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Doc. 199. the Presbyterians and the war. Correspondence between the Synod of New York and New Jersey and the Secretary of State. New Hampton, Orange Co., N. Y., Nov. 26, 1861. dear sir: As directed by the Synod of New York and New Jersey, I forward herewith, together with the accompanying minutes, a copy of the paper on the state of the country, adopted by that body during its recent session in Newark, N. J. Respectfully yours, O. M. Johnson. Hon. Wm. H. Seward, Secretary of State, Extract from the minutes of the Synod of New York and New Jersey. The Rev. Messrs. James P. Wilson, D. D., William Adams, D. D., William W. Newell, D. D., and Hon. William Pennington and Hon. Edward A. Lambert, Elders, were appointed a committee to prepare a minute in relation to the present condition of the country. The committee appointed to prepare a minute in relation to the present condition of our country, reported the following preamble and resolutions, which were adopted una
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 15 (search)
ic, Captain Henry McDougall. When the boat was ready to start, Willie was missing. Mrs. Sherman supposed him to have been with me, whereas I supposed he was with her. An officer of the Thirteenth went up to General McPherson's house for him, and soon returned, with Captain Clift leading him, carrying in his hands a small double-barreled shot-gun; and I joked him about carrying away captured property. In a short time we got off. As we all stood on the guards to look at our old camps at Young's Point, I remarked that Willie was not well, and he admitted that he was sick. His mother put him to bed, and consulted Dr. Roler, of the Fifty-fifth Illinois, who found symptoms of typhoid fever. The river was low; we made slow progress till above Helena; and, as we approached Memphis, Dr. Roler told me that Willie's life was in danger, and he was extremely anxious to reach Memphis for certain medicines and for consultation. We arrived at Memphis on the 2d of October, carried Willie up to t
The traitor's plot. A correspondent of the Evening Post tells the following anecdote:--Three months ago I was returning from Washington, when Colonel Taylor, (brother of the late President Taylor,) who is now in the federal army, being on a visit to Newark, N. J., joined our party. Colonel Jeff. Davis, as is well known, ran away with General Taylor's daughter, and the families were intimate. Colonel Taylor had but a short time before held an after-dinner's conversation with Jefferson Davis, and while lamenting the approaching troubles, gave us an account of that conversation. The words of Colonel Taylor were nearly as follows: After a free talk about our country's troubles, we sat still smoking for some time, when I said, Colonel, what a bad way we are in. Oh! yes, yes, replied Davis, with comparative indifference. Thinking to touch his pride a little, I said, Colonel, what a fine chance for a southern man to distinguish himself by uniting the North and South! We sha
heroism at, P. 130 National Guard Marching Song, P. 19 National Union, newspaper of Ky.; opinion of secession, D. 30 Naval Brigade at Fort Monroe, D. 98 Navigation laws, Int. 26 Neal, John, P. 119 Nebraska put in a state of defence, D. 52 Needham, S. h., died, D. 47, 53 Negroes, actions of the Delaware, P. 113; in the rebel army, D. 49; to be watched, D. 84 See The cockade Black Diamonds, P. 78 Negro insurrections in Alabama, P. 12 Newark, N. J., German Union meeting at, D. 26-29 Newcastle, Duke of, order in reference to privateers. Doc. 108, 418 Newcomb, O., patriotism of the family of, P. 44 New England Society, meeting of, at New York, D. 4 New Hampshire, response to the President's call for troops, D. 28; patriotism of the banks of, D. 28; First Regiment of volunteers. D. 82; departure of the, Doc. 294 New Jersey, banks of, D. 80; legislature of, D. 51, 60; troops leave Bordentown, D. 55; militi
vation of the crew. The captain, and the officers remaining on board, would take no action in relation to lowering the last remaining one of the five ship's boats, when William H. Beach, and his brother, Charles A. Beach, both mechanics from Newark, N. J., determined, as a last resort, to launch the yawl, and make an effort to gain the fleet, whence they expected assistance. Having done this successfully, they asked the captain and pilot to accompany them, but they declining, the second enginot, J. T. Horton. Stevedore, Mr. Bassett. Purser, Mr. Smith, in charge of stores. Mechanics in the employment of the coast division: John Dye and brother, master masons; William H. Beach, wagon-maker, and Charles A. Beach, forger, of Newark, N. J. The last two were the men who launched the last boat. The steam gunboat Zouave, Capt. Wm. Hunt, of the coast division, sank this morning at her anchorage. She was used as a transport, and had on board a portion of the Twenty-fifth Massach
