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Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 67: the tortures inflicted by General Miles. (search)
to a crucible each fresh development of humanity that crossed his path, testing it therein for as long as the interview lasted, and then carefully inspecting the ingot which was left as the result. That ingot, whether appearing to him pure gold or baser metal, never lost its character to his mind from any subsequent acquaintance. Mr. Davis said it was scandalous that Government should allow General Miles to review his letters to his wife. They had to pass through the hands of Attorney-General Speed, who should be a quite competent judge of offensive matter, or what was deemed offensive. General Miles had returned to him several pages of a letter written to Mrs. Davis, containing only a description of his new prison in answer to her inquiries, the general declaring such description to be objectionable; perhaps suspecting that if told where he was, Mrs. Davis would storm the fort and rescue him VI et armis. Headquarters military District, Fort Monroe, November 10, 1865. Sir:
land under our treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo were under discussion in that case. It was a leading case upon those questions and affected the title of real property to the value of many millions. The case brought me somewhat before the people of the Western country, and I have had occasion to argue quite a number of cases since involving questions of Mexican law. This, I belie e, has not happened to any other New England lawyer, certainly not to the extent it has to me. I was employed by Mr. Speed, the Attorney-General of the United States, to assist Mr. Stansbury in the argument of the case of Milligan vs. the United States. This case involved questions of new and untried law in this country, and which had not been distinctly settled anywhere else. The case was this :-- There was a body of quasi-secessionists in Indiana and the adjoining States known as the Knights of the Golden Circle. Milligan was a member of that body and there was an. accusation made against him of being
r the war, for any act of war, or for treason which consists only of acts of war. But it may further be said that this convention, of which I am claiming the protection, is not a continuing convention, and will expire with the war, when, as Mr. Speed thinks, you may hand me over to the civil tribunals. Whence can such a conclusion be drawn? Not from the terms of the convention, for these contradict the conclusion; not by implication merely, but in totidem verbis. The terms are, not to be as consistent with honor and fair dealing, for this Government first to entrap me, by means of a military convention, and then, having me in its power, to arrest me and declare that convention null and void, for the course recommended to you by Mr. Speed comes to this—nothing more, nothing less. I have thus laid before you, tediously I fear, and yet as concisely as was consistent with clearness, the grounds upon which I claim at your hands, who are the guardian of the honor of a great nation
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 21: administration of War Department (search)
s time only a matter of speculation. I have supposed that Mr. Welles would not be likely to remain, and also that Mr. Usher's transfer to some other position of usefulness was probable. But these things are still without any sure indication, and I should not be surprised if all the present cabinet should be retained with the exception of Mr. Fessenden. I especially regard it as certain that Mr. Stanton will continue in the War Department, and Governor Denison in the General Post-Office. Mr. Speed will also no doubt remain as Attorney-General. There has been a good deal of talk about Mr. Seward's withdrawal from the State Department, but I cannot find that it rests on any good grounds. Mr. Seward is certainly a candidate for the Presidency, and might think it prudent to retire for a time from public life, and to avoid the responsibilities which will be imposed upon him in office during the coming four years. But, on the other hand, he is an old and practised office-holder, and I
Historic leaves, volume 4, April, 1905 - January, 1906, Personal Experience of a Union Veteran (search)
