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perations in under Averill, 3.112. Wyer's Cave, Va., the author's visit to in 1866, 2.400. Wheeler, Gen., attempts to recapture Fort Donelson, 3.116; destructive raid of on Rosecrans's communications, 3.150. Wheeling, Union convention at, 1.489. White House, Va., McClellan's Headquarters at, 2.386; destruction of, 2.425. White Oak Swamp Bridge, battle at, 2.429. White River, capture of Confederate posts on, 2.582. White Sulphur Springs, cavalry fight near, 3.112. Wigfall, Senator, treasonable speeches of in the Senate, 1.81, 84.; at Fort Sumter, 1.327. Wilcox, Richard, a loyal spy at Pensacola, 1.367. Wilderness, battle of the, 3.298-3.303; visit of the author to the battle-field of the, 3.811. Wilkes, Captain, Charles, his seizure of Mason and Slidell on the Trent, 2.154; his action approved by the Secretary of the Navy and by Congress, 2.156; President Lincoln's opinion, 2.156; English press on the conduct of, 2.158. William Aikin, revenue cutter,
April 13.--Among the ridiculous rumors to day, are the following: that the South Carolinians have made a breach in Fort Sumter; that Senator Chesnut fired a shot, as an experiment, and made a hole in the wall of the Fort; that Major Anderson is the guest of General Beauregard, and that Senator Wigfall received the sword and returned it to Maj. Anderson.--Tribune, April 16.
A Boston sculptor has offered to make a statue in marble of the members of the Utica corps who will bag Wigfall or Jeff. Davis.--Montgomery Weekly Post, May 14.
May 12.--Mr. Wigfall says in a letter to a friend in Washington, in great confidence, that the Confederate army will capture Washington, Lincoln, and his Cabinet, unless they leave before the middle of June. He says they have nearly one hundred thousand well-armed troops, and in less than two weeks will be on their way to Washington, and expect to winter in Philadelphia.--Charleston Mercury.
Wigfall in Richmond.--The Richmond correspondent of the New-Orleans Crescent writes: You will naturally desire to know how the people of the confederate metropolis stand these trying times, for it is evident that we are not safe in these days of light-draft gunboats and high water. I answer, in the main, we stand it very well. Some, to be sure, are down-hearted, and nobody wears as broad a grin as they did the day after the battle of Leesburg. Still there is a universal determination to do or die — to go down, if need be, with our harness on, warring like a brave people to the last. I passed General Wigfall on my return from dinner, and asked him if there was any news? No, said he, I don't believe we have been whipped since dinner; I expect, though, to hear of another defeat in the next five minutes. Somehow I can't help thinking of Halleck's assertion by telegraph to McClellan, that the Union flag is on the soil of Tennessee, never to be removed. This is brag, b
The Plot against the President's life.--For a long time it was believed that an Italian barber of this city was the Orsini who undertook to slay President Lincoln on his journey to the capital in February, 1861, and it is possible he was one of the plotters; but it has come out on a recent trial of a man named Byrne in Richmond, that he was the captain of the band that was to take the life of Mr. Lincoln. This Byrne used to be a notorious gambler of Baltimore, and emigrated to Richmond shortly after the nineteenth of April, of bloody memory. He was recently arrested in Jeff Davis's capital on a charge of keeping a gambling-house and of disloyalty to the chief traitor's pretended government. Wigfall testified to Byrne's loyalty to the rebel cause, and gave in evidence that Byrne was the captain of the gang who were to kill Mr. Lincoln, and upon this evidence, it appears, he was let go.--Providence Journal, April 4.
Wigfall on honesty.--In the rebel Senate, on the eighteenth of January, during the consideration of the impressment bill, Mr. Wigfall took occasion to give his views on the question of honesty. It was clear, he said, that if the prices of provisions, from the cupidity of producers, continued to increase, and the currency to expand at its present rate, the government would be confronted with the necessity of repudiation on the one hand, or of bankruptcy to the whole producing interest on the other. He then added: If repudiation is to be the result, he was prepared to lay down his arms and surrender at once, for the loss of liberty would be more tolerable than the loss of honor. If the country is ruined by the incontinent madness of the people, every man of them will be ruined; if it is dishonored, they will all share the dishonor. Let the leaders of the people and the press explain these matters to the people, instead of telling them that they will gain their independence
ting the standard upon them, he lost his right arm by a cannon-shot. The gallant Captain Ochiltree, of the Adjutant-General's department, volunteered his services, and was very active and energetic in the discharge of duties assigned him. General Wigfall and Colonel P. T. Moore, and W. Munford kindly offered their services, and were active and useful in transmitting orders, etc. Early on the following day, (Saturday,) parties were sent forward to find the enemy. It was soon ascertained ting, Fairfax, and Walton, Captain Goree, and Lieutenant Blackwell, of my personal staff, displayed their usual gallantry and alacrity. After five days of night and day work, they kept up with undiminished zeal and energy. My volunteer aid, General Wigfall, remained with me also, conspicuous for his courage, coolness, and intelligence. Major Meade and Lieutenant Johnson, of the engineer corps, were assigned to duty at my headquarters, at the beginning of the campaign, and were very energetic
m Texas, heroes of many a wild charge over the battlefields of Virginia, has adopted as winter-quarters insignia the words Wigfall Mess, evidently in honor of General Wigfall, who came to Virginia in command of the Texas contingent. The general was fond of relating an experience to illustrate the independence and individuality of ned against the same, and contentedly smoking a pipe. The two officers passed with only the recognition of a stare from the sentry, and Whiting satirically asked Wigfall if that was one of his people, adding that he did not seem to have been very well instructed as to his duty. To his surprise the Texan general then addressed theof this hyar stuff. Do you know who I am, sir? asked the general. Wall, now, 'pears like I know your face, but I can't jes' call your name—who is you? I'm General Wigfall, with some emphasis. Without rising from his seat or removing his pipe, the sentry extended his hand: Gin'ral, I'm pleased to meet you—my name's Jones. Less
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 3. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Battle of seven Pines-report of General James Longstreet. (search)
s his serious loss will attest. Captain Carter, of General Hill's division, also displayed great gallantry and skill in the management of his battery. My personal staff--Majors G. M. Sorrel, J. W. Fairfax, P. T. Manning, and Captains Thomas Goree, Thomas Walton, and my young aid, Lieutenant R. W. Blackwell--have my kind thanks for their activity, zeal and intelligence in carrying orders and the proper discharge of their duties. Captain Walton was slightly wounded. I am indebted to General Wigfall and Colonel P. T. Moore, volunteer aids, for assistance in rallying troops and carrying orders during the battle of the 31st instant, and kindly aided in carrying orders during the several assaults made by the enemy on that day. I am also indebted to Colonel R. H. Chilton for material aid. Dr. J. S. D. Cullen, Surgeon-in-Chief, and the officers of his Department, kindly and untiringly devoted themselves to the wounded, They have none of the chances of distinction of other officers, but
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