October 7, 1864

Macomb Journal









Joint Discussion.

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

Macomb                      October,                      25th.
Prairie City                       “                             26th.

Speaking to commence at 1 o’clock, P. M.



Mr. Strain’s Appointments.

            Hon. James Strain, Union candidate for State Senator in the 14th Senatorial District, composed of the counties of McDonough, Henderson, Warren and Mercer, will address the citizens of McDonough county at the following times and places, viz:

At Prairie City, on Tuesday, October 11th, at 2 o’clock, P. M.

Bushnell, same day, at 7 1-2 o’clock.

Blandinville, Wednesday, 12th, at 7 1-2 o’clock, P. M.

Tennessee, Thursday, 13th, at 7 1-2 o’clock, P. M.

Industry, Friday, 14th, 2 o’clock, P. M.

New Salem, School House, same day, 7 1-2 o’clock, P. M.

Macomb, Saturday, 15th, at 1 1-2 o’clock, P. M.

Persons residing in the several neighborhoods, where these appointments are made, are requested to give the notice as extensive a circulation as possible and procure a good turn out; also to light and warm the houses for the evening meetings. Other speakers will be in attendance.

By Order of the
Union Cen. Com.



→ We publish elsewhere in this paper the several statements of W. H. Randolph, W. H. Neece, and C. L. Sanders, respecting the charge of extortion made against Mr. Neece. They are sufficiently full and explicit to require no comment from us.



“That Letter.”

            The copperhead candidate for sheriff has not yet furnished for publication “that letter.” Hurry up, Frank, the election is approaching and your cake will be all dough if you don’t publish that letter before election. We are inclined to think it will be dough any how.



→ Remember the mass meetig this afternoon. “Dick” Yates, the soldiers’ friend will be here.



Lieut. Joe. G. Waters at the Court House on Thursday Night Last.

            Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather and the indications of a storm, the court house was crowded to excess, with a goodly number of ladies, to hear our fellow townsman, fresh from the scenes of Gen. Sherman’s great victories, dilate on the political aspect of our country.

Lieut. Waters commenced by saying that he had left the Republican party, and was willing to bury all past political differences for the purpose of upholding the Government, now struggling for its very life. He had advocated the claims of a War Democrat for the position of Governor, and had the party claiming the name of Democrats, nominated such a man as Gen. Logan, Gen. McClernand or one who had an claim to the support of loyal people, he would have given him his hearty endorsement. But what a spectacle did they present to the American people. Peace upon any terms is the sum and substance of their platform, while the Union, was the rallying cry of their candidate. – Unlike James Buchanan, he did not lose his identity and become the platform, but to steal the votes of the soldiers in the field, cried Union, leaving to Mr. Pendleton the task of shouldering the Chicago-rotten platform.

He said that two parties, one Union, and the other rebel at this juncture alone could exist. That as long as the rebels prayed for the success of one, he felt it his duty to vote for the other. – He cited the course of Nelson Abbott in his continued opposition to the war, and his unceasing defamatory articles upon the soldiers and their defenceless ones, who they were compelled to leave behind them, justly remarking, that were he to utter them in the presence of the army his poor frail tenement, would be so badly scattered, that a fine toothed harrow would be necessary to cover his remains. He also stated that Thos. E. Morgan one of the leaders of the Peace faction, (and for whom he had no personal dislikes) had stated to him that Richmond’s fall before the election would insure Abe’s election, [fold] “Little Mac” elected. He said things were strangely arranged, when it constituted patriotism to denounce Lincoln, only as regards the rebels, say, that they done wrong, in not staying in the democratic fold.

Lieut. Waters retired amidst prolonged applause and was followed in a few happy remarks by Mr. J. K. Magie, who takes every occasion to “set up” copperheads. It being late the meeting adjourned with three cheers for Lincoln and the Union for our speakers.




