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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 15 (search)
d the place is to be evacuated. I would resign first. May 8 Norfolk and Portsmouth are evacuated! Our army falling back! The Merrimac is to be, or has been, blown up! May 9 My family, excepting my son Custis, started to-day for Raleigh, N. C., where our youngest daughter is at school. But it is in reality another flight from the enemy. No one, scarcely, supposes that Richmond will be defended. But it must be! May 10 The President's family have departed for Raleigh, and thRaleigh, and the families of most of the cabinet to their respective homes, or other places of refuge. The President has been baptized (at home) and privately confirmed in St. Paul's Church. May 11 The Baltimore detectives are the lords of the ascendant. They crook a finger, and the best carriages in the street pause, turn round, and are subject to their will. They loll and roll in glory. And they ride on horseback, too — government horses, or horses pressed from gentlemen's stables. One word of re
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XIX. October, 1862 (search)
he field. Lee makes demonstrations against McClellan. a Jew store robbed last. Night. we have 40,000 prisoners excess over the enemy. my family arrived from Raleigh. my wife's substitute for coffee. foul passports. my friend Brooks dines and wines with members of Congress. the Herald and Tribune tempt us to return to the incomes. But the Committee of Ways and Means are instructed to bring forward another bill. This evening Custis and I expect the arrival of my family from Raleigh, N. C. We have procured for them one pound of sugar, 80 cents; one quart of milk, 25 cents; one pound of sausagemeat, 37 1/2 cents; four loaves of bread, as large as President himself, and his family, had Northern proclivities. That the President's family, when they fled from Richmond, in May, took refuge at St. Mary's Hall, Raleigh, the establishment of the Rev. Dr. Smedes, a Northern man of open and avowed partiality for the Union; and that the Rev. Dr. Mason of the same place, with whom th
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 22 (search)
mpletely by our guns, and leaving the earth strewn with their dead. We have many prisoners, but I have heard no estimate of the number. The enemy have taken Kinston, N. C., having overwhelming numbers, and a 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 the vassals of the Yankees, we shall find all our wealth in the hands of the Jews. The accounts from North Carolina are still conflicting. It is said the enemy have retired to Newbern; but still we have no letters beyond Goldsborough. From Raleigh we learn that the legislature have postponed the army bill until the 20th of January. December 23 The battle of Fredericksburg is still the topic, or the wonder, and it transpired more than nine days ago. It will have its page in history,
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXII. January, 1863 (search)
ready been introduced. But where are State Rights now? Congress meets to-morrow. January 13 The generals in North Carolina are importunate for reinforcements. They represent the enemy as in great force, and that Weldon, Goldsborough, Raleigh, and Wilmington are in extreme peril. Lee cannot send any, or, if he does, Richmond will be threatened again, and possibly taken. How shall we live? Boarding ranges from $60 to $100 per month. Our landlord says he will try to get boarding. A letter was received by the government to-day from Arizona, justifying Col. Baylor for his policy of dealing with the Indians. I do not hear of any steps yet on the part of the President. A report of the commandant at Camp Holmes, Raleigh, N. C., states that 12,000 conscripts have been received there altogether; 8000 have been sent off to regiments, 2000 detailed on government work, 500 deserted, etc. The Enquirer to-day publishes the fact that a ship, with stores, merchandise, e
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, Xxiv. March, 1863 (search)
Another cold, disagreeable day. March so far has been as cold and terrible as a winter month. March 16 Gen. 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 Jud
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 29 (search)
