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Week ending date Saturday, January 4, 1862
As the war approached the 1 year point, quite a bit of effort was being spent reenlisting those who had originally volunteered for one year. A bounty of $50 and a furlough were offered to those who re-enlist for the duration.
Promotions in the Floyd Infantry included Geo. N Yarbrough to Captain, and Joe Echols to 2nd Lieut., Jr,
Hard economic times were evident in Rome as another appeal to subscribers by the publishers of the Rome Tri Weekly Courier to pay up past accounts. They stated continued publication will ”have to be sustained almost entirely by subscription…as there is comparatively no advertising…”
Local election results were published showing Dr. J. T. Word elected Mayor and N. J. Om-berg, R,.S. (name illegible), J. B. Underwood, H.(?) M. Anderson, Geo. S. Black and R.T. (name illegible) were elected Aldermen.
Week ending date Saturday, January 11, 1862
The correspondence from the 8th Ga. Regiment near Centerville spoke of death and their winter quarters. The deaths were not battle related but rather from disease and an accidental fall from a horse. The Regiment was busy building their log cabins that were to become their winter quarters. They were constructing them and the east bank of Bull Run where Rocky Creek empties into it.
News from Savannah and the 29th Regiment told of seeing the Federal fleet at a respectful distance but they expected General Sherman to make a forward movement soon. They had also organized a Sabbath school but expressed disappointment in other regiments for the “sin and wickedness (that) prevails to a great extent in this camp.” They asked “How can we reasonably expect God to bless such regiments on the battle field.”
The economic situation was summed up in a notice by the Courier: “…there are a great many [businesses] that have but little to advertise, and do not feel that their business will justify it…. In consequence of the great falling off of our advertising patronage, we have concluded to issue only a half sheet for the present.”
In the same issue it was announced that the Rome railroad declared a dividend of four dollars per share.
Week ending date Saturday, January 18, 1862
Prior to his returning to Rome on sick leave the correspondent from the 8th Georgia Regiment told of bitter cold and snow which was inhibiting their building their winter quarters. They had seen no indications of any immediate fight with the enemy.
The Governor of Alabama has ordered out the militia in expectation of an invasion. “All male persons between sixteen and sixty are liable.”
The one year anniversary of Georgia secession on the 19th of January was noted.
The Noble brothers foundry is now producing one cannon a day and are fitting up a bat-tery of six guns once every three weeks. “These guns have been proved to be of the very best character of iron ordinance.” The only bullet press in the confederacy was made by the Noble foundry. It is described as “a most ingenious and serviceable machine.”
Week ending date Saturday, January 25, 1862
The death of a local soldier, Walter Scott Harden, from Camp Fever was published. He was the 18 year old son of the Rome Postmaster. W. S. Wimpee’s remains were also returned to Rome for burial.
Correspondence from Camp Wilson in Savannah began with “there is no news here of interest” and then discussed the very busy and quite fast “Madam Rumor” which was keeping the camp in a state of confusion. They quoted salt at $19 per sack and flour at $12 per ... specifying that the Nonpareil Mills of Rome was the favorite.
Ex President of the United States John Tyler “has gone to the grave.” During his administration he “achieved the crowning work of the annexation of Texas, giving a new territorial empire to the South, thus ultimately securing Southern Independence and Southern nationality.”
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