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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Reminiscences of the Confederate States Navy. (search)
om New Orleans belonging to what was known as the Montgomery fleet. The State of Louisiana had appropriated as entrusted to a steamboat captain by the name of Montgomery, who afterwards played commodore of a portion of m of the United States navy. The officers of the Montgomery fleet were mostly river steamboat men, and of coua floating battery, and with the ram Manassas and Montgomery rams (six or eight of them), the McRae and a numbarge number of the heaviest guns. There were six Montgomery rams, one Louisiana ram called the Governor Mooreeping a steady rain of canister on them. Had the Montgomery rams fought, or towed the fire rafts out into thece, and that the rest of Hollins' fleet and eight Montgomery rams, then above Memphis, could soon descend the rs by land. At this time there were eight of the Montgomery rams at Fort Pillow; they had had an engagement wneral Jeff. Thompson was placed in command of the Montgomery fleet, and at once determined to see what they co
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), Vicksburg during the siege. (search)
rton that he would advance to see what could be done on the 7th of July, he examines the country to the north of the railroad, and is satisfied that nothing can be effected. When he has just begun the like examination of the southern line, he hears on the 4th of the surrender of the town and its defenders. General Johnston was again too late. On the 3d, the white flag went up for a parley. The first proposition of General Pemberton, which was delivered by Major General Bowen and Colonel Montgomery, suggested that the terms of surrender should be left for decision to three commissioners on either side. General Grant, courteously receiving the flag-of-truce, made answer, rejecting the proposal of commissioners as unnecessary, and suggesting a personal conference with the general of the defense, whose gallantry and stubbornness he highly lauded. At three o'clock P. M. the two commanders met in what is described by some correspondent, who, perhaps, never saw the place, as a small
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), Flight and capture of Jefferson Davis. (search)
executed a plan of disguise. I was not immediately with him when we were attacked. Governor Lubbock, Colonel Johnston, Colonel Wood, and myself had slept under a tree, something like a hundred yards from where Mr. Davis and his family camped. We went into camp before nightfall the evening before, and had no fears of the presence of an enemy. We were misled as to our security for the time being by the following facts: We were getting well south in Georgia, with a view to turn Macon and Montgomery and pass through the piney wood country to the south of these cities, where the population was more sparse, and where the roads were not so much frequented. We were to cross the Ocmulgee river below, where it could be forded, and where there were not many ferries. On approaching that river we expected to encounter trouble, if the Federal authorities knew the course we were traveling. In this event we supposed the ferries would be guarded. When we crossed the river, about dusk, we found
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The First shot against the flag. (search)
him, he should reduce the fort as his judgment decided to be most practicable. But little conversation followed the delivery, to the aides, of the reply of Major Anderson. An inquiry as to the exact time in the morning was made, which was found to be 3.30 A. M. The Confederate officers left the fort without any formal leave-taking, and their boat soon disappeared, in the darkness. Upon their arrival in Charleston, and the delivery of Major Anderson's response, a telegram was sent to Montgomery, informing the authorities that Major Anderson would not consent. Inside the work, the men were informed of what had happened, and directed to await the summons to the guns. No fire was to be returned until daylight. The night was calm and clear, and the sea was still. Fires were lighted in all the Confederate works, when, at 4.30 A. M., the silence was broken by the discharge of a mortar from a battery near Fort Johnson, within easy range of the work; a shell rose high in the air, and
The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), How Jefferson Davis was overtaken. (search)
tton bales and gin-houses, and last, though not least, the appealing faces of the colored people, who hailed the advancing Union cavalry with transports of delight, and whose eyes were blinded with tears as the hurrying squadrons passed into the darkness, not heeding their prayer to be led out of the land of bondage, all conspire to make this one of the most exciting campaigns of the entire war. On the evening of the 11th day of April, while the cavalry corps was marching from Selma to Montgomery, an officer of the advance guard sent in copies of the Montgomery papers of the 6th and 7th, containing brief accounts of the operations of General Grant about Petersburg, and from which, making allowance for rebel suppressions, it was supposed the Army of the Potomac had gained a decisive victory. It was stated that Davis and the rebel government had already gone to Danville, but that their cause was not yet lost. On the 14th and 15th information was received confirmatory of Lee's defea
