the braves of the
Chippewas and Winnebagoes. At least six hundred whites have perished in the
massacres at Fort Ridgely, New Ulm, and neighboring settlements, while about two
hundred women and children are held as prisoners by the Sioux. There can now be
no doubt that the war inaugurated will, and must, be one of extermination or
expatriation. The people of Minnesota are insisting with united voice that the
entire State be cleared from the presence of Indians, friendly or otherwise. In
the special session of the Legislature it was proposed to erect block-houses and
stockades along the whole Indian frontier, at intervals of ten miles each to be
occupied by fifty armed men, and keep the intervening space patrolled by
cavalry. It is probable that this will be done; at any rate, the authorities are
determined to secure the State from further ravages. Gov. Ramsey has about 4,000
men enrolled, and will soon have them equipped for the war. Large quantities of
ammunition have arrived at St. Paul from Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio. The
details of the sufferings of the people driven from their homes are horrifying.
Mr. Davenport thinks there is even reason to fear serious difficulty next winter
on our border; and certainly his opinion is entitled to attentive consideration
by our State Executive. We are indebted to Mr. D. for Minnesota papers from
which we will give extracts hereafter.
The Daily Gazette
September 18, 1862
The Girls at Work.-The following note explains itself, and shows how much the
juveniles can do when they try:
Princeton, Scott Co., Iowa
Mr. Eldridge, P. M., Davenport: Sir: We send one small box of lint and bandages
gotten up by four small girls of this town. Their names are as follows: Mary M.
Crouse, Mary J. Zimmerman, Fidelia E. Blackman, Rosa Warner.
Mrs. Jane Warner, of Princeton, also sent two boxes of lint and bandages very
nicely prepared for use. These were at once forwarded, with other supplies, to
Mrs. Wittenmyer, at Corinth, Miss.
Organize the Militia.-The Legislature at its extra session, as is known, passed
an improved militia bill, but its provisions are not generally understood. The
entire militia of the State are required to organize and drill themselves
immediately, and the distinction between the active and reserve militia force is
abolished. The Governor is authorized to issue a proclamation requiring the
militia to assemble for drill at certain times. A failure to attend at such
times, will be punished by a fine of one dollar. The Governor may authorize the
formation of the militia into regiments, brigades and divisions, whenever he
deems it necessary. It is thought the Governor will issue a proclamation in
accordance with his bill, requiring a meeting for drill once in two weeks. Hon.
James T. Lanes, of this city, is the author of the bill, which the Legislature
didn't think they could improve on, and so passed it just as he introduced it,
without a single alteration of any kind. Now that we!
have the law, let us go to work and get up our companies right off. No
time ought to be lost.
Arrival of Prisoners.-The western train, last evening, brought in a number of
persons arrested in the vicinity of Des Moines, on charges of disloyalty. They
were in charge of Deputy U. S. Marshal Bowers. Their names are: C. C. Mann, John
Galinger, James Naylor, John Beele, W. Evans, Jas. Evans, Vol. Gideon, Jack
Porter, Joseph Gideon, ___ Knight, and Squire McCartey. They are said to
comprise President, Vice President, Secretary and members of the K. G. C. Seven
of them are from Madison county, three from Clark and one from Polk. The
prisoners were escorted to Camp McClellan.
The Exempts.-Commissioner Thompson and Dr. Baker have about finished up the
exemption business. Looking over the list of those who have applied for
exemption, we have been very much alarmed for the health of the community at the
sight of some of the names which appear on the list-names of men who have always
been supposed to enjoy their brags of how much they could endure, and talked
patronizingly to weaker bodies. Now, when those men are too feeble for military
duty, what must be the condition of the general health of the county? No wonder
the doctors are all making money. We give below a tabular statement of the
number of exempts in the county.
D'port City Aliens Phys. Incap. Over Age Under Age Firemen Other
1st Ward 13 56 9 1 32
2d Ward 4 21 2 1 20 2
3d Ward 10 25 3 1 12
4th Ward 8 41 18 4 9 6
5th Ward 8 18 19 10
6th Ward 5 18 14 2
D'port Twp. 19 31 4 1 4
Pls. Valley 5 11 1
Allen's Grove 1 3
Hickory Grove 9 16 2
Liberty Twp. 1
Princeton 10 1
LeClaire 4 19 3
Winfield 19 20 3 1 1
Blue Grass 5 20 1 1
Buffalo 3 9 2
Totals 114 325 74 10 89 10
The Daily Gazette
September 19, 1862
Twenty First Iowa.-This regiment, as we have stated, encamped on Rock Island
Wednesday night, and the ruins of the old military post there were again, after
a quiet of more than a quarter of a century, enlivened by the tread of armed
men. Three companies quartered for the night within the building of the old
fort, recalling to mind the ancient time when it was garrisoned against another
though hardly more savage foe than the one we have now to contend with; while
suggesting the hope that the prostration of that enemy was not more complete
than will be that of those now arrayed in arms against their country.
During the morning yesterday, a dispatch from Gen. Pope authorized the regiment
to proceed on its way southward. They accordingly embarked again, and about 4
o'clock in the afternoon were on their way to St. Louis. Their further
destination is unknown.
Postage Stamps Not Currency.-The following official communication from the Post
Office Department to C. H. Eldridge, Esq., Postmaster of this city, settles a
Post Office Department
Finance Office, Washington, Sept. 15.
Postmaster, Davenport, Iowa:
There is no legal warrant for the use, as currency, of postage stamps, sold by
Postmasters, nor are the latter required to redeem them. Hence you are
instructed to limit sales to such amounts as a re absolutely required for postal
purposes.~~A. M. Zevely, Third Asst. P. M. General.
The Draft.-The Governor has addressed the following circular to the drafting
commissioners of the several counties. It will be seen that everything is to be
got ready for a draft, in case the same should be ordered, which the Governor
Executive Office, Iowa, Sept. 16, 1862
Sir:--I have recently been instructed by the War Department, that the excess of
volunteers over the quota of this State of the first Three Hundred Thousand men
will be credited to the State on her quota of the second Three Hundred Thousand;
and that if the State has filled both quotas by volunteering, no draft would at
present be made except to fill the old regiments.
