Civil War reports
From the pages of the Madison Daily Courier
Saturday, November 23, 2013 4:00 AM
November 20, 1863
The Assembly at Gettysburg
Gettysburg, November 19 - This famous little town is overflowing with people assembled to witness the dedication of the National Cemetery. Special trains have come in from the surrounding country.
President Lincoln and the distinguished party accompanying him arrived here yesterday afternoon, and soon after the special train from Harrisburg brought Governor Curtin and numerous other gentleman of both military and civil life. The program has been carried out successfully.
Note: No mention of the Gettysburg Address.
November 25, 1863
We re-publish today the Proclamations of President Lincoln, and Governor Morton, setting apart Thursday, the 26th inst., as a day of Thanksgiving and Prayer. There is no doubt that it will be generally observed throughout the Northern States. In our own city business will be suspended, and services held in the churches. It is well. Let gratitude fill the hearts of the people, and find expression in united thanksgiving and prayer to God for the protecting care which He has extended to this nation.
And whilst we gather together to offer thanks to our Fathers' God, and our God, let us earnestly pray that He may guide us; and, speedily deliver us from disastrous war, restore the union, harmony, and true freedom to the nation. Nay, more, let us pray that we may ever be a God-fearing people.
November 27, 1863
Chattanooga, Nov. 25. - Midnight
To Major General Halleck:
The operations today have been more successful than yesterday, having carried Mission Ridge from near Rossville to the railroad tunnel, with a comparatively small loss on our side, capturing about forty pieces of artillery and a large quantity of small arms, camp and garrison equipage, besides the arms in the hands of prisoners. We captured 2,000 prisoners, of whom 200 were officers of all grades from Colonel down. We will pursue the enemy in the morning. The conduct of the officers and troops was everything that could be expected. Mission Ridge was carried simultaneously from six different points.
GEO. H. Thomas, Major General.
November 27, 1863
The announcement of the death in the recent fight at Chattanooga, of the brave Lieut. Col. Jacob Glass, of this city, casts a gloom over the community. He was one of the finest and most promising officers in the Cumberland army. He left Madison as a Captain, but soon rose to the position of Major, and subsequently to that of Lt. Colonel. A strange fatality seems to have attended the Lt. Colonels and Colonels from our city, nearly every one having fallen in battle. Brave men they were, and true to their country. They died in defense of a noble cause and a goodly heritage, and their names are enshrined in the hearts of a grateful people. Note: They are also enshrined on the Civil War memorial located on the Lanier - Madison Visitor Center Plaza.
Research conducted by the Jefferson County Civil War Roundtable.