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June 26, 1863

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Posted: 26 Jan 1999 5:00AM GMT
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Fri Jun 26 1863: Time to Cut Timber.--On this subject, Wm. Beck, a farmer and mechanic who has made observations the last twenty years, says in the Boston Cultivator: "Most kinds of wood cut and sawed in the months of January, February, September, and October, are more durable than when cut at any other season of the year. Walnut, if cut in June will not become worm-eaten. There is a difference in the same species of trees; those that grow on high, stony land are more durable and harder than those that grow on low lands.

Fri Jun 26 1863: The editor of the Louisville Journal, in speaking of an assailant who had vehemently denied a charge of having been drunk on a certain occasion, says, "that he cannot positively state that the gentleman in question was drunk, but that he does know that he was seen in the street at midnight, with his hat off, explaining the principles and theory of true politeness to the toes of his boot!

Fri Jun 26 1863: The Eighteenth Regiment – Capt. Bowen's Company.

Never since the war commenced has there been such deep anxiety and painful suspense in Willimantic as during the past week in regard to the fate of our friends in the Eighteenth regiment. To those who had husbands, sons and brothers known to be at Winchester during the fighting and retreat, the war with all its dread realities was brought home to them as it never had been before. Not only the friends of our absent soldiers but our whole community have felt the deepest interest in learning the fate of our brave soldiers.

We regret that we cannot break the suspense and relieve the anxiety of many who are waiting with fear and hope to learn the fate of those near and dear. The accounts are yet meager and unsatisfactory. That the Eighteenth was at Winchester, that it participated in the fighting there, that it shared the perils of the retreat, that it behaved nobly and fought gallantly is well known. But the fate of the bulk of the regiment is not yet positively ascertained.

The latest and most reliable information is brought by H.H. Starkweather, of Norwich, who went to Maryland Heights to learn what he could in regard to the regiment, and returned on Thursday.

He says, the opinion of those with whom he conversed was that probably two-thirds of the regiment were taken prisoners. The loss in killed and wounded is thought to be light – not exceeding fifty in all. Quite a number have been heard from at various places, and others who escaped will probably come in. Those who were taken will probably be soon paroled when we shall hope to obtain full particulars.

With regard to Capt. Bowen's company we have but little information. Great anxiety has been felt to learn the fate of Capt. Bowen, who was so highly esteemed by us all. Two or three accounts concur in representing that he was twice wounded; and Henry M. Durfee, of Co. A. writing from Bedford, June 19th, says of him: "Capt. Bowen is killed. He was wounded twice in the legs, and as they were carrying him off on a litter, he raised his head and a rifle ball struck him in the head, killing him, instantly." Here is a positive and circumstantial account, and if he saw the affair it would hardly seem that he could be mistaken, and we fear the brave Captain is dead. Later reports represent him as alive and a prisoner, which we sincerely hope may prove correct. There is room for hope at least. Letters have been received from Jas. Long, at Harper's Ferry saying he was safe there with 28 others of the regiment; also one from Geo. Jordan, who was in Pennsylvania stating that himself, his brother Van Buren and Albert Blish were safe, and that before they left Capt. Bowen was twice wounded, and Thomas Jordan slightly. Gardner Kenyon, John Carney, and George Briggs, were safe. The above is all the reliable information we have been able to obtain in regard to company H. We shall probably have full particulars soon.

Will those who receive private information of general interest in regard to their friends in the 18th communicate it to us for the Journal. They will greatly oblige by so doing.

Fri Jun 26 1863: The War. The Invasion. It is difficult yet to tell how many rebels have crossed into Maryland and Pennsylvania, but at first the number, which caused such a scare, was small. It is now believed that some 30 or 40,000 have crossed over and are threatening Pittsburg, Harrisburg and Baltimore, and if we are to believe telegraphs they are marching on each of those places. Whether anything further is intended than to gather up the rich spoils found in the fertile section which the rebels have penetrated remains to be seen. Meantime a force of some 50,000 men will soon be concentrated at Harrisburg, and the rebels ought to be driven out of the State. At last accounts the rebels were north of Chambersburg, and east as far as Gettysburg. On the west it is uncertain how far the rebels occupy. That they are in the Cumberland Valley and in West Virginia in considerable force is believed by some, and that a large force is advancing on Pittsburg is credited by others.

