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Local Editorials

From our archives: Enlist for 100 days, or keep quiet

What we thought: 150 years ago

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials and articles from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following items appeared in the Gazette on May 14, 1864.

For 100 days

If Sterling wishes to retain its good name, for patriotism in furnishing men to the army, she must promptly assist in filling the company of 100 days’ men, now forming.

There are hundreds of men in Sterling who can go for 100 days and sacrifice but little by so doing – men who have no large families to care for or urgent business to attend to. These should go.

The business men should subscribe liberally to further the interest in filling up the company.

Men, if you cannot afford to enlist for 100 days, let us hear no more about your patriotism.

War meeting

There will be a War Meeting at Snavley’s School House, in Jordan township, on this Saturday evening.

Greenback rumors

There are various rumors abroad that the country is being flooded with paper currency (greenbacks). We have seen no cause for alarm as yet.

We still remain in the second story, and doubt if the flood in these parts rises high enough to reach us. Should any of our good friends feel particular alarm, especially those in arrears, if they will resort to our sanctum, we ensure them perfect safety.

Our office has so many outlets, that should such a catastrophe happen, the flood could not remain long enough to do harm.


for Lincoln

The Keystone State has chosen her delegates to Baltimore, and instructed them to vote for Mr. Lincoln, believing that his re-election will be the hardest blow which can be inflicted upon rebeldom.

The position they take is the right one. We want now no change of men or measures.

The people, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, are overwhelmingly in favor of keeping Abraham Lincoln right where he is another four years. And it will be done.

Ingersoll it is

Hon. E.C. Ingersoll, the unconditional Union candidate for Congress in the 5th district of this state, as Mr. Lovejoy’s successor, has been elected by about 5,000 majority, over his “Democratic” opponent, Judge Weed.

This is an unexpectedly large majority in a district which has been regarded as “close” between the two parties.

Copperheadism has done in that district what it has done elsewhere, namely, killed the “Democratic” party as a political power.

The campaign

in Virginia

The opening battle of the last and, we believe, successful “Onward to Richmond” movement, was fought on Thursday and Friday [May 5 and 6] near the old battlefield of Chancellorsville, south of the Rapidan, between the army of Grant and that of the rebel Gen. Lee.

This is the first time the greatest generals on each side have been pitted against each other, and for the first time the rebel has found his master.

With everything but the justness of his cause in his favor, a perfect knowledge of the country, so well adapted to defense, Lee has been vanquished by hard fighting and the superior generalship of Grant. ...

Accounts from Grant up to Tuesday evening state that everything was progressing favorably. A wounded officer who came up on Wednesday, reports that in one of the recent engagements, the colored brigade in Gen. Burnside’s corps displayed great valor and took very few prisoners, going into action with the cry, “Remember Fort Pillow.”

A rebel paper states that Butler was within 13 miles of Richmond. A severe battle was fought on Sunday, resulting in driving the rebels from the wilderness into the open country beyond, around Spotsylvania Court House. Hereafter, our superior artillery, which could not be used in the wilderness, will be brought in play.

Our army is pressing Lee’s retreating forces from all sides, while our cavalry under Sheridan have been and are performing prodigies of valor. Our troops sustain their hard marching with wonderful endurance and in good spirits.

For a long time after our Wilderness fight, it was difficult to make many of the men believe that our movement was not a retreat. But when ascertained that we were advancing, their enthusiasm knew no bounds, and they made the woods ring with huzzas for Grant, Meade, Burnside and everybody.

How he told

the news

Here is a specimen of breaking the news gently.

During the summer of 1849, a Mr. James Wilson, of West Jersey, died with the cholera while some fifty miles from his home.

John Rogers was employed to convey the dead body in a wagon to his friends at home. By inquiry he learned the precise house of the deceased. On driving to the door, he called to a respectable looking lady who was in fact the newly made widow, and asked:

“Does Mr. Wilson live here?”

“Yes,” was the reply, “but he’s not at home to-day.”

“I know he’s not at home now, but he will be very soon, for I’ve got him here dead in the wagon!”

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