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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)
The Confederate Government at Montgomery. R. Barnwell Rhett (Editor of the Charleston Mercury, 1860-62). Twenty-six years have passed since the delegates of six States of the South that had secespirit. The deputies elected to meet at the Montgomery convention were: South Carolina, R. Barnwell Rhett, Lawrence M. Keitt, C. G. Memminger, Thomas J. Withers, Robert W. Barnwell, James Chesnut,ation offered no candidate and held no meeting to confer upon the matter. The chairman, Mr. R. Barnwell Rhett, Father of the writer.-editors. did not call them together. Mr. Barnwell, however, xander E. Leroy Pope Walker, first Confederate Secretary of War. From a photograph. Robert Barnwell Rhett, chairman of Committee on Foreign affairs, Confederate Provisional Congress. From a Phocted for six years. The Confederate Constitution made them ineligible to reelection.--editors. Mr. Rhett was made chairman of the committee to notify the President-elect, and to present him to the co
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 2: preliminary rebellious movements. (search)
stitution, and involve all the States in a common ruin. He listened with peculiar pleasure to the declaration of Robert Barnwell Rhett, also of South Carolina, Henry A. Wise. that all true statesmanship in the South consists in forming combinatit Secretary of State, wrote to the editor of the Charleston Mercury, as follows:-- Washington, Nov. 1, 1860. dear Rhett: I received your letter this morning. As to my views or opinions of the Administration, <*> san, of course, say nothing.emand for that article will require. This matter is elucidated in another portion of this work. Led by Robert Barnwell Rhett, Senior, the extremists in the South Carolina Legislature held sway in that body, and on the 9th of November a bill come cases, intimations of impending wrath for Union men, they confused, distracted, and divided the people. Toombs, like Rhett, was anxious for the immediate and separate secession of his State. By the time the Legislature met, which was on the
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 3: assembling of Congress.--the President's Message. (search)
Personal Liberty Law in any State, and their practical hostility to the interests of the slaveholders was as unreal as the tyranny and oppression of the President elect, neither of them having had occasion to act. They were made one of the several pretexts sought by the conspirators for rebellion; and yet some of the bolder ones, who did not care for a pretext, denied that opposition to the Fugitive Slave Law was a grievance to be complained of. The secession of South Carolina, said Robert Barnwell Rhett (the most malignant and unscrupulous of the conspirators in that State), in the Secession Convention, is not an event of a day. It is not any thing produced by Mr. Lincoln's election, or by the non-execution of the Fugitive Slave Law. It is a matter which has been gathering head for thirty years. . . . In regard to the Fugitive Slave Law, I myself doubted its constitutionality, and doubted it on the floor of the Senate, when I was a member of that body. 1850-1851. The States, acting
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)
the politicians in South Carolina, 95. R. Barnwell Rhett and his incendiary speech, 96. appeals an autograph letter before me, written to R. B. Rhett, Jr., editor of The Charleston Mercury, and daree air of South Carolina. Already Robert Barnwell Rhett, appropriately called the Father of So he dropped the name of Smith and took that of Rhett — a name honorable in the early history of thaequired to venerate as an oracle of wisdom. Rhett gave the key-note. Men went out at once, as mconducted, as we have observed, by a son of R. B. Rhett, called upon all natives of South Carolina mittee was composed of John A. Inglis, Robert Barnwell Rhett, James Chesnut, Jr., James L. Orr, Maxtes; This committee was composed of Robert Barnwell Rhett, John Alfred Calhoun, W. P. Finley, Is. Dunovant.R. L. Crawford.James H. Adams.R. Barnwell Rhett.James Jefferies. John A. Inglis.W. C. Con Address to the Slave-labor States. chairman, R. B. Rhett, and bore in every sentence indication[1 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 6: Affairs at the National Capital.--War commenced in Charleston harbor. (search)
ld Congress pass a Force Bill, he was pledged by the declarations of his annual Message to withhold his signature from it; and most of them were satisfied that they might, during the next seventy days, establish their Southern Confederacy, and secure to it the possession of the Capital, without governmental interposition. Yet all were not satisfied. Some vigilant South Carolina spies in Washington would not trust the President. One of them, signing only the name of Charles, in a letter to Rhett, the editor of the Charleston Mercury, said: I know all that has been done here, but depend upon nothing that Mr. Buchanan promises. He will cheat us unless we are too quick for him. Autograph letter, dated Washington, December 22, 1860. He then urged the seizure of the forts, Sumter particularly, without a moment's delay. Neither would the conspirators fully trust each other. William H. Trescot, already mentioned, a South Carolinian, and then Assistant Secretary of State and who for y
