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The Annals of the Civil War Written by Leading Participants North and South (ed. Alexander Kelly McClure), The War's Carnival of fraud. (search)
r felting, clothing, and every description of naval supplies, were crowded out of competition by these dishonest middlemen, and a general demoralization of public officials prevailed. My experience in the War Department made me wary about beginning a campaign against such a rich and formidable ring of contractors as I immediately discovered to exist, without full assurance of the support of the department. This came in the shape of the following letter: Navy Department, Washington, February 18th, 1864. Sir:--Your letter of the 17th instant is received. Unless otherwise directed, from information which you shall obtain, you can pursue the course deemed most advisable from your experience. The department has no political object in these inquiries. The Secretary has directed me to carry forward this matter in conjunction with yourself, and I have never been in political life. You may rest assured, and such information may be given to witnesses, that the guilty will be exposed a
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Army Life in a Black Regiment, Chapter 11: Florida again? (search)
etimes it comes over me with a pang that they are growing more like white men,less naive and less grotesque. Still, I think there is enough of it to last, and that their joyous buoyancy, at least, will hold out while life does. As for our destination, our greatest fear is of finding ourselves posted at Hilton Head and going no farther. As a dashing Irish officer remarked the other day, If we are ordered away anywhere, I hope it will be either to go to Florida or else stay here! February 18, 1864. Sublime uncertainties again! After being ordered in from picket, under marching orders; after the subsequent ten days of uncertainty; after watching every steamboat that came up the river, to see if the Fourth New Hampshire was on board,--at last the regiment came. Then followed another break; there was no transportation to take us. At last a boat was notified. Then General Saxton, as anxious to keep us as was the regiment to go, played his last card in small-pox, teleg
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 44: the lack of food and the prices in the Confederacy. (search)
Washington's birthday. But it is a fast day; meal selling for $40 per bushel. Money will not be so abundant a month hence. To-day bacon is selling for $6 per pound, and all other things in proportion. A negro (for his master) asked me to-day $40 for an old, tough turkey gobbler. I passed on very briskly. It is rumored by blockade-runners that gold in the North is selling at from 200 to 500 per cent. premium. If this be true, our day of deliverance is not far distant. February 18, 1864.-Sugar has risen to $10 and $12 a pound. February 20th.-The price of turkey today is $60. March 12th.-Flour at $300 per barrel; meal, $50 per bushel; and even fresh fish at $5 per pound. A market-woman asked $5 to-day for half a pint of snap beans to plant. Those having families may possibly live on their salaries; but those who live at boarding-houses cannot, for board is now from $200 to $300 a month. Relief must come soon from some quarter, else many in this com
nies.--New York Papers. T. A. Henderson, Provost-Marshal of the district of Florida, issued the following circular from his headquarters at Jacksonville: All refugees from the rebel lines, and deserters from the rebel armies, and all persons desiring to become such, are hereby informed that they will not, under any circumstances, be compelled to serve in the United States army against the rebels. This assurance is fully given in General Orders Number Sixty-four, of date February eighteenth, 1864, from the War Department. All such refugees and deserters, who are honest in their intentions of for ever deserting the rebel cause, will be allowed every opportunity of engaging in their usual avocations; or, if they desire employment from the United States, will, as far as expedient, be employed on the government works, receiving proper compensation for their services. All refugees or deserters who may bring horses or mules into the Union lines will be paid their full value
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 59: (search)
er 4,642 00 1,081 28 3,560 72 Philadelphia Feb. 18, 1864 Flambeau. Sloop Bright 5,672 85 614 95   Sloop Express 859 25 541 17 318 08 do Feb. 18, 1864 Chocura, Maratanza. Schooner Edward Barr Emma 1,486 15 878 50 607 65 Philadelphia Feb. 18, 1864 Adirondack. Boat Emma 98 12 84 15 13 97 $4,213.22.4,213 22 13,541 88 Philadelphia Feb. 18, 1864 St. Lawrence. 2,185 44 Sloop Floridaisholm 1,327 86 295 60 1,032 26 Washington Feb. 18, 1864 Dai Ching. Sloop Gophen $113 62 $70 22 ttie 64,399 30 5,247 67 59,151 63 New York Feb. 18, 1864 Florida. Schooner Hunter 12,658 10 1,142 23 11,515 87 Philadelphia Feb. 18, 1864 Kanawha, Colorado, Lackawanna, Pocahontas, Aroostook, KenHerald 2,584 72 377 30 2,207 42 Washington Feb. 18, 1864 Calypso. Schooner Harriet 5,556 85 645 Sloop Richard Vaux 380 00 154 82 225 18 do Feb. 18, 1864 Primrose. Schooner Rebecca 2,022 41 612ner Three Brothers 320 00 116 92 203 08 do Feb. 18, 1864   Steamer Tom Sugg 7,000 00 4,027 70 2,[1 more...]
