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y came only to demand what the government could not then concede, and every line they wrote was waste of ink, every word they spoke waste of breath. Southern congressmen were leaving by every train. Families of years residence were pulling down their household gods and starting on a pilgrimage to set them up — where they knew not, save it must be in the South. Old friends looked doubtfully at each other, and wild rumors were rife of incursions over the Potomac by wild-haired riders from Virginia. Even the fungi of the departmental desks, seeming suddenly imbued with life, rose and threw away their quills-and with them the very bread for their families — to go South. It was the modern hegira! A dull, vague unrest brooded over Washington, as though the city had been shadowed with a vast pall, or threatened with a plague.. Then when it was again too late, General Scott-the general, as the hero of Lundy's Lane and Mexico was universally knownvirtu-ally went into the Cabinet, prac
They knew that something had gone wrong, that something was expected of them; but how, where or what, their conception was of the vaguest. The average intelligence of the masses thereabout is not high; the change noticeable before crossing the Virginia line becoming more and more marked as one travels straight south. Whether the monotonous stretches of pine barren depress mentally, or frequent recurring ager prostrates physically, who shall say? But to the casual glance along that railroad ll effect. Still it dominated the lesser structures, as it stared down the street with quite a Roman rigor. The staff upon its dome bore the flag of the new nation, run up there shortly after the Congress met by the hands of a noted daughter of Virginia. Miss Letitia Tyler was not only a representative of proud Old Dominion blood, but was also granddaughter of the ex-President of the United States, whose eldest son, Robert, lived in the new Capital. All Montgomery had flocked to Capitol Hill
umter's effect on public feeling would there be a long war — or any? organizing an army the will of the people how women worked the camps a novel show Mr. Davis handles Congress his energy and industry society and the strangers joy over Virginia's secession. When tidings came of the fall of Fort Sumter, there was wild rejoicing throughout the South and it culminated at her Capital. All the great, and many of the little men of the Government were serenaded by bands of the most patriorst-born into the ranks, musket on shoulder. Early on the morning of the 18th of April, a salute of seven guns rang out from the street before the public building. The telegraph had brought the most welcome news that, on the evening before, Virginia had passed the ordinance of secession. Wild was the rejoicing at the southern Capital that day! The Old Dominion had long and sedately debated the question; had carefully considered the principles involved and canvassed the pros and cons
Chapter 5: a southern river boat race. An Alabama steamer General Van Dorn what river travel is a calliope and its master Banter for a race excitement of all on board a close shave neck and neck how a race is won a unique toast. Hurry, my boy! Pack up your traps and get ready for the boat, cried Styles Staple, bursting into my room in his usual sudden fashion the day we got the news from Virginia. All's fixed. The colonel, you and I are to have a trip of a week, stop at Mobile and then run down t‘ Orleans! So by sundown we were quietly smoking our cigars on the topmost deck of the Southern Republic. Nowhere in the world can be found just such boats as those that navigate our south-western rivers. Great three or four-storied constructions, built upon mere flats of the lightest possible draught, with length and breadth of beam sufficient to allow storage room for an immense number of cotton bales and barrels upon the lowest deck; with their furnaces, boilers
on board ever knew that their quiet fellow-passenger was the most widely known rebel of them all. Many a man has read, with quickening breath, of the bold deeds of Admiral Raphael Semmes; and some have traced his blazing track to the, perhaps, Quixotic joust that ended his wild sea-kingship, never recalling that impassive fellow-passenger. Yet it was he who, seated on the rail of the Southern Republic, read to the crowd that evening. What's the Washington news? --Anything more from Virginia! --What about Tennessee convention? --Has Bragg commenced business? --and a thousand equally eager questions popped from the impatient crowd, There is news, indeed! answered Captain Semmes. Listen,. my friends, for the war has commenced in earnest. And here, on the quiet southern river, we first heard how Baltimore had risen to drive out the troops; how there had been wild work made in spite of the police, and how hot blood of her citizens had stained the streets of the town. The
