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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XIII. April, 1862 (search)
15th of June. Lee rapidly concentrating at Richmond. Webster, the spy, hung. April 1 Gen. Sydney Johnston having fallen in battle, the command in the West devolved on Gen. Beauregard, whose recent defense at Island No.10 on the Mississippi, has revived his popularity. But, I repeat, he is a doomed man. April 2 Gen. Wise is here with his report of the Roanoke disaster. April 3 Congress is investigating the Roanoke affair. Mr. Benjamin has been denounced in Congress by Mr. Foote and others as the sole cause of the calamities which have befallen the country. I wrote a letter to the President, offering to show that I had given no passport to Mr. Dibble, the traitor, and also the evidences, in his own handwriting, that Mr. Benjamin granted it. April 4 The enemy are shelling our camp at Yorktown. I can hear the reports of the guns, of a damp evening. We are sending back defiance with our guns. The President has not taken any notice of my communication.
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XIX. October, 1862 (search)
im, and drink his old whisky. Mr. B. has a superb mansion on Clay Street, which he bought at a sacrifice. He made his money at trade. In one of the rooms Aaron Burr once dined with Chief Justice Marshall, and Marshall was assailed for it afterward by Mr. Jefferson. It was during Burr's trial, and Marshall was his judge. Mr. Wickham, who was Burr's counsel, then occupied the house, and gave a dinner party. Marshall did not know Burr was to be one of the guests. I got these facts from Mr. Foote, whom I met there the other evening. A letter from Gen. Bragg to the President, indicates but too clearly that the people of Kentucky hesitate to risk the loss of property by joining us. Only one brigade has been recruited so far. The general says 50,000 more men are requisite. Can he have them? None! October 11 There are rumors of Abolition gun-boats in the York and James Rivers. A battery of long range guns was sent down yesterday. It is said that an army of raw Aboliti
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXII. January, 1863 (search)
to say, has never molested any one in the illicit trade-smuggling. In Congress, yesterday, Mr. Foote called for a committee to investigate the commissary's contract with Haxhall, Crenshaw & Co.,Ruffin, in the commissary's office, whom he understood was a partner in the flour concern. Mr. Foote introduced a series of resolutions to-day, tempting the Northern States to make peace with us cipation Proclamation, if not revoked, may convert the war into a most barbarous conflict. Mr. Foote, yesterday, introduced a resolution requesting the recall of our diplomatic agents; and, afterolina with predilections for the Union. I believe the Enquirer has no settled editor now. Mr. Foote favors the conscription of Marylanders. If such an act should be likely to pass, Gen. Winder rt, North Carolina, and, it is reported, 52,000 men. Wilmington will probably be assailed. Mr. Foote said, yesterday, if Indiana and Illinois would recede from the war, he should be in favor of a
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, Xxiv. March, 1863 (search)
the enemy by water. Mr. G. W. Randolph was the counsel of the speculators whose flour was impressed, and yet this man, when Secretary of War, ordered similar impressments repeatedly. Oh, man! Dressed in a little brief authority, etc. Mr. Foote has brought forward a bill to prevent trading with the enemy. Col. Lay even gets his pipes from the enemy's country. Let Mr. Foote smoke that! A gentleman said, to-day, if the Yankees only knew it, they might derive all the benefits they Mr. Foote smoke that! A gentleman said, to-day, if the Yankees only knew it, they might derive all the benefits they seek by the impracticable scheme of subjugation, without the expenditure of human life, by simply redoubling the blockade of our ports, withdrawing their armies to the borders, and facilitating trade between the sections. We would not attack them in their own country, and in a month millions of their products would be pouring into the South, and cotton, tobacco, etc. would go to the North in vast quantities. I wonder the smart Yankee never thinks of this! Let both sides give passports freely
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXXII. November, 1863 (search)
right maintained its ground, repelling every assault. I am withdrawing all to this point. [Signed] Braxton Bragg. Official-John Withers, A. A. G. All agree in the conviction that the enemy has been defeatedperhaps badly beaten. Hon. H. S. Foote, just arrived from the vicinity of the field, says Bragg has only some 20,000 or 30,000 men, while Grant has 90,000, and he infers that incalculable disaster will ensue. And Meade is steadily advancing. Gen. Pickett, at Petersburg, has government might be taken before any dispositions for defense could be made. Incompetency in Richmond will some day lose it. Three o'clock P. M. The weather is clear, and Lee and Meade may fight, and it may be a decisive battle. I met Mr. Foote, of Tennessee, to-day. He asked me if I did not think our affairs were in a desperate condition. I replied that I did not know that they were not, and that when one in my position did not know, they must be bad enough. November 29 The c
