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me his views and purpose in urging an armistice. I do not think much of the scheme of uniting to enforce the Monroe doctrine and driving the French out of Mexico. In fact, I hoped the Yanks would get into a row with Napoleon III, for that would bring recognition, open ports, and independence to us, and told him so. I do not remember what he said about the Monroe doctrine, but I am very clear about the armistice. If we can get them to stop fighting, said he, for six months, three months, one month, the war will stop. Both sides are tired of it. They now know what war is, and they'll stop it. A general truce, to include all the armies and the whole country, will inevitably force peace. When Henry IV of France got a truce —an armistice—a cessation of fighting between Catholics and Protestants—he secured permanent peace and the kingdom for himself. I did not know much about Henry IV, in truth, except that he was a gentleman who swapped his religion for a kingdom, saying, a crown is <
January 31st (search for this): chapter 1.54
, February 25, 1900.] In Hampton Roads, January 31, 1865. Lincoln did not offer to pay for our slaves. To the Editor of the Dispatch. Did Abraham Lincoln, at the Hampton Roads conference, offer any compensation whatever for slaves? R. C. W. The above inquiry having been referred to me, I answer with pleasure. On January 29, 1865, the Confederate commissioners—Stephens, Hunter and Campbell—left Richmond to meet the Federal commissioners at Fort Monroe. There, on January 31st, they met in conference President Lincoln and Mr. Seward, Secretary of State. The conference lasted four hours, and Mr. Stephens, Vice-President of the Confederate States, has left on record a detailed report of the discussion there. Mr. Stephens pressed for a secret military convention between the two belligerents, with the object of uniting the people of the whole country in the defense of the Monroe doctrine, by expelling the French from Mexico, which would of necessity produce a
January 29th, 1865 AD (search for this): chapter 1.54
The Peace conference [from the Richmond, Va., Dispatch, February 25, 1900.] In Hampton Roads, January 31, 1865. Lincoln did not offer to pay for our slaves. To the Editor of the Dispatch. Did Abraham Lincoln, at the Hampton Roads conference, offer any compensation whatever for slaves? R. C. W. The above inquiry having been referred to me, I answer with pleasure. On January 29, 1865, the Confederate commissioners—Stephens, Hunter and Campbell—left Richmond to meet the Federal commissioners at Fort Monroe. There, on January 31st, they met in conference President Lincoln and Mr. Seward, Secretary of State. The conference lasted four hours, and Mr. Stephens, Vice-President of the Confederate States, has left on record a detailed report of the discussion there. Mr. Stephens pressed for a secret military convention between the two belligerents, with the object of uniting the people of the whole country in the defense of the Monroe doctrine, by expelling th
January 31st, 1865 AD (search for this): chapter 1.54
The Peace conference [from the Richmond, Va., Dispatch, February 25, 1900.] In Hampton Roads, January 31, 1865. Lincoln did not offer to pay for our slaves. To the Editor of the Dispatch. Did Abraham Lincoln, at the Hampton Roads conference, offer any compensation whatever for slaves? R. C. W. The above inquiry having been referred to me, I answer with pleasure. On January 29, 1865, the Confederate commissioners—Stephens, Hunter and Campbell—left Richmond to meet the Federal commissioners at Fort Monroe. There, on January 31st, they met in conference President Lincoln and Mr. Seward, Secretary of State. The conference lasted four hours, and Mr. Stephens, Vice-President of the Confederate States, has left on record a detailed report of the discussion there. Mr. Stephens pressed for a secret military convention between the two belligerents, with the object of uniting the people of the whole country in the defense of the Monroe doctrine, by expelling th
February 25th, 1900 AD (search for this): chapter 1.54
The Peace conference [from the Richmond, Va., Dispatch, February 25, 1900.] In Hampton Roads, January 31, 1865. Lincoln did not offer to pay for our slaves. To the Editor of the Dispatch. Did Abraham Lincoln, at the Hampton Roads conference, offer any compensation whatever for slaves? R. C. W. The above inquiry having been referred to me, I answer with pleasure. On January 29, 1865, the Confederate commissioners—Stephens, Hunter and Campbell—left Richmond to meet the Federal commissioners at Fort Monroe. There, on January 31st, they met in conference President Lincoln and Mr. Seward, Secretary of State. The conference lasted four hours, and Mr. Stephens, Vice-President of the Confederate States, has left on record a detailed report of the discussion there. Mr. Stephens pressed for a secret military convention between the two belligerents, with the object of uniting the people of the whole country in the defense of the Monroe doctrine, by expelling t
J. L. Campbell (search for this): chapter 1.54
