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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, X. January, 1862 (search)
rs of a million of men; we, about 250,000, or one-quarter of a million. This might answer for defense if we could only know where their blows will fall; but then they have a strong navy and thousands of transports, and we have next to nothing afloat to oppose to them. And there is no entente cordiale between Mr. Benjamin and any of our best generals. January 4 It is just as I feared. Gen. T. J. Jackson, supposing his project to be a profound secret, marched on the 1st instant from Winchester, intending to surprise a force of the enemy at Romney. But he had not proceeded half the distance before he found a printed account of his intended expedition in a Baltimore paper at an inn on the roadside. This was treason of the blackest dye, and will cost us a thousand men. The enemy, of course, escaped, and our poor soldiers, frost-bitten and famished, must painfully retrace all steps of this fruitless march. January 5 There are rumors of a court-martial, and I fear the enter
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 16 (search)
's office where their regiments are! They are referred to me for passports to Gen. Lee's headquarters. No man with a passport from Gen. Winder, or from his Provost Marshal, can pass the pickets of Gen. Lee's army. This is the harbinger of success, and I predict a career of glory for Lee, and for our country! There are some vague rumors about the approach of Stonewall Jackson's army; but no one knows anything about it, and but few believe it. Recent Northern papers say he is approaching Winchester, and I see they are intrenching in the valley to guard against his terrible blows. This is capital! And our people are beginning to fear there will be no more fighting around Richmond until McClellan digs his way to it. The moment fighting ceases, our people have fits of gloom and despondency; but when they snuff battle in the breeze, they are animated with confidence. They regard victory as a matter of course; and are only indignant at our long series of recent reverses, when they refl
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 19 (search)
it means, and we breathe freely. Our generals never modify their reports of victories. They see and know the extent of what has been done before they speak of it, and they never mislead by exaggerated accounts of successes. September 2 Winchester is evacuated! The enemy fled, and left enough ordnance stores for a campaign! It was one of their principal depots. September 3 We lament the fall of Ewell-not killed, but his leg has been amputated. The enemy themselves report the loshave one day of gloom. It is said that our army has retreated back into Virginia. September 22 There are rumors that only Jackson's corps recrossed the Potomac to look after a column of the enemy sent to recapture Harper's Ferry and take Winchester, our grand depot. September 23 Jackson, the ubiquitous and invincible, fell upon Burnside's division and annihilated it. This intelligence has been received by the President. We have, also, news from Kentucky. It comes this time in t
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XIX. October, 1862 (search)
army, must advance, or else relinquish command. The Abolitionists of the North have never liked him, and they wield the power at present. A defeat of Lee near Winchester would produce consternation here. There are, as usual, thousands of able-bodied men still in ourstreets. It is probable every man, able to march, will be lug Uglies might take the bribe, and by their influence with Gen. Winder, obtain his signature to a blank passport. The following was received yesterday: Winchester, Va., Oct. 14, 1862. Hon. G. W. Randolph. The cavalry expedition to Pennsylvania has returned safe. They passed through Mercersburg, Chambersburg, Emmetsburg, his expedition was received at the department to-day-just as conceived and prepared by Lee, and it was executed by Stuart in a masterly manner. Advices from Winchester inform the government that McClellan is receiving large reinforcements. He may be determined to cross the Potomac and offer battle — as nothing less will satis
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 22 (search)
n cost. He advocates a trade of this nature to the extent of $100,000,000, our government (and not individuals) to sell the cotton. The goods to be sold by the government to the merchants here. I know not what answer the Secretary will make. But I know our people are greedy for the merchandise. The enemy have shelled Port Royal, below Fredericksburg, in retaliation for some damage done their gun-boats in the river by one of our land batteries. And we have news of the evacuation of Winchester by the enemy. The Northern papers say Burnside (who is not yet removed) will beat Lee on the Rappahannock, and that their army on the James River will occupy Richmond. When Lee is beaten, perhaps Richmond will fall. A large number of our troops, recruited in Kentucky, have returned to their homes. It is said, however, that they will fight the enemy there as guerrillas. The President has appointed his nephew, J. R. Davis, a brigadier-general. I suppose no president could escape
