From The Constitution, Wednesday, December 14, 1864 (volume 28, number 1407)

War News.

There is little news from the vicinity of Nashville. The Rebels have established a battery on a bluff fourteen miles down the river. On Wednesday seven gunboats went down and engaged this battery, but without dislodging the Rebels. The gunboats returned, one of them considerably damaged. A reconnaissance was made on Thursday by our forces between Lebanon and Nashville pikes.

The Rebels were discovered in considerable force. Our troops charged upon the hill which the Rebels occupied and drove them off. Two or three of our men were killed, seven severely wounded, and a few slightly. Shelling the Rebel lines and their working parties was kept up on the 6th inst. The Rebel Gen. Forrest, with his command, is said to be across the Cumberland River.

A Port Royal paper of the 1st inst., states that three deserters arrived at Fort Pulaski on the 30th, and reported that Sherman was advancing on Savannah in three columns, one by way of Milton, one between the Oconee and Oemulgee Rivers, and the other across the Savannah River at Sister’s Ferry, seventy miles above. He has flanked Macon, but did not stop to occupy it. He had whipped Wayne’s and Cobb’s militia at Oconee Bridge.

The steamer Trade Wind, from Hilton Head 3d inst., reports that residents there are doing guard duty, Gen. Foster having taken away all the troops to cooperate with Gen. Sherman. Foster had met pretty severe resistance and a number of wounded had been sent back to Hilton Head, at which place heavy firing was heard when the steamer left.

The Navy Department has advices from Admiral Porter of the capture and arrival at Hampton Roads of the Confederate steamer Armstrong, of 630 tons measurement, a beautiful vessel, very fast and new, captured by the Coyler and Gettysburg on the 4th of December, with a large cargo of 450 bales of cotton.—The larger part was thrown overboard in the chase.

Provost-Marshal General Fry and Quartermaster General Meigs have issued special orders to guard against the provoking villains coming into the States from Canada to plunder and burn. These agents of the Rebellion are active and unscrupulous, and it is necessary to watch them closely. Let every one be marked.


The Richmond Enquirer, of Saturday has an editorial article on the late fires in New York, ridiculing the affair, and concluding as follows:

Of course it was a rebel incendiary plot!

Did not they fire on Sumter, where floated the “old flag?” A morality that does not restrain violence to the emblem of the “best government, &c., &c.,” will hardly be proof against the sin of burning hotels.

Nothing can be clearer than the proof of the complicity of Mr. Davis in the burning or attempts to burn some half dozen hotels in New York. We have never read anything more truly “Yankeeish” than this whole affair.

We are very glad to see that all Southern refugees are required to register themselves.

If. Gen. Dix will hang them he will do a favor to our cause. A set of cowardly sneaks, who have deserted their country, are not above burning hotels. We hope Gen. Dix will hang every mother’s son of them.


Hon. Salmon P. Chase was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on Tuesday last. The office of Chief Justice has been filled by four persons, viz: John Jay of New York, Oliver Ellsworth of Connecticut, John Marshal of Virginia, Roger B. Taney of Maryland. Jay and Ellsworth received their appointment from Washington, each holding it but a few years. Judge Marshal was nominated by John Adams, and held it thirty four years, until his death at the age of 80 years. Judge Taney was appointed by Andrew Jackson when about sixty years of age, and held it almost thirty years.


Counterfeits lately put in circulation: fifties, altered from one’s, on the Hartford Bank, and twenties, altered from two’s on the New England Bank.


Fred. Douglas recently delivered a public address in Baltimore, upon which occasion he received an enthusiastic reception, owing to the fact that it was the first time he had visited the city, since he left his master, 29 years ago.


Two hundred and fifty-seven acres of land, in a certain portion of West Virginia, were worth, two years ago, two hundred and fifty seven dollars. Two weeks ago a million and a quarter of dollars were paid for the same land. Struck oil. …

At Vicksburg, recently, Capt. Maurice Dee and Capt. Jessup, Illinois officers, got drunk. Jessup undertook to shoot a cup from Dee’s head. The ball passed through Dee’s brain. He lived half an hour.


William H. Hanford, well-known in connection with the Leland abortion case, escaped from the Danbury jail Sunday afternoon. It is supposed an accessory unlocked the door and let him out.

Local News.

Antiquarian Festival.—The members connected with the Universalist Society in this city, will give a pleasing entertainment in McDonough Hall on Wednesday evening of this week, being in name and style an “Antiquarian Festival.” Among the features will be “Concert Music,” “Costumes,” and “Supper,” all in the manner and style of a hundred years ago, with the exception of the “eatibles,” which will be of more modern date. Tables will be spread in the hall, where may be found appropriate articles for Christmas presents, for old and young. The Supper will be in the McDonough House dining room. Those who have the affair in hand are “adepts” in the business, and believe in giving the worth of the admission fee. The money will be used for the payment of the church debt. Tickets of admission 25 cents.

“Records of Patriotism”

Messrs Editors: Will you please call the attention of all interested, to an act passed by our last Legislature, making it “the duty of the Registrar of each town, on, or before the first day of March of each year, to record the names of every boy or girl made orphan, or half orphan, before the first day of the preceding January of each year, by the death of a parent enlisted from their respective precincts, in the military or naval service of the United States, since the outbreak of the rebellion.” Persons having knowledge of any such cases, are solicited to hand in names and ages, at their earliest convenience.

Yours Respectfully,

E. W. N. Starr, Registrar.

Registrar’s Office, Middletown, Dec. 12, 1864.


Let every stockholder of this road who can attend the meeting at Woonsocket, R. I., on Thursday of this week, to see that their rights are properly looked after. Any one who cannot attend can send on their proxies by calling at the Office of W. & B. Douglas before 5 o’clock, Wednesday afternoon.

This matter of merger with the Boston, Hartford & Erie R. R. Co., is one on which may turn the great question whether Middletown ever enjoys the benefits of a great through Rail Road or not! We must not part with any of our rights in this important matter!     Air Liner.


Sleighing.—For the last two days the sleigh bells have sounded merrily through the street. Every one is in good humor. “Pangs” of every shape and variety are trotted out and horse-flesh is in demand, notwithstanding the high price of meal. So goes the world.


The Weather.—On Saturday we were favored with a cold northeast snow storm, which continued through the day. At night it turned to rain and mist, freezing as it fell.

Monday morning the sun came up in splendor with clear and bracing air, making the earth glisten and sparkle with its icy covering. During the day the thermometer indicated the weather as below freezing point.

This Tuesday morning it stood at 1 above zero. The steamer Granite State went down Monday afternoon. Tuesday morning the river was full of ice. No boat from New York.


Here is a Teutonic soldier’s soliloquy on the presidential canvass: I goes for olt Abe. Olt Abe he likes the soldier boy. Van he serves tree years he gives him one hundred tollar and re-enlist him, and make him von veteran.—Now Old Abe, he serve four years—we re-enlist him four more years and make von veteran of him.”


Marine armor is worthless to the Sandwich Island divers. One of them not long since went down 108 feet in the harbor of Honululu, and remained long enough to put chains around a sunken boat.


Holiday shopping 1864