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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—secession. (search)
c party, its division became final. The Charleston convention was followed by two hostile conventions sitting at the same time in Baltimore—one of which, on the 21st of June, selected Mr. Douglas as its candidate, and the other, on the 23d, Mr. Breckenridge. The latter, who was at that time Vice-President of the United States, represented the ultra slave policy of the South. On the 6th of November, 4,680,180 American citizens elected delegates: the Presidential electors pledged to vote for Mr. Lincoln received 1,866,452 votes; those representing the two fractions of the Democratic party, personified by Douglas and Breckenridge, received, respectively, 1,375,144 and 847,933 votes; and the Whig party, personified by Bell, 590,631 votes. The Republican candidate had only a relative majority, but it was considerable; and, thanks to the machinery of the double vote, this majority was made absolute in the electoral college. He was elected by one hundred and eighty votes, whilst his t
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book III:—the first conflict. (search)
ting spectators, who like the friends of Job were ready to take advantage of her misfortunes in order to teach her a lesson. Russia, on the contrary, being more shrewd, hastened to tender her those assurances of deep interest to which, in the hour of great trial, nations are as sensitive as individuals, and showed thereby a political foresight in striking reproof of the other European powers. The partisans of the insurgents, who under the name of Peace Democrats followed the lead of Mr. Breckenridge in the Senate, and of Mr. Vallandigham in the other house, formed only a small minority in Congress. Their efforts, therefore, to thwart the measures of the government in support of the war were to prove fruitless. The Senators from the rebel States, who, instead of repairing to Washington, had entered the service of the insurrection, were deprived of their seats; the extraordinary measures adopted by Mr. Lincoln were sanctioned; the increase of the regular army and navy and the neces
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book V:—the first winter. (search)
d, under Hardee, composed of part of Johnston's old army, and the reserve corps, commanded by Breckenridge, presented each an effective force of from six to seven thousand men, and were divided into t, who only remembered the early years of his youth passed at the West Point Academy; finally, Breckenridge, the politician, very lately Vice-President of the United States, an improvised general, who ed to the left supported Ruggles and Hardee in their attack against Sherman and McClernand. Breckenridge's reserves, extending on the right along Lick Creek, finally met the brigade of Stewart, the hich was on that side. Polk and Hardee commanded the centre upon the two roads from Corinth, Breckenridge the right on the Hamburg road. But Buell's movement did not allow them time to take the offethe storm of the preceding day. The care of covering this delicate operation was entrusted to Breckenridge, whose reserve corps had been the least engaged. But the Federals made no serious attempt
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—the naval war. (search)
Mississippi, consisting of the corps of Bragg, Polk, Hardee, and Breckenridge's reserve, was commanded by the first-mentioned of these generale of Price. He immediately repaired to Vicksburg in person with Breckenridge's division, completed and multiplied the defences of the place, New Orleans. Encouraged by this double retreat, Van Dorn sent Breckenridge, with about six thousand men and eleven cannon, to attempt the r the Webb and the Music, lying in Red River, and co-operate with Breckenridge's division in an attack upon Baton Rouge. The Federals had two vely, when on the 5th of August, at one o'clock in the morning, Breckenridge's vanguard opened the fight. Williams' troops formed a semicircwas flanked by the two gun-boats, the left wing by the Essex. Breckenridge's entire effort was directed upon the latter point, and the Feder disorder, and the assailants were crushed by their artillery. Breckenridge paused to wait for the Arkansas, unaware of the accident that ha
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book IV:—Kentucky (search)
me situation as Lee and Pope three weeks previous, each almost turning his back upon his true base of operations. Buell had cause to fear a similar disaster to that which the Federals had experienced at Manassas. Leaving one division with Breckenridge on the frontier of Tennessee to check any aggressive movement on the part of the Nashville garrison, Bragg had marched in two columns, Hardee's corps taking the left, through Cave City, Polk's bearing more to the right; and on the 14th his vanbridges through which supplies were conveyed to the army, reduced the active forces under Grant to less than thirty thousand men. Those of his adversaries were not quite so numerous. Van Dorn's army, composed of the divisions of Lovell and Breckenridge, numbered about fifteen thousand men. Price's troops, comprising the divisions of Maury and Little, consisted of ten thousand five hundred infantry, two thousand five hundred horse under Armstrong, and one thousand artillerists, with forty-fou
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book V:—Tennessee. (search)
f the latter corps, comprising a brigade of Breckenridge and the division of Cheatham, formed the lecorps was on the right bank of Stone River, Breckenridge occupying the front line in the positions tands Murfreesborough, were only occupied by Breckenridge's division, whose encampments could be dist thickets, while the bare hills occupied by Breckenridge were exposed to all the power of their artigram, with a brigade of cavalry attached to Breckenridge's division, had crossed Stone River below te this position. The task was entrusted to Breckenridge, whose whole division was assembled on the formation of his line, the five brigades of Breckenridge emerged from the wood, and, preceded by a s short distance to defend it against all of Breckenridge's forces. This feeble force, exposed to a esborough, so irreparable was the defeat of Breckenridge. In this fight of less than three-quarters This retreat, occurring immediately after Breckenridge's reverse, justified the Federals in regard[15 more...]
