Joseph Ashur Ware Aka. Casco

Joseph Ashur Ware (Born 30 Aug 1832, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, on Casco Bay. Died 25 May 1874) was a newspaper correspondent at Ulysses S. Grant’s headquarters during part of 1862 and his letters were published under the pseudonym of Casco in the Philadelphia Press. Before that, apparently, he was editor of John W. Forney’s Sunday Morning Chronicle in 1861 (and maybe the Philadelphia Press, as well), but resigned August 1863 to be Adjutant-General Lorenzo Thomas’ private secretary.

Source:  History and Information supplied by author Joseph A. Rose, who found the following articles while he was researching for his new book “Grant Under Fire.”  There are many more articles published in the Chicago Tribune, held at the New York Library and Pennsylvania Civil War Era Newspaper Collection (

JAN. 16, 1862 (writing as J.A.W.)


APR. 16, 1862 (writing as Casco)


MAY 3, 1862 (writing as Casco)


MAY 5, 1862 (writing as Casco)


SEP. 27, 1862 (writing as Casco)


OCT. 21, 1862 (writing as Casco)


NOV. 6, 1862 (writing as Casco)


NOV. 3, 1862 (writing as Casco)  This particular article is quite large so the whole front page is copied, click on the plus bar at the top and use the slide bar at the bottom.


“Mr. Joseph A. Ware, formerly connected with this paper, and more recently engaged in the free-labor experiment in Mississippi, has been appointed solicitor for the sixth auditor’s’ office of the Treasury Department. Mr. Ware is an accomplished writer and an able lawyer, and his appointment to public duty will be a great advantage to the Government.”

Source:  Press (Philadelphia, PA), Monday, October 17, 1864

Our thanks to Mr. Rose for this contribution

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