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Munchauseniana. Richmond, Nov. 4.--It is here currently reported that considerable commotion exists in Washington and in the free States from the rumored resignations of Generals Scott and McClellan, and of Secretaries Seward and Cameron, and of other prominent Federal officials. A general Kilkenny cat fight seems impending throughout Lincolndom. A special despatch to the Richmond Dispatch, dated Manassas to-day, announces that reliable information from Washington says there are but fifteen regiments of infantry, one light battery of six guns, and one thousand servants on board the Lincoln fleet. The Yankees have fallen back to their intrenchments. Southern merchants in Alexandria are forced to close their stores. There are said to be no more than eighty thousand men in and around Washington. A gentleman just arrived from Manassas says that the Baltimore Sun of Saturday reports the resignation of Seward, Blair, Cameron, Scott, and McClellan. The probable difficulty
Greatly descended men.--The son of Light-Horse Harry Lee, of Revolutionary renown, commands the forces of Virginia. His chief aid is J. A. Washington, the only living representative of Washington. The great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson commands the Howitzer Battery at Richmond. A grandson of Patrick Henry is Captain of the Virginia forces. The descendants of Chief Justice Marshall are in the ranks and in command.--Erie (Pa.) Observer, May 25.
The capture of John B. Washington at Fairfax Court-House was a pleasant affair. As an infantry captain of the rebel force, he was prominent in the resistance to our cavalry, until a trooper rode up, caught him by the hair, lifted him bodily upon the pommel of his saddle, and, holding him in this position, charged twice through the town. Captain Washington complained bitterly, but, after having been lectured by Gen. Scott, he concluded to take the oath of allegiance, and was released. He is now with his family in this city. Capt. Washington is a son of the late Col. John A. Washington, who was lost overboard from the San Francisco.--The Independent, June 6.
ir men, and reported to the general that the troops were not in condition for the enterprise. As the fog was then lifting, and they would soon be revealed to the enemy below, whose numbers were vastly superior to his own, he withdrew his command by the route they had come, and without observation returned to his camp. Beyond some skirmishes with outposts and reconnoitering parties, our troops had not been engaged, and in these affairs our reported loss was comparatively small. Colonel John A. Washington, aide-de-camp of General Lee, was killed while making a reconnaissance, by a party in ambuscade. The loss of this valuable and accomplished officer was much regretted by his general and all others who knew him. The report that Rosecrans and Cox had united their commands and were advancing upon Wise and Floyd caused General Lee to move at once to their support. He found General Floyd at Meadow Bluff and General Wise at Sewell Mountain. The latter position being very favorable
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Clay, Henry 1777-1852 (search)
first twelve years of the administration of the government Northern counsels rather prevailed; and out of them sprang the Bank of the United States, the assumption of the State debts, bounties to the fisheries, protection to our domestic manufactures—I allude to the act of 1789—neutrality in the wars of Europe; Jay's treaty, the alien and sedition laws, and war with France. I do not say, sir, that these, the leading and prominent measures which were adopted during the administrations of Washington and the elder Adams, were carried exclusively by Northern counsels— they could not have been—but mainly by the ascendency which Northern counsels had obtained in the affairs of the nation. So, sir, of the later period—for the last fifty years. I do not mean to say that Southern counsels alone have carried the measures which I am about to enumerate. I know they could not have exclusively carried them, but I say that they have been carried by their preponderating influence, with the
t and Forty-second Virginia and Irish battalion in the latter), Colonel Burk's command and Major Lee's cavalry. About 3,500 men in this division were effective. General Lee went to the front early in August, accompanied by his aides, Col. John A. Washington and Capt Walter H. Taylor, and Maj. W. H. F. Lee's cavalry battalion. He entered personally upon the work of reconnoissance, a work in which he had contributed brilliantly to the success of General Scott's army in Mexico, and hardly a d success by General Lee after the fiasco of the 12th. The loss on each side was slight, that of the Federals being reported at 9 killed, 2 missing and 60 prisoners. But among the Confederates great sorrow was felt for the untimely death of Colonel Washington, who fell pierced by three balls while making a reconnoissance with Major Lee, whose horse was killed at the same time. This movement failed to divert Rosecrans from his advance up the Kanawha valley, and General Lee continued to receive
en companies of volunteers at Mathias Point, and had ordered a section of Walker's battery to the same place. On July 14th, Colonel Davies, with the Fifteenth New York, made a reconnaissance from Alexandria 7 miles out on the Fairfax road, 10 miles on the Richmond, or Telegraph road, and to Mt. Vernon. Only a small picket was met on the Richmond road. Some of Davies' command visited the house of Col. John A. Washington, near Mt. Vernon, and brought away plantation supplies, taking Colonel Washington's teams and negroes to haul them to camp. Davies sent back the teams and supplies, but kept the negroes to do team duty in his brigade. Col. D. S. Miles, his division commander, instructed Davies to respect private property, and send back the negroes. On June 2d, Brig.-Gen. G. T. Beauregard took command of the Confederate troops on the Alexandria line. His main line of defense was behind Bull run, and his headquarters at Manassas Junction, 26 miles from Alexandria and the Potoma
In town. --The name of John A. Washington was registered at the Spotswood House on yesterday. Mr. W., who was the owner of Mount Vernon, is a nephew of the immortal Father of his Country, and will assist in the present contest, as a member of General Lee's staff, to preserve to us that liberty secured to the whole country by the efforts of his distinguished relative.
The Daily Dispatch: May 14, 1861., [Electronic resource], A New Auxiliary for the Southern Arms. (search)
Gen. Washington's Statue, on the Capitol Square, is turned to the South. Those who pretend to administer the very large legacy left by him to the American people, assert that they are carrying out his policy. His policy was national, and looked to the final greatness of his whole country. Does the subjugation of the best half of that country point in the direction of its final greatness?--The answer is easy. Were Gen. Washington alive to-day, he would be just where his honored descenr the very large legacy left by him to the American people, assert that they are carrying out his policy. His policy was national, and looked to the final greatness of his whole country. Does the subjugation of the best half of that country point in the direction of its final greatness?--The answer is easy. Were Gen. Washington alive to-day, he would be just where his honored descendants are — fighting the second time for an independence which he hoped had been finally secured. That's so.
small stock of pocket-money, we left Richmond on Saturday, to spend a Sabbath at the "finished" town of Fredericksburg. On our arrival, we found ourself the guest of one of the most cordial, polite Virginia gentlemen we have ever met. The Sabbath which looked down upon us was one of unusual brightness and beauty; the air was sweet and balmy, and everything wore the aspect of a lovely spring day. Before going to church we walked out to the place where rest the ashes of "Mary, the mother of Washington," which is marked by an unfinished monument, the work of a Mr. Burrows, of New York, who failed before accomplishing his patriotic purpose, and, while others are anxious to carry it out, yet he urgently solicits their delay until his broken fortunes are repaired. In our walk we passed by the humble house beneath whose roof George Washington lived, and saw the garden in which his mother oftentimes labored with her own hands. As we witnessed the narrow proportions of the building where
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