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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 3: political affairs.--Riots in New York.--Morgan's raid North of the Ohio. (search)
pointment of an enrolling board in every Congressional district. This was made the pretext for inaugurating a counter-revolution in the Free-labor States, which the leaders of the rebellion had been promised, and which their dupes were expecting; See page 48. and organized resistance to the measure instantly appeared, general and formidable. The politicians of the Peace Faction denounced the law and all acts under it as despotic and unconstitutional, and a hitherto obscure lawyer, named McCunn, who had been elected to the bench in the city of New York by the Opposition, so formally decided. He was sustained by the decision of three respectable judges of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania--Lowrie, Woodward, and Thompson — and, with this legal sanction, the politicians opposed the Draft with a high hand. In the mean time the suspension of the privilege of the writ of Habeas Corpus and the practice of arbitrary arrests had become a subject for the bitter denunciations of the Peace
rching thirty-five men abreast, and exhibiting great superiority in drill; the Nineteenth, Col. Clark, with his large corps of drummers; the Twenty-second, Col. Phelps, with its fine silver cornet band and beautiful flag; the Twenty-sixth, Col. Christian; Twenty-eighth, Col. Donelly; Twenty-ninth, Col. Von Steinwerh, with fine brass band; Thirtieth, Col. Frisbie, and drum corps; Thirty-first, Col. Pratt, with 900 men, marching fifteen abreast; Thirty-second, Col. Matheson; Thirty-seventh, Col. McCunn; and Thirty-eighth, Col. Ward, beautiful blue ensign, staff on foot. Soon after the Garibaldi Legion followed, preceded by the clear notes of the bugle, heard high above the din and confusion, heralding Colonel D'Utassy, with one thousand and fifty men, led by a large corps of sappers and miners, with their tools shouldered. As the legion passed the President, each threw a sprig of evergreen upon the ground, covering it with the fresh green of a summer forest — a tribute which was hai
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), New York City (search)
ing produced by the peace faction and the Knights of the Golden circle (q. v.), he issued a proclamation, May 8, 1863, for a draft, to begin in July, and caused the appointment in every congressional district of an enrolling board. This was made the occasion for inaugurating a counter-revolution in the free-labor States. Organized resistance to the measure instantly appeared. The leaders of the peace faction denounced the law and all acts under it as despotic and unconstitutional, and Judge McCunn, of New York, so decided. He was sustained by three judges of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania—Lowrie, Woodward, and Thompson—and, supported by these legal decisions, the politicians antagonistic to the administration opposed the draft with a high hand. The public mind was greatly excited by the harangues of public speakers and the utterance of the opposition newspapers when the draft was ordered. The national anniversary was made the special occasion for these utterances, and disting
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, New York Volunteers. (search)
d out August 4, 1861. Union Rangers. Organized at New York City May 11, 1861. Mustered in June 28, 1861, and left State for Washington, D. C., July 3, 1861. Attached to Garrison at Fort Albany, Defenses of Washington, till July 21. McCunn's Brigade, Army of Northeast Virginia, to August 4, 1861. Hunter's Brigade, Division of the Potomac, to October, 1861. Butterfield's Brigade, Porter's Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. Martindale's 1st Brigade, Porter's 1st of Virginia, till September. Mustered out September 8, 1862. 26th New York Regiment Infantry.--(2nd Oneida Regiment.) Organized at Elmira, N. Y., and mustered in May 21, 1861. Left State for Washington, D. C., June 19. Attached to McCunn's Brigade, Army of Northeast Virginia, to August, 1861. Heintzelman's Brigade, Division of the Potomac, to October, 1861. Slocum's Brigade, Franklin's Division, Army of the Potomac, to November, 1861. Wadsworth's Command, Defenses of Was
