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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 15: siege of Fort Pickens.--Declaration of War.--the Virginia conspirators and, the proposed capture of Washington City. (search)
ith Captain Vogdes and ten artillerymen, and provisions and military stores. It was also determined to employ three or four small steamers, then in the Coast-Survey service, for the same purpose, under the command of Captain J. H. Ward of the Navy, Statement of General Scott, above cited. who was an early martyr in the cause of his country. These movements were suspended in consequence of a telegraphic dispatch sent from Pensacola on the 28th, January, 1861. by Senator Mallory, to Senators Slidell, Hunter, and Bigler, in which was expressed an earnest desire for peace, and an assurance that no attack would be made on Fort Pickens if the then present status should be preserved. Reply of Ex-President Buchanan to General Scott's statement, dated Wheatland, October 28, 1862. This proposal was carefully considered, both with a view to the safety of the fort, and the effect which a collision might have upon the Peace Convention about to assemble in Washington. See page 235. T
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 16: Secession of Virginia and North Carolina declared.--seizure of Harper's Ferry and Gosport Navy Yard.--the first troops in Washington for its defense. (search)
ed; and all over Boston there were Banners blooming in the air, in attestation of the patriotism of the people. On the 16th, Senator Wilson again telegraphed for a brigade of four regiments. These were then in readiness on Boston Common; and on the morning of the 17th, the Governor commissioned Benjamin F. Butler, of Lowell (then a Brigadier-General of Militia), the commander of the brigade. Butler knew the chief conspirators well. He had passed evenings with Davis, Hunter, Mason, Slidell, Benjamin, and other traitors at Washington, three months before, and had become convinced of their determination to destroy the Republic, if possible. Impelled by this conviction, he had not ceased to counsel the authorities of his State to have the militia of the Commonwealth prepared for war. He and Governor Andrew worked in unison to this end; and on the day before his appointment, he was instrumental in procuring from the Bank of Redemption, in Boston, a temporary loan to the Commonwe
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 6: the Army of the Potomac.--the Trent affair.--capture of Roanoke Island. (search)
n great Britain, 152. departure of Mason and Slidell for Europe as Embassadors of the Confederate livered just after the surrender of Mason and Slidell to the British Government; and Mr. Gladstone,Murray Mason See page 384, volume I. and John Slidell See page 231, volume I. were appointed. good offices of confiding English statesmen. Slidell (whose wife was an accomplished French Creolempanied by his secretary (Mr. McFarland), and Slidell by his wife and four children, and his secrett, with a warrant for the arrest of Mason and Slidell, and their secretaries, produced great excitee him in the face three times. I wish that Miss Slidell's little knuckles had struck me in the face in capturing the rebel emissaries, Mason and Slidell, who, the Secretary said, have been conspicuo, soldiers, dispatches, et cetera. Mason and Slidell were civil officers of the Confederacy, and w assumed characters and purposes of Mason and Slidell were well known to the officers of the Trent,[14 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 12: operations on the coasts of the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. (search)
f the Gulf Coast. Thither some of his troops were sent, in the fine steamship Constitution, under General J. W. Phelps, whom Butler well knew, and honored as a commander at Fortress Monroe and vicinity. The Constitution returned, and two thousand more of the six thousand men embarked, when an electrograph said to Butler, in Boston, Don't sail. Disembark. The Government was then trembling because of the seeming imminence of war with Great Britain, on account of the seizure of Mason and Slidell. They were in Fort Warren, and the British Government had demanded their surrender. This made the authorities at Washington pause in their aggressive policy, to wait for the development of events in that connection. But the tremor was only spasmodic, and soon ceased. The work against treason was renewed with increased vigor. Edwin M. Stanton, who was in Mr. Buchanan's Cabinet during the closing days of his administration See page 146, volume I.--a man possessed of great physical and
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 13: the capture of New Orleans. (search)
for the insurgents, and remembering how savages in red coats had been wont to. conduct themselves in captured cities on the Peninsula, and naturally supposed that patriots in blue coats would follow their example, made himself appear exceedingly absurd before the world by mentioning the matter in Parliament, and saying, An Englishman must blush to think that such an act has been committed by one belonging to the Anglo-Saxon race. Beauregard, whose wife and mother, living in the house of John Slidell, in New Orleans, were there treated in the most tender and respectful manner by the commanding general, first applied to that officer, it is said, the vulgar epithet of Butler the beast, and it was freely used by every enemy of the Government, South and North, until the end of the strife. This letter was answered by the deposition and arrest of the Mayor, The terrified official hastened to explain his letter, when Butler agreed to release him from the penalty of imprisonment on conditi
