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Civil War reports from the Madison Daily Courier - March 29, 214
Saturday, March 29, 2014 5:00 AM
March 3, 1864
We have one "institution" that is most decidedly a credit to our city, and that is the Madison Hotel. It is undoubtedly the best kept, as well as the most commodious and comfortable hotel in the State.
Evidently our friend Kirchner "knows how to keep a hotel." Whilst at Indianapolis the other day, several of our former citizens expressed to us the wish that the Madison Hotel might be transported to that city. Well, Indianapolis can't expect to be ahead in everything.
March 9, 1864
General Kilpatrick and General Custar are both of them men in the hey-day of youth. General Kilpatrick is twenty-eight years old, and has been a widower for about a year. General Custar, the youngest General in our service, is but twenty-four years of age, and was married only three or four weeks ago. Both of these brave young men are West pointers, and were graduated in the same class - that of 1861....
March 9, 1864
There are burglars about, and our citizens will do well to be on their guard, especially at night. We learn that attempts have been made lately to enter a number of houses, and in one instance the scoundrels succeeded in carrying off a considerable amount of goods....If we cannot have a sufficient force of night police to protect the lives and property of our people, we hope the latter will take effective measures to make short work of the thieves and assassins should they be discovered by them. Get a six-shooter, and keep it on hand, heavily loaded, and give the beauties a warm reception.
March 16, 1864
Death of A. Wilson
Yesterday morning there departed this life, at his residence on Presbyterian avenue in our city, a colored man of respectability and worth - Andrew Wilson, "the paper hanger." He was formerly held as a slave in the State of Kentucky, but succeeded several years ago, by energetic extra working for those who held him, in securing to himself the enjoyment of those blessings to which he was previously by the laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitled - the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Coming to Madison years ago, he has been ever since engaged industriously and with no little success in securing for himself and family a comfortable livelihood....many in this city and elsewhere who knew him will regret sincerely that "Andy Wilson" is no more among men. He has left a wife and several small children, but thanks to his energy and economy while living they will not be likely to suffer for the lack of this world's goods. The funeral will occur to-morrow at 2 p.m. Services at the 2d Baptist Church.
March 16, 1864
Capt. S.K. Williams
Under the head of "Justice to a Brave Officer," we find the following in a special to the Cincinnati Gazette:
Captain S.K. Williams, late of 2d Ohio Cavalry, was dismissed from the service on charges preferred by a fellow-officer for hanging some guerillas in Kentucky in a style of justice more summary than regular. After dismissal he insisted on and succeeded in securing a trial before a military commission in this city, of which Gen. Ricketts was President. He has just been honorably acquitted by this committee, restored to the army, and promoted to be Major in the Invalid Corps. He is a brother-in-law to Gen. Bates, of Cincinnati.
The above vindication of Capt. Williams will be received with pleasure by his numerous friends in this city (Madison). We have never met with a more enthusiastic, patriotic, and energetic young officer than Capt. Williams and we believe his promotion to be eminently deserved.
Research conducted by the Jefferson County Civil War Round Table
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