From The Constitution, Wednesday, January 21, 1863 (volume 26, number 1308)

War News

The news of the capture of Arkansas Post by Gen. McClernand is fully confirmed. Our success was complete, and loss small. A dispatch from Gen. McClernand says the number of rebel prisoners taken is variously estimated at from 7,000 to 10,000, together with all their munitions of war.

A special dispatch to the Sunday Mercury says that the army of the Potomac is in motion, and crossed the Rappahannock on Saturday. This needs confirmation.

Five steamboats laden with valuable commissary stores and the gunboat Slidell were captured by a large force of rebels on the Cumberland river. The boats were burnt.

Gen. Sherman’s official report puts our loss at Vicksburg at 1,950 killed and wounded, [lo des] 400 lost by capture.

A correspondent at New Orleans writes, under date of Jan. 3, that the advance of Gen. Banks from Baton Rouge would not probably take place before the 20th of January.

Reinforcements have been sent to Gen. Foster in North Carolina and it is probable that his army numbers between forty and fifty thousand men.

The pirate Alabama has captured two more vessels in the West India waters, one of which she burnt.

Gen. McClellan has removed to New York.

A despatch from Falmouth dated the 18th says that on Saturday the rebels advanced about a thousand infantry and took possession of the breastworks opposite Falmouth. A portion of our troops were moved down to contest their further advance.


Army Payments.—The current reports that payments to the army have been suspended requires correction. Nearly $9,000,000 have been paid within the last ten days, the payments of yesterday exceeding $1,000,000. These payments are all made under the law passed the last session. The joint resolution authorizing an additional issue of United States notes only reached the President yesterday, and cannot be signed and returned to the House before Monday.


The Englishman who went as boatswain on the pirate ship Alabama has left her, and has published an account of her. He confirms previous statements that she is a British affair throughout, excepting only her flag and her captain ; English hull, English guns, English coal in her bunkers, English sailors to man and work her, English shot and shell to fire at our ships, and a nephew of Sir William Armstrong to fire the first gun, as lieutenant of the ship.


From New Orleans.—By the arrival of the transport Illinois we have New Orleans papers to the 8th inst., inclusive.

The rebels were encroaching upon the Union lines in the neighborhood of Donaldville, but no danger was apprehended therefrom.

The affair at Galveston on the 1st instant had caused a general feeling of gloom among the army and navy.

Admiral Farragut had sent the Brooklyn, Scotia, and half a dozen of his best ships to recapture the Harriet Lane at all hazards, and if possible to destroy the rebel gunboats in Bayou Buffalo.

Of this expedition nothing had been heard in New Orleans up to the 8th inst.

Gen. Banks had been in command a month but nothing of his plans had transpired. It was known, however, that he was not idle. Most of his troops had gone to Baton Rouge.

Pay of the Soldiers

The amount received by our soldiers in the field is small, barely enough for the subsistence of their families at home. Most of the men have no funds laid by, and are depending on regular payments of what is due them for the means of subsistence for their wives and children. But the Government has been behind in these payments, and the soldiers have suffered from the want of the small stipend that is due them. This lack of promptness has produced discontent and murmurings, and is likely to produce some more serious results if it is continued. Government officers and employees and Members of Congress are paid promptly, and there can be no satisfactory reason why the brave men who are imperilling their lives for their country should go without the small amounts which are due them. Let them be paid first, and no member of Congress ought to take a dollar of his salary as long as he knows the army is without its just dues.

P. S.  A bill has just passed the House, which passed the Senate on Monday, authorizing the issue of one hundred million dollars of legal tender demand notes. This makes provision for the immediate payment of the troops.

New England

There is some talk about leaving New England to take care of herself in a reconstruction of the Union. Jeff. Davis is anxious this should be done, and is in hopes the great West will see the advantages to be derived from such a divorce. Democrats who have a lingering affection for Davis and his darling “institution” pretend to have some apprehension that the advice of the arch rebel will be taken, and that some great calamity will befal us downeasters unless we make our peace with Jeff. But we rather guess we shan’t be hurt much by any such transaction as is apprehended. If we should be turned out, we know pretty well how to take care of ourselves. We are not remarkably poor, for we have more people and more money than any section of double our size in the country. We have furnished capital for the west and brains for the south, and there is scarcely a prominent southern rebel who does not owe the best part of his bringing up to New England.

But there is no danger that we shall be left outside by any possible arrangement. The country is not going to decapitate itself in this way. The west must have eastern capital and trade. New York does more business with New England than with the whole South. And what is more, there is an identity of feeling and views which forbids any separation of the east and west. We are one people, and all the efforts of southern rebels cannot divide us.


