March 13, 1863

Macomb Weekly Journal

The News.

            There has been but very little news during the past week.  The latest reports say that all is quiet in the different army departments.  The Vicksburg canal is nearly completed and will prove a perfect success.

The President has issued his Proclamation requiring all soldiers who are absent from their regiments without leave, to return to duty before the 1st day of April, or be subject to arrest and punishment according to law.  All soldiers absent without leave should at once avail themselves of this opportunity, for if they neglect it their punishment will be sure and terrible.

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The Soldiers on the War.

            The Eagle of last week contains two or three extracts from soldier’s letters, to prove that the soldiers are sick of the war, and are opposed to the war policy or the Administration.  Now if these letters were ever sent, (which we don’t believe), what do they amount to.  Why they simply prove that there is now and then a man in the army who has become innoculated with the hellish doctrines taught by the Chicago Times and the Eagle.  But when Abbott says that these men represent the sentiments and feelings of even a small minority in the army, he knows that he tells that which is false.  Had we room in the Journal, we could publish six or eight columns every week from the soldiers denouncing the Copperheads of the North, and threatening vengeance upon them.  The Copperheads will do well to heed the voice that comes from the armies of the Union, and cease their opposition to the Government.  If there had been no Copperheads in the North this rebellion would have been crushed long ere this, and our country would have been at peace.  Upon the heads of the Northern allies of Jeff. Davis rests the guilt of prolonging the war.  No, Mr. Abbott, for every secesh letter you can show from the army, we can show twenty-five condemning the policy you are pursuing.

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“A Bill of Infamy.”

            Abbott characterizes the Conscription Bill as “a bill of Infamy.”  Just what we expected.  There has not been a single move made yet in the direction of putting down the rebellion that has not met with his disapproval.  He thought on the start that the attempt to provision of hold Forts Sumter and Pickens was an act of infamy.  He thought that the first Proclamation calling out volunteers, was an act of infamy.  In fact every step that has been taken by the Government to maintain its authority and punish traitors, has met with his opposition.  But can any one point to a single instance where the Eagle has dared to pronounce any act of his master Jeff. Davis as infamous.  We reckon not.  It might hurt the feeling of his traitor friends, and exasperate the rebels.  And yet this man claims to love the Union and the Constitution. – The devil loves virtue and purity just as much.

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BETTER  TIMES. – Everything seems to indicate that our city is about to take a new start.  Business of all kinds seems to be flourishing, and new establishments are coming in every few days.  As an evidence that business is increasing in this city, we note the fact that every business house in the city is now occupied or is being prepared for occupancy.  And the same is true in regard to dwellings.  There is not a single vacant house within the city limits, and quite a number of families that desire to move here can find no dwellings.

Under these circumstances, we can see no reason why considerable building should not be done the coming season.  It will certainly be to the interest of those who have property here to accommodate all who come, with dwellings, and business houses.  We also understand that more sales of property have occurred within the last few weeks than has been the case for the past two or three years.  Certainly business must be reviving, notwithstanding it is “Lincoln Times,” “rah for Lincoln.”

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            A Rebel in Macomb. – We learned the other day that a rebel, who was a member of Porter’s guerrilla gang, and taken prisoner and parolled by the Union forces, has been employed for some time in this city.  He was also the publisher of a secesh paper in Missouri for some time.  Where has he been employed do you ask?  Why at the Eagle office, of course.  But then we don’t know that he is really any worse than the balance of the gang.  The only difference is he had the courage to fight for the secesh, Abbott and Ben haven’t.

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Extracts from Correspondence.

            The following extract is from a letter from the 28th Regiment Illinois:

“The 28th is now encamped at a small village called Collinsville, on the Memphis and Charleston railroad, 24 miles east of Memphis, guarding the road.  The regiment is now commanded by Lieut. Col. Ritter, as our Colonel has taken a division and gone to Vicksburg.  Company D, (Capt. Farwell’s) has but seven men on the sick list, and none of them dangerously ill.  The regiment now numbers about 400 men, and has about 300 men able for duty.  The boys are all in for fighting this war out, and would like to have our regiment sent to Illinois to dry up the Copperheads and peace makers, as they call themselves.  We want peace upon no other terms than the unconditional submission of the traitors, and would thank the Copperheads to make it upon no other terms.  We should think much more of them if they would take up their muskets and help us whip the rebels, instead of helping them, as they are doing.”

The following extract is from a letter written by a soldier at Corinth:

“Some of these armistice peace – fire-in-the-rear – cowardly traitors in the North, calling themselves Democrats, seem disposed to consider the reported action of the soldier’s meetings as idle fictions, but they are mistaken.  The resolutions published in the papers are a true index of the feelings and purposes of the soldiers – Democrats and Republicans.  The Copperhead leaders are digging their own graves – the whole army is against them.  Our little army is against them.  Our little army here are doing something besides passing resolutions.  The 10th Mo. Cav. returned to-day from a ten days scout, bringing with them about $50,000 worth of property, mostly cotton, mules and horses.  Also over a hundred prisoners; but don’t tell our member or any of his feather, for they would start instanter for Richmond to urge Jeff to hang the barbarians.”