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXXIII. December, 1863 (search)
y reproaches the soldiers of the left wing of Bragg's army with not performing their whole duty in the late battle. Mr. Foote denounced the President to day. He said he had striven to keep silent, but could not restrain himself while his State wember 10 No news from any of the armies, except that Longstreet has reached Bristol, Va. Yesterday, in Congress, Mr. Foote denounced the President as the author of all the calamities; and he arraigned Col. Northrop, the Commissary-General, aswere surprised and taken on the Peninsula day before yesterday; and there are rumors of disaster in Western Virginia. Foote still keeps up a fire on the President in the House; but he is not well seconded by the rest of the members, and it is prhis orders. December 30 A memorial from the army has been presented in both houses of Congress. The speech of Mr. Foote, relative to a Dictator, has produced some sensation in the city, and may produce more. A great many Jews and specu
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 35 (search)
e famine is owing to the imbecility, or worse, of the government. A riot would be a dangerous occurrence, now: the city battalion would not fire on the people-and if they did, the army might break up, and avenge their slaughtered kindred. It is a perilous time. My wife paid $12, to-day, for a half bushel of meal; meantime I got an order for two bushels, from Capt. Warner, at $10 per bushel. The President receives visitors to-night; and, for the first time, I think I will go. Mr. Foote, yesterday, offered a resolution that the Commissary-General ought to be removed; which was defeated by a decided vote, twenty in the affirmative. Twenty he relied on failed him. Letters from all quarters denounce the Commissary-General and his agents. January 27 Last night, the weather being very pleasant, the President's house was pretty well filled with gentlemen and ladies. I cannot imagine how they continue to dress so magnificently, unless it be their old finery, which looks
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 39 (search)
who have fled from the vicinity of the enemy, but whose exaggerated accounts really furnish no reliable information. Of what benefit, in such a crisis as this, is the tale of desolation in the track of Grant's army, the destruction of crops, the robbery of children of their silver cups and spoons, etc.? And yet these are the things which occupy much time. May 30 Fair and cool; hot at noon. It is rumored that Mr. Memminger will resign. If he does, it will cause much rejoicing. Mr. Foote censured him severely in Congress; and moved a resolution of censure, which was not laid on the table-though moved, and voted on-but postponed. Gen. Lee has been a little ill from fatigue, exposure, and change of water; but was better yesterday, and is confident. Messrs. Cardoza and Martin, who sell a peck of meal per day to each applicant for $12, or $48 per bushel, flour at $1.60 per pound, and beans $3 per quart, are daily beset with a great crowd, white and black. I do not thi
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 40 (search)
and no unity of purpose among civil functionaries. They mistrust one another, and the people begin to mistrust them all. Meantime the President remains inflexible. All has been quiet to-day. I suppose the enemy is fortifying, with an intention to move half his army to the south side of the river-distracting us by menacing the city and threatening our communications at the same time. It is believed here by the croakers that Gen. Lee has lost much of his influence, from the moment Mr. Foote named him as Dictator in the event of one being declared. Now, it would seem, if the plan of Beauregard, rejected by Bragg, had been adopted, our condition would have been better. It is the curse of Republics to be torn by the dissensions of rival chieftains in moments of public danger! June 13 Clear and cool. Gen. Bragg sent to the Secretary of War to-day a copy of a letter from him to the President, yesterday, proposing to send 6000 more troops to Western Virginia, as Brec
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 43 (search)
from Gov. Brown, of Georgia. Gen. Lee's indorsement of Col. Moseby. Ion. Mr. Foote. attack on Fort Gilmer. indiscriminate arrest of civilians. September 1 -changers, extortioners, etc., whose bribes keep them out of the service. Mr. Foote openly advocates a convention; and says the other States will have one certailmington. September 25 Clear and cool. Pains in my head, etc. Hon. Mr. Foote told G. Fitzhugh early this morning that he had learned Gen. Early's army washen walking down Main Street (the cannon still heard), I met Robert Tyler and Mr. Foote, member of Congress, the latter in some excitement, denouncing the management of being arrested, tried by drum-head court-martial, and shot-before night. Mr. Foote whirled away, repeating his desperate purpose; and Tyler repeating, more graenemy. The conflict recedes, and I presume he is driving the enemy back. Mr. Foote intimates that the President will not return to Richmond, and did not intend
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