From The Constitution, Wednesday, October 19, 1864 (volume 27, number 1399)
Richmond papers say that the battle of Friday created great excitement. All business was suspended and everybody put in the fortifications. Schools were closed; all Union prisoners hurried South; negroes impressed into service, being taken up on the streets unawares. The Enquirer urges the taking of men from everywhere and from every occupation by force.
An expedition sent by Gen. Dana, from Rodney, Miss., of colored troops, reached Fayette on the 2d., capturing 600 cattle, a large number of horses and mules, and several prisoners. Another expedition, out by Gen. Dana, attacked the rebels at Woodville, on the 6th inst., capturing three guns, two officers and fifty-four men, and killing forty. Our loss was none. The cavalry expedition under Gen. Lee captured Clinton, La., on the 6th, with thirty prisoners, including Lieut.-Col. Pinckney, rebel Provost-Marshal-General of the district, and considerable stores and ammunition. At last accounts, Lee was ten miles east of Clinton, moving on. The new Legislature of Louisiana had convened and organized, Gov. Harn delivered his message on the 6th inst.
On Thursday last two divisions of the Tenth corps, under Gen. Terry, made an important reconnaissance around the right wing. Having reached and advanced some distance up the Darbytown road toward Richmond, they discovered just before them a new and formidable line of works, strongly garrisoned. They had been built since Sept. 29th, to take the place of those then lost. He made an assault, but finding himself too weak to capture then, ordered a retreat. The enemy sallied out to attack him while falling back, but were repulsed with heavy slaughter. Our total loss was about four hundred. Major Henry W. Camp was severely wounded and fell into the enemy’s hands.
It is reported that Koutz’s cavalry, Wednesday evening advanced on a reconnaissance to within a mile and a half of Richmond and were surprised to find so few rebels in the vicinity.
The New York News, copperhead, gives up little Mac’s prospects. It says:
“The sun is not more certain to rise tomorrow than that the President of these United States, for the next four years, will be Abraham Lincoln! The enthusiasm, the lime-lighting, the powder-burnings, the speechings, the processions, of the opposition are, so far as they may be supposed to change that result, all in vain.
A party of New London copperheads went up to Norwich to attend a ratification meeting the other night, and on the way beat the captain of the boat shamefully because he kept no bar. The captain started a McClellan man, but he thinks if those passengers were fair specimens of McClellan’s followers, he has had about enough of that party.
A recent canvass of the students of Yale College resulted in a full five-sixth vote for Lincoln and Johnson.
The fortifications at Fort Hale, New Haven harbor, are being rapidly pushed forward to completion, and eight 32 pounders and two 18-pounders arrived from New York on Sunday, as part of the armament.
Mrs. Breckinridge, mother of the rebel General John C. Breckinridge, died at Baltimore on Saturday last, at the house of Rev. Mr. Bullock, her son-in-law.
Mr. Leggett, of the firm of Hayward & Leggett, booksellers, Cornhill, London, died on the 22d of September, in great suffering, from swallowing an iron nail with his food, a few days previous.
An English photographer has lately introduced a novelty in the mode of taking carte de visite photographs with the signatures of the sitters appended. This gives but little extra trouble. The sitter simply signs his name on a slip of paper, and finds its facsimile, diminished in size, transferred to the portraits when they come home.
The Adjutant General of Vermont announces that the State has filled her quota under all calls previously made, and now has a net surplus to her credit of ten hundred men.
A case of some interest came before justice Dowling on Wednesday at the Toombs Police Court, New York, in which Thomas Cummings, a waiter in the Astor House for the last fourteen years, was charged with having stolen $2,480, of bills of the denomination of $10, of the issue of the First National Bank of North Bennington, Vermont. The allegation that the bills were taken by Cummings from one of the rooms of the Astor House, and that they were incomplete, having been signed by the President of the bank only, Cummings was discharged on the ground that the bills were worthless until signed by the Cashier as well as the President of the Bank. About $1,000 of the unperfected bills were found at Cummings’ residence in Greene St.
A lady correspondent who assumes to know how boys ought to be trained, writes to an exchange as follows: “O, mothers, hunt out the soft, tender, genial side of your boy’s nature.” Mothers often do—with an old shoe—to the boy’s benefit.
At the regular meeting of the Trustees of the State Reform School, held on the 12th inst. a resolution was passed disapproving the late law allowing the admission of boys under 10 years of age.
How The Soldiers Vote.
The copperhead papers have for the past month been publishing statements of the vote of soldiers, in hospitals and cars, all of which were a decided preference for Little Mac, the gunboat general. These journalists have stated that regiments while marching through the streets of the large cities have vociferously cheered for the McClellan flag when passing by, and so long and loud have these cheers been, that the Union officers have avoided streets having the McClellan banner in order to repress the enthusiasm of their men. Such statements will do very well for copperheads to assert. To accomplish their nefarious designs, truth and principle are not called into account. The “boundless devotion” of the troops for the “little general” has recently had a practical test. What has been the result? From six Pennsylvania regiments the whole vote case was 1,071, only 121 of which were copper. In another instance 5,323 ballots were cast, 4,667 of which were Union. “Straws show which way the wind blows,” and the number and frequency of these straws will show the copperheads in their true light—that their opposition to the right of franchise by the soldiers—was founded on the fact that it might bring defeat upon them.
