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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 3 (search)
ve made him a general, if he had fallen down and worshiped their Republican idol, and fought against his father. May 12 To-day I set out for Montgomery. The weather was bright and pleasant. It is Sunday. In the cars are many passengers going to tender their services, and all imbued with the same inflexible purpose. The corn in the fields of Virginia is just becoming visible; and the trees are beginning to disclose their foliage. May 13 We traveled all night, and reached Wilmington, N. C., early in the morning. There I saw a Northern steamer which had been seized in retaliation for some of the seizures of the New Yorkers. And there was a considerable amount of ordnance and shot and shell on the bank of the river. The people everywhere on the road are for irremediable, eternal separation. Never were men more unanimous. And North Carolina has passed the ordinance, I understand, without a dissenting voice. Better still, it is not to be left to a useless vote of the p
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 19 (search)
stability. And when the next army of invasion marches southward, it will be likely to have enemies in its rear as well as in its front. The Tribune exclaims God bless Abraham Lincoln. Others, even in the North, will pray for God to — him! September 30 Lincoln's proclamation was the subject of discussion in the Senate yesterday. Some of the gravest of our senators favor the raising of the black flag, asking and giving no quarter hereafter. The yellow fever is raging at Wilmington, North Carolina. The President, in response to a resolution of inquiry concerning Hyde, the agent who procured a substitute and was arrested for it, sent Congress a letter from the Secretary of War, stating that the action of Gen. Winder had not been approved, and that Mr. Hyde had been discharged. The Secretary closes his letter with a sarcasm, which, I think, is not his own composition. He asks, as martial law is still existing, though the writ of habeas corpus is not suspended, for instru
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XIX. October, 1862 (search)
not advancing farther into Virginia, is that he has not troops enough, and the Secretary of War has them not to send him. I hope this may be so. Still, I think he must fight soon if he remains near Martinsburg. The yellow fever is worse at Wilmington. I trust it will not make its appearance here. A resolution was adopted yesterday in the Senate, to the effect that martial law does not apply to civilians. But it has been applied to them here, and both Gen. Winder and his Provost Marshamajor-general, and to be placed in command of the army in Western Virginia. October 27 From information (pretty direct from Washington), I believe it is the purpose of the enemy to make the most strenuous efforts to capture Richmond and Wilmington this fall and winter. It has been communicated to the President that if it takes their last man, and all their means, these cities must fall. Gen. Smith is getting negroes to work on the defenses, and the subsistence officers are ordered to a
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XX. November, 1862 (search)
. Lee writes that he will be ready for them. Kentuckians will not be hog drivers. women and children flying from the vicinity of Fredericksburg. fears for Wilmington. no beggars. quiet on the Rappahannock. M. Paul, French Consul, saved the French tobacco. Gen. Johnston goes West. President gives Gov. Pettit full authoriory impaired. He recommends that Brig.-Gen. Whiting be promoted, and assigned to the command in place of Forney, relieved. A letter from Gen. Whiting, near Wilmington, dated 13th. inst., expresses serious apprehensions whether that place can be held against a determined attack, unless a supporting force of 10,000 men be sentstomed condiment. Blood will flow in torrents, and God will award the victory. Another letter from Gen. Whiting says there is every reason to suppose that Wilmington will be attacked immediately, and if reinforcements (10,000) be not sent him, the place cannot be defended against a land assault. Nor is this all: for if the
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 22 (search)
letter from Gen. Bragg, dated at Raleigh, yesterday, says it is probable Goldsborough will fall into their hands. This will cut our railroad communication with Wilmington, which may likewise fall-but not without its price in blood. Why not let the war cease now? It is worse than criminal to prolong it, when it is apparent thorth Carolina seems vague and unsatisfactory. They say we beat the enemy at Kinston; yet they have destroyed a portion of the railroad between Goldsborough and Wilmington. They say the Federals are retreating on Newbern; yet we know they made 500 of our men prisoners after they crossed the Neuse. It is reported that our loss iswe do? Trust in God! December 26 We have no news to-day — not even a rumor. We are ready for anything that may come. No doubt the assailants of Mobile, Wilmington, or Charleston, will meet with determined resistance. The President will be in Richmond about the first day of January. I saw a man who traveled with him i
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXII. January, 1863 (search)
aphed to-day in relation to the movement on Wilmington; and the President had the cabinet with him and that Weldon, Goldsborough, Raleigh, and Wilmington are in extreme peril. Lee cannot send any, en taken from him and sent to the defense of Wilmington, is apprehensive that they may be lost, in teamer has successfully run the blockade from Wilmington with cotton. This notification may increasegraphs to-day for the use of conscripts near Wilmington, in the event of an emergency. Several shipsanuary 24 Gen. Smith writes that he deems Wilmington in a condition to resist any attacks. Thh Carolina, and, it is reported, 52,000 men. Wilmington will probably be assailed. Mr. Foote saierations. Can Savannah, and Charleston, and Wilmington be successfully defended? They may, if theypation Proclamation. Fort Caswell, below Wilmington, has been casemated with iron; but can it wiustrate some of their plans, and may relieve Wilmington. The attack on Fort McAlister was a fail[2 more...]
