September 25, 1863

Macomb Weekly Journal

Latest News.

            The latest news from Rosecrans’ army puts a much more cheerful complexion on affairs in his Department.  It now appears that old Rosy has not been whipped, although fighting the whole Confederacy.  He is now near Chattanooga, and in a position that he can hold against any force the Confederates can raise.  Reinforcements are being rapidly sent him, and it is probable that in a day or two he will again assume the offensive.  All dispatches that Rosecrans has been defeated are false.

The latest reports from the Army of the Potomac indicate that Meade’s army is about to move upon the enemy.


Union Convention.

            We this week publish a call for a Union County Convention for the purpose of nominating candidates for county officers.  The call is addressed to all loyal men of whatever political caste or profession.  Now, if ever, in the history of this country, is the time when party strife and party platforms should be laid aside, and all men who love, and are in favor of sustaining, the Union and the Constitution, should unite as one man in support of those principles that can alone give peace to our country, and, at the same time, secure the blessings of liberty and free Government.  Loyalty to the Government should be the only test of political fellowship.  Then let every man in McDonough county who is unhesitatingly in favor of prosecuting the war until the rebels lay down their arms, unite in electing delegates to this Union Convention.  Let these delegates nominate a ticket upon the platform of loyalty to the Government, and let Union men do their duty and it will be elected, and McDonough county will be redeemed from the rule of copperheadism.  The time has at last come when there can be no neutral ground.  There are but two parties in the country – one in favor of the Government and the other against it, and in view of this fact, all minor issues should for the present be put aside, and all loyal men should be found fighting against those who are opposed to the war and in favor of compromising with rebels in arms.  Let the Union men in each township meet at their respective places of voting on Saturday, the 10th of October, and elect delegates to the County Convention which will be held at Macomb, on Monday, the 12th of October.


Another Step in the Right Direction.

            One by one the safeguards that have heretofore secured traitors from just punishment, and allowed sympathizers at the North to embarrass the Government, are being stricken down.  The proclamation of the President, suspending the writ of habeas corpus, will fall like a wet blanket upon the miserable traitors who have been in the habit of opposing every measure that was deemed necessary to overcome the rebels. – Hereafter when men are arrested for opposing the military power, copperhead judges will have to keep hands off.  This, of course, will raise another howl over the “usurpations of the President,” but that thing is about “played out.” – The people are becoming aware of the fact that all the measures of the Government, heretofore adopted, have been perfectly harmless in their results upon all except traitors.  No man need have any fears that his personal liberty or rights will be trampled upon as long as he conducts himself in accordance with the laws of the country.  It is only those, who are liable by their conduct, to become the subjects of arrest, that are so fearful of the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.  Honest men never fear that the penalties of the law will be visited upon them, and, on the other hand, we do not suppose there is a rogue in the land that does not live in constant fear of the law.  Loyal men were never more safe in the possession of their property, or more secure from arbitrary arrest than at the present time.  We are willing to admit that the suspension of the writ will make treason a much more dangerous employment to follow; but then these men who are exercised over this matter, must remember that the writ of habeas corpus was never intended to shield traitors, or to obstruct and embarrass the Government in times of great danger.  The Constitution, itself, provides for it suspension, when, by so doing, traitors may be the more certainly caught and punished.  Let men act loyal, and be loyal, and they need have no fears that they will have any trouble on account of the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.


            → Abbott characterizes the President’s Proclamation suspending the writ of habeas corpus “another step to Despotism.”  Now we would like to ask the editor of the Buzzard if the Constitution, that it talks so much about, does not, in express terms, provide for the suspension of the writ?  We would also like to know if the last Congress did not give the President the express power to suspend the writ when, in his judgment, the necessities of the case required it?  Will Abbott please answer these questions?


            → A Provost Marshal has been shot dead by a farmer near Dowegiac, Michigan.  Verdict of the Coroner’s jury – “Justifiable Homicide.”

The above item we find copied in the last number of the Eagle without a word of comment.  The shooting of a Provost Marshal is not worthy a word of comment from the editor of the Eagle, but he can occupy a half column in doleful lamentations when an old copperhead loses a few chickens.  What a soft heart Abbott must have, or are these freaks of fancy to be attributed to a black heart and soft head?


For the Macomb Journal.

Bushnell Correspondence.

            MESSRS. EDITORS: — I believe you have not of late been much troubled with communications from our neighborhood, so I make bold, by your consent, to encroach somewhat at present upon your space, to speak a word for Bushnell, not particularly that it needs any public notice to add to its fame as a business point, but merely to let the public know that we are still “alive and kicking” ready to teach our older neighbors how to do business, bow to build up a town, and maintain a spirit of competition and enterprise, which has too often in other places, been permitted to die out, leaving them “high and dry” on the banks of the business current.  As a writer it not our province to claim too much – facts only are what we wish to state, and when these are stated, Bushnell stands before the people as the “go-ahead” town of the neighborhood.  This may be doubted by some of our good friends in the neighboring towns which are much older, but all we ask is an impartial comparison.

