Editor’s Note: Due to lack of material, there will be no column from the Eagle posted tomorrow.
May 22, 1863
The Latest News.
The latest reports from the Southwest say that the rebels have evacuated Vicksburg, and are concentrating all their forces to crush Grant’s army. – This report needs confirmation, but is credited at Washington.
Gen. Hurlbut telegraphs that Gen. Grant has taken Jackson, Mississippi. Altogether, the news from Grant’s Department is very encouraging. Not many days can elapse before a decisive battle will be fought.
The indications are that the army of the Potomac will not move for some time to come.
Latest reports reduce our loss in the late campaign across the Rappahannock to 11,000 killed, wounded and missing. The rebel loss is about 16,000.
The Eagle of last week publishes the Resolutions of the Co. H, 119th Reg. Ill. Vol., and then proceeds to comment upon them to show that the copperheads of to-day, were, at the commencement of the war, in favor of putting down the rebellion and maintaining the unity of the country. It says, “We were willing to lay aside party distinctions and principles, and did so at the commencement of the war.” Now, to show how willing the Eagle was to lay aside party principles, and how much in favor of the war it was, we quote from its issue of January 19th, 1861:
“If war does come, it will not be the fault of the Democrat. Let those who shall cause it fight it out. Let Democrats cultivate their fields, work at their benches, and pursue their usual business.
Let them raise the corn and hogs and make up the goods to clothe the abolition fanatics who want to carry out Lincoln’s doctrine of making the States all free. Again we say, let the abolitionists do the volunteering and be the subjects of drafting. Democrats and Union loving Republicans can be engaged in better business than shooting their neighbors.”
But this is not all. On the 12th of April, 1861, the very day that the rebels commenced the bombardment of Fort Sumter, the Eagle contained the following:
“We repeat that the Administration has no practical use for Sumter and Pickens, except as a standing menace and defiance to ANOTHER POWER; and the attempted reinforcement of those fortresses, after the repeated declarations of the Confederate States that such reinforcement would be resisted to the last extremity, can be regarded in no other light than as a wilful and deliberate intention on the part of Lincoln and his abolition advisers to wage a war of aggression, of conquest, of subjugation, against those States. If he does not wish to do this, there can be no dishonor in recognizing the Independence of the Confederate States.
Last week the same paper, in commenting upon the resolutions of the 119th, says, “Liberty and Union, one and inseparable, is precisely the watchword of the Democracy. They will part with neither the one nor the other.” We ask in all candor if the man who can see “no dishonor in recognizing the independence of the Confederate States” can claim to be a true Union man.
But again, the Eagle says “We care nothing for rebels as such, but we do feel a pity for the great mass of suffering and defenseless humanity in the South, who are innocent of any crime and guiltless of any blood.” If the above is true, why is it, Mr. Abbott, that from the very commencement of this war down to the present hour, you have persisted in finding fault with every measure adopted by the Administration for the purpose of crippling the rebels? Why is it that you have heaped every epithet of opprobrium upon the President and those Generals that have shown a determination to prosecute the war with energy? and why is it that you have just as persistently praised and lauded those Generals that have failed to accomplish anything? Why is it that your columns have week after week been filled with abuse of the Administration, while at the same time you have no words of condemnation for the rebels in arms? It is possible that you and your copperhead brethren are loyal, but if so you have a very singular way of showing it. Many a man in other countries has lost his head for just as such loyalty as yours.
The announcement in our last paper that the traitor Vallandigham had been sentenced to the Tortugas, was premature. His sentence was not made public until a day or two ago. His sentence is that he be kept in close confinement in Fort Warren, until the close of the war. Of course this sentence will be made the occasion of a new tirade against the “despotism of Lincoln and his abolition advisers,” by the copperheads, but every loyal man in the nation will breathe freer, now that it is known that the vile traitor will be kept where he can do no further harm to the Union cause. The Chicago Journal, in speaking of this sentence, very truthfully says, “The country is to be congratulated upon the fact that Vallandigham is no longer stumping the country against the cause of the Union and the Government; and we would remind those politicians who are disposed to make capital out of the conviction and sentence of this traitor, that Vallandigham has been convicted by a legal tribunal, and sentenced in accordance with the recommendation of those who tried him.
It is not an “arbitrary arrest and imprisonmemt” case, but a case of regular trial, conviction and sentence. They might, with as much propriety, attempt to make a martyr of the worst rascal that was ever convicted of crime and sentenced to the State’s prison at Joliet, as of Vallandigham, a tried and convicted traitor.
Another Copperhead Arrested.
Henry Clay Dean, a renegade Methodist preacher, of Keokuk, Iowa, who has been perambulating the country preaching King Jeff and him persecuted, came to grief on the 15th inst. – He had just returned to Keokuk from a trip among the Copperheads of Illinois, when about one hundred soldiers formed and marched to the house at which he was stopping, and secured his worthless carcass. They then held a consultation as to the propriety of disgracing a rope by hanging him, but finally concluded to turn him over to the tender mercies of the Provost Marshal, who, at the last accounts, had him in his possession. The reverend scamp got frightened, and loudly denied that he belonged to the K. G. C.’s. One thing is certain, however, that he is a traitor of the deepest dye. Let him be sent South among his friends, where he can preach treason to his heart’s content.
