1864 December 3: Items from Southern Newspapers
The following column is from the December 3, 1864, issue of The Prescott Journal.
Items from Rebel Papers.
The Marion (Va.) Ensign, in commenting on Jeff. Davis’ Thanksgiving proclamation [Jefferson Davis], says the national heart should agonize for peace. We believe the people are heartily tired of the war and would terminate it at once if they knew how to do it honorably. Our rulers, or rather servants, no doubt partake of the same feeling. We lack the necessary wisdom. We desire peace, but we know not how to obtain it. Let us pray God to enlighten the minds of the people of both sections.
The Richmond Enquirer, in an editorial on the efficiency of the rebel ordnance department, in its enthusiasm, apparently becomes unguarded, and points out several valuable objects, some of which Gen. Sherman [William T. Sherman] may deem worth of attention, as instance in Georgia, the Armory and Laboratory at Macon, Arsenals at Athens, Columbus, Savannah, in North Carolina, Arsenals at Fayetteville, Raleigh and Salisbury, and in Virginia, Government works at Richmond, &c.
The Charleston Mercury of the 5th, says there is not a human being in the Confederacy but longs for peace. There is a party which assumes this blessed sound as the shibboleth of its organization ; but do they mean simply peace by their organization ? If so, everybody belongs to it. But they mean something more. They mean peace, with submission to Yankee domination. They mean reconstructions. Our Confederacy is to be abolished ; our independence surrendered, and the vilest of all despotisms to be established over us by a re-union with the hateful and hated Yankee.
In Georgia Legislature on the 8th, an effort to prohibit impressment or enrollment for military duty, of men between fifty and sixty years, failed. On the same day a bill was introduced in the House, empowering the Governor to impress on half the male slaves of Baldwin county, to work on the defenses around the capital, and that the owners of such be justly compensated for such labor, as well as for all loss or damage to such slaves.
In the Senate on the same day Mr. West move to take up his resolution, pledging the States to a vigorous prosecution of the war.
Mr. Essard offered the following : That the General Assembly earnestly recommend our Government to make to the United States an official offer of peace on the basis of the great principles of or common fathers in 1776.
And further, that our Senators and Representatives in Congress be requested to use their influence to stop this unnatural strife, looking forward to the time when peace may be obtained on just and honorable terms. These resolutions were unanimously voted down, and the original ones adopted, yeas 32, nays none.
In the same body on the 9th, a resolution was introduced asserting the right of each State to act in an individual capacity in reference to efforts to secure peace, as well as all other affairs—hailing with gratification any disposition in favor of a cessation of hostilities manifested by the Democratic party in the North—favoring a convention of all the States, and calling on Jeff. Davis’ rebel congress to make proffer of such a purpose to the Government at Washington.
LATEST RICHMOND PRICES CURRENT.—Flour continues scare an high, the prevailing price for superfine being $350 per barrel, for extra $360 per barrel ; corn meal, $55 per bushel ; bacon $10@11 per poundcut, and Rio coffee at $12 per pound ; Java, $15 per pound ; brown sugar, $8.50@10 per pound ; crushed sugar, $11@12 per pound. Meats, fish, vegetables, fruit, &c., are tending downward ; beef, $350@400 per barrel ; pork, $500 per barrel ; mutton and veal, $4 per pound ; tripe and pork sausage, $5 per pound ; bacon hams, white, $ 10 per pound ; hams cut, $11 per pound ; middlings and shoulders cut, $11 per pound ; corned beef $350 per barrel ; oysters $30@35 per gallon ; herrings, $15 per dozen ; chickens, $6@8 each ; ducks, $7@10 each ; geese, $12@15 ; turkeys, $20 ; hares, $5 ; squirrels, $8.