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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 9. (ed. Frank Moore) 2 0 Browse Search
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ervant, Joseph R. Cabell, Major, commanding Thirty-eighth Virginia Regiment. Report of those who distinguished themselves in the Thirty-Eighth Virginia volunteers, at the battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862. Company A. Captain Townes reports all of his men as having fought bravely and well, particularly private George A. Finch. Company B. Company commander absent. Regimental commander reports all as having fought bravely. Sergeant W. T. Atkins, and privates Green, Jones, John Arthur, James Dunn, and George J. Shelton, as worthy of especial mention. Company C. Lieutenant Anderson reports all as having behaved well--Sergeant J. J. Cassada, Color-Corporal William Bohannon, privates R. L. Sneed, A. M. Simpson, Alexander Prewett, Benjamin H. Lewis, Eli J. Lewis, specially. Company D. Lieutenant Herndon reports all as having behaved so well that he cannot make distinctions without doing injustice. Company E. Captain Tyree severely wounded and absent. Lieutenant K
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, chapter 10 (search)
Mr. Blaine in his speech refers to want of courage shown by Conkling in the Thirty-seventh Congress. It is not known to what occasion the reference is made; but it may have been to a scene in the lobby of the house and at his seat, when Conkling received, without reply, from E. B. Washburne a severe imputation on his honor. Conkling's expeditious retreat from Narragansett Pier is of a later date than that of this chapter. His subsequent quarrels with three Presidents (Hayes, Garfield, and Arthur), his melodramatic resignation as senator, and his abortive effort to obtain a re-election, have given him a place in the history of the times out of proportion to any record of his public work. For an estimate of Conklings character as a public man, see New York Times, Jan. 18, 1879, and New York Nation, Jan. 23, 1879. His career was marked by a jealsousy of associates who had rendered meritorious service or gained a position in the public esteem unattainable by himself. He had no respe
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, Chapter 57: attempts to reconcile the President and the senator.—ineligibility of the President for a second term.—the Civil-rights Bill.—sale of arms to France.—the liberal Republican party: Horace Greeley its candidate adopted by the Democrats.—Sumner's reserve.—his relations with Republican friends and his colleague.—speech against the President.—support of Greeley.—last journey to Europe.—a meeting with Motley.—a night with John Bright.—the President's re-election.—1871-1872. (search)
ique, and he had besides become Bristow's friend. One day the President, at the close of some ordinary matter of business, quietly asked him for his resignation, neither then nor afterwards explaining to him why he took the step. This was stated to the writer by Mr. Jewell himself. and of the impeachment of Belknap, Secretary of War, for corruption in office, from whom the President parted with a too friendly acceptance of his resignation. Later Administrations,—those of Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Cleveland, and Harrison,—have happily escaped the succession of scandals which distinguished the civil service from 1869 to 1877. The demoralization of that period is chargeable in some degree to war, which always brings vices in its train; but it was also due largely to the President's too good opinion of men of easy virtue and his lax treatment of them when they were found out. This came to be the opinion of the American people, who, ever grateful for his service in the army and ready to
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 4, chapter 18 (search)
or rather of the diplomatic fiasco, and a final question may be asked: If the acquisition of St. Thomas was so manifestly desirable as Miss Seward represents, how does it happen that no one at Washington or among the people during the twenty years since Mr. Seward left office has said a word to revive the scheme? A good thing does not die so easily; there will always be true men and wise men to appreciate what is of enduring value. We have since had six Presidents,—Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Cleveland, and Harrison,—and, not counting Washburne, five Secretaries of State,—Fish, Evarts, Blaine, Frelinghuysen, and Bayard; but none of them has coveted this island of the Caribbean Sea, rifted by earthquakes, swept by cyclones, and submerged by tidal waves, the imagined centre of universal commerce and a necessary outpost for our national defence! Journalists and merchants have been alike silent. Foreign nations who were suspected to be greedy spectators have turned away from the p<