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J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, Xxiv. March, 1863 (search)
he will have an interview with the Secretary of War in relation to the matter. Every man we can put'in the field is demanded; and many fear we shall not have a sufficient number to oppose the overwhelming tide soon to be surging over the land. At such a crisis, and in consideration of all the circumstances attending this matter, involving the loss of so many men, one is naturally startled at Judge Campbell's conduct. March 18 I sent an extract from my Diary of yesterday to the Hon. T. H. Watts, Minister of Justice. I know not whether he will appreciate its importance; but he has professed friendship for me. The city is in some excitement to-day, for early this morning we had intelligence of the crossing of the Rappahannock by a portion of the Federal army. During the day the division of Hood defiled through the streets, at a quick pace, marching back to Lee's army. But the march of troops and the rumbling of artillery have ceased to be novel spectacles to our communi
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 29 (search)
t is ready, no doubt, to take his place in the event of a fatal result; and some would rejoice at it. Such is the mutability of political affairs! The Attorney-General Watts, being referred to, sends in a written opinion that foreigners sojourning here, under the protection of the Confederate States, are liable to military dut the State. I learn a subsequent dispatch announced that fighting had begun. I believe Johnston is intrenched. To-day Mr. Secretary Seddon requested Attorney-General Watts, if he could do so consistent with duty, to order a nolle prosequi in the District Court of Alabama in the case of Ford, Hurd & Co. for trading with the enemy. Gen. Pemberton had made a contract with them, allowing them to ship cotton to New Orleans, and to bring back certain supplies for the army. But Mr. Attorney-General Watts replied that it was not consistent with his duty to comply, and therefore he demurred to it, as the act they were charged with was in violation of the ac
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, XXXV. February, 1864 (search)
, in his opinion, it would be injudicious to place a corps under the command of Gen. Lovell, and it would not give confidence to the army. This being sent to the President, came back indorsed, opinion concurred in.-J. D. Gen. Pillow has applied for the command of two brigades for operations between Gen. Johnston's and Gen. Polk's armies, protecting the flanks of both, and guarding the coal mines, iron works, etc. in Middle Alabama. This is strongly approved by Generals Johnston, Polk, Gov. Watts & Co. But the President has not yet decided the matter. The Commissary-General is appointing many ladies to clerkships. Old men, disabled soldiers, and ladies are to be relied on for clerical duty, nearly all others to take the field. But every ingenuity is resorted to by those having in substitutes to evade military service. There is a great pressure of foreigners (mostly Irish) for passes to leave the country. February 2 So lax has become Gen. Winder's rule, or deficient,
J. B. Jones, A Rebel War Clerk's Diary, chapter 38 (search)
tillery. R. F. Hoke, Brig.-General. The President has changed his mind since the reception of the news from North Carolina, and has determined that all the government shall not leave Richmond until further orders. All that can be spared will go, however, at once. The War and Navy Departments will remain for the present. The news is said to have had a wonderful effect on the President's mind; and he hopes we may derive considerable supplies from Eastern North Carolina. So do I. Gov. Watts writes to the Secretary that commissary agents, who ought to be in the ranks, are making unnecessary impressments, leaving to each negro only four ounces of bacon per day. He says the government has already some 10,000,000 pounds of bacon in Alabama; and that if the other States, east of the Mississippi, furnish a proportional amount, there will be 60,000,000 pounds-enough to feed our armies twelve months. The Commissary-General's estimates for the next six months are for 400,000 men.
