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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., The Confederate Government at Montgomery. (search)
Carolina, and was elected, by the casting vote of Mr. Rhett. Personally Mr. Rhett knew little of Mr. Davis. Mr. Rhett knew little of Mr. Davis. He regarded him as an accomplished man, but egotistical, arrogant, and vindictive, without depth or statesmanshvis had written a letter, within the cognizance of Mr. Rhett, and published by himself since the war, in which he earth. These views did not strengthen him with Mr. Rhett for the executive head of the Southern Confederacyes Senate after the secession of Mississippi. But Mr. Rhett's contemporary and second cousin, Mr. Barnwell, caThe impression was produced upon his mind that he, Mr. Rhett, was the only man in the delegation opposed to Mr. Davis. In reply to objections suggested by Mr. Rhett, Mr. Barnwell said that Mr. Rhett's standard of the statMr. Rhett's standard of the statesmanship requisite was higher than he might be able to get. He added that he knew Mr. Davis, and although he cterests of the Confederacy. Upon this presentment Mr. Rhett concluded to forego his own mistrust, and to give
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 4. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial Paragraphs. (search)
by, Troup. Rev. J. H. Thornwell, D. D., of Columbia, S. C., on the State of the Country in 1861. The North and the South, by John Forsyth, of Mobile, Ala. Proceedings of the Congress of the Confederate States, on the announcement of the death of Hon. John Tyler, Jan'y 20th and 21st, 1862. . Addresses of Hon. D. W. Voorhees, of Indiana, on the trial of John E. Cook, Nov. 8th, 1859, and before the Literary Societies of the University of Virginia, July 4th, 1860. Life and services of Hon. R. Barnwell Rhett, of South Carolina. The character and influence of Abolitionism. A Sermon by Rev. Henry J. Van Dyke, of Brooklyn, preached Dec. 9th, 1860. Address before the Society of Alumni of the University of Virginia, by Hon. Jas. P. Holcombe. The South, her Peril and her duty. A thanksgiving sermon preached Nov. 29th, 1860, by Rev. B. M. Palmer, D. D. God, our refuge and strength in this war, a fast day sermon, by Rev. T. V. Moore, D. D., of Richmond. The oath of allegiance to the United St
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 4: seditious movements in Congress.--Secession in South Carolina, and its effects. (search)
na. We must keep the wheels of government in motion. He thought the ordinance had not entirely abrogated the Constitution of the United States, and noted the fact, that the gold and silver of the National Government was the legal tender in South Carolina. And so the argument went on. Barnwell was for sacrificing postal conveniences rather than seem to have any connection with the United States. There never was any thing purchased, he said, worth having, unless at the cost of sacrifice. Rhett said:--This great revolution must go on with as little change as possible, and thought the best plan was to use the United States officers then in place. By making the Federal agents ours, he said, the machinery will move on. This was finally the arrangement, substantially. On the 21st, December 1860. the Convention appointed Robert W. Barnwell, James I. Adams, and James L. Orr, Commissioners to proceed to Washington, to treat for the possession of the National property within the limi
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 11: the Montgomery Convention.--treason of General Twiggs.--Lincoln and Buchanan at the Capital. (search)
Convention in South Carolina, in the event of a Free-labor State being admitted into the new Confederacy. And on the 2d of April, he offered a resolution that the Convention should expressly declare that in ratifying and adopting the above Constitution, they suppose that it-establishes a Confederacy of Slaveholding States; and this State does not consider herself bound to enter or continue in confederation with any State not tolerating the institution within its limits by fundamental law. Rhett and his friends seemed fully determined on revolutionary measures, if the new Confederacy did not act in accordance with their views. See Journal of the Conventions of the People of South Carolina pages 199 and 229. The Convention of Mississippians reassembled on the 25th of March. There were able men among them, who contended that the people and not that Convention should decide whether or not the new Constitution should be the supreme law of their land. These democratic ideas were scout
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 18: capture of Fort Fisher, Wilmington, and Goldsboroa.--Sherman's March through the Carolinas.--Stoneman's last raid. (search)
