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e moral sense, and unnerved the arm of the people of Kentucky. When Mr. Lincoln made his first call for troops, Governor Magoffin replied in the same spirit with the other Southern Executives: Your dispatch is received. In answer, I say ee to. General Buckner took active measures to carry out his part of the convention. On the 10th of June he advised Governor Magoffin of its stipulations, and, on the 11th, engaged Governor Harris, of Tennessee, to consent to the same terms, and givmade for their State a record of surpassing brilliancy, even in the peerless annals of Confederate achievement. Governor Magoffin, on the 19th of August, addressed letters to the Presidents of the rival sections, endeavoring to secure the promischment, following it with additional forces next day. General Polk made a respectful representation of the facts to Governor Magoffin, offering at the same time to withdraw the Confederate forces from Kentucky provided the Federal forces also withdr
ankets snatched from their beds and sent to the soldier, shivering on the snow-covered hills or plains of Virginia. During the winter we received several excellent recruits from Kentucky, who had successfully run the blockade, and joined our fortunes. I personally knew them when in college, and was much interested in the intelligence they brought concerning the affairs of that State. The revolutionary party had formed a Provisional Government and passed acts of secession;. still Governor Magoffin filled the chair, to which he had been elected before the war, and his term was not expired. When hostilities commenced, no one doubted which cause had the sympathies of the people of Kentucky, but by artifice men were admitted to her councils, who, under the name of neutrals, played fast and loose with the populace, until Lincoln perfected his plans for their enthrallment. It was argued by these leading men, that Kentucky was, and always had been, a true Southern State, and would so
Thomas C. DeLeon, Four years in Rebel capitals: an inside view of life in the southern confederacy, from birth to death., Chapter 21: the conscription and its consequences. (search)
d the Federals within her borders. Then, when it was hopeless to do more, the noblest and most honored of her sons left Kentucky and ranged themselves under that banner they had in vain sought to unfurl over her. Like Maryland, Kentucky had early formed a corps d'elite, called the State guard, which numbered many of the best-born and most cultured young men of the state, with headquarters at Louisville. This was commanded by General S. B. Buckner and under the general control of Governor Magoffin. This corps was supposed to represent the feelings of all better citizens in its opposition to the Union cause. But when the action of political schemers-aided by the designs of a money-loving and interested populace-laid Kentucky, like Maryland, bound hand and foot at the feet of the Federal government; when the Union council of the state strove to disarm or put them in the Union ranks, the soldiers of the State guard left unhesitatingly and joined the army of the South in large
John G. Nicolay, The Outbreak of Rebellion, Chapter 11: Kentucky. (search)
perhaps be affirmed with certainty that Governor Magoffin of Kentucky was a secession conspirator;Sumter bombardment, the President's call, and Magoffin's refusal, Kentucky was, for the moment, simpto an attitude of strict neutrality. Governor Magoffin and his personal adherents were ready toof strict neutrality, and also approving Governor Magoffin's refusal to furnish troops. In substan commissions, arms, and active duty from Governor Magoffin, quietly departed to obtain enlistment ilace and support to Kentucky loyalists. Governor Magoffin wrote an official letter to President Liious influences the hopes and schemes of Governor Magoffin and his conspiring secession adherents wt of open country. He said he had asked Governor Magoffin for permission to fortify Columbus, addieral Polk, on the 9th, formally notified Governor Magoffin of his presence in Kentucky. By thisGap. Under these threatening aspects Governor Magoffin communicated to the Legislature, then in[1 more...]
