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Jesse B. Thomas (search for this): chapter 20
all which may achieve and cherish a just and a lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations. With the coming of spring the great armies, awakening from their long winter's sleep, began preparations for the closing campaign. Sherman had already made that grandest march of modern times, from the mountains of Tennessee through Georgia to the sea, while Grant, with stolid indifference to public criticism and newspaper abuse, was creeping steadily on through swamp and ravine to Richmond. Thomas had defeated Hood in Tennessee, sending the latter back with his army demoralized, cut in pieces, and ruined. The young and daring Sheridan had driven Early out of the Shenandoah Valley after a series of brilliant engagements. The Kearsarge had sunk the Alabama in foreign waters. Farragut had captured Mobile, and the Union forces held undisputed possession of the West and the Mississippi Valley from the lakes to the gulf. Meanwhile Sherman, undaunted by the perils of a further march thro
George B. McClellan (search for this): chapter 20
ln's plan to suppress the Rebellion. dealing with McClellan and Grant. efforts to hasten the Emancipation Proorces before attacking Manassas. That problem General McClellan is now trying to work out. Mr. Lincoln then told me of the plan he had recommended to McClellan, which was to send gunboats up one of the rivers — not the Jwas made at Manassas. I took occasion to say that McClellan was ambitious to be his successor. I am perfectlyd by the dilatory movements and inactive policy of McClellan, who had been appointed in November of the precediScott. The forbearance of Lincoln in dealing with McClellan was only in keeping with his well-known spirit of my and navy himself. When it pleased him to place McClellan again at the head of affairs, over the protest of , and the contest was left to Lincoln and General George B. McClellan, the nominee of the Democratic conventioArkansas, and the newly admitted State of Nevada. McClellan carried but three states: New Jersey, Delaware, an
W. O. Stoddard (search for this): chapter 20
authorities on their guard against a wide-reaching conspiracy, and threw the public into a state of terror. The awful event was felt even by those who knew not of it. Horsemen clattered through the silent streets of Washington, spreading the sad tidings, and the telegraph wires carried the terrible story everywhere. The nation awakened from its dream of peace on the 15th of April, 1865, to learn that its protector, leader, friend, and restorer had been laid low by a stage-mad avenger. W. O. Stoddard, in his Life of Lincoln, says: It was as if there had been a death in every house throughout the land. By both North and South alike the awful news was received with a shudder and a momentary spasm of unbelief. Then followed one of the most remarkable spectacles in the history of the human race, for there is nothing else at all like it on record. Bells had tolled before at the death of a loved ruler, but never did all bells toll so mournfully as they did that day. Business ceased.
John G. Nicolay (search for this): chapter 20
that there had been a great engagement; and the bearer of each report had barely escaped with his life. Messengers bearing despatches to the President and Secretary of War were constantly arriving, but outsiders could gather nothing worthy of belief. Having learned that Mr. Lincoln was at the War Department we started thither, but found the building surrounded by a great crowd, all as much in the dark as we. Removing a short distance away we sat down to rest. Presently Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Nicolay, his private secretary, came along, headed for the White House. It was proposed by my companions that as I was acquainted with the President I should join him and ask for the news. I did so, but he said that he had already told more than under the rules of the War Department he had any right to, and that, although he could see no harm in it, the Secretary of War had forbidden his imparting information to persons not in the military service. These war fellows, he said, complainingly, ar
Any offer of terms made by any man or men within that range in opposition to that army is simply nothing for the present, because such man or men have no power whatever to enforce their side of a compromise, if one were made with them. To illustrate: suppose refugees from the South, and peace men of the North, get together in convention and frame and proclaim a compromise embracing a restoration of the Union; in what way can that compromise be used to keep Lee's army out of Pennsylvania? Meade's army can keep Lee's army out of Pennsylvania, and I think can ultimately drive it out of existence. But no paper compromise, to which the controllers of Lee's army are not agreed, can at all affect that army. In an effort at such compromise we should waste time, which the enemy would improve to our disadvantage; and that would be all. A compromise, to be effective, must be made either with those who control the rebel army, or with the people first liberated from the domination of that