the others fall off, join other regiments which seem more likely to fill up, and the Colonel perhaps fails at last, after spending time, labor, and money. No more firing on pickets. A correspondent of the New York Times writes: Col. McCunn's brigade is stationed at Balley's Cross Roads, six miles from Alexandria, and his pickets are so near those of the Rebels that they can easily converse with each other. A few days since, two of Col. Kerrigan's regiment were shot by the enemy of Captain Jones' company of the First Regiment Virginia Cavalry. Captain Jones then proposed that both sides avoid the shooting of one another's pickets, on the ground that it was a barbarous practice, not consistent with civilized warfare. Col. McCunn had an interview with Captain Jones on the outposts, and this proposition was agreed to; and almost daily, since, the pickets of the two camps have been within talking distance of one another. Affairs in Philadelphia. Philadelphia, Aug
pt more than eight hours in a drenching rain, without the offer of so much as a glass of water. The sky was never clearer than during his sojourn with us. Gen. McCunn's letter of the 13th instant, to me, published in your issue of the 22d, says: "Captain Johnston says that you were kind enough to mention to him that you hadd. I never have and never will take private property from the stain, unless to deliver it as soon as possible to their friends. Capt. Johnston's letter to Gen. McCunn, also published, is a whole- cloth fabrication, without even a shadow of foundation. He never entered our lines, and never saw Col. Stuart, nor communicated with him in any way. I never told him I had or would mark the spot where Col. Cameron's remains are buried. Please publish the enclosed letter of Gen. McCunn to me, brought on one occasion by this same Capt. Johnston. It will serve, if printed as written, to show the literary status of our enemies. All who know me are well awa
tate of Chiapas, on the Pacific coast, a port of entry which is opened to foreign and coastwise commerce. Mr. Russell's Denial. Washington, Aug. 24. To the Editor of the New York Tribune: Sir: There is no truth in the statement that Mr. Russell applied to Gen. Porter for a pass, and was refused flatly and round. Mr. Russell holds a pass from General Scott, as well as a pass signed by Gen. Porter. W. H. Russell. Acquittal of Col. M'Cunn. Washington, Aug. 26. --Col. McCunn has been honorably acquitted of the charges preferred against him at the recent court-martial in Alexandria. The scene in his regiment on the announcement of this fact was of the most enthusiastic description. What the escaped prisoners said. A Washington paper, of Sunday last, has the subjoined statement: Capt. DeGolyer, of company F, 4th Michigan Regiment, and Assistant Quartermaster Henry C. Jenckes, of the 2d Rhode Island Regiment, reached this city yesterday, having e
It is a rather amusing illustration of the working of an elective judiciary, that Colonel McCunn, who was dismissed from the army in consequence of bad conduct should have returned to New York and quietly resumed his place on the bench. This man, who was warned by McClellan not to show his . Within the Washington, is now hereby justice in the largest city of .
1st inst., has been accepted. More Retirements. Capt. John S. Symmes, of the Ordnance Department, and Captain Jos. L. Tidball, have been placed on the retired list, on account of disability — the disability resulting from long and faithful service. Col. Young sent away. Col. Young, of Kentucky Light Cavalry notoriety, who was recently arrested for endeavoring to excite mutiny among our troops, was sent off by the authorities on Friday morning for the North, on the cars, a la McCunn, with fare paid by the Government. Two deserters from the rebels. Two deserters came to our lines yesterday below Alexandria. One was formerly a citizen of Alexandria, who enlisted in the rebel army last spring. He gave no information, except that he professes to have no knowledge of any earth works being thrown up at Centreville, but that the current statement of the rebel troops about Manassas estimated their number at 75,000. The other was a negro who came up from below Occoqu
Northern Items. --Donald McKay, of Boston, has ready for shipment to France and England sixteen hundred tons of white oak ship timber, for which he is to receive sixty dollars per ton. One-half of it is in Boston, and the other half in Delaware. Is the Secretary of the Navy aware of this fact! The jury in the case of Samuel H. Merritt, tried for the murder of John Swain, Secessionist, before Judge McCunn, in the General Sessions, New York, came into Court on the 23th inst.--having been locked up during the night — with a verdict of manslaughter in the third degree. The jury recommended Merritt to mercy. The Superintendent of the forage department in St. Louis has given notice that he will receive no more forage purchased through the old secession Chamber of Commerce in that city. The Wisconsin Assembly, by an almost unanimous vote, have expunged the joint resolutions, which were called the Secession or State-rights resolutions, passed by the Republican Legislatur
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