There are now, in process of organization two independent regiments at
Dubuque-one the Irish regiment, under Colonel O'Brien, and a Cavalry regiment,
under Colonel Wilson; also, a regiment in the southern part of the State, under
colonel Summers. I will endeavor to procure credit to the State for these
Still the danger of a draft is imminent. The order may reach me on any day to
commence the draft to fill the old regiments. You will therefore perfect all
your arrangements for the draft. Heave everything done that is required of you
by the instructions heretofore sent you, so that you will be ready to commence
the draft on one day's notice, and await such further instructions as may be
sent you. You need not attuned from day to day, as heretofore, but be ready to
act when required.
You will ascertain and strike from your list of men liable to draft, all men in
your county who may enlist in any of the old regiments or is either of the
Samuel Kirkwood, Governor.
Another View.-Der Demokrat of yesterday administered a fitting rebuke to our
other cotemporary for its fulsome eulogies of Gen. McClellan at the expense of
other officers who have nobly distinguished themselves in the service. It closes
thus: "McClellan's register of sins is open to the world. He cannot be
whitewashed, and although he may yet play a principal role in the political
arena, his place in the field will appear at zero in the history of this
On Thursday, Sept. 18th, Wm. Henry Davis, son of James H. and Elizabeth Davis,
born Nov. 13, 1860. Disease, consumption. Funeral from the residence this
afternoon at two o'clock.
In Orfordville, Wis., on Monday morning the 15th inst., Orlana W., wife of Asa
M. Mamblett, aged 40 years.
The Daily Gazette
September 21, 1862
The Indian Troubles.-Mr. E. M. Knight, writing to the Des Moines Register from
Esterville, Emmett county, Sept. 6th tells of a visit he had made to the scene
of the late Indian outbreak. He found the new made graves of the murdered, and
in the houses were trunks and boxes broken open, and also their contents. I
appears, form good authority, that the outrages were perpetrated by a portion of
Ink-pa-du-cha's band, who have been stealing horses for the last eight years
through the border counties. The citizens up there think they can protect
themselves if properly armed. The letter concludes as follows:
"I am afraid that too many designing persons on our border wish a large
body of State troops quartered among them for speculative purposes. I have it
from good authority that some of our border men affirm that in case a large body
of troops are not quartered among them, that they would be justified in inciting
the Indians to continue their depredations. Such men should be attended to at
the earliest moment, and placed in "durance vile" during the remainder
of their lives."
This is not at all improbable; it has been the case too frequently on the
frontiers to doubt that it may be done again.
Takes the Prize.-A correspondent from Warren county in this State, informs us
that Whitebreast Township, in that county, has furnished one hundred and twenty
volunteers for the war. We are of the opinion that Whitebreast is the banner
township of the Union.
From the 2d Cavalry.
Camp at Rienzi Miss.,
Sept 13, 1862
Editor of Gazette:--We are now encamped in the woods at New Rienzi without
company tents, and precious little to eat except what we can arrest, found
running loose within our lines, such as pigs, goats, sheep &c., more
commonly known in the army as slow deer; a very fair substitute in place of any
thing better. The reason of our being short of provisions is, that it is deemed
unsafe to bring or keep on hand any quantity of commissary stores at this place,
for Price is reported to have sent word several times that the intended to dine
at Rienzi on certain occasions, and we being well aware he has not much to eat
at home, fear our share would come up minus after his lean host has once
satisfied their rapacious appetites. We keep on hand, however, a more
substantial food for him, which we will issue in double ration if he shows his
head. There are now at Rienzi five regiments, 3 of infantry and 2 cavalry (2d
Iowa and 7th Kansas) all of which are under command of Col. Duboise. T!
he health of our regiment is excellent, there being only a few in the hospital.
Our hospital I now at Corinth, and the sick have recently been sent there; they
are doing well, being well cared for. The weather is still quite hot, but a
change is evidently approaching; the nights are becoming quite cool. We feel as
if we "have seen the elephant," and have out-generaled the climate, if
we haven't the rebels, and as fall weather is approaching we feel no more fear
of malignant diseases than we should at home. Our fruit season is now nearly
passed, and we shall all have to bid farewell to luxuries, such as pies and
dumplings, which for some time have graced our rustic tables; but "Uncle
Sam" must send us some of his new onions and potatoes, and we will try and
be content therewith until fruit season comes again. Last night a beautiful
shower of rain fell, which was welcomed by all, notwithstanding many of the boys
felt the efficiency of it by way of a sound "ducking;" they being!
without tents and having little protections from the showers, except what
they derived from the trees and their talmas.* Twenty-four of our wagons loaded
with tents, officers baggage &c, were sent to or near Corinth yesterday; it
being supposable they would be safer there than at this place, also rendering a
hasty retreat less troublesome, provided we be forced to make one. Our pickets
now extend in every direction from this place, and are very carefully and
strongly posted. Reconnoitering parties are continually out and find a few
rebels, but no great force has yet been seen near this, and we have but little
idea of the force advancing. Two companies were out to-day and reported seeing
quite a number a short distance this side of Boonville, 6 or 8 miles from this
place. We are waiting anxiously for them, being assured they can't easily
surprise us, for our regiment is in the saddle half expecting to climb into it.
I was told of quite a little joke to-day, at the expense of the 2d Iowa. It has
been very apparent during the fruit season, that we have had rather the best of
the infantry. As they were in the back ground, we in front got all the good
fruit-they what they could catch, it being at our option whether we let them
outside our lines or not. They were yesterday indulging in the
"ardent," and one of them drank the following toast: "Success and
long life to our western army, except that d-d 2d Iowa Cavalry, for they are
always ahead of us, and leave nothing behind." I'll wager a shilling though
that they will always be glad to have us in front when "rebs" are
about, for if we don't leave much to eat behind, we usually keep the rebels
back, while the infantry are lounging in camp.
With our best wishes for the good people of Iowa. I am yours, &c., Union.
*Talma-a large hooded cape or cloak.