d and held him up to public ridicule from the stump in New England. Horace Greeley turned the batteries of, the New York Tribune against him; and, in a word, he encountered all the rancor and hostility of his old friends the Abolitionists. General Fremont having in the fall of 1861 undertaken by virtue of his authority as a military commander to emancipate the slaves in his department, the President annulled the order, which he characterized as unauthorized and premature. This precipitated a result. Yours very truly, A. Lincoln. The summer and fall of 1864 were marked by Lincoln's second Presidential campaign, he, and Andrew Johnson, of Tennessee, for Vice-President, having been nominated at Baltimore on the 8th of June. Fremont, who had been placed in the field by a convention of malcontents at Cleveland, Ohio, had withdrawn in September, and the contest was left to Lincoln and General George B. McClellan, the nominee of the Democratic convention at Chicago. The canv
Robert L. Wilson (search for this): chapter 20
Chapter 19. Lincoln face to face with the realities of civil war. master of the situation. the distrust of old politicians. how the President viewed the battle of Bull run. an interesting reminiscence by Robert L. Wilson. Lincoln's plan to suppress the Rebellion. dealing with McClellan and Grant. efforts to hasten the Emancipation Proclamation Lincoln withstands the pressure. calling the Cabinet together and reading the decree. the letter to the Unconditional-Union men. thhe was not the man they bargained for. Next in importance to the attack on Fort Sumter, from a military standpoint, was the battle of Bull Run. How the President viewed it is best illustrated by an incident furnished by an old friend Robert L. Wilson, Ms., Feb. 10, 1866. who was an associate of his in the Legislature of Illinois, and who was in Washington when the engagement took place. The night after the battle, he relates, accompanied by two Wisconsin Congressmen, I called at the Whi
Robert Lincoln (search for this): chapter 20
usual manner. In the morning his son, Captain Robert Lincoln, breakfasted with him. The young man hand fame, was then comparatively unheralded. Lincoln was fond of the drama. Brought up in a proviing to him; but he yielded to the wishes of Mrs. Lincoln and went. They took with them Miss Harris Booth presented a card to him, stating that Mr. Lincoln had sent for him, and was permitted to pas arm-chair. Next to him, on the right, sat Mrs. Lincoln. A little distance to the right of both, Mne at her left, and a little in the rear of Mrs. Lincoln, who, intent on the play, was leaning forwa-mad avenger. W. O. Stoddard, in his Life of Lincoln, says: It was as if there had been a death ich was draped in mourning. The death of Mr. Lincoln was an indescribable shock to his fellow coe bright spring sky, gazing upon his coffin. Lincoln's own words over the dead at Gettysburg came t to enter in. In a discourse delivered on Lincoln on the 23d of that month, Henry Ward Beecher [3 more...]
Edward D. Baker (search for this): chapter 20
and laid upon the grass, and there died about four hours afterwards. Before his misguided soul passed into the silence of death he whispered something which Lieutenant Baker bent down to hear. Tell mother I die for my country, he said, faintly. Reviving a moment later he repeated the words, and added, I thought I did for the beof that hated dead man. Whoever knows the truth of it tells it not. Sergeant Corbett, who shot Booth, fired without orders. The last instructions given by Colonel Baker to Colonel Conger and Lieutenant Baker were: Don't shoot Booth, but take him alive. Corbett was something of a fanatic, and for a breach of discipline had oncLieutenant Baker were: Don't shoot Booth, but take him alive. Corbett was something of a fanatic, and for a breach of discipline had once been court-martialled and sentenced to be shot. The order, however, was not executed, but he had been drummed out of the regiment. He belonged to Company L, of the Sixteenth New York Cavalry. He was English by birth, but was brought up in this country, and learned the trade of hat finisher. While living in Boston he joined t
n the Northern States, where everything was open and free.--David Davis, statement, September 10, 1866, to W. H. H. I was counsel for Bowles, Milligan, et al., who had been convicted of conspiracy by military tribunal in Indiana. Early in 1865 I went to Washington to confer with the President, whom I had known, and with whom in earlier days I had practised law on the circuit in Illinois. My clients had been sentenced, and unless the President interfered were to have been executed. Mr. Hendricks, who was then in the Senate, and who seemed to have little faith in the probability of executive clemency, accompanied me to the White House. It was early in the evening, and so many callers and visitors had preceded us we anticipated a very brief interview. Much to our surprise we found Mr. Lincoln in a singularly cheerful and reminiscent mood. He kept us with him till almost eleven o'clock. He went over the history of my clients' crime as shown by the papers in the case, and suggest
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