From The Constitution, Wednesday, June 15, 1864 (volume 27, number 1381)

War News.

Gen. Hunter has achieved a victory over the rebels on the 5th inst., near Staunton. The enemy was severely defeated, with a heavy loss of prisoners, six guns and a large amount of stores. Staunton has been occupied.

The news from Grant on Thursday says that there had been no fighting for two days. The killed and wounded had all been gathered in. Our forces now occupy the south bank of the Chickahominy at Dispatch Station. Richmond papers of the 7th, seem to be very uneasy as to what Gen. Grant proposes to do. No less than six rebel officers had been killed and wounded, viz; Gens. Keitts and Doles, killed and Laue, Laws, Battle and Finnegan, wounded.

The rebels have blockaded the Mississippi river at Columbia, Arkansas, and Greenville, Mississippi. A large force of rebels, commanded by Morgan, are making a raid through Kentucky. Gen. Burbridge is following them and in one or two encounters has whipped them handsomely.

On the 9th inst., a detachment of forces under Gen. Gilmore made a demonstration on Petersburg and succeeded in carrying the enemy’s outer works with the loss of only a few wounded. While Gilmore was advancing on Petersburg, Gen. Butler sent a force which succeeded in destroying three or four miles of Petersburg and Richmond railroad, without loss.

Accounts from Georgia represents the forces of Gen. Sherman still crowding towards Atlanta. The main portion of our army is reported to have crossed the railroad at Ackworth.

A dispatch from Gen. Hunter, dated 6 o’clock in the morning of the 8th inst., at Staunton, reports that “we met the enemy at Piedmont last Sunday, the 5th inst., killing Wm. E. Jones, their Commanding General, and totally routing them, after a battle of ten hours’ duration. We have captured 1,500 prisoners altogether—1,000 men and over 60 officers—on the field of battle; also, 3,000 stand of arms, three pieces of artillery, and a vast quantity of stores. We have to-day effected a junction with Gens. Crooks and Averill.

A dispatch from Gen. Grant’s headquarters dated Saturday at 4 p. m., reports that rebel cavalry having yesterday made a dash into Wilson’s lines near the Jenny House, Wilson this morning sent out a part of McIntosh’s Brigade to see where the enemy was. Their pickets were driven back and their outer line forced, the cavalry passing over the intrenchments. About a mile west of Bethesda Church, McIntosh came upon Field’s Division of infantry, and having accomplished the purpose of his reconnoissance retired. He killed and wounded a number of rebels in his progress, and brought away four or five prisoners. He had 16 men killed and wounded.

Dispatches from Gen. Sherman, dated at his headquarters, [Big?] Shanty, Ga., 12th inst., have been received. They state that our lines are within four or five hundred yards of the enemy, but no fighting yet.

A dispatch from Gen. Butler, 12th inst., at 1 o’clock, reports all quiet along our lines.

Yesterday Gen. Kautz charged the enemy’s works at Petersburg, and carried them, penetrating into the town, but not being supported by Gen. Gilmore, who had withdrawn his forces without a conflict, Gen. Kautz was obliged to withdraw without further effect.

The news from the front June 11th, is of the most cheerful character. Two officers just arrived bring the joyful news of the capture of Fort Darling. An order conveying this intelligence was read to the army last evening, and the cheers of our soldiers could be heard for miles around.

Logan with three thousand rebels attacked the 168th, and 171st Ohio under Gen. Hobson at Cynthiana, June 12th and after a pretty severe fight compelled Hobson to surrender on condition that his men be insured or exchanged. The fighting was principally in the streets of Cynthiana.

National Union Nominations.


For President,


For Vice-President,

ANDREW JOHNSON, of Tennessee.


National Union Convention.

