Civil War Reports
From the Madison Daily Courier - August, 1863
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August 18, 1863
United State General Hospital
A very brief notice of this institution may be of some interest to our general readers both at home and abroad. We hesitate not to pronounce it one of the very best General Hospitals established, by the Government, upon which it reflects great credit.
It consists of sixty-five commodions, well ventilated, separate wards, located on various avenues with a view to beauty, health and comfort - making the whole cluster appear like a neatly laid out New England village of tastefully built white cottages....
As to the capacity of this Hospital, we understand it is intended to accommodate at least two thousand patients. And if there is any one spot where sick, wounded or invalid soldiers can get well, better than another, surely that place is the U.S. General Hospital at Madison, Indiana. We feel proud of our country when we look at such institutions as these established at such great expense, with every comfort, for the benefit of our soldiers, disabled in this war for the Union.
August 20, 1863
Last night the Southern Bank of Kentucky at Carrollton was robbed of one hundred and thirty thousand dollars, one hundred thousand dollars of it in specie (coins) and thirty thousand in notes (paper). About one o'clock the Bank was entered by sixteen men in uniform, who represented themselves as belonging to Scott's (rebel) cavalry. After possessing themselves of the money, they burnt all the papers in the vault. They were discovered by Mr. Crawford, the Cashier, who resides in the rear of the Bank, but they shot at him there until they had succeeded in accomplishing their object. Mr. Crawford telegraphed the circumstances to Gen. Burnside, and to the military authorities of Kentucky. Vigorous measures will be taken to capture the thieves, who are thought to have fled in the direction of Owen.
August 25, 1863
The Explosion of the Steamer City of Madison
Cincinnati, Aug. 25. - Some particulars of the explosion of the steamer City of Madison at Vicksburg, were received here last night:
The steamer was being loaded with ammunition, and had received nearly a full load, when a negro carrying a percussion shell on board, let it fall, causing an explosion. The boat took fire, which communicated to the ammunition on board. The steamer was entirely destroyed. Out of 160 men on board, only four are known to have escaped.
The City of Madison was a large side wheel boat, owned by Capt. J.S. Neal, of Madison, Ind. She was valued at about $40,000.
Note: It was later determined that the incident was caused by a boiler explosion, not the dropping of a shell.
Research conducted by the Jefferson County Civil War Roundtable.