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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 22 (search)
require $300 per month to board my family here, and that is more than my income. What shall we do? Trust in God! December 26 We have no news to-day — not even a rumor. We are ready for anything that may come. No doubt the assailants of Mobile, Wilmington, or Charleston, will meet with determined resistance. The President will be in Richmond about the first day of January. I saw a man who traveled with him in Alabama. Vicksburg, I understand, cannot be taken by water. And Grant, the Federal general, is said to be retreating out of Mississippi. December 27 The successes in the West have been confirmed. Morgan captured 2000 and Van Dorn 1500 prisoners at Holly Springs. They likewise destroyed a large amount of stores. We have intelligence of a great armament, under Gen. Sherman, sailing from Memphis against Vicksburg. At the last accounts the President was at Vicksburg; and he may be witness of this decisive struggle for the possession of the Mississippi
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 27 (search)
his wheat to morrow, may 28th. Johnston says our troops are in fine spirits around Vicksburg. Grant thunders on. plan of servile insurrection. May 1 Gov. Vance writes that Gen. Hill desires. May 19 A dispatch from Gen. Johnston says a battle has been fought between Pemberton and Grant, between Jackson and Vicksburg, Mississippi, which lasted nine hours. Pemberton was forced back.the 15th inst., when Pemberton fell back over the Black River. Our forces numbered only 12,000, Grant's three times that number. Something decisive must occur before Vicksburg in a few days. Mr uncertain tenure. We have sad rumors from Vicksburg. Pemberton, it is said, was flanked by Grant, and lost 30 guns, which he abandoned in his retreat. Where Johnston is, is not stated. But, istill all is indefinite. Yet, from the persistent assaults of the enemy it may be inferred that Grant is inspired with the conviction that it is necessary for him to capture Vicksburg immediately, a
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXVII. June, 1863 (search)
863 Vicksburg refuses to surrender to Grant. Spiritualism at the White House. Lee is pushing a little northward. it is said Grant has lost 40,000 men. he is still pounding Vicksburg. eceived, of the 29th May, stating that their Gen. Grant had been killed, and Vicksburg (though at fiwill be stormed in twenty-four hours! When Grant leaves Vicksburg, our generals will pursue, anuld get something decisive from Vicksburg! If Grant's and Banks's armies should be destroyed, I thburg, which still holds out. Accounts say that Grant has lost 40,000 men so far. Where Johnston is,that such expectations will be disappointed. Grant is receiving reinforcements dailywhile he (Johfall of Vicksburg is only a question of time. Grant's force (he continues) is more than treble hisnd. This is important, for it interferes with Grant's communications. Gov. Shorter writes thatrther information that, in springing his mine, Grant destroyed hundreds of his own men, and did us [8 more...]
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 29 (search)
s! Vicksburg has fallen. President is sick. Grant marching against Johnston at Jackson. fightinthe soldiers fail for want of food. rumors of Grant coming East. Pemberton in bad odor. Hon. W. een reduced. A dispatch to-day states that Grant, with 100,000 men (supposed), is marching on Jated yesterday, at Jackson, Miss., stated that Grant's army was then withinfour miles of him, with e no running streams in the vicinity, no doubt Grant's army will suffer for water, if the defense b. H — r, of Illinois, Provost Marshal General (Grant's staff); Col. A- , Illinois, ex-Provost Marshrom Jackson state that Burnside is reinforcing Grant, and that heavy skirmishing is going on daily.Jos. E. Johnston telegraphs the President that Grant has fallen back to Vicksburg, and, from informeason in the Southwest; perhaps Lincoln thinks Grant is the only general who can take Richmond, or stimation of fools. He must beat Meade before Grant comes up, or suffer in reputation. Gov. Bo[1 more...]
