From The Constitution, Wednesday, October 5, 1864 (volume 27, number 1397)
The latest news from Gen. Grant is up to five o’clock Friday afternoon. Friday morning Gen. Warren advanced from his position on the Weldon Road and attacked the enemy’s extreme right carrying their line of works handsomely, with a number of prisoners. He immediately prepared to follow up his advantage. Gen. Meade according to the dispatch, moved out a force from his left and carried the rebel works near Poplar Grove Church in the direction of the Danville road. Our forces on the North side of the James successfully hold all the ground they gained on Thursday. The rebels assaulted our position near Chapin’s Farm but were handsomely repulsed by Gen. Butler’s forces.
The Secretary of war telegraphs that there is no later news from Gen. Sheridan than that announced Friday which placed his cavalry in occupation of Staunton on Monday last. The Orange and Alexandria Railroad to Manassas Junction and the Manassas Gap Railroad to Staunton are being repaired for Gen. Sheridan’s use.
The rebels are invading the States of Missouri in strong force. The fort at Pilot Knob, about which so much has been said, is strongly built and mounts four 62 pounders and six field pieces, but the fort is commanding by Shepard Mountain. In the attack on Mineral Point, Tuesday night the rebels lost fifty killed. Price’s headquarters were then at Fredericktown. The railroad above Big river is abandoned.
At Centralia, thirty-four soldiers, mostly veterans returning from Atlanta, were shot in cold blood and their bodies terribly mutilated. A number of citizens were also murdered. An hour after the guerrillas left Major Johnson with one hundred and fifty militia arrived and started in pursuit. Three miles out they were ambushed and ninety-six of them including Maj. Johnson were killed.
The Work To Be Done.
But five weeks remain before the November election. In order to have complete success it is necessary to have thorough organization in every town and village. The importance of this is understood, and no time should be lost in setting the ball in motion. The adversaries of the Union are hard at work. They know that they have committed themselves to a cause in which everything is lost in case of their defeat. If the Union party maintain its principles and terminate the war successfully, the political future of the copperhead leaders will be a blank and their names a blot on history’s page. This they are not too blind to see, and no effort will be spared to accomplish their perfidious task. Money, of unlimited amount, is at their command. If necessary the whole profits of the blockade running fleet, would be placed in their hands. If it would insure the success of McClellan, the rebel leaders would consider it the best investment ever made. Let every Union man deal with these traitors in disguise, as he would with the rebels themselves, convinced that concession to them is concession to rebels in arms. Organize Union clubs and infuse throughout the community a spirit of patriotism and pride for the success of the old flag, the glowing stars and stripes which have been successful on so many a bloody field, and proudly waved at the success of our campaigns, through the valor of our brave boys. The army is now looking for aid and encouragement to the success of the Union ticket in November. They are dealing hard blows at the rebels in front, and wish their friends at home to strike the rebels in the rear. Shall it be done? Say you will—then go to work and a crowning victory awaits your efforts!
Shall We Have Peace?
“Shall we not have peace?” cry the copperhead party. “Elect George B. McClellan and then peace will be restored throughout the land.” But what kind of peace will be obtain? His party have declared that the war has been a failure, and demand the cessation of hostilities. Can he obtain an honorable peace and at the same time acknowledge his defeat? Do the majority of the people at the north believe that the war has been a failure? Are they ready to acknowledge that the blood of their kindred has been given in vain? Do our armies to-day show any signs of weakness? Have we not a stronger hold on the rebellion at the present time than ever before? Is there not a spirit of enthusiasm among the soldiers which comes from the belief that they are approaching near the close of the war, and will soon give the last blows at their enemies? Do they appeal to the people to elect a “gunboat” general in order to close the war on terms dictated by the rebels? They believe in fighting it out, and conquering an honorable peace. How will Connecticut decide? Her record is good. She has answered every call, both of men and money, and stands to-day in the full vigor of strength and manhood. Her decision in November will be for an honorable peace, in which she can refer with pride to the position she sustained throughout the conflict. When rebels and traitors aim at the national life, she stands ready to give her aid in striking them down. Then, when peace is attainable, she will cheerfully lay aside the sword.
The latest dodge of the copperheads in Washington is hiring crippled soldiers to peddle McClellan songs and offensively insist on talking in praise of Gunboat George to passengers in the horse cars.
