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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXIII. February, 1863 (search)
is not sending troops to Charleston. He is sending them here for the defense of Richmond, which is now supposed to be the point of attack, by land and by water, and on both sides of the James River. Well, they have striven to capture this city from every point of the compass but one-the south side. Perhaps they will make an attempt from that direction; and I must confess that I have always apprehended the most danger from that quarter. But we shall beat them, come whence they may! February 18 Mr. H --‘s, another of Gen. Winder's detectives, has gone over to the enemy. He went on a privateering cruise from Wilmington; the vessel he sailed in captured a brig, and H — s was put in command of the prize, to sail into a Confederate port. Instead of this, however, H---s sailed away for one of the West India islands, and gave up his prize to Corn. Wilkes, of the United States Navy. One or two of the regiments of Gen. Lee's army were in the city last night. The men were pal
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 35 (search)
nt conceives, at himself. It will not pass, probably; but it looks like war between the Senate and the Executive. Some of the Secretaries may resign on the 18th of February, when this Congress expires. Nous verrons. January 20 The Senate bill to give increased compensation to the civil officers of the government in Richmo a jeweler, and intends leaving the country. He will succeed, because he is rich. Yesterday the House passed the Senate bill, adjourning Congress on the 18th of February, to meet again in April. Mr. Barksdale, the President's organ in the House, moved a reconsideration, and it will probably be reconsidered and defeated, althod --as the President has been allowed to suspend it-by Congress, in secret session. But Congress passed a resolution, yesterday, that after it adjourns on the 18th February, it will assemble again on the first Monday in May. Mr. Lyons, chairman of the Committee on Increased Compensation to the civil officers, had an interview
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXXV. February, 1864 (search)
The Examiner has whipped Congress into a modification of the clause putting assistant editors and other employees of newspaper proprietors into the army. They want the press to give them the meed of praise for their bold measures, and to reconcile the people to the tax, militia, and currency acts. This is the year of crises, and I think we'll win. We are now sending 400 Federal prisoners to Georgia daily; and I hope we shall have more food in the city when they are all gone. February 18 This was the coldest morning of the winter. There was ice in the wash-basins in our bed chambers, the first we have seen there. I fear my cabbage, beets, etc. now coming up, in my half barrel hot-bed, although in the house, are killed. The topic of discussion everywhere, now, is the effect likely to be produced by the Currency bill. Mr. Lyons denounces it, and says the people will be starved. I have heard (not seen) that some holders of Treasury notes have burnt them to spite t
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 48 (search)
have news now of the capture of Columbia, S. C., the capital of the State. A dark day, truly! And only this morning — not three short hours ago — the President hesitated to second Beauregard's desire that Gen. Pillow-although not a red tapist --should rouse the people to the rescue; but Gen. Cooper must be consulted to throw obstacles in the way! This will be a terrible blow; and its consequences may be calamitous beyond calculation. Poor South Carolina! her day of agony has come! February 18 Rained last night; but this is as lovely a morning as ever dawned on earth. A gentle southern breeze, a cloudless sky, and a glorious morning sun, whose genial warmth dispels the moisture of the late showers in smoky vapors. But how dark and dismal the aspect of our military affairs! Columbia fallen and Charleston (of course) evacuated. My wife wept, my daughter prayed, upon hearing the news. South Carolina was superior to all the States in the estimation of my wife, and she re