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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book I:—Richmond. (search)
ts; the government felt at last that it could no longer haggle about reinforcements; the soldiers had been trained by their trials, and their chief had displayed qualities which justified the confidence reposed in him. Planted on the James, McClellan could, either by ascending this river or by seizing upon Petersburg, strike much deadlier blows at Richmond than when his army lay across the Chickahominy, far from any water communication. Such was the position of the two armies about the 7th of July. On this day the steamer coming from Fortress Monroe landed a passenger at Harrison's Landing, whose dress, as simple as his manners, did not at first attract any attention, but in whom people soon recognized President Lincoln. He had come to consult with the commander of the army of the Potomac about the measures to be adopted under those grave circumstances. But before we begin the narrative of the new campaign which was preparing in Virginia, we must retrace our steps to relate th
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—Kentucky (search)
cted by canals or bayous, surrounded by impracticable marshes, poor in resources, and inhabited by a white population extremely hostile to the Federals. After crossing Big Black River by means of pontons, he proceeded along the left bank of White River as far as Augusta; then, bearing to the east, he reached a long water-course running parallel to this stream, called the Bayou Cache (Hidden Channel), in consequence, no doubt, of the forests and swamps which defend its approaches. On the 7th of July his vanguard had a spirited skirmish on the borders of this bayou with a brigade of Texan cavalry, which sought in vain to dispute its passage with him. The flotilla he was thus endeavoring to join was accompanied by a brigade of infantry from Indiana. These troops had not remained idle; but being ignorant of his approach, they wasted their time in fruitless demonstrations in the direction of Little Rock, pushing as far as Grand Prairie, where on the 6th of July they encountered some hos
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book VII:—politics. (search)
ent language of their opponents with contempt. He continued quietly to organize battalions of negroes, without concerning himself about the opinions of the representatives. These new troops relieved his soldiers by sharing their labors and service; but notwithstanding the success of this first experiment, considerable time elapsed before the Federal government concluded to follow Hunter in this direction. We shall quote, without pausing to comment upon it, the vote of Congress on the 7th of July, ratifying the convention on the right of search for the suppression of the slave trade on the coast of Africa, which had been concluded on the 7th of April between the government of Washington and Lord Lyons, the English minister. Southern statesmen, although protectionists in matters concerning slavery, had declined, when they controlled American policy, to take part in an international convention the avowed object of which was to strike at the servile institution. After the laws we