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Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862   By: (1805-1866)

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DIARY, FROM MARCH 4, 1861, TO NOVEMBER 12, 1862.



Boston: Lee and Shepard, Successors to Phillips, Sampson & Co. 1862.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1862, by Lee and Shepard, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.







On doit à son pays sa fortune, sa vie, mais avant tout la Vérité.

In this Diary I recorded what I heard and saw myself, and what I heard from others, on whose veracity I can implicitly rely.

I recorded impressions as immediately as I felt them. A life almost wholly spent in the tempests and among the breakers of our times has taught me that the first impressions are the purest and the best.

If they ever peruse these pages, my friends and acquaintances will find therein what, during these horrible national trials, was a subject of our confidential conversations and discussions, what in letters and by mouth was a subject of repeated forebodings and warnings. Perhaps these pages may in some way explain a phenomenon almost unexampled in history, that twenty millions of people, brave, highly intelligent, and mastering all the wealth of modern civilization, were, if not virtually overpowered, at least so long kept at bay by about five millions of rebels.




MARCH, 1861. 13

Inauguration day The message Scott watching at the door of the Union The Cabinet born The Seward and Chase struggle The New York radicals triumph The treason spreads The Cabinet pays old party debts The diplomats confounded Poor Senators! Sumner is like a hare tracked by hounds Chase in favor of recognizing the revolted States Blunted axes Blair demands action, brave fellow! The slave drivers The month of March closes No foresight! no foresight!

APRIL, 1861. 22

Seward parleying with the rebel commissioners Corcoran's dinner The crime in full blast! 75,000 men called for Massachusetts takes the lead Baltimore Defence of Washington Blockade discussed France our friend, not England Warning to the President Virginia secedes Lincoln warned again Seward says it will all blow over in sixty to ninety days Charles F. Adams The administration undecided; the people alone inspired Slavery must perish! The Fabian policy The Blairs Strange conduct of Scott Lord Lyons Secret agent to Canada.

MAY, 1861. 37

The administration tossed by expedients Seward to Dayton Spread eagleism One phasis of the American Union finished The fuss about Russell Pressure on the administration increases Seward, Wickoff, and the Herald Lord Lyons menaced with passports The splendid Northern army The administration not up to the occasion The new men Andrew, Wadsworth, Boutwell, Noyes, Wade, Trumbull, Walcott, King, Chandler, Wilson Lyon jumps over formulas Governor Banks needed Butler takes Baltimore with two regiments News from England The "belligerent" question Butler and Scott Seward and the diplomats "What a Merlin!" "France not bigger than New York!" Virginia invaded Murder of Ellsworth Harpies at the White House.

JUNE, 1861. 50

Butler emancipates slaves The army not organized Promenades The blockade Louis Napoleon Scott all in all Strategy! Gun contracts The diplomats Masked batteries Seward writes for "bunkum" Big Bethel The Dayton letter Instructions to Mr... Continue reading book >>

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