The Milwaukee Sentinel

Before the
26th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment


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                                                                                                        Aug 5, 1856. Page 2, Col 3

(Ed. Note: Bernhard Domschcke was later an officer in the 26th Regiment.)

German Republican Club

        The Club held a meeting in Market Hall, on the 3rd inst., which was well attended. The President, Mr. Diedrichs, was in the chair, and letters were read by the Secretary, Mr. Englemann, addressed to the Fremont Club of Milwaukee, from the German Republican Club at Chicago, and from Messrs. Hecker, Koerner and Hoffman. Mr. Hecker writes that when he comes to Chicago he will also visit Milwaukee and address his countrymen here. Lt. Governor Koerner will speak in October. Mr. Hoffmann will also come to Milwaukee as soon as his Illinois engagements will permit. The reading of those letters was received with hearty applause. Dr. Munk then delivered an elaborate address. Mr. Domschke, editor of the Atlas, being next called for, made a brief and effective speech in behalf of the good Republican cause. Dr. Guenther closed the proceedings with an eloquent appeal to all free-hearted and Freedom-loving Germans to vote for Fremont. The Club then adjourned, to meet again at the call of the President.

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                                                                                                        Aug 28, 1856. Page 2, Col 2

Discussion by the German Fremont and Buchanan Clubs

        The discussion on Tuesday evening at Republican Hall between members of these two Clubs drew out a large audience. Mr. Balatka presided ably and impartially, and the debate was conducted with great spirit. The question for discussion was: What is the position of the two opposing parties as to Know Nothingism and the extension of Slavery?
        Mr. Domschke, editor of the Atlas, appeared for the Republican side, and spoke at length, and to the points at issue, and exhibited great ability. His speech is said to have been truly eloquent and closely reasoned. Messrs. Ruppius and Hargel, for the Democracy, endeavored in vain to answer Mr. Domschke's arguments, and in their wanderings from the question were frequently called to order.
        The Hall was too densely crowded for comfort, and the spirit of enquiry among the Germans is such that they will have to engage a larger one.

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                                                                                                        May 11, 1861. Page 1, Col 8

 A Cavalry Company- Dr. Lehman has issued a call for the formation of a Cavalry Company.  The first meeting takes place to-night, on Market Square.  Dr. Lehman is an old Prussian cavalry officer and every way qualified to organize and drill a cavalry company.

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                                                                                                        July 29, 1861. Page 1, Col 8

        Military Items - G. Von deutsch has been commissioned Captain, and Charles Lehman, Lieutenant, of Milwaukee Cavalry Company, reported fall.

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                                                                                                        Aug 6, 1861. Page 1, Col 1

Carl Schurz in Spain.

        It was confidently asserted in many quarters, that Carl Schurz would not be received by the Spanish power as a representative from this country. We had seen no notice that he had been received, but the following from the Paris correspondent of the New York Times seems to be conclusive on the point.-"The Moniteur publishes this morning the speeches made by Carl Schurz and the queen of Spain, on the occasion of the reception by her Majesty of the American Minister. These speeches contain nothing remarkable beyond an apparent sincerity in the warm expressions of friendship of the two Powers to each other. The lengthof the Queen's speech, however, as well as of that she delivered on the occasion of Mr. Preston's retirement, is quite unusual among European monarchs.

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                                                                                                        Aug 9, 1861. Page 2, Col 2

        Carl Schurz at Madrid.-The Madred Gazette, of the 14th contains an account of the reception of Carl Schurz.- Mr. Schurz, the United States Minister, delivered an address in which he declared that the President and the people of the United States entertained most friendly sentiments for the Queen and the spanish nation. Her Majesty replied in suitable terms, and afterwards Mr. Schurz, who was accompanied by Mr. Perry, his Secretary of Legation, had an audience of the King.

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                                                                                                        Aug 22, 1861. Page 1, Col 6

        German Regiment- Wm. Finckler is about to organize a German regiment in this city. He has met with so much success in the preparatory steps, that we do not hesitate to pronounce the task an easy one throughout.

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                                                                                                        Sept 12, 1861. Page 1, Col 6

        Accident to Dr. Huebschmann.- We learn that Dr. Huebschmann had the misfortune to break his leg, while proceeding from the centre of the city towards his residence in the Fourth Ward, last evening. He made a misstep, which caused the accident.

