The News during the past week has been rather of a mixed character. – At one time it was reported that Charleston had been captured, but the rumor had no foundation in truth. The attack has not yet commenced, but will before many days.
Matters at Vicksburg are not quite so promising as they might be. But the army is in good condition and confident of success.
Two important expeditions have left Milliken’s Bend. Their destination is a secret.
The Resolutions from the 16th, and the Letter from Speake, published in the last number of the Journal, has produced quite a stir in the Copperhead Camp. Some of the unwashed are reporting around that the resolutions are a forgery, gotten up in Macomb. Gentlemen Copperheads, you need not try to allay your fears by any such soothing stories as this. The Resolutions were written and signed by the men whose names were signed to them. We published last week a large number of extra copies of the Journal, but the great demand for them soon exhausted the supply and still the orders came for more. In order to accommodate those who desire to send a copy of the Resolutions and letters to their friends in the army, and at the request of many subscribers, we republish the same this week. Let every subscriber of the Journal read his paper and then put it into the hands of his neighbor or send it to some friend in the army. Every Copperhead in McDonough county ought to read the Resolutions so that he may know what our soldiers think of the Eagle and its teachings. Single copies of the Journal can be had at the Journal office ready for mailing at 5 cents per copy.
Abbott Makes a Speech.
The Copperheads of Knox county held a grand pow-wow at Knoxville a few weeks ago, and the Eagle man of this city was present and made a speech. The Galesburg Democrat in noticing the proceedings says: “Abbott of Macomb followed. He pronounced the Conscript Law infamous, and said, that of he should be conscripted, that Uncle Same would lose a man and a gun.” Abbott borrowed these words from the traitor Schofield’s speech, but the sentiment we doubt not came from his own irreasonable heart. Abbott deserted his country’s cause some two years ago and since that time has done his best to aid its enemies, and the sooner he puts his threat into execution and takes traitorous carcass off to his master Jeff. Davis, the better will it be for Uncle Sam. The gun would be the only loss.
Supper at Bardolph.
The Ladies of the Soldier’s Aid Society will give a Supper at the Bardolph House on the Thursday evening, April 23. The profits to be applied to the relief of sick and wounded soldiers.
There will be Speaking at the Church at 4 o’clock P.M. The Choir will be present.
Tickets can be obtained at T. J. Creel’s Store until Monday evening the 20th inst.
We invite all who feel an interest in the welfare of the brave soldiers to attend.
→ Probably one of the bloodiest battles that history has recorded is that which took place at Deer Creek, Washington Territory, between Col. Conner, with two hundred exhausted men, and three hundred Indian warriors. Of the Indians, two hundred and twenty-four out of the three hundred were killed. The Federal loss was not more than twenty.
From the 78th Regiment.
Camp near Franklin, Tenn.;
March 23, 1863.
I owe an apology to the readers of the Journal for my neglect of duty. – Several weeks have elapsed since I have jotted down any items for its columns, but I hope that I shall be able to be more faithful in the future.
The 78th has been camped at this place since the 12th of February. We are located in a beautiful forest of heavy timber, and have the advantage of good water, and the pleasure of splendid scenery. Harpeth river, a small stream about four or five rods wide, and fordable in places, runs close by our encampment. Just over the river, only about a quarter of a mile distant, is the town of Franklin, the county seat of Williamson county. This town is, perhaps I should say has been, a beautiful place. There are several elegant public buildings in the town, and many of the private residences show considerable taste and wealth in their outward adornments. All the business houses are closed. A newspaper has been published here for several years, but suspended on the occupation of Nashville by the Federal troops. Some printers of the 125th Ohio Regt have recently occupied the office and have issued a small paper called the Federal Knapsack, which is quite lively and racy sheet, and reflects credit upon its conductors.
Franklin is said to have been the first town in the State of Tennessee to raise the secesh flag – but dearly has she paid for that act. Many of her citizens are completely ruined, and now in a starving condition. It will take many years for her to regain her former position if the war should close immediately.
Of course the folks at home are well advised of the fact that we are close upon the enemy at this place. The rebel Van Dorn, with a fabulous number of troops, is reported as entrenched only seven miles from us. We have skirmishes with the enemy almost every day, and are taking some prisoners, and sometimes the rebels steal a march on us and take a few of our men. All the prisoners we take are a sorry looking set – lousy, dirty, hungry and ragged, fine specimens of Southern chivalry.
