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The Indian division moves to Pineville, Mo remarks on the physical aspect of the country and its resources few depredations committed considering the general character and condition of the refugee camp-followers the President's Emancipation Proclamation a good many officers and soldiers opposed to it it is a military necessity it is just and is warmly commended the Government will soon have colored troops in the field Colonel Phillips' brother wounded Colonel Judson's brigade at, and return to this section, the people will doubtless welcome him with grateful hearts, and point to him as a Federal commander whose military and private life reflected luster upon the cause which he represented. The President's Emancipation Proclamation, which went into effect on the first of January, and the prospect of immediately arming the freedmen to fight the enemy, their late masters, are just beginning to be warmly discussed by officers and soldiers and citizens. We hear from
ended! exclaimed, the intelligent fellow, in assumed tones of wrath, intended for the guards. I wish dar wus no Yankees! dere more bodder den dar wuff! good deal! Go get it mended for him, you black skunk! exclaimed one of the guard, and make him pay well for't. Dat's jes what dis yere nigger'll do, I golly! The coat was taken roughly away by the negro, and returned the next morning, with the rip mended, and a copy of the Richmond Enquirer, containing the President's Emancipation Proclamation, artfully concealed in the lining! The paragraph was carefully marked all around, and its perusal gave me the utmost delight. I dared not tell even my most intimate friends how I got this paper, for there were spies among us to report us. I felt restive under the curb that kept my tongue still, but the thought rose to comfort me, that, though they bound me in the chains of a slave, the day would come when, with the poet, I could sing: Oh, Liberty, thou Goddess heavenly bri
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XIX. October, 1862 (search)
verpool), for the avowed purpose of opening the blockade of Charleston harbor. Yesterday in both Houses of Congress resolutions were introduced for the purpose of retaliating upon the North the barbarities contemplated in Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. The Abolitionists of the North want McClellan removed-I hope they may have their will. The reason assigned by his friends for his not advancing farther into Virginia, is that he has not troops enough, and the Secretary of War has l be arrested by his police, cast into prison, and their property confiscated. These are the orders which rally our men and make them fight like heroes. How many Yankees will bleed and die in consequence of this order? And Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation will seal the doom of one hundred thousand of his own people! A letter from Gen. Lee, dated October 1st, says that McClellan has not crossed the Potomac. Some of his scouts have been at Martinsburg, or in its vicinity. It is not to b
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXII. January, 1863 (search)
ernment at Washington has interdicted the usual ex. change of newspapers, for the present. This gives rise to conjecture that Lincoln experiences grave difficulties from the adverse sentiment of his people and his armies regarding his Emancipation Proclamation. And it is likely he has met with grave losses at sea, for the invading army in North Carolina has retired back on Newbern. But the season for naval enterprises is not over, and we are prepared to expect some heavy blows before, too. If we are not utterly crushed before May (an impracticable thing), we shall win our independence. January 30 There is a rumor that Kentucky has voted to raise an army of 60,000 men to resist the execution of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Fort Caswell, below Wilmington, has been casemated with iron; but can it withstand elongated balls weighing 480 pounds? I fear not. There are, however, submarine batteries; yet these may be avoided, for Gen. Whiting writes that the
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xxiii. (search)
Assenting to much that he had said, I replied, that with all deference, I could not accept his conclusions regarding slavery. Although more than a year had passed since the issue of the proclamation, the Confederacy, founded upon it, was yet powerful enough to threaten the destruction of the nation, though, for my own part, I did not question the result of the conflict. I looked upon the Declaration of Independence as the assertion that all men were created free. Mr. Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was the demonstration of this great truth. Without slavery the Republic would have been in no danger. That was the canker-worm gnawing away the nation's life. Not until the Administration was ready to strike at, the root and cause of the Rebellion, was there any reason to hope for the success of the national cause. Without this step, however grand or high the conception in the minds of men of the Republic, in all probability it would have perished. Therefore, in my judgment, n
