September 30, 1864

Macomb Journal

Grand Rally


U N I O N !

            A grand mass meeting of the Union people of McDonough and adjourning counties will be held at Macomb on Friday, October 7th, at noon. The soldiers’ friend and patriotic Governor of the State, Richard Yates, Hon. Wm. Pitt Kellogg, and other eminent speakers, will certainly be present. Let every Union man devote that day to his country. Come with your wives and your children. Come soldiers of the Union, ye wounded and battle scarred heroes. Come ye soldiers’ wives, widows and orphans, to see, hear, and give a hearty welcome to the Soldiers’ Friend, and let us make it the grandest day, old McDonough has ever seen.


Joint Discussion.

            The following is the schedule of appointments in this county for Hon. Lew. Ross and Major Hugh Fulerton:

Macomb,                     October,                      25th.
Prairie City,                      “                            26th.
Speaking to commence at 1 o’clock, P. M.


            → Remember, people of McDonough County, the action of the Copperhead Board of Supervisors in refusing to contribute to the support of soldiers, families. Remember that these same men are now asking for your votes, and though they can vote a reward of three hundred dollars for the capture of a criminal, they can find no law to appropriate one thousand dollars, for the support f the dependent soldiers’ wives, widows and children in our midst.


A Contrast.

            My voice today is for conciliation; my voice is for compromise; and it is but the echo of the voice of my commitments. I beg you, gentlemen, who with me represent the northwest; you who with me represent the State of Ohio; you who with me represent the city of Cincinnati – I beg you, gentlemen, to hear that voice. If you will not; if you find conciliation impossible; if your differences are so great that you cannot or will not reconcile them, then, gentlemen, let the seceding States depart in peace; let them establish their government and empire, and work out their destiny according to the wisdom which God has given them. – Geo. H. Pendleton in the House of Representatives.

So soon it is as clear, or even probable, that our present adversaries are really for peace upon the basis of the Union, we should exhaust all our resources of statesmanship practiced by civilized nations and taught by the traditions of the American people consistent with the honor and interests of the country to secure such peace, re-establish the Union, and guarantee for the future the constitutional rights of every State. The Union is the one condition of peace; we ask no more.

If a frank, earnest, and persistent effort to obtain these objects should fail, the responsibility for ulterior consequences will fall upon those who remain in arms against the Union; but the Union must be preserved at all hazards. – Geo. B. McClellan’s letter of acceptance.

Can the Eagle tell which of these men’s principles it endorses. At heart it prefers Pendleton, but policy dictates that it should advocate the success of their vile, corrupt party, on the McClellan basis.


            → The Eagle s terribly exercised because the position of their party is not fairly stated. Their creed has been published so often that it has become a household word, and may be summed up in the word LIE. With a conglomeration of war and peace, they seek to defraud the honest voters of the country by howling “war to the knife” on one side of their platform and “peace on any terms” on the other. After vilifying and heaping abuse upon our brave soldiers, they tell them that they have their sympathy. They tell us that immediate efforts must be made for a cessation of hostilities, that the states may hold a convention, when they know that the seceded states, scorns and repudiates their offers as they did those of Mr. Lincoln. This is their position and we know of no loyal Journal in the country, that has not fairly and truthfully defined it, taking for their authors the platforms, candidate and speeches of their whole copperhead breed throughout the land.



By J. K. M.

            Correction. – I was unable to read the proof of the “scribbling” I penned for last week’s Journal, and cousemently several provoking blunders crept into print, the most of which the good sense of the readers would probably correct, but the statement that I had abandoned the money due me from comrades in the 78th regiment on subscriptions to the Journal, I am not disposed let go uncorrected. I wrote that I had advanced the money on those [rest obscured by tear].

From the 78th. – I have received three or four private letters from friends in the 78th which inform me that the regiment is now camped about a mile and a half outside of the city limits of Atlanta, and the men appear to enjoy their days of rest. All were permitted to visit the conquered city without hindrance, and many were availing themselves of the privilege. – The regiment had not been paid on the 15th, but the pay rolls were being made out, and probably before this time the regiment has been paid. One friend writes that not hearing the roaring of musketry and artillery it seems very much like the peaceful Sabbaths they used to enjoy at home.

Capt. G. H. Reynolds of this county is now Brigade Provost Marshal.

It has been ascertained that the 78th captured more prisoners than the regiment numbered.

