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The Dailey Commonwealth

November 20, 1879

 

An old, infirm and almost entirely blind man by the name of William McMillian, slept last night at the station-house.  His story as told by himself, is a very pitiable and touching one.  He is clothed in tatters, and says he started from Knoxville, a little town between Williamstown and Falmouth, last Tuesday, and since then has walked to Covington, reaching here last night. 

He has a wife in this city, living near the corner of Sixth and Main streets, but he could not stay last night at her house, as she is now living with another man-whose name he says is Henry Tungate.  Mr. McMillian's object in walking to Covington was to go to Cincinnati for the purpose of collecting his quarterly pension. 

His old captain and lawyer, Mr. James L. Daugherty, was to come down yesterday by train, and meet him at the Covington end of the Cincinnati suspension bridge this morning.  He told his story to our kind-hearted Mayor this morning, who detailed big-hearted Mike Bolan to escort the poor old man to the bridge.  

Mr. McMillian evidently wandered around the city last night, blindly endeavoring to find a place where he could lay his weary frame down to rest till this morning.  He says he was given a coat and some supper by an old colored woman last night, and his fare was paid on a Main street car to the station-house by a kind hearted gentleman. 

It is greatly to be hoped that he will not miss seeing Capt. Daugherty today; draw his pension,  and return home, where he may have friends who can treat him more kindly than his wife can with her present encumbrance.  Mr. McMillian is sitting in the Marshal's office, trying to keep warm. 

Daugherty has not yet turned up.  Can't something practical be done for the old man?  He says he lives with his brother's son at Knoxville, and his greatest misfortune is his blindness.  He nearly lost his sight during the war.

 

(The word pitiable means deserving or exciting pity.)


Covington Journal  August 23, 1862

Letter from prisioners at Camp Chase to Governor Magoffin. 

(Copy) 

Camp Chase, O., August 6th, 1862, Prison No. 2

To His Excellancy, Governor of Kentucky, Hon. Beriah Magoffin,

 

The undersigned would most respectfully represent to your Excellancy that we are citizens of the State of Kentucky, and that we are now confined in prison at Camp Chase in the State of Ohio, and that we were brought here by the force of arms, against our will and consent, in violation of the laws of Kentucky and the laws of the United States.___  That we have been arrested by force that overpowered us without warrant or law, while in the peaceful pursuit of our legitimate business, and placed in confinement in different prisons in Kentucky, and then brought here, (where many of us have been in confinement for a long time, with no hope of being released or having any hearing before any tribunal,)  where we are now confined and restrained of our rights and liberty that we are justly entitled to.  That we are law abiding citizens of Kentucky, and the United States.  That we have not violated the laws of either, and that our imprisonment is unjust, both in law and in the eyes of God and man.  That we are entitled a trial by any tribunal known in the laws of our common county, but are compelled to remain here in this prison, away from our homes, our wives, children, relations, and friends, who are not permitted to see us; all verbal communications refused us.  That our confinement here is heart- rending to us and our families, inasmuch that we are free and innocent of any crime whatsoever.

 We there pray your Excellency to lay this before the Legislature of Kentucky, that they may take some action in behalf of her citizens, that have been moved from their homes and cast in prison in another State contrary to law and order.  We pray that we may have a trial before the peers of our State, and be able to meet our accuser face to face, and be dealt with according to law. 

We all further declare that we are law-abiding citizens, and have not done anything contrary to the laws of Kentucky or the United States; that our confinement is unjust and injurious to us, our wives, children, fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers and friends, while also this confinement is ruinous to our business and our health.  We pray that the Legislature may take speedy action in our behalf, and not allow her sons to rot in prison, without charge or crime of any kind, and we shall pray,  

  Robert Maddox, arrested July 1, 1862.  Campbell County.

  A. D.  Daniel, arrested July 18, 1862.  Campbell County

  Peter G. Arthur, arrested July 21, 1862.  Campbell County.

   Jesse Yelton, arrested June 16, 1862.  Campbell County.

  H. D. Helm, arrested July 10, 1862.  Campbell County

   S. B. Arnold, arrested July 21, 1862.  Campbell County

   Jas. S. Digby, arrested July 19,  1862.  Campbell County

   L. W. Woods, arrested July 18, 1862.  Campbell County

  Jas. McKibbin, arrested July 22, 1862.  Campbell County

  A. D. Furnish, arrested July 20, 1862.  Campbell County

  Thomas P. Herndon, arrested June 9, 1862.  Owen County

  R. H. Smith, arrested June 11, 1862.  Owen County

  James Fitzgerald, arrested June 11, 1862.  Owen County  (Had the date of 1852, but knew that had to be wrong)

