Monday, February 2, 2015

Wm Lagow and Washington Lackey of Allison Prairie

William Lagow and Washington Lackey of Allison Prairie were arrested by Capt Parker and his Federal Troops , stationed near Flat Rock in 1865 in order to  control copperhead activity.

Publication: WEEKLY VINCENNES GAZETTE (Not a southern sympathizer)
Date: January 14, 1865
Location: VINCENNES, INDIANA
On Sunday night last Capt. Parker with a squad of soldiers, visited the house of William Lagow, on Allison Prairie, in Lawrence county,Illinois , and arrested Mr. Lagow and one Washington Lackey. The Captain had frequently before called there but Mr. Lagow was never at home to receive his visits; indeed, it was evident he had no disposition to make the Captain's acquaintance. After the arrest of Dr. Patton and Sheriff LaHue, of this county, the soldiers left this vicinity, and supposing they had permanently left this neighborhood, Mr. Lagow ventured to return home, and was arrested. There is no doubt of his complicity with the leaders of the conspiracy which was hatched in the North-west, and which but for the vigilance of the Government would have culminated in civil war, Mr. Lagow was a near neighbor, and on very intimate footing with the Representative in the Legislature from Lawrence and Wabash counties, the notorious Dr. Morgan, on whose premises Capt. Parker found a large quantity of fixed ammunition, guns, caps and arms. Mr. Lagow dealt largely in pistols and other symbols of peace, by which the copperhead persuasion of the Democratic party were chiefly known.

It is a matter of serious regret that the arrest of any of our citizens should become necessary. But when men so far forget their obligations to society and their duty to their Government, as to engage, at the behest of unprincipled politicians, in schemes for the overthrow of the Government, it becomes the duty of that Government to defend itself, protect the people from the mischief which the conspirators contemplated, and bring them to punishment. In this way those who have indulged in crime are sure sooner or later to come to grief. While however we admit the necessity of these arrests, we regret that those who have been the means and instrumental in seducing those unfortunate men into crime, cannot be themselves reached.— These however were too wily to commit themselves by overt acts, and while their dupes are being punished, the men who concocted the villainy not only escape, but are permitted to thrust their impudent faces into the Halls of Congress and of the Legislatures. If James G. Allen, Dan. Voorhees arid others had not made the inflammatory speeches they did, those men now in limbo never would have plotted treason but would have been good loyal citizens, ready to defend the country against all foes, foreign or domestic.

We understand Dr. Morgan has really had the assurance to go to Springfield and take his seat in the Legislature. We think the House of Representatives owes it to the country, and its own dignity to expel him from its body immediately. Men who go to the extent of preparing magazines of ammunition as the Doctor did, and who are as notoriously disloyal as he is known to be, ought not to be allowed to disgrace the Halls of loyal Legislatures by their presence, although they may be fit representatives of those who voted for them.

Publication: THE WEEKLY VINCENNES WESTERN SUN (a pro-south newspaper)
Date: January 17, 1865
Location: VINCENNES, INDIANA
ANOTHER ARREST.—We understand that Wm . Lagow, an old and well-known citizen of Lawrence county, Ill., was arrested yesterday, by a squad of soldiers, and taken to Olney.

Publication: THE WEEKLY VINCENNES WESTERN SUN
Date: January 21, 1865
Location: VINCENNES, INDIANA
RELEASED.—Mr. A . W . Lackey, who was arrested by a squad of soldiers in Allison prairie, Ills., near this city, and taken to Olney, has been honorably discharged by the Provost Marshal of the district, as nothing could be proven against him. Mr. L. is a good citizen and worthy man.

Publication: THE WEEKLY VINCENNES WESTERN SUN
Date: February 4, 1865
Location: VINCENNES, INDIANA
RELEASED.—Mr. Wm. Lagow, a well-known citizen of Allison prairie, Ill., a few miles west of our city, who was arrested by a squad of soldiers, a week or two ago, (acting under orders of a Capt. Parker) has been released, and is now at his home. We understand that it cost Mr. L. nearly $3,000 to regain his liberty. Some "patriot" made a very handsome thing out of the affair.

Publication: WEEKLY VINCENNES GAZETTE (not a southern sympathizing newspaper)
Date: February 4, 1865
Location: VINCENNES, INDIANA

—Wm. Lagow, of Lawrence county, Ills., who was arrested some few weeks by the military authorities, has been released by giving $10,000 bond for his appearance when called for, and his good behavior towards the power that be.