November 27, 1863

Macomb Weekly Journal

The Latest News.

            The latest news from all quarters is of the most cheering character, and indicates that the week to come will be full of interest.  A Washington dispatch to the New York Times, dated the 24th, says: — The latest news (up to 10:40 this evening) from Gen. Grant, is of the most satisfactory character. – Gens. Thomas and Sherman have got well ahead.  The fighting in our immediate front has lasted all day long.  At every point along the line we have forced the rebels backward.

The Herald’s Washington dispatch, dated midnight, says: —

The War Department received, this evening, dispatches from Grant, at Chattanooga, which are of the most important and cheering character.  The engagement in the immediate front, an account of the commencement of which was yesterday received, to-day has continued throughout the entire day.  The rebels, although sturdily resisting our advance, have been gradually giving way.

Nothing further has been heard from Burnside; but the success of this movement is expected speedily to relieve him from the pressure of the rebel columns, Grant’s advance compelling them to retreat to prevent their capture or destruction.

Official dispatches from Grant and Thomas, dated Chattanooga, 24th, says: Yesterday, Granger, Palmer, and Howard’s corps carried the first line of riflepits between Chatanooga and Citer’s Creek, and captured 9 officers and about 100 men.  Our loss was about one hundred.

To-day, Hooker, with Geary and Osterhaus’ divisions, and two brigades of of the 14th Corps, carried the north slope of Lookout Mountain.  The enemy’s loss was about 600; ours small. – There has been continuous fighting from 12 o’clock until after night, but we repulsed the enemy’s attempt to retake the position.

Sherman crossed the Tennessee this morning at the mouth of South Chickamauga, with three divisions of the 15th corps and one division of the 14th, and carried the northern extremity of Missionary Ridge.

Our success so far is complete.  The troops from Lookout Valley carried and now hold the eastern slope of the mountain and points higher up.  Hooker reports 2,000 prisoners taken.

The New York Times’ Washington special, last night, says:

“We have news from the army of the Potomac up to 3 o’clock this afternoon.  Absent officers may be interested to know that several changes of position of the Army Corps have been made.

“Fredericksburg Heights are held by one divisions of Ewell’s corps, which is the extreme right of the rebel army.  Lee’s left rests near Madison Court House.  On this side of the Rapidan his force is mostly cavalry.  The rebel army seems to have no faith at all that we will advance and fight before May next, for it is manifestly preparing winter quarters at or near Gordonsville. – At present it is stretched from that place to some point on the Richmond and Fredericksburg road – probably at Hanover Junction.”

The World’s dispatch, dated “Headquarters Army of the Potomac, November 24th,” says:

“No changes have yet been made. – All is quiet along the Rapidan, and out brilliant expectations of an advance are as yet unrealized.  It rained all day, and this may have delayed an advance.

“Army circles in town are somewhat agitated over rumors regarding a well-known Commissary officer.  A court of inquiry will probably be ordered.”

The Herald has the following:

Ere this can reach you, we shall have probably fought a severe battle or crossed the Rapidan – perhaps both.  As military movements always are subject to delays and contingencies, it would not be proper for me at this time to enter into any details of the plan of the campaign.  Everybody is hopeful and confident of success.  Meade’s plans are well matured, and it is thought they do not coincide fully with the views I have heard expressed.  They are perhaps the best that could be adopted, keeping in view the necessity, so urgently enjoined by the authorities in the War Office, of covering Washington.”


“Sustaining the Rebellion.”

            “The Democratic party have never been the aiders and abettors of the rebellion, nor have their leading men ever been declaring that secession was an accomplished fact.” – [Eagle.

Well, who ever said that the Democratic party was an aider and abettor of the rebellion?  No one!  But the copperhead party has been ever since the war broke out.  The leading men of the Democratic party, such as Dickinson, Butler, Brough, Logan, McClernand, Dix, Cass, and a host of others have denounced the rebellion and the copperheads.  The late elections prove that the Democratic party is a war party, as it has turned in and helped defeat the traitorous copperheads, who, in the name of Democracy have been seeking the overthrow of the Union. – Such men as Story, of the Times, Dick Merrick and Nelson Abbott are the men who have been aiding the rebellion, and it would be a slander upon the Democratic party to call them Democrats.  This is the very reason why it became necessary to coin a new name for the traitorous crew.  No, Mr. Abbott, Democrats have always been in favor of the Government.  It is only copperheads and traitors who are aiding and abetting the rebellion.


For the Prosecution of the War.

            The Quincy Herald, heretofore one of the most snaky prints in the state, has, since the late elections, come out in favor of the most vigorous prosecution of the war.  Brooks, like Abbott, has been studying the “signs,” but being a little better philosopher, he comes to an entirely different conclusion.  He has found that the people are for sustaining the Government and whipping the rebels, and that the present is no time for fomenting political dissensions.  We are heartily glad that Brooks is converted, and hope that his reformation may be more lasting than it was three years ago, when he joined the Methodists. – He has been a hard case and ought to serve a pretty long probation before he is admitted to full membership in the Union party.



            Congress will meet one week from next Monday.  The first business will be the organization of the House, by the election of a Speaker.  The Administration party has a clear majority, so there will probably be no trouble in this respect.  The President is busy preparing his annual message.  This will be the most important session of Congress that was ever held, and to a great extent the future destiny of the nation depends upon its deliberations.


Can’t Be Beat.

