Life and Public Services of Edwin M. Stanton - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XXI

New Departure of the Administration. -- Anderson's Act approved. -- Attempt to reinforce Sumter. -- Rebel Attack on the Star of the West. -- Treason of Jacob Thompson. - His Resignation. -- Anderson's Truce. -- The Confederacy erected. -- Attempts at Compromise. -- War not then seriously thought of. -- No War Party. -- The Government and the Secessionists equally disinclined to open Hostilities.

WHEN the President had returned to the South Carolina commissioners their final and offensive communication of January 2, he declared very emphatically that "reinforcements must now be sent." General Scott accordingly dispatched the chartered steamer Star of the West to Charleston with troops. Subsequent advices from Anderson, that he felt secure in his position and that troops could be sent him at leisure, led to an order countermanding that for reinforcements, but it reached New York after the steamer had sailed.

On the 10th of January Acting Secretary of War Holt wrote to Anderson, approving his course in transferring his troops from Sumter.

Jacob Thompson, Secretary of the Interior, telegraphed to one of the insurgent party in South Carolina, on the 8th of January, that the Star of the West had sailed for Charleston with recruits, and had the satisfaction of knowing that his dispatch was received in time to cause her repulse by rebel cannon. He then

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Illustrations *
  • Life of Edwin M. Stanton 1
  • Part II - The Secession Winter. -- Stanton in Buch­ Anan's Cabinet 81
  • Chapter XII 81
  • Chapter XIII 94
  • Chapter XIV 106
  • Chapter XV 111
  • Chapter XVI 121
  • Chapter XVII 127
  • Chapter XVIII 131
  • Chapter XIX 142
  • Chapter XX 149
  • Chapter XXI 160
  • Chapter XXII 165
  • Chapter XXIII 176
  • Chapter XXIV 187
  • Part III - Stanton's Discontent. -- Opening of the Rebellion 191
  • Chapter XXV 191
  • Chapter XXVI 197
  • Chapter XXVII 208
  • Chapter XXVIII 212
  • Chapter XXIX 219
  • Chapter XXX 226
  • Part IV - Stanton as Secretary of War 238
  • Chapter XXXI 238
  • Chapter XXXII 246
  • Chapter XXXIII 250
  • Chapter XXXIV 255
  • Chapter XXXV 258
  • Chapter XXXVI 262
  • Chapter XXXVII 268
  • Chapter XXXVIII 277
  • Chapter Xxxix 283
  • Chapter XL 288
  • Chapter XLI - The Capture of Memphis. 297
  • Chapter XLII 300
  • Chapter XLIII 313
  • Chapter XLIV 321
  • Part V - Mcclellan's Peninsular Campaign and His Preliminary Movements 326
  • Chapter XLV 326
  • Chapter XLVI 336
  • Chapter XLVII 345
  • Chapter XLVIII 350
  • Chapter Xlix 360
  • Chapter L 366
  • Chapter LI 376
  • Chapter LII 381
  • Chapter LIII 391
  • Chapter Liv 398
  • Chapter LV 403
  • Chapter LVI 414
  • Chapter LVII 425
  • Chapter LIX 440
  • Chapter LX - The Seven Days' Battles. 447
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