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entic statement of the principles and purposes which actuated me on assuming the duties of the high office to which I had been called. An eye-witness wrote: I have been honored with the friendship of the late President Davis since early in 1861. Of the voluntary escort which met him near the Georgia line and went with him to Montgomery when he first assumed the Chief Magistracy of the Confederacy, then consisting of seven States, I can recall but three who are now living-Alexander Walker, Thomas C. Howard, and myself. In those days there were no sleepers, and we secured a car which had been roughly fitted up for the use of Dr. Lewis, and which contained a comfortable bed. Soon after an introduction, we were at Ringgold about ten P. M., where bonfires were blazing and where he made a ringing speech, of which I remember the opening phrase: Countrymen, fellow-citizens, Georgians! I give your proudest title last, etc. He went to sleep at once without undressing, but at ev
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 4: going to Montgomery.-appointment of the Cabinet. (search)
arnwell therefore declined the portfolio of State. Mr. Memminger's portfolio had been intended for Mr. Toombs, of Georgia. Mr. Mallory had been chairman of the Naval Committee in the Senate, and was urged for Secretary of the Navy. Mr. Benjamin's legal attainments caused him to be invited to be Attorney-General. Mr. Reagan was appointed Postmaster-General because of his sturdy honesty, his capacity for labor, and his acquaintance with the territory of the Southern States. Mr. Leroy Pope Walker's name was the only one urged by Alabama for the War Department. The Confederate Congress declared that the laws of the United States in force and use in the Confederate States of America on November Ist were continued, until repealed by Congress. The collectors and assistant treasurers were also continued in their offices. The Provisional Government recommended that immediate steps be taken to adjust the claims of the United States Government on the public property, to apportion
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 17: Roanoke Island.-Mr. Davis's inauguration. (search)
Chapter 17: Roanoke Island.-Mr. Davis's inauguration. The year 1862 was destined to be a noted one in the annals of the country, and the military campaigns in the Confederate States opened early, to end only with the expiration of the year. Early in the year, Mr. Walker having resigned his portfolio, a general reorganization of the cabinet was arranged, and, on March 17th, the Senate made the following confirmations : Secretary of StateJ. P. Benjamin. TreasuryC. G. Memminger. Secretary of WarJ. P. Benjamin. Secretary of NavyS. R. Mallory. Postmaster-GeneralJ. H. Reagan. Attorney-GeneralThomas H. Watts. The dissolution of his cabinet disquieted the President greatly, and about this time the organized opposition party began to be felt. The enemy also manifested unusual activity. Their first move was the capture of Roanoke Island, on the low coast-line of North Carolina, for it was an important outpost of the Confederates. Its possession by the enemy would gi
in the last halfhour's life of the Army of Northern Virginia, when he reported his corps fought to a frazzle. Then, and then only, was the emblem of truce displayed. Joseph Wheeler, the young Murat of the cavalry, General Lawton and his no less distinguished brother-in-law, E. Porter Alexander, the skilful engineer and accomplished artillery officer, for gallantry promoted to be Brigadier-General and Chief of Artillery of Longstreet's Corps; and Hardee, the scientific dauntless soldier; Walker, David R. Jones, Young, Denning, Colquitt, and a shining list I have not space to name. Mississippi gave her Ferguson, Barksdale, Martin, the two Adams, Featherston, Posey, and Fizer, who led an army on the ramparts of Knoxville but left his arm there, and a host of gallant men. Alabama sent us Deas, Law, Gracie, and James Longstreet, dubbed by Lee upon the field of Sharpsburg his old war horse, a stubborn fighter, who held the centre there with a scant force and a single battery of
hers who were in a position to know all the circumstances of the alleged proposal to buy the fleet, so positively asserted by Judge Roman, the following answers were received. All show that their recollections are also vague and indistinct, of events of such great importance that, had they been accomplished, the door, as Roman says, would not have been closed upon the Confederacy, through which might have entered those sinews of war, the want of which proved fatal to the cause. Honorable L. P. Walker, ex-Confederate Secretary of War, wrote: I have read the article in the New York Sun which you enclosed me in your letter to me of the second instant. I do not remember the interview with me mentioned by General Beauregard, nor that any proposition was submitted to the Confederate Government for the sale to it of any steamers of the character stated here. If any such proposition was made, it has passed from my recollection. To a like inquiry, addressed to Mr. Memminger,