From The Constitution, Wednesday, September 2, 1863 (volume 26, number 1340)

War News.

Rebel dispatches of the 25th, state that several gunboats bombarded Fort Fisher, below Wilmington, N. C., on Sunday morning. A detachment of our forces landed, destroyed the goods taken out of the blockade running steamer Hebe, and set her on fire.

Moseby’s guerillas attacked a sutler’s train between Centreville and Bull Run, capturing forty one wagons with their teams, a number of government horses, and considerable other property.

The noted rebel Gen. Thompson, of Missouri, with his whole staff, was captured at Pocahontas, Ark., a day or two ago, by Col. Woodson’s cavalry.

Recent advices from the Mississippi state that over 100,000 bales of cotton, belonging to the rebel Government, have been captured near Natchez. It was valued at $25,000,000.

Western dispatches report that Gen. Pemberton, of Vicksburgh fame is dead, having been shot at Selma, Ala. by a Texan soldier.

The New York Times has the following from a refugee from Richmond :

The rebel authorities have given up all hopes of saving Charleston, and Sumter once in our hands the resistance there would be feeble.

The execution of substitute deserters, sentences to the penalty of death in General Orders No. 84, took place the 29th. At the order of fire 36 muskets were discharged, and instant death was announced by the surgeons in attendance as the result. The names, ages, residences, &c., of the deceased are as follows : George Kuhna, Hanoverian, 22 years old, Pennsylvania, unmarried; John Felane, Italian, 26 years old, Pennsylvania, wife and family; Charles Walter, Prussian, 28 years old, wife and child; George Reinze, Italian, 24 years hold, wife and child; Emile Lai, Prussian, 30 years old, wife.

Latest From Charleston.

The steamer Bermuda arrived from Port Royal Wednesday morning, having stopped off Charleston. Her captain reports that Fort Wagner has not been taken yet. He confirms the report that Sumter has been knocked to pieces. Further naval operations will be carried on without regard to Fort Wagner, the capture of which will be left to Gen. Gillmore.

The Kansas Massacre.

It has not been our custom to cry out against every invasion of a Northern town or city, or any act of cruelty on the part of Southern soldiers, as unjust and disgraceful. We know what it is for men to take up arms against each other, and we should be just even to our enemies. We have rejected many of the stories heaping invectives upon the Southern leaders and army. The invasion of Pennsylvania, (with the exception of the shelling of Carlisle) was conducted without any extensive violation of the laws of war. It is with horror, therefore, that we read of the destruction of Lawrence, Kansas, and the massacre of its inhabitants, by a band of guerillas under the command of a desperado named Quantrell. As we understand the details, slowly coming to us, a more horrible crime does not stain the page of history. Quantrell is a resident of Western Missouri, and belonged to the men who became notorious in 1854, as border ruffians. Since the rebellion commenced, he has been an adherent of the Confederacy, and has been a leader of independent guerilla bands. At the head of his border ruffians he lately arranged an attack on the city of Lawrence, the metropolis of Kansas and one of the enterprising towns of the far west. Lawrence was so far from the scene of actual hostilities, that an attack was improbable as an attack upon this town. The feeling of security emboldened Quantrell, and enabled him to strike with greater force and terror. He rushed into the peaceful city, and without a word of warning, butchered its most distinguished citizens, burned their houses, robbed their banks and with plunder to the amount of ten millions, rode quietly back to Missouri.

We can imagine a raid upon a peaceful county, but still within the range of what might be called an army’s operations. Then we can plead no excuse, for we live in a threatened community, and must expect to suffer from the vigilance of an enemy, unless we are prepared to defeat it. We can imagine such a thing as the shelling of a peaceful town like Carlisle, and while we regard the deed as uncalled for, because no time was given for women and children to depart, the excuse could be made that armed troops were in the town, and it was necessary to terrify and impede their advance. But it is difficult to speak within bounds, when we comment upon a deed of such atrocity as that committed at Lawrence. The deed of Quantrell embraces the infamy of all degradations, and the infamy more fearful, for it was the desolation of peaceful houses, and the murder of peaceful men. There is no military law or necessity that will excuse such a crime. The rebellion with its many horrors, cannot equal it; and we think Government would be justified in inflicting a punishment upon its authors so terrible that the world would stand appalled.


