Wisconsin Takes Care of Her Soldiers
April 17, 1862
There were probably five or six Wisconsin Regiments in the battle of Pittsburg. As soon as Gov. Harvey ascertained the fact, he telegraphed to the Chamber of Commerce in Milwaukee, to Janesville and Beloit, appealing for the citizens of those cities to furnish immediately such surgical materials as could be gathered and forwarded to this city. The Milwaukee Chanber of Commerce, on reciept of the telegraph at noon on Wednesday, voted at once $200, to bear the expenses of Drs. Wolcott and Bartlett, the best surgeons in the city, and of sending the desired articles. Gen. E.H. Brodhead, a prominent gentleman of the same city, accompanies them to assist in their humane mission. The Chicago Tribune of Friday, gives the following particulars of the progress of this humane undertaking: "Gov. Harvey and Commissary General Wadsworth arrived last evening at the Tremont, where they were met by the Milwaukee delegation, and to-morrow morining the whole party, consisting the Governor, his Secretary, Gen. Broadhead, and nine surgeons leave on the Illinois Central railroad for their destination, taking with them ninety boxes of hospital supplies for the wounded Wisconsin soldiers. When we consider that these abundant supplies were raised within less than twenty-four hours, by the three cities that were here mentioned, and by the people of Madison, we can but accord honor to the prompt benevolence which is thus manifested, and of the energy and humanity of Gov. Harvey. The Illinois Central, with it's usual patriotism, carries the surgical material free. If the State authorities everywhere took as good care of their volunteers as those of Wisconsin do of theirs, there will be little neglect to complain of. All honor to them.
Special Dispatch to the Chicago Tribune.
Cairo, April 13, 12 AM
Large delegations arrived this morning from all directions bound up the Tennessee. Go. Harvey of Wisconsin, and suite, are here and were received with a salute from Ft. Cairo.
Gov. Harvey and party, with a boat load of hospital stores left this evening to relieve the wounded.
Gov. Harvey and the party from Wisconsin, with a boat load of hospital stores left late Saturday night or Sunday morning, to relieve the wounded of the Wisconsin Regiments.
Richland County Observer, June 13, 1862
Delivered June 3, 1862
To the Hon., the Senate and Assembly:
Since your adjournment in April last, our State has been thrown into deep mourning by the sad and sudden death of its late Chief Magistrate, the Hon. Louis P. Harvey, who, on the 19th day of April, 1862. lost his life at Savannah, in the Tennessee river. The last among the Governors elected by the people of theis State, he is the first who has been removed by death from our midst. The circumstances leading to and surrounding the tragic and melancholy end of the honored and lamented deceased are well known to the people and are, with his memory, treasured in their hearts. He died while in the exercise of the highest duties of philanthroipy and humanity, that a noble impulse had imposed upon him. Wisconsin and the Union have not lost a truer son in this great struggle against our government and Constitution.
Without intending here to recapitulate the circumstances of the death of Gov. Harvey which are so well known and remembered by all, I feel called upon to mention to you the names and acts of some of the many who are worth of thanks and consideration for their exertions in recovering and bring back to our State, the earthly remains of our late Chief Magistrate. But before these, let me first mention the name of Mr. R. B. Clark of Racine, who regardless of his own life, boldly, though vainly, threw himself into the dangerous stream to save the life of Governor Harvey. Though unsuccessful, the act was not the less noble.
The little party of men from Wisconsin who had voluntarily accompanied the Governor on his mission of mercy, remained for many days after the sad event, endeavoring to recover his remains. Among them, the exertions of Hon, Edward H. Brodhead and Surgeon General E. B. Wolcott of Milwaukee will be remembered. Present hopes for recovering the body extinguished, they offered a reward of $1,000 for its recovers, an offer which I had no hesitation to sanction on the part of the State. On the 27th day of April, the body was accidentally discovered and rescued from the water, and thanks to the exertions and humanity of several gentlemen, it was subsequently recovered from the rude grave into which it had been placed, and finly brought it to Cairo, where it was delivered to the Hon.Perry H.Smith of Chicago. The persons especially worthy of consideration and thanks in thus recovering the body and bringing it to our State, are Mr. Singleton of Tennessee, Captain William Walker of the steamer "Lady Pike," Captain Fosdick of the 29th Indiana Volunteers, Hon. Wm, P. Mellen of Cincinnati, and Hon. H. P.Smith of Chicago. The latter went expressly to Tennessee in order to recover the body, accompanied by J.S. Harvey, Esq. of Chicago, a brother of the deceased. While at Cairo, these gentlemen learned of the finding of the body, receieved it there, had it properly encased, and brought it to Chicago, where it was delivered to the Committee charged with receiving and escorting it home. Mr. H.P.Smith, president of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway, kindly and disinterestedly, the next day, furnished an extra train to the Committee, to carry home the remains. Both the Chicago and Northwestern and the Milwaukee and Prarie du Chien Railway Companies sent this train free of charge over their roads. The mayor, authorities and citizens of Chicago also highly honored the remains of Gov. Harvey while passing through their city, and Captain Rorke of the 11th Wisconsin Battery tendered and furnished an imposing escorn on that solemn occasion. I herewith transmit to you a copy of a letter to Mr. Wm.P.Mellen, Government agent for the establishment of Post Offices and Custom Houses, who himself was active in the recoveryof the body and who kindly furnished me reliable information concerning the attending circumstances, and the persons connected therewith. No one seems to be entitled to claim, or has claimed the reward offered; but some acknowledgement of humane and disinterested services would be eminently proper on the part of the State; and I recommend to you therefore, the adoption of such measures as seem best adapted ro show the adoption of those services by a grateful state.
(The remainder of the article covers laws passed before adjournment but after Gov. Harvey left so had not been signed and changes in the structure and salaries of upper State military personnel.) It concludes
May the day of that victory soon appear.
Madison, June 3, 1862