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Mexico, Mo. (Missouri, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
se circumstances were known to two gentlemen who were connected with the New York Seventh. One was Major Winthrop, one of the noblest of God's noblemen, and the other was Col. Schuyler Hamilton, who had been in the service of the United States in Mexico, where he distinguished himself for gallantry and conduct, and was made military secretary to General Scott while in Mexico. Both Winthrop and Hamilton were, then acting as privates in the New York Seventh, and Winthrop had enlisted for the timeMexico. Both Winthrop and Hamilton were, then acting as privates in the New York Seventh, and Winthrop had enlisted for the time only which the Seventh had agreed to go to war. Hamilton was accepted by me as a volunteer aid on my staff, and I told Winthrop to serve out his time with the regiment, because those were the terms of his enlistment, and then to come to me wherever I was and I would give him a place on my staff. This I did thirty-two days later at Fortress Monroe, Virginia. I at once mounted my horse, and marched with Hincks and his two companies outside of the grounds of the academy, to seize the railroad
England (United Kingdom) (search for this): chapter 6
the Union, accompanied with brutalities too horrible to be named? You will say, God forbid. If we may not do so in person, shall we arm others to do so over whom we can have no restraint, exercise no control, and who, when once they have tasted blood, may turn the very arms we put in their hands against ourselves, as a part of the oppressing white race? The reading of history, so familiar to your excellency, will tell you the bitterest cause of complaint which our fathers had against Great Britain in the War of the Revolution was the arming by the British Ministry of the red man with the tomahawk and the scalping knife against the women and children of the colonies, so that the phrase, May we not use all the means which God and Nature have put in our power to subjugate the colonies? has passed into a legend of infamy against the leader of that ministry who used it in Parliament. Shall history teach us in vain? Could we justify ourselves to ourselves? Although with arms in our
Hampton Creek (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
gainst him at his election. Later in the day I received the detail. With the leave of the governor, I established my headquarters in a room in the State House, and from that time the business of organizing and getting the troops ready to go forward was turned over to me. Meanwhile, a direction came from Washington to send two regiments to Fortress Monroe, which was supposed to be threatened by the Confederates in Virginia. Indeed, a battery had then been commenced on the shore of Hampton Creek, opposite the fort, and a very curious letter was written to Colonel Dimmick, who was in command, which I saw afterwards, asking if the ladies of Hampton threw up a battery there, whether he would fire upon them while doing the work. That puzzled the gallant old colonel, as he told me, but he returned an answer in substance, that he could not allow anybody to erect a battery within the reach of the guns of Fortress Monroe, but that he would refer the matter to Washington. Transportat
Hampton Roads (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
he location of the capital. The port of Annapolis in Chesapeake Bay was the port and harbor of Washington, as Havre was of Paris, and it was situated about the same distance from the capital as Havre was from Paris. That while the port of Annapolis was held, the whole country would have access to Washington in a most certain and easy manner, especially for the conveyance of troops, as the great bays Delaware and Chesapeake were in precise and easy connection with it. Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads would protect the fleets of the world, and it was not thought desirable among military men, in looking at the defence of a capital, to have it situated close upon the shores of large open seas where it would always be at the mercy of naval attacks and raids of troops by water. The very difficulty of getting up the Potomac, and the ease with which war vessels could be prevented from ascending the river, was one of the protections of Washington. Great numbers of troops, concluded Major L
Susquehanna River (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
opposed, it would be impossible to make use of that, and it would be a march of some thirty odd miles from Annapolis to Washington. The Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad could send me to Perryville, on the northerly side of the Susquehanna River, opposite Havre de Grace, and the march from Havre de Grace was but a little longer than that from Annapolis. My regiment could be ferried across the Susquehanna on the steamer Maryland, the railroad ferry-boat between Perryville and Havreulty of getting up the Potomac, and the ease with which war vessels could be prevented from ascending the river, was one of the protections of Washington. Great numbers of troops, concluded Major L'Enfant, could readily be brought down the Susquehanna River, and landed anywhere upon its banks or in the bays, and so march to protect Washington. I had read those pamphlets in earlier days, and now that I saw our means of access by railroad in the hands of hostile States, I was at once put in m
