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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXVII. June, 1863 (search)
ing could do four centuries ago. June 3 Gen. Lee communicates to the department to-day his views of the Montgomery letter to Gen. Forrest, a copy of which was sent him by Governor Vance. He terms it diabolical. It seems to have been an official letter, superscribed by C. Marshall, Major and A. A. G. Gen. Lee suggests that it be not published, but that copies be sent to all our generals. Hon. R. M. T. Hunter urges the Secretary, in a lengthy letter, to send a cavalry brigade into Essex and the adjacent counties, to protect the inhabitants from the incursions of the Yankees. He says a government agent has established a commissary department within six miles of his house, and it will be sure to be destroyed if no force be sent there adequate to its defense. He says, moreover, if our troops are to operate only in the great armies facing the enemy, a few hostile regiments of horse may easily devastate the country without molestation. Gov. Vance writes a most indignant r
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 40 (search)
Seddon had fair warning about this road. June 24 Hot and hazy; dry. The news (in the papers) of the cutting of our railroad communications with the South creates fresh apprehension among the croakers. But at 12 M. we had news of the recovery of the Weldon Road last evening, and the capture of 500 more prisoners. We have nothing from the south side raiders since their work of destruction at Burkesville, cutting the Danville Road. Mr. Hunter sheds tears over his losses in Essex, the burning of his mill, etc. But he had been a large gainer by the war. There is a rumor of fighting at Petersburg to-day. June 25 Hot and dry. Twelve hundred Federal prisoners passed our door to-day, taken at Petersburg — about half the number captured there during the last two days. The news of the cutting of the Danville Railroad still produces despondency with many. But the people are now harvesting a fair crop of wheat, and the authorities do not apprehend any serio
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 49 (search)
over his head by more than a two-thirds Vote. The Senate will probably do the same. We have a spectacle of war among the politicians as well as in the field! Gen. Whiting, captured at Wilmington, died of his wounds. The government would never listen to his plans for saving Wilmington, and rebuked him for his pertinacity. It is now said Sheridan has crossed the Pamunky, and is returning toward the Rappahannock, instead of forming a junction with G. rant. Senator Hunter's place in Essex will probably be visited, and all that region of country ravaged. It is rumored that Raleigh has fallen! By consulting the map, I perceive that after the battle of Thursday (day before yesterday), Hardee fell back and Sherman advanced, and was within less than thirty miles of Raleigh. The President, it is understood, favors a great and decisive battle. Judge Campbell said to-day that Mr. Wigfall had sent him Mr. Dejarnette's speech (advocating the Monroe doctrine and alliance