Monday, February 20, 2017

Joseph E. Johnston to Robert Milligan McLane, December 10, 1849

San Antonio in 1849 by William G M Samuel, Bexar County Courthouse
[Joseph Eggleston Johnston at San Anonio, Texas, to Robert Milligan McLane at [Washington City], December 10, 1849. Box 3, Louis McLane Correspondence (1795-1894), MSS 57083, Library of Congress. This is my rough transcription. Added paragraph breaks inserted for easier reading.]

My dear Robert

While in the neighborhood of El Paso I received a letter from you which I have been unable to answer till now. Altho' 'tis more than a fortnight since my return to this place, the settlement of my accounts with individuals & 3 departments in addition to my current duty has occupied me so closely that I have not attempted a letter till now.

I found my poor Lily heart-broken, & well she might be -- none but yourselves ever lost such a mother -- her absence from the death bed is an additional cause of grief. She is absolutely pining to see her mother's grave, & to contribute, with you, to give your father such comfort as he can feel, & would now be at Bohemia but that I fear the effect of such a change of climate -- she has derived perceptible benefit already from the change to this, & I have strong hope that the winter here will restore her health.

We are now grieving, my dear Bob, for your last misfortune, which we learned by the last mail. Lily had been enjoying in anticipation of finding a boy of yours to play with on her return, & is now afflicted next to yourself -- I fear now to see a mail -- every one brings something to revive almost in its fullest bitterness grief for your mother's loss. I find one comfort however. This climate of Texas agrees admirably with Lily so far. She looks better now than at any time in the last six or seven years.

All that I have seen in the newspapers to gratify me has been concerning you. Of course during my absence nothing of what was going on in the world ever came to my knowledge. Your letter came by the merest accident. I find however you were elected by a majority so large that you have acquired vert great influence over your district. I see you proposed in many of the papers, for speaker of the house. However the election may have resulted, this proves that you have succeeded rarely in public life. Indeed I believe that few if any have in so short a political life as yours has been, gained so high a position, & at this I proudly rejoice.

There are two members of your house that I want you to find out. One is Col: Caldwell of Kentucky late major of Voltigeurs, & my mess mate, a true gentleman & democrat. The other is the representative of western Texas, whom I have never seen. But I have had his brother, Rich'd A. Howard with me since last spring, & he is a jewel. One of the truest men I have ever met. So I think the representative must be something of the same kind.

I shall write again in a day or two. Lily joins me in love to Georgine & the little ones.

                                                                  As ever
                                                                  J. E. Johnston

[Joseph Eggleston Johnston (1807-1891)
Lily = Lydia Milligan Sims McLane Johnston (1822-1887) 
Robert Milligan McLane (1815-1898)

Their mother = Catherine Mary Milligan McLane (1792-July 31, 1849)
Their father = Louis McLane (1784-1857)
Caldwell = George Alfred Caldwell (1814-1866)
Volney Erskine Howard (1809-1889), who later moved to California.
Richard Austin Howard (circa 1824-1866)
Georgine = Georgine Urquhart McLane (1813-1899)
Little ones = Mary Emma McLane (1843-1869) and Georgina Urquhart "Jennie" McLane (1846-1915). The latter lived in Paris from 1885 until her death in 1915.]



[Many thanks to Sue Davis, William Myers, Mary Davy and Sally Young for their ongoing research collaboration.]  

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Affirmation of Joseph E. Johnston's Appointment as Quartermaster-General of the Army of the United States, June 28, 1860

[Thursday, June 28, 1860. Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the U.S. (Thirty-sixth Congress, First Session, 1859-1860), pages 229-220. Technically, this was a Special Second Session, June 26-June 28, 1860. The entire document can be found via the Library of Congress here.]


THURSDAY, June 28, 1860.

   The following message was received from the President of the United States, by Mr. Buchanan, his secretary:

To the Senate of the United States:

I nominate Second Lieutenant William B. Hazen, of the 8th Regiment of Infantry, for brevet promotion, as proposed by the Secretary of War.

                                                                               JAMES BUCHANAN.
Washington, June 27, 1860.

                                                                War Department, June 27, 1860.

   Sir: I have the honor to propose for your approbation the name of Second Lieutenant William B. Hazen, of the Eighth Regiment of Infantry, to be first lieutenant by brevet, to date from May 16, 1859, for gallant conduct as commander in two several engagements with the Indians in Texas.

   I am, sir, with great respect, your obedient servant,
                                                                 JOHN B. FLOYD,
                                                                     Secretary of War.

To the President of the United States.

The message was read.

   On motion by Mr. Davis,
The Senate, by unanimous consent, proceeded to consider the nomination of William B. Hazen and

   Resolved, That the Senate advise and consent to the appointment of William B. Hazen, agreeably to the nomination.

