From The Constitution, Wednesday, March 29, 1865 (volume 28, number 1422)
Before daylight last Saturday morning three divisions of the enemy made a sudden and determined attack on Fort Steadman in front of Petersburg, overpowering the garrison and capturing the fort, where they temporarily established themselves and turned the guns upon our lines. Our troops on either flank maintained their ground. A determined attack on Fort Haskell was gallantly repulsed with great loss to the enemy.—After several attempts to retake the hill, a charge was made by the Second Brigade, aided by the troops of the Third Division on either flank, and the rebels were driven out of the Fort, with the loss of about 2,700 prisoners, and the whole line was re-occupied with the guns uninjured. The slaughter of the enemy at the point where they entered our lines, and in front of it, is estimated by Gen. Grant at not less than 3,000. Our own loss is estimated at 800, and may prove to be less.
Gen. Schofield reports to Gen. Grant, under date of Goldsboro, March 21, the occupation of that place, with but a slight opposition.—He states that Gen. Terry’s column, from Wilmington, would probably reach Goldsboro that night. Gen. Schofield had no apprehensions about Gen. Sherman, who, it is supposed, was gradually approaching Goldsboro.
Dates from Savannah and Charleston, by way of Port Royal, are to the 21st. There is little news. Our vessels in Charleston harbor are somewhat annoyed by torpedoes but no serious accident has occurred.
A troublesome guerrilla gang was broken up last Wednesday at a place near Paducah. Twenty of the villains, including the notorious Capt. McDougal, were killed.
It is generally conceded that the Southern confederacy is undergoing the process termed “caving in.” The men who a year or even six months ago, were willing to stand in the front of the battle, and offer their life to win southern independence, are now deserting by scores. They also bring with them, their arms, horses, and equipments. The stories they tell, if we but believe one half of them, represent affairs at the rebel capital in a bad state. Vice President Stephens is reported to have given up hope, also Senator Hunter of Virginia. Gen. Lee, even, is represented to have said that he cannot hold Richmond much longer. That the citizens and public officers are removing their valuables is known to be a fact. Gen. Sheridan has captured a portion of them, in his recent raid. All this has its effect. The rebel army will not fight with its accustomed valor, if they mistrust their leaders, and lose confidence in the success of their cause. A few more hard knocks, and the tottering fabric will fall to the ground. The Union men of Connecticut can give their aid in this work. Let them rally on Monday next, elect their State and Congressional candidates, and hold a two thirds majority in the Legislature. Such a result would cause despair to traitors, while it would give aid and encouragement to the brave boys in the field.
Are You Ready!
The contest is close at hand. On Monday next you have a chance to fight political aspirants. Let your votes tell for the Union and Constitution.
The Etonians will try all sorts of dodges on Monday next, as their case is a desperate one. Examine your votes and see that every name is the right one.
Beware of Them!
The copperhead organ is making a great ado about “buying up voters.” Its party having had their share of “government pap” in years past, has never been backward in using money to influence elections, and therefore is at its old game. Having been in the business so long, it is not expected that they will now give it up. The true Union man, cannot be influenced. But it is well enough to look out for the rascals.
In the present political contest, is plain and incontrovertible. The Seymour democracy denounce the Government of the United States, for waging war against their “Southern brethren,” the rebels. The issue is directly upon the question whether or not an armed assault upon our institutions shall be met by an armed resistance. At this late hour, when a glorious victory is won by the Union armies, they would restore the old leaders in power, and aid to “fire the Southern heart,” in order to crush the National Government. They demand that the Government shall submit to rebels and traitors.
In five days more the issue will be met.—Freemen of Connecticut! are you ready for the question. If you are, stand by the old flag, and by your votes alone, put down treason and rebellion in the land.
Vote for Hon. Samuel L. Warner
The Union candidate for Congress, and you will never regret it. He is the friend of the working man, and therefore the people’s candidate. His opponent, Mr. Russell, stands upon the infamous sesech platform, which upholds principles antagonistic to the advancement of the worthy but poor man. In talent and ability the Union candidate is far preferable. By his own energy and industry he has won his present position. A vote for him is a vote for the advancement of true American principles. Therefore give your vote for Samuel L. Warner, the Union candidate for Congress.
