From The Constitution, Wednesday, March 26, 1862 (volume 25, number 1265)
VOTES PRINTED AT THIS OFFICE.
We have news of another brilliant victory won by our troops, in a battle which occurred last Sunday near Winchester, Va. Eight thousand of the national troops, under Gen. Shields, totally routed the enemy whose numbers are put down at fifteen thousand.
The news from Island No. 10 is not very reviving. The condition of affairs there has been unchanged for two or three days past, the mortars and gunboats indulging in occasional shots, but without perceptible results. It was reported that the rebels were evacuating the island but the fact could not be certainly ascertained.
New Orleans is believed to be in possession of the federal forces, and that Com. Porter’s mortar fleet has passed through the Rigolets and reduced Fort Pike, commanding the entrance to Lake Pontchartrain, and so secured an approach to the city for Gen. Butler’s forces.
It seems probable that the traitor Yancey is really captured. He is said to be confined in the calaboose at Key West. We hope it is true, for if any one next to Jeff. Davis deserves the halter, it is Yancey.
The Treasury department at Washington is now issuing certificates of indebtedness at the rate of nearly two millions a day.
Wendell Phillips attempted to lecture in Cincinnati last night. He avowed himself a disunionist, and abolitionist, when he was assailed with eggs and stones, and would have received personal injury if his friends had not removed him to a place of safety.
Beaufort, on the North Carolina coast, has been evacuated by the rebels. Fort Macon was blown up, and the steamer Nashville burned.
At Memphis, there was great excitement, and indications of yielding the place.
Another Victory !
A portion of Gen. Banks’ command, under Gen. Shields, numbering only eight thousand, have fought the combined rebel forces under Generals Jackson, Smith and Longstreet, and signally defeated them. A preliminary skirmish took place on Saturday afternoon, about a mile and a half from Winchester, on the Strasburgh road, between a portion of Gen. Shields’ troops and the rebel cavalry, with four pieces of artillery, in which the rebel force was repulsed. It was then ascertained that the rebels were advancing in force, under the impression that Winchester had been entirely evacuated by our troops, and preparations were made to meet them. The great battle took place Sunday, three or four miles from Winchester, lasting from 10 1/2 o’clock in the forenoon until dark, and resulting in the total rout of the rebels, whose strength is put down at fifteen thousand. The losses in killed and wounded are reported to be heavy on both sides, but particulars could not be obtained last night. The rebels threw away everything in their flight, and our cavalry, at last accounts, were in close pursuit.
The greatest and most important battle which has yet been fought on our Atlantic seaboard took place on the 14th inst., Friday of week before last, when Newbern was taken by General Burnside. It was severely contested for four hours, the enemy having the advantage of strong entrenchments, which were finally carried by the valor of our soldiers at the point of the bayonet. Connecticut had three regiments engaged in this battle. They acquitted themselves nobly, and the number of their dead and wounded shows that they stood bravely to their work in the very hottest of the fight. This battle was fought almost wholly by New England regiments, and forever puts at rest the insinuations and charges of southerners that New Englanders cannot fight.
Gen. Burnside, like a modest as well as gallant soldier, in his official account of the battle, gives the honor of planning the campaign to Gen. McClellan. This must be somewhat unexpected, and perhaps unwelcome, to such as have been all along accusing Gen. McClellan of inefficiency, and of suffering the Manassas army to escape, thereby placing Burnside in imminent peril. But while his accusers are in the height of their charges it turns out that Burnside has won a glorious victory, at a point entirely out of the reach of the rebel army, and all in accordance with the plans of McClellan !
Dispatches have been received at the Navy Department from Commodore Dupont, announcing that the “old flag” floats over Fort Marion, at St. Augustine, Fla., and that the town of St. Augustine, and Jacksonville as well, had surrendered without firing a gun. The rebel troops, it appears, evacuated Fort Marion the night before our gunboats appeared. The town authorities of St. Augustine received Commander Rogers, who first landed, in the town hall, and on receiving assurances of protection for loyal citizens, they raised the Stars and Stripes with their own hands. Fort Marion is the second of the old forts recaptured. It is understood that the Governor of Florida has recommended the entire evacuation of the eastern part of the State by the rebel forces.
The State Election
Occurs in a few days, and no time should be lost in making necessary preparations for it. Perhaps some think there is no use in taking much interest in the election this spring. The Union ticket is sure to be elected, they say, and what is the need of our being troubled about it. Very likely the Union ticket will be elected, but if it is elected Union men will have to vote for it, and we know of no way except by voting by which it can be elected. Every Union man should consider it his personal duty to vote, and no one who can get to the polls should attempt to shirk his duty.
But what is wanted this spring is to roll up such a majority for Buckingham as will show that the heart of Connecticut is with the government in this war. We want not only to elect our ticket, but we want to elect it with a majority which will be the pride and boast of Union men all over the country. What say the freemen of Connecticut ? Shall it not be so ?
