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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 1. (ed. Frank Moore) 22 2 Browse Search
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ing telegraphic dispatch from Mr. Jones: New Orleans, Jan. 29, 1861. Hon. J. A. Dix, Secretary of Treasury: Capt. Breshwood has refused positively in writing, to obey any instructions of the Department. In this I am sure he is sustained byblished: Treasury Department, Jan. 29, 1861. W. Hemphill Jones, New Orleans: Tell Lieut. Caldwell to arrest Capt. Breshwood, assume command of the cutter, and obey the order through you. If Capt. Breshwood, after arrest, undertakes to interCapt. Breshwood, after arrest, undertakes to interfere with the command of the cutter, tell Lieut. Caldwell, to consider him as a mutineer, and treat him accordingly. If any one attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot. John A. Dix, Secretary of the Treasury. This dispatch must have been intercepted both at Montgomery and New Orleans, and withheld from Mr. Jones, and the treason of Captain Breshwood was consummated by means of a complicity on the part of the telegraph line within the States of Alabama and Louisiana
ce of his instructions on the 26th January. He found Captain Breshwood, of the McClelland, after a long search, and handed hspectfully, Wm. Hemphill Jones, Special Agent. To Capt. John G. Breshwood, commanding U. S. revenue cutter Robert McClelland. Breshwood conferred with Collector Hatch of New Orleans, and then returned the following answer, flatly refusing to obeobey the order. I am, Sir, your obedient servant, John G. Breshwood, Captain. To Wm. Hemphill Jones, Esq., Special Agent. Mr. Jones's report continues: Believing that Captain Breshwood would not have ventured upon this most positive act o this statement, I addressed another communication to Captain Breshwood, of the following tenor: New Orleans, January 2 respectfully, Wm. Hemphill Jones, Special Agent. To Captain Breshwood. To this letter I never received any reply. I thyour obedient servant, F. H. Hatch, Collector. To Captain J. G. Breshwood, United States Revenue Cutter McClelland, Southwes