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 7: Secession Conventions in six States. (search)
e no such word in our vocabulary. . . . No concession of the scared Yankees will now prevent secession. We are now threatened with internecine war. The Yankees are an inferior race; they are cowardly in the extreme. They are descended from the Puritan stock, who never bore rule in any nation. We, the descendants of the Cavaliers, are the Patricians; they the Plebeians. The Cavaliers have always been the rulers, the Puritans the ruled. Then mounting the Delphio stool on which the elder Rhett (see page 96) had prophesied, this disciple attempted to imitate his master. The dastardly Yankees, he said, will never fight us; but if they, In their presumption and audacity, venture to attack us, let the war come — I repeat it, let it come! The conflagration of their burning cities, the desolation of their country, and the slaughter of their inhabitants, will strike the nations of the earth dumb with astonishment, and serve as a warning to future ages, that the Slaveholding Cavalie
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 10: Peace movements.--Convention of conspirators at Montgomery. (search)
mes of the delegates:-- South Carolina.--R. B. Rhett, James Chesnut, Jr., W. P. Miles, T. J. Witeep this to yourself. --Autograph Letter of R. B. Rhett: to his Son, February 11, 1861. Robert BarnRobert Barnwell Rhett, the most belligerent of the demagogues of the Palmetto State --the perfect representat of the new nation. The policy advocated by Rhett and his class, and the Mercury, their organ, hits seizure. In the Convention at Montgomery, Rhett urged that policy with vehemence, and tried tolabamians seem to have been special objects of Rhett's dislike. Alabama, he said, has the meanest did not satisfy all the members. The violent Rhett fulminated anathemas against it through the Chhe property of every slaveholder in the land. Rhett and his fellows were restive in view of the retructed as follows:-- Foreign Affairs.--Messrs. Rhett, Nisbett, Perkins, Walker, and Keitt. Fthe suggestion, but the more radical men, like Rhett and Toombs, opposed it, probably because it mi[1 more...]
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)
sovereign and independent character. That of Louisianians, which reassembled on the 4th of March, ratified the Constitution on the 21st of the same month, by a vote of one hundred and seven against seven. The South Carolina politicians reassembled their Convention on the 26th of March, and on the 3d day of April that assembly relinquished the boasted sovereignty of the State, by giving a vote of one hundred and forty against twenty-nine for the Constitution of the new Confederacy. R. Barnwell Rhett made strenuous opposition to the Constitution. On the 27th of March, he submitted an ordinance for consideration, which provided for the calling a 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 d
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)
ns toward Faison's Station, on the Wilmington and Goldsboroa railway. Sher-man was with Slocum, on the left. Incessant rains had made quagmires of the roads, and the army was compelled to 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 vicinity of Averasboroa near the road that ran eastwardly toward Bentonsville, he found Hardee intrenched, with a force, of all arms, estimated at twenty thousand men, on a narrow, swampy neck of land between the Cape Fear and South rivers. Hardee's object was to hold Sherman there, while Johnston should concentrat
Renshaw, Commodore, death of, 2.594. Reorganization of State governments, 3.618-3.621. Representatives, Southern, conduct of in Congress, 1.86. Republican majorities in 1863, 3.231. Resaca, battle of, 3.375; visit of the author to in 1866, 3.401. Resignation of National officers, 1.48-1.97. Reynolds, Gen. John F., at the battle of Gettysburg, 3.59; killed, 3.60. Reynolds, Gen. J. J., operations of in Western Virginia, 2.98; his descent on McMinnville, 3.119. Rhett, Robert Barnwell, incendiary speeches and action of in South Carolina, 1.96. Rhode Island, personal liberty act repealed in, 1.204; response of to the President's call for troops, 1.402. Richmond, transfer of the Confederate Government to, 1.547; scenes in after the battle of Bull's Run, 2.18; treatment of Bull's Run prisoners in, 2.26; movements of the Army of the Potomac against under McClellan, 2.402-2.434; movements against under Keyes and Spear, 3.97; Gen. Butler's plan for the surprise of
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