Friday, January 23, 2015

Sheriff LaHue, Dr Patton, and Dr Morgan Part 2


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.  

Part 2
The same day that the SUN was complaining about Sheriff La Hue being arbitrarily deprived of his freedom, the WEEKLY VINCENNES GAZETTE,  NOT a southern sympathizing newspaper and with opposing political views,  ran an editorial about the arrest of Sheriff La Hue and Dr.  Patton.

Date: January 7, 1865
Location: VINCENNES, INDIANA
The recent arrests by the military of some of our citizens, has produced no little sensation in certain quarters, and with a particular class of politicians. This is not strange. Nor is it wonderful to find that the arrests are attributed to a vindictive, policy of the Administration towards the Democratic  party. The same accusation was made when Dodd, Bowles & Co., were first arrested. If it were true that these arrests are the fruits of a malignant party spirit, the exercise of power would be very foolishly used in making arrests of persons who can exert no greater political influence than do those who have lately become the victims of alleged arbitrary power. It is apparent to every sane man that if the government was actuated by a spirit of revenge for more opposition of opinion, it would aim its blows at those who can exert some influence upon the public mind in political matters. The arrest of Dr. Patton and Sheriff LaHue can add nothing to the strength of the Administration and afford no gratification to partisan hate. They are politically too little known and too insignificant. We must look in another direction for the probable treasons of their incarceration. It is possible that men of very small political standing may commit treason by giving aid and comfort to the enemy, or may participate in a conspiracy against the government. We know not the reasons which caused the arrest of those men, but we feel sure that it is for no light or trivial cause. It is well known that the arrest of Dr. Morgan of Russellville, would have been made if he had, not eluded those charged with his arrest. The military searched his premises and found as we are told some six thousand rounds of fixed ammunition. Does anyone doubt the purpose the Dr. had in view when he prepared this magazine? It is well known that he was identified with the leading spirits of that infamous organization having for its object the overthrow of the government, and that he controlled those military companies which spent so much time in drilling in his locality. Intimately connected with him was a Dr. Jackman, whom the military arrested at the store of Dr. Patton where he was concealed at the time of his arrest. Dr. Morgan and Jackman were plotting treason beyond all doubt, and when the soldiers came into the neighborhood they fled, Morgan to parts unknown, and Jackman took refuge with Dr. Patton, and it is but natural to infer that Dr. P. was cognizant of their hellish purpose when he gave protection to Dr. Jackman. After the arrest of the latter he was released from the custody of Mr. LaHue , the sheriff, under circumstances well calculated to produce the conviction that it was done with LaHue' s connivance. His antecedents undoubtably justify the suspicion. But it is not likely that his arrest was made upon mere suspicion, and we shall not at all be surprised if his complicity with the great conspiracy was fully established, and his arrest justified in the minds of all candid persons.

(Ed note: Dr. David H. Morgan of Russell Twp, Lawrence Co, Illinois was an accused Copperhead and was arrested by Capt Parker for being a traitor, having just been elected our State Representative in Springfield. The Tri-County History of 1883, pg 114, states that D. H. Morgan of Lawrence Co was elected State Representative twice, serving from 1864 to 1866 and again from 1868 to 1870.  Both the 1860 and 1870 census’ have D. H Morgan, age 53 and 63 respectively, living in Russell Twp and being both a farmer and a physician from New York.) 

Publication: THE WEEKLY VINCENNES WESTERN SUN (pro- South political views)
Date: January 28, 1865
Location: VINCENNES, INDIANA
TUESDAY EVENING JAN. 24, 1865.       Sheriff LaHue .
By a recent letter from this gentleman, we learn that he is still confined in a filthy prison at Cairo—for what reason or upon what charge is not known. This treatment is a burning shame and disgrace. It has indeed come to a pretty pass, when citizens can thus be dragged from their homes and thrown into prisons, there to languish and suffer until it pleases someone to inform them of their offense. It must be very consoling to some of our so-called "loyal" and "patriotic" citizens to reflect that they can thus wreak their malice or vengeance upon men far above them in every commendable quality! We envy not the feelings of those who can thus find gratification in the infliction of suffering upon their fellow-citizens and pain and anguish upon wives and children.
Are not the civil and military authorities of our State grossly culpable in not requiring that Mr. LaHue be delivered over to them, and, if accused of any crime or offense, that he may have a fair hearing. If opportunity be given, we have not the least doubt he will fully establish his innocence.
Since the above was written, Mr. LaHue has arrived at home, having been released, as we learn, through the influence of Hon. Wm E. Niblack and other friends. He was probably required to go through the formality of giving bond, but we are satisfied this will be the last of the affair, so far as any future action against him is concerned.

Publication: WEEKLY VINCENNES GAZETTE       (Not a southern sympathizing newspaper)
Date: January 28, 1865
—Sheriff LaHue has been released from military custody and has arrived at home.

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