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Publication: Galveston Daily News Saturday, March 18, 1865

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   Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - March 18, 1865, Galveston, Texas                                Tli e G-alvBston OL. I.l UK-DAY, MARCH IS, From the Mexican Vro.nH.jr. AvroNio. March 12. 1R65. i tak" the liberty to furnish i.iafs ai. extract trom a letter re- :iw this moriiM-g, which c- you r-iay Tiie writer of the a tn-'nlber of Mifcbt'ir.-i witness to tbe whole affair. F.PW'D A. BOLMF.S. AN. Miuvh 6, [From tin-'Auiiusta (Gu.) Sontiiu'l. A Voice froan OIM- JS'nUlors. that Hot only oulhe.iit- h "nrnl. virtues of onr but mi tho ihc of tin: sn Hir, yield to itopunrlfinoy U'h'o that- traces its varied and its vk'lest tildes with Hllotlieri-n'orls kindred character.-can gr.iw grim-visaged'? j U'ho, ilia i. hns tiiit-li in rjairioiicself-sai'.iMtioe and I the blood ol'pure. heroism, can !owr., to Iwp--rial forces. Vtr'r reanining on the defer.sive is. constructed ot saii'l- hardly honed for triumphs, uf the l' di'rtgged from Hie Arnv.hiMii Lincoln, like Uoorue' Gin-lull.  et up. As the Washington di'spo'tapes ii- dt'fr.nct London exemplar, ut every point, only in emulate the patience and per- .-eriinet-. as well as to determination and fortitude, ot glorious souls who fought; Dutch George of England, as noiv, tor a light acrfdn-t his mod- ern copyist. This done, we will. as n have the precious heritage of the llr.'t Rev- olution nnd for the secondlime. torn ourselves. victnriouMy, from .an odious thraldom. That precious heritage has. for u-1, the tnctt encour- ging logons, treasured in us history. surely :-.s it chiaims from us second dutv inward itsp'if. The Duty is acknowledged should everv CroMki by nil: 'he in the tuu-rl they aru forcrotten "or derided by that class. Who CftK be dispirited that calmly retiocls on scenes, and c-heqnered character of thiit first great atrmrcle. of which this is bul the repetition on a vaster scale? Was not the at- tempt. on the part of the- colonists, like that of a little David npainat a massive Golmth If the North is, and has been, greater than the South, in might of ii'r.rl all thn nppli- anoes of war oa sea nnd land, not Brilain proportionately mightier {'UAH the Colonists'.' Was she not as determined to n-e her armii.'s. and navies nnd monies imcl corruptions Lht: absolute siibjngtuion of her revolted Colonies, the North is to do the siune t.binjr for the con- quest of these Sovereign Stnt.es? And was rhe not as lavish of the inexhaustible means in her nower? Did not Georire Guelph, like Abrnhum Lincoln, promise to his people and the world, liltnlv t--> ii-> win Wiishiujrlou's wlien 11 I'n.iilire through the Jerseyst'f hu W.IH-. dercd from posv. to disnuiy nnd distrust. liMfon- him, dt'iith -mid diJiislor buhind him? When, nt- last, lie could not inuAtijr -I.OHO men and these were wllhnut or on- Lrouchinc: tools and but- imperfectly fifid badly I'Yom tlit'riirlit'li.inknl' (In; liiul HOII. left batik of hi1 driven in disorder without munition." ol' witr, nrniiiiiy men to use; if he hud Miom, and shorn popular roiitidetice. Tliut was -i spectacle for the croakers a-nd ho n. in-irk for their bitter That was tlie 1110- a Koyat Prqclninntiou. ins "all insm-irenis to clishanil. ntid nil pol- itical bodies to relinquish their nspmueil. iui- thorify, icriintinir si.vly.rhiyp.ivil.hiii whii-h fo make' submission "'-r-pretly much us Lincoln now does, anil wilh as much oiled on Ihe oroukers of our day as .the Uoynl IVoehini i- ion on those of that time, (if course, "it was. ill nufl yet Independence was won. ''The i'eniTul slate of our currenuy." cry dip' croakers. is eiioupli io lireuk tlie back of' any itirsrle.