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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 2: preliminary rebellious movements. (search)
he secession of the State from the Union, in accordance with the long and well-devised plan of the conspirators. So early as October, Herschell V. Johnston, the candidate for Vice-President on the Douglas ticket, declared, in a speech in the Cooper Institute, New York, October 24. that Alabama was ripe for revolt, in the event of Mr. Lincoln's. election--pledged, he said, to withdraw from the Union, and has appropriated two hundred thousand dollars for military contingencies. Report of Johnson's speech, in the New York World, October 25, 1860. In an address to the people of the state, early in November, the Governor declared that, in his opinion, the only hope and future security for Alabama and other Slaveholding States, is in secession from the Union. On the 6th of December he issued a proclamation, assuring the people that the contingency contemplated by the Legislature had occurred, namely the election of Mr. Lincoln, and, by the authority given him by that body, he ordered
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 10: Peace movements.--Convention of conspirators at Montgomery. (search)
eport, 238. other propositions, 239. adoption of Guthrie's report, 240. Reverdy Johnson's resolution proposed articles of amendment, 241. action of Congress on enry Ridgley, John W. Houston, William Cannon. Maryland.--John F. Dent, Reverdy Johnson, John W. Crisfield, Augustus W. Bradford, William T. Goldsborough, J. Dixoomas Ruffin; Virginia, James A. Seddon; Kentucky, James Guthrie; Maryland, Reverdy Johnson; Tennessee, F. R. Zollicoffer; Missouri, A. W. Doniphan. and the subjects on Generals. forthwith. Thus ended the business of the Convention, when Reverdy Johnson, of Maryland, one of the leading members of that body, asked and obtained tions guarantied to each cannot and ought not to be maintained by force; Reverdy Johnson. therefore the Convention deprecated any effort of the Federal Government November 7, 1860. When, in June, 1865, Alexander H. Stephens applied to President Johnson for pardon, he alleged that, among other reasons for espousing the cause
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 24: the called session of Congress.--foreign relations.--benevolent organizations.--the opposing armies. (search)
e Army or Navy should be employed in subjecting or holding as a conquered province any sovereign State now, or lately, one of the United States. Sherman, of Ohio, offered as a substitute a clause, declaring that the purposes of the military establishment provided for in the Act were to preserve the Union, to defend the property, and .to maintain the constitutional authority of the Government. , This was adopted, with only four dissenting voices; Breckinridge and Powell, of Kentucky; and Johnson and Polk, of Missouri. when Breckinridge moved as an additional amendment the substance of Powell's proposition, and the words, or to abolish Slavery therein --that is, in any State lately one of the United States. This was rejected; and the bill, as it came from the Committee of the Whole, was adopted. On the following day the venerable John J. Crittenden, who was now a member of the House of Representatives, offered a joint resolution, That the present deplorable civil war has been forc
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 25: the battle of Bull's Run, (search)
ssas Gap Railway; and when Smith heard the thunder of cannon on his left, he stopped the cars, and leaving them, he hurried across the country with his troops in the direction of the conflict, with three regiments of Elzy's Brigade. Johnston received him at The portico with joy, and ordered him to attack the right flank of the Nationals immediately. In doing so he fell, severely wounded, when Colonel Elzy executed the order promptly. Map illustrating the battle of Bull's Run. When Johnson saw his re-enforcements coming, he ordered Colonel Cocke's brigade up from Bull's Run, to join in the action, and within a half an hour the South Carolina regiments of Cash and Kershaw, of Bonham's brigade, with Fisher's North Carolina regiment, were also pressing hard upon the right of the Nationals. With all these re-enforcements, Beauregard's army of twelve regiments, with which he began the battle, had been increased to the number of twenty-five. These were now all concentrating on th