October 15, 1864

Macomb Eagle

Pennsylvania all Right!

Ohio and Indiana Coming!

“Little Mac” the next President.

Old Abe up Salt River and no chance to swap Horses!


            Pennsylvania stands firm for the people and the Constitution. The Keystone State still nobly and firmly supports the arch of the Union. She votes for McClellan. The Democratic majority is about 10,000, and the soldiers will increase it, because they are voting for McClellan and the Union. With Pennsylvania the Democracy can elect the President. Pennsylvania always votes for the candidate that is successful. New York is with her in this fight. The glorious phalanx of the Northwest will spring to the contest with renewed courage. The news from Ohio is full of hope. We have gained 75,000 on the vote of last year, and complete returns may give us a majority. Indiana is not unfavorable. The abolitionists claim five to ten thousand majority. Both these States can be carried in November. McClellan will be the next President, and drafting will be stopped, our prisoners released, the Union be restored, domestic tranquility preserved, the general welfare promoted, and the numberless blessings of peace showered upon the land. Lincoln and war and disunion are played out. Be of good heart, and make one grand effort for Illinois. The Prairie State must not be lacking nor lagging. Pennsylvania calls to our Democracy. Rally, rouse to the work – for our country’s salvation draweth night.

“Sound the loud timbrel o’er land and o’er sea,
Jehovah has triumphed – his people are free.”



“To Whom it may Concern.”

            We give below the entire list of drafted men – 210 in number – for this county. It is a heavy list, and has carried anxiety and distress to more than two hundred households in the county. A good many will furnish substitutes, but others are too poor to do that, and will therefore have to submit to being dragged off under guard, shut up in filthy pens with niggers and jail-birds, and finally sent to the front to be killed in a war not to restore the Union, but to compel the “abandonment of slavery.” This will not be the last draft, if Lincoln should be elected again. The man who votes for the administration votes for more useless slaughter, more drafts, more tears, more taxes, more orphans, more sorrow, more niggers. Let these two hundred and ten names be living and speaking arguments against the continuance of a policy that will render necessary the recurrence of these scenes of anxiety and suffering.


                                    1.  D. Prophet,                        12. Bedford Graham,
2. T. J. Wallace,                      13. W. L. Wilson,
3. D. W. Badger,                     14. Alexander Cosland,
4. Ben Parrish,                        15. W. H. Grigsby,
5. James Parrish,                    16. J. V. Banks,
6. A. Huff,                                 17. G. W. Hickerson,
7. James Bice,                          18. H. Hainline,
8. Marcellus Shyrack,             19. James Hays,
9. A. Zimmerman,                   20. Abner C. Keithley,
10. Henry Cord,                      21. Jacob Colton,
11. J. H. Milsap,                      22. John Bond.


                                    1. Thos B. Lillard,                   6. Robt. McCutcheon,
2. Samuel Godfrey,                 7. Wm McMillan,
3. John N. Burr,                      8. Horace Avery,
4. Geo A. Cover,                      9. Charles Stephens,
5. Robt. J. Thornburg,           10. Wm M. Reid.


                                     1.Benj Provolt,                        8. John Buxton,
2. W Prince,                             9. Wm Warren,
3. C. M. Smith,                       10. John Kitt,
4. Richard Jones,                    11. David Allen,
5. John Arthur,                        12. George Castle,
6. John Scott,                          13. W H. Dudley,
7. James Allen,                        14. Charles Blandin.


1. E Hickman,                         9. W G. Nesbit,
2. James Carter,                      10. B F. Wheeler,
3. Daniel Wood,                      11. John B. Purdy,
4. John Askew,                        12. Jack Humbard,
5. A T. Lea,                               13. Wesley Bugg,
6. Louis P. Atkinson,              14. W B. Naylor,
7. Randolph Inman,                Robert McCord,
8. M Bergen,                            15. Benj Guy.


                                    1.Edward Powell,                  12. Chancellor Sanford,
2. R McGuffey,                      13. William Wier,
3. John Sammons,                   14. Wesley Ralston,
4. R Huston,                            15. Thos Simmonds,
5. Ralph M. Brown,                16. James Woodard,
6. Wm Goodrich,                    17. Bird Roberts,
7. Aug P. Garrett,                   18. Silas J. James,
8. John Watts,                         19. David Toland,
9. John S. Shootman,              20. Pink Whittington,
10. Andrew Wear,                  21. Benj Griffin,
11. A J. Hortey,                      22. Joseph J. Monk.


                                    1.  John I. Dunsworth,             8. Cleaver C. Horrell,
2. Benj Miller,                           9. Jacob Allen,
3. J Freshwater,                       10. Geo B. Reed,
4. John Smizer,                        11. Isaac L. Tayor,
5. A. J. Dunsworth,                 12. John Stoneking,
6. John Vorhes,                       13. Wm Monk,
7. Geo G. Vennard,                  14. Abraham Rush.


