December 23, 1864

Macomb Journal

Hancock’s Corps.

            As will be seen by a letter published in another column in this paper, a large bounty is offered to veterans who enlist in this corps. We have a large number of veterans in this county – quite enough for a full company – who would enlist if they knew anything of this corps. It is to be composed exclusively of those who have served two or more years and have been honorably discharged. Let an effort immediately be made to raise a company here.


From Rebeldom.

            New York, Dec. 19. – The Richmond Enquirer of the 15th has a series of official editorials in favor of arming slaves, and says: ‘General Lee is in favor of the propostion.’ The Enquirer says: ‘When we supplicate European nations for help, we must be prepared to receive it on their conditions, which will be the abolition of slavery.’ It also asks: ‘Shall we prolong the war sacrifice our children, and destroy our country for the sake of the negro?’ It concludes: ‘We hate, detest, despise the enemy far more than we love slavery.’


Official Dispatches from Sherman.

            The following official dispatch from Gen. Sherman, is to the 13th.

General Havens’ division of the 15th Corps carried Fort McAllister by assault, capturing its entire garrison and stores. This opened to us the Ossabaw Sound, and I passed down to this gunboat to communicate with the fleet. Before opening communications we had completely destroyed all railroads leading into Savannah, and invested the city. The left is on the Savannah river, ten miles above the city, and the right on the Ogechee at King’s Bridge.

The army is in splendid order, the weather fine, and supplies abundant. – Our march was most agreeable and not molested by guerillas. We reached Savannah three days ago, but owing to Fort McAllister we could not communicate; but now we have Fort McAllister, we can go ahead. We have captured two boats on Savannah river, and prevented their gunboats from coming down. The estimated population of Savannah is 25,000, and the garrison 15,000. General Hardee commands.

We have not lost a wagon on the trip, but have gathered in a large supply of negroes, mules and horses. – Our teams are in better condition than when we started. My first duty will be to clear the army of superfluous negroes, mules and horses.

I have utterly destroyed over two hundred miles of rail, and consumed all stores and provisions that were essential to the armies of Lee and Hood.

The quick work made with McAllister, and the opening of communication with our fleet, and consequent independence for supplies, dissipates all their boasted threats to head me off and starve the army.

I regard Savannah as already gained.

Yours truly,

(Signed) W. T. SHERMAN,
Major General.


Official Bulletin.

War Department,
Dec. 17th, 1864

To Maj. Gen. Dix:

Dispatches have been received to-day from Gen. Foster, who had a personal interview on the morning of Wednesday, the 14th inst., with Gen. Sherman at Fort McAllister, which had been taken by assault on the preceeding day.

Savannah was closely besieged, and its capture with the rebel forces there was confidently expected. It was to be summoned in two days, and if not surrendered Sherman would open his batteries upon it.

Gen. Foster reports that Sherman’s army is in splendid condition, having lived on its march on turkeys, chickens, sweet potatoes and other god things in the richest part of Georgia.

Nothing has been heard from Gen. Thomas to-day. Unofficial dispatches state that the Provost Marshal at Louisville reports 5,000 prisoners and 39 pieces of artillery as being already secured. It is ascertained that in transmitting Gen. Thomas’ report last night a telegraphic mistake was made at Louisville or Nashville in the estimated number of our casualties. The dispatch written by General Thomas stated that his whole loss would not exceed 3,000, and that very few were killed.

A dispatch from Lexington this evening states that on the 13th inst., at Kingsport, Tenn., Gen. Burbridge had a fight with Basil Duke’s brigade, formerly Gen. John Morgan’s, and routed it with a loss to the enemy of 150 killed, wounded and prisoners and their train. Dick Morgan, brother of John, was captured.


Battles in which the 11th Illinois Cavalry
Volunteers have Participated.

            Pittsburg Landing, April 1862; Saulsbury, July, 1862; Middlesburg, August, 1862; Corinth, October, 1862; Lexington, December, 1862; Parker’s Cross Roads, December, 1862; Panola, June, 1863; Bolivar, July, 1863; Benton, October, 1863; Bochita Creek, Bolton, February, 1864; Jackson, February, 1864; Brandon, February, 1864; Meridian, February, 1864; Enterprize February, 1864; Sharon, February, 1864; Canton, February, 1864; Yazoo City, May, 1864.


Home Knit Socks.

            A Good Stock to be found and for sale at less than yarn prices – at the Store of John Venable.


