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voluntary efforts mainly of the Loyal League, though discountenanced by Gov. Seymour, marched proudly down Broadway and embarked for the seat of War, amid the cheers of enthusiastic thousands, and without eliciting one discordant hiss. The use of negroes, both free and slave, for belligerent purposes, on the side of the Rebellion, dates from a period anterior to the outbreak of actual hostilities. So early as Jan. 1st, 1861, a dispatch from Mr. R. R. Riordan, at Charleston, to lion. Percy Walker, at Mobile, exultingly proclaimed that-- Large gangs of negroes from plantations are at work on the redoubts, which are substantially made of sand-bags and coated with sleet-iron. A Washington dispatch to The Evening Post (New York), about this time, set forth that-- A gentleman from Charleston says that everything there betokens active preparations for fight. Tile thousand negroes busy in building batteries, so far from inclining to insurrection, were grinning from ear to ear
Memminger upon the honor of his appointment to this responsible position in the New Confederacy, and the States upon having one so well fitted to perform its duties faithfully and upon sound principles. Secretary of War. Hon. Leroy Pope Walker is a lawyer of Huntsville, Alabama, a native of that county, Madison, and about forty-five years of age. He is the eldest son of the late Major Walker, and one of a family distinguished for talent and influence. Two of his brothers are Hon. Percy Walker, who recently represented the Mobile district in Congress, and Hon. Judge Richard W. Walker, of Florence, Chairman of the Alabama Delegation in the present Confederate Congress. Hon. L. P. Walker at one time practised law in South Alabama, and was for several sessions Speaker of the House of Representatives of the State. He has been a consistent Democrat of the State-Rights school. For the last ten years he has been located in Huntsville, and has the reputation of being the leading l