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General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Letters. (search)
ral. Headquarters Department of Northern Virginia, Centreville, February 16, 1862. To the Hon. J. P. Benjamin, Secretary of War. Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge your letter of the 11th inst., in relation to Captain Rhett, and that of Captain Dyerle to you, dated February 8th, referred to me. I think that you were mistaken in regarding General Beauregard as the commander of these troops. I have been so considered here, and so styled by yourself. More furloughs have already been mpany. The army is so much weakened by loss of officers from sickness, and soldiers on furlough, that I am compelled to use every man in the way in which he can serve best. It is essential that this authority should not be taken from me. Captain Dyerle's company is serving as infantry, as it engaged to do, for a year. It would be useless as artillery. The granting authority to raise artillery companies from our present force of infantry has interfered very much with the object of your
roic gallantry, led the Twenty-first Virginia, and fell at their head; of Major Layne, of the Forty-second Virginia, who was mortally wounded; of Major Seddon, commanding First Virginia battalion; Captain Hannum, of the Forty-eighth Virginia; Captain Dyerle, Forty-eighth, mortally wounded; Captain Wilson, A. A. G.; Lieutenant Dabney, A. D. C., and Lieutenant White, A. D. C. The Third brigade, Colonel A. G. Taliaferro, Twenty-third Virginia, commanding, was conducted into action by that officee while engaged in front, were also attacked in rear, now that the left flank was turned, producing much disorder in their ranks. In this double fire, front and rear, fell the gallant officers, Lieutenant-Colonel Cunningham, Major Layne, and Captain Dyerle. Reenforcements coming up, portions of different regiments were re-formed and assisted in driving the enemy, discomfited, from the field. The terrible loss in this brigade resulted from its left flank being turned, thereby subjecting it to
er saw. We have two volunteer companies in service. Another company will leave in a day or two for the seat of war. Two more companies are being organized, and will soon be ready for active service. They are composed of the very best material, and each one when the tug of war comes, will prove himself worthy of the palmiest days of the republic. Roanoke may well be proud to entrust her honor and liberty in their hands. One is an Artillery company, Capt Hupp, the other two are Rifle, Captains Dyerle and Rock. We have two companies of Home Guard, one of which the members are to be over fifty years old, or others who are muster free. The members of the other are between the age of twelve and eighteen. The two companies together number about one hundred and thirty. Mr. Wells, the able and efficient professor of Mathematics in Roanoke College, is engineer of our Aridity company now in service. The Hon. H. A. Edmundson, Mr. Wm. Watts, an eminent lawyer, and representative of Ro
Re-enlisted. --Capt. Dyerle's fine company from Roanoke county, Va., passed through Lynchburg Sunday evening en route for home, having been granted forty days furlough. The company, to a man, have re-enlisted for the war, thus showing their determination to stand by the flag of the South until it shall wave over a people recognized as free and independent by all the world.
majority for Congress. Wythe.--Seven precincts in Wythe give Flournoy, 163; Munford, 115; Smith, 58. Lt Governor: Price, 84. Congress: Preston, 328; McMullin, 99. Lynchburg, May 30.--The following election returns were received this evening: Roanoke County.--[Official.]--For Governor: Smith, 131; Munford, 39; Flournoy, 107. For Lieut. Governor: Price, 219; Imboden, 25. For Attorney General: Tucker, 228. For Congress: Staples, 115; Edmundson, 162. For House of Delegates: Dyerle, 141; Taylor, 122. Bedford County--Returns from Bedford are received except two precincts — Big Island and Bigbie's. For Governor: Flournoy, 530; Smith, 194; Munford, 29. For Lieut. Governor: Price, 560; Imboden, 92. For Attorney General: Tucker, 589. For Congress: Goode, 436; Martin, 283. For House of Delegates: Jordan Burwell elected. Campbell County.--Returns incomplete.--Deane and Mart elected to the House of Delegates. Nelson County.--Flournoy, 308; Smith; 199; Munfor
rmy from the State of Virginia; and upon the expediency, in that event, of supplying the deficiency with exempts, detailed men, and able-bodied men above the maximum conscript age; and of filling their places with disabled soldiers. They were laid on the table. The following resolutions of inquiry were offered: By Mr. Tomlin: Of repealing the 55th section, 87th chapter of the Code, in relation to the production of tobacco, so as fully to protect the interests of the Commonwealth. By Mr. Dyerle. Of altering, limiting and amending the license laws of the Commonwealth, so as to prevent county and corporation Courts from issuing licenses to improper persons. By Mr. Hall: Of inquiring what legislation is necessary to prevent lands from being forfeited for non-payment of taxes which have been, or may be in the hands of the enemy. By Mr. Woodley: Of prohibiting citizens or residents of the State from crossing the lines of the enemy with a view of returning to their homes. By Mr. He
e on Confederate Relations, with instructions to report adversely to the proposition. The resolution gave rise to much discussion, the House dividing on the two propositions presented: whether negroes were to be employed as soldiers or as pioneers, cooks, teamsters, etc. Motions to indefinitely postpone and lay on the table were lost, and the resolution was referred, rejecting an amendment, by Mr. Worsham, inserting the words "as soldiers" after the words "military service." Mr. Dyerle submitted a resolution inviting a joint committee of both Houses to confer with the Secretary of War concerning a detail of mechanics and workers in wood and iron to meet the demand of the farmers of the State; which resolution was agreed to. A resolution of Mr. Deane, inviting General Joseph E. Johnston to a privileged seat on the floor of the House, was adopted. The remainder was consumed by a discussion arising out of a resolution to create a new Salt Committee, composed of ne
the bill were advocated by Messrs. Baskerville, Haymond of Marion, Anderson and Burwell. The bill, being put upon its passage, was passed: Ayes, 105; noes, 0. The bill is designed to aid the Roanoke Valley Railroad Company in the construction of branches, so as to make a double track from Richmond to Greensboro', in the State of North Carolina, by a branch to the Richmond and Danville railroad and another branch to the Raleigh and Gaston railroad, as a military and local necessity. Mr. Dyerle presented the proceedings and resolutions of a meeting of citizens, held in the county of Roanoke, for the consideration of the policy and an expression of opinion concerning the proposition to arm two hundred thousand negroes as soldiers, and as an auxiliary to the armies of the Confederate States. The proceedings and resolutions were read and laid on the table. The Senate relief bill, which appropriates one million of dollars for the succor of the indigent families of soldiers and
he struggle for independence so bravely begun and so manfully maintained." The tax bill was then taken up, on motion of Mr. Brannon, and considered till the hour of adjournment. House of Delegates. Mr. Anderson, from the Military Committee, reported a resolution of thanks to the Virginia soldiers in the army in response to their manifestations of patriotism and valor, as shown in the resolutions adopted by them, read in the House, and published in the press of Richmond. Mr. Dyerle introduced a resolution looking to the development of the internal resources of the State; to the cultivation of everything useful, and the exclusion of everything that does not enter into our necessities. Mr. Saunders, of Richmond, from the committee appointed to confer with the Confederate authorities in regard to the modification of the tobacco order, submitted a report, which was satisfactory. Mr. Saunders reported a resolution looking to the introduction of a bill to provide