-'1 Indeed! Why. our ourraiiuy is compared to'that (d tlie ru and yet fncli'peridunci' mm won. Yes, but they hud in tlio.se days [mcn'ilar to have we in our day. They had a Oonixrfss compiled o: the wisest heads and bravest heart-; thatvver met, for a country's need oiiwmny yet prove, itself equal to such praise. They hud. it is indeed true, u foreipn power, wliich, before it bocanie no onen ally, materially aided the cause by its loans, trifts. supplies of arms. Ac. lr-ive resources ourstilves. such us they knew not. and Which are more than a sot off to.ull aid. In the matter of riisadvantatrfs. they had little, or none which we have not. in lik1; kind- Time, num- bers nnd circumstances a'.ono are altered. They plucked Independence from the amis of osten- sible superiority, enhedged with .nost forniid- and proclaim to the bellion shall ant! must that, the crushed." if not in for of sheltered at Jraac- by an which they are incapable of fill- should be preferred asamstallsh.ieli aad siionUl b" ricidly dealt witli. As comity is one amonp other tie: ;bu i- SDuoriag fnr'the want of an enenrotk- cc.iipetert1. ofScer. tbnt on-.ierstancls and ii posted in military nnd bei-.z at this time, regularly appointed, 1tis the of the patriotic citizens of this county t'catCapt. Tnis. BK.SSK, of the np- th'r- importa'.it office. He .ir.st re- frnni Virginia, with a tliat dis- able him froru active fiel.'1. service, he has proven hiCMif solriier, he has been in bittle the Erallant Texa? Brigade, hw been twice seriously -wonuded: he knows our Srave- soldiers have hail to fiorht leirfal odi'.i. ar.'l that many have died from exbauv.-oa in contending with overpowering num- bers. occasioned by the numerous skulkers and that are scattered "hrough the la'.iu. If appointed and would accept tlie Knroller- shij cianty, I am satislifid thfit he would do tstay r.r an officer nnd patriot, "iinnircd by in- and uubribcd by and that the nutn- arn noiv defying the i-tiioriti-'ji, would have to march to the field. la conclasinu, I would sageest that tiie patriotic citizens of Washington conaty should immediately J-it as 1 itn informecl Capt. 8.' has never been spokc-a with on tLis subject, but a? I know him to t? a siae-jre lover of the Confederacy in he borif and edncated, and a true soldier, I am utHBed -.hat he wonfd submit to the wishea of tlie of his country. G.W. Carter, fef Govornor. TVi-uo-ii disparagement of the, merits of tbe other gentletuen proposed, but telieriuj "uitn the best man aT.'.Hhblc for the many gentlemen of different counties bave determined to propose Coi.. G. W. CABTEK ftr tbe next Governor of the State. No man should he proposed, except with n single.eyo.to good of the State and the Confederacy in crisis. We must have a man ol EiufUai capacity, of undoubted patriotism Mfl who will not and cannot bo overborne by the vieteitntles, actual or possible, of these Perilous times. Col. ,Carter possesses, these tioos in an etniuentdegree, lleliasde- ij wholss life to the Southern cause, ny trials, "from the beginning ,of tbe -straggle, on the sttirop andin the field, in coun- cil and in battle. He is well tnoR-n in tbe State, having canvassed -it sereral times, and people uaiverrally bare confluence in bis d patriotism.