September 11, 1863

Macomb Weekly Journal

The Springfield Mass Meeting.

            The great Union Mass Meeting held at Springfield on Thursday of last week, was a perfect success, and we doubt not will have an important bearing upon the Union cause in this State.  In number and enthusiasm this meeting was probably never excelled in the West.  Springfield was literally full to overflowing.  From the East and the West, the North and the South, the hardy yeomanry poured in by the thousands.  Competent judges estimate the crowd on the Fair Grounds alone at 40,000.  Six stands were occupied throughout the day, and still thousands were unable to get within hearing distance of any of the speakers.  It was truly a sight to make every loyal heart leap with joy.  The meeting was addressed by Senators Chandler, of Michigan, Doolittle, of Wisconsin, Trumbull, of Illinois, Lane, of Indiana, Gov. Yates, Gen. Oglesby, Gen. Hainey, Col. Bane, Col. Dougherty, Hon. I. N. Arnold and a number of others.  The speeches were fully up to the times, favoring a vigorous prosecution of the war, a hearty support of the Administration, and an utter condemnation of the copperheads.  The resolutions were such as might have been expected from an assemblage of loyal, patriotic men.  The day passed off without accident or disturbance.  There were no drunken men to be seen on the streets – in fact it was evident that the crowd was made up of earnest, patriotic men, rallying in support of the Constitution and Union. – The Union men of this State are arising in their might.  Let copperheads prepare for defeat.


Union Meeting at Pennington’s Point.

            Pennington’s Point, August 27.

            Editor Journal:  A grand Union Meeting was held here to-day, the people turning out to the number of about one thousand.

The meeting was called to order by W. H. H. Kyle, Esq., Captain G. L. Farwell was called upon to preside as Chairman, and Geo. I. Butts, was chosen Secretary.  On motion, the following gentlemen were appointed a committee on Resolutions: J. B. Cummings, Rev. F. M. Chaffee, Major S. Yocum, W. S. Pile, and W. Miner.

The meeting was then addressed by Rev. R. Haney.  He gave us a very stirring and patriotic address, filled up with many amusing and patriotic incidents that came under his observation during his chaplaincy in the 16th Reg.  The meeting was then adjourned for refreshments.

In the afternoon the assembly was addressed by Lieut. Col. Hamer, of the 84th Regiment, and among the things said, he gave a very interesting account of the march of the 84th across Wild Cat Mountains, under Buell, and of their sufferings with half rations, no blankets or tents, and som without shoes, exposed to every inclemency of the weather.  Also of their gallant stand at Murfreesboro.  Which was very interesting to the citizens of this vicinity, as a portion of the 84th were raised here.  The committee then came forward and reported the following resolutions through their chairman:

WHEREAS, Our country is at present engaged in a war, for the preservation of our liberties, and

WHEREAS, As loyal citizens, we are all bound by every consideration of right and justice to ourselves, our country and our God, to render every assistance in our power, whether by money, men or moral aid, in suppressing this unholy rebellion, and in vindicating the honor of our country’s flag.  Therefore,

Resolved, That we are in favor of a vigorous prosecution of the war, until the rebellion shall be crushed out, and our glorious old flag shall float over every foot of American soil.

Resolved, That in prosecuting this war for the preservation of our liberties, we are in favor of using all and every means, within our reach, known in civilized warfare.

Resolved, That we cordially and heartily endorse the President’s Proclamation of freedom, believing it to be a just and humane, as well as necessary war measure.

Resolved, That it is the duty of all good citizens to obey all laws, especially it is the duty of all to render every assistance to the Government and its officers in enforcing the Conscription law, which we believe to be a just and lawful measure of filling up our decimated regiments in the field.

Resolved, That no loyal citizen will by act or deed, interpose any obstruction to the enforcement of the Conscription law, and that we regard all who thus act, as the enemies of our country, and totally unworthy the name of American citizens.

Resolved, That we tender to our brave soldiers, present to-day, and absent in the field our kindest sympathies.  They have already merited our respect, and we feel proud to know that Illinois boys on almost every battlefield, have added new lusture to our noble old State.

Resolved, That we do this day renew our oath of fealty to the Government, the Constitution, and the Union, and that for the faithful performance of this our solemn obligation, we pledge our lives, our  fortunes, and our sacred honor.

Resolved, That the proceedings of this meeting be published in the Macomb Journal and Chicago Tribune.

After the adoption of the above resolutions, the Rev. Mr. Worrell gave us a very patriotic address, giving the copperheads some hardest kind of rubs.

A collection of sixty dollars was made for the use of the Sanitary Society in this place, and by the way, this society has raised about $500 in cash, besides a large amount of other supplies, since the first of May.

The meeting then adjourned with three times three cheers for the flag, the soldiers and the country.

G. L. Farwell, Pres.

Geo. I. Butts, Sec’y.



            Two first-class journeymen shoemakers, to whom will be given the following prices for work: $1,50 for coarse boots, $1,80 for kip boots, and $2,25 to $4,50 for fine boots.  Apply immediately to the “French Boot and Shoe Manufactory,” North side the square.


“Attempt at Robbery.”

            An anonymous writer in the last Eagle, writing from Prairie City, gives us a highly colored account of the tribulations of a copperhead in that loyal and patriotic city.  We have made some inquires into the circumstances of the case and find the facts as follows: This man Munn was parading around the city wearing the infamous badge of treason, when Mr. Lancaster asked him what he wore that badge for, he replied that it was because he was a copperhead.  He was then asked if he was the same kind of a copperhead that sacked Lawrence.  He replied that he was.  That infamous hellish transaction being fresh in the minds of the loyal people, they don’t like to hear men justify and applaud it.  Mr. Lancaster then made a grab at the copperhead, but missed it.  The “burly swaggerer” spoken of in the Eagle, who, by the way is a quiet and peaceable citizen, then interfered and prevented the copperhead from getting the thrashing he deserved.  We do not justify force in dealing with the treasonable scamps that wear the “copperhead pins,” but they must learn that loyal men cannot always put up with their insolence and treason.  This little circumstance in which a copperhead came to grief, is considered worthy of a notice in the Eagle, while the massacre at Lawrence is passed over in silence.


            → Our readers will excuse the scarcity of editorial this week.  A press of Job Work is the cause.  We will try and do better in the future.


            Circuit Court. – The September Term of the Circuit Court is now in session in this city, Judge Higbee presiding.  The docket is light, and we understand that Court will adjourn the latter part of the week.


            Stabbing Affray. – Jimmy O’Brien got into a fuss with Tom Troy, on Monday last, and stabbed him severely in the bowels.  We learn that the injured man will probably recover. – O’Brien was bound over to the Circuit Court.


            Not So. – It has been reported in this city that Mr. Munroe, the gentlemanly proprietor of the barber’s saloon adjoining the Brown House, has two prices for shaving – charging fifteen cents for the laboring man, and only ten cents for merchants lawyers and doctors.  We would just say that Mr. M’s prices are uniform, and that all who favor him with their patronage will be treated as gentlemen should be treated.  Give him a call.


            Do You Like Fruit? – If so, go to A. B. Covalt’s Fruit Store, on the north side the Square.  He keeps on hand a large variety of all the fruits of the west, such as Peaches, Apples, Grapes, &c.  Also all kinds of vegetables.  Mr. C is an accommodating gentleman, and is worthy of general patronage.


            Oysters. – If you want a dish of good, fresh Cove Oysters, go to Haines’ on the west side the Square, and you will get it.  He also keeps a general assortment of groceries, fruits, vegetables, &c.  Give him a call.



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