March 11, 1864

Macomb Weekly Journal


Camp Yates, Ill., Mar. 3, 1864.

            Friend Journal: — Thinking that perhaps a few notes from a high private in the rear rank would not be wholly uninteresting to your readers, I will, with your permission, scribble a line for their perusal.

On Monday evening, some eight of us started from Macomb, in charge of that good soldier, Sergeant Jack Lane, of the 16th Ill. Infantry.  We arrived at Camp Point in due time, where with a party of recruits for the 124th Ill., we passed the night very comfortably, for soldiers, on the floor, of the Adams House, the “gentlemanly proprietor” of the house on the south side of the railroad, refusing to let any of us enjoy the luxury of sleeping on his carpet; and he desires people to call him a Union man.  The boys all call him a mean old Copperhead.  After eating a good breakfast of turkey, coffee, hot biscuit and butter, and paying a reasonable bill, we heard the snort of the iron horse, and were again soon flying along at the rate of twenty miles per hour. – The 124th boys stopped at Mount Sterling, Sergeant Lane’s party going on to Springfield, arriving at 10 o’clock A. M.

We were conducted to Gen. White’s Headquarters.  From there we went to Uncle Sam’s clothing depot, where, after crowding and being crowded, we received our ‘uniforms.’

I noticed one thing I don’t approve – that is – no pains are taken by the worthy Quarter Master and his Sergeant to secure a fit, the object appearing to be to throw out the most clothing in the least possible time, but there were 240 recruits to clothe on that day.

About dusk Tuesday evening, we entered the gate of Camp Yates, we then were marched to our tents, where we relieved ourselves of knapsacks and went to supper.  Being very hungry, we despatched it in short order, bread and coffee.  I must say, that in my humble opinion, the eating arrangements in this camp are not of the best.  There is a full detail of self-important non- [obscured] importance than Gen. Grant.

One of the editors of the Springfield Journal, says of the inspection by Gen. White yesterday, of Camp Yates, that since Major Hefferman assumed command of this camp, there is a manifest improvement in every department.  He says the tables, kitchen and utensils all appeared nice and clean.  Perhaps this was true yesterday, when the inspecting officers were present but they are not as they should be.

Yours for the Union,




            A written statement has been presented to the Secretary of War by a citizen of Maryland, a cousin by marriage of the rebel General Lee, at whose house the latter stopped during the battle of Antietam, to the effect that on the night after the battle McClellan had a private interview within the rebel lines with Lee, when the latter told him his army was then crossing the Potomac.  This person, with twelve others, who are said to be cognizant of the facts, have been summoned before the Committee on the Conduct of the War, to give evidence on the subject.



–          Captain Stewart, of the 17th Iowa infantry, is about to publish a work containing the biographies of Iowa Colonels.  It will be a work of about 250 to 300 pages, with 75 to 100 portraits.


–          The lady regents of the Mt. Vernon Association were in session at Washington last week, and report funds in hand sufficient to make the final payment, provided any heirs of Colonel Washington an be found who can establish their loyalty.  The Association want to run steamers from Washington to Mount Vernon twice a week for visitors.


–          Both houses of the Iowa Legislature have passed the bill repealing the law of 1851 depriving colored persons of the right to live in that State.


Our Editor. – has “went and gone” and left us this week, which will account for the small quantity of editorial matter.


      On Furlough. – We neglected to notice last week, the return of Co. C, 2nd Ill. Cav., who are home on furlough.  Battery H, 2nd Ill. Art. is also at home on a furlough of thirty days.  These brave boys are looking finely and seem to be in excellent spirits.


Delayed. – For some unaccountable reason our letter from Mr. Magie has not been received.  We hope to get it in time for our next issue; if so we will have two letters then.


      Select School. – It will be seen by reference to our advertising columns that Mr. P. S. Brewster, proposes to open a Select School at the first ward school house, on Monday, April 4th. – His terms are very reasonable.


Young Ladies’ School. – The Spring Term of Mrs. Dewey’s School, will commence on Monday, April 4th, at the Universalist Church.  Common English Branches, $4.00.  Higher, $[?].00.  Languages, extra.  None admitted unless qualified to read in the English Reader.


Advice. – Ho! for Idaho! – There are two things which we would advise every man of family who contemplates going to Idaho this Spring to do before leaving home – subscribe for the Journal for one year and get your life insured.  No man of family ought to leave for Idaho without having his life insured first.  If you die it will be better than digging gold.


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