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ief mention will suffice, in this connection, of the military events which happened before General Johnston's arrival at Richmond. The reduction of Fort Sumter and President Lincoln's call for 75,000 men for the irrepressible conflict were met with As the defense of the capital made Washington the first and most important base of the Federal army, so the adoption of Richmond as the Confederate seat of government made that city the objective point of attack. As Virginia had placed herself in tfederates to plant their standard on her border, point to point opposing. The Confederate Government was established at Richmond, June 1st. When the Southern States seceded, they seized the Federal fortifications within their limits, as a precau armies and navies, and test every joint in the armor of defense; but its main attack was directed from Washington-on to Richmond. It is not necessary to narrate here the campaign in Virginia. The battle of Manassas, or Bull Run, fought July 21,
er. through Texas. anecdotes. the journey summed up. A nation's suspense and joy. Arrival at Richmond. General Johnston remained at Los Angeles from May 2d to June 16th. His letter to Mrs. Gilpetter if he had been in command. I have stood the journey well so far, and expect to get to Richmond in good health. May God preserve you, dear wife, and sustain you in your trials Give my love t the party could start for San Antonio, but for our urging upon him the necessity of getting to Richmond as fast as possible. In his entire forgetfulness of self, lie was ever ready to sacrifice himss may be the services of one man who is equal to the highest command. In his rapid progress to Richmond, General Johnston could not escape a continued ovation. Popular recognition of him as a great telegraph, of course, had announced him; but President Davis was not aware that he had reached Richmond, when he called at the Executive mansion. The President was sick in bed; but, when he heard th
sionary Bishop. Bishop of Louisiana. pecuniary losses. University of the South. Sugar and cotton planting. visit to Richmond. appointed Brigadier-General. the Bishop-soldier. appearance. anecdotes. command in West Tennessee. services. forished his theological education at Alexandria. He was married in May, 1830, and ordained in the Monumental Church, Richmond, Virginia, by Bishop Moore, to whom he became episcopant. To those who remember the stately presence and powerful form of thom the house, beyond the possibility of being overheard by any one, and remarked to me: Colonel, you may desire to go to Richmond; I called you here to tell you that there is no need at present of your remaining with me; for a long time to come there he enter on a campaign in Missouri. I accompanied him a part of the way toward Bowling Green, and then went on to Richmond, Virginia. While he was not a martinet, his enforcement of discipline was admirable, and yet extremely quiet. When he re
d all I can do now; but no reply has reached me, though I learn from an officer who has been to Richmond that the department thinks the short time my men have to serve would not justify the expense. thus, more fully, but even less satisfactorily: War Department, Confederate States of America, Richmond, September 27, 1861. Sir: The President has communicated to me your request for small-arms s the reasons for it, with his accustomed force: Confederate States of America, War Department, Richmond, October 25, 1801. my dear General: . . . There is another point connected with your proclallan at Washington, induced the Government to hazard every other interest for the protection of Richmond. The Gulf States would scarcely consider any other danger than that to their sea-coast, and this influence was so powerful at Richmond that troops were left in them to defend lines of no general importance. In a parliamentary and confederated government it is almost impossible to ignore loca
, applied to Colonel Schaller for more explicit information in regard to it, and received the following statement: Richmond, Virginia, May 22, 1863. Colonel: I give to you, according to your request, with great pleasure the following statement ofervant, F. Schaller, Colonel Twenty-second Mississipi Infantry, P. A. C. S. To Colonel William Preston Johnston, Richmond, Virginia. The writer is indebted to Colonel Munford's address, so frequently quoted, for the following important incidenkians and Tennesseeans, and as the rendezvous for volunteers for the front, it had come to be looked upon in the West as Richmond was an the East. Its original population of some 30,000 had probably been doubled, and, from a rather provincial and Un the rivers. I entertain the hope that this disposition will enable me to hold the enemy in check; and, when my forces are sufficiently increased, to drive him back .... Hon. J. P. Benjamin, Secretary of War, Richmond, Virginia. A. S. Johnston.
