From The Constitution, Wednesday, June 8, 1864 (volume 27, number 1380)

War News.

A dispatch from Gen. Grant’s headquarters, dated June 1st, at 10 a. m., has been received by this department. It states that about 5 p. m. yesterday, Sheridan, perceiving a force of rebel cavalry at Cold Harbor, which proved to be Fitz Hugh Lee’s division, attacked, and after a hard fight routed it, together with Clingman’s brigade of infantry, which came to Lee’s support.

Sheridan remained in possession of the place. He reported at dark that he had a considerable number of prisoners, and that there were many rebel dead and wounded on the field. He was ordered to hold the position, and at 10 p. m., the 6th corps was sent out to occupy it.

We have not yet heard from Wright or Sherman this morning, and do not know whether the former got his troops to their destination. Smith must be close upon Wright’s column.

This morning the enemy are also moving in the same direction. The order has just gone out to Warren, to fall upon their flank.

Wilson had a fight last evening near Hanover Court House with Young’s brigade of cavalry. He routed Young, capturing many, and there has been a good deal of artillery firing in that direction this morning.

A dispatch from Gen. Grant, dated June 2d, at Bethesda Church, 7 o’clock a. m., has been received. It states that yesterday afternoon an attack was ordered to be made on our left at Cold Harbor, by the 6th corps, the troops under Smith, Warren, Burnside and Hancock, being held to readiness to advance in their respective fronts.

The attack was made with spirit, about 5 o’clock p. m., continuing until after dark, resulting in our carrying the enemy’s works on the right of the 6th corps, where we still hold them, and also the first line in front of Smith. The latter, however, were commanded by another line in the rear, which made those carried untenable.

The enemy made repeated assaults on each of the corps not engaged in the main assault, but were repulsed with loss in every instance. Several hundred prisoners were taken, but I cannot say what number, nor estimate either our or the enemy’s casualties. During the night the enemy made several assaults to regain what they had lost, but failed.

A dispatch dated June 1st, at 7 1/2 p. m., has this evening been received from Gen. Sherman. He reports that on Wednesday, June 1st, McPherson moved up from Dallas to a point in front of the enemy at New Hope Church. On Thursday June 2d, Scofield and Hooker, having been shifted to the extreme left, pushed forward toward Marietta.

Nothing has been heard from Gen. Grant, since his dispatch, June 2d, at 7 o’clock a. m. Telegraphic communication has been delayed by a violent storm on the Peninsula yesterday evening and last night, and cannot be re-established before sometime to-morrow.

A dispatch from Gen. Grant’s headquarters, dated 8:30 Saturday June 4th has been received. It states that about 7 p. m., yesterday (Friday,) the enemy suddenly attacked Smith’s brigade of Gibbon’s division. The battle lasted with great fury for half an hour. The attack was unwaveringly repulsed.

Smith’s losses were inconsiderable. At 6 p. m., Wilson with his cavalry fell upon the rear of a brigade of Heath’s division, which Lee had thrown around to his left, apparently with the intention of enveloping Burnside. After a sharp but short conflict, Wilson drove them from their rifle-pits in confusion. He took a few prisoners. He had previously fought and routed Gordon’s brigade of rebel cavalry. Our entire loss in killed, wounded and missing during the three days operations around Cold Harbor, will not exceed, according to the Adj’t General’s report, 7,500. This morning, (Saturday,) June 4th, the enemy’s left wing, in front of Burnside’s, was found to have been drawn in during the night. Col. Cessuals, in command of 5,000 men, arrived here yesterday, having marched from Port Royal. A dispatch from Gen. Sherman, dated June 4th, 8 p. m., 13 miles west of Marietta, reports that his left is now well around covering all roads from the south, to the railroad about Ackworth. His cavalry has been in Ackworth, and occupies in force all the Altoona pass.


Before Gen. Grant started on his present campaign, the distance from his headquarters at Culpepper Court House to Richmond, was 72 miles. His present position is about 10 miles.


