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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XX. November, 1862 (search)
Secretary approved; but what will the new one do? The President is non-committal. What a blunder France and England made in hesitating to espouse our cause They might have had any commercial advantages. November 27 Some of the late Secretary's friends are hinting that affairs will go amiss now, as if he would have prevented any disaster! Who gave up Norfolk? That was a calamitous blunder! Letters from North Carolina are distressing enough. They say, but for the influence of Gov. Vance, the legislature would favor reconstruction! Gen. Marshall writes lugubriously. He says his men are all barefoot. Gen. Magruder writes that Pemberton has only 20,000 men, and should have 50,000 more at once-else the Mississippi Valley will be lost, and the cause ruined. He thinks there should be a concentration of troops there immediately, no matter how much other places might suffer; the enemy beaten, and the Mississippi secured at all hazards. If not, Mobile is lost, and perha
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 22 (search)
in the recent campaigns, he has experienced the effects of having inferior artillery and fixed ammunition. But this discrepancy is rapidly disappearing, from captures of the enemy's batteries, etc. He recommends that our 12-pounder howitzers and 6-pounder smooth bores be recast into 12-pounder Napoleons, 10-pounder Parrott guns, and 3-inch rifle cannon. He wants four 12-pounder Napoleons sent him immediately, for a special purpose. His next battle will be principally with artillery. Gov. Vance sends a letter, referring to an order of the government that'all cotton not removed west of the Weldon and Williamsburg Railroad, by the 16th instant, is to be destroyed. He says his State is purchasing 15,000 to 20,000 bales, to establish a credit in Europe, and asks that the Confederate Government authorities will respect the cotton designed for this purpose. He says he will destroy it himself, when the enemy approaches. He says, moreover, that the order will have an unhappy effect; t
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXII. January, 1863 (search)
au of Conscription. high rents. flour contracts in Congress. efforts to escape Conscription. ships coming in freely. sneers at negro troops. hopes of French intervention. Gen. Rains blows himself up. Davis would be the last to give up. Gov. Vance protests against Col. August's appointment as commandant of conscripts. financial difficulties in the United States. January 1 This first day of the year dawned in gloom, but the sun, like the sun of Austerlitz, soon beamed forth in greaday from the army in North Carolina. He says the prospect for a battle is good, as soon as the roads admit of marching. We have nothing further from the bombardment near Savannah. The wires may not be working-or the fort may be taken. Gov. Vance has sent to the department a strong protest against. the appointment of Col. August as commandant of conscripts in Northern Tennessee. Col. A. is a Virginian — that is the only reason. Well, Gen. Rains, who commands all the conscripts in the
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXV. April, 1863 (search)
rations in Arkansas have resulted in reducing our forces, in that State, from forty odd thousand to less than 17,000. It was imprudent to publish such a statement. Albert Pike is a native Yankee, but he has lived a long time in the South. Gov. Vance is furious at the idea of conscribing magistrates, constables, etc. in North Carolina. He says it would be an annihilation of State Rights-nevertheless, being subject to militia duty by the laws of the State, they are liable under the Act of Cthan 20,000 tons per annum, even if engaged exclusively in that work They say that neither individual nor incorporated companies will suffice. The government must manufacture iron or the roads must fail! A cheering letter was received from Gov. Vance to-day, stating that, upon examination, the State (North Carolina) contains a much larger supply of meat and grain than was supposed. The State Government will, in a week or so, turn over to the Confederate Government 250,000 pounds of bacon,
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 27 (search)
fine spirits around Vicksburg. Grant thunders on. plan of servile insurrection. May 1 Gov. Vance writes that Gen. Hill desires him to call out the militia, believing the enemy, balked in the some of the regiments which Gen. D. P. Hill had in North Carolina; and hence the complaints of Gov. Vance, that his State did not have its just proportion of the protection of the government. Of Long, and he suggests summary punishments. The President directs the Secretary to correspond with Gov. Vance on the subject. Mr. Benjamin has had some pretty passports printed. He sends one to Assisortance to it. Among the papers sent in by the President, to-day, was a communication from Gov. Vance, of North Carolina, inclosing a letter from Augustus S. Montgomery, of Washington City, to Maj running at large, so that the slaves could easily find subsistence. The President thanked Gov. Vance for this information, and said our generals would be made acquainted with this scheme; and he
