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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sweet, Benjamin Jeffrey 1832- (search)
officer; born in Kirkland, N. Y., April 24, 1832; settled with his father in Stockbridge, Wis., in 1848; elected a member of the Wisconsin legislature just prior to the Civil War, but at the outbreak of hostilities was made major of the 6th Wisconsin Regiment. Later he became colonel of the 21st and 22d Wisconsin regiments, which he had recruited. During the battle of Perryville he lost 300 in killed and wounded, being himself among the latter. In May, 1864, he was placed in command of Camp Douglas, Chicago, which contained about 10,000 Confederate prisoners. Through his watchfulness he discovered and prevented a plot to arm these soldiers, who were then to escape and fire the city, which was to be a signal for a general uprising of 500,000 men throughout the West. Sweet had but 796 men, and it was impossible to secure others. He therefore took the unprecedented means of confiding in a Confederate prisoner to shadow the leaders of the plot. The man engaged was John T. Shanks, a
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The honor roll of the University of Virginia, from the times-dispatch, December 3, 1905. (search)
1862. McAllister, J. N., Lt., Va., Okolona, Miss., 1861. McCormick, C., Surg., Va., Berryville, Va. McCoy, W., Capt., Va., 1861. McCoy, W. K., Va., Charlottesville, Va. McDaniel, J., a. McDonald, C. W., Capt., Va., Gaines' Mill, Va., 1862. McDowell, T. P., Va., Gordonsville, Va., 1862. McElmurry, W. L., Ga., Manassas Junc. Va. 1861. McGehee, N. M., Va. McIntyre, A., Lt., S. C., Sharpsburg, 1862. McIver, J. K., S. C., Point Lookout, 1863. McKerall, W., La., Camp Douglas, Ill. McKim, R. B., Md., Winchester, Va. 1862. McMillin, J. M., Ky., Franklin, Tenn. 1862. McMurry, A. G., Ga., Sharpsburg, Md. 1862. McPherson, S., Ass't Surg., Va., Richmond, Va. 1863. Nelson, H. M., Maj., Va., Albemarle county, Va. 1862. Nelson, J. A., Surg., Va., Culpepper county, Va. 1863. Nelson, H., Capt., Va. Newman, W. S., Lt., Va., Winchester, Va. 1862. Newman, T. H., Va., Middleburg, Va. 1863. Newton, T., Surg., Va., Norfolk, Va. 1862. Newton,
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Eleventh Kentucky Cavalry, C. S. A. From the Lexington, Ky. Herald, April 21, 1907. (search)
, mostly escaped prisoners of war, from Canada. After their capture the prisoners were sent to Cincinnati, where they constituted quite a rare show for the populace; and from thence they were sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, Camp Morton, Ind., and Camp Douglas, Ill.; though eventually most of them were assembled at Camp Douglas. The officers were imprisoned at various places—the Ohio penitentiary, at Columbus; Johnson's Island, Ohio; Allegheny penitentiary, Pa.; Point Lookout, Md., and Fort DelawarCamp Douglas. The officers were imprisoned at various places—the Ohio penitentiary, at Columbus; Johnson's Island, Ohio; Allegheny penitentiary, Pa.; Point Lookout, Md., and Fort Delaware, Del. It was claimed that the officers were confined for a while in the Georgia penitentiary. While Major McCreary was a prisoner at Fort Delaware, 600 Confederate officers including him, were put on a steamer, with a Federal gunboat as a convoy, and sent to Morris Island, opposite Charleston, S. C., and put under fire as retaliation because a number of Federal officers had been imprisoned by order of President Davis at Charleston while that city was being bombarded by Federal batteries, an
s. The stock was 112,000 bales. The Bank of France had reduced its rates of discount to four per cent. The formation of a league for armed neutrality was under advisement, to protect the commerce of neutrals in case of maritime war. Louisville, Feb. 23.--Rumors, which cannot be traced to any reliable source, prevail here, of the evacuation of Nashville by the Confederates. Five thousand of the prisoners taken at Fort Donelson have arrived at Indianapolis, and 4,000 at Camp Douglas. Washington, Feb. 23.--In the Senate yesterday Mr. Sumner presented three petitions from Pennsylvania, praying for the general emancipation of all slaves under the war power. Clarkesville is certainly in the possession of the Federal troops. The forts and guns on Roanoke Island have been put in good order. Gen. Burnside is said to be very active in preparing to strike a decisive blow where it is least expected. New York, Feb. 28.--The Herald says that Manassas and Nas
his man, the sentinel called the corporal of the guard, and then continued passing his beat as though nothing had occurred. The name of the sentry is Barnet Hamill, of Company A, Irish Brigade. A court of inquiry has been instituted to examine the facts of the case, and as soon as it has been established that he shot the man in the discharge of his duty, of which there is not the least doubt, he will be promoted. Hon. Cave Johnson, of Tennessee, who has a son among the prisoners at Camp Douglas, visited the camp yesterday, and distributed a large amount of money among the Tennesseeans, sent by their friends at home. Bold Talk in a Yankees Journal The York (Pennsylvania) Trees thus explains why the Lincoln Government fails to pay its dupes who are engaged in the present unholy crusade against the South: The soldiers stationed along the Northern Central Railroad have not been paid off for the last three of four months, and we understand that some of the families of
vered with foliage that the visitor will be unable to find the last resting place of those who have fallen until the rains and snows of winter wash off the surface of the light covering of earth and expose their remains. Quartermaster-General Meigs has caused to be removed to the cemetery at Arlington the remains of those who died on the camping-grounds in the vicinity, and has taken measures to collect the remains of all others for deposit in permanent cemeteries, including those at Camp Douglas, Chicago. The Freedmen of the District. The Freedmen's Aid Commission of this city have issued a circular stating that there is no very large number of freedmen here who are dependent upon charity for support. The commission, in the same circular, call upon the affluent for aid. Head of the Agricultural Bureau. Our Washington correspondent telegraphs that a movement is on foot to get rid of the present head of the Agricultural Bureau. We believe any change would meet t