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book VII:—politics. (search)
elected eight representatives, the total contingent of that State being thirteen. On the contrary, none of the ten Kentucky members appeared at the Capitol, but her two senators took their seats on the 4th of July, although one of them was Mr. Breckenridge, who a few months later was to enter the military service of the Southern Confederacy. Tennessee was represented by only one of the two senators, and three representatives out of ten, who had been elected by districts where the Unionists werese questions continued to occupy the foremost rank in the deliberations of Congress. The republican element predominated more and more in both houses. This was in consequence of the defection of some members, who, following the example of Breckenridge, had at last thrown off the mask, and the expulsion of others convicted of being in communication with the enemy. Upon all questions involving the maintenance of the Union the War Democrats sustained the government, which was only opposed by
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 2. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), chapter 9 (search)
glesby's brigade. Cavalry, brigade, ...... Artillery, 16 batteries, 50 guns. Confederate army. Army of the Mississippi, Major-general Van Dorn. Division, Lovell. Villepique's brigade, Rust's brigade, Bowen's brigade. Division, Breckenridge. Brigade, ......; brigade, ......; cavalry, Jackson's brigade. Army of trans-mississippi, Major-general Sterling Price. Division, Maury. Moore's brigade, Phifer's brigade, Cabell's brigade. Division, Hebert. Gates' brigade, Colbert Morton. Artillery, Colonel Barnett. Confederate army. Commander-in-chief, General Braxton Bragg. Hardee's corps, Lieutenant-general Hardee. Division, Cleburne. Johnson's brigade, Polk's brigade, Liddell's brigade. Division, Breckenridge. Adams' brigade, Preston's brigade, Hanson's brigade, Palmer's brigade. Independent brigade, K. Jackson. Cavalry, Wheeler's brigade. Polk's corps, Lieutenant-general Leonidas Polk. Division, Cheatham. Vaughn's brigade, Maney's br
The Electoral College consists of 303 electors, of whom 152 is a majority — the Republicans have already 17 votes more than that majority. For Bell Kentucky,12 Tennessee, (probably.)12 New Jersey, (fusion,)2 26 For Breckenridge. North Carolina,10 South Carolina,8 Delaware,3 Louisiana,5 New Jersey, (fusion,)2 Georgia,10 The following States may be added as certain for Breckenridge, though returns have not been received from them: Alabama,9 Breckenridge, though returns have not been received from them: Alabama,9 Mississippi,7 Florida,3 Arkansas,4 Texas,3 65 For Douglas. Missouri. (probably,)9 New Jersey, (fusion,)3 12 Doubtful. Virginia,15 Maryland,8 so far as the returns have been received from Southern cities, the following is the vote in those received: Bell.breakDoug Lynchburg, Va.,969487132 Richmond,23591169753 Alexandria,904517136 Petersburg,970223913 Portsmouth,686558210 Norfolk,956438210 Raleigh, N. C.,504160114 Wilmington,5676
Vote of Kentucky. --The official vote of Kentucky, is as follows: Bell, $6,016; Breckenridge, 52,836; Douglas, 25,644; Lincoln, 1,466.
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