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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 Washington Journal was sold to Chas. P. Evans.
680. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: The Willimantic Journal, Chas. P. Evans, Editor and Proprietor.
680. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: An Incident of the War. Last evening, as your correspondent was walking out from Fort Monroe, a woman was observed carefully advancing step by step across the bridge from the encampment toward the fort. A moment served to convince me that she either was or was pretending to be blind. The former proved to be the case. As I approached she inquired how far she was from the fort to which she was going, and then, in answer to my questions, revealed to me her story. She was from New York, and had an only son in one of the regiments encamped on the outposts. Though blind, to use her own words, she had accomplished the whole journey from New York, and had just been out to the camp to "see" her son. On her arm was an empty basket, in which she had borne little delicacies which the occasion and a mother's love would suggest. She had had a guide, but his "pass" would not permit him to accompany her further than the further end of the bridge; so that she was left, blind and alone, to find her way in the twilight, back to the fort - a distance of more than a mile. Presently a couple of privates going in the same direction, approached. I presented her case to them, and one of them readily and respectfully offered his arm to the devoted mother, and they passed on. God bless the widow and the widow's son! - Letter from Fortress Monroe.
681. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: With the last number of the Journal the interest of the subscriber ceased. For nearly six years that the paper has been under his direction, he has striven to make the Journal a good local family newspaper. How far he has succeeded in that respect, it is for the patrons of the Journal to decide. In return he would tender his heartfelt thanks to many friends and well wishers who have cheered him on the way only regretting that there were not enough of them to make the enterprise a paying one. Mr. C.P. Evans is the present publisher, and is a gentleman well known in this community. He will undoubtedly make the paper more nearly what it should be, and it is to be sincerely hoped will succeed in all respects better than his predecessor. The accounts of the establishment, up to the 1st inst., will be settled by the subscriber or, on calling at the office, by the present proprietor. E.S. Simpson.
682. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: Salutatory. We trust the several years which have intervened since Mr. Simpson first took the charge of this journal, have not, with all their manifold, occupying incidents, entirely obliterated from the memories and the kind regards of our readers and of the public generally, the family name of Mr. Simpson's predecessor - the name we bear; and while we in scrupulous and required modesty, distinctly forewarn our readers that there will be a very perceptible difference between our brother and self by no means flattering to the latter incumbent, of the House of Evans, we will still avow the hope that we may show ourself a chip of the same block, around which your old neighborly and friendly interest and regard will not disdain to gather. In those years many changes have passed over our village and its inhabitants; some cheering, but on the whole, to a returned absentee who necessarily focalizes them into the moment of his return, depressing to the spirits, calculated to make one sigh for the days that can never come again, and perhaps as unprofitable as unpleasant to dwell upon. We recall them not. Our course in the Journal is intended to be very quiet and unambitious. To make it a vehicle of local information and local interests and subjects will be its greatest object. Our facilities and abilities at the commencement will not be so favorable as we hope to find them when fairly under weigh and our sails spread to whatever breeze shall be vouchsafed. There is unavoidably a good deal of preliminary adjusting of the rigging to one's own eye and hand on first taking charge of however small a craft, to say nothing of the necessary crew and cargo to be shipped. Hoping that we shall receive as we shall strive to deserve, we take off our coat and roll up our sleeves for work. Yours Respectfully, (signed) Chas. P. Evans. We hereby announce to our patrons that no one is authorized to receive money in advance from this date, for us, either for subscription or advertising, or for any work per formed in this office. C.P.E.
683. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: Flag Raising. The Methodist denomination of this village, of which Rev. Mr. Kellen (brother of Rev. Robert Kellen, Chaplain of the District of Columbia), is pastor, not wishing to be behind their christian neighbors in their display of patriotism and of loyalty to the Union sent aloft the stars and stripes amid the hearty cheers of devoted Union loving men, Saturday afternoon. This makes some dozen flags which have been flung to the breeze in this village, four of which are by the different churches. No one can doubt the loyalty of Willimantic.
684. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: We draw the attention of our young men to an advertisement in another column headed "Recruits wanted." We recommend that anyone wishing to enlist could not do better than join Co. C., 5th Regiment, as Capt. Sutton is, we know, a whole-souled gentleman and would do everything which lay in his power for the comfort of his men.
685. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: Henry H. Starkweather, Esq., entered upon his duties as postmaster of the city of Norwich on Monday last. The Aurora says his appointment is highly approved of by the citizens of all classes and parties.
686. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: On Sunday June 16th, the Rev. Robert Kellen, Chaplain of the District of Columbia troops, and brother of the Rev. Mr. Kellen, Methodist Clergyman of this village, addressed our citizens very effectively, on the subject of the moral and physical wants of the army. At the close of the meeting, on motion of some person in the audience, (we think Thomas Turner, Esq.) a contribution was taken to be forwarded to the Connecticut Brigade, by the hand of Mr. Kellen, amounting to twenty-five dollars. The Contribution was entirely impromptu, as the Rev. Chaplain was not on a begging tour. We give herewith the correspondence, acknowledging the receipt of the money, and showing where some portion of it has already carried comfort to the wounded soldiers.
687. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: Camp Douglas, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, June 19th, 1861. Genl. Tyler: Dear Sir: This afternoon I went out to your former Camps, but found you were gone, and Col. Chatfield suggested that I forward to yourself the generous contribution of the people of Willimantic. It was contributed for the use of the Brigade, probably for incidentals. I presume the people will expect to see it duly acknowledged. Most Respectfully, Robert Kellen, Chaplain to District Columbia Troops. Camp McDowell, Va. June 26th, 1861. My Dear Colonel: I received twenty-four dollars with the enclosed letter, and all I know is that it is the free will offering of patriotic men and women of Willimantic, who show by their kind acts that they have not forgotten those who are far away defending the Union. The fund, as it now stands, seems committed to my charge, and the first appropriation made from it, has been to furnish extra comforts to private Geo. Bugby, of Capt. Comstock's Company, who was shot down by my side on the 16th of June, on the return of an expedition from Vienna, and whose valuable life we now hope to save. Tell our friends at Willimantic, that every penny of this money shall be expended in such a way as I trust will be satisfactory to them and useful to the Conn. Brigade. As there are no names noted in the letter of Mr. Kellen, by which I can know how to reach our Willimantic friends, will you, their neighbor, do me the favor to communicate the within to the proper persons. Very truly your friend., Dan'l Tyler. Col. R.L. Baker, Windham Conn. Windham, June 29th, 1861. The foregoing letter from Gen. Tyler was received yesterday. Will you have the goodness to communicate its contents, to the "patriotic men and women of Willimantic," who contributed the money for the benefit of the Connecticut Troops "who are far away defending the Union." Truly yours, R.L. Baker. J.R. Arnold, Esq. Willimantic.
688. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: Sad Accident. A boy in Mansfield Hollow named George Henry Hall met with a serious accident yesterday (4th) by the accidental discharge of a pistol, the charge passing through and mangling his hand in a shocking manner. Drs. Sumner of Mansfield and Bennet of Willimantic amputated part of the hand this morning. Boys be careful how you play with firearms. They are dangerous playthings.
689. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: Some of the officers of our 2d Regiment seem to lack proper caution, as three of them have been duped and made prisoners near Alexandria; however, we can hardly blame the last one, being button holed by two feminines who pretended to need his protection, and his gallantry proved his misfortune. His is not the first man who has been caught in a similar manner, long before secession was thought of. That's so.
690. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: The Last Reunion and a Presentation. The Hartford Courant informs us that on the evening of the 28th ult., the last of those gay and festive gatherings, Legislative singing soirees, occurred in the Hall of Representatives. There was the same crowd of crinoline as on previous occasions; the same unsurpassed singing; humorous speeching, and glorious jollification of nights before. In addition to all this, the unlooked for incident of a presentation, was a part of the programme, though not down in the bills. The article presented was a silver cup worth $25, inscribed "Presented to Mrs. A.M. Strickland, by the Connecticut Legislative Singing Association, June 28th, 1861." The speech of presentation was made by Mr. Bugbee. That of acceptance, by Mr. Mygatt. Both were appropriate to the time, and the deserving recipient was equally pleased and astonished at this mark of legislative appreciation and favor.
691. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: There was no general celebration of the 4th in Willimantic but the villagers enjoyed themselves in various ways; such as picnics, strawberry festivals, clam bakes, &c. Printers as well as others must observe the National holiday, which accounts for the delay of the publishing this number. Hereafter we shall have the Journal out at the usual time.
692. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: For the Journal, The Comet. Mr. Editor: I need not request your readers to "look after" the splendid Comet that has suddenly made its appearance blazing athwart the northern sky, for it will be the "observed of all observers;" but who can tell us anything in regard to the mysterious visitor. Is it the same one that appeared and spread such consternation in Europe three hundred years ago, with its blazing tail "ten billion miles in length?" Has it any signification in regard to the war? Comets are in the habit of coming along in war times. Just previous to the war of 1812 a magnificent comet appeared; and recently, before the breaking out of the late Italian war, Donnattis beautiful Comet was on hand. Is this "blazing star" typical of the Northern sword drawn against our "Southern brethren?" Is there any danger of its hitting the Earth in its lightning like passage among the stars? And if so is there any prospect of its crushing and squelching out the fire-eating rebels? Our rulers and armies seem to be "waiting on Providence" for something before they undertake that job. We read that of old the "stars in their courses fought against Sisera" and why may not this fiery visitant have been sent to fight our battles for us? - Who can tell? Inquirer.
693. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: For the Journal. Is Willimantic a healthy place? It has been alleged that it is not, but the bills of mortality do not sustain the allegation. According to the returns for 1860 our rate of mortality is less than in any of the adjacent towns, except Mansfield, and less than the general average of the state, which is one death to about 60 inhabitants. The following is the ratio of Willimantic and several of the neighboring towns for 1860.
Willimantic - one death to 64 inhab's.
Windham (except Willi'tic) - one death to 43 inhab's.
Lebanon - one death to 48 inhab's.
Columbia - one death to 61 inhab's.
Coventry - one death to 46 inhab's.
Mansfield - one death to 95 inhab's.
It will be seen that Mansfield stands much the highest in regard to healthfulness - so far as these returns indicate it - and Willimantic comes next. Of course the returns for a single year are not conclusive. Though Mansfield is one of the most healthy towns in this region, yet the returns for 1860 are evidently exceptional. In 1859 there was one death there to 72, and probably this is better than the average. But in regard to Willimantic the ratio of last year did not vary much from several previous years. In 1857 the ratio was one death to 61, and in 1858 one to 62. In 1859 it was still more favorable, but the returns were not so reliable. Without claiming any thing special for Willimantic in regard to its healthfulness, yet so long as the records of mortality show that the deaths here are less than the general average of the state, and less than any of the adjoining towns, with a single exception it cannot be regarded as an unhealthy place. W.L.W.
694. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: Death of Commander Ward. The death, by a ball from a rebel rifle, of Commander James H. Ward, of the U.S. Navy, made a mournful impress upon the faces of our citizens, yesterday. He was a native of this city and son of the late Col. James H. Ward, and well known to many of our older residents. He was commander of the Thomas Freeborn, a government steamer on the Potomac, and had superintended an expedition from his own vessel to erect a battery, when the rebels, in large numbers, suddenly emerged from the woods, and poured in a volley. Capt. Ward covered the retreat of his men, so far as possible, with his gun, and was shot through the breast with a rifle ball while in the act of discharging one of his pieces. He died an hour later, falling on the deck of his own vessel while discharging his whole duty to his country. Capt. Ward was one of the most accomplished of our navy officers. Having for many years been at the head of the Naval School at Annapolis, he had occasion to investigate the whole theory and practice of modern naval warfare. He was a student of books, as well as a writer thereof, and was considered one of the best, if not the best practical gunner in the navy; he hit what he aimed at. He was 55 years old and leaves a widow (now in Europe) and four children, widely scattered. His remains, it is understood, will be interred in the family burial place in this city. Commander Ward received a military education at the school of Capt. Partridge at Norwich, Vermont, and graduated with a reputation as a mathematical and scientific scholar. He went with Commodore McDonough on his last voyage to the Mediterranean, (where the Commodore died,) and made a four years cruise in those seas. On his return he was connected with Trinity College (then known as Washington College) for a short time, and attended a course of law lectures delivered by Judge Ellsworth of this city, for the benefit of that College. He was the author of a "History of Naval Tactics," "Steam for the Million," and a practical treatise on Gunnery. - Hartford Courant.
695. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: In Hartford on Thursday morning the remains of Capt. Ward were taken to their last resting place in the North cemetery. The procession was headed by Military companies and civic societies, one of the companies acting as guard of honor to the hearse. When the procession started for the grave the streets were filled with a saddened concourse of people. The tolling bells, the minute gun, the muffled drum, the funeral music of the Armory Band, the reversed arms, the furled flags in mourning, and the slow march of the soldierly, all conspired to render the scene solemn and impressive. The flats were at half-mast, many of the stores were closed, and many were dressed in mourning. At the grave the Episcopal service was read by the Rev. C.R. Fisher. The Colt Guard fired three volleys over him, and the vast concourse returned, leaving Capt. James H. Ward at "rest, with all his country's wishes blest."
696. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: President's Message. The message takes the highest ground in favor of prosecuting the war with the utmost vigor, and of finishing it by Winter if that be possible. To make it possible, he recommends a call for 400,000 men and an appropriation sufficient to cover all necessary expenditures at a cost of $400,000,00. There can be no doubt that Congress will pass bills in conformity with these suggestions, both to increase the army and to supply funds for all needful purposes.
697. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: A little son of Orlando Middletown of New London, was drowned last Thursday, the 27th.
698. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: For the Journal. Hartford, Conn., June 30th, 1861. Mr. Editor: Perhaps you are not aware of my being in the capital of the State, but if you were, it probably would make no difference with the affairs of our places, as everything would move along just the same as ever. I have taken it into my head to write to you of a visit I have made to-day to the camp of the 5th Regiment of Conn. Volunteers, as there are many of your readers who never visit such places, perhaps you can pick out something for the benefit of them. This morning being pleasant, I took a stroll to visit some of the Willimantic boys at the camp, which is a long mile south of the city, on a beautiful lot which descends slightly to the East, having the tents to the South side of the field, having a fine nice lawn on the north for parade and pleasure. First on the south side comes the Surgeons tents, being three in number, one in the center and one at each side near the line of guards, which are kept constantly on the move for the space of 10 rods each, around the square of 10 acres, I should think. In line next comes the officers quarters, or tents which are in line across the field. In turn next comes the company's tents, which are in line to all the main points of the compass. In each tent are room for ten men, or is used at such proportion; the largest diameter being about 15 feet. There are boards laid down to sleep on, which is certainly a luxury in camp life, which they must of course be deprived of in going South. The boys from your place are well, those of them I know, and are tough, having all sun burnt their faces, so that the skin is coming off, or has done so. Camp life has worked off the surplus flesh, so that each has become hard and able to stand much more than when they first went into service. The men are anxious to be in our nations camp ground at the earliest date. The Regiment mustered 570 men yesterday, and are taking in every day. They are a fine looking lot of men, some tall ones too, one is six foot 4 inches in stockings, many six foot. At __ past 10 the drum beat to assemble the men into companys to march in Battalion to the place of worship, which the chaplain of the regiment had chosen under a large apple tree inside of guard lines. Under the tree was a table on which was the Holy Bible and Psalm Book, and a beautiful bouquet, and at the end of the table sat the commanding officer. At his right was the choir, composed of a portion of the band, and at least 150 or 200 of the soldiers as singers. The music was beautiful, being all male singers and their voices all blended together in perfect harmony; I think it was certainly the richest singing I ever heard. The men formed half a square at the South and West; singing was the first exercise, then prayer, then reading a chapter in the Bible, after this singing. At prayer the word of command was given to uncover their head, which was done as one the men taking a sitting position. The Chaplains remarks were taken from the 9th chapter, 12th verse of Proverbs from which he spoke in plain and simple language, but to the point, that a soldier was not made, never to become a christian. The Regiment has not received its equipments yet, its uniform is now overalls and a red flannel shirt and blue caps. At close of service the men marched to their quarters, and then dismissed. It is surprising to know how much the men think of their officers, I believe that many of them would feel it a pleasure to die fighting by their sides. Truly yours, J.R.A.
699. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: Brisk Engagement Between the Federal and Rebel Forces. - Hagerstown July 2 - A messenger arrived, who states that between 3 and 7 o'clock this morning, the troops which had been concentrated at Hagerstown and Williamsport. Gen. Patterson received them as they filed passed him. The morning was bright and beautiful, and the soldiers were in good spirits. Scouting parties were out at midnight, and frequently during the night brisk firing could be heard between the federal and rebel pickets. The proper fords having been ascertained, the advance took place before daylight, the post honor being assigned to McMullen's rangers and the 1st Wisconsin and 11th Pennsylvania Regiments. Thomas and Nigby's rangers behaved remarkably well, getting close up to the enemy within a distance of seventy-five yards. Abercrombie's brigade led the advance, and the casualties of the conflict are most exclusively in the 1st Wisconsin and 11th Pennsylvania Regiments. Lieut. Col. Caulter led the skirmishers and opened on the rebels at four hundred yards. The whole of the rebel forces at Martinsburg consisting of four regiments of infantry and one regiment of horse, were engaged in the action. They had four pieces of artillery, part of which were rifled cannon, commanded by Gen. Jackson. The casualties on our side are two killed and several wounded. Several dead and wounded rebels were left on the field in their hasty retreat. The first stand of the rebels were made at Pattessfield Farm, near Hainesville. Here a charge was made on the rebels, and the conflict was fierce, they standing well up to their work, and at length slowly retreating. Knapsacks and canteens were hastily thrown aside, as they incumbered the retreat. They left behind several blankets and other articles of a value indicating a heavy loss.
700. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: List of Letters Remaining
in the Post Office, Willimantic July 1st, 1861.
Brown, Alvira 2
Brown, Mrs. Lewis
Colridge, E.B. 2
Cook, Cornelia R.
Leanord [sic], Lemira
Lewis, Mary A.
Persons calling for the above Letters, will please to say "Advertised". James Walden, P.M.
701. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: Births.
In Mansfield, 29th ult., a son to Charles A. Atkins.
702. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: Marriages.
In Providence, 26th ult., by Rev. L. Whiting, Mr. Wm. W. Horton and Miss Martha Ledward, both of Providence.
703. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: Deaths.
In Willimantic, 30th ult., William Woodworth, aged 49 years.
In Mansfield, 30th ult., Edmund Hanks, aged 54 years.
In Mansfield Centre, 1st inst., Mrs. Polly Hall, aged 83 years.
704. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: At a Court of Probate holden at Mansfield, within and for the district of Mansfield, on the 20th day of June, A.D., 1861. Present, Oliver B. Griggs, Esq., Judge. On motion of Evans Parish, Executor of the last will and testament of Abner Hall, late of Mansfield, 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 Commissioners, and direct 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 Mansfield, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record, O.B. Griggs, Judge. The subscribers give notice that they will meet at the house of E.R. Gurly, in said Mansfield, on the 4th day of October 1861, and on the 4th day of January 1862, at one o'clock in the afternoon on each of said days for the purpose of attending on the business of said appointment. John Dunham, E.R. Gurly, Commissioners. All persons indebted to said estate, are requested to make immediate payment to Evens Parish, Executor on said Estate.
705. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: At a Court of Probate holden at Mansfield, within and for the District of Mansfield, on the 20th day of June, A.D., 1861. Present, Oliver B. Griggs, Esq., Judge. On motion of Evans Parish, Executor, on the estate of Abner Hall, late of Mansfield, within said district, deceased. This Court doth appoint John Dunham 2d and Ebenezer R. Gurley, Commissioners, to examine and Adjust the claims of the creditors of said estate, which shall be proved by legal evidence to be justly due, and make return to this Court. Certified from Record. O.B. Griggs, Judge.
706. TWJ Fri Jul 5, 1861: Recruits Wanted. Wanted, 40 Able-Bodied Young Men in Co. C. 5th Regiment, Conn. Volunteer, now in camp at Hartford. Any one wishing to enlist in said Company will have their expenses paid to Hartford. Capt. Sutton.
707. TWJ Fri Jul 12, 1861: Camp Life - The Subsistence Department. A writer in the N.Y. Evening Post has compiled from official sources full particulars relative to the food, equipments, pay and general management of a regular military establishment, by way of showing what it costs to make a soldier. Under the caption of "Subsistence Department," he has the following summary. It will be read with great interest. Subsistence stores for the army, unless in particular and urgent cases the Secretary of War direct otherwise, are procured by contract made by the Commissary General on public notice, delivered on inspection in the bulk, at such places as are stipulated, the inspector giving duplicate inspection certificates according to regular printed forms, and being a legal inspector when there is such an officer. Whenever a deficiency of subsistence stores makes it necessary to buy them, the commissary where they are needed, makes a requisition for that purpose on the proper purchasing commissary, or buys them himself, of good quality, corresponding with the contract. Pork, salt beef and flour is inspected before purchase by a legal inspector where there is such an officer. Fresh beef, when it can be procured, is furnished as often as the commanding officer may order, at least twice a week. When beef is taken on the hoos [sic] (as it is technically termed) it is accounted for on the provision return by the number of cattle and their estimated weight. The ration is three-fourths of a pound of pork or bacon, or one and a forth pounds of fresh or salt beef; eighteen ounces of bread, or flour or twelve ounces of hard bread, or one and a quarter pounds of corn meal, and at the rate to one hundred rations of eight quarts of peas or beans, or in lieu thereof, ten pounds of rice; ten pounds coffee; fifteen pounds sugar; four quarts of vinegar; one and a half pounds of tallow, or one pound sperm candles; four pound of soap, and two quarts of salt. On a campaign, or on marches, or on board of transports, the ration of hard bread is one pound. An extra issue of fifteen pounds of tallow, or ten of sperm candles, per month, may be added to the principal guard of each camp and garrison on the order of the commanding officer. Extra issues of soap, candles and vinegar are permitted to the hospital when the surgeon does not avail himself of the commutation of the hospital rations, or when there is no hospital fund; salt in small quantities may be issued for public horses and cattle. When the officers of the Medical Department find antiscorbutics necessary for the health of the troops, the commanding officer may order issues of fresh vegetables, pickled onions, sourkrout or molasses, with an extra quantity of rice and vinegar. (Potatoes are usually issued at the rate of one pound per ration, and onions at the rate of three bushels in lieu of one of beans.) Occasional issues (extra) of molasses are made - two quarts to one hundred rations. An officer may draw subsistence stores, paying cash for them at contract or cost prices, without including cost of transportation, on certificate that they are for his own use and the use of his family. These certified lists the commanding officer compares with the monthly abstracts of sales, which he countersigns. The commissary enters the sales on his monthly return and credits the money in his quarterly account current. As soldiers are expected to preserve, distribute and cook their own subsistence, the hire of citizens for any of these duties is not allowed except in extreme cases. The expenses of bakeries are paid from the post fund, to which the profits accrue by regulations, such as purchase of hops, yeast, furniture, as sieves, cloths &c., and the hire of bakers. Ovens may be built or paid for by the Subsistence Department but not bake-houses. In camp or barracks the company officers visit he kitchen daily and inspect the kettles, and at all times carefully attend to the messing and economy of their respective companies. The commanding officer of the post or Regiment makes frequent inspections of the kitchen and messes. The bread is thoroughly baked, and not eaten until it is cold. The soup must be boiled at least five hours, and the vegetables always cooked sufficiently to be perfectly soft and digestible. Messes are prepared by privates of squads, including private musicians, each taking his turn. The greatest care is taken in washing and scouring the cooking utensils; those made of brass and copper are lined with tin. On marches and in the field the only mess furniture of the soldier is one tin plate, one tin cup, one knife, fork and spoon to each man, to be carried by himself on the march. Four women are allowed to each company as washerwomen, and receive one ration per day each. The price of washing soldiers' clothing, by the month or by the piece, is determined by a Council of Administration. Debts due the laundress by soldiers for washing are paid or collected at the pay-table, under the direction of the captain.
