July 15, 1864

Macomb Journal








Latest News.

            Raids and rumors of raids appear to be the order of the day. The rebels are making a big raid into Maryland for the purpose of robbery, plunder, and to draw the attention of Grant from Richmond.

Gen. Wallace, commanding the Department of Maryland, was defeated, and forced to retreat in disorder on Sunday last. The enemy’s forces numbered at 20,000, while our own was less than one-half that number.

The rebels are reported to be 45,000 strong in Maryland. They cut the railroad between Baltimore and Washington, also the telegraph lines, but they have all been repaired, and communication is again open between the two places.

Maj. Gen. Franklin was captured by the rebels on board of a railroad train.

Several trains of cars have been taken by the rebels in Maryland can burned, after rifling the mails and baggage. Money and watches belonging to the passengers were taken, and everything of any value.

The pirate, Florida, is off the Delaware coast, and has succeeded in capturing a number of vessels, among them the steamer Electric Spark, from New York bound to Havana and New Orleans. The Electric Spark had the mail on board, contained in 65 bags, which was also taken possession of by the pirate.

The report of the capture of Gen. Franklin is contradicted. As the report was a Philadelphia dispatch, we hardly believe it. We will know soon.

A part of Sherman’s army is across the Chattahoochee river, and the probability is that Atlanta is in our possession.


Stand from Under!

            With deep feeling of awe we inform our readers that there is going to be an indignation meeting held – that the “Democrats” are going to hold it, and it’s to be held at Peoria on the 3rd day of August next. They are going to express their indignation (!) of President Lincoln. Lincoln will feel bad, we know he will – when he reads the names of the shining lights of “Democracy” who have signed the call for that meeting. Perhaps our readers would like to know what the Democracy have found to be indignant about again. We here insert the call and the names of those from this county who have signed it:

→ Democratic Mass Convention. – A Mass Convention of the Democracy will be held at Peoria, on Wednesday, the third day of August next, to take into consideration the present perilous condition of our country and express their indignation at the act of the President in kidnapping and removing beyond the jurisdiction of the civil authorities the Coles county prisoners. Let the people rally in their might. Hon. Thomas Hendricks and Hon. Daniel W. Voorhees, of Indiana, Hon. George H. Pendleton, of Ohio and other distinguished speakers will be present and address the people.

Signed by J. W. Mathews, J. C. Thompson, Thos. A. Mustaine and Wm. H. Neece. O, won’t Lincoln feel immensely bad when he finds out that Mathews, and Thompson, and Mustaine and Neece are going to be indignant at his manner of doing business! Just imagine, if you can, the dire effects the indignation of James W. Mathews, Joseph C. Thompson, Thomas A. Mustaine and William H. Neece will have on the President of the United States. Going to express their indignation, are they! O-h! golly!

In getting signers to this call for a “Mass Convention,” the Democracy of this county should have secured the names of the Morgan raiders, bushwhackers, and other secesh refugees who infest this city and county. One, in particular, who was “Kidnapped” and placed in durance vile at Camp Chase, might, “express” his “indignation,” of the President for treating the “chivalry” so barbarously. We move that his name be added.

A “Mass Convention” they call it. We have no doubt but that it will be as largely attended as the mass convention at Cleveland a few weeks since. This Peoria convention call has one letter too many, though. It should be [obscured] more appropriate, for none but the veriest donkeys in the State will take part in the proceedings.

But seriously, a part of the call says that they want to take into consideration the serious condition of the country. The object is a noble one, but taking in view the past action of the “Democratic” party of the last three years, we have no hopes of their doing anything to better the condition of the country. They may cry “Peace! peace!” but there will be no peace until this infernal rebellion is crushed out entirely, and the leaders properly punished. What we want now is, armed and determined men in the field – not in Peoria to “express indignation,” but in the front where armed traitors are fighting with bullets to destroy our country. The rebels in arms at the South are respectable men beside the peace-sneakes who will assemble in Peoria on the 3rd of next month.

