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Page) " 'Very well,' said Madame, proudly, 'I can tell you that Mrs.
Burnside, or Mrs. Grant, or Mrs. Foster, or Mrs. Gilmore, could not be at the
house of any of our members without hearing what would be extremely
" 'Yes, Madame. May I offer you a
bit of this pate?' "The truth is," said X—, "Mrs. Jefferson Davis would be as
much feted in the first Copperhead circles here as in the rebel drawing-rooms of
Richmond. But what then? There were Tories in the Revolution. The best wine will
Colonel Tom told me the last mot
of the President, whose good things will be as famous as Talleyrand's. He was
anxious to know who was really responsible for the surrender of Harper's Ferry
last summer. So he summoned Halleck. The General did not know. "Very well," said
the President, "then I will ask General Schenck." That General merely knew that
he was not to blame. The President sent for Milroy. Milroy averred that he was
not guilty. Hooker was summoned. Fighting Joe hoped it was clear to His
Excellency that he had nothing to do with it. "Perfectly clear," said our Uncle
Abraham, smiling. So he assembled all the four Generals in his room.
"Gentlemen," said he, "Harper's Ferry was surrendered, and none of you, it
seems, are responsible. I am very anxious to discover the man who is." He walked
up and down the room, while they still sat there. Suddenly he stopped. "I have
it," he said. "I know who is responsible." The Generals crowded about the
President, each a little suspicious. "Who is it, who is it, Mr. President?"
"Gentlemen," replied our uncle, with a twinkle in his eye, "General Lee is the
Trimountain is here from Boston,
and dined with me yesterday. He says that little Mrs. V— is a tremendous
Copperhead, because her husband once lived in New Orleans; and the other day she
went to the barber's to have her boy's hair cut. While the barber was busy a
gentleman began to abuse the Government, said Trimountain, with the copiousness
of an Amasa Parker and the ardor of a Sunset Cox. There was nothing too vile to
be attributed to it, and gorilla was too mild a name for the sanguinary and
vindictive Lincoln. But, above all things, coercion was the most to be
denounced. Who is safe if coercion is to be admitted? What right has this
Government to coerce sovereign States?
Little Mrs. V— fairly trembled
with delight, and at the first pause in the torrent of talk she stepped forward.
"Excuse me, Sir, I am unknown to
you; but my whole heart responds to your most just and generous sentiments. I am
glad that some men are still enough men to protest against this infamous
despotism. I thank you, Sir, in the name of the gallant and struggling Southrons,
whom the Government is wickedly endeavoring to coerce. From my heart I thank
The gentleman bowed, said that he
was very happy that they had so true a sympathy, and wished her good-morning. He
went out, and the moment the door was closed little Mrs. V— asked, with
enthusiasm, for the name of so patriotic a gentleman.
"Why, marm, excuse me, do you
remember the man who seduced a woman and half killed her, some years ago, and
was sent to the State Prison?"
"Well, marm, this is the chap. He
came back yesterday, and he nat'rally goes agin coercion."
Little Mrs. V— did not tell the
story, said Trimountain, but the barber did.
LOUIS NAPOLEON'S FRANCE.
BY-AND-BY, when the complications
arising from the French conquest of Mexico plainly develop themselves, we shall
wonder that we have been so long unwilling to see that our most subtle and
dangerous foe from the beginning of our war was Louis Napoleon. We have raged
against John Bull as the most jealous and sordid of nominal allies. But how has
it been with Emperor Louis?
He began, hand in hand with the
British Government, by recognizing equal belligerence between the rebels and the
nation. But in our wrath with England, our ancient foe, we overlooked the
singular fact that France, our traditional friend, showed exactly the same
hostility. Under plea of the recognition, and of her neutrality, and of her
municipal law, the British Government shut its eyes and was sick at home, when
pirates were built, rigged, armed, and manned in her yards, and sailed from her
ports. Let the whole truth be stated. The British Parliament sneered at us; the
officers of her Government openly declared themselves against us—for it was
nothing less than this when Russell said that we were fighting for dominion, and
when Palmerston said that they would not change the law even if it did not save
their neutrality, and when Gladstone said that the rebel chief had created a
nation—the British Press, with splendid exceptions, stormed at us, the stress of
British public opinion declared against us, and the fact that pirate ships
sailed under the British flag, and were coaled and victualed at British ports,
without remonstrance from the British Government, unquestionably drove American
ships from the ocean and ruined that enormous branch of our commercial activity.
