Civil War Reports: October 1862
From the pages of the Madison Daily Courier
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 11:00 AM
Madison Courier, Oct. 1, 1862
We wish to keep as prominently as possible, in these exciting times, before the people the great importance of the election which is so near at hand. We say to every voter, your ballot at this election will tell upon the future life and destiny of the nation. Do you not believe this? And if you do, will you not be careful not to cast a vote that may by any possibility aid in its destruction? We should not cast our votes without being first fully satisfied that we are doing what we can to preserve the national life. It is assailed by a powerful and wicked rebellion; let us do nothing that may even to seem to encourage the traitors to persevere in their course; let us not leave them in doubt as to whether we intend to preserve the life of the nation, the Constitution as it is, and obedience to the laws, or not.
Madison Courier, Oct. 2, 1862
[From the Cincinnati Commercial, Oct. 1st ]
Rebel Raid in Carrolton, KY.
We learn from officers of the Louisville mail boat Florence, which arrived last night, that the rebels are again in possession of Carrolton, situated at the mouth of the Kentucky River, having entered the town about four o'clock yesterday morning...They had taken possession of the Court-house, and had lowered the Union, and were hoisting the rebel flag. All the Union flags in town had been torn down...It is supposed they would destroy the records in the Court-house, and all County, State and Government property.
Madison City Guards!
You are hereby ordered to meet at the armory of the Jefferson Greys, on Ohio Street, tonight, for the purpose of doing picket duty. All members of the company must attend.
By order, L. Shrewsbury, O.S.
Madison Courier, Oct. 18, 1862
When it comes to hard fighting, and especially long continued pounding, such as we have had at Corinth and in Kentucky, the pluck of our armies does wonders. But in generalship the rebels always seem to have the best of it, getting all sorts of information and making the utmost possible use of it. How they get it, and how they use it, as they do with such celerity and success, is worthy of thought. It is clear that General Bragg in Kentucky knew just when and where to make his attack, singling out his corps singly at Perryville, although Buell, by his superior strength and arrangements so completely overpowered the attack afterwards. It was the same at Corinth. Nothing could have been more dexterous, and a little more would have given the rebels Corinth. They did drive back our forces so that the Corinth House was captured and our line pierced almost hopelessly by the well planned dash, or rather successive dashes by which they had sought to carry the point. It was not until the second day, by hard pounding, that our brave soldiers gained that most critical but admirable of victories.
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