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Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 1: parentage, and Early years. (search)
in Warren the disease had taken so fatal a hold that it could not be exorcised; it passed into a phase of pulmonary decline, and after a few years of lingering sickness, which seemed to be sanctified to the production of thorough gentleness and piety, it carried him to his grave in his nineteenth year. None of the little family now remained save Thomas, sheltered under the stalwart but kindly arms of his uncle, and the girl Laura, who received her nurture from her mother's relatives in Wood County. Although they henceforth never occupied the same home, and could not meet very often, he always cherished for this sister the warmest affection. The first pocket-money he ever earned for himself, he expended wholly in buying her a dress of silk. It has been stated that Thomas always received from Cummins Jackson the liberal treatment of a son. Thenceforward /his opportunities for education were just such as they would have been, had he been the heir of such a citizen. Classical acade
found in his possession, and he was released. Subsequently a despatch was received from the War Department authorizing his arrest on the charge of treason, but the steamer had in the meantime sailed.--Boston Post, June 13. The Western Virginia Convention met yesterday at Wheeling, and after effecting a temporary organization adjourned till ten o'clock this morning. About forty counties were represented on the basis of their representation in the Legislature. Arthur J. Boreman, of Wood county, was chosen permanent chairman, and delivered a patriotic address on taking his seat. Hie reviewed the ordinance of secession passed by the Richmond convention, and exhorted the delegates to firm, decided, and thorough action. The delegates were then sworn in. The programme of the convention seems to be the formation of a provisional government for the whole State; the deposition of the present State authorities, and the entire reorganization of the municipal Government. Mr. Carlile
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 20: commencement of civil War. (search)
Government. the delegates all took the following oath:--we solemnly declare that we will support the Constitution of the United States, and the laws made in pursuance thereof, as the supreme law of the land, any thing in the Ordinance of the Convention that assembled at Richmond on the 13th day of February last to the contrary notwithstanding. So help me God. Room in which the Convention met at Wheeling. the Convention was organized by the appointment of Arthur J. Boreman, of Wood County, as permanent President, and G. L. Cranmer, Secretary. The President made a patriotic speech on taking the chair, and found the delegates in full Union with him in sentiment. The Convention then went to work in earnest. A committee was appointed to draw up a bill of rights, and on the following day it reported through its chairman, John S. Carlile. All allegiance to the Southern Confederacy was totally denied in that report, and it recommended a Declaration that the functions of all o
uced the following special dispatch to the Wheeling Intelligencer, which was read: "RichmondFebruary 20th. "Great indignation prevails here among Northwestern members on account of the course pursued by Leonard S. Hall, delegate from Wetzel county. He openly denounced his colleague last night, in the parlor of the Spotswood House, as a submissionists, and read a letter from Mr. Charles W. Russell, of Wheeling, in support of his views. "The gallant old Gen. John Jackson, of Wood county, repudiated Hall and his letter before a large crowd, showing that Hall did not represent Wetzel county, much less the Northwest, having been elected only by a meagre plurality, and that through a division of the Union men of his county. The letter of Mr. Russell to Hall is reprobated by Messrs. Willey, Clemens, Jackson, Burley, and all others from the West whom I have heard speak of the affair. C." Mr.Hall then read the letter from C. W. Russell, alluded to above, to show that it w
onstituency join the Southern Confederacy, says: It becomes our duty, in behalf of the people of this county, to express a decided dissent from Mr. Jackson's position, as stated by the papers, and to deny in toto his assertions in reference to our people. We think the resolution was eminently just and proper, and we have yet to hear a single opinion to the contrary expressed by any man, of any party, in this place. It was adopted by the votes of Union men, and asked nothing more than it was right for the Convention to know. We also deem it proper to state, that if our Union must remain disrupted, and we, as Virginians, must make choice between joining the South or being tied to the tail of a Black Republican, negro-equality Government, the people of Wood county, as true Virginians, will go with their Southern brethren. If there are any of our citizens who would not prefer this course, they can only be found among those who are in name or in fact Black Republicans.
