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ory of the commander-in-chief, and conveying the thanks of Congress to General Beauregard and the officers under his command, for their services in that memorable battle. Mr. Haynes stated that he was one of the Tennessee delegation who requested the President to transfer General Johnston's command to some other officer, after the retreat from Nashville. Subsequently, information had caused him to alter his opinion, and he therefore felt it his duty to offer the resolutions named. Mr. Yancey, of Alabama, moved that the resolutions be so amended as to designate the place of the battle as indicated by General Beauregard-viz., the battle-field of Shiloh. He moved, also, that the resolutions be so amended as to tender the thanks of Congress to General Beauregard and the surviving officers and soldiers for their gallantry and skill on that memorable field. On October 1, 1866, the Legislature of Texas by joint resolution of both Houses, unanimously adopted, appointed a select c
Thomas C. DeLeon, Four years in Rebel capitals: an inside view of life in the southern confederacy, from birth to death., Chapter 31: the Chinese-Wall blockade, abroad and at home. (search)
oyal fleece for the luxuries, no less than the necessaries, of life. When the three first commissioners to Europe-Messrs. Yancey, Rost and Mann-sailed from New Orleans, on March 31, 1861, their mission was hailed as harbinger to speedy fruition oraduallyas recognition did not come-first wonder, then doubt, and finally despair took the place of certainty. When Mr. Yancey came back, in disgust, and made his plain statement of the true state of foreign sentiment, he carried public opinion thanged to simple certainty. Edwin DeLeon had been sent by Mr. Davis on a special mission to London and Paris, after Mr. Yancey's return; his action to be independent of the regularly established futility. In August, 1863, full despatches from hian landscape, except through the Claude Lorrain glass which Mr. Slidell persistently held up before him. The expose of Mr. Yancey, the few sturdy truths Mr. Mason later told; and the detailed resume sent by Mr. DeLeon and printed in the North-all th
John G. Nicolay, The Outbreak of Rebellion, Chapter 6: the call to arms. (search)
nous Southern agriculture try expedients with the famous mechanical skill of the Free States?-could cotton crops feed armies like the great corn, wheat, hay, pork, and cattle regions?-and finally, would the great West permit a foreign flag to close or cover the mouth of the Mississippi? The bare suggestion seemed, and was, nonsense. They indeed saw clearly enough the ambition, treachery, and desperation of certain Southern leaders; but the North did not believe that these leaders could, in Yancey's language, precipitate the Cotton States into a revolution ; that passing chagrin over a lost election could goad the whole Southern people, without substantial cause, into the horror and ruin of a hopeless civil war. The firing on Sumter cleared up the political atmosphere as if by magic. The roar of Beauregard's guns changed incredulity into fact. There was no longer room for doubt. This was no mere emeute. Seven seceding States, with their machinery of local government and the cra
Charles Congdon, Tribune Essays: Leading Articles Contributing to the New York Tribune from 1857 to 1863. (ed. Horace Greeley), Modern Chivalry — a Manifesto. (search)
mounted upon his injuries. As a Christian, as a consistent man, as an energetic Anglo-American, he is much displeased with the difficulty of enforcing the Fugitive Slave Law in Boston. The conflicts between the State and Federal authorities have rasped the more delicate parts of his nature. Although not a medical man, he volunteers the opinion that, as a nation we have been poisoned. The Republican party has grown to colossal proportions. The F. S. L. cannot be executed — not Botts, nor Yancey, nor Wise could, as President, execute it. The crimes of the North are manifold. It is guilty of a population of twenty millions, while the South has but twelve. In respect of land, it is equally reprehensible--seventy-five acres to a man, while the South has but forty-five. Be we men, Sir George would have said, if he had thought of it; Be we men and suffer this dishonor? Alas the poor South, oppressed by all the rules of arithmetic the victim of a pitiless numeration — what can she do b
claimed principles which they had previously denied with emphasis, seceded from the party, and themselves opened the way for the result upon which they intended to base their subsequent secession from the Union. Secession was the great object they had aimed at for nearly a third of a century. The evidence of a deep-laid and long-cherished conspiracy among them to destroy the Union, is abundant and conclusive. The proper moment to precipitate the Cotton States into a revolution, of which Mr. Yancey wrote, in 1858--the proper moment to pull a temple down that has been built three-quarters of a century, and clear the rubbish away and reconstruct another, as was proclaimed by a member of the South Carolina Convention--the proper moment to let slip the dogs of war among children of the same fathers and people of the same nation — the proper moment, in a word, to consummate the treason which had been festering and growing for thirty years--was seen to have arrived; and the plotters were n
