Fri Jun 12 1863: A Cruel Outrage.--The admirers of our Southern brethren may be pleased to read this, told by a correspondent of the N.Y. Evening Post: At Little Rock, Arkansas, lived a numerous body of warm Union men, praying for a sight of the old flag and a day of deliverance, as none ever prayed, save the men of Leyden. They met nightly in cellars--had their secret grips and passwords--and with all the heroism of martyrs bore the suspicion, taunts, threats and violence, unflinching in their resolution never to enter the rebel ranks alive. When Hindman occupied Little Rock in force, twenty-seven of these men were arrested and imprisoned on suspicion--their worst enemy accusing them of no overt act against the rebel Government. One day their wives, children, parents, brothers and sisters were invited by Hindman's order to come and visit them. Their dungeon doors were opened, and arm in arm with their rejoicing families they were suffered to wander under guard about the town and in the fields. The bright sunlight and sweet air of this unwonted freedom intoxicated them into credulity. They and the dear ones from whom they had been so long sundered, were felicitating themselves with the hope of permanent liberty, and fancied that the tiger Hindman had forgotten his taste for blood. Just at the limits of the town the officer in command bade the families of the suspects halt--and marching those twenty-seven brave men out of the very arms of love, ranged them in an open lot before a file of riflemen, and there shot all of them to death in plain sight of their shrieking households.
Fri Jun 12 1863: Mr. William Goff, whose death was reported in Boston a few days ago, was a lineal descendant of the famous William Goffee, one of the judges who sentenced Charles I to death. The regicide, with General Whalley, arrived in Boston, in July, 1660. Mr. G. often expressed the opinion that he was the last male descendant of the noted ancestor whose name he bore. The deceased was for many years a member of the "Winslow Blues," and as such was on duty on the fortifications of Boston harbor in the war of 1812. He was an intelligent, active, and most worthy citizen, held in high esteem by all who knew him. For a long series of years he was at the head of the polishing department in the piano-forte establishment of Chickering & Sons. His age was 67 years.
Fri Jun 12 1863: A Kentucky editor advertises as follows: "Wanted, at this office, a bull-dog of any color except pumpkin and milk; of respectable size, snub nose, cropped ears, abbreviated continuation, and bad disposition--who can come when called with a raw beefsteak, and will take his 'pound of flesh' from the rear of the man who squirts tobacco juice on the stove and steals our exchanges!"
Fri Jun 12 1863: The Connecticut House of Representatives is composed of 109 farmers, 15 merchants, 14 manufacturers, 13 lawyers, 6 mechanics, 3 clergymen, 3 physicians; teachers, editors, lumber dealers, clerks, tobacconists, hotel keepers, 2 each; ship masters, printers, bank cashiers, mariners, surveyors, bakers, glass-blowers, 1 each.
Fri Jun 12 1863: The War.
We are apparently on the eve of important events; and before the end of this month we hope for the most decided success of the Union arms; though it is not best to be too sanguine, for we may be disappointed.
The rebels at this writing, so far as we are advised, still hold Vicksburg. The morning papers yesterday stated that the government were in possession of important dispatches from Vicksburg and Port Hudson, but that they were suppressed.
Gen. Banks has invested Port Hudson, and on the 27th of May a severe battle was fought in the vicinity, our forces making a determined but unsuccessful effort to carry the rebel works. The 1st and 2d Louisiana regiments of Colored troops fought with heroic bravery; and both sides fought with unflinching courage. Our loss was probably from 1000 to 2000 in killed and wounded. Gens. T.W. Sherman and Neal Dow were wounded, the former supposed fatally. Several valuable officers were killed, among them Col. Cowles of the 128th of New York. A number of Connecticut regiments were in the fight, and the anxiety to hear respecting the losses is intense. But few particulars are yet received. The 24th and 25th regiments suffered quite severely, the 24th being badly cut up. The 26th lost 160 in killed and wounded. Of 77 sent out as skirmishers, all but one were killed or wounded. Col. Kingsley was seriously wounded, a bullet passing entirely through the lower part of his face. The Norwich Bulletin, of Wednesday, published a partial list of casualties, and among them we notice that Charles P. Crandall, of Franklin, Co. B, was killed and that Sergt. E.B. Keyes, of Pomfret, Co. G, was severely wounded. The 12th regiment was in Weitzel's division, and took one of the batteries. We have no account of their losses, but shall await particulars with anxiety, as many from Willimantic and vicinity went in this regiment. Port Hudson is closely invested, and Gen. Banks is confident of an early victory.
On Friday Gen. Hooker ordered a strong reconnoitering force to cross the river below Fredericksburg, and ascertain the position and intentions of the rebels, which object it is stated, was fully attained.
