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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 9 (search)
penetrating the rivers of South Carolina. It is said they got some cotton. Why was it not burnt? November 13 Dry goods have risen more than a hundred per cent. since spring, and rents and boarding are advancing in the same ratio. November 14 The enemy, knowing our destitution of gunboats, and well apprised of the paucity of our garrisons, are sending expeditions southward to devastate the coast. They say New Orleans will be taken before spring, and communication be opened with Cairo, at the mouth of the Ohio. They will not succeed so soon; but success is certain ultimately, if Mr. Benjamin, Gen. Winder, and Gen. Huger do not cease to pass Federal spies out of the country. November 15 We have intelligence that Missouri has joined the Confederacy. She will be scourged by the vengeful enemy; but will rise some day and put her foot on the neck of the oppressor. Missouri is a giant. November 16 It is sickening to behold the corruption of the commercial men, wh
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 12 (search)
gun. Some of our people fear it may be so, since Mr. Benjamin's friend, Gen. Lovell, who came from New York since the battle of Manassas, is charged with the defense of the city. He delivered lectures, it is said, last summer on the defenses of New York — in that city. Have we not Southern men of sufficient genius to make generals of, for the defense of the South, without sending to New York for military commanders? February 3 We have intelligence of the sailing of an expedition from Cairo for the reduction of Fort Henry on the Tennessee River. February 4 Burnside has entered the Sound at Hatteras with his fleet of gun-boats and transports. The work will soon begin. February 5 I am sorry to hear that Gen. Wise is quite ill. But, on his back, as on his feet, he will direct operations, and the enemy will be punished whenever he comes in reach of him. February 6 The President is preparing his Inaugural Message for the 22d, when he is to begin his new administ
t, becoming tired, we carried them to the boat. Abe received them and cut open their eyes, Johnston and I handing them to him. After thus disposing of the hog problem they again swung loose and floated down-stream. From the Sangamon they passed to the Illinois. At Beardstown their unique craft, with its sails made of planks and cloth, excited the amusement and laughter of those who saw them from the shore. Once on the bosom of the broad Mississippi they glided past Alton, St. Louis, and Cairo in rapid succession, tied up for a day at Memphis, and made brief stops at Vicksburg and Natchez. Early in May they reached New Orleans, where they lingered a month, disposing of their cargo and viewing the sights which the Crescent City afforded. In New Orleans, for the first time Lincoln beheld the true horrors of human slavery. He saw negroes in chains-whipped and scourged. Against this inhumanity his sense of right and justice rebelled, and his mind and conscience were awakened to
and alert, speaking everywhere, and abandoning his share of business in the law office entirely. He had a formidable competitor in Cartwright, who not only had an extensive following by reason of his church influence, but rallied many more supporters around his standard by his pronounced Jacksonian attitude. He had come into Illinois with the early immigrants from Kentucky and Tennessee, and had at one time or another preached to almost every Methodist congregation between Springfield and Cairo. He had extensive family connections all over the district, was almost twenty-five years older than Lincoln, and in every respect a dangerous antagonist. Another thing which operated much to Lincoln's disadvantage was the report circulated by Cartwright's friends with respect to Lincoln's religious views. He was charged with the grave offence of infidelity, and sentiments which he was reported to have expressed with reference to the inspiration of the Bible were given the campaign varnis
to the south, southwest, and southeast of Cairo, Illinois, prior to the Rebellion, depended upon thcities of Cincinnati, Louisville, Saint Louis, Cairo, and Memphis, Vicksburg, Natchez, and New Orleing these bales and barrels on to the levee at Cairo by the light of pine torches planted on the shess mud was not the only unpleasant feature of Cairo at that time. The sudden concentration of thoited at different points, they were hurried to Cairo. There they were mustered in regiments ready them thus far on their long journey. Reaching Cairo they were deposited on the levee, which, like ose friends were in the regiments stationed at Cairo, in collecting car-loads of home-made blankets out. Arriving at the bridge sixty miles above Cairo, on the Illinois Central Railroad, we got off r nurse who followed the Army of the West from Cairo to the grand review, came in with a bowl of br sorts of excuses to get down into the city of Cairo. One evening I was sitting in Colonel Logan's [21 more...]
