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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 14. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Correspondence between Governor Vance, of North Carolina, and President Jefferson Davis. (search)
consideration of this suggestion. Very respectfully yours, (Signed) Z. B. Vance. Executive office, Richmond, January 8, 1864. His Excellency, Z. B. Vance, Governor of North Carolina, Raleigh, N. C.: dear Sir,—I have received your letter of the 30th ult. containing suggestions of the measures to be adopted for the purpose of removing the sources of discontent in North Carolina. The contents of the letter are substantially the same as those of the letter addressed by you to Senator Dortch, extracts of which were by him read to me. Apart from insuperable objection to the line of policy you propose (and to which I will presently advert), I cannot see how the mere material obstacles are to be surmounted. We have made three distinct efforts to communicate with the authorities at Washington, and have been, invariably, unsuccessful. Commissioners were sent before hostilities were begun, and the Washington government refused to see them or hear what they had to say. A secon
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 17. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The siege and evacuation of Savannah, Georgia, in December, 1864. (search)
eral, H. D. Clayton, of Alabama, distinguished alike as a soldier, a judge, and a college president, and Brigadier-General E. A. Perry, sometime governor of Florida, ended their mortal careers. During the month of November, Colonel Alfred Rhett, whose name and valor are so intimately associated with the memorable defense of Fort Sumter; the Hon. W. N. H. Smith, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, and a prominent member from that State of the Confederate Congress, and Senator Dortch, who also rendered valuable aid in moulding the legislation of the Confederacy, joined the silent majority. On the 1st of December, Collett Leventhorpe—in early life an officer of the 14th Regiment of Foot in her Majesty's service, and subsequently, for gallantry and efficient conduct, advanced to the grade of brigadier-general in the Army of Northern Virginia—peacefully closed his eyes at the home of his adoption in North Carolina. Five days afterwards, surrounded by devoted frien
Arkansas--Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Johnson. Florida--Mr. Maxwell and Mr. Baker. Georgia--Mr. Hill Kentucky--Mr. Simms. Louisiana--Mr. Sparrow. Mississippi--Mr. Brown. Missouri--Mr. Clark and Mr. Peyton. North Carolina--Mr. Davis and Mr. Dortch South Carolina--Mr. Barnwell and Mr. Orr. Tennessee--Mr. Haynes and Mr. Henry. Texas--Mr. Oldham. Virginia--Mr. Hunter and Mr. Preston. Nineteen Senators being present, (a quorum,) the oath to support the Constitution was then adm For Mr. Nash.--Messrs. Barnwell, Baker, Brown, Clark, Haynes, Henry, Hill, Hunter, Orr, Preston, and Simms--11. For Mr. Hooper--Messrs. Davis. Maxwell, Mitchell, Oldham, Peyton, and Sparrow--6. For Mr. Dawson--Messrs. Johnson and Dortch--2. James H. Nash, of South Carolina, having a majority of the votes cast, was declared the Secretary of the Senate, and came forward and was duly qualified. On motion of Mr. Orr, the Senate proceeded to the election of a Doorkeeper.
of cotton, and who shall have labored in the field more than one-half the time from April 1st, 1862, to September 1st of the same year. Indian Superintendencies. Mr. Johnson, of Ark., presented a bill to provide for the organization of the Arkansas and Red River Superintendencies of Indian Affairs, which, on his motion was laid upon the table and ordered to be printed. Resolutions Presenter. Mr. Phelan, of Miss., presented resolutions adopted by the Legislature of Mississippi, in relation to the exportation of cotton. Mr. Dortch, of N. C., presented resolutions adopted by the Convention of North Carolina, in relation to the re-enlistment of volunteers. Mr. Hunter presented a resolution adopted by the Legislature of Virginia, in relation to the pay of non-commissioned officers. On motion of Mr. Hunter, the Senate adjourned; and, at his request, the Senators remained in the chamber, to confer informally upon the appointment of the standing committees.
