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ends in Florida we would respectfully pass a word. There are two powerful strongholds and most important points of military offence and defence in Florida--Pensacola and Key West. The States both of Georgia and Alabama have wisely taken time by the forelock, and put themselves in possession of such fortresses as lie within their borders, simply because they do not choose that their territories should be occupied, their commerce cut off, and the lives of their people put in jeopardy, by General Scott's, or Mr. Buchanan's despotic theory of the powers and duties of the executive officer of a consolidated, vulgar mobocracy. They have chosen to ward off violence and outrage by a timely precaution. If any thing could tend to demonstrate to the Executive at Washington the folly of attempting the blockading of southern ports, it would be the late action of Georgia and Alabama in regard to their forts. Yet it is impossible to tell to what extremities folly and desperation may drive men.
Feb. 23, 8 A. M., says:-- Abraham Lincoln, the President-elect of the United States, is safe in the capital of the nation. By the admirable arrangement of General Scott the country has been spared the lasting disgrace, which would have been fastened indelibly upon it, had Mr. Lincoln been murdered upon his journey thither, as fers violence on our part, at any thing he may do. He might have entered Willard's Hotel with a head spring and a summersault, and the clown's merry greeting to Gen. Scott, Here we are! and we should care nothing about it personally. We do not believe the Presidency can ever be more degraded by any of his successors, than it hln wore no disguise whatever, but journeyed in an ordinary travelling dress. It is proper to state here that, prior to Mr. Lincoln's arrival in Philadelphia, Gen. Scott and Senator Seward, in Washington, had been apprised, from independent sources, that imminent danger threatened Mr. Lincoln in case he should publicly pass thro
Doc. 53.--the First defeat of the rebels. It is evident that General Scott has once more beaten the enemies of his country by mere force of his admirable stratagetical genius. To do so, he has, as was necessary, suffered not only traitors, buined to make a speech. The facts which tend to the conclusion we have pointed out, may be summed up as follows: General Scott has been averse to the attempt to reinforce Fort Sumter. He saw that it would cost men and vessels, which the Governer. To make assurance doubly sure, he pretended to leave Fort Pickens in the lurch. It was said to be in danger, when Scott knew that a formidable force was investing it. Men feared that all would be lost by the inaction of the Government, when a few weeks. Let no man cry traitor to Major Anderson! Let no one fear for the energy of the Administration. Let us thank God that brave old General Scott remains to give his loyal heart and wise head to his country's service!--Evening Post.
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 1. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 57.--a proclamation.-by the President of the United States. (search)
empt to reinforce Sumter; and when the proposition was made to abandon that fortification, upon tho urgent request of General Scott, the measure was hailed with joy as a peace-offering. We have never attempted to justify the Secessionists, any moreas clearly demonstrated that fanaticism and imbecility rule at Washington. Overriding and disregarding the counsels of Gen. Scott, the Administration first declares for war, and then, when told by Gen. Scott that Sumter could not be relieved with a Gen. Scott that Sumter could not be relieved with a less force than 20,000 men, sends forth an armada of four or five vessels, and less than one-fourth of the number of men required to insure success. In disregarding the advice of Gen. Scott, President Lincoln has entailed upon the country the disgraGen. Scott, President Lincoln has entailed upon the country the disgrace of a defeat in the first onset. But the past is past, and cannot be recalled. As a choice between two evils, we would have preferred separation to civil war. The powers that be have chosen the latter alternative, and the destinies and honor of
Doc. 68--General orders--no. 3. Headquarters of the army, Washington, April 19, 1861. The Military Department of Washington is extended so as to include, in addition to the District of Columbia and Maryland, the States of Delaware and Pennsylvania, and will be commanded by Major-Gen. Patterson, belonging to the volunteers of the latter State. The Major-General will, as fast as they are mustered into service, post the volunteers of Pennsylvania all along the railroad from Wilmington, Del., to Washington City, in sufficient numbers and in such proximity as may give a reasonable protection to the lines of parallel wires, to the road, its rails, bridges, cars and stations. By command: Winfield Scott. E. D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant-General.