From Europe.—By the arrival of the Hibernian, advices are received to the 19th inst. The news is specially important – It is announced positively that the Archduke Maxamilian has accepted the throne of Mexico. There has been a suspicious sale of three British vessels of war, and circumstances seem to justify the suspicion that they are intended for the rebel government. The Times eulogizes Mr. Lincoln’s proclamation announcing a system of retaliation on the South, in reference to the treatment of negroes as prisoners of war. Consols were quoted at 93 a 93 ¼ for money.


Draft in New York.—Quiet was preserved during the draft in the city of New York—now finished. No riotous conduct was visible. The whole number drawn is over 19,000, one in six of the number enrolled of the first class.


The once powerful tribe of Montauk Indians on Long Island have dwindled down to five persons.

Gov. Letcher, of Virginia, has issued a proclamation calling the members of the Legislature to convene at the Capitol of Richmond on the 7th day of September next, for the purpose of devising means for the public defence.

William Noble, ice dealer at Pittsfield, Mass., has recently sold 100 tons at $5 a ton to a New York dealer.

A couple was recently married at Lynn, Mass., whose united ages were 152 years. The bride was 74, while the bridegroom was 78. He had been married once, and the bride twice before.

A tornado swept over Bueno Vista, Wisconsin Friday week. Every house was blown down. Three persons were killed and fourteen wounded.

The London Spectator says that the friends of the rebels have lately paid four millions of dollars for their friendship. The rebel loan has tumbled to such a depth as to be almost out of sight.

A letter from Dixie sarcastically says that the rebels “will not surrender either Charleston or Savannah to the Union forces, but will commit them to the flames and destruction, precisely as they have done in the case of Vicksburg and Port Hudson.”

Local News.

There was a great excitement on Saturday evening at Putnam’s Book Store. The spacious store was filled to its utmost capacity, and the walk and even to the street was crowded with persons anxiously awaiting the arrival of the train to learn who were drafted. Putnam disposed of something less than two hundred papers, and did not half supply the demand at that.

The Draft

For Middletown and Durham took place in the Rotunda of the State House, New Haven, on Saturday last. Capt. B. S. Pardee, Commissioner Wright, Deputy Provost Marshal Putnam, and some assistants, Reporters of the Press, and about twenty from Middletown and Durham were present.

The drawing commenced at 10 o’clock precisely, commencing with the 28th Sub-district, being all of the city of Middletown above the north side of College street. The first name drawn was Henry L. Ford, a contractor in the North and Savage Arms Co. The names were drawn by Alexander Camp, of Durham, who was blind-folded for the purpose. No excitement was manifested, and everything passed off quietly.

The drawing for the 29th Sub-district, being all below the south side of College street, in city limits then commenced. Oscar Leach of Durham was blindfolded, and drew the name of Henry Fountain from the box. The drawing then proceeded until all was completed.

The 30th Sub-district, all outside the city, and Durham, then commenced. Alexander Camp being blindfolded drew out 95 names. Much mirth was exhibited as the names from Durham were drawn, and a perfect storm of applause was raised when the name of Oscar Leach, P. M. of Durham, was drawn, and who was at the time reading the names.

Everything passed off quietly. Much credit is due to Capt. Pardee for his admirable method of conducting the draft. The following are the names of the favored ones :

28th Sub-district—comprising one-half of the City of Middletown.

No. enrolled 254.

No. drafted 68.

