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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 1: the political Conventions in 1860. (search)
called,--that is to say, the doctrine of the right of the people of any Territory of the Republic to decide whether Slavery should or should not exist within its borders,--that he could not, with honor or consistency, make any further concessions to the Slave interest. This, and the positive committal of the Democratic party to a pro-slavery policy in the administration of the National Government, were the chief business of several delegates in the Convention who were led by such men as John Slidell, of Louisiana, and William L. Yancey, of Alabama, then, and long before, arch-conspirators against the life of the Republic. In June, 1856, a National Democratic Convention was held at Cincinnati, when James Buchanan was nominated for President of the United States. A platform was then framed, composed of many resolutions and involved declarations of principles, drawn by the hand of Benjamin F. Hallet, of Boston. These embodied the substance of resolutions on the subject of Slavery,
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 2: preliminary rebellious movements. (search)
igarchy, was made president. Southern legislatures discussed the question. John Slidell, in the United States Senate, urged the propriety of withdrawing American crsiana was rather slow to move in the direction of treason. Her worst enemy, John Slidell, then misrepresenting her in the Senate of the United States, had been engagby Judah P. Benjamin, a Hebrew unworthy of his race, and others of less note. Slidell was universally detested by right-minded men for his political dishonesty, A single incident in the political career of Slidell illustrates not only the dishonesty of his character, but the facilities which are frequently offered for politicians to cheat the people. Slidell had resolved to become a member of Congress. He was rich, but, was, personally, too unpopular to expect votes enough to elect him. He resorted to fraud. None but freeholders might vote in Louisiana. Slidell bought, at Government price (one dollar and twenty-five cents an acre), one hundred
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 7: Secession Conventions in six States. (search)
Hospital seized Secession Convention, 182. Slidell's seditious letter, 183. Pelican flag blesseBenjamin and John M. Landrum, of Louisiana. Mr. Slidell will also sign it. Senators Wigfall and Hements of the politicians, of Louisiana, led by Slidell, Benjamin, Moore, Walker of the Delta, and otay, January 9, 1861. prompted by advice from Slidell, Benjamin, and other representatives of the S an intimate friend and willing instrument of Slidell, The politicians more directly under the influence of Slidell seem to have had the management of the Convention. It had been all arranged bethe Convention assembled, a letter written by Slidell, and signed by himself and Judah P. Benjamin,f the above paragraph (the whole letter is in Slidell's handwriting) is given on this page. I am iernor was formally Fac-Simile of a part of Slidell's letter. thanked by the Convention for seiz and in accordance with the recommendation of Slidell and his Congressional colleagues, See note
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 9: proceedings in Congress.--departure of conspirators. (search)
ors, 228. seizure of arms in New York, 230. Slidell's last speech in the Senate, 231. Senator Be Iverson, of Georgia; Judah P. Benjamin and John Slidell, of Louisiana; Jefferson Davis and Albert Grred to See page 166. See also a notice of Slidell's Letter in note 2, page 182.), on the 14th oreby, appointed, consisting of Messrs. Davis, Slidell, and Mallory, to carry out the objects of theand March, 1861. On the 4th of February, John Slidell See page 61. and Judah P. Benjamin, of Lhe National Senate they were so dishonoring. Slidell made a speech which was marked by a cool insod experience in any attempt to assert its John Slidell. authority over the seceders. You may, heich had taken possession of the conspirators, Slidell pointed to the inevitable hostility, as he cohe crowning infamy of this farewell speech of Slidell was the utterance of the libel upon the peoplot of political leaders! Benjamin followed Slidell in a temperate and argumentative speech on th
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 10: Peace movements.--Convention of conspirators at Montgomery. (search)
n and inauguration, 257. Davis's Cabinet, 258. sketch of Davis and Stephens, 259.--Confederate Commissioners sent to Europe Stephens expounds the principles of the New Government, 260. On Monday, the 4th of February, 1861, the day on which Slidell and Benjamin left the Senate, a Convention known as the Peace Congress, or Conference, assembled in Willard's Hall, in Washington City, a large room in a building originally erected as a church edifice on F Street, and then attached to Willard'sAttorney-General. William M. Browne, late editor of the Washington Constitution, President Buchanan's official organ, was appointed Assistant Secretary of State, and Philip Clayton, of Georgia, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. He offered John Slidell a seat in his cabinet, but that conspirator preferred a safer sphere of action, as minister to some foreign court. He was gratified; and Davis's leading associates in crime were all soon supplied with places of honor and profit. Jefferson
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 11: the Montgomery Convention.--treason of General Twiggs.--Lincoln and Buchanan at the Capital. (search)
f the disloyal Senators, still holding seats in Congress, These were Wigfall, Hemphill, Yulee, Mallory, Jefferson Davis, C. C. Clay, Jr., Fitzpatrick, Iverson, Slidell, and Benjamin. advised him, in writing, not to present the letter of Pickens to the President until after the Southern Confederacy should be formed, a month laterunication with which I am at the present charged, will await further instructions. This correspondence was laid before the President January 16, 1861. by Senators Slidell, Fitzpatrick, and Mallory, and the President was asked to consider the matter. The boldness and impunity of the conspirators in Congress, at this time, isletter of considerable length, to which Secretary Holt gave a final answer on the 6th of February, in which, as in his reply to Senators Fitzpatrick, Mallory, and Slidell, he claimed for the Government the right to send forward re-enforcements when, in the judgment of the President, the safety of the garrison required them — a righ
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)
ith Captain Vogdes and ten artillerymen, and provisions and military stores. It was also determined to employ three or four small steamers, then in the Coast-Survey service, for the same purpose, under the command of Captain J. H. Ward of the Navy, Statement of General Scott, above cited. who was an early martyr in the cause of his country. These movements were suspended in consequence of a telegraphic dispatch sent from Pensacola on the 28th, January, 1861. by Senator Mallory, to Senators Slidell, Hunter, and Bigler, in which was expressed an earnest desire for peace, and an assurance that no attack would be made on Fort Pickens if the then present status should be preserved. Reply of Ex-President Buchanan to General Scott's statement, dated Wheatland, October 28, 1862. This proposal was carefully considered, both with a view to the safety of the fort, and the effect which a collision might have upon the Peace Convention about to assemble in Washington. See page 235. T
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 16: Secession of Virginia and North Carolina declared.--seizure of Harper's Ferry and Gosport Navy Yard.--the first troops in Washington for its defense. (search)
ed; and all over Boston there were Banners blooming in the air, in attestation of the patriotism of the people. On the 16th, Senator Wilson again telegraphed for a brigade of four regiments. These were then in readiness on Boston Common; and on the morning of the 17th, the Governor commissioned Benjamin F. Butler, of Lowell (then a Brigadier-General of Militia), the commander of the brigade. Butler knew the chief conspirators well. He had passed evenings with Davis, Hunter, Mason, Slidell, Benjamin, and other traitors at Washington, three months before, and had become convinced of their determination to destroy the Republic, if possible. Impelled by this conviction, he had not ceased to counsel the authorities of his State to have the militia of the Commonwealth prepared for war. He and Governor Andrew worked in unison to this end; and on the day before his appointment, he was instrumental in procuring from the Bank of Redemption, in Boston, a temporary loan to the Commonwe