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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 3: a cavalry officer of the army of the United States. (search)
. Washington by her first husband, was Washington's aid-de-camp at the siege of Yorktown, and died at the early age of twenty-eight. G. W. P. Custis, the grandson of Mrs. Washington, was educated at Princeton. His early life was passed at Mount Vernon, but after the death of his grandmother, in 1802, he built Arlington House, opposite the city of Washington, on an estate left him by his father. In his will he decreed that all of his slaves should be set free after the expiration of five yer natural life. . . . My daughter, Mary Custis Lee, has the privilege by this will of dividing my family plate among my grandchildren; but the Mount Vernon plate, together with every article I possess relating to Washington, and that came from Mount Vernon, is to remain with my daughter at Arlington House during said daughter's life, and at her death to go to my eldest grandson, George Washington Custis Lee, and to descend from him entire and unchanged to my latest posterity. These articles wer
Francis B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House, Xvi. (search)
he multitude of visitors whom he saw daily, I was often amazed at the readiness with which he recalled faces and events and even names. At one of the afternoon receptions, a stranger shook hands with him, and, as he did so, remarked, casually, that he was elected to Congress about the time Mr. Lincoln's term as representative expired. Yes, said the President, you are from-- mentioning the State. I remember reading of your election in a newspaper one morning on a steamboat going down to Mount Vernon. At another time, a gentleman addressed him, saying, I presume, Mr. President, that you have forgotten me? No, was the prompt reply; your name is Flood. I saw you last, twelve years ago, at-- naming the place and the occasion. I am glad to see, he continued, that the Flood flows on. Subsequent to his reelection a deputation of bankers from various sections were introduced one day by the Secretary of the Treasury. After a few moments' general conversation, Mr. Lincoln turned to one
John G. Nicolay, The Outbreak of Rebellion, Chapter 8: Washington. (search)
the Rebellion. The routine work of the departments went on with its machine-like monotony; the cabinet members called on the President and discussed chances and rumors; General Scott conferred with his subordinates, and made daily confidential reports to Lincoln. The situation, however, revealed nothing certain or definite. From the windows of the Executive Mansion a rebel flag could be seen flying at Alexandria. One rumor asserted that a hostile detachment was being assembled near Mount Vernon; a second, that an attack on Fort Washington was imminent; a third, that an investing force was being brought down from Harper's Ferry. Per contra, there came the welcome information that there were ships and volunteers at Annapolis; but it was clouded with the rumor that their landing would be disputed and their march obstructed by Baltimore roughs and Maryland militia. A pioneer train reported the railroad safe to the Junction, but nothing could be learned of its condition beyond; whil
f Representatives at Washington, Mr. Potter from the Select Committee on the loyalty of Government employees made a special report.--(Doc. 143.) To-day at Washington, two general orders were issued by General Scott. The first directs that all searches for arms, traitors, or spies, and arrests of offenders, in any military department, shall only be made by authority of the Commander of the department, except in cases of urgent necessity. The second order announces the desecration of Mount Vernon by the bands of armed rebels, and expresses the hope of the Commander-in-Chief that, should the operations of the war take the national troops in that direction, every possible respect will be paid to the sacred precincts.--(Doc. 144.) The Missouri State Convention to-day elected for the Provisional Government, Hamilton R. Gamble, for Governor; Willard P. Hale, Lieutenant-Governor; and Mordecai Oliver, Secretary of State. The opposition were excused from voting, protesting against t
the part of the Federals, as our rams glided down to the scene of action. The British steamer Petrel, which had been delayed in rendering assistance to the French steamer Renaudin, which had just gotten off, was now seen going out at this time, passing Sullivan's Island. Numerous sail-boats and barges were seen running down the bay, adding to the interest of the scene. For a time the greatest interest and excitement prevailed. By the assistance of the high tide, and after throwing overboard some ten heavy slabs of iron and about forty boxes of tin, the Havelock floated off and came safely up to the city, much to the chagrin of the Federals. Ponchatoula, La., was this day captured, after a brief skirmish with the enemy, by an expeditionary force of National troops, under the command of Colonel Clark.--(Doc. 144.) The English schooners Mary Jane and Rising Dawn, while attempting to run into Wilmington, N. C., were captured by the gunboats State of Georgia and Mount Vernon.