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xlix. (search)
Xlix. A morning or two after the visit of Mr. Greeley, I was called upon by a gentleman, who requested my assistance in securing a brief interview with the President, for the purpose of presenting him with an elaborate pen-and-ink allegorical, symbolic representation of the Emancipation Proclamation; which, in a massive carved frame, had been purchased at a recent Sanitary Fair, in one of the large cities, by a committee of gentlemen, expressly for this object. The composition contained a tree, representing Liberty; a portrait of Mr. Lincoln; soldiers, monitors, broken fetters, etc.; together with the text of the proclamation, all executed with a pen. Artistically speaking, such works have no value,--they are simply interesting, as curiosities. Mr. Lincoln kindly accorded the desired opportunity to make the presentation, which occupied but a few moments, and was in the usual form. He accepted the testimonial, he said, not for himself, but in behalf of the cause in which all w
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Lx. (search)
es nothing would be said about that, lest some oversensitive people should imagine there was a degree of levity in the intercourse between us. He then went on to relate the circumstances which called it out. You see, said he, we had reached and were discussing the slavery question. Mr. Hunter said, substantially, that the slaves, always accustomed to an overseer, and to work upon compulsion, suddenly freed, as they would be if the South should consent to peace on the basis of the Emancipation Proclamation, would precipitate not only themselves but the entire Southern society into irremediable ruin. No work would be done, nothing would be cultivated, and both blacks and whites would starve! Said the President, I waited for Seward to answer that argument, but as he was silent, I at length said: Mr. Hunter, you ought to know a great deal better about this matter than I, for you have always lived under the slave system. I can only say, in reply to your statement of the case, that it
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Index. (search)
ral, 233. Hospitals, 107. Hubbard, Hon. Mr., (Ct.,) 253. I. Independent, New York, 88, 230, 287. Ingenious Nonsense, 158. Inman, (Artist,) 69. J. Jackson, Stonewall, 234, 268. Johnson, Hon., Andrew, 102. Johnson, Oliver, 77. Jones, (Sculptor,) 34. K. Kelly, Hon., Wm., 92, 165, 294 King, Starr, 228. Knox, William, (Poet,) 60. L. Lincoln, Hon. G. B., of Brooklyn, 110, 113, 234. Lincoln, Mrs. 165, 293, 301. Lincoln, President, account of Emancipation Proclamation, 20, 76, 83, 85, 90, 269, 307; his sadness, 30; love of Shakspeare, 49; memory, 52; appreciation of poetry, 59; Oh, why should the spirit of mortal be proud? 60; opinion concerning Assassination, 62: Latin quotation, 78: exceptionable stories, 80; on Wall Street gold speculators. 84; closing sentence, 89; promised his God, &c., 90; his matured judgment upon the act of Emancipation, 90; simplicity and humility, 95; his first dollar, 96; Amnesty Proclamation, interview with Hon.
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 20: review of the Maryland campaign. (search)
Federal authorities lay in the fact that they needed a victory on which to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Lincoln had prepared two months before and had held in abeyance under advice of members of his Cabinet until the Union arms should win a success. Although this battle was by no means so complete a victory as the President wished, and he was sorely vexed with General McClellan for not pushing it to completion, it was made the most of as a victory, and his Emancipation Proclamation was issued on the 22d of September, five days after the battle. This was one of the decisive political events of the war, and at once put the great struggle outwardly and openly upon the basis where it had before only rested by tacit and covert understanding. If the Southern army had been carefully held in hand, refreshed by easy marches and comfortable supplies, the proclamation could not have found its place in history. On the other hand, the Southern President would have been
sful reconnoissance from Centreville, Va., to Warrenton, capturing and paroling sixteen hundred rebels, a portion of whom were on duty, and the remainder in hospital. On their return, Lieutenant York, when between Manassas and Bull Run, took a captain and twenty men of the Seventeenth South-Carolina regiment prisoners, and paroled them. In the rebel House of Representatives, at Richmond, Va., Mr. Semmes, of Louisiana, submitted a joint resolution declaring President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation to be a gross violation of the usages of civilized warfare, as well as an invitation to an atrocious civil war, and therefore should be counteracted by such severe retaliatory measures as, in the judgment of Jeff Davis, may be best calculated to secure its withdrawal or arrest its execution. A general debate thereupon ensued, in which the opinion was freely expressed that the black flag should be raised, and no quarter given during the remainder of the war. The resolution was then
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