Diary of Gideon Welles: Secretary of the Navy Under Lincoln and Johnson, Volume 1

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Houghton Mifflin, 1911 - Reconstruction
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Page 458 - In the same manner, an act of hostility is not to take its commencement on neutral ground : It is not sufficient to say it is not completed there — you are not to take any measure there, that shall lead to immediate violence ; you are not to avail yourself of a station, on neutral territory, making as it were a vantage ground of the neutral Country, a Country which is to carry itself with perfect equality between both belligerents, giving neither the one or the other any advantage.
Page 435 - It is the same old story of this Army of the Potomac. Imbecility, inefficiency — don't want to do — is defending the capital. . . . Oh, it is terrible, terrible, this weakness, this indifference, of our Potomac generals, with such armies of good and brave men.
Page 142 - SEPTEMBER 22. A special Cabinet meeting. The subject was the proclamation for emancipating the slaves, after a certain date, in States that shall then be in rebellion. For several weeks the subject has been suspended, but the President says never lost sight of. When it was submitted, and now in taking up the proclamation, the President stated that the question was finally decided, — the act and the consequences were his, — but that he felt it due to us to make us acquainted with the fact and...
Page 459 - I am of opinion, that no use, of a neutral territory, for the purposes of war, is to be permitted; I do not say remote uses, such as procuring provisions and refreshments, and acts of that nature, which the law of nations universally tolerates ; but that, no proximate acts of war are in any manner to be allowed to originate on neutral grounds...
Page 168 - ... maritime powers, in order that if any change of the existing construction of the maritime law should be made it should first receive the assent of all the great maritime states. There is reason to apprehend that the subject, although now abstractly presented, may soon become a practical question. Spain claims a maritime jurisdiction of six miles around the island of Cuba. In pressing this claim upon the consideration of the United States Spain has used the argument that the modern improvement...
Page 346 - The President said he had, for several days as the conflict became imminent, observed in Hooker the same failings that were witnessed in McClellan after the Battle of Antietam, — a want of alacrity to obey, and a greedy call for more troops which could not, and ought not to be taken from other points.
Page 369 - In this whole summer's campaign I have been unable to see, hear, or obtain evidence of power, or will, or talent, or originality on the part of General Halleck. He has suggested nothing, decided nothing, done nothing but scold and smoke and scratch his elbows.
Page 17 - ... organize the Bureau of Detail in the manner best adapted to meet the wants of the navy, taking cognizance of the discipline of the navy generally, detailing all officers for duty, taking charge of the recruiting of seamen, supervising charges made against officers, and all matters relating to duties which must be best understood by a sea officer.
Page 447 - EXECUTIVE MANSION, Washington, July 25, 1863. Hon. SECRETARY OF THE NAVY. SIR: Certain matters have come to my notice, and considered by me, which induce me to believe that it will conduce to the public interest for you to add to the general instructions given to our naval commanders in relation to contraband trade propositions substantially as follows, to wit: First. You will avoid the reality, and as far as possible the appearance, of using any neutral port to watch neutral vessels, and then to...
Page 416 - February 11, last, as well as the correspondence which I had had with you before the date of that note, on the subject of the seizure of the British schooner Mont Blanc, at Sand cay, Bahama bank. This seizure is admitted to have been made in British waters, and while the Mont Blanc was at anchor; and her Majesty's government have, accordingly, desired me not only to express to you their expectation that the government of the United States will make some compensation to the owners for the plain wrong...

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