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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 1: effect of the battle of Bull's Run.--reorganization of the Army of the Potomac.--Congress, and the council of the conspirators.--East Tennessee. (search)
epting Confedcrate bonds, money in hand or in bank, live stock, gold watches, gold and silver plate, pianos, horses, and pleasure carriages. It was officially reported that there were two hundred thousand soldiers in the field; and Davis was authorized to increase this force by an addition of four hundred thousand volunteers, to serve for not less than twelve months or more than three years. He was authorized to send additional commissioners to Europe; and on the last day of the session Aug. 31, 1861. an act was passed giving him authority to inflict retaliation upon the persons of prisoners of war. This measure had special reference to the captives of the pirate-ship Savannah, concerning whom, as we have observed, See page 557, volume I. Davis had already sent a threatening letter to the President, to which no reply was given. This letter was taken by Captain Thomas H. Taylor, with a flag of truce, to the Headquarters of General McDowell, at Arlington House, when the bearer wa
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 4: military operations in Western Virginia, and on the sea-coast (search)
inate officers; also of Commodore Barron and Major Andrews, of the Confederate service, September 1st, 1861. The number of troops surrendered, including the officers, was 715, and with them 1,000 stand of arms, 5 stand of colors, 31 pieces of cannon, vessels with cotton and stores, and 75 kegs of gunpowder. One of the flags was new. and had been presented, within a week, by the women of New Berne, North Carolina, to the North Carolina defenders. --General Wool's General Order, No. 8, August 31st, 1861. The capture of the forts at Hatteras Inlet was a severe blow to the Confederates, and opened the way to most important results, beneficial to the National cause, as we shall observe hereafter. General Wool issued a stirring order, announcing the victory, and Secretary Welles congratulated Stringham and his men for the brilliant achievement accomplished without the loss of a man on the Union side. General Butler had been ordered to destroy the forts, and not attempt to hold th