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The history of Columbia County, Wisconsin, containing an account of its settlement, growth, development and resources; an extensive and minute sketch of its cities, towns and villages--their improvements, industries, manufactories, churches, schools and societies; its war record, biographical sketches, portraits of prominent men and early settlers; the whole preceded by a history of Wisconsin, statistics of the state, and an abstract of its laws and constitution and of the constitution of the United States
(1880)

Butterfield, C. W.
V.--Wisconsin as a state,   pp. 52-109 PDF (28.8 MB)


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WISCONSIN AS A STATE.
with you in rebuke of all the meaner passions, admonishing to the exercise
of a conscientious
patriotism, becoming the representatives of a Christian people, called in
God's providence to
pass through the furnace of a great trial of their virtue, and of the strength
of the, Government."
On the seventh of April following, the legislature adjourned until the third
of June next ensuing.
Before it again assembled, an event occurred, casting a gloom over the whole
State. The
occasion was the accidental drowning of Governor Harvey.
      Soon after the battle of Pittsburgh Landing, on the seventh of April,
1862, the certainty
 that some of the Wisconsin regiments had suffered severely, induced the
governor to organize
 a reli.f party, to aid the wounded and suffering soldiers from the State.
On the tenth, Harvey
 and others started on their tour of benevolence. Arriving at Chicago, they
found a large num-
 ber of boxes had been forwarded there from different points in the State,
containing supplies of
 various kinds. At Mound City, Paducah, and Savannah, the governor and his
party adminis-
 tered to the wants of the sick and wounded Wisconsin soldiers. Having completed
their mission
 of mercy, they repaired to a boat in the harbor of Savannah, to await the
arrival of the Mi'nne-
 ha/a, which was to convey them to Cairo, on their homeward trip. It was
late in the evening of
 the nineteenth of April, 1862, and very dark when the boat arrived which
was to take the
 governor and his friends on board; and as she rounded to, the bow touching
the Dunzleiz,, on
 which was congregated the party ready to depart, Governor Harvey, by a misstep,
fell overboard'
 between the two boats, into the Tennessee river. The current was strong,
and the water more
 than thirty feet deep. Every thing was done that could be, to save his life,
but all to no
 purpose. His body was subsequently found and brought to Madison for interment.
Edward
 Salomon, lieutenant governor, by virtue of a provision of the constitution
of the State, upon the
 death of Harvey, succeeded to the office of governor of Wisconsin. On the
third day of June,
 the legislature re-assembled in accordance with adjournment on the seventh
of April previous,
 Governor Salomon, in his message of that day, to the senate and assembly,
after announcing
 the sad event of the death of the late governor, said " The last among
the governors elected
 by the people of this 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 up in
 their hearts." He died," added Salomon, " while in the exercise
of the highest duties of philan-
 thropy and humanity, that a noble impulse had imposed upon him." The
legislature, on the
 thirteenth of June, by a joint resolution, declared that in the death of
Governor Harvey, the
 State had "lost an honest, faithful, and efficient public officer,
a high-toned gentleman, a warm-
 hearted philanthropist, and a sincere friend." Both houses adjourned
sinic 'ie, on the seventeuth
 of June, 1862..
     Business of great public 'importance, in the judgment of the governor,
rendering a special
session of the legislature necessary, he issued, on the twenty-ninth of August,
1862, his proc-
lamation to that effect, convening both houses on the tenth of September
following. On that
day he sent in his message, relating wholly to war matters. He referred to
the fac't that since
the adjournment of the previous session, six hundred thousand more men had
been called for by
the president of the United States, to suppress the rebellion. "It is
evident," said he, " that to
meet further calls, it is necessary to rely upon a system of drafting or
conscription, in Wisconsin."
The governor then proceeded to recommend such measures as he deemed necessary
to meet
the exigencies of the times. The legislature levied a tax to aid volunteering,
and passed a law
giving the right of suffrage to soldiers in the military service. They also
authorized the raising
of money for payment of bounties to volunteers.  The legislature adjourned
on the twenty-
sixth of September, 1862, after a session of sixteen days, and the enacting
of seventeen laws.
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