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Civil War reports Madison Daily Courier - June 1864
Saturday, June 28, 2014 5:00 AM
June 3, 1864
A number of disorderly soldiers got up a row at Mrs. Kiser's corner Main Cross and Plum streets, about four o'clock yesterday afternoon. The patrol guard tried to arrest them, but they resisted, and attempted to get out of the way, when the guard fired upon them. Report says one of the shots took effect, slightly wounding one of the soldiers. It appears that too free indulgence in strong drink occasioned the fuss. The men had just been paid off, and some of them had been making bad use of their money.
June 8, 1864
Heaven only knows what news may come before this number of our paper is issued, but the intelligence from the Army of the Potomac and the Army of the Cumberland, is most inspiriting. No patriot can read the accounts without a bounding pulse. Both armies seem to be irresistible. They are victorious in every encounter. The rebel forces, whether assailing or assailed, are beaten back by our unconquerable legions. From day to day new and important successes are achieved. Almost every hour adds fresh leaves to the laurel wreaths that bind the brows of Grant and Sherman.
It is not our nature to be over-sanguine. Probably the tendency of our thoughts and feelings is generally in the opposite direction. Still we have confidence that Grant and Sherman will soon take Richmond and Atlanta. Note: This editorial, written just after the Battle of Cold Harbor, was overly optimistic. Atlanta would not fall until Sept. 2, 1864 and Richmond would hold out until April 3, 1865.
June 10, 1864
....The members of the National Union League adjourned from Baltimore to this city (Washington, DC) and called upon the President this p.m. The Chairman of the deputation spoke to the President as follows: "Mr. President: I have the honor of introducing to you the Representatives of the Union Leagues of the loyal States, to congratulate you upon your nomination, and assure you that we will not fail at the polls to give the support your services in the past so brightly deserve...."
The President replied as follows: Gentlemen: "I can only say in response to the remarks of your Chairman, that I am very grateful for the renewed confidence which has been accorded both by the Convention and by the National League....I have not permitted myself, gentlemen, to conclude that I am the best man in the country, but I am reminded in this connection of a story of an old Dutch farmer, who remarked to a companion once that 'It is not best to swap horses when crossing a stream.'"
June 11, 1864
Cincinnati, June 10
One of Morgan's men, captured at Maysville, reports that the rebel forces in Kentucky are under the immediate command of John Morgan, Col. Alston and Colonel Smith. Morgan's total force is 3,000; a large portion of them dismounted cavalry. They entered the State at pound Gap....
The position of affairs in the central part of the State today is not known, as communication is broken with Lexington. It is thought that the intention of the rebels is to destroy all the railroads possible and make their exit through Central Kentucky and Middle Tennessee....
Also June 11, 1864
A company of the Legion numbering twenty-eight men, called the "Union Guards," have been quartered in the old barrack building on West Street. Our friend First Lieutenant A. Clark is in command, and Willis D. Ward is Second Lieutenant.
After a protracted silence, the ears of our citizens are again saluted with the stirring sound of fife and drum. The Legion boys are rallying around the flag, to whip John Morgan or any other man or set of rebels daring to molest the citizens of Madison or make them afraid.
June 27, 1864
Col. Wm. M. Dunn
The United States Senate has confirmed the appointment of Col. Dunn to be Assistant Judge Advocate General.
Research conducted by the Jefferson County Civil War Round Table
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