land, sufferings of the Twentieth Indiana regiment on, 2.109. Havana, reception of Mason and Slidell at, 2.154. Hawes, Richard, made provisional governor of Kentucky by Bragg and Kirby Smith, 2irginia ordinance of secession, 1.384; sent as ambassador to Great Britain, 2.153. Mason and Slidell, taken from the Trent, by Capt. Wilkes, 2.154; consigned to Fort Warren, 2.155; release of dema's proposition for arming, 3.529. Slemmer, Lieut. A. J., Fort Pickens saved by, 1.167. Slidell, John, seditious letter of, 1.183; last speech of in the Senate, 1.231; ambassador to France, 2.15near, 2.100. Tredegar Iron Works, heavy ordnance made at, 2.35. Trent, steamer, Mason and Slidell taken from by Captain Wilkes, 2.154; details in relation to the affair of the, 2.155-2.166. author to the battle-field of the, 3.811. Wilkes, Captain, Charles, his seizure of Mason and Slidell on the Trent, 2.154; his action approved by the Secretary of the Navy and by Congress, 2.156; P
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 7: the Trent affair. (search)
Two of these gentlemen were Messrs. Mason and Slidell, formerly members of the U. S. Senate, who wehe boat and went on board. Messrs. Mason and Slidell were then requested to go on board the San Jaorders, the latter said that two gentlemen, Mr. Slidell and Mr. Mason, were known to be on board, aed being present, the lieutenant addressing Mr. Slidell, and afterward Mr. Mason, repeated that his his ship, which orders he must execute. Mr. Slidell and Mr. Mason, in reply, protested, in the ufficient to make resistance fruitless, and Mr. Slidell joining the group, two or more of the armeddgment in the joy of the capture of Mason and Slidell. Even the wisest men in the Cabinet, includiMass. The news of the arrest of Mason and Slidell was received by Congress with great enthusiaske in explanation of the capture of Mason and Slidell only the protest that they were the bearers othat the two Commissioners, Messrs. Mason and Slidell, were far more dangerous to the United States[20 more...]
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 10: naval engagement at South-West pass.--the Gulf blockading squadron in November, 1861. (search)
g to retain any of the Southern forts by force, and it was in consequence of these representations that the following telegram was sent on January 29, 1861: To Captain James Glynn, commanding the Macedonian; Capt. W. S. Walker, commanding the Brooklyn, or other naval officers in command; and Lieut. A. J. Slemmer, 1st Regt. Artillery, U. S. A., commanding Fort Pickens: In consequence of the assurances received from Mr. Mallory in a telegram of yesterday to Messrs. Bigler, Hunter and Slidell, with a request that it should be laid before the President, that Fort Pickens would not be assaulted, and the offer of such an assurance to the same effect from Col. Chase, for the purpose of avoiding a hostile collision, upon receiving satisfactory assurances from Mr. Mallory and Col. Chase that Fort Pickens will not be attacked, you are instructed not to land the company on board the Brooklyn unless said fort shall be attacked or preparations shall be made to attack it. The provisions ne
Gen. Cass, the inventor of Popular Sovereignty, who was in his seat and voted just before, did not respond to the call of his name on this occasion. of Michigan; Pettit, of Indiana; Douglas and Shields, of Illinois; Dodge (A. C.) and Jones, of Iowa; Walker, of Wisconsin; Hunter and Mason, of Virginia; Pratt, of Maryland; Badger, of North Carolina; Butler and Evans, of South Carolina; Dawson, of Georgia; Fitzpatrick and C. C. Clay, of Alabama; Adams and Brown, of Mississippi; Benjamin and Slidell, of Louisiana; Morton, of Florida; Houston and Rusk, of Texas; Dixon, of Kentucky; Bell and Jones, of Tennessee; Atchison, of Missouri; Sebastian and Johnson, of Arkansas; Gwin and Weller, of California--36. So the Senate decisively voted that the people of the new Territories, formed by this act from the region shielded from Slavery by the Compromise of 1820, should not have the right, under this organization, to prohibit Slavery, should they see fit. On motion of Mr. Badger, of Nor
ill, Hunter, Iverson, Johnson, of Ark., Johnson, of Tenn., Kennedy, Lano (Oregon), Latham, Mallory, Mason, Nicholson, Pearce, Polk, Powell, Pugh, Rice, Sebastian, Slidell, Thomson, of N. J., Toombs, Wigfall, and Yulee--36. Nays--Messrs. Bingham, Chandler, Clark, Collamer, Dixon, Doolittle, Fessenden, lost, Foster, Grimes, Hale, ina, Chesnut and Hammond, of South Carolina, Iverson and Toombs, of Georgia, C. C. Clay and Fitzpatrick, of Alabama, Brown and Davis, of Mississippi, Benjamin and Slidell, of Louisiana, Mallory and Yulee, of Florida, Hemphill and Wigfall, of Texas, Crittenden and Powell, of Kentucky, A. Johnson and Nicholson, of Tennessee, Green ann, Bright, Brown, Chesnut, Clay, Davis, Fitzpatrick, Green, Hammond, Hunter, Iverson, Lane, Mallory, Mason, Nicholson, Pearce, Powell, Rice, Saulsbury, Sebastian, Slidell, Wigfall, and Yulee--23. [All from Slave States but Bright, Lane, and Rice.] 5. Resolved, That, if experience should at any time prove that the Judicial and
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