November 7, 1863

Macomb Eagle

The Election in this County.

            We have met the greenbacks, and are almost, but not quite, overcome.  The vote polled is light on the part of the Democrats, but it is heavy on the part of the republicans.  The Democratic majority in the county is believed to be about twenty votes.  The official returns are not yet canvassed, and in their absence we give the majorities by townships, as follows:

DEMOCRATIC. – Emmet 68, Chalmers 7, Blandinville 62, Hire 30, Industry 38, Bethel 44, Tennessee 41, Lamoine 46, Sciota 12, Eldorado 34.  Total 382.

Republican. – Macomb 105, Prairie City 161, Mound 21, Scotland 51, New Salem 18, Walnut Grove 8.  Total 364.

The Democrats who staid at home – two or three hundred of them in number – will now see how nearly they have suffered an ignominious defeat, in consequence of their indolence.  We trust the result will be a lesson to them and to us all, which will not be soon forgotten.  We hope to publish the official vote next week, when we shall something more to say.


            → New York and Wisconsin have gone republican, by about 10,000 majority.  So has Massachusetts.


Increasing the Pay.

            It is proposed, at the next session of Congress, to reduce the price for exemption of conscripts to $100, and to advance the pay of soldiers to $60 per month.  We are in favor of cutting down the pay of the officers to something near equality with that of the soldiers.  The brave men in the  ranks who perform all the fighting and endure all the suffering are entitled to at least a larger pay than they now receive.  Besides it don’t cost much to make greenbacks, and the soldiers earn an abundance of them.  Pay them without stint.


            → The numbers of provost marshals, assistant ditto, clerks, aids, helps, enrolling officers, etc., engaged in carrying out the conscription act is set down as numbering altogether, we see, to about 75,000.  The number of conscripts secured is estimated at 60,000.  Would it not be well to draft these 75,000 officeholders, the most of them under fat pay, and march them off to Tennessee or Virginia, where they can do the country some service?


            → We don’t know that the President can raise 300,000 new volunteers, but he can place Buel and McClellan in the field, and that would be worth half the number.


Rebel Exultation over Abolition Victories.

            The abolition victories in Ohio and Pennsylvania seem to afford about as much gratification to the rebels as they do to the abolitionists themselves.  We have always believed the radicals of the two sections were working together, and this rebel exultation is another evidence of this fact.  The radical leaders rejoice over the defeat of our arms at Bull Run and the failure of McClellan’s campaign in the Peninsula; and in turn the rebels are equally jubilant over the successes of the abolitionists at the polls.  They are both working for the accomplishment of the same object, the destruction of the Union of our fathers.  The Richmond paper says:

A year ago there were many “reconstructionists” in Virginia, to say nothing of other States – we mean a sort of partial reconstructionists, looking to reunion with some select States of the Yankee nation, and, of course, on “honorable terms.”  Where are they now?  The continued and still increasing brutality of our enemy in all the regions occupied by their troops, but more especially the distinct policy of entire subjugation, with the reduction of these States to territories, universal confiscation, disfranchisement, disarmament, and a settlement of our lands by Yankee proprietors, — this plain policy, announced by Lincoln, and adopted by generals, ministers, platforms of republicans, and now deliberately sanctioned by the Ohio and Pennsylvania elections, has opened the eyes and nerved the hearts of thousands of weak and well intentioned men, who dreamed of peace on “some terms,” and who now know that they can have peace on no terms save surrender at discretion and abject vassalage to the meanest and most vulgar race of beings on all this earth.  *  *  *

Whereas, we should have dreaded the evil effects of Vallandigham and his copperheads, and his moral suasion, united as it would be, with a vigorous prosecution of the war, — in one hand the sword, in the other money bribes, party alliances, constitutional guarantees, and “honorable terms.”  These influences would still have found, we fear, certain of the meaner and more stupid Confederates ready to listen and respond to the false promises of Yankees.  A crop of Unionists would appear again; the natural allies of northern copperheads are southern blockheads; and original anti Exodists would again snuff at the fleshpots of the Egyptians.

Far better is; the present programme happily insures to us a complete, final, and irrevocable separation from Yankees, which is the paramount political good.”