The "Convention" at Wheeling. --S. T. Moss, of Wood county, presided over the deliberations of this body. From the Wheeling Union, of Tuesday, we extract the following notice of the first day's proceedings : Gen. Jackson, of Wood county, addressed the Convention in an able and eloquent speech. He contended that the Convention was premature; that the time had not arrived for dividing the State. He exhorted the Convention to do nothing hasty or inconsiderate, that would tend towardWood county, addressed the Convention in an able and eloquent speech. He contended that the Convention was premature; that the time had not arrived for dividing the State. He exhorted the Convention to do nothing hasty or inconsiderate, that would tend toward plunging the Northwest into civil war. He was in favor of delaying action until after the fourth Thursday in May, when the result of the election would show how many counties would consent to unite in dissolving their connection with the State of Virginia, and forming a new State. He was followed by Mr. Carlile, who favored immediate action. He wanted no paper resolutions, but action, final and decisive.--He asserted that if the Convention contented themselves with paper resolutions, the
bellion. There were only two dissenting votes to these resolutions. Wheeling,May 23.--The city to-day gave 2,595 votes against the secession ordinance, and 89 for its ratification. Baltimore,May 23.--A few returns have been received from Western Virginia. A dispatch from Grafton gives the following as the vote of that town:--Against secession, 429; for secession, 1. Taylor county will give about 700 majority against secession. Harrison county about 1,000, and Wood county about 1,600 against. Martinsburg, in Berkeley county, gives 700 majority against secession. Frankfort,May 23.--In the Senate to- day, Mr. Pratt offered a resolution, which lies over for one day under the rules, that in order to advise the next Legislature of the popular will of the State, a vote be taken on the question of secession on the 1st Monday of August next. The Legislature will adjourn to-morrow. The House has concurred in the Senate bill re-organizing the mil
P. M. In the House, Senate amendments to the bill for a State Convention were concurred in. A number of bills were reported, among them one to authorize the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad to construct a branch of the road to some point on the North Carolina line; one to create an Ordnance Department, and one to increase the capital stock of the Danville Railroad Company. Among the resolutions was one for continuing the organization of the Special Court of Appeals. A petition from Wood county, in favor of the Union, was presented; also, one asking that Pittsylvania Academy be converted into a military school, and for an appropriation therefore; also, a remonstrance of 101 citizens of Henrico county against extending the corporation limits of the city of Richmond. A resolution was adopted, deprecating the strengthening of any United States forts within the limits of this State, or removing munitions of war therefrom, and pledging the faith of Virginia, if they be delivered int
Yankee Oppression. A gentleman who has recently been relieved from prison life at Camp Chase, and who is a citizen of Western Virginia, has furnished us one of many incidents in connection with the cruelty practiced by the Yankee hirelings towards the loyal people of the Northwest. In the early part of last summer, a black smith, of Wood county, named McGinness, who was suspected of sympathy with the South, was arrested and taken to Wheeling. A short time previous to his arrest be had lost his wife, and the only remaining members of his family were two little boys, one 9 and the other 12 years old. In the hope that his imprisonment would be of short duration, he requested that his two children might accompany him, which was granted --it would seem only for the purpose of increasing his distress. When they arrived at Wheeling, the whole party, without examination, were thrown into prison — the father in one call and the children in another, without the privilege of communicati
sage as relates to the "act concerning slaves for work on fortifications." Report accepted and committee discharged. Resolutions of inquiry into expediency were offered as follows: By Mr. Isbell, of reporting a bill limiting the cultivation of tobacco; by Mr. Spitler, of repealing so much of the militia laws of the State as requires the election of 2d Major; by Mr. Newman, of releasing B'F Stevinson from all liability incurred as security for Wm. Hatcher, the traitorous Clerk of Wood county. The act to refund money paid the State in cases of religions serapes for exemption from military service was taken up, read the requisite number of times and passed. A petition asking for an increase of fees of office was presented on the part of the clerks of courts in Petersburg, Surry and Prince George. A manorial was presented from the stockholders of the South side Railroad asking that the arrears of interest due by it to the State be converted into stock of the road,
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