From The Constitution, Wednesday, November 16, 1864 (volume 27, number 1403)

War News.

A special dispatch from Nashville announces the reception of news from East Tennessee of a highly interesting nature.

Gen. Gillen has already routed the enemy, driving him in great confusion 44 miles.

His advance is 90 miles east of Knoxville.

The rebels are at Bristol, and are being strengthened by Virginia militia.

The dispatches from the army of the Potomac represent the military situation as perfectly quiet. The voting had absorbed the attention of the troops. The Pennsylvania soldiers give a majority of 3,780 for Lincoln. The Western regiments also give similar majorities for Lincoln. The total vote in the combined armies before Richmond and Petersburgh is put down at 18,000, the majority for Lincoln being 8,000.

Several Pennsylvania State agents have been placed under arrest, on account of their having blanks with names spelled wrong. They are held to await the decision of the Secretary of War, the matter having been referred to him.

Reports concerning the destruction of government property on land at Johnsonville are greatly exaggerated. No apprehensions are entertained in regard to its safety.

The destruction of government and private property on the river was complete, involving an immense loss.

A letter from the army of the Potomac, dated Wednesday says: The flag of truce asked for by the enemy was granted yesterday morning, to bury the bodies of those killed in the attack on Saturday night, near the centre. The enemy acknowledge a loss of 200 killed and wounded. Our men secured about 40 muskets besides other trophies belonging to the rebels. Many more are still on the ground between the lines.

Gen. Mott has issued a congratulatory order to his troops engaged, for gallant conduct.

Four officers who recently escaped from Andersonville, Ga., were aroused from a nap in the bushes by an old negro with an ample supply of food. He told them to trust no white man, but remember that the negroes were their friends. They followed his advice and were well cared for by the slaves wherever they went.

The Savannah Republican reports suspicious movements by the federals off their harbor, blocking up the channel of Savannah and Warsaw rivers, and landing men on Tybee and Big Warsaw islands.

The new vessel Semmes, the rebel pirate called the Sea King, is a very fast, strongly built and fine looking screw steamer, built of wood, with iron frame, and coppered about 1000 tons burden, and 222 feet long.


The contest for President for the next four years from the 4th of March next, is over, and has resulted in an overwhelming majority for ABRAHAM LINCOLN. The battle has been a hard fought one. The enemies of free government and democratic principles boldly and defiantly contested every step, and threw their whole strength in this their last effort for success. But their defeat has been decisive and emphatic. The public have decided by a majority of nearly 400,000 against the principles advocated by the southern conspirators, and their northern allies. The New England States have given every electoral vote against them. Every North-western State presents a solid front against their encroachments. Pennsylvania has increased her majority of October for the Union. Maryland gives a rousing majority for Lincoln and emancipation. New York redeems herself by repudiating her Seymour’s and Wood’s, and standing fairly on the Union platform. It is a noble triumph. In the midst of the greatest civil war the world has ever seen, we find the people peaceably and calmly deciding who shall be their ruler, and deciding by the largest majority ever known, in favor of the prosecution of the war which has drawn largely on their resources and treasure. What is this but a decision in favor of law and order, and against wrong and violence. Hereafter let no one say that our Republican institutions are a failure. The events of the past few years prove them a complete success, for, in the most trying circumstances, during war and perils, they have been found to be strong and enduring. No Government could have carried on this terrible contest without the support of a people who felt that the struggle for right and justice was theirs, and a duty which they owed to their country to sustain.


A general exchange of prisoners of war will probably take place soon. The first exchange of 10,000 will occur below Savannah.


Late rebel newspapers which have reached us, present a terrible picture of affairs in that portion of Louisiana within the lines of Jeff Davis’s armies. The destitution of the people is represented as extreme, and starvation is said to be staring them in the face. One of the principal causes mentioned for this is the absolute worthlessness to which the rebel money has been reduced. Society is evidently in a most disorganized condition in that region as “thieving, plundering, pilfering and horse stealing” are said to be the order of the day.


August Belmont, of New York, lost his vote on Presidential electors, on account of having bets pending on the election.



1863 1864


Buckingham Seymour scattering Lincoln McClellan
Middletown 739 775 8 825 920
Haddam 177 281 1 178 299
Chatham 159 163 201 193
Chester 142 74 147 86
Clinton 178 132 199 126
Cromwell 116 143 137 160
Durham 133 99 144 105
East Haddam 317 242 336 255
Essex 223 125 229 136
Killingworth 69 155 78 157
Old Saybrook 114 104 123 96
Portland 166 377 1 178 403
Saybrook 171 72 177 89
Westbrook 138 73 151 82
____ ____ ____ ____ ____
2842 2845 10 3113 3107


Lincoln McClellan
Hartford County 8,690 8,680
New Haven County 8,591 9,467
New London “ 5,563 4,823
Fairfield “ 7,229 7,046
Litchfield “ 4,744 4,179
Tolland “ 2,318 2,035
Windham “ 3,668 2,173
Middlesex “ 3,113 3,107
_____ _____
Total, 43,916 41,510

Lincoln’s majority, 2,406.

