November 20, 1863

Macomb Weekly Journal

The Eagle on “Signs.”

            The Eagle has been deeply engaged since the election, in studying the “signs” and figuring out the future destiny of copperheadism.  The result of its cogitations is given in the last issue of that paper.  Before the election Abbott thought that the election this fall was “but the prelude to the great contest next year – the skirmish that precedes the grand battle for the Constitution in 1864” – “that successful now, we shall go into that contest with renewed strength.”  Well, the election came off, and copperheadism was pretty thoroughly used up.  The skirmish that was to precede a great copperhead victory in 1864 turned out rather disastrously for the interests of that treasonable party, and gave very poor promise for the future.  But the Eagle, after studying the matter in all its bearings, comes to the sage conclusion that the elections this fall will have no decided bearing on the Presidential contest next year.  The editor of the Eagle is considerable on figuring out copperhead victories.  He makes it just as clear as mud that the next President will be a copperhead.  Hear him: “If the war should be so far advanced next year that the country can see the way clear to its early close, the Presidential election will not turn on the war, but on the great political arrangements which must mainly occupy the attention of the administration to be elected.  In that case, the Republican party will not have a shadow of a chance.  But, if on the other hand, another year passes without decisive military results, the people will have lost all confidence in the ability of the Republican party to bring the war to a successful termination.”  This reminds us very much of the old toper, who, wending his way home late at night, thus solilquised, “If my wife has gone to bed and blown out the lights, I’ll whip her; and if my wife is setting up burning out lights I’ll whip her.”  But Abbott will find that the American people are not quite so unreasonable as was the old toper.  But Abbott seems to think that the only chance of success in 1864 is that the contest will not turn upon the war question.  But does he suppose that the people are such fools as to forget the course pursued by the copperheads when the war was the only question?  Did the people ever forget to hate and deride the tories of the Revolution?  No.  And generations yet unborn will have reason to regret that they are descendants of the tories of 1863.  No, Abbott, you may study the “signs,” and turn prophet and seer, but the record you have made will stick to you and your party closer than a brother.  You will find that the political contests of this country will turn upon the war and its issues for the next hundred years.  The people will not soon forget that in the hour of National peril, when all was at stake, the copperheads threw all their power and influence in favor of the rebels that threatened its very existence.

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More Bad Luck.

            The copperheads surely are an unfortunate set of mortals.  The result of the late elections throughout the North was a terrible blow to the prospects of that party and its pet institution, negro slavery.  But worse than all this, is the blow that Missouri has given them. – Only think!  Missouri, a slave State – the former home of border ruffians and pro-slavery politicians, now sending two ranting Abolitionists to the United States Senate.  B. Gratz Brown, for years one of the most powerful anti-slavery agitators, and Henderson, an immediate emancipationist, representing a slave State in the U. S. Senate.  Abbott, you will have to take another turn at the “signs” and find out what such strange doings mean.  But seriously, this is one of the greatest victories won over the slave power, and places Missouri in the front rank of loyal States.  Henceforth slavery is doomed in that fair State, and Missouri ranges herself by the side of Massachusetts and Illinois in the race for prosperity and freedom.  Where will the electoral votes come from to elect Vallandigham President in 1865?

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Thanksgiving.

            Thursday, November 26th, is the day set apart by the President of the United States, for National Thanksgiving and Praise.  Let the people everywhere observe the day.  We understand that arrangements are being made for public worship in some of the churches of this city.  Let the Business Houses be closed, and let all unite in rendering Praise to the God that has preserved our Nation.

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            → The Chicago Evening Journal says: we have positive information confirming the report we published yesterday, that General Sherman’s column has formed a junction with the Army of the Cumberland.  We conversed with a gentleman who arrived here this morning, and who came directly through from Chattanooga, and he assures us that he saw General Sherman and staff at Stevenson, Alabama, on last Friday, on their way to Grant’s headquarters at Chattanooga.  Our informant says he also saw some of the troops of Sherman’s advance.

Inasmuch as some doubt has existed as to the correctness of the report published yesterday, the dispatch being dated at Louisville, this confirmation is a matter for public congratulation. – General Grant is now verry strong in troops as well as in position.

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Cincinnati Correspondence.

Cincinnati, O., Nov. 14, ’63.

            Eds. Journal: — Probably it has been a long time since you had a correspondent from this fair city.  Perhaps, indeed, you never did have one, but these are not valid reasons why you never should have one.

