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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
The Willimantic Journal, August 1862:
841. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Army Correspondence. Newbern, N.C. Tuesday July 15, 1862. Mr. Editor: The dull monotony of camp life again drives me to my favorite and usual pastime; and indeed, how can a solider better improve the great portion of his time, when unemployed in his various duties, then in holding sweet converse with absent friends, describing to them the many and interesting scenes, the innumerable events which here occur, and which, though trifling in themselves and seemingly unimportant, yet constitute our whole enjoyment, and, in fact, our very life? But once cognizant of the circumstances would not hesitate to declare that in point of news and events of interest, I had chosen of all dull times, the dullest. All eyes are now turned to the vicinity of Richmond, whither General Burnside, with several regiments, probably numbering 10,000 effective troops, have gone. They left here in the best of spirits, wild with enthusiasm, and if their past conduct is a fit criterion by which to judge, we may expect to hear well of them. General Foster, with his Division, is left to garrison the place, and when, after patient waiting, the proper time shall come, we hope we shall be permitted to share the honor of a third conquest and victory, and to complete the embellishment of our regimental banner by inscribing thereon, side by side with Roanoke and Newbern, infamous Charleston. Our late defeat upon James Island has rendered that city doubly odious, and circumstances in connection with it doubly aggravating; and your correspondent would ask no greater pleasure than to leave the footprints of a "dirty mudsill" in its blackened ashes. The glorious 4th, has so long since passed that it seems out of place to advert to it; but, as we thought none had a better right to celebrate and to be in fashion, we determined upon an observance of the day. Our Company was at the time doing picket duty, and encamped about 4 miles from the regimental camp. As pickets are not allowed to be unnecessarily noisy with gunpowder, we were obliged to celebrate in a more silent manner, which we did in the shape of a supper, which proved, we think, quite a satisfactory to our taste. Doubtless you will wonder what we could find in a North Carolina swamp with which to grace our table. Well, our committee of arrangements, consisting of some half dozen men, managed to obtain a handcar form some workmen upon the R.R. near by, by means of which a quick and easy transportation of articles was made from the city of Newbern. At 4 o'clock all was ready, and we were ordered to "go in." Uninviting as you might consider the repast, a repetition of the order was unnecessary. At the head of the table stood 3 pails and a camp kettle brim full of lemonade, well cooled with an article which we were convinced had seen a colder atmosphere than the one we breathed. Next in line was a huge pile of soda crackers, with butter, cheese and raisins to complete their relish, a bushel of Brazil nuts brought up the rear in fine style, and we finished our supper with the regret that the 4th did not come every day. Several salutes were fired by the "big gun boys" down at the city during the day, and shortly after supper they commenced such a roar that we were inclined to believe all the "dogs of War" had been let loose upon us, or that McClellan was in Richmond, the former of which events we considered quite as probable as the latter. There must have been more than a hundred guns fired in the space of half an hour from the two forts, the several companies of Artillery and the vessels in the river. Fireworks we "couldn't see", other than the smoldering flames of our miniature coal-pits, which we are obliged to burn every evening at the door of our tents to smoke out the mosquitoes, which here attain such stupendous proportions that we are inclined to give credit to the minister's story, who, in speaking of the enormous size of these insects, remarked that "many of them would weigh a pound." Our drill is light, only 2 ½ hours per day. The boys stand the hot weather better than could be expected. Our "quicksilver in a trap" ranges from 95 to 105 degrees in the shade in the middle of the day. But I will not weary you with a lengthy article, but will act upon the advice of one of my teachers in regard to composition-writing, and also upon my own sense of propriety, and conclude before the subject becomes exhausted, or in other words, stop before I tell all I know. So enough for the present. More anon. H.H.C.
842. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Last Call for Volunteers. - Enlist Now. We urge upon all able-bodiedd men, the duty and policy of enlisting in our company, and enlisting now. Your Country calls. The emergency is pressing, the danger imminent. We owe it as a duty to defend our Government when attacked. We owe it to ourselves, for the Government is our Government, its rights our rights, It is both unmanly and cowardly to shirk the duty or throw the burden on others. When a people become so effeminate or cowardly that they are unwilling to risk life and all they have in defense of their liberties, they will soon have no liberties to defend - they are already slaves. The Government has a right to demand the services of every able-bodied man, and if they will not volunteer then they must and will be drafted. The inducements to volunteer are liberal and extraordinary, especially in this town. They will never be offered again. And they will soon cease to be offered at all. The surer, quicker and cheaper method of drafting will be resorted to. The town bounty of $100, let it be remembered, will cease the 10th of this month and the extra State bounty of $50 on the 20th. But even if the 300,000 men are raised by volunteering, (which we consider somewhat doubtful) there are very strong reasons to believe that a draft of half a million or more men will be ordered early in the fall, if not before. With the immense forces which the rebels are now bringing into the field, with the threatening danger of foreign interference, this will probably be found necessary. Then those who do not volunteer will be drafted and be obliged to go without bounties. If you wish to secure the generous bounties and provide well for your families, and go not "like the galley slave scourged to his dungeon," enlist, enlist now and enlist in the Hayden Rifles.
843. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Our Windham Company - Hayden Rifles. Capt. Bowen informs us that nearly eighty men are enlisted in this company, and he has no doubt but the full number (101) will be obtained. About twenty more men are wanted at once to fill the ranks. Those from this town who intend to enlist must do so without delay or the company will be filled with recruits from other towns. Remember that only those who enlist (from this town) in this company on or before the 10th of August will be entitled to the town bounty of $100. Now is your last chance. The company is attached to the 18th Regiment, to be raised in New London and Windham counties. Capt. Bowen expects to take his company into camp at Norwich, on Monday.
844. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Military Exemptions. Those persons enlisted in the militia by the selectmen who claim to be exempt from military duty must procure a certificate from Doct. H. Allen Grant, of Enfield, Surgeon General of the militia of this State, or from such deputies as he may appoint (three being allowed to each county,) on or before the 16th day of August. Applicants must pay a fee of 25 cts, whether the certificates are granted or not. Certificates of physicians other than the Surgeon-General or his deputies are of no value. Doct. Wm. A. Besset [or Basset], of Willimantic, has been appointed by the Surgeon-General to grant certificates of exemption from enrollment in the militia.
845. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: The Late Edmund Smith. Died, in Salem, Mass., July 18, Edmund Smith, Esq., aged 61 years, 2 months and 26 days. In the Salem Gazette, of July 22d, we find an obituary notice of Mr. Smith, which we should be glad to publish entire,, with the resolutions of the Naumkeag Steam Cotton Company, if we had room. From the article and other sources, we gather the following particulars, which, we doubt not will be interesting to our village and Windham readers, many of whom knew and highly esteemed Mr. Smith. He was the son of the late Miner Smith, Esq., of this town, and was born in Windham, April 20th, 1801. When quite a young man he became the agent of the A. & S. Jillson, in this village, and had charge of their mills for a time. After being connected with cotton manufacturing establishments in the State and elsewhere, about fourteen years ago he became the managing agent and Treasurer of the Naumkeag Steam Cotton Company, which position he continued to hold until his death, to the entire satisfaction of the Company. It was conceded by all acquainted with Mr. Smith that he had first rate business talents, and was one of the best cotton manufacturers in New England. He ever manifested an interest in his native town, and during the past year built a fine residence at Windham Center, now occupied by his sister, the widow of the late Joseph Huntington, Esq.
846. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Town Meeting in Mansfield. At a town meeting holden at Mansfield on the 28th inst., the following vote was almost unanimously passed: Voted, That the town of Mansfield will pay the sum of Seventy-five Dollars out of the town treasury, to any residents of this town, who have enlisted or shall enlist under the last call of the President for volunteers, on or before the 20th day of August next, into any squad which has been or may be enlisted by any properly authorized recruiting officer; and that no one who enlists after this date shall be entitled to this bounty unless they enlist in this town; said bounty to be paid when the recruits are accepted and mustered into the service of the United States, - deducting from the bounty of those who hhave enlisted in other towns the amount paid them by said towns. Voted, That the Selectmen be authorized to obtain on the credit of the town, moneys to meet all expense that may arise from the payment of said bounty, provided there is not enough in the town treasury for this purpose.
847. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Town Meeting in Scotland. At a Town meeting in Scotland, on Monday, July 28th, Simon Fuller was chosen Moderator, and the following resolutions were adopted: Resolved, That the Town of Scotland will pay a bounty of $50 to not exceeding ten volunteers that have enlisted since the first of July, 1862, or shall hereafter enlist from this town, being residents thereof, pass a medical examination and be sworn into the service of the United States on or before the 20th of August next. One quarter of said bounty to be paid when sworn into service, the remainder to be paid in installments of $12 50 each, once in three months thereafter. Provided, That no persons shall take the benefit of the above bounty until they shall produce a certificate to the selectmen from the captain of their company that they are returned to the Adjutant General as belonging to the town of Scotland. Voted, To authorize the selectmen to borrow such sum or sums of money as may be necessary to pay the bounties offered by this town.
848. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: The Windham County War Meeting. Our notice of the war meeting at Brooklyn a week ago Wednesday was accidentally omitted last week. Dan. P. Tyler, Esq., of Brooklyn presided. The meeting was addressed by the chairman, Rev. Sidney Dean, Senator Foster, Gov. Buckingham, Mr. Grosvenor, Rev. Mr. Salter, late chaplain of the 13th Regiment, Generals Casey and Tyler, and Mr. Lippit, of New London. The tone of the meeting was earnest and patriotic. Some fifteen hundred were present and about 40 enlisted on the spot. We doubt not that Windham County will furnish her full proportion of men in this trying emergency of the country.
849. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Franklin gives a bounty of $40 to volunteers from that town.
850. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: We observed last Saturday evening, at about 9 o'clock, or perhaps a little later, in the western sky a very large and brilliant meteor. It was moving apparently from southeast to northwest, with a considerable inclination towards the earth, emitting a train of sparks, and alternately diminishing and increasing in brilliancy until it faded out of sight. It presented a most beautiful and interesting appearance.
851. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Among the prisoners recently released we are pleased to notice the names of Dr. John McGregor of Thompson, and the Rev. Hiram Eddy of Winsted. Both were taken prisoners at Bull Run, and have been in rebel prisons about a year. We rejoice that by a general exchange the day of deliverance has come to our brave soldiers who have been so long languishing in southern prisons.
852. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: I.H. Bromley, editor of the Norwich Bulletin, has enlisted for the war, and is now recruiting a company for the 18th Regiment. Few men have made greater sacrifices than he does in taking this step. We hope he will soon have a full company, and that others will emulate his patriotism.
853. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: We would direct attention to the advertisement of John Morse & Co. They have just fitted up a new and commodious store in Bassets new building, and are prepared to give their numerous friends and customers "fits."
854. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: The Rev. E.D. Bently, of Willimantic, baptized by immersion 16 persons, at Mansfield Hollow, on Sunday afternoon last, the 27th ult., being the fruits of the revival that has been for some time in progress in that village. It was an interesting and impressive occasion.
855. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Mr. Stephen Lewis advertises this week a closing out sale of his entire stock of goods, consisting of dry goods, groceries, &c. Mr. L. contemplates going to the war, and, of course, wishes to leave things all square at home.
856. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Young Phillips, who was accidentally shot the other day by the Carpenter boy, has, we are glad to learn, so far recovered from the effects of the wound as to be about. He will probably always carry the bullet in his body.
857. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: In the hurry of going to press last week some of the proofs of a part of our edition were not corrected. We owe an apology to our village, Windham and Scotland subscribers, and will endeavor to prevent any such occurrence hereafter.
858. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: We are glad to learn that the Sabbath school organized some time since at South Windham by Mr. Trumbull, the State agent, is progressing finely. An active committee of the pupils have raised over $30 for a library.
859. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Rev. J.S. Loveland will speak in the Spiritualist Church next Sunday A.M. and P.M. at the usual hours. Subject, "The Organic Development of Spiritualism."
860. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Coventry met in town meeting on Monday, and voted to pay a bounty of $100 to all who have enlisted from that town since the war commenced, or shall enlist on or before Aug. 26th. Nobly done, old Coventry!
861. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: 569 persons in this town between the ages of 18 and 45 have been enrolled as subjects of military duty by the selectmen.
862. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Among the late graduates at the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary was Miss Emily S. Robinson of this village.
863. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Mansfield, as will be seen, has voted to pay a bounty of $75 to those who enlist from that town. Good for Mansfield.
864. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Henry Gray, Dwight Kenyon and James Harvey, of Willimantic, soldiers in the 12th C.V., arrived home from New Orleans the other day, having been discharged on account of sickness.
865. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: The Rev. S.G. Willard, pastor of the Congregational church in this village, will be absent for three Sabbaths on his usual summer vacation.
866. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: The new bridge across the Shetucket at Greenville was destroyed by fire on Tuesday morning. Damage $8000. Supposed incendiary.
867. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: News has been received of the death of Alphonse Whitehead, of this place at New Orleans, a member of the 12th C.V., aged about 16.
868. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Young Burroughs, who was shot by Mrs. Taylor in Brooklyn, a few days ago, died on Wednesday.
869. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Tolland held a town meeting July 21st, and voted $50 to each volunteer in that town who enlists under the new call. 15 have enlisted, and more will follow. A Tolland County war meeting is to be held.
870. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Robert Gillette, son of Hon. Francis Gillette, has joined Henry C. Smith and O.R. Post, of the Press office, in recruiting a company for the 16th.
871. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: New London has voted to pay a bounty of $50 to every citizen who shall enlist in that town on or before Aug. 20th, and provided New London's full quota is raised by that date the bounty is to be doubled.
872. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: The First Connecticut Artillery is, by general order, authorized to inscribe "Yorktown" "Hanover Court House" "Gaines' Mill" and "Malvern Hill" on their banners.
873. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: The officers of the Lyon (New Haven) Regiment, so far as selected, are Colonel, Dexter R. Wright; Lieut. Colonel, Samuel Tolles; Major, E. Walter Osborne; Quartermaster, John C. Kimball.
874. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Ellington voted in town meeting on Monday to pay a bounty of $100 to each resident of that town who shall enlist and be accepted into the service of the United States on or before Aug. 20th. A committee of five persons was appointed to secure enlistments. Old Ellington will raise her full quota of men and do her whole duty in this trying emergency.
875. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Wm. G. Ely, the present Lieut. Col. of the Connecticut Sixth, has been appointed Colonel of the Connecticut Eighteenth.
876. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Marriages.
In Lebanon, July 22, by Rev. O. Cunningham, Mr. Frederick Shalk, of Co. A. Fourteenth Connecticut, stationed at Hartford, and Miss Mary K. Potter, both of Lebanon.
877. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Deaths.
In Tolland, July 25, Mr. Amos Crandall, aged 59; John Carew, aged 17 years.
In Eastford, July 6, Mrs. Sally Preston, relict of Esek Preston, Esq., aged 92 years and 9 months.
In Lebanon, July 18, Miss Harriet Sawyer, the last of the family of the late Azariah Sawyer, of Windham, aged 65.
In Columbia, July 30, Charles N. White, aged 34
878. TWJ Fri Aug 1, 1862: Lost. From a guard-chain, a Gold Watch, Key and Seal, with initials "J.G.F." in German text. The finder will be liberally rewarded by leaving it at the store of Alpaugh & Hooper, or at Mr. Weaver's office, in Willimantic. J.G. Fuller.
879. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: The citizens of Pomfret, at a town meeting held on Saturday, voted to pay each resident of the town who should enlist, the sum of $40, on his being sworn into the service of the United States.
880. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: The Hon. John S. Phelps, of Springfield, Mo. Formerly of Simsbury in this State, has been appointed Military Governor of Arkansas. It was the wife of Mr. Phelps who so kindly cared for the remains of Gen. Lyon.
881. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Windham Company Rifles. Windham Company Rifles, recruited mostly in Willimantic during the last three weeks, left yesterday morning, for the camp of the 18th Regiment, at Norwich, where they had been ordered to rendezvous. The Company numbers 180 men, some 80 of them from this town, being more than double our quota. At a meeting of the Company for the choice of officers, on Wednesday afternoon, Wm. W. Perry was chosen moderator, and J.E. Barrows, clerk. Proceeded to ballot for Captain, and made choice of Charles D. Bowen, by a unanimous vote. The whole number of votes cast was 92. James F. Long, Jr., was chosen First Lieutenant, by the same vote. A.W. Loomis was chosen Second Lieutenant, by a vote of 80 to 22 for Wm. H. Locke. Majority for Loomis 58. The officers thus elected, being notified, came in, Capt. Bowen receiving from his men three rousing cheers, responded in a neat little speech Lieutenants also received rousing cheers and followed the example of their captain. The commissioned officers being chosen Capt. Bowen appointed Wm. H. Locke, orderly sergeant. The appointment of the other non-commissioned officers, was deferred until after the Captain and Lieutenants received their commissions. The promptness with which this company has been raised reflects great credit on Messrs. Howes, Long, Loomis and Locke, who by their energy and patriotic endeavors have succeeded in enlisting such a large and fine company of men in so short a tie. Every one acquainted with Capt. Bowen speaks in the highest terms of him as a gentleman well qualified for his position who will dare to lead where any dare to follow; and of the other officers chosen, as capable and efficient men who will fill their places with credit and honor. We believe this is a superior company composed of the right sort of material, and we do not fear it will ever disgrace itself or the patriotic town whose name it hears. Many of the men we know have enlisted from motives of the purest patriotism. The women of Willimantic deserve honorable mention for the patriotic devotion which they have exhibited in giving up their husbands, sons and brothers to their country; their hearts are in the cause and the sacrifice which they cheerfully make is worthy of the best days of the Republic. Yesterday morning as the hour of their departure approached, the company formed in Bassett' Hall which they had used as their headquarters and marched to the music f the fife and drum to the front of Mr. Geo. W. Hanover's store where they halted and three cheers were proposed and given for Mr. Hanover and three more for Mrs. Hanover. This was responded to on the part of Mr. H. by the passing of sundry brimming pails of a cheering beverage along the ranks, and on the part of his patriotic lady by the presentation of a splendid bouquet of flowers to each of the officers. Rev. Mr. Bentley, of the Baptist church, then made a few appropriate remarks to the company which were heartily cheered, and was followed by Rev. Mr. Bradford, of the Methodist church, in a similar animated and patriotic strain, which was similarly applauded. The company then marched to the depot, attended by hundreds of interested and anxious friends who with moistened eyes and choking voices spoke the parting word, and waved a silent good bye as the train moved off, while the promiscuous crowd made the air ring with cheers. The company left in the highest spirits. Our best wishes accompany them, and our prayer is that they may be sustained by Him who ruleth over all in the midst of the trials, hardship and dangers to which they go. God bless them all.
882. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Drafting. It will be seen by an order from the War Department which we publish, that a draft for 300,000 men for nine months service is to be made at once from the enrolled militia of the several states. This measure has been found to be absolutely necessary to fill up the old regiments and increase the army. We only fear that the draft is not large enough, and shall not be surprised if 300,000 more are drafted before October. Volunteering will not save us; it is too slow. We need a million men in the field today. Drafting is democratic. It takes all, high and low, rich and poor. Let the government now call for men enough to put down this rebellion in six months.
883. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Dr. McGregor of Thompson, Dr. Simmons of Ashford, and
Dr. Palmer of Canterbury, are the Examining Physicians for Windham County, from whom all persons claiming exemption from military duty must obtain a certificate. Dr. Bennett of Willimantic, was appointed by mistake for Tolland County. We hear that Dr. Dimock of South Coventry has been appointed in his place.
884. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Hampton gives $100 bounty to each volunteer. Good.
885. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Willimantic has raised about 200 men for the war, and expects to do more yet.
886. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Dr. McGregor.
The N.Y. Tribune of Monday contains an interesting statement made by Dr. John McGregor of Thompson, Surgeon of the Third Connecticut Volunteers, respecting his year's experience in the prisons of the South and the inhuman manner in which the Union prisoners were often treated, which we should be glad to print if we had room. The Doctor is pleasantly remembered by a number of our citizens who formed his acquaintance some years since, when he made a short stop here with the late Dr. Witter. The intelligence and high character of Dr. McGregor renders his statements especially valuable. We make room for the following brief extracts from the article in the Tribune. While the prisoners were confined at Charleston one of their number, "Dr. Griswold, assistant surgeon, died. After his death the officer in charge called up Gen. Ripley in order to ascertain what disposition he should make of the body. He received the following reply: 'Dig a hole and bury him like a damned dog.'" This Gen. Ripley, we are sorry to say is descended form one of our highly respectable and patriotic Windham families; but thank God this town has not to bear the disgrace of being the birth place of such a savage and unfeeling wretch. During their stay in Charleston, Dr. McGregor states the treatment of the Union prisoners was most savage. They never received the least particle of necessary apparel, and had to live upon rations consisting of bacon and bread. The bacon was of the worst description, being alive with maggots and the bread as sour as a lemon." The following is only a specimen of the manner the prisoners were treated at Richmond: "The prison where the Union soldiers were confined was, shortly before their taking possession of it, used as a hospital, and no beds were procured for them, only old ticks which had been used for a length of time by fever patients and wounded soldiers." After being removed to another building "their guard commenced amusing themselves by building a large fire in the room, saying they would smoke out the damned Yankees, an operation they were nearly successful in performing. Complaints being made to the Rebel officers, they only laughed at the idea as a good joke." The prisoners were afterwards removed to Salisbury N.C. "The condition of the hospital at this locality is described as heartrending in the extreme - the majority of the sick having to lie on the floor without anything under them. The principal diseases were typhoid fever, scurvy and diarrhea. There was no medicine or food of any consequence, and the poor fellows had to endure their agonies in silence without any remedy whatever. The first of our soldiers who died at this station was interred in the Lutheran burying-ground, but the women of Salisbury came forward and interfered in this as at Columbia, and the body was removed to a tan yard where all subsequent interments were made." Ask Dr. McGregor and his companions, who have suffered such unheard of privations, trials, and indignities at the hands of the rebels in the noisome prisons at the South during the past year, what they think about conciliating, the he and she rebels of the South. We rather think they could enlighten some of our "conservative" friends in regard to the danger of irritating their 'Southern brethren." We heartily congratulate the doctor on his release and should be happy to see him in Willimantic.
887. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: We are much gratified to learn that the records of the "Connecticut Susquehanna Company," consisting of some ten or a dozen volumes, have been presented to the Conn. Historical Society by Mr. Edward Herrick, Jr., of Athens, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. They were secured and transmitted to the Society through the agency of our friend Dr. D. W. Patterson, the distinguished genealogist, of West Winsted, Conn. The thanks of every man interested in Connecticut history is due to Mr. Herrick for this generous and valuable donation. These records must contain much that is interesting to our Windham people and we are glad that they are thus rendered accessible. Windham was for a long time the headquarters of this company, and very many Windham men were interested in its lands. The first meeting of the company was held here in 1753, and Samuel Gray, Esq., Sen., was for many years Secretary, and the Hon. Eliphalet Dyer, attorney and agent of the company. Many men from Windham and vicinity emigrated to the fertile lands in the beautiful valley of Wyoming a short time before the revolutionary war, some of whom were victims of the terrible massacre which has rendered this romantic region celebrated and classic ground.
888. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Aurora Borealis. There was brilliant and peculiar display of the Northern Lights on Monday evening. The sky from the northeast to west was illuminated with what appeared to be pale, light, flame-like clouds, which presented a wavy appearance, flushing up almost to the zenith, something like heat lightening. These wavy flashes of the auroral light as they rose in rapid succession presented a very beautiful appearance, and altogether it was such an exhibition of celestial fire-works as is not often seen.
889. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: We hear that several men in one of our neighboring towns have fled to Canada to avoid being drafted. We hope they will be obliged to stay there. Let our government serve the northern secession traitors in our midst as the tories of the Revolution were served. Banish them and confiscate their property.
890. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: C.G. Southworth, Esq. of Mansfield, recently one of the selectmen of the town and one of the right sort of men is making an effort to raise a company in Mansfield. Quite a number have enlisted and the prospect is good. Mansfield and Chaplin ought to raise a full company. We heartily wish him success.
891. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Chaplin, we hear, voted last Thursday week to give $100 bounty to volunteers. Three cheers for Chaplin.
892. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Columbia, we understand had a meeting the other day, and refused to vote any bounty. Is that so?
893. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Twenty-two persons, mostly females, a large majority being recently converts from Mansfield Hollow, were admitted members of the Baptist church in this village last Sunday.
894. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Lieut. Geo. H. Tracy, Co. A., 15th U.S. Infantry, recently stationed here on recruiting service, received the degree of A.M. at the last Commencement of the Wesleyan University in Middletown.
895. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Lebanon all right. Pays a bounty of $100 to each volunteer, and its quota is being enlisted.
896. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: The War Department has issued an order revoking all furloughs and leaves of absence, on Monday, the 11th inst.
897. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Nathan A. Stearns, Henry Allender and Wm. F. Gates have started another Company in this place, headquarters at Bassett's Hall. A town meeting, it is expected, will soon be called to consider the expediency of offering a further bounty to new recruits. Rally young men, your country needs you.
898. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Synopsis of the New Militia Law.
The following synopsis of the Militia Law, approved July 11th, 1862, relative to the provision for enrollment and drafting, and the assessment for commutation tax has been published by the Adjutant General for general information and in answer to many questions asked: Who are subjects for enrollment? Every able bodied white male citizen between the ages of eighteen and forty-five years residing within this State, except those named in Sections 1, 4 and 5 of the Militia Law.
Are Firemen subjects for enrollment?
Are Commissioned and Staff Officers who have been honorably discharged, and Non-Commissioned Officers, Musicians and privates who, having complied with the previsions of previous laws are not subjects to State Militia duty, subjects for
Are three months men subjects for enrollment?
