Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:46 | Written by complied by James Johnson
Janesville Gazette, April 14, 1865
April 14lh, 1861, and April 1865
Four yours ago to day, General Anderson, was compelled to abandon Fort Sumter to the armed traitors of South Carolina. What an eventful history has been ours since, then. The nation's very foundation have been tried in the terrible crucible of civil war, but thanks to an all-wise Providence, to judicious rulers, a gallant army, and a patient, patriotic people, the crisis is past and the experiment of self-government, is no longer problematical, but a reality acknowledged by all the world.
After, four years of intestine warfare, waged by millions of armed men on both sides, making the continent tremble under their contending tread, we see all their seaports and principal cities, including their capital, captured, their armies defeated on a hundred battle fields, and the thunders of victory are still resounding to our ears which tell of the surrender of their greatest general and principal army.
And to-day the same flag that, was hauled down at the beck of traitors in Charleston harbor floats again in triumph from the flag staff of reconquered Fort Sumter. What the nation has passed through and been called upon to suffer during these trying times is quits familiar, alas, in thousand of instances, too familiar to need recapitulating now.
A country preserved, a Union maintained in all its integrity, the supremacy of the constitution vindicated, and the honor and sacred news of the flag upheld and respected—there have not been won without sacrifices on the part of the people, painful enough to make. Soon our conquering heroes will be returning home to us again, laurel crowned with victory and success. But there are those whose return will never be welcomed with booming gun and joyfully ringing bell.
They, calmly sleep beneath the green sod of many a well fought Southern battlefield, and know not that the grand consummation for which they laid down their lives so near at hand. The muse of history and the burning pen of poesy shall inscribe their names in letters of living light upon the tablet of imperishable fame, and the nation's eternal gratitude shall ever be bestowed upon whose sons and fathers they were.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 13:58 | Written by complied by James Johnson
Madison Wisconsin State Journal April 14, 1865
THE VETERAN FLAGS.—The Assembly Chamber has been decorated for the meeting tonight with the battle-rent flags of our veteran regiments, bearing the names of Antietam Shiloh, South Mountain, Chickamauga, and other fields of carnage, flags torn with shot and shell, flags that have streamed over dying men on the perilous edge of battle, but which have never been dishonored.
Under them are number of rebel colors captured in different battles by Wisconsin regiments.