Monthly Archives: February 2011

February 28, 1861

St Louis, Missouri I have been reflecting on the letters sent me by my brother, Congressman John Sherman, soon to be the next Senator from Ohio.  John had been urging me for some time to leave Louisiana and return to … Continue reading

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February 27, 1861

St. Louis, Missouri I have managed to support my family at Lancaster, OH over the past several years.  Now that secession has forced my resignation as Superintendent of the seminary in Louisiana, I must find new employment. I talked to … Continue reading

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February 26, 1861

St Louis, Missouri I arrived in St Louis today after my long journey from New Orleans.  Now that my post as Superintendent of the Seminary has come to an abrupt end due to the secession of Louisiana from our Union, … Continue reading

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February 25, 1861

On the boat from Columbus, Kentucky to Cairo, Illinois When I was in New Orleans, I visited the quartermaster, Colonel A. C. Myers, who had resigned from the army, on January 28 and had accepted service under the new regime. … Continue reading

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February 24, 1861

On the train from New Orleans, Louisiana Yesterday, I met with Beauregard who has been called by Jefferson Davis to be one of the top officers in the Confederacy.  Beauregard agrees with me that conflict is very likely.  I acknowledged that … Continue reading

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February 23, 1861

New Orleans, Louisiana I have had a good deal of running about to do today.  I got here on Thursday after Bank hours.  Yesterday, being a holiday, it was closed. This morning, on application, I found the book which I … Continue reading

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February 22, 1861

New Orleans, Louisiana. General Beauregard had two sons at the Seminary of Learning. I had given them some of my personal care at the father’s request, and, wanting to tell him of their condition and progress, I went to his … Continue reading

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February 21, 1861

New Orleans, Louisiana I arrived late today after the banks were closed.  Tomorrow is a holiday, so I must wait until the 24th to complete my business. I walked the streets of New Orleans, and found business going along as … Continue reading

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February 20, 1861

Traveling from Alexandria to New Orleans News from Texas. General David Twiggs has surrendered all U. S. military posts in Texas to the Confederacy.  With Louisiana gone from the Union, the secession or independence of Texas was assured.  Without Louisiana … Continue reading

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February 19, 1861

Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy, Alexandria, Louisiana Today was a very solemn occasion as I said my official goodbye to my school.  The cadets all lined up in formation and shook each hand in turn and wished each, good … Continue reading

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