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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 17. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.1 (search)
in the country. Many of them started life in small towns or rural districts; and after testing their strength and gaining the confidence born of experience, they generally moved to the larger cities, North or South. Is it more than necessary to mention Frick, Goodman and Smith, of Maryland; Hartshorne, Chapman, Horner, Mitchell, Mutter, and J. L. Cabell, of Virginia; Jones, Chas. Caidwell and Dickson, of North Carolina; Geddings, Bellinger, Toland, and Sam. H. Dickson, of South Carolina; Meigs, Arnold, Bedford and Anthony, of Georgia; Eve, of Tennessee; Nott and Baldwin, of Alabama; Stone and Jones, of Louisiana; Dudley, McDowell and Yandell, of Kentucky, to recall to your minds the great instructors in medicine in this country? How well they performed their part is prominently shown in the lasting impressions they have left behind them. Historic they are, and historic they will continue to be; untold generations will arise to bless them, and they will not fade into obscurity
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 27. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Colonel Mosby Indicts Custer for the hanging. (search)
n a dead letter. No one ever heard of his hangings until his dispatches were published a few years ago. Sheridan was then dead, but his posthumous memoirs say nothing about hanging, although two pages are devoted to an account of the killing of Meigs and Custer's burning dwelling-houses in Rockingham county in revenge. Meigs was not killed by my men; we never went that far up the Valley. Sheridan's dispatches in the war records about the men he hung were not even a revelation to me, for tMeigs was not killed by my men; we never went that far up the Valley. Sheridan's dispatches in the war records about the men he hung were not even a revelation to me, for they revealed nothing. They were simply specters of imagination, like the dagger in the air that Macbeth saw. If Sheridan had communicated Grant's dispatch of August 16th to any one to be executed, it would have been to Blazer, who commanded a picked corps that was specially detailed to look after us. In his report, Blazer speaks of capturing some of my men; he never mentions hanging any. Those he captured were certainly not hung, for I saw them when they came home after the close of the war. T
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 30. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The campaign and battle of Lynchburg. (search)
Parkersburg, on the Ohio, while Early, whom he was to obstruct, was crossing the Potomac river into Maryland. Poor Hunter! he seems to have had few friends, and it is almost cruel to recite his history, but men who undertake great enterprises must expect to be criticised when they fail. He got little comfort, and expected none, from the Confederate leaders, but he got even less from the Federal, except when it came in the form of such reports as that sent by Captain T. K. McCann to General Meigs, the Quartermaster-General, in which he says that General Hunter fought four hours on the 17th; on the 18th the General ascertained that Rebel force at Lynchburg was fifty thousand men, and from a prisoner taken it was reported that Lee was evacuating Richmond and falling back on Lynchburg, and consequently General Hunter was obliged to fall back. (Id., 679.) General Grant, however, on the 21st of June, wrote General Meade to know where Hunter was, and said: Tell him to save his army in
ons have been received within the last day or two from General Canby's staff-officers for water transportation, and quartermaster, commissary, and medical stores, to be sent to Mobile and Pensacola, for an army of thirty or forty thousand men. Indeed, in the single article of forage more is asked for than can possibly be furnished in the northern and eastern states, and more than all the available sea-going vessels in northern ports could float. On receiving the requisitions I directed General Meigs to take active measures to fill them, so far as possible, but to make no shipments till further orders. Now, if General Sherman is going east to connect with the coast by the Savannah river, these stores should not be shipped to Mobile or Pensacola, but to Hilton Head, and transportation be sent to New Orleans to move all available troops to that point. Moreover, operations at Mobile should, in that case, be limited to mere demonstrations, and that only so long as they may serve to d
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—secession. (search)
d on the following day they took possession of the arsenal at Baton Rouge. On the 18th, in order to close the Upper Mississippi against any possible attacks from the north, the seceders began erecting around Vicksburg the first of those batteries which were destined to keep the Federal armies so long in check, but, on the other hand, and on the same day, an attempt by the Floridians to capture Fort Jefferson at Garden Key was frustrated by the timely arrival of reinforcements brought by Captain Meigs. We shall see this officer at a subsequent period occupying at Washington the important post of quartermastergeneral of the army. The secession excitement had even invaded Maryland, where the partisans of the South, although possibly in the minority, were very active in organizing regiments of volunteers with the avowed intention of menacing Washington, and of separating the Federal capital from the North. While the insurrection was thus progressing, the conventions which had been
