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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 3 (search)
nths. May 8 The Convention has appointed five members of Congress to go to Montgomery: Messrs. Hunter, Rives, Brockenborough, Staples, and --. I have not yet seen Mr. Hunter; he has made no speeMr. Hunter; he has made no speeches, but no doubt he has done all in his power to secure the passage of the ordinance, in his quiet but effective way. To-day President Tyler remarked that the politicians in the Convention had appoi confederating with the border slave States. Some of his fellow-members tell many jokes on Mr. Hunter. They say every time he passes the marble-yards going up to the capitol, and surveys the tomb hot weather better than cold, and would soon become accustomed to this climate. This morning Mr. Hunter really seemed distressed; but he has four inches on his ribs, and I not the eighth of an inch. Since writing the foregoing, I have seen Mr. Hunter again, and although there is no diminution of heat, he is quite cheerful: Congress has again passed the resolution to remove the seat of govern
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, IV. July, 1861 (search)
ers daily rejected. Gen. Winder appears upon the stage. Toombs commissioned. Hunter Secretary of State. duel prevented. Col B. Secretary for a few hours. Gen. G The two brothers Cobb are to be colonels; and Orr is to have a regiment. Mr. Hunter succeeds Toombs in the State Department-and that disposes of him, if he will n. Cooper. In this manner I apprehend that the three giants of Virginia, Wise, Hunter, and Floyd, will be neutralized and dwarfed at the behest of West Point. Napolghting rations for three days, and discerns the approach of sanguinary events Mr. Hunter calls every evening, just as the dusky shades of eve descend, to inquire if w drawn battle. This moved the wrath.of Col. Bledsoe, and he denounced Cobb. Mr. Hunter did nothing but listen. It was night, now. Finally, Mr. Benjamin, who had go the hour! The city seemed lifted up, and every one appeared to walk on air. Mr. Hunter's face grew shorter; Mr. Reagan's eyes subsidedinto their natural size; and M
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 8 (search)
of these gentlemen is vouched for in a note (on file) written by Mr. Hunter, Secretary of State. Their names must be published as alien enemt the employment applied for, though his application was urged by Mr. Hunter, the Secretary of State, who is his relative. After remaining h his effects. His fidelity was vouched for in strong language by Mr. Hunter, and yet the application has been refused! I infer from this that Mr. Benjamin is omnipotent in the cabinet, and that Mr. Hunter cannot remain long in it. October 15 I have been requested by Gen. Wind to-day for a passport to Maryland, bringing a strong letter from Mr. Hunter, and also a note from Col. Bledsoe, Chief of the Bureau of War. contest. October 17 Hurlbut has been released from prison. Mr. Hunter has a letter (intercepted) from Raymond, editor of the New York To be commanded by Burnside, Butler, etc. In the evening I met Mr. Hunter, and told him the substance of the information brought by the lad
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 9 (search)
He thinks our affairs are not now in a prosperous condition, and has serious apprehensions for the fate of Savannah. November 27 Saw President Tyler to-day. He augurs the worst effects from the policy of permitting almost unrestricted intercourse with the enemy's country in time of war. November 28 Nothing of importance to-day. There will be no such quiet time after this year. November 29 Gen. Sydney Johnston has command of the army in Tennessee and Kentucky. I wish it were only as strong as the wily enemy is in the habit of representing it! November 30 Mr. Benjamin has been defeated for the C. S. Senate. Mr. Hunter has been named as a candidate for the C. S. Senate from Virginia. I thought he would not remain in the cabinet, after his relative was arrested (with no reason assigned) by order of Mr. Benjamin. Besides, the office is a sinecure, and may remain so for a long time, if the powers at Washington should stint, and say aye to the demands of England.
