From The Constitution, Wednesday, January 14, 1863 (volume 26, number 1307)

War News

The news from Vicksburg is not encouraging. The place was not taken by Gen. Sherman. On the contrary, he has been repulsed after a brave and noble assault on the enemy’s works. The national troops had re-embarked on board the transports, and at last accounts had arrived at Island No. 82, on the way to Napoleon. Our losses are stated at 600 killed, 1,500 wounded, and 1,000 missing.

We have the highly important intelligence that Galveston has been recaptured by the rebels under Gen. Magruder. The U. States steamer Harriet Lane was taken, and Capt. Wainwright, Lieut. Lee and all the men on board were killed or captured. Our force on shore did not amount to more than 300, while the rebel force is believed to have been 5000 strong. Admiral Farragut was about to make an attack on Port Hudson.

It is stated that not a guerilla is left in Kentucky, our forces are in possession of Cumberland Gap, and the Kentucky cavalry are still pursuing the rebel Morgan.

Gen. Sherman has been superceded in the command of the expedition of the expedition against Vicksburg by Gen. McClernand.

There is nothing new from the army of the Potomac.

It was reported and generally believed that the rebels had captured Springfield, Mo., but news received yesterday is that the rebels have been repulsed at every advance on that place and the national troops held the town.

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If any are disposed to doubt about Gen. Rosecrans’ splendid success at Murfreesboro, they ought to be satisfied with rebel testimony on the subject. The Richmond Dispatch of the 6th inst. says : “Gen. Bragg has certainly retreated from his “victory” at Murfreesboro. *   * He has thrown East Tennessee entirely open to the Yankees. If Gen. Rosecrans once gets possession of it, 200,000 men cannot dislodge him.” One or two more such “victories”, as Gen. Bragg’s, would sink the rebel cause entirely out of sight.

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Dr. Lyman Beecher died at his residence in Brooklyn on Saturday, the 10th inst., at the advanced age of eighty-seven years.

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From the 18th.—A private letter from the eighteenth regiment says that week before last a Sergeant of Company K, by the name of Young, a very fine man, was shot through by one of the sentinels who was drunk. His leg was amputated, and he died a short time after.

CITY ELECTION !

The annual election for city officers occurs next Monday. This election will be a most important one, and should not be neglected by any voter in the city. No hesitation or backwardness should be shown in supporting the Union ticket this winter. At a time like the present when the liberties of the country are in danger, every patriotic citizen should do what he can to sustain the government in its efforts to overthrow the rebellion. Many voters of this town and city have joined the national armies, and some of these have fallen in the public defense. Of those who remain at home, not one should fail to do his duty at the ballot box, and show his devotion to the national cause by voting for national union men.

The democrats will make a strong effort to elect men whose sympathies are not with the government. They rely upon the absence of the many republicans and Union men who have gone to the war. But there are enough of the friends of the Government still left to elect their ticket by an overwhelming majority. Let them rally at the polls. Every vote will be wanted. Remember that it is the duty of every man who would sustain the Government in putting down this rebellion and maintaining the Union to record his vote in favor of the Union ticket on Monday next.

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UNION MEETING—Don’t forget the National Union caucus meeting on Saturday evening for the nomination of candidates for city officers. It should be well attended. Union men, be on hand !

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REPUBLICANS !—There will be a meeting on Monday evening at the Town Hall, to choose delegates to the State Convention. All who would sustain the Government against this rebellion are requested to be present.

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Better.—Last week we stated that the Savage Revolving Fire Arms Company were employing 200 men. We are authorized to make a better statement than that this week. They have now two hundred and fifty hands at work, and will soon have a still larger force.

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A Steam Fire Engine.

Some time since the subject of a Steam Fire Engine was brought to the notice of our citizens. It received considerable attention, and we believe one would have been purchased before this but for war matters which have since engaged public attention to the exclusion of almost everything else. But the purchase of such a machine is of great importance now, especially on account of the crippled condition of our fire department. Should a fire break out some night in a central part of the city, the consequences would probably be most disastrous, for we have at present no adequate means for meeting such an emergency. Ought not such an engine to be purchased? We publish the following communication on the subject :

Editors of “The Constitution” :

Several months since, the large fire on the corner of College and Water streets demonstrated the inefficiency of our Hand Fire Engines, and the necessity of having a Steam Fire Engine, in Middletown. You, through the columns of your paper, called the attention of our citizens to this want, and endeavored to induce them to take some interest in this matter. I believe that some few did talk about it, and that some one commenced collecting statistics relative to Steam Fire Engines ; but since that we have heard nothing about it and as yet we have no machine of this kind. Is a matter of so much importance to be allowed to rest here? The past has proved to us that our city with its streets full of wooden buildings, is not sufficiently protected against fire ; and perhaps a few months more may prove it more fully. If we look back a short distance, we will see that for quite a number of years, not a winter has passed without our having a destructive fire in some part of the city. This winter we have had none, and we are not prepared for one. Many of our old firemen are off in the army, and what few are left would make a poor display, should a fire break out on Main street, or on any street where the buildings are near to each other. We need a Steam Fire Engine. I know that our expenses are great, but ought we not to endeavor to prevent their being greater by securing ourselves against loss by fire? Will not the proper authorities attend to this? We do wrong to neglect it longer.