corduroy them continually. Near Taylor's Hole Creek, a little beyond Kyle's Landing, to which Slocum had advanced, Kilpatrick skirmished heavily with Hardee's rear-guard, that evening, and captured some of them. Among the prisoners was Colonel Rhett, of the Charleston heavy artillery; a son of R. Barnwell Rhett, one of the most unworthy of the Conspirators of South Carolina. See page 96, volume I. On the following morning, March 16, 1865. Slocum advanced his infantry, and in the viciniand men traveled over the pine-barren only with difficulty. But obstacles were not to be thought of. General Williams, with the Twentieth Corps, took the lead. Ward's division was deployed in the advance, and very soon his skirmishers developed Rhett's brigade of heavy artillery, armed as infantry, holding a slightly intrenched line across the road, on the brow of a hill, skirted by a ravine and creek, with a battery that enfiladed an open field over which the Nationals must advance. To avoi
A Roster of General Officers , Heads of Departments, Senators, Representatives , Military Organizations, &c., &c., in Confederate Service during the War between the States. (ed. Charles C. Jones, Jr. Late Lieut. Colonel of Artillery, C. S. A.), Organization of army of Northern Virginia. (search)
ifles.Napoleons.12-lb. Howitzers.24-lb. Howitzers.Other Guns. Col. H. C. CabellMcCarty  22    Major HamiltonManly  22     Carlton 2 11    Fraser 11 1  Blakely.1 9 rifles; 5 Naps.; 2 Hows.         Major DearingMacon 2 4    Major ReedBlount211      Stribling   4     Caskie   4    6 rifles; 12 Napoleons.         Major HenryBachman   4     Rielly 222     Latham   21  Blakely.1  Gordon   31   5 rifles; 11 Naps.; 2 Hows.         Col. E. P. AlexanderJordan  4     Major HugerRhett3        Moody   2 4   Parker 13      Taylor   4    11 rifles; 6 Naps.; 4 Hows.         Major EshlemanSquiers         Miller   21    Richardson   31    Norcom   3    8 Napoleons; 2 Hows.           591542642 Total number of rifles31 Total number of Napoleons42 Total number of Howitzers10   Total number of pieces83 Total
nator from South Carolina. Hon. William W. BoyceSouth CarolinaAfterwards member of Confederate Congress. Hon. James Chestnut, JrSouth CarolinaAfterwards A. D. C. to the President, with rank of Colonel, and subsequently Brigadier-General C. S. A. Hon. Lawrence M. KeittSouth CarolinaAfterwards Colonel in the Confederate army. Hon. Charles G. MemmingerSouth CarolinaAfterwards Secretary of the Treasury. Hon. Wm. Porcher MilesSouth CarolinaAfterwards member of Confederate Congress. Hon. R. Barnwell RhettSouth Carolina  Hon. Thomas J. WithersSouth Carolina  Hon. John GreggTexasAfterwards Brigadier-General in the Confederate army. Hon. John HemphillTexas  Hon. W. B. OchiltreeTexas  Hon. Williamson S. OldhamTexasAfterwards Confederate Senator from Texas. Hon. John H. ReaganTexasAfterwards Postmaster-General. Hon. Thomas N. WaulTexasAfterwards Brigadier-General in the Confederate army. Hon. Louis T. WigfallTexasAfterwards Brigadier-General in the Confederate army, and Confederate
An Able Productions The "Report of the Committee of Foreign Affairs," to which we lately referred in strong terms of commendation, was from the pen of R. Barnwell Rhett, Esq., one of the original champions of secession, and one of the first intellects of the South.
Personal. --Hon. Wm. C. Rives arrived in Richmond on Saturday. Hon. C. C. Memminger, Secretary of State of the Confederate States, arrived yesterday. His Excellency Jefferson Davis, President, is expected this morning — rooms having been engaged for him at the Spotswood Hotel. There was registered at the Spotswood yesterday besides others, the following names: Commodore Muse, N. C. Navy; J. L. Preston, S. C., Wm. M. Ambler, La., O. G. Clay, R. L. Owen, Lynchburg; Wm. T. Sutherlin, Danville; M. M. Long, California. At the Exchange Hotel: Col. Wm. B. Bate, Walker Legion: Ex Gov. Jno. P. Richardson, S. C., G. A. Perdicallis, N. J., Major Rhett, S. C., C. F. Suttle, Alexandria, Va., L. M. McAfee, Gonzales, Texas; A. L. Carter, Va.
ia. But this is not the man to hold the helm of this Southern rebellion. He is not the man to hold in check the rival political factions and the rival ambitious military chiefs starting up in the rebel States. To be sure, the provisional term of Davis and Stephens expires in February, when a rebel President and Vice- President are to be regularly elected; but this interval to February under Stephens, or under anybody else, will probably break down the whole concern. Such men as R. Barnwell Rhett, of South Carolina, or ex-Senator Mason, of Virginia, could play the Southern Dictator with a will, but not with the comprehensive abilities and graceful condescension of Davis. Stephens has not been trained to recognize the superior blessings of a despotism of any sort; and we may, therefore, expect to find him unequal to the squabbling chiefs and ferocious factions of the rebel camp. And no we think that the loss of Davis will be more serious than the loss of a great battle to the
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