That is the indictment against England. It is black enough. Clearly the
substantial part of her offense is the policy of piracy. But this she has
stopped, and by paying arrears of damage the mischief can be soon repaired.
How is it with Louis Napoleon?
Beginning with England in recognizing the rebels as belligerents, he signed with
England and Spain the treaty of Soledad to secure the payment from Mexico of
their common debt. But the moment that his purpose evidently transcended the
agreement, and contemplated the conquest of the country, thereby establishing an
interest which compelled him to be the active foe of this Government, England
withdrew from the treaty. Have we done her justice in the matter? The occupation
of Mexico under plea of collecting a debt was a most specious pretense for
compelling the result of our war which England was supposed to desire. But she
refused, and Louis Napoleon pushed on alone.
But when he landed on Mexican
soil he put his foot upon a cardinal and traditional point of the policy of the
United States, and he did it because he thought us unable to resist. He
subverted a republic, our neighbor. He scornfully flouted our established
declaration that we could not, in view of our own interest, see unconcerned a
foreign European power forcibly dictating an internal policy to any of our
neighbors. He did it counting upon the success of the rebellion to found two
rival states upon our late united domain, which would be a
check upon each other, while the
weakest, lying next to him, would depend upon his alliance. Mr. Slidell said
openly in Paris within six months that the rebels would gladly become colonists
of France rather than return to their old allegiance. In Mexico Louis Napoleon
still remains. Every day necessarily commits him to a more positive hostility to
us, because the success of the rebellion was essential to his plans, and as that
prospect fades he is forced upon the alternative of deliberately retiring from
Mexico, which is a confession both of infamy and failure, or of lending his aid
to secure the success upon which he counts.
The blow Louis Napoleon aims at
us is deep and mortal. England, even if she would gladly see us smitten, refuses
to strike. Coarse and clumsy John Bull must needs be, and he has never affected
to like us. But his offenses in this war can be condoned, if not forgotten.
While Louis Napoleon's France, which began to offend with him—which treats the
Florida as a ship of war—which receives with confidence and respect the rebel
emissary' Slidell, whose confederate, Mason, is kicked out of England by John
Bull—which proposed to England to mediate, when mediation meant either
humiliation or exasperation to the United States, as England told him, and
declined—whose agent in Washington is a notorious sympathizer with the
rebels—which, unless belied, is building ships for our enemy—and which, had she
had convenient ports, would have coaled and victualed those already loose upon
the seas—Louis Napoleon's France, which, counting upon our destruction, has been
swift to take steps that require our ruin for their success, is the most
dangerous enemy of the United States which the war has revealed.
THE very important operations of
General Burnside in Eastern Tennessee have hardly received their fair
appreciation. Until his late dispatch announcing his march upon the great
southwestern rebel line from Lynchburg, and redemption of the whole State, none
of his official accounts have been published. What is the reason of this
silence? Burnside's movement from the
capture of Morgan and his horde, the
passage of the
Cumberland Gap to his
entry into Knoxville, and occupation of
Eastern Tennessee, has been triumphant. From the beginning of the war we have
all cried, "Why neglect East Tennessee? Why not seize and hold the most loyal
part of the rebel section, and a military position of the utmost importance?"
And now when it is done by one of the most gallant, heroic, and noble of our
Generals, ought we not to take a little more care to weave a laurel wreath for
the liberator of East Tennessee?
We have the dispatches of other
Generals in full, why not Burnside's? Is it because
General Halleck does not
like him? And does General Halleck dislike him because Burnside recommended his
removal as a military advantage? Does General Halleck remember the story of the
pontoons at Fredericksburg?
There is great harm in wanton
allusions to disagreeable circumstances. But we must remember that General
Burnside has resigned his command more than once, and retained it only in
obedience to the express wishes of the President, and, we may add, of the
earnest desire of the country. If that resignation was in any degree the result
of jealousy in other quarters and consequent injustice, the truth should be
known that public opinion may judge the offenders. Meanwhile Burnside's name
remains among the most cherished and illustrious of the war. The nobility of the
man is well matched by the skill and heroism of the soldier.
