From The Constitution, Wednesday, March 25, 1863 (volume 26, number 1317)
On the 14th inst., Fort Anderson, on the Neuse river, was assailed when the rebels were repulsed with considerable loss. The casualties on our side were only one killed and two wounded.
Hooker’s army is now in excellent condition. Reliable information has been received at Washington that the rebels are abandoning the line of the Rappahannock and falling back upon the defences in the vicinity of Richmond.
Gen. Rosecrans’ army is still occupying its old quarters at Murfreesboro. An invasion of Kentucky by the rebels is feared. Cavalry skirmishes occur daily.
The latest intelligence from the black brigade, which is now marching into Florida, is that they have taken several important points with many prisoners and captured large quantities of munitions and supplies, and are still driving the enemy before them.
There was an important engagement at Milton, Tenn., on the 20th. Col. Hall’s brigade encountered Morgan’s and Breckenridge’s cavalry, eight or ten regiments, and entirely defeated them.
There is nothing new from Vicksburg.
The Navy Department has received an official report from Com. Farragut, stating that he had safely passed Port Hudson with his fleet. The steamer Mississippi ran aground, and was abandoned and burned. The army was within five miles of Port Hudson.
The young lady who betrayed Gen. Stoughton at Fairfax, into the hands of the enemy, has been placed in the Old Capitol Prison.
Exemption.—The U. S. Treasury will derive over a quarter of a million of dollars from the Quakers of Indiana, for exemption from military duty.
THE UNION RALLY.
Great Mass Meeting.
On Wednesday evening there was a most enthusiastic meeting of the Union men of this town and vicinity at McDonough Hall. Hon. Benjamin Douglas was chosen President. He made a few brief remarks on taking the chair. The following were chosen Vice Presidents and Secretaries.
Vice Presidents—G. W. Coite, W. G. Hackstaff, S. H. Parsons, C. C. Tyler, Alva B. Coe, Geo. S. Hubbard, Chester P. Hentze, Elisha S. Hubbard, Abner Newton, B. Bent, Jr., S. C. Hubbard, A. B. Calef, Edwin F. Johnson, Henry S. White, Augustus Putnam, Benjamin W. Coe, Waldo P. Vinal, Warren Prior, Geo. W. Burke, H. D. Hall, John S. Bailey, Martin Loveland, Marvin B. Warner, John Stevens, Horace Clark, Prof. J. Johnston, Edward Savage.
Secretaries—A. A. Cody, John M. Douglas, W. G. Burrows, Charles G. R. Vinal, Samuel G. Camp, A. Newton, Jr.
The first speaker was President Cummings, of Wesleyan University. He said it was now the duty of all men to rally for the Government, which was threatened by a great danger. This rebellion was not simply what it appeared on the surface, but was a deep laid conspiracy which has been carried on for many years, and deliberately planned for the overthrow of the Government. It only waited the occasion when it might break forth, and assail our liberties. We had endeavored to satisfy the demands of the slave power, by giving up one thing after another, until finally they demanded that we surrender the liberties of the republic into their hands. This we would never do.
Hon. Daniel S. Dickinson, of New York, was introduced. He said that he was a democrat, that he had loved the South and served her well, but when he discovered the real plans of the southern conspirators, he preferred his country to his party and his old friends. The rebellion was without cause. South Carolina had never lost a slave and Florida had always been a town pauper and never lost so much as an alligator. The conspirators broke up the democratic party, and refused all compromise and concession in order that they might break up the Union. He was for destroying this rebellion root and branch. He was for hewing it in pieces as Samuel hewed Agag, and for this purpose he would use all the available means in the power of the Government. He was surprised that the Irish should any of them be found against the Government. England was for the South, was fitting out pirates to prey on our commerce, and was doing all in her power to help the rebels. England was the oppressor of Ireland, and the tyrant of the world, and no Irishman ought to be found in the service of England against his adopted country. The liberties of this country were the refuge of the world. The great tree of liberty had now spread her branches wide from the Atlantic to the Pacific and afforded protection to all who would come under their shadow. Should it be distroyed, and by the hands of Americans ? If we must perish let it not be by the paricidal hands of our own children, by the traitorous endeavors of those who have been our friends and fellow citizens.
O. H. Platt, Esq., of Meriden was introduced, and made a few remarks, dwelling more particularly on State politics.
After Mr. Platt, the President called upon A. R. Warner, Esq., our candidate for Congress. Mr. Warner responded by saying that he should at a subsequent time address the citizens of Middletown at length, and moved a vote of thanks to the gentlemen who had addressed the meeting.
After which the meeting adjourned.
The following letter was received from Hon. Ebenezer Jackson :
Middletown, March 18th, 1863.
Augustus Putnam, Esq.
Dear Sir : In reply to your enquiry whether, if it should be desired, at the meeting this evening, I would consent to preside, I beg to say, that had the condition of my health permitted my attendance I should not have felt at liberty to decline that honor.
My mind is fully made up that in time of war, the post of every citizen who loves our institutions, is under the national standard, in support of those to whom that standard has been constitutionally entrusted.
