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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 29. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.46 (search)
1895, I gave it a brief contradiction in the press. At that time President Davis was dead, and, I believe, only two of his Cabinet still survived—namely, Judge John H. Reagan, of Texas, and the Hon. George Davis, of Wilmington, N. C. Judge Reagan, who, I am happy to say, still lives, who wrote me June 28, 1895, saying that any mJudge Reagan, who, I am happy to say, still lives, who wrote me June 28, 1895, saying that any measure of this importance would necessarily have been considered by the Cabinet of the Confederacy, and no such project was ever mentioned or hinted at in the Cabinet. The denial of the Hon. George Davis, ex-Confederate Attorney-General in 1864, to whom I also wrote, is not less emphatic. I append his letter: Wilmington, N. being only a small one. On going from the army to Richmond in the early autumn of 1861, I found Mr. Hunter in the State Department. I saw also Messrs. Mallory, Reagan, and others. Mr. Davis I did not see for a few weeks. He was at this time confined to his home on Shockoe Hill by a protracted illness, but he possessed a great
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Robert Edward Lee. (search)
ive of the national government about whom they should choose to represent them in any capacity, so why should she do it now? At one time there were more ex-Confederates in the United States Senate than would have filled the Confederate Senate, and five of them were from anti-secession States. Joseph E. Johnston and John B. Gordon, generals of the Confederate army, sat in Congress without having to ask the Secretary of State or anybody else whether it was agreeable to them, as did also John H. Reagan, a cabinet officer, and Alexander H. Stephens, Vice-President of the Confederacy, and many others distinguished in both the civil and military history of the Confederacy. Presidents Harrison and Cleveland appointed ex-Confederates to sit on the bench of the Supreme Court, one of them, Justice White, still remaining there; and not only have they time and again filled with honor and distinction the highest civil positions, as cabinet officers, ministers abroad, judges and legislators, in
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 31. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The First Marine torpedoes were made in Richmond, Va., and used in James river. (search)
ne government business was transacted. Last full cabinet meeting. The last lull cabinet meeting which was ever held by the President met with him in one of the sitting-rooms of the Sutherlin mansion. All of the members of the cabinet attended this meeting except the Secretary of War, General J. C. Breckinridge, of Kentucky. There were present: Judah P. Benjamin, Secretary of State; Trenholm, Secretary of Treasury; S. R. Mallory, Secretary of the Navy; Davis, the Attorney-General; J. H. Reagan, Postmaster-General, and Mr. Memminger, formerly Secretary of the Treasury; also Mr. Harrison, the President's private secretary. Mr. Davis, while in Danville, remained at his temporary home and capitol very little. He was very busily engaged in examining into the fortifications surrounding the place, which he reported as very faulty both in construction and design. He was also actively engaged in formulating plans relating to the design which he had formed of having Lee retreat to t
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 32. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.29 (search)
mmanding. In continuation, Mr. Fleming does not know when the money left Abbeville, but thinks it was on the morning of the 1st of May. Some money was paid to the soldiers at Greensboro, how much he did not know, but says he observed soldiers en route home rattling coins in their pockets and singing, One dollar and fifteen cents for four years service. The President and staff left on the night of the 2d. A committee of five discharged midshipmen, through Captain Parker, requested Secretary Reagan before leaving to pay them in gold sufficient to enable them to reach home. He obtained several hundred dollars to be distributed pro rota among the naval officers, and the midshipmen received forty dollars apiece. They remained in Abbeville until May 7, when they started homeward. A few days before the remaining specie had been placed in charge of some general of the army, and there personal knowledge of it ends. This is the high testimony of a man who had followed closely the fo
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 32. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.30 (search)