Orleans, save the river above the city, and Farragut the Superb was competent to attend to that approach. According to the repeated statements of the commanding general, the Thirteenth Maine regiment held the posts of honor in the Department of the Gulf. On the twenty-eighth of April Colonel Dow was promoted to brigadier-general, and Lieutenant-Colonel Rust succeeded to the command of the regiment. Shortly after our arrival on Ship Island, I was detailed in the adjutant's office. Adjutant Speed was promoted to captain and assigned to General Dow's staff as acting assistant adjutant-general. Sergeant-Major Wilson was promoted to adjutant, and I was warranted to rattle around in the office vacated by him. And I found it no sinecure, for during the absence of the adjutant on several occasions, the entire duties of the office devolved on me. When the three companies were transferred to Fort Jackson, I was detailed as acting adjutant of the post. Later I served in the same capa
89. Sherman, General T. W., 58, 59. Ship Island, 28, 30, 37, 49, 50, 55, 56, 57, 59, 62. Simmons, Sergeant, 31. Simonds, Silas, 39. Skotto, Mr., 83. Smith, Jesse, 70, 71, 72. Smith, John, 85, 87. Soley, Dorcas, 85, 87. Soley, Dorcas (Coffin), 87. Soley, John, 87, 90, 96. Somerville Avenue, 47. Somerville Historical Society, 2. Somerville Historical Society, Officers of, 24, 48, 76, 102. South America, 31. South Kingston, R. I., 64. South Writing School, 38. Speed, Adjutant, 50. Sprague, Ann D., 93, 95, 96. 97, 99. Sprague, Elizabeth (Stower), 88. Sprague, John, 85. 87, 88. Sprague, Jonathan, 87. Sprague, Mary (Bunker), 87. Springfield Street, 8. Spring Hill, 7. Staffordshire, Eng., 80, 81. State Board of Education, 2. State Street, Boston, 86. St. Charles Street, 54. Stephen, 23. Stetson, David, 64, 90. Stevens, Ephraim, 95. Stickney, Mr., 67, 68. Stimpson, Abigail (Sweetser), 87. Stimpson, Andrew, 87. Stimpson, Joseph, 8
yvania. Danville, Va., Feb. 4. --The vote here stands, W. T. Sutherlin (Union) 338; Tredway (Union) 322; Carrington (Secession) 159; Witcher (Secession) 128, Majority for reference, 147. Ringgold.--Tredway 140; Sutherlin 86; Carrington 34; Witcher 19. Majority for reference 72. Smith's.--Tredway 50; Sutherlin 50; Carrington 4; Witcher 4. Cascade.--The vote here is four to one for Union. This county has gone for the Union ticket. Campbell. Lynchburg,--Messrs. Speed and Slaughter, (Union) have 1,015; Goggin and Kirkpatrick, (Secession) 374. In the county precincts the vote is close. B. Spotsylvania. Fredericksburg.--John L. Marye (Conservative) has a majority here of 189 over Wm. S. Barlow, which will be increased by the precincts in the county. The majority for reference is 164. S. Roanoke. Salem--C. P. Taylor (Union) is elected in this county by 66 majority. The majority for reference is the same. [Associated press Dispa
ion adjourn, but withdrew the motion. Mr. Jackson, of Wood, moved that the rules be suspended, in order to allow gentlemen to change their votes on the last ballot for Doorkeeper. The motion was carried, and seven members, who had voted for other candidates, recorded their votes for Mr. Benjamin R. Linkous, who was then declared to have received a majority, and was therefore elected First Doorkeeper. Mr. Tredway moved that Samuel H. Jeter be appointed Second Doorkeeper. Mr. Speed thought such a course would not be entirely just to other applicants. He desired to nominate Mr. Josiah Leake, of Goochland. Mr. Tredway withdrew his motion. Mr. Cox nominated Wm. Welsh, of Chesterfield. The motion to adjourn was renewed, and again withdrawn. Commissioners from other States. The President submitted the following communication from the Governor of the Commonwealth: Executive Department, Feb. 14, 1861. Gentlemen of the Convention: I have
rd. Mr. Gregory nominated Roscoe Burke, of King William. Mr. Tredway nominated S. H. Joter, of Richmond. Mr. Speed nominated Wm. Josiah Leake, of Goochland. Mr. Cox nominated Wm. Welch, of Chesterfield. Mr. Montague nominatentague, the resolution was amended by inserting "so far as they are applicable," and passed. Place of meeting. Mr. Speed offered the following: Resolved. That a committee of five be appointed, with instructions to ascertain whether soll can be occupied by the Convention during a portion of the day. The objection to the present hall, as stated by Mr. Speed, was the difficulty of a member in making himself heard or hearing others. Mr. Morton offered the following as a sThat a committee be appointed to see if a more suitable place can be procured for the meetings of this Convention. Mr. Speed was willing to modify his resolution so as to instruct the committee, in case of a failure to make an arrangement with
Reported for the Richmond Dispatch.political movements. Lynchburg, Va., March 6. --A petition, nunerously signed by the immediate supporters of Messrs. Speed and Slaughter, is in circulation, instructing them to vote for an ordinance of secession. It is contemplated to send t down to-morrow. Goodson, Va.,March 6.--A large meeting was held here to-day, and resolutions passed urging the Convention to vote for immediate secession.
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