The Falls City tribune. (Falls City, Neb.) 1904-191?, May 27, 1910, Image 7

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Some War Experiences
As related of Thomas Kelsey, a resident of our city
and a member of Veteran Post No. 84, C. A R.
At tlie age of eighteen, lie en
lTted in Co. C. 3t Indiana Infantry .on
August 28, 1SG1 at Huntington, Ind.
Ilia regiment started for tile seat
of war on September 10, 1801, go
ing through Louisville. Kentucky to
.N' lson, Ky, where they spent the
winter in plain army tents for shelter
against the weather.
For warmth, they dug fire-places
in the ground, with underground pas
sageway for smoke; the opening
being far enough outside to pre
v ut burning the tent. It smoked bad
and was not very warm.
in the spring of 1802. they marched
to the Ohio River, a little below
Louisville, Ky., where on February
17,they embarked on transports; they
were attached to Gen. Nelson's divis
ion of the army. : Disembarked on
the west bank of the Mississippi riv
er below Cairo, Illinois and marched
to New Madrid, Missouri, here
they took part in tlie siege of this
place, which the rebels evacuated on
March 14, 1802; the rebels taking to
their boats and retreating down the
river, leaving three prisoners.
On the next night, his company and
another company of his regiment as
sisted in dragging two 32-pound seige
g ms about twenty-five miles through
timber and swamps, and before day
light the cannons were in position on
the river bank. At daylight they
were discovered by the rebel fleet
and at once attacked. The rebel
fbet consisted of seven gunboats.
After a spirited engagement one of
the rebel gunboats was sunk and the
others beat a hasty retreat. This
action having dispersed the rebel
fleet that supported the rebel posi
tion on Island No. JO, this rebel
srongliold was soon thereafter sur
ii adored, and was occupied by bis
tic also assisted m me capture or
Fort Pillow; afterwards went by
transports to Memphis, Tennessee
on June 15, 1802, where hist regiment
soon took transports for the White
River in Arkansas, going up this river
as far as Aberdeen.
On the night of July 2, 1802, they
' had an engagement with the rebels
ten miles from Aberdeen, and soon
drove them to Duvall’s Bluff. They
thtn again embarked on transports
for Helena, Arkansas, where they
went into winter quarters. Their cam
was in heavy timber, of which they
made shanties breast high, using their
tents for roofs. • Made chimneys of
sticks and mud on the outside. They
were occupied during the winter do
ing guard duty, guarding government
property and cotton.
During two weeks of this time
they were engaged in removing heavy
timbers which the rebels had felled
in tlie stream at Yazoo Pass.
In the spring of 1863 went on trans
ports up the Arkansas river to Pine
Bluffs and Little Rock, where they
attacked the rebels some miles back
from the river, surprising the rebels
at daylight before breakfast in heavy
timber. Closed in on the rebels in
line of battle, firing as they could;
went, right in on them, driving them
out and dispersing them. They theji
returned down the river to its junc
tion' with the Mississippi river, and
went down the Mississippi some miles,
landing on the west side, north of
On April 10, 1863, started on - the
Vicksburg campaign. During this
time they built bridges to facilitate
the march of the army from Milli
ken's Bend to a point below Vicks
burg. They also guarded govern
ment property while the army was
digging the canal.
The reglmet crossed the Mississ
ippi river below' Vicksburg on trans
ports, his company going over on a
tug boat on the night of April 30,
1863. They marched all night over a
partly hilly and partly level coun
try, well timbered, with dusty roads.
Ilis regiment was In the fighting
next morning at Port Gibson, Miss.,
making a charge, capturing two can
nons and many prisoners. His regi
ment lost forty-nine in killed and
wounded In this engagement.
On the same day he w'as in the bat
tle at Champion Hills, where his
regiment captured the 46th Alabama
Infantry with its colors^ and arms;
here his regiment lost seventy-nine
killed and wounded.
He took part in the seige of Vicks
burg, his camp being about two hun
dred yards over the hill from the
trenches and out of range of the
rebel guns. He made liis own
c offee,cooked liis own pork and beans
and lived on hardtack. He was en
gaged in digging trenches for over
a month. Would dig up be dirt and
throw it. out three or four feet, toward
the rebel lines until the trench was
deep enough to afford shelter from
th< rebel cannqu and small arms.
There was a trench running up
from the rear In which soldiers could
reach the front trenches without be
ing under fire. Would be in the
trenches about four hours at a time
and < hen be relieved for eight hours.
Kept digging the trenches up closer
and closer to the rebel fortifications
all the time. The rebels tried sev
eral times to break through the Union
lines but were never successful. To
wards tlie last the lines of the two
armies were not over a rod apart, and
many a night he talked with the rebel
soldiers across the intervening space.
When the rebels displayed the
white flag of surrender, the Union
army was in line of battle ready
too charge the rebel works, lie was
not over three hundred yards from
the rebel army when it marched out
of its fortifications and laid down
their arms, and within a few minutes
afterwards he was in Vicksburg grat
ifying his curiosity about the place.