            The Eagle of last week contained an article relating to one of our best citizens, which is too scurrilous for reproduction. We have here another instance of how those who go to the army, are scorned and defamed by the peace party of McDonough county.

Dr. Warren – to whom the article alludes – was for a number years pastor of the Presbyterian Church in this city, but accepted the position of Chaplain in the 10th Mo. Vol. Inf., and has been laboring in his capacity as such, until a week or two ago he returned home on leave [fold] His offence is, that he supports the Union cause, and for this reason, no other, is his private character attacked by the low, mean, filthy, blackguard, who having no principle of his own, sells out to a party as devoid of integrity as he is of decency. Dr. Warren is no candidate for office, and the slurring insinuation of that garbage cart of secession – the Macomb Eagle – cannot permit a minister of the church to express his political preferences without assailing his character, and by sneering insinuations endeavor to blacken his spotless fame. We have the gratifying assurance that not even the employees of the Editor of the Eagle, give him credit for anything more than a reckless villifier of men who deserve well of a community in which they have so long labored, and we congratulate the Dr. that he is too loyal to his government to have this man Abbott speak well of him.



To the Army. – We are in daily reception of letters from the “boys” in front, and regret that our limited space will not permit us to lay them before the public. They all breathe but one sentiment, that of undying devotion to the cause of the Union with Mr. Lincoln as their commander-in-chief for four years longer, and castigating copperheads. If any McClellan man wants the opinion of Illinois soldiers on the candidates of their secession party, let them get the Eagle to publish some of these letters, and not devote so much space in their columns to treason.



Mr. Neece’s Statement.

Macomb, Oct. 4, 1864

Editors of the Macomb Journal:

In your paper of the 30th of Sept. you make a most unprovoked and false accusation against me, in regard to paying taxes on Mrs. Elizabeth Irwin’s land. The following statements of Robert Irwin and Elizabeth Irwin are all the reply I deem it necessary to make and their publication in your paper I ask as a matter of justice to myself and the public.

Wm. H. Neece.


Statement of Robert Irwin.

Editors of the Macomb Journal:

Dear Sir – I take this opportunity to request you to correct a statement in your issue of last week in regard to a certain tax certificate purchased by W. H. Neece in 1860, on the land owned by the heirs of James Irwin, sen’r deceased. The statement as it is made does great injustice to Mr. Neece. – The facts of the transaction are as follows: before the land sales of 1860 my brother, James Irwin, sold Mr. Neece a horse. – Neece was to pay the tax on the land in question, and it was understood between my brother and Mr. Neece in regard to the sale of the land to the highest bidder, that Neece was to see that the taxes were paid, and was to have credit on the purchase of the horse or the amount of the tax. – Sometime after this, brother and Neece settled, Neece only claiming a credit of about twenty dollars, and the balance be paid over to my brother. The settlement was perfectly amicable and agreeable to both Mr. Neece and my brother.

Sometime after this Mr. Wm. H. Randolph persuaded my mother that he could make something for her – that he could recover it all off Neece – promising to pay all cost, &c. The suit was commenced, but nothing was recovered; the suit was abandoned.

And as for Neece demanding the double of the tax or any other sum o my mother, or any of us, it is entirely false. The transaction was satisfactory with both my brother and myself, and there never would have been any trouble if it haqd not been for the conduct of Mr. Randolph. You can rely on this fact that Neece never claimed the benefit o his contract off my brother nor was he compelled to pay any amount by virtue of said suit.

Robert Irwin.

Certificate Of Elizabeth Irwin.

            I have just read a note signed by my son, Robert Irwin, in regard to a certain editorial in the Macomb Journal, bringing in question the character of Wm. H. Neece. The facts stated in my son’s note are true, as I understand them.

Elizabeth Irwin.

            Oct. 3rd, 1864.

Statement of W. H. Randolph.

Macomb, Oct. 5, 1864.