We are in the midst of what is popularly the gloomiest month of the year – November, and its gloom is much heightened in this city by the scarcity and high price of coal, which is here a necessity.  With you, when the supply of “Black Diamonds” runs short, it is easy to get wood; but here it is almost impossible to obtain that.  The city authorities now take possession of all the coal that is shipped here, and sell it out, in small quantities, to poor people.  The scarcity is caused by the Ohio river remaining so low all season that it could not be brought down in barges – the usual manner of supplying the city.

Notwithstanding there is “war in the land,” general business is very prosperous here, and many men are being profited pecuniarily by the war.  In the matter of costly goods, and personal decorations, jewelry, diamonds, &c., a grand business is doing.  It is well for the dealers in these things to make all they can now, for when the war closes, and people return to their senses, and find their purses empty, and business will be flat.

Of course you have heard of the great scare about the conspiracy to enable the rebel prisoners to escape from Johnson’s Island and then burn Buffalo.  People up there are now experiencing the same delightful sensation that we enjoyed here, both last year and this, on account of John Morgan.  Although General Cox, commander of the District of Ohio, has gone up there, and taken a number of troops, the thing is here regarded as pretty much all humbug.

A few days ago Gen. Rosecrans arrived here, after being decapitated, and we now hear the unwelcome intelligence that the resignation of General Burnside has been accepted, and that General Foster is on the way to relieve him.  We all remember General Foster for his North Carolina operations.  This city is General Rosecrans’ home, and he is much beloved here.  General Burnside was here for some months, and his principal headquarters are still here.  While here he endeared himself to all true lovers of the Union, and, in the same ration, made enemies of the copperheads.

Work on the river suspension bridge across the Ohio at this point is being vigorously prosecuted, but it cannot be finished before next season.  When completed, it will be a great convenience, and fine piece of work.

A curious case for the doctors to puzzles themselves over occurred here, some days since.  A woman accidentally stabbed herself, the knife penetrating her heart, and she lived for five days afterward.  The famous case of Bill Poole, the New York pugilist, who lived for three days with a bullet in his heart, is out done by this.                                                                     T.

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Fatal Affray.

            We learn that Jesse Tatman, formerly a resident of this city, but more recently of Marietta, was killed near that place on Monday the 9th inst.  It appears that a man, by the name of Yocum, and Tatman, had a personal encounter, in which Tatman was stabbed twice with a dirk.  Either of the wounds would have been mortal.  Tatman lived until the following Tursday.  Yocum fled, but the authorities are upon his track, and it is to be hoped he will be caught and receive the punishment that justice demands.

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Tribute of Respect.

            At a meeting of the officers of the 78th Illinois Vol’r Infantry, held Oct. 10 h 1863, to prepare resolutions expressing the sense of the meeting for the loss of our brother officer Major William L. Broaddus, Lieut. Samuel Simmons was called to the chair, and Lieut. William D. Ruddell was appointed Secretary; Capt. M. R. Vernon, Dr. Samuel C. Moss, and Capt. G. H. Reynolds were appointed a Committee upon Resolutions.

Whereupon the Committee presented the following preamble and resolutions, which were unanimously adopted:

PREAMBLE:

            Whereas it has pleased the Almighty Ruler of Armies and Navies to take from among us our beloved officer and fellow soldier, Maj. Wm. L. Broaddus, who fell at the head of his regiment in a brave charge at the battle of Chickamauga, Georgia, Sept. 20th 1863.

Therefore Resolved, That in the death of Maj. William L. Broaddus the country has lost a valuable citizen and a devoted patriot, the Army an efficient officer and a brave soldier, who sealed his devotion to his country with his life’s blood.

Resolved, That in Maj. William L. Broaddus both officers and men found a sympathizing friend and an upright man, as a commander he was loved by his officers and all under him.

A strict disciplinarian, enforcing obedience of orders and at the same time commanding the respect and good will of his whole command.  In camp he was a lively companion and a cheerful friend to all – the Soldier and the Soldiers friend.  Those of the 78th who survived the memorable battle of Chicamauga will ever hold in grateful remembrance the name of Maj. Wm. L. Broaddus, whom they loved while living and mourn now dead.

Resolved, That while we deplore the necessity that calls for such sacrifice of human life, we rejoice to know that the deceased freely gave the offering, believing that to die in the defense of our country was the highest and most sacred duty devolving upon a citizen.

Resolved, That to the bereaved wife and mourning family we tender our warmest sympathy in their great affliction and share with them the grief that has fallen so heavily upon them.

Resolved, That a copy of these proceedings be forwarded to the family of the deceased, and that a copy also be sent to the Macomb and Quincy papers for publication.