Acts of the Special Session.
The following is a synopsis of the most important enactments of the late Special
Session of the State Legislature:
1. The law published in the Gazette of last Saturday authorizing the electors of
this State now in the military service of the United States to vote at the next
2. A law legalizing the county bounties voted by County Supervisors to men
enlisting in their respective counties, and authorizing the levy of a special
tax to meet the same.
3. An amendment of the law enacted at the last regular session, which provided
that the property of all Iowa volunteers not above the rank of Captain, should
be exempt from levy and sale during the time they remain in the service. The law
now applies to all our soldiers, of whatever rank.
4. A law placing ten thousand dollars at the disposal of the Governor, to be
used for the benefit of our sick and wounded soldiers, and placing twenty
thousand dollars more in the hands of the Census Board to be drawn upon by our
Governor when ever they shall deem it necessary for the public good.
5. a law authorizing the Governor to equip a force of not less than five hundred
mounted men to operate on the northern frontier against the Indians, be paid as
regular soldiers, and be kept in the service as long as the public exigencies
Also, the passage of a law organizing one company of mounted men in each
county on the southern border, part of which shall keep a continual scout along
the line, and prevent any guerrilla incursions-those only being paid who do
The Assembly indefinitely postponed a proposition to exempt from military duty,
Quakers, and others conscientiously opposed to bearing arms.
The Daily Gazette
Sept 24, 1862
NINTH ANNUAL FAIR
Scott County Agricultural Society
Greatest Collection of Stock ever shown in this State.
Yesterday opened clear and bright as on Monday, promising another fine day. The
morning was improved to brig up a large number of entries I the different
departments, the places allotted to each filling up rapidly. Towards noon the
sky became overcast, and in the afternoon the rain commenced to fall and
continued most of the remainder of the day. This of, course, had a serious
effect on the attendance, which was nevertheless good under the circumstances.
The entries yesterday were very heavy, more so than on the previous day, and a
great amount of stock was added to the already splendid collection. A number of
horses were brought in yesterday. Among the animals on exhibition are a pair of
iron grays, owned by Mr. J. Dimick, of Rock Island, entered as matched carriage
horses. A team of Black Hawks, from Illinois, one from Henry county, the other
from Whiteside, 5 and 6 years old, respectively, are in for the same premium.
Cattle.-Mr. John Whitsett, of Mercer Co., Ill., brought in yesterday 16 head of
Durhams, all good and well appearing animals. Stephen Bauden, of this city, has
a two-year old bull, short horn. Iowa Chieftain, a very fine animal. J. N.
Washbon, Cedar co., has eight head of Devons; a good collection of that
excellent breed of cattle. Mr. Washbon has done a great deal in the way of
improving stock, having been among the first to import the best breeds into the
A gentleman from Philadelphia, who is conversant in such matters, stated
yesterday that he has never seen, at any fair in the East, a better show of
cattle than those now on exhibition on our fair grounds.
Sheep.-Mr. Whitsett shows 8 head of Durham Southdown sheep, from Mercer Co.,
Ill. Mr. Washbon has 30 head of the same breed. These Southdowns are all fine
Swine.-James McEwen has a splendid Chester White boar and sow.
Poultry.-In poultry there is a good collection, though not a very large
variety.-Judge Grant has 12 coops of game fowls. Mr. Ira M. Gifford has 1 coop
of game fowls, and 1 of bantams. Miss Naomi Thoington has a coop of white
bantams. R. Stevenson, T. Brown, and R. Rambo, have each a coop of game fowls.
Flowers.-Mrs. Grumich and Mr. Westfall have very large collections of flowers,
some of them very rare and beautiful.-Messrs. W. P. Campbell and John Evans have
also small lots of flowers.
Fruit.-In fruit, the show is not as large as last year. We miss a number of
those who were here then, although we see some new faces, too.
Mr. John Evans shows 42 varieties of apples, 10 of pears, 7 of grapes, besides
elderberries, barberries, currants, crab apples, monthly raspberries, which bear
every month till frost comes, &c. S. S. Blackman has 62 kinds of apples.
Mr. E. K. Rugg, of Iowa city has 5 kinds of grapes, and samples of mammoth
strawberries and gooseberries, &c in alcohol.
Alexander Grant has about 25 varieties of apples and 2 of pears. Thos. Hibbard,
1 of pears.
G. B. Hawley has 43 varieties of apples, 4 of grapes, 2 of pears, 2 of Siberian
crabs, plums and Missouri currants. This is Mr. Hawley's first exhibition; he
will have this year 300 bushels of apples from his orchard.
David Miller, of Princeton, has 32 kinds of apples, from an orchard 3 or 4 years
old. He has 600 trees yielding 40 or 50 bushels.
Mr. Enoch Meed has 69 kinds of apples, 2 of Siberian crab-apples. His orchard is
about 20 years old.
Mr. D. B. Shaw has 47 kinds of apples.
Farm and Dairy Products.-The show of vegetables is not very large, though
there are some very fine specimens. There are some beautiful potatoes, besides
squashes, beans, &c. Mr. Evans has potatoes and beans; Dr. Brown a bushel of
sweet potatoes; E. Mead, muskmelons, China tomatoes, (a new variety) and Scarlet
egg plant. D. B. Shaw a lot of green tobacco.
Pantry Stores.-We were unable to ascertain the owners of most of the articles in
this class, some of which are worthy of great credit, especially a superior
article of honey. A girl named Bridget Sullivan, has half a dozen loaves of as
good bread as any one would want to eat. Mrs. Mead also has some good butter,
cheese, boiled ham, Sorghum syrup, canned fruits, catsup, flour, wine from
grapes, currants, rhubarb, strawberry, raspberry, &c., hard and soft soap.
Manufactures.-Here we have the usual show, perhaps larger than usual. C. Deere,
of Moline, has 9 of his celebrated plows. C. Krum, of this city, has 10 plows, 2
cultivators, and 2 harrows. L. S. Viele has 1 threshing machine, 1 sugar mill,
Smith's corn-planter, from Peoria, W. A. Woods' self-raking mower and reaper.
