Dubuque County IAGenWeb      

Join Our Team


~ Military Holdings ~


Dubuque County
December 1862
 ~ Contributed by Julia Krapfl ~


Again in November, 1862, the draft was threatened; the return of Mahony and the disloyal speeches of such men as Judge Wilson threw a damper on enlistments.

Late in November, 1862, the Dubuque Daily Times demanded the suppression of the Dubuque Herald upon the following grounds: I. That it was preparing for a practical demonstration of treason; 2, that it would induce Democratic party followers to rise in mob resistance to the draft and the war tax; 3, that if allowed to continue it would bring about the same state of things witnessed in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The Dubuque Herald denied all this charge.

The report of the hospital at Camp Franklin from September 18 to November 30, 1862, showed that the whole number admitted was 193 returned to duty 163; furloughed convalescent, 7; discharged, 1; died, 8: remaining in the hospital, 24. Typhoid, bilious and lung fevers prevailed. Men of the Twenty-first, Twenty-seventh, Thirty-second and Thirty-eighth regiments suffered most.

In December Mr. Mahony addressed a four-column article to President Lincoln, giving his views on the conduct of the war; it failed to convince the Administration that it should change its policy. The Thirty-eighth Regiment B, left for the front December 15; they made a fine appearance as they marched through the streets. One of the barracks at Camp Franklin burned in December; part of the Forty-second Regiment saved the others. Late in December the Silver Greys were on furlough. The Forty-second and the Irish regiment were consolidated; O'Brien of the latter became lieutenant colonel. General Vandever was here for the holidays and was serenaded. The Ladies' Aid Society gave the soldiers at Camp Franklin a splendid dinner on Christmas, 1862; turkeys, pies, cakes, fruit galore.
"Another Compliment.--Two companies of the Thirty-eighth marched by our office in good style yesterday and, while passing, their band (a good one, by the way) played Dixie in a very creditable manner. At the expense of being called a Secesh, Butternut, Copperhead or Dimmycrat, we must solemnly avow that we know of no tune when properly played that so soothes our savage breast as does Dixie. and we don't care who knows it--except the U. S. marshal."
-(Dubuque Herald, December 13, 1862)




back to Dubuque Military Journal

back to Dubuque home