From The Constitution, Wednesday, March 23, 1864 (volume 27, number 1369)


For Governor,


For Lieut. Governor,

ROGER AVERILL, of Danbury.

For Secretary,


For Treasurer,

GABRIEL W. COITE, of Hartford.

For Comptroller,

LEMAN W. CUTLER, of Watertown.

For Senator,

Dist. No. 18—HIRAM VEASEY, of Chatham.

For Judge of Probate,

Middletown Dist.—WM. T. ELMER, of Midd’n.


War News.

The Herald’s New Orleans letter of the 12th, says that Col. Tevis, with the 3d Maryland cavalry, arrived yesterday from Madisonville. They had scouted from Madisonville nearly all the country between the Targipaho and Pearl rivers.

The 9th and 10th battalions of Louisiana rebel cavalry, were driven from the Chappapela river. A number of them were captured, as well as some bloodhounds with which they had been hunting conscripts.

Thirty negroes captured by the rebels from a plantation near Fort Pike, were retaken on the 9th of March.

A number of rebel soldiers paroled at Vicksburg and Port Hudson, were in New Orleans, endeavoring to avoid the conscription.

Large quantities of cotton were discovered in the country through which our forces traveled, but it could not be moved for lack of transportation.

A portion of the 3d Maryland cavalry consists of four hundred formerly rebel soldiers, from Fort Delaware, who took the oath of allegiance and enlisted. There have been no desertions from it in the face of the enemy.

The Times’ Washington special says the excitement about the threatened raid of Stuart has subsided. Detachments of the enemy crossed the Rappahannock at Fredericksburg Wednesday night, and the following day Col. Byan, of the 18th Penn. cavalry, captured 20 of them. Friday morning a detachment of rebels crossed at Morton’s Ford and drove in our pickets, but were subsequently repulsed and forced to recross the river. The second corps discharged all their pieces Saturday forenoon. Perhaps this may account for the report of firing heard at Dumfries. There are other indications of rebel demonstrations not proper to write at this time. Stuart is massing cavalry at Charlottsville, where he has three brigades, and at Fredericksburg, where he has two. The report that the enemy had effected a crossing at Raccoon Ford is not correct.

Another Call.

The President has made another call for two hundred thousand men, and ordered a draft in such districts as shall not have filled their quotas on the 15th of April. The President names as a reason for issuing the call, the “necessities of the naval service, and the need of an adequate reserve force for all contingencies.” It is stated that Connecticut has a surplus which will be credited on this call, thereby reducing the number to be furnished. By prompt action the whole quota can be raised. Shall it not be done? There are many reasons to be given urging enlistments and inducing volunteers to come forward. We need men for the navy, and the army should have a “reserve force.” The appointment of Gen. Grant to command in the field is the presage of success, promising vigorous and decisive action against the rebels. In view of the situation the people gain courage. They are willing to make the sacrifice necessary to close the war and secure peace to a free and united people.


Gen. Grant on Thursday last, issued at Nashville an official order, assuming command of the armies of the United States. He announces that head quarters will be in the field, and for the present, with the army of the Potomac, for which place he left Nashville on Saturday. Gen. Sherman has command of the military division of Mississippi.

Colored Regiments.

These are indeed progressive times in which we live. For the first time since the Declaration of Independence, the right of the colored man to bear arms, and his title to equality has been recognized. Although the negro has been called upon in times of peril to fight, as in the Revolution and the war with Great Britain, when Andrew Jackson, that stern old democratic warrior, issued an appeal to them, we now see the first general recognition of them as soldiers, and hence their change into free men. The world has moved within the past two years. The bloody ordeal before Wagner, the woful massacre at Port Hudson, the steady endurance of black troops on many a well fought battle-field, have conspired to give a fresh impulse to the growing sentiment of the day. The colonial policy of England and France is accepted and improved upon, and the fact established that the colored man makes a good soldier. There are many who feel that the liberated negro owes a duty to the country; that if he is to be fitted for the freedom which this war is bringing to his race, he must give some proof of his right to participate in the great boon by lending his strong arm to the accomplishment of the result. The people will feel stronger in seeing the cause of the Union defended and sustained by those who have been the pariahs of our civilization. The phantasies of negro quality and fraternal miscegenation will be dispelled before the advance of the era which brings just such right and honor to the black man as he may show himself able to appreciate.


Five Parsee firms in London have contributed five hundred pounds sterling for the relief of the emancipated negroes in the United States. The Parsees are the descendants in the East Indies of the free worshippers, driven out from Persia on account of their religion. They still preserve their ancient religion, with increased purity of morals.


The copperheads have overcome their disgust at the idea of a woman’s talking politics in public, and have put a Miss Emma Webb on the track to outrival Miss Dickinson.


An explosion occurred in Springfield on Thursday in C. D. Leet & Co.’s cartridge factory. Five persons were fatally injured. Several others suffered severely. Some forty persons were employed.


Mrs. Frederick Buckley, says the Courant, living on the meadow road in East Hartford, rose from her bed Monday night and struck a light, dropping the match upon the floor, which ignited her clothing, and soon enveloped her person in flames. Before her husband could subdue the fire she was shockingly burned, the flesh in various parts of her body being rolled up in lumps of crisped flesh. She lived in terrible agony till Tuesday evening when death came. She said when she rose to strike a light she felt much bewildered, and knew but little what she was doing.