LT. SAM’L SIMMONS,
Chairman.

LT. WM. D. RUDDELL,
Secretary.

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            → Bigots dread discussion.  They seem to think that faith must go with her face tied up as if she had the toothache – that, if she opens her mouth to the quarter the winds blows from, she will catch her death.

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            What to Send Soldiers. – An army officer says: As I profess to know something of the wants of the soldier, I will simply state what I think would be the most acceptable to any or all of Uncle Sam’s boys.

Procure a strong box large enough to contain one gallon of home-made pickles – not the small, hard, acid-eaten article to be found on sale in the store – but the old-fashioned cucumber pickle, six or eight inches in length, and swimming in pure cider vinegar, a one gallon jar of sour-krout, one peck of nice onions, one half-pint of condensed milk, two dozen finely flavored apples, one smoked and dried beef tongue, one can cove oysters, two or three pounds home-sausage, stuffed, one pound good tobacco and a few good cigars.  To these might be added a good book and a few illustrated newspapers.

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An Ordinance Relating to Dogs
Running at Large.

            Sec. 1.  Be it ordained by the City Council of the City of Macomb, That the Mayor may from time to time, on an alarm of mad dogs, in his discretion prohibit, by notice in some public newspaper, all dogs from running at large within the limits of the city, and may appoint deputies with authority to kill all dogs or sluts running at large within the city; and such prohibition shall continue so long as the public safety, in the opinion of the Mayor, may require; and such prohibition shall remain in full force until the Mayor shall give public notice of the discontinuance thereof.

Passed November 9, 1863.

GEO. WELLS, City Clerk.

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            Big Show. – DeLong & Cavanaugh’s Varieties drew a crowded house Thursday evening, and we learn that all were pleased with the entertainment.  They give another performance tonight, at Campbell’s Hall, with a complete change of programme.

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Who Will Get Them?

            We have some very fine steel engravings which we propose to offer as premiums for getting up clubs for the Journal.  The engravings are portraits of Washington Irving, George Washington and Edward Everett, and will make a handsome ornament to a parlor.

Any person sending us ten subscribers, with the cash, at the regular subscription price — $1,50 per year – will be entitled to one of these fine engravings.  They can be seen by calling at the Journal office.

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The Cow Law.

            The City Council, a few days ago, passed an ordinance prohibiting cattle from running at large during the winter months; but little did they dream that the quiet and demure “bossy,” is aroused, could control the City Fathers, or wield an influence that it would be dangerous to withstand.  The cattle did not seem to mind this innovation upon their rights much, but the owners did, and that’s where the laugh comes in.  As soon as the Ordinance was published, a petition for its repeal was started; and it soon attained an enormous length, and on Monday evening the City Fathers came together in hot haste to see what could be done to allay the fast increasing excitement.  The petition was presented, and it soon became evident to the astonished law-makers, that the power behind the throne, the people, didn’t like the “cow law” pretty much.  So the City Fathers magnanimously repealed the obnoxious law.  The people were satisfied and “bossy,” as of old, has the right to roam unmolested, with none to scare or make afraid.

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More Recruits.

            The recruiting business in this county is quite brisk again.  On Tuesday last, Capt. Randolph took away a squad of twenty three men, mostly recruited for the 78th regiment.  This squad makes about sixty that have volunteered from this county under the last call for 300,000 men.  As they passed through the public square, on their way to the depot, the men sang the “Battle Cry of Freedom,” and it never sounded more appropriate.  At the depot the men were addressed by Rev. Ralph Harris in a feeling and appropriate manner.  As the cars came up, three hearty cheers were given for the Union, and the brave boys were off to the wars.  May God protect them and make them valiant soldiers for the Right.

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Fatal Accident at Colchester.

            A terrible accident occurred at Colchester on Thursday of last week; which resulted in the instant death of Wm. Parsons, the station agent at that place.  Mr. Parsons had just taken charge of the office, and was engaged in settling his household goods on Thursday, when hearing the freight train coming, he hastened to the depot, got upon the top of a freight car for the purpose of manning the breaks, and accidentally fell between the cars across the track.  The wheels passed over his neck and body, mangling him horribly and killing him instantly.  The deceased was  a sober man and a good citizen.  He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss.

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            Another New Grocery Store. – We notice that a new Grocery Store has been opened on the west side of the square, in the building formerly occupied by T. & J. McElrath.  The building has been fitted up in good style, and, judging from appearances, the new comers mean to be behind no other establishment in the city, either in the quality or the quantity of their goods.  Business men from abroad begin to understand that there is no better business point in the State than Macomb.

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