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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Memoir of a narrative received of Colonel John B. Baldwin, of Staunton, touching the Origin of the war. (search)
, which was obviously scarcely dry from the pen of a clerk. This paper, says Mr. Stuart, was ambiguous and evasive, but in the main professed peaceful intentions. MMr. Stuart, in answer to this paper, spoke freely and at large, urging forbearance and the evacuation of the forts, &c. Lincoln made the objection that all the goods rts of Charleston, &c., and the sources of revenue dried up. I remember, says Mr. Stuart, that he used this homely expression: If I do that, what will become of my reed all purpose of war. Mr. Seward and Mr. Bates, Attorney General, also gave Mr. Stuart the same assurances of peace. The next day the commissioners returned to Ricseventy-five thousand men to wage a war of coercion. This proclamation, says Mr. Stuart, was carefully withheld from us, although it was in print; and we knew nothintariff! His single objection, both to the wise advice of Colonel Baldwin and Mr. Stuart, was: Then what would become of my tariffs? He was shrewd enough to see that
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial paragraphs. (search)
t regrets for his early fall. It will be a source of double joy to admirers of genius, virtue and patriotism everywhere to learn that we will soon have the story of this noble life from the facile pen of his accomplished son, and that Valentine's plastic, skillful touch has so perfectly delineated his noble features in plaster, and will soon make them seem to breathe and speak in the pure marble. And we are exceedingly fortunate in having at the South an artist whose busts of Lee, Jackson, Stuart, Maury, Johnston, and others of our great leaders, display genius of the highest order, whose recumbent figure of Lee has scarcely an equal and no superior in any work of art in this country, and whose studio has become a Mecca for all true Confederates. May Valentine be spared to complete, and may Southern patriotism enable him to complete, many more such works, which shall hand down to posterity the form and features of our noble leaders. Contributions to the archives of the SOCIE
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, VI. September, 1861 (search)
e waiting an invitation from him to speak. I withdrew from the embarrassing scene, remarking that my gentleman would call some other time. Meanwhile I wrote down the information, and sent it to the President. September 18 Gen. Floyd has been attacked at Gauley, by greatly superior numbers. But he was intrenched, and slew hundreds of the enemy before he retreated, which was effected without loss. September 19 We hear of several splendid dashes of cavalry near Manassas, under Col. Stuart; and Wise's cavalry in the West are doing good service. September 20 Col. J. A. Washington has been killed in a skirmish. He inherited Mount Vernon. This reminds me that Edward Everett is urging on the war against us. The universal education, so much boasted of in New England, like their religion, is merely a humbug, or worse than a humbug, the fruitful source of crime. I shall doubt hereafter whether superior intelligence is promotive of superior virtue. The serpent is wiser th
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 10 (search)
Ix. December, 1861 Gen. Lee ordered South. Gen. Stuart ambuscaded at Drainsville. W. H. B. Custis returns to the Eastern Shore.r fruits of a too indulgent treatment of our enemies. Yesterday Gen. Stuart's cavalry and the 6th Regiment S. C. volunteers met with a blood These men, with revenge rankling in their breasts, reported to Gen. Stuart that a large amount of forage might be obtained in the vicinity intelligence to the headquarters of the enemy of the purpose of Gen. Stuart to send out in that direction, early the next day, a foraging pahe shape of a horseshoe, and completely concealed from view. Gen. Stuart had not entered far into the jaws of this trap, before some of hn good order, protecting his wagons. The enemy did not pursue, for Stuart had rather more men than the informers reported to the enemy. But and officers of unimpeachable veracity are ready to testify that Gen. Stuart was misled by these very men. December 7 Quite a commotion
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 17 (search)
d Kentucky, and perhaps Missouri, will rise again in Rebellion. July 10 -I forgot to note in its place a feat of Gen. Stuart and his cavalry, before the recent battles. He made a complete girdle around the enemy, destroying millions of their property, and returned without loss. He was reconnoitering for Jackson, who followed in his track. This made Stuart major-general. I likewise omitted to note the death of the brave Gen. Ashby, who fell in one of Jackson's brilliant battles in ted to see the backs of his enemies! Well, we shall see how he will face a Stonewall! July 14 Jackson and Ewell and Stuart are after Pope, but I learn they are not allowed to attempt any enterprise for some weeks yet. Fatal error, I fear. For ion that, when the day of battle comes, there will be, must be terrible slaughter. July 30 Both Gen. Jackson and Gen. Stuart were in the department to-day. Their commands have preceded them, and must be near Orange C. H. by this time. These