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                                                                                                        Sept 25, 1861. Page 2, Col 2

        New Rendezvous.-Lieut. Philip Horwitz, of Milwaukee, who was a volunteer in the First Wisconsin Regiment, and is now engaged in establishing recruiting stations in the State for the purpose of raising volunteers to complete Col. Solomon's Ninth German Regiment, was here last Tuesday, and established a recruiting station at Schroge's hotel, in the village of Menasha. Those Germans who feel disposed to enlist in this fine regiment in defense of their adopted country, have now a first rate opportunity.-Menasha Manufacturer.

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                                                                                                        Nov 4, 1861. Page 1, Col 3

        General Sigel - In his every act, General Sigel proves himself a model soldier. Honors have never been more deservedly conferred upon any man than upon him. Perhaps there is not a commander in the United States Army who enjoys the confidence of his men as he does- and not without reason. If in the field of battle he makes them face a superior foe, in camp he is ever watchful of their comfort, and ever mindful of their wants. He left Warsaw a few days ago and marched to this point. Finding his commissary stores very low, he immediately ordered every baggage wagon unloaded, and making up a train of fifty teams dispatched it to Tipton for supplies. He is determined, he says, to keep "a good stock" on hand and not be "caught on a snap" with ten thousand hungry men about him.

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                                                                                                        Nov 5, 1861. Page 1, Col 7

        Personal.- Howard H. Emery, son of Mr. Edward Emery of this city, and who enlisted as a private in Captain (now Major) Von Dedtson's Cavalry Company, has, since the company have been in St. Louis, received the appointment of Corporal, and more recently, Quartermaster's Sergeant, with rank of Orderly. The company is in command of Capt. Lehmann, who has had twenty years' experience as a cavalry officer, and though but little more than two months' drilling have attained a proficiency highly creditable to Captain Lehman an his efficient aids.

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                                                                                                        Dec 11, 1861. Page 1, Col 61

Camp Washburne.

        Camp Washburne, the location of the Second Wisconsin Cavalry Regiment, has assumed a military aspect in strong contrast to the usually silent and tenantless grounds of the Agricultural and Mechanical Association. There is not in the State, perhaps, a spot better located, or so well adapted in every particular for a cavalry encampment as this. There are about fifteen buildings now up on the grounds, consisting of quarters for the Colonel and staff, stables, hospital, quartermaster's department, barracks and mess rooms. A peculiarity of the latteer is its construction, so that each company has a mess room of its own, an advantageous arrangement, as it facilitates the prreparation of food, ensures better attention, and renders the meals more sociable.
        There is also a bathing and wash room provided, one of the most essential requisites of a long camp.
The barracks are commodious, being sixty eight by twenty four feet. They are provided with spacious beds, and each building will probably accommodate one hundred men.
There are more stables to be built as occasion requires. The regiment will consist of twelve companies, five of which are now in camp. The regimental officers are as follows:

Colonel-C.C. Washburn.
Lt. Col.- Thomas Stevens.
Second Major-H. L. Lastman.
Third Major- Levi Sterling.
Adjutant- W. H. Morgan.
Quartermaster-Geo. C. Russell.
Surgeon- D. G. Beane.
Asst. Surgeon- M. C. Hanson
Chaplain- Wm. H. Brisbane.

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                                                                                                        Jan 9, 1862. Page 1, Col 1

The Return of Carl Schurz

        The Boston Courrier takes up a half column leader on the return of Carl Schurz, our Minister to the Court of Spain. The Courrier supposes that Mr. Schurz has taken occasion to offend the Court to which he was accepted and having been thus successful at creating trouble abroad, returns to create trouble at home. Mr. Schurz, it was said in the rumor, was to take a (illegible word) in the Union army on his return, and the Boston Courrier questions his ability, calls him a Western stump speaker, and a rabid sedition monger, who hates the government.
        All this is very delightful as a very just, especially as nothing is known of the causes which induced Mr. Schurz to resign. We, out here, who know so little of Mr. Schurz, thought that he had been an enthusiastic supporter of the Government at all times, and an able and bitter opponent of treachery and rebellion. We were also under the impression that Mr. Schurz had many excellent military qualifications and considerable military experience.

