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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Official correspondence of Governor Letcher, of Virginia. (search)
nia, five hundred muskets, altered to percussion, as a loan to the State of South Carolina, through Mr. Henry Spannick, as special agent for the State of Virginia. W. G. Eason, Assistant Ordnance Officer, South Carolina. The following letter from General R. E. Lee will be read with interest, as showing that at an early day he appreciated and sought to provide against the danger of the disorganization of the volunteer forces of the Confederacy: Coosawhatchie, South Carolina, December 26th, 1861. His Excellency John Letcher, Governor of Virginia: Governor — I have desired to call your attention to the necessity of making provision for replacing the Virginia regiments transferred to the Confederate States for twelve months previous to the limitation of their present term of service. I hope the late law of Congress will induce them to re-enlist. But should it not, I tremble to think of the different conditions our armies will present to those of the enemy at the opening of
was not distasteful, and I felt that I was qualified to undertake it, for the accounts to be audited belonged exclusively to the Quartermaster and Subsistence departments, and by recent experience I had become familiar with the class of papers that pertained to those branches of the army. Indeed, it was my familiarity with such transactions, returns, &c., that probably caused my selection as president of the board. I entered upon the work forthwith, and continued at it until the 26th of December, 1861. At that date I was relieved from the auditing board and assigned to duty as Chief Commissary of the Army of Southwest Missouri, commanded by General Samuel R. Curtis. This army was then organizing at Rolla, Missouri, for the Pea Ridge campaign, its strength throughout the campaign being in the aggregate about fifteen thousand men. As soon as I received information of my selection for this position, I went to General Halleck and requested him to assign me as Chief Quartermaste
eference to the Indians who had been tampered with by Albert Pike, suggesting that they be located on the reservations, and encouraged in agricultural pursuits. The Indians, for the greater part, were peaceable and friendly to the United States Government.--Philadelphia Press, Dec. 28. The burning of buildings near New Market Bridge, Va., by order of Brigadier-General Mansfield, called forth the following order from General Wool: Headquarters Department Virginia, Fort Monroe, Dec. 26, 1861. General Order No. 50.--The Major-General Commanding the Department regrets to learn that some of our troops recently crossed New Market Bridge and fired some buildings in retaliation for similar acts of vandalism committed by the rebels on the side nearest our encampments. Two wrongs do not make one right, and such conduct is in violation of existing orders, and for which, in this case, there does not exist the slightest excuse. If the insurgents wish to increase the notoriety whic
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 5: military and naval operations on the coast of South Carolina.--military operations on the line of the Potomac River. (search)
perplex but not destroy the navigation Indeed, the affair was intended by the Government, and expected by those acquainted with the nature of the coast, the currents, and the harbor, to be only a temporary interference with navigation, as a war measure, and these experts laughed at the folly of those who asserted, as did a writer who accompanied the fleet, that Charleston Bar is paved with granite, and the harbor is a thing of the past. Special correspondence of the New York Tribune, Dec. 26th, 1861. The idea that such was the case was fostered by the Confederates, in order to fire the Southern heart; and their newspapers teemed with denunciations of the barbarous act, and frantic calls upon commercial nations to protest by cannon, if necessary, against this violation of the rights of the civilized world. The British press and British statesmen sympathizing with the insurgents joined in the outcry, and the British Minister at Washington (Lord Lyons) made it the subject of diplomat