Gen. Montgomery, of the 2d South Carolina (colored) troops, has made a brilliant raid into the interior of South Carolina, captured and destroyed a million worth of property, and brought off a thousand able-bodied negroes.
On Tuesday, the 9th, Gen. Pleasonton at daylight crossed the Rappahannock at Kelley's and Beverly's Fords, with a cavalry force supported by some artillery. The fighting was very severe, and much of it hand to hand, the fight lasting from 5 A.M. to 3 P.M. The rebels were drived back several miles, losing 200 prisoners and a stand of colors, besides the killed and wounded. Our loss was considerable, 170 wounded had arrived at Washington. Co. B.F. Davis, 8th N.Y., and Lieut. Col. Irwin, 10th N.Y., killed. Among the wounded are--Col. Wyndham, 1st New Jersey; Major Morris, 6th Pennsylvania; Lieut. Col. Broderick, 1st New Jersey; and Major Stilmire, 1st New Jersey.
Fri Jun 12 1863: Murder and Suicide in East Hartford.--On Monday morning the members of the family of Wm. Steele, of East Hartford, on going to his room found his chamber deluged with blood, and Mr. Steele lying dead on the floor with his throat horribly cut.
His wife was on the bed with her throat cut from ear to ear, and an infant six months old, had its head almost cut off. All were dead--the child still warm.
Steele's hand grasped a razor, and it was perfectly evident that he had murdered his wife and child and then killed himself. The Coroner's jury rendered a verdict of insanity.
Mr. Steele had been an inmate of an insane asylum, at different times during the last 20 years. His age was 53 years.
Two of his other children, who were in a different room, escaped.
Fri Jun 12 1863: The name of the new Catholic pastor, recently appointed here, is E.L. DeBruycker, not H. DeBruycker, as we had it last week.
Fri Jun 12 1863: A brief visit to the "State," on Saturday last, showed quite a change in the appearance of things about where the new dam and mill are to be located. Part of the old paper mill has been removed, the trees all around have been cut down including the venerable buttonwood near the road just below the sawmill which has been a familiar object for more than one hundred years; quarries are being opened between the river and sawmill pond and on the south bank of the river, and the sound of the drill and stone-cutter's chisel are becoming familiar; men and teams are passing to and fro, and all about is a scene of life and activity. Even the old blacksmith's shop has opened its doors, and sends forth the music of the hammer and anvil. We could not but feel a little sad to see noble and beautiful trees, some of which had been cherished objects from childhood, lying prostrate; but such is the fate of all material objects, however venerable, that stand in the way of modern "improvements."
Fri Jun 12 1863: We had a very pleasant chat with Lieut. Charles A. Wood, of the 7th Connecticut, the other day, who is at home on his first furlough. He has shared all the vicissitudes of that excellent and gallant regiment, and fought at James Island and Pocatoligo with such daring bravery that won special commendation and promotion. He carries a secesh bullet in his thigh, received while leading and cheering on his company at Pocatoligo.
Fri Jun 12 1863: Early Cucumbers. Â–We received, on Monday, from Mr. J.A. Lewis, of the Willimantic Nursery, a mess of cucumbers, the first of the season, of the Early Russian variety, we believe, with fine samples of head lettuce, all of which we found very palatable, and to which he will accept thanks.
Fri Jun 12 1863: Daniel Perkins, from Mansfield, up in the fertile "Pudding Lane" district, furnished us yesterday a taste of the first green peas of the season for which he will please accept thanks.
Fri Jun 12 1863: A basket of fine-flavored russet apples, from our friend Lucius Y. Flint, of Windham, were very acceptable, and for which he will please accept thanks.
Fri Jun 12 1863: The Transcript says a bright little boy, 3 1-2 years old, son of Mr. Elisha Chamberlin, was drowned at Danielsonville, on Monday of last week.
Fri Jun 12 1863: Sheriff May has made the following appointments: John S. Searles to be deputy jailor; Roderick Davison, of Willimantic, and Joseph W. Cutler of Plainfield, to be deputy Sheriffs.
Fri Jun 12 1863: A little daughter of George Baldwin, of Seymour, between three and four years of age, was drowned in that village Thursday of last week.
Fri Jun 12 1863: Warren A. Lamb, 21st Reg., and Austin Judd, 11th Reg., died in Washington on Sunday.
Fri Jun 12 1863: Lieut. Col. Burnham of the Sixteenth regiment has so far recovered from the wound received in the fight near Suffolk, that he will rejoin his regiment next week.
Fri Jun 12 1863: Capt. Riggs of the Twenty-second regiment, writes that our forces at West Point, Va., under Gen. Gordon, evacuated that position on Monday morning, the 1st inst., and that the Twenty-second are now encamped at Yorktown, on the old battle ground of the Revolution.
