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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Fifth annual meeting of the Southern Historical Society, October 31st., 1877. (search)
and as to each other, as beligerents, or in any respect as powers foreign to the Government of the United States. The treaty, if it may be called such, was made by terms of capitulation between the two armies in the field, and was ratified in the parole of every Confederate soldier. Thus the most sacred of all the engagements of public faith was made a matter of personal agreement between the Government of the United States and the soldiers of the Confederacy. When General Lee and General Johnston surrendered their armies they did not consent to impose upon them conditions of civil inferiority when they should return to their homes. They would never have surrendered upon such terms. Never was the honor of a country more bound up in any treaty, and never was public faith more unjustly disregarded, than it was when the government that received these paroles afterwards disregarded them. The Congress of the United States, under its power to make war, and with the army under it
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Leading Confederates on the battle of Gettysburg. (search)
ed me that he had in contemplation a plan for concentrating a succoring army at Jackson, Miss., under the command of General Johnston, with a view of driving Grant from before Vicksburg by a direct issue at arms. He suggested that possibly my corps me point. The simultaneous arrival of these reinforcements would give us a grand army at Tullahoma. With this Army General Johnston might speedily crush Rosecranz, and that he should then turn his force toward the north, and with his splendid army nt to the front to inquire the occasion of the delay. It was reported that the column was awaiting the movements of Colonel Johnston, who was trying to lead it by some route by which it could pursue its march without falling under view of the Federa and lined along the road in the order of march by 8 o'clock the 1st of July. When the troops of Ewell's corps — it was Johnston's division in charge of Ewell's wagon trains, which were coming from Carlisle by the road west of the mountains-had pass
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The true story of the capture of Jefferson Davis. (search)
on. Breckinridge was not sent to confer with Johnston, nor did he find him only in time to assist igard. Several days afterward he again met General Johnston, in response to a telegraphic request frotice, they discussed the question whether, if Johnston made a point of it, he (Sherman) should assenif Johnston [had] made a point of it; but General Johnston made no such point. He knew, no doubt, tapitulation another. The capitulation of General Johnston did not take place until after the armistthe Confederate States, who was not under General Johnston's command, and who had no part whatever i be found interesting letters from Colonels Wm. Preston Johnston and F. R. Lubbock, (Ex-Governor oft from us. Very sincerely yours, Wm. Preston Johnston. Letter from Ex-Governor Lubbock, before the morning of our capture, Colonel William P. Johnston slept very near the tent. Colonel r camp. Mr. Davis, Judge Reagan, Colonel William Preston Johnston, Colonel John Taylor Wood, a youn[9 more...]
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Letter from President Davis-reply to Mr. Hunter. (search)
many thanks for your kind wishes, and with my very sincere prayers for the happiness of yourself and household, I remain faithfully, Your friend and servant, G. W. C. Lee. Hon. Jefferson Davis, Mississippi City, Miss. Letter from Wm. Preston Johnston. Lexington, Va., January 9th, 1878. Hon. Jefferson Davis: My dear sir: Your letter has been received calling my attention to a statement of the Hon. R. M. T. Hunter, made in the Southern Historical Society Papers for December, 1877onsulted by you, and was regarded as in perfect accord with you. I have always heard you speak of him kindly-even affectionately. It is therefore with regret that I learn that a different state of feeling exists. Very sincerely yours, Wm. Preston Johnston. Letter from F. R. Lubbock. Galveston, March 21st, 1878. Rev. J. William Jones, Sec. S. H. Society, Richmond, Va.: Dear sir: I have quite recently seen in the Southern Historical Society Papers, for December last, a communica
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 5. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Grant as a soldier and Civilian. (search)
ander; and I have some direct testimony on this point. During these remarkable operations a Southern gentleman was permitted to pass through the lines of both Johnston and Sher. man on an errand of mercy and affection to an aged relative north of Dalton. His mission accomplished, he was not allowed to return through Sherman' him, and left upon the mind of my friend the impression that General Grant himself was the real deus ex machina of Sherman's army while manceuvreing in front of Johnston before Atlanta. He explained that by the aid of the electric telegraph he had free and instant communication with Sherman, and stated that every night they passtected people — as he did. During the conversation before recited General Grant remarked to my friend, When I heard, sir, that your government had removed General Johnston from command of that army, I felt as much relief as if I had been able to reinforce General Sherman with a large army corps. Not only has Grant been capab