ily table was generally bare. It was in this room and around this table that, as we sat at supper one night in that fated April month of the year 1865, that General Hampton said to the officers of his staff: Gentlemen, a council of war is to be held here to—night at 12 o'clock—you will take to the grass. That night a train came down the railroad from Haw River, a little before 12 o'clock, having on board General Joseph E. Johnston and staff, General Breckenridge, the Secretary of War; Judge Reagan, the Postmaster-General; Governor Vance, Mr. Leo D. Heartt, executive clerk, and others whose names I do not now recall. They were immediately conducted to the house, one hundred yards from the railroad. At this council there were present, beside those named above, Generals M. C. Butler and Wheeler, of the cavalry corps, and others that I am now unable to remember. The object of this council was, of course, to decide on the terms of surrender of the army, and the purpose of holding t
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 32. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.50 (search)
stant Secretary of war as to Shackles. By Colonel William H. Stewart. The steamer William P. Clyde, with President Jefferson Davis, Mrs. Davis, son and two daughters; Vice-President Alexander H. Stephens, Hon. C. C. Clay and Mrs. Clay, Hon John H. Reagan, Confederate Postmaster-General; General Joseph Wheeler, and other prisoners, convoyed by the United States ship Tuscarora, arrived in Hampton Roads on the 19th of May, 1865, from Port Royal, S. C. The arrival was immediately wired to Wash. Other prisoners depart. The Maumee, Commander F. A. Parker, sailed with General Wheeler and party on the 21st of May for Fort Delaware, and the Tuscarora, Commander James Madison Frailey, sailed at the same time with Messrs. Stephens and Reagan for Fort Warren. The orders for the Clyde were changed, and she was directed to take the ladies and children to Savannah, Ga., without restraint, and arriving there to give them perfect liberty. As the prisons could not be prepared for Mess
M. C.'s in town --Hon. John H. Reagan, of Texas, was at the Exchange Hotel on Friday night, and left on Saturday morning for home. Hon. D. C. Dejarnette, of this District, left Richmond for Washington Saturday evening. Hon. John L. Landrum, of Louisiana, was in the city on Saturday. Hon. Jas. A. Stallworth, of Alabama, was at the Exchange Hotel yesterday, on his way home from Washington.
The Daily Dispatch: March 7, 1861., [Electronic resource], The French Press on the Southern Confederacy. (search)
Southern Congress. Montgomery, Ala., March 6. --Mr. Curry offered a resolution instructing the Judiciary Committee to inquire into the expediency of prohibiting the importation of slaves into the Southern Confederacy from the United States, except those owned by persons emigrating for settlement and residence. The Congress then went into secret session. [Second Dispatch.] The Southern Congress, in Executive session, confirmed the nomination of John H. Reagan, of Texas, as Postmaster-General, in place of Elliott, of Miss., who declined.
ge and direction of the postal service in the Confederate States." and all conveyance of mails within their limits, from and after such day, except by authority of the Postmaster-General thereof, is thereby prohibited: Now, therefore, I, John H. Reagan, Postmaster-General of the Confederate States of America, do issue this my proclamation, notifying all Postmasters, Contractors, and Special and Route Agents, in the service of the Post-Office Department, and engaged in the transmission and der sent to or received from those States; and until supplies of postage stamps and stamped envelopes are procured for the pre payment of postage within the Confederate States, all postages must be paid in money, under the provisions of the first section of an act approved March 1, 1861. Given under my hand, and the seal of the Post-Office Department of the Confederate States of America, at Montgomery, Alabama, the 13th day of May, in the year 1861. John H. Reagan, Postmaster-General.
Personal. --Among the arrivals at the Exchange Saturday and Sunday, were Hon. Jas. M. Mason, F. M. Gilmer, jr., Alabama; Capt. B. W. Leigh, Virginia; F. Nailer, Vicksburg; Rev. J. J. Brantley, South Carolina; Col. De Russey, C. S. A.; E. Pliny, D. Barney, Maryland; B. F. Lovelace, Fairfax county, Va.; W. G. Wright, Arkansas; W. B. Bate, M. W. Cluskey, Walker Legion; Jno. B. Thornton, jr., Memphis. At the Spotswood House during the same days, B. F. Bartholomew, Baltimore; H. S. Shelton, Charleston, South Carolina; D. E. Stipes, Harper's Ferry; Hon. J. W. McQueen, South Carolina; J. Waltz, Texas; Dr. Shepherdson, Montgomery, Alabama; S. R. Harrison, New Orleans; Jos. Pendergrast, Savannah; Hon. John H. Reagan, (P. M. General,) and family, Texas.
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