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Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Outbreak of the rebellion-presiding at a Union meeting-mustering officer of State troops- Lyon at camp Jackson-services tendered to the government (search)
ervices of the Hon. F. P. Blair, I have little doubt that St. Louis would have gone into rebel hands, and with it the arsenal with all its arms and ammunition. Blair was a leader among the Union men of St. Louis in 1861. There was no State government in Missouri at the time that would sanction the raising of troops or commissioned officers to protect United States property, but Blair had probably procured some form of authority from the President to raise troops in Missouri and to muster them into the service of the United States. At all events, he did raise a regiment and took command himself as Colonel. With this force he reported to Captain Lyon anI had heard him speak in the canvass of 1858, possibly several times, but I had never spoken to him. As the troops marched out of the enclosure around the arsenal, Blair was on his horse outside forming them into line preparatory to their march. I introduced myself to him and had a few moments' conversation and expressed my sympat
Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Retrospect of the campaign-sherman's movements-proposed movement upon Mobile-a painful accident-ordered to report at Cairo (search)
for them to command properly at the beginning, would have made good regimental or brigade commanders; most of the brigade commanders were equal to the command of a division, and one, Ransom, would have been equal to the command of a corps at least. Logan and Crocker ended the campaign fitted to command independent armies. General F. P. Blair joined me at Milliken's Bend a full-fledged general, without having served in a lower grade. He commanded a division in the campaign. I had known Blair in Missouri, where I had voted against him in 1858 when he ran for Congress. I knew him as a frank, positive and generous man, true to his friends even to a fault, but always a leader. I dreaded his coming; I knew from experience that it was more difficult to command two generals desiring to be leaders than it was to command one army officered intelligently and with subordination. It affords me the greatest pleasure to record now my agreeable disappointment in respect to his character. T
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 47 (search)
hough he is represented as a loser in the war. Blair seemed struck by the great number of able-bodito always fed us. It is now rumored that Mr. Blair came to negotiate terms for the capitulationa trembles, and may topple over any day! Mr. Blair's return has excited many vague hopes-among irth-right. It is said (I doubt it) that Mr. Blair left the city early yesterday. To add toop to the ocean. The Northern papers say Mr. Blair is authorized to offer an amnesty, includingr of an armistice remains, nevertheless, and Mr. Blair dined with the President on Sunday, and has apers, that Mrs. Davis threw her arms around Mr. Blair and embraced him. This, too, is injurious to The Enquirer seems in favor of listening to Blair's propositions. Judge Campbell thinks Gen. to any of the European governments. What has Blair been running backward and forward so often forated that independence alone will content us? Blair must have understood this, and made it known t[2 more...]
e assented to this. The substantial accuracy of Mr. Blair's report is confirmed by the memorandum of the samue the Monroe Doctrine from its present peril. If Mr. Blair felt elated at having so quickly made a convert ofr ideal of national ethics. His whole interest in Mr. Blair's mission lay in the rebel despondency it discloseof their resistance. Mr. Davis had, indeed, given Mr. Blair a letter, to be shown to President Lincoln, statiimpossible attitude. In reply the President wrote Mr. Blair on January 18 the following note: Sir: You e people of our one common country. With this, Mr. Blair returned to Richmond, giving Mr. Davis such excuseer hand, was it longer possible to remain silent. Mr. Blair's first visit had created general interest; when nference on the basis of his note of January 18 to Mr. Blair. The commissioners, having meantime reconsidered ready committed themselves. At the first hint of Blair's Mexican project, however, Mr. Lincoln firmly discl
Chapter 34. Blair Chase chief justice Speed Succeeds Bates McCulloch Succeeds Fessenden resignation of Mr. Usher Lincoln's offer of $400,000,000 the second inaugural Lincoln's literary rank his last speech The principal concession in the Baltimore platform made by the friends of the administration to their opponents, the radicals, was the resolution which called for harmony in the cabinet. The President at first took no notice, either publicly or privately, of this resolution, which was in effect a recommendation that he dismiss those members of his council who were stigmatized as conservatives; and the first cabinet change which actually took place after the adjournment of the convention filled the radical body of his supporters with dismay, since they had looked upon Mr. Chase as their special representative in the government. The publication of the Wade-Davis manifesto still further increased their restlessness, and brought upon Mr. Lincoln a powerful p
