August 29, 1862

Macomb Journal
August 29, 1862

It was not Jeff. Davis, but Nelson Abbott of the Eagle, who in April, 1861, said, “If the Administration wants to hold those forts, it wants to do it for the purpose of aggressive measures against the Confederate States, it wants them as a basis of operations, from whence are to issue armies for the conquest of an INDEPENDENT NATION, and to reduce a FREE PEOPLE to the condition of vassals and serfs.  The continued possession of forts and the maintaining of armies in the territory of ANOTHER NATION is tantamount to a declaration of war.”  It was not, we say, Jeff. Davis, but Nelson Abbott, who said this in 1861, when the rebellion was about breaking out.

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Off for the War.

            On Tuesday morning last, two more companies of volunteers left this city for the war.  The Macomb and Industry company, numbering 119 men, and the Blandinsville company, numbering 98 men.  Neither company had elected their officers, preferring to wait until they got into camp before they organized.  Both companies are to be attached to the 78th regiment, Col. Bennison, at Camp Quincy.

Both companies were composed of the very best material that our county could furnish.  They were composed of earnest, honest men – men who realized the sacrifices they were making – realized the magnitude of the contest before them, and the importance of the interests at stake.  A majority of them were men of families, and well to do in the world.  With an army made up of such men, the Government will speedily vindicate its boost and crush out the viper secession.  There are still three companies in this county yet to leave.  Capt. McConnell’s at Bushnell, Capt. Reach’s at Spring Creek, and Capt. Brink’s at Tennessee and Colchester.  The two last are to go into camp at Springfield to-day, (Friday).  They are to be attached to the Temperance Regiment.  When these leave it will make seven full companies from this county raised under the two last calls of the President.  In addition to these, at least two hundred men have gone into companies making up in other counties.  This county has furnished at a low estimate, two thousand men since the war broke out.  What county of 20,000 population has done better?

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The Eagle on a Tear.

            The Eagle raves and storms in true secesh style because the authorities saw fit to arrest a few of its friends and Democratic brethren, a week or two ago.  It evidently don’t like the idea of extending military law over McDonough county, and thinks that our home secesh ought to have a trial where their crimes have been committed.  The best remedy that we know of for the cure of the Eagle’s complains is for its dear friends to quit preaching treason and threatening resistance to the laws.  If they will do this there will be no occasion for midnight raids into our county, and the Eagle will be spared any further trouble about its friends being arrested.  Had the Eagle in the commencement of this war come out in support of the Government like a truly loyal sheet, there would not have been so many secession sympathizers and anti-war Democrats in this county as there is to day.  The tendency of that sheet has all the time been to lead those who take the Eagle and kindred sheets as their guide in all political matters, into a position of opposition to the war policy of the government.  The sooner the Eagle takes a new tack the better will it be for all concerned.  Preaching treason or threatening to resist a draft in this State is getting to be a non-paying business, and the editor of the Eagle will find it so in the end.

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An Indian War.

            It seems that the horrors of an Indian war are to be added to the atrocities of the slaveholders’ rebellion.  It is reported that some 10,000 armed and mounted savages are advancing from the Western boundaries into Minnesota.  Already have one or two towns been attacked and many of their inhabitants, men, women and children have been murdered and scalped.  In another column we give an account of these barbarities. – The Governor at once dispatched a strong force under Ex-Gov. Sibley, to protect the inhabitants.

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Excursion and Pic-Nic.

            Arrangements have been made for a grand Excursion from this city to Quincy, on Thursday, the 4th day of September.  It is proposed to give a big dinner to our brave soldiers now in camp at Quincy.  The fare for the round trip will be only seventy-five cts.  This will give all an opportunity of visiting their friends in camp, and spending a day with them before they are off to the war.  All are earnestly invited to participate in the festivities of the occasion.  There are about 2,000 soldiers in camp at Quincy, and it will take a pile of eatables to go round, but let us give the boys one rousing dinner before they leave.  Of course every one will  be expected to take along a well filled basket.  The proceeds, after paying the expenses, are to be devoted to the benefit of the Soldiers’ Aid Society. – Tickets for sale at the book stores.  All persons desiring to improve the opportunity must purchase tickets by the 1st of September, as no tickets will be sold after that day.  Cars will be provided for that wish to go.

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Preparing for the Draft.

            Governor Yates has appointed the proper officers in this county, preparatory to the draft for men to the fill the old regiments.  The following are the officers: D. G. Tunnicliff, Commissioner; Wm. H. Randolph, Assessor; Dr. B. H. Westfall, Surgeon.  The Commissioner is to oversee the drafting, and decide upon claims for exemption.  The Assessor is to make a complete enrollment of the names of all persons between the ages of 18 and 45.  The Surgeon will examine persons claiming exemption on account of physical disabilities.  So it will be seen that a draft is inevitable in this county, unless our quota to fill the old regiments is made up by voluntary enlistments by the 1st of September. – Again we day, enlist.  By so doing you will avoid the draft and get the advance pay and bounty.  Drafted men are only entitles to $11 per month and get no bounty.

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Released. – We understand that the persons arrested in this and Hancock counties a week or two ago, have been released, and have returned home.  We have not learned upon what testimony they were arrested, nor upon what terms they were released.  While we rejoice to see the Government take hold of secession sympathizers and punish them, we have no desire to see the innocent suffer, and we are glad these gentle men have been able to clear their skirts from guilt.

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The Comet. – A comet is now visible to the naked eye.  Its position about nine o’clock in the evening is about 3 degrees west of the Polar Star.  This promises to be a very brilliant comet.

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