100. Yankee Doodle on the crisis. You may talk about your “Dixie's Land,” And sing it like a noodle; The good old tune for North and South, Is famous Yankee Doodle! Yankee Doodle made a name On many a sea and shore, sire; Secession won't eclipse his fame-- He'll only do it more, sirs! Now Dixie's Land is in ferment With their Yancey and their Cobb, sirs; They're plunging in, on ruin bent, And raising the very hob, sirs. Yankee Doodle hears the noise-- The American eagle flutters; He says, “Now just be quiet, boys-- Deuce take the one that mutters.” Yankee Doodle is the boy Will make 'em stop their treason, If they will only hold their jaw, And hear a little reason. Have we forgot our country's flag, And all her natal glory, To palm it off for a dirty rag, Unknown in song or story? Your rattlesnakes and pelicans Are not the kind of bunting That Perry and Decatur bore, When pirates they were hunting. So tear your traitorous ensigns down, Run up the Stars and Stripes, sirs, Or Unc
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, Chapter 6: Louisiana. 1859-1861. (search)
ingled freely with the members of the Board of Supervisors, and with the people of Rapides Parish generally, keeping aloof from all cliques and parties, and I certainly hoped that the threatened storm would blow over, as had so often occurred before, after similar threats. At our seminary the order of exercises went along with the regularity of the seasons. Once a week, I had the older cadets to practise reading, reciting, and elocution, and noticed that their selections were from Calhoun, Yancey, and other Southern speakers, all treating of the defense of their slaves and their home institutions as the very highest duty of the patriot. Among boys this was to be expected; and among the members of our board, though most of them declaimed against politicians generally, and especially abolitionists, as pests, yet there was a growing feeling that danger was in the wind. I recall the visit of a young gentleman who had been sent from Jackson, by the Governor of Mississippi, to confer wit
A letter from New-Orleans to the Mobile Register of March thirteenth, says that the Southern Commissioners are greatly dispirited at the reception which M. Thouvenel gave Mr. Slidell. But as Mr. Yancey observed in his speech, Slavery has made such a wall of partition between the South and Europe, that all hopes of a prompt recognition by England and France must be for the present abandoned. As to their want of cotton, I am of the opinion expressed by Mr. Semmes, of Louisiana, in the confederate Congress, and I have long since abandoned the idea that cotton is king. We have tested the power of King Cotton and found him to be wanting. We must now abandon all dependence on foreign intervention, and trust only our sword and the justice of our cause.--Mobile Register, March 18.
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 99.-the fire and blood of Revolution. (search)
Doc. 99.-the fire and blood of Revolution. The following was published under the above title in the Charlottesville (Virginia) Review, in April, 1861, before Virginia had passed her ordinance of secession: That is the cue. They propose to give you a taste of Mr. Yancey's medicines. It will be a nice little operation. Sowing wheat is nothing to marking time and walking sentry at two o'clock in the night, under a drizzling rain. Shucking corn is flat, compared to a charge of bayonets. You will also make your arrangements to have your barnyards lit up at night with the fires of the revolution. Set your boots at the head of the bed, for at any moment the same fires may be sputtering and crackling on the roof of your dwelling-house. Glistening bayonets on the south bank of the Potomac in front, burning straw-ricks and burning houses behind you, something worse than that, perhaps, in the shape of death produced by invisible and unconfrontable agencies, the State deprived
he good old roof-tree! They could not abide The laws “pursuant” to the Constitution: But claimed a “higher law” --and brought on revotion. They did all this; and sadly they defamed Their country in the ears of all mankind “Barbarians” were their countrymen, who claimed The rights the Constitution had defined. Resistance to the statutes was proclaimed The pious duty of a people so refined! And all this madness, tending or intended, To rend the Union--as we've seen it rended. But — Davis, Yancey, Keitt, and Beauregard, Slidell and Mason, Toombs and Benjamin, Et id genus omne!--what reward Were match to your immeasurable sin Against your God and country? 'Twere as hard To measure your offences, as it's been To estimate the wretchedness abounding, Since Mars his brazen trumpet has been sounding. What demon could possess you to abandon The Union--and your rights as Union men? The Constitution was enough to stand on; And on it were arrayed a host of men, Prepared to lay a stron
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