From The Constitution, Wednesday, September 7, 1864 (volume 27, number 1393)
Official dispatches from Admiral Farragut announce the surrender of Fort Morgan, Aug. 23d. After the surrender, the rebel general Page, disobeying all rules of honor and manliness, destroyed several wagons and threw away their weapons. A large number of prisoners fell into our hands. In the official Farragut says, “congratulate the general commanding upon the great success which attended his first efforts in this department. Nothing could have been more unanimous than our combined efforts. We had no ambition to excel each other but in the destruction of the enemy’s work, which was effectively done by both army and navy.”
Advices of Sept. 1st say that a rebel force, estimated at 10,000, with 12 pieces of artillery were within 17 miles of Nashville, Tenn., on the Murfreesboro pike. Gen. Rosseau with cavalry and infantry had gone to meet them, and at latest accounts had driven them three miles.
Affairs with the Army of the Potomac to Sept. 2d were progressing quietly. A monster 15 inch mortar mounted on a railroad car had been run up the road opposite Petersburgh and a few shells thrown into the city. Rebel deserters report Atlanta in our possession, with a large number of prisoners and that Richmond papers contain accounts of a battle on the 31st. That our troops were at first repulsed, but finally drove the enemy back with heavy loss, including three generals viz., Anderson, Patton, and Hardee. Rebel deserters further state that their loss in the fight with the 2d corps on the Weldon road was very severe but that they took a large number of prisoners. Gen. Lew Wallace, in company with Grant, visited Warren at the front yesterday. Rumor gives him an important command in that department.
Gen. Sherman’s official report of the capture of Atlanta has been received. It is dated 26 miles south of Atlanta, and says:
“As already reported, the army withdrew from about Atlanta, and on the 30th had made a break of the West Point road, and reached a good position, from which to strike the Macon road—the right (Howard) near Jonesboro; the left (Scofield) near Rough and Ready; and the centre (Thomas) at Couch’s. Howard found the enemy in force at Jonesboro, and entrenched his troops, the [illegible] about half a mile of the railroad. The enemy attacked him at 3 P. M. but was easily repulsed, leaving his dead and wounded.
Finding strong opposition on the road, advanced the left and centre rapidly to the railroad, made a good lodgment, and broke it all the way from Rough and Ready down to Howard’s left, near Jonesboro; and by the same movement I interposed my whole army between Atlanta and the part of the enemy intrenched in and around Jonesboro. We made a general attack on the enemy at Jonesboro, on the first of September, the Fourteenth Corps, Gen. Jeff. C. Davis, carrying the works handsomely, with ten guns and about a thousand prisoners. In the night the enemy retreated south, and we have followed him to another of his hastily constructed lines near Lovejoy’s Station. Hood, at Atlanta, finding me on his road, the only one that could supply him, and between him and a considerable part of his army, blew up his magazines in Atlanta, and left in the nighttime, when the Twentieth Corps, Gen. Slocum, took possession of the place. So Atlanta is ours, and fairly won. Since the 5th of May, we have been in one constant battle or skirmish, and need rest. Our losses will not exceed 1,200, and we have possession of over 200 rebel dead, 250 wounded, and over 1,500 well.”
The news which came over the telegraphic wires on Saturday last was most encouraging. Atlanta, the rebel stronghold, which it had been proclaimed over and over again by traitors, could not be taken, had fallen, and was in possession of the federal army. Gen. Sherman finding his forces insufficient to effect a complete investment of the city, effected another of his masterly stratagems, and threw a large force in the rear of Atlanta, taking possession of the railroad, and completely cutting off rebel supplies. Gen. Hood, therefore, blew up his magazines, destroyed his supplies, and decamped in the night, when the twentieth corps entered Atlanta. Thus ends a four months’ campaign, embracing constant marches over a distance of two hundred miles, ten pitched battles, and constant skirmishes.—The loss of Atlanta to the rebels is a heavy one. The fortifications were of immense strength, and it was their belief that it could be held. But, before the genius of SHERMAN their strength has been as naught, and the army hurled back with a crushing blow. The vast mountain ranges, which offered many a natural defence, have been passed, and now from Atlanta to the coast presents a nearly level country. Let loyal hearts rejoice. The success of our arms in the campaign of 1864 argues well. No backward step has been taken, and now, with high hopes and new vigor, will the cause progress until the close of the year shall witness a complete triumph over every enemy to our national government.
Soldiers’ Voting.—The majority in Connecticut in favor of the soldiers voting amendment is 10,043. Let the soldiers bear in mind that not a man who supports the Chicago platform voted in favor of the amendment.
Will They Do It.