   The Senate proceeded to consider the nomination of Joseph E. Johnston; and On the question, Will the Senate advise and consent to the appointment of Joseph E. Johnston?

   It was determined in the affirmative,        Yeas . . . . 31
                                                                        Nays . . . .  3

     On motion by Mr. Bigler,

   The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present,

   Those who voted in the affirmative are,

Messrs. Anthony, Bayard, Bigler, Bright, Brown, Chesnut, Crittenden, Davis, Durkee, Fitzpatrick, Foot, Gwin, Hammond, Hemphill, Iverson, Johnson of Ark., Johnson of Tenn., Kennedy, Lane, Mallory, Mason, Nicholson, Polk, Powell, Pugh, Rice, Sebastian, Simmons, Wigfall, Wilkinson, Yulee.

   Those who voted in the negative are,

Messrs. Hale, King, Trumbull.

   So it was
Resolved, That the Senate advise and consent to the appointment of Joseph E. Johnston, agreeably to the nomination.

[William B. Hazen was a tough fighter who later became a major general in the US Army. 
Yays. Many of these US senators, including Jefferson Davis, joined the Confederacy within a year. 
Did not vote/not present. On the same day as the final confirmation vote for Johnston, John C. Breckinridge, President of the Senate, was nominated for President for the Constitutional Union Party in Richmond.
Nays. John P. Hale (R-NH). His daughter Lucy was later engaged to John Wilkes Booth.
Preston King (R-NY). Committed suicide in 1865.
Lyman Trumball (R-IL). Co-author of the Thirteenth Amendment, abolishing slavery.]

[Many thanks to Sue Davis, William Myers, Mary Davy and Sally Young for their ongoing research collaboration.]  

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Nomination of Joseph E. Johnston to be Quartermaster-General of the Army of the United States, June 27, 1860

[Wednesday, June 27, 1860. Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the U.S. (Thirty-sixth Congress, First Session, 1859-1860), pages 228-229. Technically, this was a Special Second Session, June 26-June 28, 1860. The entire document can be found via the Library of Congress here.]

The following message was received from the President of States, by Mr. Buchanan, his secretary:

To the Senate of the United States:

I nominate Joseph E. Johnston to be Quartermaster-General of the Army of the United States, with the rank of brigadier-general, vice Jesup, deceased.
JAMES BUCHANAN.
Washington, June 23, 1860.

War Department, June 23, 1860.

Sir: I have the honor to propose for your approbation the name of Joseph E. Johnston to be Quartermaster-General of the Army of the United States, with the rank of brigadier-general, vice Jesup, deceased. I am sir, with great respect, your obedient servant,

                                                                                   JOHN B. FLOYD,
                                                                                     Secretary of War.

To the President of the United States. The message was read. Ordered, That the nomination of Joseph E. Johnston be referred to the Committee on Military Affairs and the Militia.

On motion by Mr. Mason,

The Senate proceeded to consider the motion of Mr. Simmons, on the 31st of May, that the Senate reconsider the vote on the resolution of the Senate not to advise and consent to the ratification of the treaty of transits and commerce between the United States of America and the Mexican Republic, dated at Vera Cruz, December 14, 1859. On the question, Will the Senate agree thereto?

It was determined in the affirmative,                      

Yeas . . . . . 26
Nays . . . . . 15

On motion by Mr. Mason, The yeas and nays being desired by one-fifth of the Senators present,

Those who voted in the affirmative are, Messrs. Anthony, Bigler, Bragg, Bright, Chesnut, Clingman, Crittenden, Davis, Fitch, Fitzpatrick, Foot, Gwin, Hemphill, Hunter, Iverson, Mallory, Mason, Nicholson, Powell, Pugh, Rice, Saulsbury, Simmons, Thomson, Wilson, Yulee.

Those who voted in the negative are, Messrs. Bayard, Chandler, Collamer, Doolittle, Fessenden, Grimes, Hale, Hammond, Harlan, King, Sumner, Ten Eyck, Trumbull, Wade, Wilkinson.

So the vote on the said resolution of the Senate was reconsidered. Amendments having been proposed by Mr. Simmons,
                             
                  On motion by Mr. Wilson,
Ordered, That the further consideration of the said treaty and the proposed amendments be postponed to the first Monday in December next.

Mr. Davis, from the Committee on Military Affairs and the Militia, to whom was referred, this day, the nomination of Joseph E. Johnston, reported.

Mr. Tulee, from the Committee on Post-Offices and Post-Roads, to whom were referred, the 26th inst., the nominations of Hiram M. Harris and Charles E. Allen, reported.

Whereupon
Resolved, That the Senate advise and consent to the appointment of the said persons, agreeably to their nominations respectively.

[Many thanks to Sue Davis, William Myers, Mary Davy and Sally Young for their ongoing research collaboration.]