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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 14: the great Uprising of the people. (search)
ion Convention of Mississippi--a man of sense, moderation, and courtesy, who was our pleasant traveling companion from Decatur, in Northern Alabama, to Magnolia, in Mississippi, where we parted with him at breakfast. In the same car we met a Doctor Billings, of Vicksburg, who had been for several years a surgeon in the Mexican army, and was then returning to the city of Mexico, to carry out the preliminaries of a scheme of leading men in the Southwest for, seizing some of the richest portions movement, in co-operation with the secessionists of Texas, to open the way for the extension toward Central America of that grand empire to be established on the foundation of Slavery, whose political nucleus was at Montgomery. See page 187. Billings left New Orleans for Mexico a few days afterward. His scheme failed. We found much excitement in New Orleans. The politicians were giving out ominous hints of great events near at hand. Ben. McCulloch See page 267. was at the St. Charles
A patriotic Parson.--A New-Hampshire paper publishes a letter from Lieut.-Col. Billings, Third New-Hampshire volunteers. This officer was formerly pastor of a Unitarian church in Concord, New-Hampshire, and first entered the service as chaplain. His former profession would seem to imply some Christian foundation of character and some of the sentiments and feelings of a gentleman. Whether he is entitled to such a charitable construction may be judged about by the following extract from his letter: I was authorized to order the evacuation of St. Simon's Island, Georgia, and took off ex-slaves, horses, cattle, rice, corn, etc., leaving nothing of value. The splendid mansion once occupied by that ex-U. S. Senator and arch-rebel T. Butler King, is on this island, and we stripped it of every thing. I write this letter on his writing-desk, which, with his piano, were presented to me on my return. --N. Y. World, Jan. 22.
Colonels John H. Anderson and D. M. Donnell; Lieutenant-Colonel J. G. Hall, and Major T. G. Randle; Captains Puryear, Callum, and Bonds, and Lieutenants Cunningham, Leonard, Flynn, and Shaw, Eighth Tennessee regiment; Lieutenants Potter, Owen, and Worthington, Sixteenth Tennessee regiment; Captain McDonald, and Lieutenants Apple, Dauley, and Taylor, Twenty-eighth Tennessee regiment; Adjutant Caruthers, Lieutenants Banks and Ridout, Thirty-eighth Tennessee regiment, and Captain Burton, Lieutenants Billings, Chester, White, Hainey, Tillman, and Wade, Fifty-first and Fifty-second Tennessee regiments. All the field officers of the brigade, and the officers of the battery, acted with such distinguished gallantry that I feel it would be invidious to make a distinction. Company officers and men, with very inconsiderable exceptions that have come to my knowledge, bore themselves with a gallantry and steadiness becoming patriots contending for freedom and all that honorable men hold dear.
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 1: Louisiana. (search)
nesday night. Next evening, Durell sent for him to his private lodgings on important business. Billings, an attorney acting for the scalawags, was sitting at Durell's table, writing out an order, whislative hall. Packard was to oust the Governor, seize the archives, and close the doors. When Billings had drawn and Durell signed his warrant, Packard left the two lawyers, ran to the barracks, got Kellogg feared alike the senators and the judges. But how was he to sweep them both aside? Billings, the unscrupulous attorney, who was acting in the Negro interest, proposed that Caesar Antoine,, not only on the Governor and the Chambers, but on the local courts. The scheme proposed by Billings was adopted and the Negro porter went before Judge Durell, not in open court, but in the JudgeStates Court to grant him an order restraining certain persons, named in a schedule prepared by Billings, from doing any act, from speaking any word, from giving any sign, in prejudice of his claim to
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 2: reign of anarchy. (search)
ogg came to terms with him. Pinch was to upset Warmoth. If he succeeded, he was to be Acting Governor for a few days, to have a large sum of money, and, if Norton could be set aside, to go as senator to Washington. These terms being settled, Billings led Pinch into the Senate Chamber, and, by help of Caesar C. Antoine, seated him as Lieutenant-governor in the chair of state. In ten minutes Pinch organized a house. Then he produced a paper, written out by Billings, charging Governor WarmothBillings, charging Governor Warmoth with certain offences, and asking for his deposition. Ten minutes more sufficed to get these articles read and passed. The Federal troops were handy, under Packard's orders, so that things were done as easily as they were said. Pinch assumed the rank of Acting Governor, took possession of the State House, seized the Great Seal of Louisiana, and proclaimed his advent to the world. Seldom in either history or fiction have grotesqueness and absurdity been carried to such lengths. We sigh ove
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 3: White reaction. (search)