Hunter and Davenport have a fanning-mill and a cultivator.-Davis, Watson &
Co. have 1 power corn-sheller, 1 hand-sheller, 1 threshing machine and horse
power, and 1 fanning-mill. Michael Donahue has thresher and horse-power.
Mr. R. Thomas, of Harrison County, O., has a new wooden pump, calculated, by
overcoming friction, to raise water forty feet as easily as the ordinary pumps
do twenty feet. Cummings & Swallow's clothes-wringer, a very simple
contrivance for the purpose indicated, is exhibited. Mr. W. A. Nourse exhibits a
similar machine. Both of these are such labor savers that they ought to be
Mr. M. K. Lewis of Poweshiek co., has an improved combination wagon break, a
very ingenious contrivance, by which the wheel can be completely checked. The
inventor claims for it simplicity and effectiveness. It was patented last April.
Geo. W. Smiley and Hills & Washburn brought some of their superb stoves
Woeber & Co., of this city, show a handsome carriage of their own
manufacture; and Clark & Hoyt some of their superb specimens of Eastern
Collins & Skeel have several articles of furniture of their own manufacture,
all admirable specimens of workmanship; among them a bureau with elegantly
carved standard, library, upholstery, and other chairs, etc.
Domestic Arts and Manufactures.-In this department Mr. Joseph Albright, of East
Davenport, has 2 pieces of rag carpet; Mrs. Mossman, a couple of quilts; Mrs.
Armstrong, chair-seat, and Mrs. Carter sofa cushion, of raised worsted work;
Miss Sarah Barrows and elaborate shell-work frame around a painting on velvet;
Mrs. Donnell, a lot of children's dresses, etc.
Besides these, there was a piece of flannel, several quilts and
counterpanes, rugs,, skeins of year, mittens and socks, lamp mat, silk and
muslin embroidery, tidies, shirts, &c. Mrs. Leroy Dodge has a tidy knit in
colors, exhibiting a good deal of labor in its manufacture.
Miscellaneous.-W. C. Warriner has two cases of shoes.
Wm. Wagener, of Moline, has one or two of his ingenious sewing machines, a new
improvement, and one we think destined to be popular.
D. P. White has four of Wheeler & Wilson's far-famed machines, elegantly
Mr. H. G. Welnert of this city, exhibits fine specimens of his manufacture of
leather at the Davenport tannery, calf, kip, and harness, a splendid article,
and as good as they make anywhere.
Mr. Willard Barrows shows a table top of Iowa marble, a very pretty article.
Mr. N. Kuhnen, shows a well filled case of fancy pipes, &c tobacco and
Clark & Hoyt, tow melodeons, of Vermont manufacture.
Plowing Match.-At 10 o'clock came off the plowing match. The premium in the
senior class was awarded to Mr. James Grieve; in the junior, for best by young
man under 21, to Wm. McCutcheon; and in the same class, for best under 16, to
Murray Johnson. The work was well done, and the plowmen showed they were masters
of their art.
Trotting.-In the afternoon came the first of the trotting, being the prize of
$20 for the fastest trotting horse raised in Scott county, and $10 for the
second. For this purpose Mr. Garrett Donaldson entered a sorrel mare, Jane
Oakley, 8 years old; Mr. J. H. Haight, a dark bay gelding, Barney, 6 years old;
Mr. C. Stacey, Whitefoot, 5 years old; and R. Burt, Green Mountain Morgan, 5
years old. The purse was won with little effort by Barney in two straight heats,
distancing the Morgan the first heat, and the mare the second. Time, 3:24 and
3:26. Whitefoot came in a good second both heats. Both Barney and Whitefoot were
raised by Mr. Stacey, the present owner of the latter, and they are both
The Daily Gazette
September 24, 1862
THE WAR NEWS
Rebel Loss at Iuka 261 Killed-
Ours less than 100.
Bragg Demands Surrender
He Doesn't Get It!
Special to the N.Y. Tribune
Washington, Sept. 22.
A reconnoitering party, under command of Maj. Deems, of Sibley's staff was
pushed beyond Chantildi yesterday. Thirty-nine stragglers were taken prisoners
and paroled. No pickets of the enemy were to be seen. A quantity of rebel
knapsacks, camp equipage, and a large silk rebel flag, which bore evidence of
service, belonging to the Beauregard Rifles, were also captured.
Twelve hundred of our wounded arrived here by railroad, form Frederick, to-day.
There are now fully, 2,000 in the city, the capitol and new hospitals being
crowded. Room will be made for at least 2,000 more.
Yesterday 100 wagon loads of sanitary stores and provisions were sent to
Frederick for the relief of the wounded.
Special Dispatch to the Herald.
Washington, Sept. 22.
It is stated on good authority that Burnside was offered the command of the army
of the Potomac, but in declining the honor, he asserted the pre-eminent fitness
of McClellan for the position.
It is supposed that the wound received by Richardson through the shoulder and
breast will prove fatal. The wound of Dana is below the knee, and from a musket
Gen. W. H. French, and his son William, reported wounded, are well, uninjured
and on duty.
The Battle at Iuka
Seven Iowa Regiments Engaged.
Adjt. Laurence Killed
The Fifth, Tenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Iowa regiments were attached to
Rosencrans' army at the fight at Iuka. Loss of the four regiments, one hundred
and fifty killed and wounded. Col. Chamber, of the Sixteenth Iowa, wounded in
right shoulder. His Adjutant, Laurence, was killed. The Eleventh, Thirteenth,
and Fifteenth Iowa regiments, were also engaged. Loss is very slight. The Iowa
regiments did most of the fighting.~~C. C. Cadble
It will soon be seen from the above that while seven Iowa regiments participated
in the fight, but four of them bore the brunt of the battle; the 11th, 13th and
15th being only slightly engaged. Lieutenant George Laurence, Adjutant of the
16th, killed in this fight, was formerly a member of company E, First Iowa; at
the time of his enlistment in that regiment at Burlington, he was 24 years of
age; he was a native of Canada. Previous to his promotion to the adjutancy; he
was First Lieut. of company E, 16th regiment. He was highly esteemed among his
comrades as a true man and a brave soldier.