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                                                                                                        Feb 5, 1862. Page 1, Col 6

Our Milwaukee Cavalry Company

        We copy the following flattering motice of Capt. Lehman's Cavalry Company, the "Benton Hussars," from a late number of the St. Louis Anzeiger des Westens:
        "The 'Benton Hussars' are at last ordered into the field, and should it be their good fortune to meet the enemy, we shall soon hear from them. There is but one opinion expressed regarding them, and that is, that they are the best drilled and most enthusiastic cavalry regiment in the service. Even the Inspector Generals could not conceal their satisfaction and astonishment at the splendid maneuvering of the Regiment. But by far the highest compliment was paid them by Gen. Sigel, who declared it a shame that the War Department should permit such a Regiment to remain so long without arms. Inspector General Steen, who has spent the greater part of his life in the cavalry service, declared that he had never seen a regiment that would begin to compare with the 'Benton Hussars' in perfection of drill. And Gen. Curtis repeatedly exclaimed, on witnessing their maneuvering, 'O, what a wheel! what a wheel! and then speaking of Captain Lehman, who conducted the movements, he said 'that man must have been in a circus'. As regards perfection in horsemanship, Capt. Lehman and his company are the pride of the Regiment."

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                                                                                                        July 3, 1862. Page 1, Col 3

        Tax Payers' Association.-At the tax payers meeting on Tuesday last, an election of officers of the Association was held, which resulted as follows:

...Secretary-Dr. F. Huebschmann.

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                                                                                                        July 9, 1862. Page 1, Col 1

Gen. Schurz's Popularity with his Troops

        Gen. Schurz' has become immensely popular with his command, and wonderful changes have taken place both in the conduct and discipline of the division. Gen. Schurz rides three times a day, both in rainy and dry weather, and he attends personally to the wants of his soldiers. New clothing and shoes have been distributed to his troops. Most of them have been paid off, and efficient sanitary regulations have been devised, which will tend to the health and comfort of the troops. The result of this is that the Germans love the General as a heathen does his idol, and have confidence, from his well known military ability he displayed in Germany, that he will be a fit head for them in battle. Some weeks ago the newspapers were teeming with the accounts of the outrages committed by Blenker's men on the march up the valley. Now, from my own personal observation, I can say that a more orderly and well behaved set of soldiers I have never seen. Everything they want they pay for, and if any of the number commits any excesses disgraceful to the name of a soldier, he is immediately pointed out by his fellow soldiers. No doubt the whole of this is brought about by officers who take an interest in their commands, and see that soldiers are treated well, and conform to the duties of their profession.-Philadelphia Letter.

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                                                                                                        July 26, 1862. Page 1, Col 6

        Officer Pelosi, who is recruiting for the Twenty- fourth Regiment, was grossly insulted and abused by a fellow in Schwarting & Sittig's saloon, on Thursday afternoon, because he was a recruiting officer.
        The man came in, and seeing the uniform of the officer, fell to using all the uprobrious epithets he could find. He called all recruiting officers rascals, said they ought to be hung, and warned the people in the saloon against having anything to do with them. The officer stood this as long as human nature was capable; he then got up and gave the fellow a straight-out thrashing, which he certainly deserved.
        If this is part of an organized plan to neutralize the efforts of the recruiting officers here, it is probably owing to the efforts of the See Bote and kindred sheets, and we hope the plan will be squelched as summarily as this fellow was.

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                                                                                                        July 26, 1862. Page 1, Col 6

        Sick Soldiers-Some sixty or more sick soldiers, who came here to report under recent orders, but are still unable to resume duty, are at Camp Sigel or in charge of the Hospital of the Sisters, near by. Some of the watchful and benevolent ladies of the city have been ministering to such wants as sickness occasions, and there is still room for the attentions of the charitably disposed in the same direction.

(Editor's note: Camp Sigel is where the 26th Regiment took Basic Training in 1862. According to "History of Milwaukee", by John G. Gregory, the boundaries of the camp by the old street names were Lafayette Pl. (N), Bartlett St. (W), Prospect Av. (E), and on the south Kane Pl and Royal Pl.. By today's streets the boundaries are Irving Pl. Kane, and on the north and south Oakland and Farwell.)

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                                                                                                        July 29, 1862. Page 1, Col 5

        Capt. Chas. Lehman, arrived here from his command in Mississippi on Saturday last. He went, it will be recollected, with Von Deutch's Milwaukee Dragoons. He reports his men in good health. They are at present at Helena. Capt. Lehman has seen a good deal of service, and his men have proved themselves true grit. The captain returns again in a few days.

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