March 31, 1865

Macomb Journal
March 31, 1865

As the weeks go by, the aspect in the military sky grows brighter and brighter for the Union cause. The plans of Gen. Grant, as they develop themselves, show stupendous and grand, and will, ere long, prove that he is the right man in the right place. He has got a death gripe on the foul throat of the rebellion, nor will he let go his hold until the monster is effectually throttled. Let us be of good cheer – “all is well.”



Retribution. – A correspondent with Sherman’s army says – “Some of our men, escorted by niggers and prisoners, paid a visit to a noted ruffian, a second Legree, who kept a pack of bloodhounds for the purpose of hunting down niggers and escaped Union prisoners. The boys disposed of the dogs as they have done with all the bloodhounds they came across, burned down his house and place, and tied himself to a tree and got some strapping niggers to flog him, which they did with a will, repaying in the les talionis style.”




From the 11th Ill. Cavalry.

Camp Co. “I,” 11th Ill. V. V. Cav.,
Memphis, Tenn.,
March 13, 1865.

            Editor Macomb Journal:

I wish to say through the columns of your paper to the ladies of Blandinville and vicinity that to-day, (13th,) Co. I, 11th Ill. Cav, (myself a member of the same) were made the happy recipients of two barrels of dried apples, for which we feel ever grateful. This is the second time that you have favored us with your benevolent contributions. We know not whom you are, but this matters not. Suffice to say, you have our most sincere and grateful thanks for your noble efforts to relieve the hungry veterans of Uncle Sam’s indefatigable army; and when the war-worn veterans of five years’ service shall have returned to their peaceful homes, and white-robed peace shall have again visited our once happy land, we hope to find you the same kind-hearted, loving young ladies you were before war’s clamorous soundings were heard to resound through the land. It is said that it is more blessed to give than to receive. If this be true, you have been doubly blest in this generous act, for I am certain that never before were men more blest in receiving. To use a common term among soldiers, we have been fed so long on hard-tack and “sowbelly” (excuse me) that we are truly glad to receive something we can relish more.

And now, ladies, as the last vestige of hope of success for the rebel cause is being obliterated, and the cause of freedom and the right assumes a brighter aspect, and the noble hearts of the sons of liberty begin to swell with glowing emotions of success and the speedy terminus of the war, cannot you find room in your hearts to welcome the war-worn veterans of many a hard fought battle to your peaceful and tranquil homes.

Fleming H. Freeland.



Sherman’s Operations.

            The N. Y. Tribune’s Goldsboro special of the 22d gives the following account of Sherman’s and Schofields’s movements: “Gen. Cox advanced from Kinston towards Goldsboro on Sunday morning. The remainder of the corps followed on Monday morning. The enemy had already fallen back, leaving the road clear, but destroying bridges and culverts. A body of the enemy’s cavalry attacked our advance on Sunday. Communication was opened with Gen. Sherman, and Gen. Schofield sent Capt. Twining with an escort, who succeeded in reaching his headquarters. Meantime Gen. Sherman’s scouts arrived at Gen. Schofield’s headquarters, bringing word that his advance was within fifteen miles of Smithfield. Sherman had encountered but slight opposition, Hampton’s and Wheeler’s cavalry occasionally coming to try and attempt to check his advance. Sunday afternoon the enemy made a stand about fifteen miles southeast of Smithfield, where a line of strongly intrenched field works had been thrown up, and with batteries in position opened upon Gen. Sherman’s center. The 20th corps, forming the center, were first engaged. The 14th corps, constituting the right, and the 17th the left, were advanced, and a brisk engagement followed in which our own and the rebel army was heavily engaged. Our loss was not heavy. In the meantime General Schofield pushed forward rapidly. The advance of General Sherman on the enemy’s right in the direction of Smithfield and Raleigh, made it necessary for the enemy to fall rapidly back to cover those points. – Schofield continued to press them thro’ out Monday, and on Tuesday the enemy entered Goldsboro.

Tuesday, Sherman advanced again, and skirmished with the rebel rear guard, until reaching Bentonville, where the enemy had intrenched on the opposite side of Mill Creek. The 20th Corps was first engaged, and at noon, a sharp battle was progressing along the whole line, the cavalry of Kilpatrick being actively occupied upon the left flank, the 20th Corps suffered a temporary check, but the 14th Corps coming up in good time, held the ground. The 17th Corps was advanced to the support of the 14th and 20th, and succeeding in turning the enemy’s right, completely compelled him to give way. The enemy then fell back, abandoning his works, and passing through Smithfield, retired towards Raleigh. Sherman followed up the retreating rebel army, and entered Smithfield without further opposition.



Celebration at Fort Sumter.

            The President has ordered Brevet Major General Anderson to raise over Fort Sumter, at noon on the 14th of April, the same United States flag that floated over it at the time of the rebel assault, and that it be saluted with one hundred guns from Sumter, and from every fort and rebel battery that fired upon Sumter: also that suitable military ceremonies be performed under the direction of Major General W. T. Sherman whose operations compelled the evacuation of Charleston or, in his absence, by General Gilmore, and also, that the navel forces at Charleston be directed to participate in the ceremonies. Rev. Henry Ward Beecher will be invited to deliver an address on the occasion.



Circuit Court.