Fri Jun 12 1863: Second Assistant Surgeon Dwight Satterlee, of the Eleventh regiment has been promoted to be 1st Assistant Surgeon, vice Charles H. Rogers resigned.
Fri Jun 12 1863: John B. Lewis, a printer, who formerly worked in the Sentinel Office, at Middletown, and who went to war in the 12th Reg., died in the hospital at New Orleans on the 27th of April.
Fri Jun 12 1863: William C. Gilman, formerly a leading and influential resident of Norwich died in New York on Saturday. His remains were brought to Norwich for interment.
Fri Jun 12 1863: In the account of Col. Kilpatrick's sucessful raid back from Gloucester Point, it is stated he crossed the country between the York and Rappahannock rivers, making an extensive circuit through the garden spot of Virginia, a section where our troops have never before penetrated. He made a large haul of negroes, horses, &c., and has arrived at Urbana with them. He spread general terror and alarm among the rebels at Urbana. He was taken across the Rappahannock by our gunboats, and then proceeded on to our lines.
Fri Jun 12 1863: Marriages
In Willimantic, June 9, by Rev. S.G. Willard, Doct. James O. Fitch and Miss L. Josephine Lyman, daughter of Doct. O.B. Lyman, all of Willimantic. No cards.
In Willimantic, June 6, by Rev. E.D. Bentley, Mr. Joel E. W. Backus, of Windham, and Miss Anna L. Colburn, of Chaplin.
Fri Jun 12 1863: Deaths
In Willimantic, June 10, Mary Sparks, wife of John L. Sparks, aged 31.
In Coventry, June 3, Delia M. Grover, aged 26.
In Cheshire, June 7, Mary Elizabeth, aged 4 years, only daughter of Rev. S.J. Horton, Principal of the Episcopal Academy.
In Coventry, June 3, Asa Woodworth, aged 76 years.
At Baton Rouge, La., May 3, Lieut. Sylvester W. Rice, of the Fourth Native Guards, formerly of Willimantic, aged 39.
In Fisherville, N.H. may 19, Mr. Nathaniel Gage, son of Jacob D. and Susan G. Gage aged 22 years and 8 months.
Fri Jun 12 1863: Taken Up. Â–Two yearling heifers, of a red color, with white spots on the belly. The owner can have the same by proving property and paying charges. L.W. Storrs. Mansfield Center (Chestnut Hill), June 5, 1863
Fri Jun 12 1863: A young woman was before the Police Court in New Haven Wednesday for keeping a disorderly house. She was hardly sixteen years of age, and had a child one year and eight months old.
Fri Jun 12 1863: It is said to be certain that the great Tredegar Iron Works of Richmond were destroyed by fire on the 17th ult. All the fine machinery and the sixteen cannon nearly perfect, were lost. A large woolen factory adjoining was also burned. The Davis Government forbade any mention of the disaster by telegraph or newspaper.
Fri Jun 12 1863: The rebels having stopped the exchange of prisoners, the rebel officers on parole have been ordered under arrest for imprisonment.
Fri Jun 12 1863: It is stated that Sam Houston is to run for Governor of Texas, with the design of forming the "Republic of Texas."
Fri Jun 19 1863: From the 7th Regiment. St. Augustine, Florida, May 26, 1863.
You will see that the 7th has made another move, and still further South; and it is difficult to imagine ourselves in America. It seems more like Spain, when traversing the streets of St. Augustine. To give a description of the town I scarcely know where to begin. St. Augustine is said here to be the oldest town in the United States. In fact, I should think by its appearance it was old enough to be in its dotage; for it looks as though it might fall down very soon. There is a convent here and a Catholic cathedral, built in the old Spanish style of architecture. The town is very pleasantly situated, on a site of land between two creeks, forming a kind of peninsula. It has a wall front, and is very easily defended, the entrance is very difficult, and only at high water can a light draft vessel make an entrance. The inhabitants are mostly Spaniards, and the Spanish language and customs are the most popular. The town is built of concrete, being a kind of shell mixture that grows on the beach, and is quarried out the same as stone.
We came here and relieved the 7th New Hampshire, and they took our places at Fernandina. On Saturday morning, at 3 o'clock, our Company (H) with Company D left our quarters, crossed the creek, and marched about 8 miles in the interior, when we captured 180 head of cattle, gathered up for the rebel army, but now in the Union lines. We still live in hopes of compelling the rebels to come to our terms; and I cannot see any reason why they should not.
But I must not weary your patience (for editors do not like long letters), and I must therefore conclude, hoping some day to see you face to face. I will write more soon; but now, adieu. C.H.R.