The Peace conference [from the Richmond, Va., Dispatch, February 25, 1900.] In Hampton Roads, January 31, 1865. Lincoln did not offer to pay for our slaves. To the Editor of the Dispatch. Did Abraham Lincoln, at the Hampton Roads conference, offer any compensation whatever for slaves? R. C. W. The above inquiry having been referred to me, I answer with pleasure. On January 29, 1865, the Confederate commissioners—Stephens, Hunter and Campbell—left Richmond to meet the Federal commissioners at Fort Monroe. There, on January 31st, they met in conference President Lincoln and Mr. Seward, Secretary of State. The conference lasted four hours, and Mr. Stephens, Vice-President of the Confederate States, has left on record a detailed report of the discussion there. Mr. Stephens pressed for a secret military convention between the two belligerents, with the object of uniting the people of the whole country in the defense of the Monroe doctrine, by expelling th
ependence to us, and told him so. I do not remember what he said about the Monroe doctrine, but I am very clear about the armistice. If we can get them to stop fighting, said he, for six months, three months, one month, the war will stop. Both sides are tired of it. They now know what war is, and they'll stop it. A general truce, to include all the armies and the whole country, will inevitably force peace. When Henry IV of France got a truce —an armistice—a cessation of fighting between Catholics and Protestants—he secured permanent peace and the kingdom for himself. I did not know much about Henry IV, in truth, except that he was a gentleman who swapped his religion for a kingdom, saying, a crown is worth a mass, so I said what I thought—that a man who would change his faith for pay was a poor pattern to follow, and I had no idea of making professions to secure profits. But Stephens laughed, and said it would be perfectly justifiable to profess submission to the laws if thereb
Ulysses S. Grant (search for this): chapter 1.54
, and what he believed to be the views of others upon the subject. Page 617. Mr. Seward said the Northern people were weary of the war. They desired peace and a restoration of harmony, and, he believed, would be willing to pay, as an indemnity for the slaves, what would be required to continue the war, but stated no amount (page 618). After a four hours talk, the subject of exchange of prisoners of war was brought up, and Mr. Lincoln said he would put the whole matter in the hands of General Grant, who was then at City Point, and then the conference broke up. I do not consider this an offer to pay for slaves. Within a week after this conference I met Mr. Stephens at Burkeville, on the Richmond & Danville railroad. I was on my way to Salisbury, N. C., where my headquarters then were, and he to his home in Georgia. The train was very slow, and we missed the connection at Danville, and therefore stayed all night at the tavern there. Mr. Stephens was full of the conference
Horace Greeley (search for this): chapter 1.54
ory by the statements in his book. But he told me something else that is not in the book. He said: Mr. Lincoln told us, you may take a blank sheet of paper and write on it, first, submission to the Constitution and the laws of the United States, and second, emancipation of the slaves, and then write any other laws you please below those two, and I will sign it. He did not mention the names of those who were willing to pay $400,000,000 for the slaves, but gave us to understand that Horace Greeley and the Tribune would support such a proposition, said Mr. Stephens. Mr. Stephens was very emphatic in impressing on me his views and purpose in urging an armistice. I do not think much of the scheme of uniting to enforce the Monroe doctrine and driving the French out of Mexico. In fact, I hoped the Yanks would get into a row with Napoleon III, for that would bring recognition, open ports, and independence to us, and told him so. I do not remember what he said about the Monroe doctr
Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter (search for this): chapter 1.54
Did Abraham Lincoln, at the Hampton Roads conference, offer any compensation whatever for slaves? R. C. W. The above inquiry having been referred to me, I answer with pleasure. On January 29, 1865, the Confederate commissioners—Stephens, Hunter and Campbell—left Richmond to meet the Federal commissioners at Fort Monroe. There, on January 31st, they met in conference President Lincoln and Mr. Seward, Secretary of State. The conference lasted four hours, and Mr. Stephens, Vice-Preside States. That must be the first step, he said. To the Confederate objection that this was unconditional surrender, he replied that obedience to the laws of the land would not be unconditional surrender at all, but merely submission to law. To Hunter's objection that our submission would not be accompanied by the guarantee that we should be secured the protection of the Constitution of the United States, Lincoln replied: That so far as the confiscation acts and other penal acts were concerned
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