H. W. F.

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Deaths in the City of Middletown during the Year 1862.

Under one year 11
From 1 year to 5 years 34
“       5 years to 10 years 6
“       10  “         20  “ 12
“       20  “         30  “ 14
“       30  “         40  “ 8
“       40  “         50  “ 8
“       50  “         60  “ 6
“       60  “         70  “ 3
“       70  “         80  “ 11
“       80  “         90  “ 4
“       90  “       100  “ 2
119

Stillborn   2.

J. B. SOUTHMAYD, Sexton.

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Bodies Brought Home.–Mr. Thomas G. Lucas returned home on Saturday evening. He brought the body of John Norton as far as New Haven, where friends took it in charge, and conveyed it to Guilford for interment.

Mr. Lucas’ special mission was to obtain the bodies of the two Hollister brothers of Chatham, who had died in their tent from fever. These he obtained and brought with him. They were taken to Middle Haddam. Their names were Frederick and Francis Hollister. The funeral was attended at the Episcopal church in Middle Haddam on Sunday. The services were conducted by Rev. Mr. DeKoven, of this city. Frederick was aged 18 years and 5 months, and Francis 20 years and 4 months.

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A Colored School.—A separate colored school was provided some time since in the High School building, by the Board of Visitors. But the enterprise did not flourish. For some reason no pupils came, and the school suffered a collapse from which it has not recovered. A school meeting has been called to be held at the Town Hall on Thursday evening to take the subject in consideration, and what see what ought and ought not to be done.

McDonough House Benefit.

The dull times and consequent stagnation of business, has had a serious effect upon the business prosperity of the McDonough House, and during the past two months the proprietors, Messrs. Baker & Reed, have been losing money. But little traveling patronage, and very few boarders enliven the dullness resting upon the House. Generally at this season of the year we have sleighing, and sleighing parties add materially to the proprietors’ till. But revenue from this source is not very promising this winter.

We take it for granted that all wish to have a first class Hotel kept, and well kept. It cannot be done without patronage, and some way must be opened whereby the House can be made to pay. Acting upon this, some forty gentlemen, representing all classes, and all desirous of sustaining this House, held an informal meeting at the McDonough House, Monday evening, Hon. E. Stearns in the chair and voted to give Messrs. Baker & Reed a complimentary benefit on Thursday evening the 22d inst.

The arrangements are to have a supper at 9 o’clock, and a dance afterward, under the direction of A. J. Spencer, with good music, &c.

Tickets for the whole, for a gentleman and lady, $3. Additional tickets for ladies to holders of $3 tickets, $1.

An adjourned meeting will be held at the McDonough House, Wednesday evening, the 14th inst., to complete arrangements, and all are cordially invited to be present. Let us give the gentlemanly proprietors a grand benefit.

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The Weather during the past week has been very changeable. The coldest day was Thursday, when the mercury stood at 7 degrees at sunrise. Many were hoping for a snow storm the last of the week. But on Saturday the weather moderated and it began to rain. During the night it rained in torrents, the wind blowing a gale from the south. Sunday was mild and spring-like.

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Skating has been good on Pameacha pond and on the river during the last week, and crowds have enjoyed the sport.

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Ice for next summer’s use is being cut on Pameacha pond. There is no better ice this side the Arctic regions than that which “grows” on that pond, and is deposited in the spacious ice houses there.

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FOR

Our Sick & Wounded Soldiers

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GEO. VANDENHOFF, Esq.

Of New York City,

Will give one of his Highly Popular

READINGS,

AT

M’Donough Hall

FRIDAY EVENING, JAN. 16, 1863,

for the benefit of the

Ladies’ Soldiers’ Aid Society.

SUBJECT—Miscellaneous Readings from Shakspeare and the Poets; with a Humorous Sketch from Dickens.

Doors open at 7 o’clock. Commence at quarter before 8. Tickets 25 cents, to be had at the Bookstores and of the Committee.

G. T. Hubbard, Secretary.

Middletown, Jan. 12th, 1863.