ON Tuesday, the 3d of November
the people of the State of New York are to decide whether the Empire State shall
be the only one of the glorious band of loyal communities to pronounce against
the Union and Government, and the war for their preservation. And if any honest
voter objects that it is not fair to say so, and insists that the Copperheads
are equally zealous with loyal men for the Union and the Government, let him
observe this fact, that at the Copperhead Metropolitan Ratification Meeting the
motto selected for the inspiration of the speeches and the expression of the
sentiment of the audience was, that the question is between the Union and the
Administration, not between the Union and the rebellion. That there is a bloody
conspiracy against the Government, that it seeks by arms the dissolution of the
Union, that to perplex and embarrass the Government in saving the Union is to
play into the hands of its enemies, were facts not mentioned by the Copperhead
orators who ask our votes for their ticket. But that the success of that ticket
is counted upon by
Lee and Bragg and Davis as the strongest blow for their
cause; that every foreign enemy of this country prays that it may triumph; that
every voter who encouraged the riots or took part in them, and every man who
wishes to see the Government forced to make terms with armed traitors, will vote
for that ticket, is as well known as that
Lincoln is honest and Davis a rebel.
You have to answer by your vote
not whether you approve every measure of the war, but whether you think the
country in more danger from our own Government than from the rebel authorities.
If you think the latter, then vote as the rebels want you to vote. If you think
our danger is not from ourselves but from our enemies, then vote so that the 3d
of November in New York shall be a victory at the polls as significant as the
great day of
Gettysburg in the field.
MR. LINDSAY THINKS.
THERE is great harmony of
sentiment between our Copperheads and the British friends of the rebels. Even
the vagaries of Vallandigham, a quadruple disunionist, find support in England.
Mr. W. S. Lindsay, a gentleman who came to this country before the war, to
secure a monopoly of a
certain California trade for
English ships, and went home again wroth at his failure, informs us that he
believes the "old republic" will be cut up not merely into two, but into four
distinct States. This is Vallandigham's thunder. That martyr statesman proposed
the same plan three or four years ago in Congress.
ARRIVAL OF THE COMING MAN.
A DAILY paper says: "He is going
to take his stand upon the floor of Congress as an independent, individual
statesman. As such he will rule the surging factions around him without joining
them or compromising with them. He will bring his splendid powers to bear upon
great national questions from new and unexpected points of approach. He will
exert his mighty mind to preserve, consolidate, and support the country, and
will yield to no ultra isms or pestilent politicians."
Who will? Has Madison returned?
Is Jefferson alive? Are Hamilton, or King, or John Quincy Adams to sit in the
next House? Have we a Calhoun, a Clay, a Webster among us? Not quite. "This is
to be the Hon.
Fernando Wood's exalted station in the next Congress."
AND NAVY ITEMS.
GENERAL SHERMAN and staff have
left for the front, and indications of operations are apparent.
General RIPLEY, Chief of the
Ordnance Bureau at Washington, has paid the Department a flying visit.
General DODGE has returned from a
leave of absence, and resumed command of the left wing of the Sixteenth Army
General SWEENEY'S command have
been sent in pursuit of the rebels from Lagrange.
By order of the War Department,
Assistant Surgeon-General WOOD has removed his head-quarters from St. Louis,
Missouri, to Louisville, Kentucky.
arrived at Stevenson, Alabama, on 20th, the one from Nashville, the other from
Chattanooga, and were the guests of
General HOOKER. Such a military gathering
attracted much attention.
Chief-Engineer A. C. STIMERS has
been notified by the Secretary of the Navy that the Court of Inquiry in his case
have reported "that in their opinion there is no necessity nor propriety of
The Treasury Department has
recently sent seven or eight million dollars to the West for the payment of
troops. The execution of Dr. WRIGHT, for the murder of Lieutenant SANBORN, took
place in Norfolk, Virginia, on 23d. An attempt was made by the culprit to escape
by using the dress of his daughter, while admitted to see him.
The Counties of Hancock, Brooke,
and Ohio, in West Virginia, have been detached from the Department of the
Monongahela, and added to the Department of West Virginia, under
Brigadier-General B. F. KELLY.
DAHLGREN has thought
proper to contradict, in the most authoritative manner, the absurd report that
the relations existing between
General GILMORE and himself were not of a
harmonious character. The report that Captain TURNER has relieved Admiral
DAHLGREN is positively denied.
General WILLIAM HAYS, U.S.V., has
taken his seat as President of the Court-martial from which Brigadier-General
SLOUGH was relieved. Captain H. F. BROWNSON, A.A.G., is detailed as member of
the court in place of Captain JOHN E. JEWETT, A.D.C., who is ordered to Memphis
for duty on the staff of Brigadier-General LEGGETT, U.S.V.
General MILROY has received leave
of absence for twenty days, and has gone to Indiana.
Rear-Admiral PORTER reports the
capture, by Acting Chief Engineer Thomas DOUGHTY, of twenty men, and Mr. HOBBS,
on the Red River, of two steamers performing important service for the rebels.
