July 8, 1864

Macomb Journal








Union Congressional Convention.

            We copy the following call for a Congressional Convention to assemble at Beardstown, in Cass county, from the Schuyler Citizen:

Notice is hereby give, that a Convention composed of delegates from the several counties in the 9th Congressional District of this State, will be held in the city of Beardstown, Cass county, on Thursday the 21st day of July, commencing at 10 A.M. of that day, for the purpose of electing a Union candidate to represent this district in Congress. Each county will be entitled to the same number of delegates as in the late Union State Convention. It is recommended that each county hold a mass convention at as early a date as practicable, say on the Saturday preceding the 21st for the selection of said delegates.

            Chm’n Union Ex. Com. 9th Con. Dis.


Rumored Capture of Petersburg.

            Just as we were going to press, this, Thursday, morning, the Chicago Journal came to hand with the rumor that Grant had captured Petersburg on the 4th. If it should prove to be true – why, glory!



From the 78th Regiment.

Camp near Marietta, Ga.,
June 22, 1864.

            Nothing of special interest or importance has transpired in this regiment since I wrote you on the 17th inst. On the morning of the 19th it was discovered that the rebs had left their fortifications on our immediate front and retreated a mile or two farther south to a high hill or mountain at the base of which on the south side Marietta is situated. Our troops immediately moved forward, and now occupy to the base of the mountain on the north side. This mountain appears to be only about [obscured] our right and left flanks are moving around it, and before this reaches you I have no doubt the hill will be in our possession. We have taken several hundred prisoners and deserters within the past three days, and they report that our shells and bullets have been very destructive and have terribly thinned their ranks.

We are now camped about half a mile from the mountain I have spoken of. From our position we have a grand view of the top of it where we can see the rebs moving about and laboring upon their fortifications. There is a battery of Parrott guns situated only about ten miles to the left of our [obscured] been playing briskly on their works, and although it may be death to the rebs, it has been fun for us to see them duck their heads and hunt their holes whenever our cannon opens upon them. They have had the temerity to send their respects to us in the shape of three or four shells, but they appear to be very saving of their ammunition. – Their skirmishers and sharpshooters in the side of the mountain send their bullets about as rather more frequently and closely than we relish, but so far they have hurt no one in this regiment.

Our communications with the rear still remains uninterrupted. I have the Macomb papers for the week ending June 11. I perceive that the Eagle is quite enthusiastic in its support of Fremont. That is a curious bird – that Eagle. I think it was this same Eagle that more than three years ago spoke of the Southern Confederacy as an “independent nation,” and advised Democrats not to go into the war, but to let abolitionists do all the fighting, and I think it published resolutions declaring our soldiers no better than murderers, and endorsing the acts and speeches of John C. Breckinridge and Clem Vallandigham. And yet the Eagle is for the Constitution and the laws – so am I! And yet the Eagle thinks that the Administration has not been as faithful and energetic as it might have been in the observance of the constitution, and the execution of the laws – so do I, for if the laws had been faithfully executed the editor of that Eagle would have been hung for his treason long ago. – It is the forbearance and leniency of the Administration towards traitors which has induced the Fremont organization, and yet the Eagle will howl about the despotism and tyranny of Lincoln, and I the next breath bestow compliments upon Fremont and Cochrane, who, if they could be elected, would cut short the career of all such men as the Eagle editor, or make matters more confounded in the attempt.

We have received the sad intelligence of the death of Lieut. Tobias Butler, 1st Lieut. of Co. G, which occurred at La Harpe two or three weeks since, from wounds received at the battle of Chickamauga. He suffered long and patiently, and conflicting hopes and fears respecting his recovery. A few weeks before his death, his symptoms assumed a more favorable phase, and he began to be cheered with the prospect of soon returning to his regiment. But death choose him for a victim, and his name is added to the long list of noble heroes who have yielded their lives as willing sacrifices, rather than that our glorious Union should be rent and torn asunder by villainous traitors to promote the interests of such a hellish system as American slavery. Orderly Sergeant D. W. Long will probably soon receive a commission to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Lieut. Butler.

C. W. Hite, of Co. A, has been notified that a commission as 2d Lieut. of that company has been issued to him. Corporal Abram Frisbie has been promoted to fill the position of Orderly Sergeant made vacant by the promotion of Hite.

Since I commenced writing this letter the rebs have opened their batteries upon us from the place where they were so vigorously shelled by our guns yesterday. They throw an occasional shot at our regiment, but so far only one person has been hurt, and he but very slightly. Our batteries have opened a terrific fire both on our right and left, and are directing their shots more to the base of the mountain, and are paying no attention to the batteries on the summit which appear to be shelling them. Our part in this interesting little drama appears to be to look out for the enemy’s shells, lay low, and hold our position in the centre. This day’s work will undoubtedly develop something interesting, and I await with some anxiety the issue.