The latest news is that Ewell with 12,000 men was on Wednesday night but 25 miles from Harrisburg, and marching on the city.

Hooker and Lee.

We are not allowed to know the exact position of Gen. Hooker, but that he is in the vicinity of Washington and covering it, and that he has the inside track, and that Lee has obtained no advantage of him in position in the recent maneuvers, we fee quite sure. With regard to the exact location of Lee, with the main body of the rebel army, we are not certain, but the most probable reports place him in the Shenandoah Valley, at or near Winchester. If he intended to concentrate his forces for a direct attack on Washington, which we hardly think probable, he has abandoned it. His demonstrations toward the capital were probably intended to force Hooker back, covering his movement west, and conceal his real designs.

If Gen. Lee is in the Valley we think it quite probable that he intends to operate in West Virginia and in South-western Pennsylvania. Holding, as he easily can, the passes of the Blue Ridge with a small force, so that Hooker cannot follow him, and with 30 or 40,000 men in Maryland and Pennsylvania threatening various points so as to amuse our forces in those States, it would seem that he could march west with his main army almost with impunity.

The Cavalry Fights.

Our cavalry are waking up, and in the recent fights have shown their mettle and proved an over match for the famous rebel cavalry under Stuart. The following is Gen. Pleasanton's report of the recent fight at Aldie:

Headquarters Cavalry Corps, Camp, near Upperville, 5:30 P.M., June 21.

Brig. Gen. S. Williams: General--I moved with my command this morning to Middleburg and attacked the cavalry force of the rebels under Stuart, and steadily drove him all day, inflicting heavy loss at every step.

We took two pieces of artillery, one being a Blakely gun, together with three caisons, besides blowing one up. We also captured upwards of sixty prisoners and more are coming in, including a Lieutenant Colonel, Major and five other officers, besides a wounded Colonel and a large number of wounded rebels left in the town of Upperville.

They left their dead and wounded upon the field. Of the former I saw upwards of twenty. We also took a large number of carbines, pistols and sabers. In fact it was a most disastrous day to the rebel cavalry. Our loss has been very small, both in men and horses.

I never saw the troops behove better or under more difficult circumstances. Very many charges were made, and the saber was used freely, but always with great advantage to us. A. Pleasanton, Brig. Gen.

The Winchester Battle.

The correspondent of the Herald gives a minute account of the battle at Winchester, which is but a catalogue of losses and disasters, and a melancholy commentary on the total incapacity of Gen. Milroy to fill the responsible position to which he was assigned. The federal fortifications were located on two hills northwest of Winchester, and were defended by 7,000 men, who might easily have been increased to 15,000 by calling in the troops from the neighboring posts. The enemy advancing about 15,000 strong by two roads, captured the outpost, and, gaining the western side the town, on the second day assaulted the fortifications, and carried the outer works at the point of the bayonet. Gen. Milroy was driven into the interior lines. After dark a council of war was called, which decided to abandon the position under cover of night, leaving the cannon, munitions and military stores behind. During the day the 18th Connecticut Regiment had fought with great gallantry.

At 3 o'clock Monday morning, the army was put in rapid motion. Tents, baggage, and everything, except what the men carried upon their persons, were left behind. When four miles out on the Martinsburg road, they were attacked by a strong force of artillery and infantry posted in the woods on the right. Our men charged in the direction of the firing, in the expectation of finding but a handful of rebels. Advancing a short distance they were met by a terrible storm of missiles, and discovered that the enemy were very strong and drawn up in line of battle. They were driven back to the road, when a portion succeeded in effecting their escape toward Martinsburg.

Gen. Milroy with some 16,000 men, arrived safely at Harper's Ferry.

A correspondent of the Philadelphia Inquirer says of the Winchester disaster: We lost three full batteries of artillery--Alexander's Baltimore battery, Randolph's Virginia battery, and Carlin's battery, Fifth United States Artillery, all the siege guns in the Star fort and the main fort; the Quartermaster's and Commissary's stores, and ammunition, six thousand muskets and two hundred wagons with horses and camp equipage of the officers and men.

