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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 28. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Harper's Ferry and first Manassas. (search)
the commencement of this war for Virginia, for on that day appeared Lincoln's proclamation for 75,000 men to crush the rebellion, which hurried up our old fogy Convention, and compelled their secession on Wednesday, April 17th. I was at that time at the University of Virginia, that session being my third, as I went there from the Episcopal High School of Virginia in '57, spent sessions '57-8 and '58-9 at the University, taught '59-‘60 at Greenwood, Mr. Dinwiddie's boarding-school in this (Albemarle) county, and returned to the University the session of ‘60-‘61. This proclamation created quite a sensation at the University, raising the military enthusiasm to the highest pitch, and especially filling our two companies, the Southern Guard, Captain E. S. Hutter, and the Sons of Liberty, Captain J. Tosh, with an earnest desire to lend a hand in the defence of our State. The taking of Harper's Ferry was the first object that presented itself to our minds, and when, on Wednesday, Capt<
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 28. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Confederate States Navy and a brief history of what became of it. [from the Richmond, Va. Times December 30, 1900.] (search)
m were built; what became of them, and gives brief data about their movements and service: Alabama—Wooden steam cruiser, eighty-nine guns, built at Liverpool in 1862, sailed from that port July 29th, 1862, and was sunk in action with the United States ship Kearsaege off Cherbourg, June 19, 1864. Atlanta—Formerly the merchant steamer Fingall. Converted into an iron-clad at Savannah and mounted four guns. Got aground in Wassaw Sound June 17, 1863, and was captured by the Federals. Albemarle—Iron-clad, two guns. Built on the Roanake river in 1864, sunk by a Federal torpedo boat the same year at Plymouth, N. C. Appomattox—Formerly the tug Empire. Bought at Norfolk in 1861 and mounted, two guns. Dismantled and abandoned in 1862. Archer—Merchant schooner, captured by the Confederates off Long Island June 24, 1863, converted into a cruiser, abandoned off Portland June 27, and recaptured. Crew transferred to the Caleb Cushing. Arctic—Iron-plated floating battery
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 28. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.38 (search)
by the next flag of truce. They have had a hard time of it, and I hear that Gassell was at first rather harshly treated. You know that he has been made a commander, and deservedly so, I say. John Wilkiason has charge of the blockade runners at Wilmington. Lynch and Whiting, you know, had a blow up there, and I hear that the President had them both here for awhile. Bad boys, to be growling in school! Ben Loyall commands the ironclad Neuse, of two 6.4s, at Kingston, N. C. Cooke has the Albemarle, a similar vessel, at Halifax, N. C. No one has yet been ordered to the Virginia here. She will soon be ready for her officers and is perhaps the best and most reliable ironclad in the service. If you were not on more important duty, I am inclined to believe that you would have command of her. Captain Matthew Maury writes to me, under date of January 21st, that we have nothing to look for from England that money can't buy. His letter is rather gloomy in its tone. Charley Morris has the