The Toronto Globe, speaking of the recent elections says, that Gen. McClellan never had any reasonable prospect of being elected, but present appearances indicate that he has as good a chance of getting to be Emperor of Japan as he has of becoming President of the United States.
Death of Chief Justice Taney.—Roger Brook Taney, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, died in Washington, on Wednesday the 12th inst., in the seventy-eighth year of his age. He was born in Calvert County, Maryland, March 17th, 1777. Graduated at Dickinson college in Pennsylvania, in 1795 and was admitted to the bar four years later. In 1822 he removed to Baltimore, where he continued to reside until his death. In 1827 he was appointed Attorney-General of Maryland; and in 1832 President Jackson conferred upon him the office of Attorney-General of the United States. Upon the dismissal of Mr. Duane, Secretary of the Treasury, in 1833 for refusing to obey the order to remove the Government deposits from the United States Bank, President Jackson appointed Mr. Taney to succeed him. He immediately issued the order to remove the deposits to the local banks selected by him as agents of the Government. The Senate, which was opposed to the Administration, refused to confirm the nomination. The following year he was nominated by the President as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court; but the Senate rejected him. On the death of Chief Justice Marshal, Mr. Taney was nominated as his successor, and the Senate meanwhile changing its political character, conferred it in 1836. The name of Chief Justice Taney will forever by associated with the famous decision of the Dred Scott case, which gained notoriety from its bearings on some of the most important political issues of the age. Although the decision was in accordance with the majority of the court, the Chief Justice went out of his way, and indulged in a long tirade upon the estimate which our ancestors placed upon the negro, and the rights to which he was entitled. He asserted that they had been regarded as being of an inferior order, and that they had no rights which the white people were bound to respect. For the last two or three years, Chief Justice Taney on account of failing health has taken no active part in public affairs, but he has been regarded as leaning strongly in his sympathies on the southern side of the great issues which divide the nation. He was buried at Frederick, Md., on Sunday the 9th [sic] inst.
A Pleasant Thing.—Some of Mrs. Dr. Fisk’s friends were out on a raid last Friday evening, and made a call at her house. It seems they had learned it was her birthday; and having in the morning given her an intimation that something was to happen, they, in the evening, to the number of twenty or thirty, presented themselves in her parlor to pass a social hour. Knowing also the importance of providing for the outer man they had taken the precaution to send in a few things necessary to make good cheer! It is not necessary to say they were received with cordiality, and passed a delightful evening. Before leaving, besides some other little mementos from individuals, a photographic album was presented to her, in the name of the friends, which on being opened was found to contain greenbacks to the amount of two hundred and twenty-nine dollars! This we call a pleasant thing!
Abe and Andy.—Upon the reception of the news Tuesday night that the election in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana had resulted in a complete triumph of the principles of the Union party, it was deemed advisable to make the victory known, and to show the copperheads that the cartridges, &c., which had been prepared the previous day, had not been “labor thrown away.” The little “swivel” was brought out, and spoke its loudest tones for the triumph by one hundred thousand majority of the Union party. In their perambulations, the party stopped before the residences of some of the prominent opposition leaders, and cheered for the victory in Indiana, &c. In one or two instances the “master of the house” probably thinking that Indiana was “all right,” lighted their residences. What else might have been done our informant says not, but when the cheers for “Abe and Andy” reached their ears, out went the lights, and the occupants retired in darkness and gloom.
Accident.—John Ramsey, employed at the Cartridge Shop, was badly injured on Friday last, by the burning of powder near him. He was engaged in cleaning a metallic case with his knife, when the blade came in contact with the powder, which ignited, together with several others around him. His face, neck and eyes were badly burned.
Terrible Railroad Accident.—A train consisting of six passenger cars, containing two hundred and seventy-five sick and wounded soldiers, who were being conveyed from the Knight Hospital, New Haven, to Readsville, Mass., on Saturday last while passing through a deep cut of rocks some four miles east of Connecticut river, on the Shore line road, were thrown from the track by a broken rail. Nine soldiers and two brakemen were instantly killed, ten or twelve soldiers seriously and some twenty more slightly injured. Three cars were completely demolished, and two more considerably damaged.
Where They Place Him.—In the nearest news room south of us, Gen. McClellan’s photograph has been exhibited surrounded by photographs of the prominent rebel generals. The proprietor probably wishes to show his interpretation of the Chicago platform, and places the “general” where he things he belongs. Not much doubt about that!
Voters, now is the time to examine the Registry Lists, and see that your name is placed thereon.