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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 3: assembling of Congress.--the President's Message. (search)
ith great strictness the Fast-days of this holy season; to prepare themselves for the worthy reception of the Sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist, at or before Christmas; to give alms generally to the poor, and to turn their whole hearts in all humility to God. Pastoral Letter to the Roman Catholic Clergy of the Diocese of Hartford, December 14, 1860. More than forty leading clergymen of various denominations in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania united in sending forth January 1, 1861. a circular letter, in the form of an appeal to the churches, in which they said:--We cannot doubt that a spirit of candor and forbearance, such as our religion prompts, and the exigencies of the times demand, would render the speedy adjustment of our difficulties possible, consistently with every constitutional right. Unswerving fealty to the Constitution justly interpreted, and a prompt return to its spirit and requirements wherever there may have been divergence from either, would s
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 4: seditious movements in Congress.--Secession in South Carolina, and its effects. (search)
he Slave-labor States as genuine. The Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle and Sentinel, a leading newspaper in the South, said, twelve days after the Ordinance of Secession was passed in the South Carolina Convention:--It is a sad thing to observe, that those who are determined on immediate secession have not the coolness, the capacity, or the nerve, to propose something after that. . . . No statesmanship has ever been exhibited yet, so far as we know, by those who will dissolve the Union. --January 1, 1861. On the same day when the Declaration was adopted, Governor Pickens issued a proclamation declaring to the world that South Carolina is, and has a right to be, a separate, sovereign, free, and independent State, and, as such, has a right to levy war, to conclude peace, to negotiate treaties, leagues, or covenants, and to do all acts whatever that rightfully appertain South Carolina medal. to a free and independent State. He declared the proclamation to be given under his hand, o
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 6: Affairs at the National Capital.--War commenced in Charleston harbor. (search)
mter, as a portion of the public property of the United States. He concluded with expressing great personal regard for the Commissioners. Two days later, January 1, 1861. the Commissioners replied to this note in a long and extremely insolent and insulting letter. As representatives of a sovereign power, they said, they had flesiastical tribunal, under the privilege called benefit of clergy. In certain cases of heinous offenses, this benefit of clergy was denied. On that morning January 1, 1861. they had received intelligence from the Commissioners at Washington that their mission would be fruitless; and the Rev. Mr. Du Pre, in the prayer at the open white marble, was placed on the table before the President, bearing a curious inscription on a piece of paper. Associated Press Dispatch from Charleston. January 1, 1861. The following is the inscription:--Truth, Justice, and Fraternity, you have written your name in the Book of Life, fill up the page with deliberation that w
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 8: attitude of the Border Slave-labor States, and of the Free-labor States. (search)
bor States and that capital, and might be a barrier against Northern troops sent to protect it. Emissaries and commissioners from the Cotton-growing States were early within its borders plying their seductive arts, and they found so many sympathizers among the slaveholders, and a large class in Baltimore, connected by blood, affection, and commerce with the South, that they entertained, for a while, bright hopes of the co-operation of the people of that State. It is said that on the 1st of January, 1861, no less than twelve thousand men were organized in that State, bound by the most solemn oaths to do the bidding of their leaders, whose purpose was to seize Washington City. Baltimore Correspondent of the New York World. Independent of the innate loyalty of the greater portion of the people of Maryland to the flag of the Union, there were considerations of material interests calculated to make them weigh well the arguments for and against revolution that were presented to them
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 11: the Montgomery Convention.--treason of General Twiggs.--Lincoln and Buchanan at the Capital. (search)
took the most ludicrous forms and expression. They were so intent upon obliterating every trace of connection with the Yankees, as they derisively called the people of the Free-labor States, and upon showing to the world that South Carolina was an independent nation, that so early as the first of January, 1861. when that nation was just nine days old — a nine days wonder --it was proposed to adopt for it a new system of civil time. Charleston Correspondence of the Associated Press, January 1, 1861. Whether it was to be that of Julius Caesar, in whose calendar the year began in March; or of the French Jacobins, whose year began in September, and had five sacred days called Sansculottides; or of the Eastern satrap Who counted his years from the hour when he smote His best friend to the earth, and usurped his control; And measured his days and his weeks by false oaths, And his months by the scars of black crimes on his soul, is not recorded. Three days after the Montgomery Conv
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 13: the siege and evacuation of Fort Sumter. (search)
ing both his hands on his shoulders, said: Lieutenant, what shall we do? Talbot, when he related this fact to Lieutenant Snyder, said: I never felt so in my life. The President seemed like an old man in his dotage. It seemed so strange to me that I should have lived to see the day when a President of the United States should put his hands imploringly on the shoulders of a poor lieutenant, and ask what he should do to save his country! A meeting of the Cabinet was immediately called (January 1, 1861), when none of the Ministers had any resolution, excepting Mr. Holt, the new Secretary of War, who said that the Union must be saved at whatever cost of blood and treasure. --Letter of Daniel Knower to the Author. These young officers, since dead, were gallant and true on all occasions. His other officers were brave, and also loyal, with the exception of Lieutenant Meade, a Virginian, Soon after leaving Fort Sumter, Meade abandoned his flag and joined the insurgents. He was active