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 7: Secession Conventions in six States. (search)
ama. A week before the Ordinance of Secession was passed at Montgomery, volunteer troops, in accordance with an arrangement made with the Governors of Louisiana and Georgia, and by order of the Governor of Alabama, had seized the Arsenal at Mount Vernon, about thirty miles above Mobile, and Fort Morgan, at the entrance to the harbor of Mobile, about thirty miles below the city. The expedition to seize the Mount Vernon Arsenal was commanded by Captain Danville Leadbetter, of the United Statesgents came into possession of fifteen thousand stand of arms, one hundred and fifty thousand pounds of powder, some cannon, and a large quantity of munitions of war. At about the same hour on the night of the 3d, when Leadbetter started for Mount Vernon, Colonel John B. Todd, acting under the orders of Governor Moore, embarked, at Mobile, in the steamer Kate Dale, This vessel was destroyed by a terrible powder explosion, at Mobile, on the afternoon of the 25th of May, 1865. with four compa
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 3: military operations in Missouri and Kentucky. (search)
success. The whole force did not exceed three hundred men. When within a few miles of Springfield, Oct. 24. on the highest point of the Ozark Mountains, they fell in with some foragers and captured them; and there a Union farmer told Zagonyi that the Confederate force in the town was full two thousand in number. He was not daunted by this information, but pushed forward. One of the foragers who escaped had heralded his coming, and when he approached the suburbs of the village, on the Mount Vernon road, at a little past four o'clock in the afternoon, he found twelve hundred infantry and four hundred cavalry well prepared, on the brow of a hill in front of sheltering woods, to receive him. Zagonyi was still undaunted. Notwithstanding White's Prairie Scouts had been separated from the Guard, Zagonyi was determined to fight. Turning to his officers, he said: Follow me and do like me! And to his little band of followers he spoke a few hurried words, saying: Comrades! the hour of da
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 59: (search)
Smith. Schooner British Queen. 2,108 31 999 90 1,108 41 do Nov. 25, 1862 Mount Vernon. Boats, 3 sail, and cargoes 1,463 89 277 00 1,186 89 Washington   Reliancnville.   Cotton, 22 biles 14,559 47 534 75 14,024 72 Boston Dec. 2, 1864 Mount Vernon.   Cotton, 88 bales     17,455 63 Philadelphia Jan. 7, 1865 Keystone StatCricket. Steamer Kate 31,180 00 1,890 42 29,289 58 New York Feb. 16, 1864 Mount Vernon, Iroquois, James Adger, Niphon. Sloop Kate 3,572 22 442 22 3,130 00 Key W 2, 1863 Alabama. Brig Napier 4,702 57 1,005 79 3,696 78 do June 28, 1864 Mount Vernon, Mystic, Chippewa, Stars and Stripes. Sloop (no name Waiting for prizenderson. Schooner Rising Dawn 3,212 70 1,213 69 1,999 01 do Jan. 11, 1864 Mount Vernon. Schooner Rose 7,778 40 758 92 7,019 48 Key West Oct. 16, 1862 Sagamore, ker City. Schooner St. George 4,573 64 2,015 65 2,557 99 do Feb. 29, 1864 Mount Vernon. Steamer Secesh 19,080 46 1,394 77 17,685 69 Philadelphia Feb. 18, 1864 C
23. Ky. Its loss was trifling. Gen. Burnside, having thoroughly organized and equipped his command, about 20,000 strong, at Camp Nelson, near Richmond, Ky., commenced, Aug. 16. without awaiting the return of his old corps, his advance on Knoxville simultaneously with Rosecrans's movement on Chattanooga. Marching as light as possible — his men nearly all mounted; his munitions and stores mainly packed on mules — concentrating his forces at Crab Orchard, he pushed vigorously through Mount Vernon, London, Aug. 24. Williamsburg, and thence due south into Tennessee at Chitwood, halting two days Aug. 27-8. to rest; and then making a forced march over the mountains of 40 miles in two days, to Montgomery, and thence reaching Kingston, where the Holston and Clinch rivers unite to form the Tennessee; and where he was greeted by Rosecrans's pickets and communicated with Col. Minty's cavalry; while his army made another forced march oft two days to London, higher up; hoping, thus to
made in any department by the special authority of the commander thereof, excepting in extreme cases admitting of no delay. By command of Lieut. Gen. Scott. E. D. Townsend, Asst. Adjt.-Gen. General orders no. 13.Headquarters of the army, Washington, July 31, 1861. It has been the prayer of every patriot that the tramp and din of civil war might at least spare the precincts within which repose the sacred remains of the Father of his Country; but this pious hope is disappointed. Mount Vernon, so recently consecrated anew to the immortal Washington by the Ladies of America, has already been overrun by bands of rebels, who, having trampled under foot the Constitution of the United States--the ark of our freedom and prosperity — are prepared to trample on the ashes of him to whom we are all mainly indebted for those mighty blessings. Should the operations of war take the United States troops in that direction, the General-in-Chief does not doubt that each and every man will a
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