- CJTIZINS or TV'ASBIXOTOO; Corsry. aljlo olistaclo and uudor so shall we. (lie sliade ol' 'flirty, or ninety, or throe, hundred days, at, all events, some time before h-j would forbe.n-" Did not George, like Abraham, speak cajoling y, and seductively, tit every favorable opportu- nity, and tlien thunder :uvfiy a.piiii tit liis 0111 resolve sitbjuiration'.' And yet. he could not finally withhold independence neither nan Lincoln. Yes.'1 cry the croakers, "but look at the defeat of Hoorl, the victorious march of Sher- aUj the loss of Savannah, the many are s.iid to jump at amnesty and desertions here aid there and all that sort of disliBarieiiinrj thing-." Just so tbo croakers shrieked after the defffat oa Long Islaud, nearly ninety years Indeed, that defeat was, in its immediate effects, iufiuUely more disastrous than any nave, yet to chronicle for our strugg'lc. Kut only it- disastrous in the direct loss, but in the -wide-spread depression, and tins rich field it left for the croakers. Doubt and terror then seized the very best happily, iit our day, donbt and tear are TOr.fined to the systematic cro.ikers. So great v.-as the dismay consequent. on that Long Island defeat; that numerous de- sertions became alarming' y frequent: desertions in force, not m driblets as, -at now It was just the time, for a time such as Lincoln thinks Sherman, has now brought about; and so the enemy sent envoys to treat with the. Revolutionists cind to offer ami- cable terms. To them Franklin, in that hour of dismal ploom, made the bold reply that- there sliouM be no peace or alliance, except s Independent States." And notwitustnrid- iog- defeat, amnesty, desertion, gloom and croakers, Franklin predicted truly. 'Disaster and indeed one the dastadly eonsequnee of the other I5ut oven. if what tbe croakers falsely imagine of our dis- asters and desertions -were not greatly exagger- ated, they fall far short of those iu the Revo- lutionary separately or an conuftc- ied with each other. When the British pushed their successes from Long1 Island to New York, wzts not panic and desertion in the Amr-.ric.Tn ranks almost universal In front of _ Nftw York two complete brigades pure Yankee brigades fled without firing gun. Has Gen- eral Lee over yet had to ask, as the iutensly then did "Are these am to resist the But they had deserted, -and N'eu- York, morn important for Washington than any. dozen Havaiinahs to tis, was gone. Never gloosi than then hung over the shattered rem- nant of the Revolutionary forces at Harlem. Even pious men took the repeated disasters and the. miseries' attending them, as. proof that Heaven itself was arraye.d against the- struggle: they lived to huy.za for it as ft God-blessed con- test. "Anxifty, despondency dread filled all says the historian. "Sickness greatly prevailed, and it seemed America must yield from the mere inability to sustain her army." In vain did the dauntless Wash- in jrton strive to reanimate the .woefully dejec- ted people ho was aoused by the croakers for his pains. Thefcause was hopeless Inde- pendence was secured and -all the croakers "Misfortune and scarcity so thickan upon Croakers, "that im- As with tliRin. so with us. the progress of the war. and the.extension of its atrocities, arc bat destined to ititeusify energy and bring: it- to u standard worthy of the spirit inspires it. When tho Revolutionary Fathers, had luruiigh their first darkest surpnss- injrly darl.'er than any that our cronkors have yet imagined fur people were revived, its if by iniifric. Then, loss ai'ter loss, but en- the flame of patriotism. Whut treason continued fc slsowilself near the heart of the though men and officers of an Ameticnn army would still occasionally fly in disgraceful though gallant women foti id it lo parlieip-iie in the though most exacting