I close by sending a list of absentees on account of sickness or otherwise from the respective companies in this regiment.

Co. A. – Sergeant John H. Walker, Corp. Wm. Walker, Corp. O. L. Pitney, James Howe, Henry Wilds, James Graves, Samuel Wilds, Dr. John Sapp, [obscured] ter person had one of his toes accidentally shot off. Dr. Sapp has been seriously ill, but at last accounts was improving rapidly. Dr. S. was a physician in good practice at his home in Schuyler county, but he chose rather to wear the honors of a private soldier in this war for the Union than to enjoy the comforts of his home while his country needs his services in the field.

Co. B. – Capt. Ruddell, Wm. A. Adair, D. W. Adair, C. W. Pitt, Wm. McWilliams, David Kincaide. – Joseph McWilliams and Charles A. Spicer, who have been in the rear on the sick list, have recovered and recently rejoined their company.


Hendricks, John W. Kirk, Thomas Lindsey, C. L. Norris. I learn that Capt. Hume is still at officer’s hospital, Chattanooga, and has recently been very ill. Kirk was at Nashville, and Lindsey at Chattanooga, the last we heard from them. Hendricks had some complaint resembling erysipelas, but the surgeon pronounced him poisoned by some noxious weeds. Harry Carnes who has been a long time on the sick list, has rejoined us, and I noticed him the other night on the skirmish line load and fire with as much life and vigor as though he had never seen a sick day in his life. The smell of gunpowder appears to have a revivifying influence upon him.

Co. D. – Serg’t James Abbott, Corp. W. E. Milton, Sol. Fry, S. Gilliand.

Co. E. – Joshua Winner, Jesse Cunningham, Thomas Gott. The latter I learn has recovered and started for the regiment, but it appears has not yet found us.

Co. F. – Thos. Barry, Geo. Schmidt, Francis Malone. I reported Malone in a recent letter probably bushwhacked, but I learn since that he was taken sick and sent to Chattanooga, and from thence to go to his home Adams county on furlough.

Co. G. – Jonathan Demois, Hugh D. McClellan, F. C. Ensminger, A. E. Sanborn, C. M. Marsh, John C. Malthaner, C. W. Magill. The latter was left, at Rome, and I learn is getting better. Marsh has been sent to Nashville. John Olssen who has been in the rear, sick, is now with us.

Co. H. – Lieut. S. Simmons, in hospital at Nashville, is getting better; Robt. Honsensesearth, slightly wounded; Misner, badly wounded; Milton Shaw, slightly wounded; J. W. Vanhorn, Jonah Flora, Andrew McElhany, Geo. Dunham, Allen Luddington, Silas Thompson, John Mills, Ed. Arnold, H. Randless, David R. Raymond, Wm. Dusenberry, B. W. Strickler, Marion Beazely. The latter was wounded in left foot, and is now at Jeffersonville hospital, Ind. Dusenberry is laid up with sprained hip. Co. H, has a large list, but some of them are about well, and will probably rejoin their company.

Co. I. – Wm. C. McClellan, Wm .Cupp, Douglas M. Chapman.

Co. K. – Geo. B. Johnson, Wm. O. Underwood, Jacob B. Robbins, Geo. W. Buskirk, A. G. Cookson, Samuel Weldon. The latter has a finger shot off.

Col. Van Vleck has not been well for a day or two, but is getting better. I have not heard from Sergeant-major Hendricks since he was taken to the hospital. Sergt. Alfred Bailey, of Co. K, is now performing the duties of the Sergeant-major.


            – A case of transfusing animal blood into a human subject was practiced in Leipzic, lately, with success. Twelve ounces from the veins of a living lamb were injected with benefit into a patient of the hospital in that city.


            – The stalwart bruiser Tom Hyer, once the pride and envy of muscular New York, is now a hopeless cripple, broken down in health and beggared in purse.


            – Guerrilla bands are annoying the navigation of the Missouri. Nearly every boat passing the vicinity of Lexington is now fired upon.



            A Few good pieces of MINER’S FLANNEL (plaid) just received and for sale low at the store of JOHN VENABLE.


            The 4th in Macomb. – Notwithstanding our citizens were rather dilatory about getting up a celebration in this city, the 4th was very nicely celebrated. In general everything passed off to the satisfaction of all. There was a very creditable turnout of people on the Fair Grounds to hear the Declaration, Oration, &c. The oration, delivered by Rev. Mr. Nesbitt, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church in this city, was a masterly effort. Every person who had the good fortune to hear it, speaks in terms of highest praise, both in the sentiment and manner of delivery. Declaration, read by Rev. Mr. Reynolds Pastor of the Christian Church in this city. There was some misunderstanding about the money on the greased pole, but we believe it was satisfactorily explained, and everything quieted down.

