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WINDHAM COUNTY NEWSPAPERS : WILLIMANTIC JOURNAL 1857-1862
The Willimantic Journal
An Independent, Local, Family Newspaper.
Published Every Saturday Morning
Office in Franklin Building, Up Stairs
765. TWJ Fri Aug 2, 1861: Are We to Sacrifice Lives for Party Sake? We were much surprised Monday evening to meet our old friend Dr. F.P. Coe, whom we supposed was "off for the war" with the 5th Reg't. Many had expressed their gratification at the taught that their husbands and sons could have along with them one whom they so well knew, to watch over them in an hour of sickness and suffering, and who they felt would take a deeper interest in them than is possible for the regular Surgeons of the Reg't to do, in consequence of the multiplicity of cares forced upon them. We are informed that Col. Ferry absolutely forbid his proceeding with the Reg't, assigning as a reason that his attention to the sick was an interference with the duties of the medical staff of the Reg't. At such a reason humanity revolts. It may be in perfect keeping with Col. Ferry's ideas of duty; but if he is as deficient in regard to a knowledge of the wants and demands of the poor sick soldier, as he is in a knowledge of military affairs, God pity the sick. A man who is incapable of directing the facings of Battalion drill, or indeed with manual of arms without his orders in writing on the pommel of his saddle, and making the most egregious blunders at that even, is not the man to command a Reg't, and the public should rise up in indignation at the thought of entrusting their husbands and sons, to the command of a man so universally regarded as deficient in even the first principles of the science. Col Ferry may be a good lawyer, and we know he has a wide reputation as an efficient stump orator, and a good manager in political party affairs; but it seems to us that to lead a thousand men to battle a man should at least know how to "shoulder arms." We may expect next to hear of his elevation to the post of General. It has all along seemed strange to us that civilians should be elevated to those high positions while such men as General Wool, who has served his country a life time should be left in obscurity. Such a course of procedure at this hour of our country's peril is a burning disgrace. We could mention the name of a man in our own village who is thoroughly posted in military affairs, and who would do credit to the State should he receive an appointment. We refer to Gen. L.E. Baldwin. And we ask, why is it that such me are entirely overlooked, while men possessing no military experience, receive these appointments? Is it party? We predict that the time will come when the policy thus far pursued, will be found to be wholly wrong. It can but tend to the utter demoralization of our army. A few more inglorious Bull's Run retreats, and the necessity of efficient officers we trust will be acknowledged. While we vote Republican ticket, we are still utterly opposed to carrying such matters into Party politics.
766. TWJ Fri Aug 2, 1861: Norwich Academy Cadets at Windham. The usual quiet, of the village of Old Windham was broken on Saturday last, very agreeably by the advent of the "Academy Cadets" of Norwich, who were on a visit to the boys of the Rev. Mr. Horton's family school. The "Cadets" were met at So. Windham Station on the arrival of the morning train from Norwich, by the Horton School, and escorted to the green, where the speech of welcome was delivered by Capt. Huntington of the "Hortons," in very neat and becoming style, and replied to in good fashion by Capt. Colt of the "Cadets." The "Cadets," were in a neat white flannel blouse, slashed with red, and red caps. They carry as arms, spears, neatly painted and gilded. They "Hortons" were in uniform of blue army blouse; black glazed army caps, and spears similar to those of the "Cadets." The music of the occasion was of the genuine martial style, two snare drums, one bass, and two fifes, one of the snare drummers, being a no less personage than Major Manning of Norwich, who was a drummer in the battle of Lundy's Lane. After a fine display by the two Companies, in a series of perfectly executed maneuvers, the military and invited guests took seats at a table fairly loaded with substantials and luxuries, spread by the generous fair, whose grand-mothers smiled upon, and ministered to the wants of gallant men, armed for the real war of the revolution. Most dinners have a strong family resemblance, indeed, having seen dinners and dinner tables by the hundreds, we conclude that a description of one might answer for all. We are constrained to say, however, that the intellectual banquet after dinner speeches, toasts, responses, etc., were fully up to anything of the kind we ever heard. The speeches were mainly in reply to a series of toasts; the first, by E. Perkins Cleveland, Esq., late of Boston, was replete with reminiscences of the historical old Town of Windham, and may be called the speech of the occasion. Col. Baker, in response to a toast to the retired list of the Army, stirred up the patriotic sentiments of his listeners, in a short, but effective speech. Major Manning fought over again the battles of the war of 1812, and in a style peculiarly his own, interested the assemblage in a _ccession of speeches. Rev. Mr. Livsey of Norwich, replied to a toast to the Clergy very happily. A young Colonel of Zouaves from Norwich, made a short speech, and after several short addresses by Rev. Mr. Horton and others, the music struck up, the Cadets of both schools fell into line, and again practiced their drill to the admiration of some hundreds of spectators from Willimantic, South Windham, and other places, who had by this time assembled. At three o'clock the line was formed, and the order to march for the R.R. Station was promptly obeyed, the "Horton's" acting as escort. The day was a delightful one, and the youthful soldiers seemed to enjoy the affair immensely. The military drill is, we understand, a permanent institution in Mr. Horton's school, and we cannot resist the impression that it is a feature of great utility. If any criticism is desirable, we would suggest the adoption of a weapon somewhat heavier than a wooden spear, for the manual drill. A five pound musket, if such a thing is to be had, would do much more in the way of a full development of those muscles which fall into use in the military manual, and whenever the boys tire of handling such a weight, the wood may be substituted. Why will not the Rev. Preceptor give us an exhibition of his youthful soldiers one of these fine days?
767. TWJ Fri Aug 2, 1861: A man by the name of Baker having belonged to the 5th Regiment Co. H. passed through this village last evening evidently insane. During Battalion Drill last week he fell under the heat of the sun and was carried to his tent by his messmates. The following day he exhibited symptoms of measles, was ordered to the Hospital, and yesterday was discharged. We are credibly informed that he is a quiet, unassuming young man, of good habits. We regret very much to be forced to the conclusion that he was discharged from the Hospital, in this sad condition of mind. We understand his residence to be somewhere in the vicinity of Putnam. Without money or friends he is turned out to make the best of his way - God knows where - we hope he will find his home. If this is the treatment a poor soldier is to receive while in his own State, what is to be expected when on the field of battle and on the soil of the enemy? It seems to us, that it should be the business of some one to look more closely to the sanitary interests of our soldiers who are ready to lay their all upon the alter the Union [sic]
768. TWJ Fri Aug 2, 1861: A non-commissioned officer of the 5th Regiment, was stabbed badly above the groin last night. It is supposed the act was done by a picket guard, as the wound was evidently made by a bayonet. Dr. F.P. Coe, who happened to be on the ground with Co. H. from Windham Co., was called and dressed the wound, which was a bad one. The soldier was sent to the Hospital this morning. We clip the above from the Hartford Daily Times of Monday. We understand that at the time the wounded man was brought into camp, all the surgeons of the Regiment were absent from the camp; also the Coll., and it was by the express order of Lieut. Col. Kingsbury that Dr. Coe was called to dress the wound. This then was one cause of his offending against the dignity of the medical staff of the 5th Regiment. We understand also that in numerous other instances Dr. Coe did violence to this so called dignity of the medical staff, by relieving the sufferings of sick soldiers. Perhaps this is all as it should be, but we claim the privilege of differing in opinion with Col. Ferry. Humanity would seem to demand that suffering should be relieved wherever found, and we believe that in no other instance hat he "powers that be" objected to any and every possible arrangement for the comfort of and attention the sick. Napoleon Bonaparte thought it not beneath his dignity to call to his aid all the medical skill and attention for the benefit of sick and wounded soldiers and upon this great care of his turned many a battle. Our officers may learn wisdom by experience, but that experience may be to sad.
769. TWJ Fri Aug 2, 1861: Departure of the Fifth Regiment. The Hartford Courant of Tuesday, describes the departure of the 5th Regiment as follows: The Fifth Regiment, C.V., Col. Ferry, being the second regiment of men under three years enlistment, left by cars for Harper's Ferry at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. There was another sultry summer day, another crowd upon the streets swarming on the balconies and waving handkerchiefs from the windows, and another glistening array of armed men, as there were when the other regiments departed from the city. Looking south from the State House, the gay uniforms of the portly Phalanx came first into view. Then the Manchester Cadets with their band of drummer boys. Then Col. Ferry, mounted. Then the Fifth Regiment in wide platoons that filled the street, more than 1000 strong. Then the Gallant Public and citizens on foot and in carriages, a rushing, crushing, sweating and swearing throng, that run over, covered up, and hid from view the little Zouave corps that gave the soldiers escort. Looking north from the bridge, there was nothing to be seen except a sea of human beings surging around and against the troops who marched so gallantly along with glistening guns and banners flying. The ladies cheered them in the handkerchief way from the windows, while from the public buildings and housetops the American Flag was properly displayed. The crowd went to the depot with the soldiery. It was a great crowd. When it came to the place it found another great crowd already there. So both together they made a very great crowd. It took an hour to load up. The two engines with twenty-one cars left at four o'clock. The very great crowd sent up cheers, collectively. Individually, there were prayers that husbands, brothers or friends might return safe. The military gave them the salute of the profession. The ladies took out their handkerchiefs again, some to wave to the troops, some to wipe the tears from their eyes, and some for both purposes. The volunteers waved their hats, sabers, or flags, and sung Dixie, or Red, White and Blue, or Hail Columbia, uproarious at any rate, even if not melodious. In passing Sharps' a cannon was fired at the train. The last car disappeared around the curve at Broad street with soldiers clustering upon the platform, swinging their hats and shouting "Hurrah!" And the Fifth Regiment had gone. Their camp equipments, baggage wagons and horses, were to meet them in New Haven. The rain in the morning made the march from camp to car a tedious one, but the men stood it unflinchingly. The Phalanx numbering about 100 men, under Maj. Goodwin. The Manchester Cadets, 76 men, under Capt. Cheeney, and these were all who formed a military escort yesterday.
