From The Constitution, Wednesday, April 2, 1862 (volume 25, number 1266)

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On Friday, the enemy in large force, was driven from Warrenton Junction, ten miles beyond Manassas, and forced to cross the Rappahannock toward Gordonsville. As usual, they blew up the railroad bridge behind them. There are believed to be no rebels this side of the Rappahannock.

Affairs at Island No. 10, in the Mississippi river, progress very slowly. The bombardment of the enemy’s works continues at intervals, but the results are scarcely perceptible. The rebels are reported to be very active in pushing forward their means of defence.

The report that Yancey had been captured and taken to Key West is positively denied.

The news from Port Royal is not important. The troops are in excellent health.

Everything was quiet at Newbern. Gen. Burnside had gone to Beaufort.

From Fortress Monroe it was apparent the rebels were strengthening their fortifications on Craney Island. No indications yet of another appearance of the Merrimac. Gen. Hunter was at the Fortress on Thursday on his way to Port Royal.

On Saturday morning a dreadful explosion occurred in Jackson’s pyrotechnic factory in Philadelphia. A number of persons, including men, boys and girls, were killed.

Mudsills and Dutchmen

In his address to the soldiers of his division, General Sigel says : “From 2 o’clock on the morning of the 6th, to 4 o’clock in the afternoon of the 9th, you marched 50 miles, fought three battles, and took from the enemy a battery, a flag, and more than one hundred and fifty prisoners,”—among whom were a brigadier general, two colonels, a lieutenant-colonel and a major.

When they remember that the men who did this were all either mudsills or Dutchmen, our ‘Southern brethren’ will, we trust, give them credit for a pretty fair eighty-six hours’ work.

Springfield Armory

The number of men employed at this armory at present is about fourteen hundred, and the product of their labor during the past month was 10,500 muskets. Since the 30th of last June—seven months—over 44,000 guns have been made. The carriage contract department, recently established, and superintended by Capt. Balch of the Ordnance Department, within the last five months, has contracted at Worsester, Concord, N. H., New Haven, Conn., and Troy, N. Y. for 150 battery wagons, 150 forges, 1000 carriages, 4000 sets of harness and 60,000 accoutrements.


Portland.—The following is a list of articles sent to the soldiers of Connecticut by the Ladies Sewing Society of Trinity Church, Portland, Connecticut :

To the Hartford Soldiers’ Aid Association, July 1861 : 15 cotton shirts, 40 havelocks, 36 handkerchiefs, 10 towels, 3 sheets, 3 pillow cases, 7 pair socks, 70 bandages, 39 housewives.

To the 4th Regiment C. V., Dec. 25th, 1861 : 16 pairs woolen socks, 2 do. large woolen hose, 3 do. Canton flannel drawers, 1 do. woolen do., 12 do. mittens, a quantity of provisions.

To the 9th Regiment C. V., Dec. 25th, 1861 : 5 Canton flannel wrappers, 2 pairs do. drawers, 2 do. cotton do., 1 do. do. socks, 1 do. woolen do., 7 handkerchiefs, 2 calico double gown.

To the 5th Regiment C. V., Jan. 27th, 1862 : 2 plaid shirts, 1 bed gown, 1 grey wrapper, 5 pairs mittens, 17 do. socks, 3 do. combs, 2 housewives, 10 bachelors, 3 pin cushions, 2 bundles lint, 4 rolls bandages, 2 comfortables.

To the sick and wounded of the Connecticut Regiments in Burnside’s Expedition, March 14th, 1862 : 12 cotton shirts, 10 pillow cases, 4 Canton flannel wrappers, 3 comfortables, 1 pair flannel drawers, 1 woolen blanket, 3 pairs woolen socks, 3 pairs cotton do. 2 prs. mittens, 27 handkerchiefs, 15 rolls linen bandages, 17 do. cotton do., 15 towels, 2 shirts and old cotton, 25 housewives, 3 bottles wine, 1 bottle currant shrub, 1 jar citron, 2 papers gelatine, 1 bowl apple jelly, 1 jar currant jelly, 1 bottle camphor, 1 do. cologne, 2 packages soap, bowl and pan, 1 toothbrush, 1 hair brush, 4 wooden combs, pins, needles, sewing thread, 2 packages envelopes, commercial note paper, books and papers.

To Newbern, N. C., March 22d, 1862 : 32 shirts, 41 housewives, 4 prs. cotton socks, 2 comfortables, 7 small pillow cases, 94 bandages, 1 pr. cotton shirts, 13 towels, 46 handkerchiefs, 2 bed ticks, 1 large pillow, 2 packages soap, 1 bottle camphor, 2 glasses jelly, 2 prs. pillow cases, 2 prs. woolen socks, 1 bottle wine, old cloths, books and papers.