John G. Nicolay, The Outbreak of Rebellion, Index. (search)
lamation, 73; interviews with Douglas, 76; blockades the insurgent ports, 78; interview with Baltimore committee, 100; issues a second call for volunteers, 106; his orders to P. F. Blair, Jr., 122; his measures to save the Border States, 131 Liverpool cotton merchants, 79 Longstreet, General, 179 Louisiana, attitude of, with regard to secession, 2, 8; secession of, 14 Louisville, 135 Lyon, Captain, Nathaniel, 116 et seq., 122 et seq., 123 Lyons, Lord, 94 M. Magoffin, Governor, 126 et seq., 132, 134 et seq. Mallory, Senator, 37 et seq., 40 Manassas, first movement against, 162 et seq.; description of, 175 et seq. Manchester, Eng., cotton operators of, 79 Martinsburg, W. Va., 162, 163 Maryland, attitude of, with regard to secession, 52, 83, 80; rebel conspiracies to gain, 107, 108; Union enlistments in, 131 Mason, Senator, 25, 91, 142 Massachusetts Eighth Infantry, 92, 103 Massachusetts Sixth Infantry, 84; attack upon, in Baltimore,
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 3: military operations in Missouri and Kentucky. (search)
ty conference between McClellan and Buckner Magoffin encourages the secessionists, 72. Union military camps in Kentucky Magoffin rebuked by the President, 73. the Confederates invade Kentucky se May, 1861. he had asked the consent of Governor Magoffin to take possession of and fortify Columbthe neutrality of Kentucky, by saying: If he (Magoffin) should withhold his consent, my present impre people and the Legislature of Kentucky made Magoffin very circumspect. At the election in June, f When Union camps were formed in Kentucky, Magoffin became concerned about the violated neutralithe Governor to Jefferson Davis, softened with Magoffin's assurance that he had no belief that the Cod the full knowledge, it is believed, of Governor Magoffin, proceeded to carry out General Pillow'se a proclamation by order of the Legislature, Magoffin put forth one on the 13th as mild as possible the 14th of September he telegraphed to Governor Magoffin, informing him of his occupation of thre[6 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 7: military operations in Missouri, New Mexico, and Eastern Kentucky--capture of Fort Henry. (search)
ast side, and a bridge that spanned the Blackwater between them was strongly guarded. This was carried by assault, by two companies of the Fourth Regular Cavalry, under Lieutenants Gordon and Amory, supported by five companies of the First Iowa cavalry. Gordon led the charge in person, and received several balls through his cap. The Confederates were driven, the bridge was crossed, and a pursuit was pressed. Unable to, escape, the fugitives, commanded by Colonels Robinson, Alexander, and Magoffin (the latter a brother of the Governor of Kentucky), surrendered. The captives were one thousand three hundred in number, infantry and cavalry; and with them the Nationals gained as spoils about eight hundred horses and mules, a thousand stand of arms, and over seventy wagons loaded with tents, baggage, ammunition, and supplies of every kind. At about midnight the prisoners and spoils were taken into Pope's camp, and the next day the victors and the vanquished moved back in the direction
ly despairing of our ability to do anything for their relief and deliverance. As soon as I can have a copy made I will send you a letter, addressed by me to Governor Magoffin last month, which I have reason to believe he duly received, though I have no reply to it yet. Its motive and points you will readily comprehend. I have tour after the train passed here for Corinth. S. B. M. Lebanon, April 30, 1862. [General R. E. Lee?]: Dear sir: I send you a copy of a letter I addressed Governor Magoffin last month, and which he has received — the same I referred to in my letter of late date. You will see the three points in it. 1st. To produce resistancf anything in this revolution. The inclosed letter is not for the prints. Yours, truly, &c., H. Marshall. [Inclosure.]Lebanon, Va., March 23, 1862. Governor Magoffin: That I now address you springs from a sincere desire for you to redeem yourself in the estimation of your friends; also from the fact that existing circu
eantime, a detachment of Pope's forces, under Col. Jeff. C. Davis, surprised Dec. 18. a Rebel camp at Milford, not far from Warrensburg, and compelled its surrender at discretion. Three colonels, 17 captains, over 1,000 prisoners, 1,000 stand of arms, 1,000 horses, and an abundance of tents, baggage, and supplies, were among the trophies of this easy triumph. Pope's losses in these operations scarcely exceeded 100 men; while his prisoners alone were said to be 2,500. Among them was Col. Magoffin, brother of the late Governor of Kentucky. Price, thus roughly handled before he had been able to concentrate his forces, did not choose to risk a general engagement. He retreated rapidly through Springfield and Cassville, closely pursued, and fighting at intervals, until he had crossed the Arkansas line, forming a junction, soon afterward, near Boston Mountains, with Gen. Ben McCulloch, commanding a division of Texas and Arkansas Confederates, thus raising his entire force to a num
egislation disregards these distinctions and upturns the whole system of government when it converts the State militia into National forces, and claims to use and govern them as such. If, then, the Governors of the States, or of most of them, should see fit to respond to the President's requisitions as Gov. Caleb Strong, of Massachusetts, did to those of President Madison in 1813-14, and as Govs. Letcher, See Vol. I., pp. 459-60. The Democratic Governors were a unit. Ellis, Harris, Magoffin, Jackson, and Burton, did to President Lincoln's requisitions in 1861, the Federal authority may be successfully defied, and what Mr. Jefferson Davis terms the dissolution of a league secured. It were absurd to contend that judges who so held were opposed, either in principle or in sympathies, to the cause, or at least to the ethics, of Secession. The Constitution of the United States (Art. I., § 9) prescribes that The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended,
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