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and could not see them. He was playful and sportive as a child, told me all sorts of anecdotes, dealing largely in stories about Charles James Fox, and enquired after several odd characters whom we both knew in Illinois. While thus engaged General James was announced. This officer had sent in word that he would leave town that evening, and must confer with the President before going. Well, as he is one of the fellows who make cannons, observed Lincoln, I suppose I must see him. Tell him w see him. No more cards came up, and James left about five o'clock, declaring that the President was closeted with an old Hoosier from Illinois, and was telling dirty yarns while the country was quietly going to hell. But, however indignant General James may have felt, and whatever the people may have thought, still the President was full of the war. He got down his maps of the seat of war, continues Whitney, and gave me a full history of the preliminary discussions and steps leading to the b
General Horace Porter, Campaigning with Grant, Chapter 14 (search)
ecommended them both for promotion to the grade of major-general in the regular army, and each was appointed to that rank. The headquarters camp at City Point was destined to become historic and to be the scene of some of the most memorable events of the war. It was located at the junction of the James and the Appomattox rivers, and was within easy water communication with Fort Monroe and Washington, as well as with Butler's army, which was to occupy positions on both sides of the upper James. The City Point Railroad was repaired, and a branch was constructed to points south of Petersburg, immediately in rear of the line held by the Army of the Potomac, so that there might be convenient communication with that army. The new portion of the road was built, like most of our military railroads, upon the natural surface of the ground, with but little attempt at grading. It ran up hill and down dale, and its undulations were so marked that a train moving along it looked in the dista
ore their broken ranks, or, failing in that, to share their fate because of what they had done hitherto. About this time Colonel Wood, my chief commissary, arrived from the front and gave me fuller intelligence, reporting that everything was gone, my headquarters captured, and the troops dispersed. When I heard this I took two of my aides-de-camp, Major George A. Forsyth and Captain Joseph O'Keefe, and with twenty men from the escort started for the front, at the same time directing Colonel James W. Forsyth and Colonels Alexander and Thom to remain behind and do what they could to stop the runaways. For a short distance I traveled on the road, but soon found it so blocked with wagons and wounded men that my progress was impeded, and I was forced to take to the adjoining fields to make haste. When most of the wagons and wounded were past I returned to the road, which was thickly lined with unhurt men, who, having got far enough to the rear to be out of danger, had halted, w
way of reorganizing the civil affairs of the State. I was also satisfied that he was unfit to retain the place, sine he was availing himself of every opportunity to work political ends beneficial to himself. In this instance Wells protested to me against his removal, and also appealed to the President for an opinion of the Attorney-General as to my power in the case; and doubtless he would have succeeded in retaining his office, but for the fact that the President had been informed by General James B. Steadman New Orleans, June 19, 1867. Andrew Johnson, President United States, Washington City: Lewis D. Campbell leaves New Orleans for home this evening. Want of re- spect for Governor Wells personally, alone represses the expression of indigna- tion felt by all honest and sensible men at the unwarranted usurpation of General Sheridan in removing the civil officers of Louisiana. It is believed here that you will reinstate Wells. He is a bad man, and has no influence.
