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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Memoir of a narrative received of Colonel John B. Baldwin, of Staunton, touching the Origin of the war. (search)
Government was so ominous of usurpation, we must know whither it is going, or we can go with it no farther. Mr. Preston especially declared that if he were to become an agent for holding Virginia in the Union to the destruction of her honor, and of the liberty of her people and her sister States, he would rather die than exert that agency. Meantime Mr. Seward, Lincoln's Secretary of State, sent Allen B. Magruder, Esq., as a confidential messenger to Richmond, to hold an interview with Mr Janney (President of the Convention), Mr. Stuart, and other influential members, and to urge that one of them should come to Washington, as promptly as possible, to confer with Mr. Lincoln. Mr. Magruder stated that he was authorized by Mr. Seward to say that Fort Sumter would be evacuated on the Friday of the ensuing week, and that the Pawnee would sail on the following Monday for Charleston, to effect the evacuation. Mr. Seward said that secrecy was all important, and while it was extremely des
hildren — the doctor being with us in the army. From this residence Geary issued various rhapsodical orders, and strutted about with a clanking sabre like a modern Alexander, before whom all the rustic population were expected to bow down. Dr. Janney, an old gentleman of sixty years, was summoned before him. You were President of the State Convention which decided upon secession, Mr. Janney? I feel proud to own it, was the calm reply. I want accommodation in your house, sir, for several oMr. Janney? I feel proud to own it, was the calm reply. I want accommodation in your house, sir, for several officers. I hear you refuse. I have no accommodation in the house, sir, for more than my family. I can not accommodate your men, and would not if I could. Despite his years, his tottering gait and infirmities, he was immediately sent to Washington, and incarcerated in a loathsome prison. He was desired to take the oath of allegiance as the price of his release, but the brave old man smiled, and replied with scorn: Never, while there is breath in my body! My old friend finished his narrat
Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 4: War. (search)
in ponderous tones said: Mr. President, I have the honor to present to you and to the convention Major-General Lee. The general's retreat was cut off by the crowd of people who pressed up the hall in his rear. The president of the convention, Mr. Janney, of the County of Loudoun, was to voice the sentiments of the body over which he had ably presided, and Lee must face the music of Janney's eloquence, so he stood calmly while the president of the convention said: Major-General Lee, in Janney's eloquence, so he stood calmly while the president of the convention said: Major-General Lee, in the name of the people of our native State here represented, I bid you a cordial and heartfelt welcome to this hall in which we may yet almost hear the echo of the voices of the statesmen and soldiers and sages of bygone days who have borne your name, whose blood now flows in your veins. When the necessity became apparent of having a leader for our forces, all hearts and all eyes, with an instinct which is a surer guide than reason itself, turned to the old county of Westmoreland. We know how
Signing the Virginia ordinance of secession.--The hour for signing the ordinance of secession having arrived, the Secretary produced that glorious instrument, elegantly executed, and, spreading it out on the clerk's table, Mr. Janney, the President, descended from his chair, and, with a dignity and firmness worthy of the noblest Roman, affixed his name, and returned to his seat. It was observed that Mr. Janney tried and rejected several pens before he was suited, evincing that he felt he waMr. Janney tried and rejected several pens before he was suited, evincing that he felt he was about to transmit his name to the latest posterity, and of course was desirous of impressing it on the parchment in the best style he could. All the members present came up as they were called by the Secretary, and affixed their names. Another report of the proceeding says :--In the course of calling the roll, several members who had voted against the ordinance of secession asked leave to say a few words in explanation of the reasons why they were now going to sign that instrument. The ar
Hon. J. L. M. Curry , LL.D., William Robertson Garrett , A. M. , Ph.D., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 1.1, Legal Justification of the South in secession, The South as a factor in the territorial expansion of the United States (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Biographical: officers of civil and military organizations. (search)
e command of the Union army. To this alluring offer Lee at once replied courteously but candidly that though opposed to secession and deprecating war he would take no part in the invasion of the Southern States. His resignation followed at once, and repairing to Virginia, he placed his stainless sword at the service of his imperiled State and accepted the command of her military forces. The commission was presented to him in the presence of the Virginia convention on April 23, 1861, by Mr. Janney, the president of that body, with ceremonies of great impressiveness, and General Lee entered at once upon duties which absorbed his thought and engaged his heart. The position thus assigned confined him at first to a narrowed area, but he diligently organized the military, strength of Virginia and surveyed the field over which he foresaw the battles for the Confederacy would be fought. As late as April 25 he wrote, No earthly act would give me so much pleasure as to restore peace to my