It being impossible to bring the vessels out into the Mississippi, they were
Major-General MEADE was in
Washington on 22d, and had a long interview with the President and General
HALLECK. He returned to the Army of the Potomac on 23d, rumors of his having
been relieved to the contrary notwithstanding.
General TRUSTEE POLK has arrived
a prisoner at St. Louis, and will be sent to Johnson's Island.
Colonel M'KELVEY is still in
command of the Convalescent Camp in Virginia, and Lieutenant-Colonel DICKINSON
has not been appointed to it; and Colonel GREEN is still Chief Provost Marshal
of the Department of Washington, and was never in command of the camp aforesaid,
and therefore could not have been relieved.
By direction of the President,
the Secretary of War has written a letter to Colonel FITZ ROY DE COURCEY,
commanding a brigade under General BURNSIDE, complimenting him in the highest
terms for his expeditious march from Knoxville to Cumberland, in the movement
upon that place. His command of infantry marched sixty miles in fifty-two hours.
Major-General FRENCH, while
leading his column at Auburn, Virginia, during the recent charge on the front of
the Army of the Potomac, received a bullet in his hat.
Brigadier-General ELLIOT has been
ordered from the Army of the Potomac to the Army of the Cumberland.
Brigadier-General CARR has been
assigned to the command of the Third Division, Third Army Corps, of the Army of
ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.
LEE has fallen back across the
Rappahannock. Meade followed him slowly, repairing the Orange and Alexandria
Railroad as he went. Skirmishes occur daily, especially between the cavalry
reconnoitring parties; but no battle has taken place, and the impression
prevails that the campaign in Virginia is at an end for the season.
GENERAL GRANT IN THE FIELD.
General Grant has issued an order
assuming command of the Military Division of the Mississippi, and announcing
that his head-quarters will be in the field.
ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND.
From Chattanooga we learn, by
dispatches via Cincinnati, that a portion of the enemy's forces under Generals
Breckinridge and Hindman had withdrawn from the front of General Grant's army,
and were moving in large bodies to the left of our army. It was reported that an
attack was made on both Atlanta and Rome in the rear.
General McPherson drove
the rebels from Canton, Mississippi, on the 15th, taking 200 prisoners and
occupying the town. The Army of the Cumberland is detained for the present from
making any general movement in consequence of the delay in bringing up supplies.
FIGHT NEAR CORINTH.
General Osterhaus, in the advance
from Corinth, eastward, on the 21st inst., encountered two brigades of rebel
cavalry, under Generals Lee and
Forrest, near Cherokee Station. The fight lasted
an hour, when the rebels were driven back with serious loss. Our loss was seven
killed and thirty-seven wounded.
The latest reports from General
Burnside represent that he is rendering good service in East Tennessee, and has
repeatedly driven back rebel reconnoitring parties.
The siege is steadily
progressing, and General Gilmore's batteries are nearly ready to open on the
doomed city. We have a dispatch received in
Charleston, dated the
23d inst., which says that stormy times are expected soon.
AFFAIRS IN TEXAS.
The whole rebel force west of the
Mississippi is reported not to exceed 20,000 men, and among them there is much
disaffection, resulting in frequent desertions. On the 26th ult. Kirby Smith
visited the rebel army at Arkadelphia, under
Price, finding it in a state of
demoralization. He therefore relieved Price and put Holmes in his place. This
action raised a mutiny among both officers and men, who are unfriendly to
Holmes, and the confusion is described to have been without bounds. Between
Sunday and Friday, from 500 to 700 men deserted, and to save the army orders
were given to march south to Waco, on the Rio Brazos. Kirby Smith's
head-quarters are at Marshall. A strong Union sentiment is reported to be
exhibiting itself in Northern Texas, and Morgan, the Union candidate for
Congress in the First District, comprising nineteen counties, has been elected.
ROSECRANS AT HOME.
General Rosecrans arrived at
Cincinnati on 26th, and was escorted to the Burnet House by an immense crowd of
citizens. He was enthusiastically welcomed throughout the entire line of march.
Judge Storer introduced the
General to the assemblage by saying his fellow-citizens of Cincinnati
appreciated the work he had accomplished for his country, and he assured him of
their unshaken confidence. While he had never dishonored his native State, his
native State had never forgotten him. Alluding to his removal from the Army of
the Cumberland, Judge Storer said the people would require the records upon
which that action was based.
General Rosecrans returned thanks
for the expression of sympathy and respect which this public reception implied.
