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WINDHAM COUNTY NEWSPAPERS : WILLIMANTIC JOURNAL 1857-1862
[following issuesof June 6th might be misdated, might actually be June 7, 1861]
542. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: The New Town of Sprague. The town of Sprague, created by act of the Legislature on Thursday, the 23d of May, contains about twelve square miles of territory, taken from the town of Franklin and Lisbon. It includes besides Baltic and the new village shortly to be built up by the Messrs. Sprague, the villages of Hanover and Eagleville. At the former are the mills of L.P. Rowland and Col. Ethan Allen, and at the latter the fine mill of John Bachelder. By the original act of incorporation Eagleville was not included within the limits of the new town, but an amendment to that effect was urged by the people of Lisbon and finally adopted. This added to the taxable list of Sprague about 200,000, and also entailed upon the town one-half the expense of keeping Lovett's bridge in repair. The town of Lisbon is now left with about 150 voters only and a grand list of little over $200,000. By the terms of the act of incorporation, the new town pays its proportion, according to the list of 1860, of all State, town and other taxes already levied in Franklin and Lisbon; it pays the town of Lisbon 7,677 as its share of debts now existing against the town; it pays one-half the existing debts of the town of Franklin; it takes two-thirds of the poor of the town of Lisbon, and all the poor of Franklin, with one exception, and it divides the deposit funds of the towns of Lisbon and Franklin in proportion to the inhabitants. It is constituted a part of the Eighth Senatorial District, and belongs to the Probate District of Norwich. The first town meeting is ordered for the second Monday in June, at two o'clock in the afternoon, at Sprague's Hall in Baltic. An idea of the importance of this new town may be gained from a brief sketch of the past and proposed operations of the Messrs Sprague in that locality. In 1856, the late Gov. Sprague purchased the Lord farm, at Lord's Bridge, and other lands bordering on the Shetucket river, and began the erection of the present dam, and laid the foundation of the great mill now in operation there. He deceased in October of that year, and the work was resumed by his nephews (one of whom is the present Chief Magistrate of Rhode Island) and his son the following Spring. Where there were less than fifty souls, a few scattered dwellings, a grist and saw mill, five years ago, have sprung up, as if by magic, the largest cotton mill on this continent, if not in the world, and a beautiful village, with over one hundred houses and stores mechanics' shops, and other edifices, all the result of foreign capital, and monuments of the energy and public spirit of the Spragues. A large hall has been erected by their private munificence, with is used for public worship by the people of the village, warmed and lighted by the owners, and a fine school edifice, furnishing education to the children of the operatives and others at an expense of about $5,000, three fourths which, at least, was contributed by the Spragues. They now propose making an addition to their mill some 400 feet in length, which will increase the operatives to 1,300, and add at least 500 to the present population of their village. But they do not propose to stop here. They have already secured lands and water rights within the limits of the new town of Sprague, for the erection of another dam and mill, which will give occupation to some 1,500 men, women and children, and a village will soon spring up above the existing one with its 2500 or 3000 inhabitants, where there are not now 25 souls. The town will be emphatically a manufacturing community. The population of Baltic village being situated in two towns, and subject to different municipal, police and educational regulations, over which the owners of the mill had but little control, they were very much embarrassed in their efforts to guard the public morals, enforce the laws, and give the people of the village proper educational advantages. These were among the strongest reasons which induced the inhabitants within the limits of the new town, as well as the mill owners, to move in establishing the new town.
543. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: The London Herald has begun to catch the true American notes, as the first faint ripple of the coming deluge of patriotic loyalty begins to break upon the British shores. In its issue of May 6th, it gives the following sensible view of things on this side. "Insurrections, rebellions and revolutions generally prosper at the beginning. The revolt of the cotton states has been exceptionally prosperous, but peculiar reasons exist which account for that success, and explain, at the same time the inactivity of the North. The plans of the seceders have been seething and maturing for eight years past, and every department of the government which could minister to their aims has been directed and controlled by the arch conspirators, without a chance of discovery. Under President Pierce's administration, as in that of Mr. Buchanan, the Secretaryships of the Treasury, War and Navy were held by southerners, and indisputable evidence is forthcoming that those departments were administered for eight years past with special reference to the present crisis. Eight years effect great changes in the personnel of an army and navy and when it is remembered that the system of patronage rule those services in America, little surprise need be felt that the north now possess regiments and ships and but comparatively few officers. A single fact will show the unscrupulousness with which southern statesmen have worked their plot. The final act of Mr. Jefferson Davis in the United States Senate was to move that the federal government should hence forward be debarred from purchasing any presented weapons of war; and however monstrous this proposition may appear it was ultimately carried by the southern majority. We say monstrous, because every article of any description in the American Union which affects the slightest claim to originality or improvement is immediately patented, and the patent laws of the republic admit foreign inventions to similar protection with native on a very slight increase of expense over the latter. The Washington government was thus restricted to the sue of antiquated and comparatively worthless weapons, whilst the Southern Confederacy arm its troops with cannon and rifles of the latest manufacture. The North is not to blame for failing to see through the manifold ramifications of this astounding plot. The citizens of the free states and their representatives in Congress looked upon the threats of secession as mere intimidations nought else; nor are they to be blamed for failing to suspect their southern brethren of a treachery without parallel in history. At length the entire North is awakened to the truth by the attack on Fort Sumter, and Democrats native Americans and Republicans learn for the first time that Mr. Lincoln's success is but the pretext for succession, whilst a long preparing and cleverly matured plot to break up the Union is the only true motive. The north is now hastening as one man to take vengeance on the traitors. From the forests of Maine to the mountains of Pennsylvania the air is resonant with the clang of arms. Through the land is echoed 'the Gaul is at the gates,' and the New Englander quits the loom, the western farmer turns from the plough and the sturdy settler in far-distant Minnesota casts aside his axe and rushes to defend the Capital. It is no longer a simple President and a successful political party who are inimical to the seceders. The whole North is up as one man, and those who but yesterday ridiculed Mr. Lincoln as a fool or vilified him as a blood-thirsty tyrant, now laud him as the second 'Father of his Country.' Young boys and old men fly to his summons; millions are placed at his disposal by the State legislatures, corporate companies, and even private individuals; business is suspended, and the entire population seems to be drilling itself for the conflict. If only half the accounts in the American press be correct, we doubt whether the annals of any country can furnish more astonishing proof of unanimity of sentiment and self-denying patriotism than are now offered by the free states of the Transatlantic Union."
544. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: The Condition of the People of Virginia. A citizen of Virginia, of high position, and a graduate of West Point, arrived in Washington on Saturday, having been driven from his residence near the North Carolina line. His account of the condition of the people is melancholy. The utmost alarm and insecurity prevail. He was ordered to leave, and was only permitted to depart without personal violence by the interposition of friends, who are rebels. He expresses the utmost confidence of returning in six months with the power of the Government at his back. He is especially urgent for the capture of Richmond, which he states, is a store-house of supply for a large portion of the Southern country. Three flouring mills there are turning out 3,000 barrels of flour daily, all of which goes to feed treason. There are thousands, according to his opinion, who only await to see Federal bayonets and the Federal flag to return to their constitutional obligation.
545. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: A correspondent of the Tribune, writing from Old Point Comfort, Va., says of Col. Duryee and his Zouaves: "The headquarters of Col. Duryee are, in point of location and salubrity, the finest of any I have seen within the circumference of many miles. The dwelling is likewise occupied by Lieut. Col. Warren, Major Davies and other officers. It is literally a bower of roses, and the foregrounds extend down to the beach, where there is the best of bathing. "The Zouaves seem to be ubiquitous. They are everywhere. You can't go anywhere without meeting them. Not a nook or corner they have not explored. They spread themselves like ants all over the surface of the land, and are the very terror of the rebels. By dint of perseverance and economy they live well, and they have a provoking way of getting things, it is said. They fish, they dig oysters, they catch crabs, they get new milk, they have Spring chickens for breakfast, lamb and peas for dinner, and they have strawberries and cream for dessert. And yet I do not know that any one complains of excesses. They certainly are the most peaceable and quiet of men, and withal general favorites. They are the standing - and moving - sensation, with a jolly, devil-may-care prestige. I understand that it is their opinion that Old Point is a capital watering place.
546. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: New Implements of War. Mr. William McCord of Sing Sing; has devoted the last two or three years to the invention and perfection of a gun to discharge successive volleys without the necessity of intermission for reloading or adjusting the parts, or for allowing the implement to cool. This result he claims to have most successfully accomplished; and a number of military and scientific men who have witnessed its performance, bear testimony to the amazingly destructive power of the new weapon. The piece is discharged by the turning of a crank; the loaded balls, with percussion caps attached, passing into the barrel from a hopper, so that the only labor of loading, is to shovel the balls, like grain, into the hopper. It can be kept in action from hour to hour, or from day to day, like any other pieces of machinery, and for ought we see, might be propelled by steam.
547. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: For the Journal. The Late Col. Jillson. Colonel William Lawrence Jillson, who died in this village on Saturday, June 1st, in the 54th year of his age, was son of the late Asa Jillson, Esq. And was born at Scituate R.I. December 18th, 1807. He came to Willimantic in 1826, when the present village was in its infancy, and was a constant resident here until his decease. He commenced business as a machinist, and for more than thirty years no man was more fully identified with our business and manufacturing interests than himself. He was for many years in the manufacture of machinery, and since agent of the firm of A. & S. Jillson, and, more recently, of the Duck Co. and Dunham Manufacturing Co. The fact of his having so long occupied important and responsible positions in our manufacturing concerns, where others were interested, is a sufficient proof of the confidence reposed in him, and of his business energy and capacity. In his younger years he took much interest in military affairs, and was Captain of the old Rifle Company, and Colonel of this Regiment. He is remembered as a very prompt and efficient officer. He was interested in whatever tended to improve the appearance of the place, and especially in beautifying our village cemetery, where now rest his mortal remains. Col. Jillson was a frank, independent and outspoken man; of ardent sympathies, sincere convictions, and real kindness of heart. His frankness, with his social and kindly qualities, endeared him to a large circle of sincere and devoted friends, who will long cherish his memory. His familiar form will be missed in our streets and thoroughfares, and especially at home and among those who knew him best, will his absence be keenly felt, and his loss deeply deplored. For many years he had been in poor and failing health, and few men could have borne up under the burdens and peculiar trials of an invalid life, with a braver, more cheerful and self-reliant spirit, than he did. Col. Jillson married Caroline, daughter of Capt. Bildad Curtis, of Windham, who survives him, and leaves five children, three of whom are married and settled in life.
548. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: Correspondence of the Journal.
Camp Buckingham, 1st Regiment, Conn. Volunteers, Washington, D.C.,
May 27, 1861. Friend Simpson - The Connecticut Brigade is stationed
on the Heights, and out two and one half miles north of the Capitol,
and are likely to stay here for a while. The situation is beautiful,
overlooking the city of Alexandria, Va., the Potomac, and a large
portion of the country south of us; yet with the beautiful scenery
and advantage of location over other regiments and brigades, no one
is satisfied; they feel abused that other regiments are sent to Virginia
and we kept back, when we have the name of being the best equipped
regiment in the field, and as well if not better drilled than any,
now that the 7th N.Y. has gone home. Last Saturday and a few days
before, all were in the best of spirits, having received orders to
be ready to march in fifteen minutes, if called to arms. Saturday
the long-wished for roll was heard, and in fifteen minutes every
company was in line of battle on the parade, and a few minutes later
were on the march to Alexandria. We marched to the long bridge, a
distance of three and a half miles, where we received orders to return
without once stopping on "Old Virginia's shore," Disappointment
could be seen on every countenance, but we must obey orders, and
here we have been ever since. There is a great deal of excitement
here, of course, where there are so many troops quartered and its
being the Capital of the Nation. When we first came here we had good
opportunities to see the sights, but now they are all afraid that
we shall receive marching orders if they should be away from the
regiment, consequently there are no passes to go out of camp asked
549. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: Hon. Warren Chase of Michigan, will lecture in the Spiritualist Church next Sabbath, A.M. and P.M., at the usual hours. Also, at 8 o'clock evening, on the War: Mr. Chase being acquainted with Southern people, is able to furnish facts of interest, tending to a solution of the cause of, and the means of extrication from the present troubles.
550. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: Serious Accident. The wife of Mr. L. Chamberlain of Mansfield Centre, met with a serious accident on Saturday, 1st inst., by being thrown from a wagon, receiving severe cuts and bruises on the head and face. She is attended by Dr. Sumner, who gives hopes of her recovery.
551. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: Last Friday night, the post office at Putnam was entered through the window for the delivery of letters. About one hundred letters were opened, but it is not thought that the burglars found much money. An unsuccessful attempt to break open the safe was also made. A reward of $100 is offered for the arrest of the guilty parties.
552. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: A New Quadruped. Mr. J. Sparks of this village, has a chicken with four perfectly formed legs and feet. The extra pair of legs might be an advantage to the fowl during the day, but on going to roost we think it would be slightly bothered.
553. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: Some stalks of rye were brought to this office a few days since, by Mr. A.R. Moulton, of this village, which measured over six feet in length. The stalks were cut on the 1st inst.
554. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: A chap in Danielsonville undertook to raise a secession flag on Saturday night, but was hoisted from town, and has not shown his agreeable mug there since.
555. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: James Walden has been appointed Post Master of Willimantic, vice Wm. H. Hosmer, resigned.
556. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: The Mobile Advertiser says that "some of the best soldiers in the Confederacy are mustered in the neighborhood of Fort Pickens." If they attempt an attack upon the Fort, they will not only be "mustered" there, but nicely "peppered" too.
557. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: Henry H. Starkweather has been appointed postmaster at Norwich, Conn.
558. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: 18,000 tons of railroad iron were seized by the United States on Wednesday, at Alexandria. The rails were for the unfinished road from Strasburgh south.
559. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: On the 3d inst. The New York Seventh Regiment was mustered out of the service of the United States.
560. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: Joseph Bradley, a shoemaker from Winchester, Mass, was lately hung at Houston, Texas, for avowing himself a Union man; and they only ask to be let alone."
561. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: A Baltimorean affirms that 4000 Germans and Irish from his city were attracted into Virginia by the promise of farms. They were then forced into the army.
562. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: A man named Bennett, was hanged at Manassas Junction on Saturday, for shoeing the horse of a United States soldier.
563. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: The Mystic Pioneer says: All our shipyards are hard at work. Whatever effect the war may have on other places, we believe it will prove a benefit to Mystic.
564. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: H. Wilbur, a private in Co. G. Co. Colt's Regiment, dislocated his arm while sky-larking in the barracks at Hartford, last week. He has returned home.
565. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: A Mystic boy in the Second Regiment, at Washington, writes that they are under orders to march at an hours notice, and that all are eager for a brush with the rebels.
566. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: Casualty in Capt. Chester's Company. From a letter received from the camp of the Second Connecticut Regiment, by a gentleman of this city, we learn that on Saturday Ebenezer Rogers, of Franklin, a member of Capt. Chester's company, was injured somewhat seriously by the accidental discharge of a pistol in the hands of Henry Miller, another member of the company. The ball entered the groin, and remained. At the time of writing the surgeon was unable to extract it. Mr. Rogers has a mother in Franklin. - Norwich Bulletin.
567. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: Gen. Beauregard. A lady in this city says that upon her return from the South, a few weeks since, she came through Charleston. Gen. Beauregard's funeral took place while she was there. She knew the fact of his death perfectly well, and cannot understand how any one can doubt it. He was wounded in the attack on Sumter, and died shortly after. - Hartford Courant, 5th.
568. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: The Catholics of Bozrah have bought the place in that town owned by George Willard, for $1300. They contemplate erecting a new church edifice on the ground. The place is between the villages of Fitchville and Bozrahville.
569. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: Pithy. The Boston Transcript disposes of the runaway slave question very briefly, thus: "If the fugitive colored people down South, claimed by the rebels, are chattels, they may be confiscated; if they are men they are deserters from the enemy and can't be returned."
570. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: Births.
In Garden Valley, El Dorado County, California, March 12th, a son to Dr. D.W. Fox, formerly of this village.
571. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: Marriages.
In Providence, June 3d, Mr. Henry H. Lind__ [Linden?] of Providence, and Miss Sarah E. Ta_ner [Tanner?], of Newport.
In Newport, May 26th, Mr. Charles Hadfield and Miss Elizabeth Simpson, both of Newport.
572. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: Deaths.
In Willimantic, June 1st, Colonel William L. Jillson, aged 54 years.
573. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: At a Court of Probate holden at Mansfield, within and for the District of Mansfield, on the 3d day of June, A.D. 1861. Present, Oliver B. Griggs, Esq., Judge. This Court doth direct the Executor of the last will and testament of Abner Hall, late of Mansfield, in said District, represented to be insolvent, to give notice to all persons interested in said estate, to appear, if they see cause, before the Court of Probate to be holden at the Probate Office in said District, on the 20th day of June, 1861, at one o'clock P.m., to be heard relative to the appointment of Commissioners on said estate, by posting said order of notice on a public sign post in said town of Mansfield, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt, and by advertising the same in a newspaper published in Willimantic. Certified from Record. O.B. Griggs, Judge.
574. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: A "Veteran Gray" in Luck. Thirty-nine years ago, F.T. Stanley, of New Britain who was then a member of the New Haven Grays, won a prize at a target shoot, in the shape of a silver medal. Thirty-one years ago this medal was lost, and no trace of it was found until a few days ago, when it was discovered in the shop of a silversmith, in Brooklyn, N.Y.
575. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: Capt. Hawley, of the First Regiment, writing to his paper, the Press, says: "Capt. Comstock returns and brings the welcome report that we are to have blouses and felt hats. It will be a great blessing. These stout broadcloth coats and little caps are too hot these scorching days."
576. TWJ Fri Jun 6, 1861: Capt. Derby, of the U.S. Army, well known as "John Phoenix," is reported to have died in an Insane Asylum.
577. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: His Time May Come. We cut the following remarkable article from the Cincinnati Commercial of May 29th: The Lost Ship Levant. It is dee [sic] the memory of the four hundred officers and seamen who have undoubtedly perished in the "unseaworthy tub" into which they were forced, against their own protestations and of members of Congress, to let the public know the facts. The "Levant" had long been considered one of the most unsafe vessels in the United States service, and yet Mr. Secretary Toucey filled her with some of the best and most reliable men in the navy, all from the North, and ordered on a long and dangerous cruise, without any special aim or object, unless it was to aid and comfort the Southern treason. He, no doubt, calculated if the ship returned at all, she could not possibly do so until the traitors, as he hoped, would have possessed themselves of the government, and if peradventure she should be lost, so much the better, she would go down, filled with loyal Northern men; the officers, as we knew, were among the most capable and promising in the service. Young Bowen and Browning, from this city ranked with the best educated lieutenants in the navy. Lieut. Bowen protested, through his friends and the members of Congress from this district, against the order placing him on the unsafe and unseaworthy tub, as he called the "Levant" and although of the twelve years which he had been in the navy, he had been in active service over eleven, yet this availed him not. Mr. Secretary Toucey had selected his men, and they were bound to make their fatal cruise, resign, or be dismissed from the service.
578. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: The Flowage Law, which is now before the Legislature, would at any other time attract much attention from the encouragement it will give to the manufacturing and industrial interests of the State. Upon the close of the war and revival of business. Windham County would be greatly benefited by this law, and we suppose every member from this County will favor its passage. The following are the main provisions of the bill which seems fair and honorable to all: Any person who may wish to set up a water mill and erect a dam which would flow the lands of another, may do so by bringing in a petition to the Superior Court, and having the damages assessed by three disinterested freeholders who shall add fifty percent to the damages so assessed. Or either party can move for a jury in the same manner as a jury is summoned in the case of damages for highways. The assessment of damages shall be conclusive and give the petitioner his heirs and assigns the right to flow to the limits petitioned for. These are the main provisions of bill, although there are some minor provisions in regard to the form of petition, payment of damages and other subsidiary matters.
579. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: The following is from the spicy war correspondence of the Providence Journal: "There goes the drum again, but this time they are obeyed with promptness. They are beating "Peas upon the Trencher," the breakfast call. From every mess starts a squad to the kitchen and speedily returns, one man bearing loaves of bread, another a mighty dab of butter, and another is almost concealed from view by the fragrant steam that arises from a big sheet iron bucket of coffee, which he lugs up the hill. Neat looking colored women at this time go from mess to mess with baskets, on their arm. "Hallo, aunty, what you got there?" Approaching they show nice hoe cake hot from the shingle, which it is needless to say is sold on the spot for cash. Eggs are also plenty, and so is fresh milk, and these dingy purveyors are also just beginning to ask a reasonable price for their strawberries. Such messes are fortunate enough to possess private stores, are liberal purchasers from these peddlers, and cook little tidbits on joint account. In eating each mess is governed by local legislation, many have elected some one man to act as dispenser, whose duty it is see that every man gets his fair share. At Canonicus Hall, that office is entrusted to one who is huge of limb and capable of quelling insubordination. He literally rules us with a rod of iron, for he wields a big ladle."
580. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Efficiency of Southern Troops. A gentleman who has recently traveled extensively in the South, says the Northern people may be in danger of underrating the Southern soldiers in some respects, and of overrating them in other particulars. Southern troops march well, but they are impatient of restraint. In short, there is no discipline; soldiers pay no respect to officers, as such, and instances of gross misconduct were unnoticed. But they are impatient to be brought face to face with the "Northern hirelings." There is no doubting their bravery, but it will be undisciplined bravery. He says that the best drilled company in Charleston, the Palmetto Guards, with all their drilling and service on Morris Island, cannot compare with the most ordinary companies now in Washington. He believes that the world cannot show another army like that at Washington, where every man has intelligence beaming in the face. He felicitously calls it an Army of Sovereigns.
581. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Discoveries by the Microscope. Leuwenhoeck tells us of animated insects seen with the microscope, of which twenty millions would be equal to a mite. Insects of various kinds are observable in the cavities of a common grain of sand. Mold is a forest of beautiful trees, with branches, leaves, flowers and fruit, fully discernable. Butterflies are fully feathered. Hairs are hollow tubes. The surface of our bodies is covered with scales, like a fish: a single grain of sand would cover 150 of these scales; and a single scale covers 500 of the pores; yet through these narrow openings the sweat exudes like water through a sieve; how minute then must particles! The mite makes five hundred steps in a second. Each drop of stagnant water contains a world of animal beings swimming with as much liberty as whales in the sea. Each leaf has a colony of insects grazing on it like oxen in a meadow.
582. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: What a Pig Did. By the disobedience of a lad in 1809, a garden gate in Rhode Island was left open, and a pig got in and destroyed a few plants; a quarrel between the owners of the garden and the pig, grew out of it, which spread among the friends, defeated the federal candidate for this Legislature, and gave the State a Democratic Senator, by whose vote war was declared in 1812 with Great Britain.
583. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: General Mansfield. General Joseph K.F. Mansfield, of Connecticut, who has been placed in command of the troops in the city of Washington, is a native of Middletown, where his family now resides. He graduated at West Point, and entered the army as Lieutenant of Military Engineers. As soon as the invasion of Texas was threatened by Mexico, he was ordered to a post opposite Matamoras, where Fort Brown stands, and superintend the construction of that work, and was present and assisted in its defense, when the gallant Major Brown fell. For his gallantly he received promotion; and on the arrival of Gen. Taylor with his victorious little army, he joined it, and pushed on to Monterey, where he was foremost in the sanguinary fight of Gen. Butler's division, in the streets of that city. Jeff Davis, Jack Hayes, and Ben McCulloch, were all in the same battle. In that battle, Captain Mansfield was severely wounded, but nevertheless pushed on with Gen. Taylor to Saitillo, and thence to Buena Vista, where his advice was adopted in the selection of the position where that memorable battle as fought and where he was indefatigable in superintending the planting of batteries, and conveying orders from one portion of the field to another; and when the last stand was made by the gallant Capt. Bragg, Mansfield was by his side to aid and encourage him. There are some few of Gen. Mansfield's antecedents as an officer. As a man, he is eminently above reproach.
584. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: The news from Washington and the neighboring localities is very exciting. The government seems fully aroused to the danger of longer allowing the rebels to strengthen themselves at Harper's Ferry, or of leaving Maryland exposed to invasion from the Virginia side. There can be little doubt that the rebels had planned an attack upon Washington by way of Harper's Ferry, as well as from Manassas Junction, and that they had counted upon a general rising, of the secessionists of Baltimore and other parts of Maryland. Gen. Scott, however, has headed them off; and if the several columns which have been put in motion are prompt to carry out the plans of the old hero, we can not see what is to prevent our very soon having a large body of the enemy within our grasp. There can be no doubt that the troops at Alexandria and Arlington heights and near Georgetown, are strong enough to keep the enemy away from Washington, if the Maryland frontier, above that point, is taken care of. Washington itself, after sparing eight or ten regiments for service in Maryland and Harper's Ferry, is still a great military camp, with from fifteen to twenty thousand soldiers ready and anxious to meet the enemy. On the Virginia side in the immediate neighborhood, there can not be less than twelve thousand active and efficient men, ready to do, and if need be, die, in defense of Washington and our free institutions.
585. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Rev. R. Kellen, of Washington, chaplain of the first brigade, D.C.V., preached in the Congregational Church in this village, on Sunday afternoon, upon the moral wants of our army, urging, upon the large and attentive audience, the importance of caring well for the families of our soldiers, as such intelligence from friends left at home, has a good effect on the soldiers, as their letters reach them in camp. Mr. K. spoke very highly of the Connecticut regiments at the seat of war. At the close of the services a large collection was taken up. Such things are of service to both people and soldiers.
586. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Mr. Edward Y. Richardson of South Coventry, committed suicide by cutting his throat with a razor, on Monday last. He had been crazy for some time past, and had before attempted to make away with himself, and obtaining a razor which was in the house, he was seen with it by a lady who was present, who attempted to take it from him. Her hand was severely cut in the attempt, and the madman drew the instrument across his throat, immediately, nearly severing his head from the body. He was about 38 years of age.
587. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: The Smithville Manufacturing Company of this place, have considerable land in Willimantic, and are generously allowing their employees a garden spot to plant and cultivate during the leisure time they will have the present season, and, from appearances, the privilege has been well used, and will prove a great advantage to the operatives. The garden plots on the south-west side of the river are beginning to show signs of good tilling, and before the season is over the cultivators may expect a good return for their labor.
588. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: The fourth Connecticut Regiment, over 1000 strong, completely armed and equipped, sailed at 4 p.m., on Monday, from Hartford for Jersey City, on board the steamers City of Hartford and Granite State. Four military companies turned out for escort duty, and some thousands of people witnessed the departure, which took place amidst much enthusiasm, firing of cannon, &c. A number of young men from this and adjoining towns have gone with this regiment, from whom we hope to hear creditable reports.
589. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Accident in Rockville. We learn that a sad accident occurred in Rockville on Monday afternoon, the 10th inst. Three men a Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Wilcox, and another whose name we could not obtain, were at work as carpenters upon a very high building, when the staging on which they stood suddenly broke, and they were precipitated to the ground, receiving great injuries. The arm of one and the leg of another were broken, while the third was so severely injured that his recovery is despaired of.
590. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: An unfortunate reverse happened to the Federal troops near Fortress Monroe on Sunday night, the particulars of which are as follows: Gen. Butler had heard that entrenchments had been thrown up by the rebels at a place called Great Bethel on or near the road from Monroe to Yorktown, and, about twelve miles from the fortress, and sent a detachment of artillery with four twelve-pounders, and three regiments of infantry to dislodge them. The troops seem to have been unfortunate almost from the first for in the course of the night, owing to a mistake as to the signals of the regiments they got into an engagement or skirmish with each other, and only fully understood their relations when the morning light dawned upon them. They then marched for the entrenchments from which they had been ordered to dislodge the enemy, and found a marked batter of rifled cannon. This they imprudently attacked, in front, and owing to the effects of excitement upon the mind of the commanding officer, a portion of them were kept in a position to receive the fire of the rebels for a whole hour. They then retreated, with about thirty killed, about one hundred wounded, and one or two missing. When the news was brought to Fortress Monroe of the defeat at Great Bethel, Gen. Butler exclaimed: "By -----! I will have both batteries before morning." It is stated that Gen. Pierce threw out no scouts, and hence the opening upon the troops of two concealed batteries of seven and twelve cannon was entirely unexpected. The slaughter had been considerable before the retreat was ordered.
591. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: The house of Mr. Daniel Spicer of South Coventry, was entered last Sunday, while the family were at church, and money and goods to the amount of about $100 stolen. Parties are in pursuit of a suspicious character who had been seen in the neighborhood, but we have heard of no arrest.
592. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Rev. R.P. Ambler, of Danbury, will lecture in the Spiritualist Church next Sabbath, a.m. and p.m.
593. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Earl Ashley, a workman in the wood turning establishment of E.A. Barrows, in Mansfield Hollow, lost the forefinger of the left hand, while at work with a circular saw, on Wednesday, 12th inst.
594. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Something new in the way of a bridle bit for horses, is on exhibition and for sale at Dr. J. King's drug store, in this village. Owners of horses, and others interested in such matters, would do well to call and look at the article, which is said to be superior to anything of the kind before invented.
595. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: On Thursday evening last, about 10 o'clock, when the freight train of the N.Y. & N.H.R.R. arrived at Stamford, on cleaning out the ash pan of the locomotive, a man's leg was found in it almost entirely roasted. A hand car was immediately procured and sent back on the track, and about five miles from the town of Stamford, in Darien, the body of Charles Bates was found horribly mangled. It is supposed that he was intoxicated, as he was known to be a man of intemperate habits, and was thus killed instantly.
596. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: The fact that the British Government had determined that no British port should be open to receive the rebel privateers with the prizes, is announced by a late arrival from England. This is important; and is fatal to the Southern Confederacy. With all the Southern ports strictly blockaded, and no civilized nation willing to be hospitable enough to allow the use of its harbors or of its admiralty courts, the rebel privateers may as well abandon business at once. No privateer can make any use of its prize, until the adjudication of a court having jurisdiction of the property, has fixed the title. No harbors will be open to receive the prize, and no court competent to adjudicate upon property floating upon the high seas. The news is excellent, for the United States.
597. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: James Bedpath, the Haytien Agent of Emigration, offers to take charge of the negroes who may be confiscated as contraband of war, and send them to Hayti where they can have a free farm.
598. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: A son of G. Marx, of New Haven, was seriously hurt by a runaway horse, Monday.
599. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Sunday afternoon, four scholars in the State Reform School at Meriden, made their escape from the institution, and started for New Haven, where they were captured and returned. Their names are Colwell, O'Bryan, Hughes and Langdon.
600. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: The first election of officers for the new town of Sprague occurred Monday. It was a great day for Sprague, and a big dinner, furnished by the gentleman in whose honor the town is christened, was a part of the celebration.
601. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: A man named Sullivan fell through the bridge at Norwich Falls, Monday, and, being carried by the current over the Falls, was drowned.
602. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: A boy in Norwich has been sent to jail 30 days for cruelly whipping a horse. Good!
603. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Geo. B. Heart of Bridgeport, killed himself by blowing his brains out, Friday. Cause, ill health.
604. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Charles Bates, of Darien was killed by the express train on the New Haven road, Thursday night. Cause, rum.
605. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: James Casey, in Danbury, broke his leg, Saturday, by letting railroad ties fall upon it.
606. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Edwin M. Roberts has been appointed Postmaster at East Hartford vice Samuel G. Phelps.
607. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: The ladies of Westport have given Wilson's Zouaves one thousand Havelocks, for which Billy returns thanks.
608. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Samuel D. Hobby, of Greenwich, was killed by a train on the New Haven railroad, Saturday. He was deaf, and was overtaken at a curve so that the engineer did not see him in time to break up.
609. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: We are glad to learn that Simeon Smith, of New London, has been appointed Mail Agent on the New London and New Haven Railroad. The salary is $600 per annum.
610. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: They are making long days at the United States armory at Springfield. Many of the machines are to be run hereafter from half-past four in the morning till nine o'clock at night.
611. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: The New York Central Railroad Company have instructed the ticket agents to pass free over that road all volunteers returning home on account of sickness, or upon furlough.
612. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Mrs. Beauregard, the wife of the rebel general of Fort Sumter notoriety, is staying in New York city at present.
613. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: The 13th N.Y. Regiment have captured at Eastern, Md. 1000 stand of arms, 6 field pieces, 1 sloop and a quantity of ammunition, from the secret abettors of the traitors.
614. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Over two thousand letters, directed to persons residing in some of the eleven rebellious States, were deposited at the New York Post Office during the past week. They cannot reach their destination. At Washington letters are counted by the bushel, five bushels of letters were received at that office, for the soldiers, from New York alone. Thirty thousand troops now receive mail matter through the Washington Post Office.
615. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Out of Money. Capt. Hawley writes from Washington that the Conn. Volunteers have received no money, thus far for their services, except the $10 paid by the State for the first month, and that they cannot obtain any from the government till Congress assembles. As a consequence, they are much inconvenienced, as in case of accident to or loss of clothing which deficiencies they have so far supplied out of their own pockets, or in regard to many comforts and pleasures which a little loose cash will procure.
616. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Judge Shipman of the U.S. District Court on Tuesday last, charged the Grand Jury at New Haven, upon their duties in the present exigencies of the country. He pointed out to them in clear and explicit style their duty to indict for treason, anybody "engaged in, or assisting in any way" the rebellion now rife in the land, and dwelt particularly upon the treasonable guilt of those who furnish "material aid and comfort" to the traitors, in the form of weapons of war, or anything which might be used in prosecuting the villainous attack upon the government, which the South inspired by a few wretched ingrates of the North has made.
617. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: A paper published at Mobile, The Advertiser, makes a grand flourish over the organization of a company of savages in Tennessee, who are to be armed with long scythes. There is something most revolting in the truculent exultation with which the Southern presses hail every new device for making this war as conspicuous in history for its barbarity on their side, as for the infamy of the cause for which it is presented.
618. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Lieutenant Greble, who was killed by a cannon ball at Great Bethel, was a Pennsylvanian by birth, and for the last four or five years has been stationed at West Point. A few months since he married Miss Clara French, daughter of the Rev. Mr. French, chaplain at West Point, and was among the first who received orders from his government to repair to Washington to assist in protecting the flag of his country. He was a modest but highly accomplished young officer, and was much beloved both in and out of the army.
619. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: The National Intelligencer says that two hundred Sisters of Charity are ready to enlist in the cause of the sick and wounded of the army, at any moment the government may signify to them a desire to avail themselves of their services to take charge of hospitals, ambulances for conveying the sick and wounded, or any post far or near, where the cause of humanity can be served.
620. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Mr. Giddings, in a recently published letter, mentions the following instances of the treatment of slaves in war by the American Generals: "In 1838, Gen. Taylor captured a number of negroes, said to be fugitive slaves. The citizens of Florida gathered about his camp to rescue them. Gen. Taylor told them he had no prisoners, but prisoners of war; they then wished to examine them, to determine if they were slaves, when the veteran warrior replied that no man should examine his prisoners for such a purpose; and he ordered them to depart. The War Department approved his action. The slaves, however, were sent West and set free. "In 1836, Gen. Jessup wanted guides and men to act as spies. He engaged several fugitive slaves to act as such, agreeing to secure freedom to themselves and families, if they served the government faithfully. They agreed to do so; fulfilled their agreement, and were sent West and set free. Mr. Van Buren's Administration approved the contract, and John Tyler's Administration approved the manner in which Gen Jessup fulfilled it, by setting the slaves free. "In December, 1814, Gen. Jackson impressed a large number of slaves at, and near New Orleans, and kept them at work erecting defenses, behind which his troops won such glory on the 8th of January, 1815. The masters remonstrated, but Jackson was inexorable, and kept them at work until many of them were killed by the enemy's shot. His action was approved by Mr. Madison and his Cabinet, and by Congress, which has ever refused to pay the masters for their loss. In all these cases, says Mr. Giddings, "the masters were professedly friends of the government: yet our Presidents and Cabinet and Generals, have not hesitated to emancipate their slaves, whenever in time of war it was supposed to be for the interest of the country to do so. This was done in the exercise of the 'war power,' to which Mr. Adams referred in Congress, and for which he had the most abundant authority. But I think no records of this nation, nor any other nation, will show an instance in which a fugitive slave has been sent back to a master who was in rebellion against the very government who held his slave as captive."
621. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: The notorious Canadian Kissane, who was sentenced to be shot with Filibuster Walker, under the name of Rudler, is reported to be recruiting for the Confederate army in Georgia.
622. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Births.
In Willimantic, 9th inst., a son to David K. Tucker, Esq.
623. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Marriages.
In Killingly, 5th inst., by Rev. Mr. Seymour, Mr. Martin W. Crosby, of Brooklyn, and Miss Abbie, daughter of Marvin A. Dexter, Esq., of Killingly.
624. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Deaths.
In Norwich, 7th inst., Mary Hampton, daughter of Jedediah Huntington, aged 22 years.
In Norwich, 5th inst., Mrs. Abby Lanman, widow of the late Peter Lanman.
In Jewett City, 6th inst., Laura E., daughter of the late Thomas A. Hazard, of South Kingston, R.I., aged 28 years.
625. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: Sewing Machine. The Subscriber has for sale one of Singer's Sewing Machines, or the same will be exchanged for one of Greenman & True's make, of Norwich. Geo. E. Elliott. Willimantic, May 1, 1861.
626. TWJ Fri Jun 14, 1861: A. Balloon for Reconnoitering. Prof. Allen, of Rhode Island, made an experimental ascension with a large balloon on Sunday, at Washington, filling it from the street gas pipes. The balloon is for immediate reconnoitering purposes, and a cord 5,000 feet long is attached, to limit its flight and draw it down again to earth.
627. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: Topographical Notes. We make the following notes respecting the Topography of the chief points in the field of warlike operations covered by recent intelligence: Pensacola - Whose harbor is defended by Fort Pickens, which may become the base of operations for "carrying the wary into (new) Africa," is 55 miles from Mobile and 255 from Montgomery, railroad all the way now. It is 1080 miles from Washington. Montgomery - Capital of the "Southern Confederacy" until Richmond takes her turn, is 839 miles from Washington. Richmond - On the James River, 150 miles from its mouth, and 117 miles by common road, and 130 by rail from Washington. Population about 30,000. Culpepper - One of the places for the assembling of rebel troops, is a little over seventy miles by rail from Washington. But there is another place of the same name nearer Washington, which may be meant. Lynchburg - Where Southern troops are concentrating, is about 180 miles by rail from Washington. Dumfries - Also in Virginia, is 33 miles from Washhington. Acquia - Down the Potomac, 53 miles from Washington. Frederick City - Where the Maryland Legislature has sitting, is 60 miles from Baltimore, 44 from Washington, and 23 from Harper's Ferry. Point of Rocks - Where is it said, the Virginians have a heavy battery of artillery posted to command the approach to Harper's Ferry, is 11 miles west of Frederick, and 12 miles east of Harper's Ferry. Harper's Ferry - 81 miles by rail from Baltimore, 80 by rail from Washington, and 60 by canal. Cairo - At the junction of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, 867 miles from Washington.
628. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: Old Massachusetts. Extract from the speech of R.H. Dana, Jr., at the meeting at East Cambridge, on the 21st instant, for aid to the Soldier's Fund. This is a call for aid to the soldiers of Massachusetts; a call of Massachusetts herself, for aid to her sons who are fighting for her and the Union. Shall the call of such a State as Massachusetts be unheeded by her own children? What is Massachusetts? "Her history, the world knows it by heart." On this continent, Massachusetts established the first school, incorporated the first academy, and endowed the first university. She set up the first printing press, printed the first book, and published the first newspaper. She launched the first skip, killed the first whale, and made the first discoveries in the Pacific and South Seas. She digged the first canal, and built the first railroad; coined the first money, and unfurled the first national flag. She fired the first gun, shed the first blood, and gained the first victory in the war of the Revolution. She drew the first lightning from Heaven, performed the first painful operation in surgery, and invented the magnetic telegraph. She taught the first blind, deaf mute to read, and established the first school for the discipline of idiots. And now in the latter days, she came first to the relief of the capital, and fired the first gun and shed the first blood in the war for the Constitution. Shall the call of such a mother as this to her own children, be met by any other spirit than that of the sincerest admiration and love?
629. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: The Way They Bring up English Children. The English bring up their children very differently from the manner in which we bring up ours. They have an abundance of fresh outdoor air every day, when it is possible. The nursery maids are expected to take all the children out airing every day, even to the infant. This custom is becoming more prevalent in this country, and should be pursued wherever it is practicable. Infants should be early accustomed to the open air. We confine them too much, and heat them too much for a vigorous growth. One of the finest features of the London parks is said to be the crowds of nursery maids with their groups of healthy children. It is so with the promenades of our large cities to a great extent, but is less common in our country towns than what it should be. In consequence of their training, English girls acquire a habit of walking that accompanies them through life, and gives them a healthier middle life than our women enjoy. They are not fatigued with a walk of five miles, and are not ashamed to wear, when walking, thick-soled shoes, fitted for the dampness which they encounter. Half of the consumptive feebleness of our girls results form the thin shoes they wear, and the thin feet they necessary have. English children, especially girls, are kept in the nursery, and excluded from fashionable society and all the frivolities of dress, at an age when our girls are in the very heat of flirtation, and are thinking of nothing but fashionable life.
630. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: "Sacred Soil." The most absurd of all the ridiculous and impudent doges of the Confederation of Jeff Davis is their impudent outcry that when the United States forces disturb their rascally doings in any State the "sacred soil" of a sovereign State has been outraged by a hostile invasion. The rebel confederates of Kentucky are trying this miserable dodge just now, and they should be brought to their senses. The soil of every one of the thirty-four States of the Union is the sacred soil of the United States, and there is no outrage committed against this sacred soil except when it is occupied or invaded by the enemies of the United States. - N.Y. Herald.
631. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: Rev. R.P. Ambler, of Danbury, will lecture in the Spirtualist Church next Sabbath, a.m. and p.m.
632. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: The Windham Manufacturing Company of this place, have set off several acres of good land to their operatives for gardens, which have been planted by the workmen, and the avails from present appearances, will go far towards making up for loss of time in the mills. This is a move in the right direction, and will benefit the company by keeping the help here, ready to resume labor when the state of affairs render it prudent to get into full operation again.
633. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: A large basket of splendid strawberries, of extra large size, was brought us from the gardens of A.D. Loring, Esq., a day or two since. Mr. L. has for years been famous in this region as the producer of early vegetables, fruits and berries, and long may he enjoy that reputation. We are informed that all seasonable fruits, &c., may be had of him at reasonable prices.
634. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: Dedication. A new Spiritualist Church just Completed by Dr. Stephen Hall, at Somers, Ct., will be dedicated on Wednesday, 26th inst. Among the speakers who will be present, are Miss Ostrander, Miss Johnson and Mrs. Middlebrook. Appropriate services will be had on the occasion. Friends to the cause are respectfully invited.
635. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: Capture of a Jeff Davis Privateer. The schooner Savannah, Midshipman McCook commanding, from Charleston, four days, arrived at New York on Saturday, having the Stars and Stripes flying over the Secession flag. The schooner was captured by the United States brig Perry, about sixty miles outside Charleston Harbor. She was formerly a pilot boat at that port, is schooner rigged and has an 18-pounder pivot gun amidships. She had been out from Charleston about 36 hours previous to her capture. During her cruise she had captured the brig Joseph, of Rockland, which was sent into Georgetown, S.C. The Savannah was brought to New York by a prize crew of United States ship Minnesota. The pirate had a crew of about thirty in number, who were put in irons aboard the Minnesota.
636. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: George H. Bugbee, the man shot on the Alexandria Railroad on Sunday near Vienna, was, as we expected, a private in the Hartford Light Guard. The shot was no doubt intended for Col. Tyler who stood near the unfortunate man, on an open car. Two men named Walker and Mills, were immediately arrested as was also a colored woman, who saw the assassin fire. Bugbee was a native of Massachusetts, but for several years has lived in Hartford. His body will be taken there for burial.
637. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: The following extract from a letter dated Waterford, Iowa, June 2d, to a gentleman living in this neighborhood, would seem to indicate that all our southern brethren want, who are in rebellion against our tyrannical Government, is "to be let alone:" "There is much complaint of the sugar from the South being poisoned. Many of our people have used it and are suffering from the effects of it. I use none myself until a portion of it has been tested. I wish you would ascertain if sugar cannot be had in New York or New Haven direct from the West Indies, and at what prices. We would be willing to purchase in large quantities, if we could be assured that it was all right."
638. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: The Confederates at Richmond are stated on good authority, to have thirty thousand troops at that city. They are making gigantic preparations for defense. President Davis and Wigfall will take the field this week. The later, it is said, recently visited Washington in the disguise of a drover.
639. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: In the year 1850, Jefferson Davis was invited to attend a meeting in Salem, Mass., held to celebrate the birthday of Thomas Jefferson. The following paragraph appears in his letter of reply: "To make war upon the government would be suicidal, and cannot be anticipated until madness and venality have usurped the seats of reason and virtue."
640. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: The Hartford Carpet company have stopped running their mills at Tariffville and Thompsonville, and will not commence again till September.
641. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: Correspondence of the Journal. Mansfield Centre, June 17th, '61. Friend Simpson. This, the anniversary of the battle of Bunker Hill, and Putnam's bravery, has been well observed by the inhabitants here. Almost all business was suspended, the people all uniting in celebrating the day in a truly patriotic manner. "The Knowlton Guards," Captain R.P. Barrows, paraded the streets, accompanied by martial music. In passing through "The Hollow" they saluted the American flag floating there, in true military style. They are a tip-top body of men. Their martial bearing and marked proficiency in movement and drill, elicited high encomiums from our citizens, and reflects great credit on their officers and on their instructor, Mr. Peleg Tew, of Willimantic, whose character as a gentlemanly and thoroughly qualified military instructor stands (and deservedly, too,) very high indeed. A splendid liberty pole, straight as an arrow and nearly 190 feet in height, was raised in the afternoon a short distance north of the church. The proceedings on this occasion were beautiful and impressive, the ceremony of raising the flag, was performed by the ladies, and as is the case with all their undertakings, admirably performed too. Just as it reached the desired elevation it unfurled, displaying the National Emblem in all its beauty and perfection, the church bell pealing forth a joyous recognition. The military drawn up in line fired a salute, the ladies singing "The Star Spangled Banner" and other national airs with good taste and enthusiasm; several hearty three-times-three were then given for "The Flag of our Union," the officers of the company and the ladies who made the flag. The last were given with as hearty good will as ever issued from masculine throats, indicating pretty conclusively to the mind of your correspondent that the Union sentiment is strong in this part of the world. Too much praise cannot be awarded the young ladies here for their patriotic labors in connection with the events of to-day. The flag enterprise was wholly theirs; although the town is well decorated with flags of all sizes they determined to have A Flag of their own; they purchased the material, made the flag (which is really a splendid one) in the most thorough manner, and with their own hands raised it to its present eminence, where "long may it wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave" a monument of the zealous advocacy and patriotic love of Liberty, Country, and Union, displayed by them in actions, not words only. They may congratulate themselves in having the handsomest flag and flagstaff in this section.
642. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: For the Journal. Union Flag Raising at Columbia, in Pine Street. The inhabitants of Pine street, to give the public a substantial token of their loyalty to the Union, flung to the breeze on Friday, the 14th inst., a National banner 13 by 19 feet, elegantly decorated with the stars and stripes by the hands of the patriotic ladies. The proceedings were conducted by the President, Judge Yeomans, and Joseph Clark, Esq., Marshall, under the lead of martial music. The flag was presented to the bearers by two little girls dressed in white, and received a military salute. The boom of cannon announced its rising to its full height, and three hearty cheers were given for the flag. Then came Union's beautiful song with seeming inspiration to the scene. The company then marched in procession to the stand under the shade, when prayer was offered by the pastor, Rev. Mr. Avery, at the conclusion of which an oration was pronounced by N.H. Holbrook. Some very appropriate sentiments were added by the President, Rev. Mr. Avery, and Esq. Avery of Lebanon; the company then partook of a fine collation, abundantly furnished by the ladies. The 34th roar of the cannon announced the closing ceremonies.
643. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: The following items are from the (Washington) National Republican: Patriotic Offering. While our District Chaplain, Rev. Robert Kellen, was recently visiting his parents North, he addressed the people, en masse, in Old Windham, now Willimantic, the birth place of Putnam and Trumbull, of revolutionary fame, and a choice offering was made by the crowded throng for the comfort of Gen. Tyler's command, Connecticut brigade. The contribution principally by the ladies, was the genuine expression of true patriotism.
644. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: The Gallant "First" of Wisconsin. Among the officers of the gallant First Wisconsin Regiment, which past through here last evening and elicited such enthusiastic applause, we discovered acting as Adjutant of the day, our old and cherished friend D.W. Keyes, of Milwaukee, (formerly of Willimantic,) whose position in the regiment is that of Quarter-Master. A more gallant, brave, self-sacrificing and noble-hearted soldier is not to be found in the ranks of the Grand Army of the United States. Major H.W. Keyes of the Massachusetts Fifth, the splendid regiment whose in trepid march through Baltimore won the applause of all patriots, is brother of the above. Quarter-Master Keyes has our best wishes in his new position for which his admirable qualities eminently fit him. - Cleveland Plaindealer, 11th.>
645. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: Marriages.
In Norwich, 12th inst., by Rev. Mr. Arms, Rev. William L. Gaylord and Miss Juliette F. Hyde, of Norwich.
In Jewett City, 12th inst., by Rev. Henry T. Cheever, Samuel C. Morgan, Esq., of Norwich, and Miss Mary C. Tibbitts, of Jewett City.
646. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: Deaths.
In Willimantic, 20th inst., Miss Mary J., daughter of Mr. Robert Watts, aged 16 years.
In Mansfield, 18th inst., Mr. William P. Turner, aged 44 years.
In Lebanon, 15th inst., Ella M., youngest daughter of John & Sarah P. Babcock, aged 3 years and 7 months.
