Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sheriff LaHue, Dr Patton, and Dr Morgan

Capt. Parker and his men, stationed near Flat Rock during the Civil War, apprehended deserters, absentee conscripts, and rebel sympathizers apparently on both sides of the Wabash River, not just in
Lawrence & Crawford  Counties in Illinois.

Publication: WEEKLY VINCENNES GAZETTE   (Ed: Not a southern sympathizing newspaper)
Date: December 24, 1864
—On last Tuesday some forty of Capt . Parker' s men were over here, under the command of their senior officer They are a fine specimen of Wisconsin boys. Whilst in the city their conduct was that of good and well- disciplined soldiers.  The Captain's men are always welcome on this side of the Wabash.

Publication: WEEKLY VINCENNES GAZETTE
Date: December 24, 1864
Location: VINCENNES, INDIANA
—On Thursday last Captain Parker arrested eight deserters, sympathizers and conscripts in Sullivan county.

Even the newly elected Sheriff of Knox county, was arrested by Capt. Parker. J.C. LaHue was the Sheriff of Knox Co, Indiana, from 1864 to 1868. The following is published in two parts because it is an excellent example of how two newspapers with different political views reported the same event.

Publication: WEEKLY VINCENNES GAZETTE
Date: December 31, 1864
Location: VINCENNES, INDIANA
ARRESTS.—Captain Parker, with a squad of soldiers, arrested, on Thursday evening last, Doctor Patton and James LaHue , Sheriff of Knox county, and carried them off to Springfield, Ills. The cause of their arrest will be made known in due time.

THE VINCENNES WEEKLY WESTERN SUN, a pro- South paper, ran an article a year later on the anniversary of this event.
“Dr. Patton of this city, and Sheriff LaHue were arrested by a fellow named Parker, acting as captain of a squad of Federal soldiers and taken to Olney, at the instigation of certain "loyalists" here!  Don't they felicitate themselves upon the achievement?”

Publication: THE WEEKLY VINCENNES WESTERN SUN
Date: January 7, 1865
Location: VINCENNES, INDIANA
DR. PATTON AND SHERIFF LAHUE.—Nothing further has been developed in the cases of these two gentlemen, whose arrest we noticed last week. Dr. P. is confined to a sick bed at Olney, and Sheriff LaHue , we understand, has been taken to Cairo, to answer to any charges that may be brought against him. The Provost Marshal at Olney, we learn, claims to have no knowledge of or the reasons for the arrests, and declines to take any action. The victims will probably have to remain in confinement until some "patriot" sees fit to enlighten them as to why they are thus arbitrarily deprived of their liberty, and rights as citizens. Vive la American freedom!

(Continued tomorrow)
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