July 11 and 12, 1862

Macomb Journal
July 11, 1862

The Call for More Troops.

            Three hundred thousand more men have been called for.  The men should come, and come cheerfully.  While the rebels have been drafting, putting in force conscription laws, and impressing into service all between the age of 18 and 55, including mulattoes, we have relied only on volunteers.  In this respect we have presented an admirable spectacle to the world.  It shows the confidence we have in our form of Government, and the attachment we have to it and its cherished institutions.  In this new call we should exhibit the same respect and confidence.  The men must be raised, even if drafting has to be resorted to.  We trust, however, that Illinois will be able to fill her quota without drafting.  There must be no delay.  McDonough county has already responded with one company, and which, by the way, was the first company at Camp Butler under the new call.  But McDonough must do still more.  Our quota under the new call is about 400.  It must not be said of this county that drafting was necessary.  Let then the response be made manifest at once that McDonough will do her duty.  Time is becoming important in the case.  This new call only promises an earlier day of peace.


Fourth of July at Argyle.

            The celebration of the fourth at Argyle was a decided success.  From three to five thousand people were in attendance.  There was a large representation of Good Templar Lodges present from Hancock and other counties.  The exercises were conducted in a pleasant grove near the school house in that place.  The Declaration of Independence was read by J. W. Nichols, of this city.  An oration was delivered by Rev. J. C. Reynolds, of this place, which we unhesitatingly pronounce the best we ever listened to.  It was exactly adapted to the times and the occasion, and was delivered in an impressive manner, and listened to throughout with manifest interest, although two hours were occupied in its delivery.

After dinner speeches were made by Rev. A. McCoal, of Macomb, R. H. Mills, of Upper Alton, and Rev. Reuben Gregg, the State Lecturer for the Grand Lodge of Good Templars.  A full degree of interest was manifested by the large audience present throughout the entire proceedings, and about four o’clock the immense throng began to disperse for their respective homes, apparently much pleased with the day’s proceedings.


That Flag.

            Some two months since a generous and patriotic citizen of this place, Mr. Luther Johnson, presented our Eagle neighbor with a handsome American flag of rather large dimensions.  He presented this office a similar flag at the same time, which has been flung to the breeze on several occasions.  But it would appear that our neighbor keeps his flag carefully concealed.  Upon no occasion has he displayed this flag.  The fourth of July came and passed, a day honored and observed by all loyal and patriotic citizens, but no flag was visible from the Eagle office even on that day.  It is strongly suspected that our neighbor don’t have much relish for the “stars and stripes.”  He sighs after the “stars and bars.”


Fourth of July at Bushnell.

            Messrs. Editors: The good people of Bushnell celebrated the eighty-sixth anniversary of American Independence, with appropriate exercises at the above named place.  Early in the morning when the streams of light began to break forth from the eastern horizon, tinging the clouds that hung around the east with red, (reminding us that our nation was not born without the sacrifice of blood,) but after the glorious sun arose the clouds were dispersed, and nothing intervened in the azure blue to hinder the angels in their high abode from beholding the hearts of the thousands of patriotic men and women who were gathered together to celebrate our nation’s birthday, all beating in unison with our country.  Early in the day people began to pour in from the surrounding country and throng our streets and sidewalks until the spaces were filled, and presented to the beholder a living, moving mass of human beings.  At an early hour the procession was formed under direction of Marshal Wells and his numerous assistants, and was conducted to the place that had been prepared for the accommodation of the people.  The meeting was called to order, and prayer was offered by Rev. Mr. Beakman, after which the Declaration of American Independence was read by W. M. Provine, then a most excellent oration was delivered by Rev. Mr. Crouch, of Canton, which was listened to with marked attention, his subject was the past and present history, and future prospects of our country.  And while portraying some of the trials through which we have passed, with a power and eloquence rarely excelled women wept and strong men bowed themselves.  After the intense feeling had subdued, the report of the committee on resolutions was called for, whereupon the chairman, Rev. T. G. Owen, presented the following well-timed resolutions which were adopted with great enthusiasm:

WHEREAS, Our present form of Government was handed down to us by our brave and patriotic fathers, and
WHEREAS, infamous traitors are trying to crush the Government, and it is bleeding at every pore.
Resolved, Therefore, That we, the citizens here assembled, do love and cherish our government and will pledge for its support our property and our heart’s richest blood.
Resolved, That we will never yield to traitors while while our guns carry shot or our belts hold their steel.
Resolved, That we hold in contempt and brand as traitors all men, north or south, who sympathize with the enemies of our country and our flag.
Resolved, That we honor and cherish the memory of our brave boys who have poured out their life blood in defence of our country.
Resolved, That we will have no compromise with traitors.
Resolved, That the living sacrifice and blood of 80,000 of America’s bravest sons should teach a lesson of humility and reverence, teach us to abuse our liberties less, and love and honor our country more.
Resolved, That we recognize the hand of God in our struggles for freedom, for which we offer the gratitude of our hearts.
Resolved, Finally, That we will have no fire in the rear.

