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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXVII. June, 1863 (search)
own another column over the Rappahannock, below Fredericksburg. This is probably a manceuvre to arrest Lee's advance in Culpepper County. But it won't do-Lee's plans cannot be changed-and this demonstration was in his calculations. If they think Richmond can be taken now, without Lee's army to defend it, they may find their mistake. The clerks and employees in the departments are organizing to man the fortifications, should their aid be needed. Hon. M. R. H. Garnett writes from Essex County that the enemy have had Lawrence Washington, arrested in Westmoreland County, confined in a prison-ship in the Potomac, until his health gave way. He is now in Washington, on parole not to escape. About 140,000 bushels of corn have been sent to Lee's army in May, which, allowing ten pounds per day to each horse, shows that there are over 20,000 horses in this army. But the report says not more than 120,000 bushels can be forwarded this month. The press everywhere is opening its b
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 40 (search)
plies. No doubt the slaughter has been great! The dispatch from Beauregard indicates that he may be still on the other side of the river. It may be a ruse de guerre, or it may be that the general's enemies here (in the government) are risking everything to keep him from participation in the great battles. Mr. Hunter, being short and fat, rolls about like a pumpkin. He is everywhere, seeking tidings from the field. It is said the enemy, at last, has visited his great estates in Essex County; but he'll escape loss by hook or by crook. He has made enormously by his crops and his mills: nevertheless, he would sacrifice all for the Presidency-and independence. The President, yesterday, forbade details from the Department Battalion to remain in the city. The Southern Express Company has bribed the quartermasters, and is at its work again, using fine horses and stout details that should be in the army. Its wagon was at the department to-day with a box of bacon for Judge
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 43 (search)
ident and Gen. Bragg adhere to Gen. Lee's advice never to proclaim pardon in advance to deserters, even at this critical epoch in our affairs. All of us have been made sick by eating red peas, or rather overeating. Our cause is in danger of being lost for want of horses and mules, and yet I discovered to-day that the government has been lending horses to men who have but recently suffered some of the calamities of war! I discovered it in a letter from the Hon. B. M. T. Hunter, of Essex County, asking in behalf of himself and neighbors to be permitted to retain the borrowed horses beyond the time specified-Oct. 1st. Mr. Hunter borrowed two horses and four mules. He is worth millions, and only suffered (having a mill burned) his first loss by the enemy a few weeks ago! Better, far better, would it be for the Secretary to borrow or impress one hundred thousand horses, and mount our infantry to cut the communications of the enemy, and hover on his flanks like the Cossacks in Rus
and the death of General Garnett! It is the first repulse we have had, and we should not complain, as we were overpowered by superior numbers; but we have so much to dread from superior numbers — they are like the sand upon the sea-shore for multitude. Our men say that one Southern man is equal to three Yankees. Poor fellows! I wish that their strength may be equal to their valour. It is hard to give up such a man as General Garnett. He was son of the late Hon. Robert S. Garnett, of Essex County; educated at West Point; accomplished and gallant. His military knowledge and energy will be sadly missed. It was an unfortunate stroke, the whole affair; but we must hope on, and allow nothing to depress us. I have just returned from a small hospital which has recently been established in a meeting-house near us. The convalescent are sent down to recruit for service, and to recover their strength in the country, and also to relieve the Winchester hospitals. The ladies of the neigh
ng that every blow that was struck was for their own South. Alas! alas! the South now weeps some of her bravest sons. But, trying as it is to record the death of those dear boys, it is harder still to speak of those of our own house and blood. Lieutenant B. H. McGuire, our nephew, the bright, fairhaired boy, from whom we parted last summer at Lynchburg as he went on his way to the field, full of buoyancy and hope, is among the dead at Gettysburg. Also, Captain Austin Brockenbrough, of Essex County. Virginia had no son to whom a brighter future opened. His talents, his education, his social qualities, his affectionate sympathy with all around him, are all laid low. Oh, may God be with those of whose life they seemed a part! It is hard to think of so many of our warm-hearted, whole-souled, brave, ardent Southern youths, now sleeping beneath the cold clods of Pennsylvania. We can only hope that the day is not far distant when we may bring their dear bodies back to their native so
