August 26, 1864

Macomb Journal

OUR CANDIDATES.

            We have the pleasure of presenting to the people of McDonough county, for their suffrage, a ticket which it should be the pride of every loyal man to support, and work for with a will so hearty as to admit of no doubt of success.

ALEXANDER BLACKBURN, ESQ.,

Who we expect to see represent us in our next State Legislature, is from Chalmers township, and is known to be a gentleman of unimpeachable character, and one to whom tm to leave the people can trust their interests with safety. An “old war horse” of the Whig party, he has the vim to work for the cause, regardless of personal interests, or self-aggrandizement, and devoted to the cause of the Union.

JOHN B. CUMMINGS, ESQ.,

Of Macomb, candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court, is well known as our present able incumbent. Mr. Cummings is intensely Lincolnized, and a firm and active friend of the soldier. – His administration of that office for the past four years has been such as to merit the approval of even his political enemies, and we confidently predict his election.

CAPT. G. L. FARWELL,

Of Macomb, has claims upon his fellow citizens which all will readily recognize. Disabled in the service of his country, his patriotism and loyalty would not allow him to leave the army until his term of service had expired, and we again find him on duty in the “tented field,” where none but the brave dare go. His efficiency for the office none dare question.

J. H. EPPERSON, ESQ.,

Of Bushnell, our candidate for Coroner, was the only man, of our party, elected on the county ticket in ’56, and we are assured that he has lost none of his popularity by remaining true to the cause of the Union.

 Mr. J. W. BRATTLE,

Is the nominee for county Surveyor, and his large experience is sufficient guaranty of his ability.

The convention which nominated these gentlemen was a perfect unit on the great questions of the day, and the unity and harmony of its actions reflects credit on the delegates, who, laying aside all personal preferences, joined hands to give us our best and most available men. It now rests with the people to endorse the action of the convention at the ballot box, and we have no doubt that victory will crown our efforts in November next.

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            → The copperheads have resolved to have peace, if they have to fight for it!

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Peace.

          It is noticeable fact and one which defies successful contradiction, that all “Peace brawlers” are more concerned about slavery and the triumphs of its champions in the approaching Presidential contest, than they feel willing to admit. They want no peace which shall lay the rebellion and its cause prostrate at the feet of the Republic and its constituted authorities. They contend – without a shadow of authority that the Emancipation policy is the only obstacle to a realization of their chief desire, and that if Mr. Lincoln would withdraw this obnoxious proclamation, the rebels would at once lay down their arms and return to their loyalty.

Throughout the South, it was understood and agreed, prior to the outbreak of the rebellion, that slavery deliberately staked its own existence on the struggle it was provoking, and now their Northern allies are willing to inaugurate war at home, to propogate slavery and make peace with the South. “We will beat Lincoln if it has to be done at the point of the bayonet,” says a blatant peace man. This is their kind of peace and the only kind they desire. Jeff. Davis has abandoned slavery as the corner stone of their confederacy because his friends in the north have kindly taken it off his hands, leaving him but the one issue to contend for.

Emancipation is peace, while slavery is disunion. If the shackles of every slave in the country were broken today, rebellion would die, and disunion be an impossibility. Our Union would soon reconstruct itself and be firmer and stronger than ever. It would be done by the irresistable law of political gravitation.

“We seceeded to rid ourselves of the role of the majority,” says Mr. Davis. Here then is the whole truth in a nutshell. We of the North must submit to the minority, or continue the war until that rebellious minority is crushed or acknowledges the supremacy of the laws. Is any man, deserving of the name, and calling himself loyal, prepared to barter away his liberty by a fawning sycophancy toward the “rule or ruin” party? We have more confidence in the integrity of the people, than to suppose for one instant, they will permit a party to ride into power, whose acknowledged creed is peace and disunion.

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              → The peace party have taken their stand, and no power of place or temptation of office can prevail against them. They can make no concession to the false pretences of those who advocate war as a party policy, without the sacrifice of principle, honor and pride. We are the advocates of pure Democratic principles, they of a ruinous party policy. – Gen. Singleton.

