From The Constitution, Wednesday, June 26, 1861 (volume 24, number 1226)
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RIOT IN MILWAUKIE !
On Monday morning the banks in Milwaukie were attacked by a mob, and a great destruction of property was caused. The troops were called out by the Mayor, and fired upon the rioters. About fifty rioters were arrested and jailed Monday evening under a strong guard. In the 2d and 6th wards the mob was gaining ground last night. They had one cannon and threatened to attack the jail. The Governor had declared martial law, and telegraphed for State troops. The riot was caused by the bankers on Saturday throwing out the circulating notes of a large number of the banks of the State.
The De Soto has just arrived from Havana. There was some yellow fever in Havana of a fatal type, but the shipping had not suffered to any considerable extent.
The enemy say that Congress shall never meet at Washington, and it is believed their strength has been underrated. Many think the long threatened collision will take place this week. About 40,000 troops are in the district, of which 24,000 are already on the Virginia side of the Potomac. The country within view of the enemy is examined by means of a balloon. There is no news of importance from Fortress Monroe.
No intelligence is received of Capt. Kellogg of the 2d Conn. Regiment, whose gallantry lately led him into an ambuscade.
This was a brilliant and decisive action, and will be likely to put the finishing stroke to open secessionism in Missouri. The traitorous Governor has received a lesson which he cannot very well forget. Booneville was a very favorable place for the assembling of secession troops and if they could not make a stand there they can’t anywhere. Gen. Lyon is found to be the right man in the right place. The battle was conducted on his part in the most skillful manner, in quite refreshing contrast, it must be confessed, to the leadership of some Brigadiers in Virginia. We are happy to say that Gen. Lyon is a native of Connecticut. He was born in Windham County, and is not the first distinguished General which that section of our State has furnished for the national armies.
Prentice says the friends of the Governor of Missouri are greatly concerned for his safety. At the last dates he was running away from a Lyon. He was making good time, but the length and rapidity of the Lyon’s bounds were ominous of evil.
The ordinance for the organization of the State government was adopted by the Virginia Convention at Wheeling last week, and the Governor and Council were to be immediately chosen. Subsequently, Frank Pierpont of Marion County was elected Governor. Forty counties in Western Virginia are represented in this convention. The ground which the convention took in its action is that the former State officers have by treason against the United States and by giving over the State to the Southern Confederacy, in fact vacated their offices, and it is the right and duty of the people of Virginia to make a new election. This is a noble and patriotic stand which is taken by Western Virginia, and no doubt is entertained that the people of the whole State will join in driving Gov. Letcher from office as soon as they are permitted to enjoy freedom of action.
Letter from Camp
The following letter from F. B. Coe, of the Mansfield Guard, 2d Regt., written to his father, we have been permitted to present to our readers. It bears a late date, and will be read with interest.
Falls Village, Fairfax Co., Va.,
Thursday Afternoon, June 20, 1861
Dear Father: I write in haste, the 2d Connecticut Regiment left camp Welles Sunday night. At nine o’clock, p. m., we struck our tents, packed our knapsack, and got ready for a line of march after packing our baggage aboard the wagons ; each company were allowed two wagons. We started at about one o’clock in the morning, in silence. At two we crossed Long Bridge, and struck foot upon the sacred soil of the Old Dominion. After a march of twelve miles, we reached our Camp ground, near Roach’s M[?], in close proximity to the 1st Regt. The boys were all in good spirits and immediately commenced putting up our tents, cutting trees, bushes, stumps, and other labor necessary to be performed in clearing up a camp ground ; and here let me say, that those who have not been in actual service have no idea of the work to be done ; for instance, in our present camp we have to bring all our water over a mile which is no small job this hot weather.
Between two and three o’clock Monday afternoon, the 1st Ohio regiment went up on a train of platform cars, I think they had previously been used for carrying wood ; as they passed us we indulged in three cheers for the first Ohio boys, which was returned by them with a good will ; little did we think then, that in a few hours we should see them lying by the roadside mangled and torn to pieces by the shot and shell of the enemy. The first news we received of them was from the engineer, who at six p. m., came down at lightning speed with only one car beside the engine, the cylinder of the engine being blown away and covered with blood ; two men dead and one wounded, were brought down, being shot on the engine. This sight, and the report that the regiment was cut to pieces, started us immediately to avenge our friends.