Much feeling is being aroused in this community on the great subject of our Railroad interests.
The Committee appointed at the public meeting last week, met on Monday evening at the Common Council room, being fully attended—firm and decided action was taken in the matter of looking into the present position, of affairs in the Air Line interests, and measures instituted for the protection of the rights of our people in this great public enterprise. Our citizens have too much at stake in this matter to sit down quietly and abandon their rights, when it is apparent that by a suitable effort our interests may be saved to us, and this work carried forward to completion.
We understand, that the Committee are to have an adjourned meeting on Wednesday evening, April 5th, at the same place, to hear reports of sub-committees, &c. Let the work be followed up.
Fast Day.—Governor Buckingham has appointed Friday, the 14th of April, a day of fasting and prayer.
Navigation.—The New York boats are now running regularly. The “Granite State” commanded by Capt. Vail leaves this city for New York at 4 ½ o’clock on Monday, and alternate days. She has been thoroughly overhauled, new state rooms added, and will be found by the travelling public, a “first class boat.” Samuel Silloway, the popular clerk, can be found at his post. The “City of Hartford” is to be hauled off for a short time, to undergo repairs, and the steamer “Sunshine” will take her place.
Poisoned.—One of the boarders at the Farmers’ & Mechanics’ Hotel, feeling unwell one day last week, took a few drops of medicine prescribed by another boarder, and retired to his room. The inmates of the house soon after found him suffering from the effects of poison. Dr. Blake was immediately summoned, and by prompt action, relieved the sufferer. There had been a mistake in the medicine taken, which proved to be poison.
Fire.—There was another fire alarm on Monday evening, caused by the burning of the barn in the rear of the dwelling of Messrs. N. V. Fagan and Elijah Loveland on Broad street, and owned jointly by them. The fire had made good headway before it broke out, but by the well timed exertions of the firemen it was not allowed to spread, although in the center of a thickly settled square. There was no insurance on the building.
A Sad and Fatal Accident.—An accident occurred on Friday, 17th inst., at the Factory of Messrs. Warners & Noble, in Cromwell, by which David Hulbert a lad nearly four years of age, son of Watrous and grandson of David H. Hulbert, lost his life under the following distressing circumstances. His clothes caught on a revolving shaft, whirling him around with great velocity and causing the top of his head to strike against the side of the building, tearing off a portion of his scalp and killing him instantly. One of his legs was completely severed below the knee and one arm was broken, but his face and body were not in the least disfigured. There was no person in the room at the time it happened, and it is supposed that he went into the room and endeavored to put a belt on the shaft, as it was found broken. He was a bright and active little fellow, but somewhat venturesome.
Query. When is the pameacha bridge to be finished?
Hartford, March 27, 1865.
Editor of the Constitution:
The intellectual and enterprising editor of the Sentinel and Witness in his last issue asserts that I have sold my stock of Dry Goods to Messrs. Weatherby & Co., and hopes by the change that people in that vicinity can hereafter supply themselves with napkins without riding to Hartford. From the editor’s personal appearance, one would judge that in his list of wants napkins were not included. For once he has aroused from his usual stupor and actually is ahead of time, as no such sale has been made; and I shall continue the business at the same place with my usual well assorted stock and such novelties as may from time to time appear in market. Had the item been confined to the paper in which it was born we should not have noticed it, as we are satisfied that the dozen copies of the Sentinel that are regularly issued at long intervals would be seen by too few of our customers to affect our sales, but as it has been copied into Hartford papers it may be drawn from its obscurity, and we therefore take this method of denying the statement.
If the editor of the Sentinel thinks by false statements of this kind to secure an advertisement for his sheet he has mistaken his customer.
H. C. Ransom.
Ex-Governor Aiken of South Carolina has reported the names of all his slaves, 750 in number, to the commandant of South Carolina, and given each family a farm on one of the most fertile and productive islands on the coast, placed them on it, and all are well started in life.
Time works wonders. John Brown’s daughter is now keeping a school for negro children in the old mansion of Henry A. Wise, in Virginia.