Editor Macomb Journal,

Dear Sir – I have been shown a statement by Wm. H. Neece for publication in the Macomb Journal, in which my name is used and my conduct criticised, and as said statement abound in falsehood and misrepresentation, I deem it but just to myself and the public that a plain, unreserved and truthful statement of all facts connected with the case should be published.

Sometime in the summer of 1860 it came to my knowledge [fold] had purchased at a sale for taxes a certain tract of land belonging to the heirs of James Irwin, deceased, and occupied by the widow of the deceased. I ascertained from the record that Mr. Neece had paid the sum of seventy-eight cents, including costs, for said tract of land, and that in a settlement with the widow and her sons for the same, he had charged them the value of a good horse. I thought this looked something like extortion, if not downright swindling, and I felt indignant that it should be practiced upon a widow with limited means who in her honest simplicity had supposed the amount charged by Mr. Neece to be his honest due. I gave to Mrs. Irwin a true version of the facts in the case, and at the request of the widow and her sons in their behalf, I commenced a suit against Mr. Neece for the amount which he had extorted from them. Upon learning of the suit, Mr. Neece met me upon the street, and heaped upon me the most vile abuse, accompanied by threats of personal violence, because I would not withdraw the suit. The case came to trial before Justice Wm. S. Hail, and resulted in a verdict against Mr. Neece of twenty-nine dollars and forty-seven cents.

A few days since I was at the house of Mrs. Irwin and her sons in company with Mr. C. L. Sanders. Mrs. I, and her son expressed regret that such a man as Mr. Neece should have been nominated as a candidate for the legislature, and expressed themselves as decidedly hostile to his election. They also took occasion to express their warmest thanks to me for the part I had taken in this matter, and gave me full authority, whenever I should deem it expedient, to make public these facts.

A transcript of this suit from the docket of Justice Hail, as well as the original certificate of purchase by the County Clerk to Wm. H. Neece, in which it is shown that seventy-eight cents was the sum paid by Mr. Neece for the land of Mrs. Irwin, I have placed in the hands of the editors of the Journal for the inspection of any person who questions the correctness of this statement.

Wm. H. Randolph.

Statement of C. L. Sanders.

Journal Office, Oct. 5th, 1864.


Having accompanied Mr. Randolph to the widow Irwin’s some three weeks ago, and heard the statement as made by her son James, — every word of which was endorsed by the mother – I think it incumbent upon myself, since Mr. Neece has seen proper to deny it – to endorse the statement of Mr. Randolph as far as the interview was concerned. The facts substantiated, not only the developments made in the Journal of last week, but the same as represented in Mr. Randolph’s statement.

The son James – since deceased – said on that occasion that, “Mr. Neece had acted the rascal with his mother, and if he lived to get to the polls in November, he would vote against Neece and the party which countenanced such villany.” He furthermore declared, that he had no objection to a full publication of all the facts connected with the case, in which assertion he was sustained by his mother.

The suit never was withdrawn, which fact is established by the justice’s docket, a transcript of which, together with the original certificate of purchase is in the Journal office for the inspection of all incredulous ones.

C. L. Sanders.



Facts to be Remembered.

            REMEMBER that Wm. H. Neece, the peace candidate for the legislature, endeavored through chicanery and fraud to take advantage of a poor widow, who, reposing trust in him, was wronged out of a portion of her hard earnings.

REMEMBER, that John H. Hungate, the copperhead candidate for Circuit Clerk, was secretary of an indignation meeting, held at Campbell’s Hall, in February last, where the soldiers were disparaged and villified.

REMEMBER, that L. F. Smith, the secession candidate for Sheriff, wrote a letter to a member of the 2nd Ill. Cav., advising him to desert.

REMEMBER, that arrayed against these men we have Alexander Blackburn, the poor man’s friend, for the legislature; John B. Cummings, the sturdy friend and defender of the soldier, for Circuit Clerk, and Capt. G. L. Farwell, who has served his country faithfully and honorably for three years, for Sheriff.



S C R I B B L I N G S.
By J. K. M.