After which three times three were given for the Union with a will and a zest, that spoke the deep feeling of patriotism that burned in the heart.  Then a proposition was made [unclear] our words of affection to our beloved country by having the oath of allegiance administered, at which there was a hearty response by the aged, veteran, honourable matron, young men and maiden, and joyous children; mothers holding up the hands of their infants with their own.

During the afternoon the people met in groups and talked of our nation’s struggles in 1776, while there was a fixed determination in the hearts put down the put down the present ungodly unholy rebellion.  The closing scene was a grand display of fireworks at night.

May our institutions be handed down by us improved, but not impaired to the latest generation.



Harvest. – Many of our farmers have commenced cutting their wheat this week.  As far as we can learn the wheat crop of this county will be very good.  The late rains have been a great advantage to the growing crops.


A Forgery Case. – A man named Hastings, whom we mentioned a few weeks since as having obtained a large number of cattle of several of our farmers, and disappeared without paying for them, has been brought hither from the State of Vermont, by the usual requisition, charged with forgery, in signing the name of Chase and Hastings to a due bill for cattle.  Mr. Harney F. Chase is the person whose name it is claimed has been forged.  An examination of the case has been progressing for two or three days before Justices Withrow, Chandler and Hall, and at the present writing is not concluded.

The developments so far indicate an acquittal of the prisoner.


Macomb Eagle
July 12, 1862

The Battles before Richmond.

            We give this week all the intelligence that we can obtain relative to the terrible eight days fighting before Richmond.  The flank movement of Gen. McClellan was one that he should not have been compelled to make, and had the authorities at Washington properly reinforced him, it would not have been necessary for him to make it.  His force was inadequate to the holding of a line extending to the York river, as was amply demonstrated by the late raid of the rebel cavalry.  It was also well understood that the rebel force was largely superior in numbers to McClellan’s, and that Jackson’s army was also within call.  Yet the authorities at Washington, with a neglect that was criminal, refused reinforcements.  Looking at the matter now, no one can prevent the conviction that if the Washington cabinet had desired the destruction of the army of the Potomac, they could scarcely have pursued a line of conduct better calculated to accomplish that purpose.  For weeks and weeks the politicians and President-makers of Washington and elsewhere have been vociferously howling at McClellan because he did not rush “on to Richmond.”  The utter folly and disaster of such a rush, had it been made in obedience to the clamor of republican politicians, is now fully demonstrated. – The army of the Potomac would have melted down like frost-work before the sun, had the demands of the corruptionists been listened to.  They affected the President to such an extent as to induce him to deny the reinforcements which were absolutely necessary to the success of the army.  The [unclear] is the loss of thousands of lives, a retreat of near twenty miles, and the giving the rebels the prestige of some brilliant achievements.  The peril, the nearness to destruction of the army can be estimated by every man.  The country will pronounce judgment upon the men whose criminal pursuit of McClellan has cost so many lives and so much hazard to the common cause.  It will be difficult to imagine a crime blacker than that of which this cabinet at Washington has been guilty.


  • Sunday and Monday last were the hot days of the season, the thermometer marking 100 and 103 degrees above zero respectively.  There is no use in having warmer weather than that.
  • Fine showers fell upon the thirsty earth on Monday and Tuesday nights, and a few small “sprinkles” on Wednesday.  The cutting of wheat is considerably interfered with.
  • Brown’s Hotel, under the management of Mr. Gustine, continues to be the popular resort of travelers.  Location, good table, low bills, and excellent accommodations in every respect, render this house as desirable a stopping place as can be found in the State.
  • J. V. Van Steenburg, “the illusionist”, as he calls himself, gave an exhibition of his magic performances last Saturday night. – After witnessing his “illusions” we should style him a humbug and very transparent at that.

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