March 14 and 15, 1862

Macomb Journal
March 14, 1862

Letter from a McDonough Volunteer.

Bird’s Point, Mo., March 2.

            Messrs. Editors: We have just received orders to cook five days rations, pack up everything, and be ready to march by 6 o’clock in the morning. – All the balance of the Regiments in camp have the same orders.  We do not know to what place we go, but presume in the direction of Columbus.  I don’t think there will be much of a fight at that place as it is pretty well authenticated that the rebels are evacuating it.  There is no telling, however, what may take place.  Look out for something good in a short time.  I will write to you again as soon as possible.  Our Camp is all bustle and confusion.  Excuse the shortness of my letter.  It has been raining all day, and the roads are in a bad condition.

Respectfully, &c.,



A Reply to “Observer.”

Bird’s Point, Mo., March 5.

            Messrs. Editors: An article which recently appeared in the “Journal” reflecting severely upon the character of the surgeons and attendants at the regimental hospital at this post, has attracted considerable attention here on account of the gross perversions of facts, or to speak plainly, willful falsehoods, which it contains.

The writer has no particular anxiety to engage in a newspaper controversy with a person of “Observer’s” calibre, or with any person with such a faculty for invention – but a short and emphatic contradiction of “Observer’s” statements may not be amiss.

The building which is used as a hospital by the 16th regiment, was erected for that purpose prior to our arrival here, and is the only edifice which can be procured for the reception of the sick.  Whatever may be the duties of the Surgeon and his attendants, building houses is not one of them.

At the time “Observer” appears to have voluntarily assumed the arduous task of reprimanding the medical department, there were 10 or 11 patients in the building; as “Observer’s” count makes 20 or 25, we are forced to believe that figures do lie sometimes.

The whole of the extremely pathetic and interesting tale of the “cholera morbus patient” is an agreeable fiction.  There has been no case of cholera morbus here and certainly no one has died of it.  It is rather cruel in “Observer” to “kill people simply to make copy.”

The attendants who are so unfortunate as to be objects of “Observer’s” wrath, are young men of good moral character from your county, and left home with a semblance, at least, of humanity.  It is fair to conclude that notwithstanding their long connection with the “bloody sixteenth” that they have not become so completely depraved as to wrap the dead body of a fellow soldier in a tent and lay it out of doors.  “Observer” has indulged his taste for the horrible to a regular extent.

Finally, Mr. Editors, the task of a hospital attendant is at best a hard one, it is always disagreeable and sometimes dangerous.  He receives but a scanty compensation, and even when suffering from illness himself, is often obliged to bear patiently the irritable and whimsical temper of the sufferer placed in his care.  In doing this he does not expect to gain any fame, but is content if he escapes the abuse of every dirty blackguard, who fancies he has a talent for literary composition.

It is an act of justice to publish, as we now do, the man who for the sake of acquiring a reputation for smartness, abuses the kindness of those who have befriended him, and deals in wholesale defamation and falsehoods, as a liar and a scoundrel.                                                                                 Truth.


The Homestead Bill. – The Homestead bill passed the House on Friday.  It provides that on and after the 1st of next January, any person 21 years of age, who is a citizen, or who has declared his intention to be such, and who shall enter upon the land and cultivate it for five years, upon the payment of the Land Office fees and $10 to cover the expenses of survey.  The same privilege is accorded to all men who have been in the military or naval service of the Government during the present war.


Arrived Home. – Henry Bailey of the 16th Regiment, who has been for some time seriously ill with typhoid fever at Bird’s Point, arrived home last week.  He is still very low, but slowly improving.


            A son of Mr. H. Morris, who lives a few miles north of town, also returned a day or two since prostrated from the effects of the same disease.  He was in Capt. Bayne’s company in Missouri.


Plow Factory in Macomb. – We would call attention to the advertisement of W. L. Imes, in this paper, who announces that he is prepared to manufacture plows equal in every respect to any that can be manufactured elsewhere, and can sell at as low a price. – Farmers in want of plows should give Imes a call.  Support home manufactures – this should be the motto of all.


Macomb Eagle
March 15, 1862


Farmers, Look Here!

I have now on hand a lot of superior
Which I can offer on as reasonable terms as can be bought elsewhere in the State.
Call and see my stock before purchasing and satisfy yourselves that a GOOD PLOW can be made in Macomb, and as cheap as anywhere else in Illinois.
Repairing done at short notice.
Shop at the Machine Works east end of Macomb.


The excellent wife of our friend Milton Knight, Esq., has sent us a basket of butter, about a dozen pounds in quantity, which we find on trial to be of the best quality – perfectly sweet and of the right flavor.  Mrs. Knight knows how to make the best quality of butter, and does not think the time and labor wasted which are necessary to accomplish that result.


We are also indebted to Mrs. W. Shipman, of Blandinville township, for a package of butter – yellow as gold, sweet, perfectly worked, and in every respect a No. 1 article.


J. W. Atkinson has the thanks of The Eagle office for a bucket of fine apples.  He has more of ‘em, and also a good stock of groceries for sale at the lowest rates.


Mr. Harris will continue the school in the first ward, commencing on the last day of the month.  See advertisement.


Mr. Robinson’s annual advertisement of fruit trees is before our readers.  Mr. R. has been in this business several years, and his trees have always given satisfaction.  Those who buy of him will get just what they bargain for.


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