            The draft has caught Charley Mead, of the C. B. & Q. R. R., and John Wood, jr., son of ex-Gov. Wood, both of Quincy. A son of Hon. I. N. Morris is also among the lucky ones.

            Vallandigham supports McClellan for the Presidency. Has Val become a War Democrat, or has Mac become a Peace Democrat? Who can answer?

            The Eagle of last week publishes a “remarkable article” from the Richmond Enquirer. Here is another “remarkable article” from the same paper of July 30th:

“We regard Gen. Lee as an arrant pipe-layer for the Democratic Convention at Chicago, and Gen. Early has gone over to stump the States of Maryland and Pennsylvania for the peace party.”

The following from the Charleston Mercury of the 5th ult., the Eagle might also style as “remarkable” but I can’t see any thing remarkable in it:

“If we hold our own and prevent further military successes on the part of our foes, there is every prospect that McClellan will be elected, and his election on the Chicago platform must lead to peace and our independence.”

            The fifth resolution in the Chicago Peace Platform speaks of the shameful disregard of the administration in respect to “our fellow citizens who now are, and long have been, prisoners of war.” This is supposed to apply to the rebel prisoners now in our hands, and under “arbitrary arrest” at camp Chase, Rock Island, and other places.

            The Eagle is shedding tears of bitter grief over the “thirty-five thousand soldiers confined in the rebel house of death” at Richmond. I am glad to perceive this show of sympathy for Union soldiers. I have read in times past in the Eagle that every life taken in this war was unjustifiable as life taken contrary to civil law, and hence, according to the Eagle logic, these 35,000 soldiers were no better than murderers. – But now the Eagle wails and laments over the sufferings of these poor soldiers. Out upon such hypocrisy. – There is not a Union soldier in rebel hands but who would spurn with contempt all such sympathy as that proffered by the Eagle. Some of these prisoners have destitute families residing in this county, and what has your copperhead Board of Supervisors done in the way of affording them relief? – Why nothing – absolutely nothing! I have seen and conversed with many exchanged prisoners, but I have never found one in sympathy with the copperhead, disunion doctrines preached in the Macomb Eagle. And the Eagle has the effrontery to claim them all, or nearly all, for McClellan. They would see Little Mac and the Eagle in the bottomless pit first.

            Some few days since there were three or four good and true Union men of this city engaged in a neighborly conversation upon the political aspect of the times, when it was remarked by one of the party that he believed a fair and candid public discussion of the respective merits of Lincoln and McClellan would result in good to the Union cause. These gentlemen, knowing the ready disposition of our neighbor Abbott to expound the principles of Democracy according to Vallandigham, were of opinion that he was a fit representative of the Democracy of this county, and my own name was suggested as one who would probably be willing to meet him on the stump in defence of Union principles. One of the party soon after saw Mr. Abbott and broached the matter to him, and he requested a few days for consideration. – I was then approached upon the subject and for the first time informed of what had transpired. I expressed myself as having no objection, to meeting Mr. Abbott in public discussion, if all parties were agreed. Mr. Abbott was then informed of my willingness to meet him, and by this time Abbott had discovered insuperable objections to meeting me in discussion. And now, my dear readers, I regret that I am unable to tell you just what those objections [obscured] Mr. Abbott said they were of a personal nature. Well, now, you can guess the character of those objections. Mr. Abbott is a very tidy man, and I wear soldier’s clothes, which may be distasteful to him. Or perhaps Mr. Abbott may have laid it to heart, that little affair where he called me a poltroon, and I called him a liar. Now if I should condescend to meet Mr. Abbott on the stump I can’t conceive of any objection that he might not waive in compensation for my condescension. But nevertheless, I am willing to go still further. I cannot agree to lay aside my soldier’s clothes – I am too proud of them – but I will agree to wash and shave up, and put on a clean shirt, and try and look as neat and tidy as Mr. Abbott himself, if he will only consent to divide time with me in discussing before the people of the county the political issues which divide us.



