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From our archives: When a 'beau idéal' officer was lost

What we thought: 150 years ago

Published: Monday, July 28, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 7:25 a.m. CST
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Gen. John A. Logan 1826-1886 In the Civil War, Logan achieved the rank of general while in his 30s. After the war, he launched the national observance of Decoration Day, now Memorial Day.
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Gen. James B. McPherson 1828-1864 McPherson was the subject of a complimentary description in the July 30, 1864, Gazette. His death during the Battle of Atlanta was announced in the same issue.

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials and articles from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following items appeared in the Gazette on July 30, 1864.

Sherman and his generals

A correspondent writing from Ackworth, Ga., says:

"The village today is filled with generals and their staff officers. Busiest of all perhaps, and certainly the most feared by all, the unfaithful traitors included, may be seen the restless [William Tecumseh] Sherman, watching and directing the whole army, yet not overlooking the minutest details. In the same order in which he directs the grand movements of his great army, he directs the grazing of the horses and mules.

"Hard by may be seen the youthful [James B.] McPherson, a beau idéal officer, graceful in form, a "rare gallant," whose smile and quick word of recognition are ever ready for the humblest soldier who addresses him.

"And there, too, is the staunch patriot whose party ties snapped as if they were nothing when his flag was dishonored – [John A.] Logan, the chief of generals. Looking into his piercing black eyes, and at his swarthy face and long, straight black hair, one can almost imagine an old warrior of the forest had donned the blue of our army and was doing battle for us.

"A few days ago, as he rode along, a rent in the sleeve of his coat showed where a shell or some sharpshooter's ball had nearly taken his arm."

Death of McPherson

The New York Tribune's Washington special, Sunday night, 11 o'clock, says, "Government has received dispatches from General Sherman announcing that on Friday, the rebels under Hood massed a heavy force against his left wing, consisting of McPherson's grand division, composed of Logan's and Blair's corps, and made a desperate attack, gaining a temporary advantage.

"The enemy, after terrific fighting, in which a number of charges were made, were repulsed with much slaughter, and driven into their fortifications.

"Major General McPherson, during the battle, became separated from his staff, and was killed by sharpshooters.

"After McPherson's death, General Logan assumed command of his division."

An able stable

Our readers may not all be aware of the fact that Mr. O.M. Patterson's Livery Stable in this place is not excelled in its size and appointments by any livery establishment west of Chicago. But such is the fact.

Mr. P. has made a very liberal outlay in the erection of his commodious buildings, purchase of carriages, horses, etc., and we are glad to know that our citizens appreciate his efforts to establish a first class establishment in Sterling, and are according him a liberal patronage.

Large additions are daily being made to his stock of horses and carriages, and himself and faithful assistants will always be on hand to wait upon customers.

For the accommodations of the farming public, Mr. P. has fitted up a "Farmers' House," where farmers can be accommodated with board and lodging on reasonable terms. Withal, Mr. Patterson is a gentleman, with whom, if you do business once, you will a second time. Try it.

Be an advertiser

Advertisements are the business guideboards set out on the highway of traffic, to furnish the ignorant traveler with the information he desires, without troubling him to inquire from door to door.

Let every one, therefore, see that his business is well published to the world.

'Pay up you must'

To our delinquents: We intend very soon to revise our subscription list, and if those who are in arrears don't pay up, there'll be a fuss. At the present prices of printing paper, we have concluded that to furnish news and print advertisements for patrons who won't pay is an amusement too expensive to be longer indulged in.

We have been trying grass, like the old man in his orchard, but we are now going to see what virtue there is in a more determined course.

Pay up you must. This notice is for the benefit of those subscribers who have taken the Gazette since we commenced its publication, over three years ago, and who have not as yet paid us a cent. We have several hundred of this class of subscribers.

Running afoul a Copperhead

Recently, says the Rochester Express, while the express train on the Central was passing between Byron and Bergen, going eastward, it ran over one of those odoriferous little animals vulgarly called skunks, and the cars were immediately filled with the peculiarly offensive effluvia which emanated from the remains.

The gentlemen held their noses, while the ladies buried their faces in their handkerchiefs, until a very stately appearing lady remarked in a very grave tone: "I guess we have run over a Copperhead!" which instantly set the passengers in a perfect furor of laughter. The incident furnished abundant food for merriment until the train reached the city.

Internal revenue

The U.S. annual tax for the Third Congressional District is nearly completed and amounts to 95,900 dollars. Of this amount, Whiteside County pays $15,000. The collector, Mr.. A.A. Terrell, will be ready to receive their taxes about the last of August.

Fine pamphlet

Ninth annual fair of the Whiteside County Agricultural Society, to be held at Sterling, Ill., on the 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th days of September, 1864. Fulton Journal Print, by C.J. Booth.

The annual pamphlet of the County Agricultural Society has been out of the press for some weeks, but we have heretofore neglected noticing it. It contains the names of the officers of the society; the constitution of the society as amended; a law for the benefit of agricultural societies; rules and regulations; and the list of premiums.

The pamphlet is printed in excellent style, far superior to those of past years, and equal in mechanical execution to the best, reflecting great credit on Mr. Booth.

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