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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, IV. July, 1861 (search)
IV. July, 1861 My family in North Carolina. volunteers daily rejected. Gen. Winder appears upon the stage. Toombs commissioned. Hunter Secretary of State. duel prevented. Col B. Secretary for a few hours. Gen. Garnett killed. batuarters. July 8 There is a stout gray-haired old man here from Maryland applying to be made a general. It is Major J. H. Winder, a graduate of West Point, I believe; and I think he will be successful. He is the son, I believe, of the Gen. WinWinder whose command in the last war with England unfortunately permitted the City of Washington to fall into the hands of the enemy. I have almost a superstitious faith in lucky generals, and a corresponding prejudice against unlucky ones, and their bullets, and, untouched, rejoined Bartow in time to witness his fall. Our prisons are filled with Yankees, and Brig.-Gen. Winder has employment. There is a great pressure for passports to visit the battle-field. At my suggestion, all physicia
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, V. August, 1861 (search)
rt, I have no doubt there are many Federal spies in the departments. Too many clerks were imported from Washington. And yet I doubt if any one in a subordinate position, without assistance from higher authority, could have prepared the list published in the Herald August 8 For some time past (but since the battle at Manassas) quite a number of Northern and Baltimore policemen have made their appearance in Richmond. Some of these, if not indeed all of them, have been employed by Gen. Winder. These men, by their own confessions, have been heretofore in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York, merely petty larceny detectives, dwelling in bar-rooms, ten-pin alleys, and such places. How can they detect political offenders, when they are too ignorant to comprehend what constitutes a political offense? They are illiterate men, of low instincts and desperate characters. But their low cunning will serve them here among unsuspecting men. They will, if necessary, give information to
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, VI. September, 1861 (search)
ken to the camps. September 22 Harris and Magraw, who were taken on the field of Manassas, looking for the remains of Col. Cameron, have been liberated by Gen. Winder, on the order of the acting Secretary of War. This is startling; for Mr. Benjamin was the most decided man, at the time of their capture, against their liberatthousands of rattlesnakes can be heard, without lights. Their spies and emissaries here are so many torch-bearers for them. September 25 Mr. Benjamin and Gen. Winder, after granting a special interview to Messrs. G. and R., have concluded to let them depart for Pennsylvania and New York! Nor is this all. I have an order frossports himself, and sent several others to me with peremptory orders for granting them. September 30 A pretty general jail delivery is now taking place. Gen. Winder, acting I suppose, of course, under the instructions of the Secretary of War--and Mr. Benjamin is now Secretary indeed — is discharging from the prisons the dis
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 8 (search)
my at fighting; but they beat him at manoeuvring, with the use of the guides Gen. Winder has sent them from our prisons here. October 12 Col. Wright has had a . Hunter cannot remain long in it. October 15 I have been requested by Gen. Winder to-day to refuse a passport to Col. M — r to leave the city in any direction. So the colonel is within bounds I learn that he differed with Gen. Winder (both from Maryland) in politics. But if he was a Whig, so was Mr. Benjamin. Again, I hief of the Bureau of War. He seemed thunderstruck when I informed him that Gen. Winder had obtained an order from the Secretary of War to detain him. A few moments after Gen. Winder came with a couple of his detectives (all from Baltimore) and arrested him. Subsequently he was released on parole of honor, not to leave the city without Gen. Winder's permission. I apprehend bad consequences from this proceeding. It may prevent other high-toned Marylanders from espousing our side of this c
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 9 (search)
and applies for permission to leave the country, Gen. Winder is to take him in charge. November 4 Severait seems to afford employment, if not delight, to Gen. Winder and his Baltimore detectives, is rather distastef, no one leaves the country now. November 9 Gen. Winder and all his police and Plug Ugly gang have their d, or prevent much evil; but I must not criticise Gen. Winder's inefficiency, for he acts under the instructiont success is certain ultimately, if Mr. Benjamin, Gen. Winder, and Gen. Huger do not cease to pass Federal spiese men applied to me, and I reported the facts to Gen. Winder; but they were not molested. Indeed, they came ttainly do obtain passports on the other side. Gen. Winder and his alien detectives seem to be on peculiar t the person was a woman instead of a lieutenant. Gen. Winder coming in shortly after, upon hearing my descript, and proved, as I suspected, to be a woman. But Gen. Winder was ordered by the Secretary to have her released
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 10 (search)
W. H. B. Custis returns to the Eastern Shore. Winder's detectives. Kentucky secedes. Judge Perkinn. Johnston were subsequently discharged by Gen. Winder, under the instructions of Mr. Benjamin, and that any such men. had been discharged by Gen. Winder, or had been concerned in the affair at all Gen. Joseph E. Johnston were discharged by Gen. Winder, and that their expenses home were paid by ion. Under these representations, it seems Gen. Winder telegraphed to Norfolk, whither it was unde case. He seemed offended at the action of Gen. Winder, and thought it was a dangerous exercise oft evidence of his loyalty. December 9 Gen. Winder informed me to-day that he had been orderedld give him none. December 12 More of Gen. Winder's men came with a Mr. Stone, whom they knewign to go farther. They said yes, but that Gen. Winder would write to Gen. Huger to let him pass b the military commander of the department. Gen. Winder came in during the day, and denied having p[1 more...]