s — let us be up and doing. (Cheers.) Let me give you this piece of information: I understand since I came here that General Scott has sent word to this city that the capital is in danger, and that volunteers are wanted, orders or no orders. (Enththe Baltic leave? Mr. Raymond--At 10 o'clock, I learn, from the foot of Canal street. (Three cheers were given for General Scott, and three for the Baltic.) Fellow-citizens, I believe that we have a Government at Washington on which we can rely, Orleans gave peace and harmony to the country at once, and proved to the world that whether fighting under Washington or Scott, against a foreign enemy, or under Jackson or Lincoln (cheers) against domestic foes, the people of this enlightened land on the ocean, besides thousands of adopted citizens. Well, the war ensued. He had been everywhere in that war with General Scott--(cheers)--consequently he had seen the Stars and Stripes floating proudly in the breeze, enveloped in smoke, while t
whether there is any truth in the rumor that Gen. Scott was about to retire from the American army. question. (Good, good, and three cheers for Gen. Scott.) I saw him only last Saturday. He was at he that he had just had an interview with Lieut.-Gen. Scott; that he was chairman of the committee anted by the Virginia Convention to wait upon Gen. Scott, and tender him the command of the forces of Virginia in this struggle. Gen Scott received him kindly, listened to him patiently, and said remendous applause and three more cheers for Gen. Scott.) I do not pretend that I am precisely accur my arrival here to-day.--N. Y. Times. General Scott's views. Some allusions having beeneceded State. New York, October 29, 1860. Winfield Scott. Lieut.-General Scott's respects to tLieut.-General Scott's respects to the Secretary of War to say-- That a copy of his Views, &c, was despatched to the President yeforce the forts mentioned in the Views. General Scott is all solicitude for the safety of the Un[1 more...]
repaired at once to the President's house, where they were admitted to an immediate interview, to which the Cabinet and Gen. Scott were summoned. A long conversation. and discussion ensued. The President, upon his part, recognized the good faith othe Potomac in security, the Government must either bring them through Maryland or abandon the capital. He called on Gen. Scott for his opinion, which the General gave at length, to the effect that troops might be brought through Maryland, withoutited Mr. Garrett's despatch, which gave the President great surprise. He immediately summoned the Secretary of War and Gen. Scott, who soon appeared, with other members of the Cabinet. The despatch was submitted. The President at once, in the mostng his absence; he desired that the troops should, if it were practicable, be sent back at once to York or Harrisburg. Gen. Scott adopted the President's views warmly, and an order was accordingly prepared by the Lieutenant-General to that effect, a
t we were to go off in a balloon; however, all surmises were put to an end by our receiving orders, the evening of the 23d, to assemble in marching order next morning. The dawn saw us up. Knapsacks, with our blankets and overcoats strapped on them, were piled on the green. A brief and insufficient breakfast was taken, our canteens filled with vinegar and water, cartridges distributed to each man, and after mustering and loading, we started on our first march through a hostile country. Gen. Scott has stated, as I have been informed, that the march that we performed from Annapolis to the Junction is one of the most remarkable on record. I know that I felt it the most fatiguing, and some of our officers have told me that it was the most perilous. We marched the first eight miles under a burning sun, in heavy marching order, in less than three hours; and it is well known that, placing all elementary considerations out of the way, marching on a railroad track is the most harassing.
it was, and I, though not liking to eat what had been left by my predecessor, was too hungry to hesitate long about it. I am going this afternoon to get cleaned up, having brushed my hair but once and washed my face but three times, and not having had my boots off night or day, since I left New York last Sunday. Navy-Yard, Sunday, April 28, 10 1/2 A. M. At half-past 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon we were ordered to the Navy-Yard. It is considered here a post of honor, and it is said Gen. Scott sent us here because he considered us a very hardy regiment. Our company is now quartered on a steamboat lying off the yard, till our barracks are cleaned and fixed; we shall probably get into them to-morrow. On all our march from Annapolis we saw only forty or fifty houses, and those most miserable. We met with one Secessionist, who we asked for a pail of water for the thirsting soldiers; he replied, I won't give you any water, if I die for it. We saw no more of that kind; all other
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