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peculiar position of favoring secession for the sake of the Union, arguing that if all the Southern States promptly withdrew, war would be avoided, and reconstruction on favorable and lasting terms would soon follow. After the passage of the ordinance he was placed upon the military committee, to recommend measures of defense; but feeling that his proper place was in the field, he resigned his commission in the State militia, and as a result of an application drawn up by his friend, Hon. Ballard Preston, and signed by every member of the convention, he was appointed colonel of the Eighth Virginia regiment, which he was ordered to organize and equip. This was rapidly accomplished at Leesburg, where he collected a body of as brave men (as he himself declared) as ever fought for liberty. They won imperishable renown upon every famous field of the army of Northern Virginia. Arriving at Manassas three days before the great battle of 1861, he was able on account of his familiarity with
House of Delegates. Tuesday, March 26th, 1861. The House was called to order at 10 o'clock, by Speaker Crutchfield. Engrossed.--The bill amending and re-enacting an act, passed March 22d, 1860, entitled "an act to incorporate the Knob turnpike company, in the county of Washington, and incorporating the Heyter's Gap and Washington turnpike company," was taken up, on motion of Mr. Preston, read a second time, and ordered to be engrossed and read a third time. Printing the Code.--The bill appropriating a sum necessary to pay for the preparation and publication of the second edition of the Code, was taken up and passed — ayes 114; noes none. Indefinitely Postponed.--The bill amending an act passed March 6th, 1858, entitled "an act to amend the 2d section of an act passed March 2d, 1858, entitled ' an act to organize the militia and provide for the defence of the Common wealth,'" was taken up on motion of Mr. Crump, amended, and as amended, read a second time; and t
Mr. Nelson then yielded the floor to Mr. Preston, of Montgomery, who proceeded to address thow how they could be made practicable. Mr. Preston said the gentleman from Princess Anne stoodweights to drag after him. [Laughter.] Mr. Preston thought it would be better to press forward to be voted upon. If they say "aye," said Mr. Preston, I will accept them as a repentant people. n his own meadow. Then it may be said of Ballard Preston, "after life's fitful fever he sleeps wel dual, but triple guarantees of power. Mr. Preston conceded this, but said the gentleman had semanded by amendments to the Constitution. Mr. Preston reiterated the argument which he had made. utions. Was there no remedy for that? Mr. Preston re-stated his position. He had said that nem. Mr. Wise had none to propose. Mr. Preston said he thought he had them in his breechesd ever drive him from his hearthstone. Mr. Preston made a brief rejoinder. The difference bet[1 more...]
Gone to Washington. --The Virginia Commissioners appointed to confer with old Abe on the state of the country--Messrs. william Ballard Preston, Alex. H. H. Stuart, and George W. Randolph — left Richmond yesterday morning for Washington to perform the mission with which they were on trusted. In view of the rather belligerent intelligence received yesterday, both from the South and North, it is hoped that the conference they propose to have with the President will avall to prevent the shedding of fraternal blood. The City was visited by a high wind yesterday. Luckily it found no dust to blow into people's eyes. No through train from Washington arrived in the afternoon, the wind having blown the water out of the Potomac to such a degree that the mail boat was unable to approach her wharf. P. S.--We have been informed since the above was written, by Conductor Gentry, that the oldest inhabitant never heard of or saw such a storm of wind and rain as occurred at Acquia Cr
llard Preston, Samuel McD.Moore, James P. Holcombe, James C. Bruce, and Lewis E. Harvie, parties duly authorized to act in like manner for said Commonwealth of Virginia — the whole subject to the approval and ratification of the proper authorities of both Governments respectively. in testimony whereof, the parties aforesaid have hereto set their hands and seals, the day and year aforesaid, and at the place aforesaid — in duplicate originals. Alex'r. H. Stephens, [Seal.] Commissioner for Confederate States. John Tyler, [Seal,] Commissioners for Virginia. Wm.Ballard Preston, [Seal,] Commissioners for Virginia. S. McD.Moore [Seal,] Commissioners for Virginia. James P. Holcombe, [Seal,] Commissioners for Virginia. James C. Bruce, [Seal,] Commissioners for Virginia. Lewis E. Harvie, [Seal,] Commissioners for Virginia. Approved and ratified by the Convention of Virginia, on the 25th of April, 1861. John Janney, President. John L. Eubank, Sec'
The Legislature. Yesterday was the, day fixed upon by both branches of the General Assembly for the election of a Confederate States Senator, to supply the vacancy occasioned by the death of Hon. Ballard Preston, but owing to an effort on the part of certain members to postpone the matter until some future day, the greater part of the session in the lower House was consumed in desultory speech making, calling for the eyes and noes &c. The names of Hon. William C. Rives, Judge John J. Allan, Hon, Charles W, Russell, and Hon. John B. Ficyd were finally put in nomination, but no vote was taken, and the election was postponed until to-day.
aperton, 55, Russell, 19; Tucker, 32, scattering, , Joint vote — Caperton, 7; Tucker, 33; Russell, 34; scattering, 8. Whole number, 149, necessary to a choice, 75. There still being no election, the name of Mr. Tucker was dropped. Mr. Worsham renominated Mr. Tucker, which was communicated to the Senate. A massage was received from the Senate announcing that body had added the name of James Marshall, of Frederick, to the list of candidates. The Clerk again called the roll, and the twentieth ballot developed the following result: Caperton, 5; Tucker, 33, Russell, 11; Marshall, none. Joint vote — Caperton, 78; Tucker, 38; Russell, 23; scattering 8. Whole number, 187; necessary to a choice, 7 Hon. Allen T. Caperton, of Monroe, having received a majority of all the votes cast, was declared by the Speaker duly elected Confederate States Senator for the unexpired term of the late Hon. Ballard Preston; and at 7½ o'clock the House adjourned to meet at 12 o'clock M, Monda