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Eliza Frances Andrews, The war-time journal of a Georgia girl, 1864-1865, chapter 5 (search)
Mr. Davis does not seem to have been aware of the real danger of his situation until he came to Washington, where some of his friends gave him a serious talk, and advised him to travel with more secrecy and dispatch than he has been using. Mr. Reagan and Mr. Mallory are also in town, and Gen. Toombs has returned, having encountered danger ahead, I fear. Judge Crump is back too, with his Confederate treasury, containing, it is said, three hundred thousand dollars in specie. He is staying esterday evening, because she couldn't help crying, and she was ashamed for the people who called to see her looking so ugly, with her eyes and nose red. She says that at night, after the crowd left, there was a private meeting in his room, where Reagan and Mallory and other high officials were present, and again early in the morning there were other confabulations before they all scattered and went their ways-and this, I suppose, is the end of the Confederacy. Then she made me laugh by telling
, simply that he might exercise his own wellknown love for military affairs and be himself the de facto Secretary of War. The selection of Mr. Mallory, of Florida, for the Navy Department, was more popular and was, as yet, generally considered a good one. His long experience as chairman of the committee on naval affairs, in the United States Senate, and his reputation for clearness of reasoning and firmness of purpose, made him acceptable to the majority of politicians and people. Of Mr. Reagan the people knew little; but their fate was not in his hands, and just now they were content to wait for their letters. The Treasury Department was justly supposed to be the key to national success. It was at least the twin, in importance, with the War Office. Mr. Memminger, of South Carolina, was a self-made man, who had managed the finances of his state and had made reputation for some financiering ability and much common sense. He had, moreover, the advantage of being a new man; an
erse with perfectly bland manner and unwearying courtesy; and his rosy, smiling visage impressed all who approached him with vague belief that he had just heard good news, which would be immediately promulgated for public delectation. The other members of the Cabinet, though not equally unpopular, still failed fully to satisfy the great demands of the people. Two of them were daily arraigned before the tribunal of the press — with what reason, I shall endeavor, hereafter, to show. Mr. Reagan's administration of the Post-office, while very bad, was possibly as good as any one else could have inaugurated, with the short rolling-stock and cut roads of ill-managed, or unmanaged systems; and the Attorney-General was of so little importance for the moment as to create but little comment. Thus the permanent government of the struggling South was inaugurated amid low-lowering clouds. Every wind from the North and West threatened to burst them into overwhelming flood; while, withi
John G. Nicolay, The Outbreak of Rebellion, Chapter 2: Charleston Harbor. (search)
Curry, and Stallworth, of Alabama; Senator Iverson and Representatives Underwood, Gartrell, Jackson, Jones, and Crawford, of Georgia; Representative Hawkins of Florida; Represent- ative Hindman, of Arkansas; Senators Jefferson Davis and A. G. Brown, and Representatives Barksdale, Singleton, and Reuben Davis, of Mississippi; Representatives Craige and Ruffin, of North Carolina; Senators Slidell and Benjamin, and Representative Landrum, of Louisiana; Senators Wigfall and Hemphill, and Representative Reagan, of Texas; Representatives Bon- ham, Miles, McQueen, and Ashmore, of South Carolina.) It was a brief document, but pregnant with all the essential purposes of the conspiracy. It was signed by about one-half the Senators and Representatives from the States of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Texas, and Arkansas, and is the official beginning of the subsequent Confederate States, just as Gist's October circular was the official beginn
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 20: Peace conference at Hampton Roads.--the campaign against Richmond. (search)
' rations for the Army — a nice calculation. on the night after Sheridan's arrival at Columbia, the Government was so frightened by a rumor that that bold rider was at the outer fortifications of the capital, that Secretary Mallory and Postmaster-General Reagan, Jones recorded. were in the saddle; and rumor says, he added, that the President, and the remainder of his Cabinet, had their horses saddled in readiness for flight. the Congress were very nervous, and wanted to adjourn and fly, but time, Benjamin, Secretary of State, being a Jew, was not at church, but was enjoying his pipe and solitude. Mallory, Secretary of the Navy, a Roman Catholic, was at mass in St. Peter's Cathedral. Trenholm, Secretary of the Treasury, was sick. Reagan, Postmaster-General, was at Dr. Petre's Baptist church, and Breckinridge, Secretary of War, was at Dr. Duncan's church. the religious services were closed; and before Dr. Minnegerode, the rector, dismissed the congregation, he gave notice that Ge