C., Hunter of Va., Davis of N. C., Semmes of La., and Henry of Tenn. Commerce--Messrs. Clay of Ala., Maxwell of Fla., Dortch of N. C., Peyton of Mo., and Barrett of Ky. Military Affairs--Messrs. Sparrow of La., Preston of Va., Johnson of Ark., of Texas, and Henry of Tenn. Naval Affairs--Messrs. Brown of Miss., Oldham of Texas, Baker of Fla., Simme of Ky., and Dortch of N. C. Judiciary--Messrs. Hill of Ga., Haynes of Tenn., Phelan of Miss., Semmes of La., and Burnett of Ky. Indian An of Mo. Territories--Messrs. Wigfall of Texas, Brown of Miss, and Yancey of Ala. Accounts--Messrs. Mitchell of Ark., Dortch of N. C., and Simms of Ky. Printing--Messrs. Phelan of Miss., Hill of Ga., and Clark of Mo. Enrollment--Messrs. Phelauntry; and that said committee report, as soon as possible, by bill or otherwise. The Roanoke Island disaster. Mr. Dortch, of N. C., presented a resolution adopted by the State Convention of North Carolina, relative to the Roanoke Island aff
obb, E S Barnes, F A McNalty. Third Company, Captain A Moseby.--Wounded: Sergt D L Dunham, Corp Jno Grey. E Hull, B F Brown, Thos W Hooper, J J Davis, E Beasley. Fourth Company, 2d Lt. P Todd commanding.--Wounded: A J Hogan, M J Fogg, J Slager, Jno P C Massey. Fifth Company, 2d Lt. A W Wright comm'ding.--Wounded: Sergt J C Gibbs, Jas Drummond, E Taylor, Jno Noland, Jos. Wilkerson. Sixth Company. 2d Lt. Parker com'ding.--Killed: J G Grey. Wounded: 1st Sergt J L Dutton, D Dortch, Jno McCormack. Seventh Company. 2d Lt. Jno W Hall com'ding.--Killed: Thos J Watson. Wounded: Geo Shiver, A Woodee, Jno Cheshire. Eighth Company, 1st Lt. Wm H H Rogers com'g. Killed: T J Wilder, G Herndon. Wounded: J T C Adams, Thos Lewis, S W Parker. Ninth Company, 1st Lt Sikes com'ding.--Killed: Jas Wilkie. Wounded: Thomas Mills, Jas White, Wm Stroble. Tenth Company, 1st Lt Spiers com'ding.--Killed: Thos Miller. Wounded: 2d Lt Pratt, Jacoh Moore, M Craine,--Wilkerso
Mississippi river, and to whom sent. Mr. Mitchell, was, he said, informed that the sum of $32,000,000 had been sent West of the Mississippi, and he knew that the larger portion of provisions there purchased was paid for in Quartermaster's certificates, instead of money, which had caused provisions to rise to three times their value. At the suggestion of Mr. Semmes, of La., the resolution was modified so that the information would be reported to the Senate in secret session. Mr. Dortch, of N. C., presented a memorial from the Society of Friends in North Carolina, asking a modification of the Conscript law in their behalf. Received and laid on the table. Mr. Semmes, of La., presented a bill authorizing the seizure and appropriation of salines, under military necessity; which, on motion of Mr. Preston, of Va., was postponed until Friday. Mr. Phelan, of Miss., offered a resolution that the Military Committee inquire into the expediency of repealing the present la
Confederate States Congress.[Adjourned session.]Senate Thursday, August 28, 1862. The Senate met at 12 o'clock, and was opened with prayer by the Right Rev. Bishop Early. A message was received from the House, announcing the passage of sundry resolutions, which were received and laid upon the table. Mr. Dortch, of N. C., offered the following resolution, which was adopted: Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary inquire into the action of the Judges of the several District Courts of the Confederate States in allowing tax fees to the District Attorneys under the "Acts for the sequestration of estates, &c., of alien enemies," and whether any legislation is necessary to render such action uniform. On motion of Mr. Maxwell, of Florida, the message from the House was taken up. The resolution voting thanks to Col. J. E. Montgomery and the officers and men under his command, for gallant services on the 10th of May and 6th of June, 1862, was referred
Confederate States Congress.[adjourned session.]Senate. Friday, August 29, 1862. The Senate met at 12 o'clock, and was opened with prayer by the Rev. Wm. B. Royall, of North Carolina. Mr. Dortch, of N. C., introduced a bill to regulate the payment of the claims of deceased soldiers, which was placed on the calendar. Mr. Sparrow reported a bill to "amend an act establishing and organizing the army of the Confederate States of America." the object of which is to establish a Paymaster's department separate from the Quartermaster's. Placed on the calendar. On motion of Mr. Sparrow, the bill "providing for substitutes in certain cases, and detailing privates for police duty," was taken up from the calendar. Mr. Simms, of Ky., said that he was unwilling to legalize the substitute system as amended, or as heretofore practiced. He thought that if any system were to be adopted, the best would be that adopted by the French Government, which established by law a ce
the best policy would be for Congress to make the appropriate exemptions of its own officers, in general terms, include all persons exempted by the several State Governments. Mr. Simms, of Ky., favored the amendment, and would favor any other similar purpose that might be offered. The action of the Federal Government rendered it necessary to meet the enemy, if possible, man to man, and if we were over whelmed, he would rather not one Southern son should be left to tell the tale. Mr. Dortch, of N. C., arose to explain the purpose he had in view in offering the amendment. It was to conform the action of Congress with that of the Legislature of his State. There were in North Carolina five hundred justices of the peace, and these, together with other minor State officers exempted by Congress, would sum up fully ten thousand men whose services were not at all needed by the State, or if needed in any instances, might be as well performed by other and older men. The State exempte
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