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August 8. To secure and preserve discipline, provide against disaster from the elements or attack by the enemy, an older was issued from the War Department, compelling the organization of troops on board government transports, and regulating their transportation.--Governor Horatio Seymour, of New York, replied to the letter of President Lincoln, relative to the draft. This morning, the rebel steamer Robert Habersham, which had been occupied in watching the Union advance movement up the Savannah River, was entirely destroyed by an explosion of her boiler, while lying off Scrieven's Ferry. The entire crew were either killed or mortally injured. A special order was issued by Brigadier-General Mercer, in command at Savannah, Ga., impressing into the rebel service, one fifth of the able-bodied male slaves in Eastern, Southern, and South-western Georgia. for the purpose of erecting additional fortifications for the defence of Savannah. Transportation will be furnished the
August 19. Drafting commenced in New York City, and was conducted without any disturbance. Governor Seymour issued a proclamation, counselling peace and submission to the draft, and repeating his determination to test the constitutionality of the law under which the draft was made.
ned to Yorktown, Va., from an expedition to Bottom's Bridge. The force engaged were parts of the First New York Mounted Rifles, Colonel Onderdonk, and of the Fifth Pennsylvania cavalry, Lieut.-Colonel Lewis. They left Williamsburgh on the twenty-sixth instant, and pushed through New Kent Court-House, directly to Bottom's Bridge. At the latter place, they found one regiment of infantry in rifle-pits, supported by a squadron of cavalry. A charge was immediately made, which carried the rifle-pits, and drove the enemy across the bridge, which they took up. The Union troops lost one killed, and one wounded. They captured five prisoners from the enemy, who left dead on the ground one officer, one sergeant, and two men, besides those they carried off. The bridge being rendered impassable, and the object of the expedition being entirely accomplished, the troops returned.--(Doc. 159.) Correspondence between Major-General Dix and Governor Seymour, relative to the draft, was made public.
February 20. The battle of Olustee, Florida, was fought this day by the National forces under the command of General Seymour and the rebels under General Caesar Finnegan.--(Doc. 87.) The rebel schooner Henry Colthurst, from Kingston, Jamaica, with a cargo of the munitions of war for the confederate government, and other articles of merchandise, was captured, near San Luis Pass, by the National schooner Virginia.
e would refuse to unite with them (as alas! we used to do) in a grand universal Presidential campaign for a Democratic President with a peace platform, and , the Constitution as it is. In fact, this whole two years war, and the two years more war which has yet to be gone through, is itself, in their eyes, only a Presidential campaign, only somewhat more vivacious than ordinary. This explains the Vallandigham peace meetings in New-York and New-Jersey, and the manly declarations of Mr. Horatio Seymour and other patriots. Do not let us forget, says Fernando Wood, writing to the Philadelphia meeting, that those who perpetrate such outrages as the arrest and banishment of Mr. Vallandigham do so as necessary war measures. Let us, therefore, strike at the cause, and declare for peace and against the war. This would sound very well if the said declaring for peace could have any effect whatever in bringing about peace. If a man in falling from a tower could arrest his fall by declar
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 8: attitude of the Border Slave-labor States, and of the Free-labor States. (search)
d to restore the peace and integrity of the Union. James T. Brady, Cornelius K. Garrison, and Appleton Oaksmith were appointed such Commissioners. At about the same time, the Democratic State Central Committee called for the appointment of four delegates from each Assembly district in the State, to meet as representatives of the party in convention at Albany on the 31st of January. They assembled on that day, and the delegates were addressed by the venerable ex-Chancellor Walworth, ex-Governor Seymour, and men of less note, and a series of resolutions were adopted, expressive of the sense of the party on the great topic of the day. They declared, substantially, that a conflict of sectional passions had produced present convulsions; that the most ineffective argument to be presented to the seceding States was war, which would not restore the Union, but would defeat forever its reconstruction; that the restoration of the Union could only be obtained by the exercise of a spirit of con
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 10: Peace movements.--Convention of conspirators at Montgomery. (search)
by a Protector or Emperor. IV. Say to the seceded States--Wayward sisters, depart in peace!--Scott's Autobiography, II. 625. On the solicitation of John Van Buren, of New York, General Scott gave him the original draft of this letter, as an autographic keepsake of a strictly private nature, supposing that he was simply gratifying the wishes of an honorable man. His confidence was betrayed, and this private letter to Mr. Seward was read to a large public meeting of the friends of Horatio Seymour, during the canvass of that leader for the office of Governor of New York. The letter was used as an implied censure of the policy of the Administration of Mr. Lincoln. General Scott, in vindication of himself, then published a Report on the public defenses, which he had submitted to Mr. Buchanan before he left office, which occasioned a spicy newspaper correspondence between these venerable men. See National Intelligencer, October, 1862. Another earnest pleader against coercion, w
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 2: Lee's invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania. (search)
esire to have his government interfere in our affairs, and thus secure the independence of the Confederates, In the darkest hour of the war for the life of the Republic, when the loyal people of the country were despondent because of reverses suffered by their armies In the field during the summer and autumn of 1862, Lord Lyons, on his arrival in New York from a visit to England, found, he says, the Conservative leaders exulting in the success of; the Opposition in the State, by whom Horatio Seymour had been elected Governor by a large majority. They felt assurance that they would henceforth have strength sufficient to check the government in its vigorous prosecution of the war, and believed that the President would heed the voice of warning given in the late elections. (See page 18.) On the following morning, however, his lordship said, intelligence arrived from Washington which dashed the rising hopes of the Conservatives, as the Democrats called themselves. It was announced t
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 3: political affairs.--Riots in New York.--Morgan's raid North of the Ohio. (search)
ce Faction a seditious letter written by Horatio Seymour, 85. organized resistance to the Draft, seditious speeches of Franklin Pierce and Horatio Seymour, 87. revolution in the North attempted, York (to which the Governor of the State, Horatio Seymour, addressed an impassioned letter Mr. Son Davis, note 1, page 215, volume I. and Governor Seymour, of New York, the former speaking to a Den at the hands of rebels and demagogues. Mr. Seymour's speech was similar in tenor, but was moree Peace Faction (of which those of Pierce and Seymour were mild specimens), appalling but logical. d his authority as mildly as possible. Governor Seymour had been in the city on the Saturday prevd persons, In his next annual message, Governor Seymour said the estimated number of the killed ae in the maintenance of that position. Governor Seymour, said the New York Daily News, has pledge no doubt that he will keep his word. Governor Seymour implored the President first to suspend t[3 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 8: Civil affairs in 1863.--military operations between the Mountains and the Mississippi River. (search)
low the leadings of the disloyal Peace Faction. When the autumn elections 1863. had passed, it was found that the friends of the Government, who had spoken at the ballot-box, were in overwhelming majorities everywhere. The majorities of the Opposition the previous year See page 18. were wiped out, and the weight of their numbers appeared largely on the Republican or Union side. Ohio, as we have observed, gave over a hundred thousand majority against Vallandigham; and in New York, Governor Seymour's majority, of ten thousand in 1862, was annihilated, and a majority of nearly thirty thousand appeared on the opposite side of the political balance-sheet. Even in Maryland, where the emancipation of the slaves was made a distinct issue in the canvass, there was given a very large Union majority. This political reaction, and the progress of the National armies in repossessing territory, emboldened the Government to take measures for prosecuting the war with great vigor in 1864. Th
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