Greenfield, Mass. (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
eported that an emergency bill ought to pass, and said that the committee had received information of an alarming character, which rendered it necessary that the Executive should at once be provided with means of defence. Mr. Slack said lie supposed he violated no confidence in saying that within the last twenty-four hours the Finance Committee had received the most alarming information. It might be that an attack would be made upon Washington, within the next fifteen days. Mr. Davis, of Greenfield, said he was in favor of the bill, but thought the information could not properly be communicated to the public, and he therefore moved that the House go into secret session. The motion was agreed to, and sitting with closed doors, the House passed the bill, as follows:-- There is hereby appropriated the sum of one hundred thousand dollars, to be designated as the Emergency Fund, which shall be paid out of the treasury of this Commonwealth, from ordinary revenue, on any warrants of the
Dominican Republic (Dominican Republic) (search for this): chapter 6
I do? Will your excellency bear with me a moment. while this question is discussed? I appreciate fully your excellency's suggestion as to the inherent weakness of the rebels, arising from the preponderance of their servile population. The question, then, is, In what manner shall we take advantage of that weakness? By allowing, and of course arming, that population to rise upon the defenceless women and children of the country, carrying rapine, arson, and murder — all the horrors of San Domingo a million times magnified — among those whom we hope to reunite with us as brethren, many of whom are already so, and all who are worth preserving will be, when this horrible madness shall have passed away or be threshed out of them? Would your excellency advise the troops under my command to make war in person upon the defenceless women and children of any part of the Union, accompanied with brutalities too horrible to be named? You will say, God forbid. If we may not do so in person,
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 6
I am called to prepare troops to be sent to Washington, and I must ask the court to postpone this cr to me. Meanwhile, a direction came from Washington to send two regiments to Fortress Monroe, whRelay House. When the regiment arrived in Washington President Lincoln met it at the depot. He st had passed through Baltimore on its way to Washington. It was believed it had arrived at Washingting the river, was one of the protections of Washington. Great numbers of troops, concluded Major L port of Annapolis as the port and harbor of Washington. This would give the North, by means of itsones:-- Mr. James Ross, of Pittsburg, was Washington's agent for the sale of his lands in Pennsylof his declaration that he proposed to go to Washington by water. But it seemed that when he got tomiles from Annapolis and about nineteen from Washington. where the grand attack was to be made upon had done that business and was returning to Washington, and in the meantime he found the way throug[61 more...]
Georgia (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
ough the action of their people and authorities assumed the attitude of rebellion against the national government; and whereas, treason is still more extensively diffused; and whereas, the State of South Carolina, having first seized the Post-Office, Custom House, moneys, arms, munitions of war, and fortifications of the Federal Government, has, by firing upon a vessel in the service of the United States, committed an act .of war; and whereas, the forts and property of the United States, in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida have been seized with hostile and treasonable intention; and whereas, senators and representatives in Congress avow and sanction these acts of treason and rebellion; therefore, Resolved, That the legislature of Massachusetts now, as always, convinced of the inestimable value of the Union, as the necessity of preserving its blessing to ourselves and our posterity, regard with unmingled satisfaction the determination evinced in the recent firm and patriotic
Morris Island (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 6
monument On the pedestal is inscribed In honor of fifty-eight members of the Seventh Regiment who died in defence of the Union. In their so-called roll of honor appear the names of fifty-eight of our members killed in battle. The name of Robert G. Shaw is there. He was a private in the Seventh. He went to the front with a Massachusetts regiment, and afterwards was colonel of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts (colored) volunteers. He was killed while leading his regiment in the attack on Fort Wagner. S. C. The day he was killed the Seventh was in New York. The Seventh, having won no laurels, took one belonging to a regiment of negroes; and wear it as their own.< Hoping that you will find some portion of this letter interesting, I remain, Respectfully yours, * * * 280 Broadway, New York. As an illustration of the accuracy with which history is written, and especially in that book entitled Abraham Lincoln, a history, I beg leave to quote from that work the following descrip
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