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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 9 (search)
reat naval preparations in the North. the loss of Port Royal, S. C., takes some prestige. the affair at Belmont does not compensate for it. the enemy kills an old hare. Missouri secedes. Mason and Slidell captured. French Consul and the actresses. the lieutenant in disguise. Eastern Shore of Virginia invaded. Messrs. Breckinridge and Marshall in Richmond. November 1 There is an outcry against the appointment of two major-generals, recommended, perhaps, by Mr. Benjamin, Gustavus W. Smith and Gen. Lovell, both recently from New York. They came over since the battle of Manassas. Mr. Benjamin is perfectly indifferent to the criticisms and censures of the people and the press. He knows his own ground; and since he is sustained by the President, we must suppose he knows his own footing in the government. If defeated in the legislature, he may have a six years tenure in the cabinet. November 2 It has culminated. Mr. Benjamin's quarrel with Beauregard is openly avo
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, X. January, 1862 (search)
y on the island. He will deserve promotion. The government seems to have proscribed the great men of the past and their families, as if this government was the property of the few men who happen to wield power at the present moment. Arrogance and presumption in the South must, sooner or later, have a fall. The great men who were the leaders of this revolution may be ignored, but they cannot be kept down by the smaller fry who aspire to wield the destinies of a great and patriotic people. Smith and Lovell, New York politicians and Street Commissioners, have been made major-generals, while Wise and Breckinridge are brigadiers. January 28 There must soon be collisions in the West on a large scale; but the system of lying, in vogue among the Yankees, most effectually defeats all attempts at reliable computation of numbers. They say we have 150,000 men in Tennessee and Kentucky, whereas we have not 60,000. Their own numbers they represent to be not exceeding 50,000, but I suspe
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XIX. October, 1862 (search)
his march against Williamsburg, by Major-Gen. Gustavus W. Smith. He had 2700 men, the enemy 1500, rendered New Orleans, was from Pennsylvania; Gen. Smith, in command of Virginia and North Carolina, r-Gen. Gustavus W. Smith, and signed by one of Smith's adjutants. So the command of the Secretary of War is approved by the New Yorker, Smith, after being first manipulated by Winder. It is an impy cannot get passports for bribes now, without Smith's adjutant knowing something about it. Heretof Manassas (belonging to the command of Gen. Gustavus W. Smith), should be more active and daring in (Bishop) Polk, Hardee, Pemberton, Holmes, and Smith (Kirby). The raid of Stuart into Pennsylvaeafter refer all applicants for passports to Gen. Smith's Adjutant-General, and grant none from the nd all their means, these cities must fall. Gen. Smith is getting negroes to work on the defenses, April, 1861, is made a lieutenant-general; G. W. Smith and Lovell, who were officeholders in New Y[2 more...]
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XX. November, 1862 (search)
sent there immediately. It is in the command of Major- Gen. G. A. Smith. More propositions to ship cotton in exchange for the supplies needed by the country. The President has no objection to accepting them all, provided the cotton don't go to any of the enemy's ports. How can it be possible to avoid this liability, if the cotton be shipped from the Mississippi River? November 18 Well, the President is a bold man! He has put in Randolph's place, temporarily at least, Major-Gen. Gustavus W. Smith--who was Street Commissioner in the City of New York, on the day that Capt. G. W. Randolph was fighting the New Yorkers at Bethel! Gen. Wise is out in a card, stating that in response to a requisition for shoes for his suffering troops, Quartermaster-Gen. A. C. Myers said, Let them suffer. The enemy attacked Fredericksburg yesterday, and there was some skirmishing, the result of which we have not heard. It is rumored they are fighting there to-day. We have but few regimen
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 22 (search)
r army has fallen back a little — for a purpose. Lee knows every inch of the ground. Again we have rumors of a hostile fleet being in the river; and Major-Gen. G. W. Smith has gone to Petersburg to see after the means of defense, if an attack should be made in that quarter. Some little gloom and despondency are manifested, eir men could not be relied upon to approach our batteries again. I shall look with interest for the next Northern papers. December 17 A dispatch from Gen. G. W. Smith, last night, says we have repulsed the enemy from Kinston, N. C., but a dispatch this morning says a cavalry force has cut the railroad near Goldsborough, brndian country is lost-lost, because Gens. Holmes and Hindman--Southern men-won't let him have his own way! The news from North Carolina is still cloudy. Gen. G. W. Smith is there (another Northern man). Gen. Elzey has been appointed to command this department during Gen. L.'s absence. Gen. E. is a Marylander. In the Pr
