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es, who played such havoc with Lincoln's Pet lambs at Manassas, on the memorable 21st July, passed through this city, we thought that we had seen a specimen of the roughest and most ferocious set of men on earth; but when we speak of the Tenth Louisiana regiment, of New Orleans, which passed through this city on Sunday, language is inadequate to give a description, composed as it was of English, French, Germans, Dutch, Italians, Sicilians, Spaniards, Portuguese, Swiss, Mexicans, Indians, and Creoles, who, in their jabbering, seemed to represent a second Babel. The commander, together with many other officers, are veterans who served throughout the Crimean war. The commands are given in French, Dutch, Spanish, or something else which we could not exactly understand, but seemed to be executed with promptness and a remarkable degree of precision. The Mexicans, particularly, were objects of much curiosity with our citizens, most of whom had never seen one before.--Lynchburgh Virginian.
liberty taken, I am, very respectfully, Mrs. H. M. Bradford. To His Excellency Gov. Letcher. Executive Department, Richmond, May 21, 1861. Sir: I am instructed by the Governor to say, in answer to your favor of the 19th instant, that as it has pleased you to denounce your boy, and cast him from your care and protection, because of his fealty to Virginia, his Excellency is disposed to retain for his benefit the property to which you refer as being detained in Norfolk. I am, &c., S. Bassett French A. D. C. to the Governor of Virginia. To H. M. Bradford, No. 717 Arch street, Phil. Mrs. Bradford's reply to Gov. Letcher. Philadelphia, May 24, 1861. Gov. Letcher--Sir: Through your clerk I have just received an answer to my communication of the 19th. As my signature was Mrs. H. M. Bradford, I cannot understand why the answer was addressed to H . M. Bradford, Sir. In the part of the country in which I was educated, it is not the custom for a gentleman to affix to his name
nty of fifty dollars each? Second. Will the Virginia volunteers, reenlisting under the late Act of Assembly, for three years--to be credited for the term already served at date of reenlistment — be entitled to the same bounty? Third. Will volunteers for three years or the war, who have not heretofore served, be entitled to the same bounty? The Governor respectfully asks your response, if practicable, during the morning. I am, most respectfully, Your obedient servant, S. Bassett French, Aid-de-Camp. Confederate States of America, War Department, Richmond, February 4th, 1862. Hon John Letcher, Governor of Virginia, Richmond, Va.: Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of this date, making inquiry respecting the bounty to be paid to soldiers. Your three questions are answered affirmatively. Each soldier furnished by Virginia for the war, in response to the call made by the President, will receive a bounty of fifty dollars when the regi
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Correspondence between Colonel S. Bassett French and General Wade Hampton. (search)
Correspondence between Colonel S. Bassett French and General Wade Hampton. The following letters are a pleasing illustration of the spirit of our noble women during the war, and of the courage with which they inspired our soldiers: Headqudeliver the guidon to your order. I have the honor, General, to be, with high respect, Your obedient servant, S. Bassett French, Colonel and A. D. C. to Governor of Virginia. headquarters Valley district, Near Martinsburg, September 25, 1862.respectfully, Your obedient servant, Theodore G. Barker, Capt. and A. A. General Hampton's Cavalry Brigade. Colonel S. Bassett French, A. D. C. headquarters Hampton's brigade, September 24th, 1862. Colonel S. Bassett French, A. D. C.: ColoneColonel S. Bassett French, A. D. C.: Colonel — Your letter informing me that you were charged by the ladies of Fredericksburg with a guidon to be presented to my brigade, has just reached me, and I beg you to transmit to the patriotic and noble donors our warmest and most grateful thanks for
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Resources of the Confederacy in February, 1865. (search)
, with remarks. 3. Statement of meat en route to Richmond, prepared by Major S. B. French, C. S. with remarks of Commissary-General. 4. Statement of bread stuff en route to Richmond, prepared by Major S. B. French, C. S. 5. Report of Captain J. M. Strother, A. C. S. of financial operations of Subsistence Bureau since Januffee500,000 In depot at Richmond, 42,000 pounds sugar350,000 (Signed) S. B. French, Major and Commissary Subsistence. This paper is respectfully referrefice Chief Commissary of North Carolina, Greensboroa, 8th February, 1865. Major S. B. French, C. S., Richmond, Virginia: Major — Herewith I hand semi-monthly stateasurably improved. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, (Signed) S. B. French, Major and C. S. P. S.--Since writing the foregoing, a report has bee of this quantity having been shipped since December 1st, 1863. (Signed) S. B. French. Endorsed: Respectfully referred to Secretary of War in connection
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial paragraphs. (search)