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 12 (search)
reens upon his bier. He is dead-but history will do him justice; and his example will inspire others with the spirit of true heroism. And President Tyler is no more on earth. He died after a very brief illness. There was a grand funeral, Mr. Hunter and others delivering orations. They came to me, supposing I had written one of the several biographies of the deceased which have appeared during the last twenty years. But I had written none-and none published were worthy of the subject. I ive a scale, thus diffusing our powers which should have been concentrated. I like these candid confessions. They augur a different policy hereafter, and we may hope for better results in the future. We must all stand up for our country. Mr. Hunter has resigned, and taken his place in the Senate. February 23 At last we have the astounding tidings that Donelson has fallen, and Buckner, and 9000 men, arms, stores, everything are in possession of the enemy! Did the President know it y
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXII. January, 1863 (search)
country. Gen. Rains, who has been making a certain sort of primer, met with an accident this morning; one of them exploded in his hand, injuring his thumb and finger. He was scarcely able to sign his name to official documents to-day. Mr. Hunter has brought forward a measure for the funding of Treasury notes, the redundant circulation having contributed to produce the present fabulous prices in the market. In the New Jersey Legislature petitions are flowing in denunciatory of Lincol Buchanan, in the Confederate service, now at Mobile. Thus we are reminded of the wars of the roses-father against son, and brother against brother. God speed the growth of the Peace Party, North and South; but we must have independence. Mr. Hunter was in our office to-day, getting the release of a son of the Hon. Jackson Morton, who escaped from Washington, where ha had resided, and was arrested here as a conscript. The Assistant Secretary of War ruled him entitled to exemption, althoug
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXIII. February, 1863 (search)
n. James Lyons sent to the President to-day a petition, signed by a majority of the members of Congress, to have me appointed major in the conscription service. February 21 Major-Gen. Hood's division passed through the city to-day, and crossed over the river. I hope an attack will be made at Suffolk. It is too menacing a position to allow the invader to occupy it longer. No attack on Charleston yet, and there is a rumor that the command of the expedition is disputed by Foster and Hunter. If it hangs fire, it will be sure to miss the mark. February 22 This is the anniversary of the birth of Washington, and of the inauguration of President Davis, upon the installation of the permanent government of the Confederate States. It is the ugliest day I ever saw. Snow fell all night, and was falling fast all day, with a northwest wind howling furiously. The snow is now nearly a foot deep, and the weather very cold. My communication to the President, proposing an appeal t
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXVII. June, 1863 (search)
s sent him by Governor Vance. He terms it diabolical. It seems to have been an official letter, superscribed by C. Marshall, Major and A. A. G. Gen. Lee suggests that it be not published, but that copies be sent to all our generals. Hon. R. M. T. Hunter urges the Secretary, in a lengthy letter, to send a cavalry brigade into Essex and the adjacent counties, to protect the inhabitants from the incursions of the Yankees. He says a government agent has established a commissary department wihim ten cents per day for the grazing of each horse. The Commissary-General is again recommending the procuring of bacon from within the enemy's lines, in exchange for cotton. Why not get meat from the enemy's country for nothing? Hon. R. M. T. Hunter writes to the Secretary of War to let the Quartermaster-General alone, that he is popular with Congress, and that his friends are active. It might be dangerous to remove him; the President had better commission him a brigadiergeneral. He
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXIX. August, 1863 (search)
derate States, of not less than 250,000 men. Gen. Winder sent to the Secretary of War to-day for authority to appoint a clerk to attend exclusively to the mails to and from the United States--under Gen. Winder's sole direction. Major Quantrel, a Missouri guerrilla chief, has dashed into Lawrence, Kansas, and burnt the city-killing and wounding 180. He had Gen. Jim Lane, but he escaped. Gen. Floyd is dead; some attribute his decease to ill treatment by the government. I saw Mr. Hunter yesterday, bronzed, but bright. He is a little thinner, which improves his appearance. Gen. Lee is in town-looking well. When he returns, I think the fall campaign will open briskly. A dispatch received to-day says that on Tuesday evening another assault on Battery Wagner was in progress — but as yet we have no result. Lieut. Wood captured a third gun-boat in the Rappahannock, having eight guns. The prisoners here selected to die, in retaliation for Burnside's execution o
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXXIII. December, 1863 (search)
I placed that letter on the Secretary's table, for his Christmas dinner. As I came out, I met Mr. Hunter, President of the Senate, to whom I mentioned the subject. He said, phlegmatically, that many destroyed a number of buildings. It is raining to-day: better than snow. To-day, Sunday, Mr. Hunter is locked up with Mr. Seddon, at the war office. No doubt he is endeavoring to persuade the Secretary not to relinquish office. Mr. S. is the only Secretary of War over whom Mr. Hunter could ever exercise a wholesome influence. Mr. Stephens, the Vice-President, is still absent; and Mr. H. is president of the Senate. Mr. Hunter is also a member of the Committee on Finance, and the protracted consultations may refer mainly to that subject-and a difficult one it is. Besides, if this revolution be doomed by Providence to failure, Mr. Hunter would be the most potent negotiator in the business of reconstruction. He has great interests at stake, and would save his property-and of cour
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