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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XX. November, 1862 (search)
arrested for robbing the Treasury. Gen. J. E. Johnston in town. Secretary has resigned. Hon. J. A. Seddon appointed Secretary of War. the enemy marching on Fredericksburg. Lee writes that he wilere to-day. We have but few regiments between here and Fredericksburg. November 19 Hon. James A. Seddon (Va.) has been appointed Secretary of War. He is an able man (purely a civilian), and wa (thanks to him!) has ordered that interference with domestic trade must not be permitted. Mr. Seddon has taken his seat. He has, at least, a manly appearance-his predecessor was said to look lik arms, etc. The President sends this to the Secretary of War, for his advice. He wants to know Mr. Seddon's views on the subject — a delicate and embarrassing predicament for the new Secretary, truly!t he counteracted all Gen. Floyd's efforts to raise a division under State authority. Beware, Mr. Seddon! The President is a little particular concerning his prerogatives; and by the advice you now
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 22 (search)
ce, and is unwilling to produce evidence of his statements of the disability of his relative. Mr. Seddon will doubtless make a spirited response to this imputation on his office. We have a rumor s at the government; calling it a government of chief clerks and subordinate clerks. He hopes Mr. Seddon will not be merely a clerk. Gen. Jos. E. Johnston has written from the West a gloomy lettebut reports from the West are not always reliable. A communication has been received by Secretary Seddon from S. B. M., of Vicksburg, proposing to purchase shoes, blankets, etc. in the United Stat, effected with Mr. Randolph, has just (in the President's absence) made another contract with Mr. Seddon. The department becomes a partner with him, and another party in England, in a huge commerciated the country of gold, and placed us at the feet of the Jew extortioners. It still goes on. Mr. Seddon has granted passports to two agents of a Mr. Baumgartien-and how many others I know not. These
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXII. January, 1863 (search)
g or equalizing disasters between them to magnify his importance and increase his reward, has been controlling many events since the beginning of this war, and is still engaged in the diabolical work. It now appears that several regiments were withdrawn from the vicinity of Bristol, whose presence there was necessary for the protection of the railroad and the bridges. They were brought hither after Lee's defeat of Burnside, for the protection of the capital! The President was away, and Mr. Seddon was now in the War Office. But Gen. Cooper is old in office, and should have known better; and Gen. G. W. Smith certainly must have known better. Just suppose we had been beaten at Murfreesborough, and our communications cut, west and east and south! There would have been no escape. It had even been proposed to take a large portion of Lee's men from him, so that he must be inevitably defeated on the Rappahannock, but Lee's resignation would have shocked the people unbearably. Great
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXIII. February, 1863 (search)
for the want of numbers on our side; and, finally, that all those who fail to go to the field at such a momentous period as this, are guilty of the blood of the brave soldiers who perish in the effort to achieve independence. This would be contrary to the rules and regulations as understood by the Adjutant and Inspector-General (a Northern man), and no doubt the Secretary of War and the President will reject the plan. The petition of forty members of Congress in my behalf came from Mr. Seddon, the Secretary, to our bureau to-day. He asks the superintendent if there is a necessity for such an officer, one whose rank is equal to that of a commandant of a camp of instruction. Ite says important services only should require the appointment of such an officer. Well, Gen. Rains recommended it. I know not whether he can say more. I shall not get it, for Congress has but little influence, just now. February 24 Gen. Longstreet is now in command of Gen. Smith's late department,
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, Xxiv. March, 1863 (search)
oincide with Judge Meredith. It is also alleged that Secretary Seddon concurs in this opinion; and if this be the case, an e decision had not the sanction of the Secretary of War, Mr. Seddon. He thinks several thousand men may have been permitted, and quite as mysteriously, a paper appeared, signed by Mr. Seddon, Secretary of War, suggesting that the bureau act in conmurred, and said the bureau would conform its action to Mr. Seddon's suggestions; and he charged a clerk to preserve that paper. Col. L. grumbled awfully at Mr. Seddon's off-hand decision, without mature reflection. Gen. Stewart (of Maryland) was at the office a short time before, and advocated Mr. Seddon's views; for he knew how many Marylanders would be embraced abandoned property for the use of the government. Mr. Secretary Seddon demands more specific information before that step ed a little this morning, and is now clear and cold. Mr. Seddon is vexed at the unpopularity of the recent impressments
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXV. April, 1863 (search)
