June 2, 1865

Macomb Journal


            The citizens of Macomb, and McDonough County, are requested to meet at the Court House, in Macomb, on Monday Evening, June 5, 1865, at 8 o’clock, for the purpose of making arrangements to celebrate the coming Fourth of July, in a becoming manner, and giving such of “our boys in blue,” as may have returned to their homes, a hearty welcome.


            We are heartily glad to know that something is being done towards a proper observance of Independence Day. The coming Fourth of July seems to call for a general glorification, more than any previous one. The war is over, – we are upon the eve of a declaration of peace – fathers, husbands, brothers and sons, are about to return to their households, – and we see nothing now portending to mar our happiness on that day. Let all the people of the county join with us and make it a County Celebration. Let every town in the county be represented at the meeting. Let every man, woman and child feel an interest in this matter, and do something towards having the grandest celebration in this part of the State.


“The Beginning.”

            Under the above head the Eagle, of last week, had an article written by a young disciple of Coke and Blackstone, which we deem worthy of more than a passing notice, and shall notice it at length next week. We are too unwell as yet, to attempt to answer anything “so-would-be-deep” as he article referred to. We shall copy the entire article, and show what false issues the aforesaid “disciple” attempts to use to divide the people. He should remember the presidential campaign of 1864, and the Chicago platform.


The News.

            Secretary Seward made use of his right arm for the first time, since its fracture, in signing President Johnson’s amnesty proclamation.

It is stated that General Sherman’s account of his negotiations with Johnston is in the hands of General Grant, and has not yet been sent to the War office. Grant is endeavoring to settle the differences between Stanton and Sherman. The latter’s report will soon be published as part of the evidence before the Committee on the Conduct of the War.

A boat containing seven white men and a negro was captured off the Florida coast on the 17th. The men gave names not known to fame, but it is suspected from the contents of their trunks, and other circumstances, that they are prominent rebels, and that John C. Breckenridge is among their number.

An expedition sent up the Roanoke river has cleared it of all obstructions, taken possession of the rebel fortifications at Rainbow Bluff and destroyed them, and captured the rebel flotilla, consisting of the “Cotton Plant,” “ Fisher,” and “Dolly.” Similar expeditions are to be sent up the Neuse, Cape Fear, Tar and Chowan rivers.

The last rebel army has surrendered. Kirby Smith has concluded that “discretion is the better part of valor.” This ends the war, as far as the armies are concerned. There being no armed enemy to fight, our soldiers will now have nothing to do but garrison strongholds and hold the repossessed country until civil governments shall be re-established, and the Union places upon a thorough peace-footing.

The last battle of the war was fought in Texas. It was on a small scale. Colonel Barrett, with three hundred men, made a reconnaissance, and was met by a superior force of the enemy, obliging him to retreat. There was some loss on both sides.

Some of the Southern planters, whose plantations were taken possession of by the government while their owners were absent in the rebel army, are trying to dispossess the colored freedmen who have been placed upon these lands by our authorities, to cultivate them. General Howard, Commissioner of the freedman’s Bureau, has issued an order against this sort of thing.

The arrests of rebels still continue. Among the last captures is Seddon, ex-Secretary of war, and Judge Campbell. Lee is also to be arrested on a civil process.

A grand convention of Good Templars has just been in session in London, C. W., with delegates from all the States, as well as provinces.

The Government is in possession of additional testimony implicating George Sanders and Jacob Thompson in the diabolical conspiracies to assassinate the heads of the Government and introduce the yellow fever into Northern cities.

The New School General Assembly has voted against receiving back into the fold the rebel Synods except after due quarantine.

The rebel ram Stonewall, the last of an ignoble line, has been surrendered to the Havana authorities.

In Kentucky the rebel Judge Bullitt is to be addressed out of the office. He won’t be discharged any other way.

All the cavalry are to be mustered at Cairo for a grand movement in the Trans-Mississippi region.

Kirby Smith has surrendered the whole trans-Mississippi army to Gen. Canby, on the same terms as those granted to Lee and Johnston. The formalities were conducted by Generals Price and [?] the rebels, and Generals Canby and Steele on our side.

Great apprehension is felt in regard to the recovery of Ass’t Secretary Seward.

The 78th regiment is expected at Springfield, shortly, to be mustered out.

Attorney General Speed has just made an important decision to the effect that President Lincoln’s amnesty proclamation is no longer in effect – that it ceased when the rebellion ceased, and that the rebels can no longer, avail themselves of its terms.

A smart shock of an earthquake was felt, at St. Louis Monday morning – A shock from the same source was also felt at Springfield, in this State, and at about the same time.

Union City, Tenn., was attacked by guerillas a day or two since, but the attack was repulsed.

The developments in the Conspiracy trial give the details of the Blackburn yellow fever plot. Among the other victims selected was the late President Lincoln, to whom a valise fullof the infected clothing was sent.

The German theater at Detroit was destroyed by fire yesterday. The fire was the work of an incendiary.

It is probable that Breckenridge and Benjamin have escaped into Texas.

It will require sixty million dollars to pay off our armies, and the funds are ready.

The trial of Jeff. Davis will probably take place immediately after the close of the assassination trial.

A dispatch from Richmond announces the arrest of Gen. Lee.

General Sherman was at Cairo on Monday, and left for Memphis.

