From The Constitution, Wednesday, April 8, 1863 (volume 26, number 1319)

War News

The defeat of the rebels under Pegram near Somerset, Ky., was very complete. They numbered over 2,600 men, and were two to one compared with our force under Gen. Gilmore. The rebel loss is put down at fifty killed and nearly four hundred prisoners including twenty commissioned officers. Our loss in killed, wounded and missing does not exceed thirty.

Letters from Hilton Head state that Gen. Hunter had issued orders recalling the negro brigade from Jacksonville, for the purpose, as was supposed, of taking part in the attack on Charleston.

The Bayou Expedition which attempted to penetrate Yazoo river near Vicksburg has not been successful; and it does not appear that any of the plans for reducing this great rebel stronghold at the west are likely to result in anything decisive at present. Vicksburg is in the way of becoming the Sebastopol of the war.


The Sunflower Expedition.—Despatches received at Cincinnati yesterday state that the expedition through Steele’s and Black bayous into the upper Yazoo is a failure. Admiral Porter succeeded in getting through both bayous with the gunboats and proceeded twenty-five or thirty miles further in Deer and Rolling Forks, when he encountered a small force of rebels, who so annoyed him with sharpshooters and obstructions in the channel, that further progress was impossible, without the co-operation of infantry, which came up next day.

The enemy had in the meantime put trees into the stream, making it impassable.—They annoyed the gunboats otherwise, and seemed to be gathering in considerable force. Reinforcements of infantry were marched to the assistance of the gunboats on Monday, the 23d ult., and coming up with the beleaguered boats, found them hemmed in completely by obstructions in front and rear. Skirmishing continued all day, when the rebels being reinforced the gunboats were withdrawn, and commenced to retreat, the whole force having embarked on transports near the head of Black Bayou, for their return to Young’s Point. Federal loss 10 or 12 privates killed and wounded, including Mr. Sullivan, an engineer, killed by a shell. Rebel loss unknown, but supposed to be considerable.


It is now apparently settled beyond all dispute that there will be no interference on the part of any of the great powers of Europe in this war. The principal journals of England and France concede that America must be left to settle her own difficulties. That we are thus to be left to take care of ourselves is due principally to the fact that we have shown that we are abundantly able to do it, and that we are fully resolved to do it. Whatever offers of mediation have been made, or were to be made, were based on the supposition that secession was already an accomplished fact, and that the rebels had established their claim to nationality. England and France longed to see a divided Union, and were ready to step in at the first opportunity and pronounce the rebellion a success. The plan of intervention promised them such an opportunity. Already had the rebels been acknowledged as belligerents. One step more and they would be acknowledged as a nation. Could France and England have seen the way open for interference, and could they on the slightest pretext have come between the Government and the rebels, a declaration of southern nationality and a full recognition of the Confederacy would have been inevitable. This was the plan and this was the hope of our enemies in Europe. But the vigor and the resolution displayed by our Government and people in the prosecution of this war have disappointed the hopes of the rebels and of their sympathizers at home and abroad. England, with all her hatred of America, has not dared to interfere ; and France had no taste for the enterprise single handed.

The disturbed condition of Europe will probably for some time to come make it impossible for the “great powers” to indulge their resentment against the American republic. Poland is in a state of insurrection, and her oppressors will find abundant employment for all their time and energies. France and England are far from being disinterested spectators, and are compelled to stand prepared for any emergency which may arise.



Glorious Result !!

Connecticut has just passed through one of the most exciting and fiercely contested elections that have ever taken place, and with a splendid result. Buckingham is re-elected by a majority of from 2000 to 3000, we have elected three out of four Congressmen, and have a large majority in both branches of the Legislature ! Connecticut has taken her stand beside New Hampshire and Rhode Island, and administered a withering rebuke to disloyalty. The people have arisen in their strength, have trampled copperheadism in the dust, and declared that the Union must and shall be preserved.

The Election in Middletown.

The Republicans and Union men have done well in this town this year. We have carried three of the four districts, and came within thirty-five votes of electing our first representative. The democratic majority in the first district is owing to the large Irish vote which was given to the Seymour ticket almost without exception. The number of votes polled this year was 1541. Last year it was 1402. Two years ago it was 1654, which was larger even than this year. Although we have not elected our representatives, the Union men of Middletown have done well considering the extraordinary difficulties they have had to contend with. We give below a full statement of the vote.


Union Dist. 1st. 2d. 3d. 4th. Total
J. M. Douglas, 219 382 83 70 754
G. S. Hubbard, 224 382 84 71 761
C. C. Hubbard, 312 364 62 49 787
D. Savage, 310 361 62 49 782



Union Dist. 1st. 2d. 3d. 4th. Total
Buckingham, 218 371 82 68 739
Averill, 222 331 83 69 755
Trumbull, 223 382 83 69 759
Coite, 223 380 82 69 754
Cutler, 224 379 83 69 755
Seymour, 303 363 60 49 775
Hovey, 305 366 63 49 783
Hoyt, 305 368 63 49 785
Kidston, 307 366 63 49 785
Baldwin, 306 368 63 49 786



Warner, 221 378 81 58 748
English, 308 367 63 50 788



Burrows, 230 381 83 69 763
Snow, 303 364 63 49 779



Hubbard, 225 380 84 69 753
Kirby, 307 367 63 49 786



Vinal, 239 380 84 69 772
Smith, 285 364 60 49 758









35 maj.


23 maj.


34 maj.


200 maj.

Which gives Charles Kirby a majority of about 255.









about 28 maj.


