April 15, 1864

Macomb Weekly Journal

Union County Convention.

            The voters of McDonough County, who are in favor of sustaining the General Government, in its efforts to suppress the present unholy rebellion, are requested to meet at their voting places in their respective townships, on Friday the 29th day of April, A. D. 1864, for the purpose of appointing delegates to a County Convention to be held at Macomb on Saturday, May 7th, 1864, at 1 o’clock P. M., to select nine delegates to represent our County in the State Convention to be held at Springfield on the 25th of May to nominate State officers and Presidential Electors. The basis of representation will be a delegate for every twenty-five Union voters and every fraction over fifteen cast at the fall election, 1862.

Eldorado, 4 Chalmers, 3
New Salem, 5 Emmet, 4
Mound, 4 Sciota, 3
Prairie City, 14 Lamoine, 3
Industry, 6 Tennessee, 6
Scotland, 5 Hire, 5
Macomb, 13 Blandinville, 5
Walnut Grove, 4 Bethel, 4

By order of County Union Cen. Com.


What are we Coming to?

            On Saturday last, in the Hall of the House of Representatives, one of the most disgraceful and huminiating scenes transpired that has falleu under our notice since the war began. Harris, of Maryland, a violent copperhead – one of those low, sneaking things that will occasionally get into high places, made a speech, defending Long, of Ohio, on the resolution to expel him from Congress for treasonable utterances and practices, and in that speech he declared in favor of recognizing the Southern Confederacy, and also in acquiescing in the right of secession. Now comes the disgraceful part of the whole thing. – Washburn, of Illinois, feeling justly indignant at such treasonable talk in the halls of Congress, and at a time, too, when our country is being made desolate by the hands of traitors, offered a resolution expelling Harris from his seat, when, upon the vote being taken the house refused to expel! The question is, what are we coming to? We may well despair when men, professing to be Union men, harbor such reptiles in their midst.


Union County Convention.

            It will be seen by reference to the [fold] of the first column on the second page, that the Union Central Committee for this county has called a County Convention to be held at Macomb on Saturday, May 7th 1864. The primary township meetings are requested to be held on Friday the 29th inst. Let there be a general turn out at these meetings, and send true Union men to the County Convention. The County Convention will send delegates to the State Convention to be held at Springfield on the 25th day of May next. – Matters of vital importance will be transacted at each of these conventions, hence it will be easily seen why none but undoubted loyal men should be chosen. We will not stop to inquire that were their former politics, Democrats or Republicans, so that they are for the Union and inseperable. We have an insidious for to deal with, and we must buckle on our armor and be prepared for the fray as soon as possible if we would win Bear in mind that the opposition are thoroughly organized, and do all their work in secret, so that we have a double foe to meet,


State Convention of County Judges.

            A Convention of County Judges in this State has been called to meet a Chicago, at the County Court room, on the first Tuesday of May next at 10 o’clock in the forenoon, to take into consideration the propriety of adopting a uniform system of practice in Probate matters throughout the State; also, of determining what amendments are necessary to our present Probate Law, and recommending their passage to our Legislature the coming winter, and to take into consideration such other and further business as may be brought before the Convention, in relation to the County Courts, Probate Laws and practice.


The Township Elections.

            We can learn nothing definite of the exact vote in this county at the late election, but, as near as we can learn, we have been defeated on the general vote by about forty votes. The opposition claim about two hundred, but we must take into consideration their facul- of making a mountain of mole hill. A large number of our men did not vote – enough to have turned the scales on the general result. They must come out next fall. We will have more to say on that subject as the campaign progresses.



From the 78th Regiment.

Camp near Rossville, Ga.,
March 29, 1864.

            Last Sunday, while on review before our Colonel, it was announced to our regiment that our whole Division would be reviewed by Gen. Thomas the next day, and before dismissal the company officers exhorted their men to be prepared in the best possible trim for the occasion. It was said that the review would take place on the old Chickamauga battle ground, and hence many were well pleased with the prospect, not only of seeing the brave old soldier, Gen. Thomas, but of roaming over the ground which will ever be sacred to history as the resting place of the remains of so many of the brave defenders of the Union. But the next day was stormy and of course the promised review did not come off. We have reached Wednesday, and we still hold ourselves in readiness for the review, but although the rain has ceased falling, the weather is cold and unpleasant. The boys have about made up their minds that “The Sunny South” is a grand humbug. A week ago we had snow a foot deep, and to-day it is cold and blustering enough to wear two overcoats. It is said that the apple crop as well as peach crop in this section is entirely cut off by the cold weather.