le emptied the partnership's pocket-flask, and then slept peacefully until we reached the Cradle of the Confederacy. Montgomery, like Rome, sits on seven hills. The city is picturesque in perch upon bold, high bluffs, which, on the city side, cutf the South set forever, and her remnant of warriors sadly draped that conquered banner. On the whole, the effect of Montgomery upon the newly arrived was rather pleasing, with a something rather provincial, quite in keeping with its location inla The latter was political headquarters-the President, the Cabinet and a swarm of the possible great residing there. Montgomery was Washington over again; only on a smaller scale, and with the avidity and agility in pursuit of the spoils somewhat er's milk, should talk thus, puzzled those who paused to query if they really meant what they said. Up to this time Montgomery had been scarcely more than a great inland village; dividing her local importance between being the capital of Alabama,
the news that some of the troops were to go to a field promising active service and speedily at that. The routine of camp life had already begun to pall upon the better class of men, and all were equally anxious to go where they could prove more clearly how ready they were to do their devoir. Some Alabamians, two Georgia regiments, the Chasseurs-d-pied, the Tigers and the Zouaves were to go to Virginia; and through the courtesy of the officers of the latter corps, we got seats to Montgomery in their car; two days later. Meantime, all was hum and bustle through the whole camp, and as the limited rolling stock on the still unfinished railroad could only accommodate a regiment at a time, they left at all hours of the day, or night, that the trains arrived. Constantly at midnight the dull tramp of marching men and the slow tap of the drum, passing our quarters, roused us from sleep; and whatever the hour, the departing troops were escorted to the station by crowds of half-en
Chapter 10: en route for the border. Decision to move the Capital Lax precautions the New York Tribune dispatch Montgomery murmurs troops en route, and their feelings the Government on wheels Kingsville misnomer Profanity and diplomacy Grimes' brother-in-law with the C. S. Mail-bags. Very soon after their stateindications were that, before the summer was over, an active campaign on the soil of the Old Dominion would be in progress. About this time, a telegram from Montgomery appeared in the New York Tribune, which created as much comment at the South as at the North. It stated, in so many words, that the whole South was in motion; May, everything had been completed — the President and Cabinet left Montgomery — the fact, that had for some time been a real one, was formally consummated; and Montgomery became again the Capital of Alabama. I had nothing to keep me in town longer, so I started for a leisurely trip to Richmond. But man proposes; and in this
er, and such as were known, or found to possess it, were at once received on the footing of old friends. But on the whole, the sentiment of the city was not in favor of the run of the new comers. The leaders of society kept somewhat aloof, and the general population gave them the sidewalk. It was as though a stately and venerable charger, accustomed for years to graze in a comfortable pasture, were suddenly intruded on by an unsteady and vicious drove of bad manners and low degree. The thoroughbred can only condescend to turn away. Willing as they were to undergo anything for the cause, the Virginians could not have relished the savor of the new importations ; nor can one who knows the least of the very unclean nature of our national politics for a moment wonder. Montgomery had been a condensed and desiccated preparation of the Washington stew, highly flavored with the raciest vices. Richmond enjoyed the same mess, with perhaps an additional kernel or two of that garlic.
nd. For, had there been a large manufacturing population actively employed in the South, as there was in the North, the inflation of currency might have been temporarily concealed by its rapid passage from hand to hand. But with no such demand — with only the daily necessities of the household and of the person to relieve — the plethora of these promises to pay naturally resulted, first in sluggishness, then in a complete break-down of the whole system. Still, from the joyous days of Montgomery, and the triumphant ones after Manassas-through the doubtful pauses of the next winter and the dark days of New Orleans — on to the very Dies irae-there pervaded government and people a secure belief that the finances of the North would break down, and the war collapse for want of money! And so tenacious were people and rulers of this ingrained belief, that they cherished it, even while they saw the greenbacks of the Federal Government stand at 25 to 30 per cent. depreciation, while th<
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