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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, I. April, 1861 (search)
e the major's own State, North Carolina, like Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Missouri, in the Convention might do, or leave undone, Virginia must array herself on one side or the other. lsewhere. He still doubted, however, whether Virginia would move before autumn. He said there was in its stead; it was replaced by the flag of Virginia. April 17 This was a memorable day. Whe own. Hon. J. M. Mason, and many other of Virginia's distinguished sons were called upon, and deurrently whispered in the streets to-day that Virginia has seceded from the Union; and that the act Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, will be in Virginia. From the ardor of the volunteers already betters will be riveted before the secession of Virginia will be communicated by the senseless form of month hence. Woe, woe to the politicians of Virginia who have wrought this delay! It is now underlegraphed President Davis to-day to hasten to Virginia with as many troops as he can catch up, assur[12 more...]
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 3 (search)
lar army of 12,000 men. If I am not mistaken, Virginia will have to put in the field ten times that confederacy will have to maintain 500,000 in Virginia, or lose the border States. And if the bordetreaty, the Confederate States will reimburse Virginia for all her expenses; and therefore! see no Potomac, and keep the Yankees off the soil of Virginia. May 2 There are vague rumors of lawlthat would be the fate of many slaveowners in Virginia. May 5 President Tyler has placed in myation of Alexandria and Arlington Heights, in Virginia; and if we permitted them to build fortificat bitterness the neglect of the authorities in Virginia. The enemy should not have been permitted toelapsed since the passage of the ordinance in Virginia, nothing had been done, nothing attempted. I as I predicted, have followed the example of Virginia and North Carolina; and I see evidence daily orward in the right direction — to Virginia. Virginia herself ought to have kept the invader from h[4 more...]
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, III. June, 1861 (search)
ps, improved it. It was not a political article; but designed exclusively to advance the cause by inciting the people of Virginia and elsewhere to volunteer for the war. Such volunteers are accepted, and ordered into active service at once; whereas sis matter, the President is supposed to know best. June 27 We have, I think, some 40,000 pretty well armed men in Virginia, sent hither from other States. Virginia has-I know not how many; but she should have at least 40,000 in the field. ThVirginia has-I know not how many; but she should have at least 40,000 in the field. This will enable us to cope with the Federal army of 70,000 volunteers, and the regular forces they may hurl against us. But so far as this department is aware, Virginia has not yet two regiments in the service for three years, or the war. And here theVirginia has not yet two regiments in the service for three years, or the war. And here the war will be sure to rage till the end! June 28 We have a flaming comet in the sky. It comes unannounced, and takes a northwestern course. I dreamed last night that I saw a great black ball moving in the heavens, and it obscured the moon. The
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, IV. July, 1861 (search)
n triumph. Lieut. Minor, C. S. N., participated in this achievement. Gen. Patterson, who conciliated the mob in Philadelphia, which had intended to hang me, seems to be true to his pledge to fight the Southern people. He is now advancing into Virginia at the head of a brigade. July 3 The Secretary said to me to-day that he desired my young friend, the classical teacher, to assist me in writing letters. I told him I needed assistance, and Mr. Jacques was qualified. Major Tyler's ill he but when he gets ready to make a great fight, he is ordered back for fear of his rashness. Exacting obedience in his own subordinates, of course he will obey the orders of Adjt.-Gen. Cooper. In this manner I apprehend that the three giants of Virginia, Wise, Hunter, and Floyd, will be neutralized and dwarfed at the behest of West Point. Napoleon's marshals were privates once-ours-but perhaps West Point may be killed off in the end, since they rush in so eagerly at the beginning of the war.
