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al iron bars three and a quarter inches thick, showing four inches face, and bolted every six inches with three-quarter inch bolts. Her rig is that of a brigantine.--N. Y. Times, February 16. Hamilton Fish and Bishop Ames returned to Washington to-day, and made report to the Government of their mission to relieve Union prisoners in the South. They repaired to Fortress Monroe, and made known their commission to the Confederate authorities at Norfolk, by whom the matter was referred to Richmond. A reply came refusing to the Commissioners admission to the Confederate territory, but expressing readiness to negotiate for the general exchange of prisoners. The Commissioners opened negotiation, which resulted in perfect success. An equal exchange was agreed on, but the Confederates had three hundred more prisoners than the National Government; with commendable magnanimity, they proposed to release those also on parole, if the Government would agree to release three hundred of their
August 21. Jeff Davis issued an order from Richmond, directing that Major-Gen. Hunter and Brig.--Gen. Phelps should no longer be held and treated as public enemies of the rebel States, but as outlaws; and that in the event of the capture of either of them, or that of any other commissioned officer of the United States employed in drilling, organizing, or instructing slaves, with a view to their armed service in the war, he should not be regarded as a prisoner of war, but held in close confinement for execution as a felon, at such time and place as Jeff Davis might order. To-day the Union army, under Gen. Pope, and the rebel army, under Gen. Lee, faced each other on the Rappahannock, the former on the north and the latter on the left bank of the river. An attempt was made on the part of the rebels to cross the river at Kelly's Ford, for the purpose of turning the position of the Unionists, but it was foiled by General Reno, who opened fire with his batteries, and then follo
ys previous, was resumed this morning, and, after a most obstinate and bloody contest, which lasted all day, resulted in the retreat of the rebel forces with great slaughter.--(Docs. 26 and 146.) Skirmishing continued yesterday around Vicksburgh, and this morning the rebels advanced upon a portion of General Grant's army who were engaged erecting works on the lake near the city, causing them to retreat with a slight loss. General Pemberton, in command of the rebels, sent a despatch to Richmond stating that the enemy finding all his efforts unavailing to make any inroad upon our position here, has reembarked, leaving a considerable quantity of intrenching tools and other property, and apparently has relinquished his designs upon Vicksburgh. President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was officially issued as General order no. 1. A detachment of Stuart's rebel cavalry, commanded by Major Herring, made a descent into Dumfries, Va., and captured a quantity of public store
ve-twenty bonds during the previous week. The following official communication from Provost-Marshal General James B. Fry, to Colonel Robert Nugent, Assistant Provost-Marshal of New York, was made public: The representations made by Dean Richmond and Peter Cagger, in a printed circular, dated October twenty-seventh, 1863, in respect to the action of the Provost-Marshal General, are untrue. It is not true that the State of New York is charged as with a deficiency for every citizen we hundred dollars commutation shall receive the same credit therefor, as if he had furnished a substitute, and is exonerated from military service for the time for which he was drafted, to wit, for three years. As the misrepresentations of Dean Richmond and Peter Cagger have been published and circulated for electioneering purposes, it is proper that you give them immediate correction. The bombardment of Fort Sumter continued without cessation. Yesterday morning, a portion of the wall
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 10: Peace movements.--Convention of conspirators at Montgomery. (search)
ich every patriotic heart so earnestly desires. . . . It is probable that the result to which you have arrived is the best that, under all the circumstances, could be expected. So far as in me lies, therefore, I shall recommend its adoption. Thirty-six hours afterward he was in Richmond, and in the speech alluded to he cast off the mask, denounced the Peace Convention as a worthless affair, declared that the South had nothing to hope from the Republican party; Telegraphic dispatch from Richmond, dated the evening of Thursday, February 28, 1861, quoted by Victor, in his History of the Southern Rebellion, page 490. and then, with all his might, he labored to precipitate Virginia into the vortex of revolution, in which its people suffered terribly. There were many persons of influence extremely anxious for peace, and preferring a dissolution of the Union (which they hoped would be temporary) to war, who were ready to consent to the secession of the fifteen Slave-labor States in or
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 14: the great Uprising of the people. (search)