            → Nothing is more common than to hear an impudent ignoramus declare that he is “a Jackson Democrat, and believes with old Hickory that the civil power must sometimes give way to the military.”  Jackson never held any such sentiment, except in cases within the lines of the army.  When Congress proposed to refund him the thousand dollars fine which he paid during last war, he wrote a United States Senator these words:

I would be the last man on earth to do any act which would invalidate the principle that THE MILITARY SHOULD ALWAYS BE SUBJECT TO THE CIVIL POWER.


            → A contemporary wants to know how the Republican party makes itself out a Union party, when its leaders all declare that “it is neither possible nor disirable to save the old Union.”  But for all that, it’s a Union party, because there is not a political theif, shoddy contractor, renegade Democrat, Abolitionist or Judas Iscariot, who has not united under its bloody plundering banners.


Men who want the War to go on.

            All the abolitionists, who want slavery torn out root and branch even if the country is ruined, want the war to go on, but they don’t want to help.

All the federal assessors, who make three and four dollars a day, want the war to go on, but they don’t want to help.

All the tax collectors, who get ten per cent. on commission money, want the war to go on, if it takes every man – but themselves.

All the shoddy contractors, who have made princely fortunes by furnishing rotten clothing to the soldiers, want the war to go on – without them.

All ship owners, who sell the government rotten vessels, for double the cost of a good vessel, want the war to go one – for they can afford to pay $300.

All the cotton speculators, who “go in cahoot” with generals to steal cotton, want the war to go on – until all the cotton is stolen.

All the knaves, who sell old spavined, ring-boned, and blind horses to the government at exorbitant prices, want the war to go on.

All the provost marshals and their under-strappers, who get so much a head for arresting democrats, want the war to go on – without their assistance.

All the New England manufacturers, who get dividends of fifty per cent., want the war to go on – until all the poor men are killed off.

All the railroad companies, who are growing rich by charging the government exorbitant rates for transportation, want the war to go on – until the government is bankrupt.

Lincoln and his cabinet, who hope to make their offices perpetual by the bayonet, want the war to go on.

But the people want the war stopped the first moment the Constitution is vindicated, and those in rebellion evince a disposition to return to their allegiance. – Hancock Courier.


            → The Genesee Farmer is the oldest agricultural paper in America, and is also one of the very best and cheapest.  It is a monthly journal of thirty-two pages, filled to overflowing with good things.  No farmer can afford to be without it.  Price only 75 cents a year, and the publisher offers to send the October, November and December numbers of this year free to all who subscribe at this time for next year.  Send the seventy-five cents in a letter to Joseph Harris, Editor Genesee Farmer, Rochester, N. Y., and you will get the paper by return mail.


            Peterson’s Magazine. – We are in receipt of this popular lady’s magazine, for December.  It is a splendid number.  Peterson will be greatly improved in 1864.  It will contain nearly 1000 pages of double column reading matter; 13 steel plates; 12 colored fashion plates; 10 colored patterns in Berlin work, embroidery or crochet, and 900 wood engravings – proportionately more than any other periodical gives.  Its stories and novelets are by the best writers.  In 1864, four original copyright novelets will be given.  Its fashions are always the latest and prettiest.  Every neighborhood ought to make up a club.  Its price is but two dollars a year, or a dollar less than magazines of its class.  It is the magazine for the times.  To clubs it is cheaper still – three copies for $5, five for $7 50, or eight for $10.  To every person getting up a club (at these rates), the publisher will send an extra copy gratis.  Specimens sent if written for to those wishing to get up clubs.  Address Charles J. Peterson, 306 Chestnut st., Philadelphia.


            A Word to Farmers and Wool Growers. – The clipping season is over, and the wool gathered in.  The question now to be settled by the owner is as to what disposition he can make of his wool, to net him the greatest amount of profit.  The present wholesale price of wool would pay the owner say $60 for 100 lbs.  The cost of putting that wool into yarn $20.  The 100 lbs of wool will make forty dozen pairs of socks, now in demand even, when at $5 60, making $220, a profit of $140 on the manufactured article, over and above what could be realized from the salke of the raw material.  As knitting machines cost but $75 in this city, and can be managed by a woman or child, any farmer who raises wool can see the advantage of manufacturing his wool, instead of throwing it on the market.  We hope the country press will take notice of this, and thus advance the interest of the farmer and the whole country, by encouraging this branch of home manufactures. – Chicago Tribune.