  George P. Trusdell, arrested July 20, 1862.  Campbell County

  Andrew C. Sphar, arrested July 20, 1862.  Campbell County

  James W. Shanks, arrested July 20, 1862.  Campbell County

  Wilson Wiscer, arrested July 20, 1862.  Campbell County

  Joseph Sphar, arrested July 20, 1862.  Campbell County

  Lewis Stearns, arrested July 25, 1862.  Campbell County

  Geo. D. Allen, arrested July 19, 1862.  Campbell County

  Rev. Thomas J. Fisher, arrested July 20, 1862.  Campbell County

  Solomon McDade, arrested July 19, 1862.  Campbell County

  Francis M. Royse, arrested July 20, 1862.  Campbell County

  Patrick Walsh, arrested July 20, 1862.  Campbell County

  G. S. Skilbeck, arrested July 25, 1862.  Campbell County

  John Lightfoot, arrested July 19, 1862.  Campbell County

  George W. Lightfoot, arrested July 10, 1862.  Campbell County

   John Kiser, arrested July 20, 1862.  Campbell County

  S. S. Farris, arrested May 23, 1862.  Barren County

   J. H. Farris, arrested May 25, 1862.  Barren County

   Pouncy Nuckols, arrested May 25, 1862.  Barren County

  Joseph M. Dickey, arrested May 26, 1862.  Barren County

  Charles Armstrong, arrested June 7, 1862.  Todd County

  James Harvey Armstrong, arrested June 7, 1862.  Todd County

  Charles Wilson Armstrong, arrested June 7, 1862.  Todd County

  Geo. M. Means, arrested July 13, 1862.  Montgomery County

  George L. Abernathy, arrested July 15, 1862.  Pendleton County

   James Williams, arrested July 15, 1862.  Pendleton County

   James H. Cleveland, arrested July 15, 1862.  Pendleton County

   Samuel Brock, arrested July 15, 1862.  Pendleton County

   William Cleveland, arrested July 15, 1862.  Harrison County

   Joseph Daugherty, arrested July 15, 1852.  Harrison County

   Dudley Curtis, arrested July 15, 1862.  Harrison County

   Young. H. Doan, arrested July 15, 1862.  Harrison County

   John B. Doan, arrested July 15, 1862.  Harrison County

   John B. McKenney, arrested July 15, 1862.  Harrison County

  James Wilson, arrested July 15, 1862.  Harrison County

  Joel Beagle, arrested July 15, 1862.  Harrison County

  Samuel F. January, arrested July 26, 1862.  Harrison County  

   Joshua King, arrested July 15, 1862.  Harrison County

   John P. Jackson, arrested July 18, 1862.  Campbell County

  Jacob Isaack, arrested July 14, 1862.  Grant County

  James Evans, arrested July 14, 1862.  Grant County

  James C. Woodyard, arrested July 14, 1862.  Grant County

  John J. Hensley, arrested July 14, 1862.  Grant County

  Perry Wherritt, arrested July 26, 1862.  Harrison County

  S. Webster, arrested July 27, 1862.  Kenton County

   John F. Flege, arrested July 14, 1862.  Grant County

  Esau Bayers, arrested July 14, 1862.  Grant County

  G. W. Merrill, arrested July 14, 1862.  Grant County

  S. S. Slater, arrested July 14, 1862.  Pendleton County

  James A. Blackburn, arrested July 16, 1862.  Pendleton County

  Asa Tomlin, arrested July 14, 1862.  Pendleton County

   Henry Nunnamaker, arrested July 17, 1862.  Pendleton County

   J. T. Blackburn, arrested July 15, 1862.  Pendleton County

   V. Simon, arrested July 14, 1862.  Grant County

  Jerome P. Frazer, arrested August 4, 1862.  Fayette County

  Henry Zell, arrested July 12, 1862.  Kenton County

  O. P. Billiter, arrested July 16, 1862.  Grant County

   John H. Webb,  arrested July 14, 1862.  Grant County

   O. D. McManauna (?) arrested July 14, 1862.  Grant County

   John A. Turner, arrested July 14, 1862.  Grant County

   W. H. Tarvin, arrested July 23, 1862.  Kenton County

  Marma Slade, arrested July 18, 1862.  Bracken County

  Richard Taylor, arrested July 9, 1862.  Bracken County

  David Wood, arrested July 19, 1862.  Bracken County

  J. Cross Diltz, arrested July 18, 1862.  Bracken County

  Jas. McDonald, arrested July 16, 1862.  Bracken County

  W. P Payne, arrested July 14, 1862.  Bourbon County

  A. J. Galbreath, arrested July 20, 1862.  Campbell County

  William Tang, arrested July 14, 1862.  Kenton County

  J. J. Childress, arrested July 14, 1862.  Kenton County

  Gideon Kinman, arrested July 15, 1862.  Grant County

  John DeHart, arrested July 15, 1862.  Grant County

  Wyatt Morgan, arrested July 16, 1862.  Kenton County

  William Smith, arrested July 16, 1862.  Kenton County

  Silas Sparrow, arrested July 16, 1862.  Kenton County

  J. W. Pelly, arrested July 16, 1862.  Kenton County

  W. H. H. Plummer, arrested July 15, 1862.  Kenton County

  R. G. Harrington, M. D. ; arrested July 17, 1862.  Grant County

  Larken Garnett, arrested July 17, 1862.  Harrison County

   C. G. Waller, arrested July 16, 1862.  Kenton County

   M. W. Yates, arrested June 11, 1862.  Owen County

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