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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, I. April, 1861 (search)
lay, still hoping that the other Convention would yield to the pressure of public sentiment, and place the State in the attitude now manifestly desired by an overwhelming majority of the people. He was answered by the gallant Capt. Wise, who thrilled every breast with his intrepid bearing and electric bursts of oratory. He advocated action, without reference to the other Convention, as the best means of bringing the Unionists to their senses. And the so-called Demosthenean Seddon, and G. W. Randolph (grandson of Thomas Jefferson), Lieut.-Gov. Montague, James Lyons, Judge Robertson, etc., were there. Never, never did I hear more exalted and effective bursts of oratory. And it was apparent that messages were constantly received from the other Convention. What they were, I did not learn at the moment; but it was evident that the Unionists were shaking in their shoes, and they certainly begged one--just oneday's delay, which was accorded them. The People's Convention agreed to adjo
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 13 (search)
Buchanan's naval engagement. Gen. Winder's blunders. Mr. Benjamin Secretary of State. Lee commander-in-chief. Mr. G. W. Randolph Secretary of War. March 1 It is certain that the City of Nashville has been evacuated, and will, of course, bMarch 28 Mr. Benjamin has been promoted. He is now Secretary of State. His successor in the War Department is G. W. Randolph, a lawyer of modest pretensions, who, although he has lived for several years in this city, does not seem to have a d name, being descended from Thomas Jefferson, and, I believe, likewise from the Mr. Randolph in Washington's cabinet. Mr. Randolph was a captain at Bethel under Magruder; and subsequently promoted to a colonelcy. Announcing his determination to qui a competitor for the seat in Congress left vacant by the death of President Tyler. Hon. James Lyons was elected, and Col. Randolph got no votes at all. March 30 Gen. Lee is to have command of all the armies --but will not be in the field hims
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XIII. April, 1862 (search)
more detectives, which bodes no harm to the condemned. They will not be executed, though guilty. April 7 R. G. H. Kean, a young man, and a connection of Mr. Randolph, has been appointed Chief of the Bureau of War in place of Col. Bledsoe, resigned at last. Mr. Kean was, I believe, a lieutenant when Mr. Randolph was colonelMr. Randolph was colonel, and acted as his adjutant. April 8 Col. Bledsoe has been appointed Assistant Secretary of War by the President. Now he is in his glory, and has forgotten me. April 9 There are several young officers who have sheathed the sword, and propose to draw the pen in the civil service. To-day I asked of the department a officers, who had escaped the trap at Roanoke, crowded round him to learn the issue of his application. There is no Secretary of War I said he. What is Randolph? asked one. He is not Secretary of War! said he; he is merely a clerk, an underling, and cannot hold up his head in his humiliating position. He never wi
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 15 (search)
llanimous to retire now. But every preparation had been made to abandon it. The archives had been sent to Columbia, S. C., and to Lynchburg. The tracks over the bridges had been covered with plank, to facilitate the passage of artillery. Mr. Randolph had told his page, and cousin, you must go with my wife into the country, for tomorrow the enemy will be here. Trunks were packed in readiness — for what? Not one would have been taken on the cars! The Secretary of the Treasury had a speciance of keeping his purposes concealed from the enemy. Surely none of his subordinates divulged the secret, for none but generals of division knew it. It must have been found out and proclaimed by some one in the tobacco interest. It is true, Mr. Randolph told Mr. Jacques a great battle would begin at 8 A. M., to-day; but he would not propagate such news as that! But the battle did not occur at the time specified. Gen. Huger's division was not at the allotted place of attack at the time fi
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 16 (search)
d an interview, first with Mr. Benjamin, who instructed him what to say; and then bringing forward the Provost Marshal, they had a rather stormy interview with Mr. Randolph, who, as usual, yielded to their protestations against having two passport offices, while martial law existed. And so Col. Bledsoe came in and told me to sd to send the flag of truce to Fortress Monroe as often as could be desired. June 24 Gen. Lee's plan works like a charm Although I have daily orders from Mr. Randolph to send persons beyond our lines, yet the precautions of Lee most effectually prevent any spies from knowing anything about his army. Even the Adjutant-Generacommunicate during the day. This is the day of battle! Jackson is in the rear of McClellan's right wing! I sent this note to the Secretary at once. I suppose Mr. Randolph had been previously advised of Gen. Lee's intention to fight to-day; but I do not know it. I know some of the brigadier-generals in the army do not know it; al
