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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXIII. February, 1863 (search)
doubt the army could be half fed in this way for months. But the red tape men are inflexible and inscrutable. Nevertheless, the commissaries and quartermasters are getting rich. February 19 The resignation of Gen. Gustavus W. Smith has been accepted by the President. It was well done — the acb ceptance, I mean. Who will Gen. Winder report to now? Gen. Winder has learned that I am keeping a diary, and that some space in it may be devoted to the history of martial law. He said to Capt. Warner, his commissary of prisons, that he would patronize it. The captain asked me if Gen. Winder's rule was not dwelt upon in it. I said doubtless it was; but that I had not yet revised it, and was never in the habit of perusing my own works until they were completed. Then I carefully corrected them for the press. Major-Gen. Pickett's division marched through the city to-day for Drewry's Bluff. Gen. Lee writes that this division can beat the army corps of Hooker, supposed to be sent to th
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXIX. August, 1863 (search)
rmasters to employ in such capacities all that could be procured. Col. Myers, the Quartermaster-General, who is charged with saying Let them suffer, when the soldiers wanted blankets last winter, is to go out of office at last — to be succeeded by Brig.-Gen. Lawton. Oak-wood is selling to-day for $35 per cord; coal, $25 per cartload; and flour, $45 per barrel. Mr. Warwick, however, sells any family one barrel for $34. I got one from him, and the promise of another for $33-from Commissary Warner; and I hope to get two loads of coal, under the navy contract, at $20 each. There is much excitement against the speculators in food and fuel-and some harsh proceeding may ensue. The Tribune (New York) now says no terms will be listened to so long as we are in arms. We will not yield our arms but with life-and this insures independence. August 9 No news from the armies. Mrs. ex-President Tyler, who has already been permitted to visit her native State, New York, once or
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 32 (search)
reventing transportation of meat and bread to the city, or for impressing it in transitu. Capt. Warner, who feeds the prisoners of war, and who is my good friend in need, sent me yesterday 20 odd m Richmond, or else he will have been driven off by the local troops near that vicinity. Captain Warner took me in his buggy this morning to the military prisons. He did not lead me into the crowh is not yet developed. Our papers are rejoicing over thousands of prisoners picked up; but Captain Warner, who furnishes the prisoners their rations, assures me that they have not yet arrived; whilee persimmons, etc. next Wednesday. And we had a good dinner to-day: a piece of fat shoulder Capt. Warner let me have at $1 per pound — it is selling for $2.50-and cabbage from my garden, which my neorwarded, makes 2462. (Signed) R. E. Lee. Official.: John Withers, A. A. General. And Capt. Warner says he is now feeding them. Gen. Lee writes on the 19th inst., that it is doubtful wheth
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXXII. November, 1863 (search)
es $3 per yard. This is a saving of $40. And I bought 24 pounds of bacon of Capt. Warner, Commissary, at $1 per pound. The retail price is $2.50-and this is a savin is the only chance of independence. I may be mistakenbut we shall see. Capt. Warner, who feeds the 13,000 prisoners here, when he has the means of doing so, say sweet 5's and 10's scarce and in demand, with an advance. My friend Capt. Jackson Warner sent me, to-day, two bushels of meal at government price, $5 per bushel.f their wounds, etc.-preferring death to being advertised as deserters. Captain Warner sent me a bag of sweet potatoes to-day, received from North Carolina. We hby its own agents! Mr. Secretary Seddon will soon see into this matter. Capt. Warner says the Federal prisoners here have had no meat for three days, Commissary-ade's advance in this direction with his communications cut behind him. Captain Warner has sold me two pieces of bacon again, out of his own smoke-house, at $1 pe
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 35 (search)
ly — is to be inaugurated to-day. Flour is now held at $150 per barrel. Capt. Warner has just sold me two bushels of meal at $5 per bushel; the price in market ithe Secretary may find Mr. S.'s character such as to deserve attention. Captain Warner says it is believed there will be a riot, perhaps, when Col. Northrop, the 0 per bushel, and meat from $2 to $5 per pound, what income would suffice? Captain Warner (I suppose in return for some writing which Custis did for him) sent us yesing parties. The prisoners here have now been six days without meat; and Capt. Warner has been ordered by the Quartermaster-General to purchase supplies for them, him that they fare as well as our armies, and so he refused the commissary (Capt. Warner) of the prisoners a permit to buy and bring to the city cattle he might be aay, for a half bushel of meal; meantime I got an order for two bushels, from Capt. Warner, at $10 per bushel. The President receives visitors to-night; and, for t