Robert Stiles, Four years under Marse Robert, Index. (search)
44, 152, 174-75, 200, 355 New Kent Court House, Va., 87-88. New Orleans, La., 185, 248 New York, N. Y., 25, 33-36, 44, 49, 92, 354 New York Journal of Commerce, 37-38. Newton, Hubert Anson, 351 Nicknames for generals, 18 Night blindness, 348-49. North Anna Campaign, 266-69. North Carolina Infantry: 5th Regiment, 80 Lincoln, Abraham: his April 1861 call --for troops, 31, 145, 189; mentioned, 163-64, 180, 192, 206, 287 Logan, John Alexander, 26, 28 Longstreet, James: mentioned, 106- 107, 122-24, 188, 231, 272, 274, 340; troops of, 41, 59, 127, 192, 219; wounded at Wilderness, 246-48. Louisa Court House, Va., 90 Louisiana Guard Artillery, 197 Louisiana Infantry: 9th Regiment, 212-13. Louisiana Tigers, 80-81, 172, 201 Lounsbury, Thomas Raynesford, 34 Lutherans, 206 McCarthy, Daniel Stephens, 294-96. McCarthy, Edward S.: family of, 294- 96; mentioned, 74, 85, 95, 159-60, 229, 260, 271, 291, 293-96. McClellan, George Brinton, 74, 79,
is's service are unfortunately, many of them, dimly recalled by me. He remembered many and delighted in relating them. He endured many hardships and deprivations during this time, being occasionally for one or two weeks confined to buffalo meat, which, he said, became the most distasteful of all food to him. When recounting this experience he used to air his only piece of culinary lore by saying, No one can make soup without flour; it is simply water. Then he told of how he had tried, and James had tried, and it was only tea, no matter how much buffalo meat was put in; so he was firmly convinced that soup was never made without flour. Sometimes, when game did not come in sight, cold flour was the only food they had. When speaking of these hardships he took occasion to impress upon me the necessity of requiring our children to eat whatever was set before them without attaching importance to it. He said he had observed, while on this campaign, how ill the gourmets fared, and how
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 1, Chapter 15: resignation from the army.-marriage to Miss Taylor.-Cuban visit.-winter in Washington.-President van Buren.-return to Brierfield, 1837. (search)
gaging in her manners. Though a woman of great decision of character she was devoid of the least trace of stubbornness; her judgment was mature, her nature open and faithful, and her temper affectionate and responsive. None of her own relations stood by her early grave, but her husband's family grieved over her with an affectionate sense of their loss and intense sympathy with her bereaved husband. His life was despaired of for a month; and at last, when able to be lifted in his faithful James's arms, he returned to The Hurricane. He had become so emaciated and had so serious a cough that it was thought best for him to spend the winter in Havana, whither he went as soon as he was able to travel. He sailed for Havana in the autumn of 1835. In those days there were no steamships, and the three weeks sail, with a douche of salt water taken on the deck, in the primitive manner of a bucket of sea-water thrown over him by a sailor, Mr. Davis recuperated enough to enjoy to some ext
the utmost ceremony and politeness in their intercourse, and at parting a cigar was always presented by Mr. Davis to him. James never sat down without being asked, and his master always invited him to be seated, and sometimes fetched him a chair. James was a dignified quiet man, of fine manly appearance, very silent, but what he said was always to the point. His death, which occurred from pneumonia in 850, during our absence, was a sore grief to us, and his place was never filled. Once, when something quite disastrous had happened on the place, Mr. Davis asked, How do you think it happened, James? James responded, I rather think from my neglect. Inquiry was made of Mr. Davis why he called him James. He said, It is disrespect toJames responded, I rather think from my neglect. Inquiry was made of Mr. Davis why he called him James. He said, It is disrespect to give a nickname. From this fine appreciation of the rights of others he would not permit the names of the negroes on the plantation list of hands to be abbreviated, and insisted that the negroes should be called what they chose. His patience u
rs, galloped into a reentering angle of Fort Teneria, and stood trembling, but perfectly still, until the battle was over. During our prolonged absence from home, of course many things had gone ill; but our faithful James had done his best, and, at all events, there was little opportunity, during Colonel Davis's short stay at Brierfield, in which to rectify mistakes. During this time, however, he made his will, and consulted James as to what he wished done in the matter of his liberty. James said he would prefer, in case of the death of his master, to take care of his mistress, but wanted his freedom if anything should happen to her. The will was framed to suit his wishes, and a bequest of land or money, as he might choose, added thereto. In the days that are no more, so confiding and affectionate was the relation of the master. and the slave, and we who personally loved many of them, cannot now easily become reconciled to the attitude of alienation in which the negroes st
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 67: the tortures inflicted by General Miles. (search)
one probable cause of his illness. The sun could never dart its influence through such masses of masonry. Surrounded as the fort was with a ditch, in which the water rose and fell from three to four feet with the tide, it was impossible to keep such places free from noxious vapors. Recurring to the subject of his family, Mr. Davis asked me had I not been called upon to attend Miss Howell, his wife's sister, who had been very ill at the time of his quitting the Clyde. Replied that Colonel James, Chief Quartermaster, had called at my quarters and requested me to visit a sick lady on board that vessel; believed it was the lady he referred to, but could not be sure of the name. Had mentioned the matter to General Miles, asking a pass to visit; but he objected, saying the orders were to allow no communication with the ship. June 1st. Except for the purpose of petty torture, there could be no color of reason for withholding from him any books or papers dated prior to the w
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