Mary Gleason, twenty-five years of age, living at 27 Washington street, New York, while partially deranged from over indulgence in liquor, attempted to commit suicide by jumping into the north river off the Battery. She was rescued by some sailors from the Italian frigate, after being nearly drowned, and conveyed to the Tombs. Also a girl named Catharine Davis, eighteen years of age, jumped into the dock at Pier 21 E. R., with a view of terminating her existence. She was rescued and taken to the Second Precinct Station House.
Union Meeting.—There was a large and enthusiastic meeting of the Union men of Middletown and vicinity at McDonough Hall on Friday evening. The hall was densely packed, large numbers being unable to obtain admittance. Ladies in large numbers were present. The meeting was organized by appointing John M. Douglas, Esq., Chairman; A. A. Cody and Geo. H. Harris, Secretaries. Gen. Hawley, of Hartford, was introduced by the chairman, and made a patriotic speech. His thoughts were expressed in a plain and practical manner, which carried the impress of truth and candor. Gen. Hawley has spent the whole of his time during the war, in the field, and has had a fair chance of seeing illustrated the ideas and purposes of the rebels throughout the contest. He was frequently cheered in his remarks. E. S. Cleveland, Esq., followed and made one of his characteristic speeches, in which many a hit was given to the opposition. The Glee Club of the Red, White and Blue was present and sung several patriotic songs. The meeting adj. at a late hour, with cheers for the speakers, Lincoln and Johnson, and our brave Generals in the field.
The annual Town Election on Monday resulted in the success of the democratic ticket by a small majority. The vote was the largest ever polled at a town election. Taking the two highest, it gives an aggregate of 1528. Last year it was 1491. The copperheads worked hard and used every means in their power to secure the election. Their greatest strength was in the first district. The others gave good Union majorities. The highest majority last year was 23, this year 37, showing but small gain for the copperheads. Were it not for the large Irish vote, Middletown would give rousing Union majorities. …
For the Constitution,
THE REGIMENT TO JOIN.
A word to those who are coming to the war! Your usefulness, your success, your safety, depend, under God, upon your position in the army, upon your associates and surroundings.
Come then to the Tenth Connecticut. This regiment has a matchless record. It has been fully three years in service, has participated in more than forty battles and skirmishes and has taken nearly a thousand prisoners, yet has never been defeated, has never yielded a single inch under fire, and has not lost a half dozen prisoners in battle in all the time since its enrollment. So well established is its good name, that it has held a foremost place in its brigade, its division, its corps and its department; and to-day no regiment in the entire army stands higher for gallantry, for discipline, for good morals and for general efficiency. Its officers are brave and experienced. Its men know each other, and know what to do in every emergency. They understand how to take care of themselves, and how to take care of the enemy. When they fight they expect to win. They are good soldiers and they show themselves such wherever they go.
With all its hard fighting, the losses of this regiment have been light for the duty performed. No regiment as much exposed lost fewer men in all the months of the Morris Island siege; and thus of the moves from Bermuda Hundred to the Petersburg Railroad, to Drewry’s Bluff and to Deep Bottom. Regiments in poorest repute are ever likely to lose most heavily. The best protection in battle is found in standing one’s ground with steadiness and discipline, in obeying orders promptly, and in returning an accurate fire more rapidly than the enemy can give it.—Nothing is so disastrous as retreating in confusion.
In no regiment in service will you share the benefits of a more glorious history, find yourself in a purer moral atmosphere, do greater service to your country, or fight more safely, than in the Tenth Connecticut.
Join them and help its brave boys to finish up the War.
H. Clay Trumbull,
Chaplain 10th C. V.
Before Petersburg, Va., Sept. 21st, 1864.
Miss Anna E. Dickinson will speak in this city, under the auspices of the Alert Club, Thursday evening, Oct. 20th.
Dogs.—By a law recently passed, all dogs not registered by the 1st of October may be slain. The selectmen are authorized to offer a bonus of one dollar per head for every dog not registered.
A gallant officer of the Union army who was badly wounded at Chancellorsville, writes to a brother in San Francisco, that [he] is loyal from the crown of his head to the sole of his foot except a portion of his right arm, which has “seceded.”
The copperheads tell of the enormous expenses of the government. By using a little argument, they might persuade McClellan to resign his commission, thereby relieving the government a few thousand.