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Goldsboro (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 47
I believe there is a project on foot to borrow flour, etc. from citizens for Gen. Lee's army. Many officers and men from the army are in the city to-day, confirming the reports of suffering for food in the field. There is a rumor that Goldsborough has been taken. Mr. Secretary Seddon is appointing men in the various districts of the city to hunt up speculators and flour; appointing such men as W. H. McFarland and others, who aspire to office by the suffrages of the people. They wilonal enemy will occupy his attention and afford more delight than an ordinary victory over the common enemy. Most men will say Mr. Foote should have been permitted to go — if he desired it. January 14 Cloudy and cool. The news that Goldsborough, N. C., had been taken is not confirmed. Nor have we intelligence of the renewal of the assault on Fort Fisher-but no one doubts it. The government sent pork, butchered and salted a few weeks ago, to the army. An order has been issued to b
Fortress Monroe (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 47
commissioners remained Sunday night at Petersburg, and proceeded on their way yesterday morning. As they passed our lines, our troops cheered them very heartily, and when they reached the enemy's lines, they were cheered more vociferously than ever. Is not this an evidence of a mutual desire for peace? Yesterday, Mr. De Jarnette, of Virginia, introduced in Cgngress a resolution intimating a disposition on the part of our government to unite with the United States in vindication of the Monroe doctrine, i.e. expulsion of monarchies established on 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 alliance, and our people and government will acquiesce, but it would soon grow an unpopular treaty. At this moment we ar
Macon (Georgia, United States) (search for this): chapter 47
er was in the Secretary's office early this morning, and may prevail on him to withdraw his resignation again, or to hold on until --all is accomplished. Gen. Breckinridge, it is said, requires the removal of Northrop, before his acceptance. Gen. Bragg is also named. Congress, in creating the office of a commander-in-chief, also aimed a blow at Bragg's staff; and this may decide the President to appoint him Secretary of War. A long letter came to-day from Governor Brown, dated Macon, Ga., Jan. 6th, 1865, in reply to a long one from the Secretary of War, filled with criminations and recriminations, and a flat refusal to yield the old men and boys in State service, in obedience to the call of the usurping and despotic demand of the Confederate States Executive. Georgia trembles, and may topple over any day! Mr. Blair's return has excited many vague hopes-among the rest, even of recognition by the United States Government! Yet many, very many croakers, weary of the war
Greensboro (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 47
unteering would answer to fill the ranks with white men; also suggests that the President concede something to popular sentiment-restore Gen. J. E. Johnston, etc. He says gloom and despair are fast settling on the people. J. P. McLean, Greensborough, N. C., in response to the request of Mr. Secretary Seddon, gives information of the existence of many Union men in that section, and suggests sudden death to -- etc. The Secretary is diligent in getting such information; but lately it seems he nouble. If he destroys the bridges, the Federal troops on this side the river will be cut off from their main army. It is said the President has signed the bill creating a commander-in-chief. Rev. W. Spottswood Fontaine writes from Greensborough, N. C., that — reports that Senator Hunter is in favor of Virginia negotiating a separate peace with the United States, as the other States will probably abandon her to her fate, etc. I saw Mr. Lyons to-day, who told me Mr. Hunter dined with
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 47
Confederate service, to be commanded by Confederate States authority. And he has several thrusts ae oath of allegiance and enlisted in the Confederate States service, are deserting back to the Feder liquidation of their claims against the Confederate States Government. Perhaps they are becoming aoubles and all our vulnerable points. The United States can get recruits under the conviction that00 men must be immediately detailed in the United States, and their heavy losses heretofore are nowrance of a Protectorate on the part of the United States. If the honor of the Southern people be se unpopular after a term of peace with the United States. If the United States be upon the eve of their endeavors to divert the blows of the United States from us to France. The resolution was ref If there be complication with France, the United States may accept our overtures of alliance, and to their burdens. Now is the time for the United States to avert another year of slaughter and exp[20 more...]