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXIX. August, 1863 (search)
t it is, I know not-but I know large sums of money are asked for. After all, it appears that twenty-two transports of Grant's troops have descended the Mississippi River-Mobile, no doubt, being their destination. It is now believed that only a portion of Grant's army has been ordered here; also that Rosecrans's army will operate with Meade; the object being to besiege Richmond. Well, we shall, in that event, have Johnston and Bragg-altogether 200,000 men around the city, which ought is nothing new from any of the armies, except that my old friend, Gen. Rains, sent to Mississippi, stopped and stampeded Grant's army, after Johnston retreated from Jackson, with his subterra batteries. It appears that hundreds of the enemy and thtt guns and blew up two magazines. It is rumored to-day that Sumter has been abandoned and blown up; also that 20,000 of Grant's men have been ordered to New York to quell a new émeute. Neither of these rumors are credited, however, by reflecting m
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXX. September, 1863 (search)
, attacked and ridiculed the Secretary of War on his passport system in Richmond. The Northern papers contain the following letter from President Lincoln to Gen. Grant: Executive mansion, Washington, July 13th, 1863. Major-General Grant. my dear General:--I do not remember that you and I ever met personally. I write this Major-General Grant. my dear General:--I do not remember that you and I ever met personally. I write this now as a grateful acknowledgment for the almost inestimable service you have done the country. I wish to say a word further. When you first reached the vicinity of Vicksburg I thought you should do what you finally didmarch the troops across the neck, run the batteries with the transports, and thus go below; and I never had any f wrong. A. Lincoln. If Pemberton had acted differently, if the movement northward had been followed by disaster, then what would Mr. Lincoln have written to Grant? Success is the only standard of merit in a general. September 10 A Mr. J. C. Jones has addressed a letter to the President asking permission to run the blo
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 32 (search)
these supplies, and the enhancement of the price of the remainder in the hands of the monopolists and speculators. The Southern Express Co. has monopolized the railroads, delivering cotton for speculators, who send it to the United States, while the Confederate States cannot place enough money in Europe to pay for the supplies needed for the army. October 26 No news from our armies. The President was in Mobile two days ago. Gen. Rosecrans has been removed from his command, and Grant put in his place. Meade, it is said in Northern papers, will also be decapitated, for letting Lee get back without loss. Also Dalgren, at Charleston, has been relieved. And yet the Northern papers announce that Richmond will soon and suddenly be taken, and an unexpected joy be spread throughout the North, and a corresponding despondency throughout the South. The weather is cloudy and cold. The papers announce that all clerks appointed since October 11th, 1862, by order of the Secreta
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXXII. November, 1863 (search)
me danger of the President being intercepted at Weldon. Thousands believe that Gen. Bragg is about to retire from before Grant's army at Chattanooga. And to-day bread is selling at 50 cents per loaf-small loaf! And now the Assistant Secretary een Chattanooga and Knoxville. From prisoners we learn that the enemy at both those places are on half rations, and that Grant intends to attack Bragg soon at Lookout Mountain. Either Grant or Bragg must retire, as the present relative positions cGrant or Bragg must retire, as the present relative positions cannot long be held. Mr. A. Moseley, formerly editor of the Whig, writes, in response to a letter from the Secretary of War, that he deems our affairs in a rather critical condition. He is perfectly willing to resume his labor, but can see no go. 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 P
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXXIII. December, 1863 (search)
the winter. And we have authentic advices of a terrible check given the enemy at Ringgold, Ga.; their killed and wounded being estimated at 2000, which caused Grant to recoil, and retire to Chickamauga, where he is intrenching. After all, it is doubted whether Beauregard is to succeed Bragg. Lieut.-Gen. Hardee is in commaelieved, and acknowledging his defeat. He says he must still fall back, if the enemy presses vigorously. It is well the enemy did not know it, for at that moment Grant was falling back on Chattanooga! Mr. Memminger has sent to Congress an impracticable plan of remedying the currency difficulty. To-day I saw copies of orders umor that Chattanooga had been evacuated; but it turns out that the enemy are fortifying it, and mean to keep it, while operating in East Tennessee. It is said Gen. Grant is to bring 30,000 men to Virginia, and assume command of the Army of the Potomac, superseding Meade. He may be ordered to take Richmond next — if he can. Hard
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXXV. February, 1864 (search)
treet might extricate himself from the exigency by marching into Middle Tennessee or Kentucky, or both. Soon after this document came in, another followed from the Tennessee and Kentucky members of Congress, inclosing an elaborate plan from Col. Dibrell, of the Army of Tennessee, of taking Nashville, and getting forage, etc. in certain counties not yet devastated, in Tennessee and Kentucky, Only 10,000 additional men will be requisite. They are to set out with eight days nations; and if Grant leaves Chattanooga to interfere with the plan, Gen. Johnston is to follow and fall upon his rear, etc. Gen. Longstreet approves the plan — is eager for it, I infer from his dispatch about corn; and the members of Congress are in favor of it. If practicable, it ought to be begun immediately; and I think it will be. A bright windy day-snow gone. The Federal General Sherman, with 30,000 men, was, at the last dates, still marching southeast of Jackson, Miss. It is predicted that he is r
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