Henry L. Ford John Hogan
Michael O’Neil Wm. Hennessy
Henry M. Taylor Samuel Davis
John B. Kirby James Ryan
Patrick Cronan James Brannin
Franklin W. Vinal John Fowler
Geo. E. S. Snipes, colored Chas. Dickson, colored
Luther Hall Silas Payne
Wm. S. Purple Henry N. Rutty
James Green Robert Richardson
B. Bent, Jr. Thomas Hogan
Wm. E. Hurlburt Thomas Bruce
Smith Arnold Pat Wallace
Daniel Parish John Smith
Wm. H. Hall B. O. Smith
John Regan John Snipes, colored
Wm. Allen Thomas Clynch
Chas. R. Woodward Benj. P. Elliott
Wm. Gent Wm. L. Clark
Oliver Wood James Collins
Hugh Hannigan Thomas Fitzgerald
John L. S. Roberts Thomas Higgins
A. M. Harrington (dead) Samuel S. Hart
Chas. F. Allen (colored) Geo. H. Hurlburt
Peter Hollihan Samuel Ranney
Patrick Kelly Henry Cooper
Wm. Dewey Richard E. Hayes
Henry Harris John Dunn
Fred. Mather C. O. Lewis
Nathaniel F. Bliss John Hazleton
John Follis Jacob W. H. Ames
Thos. McLaughlin Peter Hackett
Wm. Perry Daniel B. Hubbard
M. B. Copeland Fred. Dickerson


29th Sub-district.

No. enrolled 306

No. drafted 84

Those marked “w.” are members of the Wesleyan University.
Henry Fountain Erwin Strickland
L. S. Nichols, w. Geo. Bishop
Michael McCarty Geo. Smith
Nelson F. Leete John J. Reid, w.
Alonzo Youngs James H. Eastman
Patric Hunnesy Nehemiah G. Sherman,
Joseph Belcher   drafted in N. Y. State.
Wm. Reed Fred. S. Bacon, drafted in
Wm. H. Hubbard   N. Y. State.
Edward Payne Asher C. Baily
J. P. Bronson Alfred Jeralds
Alfred Tryon A. A. Wright, w.
R. H. Gidman, w. Chauncey C. Cornwall
J. M. Shepard, w. W. S. Todd, w.
John Dunlap J. J. Reid, twice drafted, w.
Oswin Atkins, w. Charles Lane
H. T. Eddy, w. Charles McKinney
W. W. Bodwicth, w. Casper Cook
Wesley Lechart, w. Henry Lucas
Nathan Gray James King
H. R. Morill, w. J. W. Bramlee, minister,
Geo. Edwards   drafted in Unionville.
E. W. Parkman, w. Michael Scary
E. H. Breckenridge, w. Jesse Lyman Hulbut, w.
W. H. Adams Chas. H. Coe
Christopher Conners Horace Stevens
Augustus Atkins Damond Mott
Martin Scary J. G. Knight, w.
Oliver Woodruff Fred. B. Clark
Wm. Round Thos. A’Hearn
W. P. Hubbard, w. Henry Havens
Elbert Burr Gilbert Bailey
Geo. Munson Hugh Moran
John Hobb Geo. Woodruff
Oliver Z. Pelton T. E. Steele, w.
Wm. H. Thomas L. R. Abbot, w.
Chester Shepard Wallace Whitmore
W. H. H. Phillips, w. G. N. Phelps, w.
James Mudge, w. Chas. T. Pratt
Fred. Smith Wm. Murray
Henry Clark Wm. Nash
Frank H. Smith E. L. Bailey
Edward Mitchel Conrad Wunder
Thomas Cronan


30th Sub-district—comprising all of Middletown outside of the city limits and the town of Durham.

No. enrolled 363

No. drafted 95

South Farms.

Timothy Donovan Samuel T. Brooks
Wm. Atkins Sabin B. Loveland
Olin Fairchild Elias Sanford
Wm. B. Young Geo. H. Prior
Alfred H. Preston Moses Bidwell
Henry Fielding Albert L. Clark
Chas. Williams Walter S. Blake
Fred’k Prior Fred. A. Coe
Nathl. Lanin Martin Smith
Chas. E. Markham Tim Donovan, twice drafted.
Geo. Loomis
Total, 21.


John J. Cone Timothy McCarthy
Geo. Scoville Edwin A. Whitmore
Harvey S. Brainard Henry B. Bailey
James W. Clark Wm. H. Prior
Smith Clark James Matthews
Total, 10.


Fred. W. Storrs Jeremiah Carroll
Thos. Gilbert John Reilly
John D. Boardman
Total, 5.



