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Civil War reports Madison Daily Courier - June 1864
June 3, 1864

A number of disorderly soldiers got up a row at Mrs. Kiser's corner Main Cross and Plum streets, about four o'clock yesterday afternoon. The patrol guard tried to arrest them, but they resisted, and attempted to get out of the way, when the guard fired upon them. Report says one of the shots took effect, slightly wounding one of the soldiers. It appears that too free indulgence in strong drink occasioned the fuss. The men had just been paid off, and some of them had been making bad use of their money.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Civil War reports from the Madison Daily Courier - April 1864
April 8, 1864 - Gen. Sheridan: General Sheridan, the newly appointed chief of cavalry at the Army of the Potomac, is, as his name indicates, of Irish descent.
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Monday, April 28, 2014

Civil War reports from the Madison Daily Courier - March 29, 214
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.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Civil War reports - February 1, 2014
January 5, 1864 Mersrs. Editors: Permit me through the columns of your paper to return the thanks of the 91st and 93rd companies Invalid Corps, commanded by Lieutenant John Kenoler, to the citizens and ladies, especially, of Madison, for the excellent dinner and good things generally, brought by them to our quarters on New Year's Day.
Saturday, February 1, 2014

Civil War reports
December 4, 1863

Sixth Indiana.

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...

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Civil War reports
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.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Civil War reports
October 10, 1863

Our Railroads



America is essentially a country of railroads, and it has been our pride that no nation can show as perfect a system of communications between its various sections as our own. It has moreover been our custom to view these railroads in a commercial and social point of view.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

From the Madison Daily Courier - Sept. 1863
September 14, 1863 Madison & Indianapolis R.R.: We had occasion a few days ago to pass over the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad, and were surprised to find so many evidences of its prosperity. The track is very smooth, and the road well ballasted.
Saturday, September 28, 2013

Civil War Reports
August 18, 1863: A very brief notice of this institution may be of some interest to our general readers both at home and abroad. We hesitate not to pronounce it one of the very best General Hospitals established, by the Government, upon which it reflects great credit.
Saturday, August 24, 2013

Civil War Reports
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.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Civil War Reports
March 1, 1863 - A Voice from the Army: The following is an extract from a letter recently received from a young officer of the 32nd Indiana Regiment now at Vicksburg. It may serve to show the "Copperheads" in what estimation they are held by the brave defenders of our country now in the army.
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Civil War Reports: October 1862
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.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

From the Madison Daily Courier - August 1862
August 16, 1862

Volunteering for the War - The way Jefferson County has been turning out volunteers recently is astonishing. Several companies have been recruited, and some have gone into camp; and as those not yet full have permission to receive volunteers until the 22nd instant, we hope there will be plenty of men to fill all up to the required number without necessary splicing...

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Civil War reports from the pages of the Madison Daily Courier ... March 1862
March 17, 1862

The Body of Col. Hendricks. - Our dispatches today state that the remains of our late townsman, John Abram Hendricks, who fell at Pea Ridge, Ark., arrived at Rolla, Mo., on Saturday, accompanied by his brother, Paul Hendricks. Lieut. Perry Watts, of Captain Litson's company, will probably be brought on the same train. Suitable arrangements are being made to honor the gallant dead by the militia of this city and vicinity....The body of Col. Hendricks will arrive on the 5 o'clock train today. Funeral at 2 p.m. to-morrow.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Civil War Reports - October 1861
TO THE PEOPLE OF INDIANA

October 3, 1861

In the progress of events, this wicked and unnatural rebellion, having for its object the overthrow of our government, and the subversion of our institutions, has extended into our neighboring State of Kentucky.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

How long would Ky. remain neutral?
Note: Kentucky proclaimed neutrality at the beginning of the Civil War and was able to maintain this policy until September of 1861. Both sides recruited troops in Kentucky before then, but each side kept their armies out of the state in order to not to antagonize its citizens. The importance of the state's geographical position is reflected in Lincoln's famous quote: "I hope to have God on my side, but I must have Kentucky." Finally, on Sept. 4, 1861, Confederate Major General Polk ordered Brigadier General Pillow to occupy the strategic town of Columbus, Ky, and the state's neutrality was at an end. Kentucky's pro-Union legislature voted to support the Union and her pro-Confederate governor resigned.
Saturday, September 24, 2011

Civil War reports - August 27, 2011
Note: The Battle of Wilson's Creek was fought on Aug. 10, 1861, near Springfield Missouri between Union forces and the Confederate Missouri State Guard. It was the first major battle of the war west of the Mississippi River and is sometimes called the "Bull Run" of the West." Gen. Lyon, commander of the Union force of 6,000 men, was killed during the battle while he was trying to rally his troops. He was the first Union general killed in the war. Confederate Brig. Gen. Benjamin McCulloch's force of 12,000 men forced the Union troops to retreat to Springfield, giving the Confederates control of southwestern Missouri.
Saturday, August 27, 2011

Civil War reports
Note: The First Battle of Bull Run, also known as the First Battle of Manassas (the name used by Confederates), was fought on July 21, 1861, near the City of Manassas, Virginia.
Saturday, July 16, 2011

Civil War reports from the pages of the Madison Daily Courier
Editor's Note: It was in 1885, a year after the Civil War ended that the nation celebrated its first Memorial Day. Below are excerpts from the Madison Daily Courier in 1861, as it reported to its readers on the war ...
Saturday, May 28, 2011

Madison reacts to the start of the Civil War
April 12 was the 150th anniversary of the attack on Fort Sumter by Rebel forces, the start of the Civil War. The following stories are from the pages of The Madison Daily Courier. We thank the Civil War Roundtable for doing the research and providing this information.
Monday, April 18, 2011



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