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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, X. January, 1862 (search)
d the events will speak for themselves-and that speedily. January 29 What we want is a military man capable of directing operations in the field everywhere. I think Lee is such a man. But can he, a modest man and a Christian, aspire to such a position? Would not Mr. Benjamin throw his influence against such a suggestion? I trust the President will see through the mist generated around him. January 30 Some of the mysterious letter-carriers, who have just returned from their jaunt into Tennessee, are applying again for passports to Baltimore, Washington, etc. I refuse them, though they are recommended by Gen. Winder's men; but they will obtain what they want from the Secretary himself, or his Assistant Secretary. January 31 What if these men (they have passports) should be going to Washington to report the result of their reconnoissances in Tennessee? The Tennessee River is high, and we have no casemated batteries, or batteries of any sort, on it above Fort Henry.
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 12 (search)
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 catalogue of disasters I feared and foretold, under the policy adopted by the War Department, may be a long and a terrible one. The mission of the spies to East Tennessee is now apparent. Three of the enemy's gun-boats have ascended the Tennessee River to the very head of navigation, while the women and children on its 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 be
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 43 (search)
s policy severely, and the conduct of the war generally. He said the enemy might now go where he pleased, our strength and resources were exhausted, and that we ought to make peace. That we could elect any one we might choose President of the United States, and intimated that this would enable us to secure terms, etc., which was understood to mean reconstruction of the Union. A dispatch from Gen. Hood, dated yesterday, says Wheeler has been forced, by superior numbers, south of the Tennessee River; and he now proposes that he (W.) shall retreat south along the railroad, which he is to destroy. This is the very route and the very work I and others have been hoping would engage Wheeler's attention, for weeks. For one, I am rejoiced that the enemy forced him there, else, it seems, Sherman's communications never would have been seriously interrupted. And he proposes sending Forrest to operate with Wheeler. Forrest is in Mobile! Gen. Morgan's remains are looked for this evenin
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 45 (search)
enemy's communications, while the main army is between Atlanta and Chattanooga, when the purpose is to precipitate the whole army upon it, etc. Gen. B. doubts not he will soon be able to announce good tidings, etc. etc. This letter to Gen. Cooper is submitted to the Secretary of War, by whom it is submitted for the information of the President, and sent back by him-Read and returned, 4th Nov. ‘64.-J. D. Gen. B. was to leave that day to join Gen. Hood, in vicinity of Guntersville, on Tennessee River. Sherman's army was between Dalton and Gadsden, 15 miles from Gadsden. Sunday, November 6 Bright and frosty. All quiet below. Another day, and if it remains quiet, we may know that Lincoln will be re-elected. It is said news came from the North last night, that gold sold for $260, and that Governor Seymour had ordered the militia of New York to be in readiness for the protection of the polls on Tuesday next. G. W. Randolph, late Secretary of War, has sailed for Europ
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 46 (search)
stolen much from the government, and desire to exchange the currency they have ruined for imperishable wealth. They, too, will run away the first opportunity. The sun shines brightly this beautiful cold day; but all is dark in Congress. The Tennessee members say Hood's army is destroyed, that he will not get 1000 men out of the State, for the Tennesseeans, Kentuckians, etc. refuse to retire farther south, but straggle and scatter to their homes, where they will remain. I am told we hps to the north side of the river again, fearing an attack from us, or intending one himself. December 30 A clear night and frosty morning. We have no news except that gleaned from Northern papers. Gen. Hood is unable to cross the Tennessee River (now swollen), and would soon be attacked again by superior numbers. Congress was in secret session yesterday, probably perfecting the bill for the suspension of the privilege of habeas corpus. Gen. Bragg is credited with the repulse
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 47 (search)
Jan. 1st) our movements (in connection with Capt. T. N. Conrad) are perfectly secret. The next day he was to go to the Potomac. What has the Secretary sent him there for? J. R. Bledsoe presents a design for a new flag, red, white, and blue cross, which Gen. Lee thinks both original and beautiful. Judge Campbell has a box of clothing, sent from London by J. B. Bloodgood. January 5 Clear and cold. It is understood now that Gen. Hood has crossed to the south side of the Tennessee River with the debris of his army. Gen. Butler has returned to Virginia from his fruitless North Carolina expedition. It is supposed we shall have active operations again before this city as soon as the weather and roads will permit. But it really does seem that the States respectively mean to take control of all their men not now in the Confederate States armies, and I apprehend we shall soon have confusion worse confounded. The President sends, for his information, to the Secre