Personal Reminiscences of the Rebellion, 1861-1866 (Google eBook)

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Burr Printing House, 1895 - United States - 228 pages
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Page 64 - The Commission would earnestly recommend the appointment by Government or the Commanding General of a person, as already indicated, always subordinate to the military authorities, though unconnected with the military service, a man of elevated moral character, high social position and intelligence, who would consent to serve from motives of philanthropy such a person would be more fit and recommend that the military authorities protect him in all proper efforts to improve these people physically,...
Page 106 - And the whole line moved up in a solid column, as though actuated by a single impulse. It was a thrilling response, and the most remarkable and impressive scene I ever witnessed. We picked out fifty of the most likely men, and they were sent at once on board the "Arago." They were escorted down to the boats by all the negroes round about, with shouting, singing, and praying, and every demonstration of exultant joy. It was a most exciting and inspiring sight. "The volunteers put aboard the "Arago"...
Page 56 - Chiefs of the several departments, their subordinates and employes, will furnish to the Commission such reports and information as the Commission may require to enable it to perform the duties imposed, the object being to do justice to the claims of humanity in the proper discharge of the grave responsibility thrust upon the military authorities of this department in consequence of numerous persons men, women, and children already congregated and daily increasing, being abandoned by their...
Page 72 - March 15th, 1862. Hereafter all wages earned by persons of African blood in this department will be paid to them for their own use and support, under such regulations as may be devised by the Superintendent, prices to be determined by individual skill, industry, and ability, and regulated by the standard usual in such cases which may govern the several departments of the army at or near Fort Monroe. As a part of the compensation each laborer will receive one ration per day and quarters until otherwise...
Page 34 - Ellsworth's regiment to embark and a few others of no importance, and concluded my letter as follows : " It is reported in New York that I was engaged in making contracts for supplies of various kinds to further the objects of the Union Defence Committee, and that the reports have reached Washington. It is due to myself to say that I made no contracts of any kind whatever for the committee or in behalf of the Government. At the request of the committee, however, I signed two charter parties for the...
Page 34 - ... his permanent headquarters in Troy. In subtle but unmistakable terms the order indicated official disapproval of his unauthorized activities. From Troy, May 9, 1861, Wool wrote to Cameron in selfdefense: ... as my conduct in connection with the Union Defense Committee of New York may not be properly understood or appreciated by all in authority at Washington, I avail myself of this occasion to present you with a condensed history of the part I performed in the forwarding of troops and supplies...
Page 55 - ... Cram, Inspector-General, and Major Le Grand B. Cannon, Aide de-Camp, are hereby appointed and constituted a commission for the purpose of making a critical examination of the condition of the persons known as vagrants or " contrabands," who are employed in this department under Department General Order No. 34, of 1861, in reference to their pay, clothing, subsistence, medical attendance, shelter, and treatment, physical and moral. II. Chiefs of the several departments, their subordinates and...
Page 63 - ... societies at the North will undertake to provide for all their proper wants in connection with their moral and intellectual culture.
Page 37 - ... them. I am, sir, very respectfully, SIMON CAMERON, Secretary of War. The concluding paragraph of this letter, I must confess, surprises me.
Page 80 - Recollections of the Ironclads Monitor and Merrimack, and Incidents of the Fights," written by me in October, 1875, at the request of the Hon.

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