apt. W--, Illinois, Assistant Provost Marshal; Capt. C-- (Gen. Herbert's staff), and Dan Ross, citizen of Illinois, procurer. On the 9th instant Gen. D. H. Hill (now lieutenant-general, and assigned to Mississippi) asks if troops are to be sent to cover Lee's retreat; and fears, if the enemy establish themselves at Winchester, they will starve Lee to death. Speaking of the raid of the enemy to the North Carolina Railroad, he said they would do the State infinite service by dashing into Raleigh and capturing all the members of the legislature. He also hits at the local newspapers here. Their mention of his name, and the names of other officers in the campaign round Richmond, informed the enemy that we had no troops at Goldsborough and Weldon, and hence the raid. And, after all, he says the enemy were not more numerous than our forces in the recent dash at Richmond. He says it was no feint, but a faint. To-day an order was issued for the local troops to deliver up their amm
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXIX. August, 1863 (search)
ested to the government to prohibit the exchange of newspapers in the flag of truce boat; but I doubt if they will act upon it. It is a manifest injury to us. The exchange of prisoners is practically resumed; the Federal boat delivering yesterday 750 of our sick and wounded; and we returned 600 of their sick and wounded. August 3 The President issued a proclamation to-day, calling upon all absentees to return to the ranks without delay, etc. Hon. D. M. Barringer writes from Raleigh, N. C., that the State is in a ferment of rage against the administration for appointing Marylanders and Virginians, if not Pennsylvanians, quartermasters, to collect the war tax within its limits, instead of native citizens. Mr. W. H. Locke, living on the James River, at the Cement and Lime Works, writes that more than a thousand deserters from Lee's army have crossed at that place within the last fortnight. This is awful; and they are mainly North Carolinians. August 4 The partia
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXX. September, 1863 (search)
rotracted siege, provided we can get subsistence. Fortune is against us now. Lieut.-Col. Lay reports great defection in North Carolina, and even says half of Raleigh is against the Davis Government. The Secretary of War has called upon the Governor for all the available slave labor in the State, to work on the defenses, etcike being forced out to drill, under threats of punishment. This measure will not add to the popularity of Col. (or Gen.) Lee. September 11 A dispatch from Raleigh informs us of a mob yesterday in that city. Some soldiers broke into and partially destroyed the office of the Standard, alleged to be a disloyal paper; after thten in these battles, they will suffer more by defeat than we would. Gov. Vance has written a pointed letter to the President in regard to the mob violence in Raleigh. He says, when the office of the Standard was sacked, the evil was partially counterbalanced by the sacking of the Journal,--the first, moderate Union, the last,
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 35 (search)
y be got in that section; and if they be collected, the enemy may be forced to leave. The Secretary of the Navy has requested the Secretary of War to open the obstructions at Drewry's Bluff, so that the iron-clads, Richmond and Fredericksburg, may pass out. This he deems necessary for the defense of Richmond, as our iron-clads may prevent the enemy from coming up the river and landing near the city. The Lynchburg Virginian has come out for a dictator, and names Gen. Lee. The Raleigh (N. C.) Progress says we must have peace on any terms, or starvation. I think we can put some 200,000 additional men in the field next year, and they can be fed also. January 2 Yesterday was the coldest day of the winter, and last night was a bitter one. This morning it is bright and cleat, and moderating. We have had no snow yet. There is much talk everywhere on the subject of a dictator, and many think a strong government is required to abate the evils we suffer. The President h
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 37 (search)
. March 11 Rained all night — a calm, warm rain. Calm and warm to-day, with light fog, but no rain. It is now supposed the clerks (who saved the city) will be kept here to defend it. March 12 It cleared away yesterday evening, and this morning, after the dispersion of a fog, the sun shone out in great glory, and the day was bright, calm, and pleasant. The trees begin to exhibit buds, and the grass is quite green. My wife received a letter to-day from Mrs. Marling, Raleigh, N. C., containing some collard seed, which was immediately sown in a bed already prepared. And a friend sent us some fresh pork spare ribs and chine, and four heads of cabbage-so that we shall have subsistence for several days. My income, including Custis's, is not less, now, than $600 per month, or $7200 per annum; but we are still poor, with flour at $300 per barrel; meal, $50 per bushel; and even fresh fish at $5 per pound. A market-woman asked $5 to-day for a half pint of snap beans, to
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