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXVII. June, 1863 (search)
t (on horse) every afternoon, and sits as straight as an English king could do four centuries ago. June 3 Gen. Lee communicates to the department to-day his views of the Montgomery letter to Gen. Forrest, a copy of which was sent him by Governor Vance. He terms it diabolical. It seems to have been an official letter, superscribed by C. Marshall, Major and A. A. G. Gen. Lee suggests that it be not published, but that copies be sent to all our generals. Hon. R. M. T. Hunter urges the destroyed if no force be sent there adequate to its defense. He says, moreover, if our troops are to operate only in the great armies facing the enemy, a few hostile regiments of horse may easily devastate the country without molestation. Gov. Vance writes a most indignant reply to a letter which, it seems, had been addressed to him by the Assistant Secretary of War, Judge Campbell, in which there was an intimation that the judicial department of the State government lent itself to the wor
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 29 (search)
soners. Our loss was five, killed and wounded. Nothing further was heard up to 7 o'clock P. M. 37G From Lee we have no news whatever. A letter from Governor Vance, of North Carolina, complains of an insult offered by Col. Thorburn (of Virginia), and asking that he be removed from the State, and if retained in service, nr informed him of his special permission from Gen. Whiting and the Board of Navigation-and yet the colonel said he should not pass for fifteen days, if he was Governor Vance or Governor Jesus Christ. The President indorsed on this letter, as one requiring the Secretary's attention, if the case be as stated. Again the blockade-city. Mr. Miles calls loudly for reinforcements and heavy cannon, and says the enemy was reinforced a few days since. An indignant letter was received from Gov. Vance to-day, in response to the refusal of the government and Gen. Lee to permit him to send with the army a newspaper correspondent to see that justice was done the
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXIX. August, 1863 (search)
t), night before last, being incited thereto by the newspapers. He wants pickets placed at certain places to catch them, so that some examples may be made. Gov. Vance urges the War Department to interdict speculation on the part of officers of the government and army, as it tempts them to embezzle the public funds, enhances pstill with an eye to gain. Gen. Lee has returned to the Army of Northern Virginia-and we shall probably soon hear of interesting operations in the field. Governor Vance writes for a brigade of North Carolinians to collect deserters in the western counties of that State. There must be two armies in Virginia this fall-one fd my butter-beans are filling rapidly, and have already given us a dinner. What we shall do for clothing, the Lord knows-but we trust in Him. August 31 Governor Vance writes that large bodies of deserters in the western counties of North Carolina are organized, with arms, and threaten to raise the Union flag at the courthou
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXX. September, 1863 (search)
of the loyalty of the owners and officers of that vessel. Gov. Z. B. Vance complains indignantly of Marylanders and Virginians appointed that, and when the soldiers had been dispersed by a speech from Governor Vance, the citizens broke. into and partially destroyed the Journal,retary, Mr. Seddon, suggesting that he had better correspond with Gov. Vance on the subject, and if military force should be required, he mighers, fell back. When will these things cease? September 13 Gov. Vance writes that he has reliable information that the 30,000 troops inthese battles, they will suffer more by defeat than we would. Gov. Vance has written a pointed letter to the President in regard to the moial steamers, and especially to sink transports. The letter of Gov. Vance in relation to the 30,000 men destined for North Carolina being rax (war) of $500, because they cannot do it conscientiously. And Gov. Vance says the treatment referred to willnot be tolerated. September
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXXII. November, 1863 (search)
his army. The President sends a copy to the Secretary, who will probably comply, and there may be a personal affair, for Bragg's strictures on Hill as a general were pretty severe. There are rumors of a break in the cabinet, a majority, it is said, having been in favor of Bragg's removal. Bragg's disaster so shocked my son Custis that, at dinner, when asked for rice, he poured water into his sister's plate, the pitcher being near. November 27 Dark and gloomy. At 10 o'clock Gov. Vance, of North Carolina, telegraphed the Secretary of War, asking if anything additional had been heard from Bragg. The Secretary straightened in his chair, and answered that he knew nothing but what was published in the papers. At 1 o'clock P. M. a dispatch was received from Bragg, dated at Ringgold, Ga., some thirty miles from the battle-field of the day before. Here, however, it is thought he will make a stand. But if he could not hold his mountain position, what can he do in the plai
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