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John G. Nicolay, The Outbreak of Rebellion, Chapter 11: Kentucky. (search)
though in reality the men were principally from Ohio and Indiana. Notwithstanding the contumacious refusals of the Governors of the Border Slave States, President Lincoln was not disposed to give up those States as lost. We have seen that, both in Maryland and Missouri, he authorized direct enlistments under the supervision oat the beginning had been most pertinacious to insist on neutrality, saw that it would be impossible for the State to maintain such an utterly absurd attitude. Mr. Lincoln, therefore, with their knowledge and consent, by the middle of May sent five thousand muskets to Kentucky in charge of Lieutenant William Nelson, and a committead formed a self-sustaining military post affording a secure rallying-place and support to Kentucky loyalists. Governor Magoffin wrote an official letter to President Lincoln, urging the removal of this and other Union camps from the State; but the President replied that the force was composed exclusively of Kentuckians defending
John G. Nicolay, The Outbreak of Rebellion, Chapter 12: West Virginia. (search)
rom secession was the common wish and determination. The only question was how to put their negative into effective operation. Rapid popular organization followed; the Government at Washington was appealed to, and promised countenance and support; and on May 13th, delegates from twenty-five counties met at Wheeling to consult and devise further action whereby they might fully and finally repudiate the treasonable revolt of East Virginia. Circumstances favored their design. Under President Lincoln's call, the large and populous State of Ohio, West Virginia's nearest neighbor, was organizing thirteen regiments of three months volunteers. This quota entitled her to a major-general; and to this important command Governor Dennison appointed a young officer of thorough West Point training and varied experience-Captain George B. McClellan. He was also a personal favorite of General Scott, who had such confidence in his ability that he soon (May 3d) placed him in command of the Milit
John G. Nicolay, The Outbreak of Rebellion, Chapter 14: Manassas. (search)
hat if General J. E. Johnston's force is kept engaged by Major-General Patterson, and Major-General Butler occupies the force now in his vicinity (Fortress Monroe), I think they will not be able to bring up more than ten thousand men. Against such an array he proposed to move with a force of thirty thousand of all arms, and a reserve of ten thousand. The project was elaborately discussed, and finally agreed upon, at a council of war at the Executive Mansion, on June 29th, in which President Lincoln, his Cabinet, and the principal military officers took part. As already mentioned, General Scott was opposed to the undertaking; but, after it was once resolved upon, he joined with hearty good — will in every effort to make it a success. McDowell was emphatic in his protest that he could not hope to beat the combined armies of Johnston and Beauregard; uponwhich Scott gave him the distinct assurance: If Johnston joins Beauregard, he shall have Patterson on his heels. With this under
John G. Nicolay, The Outbreak of Rebellion, Chapter 17: conclusion. (search)
nstances their drill and experience secured them election or appointment as officers in the new regiments. Thus the disappearance of an army brought a certain compensation; it not only furnished the new volunteers a quickening leaven, but that portion which went home to every Free State, and to some of the Border Slave States, served to greatly strengthen and correct public opinion in their several localities. The three years quota, and the increase of the regular army, called by President Lincoln in advance of strict authority of law at the beginning of May, had so far progressed that garrisons and camps suffered no serious diminution. Congress, being convened in special session, now legalized their enlistment, perfected their organization, and made liberal provision for their equipment and supply. It authorized an army of five hundred thousand men, and a national loan of two hundred and fifty millions of dollars; it provided an increase of the navy to render the blockade vig
John G. Nicolay, The Outbreak of Rebellion, Index. (search)
ajor, Robert, 22; transfers his forces to Fort Summer, 28 et seq.; his letter to Governor Pickens, 35; his reply to President Lincoln's letter, 58; his reply to Confederate authorities, 61, 131, 135 Annapolis, 100, 102 et seq.; route by, to the Doubleday, Captain (afterward General) Abner, 29, 64 Douglas, Stephen A., adherents of, 8; his interview with President Lincoln, 76 Dogan Heights, 191 Duke, Captain, 117 Dumont, Colonel, 143, 15 E. Ellsworth, Col. E. E., 110 e. Letcher, Governor, 82, 91, 109, 141 Lewis' Ford, 176, note Liberty, Mo., United States Arsenal at, 117 Lincoln, Abraham, election of, 4; his progress to Washington, 45 et seq.; his early career, 46; his character and person, 47 et seq.;, 12; elected Vice-President of the Confederacy, 42 Sumter, Fort, 21 et seq.; expedition for the relief of, 53; President Lincoln's decision with regard to, 55; preparations for the siege of, 56; its evacuation demanded, 60; siege begun, 62; str
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