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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 5: events in Charleston and Charleston harbor in December, 1860.--the conspirators encouraged by the Government policy. (search)
es, revealed some startling facts. According to that report, so early as the 29th of December, 1859, Secretary Floyd had ordered the transfer of sixty-five thousand percussion muskets, forty thousand muskets altered to percussion, and ten thousand percussion rifles, from the armory at Springfield in Massachusetts, and the arsenals at Watervliet in New York, and Watertown in Massachusetts, to the arsenals at Fayetteville in North Carolina, Charleston in South Carolina, Augusta in Georgia, Mount Vernon in Alabama, and Baton Rouge in Louisiana; and these were distributed during the spring of 1860. The distribution was as follows:--   percussion muskets. altered muskets. Rifles. To Charleston Arsenal 9,280 5,720 2,000 To Fayetteville Arsenal 15,480 9,520 2,000 To Augusta Arsenal 12,380 7,620 2,000 To Mount Vernon Arsenal 9,280 5,720 2,000 To Baton Rouge Arsenal 18,580 11,420 2,000   Totals 65,000 40,000 10,000 Eleven days after the issuance of the abov
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 17: events in and near the National Capital. (search)
dependence and the rights of man, in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and especially in the Southern States, and who was the leader of an army to crush an insurrection. The Whisky insurrection in Western Pennsylvania. He was intimately associated with the Washington family, having married the daughter of an adopted son of the Father of his Country (George Washington Parke Custis); and his residence, Arlington House, was filled with furniture, and plate, and china, and pictures, from Mount Vernon, the consecrated home of the patriot. It was one of the most desirable residences in the country. Around it spread out two hundred acres of lawn, and forest, and garden; and before it flowed the Potomac, beyond which, like a panorama, lay the cities of Washington and Georgetown. A charming family made this home an earthly paradise. The writer had been a frequent guest there while, the founder of Arlington House (Mr. Custis) was yet alive. He was there just before the serpent of sec
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 20: commencement of civil War. (search)
itary occupation of Alexandria, 482. death and funeral of Colonel Ellsworth, 483. first fortifications erected near Washington, 484. the troops in Virginia Mount Vernon, 485. attack on Sewell's Point, 486. attack on Acquia Creek batteries, 487. dash into Fairfax Court House the Unionists in Western Virginia, 488. Union Co was succeeded by the veteran Colonel S. P. Heintzelman, of the regulars, who, by order of General Scott, took special care for the protection of the estate of Mount Vernon from injury, and the tomb of Washington from desecration. It is a pleasant thing to record, that while the soldiers of both parties in the contest during the struggle were alternately in military possession of Mount Vernon, not an act is known to have occurred there incompatible with the most profound reverence for the memory of the Father of his country. New York State militia. the conspirators, alarmed by these aggressive movements, and by others in Western Virginia, took activ
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 22: the War on the Potomac and in Western Virginia. (search)
destroy the water communication with the Capital. Captain Ward, of the Potomac flotilla, was with the Freeborn, his flagship, below this point, when information of the presence of an insurgent force on the promontory reached him. Falls Church in 1865. this is a view of the ancient Church which gives the name to the village, mentioned on page 526, as it appeared when the writer visited and sketched it, at the close of April, 1865.. the Church is a cotemporary with Pohick Church, near Mount Vernon, built before the Revolution, of brick, and in a style similar to the latter. It is about eight miles north of Alexandria, and the same distance west of Washington City. The village that has grown up around the Church was built chiefly by Massachusetts people who had settled there, but the congregation of this Church (Episcopalians) were chiefly native Virginians, and were nearly all secessionists. Their rector, a secessionist, afraid to pray for the President of the United States or