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Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 67: the tortures inflicted by General Miles. (search)
such as my wife placed in her own trunks when she left Richmond, so that her trunks have probably been opened; and I suppose, he added with another grim smile, that the other clothes to which General Miles referred, are now on exhibition or preserved as relics. My only hope is that in taking my wardrobe they did not also confiscate that of my wife and children; but I realize that we are like him of old who fell among a certain class of people and was succored by the good Samaritan. May 28th. Complained of the dampness of his cell, as one probable cause of his illness. The sun could never dart its influence through such masses of masonry. Surrounded as the fort was with a ditch, in which the water rose and fell from three to four feet with the tide, it was impossible to keep such places free from noxious vapors. Recurring to the subject of his family, Mr. Davis asked me had I not been called upon to attend Miss Howell, his wife's sister, who had been very ill at the tim
the act, passed at the session of the Southern Congress, prohibiting Southerners owing moneys to Northern merchants from paying the same, and compelling payment instead into the treasury of the seceded States.--(Doc. 183.) A Compreiiensive and able article upon the present condition of affairs in the United States, is published in the Cologne Gazette.--(Doc. 184.) The Confederate Congress in session at Montgomery, Ala., adjourned to meet at Richmond, Va., July 20th.--N. Y. Herald, May 28. A letter from Roxabelle, N. C., says:--The Chowan Association, by a unanimous vote, cut off all intercourse with the Bible Union, and recommended those owing subscriptions to withhold the same, deprecating any further agency of the Bible Union among the churches another fruit of the reckless fanaticism of the Northern agitators. Unwilling to bow down to the Jehovah revealed by Moses and preached by Paul, they seek anti-slavery God. Nor are they umnindful in their ardent devoirs to th
t, ready and illustrative in anecdote, and fervid and glowing in eloquence.--Louisville Journal, May 28. Gen. Beauregard issued orders in Charleston, relinquishing command of the forces around Charleston to Col. R. II. Anderson.--Augusta Chronicle, May 28. In the case of John Merryman, a secessionist arrested in Baltimore and detained a prisoner in Fort McHenry, a writ of habeas corpus till he heard from Washington, and an attachment was issued for Gen. Cadwallader.--N. Y. Times, May 28. The United States steamer Brooklyn arrived off the Pass L'Outre bar at the mouth of the Mississippi, and commenced the blockade of that river.--New Orleans Picayune, May 28. Brigadier-General McDowell, U. S. army, took command of the Union forces in Virginia, and relieved Major-General Sandford, N. Y. State Militia.--N. Y. Herald, May 28. George W. Thompson, one of the judges of the Circuit Court of the State of Virginia, issued a proclamation ordering the rebels in the weste
May 28. The forty-seventh annual meeting of the American Baptist Missionary Union, was held in the Pierrepont Street Baptist Church, Brooklyn, Ex-Gov. Briggs, of Massachusetts, in the chair. The exercises were opened with prayer by the Rev. Dr. Welch. The Chairman then addressed the meeting at some length, setting forth the object for which they had assembled. In reference to the present state of the country, he said that soldiers were now to be seen in every direction, flags were floamor, and declared that he should, on the 7th, press his motion for the acknowledgment of the Confederate States. --(Doc. 207 1/2.) Judge Hall's charge to the grand jury at Rochester, N. Y., on the law of treason, was published.--N. Y. World, May 28. Two letters from Edward Bates, Attorney-General of the United States, to John Minor Botts of Virginia, were made public.--(Doc. 208.) The assertion of the Governor of Georgia, that property of citizens of that State found in the State
May 28. A public meeting was held in Richmond, Va., for the purpose of enrolling the names of such of the citizens as chose to form themselves into a Home Guard for the defence of the city.--Stringent orders in respect to communication with Norfolk, were published by General Wool.--The Seventy-first regiment, N. Y. S. M., left New York City for Washington.--The Legislature of Virginia appropriated the sum of two hundred thousand dollars to defray the expense of removing the women and children of Richmond to a place of safety. Mrs. Jeff Davis was sent under the care of ex-Senator Gwin to Raleigh, N. C. Governor Andrew, of Massachusetts, issued an order relieving the militia who rallied in obedience to the proclamation of Monday, and they returned to their homes, except such as volunteered for three years or the war. The men generally expected to serve three or six months, not knowing that an act of Congress required the service for an indefinite period.--At Newbern, N. C.,