In Canterbury, 12th inst., suddenly, Nehemiah Ensworth, aged 82 years.
647. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: Lumber for Sale. The subscriber has for sale 12,000 feet of Oak and Chestnut Boards and Plank, at a fair market price, in lots to suit purchasers. Shepard Stearns. Mansfield Centre, June 21, 1861.
648. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the District of Windham, on the 15th day of June, A.D. 1861. Present, Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. On motion of Samuel Bingham, Administrator on the Estate of Mr. Levi Johnson, late of Windham, within said District, deceased. This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the Administrator, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Windham, and by posting a copy thereof on the public sign post in said town of Windham, nearest the palace where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record, Wm. Swift, Clerk.
649. TWJ Fri Jun 21, 1861: A Desolated Region. The Wheeling (Va) Ingelligencer draws this picture of the effect of Jeff. Davis occupation of Virginia soil: "If any one wants to see what secession will do for a Western Virginia community, let him go to Phillippi and the adjacent country, and see what it has done for that section. It has paralyzed all that region. Ti has invited the arms of the government and the desolating tramp of soldiery. It has stopped the plough in the furrow - the hoe around cornhills, and all the busy details of agriculture. It has driven an affrighted people from their home for fear of their lives, and their houses are tenanted by troops sent among them to put down the rebellious. The town of Phillippi is almost a waste. Every little industry about the place has stopped, and nine tenths of the people have gone no one knows where. Many if not most of the inhabitants had voted the secession ticket, and they in their ignorance supposed that they would either be hung or shot for so doing. So they fled from the secession soldiery some days before, and the secessionists in their turn have fled from the Government soldiery. And thus the town and much of the country round about bears a deserted look. There is no estimating the damage done to a community by a revolutionary convulsion, such as that which has so suddenly overtaken the country round Phillippi. They cannot recover from it for years.
650. TWJ Fri Jun 28, 1861: The military bounty bill passed both Houses on Friday. It provides for paying the volunteers for any time exceeding 3 months the sum of thirty dollars per year or at that rate, in addition to the pay of the United States, and in lieu of the extra compensation of ten dollars per month provided in the former act; ten dollars of which shall be paid when the volunteers are mustered into the service of the United States, and $10 at the end of each successive months thereafter - that is to say, $40 for the first year.. The wife of the volunteer, receives six dollars per month, and the children under fourteen two dollars each, provided the whole family receives not over ten dollars. And if there is no wife the youngest child shall receive the six dollars.
651. TWJ Fri Jun 28, 1861: Connecticut Prisoners of War. The following prisoners had arrived at Richmond: Capt. Kellogg, Sergeant Austin, G. Monroe, and Corporal Haushurst; they are all of the Second Connecticut Regiment. The last two were captured near Falls Church. Capt. Kellog says he ventured beyond the lines and was surrounded. He is anxious to get home at the end of his term of enlistment - three months. Seven prisoners brought from Yorktown Sunday, are confined in the penitentiary; four are said to be deserters.
652. TWJ Fri Jun 28, 1861: The rebels are harassing the federal troops on the Virginia side of the Potomac, by a system of frequent alarms. Our men are almost every night turned out once or more, to be under arms awhile, and then, unable to find the enemy, dismissed again to return to the bunks from which they had been unseasonable summoned. The Indian-like ingenuity displayed by the Southerners in devising expedients for annoying the Northern soldiers without risking their own necks, seems to be the distinguishing characteristic of that spirit of "chivalry" by which they claim to be in a special manner possessed and influenced.
653. TWJ Fri Jun 28, 1861: On Wednesday, the 6th of November next, will be held the first election for President and Vice President of the bogus Confederacy. On that day also the rebel States are required to elect their members of Congress. The Presidential electors will meet in their respective States on the 4th of December and cast their votes for President and Vice President. The new Congress will meet if the government at Washington will permit, on the 18th of February, 1862, in Richmond, or wherever it is most convenient and safe. On the next day the Presidential vote will be counted, and on the 22nd of February the President and Vice President are to be inaugurated, when a good time generally is anticipated.
654. TWJ Fri Jun 28, 1861: The cotton factory of Messrs. Daniels & Sayles in Daysville, Killingly, was entirely destroyed by fire, with its contents, on Monday night. It had not been running for some time. It was insured for $15,000. $5000 at the Etna office, Hartford; $2500 at an office in Norwich, and $5000 at the American office, and $2500 at the Roger Williams office in Providence.
655. TWJ Fri Jun 28, 1861: The Hartford Courant, to keep up with the increasing demand of the public for that excellent and reliable sheet, has been compelled to get one of Col. Hoe's fast presses, and their large edition is now worked off with lightning-like speed. We are glad to learn that this, the foremost in the newspaperdom of the State, is taking its merited place in the esteem of the reading public.
656. TWJ Fri Jun 28, 1861: The advanced position of the three Connecticut regiments which went to Washington, will probably make them the first to feel any effort which the desperadoes who have just evacuated Harper's Ferry may make to carry Washington by a sudden dash upon our lines in that vicinity. Gen. Tyler's brigade now occupies the post of honor, and his men and officers will naturally exert themselves to sustain the duties of the position. The position of the armies is exceedingly interesting; for, if any effort is made before the 4th of July to carry Washington by a sudden dash, it will probably be made this week. The South cannot feed a large army in one place for any length of time; it will soon be compelled, by the failure of its provender, either to withdraw its forces in the direction of Richmond, or make a desperate push for Washington.
657. TWJ Fri Jun 28, 1861: Correspondence of the Journal. Camp Tyler, Roach's Mills, Va., Rifle Co. a, 1st Reg't C.V., June 17th 1861. Mr. Editor - After returning from our scouting expedition six men were picked from each company, but we knew nothing of our destination till the train came up, when we got aboard and went out about six miles to a bridge that had been burned. The workmen had built five temporary bridges within three miles of us, and we were out to guard them and scour the country about Falls Church. McGlaflin and I were together and stopped at a house, owned by a Mr. Nutt, and asked for a dinner. The negroes got us a good one consisting of hoecake, peas, beans, pork, butter, asparagus, pies, cakes, &c., and then the old gentleman would not take a cent for it, and withal gave us an invitation to make free with his strawberry bed. When we were called into the ranks we were taken a mile further and put up another bridge. In our rambles from this place we came to the beautiful house and grounds of Dr. Bowen, guarded only by the negroes, the doctor and family having left. Here we received an invitation to help ourselves to what there was, as "Massa Bowen wouldn't be back to use dem de good Lord knows;" so here we luxuriated on strawberries, currants, cherries and blackberries, and picked some small bouquets from the abundance around there. When the bridge was finished we were again called in. Those with Sharp's rifles (our Company and Light Guard) were stationed on the platform car ahead of the engine, and went that way the rest of the distance. Gen. Tyler, with a guard, went into the village, where he learned that picket guard had been there regular until within two or three days, and that we were within six miles of Fairfax Court House, where were 2500 secession troops. About two miles beyond Falls Church we saw two men, supposed to be pickets, jump up and run into the woods, and the engineer foolishly blew on brakes, but we were off the care long before it stopped and in hot pursuit, but they had vanished. After searching the woods and a cabin we returned and started again, this time reaching Vienna, about 17 miles from camp. Here the general was told that we had passed within three miles of a camp containing 9000 secession troops. Some were really pleased to see us while others were badly frightened. We found the water tank empty and the lead pipe pulled up to make bullets of, so we run back a few miles and bailed water for the engine, and all hands returned. Yesterday (Sunday) we were called out and forty men from each company formed into a battalion. We were told that "anyone who was able to do the day's work before him was able to do anything we should ever be called upon to do." There is no doubt but they expected but we should be cut up, having a skirmish and retreat to the best place we could. We had on board our general, colonel, lieut. Colonel, all the captains and the surgeon. We went to Vienna without any incident worth notice and were going beyond on a grade when a crooked coupling broke which we fastened with the only chain we had on board; this broke and was fastened the second and third time with ropes. The general said we should not proceed another foot into so "hot" a country with such arrangements, and we returned to Vienna. Finding nothing there we proceeded towards our camp and were about two miles from Vienna when we heard a shot, but supposed it to be accidental until three shots from the train caused the engineer to stop, and it was ascertained that one of the Light Guard was shot in the shoulder and wounded badly but not considered fatally. We knew nothing of the number of the enemy, but each company were deployed to take a circuit of a mile, and if nobody of the enemy were met to bring in every man, woman or child they met. Some companies had negroes, some women and some men. Company B brought in two men, and those who saw the man fire was sure one of them was the man. Soon after Lieut. Col. Spiedel came in and picked out the same man; after looking him all over, confronted him with one of his piercing looks, said to him, "you are the man that shot Bugbey," and he was immediately marched on board the train with a man in the same house and a negresss who was near when the shot was fired. The rest of the prisoners after being questioned about the country, inhabitants, troops, &c., &c., were released. June 20th - Not having had time to finish this for three days can now add a little before closing. Our camp has been removed from Roache's Mills to near Falls Church. We did not go up the railroad with Ohio troops being kept back to be reviewed by Gen. McDowell and Sec'y Cameron. The line consisted of the N.J. Brigade and the 2d U.S. Brigade composed of the N.Y. 8th, 25th and the Connecticut regiments. Returning at 9:30 p.m., we heard of the firing into the train containing the Ohio soldiers from a masked battery. If we had been with them, ass we should have been but for the review, I believe we should have brought home a captured battery. Col. McCook gave the order, "to the right and left, rally! on the reserve," when the chivalry thinking that they were to be charged upon fell back and the colonel made a retreat with his men. Some of the enemy were seen to fall when the Ohio troops returned the fire but the loss was not known. Of the Ohio men eleven were killed and several wounded. The trap was set for us, the battery arriving only half an hour after we returned and would have been in time but for the breaking of the couplings. If it had I believe we should have taken it. About 11 o'clock the 1st and 2d Connecticut Regiments were ordered out and were soon on board three trains sent out for us. We knew no particulars but expected to be among them before the morning; instead, however, we layoff by the camp till 3 a.m., when we went up and left the train. As we formed, Gen. Tyler said, "men, you will do honor to yourselves and to old Connecticut?" A hearty "we will!" went up, and we took our route to the west. We expected to take them in the rear, but learned from the people that they had made a hasty retreat to Fairfax Court House. We kept on, however, to the summit of the hill which commands a view of the whole country and posted ourselves for further orders. Once we saw a large body of troops to the west, but we have heard nothing of them since. A number of regiments arrived after us but we are in advance of all. Our pickets are stationed within three or four miles of Fairfax Court House, and two of the 2d Regiment who were foolish enough to go prowling around against particular orders were missing this morning. We have a number of the "contraband" with us and some of them are smart; they appear to be grateful for the change of masters. I was through the Ohio camps this morning and the men are all anxious to avenge the death of their comrades, and nearly every man says he will enlist for the whole war. We are expecting to be in action every day and shall not long be disappointed. Yours. L.E.B.