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXIII. February, 1863 (search)
the Minister at Washington. The attack will be by sea and land. God help Beauregard in this fearful ordeal! February 6 Gell. Lee thinks Charleston will be assailed, and suggests that all the troops in North Carolina be concentrated near Wilmington, and he will undertake the defense of the rest of the State. Nevertheless, if the government deems it more important to have his troops sent to North Carolina, than to retain them for the defense of Richmond, he must acquiesce. But he thinks at I have always apprehended the most danger from that quarter. But we shall beat them, come whence they may! February 18 Mr. H --‘s, another of Gen. Winder's detectives, has gone over to the enemy. He went on a privateering cruise from Wilmington; the vessel he sailed in captured a brig, and H — s was put in command of the prize, to sail into a Confederate port. Instead of this, however, H---s sailed away for one of the West India islands, and gave up his prize to Corn. Wilkes, of th
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, Xxiv. March, 1863 (search)
less, and the large fortunes accumulated by the speculators, turning to dust and ashes on their lips, might engender a new exasperation, resulting in a regenerated patriotism and a universal determination to achieve independence or die in the attempt. March 30 Gen. Bragg dispatches the government that Gen. Forrest has captured 800 prisoners in Tennessee, and several thousand of our men are making a successful raid in Kentucky. Gen. Whiting makes urgent calls for reinforcements at Wilmington, and cannot be supplied with many. Gen. Lee announces to the War Department that the spring campaign is now open, and his army may be in motion any day. Col. Godwin (of King and Queen County) is here trying to prevail on the Secretary of War to put a stop to the blockaderunners, Jews, and spies, daily passing through his lines with passports from Gens. Elzey and Winder. He says the persons engaged in this illicit traffic are all extortioners and spies, and $50,000 worth of goods f
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXV. April, 1863 (search)
g badly damaged. But before leaving that part of the coast, the Yankees succeeded in intercepting and sinking the merchant steamer Leopard, having 40,000 pairs of shoes, etc. on board for our soldiers. It is supposed they will reappear before Wilmington; our batteries there are ready for them. Gen. Wise assailed the enemy on Saturday, at Williamsburg, captured the town, and drove the Federals into their fortMa-gruder. The President was ill and nervous, on Saturday. His wife, who lost m inclined to think provisions would not be deficient, to an alarming extent, if they were equally distributed. Wood is no scarcer than before the war, and yet $30 per load (less than a cord) is demanded for it, and obtained. The other day Wilmington might have been taken, for the troops were sent to Beauregard. Their places have since been filled by a brigade from Longstreet. It is a monstrous undertaking to attempt to subjugate so vast a country as this, even with its disparity of popul
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 27 (search)
s State has been neglected for the benefit of others. He asks heavy guns; and says half the armament hurled against Charleston would suffice for the capture of Wilmington. A protest, signed by the thousands of men taken at Arkansas Post, now exchanged, against being kept on this side of the Mississippi, has been received. Thwers, what? There is a great pressure for passports to leave the country. Mr. Benjamin writes an indignant letter to the Secretary against Gen. Whiting, at Wilmington, for detaining a Mr. Flanner's steamer, laden with cotton for some of the nationalities-Mr. B. intimates a foreign or neutral power. But when once away from ous received, during the battle by moonlight, from his own men, who did not recognize their beloved general. A letter was received to-day from Gen. Whiting at Wilmington, who refuses to permit the Lizzie to leave the port, unless ordered to do so. He intimates that she trades with the enemy. And yet Mr. Benjamin urges the Secre
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