Terrible Accident.—On Monday of last week, a party of thirty-seven ladies and gentlemen were skating on a pond near Harpersville, Broome Co., N. Y., when the ice gave way and twenty-seven of them were drowned.

Local News

Death of Corporal Henry A. Lloyd.—A dispatch reached this city on Tuesday afternoon, 13th inst., conveying the account of the death of Corporal Henry A. Lloyd, Co. B, 14th regiment. He died that day at Trinity Hospital, Washington. A letter had been received by his wife only the day before that he was doing well, and expected soon to be at home. He had been wounded in the left hand at the battle of Fredericksburgh, and it had become necessary to amputate the arm just below the elbow. For a time he did well, but owing to exposure on his part, a change took place and he rapidly declined. We learn that he was well cared for while living, and was buried with military honors, on Wednesday, at 2 o’clock, in Glenwood Cemetery. The escort was a detachment of the 135th Pennsylvania regiment. A large number of ladies and friends of the hospital attended the funeral, the services of which were of a very interesting character. These were conducted by Chaplain Raymond of the Hospital, and Rev. S. Herbert Lancey, formerly of this city. Three vollies were fired over his grave by the military escort.

Mr. Lloyd had been long engaged in this city as agent of the American Telegraph Company, and was an excellent operator. He had numerous acquaintances and friends, who have learned his unexpected death with sad regret. He leaves a wife and children.

Corporal Lloyd was color bearer for his regiment during the battle, a position of honor and peril which he filled with the greatest credit to himself and his cause.

[Massachusetts papers are requested to give notice of his death.]


Work For the Soldiers.—Those who are willing to work for our sick and wounded soldiers will find, at room No. 3, over H. C. Ransom’s store, materials ready cut for garments which are most needed. Rooms open from 3 to 5 P. M. Tuesday and Thursday. This work is furnished by the ladies of the Soldiers’ Aid Society. An opportunity is here offered for all who have any desire to aid in the benevolent work of relieving our sick and wounded soldiers.


Triumph of the Union Ticket.

A determined effort was made by the democracy to carry the city election on Monday. They made a thorough organization of their party and worked day and night to procure a complete muster of their forces. They knew that much depended on this election for the election next spring, and if they were beaten now they would in all probability be beaten three months hence. They did their very best, and brought out all their forces, reserves included. But they have been beaten by the republicans and Union men. The majority was not large, but under the circumstances the victory is a decisive and glorious one. Our whole ticket is elected. But for the absence of many of our citizens in the army our majority would have been larger than it is. We publish the entire vote on both tickets. The highest vote on the Union ticket for Aldermen is 337—on the democratic ticket 310—giving a majority of 27.


Union.                                                        Democratic.

Clerk and Treasurer (no opposition)

F. W. N. Starr, 647


William G. Hackstaff 335 Henry G. Hubbard 309
Samuel C. Hubbard 336 William Wilcox 308
Horace D. Hall 333 Elijah H. Roberts 310
Ira K. Penfield 337 Jona. S. Dickinson 306



Jeremiah W. Hubbard 332 Julius Hotchkiss 310
Henry S. White 337 Charles R. Alsop 306
Aaron G. Pease 329 Edward A. Russell 309
Evan Davis 336 Michael H. Griffin 298
Bartlett Bent, Jr. 337 James C. Cook 305
Horace Leonard 338 Seabury Belden 311
Andrew A. Cody 328 Samuel S. Allison 308
Charles Gabrielle 333 DeWitt C. Sage 308
Daniel B. Hubbard 336 Caleb Johnson 310
John M. Douglas 336 Samuel Babcock 310
George M. Pratt 337 Stillman N. Deming 308



William W. Pride 337 John L. Smith 311


City Attorney

William T. Elmer 328 Arthur W. Bacon 308



Asahel H. Brooks 322 William Bacon 308
Arba Hyde 333 Gen. John Wilcox 314



George W. Burke 328 Nicholas V. Fagan 310



Leverett Dimock 338 Michael Conran 304



Edward Treadway 327 William Hall 313
Samuel D. Barnes 335 Charles H. Austin 311
William McDonald 328 Aaron C. Arnold 309
John Charles Fray 328 Felix Prior 309
Zadoc Morgan 329 George Leonard 310
Edgar B. Prior 335 John B. Kirby 310
Nicholas D. Tucker 336 Carlos Hale 309
Augustus Kelsey 337 Charles Norton 310


A tax of two mills on a dollar was voted at the City Meeting on Monday afternoon.