he simple duty of the South was to prevent harm to a hair of her head for words said in its defense. Those who had been the hottest in branding the action of Virginia as laggard, looked to her for the steadiest and most efficient aid, now that the crisis faced them; while all felt she would meet the calls of the hour with nevence in rest and rallied to the charge, in the avowed quarrel that the troops attacked were on their way to oppress her next sister. And nothing could follow but Virginia's bright falchion must flash out, and the states must lock shields and press between her and the giant she had roused. The Gulf City had not been idle. The e stevedores and men of every class flocked to follow their example, so that the city alone gave two, full regiments and helped to fill up others. The news from Virginia and Maryland had given but a fresh impetus to these preparations and, before my return to Montgomery, these regiments had passed through, on their way to the new
Chapter 9: a change of base. The Pensacola army review by President Davis orders for Virginia breaking camp on the Gulf the start of the Zouaves they capture a train and a city pursuit and recapture the riot and its lesson early ideasarly mist before dawn, he said: Egad! there's mischief brewing-mischief, sir! The seat of war's to be removed to Virginia and the capital to Richmond! I stopped and looked at the colonel. Was it the punch? That's what the council this evening meant? Just so. Bragg remains, but part of his garrison goes to Beauregard, in Virginia. Trains to Montgomery will be jammed now, so we'd better be off. And, egad, sir! I'm to get ready for the field. Yes, sir, for the field! Next their devoir. Some Alabamians, two Georgia regiments, the Chasseurs-d-pied, the Tigers and the Zouaves were to go to Virginia; and through the courtesy of the officers of the latter corps, we got seats to Montgomery in their car; two days later.
e possession of the border states by force, the people of Virginia decided that the battle was to be fought on her soil. Heer. Troops in large bodies had already been forwarded to Virginia from all parts of the South, and all indications were thauth was in motion; that a few days would see Mr. Davis in Virginia at the head of thirty thousand men, Beauregard second in had been much jubilation in Montgomery over the news from Virginia. Serenades had been made, speeches delivered, and the int was finally settled that the Capital was to be moved to Virginia, the city of Montgomery began to wail. It had all along e, the preparations for removal and the change of base to Virginia went steadily on, By the 20th of May, everything had beens early, as in South Carolina. Charleston, Pensacola and Virginia had drained her of younger and more active men; but the od friends, the Zouaves, to their fresh fields of glory in Virginia. They retained a lively recollection of their lesson at
e other bureaux of the Government were relegated to the Mechanics' Institute, an ungainly pile of bricks, formerly used as library and lecture-rooms. The State of Virginia, though not at all on pleasure bent in inviting the Government to her capital, had yet been of frugal enough mind not to commence preparations in advance of large and ornate mausoleum, where they were laid when escorted south by the New York Seventh Regiment. That escort was treated with all the generous hospitality Virginia can so well use; and numerous and deep were the oaths of amity between the citizen-soldiers. Though the Seventh were not notoriously deadly, in the war that fols the only rolling-mill of great capacity, of which the South could boast; the only one, indeed, capable of casting heavy guns. Almost the first decisive act of Virginia was to prevent, by seizure, the delivery to United States officers of some guns cast for them by the Tredegar Works; and, from that day, there were no more earne
o the real work. Regulars of the States Virginia sentiment unanimity of purpose Lee and Johation. Upon the action of her convention, Virginia was found to have been in nowise behind the oas made commander-in-chief, and the flower of Virginia, from the old army, were made generals and su Thus, when the Government first felt that Virginia was to be the battle-ground and decided to laed points, every available man was ordered to Virginia. Here the work of organization went on with were larger than their houses, and that even Virginia hospitality must have a limit. Varied, indeece the most reasonable supposition. The State of Virginia had already put it in as good defense asGeneral Huger, that it endorsed the action of Virginia by giving him a brigadier's commission and inans were taken to prevent its occupation. On Virginia soil-many of its' citizens already in the rebg troops across the fords of the Potomac into Virginia, it was considered necessary to concentrate, [3 more...]
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