February 24, 1865

Macomb Journal


            After three years of incessant trial, from the front, Charleston the proud, fire-eating city of the chivalrous South – Charleston, the “cradle of the rebellion,” is at last in our possession. The indomitable Sherman has succeeded in compelling its evacuation.

Only three more strong holds to take, viz: Wilmington, Petersburg and Richmond, and the war will be virtually ended.

Three cheers for Sherman!


That “Mistake.”

            The Bushnell Union Press calls on the printers of Macomb to inform it who made a certain alleged mistake a few weeks since, in publishing the proceedings of the Board of Supervisors. – We are not aware that there has been a “mistake” made. The copy that was furnished us was set up as furnished, without adding to or taking from one word, as can be proved by the County Clerk’s record. The book is open for inspection by any one who wishes to satisfy himself of the truth or falsity of our assertion. We did not know the resolution was made or published, until we were called on to rectify the “mistake.”

As for our being afraid of losing the county seat, we will just state that we are willing to have the thing tested by a vote of the people, We have too much faith in the good sense of the people of McDonough county to fear the result. The citizens of Macomb will abide by the result, let it go which way it will.

Furthermore, it is charged that our citizens are not willing to help build the new court house. We defy any one to point out half a dozen of our tax payers who are not willing to be taxed for that purpose [fold] or three who oppose the tax on the ground that we already pay tax that should be equally borne by the rest of the county – that our pauper tax exceeds that of the balance of the whole county, and, therefore, until things are restored to the former state, they are unwilling to be taxed for what is a necessity of the county.

We will say this much on behalf of our citizens: That whenever the Board of Supervisors of McDonough county show that they are earnest about having a new court house, Macomb will be found doing her part, and paying her full share.



            The Bushnell Union Press, of last week, coping our article of week before last, in relation to the “bounty orders” to be paid drafted men and volunteers, insinuates that we are trying to injure the credit of the county. We guess that we have as much interest in keeping up the credit of the county as somebody else, and when we penned the article spoken of we did so after talking to several who have all their property in this county, and who wish to do all they can to keep up the county credit. We may have been precipitate in our remarks, and it may be wrong, – as the thing was done, and no chance to back down – but we “can’t see it.”



            Again we are thrilled with a speedy prospect of peace, but this time it is not through the imbecile efforts of Blair, Stevens and Hunter, but by the manly, energetic efforts of our brave boys in blue, led by Sherman, Grant, Terry, Gilmore, Farragut and others. Now that the rebels have given up all the sea coast, look for them to concentrate their forces for one general, decisive battle – one that will tell the tale. If they are whipped, as we have no doubt they will be, they will give up, and take up with such terms as we may offer them. If, on the other hand, they should succeed in having the victory perch on their banners, it will only prolong the struggle for a short time. – We anticipate an early peace.


Draft Postponed.

            The order for postponing the draft is only applicable to those districts and townships which show a disposition to fill up their quotas by volunteering. – Townships of our own county, we believe, are out of the draft, having their quotas filled, or nearly so, by volunteering. Good for old McDonough.


Rebel Barbarity.

            Before the evacuation of Charleston they attempted to destroy the city by fire. The attempt was only partially successful. By an explosion, and the conflagration that followed it, hundreds of the poor women, children and old men lost their lives, and hundreds of others were rendered homeless. The rebel iron-clads were found in the harbor, destroyed. A loaded blockade runner, just arrived, was captured, and two others are expected. The stars and stripes now float over Fort Sumter and all the formidable defenses of Charleston harbor.


            Robbery in Fulton County. – We learn from the Lewistown Union, of the 21st, that a wealthy farmer by the name of Herr, living about two miles southeast of Canton, was called upon at his house, by a group of guerillas on Sunday just before dark and ordered to deliver over his money. Fortunately he had but about $30 in his safe, which was all the villains obtained except a silver watch of little value.

One or two other men sitting in the room were ordered not to move. One of them had about $30 loose in his pocket, which he managed to throw in the corner without being observed, and the robbers did not get it.


Refused Their Pay.

            All the Democratic members of the Legislature, with the exception of two, Barret, of the House, and Mason of the Senate, refused to receive their pay in greenbacks, the remainder retaineded Mr. Edwards to apply for a mandamus at the April term of the Supreme Court.


Short of Food.

