Fayette County Leader from Fayette, Iowa on September 13, 1961 · Page 3
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Fayette, Iowa
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Wednesday, September 13, 1961
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Upper Iowa recruits form unit; Jake active part in Civil War — William A. Dunne The Civil War had begun on April 12, 1861, with the surrender of Fort Sumter, a U. S. Army garrison in the harbor of Charleston, S. C. The students of Upper Iowa University were readying themselves for the time when President Lincoln would appeal fcr men to fight the war. Early in the summer of 1861, the students of Upper Iowa University organized a o?mpany for military purposes and called themselves the "University Recruits." They revealed their purpose in a resolution which stated: "That whenever the occasion demands it, we will drop our books to fight our country's battles." The summer of 1861 saw several members of the original University Recruits enter the service with the 3rd and 9th Iowa Regiments, but at the opening of school hi the fall, on September 2, 1861, the company was still in' their • " James Stewart; Corporals, David Conner, Thomas Henderson, P. R. Ketchum, S. F. Rush, J. F. Hutchins, D. D. Warner, G. L. Durno, James Barr. With 19 students leaving the school at one time, the classes were sadly depleted and President Brush undertook to counteract the patristic tendencies of the students by writing letters to their parents urging them to use their parental authority to forbid enlistment. This method did not work, however, because of the sympathy given the boys by the preceptress, Miss E. A. Sorin. She became their champion and remained their true friend through the war. No better record of woman's devoted service to the Union can be shown than was shown by her in the interest for her "boys". She held a meeting for the young ladies on campus and interested them in her plans of a terly cheer, and encouragement "Take our flag, and as it floats over you, sometimes give a thought to those by whom it has been presented. Proudly, confidently, we commit it to your keeping. We do not bid you guard it, we know it is safe in your hands. As you have been proud to live under it, if death be your lot, may you die under it's folds, and may God protect and prosper you as you defend your colors." The position of 5th Sergeant was not filled at the time of the election of other officers but was left to the choice of the donors of the flag with the understanding that the one elected should be the color bearer for the company. It was a spirited contest, the secrets of which were never revealed to the company, in which Henry J. Grannis, of Fayette, College Edition 3 W«dnwdar, S«pi*mb«r 13, 1961 Fayetto Leader Fayette. Iowa of any regiment was ever borne more gallantly, or that any Color Bearer in any war was more devoted to his trust than was Henry Grannis. Grannis carried the flag at Fort Henry. Fort Donelson, and Shiloh. He was taken prisoner at Shiloh but later released. In several battles the colors were riddled in his hands. On other occasions every guard was killed or wounded, yet Grannis never suffered a scratch through the entire war. He received a merited promotion as 1st Lieutenant of Company C on November 22, 1865, but failed to muster and retained the more conspicuous and honorable place as Color Bearer to the end. He was finally discharged on January 20, 1866, and settled down to private life in Fayette county. The University Recruits were housed in Fayette until October 16, 1861. when the company paraded for the last time on the Upper Iowa University campus. Following the parade the company / _**' _ . .• • •«• ••—••*1» *v9 "n Helen Tuttle of Redondo Beach, Calif., has rejoined the faculty this year. She is serving as dean of women and will teach several classes in English. Miss Tuttle, who was affiliated with Upper Iowa University from 1957 until 1960 as an assistant professor of English, resigned last year to teach in the Calif- coin for 300,000 men the boys were convinced that the time nad come for them to carry out their resolution. At a public meeting in the University chapel on the aftermoon of September 15, 18bi, 23 members enrolled their names and pledged themselves to answer the appeal for troops. One of those who signed the role. after deliberation, asked to be excused because he was married and QDuld not go. Two others joined different companies and one was rejected by the mustering officer. As a result, only 19 of the original University Recruits became members of Company C of the 12th Iowa Hegi- merit. Immediateh- after enrollment, the 19 boys agreed to leave campus and recruit as many men as they could in one week, when they would return to school again. They all returned at the appointed time with the full compliment of men allowed in a company, 101 ambitious, fighting' men. On September 28. 1861. just 13 davs after the first name was signed to the roll, the service of the .company was accepted by the governor of Ibwa and ordered into quarters at the Fayette House to begin their regular routine of military drill. During their stay at the Fayette House the men elected their officers with the following results recorded: Captain, W. W. Warner; 1st Lieutenant, D. B. Henderson; 2nd Lieutenant, A. M. Smith; Sergeants, G. W. Cook, Gilbert Hazlet, Emery Clark. Qn fte flag was ^^,5 of . f .^ tiUe « Un iversity iRecruits -^ The flag was then present- pd tQ thg company by M iss Sorin .^ feehalf Q{ ^ ^ of Upper Iowa Univers jty. At this cere- mony ^^ Sorin gave a very touchmg addre ss which, in part, ig ^ foUows: -.jn behalf of the ladies of Up- per i owa University, it has been made m y pleasing duty to pre- sen t to you, our brave volunteers. the standard of our Union. We f ee i that you, who for its honor, have not counted your y ves dear unto you. its Stars and stripes are far more eloquent ap p 0a l 5^r the right than mortal lips can address. Yet. in parting from you we would fain add 10 its influence a word ot sis- SABOE JEWELRY^ Diamonds Watches Silverware Gifts For All Occasions Radios Televisions West Union, Iowa fall— Where Individuality Fits The Personality Eleanor's Hat Shop Oelwein, Iowa INSUREDS! WELCOME Again this year, the Fayette Insurance Agency is proud to be the agency carrying your "round the clock" accident protection. We shall be pleased to meet you and answer any questions concerning Upper Iowa Univemty** Student accident program. We hope you won't need our services, but if you do, the very best is available. WE WISH YOU AN ABUNDANCE OF SUCCESS DURING YOUR YEARS AT UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY Fayette Insurance Agency Across From The Theatre Phone 88 — Fayette, Iowa t

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