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ctions were lost in patriotic emulation. The only marked exception was in the mountain-region of Western Virginia and East Tennessee, in which prevailed the spirit of unconditional submission. This sentiment, and its vulnerability, enabled Mr. Lincoln, with the aid of ambitious local leaders, to effect the schism of West Virginia, and, by a proceeding totally unconstitutional and revolutionary, to establish it as a State. In East Tennessee, a sedition was organized by Andrew Johnson, T. A. R. Nelson, and William G. Brownlow, which proved a constant source of weakness and danger to the Confederacy. Passing by, for the present, transactions in Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri, brief mention will suffice, in this connection, of the military events which happened before General Johnston's arrival at Richmond. The reduction of Fort Sumter and President Lincoln's call for 75,000 men for the irrepressible conflict were met with tumultuous fervor at the North as the signal for war. T
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., Cumberland Gap. (search)
were resorted to. A few days after our occupation of Cumberland Gap, June 18th, General Spears, without authority, sent out in the night, captured and wanted to hang a number of Confederate citizens, whose offense was that they had arrested T. A. R. Nelson, while on his way to take his seat in the United States Congress, and had sent him to Richmond. Their lives were saved by my interposition, and they were sent as prisoners to Indianapolis.--G. W. M. For a distance of eighteen miles northey now regarded the capture or destruction of my division as certain. Our situation was indeed critical. We had been three months in this isolated position. Our only reasonable hope of succor had been destroyed by the defeat and dispersion of Nelson's force at Richmond on the 30th of August. [See p. 4.] We were destitute of forage. The horses of the 9th Ohio Battery literally starved to death, and their skeletons were dragged outside the lines. Our supplies of food were rapidly becoming e
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 4: seditious movements in Congress.--Secession in South Carolina, and its effects. (search)
Corwin, of Ohio; John S. Millson, of Virginia; Charles Francis Adams, of Massachusetts; W. Winslow, of North Carolina; James Humphreys, of New York; Wm. W. Boyce, of South Carolina; James H. Campbell, of Pennsylvania; Peter E. Love, of Georgia; Orris S. Ferry, of Connecticut; Henry Winter Davis, of Maryland; C. Robinson, of Rhode Island; W. G. Whiteley, of Delaware; M. W. Tappen, of New Hampshire; John L. N. Stratton, of New Jersey; F. M. Bristow, of Kentucky; J. S. Morrill, of Vermont; T. A. R. Nelson, of Tennessee; Wm. McKee Dunn, of Indiana; Miles Taylor, of Louisiana; Reuben Davis, of Mississippi; William Kellogg, of Illinois; George S. Houston, of Alabama; F. H. Morse, of Maine; John S. Phelps, of Missouri; Albert Rust, of Arkansas; William A. Howard, of Michigan; George S. Hawkins, of Florida; A. J. Hamilton, of Texas; C. C. Washburn, of Wisconsin; S. R. Curtis, of Iowa; John C. Burch, of California; William Winslow, of Minnesota; and Lansing Stout, of Oregon. The Speaker, in f
Doc. 28.-East-Tennessee Union Convention. The Convention assembled at Greenville, Tennessee. It was presided over by the Hon. T. A. R. Nelson, and was addressed with great effect by Senator Johnson. The resolutions adopted, which were preceded by an admirably-written preamble, are as follows: 1. That the evils which now afflict our beloved country, in our opinion, are the legitimate offspring of the ruinous and heretical doctrine of secession; that the people of East Tennessee have ever been and we believe still are opposed to it by a very large majority. 2. That while the country is now upon the very threshold of a most ruinous and desolating civil war, it may with truth be said, and we protest before God, that the people (so far as we can see) have done nothing to produce it. 3. That the people of Tennessee, when the question was submitted to them in February last, decided, by an overwhelming majority, that the relations of the State toward the Federal Government