While he felt flattered by it, he could not forget that the heart of the people
did not go out to individuals alone. It was the principle for which we were
contending, the struggle for national life which produced such assemblies. He
asked the people never to forget their duty to the Government, whatever might
happen to individuals. The question as to how he had been used he desired to
leave for future time to answer.
Some friends of mine in New York,
he said, are very solicitous about my health. The Army of the Cumberland thinks
I am well enough, and so do I. As for the quantity of opium I have taken,
consult my druggist. New York and Washington papers have said that Generals
Crittenden and M'Cook intended to make charges against me. They have assured me
that they regret exceedingly that such false reports should be started.
He said that since the battle of
Chicamauga he had received a letter of approval from the President for his
action in that affair; and whatever charges appeared in the Eastern papers
against him, he was satisfied that the Government was in no way responsible for
them. He expressed his readiness to do whatever the Government requires of him.
At the conclusion of his speech
cheers were given for General Rosecrans and the Army of the Cumberland. The
welcome throughout was earnest and hearty.
POOR FELLOWS AT RICHMOND.
The number of Yankee prisoners
Richmond up to the 12th was recorded at the
Libey prison as a fraction
under twelve thousand. One of the prisoners, a member of the Pennsylvania
Cavalry, was shot a night or two previous by a guard while attempting an escape,
and was instantly killed.
NEW QUOTA OF NEW YORK.
By a dispatch received yesterday
at the Executive Department, in Albany, from Provost Marshal General Fry, it
appears that the quota of volunteers which the State of New York is to raise
before the 5th of January is one hundred and eight thousand and eighty-five.
THE REBELS WILL TAKE.
The Richmond Enquirer says:
Save on our own terms we can
accept no peace whatever and must fight till doomsday rather that yield an iota
of them; and our terms are:
Recognition by the enemy of the
independence of the Confederate States.
Withdrawal of the Yankee forces
from every foot of Confederate ground, including
Kentucky and Missouri.
Withdrawal of the Yankee soldiers
from Maryland, until that State shall decide by a free vote whether she shall
remain in the old Union or ask admission into the Confederacy.
Consent on the part of the
Federal Government to give up to the Confederacy its proportion of the navy as
it stood at the time of secession, or to pay for the same.
Yielding up all pretension on the
part of the Federal Government to that portion of the old Territories which lies
west of the
An equitable settlement, on the
basis of our absolute independence and equal rights, of all accounts of the
public debt and public lands, and the advantages accruing from foreign treaties.
LABOR IN THE SOUTHWEST.
The Commissioners for renting
Government plantations in Mississippi and Louisiana represent that the workings
of the paid labor system are decidedly successful and profitable. A strong
disposition exists on the part of Union men to concert means for the
re-establishment of civil government in those States.
THE MISSOURI QUESTION.
President Lincoln's reply to the
Missouri delegation, his letter of instructions to General Schofield, together
with an address by Mr. Drake, in answer to the President's reply, have been
The main points of the
President's reply are as follows; He fails to see that the condition of Missouri
and the wrongs and sufferings of the Union men are attributable to weakness and
imbecility, but rather to the civil war, of which he gives a vivid picture,
referring to the condition of the State under Generals
and Curtis, to sustain his position.
He does not believe that the
massacre at Lawrence proves imbecility on the part of General Schofield, as
similar acts could have been committed by Colonel Grierson or
John Morgan, had
they chosen to commit them. He approves General Schofield's action to prevent a
counter-raid into Missouri by citizens of Kansas, as the only safe way to avoid
He says the charge that General
Schofield has purposely withheld protection from loyal people, and facilitated
the objects of the disloyal, is altogether beyond the power of his belief. With
his present views he declines to remove General Schofield.
Regarding the enrollment of the
militia, he says he shall ascertain better than he now knows what its exact
value is. In the mean time he declines to abandon it, and expresses gratitude to
General Schofield for ordering it in June last, thereby enabling him to
strengthen General Grant at the time reinforcements were imperatively needed.
THE Mersey rams have been placed
under charge of a detachment of marines, and the London Times asserts that,
though nothing had been decided in regard to them, yet, being suspected, they
would not be allowed to slip away as the Alabama did.
H. W. BEECHER.
Rev. Henry Ward Beecher has
made another impressive speech in Liverpool. He was again disgracefully
interrupted; but a riot, which had been expected, did not take place.
ENGLAND THREATENED WITH WAR IN INDIA.
It is stated that the Punjaub had
been invaded by 7000 men, headed by the sons of Dost Mohammed, who are thought
to be merely the vanguard of a large force.