The [Middletown] Sentinel is becoming extravagant as well as impudent in making its charges of abolitionism. It now charges the whole republican party with being abolitionists—the party which elected the present Administration and has a large majority in each branch of Congress. This charge embraces the President and his Cabinet, including Secretary Stanton with the rest for he is among the most zealous supporters of the new order of things. But not contented with this sweeping charge, the Sentinel also places among the abolitionists all democrats who now abjure party and support only the cause of the Union. Caleb Cushing, and Benj. F. Butler of Massachusetts, Daniel S. Dickinson of New York, Gov. Sprague of Rhode Island—such men, the best blood of democracy, are, according to the wisdom of the Sentinel, abolitionists ! Then there is Edward Everett who has become an abolitionist too, and all the old conservative leaders in New England and New York have fallen into the ranks of abolitionism ! Such is the Sentinel’s idea of abolitionism. If to be a Union man is to be an abolitionist, our contemporary will find a great many such in this state on the first Monday in April. But if, what is really the fact, the Sentinel hopes to frighten sincere men out of their convictions of duty, by calling them nicknames, it may save itself any further trouble for it will be of no use. People don’t care about words now, they are fighting for things.
Changes on Main Street
The brick store owned and occupied by the late J. & S. Taylor for many years, has been remodeled, a new front put in, and has quite a stylish look. Benj. C. Bacon, stove dealer, goes in there, and considers that he is prepared now to serve the public to good advantage. He is ready to see company, and will endeavor to satisfy his customers. Give him a call.
The building north of the above, occupied by J. A. Turner is to be improved, a new front put on the store, and other changes for the better are to be made.
Elliott’s store, on the north part of Main street, has been leased by Jefferson Bacon, shoe dealer.
Hubbard Brothers, at the foot of Center street, are prepared to drive a heavy business this spring. They have an extensive lumber yard, and can satisfy every possible want of their customers. Their steam planing mill turns out the best kind and a great variety of work. One of the busiest places in Middletown is in the neighborhood of their yard about this season of the year. …
A new plaster mill has just been finished at the Pameacha by Mr. Geo. N. Ward. Farmers will know now where to get a superior article of plaster—something which all farmers ought to use. Mr. Ward has also made am improvement in his milling department, and the best quality of wheat flour may now be obtained at his mill.
The Juniors held their annual exhibition last Wednesday evening. They had a crowded house, and the exhibition was an honor to old Wesleyan. Music was by the Hartford Quadrille Band.
In our list of deaths last week was one which deserves a more extended notice—we mean that of Albert Austin Campbell. The father of the deceased had enlisted, and is now in active service for his country. Young Campbell was anxious to do what he could during his father’s absence, and sought eagerly for work. He found a place in Hartford, as machinist, where he could slowly earn something, for he was only 16 years old. For months past he worked night and day, and hardly allowed himself any time for refreshment and rest. Such intense labor told on his health. But he would not give up till the last moment. He left Hartford for his home in this city, where after lingering two weeks under an attack of lung fever and measles, he died on the 17th inst.
There have been a number of snow slides within the last few days in which large bodies of snow fell from overhanging roofs on the sidewalks. It looks dangerous. There was a big slide on the walk on the east side of Main street one pleasant afternoon last week. Nobody happened to get hit. The horses that were hitched close by were a good deal agitated. They could not comprehend the occurrence.
The ice on the river shows signs of leaving. It began to move on Saturday, and this morning the river is nearly clear in front of the city, and as far upstream as the quarries. South of Sumners creek and through the narrows, the ice remains fast. Last year navigation commenced the beginning of March, and the New York boats commenced running on the 10th.
On Wednesday evening last we attended an Exhibition of Tableaux given by the Congregational Society in Cromwell, and we must confess we were agreeably disappointed. We have never seen anything of the kind given by a private company that excelled these, if indeed ever equalled them.
The costumes were beautiful and in excellent good taste. The characters well represented. If we were to particularize and say which we considered best, where all were so good, we should pick out the three scenes from Mary Queen of Scots, Taking the Veil, Boston Tea Party.
Some very good music added very much to the entertainment. Miss Brainerd of Haddam, played the accompaniments in good taste.
The Tableaux were repeated Thursday eve to a good audience. We hope that when the roads become good, there will be another exhibition, and we bespeak for them a large attendance.
… In Hartford, on Tuesday, March 11th, Freddie Lewis, son of Thomas and Abbey Lewis, aged 7 years and 8 months.
As he returned home from school, a mass of ice slid from the roof and fell upon him as he came upon the steps, causing his death at half-past 9 o’clock of the same evening. He was a bright colored boy—the most intelligent of his class at the week day and Sabbath schools. His spirit has departed, and Freddie has gone to rest, “where sickness and sorrow, pain and death are felt and feared no more.”—Times.