February 17, 1865

Macomb Journal

The Quota of McDonough County.

            By the politeness of Mr. James Tunnicliff, we are enabled to give the exact quota of the different townships in this county. The number appears rather large, and we believe it to be incorrect. We see the papers in this, and other states, are giving Gen. Fry “particular fits” for his figuring of the quotas, and, judging from the number our county is called on to furnish, he deserves it all. We would suggest he be furnished with a copy of Ray’s Arithmetic with the injunction that he should learn to “cipher.” The following are the figures:

Deficient: Eldorado, 31; Industry, 20; Bethel, 30; Lamoine, 29; Tennessee, 3; Chalmers, 26; Scotland, 27; New Salem, 36; Mound, 36; Emmet, 25; Hire, 33; Hire, 33; Blandinville, 22; Sciota, 20; Walnut Grove, 36; Prairie City, 69. Total, 442. Excess: Macomb Township, 14; Macomb City, 1st Ward, 5; 2nd Ward, 2; 3rd Ward, 5; 4th Ward, 4. Total, 30.



From Sherman’s Army.

            New York, Feb. 15. – The Herald’s Washington special says Richmond papers of Monday concede that Gen. Sherman has flanked Branchville, both above and below, and Hardee’s forces have evacuated that place. They also state that a Union column had reached Orangeboro, on the Columbia road, and railroad communications with Charleston are cut off except by the road via Wilmington, N. C., which will soon be cut off at Wilmington. By these operations the railroad communication between Virginia and the South is entirely cut off, and the rebel authority over the Southern States can no longer be enforced.

Richmond papers of the 14th have dispatches saying that a portion of Sherman’s forces are busily engaged in the destruction of the railroads in South Carolina, and that another column is threatening Charleston. They do not confirm the reported evacuation of that place, but it is evident from the tenor of their advices and editorials that they do not anticipate any resistance being made to Sherman’s advance. They also state that a large Yankee force has landed at Smithfield, on the North Carolina coast, and have brought locomotives with them, evidently intending to use the railroads to facilitate their military operations after they shall have captured Wilmington.

The army of the Potomac holds its newly acquired ground on Hatcher’s Run, on which very strong earthworks are now erected. There are rumors that the enemy is mining one of the Union forts in front of Petersburg. – Desertions of rebels to Gen’l Grant’s lines still continue numerous.

The World’s Hilton Head correspondent, 8th, says reliable information has been received that Sherman’s army is rapidly marching on the line of the Edisto river, and that a portion of his troops are beyond the Georgia and South Carolina railroad, where they have erected defenses preparatory to a future march. The enemy have disappeared rapidly before the advance of our troops, and they have manifested a purpose to evacuate nearly all their strongholds and retire further north. – This purpose has been the result of Sherman’s tactics. That their retreat will be slowly but surely followed up admits of no question. Our troops are known to extend over a distance of 40 miles, and for several days past they have been occupied in destroying all the railroads which connect South Carolina with the Gulf and the northern States.

The object would seem to be to isolate Branchville, Augusta and Charleston from all possible aid or reinforcements, in order to capture the garrison of each city. This important work will doubtless be completed when this letter reaches you. Some of our troops are north of Charleston, which is cut off from reinforcement. The corps are moving simultaneously on the line of the Edisto, and the towns they have passed through have been deserted by numbers of their inhabitants, who have forced he able bodied negroes to leave with them in order that they may not aid our army. Hamburg, Aiken and Orangeburg, in the rear are reported to have been captured.

Washington, Feb. 15 – The Richmond Whig, 13th, contains the following important intelligence:

Charleston, S. C., Feb. 10. – A force of the enemy, believed to be from 2,000 to 3,000 strong, landed at Grimball’s, James Island, at 8 o’clock this morning and drove in our pickets. Some skirmishing took place, but no general engagement. Grimball’s is on the Stono river, about 2 miles southwest of Charleston, the Ashly river, 2,000 yards wide, intervening. The enemy made active demonstrations at various points, but they are believed to be feints. A force attacked our troops on the Salkahatchie this morning, but were repulsed. The enemy also advanced upon the Charleston road near the Blue house, and opened with artillery, but made no impression on our lines.

On the 8th a heavy column of Yankee infantry struck the South Carolina R. R. at Grahamsville, 18 miles west of Branchville, while Kilpatrick, with a cavalry force, occupied Blackville, on the some road about 9 miles west a little northeast of Grahamsville.

