September 9, 1864

Macomb Journal

Campaign Paper!



          The Journal will be published from this issue until after the November election for 50 cents. The coming election is the most important which was ever held in this country and it behooves every loyal man to spread the truth, and disseminate the principles of our great and free government throughout the land.

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A Free Ballot or a Free Fight.

            We had written an article under the above caption, for this weeks issue of the Journal, but the following from the Chicago Tribune reflects our views so well, that we commend it to the perusal, not only of loyal men, but the supporters of Geo. B. McClellan. It rests with them to say, whether we shall have “a free ballot or a free fight,” or both. The Lincolnites are the most accommodating set of men in the world, and would as leave fight as not, and a little leaver:

The Peace Democracy have been in great distress for a long time least they should pass through the approaching election without “a free ballot or a free fight.” They may suspend their anxiety on this point: or, if they choose they may change their cry to “a free ballot and a free fight.” We have the pleasure of informing them that the most ample arrangements are making to give them all the voting and all the fighting they can stomach. The one hundred and fifty regiments of brave volunteers from Indiana and Illinois, who have been for several years temporarily absent from their homes, giving the “Democracy” of the South a “free fight” at their own request after having once given them a free election will all return in November, if the exigencies of the military situation shall possibly permit, and will meet their brethren of the North in a free election or a free fight in their respective precincts. Some of them were engaged in a “knock down” at “Donelson.” – Others has a “set to” at Vicksburg. Some were in a “mill” under Rosecrans, at “Murfreesboro;” and others have participated in a controversy with the advocates of States rights and the opponents of the Lincoln despotism from Chattanooga to Atlanta. We who have remained at home will do what we can, also, in our humble way, to make the election interesting to our Copperhead friends, if they desire a lively time. On the whole, therefore, we trust the Copperheads will cease shouting themselves hoarse, to the great disgust of all decent and loyal men, by bawling for a free election, when they alone have interfered with the freedom of elections, by bullying honest citizens away from the polls, and they will rest assured that if, in addition to a free election, they have the slightest disposition for a free fight, we shall give them every facility in our power, and there is no doubt that the free fight will satisfy their most sanguine anticipations.

These are not an army of hirelings and mercenaries, as the Copperhead papers have styled them, but an army of citizens, a grand posse comitatus for enforcing the Constitution and the laws, and none of us have so well earned a right to vote as they. Yet the Copperheads have steadily endeavored to prevent them from voting, and in Indiana and Illinois, alone of all the States of the Union, are they obliged to return to their homes to vote. Perhaps the Copperheads, by way of facilitating “a free election or a free fight,” will conclude to prevent them from voting at home, as they have prevented them from voting in their camps. If so, look out for a free election or a free fight.


The “Unterrified” in Council.

            Saturday last was a huge day for the McClellanites. They held a County Convention and nominated a ticket which is even weaker than the one presented at Chicago. Neece for the Legislature, Hungate for Circuit Clerk, Smith for Sheriff, and Sullivan for Coroner are the victims. In the afternoon they held a meeting in the court house yard where Dick Richardson and Lew Ross blated treason for two hours, to a very slim audience composed mostly of Lincolnites. Ross was not enthusiastic on the performances which took place at the great show in Chicago, but confined himself to giving his hearers an outline of local affairs in Washington, which, he of course held the Administration responsible for. Dick was pretty drunk – as usual. He told an anecdote of a miller who kept fat hogs, but his neighbors couldn’t tell where the corn came from. Our liquor law is pretty stringent in the city just now and the same anecdote is very applicable to his case, as he was very drunk, but nobody could tell where the liquor came from. Probably advised of the slim chances for wetting up in Macomb, he came with a jug of steam in his satchel, as a timely precaution against going home dry. We have had the pleasure of seeing the inimitable Burton playing “Toodles,” and Dick reminded us very much of the deceased comedian with this difference, Burton played drunk; while it required no exertion on Dick’s part to be drunk. He told us that as soon as McClellan was elected, Lincoln was to be shot. – Abraham, Abraham, be thou on the alert! He also told us that negroes should not be protected by the Government, wherein he differs from his Chicago brethren, for in their platform they have declared, that, ‘The sympathy of the Democratic party is heartily and earnestly extended to the soldiery of our army, who are and have been in the field under the flag of our country.” If our memory serves us correctly, we have about 200,000 negroes armed and equipped, in the field, “fighting under the flag of our country;” and the query now is, does this plank in their platform include them? Of course it does; and they but endorse our sentiments by declaring a loyal negro as better than a disloyal white man.