Traveler, 18x14 inches. A small weekly contribution will secure a handsome ornament for the school, lodge, club room or armory. These lithographs might be acceptably used as rewards of merit in lieu of medals, books, &c., to which end they will be supplied to teachers on satisfactory terms. A large sum is now in hand for the monument, and a generous response to this appeal will enable the managers to proceed at an early day to arrange for its construction. By order of the Board. S. Bassett French, Secretary. Board of Managers — The Governor of Virginia, the Treasurer of the Commonwealth, the Auditor of Public Accounts. We may add that the original photograph from which this lithograph is made, was taken in Lexington by Miley, and is one of rare excellence. The shading of his hat somewhat obscures General Lee's features, but his form and manner of sitting his horse are perfect. The likeness of Traveler could scarcely be improved, and many veterans of the Army of Northern V
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Detailed Minutiae of soldier life in the Army of Northern Virginia. (search)
ording to their views no sane people would try again to conquer the heroes of that remarkable day. The newspaper men delighted in telling the soldiers that the Yankees were a diminutive race, of feeble constitution, timid as hares, with no enthusiasm, and that they would perish in short order under the glow of our Southern sun. Any one who has seen a regiment from Ohio or Maine knows how true these statements were. And besides the newspapers did not mention the English, Irish, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Swiss, Partuguese and Negroes, who were to swell the numbers of the enemy, and as our army grew less make his larger. True, there was not much fight in all this rubbish, but they answered well enough for drivers of wagons and ambulances, guarding stores and lines of communication, and doing all sorts of duty, while the good material was doing the fighting. Sherman's army, marching through Richmond after the surrender of Lee and Johnston, seemed to be composed of a race
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial paragraphs. (search)
a desire has been expressed to see it in print, that we trust our gallant friend will excuse the liberty we take in presenting it to our readers: Custrin, Prussia, 1876. Rev. J. Wm. Jones, D. D., Secretary Southern Historical Society: Dear Sir — With the most sincere thanks for the regular sending of your Society Papers, which give me great pleasure, and create great interest in the historical world, I transmit to the Society, by the kindness of Colonel C. S. Venable, a copy of the French edition of my work on the Civil War in North America. The English and French critics having commended my little work, more highly perhaps than it merits, I am emboldened to place it upon the table of the Southern Historical Society as a small token of my gratitude to the valiant and hospitable people of the South. I regret one error which crept into my book, in a way which I will explain. I left the South in September 1863, and was obliged to take the events of the campaign of 1864-
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Sherman's Meridian expedition and Sooy Smith's raid to West point. (search)
y woods. The 9,000 Confederate infantry which was in Mississippi was only observing the large Federal force (40,000). Of course the Federals could have moved 20,000 out of this number (40,000) from the fortified posts of Vicksburg, Port Hudson, Natchez and Memphis, without any serious danger, to be used in the next Georgia campaign. Sherman says this was actually done. It could have been done without his Meridian expedition. Does the General forget that the Confederate infantry (Loring and French), which was in Mississippi at the time of his expedition, was also in Johnston's army when his 20,000 men were moved there from the Mississippi river. They got there, too, by moving on interior lines, while his had to move on exterior lines. He says he failed utterly to destroy Forrest. So what was the military gain by his expedition? He utterly failed to paralyze the Confederate States forces, the infantry moving to counteract the movement of Federal troops for the Georgia campaign.
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 8. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Editorial paragraphs. (search)
gns. General Forrest says: The killed and wounded of the enemy who fell into our hands amount to over one hundred * * * and one hundred and sixty-two prisoners * * *; and it is but reasonable to suppose, and a low estimate to place, their loss in killed, wounded and missing at eight hundred. The Lee monument Association has done the secretary of the Southern Historical Society the honor of electing him to the secretaryship of the Association, made vacant by the resignation of Colonel S. Bassett French. We propose to do all in our power to push this grand work to completion, and bespeak the active co-operation of admirers of the great chieftan every-where. We have a proposition from one of the most devoted followers of Lee to be one of fifty persons to give five hundred dollars each to secure at once a sum which would justify the beginning of the work. Can we not find forty-nine more who will respond to this proposition? Meantime, subscriptions, large or small, from ind
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