A terrible explosion occurred at Bachelor’s Creek, N. C., on the 26th of July [sic]. Four monster torpedoes, out of thirteen, intended for the blockade of the Neuse river were being drawn to the railway station when an accidental blow from a log of wood, striking upon the cap of one, exploded it. The concussion was so great that the other three followed so quick as to make but one report, like the noise of a thousand pieces of artillery fired simultaneously. Thirty soldiers were instantly killed and sixteen wounded, besides nearly twenty-five contrabands, killed and wounded. It was one of the most appalling disasters that has occurred for a number of years.


From Europe.—Late news from Europe announce the prospects as to the issues of the conference, become every day gloomier and that the French regard this state of affairs with satisfaction. The Allied invaders are openly charged with violating the terms of the armistice in their warlike preparations. The prospectus of a company for establishing floating telegraph and light ships at such points as Cape Race had been issued in London, with a capital of £250,000 sterling. The Prince of Wales appeared as a public speaker for the first time at the annual banquet of Royal Literary Fund. The House of Commons assembled on the 19th of May, and Lord Palmerston appeared in his place on the 20th. The illness of the Pope has increased so alarmingly, that a secret conclave of cardinals had been ordered, for the purpose of electing a successor, before his death is announced to the public.


The Cleveland Radical Convention met on Tuesday of last week, and nominated J. C. Fremont for President; for Vice President, John Cochrane. The platform declared for the Union, the Constitution and the laws, the suppression of rebellion without compromise, the right of free speech, free press and habeas corpus, constitutional prohibition of slavery, right of asylum, for confiscation, and the Monroe doctrine. One hundred and fifty six persons were present who participated in the proceedings—malcontents, supported by the main army of the democratic party.


John C. Fremont has tendered his resignation of Major General, and accepted the nomination of the Cleveland Convention.


State Reform School.—The annual visit of inspection to this institution was paid by the Legislative Joint Committee on Humane Institutions on Wednesday last, accompanied by his Excellency, Gov. Buckingham, and several prominent citizens of the state. The institution is in a flourishing condition, under the superintendence of Dr. E. W. Hatch.—Five or six hours a day are devoted to study and the remainder to work. Among the branches of trade performed are those of braiding cane seat chairs, in which about 70 boys are employed; making skirt hoops, tailoring and shoemaking. Attached to the buildings are about 150 acres of land, which are kept in a high state of cultivation. Two hundred boys in all are in the institution. A dollar and a half a week is allowed by the State for each pupil, which with the earnings derived from the various branches of industry, renders the institution self-supporting. The monies of the State cannot be appropriated to a better purpose. Boys who were living a vagabond life, and would doubtless have grown up a nuisance to society, have under the influence and instruction received here become worthy citizens. During the past five years there have been but seven deaths in the school, and but four dollars expended for medicine in the past year.

Local News.

Poisoned.—A sad case of poisoning occurred on Monday of last week. The youngest son of Samuel Coe, some three years of age, living in South Main-st., while playing in the yard, picked up a bottle, containing vitriol, and drank of it. The terrible screams which followed were heart-rending. After the contents of the bottle were ascertained all hopes of its recovery were given up, and the little one lingered in great suffering until the following day, when death brought relief. No reason can be given for finding the vitriol on the premises, as the family had never used it.


Rattlesnake Killed.—A rattlesnake measuring four feet and a half in length, and having nine rattles, was killed by Gideon B. Lewis of Haddam, on the 25th of May last.


For the Constitution.

To the Stockholders and Proprietors of lots in the Indian Hill Cemetery:–

The condition and prospects of the Indian Hill Cemetery Association, claim at this time the special interest of its proprietors, and of the community. The liberal bequests to it during the last year, and the disposition generally manifested to make new improvements, and keep up those already made are gratifying evidences of its prosperity. It has now become identified with the town of Middletown as its greatest ornament and should be sustained hereafter, not as a mere private burying ground, but as a public institution.

A place set apart for the sepulcher of this and future generations, should unite, with convenient accessibility the greatest combination possible of natural and artificial beauties. These conditions so far as nature is concerned, are found in Indian Hill, which rises gradually in the centre of one of the most lovely valleys in Connecticut to a height commanding an extensive horizon on all sides, and for the same reason is so little adapted for a living population as to be forever secure from its encroachments. It must remain exclusively a city of the dead. There is no spot perhaps among the numerous points of view from which the scenery of Middletown is admired, which embraces so complete and diversified a landscape. As the visitor ascends the winding roads, every step opens a new and charming vista in which woods and water and cultivated fields bounded by distant mountains contribute to form the most perfect and enchanting pictures.