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 21: closing events of the War.--assassination of the President. (search)
place of Secretary of the Treasury on the banks of the Catawba, when Davis appointed his now useless Postmaster-General, Reagan, to take Trenholm's place, temporarily. On they went, the escort continually dwindling. Delays, said one of the party, d under foot during the contemptible scramble. --History, &c. by C. E. L. Stuart. the remainder of the Cabinet, excepting Reagan, deserted the President. Mallory, the Secretary of the Navy, doubting whether his official services would be needed on tvision for his own comfort. He afterward solved the enigma by showing his person in England. Of all the ministers, only Reagan remained faithful to the person of the chief. Up to this time, Davis's wife and children, and Mrs. Davis's sister, Misfellow! --General J. H. Wilson's Report. Thence they were sent to Savannah, and forwarded by sea to Fortress Monroe. Judge Reagan, who was captured with Davis, and Alexander H. Stephens, the Vice-President of the Confederacy,who was arrested at abo
ge, gradually dwindled by the way: thus reaching May 4. Washington, Ga., where the rapidly dissolving view of a Government was dispensed with-most of the Cabinet itself having by this time abandoned the sinking craft, leaving Davis attended by Reagan (late Postmaster-General, now acting Secretary of the Treasury) and his military staff; and the remaining fugitives, with a small but select escort of mounted men, took their way southward: perhaps intent on joining Dick Taylor or Kirby Smith, shs, were conveyed to Macon, May 13. whence Davis was taken, via Savannah and the ocean, to Fortress Monroe; where he was long closely and rigorously imprisoned, while his family were returned by water to Savannah and there set at liberty. Secretary Reagan--the only person of consequence captured with Davis — was taken to Boston, and confined, with Vice-President Stephens (captured about this time also in Georgia), in Fort Warren; but each was liberated on parole a few months thereafter. T
539. Ransom, Col., 35th N. C., wounded at Malvern Hill, 166. Rapidan, Rebels crossing the, 171; guarded by Gen. Buford, 175; Union troops cross the, 394; operations on the, 398 to 402; Grant crosses the, 567. Rappahannock, the, Rebel batteries across, 179; crossed by Jackson, 180; Lee's operations on the, 344; Russell's assault at the station, 397; Gens. Meade and Buford cross the, 394; railroad destroyed by the Rebels rebuilt, 398. Raymond, Miss., McPherson's battle at, 305. Reagan, John H., captured at Irwinsville, 756. Reams's Station, Hancock's fight at, 593. Red river, rescue of gunboats on the, 549; 550; capture and destruction of transports on the, 550; successful Rebel attack below Alexandria on the, 550. Reid, S. C., on the battle of Chickamauga, 424. Rencher, Gov. Abraham, of New Mexico, 21. Reno, Gen. Jesse L., with Burnside, 73; in attack on Newbern, 78; expedition of, to Elizabeth City, 79-80; reenforces Gen. Pope, 178; cooperates with Gen. S
General Joseph E. Johnston, Narrative of Military Operations During the Civil War, Chapter 12 (search)
e summoned to the President's office in an hour or two, and found Messrs. Benjamin, Mallory, and Reagan, with him. We had supposed that we were to be questioned concerning the military resources of ot to express their opinions on the important question. General Breckenridge, Mr. Mallory, and Mr. Reagan, thought that the war was decided against us; and that it was absolutely necessary to make peaent, I requested him by telegraph to join me as soon as possible. General Breckenridge and Mr. Reagan came to General Hampton's quarters together, an hour or two before daybreak. After they had r give, and had learned the terms agreed upon, and the difficulty in the way of full agreement, Mr. Reagan proposed to reduce them to writing, to facilitate reconsideration. In doing so, he included ted on the subject discussed the day before perhaps a half-hour, when the memorandum written by Mr. Reagan was brought. I read this paper to General Sherman, as a basis for terms of peace, pointing ou
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 25 (search)
irmed what he had said as to the uneasiness of the Southern officers and soldiers about their political rights in case of surrender. While we were in consultation, a messenger came with a parcel of papers, which General Johnston said were from Mr. Reagan, Postmaster-General. He and Breckenridge looked over them, and, after some side conversation, he handed one of the papers to me. It was in Reagan's handwriting, and began with a long preamble and terms, so general and verbose, that I said theyReagan's handwriting, and began with a long preamble and terms, so general and verbose, that I said they were inadmissible. Then recalling the conversation of Mr. Lincoln, at City Point, I sat down at the table, and wrote off the terms, which I thought concisely expressed his views and wishes, and explained that I was willing to submit these terms to the new President, Mr. Johnson, provided that both armies should remain in statu quo until the truce therein declared should expire. I had full faith that General Johnston would religiously respect the truce, which he did; and that I would be the ga
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