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President (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 47
fall, than be given up to pillage and the flames. If burning our cities had been the order in 1862, it might have been well; it is too late now! January 16 Clear and frosty. We learn vaguely that the attack on the defenses of Wilmington has been progressing since Friday, and that the enemy's land forces have effected a lodgment between Fort Fisher and the town. Another peace visitor has arrived-Hon. Mr. Singleton, of the United States Congress. It is said that the President (Confederate States) has pledged himself to appoint commissioners to fix terms of peace. This is but a forlorn-hope. No terms of peace are contemplated by any of these visitors but on the basis of reconstruction; and their utmost liberality could reach no further than a permission for the Southern States to decide, in convention, the question of emancipation. The President having suggested, however, the propriety of putting the negroes into the service, and emancipating them afterward, has aroused
Tennessee (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 47
dent has done something, recently, which Congress will not tolerate. Idle talk! Mr. Foote, when arrested, was accompanied by his wife, who had a passport to Tennessee. He said to the Provost Marshal, Doggett, Fredericksburg, that he intended to accompany his family, passing through Washington, and to endeavor to negotiate a p0th, as a day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer, with thanksgiving, in pursuance of a resolution of Congress. It seems that Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee will not be represented in the cabinet; this may breed trouble, and we have trouble enough, in all conscience. It is said Mr. Blair has returned again to Ricents are ordered out, and the locals will follow of course, as when Dahlgren came. Hon. Mr. Haynes of the Senate gives information of a raid organizing in East Tennessee on Salisbury, N. C., to liberate the prisoners, cut the Piedmont Road, etc. Half-past 2 P. M. Nothing definite of the reported raid near the city. False,
Arizona (Arizona, United States) (search for this): chapter 47
unlimited confidence of the people. I agreed with him that the President ought to be approached in a proper manner, and freely consulted, before any action such as he indicated; and I told him that a letter from Gen. Beauregard, dated 6th of December, to the President, if ever published, would exculpate the latter from all blame for the march (unopposed) of Sherman through Georgia. Col. Baylor, whom the President designated the other day as the proper man to raise troops in New Mexico, Arizona, Lower California and in Mexico, is the same man who invited the Indians to a council in 1861, to receive presents, whisky, etc., and then ordered them, men, women, and children, to be slaughtered. Even Mr. Randolph revolted at such conduct. But now the government must employ him. The rotund Mr. Hunter is rolling about actively to-day, hunting for more news. His cheeks, though fat, are flat and emaciatedfor he sees affairs in a desperate condition, and he has much to lose. January
Galveston (Texas, United States) (search for this): chapter 47
orts of Wilmington and Charleston since October 26th, 1864, 8,632,000 pounds of meat, 1,501,000 pounds of lead, 1,933,000 pounds of saltpeter, 546,000 pairs of shoes, 316,000 pairs of blankets, 520,000 pounds of coffee, 69,000 rifles, 97 packages of revolvers, 2639 packages of medicine, 43 cannon, with a large quantity of other articles of which we need make no mention. Besides these, many valuable stores and supplies are brought, by way of the Northern lines, into Florida; by the port of Galveston and through Mexico, across the Rio Grande. The shipments of cotton made on government account since March 1st, 1864, amount to $5,296,000 in specie. Of this, cotton, to the value of $1,500,000, has been shipped since the 1st of July and up to the 1st of December. It is a matter of absolute impossibility for the Federals to stop our blockade-running at the port of Wilmington. If the wind blows off the coast, the blockading fleet is driven off. If the wind blows landward, they are
Tupelo (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 47
t be touched. Gen. Lee writes that he thinks the crisis (starvation in the army) past. Good. In South Carolina we hear of public meetings of submission, etc. January 19 Clear and frosty. Among the rumors, it would appear that the Senate in secret session has passed a resolution making Lee generalissimo. It is again said Mr. Seddon will resign, and be followed by Messrs. Benjamin and Mallory, etc. The following dispatch was received by the President yesterday: Tupelo, Miss., January 17th, 1865.-Roddy's brigade (cav.) is useless as at present located by the War Department. I desire authority to dispose of it to the best advantage, according to circumstances.-G. T. Beauregard, General. The President sends it to the Secretary of War with this indorsement: On each occasion, when this officer has been sent with his command to distant service, serious calamity to Alabama has followed. It is desirable to know what disposition Gen. Beauregard proposes to make
