March 25, 1864

Macomb Weekly Journal


Some of the townships have already organized for the Spring campaign by bringing out to fill the various town offices. We are glad to see this, and we hope the other townships will follow their example and lose no time but nominate their candidates immediately, as there are but twelve more days intervening from now till election day. We have had some talk with citizens from different townships in the in the county, and they represent that there is almost a certainty of us succeeding in several of the strong democratic townships. All it requires to make it certain is work and vigilance. Then be up and doing.


Gen. Grant and the War.

Now that Gen. Grant has taken the command of all the armies of the United States we may have a reasonable expectation that there will be some warm work done during this campaign. Without any disparagement in the Eastern troops, he believes in mixing in a few brigades of his old veteran Western men; and with the army thus made up, we shall soon hear of him thundering at the gates of Richmond. – Grant will not prove a second “grave digger of the Chickahominy.” His past history in this present war, the confidence that is placed in him by the President, the Secretary of War, the leading Generals, and all honest, well-wishers of the Government, proves to the contrary.
That we are on the eve of the crisis of this rebellion none can doubt who look at the right thing in its proper light; — and the placing of such a man as Gen. Grant at the head of the army indicates a determination, on the part of the authorities, to push the thing along rapidly. We feel sanguine that we shall hear of no more Bull Run and Ball’s Bluff affairs while the war lasts.


N. O. B.

We find the mystic letters which lead this article in almost every copperhead journal which we pick up. At first we were at a loss to know the meaning, [obscured].
From quite a number of exchanges advocating the principles of both parties, we have come to the conclusion that the copperheads have it bad – almost gone with it. Not a solitary copy of a so-called Democrat paper do we get but is filled with “nigger, nigger, NIGGER,” while on the other hand, the Union papers have but very little to say about the “cullad pussun.”
With two such diseases as the copperheads labor under – “nigger on the brain” and “traitor on the heart,” they are past the hope of recovery. There is only one thing that will cure the above diseases, and that only in their first stages, and that is, a strong dose of army life. This, in a majority of cases where it has been tried, effects a permanent cure. We only know of one lapse. We are sorry for him, for we believe that he will be cut off in the “flower” of his youth.


Meeting at New Salem.

At a meeting of the Unconditional Union men of New Salem Township, on the evening of the 18th inst., the following preamble and resolutions were adopted:
Whereas, An unprovoked rebellion, against the government of the United States now exists, having for its avowed object the dissolution of the Union, which has long rendered them respected abroad and prosperous at home.
And Whereas, Those entrusted with the administration of the Goverment are endeavoring by all legitimate means to suppress this rebellion, and re-establish its authority in the revolted States. Therefore
Resolved, That we heartily endorse the administration in its unremitting efforts to suppress this iniquitous rebellion, and have full confidence in the means it is using to restore our whole country to the protection of one Government, that it may be one in heart and sentiment, having for its sole object the happiness and prosperity of the people.
Resolved, That we are opposed to any compromise with armed traitors, but are in favor of prosecuting the war until the last traitor is disarmed, and the ‘Stars and Stripes,’ the emblem of our national authority, wave in triumph over a united people. We believe in conquering a peace, not in compromising one
Resolved, That Abraham Lincoln, is our first choice before the Baltimore Convention as our next candidate for the Presidency.

J. H. HUNTER, Chairman,
J. P. WILT, Secretary.



From the 78th Regiment.

Camp near Rossville, Ga.,
March 9, 1864.