A Valuable Document. – We have received a Register of the 16th Reg’t Ill. Vol., from our old friend, W. H. H. Head. The Register is in pamphlet form and is neatly printed. It contains a complete history of the Regiment from its organization up to December last; giving the name, place of nativity, age and date of enlistment of each soldier. It also gives a list of the deaths, discharges and desertions in the Regiment. This work is a credit to the compiler, and we have no doubt will prove a profit to him also.
Union League Badge. – Copperheads have adopted a badge which they wear for the purpose of showing their disloyalty to the Government. Let Union men wear the Union badge to show their loyalty to the best Government that ever had an existence. J. W. Everett, Post Office Box 1614 New York, is prepared to furnish a neat emblematical Badge at the following rates: $10 per hundred, $80 per thousand, or 16 cts per single Badge.
On the 1st of June the Excise law, as regards stamps, goes into full operation. All instruments requiring stamps are declared null and void if not stamped according to law. This, with the penalty for violating the law enforced, will cause a better demand for stamps.
The Indians in Minnesota, it seems, have fallen to killing each other. We are not sure but it is the best way of disposing of them – leave them to the fate of the Kilkenny cats.
→ We learn from the Schuyler Citizen that Cox escaped from the jail in Rushville on Friday last. He was fired at by the Jailor several times, but without effect. This is the third time he has escaped from the Schuyler jail.
→ “Minions of despotism” is the title applied to the brave soldiers of our army by Vallandingham, upon whom the Democratic press is expending so much sympathy.
To Correspondents. – We have several communications on hand, which we intended to publish this week, but an unexpected rush of advertising, has prevented. Be patient, and they will appear in due season.
Return of Gov. Yates.
Springfield, Ill., May 18. – Gov. Yates arrived home last night, via St. Louis. He is very much reduced by dysentery, having lost forty pounds in weight, but was able to see the State officers and a few friends at the Governor’s mansion. He is confined to bed. A gentleman who accompanied the Governor says he was everywhere received by the troops with the utmost enthusiasm. At Milliken’s Bend, Perkins’ Plantation, Port Gibson, Memphis, and other places, he reviewed the troops under Generals McClernand, Logan, McPherson, McArthur, Carr, Bently, and others, making speaches which were warmly responded to.
Gov. Yates bears most willing and cheerful testimony to the generalship of Gen. Grant. The Generals of divisions and brigades, including Gen. McClernand, he regards as all that could be desired – in fact, that the Mississippi division of our Western army may well be proud of its commanders.
The health of the army is most excellent. It appears to be thoroughly acclimated. It is also morally in the highest condition of efficiency. The Governor, from all he could learn, thinks there are 40,000 rebel troops in Vicksburg, but that the place is sure to fall, unless something at present entirely unforeseen, and most improbable should occur.
Gen. Thomas is getting along finely with his colored regiments. He has one thousand at Helena and one thousand at Milliken’s Bend, well clothed and equipped; also, others at Memphis and elsewhere; — in all nearly ten thousand. They are pronounced most excellent soldiers, and are extremely anxious to be led against the enemy.
The Governor intends to return to Vicksburg just as soon as his health will permit. He is most anxious to witness the opening of the Mississippi river, upon which his heart has been set from the commencement of the war.
On Monday evening last the new Mayor and Aldermen were inaugurated with the oath of office being administered by Geo. Wells, City Clerk.
The new Council then proceeded to [?] the following officers:
City Clerk and Att’y, Geo. Wells.
City Marshal, Jos. P. Updegraff.
Supervisor, Geo. W. Smith.
Collector and Ass’r, J. L. Anderson.
Treasurer, W. W. Provine.
City Weigher, Thos. Gilmore.
These gentlemen are all well known to our citizens, and no fault can be had with their election. Geo. Wells has filled the position of City Clerk and Attorney for several years, and thoroughly understands his business in every particular.
Mr. Updegraff has held the position of Mayor for two or three years, and his appointment as City Marshal will [?] the peace and quietude of the [?]
Geo. W. Smith is thoroughly conversant with all the duties of Supervisor, [?] under his administration we may expect good walks and good streets.
John L. Anderson is also Township Collector, and will discharge the duties of City Collector and Assessor with [?]tness and a due regard alike to the interests of the city and the taxpayer.
W. W. Provine is proverbial for his [?]ty and his capacity to keep money [?] his care the city funds will be [?] safe.
Thos. Gilmore will wait upon the Scales and see that the buyer and [?] each get their due proportion. In [?] the whole City Board from Mayor on down give promise that the city matters will be managed prudently and satisfactorily to all concerned.
A Hard Case. – On Wednesday last [?] saw a soldier in this city, who, at the battle of Bull Run, lost his right arm, right leg, and a portion of his [?] He was trying to get to his friends at Logansport, Ind. A purse was at once made up, and he was sent on his way rejoicing. We trust that he may meet with kind friends and warm hearts wherever he may go.