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, Xxiv. March, 1863 (search)
pposite Vicksburg. This is not trueyet. Lincoln is now Dictator, his Congress having given him power to call out all the male population between the ages of twenty and thirty-five years, and authority to declare martial law whenever he pleases. The Herald shouts for Lincoln — of course. We must fight and pray, and hope for revolution and civil war in the North, which may occur any day. Our cavalry, under Gen. Jones, has done some brilliant skirmishing recently in the vicinity of Winchester; and as soon as the March winds dry the earth a little, I suppose Hooker will recommence the On to Richmond. We shall be weaker the next campaign, but our men are brave. March 5 Yesterday the government seized the flour in the mills and warehouses; and now the price has risen from $30 to $40 per barrel. I wrote to the Commissary, in view of the dissatisfaction of the people, and to prevent disturbances, advising him to seize the 5000 barrels in the hands of the small speculators,
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXVII. June, 1863 (search)
nd. It is rumored that Gen. Ewell has taken Winchester; but this, I think, is at least premature. , successor of Jackson, has beaten Milroy at Winchester. But, while terrible events are daily anivision stormed the enemy's intrenchments at Winchester, capturing their artillery, etc. (Signedand warmest sympathizers. June 18 From Winchester we have many accounts, in the absence of offe is nothing more definite or authentic from Winchester, except that we certainly captured Milroy's hich was nearly empty. Since the capture of Winchester and Martinsburg, only about 1500 bushels of ortion of our forces, the same that captured Winchester and Martinsburg, were in Pennsylvania! Gen. ially his repulse from the fortifications at Winchester by 15,000 rebels, with the loss of 2900, and the capture of the Federal forces at Winchester. Later in the day the New York Herald of near Leesburg. The first installment of Winchester prisoners reached the city yesterday, 1600 i
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 29 (search)
s the most brilliant and successful battle of the war. I hope he may say so --for then it will be so. Our papers are publishing Milroy's papers captured at Winchester. July 13 The Enquirer says the President has got a letter from Gen. Lee (why not give it to the people?) stating that his operations in Pennsylvania and 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 ill of Wilmington a pretty sure thing. And Gen. Jones squeaks from the West, asking that the 3000 infantry he was at last compelled to send to Gen. Lee, near Winchester, be returned to him to oppose the enemy's raids. But what were they sent to Lee for, unless he meant to give battle? Such may be his intention, and a victory
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXIX. August, 1863 (search)
pieces artillery, and several colors. Gens. Jenkins and Imboden had been sent in advance, the latter against Romney, to cover the former's movement against Winchester, and both were in position when Ewell left Culpepper C. H. on the 16th. Gen. Early stormed the enemy's works at Winchester on the 14th, and the whole army oWinchester on the 14th, and the whole army of Milroy was captured or dispersed. Gen. Rhodes, on the same day, took Martinsburg, Va., capturing 700 prisoners, 5 pieces artillery, and a large supply of stores. More than 4000 prisoners were taken at Winchester; 29 pieces artillery; 270 wagons and ambulances; 400 horses, besides a large amount of military stores. PrWinchester; 29 pieces artillery; 270 wagons and ambulances; 400 horses, besides a large amount of military stores. Precisely at this time the enemy disappeared from Fredericksburg, seemingly designing to take a position to cover Washington. Gen. Stuart, in several engagements, took 400 more prisoners, etc. Meantime, Gen. Ewell, with Gen. Jenkins's cavalry, etc., penetrated Maryland, and Pennsylvania as far as Chambersburg. On the 24t
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 32 (search)
st of the entertainment prepared for visitors being not less than $10,000 daily. Their agents bought the best articles offered for sale in the markets, and never hesitated to pay the most exorbitant prices. I hope now the absence of such customers may have a good effect. But I fear the currency, so redundant, is past remedy. October 23 Gen. Lee has retired to the south side of the Rappahannock again, while Meade remains in the intrenchments at Centreville. Gen. Imboden occupies Winchester. From the West we have only newspaper reports, which'may not be true. October 24 To-day we have a cold northwest storm of wind and rain, and we have our first fire in the parlor. The elections in Ohio and Pennsylvania have gone for the Republican (War) candidates. We rely on ourselves, under God, for independence. It is said Gen. Lee learned that 15,000 Republican voters were sent from Meade's army into Pennsylvania to vote, and hence he advanced and drove back the Federal
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