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Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 10: the woman order, Mumford's execution, etc. (search)
time, and she handed me the note very nicely and quite clerkly written. Well, I said, I think I may be able to do something for you. Come back day after to-morrow and I will see what I can do. The next day I called upon the Commissioner of Internal Revenue and asked him if he had a vacancy for a woman who wrote a good hand and spelled well and was fully educated up to that class of duties. I am a good deal pressed, he said, but possibly I can make an appointment. Well, I said, Mr. Commissioner, mine is a very special case and I want you, if possible, to do it. I then told him the story and said: You see I do not care to have a recommendation from me to go upon your files. She will keep her own name and that had better not be connected with mine so as to draw observation. Very well, he said, her place will be a nine hundred dollar position. Send her with your card and she shall have it, and if she deserves it she shall hold it. She rented her house in Wytheville and t
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 16: capture of fortifications around Richmond, Newmarket Heights, Dutch Gap Canal, elections in New York and gold conspiracy. (search)
ers, and it shone out in their eyes: Is this the pomp and circumstance of glorious war? We were met by the Park Commissioners, the chairman of whom cordially addressed me with the inquiry: Are you riding in the park for exercise? Oh, no, Mr. Commissioner; on business. I was looking to see where would be the best place in the park to encamp my troops when I am ready to bring them on shore. Oh, you would not encamp your troops here, General? Why, Mr. Commissioner, said I, pointing over Mr. Commissioner, said I, pointing over one of the beautiful lawns, I have never seen a better camping-ground. What is the objection to it? Plenty of water, isn't there? Well, General, said he, we must submit, I suppose; but I hope you won't need to. Oh, well, I assure you I shall not if I don't need to. I should be happy to see you, gentlemen, at my headquarters at the Hoffman House. Good-morning. The next afternoon another sphere of duty quite foreign to my professional studies and military experiences was put upon me. I
Washington city appointments. --The following appointments were sent into the Senate to-day: Marshal of the District of Columbia--Mr. Lammond. City Postmaster — Richard Wallach. Navy Agent--Mr. McKim. Mr. Lammond hails from Illinois, is said to be a relative of President Lincoln, and was in law partnership with him. Mr. Lammond is at present in South Carolina as the private Commissioner of the President to Gov. Pickens, and bearer of dispatches to Major Anderson. Richard Wallach, is well-known to our citizens. He has been strongly anti-Democratic, as was evidenced in the Mayoralty election, but is, notwithstanding, a popular gentleman.--Wash. States, Wednesday.
one of the ablesmen in that State. The Atlanta Register names the following facts about him: He stood at the head of a body of jurisconsults famed for their attainments, who, many year ago, made Holly Springs, by the attractions they contributed to social life, the most delightful interior city of the South. Mr. Watson has been distinguished, not less than his more noisy compeers, for his firm devotion to the cause of Southern independence. He was appointed last year by the President Commissioner for Mississippi under the Appraisement Act, and has sedulously devoted himself to the duties of his position. He is tall, slender, with blue eyes, light hair, and with an expression of face, benignant manner, and musical voice, remarkably attractive in social intercourse. In his professional habits he was the most laborious of men, and his success at the bar was brilliant. Not many months ago Judge Watson was arrested by a hand of marauding Federal cavalry and taken to Pocahontas,