March 6, 1863

Macomb Weekly Journal

Adjournment of Congress.

            The 37th congress closed its labors on Tuesday night last, by the limitation of the Constitution.  No other Congress since this nation has had an existence, has had more important measures to discuss and pass upon than has the one just closed, and no other Congress has in the main more nobly come up to the full measures of its duty.  The measures of the most important character – measures upon which the very existence of the Government itself depended, and right nobly has it done its duty.  Many bills have been passed, which undoubtedly might have been improved, but when we take into consideration the fact that the legislation demanded by the state of the country was altogether of a new character, and the great magnitude of the interests at state, we can but think that the 37th Congress has made for itself a name that will last forever.  Among the bills of national importance passed within the last few days, are the Currency and Banking Bills, the Finance Bill.  The bill amending the Revenue Laws, the Conscription Law, all of them bills of great importance, and without which the war could not possibly be carried on.


Why the Soldiers are Down on the Copperheads.

            Abbott has a long article in the last Eagle trying to explain why the officers in the army are down on the traitors in the North.  He thinks that it is because the officers are all engaged in the cotton speculation, and that if the peace policy should prevail, “their occupation would be gone.”  But Abbott forgot to tell us why it is that the soldiers almost to a man, voted to adopt those resolutions as their sentiments. – Are the soldiers all engaged in the cotton speculation too, or what is the reason that they are down on the Copperheads just as hard as the officers. – Come Abbott, explain this next week.  You have claimed time and again that a large majority of the soldiers were Democrats.  Now tell us why it is that they are so strongly opposed to your darling schemes of compromise with the rebels.  The “cotton speculation” theory wont win in their cases.  The very resolutions that Abbott condemns the officers for drawing up were adopted by the private almost unanimously, in every regiment that was represented by its officers.


Evidence of Prosperity.

            The secesh Democrats are continually harping about the hard times and charging that this is owing to the election of Lincoln.  Now the fact of the business is, that these are prosperous times.  The farmers are realizing better prices than they have for years for their produce, and labor of every grade is in great demand, and at good prices.  As another evidence that the times are improving we notice the sales of lands in this State during the last month. – The Illinois Central Railroad Company sold in the month of February two hundred and sixty-two tracts of land, mostly in forty acre tracts, showing that the sales were to actual settlers. – This we believe is the largest number of sales ever made in a single month.


 Fire in the Rear.

            The following outspoken and indignant rebuke shows the feelings of our brave and suffering soldiers and officers in the field in view of the treasonable movements at home.  We are permitted to extract them from a letter received from one of our most respected citizens, now doing service in the hospital at Nashville:

“To me our national existence never seemed in greater peril.  Whilst our brave soldiers are pouring out their heart’s blood and perishing in hospitals by the thousand from diseases contracted in the service of their country, home traitors are sowing the seeds of rebellion in the North that are dividing and distracting our soldiers in the field. – What the finale of this shall be God only knows.  Quite a number of the patients in the hospital are wounded rebels, captured at Murfreesboro.  In conversing with them I find they are in earnest, desperately in earnest, in this conflict.

You can imagine my mortification and shame when they ask “How is it about your Northern Democrats urging an armistice, and demanding that your armies shall be withdrawn from the South, and voting against any more men or money to carry on this war.”  It is evident from the talk of these men that the speeches of Northern partisan hucksters and despicable sympathizers with treason give hope, encouragement and strength to the rebellion.  Now if there is any comfort or blessedness in giving strength to the arms of rebellion whilst it is striking down our fathers, brothers and sons, I think our Northern peace men ought to feel blessed, comfortable and happy.

There is no doubt of the bloody fruit of their labors, for I have seen it and heard it boasted of by the rebels themselves.  Men, who not two months ago, were hurling death into the midst of our country’s defenders at Murfreesboro.  The speeches and sayings of these Northern serfs to Southern despots, are hawked about by the leaders in this war, to break down a free government; whilst they are dished up to their deluded armies as the pabulum of their hope of ultimate success.”


Seeking Martyrdom.

            The editor of the Fulton Democrat has been seeking martyrdom ever since the war broke out, but up to the present time has failed to get any one to kick him.  Other Democratic editors have been arrested for publishing articles not half so treasonable as have filled the columns of the Democrat, but still this little squirt has failed to wriggle himself into notice – still no one seems disposed to gratify his desire for notoriety, and this neglect is having the effect to sour his temper and make him quarrelsome even with his own friends.  In the last issue of the Democrat he draws the following life-like picture of the Democratic Legislature that has just adjourned:

“The Illinois legislature has adjourned.  It committed that, the more praiseworthy act of the session, on Saturday last at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.  Had that body adjourned the moment the U.S. Senator was elected, it is conceeded that the half-million of dollars wasted and the incalculable damage committed would have been entirely averted, even at the expense of the thousand and one petty schemes of private corporations for their personal aggrandizement.  The only thing left in abeyance concerning which the people have an earnest of well grounded dread, is the fact that this horrible farce of legislation is again to be resumed in June next, when buying and selling, fraud, corruption, perjury, drunkenness and lust will hold high carnival in Springfield.  If Providence, in pity to suffering Illinoisans shall avert this threatened calamity we shall not be too thankful.”

