August 2, 1865

Col. M.C. Garber, one of the proprietors of the Courier, was fined $1.00 by the Mayor yesterday for obstructing the street with a pile of wood, and had to pay in addition $1.65 costs – total $2.65 – served him right.

Aug. 4, 1865

Mr. John Owens, just beyond North Madison, is the owner of a calf which is a great curiosity, and for which we learn has been offered $1,000 if it lives, and $200 for its heads should it “kick the bucket.”  This remarkable calf is about two months old.  It has two heads, with four eyes, and one ear, and can eat with either one of its mouths – whichever happens to come handy.

Aug. 7, 1865

We had on our table of exchange papers – among them the leading journals of the opposition in the State, in every one of which the all-absorbing topic is “negro suffrage.”….But in spite of labors of democratic journals, the work of reconstruction in the South progresses steadily from day to day.  President Johnson’s Administration is doing all in its power to restore the States to their practical relations with the Government on the white basis….

 Also Aug. 7, 1865

Hezekiah J. Round, a returned soldier, living on the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad, shot himself through the head at Vernon on Friday, having learned of the seduction of his wife by a physician, who attended her in his absence.  The women and her paramour, with $1,000 of the soldier’s money, fled.  “Ki” Round was a cooper, and formerly lived in Madison, working for Messrs. Shillito & Coffin. 

 Aug. 8, 1865


The actual product of oil in Pennsylvania is set down at 3,500,000 barrels of crude oil for the year 1865, and worth, taking an average of prices, $24,000,000 at the mouth of the wells.  When carried to the refining establishments and purified, this product of petroleum is worth upward of $60,000,000, or half as much as the wheat crop, or one-fourth as much as the cotton or corn crop….No matter how great the product, the market cannot be glutted.  The whole world is taking to burning petroleum oil.  In 1862 Europe consumed 10,000,000 of gallons; In 1864, the importation increased three hundred percent, 30,000,000 of gallons being consumed; and in 1866 it is estimated that 90,000,000 gallons will be required….

Also Aug. 8, 1865

Draft Sneaks 

Six draft sneaks from Franklin, Ind., who ran away to Canada after drawing an unlucky number in the lottery, and then sneaked back to their homes after the war, have been arrested: They were taken to Indianapolis on Saturday, and “chucked” into the military prison.

Aug. 29, 1865

Fort Laramie, Aug. 25

Advices from Gen. Conner’s Powder River Indian expedition are to Aug. 21st.

On the 16th a detachment of his Pawnee scouts discovered, pursued and killed all of a war party of Cheyenne, numbering 24, who were returning from the mail road with scalps and plunder.  No loss on our side….On the 20th the scouts killed one of the principle chiefs of the Cheyenne….The Indians are all moving North with great rapidity for their villages.

Gen. Connor left Powder River on the 22nd, moving North, concentrating his columns, ready and eager to meet them.


Research conducted by the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site.