January 31 and February 1, 1862

Macomb Journal
January 31, 1862

The Illinois 16th.

            This Regiment which is composed of companies from this Congressional District, left their quarters at St. Joseph on Monday last, and arrived at Quincy on Tuesday, on their way to Cairo.  A few members of the regiment from this place found a few hours in which to return home and exchange congratulations with their friends and relatives. – A number from this place went down to Quincy on Tuesday and enjoyed the privilege of a hearty greeting with the gallant soldiers.

Some evil disposed scribbler in the Chicago Tribune has been endeavoring to “write down” this Regiment, but it would appear that it has only had the effect to make more prominent the real excellence of the officers and men, as respects good discipline, courage, health, efficiency, &c.  We are told by those who visited Quincy on Tuesday, that they not only saw for themselves, but that the remark was general that a finer or more orderly behaved, or better looking regiment had not been seen in Quincy or any where else.  Every man appeared to be in sound health, and in the best of spirits.  The Regiment has been stationed at St. Joseph for the past four months, and there was much regret manifested by the local citizens of that place at their departure.


What the Soldiers Want.

            The soldiers want to fight.  They dread most of all an inglorious hospital death.  They didn’t enlist to die of measels, but to die, if at all, on the battle field.  One of the Illinois boys in Missouri writes to a friend in Chicago as follows:

“We are so much fooled around that not only myself but all our boys get disgusted with the war.  We enlisted to fight.  Let us have a fight.  We want either to die on the battle field or gain a victory and go home.  We would like to be under Lane or Sigel’s command.  They put the rebels through.”

And in the same strain is a letter from the 47th Illinois (Col. John Bryner) from which the Peoria Transcript is permitted to quote:

“You ought to hear our boys cheer for Jim Lane.  Every evening when the St. Louis Democrat comes with something from Lane, some one will cry out, ‘Hurrah for Jim Lane!’  It is taken up throughout the camp until it rings with the sound.  You can draw your own inferences from the above, of the feelings and spirit of the boys.  We have had a little experience in Missouri of the manner in which these curses should be dealt with and it is impossible to make us believe but when Lane’s policy is the only effective one to use in this State.  What I mean by us, is the majority – the big majority – those who came here to wipe out rebels and traitors.”


The 16th Illinois Regiment. – The sweeping denunciations in our St. Joseph correspondence, the other day, of the “universally detested 16th Illinois,” did great injustice to one of the best regiments from this State in the field, who should not suffer in their general character because the conduct of their commanding officer has been sometimes open to censure.  We have a formal acquaintance with some of the officers in this regiment, and we know them, and believe their comrades in arms to be like them, loyal and true men; and we here wish to make the amende honorable to a regiment placed under an unjust imputation as above quoted. – Chicago Tribune.


A Nuisance. – We have heard of late numerous complaints from farmers and others who visit Macomb with their teams, respecting the depredations of the droves of cattle which are permitted to run at large in this city.  It is common for farmers to bring in their wagons hay or feed for their horses, but if left exposed for a moment it will be seized upon by the cattle which infest the public square.  And it is not uncommon for them to attack bundles which may have been purchased at the stores and laid away in the wagons. – One farmer tells us that he had an excellent whip completely spoiled by being chewed up by a cow, and one of his neighbors had the lines to his harness much injured in the same manner.  Our city authorities should take the matter under consideration and abate the nuisance if possible.  We should be always glad to see our country friends, and it is certainly very unwise as well as unjust that they should be subject to these annoyances if the remedy lies with us.  If the hogs of our neighboring farmers should stray into town our city authorities would be after them instanter, and their owners would be obliged to pay the costs of their redemption.  If we refuse to be annoyed by their hogs, why should we insist on annoying them with our cattle.  Let the City Council which meets on Monday evening next answer.


Clarke’s Book Store. – Clarke is no old fogy.  He believes that the more you advertise, the more business it will bring.  Clarke advertises – his advertisements appear early and often; and hence it is not uncommon to see his store crowded with customers.  See his new advertisements of Blanks, Blank Books, &c.  And Clarke is liberal, too.  He has our thanks for several copies of late eastern publications.


School House Discussions. – We learn that a few zealous Democrats in the School District a few miles east of town, of which Mr. Adcock is teacher, are inviting their Republican friends to a discussion of the following question:

Resolved, That the Abolitionists is the cause of the war.

When they get through with this question we propose another one:

Resolved, That corn is the cause of the Democratic Party.

This is a very practical question. – Corn is made into whisky.  Whisky makes Democrats.  No corn, no whisky.  No whisky, no Democrats.  It is very plain then that corn is the cause of the Democratic party.


Corn Wanted. – Several of our subscribers have promised to bring us corn in payment for their subscriptions. – We are “plum out,” as the boys say, and we have no more money than is necessary to buy paper.  Consider, then, the condition of our cow, and pig, and half dozen chickens.  Bring on your corn.


Behind Time. – The evening train due here a few minutes after 9 o’clock, has been late for several nights past.  On Tuesday evening the train ran off the track near Galesburg, and did not reach here until 5 o’clock the next morning.


Off for the War. – Frank E. Fowler, formerly an editor of this paper, on Wednesday last, shouldered a musket and joined company B of the 16th Regiment, as a private.  Frank will hurt somebody before he gets home again, as he is a sort of a Jim Lane man.


Macomb Eagle
February 1, 1862

Restoration of the Union.

            Do the abolitionists know that there can be no restoration of the Union under the Constitution, until they shall cease their brawling about slavery and quit urging its destruction by the government?  We say restoration, because for the time being, the Union is broken, the States are divided, and the separation is becoming wider and stronger every day.  With the principles of abolitionism or ultra republicanism dominant in Congress, as they have been for the last eight months, there is no possible hope for the southern States to form with us one nation.  Abolitionism has always scoffed at the Constitution and trampled it under foot, and at no time has this been done more wrongfully and persistently than during the past year.  Slavery has existed in the Republic ever since its formation; and there never was any trouble about it until abolitionism set the North and the South to quarreling and finally to fighting (to use a homely expression) like two cats strung over a pole.  If there had been no nullification of the laws of Congress, no resistance to the decisions of the Courts, no trampling under foot of the Constitution – no avowed purpose “to put slavery in course of extinction,” nor attempt to carry out that purpose, on the part of certain politicians and parties in the North, there would have been no rebellion in the southern States.  There would have been no arming of hundreds of thousands of men to protect their civil rights and property, which they, taking abolitionists and republican leaders at their own word, believed was in danger of invasion and destruction.  The South will never form with the North the Union of our fathers, unless the North go back to the purity and love of law and constitutional obligations which distinguished the fathers of the Republic.  If we are not ready to observe the Constitution, enforce the laws, and carry out the decisions of the Courts, how can we ask the South to do these things?  If we uphold the republicans in Congress in their violations of the Constitution, under the mistaken plea of “military necessity,” with what grace can we compel the South to observe it implicitly?  If we inform every man who has taken part in the rebellion that there shall be no forgiveness of his crime, but that all his property shall be taken from him, as Trumbull and other republicans desire, how shall we convince him that his only safety is not in persistence in his rebellion, and in greater efforts to render it successful?  The remedy is with the people of the North.  It is to defeat abolitionism – to defeat any party that sympathizes with it, or that harbors its principles – to defeat any and every candidate for office who will not set his face like a flint against its treasonable and disunion schemes.  If this be not done, there can be no restoration of the Union of old.  Our army can take care of the rebels in the field, and the patriots at home have equally an important duty to take care of the enemies of the Constitution in their midst.


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