April 24, 1863

Macomb Journal

The News.

            No great movements have taken place during the past week, nor have any great battles been fought.  But from all quarters the notes of preparations are heard.

Several gunboats from Admiral Porter’s fleet have run the blockade at Vicksburg.

The rebels made an attack upon our forces at Suffolk, but were repulsed.

Gen. Banks’ forces are reported on the move.

The recent attack upon Charleston was only intended as a reconnaissance in force.  An attack will soon be made that we have every reason to believe will be successful.

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Served Him Right.

            Nelson Abbott, the editor of the Macomb (Ill.) Eagle, put up at the City Hotel to-day, with a copperhead breastpin on his vest.  The boarders invited the gentleman to leave the house, which he did instanter. [Chicago Journal.]

How it was done. – We learn from gentlemen who were at Chicago on Tuesday last, the following particulars of the indignity offered to the Copperhead editor of the Eagle: Abbott put up at the City Hotel, the proprietor of which is a Democrat.  After dinner he was sitting in his office, wearing the badge of disloyalty, when the proprietor came to him and informed him that he must either take off his copperhead breastpin or leave the house.  The hisses and threatening gestures of some fifty boarders and guests, convinced him that the safest course would be to do both, and he settled his bill, gathered up his plunder, and departed, the crowd following him to the street and hissing him until he was out of hearing.  It is said that Abbott had very much the appearance of a whipped spaniel as he sailed down Lake Street.  It appears that the minions of Jeff Davis are not in very good repute in Chicago.

We also learn that the boarders of the Hotel at once made up a purse to purchase a fine silk hat and a fine pair of square-toed boots, to be presented to the proprietor of the Hotel.  But the best of the joke was that the Hat merchant would not take anything for the hat.

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GREAT OUTRAGE in CHICAGO!

McDonough County Aroused!

FREEMEN ARISE!!

NON-INTERCOURSE TO BE DECLARED!

CHICAGO TO BE STARVED!

CROOKED CREEK TO BE BLOCKADED!

            Proceedings of an Immense Mass Meeting supposed to have taken place on the public square, to take into consideration the proper course to be pursued in regard to the recent outrage committed by the people of Chicago, upon the rights and liberties of a citizen of McDonough county.  The meeting was called to order by Grand Giasticutis of the K. G. C. of this county.

A committee on Resolutions having been appointed, the “blessed martyr” Nelsonious took the stand and proceeded to relate the story of his trials and tribulations from the time that he entered the city of Macomb until he made a hasty exit from the door of the City Hotel in Chicago.  How the abolition Presbytery at the first named place branded him as a slanderer, and a disgrace to the Church, and how the the boarders and guests of the City Hotel treated him as a traitor to his country, intimating to him their intention to try the virtue of an indefinite number of square-toed boots if he did not make tracks instanter, how he, thinking discretion the better part of valor, did then and there, do some pretty tall walking, followed by the hisses and jeers of the boarders aforesaid, and all because he exercised the inestimable right of wearing a Copperhead breastpin.  The speaker was proceeding with the tale of his wrongs and the insults heaped upon the great cause of liberty, when the announcement was made that the committee on resolutions was ready to report, whereupon the following Preamble and Resolutions were read and unanimously adopted:

WHEREAS, The boarders and guests of the City Hotel in Chicago, did on Tuesday last, have the audacity to commit an outrage upon the dearest rights of the McDonough Co. Copperheads in the person of the illustrious editor of ye Macomb Buzzard, by intimating to him that his room was more desirable than his company, and whereas, that intimation was coupled with an evident intention to enforce the same by sundry kicks and blows, Therefore,

Resolved, That we Copperheads of McDonough County, looks upon this act of the Chicago abolitionists as an infringement of the Constitution.  By Laws and approved Decisions of the C. S. A. to which government we owe allegiance, and a direct act of war upon the Copperheads of this county; and that we hold the city of Chicago responsible for this outrage upon the person of our well belived Copperhead Brother.

Resolved, That it is our duty to resent this outrage upon our rights in such a manner as shall teach the citizens of Chicago that our liberties are not to be thus trampled in dust, and that we demand an instant apology from the constituted authorities of that city, and guarantees that such outrages shall not occur in the future.

