May 4, 1861

Macomb Eagle

The Voice of the People.

We publish this week the proceedings of two more meetings held in this county, at which the people have expressed their opinions and their convictions of duty at the present time.  These meetings, with those we have heretofore published, give an unmistakable indication of the popular current in this county.  That feeling, as any one would imagine, is loyal to the Constitution of the country, and firm in the determination to support the authorities of the nation.  He who supposes that our people could be indifferent as to the fate of the government, or careless as to the honor of our stars and stripes, must estimate the intelligence and patriotism of the people from a very low stand-point.  As Democrats, we have insisted that obedience to the laws and the constituted authorities was a cardinal principle in the success of a free government – we have demanded that violations of the Constitution, by any party or any community, was most reprehensible; because such violations, if committed with impunity, are but the precursor of a lawless rule and the forerunner of the destruction of our liberties.  The editor of this paper, on numerous occasions last summer, while speaking on political matters, sought to enforce this principle upon the minds of his hearers, and he was satisfied that Democrats found no objection to his remarks.  What was applicable then, we think is equally applicable now.  The violators of the Constitution are not now a few thousands scattered about the northern States, making opposition to the enforcement of a particular law; but they are organized communities, with arms in their hands, and an attempted government at their head, who are resisting all the laws of the United States and all the authority of the Constitution.  Is this a small matter – is this a light crime – to seek to overturn this government, and in its ruin to overwhelm the liberties of all the people?  We want it to be remembered that these “Confederate States” have acted all the time without consulting the people.  None of their ordinances of secession have been submitted to the people for approval or rejection.  The conventions called in haste, controlled by disappointed demagogues and conspirators against the peace of the United States, have ordained their States out of the Union, as though they had a divine right to ride booted and spurred over the Constitution, the Congress, and the liberties of the people.  Following up this, these conspirators and their tools proclaim a Constitution from Montgomery, and the people are again denied the right of saying yea or nay to it.  It is foisted upon them by the skill and cunning of adroit men, and then violent measures are resorted to for the purpose of raising a popular clamor in favor of their villainous conduct.  To crown all, their arms are turned northward for the purpose of overawing the patriotism of the border States and precipitating the millions of Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Missouri, into the cauldron of disunion and rebellion to the government; to be followed by an attack upon our national capital and the possible destruction of the archives of our country.  Shall this be accomplished?  While these things are done and threatened to be done, shall we stand aloof from the defense of our constitutional liberties?  Shall party prejudice and personal pride induce us to maintain a “masterly inactivity,” which may eventually end in the destruction of the only government in the world, where every citizen is a sovereign, and where civil and religious freedom is the glorious birthright of all?  Each man must judge for himself.  For our part, we had rather err in zeal for defending our government from overthrow, than err in standing aloof at a time of national peril and threatened destruction of the constituted authorities of the land.


  • Supplies and Rations. – In these times it will require a large amount of solid eatables to feed the sixteen regiments of Illinois volunteers, let alone the thousands that are being mustered into the services of the government in other States.  These supplies are collected by the quartermaster; he distributes them in the form of “rations” to the orderly sergeants of the companies, who in turn distribute to the “messes.”  This word denotes the lodgers in one tent, generally five or six, who have a set of cooking utensils, and all eat out of the same dish.  A soldier is allowed a certain amount of flour, meat, coffee, sugar, &c., and he has to live on that.  In civil life, however, people usually buy what they please, as much as they please, and as often as they please.  In view of this fact, Campbell & Wilson notify our readers that they have large supplies of family groceries and will deal out the “rations” in any quantity required by the purchaser.  So go round to the old corner and see.
  • Old French Again in the Field. – We make the statement, by authority, that French is again in the livery business – that he has fine horses for buggy or riding, and carriages and buggies that are the envy of all who have looked at them.  He has enlisted for the war, and until the last gun is fired can be found ready to wait upon all customers, at his stable, south of the Randolph house.  Give him a call when you want to ride or drive.
  • In these military times, we think it would be a good idea of our citizens to form a company for the protection of persons and property at home, from the depradations of any lawless vagabonds that might threaten either our private peace or safety.  Such a company is being formed at Middletown, and we think no harm to the public could come of such an organization in Macomb.
  • Gone! – The McDonough Guards, Capt. Wells, and the Union Guards, Capt. Ralston, left on Thursday for the rendezvous at Springfield.  They expected to be joined at Colchester by Capt. Wilson’s company.  We are assured that they will conduct themselves as brave and generous men, and do nothing unworthy of the fair name of our citizen soldiery.
  • There is, at this time, a fine prospect for an abundant crop of all kinds of fruit. – Apple and peach trees are covered with blooms, filling the air with sweet odors and the mind with great expectations of pippins and cider.
  • “If I should be drafted into service what should you do?” said a gentleman to his wife lately.  “Get a substitute for you, I suppose,” was the reply; whereupon the worse half changed the subject of conversation.


Macomb Dragoons.

At a meeting held at the court house in Macomb on Saturday, April 27th, 1861, for the purpose of organizing a cavalry company, Col. Wm. W. Bailey was called to the chair, and Thomas M. Gilfry and D. G. Tunnicliff were chosen secretaries.

L. H. Waters stated the object of the meeting.

On motion a committee of ten were appointed to make a selection of the officers for the company, to wit: Dr. J. D. Walker, D. G. Tunnicliff, Wm. E. Withrow, G. L. Farwell, Joseph Burton, B. R. Westfall, Freeman Sackett, Wm. Murry, Robert Broaddus, and Parmenus Hamilton.

Carter Van Vleck, L. B. Waters, and Rev. Mr. Palmer addressed the meeting.

The committee reported the following named persons for officers of said company:

Captain – James D. Walker

Lieutenants – 1st, G. L. Farewll; 2nd, Joseph Burton; 3rd, H. C. Twyman.

Sergeants – 1st, Ambrose Updegraff; 2nd, Wesley Jones; 3rd, Charles Wolff; 4th, P. Hamilton.

Corporals – 1st, F. Sackett; 2nd, J. G. Morgan; 3rd, FrankParkinson; 4th, B. F. Lane.

Bugler – L. Stoker; ensign, J. McMellan.

On motion a committee of three be appointed on by laws, when Capt. J. D. Walker, G. L. Farwell, and Joseph Burton, were appointed said committee.

Ordered the company meet on next Saturday at 2 o’clock p.m.


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