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 8 (search)
f the New York Times, addressed to him since the battle of Manassas. October 18 I cannot perceive that our army increasas much in strength, particularly in Virginia. The enemy have now over 660,000 in the field in various places, and seem to be preparing for a simultaneous advance. It is said millions of securities, thement upon our flank is intended from the vicinity of Arlington Heights. This is truly a formidable enterprise, if true. We have not 70,000 effective men in Northern Virginia. The lady is in earnest-and remains here. I wrote down the above information and sent it to the President; and understood that dispatches were transmittet forth in the programme. October 21 The enemy's papers represent that we have some 80,000 men in Kentucky, and this lulls us from vigilance and effort in Virginia. The Secretary of War knows very well that we have not 30,000 there, and that we are not likely to have more. We supposed Kentucky would rise. The enemy knows
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 9 (search)
Viii. November, 1861 Quarrel between Gen. Beauregard and Mr. Benjamin. great naval preparations in the North. the loss of Port Royal, S. C., takes some prestige. the affair at Belmont does not compensate for it. the enemy kills an old hare. Missouri secedes. Mason and Slidell captured. French Consul and the actresses. the lieutenant in disguise. Eastern Shore of Virginia invaded. Messrs. Breckinridge and Marshall in Richmond. November 1 There is an outcry against the appointment of two major-generals, recommended, perhaps, by Mr. Benjamin, Gustavus W. Smith and Gen. Lovell, both recently from New York. They came over since the battle of Manassas. Mr. Benjamin is perfectly indifferent to the criticisms and censures of the people and the press. He knows his own ground; and since he is sustained by the President, we must suppose he knows his own footing in the government. If defeated in the legislature, he may have a six years tenure in the cabinet. No
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 17 (search)
ttles. hope for the Union extinct. Gen. Lee brings forward conscripts. Gen. Cobb appointed to arrange exchange of prisoners. Mr. Ould as agent. Pope, the braggart, comes upon the stage. meets a braggart's fate. the war transferred to Northern Virginia. July 1 To-day Gen. Magruder led his division into action at Malvern Hill, it is said, contrary to the judgment of other commanders. The enemy's batteries commanded all the approaches in most advantageous position, and fearful was thover the remains of those who were slain. July 7 Gen. Huger has been relieved of his command. He retains his rank and pay as major-general of ordnance. Gen. Pope, Yankee, has been assigned to the command of the army of invasion in Northern Virginia, and Gen. Halleck has been made commanding general, to reside in Washington. Good! The Yankees are disgracing McClellan, the best general they have. July 8 Glorious Col. Morgan has dashed into Kentucky, whipped everything before him,
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XIX. October, 1862 (search)
error. The supplies necessary for existence should not be withheld from a suffering people. It is dangerous. There is great diversity of opinion yet as to the locality of McClellan's army and Lee's intentions. A dispatch from Gen. Van Dorn, in West Tennessee, indicates that we are gaining a victory over Rosecrans. The battle was in progress, not completed. October 7 Nothing further has been heard from Corinth. A great battle is looked for in Kentucky. All is quiet in Northern Virginia. Some 2500 Confederate prisoners arrived from the North last evening. They are on parole, and will doubtless be exchanged soon, as we have taken at least 40,000 more of the enemy's men than they have captured of ours. Yesterday, Congress, which has prolonged the session until the 13th instant, passed a bill increasing the pay of soldiers four dollars per month. I hope they will increase our pay before they adjourn. Congress also, yesterday, voted down the proposition of a fo
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XX. November, 1862 (search)
t been to see the President-and that may be significant, as this is the usual day. A gentleman, arrived to-day from Maryland, reports that Gen. McClellan has been removed, and the command given to Burnside! He says, moreover, that this change has given umbrage to the army. This may be our deliverance; for if McClellan had been let alone two weeks longer (provided he ascertained our present condition), he might have captured Richmond, which would be holding all Eastern and much of Central Virginia. This blunder seems providential. We learn, also, that the Democracy have carried Illinois, Mr. Lincoln's own State, by a very large majority. This is hailed with gladness by our people; and if there should be a rebellion in the North, as the Tribune predicts, this intervention of the Democrats will be regarded altogether in our favor. Let them put down the radical Abolitionists, and then, no doubt, they will recover some of our trade. It will mortify the Republicans, hereafter,
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 22 (search)
is father. Now Gen. Cooper, the Northern head of the Southern army, orders him to the 10th Cavalry. The general desires his son to remain with him, or that the lieutenant may be permitted to resign. He says he asks no favors of the administration, and has never received any. His best blood (Capt. O. J. W.) has been given to the country, and his home and property lost by the surrender of Norfolk, etc. To-day, Gen. Winder's account for disbursement of secret service money was sent in. Among the persons who were the recipients of this money, I noticed Dr. Rossvally, a notorious spy, and S- w, one of his policemen, who, with W --ll, very recently fled to the enemy, and is now in the service of the United States, at Washington! Gen. Lee has given the command in Northwestern Virginia to Gen. W. E. Jones; and he asks the Secretary to hold a major he has captured as a hostage for the good conduct of the Federal Gen. Milroy, who is imitating Gen. Pope in his cruelties to civilians.
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