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The Daily Dispatch: September 21, 1863., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 23. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 1 1 Browse Search
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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 23. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The plan to rescue the Johnson's Island prisoners. (search)
, and a cargo of cotton, which was subsequently sold at Halifax for $76,000 (gold) by the War Department—in all some $11,000 in gold, as the sinews of the expedition. The officers selected John Wilkinson, lieutenant commanding; myself, Lieutenant B. P. Loyall, Lieutenant A. G. Hudgins, Lieutenant G. W. Gift, Lieutenant J. M. Gardner, Lieutenant B. P. (F. M.) Roby, Lieutenant M. P. Goodwyn, Lieutenant Otey Bradford, Acting-Master W. B. Ball (colonel of Fifteenth Virginia Cavalry), Acting-Master William Finney, Acting-Master (H.) W. Perrin, Lieutenant Patrick McCarrick, ActingMas-ter Henry Wilkinson, Chief-Engineer (J.) Charles Schroeder, First-Assistant-Engineer H. X. Wright, Second-Assistant-Engineer Tucker, Assistant-Paymaster (P. M.) DeLeon, Assistant-Surgeon (William) Sheppardson, gunners Gormley and Waters, John Tabb, a man named Leggett, who subsequently left us at Halifax. Of course our plan was kept secret, only Wilkinson, Loyall, and myself knowing its objects, and we did not
men are auctioneers, brokers, and commission merchants. The first two are an incubus upon any country, even in peace and prosperity, because the one takes every advantage of the derangement of the currency, and the other establishes artificial prices by by bidding and cheating. The last is a useful class if they confine themselves to legitimate business; but they are not following in the footsteps of such men as Ralston & Pleasants, Moncure, Robinson & Pleasants, James Brown, Jr., and William Finney, and men of this class. They are no longer commission merchants; they are nothing but hucksters and forestallers, who violate the laws of your city government in the sale of chickens, eggs, vegetables, &c, thus enhancing the price of those articles, which should be sold in the market-house, the places provided by law for the sale of such articles? Do you think for one moment that the class of merchants to which I have alluded would have had their store doors lumbered up with with chick