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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 22 (search)
stance. The President will be in Richmond about the first day of January. I saw a man who traveled with him in Alabama. Vicksburg, I understand, cannot be taken by water. And Grant, the Federal general, is said to be retreating out of Mississippi. December 27 The successes in the West have been confirmed. Morgan captured 2000 and Van Dorn 1500 prisoners at Holly Springs. They likewise destroyed a large amount of stores. We have intelligence of a great armament, under Gen. Sherman, sailing from Memphis against Vicksburg. At the last accounts the President was at Vicksburg; and he may be witness of this decisive struggle for the possession of the Mississippi River, the result of which involves immense interests. We await with much anxiety the issue of the naval operations during the ensuing month. We are content with the land achievements of this year; and if we should be equally successful in resisting the enemy's fleets, we shall deem ourselves fortunate indeed
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXV. April, 1863 (search)
ood must flow as freely as ever! April 25 We have bad news from the West. The enemy (cavalry, I suppose) have penetrated Mississippi some 200 miles, down to the railroad between Vicksburg and Meridian. This is in the rear and east of Vicksburg, and intercepts supplies They destroyed two trains. This dispatch was sent to the Secretary of War by the President without remark. The Enquirer this morning contained a paragraph stating that Gen. Pemberton was exchanging civilities with Gen. Sherman, and had sent him a beautiful bouquet! Did he have any conception of the surprise the enemy was executing at the moment? Well, Mississippi is the President's State, and if he is satisfied with Northern generals to defend it, he is as likely to be benefited as any one else. Gen. Beauregard is urging the government to send more heavy guns to Savannah. ! saw an officer to-day just from Charleston. He says none of the enemy's vessels came nearer than 900 yards of our batteries, and tha
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXXII. November, 1863 (search)
l as I remember. There is no indication of the probable result — no intimation whether the position was gained. But the belief is general that Bragg will retreat, and that the enemy may, if he will, penetrate the heart of the South! To us it seems as if Bragg has been in a fog ever since the battle of the 20th of September. He refused to permit-- to move on the enemy's left for nearly two months, and finally consented to it when the enemy had been reinforced by 30,000 from Meade, and by Sherman's army from Memphis, of 20,000, just when he could not spare a large detachment! In other words, lying inert before a defeated army, when concentrated; and dispersing his forces when the enemy was reinforced and concentrated! If disaster ensues, the government will suffer the terrible consequences, for it assumed the responsibility of retaining him in command when the whole country (as the press says) demanded his removal. From letters received the last few days at the department, I p
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXXV. February, 1864 (search)
A bright windy day-snow gone. The Federal General Sherman, with 30,000 men, was, at the last dates, still influence in our struggle for independence. Gen. Sherman, with 30,000 or 40,000 men, is still advancing de Mobile, announcing that it is to be attacked. If Sherman should go on, and succeed, it would be the most br per cent. Dispatches from Gen. Polk state that Sherman has paused at Meridian. February 20 Bright, cecretary of War has nothing new from Gen. Polk; and Sherman is supposed to be still at Meridian. There is wavalry from Memphis, destined to co-operate with Gen. Sherman, has been intercepted and a junction prevented. And both Sherman and the cavalry are now in full retreat-running out of the country faster than they advancedtars on each side of his collar. The retreat of Sherman seems to be confirmed. Gen. Beauregard sends thy a feint of the enemy to aid in the extrication of Sherman. Gen. Lee is here in consultation with the Pres
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 39 (search)
ace. And yet there is no trepidation in the community; no apparent fear of defeat. Still, there is some degree of feverish anxiety, as Lee retires nearer to the capital followed by the enemy. A little delay would make us stronger, as reinforcements, especially of cavalry, are daily arriving. The trains run from the city to Lee's headquarters in one hour and a half. A letter from Senator Henry, of Tennessee, to the Secretary, suggests that Forrest's cavalry be now sent to the rear of Sherman's army in Georgia, to cut off his supplies, etc., resulting in his destruction. Perhaps this is the purpose. And Lee may have some such design. A few days will develop important events. May they put an end to this desolating war. May 26 Sunshine and showers. Senator Henry's letter was referred to Gen. Bragg, who returned it to-day with the indorsement that the suggested movement had not escaped attention, and a good result might soon be looked for. And sure enough, a dispatch
