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William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 1: Louisiana. (search)
se words : Washington, Department of Justice, Dec. 3, 1872. You are to enforce the decrees of the United States Courts, no matter by whom resisted, and General Emory will furnish you with the necessary troops for that purpose. George H. Williams, Attorney-General. This message was a riddle. Stephen B. Packard is a carpet-bagger, whom the President has sent to New Orleans as United States Marshal. General Emory is a Federal officer commanding the Department of the Gulf. But who were Marshal Packard and General Emory to fight? No mandate of the United States Courts had been resisted in New Orleans. No opposition was expected by those Courts. General Emory to fight? No mandate of the United States Courts had been resisted in New Orleans. No opposition was expected by those Courts. Judge Durell, the only Federal magistrate in Louisiana, had never made a complaint. Why, then, was an inferior officer like Stephen B. Packard, urged by Attorney-General Williams, President Grant's legal adviser, to call out troops in order to execute the mandate of his court? The President was supposed to have two objects in
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 2: reign of anarchy. (search)
was a contempt of court; yet Elmore read the articles, and, without hearing the accused, declared that Governor Warmoth was deposed. Refusing to recognize this decree, Warmoth appealed to the judges of Louisiana, who decided that Elmore's proceedings were irregular, and his decree of no effect. Elmore would not cancel his decision, and the judges of Louisiana cited him for contempt of court. He only jeered. Like Pinch, he had a Federal army at his back. Through all these usurpations General Emory stood by the nominees of President Grant. For four or five weeks Pinch ruled the State, as Jacques rules his duchy in the Honeymoon. Jesters squibbed him as King Pinch, His Nigger Majesty, Lord Paper Collar, and Marquis of Pomade. They sent him false despatches, and printed comic ukases in his name. At length, his reign was over, and he handed the State House and the Great Seal to Kellogg; taking as his price the title of Governor, the Senatorship in Washington, and all the openin
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 3: White reaction. (search)
olice; second, General Longstreet and the State militia; third, General Emory and the Federal troops. His theory was that neither Longstreet nor Emory would feel himself justified in meddling with the purely local question as to whether Kellogg or McEnery had a true majority of votes. Longstreet was a Southern man, and Emory would hardly go against the vote of Congress. Should he be left to deal with Badger and his N kick, and went out laughing. Neither General Longstreet nor General Emory interfered. At five o'clock the four companies arrived from Holly Springs, but were not placed by Emory at Packard's disposal. Longstreet held the State House, which was not attacked. By six o'clock tht, the vote might yet be saved to the Republicans. Grant ordered Emory to crush the victorious citizens and restore the beaten scalawags tperate men. To carry out such a project required a sterner officer than General Emory, and General Sheridan has been sent to New Orleans.
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 4: General Sheridan. (search)
That of the Gulf comprises three States: Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas, with all the military stations in the Gulf of Mexico, from Fort Jefferson to Key West, except the forts in Mobile Bay. The Headquarters are at New Orleans, where General Emory commands, under the orders of his superior officer, General McDowell. General Sheridan's Division of the Missouri is of greater extent, and, in a military sense, of vaster importance, since it runs from the British frontier to the Mexican sel to whom Sheridan was said to be vowed, would give his journey a holiday and festive air. The main difficulty lay with those great officers whose functions Sheridan was about to seize. The mission was unusual, the method of it irregular. If Emory is not strong enough for his place, a firmer hand might be sent down, without calling Philip Sheridan from the shores of Lake Michigan. If unity of command is needed, General McDowell is the officer in charge of the South. If the situation is t
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 5: the State House. (search)