We are still in doubt as to whether Col. Chambers is a prisoner or not. We had
hoped to have received a dispatch giving full lists of the wounded and killed,
but go to press without.
From the 2d Cavalry
On the 3d of September, the regiment was ordered to march on the 4th to
Boonville, with 4 days rations. The regiment had a few days previously moved
from their camp outside the entrenchments into the town, as also the 2d Michigan
and 7th Kansas, forming the brigade.
On the night of the 4th, three regiments of infantry, including the 2d Iowa
Infantry, left for Kentucky, and on the 5th, the 2d Michigan left the brigade
and started for Louisville, Ky.; thus taking away the most efficient regiments
in this army, (except the 2d Iowa); and also Col. Sheridan, acting Brigadier.
While the regiment lay in the woods at Booneville, watching for an advancing
foe, on Sunday the 7th, Gen Granger left, and during the day, a new Colonel
somebody, took command. I went to the regiment that afternoon with
Tuesday, Sept. 9th.-Col. Hatch returned with the regiment safe and sound to
camp, and then up again went the tents of the 2d cavalry; and perhaps somebody
found somebody had been scared, and nobody hurt. All the rations had been sent
to Corinth and our regiment not being able to transport ten days rations,
"on a run," had returned them there; ad a return train having delayed
its coming, rations were short, and would have been shorter had it not been for
several herds of goats which had been picking about in perfect security, until
this particular season of the year caused great mortality among them!
In the great "hurly burly," the rail road from this place to
Booneville was destroyed to prevent Price running his army in some night on a
The men and horses of our regiment are very much exhausted from constant
fatigue. We have had no forage for ten days, except as we foraged upon the
country.-Some squadrons have been on picket six nights in succession, and some
officers on duty eight nights out of nine in succession.
Yesterday morning, at one o'clock, the regiment left camp with supporting
infantry and artillery, to capture a body of rebel cavalry near Booneville.
Arriving at Boonville at day-break, they found that the enemy had "left the
day before," &c.
To-day col. Hatch had brought into camp the rebel Lieuts. Wilson and Deboit, who
were wounded in the fight of July 1st, near Booneville. To-morrow Colonel Hatch
returns with them under a flag of truce, perhaps to visit Gen. Price, &c
They are as full of secesh as the Devil is of lies, though respectable looking.
Their intelligence may be inferred from a remark of one of them to me,
"That the Southern Confederacy were fighting for Freedom," &c. I
reckoned, then, I had better quit.
The 1st of September Sergeant Meade and private J. C. Scripture, of company I,
returned a Lieutenant to Col. Faulkner at Ripley, under a flag of truce. As they
were to start to return again the next morning, they told Sergeant Meade that he
could return, but they would have to keep his man a few days, but not to be
alarmed about him. He has not yet returned.
As to our regiment, except that commission, we are all right, and ready to stay
here, go to the Gulf, to Virginia, or if ordered, even to "fall back to a
new base of operations."
Well, we have heard from the army of Virginia, and what do we think? It is not
military to "tell anything," but I have heard some so presumptuous as
to ask, "Have we no Generals?"
I remain peacefully Yours, ~~Diff
From Camp Kirkwood.
Camp Kirkwood, Sept. 20th, '62
Editor of Gazette: Agreeable to request, I embrace the present opportunity to
contribute my mite for the benefit of the patrons of your paper. We are now
being initiated into the mysteries of camp life, and while some are complaining
of the strictness of orders and discipline of the camp, others are well pleased.
And while there are some that can not stand the fatigue of a soldier, there are
some with whom it well agrees. At present there is considerable sickness in
camp, owing to change of life and habits, and partially to the low damp ground
upon which our camp is situated. The frequent showers and sudden changes of
weather have been hard on those who are nor have been unused to exposure; but
most of the men think that as soon as we get a little seasoned, we shall stand
it first rate. There has been but one death since we came into camp. The men are
getting along finely on drill, and since our uniforms were furnished they
present a fine appearance, and look almost like veterans.
The officers are all well liked, especially our Colonel, Milo Smith, who goes
around among the men like a father, and is looked upon as nearly akin to us all.
We had a very pleasant time at Camanche, at the county fair, on Thursday the
18th inst. , and while there were presented with a splendid banner from the
society. There were also two sword presented at that time, one to Capt. Johnson,
and the other to Lieut. McDill. The presentations were accompanied with
appropriate speeches and responses. The regiment met with great applause from
the spectators, as did also the band, which under the instruction of Albert
Linton, drum major, is progressing finely.
We have been looking daily and hourly for the pay-master, Capt. Hendershott, and
report says he is to be here next week; we hope it is so, for the boys are
getting somewhat impatient, as the Colonel has promised that when we are
mustered into service and paid off he will give us furloughs, so that we can go
home and settle up our affairs. There are a few in the regiment who refuse to be
mustered into service and are now in the guard house, but I think a few days
will bring them to terms.
The Daily Gazette
September 25, 1862
Ninth Annual Fair
Scott County Agricultural Society
If the Directors of the Fair had previously made arrangements for the kind of
weather they wanted, they could not have obtained any better than that of
yesterday. The fall of rain the day before, which it was feared, would prove
disastrous to the he Fair, was really beneficial. It cooled the air, which was
clear and bracing in the morning and made everybody feel good, and laid what
little dust was disposed to rise; and at an early hour the crowds began to pour
into the grounds and throng around the different articles on exhibition. The
crowd in attendance in the afternoon was quite large, bigger, we are informed by
those who were there, than at the Chicago horse fair any day during the first
week. The receipts for admission reached $600; this is exclusive of the amounts
received at the entrance to the track and at the Secretary's office for entries.
Among the stranger present, were Mr. Wm. Duane Wilson, Secretary of the State
Agricultural college; Mr. Corbitt, of the Prairie Farmer, Chicago; Mr. Frank
Eichelberger, of the Muscatine Journal; Mr. G. H. Hobbs, of the Geneseo
Republic; Mr. Charles Buford, of Rock Island, at one time a leading stock-raiser
in Kentucky. Geneseo had a delegation of about two hundred people, and other
towns around were also represented, more or less.