word and deed that he would do his duty as a soldier, within his sphere, whatever political policy the Administration might adopt or whatever political aspects the war might assume. This was all the Administration had a right to ask. That he had the confidence and affection of his army is beyond question. His removal was due to a fact stated affirmatively — though put in the form of a question to General McDowell--by a member of the Congressional Committee on the Conduct of the War, December 26, 1861,--that there is a political element connected with this war which must not be overlooked. There has indeed been such an element from the beginning in the conduct of this war; it never has, been overlooked, but has always been prominent, and set in the front of the battle, and has been the fruitful source of mistakes and disasters to our cause. In the present instance it led to the dangerous experiment of changing commanders in front of an enemy; and the bitter experience of Frederic
; as was evinced in the Presidential election of 1848. A similar treaty was now negotiated between the United States and Great Britain; and a bill designed to give effect to its provisions was reported June 12, 1862. to the Senate by Mr. Sumner, considered, and passed: June 16. Yeas 34; Nays 4. The House concurred; July 7. and the bill became a law. July 11. The first proposition looking to a repeal of the Fugitive Slave act of 1850 by the XXXVIIth Congress was made Dec. 26, 1861. by Mr. Howe, of Wisconsin, to the Senate; whereby it was read twice, referred to the Judiciary Committee, and reported Feb. 11, 1862. against by Mr. Ten Eyck, of New Jersey. That report killed it. But Mr. Wilmot, of Pa., soon revived May 23. the proposition, by a bill which required every person, who should apply for the legal process required for the arrest of a fugitive slave, to take a stringent oath of loyalty. The bill further provided that each alleged fugitive shall have
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 238. Floyd's address to his army. (search)
Doc. 238. Floyd's address to his army. camp near Dublin depot, Dec. 26, 1861. Soldiers of the Army of the Kanawha: The campaign in the western portion of this State is now, as far as you are concerned, ended. At its close you can review it with pride and satisfaction. You first encountered the enemy, five months since, on his unobstructed march into the interior of the State. From that time until recalled from the field, you were engaged in perpetual warfare with him. Hard contested battles and skirmishes were matters of almost daily occurrence. Nor is it to be forgotten that laborious and arduous marches, by day and by night, were necessary, not only as furnishing you the opportunity of fighting there, but of baffling the foe at different points upon the march of invasion. And it is a fact which entitles you to the warm congratulations of your General, and to the thanks and gratitude of your country, that in the midst of the trying scenes through which you have passed,
Patriotism at A Wedding.--A wedding occurred at a church in Boston, Mass., at which the bride appeared in white, and the two bridesmaids respectively in red and blue. N. Y. World, December 26, 1861.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Cocke, Philip St. George 1808- (search)
Cocke, Philip St. George 1808- Military officer; born in Virginia in 1808; graduated at the United States Military Academy in 1832; brigadier-general in the Confederate army in 1861; and was commander of the 5th Brigade in the first engagement of Bull Run. After eight months service he returned to his home in Powhatan county, Va., where he died, Dec. 26, 1861.
  5thGeorgiaRegimentCavalryCol. Robt. H. AndersonJan. 20, 1863.Promoted Brigadier-General. 6thGeorgiaRegimentCavalryCol. John R. HartMarch 6, 1863.  7thGeorgiaRegimentCavalryCol. E. C. Anderson, Jr   8thGeorgiaRegimentCavalryCol. J. L. McAllister   9thGeorgiaRegimentCavalry    10thGeorgiaRegimentCavalryCol. Taliaferro    GeorgiaRegimentPartisan RangersCol. A. A. Hunt   1stGeorgiaRegimentEnlisted MenCol. Wm. J. MagillFeb. 6, 1862.  1stGeorgiaRegimentInfantryCol. Chas. H. OlmsteadDec. 26, 1861.  2dGeorgiaRegimentInfantryCol. E. M. BurtApril 28, 1862.  3dGeorgiaRegimentInfantryCol. Edw'd J. WalkerJuly 1, 1862.  Col. A. R. Wright1862.Promoted Major-General. 4thGeorgiaRegimentInfantryCol. Philip CookNov. 1, 1862.Promoted Brigadier-General. Col. George Doles1862.Promoted Brigadier-General. 5thGeorgiaRegimentInfantryCol. Chas. P. DanielsDec. 31, 1862.  6thGeorgiaRegimentInfantryCol. J. T. LoftonSept. 17, 1862.  Col. A. H. Colquitt1862.Promoted Brigadier-General
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