                                    1. Jas Langston,                      11. Wm Carnahan,
2. David Bruner,                     12. Thos W. Ausbury,
3. Johnathan A. Mick,            13. Woodford Chappell,
4. Peter Van Buren,                14. James Hartford,
5. George Cox,                         15. W. R. Pennington,
6. Henry Long,                        16. Thos G. Smedley,
7. James T. Pyle,                     17. E C. Dawson,
8. Elisha Keach,                      18. Erastus Eastman,
9. Geo R. Price,                       19. Moore Marshall,
10. J W. Chipman,                  20. J A. Seward.

New Salem.

                                    1.    Wm Mercer,                      10. Thompson Milkey,
2. A J. Grimm,                         11. Wm Loots,
3. John Vaughn,                      12. Barton Husted,
4. Willis Graves,                      13. W B. Swango,
5. John Carrison,                     14. John Douglass,
6. David Littlejohn,                15. George McQueen,
7. Reuben Nebergall,              16. Solomon Cox,
8. Geo T. Harland,                  17. Shadrack Mitchell,
9. Joseph Chambers,               18. David Miller.


                                    1.   John Kaley,                         13. John Beale,
2. Jas Lawrence,                      14. Leonard Yeast,
3. John H. Crall,                       15. John Wrell,
4. N Towns,                               16. Jas Thompson,
5. Jacob Wagner,                     17. R L Smith,
6. B F. Hartsook,                     18. Elias Steele,
7. T B Little,                              19. Jacob E. Meadows,
8. B Quate,                               20. B F Smith,
9. J N Putnam,                        21. A Boaz,
10. I S Kelso,                            22. Wm Work,
11. A Garrett,                            23. D A Colleflower,
12. Joseph Melvin,                  24. M V. Markham.


                                    1.  W C. McGrath,                   12. Jonas Ringer,
2. Wm H. Parker,                    13. Thos W. Nunn,
3. Wm McHenry,                    14. George Jones,
4. George Suntker,                  15. Albert M. Chase,
5. F M. Bash,                          16. Jonas Lindsey,
6. F M. Beck,                          17. Samuel Jones,
7. John F Watson                    18. I P Monfort
8. Robt Littleson,                    19. R M. Hammer,
9. James Boyd,                        20. Archibald Watson,
10. T S Saunders,                    21. J A Provine,
11. W Simmonds,                   22. Chas Andrews.

Walnut Grove.

                                     1. James Ewing,                    14. Moses Hoyt,
2. Charles Elting,                    15. James Boyles,
3. Geo W. Curtis,                    16. Harvey Dungan,
4. H Hallocker,                        17. Frederick Cruser,
5. Christian Englehart,         18. Warnell Tracey,
6. A. W. Laney,                       19. Wm D Starke,
7. George Hay,                        20. Thomas McMahan,
8. Wesley Dodge,                   21. W Thompson,
9. J W Sneider,                       22. Herman George,
10. Samuel Towler,                23. F Thompson,
11. James Langston,               24. E T Boyles,
12. Wm Tanner,                      25. J D Mitchell,
13. J M. Bowers,                     26. Lewis Ebelsizer.


  1. Christopher Vail,                 2. John Peak.


Mr. Neece and his Traducers.

            We hope that no one of our readers, when they read the triumphant vindication furnished by Mr. Neece last week, supposed that the abolition clique of this county would give up the matter without an effort. We have known animals too long – have been cognizant of too many of their tricks – to suppose that they would give up the game in the face of the clearest proof, or that they would abandon their cherished maxim that “a lie well stuck to is as good as the truth.” We were prepared therefore to find a reiteration of their falsehood; but we were not prepared for their attempt to impeach the veracity of not only Robert Irwin, but also of his aged and respectable mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Irwin. – Two men undertake this, and say they visited James Irwin, while he lay sick in bed, to get from him a statement that would damage the character of Mr. Neece. James Irwin never recovered from that sickness, and no longer able to give a contradiction, these two abolition worthies report what they say he had told them. What do honest people think of this? These abolitionists importuned and dogged a man in his dying sickness, for some words whereby they could manufacture a story about a Democratic candidate. They wait several weeks, till the man dies and is buried, and then they make public their startling declarations! Why did they not publish this before James Irwin died? Why did they hold it back for weeks, till they knew he was beyond the power of giving a contradiction? – Unfortunately for them Mrs. Elizabeth Irwin says she was present when these two men called to see her son James – that she heard their conversation, all of it – and that James Irwin gave no such statement as these men have published. If the question of veracity lay merely between Mrs. Irwin – an honest woman, and who has no possible motive for prevarication in the matter – on the one hand and these two scheming abolition demagogues on the other, who could doubt which to believe? But Mrs. Irwin is supported by the testimony of her son Robert, who was knowing to all the facts, who was pecuniarily interested, and who says that Mr. Neece never attempted to take any advantage of his brother, and that their settlement was entirely amicable and satisfactory to all concerned.

We leave these facts for the people of this county to reflect upon.