The entries still continued during yesterday, there being additions in most of
Among stock not previously mentioned, we noticed nine head of fine Devon cattle;
among them a cow imported from England by R. W. Sanford, of Vermont, called July
Flower 2d, 9 years old; another, Victoria 2d, 6 years old, has taken several
prizes heretofore. They belonged to C. T. Bent, of Iowa City.
There have been large additions to the poultry since Tuesday morning, making the
present the greatest display of the kind ever witnessed in the county. Mr. J. I
Guill, corner of Rock Island and Second streets, has nine cops of superior
breeds, including 5 Spanish fowls; 3 Hamburg, one of them imported from England;
4 Golden Poland, 2 black do; 3 Brahmas, from the stock of Dr. Bennett, formerly
of New Hampshire, and now of Polk City, Iowa; 8 Silver-laced Bantams; 11
Gold-laced Seabright do; 7 African do; 5 white Dorkings; 4 gray do.
Mr. L. W. Clemens, of Pleasant valley, has 3 Brahmas, 4 months old, quite large
and handsome. Mr. J. L. Yantis has half a dozen Brahmas. There are several other
coops of chickens, besides turkeys, ducks, &c.
In farm products, Mr. Clemens has a bushel of Illinois premium corn; this
variety, Mr. C. claims, yields 10 bushels more to the acre than any other. He
has also a bushel of Globe onions, a large, handsome article, the seed of which
was brought from Connecticut.
Mr. John Donnell has a bushel of Carter potatoes, which are perfect beauties.
Specimens of large cabbages, pumpkins, squashes, wheat, corn, potatoes, beets,
hops, onion seed, gophers' scalps, &c, are abundant.
In pantry stores there have been numerous additions. Bent & Tabor, of Iowa
City, have a lot of superior honey and a bee hive.
Wm. H. Applegate, of LeClaire, exhibits Sherwood's patent self-binder, much
improved over last year.
W. C. Brunson, shows two of his cider and wine mills, improved from last year,
being made larger and metal substituted for wood in portions of the machinery.
The mill includes grinder and press. J. G. Shorey has some of his superior log
pumps, which are obtaining for themselves an excellent reputation wherever they
have been erected.
Messrs. Hageboeck display some of their superior lithography; Mr. Pratt several
specimens of his wonderful penmanship. There are no ambrotypes or photographs on
exhibition-an unaccountable omission, when such excellent pictures are taken in
There are two or three collections of paintings on exhibition, which call forth
universal admiration. Mrs. Bratt shows 4 exquisite portraits and a number of
landscapes, all exhibiting the elevated taste and skill of the artist. Mrs.
Metzger has 10 paintings, one a portrait, a view of the falls of Minnehaha, a
mill scene in Switzerland, the birthplace of Jenny Lind, &c. Mr. Moore has
an ideal painting, the first of a series of four, entitled Youth. A portrait
from Rock Island elicits much attention.
Mr. T. Winkless shows a case of birds, 36 in number; also a fallow deer's head,
from Lord Leigh's Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire, England.
The awarding committees got to work yesterday examining the various articles in
their respective departments. The awards will be made this evening or to-morrow
The first work of the day on the track was the contest for the premium of $25
for the horse trotting or pacing a mile nearest to 3:30. For this there were
four entries, viz: J. S. Simpson's Hirondelle; F. Jansen's Black Tiger; honest
Abe, belonging to H. Farnam, of Moline; and Paddy whack, belonging to Vance
Posten, of Camden, Ill. Hirondelle won the purse; time, 3:30. Black Tiger made
the mile in 3:34, Honest Abe, 3: 14, and Paddywhack, 3:58.
Next came the trial for the similar premium for the horse making the mile
nearest three minutes. For this there were eight entries, viz: J. H. Haight's
Barney, 6 years old; Wild Hornet, 8 years old, and G. S. Warbler, 9 years,
belonging to G. W. Conner, of Muscatine; H. Farnam's Honest Abe, S. M. Minnehaha,
owned by A. D. Carson, of Galesburg, Ill.; E. Jansen's Black Tiger; Green
Mountain Jack; and J. S. Simpson's Nelly Bird, 4 years. This was won by Barney;
time 3:02. The time of the others respectively was: Wild Hornet, 3:04; Nelly
Bird, 3:05; Honest Abe, 3:08; Minehaha, Black Tiger and Green Mountain Jack,
each, 3:09; and Warbler, 3:18
To-day, the examination of cattle and trial of roadsters will be finished up
this morning, and the purse for the fastest team will be decided.
In the afternoon comes the great trot for $75, for the fastest trotting
stallion, at one o'clock. After that, the horses will be pretty much finished
A train of fifteen cars left for the West last night, which will be in
this morning, and a big crowd is expected from both the main road and the
branch. The train will start on its return at 6 P.M.
Important Orders from Gen. Pope
The Frontier to be Protected
Adjutant General Baker has received orders from Gen. Pope, through Gen. Elliott,
chief of staff, to dispatch six companies of infantry to Jackson county,
Minnesota, without delay. The officer placed in command of these troops is to
select such points as will best afford protection to the people, and at the same
time allow concentration fro defense in case of attack; and he is there to
prepare quarters for the shelter and protection of the force at his disposal.
These troops are to be provide with provisions and ammunition sufficient to last
one month after their arrival. The officer in command is to report to the
headquarters of the Department, at St. Paul, immediately after selecting his
positions, the most practicable mail and wagon road by which supplies and
communications can reach him. Stores, forage, fuel, &c are to be procured as
near to the locality s possible, and is to be provided by the Adjutant General,
together with transportation, arms, &c.
It will be seen that the execution of this order will provide the very best
possible means of security to the Iowa frontier. The troops will be in the
service of the United States and though placed in Minnesota, where State troops
could not be taken, they will be as a wall of steel to Emmett, Dickinson, and
adjoining counties. With the company of cavalry already mustered into the United
States service at Sioux City and now fully equipped, and the arms provided for
the home guards, our frontier will be well secured.
