Tricounty News

Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Dec. 9-15, 1863 Dec. 2-8, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1863

As the U.S. Congress heard President Abraham Lincoln’s annual message that was read by the clerks, Major General John G. Foster superseded Major General Ambrose Burnside in command of the Department of the Ohio. Burnside, criticized for his handling of the Copperhead movement and for not supporting Major General William Rosecrans at Chickamauga, had for some time wanted to leave his departmental command.

A mutiny of Negro troops at Fort Jackson, La., below New Orleans, was put down by white Federal officers. It arose over alleged mistreatment by one officer of his soldiers.

The English blockade-runner, Minna, was taken off of the coast of Charleston, S.C., just one of many captures during these months.


Pneumonia is fatal to Magnus Johnson

Ex-Senator was laid to rest in Dassel Cemetery yesterday afternoonW-Magnus-Johnson292

Reprinted from the Tri-County News Sept. 19, 2002. Text and photo originally published in the Tri-County Messenger Sept. 17, 1936. Thanks to Ruth Brower for loaning the history treasure for this week’s Historical Society column.

After staging a game fight for his life for over three weeks, Magnus Johnson succumbed to pneumonia at 3:27 a.m. Sunday,
Sept. 13, [1936]. His death had been expected for several days, and all the members of his family were at his bedside when he died at the Litchfield Hospital.

The fatal attack of pneumonia was the second he had suffered in the past year. Last January he developed an attack in a St. Paul hospital where he was recovering from being struck by a car on the streets of that city.


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Dec. 2-8, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1863

The Federal Army of the Potomac was completing its withdrawal to north of the Rapidan River in Virginia, abandoning the abortive Mine Run Campaign.

In Tennessee, Confederate Lieutenant General James Longstreet was now being threatened from the rear by fast-approaching Federal troops intent on breaking the siege of Knoxville.

Confederate General Braxton Bragg turned over command of the Army of Tennessee to Lieutenant General William J. Hardee at Dalton, Ga. Many of Bragg’s senior officers were glad to see him go. Although the Confederates were losing a fine disciplinarian and dedicated soldier, he was also a man under whom few could operate successfully.


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2013

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday November 25, 1863


Federal Major General Ulysses Grant ordered Major General William T. Sherman to move against Tunnel Hill and the north end of Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Major General Joseph Hooker was to move from Lookout Mountain to try to cut off a Confederate retreat into Georgia or to follow the enemy. Major General George Thomas was to move into the center when Sherman reached the ridge, where General Braxton Bragg’s Confederates were dug in though weakened by the loss of Lieutenant General James Longstreet’s corps who were dispatched to Knoxville.

Soon after sunrise, Sherman’s troops attacked without success. Heavy fighting continued until midday which found the Confederates still in control of Missionary Ridge.


My Legacy: Dr. Elmer E. Keithahn (1913-2000)

Reprinted from the Tri-County News Sept. 5, 2002.

Openings for doctors at that time were relatively scarce. I was hired by Dr. Sherwood in Kimball, Minn. It was a depressed area of the state with a lot of poor people and poor farm land. Dr. Sherwood hired me for $1,500 the first year – a little less than what other members of my class made. Nowadays doctors, under similar conditions, would make $50,000 a year.

I lived in a rented room in a private home, and ate at Schmidt’s Café where the teachers and other people would eat on occasion.

Liability insurance was $14 a year. One could buy a nice one-story house in Kimball for $3,500.