Chapter 6: More troops at Cairo expedition up the Tennessee and the Cumberland arrivmore troops were ordered to rendezvous at Cairo, Illinois. General Grant was designated to organizebers were mobilized in and around inhospitable Cairo. Munitions of war and commissary stores were the transports began to come into the port at Cairo. Orders were issued for the troops to be readmy husband's death, I started at once for Cairo, Illinois, determined, if it were possible, to go tery limited, and hundreds of people flocked to Cairo, anxious to go up the Tennessee and Cumberlandg Landing and on to Corinth. On my arrival at Cairo I learned that Colonel Logan was not killed, bus to join him. Going to army headquarters at Cairo, I applied for permission to go up the river. ospital, and in battle from the time they left Cairo, February, 1862, till Vicksburg fell, July 4, sequently, by the time General Logan landed at Cairo his heroism, magnanimity, kindness to his men,
was again encamped around the capital it had hastened to defend in 1861. The armies from the Southwest who had been from Cairo to New Orleans, on the coast from New York to Saint Augustine, from Vicksburg to Lookout Mountain, from Atlanta to the se whole army would have passed a regulation inspection. In the glory of that day Logan's men forgot the fathomless mud of Cairo, the sleet, mud, and water around Forts Henry and Donelson, the heat and long siege of Vicksburg, the rugged mountains ofgressive times, had then been in vogue. After the departure of General Logan for the rendezvous of the troops at Cairo, Illinois, in 1861, we had decided that I had better reside in Carbondale, Jackson County, Illinois, on the Illinois Central R Marion, Illinois. A young man by the name of Henry Hopper, of that town, having gone to a Democratic convention at Cairo, Illinois, was exposed to and attacked by cholera. He arrived home at noon and was dead at night. His wife followed him a fe
47, he had given much offence to the people of this country by his criticisms of America and Americans, and by his drastic description in Martin Chuzzlewit of Cairo, Illinois, and the swamps of that section, which, he declared, caused even the frogs to shake with the ague. It is a curious coincidence that his son should have come to the United States so lately to deliver lectures, and that he should have been invited to Cairo, Illinois, in order to counteract, even at this late date, the impression which Martin Chuzzlewit had created of Cairo. He was royally entertained in that city, and subsequently addressed a letter to the mayor that did him great crCairo. He was royally entertained in that city, and subsequently addressed a letter to the mayor that did him great credit. Unfortunately, the brilliant son of a brilliant father died in New York at the close of his tour. It is not too much to say that the prima donnas, actresses, and actors of that time were greater artistes than those of today. The operas were finer, and the plays which came under the head of legitimate drama were of a hi
Mrs. John A. Logan, Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife: An Autobiography, Chapter 16: (search)
ardens which seemed elysian in their beauty. From Alexandria to Cairo the journey is uninteresting, but the moment you enter Shepheard's Hotel in Cairo, you feel that you are in a cosmopolitan city; and if you will sit on the veranda an hour, you will see representatives from ee on Egypt that will not be paid for many generations. While in Cairo, we visited the Pyramids which rise like gigantic mountain peaks fr on board a very uncomfortable ship bound for Alexandria, thence to Cairo. After enjoying Cairo for some weeks, we decided to go up the NileCairo for some weeks, we decided to go up the Nile on a Cook steamer as far as Assuan. We contemplated chartering a dahabiyeh, but after investigating the condition of these house-boats, weur itinerary provided for a stop at every interesting point between Cairo and Assuan. It would take volumes to describe in detail the ruins ranite appears in the desert waste of upper Egypt. Returning to Cairo from Assuan, where we spent a few days, we proceeded to Alexandria,
Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas admitted to Confederate States desertion of army and Navy officers Union troops fortify Virginia shore of the Potomac concentration at Harper's Ferry concentration at Fortress Monroe and Cairo English neutrality Seward's 21st-of May despatch Lincoln's Corrections preliminary skirmishes forward to Richmond plan of McDowell's campaign From the slower political developments in the border slave States we must return and fod also been hurried to Fortress Monroe, Virginia, lying at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, which became and continued an important base for naval as well as military operations. In the West, even more important than St. Louis was the little town of Cairo, lying at the extreme southern end of the State of Illinois, at the confluence of the Ohio River with the Mississippi. Commanding, as it did, thousands of miles of river navigation in three different directions, and being also the southernmost
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