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THE NEW SECRETARY OF WAR.

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longs to me. Much bas recently been tary was the welfare of the Union prissaid of military combinations and organ-oners of war in the Confederate States. izing victory. I hear such phrases with A limited system of exchange was alapprehension. They commenced in infi- ready in operation, under which several del France with the Italian campaign, and hundred captives, taken at Bull Run and resulted in Waterloo. Who can organize elsewhere, had been received from Richvictory? Who can combine the elements mond at Fortress Monroe. Numbers of success on the battle-field ? We owe remained, scattered through the South. our recent victories to the Spirit of the In an order issued January 21st, Secretary Lord, that moved our soldiers to rush Stanton, declaring that “this department into battle, and filled the hearts of our recognizes as the first of its duties to enemies with terror and dismay. The take measures for the relief of the brave inspiration that conquered in battle was men who, having imperiled their lives in in the hearts of the soldiers and from on the military service of the Government, high ; and wherever there is the same in- are now prisoners and captives,” anspiration there will be the same results. nounced that two commissioners would Patriotic spirit with resolute courage in be appointed "to visit the city of Richofficers and men is a military combina- mond, in Virginia, and wherever else tion that never failed. We may well prisoners belonging to the army of the rejoice at the recent victories, for they United States may be held, and there teach us that battles are to be won now take such measures as may be needful to and by us in the same and only manner provide for the wants and contribute to that they were ever won by any people, the comfort of such prisoners at the exor in any age, since the days of Joshua, pense of the United States, and to such by boldly pursuing and striking the foe. extent as may be permitted by the What, under the blessing of Providence, authorities under whom such prisoners I conceive to be the true organization of are held.” A few days after, two pervictory and military combination to end sons, of elevated position, of the highest this war, was declared in a few words by integrity, and of excellent discretionGeneral Grant's message to General the Rev. Bishop Ames, of the Methodist Buckner-'I propose to move immedi- Episcopal Church, and the Hon. Hamilately on your works!""*

ton Fish, ex-governor of New YorkAmong the orders issued by Secretary were elected for this delicate mission. In Stanton regulating the business of his a patriotic spirit they accepted the charge, office, appeared one in relation to the and, presenting themselves at Fortress system of contracts which had recently Monroe, on their errand, opened corresbecome the subject of much animadver- pondence with the Confederate authorision. In an order dated January 29, he ties at Richmond. On motives of policy, recalled and annulled “all outstanding doubtless with a distrust of the influence orders, agencies, authorities, and licenses or powers of observation of two such for the purchase of arms, clothing, or influential supporters of the Union, they anything else in foreign countries, or of were refused admittance to the Confedforeign manufacture." It was subse- erate territory; but negotiations were quently, however, found that a regulated effected for a general release of prisoners. supply of arms from abroad was con- This included even the excess of prisonvenient to the due prosecution of the ers—three hundred-held by the Conwar, as it assumed larger proportions. federates. These were

liberated on One of the foremost subjects which agreement that a like number were to be engaged the attention of the new Secre- released in case of future captures by New York Tribune, February 18th and 20th, 1862.

the Government at Washington.

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THE NEW SECRETARY OF WAR.

265

longs to me. Much has recently been tary was the welfare of the Union prissaid of military combinations and organ-oners of war in the Confederate States. izing victory. I hear such phrases with A limited system of exchange was alapprehension. They commenced in infi- ready in operation, under which several del France with the Italian campaign, and hundred captives, taken at Bull Run and resulted in Waterloo. Who can organize elsewhere, had been received from Richvictory? Who can combine the elements mond at Fortress Monroe. Numbers of success on the battle-field ? We owe remained, scattered through the South. our recent victories to the Spirit of the In an order issued January 21st, Secretary Lord, that moved our soldiers to rush Stanton, declaring that “this department into battle, and filled the hearts of our recognizes as the first of its duties to enemies with terror and dismay. The take measures for the relief of the brave inspiration that conquered in battle was men who, having imperiled their lives in in the hearts of the soldiers and from on the military service of the Government, high ; and wherever there is the same in- are now prisoners and captives,” anspiration there will be the same results. nounced that two commissioners would Patriotic spirit with resolute courage in be appointed “to visit the city of Richofficers and men is a military combina- mond, in Virginia, and wherever else tion that never failed. We may well prisoners belonging to the army of the rejoice at the recent victories, for they United States may be held, and there teach us that battles are to be won now take such measures as may be needful to and by us in the same and only manner provide for the wants and contribute to that they were ever won by any people, the comfort of such prisoners at the exor in any age, since the days of Joshua, pense of the United States, and to such by boldly pursuing and striking the foe. extent as may be permitted by the What, under the blessing of Providence, authorities under whom such prisoners I conceive to be the true organization of are held.” A few days after, two pervictory and military combination to end sons, of elevated position, of the highest this war, was declared in a few words by integrity, and of excellent discretionGeneral Grant's message to General the Rev. Bishop Ames, of the Methodist Buckner-'I propose to move immedi- Episcopal Church, and the Hon. Hamilately on your works!»»*

