Nov. 8, 1864

The meeting at the Court House last night was well attended, and went off well. The first speaker was Major John R. Cravens, who showed up in its true light the exceeding foolishness and falsity of the assertion that the war is a failure.

The rebellion had been overcome and beaten back at every point, and gradually dispossessed of the territory originally claimed by it, until its friends had come as it were to the last ditch, into which they must soon tumble and die, unhonored and unwept.

Col. W.M. Dunn next came forth and addressed the assembly, in his own peculiarly eloquent and happy manner. The Colonel is a favorite orator, and invariably warmly received by the Madison public. He has done great service to the cause of his country in his speeches here and elsewhere, and, like Major Cravens, is deserving of the lasting gratitude of all true patriots.

Note: William M. Dunn and John R. Cravens were both married to daughters of James F.D. Lanier.

Nov. 15, 1864

To the People of Indiana.

State of Indiana, Executive Department

Indianapolis, Nov. 12, 1864

The President of the United States, in consideration of the Divine mercies so visibly and constantly exhibited during the trials through which our country is now passing has, in his proclamation of the 20th of Oct. last, appointed Thursday, the 24th of the present month, a day of thanksgiving and prayer. In its observance he urges us all to humble ourselves in gratitude to the Almighty Disposer of Events, and to supplicate Him for the speedy return of harmony and peace. The duty of a Christian people to acknowledge the goodness of God and in every way to show themselves cheerfully submissive to His will is paramount to all others.

I therefore, earnestly recommend the people of Indiana to observe the day appointed by the President; to abandon all secular business, and devote their time and thoughts as to the solemn demands of religion.

O.P. Morton, Governor of Indiana.

Nov. 15, 1864

We have reliable information from the front at Atlanta. A gentleman arrived in the city last night who left Atlanta late Tuesday night, the 8th inst. At That time Gen. Sherman's preparations for his grand expedition to the seacoast were quite complete. A grand army consisting of five corps, including all the cavalry and artillery necessary, about sixty thousand veterans, well equipped and appointed, with a large supply of ammunition, pontoon bridges, sappers and miners, twenty days full rations of hard bread, sugar, salt, and coffee, which can easily be made to last the whole command forty days. The armies were ordered to be in readiness to move on Thursday morning. The public buildings in Atlanta, the railroad bridges and track between Kingston and Atlanta were to be destroyed....Gen. Thomas, with the Army of the Cumberland, the 23rd corps, and the Chief Q.M. forces under Gen. Donalson, and all detachments of troops arriving at Nashville, is to hold the Chattanooga front. The armies under Sherman, on the march, will depend on the country for forage and vegetables. Beef cattle will be driven with the columns. The "objective" point, when our informant left, was not known. We anticipate a brilliant and successful campaign, from which permanent advantages will accrue to the Union Cause.

Research conducted by the Jefferson County Civil War Round Table