May 2 and 3, 1862

Macomb Journal
May 2, 1862

Macomb as a Business Point.

            There are few cities in the State of the size of this that presents more advantages for the prosecution of business than the city of Macomb.  Situated on one of the leading Railroad lines connecting the Mississippi river with the great Metropolis of the West, it is easy of access.  Surrounded by a prosperous farming community to be supplied with all the necessities of life – the best market for a large extent of surrounding country – easily supplied with wood, coal, timber, stone, and everything necessary to build up and sustain a city – there is no reason why Macomb should not do a large and prosperous business.  It is a well known fact during the past year while other towns here suffered severely from the pressure of the times that Macomb has constantly increased in the amount of business done.  Our merchants and tradesmen have all had a prosperous year of it, and judging from the amount of goods being brought in this spring, the merchants expect to keep on increasing the trade.  One reason of this great increase we doubt not is that our merchants have forsaken the old credit system, and adopted the motto, “Ready pay, or no sale,” thus enabling them to sell their goods at a much lower rate, and at the same time place their business upon a firmer basis.  Another reason is that the majority of our merchants have learned the power of Printer’s ink and have adopted a judicious system of advertising.  They have discovered that the old plan of selling on tick and charging losses on bad debts upon their good customers does not pay, or that trying to sell goods without letting the people know who or where they are, doesn’t win in this fast age.  But we intended to speak of some other business interests than mercantile.  The other day we called into the Machine Shop in the east part of the city, and were surprised at the amount of business there going on.  One part of the building is used by Wiley & Whitehead as an Iron Foundry, an establishment that has long been needed in this city.  Their enterprise is a new one, but they are the men to make it succeed.  They are turning out some very fine work, and we trust that this establishment will meet with a support that will warrant its proprietors in an increase of its facilities.  The main part of the building is occupied by W. L. Imes & Co., as a Plow Factory.  This too is a new business in Macomb.  We have seen some specimens of their work and can see no reason why they are not as good as any other establishment in the State can turn out.  The farmers of McDonough county should encourage this enterprise, as it will be to their interest to have their agricultural implements manufactured at home.  In the west end of the city A. Knapp, formerly of Galesburg, has erected a large building calculated for pressing and baling hay.  This too is of interest to the farmers, as it will furnish them a steady market and good prices for their hay.  The room formerly occupied by John W. Monfort is being fitted up for a first class Drug Store, which will be opened in a short time.

The above are all new establishments and show that people from abroad are beginning to recognize the business facilities of our city.  All that is necessary is to let capitalist know the inducements that Macomb offers to secure a large increase in the business facilities, and consequent prosperity and growth of our city.


The 28th Regiment at Pittsburg Landing.

            Through the kindness of Mr. James Anderson, of this city, who has lately returned from the battle field at Pittsburg Landing, we have been furnished with some items of interest in relation to the part of the 28th Regiment, commanded by Col. Johnson, took in the battle of Pittsburg.  Also a correct list of the killed and wounded of company D, commanded by Capt. G. L. Farwell.  This regiment formed a part of Gen. Hurlburt’s Division, and most gallantly did the officers and men sustain the reputation of Illinois Volunteers for bravery, coolness and daring.  There was no flinching or disorderly retreating, but when compelled by overwhelming numbers, to fall back, it was done in order, hotly contesting every inch of ground.  After the battle was over, Gen. Hurlburt, who by the way, in that battle displayed the bravery and coolness of a true soldier, addressed the 28th in terms of the highest praise, and gave them to understand that they had won his warmest respect and esteem by their bravery and daring.

Among other items of a personal nature that Mr. Anderson relates is the following: Col. Johnson was standing watching the battle, when a rebel Major rode by him.  The Colonel discharged his revolver at him, and the Major dropped over to the side of his horse, when the Colonel spurred his horse up to him and made a grab at his hair, when, to his surprise, the hair came off leaving in his hand the Major’s cap and a rebel wig.  The major rode on a few paces and dropped dead from his horse.

Mr. Anderson says that company D, Capt. Farwell’s, displayed the greatest valor.  This company was made up in this city, and it is a source of pride to us that there was no flinching or cowardice exhibited during those two days of horror and bloodshed.  The number of killed and wounded from that company shows that they were in the thickest of the fight.  Capt. Farwell speaks in the highest terms of his men, and in turn, the men speak highly of the Captain.  This is the first great battle in which the McDonough boys have had a chance to show their bravery, and right well have they conducted themselves.  Six of them, as noble and true as ever went forth at the country’s call, have sealed their devotion to liberty and justice with their heart’s blood, and now fill honorable graves, far from home and friends.  They have fought and died, the first offering that old McDonough has made to the cause of freedom.  May it be the last that will be required, is our hope.