S. A. Hon. J. P. Benjamin, Secretary of War, Richmond. headquarters Western Department, Murfreesb. . A. Hon. J. P. Benjamin, Secretary of War, Richmond. Colonel (afterward Major-General) Willia Save us while it is yet time. I will be in Richmond next week. Such was the reversal of opini is just received. I sent Colonel Liddell to Richmond on the 28th ult., with the official reports oohnston, General C. S. A. To President Davis, Richmond. Richmond, Virginia, March 12, 1862. my dRichmond, Virginia, March 12, 1862. my dear General: The departure of Captain Wickliffe offers an opportunity, of which I avail myself, to w dear General: I received the dispatches from Richmond, with your private letter by Captain Wickliffe the battle of Shiloh your father sent me to Richmond, as bearer of dispatches to President Davis. answers quietly and promptly. Arriving at Richmond, and announcing my business to the proper offne to General Johnston by Colonel Jack: Richmond, Virginia, March 26, 1862. My dear General: You
to Joseph E. Johnston. His active military career may be said to have closed here, as he was assigned to staff-duty at Richmond, where he remained until shortly before the close of the war in confidential relations with President Davis, as chief of letter, received just before the battle of Shiloh, the text of which is here given. As General Lee was at that time in Richmond, acting as military adviser of the President, this letter may be held to convey Mr. Davis's views as well as his own. Letter of General Lee to General Johnston. Richmond, March 26, 1862. My dear General: no one has sympathized with you in the troubles with which you are surrounded more sincerely than myself. I have watched your every movement, and know the diff Hardee the right wing, Breckinridge the reserve. Hope engagement before Buell can form junction. To the President, Richmond. The words italicized are in General Johnston's own handwriting in the original dispatch. Why this plan was chan
,000 men, at least, arrayed against us on that day. In connection with the results of the battle I should state that the most of our men who had inferior arms exchanged them for the improved arms of the enemy. Also, that most of the property, public and personal, in the camp from which the enemy was driven on Sunday, was rendered useless or greatly damaged, except some of the tents. With this are transmitted certain papers, to wit: Order of movements, marked A. A list of the killed and wounded, marked B. A list of captured flags, marked C; and a map of the field of battle, marked D. All of which is respectfully submitted through my volunteer aide-de-camp, Colonel Jacob Thompson, of Mississippi, who has in charge the flags, standards, and colors, captured from the enemy. I have the honor to be, general, your obedient servant, G. T. Beauregard, General commanding. To General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General Confederate States Army, Richmond, Va.
earless, honest, and loyal to principles, our hero died for what he thought was right. We know his resting-place, and we can recover his ashes. But, alas I thousands of his soldiers, the children of Texas, will never sleep in her soil. Their graves are upon the heights of Gettysburg, upon the hills of the Susquehanna, by the banks of the Potomac, and by the side of the Cumberland. They sleep in glory upon the fields of Manassas and of Sharpsburg, of Gaines's Mill, and in the trenches of Richmond, and upon the shores of Vicksburg, and upon a hundred other historic fields, afar from the land of their love. Ay, but let them sleep on in their glory. Posterity will do them justice. In the ages that are to come, when all the passions that now animate the bosom and sway the heart shall have passed away with the present generation of men, and when the teeming millions from the North and South who are to inhabit, in future centuries, the vast and fertile regions of the Mississippi Valley
record of actual service; and to the advantages of reputation General Johnston added those graces and distinctions of person with which the imagination invests the ideal commander. He was considerably past middle age, his height exceeded six feet, his frame was large and sinewy, his every movement and posture indicated vigorous and athletic manhood. The general expression of his striking face was grave and composed, but inviting rather than austere. The arrival of General Johnston in Richmond, early in September, was a source of peculiar congratulation to President Davis. Between these illustrious men had existed for many years an endearment, born of close association, common trials and triumphs, and mutual confidence, which rendered most auspicious their cooperation in the cause of Southern independence. The late Prof. A. T. Bledsoe, a very able and eminent writer and thinker, in one of his publications, says: Albert Sidney Johnston, who, take him all in all, was the