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A REBEL WAR CLERK'S DIARY AT THE CONFEDERATE STATES CAPITAL.

BY J. B. JONES,

CLERK IN THE WAR DEPARTMENT OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES GOVERNMENT; AUTHOR OF "WILD WESTERN SCENES," ETC. ETC.

VOLS. I and II.

PHILADELPHIA: J. B. LIPPINCOTT & CO. 1866.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1866, by J. B. LIPPINCOTT & CO.,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

PREFACE.

This Diary was written with the knowledge of the President and the Secretary of War. I informed them of it by note. They did not deprecate criticism on their official conduct; for they allowed me still to execute the functions of a very important position in the Government until the end of its career.

My discriminating friends will understand why I accepted the poor title of a clerkship, after having declined the Charg├ęship to Naples, tendered by Mr. Calhoun during the administration of President Polk.

J. B. J.

ONANCOCK, Accomac Co., Va.,

March , 1866.

CONTENTS.

VOLUME I.

CHAPTER I.

My flight from the North and escape into Virginia. Revolutionary scene at Richmond. The Union Convention passes the Ordinance of Secession. Great excitement prevails in the South. 13

CHAPTER II.

Depart for Montgomery. Interview with President Davis. My position in the Government. Government removed to Richmond. My family. 30

CHAPTER III.

Troops pour into Richmond. Beginning of hostilities. Gen. Lee made a full general. Major Gen. Polk. A battle expected at Manassas. 47

CHAPTER IV.

My family in North Carolina. Volunteers daily rejected. Gen. Winder appears upon the stage. Toombs commissioned. Hunter Secretary of State. Duel prevented. Col. B. Secretary for a few hours. Gen. Garnett killed. Battle of Manassas. Great excitement. Col. Bartow. 57

CHAPTER V.

My son Custis appointed clerk in the War Department. N. Y. Herald contains a pretty correct army list of the C. S. Appearance of the "Plug Uglies." President's rupture with Beauregard. President sick. Alien enemies ordered away. Brief interview with the President. "Immediate." Large numbers of cavalry offering. Great preparations in the North. 69

CHAPTER VI.

Four hundred thousand troops to be raised. Want of arms. Yankees offer to sell them to us. Walker resigns. Benjamin succeeds. Col. J. A. Washington killed. Assigned, temporarily, to the head of the passport office. 77

CHAPTER VII.

An order for the publication of the names of alien enemies. Some excitement. Efforts to secure property. G. A. Myers, lawyer, actively engaged. Gen. Price gains a victory in Missouri. Billy Wilson's cut throats cut to pieces at Fort Pickens. A female spy arrives from Washington. Great success at Leesburg or Ball's Bluff. 82

CHAPTER VIII.

Quarrel between Gen. Beauregard and Mr. Benjamin. Great naval preparations in the North. The loss of Port Royal, S. C., takes some prestige. The affair at Belmont does not compensate for it. The enemy kills an old hare. Missouri secedes. Mason and Slidell captured. French Consul and the actresses. The lieutenant in disguise. Eastern Shore of Virginia invaded. Messrs. Breckinridge and Marshall in Richmond. 89

CHAPTER IX.

Gen. Lee ordered South. Gen. Stuart ambuscaded at Drainsville. W. H. B. Custis returns to the Eastern Shore. Winder's detectives. Kentucky secedes. Judge Perkins's resolution. Dibble goes North. Waiting for Great Britain to do something... Continue reading book >>




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