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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 6: the Army of the Potomac.--the Trent affair.--capture of Roanoke Island. (search)
ors. It would certainly render them so unpopular that it would damage them in the conduct of this civil war. he had already ventured to make many predictions of evil to the Republic. So early as the previous April he had said to Europe, through the times, the Union is gone forever, and no serious attempt will be made by the North to save it. in August he had said, General bankruptcy is inevitable, and Agrarian and Socialist riots may be expected pretty soon. he had declared, so late as Dec. 23d, that Mr. Seward would refuse, on the part of his Government, to surrender Mason and Slidell and their secretaries ; and in the First days of 1862, he said, the fate of the American Government will be sealed if January passes without some great victory. the most absurd stories concerning the temper of the American Government, calculated to inflame the public mind and excite a warlike spirit, were put forth, such as the following, paraded conspicuously in the columns of the London times:
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 7: military operations in Missouri, New Mexico, and Eastern Kentucky--capture of Fort Henry. (search)
nsas. Among the captured on the Blackwater, were many wealthy and influential citizens of Missouri. This event dealt a stunning blow to secession in that State for the moment, and Pope's short campaign gave great satisfaction to all loyal people. Halleck complimented him on his brilliant success, and feeling strengthened there by, he pressed forward with more vigorous measures for the complete suppression of the rebellion in his Department westward of the Mississippi River. On the 23d of December he declared martial law in St. Louis; and by proclamation on the 25th this system of rule was extended to all railroads and their vicinities. The proclamation of the 25th was issued in consequence of the destruction or disability, on the 20th, of about one hundred miles of the Missouri railroad, by some men returned from Price's army, assisted by inhabitants along the line of the road, acting by pre-concert. On the 23d, Halleck issued an order, fixing the penalty of death for that c
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 21: slavery and Emancipation.--affairs in the Southwest. (search)
d burned all the other public property, not sparing even a large hospital, filled with sick and wounded soldiers. The Second Illinois cavalry refused to surrender, and gallantly fought their way out with a loss of only seven men. Murphy accepted a parole, with his soldiers; and on the 9th of January 1863. General Grant, in a severe order, to take effect, he said, from December 20th, the date of his cowardly and disgraceful conduct, dismissed Murphy from the Army. in an order on the 23d of December, General Grant spoke of the surrender as disgraceful, and declared that with all the cotton, public stores, and substantial buildings about the depot, Murphy might easily have kept the assailants at bay until relief arrived. He pointedly condemned the acceptance of a parole by Murphy for himself and men, a cartel having been agreed to, by which each party was bound to take care of its own prisoners. Had Murphy refused parole for himself and men, Van Dorn would have been compelled, Gra