770. TWJ Fri Aug 2, 1861: Washington Correspondence. Washington, D.C., July 30, 1861. Dear Charles: On the 28th inst., a bright, warm, sunny Sunday, I dropped down the Potomac to get a more realizing sense of Old Mars with his wrinkled front, and see him in his lair. The river was delightfully smooth, and, what is unusual, clear and beautiful. With an invigorating breeze we gaily sped along, happy that Massa Jeff Davis still permitted us to enjoy a ride upon our own waters, and to breathe our own free mountain air. We passed the steamers Benj. Deford and S.R. Spaulding, used as Government transports, on which was the Tenth Regiment Mass. Volunteers, Col. Briggs. It numbers 1000 fine looking, well equipped men, with the full complement of wagons, horses and camp equipage. Such a shout as they gave! A sort of victory - or - death shout, and it traveled off among the hills in unrestrained freedom, as if it meant something. If Massa Jeff. had hear that burst from those loyal hearts, it would have made him shake on his pins despite his masked batteries, pits and ambuscades. Opposite Alexandria is the sloop of War, Pawnee. Two holes were observable in her smoke stack made by balls thrown by some Southern gentlemen, with the idea, as is supposed, of improving the draft. She is a saucy, defiant looking craft. The Freeborn, on which Capt. Ward "paid the debt he never promised," is of the tow boat order, and looks as much like a water fly - what we boys used to call "skaters" - as anything you can think of, and abouut as quick in her movements. She is "right smart," and can go "a heap ahead" of anything on the Potomac. The brig Perry is also here, carrying I believe, 10 guns. I landed at Alexandria and proceeded to invade the sacred soil of Virginia alone, on foot and across lots. This city reminded me of the ancient cities of Greece or Rome, and I immediately thought myself as antiquarian, and began searching for relics of the past. I was disturbed somewhat in my reverie, by the sudden appearance of a squad of men in blue pants, red shirts and fez caps, which in my abstraction, I took to be Arabs or some semi-civilized people indigenous to this strange country. I may have thought it aloud, for "I don't see it, old muffin!" aroused me from my delusive dream, and assured me that I was among friends - the fire Zouaves. I didn't stop to enquire whether this remark was intended for me or not, but concluded, as I afterwards learned they were then returning from church, it was a commend on the teachings of the spiritual adviser. I left this deserted town behind me, and took the road for Fairfax, seeing nothing to "molest or make me afraid," except here and there a guard. I soon reached Shuter's Hill, the encampment of the Fire Zouaves. I was surprised to see another regiment (the Mozart, of N.Y.,) doing guard duty, but one of the Zouaves explained by saying that they were under arrest for mutinous conduct. Through the inefficiency of some of their officers, and a misunderstanding as to whether the U.S., or the State of N.Y., should pay, the boys have been kept out of their money - not having received a cent since their enrollment. They determined to do no more duty until paid, and so the matter stands. Their arrest is merely nominal for they go in and out of camp at pleasure. The Government can't afford to loose the services of this brave and well disciplined regiment, and it knows they are not the breed that drives well, so have concluded to pay them next Wednesday. Shuters Hill, (the post occupied by the encampment,) is covered by a fine grove, and from the summit is presented a grand view of the encampments, covering hill, valley, and plain for many miles in circumference. On the southern brow of the hill, a few rods from the camp, is Fort Ellsworth, an elevation nearly as great as the hills in your village back of Pleasant st., a gigantic work thrown up by the Zouaves, a lasting monument to their gallant and lamented officer whose name it bears. It is garrisoned by the 17th regiment N.Y., volunteers. I visited many of the encampments - all know by me to have been in the late battle - my object being to ascertain their condition after their big run from the place where the bull used to enjoy that exclusive privilege. I found everything serene; every man apparently happy, able to take his rations, and will and ready to give the rebels another turn under officers, in whom they have confidence. General McClellan is well thought of by the men, and they will do themselves no discredit if he will stick by them. Gens. McClellan and McDowell under an escort of cavalry passed me on the road to Fairfax. The Fire Zouaves are confident they can whip any three regiments of the enemy only give them a "fair show." A Georgian soldier taken prisoner at the battle of Bull's Run says: We were astonished at the rapid firing of your men; you fired three times to our once; but I think we are better marksmen than you. I demur. Secesh can't score up better shots than our Western and Eastern frontier men, who have been brought up from infancy to the use of the rifle, and are sure of bringing down whatever they shoot at. There are thousands of such in our army. Several houses on the Fairfax road are deserted. One, near Alexandria - a large brick, with extensive brick walls on either side, and extending back to a considerable depth, particularly attracted my attention. On the front of the house, in large letters, was "Price, Birch & CO., Dealers in Slaves." The high walls enclosed slave pens, and from its extensiveness, the proprietors had evidently done a prosperous business, but had wisely concluded to vacate on the approach of the Union soldiers, not considering their article saleable among this character of men. .. Our soldiers are very orderly as a general thing, and people who choose to remain in their houses are not in the least molested save that our men have a very sociable way of inviting themselves in to sit and chat with the family, and if anything nice is passed around it is not on record that they ever refused! Scarcity of milk is complained of in Alexandria. Much is purchased for the soldiers, and much is obtained surreptitiously as I can vouch for. It is amusing to see a dozen soldiers, each with a tin cup chasing several cows in a large field, and as one of the men succeeds in getting a cow to stand, two or three other fellows trying to milk her at the same time, which she not liking kicks up her heels and is off, when another race begins. It seemed the pursuit of milk under difficulties, but I understand they have done quite a successful business at it. It is not a very pleasant thing for a man to be compelled to walk three quarters of a mile out of his way at the point of a bayonet, when he is already played out with a long march, and done brown by the hot sun, yet such was my fate o my recent invasion. In going out I had crossed through fields and camps, but on coming back I was as economical of my steps, as the old darkey of money when he had a "long way to travel and ain't got a red cent'" so I was jogging along on the straight road, ruminating on what I had seen and how I should tell it to the Journal, when "halt!" brought me all up standing. "Where is your pass?" "I don't travel with that article." "Then you can't travel here." I pretended to think he was joking and endeavored to pass on. The fellow was no joker, though, and the effort to pass nearly cost me the integrity of my pantaloons in a part not to be mentioned. He made a charge at me amidships, as a sailor would say; but I, with a dextrous "about face," left him on a "double quick." My movement was accelerated very much by seeing (in my imagination) that villainous, shining bayonet in close proximity to the hindermost part of my trowsers. I did not time myself on that three quarters of a mile, but am satisfied that it can't be beat!. Yours, Ned.
771. TWJ Fri Aug 2, 1861: The Post Office Department has issued a notice that postmasters forward all prepaid letters to soldiers, to any other point to which they may be ordered, other than the one directed to without an additional charge.
772. TWJ Fri Aug 2, 1861: Munificent Donation. It was announced at the late meeting of the Alumni of Yale College, that the Scientific Department of that Institution had received during the collegiate year a second donation of $50,000 from Joseph E. Sheffield, Esq., of New Haven. The course of education in this Department is essentially that of the Polytechnic Schools of Europe and is designed to fit young men for commercial and other practical pursuits, as well as for the direct applications of science.
773. TWJ Fri Aug 2, 1861: An Affecting Scene. An interesting incident occurred recently at the Baltimore station. While the returning troops were waiting to take the cars, one of the cavalry that had just arrived, espied a brother in the ranks, and dismounting ran to embrace him. As soon as the salutation was over, he inquired of two brothers who had also been in the battle of Bull Run, and the reply was "they are in their graves." The scene was so affecting that every bystander united their tears with those of the weeping brothers. They soon after, took, perhaps a final, leave of each other - the one returning home wounded, and the other proceeding to defend the honor and integrity of the Government. These brothers were Germans, and one of the dead was twin with the one that was entering the army.
774. TWJ Fri Aug 2, 1861: We think the statements made in the following dispatch to the New York World, Monday evening, may be relied upon as nearly correct: Messrs. Dougherty and Allen, who escaped from Manassas, were examined before the Sanitary Commission to-day. As to the condition of our wounded at the hospitals of the enemy, they state that the report of the hospital being burned with our wounded in it by the Confederates is erroneous, and say that the suffering are well cared for. There were 250 wounded soldiers at Studley Church Hospital. The Confederates claim to have from 1200 to 1500 federal prisoners, 42 of whom are officers, field line and staff and twelve of our medical staff. They also claim to have taken 18 pieces of our artillery, which is correct. The Confederates say that from 1800 to 5000 of our men were killed. Two regiments had been detailed to bury the dead. They say on the other side that they have a force of 10,000 at Centreville, 10,000 at Fairfax, with a large force of cavalry, one regiment at Leesburg, and one at Ball's Mill. They talk about an advance on Washington, and say that they intend to cross the Potomac seventeen miles above the city. Mr. Dougherty says that he saw four cart loads of small arms pas by his prison, that had been thrown away by our men and picked up by the Confederates. The soldiers of the enemy were also equipping themselves largely with clothing, blankets, knapsacks, etc., taken from our soldiers found upon the battlefield. The Confederates boasted that they had a big trap laid for our army if it had got to the Junction. They had 80,000 men there on Sunday, and would have had 10,000 more from Richmond but for an accident to the train by which they could not get up in season. The engineer was shot as a traitor, they believing that the cars were run off purposely by him. There is a scarcity of provisions at Manassas especially of flour. There was also a good deal of discontent among the soldiers from being paid off in the fifty cent shinplasters of the provisional government.
775. TWJ Fri Aug 2, 1861: Two Armies Running Away from Each Other. The evidence accumulates that the rebels did not at all understand our retreat, and thought themselves beaten. It is certain that they did not follow up their advantage. This, if it proves true, will be one of the strangest and most unaccountable of historical events. The correspondent of the New York Herald says: "There is no doubt that the rebels were actually retreating towards Manassas Junction at the very time when our soldiers were running towards Centreville. The reinforcements from Manassas were probably intended to cover the retreat of the troops that had been engaged in the action. Long before the panic on our side occurred, the wagon train of the rebels was winding its way from the field, plainly indicated their intention to retire. This train was followed by large bodies of infantry, and it is probable that if our men had stood their ground even fifteen minutes longer, they would have had undisputed possession of the field. It is stated by a Virginian, who came from Manassas into our lines on Tuesday, that the order for the retreat of the rebels had been already issued. It is evident that the enemy did not immediately understand the movement on our side. They thought themselves whipped, and the sudden retirement of their victors undoubtedly astonished them.
776. TWJ Fri Aug 2, 1861: Incidents of the Battle. The historians of the civil war in this country will not lack for material to give point and romance to their pages. A thousand busy pens are daily recording the strange scenes and incidents of which the field of battle is so prolific, and sending them to the press for publication. We select a few of the latest: "Blaze Away, Mississippi." During one of the chargers of the Fire Zouaves upon the Mississippi Rifles, a Zouave and a Mississippian came in contact on an open space, both discharged rifles. Simultaneously they attempted to draw their revolvers, and the Mississippian having succeeded before the Zouave in drawing his, the later cried out, "Blaze away, Mississippi; I'll take the last shot." The Mississippian instantly did so, the Zouave who, having drawn his weapon, discharged it at his foe, piercing his heart instantly killing him. "Hair Breadth Escape." Dr. J.H. Irwin, surgeon of the 2d Wisconsin regiment, was chased by one of the Black Horse Cavalry, who fired when within ten feet of the surgeon, at the same time shouting, "Surrender, you d---d abolition scoundrel!" The ball grazed the head of Dr. I, who, at the same time made a big leap into a clump of woods. The trooper rode round to head him off, but his opponent meantime managed to load his rifle, and when the trooper next appeared, shot him through the chest. He fell sideways, the saddle turning with him, and the frightened horse galloped off with its dead or wounded rider dangling by the stirrups. "Sepoy Barbarities." One of the enemy's cavalry rode up to a wagon containing a wounded German soldier of Capt. Langworth's company, Second Wisconsin Regiment, and, dragging him out by the hair of the head, pierced him through the body with his sword, yelling, "I'll teach you d---d black Abolitionists to come down here to fight us!" The trooper then rushed upon the driver of the wagon, and, with a back cut of his sabre, nearly severed the man's head from his body, and he fell lifeless among his horses. "A Meeting of Friends." A member of the 71st Regiment of New York, states that in one of the charges of that Regiment upon a rebel battery, he met at the point of the bayonet a member of one of the Virginia regiments, with whom he had formed intimate relations of friendship while the rebel soldier was at college in New York. Each instantly recognized the other, and instead of carrying out the work of death, they clasped hands with the exclamation, "God bless you," and separated.
777. TWJ Fri Aug 2, 1861: A large number of the papers are insisting that Gen. Wool shall be placed in active command. We know of no reason why he should not be. The Administration evidently does. We hope it is not an attempt of the editors to "pull the Wool over the eyes" of the President and Gen. Scott. - Hartford Courant.
778. TWJ Fri Aug 2, 1861: Marriages.
In Hartford, July 28th, Mr. Ludwig Brasch, to Miss Aurelia Schene.
779. TWJ Fri Aug 2, 1861: Deaths.
In Mansfield, July 30th, Martin Carter.