Local News.

Grand torchlight procession for lincoln

The greatest torchlight procession and illumination which has ever occurred in this city came off last Monday night. Middletown was in a blaze of glory, each one seeming to out do his neighbor in the expression of joy and rejoicing, that this our fair and honored land has so nobly sustained herself through the political machinations of her enemies just passed. Delegations in large numbers from the surrounding towns arrived at an early hour, and by six o’clock, around the headquarters at Eagle Hall were dense crowds, and the streets were thronged. At seven a national salute was fired. At half past seven the line was formed, the cavalcade leading off in the following order:–

Chief Marshal, A. Putnam.


David Dickerson, Wm. Addis,
John N. Camp, Walter M. Lucas,

James H. Taylor.

Cavalcade from city and adjoining towns, 200 horse.

Colts Brass Band.

Drum Corps.

Middletown Club of the Red, White and Blue.


Dennis Smith, Chas. E. Putnam,
Chas. E. Baldwin, Joseph W. Douglas.

Students from Wesleyan University.

Boys Union Wide Awake Club.

Middlefield Delegation.


W. F. Burrows,

T. R. Parker,
Charles G. R. Vinal, A. H. Brooks.

Delegation from Westfield, Portland and other towns.

Representation of Little Mac.

 As the procession marched up Main street it was a grand sight. … The following mottoes were on some of the

torchlight mottoes, 1864

The following persons are among those who


Main Street.

Capt. Wm. G. Hackstaff, illumination, flags, lanterns, with mottoes, “the Union in peace, not the Union in pieces”; A. A. Cody, H. A. Hall, Abel Lewis, James Geary, T. R. Parker, John Russell, Samuel Davis, P. M. Wright, illuminations; Daniel H. Chase, transparencies, flags, lanterns with display of red, white and blue; E. Graham, Dr. L. Bailey, Capt. Samuel Butler, Mrs. H. Woodward, illuminations; Horace Clark, splendid display of tri-colors, flags, lanterns; Wm. R. Ford, Mrs. Greenfield, Berkley Divinity School, E. F. Sheldon’s, George N. Ward, illuminations; the house of A. H. Brooks was beautifully decorated with flags and transparencies also representation of the “goddess of liberty”; E. F. Johnson, S. D. Marvin illuminations; the remainder of the street to the park on the east side, was one “blaze of light,” time will not allow to mention names, but as the community are well acquainted with the proprietors, it is not necessary; there was hardly an exception, either above or below, and those were “sore-heads”; on the west side was the fine illumination of the Custom house; portions of the McDonough Hotel, Mayor Warner’s, Augustus Kelsey, Levy & Roberts, T. R. Parkhurst, brilliant illuminations; Mrs. J. K. F. Mansfield, battle flags, and illumination; the house of Jos. W. Douglas and Henry Ward, was a splendid sight, with lanterns, flags, tri-colors, mottoes, and illuminations; E. & F. Chaffee’s, illumination, flags and tri-colors; Dr. Geo. W. Burke, illumination; I. C. Flagg, flags, lanterns, illumination; Dr. Glynn, Chas. Gabriel, H. Churchill, J. H. Fisher, J. H. Sumner, Wm. Wright, James Walker, illuminations; the house of Hon. Benj. Douglass was one of the most splendid sights along the whole route, flags, decorations, transparencies, tri-colors, illuminations, in every style to give beauty and effect.

Bridge Street.

Stephen Brooks, Capt. Horace Leonard, Capt. Charles Hamilton, John Patterson, Ebenezer Stebbens, illuminations.

Ferry Street.

J. C. Beebe, transparencies and illuminations; J. C. Leonard, illumination, tri-colors; Henry Fountain, illumination; Capt. Chas. Cooper, illumination; Capt. Wm. E. Lawrence and S. Kincade, illumination; J. E. Bidwell, transparencies, flags, lanterns, mottoes; Capt. Wm. C. Crosley, tastily illuminated; Miss Mary Rockwell, E. F. Sheldon, illuminations.

Cherry Street.

Capt. Samuel J. Buell, display of flags; Benj. Butler, splendid illumination, with mottoes, flags, transparencies and lanterns; N. V. Tucker, illumination.

Washington Street.