The 28th regiment lost in killed thirty-seven.  Twenty-six killed on the battle field and eleven died soon after.  They were all buried together on a high mound near the road leading from the Upper-Landing.  The mound is about sixty feet square and ten feet high. – The graves are arranged in two rows, and each grave has a head and foot board with the name and company upon it.

The health of the regiment when Mr. Anderson left, was good – only nine being in the hospital.  The boys were getting rested from the fatigue of the battle, and were anxious to meet the rebels again.  Mr. Anderson was over the battle field several times, and his description of it does not vary much from the published accounts.  A portion of the battle ground was covered with timber and underbrush, and it was completely riddled to pieces.  Mr. Anderson brought home with him a short piece of tree not more than an inch through, which had five bullet holes through it, and he says that many trees over a foot through were cut down by the cannon balls.

Last week we published the list of killed and wounded, but by request we republish it this week.

Killed – Albert Milligan, Josiah Gill, James Welch, Solomon Sheppard, Seargent Robert Pearson, Corporal George Teas.

Wounded – Jos. Gill, in the arm.  Myron Hyatt, leg.  Van Courtright, leg and body, Lucian Hays, head, Thos. Faulkner, mouth, Aaron Painter, leg, Samuel Sharp, side, Rowan Simmons, Robert Huddleston, bowels, Edward hobert, breast.


Arrested. – A young man named Waters, who has been residing in Colchester for the past winter, a few weeks since enlisted in the army and went to Chicago to join his regiment.  A few days after he returned to this county, pretending to have authority to raise recruits.  One day last week, however, a couple of officers from Chicago found the self-commissioned recruiting officer in this city, and arrested him as a deserter.  They started with him for Chicago, but before they reached that city the prisoner watching his opportunity, jumped from the train and made good his escape.  Waters returned to this county, claiming that he had been honorable discharged.  But on Monday last he was re-arrested and taken to Chicago by Constables Campbell and Broaddus.

P.S.  Since the above was written, Mr. Broaddus has returned from Chicago.  The prisoner was tried and sentenced to thirty days hard labor, and to lodge in the guard house.  Served him right.


Volunteered. – Dr. Judd, of the firm of Judd & Mason, of this city, was in St. Louis when the news of the battle of Pittsburg Landing reached there, and was one of the first to volunteer his service as surgeon to assist in caring for the wounded.  He was busily employed for several days, on one of the hospital boats.  He arrived home last week.


Runaway. – On Monday last, a span of horses belonging to J. McMillan, got frightened and took a tear around the square at “double quick.”  On turning the south-east corner of the square the buggy upset throwing out the driver, Edward Buchanan, bruising his head and face considerably.  No great damage was done to the buggy.


Macomb Eagle
May 3, 1862

Seem Surprised.

            Some persons affect surprise that the present Congress should pass an act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia.  If Congress stops at this we shall be surprised.  A party, one of the chief leaders of which would have preferred even the destruction of fifty such Unions as gave to us all our prosperity and renown as a nation, to the abandonment of their anti-slaveryism, is more likely to find a “military necessity” to execute the behests of abolition fanaticism, than to adopt the teaching of conservatism, which would restore the Union to what it was, and maintain the Constitution as it is.  It is with them now or never.  The party in power must feel admonished by the recent spring elections, that abolitionism of even the mildest form is becoming odious to the people, and that in all human probability, the present is the last abolition Congress we shall have in many years.  Animated by such a belief, they will, doubtless, do what they can for the cause of abolitionism, no matter whether the Constitution is violated or not, or whether the restoration of the Union is rendered impossible, or whether the interests of the white laborer are totally disregarded.


Douglas Monument Association.

            See the circular of the Douglas Monument Association, the object of which is the erection of a monument to Illinois’ great and lamented statesman, whose remains now lie, almost unmarked, on the shore of Lake Michigan.  Every true Illinoisan should contribute his mite to rear above them an enduring pile of marble in honor of him who has done so much for his State and country.


We are indebted to S. S. Murphy, Esq., for the largest bacon ham that we have seen for many a day.  May he prosper and grow fat, and never be troubled with the cholera among his hogs.


Mr. Geo. D. Keefe, late of Canton, is fitting up the first floor under The Eagle office for a drug store, and will next week open a large and complete assortment of drugs and medicines.  His stock will all be fresh and nice, and will therefore command the attention of the public.


Mrs. Jacobs has again opened her millinery establishment, and solicits a call from the ladies.


The game of wicket has been introduced into town and draws quite a crowd of spectators.  We think it much preferable to some amusements that are carried on in doors.


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