As a grain point, the freight books of the C. B. & Q. R. R. company will bear us out in the assertion that other points along our branch of the road, are nowhere compared with Bushnell, and this fact has been for some time fully appreciated by grain dealers generally along the lines.  The late frost has put rather a damper on present shipments of corn, however, farmers preferring to hold what they have, until they see to what extent it is really damaged.  We are inclined to think it will be found that the corn crop will be better than we anticipated, and our town will soon resume its usual activity in the grain trade.

In merchandizing, we are taking rapid strides, and the present season has witnessed much improvement.  The various departments of merchandise are now becoming separated, and we have now several merchants who make one branch a speciatly.  This is as it should be.  We have now from fifteen to twenty mercantile firms, some dry goods and groceries, some groceries, some drugs, some hardware, some clothing, &c.  Experience proves that no man can be fully successful in any business who has “too many irons in the fire,” and this has been too much the case in Bushnell in former days.  This is now being remedied, and we expect soon to see good results arise from it.

A considerable number of dwellings have already been erected this season, and several more are in process of erection, and we expect to see quite a number erected yet before the season closes.  A neat Methodist church has also been built facing one of our public squares, and the requisite amount was subscribed at the dedication on last Sabbath, to pay the balance due on the church, and furnish a fence, bell, and all other essentials.  A superior grain warehouse has also been erected the past season – with a storage capacity of about 35,000 bushels, to cost from six to ten thousand dollars.  Besides this our grain capacity has been much increased by the erection of smaller buildings than the above and additions made to those already built.  So you see Bushnell is bound to keep up with the times, whether her sister towns do so or not.

One drawback to our prosperity in our opinion, is that we have as yet no corporation.  Wonderful is it not, that with a population of from eleven to twelve hundred inhabitants, and such a business spirit, we have no corporation regulations.  An effort has been made once or twice, I understand, to effect a corporation, but by the singular opposition of some of our citizens, we are as yet without any corporation privileges and advantages.  The tide is turning however, and I believe at another election, should the project be brought forward, our people will carry it by a handsome majority.  May that election soon be brought about.

Another important feature in our town is, it is decidedly loyal.  We, no doubt, have some in our midst who are disloyal – we may have some who are copperheads and tories – some even who are members of the damnable K. G. C.’s, but if these are in our midst, they are too insignificant and too trifling too give loyal men any trouble.  Their numbers are about as few as their mental calibre is contemptible – and if any of them were present at the meeting last evening, in the M. E. Church, which was addressed by Rev. M. L. Haney, chaplain of the 55th Ill. Regiment volunteers, they must surely have felt the pangs of a guilty conscience, as the speaker delineated to the audience the treasonable position the copperheads now occupy, and how the brave boys who are periling their lives in defence of liberty and free institutions, regard the cowardly traitors, who, in the quiet of their own homes, made quiet and secure by the sacrifice of much patriot blood, endeavor to cripple the army and the Union cause.  Chaplain Haney was quite severe in some of his strictures upon the democrats of the copperhead persuasion, and some of his remarks were much condemned by those who felt the shoe pinch, because it fit so closely, but what matters it – they could not be pleased when the glass was held before them.  Mr. Haney told them in the outset that his remarks would not be pleasant to some of them.  As for ourselves, in one or two instances possibly, we might have wished his remarks expressed somewhat differently, but when we consider the intense hatred entertained of copperheads, by the soldiers in the field, when we consider that they regard the cowardly miscreants here in the north, and the traitors in the south as being alike their enemies – only the latter being the best of the two; when we consider the hardships they have been compelled to undergo – and the trying scenes through which they have passed, loyal men are willing to overlook an unguarded expression, and as to secession sympathizers, it matters little what they do or say in regard to it.  The “loyal and the true” are bound to rule this country, and those not included had better “stand from under.”

Mr. Haney made some very interesting statements in regard to the 55th, of which he is chaplain, both as to their moral and sanitary condition.  We would like to give you the details of his address, but have already occupied more time and space than at first intended, and forbear.

If anything of interest should occur in the future in our growing town, you may hear from us again.  Until then adieu.


Meeting of the K. G. C.’s.

            That the K. G. C.’s have had an organization in this county for a year past there is pretty conclusive evidence.  In fact, in some of the townships the time and places of meeting are well known, and those who belong do not consider it worth while to deny it.  But in this city, the Knights have steadily denied the existence of such an organization.  But will these gentlemen please to inform the public of the character of the meeting that was held in the third story of the Brown House, in this city, on Monday night last?  Loyal men, in pursuit of loyal objects, are not in the habit of meeting in secret conclave at the still hour of midnight.  The Union League, a loyal organization, holds its meetings on regular nights and in a public hall.  Its members and its principles are well known.  Then the meeting on Monday night was not composed of “loyal leaguers.”  Who then was the meeting composed of? and what were the objects for which it was convened?  Some of the men who participated in this meeting are known, and it is enough to say that they were men who are notoriously disloyal to the Government.  The meeting, too, was evidently a county meeting, as several loads came in from the country after night, and several of the leading copperheads from other townships who were in town on Monday, were at the meeting that night.  Will Abbott please inform the public, through the columns of the Eagle, of the object of these secret conclaves?


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