Local News.


The Selectmen meet at the Town Clerk’s office on Thursday of this week, for the purpose of admitting voters. This is the last chance.


See to it that your name is on the Registry List. Now is the time to attend to it, before it is too late.


VOTES printed at this office.


Business About Middletown.—As Spring opens, there are many indications that business in this vicinity will be increased. Edward Manning, of Cromwell, has leased the factory formerly used by the Baldwin Tool Company, in Middlefield, and will carry on the business of manufacturing Britiannia Ware. He has recently made an improvement on Tea Pots for which he has received a patent.

Messrs. W. & B. Douglas in order to meet the increased demand for their goods, will erect this spring another large foundry, besides making additions and improvements to those already erected.

Henry G. Hubbard, Esq., has bought the Starr property, in Staddle Hill, and will undoubtedly soon put the wheels of machinery once more in motion in that vicinity.

The Russell Manufacturing Co., have extended the time of working, closing at nine p.m. At the annual meeting of the company, recently held, H. G. Hubbard was chosen president, and Julius Hotchkiss agent and treasurer.

In the vicinity of Fort Hill, great improvements have been made during the past winter. D. C. Sage has erected no less than four buildings, put in a steam engine, and gone to work in earnest. We understand that Mr. Sage has received an offer for his buildings, from parties in New York. If accepted they will take possession in August next, which will give time for the erection of other buildings.


New Bakery.—Wm. H. Ford has opened a new Bakery at the corner of Main and Washington sts.


A Rare Chance.—A rare opportunity is offered to any enterprizing man with a capital of from $100 to $600, by Mr. Hummel, who sells the county and town rights of Hamilton’s patent atmospheric churn dash. This dash is fixed to any up and down churn, and he claims to produce butter from new milk or cream in from three to ten minutes, the butter being of a better quality and larger quantity than that produced by any other known process. The dash is very simple and very cheap. Every farmer will buy it, as it will pay for itself in one week, by the labor saved and above all, the larger quantity and better quality of the butter obtained from it. Men have made from $20 to $50 per day by purchasing a county and enter into the manufacturing and selling of this dash, which can be seen by calling on Jas. H. Hummel at the Farmers & Mechanics Hotel, Middletown, where he will convince the most sceptical of the perfect workings of the dash. Two hundred and fifty counties have been sold in the last two months to the most prudent of business men. Call and examine for yourself.


Fire.—On the night of the 14th inst., the barn with sheds, of James E. Bailey, of Durham, was destroyed by fire, together with 6 oxen, 1 cow, 2 horses, 25 sheep, 27 lambs, a large lot of poultry, 1 carriage, farming tools, about 12 tons of hay, all his grain and meal. The amount destroyed cannot be less than 1800 dollars. Mr. Bailey has been very unfortunate, having lost, in his youth, his right arm by accident. The loss falls heavily upon him and he deserves the sympathy of the community, having by this sad calamity lost nearly all his property except land. No insurance. Supposed to be the work of an incendiary.


An Appeal for Aid.—A circular has been issued by the members of the A. M. E. Church of this city, soliciting aid from the benevolent and christian public of this vicinity, in sustaining their society. Necessary repairs on the church are estimated at $800. The salary of the pastor is $339, of which $125 has already been paid. The society feel that a little aid from the public at this time, will encourage them. Mr. D. R. Benham, will see that all funds are faithfully applied to the objects stated.


In view of the coming election, the copperheads have opened a school, for the purpose of teaching the ignorant (of their party) the meaning of a few sentences of the English language. One of their scholars, when before the board of selectmen last week, exhibited his skill by reciting a passage which was not to be found in the book which he held in his hand. Deputy Marshal Putnam kindly pointed out to him his mistake, and asked him to read a sentence correctly, but Pat’s vision had suddenly failed him, the types were too small, and he couldn’t see at all at all. The board appreciated the joke, and advised Pat to learn his lesson better, if he wanted to become a voter.


Absent Minded.—Have a heavy note to pay at the bank, draw a check for the amount, put it into your vest pocket, and go home to dinner; lose the check in the street, and think nothing of the note until reminded the next day that it has been protested. The check falling into good hands no serious trouble arose by the above occurrence.


… There exists is some parts of Germany a law to prevent drinking during divine service. It runs thus: ‘Any person drinking in an ale-house during divine service on Sunday or other holiday, may legally depart without paying.’ …

It is recorded as a singular fact that the Superior Court in Windham county, Conn., refused to grant a petition of divorce the other day.

If you do not succeed in one thing try another. You certainly came into the world for something.

A machine has been invented which is to be driven by the force of circumstances. …

Here’s a hit at tobacco smokers. It is from the pen of a poetess who seems to have more reverence for the inspiration she draws from Helicon than that imported from Havana, or obtained through a meerschaum.—She thus pitches into the patrons of the ‘weed’:

‘May never lady press his lips, his profered love returning,

Who makes a furnace of his mouth and keeps its chimney burning;

May each true woman shun his sight, for fear the fumes might choke her,

And none but those who smoke themselves, have kisses for a smoker.’


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