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 4. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The peace Commission.-letter from Ex-President Davis. (search)
o seek an interview with Mr. Lincoln, in which, beginning with the subject of suffering prisoners, it was expected that other questions might be reached in the interests of peace. And yet again, Mr. Hunter knew it was the assurance brought by Mr. Blair that a commission sent to discuss the question of establishing amicable relations would be received by the President of the United States that led to the appointment of the commission of which Mr. Hunter was a member, and which he describes as ce of one or more of the commissioners; but, however that may be, my idea was to make them as vague and general as possible, so as to get at the views and sentiments of Mr. Lincoln and to test the reality of the peace intentions represented by Mr. Blair to actuate him. You feared that, under the purposely vague language which [ had proposed, it might be represented that you had impliedly assented to the import of the last sentence of Mr. Lincoln's letter-peace to the people of our one common c
ued a proclamation calling for four regiments of troops to serve within the limits of the Stat of Maryland, or for the defence of the capital of the United States. --(Doc. 166.) The Connecticut Second Regiment, numbering eight hundred en, arrived at Washington. They are handsomely uniformed, and have a complete camp equipage and about forty fine horses. They are armed (all save two companies, which have Minie muskets) with Sharpe's rifles and sabre bayonets.--(Doc. 167.) Postmaster-General Blair annulled the contract for carrying the mails between St. Louis and Memphis, owing to the forcible stoppage of the steamers by which they were conveyed. This is the first case under the law of the last Congress which authorized a discontinuance of the mail in case of illegal obstruction.--Boston Transcript, May 15. Gen. Butler made a formal demand on the city authorities of Baltimore for the delivery of a quantity of arms stored in the warehouse of John S. Gittings, corner of G
nited in cheers. Mr. Lincoln, amidst the wildest enthusiasm of the mass. made a brief address. He said that a few months ago the Stars and Stripes hung as listless and still all over the Union as the flag just raised, but in a short time they were caught up by the coming breeze. and made to float over the whole loyal nation, and among millions who were now determined to keep the flag flying till the bitter end or until the restoration of peace and unity. Speeches were also made by Mr. Blair, Mr. Seward, and Mr. Caleb B. Smith. The remarks of Mr. Seward were received with the most intense enthusiasm.--N. Y. Commercial Advertiser May 22. The steamer J. C. Swan was seized at Harlow's Landing, thirty miles below St. Louis, and brought to the St. Louis arsenal, by order of Gen. Lyon. This is the steamer that brought the arms from Baton Rouge, which were captured by Gen. Lyon, at Camp Jackson. Measures will be taken to effect the legal confiscation of the boat. About 5,000
rected to move with caution, and to occupy all the bridges, etc., as they advanced. A proclamation to Virginians, and address to the troops, were issued by Gen. McClellan simultaneously with the advance.--(Doc. 199.) The First Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers, Colonel Tappan, passed through New York on their way to the seat of war. The regiment left Camp Union, at Concord, yesterday morning. Its progress through Massachusetts and Connecticut was an ovation, crowds assembling at all the stations to give them a greeting.--(Doc. 200.) Postmaster-General Blair issued the following order:--All postal service in the States of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas, will be suspended from and after the 81st inst. Letters for offices temporarily closed by this order, will be forwarded to the dead letter office, except those for Western Virginia, which will be sent to Wheeling. --Boston Transcript, May 27.
polis, the latter has been assigned to command a new division to cooperate with General Patterson in the progressing actions against Harper's Ferry.--Rochester Union, June 14. The steamer Iatan, with the Second Battalion of the First Regiment of Missouri volunteers, under command of Lieutenant Colonel Andrews, one section of Totten's light artillery and two companies of regulars, under Captain Lathrop, and the steamer J. C. Swon, with the First Battalion of the First Regiment, under Colonel Blair, and another section of Totten's battery, and a detachment of pioneers, and General Lyon and staff, numbering 1,500 men all told, left St. Louis for some point up the Missouri River, supposed to be Jefferson city. They had horses, wagons, and all necessary camp equipage, ammunition, and provisions for a long march.--Louisville Journal, June 14. The troops which started from Washington on Monday, left the vicinity of Tenlytown the next day, and are now, beyond Rockville; the Nationa
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