Singleton is the acknowledged head and front of the copperhead party in this State and their most prominent candidate for Governor. We hope he will be, as the only issue will then come before the people, which is peace upon any terms offered by Jeff. Davis. He controlled the Springfield convention in June ’63, he was the Father of the Peoria – Secesh meeting a short time ago, and engineered he great rebel fizzle, armed-mob, nix-cum-arous, gathering at Springfield on the 18th inst. He beat Higby, and was monarch of the mob he surveyed. “So mote it be.”

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            → Mr. Sanders is a very clever young man, and we wish him all the glory of leading the forlorn hope of Lincoln sympathizers in this county. – He might as well attempt to make Crooked creek run up stream, as to attempt to roll back the swelling tide of democracy in old McDonough. – Eagle.

→ We feel personally complimented by the above, but politically think it reflects little to our credit. We have no desire to turn the course of that limpid stream known as Crooked creek, but we have heard of a very crooked party being straightened out in old McDonough. For further information, see the election returns of 1860.

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Self-Defense.

                                                                                                                          Bardolph, Ill.,
July 9, 1864.

Mr. Editor: — During last week it was my province to visit nearly every house in Mound township, and all over the township good Union men told me that my name had been handed around as a copperhead and traitor. It is to vindicate my character against these slanderous falsehoods, that has induced me thus publicly to deny those charges preferred against me, for I claim to be an unconditional Union Douglas Democrat – for my country, and against its enemies wherever they are found, whether in South Carolina or in Illinois. These charges, so slanderous upon my character, have not been made publicly, by good Union men, but have been circulated by a few base, unprincipled men, through a channel known to myself, and one which offers good facilities for such men to execute their slanderous designs, and for escaping the mortification which [obscured], feels when he is made to face the object of his abuse, and whose character he has attempted to destroy. To prove that I am an enemy to our brave men who are battling for our beloved country, and the eternal, immutable principles of right, and that I am not a sound Union man, the following is the evidence which these slanderous men have been enabled to elicit: 1st, That I gave the editor of the Eagle the items which he published in his paper in regard to the lawlessness of some hundred days’ soldiers, who stopped at Bardolph sometime during this summer. 2nd: That I voted for a Democrat at the Spring election.

To the first charge, I do frankly admit that I told Mr. Abbott that these men came into my grocery store, and after I had given them all the crackers I had, they stole whatever they wanted, and some things that could be of no use to them; and that they turned the faucet in an oil can and let out a considerable amount of oil; that one man went into Mr. Folsom’s shop, and while his back was turned, put on a pair of new shoes and left his old ones, and that they treated Mr. Jackson in a similar style to me.

Do any one of those cowardly sneaks who are circulating any of the above statements to injure me, dare to say I did not tell the truth? I cannot understand that to be a friend to the soldier, and a good Union man, I must attempt to shield them in their acts of lawlessness. The same style of reasoning would prove a man an enemy to the Christian religion who failed to conceal any thefts which a member of the church might commit. Yet this illogical style of reasoning is used to convince the loyal people of this vicinity that I am a copperhead and a traitor to my country.

In regard to the second charge, I will only say that I will answer it whenever I am convinced that any one has a right to question my right to vote for a Union Democrat. The course that I have pursued, in regard to voting since the commencement of this unholy rebellion, is the same that I expect to follow during its continuance. I vote for Union Republicans in preference to copperheads, and for Union Douglas Democrats in preference to Republicans.

If any of those men, who are slandering me, wish to test my loyalty, will come to me, I can forgive them for all the injury they have done me, if they will quit their mean, cowardly, slanderous conduct towards me, I, with them, will lay my hand upon the Bible, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and we will swear eternal allegiance to the Stars and Stripes, and recommend the citizens of this county to hang the first one of us who violates that oath.

G. H. Litzenberg.

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            No Letter Again. – We have again failed to receive a letter from Mr. Magie. We learn that he is still in the hospital. We earnestly hope that he will soon be able to resume his place in the regiment, and we can be favored with his interesting news for our paper.

