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Doc. 130. speech of Reverdy Johnson, at a mass meeting of the Union citizens of Baltimore Co., at Calverton, Md., Nov. 4. Fellow-citizens of Baltimore County:--My failure to appear before you until the closing period of the canvass, I am sure, you will not attribute to any indifference to the momentous questions which it involves, or to a want of grateful sensibility for the honor of the nomination which your Union Convention, on the 12th of September, conferred upon me. Whilst these questions have almost engrossed my thoughts from their first appearance, that nomination advised me that those by whom it was made, and representing in that particular, as I supposed, your opinion, believed that I might be able to serve our State in her present exigency, and, by doing so constitutionally and loyally, assist the Government of the whole in its sworn duty to uphold its rightful authority by suppressing, through the use of all its delegated powers, the cruel, unprovoked rebellion which
aid States in the accomplishment of this object — it is desirable to each and all — do resolve as follows:-- Resolved, That Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, Roger B. Taney, Edward Everett, Geo. M. Dallas, Thomas M. Ewing, Horace Binney, Reverdy Johnson, John J. Crittenden, George E. Pugh and Richard W. Thompson be, and they are hereby, appointed Commissioners on the part of Congress, to confer with a like number of Commissioners, to be appointed by the States aforesaid, for the preservatiohe proceedings of the Federal Congress, that in the Senate on the 4th of Dec. Mr. Saulsbury offered a joint resolution, that Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, Roger B. Taney, Edward Everett, George M. Dallas, Thomas M. Ewing, Horace Binney, Reverdy Johnson, John J. Crittenden, Geo. E. Pugh, and Richard W. Thompson, be appointed commissioners on the part of Congress to confer with the commission appointed by the so-called Confederate States, for the preservation of the Union and the maintenance
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 5: Baltimore and Fortress Monroe. (search)
ken to Fort McHenry. I think Ross Winans' pikes were caused to be delivered by Marshal Kane at the same place. I received the report of my secretary that Ross Winans had been captured, and was held in arrest. I also received notice that Reverdy Johnson, the rank and bitter secessionist, and worse than others because he concealed it, who was afterwards sent by Seward down to New Orleans, where I was in command, to interfere with my administration, was going to Washington to get Winans' release. How much of Winans' $15,000,000 it cost him, I do not know, but it should have been a very large sum, because he evidently relied upon its potency. He was released on Johnson's representations; and some months after, when it was found necessary by another commanding general to arrest him, he was again released and allowed to go abroad. I endeavored to do my duty by him, however. Hearing that this application was to be made, I telegraphed the Secretary of War, Cameron, not to allow hi
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 12: administration of finances, politics, and justice.--recall. (search)
nited States, was given up by Mr. Seward on complaint of the foreign ministers, and was duly returned upon orders through the adjudications of a commissioner, Reverdy Johnson, the Baltimore secessionist who interfered in behalf of Ross Winans. He was appointed by Mr. Seward and instructed to decide, as he did in every case, in faved in the State Department,--that General Butler can be very polite when he chooses. Thus matters remained until Seward sent that secession spy and agent, Reverdy Johnson, to New Orleans; and then the French consul asked for a pass to go to Washington and came back with an order on me to release him from his promises. Of cours Laws of the United States. He was a New York pet of Seward, but I must do him the justice to say from what I saw of him, he was an enormous improvement upon Reverdy Johnson, because he was a loyal, honest man. Seward's appointment of Banks to supersede me was announced as soon as the November elections were over. The results
re of, 651. Johnson, President, objects to the convention between Sherman and Johnston, 876; Butler confers with, 908; views in regard to the Rebellion, 908; action in regard to Johnson's surrender, 909; fears Sherman's obstinacy, 913; action justified, 914; consults Butler in regard to Davis, 915-916; Butler's suggestion, 916-918; impeached, 926-930; suspected of being in league with Booth, 930; no reliable evidence against, 930-931; Alabama claims in administration of, 962, 966. Johnson, Reverdy, secures Ross Winan's release, 234; made commissioner of claims at New Orleans, 522, 525; Peabody improvement on, 536. Johnson, Gen., Bushrod, reference to, 649. Johnston, Gen., Joe, at Bull Run, 292-293; official report of, 333; Sherman's negotiations with, 876; reference to, 901; terms of surrender revoked by the President, 909; terms of surrender to Sherman, 910-912; terms rejected, 913-914. Jomini, on the battle of Marengo, 865. Jones, Col. E. F., inspects Sixth Regiment
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, Chapter 1: early recollections of California. 1846-1848. (search)