every public man in which he will be blamed whether he does a certain act or declines to do it; and this was one of those occasions. Those who were loudest in denouncing him for writing and publishing the letter would have been entitled to a better hearing had they uttered a word of censure upon the shameful fraud which drew it forth from a man always disinclined to embrace opportunities for public display, and who now only exercised the undoubted right of every freeman. On the 18th of February, 1864, an incident occurred in the city of New York, which showed how much the soldiers of the Army of the Potomac were attached to their old commander. On that day, an official reception was given by the municipal authorities to the veterans of the First New York Cavalry, at which General McClellan, under whom they had served, was present. When the approach of their old commander was announced, the soldiers rushed to the door to meet him; and as he entered the room they crowded round hi
Doc. 71.-the battle of Chickamauga. Statement of Major-General McCook. Louisville, Ky., February 18, 1864. on the twenty-eighth of September last, an order was issued consolidating with another the Twentieth army corps, which had been my highest honor to command. The order was announced to the army on the eighth of October; I was relieved from command, and have been ever since awaiting the pleasure of the President for the investigation which has just closed. Conscious that my troops had been subjected to unjust reproach, and that my reputation as their commander had been reviled, I was glad to have this opportunity of vindication, the only means open to me; for on every principle binding the soldier silence was imposed upon me, when the same order which relieved me from command directed me to await a Court of Inquiry upon my conduct. I am conscious, too, that the testimony which has been introduced, while it may enable the Court to respond to the questions whi
Doc. 74.-the escape from Libby Prison. Washington, D. C., Feb. 18, 1864. A large number of officers, who escaped from Libby Prison a few days ago, arrived in this city last night, and from them we gather very interesting statements relative to their manner of escape. Over two months ago, the officers confined in Libby Prison conceived the idea of effecting their own exchange, and after the matter had been seriously discussed by some seven or eight of them, they undertook to dig for a distance toward a sewer running into the basin. This they proposed doing by commencing at a point in the cellar, near a chimney. This cellar was immediately under the hospital, and was the receptacle for refuse straw, thrown from the beds when they were changed, and for other refuse matter. Above the hospital was a room for officers, and above that, yet another room. The chimney ran through all these rooms, and the prisoners who were in the secret, improvised a rope, and night after nigh
t on your front and right flank. I have sent word to Colonel Tilghman to be on the alert. I think Tribley had better move forward and join you, but you must judge. The locomotive has not yet arrived. General Gillmore. [G.] Sanderson, February 18, 1864. General: To leave the South-Fork of the St. Mary's will make it impossible for us to advance again. I have no apprehension of the force you mention. If you can push a part of Goss's force to Dug's Ferry, supported by gunboats, there n T. Seymour, Brigadier-General Commanding. Brigadier-General S. W. Turner, Chief-of-Staff: Send me a General for the command of the advanced troops, or I shall be in a state of constant uncertainty. T. S. Hilton head, South-Carolina, February 18, 1864. Brigadier-General T. Seymour, Commanding District of Florida: I am just in receipt of your two letters of the sixteenth and one of the seventeenth, and am very much surprised at the tone of the latter, and the character of your plans as
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 102.-capture of rebel guerrillas. (search)
Doc. 102.-capture of rebel guerrillas. Captain rings's report. headquarters U. S. Forces, Island no.10, February 18, 1864. Captain J. H. Odlin, A. A. G.: sir: I have the honor to report that having received information that four deserters from the Union army were secreted near Tiptonville, Tennessee, I went with forty men of my command and embarked on a steamer at two o'clock A. M., February seventeenth, 1864, and proceeded down the river to Riley's Landing, six miles below Tiptonville. At Riley's house we seized a small amount of Government ammunition and several guns. Being unable to carry away the arms, we destroyed them, and then went to the house of a certain Lewis, where we succeeded in capturing five of a gang of guerrillas, which had been infesting the bend for five months past; and, together with them, captured their arms, shot-guns, revolvers, and eight horses. These men were in bed, having their pistols under their pillows, but being taken completely by sur
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