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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXVII. June, 1863 (search)
ing could do four centuries ago. June 3 Gen. Lee communicates to the department to-day his views of the Montgomery letter to Gen. Forrest, a copy of which was sent him by Governor Vance. He terms it diabolical. It seems to have been an official letter, superscribed by C. Marshall, Major and A. A. G. Gen. Lee suggests that it be not published, but that copies be sent to all our generals. Hon. R. M. T. Hunter urges the Secretary, in a lengthy letter, to send a cavalry brigade into Essex and the adjacent counties, to protect the inhabitants from the incursions of the Yankees. He says a government agent has established a commissary department within six miles of his house, and it will be sure to be destroyed if no force be sent there adequate to its defense. He says, moreover, if our troops are to operate only in the great armies facing the enemy, a few hostile regiments of horse may easily devastate the country without molestation. Gov. Vance writes a most indignant r
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 40 (search)
Seddon had fair warning about this road. June 24 Hot and hazy; dry. The news (in the papers) of the cutting of our railroad communications with the South creates fresh apprehension among the croakers. But at 12 M. we had news of the recovery of the Weldon Road last evening, and the capture of 500 more prisoners. We have nothing from the south side raiders since their work of destruction at Burkesville, cutting the Danville Road. Mr. Hunter sheds tears over his losses in Essex, the burning of his mill, etc. But he had been a large gainer by the war. There is a rumor of fighting at Petersburg to-day. June 25 Hot and dry. Twelve hundred Federal prisoners passed our door to-day, taken at Petersburg — about half the number captured there during the last two days. The news of the cutting of the Danville Railroad still produces despondency with many. But the people are now harvesting a fair crop of wheat, and the authorities do not apprehend any serio
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 49 (search)
over his head by more than a two-thirds Vote. The Senate will probably do the same. We have a spectacle of war among the politicians as well as in the field! Gen. Whiting, captured at Wilmington, died of his wounds. The government would never listen to his plans for saving Wilmington, and rebuked him for his pertinacity. It is now said Sheridan has crossed the Pamunky, and is returning toward the Rappahannock, instead of forming a junction with G. rant. Senator Hunter's place in Essex will probably be visited, and all that region of country ravaged. It is rumored that Raleigh has fallen! By consulting the map, I perceive that after the battle of Thursday (day before yesterday), Hardee fell back and Sherman advanced, and was within less than thirty miles of Raleigh. The President, it is understood, favors a great and decisive battle. Judge Campbell said to-day that Mr. Wigfall had sent him Mr. Dejarnette's speech (advocating the Monroe doctrine and alliance
The armies are mud-bound — I wish they could continue so. I dread the approach of Spring, with its excitements and horrors. Prices of provisions have risen enormously-bacon $8 per pound, butter $15, etc. Our old friends from the lower part of Essex, Mr.--‘s parishioners for many years, sent over a wagon filled most generously with all manner of necessary things for our larder. We have no right to complain, for Providence is certainly supplying our wants. The clerks' salaries, too, have beten, lest they should get sick ; so I tries to get them to go to sleep; and sometimes the woman in the next room will bring the children her leavings, but she is monstrous poor. When I gave her meat for her children, taken from the bounty of our Essex friends, tears of gratitude ran down her cheeks ; she said they had not seen meat for so long. Poor thing, I promised her that her case should be known, and that she should not suffer so again. A soldier's widow shall not suffer from hunger in
to send in every extra bushel of corn or pound of meat for the army. The people only want enlightening on the subject; it is no want of patriotism which makes them keep any portion of their provisions. Circulars are sent out to the various civil and military officers in all disenthralled counties in the State,--which, alas! when compared with the whole, are very few,--to ask for their superfluities. All will answer promptly, I know, and generously. Since I last wrote in my diary, our Essex friends have again most liberally replenished our larder just as they did this time last year — if possible, more generously. The Lord reward them! March 10, 1865. Still we go on as heretofore, hoping and praying that Richmond may be safe. Before Mr. Hunter (Hon. R. M. T.) left Richmond, I watched his countenance whenever I heard the subject mentioned before him, and though he said nothing, I thought he looked sad. I know that he understands the situation of affairs perfectly, and I
Doc. 48.-operations at Port Hudson. Diary of a rebel soldier. John A. Kennedy, of company H, First Alabama regiment, who was captured near Port Hudson while conveying a cipher letter, addressed by General Frank Gardner, commander of Port Hudson, to General J. E. Johnston, or Lieutenant-General Pemberton, Jackson or Vicksburgh, Miss. May 2, 1863.--Fair and pleasant; rumors of evacuation of P. H., guns being buried, etc. One ship, one transport, and Essex below. Went up river. May 4.--Fair and pleasant. Saw a great many dead horses pass down the river, and other signs of a fight above. Have been receiving no mails in several days. May 5.--The Yanks have come down, and been shelling Captain Stubbs's men. All the infantry portion of the regiment have gone over. May. 6--The fleet is still above. The troops are leaving very fast;----all gone but Lieutenant-General Beale's brigade and the artillery. May 7.--Upper fleet gone. Rumors of fighting in Virginia.
