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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XLIX. April, 1865 (search)
. Reed's (Presbyterian) was in ruins. The leaping and lapping flames were roaring in Main Street up to Ninth; and Goddin's Building (late General Post- Office) was on fire, as well as all the houses in Governor Street up to Franklin. The grass of Capitol Square is covered with parcels of goods snatched from the raging conflagration, and each parcel guarded by a Federal soldier. A general officer rode up and asked me what building that was --pointing to the old stone United States Custom House-late Treasury and State Departments, also the President's office. He said, Then it is fire-proof, and the fire will be arrested in this direction. He said he was sorry to behold such destruction; and regretted that there was not an adequate supply of engines and other apparatus. Shells are still bursting in the ashes of the armory, etc. All the stores are closed; most of the largest (in Main Street) have been burned. There are supposed to be 10,000 negro troops at Camp Lee,
Jan. 18. In the Massachusetts State Legislature to-day, a series of resolutions was passed by a unanimous vote, tendering to the President of the United States such aid in men and money as he may request, to maintain the authority of the general Government. The preamble to the resolution declares that the State of South Carolina, in seizing the fortifications of the Federal Government, the Post Office, Custom House, moneys, arms, munitions of war, and by firing upon a vessel in the service of the United States, has committed an act of war. The Senate passed a bill authorizing the increase of the volunteer military of the State.--Boston Journal, Jan. 19.
September 23. Three hundred Sioux Indians, under Little Crow, attacked Colonel Sibley's command near Yellow Medicine, Minn. The battle lasted two hours, resulting in the repulse of the Indians with the loss of thirty killed and a large number wounded. Four whites were killed and from thirty to forty wounded.--(Doc. 209.) This being the last day for taking the oath of allegiance, at New Orleans, La., in accordance with the order of Gen. Butler, the City Hall and Custom House in that city were besieged by thousands, desirous of availing themselves of the privilege.--The schooner Nellie was captured by the United States steamer Alabama. This morning the town of Sutton, Va., was attacked by a body of about one hundred rebel cavalry, but were repulsed by the Union force guarding the post, under Major Withers, Tenth Virginia, and driven nine miles, when, the rebels being reenforced, the Unionists retired, but being in their turn pursued, and being greatly outnumbered, they
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 7: Secession Conventions in six States. (search)
t, and elect secessionists. The activity of the politicians in New Orleans was wonderful. They expected the example of the city would be followed in the rural districts, and they sought to make that example boldly revolutionary by frequent public displays of their disunion feelings. On the 21st of December, they publicly celebrated the socalled secession of South Carolina, with demonstrations of great enthusiasm. They fired cannon a hundred times; paraded the streets with bands of Custom House at New Orleans. this building is not yet (1865) finished. musicians playing the Marseillaise Hymn and polkas, but no National air; flung out the Pelican flag of the State from the Custom House and other public buildings; and their orators addressed the excited multitude in favor of immediate secession. Four days afterward, there was a public ratification of the nomination of secession or Southern rights candidates, with the accompaniments of cannon, and flags, and speeches. Yet, with
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 14: the great Uprising of the people. (search)
-first birthday, December 7, 1860. as a gift of good for his countrymen, containing a series of argumentative letters against secession, first published in a Natchez newspaper. If, said another, one of the oldest citizens of New Orleans, the Northern people shall respond to that call, and the United States shall repossess and hold the forts and other public property — if the power of the Government shall pull down the detested secession flags now flaunting in our faces over our Mint and Custom House, and show that it has power to maintain the old banner in their places, The last time the National Flag had been publicly displayed in New Orleans was on Washington's Birthday, the 22d of February. A citizen flung out one on Front Levee Street, on which were two clasped hands and the words, United we stand; divided we fall. The enraged secessionists went to pull it down? but found armed men there to defend it, and it was kept flying until evening, when it was taken down voluntarily.
