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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 3 (search)
ise to many vexations. May 21 Being in the same room with the Secretary, and seen by all his visitors, I am necessarily making many new acquaintances; and quite a number recognize me by my books which they have read. Among this class is Mr. Benjamin, the Minister of Justice, who, to-day, informed me that he and Senator Bayard had been interested, at Washington, in my Story of Disunion. Mr. Benjamin is of course a Jew, of French lineage, born I believe in Louisiana, a lawyer and politiciaMr. Benjamin is of course a Jew, of French lineage, born I believe in Louisiana, a lawyer and politician. His age may be sixty, and yet one might suppose him to be less than forty. His hair and eyes are black, his forehead capacious, his face round and as intellectual as one of that shape can be; and Mr. B. is certainly a man of intellect, education, and extensive reading, combined with natural abilities of a tolerably high order. Upon his lip there seems to bask an eternal smile; but if it be studied, it is not a smileyet it bears no unpleasing aspect. May 22 To-day I had, in our office
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, IV. July, 1861 (search)
dsoe, and he denounced Cobb. Mr. Hunter did nothing but listen. It was night, now. Finally, Mr. Benjamin, who had gone to the Spottswood Hotel, where Mrs. Davis resided, returned with news that stopme of the editors of the papers being present, and applying to me for a copy of the dispatch, Mr. Benjamin said he could repeat it from memory, which he did, and I wrote it down for the press. Then jn air. Mr. Hunter's face grew shorter; Mr. Reagan's eyes subsidedinto their natural size; and Mr. Benjamin's glowed something like Daniel Webster's after taking a pint of brandy. The men in place felthat they are non-combatants, but admit they were sent to the field by the Yankee Secretary. Mr. Benjamin came to the department last night with a message for Secretary Walker, on the subject. The S in a very hot place before he would sign an order for their release. I was gratified to see Mr. Benjamin so zealous in the matter. July 29 To-day quite a number of our wounded men on crutches,
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, V. August, 1861 (search)
kindling wood of the piano, sofas, etc. August 10 Mr. Benjamin is a frequent visitor at the department, and is very so that he aspires to become, some day, Secretary of War. Mr. Benjamin, unquestionably, will have great influence with the Predent and Gen. Beauregard; and I am amazed to learn that Mr. Benjamin is inimical to Gen. B. I know nothing of the foundationanassas, and now in a dying condition. Meeting with Mr. Benjamin this morning, near the Secretary's door, I asked him ifn a card with a pencil, not omitting to use the name of Mr. Benjamin, and sent it up. A moment after the President came down send me the order. I retired immediately, and finding Mr. Benjamin still in the hall of the department, informed him of my's office. It was not long before I perceived the part Mr. Benjamin and I had acted was likely to breed a storm; for severaas an outrage; and some went so far as to intimate that Mr. Benjamin's motive was to have some of his partisans appointed to
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, VI. September, 1861 (search)
s offer to sell them to us. Walker resigns. Benjamin succeeds. Col. J. A. Washington killed. ass September 15 And, just as I expected, Mr. Benjamin is to be Mr. Walker's successor. Col. Bledunt of labor. It seems, after all, that Mr. Benjamin is only acting Secretary of War, until the away? But the President will appoint him. Mr. Benjamin will please him; he knows how to do it. I went into the Secretary's room, and found Mr. Benjamin surrounded by a large circle of visitors, ag Secretary of War. This is startling; for Mr. Benjamin was the most decided man, at the time of th torch-bearers for them. September 25 Mr. Benjamin and Gen. Winder, after granting a special iork! Nor is this all. I have an order from Mr. Benjamin to give passports, until further orders, ton to the subject. September 29 To-day Mr. Benjamin issued several passports himself, and sent e instructions of the Secretary of War--and Mr. Benjamin is now Secretary indeed — is discharging fr[2 more...]