At night a splendid display of fireworks were exhibited at the Fair Grounds, under the direction of Mr. G. K. Hall. Taken altogether, the day was fitly celebrated, and will long be remembered by our citizens, especially the younger portion.


            Go and Hear Him. – Gen’l B. M. Prentiss will lecture at the Christian Church to-night, Thursday, in aid of the Home for the Children of disabled and diseased Soldiers. The object is a laudable one, and all should turn out to hear the General, and then give him “material aid” to the best of their ability.


            Cancers. – The greatest discovery of 19th century has been made by Dr. G. Fox, of St. Louis. It is a plaster to take out all kinds of malignant and other cancers. The Doctor is now stopping at the Macomb House, on West Jackson street, where he can he [?] ready to prove all he says in reference to those detestable things, cancers, ulcers, &c. He has references from Drs. McDowell and Bakee of St. Louis, which he will be happy to show. Dr. McDowells reference is enough to justify any person living in the West, as to Dr. Fox’s ability to perform all he says he can.


            Lightning. – On Thursday evening, 30th ult., a thunder storm came over this city, and during its transit the lightning struck a locust tree in the front of Mrs. Dr. Huston’s house. Mrs. Huston was standing, at the time, at the head of the stairs, and was knocked down by the shock to the bottom of the stairs. Mr. Brown, the station agent, was knocked down as he was standing at his desk, in his office, writing, and an Irishman, by the name of Simmons was knocked down by the same shock in front of the Randolph Hotel. No further damage was done that we have heard of.


            The Great Show. – Remember that to-morrow (Saturday,) the big Equescurriculum of L. B. Lent will be here, and give two of their inimitable and unique performances. We have seen this show, and unhestitatingly pronounce it to be the best show traveling in the West, and we believe it to be best traveling anywhere. The riding and tumbling of Mr. Madigan and young Robert Stickney cannot be excelled. In a word, it is a good show. Go and see it.


            Army Mail Bag. – We are again indebted to Mr. J. W. Tatham, editor of the Army Mail Bag, for copies of this paper, also for another interesting letter for publication, which we shall publish next week.


            Personal. – Lieut. Geo. W. Low, of the 58th U. S. Inft., is at home on a short furlough, and looking remarkably well for one who has seen over three years of active service in the field.


            Calathumpians. – During the celebration ceremonies on the 4th, the scene was enlivened by the appearance of a company of mounted Calathumpians, who paraded around the streets of the city, and assisted materially in hightening the enjoyment of the occasion. We would like to have the boys appear again soon.


            → As the campaign is now open, why cannot we have a Lincoln and Oglesby club formed in this city? We surely ought to have one, and it should not be delayed another week. We see that they are being formed almost everywhere, and Macomb should be behind hand. Let us hear about it, or else let it be done so we can announce next week that we have a club in successful operation.


Resolutions of Respect.

            The following resolutions of respect to the memory of the late Maj. William A. Huston, Surgeon of the 137th Ill. Vol. Inft., resident of this city, who died after a short illness, in Memphis, Tenn., were passed unanimously by the physicians of this city and vicinity, in council met:

Be it resolved by the Physicians of Macomb and vicinity.

1st, That it was with heartfelt sorrow that we learned of the decease of Major William A. Huston, Surgeon 137th Ill. Inft. Vols.

2nd, In expressing our professional appreciation of our late brother, we sympathize with his afflicted family and bereaved friends in the loss of a warm friend in the social circle, and a man well read in the duties of his profession.

3rd, For months he greatly desired to minister to his suffering countrymen in camp and hospital, and to aid the Government in crushing the present rebellion. – Patriotism, like a consuming fire, has turned to ashes the offering he laid upon his country’s altar. He loved his friends and noble, profession not “less” than when he devoted his life to the healing of the sick, but he loved his country “more,” and would gladly serve it at any sacrifice. He gave the best, all he had. It was accepted.

4th, That a copy of these resolutions be presented to the family of the deceased, also a copy be furnished each of our city papers, requesting the publication of the same.

A. B. Stewart, M. D.,


            – Do you want a good second-hand, light running Democrat wagon? if so, call on Watkins & Co., at their grocery store, on the south east corner of the square, who have a good one which they will dispose of for cash or for trade for a horse.


            – The effort of rebel emissaries in Europe to stay the tide of emigration proves most abortive. Almost every day large numbers of foreign emigrants come to Illinois and other Western States in search of a home, and they say that there is no prospect of the number dimishing. Some of these persons are in good circumstances, having the means to procure and stock large farms.


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