tly placed on duty with his brigade in the department of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana. Early in 1865 he relieved General Baker at Pollard, and soon afterward defeated a raiding party of the enemy. In March he was dangerously wounded and captured at Bluff Spring, Fla. From 866 he resumed his law practice, and was the great leader of the Democratic party in his State until his death at Knoxville, Tenn., September 26, 1871, where he was shot down on the street by the son of Hon. T. A. R. Nelson, an ex-Union officer. His remains were carried to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, where they lay in state, and were followed to the grave by the whole population. The demonstrations of grief and respect that came from every part of the State, showed the high esteem in which Alabama held this gallant soldier and honored citizen. Major-General Henry DeLamar Clayton was born in Pulaski county, Ga., March 7, 1827. He was graduated at Emory and Henry college, Virginia, after whic
nt these Union men are. They hate secession very badly, but vote for secession men for Governor! You will see that Mr. Nelson is running for the United States Congress. It is a fact well known here that no law of the State authorizes such an election; all laws on that subject having been repealed by our last Legislature. And yet such a man as Mr. Nelson will hazard his law-abiding character by deliberately violating the law and inciting others to do the same. But he will come right aftery, with a fair prospect of completion at an early day. The idea of rebellion I think has "fizzled out." It is said that Mr. Nelson, who headed the movement, has declared that "since the Union men would not rebel when he advised them to do it, they masing circulation. The following is the ticket alluded to: For Governor, W. H. Polk; Representative to U. S. Congress, T. A. R. Nelson; For Senator, W. H. Maxwell; for Representative, S. K. N. Patton. Against the Permanent Constitution.
Tennessee, is most judicious and fortunate. He is a true man to the South, and prompt. firm, stern and fearless in the discharge of his duty. He had signalized his entrance upon command, by arresting the demagogue, tory, and traitor, T. A. R. Nelson, and sending him under escort to Abingdon. Nelson was captured while making his way over the Cumberland mountain into Kentucky, on his way to Washington city, where he intended to misrepresent Tennessee in the Rump Congress. The two votes oNelson was captured while making his way over the Cumberland mountain into Kentucky, on his way to Washington city, where he intended to misrepresent Tennessee in the Rump Congress. The two votes of Tennessee, in favor of Secession and in favor of accepting the permanent Constitution of the Confederate States, have closed the door to all forbearance with the minions of Andrew Johnson in East Tennessee. Sitting in the Senate of the United States, Johnson sits as a traitor, and a reward should be offered for his head. Gen. Zollicoffer is taking measures now with his drill sergeants, which ought to have been taken two months ago, and which will put a speedy and to a defection which would n
Brought to Richmond. --T. A. R. Nelson, his son, a guide, and a man found with the trio, were brought to this city on the Danville train Saturday evening, as prisoners of war. They were captured last Tuesday by about forty of the Tennessee cavalry, who were out on a scouting expedition, in the vicinity of Cumberland Gap. The individual, Nelson, had been, prior to the dissolution of the Union, a member of the Federal Congress. After the secession of Tennessee, he traitorously set himselfNelson, had been, prior to the dissolution of the Union, a member of the Federal Congress. After the secession of Tennessee, he traitorously set himself up, along with others, in opposition to the action of his State, and avowing himself a candidate for the Abolition Congress at Washington, was "elected." He was in search of the Mecca of his hopes, Washington, whose metallic attraction had proved too strong to resist, when an arrest by the patriot forces nipped the intended treason in the bud. It is probable that he will be convicted of the crime alleged against him, and condemned to serve a term of years in some one of the Confederate penitent
Nelson, the Tennessee traitor, when first brought here Saturday evening, was carried to one of our first class hotels. He will, no doubt, shortly be carried to a first class tobacco factory to share the comforts of his companions in iniquity.
T. A. R. Nelson. --There is a report in circulation that this gentleman, "having given satisfactory pledges to the authorities respecting his future conduct, has been released, and will return home and deport himself as a good citizen."
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