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 8 (search)
ugust, to make their arrangements; but under the recent order of Mr. Benjamin, if I may judge from the daily applications, there will be a larnd yet the application has been refused! I infer from this that Mr. Benjamin is omnipotent in the cabinet, and that Mr. Hunter cannot remain (both from Maryland) in politics. But if he was a Whig, so was Mr. Benjamin. Again, I hear that Col. M. had some difficulty with Col. Northo leave the Confederacy. While we were speaking (in the street) Mr. Benjamin came up, and told me he had seen the letter I sent to the PresidOctober 30 I understand a dreadful quarrel is brewing between Mr. Benjamin and Gen. Beauregard. Gen. B. being the only individual ever hintresident. Van Buren was a good politician in his day, and so is Mr. Benjamin in his way. I hope these dissensions may expend themselves without injury to the country. October 31 Mr. Benjamin, it is understood, will be a candidate for a seat in the C. S. Senate. And I have lea
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 9 (search)
wo major-generals, recommended, perhaps, by Mr. Benjamin, Gustavus W. Smith and Gen. Lovell, both rehey came over since the battle of Manassas. Mr. Benjamin is perfectly indifferent to the criticismsbinet. November 2 It has culminated. Mr. Benjamin's quarrel with Beauregard is openly avowed. Mr. Benjamin spoke to me about it to-day, and convinced me at the time that Gen. B. was really in November 3 From this day forth, I hope Mr. Benjamin and I will be of better accord. I have an hen I reflect upon it, I cannot imagine how Mr. Benjamin may adjust the matter with his conscience. apprehend the worst consequences. Why did Mr. Benjamin send the order for every man to be arrestedency, for he acts under the instructions of Mr. Benjamin. The burning of these bridges not only habit of representing it! November 30 Mr. Benjamin has been defeated for the C. S. Senate. Mr.ested (with no reason assigned) by order of Mr. Benjamin. Besides, the office is a sinecure, and ma[3 more...]
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 10 (search)
d remonstrate against the pernicious practice of Mr. Benjamin. December 4 We are now tasting the bitter harged by Gen. Winder, under the instructions of Mr. Benjamin, and sent to their homes, in the vicinity of Dra first serious wound inflicted on the country by Mr. Benjamin's policy. December 5 The account of the Drion men discharged from prison here. It is said Mr. Benjamin denied it-denied that any such men. had been dis to grant such passports? December 8 I saw Mr. Benjamin to-day, and asked him what disposition he intended me how many had been permitted to go North by Mr. Benjamin since the expiration of the time named in the Prr the Confederacy. He brought me an order from Mr. Benjamin, indorsed on the back of a letter, for a passporly we were on the old footing again. He said Secretary Benjamin had never treated him as Chief of the Bureau, the very worst thing that could have happened. Mr. Benjamin, I learn, feels very confident that a rupture be
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, X. January, 1862 (search)
nothing afloat to oppose to them. And there is no entente cordiale between Mr. Benjamin and any of our best generals. January 4 It is just as I feared. Gen. uate positions, and revolutions are mutable things. January 16 To-day, Mr. Benjamin, whom I met in the hall of the department, said, I don't grant any passportssports within thirty days; and these were not all agents of the government. Mr. Benjamin reminded me of Daniel Webster, when he used to make solemn declarations thatay be mistaken. January 22 Some of the letter-carriers' passports from Mr. Benjamin, which have the countenance of Gen. Winder, are now going into Tennessee. Wo our army in Kentucky. Some estimates are as high as 150,000. I know, and Mr. Benjamin knows, that Gen. Johnston has not exceeding 29,000 effective men. And the Se can he, a modest man and a Christian, aspire to such a position? Would not Mr. Benjamin throw his influence against such a suggestion? I trust the President will s
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 12 (search)
s could not be true, since the paper made no mention of it. February 2 The rumor of yesterday originated in the assertion of a Yankee paper that New Orleans would be taken without firing a gun. Some of our people fear it may be so, since Mr. Benjamin's friend, Gen. Lovell, who came from New York since the battle of Manassas, is charged with the defense of the city. He delivered lectures, it is said, last summer on the defenses of New York — in that city. Have we not Southern men of sufficelve thousand men at Bowling Green? February 21 All our garrison in Fort Henry, with Gen. Tilghman, surrendered. I think we had only 1500 men there. Guns, ammunition, and stores, all gone. No news from Donelson-and that is bad news. Benjamin says he has no definite information. But prisoners taken say the enemy have been reinforced, and are hurling 80,000 against our 15,000. February 22 Such a day! The heavens weep incessantly. Capitol Square is black with umbrellas; and a
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 13 (search)
. Com. Buchanan's naval engagement. Gen. Winder's blunders. Mr. Benjamin Secretary of State. Lee commander-in-chief. Mr. G. W. Randolphroposed to have some new passports printed, with the likeness of Mr. Benjamin engraved on them. He said, I think, the engraving had already bwn to them, and not left with them. It was in the handwriting of Mr. Benjamin, and signed by Gen. Winder. And I learned that all the orders, sumptuary and others, had been similarly written and signed. Mr. Benjamin used the pencil and not the pen in writing these orders, supposing,ot long since, that there could be no hope of success as long as Mr. Benjamin was Secretary of War. These words were spoken at a dinner-tableupon escaping a merited punishment. March 27 It is said Mr. Benjamin has been dismissed, or resigned. March 28 Mr. Benjamin hasMr. Benjamin has been promoted. He is now Secretary of State. His successor in the War Department is G. W. Randolph, a lawyer of modest pretensions, who,
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