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ce Frederick Charles. Meantime the Third Army, under the Crown Prince of Prussia-which, after haying fought and won the battle of Worth, had been observing the army of Marshal MacMahon during and after the battle of Gravelotte--was moving toward Paris by way of Nancy, in conjunction with an army called the Fourth, which had been organized from the troops previously engaged around Metz, and on the 22d was directed toward Bar-le-Duc under the command of the Crown Prince of Saxony. In consequenctand, but soon learned that it was because of the movements of Marshal MacMahon, who, having united the French army beaten at Worth with three fresh corps at Chalons, was marching to relieve Metz in obedience to orders from the Minister of War at Paris. As we passed along the column, we noticed that the Crown Prince's troops were doing their best, the officers urging the men to their utmost exertions, persuading weary laggards and driving up stragglers. As a general thing, however, they ma
as this officer was starting off, I remarked to Bismarck that Napoleon himself would likely be one of the prizes, but the Count, incredulous, replied, Oh no; the old fox is too cunning to be caught in such a trap; he has doubtless slipped off to Paris --a belief which I found to prevail pretty generally about headquarters. In the lull that succeeded, the King invited many of those about him to luncheon, a caterer having provided from some source or other a substantial meal of good bread, e were differences at the royal headquarters as to whether peace should be made then at Sedan, or the war continued till the French capital was taken. I further heard that the military advisers of the King strongly advocated an immediate move on Paris, while the Chancellor thought it best to make peace now, holding Alsace and Lorraine, and compelling the payment of an enormous levy of money; and these rumors were most likely correct, for I had often heard Bismarck say that France being the ric
40,000 strong, beginning their direct march to Paris. The French had little with which to oppose t would not be satisfied with anything short of Paris, no matter what form of Government the French et with no resistance whatever in its march on Paris, its advance approached the capital rapidly, atwo Crown Princes were now at the outskirts of Paris. They had come from Sedan mainly by two routepermit the Second Army to join in the siege of Paris. Learning all this, and seeing that the in, and, instead of remaining outside, gone into Paris--very foolishly, said our hospitable friends, and being almost beside themselves to get into Paris, a permit was granted them by Count Bismarck, ad been cut from the frames and carried off to Paris, except one portrait, that of Queen Victoria, than a week Burnside and Forbes returned from Paris. They told us their experience had been interte swallow. After a day or two they went into Paris again, and I then began to suspect that they w[13 more...]
itary dinner return to Versailles Germans entering Paris criticism on the Franco Prussian war conclusion. the time up to the approximate date of our return to Paris; and deciding to visit eastern Europe, we made ViennThe terms agreed upon provided for the occupation of Paris till ratification should be had by the convention aton from our Minister, Mr. Washburn, I hurried off to Paris to see the conquerors make their triumphal entry. e 18th of January) did not accompany his troops into Paris, though he reviewed them at Long Champs before they the Germans practically the victors. The taking of Paris was but a sentiment-the money levy could have been marmies from the battle of Gravelotte to the siege of Paris, I may, in conclusion, say that I saw no new milita After my brief trip to Versailles, I remained in Paris till the latter part of March. In company with Mr. olute certainty. The Germans were withdrawn from Paris on the 3d of March, and no sooner were they gone tha
sit and accompanied him and Miss Edgeworth on their tour of the Scottish lakes. During this visit Vattemare obtained, as he and Sir Walter stood waiting for the stage to pass on which Mr. Vattemare was to leave Abbotsford, a piece of poetry, written on the gate-post by the poet, in which Sir Walter spoke in the character of sheriff of the county reading the riot act to all the characters the wizard had personated before him. Fac-similes of the album were published and are now much valued in Paris. Early in January a debate arose which gave proof of Mr. Davis's intelligent grasp of all questions connected with Mexico and the war that was still waging. Cass, of Michigan, had reported from the Military Committee what was called at the time the Ten regiment bill; a bill inspired by the War Department. It provided for raising ten additional regiments of infantry to serve during the war. Mexico was defeated, but not yet humbled. Its armies had been dispersed; but there was nothing to p