e. A hundred of the Black militia are marched into the House, and placed under Campbell's orders. Help is asked from the Federal officers, and in spite of the President's late rebuff this help is given, not only by the army, but the fleet. General Emory sleeps at the Custom House, where his field-guns are supported by a troop of horse. The Commodore lays his ships so as to rake the wharf and sweep Canal Street. A body of Marines is held in readiness to land. General De Trobriand, Emory's Emory's second in command, receives orders to proceed at dawn to Royal Street. Sheridan remains at his hotel. Conservative scouts who visit the Rotunda, to observe his motions, find him as usual, dawdling about, puffing his cigar, and laughing with the members of his staff, as though he had no more concern with what is passing at the State House and the arsenals than any other guest in the hotel. Carnival-day is nigh. King Carnival is announced as coming; and the comic writers — a conspicuous bod
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 6: invasion! (search)
prancing near the Custom House. Two Gatling guns are trained on the Levee, and a brass Napoleon guards the State House. Emory, holding the chief command, remains at the Arsenal, ready to advance on any point; and his lieutenant, De Trobriand, haviLegislature, and expel the four members who have been admitted to their seats! De Trobriand refers this message to General Emory. Whether Emory seeks advice of Sheridan is uncertain; but a long delay takes place; and Wiltz is carrying on his busEmory seeks advice of Sheridan is uncertain; but a long delay takes place; and Wiltz is carrying on his business, when De Trobriand, having received his orders, clanks into the Chamber, and asks to have the intruders pointed out. Wiltz answers that he knows of no intruders-all the gentlemen present are members of that House, and the person of every memb legislature is inviolate. I am a soldier, only second in command, and must obey my orders, urges De Trobriand. General Emory has ordered me to follow the instructions of Governor Kellogg. I have to state to you in formal words, replies th
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 7: banditti (search)
aders. Many of the writers treat the incident as a pastime. Is it not Carnival — a time for quips and cranks? This Negro orgy in the State House is a joke; that drinking-bar, those hot suppers, that midnight caucus, and those morning cocktails, are conceits of comic writers. But the press, in general, take the thing in serious mood, and to their credit the ablest Republican journals are the sternest critics of De Trobriand's acts. Are we in France? they ask. Is Grant a Bonaparte? Are Emory and De Trobriand the hireling soldiers of a bastard empire? Are we already governed by a Caesar, and is the White House an American Tuileries? Each word pronounced of late by President Grant is scanned, and in their present temper people are disposed to find Caesarism lurking under phrases which at any other time would seem no worse than awkward forms of speech. Grant is seldom happy in his words. Knowing his weakness, he is silent in strange company; but the ruler of a great country c
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 8: the Conservatives. (search)
In crossing the French quarter we meet Senator Trimble, a Republican of local name.- A Southerner and a Republican? Well, answers Senator Trimble, like many of my old party, I am becoming rather cautious in my theories. Events are shaking my belief in platforms. An American has surely something higher to preserve than blind fidelity to a party flag. Senator Trimble is impressed as Colonel Morrow and the Congressional Sub-Committee are impressed. Morrow has now reported to General Emory, who has sent his statement on to General Sherman, that after wide and close enquiry in the counties lying on Red River he is convinced that, so far as relates to the United States, there is not the slightest disposition to oppose the general government, but that the opposition to the State government by Kellogg and Antoine cannot be put down.... The present State government cannot maintain itself in power a single hour without the protection of Federal troops. . . . The State governme
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 11: the Rotunda. (search)
g his cigar, and chatting with his friends. Is it design or accident, his standing with his back against that shaft, so that his person is covered from assault except in front? About him fret and seethe a crowd of citizens, many of them bearing proud, historic names. General Ogden is here, General Taylor is here, and General Penn is here. The lame man pushing through the crowd is General Badger, now recovering from his wounds. The gentlemen near Sheridan, also in plain clothes, are General Emory and Colonel Sheridan, a younger brother of the chief. Banditti! How the Southern fire darts out, the Southern pride expands, as Senator and General cross the hall, restrained alike by courtesy and policy from rushing on the man who calls them outlaws and is only waiting for a word to string them up! With what a cold and haughty mien these magnates pass the shaft against which Sheridan leans! Have you no fear of accidents? I ask General Penn. Not much, he answers; we are fierc