In this seige his regiment lost thir
teen in killed and wounded.
The rebel army after stacking their
arms was fed by the Union army
with army rations. They soon sign
ed papers of parole not to fight
again during the war and were al
lowed to go home.
Next day after the surrender his
regiment joined Gen. Sherman’s army
and marched to Jackson, Miss., where
rebel Gen. Johnson had gathered tin
other rebel army. He took part in
the nine days’ siege of Jackson, his
regiment losing ten men in killed
and wounded. They returned to Vicks
burg and embarked on transports on
August 4. 1868, for Brazos City,
which is below New Orletis.
He was will (Jen. Banks' expedition
up the Teach Bayou and Carrion
Crow Bayou, where on Nov. 3, 1868,
they had a spirited engagement with
the rebels. From here his regiment
marched to New Iberia, Louisiana,
when* lie and 464 others of his regi
ment re-inlisted for three years
more of service. Then marched to
New Orleas where they boarded
transports December 28, 1868, bound
for Port Cavalla, Texas, on the Gulf
c i Mexico. From here they re
turned to New Orleans February 24,
In March, 181(4, those who had ro
enlisled went home on a thirty-day
furlough bv transports to Cairo, Illi
nois ami from their by train to Indian
apolis, Ind.. where they arrived April
1, 1864. Here his regiment was
welcomed by Gov. Morton, of Indiana.
At expiration of his furlough he
went back to New Orleans, rejoining
his regiment, doing guard duty until
December, 1864, when his regiment
embarked on transports for Brazos
Island, Texas, which is situated at i
the mouth of the Ilio Grande river,
the boundary line beween the United
States and Mexico.
His regiment was in the last
battle ofthe war, fought at Palmetto
Ranch, Texas, on May Id, 1865. In
this engagement his regiment was
overpowered and had to retreat, los
ig two companies of prisoners; their
total loss being eighty-two in killed,
wounded and prisoners. This bat
tle was after the Surrender of Lee
at Appomatax. As soon as the news
of the close of the war was received
the rebels released their prisoners.
The day he learned the war was
over was one of the gladdest days
of his life'. He was then back at
Brazos Isalnd.
His regiment went 250 miles up
the Rio Grande river on a scout after
this, returning to Brownville, Texas,
in August, 1865, where he stayed un
til February, 1866. This was on
account of the trouble arising from
the French occupation of Mexico.
He was mustered out on February
10. 1866 having served in the army
four years and a half, lie was then
twenty-three years old. During his
service in the army he never
missed guard duty but a few days
on account of sickness and was never
wounded or taken prisoner.
Report of The Condition
of the
Farmers State Bank
Of Preston, Nebraska
Charter Number 708, Incorporated in the
State of Nebraska, at the close of business
May 11, 1910.
Loans airtl discounts. $ 32,383.5s
Overdrafts, secured and unsecured.. 597.04
Banking house furniture and fixtures
Current expenses and taxes paid. 781.87
Due from nat'l, stateand private
banks and bankers ... ... $5,033.84
Currency. 1,290.00
Cold Coin .... 630.00
Silver,(nickels’aml cents .... 531.07 7.484.91
Total. .... .$41,898.30
Capital stock paid in .. . .$13,000.00
Surplus fund.. 2.600.00
Undivided profits. . 1.521.32
Individual deposits subject to
check . ^ .. $13,161.23
Tittle certificates of deposit.. 11,615.75 24.77<».<*?s
Total . $41,89x.30
County of Richardson. ‘
I. Clyde Thacker, cashier of flu* above
named bank, do hereby swear that the above j
statement is a correct and true copy of tie* re
port made to the State Banking Board.
Clyuk Thackkk, Cashier
W. C. Makgkavi;, Director
\V. A. Ghkknwai.u. Director.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 20th
day of May. 1910.
tii Y P. (1KHKNWAi.11, Notary Public.
My commission expires Dec. 22, 1911.
• 1
Know What
Clothes ScienceHeans
DATHER a technical term to use
for Clothes, but when you learn its true
meaning, you will see how it describes Clot her aft Clothes,
The lakers have in
vented 207 different appliances
that reduce the cost of production
to a minimum. So you can now
get Clothcrnft Clothes at a third
less than other clothes of equal
high grade. That is Scientific Tailoring.
It means economy and satisfaction for you.
We make a Special feature of
Clothcraft Clothes. They re guaran
teed pure wool and will hold their style
■I and shape until their last day.
All-Wool Clothes $10 to $25
This is your invitation to coni' In and see our great gathering of Clothcraft Clothes.
The Home of Good Clothing
Always Something New!
See the
Royal Vistas Ware
Different from anything ever shown here. I )ecorated
with reproductions from the old masters. We have
Plates, Plaques, Bowls, Sugars
Creamers, Mugs, Steins
Tankards, Tooth Pick Holders and Pitchers of all sizes.
