October 25 and 26, 1861

Macomb Journal
October 25, 1861

The Illinois 16th.

There appeared in the Quincy Whig one day last week a communication from St. Joseph respecting the 16th regiment of Illinois Volunteers.  The writer was rather severe in his criticisms and bore down hard upon the chaplain, Rev. R. Haney.  We have mislaid the paper containing the communication, or we should copy a portion of it to show how sure somebody feels over something we know not of.  But this communication it appears has aroused what we conceive to be a just indignation on the part of certain officers of the 16th regiment, but we must say that we heartily disapprove of their mode of showing their indignation.  Lieut. Woodall proposes to stand up as a mark to be shot at , if the writer of the slanderous communication will do the same.  The following belligerent communication appears in the Quincy Herald of Wednesday morning:

St. Joe, Oct. 21, 1861.

Friend Brooks: —  A day or two since a most scurrilous attack on our regiment was made in the columns of the Whig and Republican.  Lieut Woodall desires the publication in the Herald of the enclosed note, lest it might not be published in the paper to whose editor it is addressed.  Will you be kind enough to give it a place in your columns.

            Respectfully, &c.,                                            V. Y. RALSTON

St. Joe, Oct. 21, 1861.

Ed. Whig and Republican – Sir: In your paper of a recent date, there appeared in the shape of a communication, a most infamous attack upon the 16th regiment Illinois Volunteers.  I am astonished that you gave place to it in your columns, especially so, as many of the individuals embraced have long been residents of your city; and Mr. Haney, though not now a citizen of Quincy, was some years since, and has very many friends there who respect him as a pious, upright gentleman, and a devoted minister.
Now, sir, I demand to know the writer of the communication referred to above, and I hereby thus publicly challenge him to mortal combat; and in the event of your not informing me of his name, you, sir, can take his place as my adversary.
My friend V. Y. Ralston, Esq., will receive any communication addressed to me in relation to this matter.
Of course I make the following conditions: That the writer has heretofore sustained the character of a gentleman, something he has now utterly forfeited in the estimation of those who are.
Permit me, sir, to urge a speedy settlement or a sufficient explanation.

I am yours, respectfully,
Late Adjutant 16th Ills. Vols.

Mr. Haney will never countenance any such mode of defending his good name, but we don’t think he would object to administering a few vigorous kicks to his defamer if he could be discovered.



Members of the McDonough Light Infantry are hereby notified to attend a business meeting of the Company on Saturday evening next at 7 o’clock p.m. at the Court House.  Every member is requested to be present.

By Order of E. A. Floyd, Capt.


One More Company.

W. S. Hendricks, of the 16th Illinois Regiment, is now at home in this county, and in connection with Dr. W. W. McMaster, is engaged in forming another company for the war.  Mr. Hendricks is a noble, brave and gallant soldier, and just the man to make an excellent captain.  Messrs. H. and McM. We learn are making good progress in recruiting.  Their head-quarters at present is at Bardolph.


On A Hunt. – A hunting party composed of the following persons started on Thursday morning for a grand hunt on the Illinois river in the vicinity of Meradosia; W. T. Head, I. H. Clarke, D. G. Tunnicliff, Sam. Woodson, Ben. Vail, L. Stocker, Jos. Arnold, L. E. Walker, Robt. Massey and Henry W. Gash.  They are amply supplied with tents, blankets, provisions and small black bottles.


The Abbott Democracy are making big calculations on being largely aided in their chances of electing their ticket by the absence of so many Union men in the war.  So far as we can ascertain every Republican is in favor of the Union Ticket, and the seceshers do not pretend to conceal their opinion that of the ten or twelve hundred who have left this county for the war, four out of five were Republicans.  All their hopes and all their chances rest in their knowledge of this fact.


Lieutenants Broaddus and Bartholomew, of the 16th Regiment, have been home for a few days on a furlough.  They both appear to enjoy excellent health.


