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Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 5, South Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Biographical (search)
ier-General James Conner Brigadier-General James Conner was born at Charleston, the son of Henry W. Conner, of that city. After his graduation at the South Carolina college in 1849, he read law under James L. Petigru, and was admitted to practice in 1852. In 1856 his ability as a lawyer was recognized by appointment as United States district attorney, an office which he resigned in 1860 on account of the prospect of secession by his State. He was associated with Judge Magrath and Hon. W. F. Colcock on a committee which visited the legislature and urged the calling of a convention, and after the passage of the ordinance he devoted himself to preparation for the field. Though appointed Confederate States attorney for the district, he refused to leave the military service and deputed his official duties. He entered the Confederate service as captain of the Montgomery Guards, and in May, 1861, was chosen captain of Company A, Washington light infantry, Hampton's legion. He was pro
Resolved. That we regard such election as a virtual dissolution of the Union under the present Constitution. Resolved.That we have heard with great satisfaction the resignation of the Hon. A. G. McGrath, United States District Judge for the State of South Carolina, and James Conner, Esq. United States District Attorney, and feel assured that a similar course will be pursued by the United States Judges and District Attorneys in Florida. Resolved, That the assurance of the Hon-W. F. Colcock, Collector of the port of Charleston. and M. Jacobs, Esq., Surveyor, that they will not hold office under a Black Republican Administration, has been received with great satisfaction. Resolved, That the determination of our Collector and Deputy Collector to pursue a similar course meets with the hearty approval of this meeting. The Southern Press contains appeals on both sides of the disunion question. The Southern Confederacy, of Atlanta, Ga., says: We ask the people o
lling on gentlemen to stand for places in the State Convention. These gentlemen have declined being nominated in that way, and the Courier, commending their determination, says: There should be no division, or distraction, or personal element in the councils and purposes of Electors, called upon to constitute a body clothed with the sovereignty of the State, and charged with the weighty and solemn responsibilities of a new political adjustment.--In the spirit of the remarks of the Hon. W. F. Colcock, whose eloquent appeal, on Monday evening, was so cordially received, we bespeak unity of action and a toleration of opinions and personal preferences, in subordination to the great duty and issue before us. The electoral body of Charleston must seek out diligently the wisest and worthiest citizens, of ripe judgment and approved fidelity, and must and should call such, and such only, to this great office. Those who are most worthy will be most reluctant to accept; but, in such
The Daily Dispatch: November 8, 1860., [Electronic resource], Servants' Clothing--Servants' Clothing. (search)
their resignations written. At the celebration in Savannah of the completion of the Charleston and Savannah Railroad, the Mayor of Savannah pledged fifty thousand Georgians to rush to the assistance of South Carolina if coerced. Collector Colcock, of Charleston, made an eloquent disunion speech. Mr. Buchanan was teased as the last of an illustrious line. There is the greatest enthusiasm for a Southern Confederacy here. Every hat has a cockade, and all minds are resolved to fight. and preparing the State for defence. Mr. Brist, urging it in the House, said action should be prompt, immediate, unqualified, effective and decisive in case of Lincoln's election. Hon. Wm. C. Boyce spoke yesterday, from the steps of the Congaree Hotel, urging secession in case of Lincoln's election. He was followed by other prominent Carolinian. Charleston, Nov. 7--P. M. --James Connor, U. S. District Attorney, and W. F. Colcock, Collector of the port, have resigned.
The Daily Dispatch: January 19, 1861., [Electronic resource], Arrival from the "Foreign" port of Charleston, S. C. (search)
ort. The bill of health is in the usual United States form, with the caption, "The United States of America," crossed out with a pen, and the words, "District of the Port of Charleston, State of South Carolina," printed in the margin. After "the 85th year of the," the words "Independence of the United States of America" are crossed out, and below is written, "Sovereignty and Independence of the State of South Carolina." The Secessionists thus claiming an independency co-existent with that of the Union from which they have seceded. The clearance paper has undergone the same erasures and interlineations. They were signed by W. F. Colcock, Collector, and John Lawrence, Naval Officer. The Custom-House officers not having been notified that South Carolina was out of the Union, refused to enter the vessel under the bogus papers, and as Capt. Ryder sails under a coastwise license, it was not regarded as necessary that he should have cleared at all from Charleston.--Boston Journal.