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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 2: preliminary rebellious movements. (search)
ments in Georgia, 51. Union speech of Alexander H. Stephens, 53. the political advantages enjoyedere urging them to treasonable action, Alexander H. Stephens, a leading man in intellect and personpelled to in a place of danger to himself. Stephens's matter and manner were the reverse of all td would be made up hereafter against us. Mr. Stephens then showed, that with a majority of the Uns blessings for which we are ungrateful. Mr. Stephens then proceeded to expose the misstatements bles. As soon as prolonged applause ended, Mr. Stephens said:--No, there is no failure of this Goveher the: South would be any better off. Mr. Stephens's speech made a powerful impression throughenry Clay, as much interested in Slavery as Mr. Stephens, once said on the floor of Congress, in rebg poem, called Aleck and Abe, thus alludes to Stephens's defection, which some have attributed to coanded. Influences more powerful than any Mr. Stephens could command were at work upon the public [7 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 3: assembling of Congress.--the President's Message. (search)
n us all the dogs of war. And how stands it now? Why, in this very quarter of a century, our slaves have doubled in numbers, and each slave has More than doubled in value. --Speech at Barnwell Court House, Oct. 27, 1858. In July 1859, Alexander H. Stephens, in a speech in Georgia, said he was not one of those who believed that the South had sustained any injury by those agitations. So far, he said, from the institution of African Slavery in our section being weakened or rendered less secure for the offended ones to rebel. Reason, justice, a regard for the Constitution, he said, all require that we shall wait for some overt and dangerous act on the part of the President elect before resorting to such a remedy. He also argued, as Stephens had done before him, that the hands of the new President would be tied by a majority against him in Congress, and on the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States. He then touched upon the provocations endured by the Southern States in co
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 7: Secession Conventions in six States. (search)
full possession and exercise of all those rights of sovereignty which belong and appertain to a free and independent State. The debate on the ordinance elicited many warm expressions of Union sentiments; and it was on this occasion that Alexander H. Stephens made the speech already cited. See page 56. Toombs was in the Convention, and the chief manager of the secession machinery. He worked it with energy, and many changes among the Co-operationists were apparent. A. H. Stephens, his brotA. H. Stephens, his brother Linton, Herschel V. Johnson (the candidate of the Douglas Democrats for Vice-President), B. H. Hill, and others who afterward took an active part in rebellion, tried to prevent immediate secession, but in vain. Toombs and his party were strong enough to give to the ordinance, when it came up for a final vote, two hundred and eight ballots against eighty-nine. The vote was taken at two o'clock in the afternoon. That evening the event was celebrated in the Georgia capital, by a grand displa
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 10: Peace movements.--Convention of conspirators at Montgomery. (search)
Jefferson Davis elected President, and Alexander H. Stephens Vice-President of the Confederacy, 252. Stephens's speeches committees appointed, 253. action of the Convention concerning a flag for tToombs, Howell Cobb, Benjamin H. Hill, Alexander H. Stephens, Francis Barbour, Martin J. Crawford, traveling perilous. The train that conveyed Stephens, and Toombs, and T. R. Cobb, of Georgia, and Autograph Letter, February 18, 1861. Men like Stephens, and Hill, and Brooke, and Perkins, controlle (the whole number) for President, and Alexander H. Stephens, of Georgia, the same number, for Vicettempting to create. On the following day, Stephens formally accepted the office to which he had Milledgeville, in November, See page 54. Mr. Stephens's vision of his c country embraced the wholrecusants. After the election of Davis and Stephens, the Convention directed its chairman to apporen song of conciliation. Chilton, Toombs, Stephens, and others, also presented devices for flags[8 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 14: the great Uprising of the people. (search)
he editor of the True Delta, a Union journal, had Secession rosette and badge. the rosette was made of blue satin ribbon, surrounding a disk, containing two circles. On one were the words, our first President. The right man in the right place. on the other, seven stars and the words Jeff. Davis. on the badge of white satin was printed, in proper colors, the Confederate flag. Over it were the words, the South forever. Southern Confederation. below it, Jiff. Davis, President. A. H. Stephens, Vice-President. been compelled to fling out the secession flag, to prevent the demolition of his office by a mob. No one dares to speak out now, said the venerable Jacob Barker, the banker, as he stealthily placed in the writer's hand a broadside, which he had had printed on his eighty-first birthday, December 7, 1860. as a gift of good for his countrymen, containing a series of argumentative letters against secession, first published in a Natchez newspaper. If, said another, one of