Mrs. Dekoven, David Allen, illuminations; Wm. D. Willard, flags; Mrs. O. Fisk, transparencies; Mrs. Dyson, illumination; Mrs. Spencer, illumination; Daniel Glover, illumination; Chas. C. Tyler, illumination; Bartlett Bent, Jr., flags, lanterns, transparencies and illumination.

Broad Street.

Wm. S. Camp, flags, lanterns, mottoes, with a little child dressed in red, white and blue; Isaac W. Baldwin, splendid illumination with lanterns &c.; Mrs. Wm. Douglas, flags, lanterns, illuminations, with young lady representing “goddess of liberty,” a splendid affair well arranged; Misses Robertson’s, R. Mathison, Mrs. Stephen Taylor, Mrs. Dyson, E. Loveland, H. Rutty, C. F. Collins, A. Newton, J. G. Baldwin, J. Trench, A. Holway, illuminations, flags, tri-colors; A. H. Gladwin, illumination, with child representing “Goddess of Liberty;” Miss M. Payne, illumination; W. & B. Douglas, Factory, brilliant illumination.

Court Street.

Mr. John Russell, Henry S. Ward, Mrs. Tompkins, Rev. M. Fuller, illuminations; E. S. Hubbard, flags, lanterns, illuminations; H. D. Hall, illuminations, flags, mottoes; R. A. Pease, Benj. Chaffee, illuminations; Capt. Anthony Thatcher, illumination with transparency, “One Republic, One Nation, One Country, from the Lake to the Gulf.”

South Main Street.

Mrs. L. Bradley, Mrs. Hiram Hubbard, illumination; Wm. W. Wilcox, flags tri-colors, lanterns, illumination, a splendid sight; I. K. Penfield, Elmore Penfield, Jacob F. Huber, C. F. Browning, F. Comstock, R. Frisbie and Chas. I. Miller, illuminations; Wm. Woodward, flags, tri-colors, lanterns.

College Street.

John Pratt, illumination and transparencies; Samuel G. Southmayd, L. Dimock, Mr. Ralph, A. W. Haynes, A. Mooney, E. Frisbie, L. Burrows, Mrs. A. Pease, Ezra Clark, Mrs. Chas. W. Newton, illuminations; A. Putnam, illumination, flags, tri-colors, transparencies; S. G. Hurlburt, illumination, flags, lanterns, tri-colors; M. T. Landfear, Chas. Boardman, Rev. J. Taylor, W. H. Atkins, N. Smith, transparencies, flags and illuminations; Mrs. Bruce, Henry Cooley, T. Tolles, H. Stancliff, A. Hyde, flags and illuminations; Chas. E. Putnam, transparencies, mottoes, flags, tri-colors; Chas. Stearns, illumination, flags, lanterns.

High Street.

Mrs. Richard Alsop, illumination; H. Colton, flags, lanterns; Mrs. S. D. Hubbard, illumination; President Cummings, flags, lantern; Wesleyan University illumination; Rev. E. Dekoven, J. L. Dudley, Calvin Daniels, Prof. Newhall, S. Chase, I. N. Martin, F. A Hart, John Newton, illuminations.

William Street.

From High to Main streets, there was but one residence as we remember, that was not illuminated. The want of time will be an excuse for omitting names. Let it be remembered that William is one of the banner streets in the Union cause. So also may it be said of

Church Street.

Omitting one at the head of the street there was not a single omission. The buildings of the Power Company were brilliantly illuminated. Over the door of Rev. J. Pegg, jr., was this inscription:–“And the Angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of Heaven the SECOND TIME.”

Union Street.

J. W. Hubbard, Miss Sill, illuminations and decorations.

The little “Quaker” under the management of the Artillery company, Capt. Jos. W. Douglas, was moved with “the spirit” and spoke with tremendous noise.


What the Slaves Say about Fighting for Rebels.—There is little doubt that the rebels intend to arm some of the slaves.—It is interesting to know what the negroes think of that project. Lieut. Easterbrook of the 26th Massachusetts regiment, who recently escaped from the hands of the rebels, and has travelled many miles in the south, testifies as follows:

“The negroes everywhere befriended him; although the fact that he was an escaped Yankee prisoner was probably known to two hundred colored people, including the families of the men who helped him along, not one of them betrayed him. The slaves, of whom there are many in that section of country, conversed freely with him in regard to their being armed and put in the rebel army, and declared that if they were they would shoot their officers, and go over to the federals in a body. They said that they knew who their friends were, and they would not fight for men who had enslaved them and robbed them of the rewards of their labor. They assured him that there was a complete understanding among the slaves throughout the south on this subject, and that none of them will fight for their masters. They would be glad of an opportunity to get arms and get together, and then they would turn against the rebels.”