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Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 1 27 1 Browse Search
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alive. On May 28, 1831, the Governor wrote to General Gaines that he could bring his seven hundred militia ion of the territory of Illinois; but brave old General Gaines replied, the next day, that it was not necessar force necessary. On the 7th of June, 1831, General Gaines held a council on Rock Island. Black Hawk and allowed to remain with Keokuk and Wapello. General Gaines opened the council with a speech, in which he uead mines of Dubuque. This encounter between General Gaines and Black Hawk is a reminder of one in which tha ready way of escape in case of treachery. General Gaines arranged a conference with the chiefs and brave as it was far from the fort, but it was not in General Gaines's dauntless temper to hesitate or retire before and the majesty of her mien impressed him. General Gaines began the council in his deliberate, halting ma Black Hawk retired from the conference induced General Gaines to reconsider his refusal of the militia troops
t Davis accompanied the troops. Of the battle of the Bad Axe, Mr. Davis wrote: The second Black Hawk campaign occurred in 1832, and Colonel Taylor, with the greater part of his regiment, joined the army commanded by General Atkinson, and with it moved from Rock Island up the valley of Rock River, following after Black Hawk, who had gone to make a junction with the Pottowatomie band of the Prophet, a nephew of Black Hawk. This was the violation of a treaty he had made with General Gaines in 1831, by which he was required to remove to the west of the Mississippi, relinquishing all claim to the Rock River villages. It was assumed that his purpose in returning to the east side of the river was hostile, and from the defenceless condition of frontier settlers, and the horror of savage atrocity, a great excitement was created, due rather to his fame as a warrior than to the number of his followers. If, as he subsequently stated, his design was to go out and live peaceabl
for my journeys had been of the character so happily described since as Autour de ma Chambre. While I was listening attentively to his sprightly talk, and expecting his flow of conversation to become rhythmical, my husband came up, bringing General Gaines, who, at the request of some lady friends, was in full uniform. He was not a tall man, hardly — as my memory serves me--five feet ten inches tall. He had a fine military bearing; a good, compact head; stern blue eyes, and carried himself vetics. He responded, I a — think, sir, that — a — the — a English language is a — sufficiently copious — to express — a — all the ideas that — a General Scott will — a — ever have. As will readily be seen the two generals were not friendly. Mrs. Gaines, then a laughing, brown-eyed little woman, unwhipped of social conventionalities, not because she did not understand them, but because she understood them and was naturally lawless, was very attentive to her feeble old hero.
d out, theatrically, What is the province of salt? Salt seasons dainties, blunts the sabre's edge, etc. So, half-dead with fatigue, but trying our best to command his respect by being stoical, though bruised black and blue, we arrived in Washington, and took temporary lodgings at the National Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. How grand and blase the people all looked to these weary country girls, who had never seen anything more worldly than their domestic mothers! There was Mrs. Myra Clarke Gaines, then not more than ankle-deep in her great suit. The beautiful Mrs. Ashleigh, afterward Mrs. John J. Crittenden; Apollonia Jagello, a Polish heroine, with a heavy mustache and a voice to match; Mrs. James Gordon Bennett; Mr. Calhoun and his family, just leaving for the house in which they were to live on Missouri Avenue; Mr. McDuffie, of South Carolina, formed in the same physical mould with Mr. Calhoun, but bearing aloft a cavalier's head, and who, like Launcelot, though a dought
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 1, Chapter 21: Mr. Davis's first session in Congress. (search)
otection for her frontier; the President recognized the fact that Texas had been admitted into the Union with the Rio Grande as her boundary; and General Taylor was instructed to advance to the river. His force had been increased to 4,000, when, on March 8, 1846, he marched from Corpus Christi. He was of course conscious of the inadequacy of his division to resist such an army as Mexico might send against it; but, when ordered by superior authority, it was not for him to remonstrate. General Gaines, commanding the Western Division of the army, had made requisition for a sufficient number of volunteers to join General Taylor, but the Secretary of War countermanded them, except as to such as had already joined. General Taylor, after making a depot at Point Isabel, advanced to the bank of the Rio Grande, opposite Matamoras, and there threw up an intrenchment, mounted field-guns, and made general provision for the defence of the place-Fort Brown. Leaving a garrison to hold it, he mar