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The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised


Jackson County News: 1864


    OREGON TELEGRAPH LINE.--Supt. Whittlesey started his force yesterday morning to mend the breaks in the Oregon line to Jacksonville. It is expected that within a week that town will be in telegraphic communication with the rest of the world.
The Semi-Weekly Union, Yreka, California, January 9, 1864, page 3


    DEAD.--Lem Pruitt, a noted character, well known in this county, died at Jacksonville, Oregon a short time ago, from the effect of a pistol shot which he received in a scrimmage with one Dick Collins several weeks ago at that place. Pruitt was a bad man. He caused the death of several men in his time, and finished his own career at the hand of a fellow man.

The Semi-Weekly Union, Yreka, California, January 13, 1864, page 2


    TELEGRAPH EXTENSION.--We congratulate our brethren of the press at Jacksonville, Oregon, that they are now enabled to receive the news daily by lightning dispatch. No California paper can now compete with them or injure their local business with extras, as heretofore superintendent Whittlesey is pushing forward his end of the line, and Portland will soon receive telegraph congratulations from the South.

The Semi-Weekly Union, Yreka, California, January 27, 1864, page 2


    TO BE SHOT.--Francis Ely, of Company A, Oregon Cavalry, has been condemned to be shot for desertion. He deserted "from post," last summer while his company were out with Col. Maury on the plains, and was captured the following day. He was formerly from Sailor Diggings, Josephine County, Oregon. He is now confined at the guardhouse at Fort Walla Walla. The approval by Gen. Wright of the sentence of the court martial condemning Ely says the sentence of the court will be executed under the direction of the commanding officer of the post on the 2nd Friday after the receipt of the order, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The execution will therefore occur on Friday next.

Washington Statesman, Walla Walla, February 27, 1864, page 3



    OREGON ELECTION.--We are informed that the Blacks ["Black Republicans"] in Jackson County, Oregon have been routed and put to flight. All the opposing candidates were elected. Up to this time we have not been able to obtain any news from the state at large. Doubtless other counties besides Jackson have thrown off the abolition burden. The administration of a corrupt party is passing away. The people first create reform at their local elections. They will reach the head of all the offending by and by.

The Semi-Weekly Union, Yreka, California, June 11, 1864, page 2


    JACKSON COUNTY, OREGON.--"It seems that victory perches upon the Union banner everywhere in Oregon except in Jackson County, Southern Oregon, which has given the Copperheads 50 majority. The Sentinel charges the defeat to the influence of aid and comfort afforded the rebels and Copperheads by Col. Drew. The secesh of Siskiyou are also great admirers of the Colonel, but, alas, the Copperhead Colonel has no influence here, even if he does advertise for Copperhead bids to supply Fort Klamath. Drew wants to divide his favors with the Copperhead and secession press, and has given the Siskiyou vilifier of the Administration a benefit. If a man is judged by the society he keeps, Drew must be a secessionist, for he is very thick with them on his visits to Yreka, and seems to shun Union men. The secesh here get very hostile about Union men doubting Colonel Drew's loyalty, but then that is nothing new--they feel equally indignant about calling Jeff Davis disloyal."--Yreka Journal.
    The Journal, on the assertion of another about as truthful as itself, willfully or ignorantly publishes an untruth. It is well known that there was a split in the abolition party of Jackson County immediately after the Oregon Republican state convention, and there were numerous "soreheads" who would not be comforted. The Sentinel, if it will admit the truth, knows this. Feigned or real ignorance alone prevents the Journal from acknowledging it. An Independent ticket was run in Jackson County, and doubtless Democrats voted it, as the party made no nominations. The Journal says Colonel Drew must be a secessionist "for he is very thick with them on his visits to Yreka, and seems to shun Union men." Doubtless if Col. Drew, when it became necessary for him to visit Yreka on business, would immediately hunt up that pink of intelligence and good breeding, the Journal
man, closet himself with the sapient hombre, disclose all his plans and ask his advice as to whom he should drink with, what hotel he should put up at, the Colonel would no doubt be a "good Union man." It is well known that the abolition organ of Southern Oregon has carried on a relentless war against those in charge of this military department. That Colonel Drew has been exonerated, after a full investigation, from all the charges preferred against him; that it is through his advice and the concurrence of General Wright we now have a military post established at Klamath Lake for the protection of emigration and immigration. In all the newspaper discussion of this important question and the necessity of protecting our northeastern frontier by the establishment of military posts, not one single paragraph, so far as we can now recollect, has ever appeared in the Journal favoring the proposition. If we are wrong in this that paper can easily correct us by hunting up its record on the subject. As to the Journal's assertion that we are a "vilifier of the Administration," it is simply a falsehood. We have strenuously opposed its unconstitutional and detrimental conduct of affairs, giving it due credit for what good it has done, and shall continue to do so, the Journal and its kind, nolens volens.
The Semi-Weekly Union, Yreka, California, June 18, 1864, page 2


    OSSIAN E. DODGE and WILLIAM HAYWARD were at Yreka, Cal. May 24, Forks of Humbug (whew! what a name!) 25th, Hawkinsville 26th, and Cottonwood 27th, which wound up for the present their travels in California. May 28th they were at Gassburg, Oregon, and May 30th at Jacksonville, en route for Portland.
    WILLIAM HAYWARD, the balladist, is making both fame and fortune in the golden land of California. The Union, published at Yreka, speaks of this young gentleman as follows:--"The songs of Mr. Hayward were rendered in that perfect expression of language which makes every word understood by his audience. We cannot better express our opinion of Mr. Hayward's singing than by using the language of another, that we have not heard everybody sing, but Hayward has the sweetest voice, and is the best singer we have ever heard."
"Miscellaneous," New York Clipper, July 9, 1864, page 103



    DIPHTHERIA--The Jacksonville Sentinel says this terrible disease has again made its appearance in the Rogue River Valley, and to a considerable extent balked the skill of the physicians, numbering its victims with those who sleep their last sleep. We learn that it is also become prevalent in the Willamette Valley, and too much care cannot be exercised to prevent its fatal termination. An application of wet salt to the throat at night is an efficient remedy for light attacks.
"Oregon," Daily Colonist, Victoria, British Columbia, August 31, 1864. page 3


    E. K. Anderson granted license to keep a ferry on Klamath River, on the road leading to Jacksonville, for one year, upon his paying $144 into the county treasury and filing approved bond in the sum of $1,500.

"Board of Supervisors,"
The Semi-Weekly Union, Yreka, California, November 9, 1864, page 2




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