One remarkable feature of the copperhead platform is, that throughout the whole of it, there is not the least rebuke of the rebels. Another is, that no word of encouragement is offered to the soldier who has sacrificed all for his country. To the men whom they claim will vote for their candidate, they offer no sympathy. By their silence on these subjects, only one conclusion can be arrived at, and that is, if they are successful and McClellan is elected, the Southern confederacy will be acknowledged and the claims of the soldiers repudiated. With a dismembered government they will ride rough-shod over right and justice, and sacrifice everything for the sake of gaining the friendship of the rebels. What think the soldiers of this? Are they ready to allow it? Only by voting for the Baltimore nominee can it be avoided. Say nothing against “traitors or treason, but stop the war at all hazards,” is the cry of the copperheads. The only “cessation of hostilities” which the brave soldier will allow, will be one which shall not strengthen rebel armies or lead to the recognition of southern independence.
SHALL THERE BE A DRAFT?
This question has been uppermost in the minds of the residents of this town. They have assembled together time and time again to devise ways and means to procure the necessary number of men. At a recent meeting, a vote was passed appropriating a certain amount of money to those who volunteered or procured substitutes, which it was thought would accomplish the object, and the selectmen were authorized to procure the money. Prominent members of the Union party stood ready to pledge themselves for half the amount required. But no money could be procured through the selectmen. At a subsequent meeting, legally called, the former vote was sustained and a committee appointed to act with the selectmen. But the selectmen took no notice of the action of the meeting, or even notified the committee as we are informed. That the money could have easily been raised, there is not a doubt, as one of the committee privately informed us that he had easily procured his proportion of indorsers; but he was not called upon by the selectmen; neither, at a subsequent meeting, called to hear the report of the selectmen and committee, could a selectmen be found in the room; the meeting therefore after approving the doings of former meetings adjourned sine die. Many of our citizens were therefore surprised on finding another meeting called to appropriate money to fill the quota and relieving “drafted men.” Without going into particulars regarding the real objects of those who issued the call, we will give the action of the meeting, which was well attended and expressed but one sentiment:
Voted, That the selectmen and committee be instructed to raise the money as voted at previous meeting, for the purpose of filling the quota of this town.
Voted, That in case the selectmen and committee cannot raise the money by guaranty or otherwise, that the selectmen be authorized and instructed to draw orders on the treasury.
Voted, to add to committee S. L. Warner.
The selectmen have peremptorily refused to draw a single order. On Friday last, a person was presented before the board who would volunteer and apply on the quota of the town provided they would give the order of $300. It was refused, and the man enlisted on the quota of Durham. Voters of Middletown, remember, if a draft takes place in this town, it will be increased in severity by the action of the present board of selectmen. We are now about 60 deficient, but the number could have been nearly if not wholly raised by proper efforts. Mark the action of the board and contrast it with the oft repeated expression of the people, whose agents they are.
The Draft.—Monday, Sept. 5th, was the day set for the draft, but it has been postponed till the 15th, and all the bounties will be paid to that date. Let Middletown meantime, fill her quota, as that is the only way of escaping the draft. Hartford, New Haven, Meriden, Portland and many other towns in the state have already filled their quota. Cannot Middletown stand by their side?
The news of the fall of Atlanta created quite an excitement in this city on Saturday. Loyal men rejoiced. In the evening, Eagle Hall was opened, without notice or invitation the citizens assembled in large numbers. A meeting was organized, Hon. Benj. Douglas, chairman. Speeches were made by Hon. S. L. Warner, Bartlet Bent, Esq., and others. Cheers were given for the heroes of Mobile and Atlanta not omitting the Lieut. General now in the field. The meeting adjourned at a late hour, on giving three rousing cheers for the nominee of the Baltimore convention.
The Sentinel says that one hundred guns were fired by the young men of Middletown on the receipt of the news of the nomination of McClellan. We beg leave to say that the “report” of the guns has not yet reached this city.
Wesleyan University.—The fall term of Wesleyan University commenced on Thursday last. The Freshmen class numbers nearly 40.
Attacked.—A little son of Mr. Fisher, living in the lower part of Main street, while passing down Union street one day last week was attacked by a cow, which was in the street, and narrowly escaped serious injury. The cow threw him some six or eight feet, and was proceeding to further demonstrations when the boy was rescued by passers by. We understand that this is not the first instance of the kind that has been made by the animal.
Sad Accident.—Mr. Nelson Skinner, of Higganum, while engaged on the 24th ult. in digging a well, when in the act of lowering a tub of stone, was struck by the windlass and precipitated head first into the well. He was taken out alive, but was unable to speak, and died in a few minutes. He was a worthy and respectable farmer, beloved by all who were acquainted with him.
Queen Victoria has received an offer of marriage. The eccentric Emperor of Abyssinia says a Paris paper, is the aspirant to the hand of the Royal lady. We are told that he made his offer through Mr. Cameron, the English consul, and had that gentleman put in chains when some time had passed without the arrival of a reply to his suit. When her Majesty heard of Mr. Cameron’s imprisonment, it is stated that she wrote to the King by post, politely declining his offer, and begging that her representatives might be released.