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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 8: attitude of the Border Slave-labor States, and of the Free-labor States. (search)
emn conviction that prompt and decided action, by the people of Virginia, in convention, will afford the surest means, under the providence of God, of averting an impending civil war, and preserving the hope of reconstructing a Union already dissolved. This manifesto was signed by R. M. T. Hunter and nine others. The following are the names attached to the document:--James M. Mason, R. M. T. Hunter, D. C. De Jarnette, M. R. H. Garnett, Shelton F. Leake, E. S. Martin, H. A. Edmonston, Roger A. Pryor, Thomas S. Bocock, A. G. Jenkins. Hunter was the ablest man among them, and one of the most dangerous of the chief conspirators against the Government. The election was held on the, appointed day, February 4, 1861. and of the one hundred and fifty-two delegates chosen, a large majority were opposed to secession. Concealing this. fact, and using the other fact, that the unconditional Unionists were few, the newspapers in the interest of the conspirators declared that not twenty subm
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 13: the siege and evacuation of Fort Sumter. (search)
crisis, 315. Virginia traitors in Charleston Pryor's speech, 316. Beauregard demands the surrend Among the demagogues in Charleston was Roger A. Pryor, lately a member of the National House of at this could be done only by shedding blood. Pryor and Ruffin were self-constituted preachers of excitement, a rare opportunity was offered to Pryor for the utterance of his incendiary sentimentsspirators and insurgents everywhere The cry of Pryor for blood was sent to Montgomery by telegraph t, Beauregard sent Colonels Chesnut, Chisholm, Pryor (Roger A.), and Captain Lee, with the proposita little before two o'clock, Colonels Chesnut, Pryor, Miles (W. P., who was a volunteer aid on BeauD. R. Jones, accompanied by Colonels Miles and Pryor, and Captain Hartstene, Captain Hartstene hrous incident occurred at this interview. Colonel Pryor, armed with sword, pistols, and bowie-knif the iodide of potassium, a dangerous poison. Pryor, with face pale with terror, begged the surgeo
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 15: siege of Fort Pickens.--Declaration of War.--the Virginia conspirators and, the proposed capture of Washington City. (search)
23, 1863. Yet the conspirators worked on, conscious of increasing strength, for one weak Unionist after another was converted by their sophistry or their threats. Pryor and Ruffin, as we have seen, went to Charleston to urge an attack upon Fort Sumter, believing that bloodshedding would inflame the passions of Southern men, and ther office, by the venerable Edmund Ruffin. The old gentleman was surrounded by many Virginians, who cheered lustily. The Virginians then in Montgomery, headed by Pryor, who had gone up from Charleston, See page 316. fired a hundred guns on their own account; and from the far Southwest went forth the greeting:-- In the new-bning of the same day, when news of bloodshed in Baltimore was received in Montgomery, bonfires were built in front of the Exchange Hotel, and from its balcony Roger A. Pryor said, in a speech to the multitude, that he was in favor of an immediate march upon Washington. At the departure of the Second Regiment of South Carolina Inf