            → Capt. Lipe’s fine Morgan stallion was found dead in his stable on Wednesday morning. He was a very valuable animal and got $2,500 last spring. A fine mare, also belonging to Capt. Lipe, and worth over $300 was found dead on Sunday morning previous. Most persons will be inclined to suspect foul play; it is hardly probable that both were accidental deaths. If they were poisoned, the wretch who did it deserves the severest punishment that human ingenuity can inflict. On Thursday morning a valuable mare belonging to Mr. Shumate, which had been in the stall occupied by the horses, also died. We learn also that Mr. Lipe has lost a valuable gelding in the same mysterious war. There is terrible villainy connected with this.


            → Woodford Chappell, drafted in Eldorado township, has not lived in that township for some two years. He was entered in Industry township, and also in Schuyler county. We are told that one J. W. B[?] entered him in Eldorado this summer. – There’s accuracy for you – B[?] ought to have some public office.


            → James Langston is the “luckiest” man we have heard of. He was enrolled in Eldorado and Walnut Grove townships, and got drafted in both. If he goes himself and furnishes a substitute it may be sufficient to exempt him for one year.


            → Johnny Westfall, at the express office, has a fine lot of McClellan badges, photographs, and flags. Also school books, stationery, notions, and various useful and fancy articles.


The Calumny against Frank Smith.

            “Remember that L. F. Smith, the secession candidate for sheriff, wrote a letter to a member of the 2nd Illinois Cavalry, advising him to desert.”

The above appeared in the abolition paper of this county last week. The letter alluded to was written to William Cockerham, son of Andrew J. Cockerham of this county. Mr. Smith, being unable as yet to procure the original letter, has taken the trouble to procure affidavits as to its contents, which, together with a note from Mr. Smith, we publish below:

            Mr. Editor: Having been unable as yet to procure that letter which I wrote to William Cockerham, in which you assert that I told him to “desert” and come home and he would be protected, I herewith furnish for you to publish, the affidavits of the following gentlemen – two of whom have read my letter to said Cockerham, and the other two were told by said Wm. Cockerham himself, when at home last spring, just what they testify to in their affidavits. And I will here say that none of these men are in any way related to me, and there can be no inference drawn in that quarter; and that one of them, Mr. Scott, is a very strong Republican. I will further say that I have written to said Cockerham for the letter, (which I can prove by two witnesses,) and that so soon as I can obtain said letter you shall have it for publication.

            I remain your friend,

L. F. Smith.

Affidavit of Alexander Smith and Jeremiah Smith.

Scotland Township, Oct. 10, ’64.

            Alexander Smith being duly sworn says that William Cockerham told him there was nothing in any letter written to him by L. F. Smith, which told him to desert and come home and he would be protected, or even encouraged or intimated such a thing.

Jeremiah Smith being duly sworn says that William Cockerham told him the same as stated by his brother [Alex. Smith.]                                                            Jeremiah Smith.

I, Robert McNair, Justice of the Peace, do testify that Alexander Smith and Jeremiah Smith were duly sworn before me this 10th [Oct.] 1864.

Affidavit of John Scott.

            Scotland Township, Oct. 10, 1864.

Mr. John J. Scott being duly sworn says that, I read a portion of a letter that L. F. Smith wrote to William Cockerham and sent to him by F. F. Patrick, and heard the letter read by Wm. Cockerham and that there was nothing in it telling the soldiers to desert and come home. But the letter contained very abusive language against the administration and the Republican party, and, as I thought, calculated to discourage soldiers in the field.

John Scott.

            I, Robert McNair, Justice of the Peace, do hereby testify that John J. Scott was duly sworn before me, this 10th day of October, 1864.

Robert McNair, J. P.

Affidavit of Andrew J. Cockerham.

Tennessee Township, Oct. 5, 1864.

            Andrew J. Cockerham being duly sworn says that, I saw L. F. Smith in Macomb on the 13th day of July, 1863 it being the day that H. Clay Dean spoke in said city, and that he requested the said Smith to write to his son William Cockerham then in the army, and relieve his mind of certain false impressions that he had received from letters written to the army by persons at home, viz: that the Democrats at home were all copperheads, and in league with Jeff. Davis. Said Smith agreed to do so, and that my son when at home in March, 1864, told me he did receive a letter from said Smith, and that he (William) had said letter with him when at home. I read the letter myself, and William also read said letter to his mother and all of my family that were at home at the time. The reason of his and my reading said letter being that certain persons had said I and Mr. Smith and others had been writing to said William Cockerham and had told him to desert the army and come home. I further declare that there was no such advice given or even intimated in said L. F. Smith’s letter, which I read. And I further declare that William Cockerham my son told me that neither I nor said L. F. Smith had ever advised or even intimated such a thing to him, and that the whole thing was a lie from beginning to end.

Andrew J. Cockerham.

            Subscribed and sworn to before me, the 5th day of October, 1864.

Samuel A. Knott, J. P.



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