34 maj.

Judge Vinal is re-elected by a majority of about 20.

MEMBER OF CONGRESS.—The vote of New Haven county is not in, and it is impossible to tell the exact result of the vote on member of Congress. Mr. English is re-elected probably by three or four hundred majority.

SHERIFF.—Wilbur F. Burrows, Union, is believed to be elected Sheriff of this county by a small majority.

Durham has done nobly this year. She has elected two Union representatives, Edward P. Camp and William O. Ives, by a majority of 38. Union majority on Governor 34, Congressman 35, Senator 35, Sheriff 42.

East Haddam has gallantly sustained the cause of the Union. Buckingham’s majority is 76. William E. Cone and Thomas H. Fuller, Union, are elected by a vote of 315 against 238.

Cromwell.—Buckingham 115 ; Seymour, 143 ; Warner, 143 ; English, 117.

Portland.—Buckingham, 166 ; Seymour, 379 ; Warner, 161 ; English, 378.

Chatham.—Buckingham, 159 ; Seymour, 153 ; Warner, 160 ; English, 197.

Saybrook gives 99 Union majority, Chester 68. Westbrook 65, Old Saybrook 10. Essex 98.

Haddam gives a democratic majority of 104, Killingworth, dem., 86.

Hartford.—Buckingham, 2357 ; Seymour, 2715.

New Haven.—Buckingham, 2727 ; Seymour, 2978.

Norwich gives Buckingham 300 majority.

New London gives Buckingham 343 majority.

Waterbury gives Syemour 160 majority.

In Hartford County, Deming’s majority is 20. In the district it is 345.

Union Senators are elected in the 2d, 7th, 8th, 9th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st districts.

Hartford County gives Buckingham 7991, Seymour 7929.

Tolland County gives Buckingham 2325, Seymour 1925.

Local News.

Outrage.—Fire.—On Thursday evening, while Miss Dickinson was speaking to a crowded audience at the Union meeting in McDonough Hall, the gas lights suddenly went out, and the room was in complete darkness. The gas had been turned off at the gas works and of course the lights went out all over town. Simultaneously with this, a cry of fire was raised at the door of the hall, and in the street, and it was evidently the intention to create an alarm and if possible a panic in the dense throng of near two thousand persons who were crowded within the building. If the evil-minded authors of this plot had succeeded in their designs, it is impossible to estimate the fatal results which would have followed, in the sacrifice of life, in broken limbs, and in the destruction of property. But through the admirable presence of mind of Miss Dickinson and others on the stage, aided by the efforts of gentlemen in the audience, order was maintained until the lights were restored. The large vacant building in the rear of David Allen’s store, and owned by him, had been set on fire, and the flames broke out at the same time that the gas was turned off. Both acts were parts of the same plot, and were evidently contrived for the purpose of breaking up the meeting at the Hall. It was a dastardly attempt. Those who were engaged in it deserve the penitentiary or the gallows, and a political party which will foster such villains will bring upon itself the execration and contempt of all honest men. But the plot did not succeed. The audience remained quiet. Miss Dickinson became more eloquent than ever, and after she had finished Hon. Mr. Jenckes, just elected to Congress from the Eastern district of Rhode Island, made a short and most admirable address. The disturbance was made at a quarter before nine o’clock, and the meeting continued until half past ten.

Another Death.—Edward Hamilton Brewer, of this city, a member of Co. B, 14th regiment C. V., died near Falmouth on Thursday, the 2d inst. He had been quite sick, but was getting better, and expected soon to return home. A despatch was received last week that he was taken down again with a violent attack, and there was little hope of his recovery. The next day another dispatch told that he was dead. He was an only son of the late Dr. Hamilton Brewer, and a grandson of the late Nathan Starr. He was a young man of much promise, intelligent, earnest, and a sincere christian. He was an active and valued member of the North church. Deceased was aged 20 years, 11 months, and 17 days. The funeral will be attended at the North Congregational Church on Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend.

Fire in Cromwell.—On Saturday morning about five o’clock the large double house on the river road in Cromwell took fire and was consumed with nearly all its contents. It was owned and occupied by Martin Herney, and had been built but a short time. The origin of the fire is not certainly known, though it is supposed to have been from the contact of ashes with a wooden vessel which contained them. Word was sent to this city for help, and some of our firemen promptly responded and started for Cromwell with one of their machines. They had gone about half the distance when they learned that the building was “past praying for” and they might as well go back. Considerable wind was blowing at the time, and one of the neighboring buildings was in some danger, but was saved by a liberal application of water and wet blankets. Most of the furniture was destroyed. We learn that there was an insurance on the house.

Sale of Real Estate.—The Pameacha property on the east side of bridge, consisting of five factory buildings and one dwelling house, has been sold by Mr. Ambrose Wolcott to Wilcox & Hall for $15,000. Messrs. W. & H. have occupied the buildings for some time past, where they have done and are doing an extensive business in the manufacture of grommets. They intend to make some improvements in the works, and will introduce two powerful turbine wheels in place of the wooden structure now in use. This is one of the finest locations for manufacturing purposes in town, and in the hands of its present proprietors is likely to become a more thriving centre of business than it ever was under the old Pameacha Manufacturing Company.

Haddam Neck.—Mr. and Mrs. Elias Selden, of Haddam Neck, celebrated their golden wedding on the 24th of March. Their five children are all married, all living, and all have children. For fifty years there have been but two deaths in the family, one of which was that of a daughter-in-law, and the other that of a grandchild less than a year old.

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