The National Union Convention assembled at Baltimore on the 7th inst. It was largely attended by representatives from every state, Ex-Governor Denison, presiding. But one voice was expressed on the re-nomination of Abraham Lincoln, and a unanimous vote was given. By this action the loyal people have reason for congratulation. They show to rebels and traitors their unwavering purpose to prosecute the war until the South submit to the Government—in which they have taken an important part in establishing. Nothing that the people at the North could do would so express this conviction and wound the pride of the south as by the re-election of Abraham Lincoln. The force of the opposition has been aimed directly at the administration. All its acts with its defeat would be heralded as a victory throughout rebeldom. The unanimous action of the convention will in a measure throw light in the eyes of the blind, and convince them of the unanimous sentiment of all loyal men. That they have faith in the integrity and wisdom of the President, and will unflinchingly support him in measures to subdue treason and rebellion. He has thus far borne the heat and burden unflinchingly, but with an honest purpose, conscientiously pursuing the path which prudence and circumstance have marked out. With but one exception it is the only instance where the candidate has been nominated without opposition. In 1844, the old Whig party fired with indignation by its betrayal by John Tyler, unanimously nominated Henry Clay, as a mark of respect and reward to one who had long been a leader and champion of the principles sustained by that party. Thus in the present instance, have the loyal citizens rallied around their present leader and expressed their desire to re-instate him in his present office. Not as a reward of merit, but having been tested, his devotion to the best interests of the country is proved. Having commenced the great work, he is the best able to prosecute it to a successful termination.

The Convention nominated for Vice President, Andrew Johnson of Tennessee, who from the very first note of treason has shown great firmness for the Union. In his speech in reply to Breckenridge, in the extra session of 1861, he used the following language: “Traitors are getting to be so numerous now that I suppose treason has got to be respectable; but, God being willing, whether traitors be many or few, as I have hitherto waged war against traitors and treason, and in behalf of the Government which was constructed by our fathers, I intend to continue it to the end.” He has made good his word, at home and abroad, and has now received the nomination to the second highest office in the gift of the nation.


The rebels have lost nineteen generals in Virginia alone, in the present campaign.


The Richmond Examiner, of June 7th, gives the following items of interest: “Last night the enemy abandoned our left and part of our centre, apparently in great haste. The impression here is that Grant is making his way for James River, to cross over to the south side. A bill passed the rebel Congress to increase the pay of non-commissioned officers and privates seven dollars per month, for one year. A bill has also passed exempting Quakers from fighting. In a financial article the Examiner says: “for the first time the Confederate treasury has no money. It is in a state of constipation. All the salaries are unpaid except for Mr. Memminger, the Secretary.

Local News.


Campaign Paper.

This paper will be furnished during the coming presidential campaign, including the week after election, for sixty cents. To clubs of eight or more, fifty cents each.


Frost.—There was quite a frost in this vicinity on Friday night. We heard said of a person who came from Stony Creek Saturday morning, that in some places the frost was so thick he could write his name in it.


At this place each month from 1859 to 1863, inclusive, with the average fall each month, and also the whole amount which has fallen each year, and the average annual fall for the five years.

1859 1860 1861 1862 1863
Jan 7 18 1 69 4 13 5 21 4 24 4 49
Feb 4 20 2 62 2 68 2 14 5 11 3 35
March 7 52 1 68 4 22 3 87 4 73 4 40
April 3 06 1 71 4 97 1 59 4 26 3 12
May 4 18 3 86 6 82 2 37 1 74 3 79
June 6 09 3 14 3 65 8 05 1 01 4 39
July 2 17 2 76 3 54 6 24 11 14 5 17
Aug. 6 57 3 70 6 09 1 65 4 90 4 58
Sept 3 90 3 70 3 88 5 45 1 73 3 73
Oct 2 13 2 58 2 20 3 94 3 34 2 84
Nov 2 45 4 74 3 08 5 79 5 02 4 22
Dec 3 38 5 28 1 57 1 73 5 25 3 58
Yea 58 33 87 41 46 83 48 03 52 47 47 61


In this table the fall of snow and hail is included being melted and measured as water. Every one will easily understand the table by giving it a very little attention. First, there is given the fall of rain for the month of January for each year, and then, in the right hand column, the average for this month for the five years. Next we have the same for the month of February, and then for the other months in their proper order. Lastly, at the bottom, we have the full amount of water precipitated from the atmosphere from each year, and the annual average for the five years.

