The Josephine Garlock Morrow Tent #23 of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865 met on Jan. 22, at the United Methodist Church meeting room, Macon, with 11 members present.
President Elna Williams and Chaplain Aileene Burns opened the meeting at 1:40 p.m. Patriotic Instructor Linda Haley led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Secretary, Sharon Hutchinson, read minutes of the December meeting with two additions and corrections. Ruth Masten is the Chief of Staff and Catherine Llewellyn is Counselor. Marilyn Freeman gave the treasurer’s report. Courtesy Chair Catherine Llewellyn sent a get well card to Gloria Winkler, who has been hospitalized; and birthday cards to Patricia Stewart, Anna Jones, Gloria Winkler, Ellen Daly, Phyllis Webb, Susan Leath, and Marilyn Freeman.
Elna reported there had been several e-mails to and from state officers. The Macon Public Library will be available for the February and March meetings. Several people have paperwork in progress for membership in the DUV. It was suggested that each new member give a brief history of their ancestor, and show a picture, if available. Program booklets, 2013, were reviewed.
Tent #23 will host the Missouri DUV State Department Convention June 7-8, 2013 in Macon. Members are requested to bring items for raffles, as well as “garage sale” items. Speakers have been arranged for and menus are being planned. Marilyn Freeman is the State President for 2013.
Marilyn Freeman presented the program on “An Illinois Civil War Prison” at Alton, Ill.. The Alton prison was built in 1830-1831. Unsanitary conditions aroused criticism from Dorothea Dix, pioneer in prison reform. All inmates were transferred to Joliet, Ill. prior to 1860. During the Civil War, the prison was re-opened as a Union prison. Wiley Gishem, of Dobbins, Ark., Wendell Freeman’s great-great grandfather, joined the Confederate forces, fought for three days, and was captured and sent to the prison at Alton, where he stayed for over a year, dying of pneumonia. The Alton prison was said to have better quarters than the Union soldiers had. Confederate prisoners, approximately 600, were moved from McDowell College, St. Louis, early in the war, by the City of Alton steamer. In April 1862, smallpox hit the prison, and 200 prisoners were released to another prison, whose officer in charge returned them to Alton. In April 1865, prisoners who had served with Confederate General Sterling Price, were released. Over the years, roughly 500 Confederate prisoners took the Oath of Allegiance to the Union. A monument stands today at the prison marking the “burial of 1354 Confederate soldiers who died here and at the smallpox hospital on the adjacent island while prisoners of war and whose graves cannot now be identified.”
After the meeting, Hostess Aileene Burns, assisted by Elna Williams, served refreshments to Gail Shoush, Marilyn Freeman, Sharon Hutchinson, Ruth Masten, Catherine Llewellyn, Linda Haley, Donna Ayers, Becky Lang and Ruth Thompson.