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rate” jurisdiction remaining, was the work of firing the slaveholding breast revived.
Davis himself, as his fortunes grew more desperate, became more tyrannical. He meditated reckless schemes, and delegated agents who, in various places, busied themselves with diabolical enterprises. A legion of demons, of whom Blackburn was but the type, was sent forth on “confidential employ. ment”—whose doings were ere long to astonish the world by the depth of their depravity. The arch-traitor conscripted men and boys heretofore exempt,“ robbing the cradle and the grave.” He forced the negro into his service. He appropriated, in a way of his own, means and materials for carrying on his nefarious work. When Lee clearly foresaw and foretold the fatal result of further resistance, Davis only grew more sullenly unyielding. In vain did the more sagacious leaders about him strive to awaken a saner reflection that would avert the madness bent on ruining all, His commissioners at Hampton Roads had evidently other wishes than he permitted them to avow. He artfully perverted their mission to strengthen himself in his infatuated policy. Defiantly and persistently, he hastened on to the ignoble end of his self-willed career.
The movements of our armies were attended with a series of brilliant successes, prior to the 4th of March, that left the event no longer doubtful. The Congress which terminated with Mr. Lincoln's first Presidential term had well sustained him in bis leading measures for suppressing the great insurrection, and had the gratification of knowing, ere its final adjourn. ment, that the good work was substantially accomplished. The more prominent acts of this Congress have been chiefly indi. cated, while there remain some others which should not be passed unnoticed.
By an act approved on the 21st of December, 1864, the office of Vice-Admiral in the Navy was created, “whose relative rank with officers of the army shall be that of LieutenantGeneral in the army." To this office, the President appointed Admiral D. G. Farragut. An act to prevent military interference in elections in the States, was approved February 25th, 1865. A voluminous act in amendment of the Internal Rev.
enue laws, designed to give greater efficiency to the system, and to produce a larger income, was approved on the 3d of March, 1865. An act of the same date also modifies the tariff laws, with the like object.
Another important measure, resulting from the bill of Mr. Eliot, of Massachusetts, which passed the House of Representatives at the previous session, was the act to establish, in the War Department, a Bureau for the relief of freedmen and refugees, approved March 3d, 1865. This measure, as originally proposed, for the the benefit of freedmen alone, had received the earnest support of President Lincoln, who called the attention of Congress thereto, at the previous session, in the following special message : To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States:
Herewith I lay before you a letter addressed to myself by a committee of gentlemen representing the Freedmen's Aid Societies in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Cincinnati. The subject of the letter, as indicated above, is one of great importance, and one which these gentlemen, of known ability and high character, seem to have considered with great attention and care. Not having time to form a mature judgment of my own as to whether the plan they suggest is the best, I submit the whole subject to Congress, deeming that their attention thereto is almost imperatively demanded. December 17, 1863.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN. One important appropriation bill was lost by the dictatorial action of Mr. Davis, of Maryland, who wished to compel Congress to enact into a law the views in regard to "military arrests," to which he had become an ardent convert. While he thus signalized the close of his career in Congress, by factiously insisting that irrelevant legislation (already rejected) should be linked with the appropriation, or the latter defeatedwhich he was able to accomplish under the rules-none of thc more essential operations of the Government were thereby materially hindered.
Just preceding the time of counting the electoral votes, Congress adopted a joint resolution, the preamble of which sets forth that “the inhabitants and local authorities of the States of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida
Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Tennessec, rebelled against the Government of the United States, and were in such condition on the 8th day of November 1864—that no valid election for electors of President and VicePresident of the United States, according to the Constitution and laws thereof, was held therein on said day;" and which enacts, therefore, that the aforesaid States shall be excluded from representation at this time in the Electoral College for the choice of President and Vice-President. This resolution was sent to Mr. Lincoln, who gave it his signature on the 8th of Fobruary, and returned it with the following special message: To the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives :
The joint resolution, entitled “ Joint resolution, declaring certain States not entitled to representation in the Electoral College," has been signed by the Executive in deference to the view of Congress implied in its passage and presentation to him. In his own view, however, the two Houses of Cop. gress, convened under the twelfth article of the Constitution, have complete power to exclude from counting all electoral votes deemed by them to be illegal ; and it is not competent for the Executive to defeat or obstruct that power by a veto, as would be the case if his action were at all essential in the matter. He disclaims all right of the Executive to interfere in any way in the matter of canvassing or counting electoral votes ; and he also disclaims that, by signing said resolution, he has expressed any opinion on the recitals of the preamble, or any judgment of his own upon the subject of the resolution.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN EXECUTIVE MANSION, February 8, 1865.
