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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 12 (search)
banks could do nothing more than gaze in mute despair. No batteries, no men were there. The absence of these is what the traitors, running from here to Washington, have been reporting to the enemy. Their boats would no more have ventured up that river without the previous exploration of spies, than Mr. Lincoln would dare to penetrate a cavern without torch-bearers, in which the rattle of venomous snakes could be heard. They have ascended to Florence, and may get footing in Alabama and Mississippi! And Fort Donelson has been attacked by an immensely superior force. We have 15,000 men there to resist, perhaps, 75,000! Was ever such management known before? Who is responsible for it? If Donelson falls, what becomes of the ten or twelve thousand men at Bowling Green? February 21 All our garrison in Fort Henry, with Gen. Tilghman, surrendered. I think we had only 1500 men there. Guns, ammunition, and stores, all gone. No news from Donelson-and that is bad news. Ben
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 13 (search)
be occupied by the enemy. Gen. Johnston, with the remnant of his army, has fallen down to Murfreesborough, and as that is not a point of military importance, will in turn be abandoned, and the enemy will drop out of the State into Alabama or Mississippi. March 2 Gen. Jos. E. Johnston has certainly made a skillful retrograde movement in the face of the enemy at Manassas. He has been keeping McClellan and his 210,000 men at bay for a long time with about 40,000. After the abandonment ofd up the amounts of patriotic contributions received by the army in Virginia, and registered on my book, and they amount to $1,515,898. The people of the respective States contributed as follows: North Carolina$325,417 Alabama317,600 Mississippi272,670 Georgia244,885 South Carolina137,206 Texas87,800 Louisiana61,950 Virginia Virginia undoubtedly contributed more than any other State, but they were not registered. 11448,070 Tennessee17,000 Florida2,350 Arkansas950 Marc
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 18 (search)
w for the safety of this city, as it is supposed that all the troops have been withdrawn. This is not so, however. From ten to fifteen thousand men could be concentrated here in twenty-four hours. Richmond is not in half the danger that Washington is. August 22 Saw Vice-President Stephens to day, as cordial and enthusiastic as ever. August 23 Members of Congress are coming to my office every day, getting passports for their constituents. Those I have seen (Senator Brown, of Mississippi, among the rest) express a purpose not to renew the act, to expire on the 18th September, authorizing martial law. August 24 In both Houses of Congress they are thundering away at Gen. Winder's Provost Marshal and his Plug Ugly alien policemen. Senator Brown has been very bitter against them. August 25 Mr. Russell has reported a bill which would give us martial law in such a modified form as to extract its venom. August 26 Mr. Russell's bill will not pass. The machiner
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 19 (search)
thousand men, we hear no more of the advance of the enemy; and Lee seems to be lying perdue, giving them an opportunity to ruminate on the difficulties and dangers of subjugation. I pray we may soon conquer a peace with the North; but then I fear we shall have trouble among ourselves. Certainly there is danger, after the war, that Virginia, and, perhaps, a sufficient number of the States to form a new constitution, will meet in convention and form a new government. Gen. Stark, of Mississippi, who fell at Sharpsburg, was an acquaintance of mine. His daughters were educated with mine at St. Mary's Hall, Burlington, N. J.-and were, indeed, under my care. Orphans now! September 27 The papers this morning contain accounts of the landing of Yankees at White House, York River; and of reinforcements at Williamsburg and Suffolk. They might attempt to take Richmond, while Lee's army is away; for they know we have no large body of troops here. A battery passed through the c
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XIX. October, 1862 (search)
and form a junction with him via the Monongahela and Upper Potomac. But Loring does not deem it safe to move all his forces (not more than 6000) by that route; he will, however, probably send his cavalry into Pennsylvania. And Gen. Lee does not want any more raw conscripts. They get sick immediately, and prove a burden instead of a benefit. He desires them to be kept in camps of instruction, until better seasoned (a term invented by Gen. Wise) for the field. Senator Brown, of Mississippi, opposed the bill increasing our salaries, on the ground that letters from himself, indorsed by the President, applying for clerkships for his friends, remained unanswered. He did not seem to know that this was exclusively the fault of the head clerk, Mr. Randolph, who has the title of Secretary of War. And the Examiner denounces the bill, because it seems to sanction a depreciation of our currency! What statesmanship! What logic! October 14 Congress adjourned yesterday at fiv
