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Dubuque, September 1862
 ~ Contributed by Julia Krapfl ~


Late in October J. H. Scanlan called for volunteers to serve on government gunboats. The Teachers' Institute at Epworth resolved that the government should be supported in its efforts to crush the rebellion. Dr. E. A. Guilbert was prominent among the Union Leaguers; he became colonel of the Tenth cavalry. The Methodist and Presbyterian congregations at Epworth refused to permit Mr. Mahony to speak in their churches; he addressed the citizens in the Christian church. Stephen Hempstead had two sons in the Confederate army. About November the officials prepared the following statement of the number of troops furnished by Dubuque county, as follows: Second regiment, 187; Third, 71; Fifth, 2; Ninth, 67; Twelfth, 78; Fourteenth, 1; Sixteenth, 79; Eighteenth, 3; Twenty-first, 484; Twenty-sixth, 1; Twenty-seventh, 7; Thirty-second, 1; Thirty-seventh, 83; Thirty-eighth, 8; Fifty-first,1; First cavalry, 81; Second, 24; Fourth, 6; Fifth, 109; Sixth, 77; Eleventh Pennsylvania, 6; regular army, estimated, 500; total infantry, 1063; cavalry, 303; artillery, 80; regulars, 500; grand total, 1946.

"There has probably no paper suffered so much for its boldness, its independence, as the Dubuque Herald. For daring to be free we have paid all the penalties which proscription, intolerance and unreason could suggest or inflict. We have been ceaselessly followed by enemies; our patrons have been threatened and cajoled, to induce them, if possible, to withdraw all pecuniary assistance or support. In many places persons who would gladly take and read the Dubuque Herald have been the victims of an organized persecution until they are glad, for their own peace, to discontinue its coming. Merchants in this city and Chicago have withdrawn their advertising favors until we could name them by scores. In some towns in Iowa we have large amounts due us, which it is impossible to collect, because whoever attempts their collection is most certain to be set upon by some bully or mob. Despite all this the Dubuque Herald has lived. We need, however, the assistance of every man of whose opinions we are the exponents."

--(Herald, November 17, 1863)





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