            Good Financiering. – At the last meeting of the City Council, of this city, we had a small bill presented to them for printing and advertising, which on being handed to the “Finance Committee,” was approved with the exception of one item, and that was for an advertisement that we had published over three months. Our bill for that one item was fifteen dollars. This, the worthy “finance” thought was a little too steep, and they concluded to cut it down “a few” which they proceeded to do after the manner of the Dutchman keeping tavern – like h-l! for they cut it down seventeen dollars and fifty cents, just two dollars more than our bill called for. SO we had the “fun” of paying $2,50 for publishing an “ad.” for the city for three months.


            Skating Park. – It may not be known to the world at large [and we believe our city fathers are ignorant of the fact,] that we have a skating park in our midst, whereon the boys slide, and glide, and slip, and fall down, and get up, &c. Well, we have, and it is situated on the northwest corner of the square, just in front of our office. We admire the plan of having it located in so central a position. Hurrah for the skating park of Macomb!


            Save Your Fuel. – The price of coal and wood is high, and the prospect is that it will be still higher, consequently every person who has fuel to buy, should study how to economize the article. We believe, by a short trial, that Verbeck & Walker’s “New Patent Damper” is just the thing. It allows the smoke and gas to escape freely. The agent is now in this city, and will call on our citizens for the purpose of showing and explaining the merits of the damper. Every one can have an opportunity to try it in their stoves before purchasing. One can be seen in operation at our office.


            China Goods. – A nice assortment of China goods for the holidays just received at Clarke’s Book Store.


            Another Letter. – We have received another letter from Mr. Magie, dated at Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 14th, but too late for insertion this week. – It bears the marks of fire on the edge. Mr. Magie writes that he expects to rejoin his regiment as soon as Sherman is heard from certain.


            Read and Reflect. – In these days of shoddy we should be on the look out for good goods, and the question is often asked where they can be found. – We can answer the question by referring every one to the new store of S. H. Williams, northeast corner of the square, in Jordan’s building. His stock of goods is good, and no mistake. Just stop in some time as you are passing by, and see how nice a store can be arranged.


            It Snows, It Blows, — And with these comes a desire to don heavy woolens, which reminds us that those in need of coverlets, blankets, jeans, satinets, cassimeres, Unions, flannels, hosiery, stocking yarns, rag carpet and carpet yarn, and tailor’s trimmings, cannot go to a house in town where they will find a better assortment of such goods, then to Venable’s, on the north side of the square, who has on hand a large assortment of homemade woolen goods. Call and see him, if you want goods that are made of No. 1 material – minus the shoddy.


            New Grocery Establishment. – Messrs. Knapper & Cyrus have opened a new and extensive grocery establishment on the west side of the square, in Campbell’s frame building, where they intend to keep as large and well selected stock of groceries, &c., as can be found in the city. Their goods are all fresh, and are arranged tastily on the shelves, and present a attractive appearance. Give them a call. See new advertisement in another column.


            Gift Books. – S. J. Clarke & Co. have just received the largest stock of rich and elegant gift books ever brought to this city, just the thing for a young man to present to his Dulcina. We will pledge our word, young man, that you can receive the affections of any young lady by presenting her with one of these books or Photographic Albums. Try it and see.


            → The cattle law of this city is enforced by the authorities. We are glad of it, and we wish they would enforce other laws – the liquor law for instance. From our back windows we often see men go into the back door of a certain chebang – for what? – water, perhaps.


            Improvements. – It has been some time since we have chronicled the improvements in our city, but seeing that our “city dads” have put up a small house over the city scales, for the comfort of the weigher, we concluded we would “put it in print.”


            → We learn that there was a man killed by being run over by the cars near Tennessee, in this county, on Monday last. name not known to us.


            Dramatic. – The dramatic association of this city have in rehearsal several plays and farces with which they design to entertain our citizens shortly, due notice of which will be given.


            → We are often asked at what hour the post office is opened on Sunday. We do not know, as the post master keeps that information dark. – Our columns are open to him free to advertise the hours for the benefit of our patrons and ourselves.


            → “Look out for the Cars when the Bell rings.” Clarke & Co. have just received a lot of Mechanical engines and gigs which run by a spring. Get one for your boy.


            Removed. – The city council have removed their place of meeting to a room over Jordan’s Bank.


            → The most popular men know to the juveniles of this city – Jim Clarke and Charly Whitten.


            → If our children go without toys this winter, it will be the fault of ourselves, as there are plenty of toyshops in town from which to make purchases.


            → Rev. I. M. Westfall will preach a sermon on Sabbath morning, next, at 11 o’clock, on the annunciation of the birth of Christ, and in the evening will lecture on the Bible use of the word Hell.


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