We still remain at our camp near Rossville. On Saturday last the rebels made a little demonstration on our front a few miles to the east of Ringold, which all ended in nothing more than a scare. We received orders to be prepared to march at a moment’s notice, and that was four days ago, but here we still remain with no immediate prospect of moving. The weather is just now delightful. The chill of winter appears to have passed away, and I notice that the buds of many of the trees are about ready to swell into leaves. I observed yesterday a few stray peach trees in full bloom. This fruit gives promise of an abundant yield in this section.
The veteran regiments are now returning to the field as rapidly [obscured] road transportation will permit. The 16th arrived about ten days since, and is camped only a few rods distant from us. The 50th arrived at Chattanooga four or five days since, and also the 34th. – All these regiments appear to have done well in the matter of new recruits.
Lieut. C. V. Chandler, who was wounded at Chickamauga, returned on Saturday last to this regiment. He entered the service as our sergeant-major, and was promoted in June last to the position of 2d Lieut. in Co. I. He is now Acting Adjutant, but it is expected he will receive a commission for that position in a few days.
Four rebel deserters came into our lines last evening. They report active movements on the part of the enemy, and think it is their design to make a desperate effort to drive us back and retake Chattanooga. We would like to see them try it on.
I frequently hear of conspicuous instances of noble and steadfast devotion to the Union cause on the part of many citizens in this section of Rebeldom. I wish to mention one case: About half a mile from this camp on the road leading from Chattanooga to Ringold, there lived last summer a man whose name has been mentioned to me, but which I have forgotten. In all the excitement and fury which was got up about secession, he never faltered in his devotion to the Union cause. He had two grown up sons, both of whom enlisted in the Union service soon after the breaking [obscured] rebel uniform rode up to his door and desired him to step out. They then asked him if he still adhered to his Union principles. He replied most emphatically that he did. These rebel devils then told him that unless he renounced his Union principles and swore allegiance to the Southern Confederacy they would hang him on the spot. He told them he would not yield a particle of his loyalty to the stars and stripes for them or the whole Southern Confederacy, and that he would die first. These villainous wretches then procured a rope and deliberately proceeded to hang the man to a tree in his own door yard, his wife and children standing near beseeching them in the most pathetic manner to spare his life. But they heeded not the cries and tears of that agonized family, but hung the brave and loyal old man until he was dead. – They then rode away leaving the old man still hanging to the tree. His own wife was obliged to cut him down, and she, with her children, dug his grave in the corner of their neat little door yard, under the same tree upon which he was hung. The grave has been visited by many in this regiment to whom the bereft widow has related the sad particulars of this mournful tragedy.
Hugh L. White, a member of Co. F in this regiment, died two days since of heart disease. There are at present no serious cases of sickness that I have heard of.
Capt. Hume, of Blandinville, is now home on sick leave. Lieut. Wood, of Schuyler county, left for home last week to be absent twenty-five days. – Capt. Allen, of Hancock county, and Capt. Howtien, of Adams county, both wounded at Chickamauga, have returned to the regiment. Capt. Reynolds, of McDonough, has not yet returned, but is expected in a day or two.
A stray copy of the Macomb Eagle, that vehicle of the compound essence of treason, occasionally reaches this regiment. I was present an evening or two since at a little gathering of Blandinville boys where a copy of this venomous sheet was being read. Now there is a little sprinkling of old-fashioned Democrats in our company, and one of the number was present on this occasion. It was refreshing to notice the indications of indignation swelling in his bosom as he listened to the tirade of abuse and the mean insinuations aimed at the honest endeavors of the Administration to suppress this unholy rebellion. “Give me the paper,” said he; “such a sheet is not fit to carry to the pit,” and with that remark he thrust the vile concern into the fire. – Soldiers are always glad to receive their home papers, but they loathe and hate those papers which are ever denouncing the Government, opposing the war measures of the Administration, and sympathizing with treason.

J. K. M.


– The Commissioner of Internal Revenue has announces a decision of importance to dairy farmers. Persons who carry on farms, and keep cows, selling milk, butter and cheese as an incident to their farming operations, are considered as farmers, and exempt from license for the sale of their products.



At East Waterford, March 10th, by the Rev. W. Widess, Mr. D. Scott, of McDonough county, to Miss M. A. Rea, of East Waterford, formerly of Bedford, Pa.
The Printers blessing go with them. We wish the happy couple a long and prosperous life.
At the Randolph House, March 17th, by the Rev. Wm. Watson, Mr. John Caley, and Miss Sarah L. Reese.
In Macomb, March 20th, by the same, Mr. Isaac C. Hillyer, and Miss Matilda E. Duncan.


     Religious. – There will be Quarterly Meeting at the M. E. Church, in Macomb, on next Saturday and Sunday, the 26th and 27th inst. Sermon at 2 P. M. on Saturday.