This Davidson is the man that Abbott calls his “Democratic Brother.” – Abbott, is it a true picture!  You was there and ought to be able to judge. – We take from the same paper the following extract from an editorial on the Conscription Act, and would like to ask Abbott if that is sound Democratic doctrine also:

“Let Lincoln understand that this conscription act cannot be enforced. – The first attempt to carry out its provisions will be the signal for an united uprising of a determined and desperate multitude of freemen who will court annihilation rather than submit for one moment to the tyrannies of the Lincoln Despotism!

There are a million and a half of men in the North to-day waiting impatiently to hear the magic battle cry; ‘DOWN WITH THE USURPER! – TO ARMS! TO ARMS!’”


Secesh Correspondence.

            The following choice specimen of literature, came to us through the Post Office.  Being addressed to the editor of the Journal, we suppose it was intended for publication.  At any rate we publish it, and would recommend its author to our friend Barge, as a suitable candidate for “skule teecher.” – The author informs us that we may hear from him again.  That’s right – Such talents as yours should not be allowed to grow rusty.  You should not hide your light under a bushel:

Macomb, Feb. 27, ’63.

            Sir: I seen in your paper about two weeks ago of the secesh powwow now if you say that was a secesh powwow you are a damn liar it was a good deal better Union meeting than your damn abolition black snake meeting this is all I have to say at present you may hear from me again.

a democrat.


→ It is said that the other night a man in Washington threw a stone into the street and knocked down two Brigadier Generals.  It was not a good night for Brigadiers at that. – Eagle.

That’s nothing.  A man could not throw a stone across the Campbell’s corner, in this city, at any time, without knocking down half a dozen secesh sympathizers.


            A Female Copperhead. – A Mrs. Wallace, of Muscatine, Iowa, wife of the President of the Democratic Club in that city, in her hatred of the American flag, on the occasion of the celebration of Washington, walked up to an American flag floating in the street, in presence of a large number of people, and spit upon it.  The venom of this reptile in petticoats did little or no injury to the flag.



            At his residence near Bushnell, on the 19th of February, Joseph Crafford, in the 83d year of his age.

Mr. Crafford was one of the oldest  citizens of the county – a man much respected for his piety and patriotism.  He was gathered home “like a shock of corn fully ripe.”

On February 20th, on his way home, Crafford Cubbinson, grandson of the above and son of Alexander Cubbinson, in the 29th year of his age.

A few months ago he left home and friends to serve the government in the capacity of a soldier.  Nobly and bravely did he act his part, till disease brought him down.  When it became evident that his life would soon end in camp, he, in company with a younger brother started homeward, but before they arrived, death had done its work.  His funeral was attended on Wednesday, February 25th, at the residence of his father, and the tears that were shed and the sympathy that was manifested only showed how warmly he was loved.  He now fills a patriot’s grave, and “it is well.”                                                                                                                  Com.

In this city, on the 24th of February, David Ovis Robinson, son of Nancy A. and John Robinson, aged one year one month and twenty-four days.



            The McDonough County Teacher’s Association, will meet at Prairie City at 10 o’clock, on Wednesday, the 25th of March, 1863.  All the teachers in the county are requested to be present.


Spelling,                                                          Teacher,                                               Mr. Kendrick.
Reading,                                                              “                                                           L. P. Hays.
Penmanship,                                                        “                                                      H. D. Jackson.
Geography,                                                         “                                          Miss E. E. Lockwood.
Grammar,                                                            “                                                     J. B. Campbell.
U.S. History,                                                       “                                          Miss L. F. Randolph.
Mental Arith’ic                                                   “                                                            P. C. Stire.
Written Arith.                                                     “                                                              J. Barge.
Algebra,                                                              “                                                           Mr. Sisson.
Object Lessons,                                                   “                                                         Mrs. Dewey.
Graded Schools,                                                 “                                                               J. Barge.
School Discipline,                                               “                                                     P. S. Brewater.
An Essay by Mrs. S. F. W. Branch.


1st Evening, Education, how obtained and its use.                                             Rev. F. B. Worrell.
2nd Evening.                                                                                                            Prof. D. Branch.
3rd Evening,                                                                                                              J. C. Reynolds.


The Right Spirit.

            The following letter explains itself.  It does us good to receive such letters.  It shows that the Journal is appreciated, and also that the Union women, at least, are determined to maintain a Union paper in the county.  How many more of the same sort are there in the county:

Bushnell March 4.

            Editor of Journal: Owing to the hard time, I thought it best to stop the Journal, not that I had anything against it, so I ordered it stopped, which you did.  Since that time I have been informed that unless you got more subscribers the Journal would have to stop.  I told my wife of this, and she said rather than have it stop she would take it, so you will please send it to her. – Enclosed find the subscription price.
Yours,                                                             W.T.


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