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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXV. April, 1863 (search)
nother in the Nansemond River. Unless the enemy get reinforcements, the garrison at Suffolk may be forced to surrender. Perhaps our general may storm their works! I learn, to-day, that the remaining eye of the President is failing. Total blindness would incapacitate him for the executive office. A fearful thing to contemplate! April 17 From the Northern papers we learn that the defeat at Charleston is called by the enemy a reconnoissance. This causes us much merriment here; McClellan's defeat was called a strategical movement, and change of base. We have some rumors to-day, to the effect that Gen. Hill is likely to take Washington and Newbern, N. C.; Gen. Longstreet, Suffolk; and Gen. Wise, Fort Magruder, and the Peninsula-he has not troops enough. Gold advanced 7 per cent. in New York when the news of the reconnoissance reached that city. We are planting almost every acre in grain, to the exclusion of cotton and tobacco-resolved never to be starved, nor eve
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 27 (search)
War has issued a statement to mollify the panic. He is bound to acknowledge that, whereas Hooker advanced upon Lee across the river, he is now, after the battle, back again, where he started from. But he says not more than a third of the army was engaged; and as 30,000 reinforcements have been sent from Washington, and as many from Suffolk, the army will soon be as strong as ever, and in condition for another advanceand defeat. But what credit can we attach to such statements, since McClellan, under oath, said that he had ninety odd thousand men at the battle of Sharpsburg, 75,000 of whom only were actually engaged, while Lee had 100,000? We know that he did not have 40,000 engaged! Gen. Van Dorn is dead-being killed by a man whose peace he had ruined. More applications for passports to leave the country are coming in-and they are allowed by the Assistant Secretary of War. How could he refuse, since his own family (at least a portion of it) have enjoyed the benefits o
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXVII. June, 1863 (search)
h. Again: Third dispatch. Shelbyville, June 19th.-Other dispatches in the Nashville papers say that the rebels advanced six miles beyond Chambersburg. On the 16th Gen. Taylor telegraphs officially his retreat, and the capture of the Federal forces at Winchester. Later in the day the New York Herald of the 17th inst. was received by the flag of truce boat. I now quote from it: Fortifications are being rapidly erected all along the north bank of the Susquehanna, and Gen. McClellan or Gen. Franklin has been called for to head the State troops. Reports from Harrisburg. Harrisburg, Pa., June 16th.-Midnight.-Rebel cavalry today occupied Littletown, eleven miles from Gettysburg, but at last accounts had not advanced beyond that point. The rebel officers at Chambersburg stated that they were only waiting for infantry to move forward. The authorities are inclined to believe, however, that they will not move farther North. The farmers in the valley are sen
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 39 (search)
Virginia in little more than a month. God help us, if relief come not speedily! A great victory would be the speediest way. My garden looks well, but affords nothing yet except salad. May 23 Fair and warm, with pleasant breezes. Gen. Johnston, without a defeat, has fallen back to Calhoun, Ga. Gen. Lee, without a defeat, has fallen back to Hanover Junction, his headquarters at Ashland. Grant is said to be worming his way eastward to the Peninsula, the field occupied by McClellan in 1862. Why, he might have attained that position without the loss of a man at the outset! On Saturday night Gen. Butler made the following exploit: On Saturday night the enemy renewed his assault, assailing that portion of our line held principally by Wise's brigade. In some manner our men had become apprised of the intention of the enemy to make a night attack, and were fully prepared for it. The enemy were allowed to advance, our men deliberately reserving their fire until
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 43 (search)
intelligence from the North indicates that Gen. McClellan will be nominated for the Presidency. Judconfirmation of it. It is rumored that Gen. McClellan has been nominated by the Chicago Conventihs; and she declares it as her belief that Gen. McClellan will be elected, if nominated, and that het there is much cheering in Grant's army for McClellan, the nominee of the Chicago Convention for t., just to avoid service in the field. Gen. McClellan's letter accepting the nomination pledges in any State that returns to the Union; and McClellan pledges States rights, and all the constituteat rations. Our people generally regard McClellan's letter of acceptance as a war speech, and lection; but they incline to the belief that McClellan will be beaten, because he did not announce nd our independence. My own opinion is that McClellan did what was best for him to do to secure hirs continue, will lead to reconstruction, if McClellan be elected. If emancipation, confiscation,
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 44 (search)
gh the enemy's loss in men may have been greater in the operations of the last few days, it would seem that we have lost ground; that our forts, etc. have been captured and held, up to this moment; and that both the right and left wings of Grant have been advanced, and established in the positions taken. All this, too, under the eye of Gen. Lee. It is enough to make one tremble for Richmond. They do not heed his calls for men. In the North, the Presidential campaign is growing warm. McClellan's friends have been denounced as traitors in Ohio, and one of their meetings broken up by the soldiers. This fire may spread, and relieve us. It is now said a corps of the enemy's infantry was really peeping from the groves and lanes west of the city, on Saturday, when the furious shelling took place. Rumors-we have nothing but rumors — of fighting, said to be in progress on the south side of the river. It is said the enemy, that were a few days ago menacing Richmond, are recross
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 45 (search)
onscription be abolished or renovated, our cause will fare badly. The President states his suspicions of malpractice in his indorsement. Much cheering has been heard this morning in the enemy's lines --over election news, probably: whether McClellan's or Lincoln's success, no one here knows; but no doubt the latter. November 10 Warm; rain and wind (south) all night. Quiet below. One of the enemy's pickets said to one of ours, last night, that Warren's corps had voted unanimously for McClellan, and that New York City has given a majority of 40,000 for him. This is hardly reliable. Mr. Foote offered a resolution, yesterday, condemning the President's suggestion that editors be put in the ranks as well as other classes. Now I think the President's suggestion will be adopted, as Mr. Foote is unfortunate in his resolutions. Mr. Barksdale (President's friend) had it easily referred to the Committee on Military Affairs. Hon. J. A. Gilmer, North Carolina, is applyin
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