In Pawtucket, R.I., 28th ult. Willie, eldest son of George and Mernervia Manning, aged 6 years and 18 days.
780. TWJ Fri Aug 2, 1861: Taken Up. By the Subscriber 15th inst. One Sorrel Horse, hind feet white, Star in the forehead, switch tail. The owner is requested to prove property, pay charges and take him away. Chester Loomis. Ashford, Ct., July 25th, 1861.
781. TWJ Fri Aug 2, 1861: Commissioner's Notice. District of Windham, Probate Court, July 29th, 1861. Assigned Estate of Amos B. Adams of Windham in said District. The Court of Probate for the District of Windham hath limited and allowed two months from date hereof, for the Creditors of said Estate, in which to exhibit their claims thereto; and has appointed Joshua B. Lord and James C. Staniford, Commissioners to receive and examine said Claims. Certified by Wm. Swift, Clerk. The subscribers give notice that they shall meet at the office of A.W. Jillson Esq., in said Windham on the 2nd day of September and the 2d day of October A.D., 1861 at 1 o'clock in the afternoon, on each of said days, for the purpose of attending to the business of said appointment. Joshua B. Lord, James C. Staniford, Commissioners.
782. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: "Are We to Sacrifice Lives for Party Sake?" The above caption stood at the head of our leader of last week, and we continue it this week for the purpose of drawing the attention of some men who are so perfectly wrapped up in party, as to be blind to anything like liberal sentiments, or even facts not in keeping with their feelings or views. .. If we are to be condemned for an honest expression of our conviction in regard to the wants of the poor soldier, who is ready to sacrifice his all for his country, and the absolute necessity of efficient officering of our troops, why not be it; yet we are still disposed to stand by the sentiments expressed in our leading article of last week. It is not that we lack sympathy in the cause, but that our heart's best affections follow the poor soldier to the battle field, and has in view his highest good, which at best can be but suffering and sorrow, in the hour of severe conflict. In this we are honest, and God pity the individual, who, in the quiet of his own home, will sit down forgetful of the poor soldier's wants, and say "stop my paper," because of an honest expression of anxiety for his welfare. .. We unhesitatingly reiterate here what we said last week in regard to the unfitness of Col. O.S. Ferry, and could add here the names of many others who we earnestly hope and trust will fall under the vigilant eye of the military board for the examination into the fitness of men for the positions to which they are called. We quote from a correspondent of the Providence Press, "Heaven spare us from any more battles, till we have men to command our divisions, and officers who will not run from the field of battle before there is any danger." It is one thing for the brute courage of a man to render him efficient in leading men into a dangerous position, but quite another to retire in order, when it becomes absolutely necessary for a precipitate retreat. There is no punishment too severe for a commanding officer who will quit the field where lie the dead and wounded of his command, and his poor soldiers struggling against the foe. Such has undoubtedly been the case, and we are pained to be obliged to record the fact. Who then can blame us for our expressions of anxiety in regard to some of the appointments which have been made? We notice that a large number of the officers of the "Garibaldi Guards," have resigned in consequence of their unfitness for the positions they occupy. In this they show their good sense, and we sincerely hope that others will follow their example. In an editorial appendage to the article in the Providence Press above alluded too, the editor says: "Some passages of this letter are painful to peruse, for they portray the writer's fear lest political partisanship in high places should be of eminent service to the rebels. We are glad to know of the appointment of T.H.C. Kingsbury, as Lieut. Col., and Chapman as Major of the 5th Reg't, both of whom we understand to be men qualified for their position. Col. Kingsbury brings with him two years instruction at West Point, together with good executive ability, while Major Chapman, we learn, is a very competent officer with a large experience. We doubt not we shall hear of good report of them. In our criticisms in regard to the appointment of Mr. Ferry to the Colonelsy of this Regt, we wish to be distinctly understood as saying nothing against his character or ability as a man, but only as declaring our belief that he is unfitted, in consequence of an entire lack of experience for the responsible office he holds. In this particular, we have not heard a man who knows him, make any claims in his behalf as a military man, and this is certainly no time to make officers. In our allusion to Dr. Coe, we did not enter into a defense of him, for we have no doubt of his ability to take of himself when assailed or occasion requires. We have taken pains, however, to ascertain some facts in the matter, and learn that it as at the earnest solicitation of the members of Co. H, the Windham County Company, that he consented to go in a private capacity as was arranged for him to do. In this capacity no expense to the State or General Government would have accrued. The only suggestion we would make then in regard to this matter, is, whether one hundred men ought not to be entitled to the privilege of employing whom they please in the capacity of physician, providing they pay the expense? Do men by joining the army sacrifice all their private rights?
783. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: A Visit to South Coventry. "Chowder." We were invited by our friend H.R. Fargo to a "fish chowder," and "fry" of frogs legs, on Saturday last, in company with several gentleman from our village. The spot chosen for the entertainment a short distance from the village, is rarely surpassed in beauty of scenery in this vicinity. Both the "chowder" and "fry" were all that the most fastidious epicure could desire. Indeed nothing was wanting to make the occasion all that heart, (or stomach) could wish. We left with the full conviction that whenever the invitation was repeated, our acceptance would not be wanting. Give us South Coventry for a "chowder" and "fry" and friend Fargo to superintend it, and we hazard nothing in saying all who may participate will come away more than satisfied. We wish also to notice the fact that we were very kindly entertained at the Hotel of our friend Lyman Bidwell. He "knows how to keep a Hotel." We hope he will receive a liberal share of patronage from a better paying class of visitors than we are.
784. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: The following we clip from the Hartford Daily Post. We are pleased to doubt the correctness of the same, inasmuch as we are in constant correspondence with our brother, whom we doubt not would have written us even if he had lost both arms. We wish to say still farther, that he is not nor never has been "a Tribune man" but a personal friend of Mr. Greeley. We thank the Post for its compliment to our brother's "pluck," but hope the occasion for the expression does not exist: "John Evans, formerly publisher of the Willimantic (Ct.) Medium, lost an arm at Bull Run. While the surgeon was amputating his left arm close to the elbow, a gentleman present observed "You're done for fighting." "That's all that troubles me," was the noble reply." We suspect this is a mistake: we hope John has met with no such misfortune. The Tribune does not mention an Evans in its list of wounded, and John has certainly been one of its correspondents at times, and is emphatically "a Tribune man." We've no doubt he would have said as reported, if he had been wounded."
785. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: Who does not like cleanliness? Who does not enjoy the luxury of a good bath? The sanitary effect of thorough bathing is by far too little understood. Even some barbarous tribes in different countries are far in advance of the more civilized in this matter of frequent bathing. Our enterprising friend and neighbor, David K. Tucker, (rooms under Brainard's Hotel,) has wisely taken the matter in hand, and provided this great essential to health, luxury and cleanliness, by furnishing all the conveniences for hot or cold baths. A word to the wise is sufficient. Give him a call.
786. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: Circumlocution. A deposition was offered in evidence on Friday, at the trial of the "British Government vs. Sharps Rifle Co.," which came from England, and the postage on it was only $74 and some cents, and must have weighed nearly twenty pounds. No wonder the last trial lasted six weeks, and this will last a week or ten days longer.
787. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: Troops. Half a million of men will be in the field by the first of November, and three hundred thousand in a month from to-day. Such at least, is the expectation of the War Department. The Peace Party had better hurry up, or they will be too late to stop the war.
788. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: A correspondent of the Richmond Enquirer furnishes the following interesting account of a visit to the battle field: "The writer of this, on Monday last, passed over the scene of the battle of the 21st, near Bull Run. It was gratifying to find, contrary to rumors which have gained some circulation that the dead, not only of our own army, but also of the enemy, have all been decently buried. In the whole area of that terrible onset no human corpse, and not even a mangled limb, was to be seen. The earth had received them all, and so far as the human combatants were concerned, nothing remained to tell of those who had fallen victims of the shock of battle, save the mounds of fresh earth which showed where they had been laid away in their last sleep.
789. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: We copy the following extract from a letter to the Waterbury American, by Rev. J.M. Willey, as presenting a very stirring scene during the late battle in which an officer from our own county figured so conspicuously as to excite the admiration of all, and cause every Windham County man to feel proud of its sons. We never doubted Major Warner's pluck. About half-past two, p.m., the 3d Connecticut and 2d Maine were ordered to charge upon a battery of the rebels. The Colonel of the 3d did not send but led his Regiment to one of the most perilous labors of the day. Amid a shower of bullets and grape shot that sounded like the humming of bees, the work was done; the enemy were driven back, and the possession of the place obtained. Our officers were determined to mark the place as our own, an Major Warner called for the Regimental Flag. The Stars and Stripes were advanced. "Not that one," shouted the Major, "give me the Connecticut Flag!" and I tell you, Mr. Senior Editor, that your old blood would have coursed in quicker currents could you have seen the Major and Color Sergeant erecting on that spot, amid a leaden storm, the "Qui Trans. Sust." of old Connecticut.
790. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: Our motive in the publication of the following piece of correspondence is that of fair play. The letter is decidedly vindictive in its tone, and although purporting to be a reply to the leading article in last week's Journal, does not in any particular come up to the point in answer to the suggestions therein contained. We mentioned the facts in the case of Dr. Coe's connection with the 5th regiment, after listening to his representations, and from an acquaintance of several years with the doctor had imbibed the idea that he was a person of truthfulness and integrity, which idea we now hold, and shall continue to hold until he is shown to be false. If the facts stated in this letter be true of Dr. Coe, he is guilty of a crime for which he might perhaps be made to suffer with his life. Is he so big a fool? We do not know who the "Many Citizens" may be, nor is it important that we should know, as we have an endorser of the letter in the person of a responsible citizen. As regards the course of this journal touching war matters, and in reply to the foolish intimation contained in this letter, we have only to say, that our feelings are entirely with the friends of the Union, and will continue to be, but if the truth was spoken in our last week's leader, we shall stand by it: For the Journal. Colonel Ferry and Doctor Coe. Mr. Editor: An article appeared in the Journal of last week reflecting severely on Col. O.S. Ferry of the 5th Regiment for his treatment of Dr. F.P. Coe. The Doctor, it seems, desired to accompany the Regiment as a volunteer physician, "on his own hook," which Col. F., very properly refused to permit, because it would interfere with the duties of the medical staff. Co.. Ferry had selected his surgeons and assistants, who were responsible for the health and care of his men, and it was only simple justice to them to prevent any interference with their duties. As ample provision is made for the sick and disabled, we trust those who have "husbands and sons in the Regiment, will give themselves no anxiety because Dr. Coe has leave to stay at home." It seems that Dr. Coe intruded himself into the Camp at Hartford, and it is very currently reported, that he abused the courtesy which permitted him to remain there for a time, by indulging in his characteristic style of ridicule and blackguardism respecting Col. Ferry, and did what he could to disaffect the men, and excite their prejudices against their commander. If this is so, and if he exhibited anything like the same spirit towards Col. F., there, that he has manifested since his return, he has reason to thank the forbearance of the Colonel that he was not drummed out of the Camp. We do not wonder that Col. F. did not want such a "camp follower" at the seat of war; and, from all we can learn, we are not surprised that he very politely, but most decidedly, snubbed the Doctor. But Dr. Coe says Col. Ferry is not competent for his command. Gov. Buckingham, with many of the best and most intelligent men of the State, think he is; and we defer to their judgment until the military board at Washington pass upon his qualifications. But Col. Ferry has had no military education or experience. Granted. Many a man has gone from the office or the plow and made a good commander, while others who have been all their lives learning and practicing the military art, never could make good Generals, and when they come to the battle field "didn't know which end they stood on," like General Pierce in the great Bethel affair. Col Ferry has character and brains, zeal and energy, and what is very important in this war, his whole soul is in the cause; and we doubt not he will give a good account of himself. It is not true that officers are appointed or excluded on mere party grounds; there are to-day as many Colonels in the army, if not more, who are Democrats as there are Republicans. But there is one class who should be most rigidly excluded from the service; and that is the Breckenridge Democrats who still adhere to their chief, and sympathize with and support such treasonable papers as the Hartford Times, in giving aid and comfort to the enemy. And now we ask if the loyal papers of the North are to be used to assail our patriotic officers, who have taken their lives in their hands and gone to fight our battles for us, to gratify the personal spite of disappointed aspirants. Many Citizens. Willimantic, Aug. 5th, 1861.
791. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: Washington Correspondence. Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, '61. Dr. [sic, think it should be "Dear", not Dr.] Charles: I have just returned from a visit to the "Old Capitol" in which are confined our prisoners of war - if the traitorous hounds taken at Bull's Run may be so dignified. The prison building is located on Capitol Hill, immediately opposite the Capitol. It is a two story, red brick, utterly destitute of ernament, [sic, mean ornament?] and was either never finished or has been robbed by decay. The windows in the first story are boarded up to within about a foot of the top, which is left open for ventilation. In size it would do for a New York District School or village Court House. The main entrance is arched with brick, and in every respect it looks like a cheap affair. If this building ever was used as the Capitol, it must have been when Uncle Samuel was a very little baby! At the entrance stand two sentinels; one, a member of a Pennsylvania Regiment, twenty-five or thirty of whom are detailed here for guard duty, and the other, George Washington! How must the recreants' cheeks mantle with shame as they pass? The mute sentinel looks on silently but awfully. There is a terrible meaning in those orbless eyes and compressed lips, an eloquent and thrilling appeal for retribution, which the God of War must hear, and like an offended God answer! It seems to say "Away to Heaven, respective lenity, And fire-eyed fury be your conduct now!" There are seventy-two persons confined here: one Lieut. Colonel, two Orderlies and the rest privates, varying in age, I should think, from seventeen to fifty-five years; nothing peculiar in uniform - some have none at all. They are all well cared for, and some very tenderly; for, aside from good army rations and a large building in which to roam about at pleasure, they are supplied with various delicacies (opera glasses and fans thrown in) by lady friends, with secession leanings. You know, Charley, I never was guilty of calumniating the fair fame of beautiful woman, nor do I now, but I condemn those among us who are giving aid and comfort to our country's enemies. The know that "when maidens sue, men give like Gods," and our orderly sergeant is but flesh and blood, and in they go, carrying in letters and bringing letters out. A carriage drove up while I was there, in which were two ladies, rather in the "sere and yellow;" who brought packages containing clothing and food, apparently, and sent them in; nods and smiles from the carriage were exchanged with persons in the second story windows, the ladies talking with some of them in the deaf and dum languages. The Government has been too indulgent with the villains who have and are attempting its destruction, a stop should at once be put to it. Let our prisoners be treated as prisoners of war and not as invited guests. All intercourse with them must be stopped if we would have our movements a secret from the rebels. It is said about three-fourths of the Washington women are secessionists. Awful! But not so astonishing as if they were Connecticut women, the explanation being in the fact that three-fourths of the women here are ugly as blazes, while the other fourth being tolerably good looking are of course loyal and union loving. Secesh can't exist among pretty women, hence its rarity among the daughters of New England. Fred. Barnett of Co. A, 3d Reg't, C.V., died at the hospital here, of consumption. He was a quiet, amiable fellow, and much beloved by his comrades. I desire to say in behalf of the 3d Connecticut, that they conducted themselves nobly at the late battle of Bull's Run, being one of the last to leave the field, and then leaving in good order, taking their arms with them. This Regiment had the left wing in the attack on the batteries and stood, unflinchingly through the terrible fire for about an hour. It did not suffer as badly as some others for the reason that they occupied a kind of gulley in the field, by which they were hidden from the enemy's fire. The 5th Conn. Reg't is at Harper's Ferry. Congress adjourns at noon to-morrow. Yours, Ned.
792. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: The names of the Senators who finally crowded the President to order the advance on Richmond, under a threat of breaking down his administration if he refused, are said to have been Messrs. Sumner, of Massachusetts; Hale and Clark, of New Hampshire; Trumbull, of Illinois; Chandler, of Michigan; Wade, of Ohio; Simmons, of Rhode Island; Doolittle, of Wisconsin; Grimes, of Iowa; Wilkinson, of Minnesota; Morril and Fessenden of Maine; Foot of Vermont; and King, of New York.
793. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: We clip the following communication from the Hartford Daily Post. If true it certainly seems hard: West Hartford, Aug. 4, 1861. Editor of the Post: I have a son sick at Hagerstown, in the 4th Regiment. He writes me that the surgeon of the regiment will not permit the town doctor, who has been his physician to enter the regimental lines to see the sick. I am going to see my boy to-morrow, and wanting advice, I went to the Adjutant General's office to-day to get it. I told Adj. Gen. Williams what my son wrote, and he told me he did not believe it. This I consider is very unjust treatment by a public officer to a father who has one son in the army, will provide another if necessary, and will go himself to defend the Union if wanted. I feel indignant to be so treated by any man, and claim my rights as a citizen to respectful treatment from officers, civil or military. I bred by boy to strict recognition of the truth, and I feel a pride in his honest character. Personally, I could forgive an offence, but a father cannot overlook an indignity to a meritorious son. When I return from Hagerstown, I shall be happy to reply to anything which the Adjutant General may have to say in extenuation of his wanton insult to me. Yours truly, Wm. A. Gaines.
794. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: Garibaldi, the Italian hero, has offered to serve in the United States army during the war with the southern rebels.
795. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: Did the Rebels Bayonet our Wounded? Dr. Ellsworth of this city, states that he knows the following incident to have actually happened, although it did not come under his personal knowledge: The reports of the barbarity of the rebels towards our wounded men on the field of battle, are numerous. Many cannot believe it so. The following is a well authenticated and horrible instance, given by a very intelligence gentleman, Surgeon of the New York Twenty-seventy Regiment, Dr. Barnes. He states that he accompanied his Regiment to the field, and then after certain movements which he particularizes, there was a hot fire, and a considerable number of men fell on our side. These wounded were, to the number of at least thirty, brought up to the shade of a large elm tree. Here he took off his coat and vest and hung them on a branch, and, with his assistants, operated on a number, amputation some, and performing other minor operations, the wounds being nearly all from bullets in the legs or feet. He remembers one case particularly, of a fine young fellow, whose leg he cut off, on which he placed a tourniquet, and as the man seemed in good condition, he showed him how, in case the wound bled, he could turn it himself at the same time leaving him a little brandy in a cup. He placed him with his back against a tree. A turn in the battle, and the necessity of helping other wounded, took him away from this point; but soon after, he returned to the tree to get his coat and see after these cases, when he discovered to, his horror that they had all been bayoneted! The young man against the tree had a huge bayonet wound in his breast. - Bangor Times.
796. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: From Washington. The order from the War Department requiring officers in volunteer regiments to undergo an examination before a Military Board, has already brought about the resignation of several officers, and will operate to give us more competent officers. The House on Saturday passed a bill confiscating all slaves employed in the military or naval service of the rebels. An instance occurred Friday evening, showing the unrelenting vigor of the discipline now being enforced. Major Worth, of the regular Army, as met by the infantry patrol, who demanded to see his pass. Being unable to show the necessary document, the officer of the patrol told him he must arrest him. Major Worth significantly rolled up his sleeves, and said "he proposed to discuss that." The officer very coolly told him he must discuss it elsewhere, and forthwith made him march off with the file. The execution of private William Murry, of Company F. Second New Hampshire regiment, for the murder of Mary Butler on Saturday last, took place at four o'clock Friday afternoon. In order that his fate might be a warning to all evil disposed soldiers, the scaffold was erected upon the walls of Fort Ellsworth, affording an unobstructed view. All the regiments encamped in the vicinity of Alexandria were present, and notwithstanding 20,000 persons witnessed the execution everything passed off without unnecessary excitement. The culprit ascended the scaffold with a steady gate. He made no allusion to his guilt, but called upon his friends to sustain his family in their hour of trial. An order was issued to-day by the Post Office Department directing postmasters to send to the dead letter office all envelopes having printed or written on them scurrilous or scandalous matter.
797. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: While one of our chaplains in the army was repeating this line of the Lord's Prayer - "Give us this day our daily bread" - a soldier added with a loud voice - "fresh."
798. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: Death of Ex Gov. Trumbull. The Hon. Joseph Trumbull died at his residence in this city, at twelve o'clock Sunday night. His departure fills Hartford with profound sorrow, for wile he had completed the term of a life of great public and private usefulness and honor, he has not, as one of our citizens remarked left a better man behind him. To say that he sustained the reputation of one of the most honorable names in our history is the highest praise that can be awarded. Connecticut had no better man - one of higher intelligence, strong and comprehensive views and capacity as a statesman. With the best interests of this city his name is identified; and in private life, his generosity, his social virtues and pure character made his good report among his neighbors equal to his fame abroad. For so great a man and so good, eulogy is not necessary. He was a worthy descendant of the first Gov. Trumbull the "Brother Jonathan" of the Revolution. We give, hastily grouped, the leading incidents in his long and honorable life. Son of David Trumbull, Esq., of Lebanon, grandson of the first and nephew of the second Governor Trumbull, he was born at Lebanon, December 7th, 1782; graduated at Yale College 1801; studied law with William T. Williams, Esq., of Lebanon, and was admitted to the bar in the State of Ohio in the summer of 1802, and in Windham county (to which Lebanon then belonged) in the autumn of the same year. In May, 1804, he settled in Hartford. He withdrew entirely from the practice of the law upon being chosen president of the Hartford Bank in June 1828, which office he held for eleven years - till his resignation, Nov., 1839. In politics he was an old fashioned whig and was the leader of his party for many years. He was among the earliest adherents to the republican movement, though his age and feeble health have withdrawn him from public life since its formation. He was chosen representative in the general assembly in 1832, 1848, and 1851. In 1834-5 he was representative in Congress, elected on the general ticket to fill a vacancy, and from the First district for two terms, 1839 to 1843. He was governor of Connecticut - the third of the name of Trumbull - in 1840, for one year. In 1849 he receeived the degree of Doctor of Laws from Yale College. With the prosperity of Hartford his name is intimately associated, and with its charitable institutions. He was an original corporator of the American Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb, and of the Hartford Orphan Asylum; and he was senior Director of the Retreat for the Insane. He was one of the earliest and most efficient promoters of the Hartford and Providence railroad, and contributed largely by his means and influence to its completion. He was its first president and up to the time of his death a director. He was also a director of the Connecticut Fire Insurance Company from the time of its origination in 1850. Gov. Trumbull was twice married. His first wife was a daughter of Gen. Henry Champion. The second, a sister of the late Chief-Justice Storrs, survives him. His only surviving daughter is the widow of the late L.F. Robinson, Esq. Gov. Trumbull was a member of the Centre Church, of which the venerable Dr. Hawes is pastor; and crowned his public and private virtues with the grace of the Christian. - Hartford Press.
799. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: Births.
In Willimantic, 1st inst., a daughter to George S. Rice.
In Willimantic, 7th inst., a son to Levi M. Brown.
In Lebanon, 2d inst., a son to Isaac Champlin.
800. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: Marriages.
In Webster, Mass., 28th ult., by Rev. J.L.A. Fish, Mr. Asahel Saunders of Gloucester, R.I., and Miss Caroline E. Childs of Webster.
801. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: Deaths.
In Chaplin, 4th inst., Mrs. Sally Clark, aged 76 years.
802. TWJ Fri Aug 9, 1861: At a Court of Probate holden at Lebanon, within and for the district of Lebanon, on the 2d day of August, A.D., 1861. Present, Learned Hebard, Judge. Assigned estate of Joseph S. Forsyth of Lebanon, in said district. The Court of Probate hath limited and allowed two months from the date hereof, for the creditors of said estate, in which to exhibit their claims against said estate, and has appointed Justin L. Babcock and William A. Feller, Esq., of Lebanon, Commissioners, to receive and examine said claims. Certified from Record, Learned Hebard, Judge. The subscribers give notice that they shall meet at the dwelling house of Joseph B. Forsyth, in said town of Lebanon, on the 2d days of September and October, 1861, for the purpose of attending to the duties of their appointment. Justin L. Babcock, Wm. A. Fuller, Commissioners. The Commissioners will give public notice of the times and place of their meetings by publishing a notice in the weekly newspaper for one month, one in Willimantic, Windham County, the other in the town of Norwich, in New London County, and by putting a notice on the public sign-post on Liberty Hill, and return make. Learned Hebard, Judge.
803. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Death of Gen. Lyon. While reading the account of the late battle near Springfield, Mo., our heart was filled with pride at the gallant course pursued by our Federal troops, but a sadness came over us as we came to that portion of it announcing the death of that accomplished soldier whose name heads this item. No man stood higher in the estimation of the country in this hour of peril than General Lyon. To him more than any other man Missouri looked for protection, and the country for a defense in the field of our nation's honor and perpetuity. This confidence was by no means misplaced. Amid a perfect shower of leaden hail, while cheering his men on to the charge, himself at the head of the column, he fell, covered all over with glory. Gen. Lyon is dead. He died as a true soldier, and it is with no small degree of local pride that we claim for Windham County the honor of having added one more star to the already bright galaxy of noble self-sacrificing patriots. While history records his glorious deeds with those others of our sons, his name with theirs shall be embalmed in the memories of a grateful people. Gen. Lyon was born in Ashford in the year 1821; at the age of sixteen he entered West Point Academy; at twenty-one he graduated with an enviable reputation as a military scholar, having received a Lieutenant's Commission. For twenty long years he has devoted himself to his country, and died when he had just reached the zenith of his manhood and military glory. A nation may well mourn his loss. Amid all the cares of the field and camp he never lost sight of the importance of care for his men, and hence their affection for him and their confidence in him. When the Colonel of one of the Kansas Regiments had become disabled the boys cried out, "General, you come and lead us on! He did so; thus showing in this last heroic act, that "he dared to lead where any dared to follow."
804. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: A portion of the Connecticut 3d passed through our village on Tuesday, having been mustered out of service and paid off. All looked well and hearty, and as though they were good for further service if their country calls. The position of the 3d, in the late battle of Bull Run, and their gallant conduct on that occasion, makes every heart leap with joy at sight of those brave boys. God bless them!
805. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Fire in Mansfield Centre. The cider mill belonging to the estate of the late Abner Hall was entirely destroyed by fire about 9 o'clock on Friday evening of last week. The fire was probably the work of an incendiary. Loss about $200, no insurance.
806. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: A Good Joke on a Joker. A friend of ours somewhat given to waggery, quietly approached our neighbor Warren Tanner the other day, (who by the way, prides himself on being a joker,) and politely asked the privilege of hocking his bosom pin, to which he as politely assented; whereupon our friend quietly removed the said pin from its place and pocketed the same, much to the chagrin of the victim, who innocently supposed the pin to have been unhooked. It is needless to say the laugh turned on our friend Tanner. "Sold again;" but not often.
807. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Post Office. Willimantic, Aug. 15, 1861. I hereby give public notice that I shall not exchange the new style postage stamps or envelopes for the old, not having received orders to that effect from the P.O. Department. When I receive instruction to make a change there will be due notice given through the Willimantic Journal. Respectfully, Jas. Walden, P.M.
808. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Rebel Troops in Virginia. The number of rebel troops in Virginia is given and stationed as follows:
Johnston's force, 31,600
Batteries on rivers, 15,000
809. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Arrival of Connecticut Cavalry. Captain Mallory's Cavalry Company of eighty men arrived in town by the steamboat City of Hartford, Wednesday morning. The Company has been recruited in Hartford, Connecticut, within a few days, and although it will be attached to a New York Regiment, is entitled to the extra monthly pay voted by the Connecticut Legislature to troops from that State. The Company will join the Cavalry Regiment in camp at White Plains Thursday. - New York Post. We would recommend to persons in this State who desire to volunteer, to connect themselves with some Connecticut Regiment, and save to our good old commonwealth the glory of our own arms. Cannot New York furnish her quota of troops without calling on Connecticut? Shall we enlist in N.Y. Regiments, and by and by be subjected to the necessity of drafting? Why does not Gov. Buckingham raise Cavalry and Artillery? Why are we sending our ____led cannon to R.I., and refusing to connect a battery with any of our Regiments, while Gen. McClellan says, "this is to be a war of Artillery?"
810. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Garibaldi's offer of his services in the Federal army is accepted, and the rank of Major-General is tendered to the noble Italian.
811. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Captain John C. Comstock, of Hartford, is about to raise a company for one of the new Connecticut Regiments.
812. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: For the Journal. The Late Jairus Littlefield, Esq. Died in Willimantic, Aug. 12th, Jairus Littlefield, Esq., in the 79th year of his age. Thus one by one our aged citizens are passing away. Mr. Littlefield came to Willimantic soon after our present village commenced its existence nearly forty years since, and was a constant resident until his death. He was a son of Ebenezer and Beulah (Sawyer) Littlefield, and was born at Windham, January 14, 1783. He married Alatheah, daughter of Joshua Booth Elderkin, of Windham and had by her nine children, seven of whom are still living. He married for his second wife, widow Catherine A. Patt, who survives him. Mr. Littlefield had been a member of the Legislature from this town, Justice of the Peace &c., and ever retained a large share of the esteem and good will of his fellow citizens. "Uncle Jairus," as he was familiarly called by the young people, was of a very kind and obliging disposition, and his unfailing good humor and fond of anecdote, made him a very pleasant companion among all classes. His accustomed place under the shade of the noble trees in front of his dwelling, which his own hands had planted, will be vacant and the old residents will miss one of their most familiar members.
813. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Washington Correspondence. Washington, Aug. 12th, 1861. Dear Journal: There is more hope for the success of our arms in the next grand sortie against the rebels, from the simple fact alone of the newly inaugurated privacy of our movements and intentions. We take it that Major-Gen. McClellan is the real Commander-in-Chief of the Union forces and that Gen. Scott is glad enough to retain the name, while he yields the whole undisputed management and control of the army to his young superintendent of the first things Gen. McClellan does is to call the representatives of the press of the country who were at Washington together, and request them to suppress all information that might come to them whose publication would be liable to disadvantage us or to advantage the enemy, and to make known his request to their own journal and to the newspaper of the country in general. The consequence of this measure, and of a consistent reticence on his own part, in that here in Washington, where all the war movements originate, are discussed, adopted and initiated, and where all the men and materials are concentrated for putting those movements into execution, we are left in as blissful ignorance of what especially is in preparation, as a certain Southern Planter was of the news he was pretending to devour while unconsciously holding his newspaper upside down. May the measure accomplish its object, keep the innumerable spies among us in as profound a state of ignorance, and we are content. It is likely to effect much towards it. Gen. McClellan has also introduced better discipline into the army here, which has the peculiarly commendable quality of reaching officers as well as men. From the first to the last they are forbidden to hang around Hotels and other drinking places; and both by his order and by a recently enacted law citizens are forbidden to sell liquor to the army, here, in Alexandria, or anywhere else. The power of granting passes to officers and men is restricted, and the army is more confined to its camps and quarters and to its military duties; and the officers are admonished to give their constant and best attention to the instruction and soldierly welfare of their men. One benefit is already conspicuous. The streets here were formerly filled with loafing soldiers, dozens of them drunk, bawling and brawling among themselves, and sometimes molesting citizens; and the hotels were filled with officers airing their newly acquired military togs, and administering copiously to their stomachs by way of compensating for the vacancy of their life. Now there is scarcely an officer or soldier to be seen at these resorts or in the streets, to apprise a stranger that a single regiment is quartered near us. Altogether, so great are the improvements wrought by the new command, that there is nothing left in Washington to remind one of the existence of war in our country, save the necessary passage of troops, &c., through the streets on their way to quarters, as they arrive. A blood-thirsty, treacherous enemy seventy thousand to one hundred thousand strong lies most elaborately and skillfully entrenched, within say, 25 miles of the National Capital, and sends pickets out to within 8 or 9 miles of it. Between the Capital and the enemy are quartered the Union forces numbering about 70,000, whose pickets extend to within 4 or 5 miles of the enemy's. And yet we civilians, resident of the beleaguered capital, are scarcely permitted to remember that a war exists in any part of our country at all. So mote it be. Yes, there is another bit of evidence of a state of war, rather amusing to witness to one not made subject to it. It is the Lieutenants' guards (not Corporals'; they are not strong enough) going about the streets after straggling soldiers who are absent from Camp without due authority. A corporal's guard consists of not more than six men; the Lieutenant's of about a dozen. The go along, the men all armed with muskets and fixed bayonets, and the officer with a sword and revolver, and stop every soldier they meet, and peer into saloons, bar-rooms and stores or what the streets do not contain. Many a man is arrested and taken to the guard house who has innocently ventured out on his Col's pass in good faith, but which is invalid for want of conformity with the new and more rigid requirements. Your correspondent saw several of this sort subjected to that hardship. Two or three were going to get their photographs taken; had not received their pass more than half an hour before, would go right back from the artist's. "It's hard, I know," replied the Lieutenant, "but I have no discretionary power. Fall in." And fall in it is; for they are liable to be shot for disobedience - as one or two have been; and off they march. After the battle for several days, the soldiers in the streets were like flood-wood after a freshet, and hence the unusually strong guard. Yours.
814. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Capt. Adkins. The leader of the Colt Armory Band, who has filled that position with such success and so fully to the satisfaction of the Band and the gratification of the public for over two years, has accepted the appointment as 2d Lieutenant in the 15th Regiment, regular U.S.A., and is organizing a Band for that Regiment. He will be stationed with the Regiment at Fort Trumbull, New London, Ct. Capt. Adkins is a thorough Musician, and by taste and education a soldier, having seen hard service in England and in Central America. - Hartford Times.
815. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: The bearer of a flag of truce from the rebels admits that they had 1,800 killed in the battle at Bull Run. There is the strongest evidence to show that their number is larger.
816. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Among the appointments of officers in the army which were confirmed by the Senate, we find the following from Connecticut:
Edwin D. Judd, Hartford, Paymaster.
Geo. B. Sanford, Second Lieutenant 1st Regiment of Dragoons.
John H. Butler, Second Lieutenant 2d Artillery.
Henry S. Waterman Second Lieutenant Third Artillery.
Lee W. Putnam, Second Lieutenant 7th Infantry.
Stephen Whitney, of New Haven, Second Lieutenant 3d Artillery.
Robert G. Welles, Second Lieutenant 11th Infantry.
Thos. O. Barri, Captain 11th Infantry.
Benjamin R. Perkins, First Lieutenant 12th Infantry.
George Stuart, First Lieutenant 13th Infantry.
Geo. H. Tracy and Chas. M'C. Lord, First Lieutenants 15th Infantry.
