A Wisconsin officer refuses to give slaves back to their owners (2), 1862
A Shameful History--Further in Regard to Col. Paine of the 4th Wisconsin
Rev. A.C. Barry, the chaplain of the Fourth Infantry, returned to Wisconsin in early July 1862 with news of the arrest of Col. Halbert Paine, who was punished for refusing to turn escaping slaves over to their owners. This article prints Barry's speech to a group in Kenosha during the city's 4th of July celebration, and gives details of the event not found elsewhere. It begins at the extreme lower right-hand corner of the page linked below.
Col. Paine was eventually pardoned and restored to command of the 4th Infantry. The next year, in the attack on Port Hudson near Vicksburg, Miss., he lost a leg in battle. He returned to Wisconsin, was elected to Congress, and became a practicing attorney in Washington where he died in 1905.
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|Pub Data: ||Unattributed newspaper clipping , July 1862, in a scrapbook at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library.
|Citation: ||"A Shameful History--Further in Regard to Col. Paine of the 4th Wisconsin." Unattributed newspaper clipping , July 1862, in a scrapbook at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library.
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