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 38 (search)
ned, at last. He did not find his position a bed of roses. I believe he abandons the Confederate States service altogether, and will attend to the collection of claims, and the defense of prisoners, probably arrested by Major Carrington, his successor in office. To-day I saw two conscripts from Western Virginia conducted to the cars (going to Lee's army) in chains. It made a chill shoot through my breast. I doubt its policy, though they may be peculiar offenders. The benevolent Capt. Warner, being persecuted by the Commissary-General for telling the truth in regard to the rations, etc., is settling his accounts as rapidly as possible, and will resign his office. He says he will resume his old business, publishing books, etc. April 11 Rained all night, but clear most of the day. There are rumors of Burnside landing troops on the Peninsula; also of preparations for movements on the Rappahannock-by which side is uncertain. It is said troops are coming from Mississip
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 39 (search)
Custis and his brother Thomas ran in-remaining but a moment. Custis exclaimed: Let me have some money, mother (I had to go to the office), or we will starve. The government don't feed us, and we are almost famished. Cook something, and get Captain Warner to bring it in his buggy-do, if possible. He got $20. They looked worn, and were black with dust, etc. My daughter said they looked like negroes. The Secretary issued this morning a new edition of his handbills, calling the people to armsambulances are arriving every hour with the wounded, coming in by the Brooke Turnpike. The battalion my sons are in lost none of its men, though shelled by the enemy early in the morning; nor do we know that our battery did any execution. Capt. Warner delivered the provisions their mother cooked for them yesterday. He saw only Custis, who gladly received the bread, and meat, and eggs; but he and Tom were both drenched with rain, as they had no shelter yesterday. But a comrade, and one of
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 45 (search)
ns. Several have been destroyed by the enemy; the ore and fuel of others have become exhausted; and those in blast threaten to cease work for want of hands, the men being put in the army. November 28 Calm and warm; clouds and sunshine, without wind. All quiet below. It is reported that one of our picket boats in the James River deserted last night. It is said the crew overpowered the officers and put them ashore, and then the boat rowed down to the enemy. I am informed by Capt. Warner that there are 12,000 graves of Federal prisoners at Andersonville, Ga. That climate is fatal to them; but the government cannot feed them here, and the enemy won't exchange. A dispatch from Gen. Bragg: Augusta, November 27th, 1864.-We have lost communication with the front. A small cavalry raid cut the Savannah Railroad and telegraph, this morning, at Brier Creek, twenty-six miles from here. Gen. Wheeler was, yesterday, confronting the enemy's infantry at Sandersville. An o
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 48 (search)
tain peace will certainly be made. President Lincoln has appointed ex-Presidents Fillmore and Pierce and Hon. S. P. Chase, commissioners, to treat with ours. The two first are avowed peace men; and may God grant that their endeavors may prove successful! Such is the newspaper information. A kind Providence watches over my family. The disbursing clerk is paying us half salaries to-day, as suggested in a note I wrote the Secretary yesterday. And Mr. Price informs me that the flour (Capt. Warner's) so long held at Greensborough has arrived! I shall get my barrel. It cost originally $150; but subsequent expenses may make it cost me, perhaps, $300. The market price is from $800 to $1000. I bought also of Mr. Price one-half bushel of red or cow-peas for $30; the market price being $80 per bushel. And Major Maynard says I shall have a load of government wood in a few days! February 3 The report that the United States Government had appointed commissioners to meet ours is con
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 49 (search)
ents-French and Austrian; but that belonging to foreign subjects is not to be spared. This he says is with the concurrence of the British Government. Tobacco is being moved from the city with all possible expedition. March 3 Raining and cold. This morning there was another arrival of our prisoners on parol, and not yet exchanged. Many thousands have arrived this week, and many more are on the way. How shall we feed them? Will they compel the evacuation of the city? I hope not. Capt. Warner, Commissary-General, is here again; and if assigned to duty, has sufficient business qualifications to collect supplies. Thank God, I have some 300 pounds of flour and hal, that amount of meal-bread rations for my family, seven in number, for more than two months! I have but 71 pounds of meat; but we can live without it, as we have often done. I have a bushel of peas also, and coal and wood for a month. This is a guarantee against immediate starvation, should the famine become more
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