            My friend, Benj. Gill, writes me that Wilson McCandless of this township, assisted by some others, took one of the captured cannon at Jonesboro, and turned it upon the enemy, and sent them some of the compliments they had designed for “Lincoln’s hirelings.” Good for Wilson.

            I have received no late news from the members of our regiment, now prisoners in the hands of the rebels. I hope to hear of some plan of exchange soon. I have no doubt their sufferings are severe. Several have been called to their long home, and the next news we hear from them we shall probably learn of the death of more. We have information of the death of the following, belonging to Co. I, — L. Allshouse, Chris. Brown, Samuel Gibson, David Vincent, Richard Allen.

            Sylvester McFall, of Blandinville, who was wounded in the right arm in the early part of August last, is now at Hospital No. 19, Nashville. He has suffered terribly with his wound, and it was thought at one time that his arm would have to be amputated. His wound is now doing better, and he will probably reach home before the election.

            It rained, and blowed, and thundered and lightned, and a thick, pitchy darkness hung over this portion of God’s footstool on Wednesday evening last, but notwithstanding the unpropitious state of the weather there was quite a respectable gathering at the centre school house in Scotland township on that evening. Our worthy candidate for Representative, Alex. Blackburn, addressed the audience at some length in a speech abounding with good sense, and plain and candid argument. The writer hereof was called out and made a few remarks. Our editorial friend, Sanders, was also called upon, and his remarks caused a little squirming and writhing of a certain copperhead present, who we believe is reported to be a candidate for Sheriff against the brave and gallant soldier, Captain Farwell. Mr. Sanders alluded to a certain letter alleged to have been written by the said copperhead candidate to a soldier in the field, the import of which was that the soldier would do better to throw away his gun and come home than to be be engaged in freeing niggers and murdering his southern brethren. The copperhead denied writing any such letter, but said he would get the letter and have it published, thus admitting that there was some fire under this cloud of smoke which has been raised about “that letter.” So let all prepare to read the forthcoming letter. We have the promise of the aspiring candidate that the letter shall be published. In the meantime let all suspend judgment in reference to the character of the letter, but if the letter is not published according to promise, then it will be safe to set it down as a fact, what is alleged by more than a dozen respectable witnesses who have read the letter in question, that the said candidate is a miserable copperhead, an aider and abettor of treason, enticing soldiers to desert the flag of their country, and thus a thousand times more worthy of the halter than of the votes of the honest and loyal citizens of McDonough county.

My young friend and former messmate, Richard L. Terry, was severely wounded in the charge upon Kenesaw in June last, and was sent to the rear from the Division Hospital, since which time I have not heard from him. [Rest obscured by tear.]

[Obscured by tear] of Atlanta, an address like this:

Soldiers, in the language of the Democratic platform, after you four years of failure to restore the Union by the experiment of war, I am authorized to say that the sympathy of the Democratic party is heartily extended to you.


Tribute of Respect.

H’qrs 78th Regt. Ill. Vol. Inft.
2nd Brig, 2nd Div, 14th A. C.
Atlanta, Ga., Sep 16, 64.

            At a meeting of the officers of the 78th regiment of Illinois volunteer infantry, held at regimental headquarters on the 14th ult., for the purpose of presenting a testimonial showing their love and esteem for their late commander, Col. Carter Van Vleck, the following was read and adopted:

With sorrowing hearts we bow with reverence before the will of the “Almighty Ruler of the Universe,” who has seen fit in his wisdom to take from among us our late beloved commander, Col. Carter Van Vleck.

Returning to the regiment on the 11th of August, after a short illness brought on by the exhausting labors of the campaign, he had scarcely assumed command when the leaden messenger of death, a stray shot from the enemy, pierced his brain, inflicting a mortal wound.

Lingering on until the evening of the 23d, he breathed out his existence as calmly as the setting sun went down beneath the western horizon.

Thus passed from earth one whose life had been spent in beautiful contrast to the tumultuous scenes of war among which he died. Alas! we shall never again behold that placid countenance, nor hear, as we so often have, on drill and on the field, that full, melodious voice.

Professing to be, he lived as a Christian in his every-day life, and died with a firm trust in God.

As a patriot, there was none more devoted to his country, giving his counsel in peace and his life in war.

In his death we have lost a valuable friend and the regiment a loved commander, one, who, while he enforced obedience to orders, elicited the universal respect of his command.

To his bereaved wife and little daughter we offer our heartfelt sympathy as mourners, and condole with them the melancholy affliction that has fallen so heavily upon them.