vereign people, request William P. Kellogg, as a stranger in their city, to retire. Kellogg shut himself in his apartments, with his Negro guard, but sent out Billings and an officer of his staff to parley with his visitors. You ask the Governor to retire! said Billings, He refuses to hear a message from a body of armed men, Billings, He refuses to hear a message from a body of armed men, accompanied by a menace. The crowd in Canal Street were not armed, as Kellogg and Billings knew. An hour later, Packard telegraphed to Attorney-general Williams: The people assembled at the meeting were generally unarmed. This talk about armed men was meant for Washington and New York, not for New Orleans. Go home,Billings knew. An hour later, Packard telegraphed to Attorney-general Williams: The people assembled at the meeting were generally unarmed. This talk about armed men was meant for Washington and New York, not for New Orleans. Go home, gentlemen, said Marr. Provide yourselves with rations and blankets, and assemble at two o'clock, when arms and leaders will be ready. Packard, feeling uneasy about the mass meeting, had telegraphed to Jackson, in Mississippi, for troops, and early in the day a company had arrived in New Orleans. These troops were at the Cus
C. Edwards Lester, Life and public services of Charles Sumner: Born Jan. 6, 1811. Died March 11, 1874., Agents wanted for the wonders of the world; comprising startling Incidents, interesting scenes, and Wonderfl events in all countries, all ages, and among all people. (search)
Agents wanted for the wonders of the world; comprising startling Incidents, interesting scenes, and Wonderfl events in all countries, all ages, and among all people. C. G. Rosen Berg. Over one thousand illustrations, By the most distinguished Artists in Europe and America. The list of contributors numbering one hundred and twenty-eight, among whom are found the popular and widely-known names of Gustave Dore, Berghaus, Billings, Cruikshank, Corbould, Eytinge, Fenn, Gilbert, Gavarni, Hennessy, Homer, Milais, Nehleig, Nast, Read, Horace Vernet, White, Weir, Waud, Miss Edwards, Tony Johannot, etc., etc. The Largest, most Beautiful, and Cheapest Pictorial Work ever issued. A novelty in literature, and the most splendid book enterprise of the age. A progressive book for progressive people, at a nominal price. Indispensable to every man, woman, and child in the land. It contains over one thousand magnificent engravings, with accompanying reading matter on every conceivable
ing the association since the close of the war. Letters of regret were received from many prominent members of the old battery and from Col. H. E. Paine of the 4th Wisconsin Regiment. Other notable occasions were the reunion at the home of Comrade John G. Dimick, Worcester, where the hospitality of the host and his wife made the meeting especially delightful, and the 25th anniversary in 1890 when nearly fifty of the boys together with Generals Dudley and Kimball and Past Deputy Commander Billings as guests gathered at the call of the bugler to a feast of good things and an evening of fellowship and army stories. In 1888 the Nims' Battery Ladies' Social Club was organized and since that date has held its meetings annually at the time of the battery reunion. Its members are the mothers, wives, and daughters or indeed any relative of the men of the battery and its purpose is not solely social but mutually helpful as well. It aims to visit the sick among the members, to give materi
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 3, Chapter 30: addresses before colleges and lyceums.—active interest in reforms.—friendships.—personal life.—1845-1850. (search)
rator's style and method, which would make his appeals more persuasive with practical men. He said: There is the same glow in the style and richness of illustration that has marked all his preceding performances, whilst with the same high moral tone is blended greater caution than formerly in the statement of propositions which may give rise to dispute. An illustrated edition of the White Slavery was published in March, 1853, Published by John P. Jewett & Co., with original designs by Billings. The lecture was reviewed in the London Athenaeum, April 16, 1853. . at the instance of Mrs. Stowe, who had become interested in it while preparing her Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin. She wrote, Nov. 7, 1852:— Last evening I sat up and read with breathless interest your Algerine Slavery. It appears to me to be fitted to a high class of mind, just that class which it is exceedingly difficult to reach. Therefore I am certain that as an element of this struggle it should not be overlooked.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1864. (search)
ll, around the foot of which a beautiful brook flowed. On Tuesday morning, when the surgeon, Dr. Billings, of the Regular service, came in, Stanley asked the Doctor to feel his pulse, and desired to s feverish, since the pulsations were at one time strong and quick and then slow and feeble. Dr. Billings, a most excellent surgeon and a very prompt and straightforward man, felt of the pulse, and t is rather hard, is n't it? but it's all right; and I thought as much ever since I was hit. Dr. Billings asked him if he had any messages to leave for his friends. Stanley said he would tell Walcotrything; saying, too, that I should come on there, and that everything was to be given to me. Dr. Billings then left him. As Stanley lay without speaking, Captain Walcott, who is a deeply religio dull, rainy, very warm afternoon, and on every side was the mark of dreadful devastation. Surgeon Billings, who was in charge of the field hospital, a mere collection of huts, sent a soldier to guid
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