            The rebels are getting short of food in consequence of the vast yield of the Valley of Virginia, which had, in former years, been secured, falling into our hands last year. It is stated that thousands of rebel soldiers’ families have been without meat for the last six months.


War Rumors

            New York, February 21. – The World prints the following rumors in circulation here.

“Telegrams from Washington to private parties in the city state that Lee had sent 30,000 men to reference Beauregard, and enable him to check the advance of General Sherman; that General Grant is already aware of this fact, and that the Army of the Potomac is once more in motion. It is also stated that General Sheridan is advancing in heavy force, with Gordonsville or Lynchburg as the objective point. If it is true that Lee has moved troops South, it is because Lee considers the safety of North and South Carolina of far more importance than even the possession of Richmond and the occupation of Virginia.

It was also positively asserted yesterday that Wilmington was in our possession, having been evacuated by the rebels.”


            A Probable Bounty Jumper. – A few evenings since, says the Quincy Whig, as the train on the C. B. & Q. R. R. from that city was approaching Plymouth, the engineer noticed the usual signal for stopping the train given by pulling the bell rope. He immediately whistled on the brakes and reversed his engine, but thinking that nobody connected with the train would be likely to give the signal at that time he immediately put on steam again and went on. When again under way the engineer mounted the tender and discovered behind it and on the front platform of the postoffice car, a person in the uniform of a soldier. He charged him with pulling the rope, which he denied for a while but finally acknowledged that he did it. Not supposing he would try to escape while they were going at that rate of speed, the engineer returned to his post, calculating to have him arrested as soon as they reached the station, but he had no sooner disappeared than the soldier jumped off. He was seen by the baggage master to turn several summersaults before he came to a full stop but contrary to all expectation he jumped up apparently uninjured, and taking leg bail, was soon lost in the distance. Uncle Sam undoubtedly lost another soldier by the operation and somebody else several hundred dollars bounty money.


            The State Penitentiary. – The Illinois State Penitentiary Commissioners, in their report to the Legislature, for the years 1863-4, state that there were 586 convicts at Joliet at the close of last year. The prison building is not yet completed, and the report states that there is now due on the work $26,818.38, and the Commissioners ask the Legislature for further appropriation of $149,200 to complete the work. But, as our readers are aware, the Legislature has refused to make the appropriation asked for, so that the work of finishing the prison must be postponed for at least two years, which is to be regretted. When finished, Illinois will have the finest and most substantial State Prison building in the United States.


            – A late Macon paper contains this paragraph: “Cabbage, $15 per head; cucumbers, $10 each; a bunch of six fish, $20.” And this also, which bears some relation to the former: “A disgraceful affair is now going on up town. A mob of women with the black flag are marching from store to store on a pillaging expedition. The Pelham Cadets are ordered out to disperse them.” In any other country such facts would argue want, destitution and despair.



The Ladies of Vermont, purpose holding, in the Methodist New Church, a

Sanitary Fair,

and will be glad to receive donations from any who are sufficiently interested to give.

The Fair will be held on

MARCH 3D and 4TH, ’65.

They will accept useful or fancy articles,

or anything Convertible into Money.

            All friends of the Soldier from town, or the Country are earnestly invited to attend.

Fair will Open at 10 O’Clock, A. M.


            Contributions received by the Committee of Arrangements:



Fair at Vermont.

By notice in another column it will be seen that the ladies of Vermont, Fulton county, Ill., purpose holding a Sanitary Fair in that place for the purpose of aiding our soldiers in the field. We hope our citizens will respond to their appeal for contributions.


“He who by the plow would thrive,
Must either hold himself or drive.”

            And they who want a good photograph of themselves or their friends, should not fail to call at the excelsior photograph gallery of Hawkins & Philpot, southeast corner of the square.



Mr. James Corcoran, a young gentleman of this city, has been made 1st Lieutenant of Co. A, 152nd Ill. Vol. He left here on Wednesday last for his new duties. Success to him.


The Downfall of Charleston!


Spontaneous Celebration!

            The confirmation of the news of the occupation of Charleston by our forces was duly celebrated in this city on Wednesday evening by our citizens in a general jubilee. At dark all was quiet, and every thing betokened a quiet evening, such as we usually have, when a couple of drums were brought out, which soon attracted attention. – A bonfire was soon burning on the northwest corner of the square, sky rockets went up, Roman candles shone out, wheels went round, the windows of Johnson’s store, the Brown House, Randolph House, Watkins & Co’s, M’Elrath’s and Wadsworth’s stores blazed with light, and a general uproar and rejoicing took place.

