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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 7. (ed. Frank Moore), A friendly interview between pickets. (search)
had taken no part in the conversation, fairly yelled: I know that book! I lost it at Bull Bun! That's where I got it, Mr. Yank, said the rebel, and he handed it to Alex. I am much obliged to you, Georgia Legion, for I wouldn't part with it for all the Southern Confederacy. I was a little curious to know something further of the book, so I asked Alex. to let me see it. He passed it to me. I opened it, and on the fly-leaf saw written in a neat hand: My Christmas-gift, to Alex.----, December 25th, 1860. Ella. Well, Alex., said I, it's not often one has the same gift presented to him a second time. True, Captain; and if I could but see the giver of that to-day, there's but one other gift I would want. What's that, Alex.? This rebellion played out, and my discharge in my pocket. The boys had all been busily talking to our rebel friend, who, seeing a horseman approaching in the direction of his post, bid us a hasty good-by, and made as quick a trip as possible across the Rappah
he chain, once broken, is not very likely to be reunited. * * * Unless something shall be speedily done to quiet the apprehensions of the South, the Union is gone beyond all hope. Mr. Clover replied, stating that he had shown Gov. L.'s letter to Mr. Lincoln (who asked Mr. C., whether it was just to hold him responsible for the Personal Liberty bills, etc., which he had never favored), and trusting that the President elect would be found a friend to the South. Gov. Letcher responded (Dec. 25, 1860), saying: I regard the government as now doomed, beyond a contingency, to destruction. * * * I have lost all hope, as I see no disposition in the free States to adjust the controversy. We have just heard from Washington that the Republicans have presented their ultimatum; and I say to you, in sincerity and sorrow, that it will never be assented to. I believe ninety-nine men out of every hundred in Virginia will repudiate it with scorn. Conservative as I am, and laboring as I have b
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Kansas, (search)
fugitive slave-law. That all Territories north of 37° shall come in as free States, all south as slave States. To guarantee free navigation of the Mississippi forever to all States. To give the South protection in the United States Senate from unconstitutional or oppressive legislation upon slavery ......Dec. 9, 1860 Col. W. S. Featherstone as commissioner from Mississippi visits Frankfort to urge Kentucky to co-operate in efficient measures for the common defence and safety ......Dec. 25, 1860 Joseph Holt, of Kentucky, Secretary of War......Dec. 31, 1860 Montgomery Blair, of Frankfort, Postmaster-General......March 7, 1861 Governor Magoffin answers a War Department call for troops: I say emphatically, Kentucky will furnish no troops for the wicked purpose of subduing her sister Southern States ......April 15, 1861 Union meeting at Louisville declared that Kentucky would not take sides, but maintain a neutral position and remain loyal until the government became th
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Louisiana, (search)
Knownothing party occupy Lafayette Square......June 4-5, 1858 Legislature in extra session provides for a State convention and votes $500,000 to organize military companies; Wirt Adams, commissioner from Mississippi, asks the legislature to join in secession......December, 1860 Immense popular meeting in New Orleans on announcement of the secession of South Carolina......Dec. 21, 1860 Mass-meeting held at New Orleans to ratify Southern rights nominations for the convention......Dec. 25, 1860 Seizure by Confederates of forts St. Philip, Jackson, and Livingston, arsenal at Baton Rouge, and United States revenuecutter Lewis Cass .....Jan. 10-13, 1861 Ordinance of secession adopted in convention, yeas 113, nays 17......Jan. 26, 1861 Mint and custom-house in New Orleans seized by Confederates......Jan. 31, 1861 Convention to join Southern Confederacy; State flag adopted, a red ground, crossed by bars of blue and white and bearing a single star of pale yellow......Feb
and generally to negotiate as to all other measures and arrangements proper to be made and adopted in the existing relation of the parties, and for the continuance of peace and amity between this commonwealth and the government at Washington. See letter dated Washington, Dec. 28th, 1860, of Messrs. R. W. Barnwell, J. H. Adams, and James L. Orr, South Carolina Commissioners, to President Buchanan. These negotiations failed. The removal of the United States garrison, on the 25th of December, 1860, from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter—the gun carriages of the former work having been fired and the guns injured by the retiring troops—whatever may have been its cause, or by whomsoever suggested, was the first overt act of war, and the real beginning of hostilities between the two sections. That it was due to the action of a United States officer and representative of the Federal government, is beyond doubt. The question, whether he obeyed orders or acted on his own responsibility,
Seventy-Five Dollars reward --I will pay $75.00 for the apprehension of my Negro Girl, Peggy, who absconded about three weeks ago. She is a low, thick set mulatto, with short curly hair, and is about sixteen years old. Her dress cannot be described, as she has been seen several times in this city since she left, and had on a different dress each time. E. L. Chinn. Richmond, Oct. 25, 1860. oc 26--ts
Washington, Dec. 25th, 1860. What a Christmas! The nation in ruins, the Government overwhelmed with disgrace, the people on the eve of civil war! How peacefully the snow falls. But though its pure mantle covers the naked earth, it cannot hide the crimes done in high places, nor conceal the wickedness of the Republicans, who have declared their willingness to plunge the country into fratricidal strife rather than abandon the odious principles of their party. [And, thank God! it cannot congeal the fiery Southern heart.] With regard to the transactions of Goddard Bailey. I can give you nothing in addition to what reached you last night by telegraph. I am told that nobody is to blame, neither Bailey nor the Secretary of War. At least no criminal action can lie against them. Bailey is out on bail. I saw him last night at the National Hotel. He noticed no one; but his face, I thought, showed that a great burden had been lifted from his mind and heart. There is too much
y indestructible. If you will give it your support, no effort of mine shall be wanting to ensure its success. Yours, truly, Horace Greeley.Gen. Leslie Coombs, Frankfort, Ky. Letter from Major Anderson. We have been furnished by a gentleman of Baltimore, (says the Baltimore Exchange) with the following letter from the commander of the United States forces at Charleston. As anything from that quarter is of interest, we lay it before our readers: Fort Moultrie, S. C., Dec. 25, 1860. Dear Sir: --I thank you for the trouble you were kind enough to take in correcting some of the rumors about me. You are right in the opinion that I could not, and would not, say anything contradictory of them. My plan always has been to try to do my duty honestly and fully, and to trust that in the good sense of justice of the people they would give me credit for good intentions, even if my judgment should turn out not to have been good. I must confess that I regret that the