Oh, Mathews, Thompson Mustaine Neece, what will you take to don’t?


            A Noble Woman. – There is a widow lady living in Dupage county, in this State, who has had her two only sons in the army from the beginning of the war. The time of the boys’ enlistment expired a short time ago, and she entreated them to again enlist for the war which they have done, their mother meantime carrying on a large farm. The family are well educated and in comfortable circumstances.


            → W. M. Anderson, an Ohio delegate to the copperhead Chicago Convention, writes a letter in favor of a Western Confederacy. This is “Democratic” devotion to the Union!



Knoxville, Tenn.
June 26, 1864.

            Editor Journal: Since I last wrote you matters have changed here greatly for the better. At that time there were hundreds of refugees herding about the town, living in pieces of houses or under trees. Now, most of them have disappeared, having received a gratuitous passage to the plentiful North at the hands of their good Uncle Sam. The condition of these poor people is miserable beyond description. Take one example: I conversed with one old lady who had come from North Carolina (from which State a large number of them come.) who had with her five children. She said she had traveled some seventy-five miles before reaching our railroad; had left one boy at home to try and save the property. Poor woman, I very much fear that she will never again see her boy or property either. Of course she was living here on the Government rations.

Perhaps you have little idea of the extent and fierceness with which border warfare is carried on in East Tennessee. Many Union men who were driven from their homes by the rebels have come to Knoxville and live here for protection. These men act as scouts, (so they call it.) but really as bushwhackers. A small band leave here as often as once a week, and go into the neighborhood of their former homes and shoot known secesh without mercy. In fact the word mercy is about banished from the dictionary in this part of the world. Some of these “scouts” are enlisted men, but others act “on their own hook.” Of course they run a great risk, as bands of thieves and plunderers from the rebel army thickly infest the country scouted over. One man, on his last trip killed eight men with his own hand. The most notorious of these scouts in the service is one Captain Reynolds, who is an old citizen here, and knows every by-path among these mountains and valleys. There is no knowing how many he has dispatched, but their name is legion. About once a week he is reported killed or captured, but he always turns up. A narrative of his adventures would be much better than any of the novels which are thrown upon the mercy of the people so thickly now-a-days.

We have a “great big scare” about once a week now, and have got used to [obscured] turning to Virginia, cut our telegraphic lines to Lexington, Ky., one day last week, alarmed many of the inhabitants, but they passed on without doing any great amount of damage.

When I say that Knoxville is, at present, the dullest place of its size in the United States, I do not exceed the bounds of truth. The reasons for this are obvious. In the first place most of the men in this part of the country have gone into one army or the other. Secondly, the restrictions, on travel and trade are very severe. Each citizen is allowed to enter the town, but to get out is another thing. To accomplish this, he (or she) has to go to the Post Provost Marshal’s office and get a pass, which is only attained by proving themselves loyal by the evidence (either oral or written) of some well known citizen and this must be repeated at every visit. Then, no citizen is allowed to purchase five cents worth of goods unless they have a certificate or other proof of loyalty, and for every bill of goods they have to receive a written or printed bill. For every amount over five dollars they have to go to the Custom House and pay 20 cents duty. After 5 P. M. no merchant is allowed to sell to any citizen in any way. Soldiers purchase when they have the tin, without any of these restrictions, but there are not many of them here now, and each detachment has its own sutler.


J. W. T.


Tribute of Respect.

Headquarters, 137th Ill. Vol. Inft. Camp
near Memphis, July 1, 1864.

            Editor Macomb Journal: — Will you please give the following an insertion in your paper in accordance with the desire expressed therein by the members of this regiment.

Chaplain 137th Ill. Vol.

            At a meeting of the commissioned officers of the 137th Ill Vol., held June 30th, 1864, of which Col. John Wood was appointed Chairman, and chaplain H. P. Roberts Secretary.