abinet, some idea may be formed of the power over men possessed and exercised by Mr. Pierce. Chivalrous, generous, amiable, true to his faith, frank and bold in the declaration of his opinions, he never deceived anyone. And, if treachery had ever come near him, it would have stood abashed in the presence of his truth, his manliness, and his confiding simplicity. He revised the system of tactics, and sent an accomplished soldier, afterward General Hardee, of the Confederate service, to Paris, to study the best mode of doing so. He lent his powerful aid to the perfecting of a signal corps; fixed four years as the time for the frontier service of officers; thus making rotation the rule, and leaving them independent of the favor of officials at headquarters. He sold the military reservations not needful for the uses of the United States, and thus rendered great service to the States within which they were located, and thereby also added much money to the treasury. Foreseeing f
s. We gradually became more cheerful, and our medical man, in whom we found a friend, hoped that the walls of his heart would become normal again. We went to Paris for a few weeks, and there the Emperor was attentive in a manner. He sent one of his staff to offer an audience to Mr. Davis, and the Empress kindly expressed herily there, but preferred to remain in London for several reasons. Even then the shadow of the bloody drama that was to end the dynasty of the Bonapartes hung over Paris, and the blue blouses talked treason in the Musee de Napoleon, and hissed out between their teeth abuse of the army officers as they passed. On our return to rief over our defeat, he said that his power of dismissing any painful memory had served him well after the fall of the Confederacy. Soon after our return from Paris, our skilful and wise physician, Dr. Maurice Davis, discovered that Mr. Davis's heart trouble had not decreased, and he ordered him up to Scotland, whither Dr. Mac
Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 2, Chapter 75: reasons for not asking Pardon.—Mississippi Valley Society. (search)
his return, these dear generous people very much desired to give him a tract of land and stock enough to furnish and cultivate it, but we felt unwilling to accept so much, and the gift was affectionately declined. He was engaged in a lawsuit to recover the Brierfield plantation, which had passed into other hands after the death of his brother, and hoped to live, even though the shrinkage in values would necessitate our living poorly, on the products of that plantation. While environed by these difficulties, Mr. Davis's health, which had been steadily declining, became worse, and he was ordered to take a long sea voyage. He sailed from New Orleans to Liverpool, and from there went to Paris to see his old friend, A. Dudley Mann, who was one of his dearest friends. He also saw his friends, Lord Campbell and Beresford Hope, with others who had been hospitable to him while temporarily a resident of England, and returned after three months time, much improved in health and strength.
ing in his speech to the Houses, intimated his intention of going to war with the French. Republic. On moving the address in answer to the speech a memorable debate arose. On this occasion Charles James Fox delivered one of those powerful speeches which have made his name immortal — which have forever stamped him as the ablest of British debaters, and the first of British statesmen. In the course of that speech he said: But we now disdain to negotiate. Why? Because we have no minister at Paris. Why have we no minister there? Because France is a Republic! And so we are to pay in the blood and treasure of the people for a punctilio! . . . The road of common-sense is simple, plain, and direct. That of pride and punctilio is as tangled as it is serpentine. In the impassioned language of Mr. Fox, I would ask, are we to pay in blood and treasure of the people for a punctilio? Shall we pursue the path of pride and punctilio, which is as tangled as it is serpentine, or shall we take
Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Volume 3., Lee's right wing at Gettysburg. (search)
ts of the two armies. Bazaine had been driven to shelter at Metz, McMahon had been driven back to the route leading from Paris to Metz and seemed in doubt whether he would go to Paris or to Bazaine's relief. He suffered himself to be forced north Paris or to Bazaine's relief. He suffered himself to be forced north of the route between these points. On the morning that the wires brought us that information, two or three of the French Creoles of New Orleans visited my office to ask my views of the movements then proceeding. I replied, McMahon's army will be p. My reply was that I had only given them my solution of a military problem. The Prussians were on the shorter route to Paris or to Metz, so that if McMahon should attempt to move in either direction the Prussians, availing themselves of the short could not be expected to make a successful attack and would therefore be obliged to surrender. If he had gone direct to Paris before giving up his shorter route, it is possible that he could have organized a succoring army for the relief of Metz.
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