May 28. The Eighth Illinois cavalry, under the command of Col. D. R. Clendenin, returned to the headquarters of the army of the Potomac, after a raid along the banks of the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers below Fredericksburgh, Va. The regiment were on the scout for eleven days, during which time they captured five hundred horses and mules, destroyed twenty thousand pounds of bacon, and a large quantity of flour; burned one hundred sloops, yawls, ferry-boats, etc., laden with contraband goods, intended for the use of the rebels, and valued at one million dollars; and brought into camp eight hundred and ten negro men, women, and children, with a great deal of personal property, consisting of horses, mules, carts, clothing, etc., and also one hundred rebel prisoners, several of whom were officers of the rebel army. There was much excitement in Boston, on the occasion of the departure of the Fifty-fourth regiment, colored Massachusetts troops, for South-Carolina. This was the
H. Milroy, Major-General U. S. V. John Jolliffe, Fred. P. Stanton, Counsel. Washington City, D. C., Sept. 10, 1863. Appendix. Major-General Milroy requests the Court to summon, in his behalf, Major-General Joseph Hooker, who, at the time of the evacuation of Winchester, was in command of the army of the Potomac. The facts expected to be proved by this witness are: First, That he communicated information of the enemy's movements toward the valley of Virginia as early as the twenty-eighth May last to the General-in-chief, and suggested the propriety of sending General Stahl's cavalry to that valley. Secondly, The value and importance of the check given to the enemy by the holding of Winchester during the twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth of June, and its effect in saving Harrisburgh, and probably other important cities of the Union. It is believed that the testimony will clearly show that the aforesaid holding of Winchester was of far greater value than the amount of an
teries at long-range. At the same time the gunboat Cincinnati came down to engage the upper water-batteries, which resulted in her destruction. After this adventure the firing ceased along the lines as well as on the river. Thursday morning, May 28--Was ushered in by the chop, chop, chop of the sharp-shooters, whose performances resembled the continual cutting of wood by a hundred choppers. Artillery firing was quite rapid early in the morning, but the mortars were silent. Most of the dayk we took up the line of march, moved to the centre, and took our position in the ditches at Fort Beauregard, to the left of the Jackson road, where we were exposed to a very heavy artillery fire, the first that we have been in in the ditches. May 28.--The enemy has made no attempt to charge our works, but we are under a heavy fire of artillery, and a strong line of skirmishers still lying in the ditches. One man mortally wounded in our regiment. The mortar-boats have been very diligent to-
charge our works, but were repulsed with slaughter. They say there was a regiment of Yanks behind to make them fight. [So far from this being the case, these blacks could not always get their white officers to keep with them. Ed. R. R.] Our breastworks caught fire. We had a hot time putting it out. The Heshians have made five assaults upon our works, but were repulsed with great loss. Yankee tricks. We had two men wounded to-day. The fight opened at daybreak and closed after dark. May 28.--The fight has opened. It opened at daybreak. I am very sleepy. The fight ceased at eleven o'clock. An armistice was agreed upon by both parties until two o'clock, and has been extended until six, for the Yanks to bury their dead. The Yanks attempted to storm our works a dozen times, and was repulsed with great loss. They carried planks to cross the ditches. The Yanks are burying their dead in a ditch. Their loss is heavy. The armistice has been extended until seven. The armistice
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 2., chapter 5.26 (search)
iamsburg road. Magruder's troops were not moved; but, at my request, I was relieved from longer commanding General Magruder, and he was ordered to report, in future, direct to General Johnston. At the same time D. R. Jones's division, two brigades, of Magruder's proper command, posted on our extreme left, remained temporarily under my control, for service in the proposed attack. Brigadier-General Whiting was regularly assigned, temporarily, to the command of my division. About sunset, May 28th, I reported to General Johnston that A. P. Hill's division would be close in front of Mechanicsville, on the north side of the Chickahominy, before midnight, with orders to attack that place at dawn on the 29th. As soon as A. P. Hill's attack commenced, my division and D. R. Jones's division would cross the Meadow and Mechanicsville bridges, and the three divisions, constituting the new left wing of Johnston's army under my command, would make a prompt and combined attack on the right of t
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