I have seen occasionally in the public prints notices of individual patriotism, and notices also of what I might call family patriotism. In the individual cases they are generally those who sacrificed the comforts of a home, tore themselves away from family and friends, and rushed to the defense of their country’s flag, taking good care, however, in the first place to secure a commission which would render them exempt from the drudgery of camp, and bring them at the same time one or two hundred dollars a month. Such cases of patriotism are by no means uncommon; we have instances of them in almost every regiment. But I know of a case of family patriotism which is worthy of mention. At the breaking out of this war, Mr. James Curtis and his six sons lived in the vicinity of Brooklyn, Schuyler county. At the present time they are all serving the Government as soldiers in the army. – The father is serving in the 7th Mo. Cavalry, one son in the 118th Illinois, and five sons in Co. A, in this regiment. A grandson of the old man, about 16 years of age, came on a few weeks ago and enlisted as a new recruit with his uncles in Co. A. I doubt whether there is another family in the whole state can boast of being so numerously or ably represented in the army as the Curtis family.

Capt. Allen, of Hancock county, whose return to the regiment I noticed a few weeks since, has tendered his resignation. He was severely wounded in the left hand at Chickamauga, and the wound still renders him unfit for duty. It is on this account that he offers his resignation. It is surmised by some that the vacancy will be filled by Thos. M. Scott, the Orderly Sergeant of the company. I do not mean any disparagement to the other officers, in that company when I say that Tom is eminently worthy of that position. – He has ever been faithful to the interests of the company; he is industrious capable and unselfish – the latter quality being a rare virtue in the army. – Tom can show the scars of a bloody wound received at Chickamauga, which came very near ending his career on earth. He also had a narrow escape from death at the hands of a rebel which is of sufficient interest for me to relate. In the course of the battle there was much sharpshooting going on on both sides. Tom was watching for the curling smoke from the rifle of some rebel sharpshooter, and he was not long in spying it. So dodging around behind trees he at length secured a good position and put out the smoke from behind a certain tree in the distance. Just then he turned around and there emerged from behind a tree within thirty steps from him the meanest looking rebel he ever set his eyes upon. Both gazed at each other a second or two, and simultaneously both went to loading their guns. It was a race for life. The one who could get his gun loaded first had the other at his mercy. Tom was equal to his antagonist in getting out a cartridge, and pouring in the powder, but when he came to ram down the bullet it stuck fast. The gun had been fired so many times that it had become extremely foul. Tom pushed desperately at the bullet, but it resisted his stoutest efforts. He then gave up in despair. He looked at the reb, who was just in the act of adjusting the cap to his gun, when the same look revealed to his vision, a few rods in the distance, his fellow soldier of the same company, John Bierman. Tom, by a motion of his hand, drew the attention of Bierman to the reb, and Bierman understanding the nature of the case at a glance, leveled his rifle, took steady aim, and the reb fell dead – shot thro’ the head.

Capt. Hume returned to the regiment on Monday last, after an absence of about four weeks. He is much improved in health, but not yet entirely well. He brought with him a new recruit in the person of John Kirk, residing near Blandinville.

J. K. M.


From the 7th Ill. Cavalry.

Memphis Tennessee,
April 4th, 1864.

            Mr. Editor: — Thinking perhaps that you have not heard from the gallant old 7th for a long time; and being idle to-day I thought I would drop you a few lines. The 7th has nearly all re-enlisted and are preparing to take our furloughs. Our brigade has given its quota of veterans and will come home in a body. Gen. Grierson will accompany us to Springfield, where we expect to have a jolly good time. We are ordered to carry our arms home with us, if we do let the copperheads beware. – The non-veteran force of the 7th, is now detached under Lieut. W. W. Porter, of Bushnell. They left camp at 4 o’clock, A. M. to-day, with five days rations to look after old Chalmers, who is said to be lurking in the vicinity. A goodly number of the veterans wished to go but was prevented by the officers. We are heartily tired of lying still, we would much rather be going and doing. We have carried the Stars and Stripes once across the Southern Confederacy and can do it again if the order be given. Give us Gen. Grierson for our leader, and we can march from one end of the Confederacy to the other. We expect to remain with Uncle Sam to the end of the war, until we see the old flag of the Union waiving triumphantly from every dome of the Southern Confederacy. And that old tyrant, Jeff. Davis dragged from his throne. Then and not until then can we think of giving up the struggle.

Yours in haste,
One of
Grierson’s Raiders.


Soldiers Festival.

            Blandinville, Ill.
April 9, 1864.

            Editor Journal: — Not long since the citizens of Blandinville and vicinity met for the purpose of making arrangements for giving the [fold]. The 7th of April was agreed upon as the day, and all necessary arrangements made, such as appointment of the committees, extending invitations, &c.

Capt. Wm. R. Hays, Co. I, 11th Ill. Cavalry, was invited to have his company in attendance, also all other soldiers, discharged or otherwise were invited to attend.

The Seventh came and a more beautiful day for the occasion could not be wished. During the forenoon all was activity, more especially the ladies, who were arranging the table and bearing the different varieties of edibles to Davis’ Hall – where the dinner was given. People were coming in from the country with their baskets well-filled, and all seemed so very cheerful that they verified the old proverb which says, “There is more joy in giving than there is in receiving.”