A portion of Sherman’s column, it was reported yesterday, moved forward crossing the South Edisto and flanking Branchville on the west. The force has been advanced to Orangeburg, on the Columbia & Branchville road, sixteen miles west of the latter point.



‒ The news from Sherman is of the most encouraging character, although coming through rebel sources. The latest Richmond papers contain the report, which they evidently credit, that Sherman had captured Branchvile. – As the main body of Hardee’s forces were there it is evident a battle ust have been fought, and that victory again waits upon the gallant Sherman and his no less gallant army.



From Rebeldom.

General Sherman’s Leniency in Georgia.

            New York, February 14.

            A correspondent of a South Carolina paper, who has been over the route of General Sherman’s march through Georgia, is surprised to find that that officer dealt so leniently with that State, and consoles himself with anticipations of the same gentle treatment for South Carolina.

The Richmond Examiner of the 10th instant, in an article on Southern railroad connections, endeavors to show how Lee’s army may be supplied from North Carolina and Georgia without the assistance of the Weldon Road.

The Legislature of Georgia is to convene in extra session tomorrow.

The Richmond Dispatch of the 11th thus sums up the situation in South Carolina: “The Edisto river rises in the southwestern portion of South Carolina, and flowing southwestwardly, empties into the Atlantic forty miles southwest of Charleston. Branchville is on the Augusta branch of the South Carolina railroad, one mile east of the point at which the railroad crosses the Edisto. This river is now the line held by General Hardee. In the neighborhood of Branchville, nearer the coast, we hold the line of the Combahee river, in the vicinity of the Charleston and Savannah Railroad. From the most authentic intelligence, it appears that the whole or a part of Sherman’s army is making active demonstrations against the Combahee Ferry, near the Charleston and Savannah Railroad, as if with the intention of marching on Charleston. The rest of his force have appeared at four points on the Edisto, namely, at New Bridge, five miles below Branchville, at Buckmaster’s, and at Holman’s Bridge, as above, and at the railroad bridge opposite that place. Our troops that held the bridge over the Salkehatchie were driven in last Wednesday. If he succeeds in forcing a passage of the Edisto, above and below Branchville, he will keep the railroad running thence to Columbia, and also the railroad to Charleston, and compel our troops to fall back from Branchville, but they will most probably evacuate it, if at any time it should appear that Sherman cannot be prevented from crossing the river.

“The above is written in the hope of giving our readers some idea of the situation in South Carolina. It was said some days ago, that Sherman was also sending a column against Augusta, on the Georgia side of the Savannah river. We have no information on this head.”



An Offer to Murder President Lincoln.

We find the following in the advertising columns of a rebel paper – the Selma (Ala.) Dispatch – which has been sent us from the front by Colonel Hoge, of the 113th Illinois Infantry: – Chicago Journal.

One Million Dollars Wanted to Have PEACE by the 1st of March. – If the citizens of the Southern Confederacy will furnish me with the cash, or good securities for the sum of one million dollars, I will cause the lives of Abraham Lincoln, William H. Seward, and Andrew Johnson, to be taken by the first of March next. This will give us peace, and satisfy the world that cruel tyrants cannot live in a ‘land of liberty.’ If this is not accomplished, nothing will be claimed beyond the sum of fifty thousand dollars, in advance, which is supposed to be necessary to reach and slaughter the three villains.

I will give, myself, one thousand dollars towards this patriotic purpose.

Every one wishing to contribute will address box X, Cahaba, Alabama.

            December 1, 1864.



To Be Resumed. – We see, by the Quincy Whig, that Mr. Howe, the editor and publisher of the Lagrange American, who was elected to the Missouri legislature last fall, has obtained leave of absence for the remainder of the session, and will soon resume the publication of his paper. The American was as obnoxious to the Missouri rebels as acceptable to loyal men, and there is still need for its services in that State. The full fruits of the victory so gallantly won in Missouri are now to be secured and perpetuated, and in this labor there is no more fearless and effective laborer than Mr. Howe.



The Railroad Business.

Through the politeness of Mr. Brown the accommodating Station Agent at the depot, we are enabled to give the following amount of the business done at this station for the year 1864. We did intend to give each thing in detail, but found that it would occupy too much time to copy them from the books, therefore we merely give the amount in full of the freights forwarded and received, and of the ticket sales. It will be seen that our citizens do some traveling.

