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. All the men composing these two companies have been in the field since the breaking out of the rebellion. Many of them have been wounded and prisoners in the hands of the rebels, and all have experienced the hardships and privations of war. The companies are composed of men from almost every loyal State, many of them have not seen home or friends since they gave up all, for their country and the cause of freedom...

...When we are so fortunate, (or unfortunate) as to have to go from among you, we will long remember the first day of January, 1864, and all the good people of Madison and especially the young lady that left us the nicely decorated pie.

G.W.K., 91st Co. I .C.

January 18, 1864

In responds to the inquiries of numerous friends about Major M.C. Garber's whereabouts, the state of his health, etc., we would say that he is now in Texas, serving as quartermaster of the expedition to redeem that State. He is enjoying good health. His address is "13th Army Corps, care of Maj. Gen'l C.C. Washburne, Cavallo Pass, Texas.

Also January 18, 1864

The remains of John R. Townsend, late of the Sixth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, were followed to the grave in Springdale yesterday afternoon. A detachment of military, and a cortege of sorrowing relatives and friends, preceded by musicians discoursing solemn and plaintive strains made the mournful procession. After appropriate religious services, the grave closed over the soldier with the honors of war. Thus has another victim to this unholy rebellion been laid out of sight of loving friends on earth forever....How inexpressibly sad must be the feelings of families that have been so deeply afflicted as the one to which the young man above mentioned belonged. Yet we will look above and beyond these things, to a bright picture the future holds to our longing eyes - where the white dove of peace is nestled again under the broad protecting wings of the eagle, and every star in our bright constellation of States is shining in its place...

January 22, 1864

It is with pride a citizen of Indiana can listen to the eulogy of her Governor, her capital with enterprising and intelligent inhabitants, her public institutions and her benevolent acts. But in doing this the writer should be careful to give the whole State it's just meed of praise. Every act of greatness seems to come from Indianapolis, in the estimation of its citizens; and even editors of other States appear to catch the infection. They seem to forget that Madison is in Indiana. In the Cincinnati Commercial of the 18th, we see the amount and prompt payment of the U.S. Internal Revenue for the last quarter in Indianapolis District is boasted of as being large, amounting to the enormous sum of $34,400! Why! The Madison District for the same time paid $51,403.90.

This little city of ours, for the information of those who don't know we will say is situated on the Ohio River, about one hundred miles southwest of Cincinnati, and fifty miles northeast from Louisville. You can find it by looking on the map.

Research conducted by the Jefferson County Civil War Round Table