Disappointed.—The Seymour democrats were sadly disappointed at the result of their meeting at McDonough Hall on Thursday night. Richardson, their principal speaker, found it difficult to keep his perpendicular, and could hardly put a sentence together grammatically. It seemed to be a long time before he could comprehend what he came to Middletown for, and what was his particular business at that meeting. When the truth began to dawn on his befuddled brain, he commenced a most outrageous assault on the Government, and in the coarsest terms advised repudiation and resistance by the people. He was not likely to gain any converts at that meeting.
James Brooks was evidently ashamed of the company he found himself in. He said he was not a democrat and belonged to no party, but he did’nt tell his Irish hearers that he had been a “know-nothing” of the strongest kind. He denounced government contractors and accused them of keeping up this war. Mr. Brooks did not know who he was talking to. Some of the principal government contractors in this town are Seymour democrats, and must have been edified by the style in which they were denounced.
A Nomination.—Mr. ‘kill ‘em, damn ‘em, kill em” Gallagher of New Haven, has been nominated by the copperheads to the State Senate.
“The time has now arrived when all true lovers of the Constitution are ready to abandon the monstrous fallacy that the Union can be restored by the armed hand.”
Thus reads one of the resolutions passed at the last Hartford Convention. According to this doctrine, the war for the restoration of the Union is a monstrous fallacy. If it is such now, it was such at the beginning, and the President ought never to have called the people to arms. Suppose he had not, and had followed the example of the imbecile Buchanan, will these Hartford Convention traitors tell us where the nation would be now ? If it was a monstrous fallacy to oppose this rebellion, then the nation has lived for more than eighty years under the monstrous fallacy of supposing that it had a government, when in fact it had none whatever but such as a few conspirators in South Carolina could break up by the simple expedient of secession. A monstrous fallacy to sustain our Government against armed traitors, is it ! None but such as are in sympathy with the rebellion, and hope for disunion, will dare say it.
From Our Soldiers.
We have received many letters from our soldiers in the field, and they all express indignation at the nomination of such a man as Seymour who has opposed the war from the beginning. The statements published in the Seymour newspapers that “nine-tenths” of the soldiers are in favor of Seymour’s election are denounced as false. We have before us a letter from a member of the 22d regiment, who belongs in this city, who states facts with regard to his regiment which places the matter beyond all question. He writes from Arlington Heights under date of March 19, and says—
“There have been so many false representations in the “Times” lately regarding Conn. regiments that no man who believes in fair representations can remain silent. As a member of the 22d, I feel insulted with the false statements lately published by the “Times”, and will give you the true feeling of this regiment. The resolutions denouncing traitors at home were read before the regiment at Dress Parade, the men being allowed to vote on them. Before they were read Col. Burnham made a few remarks to the men, expressing himself strongly against anything of the Seymour stamp. Although a democrat—after leaving home for the uncertainty of the field, he felt indignant at the insult of Connecticut’s nominating a man not only in direct opposition to those now laboring in Uncle Sam’s forces, but against the best movements of the administration. Instead of being in favor of anything of the Copperhead stripe, he is decidedly opposed to anything short of putting down the rebellion, at all hazards. After the resolutions were read and the ayes were called for, the men responded with such a yell as either to scare or shame the Seymourites, as not a man responded when the nays were called for. In order the ascertain the strength of the companies, a number of them voted with the following result : Co. A stood Buckingham 54, Seymour 4; Co. B stood B. 66, S. 6; Co. D stood B. 38, S. 14; Co. F stood B. 56, S. 4; Co. G stood B. 50, S. 2. This looks like the assertion of the “Times” that “nine-tenths of the 22d were for Seymour.” At any rate the loyalty of this regiment is too strong for the “Times” to trouble about.”
A Falsehood Nailed.
A few weeks ago the following statement appeared in the Sentinel. We knew at the time it must be false, but said nothing about it, for the statements of that paper are not supposed to be very authoritative or to carry much weight with them in this region.
“The negro regiments that Butler raised in New Orleans have recently joined the force at Baton Rouge. They are very unpopular with the white soldiers, as well they may be. They are officered by negroes, to whom our white men are obliged to pay military respect. Thus the white captains and lieutenants of the 24th have to salute the negro regimental officers whenever they pass them, and the white non-commissioned officers have to pay like respect to the commissioned negroes. This state of things must be very agreeable to our boys.”
A copy of the paper containing the above fell into the hands of one of “our boys” at Baton Rouge, who felt that he and his comrades were insulted and the military authorities were libelled by the article. He wrote the following letter to his brother in this city, in reply to the base falsehood. He uses very decided language, as soldiers are apt to, and expresses, we have no doubt, the true sentiments of the members of the 24th Conn. towards the copperheads in the state who are affording aid and comfort to the enemy.
Baton Rouge, March 4th, 1863.
