An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
From the Secretary of War to the Hon. Jupiter Doke, Hardpan Crossroads, Posey
Washington, Nov. 3, 1861.
Having faith in your patriotism and ability, the President has been pleased to appoint you
a brigadier-general of volunteers. Do you accept?
From the Hon. Jupiter Doke to the Secretary of War.
Hardpan, Illinois, Nov. 9, 1861.
It is the proudest moment of my life. The office is one which should be neither sought nor
declined. In times that try men's souls the patriot knows no North, no South, no East, no
West. His motto should be: "My country, my whole country and nothing but my
country." I accept the great trust confided in me by a free and intelligent people, and with
a firm reliance on the principles of constitutional liberty, and invoking the guidance of an
all-wise Providence, Ruler of Nations, shall labor so to discharge it as to leave no blot
upon my political escutcheon. Say to his Excellency, the successor of the immortal
Washington in the Seat of Power, that the patronage of my office will be bestowed with
an eye single to securing the greatest good to the greatest number, the stability of
republican institutions and the triumph of the party in all elections; and to this I pledge
my life, my fortune and my sacred honor. I shall at once prepare an appropriate response
to the speech of the chairman of the committee deputed to inform me of my appointment,
and I trust the sentiments therein expressed will strike a sympathetic chord in the public
heart, as well as command the Executive approval.
From the Secretary of War to Major-General Blount Wardorg, Commanding the
Military Department of Eastern Kentucky.
Washington, November 14, 1861.
I have assigned to your department Brigadier- General Jupiter Doke, who will soon
proceed to Distilleryville, on the Little Buttermilk River, and take command of the
Illinois Brigade at that point, reporting to you by letter for orders. Is the route from
Covington by way of Bluegrass, Opossum Corners and Horsecave still infested with
bushwackers, as reported in your last dispatch? I have a plan for cleaning them out.
From Major-General Blount Wardorg to the Secretary of War.
Louisville, Kentucky, November 20, 1861.