i.mpreasment laws becinne indispensable, on accotint of the indifference of some and the recreancy of others thouph an Arnold, like Tint'er, rav- agod tbe. bunks of the Junifp, and British com- modores made the fertile valleys of all Ameri- can wat.Mi' courses meru tltoufrh tho fnri-ies. vastly more numerous t.hnn the Unioiiiats now, wero everywhero jvclive am! though the forces in the field were often, almost lo the last hour, reduced Lo disgusted Washington t the men with whom I contained in-the little wirfdSiJJ'b'iYt six my friynda, and UHU-G espociiirfjMoiir's'n- [irenm .a.ntfioritffiH, let me yon if yoirhAve ever' consiiliired tho preat- "that small word-hits." flouc'. ciiir cnaso? Oh! it it could only have Ticcn si'uk hilo the Rulf of litter oblivion- tlioro had been one singlo man, between the n-ro of Iy.t'.i5d 4.1 yearK, tlotitiled out of tlio serviuD, wbnt an :n-my we mijrlit tii'ivr have in the field, compared fViJ.li tliu few we now rivlly at roll-cal. aiiil dress pfiriidc 1 .Uuivc .nut. now; the precise are clji.'.siifl ;IM .sulfliers'iif'the Trans-Miss. Department, be.t; E helievt! some and Now, wht-ro ute limy; .Oat of mmiy liave' we in the field tnineet-'iin in- vnrtiHg foo? IfBf ovor ;0h'! that little word Tliut in wliat bfts ruined our.'army in Hie West.. Now, who is. ft mny. have been mi overnight, but let it be what [It- may. that ii what lias kept tvd-thirdirouf bF :lie Held, u-here they ought 10 liavu been'V tri ceeji off the invuder, wherever' he -may his foot nu the sacred soil r.l' Texas, and that is .lie-ohief i.-uusc or tin; dissatisfaction among our -rotips now in the field. Oh lion- (liBCDiirnginp it is for the has true- to his country's ciinse to come home and :bul. about every little, tlve, nlxund a dozen stout, yntiti-; men loitur- ng about the streets, perhaps detailed to mark mil ship n of enttoii for some Govern- nutit oflicinl Another bus permission to collect clothing.aml other articles for some ffminl coin- naiiil.iiiid another has a detail a farmer, having dine fifteen lianils, including the old cook that his iraiidmammy gave his ma, and the little girl-that rocks the --.'radle for his beloved wife. Now, what s better calculated to make the soldiers diacon- u-ntod And, above nil, thnt damnable dulail to liunl cotton to the Rio Clrmnle 1 rt is that, letiiil thn-t-hiis done more to (Icmornltae the army than overytliliiR else. Ninety out. of one hundred of tliosu detaileil have dotie but speculate. N'ow, us for tiie pay of our sofdtcrs being n great of dissiitisfaction, it is all imiiRlnation. I .will venture to siiy, if our Commanding ofliccr will revoke every detnil lo haul cotton, nnd bring them into the field, nnd also one-half the tanners ir.tf other details, in proportion, we will soon have- i grand army, inn) it will restore nuiet and eoiiH- dence with our fighting men now in the (IcHl. Now, who would suppose thnt the non-pavment ol' the small sum tlia-t the Government allows the soldier, would cause him to hemwie dissatisfied, nnd even be guilty of desertion'! At the present value of tlie currency, it does not.iimoutit to tiftv cents in specie per month. Would one supposeltliat the brave soldier would disgrace hintself -fay-deserting simply because he did not receive six dollars per year'1 No, that is not the cause ofsoSh foeliuga in the array. This.is it: while one-third is in the Held, fullering the toil nnd hardships of.camp-life anil meeting the invader at every opportunity, the other rwo-tm'rOa are detailed noil nt or in some soft great many uf them making riches faster than ever during all their previous This is thevgrnnd