With his aged father we share the grief brought to his declining years.

But while we mourn the loss of him who was so recently our companion in arms, we have the consolation of knowing that the sacrifice was given in a cause which he deemed worthy the offering.

Resolved, That a copy of these proceedings be sent to his family and to [hole] and also to be published in the Macomb Journal and Quincy Whig & Republican.

Lt. Col. M. R. Vernon, Ch’n.
H. Veatch, Lt. & Act. Adjt. Secy.



            In Bethel Township, on the 27th of Sept., 1864, HENRY, fifth son of Israel Curtis, in the 15th year of his age.

On the morning of the 17th inst., CATHARINE, daughter of Wm. Hunter, near this city, aged 14 years 1 month and 7 days.

In Macomb, Ill., Sep. 21st, WILLIE, infant son of William S. and Dollie C. Bailey.

Death alas! has taken another “bud of promise.” The cherished hopes of fond parents are again blasted, and hearts are left desolate. But in their sorrow and loneliness faith points them for consolation to those beautiful words of our Savior, “suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God.”

This death just equally divides the family – two children, above, look down with tender interest upon two parents left on earth. May they all be united one day into one unbroken circle.

“The dove has found its ark, the lamb its fold.

J. J. T.


            A Good Chance. – A beautiful young bay mare, well trained, together with a good harness and top buggy, is offered for sale by a gentleman stopping at Browne’s Hotel in this city. – The mare is certainly a very desirable animal, and we would recommend to our readers to call and look at them.


            Public Sale. – Remember the great sale of lots, which comes off in the flourishing town of Bushnell, on Saturday, October 1st, at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. The property is beautifully situated on the west side of the town, and desirable for investment.


            Notice. – The individual who took a package from my store on Friday last, through mistake, is respectfully requested to return the same immediately.                     I. AUGUST.


            Wanted Immediately. – One hundred seventy five young men and boys, of all shapes and sizes, from the tall, graceful dandy, with hair enough on his upper works to stuff a barber’s cushion down to the little hump-backed, freckled face, bow legged, carrot-headed upstart. The object is to form a gaping corps, to be in attendance at the church door each Sabbath, to stare at the females as they enter or retire, and make indelicate and ungentlemanly remarks on their person and dress. All who wish to enlist in the above corps will appear at the various church doors next Sabbath, where they will be duly inspected, and their names, personal appearance and and quantity of brains registered in a book kept for the purpose and published in the newspapers. To prevent a general rush, it will be well to state that none will be enlisted who possess intellectual capacities above that of a donkey.


            At Home. – Mr. J. W. Nichols, former editor of the Journal, and the Grand Worthy Chief Templar of the Independent Order of Good Templars of the State of Illinois, arrived at home on Monday, after an absence of three months. Mr. N. has been in bad health for some time owing to his arduous labors throughout the State. We welcome him back once more and hope we soon see him restored to perfect health.


            Personal. – Rev. Dr. Warren Chaplain of the 10th Mo. arrived on Thursday last from Vicksburg. The Doctor is looking extremely well and judging from his speech on Thursday night, is feeling well enough, to scath copperheads and help along in the good work of electing our ticket.

Lieut. Jo. Waters of the gallant 84th is also at home, and we find that he has no more sympathy with rebels North, than he had for those South, when he baked biscuits at Chattanoga for two weary boys of the 16th. Joe is rolling up his sleeves, and going into the speaking biz for a short time.

Our friend Mr. Favorite, from Chicago, arrove on Tuesday evening, and his arrival was duly celebrated by his numerous friends.


            → The following are among the new books just received at Clarke’s Bookstore: Woman in Black, Pride of Life, Flirtation in Fashionable Life, Gentleman’s Book of Etiquette and Fashion, Life of Gen. Grant, Life of Secretary Chase, a complete series of Mrs. Holmes’ works, including Marian Grey, Meadow Brook, Dora Dean, etc. Also some of the old standard works.


            “Wizard of the Alps” – Campbell’s Hall – Monday night.


            Ladies Portmonies. – For the finest and best portmonies for the ladies go to Clarke’s Bookstore. He has a very nice lot.


            General Order No. 1. – General opinion says that Watkins & Co. are selling groceries a leetle cheaper than any one else in the city. We think the General is correct, but don’t ask any one to take our word for it, go and see for yourselves. That’s the way to test the matter, and as you go, let your song be,

On wings o love I fly
From Grocer-zz to Grocer-I,

So that you may know where to find them cheap.


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