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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 22 (search)
. That is right. He also recommends a rule of the department putting cavalry on foot when they cannot furnish good horses, and mounting infantry that can and will procure them. This would cause better care to be taken of horses. Gen. Lee also writes for more arms — which may indicate a battle. But the weather is getting bad again, and the roads will not admit of marching. Mr. Gastrell, M. C., writes to the Secretary of War for permission for Messrs. Frank and Gernot, a Jew firm of Augusta, Ga., to bring through the lines a stock of goods they have just purchased of the Yankees in Memphis. Being a member of Congress, I think his request will be granted. And if all such applications be granted, I think money-making will soon absorb the war, and bring down the prices of goods. We are a confident people. There are no symptoms of trepidation, although a hostile army of 150,000 men is now within two day's march of our capital. A few of guilty consciences, the extortioners, ma
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXIX. August, 1863 (search)
fall back to Richmond, if not farther, as all his supplies must be transported by the road. He indicates the places where troops should be stationed, and says from those places, if needed in battle, 10,000 men could be transported in twenty-four hours to either Fredericksburg or Richmond. Gen. Bragg is hurt, because one of his captains has been given an independent command, without consulting him, to defend Atlanta, in his department. He says the captain has no merit, and Atlanta and Augusta are in great danger — the newspapers having informed the enemy of the practicability of taking them. He intimates an inclination to be relieved. Mr. Plant, President of the Southern Express Company, was allowed to leave the Confederate States to-day by the Assistant Secretary of War, subject to the discretion of Gen. Whiting at Wilmington. I suppose his fortune is made. August 2 We have warm, fair weather now; but the momentary gloom, hanging like the pall of death over our affa
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXX. September, 1863 (search)
he South, if it were not for the apprehension of the Northwestern States seceding from the Union. If his request be not granted, he intends to enter the army immediately. He is a refugee from Missouri. He assures the President he is his friend, and that a concentration of power in his hands is essential, etc. The President refers this paper, with a gracious indorsement, to the Secretary of War, recommending him either to see Mr. Jones, or else to institute inquiries, etc. S. Wyatt, Augusta, Ga., writes in favor of appeals to the patriotism of the people to counteract what Mr. Toombs has done. What has he done? But he advises the President, to whom he professes to be very friendly, to order a discontinuance of seizures, etc. A. Cohen (Jew name), purser of the blockade-running steamer Arabia at Wilmington, has submitted a notable scheme to Gen. Winder, who submits it to the Secretary of War, establishing a police agency at Nassau. Gen. W. to send some of his detectives thith
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 32 (search)
on the city. The newspapers continue to give accounts of the Chickamauga battle. October 3 Nothing from the armies; but from Charleston it is ascertained that the enemy's batteries on Morris Island have some of the guns pointing seaward. This indicates a provision against attack from that quarter, and suggests a purpose to withdraw the monitors, perhaps to use them against Wilmington. I suppose the opposite guns in the batteries will soon open on Charleston. Thomas Jackson, Augusta, Ga., writes that he can prove the president of the Southern Express Company, who recently obtained a passport to visit Europe, really embarked for the United States, taking a large sum in gold; that another of the same company (which is nothing more than a branch of Adars's Express Company of New York) will leave soon with more gold. He says this company has enough men detailed from the army, and conscripts exempted, to make two regiments. J. M. Williams writes from Morton, Miss., that
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 37 (search)
tary's recommendation to remit the sentence to drop an officer was referred to him. He indorsed on it that the sentence was just, and ought to be executed. The President then indorsed: Drop him.-J. D. March 15 A clear, cool morning; but rained in the evening. By the correspondence of the department, I saw to-day that 35,000 bushels of corn left North Carolina nearly a week ago for Lee's army, and about the same time 400,000 pounds of bacon was in readiness to be shipped from Augusta, Ga. At short rations, that would furnish bread and meat for the army several weeks. We hear nothing additional from the enemy on the Peninsula. I doubt whether they mean fight. We are buoyed again with rumors of an intention on the part of France to recognize us. So mote it be! We are preparing, however, to strike hard blows single-handed and unaided, if it must be. March 16 There was ice last night. Cold all day. Gen. Maury writes that no immediate attack on Mobile need be a
