The National Volunteer
"Many voters" annnounced for Captain Samuel McKenzie for sheriff.....
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July 13, 1854
Abstracted by Maurice Holmes, in his book Shelbyville, Indiana, Newspaper Excerpts: 1853-1859.
Submitted by Sherry Badgley Ryan, with permission from the author.
Fort Wayne Sentinel
A TRUE PATRIOT. — The Shelbyville Volunteer tells the
following incident: When Capt. McKenzey started with his
noble company of volunteers, (Com. E. 5th
Ind. Reg.) from this place for Madison, bound
for Mexico, 133 in number, he had but a solitary dime in his pocket, and arrived at Madison entirely destitute of funds for the supply
of his men. Finding himself and his men in
rather a bad fix. destitute of means in a strange
place, he resolved to try some expedient to
get a little of “the needful." Accordingly
he applied to the bank, but his strange face would'nt [sic] command the money without a responsible endorser.
The Captain mentioned
over several names whom he thought responsible, and asked if they would do.
officers said they were not acquainted much
with them, -- but they were well acquainted
with one Jesse D Bright. The Captain
taking the hint, and not suffering much from bashfulness, was determined to find out who
this Jesse D. Bright was, rather than let his
soldiers suffer. After some search and enquiry, he found him on the wharf, and made
known his errand and his name. Mr. B. asked
Capt. McKenzey if he had charge of that
company of noble fellows that arrived in town
last evening from Shelby County. He told
him he had. Without further ceremony Mr.
B. proceeded with the Captain to the bank
and drew for him what money he required,
($400) which was a great accommodation to
both officers and men.
October 19, 1850
Contributed by John Ballard