He unintentionally told the truth when he was endeavoring to justify McClellan’s arrest and imprisonment of the Maryland Legislature, for he told us that “in time of rebellion the civil authority must succumb to the military power to preserve our Government intact,” thus, in the most emphatic manner endorsing the policy which Mr. Lincoln has pursued, to accomplish the same purpose, “to preserve our Government intact.” A few more speeches from Richardson and the copperheads can’t command the vote of a Corporal’s guard.


            → It was a noticable feature at the copperhead fizzle on Saturday last, that no allusion whatever was made to the fall of Atlanta. The Quincy Herald of that day contained the official bulletin of Secretary Stanton, announcing that we took possession of it on the 2d inst. We immediately issued the dispatch in the form of a small poster, and several times attempted to have it passed into the speakers’ hands to be read. They refused to announce the defeat of their friends, Old Dick ranting furiously about National honor. – What a comment on their patriotism and love of country!


            → Fort Morgan fell, Gen’l Morgan fell, Atlanta fell, Gold fell, McClellan stock fell and Lincoln stock rose in proportion. Sherman has strengthened the weak-kneed Union men by his brilliant success, and Grant is electioneering for Lincoln before Richmond. Let every man who doubts the success of the Union cause, take courage from these indications of a brilliant victory in November next. – The copperheads cannot arouse any enthusiasm for their half-breed ticket on their peace platform, and it now rests with us Lincoln hirelings to teach them a never-to-be forgotten lesson.


            → Lew Ross, said in his speech on Saturday last that there were better men than him looking through “the grates of a prison.” We have no issue with him on that score, for the remark was a true and happy one. He probably made a mistake, but the truth will slip out occasionally, notwithstanding his efforts to choke it down.


Tribute of Respect.

            At a call Communication of Macomb Lodge, No. 17, A. F. and A. Masons, held in their “Hall in the City of Macomb, on Thursday September 1st, A. D. 1864, A. L. 6864.” The following preamble and resolutions were adopted:

WHEREAS, It has pleased the Almighty Father of the Universe in his inscrutable wisdom to remove from among us, Col. Carter Van Vleck, late of this city, who was wounded by an unseen foe in his camp near Atlanta, Ga., and died on the 23d of August, 1864, after severe suffering. When wounded he was as Colonel of the 78th Illinois Volunteers, in command of his regiment. Death overtook him in the prime of life, and usefulness to his family and friends, and to his country as a soldier of devoted fidelity, and

WHEREAS, Though gone from among us, he will not be forgotten. We will ever remember his kind and pleasant deportment, cherish his name as one worthy of the high esteem in which he was held by his brethren of the “Mystic Tie.”

Resolved, That in the death of Brother Van Vleck, the Fraternity have lost a worthy member, his wife and child a kind and affectionate husband and father, the nation a faithful soldier and officer the country an upright citizen; who regulated his life by the plumb line of justice and squared his actions by the square of virtue; and we hope that he is now in the “Grand Lodge” above where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides.

Resolved, That we tender to the bereaved wife and family of the deceased our sincere condolence at their irreparable loss, and while we sympathize with them in this dispensation of our Divine Master; may it serve to strengthen the ties of “Brotherly Love,” in those of us who survive him; and lead us to live so that when the sound of the “Gavel” shall call us from earth we may gain admittance in that “Celestial Lodge” “not made with hands eternal in the Heavens.” When with our departed brother we may cease from labor and enjoy the reward vouchsafed to all true and faithful Masons.