Items Here and There.

–                      Mr. J. H. Wilson has sold his fine residence in the north end of town to Dr. Westfall.  The price was $3,200.

–                      Snow to the depth of nearly two inches fell on Friday morning, Oct. 30th.

–                      The knitting machines advertised in another column are no humbug.  We have seen them and know.  We should like to contract for the sale of a few.

–                      Every one should go to J. M. Browne & Co.’s, south side of square, for boots, shoes, hats or caps.

–                      We trust the people will not overlook the account of the arbitrary arrest of two citizens of New York.  What happened to them may happen to almost any citizen under the operations of Lincoln’s administration.

–                      Republican papers say that there are now about 80,000 negro troops in the field.  This is certainly a colored statement.

–                      Ladies, go to J. M. Browne & Co’s, on south side of square, if you want to see the largest, cheapest, and best assortment of baskets in Macomb.

–                      The election is now over.  How many loyal leaguers are ready to volunteer and thus make good their recent loud professions?

–                      Shooting irons for sale at Quiggle’s.  See advertisement.

–                      It is estimated that the wheat crop in England this year will equal to that of 1861 and 1862 added together.

–                      If you want to save money in buying your boots and shoes, go to J. M. Browne & Co., south side of the square.

–                      Twenty-one recruits left Macomb on Tuesday last for the seat of war.  We honor the brave men who thus show their devotion to their principles by shouldering the musket.

–                      One firm in Massachusetts has sold the government 3,600 coffins since January. – They are in favor of the war until the last man and the last dollar is spent.

–                      The streets of Virginia City, Nevada, are said to be paved with silver.  It certainly can’t be the New Jerusalem!

–                      Our clerical freind, Rev. P. Albright, of Macomb, enlivened our sanctum, yesterday, by his cheerful presence.  Mr. A. is a gentleman of high literary attainments, and of agreeable manners – one of that class of “reverends” who, while preserving all proper regard for the sanctity of his calling, uses life as a season given to the “children of men” for cheerfulness and not for moroseness and acerbity.  We are sorry that his increasing labors elsewhere compelled him to give up his charge in this place. – Oquawka Spectator.



            At the battle of Chickamauga, Ga., on Sunday, Sept. 20th, 1863, BENJAMIN F. LANE, of Company I, 78th Ill. Vol. Infantry.

At a meeting of the members of Comp. I, Oct. 6th, the following preamble and resolutions were adopted:

WHEREAS, It has pleased almighty God in his infinite wisdom and goodness to deprive us of one of our number by death, therefore,

Resolved, That the deceased was in every respect as a brother soldier and companion in arms, truly worthy of the high regard which we entertained for him,

2. That the deceased was ever prompt and ready for every duty, whenever duty called; that he unflinchingly met the enemy and nobly gave up his life for the great cause in which he was so earnestly engaged; and that in his death we have sustained a great loss.

3. That we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased, in this their deep affliction.

4. That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the Macomb papers, requesting their publication.

5. That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the family of the deceased.

J. [?] McClellan, ch’n.

J. J. Clark, sec’y.


Camp near Chattanooga, Tenn., Oct. 12.

            At a meeting of the members of Comp. I, 78th Reg. Ill. Volunteers, the following preamble and resolutions were read and unanimously adopted:

WHEREAS, Our brave and noble companion in arms, George N. David, has fallen a victim to the relentless hand of treason, yielding up his life on the battle field, in his patriotic endeavors to beat back the destroyers of our government and to maintain the honor and glory of our flag – we, his brother soldiers of Comp. I, appreciating his lofty patriotism, and realizing a deep and heartfelt sorrow at his departure from earth, do unanimously concur in the following resolutions:

Resolved, That in the death of George N. David this company [?] the loss of an excellent man, a brave and gallant soldier, a warm hearted and genial companion, a kind and generous friend, and one beloved by all who enjoyed his acquaintance.

2. That we tender our cordial sympathies to the stricken family and friends of the deceased, and trust that their loss is his eternal gain.

3. That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the family of the deceased, and the The Macomb Eagle be requested to publish the same.

W. W. McCandless, ch’n.

Harmon Veatch, secy.


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