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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 10: Peace movements.--Convention of conspirators at Montgomery. (search)
ucting the Military and Naval Committees to report plans for the organization of an army and navy, and to make provision for the officers in each service who had deserted their flag and were seeking employment from the Confederates at Montgomery. Preparations were now February 15, 1861. made for the reception and inauguration of Davis. He was at his home near Vicksburg when apprised of his election, and he hastened to Montgomery on the circuitous railway route by the way of Jackson, Grand Junction, Chattanooga, and West Point. His journey was a continuous ovation. He made twenty-five speeches on the way, all breathing treason to the Government by whose bounty he had been educated and fed, and whose laws he had frequently sworn to uphold. A committee of the Convention and the public authorities of Montgomery met him eight miles from the city. February 15. At Opelika, two companies from Columbus, Georgia, joined the escort. He reached his destination at ten o'clock at night, wh
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 14: the great Uprising of the people. (search)
. having traveled all night on the railway from Grand Junction, in Tennessee. At Oxford, Canton, Jackson, and other places,. 20. but prudence counseled silence. We went on to Grand Junction the next morning, where we were detained thirty-six ho being so nigh. The landlord of the Percey House at Grand Junction was kind and obliging, and made our involuntary sojournother significant amusement at which we assisted. At Grand Junction, four railway trains, traveling respectively on the Nehave just noticed. On the day after his harangue at Grand Junction, Pillow was in Memphis, where he assumed the character in iniquity, with crushing force. Our detention at Grand Junction was fortunate for us. We intended to travel eastward tturn our faces northward. Had we not been detained at Grand Junction, we should then have been in Virginia, possibly in Wasellow-passenger, repeated his disreputable harangue at Grand Junction, and talked of the poverty, the perfidy, the acquisiti