From The Constitution, Wednesday, April 6, 1864 (volume 27, number 1371)
On the 21st Gen. Mower made a reconnoissance up the Red river as far as Natchistochez where a rebel force was outflanked and two hundred prisoners and four cannon captured. Natchistochez is 60 miles above Alexandria, and refugees from there state that large quantities of cotton, etc., remain on the plantations in that vicinity. Another later account states that the affair took place at Boyou Rapids, twenty miles from Alexandria; and besides the above captures a large number of horses and mules were taken. Col. H. B. Sargent was severely wounded in the leg. The rebel force was part of Gen. Smith’s infantry, and our force was a portion of Gen. Lee’s cavalry. The weather on the Red river is cold and the water in the river is running rapidly, which will much facilitate the gunboat movement. Troops are in fine spirits. Rebel guerillas at Provost Landing on the Teche, fired into one of our gunboats, but fled after a well-directed discharge of grape. A party was landed who burned the buildings in the place. Gen. Franklin’s column has passed through Opelousas. A dispatch published in the newspapers of the 29th, purporting to have been received at Washington from Capt. Penrock, naval commander here, concerning the rebel capture of Paducah, and his demanding its surrender was bogus. No such dispatch was sent from here.
It is said that Gen. Grant has expressed a desire that Gen. McClellan and Gen. Fremont should be assigned to active service; the former to take charge of the defences of Washington when the army of the Potomac moves.
Gen. Grant.—This efficient officer is quietly and effectually completing his plans for the next campaign in Virginia. Those plans are said not to be of an immediate advance, but of preparation, concentration and organization. Without making a great noise, he has gone directly at work, in order to accomplish the task which is before him. Important changes in the army have and are constantly being made. His operations indicate that he expects heavy blows will be struck in Virginia. Gen. Grant’s preparations heretofore have been ample, and thorough. When the Army of the Potomac again moves upon the enemy, it will be to certain victory.
The Maryland slave owners are encouraging their slaves to enlist. The loyal owners receive three hundred dollars, and the slaves thus emancipated one hundred dollars.
During the war thus far, there has not been a complaint from the rebel press, as to the treatment of the men held by the federal government as prisoners of war. The rebels too well know, that in many cases, their men received better fare in our hands than they would on the tented fields within southern lines, and most of them when exchanged are invigorated, in better health, and ready for service again. But how do northern prisoners fare in southern hands? The old story, of hunger, hardships and fatigue, though often told, is still true. The Confederate authorities have always acted towards their prisoners like half civilized savages. They have robbed their persons, tortured with long and painful journeys, confined them in quarters unfit for human beings, without fuel, with scanty rations of mouldy bread or corn meal, besides annoying and insulting them in every public way. The evidence of this, is not only in the assertions of the prisoners themselves, but in their appearance, which needs not words to express their sufferings. This state of things ought not to exist. The brave men who have nobly fought for our flag should not be left to the tender mercies of such barbarians. It weakens our cause and disgraces our arms. Our government should devise some way whereby its powerful hand can remedy the evil, and mete out justice to the rebels.
The political aspect of affairs in Mexico are taking a new turn. It is said that the United States are to send a Minister to the Mexican Court as soon as it has an existence, and his imperial brother of Mexico are not to recognize the Confederacy or receive their ministers. A statement was made some time since, that Gen. Forey, when in the country, made a visit to Washington. This was denied, but it is said that assurances might have been exchanged with other representatives. This sudden decline of French sympathy with the rebel cause, is said to be due to the desire of Napoleon for peace, in order that he may attend to European matters. What the result will be, remains to be seen. Maximilian will soon assume the reins of the Mexican government, when affairs will assume a more definite shape.
Great Loss of Life in England.—A dreadful calamity recently occurred in England. A large lake covering nearly a hundred acres, situated among the hills near Sheffield, burst away its embankments at midnight, and rushing through the valleys, swept away whole villages and destroyed an immense amount of property. One hundred and fifty or more lives were lost. The accident was the result of imperfect and careless engineering, and if true what is said of the English method of construction, it will not be the only accident of the kind that will occur. This accident has given occasion for comment among the New York papers, on the situation of the reservoirs in that city.
Mr. Harrington of Adams Express, has our thanks for a copy of the Courant on morning train, containing election news.
The Victory Won !
COMPLETE UNION TRIUMPH.
The election on Monday, resulted in a victory for the Union cause. The returns from the various towns are most encouraging, resulting in large Union gains. Buckingham will re re-elected by 8000 majority. We shall also have a large majority in both houses. Connecticut has done nobly. She stands among her sister states without a blot to stain her record. Copperheadism and disloyalty have received a withering rebuke, and been taught a lesson which will long be remembered. Connecticut has no sympathy for traitors either at home or abroad. She stands firm in support of the Government, the Administration, and every effort to secure a lasting peace to our country.
Every thing Swept Clean :
Union Majority 87.