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 17 (search)
they will find that 3,000,000 of troops cannot subjugate us, and if subjugated, that a standing army of half a million would be required to keep us in subjection. July 5 Gen. Lee is bringing forward the conscript regiments with rapidity; and so large are his powers that the Secretary of War has but little to do. He is, truly, but a mere clerk. The correspondence is mostly referred to the different bureaus for action, whose experienced heads know what should be done much better than Mr. Randolph could tell them. July 6 Thousands of fathers, brothers, mothers, and sisters of the wounded are arriving in the city to attend their suffering relations, and to recover the remains of those who were slain. July 7 Gen. Huger has been relieved of his command. He retains his rank and pay as major-general of ordnance. Gen. Pope, Yankee, has been assigned to the command of the army of invasion in Northern Virginia, and Gen. Halleck has been made commanding general, to reside in
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XIX. October, 1862 (search)
s for his friends, remained unanswered. He did not seem to know that this was exclusively the fault of the head clerk, Mr. Randolph, who has the title of Secretary of War. And the Examiner denounces the bill, because it seems to sanction a deprecutenant-general. October 15 A young man showed me a passport to-day to return to Washington. It appears that Secretary Randolph has adopted another plan, which must be a rare stroke of genius. The printed passport is by order of the Secretarytain his signature to a blank passport. The following was received yesterday: Winchester, Va., Oct. 14, 1862. Hon. G. W. Randolph. The cavalry expedition to Pennsylvania has returned safe. They passed through Mercersburg, Chambersburg, Emmehere is plenty of work for me to do; and I presume I will not be entirely out of employment. I took a good look at Mr. Randolph to-day. He is thin, frail. His face is pale, and will soon be a mass of wrinkles, although he is not over forty. Hi
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XX. November, 1862 (search)
their commendations of President Davis. Mr. Randolph says, in his letter to the President, that dispatch to Gov. Pettus. He don't even ask Mr. Randolph's opinion. November 9 It is too true nd perhaps indefinitely, but now he informs Mr. Randolph that he has sent the requisite authority tomand on this side the Mississippi. Perhaps Mr. Randolph has resolved to be really Secretary. This ths merely in the humble capacity of clerk, Mr. Randolph has all at once essayed to act the Presiden in the outside world by the resignation of Mr. Randolph; and most of the people and the press seem e remained but to accept his resignation. Randolph's friends would make it appear that he resign, the President is a bold man! He has put in Randolph's place, temporarily at least, Major-Gen. Gusn the City of New York, on the day that Capt. G. W. Randolph was fighting the New Yorkers at Bethel!young Chief of the Bureau, who came in with Mr. Randolph, declines the honor of going out with him, [4 more...]
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 22 (search)
eat battle of Fredericksburg. the States called on for supplies. Randolph resigns as brigadier General. South Carolina honor. loss at Feen ordered to reinforce Pemberton. Why, this is the very thing Mr. Randolph did, and lost his clerkship for it The President must have changed his mind. Gen. Randolph sent in his resignation as brigadier-general today. The younger brigadiers, Davis (the President's nephew) an been recently assigned to brigades, and this may have operated on Randolph as an emetic. There are two war steamers at Charleston from ab wait till the President returns! The late Secretary of War, Mr. Randolph, has formed a partnership with Mr. G. A. Myers. To-day a paper in connection with the partnership formed between Mr. Myers and Mr. Randolph, that the former had already succeeded, when the latter was Secre gigantic flour contract with the War Department, effected with Mr. Randolph, has just (in the President's absence) made another contract wit
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXII. January, 1863 (search)
active business man of the bureau. The general is engaged in some experiments to increase the efficiency of small arms. He is very affable and communicative. He says he never witnessed more sanguinary fighting than at the battle of the Seven Pines, where his brigade retrieved the fortunes of the day; for at one time it was lost. He was also at Yorktown and Williamsburg; and he cannot yet cease condemning the giving up of the Peninsula, Norfolk, etc. Gen. Johnston did that, backed by Randolph and Mallory. We have all been mistaken in the number of troops sent to the rescue of North Carolina; but four or five regiments, perhaps 3000 men, have gone thither from Virginia. A letter from Gen. Lee, dated the 5th inst., says he has not half as many men as Burnside, and cannot spare any. He thinks North Carolina, herself, will be able to expel the Federals, who probably meditate only a marauding expedition. And he supposes Bragg's splendid victory (what did he suppose the next da
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