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 39 (search)
War and famine develop some of the worst instincts of our nature. For five days the government has been selling meal, by the peck, for $12: and yet those who have been purchasing have endeavored to keep it a secret! And the government turns extortioner, making $45 profit per bushel out of the necessities of the people! I saw a dispatch, to-day, from Gen. Johnston to his Chief Commissary, at Atlanta, ordering him, after reserving ten days rations, to send the rest of the stores to Augusta! It is said Mr. Memminger and certain members of Congress have in readiness the means of sudden flight, in the event of Grant's forcing his way into the city. It is thought, to-day, that Bragg will resign. If he does, then the President will be humiliated; for the attacks on Bragg are meant principally for Mr. Davis. But I doubt the story; I don't think the President will permit Bragg to retire before his enemies, unless affairs become desperate by the defeat of our army in this v
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XL. July, 1864 (search)
the object of the demonstration on the part of the enemy is to draw our forces away from the vicinity of Washington. The Chief of the Signal Corps reports, on information supposed by him to be reliable, that Gen. Early's captures in Maryland were worth $12,000,000-consisting of some 10,000 horses, 10,000 cattle, 7000 hogs, 4000 sheep, 200,000 barrels of flour, and a large amount of bacon, etc. Also, that he got between 2000 and 3000 recruits. All this doubtful. Mr. G. W. Lamar, Augusta, Ga., writes the Secretary of War that he knows, personally, over one hundred men who have bought exemptions, and that they are bought and sold every day at a certain price. Now will the Secretary order an investigation? Mr. L. has, or had, nine sons in the army, and he says he could have bought exemptions for all, as he is rich. And yet a poor ensigncy is refused one of his sons. July 30 Clear and hot. Dispatches from Bragg, at Montgomery, of yesterday, give no accounts of more f
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 43 (search)
Johnson, and Gov. Brown to a meeting with him, to confer on terms of peace-i.e. the return of Georgia to the Union. The government has called for a list of all the Georgians who have sailed from our ports this summer. A letter from Hon. R. W. Barnwell shows that he is opposed to any conference with the enemy on terms of peace, except unconditional independence. He thinks Hood hardly competent to command the army, but approves the removal of Johnston. He thinks Sherman will go on to Augusta, etc. The raid toward Gordonsville is now represented as a small affair, and to have returned as it came, after burning some mills, bridges, etc. I saw a letter, to-day, written to the President by L. P. Walker, first Secretary of War, full of praise. It was dated in August, before the fall of Atlanta, and warmly congratulated him upon the removal of Gen. Johnston. Gov. Bonham sent a telegram to the Secretary of War, to-day, from Columbia, asking if the President would not soon
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 45 (search)
s to the line of policy to be pursuedlarly as to defending Macon, Augusta, or Columbus. If not to be defended, government stores should be . The following dispatch was received to-day from Gen. Bragg: Augusta, Nov. 25th, 1864. Arrived late last night, and take command thith with rather lugubrious faces. Another dispatch from Bragg: Augusta, Nov. 25th, 8 P. M. The enemy has crossed the Oconee; was met td the enemy won't exchange. A dispatch from Gen. Bragg: Augusta, November 27th, 1864.-We have lost communication with the front. and warm as summer almost. Another dispatch from Bragg: Augusta, November 28th, 1864.-On the 26th instant, the enemy started a heaashville. The following telegrams were received this morning: Augusta, November 29th, 1864. It is reported, via Savannah, the enemy, patrick, who retreats in that direction from Waynesborough.-B. B. Augusta, November 29th, 1864.-6 1/2 P. M. Gen. Jones telegraphs from Ch
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 46 (search)
4. Another dispatch from Gen. Bragg: Augusta, November 30th, 1864. Following just-receisalary. Dispatches from Gen. Bragg: Augusta, December 1st, 1864. Following received frheir dead upon the field.-B. B. Another: Augusta, December 1st, 1864, 12 M. The (enemy's) cr, and warm. A dispatch from Gen. Bragg. Augusta, December 3d, 6 P. M. A strong force of th dispatch has been received from Gen. Bragg: Augusta, December 4th, 1864. The column is moving Gen. Bragg was received to-day at 10 P. M.: Augusta, Dec. 12th. The telegraph having been cut,was received from Gen. Bragg to-day: Augusta, Ga., Dec. 13th, 1864.-I go to Charleston tomor- the enemies of the President, for staying at Augusta while Sherman made his triumphant march throu He is nearer to him than when he remained at Augusta; and yet the press could be made reticent on ely, of a railroad from Columbia, S. C., to Augusta, Ga., which might be easily accomplished by Apri[1 more...]
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