Accidentally Shot. – On Tuesday of last week, Chas. H. Maple, P. W. Smith and others went to the river to spend a day or two in shooting ducks.  On Wednesday morning, about 7 o’cl’k as they were sailing around in a skiff, looking for game, Mr. Smith, in endeavoring to change his position to get a shot at some ducks, accidentally discharged his gun in such a manner that the load entered the back of Charley Maple, causing a very severe, though, it is hoped, not dangerous flesh wound on the right side of the backbone, near the lower rib. – Canton Register 22d


Macomb Eagle
October 26, 1861

                        Vote to Put Down Abolitionism.

            The abolitionists seek to induce the government to declare the emancipation and freedom of all the slaves in the South.  They have for years contended that the government must abolish slavery, and they more clamorous now for this object than they have ever been.  Were the government to accede to the wishes of these incendiary abolitionists, and proclaim universal freedom and emancipation as the object of the war, that act would consolidate the entire South in support of the rebellion, and give it a strength which no action of the rebel leaders could impart to it.  The entire Union sentiment of the South would be crushed out as it were at a blow – it would be extinguished forever.  A united South could never be conquered.  They would present an impregnable wall, against which our army would be dashed to pieces.  This abolitionism, which is thus seeking to prepare the way for a separation of the States, must be voted down by the people.  The Van Vleck platform has no rebuke of this abolition design; the Van Vleck organ has no denunciation of these abolitionists, but rather a kindly feeling toward them; and Van Vleck himself, so far as we can learn, has not yet said a word to indicate that he disapproves of their schemes.  He has been for more than a year associated with political abolitionists – indeed he said last year that he had “swallowed the abolition pill,” whatever that is – but he has not yet told the people that he disapproves of abolitionism or dissolved his political connection with them.  Conservative Union men should all vote against such a man.


The Democracy All “Secesh” Again.

The organ-grinder for the “unconditional Union” men is again outraged at the Democracy of this county, and coarsely berates them for not joining its half-acid organization.  The Democrats were not so green as to be caught in Chandler and Van Vleck’s stump-tail trap; they have too much regard for the Constitution, too great a love for the Union, and too deep a devotion to the interests of the country, to join in support of a set of candidates who have not the courage to denounce the abolitionists that are trying to render the rebellion a success.  The stump-tail organ held its venom for one entire week, expecting to see the Democracy rush to its support.  But finding its honeyed words have no effect upon the unterrified Democracy – and beginning to see probably, that numbers of conservative men were determined to cast their votes where they would tell against abolitionism – it has returned to its wallowing mire.  Democrats are all “seceshers” in it estimation – they are all enemies of the Union – they are a slovenly, unmannerly crew, whom a “nice” stump-tail candidate ought not to take by the hand.  As Democrats and Union men only smiled at its honey-fuggling, so now they only laugh at its viperfish contortions.  They can neither be coaxed nor driven from their integrity.


Another Company. – McDonough county is called upon for another company to serve during the war.  W. S. Hendricks, Esq., late of the Illinois 16th and Dr. McMasters, have opened a recruiting office at Bardolph, and expect to fill up a company within the next ten days.  This company will be for active service, and they want young men of nerve, muscle, sound in wind and limb, to fill up the ranks.  The war is to maintain the supremacy of the Constitution and the integrity of the Government, and in this view should be efficiently conducted and vigorously prosecuted.  Fill up the ranks, and forward march!


Oysters! Oysters! – Mr. Geo. Bunn has opened an oyster saloon in the building adjoining Campbell’s block, where he is now prepared to serve up these delicious bivalvular luxuries, in any style and quantity which may called for.  Mr. Bunn is an old hand at this business, and as he will keep only No. 1 oysters, the public may rest assured that they will get something really good and nice by calling at his saloon.  We have “tried it on,” and know whereof we speak.


Mr. Wallin, of Sciota township, will please accept the thanks of The Eagle family for a sack of excellent potatoes and some fine cabbage.  Mr. W. is a Democrat and a Christian, and perfectly willing to take the “security” alluded to last week.




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