Civil War Reports - October 1861
From the pages of the Madison Daily Courier
Saturday, October 29, 2011 5:00 AM
TO THE PEOPLE OF INDIANA
October 3, 1861
In the progress of events, this wicked and unnatural rebellion, having for its object the overthrow of our government, and the subversion of our institutions, has extended into our neighboring State of Kentucky. On several occasions within the last few months the people of Kentucky, by overwhelming majorities, have declared their loyalty to the Union, and their determination to adhere to the Constitution. There is, however, within her borders a desperate and factious minority who are determined, at all hazards, to plunge the State into revolution and all the horrors of civil war...
In this atrocious attempt to coerce a loyal State into rebellion, they are aided by large bodies of armed men from Tennessee and other seceding states...It is the determination of the invaders and conspirators to subjugate the loyal people of Kentucky, and seize for plunder and vengeance the wealthy and populous cities on the borders of Ohio and Indiana...
I therefore, call upon all men capable of bearing arms, and who can leave their homes, to cast aside their ordinary pursuits, and enroll themselves in the ranks of the army. Let the farmer leave his plow, the merchant his store, the mechanic his workshop, the banker his exchange, and the professional man his office, and devote themselves to their country...let us show to the world by the sacrifice we are willing to make in person and property, that we are worthy or our sires, and deserve to retain the inheritance they have bequeathed to us.
O.P. MORTON, Gov. of Indiana.
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October 10, 1861
Another Fight at Fort Hatteras-Rebels Repulsed With Great Loss.
Washington, Oct. 9. - Times special: Commander Chauncy arrived here this evening from Hatteras Inlet. He reports that on Monday the rebels organized an expedition to attack and recapture the forts occupied by our forces. The expedition consisted of six steamboats and about 8,000 men. The steamers were loaded with heavy rifled cannon and mortars for throwing shells. The attack was simultaneous, but ineffectual. The forts fired shell and were assisted by the vessels stationed off the inlet. After a time the rebels retired, though not before two or three steamers had been sunk, going down with all aboard. Judging from the crowded appearances of the vessels it is estimated that about 700 men were drowned, besides a large loss must have been sustained from the bursting of our shells and the plunging of our shots as the guns were served in a most boasterly(sp) manner.
Research conducted by the Jefferson County Civil War Roundtable.