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The S. B.

            Mr. Editor: — The ever faithful monitor of the Eagle, has again blown the trumpet of alarm.  He warns the people that “this infamous order” “this most villainous organization” that “ever was concocted by corrupt scoundrels,” or “put to practice by abject and cringing sycophants has been organized in Macomb.”  Save us Mary!  He says moreover that it “aims at villainy,” and this on a “gigantic scale.”  “It has a thorough system of spies and informers” and “will rob and destroy in the name of liberty.”  It is to be controlled by the “corrupt demagogues who have controlled the Republican party for years past.”  There you have the beast in a nut shell.  What a mercy we have the argus eyed Nelson amongst us.  The ship of State might have been beached long ago but for his presence.  His patriotic sympathies are as keen towards the danger to civil liberty as a boy with a sore eye, in a sunny day.  And how kind in him thus to warn the unwary and cudgel the wicked gratis, though it evidently ruffles his mild temper.

As to the fact of the existence of the S. B. among us there can be no question, as Nelson says so, and doubtless judging from his earnestness would swear to it.  This timely warning also puts to rest that other question so long mooted among us, viz, whether we have the order of the K. G. C. in McDonough.  No one can doubt that this infamous order has steered clear of this [obscured] declares he would have wallowed and frothed in holy horror and patriotic indignation, and yet we have never heard a word from him on the subject.

It might be well to have this exposure of the S. B. published in pamphlet form with the grips, passwords and ritual illustrated and a solemn affidavit attached, signed by Nelson and one or two more of his worthy coadjutors that the thing is in this town, and that on the 7th day of March, in the year of grace 1863, the whereabouts of the animal was brought about and published in the Macomb Eagle, and the sarpent strangled in its cradle by this political Hercules.

And furthermore, as this order was “to stir up strife, excite hatred, domineer over others, destroy liberty of speech, systematize persecution and assault all who dare to exercise freedom of speech,” to be “armed and ready to perform anything which the fanaticism of the hour may require,” and lest the terrible consequences of the S. B. should be loose before the counteracting remedies can be applied, I suggest that you request the Ladies’ Soldier’s Aid Society to furnish lint and bandages for eleven hundred thousand dead and wounded men, right away; and a dray load of babies’ shrouds.  Preparation and precaution should be quickly applied.

He also closes with a recommendation peculiarly important and neighbor-like, showing the benignity of his heart, and that charity begins at home among his neighbors. – Hear him!  “The leaders of the S. B. should be marked and watched and if trouble should come or be attempted, let the leaders in this villainy be the first on whom retributive vengeance shall fall.”  Mr. Editor, do you doubt now whether the S. B. is dead?  I submit whether Abbott had not better assume the sword of justice, and cut off these rascal’s heads and debate the propriety of the measure afterwards.  The Copperheads will unanimously say amen.             “s”

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            Outrages by the Boys. – We often hear it remarked that we have the worst lot of boys in this city than can be found anywhere.  Now we don’t know that this is so, but we do know that there are quite a number of very bad boys here, and that if they persist in their rowdyism they will come to grief.  The people of this city will put up with their abuse for a time, but there is a point when endurance ceases to be a virtue, and that point is nearly reached.  There is a class of boys who seem to delight in every kind of mischief, such as piling up bricks upon the side walks, throwing rotten eggs upon signs and buildings, breaking windows, and rendering night hideous by their yells. – This thing has gone on until it is absolutely dangerous to travel the side walks on a dark night.  A few Sabbaths ago the side walk leading from one of the churches, was blocked up with brush and bricks for the purpose of tripping people as they passed along.  But this was not all.  On two occasions lately stones have been thrown at the night passenger train as it was passing through this city.  On the first occasion a stone passed through the window of the passenger car, but luckily did not hit any one.  On Saturday night last, this outrage was repeated.  A stone was thrown through the window of the locomotive.  The engineer stopped the engine and gave chase to the perpetrators, but they escaped.  Now these things cannot be endured much longer, and we would advise the boys to forsake their evil practices at once.  We would also advise parents to keep their watchful eye on their boys if they would not see them punished for their misdeeds.

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            Gone to Chicago – J. M. Parkinson, Esq., an old and well known resident of this town, has sold his farm and removed to Chicago, where he has engaged as the travelling agent of an extensive Grocery establishment.  While we regret to lose him from our county, we congratulate his employers and wish him abundant success in his new field of labor.

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            Circuit Court. – The spring term of the Circuit Court for this County, will commence on Monday next.  We understand that the docket is light, and that probably it will not be in session over one week.

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            New Boot and Shoe Store. – S. F. Wright, a well known citizen of Havana, will open a new Boot and Shoe establishment, in the building formerly occupied by Thos. J. Beard, on the southwest corner of the square, in this city, on or about the 25th of March – His stock will be large and entirely new.  We bespeak for Mr. Wright a prosperous trade.

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