Middletown gives a good majority for the Union ticket. We have carried three of the four districts. The number of votes polled this year was 1538, last year 1541, and the year before 1402. We have elected two Union Representatives by an average majority of 87. The old banner town of democracy has redeemed herself and now stand for the Union. The following is the vote of this town :
|J. M. Douglas,||243||414||80||73||810|
|G. S. Hubbard,||244||417||80||74||815|
|L. D. Vansands,||280||332||65||47||724|
JUDGE OF PROBATE.
18TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT.
Fowler’s maj. 46.
MIDDLETOWN’S PROBATE DISTRICT.
Wm. T. Elmer is elected by 58 maj.
The following are the Justices elected:
|Charles C. Tyler,||Waldo P. Vinal,|
|Samuel C. Hubbard,||William W. Wilcox,|
|Ira Gardiner,||George W. Burke,|
|Augustus Putnam,||Horace D. Hall,|
|Arthur B. Calef,||Samuel L. Warner,|
|Charles G. R. Vinal,||William T. Elmer,|
|William H. Willard,||Leonard Burrows,|
|Andrew A. Cody,||John L. S. Roberts,|
|Evan Davis,||Elijah Ackley,|
|Joseph Gleason,||Chester Hentz,|
|Lewis L. Kellsey,||James H. Goodrich,|
|Daniel H. Birdsey,||Henry Wilcox,|
|Walter W. Wilcox,||Henry Cornwell,|
|Thomas Atkins,||Henry Smith,|
|Nelson Coe,||Norman L. Brainerd,|
|Moses Culver,||Arthur W. Bacon.|
Holy Day.—Monday was observed as a Holy Day by the Irish. Work of all kind was abstained from, and the usual religious services were observed, not omitting the vote for the copperhead ticket.
The clergymen of Lowell and their wives were recently invited to a festival. A catholic priest and his wife were also invited. Some person whose name is not announced donated the sum of $90,000 to erect a splendid building for the occupancy of the students of Yale College. About 150 workmen are employed in clearing away the rubbish, says the Courant, in the ruins of Colt’s old armory, and the office is being rebuilt as before.
Lieut. John G. Pelton of the 14th Regt. C. V., son of C. H. Pelton, Esq., of this City, has been promoted to a Captaincy, and assigned to the Staff of Maj. Gen. Hancock, Second Army Corps. Captain Pelton, enlisted as a private in Company B. 14th Regt., and by merit alone has passed through the several subordinate positions to that which he now occupies. The position he now holds upon Gen. Hancock’s staff, is one of great responsibility, but we doubt not that Capt. P. will fill it with credit, to himself, and honor to his native town, and state.
Fire. On Friday evening, at about nine o’clock, the barn of Capt. Wm. G. Hackstaff, in the upper part of the city, was discovered to be on fire, which with all its contents, was entirely consumed. Owing to the high easterly wind, the flames and heat were blown towards the house’ close by, and only by great exertion was it saved. The fire was evidently the work of an incendiary. No person had been into the barn for several days. The loss is $1,000, insured $200.
Barn Burning—The numerous fires which have recently occurred in this vicinity, have awakened the public, and there is a strong desire to make such efforts as shall bring to light the perpetrator of these destructive fires, and extend to them the full strength of the law. A reward of $500 has been offered by the Mayor of this city, for the conviction of the incendiaries.
We learn that there is to be erected in Portland, a Catholic church, for the accommodation of the large Irish population in that vicinity.
Mr. Editor : Will you please ask the Rip Van Winkles of the Sentinel, to correct an error in their last issue. The medal which they have dug up from ancient ruins, was made of “Stolen Ivory” instead of the material they stated.
One Who Knows.
The Soldiers Aid Society of East Haddam have forwarded to the Sanitary Commission, 40 Gallons of pickled Potatoes spiced with Onions; horseradish and pepper, in accordance with a suggestion in Bulletin No. 9. Surely our brave soldiers can be supplied with luxuries such as these. The Ladies of E. Haddam have also forwarded to the Agent for the benefit of the “Freedmen,” four barrels filled with second hand articles, such as bedquilts, blankets and garments, for men women and children, together with $60 in cash.
Queen Victoria’s Abdication.—A Washington special to the World says : “It is rumored in diplomatic circles that Queen Victoria is about to abdicate the throne of England. The advices by the city of New York confirm the reports which have hitherto been current, that the Queen is mentally incapacitated from any longer holding the position of sovereign. She has not been able to sit at council without betraying her mental infirmity, and the recent action of members of the cabinet, particularly that of Lord Palmerston, has given the English public an intimation that a change in the monarchy may be speedily anticipated. The course of the Prince of Wales, lately, has indicated a preparation to assume the reins of power. It is undoubtedly the fact that, should he do so, an entirely new foreign policy would be inaugurated upon the Danish question immediately, and afterward upon American affairs, to our advantage. He will reign under the title of King Edward the Seventh.”