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XX. November, 1862 (search)
ey, etc. etc. This news produces great rejoicing, for it is hailed as the downfall of Republican despotism. Some think it will be followed by a speedy peace, or else that the European powers will recognize us without further delay. I should not be surprised if Seward were now to attempt to get the start of England and France, and cause our recognition by the United States. I am sure the Abolitionists cannot now get their million men. The drafting must be a failure. The Governor of Mississippi (Pettus) informs the President that a Frenchman, perhaps a Jew, proposes to trade salt for cottonten sacks of the first for one of the latter. The Governor says he don't know that he has received the consent of Butler, the beast (but he knows the trade is impossible without it), but that is no business of his. He urges the traffic. And the President has consented to it, and given him power to conduct the exchange in spite of the military authorities. The President says, however, that t
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 22 (search)
ce is ordering arms and ammunition to Gen. Pemberton, in Mississippi. This indicates a battle in the Southwest. A writerernment itself is selling, not destroying, the cotton of Mississippi? The President of the Central Railroad says that Meser from a gentleman well known to him, asserting that if Mississippi and Alabama be overrun by the enemy, a large proportion resident started two days ago for the West-Tennessee and Mississippi. No papers have been sent in by him since Tuesday, and resident has passed through East Tennessee on his way to Mississippi. Lieut.-Col. Nat Tyler, publisher of the Enquirer, tters. We have nothing further from North Carolina or Mississippi. Gen. Banks's expedition had passed Hilton Head. A M No matter. It is said our President will command in Mississippi himselfthe army having no confidence in Pemberton, becaunt, the Federal general, is said to be retreating out of Mississippi. December 27 The successes in the West have been c
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXIII. February, 1863 (search)
re his enemies. February 7 We have a dispatch from Texas, of another success of Gen. Magruder at Sabine Pass, wherein he destroyed a large amount of the enemy's stores. But we are calmly awaiting the blow at Charleston, or a Savannah, or wherever it may fall. We have confidence in Beauregard. We are more anxious regarding the fate of Vicksburg. Northern man as he is, if Pemberton suffers disaster by any default, he will certainly incur the President's eternal displeasure. Mississippi must be defended, else the President himself may feel the pangs of a refugee. That mercy I to others show, That mercy show to me! February 8 From intelligence received yesterday evening, it is probable the Alabama, Harriet Lane, and Florida have met off the West Indies, and turned upon the U. S. steamer Brooklyn. The account says a large steamer was seen on fire, and three others were delivering broadsides into her. The United States press thought the burning steamer was the F
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, Xxiv. March, 1863 (search)
Hill is moving toward Newbern, N. C., and may attack the enemy there. The weather continues dreadful-sleeting; and movements of armies must perforce be stayed. But the season of slaughter is approaching. There was an ominous scantiness of supply in the market this morning, and the prices beyond most persons — mine among the rest. Col. Lay got turkeys to-day from Raleigh; on Saturday partridges, by the Express Company. Fortunate man! March 17 On Saturday, the enemy's lower Mississippi fleet attacked our batteries at Port Hudson. The result reported is that only one of their gun-boats got past, and that in a damaged condition. The frigate Mississippi, one of the best war steamers of the United States, was burned, and the rest retired down the river, badly repulsed. We sustained no loss. To-day, the Secretary of War sent in a paper indorsing Judge Meredith's opinion in regard to foreigners who have accepted service in our country, viz., that they are liable to
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXV. April, 1863 (search)
his army is not fed. we fear for Vicksburg now. enemy giving up plunder in Mississippi. Beauregard is busy at Charleston. Gen. Marshall, of Kentucky, fails to geed masters. Notwithstanding the Enquirer urges it, and Mr. Barksdale, of Mississippi, persistently advocates it, Congress still refuses to confer additional powehave bad news from the West. The enemy (cavalry, I suppose) have penetrated Mississippi some 200 miles, down to the railroad between Vicksburg and Meridian. This iany conception of the surprise the enemy was executing at the moment? Well, Mississippi is the President's State, and if he is satisfied with Northern generals to de shall get no more sugar from Louisiana. April 28 The enemy's raid in Mississippi seems to have terminated at Enterprise, where we collected a force and offerthentic or not we have no means of knowing yet. We have nothing further from Mississippi. It is said there is some despondency in Washington. Our people will
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