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXII. January, 1863 (search)
many events since the beginning of this war, and is still engaged in the diabolical work. It now appears that several regiments were withdrawn from the vicinity of Bristol, whose presence there was necessary for the protection of the railroad and the bridges. They were brought hither after Lee's defeat of Burnside, for the protection of the capital! The President was away, and Mr. Seddon was now in the War Office. But Gen. Cooper is old in office, and should have known better; and Gen. G. W. Smith certainly must have known better. Just suppose we had been beaten at Murfreesborough, and our communications cut, west and east and south! There would have been no escape. It had even been proposed to take a large portion of Lee's men from him, so that he must be inevitably defeated on the Rappahannock, but Lee's resignation would have shocked the people unbearably. Great injury was done him by abstracting some 20,000 of his men by discharges, transfers, and details. Nothing but
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXIII. February, 1863 (search)
er pound. And yet one might walk for hours in vain, in quest of a beggar. Did such a people ever exist before? February 11 There is a rumor that Major-Gen. Gustavus W. Smith has tendered his resignation. Some idea may be formed of the scarcity of food. in this city from the fact that, while my youngest daughter was in the red tape men are inflexible and inscrutable. Nevertheless, the commissaries and quartermasters are getting rich. February 19 The resignation of Gen. Gustavus W. Smith has been accepted by the President. It was well done — the acb ceptance, I mean. Who will Gen. Winder report to now? Gen. Winder has learned that I am I know not whether he can say more. I shall not get it, for Congress has but little influence, just now. February 24 Gen. Longstreet is now in command of Gen. Smith's late department, besides his own corps. Richmond is safe. Our papers contain a most astonishing speech purporting to have been delivered by Mr. Conway, i
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXXII. November, 1863 (search)
en to pass to Maryland, through our lines. First, is a Rev. Mr. A. S. Sloat, a chaplain in the army. He was degraded for some offense by his own church, and his wife and children having preceded him (all being Northern born), as stated in his letter on file, he is allowed a passport to follow them. Recommended by Mr. S. R. Tucker. Second, Mr. J. L. White and Mr. Forrester are allowed passports to go to Maryland for ordnance stores. Recommended by Col. Gorgas. Third and lastly, Tom wash. Smith is allowed, by the Assistant Secretary, to take fifteen boxes of tobacco to Maryland, and promises to bring back medical stores. Recommended by B. G. Williams, one of Gen. Winder's detectives, and by Capt. Winder, one of the general's sons. They bring in stores, when they return, in saddle-bags, while whole cargoes are landed at Wilmington! November 10 It is supposed our loss in the surprise on Saturday did not exceed 1500, killed, wounded, and taken. It is thought that a battle w
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 39 (search)
peedy end of the invasion. It is said some of the advanced forces of Grant were at Spottsylvania C. H. last night, and the great battle may occur any hour. Gov. Smith is calling for more exemptions (firemen, etc.) than all the governors together. Col. Preston asks authority to organize a company of conscripts, Reserve cla, and it is believed another battle is in progress. From the West we have a report, derived from the enemy at Natchez, that Gen. Banks has surrendered to Lieut.-Gen. Smith. It is rumored likewise that President Lincoln has called for 60,000 militia, to defend Washington. A fortnight ago, Mr. Benjamin procured passports did not prevent the enemy from coming. Attended a funeral (next door to us) ceremony this afternoon at 5 P. M. over the body of Abner Stanfield, a nephew of Mrs. Smith, our next door neighbor, who fell in battle day before yesterday, near Drewry's Bluff. By the merest accident his relatives here learned of his fall (by the pa
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 46 (search)
th side, below Drewry's Bluff, and no uneasiness is felt on account of it. We have nothing so far to-day from the enemy's column marching toward Weldon. Gov. Smith, in his message to the Legislature now in session, recommends the employment of negro troops, even if it results in their emancipation. He also suggests an act artillery. Rumors of successes on the part of Sherman near Savannah are still in circulation. The rich men are generally indignant at the President and Gov. Smith for proposing to bring a portion of the negroes into the army. They have not yet awakened to a consciousness that there is danger of losing all, and of their bield apparently melting away under the lead of subordinate, if not incompetent leaders. So much for the administration of the Adjutant-General's office. Governor Smith is still exempting deputy sheriffs, constables, etc.-all able-bodied. It is rumored on the street that we intend evacuating Savannah. How did that get ou
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