nce and the adjacent counties. Every day we look for important intelligence from Charleston, and from the West. Mr. Seddon, the Secretary of War, has receded from his position in regard to resident aliens. April 2 This morning early a frmission to call the troops from the camps near the city, to suppress the women and children by a summary process. But Mr. Seddon hesitated, and then declined authorizing any such absurdity. He said it was a municipal or State duty, and therefore h, so politely declined by the Secretary! Well, if it will benefit the government, the government is welcome to it; and Mr. Seddon to the credit of it, April 12TH.-Gen. Van Dorn, it is reported, has captured or destroyed another gun-boat in the West.r ago, and before either Mr. K. or Judge Campbell were in office. Office makes curious changes il men! Still, I think Mr. Seddon badly used in not being permitted to see the communications the President sends him. I have the privilege, and will us
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 27 (search)
ing through the country. But the Baltimore Plug Uglies, under the protection of Gen. Winder, are the masters, now Mr. Secretary Seddon has yielded again. A letter was received from Gen. J. E. Johnston to-day. He is too unwell to take the field, his sight. He still attends to business at his dwelling, and has not been in his office for more than a month. Secretary Seddon is gaunt and emaciated, with long straggling hair, mingled grey and black. He looks like a dead man galvanized intose in a carriage, looking thin and frail in health. The heads of departments, two and two, followed on foot-Benjamin and Seddon first-at the head of the column of young clerks (who ought to be in the field), the State authorities, municipal authoritnt appeals for the order to be countermanded, came back from the President to-day, to whom it had been referred by Mr. Secretary Seddon. The President indorsed, characteristically, that the statement did not agree in numbers with a previous one, and
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXVII. June, 1863 (search)
it Gen. Winder's three police. men (all imported) to bail, and they remain in prison; and Judge Meredith has refused to discharge them on a writ of habeas corpus --resolving first to test the validity of the martial law set up for them in their defense. I believe the government is acting on my suggestion to Col. Johnston, A. D. C., in regard to searching blockade-runners, caught in the lines, bearing sealed letters to the North. To-day the Attorney-General sent to the department, for Mr. Seddon's approval, instructions to Confederate Attorneys and Marshals to aid and co-operate with M. Greenwood, a detective agent of the government. I think about the first men he detects in treasonable practices will be Gen. Elzey and Gen. Winder's detectives. Mr. Vallandigham has been nominated for Governor of Ohio. The following are the conditions upon which women and children can come to the South, or go to the North, published in Washington and Baltimore: First.-All applicati
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 29 (search)
5,000 of the enemy immediately in his rear! Such are the gloomy accounts from Martinsburg. Our telegraph operators are great liars, or else they have been made the dupes of spies and traitors. That the cause has suffered much, and may be ruined by the toleration of disloyal persons within our lines, who have kept the enemy informed of all our movements, there can be no doubt. The following is Gen. Johnston's dispatch announcing the fall of Vicksburg: Jackson, July 7th, 1863. Hon. J. A. Seddon, Secretary of War. Vicksburg capitulated on the 4th inst. The garrison was paroled, and are to be returned to our lines, the officers retaining their side-arms and personal baggage. This intelligence was brought by an officer who left the place on Sunday, the 5th. J. E. Johnston, General. We get nothing from Lee himself. Gen. Cooper, the Secretary of War, and Gen. Hill went to the President's office about one o'clock. They seemed in haste, and excited. The President, t
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXIX. August, 1863 (search)
his side of the Potomac, it appears that the fine iron on the road from Fredericksburg to Aquia Creek was not removed! Mr. Seddon's subordinates must answer for this. The iron was wanted more than anything else but men. The want of men cannot be ale passage in a government steamer to Europe. Mr. B. says the promise was made in the President's room, and he asks if Mr. Seddon could not spare an hour in his office, for Mr., R. to take his portrait. He says Mr. R. has the heads of the President, all the heads of departments (except Mr. Seddon, I suppose), and the principal generals. It does not appear what was done by Mr. Seddon, but I presume everything asked for by Mr. Benjamin was granted. But this matter has not exalted the PresidentMr. Seddon, but I presume everything asked for by Mr. Benjamin was granted. But this matter has not exalted the President and his heads of departments in my estimation, If it be not fiddling while Rome is burning, it is certainly egotizing while the Confederacy is crumbling. On that day Sumter was falling to pieces, and some 40 locomotives and hundreds of cars were bu
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