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            War Meeting. – A meeting will be held in Colchester to night, (Friday) [?] a local bounty for the purpose of procuring volunteers sufficient to make up the deficiency of Tennessee township. The volunteers procured for one years service in the state [?] good opportunity to avoid the draft is offered.

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            From the Front. – We regret to learn that the 16th has again been suffered the loss of many good men. – [?]ing the casualties since our last [?], we have to record the killing of Capt. Eben. White, Co. A, Capt. [?] Hutch and Lieut. – Applegate [?], and Lieut. Jos. Haines of Co. [?] We have no particulars as to the time or place where they fell. Col. Van Vleck of the 78th we also learn has been severely wounded, but to what extent we could not learn.

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            Tremont House, Quincy. – Hotels are always an advantage to the traveling public, and for a first rate house, we would recommend to our friends and patrons the “Tremont House” at Quincy. For clean beds, comfortable, well ventilated rooms, a table spread with all the luxuries of the [?], prompt and polite attendance, a [?] landlord, and an accommodating and gentlemanly clerk, with reasonable charges, it has no superior in the [?]

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            Come in out of the Draft. – Col. Sam. Wilson, formerly of the 16th is raising men for the one year’s service, under the recent call of Gov. Yates, for one Regiment for State service and to be stationed at Alton. – This is a rare opportunity for volunteering to avoid the draft, and as the bounty and pay is the same as for troops in the field, we look for a hearty response to the call. Col. Wilson has had experience in the field, and we know him to be an able and efficient officer. Any person desiring to enter an easy branch of the service, under a good and competent officer, can by applying to Mr. W. H. Randolph at the Randolph House receive all the information regarding this Regiment.

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            From the 137th. – A dispatch, received in this city Wednesday, states that in the attack of Forest on Memphis, Orderly Sergeant Thad Hurton received a flesh wound in the leg, and that Mr. Ed. Brooking was taken prisoner. We also learned that a Mr. Porter, belonging to the same regiment, was killed. The rest of the boys from this place are safe, we presume, as no mention was made of any more in the dispatch.

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            Enlarging. – Luther Johnson, in order to keep up with the growing demand for goods, is building a large addition to his store. When completed, he will have as large a store room as any town in the West. His new goods will be here by the time his building is finished.

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            The 2nd Ills. Cavalry. – Two hundred and eighty of these “bully boys” were at Springfield on Monday last waiting to receive their pay and discharge papers. We were glad to see the McDonough portion of them arrive on Wednesday and congratulate them on the impression they made upon the State Register at Springfield. That vile sheet of the 21st stated that “they are heartily sick of fighting for Sambo, and expect in the approaching election to prove to the despot at Washington, that they have not been so far demoralized as to take his interpretation of the Constitution, or rather his will, as the land mark by which they should be guarded.” These noble veterans, who have fought from Cairo to “Sabine cross roads” could not relish this imputation on their loyalty, and are out in a card denouncing the editor of that garbage cart in no complimentary terms. We receive the edition of the Journal too late to publish their protest this week, but will take great pleasure in laying it before our readers in our next issue. How are you State Register?

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            Chronicles of the Rebellion. – Mr. T. B. Chapman, late of the 16th Ill. Inft. is the agent for the sale of this popular and interesting work. He is canvassing the Bushnell district with headquarters at Hail & Hampton’s news depot, Hail House, Bushnell.

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            At Home. – Several of the 2nd Cavalry boys have arrived at home, having served their three years faithfully, among whom notice Mr. Jacobs, Wm. Venable and Charlie Bartleson. They look healthy, and appear well pleased that they are at “home again.” Joe Russell of the 28th Illinois and Logan Sweeney, of the 10th Missouri also arrived home a day or two since. The boys are welcome.

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            Excitement. – About the only excitement we had in town on Tuesday was a dorg fight. The dogs fit and fit and fit, but finally concluded to quit. Nobody hurt!

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            The Fair. – Our citizens should remember that the Fair of the McDonough Agricultural Society opens on the 7th of next month. We expect to see a full turn out, and good time generally. The officers will spare no pains to get up such a Fair as will not fail to please all who may attend.

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