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William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, Chapter 6: Louisiana. 1859-1861. (search)
unced that the General Government had no constitutional power to coerce a State. I confess this staggered me, and I feared that the prophecies and assertions of Alison and other European commentators on our form of government were right, and that our Constitution was a mere rope of sand, that would break with the first pressure. The Legislature of Louisiana met on the 10th of December, and passed an act calling a convention of delegates from the people, to meet at Baton Rouge, on the 8th of January, to take into consideration the state of the Union; and, al-although it was universally admitted that a large majority of the voters of the State were opposed to secession, disunion, and all the steps of the South Carolinians, yet we saw that they were powerless, and that the politicians would sweep them along rapidly to the end, prearranged by their leaders in Washington. Before the ordinance of secession was passed, or the convention had assembled, on the faith of a telegraphic dispat
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 13 (search)
e transports. My two divisions were commanded — the First, by Brigadier-General Frederick Steele, with three brigades, commanded by Brigadier-Generals F. P. Blair, C. E. Hovey, and J. M. Thayer; the Second, by Brigadier-General D. Stuart, with two brigades, commanded by Colonels G. A. Smith and T. Kilby Smith. The whole army, embarked on steamboats convoyed by the gunboats, of which three were iron-clads, proceeded up the Mississippi River to the mouth of White River, which we reached January 8th. On the next day we continued up White River to the Cut-off; through this to the Arkansas, and up the Arkansas to Notrib's farm, just below Fort Hindman. Early the next morning we disembarked. Stuart's division, moving up the river along the bank, soon encountered a force of the enemy intrenched behind a line of earthworks, extending from the river across to the swamp. I took Steele's division, marching by the flank by a road through the swamp to the firm ground behind, and was moving
ave taken twenty-five prisoners, ten horses, and a quantity of stores. The enemy burned most of his stores, and fled precipitately. To-day I have crossed the river, and am now occupying Prestonburg. Our loss, two killed and twenty-five wounded. J. A. Garfield, Colonel Commanding Brigade. Col. Garfield's official report. headquarters Eighteenth brigade, camp Buell, Paintsville, January 14. Capt. J. B. Fry, A. A. G., Chief of Staff: dear sir: At the date of my last report, (January eighth,) I was preparing to pursue the enemy; the transportation of my stores from George's Creek, had been a work of so great difficulty, that I had not enough provisions here to give my whole command three days rations before starting. One small boat had come up from below, but I. found I had only enough provisions here for three days rations of hard bread for one thousand five hundred men. Having issued that amount, I sent four hundred and fifty of Col. Wolford's and Major McLaughlin's cava
The Eighth of January in New-Orleans.--In our celebration of this day, then, let it be borne in mind that it is with no pride and exultation in the triumph of our arms over the British, with no unkindly reminiscences of them, but with a conscious valor and resolution to maintain our soil and our honor against all invaders, and with a feeling predominant over all others, of inextinguishable hate and undying hostility against the enemy who, in a far worse cause and in a manner more unjustifiablustifiable and barbarous, now pollutes our soil with his foot-prints. Great and signal as was the victory on the plains of Chalmette, a far more splendid and glorious triumph will that be which shall send the infamous Yankees howling in disgrace and agony from our shore back to their impoverished and blighted homes. The anticipation of such a victory, far more than the event of which this is the anniversary, will give significance to the celebration of this day. N. O. Crescent, January 8.