City Expenses.—The city expenses for the last year have been $1,724 less than the year before.  When the last Board came into office they found several hundred dollars of bills left unpaid by the “Russell administration,” which they ordered paid. Before they concluded their duties they saw that every debt due by the city was paid, and all accounts were square. Notwithstanding all this they show that city expenses for 1862 have been seventeen hundred dollars less than they were in 1861.


Not Yet Found.—Nothing positive has yet been discovered concerning the fate of Mr. Ezra Chadwick, reported missing last week. It is believed that he committed suicide by throwing himself off the Ferry boat into the river early Thursday morning. A reward of $150 has been offered by his friends for information which will lead to a discovery of where he may now be, if alive, or for the recovery of his body.


Fires Last Year.—During the last year there have been four fires in this city, and one false alarm. The amount of property destroyed is estimated at $3,500.


“The Middletown people have concluded that they want a steam fire engine. If they would send a committee down here, they would conclude that they could not do without one.”—New Haven Jour.

Wherever a steam fire engine has been used, it has very soon proved its great superiority, and that it is the only efficient machine in putting out fires.  Such an engine will pour on a large and continuous stream of water sufficient to put an end to almost any conflagration. At a single fire a steam fire engine will sometimes more than pay for itself in the amount of property saved from destruction. In Hartford and New Haven where these machines are used, there is but one opinion about them, and that is “that they could not do without one.”


Billious Fever.—A kind of billious fever has prevailed in town for about three weeks past. There have been no fatal cases, but there have been some pretty hard ones. The part almost invariably attacked by the disease is a man’s pocket, and if that happens to be full of “legal tender” the disease is not likely to be dangerous, but a good thing on the whole.


Colored School.—At a meeting of the City School Society, held at the Town Hall last Thursday evening, it was voted to establish a separate school for colored children.


The River.—The great rains of last week have produced a rise of three or four feet in the river. The ice is broken up, and the surface is covered with broken fragments.


The Weather.—On Friday the thermometer registered fifty-six degrees at sunrise, and on Saturday sixteen degrees. Monday was the coldest morning of the week, the mercury being at seven degrees. Last week there were heavy rains extending through three days till Friday night.


A Festival will be held on Thursday at Eagle Hall, for the benefit of the African M. E. Church in this city. The public are invited to aid the colored people in this cause. Admittance 10 cents.


Mr. Vandenhoff’s entertainment on Friday evening was a great success. McDonough Hall was filled in every part. The night was stormy and such an audience was a well deserved compliment to Mr. Vandenhoff and was a good thing for the Soldiers’ Aid Society. He read parts of Macbeth with an effect scarcely exceeded by the best tragedians in this country. Some extracts from Thackeray and Holmes’ One-horse Shay were inimitable and “brought down the house.”


Here is something funny.  The Washington (D. C.) Evening Chronicle relates it gravely, but more at length than we have space to do. We give its pith. Robert Patten, of Lisbon, Me., had a particular friend, one James T. Small, of Bowdoin, in that State. Both were sojourning in and about Washington and were quite intimate. Patten, knowing it was Small’s habit to carry considerable money about him, enticed him by a cock-and-bull story into the purlieus of Washington, and there attempted to knock out Small’s brains with a sharp stone. The blow not being effective, Small runs, shouting murder, and never stops till he gets home to his boarding house, which was also Patten’s residence. Soon after Small returns, Patten also enters, and being accused of his murderous intent, falls to confession, and so prevails on Small that he repents him of his design to hand Patten over to the authorities. Whereupon Patten actually signed the following document, which was duly witnessed as the voluntary confession of the signer, by nine respectable persons, half of whom were ladies.

Washington, December 30, 1862.

Know all men by these presents that I, Robert Patten, of Lisbon, Maine, did attempt to kill James T. Small, of Bowdoin, Maine, on the outskirts of Washington, D. C., near Georgetown, on the eve of the 23d of December, 1862, without cause or provocation. I acknowledge this statement of my own free will, before the following witnesses, and I also bind myself never to harm or molest said James T. Small in any manner whatever, on penalty of the sum of one thousand dollars.

(Signed.)    Robert Patten.

It seems that, subsequent to the signing of this singular document, Small got uneasy, and demanded some other assurance from Patten that he would not repeat his truculent assault. Upon which Patten, says the Chronicle, gave Small his note of hand for $750, as “collateral,” that he would not again attempt Small’s life !

But if he should, and should succeed better than at first, how would Small be benefitted by the collateral? This question has probably occurred to him, as, at last accounts, he had gone down east to have Patten arrested for the assault.