and inform him that I regarded the attitude of the authorities as unfriendly to the United States. I quote you the Consul's reply: I called on the Governor on Monday night, but could do nothing more than to ask an audience for next day, as his salon was full of people, among them the Captain of the Sumter. When I law him he said the sanitary regulations were such as were enforced on Monday, and that he had no control over them. The vessel having gone beyond the regular health and Custom House limits, has lost the rights of regular pratique, the Governor of course repudiating any thing like unfriendliness, and regretting the necessity of submitting to the laws in your case, and would be glad to see you in here at anchor to prove the sincerity of his good wishes. Unfortunately for me the coming to an anchor involves the necessity of waiting twenty-four hours after the departure of the Sumter, for I have consented to the Governor's expressed hope that I would abide by all rule
adventure that we should soon be called upon. In accordance with this message of the governor, the legislature on the 23d day of January, passed a resolve, a portion of which is as follows:-- Whereas, Several States of the Union have through the action of their people and authorities assumed the attitude of rebellion against the national government; and whereas, treason is still more extensively diffused; and whereas, the State of South Carolina, having first seized the Post-Office, Custom House, moneys, arms, munitions of war, and fortifications of the Federal Government, has, by firing upon a vessel in the service of the United States, committed an act .of war; and whereas, the forts and property of the United States, in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida have been seized with hostile and treasonable intention; and whereas, senators and representatives in Congress avow and sanction these acts of treason and rebellion; therefore, Resolved, That the legislature of Massac
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Internal revenue. (search)
annum, the repeal of various stamp taxes and a few changes in the existing law concerning specified articles being estimated to make the following itemized reductions: Commercial brokers, $138,000; certificates of deposits, $200,000; promissory notes, $3,500,000; bills of lading for export, $100,000; telegraphic despatches, $800,000; telephone messages, $315,000; bonds other than indemnity, $25,000; certificates not otherwise specified, $200,000; charter party, $100,000; conveyances, $1,750,000; insurance, $3,000,000; leases, $200,000; mortgages, $500,000; passage tickets, $100,000; power of attorney, $100,000; protests, $25,000; warehouse receipts, $250,000; express receipts, $800,000; proprietary medicines, cosmetics, and chewing-gum, $3,950,000; legacies, $500,000; cigars, $3,100,000; tobacco, $7,000,000; small cigars and cigarettes, $500,000; beer, $9,800,000; bank checks, $7,000,000; foreign bills of exchange, $50,000; money orders, $602,000; manifest for Custom House, $60,000.
Doc. 20.--N. Y. State resolutions. Whereas, The insurgent State of South Carolina, after seizing the Post Offices, Custom House, moneys and fortifications of the Federal Government, has, by firing into a vessel ordered by the Government to convey troops and provisions to Fort Sumter, virtually declared war; and, Whereas, The forts and property of the United States Government in Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana have been unlawfully seized, with hostile intentions; and, Whereas, Their Senators in Congress avow and maintain their treasonable acts; therefore, Resolved, That the Legislature of New York is profoundly impressed with the value of the Union, and determined to preserve it unimpaired; that it greets with joy the recent firm, dignified and patriotic Special Message of the President of the United States, and that we tender to him, through the Chief Magistrate of our own State, whatever aid in men and money may be required to enable him to enforce the laws and uphold th
urself at this time an officer in the service of the United States. Very respectfully, Wm. Hemphill Jones, Special Agent. To Captain Breshwood. To this letter I never received any reply. I then repaired again on board the cutter, and asked for the order of the Collector bringing her to New Orleans. The original was placed in my possession, of which the following is a copy. And here it may be proper to observe, that the order is written and signed by the Collector himself: Custom House, New Orleans, Collector's office, Jan. 15, 1861. Sir: You are hereby directed to proceed forthwith under sail to this city, and anchor the vessel under your command opposite the United States Marine Hospital, above Algiers. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, F. H. Hatch, Collector. To Captain J. G. Breshwood, United States Revenue Cutter McClelland, Southwest Pass, La. Defeated at New Orleans, Mr. Jones then took his way to Mobile, to look after the Lewis Cass. Her Capt
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