Gen. Baker has not yet decided whether to take the six companies from the 26th
or 27th regiments, probably the former. Not having any fixed ammunition at
command, Gen. B. will be compelled to furnish such as can be had-powder, lead
and caps. No time will be lost in getting these troops to the field of
operations, and the settlers who have abandoned their homes in terror may be
assured of security. Gen. Pope has also issued instructions to Capt. Hendershott
to do all in his power to facilitate the mustering and equipping these troops.
A Valuable Cabinet.-One of the chief attractions at the Industrial Hall at the
County Fair, is the large collection of coins exhibited by Alfred Sanders, Esq.,
late editor and proprietor of the Gazette. This embraces one of the largest
collections of silver coins in the United States. The range of date is quite
wide; some dating back 500 years B. C., with samples of Roman and Grecian coins
from Alexander the Great, 330 B. C., to the Christian era, and extending through
modern Europe, terminating in our own country in 1862. There are also a large
number of medals, embracing these conferred by England upon her soldiery, during
the Crimean war. There can be no doubt as to the genuineness of the dates and
character of these coins, since Mr. Sanders has been particularly careful in the
selection, and has obtained them from sources of undoubted credibility. Desiring
to make still farther additions to this collection, Mr. S. will gladly receive
coins of rare dates from those wishin!
g to dispose of them.
The cabinet in which the coins are exhibited was made by Mr. Huot, and is a fine
specimen of workmanship.
Found Drowned.-the body of Louis Kirkpatrick, the little boy whose disappearance
was noticed last week, was found a few days ago about 15 miles below town, where
it had been washed ashore, by Fred Henderson, Fernando Wooden, and Wm. D. Viele.
The body was buried when the child's brother heard of it, went down and had the
body disinterred, but it was so much decomposed that he only recognized it by a
ring on the finger, and as it could not be brought home it was reinterred. The
child, it is supposed, wandered over the Island on the Henry Clay, the day the
21st regiment was here, and attempted to come over the bridge after dark, as a
man met a boy there, who said his name was Kirkpatrick, and it is thought he
fell in. The family of the deceased desire to return thanks to those who have
assisted them in their efforts to find the child, and also to those who took
care of the body when they found it.
At Oshkosh, Wis., on Tuesday morning, Sept. 23, by Rev. Mr. Keenan, Mr.
Cornelius McCabe, of Le Claire, Iowa, and Miss Mary Haben, of the former place.
In Blue Grass, Sept. 24th Jonas H., son of E. T. and Sarah H. Gadd, aged 5
months and 17 days. The funeral will leave the house at 9 A. M., to-day, 25th,
and arrive at Oakdale Cemetery about 12 o'clock. The friends are invited to
The Daily Gazette
September 29, 1862
From the 2d Cavalry
Camp at Corinth, Miss.
September 23, 1862
Editors Gazette:--I give you hastily a few items of news from this vicinity. The
trains with all stores, equipage, &c, of some forty regiments are in 'Corrall'
at his place and are intended to be used in barricading the town should an
attack be made on this point. For a week past there has been a general movement
of troops; Gen. Rosencrans' division is moving to the northeast from Rienzi to
attack Price's army at Iuka, on flank and rear, while Grant's went from Corinth
directly eastward to meet him in front.
On Saturday, the 20th Price being at Iuka, Gen. Rosencrans had come up, and
expected Grant's division to make an attack in front at 2 p.m. About 10 a.m. the
5th Iowa, Rosencrans' division, commenced driving in the rebel pickets, and at 4
p.m. an attack was made on Price's army. The troops behaved splendidly. The 5th
Iowa was in the thickest of the fight. The rebels fought with bravery and
determination, but could not avail against the gallant 'Yankee boys.' The rebels
charged on an Ohio battery, killing all the horses but 5, and succeeded in
capturing the guns, only 20 of the men remaining unhurt. The 5th Iowa in turn,
charged the rebels and retook the battery. The 5th were in the centre and were
very much cut up; one company going in with forty-five men and coming out with
only ten; I could not get the letter of the company. The 17th, 10th, and 16th
were also in the fight; Col. Chambers is reported missing.
On Saturday the 2d Iowa cavalry came across Falkner's cavalry in the rear of
Price's army drawn up in line of battle. The 2d dismounted, and the rebels
poured in a volley, when the 2d opened and they took to their heels leaving five
killed and four mortally wounded. The 2d pursued capturing ten prisoners. Price
finding he could not withstand the assaults of the 'mud sills' gave way, leaving
the field in our possession. Our loss was seventy-five killed on the field, and
about three hundred wounded. The rebel loss was one thousand killed and wounded.
Sunday morning the 21st, the 2d cavalry pursued the retreating rebels harassing
their rear and taking prisoners. After passing over a rise of ground the 'rebs'
had formed in line, and after col. Hatch, and the head of the column had passed
the ridge, opened with a volley of musketry and a shower of grape from a masked
battery. Capt. Kendrick of company E, had his sabre bent double by a cannon
shot, and Captain Egbert had his hors!
e shot under him; the captain was injured internally by his horse falling and is
now in the hospital at Iuka. Nelson Lovell of Co. C, was wounded in the neck
severely. Henry Melchord, of Co. C, in the shoulder; and John Shaffer of Co. A,
wounded in the shoulder, slightly; these were the only casualties to our
regiment. The 2d then fell back over the ridge and formed in line of battle and
were soon joined by some sharp shooters and a battery, when the 'rebs' got up
and 'dusted.' Price was making for Kentucky, intending to cross the Tennessee
river at Eastport, but Gen. Rosencrans was too close after him. Price was
expecting, and was prepared for an attack from Grant's army, but was not aware
of Gen. Rosencrans' close proximity. He had felled trees, and placed
obstructions in the roads which detained Gen. Grant's division and rendered it
impossible for him co-operate in the attack. As it is, Price has been badly
whipped and is skedaddling southward.
There are rumors of a fight at Bolivar, forty miles west, yesterday; no
Corinth is being well fortified, and 'king cotton' is being turned to good
account in the operation.