708. TWJ Fri Jul 12, 1861: Col. Ripley. We are glad to see it announced that Lieut. Col. James W. Ripley, head of the Ordnance Department, has received the brevet of Brigadier General in the United States Army. HE is one of the oldest and most valuable Officers in the Service, and his promotion is a well merited honor. He was abroad on leave at the commencement of the rebellion, but hastened home to offer his services. On being asked by a friend if he had returned to engage in the war, he replied: "yes and to give my last drop of blood to defend my Government." That is the language of a true patriot. All honor to Col. Ripley, a noble son of old Windham.
709. TWJ Fri Jul 12, 1861: Health of Hon. A.A. Burnham. The N.Y. Tribune of the 9th inst. Says; "That the Hon. Mr. Burnham of Connecticut is unable to take his seat in the present Congress, owing to serious illness, indicating a consumptive tendency of the most alarming character." We are happy to be able to correct this statement. It is true that Col. Burnham is unable to be in Congress at its present session, and that he has suffered much from a nervous affection and debility; but we do not understand that his complaints are of a serious character, or that a consumptive tendency has been developed. We are gratified to learn by a gentleman from Windham, intimately acquainted with Mr. Burnham, that his health has considerably improved within a week or two, that he is now able to ride out, and in a fair way of recovery. We trust that he may speedily regain his health and vigor, and that there are yet in store for him many years of usefulness and honor.
710. TWJ Fri Jul 12, 1861: The 4th in South Coventry. A gathering of the Sabbath Schools, ringing of bells from churches and factories, firing of cannon, &c., ushered in the day at So. Coventry. At two o'clock P.M., the children, preceded by martial music, marched to the grove in the rear of the Congregational Parsonage, where addresses were made by several gentlemen, interspersed with singing by the children. Hon. Thomas Clark presided, with his usual dignity and ability. The children then partook of a splendid and bountiful repast, provided by the ladies of the village. After all present were satisfied, there was some to spare, which was distributed among the poor families of the parish. The celebration was truly a "Union" celebration, and we trust the prayer which opened the meting, will be heard on behalf of our children and our country, the two objects which lie nearest our hearts.
711. TWJ Fri Jul 12, 1861: Honor to Windham County. Hon. Galusha A. Grow, just elected Speaker of the House of Representatives is a Windham County boy, having been born in the Town of Hampton. In taking the persistent championship, as he has, of the right of the citizen to the soil of his country, without money and without price against any and every other claim, proves him an honor to his native County and State.
712. TWJ Fri Jul 12, 1861: The Fifth Regiment, C.V. has just been paid off and are now on furlow, visiting their relatives and friends prior to their departure for the seat of war, which probably will be next Monday or Tuesday. A large number of them are in our village and create an unusual excitement, as most of them consider themselves privileged characters, no doubt, being under government, and consequently kick up quite a hubbub. We presume they mean well enough.
713. TWJ Fri Jul 12, 1861: Two cases of Cattle Disease, or pleuro-pneumonia, have occurred in Windham the past week. The animals belonged to Mr. P. Willis, and on the death of the first, an examination was had, when the presence of the disease was unmistakably made manifest. An ox belonging to a brother of Mr. W., has also exhibited symptoms of the disease.
714. TWJ Fri Jul 12, 1861: Monday was the hottest day of the season. Simmering prevailed to an alarming extent. At 8 o'clock in the morning, the mercury stood at 82 degrees; at half past eleven it rose to 91; during the afternoon it was at 94.
715. TWJ Fri Jul 12, 1861: Thieves Around. We have heard, within the past week, of two or three instances of house entering by thieves, in the night. In two cases we learn that considerable sums of money were obtained. A number of suspicious persons have been lurking around the village lately, but as yet no arrests have been made.
716. TWJ Fri Jul 12, 1861: As more men are called for to the war, there are ample arrangements made for carrying New England and New York soldiers over the Lebanon Valley and North Central railroad; being arranged so as to run through twenty-five car loads a day. The same number will go over the Camden and Amboy and Philadelphia and Wilmington Railroads; twenty-five car loads is said to be the utmost capacity of the Philadelphia route.
717. TWJ Fri Jul 12, 1861: We have our two brothers at the head quarters of the Grand Federal Army, Washington, who will, for the present at least, be able to give us the news thereunto appertaining from the fountain head. We have laid them under tribute, as a brother should, for what business have they to be brothers if one cannot put them to a little trouble? - and the first response we get is an account of the Keyes boys. Correspondence of the Journal. Willimantic Boys at the War. Washington, D.C. July 5th 1861. My dear old Journal - A day or two since I saw a plump figure of a moustachiod gentleman, in a Major's uniform crossing Pennsylvania Avenue from Willard's Hotel, whom I thought looked very much like one of your old readers; - that is, when you were called by another name. On the instant I sung out: "Keyes!" The prompt, dashing figure came to a dead halt like a soldier under a sentry's challenge. It was Hamlin Keyes. I had on a wide-brimmed hat, shading the upper part of my face, and a few weeks' beard - if not more - obscuring the lower part. For a minute the major stood scrutinizing me, like a picket-guard trying to penetrate a brush-heap for a secessionist in the night-time. At last he said: "I know you, Evans. John - or Charles?" I relieved his doubt and accepted his cordial invitation to step into his quarters. There at "double quick" we talked over everything Willimantic, or that ever was Willimantic, which could be crammed into the few minutes we might spare together from other imperative engagements, and I will briefly tell you what I learned from him respecting him and his brothers. They are all in the Union army. Hamlin came out as Major of the Massachusetts 5th, for 3 months; time soon to expire. He has been in the uniformed militia of that State for about 8 years. Left a lucrative position in the railroad business in Boston to go with his regiment, and conditioned, however, that he should resume it if he wished to when his three months, elapsed. On the day I met him he was just going to start for Fort Trumbull, New London, there to report himself for duty under a Captain's commission in the regular army. So he has adopted military life as a permanency. It is a fine position to gain judged of from the, ordinary world stand-point, which many a young man of excellent qualities, social position and prospects would be right glad to get. Captain Keyes as he now is, is a widower. He lost his wife about 2 years and a half ago. Was married about 6 years ago. Never had any children. He is now so near you, he may possibly pay you a flying visit. Possibly has dropt in upon you; although there I guess are busy times with him. Dwight and "Hub" are both in the same regiment, the 1st Wisconsin; Dwight as Quarter master, and Herbert as private. I believe their regiment never has been quartered in or near this city. It is now or was recently stationed I believe, in Hagerstown. The troops are changing position now rapidly, so that a regiment's locality cannot with any certainty be named. Dwight is in a place to which he is by nature, education and many years of business life, eminently fitted. Even as a boy he had a straightforward, methodical business character. For several last years he has been paymaster on a principal railroad line in Wisconsin a business much of the sort and dimensions of that which he has undertaken for his regiment. "Hub" has less business method and subordination in him, but more fight, as many of his former Willimantic boy acquaintances will remember to this day. We shall really commiserate Herbert if he doesn't get a chance to try the mettle of the enemy, He would be a disappointed man for life. On the other hand, a hotly contested engagement would give him such happiness as we could envy. He wears a long heavy mustache, and looks as ferocious a soldier as he is courageous and unconquerable in spirit. Herbert is afflicted with a similar peculiarity of character to that of the Allied army on Waterloo, of which Napoleon said they "didn't know when they are whipt." Yet none would be more generous to a fallen foe. If he stays in the army he must get a commission; he would be worth much more to his country as an officer. The inspiration of his impetous and indomitable courage to a company would be worth many men. Herbert was one of my boys once, and I feel a sort of fatherly interest and maybe take a partial pride, in him. Your readers, Mr. Journal, in years gone by, have run over many a sentence set up by him, and he never deserved anything from us but our kindest regards. We are pleased to learn that he has become more studious and considerate within the few last years, that he reads considerable. He only needs to be faithful to himself to make a gratifying career, which we heartily wish him. Yours, J.E.
