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United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 6.39
has afforded me pleasure to provide, as far as possible, for the defence, not only of my own State, but of all the Confederate States, engaged as we are in a common cause for the maintenance of rights and institutions dear to us all. I return to his name to my ill-armed brigade. J. C. B. Col. Charles Dimmock, Chief of Ordnance Department, Richmond, Va. Confederate States of America, Treasury Department, Richmond, December 9, 1861. My Dear Sir — With the thanks of Governor Pickens and myto 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 wilthe passage of a law for drafting them for the war, unless they volunteer for that period. The great object of the Confederate States is to bring the war to a successful issue. Every consideration should yield to that; for without it we can hope to
Hancock, Md. (Maryland, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.39
oops at Wheeling, Parkersburg, Point Pleasant, or any places on the Ohio river, would serve to irritate and invite aggression. You could not send enough to do much good, if they chose to invade from the other side. They can concentrate on Wheeling 50,000 men from the other side in twenty-four hours by the various railroads leading to that point; so at Parkersburg, but in less numbers. The Ohio is fordable in the summer and fall at many points, and the whole river, from Sandy to the end of Hancock, easily crossed. We have here, and in all the counties, volunteer companies, home guards, &c. Our mountains are full of rifles, and if invaded, we shall give a good account of ourselves. The question with us is, whether we are not better off, left to ourselves, than to have a small and inadequate force sent to us, which might merely serve as an excuse for an outbreak. What we need is guns in the hands of our own companies. Whether it might be well to have some troops in the interior,
Parkersburg (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.39
es have taken measures, by committees of safety, &c., to watch and suppress any out-break. I doubt very much the expediency of Virginia sending any troops to the western border, at least for the present. The appearance of troops at Wheeling, Parkersburg, Point Pleasant, or any places on the Ohio river, would serve to irritate and invite aggression. You could not send enough to do much good, if they chose to invade from the other side. They can concentrate on Wheeling 50,000 men from the other side in twenty-four hours by the various railroads leading to that point; so at Parkersburg, but in less numbers. The Ohio is fordable in the summer and fall at many points, and the whole river, from Sandy to the end of Hancock, easily crossed. We have here, and in all the counties, volunteer companies, home guards, &c. Our mountains are full of rifles, and if invaded, we shall give a good account of ourselves. The question with us is, whether we are not better off, left to ourselves, than
Ohio (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.39
The following from Honorable George W. Summers, and the reply of Governor Letcher, are important: Kanawha Courthouse, May 3d, 1861. John Letcher, Esq., Governor, &c.: My Dear Sir — So far, the population on either side the Ohio remain quiet. Our former relation of good neighborhood continues. The boats in the Cincinnati trade from this Valley yet make their trips, but have had difficulty in some instances in procuring freights, especially in the provision line. The people of Ohio profess to desire peace and commerce with us; but it is not to be denied that the public mind is in a sensitive condition, rendering it easy for the worst men on either side the border to produce difficulties which might become widespread. To avoid this, I learn that the good and substantial men on both sides have taken measures, by committees of safety, &c., to watch and suppress any out-break. I doubt very much the expediency of Virginia sending any troops to the western border, at least
Charleston (South Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.39
sed in their own defence. I shall be glad to hear frequently from you upon the subject of your letter, and to receive any suggestions you may be pleased to make. I remain, most respectfully yours, &c., John Letcher. Hon. Geo. W. Summers, Charleston, Kanawha County, Va. The two following letters from President Davis are of interest: Richmond, June 7, 1861. Dear Sir — I have the honor to acknowledge ours of yesterday, covering the letter of General Floyd and its enclosure, to wnd myself for your prompt and considerate response to our request for arms for South Carolina, I herewith send you a receipt of the Governor for the same. Very truly yours, C. G. Memminger. His Excellency Governor Letcher, present. Charleston, South Carolina, December 3d, 1861. Received from Governor Letcher, of the State of Virginia, 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 Virgin
Richmond (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.39
ee, United States Army, be allowed to come to Richmond to drill the Virginia cavalry then encamped ae this time, but I could not have returned to Richmond ere this, for the reason mentioned. I am ws from President Davis are of interest: Richmond, June 7, 1861. Dear Sir — I have the honorcellency John Letcher, Governor of Virginia. Richmond, June 7th, 1861. General John B. Floyd: Deops of other States as well as her own: Richmond, September 20th, 1861. To his Excellency Govehem to me. I am, truly, John Letcher. Richmond, Va., October 9th, 1862. My Dear Governor — les Dimmock, Chief of Ordnance Department, Richmond, Va. Confederate States of America, Treasury Department, Richmond, December 9, 1861. My Dear Sir — With the thanks of Governor Pickens and myseve him. What is then to stand between him and Richmond? I know of no way of ensuring the re-enlistm French will get sick if he remains longer in Richmond, and you would be obliged to give him up then[1 more...