Freight forwarded           .           .           .           $59,098.60
“               received      .           .           .               46,471.10

Total    .           .           .           105,569.70

Ticket Sales              .           .           .           $19,139.00

Grand Total     .           .           .         $124,708.70

A very respectable business, considering that this is such a “one-horse town” with no “enterprise” for business. We do not like to boast – consider it bad taste – but we believe that Macomb can show a very good record for business energy – equal to any other of its size in the West.




Why don’t those who are in authority see to fixing up the sidewalks in our city? It will be decidedly cheaper to put in a few planks now than to pay for a broken limb after awhile.



A Narrow Escape.

Mr. S. S. Chapman, of the pump factory in this city, met with an accident one day last week, which came very near resulting fatally. It seems that his clothing got caught by a shaft of some part of the machinery, which is run by steam, and the shaft running at about the rate of three thousand revolutions a minute, and he was wound around the shaft in a hurry. His coat, vest and shirt were badly torn, but strange to say, he escaped without a bruise. Truly, a narrow escape.



In Trouble.

We learn that one of the recruits by the name of Robert Barry, who left here last Monday was the victim of some designing rogue on the cars going down to Quincy. It appears that, in taking his handkerchief from his pocket, he found a silver watch in it, and immediately made inquiry as to the ownership, when it was found to belong to the Conductor of the train, who had young Barry arrested on their arrival in Quincy. Those who know the boy unite in giving him a good name, and declare their belief in his innocence. We do not believe he stole the watch, nor was cognizant of the matter till he found it in his pocket. We hope he will come out all right.

     P. S. – “Bob” is all right, and is at home.




The ladies of the Universalist Society of this city will hold a Festival at Campbell’s Hall, on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, March 1st and 2nd. No pains will be spared to make it a pleasant occasion.



Newspaper Change.

The Macomb Eagle of last week contains the valedictory of Nelson Abbott, who has owned and published the paper for the last nine years. He has sold the material to J. H. Hungate, Esq., who rents it to Mr. J. B. Naylor, a young gentleman well known in this community, who proposes to run “der machine.” Mr. Abbott has our best wishes in his retirement, and we here take the opportunity to return our sincere thanks for many acts of courtesy and kindness extended to us during the last year.

We extend our [pointing finger – ed.] to “Ben,” and welcome him to the editorial tripod.



Off for the Army.

Last Monday a squad of recruits left here for the army. They go to fill up the quota of Prairie City township – nearly all being under the age required by law to become subject to a draft. We shall endeavor to obtain the names of those who are accepted.

P. S. – Since the above was in type, we learn that several of the boys have returned – reason, the bounty money gave out, and the boys thought it would be a dull show to get the full amount promised them after they were sworn in. It appears that the citizens of Prairie City township were only calculating too have to raise 46 men, whereas their quota is 69. Prairie City will make up what is lacking.



The Gold Market.

While the price of gold keeps fluctuating, and everybody are on the qui vive for news as to Grant’s and Sherman’s movements, the lumber yard of H. R. Bartleson is still the center of attraction to those who wish to purchase superior lumber at cheap rates. Yard southeast corner of the square – office three doors west of Watkins & Co’s new grocery store.


A Handsome Store.

Messrs. Watkins & Co. have moved into their new brick store, opposite their old stand, and have fitted it up in a very handsome manner. We have often thought that a grocery store could not be fitted up to look tasty and showy but Watkins & Co. have convinced us of our mistake.

     N. B. – The firm informs us that groceries will be sold just as cheap as ever, and give polite attention to all.


            → The Hutchinson family gave one of their grand concerts to a large and appreciative audience on last Tuesday evening at Campbell’s Hall.


            → Bugle beads, a large invoice, just received at Clark’s Bookstore.



If you want to enjoy an hour or two of genuine, unalloyed pleasure, go to the picture gallery of Hawkins & Philpot, southeast corner of the square, and you can have the opportunity. Photographs, ambrotypes, and a variety of other pictures will there greet your eye in every style and shape known to the art. There is no discount on their work.


Land Sale.

Mr. David Scott, of this county, has sold his farm, situated 5 miles south of this city, on the old Rushville road, for the snug little sum of $17,000. – Mr. Scott proposes to remove to this city.



Joe. Updegraff, the man that keeps grocery, is removing his establishment to the Randolph block, in the room formerly occupied by Watkins & Co. – Go and see him in his new quarters.



Quite a fall of snow occurred here on the night of the 14th.


            → The Randolph House is heavy on marriages – two occurring on one day last week.


            → The b’hoys had quite an amusing time snow-balling on Wednesday.


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