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 18 (search)
xtract its venom. August 26 Mr. Russell's bill will not pass. The machinery of legislation works too slowly. Fredericksburg has been evacuated by the enemy! It is said the Jews rushed in and bought boots for $7.00, which they now demand $25.00 for, and so with various other articles of merchandise. They are now investing money in real estate for the first time, which is evidence that they have no faith in the ultimate redemption of Confederate money. August 27 Huzza for Gen. Stuart! He has made another circumvention of the enemy, getting completely in Pope's rear, and destroying many millions worth of stores, etc. August 28 Pope's coat was captured, and all his papers. The braggart is near his end. August 29 Bloody fighting is going on at Manassas. All the news is good for us. It appears that Pope, in his consummate egotism, refused to believe that he had been outwitted, and pitched into our corps and divisions, believing them to be merely brigades a
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XIX. October, 1862 (search)
t conjointly ; and martial law still exists in this city. We have Northern accounts of a dash into Pennsylvania by Gen. Stuart and 1500 of his cavalry. He went as far as Chambersburg, which surrendered; and he was gathering horses, etc., for thting the enemy's communications, destroying arms, etc., and obtaining many recruits. R. E. Lee, General. Thus, Gen. Stuart has made another circle round the enemy's army; and hitherto, every time he has done so, a grand battle followed. Letng lieutenant-generals: Jackson, Longstreet, (Bishop) Polk, Hardee, Pemberton, Holmes, and Smith (Kirby). The raid of Stuart into Pennsylvania was a most brilliant affair. He captured and destroyed much public propertyre-specting that of individan of this expedition was received at the department to-day-just as conceived and prepared by Lee, and it was executed by Stuart in a masterly manner. Advices from Winchester inform the government that McClellan is receiving large reinforcements.
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 22 (search)
mation and a small scab being the only evidences. But I have a cough, and much lassitude. December 30 We have another crisis. Dispatches from Murfreesborough state the hostile armies are facing each other, and not a mile apart; the skirmishing increases, and a decisive battle may occur at any moment. From Vicksburg we have no further intelligence; but from the Rappahannock we learn that both artillery and infantry were distinctly heard yesterday in the direction of Dumfries. Is Stuart there? December 31 There were more skirmishes near Vicksburg yesterday; and although several of the Louisiana regiments are said to have immortalized themselves (having lost only two or three men each), I suppose nothing decisive was accomplished. I have not implicit faith in Western dispatches; they are too often exaggerations. And we have nothing further from Marfreesborough. But there is reliable intelligence from Albemarle Sound, where a large fleet of the enemy's transports
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXII. January, 1863 (search)
t to be done. Next there was a rumor (not yet confirmed, but credited) that Stuart had made another of his wonderful reconnoissances, capturing prisoners and dest still we have no account of what was done yesterday on the extreme left. Gen. Stuart has been near Alexandria, and his prisoners are coming in by every train. Hdoning the purpose of assaulting the city. This is certainly good news. Gen. Stuart did not cross the Potomac, as reported in the Northern press, but, doubtless, the report produced a prodigious panic among the Yankees. But when Stuart was within eight miles of Alexandria, he telegraphed the government at Washington that if they did not send forward larger supplies of stores to Burnside's army, he (Stuart) would not find it worth while to intercept them. Capt. Semmes, of the Alabamaorthern papers say the following dispatch was sent to Washington by our raiding Stuart: Gen. Meigs will in future please furnish better mules; those you have furnishe
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, Xxiv. March, 1863 (search)
alling the bronzed Texans their children, and distributed loaves of bread and other food among them. I never saw a merrier set than these brave soldiers, who have been through the fire and the flood numberless times. Some of them had three or four loaves on their bayonets. Gen. Lee himself left early this morning, on an extra train, having been caught napping here, the first time. The enemy crossed the river yesterday. But during the day a dispatch was received from Gen. J. E. B. Stuart (cavalry), stating that he had attacked the enemy on this side of the river, and beaten him back, forcing him to recross with loss. The particulars of the fight were not stated; but it is believed we lost a brigadier-general, killed. March 19 Snowing. It is estimated that we lost 250 men, killed, wounded, and taken, in the fight on the Rappahannock; the enemy's loss is not known, but certainly was heavy, since they were defeated, and fled back, hotly pursued. Confederate money sti
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