Tricounty News

Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Aug. 19-25, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Aug 19, 1863

Northern authorities resumed the draft in New York City with no difficulties, although troops protected the draft headquarters against a repetition of the disastrous riots of July.

In Charleston Harbor, S.C., the guns boomed for a third day against Fort Sumter and Battery Wagner.

Thursday, Aug. 20, 1863

The bombardment of Fort Sumter and Battery Wagner continued in Charleston Harbor, while Major General William Rosecrans Federal Army of the Cumberland neared the Tennessee River west of Chattanooga, and more Federal troops arrived at Covington, Ky., for the offensive in East

In Kansas, guerrilla forces under William Clarke Quantrill approached the unsuspecting town of Lawrence.


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Aug. 12-18, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1863

Heavy Parrott rifles opened from the low-lying sand batteries of Morris Island, S.C., firing against Fort Sumter and Battery Wagner. Although just a practice to establish the range, the firing marked the opening of a new Federal offensive in Charleston

In Mississippi, a skirmish occurred at the Big Black River Bridge, while the Federal Ninth Corp’s First Division arrived in Covington, Ky., en route to eastern Tennessee.

President Abraham Lincoln refused to give Major General John A. McClernand a new command. McClernand was relieved of corps command at Vicksburg by Major General Ulysses S. Grant.


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Aug. 5-11, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1863

Major General Frederick Steele assumed command of the Federal forces at Helena, Ark.

In Charleston Harbor, S.C., Confederates continued to strengthen their defenses at Fort Sumter and Battery Wagner, knowing that the Federals would soon renew the attack.

Near Dutch Gap, Va., an electric torpedo severely damaged the U.S.S. Commodore Barney.


Forest City Stockade: Aug. 8, 2013

More recollections of the descendants of early settlersimg 0670-RGB

Text from The Meeker REA Pioneer, October 1975. Reprinted from the Tri-County News Dec. 11, 2003. As told by Mrs. Henry A. Olson:

My mother was Henrietta Hickman Caswell (F.A.). She was 16 years old at the time of the Indian outbreak. One of their Indian friends came and asked my grandfather to take his family to the stockade because the Indians were on the warpath.

So my mother crawled on her hands and knees to the land where her father was cutting hay and told him what the Indian had said. Mother saw Indians lurking in the trees as she crawled. But grandfather said the Indians were his friends, and he refused to leave. The Indians never did bother them, while others were killed.

At Manannah, where six were killed, a monument was erected on the late Nathan C. Caswell farm west of Manannah.


Early rural mail carriers remembered

We often take our mail delivery for granted – we just open up our mailbox and voilà, there it is!

However, the job of a mail carrier, especially those who deliver to rural areas, can be a difficult one. In addition, in the days of old when the vehicles and roads were not what they are today, the job was even more demanding.

Years ago, we did not have e-mail and texting to receive messages. Cell phones did not exist. That meant that the delivery of mail to our houses and businesses was a lifeline that we could not do without.

Today, with the reality of no more Saturday mail delivery by the U.S. Postal Service, that change does not seem much like a problem at all. However, years ago, it would have been outrageous even to consider.

Think back to 1904, when Otis Kincaid and Eugene Welliver became the first two rural mail carriers to serve Eden Valley. Kincaid served Rural Route 2 and Welliver Route 1.