On motion of Capt. Veatch it was voted that a committee of three be appointed to draft resolutions expressive of the feelings of the regiment, upon the death of Surgeon Wm. A. Huston. Capt. B. M. Veatch, Lieut. Col. T. K. Roach and Hospital Stewart B. I. Dunn were appointed that committee. The meeting then adjourned until the next morning, July 1st, when the committee presented the following report:

We the undersigned a committee appointed to draft some suitable expression of the feelings of the officers and men of this regiment in reference to the death of our much esteemed fellow soldier, Surgeon Wm. A. Huston, present the following, viz:

We learn with sad regret that Surgeon Huston died at the officers hospital, in the city of Memphis on Saturday last, June 25th, after a short illness of only four days. The same evening his remains in care of his son, Thaddeus Huston, Orderly Sergeant of Co. C, were started to his late home in Macomb, McDonough county, Ill.

Surgeon Huston joined this regiment at its organization as we believe from purely patriotic motives. He was in good practice at home, but at the call of his country gave it up, and occupying the appointment of principal Surgeon at once entered upon the arduous duties of that position with all the energies of his warm and patriotic heart. The sickness of which he died we have no doubt was brought on by his over exertion in erecting his hospital and providing for the welfare and comfort of the sick in the regiment, for whom he seemed to feel more than an ordinary solicitude, and he died as truly for his country as though he fallen upon the field of battle.

From the very commencement of his illness Dr. Huston appeared to have a presentiment that he would not recover and gave directions to Dr. Dunn in reference to his family and business at home with great calmness and deliberation. At the same time while caring for the interests of his own family he was not forgetful of the interests of the regiment, and when his friends were expressing their anxiety for his recovery [obscured] them not to neglect the sick boys for him, saying he would be well enough cared for.

Our friend and comrade is gone. – He will be with us no more. We shall miss him in our mess, in the hospital, and in our social circle. But, ch! how much more will his dear family miss him at home. There he was known in all the endearing ties of husband, father and friend. There he was truly loved for himself and there the shadow has fallen with the darkest gloom. We therefore tender to his bereaved family our sincere and heart-felt sympathy in this their greatest loss and offer the following resolutions:

Resolved, That in the death of Surgeon Huston, the 137th regiment has indeed sustained a great loss.

Resolved, That the Union cause has lost one of its warmest and most efficient supporters.

Resolved, That a copy of these preceedings signed by the chairman and secretary be sent to his family, and also that a copy be furnished for publication to the Macomb Journal, Quincy Whig and Republican and Chicago Journal.

Respectfully submitted,

         T. K. ROACH, Lieut. Col.
Signed   B. M. VEATCH, Capt., co C
B. I. Dunn, Hos’l Steward.

            On motion the above report was unanimously adopted and the meeting adjourned.

H. P. ROBERTS, Sec’y.



            At Hillsgrove, in this county, July 2nd, Mrs. Amelia Thompson, wife of Benedict Reynolds, aged 49 years.

She was overthrown and trampled on by a colt, lived in great pain 24 hours, and died in peaceful hope. An only daughter shares her father’s grief; as do all the neighborhood. A useful and beloved Christian has gone to her reward.                                                            I. F. H.





        In the Quartermasters Department at St. Louis.

          2,000 Laborers $40 per month and rations.

          1,500 Teamsters $35 per month and rations.

          100 Carpenters at $67 50 per month and military board.

          100 Blacksmiths, Wheelwrights and Stone Masons, at $60 per month and military board.

          100 Blacksmith’s helpers, at $35 per month and military board.

          Free transportation furnished to place of destination and returned to St. Louis. For further information inquire of

M. A. BROWN, at Brown House.


            Resigned. – We see by the Quincy Whig and Republican, that our old commander, Col. M. M. Bane, of the 50th Ill. Vols., has resigned in consequence of ill health, and has returned home. We believe this step was taken reluctantly by the Colonel, for his whole soul was engaged in this war for the crushing of the rebellion, and nothing but death or long protracted sickness would drive him from the field. Col. Bane lost his right arm in the memorable battle of Shiloh, but with a heroism worthy of emulation, he seized his sword with the remaining arm, and remained in the service ever since, firmly resolved that he would be “in at the death,” as he was at the commencement, but disease has accomplished the work that rebel bullets could not do – driven him from the field, and from the gallant boys who have served with him, and been on the long and weary march, and hotly contested battle field. We wish the Colonel a speedily return to his usual vigorous health, and that he may soon return to the front with the stars on his shoulders.