Who are exempt from enrollment?
Lunatics; Common Drunkards; Vagabonds; Paupers; Persons convicted of any infamous crime; Ministers of the Gospel of every denomination; Licensed Physicians and Surgeons while they continue in practice; Judges and Clerks of the Supreme, Superior, City, Police and Probate Courts, and Town Clerks and Registers; Members of the Senate and House of Representatives and all officers of the General Assembly during their term of office; The State Treasurer, Secretary, Comptroller, Librarian and Commissioner of the School Fund, while in office, with their respective clerks and assistants; The superintendent of Common schools; Sheriffs and their Deputies; Officers and Attendants of the American Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb; Officers and Attendants of the State and County Prisons; Officers and Attendants of the Reform School; Officers and Attendants of the Retreat for the Insane and Public Hospitals; Keepers of Light Houses; Conductors and Engine Drivers of Railroad Trains.
What mental or bodily infirmity exempts?
Mental disability; great deformity of body or limb; permanent lameness; loss of an eye.
How shall an exemption by reason of disability be proved?
By procuring a certificate of disability from the Surgeon or Surgeon's mate of the Regiment of active militia within the limits of which such persons reside, or from the Surgeon General, or from one of the Surgeons appointed by the Surgeon General to grant certificates of exemption.
Who are exempt from the Commutation Tax?
All persons enrolled in the militia who have complied with the provisions of any militia law heretofore existing in this State, minors, and members of the active militia.
Who are subject to the Commutation Tax?
All persons between the ages of twenty and forty-five years enrolled in the militia (excepting those who have complied with the provisions of previous militia laws, and members of the active militia,) and exempted from enrollment and herein before mentioned in paragraphs 10 to 22 inclusive.
Are Firemen exempt from the Commutation Tax.
As the law is silent on that point: No.
Who may be drafted?
All members of the enrolled militia, except those belonging to the active militia - who are at all times liable to be ordered into service by the Commander in chief.
What is the penalty for refusing to do duty when drafted?
Considered as "absent without leave" (deserter,) and dealt with according to law.
Are three months Volunteers, who have been discharge, subjects for draft?
By the laws of the United States, the following named persons are exempted from Military duty in addition to those mentioned above:
Members of Congress, custom-house officers with their clerks, post-officers and mail carriers, ferry men employed on post routes: inspectors of exports, pilots, mariners actually employed in the service of any citizen or merchant within the United States.
899. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Col. Joseph R. Hawley, of the 7th C.V. has returned for a short visit. The regiment is still at Port Royal.
900. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Chaplin, in town meeting Thursday, voted to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer from that town.
901. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Mr. John Miner, of Bozrah attempted suicide Saturday morning, by hanging. He was discovered and resuscitated, after remaining for an hour and a half in a state of insensibility.
902. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Dr. McGregor of Connecticut, recently released from Salisbury, N.C., says it is a common remark South that our government and Generals have been trying to produce a Union sentiment by conciliation and half-way means, but they despise such a policy.
903. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Marriages.
In Willimantic, August 3, by Rev. E.D. Bentley, Charles H. Underwood and Francis H. Maine, both of this village.
At Stafford Springs, July 28, by Rev. A.W. Ide, Milo Stranger and Mary E. Pilling, both of Stafford Springs.
904. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Deaths.
In Coventry, August 5, Irena T. Loomis, aged 76.
905. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: Rally under the Green Flag! Corcoran Zouaves. This Company is being recruited for the 18th Regiment, Connecticut Volunteers, to be camped on the Norwich Fair grounds. Those wishing to join this Company can do so by applying at John H. Connor's Store. The Recruiting Officer will be attendance from Saturday till Monday. Norwich Bounty $113.
906. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: The comet discovered at the Cambridge Observatory by Mr. Safford, on the 18th inst., promises to become conspicuously visible during the latter part at least of the month of August. It is rapidly approaching the earth.
907. TWJ Fri Aug 8, 1862: District of Windham ss. Probate Court, Windham, July 28, 1862. Estate of Abby Wilkinson, late of Windham, in said District, deceased. The Court of Probate for the District of Windham hath limited and allowed six months from date of this order, for the Creditors of said Estate, represented insolvent, in which to exhibit their claims thereto: and has appointed Calvin Hebbard and Elisha Williams Commissioners to receive and examine said claims. Certified by Wm. Swift, Clerk. The subscribers give notice that they shall meet at the dwelling house of Elisha Williams, in said Windham, on the 27th days of October and January next, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, on each of said days, for the purpose of attending to the business of said appointment. Calvin Hebbard, Elisha Williams, Commissioners.
908. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: Some people think that black is the color of heaven, and that the more they can make their faces look like midnight, the holier they are.
909. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: The Sabbath school at South Windham, recently organized, by the State missionary, is progressing finely. An active committee of boys and girls collected, in a single week, nearly $30 for its library.
910. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: The War News. The principal event of the week has been the battle between Gen. Banks and Stonewall Jackson, near Cedar Mountain, Va. It was one of the same sort of battles that we have had too many of during the war; a handful of our men against a host of rebels, - 7000 against 20,000. Our men fought splendidly and Gen. Banks exhibited great bravery and skill. The result was indecisive though our army retired from the field. Jackson has since retreated. Several of our regiments (among them the 5th Conn.) were badly cut up and many valuable officers were killed, wounded or taken prisoners. The Conn. 5th has lost all of its field and most of its staff officers. If we could have had more men the result would probably have been very different. We trust the time is fast approaching when we shall not be obliged to sacrifice our men in this way, when we can meet the rebels with equal numbers at least.
911. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: Town Bounty Still Good. By reference to the doings of the town meeting on Wednesday it will be seen that the time of granting the $100 bounty is extended until September 10th, and the number who will be entitled to it made to include our full quota for the 300,000 volunteers and also for the 300,000 ordered to be drafted. It is not known exactly what is our full quota for the whole 600,000, but rather more than has been supposed, probably about 100 men. We understand Capt. Bowen returns 67 as having enlisted from this town, which is not quite as many as heretofore reported. Some did not pass a medical examination. It will be seen that about 30 more men will be entitled to the $100 bounty if they enlist before the 10th of September. If that number is enlisted, then there will be no draft, we are assured, from this town. This number, we doubt not, can be raised with a little effort. Willimantic has done her share but is ready to do more. Let the other sections assist, and the men will be speedily raised. Windham Center and South Windham, we believe, have not as yet furnished their full proportion - North Windham has done better. Let us raise the men at once, so there need be no drafting from this town. Remember, young men, this your last chance for the $100 bounty.
912. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: Soldiers' Relief Donations. The following articles were purchased with $40 of the Thread mill donation and sent to the New England Relief association, New York. The materials for the garment were purchased with the money and made up by some of our patriotic ladies: 20 wrappers, 26 shirts, 2 sheets, 26 handkerchiefs, 3 bed-ticks, 22 pincushions, 30 pillows, 4 towels, 2 lb tea, 4 boxes pepper, 9 pair drawers, 1 pair pants, 1 coat, 1 bottle bay rum, lint and bandages, 20 testaments, 13 pair socks, a number of cans of jelly and bottles of wine, dried fruit, etc. To show the ladies that their gifts were timely and appreciated, we append the following notes of acknowledgment from Col. Almy, the State agent, and Charlotte K. Spence, in behalf of the Ladies Relief Association: A.B. Adams, Esq. - Dear Sir: Your esteemed favor came duly to hand, and also the boxes - for which we are very grateful, and in behalf of our Association we return our sincere thanks. The ladies of our Association are (to use their own expression) "perfectly delighted" with your noble donation - and they say that they shall remember thhe ladies of Willimantic with peculiar pride and pleasure - for the articles were just what was needed, and arrived very opportunely. I see so much destitution and want, every day among returning sick and wounded, that I scarcely know where the necessaries for their care and comfort will come front; but by a kind Providence, we receive donations always soon after we are in need of them. The ladies say they must write you a letter thanking the ladies of Willimantic, thro' you, for their timely aid, and you will hear from them soon. Again accept my acknowledgement, and believe me, Yours, truly, A.H. Almy. New York, August 3, 1862. The undersigned, on behalf of the Association, gratefully acknowledge a donation of 2 boxes, containing everything nice and useful, forwarded by you in aid of sick and wounded soldiers. I am instructed to assure you that your kindness is appreciated by those who share in your bounty. Very respectfully, Charlotte Keese Spence, For the Committee. I want to tell you from myself of how much use those two boxes will be to us in our labors here among our sick and wounded soldiers. It was my pleasant task to unpack the boxes and give out what was needed to the men, and I know it will please the kind friends who put them up to hear that what they sent was most heartily appreciated. Yours, truly, Charlotte K. Spence.
913. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: We wish our friends in neighboring towns would send us particulars in regard to enlistments in their towns. We will print lists of volunteers if furnished.
914. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: Casualties of the 5th Connecticut. We take the following from the N.Y. Tribune: Col. George D. Chapman was slightly wounded and taken prisoner. Lieut. Col. Stone was wounded twice - the last time being brought to the grounnd by a musket ball in the right breast. He was sitting against a tree, but it was supposed he could not survive. Nothing is heard from him. Major E.F. Blake attracted much attention by his bravery, and was slain by a shot near the end of Saturday's action. Capt. George W. Corliss of Company C, was struck by ten shots, and fought s long as he could stand - supposed killed. He fell at the last wound, with the regimental colors borne aloft in his hands. Capt. Chapman, of Company B, was wounded in the leg, since amputated. He is in good spirits. Capt. David F. Lane, wounded in the leg, and brought to Alexandria. Lieut. Hamilton, Company K, slightly wounded. Capt. Warren W. Packer, Company G, wounded slightly in the groin, and is at Alexandria. He was taken prisoner with most of our wounded, but escaped when the ground was reoccupied by our troops last evening. Lieut. Henry M. Dutton, killed and buried on the field; Lieut. William A. Daniels, wounded in thigh, not dangerously; Lieutenant M. Whitney, Quartermaster, slightly wounded, and taken and kept prisoner; Adjutant H.S. Smith killed by a grape shot through the head, buried by our men yesterday. The color-bearers of the 5th suffered terribly. Every man who raised them was shot. First, Color-bearer Hewson was killed. Then Sergeant-Major W.P. Smith seized them, and was shot in the leg, and escaped yesterday. Capt. Corliss succeeded him and was killed. The State and regimental flags, shattered and torn to shreds, were brought safely off by the brave men who had sworn to defend them. We have just left the side of the wounded Capt. Packer. He says the rebels occupied the battle ground on Saturday night, and only withdrew last evening at our advance, which enabled him and many other wounded prisoners to escape. He says pillage was absolutely unforbidden, and the rebels, one and all, held carnival over the captured dead and wounded. He saw the dead body of Adjutant Smith stripped of everything - his arms and clothing, as well as his college-pin and ring, being stolen by the vampires.
915. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: Capt. Daniel Hebard, son of Learned Hebard, Esq. Of Lebanon, Connecticut, Assistant Adjutant General of Gen. Gorman's division, died at the New England rooms in New York, on Thursday morning, of typhoid fever, contracted in the Chickahominy and aggravated by the severe and toilsome labor of the seven days' battle. Captain Hebard was a young man of excellent abilities and sterling moral worth. He graduated at Yale in 1860. He was highly esteemed by his classmates, for his genial disposition and genuine nobility of character. His loss will be severely felt in an extended private circle and mourned over by his former college friends. At the breaking out of the rebellion, he left a lucrative and responsible position in Ohio, and volunteered as a private in a three months regiment from that State. He was subsequently appointed to the post which he held at the time of his death, and by his fidelity to duty and courteous demeanor, won the favor of all by whom he was surrounded. He is one of the many who have gone down to an early grave with the dew of life's morning still upon them, victims to the treason and the wickedness of rebels against Freedom and Law.
916. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: We understand that the Adjutant General will issue orders to-day for the enrollment of 70 companies of active militia (7,000 men), to be turned over to the U.S. service. and limits the time for these enlistments to Aug. 30th. Of course there will be no draft previous to that time. These 70 companies are to fill Connecticut's quota for the second draft of 300,000 men. If these companies are not filled a draft will be made to complete them, and the draft will be made only from those towns that fail to fill their quota. - Courant 14th.
917. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: Rebel Perfidy. It would appear that the exchange of prisoners agreed upon between our Government and the Rebels has come to a sudden stop. After obtaining Buckner and several other generals and prominent officers, which were to be exchanged for Col. Corcoran, Gen. Prentiss, &c., they coolly tell us, having got their own men, that they will not give up ours at present. This scandalous breach of faith is nothing new, and might have been expected of those who commenced their career by stealing and perjury. We think the government agent was rather green in giving up their men before ours were forthcoming.
918. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: Horace Hall, Esq., of this village, one of the selectmen of Windham, went down to Norwich, on Thursday, with a "pocket full of rocks," and visited the 18th Regiment at Camp Aiken. The "boys" were all very glad to see him, and treated him with "distinguished consideration." Before he left he paid each volunteer from this town, sixty-seven in number, the $100 bounty voted by the town. After thus disbursing $6,700 Mr. hall returned, well pleased with his visit, leaving the boys in the best possible spirits. We are glad to notice this commendable promptness on the part of the town.
919. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: The Skedaddlers. The sneaking cowards who leave the State and country to avoid being drafted can well be spared; they are traitors at heart or the veriest poltroons. But if they turn their backs on their country that has protected them and showered its blessings on their heads, the first time it calls upon them to defend it in the hour of i6s extreme peril, let them never return or be allowed again to enjoy its blessings. They should be banished, and their property, if they have any, confiscated to the use of the Union soldiers.
920. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: The response of the people in this State in the call of the President for 300,000 volunteers has been much more prompt than could have been expected. The whole quota of the State will be filled, we hope, before the week is out. All our regiments are full except perhaps the ones in Fairfield and Litchfield counties, and we believe those are about full. The 20th regiment has been organized at Norwich and some 500 men are enlisted for it. With proper effort we believe the quota for the 300,000 ordered by the draft can be raised by volunteers.
921. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: Fatal Accident. - As Mr. John Monahan, of this village, was coming from Hartford in the cars, with his wife and two children, on Monday afternoon, he got out at Andover station, to obtain a drink of water for his children. While returning he stumbled and fell partly before the train, just as it was starting, which passed over him, cutting off an arm and so crushing his head that he survived but a short time.
922. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: It is said that the war must now end within nine months. The law authorizing the President to call out the militia prescribes that term of service. Gen. Halleck has fixed the number of men he needs with a full understanding of the case, and the call now made is tantamount to an engagement on his part to finish up the job and disband the forces in 270 days, and it will be done - we hope.
923. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: The Adjutant General states that any excess of volunteers in any town, over their quota under the call for the first 300,000, will be credited on their quota for the second 300,000, provided the residences of the volunteers are properly returned. So the whole 600,000 may be raised by volunteers, if the people say so, and a draft be avoided altogether.
924. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: We have to thank our friend A.D. Loring, for a basket of early pears, apples and peaches - yes, peaches - embracing several new (to us) and choicee varieties. We pronounce the fruit (and we claim to be a pretty fair judge) excellent. Our friends, Tilden & Dimmick are Mr. Loring's Agents for the sale of his choice fruit.
925. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: Rev. J.S. Loveland will lecture at the Spiritualist Church next Sunday at the usual hours of service. Topic: The Bible; Its origin, antiquity, language, preservation, mutations and relations to other ancient records, historically and exegetically considered.
926. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: The Rev. E.D. Bentley, of the Baptist church in this village, preached a rousing war sermon on Sunday afternoon. It augurs well for the success of our cause that the clergy of all denominations are so heartily for their country.
927. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: Forty-six men mostly recruited by Mr. C.G. Southworth of Mansfield, went down to Norwich on Tuesday P.M. We understand they are to be consolidated with another company.
928. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: The $50 extra State bounty expires the 20th of this month. Those who wish to secure this must enlist on or before that time.
929. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: Col. Ely arrived from Hilton Head on Saturday, and assumed command of the 18th Regiment.
930. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: A fine company of 76 men from Stafford Springs passed through here on their way to Hartford Tuesday morning.
931. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: The following Willimantic soldiers belonging to the Connecticut 5th were wounded in the late battle at Cedar Mountains: Albert M.
Clark, slightly in the breast; Jas. Monaghan. We can learn of no others, but as returns are yet incomplete, more may be expected.
932. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: It is thought by some that Dr. Simmons has been pretty liberal in granting certificates of exemption. If some who have obtained them are not able-bodied men, we know not where to look for such.
933. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: Enlistments are progressing very well for the new company. Six men were enlisted yesterday forenoon. Hurry up.
934. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: Dr. Simmons, in his visit here on Wednesday, granted 30 certificates out of 90 applicants.
935. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: Quite a number of Willimantic boys have recently enlisted in the Navy.
936. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: Hamden held a town meeting on Monday and voted a bounty of $200 to each volunteer from that town. Better late than never.
937. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: On Friday last while the
family of Rev. O.B. Judd, of New Haven, were absent at the Grove
House, an Irish domestic took a large trunk and packed it with various
articles of wearing apparel and started on the cars for Springfield.
She has not since been seen.
939. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: The complaints against Dr. Beckwith, of Litchfield, for granting certificates to nearly all that asked for them, have been so great that Surgeon General Grant discontinued the office last Saturday.
940. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: The venerable David Baldwin, long known as a faithful and laborious clergyman of the Episcopal Church, died at Guilford on the 2d instant, aged 82.
941. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: In East Haddam, on Saturday, a very clever burlesque was enacted, to the great amusement of those who have not lost their senses. A company of about thirty, clothed in all kinds of suits except the regulation, marched through the principal streets to the music of a crippled drum, with a banner inscribed "Cripple Guard." All the crutches and canes were brought into requisition, and each man kept step with himself. Each had a huge placard on his back telling the story of his ills. The fattest man was labeled "Consumption," the leanest "Gout;" the healthiest "Sick six years age;" the youngest "forty-six years old," &c. Some of the certificate holders looked with evident disgust upon the pageant.
942. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: Rev. Mr. Winslow has resigned the chaplaincy of the Fifth Connecticut, and Rev. H.H. Hitchings, of East Haddam, has been appointed in his stead. Mr. Hitchings is a graduate of Trinity College, of the class of '54.
943. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: News from a gentleman who left Richmond on the 1st, states that a fearful pestilence is raging there, and hundreds are dying daily. The rebel army which numbered 200,000 men is in a fearful state of destitution.
944. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: A recent census of lawyers in Connecticut gives 321 as the number. The Winsted Herald thinks they ought to enlist in a cavalry regiment, they are so good at charging.
945. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: Deaths.
In Coventry, August 8, Frederick Hughes, aged 1_ [months?].
In Franklin, July 1, Emeline, wife of Herman Gager, aged __.
In New London, August 8, Francis R., daughter of _____ Waldo.
In Norwich, August 10, Thomas H. Park, aged __.
In Lebanon, (Goshen Society), July 22, Aaron H. M___, aged 19.
Near Lake Ponchartrain, La., of sun-stroke, Henry Jillson, of Sprague, a member of the Co. G, Twelfth Connecticut Volunteers, aged 22.
In Hampton, August 5, Anna Stebbins, aged 72.
946. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: Wanted. A girl to do general housework. A good washer and ironer preferred. Must come well recommended. Apply at this office.
947. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: Notice. The Annual Meeting of the Stockholders of the Windham Bank will be held at their Banking House, in Windham, on the 10th day of September next, at 10 o'clock A.M. Samuel Bingham, Cashier. Windham, August 13, 1862.
948. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: List of Letters remaining in the Post Office at Willimantic, August 15, 1862:
Mary M. Bartlett
Dr. W.H. Hamilton
Minney F. Ladd
Jeremie [Trauble? Tranble?]
Persons calling for the above Letters will please say advertised. Jas. Walden, P.M.
949. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the District of Windham, on the 12th day of August, A.D. 1862. Present Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. On motion of William W. Avery, Administrator on the estate of Christopher S. Avery, 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 Administrator, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Windham, 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. Persons having accounts against said estate can hand them to E.E. Burnham, Windham.
950. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: A New Cause for Gratitude to God. Rev. Dr. Storrs, in his address at the anniversary exercises of Mount Holyoke Seminary, said that a returned prisoner lately remarked that while at the South, he could easily endure the taunts of the men, but that he never before realized what and how terrible was the stinging hate of women, so intense, bitter and beyond all belief, and he had come back with one additional mercy for which to thank God - that the Devil was not a woman!
951. TWJ Fri Aug 15, 1862: The Palladium says that Capt. S.G. Gilbert, of Hebron, who commanded a company in the 13th regiment has been compelled by loss of health to resign and return home. A number of discharged soldiers came with him. Capt. Gilbert expresses a determination to re-enter the service as soon as health shall be restored.
952. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: The Exchange of Prisoners. The rebels have finally concluded to continue the exchange of prisoners. Col. Corcoran, Col. Wilcox, and others have been sent down. The release of the gallant Corcoran after his long and cruel imprisonment causes great joy throughout the country. He has been mad a brigadier general. His voice is still for war. Our brave officers captured at Cedar Mountain are imprisoned over the dead-house in Richmond and treated with the greatest indignity, the rebels refusing to exchange them on account of Pope's orders. We hope the government will take measures to bring the rebels to terms.
953. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: The Last Chance. The United States bounty to volunteers ($102) expires to-day. The extra State bounty of $50 on Monday next. A draft in this town is very possible, and then the drafted will very much regret they did not enlist and secure these generous bounties.
954. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: The Eighteenth Regiment.
The Eighteenth Regiment, recruited from New London and Windham Counties, is one in which Eastern Connecticut may well take pride. It is made up of the very flower of this Congressional District; of men who have left remunerative occupations for the purpose of seeing the government through in this struggle against the unprincipled traitors who have dared to assail it; of full-grown, full-blooded and big-hearted men, who go into the field with solid convictions of duty. We noticed in a recent visit to the camp of the Lyon Regiment in New Haven, that the ranks there were filled with two many young boys, that is not the case with the Eighteenth. We believe that not a regiment has left the State that can begin to compare with the Eighteenth either in respect to the solidity and strength of its members, or in respect to the social position which they have occupied in the community. We brag of our regiment with good reason, and we throw the brag at the other counties. We do not believe they can beat us. If they do they must get up early in the morning. - Bulletin.
955. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: We are much obliged for the communication of our friend at camp Norton, Norwich the camp of the new 21st (or is it 22d?) regiment. We can only find room for the election of officers in Capt. Southworth's company and the following items: "There are now in barracks, 5 companies (438 men) and two more companies expected to-day. "A.H. Dutton, of West Point, a native of Wallingford, is appointed Colonel. First assistant surgeon J.E. Dixon, Plainfield. Quartermaster, Hiram T. Richmond, Brooklyn. Capt. Southworth's Company numbers 86 men. Camp Norton, 21st Regt., C.V. Barrack No. 2 Aug. 21, 1862: At a meeting of the Mansfield company for the election of officers - F. Long, acting moderator -John D. Capen by a vote of the company was chosen moderator; J.N. Parker, clerk; The company then proceeded to ballot for officers. Col. C.G. Southworth of Mansfield was elected by a unanimous vote, Captain of the company; Francis F. Long, of Willimantic, First Lieutenant; Alvin M. Crane, of Mansfield, Second Lieutenant. At the close of the vote each officer elected responded to the call of the company by a short and patriotic speech. The company then ordered the report of the doings of the meeting to be published in the Willimantic Journal. J.N. Parker, Clerk.
956. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: The following is a list of the killed and wounded Willimantic soldiers of the 5th Conn. Regiment, in the battle of Cedar Mountain:
Killed: Thomas Quinn, and Charles Thompson.
Wounded: Albert M. Clark, Michael Shay, severely. Thomas Gavigan, James Moneghan, Peter Carney.
Missing: Charles Lyman, and Luke Flynn. Peleg Tew was taken prisoner.
957. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: Captain Bowen's Willimantic company is highly spoken of by disinterested persons who have visited the camp at Norwich. They are a substantial set of men, and have by their good conduct, soldier-like qualities and proficiency in drill, received the compliments of their superior officers. Willimantic has reason to be proud of them. We bid them as they leave us an affectionate farewell, and they may rest assured they carry with them the best wishes of all their friends and fellow citizens. The Journal will ever stand as their true and faithful friend.
958. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: Wm. F. Gates is enlisting nine month's men in this village. Now that our quota for three years' volunteers is enlisted let us enlist enough nine months' men to avoid a draft. The time is short. If the quota is not enlisted by Sept. 3d, there will be a draft.
959. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: Gov. Buckingham has extended the time of giving the $50 extra State bounty until next Monday, August 25th.
960. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: The 22d regiment (not 20th as stated last week) has been ordered to rendezvous at Norwich. Capt. Southworth's company, composed partly of Mansfield and partly of Willimantic men, is to belong to it. It is very nearly full. Fill up the ranks at once.
961. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: A large portion of Capt. Bowen's company came up on Wednesday P.M., and staid over night, returning Thursday A.M. There were many sad leave-takings at the depot yesterday morning.
962. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: Justice Court. Wm. Smith was arrested on Friday, the 15th inst., and brought before Justice Weaver, for a breach of Peace, in assaulting and beating his wife. Plead guilty, and fined $7,00 and costs.
963. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: The number of convicts at present in the state Prison at Wethersfield is, males 153, females 17. Everything goes on well now under the admirable management of its new warden, Mr. Willard.
964. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: The Commissioners appointed to examine locations for the proposed Navy Yard, meet at New London on the 26th inst. If the question is decided on its merits we have no doubt but New London will be selected.
965. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: Captain Bowen's company from this town is designated company H. There are five full companies from this county in the 18th Regiment.
966. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: Army Correspondence. We have been pleased to receive two communications from Henry H. Lewis, formerly of this place, son of Mr. Sheffield Lewis, now Lieutenant 2d Fire Zouaves, (N.Y.) Hookers Division, Army of the Potomac, giving some account of the late reconnaissance to Malvern Hills and the part he took in the affair, &c. For want of room we are obliged to abbreviate them somewhat. In his note of Aug. 7, he speaks of the affair and says he will give particulars next day, as he had been then two nights without sleep. Speaking of the rally at the North he says: "Let the young men of the North rally to the standard of the Union. Let them muster to restore the flag of the union to its old glory, to plant it over every foot of American soil. Let it be respected, honored and feared more than ever throughout the world." He incloses a secesh letter from a lady now in Richmond to her sister at her home which was down on the Peninsula near our army. It is not of much interest. She says she hopes they will not bury any of the Yankees on her farm as she don't want to eat any bread made from Yankee blood. The following is the substance of the last letter: Camp near James River, Aug. 11, 1862.
Editor of Willimantic Journal - Dear Sir: I have not been able to fulfill my promise. The reason will appear before I close. But I was to let you know something of the reconnaissance to Malvern Hills. We left camp at 4 o'clock P.M., on the 4th inst., and started on our march. A good hard road lay before us, but we made very slow time after leaving camp until we turned on to the Charles City road (the main road to Richmond). The sun was just going down as we came upon this road. We were halted to make room for the artillery, which went thundering by. We soon were on the march again, when word was passed along the lines to "make way for the cavalry," which was close on our heels. On they dashed and did not give us time to ask what cavalry they were, until one poor fellow's horse gave out and he informed us they were the 8th Illinois, a splendid set of good and daring men and first-rate horses. They took the advance, driving in the enemy's pickets in fine style. By this time we had a good moon, and of course could see what we were doing; we soon were in the enemies camp (a cavalry camp), but we did not stop here "we must drive him to the wall." On we marched with an occasional rattle of an aid who seemed to ride as though they wanted to see how soon they could kill their horses. At 2 P.M. we halted for the night and camped on a large open field. The batteries were all put in position, the gunners slept at their guns. We stacked our arms and lay down in rear of them, ready to meet any of uncle Jeff's friends should they make their appearance, but none appeared and we slept until 4 A.M., when the order to "fall in" was heard. We were soon in line ready for the word "forward;" but hark! Our gallant cavalry are at work, crack, crack, went the balls along our whole line of pickets. The firing soon ceased, however, and we were impatient for the command "forward'" but hark again, "stop him," "stop him," "shoot him," "shoot him," was bawled out by several. I looked to see who it was they were so anxious to stop, and saw two rebel cavalry men dashing down the road. I jumped into the middle of the road and drew my revolver ready to meet "Johnny Reb," but he did not see it in that light, for he dashed into the woods at a furious pace, leaping bushes and a fence, when his horse stumbled. Meantime I had fired one shot from my revolver, and two men from my company had fired two. He dared not show his head, but I was close on his heels and saw where he had hid himself away. To show how keen they are, he started his horse away on a full gallop, so I could not get him, as he thought; but he was sending him right straight into our lines, as the 2d regiment of our brigade was already in the road, and the horse went straight to the road and the 2d Regiment. I took the man, and of course his arms. He had a splendid revolver, one of Colt's silver mounted, and a good one it is. I took possession of it, but his sabre I turned over to the provost marshal. We did not have time to ask him many questions, as Col. Taylor, commandant of our brigade was close at hand, and I was obliged to turn him over to him. I learned this much from him; that he was from Richmond. He said to me "I cannot see how you got here." I informed him that we were "night owls" on the "Stonewall" Jackson style, which did not please him much. So far it was a well-managed affair; we were in their rear and in their camps. These two cavalry men (the one on a grey horse escaped, but was caught afterwards) had slept inside our lines in a barn five feet from our battery of artillery, and when the firing commenced it woke them up. They saddled their horses under the shed and then started for their camp which was in front of us in the woods. They must have been plucky men, to ride in front of a brigade drawn up in line. They passed one regiment; but ours, the 4th, could no6t see it. The one I captured was an officer. We had no more than recovered from the cavalry excitement when we were ordered forward. We soon passed the Quaker Church used by us on the retreat from Fair Oaks as a hospital. We saw but few graves. We proceeded a short distance farther and the ball opened. Our artillery opened fire first. We came up into the open field just as the rebels wheeled a gun into position. We expected a big fight, but we soon came to the conclusion that they were "skedaddling," as they did not fire as rapid as usual. We knew the rebels did not have a division at this point, and yet Gen. Hooker left the river road open so they of course did not give us fight but retreated on this road as fast as possible. Gen. Hooker gave the order to charge over the field on the battery; but we could no6 find anything to charge on, as they had flown. They left 2 wounded and 2 dead men, one of the wounded men was from Winchester, Va. The force of the rebels was two regiments, one cavalry, and one infantry regiment (the 17th Va.) and one battery - 6 pieces. I think it does not show much Generalship for two divisions not to capture a small brigade. We have 6 batteries in our division; the rebels had one and yet we only took 200 prisoners. We held Malvern Hills until 12 o'clock P.M. on the 6th inst., when we took up our homeward march, which was done in most excellent order, arriving in camp at 5 A.M., on the 7th inst. Now for my reason. We have had every thing packed up ready to move for the past two days. We are, according to all indications, about to leave our present position and join Gen. Pope. I am in hopes that it will be the case, still we must wait. This was written under an order to be ready to move at a moment's notice. So excuse all. I am very respectfully, Your obedient servant, Henry H. Lewis, Lieut. Co. D, 2d Fire Zouaves.
967. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: We have received form one of our brave soldiers the following "original" lines, written in Camp at Norwich, with a request that we would print them. As the Journal is at the service of our volunteers we cannot refuse; though some may think they contain "more truth than poetry." We have no doubt our friend will fight better than he can write, and his shots at the rebels will be better than his rhymes; though some of the latter are not so wide of the mark as they might be:
I being a member of Capt. Bowen's company,
And a good company it is, we say,
But there are more in Willimantic that need not stay away, (why?)
Because old Windham town does a noble bounty pay.
The boys of Willimantic they have worked hard and smart,
They have gained a noble company with the exception of Peter Clark;
We considered him a foreigner, although we took him in,
But not until he had taken a ten-spot out of noble Jim.
As for Mr. Babson, we as a company are sorry to say
That he appeared to be one among us until the other day,
When like a coward as the battle draws nigh,
He begged to be excused on account of his eyes.
Babson claimed to be lame,
And said eh could not see:
We hope that you will punch him,
Wherever he may be.
But the surgeon thought he would try him,
To have a little fun;
So the surgeon held up three fingers
And Babson said - one.
There was dear friend Lillie,
What shall we say for him?
He came to us a soldier,
But had to leave again.
The boys they all did like him,
But with us he could not stay;
Dear brother do not forget us
When we are far away.
We all came here with faith
With faith we mean to stay
Dear friends, do not forget us
Whene'er you kneel to pray.
968. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: In answer to the call of the President for more troops, Chaplin, one of the smallest towns in this county, sent sixteen in one week. As soon as they had taken the usual oath, one of them struck his hand together and shouted, "Now I'm after them!"
969. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: Correspondents of the New York Tribune, writing from Gen. Pope's army, speak in the highest terms of the conduct of the 5th Conn. during the battle of Cedar Mountain. One writes: "The Connecticut 5th, the pride of Gen. Banks' corps, and as brave as "the Old Guard," went into battle with twenty-three commissioned officers, and came out with only five! It is a noticeable fact that these five wore no shoulder straps; and were dressed as privates. It was stationed on the left of Gen. Crawford's brigade, and was literally foremost in entering on the engagement. It fought bravely, hand to hand with the enemy, subjected to a ceasefire from an ambuscade. Sharpshooters concealed by the woods and in trees picked off the offers, one by one," and after describing the action in detail, adds: "These facts need no comment. They are a glorious eulogy upon the bravery, endurance, and patriotism of the Connecticut 5th."
970. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: Capt. Frankau of the Twelfth Connecticut, has sent home from New Orleans a captured rebel flag.
971. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: Among the rebels killed at Baton Rouge was Capt. Alexander H. Todd, a brother of Mrs. Lincoln.
972. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: The Messrs. Goodspeed, of East Haddam, have procured a new steamer for the river route between that place and Hartford, trips to commence on Monday, the 18th inst. The "little boat" will be welcomed, for it is a great convenience to persons living in the small towns on the river.
973. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: Putnam, with a voting population of 400, has enlisted 182 men for the war. Good for Putnam which is rightly named. The spirit of "Old Put" still lives in Windham County.
974. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: E. Kellogg of Hartford has invented a field piece which he claims will discharge from 60 to 100 shots per minute with deadly accuracy a distance of one mile. The difficulty of the barrel's heating is claimed to be avoided, and the cost reduced one-half or one-third from that of the old howitzer 6-pounder.
975. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: A man by the name of Hoag, of Sherman, mutilated his right hand by a scythe, to get rid of a draft. He bled profusely, and has since died. He had better have enlisted. Another Sherman man went to a doctor and had all his front teeth pulled out, but failed to get a certificate.
976. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: Four patriots, in New Fairfield, named Abram Chase, George Pearce, Norris Nickerson, and Ira B. Hodge, recently mutilated themselves by cutting off their fore-fingers, for the purpose of procuring necessary certificates to exempt them from the draft. Hodge, however, made a slight mistake, having cut off the fore-finger of his left hand, and was of course, unsuccessful in his application.
977. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: Friday was Louis Napoleon's fifty-fourth birthday. He has now worn the imperial purple very nearly eleven years, although it was generally considered ten years ago that he would not remain on the throne over a year. His son was six years old in March last.
978. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: The President on Thursday gave audience at the White House to a committee of colored men, for the discussion of the matter of colonization, as proposed by the last Congress. Mr. Lincoln made a speech of considerable length, in which he urged colonization as the best thing for the colored race, and stated that a place in Central America had been decided upon for the experiment.
979. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: The following good notice of Col. Cahill is from the New Orleans Delta: Col. Thomas W. Cahill, the gallant commander of the Ninth Connecticut (Irish) Volunteers, is entitled to high praise for coolness and discretion at the battle of Baton Rouge. We always regarded him as one of the bravest men, and we are not disappointed in his behavior after the fall of Gen. Williams. Col. Cahill is of Irish parentage, and a connection, we believe, of the Rt. Rev. Bishop Cahill, who, it will be recollected, was in this country a few years ago.
980. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: Births.
In Willimantic, Aug. 20, a son to Frank W. Adams.
981. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: Marriages.
In Willimantic, August 18, James F. Long, Jr., 1st Lieut. Co. H. (Capt. Bowen's), 18th Regiment, and Charlotte E. Washburn, both of Willimantic.
In Pawtucket, R.I., August 14, by Rev. E.M. Byrne, Mr. Geo. W. Congdon, of the 7th Rhode Island Regiment, and Miss Hannah H. Flint, of Windham, Conn.
982. TWJ Fri Aug 22, 1862: Deaths.
In Willimantic, August 16, of typhoid pneumonia, Mrs. Caroline Curtis, wife of the late Col. William L. Jillson, aged [looks like 54].
At South Windham, suddenly, August 16, Dyer Babcock, aged 72.
At North Windham, August 16, Chester Welden.
In Coventry, August 18, Jessie C. Fuller, aged 14 years.
In Mansfield, August 18, Amanda M. Levee, aged 10 weeks.
In Hampton, August 13, John Brown, aged 68.
983. TWJ Fri Aug 29, 1862: Mr. Peter V. Finch, of Plainville, has been appointed chaplain of the Sixteenth regiment.
984. TWJ Fri Aug 29, 1862: John Burnside, depot master at Greeneville, was run over and instantly killed by the boat train Friday evening, the 22d.
985. TWJ Fri Aug 29, 1862: The New London Chronicle says that the town of East Lyme has voted to give a bounty of $500 to each man who will volunteer to fill up her quota.
986. TWJ Fri Aug 29, 1862: The Quota to be Drafted.
The following is the full quota to be drafted from the towns in Windham and Tolland counties, for the whole 600,000 men (300,000 three years and 300,000 nine months). The volunteers enlisted for the new regiments (since the [13th or 18th]) are to be deducted from these numbers. We are agreeably disappointed to find that Windham (thanks to Willimantic) has done so well. It appears that we had, up to the call for the first 300,000 (with the exception of four) furnished in advance our full proportion of 600,000 men. With the squad enlisted here for the 14th Regiment, the 67 men in Capt Bowen's company, and the number since enlisted in Capt. Southworth's Mansfield company, we shall have in the field probably not less than 100 men over and above our quota, besides those in the old regiments. We presume there will be no drafting in this county. Chaplin is the banner town of the county; being the only one that had furnished the full quota before the first call for 300,000. All she has furnished since (and she has sent a liberal number) is surplus. Three cheers for little Chaplin!
987. TWJ Fri Aug 29, 1862: We regret that we have been unable to obtain a roll of Capt. Bowen's company. The Captain assured us that after his company was full and in camp he would furnish the complete roll for publication in the Journal. We presume the short stay at Norwich, and the business requiring his attention in getting off, alone prevented him. We hope yet to obtain it. We also hope to publish the roll of Capt. Southworth's company.
988. TWJ Fri Aug 29, 1862: Corporal G.M. Dyer, Co. D, 12th Regt. C.V., of New
London, only son of Geo. W. Dyer, formerly of Willimantic, died of typhoid fever at Camp Parapet, Carrollton (near New Orleans), La. Aug. 2; aged 17, a fine promising and patriotic young man greatly beloved by all who knew him.
989. TWJ Fri Aug 28, 1862: Indian Massacres in Minnesota. The Sioux and Chippeway Indians are committing wholesale murders in western and northern Minnesota. It is said that 500 or more men, women and children have been massacred, and the savages are still at their bloody work.
990. TWJ Fri Aug 28, 1862: Members of the Conn. 5th, from Willimantic in prison at Richmond, Aug. 17. - Orderly Sergeant Salem Purington, Co. B; privates: Chas. W. Atwood, Henry H. Babcock, Thomas Duffy, James Ryan, John McDermott, Philip Fisher, of South Windham. The above were all well and will probably be exchanged soon.
991. TWJ Fri Aug 28, 1862: The 18th Regiment C.V. left Norwich on Friday last, and are for the present stationed at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Md. - where letters can be addressed.
992. TWJ Fri Aug 28, 1862: Columbia has voted a bounty of $60 to volunteers. Better late than never.
993. TWJ Fri Aug 28, 1862: There will be Protestant Episcopal service in this village, as heretofore, the last Sunday evening in each month. The Rev. I.H. Anketell the newly settled Rector of St. Paul's Windham, is expected to preach on Sunday evening next at the usual place. Services will commence at five o'clock.
994. TWJ Fri Aug 28, 1862: Ashford appears to be doing well. It was voted in town meeting to continue the bounty of $75 to Sept. 1st, and 20 men were sent off one day last week for Capt. Southworth's company.
995. TWJ Fri Aug 28, 1862: The Confederate Congress met on Monday last, at Richmond. Jeff. Davis sent in a message, in which he is very hilarious over our Virginia failures, and very denunciatory of alleged Federal "rapine," &c.
996. TWJ Fri Aug 28, 1862: John S. Yeomans, Esq. will give a historical address, embracing the early Ecclesiastical history of the town, at the meeting house in Columbia, on Sunday, the 7th day of September next, at 4 1-2 o'clock P.M.
997. TWJ Fri Aug 28, 1862: Rev. V.A. Cooper (Methodist) had been appointed Chaplain of the Eighteenth. Mr. Cooper was formerly stationed in this village.
998. TWJ Fri Aug 28, 1862: The 14th Regiment left Hartford on Monday, P.M.
999. TWJ Fri Aug 28, 1862: All the woolen mills in Putnam have stopped, with the exception of Wilkinson's and the Woolen mill.
1000. TWJ Fri Aug 28, 1862: Marriages.
In Mansfield, August 26, by Rev. E.D. Bentley, Mr. ___ Remington and Miss Mary F. Wright, both of Mansfield.
1001. TWJ Fri Aug 28, 1862: Deaths.
In Coventry, August 27, Willey L. Lord, aged 8 months.
In Hartford, August 26, Edwin G. Ripley, _____ the Aetna Insurance Company, aged 50.
In Lebanon, August 19, Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of ___ John and Susan C. Avery, aged 6 years and 5 months.
1002. TWJ Fri Aug 28, 1862: Probate Office, District
of Windham, August 25, 1862. Mr. Seneca S. Thresher, of Windham,
in said District having made assignment of all his Estate to Elliott
D. Sumner, of said Windham, as by deed of assignment, of d___ August
25th, A.D. 1862. It is ordered that public notice be given to the
Creditors of said assigner to appear, (if they cause) at the Probate
Office in Windham, on the 1st day of September next, at 9 o'clock.
A.M., there to show cause why said assignee should not proceed with
the settlement of said Estate, by posting a copy of this order on
the public signpost in Willimantic and by advertising the same in
the Willimantic Journal. Certified from Record. Wm. Swift, Clerk.
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