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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 2. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 168.-the burning of Hampton, Va. August 7-8, 1861. (search)
nother opportunity, and they would set fire to it at once and keep them from having the same for winter-quarters. Mr. Wilson Jones, an old and gray-headed gentleman, and his wife, (Unionists,) the coroner of Hampton, Mr. Kennon Whiting and lady, a no doubt, would have perished in the flames that were the legitimate consequences of his own doctrines. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Jones, two old and highly respectable people, known to sympathize with the rebellion, and about the only couple who could loyal citizens, who by their acts evinced that fidelity to the Government was but humanity to man. Certain features of Mr. Jones' case are peculiarly aggravating. In the afternoon, a relative, holding an office in the Secession army, came to hisouple fallen asleep when they were aroused by a knock at the door, where a former neighbor, and, I believe, relative of Mr. Jones, awaited him, and informed him that he had been detailed specially to set fire to his dwelling. Hurrying back to the c
Fayette McMullen. --One of the Washington letters in a Northern paper says : Fayette McMullen has just got in from Richmond. He says there were 10,000 troops there, 10,000 at Norfolk, 7,000 at Harper's Ferry, and others were preparing to leave Richmond for the latter place. Nothing is talked of or thought of but military forces and military operations. Every other man is a soldier, and business is done gone forever. Mr. McMullen's business here is not made public, but he goes back and forth unmolested. This information is corroborated by Wilson Jones, Government scout, who returned this afternoon. He says, that having traversed the entire route from Richmond to Harper's Ferry, he should estimate the number of troops at and between those two places at 25,000.
d sooner die than take the oath. Mr. M. is upward of 60 years of age, and so infirm as generally to walk on crutches, yet I saw this old man, when the rumor was first started that the enemy were coming to Hampton, take his double barrelled shot-gun, and, forgetful of his age and infirmities, walk down to the bridge and express his determination to drive back the foe or perish in the effort. Among others who have resisted threats and persuasions to force them to take the oath, are Col. Wilson Jones, Mr. Fowkes, and some others. Such instances of true patriotism, on the part of men who are compelled by circumstances to remain among the enemy, are worthy of all praise. The losses of our citizens in the perishing of their crops and the loss of their negroes throughout Elizabeth City and Warwick counties are beyond all calculation. When Horace Greeley promulgated, as a part of the programme of the war, the liberation of the slaves and the general desolation of the country, man