About Registration – Keep It In Mind

No person can vote unless his name is on the Registry List.

No man can be added to the list by certificate or otherwise, after Wednesday, April 2d.

No person’s name can be added to the list unless in addition to being an elector of the State, he has resided in the town where he claims the right to vote, four months.

Every one who wishes to vote on Certificate, must procure his certificate and have his name added to the list on or before Wednesday, April 2. Every voter who is to be made, must be made on or before Wednesday, April 2.

Except—If any one comes of age, or the other qualifications accrue, between Wednesday, April 2, and election day, they must hand their names in and have them entered under the head of “Intended Applications,” on or before Wednesday, April 2.

See that your name, your neighbor’s name, and the name of every good Union man, is on the list.—Norwich Courier.

Judge of Probate

Judge Vinal has been re-nominated by the Unionists of this district. His administration of the responsible office of Judge of Probate has been universally satisfactory, and he will be elected again this year. He is not only a good man for the place, but he is a cordial friend of the government in its decided policy towards rebellion.

John L. Smith, Esq. has been nominated by the democrats. Aside from his political views, Mr. Smith is above all reproach, and in placing him in nomination the democrats have nominated one of their best men.

Our Nominee for Senator

L. M. Leach, Esq., of Durham, was nominated by the Union Convention which met on Thursday, candidate for Senator of the 18th district. Mr. Leach has the advantage of being pretty well known on this side of the river, and he is not unknown on the other side. He is a merchant, and one of the most prominent citizens of Durham, a gentleman of high character, and a strong Union man. We believe he will command a full vote, as he will certainly carry with him the entire confidence of the Unionists in this district. The nomination of Mr. Leach is a good one, and the loyal men of the 18th will give him their unqualified support.


The re-nomination of Hiram Veasey, Esq., of East Hampton, as Senator for this district would have been satisfactory to many, and as he is a Unionist, some of his friends rather expected it. He consented to be a candidate last year when there was very little hope of his being elected, and many thought it was due to him to put him in nomination again this year. We understand that the utmost confidence was expressed in Mr. Veasey at the convention, but some wished to nominate a man on this side of the river this year.

Looking to Us

The President and the members of his Cabinet are looking to Connecticut for encouragement and aid in this trying period of our history. They desire the moral support which we can give then, by showing an overwhelming majority for the Union cause. They know that there are some in our midst who are looking for encouragement to openly aid the traitors of the south by demanding an untimely and dishonorable peace, and an acknowledgement of southern independence, and they look to the loyal voters of Connecticut to take care of these men and keep them in check. A sweeping Union majority will more than anything else crush the viper of disunion which lurks among us. We can do this. There is loyalty enough in the state to put disunionism to the blush, so that it will never again show its head in this ‘land of steady habits.’ We have given the government more than thirteen thousand good and true men in the field. Our brave boys now in the field are looking towards home, and expecting that their state will support them by giving a good rousing majority for the cause which they are fighting for. Our task is comparatively easy. Our fight is a peaceful one. Our only weapon is the ballot. Let us encourage the government in the heavy task imposed upon it and let us encourage the gallant soldiers of the Connecticut regiments who are standing face to face with a relentless enemy. They are looking to us.

Murder in Wethersfield

On Thursday last, Daniel Webster, the Warden of the Connecticut State Prison at Wethersfield, was fatally wounded by a convict named Gerald Toole, who assaulted him with a shoe-knife which he had secreted upon his person and ground sharp on both edges. Toole had been sentenced to confinement for life, having been convicted of arson, and was a desperate man. Mr. Webster died within a few hours of the injuries he received. He leaves a family.


A son of Michael Bergen of this town, fell dead in the street of Portland, this Tuesday morning.


A bill has been introduced in the Ohio Legislature to prevent marriage of second cousins, by punishing the magistrate or clergyman who solemnizes such marriages by the imposition of a fine of $100. The bill, after earnest debate, was laid upon the table.

A Southern View of Free Society

Free society ! We sicken of the name—What is it but a conglomeration of greasy mechanics, filthy operatives, small-fisted farmers, and moon-struck theorists ? All the Northern and especially the New England States, are devoid of society fitted for a well-bred gentleman. The prevailing class one meets with, is that of mechanics struggling to be genteel, and small farmers who do their own drudgery, and yet who are hardly fit for association with a Southern gentleman’s body-servant. This is your free society which the Northern hordes are endeavoring to extend into Kansas—Muscogee Herald, Georgia.