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, X. January, 1862 (search)
tates the United States will soon come to them. Many believe that Burnside will get Norfolk. I think differently, but I may be mistaken. January 22 Some of the letter-carriers' passports from Mr. Benjamin, which have the countenance of Gen. Winder, are now going into Tennessee. What is this for? We shall see. January 23 Again the Northern papers give the most extravagant numbers to our army in Kentucky. Some estimates are as high as 150,000. I know, and Mr. Benjamin knows, thanerated around him. January 30 Some of the mysterious letter-carriers, who have just returned from their jaunt into Tennessee, are applying again for passports to Baltimore, Washington, etc. I refuse them, though they are recommended by Gen. Winder's men; but they will obtain what they want from the Secretary himself, or his Assistant Secretary. January 31 What if these men (they have passports) should be going to Washington to report the result of their reconnoissances in Tennesse
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 13 (search)
sports. Com. Buchanan's naval engagement. Gen. Winder's blunders. Mr. Benjamin Secretary of St to return through the crowd. March 8 Gen. Winder has appointed Capt. Godwin Provost Marshal. March 9 Gen. Winder has appointed Col. Porter Provost Marshal,--Godwin not being high enough as neither Col. Porter nor the clerks, nor Gen. Winder himself, have the slightest idea of the geocCubbin, of Maryland, has been appointed by Gen. Winder the Chief of Police. He is wholly illiteray have a fleet of gun-boats. March 21 Gen. Winder's detectives are very busy. They have been their iniquitous forgeries. March 23 Gen. Winder was in this morning listening to something the truly patriotic article, and said so to Gen. Winder. Well, said he, if he has not violated the handwriting of Mr. Benjamin, and signed by Gen. Winder. And I learned that all the orders, sumptuen tried and acquitted by a court-martial. Gen. Winder indorsed on the order for their discharge: [3 more...]
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XIII. April, 1862 (search)
condemned spies have implicated Webster, the letter-carrier, who has had so many passports. He will hang, probably. Gen. Winder himself, and his policemen, wrote home by him. I don't believe him any more guilty than many who used to write by him; terror! Every Virginian, and other loyal citizens of the Southmembers of Congress and all-must now, before obtaining Gen. Winder's permission to leave the city for their homes, bow down before the aliens in the Provost Marshal's office, and subscreen captured by our soldiers in North Carolina. April 23 The North Carolinians have refused to give up Dibble to Gen. Winder. And, moreover, the governor has demanded the rendition of a citizen of his State, who was arrested there by one of GGen. Winder's detectives, and brought hither. The governor says, if he be not delivered up, he will institute measures of retaliation, and arrest every alien policeman from Richmond caught within the limits of his jurisdiction. Is it not shamefu
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 15 (search)
s sent to Castle Godwin. May 12 I suggested to the Provost Marshal several days ago that there was an act of Congress requiring the destruction of tobacco, whenever it might be in danger of falling into the hands of the enemy. He ran to Gen. Winder, and he to some one else, and then a hundred or more negroes, and as many wagons, were pressed by the detectives. They are now gathering the weed from all quarters, and piling it in pressed warehouses, mixed with combustibles, ready for the cinds are selling at 50 cts. per pound; butter, 75 cts.; coffee, $1.50; tea, $10; boots, $30 per pair; shoes, $18; ladies' shoes, $15; shirts, $6 each. Houses that rented for $500 last year, are $1000 now. Boarding, from $30 to $40 per month. Gen. Winder has issued an order fixing the maximum prices of certain articles of marketing, which has only the effect of keeping a great many things out of market. The farmers have to pay the merchants and Jews their extortionate prices, and complain ver
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