Resolved, That as a testimonial of our respect the members of this Lodge will attend his burial, and plant with our brother the evergreen and ever cherish the memory of his many virtues as a citizen, soldier, officer and mason; that we will wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days and drape our Lodge in mourning.

On motion, it was ordered that a copy of the foregoing resolutions be presented to the widow of our deceased brother, also be published in the city papers, and Masonic Trowell, at Springfield.

By order of the Lodge.

Attest,                                                                                                             T. M. HALL, Sec’y.


            → In these times of high prices, it is well to remember that children can be supplied with shoes for less than half the usual annual cost, by wearing Metal-Tipped Shoes, to say nothing of stockings destroyed and health endangered by wet feet, arising from the childlike habit of wearing out their shoes at the toes first.


            To Correspondents. – We have received a letter from Lieut. Col. T. K. Roach, of the 137th, but too late for this weeks paper.

A well written communication from a correspondet at Prairie City will be inserted shortly.


            Accident on the C. B. & Q. R. R. – The passenger train which left Chicago on Tuesday night at 9.30 arrived at Earl Station behind time. Fearing they might meet the freight going east they started an engine ahead to clear the road, and immediately started out after it. The pilot engine having met the freight was preparing to return to Earl, when they saw the passenger train coming at full speed. The engineers on the two engines jumped off thereby saving their lives, but the passenger cam in full tilt, making a complete wreck of the three engines, a number of cars, killed seven emigrants and wounding some fifteen or twenty. The accident was certainly the result of carelessness and should be minutely inspected.


            Grand Rally. – That statesman, patriot, and soldiers’ friend Gov. Yates, and his successor Gen. Dick Oglesby, will be on hand to address the people of McDonough county, on Friday the 23d inst. at Macomb. We want to see the Union men of the county turn out in their strength, and show to home traitors, that the nominations at Chicago does not terrify them in the least. – Let us show these vipers that loyalty is predominant in old McDonough, and send greeting to our brave boys in the field, the fact that they are sustained at home while battling for our country, and that we will take care of local treason, while they are whipping armed rebels. Come out, everybody.


            The Fair. – The Fair of the McDonough county Agricultural Society opened on the morning of the 7th, under rather gloomy prospects, owing to the lowering state of the weather, but in the afternoon it was more encouraging; and yesterday (Thursday) morning the prospect for a good show was very flattering to the friends of the society. The show of horses, colts, jacks, mules, and cattle was very creditable. Of fruits we saw but little, as it was early while we were there, and there had not been much brought in, but what we saw was of superior quality – making one’s mouth water with desire to taste the “forbidden fruit.” – Taken altogether, we believe the present Fair will be the best that we have ever had, the credit of which belongs to the energy and perseverance of its popular President and Secretary – Jos. Burton, Esq. and Frank R. Kyle.


            Funeral of Col. Van Vleck. – Thursday last was a sad day for Macomb. The body of the late Col. Van Vleck arrived here on Wednesday, was taken charge of by the Free Masons, of which order the Colonel was a member – and the funeral ceremonies conducted under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity. The body was escorted to the Presbyterian church where a fine discourse was delivered by the Rev. Mr. Nesbitt, to a large audience, and from thence to the cemetery, to which place it was followed by an immense concourse of people, paying the last sad rights to one who fell nobly in our great national struggle.


            The Big Show.Howe’s establishment will be hear on to-morrow (Saturday) and with its world wide reputation cannot fail to attract everybody and more too. A combination of performances are advertised, which must prove both interesting and instructive to all classes of people, and as this is the last and best show of the season we bespeak for them all the patronage they have labored so long to deserve.


            Circuit Court. – This Court commenced its session on Tuesday last, Judge Higby presiding. There have been but two cases of importance yet before the court. The first was “The People of the State of Illinois,” vs. William Williams and Edward Worthington, indicted for assault, on change of venue from Schuyler county. The same vs. Nathaniel Slack, U. S. Provost Marshal. The defendants were acquitted in both cases.


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