Resolved, That in order to make this demand effectual we should make the most stupendous preparations for war, and that in our opinion the quickest way to obtain redress would be to declare a blockade of the city of Chicago both by land and water, and thus starve the abolitionists into terms.

Resolved, That we petition the Board of Supervisors of McDonough County, to pass an act of non-intercourse with said city, to direct the Sheriff of the county to at once proceed to Chicago and arrest the editor of the Tribune and hold him as a hostage until a treaty can be concluded or the town wiped out of existence; to at once make an appropriation sufficient to build two gunboats, for the purpose of blockading the mouth of Crooked Creek so that no supplies shall reach the enemy through that great channel of commerce; to pass a law making it a penal offence for any merchant in this county to sell to the people of Chicago any powder, lead, fire-arms, bacon, eggs, pea-nuts, or to purchase any article of the Chicago merchants.

Resolved, That in order to excite the ardor and infuse the proper spirit into the Copperhead fraternity, a further appropriation be made to purchase 500 barrels of K. G. Whisky.

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From the 7th Ills. Cavalry.

Lagrange, Tenn.
April 8, 1863.

            Mr. Editor: — From a copy of the Eagle, received in camp yesterday, one would be almost led to believe the President and cabinet were fools, and the United States army one entire mass of cowardly traitors, and that they are similar to the editor of the above named sheet.  Its appearance among us was something of a novelty – in fact as a company, we do not appreciate papers of that stamp, and consequently do not put ourselves out of the way to secure them.  And further, we, as a company, do not appreciate the motive of that individual who, in sending them to their children, thus aid in sowing the seeds of treason broadcast in our midst.  Subscribe for the paper, inculcate its doctrines into the minds of the rising generation, extend its influence to those of riper years among you, if you have no longer any regard for your own of your country’s interest, but we would ask you to keep its contaminating, treasonable, demoralizing influence away from us.  That you may know to what we refer in particular, we will say that the date of the “Eagle” now before us, is March 7th.  The editorials and some articles therein intended to convey a false impression, are well worthy the spirit of the man who wrote them.  By printing a few extracts from discontented soldiers who were drove into the army by the force of public opinion, he has endeavored to convince the public, as we said before, that the army was one mass of cowardly traitors.

We hope the 85th, 86th and 125th Illinois have condemned those letters ere this, as base calumnies upon the patriotism, courage and morality of those regiments.  If they have not, we cannot do it for them, being in a different department, and unacquainted with their principles.

We can say we have no such regiments here – not one which would not brand as a liar the one who would write such letters in regard to them.  There are men who do not altogether approve of everything done by the President – that is their privilege – but you may search in vain for one who will endorse the plain, out-spoken, high-minded treason of Nelson Abbott, or for one who will have to be “forced to the front by the point of the bayonet” if ordered there.  The most ultra man in this company, and the only one who has ever been denominated a bona fide “Copperhead,” is in for extending the benefits of Lincoln’s “bill of infamy” to 1,000,000 of the militia immediately. – Upon those in the army such extracts can have but little impression.  They know that what little of them is true, is of no consequence when properly understood.

It has been our privilege to be present during about as many marches, to endure about as many hardships, to meet as many perils, as any man in those Illinois regiments mentioned, having been in the service one year before they were organized.  We consequently know about those things, as well as how negroes rode fine horses, soldiers fell exhausted and were probed to death by bayonets.  In this department which, it is well known has been for a long time under command of Gen. Grant, a few negroes, upon marches, might have been seen riding the extra horses of the officers, whose servants they were, that is the extent of that. – Upon a march some are bound to give out, but they are invariably given time to rest, and if sick, are provided with a conveyance.  We have yet the first man to see suffer thus, beyond what was necessary.

There is something peculiar about that man’s case thus probed by bayonets.  We wonder who did it.  Was it the same class of men who would so courageously refuse to go to the front, or so basely desert were they ordered on a march?  We have no doubt it was.  For as obedient to orders as good soldiers are, they have not yet arrived at that point, where they will thus murder their fellow soldiers.

When we say that such letters no more speak the sentiment of the army, than Tom Payne’s writings did the religious sentiment of the world, we are not far from right.  The address of such men as Logan and Hurlbut and Rosecrans, and the resolutions endorsed by thousands and thousands in the field, show the true position of the army. – We are not writing this for the sake of argument upon the principle involved in this war, or the policy of this or that measure, but for the sake of refuting the falsehoods and condemning the treason of the whole Abbott faction, be they few or many.  We cannot believe that the people of McDonough county will sustain such doctrines should it come to the test as are breathed – not breathed – out-spoken in the columns of the Eagle.

