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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
Willimantic Journal July 1862
728. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: Brief Extracts from Early Windham Records. Dec. 22, 1692. - "Voated that the agreement which was made with Mr. Charles Buckly concerning the mill should be takein out of the booke." Feb. 1, 1693. - It was voted and granted to give 10 shillings for killing a wolfe. "It has been found by expedience to the damage of some persons that by foriners bringing of swine to this Towne and the swine going away have lead away our swine, for the preveinttion of which if any person shall give liberty to any forinor to bring swine here he shall pay a fine of twenty shillings one half to the informer and the other to the Towns use." "For the preservation of our Seader timber no man shall transport a lode or part of a lode of seader out of Towne under the penalty of fifteen shillings to the Townes use."
Sept. 11, 1693. - Voted to belong to Hartford County.
Dec. 23, 1702. - It was voted to give the Reverd. Mr. Whiting the liberty of making a pew for Mrs. Whiting and his family as convenient place and for bigness as the comitty for the meting hous shall Judge meet and to be for their use as long as the meting house last.
April 19, 1703. - Persons chosen to seat the meting house are the two deacons, Lieut. ffitch, Joshua Ripley, Ensign Crane, Abraham Mitchell, & Jonah Palmer. Sume persons seated at this meting are deacon Bingham to seat at the right hand his wife in the pue. Deacon Cary at the left hand his wife in the pue. Joshua Riply, John Fitch and Ensign Crane in the foremost pue, Abraham Mitchell I nthe fore seat and Jonah Palmer in the 2d seat their wives against them. The rules for the committee to attend in seating the meting hous: first, age; 2d, usefulness; 3d, estate; 4th, first planters, viz. estate is to be understood the present list & this Distributions of the worke about the meting hous.
April 19, 1703. - Voted and granted a rate of ten pounds silver money to be paid forth with to the townes men to by ammunition for a town stock.
Dec. 30, 1703. - Voted to give good wife Genings for sweepin the meting house for the year past twenty six shillings in provision pay.
Sept. 5, 1709. - Voted that Saml. Web shall keep a publick house of entertainment in the towne. Voted and agreed upon by the Inhabitants of the tonwe that the house that
Thomas Snell lives in shall be the place for the schoole
to be kept In If It may be procured and that it shall be kept five
Dec. 4, 1710. - Voted to exempt the collectors for this year present from working at high ways & cutting bushes.
Feb. 5, 17 [1719 or 1720?] - Voted and agreed that swine going on the commons unyoked or unwringed shall not be Impounded except they are found damage feazant.
April 11, 1721. - Voted to give two pence per tail for each Rattle snake that shall be killed by any person within the bounds of this town.
Dec. 10, 1722. - Joseph Woodward allowed 2s. 6d. for killing rattle snakes.
Dec. 10, 1723. - Then voted that whereas Samll Broughton
and Hope Rogers have lately bin fined for not attending the publick
worship of God - and whereas there seems to be something of a Reformation
In them In that Respect therefore it is left with the present select
men to demand or acquit them of their fines. Stephen Armstrong is
likewise under the same circumstances.
730. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: The Detroit Free Press of June 17, contains a notice of the death of Geo. B. Ensworth, Esq., of Michigan, assistant quarter-master, U.S., who died at Washington on Sunday the 15th. Mr. Ensworth was a grandson of the late John Byrne, Esq., of this town, widely known as the publisher of the old Windham Herald. A brother of the deceased, Augustus Ensworth, is remembered by some of our citizens as a law student in the office of the late Hon. Geo. S. Catlin, when he resided in this village. The Press says: "On the breaking out of the rebellion, Mr. Ensworth sought and obtained the position which held at the time of his decease. He was eminently qualified for the office having held a similar position during the Mexican War. As an evidence of his efficiency it is stated that he had entire control of the Quartermaster's Department during the transportation of Gen. McClellen's army from Alexandria to Fortress Monroe. In his death the service lost a valuable and faithful public servant, the community an honest citizen, his acquaintances a warm and generous friend, and his family a kind and indulgent husband and father."
731. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: Seventh C.V. Several of our Willimantic boys were severely wounded in the disastrous battle on James Island, near Charleston, the 16th of June. The following is believed to be a complete list: Corporal Chas. E. Hooks, left arm taken away by a grape shot. He arrived home Saturday and is doing well.
David Cronan, right arm shattered by a shell.
Michael Flynn, right arm shattered.
Frank Gallagher, slightly wounded in the arm.
Benj. S. Sanford, on the head, not dangerously.
The above are all in Co. H. 7th C.V.
James N. Perkins, of Mansfield, was seriously wounded in the back by a rifle shot.
Robert Erwin, of Sprague, seriously wounded in the groin.
Martin L. Southerly, of Eastford, was slightly wounded in the head.
The whole loss in the 7th, was 11 killed, 4 prisoners, and 67 wounded.
732. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: Corporal Chas. E. Hooks. Since writing the above, Corporal Hooks has called on us, and given some more definite particulars about our wounded soldiers. He says that Cronan had a pretty bad wound in the arm, the bone being somewhat shattered. When he left, it had not been amputated and the he had been hopes of saving it, though amputation might become necessary. Flynn's arm was not shattered, as it was reported, but a portion of the muscles near the shoulder were shot away, leaving quite a large, bad wound. Gallagher's wound was so slight that he was on duty. The others as reported above. Charley is a true soldier, with an honest soldier's pride, and any amount of fortitude, courage and pluck. He regrets, of course, that he has lost his arm, but does not regret that he entered the service of his country and that he lost it in such a good cause. He loves the soldier's life, has been healthy and rugged, and regrets that he cannot return. We have seen a letter written by Capt. Dennis, to his mother, in which his bravery and good conduct are very highly spoken of. He says: "His courage on the battle field and the manly fortitude with which he bears his wound and the loss of his arm have won for him the admiration and esteem of every officer and soldier in the regiment." Charles says there was no flinching on the part of any of our Willimantic boys in the battle, but all fought bravely and well. He thinks there was no more gallant officer in the fight than Orderly Sergt. Chas. A. Wood, (of Co. H.) who distinguishes himself by his bravery, coolness and intrepidity. Col. Hawley is beloved and almost idolized by his men.
733. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: Prolific. - The Hon. P.B. Peck, of North Windham, says: On the 10th of May, 1862, he had three Southdown ewes; on the 10th of May, 1862, they had increased to twenty-one, being an addition of eighteen, all fine and healthy. Of course there were some twins and triplets. Mr. Peck intimated to us that the increase might have been greater if some of the first crop had not turned out to be wethers. But we consider the years' increase remarkably good "w(h)ether or no." We advise our friend to go in to the business of sheep raising; We don't think he can turn his attention to more profitable ewes, (use).
734. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: Albert Wilson, of this place, who has been waiter to Capt. Lester Braley, Co. G. 12th Reb., C.V. has arrived home from New Orleans. By him we are glad to learn that Mr. Chas. P. Evans, late editor of the Journal, (now Sergt. In Co. G,) and the rest of our Willimantic boys in the 12th are all enjoying good health.
735. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: Mr. J.A. Lewis will please accept our thanks for a splendid bouquet of roses from his nursery, embracing a great variety, tastefully arranged.
736. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: Among the list of patents which bear date June 10th is one to Hezekiah Conant assignor to the Willimantic Linen Co. for improvement in machine to label thread spools.
737. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: Mr. Daniel Perkins will please accept our thanks for a fine dish of new potatoes which we received the first of July, and which he says matured in ten weeks from planting.
738. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: From the 10th Regiment.
We are permitted to publish the following private letter from one of the boys of the Tenth:
Newbern, June 17, 1862.
Dear Parents: It is now evening, but we have orders to get ready to go upon picket again to-morrow morning at 4 o'clock, hence now or never, although I have not got yours of Sunday before last yet. Since the regiment came into the city we have been obliged to send two companies out every week, and it has now become our turn. It seems, notwithstanding your celebration of the downfall of Richmond, that it is not yet ours. Perhaps, however, you found it out in time to celebrate only the victory in the West. We had a funeral on the death of Col. Drake, last Sunday evening. No one speaks but in sorrow for his departure. He was all that we could wish as an officer and a man. We can nowhere find his equal. He was a strict disciplinarian, and more than one man has been reproved for a slouched appearance, or for having his hands in his pockets even last winter. No one could get a pass countersigned by him unless he was neatly dressed, his hair combed, and his shoes polished, and many a man has been refused on nothing more than a lack of either of these. And yet no man could be kinder than he. He reproved, and many times severely; but never offended, unless his under officers were grievously out of their duty, when his rebukes were severe indeed. He never blamed a private for doing wrong unless he told him how to remedy it. Hence every man is sorry that he is dead and can no more command the regiment which his discipline rendered one of the best if hot the best in the Division. Your affectionate Eugene.
739. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: Hawkins, the negro, was executed, last Friday, for the murder of Capt. Adams.
740. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: The Boston Recorder, in a notice of the recent meeting of the Windham County, Ct., (Congregational) Association, mentions a powerful work of grace in the Congregational church in Westminster. The pastor, Rev. Mr. Hazen, has been laid aside from public service for some time by dropsy; and "Rev. Mr. Burleigh, a Baptist minister, who was employed to supply the pulpit on the Sabbath, entered into the work with great zeal and efficiency."
741. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: Rev. Wm. Jesup Jennings, late of Seneca Falls, has accepted a call from the Second Congregational church of Coventry, Tolland county, Conn. Correspondents will address him accordingly.
742. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: Rev. Edward Strong, for nearly twenty years settled over the College Street church and society, New Haven, has been dismissed at his own request, very much to the regret of the church, who feel the loss of an earnest and able preacher and a devoted pastor. The reasons assigned by the pastor for the dissolution, were the failure of his own health and that of his wife, necessitating a change of clime.
743. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: Col. James H. Perry, of the 48th N.Y., who died a few days since at Fort Pulaski, was formerly a Methodist clergyman, and in that capacity ministered in Bridgeport, Wolcottville and Waterbury, in this State and in Brooklyn, where he was located when the war broke out.
744. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: A private letter from a member of the 5th Conn., written on the 12th, on the battle ground of Col. Kelly's command, near Front Royal, says: "Going through Whinchester, we had a guard of cavalry to prevent us from destroying the town. We hooted and hissed the citizens all the way through and they looked sour enough. The women say Jackson will be back in a few days. I think we are going down the Luray Valley."
745. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: The 14th regiment is filling up slowly: Captain Tubbs of Norwich has about 60 men enlisted, which is the best done yet.
746. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: The Fight Near Charleston. New York, June 27. ....The following are among the wounded.. Seventh Conn., L.A. Cook, Co. E. Stamford fracture of jaw; J.D. Howell, Co. G., Fair Haven, gunshot in body; Corporal Chas. Hooks, Co. H, Willimantic, amputation of left arm.
747. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: Births.
In South Coventry, June 18, a daughter to Geo. B. Grant.
748. TWJ Fri Jul 4, 1862: Deaths.
In South Coventry, very suddenly, July 1, Betsy Jane, wife of George B. Grant, and daughter of Mr. Jesse Curtis, aged 31. Thus has passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly, in the prime of life, one greatly beloved for her many excellences, who will be mourned by a wide circle of relatives and friends. She was a kind and dutiful daughter, an affectionate and devoted wife, and a tender and most excellent mother to her children. She leaves a father, who is now bereft of wife and all his five children, a well-nigh heart-broken husband, with three little motherless children. Being a favorite niece of the writer of these lines, he hardly feels competent to speak of her, lest what he might say would be considered extravagant eulogy. But he can truly and most feelingly say that one of his dearest earthly friends has been taken - one of the strongest links of affection that bind him to earth has been broken, and he feels sad indeed when he thinks that he shall no more behold her pleasant countenance, which has been so familiar from her childhood, no more enjoy her cheerful society, or receive her welcome visits. He can only bow in humble submission to this severe stroke and say, Not my will, by Thine, O my Father, be done; and humbly pray that this sore dispensation may be sanctified to all surviving friends.
In Chaplin, June 27, Daniel Griggs, aged 83 years 3 months.
749. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Letter from the 12th C.V. Washington, June 30, 1862.
Friend Weaver: I transmit you a letter from brother Charles, thinking you may regard it of sufficient interest to the readers of the Journal to publish it. Yours, J.E.
Camp Parapet, [unreadable] (near N: O.) June 1, 1862 "Well, John, the 12th has had a rough time out South here, on account of moving so much and the inefficiency or rascality of the Quartermaster. The first time we embarked on the E. Wilder Farley at Ship Island for the Mississippi River, we lay off the Island four days; and during that time it was with the greatest difficulty the men could get anything at all to eat; and if orders had not come from Gen. Butler to disembark, they not being ready for us on the Mississippi, there would have been some strange doings on board, judging from the mutinous aspect things were beginning to wear. As it was some of them were taken before the Colonel; and they stood up for their rights like men. Previous to our embarkation we had been three or four days under marching orders, and all company cooking utensils packed away leaving every man to shift for himself as best he could which was but poor indeed. The day we went aboard the transport Farley was the 4th of April, and on the 11th we received marching orders again to be ready at any moment, and expected to march next day morning. But the next day proved to be five tedious days, and if it had not been for the kindness of a battery attached to the 7th Vermont, some of our men would have absolutely suffered for the necessaries of life. Our Captain and Lieutenants fared the same as the rest of the company, showing it was not their fault. Capt. Braley has done all that has lain in his power for his men, both in sickness and in health, and I am confident that his company think as much of their Captain and feel as kindly towards him, as does any other company of theirs in the Regiment; which, if action indicates anything, is flattering. On the 15th the long roll beat and the regiment was ready for the march; when the orders were countermanded again, to be ready at daylight in the morning. We lay on the ground with our knapsacks for pillows until daylight when we were ready for the march again, and at 11 o'clock we were safe aboard the Farley. In the afternoon we up anchor and were off for the Southwest Pass, Mississippi River, in tow of the propeller Matanzas, which had the Connecticut 9th aboard, and arrived at the Pass early in the morning of the 17th. Our regiment being the advance guard, a steamer was immediately sent to tow us up the river. We were taken in sight of Porter's mortar fleet, which was pouring shells into Fort Jackson, at the time, at a terrific rate. One schooner of the fleet did such great execution, that, as a contraband says - who was cook in the fort during when the bombardment was going on, now assistant cook in our company - the rebels gave her the name of the "one-eyed devil," declaring that nothing human with two eyes could send shells with such accuracy. Our darkey says, every evening at 7 o'clock she was sure to be on hand with green boughs at her mast-head to deceive the fort, as she lay behind a point of land which was thickly wooded. This deception was not discovered by the rebels till they saw some of the vessels dropping down the river fixed in the same way. I supposed the one-eyed devil did give them fits; for our informant says, in answer to some questions of mine: "Oh yes indeed, massa; when she begin to play on us, it fairly make dis nigger's bones jingle." You have read the report of the fight, of course. After the chain was broken, and the fort had surrendered, we proceeded on our way up the river, towed by a gunboat, and after a passage of two days and one night, came to anchor off New Orleans about 8 P.M., on the 30th of April. The next morning we ran along side of the levee, each company separately receiving wholesome advice from our beloved colonel preparatory to going ashore. I don't think there is a man in the regiment but what would stand by him to the last. On the 2d of May, late in the afternoon we were ordered to land in the midst of thousands of secessionists both soldiers and citizens. As each company descended from the ship to the dock they were brought to a front and ordered to load, which gave the rebels to understand what they had to deal with in case of a street fight. And we confidently expected it. The bitterness exhibited by the vast gathering boded nothing else. The women were more insulting than the men, owing, I suppose to the world-wide reputation of the gallantry of the Yankee soldiers! The taunts were intolerable; and only for the previous orders not to notice them, blood would have been shed before we left the dock. About 9 o'clock in the evening, under the command of Col. Deming, we started for the custom-house through dark streets, the city authority having had the street lamps put out, for some undivulged purpose, and for want of light to find the way, or it may have been designed - we countermarched back to the dock, where we lay on our arms all night in a heavy dew. We threw out a guard, but nothing occurred. Next afternoon we were marched to the park, in front of the City Hall where we planted the stars and stripes and Connecticut State colors, and there remained 5 days, our regiment doing provost duty throughout the city meantime and then proceeding up the river and taking possession of these earth-works which are about 3 ½ miles long. The moment the rebels heard that we were coming up the river, they spiked their guns, burned their gun carriages, threw their ball, grape, canister &c., into the river, and put for the swamp with more than Bull Run speed. The old general who commanded them - a Frenchman - lost his way in the swamp aand was without food four days. Four thousand men could have held this place against 30,000 beyond a doubt. The fortification is an immense work, and must have been built at a vast expense. There are some other works also in this vicinity, not quite completed. We came up the river in just the nick of time. A little longer postponement of our visit was all they needed to complete their preparations for our reception. They had four or five iron-clad gunboats nearly finished; also an immense raft, costing $5000, loaded with barrels of tar, to be fired and cut loose to drive down against our fleet. Again, there is a very heavy chain cable at this post, intended to be stretched across the river. All these nice little arrangements were cut short of their consummation by our opportune arrival and the skedaddling propensity of the rebels. They destroyed their gunboats before they fled. Not an advance of Gen. Butler's forces have met with the first decided stand. There are other regiments at Camp Parapet. The 9th Connecticut was here, but has gone to Baton Rouge, to reinforce Gen. Williams. The contrabands are running a streak of ill luck just now, to whomsoever it is attributable. For the first week or two we were encamped here runaways were permitted to remain with us, and no owner could recover them unless they took the oath of allegiance. That encouraged a vast number to leave their masters; but an order came the other day not to harbor any of them, and to turn all out of camp except those which were absolutely needed about the cook tents. A great number of them were sent up the river the other day, as I understand, to work on a crevasse in the levee, and after the job was done were sent home to their owners. I can't understand it. One of the slaves owned on a plantation about two miles from here received 400 lashes for attempting to seek his liberty. On the morning of the day I visited the plantation the poor fellow was turned out for the last hundred. He was literally flayed alive. A planter near by came to me one day when on picket, and complained bitterly of the soldiers' digging his potatoes. Besides, they had taken a negro boy from him, whom he had treated as well as he treated his own children, and hoped the soldiers would do the same by him. I suspected the fellow of lying, from his hypocritical appearance, and hunted the boy up to see how so well-treated a specimen of chattelism looked. His back was all scars! The boy said: "Massa is a bad man. He pray ebery day for de yellow fever to come and kill off de damned Yankee soldiers, or for de ribber to rise and drowned dem out. But when he talk to Noddern men he berry nice." He is at least an ungrateful scoundrel, no doubt; as a sergeant and six men are continually night and day guarding his property. But that is characteristic of these Louisiana Creoles - treacherous as the d---l. There has been a great deal of sickness with us since we landed in New Orleans; and we are not by any means clear of it yet, there being from 5 to 15 out of each company on the sick list every day. Six out of our company (two of them from Willimantic) have had their names handed in for discharge for disability from sickness. Our Company generally enjoys tolerable health; and your soldier brother is now about "as tough as a boiled owl." It is a rough life. A pine plank to sleep on would be a luxury; and water to drink thinner than molasses is something that we don't expect to see for months yet, as the Mississippi is muddier than usual (and that requires to be seen to be understood) from the recent freshets. The inhabitants here drink rain water as long as God sees fit to send t down to them. When they do resort to river water they filter it before being drunk; while with the poor soldier it undergoes that process after. We expect to move up the river soon, but anything for me may be directed to me "in Capt. Braley's Co., 12th Conn., New Orleans." Good bye, for the present. Your affectionate brother, C.P.E.
750. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: 300,000 More Men Wanted. We publish this week the proclamation of the Governor, in response to the call of the President for more troops. Six or more regiments are wanted from this State, and must be raised forthwith, as they are urgently needed. Can these regiments be raised promptly by volunteering? If not, drafting will be resorted to, for the men must be had immediately. At a time when we hoped to celebrate the downfall of this most wicked rebellion we find ourselves called upon to raise a new army. The Confederates by a universal conscription have raised an immense force, and McClellan finding himself greatly outnumbered, is obliged to fall back, to change his base of operations and his plan for the capture of Richmond. But although we have met with a check - a reverse - we have not been defeated. The grand, heroic army of the Potomac, though decimated by disease and by many hard-fought battles, is still in existence, on the James river, and near the rebel capital, which it is again threatening. That noble army, notwithstanding its incredible labors, hardships and almost continuous fighting for more than a week, is in good spirits and eager to press on and capture Richmond. All that is necessary for the speedy accomplishment of this object, is, that the army of the Potomac be speedily and largely re-inforced. This can be most effectually done by withdrawing the veteran troops that garrison the captured posts and cities and guard Washington, and sending them to McClellan. But we cannot give up these captured places or leave Washington exposed. Hence the need - the pressing need - of new troops; which,, for the present at least, will only be required to perform garrison duty or go into camps of instruction. Can these men be had? And that without delay? They must be, unless we are willing to halt in the work of crushing the rebellion, already nearly accomplished; unless we are willing to see our brave and gallant armies in the field - our brothers, sons and relatives - overborne, overwhelmed and perhaps annihilated by superior numbers; unless we are willing to give Jeff. Davis a chance to capture Washington and invade the North, unless we are willing to hazard the imminent danger of foreign intervention, to give up the Union, and consent to the destruction of our government - then we must raise more troops, and that with the greatest promptitude. We should be sorry to see a man drafted in this state, and especially in this old patriotic town of Windham. And we do not believe it is necessary if proper measures are taken. We know it is a difficult time to raise more men. Many of our young able-bodied men have already volunteer and are in the field. Others are very busy at this time, and others on account of their families or for various other reasons find it difficult to go. But still there are men, and they must be induced to enlist. We know not what number will be required as our quota, but presume not over forty or fifty. Cannot that number be raised in one week, if the right effort is made? We believe it can be. But how? We are not prepared to say what will be the best method, but let our leading and influential men take hold of the matter at once and in earnest and the work is done. If a town, or other public meeting is necessary, let it be held without delay; and let our men of wealth put their hands in their pockets and say to those who may be induced to go, that their families shall be cared for, and that their pecuniary interests shall not suffer by reason of their absence. Let those men of men as who cannot or do not choose to go show a liberal spirit in this crisis, and think themselves fortunate if they are only called upon to part with some of their surplus funds. It will be said that State and Nation offer great inducements to volunteers, and there is no need of further pecuniary aid. Granted. But supposed recruits are not forth-coming? Drafting must be resorted to, or greater inducements must be held out. Is it not far better to have men go willingly? As we said, the men must be had, and be had without delay; and we repeat, let our influential and wealthy men take hold of the matter, if need be, into the scale, and in one week our quota can be raised. Let now this town which has such a glorious history, fail or falter in this trying crisis; it must not, cannot, will not.
751. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: For the Wounded. The recent sanguinary conflicts near Richmond have thrown upon the sympathy and to a certain extent the care of the people of the country, a very large number of wounded soldiers, to provide for whom the little articles of necessity and comfort requisite for their speedy recover, taxes and will continue to tax the charity of benevolent citizens. The ladies, with their characteristic nobleness of heart, have done and are doing much to alleviate the sufferings of those who are languishing in the hospitals in the field, and in the cities North to which many hundreds of them have been brought. There is urgent need of bandages, lint, shirts, sheets, towels, &c, and promptness in forwarding them to the proper quarters will save much suffering and probable many lives. The ladies of Willimantic have, within a few days past, collected, prepared and forwarded three large boxes, filled with the various articles needed by the wounded. The blessings of the recipients will attend them. The loyal people of Columbia forwarded, on Thursday of last week, to the Sanitary commission at New Haven, $42,30 in money, one box and one barrel, containing most of the necessities called for, such as jellies, wines, sheets and pillows, shirts, towels, dried fruit, socks, bandages, rolls of linen, scraped lint, &c. The ladies of course took the lead. Let others do likewise.
752. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Mr. Samuel H. Byrne, who died at South Windham, on Monday, formerly resided in this village, and in connection with David Smith, Esq., of Norwich, was engaged in the manufacture of paper at the old mills of Clark & Gray at the "State." Mr. Byrne, we think opened the first store in Willimantic, nearly forty years ago, in the building, opposite the sawmill, last used as a store by L.M. Page & Co., now occupied as a wagon-shop. He was the son of Mr. John Byrne, the printer of Windham, publisher of the Herald.
753. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Mr. James F. Babcock for thirty-two years editor and proprietor of the New Haven Palladium, has sold out his interest in the paper to Mr. F.J.W. Sizer, his late partner. The Palladium will hereafter be edited by Cyrus Northrup, now clerk of the Senate, and we doubt not will maintain its past reputation, as one of the able and influential papers in the State. Mr. Babcock retires with the best wishes of his numerous friends.
754. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Mr. J.F. Wilkinson the Putnam editor of the Windham County Transcript, who was wounded and taken prisoner at Bull Run, has recently been released, has arrived home and is now publishing in the Transcript, an interesting account of his experiences in the South, while a prisoner. Mr. W. thinks we are not half so much in earnest in striving to put down the rebellion as the Confederates are in trying to uphold it.
755. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: We have received from the State printers, Messrs. Babcock & Sizer, a neatly printed pamphlet of thirty-five pages, containing the addresses delivered in the Senate and House of Representatives, of this State in honor of Col. Chas. L. Russell, of the Conn. 10th, who fell at the head of his regiment at the battle of Roanoke Island, on the eighth of February last. It makes a very interesting memorial of this excellent man and gallant officer.
756. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Benj. E. Sanford, of Willimantic, and James M. Perkins, of Mansfield, wounded soldiers of the Conn. 7th, have arrived in New York. By a recent regulation soldiers arriving in New York are not forwarded to their homes, but sent to the hospitals in that vicinity.
757. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Lyman G. Rindge, of Hampton, Co. G., 1st Conn. Artillery, arrived at New York on Monday by the Daniel Webster sick of fever.
758. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Col. Wm. O. Irish, editor of the New London Chronicle and late Paymaster-General of the State, died in New London, on Wednesday morning.
759. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Historical notes on Willimantic next week.
760. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: List of Justices of the Peace for Windham, elected for two years from the fourth of July, 1862: Joel R. Arnold, Horace Hall, Courtland Babcock, Lucian H. Clark, Don F. Johnson, William Swift, Frank Lincoln, Samuel Bingham, Elisha G. Hammond, Mason Lincoln, Ralph Williams, William L. Weaver, John Brown, Thomas Turner, Elliott B. Sumner, Ralph Chappell, reeman D. Spencer, Lucius C. Kinne, John G. Clark, Waldo Bingham.
761. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Swigley Viets, a middle aged man from Granby, who as at work in the Owen district, Westfield, Mass., fell into a pool in the woods on Saturday, while in a fit and perished from strangulation.
762. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: The wife of Rev. Mr. Eddy of Winsted, now in prison down south, last week received a government check for $1,120, as the amount due her husband for services as chaplain up to May 1st.
763. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Dwight, son of Wm. Porter of Rockville, 5 ½ years old, was drowned at West Meriden on the 4th. He was visiting at the house of friends, and went out alone to pick currants, on the bank of a stream.
764. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: A petition addressed to Hon. Gideon Wells, for a navy yard at New London, has received the signatures of nearly all the members of the Legislature.
765. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: An accident to Mrs. Steneka, of Norwich, caused by the explosion of a fluid lamp she was engaged in filling, terminated in her death at an early hour Wednesday morning.
766. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: An old gentleman by the name of Newton Upson of New Britain, was killed by the cars at Newington station on Friday. He was walking on the track, and hearing, it is supposed, the cars coming became confused, and stepping upon the wrong track was hit and instantly killed. He was a farmer and about 65 years of age.
767. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: On Saturday last Kate Reynolds, a servant girl of Mr. A.J. Beers of New Haven, tried to make a fire burn better by the use of burning fluid. The consequence was that Kate's clothes caught fire, and she ran screaming up stairs. Mr. Beers enveloped her in a blanket, put out the flames, and summoned a doctor, who pronounced her case hopeless.
768. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Two sons of Mr. Bradley, of Bethel, lately eat some root which they mistook for sweet sicily, and died within a few hours.
769. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Rev. A.V. Dimock has closed his labors with the Central Baptist church in Moodus.
770. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: The largest meeting ever held in New Haven assembled
Tuesday evening to respond to the call for volunteers. Music Hall was crowded to its utmost capacity. Com. Andrew H. Foote presided over the meeting, though still disabled by his wound and unable to walk. Speeches were made by Senator Dixon, Gov. Buckingham, Rev. Dr. Bacon, Hon. Alvin P. Hyde, Thos. H. Bond, Rev. Dr. Nadell, Hon. John F. Trumbull, Hon. Charles Chapman, Capt. Hunt of the army, and others. The meeting was most enthusiastic, and the people are thoroughly aroused. Connecticut will not be behind her sister States in responding to the President's call for troops. There were over 4000 persons present, and thousands unable to get in.
771. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Hon. Phillip Riply, ex-Mayor of Hartford and a prominent citizen died in that city on Tuesday aged 68.
772. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Military Items.
A private letter from the Conn. First, dated City Point, James River, July 3d, says that the regiment were at that Point They had had hard fighting, but with small loss. The enemy greatly outnumber our forces and pushed our army very hard. In a square fight, our troops have whipped the rebels, but we have been compelled to retire afterward, to get to our supplies on the river. Another letter, dated the 4th, says that the boys had rested for a couple of days and were greatly refreshed, and in good spirits. They had received a lot of good things from friends, and were enjoying them on the 4th. Supplies were abundant, even to many luxuries. Gen. Shields' division, including the 5th Conn. Regiment we understand is with McClellan's army on the James river, under command of Gen. Ferry. They were formed into line of battle within half an hour after landing. First Lieut. Heber S. Smith of Co. G. Fifth regiment, has been promoted to be Adjutant, vice Edward F. Blake promoted; Second Lieut. Wm. C. Rockwell, to be First Lieut., and Sergt. Alfred L. Packer to be Second Lieut. Brig. Gen. Tyler of Norwich has been assigned the command of the Second Division of the Army of Mississippi, (late Gen. Pope's) and is now in camp near Jacinto, Miss., a few miles below Corinth.
773. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Senator Simmons of Rhode Island has disgraced himself by attempting to make money on the government by a contract obtained for a friend. The patriotic citizens of little Rhody will never forgive him.
774. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Births.
In South Windham, a son to S.G. Byrne.
775. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Marriages.
In Willimantic, July 4, James M. Chappell and Miss Savilla Gray, both of Windham.
776. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Deaths.
In Windham, July 9, Nancy, daughter of Wm. And Nancy Wales, aged 8.
In Hartford, July 8, Edna L., only child of Horatio B. and Electa L. Weaver, aged 10 years, 2 months and 28 days. The remains were taken to South Windham for interment.
In Coventry, July 7, Mrs. Sarah K. Talcott, aged 6_ [looks like 60 or 69]
In South Windham, July 7, S.H. Byrne, aged 73.
In Brooklyn, June 28, Curnal C. Tarbox, aged 88.
In Chaplin, June 26, Daniel Griggs, 2d, aged 17, a returned soldier.
In Chaplin, June 30, Charles A. Holt.
In Chaplin, July 2, Clinton D., son of Jared W. and Joanna Lincoln, aged 2 years, 7 months and 11 days.
777. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Notice. Broke into the enclosures of the subscriber, on the 6th day of July, 1862, five head of neat cattle (4 two year old and one yearling - 2 steers and 3 heifers.) The owner is requested to prove property, pay charges and take them away. Joseph Martin. Chaplin, July 7, 1862.
778. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: G.B. Hamlin, Dentist, Respectfully informs his friends that he will be at his office, Franklin Building, Willimantic, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of each week.
779. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: List of Letters remaining in the Post Office at Willimantic, July 1, 1862.
Clark & Baskus, 3
Geo. Case, LL.D.
John B. Heart
J.B. Hebbard, 2
Mrs. Lucius Hendee
John L. Wedge
Thos. J. Williams
W.R. Welliver, 2
Persons calling for the above Letters will please say, "Advertised." Jas. Walden, P.M.
780. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: Weekes' Traveling Gallery of Photographic Art has arrived in Willimantic, and will remain a short time. Persons wishing a perfect Photograph, Ambrotype or Melaineotype of themselves or friends have now an opportunity of having it done in the Very Best Style of the art, at a Fair Price. Pictures of Deceased Persons Copied and Enlarged. Photographs Colored in Oil and Water Colors. All are cordially invited to call and examine specimens. Saloon near the Railroad Depot. Willimantic, June 18, 1862.
781. TWJ Fri Jul 11, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Columbia within and for the District of Andover on the 19th day of June, A.D. 1862. Present, John S. Yeomans, Esq., Judge. Upon the petition of Mary Kingsley, of Columbia, in the County of Tolland, showing to this Court that she is Guardian of Mary E. Kingsley, of Columbia, within said district, minor, That said minor is the owner of the undivided third part of certain real estate situated in said Columbia and Lebanon, viz., One tract bounded on the north and west by a highway leading by J. Lewis' to Lebanon Village, south by J. Madison Kingsley's land and E. Terry's millpond, easterly and northerly by land formerly owned by Mary Kingsley; also one half of the dwelling house standing thereon, and one half of the barn and barnyard standing on the opposite side of the highway from the house. Also, one tract bounded as follows: Commencing on a highway leading from Reuben N. Rice's to J. Lewis', and bounded northerly by said Rice's land, west by F. Dewey's land, westerly and southerly by lands of R. Rice and J. Lewis and then by the highway to the place of beginning - all of which is subject to the widow Mary Kingsley's right of dower thereon, being about twenty acres, and valued at about one hundred dollars; That it would be for the interest of the said minor to have said land sold and the avails thereof invested for her benefit according to law, praying for liberty to sell said property for the purpose aforesaid, as per petition on file. It is ordered by this Court, That said Guardian give notice of said application, by causing the same to be published in a newspaper printed in Willimantic, in the County of Windham, three weeks successively, at least six weeks before the hearing; and that said petition will be heard at the Probate Office in said district on the 30th day of August next, at 2 o'clock P.M. Certified from Record, William H. Yeomans, Clerk.
782. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: Historical Notes on Willimantic. No. VII. The Iron Works.
The first manufacturing business in Willimantic was established for making wrought iron. The "master metal" was among the first wants of the settlers, and its cost was so great that early efforts were made to produce it from the ore. At a town meeting in Windham, Dec. 18, 1718, "The town grant to Ephraim Sawyer, or to any other person that shall appear and accept the liberty and privilege of the stream att the falls att Willamantuck River in sd town, provided that he or they shall build and erect a forge or Iron Works there on so long as they shall maintain them, provided also that this grant do not obstruct any grant made to Thomas Hartshorn or his predecessors and that the Iron Works be erected within too years next ensuing the date hereof." Ephraim Sawyer (who was the common ancestor of the Windham families of that name) did not accept the grant, nor did "any other person" within the time specified, and it was not until 1726 that an effort was made to carry out the wishes of the town. The pioneer in the enterprise was John Devotion, of Suffield, who on the 29th of Aug., 1726, purchased two acres of land of Ebenezer Babcock, situated "on the N.E. side of Willimantic river," embracing the privilege known in the old deeds as "Sliding Falls." This privilege is the one purchased by the Jillsons, where their first mill was erected in 1825, now owned by the Willimantic Linen Company. About the year 1726 a company was formed, consisted of John Devotion, Daniel Badger, Samuel Hathaway and Joseph Kellogg, of Suffield, Hampshire County, Mass., under the style of Daniel Badger & Co. In the summer of 1727 a dam was thrown across the river at "Sliding Fall," being undoubtedly the first dam across the Willimantic. It was probably built very near the location of the old Jillson dam, and of course not far form the new stone dam of the Linen Co. It was built by Daniel Badger, of Coventry. The term "Sliding Fall" was very appropriate. A smooth rock extended entirely across the river at the place, and the water seemed to glide, or slide over it in an almost continuous sheet. In 1726 the company purchased of Dea. Nathaniel Skiff an "Iron Mine" situated in the town of Mansfield, and were to pay for the ore obtained as follows: If three tons of ore make one ton of iron the company were to pay two shillings and sixpence a ton, and so on in that proportion. Before Dec. 23, 1727, when Daniel Badger sold out his share, considerable progress had been made in establishing the works, as in the deed he speaks of the "Iron Works now in hand yet to be finished, with two forges, or fires, one coal house 20 foot long and 25 foot wide." The concern was valued at 800 [English pounds]. No mention is made of a house, and it is uncertain when it was erected, though it is named in 1731. Mr. Badger sold his share to Ebenezer Hartshorn, of Charlestown, son of Thomas Hartshorn who owned the mills below. Hartshorn sold his share to Joshua Ripley, of Windham, about 1730. Ripley sold his right to Thomas Dyer of Windham, May 24, 1731, with "the dwelling I now dwell in standing by Willimantic river at the Iron Works and also the utensils there used in said house, as Iron, Brass, puter, with household stuff, beds, bedding, chest, trunks, chairs and tables, and also one white mare and a yearling colt a red one and black one with a white face." Abel Wright, of Lebanon, it seems built the house spoken of above. He resided south of Willimantic river, on what is now the Murdock farm, in 1732. Daniel Smith, Nov. 27, 1731, purchased a share which had come into possession of Wm. Allen, and in 1735 he purchased the right of Thomas Dyer. May 14, 1736, Daniel Smith, of Brookfield sold out all his right to Ebenezer Hathaway, of Freetown, Bristol County, Mass. Daniel Smith, bloomer, who owned at one time most of the concern and carried on the business, in 1746 lived at Western, Worcester Co., Mass. Ebenezer and Silas Hathaway, of Freetown, for 11 ]English pounds] sold to Jedediah Elderkin, Nov. 6, 1776, 5 acres of land at Willimantic Falls, "whereon formerly stood an Iron Works," and "was formerly owned by Ebenezer Hathaway deed." From these and other records we get an imperfect account of this early establishment for the manufacture of Iron. The forges stood near the river, near where the old yellow machine shop of Jillson & Capen stood, about half way between the first built Jillson factory and the dam. In 1824, when excavating in the vicinity, evidences of the site of the old Iron Works were found. There were piles of cinders, bits of iron, lead, &c., indicating with great certainty its location. Tradition says that hollow-ware was cast at this establishment, but there is no evidence to confirm it. It is presumed it was not a very successful concern, probably owing to the absence of good iron ore in the vicinity. The iron mine in Mansfield probably contained only the bog ore sometimes found in meadows and marshes, of poor quality, with a very moderate per cent of pure iron. How long the Hathaway brothers continued the business after it came into their possession is not known; but it is presumed not long. A pretty well founded tradition has it that the dam and works were carried away by a great freshet in the river, some time after 1736. One man who went back after something when the water was rising, was carried away by the flood and drowned. His name has not been preserved. The dwelling house connected with the Iron Works, which was the first erected in the borough limits west of the bridge, stood, it is believed, on the south side of Main street, not far from the "stone row" of the Linen Co. There were evidences of its location in the memory of some living, but its site is not definitely known. There were apple trees in the neighborhood within the recollection of some of our aged citizens. The writer once supposed the old Fitch house (now gone) which stood a few years since opposite the stone row, was the one belonging to the Iron Works; but he is now satisfied it was not. The Fitch house was built some 20 years later by Mr. Nathan Simons, senr. The bridge across the Willimantic, at the place now spanned by the stone arch bridge below the Thread Mill, took its name from this establishment, and was ever known as the "Iron Works bridge."
783. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: Annual Temperance Meeting. The annual meeting of the Willimantic Temperance Society was held at the Methodist Church, on Sunday evening. S.H. Kimbel, Esq., was chosen President; Frank Burnham, Secretary; Gardner Hall, W.H. Gates, Ralph Williams, executive committee for the year ensuing.
784. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: The Legislature adjourned on Thursday, the 10th instant. The new militia bill was passed. Among their last acts was one giving an additional bounty of $50 to those who should enlist before the 20th of August.
785. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: Our Duty in the Present Crisis.
It is confessed that the affairs of the nation are in a critical condition. The rebellion is still formidable and the enemies of the country bold and defiant. We have again, as we did last year, underrated the strength and resources of the rebels. We find our armies outnumbered at important points, our onward career to victory checked, some of the places wrested from the enemy lost and others in danger of re-capture. For the want of more troops we are compelled to act on the defensive; and while arrested and held in check by the superior forces, if not the better tactics, of the enemy, the rebels are encouraged and present a more formidable ___ than ever. That there is danger in the present state of affairs it would be folly to deny - danger that the rebellion will become so far a success as to receive foreign aid and recognition - that our forces which hold the captured places in the interior will be driven out, that Washington will be again threatened if not besieged, the border States overrun and rebel raids be made into the free States. The rebels are now fighting us with their whole strength, while we have not put forth half of ours; consequently, we find ourselves outnumbered, and in danger of being overwhelmed and of losing the great advantages gained by the expenditure of so much blood and treasure. What then is our obvious duty at the present time? It seems there can be but one answer from every loyal, patriotic heart. It is to strengthen the hands of the government by furnishing the new troops required with the greatest promptitude. It is easy to carp and find fault and criticize the conduct of our generals and the administration, but will that remedy the evil? Mistakes have undoubtedly been made and blunders committed. They always have been and always will be, in carrying on a war of such magnitude as this in which we are now engaged. All men are liable to err, and it is the height of folly to expect unvarying success in war. True, folly and wrong in our rulers should not be overlooked, and they should be held to a strict account for their conduct; but in time of great public danger, when the life of the nation is at stake, it is no time to quarrel; no good can possibly come of it. "United we stand, divided we fall." We must believe that the government and the army are doing all they can, and what they believe to be best under the circumstances. Let us then postpone all discussions that can do no good, put our shoulders to the wheel and do our utmost to furnish the men needed. Let us at the same time we furnish the men and means to carry on the war, give the President to understand that we the people desire the war to be prosecuted in the most vigorous manner, and with all the means known to honorable warfare which God and nature have put into our hands. This rebellion has got to be put down or it will put us down. There can, from the nature of the case and from the well known sentiments of the rebels, be no other alternative. It is conquest and subjugation of one of the other party, and we might as well understand it first as last. The North can subdue the rebellion if it will put forth all its strength and energies; but if we put forth but half our strength, and are only half in earnest, then the south will conquer us. Let us wake up to the importance of this crisis, accept the alternative forced upon us, and battle manfully for our country and for the overthrow of this accursed rebellion.
786. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: Town Meetings in Windham during the War of the Revolution - Bounties and Enlistments. The town meetings were mighty agencies in stimulating and keeping alive the spirit of patriotism in the days of '76. From the earliest dawn of the Revolution to the close of the struggle, the town meetings were frequent, and all important matters relating to the war were here brought up, discussed and passed upon. The business of raising troops, giving bounties for enlistments &c., and all questions of that sort were brought before these meetings and decided. After the battle of Lexington there was a perfect rush into the service, as there was last year after the bombardment of Sumter. Windham was first and foremost among the towns in this vicinity in furnishing men. At one time there were more than 300 in the Continental army from this town alone. Windham then embraced Hampton, Scotland and a part of Chaplin, with a population about equal to that at present. At first there were men enough, as in the present struggle, but after the war had continued for several years, men became more scarce and enlistments were not so prompt. Whenever it was decided to call for more troops, the State sent each town its quota, and the people of this town never failed to respond and furnish the number required. In June, 1780, a requisition was made on Windham for 37 men, being our proportion of 1500 to be raised; and before they could be enlisted, 1000 more were called for; our proportion being about 26. It will be remembered that the war had then continued five years, and we had furnished so many men that there were few males left except old men and boys. Let us see what the town did in the emergency: A town meeting was held on the 27th of June 1780, at which the Hon. Eliphalet Dyer was chosen moderator, Sam'l Gray, Esq., town clerk. It was "voted that This Town will raise a tax on the Poles and rateable estate of the Inhabitants of this town to Incourage This Town's Quota of men To Inlist into the Continental Army now To be raised." The State bounty was then 6 [English pounds] and the town voted to give an additional bounty of 6 [English pounds] to those who would enlist for three years or during the war, and 12 [English pounds] for each year thereafter while they continued in the service. They payments were to be made not in the depreciated currency, but according to the value fixed in 1776. In case the number to serve for the war could not be promptly made up, it was voted to give those who would enlist "forthwith" for six months "Twenty pounds money equal To wheat att five shillings per bushel, Rye at three shillings & Indian Corn at [2.6?] per bushel, and a suitable blanket, or Thirty shillings money in Lieu thereof." On the 3d of July another meeting was held to see if we would furnish our quota of the additional 1000 men called for. It was voted to do so, and to give the 20 [English pound] bounty to any who would enlist before the tenth of July instant. It was also voted to raise nine pence on the pound of "poles and ratable estate" to pay these bounties. In November of the same year (1780) more men were called for, and a committee was appointed at a town meeting Nov. 15, "To meet and agree on the best measures They can devise Forthwith To raise and Inlist sd men and that They settle and agree on the sum to be given to each soldier." Dec. 4, 1780, at a town meeting it was voted that "The Town will give the able bodied effective men who will ingage for three years 12 [English pounds] in silver money, as a bounty for the first year To be paid by The first day of January next or before they march, and nine pounds silver money as a bounty for each succeeding year To be paid New Years day annually." It was subsequently agreed to pay a bounty of 15 [English pounds] silver money to those who would engage for the war and 12 [English pounds] silver money for each succeeding year, &c., The above is only a partial account of what was down in one year by this town, but it shows the spirit and liberality which animated those who lived in the "days that tried men's souls." Let us emulate their example.
787. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: The Ladies' Soldiers Relief Association. We stated last week that the ladies of Willimantic were up and doing for the relief of sick and wounded soldiers. Collections were made and a considerable sum raised for this object. Among the collections was one from the Thread mill, contributed mostly by the operatives of that establishment, amounting to over $60, which was very liberal. Three large boxes filled with necessaries and comforts were forwarded last week, and more have been, or will be, dispatched. Much has been done in a quiet way heretofore by voluntary contributors, buyt a more systematic plan has been adopted which we doubt not will be carried out successfully by the ladies, who will not falter in the good work they have undertaken. A "Ladies' Soldiers Relief Association," for the war, has been formed, the terms of membership being 25 cents, with the payment of 3 cents weekly. Gentlemen of course are eligible as members, and will please hand in their names and cash, while the ladies take charge of the contributions, make the purchases and send on the comforts to the sick and wounded soldiers. Let every one give them a helping hand in this notable work.
788. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: Our thanks are due Mr. Aaron Geer for early cucumbers (the first we have seen this season) and nice head lettuce.
789. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: Recruiting in Willimantic. This village has furnished about 125 volunteers for the war, being one in about 25 of our entire population. Still we can and will furnish more. A strong effort is being made to raise a full company here, with a fair prospect of success. Charles Bowen, and Wm. H. Locke, are the recruiting officers for the new company, to be called the "Windham County Rifles." Their success thus far has been very encouraging but we are not informed of the number enlisted. Several who will undoubtedly enroll themselves are awaiting the action of the town meeting to be held next Tuesday. Now is the time for our young men to show their patriotism and their heroism.
790. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: Accidental Shooting. On Tuesday afternoon Elisha A. Carpenter, a boy about fourteen years old, was fooling with a pocket pistol loaded with ball, near the railroad depot. While attempting to cock it, the weapon accidentally went off and the ball entered the side of Geo. W. Phillips, a lad aged about sixteen, who was standing near by. The ball lodged in his body and has not yet been extracted. At first it was through the wound would prove fatal; but he is now comfortable and it is hoped he will recover. This sad affair is a loud warning to boys not to meddle with fire-arms.
791. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: Recruiting in the State. Public meetings have been held in most of the cities and large towns to encourage volunteering. A patriotic and liberal spirit prevails, and corporations and wealthy individuals, have offered generous aid in addition to the liberal bounties given by the State and Nation. The 7000 men ought to be raised in thirty days.
792. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: Ex Gov. Seymour, whose name was used without his consent, as one of the vice presidents of the patriotic meeting in Hartford the other evening to encourage enlistments, has disclaimed all sympathy with the meeting, and shows unmistakably that his feelings are with the South. His conduct is in marked contrast with Messrs. Hamersley, Burr, Chapman and other influential democrats all over the State, who have not allowed their political views to obscure their patriotism, in this hour of their country's peril.
793. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: An intelligent gentleman, a native of Mansfield, recently escaped from Georgia, where he has resided for many years, is decidedly of the opinion, that, as a last resort, the confederates will free and arm their slaves, rather than submit to the Federals. They have gone into this contest to win, are thoroughly in earnest, and will scruple at no means, not even the abolition of slavery, to accomplish their object.
794. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: We understand there has been considerable religious interest for some time past at Mansfield Hollow, in connection with Messrs. Merrick's Thread mill. The Rev. Mr. Bently, of this village, has labored there to some extent. Meetings have been frequent and a number of conversions are reported.
795. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: Our esteemed friends Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Dunham, of Eagleville, will please accept our thanks for a sample of most excellent butter, the product of their common native cows. It is very nice and a credit to Mrs. D's skill in the art of butter making.
796. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: Mr. Walden, agent for the Adams Express Company informs us that on Tuesday he received $1100 from our soldiers at New Orleans, mostly for the families of those who enlisted from this place and vicinity.
797. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: Extra Bounty.
Those enlisting in the Connecticut Regiments are entitled to the following bounties:
$2 at the time of enlistment.
$6 per month to the wife of a married man, or to the youngest child if the wife is dead.
$2 per month to each child under 14 years of age, not exceeding two.
$30 per year from the State.
$50 in advance, by the State, at the time of entering the service, to those who enlist before August 20th.
$25 by the United States, in advance, at the time of entering the service.
$75 by the United States, when honorably discharged.
All this in addition to the regular pay of $13 per month of privates, with rations, clothing, and arms.
$458 in one year. Should the war close in one year, the pay of the soldier, if he has a wife, will be $410, and if he has two or more children his pay will be $458. He has, in addition, his clothes and rations. The soldier without family receives $338, besides clothes and rations.
798. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: The Messrs. Sprague of Baltic have made a most generous and patriotic proposition to the men in their employ, who have families. They offer to continue to such, if they will enlist, half their pay during their absence, and to secure their positions to them when they return.
799. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: Brig. Gen. Dan. Tyler of Norwich, has been granted sixty days' leave of absence form his command in Halleck's army, on account of sickness.
800. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: Mr. George Upson, member of the Yale Theological Seminary, was ordained in Kensington, by the New Haven Association West, as
Chaplain of the 13th Regiment C.V. June 24th. Dr. Cleaveland preached the sermon. The services were of a highly interesting character.
801. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: On Monday evening last a number of Irish lads were in swimming at New Hartford, just above the large dam of the Greenwoods Co., when one of their number - a lad named Denahy - 12 or 14 years of age, was observed to siink down beneath the water and not return. He was supposed to have been drowned, and the usual efforts for the recovery of the body were made. The pond was dragged and raked thoroughly throughout the day on Tuesday, but without success. During these efforts, an eddy or small whirlpool was noticed near the point where the body disappeared, and on Wednesday it occurred to some party interested in the Mills that it would be a good idea to stop a leak in the dam which the eddy indicated to exist. In setting about this it was thought best to take out a plank, which was done. As soon as done, however, to the amazement of everyone, the cries of the lost lad for help were heard from underneath the dam. He was rescued of course. His loss and recovery are explained in the facts that the dam is constructed of heavy timbers, the shape of an inverted V with open spaces existing between them. The boy had been sucked through the hole in among the timbers of the dam, and by a heroic self-possession had managed to crawl upward into the top of the dam, where it seems he found air enough to support life. The dam being strongly planked above and below, he could not be discovered, and his cries found no vent but came back to him in horrid echoes. For two nights and parts of three days the little fellow had been imprisoned in this terrible tomb.
802. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: Enlistments are going on in Norwich with unprecedented rapidity. Three companies are now formed in that city, and two are already forming there for the 14th. It has been decided for that city to offer a bounty of $13 for every volunteer and a town meeting will be held on Wednesday to do this.
803. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: Capt. Thomas K. Bates is recruiting a company in Danielsonville, and is meeting with good success.
804. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: At Meriden, recruiting goes on so briskly, that it is thought that a full company will be enrolled by Saturday night.
805. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: The steamship Persia, from Liverpool the 5th, arrived at New York on Wednesday. She brings but little news of interest. The English press continues it discussions upon American affairs, some of the papers professing to believe the North must eventually abandon all efforts at reconstruction while others think this result may be brought about, after years of bloodshed. Most of them, however, agree upon the policy of non-intervention at present.
806. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: A dispatch from New York states that five brothers in Vermont 5th regiment, of the name of Clayton, were all killed in the recent Virginia battles.
807. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: Deaths.
In Lebanon, July Miss Betsey Bliss, aged 75.
In Coventry, July 17, Hannah Sullivan, aged [looks like 20]
In Ashford, Geo. H. White, aged 6 months.
In Willimantic, July 16, Agnes Pilling, aged 3 years.
808. TWJ Fri Jul 18, 1862: New Barber Shop, under Bassett's Building. Shaving, Hair-Cutting and Shampooing. Reduction in prices.
Whiskers Dyed, &c. John H. Auld. Willimantic, July 16, 1862.
809. TWJ Fri Jul 25, 1862: From the 10th C.V. Camp of 10th Conn. Vols., Newbern, N.C., June 29, 1862. Mr. Weaver - Dear Sir: After three months' rest (so to speak), we are again ordered to prepare for battle. On the 14th of March, 1862, the 1st Brigade Gen. Foster, entered into and camped in the city of Newbern; and this despite the vows of its defenders, that every man should fall before such a thing should take place. You know how well they kept their vows - run, "skedaddled", before a force not as large as their own; left their chosen positions, their entrenchments, their cannon, and fled before the despised and underrated "mudsills" of the North, burning bridges, to check, as they hoped, and finally set fire to their city and left it to its fate, which would have been a sorry one but for the strong and willing hands of the lovers of the Starry Flag. But to-day! After drilling in camp, doing picket duty in the swamps, among all kinds of walking, creeping and crawling things, for three months, to day we are under orders; "to hold ourselves in readiness to march, on eight hours, notice. Some experience a feeling of relief at prospective change from the dull routine of camp life to the excitement incident to a march into the enemy's country. Some faint hearted ones may feel inclined to "play off" at the prospect of a long march under the scorching sun. But in truth, and for the good name of this Regiment, I think the latter are few in number. For the march we will turn out some more than four hundred effective men. We cannot reach five hundred. But with this number we expect the 10th will preserve her name as a crack regiment. Three days ago an expedition sailed (or steamed) up the river. At the same time a regiment of Pennsylvania troops took the "Trenton" road, so I am told. Rumors came in during the day and the day following of the successes and reverses of the river expedition. Report No 1: "Our troops have captured several prisoners; and would have captured three companies, if the boats had not grounded. No 2: "A Captain belonging to the 3d Artillery, N.Y.V., missing." No 3: "One of our batteries surrounded; another battery ordered to proceed to their rescue." &c. Nothing from the troops on the Trenton road. Knowing ones (or those who pretended to know) think that these troops are rebuilding the bridges burned by the "Rebs" in their flight: that "nothing particular" has happened to them over and above a little skirmishing. As the reports which came in about their capturing a number of Rebels, have not been confirmed, I think it may be true. I know that these bridges must be rebuilt before we can advance. There are two roads leading out of the city, toward the capital of this rebellious State. One is called the "Trenton" and the other the "Neuse" Road, about four miles out another road branches off toward Washington, where the 24th Massachusetts is stationed, protecting the Union regiment which is being raised there. Three miles from the junction the road c[r]osses a creek which empties into the Neuse. Here the bridge has been burned; fortunately the trestle work remains perfect. The Neuse road also crosses this same creek. That bridge is burned also. I cannot speak positively in regard to the bridges on the Trenton road; but presume more were left standing. The rail road has suffered much; bridges burned and track torn up. Its no more than reasonable to suppose that these bridges must be rebuilt and that the troops sent out the other day are engaged at the work. Now when we move it must be done in two columns; one on the Trenton and one on the Neuse roads. All the available troops are to go, leaving only enough to guard the city, infantry, artillery and cavalry: making quite an imposing, and to the "Rebs" awe inspiring array. You shall hear from us, be assured: and we hope to sustain the good name which all account to this Division. Remember us as we are battling for the right. We do not know what we are going to meet; but we feel confident that Gen. Burnside will take us into no "scrape" out of which he cannot also take us. I've no time nor inclination to stop and enter into a learned discussion of "this that and the other"; whether this move is intended to attract the attention of the Rebels to some point where some other General hits them a dig in another tender and unprotected spot - with such I've nothing to do. All any one need know at this time is that the Burnside Division is about to move. Our friends know that we do not fool or play when our faces are set toward the rebels. So, too, do the "Rebs" know and fear us. Let our friends rest assured that we will give a good account of ourselves when we return to this place. Good bye. "Salt junk," or as the boys have it "salt horse" is ready, and I must close. Yours truly, Romulus. July 3. Instead of sending this letter to you immediately after writing, I held it back, thinking perhaps something might occur which would cause the order to march to be countermanded. Such a thing did really happen, so far as the Division under Gen. Foster is concerned. There are six regiments in his Division: the 10th is one. These six had orders, the 1st to quit all preparations for a march. The 2d & 3d Divisions embarked the same day and sailed; to what place, I cannot tell. Of course that point will remain in the dark till Gen. Burnside sees fit to disclose. It is likely the mails from this place will not reach the North till a strike has been made: for Gen. Burnside has ordered the mail to be taken back to the Office, from a mail steamer just on the eve of starting. This was all right, no doubt. I understand that 20,000 troops from Annapolis are soon to relieve us (this is from a reliable source of course), what will be done with this Division then I cannot guess. I think I may say that the health of this regiment is improving. We have recently dug a well, the water of which is sweet and nice. Asa F. Harvey, of Willimantic, "bossed" the job. Well, I guess it is about time for me to stop: so therefore believe me to be Yours, &c, Romulus.