The officers and men are loud in condemnation of Gen. Milroy, whose bad management they charge as being mainly the cause of the disaster.

The dead and wounded were left on the field and by the roadside as they fell--the latter without surgical attention, either by the rebel surgeons or their own. The whole scene is described as the most humiliating and heart-sickening that has been witnessed during the war, fruitful as it has been in horrible incidents.

Gen. Milroy.

We hear that Gen. Milroy has been relieved of his command for his disgraceful conduct at Winchester, and one account says he is under arrest. Perhaps he will be dismissed, as Tom Ford was for his shameful surrender of Maryland Hights last year. We only wish that whoever in the War Department is responsible for his appointment could be arrested and tried. If justice were done he would be dismissed from the service instanter. It was well known by evidence before the McDowell court-martial that Gen. Milroy had none of the essential qualities of a good commander, and the War Department knew, months ago, that he was totally unfit to command a brigade. By placing such an incompetent in command of this important post the nation is again humiliated and disgraced, the free States left open to invasion, millions worth of property lost, and, worse than all, brave men sacrificed for nought. It is Harper's Ferry all over again.

Vicksburg and Port Hudson.

Dates from Vicksburg to the 18th represent matters progressing favorably. It is believed at Washington that Vicksburg must soon fall.

Gen. Banks has not been repulsed, as the rebels reported, but has pressed up to a position within 50 to 100 yards of the enemy's works.

Naval Doings.

The Navy is more active. During the last two weeks a number of captures have been made among them the iron-clad gunboat and ram Atlanta, a very formidable craft, near Savannah, by the Monitor Weehawken, Com. Rogers. This is one of the most important captures of the war. The Calypso, a large English steamer, was captured off Wilmington, the Isaac Smith (a gunboat captured from us), was sunk near Charleston, and another steamer while trying to run the blockade.

Meantime the pirate bark Tacony is destroying our fishermen and coasters by wholesale, almost within sights of our shores. The smack L. A. Macomber, of Noank, was captured by her on the 20th, near the South Shoal.

Fri Jun 26, 1863: Arunah C. Tingley, whose death is announced under our obituary head, was for a number of years in the early days of Willimantic a prominent business man and is well remembered by all our old residents. He was at first agent for the Windham cotton manufacturing company, and continued in that capacity until after their second mill was erected. He was also engaged in merchandise and traded in the company's old store, which stood where the present one now stands. He afterwards kept the hotel in the center of the village for a number of years.

Fri Jun 26 1863: Accident.—Patrick Galligher, of Willimantic, who was at work on the Fox Mill, while engaged Tuesday in assisting to haul up a large stone, was thrown from his position by a jerk of the rope so as to break a small bone near the shoulder and cut a bad wound on the head. His wounds were attended to by Dr. Newton. –Stafford Newsletter.

Fri Jun 26 1863: A Remarkable Cure of Deafness. – We have received from Mr. Wm. D. Barrows, of this village, the particulars of a somewhat remarkable case which we think worth mentioning. William Walter Seagraves, a young man aged about twenty-one (a brother-in-law of Mr. Barrows) enlisted in Capt. Southworth's Mansfield company, 21st Connecticut regiment, was in the first battle of Fredericksburg and soon after had a severe attack of typhus fever at Falmouth, which left him entirely deaf. He was taken to the eye and ear Infirmary at Washington, and for the purpose of ascertaining whether he could hear at all, he was placed in a room where with drums, brass instruments, &c., a perfect jargon of terrific sounds were produced, but he heard none of them, and was pronounced totally deaf. He received the attention of the most skillful aurists in the United States army, but was pronounced incurable and after remaining in the infirmary some four or five months he was discharged. About two weeks since he came home with his brother, and stopped in Willimantic over night with Mr. Barrows. He was greatly affected at his entire loss of hearing and appeared almost to regret that he had not been killed in battle instead of being visited with this severe affliction. He could talk, but not quite natural and communication was had with him by writing. The night after he returned to Mansfield, his mother put in his ear, one drop of black snake's oil and repeated it for several nights, increasing the quantity until eight drops were administered. When the first drop was put in he heard a low sound; after the eight drops there was a crackling sound in his head heard by persons in the room, which was immediately followed by the discharge of a great quantity of putrid matter from his ears, nose and mouth, when he had the unspeakable happiness of hearing the conversation of his friends. He can now hear almost, if not quite, as well as ever.

