April 20, 1861

Macomb Eagle

The War.

The war has begun.  The first blow has been struck, and Sumter is in the hands of the Confederates.  The flag of our country has been lowered to an armed foe – a foe that northern fanatics have made such, causelessly and unnecessarily.  We write the humiliating fact “more in sorrow than anger.”  We love the flag of our country.  We have followed it to the battle field – we have stood under its folds while the cannon of a foreign foe plowed through the ranks around us.  We have watched its “broad stripes and bright stars” mark the conquering steps of the sons of the Union, and “rejoiced with a joy unspeakable” as we beheld it unfold over the enemy’s strongholds.  That battle was fought by Ohioans and Kentuckians, by Illinoisans and Mississippians, by Indianians and Carolians, by Pennsylvanians and Georgians, by New Yorkers and Tennesseans.  We were brothers in one cause, and irresistible because of the justness of that cause.  With what pain and sorrow do we now behold that same flag lowered to those who were once foremost in defending and upholding it!  Surely we have fallen upon evil times.  Surely somebody has been guilty of great atrocity in laying the train which has undermined the harmony and good feeling of our country, and at length exploded the magazine of civil war. – Is it bootless to inquire now who commenced the alienation of the North from the South – what question has persistently thrust upon the country, from year to year, which has proved the entering wedge of this division?  While we all pray for the success of our country – while we all acknowledge our allegiance to the government – it is still not improper to remember that all these calamities could have been averted.  Shall this war be of long duration?  Are the people prepared to blindly follow the war policy of the republican camp?  While the people of the country may be prepared to strengthen the government and render it invulnerable to the Confederate troops – (if they should be so foolish as to wage a war outside of their frontier) – shall they not also say that peace hath her victories, not less honorable than those of war?  Should not the conservative people of the North, of all parties, who have anything to lose or anything to save in view of a wasting civil war, at once demand that negotiation should first be exhausted – that honorable efforts at peace should first be made ere a conquering army should be sent southward to subjugate the Confederate States?


What Will We Gain?

Suppose the country, in obedience to the war policy of the abolitionists, is plunged into a war of one year, or five years, or ten years duration – what will we gain?  Suppose we conquer the South – suppose we reduce the Confederate States to the condition of subjugated provinces – what will it advantage us?  What will repay us for the death of friends on the battle field, or their return crippled and maimed for life?  Do you say that it is sweet to die for one’s country – that it is a glorious privilege to water with one’s blood the tree of liberty?  We say it is.  But are you sure, my republican friend, that it is your country in whole and not in part, that you are ready to defend?  Are you sure that the tree of liberty has no root in southern soil?  Strengthen your government, we say, and enable it to resist invasion, by all means.  After having done this, would it not be the part of patriotism and religion to unite your voice in a call for negotiation and peace?  Have you thought that “the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong”. – and that the time may come – and we think assuredly will come – when our government will have to treat with the Confederate States?  Will we be in a better position for this after a devastating and oppressive war, than before it?  Can we whip the Confederates, like dogs, till they love us?  We pray you consider these things impartially, and dispassionately – calm any excited feelings you may have – sleep over your determination to do something desperate.  Let reason and not passion control your action.  Listen a little to history, and especially to the history of our own country.  And if after all, you conclude to join the army and go for a soldier, do it like a man, and at the same time believe your neighbor as patriotic as yourself when he prays that peace may speedily arrest the havoc of war.


McDonough Democratic. – The Macomb Eagle is right jubilant over the result of the township elections in McDonough county. – The Democrats elect eleven out of sixteen supervisors; all the “carpet sack” towns show a great falling off, while there is a great Democratic increase in all the others.  The aggregate vote shows a Democratic majority in the county of over three hundred!  Hurrah for McDonough!  We knew that Magic, with the Carthage Transcript office, united with the Under Ground Railroad “Journal,” would “revolutionise the county,” but we did not expect him to accomplish the work quite so soon. – Carthage Republican

The War News in Macomb. – The news of the bombardment and surrender of Fort Sumter created a good deal of excitement in Macomb.  Some persons became awfully excited, swore roundly that they could smell treason in Macomb – that somebody “ought to be strung up,” or his property destroyed.  They are probably ashamed of such gasconade by this time, and as nobody has been hurt by it, it may be well enough to let it pass as the ravings of fools and fanatics.  Republicans are for the war, of course; but we do not know that any steps have yet been taken to form a company of volunteers to aid in doing the fighting.

The Latest Appointment. – It is said that the individual who went all the way to Washington, to get a foreign mission (Dahomey or Utah preferred), having failed to get that has been complimented with the post of lighthouse keeper, at the junction of Wigwam branch with Crooked Creek.  A justice’s office might be opened in the basement.  Macomb is certainly looking up.


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