Doc. 77.-proclamation of Governor Watts. Executive Department of Alabama, Montgomery, Feb. 6, 1864. To the People of Alabama: The recent action of Congress has deprived the State of much of the materials of the second-class militia. It is important to the defence of the State that Alabama shall have more troops subject to the call of her Commander-in-Chief. We have within the State the materials for an efficient army. It needs nothing but the spirit, the prompt and willing spirit, o for three years have carried their lives in their hands, ready to be sacrificed in defence of their homes and liberty, are willing to battle on while the feet of a hated foe press on our soil, shall we at home be laggards in the race of glory? I trust no such damning stigma shall rest upon the honored name of Alabama. I confidently expect a hearty, prompt, and noble response to this call. The rolls of companies will be reported to the Adjutant-General. T. H. Watts, Governor of Alabama.
to tax State property, it is not the duty of Congress to exempt State property, including exportations and importations by the States, from all confederate taxation. The undersigned beg leave to add that it is not their intention to import articles of luxury, or indeed, any articles not necessary for the public use, and for the comfort of the troops from their respective States, in military service. April, 1864. J. E. Brown, Governor of Georgia. Charles Clark, Governor of Mississippi. T. H. Watts, Governor of Alabama. T. B. Vance, Governor of North-Carolina. Correspondence. Executive Department, Milledgeville, May 9, 1864. I have purchased thirty thousand soldiers' blankets for the State of Georgia, now in the Islands, and have to send out cotton to pay for them. The steamer Little Ada, chartered by the State, has been loaded for three weeks with about three hundred bales of cotton ready for sea. She lies thirty miles from Charleston. I ask clearance for her to go o
Doc. 25.-Southern Reconstruction. Governor T. H. Watts's letter. State of Georgia, Quartermaster General's office, Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 19, 1863. Sir: I herewith enclose you for publication a letter from Hon. T. H. Watts, governor elect Hon. T. H. Watts, governor elect of Alabama, which explains, in terms unmistakable and unequivocal, his views on that foul heresy called reconstruction. Never were sentiments more pregnant with patriotism and devotion to our struggling cause penned. Every true son of the South wilng of this letter with spirits more buoyant and confidence more steadfast. Nor will our noble women fail to exclaim, Governor Watts is right: rather than be subjugated we will march to the field of strife and hare our bosoms to the bullets of the crlves; true to the memories of the past; true to our homes and our firesides, and true to our God, we cannot, we will not be conquered! In any and in every event let us prefer death to a life of cowardly shame! Your obedient servant, T. H. Watts.
answer any summons. The batteries engaged rendered the most efficient service up to the time of my ordering the advance. The first shot fired, from the Parrott guns of Captain Hedden's battery, under the direction of Captain Culbertson, Chief of Artillery of my division, wounded Colonel Misner, and killed his orderly and three men. These facts were related by a non-commissioned officer among the prisoners. My thanks are especially due to those of my personal staff who were present. Major Watts, Inspector-General; Major Halliday, Chief Commissary; Lieutenant George Moorman, Aide-de-Camp; Lieutenant Tilghman, Aide-de-Camp ; rendered the most efficient and valuable service. I notice with great pleasure, also, Lieutenant Barbour, commanding my body-guard, together with Lieutenant Lundy, of that company. These officers and their men rendered me great aid. The timely service of Lieutenant Barbour, on my right wing, may have saved us probably from serious injury. The whole force
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Huntington, Ebenezer 1754-1834 (search)
Huntington, Ebenezer 1754-1834 Military officer; born in Norwich, Conn., Dec. 26, 1754; graduated at Yale College in 1775, and joined the patriot army as lieutenant in Wyllys's regiment. He served under Heath, Parsons, and Watts, and commanded the regiment of the latter in Rhode Island in 1778 as lieutenantcolonel. At Yorktown he commanded a battalion of infantry, and served on General Lincoln's staff until the end of the war, when he was made a general of the Connecticut militia. Huntington was named by Washington for brigadier-general in 1798. In 1810-11 and 1817-19 he was a member of Congress. He died in Norwich, June 17, 1834.
Department of Justice. Hon. Judah P. Benjamin, Louisiana, first Attorney General. Hon. Thomas Bragg, North Carolina, second Attorney General. Hon. T. H. Watts, Alabama, third Attorney-General; subsequently elected Governor of Alabama. Hon. George Davis, North Carolina, fourth Attorney-General; Delegate to Provisional Congress, Senator from North Carolina, &c. Hon. Wade Keys, Assistant Attorney-General.
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