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 7: military operations in Missouri, New Mexico, and Eastern Kentucky--capture of Fort Henry. (search)
a very promising youth, not quite seventeen years of age. He was standing very near Commander Porter at the time, with one hand on that officer's shoulder, and the other on his own cutlass. Captain Porter was badly scalded by the steam that escaped, but recovered. That officer was a son of Commodore David Porter, famous in American annals as the commander of the Essex in the war of 1812; and he inherited his father's bravery and patriotism. The gun-boat placed under his command was named Essex, in honor of his father's memory. It was all over before the land troops arrived, and neither those on the Fort Henry side of the river, nor they who moved against Fort Hieman, on the other bank of the stream, had an opportunity to fight. The occupants of the latter had fled at the approach of the Nationals without firing a shot, and had done what damage they could by fire, at the moment of their departure. A few minutes before the surrender, says Pollard, the scene in and around the for
ing each other, by merely hurling masses of men against them. Intended, of course, to be simultaneous in every quarter, it failed to be so. Our batteries opened early in the morning; and, after a vigorous bombardment, Gens. Weitzel, Grover, and Paine, on our right, assaulted with vigor at 10 A. M., while Gen. Augur, in our center, and Gen. T. W. Sherman, on our left, did not attack in earnest till 2 P M. Meantime, the Hartford and Albatross above, and the Monongahela, Richmond, Genesee, and Essex below the Rebel river batteries, under the direction of Admiral Farragut, rained shot and shell upon the besieged, who had already been compelled by our fleet to abandon their southernmost battery; spiking its guns. In this day's fight, the fleet probably did the greater execution on the Rebels, whose attention was mainly absorbed by the land attack: its fire dismounting several of their heavy guns, and taking in reverse their landward defenses. Never was fighting more heroic than that o
s regiments, at the call of the National Government, and under the direction of her own untiring Executive — for no purpose of subjugation or aggression; in no spirit of revenge or hatred; with no disposition and with no willingness to destroy or impair any constitutional right of any section or of any citizen of the Republic. She would as soon wear a yoke upon her own neck, as she would aid in imposing one on the neck of a sister State. She sends forth her armed battalions — the flower of Essex and Middlesex, of Norfolk and Suffolk, of both her capes and of all her hills and valleys — in no spirit but that of her own honored motto: Ense quietem ;--only to enforce the Laws; only to sustain the Government; only to uphold the Stars and Stripes; only to aid in restoring to the whole people of the land that quiet enjoyment of liberty, which nothing but the faithful observance of the Constitution of our Fathers can secure to us and our posterity. Union for the sake of the Union ; our <
ndfather, 44. Elwell's Corps, 652. Emigrant Aid Society, 132, England, ability of its peerage, whence derived, 34; Butler's youthful prejudice against, 48; secret sessions of Parliament, 119; barons could not write, 121; execution of Charles I., 122; abolishes slavery in Southwestern American colonies, 130; armed Indians in Revolution, 215; conduct of in Trent episode, 316-323; reference to, 539, 566; negotiations with, 962, 967. Erith, England, powder explosion at, 775-776. Essex (Mass.) district, Hon. John B. Alley, member of Congress from, 919; succeeded by Butler, 919-920. Esterbrook, Lieut. James E., in Butler's staff, 896. Europe, Butler reads histories of, 868; General Grant in, 874. Evarts, counsel for President Johnson, 929-930. Everett's battery, 460-461. Everett, Captain, reconnoitres in rear of Fort St. Philip, 363. Everett, Professor, treatise on yellow fever,399. Exeter, Butler to school at, 51-52. F Fairbanks, Governor, Vermont, a
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