Dear Brother : The inclosed I clip from the Sentinel and Witness, which was sent me by (Mr. Starr I presume.) I wish to have it understood by him and all others that it is maliciously false from beginning to end. I saw the order from Gen. Banks to Gen. Augur, wherein he stated that he sent the colored regiment to Baton Rouge to dig and throw up entrenchments, and furthermore, neither the officers nor men of the 24th or any other regiment have to salute the officers of the colored regiment, or speak to them in any way, shape or manner, unless they wish to. Such fiendish lies have no business to go abroad in a civilized community. The copperheads of Connecticut get no sympathy in this vicinity I assure you. And I would state further that I wish we had 150 regiments of negroes to do our fighting ; it would save many of Connecticut’s sons from falling a prey to this damnable rebellion. Why don’t you string up some of those copperheads you have in Middletown ? A hempen cord is too good for them in my opinion. Your &c., J. P. P.
A member of Co. D, 20th regiment, writes thus :
Believe me, I am sorry that there are such traitors and cowards at home, who would, instead of defending the Government, embarrass it. Are Seymour and his party ready to inaugurate anarchy? Does he think because there has been some discouragement in the army, that it has turned us all traitors? Never ! We have suffered very much indeed, but have we suffered all for nothing? I hope not. I would rather never see home again, for I should be ashamed. But we shall yet return with glory, only we all want you to take care of the traitors at home. We will take care of them here.
Another of the same company writes from Campbell Hospital, Washington :
Perhaps a few lines from a soldier of the 20th Conn. would not come amiss at this time when the cowards at home would sunder our happy homes, which at present are far from us, to the four winds. But I trust that their schemes may be defeated at the next election. The boys in the Hospital look with contempt on the so called peace men at the north. Let every Union man and Republican do all he can to upset the party that seeks to overthrow the government.
There are several of the 20th in this hospital, (some have joined the regiment) from Co. D. There are the following : Stephen W. Clark, Henry G. Salsbury, Frank Hurlburt, Frank Sage, and George H. Palmer. They are all doing well.
No Draft In This State.
The last clause of the 12th section of the new militia law just passed by Congress reads thus :
“In assigning to the districts the number of men to be furnished therefrom, the President shall take into consideration the number of volunteers and militia furnished by and from the several States in which said districts are situated, and the period of their service since the commencement of the present rebellion, and shall so make assignment as to equalize the numbers among the districts of the severel States, considering and allowing for the numbers already furnished as aforesaid and the time of their service.”
The whole number of troops which have been furnished by Connecticut amount to 28,219. This gives a surplus furnished by the State of
|Three years men||263|
|Two regiments 3 months volunteers||1,560|
Connecticut having thus furnished not only her full quota, but 1,823 men above the quota, there is no probability whatever that a draft will take place in this State.
To Be Launched.—Several vessels are about ready to be launched from the various shipyards on the river. At Belden’s yard in this city, the steam tug Monitor is nearly rebuilt, and will be ready in a short time. This is the boat that was almost destroyed by the explosion last fall, at which time four lives were lost. At Goodspeed’s yard in Portland, a propeller built for a New York firm, was to be launched as soon as the ice would permit. A propeller for the Hartford and New York Steamboat Company is to be launched on the 1st of April, and a side-wheel steamer for the Hartford and Long Island Steamboat Co. is to be launched on the last of April. At Deep River a brig of 400 tons for a New York firm has been nearly completed at the yard of Mr. Denison. At Essex in Mack’s yard, there is on the stocks a schooner of 200 tons, and at Starkey’s yard they have just laid the keel for another of nearly the same size for New York parties.
Heard From.—The friends of Mr. Starr Dunham, formerly of this city, have the past week had intelligence from him, the first, we believe, since the war broke out. He had established a newspaper at Van Buren, Ark. Since secession he has been unfortunate. Although he stood up for the secesh at first, they have ruined him at last. He writes that his office has been “cleaned out” and he is left almost destitute.
Sorghum.—Several farmers in this town are said to be making preparations for the culture of sorghum this summer. They are convinced that it can be raised successfully, and that there is a cheaper way of obtaining molasses of the best quality than to import it from the West Indies or New Orleans. A sorghum mill is to be erected, and the experiment will be fully tried.
The Weather.—Average temperature for the week at sunrise has been 20 degrees. On Thursday morning the mercury stood at 11 degrees, on Friday morning at 4, and on Saturday morning at 3. The sleighing lasted through Thursday. For the last three days the weather has been mild and spring-like.
Navigation.—The ice on the river broke up on Sunday, a single warm day being sufficient to set it floating down stream. The river is now in a navigable condition, and the Granite State may be expected to commence her regular trips the last of the week. A propeller passed here on Monday on her way to Hartford. This is the first boat of the season.
A Social Hop will come off on Wednesday evening this week at McDonough Hall. A. J. Spencer gives it. The music will be by the Hartford Cotillion Band. Tickets 75 cents.
General Mansfield.—A fine picture of the late Gen. Mansfield may be seen at Brewer’s Picture Gallery. It was taken by Brady of New York, is a full length, and a most perfect likeness.