When nature has so bountifully supplied the necessaries our people should make corresponding efforts to improve them. Every proprietor should feel a becoming pride in keeping his grounds in such order as not to offend the harmony of effect, and use his influence with others to inspire a similar ambition. The present superintendent is an able and skilful gardener, familiar with laying out and embellishing grounds, and if suitably encouraged will be able to effect great and valuable improvements. He should of right be employed in preference to strangers, who cannot feel the same interest in the Cemetery, and who from incompetency, may disfigure the general effect by unskillful and imperfect work.

It is to be hoped that the desire to make permanent provision for maintaining family burial places may induce others to imitate the example of those who have made testamentary donations in trust for the purpose. The revenue of the association is still very small, requiring the strictest economy to meet necessary expenditures; and it is recommended that a Fair should at some suitable time be held, where the liberality of our citizens may be invoked to sustain a work in whose success every inhabitant of Middletown has an interest.

E. Jackson, President.

Middletown, June 1st, 1864.


Strawberries.—Messrs. J. & J. A. Turner on Tuesday last received the first installment of strawberries for this season. They were from the garden of Mr. Wilcox of Portland, and from actual knowledge we can state that they were large, well-ripened and of a delicious flavor. Families and parties can be supplied through the season by leaving orders with Messrs. Turner’s, 100 Main st.

P. S.—We have since just received from the hands of Mr. Horace Wilcox, of Portland, a quart basket of strawberries, nearly every one measuring over three and many four inches in circumference. He states that he has had ripe strawberries since the 23d of May, raised by him in the open field. They are of delicious flavor.


Greatest Concert of the Season.—Don’t start, reader, it is no puff of individuals that is intended to draw the greenbacks out, but a concert free for all, given in the open air, and of the most delicious melody. It is the concert of the birds. Every morning it may be heard, surpassing anything ever accomplished by human power. Have you listened to it?


McDonough Hall.—The stage has been raised a foot or more. The advantage was appreciated by the large audience Monday night, as the familiar cry of “down in front” was not heard. Further improvements are contemplated, with stage and side scenery.


A gentleman from the front tells the following good story of Gen. Grant: A visitor to the army called upon him, one morning, and found the General sitting in his tent smoking and talking to one of his staff officers. The stranger approached the chieftain and inquired of him as follows: “General, if you flank Lee and get between him and Richmond, will you not uncover Washington and leave it a prey to the enemy?” Gen. Grant, discharging a cloud of smoke from his mouth, indifferently replied, “Yes, I reckon so.” The stranger, encouraged by a reply, propounded question number two: “General, do you not think Lee can detach a sufficient force from his army to reinforce Beauregard and overwhelm Butler?” “Not a doubt of it,” replied the General. Becoming fortified by his success, the stranger propounded question No 3, as follows: “General, is there not danger that Johnston may come up and reinforce Lee, so that the latter will swing round and cut off your communications, and seize your supplies?” “Very likely,” was the cool reply of the General, and he knocked the ashes from the end of his cigar. The stranger, horrified at the awful fate about to befall Gen. Grant and his army, made his exit, and hastened to Washington to communicate the news.


An exchange commenting on the fact that a number of Cincinnatti young ladies have been married and carried to other places, says that no city has a better claim to supply spare ribs for the great west.


A man in Manchester, N. H., who was about to be put out of his tenement for non-payment of rent, hung out a small-pox flag, and no officer would go near the premises.


The following from the Gardner Home Journal, Me., has been going the rounds:

“Young Robert Lincoln, accompanied by several friends, visited our city last week, and will probably remain through the summer. He dresses in the most immaculate white and black and is a great vocalist. He is fond of the fields and trees, and almost every day his voice may be heard as he trolls some ditty to his admiring friends.”

It is supposed that Robert Lincoln and bob-o-link are one and the same person.


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