The close of the session, at noon on the 4th of March, 1865, found the state of the country in marked contrast to that at the beginning of this Presidential term. Then, unknown storms were pending in the darkened clouds of the future. Now, the storm had mainly expended its fury, and the sunshine of peace--for four years hidden-began once more to appear. During the last three months, the triumphs of our arms to be noticed in the ensuing chapter-had secured an effective pacification, and the second term of Mr. Lincoln was about to open with joyous omens.
CHAPTER IX. Winter Campaigns of 1864-5.–Movement of Sherman from Atlanta
to Bavanpah.-Fort McAllister Carried by Assault.—Communication Opened with Admiral Dahlgren's Fleet.-Savannah Occupied by Sherman_Movements of Hood and Beauregard.-Campaign in Tennessee.--Battle of Franklin --The Armies Before Nashville. Raid of Stoneman and Burbridge.- Battle of Nashville.Defent and Rout of Hood's Army.--Movements Against Wilmington.Failure of the First Attack on Fort Fisher.-Success of the Second Expedition.--Fort Fisher Captured by Terry and Porter.—Movements of the Army Before Petersburg.--Sherman's Campaign in the Carolinas.--Capture of Charleston and Wilmington.-Advance of Schofield and Terry on Goldsboro-Battles of Averysboro and Bentonville.-Occupation of Goldsboro and Union of the Three Armies in North Carolina.-Movements in Virginia.--Conference at City Point,
HAVING swept the army of Hood from the Atlanta and Chattanooga road into the wilds of North-eastern Alabama, Gen. Sherman made energetic preparations for a new campaign. The climate of Georgia permitted winter operations with little interruption, and no time was to be lost in following up the decided advantage everywhere gained. Gen. Thomas was left with an ample force in Tennessee to look after Hood, while the remainder of the army set forward on its “ march to the sea." On the 12th of November, Gen. Sherman left Kingston, where his headquarters had been since his return from the pursuit of the enemy northward, and advanced to Atlanta. He had already caused the inhabitants of this place to remove-an act of some severity, which he justified as necessary to the execution of his military purposes. The depots and public property in the city were now destroyed, as well as the railroad between Atlanta and Kingston, and trains of supplies were in readiness for a long march-abandoning his base, to seek a new one on the Atlantic coast. This launching of a “movable column
into the heart of the enemy's country, for a march of three hundred and fifty miles, might well seem a rash undertaking. Hood was manifestly incredulous, otherwise he would hardly have been now on a wild chase, far away from the State he had just been endeavoring to protect, and which his present movement was intended to relieve from the presence of the “invader.” Even Gen. Sherman himself is believed to have doubted the practicability of this undertaking, when first indicated to him by Lieut.-Gen. Grant. The latter, nevertheless, had determined on thus testing his conviction that “the South was but a shell," and his order was given. As yet, the destination of the army was a secret to all but the leaders—friend and foe alike being left in mystery.
The forces taken on this expedition were the Fourteenth, Fifteenth, Seventeenth and Twentieth Corps, together with Gen. Kilpatrick's Division of cavalry-in all, about 70,000 men. The march from Atlanta commenced on the 14th of November.
The right, consisting of the Fifteenth and Seventeenth Corps, under command of Maj.-Gen. Howard, advanced in the direction of Macon, while the Fourteenth and Twentieth Corps, on the left, commanded by Maj.-Gen. Slocum, moved toward Augusta, both wings destroying the railroads in their march. On the 16th, Iverson was driven from Rough-and-Ready by Gen. Howard, who occupied Jonesboro and McDonough od the 17th, his advance skirmishing with Rebel cavalry and infantry. Gen. Slocum reached Covington and Social Circle on the day last named-destroying the depots and other property. On the 18th, the Macon railroad was cut at Forsyth, and the Georgia Legislature, then in session at Milledgeville, together with the State authorities, filed with precipitancy, in alarm at the close proximity of Gen. Sherman. On the 19th, Howard threw a bridge across the Ocmulgee River, advancing on the State Capital, while on the extreme left, the same day, a force entered Madison, on the Augusta railroad, destroying public property at that place. On the 20th, Griswoldville, east of Macon, on the Georgia Central railroad, was taken, and the railroad track and property destroyed. Instead of attacking