J. W. Munsen, of Bridgport, Conn., is manufacturing an opera glass, charm and monogram combined, to be presented to Mrs. Lincoln. It is to be richly mounted with gold, pearls, and diamonds. Thirteen diamonds representing the thirteen original, and thirty-six pearls to represent the present number of States. Looking through the lens on one side is to be seen the photograph from life of President Lincoln. On the other side is seen, in the form of a shield, the letters of A. L., over which is a single star. Beneath is an appropriate motto.

A report from Washington says Secretary Stanton intends to resign as soon as the conspiracy trial is closed and the troops mustered out.

The Mexican “emigration” excitement has fallen off very materially within a few days past. It turned out that no money was paid in hand.

One million eight hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars have thus far been subscribed towards paying off the national debt by individual effort.

The telegraph is now open to Memphis, Vicksburg, Mobile, and New Orleans, and private messages are received from and sent to those cities.

The wife of Kirby Smith, who has arrived at the mouth of Red river, explains why her husband held out so long. She says one party threatened to assassinate him is he surrendered, and another to destroy him if he did not. Between the two, Kirby was very uncomfortable.

Cotton is now being brought down the Savannah river from Augusta to Savannah. There are said to be three hundred thousand bales in Georgia.

The troops designed for the Texas campaign will be sent thither, notwithstanding Kirby Smith’s surrender.

Trade and commerce are rapidly reviving at Savannah, Ga., as the result of the removal of trade restrictions.

Cleveland has set a good example to the other cities, by appropriating $6,000 to provide for receiving the returning veterans.


A Bushwhacker Hung at

            Quincy, May 31. – Chas. Barnascony, one of the gang of bushwhackers that robbed Fowler Station a few days since, came into the city yesterday to procure ammunition, and was arrested. He made a full confession, and gave information of the exact whereabouts of the balance of the gang. The Sheriff summoned a posse of citizens; at midnight, with Barnascony for a guide They started for the place, nearly opposite Canton, Mo., which place it was their intention to burn tonight. On arriving at the house where the gang were stopping, they fired, killing one citizen and wounding three others: – The sheriff’s posse returned the fire, wounding and capturing two of them, who, with Riley, were taken to Quincy and lodged in jail.

Later – 11:30 P. M. – Thomas Rose, the leader, has been taken out of jail, by the soldiers, and hung.



To the Physicians.

There will be a meeting of all the physicians of McDonough county, on Wednesday, June 7, 1865, at Macomb, for the purpose of organizing a “McDonough county Medical Association.” All interested are invited to attend. R. D. Hammond, Chairman. Jno. H. Williams, Sec’y.


            → The McDonough county Good Templar Convention will hold a session in this city beginning Thursday, June 8th, and lasting two days. All Templars in good standing are invited.


            → “For the evil effects” of a depraved mind see Marriage notice in last Eagle.


Fast Day.

The National Fast Day was very generally observed in this city. A union service was held at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church – sermon by Rev. Mr. Cleaver. The business houses, with one or two exceptions, were closed.


            → The Eagle man hopes that the editor of this paper may soon get well enough to resume the pen in the “interest of God and humanity.” We hope so too, and if we can do anything with such a specimen of humanity as the Eagle man, we will do more than Bethany College or the Christian Church ever could.



We are glad to learn that our friend, Mr. H. S. Brown, station agent at this place for several years past, has received the appointment of General Freight Agent on the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad. Mr. Brown thoroughly understands railroad matters, and he will make the Hannibal road a paying institution. Mr. Brown departs with our good wishes for his future welfare.



Thomas & Danley, the excellent photograph artists, on the south side of the square, have been compelled, owing to their constantly increasing custom, to enlarge their building. They now have plenty of room, and the public appreciate their pictures by going there in crowds to get pictures of themselves. They pride themselves on taking children’s pictures.


The Old Mill.

Clisby & Trull, at the “Old Mill,” have entirely refitted that establishment, having furnished it with a new engine, new bolts, and new gearing throughout. We assure our friends and the citizens generally that they can now get as good flour at this mill as can be made anywhere, and we know that farmers can get a better yield than at a great many of them. Furthermore the proprietors are gentlemen of the first class – accommodating and sociable. They have always lowered the price of flour as fast as the price of wheat would admit. We wish them prosperity in the future as in the past.



C. C. Clarke, at his fruit and vegetable store, on the north side of the square, is in daily receipt of fresh strawberries, – they are very large and nice. He also keeps, and intends keeping all fruits and vegetables in their season.



For sale – a few bushels of the very best Hungarian Grass Seed.

Graham & Brother.


            → Dr. J. H. Williams (son of S. H. Williams, dry goods merchant,) has located himself in this city, for the practice of medicine. He has had an excellent experience, having served in the army as a surgeon, and comes to us with recommendations which insure unbounded confidence in him as a physician. See card.


            → Hawkins & Philpot, photographers, on the south-east corner of the square, over Watkins & Co.’s store, still seems to be the centre of attraction to the picture-admiring public.


            → Watkins & Co. continue to do a heavy business in the grocery line – everything that is fresh and good.



Stafford’s Corn Cultivator – the best riding plow made. Price reduced $10. For sale by Graham & Bro., Macomb.


            → “Richmond Prisoner,” “Starvin Prison,” “Farewell Father, Friend, and Guardian,” are among the new pieces of music just received at Clarke’s bookstore.


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