cause of so much discon- tent in the field. hope that onr authorities-will revoke all to liniil cotton, um! let the farmers haul their cot- ton to market themselves, and-then lew a specie tax on them sufficient to buy nrms and munitions of war. They should revoke-at least one-half of ail other details. I now leave the. matter tu the c.onsiderntion of those who have the power to remedy the evil. Allow me to make one other murk: there "is jnst now an impression with the soldiers thnt there has been money enough sent lo the Trans-Miss. Department to pay off all her sol- diers, and that the officials have conc.lnded to speculate on it, so they have use of it their bene- fit wldlc it was worth aotae ten or txvelve for one, and in six or twelve mo.'iths, they c-an bny it.back at'thirly 01- forty for by that-means, make ar, least the handsome'profit, of some two huiiflren per cent. Xow, I do not know that this is tlie case, but whether or uot, it is the belief of onr men in the Oeld, and if they are.'riot convinced to the contrary, it will have the sajniS.fiiflucnce us if it was so, .10 long as they are It is not because the soldier wants so..bad, mt he dislikes for other men to makrijlso of what belongs to him. Oli 1 that In our Would dull tboir clMgor (Mi Kiug'tb.tiir wfld with tbro King the meanest slrunei.li- and to the. inlensest tuf- though ail the chief cities, or nearly all. were though a dense cloud hung over the wholo and (illod Washington's heart with the dueprst tho divinity f.hat shapes ottr euds, roucrh hew (hem bow will.'' Wii-> nt hand. nnd. out of the very disaster-; secured. Tho "great iiews'from the Jerseys." which cul- at. Yorktown, was won hy fragments ol defeated forces, by IHtle armies on the very- verge of dissolution. Success being tiie true elixir of life, the Wiishinylon who, in (tie. shad" ow of hifi triiils and troubles, was denounced' by all the crnuterfi as n. mere Rocetfdn, name, nnon. find suddenly, fci lio liailed a Fjibiiis, ynn u imcl ;i Pnviiir. The of a tin- bad the.ni.irvoHoiiseR'ect. of con- blHmislieri which were previously cODSpieiuoiis in the jaundiced of croaUerrt. Now. will our croakers, (mo and all, take and reflect'. OH the lessons piesented, so pointedly, by the lacts we lnvvfi been at the trouble to ad-, dueo for t.hem' multiplied, n-nd These coulrl be reudiry out, from own his- (ory to tit '-X'tctly pvery n.'attiro of our struir- anil its varying every groove of our 'case in every instance. But we. could go even farther off null ln.ro well, so far as the Icssous of past hiafory. ap- plied to passing 'events, can guide us to'dispel apprehension. could even satisfy the croaker? that, an agri'cr.lturnl people are rarely subjugated. There are certain natural resources wbie.li are a never failing aid to trinniph.iiu re sisfnnce in tlieir.hands. Athens co'iild not overeomo Sparta, nor could Greene master Macedonia.'hor Carthajte Rome I'.ould Great Britain crush ourown'Colo- nica. No nnd all Ihe inner circumstances thai gavD victory in these crises being with us..it ia not in the Book of Fale that the United Stated can evor siitajufrate this Confederacy, or rub it of it? study losophy you can, silonf. its cherished Independence.' Croulcers, go rty the parallels of history, with wliat .phi- STATB Off ME, ACSTI.V. I JEarch 13th, 18S6. MK. EntrOR your issue of the 10th iuat., lady nf our city, with Inudablo endeavor, has tn.lortnken tf> exhibit-the number of clerks in lie public offices, both State and Confederate, n this city and conceiving it to be. the duty pi IIP officers named, to for themaeive'-i. f will respectfully