→ Brown on the south side of public square is taking the lead in selling boots and shoes, or hats and caps, for he has on hand and is receiving the best stock ever brought here. He keeps a full assortment, from an infants shoe to a heavy custom made kip boot. And he can and will sell cheaper than any other house here. If you want to save money in buying goods in his line, go and look at his stock and prices before buying.



Meeting at the Court-House. – An adjourned meeting of the Lincoln and Johnson club, convened at the Court House on Monday evening, a goodly number being in attendance. – The Rev. Mr. Rhea, Pastor of the M. E. Church addressed the audience, and we regret that our space will not permit us to give his remarks at length. – For two hours he held the audience spell bound, by the eloquent logic of a devoted Union man. In the course of this address, he remarked, that no doubt his speech would be heard from again, but he considered it as much his duty to proclaim loyalty and fealty to his country, as a citizen, as to preach the doctrine of the Bible in his capacity of minister, and his mouth could not be locked for dollars and cents.

We hope to have the pleasure of hearing Mr. Rhea again, and bespeak for him, the approval of all loyal men in the country.



Good News. – A letter from Lloyd Thomas, Co. A, 16th V. V. Inf. informs us that Sergt. G. L. Hainline, Corp. W. H. Hainline and Private James M. Forrest, have returned to the regiment having been exchanged. The three [?] young fellows – it will be remembered – were captured on the 20th of July and we congratulate them on so early a return to God’s people. They deserve a furlough and a vote for Abraham Lincoln, which they will cast if home in time for the election. Mr. Thomas also informs us that the 16th has lost none of its loyalty; but with few exceptions are for the re-election of Mr. Lincoln and a further vigorous prosecution of the war. Bully for the 16th.



→ A Union meeting will be held in Bethel township Saturday evening, 9th inst., at the school house near the residence of George Venard. Good speakers have promised to attend.



A Nuisance. – For some nights back, the good citizens of this moral city, have been disturbed by a party of midnight prowlers, who, with tin horns, drums, and every other conceivable noisy instrument makes night hideous with their dissipated carousels. When we reflect that we have a constabulary and yet no measures taken to stop these disturbances, we are inclined to believe that the anti-license law is not much of a benefit at last. Some of these young bloods are known, and a continuance of this nuisance will compel us to publish the names, if our city authorities do not take the matter in hand.



Lincoln and Johnson Club. – A meeting was held at the Court House on Friday night for the purpose of organizing this club, when the organization was completed by the election of the following officer.

President, O. F. Piper,

Vice do.   Thos. Freeman.

Secretary, James Venable.

Treasurer, Geo. W. Bailey.



At Campbell’s Hall To-Night. – Prof. Clamber, the celebrated Wizard of the Alps, gives one of his highly amusing and interesting entertainments at Campbell’s Hall this evening. Our exchanges speak highly of the Professor wherever he has been. We can safely promise a rich treat to all who attend.



Glee Club. – We have the pleasure to announce that we will now have in Macomb good local music throughout the campaign. Under the immediate supervision of those talented vocalists, F. R. Kyle and Geo. W. Bailey, a glee club has been organized, among the members of which we note, Mr. D. M. Graves, and Mr. R. McDonald. We speak from personal knowledge, when we say that all who hear them, will say they are more than fair representatives of the Lumbard, Bro.’s. They sing to-day (Friday) at the mass meeting. Let all who love good local music go and hear the Lincoln and Johnson glee club.



A Raid on the Randolph House. – On Friday night a number of young ladies and gentlemen, took possession – but not forcibly – of the dancing hall and parlors of this popular Hotel. – The occasion was one of uninterrupted enjoyment, and after dancing muchly, and partaking of the good things furnished by the Proprietor each and every young gallant, took unto himself a fair daughter of Eve – not matrimonially – and wended their way homeward rejoicing.