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)
d, 377. the Richmond secessionists jubilant, 378. Alexander H. Stephens in Richmond the seizure of Washington the chief ob to seize Washington City. A few days afterward, Alexander H. Stephens arrived in Richmond, to urge the Convention to violnal Capital. At various points on his journey northward, Stephens had harangued the people, and everywhere he raised the cro the insurgent army. He traveled on the same train with Stephens from Warsaw to Richmond. At nearly every station, he says, Stephens spoke. The capture of Washington was the grand idea which he enforced, and exhorted the people to join in the egton. The Richmond Examiner of the 23d (the day on which Stephens arrived in Richmond), said:--The capture of Washington Ci-called Secretary of War at Montgomery, and the action of Stephens, his lieutenant, while on his way to Richmond, and while direst extremity. On the very next day April 30, 1861. Stephens, the so-called Vice-President, said in a speech at Atlant
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)
declared.--seizure of Harper's Ferry and Gosport Navy Yard.--the first troops in Washington for its defense. A. H. Stephens in the Virginia Convention, 382. military league with the conspirators at Montgomery, 383. the people at an electioCapital, 404. riotous movements in Baltimore, 405. the first defenders of the Capital, 406. The reception of Alexander H. Stephens by the Convention of Virginia politicians, the authorities of the State, and the excited populace in Richmond, ga. Speech at Richmond, April 28, 1861, cited by Whitney in his History of the War for the Union, i. 402. Compare what Stephens said at Milledgeville, in November, 1860, and in the Georgia Convention, in January 1861, pages 54 to 57, inclusive. Stephens, as we have observed, was in Richmond for the purpose of negotiating a treaty for the admission of Virginia into the Southern Confederacy. The Convention appointed Ex-President John Tyler, William Ballard Preston, S. McD. Moore; James P.
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 17: events in and near the National Capital. (search)
ive of one of the most distinguished families of the State, and brought to the conspirators an intimate knowledge of General Scott's plans, and the details of the forces of the National Government, with which he had been fully intrusted. Alexander H. Stephens, Lieutenant Maury of the National Observatory, See note 3, page 894. Governor Letcher, and others who were present, joined in the reception of Lee, standing. He was then greeted by the President, who made a brief speech, in which he aard to the mouth of the Delaware. It rounds out the fairest domain on the globe for the Southern Confederation. In a speech at Atlanta, in Georgia, on the 30th of April, when on his return to Montgomery from his mission. to Richmond, Alexander H. Stephens said:--As I told you when I addressed you a few days ago, Lincoln may bring his seventy-five thousand soldiers against us; but seven times seventy-five thousand men can never conquer us. We have now Maryland and Virginia and all the Borde
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 18: the Capital secured.--Maryland secessionists Subdued.--contributions by the people. (search)
ope of the glacis, as seen in the picture; and there for months, Government bakeries at the Capitol. smoke poured forth in dense black columns like the issues of a smoldering volcano Before the summer had begun Washington City was an immense garrisoned town, and strong fortifications were rapidly growing upon the hills around it. And yet the conspirators still dreamed of possessing it. Two days after their Convention at Montgomery adjourned to meet in Richmond on the 20th of July, Alexander H. Stephens, in a speech at Atlanta, May 23, 1861. in Georgia, after referring to the occupation of the National edifices at Washington by the soldiery, said:--Their filthy spoliation of the public buildings and the works of art at the Capitol, and their preparations to destroy them, are strong evidences to my mind that they do not intend to hold or defend that place, but to abandon it, after having despoiled and laid it in ruins. Let them destroy it, savage-like, if they will. We will rebuil
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 23: the War in Missouri.-doings of the Confederate Congress. --Affairs in Baltimore.--Piracies. (search)
d at Richmond, late in July, that subscriptions to the Cotton Loan amounted to over fifty millions of dollars. Alexander H. Stephens assumed the office of expounder of the principles, intentions, and effects of this Cotton Loan. The object of th pass) that if the schemes of the conspirators did not succeed, these bonds will not be worth a dime. --Speech of Alexander H. Stephens to a Convention of Cotton-growers at Augusta, July 11, 1861. These planters well understood the tenor of his dem, with the intention, it is said, of taking command of the Confederate troops in Virginia in person, Speech of Alexander H. Stephens at Atlanta, Georgia, May 28, 1861. accompanied by his favorite aid, Wigfall, of Texas, See pages 81 and 826. ain April, 1865. It was a brick house, painted a stone color. On the corner diagonally opposite was the residence of A. H. Stephens. In front of the residence of Davis is seen a sentry-box, and beyond it the stables belonging to the establishment.