Petersburg, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 47
there would be a clamor in the North for their trial and execution! Guns have been heard to-day, and there are rumors of fighting below; that Longstreet has marched to this side of the river; that one of our gun-boats has been sunk; that Fort Harrison has been retaken; and, finally, that an armistice of ninety days has been agreed to by both governments. January 25 Clear, and very cold. We lost gun-boat Drewry yesterday in an unsuccessful attempt to destroy the enemy's pontoon bridge down the river. Fort Harrison was not taken as reported, nor is it likely to be. The rumor of an armistice remains, nevertheless, and Mr. Blair dined with the President on Sunday, and has had frequent interviews with him. This is published in the papers, and will cause the President to be severely censured. Congress failed to expel Mr. Foote yesterday (he is off again), not having a two-thirds vote, but censured him by a decided majority. What will it end in? No successors yet a
St. Paul (Minnesota, United States) (search for this): chapter 47
owners of the slaves are no longer willing to fight themselves, at least they are not as eager for the fray as they were in 1861; and the armies must be replenished, or else the slaves will certainly be lost. Thus we begin the new year-Heaven only knows how we shall end it! I trust we may be in a better condition then. Of one thing I am certain, the people are capable of achieving independence, if they only had capable men in all departments of the government. The President was at St. Paul's to-day, with a knit woolen cap on his head. Dr. Minnegerode preached a sermon against the croakers. His son has been appointed a midshipman by the President. January 2 Cold, and indications of snow. Offered the owner of our servant $400 per annum. He wants $150 and clothing for her. Clothing would cost perhaps $1000. It remains in abeyance. Saw Gen. Wise dancing attendance in the Secretary's room. He looks seasoned and well, and may be destined to play a leading part in
Virginia (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 47
e Department, has sent in a communication asking an investigation of the conduct of Mr. Peck, agent to buy supplies for clerks. What will Mr. Seddon do now? The Commissary-General says 100,000 bushels corn for Lee's army may be got in Southwest Virginia. January 17 Cloudy, and spitting snow. Mr. Foote's release from custody has been ordered by Congress. The news of the fall of Wilmington, and the cessation of importations at that port, falls upon the ears of the community witn his seat in the department. The President has issued a proclamation for the observance of Friday, March 10th, as a day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer, with thanksgiving, in pursuance of a resolution of Congress. It seems that Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee will not be represented in the cabinet; this may breed trouble, and we have trouble enough, in all conscience. It is said Mr. Blair has returned again to Richmond--third visit. Can there be war brewing between
France (France) (search for this): chapter 47
em at once, conceding to the demands of England and France, and then enlist them. But he thinks a return to tar brewing between the United States and England or France? We shall know all soon. Or have propositions beeroceed from intimations of a purpose on the part of France and England to recognize us, which, of itself, woul to recognize the Empire of Mexico is an offense to France, and the augmentation of the armament of the lakes,sh an army of volunteers in the event of a war with France or England. The President has stigmatized the affe. If the United States be upon the eve of war with France and England, or either of them, our commissioners aon this continent by European powers. This aims at France, and to aid our commissioners in their endeavors to divert the blows of the United States from us to France. The resolution was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. If there be complication with France, the United States may accept our overtures of allian
Augusta (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 47
founded. The President sends, for his information, to the Secretary of War, a letter from Gen. Beauregard, dated at Augusta, Ga., Dec. 6th, 1864, in relation to Gen. Sherman's movement eastward, and Gen. Hood's Middle Tennessee campaign. It appeaccountable for all the disasters. Alas for Beauregard! Bragg only played the part of chronicler of the sad events from Augusta. Yet the President cannot publish this letter of Beauregard's, and the country will still fix upon him the responsibili, Secretary of the Treasury, to Mr. Wagner, Charleston, S. C. (sent over for approval), appoints him agent to proceed to Augusta, etc., with authority to buy all the cotton for the government, at $1 to $1.25 per pound; and then sell it for sterlingd to-day for England, to make overtures to that government. The government has ordered the military authorities at Augusta, Ga. (Jan. 21), to remove or burn all the cotton in that town if it is likely to be occupied by the enemy. Senator Hunt
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