ton Fish, ex-governor of New YorkAmong the orders issued by Secretary were elected for this delicate mission. In Stanton regulating the business of his a patriotic spirit they accepted the charge, office, appeared one in relation to the and, presenting themselves at Fortress system of contracts which had recently Monroe, on their errand, opened corresbecome the subject of much animadver-pondence with the Confederate authorision. In an order dated January 29, he ties at Richmond. On motives of policy, recalled and annulled “all outstanding doubtless with a distrust of the influence orders, agencies, authorities, and licenses or powers of observation of two such for the purchase of arms, clothing, or influential supporters of the Union, they anything else in foreign countries, or of were refused admittance to the Confedforeign manufacture." It was subse- erate territory; but negotiations were quently, however, found that a regulated effected for a general release of prisoners. supply of arms from abroad was con- This included even the excess of prisonvenient to the due prosecution of the ers—three hundred-held by the Conwar, as it assumed larger proportions. federates. These were liberated on

One of the foremost subjects which agreement that a like number were to be engaged the attention of the new Secre- released in case of future captures by New York Tribune, February 18th and 20th, 1862.

the Government at Washington.

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THE NEW SECRETARY OF WAR.

265

longs to me. Much has recently been tary was the welfare of the Union prissaid of military combinations and organ-oners of war in the Confederate States. izing victory. I hear such phrases with A limited system of exchange was alapprehension. They commenced in infi- ready in operation, under which several del France with the Italian campaign, and hundred captives, taken at Bull Run and resulted in Waterloo. Who can organize elsewhere, had been received from Richvictory? Who can combine the elements mond at Fortress Monroe. Numbers of success on the battle-field ? We owe remained, scattered through the South. our recent victories to the Spirit of the In an order issued January 21st, Secretary Lord, that moved our soldiers to rush Stanton, declaring that “this department into battle, and filled the hearts of our recognizes as the first of its duties to enemies with terror and dismay. The take measures for the relief of the brave inspiration that conquered in battle was men who, having imperiled their lives in in the hearts of the soldiers and from on the military service of the Government, high ; and wherever there is the same in- are now prisoners and captives,” anspiration there will be the same results. nounced that two commissioners would Patriotic spirit with resolute courage in be appointed “to visit the city of Richofficers and men is a military combina- mond, in Virginia, and wherever else tion that never failed. We may well prisoners belonging to the army of the rejoice at the recent victories, for they United States may be held, and there teach us that battles are to be won now take such measures as may be needful to and by us in the same and only manner provide for the wants and contribute to that they were ever won by any people, the comfort of such prisoners at the exor in any age, since the days of Joshua, pense of the United States, and to such by boldly pursuing and striking the foe. extent as may be permitted by the What, under the blessing of Providence, authorities under whom such prisoners I conceive to be the true organization of are held.” A few days after, two pervictory and military combination to end sons, of elevated position, of the highest this war, was declared in a few words by integrity, and of excellent discretionGeneral Grant's message to General the Rev. Bishop Ames, of the Methodist Buckner-'I propose to move immedi- Episcopal Church, and the Hon. Hamilately on your works!'"*

ton Fish, ex-governor of New YorkAmong the orders issued by Secretary were elected for this delicate mission. In Stanton regulating the business of his a patriotic spirit they accepted the charge, office, appeared one in relation to the and, presenting themselves at Fortress system of contracts which had recently Monroe, on their errand, opened corresbecome the subject of much animadver- pondence with the Confederate authorision. In an order dated January 29, he ties at Richmond. On motives of policy, recalled and annulled "all outstanding doubtless with a distrust of the influence orders, agencies, authorities, and licenses or powers of observation of two such for the purchase of arms, clothing, or influential supporters of the Union, they anything else in foreign countries, or of were refused admittance to the Confedforeign manufacture." It was subse- erate territory; but negotiations were quently, however, found that a regulated effected for a general release of prisoners. supply of arms from abroad was con- This included even the excess of prisonvenient to the due prosecution of the ers—three hundred-held by the Conwar, as it assumed larger proportions. federates. These were liberated on

One of the foremost subjects which agreement that a like number were to be engaged the attention of the new Secre- released in case of future captures by * New York Tribune, February 18th and 20th, 1862.

the Government at Washington.

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