810. TWJ Fri Jul 25, 1862: We are informed that Rev. E.D. Bentley, pastor of the Baptist church in this village, contemplates going with one of the new regiments as Chaplain, provided he can be assigned to the regiment in which Hayden Rifles are to serve.
811. TWJ Fri Jul 25, 1862: Town Meeting. The following declaration with the accompanying resolution was adopted at a legal town meeting, held in Windham, on Tuesday, the 22d instant. It will be seen that it gives the liberal bounty of $100 to any resident of the ton who enlists, passes a medical examination, and is sworn into the service of the United States on or before the 10th day of August. It includes all who have enlisted since the 1st of June. The town has thus shown itself worthy of its ancient fame, as one of the most patriotic and liberal in the State. Now let the sons of old Windham fall in, fill up the ranks of the Windham Company, and secure this generous bounty.
812. TWJ Fri Jul 25, 1862: 200 Bounty. This sum is paid to begin with to those who enlist from this town, as follows:
Town bounty $100
State bounty $50
State bounty (one third of the $30 yearly bounty) $10
U.S. bounty $25
U.S. payment on enlisting $2
One months' pay in advance $13
This sum is to be paid when mustered into the United states service.
813. TWJ Fri Jul 25, 1862: Currant Jelly. A Captain of one of the Connecticut companies, lately from Newbern, who is now recovering from sickness, remarked to us yesterday that there was nothing that men in hospitals found so beneficial as Currant Jelly. This is just the season for making this jelly, and we hope every patriotic lady will prepare a large supply, so that our soldiers may have all that they require. - Exchange. We know by experience that nothing is so grateful to a sick man as currant and barberry jellies. We hope our ladies will make lots for the soldiers.
814. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: Attention is called to the notice in another column for first class agents, by Mr. E.F. Hovey our former citizen, to canvas for Victor's History of the Rebellion.
815. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: The Hayden Rifles. Recruiting is going on quite briskly for this company. Up to this (Friday) morning nearly 70 men had been enlisted and sworn in. The following persons are authorized to enlist for this company: Chas. D. Bowen, Andrew W. Loomis, James F. Long, Jr., Wm. H. Locke, and Wm. H Maloney. Headquarters at Bassett's Hall. We rejoice that w are to have one company from this town, that we can call our company. Let the ranks be filled up without delay. There is nothing gained by waiting. Enlist now.
816. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: At a meeting of the volunteers of the town of Windham, Wm. W. Perry, was chosen chairman and it was voted to organize a Windham company to be called the Hayden Rifles. It was then voted that Chas. D. Bowen, be nominated for Captain of the Hayden Rifles. A.W. Loomis, Secretary. Capt. Bowen then made a neat little speech, which was received with hearty applause by his men.
817. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: We have received a welcome letter from our friend Mr. John G. Avery, formerly of So. Windham, now in England, dated No. 1 Ludgate Hill, London, July 9, giving some account of the celebration of the Fourth by the Americans in the British Metropolis. He says: "It was indeed an affair worthy of the day; and I assure you every American heart was brim full of the spirit of '76. Although we had to dispense with fire crackers, squibs and fire works generally, which we have been accustomed to yet, we were not slow to make the best use of our lungs with cheer after cheer for the Union, constitution and Abraham Lincoln. There were several English gentlemen with us that did honor to the occasion; among them the Rev. J.H. Ryland, who responded to the sentiment: "The President of the United States." No American could have made more appropriate remarks or could have been better received than this English clergyman, and I wish to God that there were more of the same sentiments among our English brethren." We shall hope to hear from Mr. A. occasionally. Thanks for the London American.
818. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: The New Militia Act goes into operation at once, and the Selectmen are to complete the enrollment in 30 days from the 19th of this month. All able-bodied men between 18 and 45, are to be enrolled and pay a tax of one dollar yearly. The inactive militia are to be subject to active duty only in case of insurrection, invasion, &c. The active militia will be liable to be called into active service at any time. The act provides for an annual parade of the active militia in May, by company, and a parade by regiment or brigade in September or October; the compensation to be two dollars per day and mileage at 5 cts per mile. An annual officers' drill is also provided for. We shall soon publish the law in full.
819. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: We copied from the Courant week before last a notice of the death of Mr. C.A. Holt of Chaplain. On Wednesday last Mr. Holt called on us alive and in good health. He had communicated to the Courant the death of Mr. Griggs at the time of his decease and by some mistake his own death was announced. We rejoice that Mr. Holt is still in the land of the living, for he is a subscriber to the Journal, and the Courant, and pays promptly in advance. Such a man cannot be well spared at present.
820. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: The Late Daniel Griggs, of Chaplin. We copy the following tribute from the N.Y. Independent, of the 17th inst: Died, in Chaplin, Windham co., Conn., June 26, 1862, Daniel Griggs, aged 83 years, 3 months and 2 days, leaving a deeply afflicted widow (with whom he had lived in sweet accord for more than fifty-six years) and ten children - three daughters and seven sons, all of whom, with their wives and children, and other relatives, ("making a great company") were permitted to follow their venerated husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to the tomb, and could from the heart say no children ever lost a kinder or better parent; for they can truly say, "Surely he was a most excellent father." Endowed by nature with a high arder of intellect, and possessing a strong, clear mind, - that mind remained undimmed by age and unclouded by disease up to his last moments; and when his Maker called him (knowing "that it was the last of earth") responded promptly, I am ready and willing to go; and, after giving various directions concerning his burial, &c., to his afflicted and weeping family, who were standing around the couch of death, he fell asleep as gently and quietly as ever did an infant on its mother's breast. Of the sons are George M. Griggs, of the Washington Life Insurance Company of New York, and Rev. C. Edwin Griggs a recent graduate of the Union Theological Seminary of this city, the latter being the youngest of the ten children. The above is a sincere tribute of love and respect from a son to the memory of a father beloved. G.M.G.
821. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: The New London Star says: "Why should not the new navy yard be located here? Connecticut has never received much from the Government for which her sons have so freely shed their blood, and now all that she asks is that the most suitable place be selected, and this she thinks she has a right to claim. We hope that to the commission appointed to examine our harbor, a medical officer, an engineer and a naval constructor will be attached, that the superior advantages of our location may be fully appreciated by the Government." We hope that the Government may fully appreciate the advantage of New London for a Navy Yard. It has all the advantages that could be desired - a good harbor, deep water, its desirable climate, &c., &c., Aside from all the advantages, it is due to Connecticut, in consideration of her past services and the small amount received in return, that her claims should now be considered. We trust that the Secretary of the Navy will decide in favor of New London."
822. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: Mr. Marcus Barrows, of North Mansfield met with quite an accident on Thursday of last week. He was walking with a scythe hung over his shoulder, when stooping to pick up something in his way, the scythe became displaced, and the point of it entered his back cutting a severe gash some six inches long, making a bad wound.
823. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: The Rev. Samuel Hall will hold Episcopal service and preach in the Spiritualist Church in this village on Sunday next at 5 o'clock P.M.
824. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: Circular. The Society of the Sons of New England in the city of Philadelphia, Pa., have raised funds and placed them in the hands of a Relief Committee, who will visit the Army Hospitals within this Medical District, and seek out the sick and wounded soldiers belonging to the New England States, and render them such aid or advice as they may require. Where a soldier is furloughed or discharged, and is without sufficient funds to enable him to reach his home, he will be assisted by the society. The Society will keep a complete list of all the New England soldiers admitted to the different Hospitals within this district, and will gladly answer, as far as they are able, any inquiries from their relatives or friends. They will also take charge of and deliver any articles or parcels which may be sent to their care for specified patients. Special Committees are detailed to each Hospital, and the friends of the invalid soldier may rest assured that his necessities will be supplied, and as far as possible his general comfort will be increased. Communications may be addressed to. H.R. Warriner, President, No. 16 North Seventh st.
825. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: Jesse Dickenson, an old resident of Malborough [mean Marlborough?], 88 years of age, on Saturday, while crossing a brook on that day, slipped on a stone and fell, hurting his head, and causing injuries of which he died on Sunday.
826. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: A barn in Columbia, belonging to J.J. Watson a cigar maker at Vernon, was burned Saturday night, together with some hay and $1000 worth of tobacco. Insured for $700 in the Tolland Co. Mutual.
827. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: Two church members got into a fight in the vestibule of one of the New Haven churches, Sunday, as the congregation were entering the church. Their faces were disfigured by blows, and the excitement became general inside the church and out. Finally the men were forcibly parted. It was an old quarrel.
828. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: A fatal affray occurred in Brooklyn on the evening of the 13th. A man named Burroughs, from Killingly, tried to gain forcible entrance into the house of a widow named Taylor, mistaking her house for another part of the same. With a crowbar he broke open the door and seized her with the intention of offering some violence, when she drew a pistol and shot him through the lungs. He will probably die.
829. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: A party of boys while picking blackberries on the rock known as Peter's Rock, North Haven, on Monday, came across a flat-headed adder, with _9 young ones. They attacked and killed the whole batch.
830. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: A little son of Capt. Isaac Coe, of New London, was severely kicked by a horse, on Thursday last, breaking his leg and otherwise wounding him.
831. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: The Norwich Aurora says specimens of ore from Wawecus Hill have been recently analyzed, and yield per ton gold $54 80; silver, $12 51; total per ton, $67 31.
832. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: Military.
The 10th C.V. is still at Newbern.
The 7th Connecticut, with the rest of Gen. Stevens Division, is now with Gen. McClellan.
The 5th Conn. Regt. Is now under Gen. Pope. The statement that it has reinforced McClellan originated from the announcement that Gen. Ferry has joined the Potomac army with his western troops.
The 13th Regiment, C.V., is now encamped on the estate of General Twiggs at New Orleans.
A correspondent of the New York Tribune at Newport News, July 13th, says: Col. Henry W. Kingsbury, late Captain in Griffin's Battery, has just reported to Gen. Parke for duty. Hi takes command of the 11th Connecticut, and the late Major Steadman, a gallant officer, is promoted to the Lieutenant Colonelcy. Col. Deming and Lieut. Ashmead, of the Conn. Twelfth, returned from New Orleans on the steamer McClellan, arriving in New York last week. Lieut. Ashmead of Co. H, Twelfth Regiment has resigned. The Twelfth is still encamped at Carrolton and the Thirteenth in the city of New Orleans. Co. A, of the Twelfth is said to be at Jefferson City, near New Orleans. Capt. Geo. N. Lewis is acting mayor and Lieut. Wm. S. Buckley city clerk and recorder. The Thirteenth were presented with a handsome silk flag, on the 4th, by a beautiful Creole lady, in the presence of Gen. Butler and Staff. The Eighth and Eleventh regiments are at Newport News, Va. Correspondents will address their letters accordingly. Cornelius A. Lincoln, of Hartford, has received authority to enlist men for the Connecticut Sixteenth, and has gone to Windham county for that purpose.
833. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: Rev. Samuel Allen, of Windsor Locks, has asked dismission from his society on account of ill health, which was brought on by an injury received some months since. Mr. Allen was settled over the Congregational church of this place 17 years ago, and what is very remarkable in these times of discussion among ministers and people, is that this pastor stated in a formal address made to his people last Sabbath, "that he had never received an unkind word form any member of his society during his ministry among them." Such a people and society as this must prosper.
834. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: Explosion of the Hazardville Powder Mill. Hazardville, July23 - One of the most appalling calamities that has occurred in this city for many years was caused by the explosion of the powder mills of the Hazard Powder Co. at Hazardville, about 3 o'clock this afternoon. The cause of the explosion is a mystery, and probably will be forever, as all of the employees in the building were instantly killed. The first occurred in the press mill, and was followed in rapid succession by the blowing up of four others in the immediate vicinity. The buildings were wooden, and were very easily blow to atoms and to a great distance in all directions. The total among of powder destroyed is estimated at about forty tons, and was to be shipped to the federal army in a few days. Fortunately there was not a great many hands at work at the time of the explosion, or the loss of life would have been much larger than is now the case. There were eight killed outright, and a few are injured. The killed are as follows: Edward Grammond, Henry Clark, Patrick Folland, Jas. Ready, Patrick Kearney, all employed in the press building; Arthur Beach who was washing himself in the coming mill, was also killed; Cynthia Smith, employed in the cartridge building, ran out when the first explosion occurred, and was hit by a falling timber. She was fatally injured. All of the above, with the exception of Miss Smith, were married and leave families. The two Beaches killed were brothers. Only the bodies of Arthur Beach and Miss Smith wree immediately recovered. The others were blown to pieces; the only fragments found were heads, fingers and portions of limbs, all of which filled only an ordinary water pail and were found in all directions and at a great distance from the explosion. There is scarcely a vestage left of the building destroyed. So severe was the concussion that dwelling houses within two miles were unroofed, trees, uprooted, horses, cattle and people prostrated, and the explosion was distantly heard in Northhampton and East Brookfield over fifty miles distant. In Springfield houses were jarred as by an earthquake. I have not heard of any definite estimate of the loss, but it is unnecessary. The work of rebuilding will commence immediately and will occupy about three months.
835. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: Responses of the People. Don't lose your Bounty. If the Connecticut quota is not immediately filled up voluntarily, then a resort will be had to drafting. In that case all the bounty money of over $300 is lost, and the drafted men will get only $15 a month. All those who have any idea of going to the war, should remember that now is the very best time. The same enormous inducements cannot be long offered. Money is now poured out as freely as water. All is offered that can be. No larger bounty will be paid, and if the recruits now hold back, they will lose everything beyond the usual pay of a soldier. At a large and enthusiastic town meeting held in Hartford Saturday afternoon, the sum of $100,000 was appropriated for the aid of the families of volunteers who have, or may, enlist in the town; for the aid of the sick and wounded, and for promoting enlistments. The city government of Boston, met on Monday and passed an order appropriating $300,000 from the city treasury, to be expended in bounties, ($100 to each volunteer), and to meet other expenses in raising troops.
Springfield has appropriated $30,000 for the payment of bounty to volunteers of $100 each.
Charles Chapman said in a recent speech delivered in Waterbury, that any man who would discourage enlistments "out to be dead and buried with his face downwards, to show that he had turned away from his God."
The town of Plymouth have voted to pay a bounty of $100 to volunteers from that town.
Messrs. Yeomans, Drake and Warner, all conductors on the Providence and Fishkill Railroad have given up their places and taken up their muskets. Mr. Yeomans intends to enlist a company in the State. - Hartford Post.
836. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: Deaths.
In Willimantic, July 21, Ansel, son of Geo. Purington.
In Springfield, July 24, Mrs. Julia, wife of Geo. T. Weaver, formerly of Willimantic, aged 25. Her remains are to be brought to Willimantic.
In Windham, July 19, Dr. C.S. Avery, aged 73.
In Brooklyn, July 20, Ruth Baker.
In Coventry, July 17, Hannah Sullivan, aged 28.
In Ashford, Geo. H. White, aged 6 months.
In Mansfield, July 17, Chas. Hartshorn, aged 84.
837. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: To Let. The large and commodious store in Atwood Block with fixtures complete suitable for Merchant Tailoring, Dry Goods, Ready-made Clothing, Boots and Shoes, or any similar business. Possession given immediately. Inquire of J.R. Robettson.
838. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: Notice. To whom it may concern: This is to forbid all persons from trusting my wife Margaret on my account as I shall pay no debts of her contracting after this date. Michael Nelligan. Willimantic, July 23, 1862.
839. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: At a Court of Probate, holden at Windham, within and for the District of Windham, on the 23d of July, A.D. 1862. Present Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. On motion of John W. Watson, Executor of the last will and testament of Joseph A. Watson, 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 Executor, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic, and by posting a copy thereof on the public sign-post in said town of Windham, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from record, Wm. Swift, Clerk. Claims against said estate of J.A. Watson may be handed to the Executor, or J. Tracy, at the Windham C.M. Co.'s office.
840. TWJ Fri Jul 26, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the District of Windham, on the 21st day of July, A.D. 1862. present, Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. This Court doth direct the Executors of the last will and testament of Abbey Wilkinson, late of Windham, in said District, deceased, represented to be insolvent, to give notice to all persons interested in that estate of said deceased, to appear, (if they see cause) before the Court of Probate Office in said District, on the 28th day of July, 1862, at 9 o'clock, A.M., to be heard relative to the appointment of Commissioners on said estate, by posting said order of notice of a public signpost in said town of Windham nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt, and by advertising the same in a newspaper published in Windham. Certified from Record, Wm. Swift, clerk.
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