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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 2: preliminary rebellious movements. (search)
To dare! From that moment, he was zealously engaged in efforts to destroy his Government. From the same balcony Edmund Ruffin, of Virginia, a white-haired old man, made a speech to the excited people. He was well known as a political and agriction of military works for the assault on Fort Sumter, and also of having fired the first shot at that fortification. Ruffin was in Richmond at the close of the following summer, and visited the National prisoners who ware captured at the battle a patriarchal citizen, whose long locks extended over his shoulders, whitened by the snows of more than seventy winters. Ruffin did not appear prominently in the war that ensued. He survived the conflict, in which he lost all of his property. On Sening of the 7th, November, 1860. a dispatch went up to Columbia from Charleston, saying that many of the National Edmund Ruffin. officers had resigned. That morning, the United States District Court had assembled in Charleston, over which one
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 13: the siege and evacuation of Fort Sumter. (search)
before the attack on the Bastile. Among the demagogues in Charleston was Roger A. Pryor, lately a member of the National House of Representatives; and also Edmund Ruffin, See page 48. both from Virginia. Their State Convention was then in session at Richmond. The Union sentiment in that body seemed likely to defeat the secded to neutralize its power, by elevating passion into the throne of judgment. It was believed by many that this could be done only by shedding blood. Pryor and Ruffin were self-constituted preachers of the sanguinary doctrine. They were earnest missionaries; and on the evening of the 10th, while the city was rocked with excite A richly engraved border surrounded the whole. The engraving was by a German named Bornemann. which had been sent over from Morris Island, with the venerable Edmund Ruffin as color-bearer, entered the fort when the salute was ended and the garrison had departed, and buried the dead soldier with military honors. Two private soldi
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 15: siege of Fort Pickens.--Declaration of War.--the Virginia conspirators and, the proposed capture of Washington City. (search)
et the conspirators worked on, conscious of increasing strength, for one weak Unionist after another was converted by their sophistry or their threats. Pryor and Ruffin, as we have seen, went to Charleston to urge an attack upon Fort Sumter, believing that bloodshedding would inflame the passions of Southern men, and that, duringoy of the secessionists because of the attack on Fort Sumter. A telegraphic correspondent at Charleston had said the day before:--That ball fired at Sumter by Edmund Ruffin will do more for the cause of secession in Virginia than volumes of stump speeches. New York Herald, April 13, 1861. The assertion was correct. While the Ce let me know what your State intends to do? Letcher replied:--The Convention will determine. It was this dispatch — this notice of that ball fired on Sumter by Ruffin — that set the bells ringing, the flags. flying, the cannons thundering, and the people shouting in Richmond; and a few days afterward the Convention revealed it