At eleven at night the 1st and 2d Regt. got aboard the train and started for Vienna, the place where the Ohio boys were surprised—Gen. Yuler commanding, and Lieut. Colonel Young was at the head of the 2d., Col. Terry being prostrated with erysipelas in his foot. The train moved very slowly, every bridge, and in fact, every rod of ground having to be examined. The bridges on this, the Orange and Alexandria Railroad have all been burned, and have been re-built by U. S. troops. The road is now guarded as far as the cars run. After running twelve miles, and within five miles of Vienna, we got off the train ; here we met part of the Ohio regiment. Only three companies were on the train at the time they were fired into. If the Sesech had understood themselves, they might have killed every man on the train ; they had a masked battery and about eight hundred men, some say eleven hundred, while there were only three hundred and fifty on the cars. The Ohio boys after having three rounds fired at them fled in squads, and were not pursued. In all there was about fifteen killed, and wounded not reported. I saw ten dead bodies placed aboard the cars, most of them were horribly mangled, being wounded by shell ; their pieces were six pounders.
At five, Tuesday afternoon, we took up a line of march towards Fairfax Court House. We halted near Falls Church, and both regiments are now encamped there.
We are within six miles of the Court House, and are the furtherest advanced of any regiments in this direction. The secession troops at Fairfax are estimated at from ten to thirty thousand ; there is no doubt but there is a large force, how many we can’t tell. There will be no advance made by us until we get large reinforcements. We are going to hold our position. About five thousand troops can be concentrated here in an hour. We have two six pounders and have a good position if attacked, and the boys will fight like tigers. Before you get this we shall probably have a fight, as we can see secession batteries and secession sentinels from our camp, and our picket guard keep a sharp lookout.
Yesterday about four o’clock, there was a false alarm, but the 2d regiment, who were scattered all over the camp, were in line ready for action in less than five minutes, and when we formed every man expected to fight.
I should not be surprised if the enemy advanced any minute, but whenever they do, the Conn. Volunteers are prepared to defend the Constitution and the Union.
F. B. Coe
One of the chaplains of the second Regiment—we are left in painful uncertainty which of them—was abducted by a lady under peculiar circumstances. She called upon him and requested an escort as she was afraid to pass the lines alone. Instead of sending some one else, he gallantly offered to go with her himself. He went with her to her house, and nothing has been heard from him since.
The Savage Revolving Arms Company is putting up a large building adjoining the Power Co. buildings which they have purchased. They are making arrangements to do a heavy business.
A daring burglary was committed in this city on Friday night. The clothing store of Benham & Boardham, on Main street, was entered through a rear window and a considerable amount of goods taken. The precise amount is not known, but is supposed to be not far from a hundred and fifty dollars worth. Who committed the robbery remains a mystery. Mr. Benham believed it was done by parties out of town, and went to Hartford on Saturday to make investigations, but nothing was discovered.
A suit of cast off clothes was found on Saturday at Hubbard’s lumber yard, and they agree with the description of a man who came down by the boat from Hartford on Friday afternoon. It is thought the robbery was perpetrated by a couple of fellows who came down in the boat in the afternoon, were lounging around the store in the evening, and probably went back to Hartford in the early morning boat.
Demand for Flour
Several evenings ago, some boys while “fooling” in front of G. N. Ward’s flour store accidentally broke one of the large panes of glass in his front window. The temptation was strong, and a night or two after some hungry individual availed himself of the aforesaid fracture to abstract two or three small bags of flour.
Touching letter from a Gery Member of the Home Guard to his Parents on Fifth Avenue.
5—Broadway, June –
Dear Father and Mother.—We are getting along well, down here at our quarters. We drill finely and our uniforms have gold lace onto them. We suffer great privations but dear parents, some must suffer in this crisis. We get our dinners at Delmonico’s. Tell Mrs. Scuiler that we do not need blankets, as we bunk at the St. Nicholas. What our brave lads now want is fruit cake and waffles. Do not weep for me.