Several points of interest will be noted. 1. The average fall of rain each year for the five years (1859-1863) is 47.61 inches, which is a little more than is generally credited to this region by writers on this subject. 2d. The greatest annual fall was in 1859, amounting to 58.32 inches, and the least fall the next year, 1860, when we had only 37.41 inches. 3d. For these five years, on the average, August has been the wettest, as October has been the dryest month. 4th. The August [driest?] month during the five years was June of last year (1863) when the fall of rain was only a trifle over 1 inch, and the succeeding month (July, 1863) was the wettest for the period, the fall for the month amounting to 11.14 inches.

Jay Jay.

Middletown, June 4, 1864.


School Meeting.—By the action of a former meeting the expediency of remodelling the High School was voted down, and it was recommended that a new school house be built in the South Middle District at a cost of $3000. A meeting will be held on Monday evening the 20th inst., to hear the report of the committee and take action.


Class Day.—The Senior class of Wesleyan University have determined to revive the custom of holding public classday exercises. They have chosen A. H. Wyatt, orator; H. C. M. Ingraham, poet; G. L. Thompson, historian; J. D. Beeman, prophet. D. G. Harriman, leader in music. Exercises held at the completion of their examinations, June 30, at McDonough Hall. The public are invited to attend.


On Their Own Responsibility.—Two lads about twelve years of age, of respectable parents in this city, determined one day last week, to cut themselves loose from parental authority and start in the world on their own account. Accordingly on Wednesday night they walked to Meriden, took the midnight train and stopped at Springfield. By a telegraphic dispatch from their anxious parents, they were here taken in charge by the police, to whom they gave their names as Jimmy Patterson and Johnny Sweet. They returned home on Friday. One of the boys had quite a sum of money with him.


 We tender our compliments to G. H. Butler, of Cromwell, for a dish of extra large and nice strawberries. In flavor delicious. All orders left at C. E. Putnam’s will receive prompt attention.


The pic-nic of the German Association at Alsop’s grove on Monday was largely attended. German games, dances and festivities, not omitting the “dear lager” had full sway until late in the evening.


Pic-Nic.—There will be a pic-nic held at Griffin’s Grove, weather permitting, on Wednesday afternoon of next week, for the benefit of the Widows Home of this city; an institution deserving the sympathy and support of every citizen.


The Strawberry Festival by the ladies of the Universalist Society, takes place this (Tuesday) afternoon and evening. No mistake about it, or that if you go, you will find everyone else there.


Runaway-Accident.—Mr. Chester Sage, of this town, met with a serious accident on Saturday last, while coming into the city with strawberries. He was driving a young colt down Washington street, when just below Cornwell & Warner’s carriage shop, some part of the harness gave way, frightening the colt, which became unmanageable. Mr. Sage was thrown from the wagon, yet holding to reins was dragged to near the Farmers’ Hotel. He was taken, insensible, into engine house No. 1, where he was attended by Doct. Woodward. No bones were broken, but was severely injured.


Messrs. Editors:–Will you be kind enough to say that the large urn borrowed from the McDonough House some time since is wanted and that the parties having the same will confer a favor on the owner by returning it immediately.

A Western correspondent, in search of something definite in relation to the fighting now going on, stepped into the White House and asked the President if he had anything authentic from General Grant.—The President stated that he had not, as Grant was like the man who climbed the pole and then pulled the pole up after him.


In conformity to the old custom of advertising from the public signpost all intentions of marriage, the following announcement was once made: ‘Marriage is intended between Mr. William Williams, of Williamstown, and Miss Betzy Williams of Williamsbridge.’ A mischievous wag, to make it still more explicit, wrote underneath: ‘For particulars see small bills next year.’


It is a foolish idea to suppose that we must lie down and die, because we are old. Who is old? Not the man of energy; nor the day laborer in science, art, or benevolence; but he only who suffers his energy to waste away, and the springs of life to become motionless.


Ice cream wars, 1864 ..._________________________

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