This ware must be seen to be appreciated. IT'S IN
Chas. M. Wilson's
Ready for Use on Walls
Woodwork, Burlap, Etc.
Putjup in gallons, half gallons and quarts. Flat colors for inte
rior.decoration on woodwork and walls. Has no equal.
Permanent, Washable
Practical, Beautiful
Ready to use at any time. It is a revelation in its results it has
all the excellences of water colors, the soft, beautiful effect.
Pittsburg Electrically Welded Fence Wire
Sure Hatch Incubators and Brooders
They*have"feW equals and no superiors. It will pay you to inves
tigate our^claims for these wares-they are reputation builders.
Tinning and Plumbing Falls City, Nebraska ;
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X tion to my patrons.
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—The Candy Kitchen for brick ice
Summer Footwear
tl. M. Jenne Shoe Store
The Central
Credit Co.
Lock Box No. 12.
KKI'OItTS on financliil standing
and reliability of firms, corporations
and Individuals anywhere.
Domestic and foreign COLLEC
TIONS given prompt and competent
Paste this in
Your Hat!
Saturday, Oct. 15, 1910
Saturday, Nov. 19, 1910
The Auctioneer
Before arranging date write, tele-]
phone or telegraph, my expense
Phone* I6M-I.U-2I6I lull* City, Neb
Mrs. M. A. Lyle Mrs, N. E. Byerr
Next Dour West Kuropeaii Calc
On Corner.
Practising Nurses
Falls City, Nob.
Best Harness on earth is made at
Wachtel's. Saddles, Whips, Etc.
Everything for the horse. Repair
ing and Oiling. Phone 384.
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: D.. S. TlcCarthy :;
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! Prompt attention given j J
| to the removal of house- j J
hold goods. | J
PHONE NO. 211 ::
Phone ‘.’•IN Ovi r Uiehardson County
I Sank.
Utneral Practioncer
Calls Answered Day Or Night
In Town or Country.
—For Rent—Vacuum Cleaner,with
or without operator. Rhone 208 or
<26. 17-tf.
Burlington’s New Main Line
Through Central Wyoming
The richest undeveloped country in the west- Farmers here
have no fear of drought, windstorms or hailstorms.
is now so well started on its great wealth producing era that it
not only appeals to farmers looking for new lands upon which to
establish new homes under most favorable conditions, but ap
peals as well to the investor, who wants to turn his money
quickly, and to the
Business Man, Professional Man
Mine Operator and Manufacturer
in new towns that are springing up like magic and where raw
material in plenty can be handled at a profit.
The new line will reach Thermopolis about July 1st,
connecting the outside world with one of the great
est health resorts in America.
CHEAP EXCURSION TICKETS |,'irst and Third Tuesdays. Send
right away for our new booklet just off the press,and then go
with me on one of our personally conducted excursions.
r" D. CLEM DEAVER, General Agent
Land Seekers Information Bureau
1004 Farnam Street, Omaha, Nebr.
Real Estate and Loans
Monev to Loan ut 5 and <> per cent interest on good real estate
security. Also money to loan on good chattel security.
West of Court House * _Foils City, Nebraska |
Passenger Trains
South Bound
Tr. 104—St. Louis Mail and Ex
press .1:50 p. m.
Tr. 106 Kansas City Exp., 3:41 a. m.
Tr. 132 x K. C.local leaves. .7:30 a. in,
Tr. 138 x Falls City arrives 0:00 p. m.
x—Daily except Sunday
North Bound
Tr. 103—Nebraska Mail and Ex
press .1:50 p tn j
Tr. lOo—Omaha Express... .1:48 a. in. !
Tr. 137 x—Omaha local leaves 7:00 a tn. j
Tr. 131 x—Falls City local ar
rives.8:45 p.m. ;
x—Daily exeeot Sunday
Local I rt. Trains Carrying Passengers
North Bound
Tr. l!)2x To Atchison ...... 11:10 a. in.
South Bound
i Tr. mix—To Auburn.1:23 p.m.
Burlington Route
West Bound
No. 13—Denver Exp.1:10 a. m.
No. 15—Denver Exp. (Local).1:40 p. m.
No- 43—Portland Exp.10:17 p. no.
No. 41—Portland Exp.2:25 p. m.
No. 121—Lincoln Loc. via Ne
braska City.5:00 a. in.
East Bound
No. 14 St. J,, K. C. & St. L. .7:38 a. m.
No. 44 st. J., K. C. .S: St. L. .4:11 a. m.
No. 10 St. J., K. C. & St. L . .4:22 p. in.
No. 42 St. J., K. C. St. L. .6:52 p. m
No. 122 From Lincoln, via
Nebraska City. 8:45 p m.
E. G. WlIITKORD, Agent.
—We have some fresh Red Seal
flour in now. Come and get a sack.
—C. A. Heck.