     Butter and Eggs. – We remarked last week that the above articles were scarce in this market, and we will reiterate it this week. They are very scarce, and command a high price, but notwithstanding this, our sick and wounded soldiers who are languishing in military hospitals, need them and the Northwestern Sanitary Commission appeal to our country friends for supplies to be sent to them. Let not this call pass unheeded. We who are at home enjoying the blessing of health, can do without butter, but it is hard for a sick and wounded soldier to do so. The Aid Society in this city will receive and forward all packages of butter and eggs that may be brought to them to the commission at Chicago, who will see that they go to their proper destination; or you can send them direct by directing as follows:
Northwestern Sanitary Commission, [?] Madison St., Chicago.


     A Shooting Affair. – Two men, by the names of Owen Manion and [?] Brown, got into a difficulty on the night of the 17th inst. about some money, which Manion accused Brown with stealing from another man, in which Manion shot Brown through the breast, from the effects of which he died the next day. Manion was arrested a short time after the affair by Sheriff Dixon and lodged in jail. They had been drinking bad whisky, the fruitful base of all the crimes that are committed.


     Shooting at Blandinville. – We learn that a small shooting affray occurred in our neighboring village of Blandinville, a day or two since. We understand that some young men were engaged at the card table when an altercation ensued and in the melee, pistols were drawn. One of the men, by the name of Miles Bond, in attempting to take a pistol from another, was shot through the hand. We have not learned whether he will lose his hand or not. A loaded pistol is a dangerous thing to undertake to wrest from a person.


     Plastering. – The season is approaching when people will begin to [?] and refit their houses, and to see a house completely finished it needs plastering, and in order to have it well done, we can safely recommend T. Calloway. Mr. Calloway has a reputation of being a first-class workman, and is now ready to make contracts for work in his line as low as “any other man,” and will agree to do his work in a superior manner.


The 11th Ill. Cavalry. – This regiment, having re-enlisted for the war, is now at home on furlough. We will give a short sketch of its history next week. Capt. Wm. R. Hays, of Co. I, has opened a recruiting office at Blandinville, where he will be happy to see all those who wish to enlist in the service of Uncle Sam.


To Teachers. – Teachers and citizens wishing to attend the Teachers Institute, will meet at the school house in the second ward, Teusday29th, inst., [?] o’clock, A. M.


      Report of the N. W. Commission for Jan. and Feb. 1864. – A Copy of the above Report has been laid upon our table, by which it appears that the Commission received, during the first two months of the year, 466 boxes of hospital supplies, and shipped 1751, mostly to Cairo, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Vicksburg, Memphis, &c. The money receipts for the same time were $979,03 – the expenditures were $15,988 54. Of this sum $13,032.02 were expended for sanitary stores, such as green tea, crushed sugar, vegetables, sour krout, dried fruit, butter, condensed milk, bedding, &c., which were sent directly to the hospitals. Of the remainder, $1472.70 were paid for matters connected with the Northwestern Fair, and the balance of $1483.82 for rent, fuel, clerk hire, postage, agents in the field, and like necessary expenses.
The Report calls most urgently for prompt and large shipments of vegetables, sour krout, pickels, dried fruit and other anti-scorbutics, to arrest the alarming progress of scurvy among Gen. Grant’s army. We beg that the call of the Commission may not be unanswered. The extensive prevalence of scurvy in the army will be more fatal to our men, more damaging to our arms, than the loss of a battle. We of the North have the remedy in our hands. Let every body set at work immediately, and for the coming month let us devote ourselves to forwarding, vegetables and pickles to the veterans of Gen. Grant – the heroes of Vicksburg, Chickamauga, and a score of other battles.


     Soap. – Soap is an article that but very few people in a civilized country can get along without. It is used so much in our workshops, our offices and stores that it forms quite an item in the bill of expense. It has long engaged the attention of chemists and savans to get up a good article of soap at as little expense as possible, and almost every month we hear exclaimed “Eureka” – I have found it! But when the test is applied to it there is something lacking. A man that can invent a good article of soap, that can be made very cheap, and assist in cleaning dirty clothes and dirtier faces, will be a public benefactor, and we believe that the man has been found in the person of Dr. Roreback, formerly of the State of Louisiana, but since the rebellion of Cincinnati. Messrs. Laughlin & Trimble, agents for the patentee, are now in this city, stopping at the Brown House, and are prepared to sell county, township or family rights to make a very superior article of soft or hard soap in the space of two minutes time. We have seen the soap made and tested it, and have no hesitancy in pronouncing it all that it is represented to be. It can be made at a cost of one cent and a half for soft, or four and a half cents for hard toilet soap per pound. Messrs. Laughlin & Trimble are perfectly willing, and are anxious, to have their soap tested by any and every one. It needs only to be tried once to convince a person that it is the grand desideratum, in the soap line, that has long been sought.