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Officers of Gen. R. E. Lee's staff. (search)
rnard, J. T., Captain in charge of Ordnance Train. Brook, John W., Lieutenant Virginia Navy, A. A. D. C., May, 1861. Cary, W. M., Captain Assistant Issuing Q. M. Crenshaw, Joseph R., Lieutenant Colonel A. A. G., June, 1861. Galize, John, Captain Forage Q. M. Garnett, R. S., Colonel A. A. G., 1861. Garber, A. M., Assistant to Forage Q. M. Harman, John A., Major Forage Q. M. Harvie, Edmund J., Colonel I. General, 1861. Heth, Henry, Lieutenant Colonel Acting Q. M. Janney, E. H., Major Issuing Q. M., A. N. Va. Latham, Woodville, Captain A. D. C., September, 1862. Land, A. L., Major Assistant to Chief Quartermaster Marrow, N. C., Captain Paymaster. Page, Thos. J., Lieutenant Virginia Navy, A. A. D. C., 1861. Richardson, W. H., A. A. G., May, 1861. Smith, P. W., Captain Military Secretary, May, 1861. Somers, S. M., Captain Q. M. Ordnance Train. Shell, G. W., Q. M. Army Supply Train. Thompson, George G., Captain. Thomas, W. F., Capta
assembled, at the Mechanics' Institute, at 12 o'clock. Long previous to this hour, every place allotted to spectators was densely crowded. Hundreds of ladies occupied the gallery prepared for their accommodation, which, however, was found insufficient for the purpose, and a large number were provided with "privileged seats" on the floor, in the windows, and on the gallery steps, while many more were disappointed, and compelled to return home. The Convention was called to order by President Janney. Prayer was offered by the Rev. Jas. A. Duncan, of the Broad Street M. E. Church. The President stated that the first business in order was the election of A Sergeant-at-arms. Mr. Macfarland, of Richmond, said he had a proposition to make in reference to the appointment of the officers necessary to complete the organization, which would greatly facilitate the business. With this view, he submitted a resolution, devolving their appointment upon the President of the
Virginia State Convention.Third day. Friday, February 15, 1861. The ladies gallery was crowded at an early hour, and, as on the previous day, many representatives of the fair sex were accommodated with seats elsewhere. When the front doors were thrown open, the throng that had congregated on the steps and in the passages made a desperate rush for the seats, which were almost instantaneously filled. The Convention was called to order at 12 o'clock, by President Janney. Prayer by the Rev. Jas. A. Duncan, of the Broad Street M. E. Church. The President announced the first business in order to be the Election of second Doorkeeper. Mr. Forues nominated J. J. Winn, of Albemarle. Mr. McComas nominated Henry S. Coleman, of Stafford. Mr. Gregory nominated Roscoe Burke, of King William. Mr. Tredway nominated S. H. Joter, of Richmond. Mr. Speed nominated Wm. Josiah Leake, of Goochland. Mr. Cox nominated Wm. Welch, of Chesterfield.
sters, Moffett, Moore, Nelson, Orrick, Osburn, Patrick, Pendleton, Porter, Pugh, Rives, Saunders, Sharp, Sitlington, Spurlock, Staples, A. H. H. Stuart, C. J. Stuart, Taylor, Waller, White, Wickham, Willey, Wilson, and Woods.--77. nays.--Messrs. Janney, (President,) Ambler, Armstrong, Blakey, Boissean, Borst, Bouldin, Bruce, Cecil, Chambliss, Chapman, Conn, R. H. Cox, Fisher, Flournoy, Forbes, Garland, Graham, Gregory, Goggin, Jno Goode. T. F. Goode, Hale, C. Hall, L. S. Hall, Harvie, Holcbe expected from the deliberations of their body. Mr. Patrick moved to lay the resolution on the table, and on this motion Mr. Montague called for the yeas and nays. the roll was then called, with the following result: yeas.--Messrs. Janney, (President,) Armstrong, Aston, Baldwin, Baylor, Berlin, Blow, Boggess, Bouldin, Boyd, branch, Brent, brown, Bruce, Burdett, Burley, Byrne, Campbell, Carlile, Clemens, Coffman, C. B. Conrad, R. Y. Conrad, Couch, J. H. Cox, Critcher, Custis, D
to bring about a just and honorable adjustment of our national difficulties. Mr. Wise, of Princess Anne, moved to lay the resolution upon the table, upon which motion Mr. Brown called for the yeas and nays, and the vote resulted as follows: Yeas.--Messrs. Blakey, Bolssean, Borst, Boulbin, Conn, Fisher, Graham, Harvie, Hunton, Isbeth, Leake, Macfarland, Millor, Morton, Orrick, Baldwin, Seawell, Slanghter, Speed, Strange, Thernton, Ro. H. Turner, Wise, and Woods--23. Nays.--Messrs. Janney, (President,) Aston, baldwin, Alfred Mr. Barbour, James Barbour, Taylor, Berlin, Blow, Jr., Boggess, Branch, Brent, Brown, Bruce, Burdett, Burley, Caperton, Carder, Chapman, Clemens, Coffman, C. B. Conrad, Ro. Y. Conrad, Couch, Critcher, Custis, Dent, Beskias, Dulany, Early, Echols, Forbes, Fugate, Garland, Gillespie, Grant, Gravely, Gray, Goggin, Aderson Hall, Ephraim B. Hall, Bammond, Haymond, Hege, Holladay, Hughes, Hull, Jackson, Marmaduke Johnson, Peter C. Johnston, Lawson, Lewis, M
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