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- 1864 -


Hartford Daily Courant
Hartford, Connecticut
January 21, 1864

Died. In Iowa City, Ia., Dec. 24, Benjamin P. Tarbox, ae 69. Formerly of East Windsor, Ct.

[transcribed by S.F., January 2008]


Alton Telegraph
Alton, Illinois
February 12, 1864

Copperhead Rescuers of a Rebel Prisoner of War Arrested.
A detachment of the 9th Iowa Cavalry, under the command of Capt. Reed and Lieut. Lockwood, appeared at Nashville, in Washington county, early on the morning of the 30th ult, and arrested Jacob Stoker, Jacob L. Runk, James Stoker, Mr. Bain, W.C. Berry, and Wm. Smith, charged with assisting in the release of a rebel prisoner of war, who had escaped from Camp Douglas and had been re-arrested. Berry, Smith, and James Stoker were subsequently released, there not being sufficient evidence against them to justify their detention. -- State Journal.

[transcribed byS.F., Nov. 2003]


Morning Oregonian
Portland, Oregon
March 17, 1864

A Loyal Woman's Trial.
The writer of the following letter recently arrived in Iowa, tells a story of hardships suffered under the tyranny of rebellion and "the peculiar institution," which requires no comment. We commend it to the attention of the ardent admirers of Southern chivalry, who never grow weary in denouncing the Government for its treatment of traitors, and ask them to point out any instance on record, equaling this enormous cruelty inflicted upon a woman, because she loved the Union:
My residence was Yazoo Co., Mississippi. I had a son 19 years old, killed at home by a citizen rebel, because he was a Union man, and would not be forced to fight against his country. Those who have never experienced the loss of their most beloved cannot imagine the distress of a mother on such an occasion. I was taken as a tory -- tried and abused in 'every' conceivable manner. I was placed in Yazoo City jail and remained in it two months and one day. I was put down in what is called the "hounds". I discovered an aperture in the wall of which I was not slow in taking advantage. I immediately upon discovering the aperture, emerged from my desolate abode. I concluded that I had escaped from Southern tyranny -- made my way down to Little Sunflower River. I was recaptured and taken back towards Yazoo City 12 miles; I feigned sickness, and the man that held me in custody concluded to take me to his house for a few days where I would be cared for until I would partially recover. I took possession of his "dug-out" or boat, and again made my escape. I rowed the boat 120 miles up Sunflower river -- 18 days going up during which time I never saw the face of man. I cannot describe the sufferings which I underwent; my bed, for 18 long nights, was the boat I rowed by day, I had, however, taken a supply of rations with me sufficient to last me in my journey through the wilderness. On arriving at Deer Creek, I was taken again by the enemy as a spy; and sent to Snider's Bluffs, and from there to Vicksburg -- remained three weeks -- was sent to Jackson, Mississippi, and was there three weeks. Gen. Grant in the meantime, captured it and I for the first time fell into the hands of friends. I acted as nurse in the Union hospital six weeks. I was thinking I was perfectly safe, but my imagination had led me astray; I was recaptured with all the Union garrison and sent from there in company with the Union prisoners, to Richmond, Va. I was placed in the Castle Thunder Prison, and from there i was sent to City Point to be released --- suffice to say I was released. I arrived at my brother Josiah Howdescheldts, living in Lyons township, Mills cunty, Iowa, about the last of September, 1863. Before the rebellion broke out I was in good circumstances. I have lost everything that I had in this world, as far as property is concerned, for the sake of my country. Mr. Editor, my story is finished -- my troubles are passed -- I only regret one thing, and that is that those Northern traitors don't have to go through the same or worse troubles, for their bad faith to their country, that I have had to go through for my country. Catherine Star --- Council Bluffs Nonpareil.

[transcribed by S.F., Oct. 2003]


Hartford Daily Courant
Hartford, Connecticut
March 25, 1864

Died. In Danville, Iowa, March 10, after a brief illness, Miss Julia Whitman, ae 60, formerly of West Hartford, Conn.

[transcribed by S.F., January 2008]


Sacramento Daily Union
Sacramento, California
Tuesday, September 6, 1864

The Austin Reveille of September 1st and 2d has the following interesting items of overland immigration:
C.E. Needham and family, from DeKalb county, Iowa*; M. L. Taylor and family, from Cedar Falls, Iowa, and W.H. Lasker and family, from Iowa Falls, Iowa, will stop at Big Creek for some time. The whole party had six wagons and quite a number of horses and mules. They were in very poor order. A large number of immigrants are at Simpson's Park and vicinity, and they continue to arrive daily. A great many will remain there until the latter part of next month in order to recruit their stock.

[note: there is not a DeKalb co. in Iowa; transcribed by L.P., July 2010]

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