May 1, 1863

The Wood Procession

The Wood Procession will come off tomorrow, at ten o'clock, under the direction of the Ladies' Aid Society....We hope that the farmers will turn out en masse, and contribute each a load of wood for the benefit of the families of our gallant soldiers. Our citizens will doubtless make preparations to give them a cordial reception.

May 5, 1863

The telegraph announces the arrest of the notorious rebel sympathizer, Vallandigham, sometimes called Vallandigtooten-hammer. Bully for the telegraph! We smile, we approve, we felicitate the Government. It is a good sign. We trust that Vallandigtootenhammer will be sent to Dixie. Let him repose in the bosom of "Jeff." There he could give full expression of his sympathy with rebellion. Let him by all means be sent beyond the lines. Note: After General Ambrose E. Burnside issued General Order Number 38 , warning that the "habit of declaring sympathies for the enemy" would not be tolerated in the Military District of Ohio, Vallandigham gave a major speech on May 1, 1863, charging that the war was being fought not to save the Union but to free the slaves by sacrificing the liberty of all Americans to "King Lincoln".

May 12, 1863

Major John R. Cravens, Paymaster U.S. Army, has been ordered to duty at Cincinnati.

Major Cravens is now in the city, and is, we are glad to say, looking well. He is highly confident of the success of Hooker's movement, and predicts the speedy fall of Richmond, if it is not even now in our possession. He reports that the President and all in authority at Washington are in high spirits, confidently expecting a success such as will electrify the country. Note: Major Cravens must not have heard yet that "Hooker's movement" had lead to a great federal defeat at the Battle of Chancellorsville, May 1 - 3.

May 15, 1863

We are informed by a private letter from Indianapolis that a second company of colored men is being raised in that vicinity for a Massachusetts regiment. The telegraph states that this second company is already full, and of course it will be off for the war. Why does not Indiana raise a regiment of colored troops, and thereby get the credit for the men furnished, in place of furnishing them in this way for the benefit of Massachusetts?

May 16, 1863

Stonewall Jackson's death caused by his Own Men.

...Richmond papers say there is no doubt but that Jackson's wound was inflicted by the mistake of his own men. He received three balls in his left arm and hand. This occurred after dark on Saturday (during the Battle of Chancellorsville), he having given orders to fire on anything coming up the road, before he left the lines, and on seeing the Federal skirmishers before him he turned to retreat, and was shot by his own men.

His funeral was very large, attended by Davis and Cabinet, etc. his body was sent to Lexington. A statue is to be erected in the capital.

May 21, 1863

A Hero

Dr. Fisher, Surgeon of the 44th Massachusetts regiment, relates the following incident of heroic self-sacrifice which occurred during the siege of Washington, North Carolina:

"I must tell you of one hero who saved a company from certain death. A flat full of soldiers, with a few negroes, attempted to land at Rodman's Point, but were repulsed by a terrible fire of rebel bullets - all tumbling into the boat and lying flat to escape being shot. Meanwhile the boat stuck fast on the shore, when this noble African said: 'Somebody's got to die to git us out of dis and it may as well be me! He then deliberately got out and pushed the boat off, and fell into it battered by five bullets. Dr. Ware afterward amputated a leg and reset a part of one bone in the arm, but the man of course died."

Research conducted by the Jefferson County Civil War Roundtable.