Fri Jun 26 1863: The Killingly Transcript says the residence of Capt. Damon W. Chandler, of North Woodstock, together with his large new barn was destroyed by fire on Wednesday night, 10th inst. The fire originated in the barn. The family were awakened about 12 o'clock by the crackling of the flames and were fortunate enough to save the furniture, bedding and carpets in the main part of the building. The contents of the L, and the cellar were destroyed. The buildings were partially insured at the "Tolland Mutual."

Fri Jun 26 1863: Capt. Price, of East Woodstock, was found dead in his bed on Tuesday morning, the 16th. His age was about eighty eight years.

Fri Jun 26 1863: A little girl two and a half years old, child of Abraham Blanchard, of East Killingly, was drowned on Tuesday.

Fri Jun 26 1863: George D. Deming, of Berlin, last Thursday, killed a nine year old rattlesnake, which measured four feet four inches long, seven inches round, and had six rattles.

Fri Jun 26 1863: Dr. Sidney Brooks, a native of Hampshire county, Mass., was found drowned in Bolles' cove, near New London, on Saturday last. He is supposed to have fallen from the railroad bridge.

Fri Jun 26 1863: On Wednesday, as Mr. George Brown, of Forestville, was riding out with his family, the horse became frightened and ran away throwing the whole party violently out. Mr. Brown was badly bruised about the face, his wife's wrist was broken, and a young lady was dangerously cut about the head.

Fri Jun 26 1863: At Lakeville, Dr. Knight is erecting a massive structure four stories high and seventy-five feet in length as addition to the Institution for Imbecile which, when completed, will be an honor to our State.

Fri Jun 26 1863: M.C. Cameron, the forger of bounty papers, arrested at New Haven, is under $1,400 bonds for trial before the Superior Court. He is in New Haven jail.

Fri Jun 26 1863: A little son of the late soldier Magrath was run over and killed, while attempting to jump on to the Naugatuck train at Bridgeport, on Friday.

Fri Jun 26 1863: A small boy named Charles Cone, in New London, accidentally shot himself on Friday with a pistol, inflicting a dangerous wound. Only a few moments before, this boy shot another through the skirts of his coat, while playing with the pistol. Boys should not be allowed to have such dangerous weapons.

Fri Jun 26 1863: A letter from the Twenty-first Regiment speaks in high terms of Lieut. Col. Thomas F. Burpee, of Rockville, who has returned home on account of ill health. The regiment is in good health, and has been paid up to May 1st. First Serg't H. F. Roberts, of Co. A. has been prompted to be second lieutenant, vice Hawkins, transferred; and First Lieut. Kenyon, Co. G, to be captain Co. b, vice Phillips, resigned.

Fri Jun 26 1863: Edwin E. Hewitt, of Winsted, has received a lieutenant's commission in one of the new black regiments being organized in New Orleans.

Fri Jun 26 1863: First Lieutenant John F. Clancey, Company E, Seventeenth Regiment, upon charges of absence without leave, disobedience of orders, and conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline, has been found guilty and sentenced to be dismissed the service of United States, with forfeiture of all pay and allowances that are due or may become due.

Fri Jun 26 1863: John Hull of Co. B, 75h regiment, recently died after a long and painful illness, in the hospital at St. Augustine, Fla. He belonged in Farmington, The regiment is in good health and spirits.

Fri Jun 26 1863: Major James Burns, Sr. died in Bedford county Pennsylvania, on the 17th ultimo, aged one hundred and three years. He was with Washington at Valley Forge, and participated in the battle of Brandywine.

Fri Jun 26 1863: Marriages
In Willimantic, June 24, by Rev. E.D. Bentley, Mr. Wilton H. Fargo of North Windham, and Miss Ellen E. Morrison, of Willimantic.

Fri Jun 26 1863: Deaths

In Chicago, Ill, Arunah C. Tingley, formerly of Windham,and for many years a resident of Willimantic, aged about 70.

In Marlborough, June 22, Alva Leondard, aged 58.

In Lebanon, April 4, Mrs. Avis Finney, aged 83. Rhode Island papers please copy.



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