1861: “Come And Keep House For Me?”

Gazette665 Blog Series 1861: In Their Words

October 1, 1861, Camp near Fairfax Courthouse

Yesterday I rode on to the station, and while there President Davis, very unexpectedly to me, arrived in a single car; the remaining part of the train, I suppose, stopped at the Junction to unload. He looked quite thin. His reception was hearty cheer from the troops He took his seat in an ambulance-like carriage, and as he passed on his way to the Court-House the air rang with the soldiers’ welcoming cheers. He was soon met by a troop of horses, and a horse for himself. Leaving his carriage and mounting his horse, he proceeded on his way, escorted by the cavalry, about four thousand of the First Corps (General Beauregard). The troops belonged to Generals Longstreet, D.R. Jones, and Philip St. George Cocke. It was quite an imposing pageant. Continue reading

1861: “I Have Never Contemplated A Long War”

Gazette665 Blog Series 1861: In Their Words

September 15, 1861

Father and Major Bry think that the war will continue through Lincoln’ administration, but I pray that God in His mercy may avert this trial, I have never contemplated a long war, I have steeled myself to bear great and bloody battles and, many privations and even suffering for a little while, but four long years of war, of suspense which is worse than defeat almost; my heart sinks, my courage utterly fails; can I bear it? Continue reading

1861: “Modify That Paragraph So As To Conform”

Gazette665 Blog Series 1861: In Their Words

Washington D.C. Sept. 2, 1861.

Private and confidential.

Major General Fremont:

My dear Sir: Two points in your proclamation of August 30th give me some anxiety. First should you shoot a man, according to the proclamation the Confederates would very certainly shoot our best man in their hands in retailiation; and so, man for man, indefinitely. It is therefore my order that you allow no man to be shot, under the proclamation, without first having my approbation or consent. Continue reading

1861: “Get Through The Day With The Least Tedium Possible”

Gazette665 Blog Series 1861: In Their WordsAugust 11, 1861

I crawl out about sunrise from between my two blankets, put on my shoes, walk out of my tent, hunt a basin, & wash my face, comb my hair & my toilette for the day is complete. By this time breakfast is ready & if General [Jackson] has made his appearance, we sit down & are regaled with corn bread & leaden biscuits, fried bacon & cheese, a little molasses & coffee with sugar as brown and wet as possible. Continue reading