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book I:—eastern Tennessee. (search)
roops to the capital, where they were joined by General Hooker, their new chief. Numerous trains were also in readiness to convey these twenty thousand men, with their artillery, ammunition, and baggage, by way of Cincinnati and Nashville, as far as Bridgeport; and within six days this army and its materiel were transported over the distance of nine hundred and ninety-four miles between Washington and Bridgeport. This remarkable achievement was due to the excellent management of Quartermaster-general Meigs, General McCallum, director of military railways, and the civil administrators of the different railroad companies. The confusion which had marked the earlier days was succeeded by a well-regulated system, of which the Federal armies at last reaped the fruit. The orders issued to Hooker forbade him to go beyond Bridgeport, but to defend to the last the railroad between this point and Nashville while waiting for the time when direct communications might be opened with Chattanooga
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—the siege of Chattanooga. (search)
more numerous, cover the plain below. On the west the rocky formations of Lookout Mountain rise above the mist floating over Chattanooga Creek. Upon the top of the mountain a spot appears in relief against the sky: the Union staff officers, whose field-glasses are soon trained to that spot, have readily recognized the starry banner. Grant, who has just taken a position on the knob of Indian Hill with Thomas, Granger, Wood, and some other important personages, such as General Hunter, General Meigs, quartermaster-general, and Mr. Dana, assistant Secretary of War, is thus made aware of retreat on the part of the enemy's left. The national emblem has been planted on Pulpit Rock by some soldiers of the Eighth Kentucky, whom Whitaker had sent out as a reconnoitring-party before daylight. Hooker, disengaged on that side, has only to ascend the left bank of Chattanooga Creek to fall in line on the right of Granger. But before setting his troops in motion he deems it necessary to recon
ll. An Association, called the Southern Rights Association of Louisiana, was formed to promote a concert of action among the Southern States, and organize Minute Men and Volunteer Companies throughout the State. Jackson, Nov. 24.--The Congressmen of this State met here to-day, and unanimously declared in favor of a Southern Confederacy.--There appears to be great disunion enthusiasm throughout the State. Washington, Nov. 24.-- Information was received here this morning that Capt. Meigs, of the Engineer Corps, who has now the charge of the Fort at Tortugas, Florida, having heard that the disunionists in that region contemplated a raid upon his fort, applied to the commander of one of the ships-of-war on the coast for protection, and that the naval officer, with equal haste, gave orders that as soon as any body of men, in unusual numbers, should be seen on the bridge leading from the mainland to the fort, a fire of shell should be opened upon the bridge for its destructio
s armament is incomplete. The first and second tiers, however, are finished, and the twelve outworks of bastions and curtains can mount three hundred and fifty guns. The fort is further fortified by a wide ditch, reaching to the water, and protected by a strong counters carp. The guns of the fort command the inner harbor, but the outer bay is beyond their longest range. The whole armament of the fort, when complete, is 450 guns, and the garrison necessary for its defence is 1,000 men. Capt. Meigs, of the engineer corps, is now in command of the fortress, and is in a position now, with Arnold's reinforcement, to defend it against anything less than a regularly equipped besieging army. Fort Taylor is a large, first class fortification, commanding the harbor of Key West and at its entrance. It is complete except the barracks and a few platforms for the mounting of barbette ordnance. The officer in command of this fort is Captain John Brannan, of the First Artillery, United Sta
totype, John Brown, when he proceeded to "occupy and possess" a Southern stronghold. When Gov. Wise heard that Gen. Brown, with pikes and men, had invaded Virginia, he ought to have sent a deputation and inquired what he meant by it.-- Brown would no doubt have informed him that he meant peace, for he always protested that, if the slaveholders would lie still and be plucked without remonstrance, he wouldn't hurt a hair of their heads. The legatee of John Brown who now has possession of Harper's Ferry and Old Point, means no more harm than his testator. He is only adopting means to come into peaceable possession of his estate, and, unless he is resisted as old John was by Gov. Wise, not a drop of blood will be shed. Captain Meigs, U. S. Engineer, who goes out from New York with the peace-making deputation of three thousand, was asked what it meant. He replied, "In about ten days you will know." That is about the length of time of the voyage by sea from New York to Pensacola.
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