            The satinets with which Venable is supplying his customers at the present time cannot be beat in this “little burg,” neither as regards style, quality of finish or price.  Try him on, if you want to get the worth of your money.  Made under his especial supervision; a sure guarantee that they are all right.  For further particulars, go and see him.


“On the Road.”

            Those “hunky” blankets with which Venable has been supplying his customers for some time past, “run out” on Tuesday last; but he has the extreme pleasure of announcing to all in the want of these “needful articles” that he will have a new supply on or about Saturday, November 28th.  Call early if you want a good one.


            Spiritual Manifestations. – This city has been in a high state of excitement for the last few days over the “spiritual manifestations” of a couple of celebrated humbugs calling themselves the Davenport boys.  Whether the tricks performed by them were real or not, it is true that S. J. Clarke, at his Bookstore, on the north side of the public square, has the largest and best assortment of goods in his line of trade ever brought to this city, and which he offers on the lowest cash terms.  He receives constantly all the latest and most popular publications of the day. – Any book, paper, or anything else usually kept in a well regulated bookstore that he has not on hand, he will obtain without extra charge.


            Fine Weather. – November bides fair to equal September in balmy days and pleasant nights.  The farmers never had a better opportunity to prepare for winter, than this fall, and they had better improve it, for old Boreas will not long be cheated out of his own.


            → The Army of the Potomac is fated to have “the rains descend and the floods come” at just about the time when a forward movement is intended.  By an unfortunate rain storm, its advance has again been interfered with.


            Attention, Company! – Volunteers, who expect to retain their health unimpaired during the campaign, must see to it themselves, do not trust to the Army Surgeons, supply yourselves with HOLLOWAY’S PILLS AND OINTMENT.  Every English Soldier’s Knapsack contains them.


Bragg Defeated!

            As Gen. Grant has whipped Bragg, he will now probably give his army a furlough of forty days to enable them to get their pictures taken at THOMAS & PEARSON’S old and well established


south side of the square, Macomb, where they are taking


Which for beauty and durability far excels any other picture now made, and we would invite the citizens of Macomb and vicinity who wish to get a sight of the veterans of the Cumberland to come to Thomas & Pearson’s  rooms, and bring the little folks with them and have their pictures taken, for what would not give in old age to see a perfect likeness of yourself when a child.  It would show the effects of time on the individual, and call up many pleasing recollections of “other days.”  To parents we would say, this satisfaction you can now offer to your children, and should they be snatched from your embrace by the cold hand of death your possession of their likenesses will afford you much consolation, and would be valued far beyond the price paid for them.

We have patience especially adapted to


So bring them along; we invite all to come and see us, and examine our specimens, whether they want Pictures or not.

Pictures taken in Cloudy Weather

Equally as well as in clear weather; but we would advise all to avoid light and blue dresses.  All Pictures warranted to give satisfaction.  Pictures inserted in LOCKETS, RINGS, SEALS, &c.  The likenesses of Sick or Deceased persons taken at their residences.

→ Full instructions given in the Art, and outfits furnished.


Something Must be Done.

            “Feed the hungry and clothe the naked,” is one of the plainest commands not only of the word of God but of the common feelings of humanity – a duty that none can shirk or neglect with a clear conscience.  The people of our city have been noted for their liberality in giving for almost every worthy object.  Our noble and patriotic ladies, God bless them, have lost no opportunity of pressing the claims of our sick and wounded soldiers – and these claims have always been cheerfully and liberally met by our generous-hearted citizens.  But, so far as we know, nothing has yet been done towards providing for the wants of those at home who are in circumstances of destitution and want.  A hard winter is now upon us, and at the present high prices of fuel, provisions, clothing, &c., there must be suffering in our midst, unless some effort is made to provide against it. – There are many families in the city whose protectors and providers are now absent in the army, fighting for liberty and justice – periling their lives in our behalf, and that, too, at wages that will not support their loved ones at home.  These men left their families depending upon the generosity and justice of those who were not able or willing to go at their country’s call, and it would be a burning shame and disgrace to our citizens if their families are allowed to suffer.  Let something be done at once to meet this urgent call.  Last winter the ladies of the city formed a society for the benefit of the city poor, and joy and gladness was carried to many a hearthstone through their efforts.  Let that or some other plan be devised to secure the same result this winter.  All that is necessary is for some one to make a start.  Who will it be?


Religious. – There will be preaching at the Universalist Church, by Rev. John Hughes, on next Sabbath at 11 o’clock, A. M., and 7 P. M.


Something Must be done.

            We have in this city a Ladies’ Soldiers’ Aid Society, a Ladies’ Loyal League, and numerous other benevolent and praiseworthy societies, laboring for the good of the soldiers, and almost everybody and everything else; but so far as we know, we have no organization for the purpose of assisting the wives and families of our absent soldiers. – Something must be done in this direction.  Winter is almost upon us, and at the present high prices of fuel, provisions, clothing etc., there will be much suffering in the soldiers’ families.



Interesting to Farmers.

The undersigned would inform the Farmers of McDonough county that he is now prepared to furnish them Beef at lower prices than they can fatten and kill for themselves.  He will furnish a No. 1 article of Fore Quarter from 2 ½ to 3 cts.  By side at 3 ½ cts.

He is also prepared to furnish Meat of all kinds to citizens at prices that cannot fail to suit.

Market on south side of the Square.



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