Young America appeared in all his glory; some of the boys with cow-bells others with horns, tin pans, oyster cans, &c., made night hideous with their din.

The ladies, too, were out in full force, and appeared to enjoy the scene highly.

Altogether, it was a good old time, considering that it was got up without premeditiation or preparation of any kind. We will get better prepared to get up a grand jollification over the occupation of Richmond.



Wednesday night last some burglars broke into the grocery store of Wadham & Stowell, by prying open the door until the lock broke. They were rewarded for their pains by some two or three dollars in postal currency and small silver pieces. Nothing else was taken except some crackers.

The bookstore of S. J. Clarke & Co. was also broken into, and the money drawer robbed of its contents – about two dollars in silver and postal currency. The tool that was used to pry open the doors appeared to be a two inch chisle, which was procured from the carpenter shop of Mr. Lucius Walker.

These are the first burglaries that have taken place in this city for some time past, but it appears the “gents” who done the “biz” were not experts in the work, nor were they rewarded to any great extent for their labors. – No traces of the burglars have been found as yet, but we hope that they may be ferreted out and brought to justice.


Police Items.

Thomas I. Wiggins, having on board a considerable quantity of “tangle leg,” amused himself the other day by breaking in the show window of Mr. Loven Garret, groceryman, for which his honor, Squire Withrow, assessed the damages at $5 and costs. The facetious Thomas went to the calaboose.

James Vail thought it would be a fine thing to evade the liquor law and so he opened out somewhere in the brush north of the depot. He helped the treasury of the city by depositing $30.


Death of Thomas Smithers, Sen.

We neglected to notice last week the death of this old citizen. He died on Saturday, the 11th inst., after a lingering and painful illness of several months duration, and was buried on the 12th with Masonic honors, of which order had long been a member. His age, as near as we could ascertain, was 96 years.


“I am thy father’s ghost,”

and I am not forbid to tell of the wonderfully cheap grocery of Watkins & Co., on the southeast corner of the square, in their new brick, where may be found the best of coffee, sugars, teas, and everything else usually found in well regulated grocery stores. Also the celebrated Buell’s boot. Remember the new brick in town when you want to purchase any of the above goods.



Hon. Wm. H. Neece, our representative in the Legislature, has been very ill since his arrival home.


The 22nd.

The 22nd of February, the anniversary of the birth of the “Father of our Country,” George Washington, was silently observed in our city by hoisting the national flag on the pole in the square, during the day. At night, the Dancing club met at Campbell’s Hall and “tripped the light fantastic” with great zest.


Nigger in the Pit!!!

Just before the repeal of the “black laws” of our State, and while the subject was being agitated, our copperhead – O, beg pardon; we’ve been told that it won’t do to say copperhead anymore – we mean Democratic (!) friends howled long and loud over the “abolition outrage.” They would have us believe that our State would be overrun with the “baboons,” “gorrillas,” &c., as they politely termed the negro, and that the laboring class of our white population would be ousted by the blacks, and all that sort of things, and more too. Well, the “black laws” were repealed, and the “gorrillas” have commenced arriving but, would you believe it? the cop – Democrats – are the persons who are “importing” them. Two of the prominent cop – hang it, we can’t help saying copperhead! – Democrats have went and gone and done it! Brought to our quiet and peaceful city two – she niggers! Think of it – two darkies of the female persuasion to take the bread out of “white folks” mouths! Overrun with niggers, eh! O, consistency! thou art a jewel, but thy dwelling place is not with the Democracy.


Sherman heard from.

Gen. Sherman has at last been heard from. He captured a large lot of cotton at Savannah, and Geo. W. Bailey, on the east side of the square is selling cotton goods of all kinds at greatly reduced prices, preparatory to putting in his Spring stock.


Large Hogs.

Messrs. Sackett & Wadsworth bought one hundred head of hogs, one day last week, from Messrs. John and Andrew Allison, the average weight of each was 325 lbs. The weight of these hogs show why our shipment of grain in the bulk is not so large as some other stations – it’s put into stock.



The streets of our city are paved with mud this week.


            Two Union Regiments of Ex-Rebels. – General Sully is in Davenport, Iowa, for the purpose of organizing two regiments of repentant rebels, lately in Rock Island prison, who have taken the oath allegiance and declared their willingness to enter the service of the Government against the Indians.


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