The meeting at Springfield. – D. G. Tunnicliffs Esq. and Capt. G. L. Farwell returned yesterday, (Thursday) morning from Springfield, and gives us a glowing description of the mass meeting held there on Wednesday. Gov. Yates, Wm. Pitt Kellogg, Gen. Jno. A. Logan and other able speakers were present to address the immense assemblage which had congregated to hear the truth expounded. The good work goes on and it does us an immense amount of good to record the enthusiasm which greets our speakers upon every occasion.



The 137th. — This regiment of hundred days men was mustered out on the 24th ult. The boys from this county have all, or nearly all arrived at home looking none the worse, for their brief sojourn in Dixie. Thad. Huston, who was wounded in the attack of Forest on Memphis is able to be about on crutches. The regiment has not yet been paid, but are expecting payment next week. A vote was taken in the regiment at C. B. on the Presidential question which resulted as follows:

For Lincoln                                                   596.
For McClellan,                                               48.



→ The Lincoln & Johnson club meets at the court house every Monday evening. Speakers have been engaged for the next meeting.



Dick Yates!




The Draft.

            The drawing for this county commenced on Wednesday. We have heard from six townships, the result of which we publish below.

Walnut Grove.

James Ewing,                          Moses Hoyt,
Charles Elting,                        James Boyles,
G. W. Curtis,                           Harvey Dugan,
Henry Herlocker,                    Frederick Cruser,
Christian Englehart,                — Tracy,
A. W. Lancy,                          William D. Stark,
George Hoy,                           Thomas McMahan,
Wesley Dodge,                       William Thompson,
Jackson W. Sneider,                George Harmon,
Samuel Noel,                           Franklin Thompson,
James Langston,                      Elijah Boyles,
William Tanner,                       J. G. L. Michel,
John M. Bowers                      Lewis Evelsizer.


                                    William C. McGrath,              Jonas Ringer,
William H. Parker,                  Thomas W. Nunn,
William McHenry,                  George Jones,
George Suntker,                      Alfred N. Chase,
Francis M. Bash,                     Jonas Lindsey,
Francis M. Beck,                     Samuel Jones,
John F. Watson,                      Isaac P. Monfort,
Robert Littleson,                     Rich’d M. Hammer,
James Boyd,                            Archibald Watson,
Thomas L. Sanders,                John A. Provine,
Weston Simmons,                   Charles Andrews.

New Salem.

                                    William Mercer,                      Thompson Wilkey,
Andrew J. Grimm,                  William Leety,
John Vaughn,                          Barton Husted,
Willis Graves,                          William B. Swango,
John Carrelson,                       John Douglas,
David Littlejohn,                    George McQueed,
Reuben J. Nebergall,               Solomon Cox,
George T. Harland,                 Shadrack Mitchell,
Joseph Chambers,                   David Miller.


                                    James Langston,                      William Darnshan,
David Breener,                        Thomas W. Ausbury,
Jonathan A. Mick,                   Woodford Chappell,
Peter Van Buren,                    James Hartford,
George Cox,                            W. R. Pennington,
Henry Long,                            Thomas E. Smedley,
James T. Pile,                          Enoch C. Dawson,
Elijah Keach,                           Erastus Eastman,
George R. Price,                      Moore Marshall,
John W. Chipman,                  John A. Seward.


                                    John Caley,                             John Beal,
James Lawrence,                     Leonard Yeast,
John H. Croul,                         John Wrel,
Nicholas Comes,                     James Thompson,
Jacob Wagoner,                       Richard S. Smith,
Benj. F. Hartsook,                   Elias Steel,
Tobias P. Little,                       Jacob E. Medaris,
Leander Quait,                                    Benj. F. Smith,
John W. Putnam,                     Esa Boaz,
Elias Kelsoe,                           William Word,
Augustus Garrett,                   David A. Calliflower,
Joseph Moirin,             Martin V. Markham.


                                    Christopher Vail.                     John Peak.


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