A French Officer Joins the Rebels.--By a recent arrival at a confederate port from Havana, Lieut. P. Enneau, late of the French army, came passenger, and is at present in this city. Lieut. Enneau has lately been a resident of California, where he devoted himself to organizing and drilling a corps of carabiniers, whose testimonials of their high appreciation of his service he bears. But preferring the reality to the image of war, and still more, preferring the side on which the sympathies of his compatriots are enlisted, and where so much of the blood of his race is to be found, as ready to flow as that of the gallant Dreux —— preferring this side to that which has thrown disgrace upon the name of Zouave, and almost upon that of soldier, he has come to offer his sword to the cause of the Confederacy. Mobile Advertiser, January 8
Philadelphia, Jan. 7.--Some of our banks refuse to take Treasury notes on deposit. A very bad feeling is getting up toward the banks, and if they do not alter their course there will not be a dozen banks in the United States in a year from now. The cry is being raised: Down with the banks, and give us a national currency. N.. Y. Herald, January 8.
ayne, near the line of Russell County, they violated the person of a Mrs. Dean in the presence of her father-in-law, an infirm old man aged ninety, and left her nearly dead, and committed a like fiendish act upon two sisters named Harris, and treated them so barbarously that they have since died, or rather Mr. Green has heard a report of their death. In several of our border counties half of the male inhabitants are in the Union armies. Russell, with a voting population of nine hundred and fifty, has sent five companies to the field, and about seventy more men are scattered in other commands. There are no more loyal people in the State than in the counties of Russell, Cli<*>ton, Cumberland, and Monroe, the four counties having furnished at least two thousand five hundred soldiers. These men have all been withdrawn from the protection of their homes, so that rebel marauding parties are ravaging the counties without a single soldier to oppose them. Louisville Journal, January 8.
ifty-three were of Herron's division. Early in January, 1863, a rebel force, estimated at from four thousand to six thousand, under Marmaduke, moved upon Lawrence Mills, and proceeded by way of Ozark to the attack of Springfield, Missouri, to which place our small force, consisting chiefly of militia, convalescents, and citizens, was compelled to fall back. This miscellaneous garrison, a motley mass of only about one thousand men, obstinately defended the place most of the day of the eighth of January, with the loss of fourteen killed, one hundred and forty-five wounded, and five missing--in all one hundred and sixty-four. Under cover of the night the enemy withdrew, and our force was too feeble to make a vigorous pursuit. Another skirmish took place at Hartsville, on the eleventh, in which our loss was seven killed and sixty-four wounded. We captured twenty-seven prisoners. The season was now so far advanced, and the roads so impassable, that further operations could not be ca
parts. Happy, if under its reconstruction we can establish freedom, truth, and justice. Happy, if we can restore peace and concord. An assembly of delegates from all portions of the State has been called to meet at Little Rock on the eighth day of January. It is proposed that this community be represented at that meeting, and you have been called together to deliberate and to elect delegates. The eighth day of January awakens recollections that are dear to every American heart. May iteighth day of January awakens recollections that are dear to every American heart. May it again be made illustrious by the triumphs of peace as it has been by the triumphs of war. The meeting was organized by the election of H. P. Coolidge and Lieutenant S. Baird, Secretaries. On motion of Colonel Moore, it was ordered that a committee of five be appointed to draft resolutions expressive of the sense of the meeting. And on the nomination of J. M. Hanks, Esq., Colonel W. F. Moore. Judge Sebastian, Major Jackson, J. C. O. Smith, and Arthur Thompson were elected such committee.
Doc. 65.-destruction of the steamer Dare. Admiral Lee's report. United States flag-ship Minnesota, off Wilmington, N. C., January 8. sir: The new and swift steamer Dare attempted yesterday morning to get into Wilmington by this entrance; was chased off by the Montgomery and Aries; ran herself ashore, above Georgetown, bilged, filled, and became a complete wreck. This was her first trip. Inclosed is her charter to run cotton. The annexed list shows that the Dare is the twentieth steamer destroyed or captured. by the Wilmington blockaders since the middle of July last, making an average loss of one steamer for every nine days to the blockade-runners, under whose discouraging losses illegal trade with Wilmington is rapidly diminishing. I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, yours, S. P. Lee, Acting Rear-Admiral, Commanding N. A. B. G. Hon Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. A national account. Wilmington, N. C., January 9, 1864. It is my pu
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