Arthur W. Allen, First Lieutenant 16th Infantry.
Chas. T. Weld, First Lieutenant 17th Infantry.
David L. Wood, Captain 18th Infantry.
Henry S. Waterman, of Rifle Co. A. 1st C.V., has also been appointed a Second Lieutenant in the regular army. It is a noticeable fact that about half these appointments were made from a single company of volunteers.
817. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Confiscation. The confiscation bill passed by Congress, does not, as is erroneously supposed for the general confiscation for the property of convicted traitors. It only provides for the confiscation of such property as may have been specially devoted to the uses of the rebellion, by the consent of the owners. Where such property consists of slaves, the confiscation is made effective in the only way which is morally possible, that is to say, by emancipation. The United States Government cannot become a nigger-trader, and sell slaves. The bill is not aimed specially at slave property, but includes all property devoted to the cause of the traitors. If the framers of it had anything particularly in view, it was the cotton which planters are subscribing for the use of Jeff. Davis & Co. - Washington Republican.
818. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Gen. Tyler, the Brigadier of the Connecticut three months men, has returned home, his term of service having expired. He bears the reputation of being a brave man, but an indiscreet and impolitic commanding officer. Col. Keyes, who seconded him in command of the Connecticut Brigade, has been promoted to a Brigadier Generalship in the Army. He was much loved by his men. - New Haven Journal
819. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Edward Clarke who says he is Governor of Texas, has issued a proclamation forbidding the citizens of that State paying any debts to citizens of the North until the United States "shall pay to Texas the large amount now due her." When it is remembered that the General Government, upon the admission of Texas into the Union, paid her debts to the amount of ten million of dollars, this order of Mr. Clarke will appear rather funny, to say the least of it.
820. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Gen. Price is not killed, as at first supposed.
821. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Inciting Volunteers to Desert. Boston, Aug. 14. - Wm. M. Walsh and Charles F. Howit have been arrested charged with inciting volunteers to desert from the Massachusetts regiments now in camp, to join the New York Irish Brigade. Walsh was required to give bail in $5000, and Howit in $1000, to answer before the U.S. Commissioner. A large number of soldiers have been induced to desert by offers of from $4 to $20 bounty and free passage to New York. All deserters from the army may be taken to Fort Layfayette N.Y. and tried by court martial. A citizen who captures a desert will receive thirty dollars, which will be deducted from the pay of the delinquent.
822. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: New York, Aug. 14. The returned Fire Zouaves had a fine reception from the firemen. Broadway was crowded to excess.
823. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Utah Declared Independent. Brigham Young has thrown off his allegiance to the United States government, and declared the independence of the Territory. The Mormons were arming in every direction to maintain their independence at all hazards.
824. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: By an act of Congress passed before the adjournment, $30 bounty is paid to those of the three months volunteers who re-enlist for the war individually, $40 if they re-enlist by companies and $50 if they re-enlist by regiments.
825. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: The Loss of Artillery, Ammunition, Stores, &c., at Bull Run. The following is the official report of the artillery loss at the battle of Bull Run, referred to in the report of General McDowell:
Company D, 2d Artillery, Captain Arnold, six rifled pieces.
Company I, 1st Artillery, Capt. Ricketts, six rifled Parrot ten-pounders.
Company E, 2d Artillery, Captain Carlisle two rifled pieces and two howitzers. This company had six pieces in action.
Company - , 5th Artillery, Captain Griffin, one rifled piece, four smooth-bored; six pieces in the action.
Company G, 1st Artillery one 80-pounder Parrott gun; one 30-pounder and two 20-pounder Parrott guns in action.
Rhode Island Battery, five rifled pieces; six pieces in action.
Making a total loss of seventeen rifled and eight smooth-bore guns. Official reports make the losses in ammunition Quartermaster's and Commissary's stores, as follows:
One hundred and fifty boxes small arm cartridges.
Eighty-seven boxes rifled cannon ammunition.
Thirty boxes old fire-arms.
Thirteen wagons loaded with provisions, and three thousand bushels of oats.
It is estimated that twenty-five hundred muskets and eight thousand knapsacks and blankets were lost. - Washington Republican.
826. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Gov. Buckingham has called for 4 more reg'ts.
827. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Severe Battle in Missouri. The Union Army Victorious. Gen. Price and Ben McCulloch Killed. Gen. Lyon Killed. Official Report. St. Louis, Aug. 13. The following is the official report of the fight near Springfield, Saturday, forwarded by one of Gen. Lyon's aid to Major General Fremont: Gen. Lyon, in three columns under himself, Gen. Siegel and Major Sturgis attacked the enemy at 6 1-2 o'clock on the morning of the 10th nine miles southeast of Springfield. The engagement was severe. Our loss is 800 killed and wounded. Gen. Lyon was killed in a charge at the head of his column. Our force was 8000, including 2000 Home Guards. Muster rolls taken from the enemy give his force as 23,000, including regiments from Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas Rangers and Cherokee half-breeds. Their loss is reported as heavy, including Gens. McCulloch and Price. This statement is corroborated by the prisoners. Their tents and wagons were destroyed in the action. Gen. Siegel left only one gun on the field and retreated to Springfield with a large number of prisoners. At 4 o'clock on the morning of the 11th he continued his retreat upon Rolla bringing off his baggage train and $25,000 from Springfield. The following is the verbatim report of the special messenger to Gen. Fremont. Early Saturday morning Gen. Lyon marched out of Springfield and came up with the enemy at Davis Creek, on Greene's prairie, a few miles southwest of Springfield, where the latter had taken up a strong position. Gen. Lyon fired the first gun at twenty minutes past six, when the battle immediately commenced. A severe cannonading was kept up for three house, when Totten's artillery proving too severe for the enemy, they gradually fell back towards their encampment on Wilson's Creek, Lyon's cavalry on the left flank, and Siegel's artillery on the right. They then began a terrific attack, and spread slaughter and dismay in the ranks of the rebels, pursuing them to their camp. The shells from Totten's artillery set fire to their tents and carriage wagons and they were all destroyed. A Louisiana and a Mississippi regiment seemed to suffer the most, and were almost annihilated. Some time in the afternoon, while Gen. Lyon was leading his column, his horse was shot under him, and he immediately mounted another; and as he turned around to his men, waving his hat and cheering them on to victory, he was struck in the small of the back and fell dead to the ground. The command then devolved upon Gen. Siegel. The pursuit continued till nightfall, when our little army rested for the night in the enemy's encampment. Sunday morning Gen. Siegel, fearing the enemy might recover and attempt to cut off his command from Springfield, fell back on that city, where the Home Guards were stationed. Then fearing the great numbers of the enemy might induce them to get between him and Rolla, Siegel concluded to fall back on Rolla with his provision train and meet reinforcements. At the time of the departure of the messenger the enemy had not been seen and it is not probable that Siegel has been disturbed on his march. Ninety rebels were captured, including a colonel of distinction, whose name the messenger does not remember. The sword and horse of McCulloch were among the trophies. Reinforcements are on the way to Rolla and Gen. Seigel and his army are considered safe. Washington, Aug. 13. - Dispatches from Major General Fremont to Col. E.D. Townsend confirms the dispatch from St. Louis, relating to the battle and death of Gen. Lyon. Later. St. Louis Aug. 13. - In consequence of recent special trains on the Southwest Branch, and extensive preparations there for sending reinforcements to Siegel, no train came from Rolla to-night, and nothing further has been received from Springfield. A loan of $250,000 has been effected from our banks to-day by Gen. Fremont. Heavy siege guns are being mounted so as to command the various approaches to the city. It is stated that Siegel would have lost another gun had he not compelled the prisoners to drag it off the field. It was rumored on the battle-field that Ben. McCulloch was killed, but the rebels denied it.
828. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Births.
In Mansfield, Aug. 8th, a daughter to Leander Jacobs.
829. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Marriages.
In Suffield, Aug. 7th, by the Rev. Dr. Ives, Dr. J.C. Fitch of South Windham, to Miss M.J. Burnham of Suffield.
830. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: Deaths.
In Willimantic, Aug. 12th, Jairus Littlefield, Esq., aged 78 years.
831. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the district of Windham, on the 9th day of August, A.D., 1861. Present, Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. This Court doth direct Mrs. Lucretia F. Haren, of Scotland, in said district, Administratrix on the Estate of Mr. Silas Frink, late of Scotland, in said district, deceased, represented to be insolvent, to give notice to all persons interested in the estate of said deceased to appear, (if they see cause) before the Court of Probate to be holden at the Probate Office in said district, on the 19th day of August, 1861, at 9 o'clock, a.m. to be heard relative to the appointment of Commissioners on said estate, by posting said order of notice on a public sign-post in said town of Scotland nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt, and by advertising the same in a newspaper published in Willimantic. Certified from Record. Wm. Swift, Clerk.
832. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: List of Letters Remaining in the Post Office, Willimantic, August 14, 1861.
Blumley, Mrs. E.
Carr, Ben S.
DeWitt, Mrs. Ellen
Eldridge, E. 2
Folsom, Wm. L.
Fincoln [sic], Fanny
Malbbone [sic], A.
Persons calling for the above Letters, will please to say "Advertised" James Walden, P.M.
833. TWJ Fri Aug 16, 1861: An illustrated paper printed at Leipsic, Germany, compares the North and South in this forcible way: "What the South lacks - money, men and the favor of God. What the South has - niggers, yellow fever and the alliance of Satan. What the North has - money, men, a righteous cause and the sympathy of humanity. What the North lacks - pirates and thieves."
834. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Connecticut School for Imbeciles. We are pleased to be able to notice at last the thorough organization of an institution for the improvement of imbecile children. The friends of this measure have labored hard for years for the accomplishment of this humane object, and we deem it a pleasure to announce, as the result of their efforts, the permanent establishment of the "Connecticut School for Imbeciles." This enterprise is no longer an experiment, as the trial in other States full shows. Everything should be done to encourage an institution which has for its object the improvement of this unfortunate class, and under the judicious management of the present board of officers we have the fullest confidence that the enterprise will prove a success. Dr. H.M. Knight, the Superintendent, has devoted years to this cause, having acted on a Legislative Committee for the purpose of reporting on the propriety and expediency of such an institution in our own State, and his report to a succeeding legislature will show with what energy he prosecuted his duty. A better selection could not be made for Superintendent. All applications for the admission of pupils should be addressed to Dr. H.M. Knight, Lakeville, Conn. The following are the Board of Officers:
Officers. - Hon. Henry C. Demming, Hartford, President; Hon. James F. Babcock, New Haven, Vice President; Hon. Wm. P. Burrell, Lakeville, Treasurer. Executive Committee. - Hon. H.N. Welch, New Haven; Hon. A.H. Holley, Salisbury; Hon. O.H. Platt, Meriden; Hon. S.S. Robins, Salisbury; Hon. Wm. P. Burrell, Salisbury. H.M. Knight, Superintendent.
835. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Death of Lieut. Putnam Day of the 5th Regiment. We are pained to learn the death of Lieut. Day, of Co. H., 5th Regiment. Lieut. Day was quite ill the day the Regiment left Hartford, but we did not expect so soon to record his death. Lieut. Day had for years commanded an artillery company in Killingly and was considered one of the best artillerists in the county. Universally respected by the company to which he was attached, as well as by all who knew him, we hoped he would be spared to render an account of himself in the struggles to which his country called him. Young, unassuming, courageous, he could be illy spared from his company, and his country at this peculiarly trying hour. We cordially extend to his bereaved friends our kindest sympathy while we deeply regret his loss, as a loss to our common country. Windham County should not be remiss in her duty to the widow and orphan of her sons who for her country's honor sacrifice their all.
836. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: We are very happy to notice the fact that Gen. Wool is called at last to an active position. He supercedes Gen. Butler in command at Fortress Monroe. We have long wondered, as we said in a former issue, that such a man as Gen. Wool should be left in obscurity, while others less competent received appointments. We doubt not the army, or that portion of it under his command, will speedily be improved, and that in due time the old hero will give a good account of himself.
837. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Another Company from Killingly. We are gratified to hear of the formation of another company being the third formed in Killingly and vicinity for the war. It is not strange that our village, exceeding in population that of Danielsonville, should be so remiss in patriotic duty. All honor to the eastern portion of our county. Since penning the above we learn that a company is in process of organization in this village. We are glad to hear of it, and sincerely hope our citizens will second their efforts, and not allow them to lack for means to perfect it.
838. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Drowned. James McGill, an Irishman by birth, was found in the pond of the Windham Company this morning. He left his home on Sunday evening, at about half-past nine o'clock, since which time nothing has been known of him. He stated he was "going to Hartford to enlist, before he slept." It is presumed he fell through the R.R. bridge, one mile from this village. It is said he was intoxicated when last seen. He leaves a wife and three children.
839. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: That New Company. We have been informed that it is the intention of the getters-up of a company of volunteers in this village to send them to Hartford or New Haven in small detachments. We hope this will not be the case. Windham County has already furnished more than four hundred men and only enjoys the honor of furnishing one company, the balance having been attached to other companies. Let Windham County be accredited with her just need of praise. Organize your company here, boys, and then go to your place of rendezvous.
840. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Dr. Charles Sweet of Lebanon, we regret to learn, is quite sick with dysentery.
841. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Respect to the Memory of Gen. Lyon. The citizens of Eastford held a meeting last Saturday afternoon in the Methodist Church in that place, to arrange for the proper reception and burial of the remains of Gen. Lyon, who was killed at the battle of Wilson's Bridge, Missouri, on the 10th inst. Committees were appointed to procure the presence of the Hon. Gulusha A. Grow at the funeral of possible, and to make arrangement for the event. The following resolutions were passed:
Whereas, We have heard with great sorrow of the death of Maj. Gen. Lyon, who fell while bravely leading his troops in the late battle in Missouri.
Resolved, That we deeply deplore the loss our country has sustained in the untimely death of so gallant and patriotic a soldier and skillful commander, whose late achievements were so full of promise for the future in quelling the foul rebellion.
Resolved, That as his fellow townsmen, while we mourn our loss, we rejoice that we have his birth spot among us to cheer us in steadfast devotion to our country, and we trust his grave among us will be the spot where future generations will gather, and be inspired with a noble emulation of his and the virtues of Sherman, Trumbull, Putnam, and others who have arisen in this State, defenders of their country's flag, and supporters of its government.
Resolved, That we sympathize with the family who have lost a brother, but whose name the notion honors.
Resolved, That we deem it eminently proper that we should pay our respects to his remains, and, as his grave is to be among us, we, his fellow townsmen, will take the proper measures to signify our appreciation of his worth.
The following resolution was also passed.
Resolved, That Hon. Galusha A. Grow, a fellow townsman of Gen. Lyon, be invited to be present upon the occasion of Gen. Lyon's burial. A special committee, Jonathan Skinner, Joseph Dorset and Rev. C. Chamberlain were appointed to make known the request of the people of Eastford and request his compliance. A committee of arrangements, consisting of the leading men of the town and neighbors of Gen. Lyon, to make suitable arrangements for his burial was appointed.
842. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: For the Journal. Shall we have a Company of Willimantic Volunteers? Quite a number of our young men have enlisted for the war; but why can we not have a Company of volunteers from Willimantic? The company raised here in the Spring, and partially equipped, for reasons never fully given to the public, proved a miserable failure; and all attempts thus far to recruit a company have been unsuccessful. But is there not public and military spirit, and especially patriotism enough among us to insure success? Shall the town of Windham, and especially the Willimantic portion of it, be unrepresented by a company at the seat of war? Other towns not as large as this have sent two companies; can we not raise one? If not, why not? Not we would fain believe because there is not patriotism enough here; not that there is any party or class of men, of any earthly consequence, opposed to this most righteous war to sustain the government and put down rebellion; not because there are not men enough; and not because the town, as well as the state, has not shown a willingness to act in the most prompt and generous manner towards volunteers, and the support of their families. Is it because there are no men capable or willing to lead in the movement? We know there use to be military gentlemen here that were considered very efficient militia officers, who it was supposed would be eager at the first tap of the drum to engage in active service. Will not some of these men move in the matter now? If not we advise the people to move at once. We are glad to learn that some spirited and patriotic young men are making another effort to raise a company in this village. We ardently wish them success. Their services are wanted immediately. Young men, your country calls you to defend your own rights and privileges. This is the people's war, a war for liberty against despotism; a war to maintain the freest and most beneficent government in the world, against a tyranny more odious and despotic than any that exists in Europe based on usurpation, perjury, fraud and theft, whose corner stone is slavery, and whose avowed object is to banish freedom from the South, and crush and utterly ruin the North, and destroy the government. The time will come when those who serve in this war will be regarded as not a whit behind the soldiers of the Revolution in patriotism, and the time will also come that the tories of the Revolution will be considered good patriots beside the tories and traitors of the present day, who sympathize with the miserable abortion of Jeff. Davis. Let it never be said that the town of Windham, - which with a population less than at present, furnished four companies at the commencement of the Revolution, and more than a thousand men during the war, - failed to send a single company to fight in this second war of Independence.
843. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Washington Correspondence. Washington, Aug. 20, 1861. Dear Journal: You speak of Gen. Lyon being a Connecticut boy; so is Gen. McClellan, the especial converging lense (if the figure is tolerable) of the patriotic hopes and force and fire of the country; and to bring the honor nearer home, he is also a native of old Windham county. Again, that tried and distinguished officer, Brigadier Gen. Mansfield, commanding in this city, is, I believe, a native of Middletown Connecticut and has his home at present there, to which he is about to pay a short visit on leave of absence, after four months very confining services here. He may pass your village on one of your railroads. He is a venerable looking man, although only fifty-six years old. His white hair and white beard lend to that appearance. He has seen much service, and can endure much more. Ranking as a Captain he was chief engineer of the army of General Taylor, and planned all the fortifications on T's line in Mexico. For his distinguished services in his gallant defense of Fort Brown, on the Rio Grande, May 9th, 1846, he was promoted to the rank of Brevet Major. For gallant conduct and able strategy in the various conflicts with the enemy, he was promoted to a Brevet Lieut. Colonelcy, and for distinguished services and bravery in the battle of Beuna Vista on the 23d of February, 1847, he was made a Brevet Colonel. He was appointed Inspector General of the army with the full rank of Colonel, May 28, 1853, which high position he filled ably up to the breaking out of the current war when President Lincoln, by the advice of Lieut. Gen. Scott, summoned him to his recent command here. Hurrah! There must be a dazzling effulgence of glory in your vicinity about these times; eh? There is a strong resemblance in face and figure, between Gen. McClellan and Capt. Hamlin W. Keyes. I hope and trust that you will dismiss the disturbing notion from your mind that partisanship controls Federal or State government in the selections for the posts of honor and responsibility in the army. You may observe particular selections, particular omissions, which, to confine your vision to them, would legitimately enough lead you to that conclusion, but a more extended survey of the subject, I can assure you from acquaintance derived form an excellent point of observation, would correct your first impression. If the powers that be are in fault at all, it consists in an undue leaning to the other side. In the Federal Government (and it is participated in of course by all state Executives of the Republican party, to a greater or less extent) there is a very great delicacy felt towards the Democratic party in this regard. The Democratic party, leaders and masses, have come up to the defense of their country so nobly, and thereby relieved the administration from such woeful embarrassment as would otherwise have hampered it, that, although is no more than they were morally and legally bound to do as citizens, - just as much so, precisely, as Republiicans. The government has really felt a species of gratitude towards them, and has been delicately considerate of military applications from that side of the house when any political reference has been made. This feeling extends to civil offices and has been in danger of carrying things beyond all justice and reason. It has been said by Democrats, and acquiesced in by some Republicans, and really had its influence upon the dispensers of places: "The Democrats are the most numerous in the field, let them be the most numerous in the civil offices, also, don't turn Democrats out because they are democrats. Let such as are loyal and capable stay in, while there brother Democrats are hazarding their lives in the war." &c. That doesn't appear very bad logic as it stands; but look you: we, Republicans and Democrats, are fellow-citizens, and have a common, equal interest in the maintenance of this government. Now, it is needless to discuss the question which party at the North most contributed to the development of this rebellion. The present writer would be very decided in saying the Democratic party; but put the two parties on an equal footing in that respect, and on an equal footing in their loyalty and support of the government against this rebellion, and as good citizens in all other respects, and certainly then the Republicans are as deserving as the Democrats. Well, what have they had? President Jackson especially introduced party proscription, or the doctrine "that to the victor belongs the spoils." Including his administration, excluding John Tyler's, which no party will own, and including Fillmore's and changing it to the Republican, and down to the close of Buchanan's term, the Democrats have had office twenty four years, and the Republicans four without the twenty - just one-sixth of the time! Would it, then, be more than their share for the Republicans to take a four years' turn at the public crib now? What does it matter that the country is in war? Whatever services the Democrats render it now le them do cheerfully and without hope of reward; they have been overpaid for it all in advance. Two equal partners are aroused at night to go and save their stocks of goods from their burning store, set on fire by an incendiary. During 28 years A has drawn $24.000 from the profits of the concern, and B only $4000. There are $4.000 worth of goods saved in the extinguished fire. Now, who would be foolish enough to assert A's right to half, or a cents worth of those goods, because he helped to save them from the fire? Hadn't he received his share before? And if equality is the measure of their dues, is not he still indebted to B in addition to the stock of goods, $8,000? But how one's pen will slip away from one sometimes? I sat down with the intention of writing exclusively about the Patent Office. I met Everett Jilson, Esq., in the street the other day by the merest chance. He is the son - the only surviving issue, I believe - of the oldest brother of the three Jilson brothers who formed the first Cotton Manufacturing Company in Willimantic, and who may in fact, be regarded as the founders of your village. Recent comers to Willimantic will not know much of this branch of the family, as Mr. Jillson, Everett's father, withdrew from the Company and the village many years ago, still Everett is to be regarded as a Willimantic boy, stick to that, Mr. Editor, if only for the credit of the thing. I have a list of "Willimantic boys" who have voyaged about, and at last come to anchor at various ports, who, it must never be forgotten - the village cannot afford to have it forgotten - drank in their first life on your valley air, and their first intelligence from your rocks and river - in fact, are, your veritable own. Well, we learned that Mr. Everett Jillson, who is an accomplished linguist, in addition to a good collegiate, general scholar, is Librarian and Translator in the Patent Office here. At his polite invitation I called in to-day to take a look at his department of this interesting and instructive institution. But my account of it must be deferred to another letter. Yours.
844. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: The Sixth Regiment we understand that Col. John L. Chatfield, of Waterbury, a capital officer, is to take command of the 6th C.V. with Lieut. Col. Speidel, of Bridgeport, and Major Edward Harland, of Norwich, both of whom came home with excellent reputations from their three months' service. Col. Terry prefers to take the 7th or 8th Regiment.
845. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Putnam - Friday morning the residence of Putnam were somewhat startled at finding two bodies suspended from the flag staff in the village. Upon examination they were found to be counterfeit presentiments of notorious secessionists residing in that vicinity. They hung there through the day to the no small amusement of the crowd, who made all sorts of jokes on the appearance of the town traitors. - Norwich Courier.
846. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: The Irish Regiment. The Hartford Press says the first Company offered for the new Regiment, is a full Irish Company from New Haven. Will the Adjutant General bear that in mind?
847. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Marriages.
In Griswold, Aug. 17th, Mr. Rowland J. Bolles, of Hartford and Frances T. Palmer of Griswold.
848. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Deaths.
In Willimantic, Sunday, Aug. 18th, Almond E. Cook of Columbia, aged 21 years.
In Columbia, Monday, Aug. 19th, Alanson Little, aged 70 years.
849. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Pure Ground Bone and Super Phosphate, ground and manufactured by the subscriber. A supply constantly on hand. All orders promptly executed. Wm. H. Atwood, Mansfield Centre, Conn. Allen Lincoln, Agent for Willimantic.
850. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Probate Officer, Windham, August 17, '61. Justin Swift, Judge. This Court hereby allows and authorizes A.W. Jillson, Trustee, on the Assigned Estate of Amos B. Adams, to employ the said Assignor, A.B. Adams, as an agent to sell and dispose of the estate in the hands of said Trustee, under the control and direction of said Trustee according to law. By order of Court, Wm. Swift, Clerk. In pursuance of the authority given me in the foregoing order I do hereby given notice that Amos B. Adams, named therein is employed by me to manage the sale of the Stock of Goods in my hands as Trustee. Said Goods are now offered for Sale on favorable terms at the Store lately occupied by the said Adams in this village. The Stock is new and good, and will repay the attention of purchasers. A.W. Jillson, Trustee.
851. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Articles of Association of the Tolland County Horse Association. Be it known that we, the subscribers, do hereby associate ourselves as a body politic and corporate pursuant to the provisions of the Statute Law of the State of Connecticut relating to Joint Stock Corporations, and adopt the following as the article of our agreement and association. Art. 1. The name of this Corporation shall be the Tolland County Horse Association. Art. 2d. The Capital Stock of this Corporation shall be Twelve hundred and fifty dollars, and shall be divided into fifty shares of Twenty-five dollars each. ... Dated at Vernon this 26th day of October, A.D. 1860 [sic]. E.H. Hyde, President. Directors: E.H. Hyde, A.P. Hyde, Thos Barrows, Jr., J.W. Thayer, G.D. Hastings, Asaph McHinney, Joseph Sexton, C.A. Risley, L.B. Chapman.
852. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: At a Court of Probate, holden at Windham, in and for the District of Windham, on the 17th day of August, A.D. 1861, Present, Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. Amariah W. Dexter, of Windham, in said District, having assigned his property to Merrick Johnson of Windham as Trustee: This Court doth appoint the 26th day of August, 1861, at 9 o'clock A.M., at the Probate Office in Windham, ass the time and place for the haring relative to the acceptance, approval and appointment of a Trustee and it is ordered by this Court that public notice of such hearing be given by advertising this order in a newspaper printed in said Windham previous to aid day of hearing, and by posting a copy of this order on the sign-post in Willimantic. Certified from Record, Wm. Swift, Clerk.
853. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: At a Court of Probate holden at Chaplin, within and for the District of Chaplin, on the 14th day of August, A.D. 1861. Present, Erastus Rindge, Esq., Judge. This Court doth direct Needham Slate executor of the last Will and Testament of Mahitabel Palmer, late of Chaplin, in said District, deceased, represented to be Insolvent, to give notice to all persons interested in the estate of said deceased, to appear, (if they see cause) before the Court of Probate to be holden at the Probate Office in said District, on the 27th day of August (inst.) at one o'clock, P.M., to be heard relative to the appointment of Commissioners on said estate, by posting said order of notice on a public sign-post in said town of Chaplin nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt, and by advertising the same in a newspaper published in Willimantic. Certified from Record, Erastus Rindge, Judge.
854. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the district of Windham, on the 15th day of August, A.D., 1861. Present, Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. On motion of Wm. H. Young and Samuel Lee, Executors of the last Will and Testament of Mrs. Elizabeth Baldwin, late of Windham, within said District, deceased. This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the said Executors, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic, and by posting a copy thereof on the public sign-post in said town of Windham, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record. Wm. Swift, Clerk.
855. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: For the Journal. The American Flag. ... The flag of the Union, as first displayed at Prospect Hill, in Charlestown, to celebrate the day which gave being to the American army under Washington, in January, 1776, consisted of thirteen stripes, alternately red and white. It was raised under a salute of thirteen guns and with thirteen cheers, and, as Washington said in a letter, written January 4, 1776, the "Union flag" was hoisted "in compliment to the united colonies, on the day which gave begin" to the "new army." In 1777, this design was further improved by the addition of the stars, and the national flag thus constituted. As new stars were added to the Union in after years, stripe after stripe was added to the flag until in 1818 it was found that there were already eighteen stripes, and that the beauty of the flag would soon be destroyed if more stripes were added. The gallant Capt. Reid, who commanded the privateer General Armstrong, upon being requested by a committee of Congress to suggest suitable alterations in the flag, for the purpose of restoring and perpetuating its beauty, proposed to restrict the stripes to the original number, thirteen, and to adopt one star for each State, adding a star for every new State admitted in the time to come, and forming all the starts into one grand luminary in the center of the blue field. This plan was adopted by Congress, by act approved April 4th, 1818, which went into effect on the 4th of July following. The flag designed by Captain Reid contained twenty stars, and he is believed to have caused the first flag to be made upon this design, after it was adopted by Congress. As the Union was now constituted, the flag consisted of thirteen stripes, emblematical of the original thirteen States, and thirty-two stars grouped together in the form of a single star-emblematical of the then present States and of the Union. The star sprangled [sic] banner, O, long may it wave, O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave." Hampton, Aug. 29th, 1861. C.M.C.
856. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Subsistence for an Army. Few people realize what an immense work it is to move and feed an army. An army officer makes an estimate of the materials required by a body of 50,000 men. He says they consume daily 312 tons 10cwt of provisions alone, thus requiring 300 horses to carry food enough to support them for the first four days - assuming that they themselves could carry the first three days food, and 300 horses to carry the food needed every day afterward. Thus 1300 tons of provisions should be sent with an army commencing a six days march. Then baggage and ammunition would require at least as much more carrying material, and cavalry ten times as much; so that, an army of 50,000 properly supplied, and having a small proportion of horse soldiers would need the service of over one thousand horses, drawing a ton each, for a single day's necessaries.
857. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Last Words of Gen. Lyon. A correspondent of the Missouri Democrat states, on the authority of Dr. H. Riechenbach, a surgeon of First Iowa regiment, the very last words which fell from the lips of Gen. Lyon. The doctor was within a few feet of him when he fell, and was instantly at his side. The General was reclining in the arms of his body-servant, when, turning partially round, he said: "Lehmann, I am going up."
858. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: The Mutinous Soldiers. The mutineers of the Maine 2d, and the New York 13th and 79th regiments, left Washington on Monday for Fortress Monroe, on their way to Fort Tortugas, where, in the language of the order of the war Department, they will remain until they learn to behave like soldiers. The following description of Tortugas will be found interesting in this connection: This is a bleak and barren sand key in the Gulf of Mexico, about one hundred miles southwest from Cape Sable. It is cheerless and uncomfortable, desolated by s__oons and peopled by venomous reptiles - decidedly one of the most uncomfortable points to which the government is obliged to send its subordinates. The mutineers banished to Tortugas do not go as soldiers, but s unarmed laborers, and will be compelled to work upon fortifications, much as penitentiary convicts do in quarries and sandbanks.
859. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: We have been favored with sight of a distant [edition?], "The Newport Mercury," of March 11th, 1760. It contains a lottery scheme, some particulars of late Major General James Wolfe, letters from England, etc. etc. Persons who want to buy a negro fellow about 25 years, or a negro wench of 17, are requested to inquire of J. Franklin the printer. A notice of a farm to let is headed inquire of Job Almy, of Tiverton, Esq. - New Bedford Mercury.
860. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: The Memphis Appeal's Richmond correspondent says there is much sickness among the Confederate troops in the neighborhood of Manassas that the water is full of Virginia red mud, and ice extremely scarce 10 cents per pound. It is impossible to forward all the freight passing to Virginia from the West and South. A large portion of which is daily shipped by the James River and the Kanawha canal.
861. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: John Hart, who is charged with purchasing horses for the rebels, was arrested in Cincinnati on the 22d inst., and his name enrolled among the prisoners who are now confined for treason.
862. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Interesting News from the South. Louisville, Aug. 27. Gov. Moore, in the New Orleans Picayune, calls on each family to contribute blankets for the soldiers.
863. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: One of the rebel prisoners confined at Camp Chase, Ohio, had a "letter of marque" from Gov. Wise, in which he was empowered to "pick off" Union scouts at five dollars a head.
864. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: It has been estimated that the State of Virginia has already lost more than five thousands of her slaves.
865. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Putnam Guard. Head Quarters, Central Village. A Present of $100 is offered this Company to be equally distributed equally among the volunteers of said Company if it is full within a week. This Company, being accepted in the 8th Regiment, starts for Camp, Hartford, on Tuesday morning next. Only a few more men wanted. A.H. Bennett, Recruiting Officer.
866. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: At a Court of Probate holden at Columbia, within and for the District of Andover, on the 24th day of August, A.D. 1861. Present, John S. Yeomans, Esq., Judge. On motion of Mrs. Betsey Cook of Columbia, Administratrix on the estate of Almon E. Cook, late of Columbia, within said District, deceased; This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the said Administratrix, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic, and by posting a copy thereof on the public signpost in said town of Columbia nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record, Wm. Swift, Clerk.
867. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Notice. The annual meeting of the stock holders of the Windham Bank for the choice of officers for the year ensuing will be holden at their Banking House, in Windham, on the eleventh day of September next, at 10 o'clock A.M. Samuel Bingham, Cashier.
868. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the District of Windham, on the 26th day of August A.D. 1861. Present, Justin Swift, Judge. This Court doth direct Mr. Merrick Johnson of said Windham, Trustee on the assigned estate of A.W. Dexter of Windham, in said District, to give notice to all persons interested in the said estate to appear (if they see cause) before the Court of Probate, to be holden at the Probate office, in said District, on the 9th day of September, 1861, at 9 o'clock A.M., to be heard relative to the appointment of Commissioners on said estate, by posting said order of notice on a public sign-post in said town of Windham, and by advertising the same in a newspaper published in said Windham. Certified from Record, Wm. Swift, Clerk.
869. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Commissioners' Notice, District of Windham, Probate Court, August 19, 1861. Estate of Mr. Silas Frink, late of Scotland, in said District, deceased. The Court of Probate for the District of Windham hat limited and allowed six months from the date hereof, for the creditors of said estate, represented insolvent, in which to exhibit their claims thereto; and has appointed Messrs. Jams Burnett and Jeptha Geer, of said Scotland, Commissioners to receive and examine said claims. Certified by Wm. Swift, Clerk. The subscribers give notice that they shall meet at the store of James Burnett, in said Scotland on the 30th day of September, 1861, and 18th of Feb'y, 1862, at one o'clock in the afternoon on each of said days, for the purpose of attending to the business of said appointment. James Burnett, Jeptha Geer, Commissioners.
870. TWJ Fri Aug 23, 1861: Deaths.
In Binghamton, N.Y., 7th inst., Mrs. Elizabeth Baldwin, aged 83 years. Her remains were interred in the Windham cemetery.
[Aug 30, 1861 issue missing]
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