Montgomery Correspondence of the Charleston Mercury, April 10, 1861. had assured Davis and his associates that his party would stand by the South at all hazards, and that there would be such a divided North, that war would be impossible. To impress his new political associates with exalted ideas of his power as a Democratic leader in the North, Sanders sent, by telegraph, the following pompous dispatch to his political friends in New York:-- Montgomery, April 14. To Mayor Wood, Dean Richmond, and Auguste Belmont:-- A hundred thousand mercenary soldiers cannot occupy and hold Pensacola. The entire South are under arms, and the negroes strengthen the military. Peace must come quickly, or it must be conquered. Northern Democrats standing by the South will not be held responsible for Lincoln's acts, unless indorsing them. State Sovereignty must be fully recognized. Protect your social and commercial ties by resisting Republican Federal aggression. Philadelphia should re
g themselves. The exact strength of the minority was afterwards stated by Mr. Bartlett, one of its members, in the Breckinridge Convention. Page 249. He said: Upon all questions and especially upon the adoption of the majority report on credentials, in which we had a long contest, the line was strictly drawn, and there were thirty on one side and forty on the other. This was equal to fifteen votes to twenty. The position of New York casting an undivided vote of thirty-five, with Dean Richmond at their head, had been a controlling power from the commencement. Her responsibility was great in proportion. Had she cast her weight into the scale at Charleston in favor of the majority report on the resolutions and in accordance with the decision of the Supreme Court, this, as we have already seen, would have prevailed by a vote of 173 to 130. Such a result might probably have terminated the controversy between the North and the South. After the retirement of the Southern deleg
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Memorial address (search)
nce with which, in so short a time, you succeeded in inspiring both myself and, I believe, every officer and man in my command. It gives me pleasure to add that now, though your connection with this army has ended, you still retain undiminished the love, respect and confidence of Cleburne's division. Respectfully your friend, P. R. Cleburne, Major-General. Dear General,—I have just learned officially that you have been relieved from command in this army, and ordered to report to Richmond. I cannot see you go away without sending you, in an unofficial and friendly note, the expression of my sincere regret at out separation. It has the merit of at least being disinterested. I saw you for the first time on my way to this army from Mississippi, when my division became a part of your corps, and I have had more than one occasion to express my admiration for your fidelity to duty, your soldierly qualities and your extraordinary courage on the field. It may gratify you to
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), William Lowndes Yancey, [from the Moutgomery, Ala., daily Advertiser, April 15, 1893.] (search)
is opposition by personal and official influence. John Slidell was not a delegate to the convention, still, he was personally present in Charleston for the purpose of working the wires to defeat Douglass, an art in which natural cunning and long practice had made him very proficient. The selection of Caleb Cushing for president of the convention was a serious blow to Douglass. There was a bitter fight between the rival delegations from New York-one headed by Fernando Wood the other by Dean Richmond, but the latter were admitted to seats. Ultra Southern delegates supported Wood. When the Committee on Resolutions made their report, there was a majority and a minority report, and this was the signal for battle. George E. Pugh, ex-Governor Paine of Ohio, C. L. Vallandigham and Congressman Richardson of Illinois, were the leading speakers for the majority report. The speeches of Pugh and Vallandigham were able, eloquent and impressive. W. L. Yancey was, practically, the only spea
rt; "Sumter is ours and nobody hurt: With mortar, paixhan and petard, We tender Old Abe our Beau-regard!" Secretary Toombs has received a dispatch from Hon. John C. Breckinridge and Gov. Magoffin, saying that Kentucky is greatly excited, sympathizing entirely with the South. Seven thousand men in the border States are under arms, and have offered to move at an order from the War Department at Montgomery. Still later. George N. Saunders has sent the following dispatch to Dean Richmond, Mayor Wood, and August Belmonte, of New York: "One hundred thousand mercenary soldiers cannot occupy and hold Pensacola. The entire South is under arms, and the Negroes strengthen the military. Peace will be quickly conquered. Northern Democrats standing by the South, Northern States and people, are not held responsible for Lincoln's acts. unless endorsing them.--State sovereignty is fully recognized. New York, protect your social and commercial ties by resisting Republicanis
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