Eben P. Hubbard Orion W. Coe
Monroe Birdsey Geo. Bordman
Jeremiah Reagan Henry W. Bowers
Miles Loomis Wm. Scully
Wm. H. Hubbard E. Yeomans
Wm. Dailey Pat. Reagan
Wallace W. Crowell John Reagan
Conrad Deringer Total, 7.
James Crowell
Minor Stannard
Louis Kahnly
Total, 11.


John L. Richmond Jacob Holden
Sherman E. Camp Henry Page
Geo. W. Davis Joseph Miller
Stephen A. Seward Henry Bemus
David P. Barnes Albert G. Cooley
James H. Spencer Oscar Leach, P. M.
Michael Lines Henry H. Newton
Noyes Camp Henry A. Parmalee
D. M. Spencer
Total, 17.

Staddle Hill.

Luther Hall Timothy Southmayd
Joseph Harris
Total, 3.


Geo. A. Coe Thos. Fleming
Wm. Howard Henry W. Skinner
Otis A. Smith Henry A. Hale
Martin Cummerford Benj. C. Hubbard
Chas. Crane Milton C. Miller
Henry Motton Wm. W. Bell
Geo. Treschman Morris Sweeney
James Sutton Isaac H. Cornwell
Valentine B. Miller James Scandler
Joseph D. Sibley Chas. I. Miller
Joseph C. Wybell
Total, 21.

Grand Total—Enrolled, 923; drafted, 247.


To Drafted Men.

Those persons in the towns of Middletown and Durham, who have been drafted, will do well to observe the following rules :

No application for exemption will be considered before notice is served upon the person drafted, informing him of the fact.

No drafted man must appear at headquarters New Haven, until ordered to do so on his notice, as they will be sent home at their own expense if they do so appear before ordered.

All drafted men must remain at headquarters, New Haven, until their cases are acted upon. They will not be allowed to leave before. Transportation and subsistence will be furnished.

All applications for exemption should be made at the office of the Deputy Provost Marshal, where all papers can be made out for those who have good and valid claims as exempts.

All communications by mail must be accompanied by a three cent stamp.

Augustus Putnam,

Deputy Provost Marshal,

2d Cong’l Dist. Conn.


The drafted men here-abouts take their election very good naturedly. Even our copperhead friends rather like the idea, and don’t think it too hard to take after all. Red Ribbons are all the rage. The conscripts are talking of having a celebration and parade. We suggest that they enroll themselves into a company to receive the 24th on its return home.


Death of a Returned Soldier.—George Wetmore, Co. A., 24th Regt., died in South Farms last night. He was sent home some two weeks ago with the sick and wounded.—He bore the passage well and felt some better when he got to this city. Deputy Provost Marshal Putnam sent him to his home about 2 ½ miles from the city, where he gradually failed. His age was 21. Peace to his ashes.


Police.—Peter Regan of this city was arrested by Constable Avery on Saturday last, and tried before Justice Willard, for garden theft, committed on the premises of Daniel H. Chase, Esq. Plead guilty—fined $1 and cost. A word to the wise is sufficient. Unless this kind of thieving is stopped at once, this will not be the only case to report. The officers are on the lookout.


The Weather.—The past week has been pleasantly warm. Tuesday was a warm day, the mercury standing at seventy-three degrees. The average temperature was fifty-four degrees.


The Watkinson Library at Hartford, begins to be a reality. The trustees voted, on Saturday last, to commence buying foreign books. The funds have been accumulating since Mr. David Watkinson’s death, and the Courant hopes that the library will yet be the largest in the State.

On Saturday afternoon, as some laborers were demolishing an old stone house in Hudson City, near Jersey City, erected in revolutionary times, they came across a box secreted under the hearth containing some $5,000 in silver and gold of an ancient date.


Try It On.—Josiah Danforth of Middletown thinks he has the best truss in the market and backs the statement by the assertion that he “has cured several ruptures during the past year.” Would Mr. Danforth be willing to try his truss on the present rupture between the North and South?—Hartford Post.


Balloon Ascension!