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physical vigor, by breeding in and in, is patent from the well-known condition of the royal families of Europe, among whom there has been so much intermarrying for many years that hardly a reigning monarch in Europe has had any considerable influence in the conduct of affairs of his own government because of his inferior intellectual qualities. And so far as health and vigor of body is concerned, many people of the royal families can scarcely be said to have a leg to stand on. Wellington, Napoleon, Disraeli, and Bismarck directed the affairs of Europe, if not of the world, more than all the monarchs of their century; and the people govern America. The nobility of England, it is but just to say, stands higher in physical beauty and strength, and in intellectual force, than any other peerage in Europe. But it would long since have died out from inanition, had it not maintained itself by very frequent marriages with the yeomanry and the peasant classes, and by constant accessions fr
ouge Admiral Porter's brother lying is a family Vice General Phelps' resignation General strong at Pontchatoula Louis Napoleon again Admiral Reynaud at New Orleans negro regiments organized Weitzel's expedition his objection to negro soldie Secretary of State, verbally, that information had been received, through confidential channels, from Paris that Emperor Louis Napoleon had made substantially this proposition to the English government:-- That the two governments should unite in the Confederacy. That a treaty should then immediately be made with the Confederacy through Mason and Slidell. That Louis Napoleon, being promised aid by the rebels, should make an attack upon Mexico [which was afterwards made without their aid], fThe rebels were to make an attack by land and dispossess the United States of its control of Louisiana. For doing this, Napoleon was to have Texas re-annexed to Mexico. The message to me was that I must get ready to meet the attack by putting the f
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 12: administration of finances, politics, and justice.--recall. (search)
then it was immediately to be sent to Texas and be delivered to the Confederate quartermaster. I reported all this to my government, and they demanded the exequatur of Mejan, and he was recalled by his government. I learned afterwards that Napoleon required that I be recalled from New Orleans. It was done. Under the cowardly and unjust administration of the State Department, the officer ordered to catch the thief, and who did catch him and convict him, was punished to a very much greatersed those qualities in the highest degree. Before Senator Wilson's answer came, I had received word from Washington, through a source which was always reliable, that General Banks had been sent down specially to relieve me, upon the demand of Napoleon, because I was not friendly to France. Although it could not be carried out until sometime in December, yet, the order of my recall was dated quite contemporaneously with the one relieving George B. McClellan from command, to wit: a day after t
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 13: occupations in 1863; exchange of prisoners. (search)
s attempted, which comprise a faithful narration, in order that all that was done may become a matter of history. The great importance of the questions; the fearful responsibility for the many thousands of lives which, by the refusal to exchange, were lost by the most cruel forms of deaths from cold, starvation, and pestilence in the prison pens of Raleigh, Salisbury, and Andersonville,--many more in number than all the British soldiers ever had by Great Britain on any field of battle with Napoleon; The effective strength of the British troops (English, Irish, and Scotch) in the allied army at the commencement of the battle of Waterloo was 25,389. (See Maxwell's Life of Wellington, Vol. III., Appendix, page 564. Appendix No. 13, page 593.) the anxiety of fathers, brothers, sisters, mothers, wives, to know the exigency which caused this terrible, and perhaps as it may have seemed to them useless and unnecessary, destruction of those dear to them by horrible deaths,--each and all h
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 18: why I was relieved from command. (search)
oubtless give me, a volunteer general, some information by answering a question. Can any of you tell me the movement of Napoleon at the battle of Marengo which was the one upon which he wholly relied for his success in that famous battle? They loconvenient during this war to have some volunteer officers along with us, so that if we get into a like predicament with Napoleon we shall have somebody who knows what was done under like circumstances. The point of this question may not be recognized by an unprofessional reader. The victory of Marengo which produced greater results to Napoleon than any in his career, was confessedly fought in the utmost confusion without any plan or order of battle, nearly lost by a series of blunders, and nto the army had read critically two histories of the Crimean War, and the most detailed lives and military histories of Napoleon that I could get, and had made examinations of all his military movements, and had read the histories of the wars of our
Butler, 443; Butler proclaimed an outlaw for the execution of, 542-546; comment on, 547. Munroe, Col., Timothy, commanding Eighth Massachusetts, 174. N Napoleon, I. reference to, 741, 864, 865, 997, Butler reads history of, 868. Napoleon, Louis, Butler's recall from New Orleans, 525, 530; responsible for Butler's recaNapoleon, Louis, Butler's recall from New Orleans, 525, 530; responsible for Butler's recall from New Orleans, 549; plan for capturing Mexico, 464-465; sends expedition under Admiral Reynaud, 490-491. Nashville, General Thomas at, 655; Buel's headquarters at, 872; Grant consults with Buel at, 873-875. Nassau, expert pilots at, 849. National Convention, Butler delegate to, 981. Nelson, Judge, of Tennessee, co 319, 323, 324; reply to English minister regarding woman order, 420; nullifies Butler's orders, 426; informs Butler of Napoleon's plans, 464-465; efforts to aid Napoleon against Mexico, 489-490; yields to demands of certain New Orleans foreigners, 522; removes Butler from command in New Orleans, 530; interview with upon return fr