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William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 25 (search)
rth Carolina. We steamed down James River, and at Old Point Comfort took on board my brother, Senator Sherman, and Mr. Edwin Stanton, son of the Secretary of War, and proceeded at once to our destination. On our way down the river, Captain Barnes e. I held the train for nearly half an hour, when he returned with the message translated and written out. It was from Mr. Stanton, announcing the assassination of Mr. Lincoln, the attempt on the life of Mr. Seward and son, and a suspicion that a liications of the 18th, which I still possess, and here give the originals. They embrace the copy of a dispatch made by Mr. Stanton to General Grant, when he was pressing Lee at Appomattox, which dispatch, if sent me at the same time (as should have had received any answer from General Johnston to the demand for the surrender of his own army, as well as my answer to Mr. Stanton's letter, of the same date, both written on the supposition that I might have to start suddenly in pursuit of Johnston
At eleven o'clock A. M. Fitch, commanding the Indiana brigade, arrived and took military possession of the place. There are several prizes here, among them four large river-steamers, which will be brought at once into the service of the Government. I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your most obedient servant, C. H. Davis, Flag-Officer, Commanding Western Flotilla, Mississippi River, pro tem. Despatches from Colonel Ellett. opposite Memphis, June 6, 1862. To Hon. Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War: The rebel gunboats made a stand early this morning opposite Memphis, and opened a vigorous fire upon our gunboats, which was returned with equal spirit. I ordered the Queen, my flag-ship, to pass between the gunboats, and run down ahead of them upon the two rams of the enemy, which first boldly stood their ground. Col. Ellett, in the Monarch, of which Capt. Dryden is First Master, followed gallantly. The rebel rams endeavored to back down-stream, and then to
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 4: the Valley of the Shenandoah (continued)—Return to Strasburg. (search)
elson; and this one of their boys accidentally saw in a newspaper. At this time, too, the Administration in divers ways gave out that the end was nigh; that the services of our troops would be required but for two or three months longer. An Indiana regiment, offered and enlisted but for one year, the Government were unwilling to accept, and wished to muster it out at once; but finally declared that it was willing to keep it for sixty or ninety days longer,--and that was as long, said Secretary Stanton, as the Government would want any troops. When Yorktown falls, the end has come, was the cry. I think the feeling that he had better strike now while he was here, suggested to one of the officers of the Second Massachusetts to call upon me upon very important business, as he said; which turned out to be that he was engaged to be married to a young lady of Winchester, and wished a leave of absence for six days that he might go back then and be married. He had met his love for the fir
George H. Gordon, From Brook Farm to Cedar Mountain, Chapter 6: battle of Winchester (continued)—Federal retreat across the Potomac to Williamsport. (search)
aid before me and received my official sanction. Statement of R. M. Copeland, p. 32. why Copeland's hands, during the remainder of the war, held nothing more belligerent than the pen, the ruler, and the hammer. See a letter vindicating Secretary Stanton, written by Horatio Woodman, Esq., in Boston daily Transcript of June 2, 1862, supposed to have been inspired by Governor Andrew. In other States the excitement was scarcely less intense than in Massachusetts. New York sent her Elevent Strasburg. In his order General Banks took especial care to speak in praise of the part taken by my brigade during the retreat. On the thirty-first of May a paper was handed me by General Hatch, Williamsport, Md., May 31, 1862. To the Hon. Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War. The undersigned officers of the army, serving in the Department of the Shenandoah, take great pleasure in recommending for the appointment of brigadier-general, Colonel George H. Gordon, commanding Second Massachuset
. Fifth--Against any discrimination by Congress against slave States asking admission. Sixth--Protecting persons and property in the Territories till they have thirty thousand inhabitants, when non-intervention by Congress shall be the law. The Committee had a laborious session today, and it is rumored that it is not improbable some plan will be proposed which will be satisfactory, and that the Committee will be able to report by the middle of next week, perhaps earlier. Mayor Lincoln, of Boston, and a large party of the city government, with ladies, arrived to- night, and put up at Willard's. The business of the party is of a municipal character. They report that Lincoln could not carry Boston by five thousand if the election occurred to-morrow. The revolution in public sentiment is rapidly going on in the eastern States. It is reported that Mr. Edwin Stanton, for merely of Pennsylvania, but now a resident or Washington, will be appointed Attorney General.
following instructions were given: If General Lander is satisfied that Colonel Amsanzel was guilty of cowardice or misbehavior before the enemy, he may be tried on the spot, and it found guilty, the sentence of death may be executed on the spot, or he may be cashiered by his commanding General at the head of his regiment. The former course is recommended as the preferable one. Cowardice in an officer, exhibited on the field of battle, should receive the swift punishment of death. Edwin Stanton, Sec'y of War. War Department, Feb. 16, 1862. From Missouri — capture of Brigadier-General Price and other Confederate officers, &C. Sedalia, Mo, Feb. 19. --Brigadier-General Price, ( a son of Sterling Price,) Colonel Phillips, Major Cross, and Captain Crosby, were captured near Warsaw on Sunday night, and brought to this place. The prisoners were captured by Captain Stubbs, of the Eighth Iowa Regiment. They had some 500 recruits with them for old Price in charge, but