inform "Lucy'1 that, on dm he -lute of her letter, the clctks in this office were two in niimoer, and not four aa.wfisdonbt- inadvertently stated by both "iiniil to perform field service, from physical dieubili-  ii "Hvfftnl to aur Kcxt En. NKWS time is fust approaching for this election -of a. Governor of the Tn.Ttia. and never in the annals of our historj existed ihcrc a time more deeply-fraught with the necBusily of jiidicioiis selection of man. whose ability as-a patriot and Statesman .Dlflcontcnt In tile Armyv- I have.seen various causes assigned as producing this evil now so prevalent with oup troops. Some attribute it to the fact that our authorities do not see that the'soldiers in the field are paid the sum due them for past services, which is a very plaus- ible supposition, as onr Government has levied a heavy tax on her citizens 'and soldiers. But, hav- ing been" in the field for the past three years, I think -T can frive other more important causes than 'this one. Ofwhich (and I tfoiistdeir: It the grand renders him worthy of .tlicj high iinii hie position -in qtiostion, nnd oa man o marked sterling integrity aud accorn plishecl scholnrship, us atatesoiRn of. eipe rier.ce and a man of unflinching a-ud nncom proroising .Southern principles, which in opinion, renders him a man peculiarly appro priate and fitted for the.tvmei. and the po aitipn, we desire to place before the people thi name ol" Col. James R. Skilesj, of Marceliaii. Karnea county. Texas, as Col. Skilei is woll known throughout anfl in some portions of eastern Texas, and we doubt rioi who .know him will be highly hira.uc. cept tlin call -to Mrve his country in this be lime of need, and render him cordia support. Such.-men as Col. S.inbou'.d not be permitted lo remain hi retirement when the! services are so needed, .and everytrao patriot of our cause, -should, rally :to port. Mirch MAST Oh! thut this ware nil, red laud, Drown Ure, from shore to Anil jrii-e it Peace agalnl Ott lust blosaouiing with fvuamoc T1 'Cemtoi, Loud in his haupy tbe Nuture forgets her hurt and Atna I and vrhy not we f" Spirit of God chat mored upon Hie fiue'. the water.-i, Aud bade, ancieat chao.4 again oa tliiit tumultuous ,'l'bnu, thin art Prince of Peace: On TUESDAY, ifiirfV, oi A'. M.: BY UKOER Oir- T. "rt J. J. B il'CTIOXKKRSi J. It.J. B. S. will proceed .IMM tnantioneii. the CARGO or THK STKAMER BANSHEE, consutTncia part a Mu. follow- ing and many that art' nut neraia enumerated: 484S LlNKif TROW3KHS ITi) UXK.V ilonon CALF 3K1.X3: 100 iFLATCAU Z BrMd BLACK-CLOTI'-i -T Xftrrow ,iio rfo i Coloml TBOWaEHIXO-i Ill Cultoa HOMC- IMi TTomao'tWhttt CoUixi Mn'ilitliMd Hall W Drawn Collt.o If.If 17" fM Meu'i rtne MKBrxO aaiBTi; 45 VTnmiu't 16 JliM's SirlfwiI'MKBrxb'.-WDITa. Ul Spun -ito. 0 Asiorled gpiiu 100 Mixed Col. Ho..; Womeu'8 STOCKIW9; 1100 Mm'l SOHK9; 200 OlliW'ren'i STOCKI.N'OS i'. 1.0S BCHM Slrraij! 'pnif TKA d, Br.K. PANS'; ._ _' T8A .j. CAMP J' t Brnra PRtSBRYlSO TA.V X Joeou T. aAlICEPANa'-inil CoviirV: 1 Tin STILI. WBM-! FH.TEB >j CASK liHIte, wllh .Tmyj M SPICK X Tia OH. CAWS--' I Tin A (JUANTIl'V'OF 1ROS ITO MilKury Bl'tS 100 grima Smmll BSUM9 BOTTON'S 500 '_" LiU-flO 'd'J'. Wl bo.tre I'rlcea' B ID burrels COrTEE. Oi' -1.865. 3PEHM OANDLKS; marl I FOE WilWn UnUniU of City Cot pMMUKl-.l A WBM, embrarhig aboil Jl Aorel of nil, I In to HnnMoa- murkrt; with avpul KOUM, brteH rt I th> wlshlo't U Applf i COUJNi., Pi BTIES ilentrom of prociirlnn THBODOB TlCKBTi- BHOW.NSVILtE by STTA-IE, be I ciiirtag m, iBn.por.ry .mi.rU (111 JUST _- 100 BoohiH 100 BIXTi 40-   
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