d Sutter's Fort to the north, and from the army and navy about Los Angeles at the south. We also knew that a quarrel had grown up at Los Angeles, between General Kearney: Colonel Fremont, and Commodore Stockton, as to the right to control affairs in California. Kearney had with him only the fragments of the two companies of dragoons, which had come across from New Mexico with him, and had been handled very roughly by Don Andreas Pico, at San Pascual, in which engagement Captains Moore and Johnson, and Lieutenant Hammond, were ]tilled, and Kearney himself wounded. There remained with him Colonel Swords, quartermaster; Captain H. S. Turner, First Dragoons; Captains Emory and Warner, Topographical Engineers; Assistant Surgeon Griffin, and Lieutenant J. W. Davidson. Fremont had marched down from the north with a battalion of volunteers; Commodore Stockton had marched up from San Diego to Los Angeles, with General Kearney, his dragoons, and a battalion of sailors and marines, and was s
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 1, chapter 14 (search)
Times on the 6th of May. Along the Bayou or Lake St. Joseph were many very fine cotton-plantations, and I recall that of a Mr. Bowie, brother-in-law of the Hon. Reverdy Johnson, of Baltimore. The house was very handsome, with a fine, extensive grass-plot in front. We entered the yard, and, leaving our horses with the headquarta French bedstead, shivering the glass. The library was extensive, with a fine collection of books; and hanging on the wall were two full-length portraits of Reverdy Johnson and his wife, one of the most beautiful ladies of our country, with whom I had been acquainted in Washington at the time of General Taylor's administration. follow, and he must stand on the porch to tell any officers who came along that the property belonged to Mr. Bowie, who was the brother-in-law of our friend Mr. Reverdy Johnson, of Baltimore, asking them to see that no further harm was done. Soon after we left the house I saw some negroes carrying away furniture which manifestly b
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 19 (search)
centre, and soon after noon heard heavy firing in front of Thomas's right, which lasted an hour or so, and then ceased. I soon learned that the enemy had made a furious sally, the blow falling on Hooker's corps (the Twentieth), and partially on Johnson's division of the Fourteenth, and Newton's of the Fourth. The troops had crossed Peach-Tree Creek, were deployed, but at the time were resting for noon, when, without notice, the enemy came pouring out of their trenches down upon them, they bec a furious fire on a mass of the enemy, which was passing around Newton's left and exposed flank. After a couple of hours of hard and close conflict, the enemy retired slowly within his trenches, leaving his dead and many wounded on the field. Johnson's and Newton's losses were light, for they had partially covered their fronts with light parapet; but Hooker's whole corps fought in open ground, and lost about fifteen hundred men. He reported four hundred rebel dead left on the ground, and tha
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 20 (search)
to the extreme right, and extended the line toward East Point. Thomas was also ordered still further to thin out his lines, so as to set free the other division (Johnson's) of the Fourteenth Corps (Palmer's), which was moved to the extreme right rear, and held in reserve ready to make a bold push from that flank to secure a footinrted to me that night: I am compelled to acknowledge that I have totally failed to make any aggressive movement with the Fourteenth Corps. I have ordered General Johnson's division to replace General Hascall's this evening, and I propose to-morrow to take my own troops (Twenty-third Corps) to the right, and try to recover whatranted the usual leave of absence to go to his home in Illinois, there to await further orders. General Thomas recommended that the resignation be accepted; that Johnson, the senior division commander of the corps, should be ordered back to Nashville as chief of cavalry, and that Brigadier-General Jefferson C. Davis, the next in o
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 21 (search)
he left open the approach from the south, which enabled General Raum and the cavalry of General Edward McCook to reenforce from Kingston. In fact, Hood, admonished by his losses at Allatoona, did not attempt an assault at all, but limited his attack to the above threat, and to some skirmishing, giving his attention chiefly to the destruction of the railroad, which he accomplished all the way up to Tunnel Hill, nearly twenty miles, capturing en route the regiment of black troops at Dalton (Johnson's Forty-fourth United States colored). On the 14th, I turned General Howard through Snake-Creek Gap, and sent General Stanley around by Tilton, with orders to cross the mountain to the west, so as to capture, if possible, the force left by the enemy in Snake-Creek Gap. We found this gap very badly obstructed by fallen timber, but got through that night, and the next day the main army was at Villanow. On the morning of the 16th, the leading division of General Howard's column, commanded by
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