718. TWJ Fri Jul 12, 1861: For the Journal. Mansfield Centre, July 6, 1861. Never a fairer day dawned upon the world than that of Thursday, the 85th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Your correspondent wended his solitary way to the grounds of Mr. Nelson Brown, on Chestnut Hill, where a picnic and other auxiliaries for the thorough and patriotic celebration of the day were in successful operation. The site could not be improved upon, being very romantic, easy of access, beautifully shaded, and as deliciously cool, as the most fastidious in that respect could desire. The table were tastefully arranged and presented a fine appearance with the beautifully adorned cakes, sweetmeats, tropical luxuries, &c. &c., speaking volumes for the good taste and wise forethought displayed by the fair donors. After partaking of refreshments, the company were treated to a musical feast by the choirs singing "The Star Spangled Manner," after which Messrs. Armstrong, Hawkins, Sumner, and others, spoke eloquently and patriotically on "the day we celebrate." The ceremonies concluded with the singing of the hymn "God bless our native land." Quite a large number congregated at the Hollow, to celebrate the day with a picnic and good music; a very agreeable time generally, was the consequence. At Spring Hill a larger gathering and a picnic were the order of the day. Never has there been a time since that memorable 4th of July, 1776: never has there been a commemoration of that day from then until now, which could more enlist the sympathies, and call forth the patriotic enthusiasm of the people. It is gratifying to be enabled to thus record the observance of "Independence Day," showing our love for the glorious constitution and union under which we have happily lived, and that this anniversary of our country's independence has still the power to stir the blood, and bind firmer the allegiance of every loyal heart. V.
719. TWJ Fri Jul 12, 1861: Correspondence of the Journal. Washington, July 8, 1861. Dear Journal: I do not propose to occupy your columns at any time with general matters here, likely to come under the pens of the numerous correspondents of the N.Y., great dailies. To them I prefer to leave them. If you want them they are convenient by to be had from that source. My scribblings shall be confined to any thing locally interesting to you; or, if of a general public nature, then something not seized upon by any of the army of sensationists that infest - or incest, that's the word - this city at present. Hon. Dwight Loomis is the only member of the lower house from Connecticut, in his seat, whom I am personally acquainted with, since Hon. A.A. Burnham is absent on account of ill-health. Mr. Loomis has been at his post early and late, so far in the session; and has done, and is doing your state credit, by his genuine gentlemanly qualities, as well as by his political character. Senator Foster, the only representative of your State in the upper branch, that I have the honor of a speaking acquaintance with, I merely saw in his seat in the Senate. The Senator is one of Connecticut's greatest men, and most thorough, highest-toned gentleman, whose reputation is already deservedly settling into a quiet but lasting fame. A not uninteresting parable might be run between these two gentlemen with a moral in it. I shall only hint at it: Both began life in very moderate circumstances, found no "Dugway" for their easier and more rapid advancement. They both chose the profession of the law. Both are destitute of that Battering-ram kind of energy, compounded of brass, very common in men who enjoy large prospects from political eminences. Both have commended themselves to the distinguishing favor of their fellow-citizens, solely by their preserving industry, intellectual abilities, and moral and social excellences - unobtrusively, modestly, quietly. Honor done to such men is a testimonial of honor to those who confer it, because proof of discernment that can discover merit untrumpted of brass, of a character high enough to appreciate it and admire it, and of an independence and courage enough to support and reward it, party trammel, and all enslavements of baser men, to the contrary notwithstanding. In this connection I may refer to a speech I heard in Willimantic last spring, made by your own member, Hon. A.A. Burnham. He pursued a train of argumentation for about two hours. It was an able, but a solid political argument, from beginning to end, unadorned, uninterrupted, by a story, a joke, a picture of fancy, or a witticism. What a compliment to their intelligence and their sense of freemen's responsibilities! - and deserved. Such are the constituencies represented by Mr. Foster and Mr. Loomis. Both Chambers of Congress are lighted from above, nearly the whole ceiling consisting of glass, stained like the ceilings of the English Houses of Parliament. There is much handsome and even magnificent ornamentation about the Capitol. Some heavy bronze balusters going up from the entrance floor to the floor of the chambers, may be mentioned as an example, and one that would run more chance of escaping the eye of the visitor than the more conspicuous marbles, frescoes, statues and pictures. Deers and other animals, trees, &c., in large statuette size, compose the frame-work of the baluster between the base and upper rail. The most conspicuous statuary are four colossal pieces on the portico in the rear of the Capitol, looking from Pennsylvania Avenue. On each side of the door is a classical figure, one male and the other female. Jutting on pedestals parallel with the steps, on one side is a composition of a pioneer, with dog at his side, arresting the murderous hand of an Indian with tomahawk raised against his wife and babe. On the other, Columbus, holding aloft a globe, and an Indian maiden crouching at his side. They are all immense pieces of work, estimated by amount and even fineness of chiseling; but they are all failures in expression, if we except the Indian maiden, who exhibits in both attitude and face, something of a superstitious wonder and fear at Columbus. I was over at the Camp of the 8th Regiment N.Y. Militia, on Arlington heights, Gen. Lee's residence, the other day, and while there some of the soldiers picked up and brought in two young eagles only in the downey beginning of their feathers. Notwithstanding their infancy, however, the little fellows would pull themselves to their greatest height, on being approached, open their billhooks, and show the most courageous determination to resist all aggression upon their sovereign freedom and independence. They are of course numbered among the most favored pets of the regiment. A queer nation this. Among our few acquaintances in the army there are two lawyers, the Assistant City Comptroller of Brooklyn, a Clerk of a Justice of Peace Court, a lucrative office; a banker's two youngest sons, 17 and 19 years old, who have never earned their salt; all private soldiers, enduring such hardships, as part of the time to make them feel that they were fortunate men if, as one of the lawyers told me, they could get enough food of any kind to put into their skins, and keep a variety of vermin out. J.E.