We have seen just such men as the writer of those columns before.  In a situation where they dare not hurrah for Jeff. Davis, they relieve themselves by opposing everybody and everything opposed to him.  Many of the citizens within our lines at this place, who, before we came, were rank secesh, are of that class.

If the people will be deluded and hearken to the voices of such men, the consequences be upon their own heads.  In regard to the secret organization which he has discovered, nothing would go farther towards convincing us of its propriety and loyalty, than the fact that he opposes it.  When men arise as bold in treachery as he, it is high time the people organized under some form, and let it be their first act to adopt measures for the suppression of such an infamous sheet.  Down, we say, with that man in the army or out who thus endeavors to aid, comfort and stimulate the open enemies of our government.  He would not be tolerated in the expression of such sentiments here in camp more than would the presence of a real, genuine, crawling copperhead.  We would say to the people, before you inaugurate war at your own firesides, reflect upon the consequences.  You may think you are suffering now, but let its devastating influence sweep down upon you, as we have seen it upon as beautiful homes as yours, and you will say it had been far better had I sent my last friend to fight its originators where it originated.

Stand by the army in the field – strengthen us with a few more good men in our ranks; encourage us by your moral influence everywhere, and in a few months at farthest we are satisfied that the welcome cry of peace will be heard from one end of our country to the other – not a peace founded upon the fragments of a dishonored nation, and each fragment floating a bastard flag, but the stars and stripes floating gloriously over a permanent “Union,” with that glorious old motto above, “Liberty and Union now and forever, one and inseparable.”

Yours, & c.,
J. H. Chase,
Co. L, 7th Ill. Cav.

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From the 28th Regiment.

            We are permitted to make the following extract from a private letter from a member of the 28th, to a gentleman in this city:

I fear some of those we once called friends, cannot now be enumerated in that list.  Campbell, I understand, is one of the Copperhead stripe.  If we could but get permission to go home and conscript enough to fill our regiments, we could punish some of the traitors of Macomb; for besides being compelled to do duty with true soldiers watching them, they would be beaten hourly if they uttered any treasonable sentiments, and daily have their souls worried to death by the cry on every hand of “Conscript!” “Copperhead!” “Traitor!”  I should be pleased to see Abbott and some of his co-workers at Macomb, enduring daily torture of some kind, until all the treason was worked effectually out of them.

It is enough to exasperate an honest man, to hear of the proceedings of some of these poor, God-forsaken wretches, calling themselves peace democrats, who lead and are led by party checks, held in the hands of such men as Richardson & Co.  Would to God they were in the rebel ranks, and would give the honest and true boys from Illinois an opportunity of shooting them down as they do a stray hog in the South, when it refuses to halt when called upon.  Woe to many of these Northern rascals when the soldiers get home.  If convalescents can and do destroy the offices and property of traitorous publications, what will be the consequences to them, when the able-bodied masses of the army come against them.  Let them look to it, that if they are too cowardly to support the Government, by joining the service, the soldiers who are nobly battling for the old Flag will not always submit to their defamation, and to their assassin like conduct and language, in their rear.

Tell Mr. Abbott that he cannot come down here in the enemies’ country, and utter to any one individual in the old 4th Division the sentiments he does at home, without getting knocked down and kicked Southward out of camp.

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Religious Service. – In pursuance of the President’s Proclamation, setting apart the 30th of April as a day of fasting and prayer, religious services will be held at the Union School House, No. 4, in Walnut Grove township, at 10 o’clock, A.M.  Several Clergymen are expected to be in attendance.

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Union Convention.

            There will be a Mass Meeting of the Unconditional Union men of the city of Macomb, held at Campbell’s Hall on Saturday, May 2nd, at 8 o’clock, P.M., for the purpose of nominating candidates for City Offices.  Let there be a large turnout.

MANY CITIZENS.

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Agricultural Notice.

            There will be a meeting of the Executive Committee of the McDonough County Agricultural Society on Saturday, May 2nd, at the office of T. Chandler, Esq., in Macomb, for the purpose of making arrangements for the Annual Fair for 1863.

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