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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 10: the last invasion of Missouri.--events in East Tennessee.--preparations for the advance of the Army of the Potomac. (search)
the north side of the James, somewhat injuring the canal on the way, and destroying the outbuildings of the farm of James A. Seddon, then Confederate Secretary of War. They reached the outer line of fortifications around Richmond, on the northwestfeel the weight of their hatred and vengeance, by executing the whole of them. It was considered in cabinet meeting, and Seddon, the Confederate Secretary of War, wrote a letter to General Lee, asking his views concerning the matter, in which he sai that a large amount of powder be placed under the building, with instructions to blow them up if the attempt were made. Seddon would not give a written order for the diabolical work to be done, but he said, significantly, the prisoners must not be Dahlgren was not killed until two days after Winder had placed in readiness, according to the written testimony of one of Seddon's men, just cited, the powder for the massacre of the Union prisoners; so the plea of retaliation fails. It was afterwar
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 14: Sherman's campaign in Georgia. (search)
heir own State, for its defense, if re-enforcements were not sent to Hood for that purpose.--[See Rebel War Clerk's Diary, II., 892. It was this practical application of the principles of State sovereignty, so destructive of National unity in Georgia, that caused Davis to visit that State. In recording the fact of Davis's absence at that time, A Rebel War Clerk said, in his diary: When the cat's away, the mice will play. I saw a note of invitation to-day, from Secretary Mallory to Secretary Seddon, inviting him to his house, at 5 P. M., to partake of pea-soup with Secretary Trenholm. His pea-soup will be oysters and champagne, and every other delicacy relished by epicures. Mr. Mallory's red face and his plethoric body indicate the highest living; and his party will enjoy the dinner, while so many of our brave men are languishing with wounds, or pining in cruel captivity. Nay, they may feast, possibly, while the very pillars of the Government are crumbling under the blows of th
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 15: Sherman's March to the sea.--Thomas's campaign in Middle Tennessee.--events in East Tennessee. (search)
and rear, and to be confident, and resolute, and trustful in an overruling Providence. He dismayed the thinking men of the State by saying, I hasten to join you in defense of your homes and firesides, for they knew his incompetency and dreaded his folly. From Richmond, B. H. Hill, a Georgia Senator, cried to the people of his State: Every citizen with his gun, and every negro with his spade and ax, can do the work of a soldier. You can destroy the enemy by retarding his march. Be firm! Seddon, the Secretary of War, indorsed the message; and the representatives of Georgia in the Confederate Congress sent an earnest appeal to the people to fly to arms, assuring them that President Davis and the Secretary of War would do every thing in their power to help them in the pressing emergency. Let every man fly to arms, they said. Remove your negroes, horses, cattle, and provisions from Sherman's army, and burn what you cannot carry. Burn all bridges, and block up the roads in his route
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 22: prisoners.-benevolent operations during the War.--readjustment of National affairs.--conclusion. (search)
eport, in which they admitted the mining of Libby Prison, and, by implication, the charges of cruelty and starvation, but tried to give excuses for the deeds. Foote, in a letter written from Montreal, after the appearance of that report, commented upon it severely, and declared that a Government officer of respectability told him that a systematic scheme was on foot for subjecting these un fortunate men to starvation. He further declared that Northrup's fiendish proposition was indorsed by Seddon, the Secretary of War, who said, substantially, in that endorsement, that the time had arrived for retaliation upon the prisoners of war of the enemy. In that letter Foote proved, (1) That the starving of Union prisoners was known to the Confederate authorities; (2) That the rebel Commissary-General proposed it; (3) That the rebel Secretary of War approved and indorsed it; (4) That Robert Ould, rebel Commissioner of Exchange, knew it; and (5) That the rebel House of Representatives knew of