658. TWJ Fri Jun 28, 1861: Rev. Dr. Todd died at his residence in Stamford, on Sunday morning at half past two o'clock. He was one of the oldest and most distinguished clergymen of the Episcopal Church in this State. He had been rector of St. John's church, in Stamford, for thirty-eight years.
659. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: Last Saturday evening, a German who had a difficulty with a Mr. Green relative to the pasturing of a horse in Meriden, shot him with a pistol, and with fatal effect, it is believed.
660. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: A Zouave company is being formed in Waterbury for "home consumption." James Coer, Captain.
661. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: Counterfeit $2 bills on the Waterbury Bank, are in circulation.
662. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: Tracy Peck, Jr., of Bristol, delivers the valedictory at Yale at the Commencement, and S.E. Baldwin of New Haven the salutary.
663. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: The Wadding and Batting Factory of Parker & Sons, three miles east of Manchester Station, was burned by fire, last Saturday evening. The picker struck fire in the afternoon, but the flames were it was supposed, extinguished. They re-appeared, however, and burned the establishment. Loss about $15,000. Insurance $5000.
664. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: Bardwell Gladwin of Higganum cut his throat with a razor and died, last Thursday night. When the doctor was called and had arrived, he reached all the veins and cords he could with his fingers and pulled upon them to make his death an event which no science could avert. Family difficulties were the cause.
665. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: The city of Chicago at the present time contains within a fraction of 40,000,000 bushels of grain, the largest amount ever gathered together in one place on this continent.
666. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: The New York Spirit of the Times announces that its publication will be suspended for the present, to be resumed probably at the close of the war.
667. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861:For voting for Lincoln, John Johnson was hanged in Crittenden County, Arkansas, on the 7th. A.A. Jones was also hanged in Obion County, Tenn., on the same day, simply because he declared himself opposed to slavery.
668. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: Connecticut has thus far expended over six hundred thousand dollars in fitting out troops, including bounty money and provisions.
669. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: The store of Lockwood & Latimer at Wethersfield, was broken open Tuesday night, the 18th, and robbed of goods to the value of between $300 and $400.
670. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: The Rev. Mr. Eddy, of Winsted, the newly appointed Chaplain in the 2d Regiment of Connecticut Volunteers started to join his regiment on Tuesday, the 18th. Mr. Eddy goes armed with carnal weapons as well as spiritual, and can fight as well as pray.
671. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: The New Orleans Delta tells its readers that the Yankee officers at Alexandria parade the streets with negro women leaning upon their arms.
672. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: Short Supplies at the South. The New York correspondent of the Boston Commercial Bulletin says: "I have some late and reliable information from the extreme South. It is stated that the cotton crop of the South cannot be brought to market unless baging and rope can be forwarded for the purpose from the North. The United States Government ought, therefore, to make this bagging and rope contraband, and prevents all exportation of it from the North. Already the Southern confederacy begins to feel the want of Massachusetts. They have not a sixty days' supply of shoes. They have not the men to make them, the leather to make them of, the tanneries to make the leather, the hides to tan, nor the cattle to take the hides off from. A gentleman who left Pensacola on the 25th of May, stated that when he left there was not a decent assorted stock of shoes in the town. There are odd sizes, but not a supply to select from. They were also out of printers' ink and paper; and it is expected that in sixty days they will not be able to print a paper in New Orleans. The crops everywhere are the most luxuriant. So far as wheat and corn are concerned, they will have enough to eat, probably, until Christmas or New Year; but in the articles of butter, beef, pork and cheese the stock is exceedingly light. These facts may be considered very reliable."
673. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: Making the Best of It. One of the New Jersey volunteer writes from the camp of his regiment at the seat of war: "Sleeping on the floor, or any other hard substance, is a more agreeable operation than one can imagine unless from actual experience. The security one feels, knowing that there is no danger of rolling out of bed, is a great satisfaction. Feathers having been recommended to us as a fine thing to lie upon, we purchased one the other day while in Washington, and gave it a fair trial. The first night we laid it down broadside, and found we had a slight feeling of rheumatism in the morning, probably owing to its softness. To next night we propped it up with the sharp end skyward, and found it to be just about the cheese. All the members of our company now use them in the same manner."
674. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: I have just received a large and varied assortment of Fire Works consisting of rockets, of all sizes, blue lights, roman candles, wheels, stars, fancy pieces, chasers, Chinese crackers, torpedoes, and almost every article of fire works suitable for celebrating our great national anniversary. The above articles have been purchased at War Prices, and will be sold at rates which defy competition. A.E. Brooks. Willimantic, June 21, 1861.
675. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: Births.
In Mansfield, 21st inst., a son to Mr. John B. Farwell.
676. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: Marriages.
In New London, 24th inst., James Griswold, Esq., and Miss Mary R., daughter of Dr. N.S. Perkins.
677. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: Deaths.
In Brooklyn, 13th inst., Frances, eldest daughter of John Burdick, aged 16 years.
678. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: Collection Notice. All persons liable by law to pay Taxes in the Town of Mansfield South Parish, on list of 1860, are hereby notified that the subscriber is ready to receive the same on Friday, July 12th, 1861, at the store of J. Wood, Mansfield Hollow, between the hours of 8 and 11 A.M., and from 12 to 3 P.M., at O. Shumway's store, Spring Hill, also at E. Storrs', Mansfield City, from 4 to 6 P.M. P.W. Thompson, Mansfield, June 17, 1861.
679. TWJ Fri Jun 29, 1861: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the District of Windham, on the 27 day of June, A.D. 1861. Present, Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. This Court doth direct the Administrators on the Estate of Col. Wm. L. Jillson, late of Windham, late of Windham, in said District, deceased, represented to be insolvent, to give notice to all persons interested in the estate of said deceased, to appear, if they see cause, before the Court of Probate to be holden at the Probate Office in said District, on the 8th day of July, 1861, at eight o'clock, forenoon, to be heard relative to the appointment of Commissioners on said estate, by posting said order of notice on 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 Willimantic. Certified from Record. Wm. Swift, Clerk.
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