reopening of the Confederate loan at several places in Georgia. It says that only $11,000,000 of the $15,000,000 have been subscribed for.--Nashville Union, June 28. General Banks at Fort McHenry issued a proclamation nullifying the protest and acts of the late police board of Baltimore.--(Doc. 52.) The Twenty-second Regiment N. Y. S. V., left Albany, N. Y., for the seat of war. The regiment is commanded by Colonel Walter Phelps, and is composed of men from the counties of Warren, Essex, Washington, and Saratoga. They belong to the class of hardy and industrious woodsmen, and intelligently understand the questions which underlie the present contest.--N. Y. Tribune, June 30. The First Regiment of New Jersey Volunteers left Trenton this morning for Washington in twenty-one cars, at 8 o'clock.--The Second and Third Regiments left this afternoon by way of the Camden and Amboy Railroad. The tents and other equipage which Quarter-master-General Perine had, under the direct
18, 1864 9 Totopotomoy, Va. 1 Jerusalem Road, Va., June 22, 1864 19 Cold Harbor, Va. 6 Duncan's Run, Va., March 25, 1865 3 Deep Bottom, Va. 4 Vaughn Road, Va., March 31, 1865 3 Poplar Spring Church, Va. 4 Fall of Petersburg, Va. 2 Boydton Road, Va. 3 Petersburg Trenches, Va. 7 Petersburg Va., Assault, June 16, 1864 54     Present, also, at Winchester; Maryland Heights; Strawberry Plains; Hatcher's Run; Sailor's Creek; Farmville; Appomattox. notes.--Recruited in Essex County as the Fourteenth Infantry. It left the State August 7, 1861, proceeding to Washington, where it was placed on garrison duty in the forts about there. It was changed to heavy artillery in January, 1862, receiving, consequently, fifty new recruits for each company, and two additional companies of 150 men each; two additional lieutenants were assigned to each company, and two additional majors were commissioned. The First Battalion was ordered on active field service at Maryland Heights
yesterday, has been accomplished. The frigate Constitution has lain for a long time at this port substantially at the mercy of the armed mob which sometimes paralyzes the otherwise loyal State of Maryland. Deeds of daring, successful contests, and glorious victories had rendered Old Ironsides so conspicuous in the naval history of the country, that she was fitly chosen as the school in which to train the future officers of the navy to like heroic acts. It was given to Massachusetts and Essex County first to man her; it was reserved to Massachusetts to have the honor to retain her for the service of the Union and the laws. This is a sufficient triumph of right, a sufficient triumph for us. By this, the blood of our friends shed by the Baltimore mob is in so far avenged. The Eighth Regiment may hereafter cheer lustily upon all proper occasions, but never without orders. The old Constitution by their efforts, aided untiringly by the United States officers having her in charge, is no
ry the necessity of keeping a small cavalry force in the vicinity of Gloucester Point, say one squadron, which would be subsisted (both men and horses) without expense to the Government, for the purpose of protecting the road leading to Richmond. If this were done, large quantities of beef, mutton, bacon, and such things as are necessary for the sick and wounded, would be sent to the latter place. This force would keep open the road to Richmond, leading from the counties of King and Queen, Essex, Middlesex, and Matthews, in all of which counties are large military stores. While at Gloucester Point, my picket reported a large transport, filled with men, leaving the wharf at York. She went out of the river, and returned, in the course of six or eight hours, light, and when I left, was loading with stores of some sort. The citizens in the vicinity of Gloucester Point reported to me that the guns in the fort at York had been bursted some short time before. The reports induced me
e Army of the Potomac (Department of Northern Virginia) . After this, the forces under Brigadier-General Edward Johnson stationed at Camp Alleghany, and sometimes called the Army of the Alleghany, continued to be called the Army of the Northwest. Its aggregate strength in March, 1862, was about four thousand. It finally came under Jackson in the Valley District and passed into the Army of Northern Virginia. Brigadier-General Robert Selden Garnett (U. S.M. A. 1841) was born in Essex County, Virginia, December 16, 1819, and served in the Mexican War as aide to General Taylor. At the outbreak of the Civil War he entered the Confederate service, and in June, 1861, was appointed brigadier-general, with command of the Army of the Northwest. In the action at Carrick's Ford he was killed, June 13, 1861. Brigadier-General Henry Rootes Jackson was born in Athens, Georgia, June 24, 1820, and became a lawyer. He served in the Mexican War as colonel of the First Georgia Volunteers,
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