Danville (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 47
ern conscription will ruin the war party. But, alas I the lax policy inaugurated by Mr. Benjamin, and continued by every succeeding Secretary of War, enables the enemy to obtain information of all our troubles and all our vulnerable points. The United States can get recruits under the conviction that there will be little or no more fighting. Some $40,000 worth of provisions, belonging to speculators, but marked for a naval bureau and the Mining and Niter Bureau, have been seized at Danville. This is well — if it be not too late. A letter from Mr. Trenholm, 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 sterling bills of exchange to certain parties, giving them permission to remove it within the enemy's lines; or better still, to have it shipped abroad on government account by reliabl
Richmond (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 47
er Lieut.-Col. Wallace, refused to aid in saving property, but plundered it! This proves that the soldiers were all poor men, the rich having bought exemptions or details! Gen. Lee writes on the 8th instant, that the troops sailing out of James River are, he thinks, destined for another attack on Wilmington. But none have left the lines in front of him, etc. Gen. Lee also writes on the 9th instant, that the commissary agents have established a large traffic through our lines, in Northupid abstractions! The government will awake speedily, however; and after Congress hurries through its business (when roused), the adjournment of that body will speedily ensue. But will the President dismiss his cabinet in time to save Richmond, Virginia, and the cause? That is the question. He can easily manage Congress, by a few letters from Gen. Lee. But will the potency of his cabinet feed Lee's army? A great panic still prevails in the city, arising from rumors of contemplated e
J. B. Sale (search for this): chapter 47
g them permission to remove it within the enemy's lines; or better still, to have it shipped abroad on government account by reliable parties. This indicates a purpose to die full-handed, if the government must die, and to defeat the plans of the enemy to get the cotton. Is the Federal Government a party to this arrangement? Gold was $60 for one yesterday. I suppose there is no change to-day. Judge Campbell, Assistant Secretary, returned to his room today, mine not suiting him. Col. Sale, Gen. Bragg's military secretary, told me to-day that the general would probably return from Wilmington soon. His plan for filling the ranks by renovating the whole conscription system, will, he fears, slumber until it is too late, when ruin will overtake us! If the President would only put Bragg at the head of the conscription business — and in time — we might be saved. January 12 Bright and frosty. Gold at $66 for one yesterday, at auction. Major R. J. Echols, Quartermaster,
the fact that many of the clerks, etc. of the War Department favored revolution and the overthrow of the President, he replied that it was a known fact, and that some of them would be hung soon. He feared Mr. Hunter was a submissionist. The Northern papers say Mr. G. B. Lamar has applied to take the oath of allegiance, to save his cotton and other property. The Examiner to-day has another article calling for a convention to abolish the Constitution and remove President Davis. Mr. Seward, United States Secretary of State, escorted Mrs. Foote to her hotel, upon her arrival in Washington. The following official telegram was received at the War Department last night: headquarters, January 15th, 1865. Hon. J. A. Seddon. Gen. Early reports that Gen. Rosser, at the head of three hundred men, surprised and captured the garrison at Beverly, Randolph County, on the 11th instant, killing and wounding a considerable number and taking five hundred and eighty prisoners. His los
Beverly Kermon (search for this): chapter 47
and I have no faith in his predictions. W. F. D. Saussure and others, Columbia, S. C., petition the government to send a corps of Lee's army to save their State and Georgia from devastation, as there are no adequate forces in them for defense. They confess that Richmond is important to hold, but insist that Georgia and South Carolina must be defended to hold it, etc. They are frightened evidently. Gen. Withers, Alabama, denounces the inefficiency of the conscript system. Lieut. Beverly Kermon writes from the Rappahannock that thus far (to Jan. 1st) our movements (in connection with Capt. T. N. Conrad) are perfectly secret. The next day he was to go to the Potomac. What has the Secretary sent him there for? J. R. Bledsoe presents a design for a new flag, red, white, and blue cross, which Gen. Lee thinks both original and beautiful. Judge Campbell has a box of clothing, sent from London by J. B. Bloodgood. January 5 Clear and cold. It is understood now t
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