Piedmont, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.39
unteer companies, home guards, &c. Our mountains are full of rifles, and if invaded, we shall give a good account of ourselves. The question with us is, whether we are not better off, left to ourselves, than to have a small and inadequate force sent to us, which might merely serve as an excuse for an outbreak. What we need is guns in the hands of our own companies. Whether it might be well to have some troops in the interior, at long distance from the river — such a point as Grafton or Piedmont, on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad--might be worthy of consideration. Troops in any of the counties on the rivers would most probably cut off every supply from below, both for the army and the resident population. I have ventured to throw out these suggestions, not formally, as to the commander-in-chief, but in the freedom of private friendship, knowing your anxiety to do your whole duty in this crisis, and your wish to obtain information from every part of the State. I found on r
Grafton, W. Va. (West Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.39
resist the large bodies of troops in the States of the Northwest, at the command of the Federal Government, and that it is inexpedient and unwise to invite an invasion by the concentration of troops among you. But he thinks it important to guard your section from the lawless bands which may be tempted to make raids upon you if they found that the volunteer force is not organized and ready for service. He has therefore instructed the officers placed in command to gather a volunteer force at Grafton, the point designated by you, from the surrounding counties, and hold it in readiness to be employed at any point where its services may be required. Arms have been sent to the volunteer companies, but no troops have or will be sent from this part of the State. While this line of policy is suggested by our comparative weakness, and by the difficulty of collecting, in any short time, an organized force in Northwestern Virginia, sufficient to meet a large body of troops coming against us,
West Point (New York, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.39
overnor Letcher that Lieutenant-Colonel Hardee, United States Army, be allowed to come to Richmond to drill the Virginia cavalry then encamped at the Fair Grounds, General Scott wrote the following letters. General Hardee complied with the request, and drilled the cavalry several days. New York, October 22, 1860. His Excellency John Letcher, Governor of Virginia: My Dear Sir — I have caused a copy of your letter to be forwarded to Lieutenant-Colonel Hardee, who is, I think, still at West Point, though relieved from duty there. It is not competent for a senior to order a junior of the army on any service whatever, not strictly within the line of his official duties, but I think it probable Colonel Hardee will take pleasure in meeting the wishes of your Excellency. With great respect, I have the honor to remain, Your obedient servant, Winfield Scott. Headquarters of the army, New York, October 22, 186<*>. Lieutenant-Colonel W. J. Hardee, First United States Cavalry:
Manassas, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 6.39
ernor 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 the next campaign. On the plains of Manassas, for instance, the enemy will resume operations, after a year's preparation and a winter of repose, fresh vigorous and completely organized, while we shall be in the confusion and excitement of reorganizing ours. The disbanding and reorganizing an army in time of peace is attended with loss and expense. What must it be in time of active service in the presence of the enemy prepared to strike? I have thought that General McClellan is waiting to take the advantage which that opportunity wi
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