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Eliza Frances Andrews, The war-time journal of a Georgia girl, 1864-1865, chapter 4 (search)
outh, for it places that vulgar renegade, Andy Johnson, in power, and will give the Yankees an excuse for charging us with a crime which was in reality only the deed of an irresponsible madman. Our papers ought to reprobate it universally. About one o'clock we reached Barnett, where I used to feel as much at home as in Washington itself, but there was such a crowd, such a rush, such a hurrying to and fro at the quiet little depot, that I could hardly recognize it. The train on our Washington branch was crammed with soldiers; I saw no familiar face except Mr. Edmundson, the conductor. There is so much travel over this route now that three or four trains are run between Washington and Barnett daily, and sometimes double that number. We looked out eagerly for the first glimpse of home, and when the old town clock came into view, a shout of joy went up from us returning wanderers. When we drew up at the depot, amid all the bustle and confusion of an important military post, I coul
message as to his movements could be sent off in any direction. Mr. Lincoln could not probably arrive in season for our regular train that left at eleven P. M., and I did not dare to send him by an extra for fear of its being found out or suspected that he was on the road; so it became necessary for me to devise some excuse for the detention of the train. But three or four on the road besides myself knew the plan. One of these I sent by an earlier train, to say to the people of the Washington Branch road that I had an important package I was getting ready for the eleven P. M., train; that it was necessary I should have this package delivered in Washington early the next morning without fail; that I was straining every nerve to get it ready by eleven o'clock, but, in case I did not succeed, I should delay the train until it was ready,— probably not more than half an hour; and I wished, as a personal favor, that the Washington train should await the coming of ours from Philadelphia
Late from Washington. --A gentlemen who arrived here yesterday from Washington, a place which he prudently left to avoid the consequences of entertaining opinions favorable to the South, furnishes us with the following: Col. Butler, with the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment, took possession of the railroad at the Relay House (Washington Branch) B. &O. R. R., on Sunday. The policy of the Government appears to be to capture Harper's Ferry and Alexandria, and make them military camps. It is altogether probable they took possession of the latter place this morning, (the 6th.) It is urged by prominent Republicans to make a decisive blow — reduce Norfolk and Richmond immediately. On Saturday two young men from Prince George's county, Maryland, were arrested as Secessionists, but by the interference of Capt. Towers, of the Washington Light Infantry, who apologized for them, they were let off. The Pennsylvania troops, quartered in the Inauguration Ball-room, are re
his committee. Meantime, Lincoln's virtual declaration of war against South Carolina has dispelled the hopes of many who went to bed last night in the most sanguine spirits. If it is expected that threats will have any other influence than to confirm South Carolina in her position, and to bring the whole South actively to her aid, the Republicans are grievously in error. There is much despondency here today. The bill authorizing the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to extend its Washington branch across the Long Bridge so as to connect with the Virginia roads, passed the Senate yesterday by a decided vote of 35 yeas to 15 nays.--The bill is hampered with many amendments which may prevent its acceptance by the company; but the extension is imperiously demanded by the exigencies of travel and trade, which will not permit stoppages and changes when they can be avoided. A shrewd New England man said this morning that all Charleston has to do is to declare itself a free port; t