The March term of the Circuit Court adjourned on last Saturday evening, after a session of just one week. A good amount of business was done during the time, but no trials of importance took place, with the exception of the trial of the young woman , spoken of last week, indicted for infanticide, and some coal miners from Colchester, indicted for riot. The woman was acquitted, and the coal miners were adjudged guilty by the jury, but the Judge set aside the verdict as regarded one of them, and the others, five in number, were fined twenty-five dollars each.




We are prepared to print election Tickets for the different townships as cheap as ever. Bring them along.



Cotton in McDonough.

Mr. George Meadows, of Industry township, in this county, has left with us a sample of cotton, raised by his father, Jesse Meadows, Esq., in that township. This cotton is as fine as any upland cotton that is raised in Dixie. Mr. Meadows says his father raised nearly an acre, and that the yield was very heavy. The labor to produce this was not more than is required by the common cereals of our country. The curious can see the sample left with us by calling at this office.


Real Estate Sales.

B. R. Hampton, Esq., has sold his farm, situated 3 ½ miles northeast from this city, for $11,500. Mr. Wm. Runkle was the purchaser. Mr. Hampton is going to remove to Abingdon, Knox county.

J. W. Nichols, G. W. C. T. of the order of Good Templars, of this State, has sold his residence in this city to Mr. David Scott, for $1000. Mr. Nichols goes to Aurora, in this State, to reside.


Attention! Voters.

There will be a mass meeting of the Union voters of Macomb township held in the City Council room, over Jordan’s bank, on to-morrow, Saturday, at 2 o’clock, P. M., for the purpose of putting in nomination candidates for the various offices to be filled at the ensuing town meeting next Tuesday. Let there be a full turn out.


Firm Change.

Mr. James Wood, of the firm of Ragan & Wood, photographers on the northwest corner of the square, has sold his interest in the picture business to Mr. W. B. Thompson, of this city. The new firm are having a heavy run of custom, and are doing nice work.


Job Work.

We are prepared to execute horse and jack bills on short notice at this office.


Nix cumarous.

A certain “publisher” of a paper not a thousand miles from here, with more impudence than brains, wishes to draw us into a nonsensical controversy with him. We will not gratify him – we have better use for our columns.


            → Coal has been selling in this city, for the last few weeks, at prices ranging from 25cts to 40cts per bushel. Pretty steep for this country, when we have such an inexhaustible quantity all around us.


Down Go the Prices.

As gold goes down, so do the prices of goods of all kinds, and Watkins & Co., acting on the principle that if it is fair to mark up goods when gold goes up, it is equally right and just to mark them down when gold falls. Go and inquire their new tariff of prices. Store in their new brick, opposite Randolph house.


            → As Spring advances, and the roads become passable, so that hauling can be done to advantage, it would be well for those who contemplate building this season to give H. R. Bartleson a call at his lumber yard, southeast corner of the square. Plenty of lumber of the best quality to be found there at all times.


Gone East.

J. M. Browne, the very popular boot and shoe man on the south side of the square, has gone east to replenish his stock of boots, shoes, hats and caps, and as soon as they arrive, he will open – not only his goods – but the eyes of old fogies in regard to high prices.


            → The Sheriff of Fulton county bro’t to our city, on Tuesday of last week, a man to be tried here for the larceny of a sett of harness, &c. The man was placed in charge of one of the bailiffs in attendance at court, who, by some means, let the thief escape – verdict by the post office jury, “Nobody to blame.”


            → A busy “community” – the physicians of this city.


In Their New Rooms.

            Messrs. Hawkins & Philpot, the popular photographers of this city, have moved into their new and spacious rooms over Watkins & Co’s grocery store, and are prepared to take pictures of any desired style or size known to the art. Their rooms are perfect models of neatness, order and beauty. A visit to their rooms will repay any one for his trouble.


            → From private letters to his wife, we learn that Mr. Magie is at Charleston, S. C. He was suffering from a severe attack of the rheumatism. – George Hall and Frank Smith, of this city, were with him, and were well.


            → All the new publications of the day received as soon as issued at Clarke’s bookstore.


            → All kinds of window shades and fixtures at Clarke’s bookstore.


            → The Board of Supervisors have commissioned John Knappenberger, Esq., to sell the lot on the northwest corner of the square, generally known as the county lot. See advertisement in another column.



Ye Hungry!

            The attention of the HUNGRY, who visit this City on business or pleasure, is directed to G. K. HALL & CO’S


East Side of the Square. Everything in the eating line, such as Fresh and Cove OYSTERS, Beefsteak, Hot Coffee, Game, &c, &c., served up in the best style and at all business hours. Also, for sale, Confectionery of all kinds, Sweetmeats, Oysters by the Can, Jellies, Pies, Cakes, &c., &c.

Parties supplied with Ice-cream, Cakes, and Pies, on short notice.




            Wants 5,000 pounds Dried Apples. Highest market price in CASH will be paid.

Haven’s is the place to get Groceries cheap. Give him a call.

1 pound of Good Tea,                                                $1.50

4 pounds of Good Sugar,                                           1.00

And Good Coffee, 45 cents per pound.

All other Goods in proportion. CASH FOR




            Do not forget the place, SOUTH SIDE OF THE SQUARE, next door to Cottrell & Bros.


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