720. TWJ Fri Jul 12, 1861: List of Letters Remaining in the Post Office, Willimantic July 1st, 1851.
Adams, Rev. N.Y.
Brown, Alvira 2
Brown, Mrs. Lewis
Colridge, E.B. 2
Cook, Cornelia R.
Lewis, Mary A.
Persons calling for the above Letters, will please to say "Advertised" James Walden, P.M.
721. TWJ Fri Jul 12, 1861: Marriages.
In Norwich, July 8th, by Rev. G.A. Easton, Alvah Francis, Esq., to Miss Lizzie M., eldest daughter of Capt. Geo. W. Geer, all of Norwich.
722. TWJ Fri Jul 12, 1861: Deaths.
In Willimantic, July 7th, Nancy A. wife of Laban Chase, aged 56 years.
In Mansfield, July 8th, Mrs. Betsey Fuller, aged 83 years.
723. TWJ Fri Jul 12, 1861: At a Court of Probate, holden at Windham, in and for the District of Windham, on the 9th day of July, A.D. 1861. Present, Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. Amos B. Adams of Windham, in said District, having assigned his property to Asa W. Jillson, of Windham, County of Windham as trustee. This Court doth appoint the 19th day of July, 1861, at 9 o'clock a.m., at Brainard's Hotel in Willimantic, as the time and place for the hearing 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 Willimantic twice previous to said day of hearing, and return make to this Court. Certified from Record. Wm. Swift, Clerk.
724. TWJ Fri Jul 12, 1861: Commissioner's Notice. District of Windham, Probate Court, July 8, 1861. Estate of Col. Wm. L. Jillson, late of Windham, in said District, deceased. The Court of Probate for the District of Windham hath limited and allowed six months from date hereof, for the Creditors of said Estate, represented insolvent, in which to exhibit their claims thereto; and has appointed Geo. W. Burnham and Lucien H. Clark, Commissioners to receive and examine said Claims. Certified by Wm. Swift, Clerk. The subscribers give notice that they shall meet at office of the Willimantic Duck Co., in said Willimantic on the 9th day of August, 1861, and 9th day of January, 1862, at ten o'clock in the forenoon, on each of said days for the purpose of attending to the business of said appointment. Geo. W. Burnham, L.H. Clark, Commissioners.
725. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: There are still a few papers in the Northern States, that, instead of giving a hearty support to the government, and encouraging the patriotic movements of the people, give aid and comfort to the rebels. Prominent among these is the N.Y. News, and its treason is none the less repugnant and mischievous because it is masked and half suppressed by difference to public opinion. It constantly assumes that the government is making war upon the rebellious states. Pretending to deny the abstract theory of the disunionists, it yet fully upholds it by saying that the government of the United States is not a government of force, that the Union cannot be maintained by war, &c. Such talk, besides being based on the most false and pernicious notions, does damage in two ways so far as it has influence. At the North it tends to dampen the ardor of the people, and to throw obstacles in the way of the government. At the South, where the News crawls in, and where, probably, it has more influence than in the North, it encourages the rebels to hold out and make a stubborn resistance to the government. They are not only false friends in peace, but false friends of the South, to which they can in no other way do so serious damage as by encouraging the rebel leaders to exhaust its energies in a struggle, which we feel sure will end in an ignominious defeat.
726. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: Is our village to be infested with burglars and thieves? Last Monday night about nine o'clock, a suspicious looking character was discovered lurking about the house of Mrs. Elizabeth Hayden, while another was secreted in the cellar. Mrs. H., luckily stepping out to the door, saw him gazing around and asked him who he was looking for, at the same time trying to discover who he was, when he exclaimed: "you mean to know me," and started on a run, turning up High street, the other in the cellar immediately following. A number of persons learning the facts started in pursuit, but were not able to overtake them.
727. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: Died at Mansfield Centre, July 16, widow Lydia Dewey aged 95 years 9 months and 3 days, the oldest person in the town. She was a daughter of Andrew and Jerusha (Rudd) Frink, and was born at Windham Oct. 13, 1765. She married Alpheus Dewey of Lebanon Nov. 29, 1787, nearly 74 years since, and has had three children. Her eldest, widow Alathea Jones, is now in her 73d year. This remarkable lady retained her memory and mental faculties remarkably well until quite recently, and had a vivid recollection of the exciting scenes in Windham, where she then lived, during the Revolutionary period.
728. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: Big Fishing. Some of our Mansfield friends went on a fishing expedition a few days ago. Their patience and perseverance was rewarded to the tune of about 250 lbs., of Suckers. They then rested from their labors, and afterwards recruited their wasted energies and tired forms with (Nature's great restorer), fish-chowder and --.
729. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: In Lebanon village, Saturday night, the house of Mr. W. Segur was entered by burglars, and several dollars and a watch taken therefrom. The daring of these rascals shows them to be desperate, as they entered the bed room of Mr. S., while he was asleep, where they obtained their spoil.
730. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: Talking of the crops at the South being so thrifty, and of the rebel army not suffering for want of provision; they can't be anywhere, compared with the North, if we take Mr. I.B. Squiers' crops of this village as a criterian. He showed us the other day Dover potatoes clinging to the vines, from one hill, numbering thirty-six, and all of a good size.
731. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: F.M. Eager has been appointed Postmaster at Staffordville, in place of E.G. Hyde. William Keith has been appointed Postmaster of Tolland, in place of Obed Waldo. A.W. Tracy has been appointed to supercede Mr. Cogswell as Postmaster of Rockville.
732. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: Mrs. Harrison Whiting, of Colebrook, Conn., was attacked by a large rattlesnake, some six or eight feet long, while out strawberrying one day last week. The hideous reptile coiled itself upon one of her legs and did considerable squirming, but no injury beyond a severe fright to the lady. Any hugging but that!
733. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: Good Bye, Old Friend! One of the Sixty Ninth Regiment who lately arrived in New York from the seat of war, describes the condition of the wounded in the mistake near Great Bethel. There were many badly wounded, but on in particular had to have his right arm amputated. He bore the operation with much fortitude, and on seeing the arm about to be taken away for burial, called the man back, and grasping the fingers shook hands with the arm, saying, "Good bye, old friend; you served me often at a pinch, and I though to carry you to the grave, but you are going before me. Good bye."
734. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: The Mayor of New London and the Hon. Augustus Brandegee, have been appointed a Committee to visit Washington and urge upon Congress the establishment of a Naval Academy and Depot at New London.
735. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: A Mormon advertisement reads: "To be let - rooms for two gentlemen and four wives, or rooms for one gentleman and six wives."
736. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: Four of the New Haven men in the 5th, C.V., who were arrested for an assault on John Bacon, a liquor seller, were fined $4 and costs, and the others were discharged.
737. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: For the Journal. Washington, July 16th, 1861. Dear Journal: Pennsylvania Avenue here presents almost continually a sort of Japanese Embassy, or Prince-of-Wales military parade in Broadway. Regiment after regiment pass either up or down Pennsylvania Avenue, either arriving or departing, or leaving the city quarters for camp, every other hour in the day. Regiment baggage wagons, - from ten to twenty four horse, or four mule wagons to each regiment - following, and now and then a troop of cavalry, and at irregular intervals equestrian messengers riding hard with dispatches, fill up the picture. Yet, as a traveler will look upon the realities of crowned heads and ducal coronets abroad, as he has looked upon their mimic representatives upon the state, unable to bring the mighty difference home to his republican feelings; so your correspondent here, after a lifetime of peace, and witnessing the semblances of war only in play, can hardly persuade himself that the spectacle before him is the veritable embodiment of grim-visaged war. A visit to the camps somewhat helps him over the difficulty, especially a visit to the fortifications of the 69th. But the truth was not brought fully home, till he saw a train of ambulances with all the appliances for taking care of the dead and wounded, departing for Virginia, yesterday, in anticipation of an immediate engagement. The cool calculation that all those wagons would probably be needed in a day or two, I confess struck me rather queerly, and seemed to reach a spot under my waistcoat, hitherto untouched. "It never rains but it pours." From that sight I sauntered along the avenue, musing, and stumbled across Dr. Holmes, of Williamsburgh, the embalmer. He took me into an undertaker's, and showed me a few subjects of his skill awaiting the arrival of distant friends to take them home. They were all young soldiers and lay in their coffins in their uniforms, the badge of their patriotism and valor. One was pointed out to me as 10 years old, the only son of a widowed mother. A bright, silken moustache, adorned his lip, and testified to his blossomed manhood. An elderly lady who had come in to look for a coffin, had strewn a bouquet over his breast! He was shot while on picket, but a concealed enemy. Surely this is war. The troops are rapidly leaving the city for Virginia. Three Regiments I observed go out this morning. Yours.
738. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: Fire in Ellington. The "Windermere Mills," formerly "Lake Mills," Ellington, took fire in the picker-room about nine o'clock Friday evening, and spread rapidly through the upper portions of the building, to which it was confined. Two fire companies from Rockville were early at the fire, and worked nearly all night in subduing it and saving the property. The lower story was saved, with nearly all the contents. The mill was running extra hours on a government contract, making blankets and cloth for clothing. Most of the finished goods, and considerable stock, were saved. This mill has been burned twice before. The loss at this time is estimated at about $25,000. The insurance was $60,000 in Hartford and Providence. The Hartford and Phoenix offices each had $7500. - Hartford Courant.
739. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: Narrow Escape. Wednesday afternoon, two little girls named Gilbert, playing on the banks of the Yantic just above the New London and Palmer Railroad depot, waded out into the river beyond their depth, and were drowning when their mother sprung in after them. She was unable to reach them, but would not give them up, and she too got beyond her depth. All three would have been drowned had not two gentlemen, who were waiting for the train at the depot, rushed up and sprang in after them. By strenuous exertions they succeeded in rescuing all three. One of the children was raised as she was sinking for the last time. One of the gentleman was Rev. John Avery of Lebanon, the other a gentleman from New York. They were overwhelmed with thanks by the grateful mother.
740. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: A Violent Assault. On Thursday afternoon, of last week, a squad of soldiers from the 5th Regiment, committed a violent assault upon John Bacon, at the store of L.M. Bacon, 99 Maple avenue. They called at the store and asked for liquor, and upon being questioned as to their liability to pay for it, they commenced to beat Mr. B., in a cruel manner. He managed after a while to seize a cheese-knife, and with it partially defended himself. He was very badly injured, however, and was not able to leave his bed for several days. Six of the soldiers were arrested, and brought to the city in irons. They were to be tried in the Police Court. Five of them belong to the New Haven Co, and the other man is a member of the New London Co. - Hartford Times.
741. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: A terrific waterspout took place on Massabesic Pond, near Manchester, N.H., last week. It was tunnel-shaped, tapering very gradually from the water surface, until reaching about 800 feet elevation, then it spread out into the shape of an umbrella top, extending hundred of feet in diameter. It remained stationary about ten minutes, and then moved where a picnic party were in the nic of time to get a ducking, see and feel the spouting. As it approached the beach, and while passing, it carried off all the boats along shore, and also twisted off branches of trees three or four inches through, and in about the twinkling of an eye took all the dishes used for the table and cooking, that had been hastily thrown on the table as the shower came up, and sent them in all directions through the woods. Some one sang out, "lie down on your faces," and it was well the party did so, for as the whirl passed, the trees were actually bent down to the ground, touching the backs of the prostrate personal The spout coming in contact with some woods near the shore, got "aired," and broke with the noise of a distant cannon, and then far and near the air was filled with branches of trees, leaves, sticks, &c. The whole performance lasted fifteen minutes.
742. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: Apropos to female rebels, and how to manage them, the Louisville Journal says: If a woman, carrying under her dress deadly weapons to be used by rebels against our people, blushes at being examined in a private room by another woman, let her blush. Better that her blood should mount to her face than that the blood of our countrymen should be shed through her crime. Smuggling pistols under female hoops is not a legitimate mode of hoping barrels.
743. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: The Herald's special says that Gen. Tyler has in custody the two Misses Scott who caused the arrest of Capt. Kellogg, of the 2d, Connecticut Regiment. Gen. Tyler informed the pretty girls that he should hold them until Capt. Kellogg was released. He subsequently released them, on the ground that they would do more harm by remaining and obtaining information in the camp for their rebel friends.
744. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: A Southern paper says the free colored people of Pensacola have voluntarily appeared before the Mayor of the city and taken the oath of allegiance to the Confederate Government. They have also organized a company of thirty six men for the protection of the city.
745. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: Marriages.
In Somers, 8th inst., by Rev. Mr. Oviatt, Simon Brooks of New York, and Louisa Pomroy of Somers.
746. TWJ Fri Jul 19, 1861: Deaths.
In Scotland, 15th inst., Silas Frink, aged 82.
In Coventry, 16th inst., James White, aged 84.
747. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1861: Our Village Cemetery. Of all the improvements made in and about Willimantic, in our absence of some six years, we see them nowhere more perceptible than in our village burying ground. Most persons have some choice respecting the place where their mortal remains shall rest when "life's fitful fever is over." We shrink from the thought of being denied the rite of sepulture, of being buried in the "deep, deep sea," or in some faraway place unknown to our friends and kindred. Although it can make no difference to us when we have passed into the silent land, yet while we live it is pleasant to think that when we shall be consigned to "mother earth," it will be in some pleasant spot that our friends will love to visit. But if we cherish no such sentiments in regard to ourselves, most of us do desire that our friends which we "tenderly" lay aside from earth's labors, shall rest in some pleasant place, where the gloom of the grave is relieved by cheerful, rural surroundings. Such a place, in a great measure, is our village Cemetery. Considering what an unattractive spot it was when first selected for a burying place, destitute of all those features that make an agreeable landscape, we have reason to feel much gratified that we have such a pleasant place to bury our dead. Several of our citizens have taken an active interest in the improvements of these grounds, yet we are so much indebted to one individual for what has been accomplished, and for the admirable manner in which everything has been done, that we cannot forbear to mention his name, though we do so entirely without his knowledge or consent. We allude to Mr. James Martin, the capable and efficient sexton, who has had the entire care of the Cemetery for a number of years. When he took charge of it but few improvements had been made, and but little system had been observed. But he soon brought order out of confusion. The whole plot was re-laid out, which required many removals, walks were graded, trees set out, and various other improvements made, all of which have been done by Mr. Martin. Every tree but on in the Cemetery, we understand, was set out by his hands, and so of almost every thing in and about the grounds. He could not have manifested more interest in the matter had it been only for his private benefit, and we fear that his compensation has been wholly inadequate. His excellent taste, judgment and love of order, with his disposition to do everything he undertakes in the best possible manner, are apparent in all the improvements, and in the present neat and tidy appearance of the grounds. In fact, he is the "right man in the right place." The people of Willimantic owe him a lasting debt of gratitude for what he has done, and it affords us sincere pleasure to make this "honorable mention."
748. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1861: Military Dress Parade in Windham Centre. The "Norwich Free Academy Cadets," a company of young men, under military drill, intend visiting Windham Centre next Saturday, July 27th. They will arrive in the 8 1 2 train, and, after visiting Rev. Mr. Horton's School, and partaking of a collation, will give a dress parade, when they will return to Norwich in the 4 o'clock train. The Cadets will be received at South Windham by the above school, who are also under military drill, and escorted to their place of destination, under the direction of Mr. N. Perkins of Norwich, drill master of both schools. To those of our citizens who feel an interest in the rising generation, and to those who wish for an agreeable and pleasant pastime, we feel sure cannot do better than to visit Windham and witness this parade. We hope round numbers will be present to encourage them in the art which adds so much to the grace and dignity of the scholar.
749. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1861: The Fifth Regiment will, in all probability, leave Saturday, everything now being ready with the exception of purchasing horses for the baggage train. Tuesday, the regiment received all their arms and equipments, and the usual grumbling followed the distribution of such weapons as the Mississippi rifle. These weapons were provided by those who understand their business and consider them the best to be procured. The camp is splendidly located, and excels all other grounds yet occupied by Connecticut troops in this State. The boys are anxious for the word "go." They have got tired of "hanging round."
750. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1861: Free Academy. The fifth Annual Exhibition of the Free Academy in Norwich was held on Friday afternoon. The attendance was very large. Nearly all the exercises were applauded. The graduating class numbers sixteen - ten young ladies and six young gentlemen.
751. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1861: Arrest of a Burglar. An individual, by the name of Oliver W. Tucker, who for the last two or three weeks has been breaking into houses in our village and vicinity, was arrested in the town of Salem, New London Co., Thursday night, the 18th inst., by Officer Thresher of this village, after a vigilant search through the country for twenty four hours. It seems he has been convicted of the same offense before, and some of our citizens having seen him in the village about the time the burglaries were committed, informed Mr. Thresher, when he immediately started in pursuit of him. The house where he was arrested, is represented as a nest of thieves and robbers of both sexes of the most desperate character, and the officer knowing this, on his arrival at the house, took precaution not to let his business be known until he had reinforcements sufficient to take him at all hazards. When Mr. Thresher first went to the house, he enquired of two women who came to the door, if they knew of anyone who would like to go out haying; they replied that the men folks (Tucker and a nephew,) were absent in Norwich, but would be home that evening and would be glad of the chance, and with an assurance that they would certainly return that evening, he informed them that he would call again. He did so, but in the mean time he arranged some six or seven men at a proper distance to watch the house, and to surround it on Tucker's return, which they did, when Mr. Thresher wrapped at the door and requested admittance. He was asked who was there; he replied "an officer," and if they did not open the door very soon, he would kick it down; whereupon one of the men called for his gun, but Mr. Thresher being resolute in his demands the door was opened and the outlaw captured. There is no doubt but that he entered the house of Mr. Segur in Lebanon, from the fact that Mr. Segur's watch was found in Norwich where Tucker had left it as security for carriage hire, and we understand he has confessed to the burglary in part. He is now ensconced in Norwich jail to await his trial at the next session of the Superior Court. There is every reason to believe that he committed the burglaries in Willimantic, but sufficient proof could not be brought to indite him; but probably at his trial there will be circumstantial evidence which will convict him of all. To give our readers something of an idea of Tucker and his worthy relatives, we learn that an elder brother shot an officer when in the act of arresting him and committed suicide directly afterwards; the nephew, which accompanied Tucker to Norwich, has served out a term of years in Wethersfield, and has also graced Brooklyn jail with his presence; and the two women of the household, some time ago, were jailed for hen stealing. A precious gang, indeed.
752. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1861: Connecticut Patents - Issued from the United States Patent Office for the week ending June 25, 1861, each bearing that date:
John Adt, Waterbury, for improved lock.
George B. Bishop, of Norwalk, for improvement in machines for making felt cloth.
Chas. Korn, of Meriden, for improved machine for dressing leather.
M.A. Shepard, of Bridgeport, for improvement in water elevators.
Designs - H.W. Hayden, of Waterbury, design for a mat for daguerreotype cases.
753. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1861: Wm. C. Johnston A.M. of New Haven, a graduate of "Yale," will open a Select School in Mansfield Centre to commence on the 12th of August, 1861, and to continue for a term of twelve weeks. We venture to prophesy that this popular and talented teacher will have as large a school and his labors be as successful as last year.
754. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1861: Rev. J.S. Loveland, will speak in the Spiritualist Church next Sabbath. In the morning he will give one of his former discourses while a Methodist Minister. In his discourse in the afternoon, he will show the fallacy of his former position.
755. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1861: A new battery of six rifled cannon complete in all its accompaniments, including ammunition, from our State Arsenal, passed through our village on Tuesday, enroute for Providence, R.I., and we understand is to be forwarded immediately to the scene of action.
756. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1861: Mercy Keyes, a woman addicted to rambling about the country, escaped from the poor house in Chatham on Wednesday, the 10th inst., and on Monday following, was found dead in a field about a mile distant. A jury of inquest rendered that she died from exposure. She was 103 years of age, the oldest person in that part of the State, and had, from her youth, led a life of vagrancy.
757. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1861: Dr. P.W. Ellsworth, of Hartford, has been appointed Brigade Surgeon in the Army, and is now with the troops. He received his appointment from Governor Buckingham, and is attached to the Connecticut Brigade.
758. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1861: A company from New Haven and another from Killingly, have offered themselves to the State for a 6th Regiment.
759. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1861: Thursday night the wagon repairing shop of Wm. J. Clark & Co., in West Meriden, was destroyed by fire. Some sheds and a barn belonging to Ward Coe, were also consumed. The loss is not stated, but it was mostly insured.
760. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1861: Haven't Had Fighting Enough. The term of enlistment of the 1st Regiment from Connecticut expires on Wednesday, the 24th inst.; of the 2d Regiment on the 7th of August; and that of the third on the 14th of August. Private letters received from members of the 1st and 2nd Regiments indicate that they will not return home at present. - Tribune.
761. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1861: Washington July 23. ... In the camp of the 27th N.Y. regiment are the following Fire Zouaves wounded: W. Dryer, wounded in the arm, leg and back with balls - he marched all the way back; A. Shields, wounded in the back by a splinter; Jerry Ryan. Others were brought in later, and some were slightly wounded who walked in. Capt. Wiley, of the Zouaves, was wounded in both arms. Capt. Downey, of the Zouaves, was wounded in the field, and his body was afterwards found, literally cut to pieces, having been divided in four quarters. A Zouave, who was taken prisoner with six others, and who subsequently made his escape arrived here tonight with a broken hand-cuff on one wrist. He reports that the Zouaves were treated with Indian barbarity by the rebels, many being pinioned to trees and tormented with bayonets thrust at them.
762. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1861: Marriages.
In Willimantic, 21st inst., by Rev. Mr. Kellen, Mr. James Roberts and Miss Harriet Young, both of this village. Mr. Roberts goes out as 2d Sergeant in Co. B, of the 5th Regiment, C.V.
In Willimantic, 22d inst., by Rev. E.D. Bentley, Mr. Charles S. Lyman of Windham, and Miss Sarah Briggs of this village. Mr. Lyman goes out as private in Co. F, of the 5th Regiment, C.V.
763. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1861: Deaths.
In Mansfield, 19th inst., Miss Sarah J. Capen, aged 37 years.
In Reevessprings, Ill., June 11th, of consumption, Mrs. Lucy Stone, wife of Mr. Channing Clark, formerly of this village, aged 26 years. She leaves two children to mourn a mother's loss.
764. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1861: Notice. All persons residents and non residents liable to pay taxes in the town of Chaplin on list of 1860, and hereby notified that I will be at the town Clerk's office in said town for the purpose of receiving said taxes on Friday the 16th day of August next, from 1 until 4 o'clock P.M. of that day. All persons neglecting this notice may expect to be charged lawful fees for collecting. Thomas R. Mosely, Collector. Chaplin, July, the 22d 1861.
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