Civil War reports
From the pages of the Madison Daily Courier
Saturday, December 21, 2013 4:00 AM
December 4, 1863
Capt. Newland has just received from Lieut. Barrett, under date of Nov. 26th, a brief letter showing the part borne by the "Bloody Sixth" in the gallant action at Mission Ridge. The Sixth and Louisville Legion, consolidated, form part of the brave Gen Hazen's Brigade, which in the triumphant assault by our army was the first on the Ridge. Here eighteen pieces of artillery and twelve hundred prisoners were captured. In this charge the Sixth lost fourteen killed and about fifty wounded. The writer, however, does not give a full list of the casualties...
These are all Madison volunteers, and their friends deeply mourn that the fortunes of war have turned so heavily against them...The case of young Townsend is particularly sorrowful, he being the third son lost in the same family within the last seventeen months...May the grass grow green and the flowers bloom sweetly on the graves where our heroes have fallen, and their rest be sweet forever!
December 21, 1863
Special Arrangements for Christmas, 1863.
Santa Claus at Work for the Soldiers
By a special arrangement with the North Madison Soldiers' Aid Society, Santa Claus will change the usual time of his visit to that place, from Christmas Eve to the afternoon of Christmas Day, when he will set out a fine Oyster Supper in the Saint Charles Hotel.
As his (Santa Claus) work will be rather heavier than usual, he invites the good people of the place to give him some assistance both in the way of preparing the eatables, and furnishing such fancy articles as may be sold for the benefit of soldiers and their families.
The young people, and older ones too, are invited to come judge, by seeing and tasting, whether Santa Claus has sustained his long-established reputation. The proceeds will go to the benefit of soldiers and their families.
By order of SANTA CLAUS.
December 24, 1863
Governor Morton's Appeal
...I appeal to the men of Indiana, who from age or other causes, are unable to volunteer, to come forward at this hour to help the country. If each man will attempt to procure one recruit for the army many may succeed, the ranks be filled, and the State saved from a draft. Many are able to make special arrangements with a volunteer, in regard to supporting his family or providing an increase of bounty, and cannot serve better than by so doing. Individual efforts may in this way work great results; and many be represented in the army who are unable to go themselves...
Governor of Indiana.
December 29, 1863
Death of Capt. Hendricks.
We are kindly permitted to use the following private telegram, containing the sorrowful news of the death of our young townsman, Capt. Thos. Hendricks, of the 67th regiment, resulting from injuries sustained in the late fight at Carrion Crow Bayou, La.:
"Cairo, Ill., Dec. 28.
To Dr. S.M. Goode:
Thomas died on the 19th inst. I am on my way home with his body.
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