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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 5: events in Charleston and Charleston harbor in December, 1860.--the conspirators encouraged by the Government policy. (search)
rms manufactured in the national armories or purchased for the use of the Government during the past year. A loyal man (Mr. Holt) was now at the head of the War Department, and correct information was looked for. Finally, a report of the Committed out of it, denounced this exhibition of mob law bitterly. Floyd soon afterward fled to Virginia, and his successor, Joseph Holt, countermanded the order. It was to that faithless minister (Floyd) and his plastic implement of treason, Adjutant-xt communication that Major Anderson received from the War Department, after the angry electrograph of Floyd, was from Joseph Holt, a loyal Kentuckian like himself, whom the President had called to the head of that bureau. December 31, 1860. He ass from Moultrie to Sumter was in every way admirable, alike for its humanity and patriotism as for its soldiership. Secretary Holt to Major Anderson, January 10, 1861. Anderson's Ms. Letter-book. Earlier than this, words of approval had reache
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 6: Affairs at the National Capital.--War commenced in Charleston harbor. (search)
was immediately accepted, and his place filled by the patriotic Kentuckian, Joseph Holt. Then a load of anxiety was lifted from the burdened hearts of the loyal peof Captain Joseph Smoot, of the United States Navy, No. 352 (Franklin Row) Joseph Holt. K Street, as their ministerial residence. There they took up their abovement with chagrin and mortification. It is the deliberate conviction of Joseph Holt, the loyal Secretary of War during the last seventy days of Mr. Buchanan's a 148. and the President yielded; now, under the advice of General Scott and Secretary Holt, orders were given for her to be made ready to start at a moment's notice. ere thickening. Fortunately, the President listened to his new counselors, Secretary Holt and General Scott; and it was resolved to send troops and supplies to Fort untermanded the order for the sailing of the Star of the West. Letter of Secretary Holt to ex-Secretary Thompson, March 5, 1861. The countermand was sent by the Ge
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 7: Secession Conventions in six States. (search)
ng resigned. This was eight days before Thompson resigned. A coercive policy has been adopted by the Administration. Mr. Holt, of Kentucky, our bitter foe, has been made Secretary of War. Fort Pulaski is in danger. The Abolitionists are defiant. On the same day, Jamison, President of the South Carolina Convention, telegraphed to the Mayor of Macon, saying:--Holt has been appointed Secretary of War. He is for coercion, and war is inevitable. We believe re-enforcements are on the way. We shce between secession and revolution as one more of words than of substance — of ideas rather than of things. It denounces Holt as the unconstitutional head of the War Department--an open and virulent enemy of the South --who had submitted a plan to ubjugation of the seceding States. They confess that they united in a recommendation to the Governor, on the accession of Holt, to take possession at once of the forts and arsenals of the United States within the jurisdiction of Louisiana. They rec
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 11: the Montgomery Convention.--treason of General Twiggs.--Lincoln and Buchanan at the Capital. (search)
281. Lincoln at the Capital, 282. Commissioner from South Carolina, 283. Secretary Holt's letter, 284. how the President's resolution was strengthened, 285. Commver get. Intimations of Twiggs's disloyalty had reached the Secretary of War, Holt, and on the 18th of January, in a general order, the veteran was relieved from tot allow the current of the President's official life to flow smoothly on, after Holt and. Dix, loyal Democrats, became his counselors. They would not trust him withrately as if they were true and loyal to their Government. He replied, through Mr. Holt, the Secretary of War, that he could not give such pledge, for the simple reas He did so, January 31, 1861. in a letter of considerable length, to which Secretary Holt gave a final answer on the 6th of February, in which, as in his reply to Sethe people. Coincident with these manifestations were the strong convictions of Holt, Dix, and Attorney-General Stanton of his Cabinet. The secret history of thes
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 12: the inauguration of President Lincoln, and the Ideas and policy of the Government. (search)
wo--anxious for peace, and believing further efforts to hold Sumter would be useless, and perhaps mischievous — coincided with the views of the President and of General Scott. Those members were Messrs. Chase and Blair. Finding himself alone in support of the idea that the fort must be held at all hazards, Mr. Blair sent March 12. for his kinsman by marriage, Gustavus V. Fox, who had resigned his commission of lieutenant in the Navy several years before. Mr. Fox had already, through Secretary Holt, presented January 7. to Mr. Buchanan a plan for provisioning and re-enforcing the garrison of Sumter, january which was highly approved by General Scott. This plan, which Mr. Blair now wished to lay before President Lincoln, proposed the preparation of necessary supplies in packages of portable form; to, appear off Charleston bar with them and the troops in a large ocean steamer; to have three or four men-of-war as a protecting force; to have the steamer accompanied by three fast New
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 13: the siege and evacuation of Fort Sumter. (search)
? Talbot, when he related this fact to Lieutenant Snyder, said: I never felt so in my life. The President seemed like an old man in his dotage. It seemed so strange to me that I should have lived to see the day when a President of the United States should put his hands imploringly on the shoulders of a poor lieutenant, and ask what he should do to save his country! A meeting of the Cabinet was immediately called (January 1, 1861), when none of the Ministers had any resolution, excepting Mr. Holt, the new Secretary of War, who said that the Union must be saved at whatever cost of blood and treasure. --Letter of Daniel Knower to the Author. These young officers, since dead, were gallant and true on all occasions. His other officers were brave, and also loyal, with the exception of Lieutenant Meade, a Virginian, Soon after leaving Fort Sumter, Meade abandoned his flag and joined the insurgents. He was active in the construction of the defenses of Petersburg, in the second and thi
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 14: the great Uprising of the people. (search)
den and irretrievable destruction. Louisville Journal, April 16, 1861. Thus spoke the organ of the Conservatives of the great and influential State of Kentucky, Kentucky was largely represented, at that time, by men prominent in public life. It was the native State of President Lincoln; Jefferson Davis; the late Vice-President Breckenridge; Senator John J. Crittenden; James Guthrie, Chairman of the committee on resolutions in the. Peace Convention at Washington; Major Anderson; Joseph Holt, late Secretary of War; General Harney, and several others of less note. and, indeed, of the great Valley of the Mississippi below the Ohio. Its voice was potential, because it represented the feelings of the dominant class in the Border Slave-labor States. From that hour the politicians of Kentucky, with few exceptions, endeavored to hold the people to a neutral attitude as between the National Government and the insurgents. They were successful until the rank perfidy of the conspirat
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 15: siege of Fort Pickens.--Declaration of War.--the Virginia conspirators and, the proposed capture of Washington City. (search)
ts near Pensacola, demanded the surrender of Fort Pickens, and was refused, See page 172. Lieutenant Slemmer and his little garrison, like Anderson and his men in Fort Sumter, worked faithfully, in the midst of hourly perils, to strengthen the fort. Like the dwellers in Fort Sumter, they were compelled to be non-resistant while seeing formidable preparations for their destruction. The country, meanwhile, was in a state of feverish anxiety, and loyal men at the seat of Government, like Judge Holt, the Secretary of War, and General Scott, strongly urged the propriety of re-enforcing and supplying that fort. The President was averse to any initiatory movement on the part of the Government; but when, at the middle of January, it was announced that the insurgents had actually seized the Navy Yard at Warrington, and Forts Barrancas and MCRee, and were menacing Fort Pickens, he consented to have re-enforcements sent. These, consisting of only a single company of artillery, under Captai