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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 16: Secession of Virginia and North Carolina declared.--seizure of Harper's Ferry and Gosport Navy Yard.--the first troops in Washington for its defense. (search)
, and revealed facts which throw considerable light on subsequent events. He said that President Davis desired and expected to furnish Tennessee with fifty thousand muskets, but there were difficulties in the way. An attempt to procure arms from Havana had failed, but they expected muskets from Belgium in British bottoms. General Pillow, it seems, had no idea of respecting Kentucky neutrality [see Chapter XIX.], but had, so early as the middle of May, proposed to occupy Columbus, in that Stated there used every means in his power, by the grossest misrepresentations, to injure the character of his Government. Finally, on the 25th of May, 1865, when the rebellion was crushed, he wrote a note at sea, to Rear-Admiral S. W. Godon, then at Havana, saying:--In peace, as in war. I follow the fortunes of my native State, Virginia: and expressed his willingness to accept a parol on the terms granted to General Lee. He went to Mexico; and, in the autumn of 1865, Maximilian appointed him Imper