Captain Gilbert has been promoted to Chief of Cavalry on Gen. Rosecran's staff;
an admirable selection. I am going to the regiment to-day and may learn further
particulars, if so I will communicate them.
In haste, ~~ Diff.
P.S. Col Chambers is reported in the hospital at Iuka, wounded. The rebels left
twelve guns at Iuka, being in too much of a hurry to remove them. Col. Hatch for
efficient services, has been placed in command of the cavalry brigade, than whom
none is more worthy.~~Diff.
Thrilling Incident and Hairbreadth Escape.-A correspondent of the St. Louis
Democrat, writing from Benton Barracks, says:
"A case of miraculous preservation came to my notice a few days since in
the person of Captain B. F. Crail, of company F, 3d Iowa cavalry, who, in one of
the recent skirmishes with Porter's guerrillas, had a ball pass through his cap,
in uncomfortable proximity to his head; another cut a hole through his cravat.
In a later skirmish near Santa Fe, Missouri, a bullet struck him in the right
breast and was removed soon after. While in the same engagement another bullet
struck him on the other side, over the heart, passed down and lodged in the
stomach, where it has remained until day before yesterday, when it was extracted
by Dr. McGugin, the gentlemanly and efficient surgeon in charge of the
convalescent hospital in Benton Barracks.
List of the Wounded Iowa Soldiers in the Battle at Iuka, Mississippi
Office of Davenport Gazette,
Sept. 27th, 10 o'clock A.M.
Mr. F. O. Parker arrived in this city this morning, direct from Corinth, having
left there on Thursday morning. Through the kindness of Mr. P. we have received
from Col. I. M. Gifford, the following full report of the wounded among the Iowa
regiments at the battle of Iuka:
Company A.-Nelson Alexander, Wilson E. Thurston, H. Bitter, N. C. Henk, M. F.
Regal, T. G. Tubbs, John W. Kasad, Sam'l H. Olinger, W. A. E. Lisdell, R. A.
Tatnall, J. webb, Jackson D. Mitchell, C. Hinesley, J. R. Fabers.
Co. B.-Lieut. J. S. Mattiers, corporal W. Gamble, S. M. Louderback, J. P. Banks,
G. f. Work, J. McChrocky, W. Hunnel, J. Vanuta Wm. A. Rice, W. C. Hausafus, J.
Bordon, W. B. Wallace, Henry Scott.
Co. C.-Sergt. M. Campbell, N. T. Orr, H. Roberts, John Albaugh, John Butler,
Orril George, S. Thompson, J. S. Ashbirn, J. P. Stephens, J. R. Smith, G. W.
Palmer, J. M. Stevens.
Co. D.-Capt. Wm. Mooney, Lt. Jarvis, Sergt. John E. Pawe, Sergt. Harman A.
Jones, H. Paton, A. B. Wiles, W. H. Hartman, Wamer B. Barrett, James Reynolds,
W. Woodward, Jacob Sipe, J. W. Johnson, L. E. Strong, S. Mills.
Co. E.-Elijah Chichister, W. Baughman, W. Bunce, A. B. Lewis, W. H. Brown.
Co. F.-Sergt. James Refrew, Corp. Raison, P. Laffer, Corp. H. B. Sanders, W.
Chahort, P. D. Miner, Geo. B. Tipton, Chas. Goss, John Hall, H. D. Glanson, R.
McClenham, J. H. Rollam, J. E. Woods, O. W. A. State, Chas. Gano, W. L. Switzer.
Co. G.-Lieut. Samuel S. Sample, Henry V. Fisher, J. M. Miskmin, A. Campbell, G.
Jenkins, John Whiteman, J. M. Kellogg, Keirson Miles.
Co. H.-Wm. Knapp, J. P. Shoulton, Joel Brown, M. W. Shane, Benj. Penn, Jacob T.
Overturf, H. Shelton, H. Voss, M. D. Hughes.
Co. I.-W. A. Brackey, Chas. P. Reed, Wm. W. Stovens, Wm. Shuler, W. G. Worden S.
H. Snaderson, Henry P. Marvin.
Co. K.-W. Lytle, J. M. Smith, A. Sall, L. Shryock, M. Shindler, J. Henley, W. C.
Renebart, Jno. Renehart.
Col. Chambers, wounded.
Co. A.-Geo. Miller, Sergt, I. N. Lawrence, E. L. Gordon, Michael Conley, Ed.
Cassily, C. B. Harris, H. Manahan, Henry Horn.
Co. B.-corp. Joachim Arp, Corp. Hans F. Hartmann.
Co. D.-Lt. Robt. Alcorn, Corp. David Candy, T. McNealy, L. Horton.
Co. E.-Sergt. J. S. Gillespie, F. A. Forbes, J. Stinemetz, Henry Gipe.
Co. F.-Sergt. M. R. Laird, Ed. Wilcon, J. M. Barnes, J. M. Grove, Michael
McGowan, W. C. Welsh.
Co. G.-Corp. G. B. Quick, A. Peick.
Co. I.-Lt. H. D. Williams, Corp. Isaac C. Munger.
Co. K.-J. Deel, H. Karstens, W. Deferc, D. Ligurn.
Co. A.-H. A. Mills.
Co. B.-George Dandy.
Co. C.-Capt. S. M. Archer, G. N. Baldwin, J. T. Jackson.
Co. D.-K. Smith, J. Hood, R. Bromer.
Co. E.-Ben H. Shavler, Richard E. Williams, Ira E. Leury, W. D. Fisher, A. W.
Reemer, Wilton M. Godley, John S. Parkhurst.
Co. F.-Milton J. Richardson, J. Cline, Chas. Chase.
Co. G.-Thos. Stewart, Jesse Lee, S. Gard, S. B. Duncan.
Co. H.-Sergt. Andrew M. Vance, Sylvester H. C. Grubb.
Co. I.-J. J. Koolbeck.
Co. K.-J. F. Fulbertson, Hugh White.
Second Iowa Cavalry
Co. C.-Nelson Lovel.