            Killed by a Colt. – Mr. B. D. Reynolds, an estimable citizen of Hills Grove, 15 miles southwest of Macomb, has a two year old colt that he has neglected to wean. When about to use the dam, he has been accustomed to lead her out of the stable shutting in the colt: a process the latter has learned to dislike. On the 2nd of July Mrs. Reynolds went to the stable, and the colt anticipating such a maneuver, rushed over her, injuring her fatally. The stomach and breast were both supposed to be lacerated, although no severe external injury was visible. She lived in great agony just 24 hours and died. Mrs. Reynolds was a kind neighbor, and very efficient in sickness, few equalled her in ability, and none excelled her in willingness, to minister to the necessities of the suffering. She leaves none in that neighborhood who can make her place feel good. She had long been a member of the Calvinist Baptist Church, lived an irreproachable Christian life, and died “the death of the righteous.”


            On the Rampage. – Last Saturday, circus day, a man from Swan Creek, Warren county, came to this town to see the show, and spread himself generally, and the better to qualify himself for his part of the performance, [?] away a considerable quantity of tangle-leg. Because circus horses [?] fast around the ring, he supposed he could go fast around the square, and [?]ing into his wagon, he started around somewhat faster than the city ordinance expects orderly, law-abiding citizens to drive. By the time he got once around the square, special policemen Chapman, Goodwin and Wal[?] had him in custody, and took him to the lock-up. Monday morning he was brought before Esquire Withrow, and “after the usual ceremonies, he loaned the city five dollars.” Be careful boys, about fast driving, or you will be called on for a loan.


            Failed Again. – Our army letter from Mr. Magie has failed to reach us again. The army is so far advanced in Georgia that letters cannot be sent with any regularity, and the mails are uncertain. Our readers can rest assured that it is not Mr. Magie’s fault. We may have two from him in next week’s paper.


            A Good Move. – We see by the proceedings of the city council at their last meeting, that the clerk was directed to draw up an ordinance for the protection of Bills and Notices stuck up in this city. This should have been done long since, as the rowdy boys of this city do not allow any kind of poster, as a general thing, to stay up longer than twenty-four hours, and in some cases bills have been torn down before the paste has time to dry. – Those who get handbills printed to post in town should be protected in their rights, and we hope the council will pass a stringent law for that protection.


            Declined. – Some of the friends of Col. L. H. Waters, wishing him to allow the use of his name before the convention for candidate for Congress, wrote to him asking him for his consent. The Colonel peremptorily declines the honor, as he thinks his services are needed in the field at the present time too much to leave. After this war is over, we will run Col. Waters for Congress, and elect him, too.


            Too Fast. – Our young city is getting too fast, decidedly. What with fast youths, fast horses, fast dances, and everything else in the “fast” line, we present quite a city appearance. Go it, b’hoys, while you are young, for when you get old, &c.


            Attention! Everybody. – Do you want to be employed by the Government at good wages? Do you want to go South without going as a soldier? If so, call on Mr. T. A. Woolen or M. A. Brown, at the Brown House. This is an opportunity that will be withdrawn before long, and now is your time. See advertisement under the head of “new advertisements.”


            Wounded. – There is a rumor in town that Col. L. H. Waters, of the 84th, was wounded in one of the late fights in Georgia. We do not know whether it is true or not, but we do doubt the truth of it.


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