Our regiment has been for the last two months under command of Lieut. Colonel Van Vleck. Col. Benneson was ordered under arrest at Louisville by his commanding General for refusing to obey an order to search the boat for runaway niggers. Subsequently Col. B. was taken sick and is now at the officers hospital in Nashville. It is not my forte to bestow high eulogies or compliments upon any body, or perhaps I would say something very flattering to Col. Van Vleck. At all events I will mention a little incident which occurred a Sunday or two ago which shows him at least to be firm in his determination to do what is right. An order was issued by Gen. Gilbert for all the commissioned officers in his command to appear at Headquarters every day at 2 o’clock for sword drill. The first day for the execution of this order happened to be Sunday. All the officers of the other regiments in this Division marched up to Headquarters at the appointed time, and went through the sword exercise, but not an officer in the 78th appeared. In the evening an order came to Col. Van Vleck to report himself at Headquarters. He obeyed this summons, and was then rather sharply questioned as to the failure of himself and the officers under his command to appear in compliance with the order which had been issued. The Colonel confessed to having received the order, and gave as his reason for uncompliance with it, that the day was Sunday, which, in his opinion, should be set apart for other purposes than that of drilling. The General was very thoughtful for a moment or two, and then gave directions to his Adjutant to have order so modified as to except Sundays, and Col. V. returned to the regiment justified.
From present indications it would appear that we are likely to occupy this place for a long time to come, perhaps until the war is over. There has been much labor spent in erecting strong fortifications here, and the work is still progressing. A large number of contrabands have reported themselves to our commanders, and they have been set to work.
The season here is rather more advanced that we Illinoisans are accustomed to. Peach trees were in full bloom more than a week ago, and some of the gardens hereabouts are fragrant with flowers of every hue. Many of our soldiers have boxed up their overcoats and extra blankets and sent them home. It is not unlikely, however, that we may experience some cold and chilly days before the oppressive heat of summer fully takes in upon us.
There appears of late to be a more hopeful feeling in the army respecting a speedy suppression of the rebellion. We were much discouraged and disheartened during the winter at the noisy and violent copperhead demonstrations in the North, but we hail with much satisfaction the evident reaction that is now going on. The rebels of the South are just beginning to understand that the copperheads are only a faction in the Democratic party too weak to control its policy, and that the great heart of the party is loyal to the Union. The speeches of John Van Buren and other Democrats in the North are undoubtedly doing much good in convincing the rebels that nothing short of an unconditional surrender will be accepted from them, and that the Union must and shall be preserved. I have no doubt that such sheets as the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Chicago Times, and such speeches as emanate from Vallandingham and Merrick have done much to encourage the rebels and infuse among them energy and determination in their war upon our government. I saw the other day a copy of the Macomb Eagle in Camp. Its secesh proclivities seem to be as strong as ever. I notice that it is engaged in the business of dressing up and copying extracts from the letters of homesick boys in the army. I have heard some doubt expressed as to whether these letters were ever written from the army, but for my own part I am not inclined to doubt it. I know that we have some boys in the army who are homesick, and who seem to lack a just appreciation of the cause we are engaged in. They don’t seem to know what good the Government ever has done them, or is likely to do them. Such caves of deplorable ignorance are, however, very rare, but they are just the kind to suit the fancy of the Eagle editor. It is certainly a small, mean and contemptible business for an editor to be gathering up the petty complaints of whimpering, homesick boys, and printing them in the columns of a newspaper. Such a proceeding is enough to excite the disgust of any sensible man, whether he is loyal or disloyal.
The health of our regiment has improved of late. On our trip from Louisville to Nashville proved to be the death of more than a dozen, of our best soldiers. Corporal Ward, of Co. H, died a few days ago in Hospital No. 8, at Nashville. A young man named Lincoln, of the same company, was buried here last week. A number were taken sick upon the boat who have not yet recovered. Some five or six of Co. I have been very sick and still remain in hospitals at Nashville. John C. McClellan has been very low with fever, but is now slowly improving. He has been under the care of Dr. Kyle at Hospital No. 12. Reuben L. Mainard, of the same Co., has also been very ill, but was improving at last accounts. Our principal Surgeon, Dr. T. M. Jordan, has been doing duty at Hospital No. 1, in Nashville. He sprained a foot some time in December last and is still obliged to go on crutches. We regret his misfortune, as it deprives us of the services of one of the best Surgeons in the service. Drs. McIntyre and Moss, our Assistant Surgeons, together with our Hospital Steward, Dr. Creel, are indefatigable in their exertions to give all proper attention to the wants of the sick. J. K. M.
The Election in this County.
We suppose that an election for town officers came off in all the townships in this county on Tuesday last, although we have heard from only two or three.
Macomb township elected the Union ticket by 58 majority, being a gain of 24 votes.
Scotland elected the Union ticket.
Walnut Grove elected the Copperhead ticket by 6 majority. Their majority last fall was 30.
We have not heard the result in Prairie City or Mound townships.
The other townships we believe ran no ticket in opposition to the Copperheads. Next week we will give a list of the Supervisors elected.