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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 45 (search)
below the city. When I entered the Secretary's room this morning, I found him as grave as usual. L. Q. Washington, son of Peter Washington, once a clerk under President Tyler (and he still remains in the United States), and grandson of Lund Washington, who, we learn by one of the published letters of Gen. Washington, was his overseer, with no traceable relationship to his family, was seated with him. He is chief clerk to Mr. Benjamin, a sinecure position in the State Department. He was pGen. Washington, was his overseer, with no traceable relationship to his family, was seated with him. He is chief clerk to Mr. Benjamin, a sinecure position in the State Department. He was placed there by Mr. Hunter, after writing a series of communications for the Examiner, as Mr. Pollard informed me, denunciatory of Mr. Stephens, Vice-President Con. federate States. Mr. Kean and Mr. Shepherd, the clean chief clerk, were also present, enjoying the Hon. Secretary's confidence. They are all comparatively young men, whom the Secretary has not assigned to positions in the field, although men are alone wanted to achieve independence. They were discussing a resolution of Congress,
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Washingtoniana. -1857 (search)
ehind sick; that in his possession was a small portmanteau belonging to the general, in which, among other things of trifling value, were the drafts of letters to Mrs. Washington, her son (John Parke Custis), and his manager at Mount Vernon, Lund Washington, and that these had been transmitted to England by an officer into whose hands they had fallen. This fiction was contrived to deceive the public into a belief of their genuineness. It is well known that Washington was not at Fort Lee at thWashington was not at Fort Lee at the time of the surprise and evacuation, and that no servant of his nor a particle of his baggage fell into the hands of the enemy during the war. The pamphlet was republished by Rivington, in New York, and extensively circulated by the Tories, to injure the commander-in-chief. The author of these spurious epistles was never publicly known. The chief paid no attention to the publication, regarding it as beneath his notice. During his second Presidential term, party malignity was carried so far
to the enemy. Pending the Revolutionary war, the enemies of our ancestors were alike successful in penetrating the interior of the country with fire and sword, carrying desolation in their train — plundering, burning, and murdering. While Washington was at his headquarters in the year 1781, he learned that the enemy had made a raid up the Potomac to Mount Vernon, and demanded supplies from his relative, who had been left in charge of his effects; and, to his indignation, that this person, nistered to the urgent, who thus compromised his honor, has been preserved, and is to be found in the volumes of his correspondence. It is pertinent to the present crisis, and we reproduce it as worthy of consideration and imitation: To Lund Washington, at Mount Vernon. New Windsor, 30th April, 1781. Dear Lund: I am very sorry to hear of your loss I am a little sorry to hear of my own; but that which gives me most concern is, that you should so on board the enemy's vessels and furn
seriously. Gen. Meagher, shot in the leg and will probably lose it. Col. Nugent, of the 69th New York, was badly wounded in both legs. Gen Corcoran was in the fight, but escaped unhurt. Col. Sinclair, of Pennsylvania, was dangerously wounded. Capt. Hendrickson, commanding the 9th N. Y. militia, was wounded seriously. The 5th New Hampshire suffered severely. Col Cross was wounded in the abdomen, Major Sturdivant killed, Adj't Dadd killed. A telegram from Washington, dated the 14th says: "Gentlemen in high public positions repeat the assertion as coming from Gen. Burnside, that men enough, and therefore desires no further reinforcements." A letter from Baltimore to the Philadelphia Inquirer, dated the 13th, says: "Gen. Burnside nor our country can afford a defeat under existing circumstances." Referring to the battle of Saturday, the Baltimore American, of Tuesday evening, says: "The impression at Washington yesterday wa