At three o’clock P. M., all veteran soldiers with their partners were invited to the first table and were feasted upon all that was good and palatable. – Next came soldiers not veterans and new recruits. Then the older citizens followed by the younger. And among the two hundred and fifty who went up there came not away one who did not feel happier as well as feel that the people of Blandinville and vicinity were fond of distributing the good things of earth.

In behalf of the soldiers I am authorized to render them, the citizens, our most profound gratitude and humble thanks, for this kind manifestation of their worthy regard and friendship. – It tells us in words and actions that cannot be mistaken, that this people are grateful for the services we render in support of our glorious country. It informs us that they honor the supporters of law and order above all others, and as a consequence they are a loyal patriotic and benevolent people.

Before closing we would more especially pay tribute to the ladies of B., for it was by their ingenuity and skillful hands that the table was adorned in a manner that would satisfy the eye of the most tasty. We close with the prayer that we may meet this people when there is no more rebellion in our country, and when peace shall have removed the badge of mourning that now overhangs our Glorious Country.


            – “Got any tin?” will be the correct inquiry. The new cent will be composed of 95 per cent. copper, and five per cent. tin.


            Boarding. – We are requested to state that Mr. Chas. Patrick, having leased the property known as Dr. Head’s house, nearly opposite Judge Chandler’s residence, has opened a Boarding house, where he will receive boarders by the day or week. His table will be supplied at all times with the best that the market affords, and he will spare no pains to make his guests feel at home. We can recommend Mr. Patrick to those wishing board, and who wish to avoid the promiscuous crowd that is generally found at hotels. The house is conveniently located near the square and yet enough retired to escape all the annoyances and dust which a house immediately on the square is subject to.


            Another Business House. – You cannot very often, now a-days, pick up a newspaper without “readin’ something in it,” especially the chronicling the advent of a new business house or the filling up of one of the old established houses. We notice that the old building on the south side of the square, has been nicely fitted up and is now occupied by Mr. H. T. [?] with a Grocery Store. Mr. H. shows great tact in the manner of displaying his wars, and, as his stock is entirely new, purchasers will find it to their advantage to give him a call.


            Cash. – John Venable, the wool dealer on the north side of the square gives cash for wool, or will exchange woolen goods for wool or cash. Look out for his new advertisement next week. In the meantime get your wool ready for market and bring it to him.


            A Curiousity. – We saw the other day a pair of boots made by Capt. Hall, of this city. The boots had been worn at least half that length of time and are good boots yet. They are of the long-toed, sharp=pointed pattern, and no doubt will last several years let.


            Bardolph. – Our friends who go to Bardolph to get their mail matters or to trade may be pleased to know that Mr. Geo. Litzenberg, a young gentleman who is well and favorably known in and around Bardolph as a successful school teacher, has engaged in the grocery business in that village. George is a high-minded honorable man, and purchasers will find it to their pecuniary advantage to patronize him. Recollect, he has just started in business, therefore you need not fear of getting sand in your sugar, or salt in your saleratus. Give him a call.


            From Chicago. – Mrs. Jacobs has just arrived from this place with a good assortment of Millinery, of various kinds, and she thinks that she can sell as cheap and as good Goods as most anybody else. Remember she has removed lately to the east side of the square. Don’t fail to drop in and look at her goods, it will pay if you don’t buy anything. See advertisement in another column.


            Sickness. – We understand that there is still a great deal of sickness in town and in the country yet, though there are not so many cases that prove fatal.


            Ladies Take Notice. – A meeting of the Ladies Loyal League of Macomb, will be held at the League Room, on Thursday evening, April 21st. Business of importance will be before the meeting. Let there be a full turn out.


            Resigned. – Lieut. V. C. Chandler, Adjutant of the 78th has resigned, and is now home. The wound that he received at the battle of Chickamauga disabled him from riding on horseback.


            The Weather. – The weather continues decidedly damp and unpleasant. It appears that we are to have considerable rain this Spring – a great deal more than we had last year.


            → Our Bushnell Market Reports have failed to reach us again this week, and in consequence we leave them out altogether. What is the matter, Friend Walters?


Report of Soldiers Aid Society from December 1st to April.

            Cash on hand, $26, expended this quarter $73, $20 of which was sent to Mes. Debrick, for the use of the Quincy hospitals, the remainder purchased materials to make clothing &c.

We have sent to the Sanitary Commission 2 boxes containing 54 cotton shirts, 7 flannel shirts, 27 pairs of drawers, 14 towels, 3 pair of socks, 1 bed comfort, bandages, rags, dried fruit and reading matter.

We also sent one barrel of potatoes sliced in vinegar, one keg of cabbage and one of onions also in vinegar, and one box of canned, dried fruit and tomatoes.

We meet at the Randolph House every Wednesday afternoon to sew, and invite all ladies to attend, and assist in supplying the necessities of our wounded soldiers. Officers of the Society are Mrs. Lancy, Mrs. M. A. Bartleson, Mrs. Metcalf and S. W. Craig.


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