y, that we cannot hold this place. We have accomplished all we came for. We have destroyed your stores and taken your men. We can't take them with us, as we are mounted, therefore we will take your parole not to serve during the war unless exchanged, and let you go. The cotton-buyers, traders and citizens were then separated from the soldiers and questioned as to their business, etc., by one of General Van Dorn's staff. The questions asked me will serve as a sample: Where do you live? In Newark, Ohio. Are you connected with the army? No, sir. What are you doing here, sir? Well, sir, I am at the house of a friend, Mrs. Capt. Barney, who formerly lived at the North, and whose husband is an engineer, and is now with your people in Alabama. Are you not a cotton buyer, sir? Yes, sir, I (a-hem) have invested all my spare money in cotton, and to-day it has gone up the spout. All right, not a good speculation. I presume, sir, the Southern cavalry do unexpected things sometimes, sir;
to follow. The Eighty-third lost one man killed. The enemy landed a steamer and two flatboats loaded with troops and artillery, about six miles above, the night before. We remained two days at Hill's plantation, waiting for the rebels to prepare. But they would not give or receive battle. We embarked on the transports and gunboats, and returned. The troops, gunboats, ammunition, and supplies, with a considerable quantity of cotton and fifty good mules, are all safe, and approaching Young's Point, as I write. There were destroyed by our troops and by the rebels at least two thousand bales of cotton, fifty thousand bushels of corn, and the gins and houses of the plantations whose owners had obstructed our progress and joined in the warfare. The resources of the country were found ample to subsist the army at Vicksburg for some length of time, and by the destruction of them we crippled the enemy so far. There were features about this expedition novel and exciting. Back Ba
nd to Eagle Bend thirty thousand rations, for General Stuart's command. On the twentieth, at eight P. M., the Von Phul left, with one hundred and seventy-one bales of cotton, three hundred and fifty head of beef cattle, and one hundred mules, and proceeded to Lake Providence and discharged her freight there, returning on the twenty-second at eight A. M., and again left on the twenty-fifth, with two hundred and eighty-six head of cattle, landing them half at Milliken's Bend and half at Young's Point. On the twenty-seventh, the David Tatum arrived, and on the twenty-eighth, the expedition left, arriving here and disembarking the troops, without accident or trouble, on the thirtieth. The David Tatum, being nearly wrecked by the storm, only obtained seventy-five cattle, which were delivered to General Logan's division on the thirtieth. The summary of the trip of sixteen days is as follows: Two thousand three hundred and eighty bales of cotton--2209 to Captain Reno; 171 to Cap
once that this dispatch had been forwarded by courier. On the eighteenth, I addressed a second communication, through the same medium, as follows: Lieutenant-General Smith, or Major-General Taylor: The enemy are cutting a passage from near Young's Point to Bayou Vidal, to reach the Mississippi River, near New Carthage; without co-operation it is impossible to oppose him. Inform me what action you intend to take. To these communications, and to a subsequent one of twenty-second April, I reced from the night of the thirteenth until the morning of the fifteenth. On the thirteenth, the following dispatch was sent to General Johnston: General Forney reports from Vicksburg, this morning, four transports loaded with troops arrived at Young's Point this morning. Five regiments and a battery passed down by Brown and Johnston's. Wagon trains continue to pass back and forth. My reinforcements will be very small and arrive very slowly. If possible, Port Hudson should also be reinforced.
On the fifth instant General Smith was here in person, and directed me to proceed to Ashton, on the Mississippi, and endeavor to blockade the river against the enemy's transports and supply boats. In accordance with these instructions, I marched from here on the ninth instant. The same morning Captain Janes, who had been sent with a flag of truce to deliver a communication from General Taylor to General Grant, returned and reported the delivery of the despatch to the enemy's pickets at Young's Point. He brought intelligence, derived from sources that I did not wholly credit, that Vicksburg had capitulated on the fourth instant. Not considering this entirely certain, I continued my movements, but the same day I received the intelligence, unfortunately too well authenticated to admit of a doubt. At the same time I received instructions from Lieutenant-General Smith to return to this point, and if forced to abandon the Washita Valley by superior numbers, to fall back on Red river
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