     “G. Washington Bricks.” – The irrepressible, will deliver his mirth-provoking Monologue entitled “Ghosts” on Friday evening, probably at the Universalist Church. His lecture, or Monologue, as he terms it, is full of fun, and we wish he may have a large audience.


     Literary Society. – The young men of this city, we understand, on last Wednesday evening organized a society under the name of “Philomathi,” for the purpose of improving themselves in oration, declamation and debate. – Mr. Geo. Patrick was chosen President and Mr. A. W. Thayer Secretary. We wish them success.


     At Home. – Mr. Samuel Kyle, a member of the brave old 33rd, is at home on furlough, having re-enlisted for the war. He says that he is not charmed with the service – in fact, dose not like it at all, but he went in to help crush the rebellion, and is going to remain in as long as the rebellion lasts if he lives and keeps his health. All honor to such a brave spirit. There are plenty more like him from this county, and in fact all over the North.


     → A few days since an article appeared reflecting upon Mr. J. K. Gray, of McDonough county. The reference and facts he sets before us are sufficient to convince us that the charges are unfounded. In the meantime we are requested by him to state that those having circulars, or who are so disposed, should forward their donations to his address, at Bushnell, Illinois. – Chicago Tribune.
Mr. Gray, above referred to, is raising contributions for the relief of the widows and orphans of Lawrence, Kansas – victims of the rebel raid in that town. He will leave for Kansas this spring. – Chicago Journal.
We saw the article referred to in the above extracts a few days since and designed to have noticed it in our columns. We thought at the time that the article was entirely uncalled for and calculated to do Mr. Gray much injury. We are glad to see that the Tribune takes the back track. We have only a slight personal acquaintance with Mr. G., but from the references he has on his circular, — the original he keeps with him – we have no hesitancy in saying that his intentions are perfectly honorable, and that all moneys placed in his hands for the sufferers of the Lawrence massacre will be expended according to the wishes of the donors.


     Loafing. – As a general thing we do not like to see a man loafing around town, poking his nose into places and other men’s business, but still we do loaf a little ourselves, and a few days ago, as we were “bobbing around,” we dropped into S. F. Wright’s boot and shoe store, and were quite delighted with the display of goods there made. Mr. Wright, with his usual politeness, talked to us of his success in business which was verified in the large addition to his stock that we saw uncased while there. Wright sells cheap and no mistake, and in the Wright is “right.”


     → “Reveries of a Bachelor,” “Dream Life,” “Butler in New Orleans,” “Renan’s Life of Jesus,” and the April Magazines are among the books received this week at Clarke’s Bookstore.



– They will have it so. – Notwithstanding the shrill and biting winds whistle round the street corners, and men go muffled to the eyes and women go shivering around the house, everybody will have it that Pearson & Thomas make the best Photographs that can be found in the West, and consequently the rush there every day is great.
-The White Swan. – The ancients had a fable that the swan when dying would sing sweeter than any other bird – perhaps it did, but we do not believe it, but there is one thing we do believe, and that is that S. F. Wright has the largest and best selected stock of boots and shoes, hats and caps ever brought to this place. It is worth the trouble to go and see his store.
-Fresh Cove Oysters, prime, at G. K. Hall’s for 45 cents per can.
-Important to Exemplify, if true. – It has been demonstrated beyond a doubt by our brave boys in the field, and adopted by them as a settled fact, that woolen goods are just the thing to preserve the health of men exposed to the changes of weather, climate, night air, &c. Men going to Idaho will take a lesson from the example set by the boys, and will go out warmly clad. In view of thes things is it not all-important that you know where to go to get such things as flannels, satinets, heavy cassimeres, jeans, and blankets. We would refer you to Venable, on the north side of the square, and guarantee you that if he cannot supply your wants he can tell you where you can find the balance.
N. B. Just received some good heavy shirting flannel, just the thing for Anderson, Provine, Phelps, “or any other man” bound for Idaho.


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