Oct. 3, 1864

Bailey & Co.'s Great Show

The Colossal Combination Exhibition of Messrs. Bailey & Co., advertised to exhibit in Madison on the 6th inst., will present more varied attractions than any which has traveled. The great living Hippopotamus, captured on the White Nile in Africa, 2,000 miles above the city of Cairo; Sands Nathan & Co.'s performing elephants; Herr Driesbach's Menagerie of rare Animals and Birds; and Bailey and Co.'s Star Troupe of Gymnasts and Equestrians, selected from the elite of the American and European arena, are a part of the many wonders which will be exhibited under the immense Pavilion, and at the low price of fifty cents admission.

The Hippopotamus is the only one ever exhibited in the United States, there being only four in captivity - two in the Garden des Plantes, Paris and one in London Zoological Gardens.

Oct. 22, 1864


New York, October 22. - ...The following is the account of how Sheridan won the victory;

After taking command, about half past one o'clock, Sheridan commenced driving the rebels. The 19th corps' lines were thrown forward, and with their batteries playing briskly on the rebel position, affairs began to assume a more cheerful aspect. The rebels had apparently got hoarse from their efforts in the morning, for their yells at this time were both few and far between. Our lines continually advanced, slowly, but very surely. The charge which decided the fate of this eventful day, was made at four o'clock p.m. Fifteen minutes before that time, Getty's Division of the 6th Corps, formed in two lines of battle on a piece of open ground on the right of the turnpike. The other Divisions of that Corps - formed in a similar manner, but under cover of the woods. At four o'clock, the lines commenced to move forward. More than half the distance was traversed - scarcely a shot fired - then, suddenly, the rebel batteries opened with terrific effect on our advancing lines. The spectators held their breath, or asked in hushed and eager whispers, whether the troops would meet with the success their bravery merited. But mingling with the roar of artillery...was now heard the roll of musketry. The firing was the most constant and rapid which has ever been heard in the Valley, and never equaled on the Continent, except at the battle of the Wilderness. Our lines slightly wavered...but they did not fall back. When but a short distance from the rebel lines, the last grand rush was made. Our men were inside their lines and the day was won....

This has been the most complete and crushing defeat that Sheridan has inflicted on the old man, Early, and it is extremely problematical whether the latter will again endeavor to dispute with him the possession of the (Shenandoah) Valley.

Oct. 22, 1864

The police should make a descent upon the dens of prostitution in Madison, cleanout every one of them, arrest the inmates and confine them in jail, and have them punished to the full extent of the law. These brazen harlots ought to be banished from our city. They have grown bold and insolent in their acts of debauchery and crime; they gather about the post office, and other public places, and insult and crowd against decent people, and make nuisances of themselves generally. It is high time the law was enforced against them.

Complied by the Jefferson County Civil War Roundtable