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 40 (search)
The battalion to which Custis (my son) belongs is at Bottom's Bridge, some sixteen miles distant on the Chickahominy; and I learn that the enemy shelled it yesterday and last night, without injury, shells falling short. It is suspected that Sherman will be ordered from Georgia to reinforce Grant It seems Lincoln would give up his hopes of heaven, and plunge into hell, for the Presidency. The Commissary General says Lee must beat Grant before the latter is reinforced, or we are gone; foss is supposed to be great. Ours is known to be small. J. E. Johnston, General. The dispatch from Gen. Johnston gives an encouraging account of the fight in Georgia. But a dispatch from the West states that reinforcements (20,000) for Sherman's army are marching from La Grange. It is reported and believed that Gen. Early, at the head of 25,000 men, marched out of Staunton on Monday toward the North. I hope it may not prove a recruiting measure for Lincoln! A good deal of firing
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XL. July, 1864 (search)
rmy, as hinted. July 8 Clear; hot and dusty. The news of the falling back of Gen. Johnston on Atlanta, Ga., causes no uneasiness, for the destruction of Sherman's army is deemed the more certain the farther he penetrates. There is nothing of interest from Petersburg, but there are rumors of demoralization and disaffecnd is no special admirer of Lee, who, he thinks, committed a blunder in not fighting Grant at Hanover Junction. And he thinks, if Gen. Johnston forbears to fight Sherman, in pursuance of orders from Richmond, disaster will ensue. But neither he nor any one is capable of sounding the profound plans of Lee. Grant's forces are now f's removal. A dispatch from Gen. Bragg, dated yesterday, states that the enemy is withdrawing from Arkansas, either to operate in Mississippi, or to reinforce Sherman. Gen. Lee is opposed to retaliating on innocent prisoners the cruelties committed by the guilty in executing our men falling into their hands. July 23 C
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 42 (search)
Bragg telegraphs from Columbus, Ga., that Gen. Roddy has been ordered to reassemble his forces in North Alabama, to cut Sherman's communications. The news from Georgia is more cheering. The commissioners (of prices) have reduced the schedule with Early, but he was sick. The enemy's account of our loss in the battle before Atlanta is exaggerated greatly. Sherman's army is doomed, I think. Seven P. M. No rain here, but my family were drenched in a hard shower at Hanover Junctioen. Morgan is probably on a raid in Northwest Virginia and in Pennsylvania. Morgan proposed going into Georgia (rear of Sherman), but the Secretary indorsed that perhaps the matter had as well be left to Gen. Lee. The President quietly indorsed thown here. D. H. Maury, Major-General. Gen. Taylor will cross the Mississippi with 4000 on the 18th of this month. Sherman must get Atlanta quickly, or not at all. August 16 Warm and cloudy. There are movements of interest of the arm
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 43 (search)
Gen. Forrest has blown up Tunnel Hill; if so, Sherman must be embarrassed in getting supplies of ors from Jonesborough. 2d dispatch, same date: Sherman continues his retreat! He says, in a 3d dispatch, that Sherman visited the hospitals, and said he would rest awhile at Atlanta, and then march en. Hood has agreed to a short armistice with Sherman, ten days, proposed by the latter. Our peopl. H Stephens crossed the Savannah River, when Sherman's raiders were galloping through the country,t the enemy forced him there, else, it seems, Sherman's communications never would have been seriou which twenty-five men with crowbars can keep Sherman's communications cut. There is a rumor th approves the removal of Johnston. He thinks Sherman will go on to Augusta, etc. The raid towabs, etc. from making peace (for Georgia) with Sherman. A splenetic letter from Gov. Vance indic's rear, and intercept supplies from Dalton. Sherman must either attempt to drive him from that po[5 more...]
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 44 (search)
ober 5 Bright, and very warm. There is a report that Gen. Hood's army is at Marietta, in Sherman's rear, and it may be so. One of the clerks (Mr. Bechtel) was killed yesterday by one of th military bureaus of this State. A dispatch from Gen. Hood, near Lost Mountain (in Georgia, Sherman's rear), dated yesterday, says Sherman is marching out of Atlanta to attack him. He says Gen. Sherman is marching out of Atlanta to attack him. He says Gen. Stewart's corps struck the railroad at Big Shanty, capturing 350 prisoners, and destroying ten miles of the road. Gen. Forrest is marching against Altoona. We shall soon have stirring news. Allrisons, with their stores, arms, and equipments, and about 1000 prisoners. The main body of Sherman's army seems to be moving toward Dalton. J. B. Hood, General. The following was receivered to Columbus, Ga. We expect stirring news from Georgia daily, and the opinion prevails that Sherman will come to grief. The militia, furloughed by Gov. Brown so inopportunely, are returning to
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